Twain Buried In Novel Attire He Adopted In Recent Years-Services conducted by Dr. Henry Van Dyke and Dr. Joe. H. Twichell.
[By Associated Press]
New York, April 23.-The funeral services of the body of Sam'l L. Clemens, brought here from his home at Redding, Conn., were held in the Brick Presbyterian church this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Two close freinds of Mark Twain In his life, Rev. Henry Vandyke of Princeton University, and Dr. Joseph H. Twitchell of Hartford, were chosen to voice the greif of the throng at his death. The services were simple in accordance with his special request. There was no vocal music and no pall bearers.
The body, at the close of the services is to be taken to Elmira, N. Y. for the burial, where another service, as simple as the one here, will be held. This service probably will be at the home of General Langdon, a relative by marriage of Mr. Clemens, and so far as now known will consist simply of a short adress by Dr. Twitchell, who is one of Mr. Clemens' oldest friends. From the Langdon home the body will be removed to the cemetary to be laid to rest.
Redding, Conn., April 23.-The little village of Redding was in mourning today for its benefactor and friend. Mark Twain, who had endeared himself by his kindly good nature and generosity, and this morning when the body was taken to the station to be placed on the train which carried it to New York. All business was suspended and the villagers and farmers from surrounding hills assembled to pay their tributes to the dead.
All day long yesterday teh villagers passed by the house and parties in automobiles from neighboring cities drove up the river road, and stopping, looked over the lowlands to Stormfield on the hill. There has not been such a gathering in the village since Mr. Clemens gave his benefit for the library, to which he recently gave money for a new building.
Late yesterday the body was prpared for burial, adn dressed in the white flannel which he so constantly wore in later years of his life, was placed in a plain mohogany casket which arrived early this morning.
The free public library whic the literary colony here is building will stand as a permanent monument of the town's most distinguished citizen. The building is to be known as the "Mark Twain Memorial library."
One of Mr. Clemens' last acts was to draw a check for $5,000 as his contribution toward the building fund. Dan Beard, Ida Tarbell, Jeannette Gilder and Dr. W. C. Deming, whose wife is a great grandaughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, have raised $7,000 more, and the work of erecting a building is to begin at once. Besides his financial assistance, Mr. Clemens gave part of his private library to the Institution.