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.rr o M PAGE ONE. MARK TWAIN world to become the master of wholesome humor. Mark Twain re tained to the last his delicate dis Unctions of light and shade, giving to the world its dearest smiles and drawing from it its most willing, sympathetic tears. For withal his inmor the public eye has seen no iiappy life punctuated with deeper •orrows. He had known every trav ail of the soul, and few there are whose spirit of sound humor would have survived so many onslaughts of a whimsical and cruel fate. "GREATLY EXAGGERATED." It was the same man who gave this message to an anxious world: Rumors of my death are largely exaggerated"; who subsequently de scribed his health as "not ruggedly well but not ill enough to excite an undertaker," and who on return from Bermuda, two days prior to the sudden death of his favorite daughter .lean, the day before last Christmas, confirmed the belief of the newspaper reporters who met him at the gangplank, with this dis couraging statement: "My active work in this life and for trie world is done. 1 shall write no more books nor attempt new work." The accompanying smile was one of amiable sadness. His cheeks we c hollow and furrowed, nnd his gait was shuffling and uncertain, as if tired almost unto death. The next day, 12 hours before her untimely death, bis daughter .lean made public this statement at the instance of her father: "1 hear the newspapers say 1 am dying. The charge is not true. I would do no such thing at my time of life. 1 am behaving as well as I can. Merry Christmas to every body." How merry was his Christmas is known throughout a sympathising universe. The hand of fate, always inscrutable, dealt its crudest blow to the kindest, gentlest of men. The hour hand had traveled but once around the clock before the daughter—his confidant, compan ion and amanuensis—was found dead in her bath at their country home. "Stormfield," Redding. Conn. Her last act had been the prepara tion of a mammoth Christmas tree. BEGUN IN 1835. In 183." while there were less than a million white inhabitants in the great empire west of the Missis sippi. Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. It was November 30. and the scene of his nativity was a humble cabin at Florida. Mo., which at that time marked the extreme fringe of frontier settlement. His parents were John Marshall Clem ens of Virginia and his good wife, who was Jane Lambton of Ken RYAN & O'BRIEN, Tailors $1.00 ONE DOLLAR—THIS IS THE PROFIT WE WOULD HAVE MADE ON YOU IF WE HAD NOT BEEN MOLESTED AND CLOSED BY OUR JEALOUS COMPETITORS. WE HAD TO RESORT TO THE COURTS AND GET OUR RIGHTS NOW, COME ON, BOYS. WE ARE OPEN EVERY EVENING TO ACCOMMODATE THE PUBLIC. HERE IS OUR FINAL STATEMENT. NOT ONE SUIT WILL BE SOLD FOR LESS THAN $50 AFTER THIS SALE IS OVER. AYE SHOWED YOU AND THE CLOTHING MEN WE ARE HERE TO STAY. WE REFUSE TO BE DRIVEN OUT OF SPOKANE. AMERICAN CITIZENS' BIGHTS ARE ALL WE WANT. DON'T FORGET TO ATTEND OUR $25.00 SUIT SALE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. Same Building as N. P. R. R. Ticket Office The father was a lineal descend ant of Gregory Clement, one of the three judges who condemned to death Charles 1. Clement, excepted from the general amnesty following the restoration, lost his head in con sequence. Jane forbears strove with Daniel Roone on the ' dark and bloody ground"—the scene of her birth 2!> years after the building of the first log cabin within the pres ent confines of that commonwealth. Kven in the state famous as a hot house of feminine beauty .lane Lambton became known as one of the most beautiful and brilliant belles of her time in the Hluegrass state. Clement's parents, victims of the wanderlust, left their small prop erty in Lexington for a new home at Jametown on the Cumberland river in Tennessee. Next they trav eled to Missouri, passing St. Louis, then a city of 10.000 souls, for what seemed to them a land of brighter promise. They settled at Florida, a hamlet, described by the author in later years as "the settlement that just divides the desert from the town." It was there that the future Mark- Twain was born, and here it was also that he first encountered that capricious Fate, which at the age of three years foretold the anomalies of his career. His father, an absent minded soul —wary of the scant opportunities afforded by his surroundings—mi- grated from Florida without thought of the little human baggage who laughed and cooed in the de lightful occupation of mud pie bak ing in the sun bathed garden obliv ious to the disappearance of the household cavalcade across the sky line. Two or three hours later a relative found the complacent youngster, overtook the parents on the wagon road to Hannibal, and reminded them in no uncertain terms of the consequences of such |carelessness, who knows but this Incident was the turning point in little Samuel's life —the influence that set in motion that remorseless pendulum of Fate 1 ? The father served for some years as magistrate in Hannibal, was elected county judge, but died in Ist" without assuming office. His death marked the end of the youth's systematic education, which had previously been indifferent owing to his uncet tain health. A brother's print shop became his high school. At intervals, shortly after he was 12 years old. he edited the litle newspaper to the amaze ment of the subscribers and the dis comfiture of the elder brother, whose responsibility as publisher bore the brunt of hostile complaints against the ' personal journalism" of the juvenile. Time and again in leisure hours the boy was fished out of the river almost drowned, but the fond molher, out of her utter confidence in his future, would remark each time. "It is no matter. One who Is born to be hanged is surely safe in the water." THE WANDERLUST. Stricken with a sudden fit of in- herlted wanderlust, young Clemens disappeared from Hannibal In 1853. By this time he was accounted a fit Itinerant typesetter. Hy dint of hard work and the saving of money for traveling expenses, he saw the world s fair at New York and vis ited all the eastern cities, but was finally compelled. by financial stress, to seek cover near home. At Keokuk he apprenticed him self to Captain Hixby to learn the infinite mysteries of steamboat piloting. Those were the days when the wheelmen of Mississippi river packets were accounted princes. Their dress was at once the joy and perplexity of the river towns. They carried guns and fought their way by a singular code of honor up and down the mystic river, famed for its capricious habit of changing beds over night. In "Tom Sawyer," "Huckleberry Finn," "Puddin' Head Wilson" and "Life on the Missis sippi," which came from his pen in later years, every incident of this vanishing eslate is dwelt upon lov ingly. In the midst of this phase of his career the civil war was declared, and. born of slave holding parents, the youth piloted his boat through the blockales to the north and joined the confederate army. This army experience lasted two weeks, when he resigned, assigning the cause to "Incapacity by fatigue through persistent retreating." Returning to Hannibal, he joined his brother, Orion, who had ac cepted the appointment as first sec retary of the new territory of Ne vada. Samuel accepted the private secretaryship, which his brother ex plained was "a good job. with noth ing to do and no salary." At Virginia City young Clemens amused himself by writing letters to the Virginia City Territorial Kn terprise, and was finally engaged as legislative correspondent at Carson City. To these letters he first signed the name "Mark Twain," which he adopted from the old Mis sissippi liver term for a two fathom sounding. "DESPERATE" DUELLIST. One of his barbed literary shafts struck a vital spot in the emotions of Editor Laird of the Virginia City Union. The latter proposed a duel as a salve to his honor. Colt's re volvers being the only available weapons. Twain sought out the pro posed dueling grounds for practice, expending an enormous amount of ammunition and hitting everything but the mark. At the appointed hour of the meeting Mark was tak ing a last practice shot when a luck less bird collided with a random bullet. Laird, from afar off, saw the decapitated bird in its fall to the ground, and lost no time making the apologies necessary to the aban donment of the duel. The authorities, however, were not satisfied, and determined to make an example of those who broke the law forbidding the accept ance of a duel challenge. As a re sult, Mark Twain and the conspira tors were bustled across the border Into California. Tiring of his berth as city editor Open for Business at 10 o'Clock Friday Morning WE ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS WITH $100,000 TO BACK US UP AGAINST THE CLOTHING COM BINE. SHOW US YOU WANT US TO STAY IN SPOKANE AND WE WILL SHOW YOU. YOU WILL GET YOUR MONEY S WORTH. CLOTHING COMBINE BUSTED. THE METHOD OF THE COMBINE TO KEEP COMPETITION OUT OF SPOKANE WAS FORMED BY SOME OF THE LEADING CLOTH IERS OF SPOKANE NOT TO LET ANY REPUTABLE MAN IN TOWN UNLESS HE GOT CONSENT OF THE CLOTHING COMBINE TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT NOT TO SELL GOOD MADE CLOTH ING OR ANY CLOTHES THAT ARE MANUFACTURED IN THIS STATE THE SAME AS WE DO. WE SELL ALL HOME MANUFACTURED GOODS, MADE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. WE BELIEVE IN HOME INDUSTRY. Competition Is the Life of Our Success COME ON, BOYS. We do not want 200 per cent profit on what we sell. !We are satisfied to make a small margin of 10 per cent. We do not pay $1200.00 to $1500.00 a month rent ami stick it onto our customers. For example, here is what the wholesale house charges the clothing mer chant for a fair made suit, ready made, not custom made, like we sell you, but a hand-me-down off the shelf. Ray for a suit you pay $15.00 for cost the clothier about $6.00, less cash discount of 7 per cent, and if his credit is good he gets something like this to pay for it. Say he buys his goods now, to be shipped at once, the wholesale clothier in New York or in the other large cities give him—■ JULY I—B PER CENT, 10 DAYS. JULY I—7 PER CENT, 30 DAYS. JULY I—6 PER CENT, 60 DAYS. JULY I—s PER CENT, 90 DAYS. RYAN & O'BRIEN THE SPOKANE PRESS of the San Francisco Call. Mark Twain penetrated the Sierras In search of gold, but being Inapt as a prospector, he sailed for Hawaii as correspondent of the Sacramento Union, arriving Just In time to re port the sensational burning of the clipper Hornet, which was his first real "scoop." After a six month stay he re turned to California and joined th* Quaker City excursion to the Holy- Land as representative of Alta Cali fornia. On this, one of the first personally conducted world tours, Mark Twain obtained the material which found its way Into "Innocents Abroad"—his first real introduction to the world of literature. Another fateful influence upon his life was furnished by the Quaker City excur sion through his meeting Miss Olivia L. Langdon of Elmira, N. Y. In 1870 they were married, and throughout one of the moat ideal marital relatipnshlps recorded In history four children were born to them. Langdon, a son, came in 1870 and died in 1872. Susan Olivia, born in the latter year, lived to be 24—long enough to develop extraor dinary mental powers and strength of character. Two other daughters, Clara and Jean, were born in 1874 C.C. Haworth Dentist I am putt ins: in teeth without plates and not bridgework nor alveo lar work either. GOLD FILLINGS by the pound without the use of the so dread edrubber dam. PLATES If you would rather have plates I can satis fy you, lam sure. Your choice of rubber for the same price. No big stalls made for any kind of colored rubber. LISTEN Good honest dentist ry by an honest dentist, privately done and pri vately guaranteed. 211-12 Nichols Block Hours 8:30 to 6; 7 to 8; Sunday, 9 to 12. SlO WALL STREET TODAY and ISBO respectively. Jean died of epilepsy In her bath, December 24, 1909. Clara Is the wife of Oasip Gabrilowitsch, the Russian pianist. at the outset of his career as a nlan of family Mark Twain acquired an Interest in the Buffalo Express, but soon retired to the more re-j munerative field of free lance liter •ary efforts. - Henceforth Mark Twain added steadily to his international literary fame. His important works and their date of appearance follow: 'Houghing It," in 1871; "Gilded Age." in 1873; "Tom Sawyer," in 1876; "Sketches," in 1877; "Tramp Abroad," in 1880; "Prince and Pau per." In 1883; "Life on the Missis sippi." in 1883; "Huckleberry Finn." In 1885; "Library of Humor," in 1888; "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court," in 1889. He founded the publishing firm of Charles L. Webster & Co. in 1884, which wag a disastrous undertak ing. Through the business depres sion of 1894 the firm failed, and Mark Twain, at the time rated a wealthy man, assumed its debts, though It swept away his fortune and left an Indebtedness of $100,000, which he paid in full. In the midst of his struggle to re coup his fortunes came the death of his wife in 1905. This loss was per haps the most serious blow of his life. He was heartbroken and al most prostrated, but laid aside his grief long enough to pay her this tribute: "Her character and disposition were of the sort that not only in vites worship but commands it." Since the death of his wife and the marriage of his daughter Clara, Mark Twain had shown the remark able mental poise and fortitude that seldom comes to man as a sustain ing force. Sinton The Tailor 228 RIVERSIDE AYE. Properly Tailored Spring Suit at a Moderate Price. HATS EXCLUBIVE UPTO-DATB STYLES— 12.50. $3.60, 94.00, SS.OO, 16 00 so you see how much you pay the clothing dealer for your clothes. We have all onr own clothing made in shops employ ing white lahor. Our store is open for biisine"ss.. We broke the clothing combine. Our price will he $25 a suit, made to order, Friday and Saturday. We can show up to the public and not get under cover. To show our profit when we sell you a suit for $25.00 we just about get out even on you. Why? Because we are building up a reputation. Here's what we pay to build a suit: GOODS, $3.00 A YARD, 3% YARDS. $10.00 MAKING COAT 7.00 MAKING PANTS 2.50 MAKING VEST 2.00 TRIMMINGS 2.50 TOTAL $24.00 READY-MADE BRIDE IS OF THE NEW ERA ' The ready-made bride, or rather the bride of the ready made trous seau, is a fact of the pew era, along with the snffraget, the air ship, and other marvels. And it would seem that she not only ex ists, but she is prevalent. "Why should a bride want to get her trousseau ready-made?" was asked by an old fashioned woman who heard this statement. "Hasty marriages," answered one. "Because men are so hard to get that once they make up their minds it is unsafe to wait to have it made," waa the flippant answer of another. "It's because It is more fun to shop than to sew," said another. "Women are so busy today that they do not have time to even sup erintend sewing, much less sew themselves," said another. "Con sider the business girls and the actresses, for instance. Many brides come from their ranks, and surely there are none who are more particular or apt to have a pretty trousseau." SPECIAL DEMONSTRATIONS FRIDAY & SATURDAY Giving the Latest Records on the New Victrola XII If you have never heard the per fect talking machine, come In and hear the Victrola —perfect not only in tone production, but in design and convenience. This beautiful in strument has no horn and all work ing parts are concealed within the mahogany cabinet. The price, $125, may be paid in convenient installments. In addition to the Victrola, we of fer five styles of talking machines. VICTOR and EDISON at the low terms of $1 DOWN and $1 a WEEK. Come to Musical Headquarters. CORNER SPRAGUE AND POST. The Beet Place to Buy a Piano. "CHECK IT WITH YOUR HAT" CROWDS "SKIDOO" OFF BOARDS NEW YORK, April 21.—"Cut It out," "Fade away," "Roll your hoop" and "Skidoo" are all in the discard. The very niftiest thing In the slang of incredulity or dis approval is "Aw, check It with your hat." The expression is a catch line use by Mabel Barrison In "Lulu's Husbands," a farce by Thompson Buchanan, presented for the first Gas Solves the Problem We are convinced that the only reasons you are not using gas are: First— You do not realize the convenience and economy. Second~You are off our line of main. Tas, X am the God don of Cookery, Ton'll not* X am a ■nilllng- lass; Tha cam* of my sat isfaction ll«a Xn tha faot that X cook with Gas. To the second, if there are enough customers we will run the main. To the third, we say, try one day in the kitchen yourself and we are sure you will give us your order. COOK WITH GAS Spokane Falls Gas Light Co. SlO WALL ST. THURSDAY, APRIL, 21, 1910. time last week. Both the slang and the show are declared hits. $100 REWARD for the conviction of the party ot parties claiming to be agents or solicitors of tbe Parisian Dyeing * Cleaning Works, 605 First avenue. L. A. Lenmann. prop. Third—You never thought of it as you do not do the cooking. To the first reason we would suggest you permit us to send our represent ative to your home to explain the gas range fully.