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Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 6 Apr 2015 17:51:17 -0500
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Cyril lived here in STL for many years and he gave his papers and archives
to my university.  There is much to be harvested from this little-known
archive; among other things are many letters from notables to Cyril.  If
you wish to view the holdings, and/or to read a biography of Cyril, you can
go here:

by the way, Cyril had many troubles with the Twain estate (i.e. with Clara,
who once called Cyril "a very distant cousin of Mark Twain who won't keep
his distance.")  The other notable trivia fact is that he also named
Mussolini an honorary president of the International Mark Twain Society,
which Cyril founded in 1923.  Cyril was actually alive when I moved here in
1998, living i=just outside the city proper in Webster Groves; though I
never did meet him I know folks who knew him -- and described him as a very
colorful and quirky individual. . . . .


On Mon, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>

> Cyril was a very distant cousin -- and yes, 3rd cousin, twice removed is
> the way genealogy software describes the connection which is available from
> family trees online:
> Samuel Langhorne Clemens and Cyril Coniston Clemens are 3rd cousins 2 times
> removed.  Their common ancestors are Ezekiel Clements (sic) (b. abt. 1680)
> and Christina Castell.
> To answer Martin's original question --
> Chapter 54 of LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI and the entry for "Clint Levering" in
> the Biographical directory in HUCK FINN AND TOM SAWYER AMONG THE INDIANS,
> (UCal edition), p. 331-332 may be close to the source of Harnsberger's
> account.
> Barb

Prof. Harold K. Bush
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