May 4, 1907 (Saturday)
COULD MARK TWAIN BE LOST AT SEA? A headline on today's front page of The New York Times raises worries about humorist Mark Twain. Here is is:
Twain and Yacht Disappear at Sea
That certainly is alarming. Evidently, he remained in Virginia at the Jamestown Expedition to wait and return to New York City on board the Kanawha (pictured), which is owned by industrialist H.H. Rogers. Rogers left on Monday, by train. But his yacht was fogbound. The fog cleared on Wednesday and Twain went on board. Then the ship reported left Hampton Roads for the open ocean. It has not been heard from. There's an ominous tone in this statement in today's New York Times:
As there have been several severe storms in this section recently, Mr. Rogers is concerned about the safety of his vessel and its guest.
Incidentally, this is NOT the instance that caused Twain to say "the report of my death was an exaggeration." He made that comment about 10 years before this.
"CY" YOUNG THRIVES WHEN "THE CLOUDS ARE HANGING LOW": Charles Denton Young -- better known as Cy Young -- hurled a shutout at the Washington American League team.
The weather was perfect for Young, whose Boston team won, 3-0. Here's how writer J.Ed Grillo put it in today's Washington Post:
It was just such a day as "Cy" would order when he is selected to do the twirling for his team. The weather man, perhaps some old schoolmate of Cy, furnished a dark, cool day, and hard as it is to hit the terrific speed of the Ohio farmer on any and all occasions, it is next to impossible when the clouds are hanging low.
POSSE MEMBERS MAKE EVERY SHOT (at the) COUNT: Members of a California posse shot and killed a man last Monday whom they thought was a desperado. The man has now been identified as an AUSTRIAN NOBLEMAN -- Count Otto von Waldstein, a nephew of one of the richest men in Austria. The body was buried in a potters field. It was exhumed and identified by Miss Mary Fitzgerald of San Francisco. One statement in the front page story in the New York Times begs a question: "The identification was so complete that there can be no possibility of mistake." By making such a pointed statement, doubts seems to surface.
That's a strange comment -- in light of something that was in the Oakland Tribune YESTERDAY. That paper said the tale
reads very much as if it owed its inspiration to a novelette published by D. Higbee some twenty years ago under the title "In God's Country." The hero of Higbee's romance was the wandering scion of a noble German house, half vagabond and half paladin, who is slain in the guise of a common laborer for winning the love of a beautiful Kentucky girl belonging to the Blue Grass aristocracy. This inference may be wrong, but the points of resemblance are so many and so strong that it is justifiable.