TWAIN'S LECTURE.--Mark Twain was greeted Saturday evening by an audience that any man might be proud of. With a condition of streets that under ordinary circumstances would keep people by their firesides, Doolittle Hall was more completely filled than we remember ever to have seen it before on the occasion of a lecture. In fact, there was not sitting room enough, and the aisles were pretty well filled with chairs and benches. Twain appeared pretty punctually, attended by the chairman and a member of the lecture committee, both of whom he unceremoniously dismissed from the stage and took the programme into his own hands. After announcing the next lecture of the course by Prof. Winchell, on the "Stone Folk," under which head, as Twain remarked, the Cardiff Giant is included, Twain introduced himself in the following highly unique manner:
"Ladies and Gentlemen.--The next lecture of the course will be delivered this evening by Samuel L. Clemens, otherwise Mark Twain, a gentleman whose high character and unimpeachable integrity are only equalled by his comeliness of person and grace of manner. And I am the man. You will excuse me for introducing myself, for I have just excused the chairman from introducing me. I know it's not the ordinary way, but the fact is I never yet have found a chairman of a lecture committee who was equal to the task of introducing me as I ought to be introduced."
This decidedly original introduction was greeted with shouts of laughter and is a fair specimen of the vein in which the lecture on "Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands" was delivered. It was a good sample of his style of humor, and threw the audience into frequent convulsions of laughter. Twain is a fair looking model of humanity, and his manner is sufficient to provoke a smile. He talks with great deliberation and brings out his words with a nasal accent long drawn out which smacks of Yankeeism. Twain has roamed over the world considerable, and wherever the ridiculous side of human nature sticks out he has not failed to see and remember it. He is a humorist in the radical sense of the word, and his wit crystallizes around an atom of fun and makes it sparkle like a diamond.
The lecture committee have given us two heavy lectures--Duryea's and Tilton's--and Twain's was thrown in at just the right nick of time to make the course rest a little easier on our stomachs, so to speak--like the wine after dinner.
[This paper also published, the day before MT spoke, a promotional squib and excerpts from three reviews of earlier engagements in Boston and Hartford, under the heading "Notices of the Press".]