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At a talk given at the Young Men’s Christian Association, too many people showed up, and the police finally had to start pushing them out the door:

Says Twain: “There was one last man, of course—there always is. He almost got his body into the closing door but was pushed back by a big officer. He realized his chance was gone. He was mute for a moment while his feelings were rising in him, then he said: ‘I have been a member of the Young Men’s Christian Association in good standing for seven years and never got any reward for it, and here it is again—just my God damned luck!’”—Paul M. Zall, anecdote reported in Mark Twain Laughing, 1985

In Bed Reading The World's Work, 1906
In Bed Reading The World’s Work, 1906
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In Bed Writing
In Bed Writing
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“As An Example
To Others”
 

Signing Autographs in Hannibal, MO, June, 1902
Signing Autographs in Hannibal,
MO, June, 1902

Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford
With Crowd of Men on Steps of Park Church, Elmira, NY, 1907
With Crowd of Men on Steps
of Park Church, Elmira, NY, 1907

Courtesy of The Chemung County
Historical Society

In London, a cousin of Mark Twain, Dr. Jim Clemens, fell ill, and the newspaper had it presently that Mark Twain was lying at the point of death. A reporter ferreted him out and [showed him the telegram of the] instructions from his paper.

His orders read:

“If Mark Twain very ill, five hundred words. If dead, send one thousand.”

Twain smiled grimly as he handed back the cable.

“You don't need as much as that,” he said, “Just say the report of my death has been grossly exaggerated.”—Albert Bigelow Paine, Mark Twain: A Biography, 1910

With Reporters on Ship Deck, 1907
With Reporters on Ship
Deck, 1907

Courtesy of The Mark Twain House,
Hartford
 
 
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