Twain Saw To It She Did Not Lack While He Circled Globe.
St. Louis, April, 23.-Harbor and Wharf Commissioner Joseph P. Whyte gave a pleasant reminiscence of the life of Mark Twain showing how the humorist and author took care of his mother in her declining years.
It was in 1869, when Mrs. Clemens lived, according' to Mr. Whyte's recollection, at No. 1810 Chestnut street, St. Louis. The humorist at the time was in the employ of one of the San Francisco newspapers and had been sent on the steamship Quaker City to Palpatine.
Mark Twain's financial matters to this country were handled by Slote, Woodmen & Con., blank book manufacturers of New York, and every month the firm sent a check for $100 to Mrs. Clemens.
The checks were received in St. Louis by John J. Daly & Co., for which firm Mr. Whyte was serving as bookkeeper. On several occasions Mr. Whyte personally carried the checks to Mrs. Clemens.
"Comparatively few persons know that Mr. Clemens was supporting his mother in this manner," said Mr. Whyte, "but I have always had a high regard for him for this reason."