the cartoon were “three probably spurious brief passages” supposedly from Sam’s notebook. Dolmetsch writes that the first of the three “unerringly captures the ring of authentic Twainian humor:”
(The Israelite community councils of the city of Vienna are of the opinion that there are too few Jewish judges in Austria. Vice-mayor Neumayer takes the opposite view that there are more than enough.
It’s very hard to say who’s right here. Riffraff can’t be left to their own judgment and decent, honorable people say: for our part we don’t need judges at all.) [66-7].
Sam also wrote a note on mourning stationery to Fraulein Risa Treulich: “It gives me great pleasure to comply with your request, which is a compliment to me, and sign myself / Very Truly Yours / Mark Tain / To / Fraulein Risa Treulich / Wien, Oct. 23/97” [Bonham’s Sale 17545 Lot 5317, Dec. 15, 2009; MTPO]. Note: Bonham’s calls Treulich “a Viennese admirer.”
October 24 Sunday – In Vienna, Austria Sam wrote a postcard to Robert Lutz in Stuttgart, Germany, promising a portrait of himself [MTP: G.A. Baker & Co catalog, Mar. 30, 1939].
October 25 Monday – In Vienna, Austria Sam wrote to Thomas S. Frisbie in Hartford, thanking him for the now famous composite photograph of Mark Twain being hauled in a cart by a horse and cow, and driven by a black man with a black boy rider. The photo was incorporated into 60 copies of FE after the trade edition issued, along with a facsimile of this letter. Sam’s 1895 pose onboard the Warrimoo was superimposed on the cart picture.
Dear Sir: The picture has reached me, & has moved me deeply. That was a steady, sympathetic & honorable team, & although it was not swift, & not showy, it pulled me around the globe successfully, & always attracted its proper share of attention, even in the midst of the most costly & fashionable turnouts. …
I consider that this picture is much more than a work of art. How much more, one cannot say with exactness, but I should think two-thirds more.
After his signature Sam added:
Private. Never mind the book-case—I haven’t any books now any more. You ought to sell the picture through all the canvassers [Sotheby’s catalog June 19, 2003, Lot 94, p. 79-80].
October 26 Tuesday
October 27 Wednesday – In Vienna, Sam wrote to an unidentified person:
I thank you very much for the book—notwithstanding the fact that it kept me up, last night, when I ought to have been in bed. I had the good & bad luck to stumble upon the Chapter regarding Sir James Lachaita [sic Lacaita] & of course was obliged to read it. I knew Sir James well, in 1892, and [the rest of the note is missing] [MTP] Note: Sir James Lacaita (1813-1895; born Giacomo Filippo Lacaita) was an Anglo-Italian politician and writer, an authority on Dante. Best known for his part in the diplomatic maneuvers surrounding Garibaldi’s 1860 expedition to liberate Naples and Sicily from Bourbon rule. He was active in several English companies doing business in Italy, and Sam would have met him during the family’s 1892 stay in Florence; he is mentioned in biographies of Janet Duff Gordon Ross (1842-1927), who also first met Clemens in 1892 in
Florence, through the neighbor Daniel Willard Fiske. (See AMT 1: 541n244.29) The book referred to is not known.
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.