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had witnessed in the Reichsrat in November 1897 and at his being so “shaken” by the events. They were, moreover, offended by his quoting a Viennese friend’s remark, whether true or not, that “there is not a single Austrian who has made a name for himself that would be known around the entire globe.” Mark Twain’s “friend,” the anti-Semitic press observed, “was another Jewish lie…” [174]. Note: “Stirring Times” was collected in The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Essays (1900).

Also in Harper’s by Joel Benton: “Reminiscences of Eminent Lecturers,” p. 603-14. Tenney: “Contains a rather conventional description of MT’s manner on the lecture platform” [29].

Katy Leary, Clemens family servant for nearly 18 years, was cabled home in early March. Sam noted this on Mar. 28 in his notebook, but did not give the reason. Her father, Fenton Leary (1828-1898) died on Mar. 29, 1898, and her mother, Margaret Connelly Leary (1829-1899) died a year later, on Apr. 28, 1899, so family illness is likely the reason for Katy’s return to the US. She rejoined the Clemens family sometime later in the year [NB 40 TS 18; “Fenton Leary Family in the United States,” Elmira College]. Thanks to Mark Woodhouse of Elmira College.

March 1 TuesdaySam also replied to a non-extant query from Charles F. Mosher, a journalist with the Cincinnati Post and later an auditor with the Scripps newspaper network; he was now in Covington, Kentucky.

Oh, no—I can’t have that. Obviously the story has but one purpose, one intention: to so place Brown that he can not be saved.

If there had been large chances, large probabilities, that the horse would trot away & save him, I would have unhitched the thills, or the throat-latch, or the king-bolt, or the jib-boom, or what ever its name is, so that he couldn’t. Truly Yours… [MTP]. Note: the story referenced here is in Ch. 2 of FE, p. 42-7 about one “John Brown, aged thirty-one, good, gentle, bashful, timid, lived in a quiet village in Missouri.”

March 2 Wednesday Berta Tucholsky wrote from Vienna to Sam, congratulating him on his success and telling “how dearly I should like to translate your books into German” [MTP].

In Vienna, Austria, Sam inscribed a picture to Katy Leary: “To Katy Leary, with the affectionate good wishes of S.L. Clemens” [MTP].

March 3 Thursday

March 4 FridaySam also wrote to an unidentified person “Truth is stranger than Fiction; but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth is not” [MTP]. Note: was also in “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New

Calendar,” FE ch. 15.

March 5 SaturdayThe New York Times ran “English Praise Mark Twain,” p. 7 datelined Mar. 5, likely from the London Times:


Dr. McAlister Eulogizes his Conduct

In Paying His Webster & Co. Debts.

LONDON, March 5.—The English press has universally printed praises of the statement that Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) has paid the last of his Webster & Co. debts. Dr. McAlister, writing to The Times on the subject, says:

SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.