Newspaper readers have seen a great deal about "Huckleberry Finn" and "Mark Twain" of late, and wondered how the two were associated.
The doubt that shrouded these two semi-mythical characters--as to which was which, whether they were synonymous, and, therefore, interchangeable, and, if so, to what extend and how--might have hung over us for a long time if the Concord Free Trade Club had not elected one of them an honorary member. We don't know which one was elected; but we do know that the individual who responded to the honor was "Mark Twain." That letter solved the whole mystery. It showed that the writer is a man who can guy justice without pleasantry, and return thanks for favors in a paragraph that has no object except to advertise himself.
"Huckleberry Finn," alias "Mark Twain," alias S.L. CLEMENS, began life as the writer of grotesque sketches that were coarse and strong and humorous. At first the humorous predominated, and out of this he made a reputation and a fortune. Having won these he has consented to convert himself into a walking sign, a literary sandwich, placarded all over with advertisements of his wares. People remembered how much fun he had afforded them, and forgave him many times. Lately he has made a new departure. Not contented with crying his goods alone he has asked the world to assist him. Some have complied. Of these he says nothing. Those who have refused are made objects of ridicule. His letter to the Free Trade Club is the latest effort is this direction.