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| I learned to pull wires in the Washoe
Legislature, & my experience is, that when a bill is to be put through
a body like that, the only thing necessary to insure success is to get the
reporters to log-roll for it.
- Letter to Jane Clemens, September 25, 1864
of Clemens as reporter from
ST. NICHOLAS, April 1916
All conscientious scruples -- all generous feelings must give way to our inexorable
duty -- which is to keep the public mind in a healthy state of excitement, and
experience has taught us that blood alone can do this.
- "A Duel Prevented," Virginia City Territorial Enterprise,
August 2, 1863
MAKING OF A JOURNALIST
H. Ashton, a Virginia City capitalist, has in his library richly bound
in crushed Levant, those early volumes of the Virginia City Enterprise,
to which Mark Twain contributed.
pages contain innumerable specimens of the famous writer's quaint humor.
Mr. Ashton often points out the first paragraph that Mark Twain wrote
on his arrival in Virginia City. The paragraph runs:
thunderstorm made Beranger a poet, a mother's kiss made Benjamin West
a painter and a salary of $15 a week makes us a journalist."
- Dallas Morning News, November 17, 1907, p. 4. (I am indebted
to Michael Marleau for bringing this item to my attention.)
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