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The Trouble Starts At Eight 1865-1866
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The Quaker City Tour
 
 

“A good many expedients were resorted to keep the excursionists amused and satisfied...

Several times the photographer of the expedition brought out his transparent pictures and gave us a handsome magic-lantern exhibition. His views were nearly all of foreign scenes, but there were one or two home pictures among them. He advertised that he would ‘open his performance in the after cabin at two bells’ (nine P.M.) and show the passengers where they shall eventually arrive—which was all very well, but by a funny accident the first picture that flamed out upon the canvas was a view of Greenwood Cemetery...

We celebrated a lady’s birthday anniversary with toasts, speeches, a poem, and so forth. We also had a mock trial. No ship ever went to sea that hadn’t a mock trial on board...

The acting of charades was tried on several evenings by the young gentlemen and ladies, in the cabins, and proved the most distinguished success of all the amusement experiments.

An attempt was made to organize a debating club, but it was a failure. There was no oratorical talent in the ship.

We all enjoyed ourselves—I think I can safely say that, but it was in a rather quiet way.”— Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, 1869


Quaker City Expedition List, March 1886-June 1887
First Page of Twain’s Journal
from Quaker City Tour, 1867

Courtesy Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley
Portrait
Portrait
Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford
Quaker City Expedition, 1867
Quaker City
Expedition, 1867

Professor W.E. James Collection,
Courtesy of Randolph James
A Packed House and Many Turned Away
 
 
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