Tacoma Daily News

1895: August 13

Mark Twain at the Tacoma Theatre.

Mark had a crowded house last night. Tacoma's very best people were out in force to listen to him, and they were ready to laugh upon the slightest provocation. That is, the most of them were. There were some very intelligent people in the audience who were unable to swing into line with Mark's peculiar kind of humor and they looked tired, too tired even to smile. But he tickled the risibilities of all the rest, and they enjoyed themselves thoroughly and paid no attention to the folks who were too opaque to appreciate the fun. His evening in Tacoma was a big success.