Thanks, Scott, for your notes regarding Sam's First Journey.
To everyone else, I am writing two books about these early years, a project
that began after I heard a talk given by Robert Hirst, the curator of the
Mark Twain Papers at the Bancroft Library of the University of California
on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Mark Twain (1910).
In that talk, Mr. Hirst let it be known that Mark Twain made sure that his
full story would not be told for 100 years after his death- and I wondered
...and so I started my research, and got some major clues from the
important events of his early life- that he didn't write about. And the
circumstantial evidence kept piling up that supported the fact that Sam was
involved in something rather remarkable during that period (See FYI at the
I won't tell what it was that was so special, for now, for two
One, because I don't want conformational bias to color what I now
seek- anecdotal stories about where Sam went, and who Sam met during those
The work that Scott has been doing has helped provide the framework,
I seek stories!
Two- Announcing it now would spoil the drama.
So, please, if anyone has a story- of Sam meeting unusual people, or
doing unusual things that he didn't write about from 1850 to 1868, please
FYI- a solid proof escaped me- until I started to go through the older MT
Forum archives, and read one of the books that was referenced.....
(I get the forum on Sunday nights for the week, so I may not respond
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> 3. From Chicago to Monroe - 1853
> Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:03:10 -0400
> From: Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Twain's Favored Beer
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> A reporter during the Twain-Cable tour 1884=E2=80=9385 began the interview
> stating that "Mr. Clemens had before him a half emptied bottle of Bass'
> pale ale."
> Clemens must have liked it, because by the end of the meeting, "Mr. Twain
> Looked at his bottle. It was empty. He then gazed sorrowfully upon it" and
> excused himself to go to bed.
> ("The Humorists Interviewed," Cincinnati Enquirer, 3 Jan 1885, reprinted as
> #30 in Scharnhorst's _Complete Interviews_)
> Tx T
> On Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 5:36 PM Leslie MYRICK <
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> > He appears to have developed a taste for Bass ale on his trips to
> > but I find no easy evidence to show for it (just memories of
> > bills in the MTP document files). Perhaps this is also mentioned in
> > interviews.
> > On Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 12:52 PM Robert STEWART <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> > > A local craft brewer has asked if Twain had a favorite beer such as
> > > Pilsner, ale or dark ale, hefeweisen, etc. Has anyone in the Forum ever
> > > noted a Twain mention of a lager or ale he favored? Brewer said there
> > > be an event at a brewpub here in Carson City, Nevada, the city where in
> > > 1863 Sam Clemens first used the name Twain to sign a letter to the
> > > Territorial Enterprise, and the brewer wants to have an appropriate
> > > ready for it.
> > >
> Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2021 17:05:23 +0000
> From: Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Twain / Lofting
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> Twain published "A Horse's Tail/Tale" in 1906. Hugh Lofting published
> "Voyages of Dr. Dolittle" in 1922, which also includes an anti-bullfighting
> section. Was Lofting influenced by Twain's tale?
> - B. Clay Shannon
> Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:45:20 -0700
> From: Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: From Chicago to Monroe - 1853
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> Sam's first sojourn away from home included a leg from Chicago, Illinois
> to Monroe, Michigan, where he took a steamer across Lake Erie. All the
> references I've found regarding this trip have said he traveled first to
> Toledo and then Monroe. I've not seen any corroborating evidence from
> Twain and my study of the railroads of that time suggest he traveled
> straight through Adrian and into Monroe on the Michigan Southern and
> Northern Indiana Rail Road. There was no reason for him to detour to
> Toledo. This line would later become the Lake Shore and Michigan
> Southern Railway.
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