Boston Globe

1884: November 14

Mark Twain and Mr. Cable.

George W. Cable, the novelist, and Samuel L. Clemens, known to the world as Mark Twain, entertained a very large audience, last evening, at Music Hall, in the fifth of the Bay State course. Mr. Cable gave selections from his own writings. He was in admirable voice and some of the touches reminded one of some of the best passages of Dickens. To see Mark Twain is to laugh and to hear him is to laugh still more. His drollery is perennial, always fresh and always entertaining. His struggle with the German language and his trying conversation with the young American lady in the hotel dining-room at Lucerne were especially funny, while the ghost story had a startling conclusion.

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher appears in the next entertainment of the course, next Thursday evening.

The Boston Post

1884: November 14

Mark Twain and George W. Cable.

  Music hall was crowded full Thursday evening to listen to the unique entertainment in the Old Bay State course given by Mark Twain and George W. Cable, who read from their own works. It was a most enjoyable evening. The great humorist is inimitable in his natural manner of reciting his and other people's adventures. He is one of the most successful entertainers of the time. Mr. Cable is amateurish in his manner, but the dialects of his characters are given well, and all that he says is clear and intelligible. He was received with marked favor, and in response to an encore at the close of one of his selections, sung a volksong in a language unfamiliar to the audience, but as he prefaced the singing with a translation of the words, the number was exceedingly pleasing. His tenor voice is sweet and strong, and it is evident that the novelist is a musician also. There are such marked contrasts in the style of the two authors, and both are so interesting, that it would be hard to find another combination of talent so satisfactory in a long programme.

The Boston Transcript

1884: November 14


  The Twain-Cable Entertainment--the fifth in the Union Course--at the Music Hall last evening, drew a very large audience, and, judging from the frequent applause, was highly successful. Mr. Cable's voice has gained in volume since his last appearance here, but it is still hardly equal to the capacity of the great auditorium, and, on the whole, he was not heard with so much satisfaction as in Chickering Hall. But he has so improved in elocution and in dramatic expression that when he reads he now gives to each character a pronounced individuality that adds much to the general effect. What seemed, however, to please his audience best was his singing of a number of those quaint songs peculiar to the creoles of New Orleans. He read selections from his novel, "Dr. Sevier," including Richling's visit to Kate Riley, an interview between Kate Riley and Ristofolo, and Narcisse in mourning for Lady Byron. Mr. Clemens, who has not been seen on the platform in eight years, received a warm welcome as his frowzled head appeared from the ante-room. He read selections from his new book, now in press, in which "Huckleberry Finn" again figures; narrated his struggles with the German language and its unreasonable genders, described his adventure with the young woman at Lucerne whom he pretended to know, and gave other samples of his odd humor. Mr. Cable and Mr. Clemens alternated in the programme, an arrangement admirably suited to this sort of combination entertainment. For the sixth entertainment, next Thursday, a lecture by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher is announced.