their glory is gone. But there is one remark—not made by Warner—which we do not forget. You will note it in the sunshine shed by his personality. One day a young friend of ours came in with a fine light in her eye, and said: ‘I’ve just had a good-morning from Mr. Warner, and I’m a happy girl for the day!’ [MTP: Mrs. James T. Fields, Charles Dudley Warner, 1904, p. 39-40].
Sometime during the month in Elmira, Sam wrote to daughter Clara in Riverdale, N.Y.
Jean thinks you are troubled about ice-cream expenses and such things, Benny dear. Don’t you worry, honey—just you order whatever you want, and you’ll see we’ll pull through all right. Get well—that is the main thing. Get well, and help us plan for Italy—Jean is already at it, and has laid in a barrel of stump-tail steel pens.
(Here comes a cussed reporter!)
Good-bye, dear Ben, I must go and kill him. Love from your mother and me. / Father [MTP]. Note: he drew a sketch at the bottom he labeled “Your Mother.” This has been dated by MTP as “June or July” but Sam and Livy did not leave Riverdale until July 1, so it could not have been June.
During a stay in Elmira, NY Sam would write “A Dog’s Tale,” a 4,400 word story considered his “most brazen concession to sentimentality” [Rasmussen 113]. See Dec. 1903 entry.
Bookman (NY) ran two caricatures of Mark Twain, p.449. Tenney: “MT, who ‘has announced his intention of leaving America and making his permanent home in Italy’” .
Herbert Bashford’s article, “The Literary Development of the West Coast,” ran in Atlantic Monthly, p. 6. Wells: “reviews the contributions of Western writers to American literature. Bashford praises the fructifying school of San Francisco journalism, where young writers have been discovered since the early days of Twain” .
July 1 Wednesday – At 8:30 a.m. Sam, Livy, and her trained nurse, Miss Margaret Sherry, left the Riverdale house and went down the hill to get on a launch. From the launch to Rogers’ yacht Kanawha, then down river to the Lackawanna R.R. dock at Hoboken, the group made the 10 a.m. train for the long ride to Quarry Farm in Elmira. They arrived at 4:40 p.m. Clara and Jean were to follow them the first week in August. In his July 2 to the Huttons Sam described the trip, and put it to this day:
we left yesterday. We carried Mrs. Clemens down the hill at 8.30 in the morning, at Riverdale; lifted her into the launch, hoisted launch & all on board Mr. Rogers’s yacht, out in the river; steamed down to the DL & W dock at Hoboken, carried the madam aboard the 10 a.m. train & came through to Elmira in the suffocating heat, arriving at 4.40; & drove away up here on the hill without delay, where all is repose & immense comfort. The RR trip was unmitigated hell, but the madam stood it well, for a person who has been bedridden nearly 11 months [MTP; July 11 to Picard].
Sam’s notebook gives this account: “The yacht sailed with us at 9 a.m., reached the D.L & W pier 9.45—Mr.
Mrs. Rogers were on board. Refreshing sail But RR journey suffocating & awful. We got to the farm about
6 p.m. Cool & pleasant there (here.) [vertically in right hand margin:] MacAlister, under this date refuses to accept those Founders shares. See Apr. 7” [NB 46 TS 20].
Howard Pyle sent his latest book, Rejected of Men; A Story of To-day (1903) and inscribed it: “To Samuel
L. Clemens / with the best regards of the author / Howard Pyle / Chadd’s Ford / July 1st 1903” [Gribben 564]. Note:
the book went to Riverdale; Sam responded from Elmira on July 8.
July 2 Thursday – At Quarry Farm in Elmira, N.Y. Sam wrote two letters to daughter Clara, still in
Riverdale. The first:
SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.