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Loren Ghiglione <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 3 Oct 2011 02:43:38 +0000
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Sandra, thanks.  Best, Loren

From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Sandra Uetz [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, October 02, 2011 2:28 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Did this Seattle interview occur?

You will find an account of this interview in Gary Scharnhorst's excellent =
Bon voyage,
Sandra Uetz

--- On Sat, 10/1/11, Loren Ghiglione <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Loren Ghiglione <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Did this Seattle interview occur?
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10:26 PM

Dear Forum members:
Two students and I are two weeks into a three-month, 12,000-mile drive arou=
nd the United States as part of a book, web and documentary project called =
"Traveling with Twain in Search of America's Identity" (our website is trav=
=3D The trip will end in Seattle in December.=A0 Willia=
m H.=3D
Hadley, a family friend, provided me with a clipping from a Frank Lynch co=
lumn in the January 3, 1957, Seattle Post-Intelligencer.=A0 The column is t=
led "The Cub Reporter and Mark Twain Unsuited."=A0 The column includes an a=
ount by Ray O. Hadley, William Hadley's father, of interviewing Twain, who =
was in the area for an appearance in 1895 at Lighthouse Hall, later "the up=
per stories of the Bellingham First National Bank Building."=A0 Hadley was =
a =3D
cub reporter for The Blade, a local tri-weekly.=A0 So the story goes, Hadle=
y =3D
went to the Fairhaven Hotel to interview Twain, who was walking around in l=
ong, trap-door underwear.=A0=A0=A0Hadley asked Twain, "And what do you thin=
k of o=3D
ur Northwest, sir?"=A0 Having experienced a period of fires, Twain had not =
en sun, sky or tree tops.=A0 He said, "My God, I haven't seen any of it but=
he ground."=A0 Hadley raced back to The Blade to write a short article unde=
r =3D
the headline: "Mark Twain, Unsuited.=A0 Interviewed by Blade Reporter."=A0 =
h ends his column about Roy Hadley: "Noting as wonderful ever happened to h=
im again."=A0 Is there a way to determine whether such an article ever ran =
the tri-weekly Blade (by the way, it would not have had a byline)?=A0 I hav=
not been able to locate copies of The Blade.=A0 =A0 Best, Loren Ghiglione

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Scott Holmes
Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2011 2:49 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Traveling with the Innocents Abroad

Thank you all for this lead.=A0 I've found copies available on Amazon, some=
or rather exorbitant amounts and others for less than $20.=A0 I've ordered =
a =3D
copy.=A0 Meanwhile I did find a source of pdfs at California Digital Newspa=
r Collection, The pdfs are readable but the scanned text is al=
most useless.=A0 If you wish text copies you'd probably save time by just t=
ing the letters out rather than trying to correct the scanned text.

My avatar has been doing readings from The Innocents Abroad in Second Life,=
the virtual on-line world.=A0 I created a web page from the first chapter t=
at includes a link to the YouTube recording as well as an image of the Lett=
er form Mark Twain published August 18, 1867, written June 6, 1867, the day=
before the Quaker City left the dock.