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The New York Times, February 21, 1906

In English Literature, Says Brander Matthews - A Columbia Tea for Him.

Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) was the guest of honor at a Columbia University tea held yesterday afternoon in Earl Hall. More than 900 students greeted Mr. Clemens and Sir Caspar Purden-Clarke, Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Edward Robinson, the Assistant Director, who were also guests.

At the close of the reception the students gathered outside Earl Hall and cheered Mr. Clemens to the echo. The tea was more generally attended than any other held this year.

Prof. Brander Matthews earlier in the day, while lecturing tto his class in American literatur, called Mr. Clemens the "greatest figure in English literature." Prof. Matthews declared that there is no man even in England who can be compared to Mark Twain as a master of the language.

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