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The New York Times, April 25, 1901

Why He Did Not Attend the Dinner of the Get Together Organization No. 3.

Mark Twain had been asked to preside last night at the dinner of the Get Together Club, No. 3, in Arlington Hall, St. Mark's Place. He sent a letter, in which he said:

"I must not venture it, although my sympathies are naturally with you in the work which you are inaugurating. I have temporarily broken myself down with trying to do too many things, and shall try to save what is left of my by going softly for some months to come and limiting my industries to the several engagements to which I am already pledged.

"I beg you to pardon me for not replying yesterday, but indeed I was not able. I am wrecked with rheumatism these last six days, and do my sleeping by snatches in the daytime, for I get no reprieves from pain in the night."

The club was addressed by C. P. Henning, consulting chemist to the Krupps, who described the communal life among the workmen, and W. H. Tolman, Secretary of the League for Social Service.

The temporary Committee of Direction was continued, with W. B. Buck of 11 Broadway as Chairman.

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