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The New York Times, September 8, 1908

Physician Leases Fifth Avenue House and Author Will Live in Connecticut.

With the leasing of 21 Fifth Avenue for a term of years to a physician that address ceases to be the town house of Mark Twain. Mr. Clemens will spend his time principally at his Italian villa at Redding, Conn., in the future. His physicians have pointed out to him the strain of life in town during the Winter, which in his case involved attendance at many dinners given in his honor.

Even with the usual indulgence in the famous Mark Twain nap between the roast and the coffee there was still an element of weariness left for the author. Then, too, he was liable to interruption in his work, though not so liable as less known writers, since he was well guarded, some of his near relatives being unable to see him without an appointment.

At the present time the only furniture remaining in the Fifth Avenue house is a small table for the card of visitors, some chairs, a rug on the drawing room floor, and a few pictures on the walls. The author's daughter, Miss Clemens, is due to arrive on the Caronia on Thursday. She has been traveling abroad with friends. With the party is Charles Wark of New York, whose engagement to Miss Clemens has been rumored. Mr. Clemens will come to town from Redding to-day to be on hand when the Caronia comes in. With the aid of the few furnishings left in the house Miss Clemens will give a reception at the old house on the evening of her arrival. It has been suggested that her engagement will be announced at that time.

The Fifth Avenue house has been leased by Dr. Robert J. Kahn for five years. It will be somewhat altered. Mr. Clemens's billiard room will become the physician's consulting room, while the top floor, where Mr. Clemens had his study and library, will be given over to servants.

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