Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Editor's note -- Whether @TwainToday realizes it or not, there is a plethora of Mark Twain memorabilia beyond his famous football quote "THIS BEATS CROQUET," SAID MARK TWAIN AT FOOTBALL GAME.

The New York Times, June 23, 1907


Tells Jokes to Edward and Would Buy Windsor Grounds from Alexandra.


Editor's note -- In 1907 King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) of Siam made his second visit to Europe. The King was abroad for 235 days, and while in Europe he visited Italy, France, Spain, Germany, England, Denmark and Norway.

Offers to Speak for Bashful Prince Arthur of Connaught
- Many Notables at Garden Party.

LONDON, June 22. - Mark Twain was the centre of attraction at the King's garden party at Windsor this afternoon, and besides meeting the King and the royal party, and a handshake with several hundred notables in the course of the afternoon. Upon his return from the garden party he declared that he was not a bit tired, and had thoroughly enjoyed himself.
     He was accompanied to Windsor by John Henniker Heaton, the "Father of Imperial Penny Postage," who introduced him to many of the King's guests on his way to the party, including Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Fridtjof Nansen, Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, and Ellen Terry. He heartily congratulated Miss Terry on her recent marriage, the two shaking hands enthusiastically.
     After tea, which was served on the lawn, Ambassador Reid presented Mark Twain to King Edward and Queen Alexandra, and the King and the humorist spent a quarter of an hour in conversation, the King laughing heartily at Twain's jokes. The Queen also joined in the conversation, and was much amused when Twain jokingly asked if he could buy the Windsor Castle grounds from her Majesty. Then the King called on him to meet the other guests. He introduced Twain to the King of Siam, the Duke of Connaught, Prince Arthur of Connaught, and others.
     Prince Arthur is to receive a degree at Oxford at the same time as the American humorist, and the Prince remarked that he would collapse if called upon for a speech. Thereupon Twain offered to undertake to speak for him.
Editor's note -- Prince Arthur is noteworthy for being a Grandson of 
Queen Victoria and he was the first royal prince to be educated at
Eton College.

Courtesy of Wikipedia
For further reading on Bashful Prince Arthur of Connaught

Mark Twain wore the regulation frock coat and silk hat at the garden party.


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