THE AUTOPSY OF
 
   TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA
 
 
 
This is the autopsy of Trout Fishing in America as if Trout
 
Fishing in America had been Lord Byron and had died in
 
Missolonghi, Greece, and afterward never saw the shores
 
of Idaho again, never saw Carrie Creek, Worsewick Hot
 
Springs, Paradise Creek, Salt Creek and Duck Lake again.
 
The Autopsy of Trout Fishing in America:
 
 "The body was in excellent state and appeared as one that
 
had died suddenly of asphyxiation. The bony cranial vault
 
was opened and the bones of the cranium were found very
 
hard without any traces of the sutures like the bones of a
 
person 80 years, so much so that one would have said that
 
the cranium was formed by one solitary bone. . . . The
 
meninges were attached to the internal walls of the cranium
 
so firmly that while sawing the bone around the interior to
 
detach the bone from the dura the strength of two robust men
 
was not sufficient. . . . The cerebrum with cerebellum
 
weighed about six medical pounds. The kidneys were very
 
large but healthy and the urinary bladder was relatively
 
small. ”
 
 On May 2, 1824, the body of Trout Fishing in America
 
left Missolonghi by ship destined to arrive in England on the
 
evening of June 29, 1824.
 
 Trout Fishing in America’s body was preserved in a cask
 
holding one hundred-eighty gallons of spirits: 0, a long way
 
from Idaho, a long way from Stanley Basin, Little Redfish
 
Lake, the Big Lost River and from Lake Josephus and the
 
Big Wood River.

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