From the Topeka Capital
IRONQUILL TO MARK TWAIN.
The other day Eugene F. Ware finished reading a volume by Mark Twain. He wrote to Mr. Clemens, under date of December 1, this letter:
"Dear Mr. Twain: I picked up your latest volume. I read it clear through from cover to cover. It was like a bobtailed flush--I could not lay it down. Yours, sincerely. E. F. WARE."
From 21 Fifth avenue, New York City, Mr. Clemens answered back, under date of December 6, as follows:
"Dear Mr. Ware: I am an old brass-bound, copper-riveted,
fire-assayed Presbyterian, with seventy-one years' experience in unworldliness,
and I don't understand your metaphor, but I know it was intended as
a compliment and I make it cordially welcome. Sincerely yours. MARK."
[In poker four cards of a suit are sometimes called a bobtail flush.
It is a nonstandard hand that ranks higher than a four-card straight and lower than two pair.]
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