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The New York Times, December 21, 1909

Humorist Says There'll Be No More for Him in This World.

"I am through with work for this life and this world," said Mark Twain on his arrival yesterday from Bermuda. He had said a good word for the suffragettes, and his reply came when he was asked whether he intended to lecture for the cause of votes for women.

"I have often been asked to lecture for the cause of women, but I am through with lecturing," he said. "I can't do it any more. The state of my health will not permit it. The fact is I am through with work. I have no new books in contemplation. There are five or six that were begun, but they are uncompleted. I have done almost nothing on them for the last few years. My health has not permitted it. Of course, I may do a trifle on my autobiography. There is still much to be done on it, but most of it will appear after my death as is known. I like to have some uncompleted work about me. It gives me something too when the humor for work seizes me. the last few years have found me seldom in the humor to write."

With Mr. Clemens was Albert Bigelow Paine. They were met by Miss Clemens, the writer's daughter.

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