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of the layman would be that he had
\u25a0weakened his heart by overindulgence
in tobaecp. Doctor Halsey said tonight
nhat he was unable to predicate that
;the artsina pcctorls from which Mark
Twain died was in any way a sequel to
nicotine poisoning. Some constitutions.
he said, seem immune to the effect of
tobacco. This was one of them.
Longed for a Smoke
Yet it is true that since his illness
began the doctors had cut down Mark
Twain's daily allowance of 20 cigars
and countless pipes to four cigars a
No privation was a greater sorrow to
him. He tried to smoke on the steam
er while returning from Bermuda, and
only gave it up because he was too
feeble to draw on his pipe. On his
deathbed, when he had passed the point
of speech and it was no longer certain
his ideas were lucid, he would make the
motion of waving a cigar and smil
ingly expel the air from under the mus
tache still stained with smoke.
Where Mark Twain chose to spend
his declining years was the first out
post of Methodism in New England'and
it was among the hills of Redding that
General Putnam of Revolutionary fame
mustered his sparse ranks. Putnam
park now incloses the memory of his
Mark Twain first heard of it at the
dinner given him on his seventieth
birthday when a fellow guest who
lived there mentioned its beauties and
added that there wsrs a vacant house
adjoining his own.
"I think you may buy that old house
for me," Mark Twain said.
Loved a Good Listener
Sherwood Place was the delectable
name of that old house, and where it
flood Mark Twain reared the white
walls of the Italian villa he first named
Innocents at Home, but a first experi
ence of what a New England winter
storm can be in its whitest fury quickly
< a used him to christen it anew Storm
fieid. _ •
In this retreat the innocent at home
loved to wander in his white flannels
for gossip with his neighbors. They
remember him best as one who, above
all things, loved a good listener, for
Mark was a mighty talker, stored with
fairy tales for the little maids he
.adored, and ruddier speech for more
stalwart, masculine ears. It is a leg
end that he was vastly proud of his
famous mop of white hair, and used
"to spend the pains of a court lady in
.-getting- It to just the proper stage of
nrtistii- disarray.
pi rn ok nnoKK.v heart
Last summer the walks began to
falter: last fall they ceased for good.
.The death of 11. 11. Rogers, a .close
friend, was a severe blow. The death j
of his daughter. Jeane. who was seized
>/ith an attack of epilepsy last fall
>vhile in her bath, was another blow
from which he never recovered. It
\u25a0tvas then that the stabbing pains in the
heart beeran. Mark Twain died, as
truly as it can be said of any man, of
•a broken heart.
. The Jast bit of literary work he did
was a chapter of his unfinished auto
»Mography describing his daughter
.Jeanes death. He sought diversion in
Bermuda, where he was the guest of
the American vice consul, William H.
Allen, trhose young daughter, Helen,
y.eted as amanuensis for what few let
ters he cared to dictate.
The burial will b* in the family plot
Bt Elmira, N. V., where lie already his
Tv-jfe. his two daughters. f Susan and
Jeane.and his infant son, Langhorn. No
date has y<;t been set, as the family is
t<till undecided whether there shall be a
public funeral in this city.
Twain on the Pacific Coast
Mark Twain's life work began on the
Pacific coast, and the fact that he could
write was discovered and first recog
nized by Joseph T. Goodman, now of
Alameda. who in the early^ sixties was
owner and editor of the Territorial En
terprise at Virginia City.
When the civil war broke out Clem
ens lost his job as a pilot on the Mis
sissippi river and joined the confederate
army. <His military career lasted two
weeks and he then came out to Nevada
with his elder brother, Orion, who had
been appointee secretary of the new
territory of Nevada. The speedily re
oonstructed'younger Clemens had the
position of private secretary to the sec
retary "with nothing to do and no
salary."' After a few months he took
to the silver mines, but had little luck.
In the latter part of 1861 he wrote his
first article for the Territorial Enter
prise. It was a burlesque on a lecture
by Chief Justice George Turner in Car
bon City. Turner was a man noted for
his egotism, and the burlesque by
Clemens was printed in the Enterprise
linder the heading, "Lecture by Mr. Per
sonal Pronoun."
In the spring of 1562 Clemens went to
Esmeralda, and from that camp wrote
four news letters to the Enterprise that
\u25a0were printed over the signature "Josh."
Many a search has been made for those
aTticles, but it is not likely that they
ever will be found. There is not a file
of the Enterprise of that day extant.
The last one known was in the Pan
Francisco free library and was burned
lour years ago.
In the fall of 1562 Goodman gave him
if: ,x c t v £ i u r e
pßh^mte Gitothiera
Do you fully realize
what it means to come .
to this modern men's
clothes sh o p a nd
select the newest
fabrics and models
and not be annoyed by
try-ons? "Ready-to-wear"
means all of this.
ijiastj&reet near Jieantj)
Samuel Langhorn Clemens Is
Called by the Grim Reaper
Two portraits of Mark Twain. The photograph on the left was 'taken a few years ago, when he began to
affect his famous suits of while. 7"/ie one on the right was taken soon after he married in \ 870, when he was
at the height of his fame as the author of "Innocents Abroad." -. - .
a place as reporter on the Enterprise,
and there he worked with the late
Dan df- Quills, the other member of
the "local staff" until the summer of
1564. when he came to San Francisco
and found a place as reporter on The
Call. In this city he wrote a few news
articles for the Enterprise and he and
Goodman remained warm personal
friends through all the years.
Thr routine work of a reporter in
San Francisco was not congenial to
Twain and in the fall of 1864 he left
the paper. His closest friend and
roommate here was Steve Gillis, a
printer who had get type in the Enter
prise office, and who came "down to
the bay" just before Twain did. When
the latter quitted The Call he went up
to Jackass Hill in Tuolumne county,
where Steve Gillis . frad two brothers,
"Jim" and "Billy" Gillis, who were en
gaged in pocket mining. Twain lived
with them and another miner named
Jacob R. Stoker four months, but he
could *iot become interested In mining.
He did, however, in that short time
pick up a wealth of material which he
afterward put into books, and Stoker
was the original of Dick Baker in
"Roughing It."
One rainy day he heard the outline
of "The Jumping Frog' in a barroom
at Angels Camp across tlae Stanislaus
river, the nr-xt day he wrote the story,
and that was the solid foundation of
his fame and fortune. ;
"Jim" Gillis is dead, but Steve still
lives on the summit of Jackass^hill. In
IS7O Mark Twain wrote from Elmira,
N. V., to "Jim" Gillis, inviting them all
to his wedding, and he concluded his
I remember that old night just
as well. And somewhere among
my relics I have your remem
brance stored away. It makes my
heart ache yet to call to mind some
of those days. Still, it shouldn't,
for right in tfte depths of their
poverty and their pocket hunting
vagabondage lay the germ of my
coming good fortune. You remem
ber the one gleam of jollity that
fchot across our dismal sojourn in
the rain and wind of Angels Camp.
I mean that day we sat around the
tavern stove and heard that chap
tell about the frog and how they
tilled him with shot. And you re
member how we quoted from the
yam and laughed over It there on S
the hillside while you and dear old
Stoker panned and washed. I jot
ted the story down in my note
book that day and would - have
been glad to get $10 or $15 for
it — I was that blind. But then,
we were so hard up.
I published that story and it
became widely known in America.
India. China, England; and the
reputation it made for me has paid
me thousands of dollars since.
Four or five months ago I bought
into that Express and went heav
ily in debt — never could have
dared to do that, Jim. if we hadn't
heard the jumping frob story that
day. Truly your friend.
The next year Twain -went to the
Hawaiian islands for the Sacramento
Union and from "that time on his his
tory and successes are, very well
known. More has been written of him
and hlfe" work than of any. other con
temporary American. He, evolved from
a jokesmlth into one of the greatest
literary figures of his. time. Such dis
cerning critics as Andrew Lang and
Ambrose Bi»rce have called him the
foremost man of American letters. It
was a long leap from "The Jumping
Frog of Calaveras" to "Joan of Arc."
but Mark Twain- was more than- humor
ist and wit — he was a profound phil
osopher with ttae vifelon of a prophet.
NEW YORK. April 21.— The mere
chronology of Mark Twain's life is soon
told. Like most dwellers in the imagi-.
nation, his significance to posterity lies,
not as with men of action, in how he
wrought upon events, but rather . in
how events wrought upon him. for
from such reactions resulted his imagi
native output— one of. the most consid
erable of his time, and as it now seems,
one of the most, secure.
Briefly, then, Mark Twain was born
1 Samuel Langhorn Clemens, in: Florida.
Mo.. November 30, 1835. -
"My parents," he writes in his own
burlesque autobiography, "were neither
very poor nor conspicuously, honest.
The earliest ancestor the Twalns have
any recollection of was a friend of the
family by the name of Higrgins."
The elder Clemens failed in business
and died, leaving his -son the ample
world to make his fortune In.'
Mark Twain's acquaintance with lit
erature, besan. in putting words, into
type, not ideas into words. Educated
Facsimile of an autograph letter fel) Mark Twain. The story called
"A Horse's Tale," written by Clemens in 1905, was done at the sugges
tion of Minnie Maddcrn Fisl(e, the actress. This letter was written to
Mrs. Fisf(e when he had finished the story.
only in the public schools, he was ap
prenticed to a printer at 13 and worked
at his trade in St. Louis, Cincinnati;
Philadelphia and New York, until at IS
he could gratify a boyish ambition to
become a cub to a Mississippi river
Both these happenings reacted pro
foundly in his later life. His knowl
edge of the river, acquired when he
"was a pilot, took form in "Tom Saw
yer," "Huckleberry Finn" and "Life on
the Mississippi." It even suggested
his pseudonym, for "Mark Twain" is a
leadsman's cry to the pilot in shallow
stages. \u25a0\u25a0'..''
And his familiarity with' printing
turned him naturally first into news
paper work, then into creative writing
and finally into the publishing business,
wherein, .like Sir Walter Scott, he suf
fered a bankruptcy disastrous to every
thing but his honor, and. like Sil Wal
ter again, paid off by his pen. debts not
of his own making.
In due time Mark Twain became a
full fledged pilot. ,He tells the rest
himself in a chapter of life on the Mis
sissippi. "By and by the war came,
commerce was suspended, my, occupa
tion was gone.
."I had to seek another livelihood. So
I became a silver miner in Nevada; a
gold miner in California; next a re
porter in San Francisco; next a special
correspondent in the Sandwich islands;
next a roving correspondent, in Europe
and the east;\next an instructional
torch bearer on the lecture* platform
and finally I became a scribbler of
boqks and an immovable fixture among
the other rocks of. New England."
This was In 1572, two' years after he
had married Olivia L. Langdon of El
mlra, N. Yt, who brought him an inde
pendent fortune. At ;that time;, bis
writings were H? great demand, he had
an assured Income and his own home.
But in 1885- he: became a member^ of
the firm Of C. L: Webster' & Co.",:pub
lishers. The. firm brought out the me
moirs of General j Grant and j paid | his
widow $350,000, but its prosperity was
short lived and it failed with liabilities
of $96,000. The. . failure had'already
taken $65,000 of Mark Twain's ; cash,
but he determined also to shoulder the
debts and to pay them off undertook
in 1695-96 a "lecture trip jthe
world. That he accomplished. v-".'
Yale'gave him the -degree of M.>A:
and later, in 1901; of LL.D.jUhe Uni
versity of. Missouri, 'his native", state;'
followed with LL.D. In 1902, and in 1907
the Untversity of s Oxfara, with . grt*t
ceremony, made him a doctor" of litera
ture. : . .': \u25a0'. \u25a0 ' ,-\u25a0 ' - '.':.':.'\u25a0 ' ',:" ,%• :\u25a0
Indeed, serious appreciation of , Mark
Twain as an artist and not a mere
jokesmlth began abroad,"', but* his. true
worth has ..long ,: been' recognized"' in
this .country. ;'
Four 'children; were: born to; -Mark
Twain, of whom two,, a non; and -a
daughter,— .-. died' jearly.V One V; other
daughter, Jeano, who had been an in
valid for life, died last fall at Redding,
Conn. Her tragic death greatly sad
dened her father, who declined in
health from that moment. A third
daughter. Clara, is Mrs. Ossip Gabrilo
witsch, wife of the Russian pianist, to
whom she was married last year.
Mark Twain's first book was "The
Jumping Frog." His best known in
this country possibly was "Innocents
Abroad," while some of his titles to
fame are "Tom Sawyer" and its com
panion volume, "The Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn." "Joan of Arc" is
a classic. In all his -books had a sale
of more than 500,000 copies and were
translated into six languages. Others
among the better known are "A Tramp
Abroad," "The Prince and the Pauper,"
"A Yankee in King Arthur's Court,"
"Pudd'nhead Wilson" (dramatized), "A
Double Barreled Detective Story" and
"Adam's Diary." He left an unfinished
autobiography, portions of which have
appeared serially.
A new electrically, heated bath or
[lounging robe has woven into the fabric
7,000 feet of specially constructed wire
to distribute current taken from a lamp
socket without danger of shock or fire.
. An Anglo-Perslian- oil syndicate Is
.drilling^wells extensively at Ahwaz, on
the- Kuran river, Mesopotamia, Turkish
Arabia. This threatens the market of
American oil, which British firms at
present control. *
'. Forty., per cent of all the year's
deaths in London occur in December.
January and February.
Good Spring Tonic
"We have taken Hood's Sarsaparilia
for a spring tonic and 'as a blood puri-
fier. Last spring l*;was not well at all.
.When I went to bed' I was tired and
nervous" and could not sleep well; In
the morning i would feel twice as
tired; my mother got a ' bottle of
Hood'a \Sarsaparllla,: which I took. I ,
felt like a new person when I had fin- i
ished/ that bottle.' We always have I
some of Hood's medicines in ,'\u25a0 the i
house.". Jliivey Roselle, . Marinette; i
Wis. 'r, r, . ....... -;";,-- . - \u0084-
, Hood"s ; Sarsaparilia effects its won-
derful cures, not simply because it
contains sarßapariUa, but because it
combines the utmost remedial values of
more than twenty different ingredl-
entß. Any preparation said to be "Just
as good" yields the dealer a larger
; profit.- 1 . . ._. , . -v-. . :• n ,.
: Get* it today i n usual, liquid' form -or
' chocolated tablets, called Sarsatabs.
Parents of Youth Suspected of
Acid Throwing Lived in Ala*
raeda Several Months
Removal to Clovis, Fresno Couii
• iy, Reported by Neighbors
Who Knew Fugitive
.That Van Cranz Redfern, the young
man who is wanted on a charge of hav
ing squirted acid In the face of Miss
Ruth Wilson, formerly lived in Alameda
with, his parents, Mr. and" ; Mrs. V. A.
Redfern, at 2839 Washington street, was
discovered today when Miss Elizabeth
Dorn, an assistant i,h the public library
of Alameda, came across a subscriber's
card bearing the name V. A. Redfern
and the \u25a0 address .2839 Washington
street. The card was guaranteed with
the name'of T: 11. Treanor at the same
address.- . v -
'-An investigation brought to light the
fact that Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Redfern,
their son. Van Cranz Redfern. and. fam
ily of Treanor had moved from Alameda
about nine months ago and went to
Clovis, in Fresno' county.
Mrs. S. •A.-Fletcher, who lives at 2841
Washington street, Alameda, remem
bered the Redfern and Treanor families.
She said: ,
"The, Redferns and- Treanors lived at
2839 Washington stret. While residing
there the Redfern boy attended a poly
technic school In Oakland? 1 think. The
two families moved away about nine
months ago and I understood that they
went to Clovis, In Fresno county. I
know* nothing of the whereabouts of
the Redfern or Treanor families since
they, left, Alaraeda."
The subscriber's card in the Alameda
public library was taken out by the
senior Redfern September 14. 1908.' The
Redfern and Treanor families did not
live very long at 2839 ' Washington
street, according, to* the neighbors.
West Lodge, on the edge of Lower
Putney common, which is about to be
demolished in order to make room for
a new hospital, has some interesting
literary associations, says the West
minster Gazette. For eight or nine
years' it was the home of Douglas
Jerrold, and a recognized rendezvous
of many famous men. including Dick
ens, Macready. Forster and Maclise. In
the garden of the lodge is an ancient
mulberry tree, which possibly may be
one of the many planted at Putney by
command of Oliver Cromwell. It was
during his tenancy of West Lodge that
Jerrold wrote "Mrs. Caudle's Curtain
Lectures." .
KxeurMion to I'kinli
The Northwestern Pacirtc announces
an excursion to Ukiah on Sunday, May
1. This is the most popular excursion
run by any railroad in the state. The
ride is through Marin, Santa Rosa, Rus
sian river and Ukiah valleys, and at
this time of the year it is aNnost beau
tiful trip, owing to the fruit trees be
ing in blossom and the wild flowers in
full bloom. The trains pass through a
veritable bed of wild flowers. The trip
can be taken in absolute comfort, as
each ticket insures a seat, there being
no more tickets sold than there are
seats provided. The fare for' the round
trip is only $2.50 and tickets are now
on sale at the new city ticket office, 874
Market street, and at the ferry. The
leaving time from San Francisco is" 8
a. m. and from Ukiah 5 p. m. *
I The Convenience of our I
Charge Accounts |H^
B To give you an idea of the ||
H exceptional convenience of S
H our charge accounts, we will M
H give you some actual examples H
H of the way we accommodate H
IC^^f One Customer bought a suit and furnishings amount- f^M
jL<tgU • ing to $35. He paid $11 cash and the balance in eight*' t''m
" s^iil^W • Another bought goods amounting to $22.50. He is£j
J^Mf^^&M§^^^L P aid ? 7 - 50 on purchasing and the balance in payments |^|
|^i.% \ * /'"'^iiy&l. tllird customer bought a bill amounting to $20, *Jp3
K&sl&'' \ *^^^L and after makin S an initial payment of $5 paid the fH
mgßF^*" V^^K^ balance, $7.50 at a time, at intervals of a month. \M
>fe .- l^^p^^P Do you know of any house of our |J|
\u25a0 standing giving the peerless cash M
feLT c \U values that we offer in clothing and PI
\u25a0 : m: ' ll furnishings, affording such liberal |||
X; /\ Js_ Open an account today and get the benefit
1 TT 1 — **^rlSif ° f lhis Ji^ ral merchandising policy.
Engine Backs Down on Lad Who
Rode up Behind It on
His Velocipede
Terrible Accident Unnerves En
gineer, Who Is Placed Un»
der Care of Physicians
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SAN JOSE, April 21.— Caught beneath
a five ton steam roller little 6 year old
Harold W. Tansey, son of H. C. Tansey
of'this city, was crushed to death at 9
o'clock this morning before the eyes of
a score of neighbors.
The Ransome-Crummey construction
company has been engaged in paving
the block in South Third street be
tween San Antonio and San Carlos with
asphalt and used a steam roller to
smooth the surface. The little fellow
had been riding up and down the new
pavement on his velocipede and at the
time of the accident was directly be
hind ; the machine. The engineer
reached the end of the section of pav
ing and reversed his power to back up.
The lad was caught under the immense
hot roller.
W. O. Tyson, formerly of San Fran
cisco, was driving the roller and,
though the statements of all of the wit
nesses exonerate him from all blame,
the effect of th* accident on his reason
ls^feared. The man was unnerved and
had to-bJ taken home and given med
ical care.- <
Little Competition Manifested in
Race for Offices
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
STANFORD. April 21. — Student body
nominations were held today. Ray B.
Wheeler of Pasade.na and George A.
Ditz of Stockton were" the nominees
for the position of president, and Mau
rice Y. MaJone was the only nominee
for vice president. J. E. Thompson of
San Jose and Charles A. Christin of
San Francisco were named for secre
tary. \u25a0*
D. W. Burbank of Santa Cruz was
again nominated for the position of
graduate manager. Harold G. Fergu
son was placed In nomination for edi
tor of the Daily Palo Alto. R. J.
Glendenning of San Jose was named for
manager of the Palo Alto.-
For editor of the Sequoia Frank E.
Hill of San Jose was named by E. M.
Leaf, the present editor. Lee Mann of
Arroyo Grande was the only nominee
for manager of the Sequoia..
W. M. Wyman of Santa Barbara and
H. Smltherum of San Jose will contend
for the office of representative of the
junior class on the executive commit
tee. For the sophomores Lee Arrell of
Moline, 111., was named for representa
tive. The freshmen nominated Eugene
Kern of Berkeley and C. H. Marvin of
Riverside as their representatives.
German electrical workers increased
from 26,000 in 1895 to 125.000 in 1908.
Their 1909 product was worth $144,000.
000, against $54,000,000 in 1898. The
capital employed is $19,500,000.
Uncle Sam's fishing fleet numbers
' 6,954 boats.' i
Blotches. Red Xonn and Pimples. >l«jr
Be Quickly Banlahed
It Is very easy; after all. to be rt«*;
of unsightly pimples. Inllamed skli/f;
blotches, red noses, hives, fever blisters
and other blemishes, as a few applica-
tions of poslam, the new skin remedy.
will «tuickly banish these troubles. Be-
ing naturally flesh colored and con-
taining no grease, poslum can not be
detected on the face in the daytime.
The actual healing and curing process
is accomplished readily and without
inconvenience, the skin being restored
to Its natural color. ; i.£
Poalam can be had of any pharma-
cist who handles pure drugs, particu-
larly The Owl Drug Co. Fifty cents'
worth will answer either for the minor
troubles mentioned?* or in curing ordi-
nary cases of eczema, for which disease
it is the accepted specific. Itching stops
at once.
Any one who will write to the Emer-
gency Laboratories, No. 32 West Twen-
ty-fifth street, >iew York city, can se-
cure by mail, free of charge, a supply
sufficient 'to show overnight results in
clearing the complexion or removing
pimples. /
*JH '"EftST SAM MFf f> [ffl$ rr -~ ea
Sunday, April 24
Opening Sale of Season
High class residence lots in the
Flower Garden Subdivision of San
Francisco. Don't miss the /oppor-
On application at*th<» office
1000 Mi.na.l-.MMk Hldg.
San Francisco
Phone Douglas 3-ISU
And be a property owner near th*-
largest endowed university in the
world and one hour from San Fran-
$25 Cash and $1O
Per month will buy a dand7 lot in the
Near the great Stanford University.
Improvements' already made: in-
clude sidewalks, curbs, water, 'shad's
trees and palms planted. Yon can't
afford not to buy while priors are
low. Make your appointment at
once for uny forenoon at my oilirr
at 10 sharp to are tli* proprrtT. VT.
R. BARTL.KY. OWNER. 530 Phelan
Building. C-:i94!>, Douglas 13S5*.
i $1 PER YEAR |

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