April – At 21 Fifth Ave, N.Y. Sam inscribed a copy of TS to Norman D. Bassett with an aphorism: “Few things are harder to bear than the annoyance of a good example. / Truly Yours / Mark Twain / Apl./06 / Norman D. Bassett” [MTP].
Ellis Parker Butler (1869-1937) inscribed his book Pigs Is Pigs (1906) to Sam dated April 1906 in Flushing New York [Gribben 119].
Early in the month Gertrude Natkin wrote another letter to Sam, announcing she had restrained from writing him during school time, as she did “not wish to appear as a reckless law breaker” in his sight. She had Twain fever: “I am just overflowing with love for you and there is likely to be an inundation at any time….” She also thanked him for a telephone call, and was glad Apr. 10 came “during a Holiday week” [MTAq 23].
M. Rogers wrote from London, England to Sam, noting belatedly the Nelson Centenary (1805- 1905). “I beg that you will accept the enclosed as literary curiosities or relics of old time journalism, and as a souvenir of Nelson’s times, and if you will acknowledge receipt & kindly let your reply be an autograph… [MTP]. Note: an unused stamped env. remains in the file.
Woman’s Home Companion ran an anonymous article “The Four Greatest Living Americans at Work,” p. 28-9. Tenney: “Photographs of Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Andrew Carnegie working at their desks, and MT writing in bed; notes MT’s world wide reputation and praises him for the labors by which he paid off his creditors after his publishing house failed” [“A Reference Guide Fourth Annual Supplement,” American Literary Realism, Autumn 1980 p. 175].
Human Life ran “Henry H. Rogers” by Robert H. Murray, p. 1-3, 29. Tenney: “On p. 3, ‘As a Friend of Twain’s’ describes the help and advice Rogers gave MT in putting his financial affairs back together after the Webster failure; provides no new information” [“A Reference Guide Third Annual Supplement,” American Literary Realism, Autumn 1979 p. 190].
April ca. – At 21 Fifth Ave, N.Y. Sam sent a one-sentence note of introduction for Albert Bigelow Paine, his “particular friend (also biographer)” to Annie E. Trumbull [MTP].