Review of “The Frozen Truth,” Mark Twain’s lecture in Washington, DC [National Republican, January 10, 1868]

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THE FROZEN TRUTH. – Mark Twain, the well known humorous writer and lecturer, made his debut before a Washington audience, at Metzerott Hall, last evening. To say that the lecture and lecturer were a decided success is simply to record the verdict of a delighted audience. Besides a number of minor topics, humorous hits, and well-told anecdotes, the lecture embraced a general review of the excursion, per steamship Quaker City, made last summer by the Puritan Pilgrims to the Holy Land and various other points en route in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The state-room accommodations on the steamer, the various sensations and stages of sea-sickness, the sociability of the passengers and their peculiarities, were inimitable, and elicited uncontrollable bursts of laughter from the audience, while his reminiscences of the noble cities to-day and those of the past, visited by the voyagers, were given with all the genuine freshness of a traveler who has seen with observing eyes and a reflective mind all that he reproduces to his hearers.

The domestic difficulties of the Sultan of Turkey with his 900 wives, and the points shown of the similarity of certain of the institutions of that country with those of our own, were aptly made sad and thoroughly appreciated. Mark Twain possesses that rare but happy combination of talking as well as he writes; and if any of our readers may be laboring under a fit of the “blues,” we recommend to them a speedy relief in the brief advice, “Go and hear Mark Twain.” His next lecture is advertised for Saturday evening, at the same place.

 

SOURCE:

National Republican, 10 January 1868, p. 3

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