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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF
MARK TWAIN
Introduction
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should live long enough, the set of volumes could
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indorsement, wi ■ . him, and judicii >v -
[f he had manife ted a different spirit, I would have
thrown him oui the window I like xitii im; but
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A Question of Ancestry
A CASK of the kind hapjvned in 8.-r'in several
■ rV years ag... William Walter Phelps was our
minister at the limperor's court then, and one even
ing hi* had me to dinner to meet Count S . a Cabinet
minister. This nobleman was 'if long ami illustrious
descent. <>f course I wanted to let out the fact
that I had some ancestors iw; bu: 1 did not wan:
to j»u" them out of their graves by the ears. :» ti t i 1
never could seem to gel the chance to work tin 1 ::"
in in a wav*hat would !>■>;; >uth"eiently casual. I
suppose I'hi-lTi- 'a;i. ::i the same difficulty. In fact,
he l>"ki'il distraught, now and then: just :t> a |>er
son looks who wants to uncover an ancestor purely
by accident, and cannot think <>i a way that will
seem accidental enough. But at last, after dinner,
he iv. n ■!..• .1 Try. He took us about his drawing room,
showing us the pictures, ;tr.<l finally stopped before
a rude and ancient engraving. It was .t picture of
the emir', that tried Charles I. There '.v.is a pyrami i
i >f jr.'luo in Puritan slouch hats, and below them
three ban- headed secretaries seated at a table.
Mr. I'helps put his finger 'ti*'!'. "th' of the three,
and said with exulting indi'Terence, "An aneest t
of mine ■"
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