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MARK TWAIN IN THE GOLDEN ERA
1863-1866

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January 28, 1866

MISERIES OF WASHOE MEN

Those of you who owe the Russ House for board and expect to save yourselves trouble when you come here by stopping at the Occidental, look out; Mr. Hardenburgh, formerly of the Russ, is in the office of the Occidental now. And you who owe the Cosmopolitan and propose to stop at the Occidental, beware! for Mr. Smith, formerly of the Cosmopolitan, is in the Occidental office now. And you who owe the Occidental and think to shirk calamity by patronizing the Cosmopolitan, go slow! for Mr. Olmstead and Mr. Childs clerk at the latter hotel now, instead of the former. You had better all come down to your wok and go and hang out at the Miners' Restaurant. They have gone and changed things around so now that there is no show for me anywhere. I want to keep my friends out of trouble, though, and so I sound the above note of warning. Amiraux was here from Carson the other day, but he would not stay because his feelings were hurt. He said: "I went to the What Cheer, and I found a fellow from the Brooklyn there; and I went to the Occidental, and I found a fellow from the Russ there; and then I went to the Cosmopolitan and if there was one clerk there from the Occidental there was a thousand. I am not going to stay in this place - you hear me! Damn such a town."

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