Vol 3 Section 0485






Russia Disappoints Him—Wherein He Agrees with the Boxer—An Idle Man’s Apology.


The annual meeting of the Public Education Association, held yesterday in the Berkeley Lyceum, on West

Forty-fourth Street, brought out the largest attendance that has been present at these meetings in several

years. Every seat in the hall was taken by women interested in auxiliary educational work in the city, while the

standing room in the aisles was largely taken up.

There were probably a half dozen men scattered around in the wilderness of millinery while two lone

specimens of the male sex were led out on the speaker’s platform. These were Dr. James H. Canfield of

Columbia University and Mark Twain. Both were greeted with an enthusiastic round of gloved applause as

they took their seats meekly behind a big bunch of roses that stood on a table beside the President’s chair.

This seemed to cheer them considerably.

This was the second occasion since his return from foreign shores that Mr. Clemens has faced an

audience composed chiefly of women, and it was the universal verdict that he bore himself with wonderful

composure. Nevertheless, he earnestly requested that an opportunity be granted to him to make his address as

soon as possible, giving the excuse that he had another engagement. Accordingly, he was introduced

immediately after the President’s opening address.

Mrs. Schuyler Van Rensselaer, the President of the association, reviewed the work accomplished by the

organization during the past year, calling attention to the fact that very gratifying results had been attained.

Reference was made to the fact that the association had been appealed to by the Charter Revision

Commission for details regarding the special lines of instruction of the association.

…. [Sam’s speech may be read in Fatout p. 360-3].

Macnaughton gives us an excerpt of the speech, in which Sam continued seizing on headlines about

American foreign policy to thrust himself in a position of influence:

China never wanted foreigners any more than foreigners wanted Chinamen, and on this question I am with the Boxers every time. The Boxer is a patriot. He loves his country better than he does the countries of other people. I wish him success. The Boxer believes in driving us out of his country. I am a Boxer, too, for I believe in driving him out of our country [146].

November 24 SaturdaySam’s notebook: “Flagg, 10.30. / Lunch with Brander, 681 West End Ave / Big tea Gabrilowitch. / Billiards—night—Mr. Rogers” [NB 43 TS 30].

According to Sam’s Nov. 21 note to Rogers (and above NB entry) Sam played billiards with H.H. Rogers and Dr. Clarence C. Rice at Rogers’ home this evening.

The New York Times, p.6, ran an announcement of an English lecturer whom Mark Twain would introduce on Dec. 12:



Mark Twain Will Preside at His First Appearance Here.

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, M.P., recently with the British Army in the Transvaal, is to lecture 100 times in America. His first appearance will be in the Waldorf-Astoria on Dec. 12, after which he will make a tour of the country under the management of Major J. B. Pond. Mark Twain has consented to act as presiding officer at the meeting which Lieut. Churchill is to address in the Waldorf-Astoria. The subject of the address will be “The War as I Saw It.”

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