Fresh Findings from Mark Twain


By Albert Bigelow Paine

[excerpts from the Omaha Daily Bee, February 9, 1913]

Once in the course of a conversation I had with him in Bermuda, not long before the end, Mark forgot a word and denounced his poor memory: “I’ll forget the Lord’s middle name some time,” he drolly declared, “right in the middle of a storm, when I need all the help I can get.”

During a visit to Vienna in exciting political times, an American correspondent wrote, asking Twain for an interview. Clemens replied, giving him permission to call. When the reporter arrived, Clemens was at work, writing in bed, as was so much his habit. At the doorway the reporter paused, waiting for a summons to enter. The door was ajar and he heard Mrs. Clemens say: “Youth, don’t you think it will be a little embarrassing for him, your being in bed?”

And he heard Twain’s easy, gentle, deliberate voice reply: “Why, Livy, if you think so, we might have the other bed made up for him.”