Vol 3 Section 0719

1902                                                                            661

        While one Member remains alive the Club exists in full force, and said Member is Chief Servant and equipped with the several powers and privileges of the office.


        There shall be an Emblem, or Badge of Membership, to be worn or not, as each Member shall for himself choose.

        This Badge shall be provided by the Chief Servant at his own cost.


        This shall be determined by the Membership, and at their pleasure broadened or narrowed from time to time as expediency may suggest and a majority vote direct.

        The Chief Servant shall obey their command, thus conveyed, and execute their will.


25. There shall be none.

A true copy.

Riverdale, New York City, April 10, 1902

Frederick A. Duneka wrote to Sam, enclosing $1,000 check from the N.A.R.; he repeated the fact that large cancellations of subscriptions to the six-volume set of his books prevented early royalty payments, but they added 498 sets confirmed delivered amounting to an additional royalty payable May 1 of $896.40 and projected royalties due by June 30 should be in excess of $15,000 [MTP].

Miss Nixola Greeley Smith wrote to Sam.

I have puzzled over the note you were good enough to write to me the day after I saw you at Riverdale and though the six weeks of your journey are over and I hear you are once more in New York, I am stupid enough not to see the connection between your remark, i.e., that you would discuss the Astor matter for $5,000….I hope you will be generous and explain. I shall always remember my visit to you and your great kindness [MTP]. Note: Sam wrote on the env. “From Horace Greeley’s grand-daughter”.

April 11 Friday Sam’s notebook: xx said she, deftly taking a new reef in her garter, then withdrawing her shapely limb from view behind the falling gown—” [NB 45 TS 10].

Howard E. Wright for Plasmon Syndicate, N.Y.C. wrote to Sam that Henry A. Butters was still in London and expected to inform Wright upon his return. Wright had received reports of “intense activity in the Plasmon business” in London. Barentz was the German Plasmon manager and held a seat on the London Board, but passed control to the London group; Wright mentioned Barentz manipulating stock in the company while building the German factory. “…while Barentz was a great hearted man, he lacked poise in a business way, and was a disturbing factor in the London Board.” Wright wrote at the end of the typed letter: “Name the day for your & Mrs Clemens’ visit to Briarcliff—I’ll do the rest” [MTP].

April 12 Saturday

April 13 SundayClemens wrote “A Defence of General Funston,” which ran in the May issue of the

North American Review [Apr. 14 to Rogers]. Note: the article may be found in Zwick’s Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire, etc. p.119-32 (1992). Paine observes this article “stirred up a good deal of a storm” [MTB 1165].

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