Mark Twain in the West: An Exhibition
Retracing Clemens's Steps

Joe Goodman in 1907 on Jackass Hill, the site of the former Gillis cabin

Photograph by Albert Bigelow Paine.

Back in the old days Sam was the best company, the drollest entertainer and the most interesting fellow imaginable. His humor was always cropping out, and it has not failed him with advancing years. A few weeks ago I received a letter from him containing an invitation couched in droll terms so characteristic of him. He wrote:

“Come on and visit me once more before we both get so old we can’t hear each other swear.”

(“Jos. Goodman’s Memories of Humorist’s Early Days,” San Francisco Examiner, 22 April 1910, 3)

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