Uniform Edition de luxe – $ 10,000 Tumbles In – “Splendid Bird, Set Her Again” Politics of Peace – Hadleyburg – Making Fun of Mrs. Eddy
Budapest Reading – Karl Kraus & Critics – Twain in Top Ten– Authorized Bio Sketch – “Concerning the Jews”– Vienna Farewell – Kellgren’s “System” Becomes Osteopathy Club Dinners Galore – Sanna for the Damned – Boer War Not Boring – London Hermits
1899 – Sam recorded he was paid $10,621.10 this year by the American Publishing Co. and noted “N:
E. Co.” by the entry. He estimated the Co. cleared $2,000 [NB 46 TS 17].
Sometime during the year Sam wrote from an unknown place to Ann W. Denslow thanking her for a copy of her husband’s book, Father Goose. Sam felt it marked a new era in nursery literature, and predicted parents would buy the buy ostensibly for the nursery but to privately enjoy themselves [MTP: Paraphrase: Chicago Tribune, Dec. 18, 1899]. Note: William Wallace Denslow (1856-1915); see Gribben 185.
Early in 1899 Sam wrote three short reminiscence sketches: “Horace Greeley,” “Lecture-Times,” and “Ralph Keeler” which the MTP included in the new “authoritative edition” of his Autobiography [AMT 1:
145-154]. Note: the source offers: “He had apparently abandoned (at least briefly) the autobiography as he had originally conceived it in favor of a ‘portrait gallery of contemporaries,’ as he told one interviewer in May 1899” . See source for each text.
Early in the year, through Ambassador Charlemagne Tower, Sam tried to invest in a health food derived from skim milk, “Vienna albumen,” later given the trade name, “Plasmon.” Ad. H. Goerz, brother in law of Georg Siemens, was forming a syndicate in London to market the stuff world wide. It would become another investment debacle of sorts for Sam [Dolmetsch 301]. Note: he was unable to invest in the syndicate at this time, but did so in 1900: see Apr. 8 & 9, 1900 to Rogers, in which he divulges he used Plasmon in 1897 to cure himself of a “fiendish dyspepsia of 8 years standing.” In the spring of 1902 the Plasmon Syndicate became The Plasmon Company.
Sometime during 1899 Sam wrote about Albumen (Plasmon) investment possibilities to Mr. Hogue. Since he mentions that “Mr. Tower is away” (the consul to Vienna), and the term “Plasmon” is not used in the letter (as it would later be called) this was written in Vienna, likely in 1899. Sam asked if he had to go to London or New York with statistics and facts about Plasmon, would Lilienfeld go with him? He cautioned Hogue not to mention his name as it “would raise the prices here” for investment [MTP]. Note:
Sam’s directives and advice give weight to Hogue being an investor and possibly an associate of Dr. Leon Lilienfeld (1869-1938), who announced a synthesis of albumen on Aug. 5, 1898 [International Journal of Science Vol. 58 Aug. 18, 1898 p. 368]. MTP has this cataloged as “ca. 1890.”
Sometime “a few months later” after a silver wedding anniversary celebration of Joseph and Marianne Krantz (owners of the Krantz Hotel; Nov. 14, 1898), the Clemenses attended the christening of the Krantz’s twin granddaughters of in the Capuchin Catholic Church on the Neue Markt Square [Dolmetsch 299]. Note: The Official name—Church of St. Mary of the Angels, but commonly called the Capuchin. Founded in 1617 it stands on the subterranean crypt of the Habsburg dynasty.
In 1899 or 1900 Sam wrote “Goose Fable,” a short allegory using animals about misplaced trust reflected in humans [Fables of Man 149-51].
William Archer in America Today: Observations and Reflections (NY – Scribner’s): Tenney: “On MT, pp. 212-
‘If any work of incontestable genius, and plainly predestined to immortality, has been issued in the English language in the past quarter century, it is that brilliant romance of the Great Rivers, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intensely American
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.