Mark Twain, a Biography — Volume III, Part 2: 1907-1910 eBook

Albert Bigelow Paine
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 349 pages of information about Mark Twain, a Biography — Volume III, Part 2.

“Good gracious, Alf!  Isn’t that a brewery?”

“It is, Mark.  Let’s go in.”

So again they went in, and again stayed all day.

This happened again the next morning, and the next.  Then my father became uneasy.  A letter had come from Gold Hill, asking him where his report of the mines was.  They agreed that next morning they would really begin the story; that they would climb to the top of a hill that overlooked the mines, and write it from there.

But the next morning, as before, Mark was surprised to discover the brewery, and once more they went in.  A few moments later, however, a man who knew all about the mines—­a mining engineer connected with them—­came in.  He was a godsend.  My father set down a valuable, informing story, while Mark got a lot of entertaining mining yarns out of him.

Next day Virginia City and Gold Hill were gaining information from my father’s article, and entertainment from Mark’s story of the mines.



(See Chapter liv)
Hawaiian importance to America

After a full elucidation of the sugar industry of the Sandwich Islands, its profits and possibilities, he said: 

I have dwelt upon this subject to show you that these islands have a genuine importance to America—­an importance which is not generally appreciated by our citizens.  They pay revenues into the United States Treasury now amounting to over a half a million a year.

I do not know what the sugar yield of the world is now, but ten years ago, according to the Patent Office reports, it was 800,000 hogsheads.  The Sandwich Islands, properly cultivated by go-ahead Americans, are capable of providing one-third as much themselves.  With the Pacific Railroad built, the great China Mail Line of steamers touching at Honolulu—­we could stock the islands with Americans and supply a third of the civilized world with sugar—­and with the silkiest, longest-stapled cotton this side of the Sea Islands, and the very best quality of rice ....  The property has got to fall to some heir, and why not the United States?  Native passion for funerals

They are very fond of funerals.  Big funerals are their main weakness.  Fine grave clothes, fine funeral appointments, and a long procession are things they take a generous delight in.  They are fond of their chief and their king; they reverence them with a genuine reverence and love them with a warm affection, and often look forward to the happiness they will experience in burying them.  They will beg, borrow, or steal money enough, and flock from all the islands, to be present at a royal funeral on Oahu.  Years ago a Kanaka and his wife were condemned to be hanged for murder.  They received the sentence with manifest satisfaction because it

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