[EDITOR'S NOTE: The author of this item is unknown. The story refers to Mark Twain's article in the Golden Era on February 25 titled "On California Critics."]
The rumor that Forrest has abandoned his idea in coming out here in consequence of "Mark Twain's" discouraging "open letter" addressed to him, drawing such a terrible picture of Californian critics, is probably not reliable. We admit that the epistle would be very likely to frighten the great tragedian out of his tragic buskins -- provided he had seen it. But there hasn't been time for it, as a reference to its date will show. He will cross that letter on his passage out, and have to make acquaintance with our critics by his own experience.
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