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Ottenhöfen im Schwarzwald is a town in the district of Ortenau in Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

This is possibly the town referred to in Twain's journal:
Pretty girl here. An infernal cuckoo clock in hotel where we took dinner Offenbosen 1 1/2 hour before Allerheiligen.

Twain did not like the way of expressing distances by the time taken to get there:
This cursed way of stating all distances by minutes & hours -- it means nothing. You don't know whether it is 15 M by telegraph, or lounging, or with a sheriff after you.

See Bædeker The Rhine, 1886 page 359, "a prettily-situated village, forming suitable head quarters for a number of pleasant excursions ."


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