[At Carson City, Nevada]: ...in [this] infernal soil nothing but that fag-end
of vegetable creation, "sage-brush," ventures to grow...When crushed,
sage-brush emits an odor which isn't exactly magnolia and equally isn't exactly
polecat--but it is a sort of compromise between the two.
- Letter to Jane Clemens, Sept/Oct. 1861
Sage-brush is a very fair fuel, but as a vegetable it is a distinguished failure. Nothing can abide the taste of it but the jackass and his illegitimate child the mule.
- Roughing It
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