TWAIN POSTPONES FUNERAL.
Younger Now by 7 Years, He Says, and Changes Mind About Dying.
LONDON, July 12. - Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) spent the last day of his visit to England quietly, being free at last from the engagements which have filled almost every hour of his time since his arrival. During the morning he went over [to] the National Gallery under the guidance of the Director, Sir Charles Holroyd, and after lunching with friends returned to his rooms, where he will remain until his departure early tomorrow for Tilbury to embark on board the Atlantic Transport Line steamer Minnetonka for New York.
Many persons called to bid farewell to the humorist, whose reception in England has exceeded in warmth that of any visitor in many years. Mark Twain, naturally, is greatly pleased, and expresses himself as having had the best of times.
In an interview tonight Mr. Clemens said; "I have led a violently gay and energetic life here for four weeks, but I have felt no fatigue, and I have had but little desire to quiet down. I am younger now by seven years than I was, and if I could stay here another month I could make it fourteen.
"This is the most enjoyable holiday I have ever had, and I am sorry the end of it has come. I have met a hundred old friends and made a hundred new ones. It's a good kind of riches - there's none better, I think.
"For two years past I have been planning my funeral, but I have changed my mind now and have postponed it.
"I suppose I won't see England again, but I don't like to think of that."
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