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The New York Times, September 18, 1907

Has Mark Twain as Guest - Said to be Crippled by Apoplexy.

Special to The New York Times.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass., Sept. 17 - Henry H,. Rogers and Samuel L. Clemens, "Mark Twain," were the cynosure of all eyes as they drove about the center of the city today in Mr. Rogers's electric victoria, with Mr. Rogers steering the machine. Mr. Clemens arrived on the steamer Maine this morning to be the guest of Mr. Rogers at his Fairhaven residence.

Mr. Rogers and the author made a stop at the First National Bank to call on Walter P. Winsor of the bank, who is a close personal friend of Mr. Rogers. They remained there for about fifteen minutes and then proceeded a short distance up the street, stopping again at a store where Mr. Rogers purchased a newspaper.

Mr. Clemens was left alone in the car and in an instant it started to move, for Mr. Rogers had failed to turn the switch fully off. Mr. Clemens hesitated a moment and then he hopped out and chased Mr. Rogers into the store.

"She started and I got out," he said.

Mr. Rogers laughed and rescued his machine, which has a speed limit of about six miles an hour.

Mr. Clemens was attired in his customary suit of white, and which his black derby formed a sharp contrast.

Mr. Rogers shows the effect of his illness in his face, which is white and drawn. He showed no signs of inability to use his limbs, however, and managed his car with seeming ease, though in alighting and walking about he moved with deliberation and his step was less brisk than formerly.

Special to The New York Times.

BOSTON, Sept. 17. - The Herald says tonight:

"The Herald is able to state authoritatively that Henry H. Rogers, the Standard Oil magnate, has suffered a stroke of apoplexy, which is evidenced by a distorted face, an affection of speech, and the partial loss of the use of one arm, the affection, however, not extending further down the side.

"While Mr. Rogers is able to be up and about conversing with friends, he has abandoned all business cares. He has made his will, placing his affairs entirely in the hands of his son-in-law, Irving B. Broughton, and is evidently prepared for whatever may be the outcome of his present serious illness."

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