The Humorist Left this Morning for Columbia.
FAREWELL RECEPTION LAST NIGHT.
People of Hannibal Highly Complimented--Identity of Several Characters In Books Disclosed.
Standing on the platform of the rear coach of the Katy passenger train, Mark Twain, the famous American humorist, who has been in the city spending a few days, took his farewell look of Hannibal--the home of his boyhood, and sped on his way to Columbia at 11 o'clock this morning to attend the Commencement exercises of the State University.
His parting was a sad one. To the large crowd which had collected at the station to see him off, the humorist waved his hand in response t the cheers which went up for him.
After being royally entertained during his stay in Hannibal, Mark Twain (text missing) to think more (text missing) Hannibal and (text missing).
The usual pleasant smiles which had played over his face leisurely, were conspicuous only by their absence. In their place the tears trickled down his cheeks.
(text missing) was the impressive parting with the humorist whom all Hannibal has been lionizing during the past few days.
THE LAST INTERVIEW.
"This visit of mine back to the scene of my boyhood has been one of the happy events of my life," said Mark Twain to a reporter of the Courier-Post this morning, as he sat in his room at the Windsor Hotel, after having made all arrangements to take his departure.
"My visit has been a most enjoyable one, and I do not recall a single instance when I ever had a better time. The time was all well spent. I have met many of my boyhood friends and enjoyed pleasant chats with them. My ride with John Briggs Sunday was especially pleasing to me.
"I am glad to know that the people of Hannibal think so much of me. it is (text missing) that a fellow can stay away (text missing) his old home as long as I (text missing) and then return and be (text missing). I tell you it (text missing) have a warm place in (text missing).
"(text missing) people of Hannibal for the kind (text missing) they have accorded me. I can assure you that it could not have been more cordial."
OUT EARLY TODAY.
Although Mark Twain was late in retiring last night, he was up bright and early this morning. After breakfast he went out to St. Joseph's academy at the request of Rev. M. J. McLoughlin, (text missing) of the Church of the Immaculate Conception School was in session and the humorist made a nice little talk to the children. It was one of (text missing) characteristic talks and amused (text missing) very much.
(text missing) hotel at 10 o'clock Mark (text missing) several of his friends (text missing) who had called to (text missing) him goodbye and wish him (text missing) on his homeward journey. Among these was a gentleman and his wife from Connecticut, and a lady from Daluth, Minn. The party were passengers on the steamer Dubuque, bound for St. Paul, and as the boat was at the wharf for over an hour they came up town to meet the humorist. They had read in the papers of his visit here. Mark Twain received them in his usual cordial manner.
Will H. Sutton, clerk of the Hotel Windsor, was in charge of the arrangements made for the departure of the humorist. He purchased his ticket for Columbia and also had his baggage checked in advance. The ticket and check, after being secured, were given to Mark Twain before he left the hotel. This was done in order to avoid the usual rush at the Union depot just before train time.
A large crowd was at the station to see Mark Twain leave. Kodak fiends were numerous and the humorist good naturedly stood in the sun at times when good exposures were wanted. Just before stepping aboard the train several little girls handed him bouquets of roses. He had the flowers carried to his seat in the coach following which he hastily shook hands with one or two of his friends and hurriedly boarded the train, for it was pulling out unexpectedly.
The LL. D. degree will be conferred upon Mark Twain at the State University at Columbia tomorrow morning. The humorist will be the guest of E. W. Stevens, editor of the Columbia Herald, while at Columbia. Leaving there Thursday he will go to St. Louis to spend a few days with a cousin, Dr. John Clemens. From there Mark Twain will return to his home in New York.
THE FAREWELL RECEPTION
Hannibal accorded Mark twain a farewell reception last night at the elegant home of J. J. Cruikshank on Bird street, where early in the evening the humorist had a commanding view of Hannibal and the surrounding country. this house, built at a cost of $125,000, and furnished for $50,000, is one of the finest in Missouri. The guests at the reception were limited to three hundred people. The representative society of the city attended.
Among the other guests were Mr. and Mrs. John Stillwell, Mr. and Mrs. George Cottrell, and Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Emery of Quincy, who went with W. A. Munger and Dr and Mrs. Ben Stevens. A party from Louisiana which included the following, also attended:
Messrs and Mesdames F. B. Buffum and Clarence Stark and Mesdames W. G. Tinsley, C. G. Buffum and W. M. Stark, and Misses Davis, Coons and Amy Stark, Master William Stark and Mrs. Guille.
Mark Twain was presented by Col. John L. RoBards. The humorist, on a platform surrounded by the guests who had been seated in chairs nicely arranged, and on the elegant main staircase, amused all with his ludicrous stories. He began shortly before 9 o'clock, and talked about one and a half hours. This was not half long enough for his hearers. Entertaining as he (text missing) have listened to him (text missing).
In the (text missing) stated that the (text missing) "Huckleberry Finn" was Tom Blankenship. The latter is now dead. he was a sister of Miss Becky Blankenship, who now makes her home at the home of William A. Dickinson, of Rock street. Blankenship was well known in Hannibal in the boyhood days of Mark Twain.
"Tom Sawyer," said the humorist, "was a composite character. Sometimes it was Will Bowen, John Garth, Ed Stevens, Jim Holmes, Meredith, or myself, just as the occasion was fit. It was Will Bowen and I that played that trick in school. The school was located in what is now the park, and the teacher was Sam Cross."
The story of the presentation of the peach in school to "Becky Thatcher," as given in "Tom Sawyer," the tearing down of Dick Hardy's house; the stealing of the watermelons from the farmers on Main street; the stealing of peaches, and the "taking of watermelons from the patches; the beatles and the dog in the Presbyterian church; who he and Mary Miller, now Mrs. John Briggs, outspelled the classes in school; the discovery of the dead body in his father's office on Main street; troubles with the alarm watch, and other funny instances connected with (text missing) scenes of all of which were laid (text missing) were very entertaining.
"THE MISSOURI SUPPER."
Mark Twain was entertained at a "Missouri Supper," as it was characterized, by George D. Clayton, at his home in Stillwell place last evening. The following were the guests: Messrs J. J. Cruikshank, A. R. Levering, J. L. RoBards, L. P. Munger, George W. Dulany, P. D. Fisher, R. H. Stillwell, Dr. J. N. Baskett, T. G. Dulany, R. L. Hixson and John T. Holme, Sr.
John England, the wagon manufacturer, was introduced to Mr. Clemens by A. R. Levering. Mr. England was here when Mark was at his best as a tough youth, but he does not remember him very well. That made no difference to the great humorist, however. He remembered a great many scenes and incidents in common with Mr. England and they had a very pleasant conversation.
DREADED THE TRIP
In conversation with Mrs. T. S. Hall, Mr. Clemens said that he dreaded the trip to Columbia with the changes of cars at Moberly and Centralia. He said he did not at all dread the trip across the ocean, as he had been across thirty-seven times, but he did not like a (text missing) five hours. Mrs. Hall asked if he would write any more pretty things. In his characteristic man he drawled:
"Well, I don't know. It depends on circumstances. I am too lazy to write any thing unless I have a strong incentive."
He stood with bared head as he conversed pleasantly with Mrs. Hall, stopping the flow of conversation occasionally to shake hands with some one or to make a pleasant remark to a child.
In conversation with Mr. Leverling and a Courier-Post reporter just before the train started, he grew reminiscent. He said that he remembered old Dr. Peake better than almost any of the Hannibal citizens of fifty years ago. He described Dr. peake as a Virginian who, on state occasions wore knee breeches and large silver buckles on his low cut shoes, and wore a wig. He, Judge Draper and the older Clemens, Sam's father, were subscribers for the Weekly National Intelligence, published at Washington D. C., and it was their custom to discuss the speeches mad in Congress from the time the paper was received until the next copy came to hand
DR. GEO. B. BIRCH.
Dr. Geo. B. Birch, who was in former years a practicing physician in this city, was a member of the party when Mark wrote "Innocents Abroad," and was one of the characters. Messrs Bacon and Davis, of this city, were also of the party. Dr. Birch died at Alabahad on a second trip and was buried at Bombay. The second trip was taken because the Fenian troubles made a visit to Ireland impossible on the first trip. He visited Birch castle in Ireland, the home of his ancestors, on the second trip, but died from (text missing) abcess and never saw his native land again. Many of our citizens remember Dr. Birch.
MARK TWAIN'S FINANCES GOOD.
New York, June 2.--Mark Twain is almost rich again.
His changed fortune is due to H. H. Rogers, a Standard Oil King, who admires the genial humorist.
It has been generally understood that Mr. Clemens had recovered some losses he had incurred through the publishing firm of Chas L. Webster & Co., about seven years ago, but it is not generally known that he has not only recovered all he lost, besides paying a lot of debts which he was under no obligation to pay, but now has more money than ever.
Mr. Rogers has long been a warm personal friend and ardent admirer of Mark Twain. The humorist has frequently been a guest on the millionaire's yacht on long cruises when only a few well chosen cronies were along and a thoroughly good time could be enjoyed.
But Mr. Roger's friendship took a more practical form. As soon as Mr. Clemens announced his determination to earn money, enough to pay off the debts of Webster & Co., Roger offered to take all the surplus cash that Mr. Clemens might accumulate and invest it where it would not only be safe, but would return a good profit in a short time. As Mr. Rogers no only has a keen eye for a good investment, but could, if he wanted to, make any sort of a stock transaction come out about as he chose, the proposition, it will be seen, was an excellent one.
Mr. Clemens made Mr. Rogers his financial manager and trustee, and during the whole of his lecture trip around the world he sent his surplus receipts to the oil king, who placed them where they would do the most good for Clemens. He not only put the humorist "on to good things," but also let him out at the right time.
The result was that when Mr. Clemens returned to this country he was able to make the announcement that he would never appear on the platform again, "unless by request of the sheriff."
Mr. Clemens's recent purchase of Hilcrest, his beautiful country home, for $47,000, was made possible by Mr. Rogers advice and guidance in financial matters, and so determined is the millionaire that his friend shall not fall into financial difficulties again, that he has practically taken charge of Mr. Clemen's receipts and disbursements.
With the income from the money that Mr. Rogers has invested for him, the royalties on his books, which have become more popular than ever in the last few years, and the royalties on his well known invention "Mark Twain's Scrap Book," the humorist and philosopher has a substantial income on which to live in comfort in his declining years.
BIG RUN ON TOM SAWYER.
"Is Tom Sawyer in?"
This question has been one most frequently asked in the past five days at the Public and Mercantile libraries. The usual answer is a negative one.
The visit of Mark Twain to his native state has added to the interest in his works, and a run on "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," and "Life on the Mississippi" has followed the humorist's short stay in St. Louis.
The demand for Clemen's works has always been heavy, and forty copies of "Tom Sawyer" which are in the Public library have well thumbed edges and bear marks of repeated binding. The companion work, "Huckleberry Finn," would be in as much demand except that the younger patrons of the library have learned that it is not on the juvenile cards.
The library authorities think that 17 years, the age at which an adult card can (text missing) had is soon enough (text missing) to read "Huckleberry Finn."
The more mature of Clemen's (text missing), such as "Innocents Abroad," the "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," and the "Memoirs of Joan of Arc," rarely remain on the library shelves over night.
"We have hardly a copy of Twains works left in th library," said Assistant Librarian J. F. Langston at the Public library Monday morning. "This has been the case before, but the number of requests have been larger in the last few days."
At the Mercantile library the shelves are bare of "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn," although a few copies of the works of travel by the same author remains--Post Dispatch.
BALL GAME SUNDAY.
The Rawlings, of St. Louis, will play ball with the Hannibals at Athletic park Sunday. This team is a strong one and good ball playing may be expected. Manager Stein, of the Hannibals, has issued the following:
Card to The Public:
Manager Bene, of the Rawlings, assures the management of the home club that he has one of the fastest infields that has ever been seen in this city. The Rawlings are considered one of the strongest teams in St. Louis.
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