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George W. Adams [Washington Journalism, Past and Present. By Crosby S. Noyes, Evening Star, December 16, 1902]

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George W. Adams roomed with Mark Twain in Washington during the winter of 1867 – 1868. Unlike Twain, who was broke while in Washington, Adams used the telegraph and in 1867 was one of the investors who purchased the Evening Star. He died in 1886.


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LINK: “A New Cabinet Regulator” By Mark Twain [Evening Star, 16 December 1867, p. 2]

“A New Cabinet Regulator”

Evening Star. (Washington, D.C.), 16 Dec. 1867. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. <>

“Concerning Gideon’s Band”

Daily Alta California, 26 March 1868, p. 1

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BOARDING Notices [Evening Star, 22 Feb. 1868, p. 2]

Courtesy Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library

Courtesy Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library

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BOARDING Notices [Evening Star, 23 Nov. 1867, p. 2]

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Courtesy Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library

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Notes on “The Jumping Frog. By Mark Twain.” Ads in the Morning Chronicle, February 1868


Chronicle, 18 Feb, 1868, p. 3.

Chronicle, 18 Feb, 1868, p. 3.

Yesterday I spent the better part of the afternoon in the Washingtoniana Room trying to determine more information about the appearance of line item ads for “The Jumping Frog” ran by French & Richardson in the Daily Chronicle in February 1868.


Was “The Jumping Frog” ever advertised in the Evening Star? No. [Thanks to Jerry McCoy for pulling the bound editions from the basement!)

During Twain’s time in Washington book stores regularly advertised in the newspapers. The regulars were the Hudson Taylor Book Store, run by French & Richardson at 334 Pennsylvania Avenue, Blanchard & Mohun at the “Corner Pennsylvania avenue and Eleventh street,” Hunger’s Great Antiquarian at “204 Penna. av. an 178 Penna. avenue,” W. M. Ballantyne at “519 Seventh street, Intelligencer Building,” Philip & Solomons’ “Metropolitan Book Store, 332 Pennsylvania avenue,” and Shillington’s Book Store at the corner of “Four-And-A-Half Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington City.” (James Guild had also recent set up shop on the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW at this time, a store that counted Twain as one if its famous patrons.)

In reviewing the Star and the Chronicle, it is clear French & Richardson’s ran different ads in both papers at the same time. Twain’s book is never included in the Star ads.


Star ads for French & Richardson:

17 & 18 Feb, 1868 – p. 4. “Lithographs” — series of three short blurbs

19,  2021, 24 & 25 Feb, 1868 – p. 2. “Waverly Novels” ads

27, 28, & 29 Feb, 1868 – p. 2 “Readings for Lent” ads


Chronicle ads for French & Richardson:

18, 19, 20, 21, & 22 Feb, 1868 – p. 3. “The Jumping Frog. By Mark Twain. $1.50”

24, 25, & 26 Feb, 1868 – p. 3. “Waverly Novels” ads

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“BOARDING.” [Evening Star, 22 Feb, 1868 p. 2]

ES_ 22 Feb 1868 _ p. 2 _ Boarding Ads


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“No Cow Allowed About The City Hall.” [Evening Star, 25 November, 1867, p. 1]

When Mark Twain arrived in Washington City in late November 1867 he discovered a city where cows roomed the streets. Of the 18,000 or so pages that he wrote and the hundreds of thousands upon hundreds of thousands words he wrote he managed to commit a couple lines to Washington’s cows.

Here’s an item that although funny now, wasn’t funny to the city’s mayor at the time. By the way, Twain lived in and around City Hall during his sojourn in Washington.

ES _ 25 Nov 1867 _ p. 1 _ 'No Cows Allowed About City Hall'LOCAL NEWS.


Mayor Wallach yesterday complained of Washington Rollins, Catherine Madison, Patrick Foley, Sarah E. Cook, and Mary Carroll, as allowing their cows to trespass upon the lot in the rear of the City Hall. They were arraigned before Justice Walter, who fined each $5 and $1 costs. Sarah E. Cook, who had three cows, was required to pay $18.


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