[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.]
ALAS, AND ALAS!
The editor of the Grass Valley Union has just returned home from a visit to the Bay City, in the glorious future of which we are happy to notice that he expresses an unshaken faith, maugre the recent earthquakes. The trip evidently brightened up the faculties of our brother of the quill to the scintillating point, but it distresses us much to observe that he returned to "Grass" without the article which he most sorely stood in need of -- a grammar -- for directly he arrives he sits down and perpetrates as follows: "Who will doubt that in ten years from the present time this handsome city [San Francisco] will be second in the United States in point of magnificence and wealth? Certainly none who has marked her progress during the past decade." How long, dear Murray! oh, how long? Our heart is broken.
The Daily National exhibits a somewhat singular method of getting even with the compiler of "Outcroppings." It coolly credits to one "Dogberry," a provincial writer, "Bret's" burlesque of "Tailings," although the article appeared in the Californian of which "Bret" is editor and under "Bret's signature.
[transcribed from microfilm]
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