10/05/2017

The things I learn

I saw this article on a New Zealand website about Mark Twain visiting here in 1895.  I can't imagine how hard the travelling would have been.

He even visited the town of Hawera, not far from my house.

"Charles Major, mayor of Hawera, and his wife, Julia, entertained Twain during an afternoon and evening at their home and in his memoirs, Seventy Years of life in New Zealand, said of Twain 'that he was supreme among all lecturers for his congenital modesty and love of his fellows, quiet and almost retiring, nothing monstrative.'
Next day Twain left for Whanganui where he rejoined his wife, daughter, agent and his wife to take a train to Wellington and on December, 13, 1895 they boarded a ship for Sydney."

Here's the link:  https://www.stuff.co.nz/oddstuff/97588258/arthur-fryer-when-mark-twain-spent-a-night-in-hawera

5 comments:

Marja said...

Very interesting Wonder if he has written about NZ somewhere

Sami said...

I can imagine how tough travel was in those days.
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a rich tapestry said...

That was a gracious way of describing his guest by the mayor. Thank you for sharing.

diane b said...

Well I never knew that he went to Sydney either.

Debbie said...

Life...so difficult and hard back then but everyone was so happy!!