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Mark Twain Speaking

Paul Fatout

Publication Year: 2006

Originally published in 1976 and reissued in 2006 after many years out of print, Mark Twain Speaking assembles Twain's lectures, after-dinner speeches, and interviews from 1864 to 1909. Explanatory notes describe occasions, identify personalities, and discuss techniques of Twain's oral craftsmanship. A chronology listing date, place, and title of speech or type of engagement completes the collection.

Published by: University of Iowa Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. ix-xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xxvii

Sam Clemens, just turned twenty, made his first speech, an impromptu, at a printers' banquet in Keokuk on January 17, 1856. It was a tentative approach to a long career as lecturer and dinner speaker, as advocate of causes, and introducer at meetings charitable and political. ...

Acknowledgments

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pp. xxix-

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Selection of Texts

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pp. xxx-

The editor soon realized, with dismay, that he could not be certain of exactly what Mark Twain said on any occasion. No electronic gear recorded the words precisely as they were spoken. In the absence of such modern devices, no text can be regarded as authoritative. ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xxx-xxxi

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1. Presentation Speech

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pp. 1-3

To defend San Francisco against possible enemy attack during the Civil War, the War Department loaded the new monitor Camanche, in sections, aboard the Aquila, which sailed on a voyage around the Horn in May 1863. The day after the Aquila arrived in San Francisco in November...

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2. Sandwich Islands Lecture

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pp. 4-15

The many versions of the Sandwich Islands lecture evolved from Mark Twain's four months' visit to Hawaii in 1866 and his twenty-five letters from there published in the Sacramento Union. Continually varying his delivery, he used the Islands as a lecture topic more often than any other...

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3. Concluding Remarks

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pp. 16-18

After taking "The Sandwich Islands" on a tour of California and Nevada mining towns in the autumn of1866, Mark Twain returned to San Francisco, where he gave a farewell lecture before sailing for the East a few days later. His concluding remarks, below, were a formal leave-taking, couched in oratorical language...

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4. Address to the Czar

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pp. 18-19

When the Quaker City excursionists were invited to call upon the Czar of Russia, they appointed a committee to draft an address: T. D. Crocker, A. N. Sanford, Colonel Kinney, William Gibson, and Mark Twain, chairman. The chairman wrote the address, which was read by the American Consul for Odessa. ...

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5. Woman—The Pride of Any Profession and the Jewel of Ours

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pp. 20-22

In 1867-68, when Mark Twain was briefly a secretary for William M. Stewart, senator from Nevada, he became known in Washington as a lively writer and entertaining talker. At the Correspondents dinner, responding to the twelfth toast, to "Woman," he was a great success with an audience...

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6. Pilgrim Life

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pp. 23-25

Mark Twain returned to California for a stay of three months in the spring of 1868. He was writing his first book, The Innocents Abroad, based on more than fifty travel letters he had sent to the Alta during the Quaker City excursion to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867. ...

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7. Introductory Remarks

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pp. 25-26

To advertise his lecture on "The Oldest of the Republics, Venice Past and Present," Mark Twain published in San Francisco papers fictitious letters of protest from prominent people, hotel managers, the clergy, board of aldermen, fraternal organizations, and "1500 in the Steerage," all of whom begged him not to lecture. ...

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8. The American Vandal Abroad

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pp. 27-36

For his first lyceum tour, Mark Twain again turned to the Quaker City excursion of 1867. He said he "smouched" the lecture from his forthcoming book, Innocents Abroad, and he also incorporated material from "Pilgrim Life" and "Venice." ...

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9. Concluding Remarks

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pp. 37-38

Ladies and gentlemen: I am well aware of the fact that it would be a most gigantic fraud for you to pay a dollar each to hear my lecture. But you pay your dollar to the orphan asylum and have the lecture thrown in! So if it is not worth anything it does not cost you anything! ...

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10. The Reliable Contraband

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pp. 38-41

Mr. President and gentlemen: I thank you most heartily—I, that is I—I am happy in being considered worthy to—to—in truth, gentlemen, I am unprepared to make a speech—this call is entirely unexpected, I assure you—I did not expect it—that is, I did not expect to be called upon—if I had expected...

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11. Artemus Ward Lecture

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pp. 41-48

Ladies and gentlemen: I ask leave to introduce to you the lecturer of the evening, Mr. Charles F. Clemens, otherwise known as "Mark Twain," a gentleman, I may say, whose devotion to science, aptness in philosophy, historical accuracy, and love of—truth are in perfect harmony...

12. Roughing it Lecture

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pp. 48-63

13. On Governor James W. Nye

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pp. 64-

14. Aldine Dinner Speech

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pp. 65-68

15. Savage Club

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pp. 69-71

16. Whitefriars Club

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pp. 72-73

17. Meeting of Americans

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pp. 74-77

18. The Ladies

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pp. 78-81

19. The Guests

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pp. 82-

20. Introducing the Reverend Charles Kingsley

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pp. 83-84

21. Massachusetts Press Association

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pp. 85-86

22. Curtain Speech

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pp. 87-88

23. Dinner Speech

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pp. 89-91

24. Curtain Speech

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pp. 92-93

25. Spelling Match

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pp. 94-96

26. Republican Mass Meeting

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pp. 97-99

27. The Weather of New England

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pp. 100-102

28. Curtain Speech

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pp. 103-105

29. Putnam Phalanx

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pp. 106-109

30. Whittier Birthday Dinner

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pp. 110-115

31. Bayard Taylor Dinner

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pp. 116-119

32. Anglo American Club

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pp. 120-121

33. Stanley Club

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pp. 122-124

34. Stomach Club

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pp. 125-127

35. Introducing General Hawley

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pp. 128-129

36. Army of the Tennessee Reunion

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pp. 130-

37. The Babies

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pp. 131-133

38. Holmes Breakfast

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pp. 134-135

39. Welcome to General Grant

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pp. 136-137

40. Republican Rally

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pp. 138-145

41. Funeral Oration

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pp. 146-147

42. Papyrus Club

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pp. 148-150

43. Army of the Potomac Reunion

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pp. 151-154

44. De Woman wid de Gold'n Arm

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pp. 155-156

45. Montreal Dinner

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pp. 157-161

46. New England Society

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pp. 162-165

47. Fréchette Dinner

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pp. 166-168

48. Saturday Morning Club

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pp. 169-172

49. New England Society

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pp. 173-175

50. Introducing George W. Cable

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pp. 176-177

51. On Adam

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pp. 178-180

52. Wheelmen

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pp. 181-

53. Turncoats

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pp. 182-185

54. Mugwump Rally

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pp. 186-187

55. Mock Oration on the Dead Partisan

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pp. 188-189

56. On Speech-Making Reform

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pp. 190-193

57. Actors Fund Fair

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pp. 194-

58. Huck Saves Jim

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pp. 195-199

59. The Compositor

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pp. 200-205

60. Remarks on Copyright

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pp. 206-209

61. Our Children

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pp. 210-

62. Yankee Smith of Camelot

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pp. 211-213

63. Introducing Henry M. Stanley

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pp. 214-215

64. Stationers Board of Trade

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pp. 216-218

65. An Author's Soldiering

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pp. 219-221

66. Daly's Theatre

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pp. 222-224

67. Army and Navy Club

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pp. 225-229

68. Post-Prandial Oratory

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pp. 230-234

69. Yale Alumni Association

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pp. 235-237

70. Introducing Nye and Riley

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pp. 238-239

71. The Long Clam

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pp. 240-243

72. The Grand Tour—I. The Sandwich Islands

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pp. 244-246

73. Fellowcraft Club

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pp. 247-250

74. The Humorist on the Copyright Question

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pp. 251-253

75. The Christening Yarn

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pp. 254-255

76. Curtain Speech

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pp. 256-

77. On Foreign Critics

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pp. 257-260

78. National Wholesale Druggists Association

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pp. 261-262

79. Robert A. Pryor Dinner

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pp. 263-264

80. Lotos Club

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pp. 265-268

81. Brander Matthews Dinner

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pp. 269-270

82. Advice

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pp. 271-273

83. Cramp's Shipyard

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pp. 274-275

84. Curtain Speech

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pp. 276-278

85. Morals Lecture

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pp. 279-286

86. Interview

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pp. 287-288

87. His Grandfather's Old Ram

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pp. 289-291

88. Yorick Club

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pp. 292-297

89. Australian Institute of Journalists

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pp. 298-301

90. Savage Club

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pp. 302-304

91. Commemoration Luncheon

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pp. 305-307

92. Punch, Brothers, Punch

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pp. 308-311

93. Interview

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pp. 312-313

94. Die Schrecken Der Deutschen Sprache

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pp. 314-318

95. Jubilee of the Hungarian Press,

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pp. 319-320

96. Savage Club

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pp. 321-

97. Authors Club

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pp. 322-323

98. Whitefriars Club

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pp. 324-329

99. New Vagabonds Club

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pp. 330-332

100. The Day We Celebrate

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pp. 333-334

101. Remarks on Copyright

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pp. 335-336

102. Literature

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pp. 337-

103. The Drama

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pp. 338-339

104. Reading Room Opening

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pp. 340-341

105. Travelogue

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pp. 342-343

106. Galveston Orphans Bazaar

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pp. 344-345

107. Woman's Press Club

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pp. 346-348

108. Lotos Club

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pp. 349-352

109. New York Press Club

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pp. 353-355

110. Society of American Authors

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pp. 356-357

111. The Disappearance of Literature

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pp. 358-359

112. Public Education Association

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pp. 360-362

113. Our City

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pp. 363-366

114. Introducing Winston S. Churchill

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pp. 367-369

115. The Causes of Our Present Municipal Corruption

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pp. 370-373

116. Hebrew Technical School for Girls

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pp. 374-376

117. University Settlement Society

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pp. 377-380

118. Lincoln Celebration

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pp. 381-383

119. Remarks on Osteopathy

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pp. 384-388

120. New York Senate

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pp. 389-

121. Training That Pays

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pp. 390-391

122. Lotos Club

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pp. 392-394

123. Poughkeepsie Eastman Club

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pp. 395-397

124. University Club

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pp. 398-400

125. Missouri Society

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pp. 401-402

126. Speech-Making Experiment

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pp. 403-

127. Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany

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pp. 404-413

128. Two Political Speeches

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pp. 414-

129. Mock Eulogy of Tammany

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pp. 415-417

130. Good Citizenship Association

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pp. 418-419

131. Lotos Club

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pp. 420-422

132. Scotch Humor

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pp. 423-425

133. Yale Alumni Association

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pp. 426-428

134. Society of Medical Jurisprudence

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pp. 429-430

135. Hannibal High School Graduation

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pp. 431-434

136. University of Missouri Commencement

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pp. 435-439

137. Harbor Boat Christening

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pp. 440-441

138. Eugene Field Commencement

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pp. 442-

139. Speech on Art

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pp. 443-446

140. Lotos Club

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pp. 447-452

141. Sixty-seventh Birthday Dinner

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pp. 453-461

142. Seventieth Birthday Dinner

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pp. 462-467

143. Benefit Matinee for Russian Sufferers

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pp. 468-471

144. Society of Illustrators

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pp. 472-477

145. Tuskegee Institute Meeting

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pp. 478-481

146. Manhattan Dickens Fellowship

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pp. 482-484

147. Ends of the Earth Club

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pp. 485-486

148. Introducing Dr. Henry Van Dyke

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pp. 487-491

149. West Side Branch Y.M.C.A.

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pp. 492-494

150. Barnard College Reception

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pp. 495-502

151. Freundschaft Society

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pp. 503-505

152. New York State Association for the Blind

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pp. 506-510

153. Women's University Club Reception

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pp. 511-512

154. Club A Dinner

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pp. 513-514

155. Robert Fulton Monument Association

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pp. 515-518

156. San Francisco Relief Meeting

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pp. 519-

157. Billiards Exhibition

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pp. 520-521

158. Associated Press

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pp. 522-527

159. Concert Debut of Clara Clemens

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pp. 528-529

160. Interview

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pp. 530-532

161. Remarks on Copyright

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pp. 533-540

162. Burlesque Temperance Lecture

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pp. 541-542

163. Reminiscences of Longfellow and Others

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pp. 543-545

164. Curtain Speech

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pp. 546-547

165. Actors Fund Fair

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pp. 548-549

166. Government House, Annapolis

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pp. 550-553

167. Interview

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pp. 554-555

168. Royal Garden Party

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pp. 556-557

169. Our Guest

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pp. 558-563

170. Lord Mayor's Dinner

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pp. 564-566

171. The Day We Celebrate

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pp. 567-571

172. Savage Club

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pp. 572-576

173. Lord Mayor's Dinner, Liverpool

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pp. 577-584

174. Interview

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pp. 585-586

175. Fulton Day

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pp. 587-589

176. Bishop Speech

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pp. 590-595

177. Curtain Speech

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pp. 596-

178. Associated Societies of Engineers

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pp. 597-599

179. Pleiades Club

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pp. 600-602

180. Lotos Club

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pp. 603-611

181. Pilgrims Club

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pp. 612-615

182. Garrison Children, Bermuda

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pp. 616-

183. Interview

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pp. 617-618

184. Humorists and Cartoonists

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pp. 619-

185. Curtain Speech

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pp. 620-

186. C.C.N.Y. Dedication

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pp. 621-622

187. Associated Alumni of C.C.N.Y.

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pp. 623-625

188. American Booksellers Association

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pp. 626-627

189. Queen Victoria—An American Tribute

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pp. 628-629

190. Opening of the Mark Twain Library

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pp. 630-

191. New York Postgraduate Medical School

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pp. 631-636

192. Lotos Club

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pp. 637-639

193. Henry H. Rogers Dinner

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pp. 640-642

194. William Travers Jerome Dinner

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pp. 643-644

195. Misses Tewksbury's School Graduation

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pp. 645-646

Mark Twain Speaking: A Chronology

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pp. 647-680

Index

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pp. 681-


E-ISBN-13: 9781587297199
E-ISBN-10: 1587297191
Print-ISBN-13: 9781587294686
Print-ISBN-10: 1587294680

Page Count: 720
Publication Year: 2006

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