Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express: Articles and Sketches by America's Favorite Humorist

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  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
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Collected here for the first time are stories, articles, and commentaries Twain wrote during eighteen months as editor of the Buffalo Express. These entertaining writings contain some of his finest humor and social criticism, as well as themes and characters later included in his most beloved works.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Note to the Textp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Settling in to Editorial Duties August 1869-October 1869
"Salutatory"p. 5
Removal of the Capitalp. 7
Lady Byron--Mrs. Stowe's Revelationsp. 8
Inspired Humorp. 9
The "Monopoly" Speaksp. 11
A Day at Niagarap. 12
Uncriminal Victimsp. 18
The Byron Scandalp. 19
[A Fine Old Man]p. 21
Only a Niggerp. 22
English Festivitiesp. 23
The Prodigal Son Returnsp. 28
The Byron Scandalp. 29
The Byron Questionp. 30
Journalism in Tennesseep. 31
More Byron Scandalp. 37
Butler on the Byron Scandalp. 38
The Last Words of Great Menp. 44
Personalp. 47
"Mr. and Mrs. Byron"p. 47
The Gates Ajarp. 51
The "Wild Man"p. 53
Rev. H. W. Beecherp. 56
The Ticket--Explanationp. 59
Engineer Griffinp. 60
The Latest Noveltyp. 62
Lighting Out for the Lecture Circuit October 1869-January 1870
Around the World: Letter No. 1p. 67
Mark Twain: His Greetings to the California Pioneersp. 71
The Legend of the Capitoline Venusp. 73
Around the World: Letter No. 2p. 78
The Paraguay Puzzlep. 84
A Good Letterp. 86
Hanging to Slow Musicp. 88
Around the World: Letter No. 3p. 89
Civilized Brutalityp. 93
Browsing Aroundp. 95
The Richardson Murderp. 101
Browsing Aroundp. 102
The Law of Divorcep. 107
Around the World: Letter No. 4p. 108
Around the World: Letter No. 5p. 112
Ye Cuban Patriotp. 117
An Indignant Rebukep. 120
The Hyenasp. 121
An Awful--Terrible Medieval Romancep. 123
Mrs. Stowe's Vindicationp. 129
Around the World: Letter No. 6p. 130
A Ghost Storyp. 134
Around the World: Letter No. 7p. 140
Around the World: Letter No. 8p. 144
Back to Buffalo February 1870-May 1870
Nasby's Lecturep. 153
Anson Burlingamep. 153
The Blondesp. 157
Personalp. 159
More Wisdomp. 159
"A Big Thing"p. 161
A Mysterious Visitp. 166
Literary Guide to Williams and Packard's System of Penmanshipp. 170
The Facts in the Great Land Slide Casep. 172
Mark Twain on Agriculturep. 176
The New Crimep. 177
The Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosperp. 182
Curious Dreamp. 186
Curious Dream, Conclusionp. 191
Murder and Insanityp. 194
Personal Troubles and Rumors of War May 1870-October 1870
Personalp. 199
Our Precious Lunaticp. 204
Street Sprinklingp. 207
More Distinctionp. 208
How Higgins Gently Broke the Newsp. 210
Buffalo Female Academyp. 211
The Editorial Office Borep. 215
How I Edited an Agricultural Paperp. 217
The European War!!!p. 222
Obituaryp. 224
To the Readerp. 227
At the President's Receptionp. 229
Curious Relic for Salep. 233
Mark Twain: His Map and Fortifications of Parisp. 238
The Last Days of Journalism October 1870-January 1871
On Riley--Newspaper Correspondentp. 243
The Libel Suitp. 246
A Reminiscence of the Back Settlementsp. 248
A General Replyp. 250
Running for Governorp. 254
My Watch--An Instructive Little Talep. 259
An Entertaining Articlep. 262
Dogberry in Washingtonp. 266
War and "Wittles"p. 268
The Facts in the Case of George Fisher, Deceasedp. 270
"Waiting for the Verdict"p. 276
A Sad, Sad Businessp. 277
Mean Peoplep. 280
The Danger of Lying in Bedp. 281
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 307
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"I am not going to introduce any startling reforms, or in any way attempt to make trouble. I am simply going to do my plain, unpretending duty, when I cannot get out of it.... I shall always confine myself strictly to the truth, except when it is attended with inconvenience."—from Mark Twain's "Salutatory,"Buffalo Express, August 21, 1869

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