Mark Twain and Ecology (En castellano el próximo viernes)

TheAmericanClaimant.jpgIn his book “The American Claimant” (published in 1892) Mark Twain (Sam Clemens)  also the author of Tom Sawyer’s Adventures and many other wonderful novels seems to be far ahead his time.

Being  Twain a humorist it is not easy to say wether the whole idea was considered by him as a possibility or  just as other of his absurd jokes.

Anyway, the following paragraph might be considered as an  early ecological proposal. Just read it:

…everything is useful- nothing ought ever to be wasted. Now look at sewer gas, for instance. Sewer gas has always been wasted, heretofore; noboby tried to save up sewer- gas–you can´t name a man. Ain’t that so? you know perfectly well it´s so…

…Do you see this little invention here?–it’s a decomposer- I call it a decomposer. I give you my word of honor that if you show me a house that produces a given quantity of sewer- gas in a day, I’ll engage to set up my decomposer there and make that house produce a hundred times that quantity of sewer-gas in less than half an hour…

…for iluminating purposes and economy combined, there’s nothing in the world that begins with sewer gas. And really it don’t cost a cent. You put in a good inferior article of plumbing -such as you find everywhere- and add my decomposer, and there you are. Just use the ordinary pipes- and there yor expenses ends. ..

…in five years from now you won’t see a house lighted with anything but sewer-gas…

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