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Lot 129

Mark Twain Signed Lotos Club Dinner Broadside

Estimate: $400 - $600

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November 10th, 1900 dinner by New York Lotos Club, lithograph on deckle edge stock, signed "Mark Twain" in pencil, sight 11-1/4 x 14-1/4 in., framed 19 x 22-1/2 in. overall


From the New York Times, November 17, 1900:

"A royal welcome home was extended to Samuel Langhorne Clemens last Saturday night at the Lotos Club. It was the initial dinner of the season at this popular club, which enjoys a reputation for brilliant gatherings and good fellowship. While the Lotos has many successful events set down to its credit, in the judgment of the members none has surpassed the tribute it has paid to "The Dean of American Humor," as Mr. Clemens was described by one of the speakers of the evening. By word and act he was made to feel that he was indeed in the "house of his friends." Long before the breaking up of the company he must have been firmly impressed that his place was secure in their affections. Men of high positions in business, literature, politicos, and the various professions gathered to do him honor.

The dinner was somewhat delayed by the guest himself, who had forgotten that it was Saturday and the night of the feast. To the messenger who was sent to inquire the reason for his absence, and who found him at his hotel, he said: "I am so sorry, but I had forgotten this was Saturday; I thought it was Friday; I'll go right up stairs and dress. It won't take me fifteen minutes." President Frank R. Lawrence presided, and besides Mr. Clemens the guests at the main table were: Governor-elect Benjamin B. Odell, Jr., St. Clair McKelway, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, United States Senator Chauncey M. Depew, Booker T. Washington, Former Speaker Thomas B. Reed, Henry H. Rogers, George Harvey, E. Wood Perry, Jr., John Hare, Joseph C. Hendrix, Augustus Thomas, John Kendrick Bangs, Moncure D. Conway, S. E. Moffett, and Frank H. Platt."


good overall, not removed from frame for examination

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