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The New York Times, July 13, 1904

Mark Twain, Sorrow-Stricken, Arrives on the Prince Oskar.

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) arrived here yesterday evening on the steamship Prince Oskar of the Hamburg-American Line from Naples. He was accompanied by his daughters, Clara L. Clemens and Jane L. Clemens, and his secretary, Miss I. V. Lyon. Aboard the steamship was the body of Mrs. Clemens, who died in Florence, where Mark Twain has a villa. The family comes here at this time to bury Mrs. Clemens's body at Elmira, where she was born.

As Mr. Clemens left the ship his step was faltering and he seemed much more feeble than when he left here last Fall. He wore mourning, and the usual spirit of good fellowship which he shows was missing. To the reporters he said that he knew nothing, and preferred to be left alone in his sorrow. A number of officials of the Lackawanna Railroad were at the pier to meet Mr. Clemens, and E. P. Loomis, Second Vice President of the road, placed his private car, the Lake Forest, at Mr. Clemens's disposal.

The party went to the Hotel Walcott for night and to-day they will convey Mrs. Clemens's body to Elmira.

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