From the Colorado Springs Gazette
22 April 1910

[This paper didn't run an editorial reaction to MT's death, but besides the Associated Press account of that it did print the following (often innacurate) chronology of misfortune. This may have come from the AP as well, but I haven't seen it in any other paper.]

Some of the Ills That Beset America's Arch Jester

1860 (about) -- Mark Twain loses his money, coat, trousers and boots playing cards with General Bunker.

1866 -- He and a friend named Higgins stake out a silver mining claim in Nevada. Twain goes away to care for a sick friend, and Higgins on some errand. Thus they lose a claim that made millions for others.

1894 -- His entire fortune is swept away in the failure of the publishing house of Charles L. Webster and company, which had been financed mainly by himself.

1896 -- His eldest, most accomplished daughter, Olivia Susan Clemens, dies at the hour of her great promise, while her father is abroad.

1897 -- Reported destitute and dying in London, friends in America raise a purse of $3000 for him, but he refuses to accept it, as his "case is not hopeless."

1904 -- His wife, "who was our life," dies in Florence, Italy, whither the family had moved in the hope that the climate would restore her to health.

1904 -- In Florence, Italy, he is forced into a lawsuit with the Roybandi-Massaglia, from whom he rented the villa in which his wife had just died.

1907 -- He loses his investment of $22,500 cash by the failure of the Plasmon company of America, of which he was president and a director.

1907 -- His boys' masterpieces, "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn," withheld from youths by Brooklyn public libraries as unfit for young minds.

1907 -- Comptroller Joy of Detroit, Mich., declares Twain's book, "A Double-Barreled Detective Story," is literary junk, unfit for a public library.

1907 -- A Massachusetts public library refuses to give shelf room to his book, "Eve's Diary," declaring it "shocking."

1909 -- Illinois prevents his taking an active part in the Congo, a crusade which he had long prosecuted with his pen, with King Leopold of Belgium pictured as the arch offender.

1909 -- A life-time votary of tobacco, a "tobacco heart" reduces him to four smokes a day, instead of his continuous performance on pipe and cigars.

1909 -- Failure of the Children's theatre, founded by Mark Twain, in New York, and representing one of his life-time ambitions.

1909 -- His book, "Is Shakespeare Dead?" charged to be partly plagiarized from Greenwood's "The Shakespeare Problem Restated."

1909 -- Broken down by the strain of after-dinner speaking, Mark Twain is forced to leave New York and seek quiet and rest in his Connecticut villa.

1909 -- The humorist and his daughter are involved in a humiliating controversy regarding a farm given to his former secretary, Mrs. Ralph W. Ashcroft, when Mr. Clemens attaches the property on his daughter's advice.

1909 -- Mrs. Charles E. Wack tries to serve Mrs. Gabrilowitsch, the former Miss Clara Clemens, with papers in an alienation suit.

1909 -- Daughter and son-in-law, Ossip Gabrilowitsch's honeymoon voyage postponed by the bridegroom's attack of appendicitis.

1909 -- Jean Clemens, his daughter, is found drowned in the bathtub at their home in Redding, Conn.