Several articles of value missing, since the umbrealla. No one in particular was accused, & the possibilities were not discussed, but it is thought by some that the reform of the Reformed Pirate is not complete [MTP]. Note: Augustus Paine is later referred to as the “(partially) Reformed Pirate.”
Judging from the above entry Thomas B. Reed, former Speaker of the House must have joined the party in Gloucester, where the two clergymen left the bunch. Dias writes of Reed:
Reed…would be an asset to any group. An impressive figure, standing six feet, three inches in height and weighing 250 pounds, he had, during a lively career in Congress from 1876-1891, won a reputation for the vigor of his thinking and the sharpness of his wit. A graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, he was also a practicing attorney and much in demand as an after-dinner speaker. He was also a master of sarcasm He once noted, “A statesman is a successful politician who is dead,” and to Teddy Roosevelt he once observed, “Theodore, if there is one thing for which I admire you, it is your original discovery of the Ten Commandments.” His round, cherub-like countenance belied the maturity and keenness of his mind. He was, for example, fluent in French, had a good background in the classics, wrote lively prose, and was regarded by his peers as courageous, honest, and inflexible [MT & HHR, An Odd Couple 101-2].
Sam wrote in his log of the trip, relating to the missing umbrella: “it is thought by some that the reform of the
Reformed Pirate is not complete” [MTHHR 473-4n1 bottom]. Note: Augustus Paine.
August 8 Thursday – At Bar Harbor, Maine at 2:30 p.m. on the Kanawha Sam wrote to Livy.
“Livy dearest, the anchor is just down, & we shall go ashore presently. I shall telegraph you where to telegraph me—Halifax, probably. We still cannot make an itinerary. We shall leave word here (as we did in Portland) to hold letters & telegrams till we know of some sure point to send them to.”
Sam also included a “Captain’s Report to Commodore Rogers” on the behavior of each of the passengers, with maximum of 100 points: Dr. Clarence C. Rice 13, Harry Rogers 15, Thomas B. Reed 15½, Col. Augustus G. Paine 19, Mr. Clemens 101 [MTP].
The Kanawha continued on to St. John, New Brunswick where Sam got Livy’s telegram in the afternoon
[Aug. 9 to Livy].
Sam’s ship log:
August 8, Thursday. Went to St. John, N.B.
Anchored. Examined the town.
Some hours of poker. The R.P. lost 10 cents, (he says.) [MTP]. Note: R.P. = “Reformed Pirate”; Col.
Augustus G. Paine.
August 9 Friday – In St. John, New Brunswick on the Kanawha, Sam wrote to Livy.
Livy darling, I got your telegram here yesterday afternoon, & was very glad indeed to hear from you. Give aunt Sue my love, & now that you’ve got her, hang on to her.
At breakfast, an hour ago, I ventured, for the first time, to throw out a feeler, for all these days’ silence made me a little uneasy & suspicious. I intimated that at home, I sometimes snored—not often, & not much, but a little—but it might be possible that at sea, I—though I hoped—that is to say—
But I was most pleasantly interrupted at that point by a universal outburst of compliment & praise, with assurances that I made the nights enjoyable for everybody, & that they often lay awake hours to listen, & Mr Rogers said it infused him so with comfortableness that he tried to keep himself awake by turning over & over in bed so as to get more of it; Rice said it was not a coarse & ignorant snore, like some people’s, but was a perfectly gentlemanly snore; Colonel Payne [sic Paine] said he was always sorry when night was over & he knew he had to wait all day before he could have some more; & Tom Reed said the reason he moved down
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.