141 Years Ago Today Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express
Buffalo Express August 21 1869
|Olivia Langdon Clemens|
|Mark Twain Lecturing|
He spreads this all out with oppressive solemnity over a column and a half of large print, and feels that the country is saved. His satisfaction over it is quite enormous. He then settles down to his miracles and inflicts profound platitudes and impenetrable wisdom upon a helpless public as long as they can stand it, and then they send him off Consul to some savage island in the Pacific in the vague hope that cannibals will like him well enough to eat him. And with an inhumanity which is but a fitting climax to his career of persecution, instead of packing his trunk at once he lingers to inflict upon his benefactors a "Valedictory".
|Twain's Buffalo Home|
"I have resigned my place--I have departed this life--I am journalistically dead, ain't I?
"Wouldn't you consider it disgraceful in a corpse to sit up and comment on the funeral?"
I record here, and preserve it from oblivion, as the briefest and best "Valedictory" that has yet come under my notice.----Mark Twain
P.S. --- I am grateful for the kindly way in which the press of the land have taken notice of my irruption into regular journalistic life, telegraphically or editorially, and am happy in this place to express the feeling.
Editors Note: Jan. 12, 2010 Mark Twain has been in the news a lot lately especially since we think his works need to be re-written to today's standards. Maybe we should take a little "white-out" to his original manuscripts too and burn any of his volumes with the original script. Teaching children a false truth is dangerous. It is better to read the original and then explain why it was written in that manner, what was acceptable then and why, then what is acceptable now and why. Now you have a true learning experience. Stop this censorship, it's a dangerous precedent.
|A Young Mark Twain|
Trivia: Where did Samuel Clemens pen name "Mark Twain" come from?
"Mark Twain" - The call made by River Boat Pilots when making soundings of the River.