[EDITOR'S NOTE: These items have not been previously republished elsewhere. They are included in this collection because of their potential to be the work of Clemens and are deserving of further research and consideration.]
Let the Alta immediately add the name of the Call's local reporter to its everlasting list of "rich men of San Francisco." He offers several bets -- in all figuring up to $73,000 -- that Beila's comet will not flap the earth with her tail; but that if she should do it, in spite of astronomical prophecy to the contrary, she "will drop her tail." Put him on the list. We shall have Norton and the "Ragged Philosopher" down also, at this rate, shortly. The Call's item is written vivaciously, and has several very able humorisms in it, (such as "knock Beila higher nor a kite," for instance,) and we must vouchsafe the compliment that it would really be excessively funny if there were anything excessively funny in it.
It is reported on the streets that a well known legal practitioner in the Police Court was arrested on Saturday evening for drawing a deadly weapon, and threatening to use it; also, that through his influence with the police the affair was "compromised" or "hushed up."
[transcribed from microfilm.]
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