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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
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Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 27 Mar 2021 05:10:35 +0000
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From chapter 2 of "Tom Sawyer":
Jim came skipping out at the gate with a tin pail, and singing Buffalo Gals. 

- B. Clay Shannon 

    On Friday, March 26, 2021, 06:56:04 PM PDT, JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]> wrote:  
 Another question ;)

Did mark twain ever mention any names of minstrel songs he liked?


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From: JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 9:03:19 PM
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Subject: Vasser

This time i am wondering if anyone has been to vasser college to see the twsin items there? And if so is it worth the trip?
I have been to every place twain has been and berkely. This is the last place in usa.

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From: Mark Twain Forum <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:29:27 PM
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Minor Geographical Quibble


In MT’s NOTEBOOKS & JOURNALS, Vol. 2, p. 144 — Clemens corrects the town
name “Leuch” to “Bad-Leuk.”  He writes:

“... looked down on steep precipice & town of <Leuch> Bad-Leuk.”

I emailed a photo of that page from this volume to your personal email.
Overall, I think you will find additional good details in Vol. 2 for your


On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> That letter contains a wonderful description of Gemmi Pass but alas has no
> name for the village(s) he came to after crossing the pass.  I doubt Twain
> would have confused the names as he references Baedeker's guidebook in his
> description of descending from the pass.  Fears' reference is merely Rodney
> 106.  Then, he notes an entry in his notebook.  I've ordered a used copy of
> Volume II.
> On 3/23/21 6:26 AM, Barbara Schmidt wrote:
>> This online letter to Livy written from Leukerbad may be of interest —
>> 01589.xml;query=Leukerbad;searchAll=;sectionType1=;sectionTy
>> pe2=;sectionType3=;sectionType4=;sectionType5=;style=letter;brand=mtp#1
>>  Barb
>> On Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Interesting as Twain, at least in "A Tramp Abroad" was unable to
>>> distinguish between the two towns.  I can't check his journal or
>>> notebooks,
>>> however. /The town in the valley is called Leuk or Leukerbad. We pointed
>>> our course toward it, down a verdant slope which was adorned with fringed
>>> gentians and other flowers, and presently entered the narrow alleys of
>>> the
>>> outskirts and waded toward the middle of the town through liquid
>>> "fertilizer." They ought to either pave that village or organize a
>>> ferry./
>>> On 3/22/21 7:36 PM, Barbara Schmidt wrote:
>>> I checked the passage in Rodney’s MARK TWAIN OVERSEAS, p. 106.  Rodney
>>>> does
>>>> not mention Leukerbad.
>>>> Barb
>>>> On Monday, March 22, 2021, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> I have recently relocated my twainsgeography site to Amazon's cloud
>>>> server
>>>>> and am combing through my site for bothersome details.  For those
>>>>> interested in such minutia, Fears' Day by Day contains this passage:
>>>>> "The pair set off with an old guide and climbed on foot up through the
>>>>> pass, coming down a precipitous trail to the village of*Leuk***(a short
>>>>> distance from*Leukerbad*)[Rodney 106]."
>>>>> Fears apparently got this from Robert Rodney's "Mark Twain Overseas".
>>>>> The order of villages is actually reversed.  Leukerbad is the village
>>>>> with
>>>>> the baths and is found at the base of Gemmi Pass.  Leuk is the town to
>>>>> the
>>>>> south of Leukerbad.
>>>>> Just thought I'd mention it...
>>>>> tent/kandersteg-leukerbad