should not become as well as before. He Ordered a nurse & she came. / Recovery begun—very briskly” [NB 45 TS 27-8].
September 23 Tuesday – In York Harbor, Maine: a very low day for Livy, perhaps her worst [MTHL 2:
745n2]. Sam’s notebook : “Very high pulse. They have telegraphed Helmer (Dr. Hawke’s advice) not to come ‘for a few days.’ This is to ‘give the patient time to gather strength to bear the treatment’ (It was his treatment that enabled her to take food) I stand alone in this opinion. We are a drifting ship without a captain. We survive by accident. / Dr. Putnam has been sent for” [NB 45 TS 27-8].
Sam wrote to Frank Bliss, asking if he kept a sharp lookout for copyrights about to expire, and advising that Livy remained “very ill,” with no prospect of them leaving York Harbor any time soon [MTP].
Sam also wrote to Frederick A. Duneka, not knowing if his skit, “The Belated Russian Passport” had been received, and asking that “Amended Obituaries” be returned. He advised that simply, “York, Maine” was the post office name, and that a few of Duneka’s packages had gone to “York Beach,” which was “a
good ways off” [MTP]. Note: with Livy on death’s door, Sam anticipated possible horrid timing in the publication of “Amended Obituaries.” Sam likewise requested MacAlister to shelve the piece, and connected the request to Livy’s heart condition. (See his letter to MacAlister below.)
Sam also wrote to John Y. MacAlister.
Pigeon-hole the “Amended Obituaries” until further advices. I have withdrawn the article from the Harpers. Mrs. Clemens’s condition is precarious. It is heart disease, she is only a shadow now, & the specialists cannot tell us whether the period of her tarrying with us is to be long or short. They only know that the situation is grave & will remain so [MTP].
In the evening Sam also wrote a short note to H.H. Rogers, that they had been “particularly alarmed” about Livy for “several days, & particularly today.” But she was now in “no immediate danger” [MTHHR 508].
September 23 after – Sam enclosed or returned a newspaper the following clipping dated London, Sept.
23 in the New York Evening Journal, in a letter to Joe Twichell:
IN HARD LUCK.
‘Harris’ of ‘Tramps Abroad’
Says Every Incident Was
FINE TRIBUTE TO AUTHOR
Special Cable to the Evening Journal.
London, Sept. 23—J. W. Verey, “Mark
Twain’s” conductor on several trips
through France and Germany, who is
known to all the world as “Harris,” in
“Tramps Abroad,” has fallen on evil days
in London. However, his circumstances are
not so desperate as to need public charity,
and he showed great anger to-day when he
heard that officious friends were attempting
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.