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Richard Reineccius <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 8 Feb 2012 14:16:59 -0800
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Cindy - But I think it was the companion dog, LAZARUS, that he wrote about, and for whom/which the whole town turned out for the famous SOB's funeral. It really was a big event here, the story goes.
Norton actually owned one of the mutts, and the other one was simply a pal who attached himself to the royalty. Norton himself, a bankrupt gold-seeker, spent time on both sides of the SF Bay, and was as famous in Berkeley as in Bagdad-By-The-Bay. I'll check the SF History Center at the Library to see if they have a pic file.

Richard R.

> From: Cindy Lovell <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask] 
>Sent: Saturday, January 8, 2011 11:17 PM
>What a coincidence that you posed this today.  I'm in Enterprise, Oregon wh=
>ere the community is reading Tom Sawyer for The Big Read and I was brought =
>in to do a teacher workshop and the keynote kickoff.  My host said I had to=
>meet someone here who has had a nagging Twain question for some time.  He =
>collects oil paintings and years ago had purchased one of a dog done by Eus=
>tace Paul Ziegler (then a student) in 1903 titled Bonheure.  He was told th=
>at it was a painting of the world's most famous dog and that Mark Twain had=
>written the dog's obit.  I don't know how you get from Bummer to Bonheure =
>or if this is a wild goose - er, dog - chase.  Does anyone know anything ab=
>out Ziegler painting such a picture?  I took a photo of the painting this m=
>orning on my iPhone and would be happy to email it to anyone who'd like to =
>take a gander. =20
>Cindy Lovell, Ph.D.
>Executive Director
>Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
>120 N. Main St.
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>"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker wi=
>ll be sorry." ~Mark Twain
>From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Richard Reineccius [=
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>Sent: Saturday, January 08, 2011 5:40 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Today, 8 January 2011: (from
>On this date in 1880, the "ruler" Emperor Norton passed away in San Francis=
>co. The eccentric Joshua Abraham Norton proclaimed himself "Emperor of thes=
>e United States and Protector of Mexico." During his 20-year "reign," he wa=
>s humored by the locals, and currency was even issued in his name.
>Richard R - San Francisco/Oakland
>The Twain Lane Collaborative, SF
>NON-TRIVIA: Emperor Norton was usually seen up and down and near Market Str=
>eet SF, in Berkeley and elsewhere, in the company of two famous derelict do=
>gs, _________ and __________. Twain knew them personally.
>No prize will be awarded for knowing the answer w/ or w/o a lookup.
>There's fun info at the SF Virtual Museum:
>(including a famous Jump cartoon drawing)