Twain burial is held under tent at Elmira
4-25-10

Services at House Were Public, But the Attendance Was Not Large Many Beautiful Floral Offerings Received-Cherish Fond Memories.

Elmira, N.Y., April 25.-Under a tent on the grassy slope of the Lnagden plot in Woodlawn cemetary, with rain beating fiercely against the canvas cover, a little group of mourners silently watched Sunday as the body of Samuel L. Clemens was lowered into an evergreen grave beside the bodies of his wife and children. The Rev. Samuel Eastman, pastor of Park Church, and a close friend of the late humorist conducted a brief and simple service, and Mark Twain's final pilgrimage was at an end. Tonight he lies sleeping under a grave piled high with flowers, the tribute of friends from far and near.

There were present at the grave only members of the family party, who came from New York with the body, a former governess of the Clemens family, two of her friends, the sexton and a half a dozen newspaper men.

Services Held at Residence.

Services had previously been held at the residence of General Charles J. Landon, where forty years ago Mark Twain married the General's sister. In keeping with Mr. Clemen's wish the ceremony was simple. There was no music, no honorary pallbearers-just the brief address and prayer by Dr. Eastman.

The body lay in state in the very parlor, where the marriage of forty years ago was held, and some of those who attended the wedding were there today to look for the last time upon the face of their friend. Neither the Rev. Thomas K. Beecher nor the Rev. Joseph Twichell, who performed the wedding ceremony, was present, however, Mr. Beecher died several years ago and Mr. Twichell was called to Hartford by the serious illness of his wife, who died this morning.

Service at House Public.

The services at the house were public, but the attendance was not large. Beside the funeral party which accompanied the body from Redding, the little gathering included only a few relatives and old friends. Dr. Eastman said in part:

"We are not here at this time to speak of the great man whose going hence the whole world mourns, nor to claim for him that place in the halls of fame which time only can give him. We are here to weep with those whose own he was in the sacred bonds of human kinship and family affection."

After the little group had looked for the last time upon the features of the dead, the coffin was closed and it was borne on waiting horse. Outside, a few curious onlookers stood in the rain as the procession started on its way to the cemetery, a mile or more away.

Cherish Fond Memories

Residents of Elmira cherished fond memories of Mark Twain. With Mrs. Clemens and the children he had spent many happy summers at Quarry Farm, on East Hill, overlooking the city, the home of Mrs. Susan L. Crane, Mrs. Clemens' sister, who was one of those who mourned today. A path from the Crane hose winds through wooded grounds to the summer lodge, which was Mark Twain's workshop. Here he wrote "Roughing it," "A Tram Abroad" and other works.

Below this lodge, a short way down in the woods, is another rustic structure with barked roof, which the author built for his children. Here may still be seen many of the undisturbed play things of the little ones.

It was during the Quaker City expedition in 1867, which Mark Twain had immortalized in "The Innocents Abroad," that the humorist met General Langdon, then a young man, the son of Jarvis Langdon, a distinguished and wealthy Elmiran. Langdon took kindly to young Clemens, and the intimacy which grew out of the meeting led to the marriage of the author with Olivia L. Langdon.

Met Wife in 1867

"I saw her first," wrote Twain of his wife in his autobiography, "in the form of an ivory miniature in her brother Charles' stateroom in the Steamer Quaker City, in the bay of Smyrna, in the summer of 1867, when she was in her twenty-second year. I saw her in the flesh for the first time in New York in the following December. She was slender and beautiful and girlish, and she was both girl and woman. She remained both girl and woman to the last of her life."








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