Quotation by Administration in the State of Arka

The man who would change the name of Arkansas is the original, iron-jawed, brass-mouthed, copper-bellied corpse-maker from the wilds of the Ozarks! He is the man they call Sudden Death and General Desolation! Sired by a hurricane, dam'd by an earthquake, half-brother to the cholera, nearly related to the smallpox on his mother's side!
Administration in the State of Arka, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943). Part of a long soliloquy (Change the Name of Arkansas) variously attributed and known in various forms; Mark Twain, in Life on the Mississippi, includes a version very close to this. Arkansas: A Guide to the State (The WPA Guide to Arkansas), p. 110, in "Literature," Hastings House (1941).
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