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The Mercury furnishes an interesting little item which cannot fail to prove valuable to "Mark Twain's" future biographer, (for "Mark" is bound to have a biographer one of these days -- may it be a hundred years hence!) The Mercury says that to its certain knowledge "Mark" came to San Francisco during the last flood on a dilapidated hen-coop which he stole and launched from a poultry ranch on the Sacramento river. This sounds not altogether improbable, as "Mark" has always been noted for aquatic proclivities. While yet quite a juvenile he was pilot on a Mississippi flat-boat, as is well known. That little circumstance of the appropriation of the hen-coop also sheds some light upon "Mark's" mortal antipathy to the police.
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