* The author establishes his intentions in writing Roughing It.
* Nevada's mining industry and the effect it has on the people and the country is the backdrop for the author's story.
* Twain's humor and talent for writing compelling descriptions is introduced.
* The narrator begins to travel to Nevada with his brother, who has just accepted a job as the Secretary of State there.
* On the stage coach to Carson City, the narrator encounters some interesting characters.
* Coyotes, rabbits, and Pony Express Riders are all part of the landscape on the adventurous trip towards the West.
* Slade's violent reputation is detailed, including the weakness displayed at the end of his life.
* The stage coach passes the scenic Rocky Mountains and the rivers that surround it.
* The narrator spends two days in Salt Lake City, allowing him to observe and report on the culture of the...
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