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[This article errs in identifying the home as Twain's birthplace in the headline. Hill Street is also mistakenly identified as High Street. George Mahan's name is misspelled "Mohan." For further background information see Hannibal, Missouri The Mark Twain Museum site.]

The New York Times, September 2, 1911

Birthplace Presented to City of Hannibal by George Mohan.

Special to The New York Times.

HANNIBAL, Mo., Sept. 1. - The boyhood home of Mark Twain on High [sic] Street, built by his father, John M. Clemens in 1839, was today purchased by George Mohan and his wife and presented to the City of Hannibal that it may be preserved. The old home is a two-story, five-room frame building in a fairly good state of preservation.

Only a few feet away is the alley where Tom Sawyer had the other fellows paint the fence, and on the other end of which lived Huckleberry Finn.

Mr. Mohan said:

"Mark Twain's life teaches that poverty is rather an incentive than a bar, and that any boy, however humble his birth and surroundings, may by honesty and industry accomplish great things. That is one of the reasons why his modest boyhood home should be preserved for future young Americans.

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