CHAPTER XVI Family Life in New York

America! America! It was wonderful to be there again, though many things seemed strange at first. We had not been back for seven years.

A suitable house was found on Tenth Street near what was then Dr. Percy Grant's Church on the corner of Fifth Avenue. And once settled, Father was overwhelmed by an exhibition of the most sensational kind of cordiality from the public, press, and friends. One could never begin to describe in words the atmosphere of adulation that swept across his threshold. Every day was like some great festive occasion. One felt that a large party was going on and that by and by the guests would be leaving. But there was no leaving. More and more came. And the telephone rang so steadily that the butler got no time for other work, except when the faithful Katie offered to relieve him, and reduce a little at the same time, by carrying telephone messages up and down the stairs to Father's study. It always puzzled me how Mark Twain could manage to have an opinion on every incident, accident, invention, or disease in the world. Merely to read the newspapers enough for a shadowy acquaintance with the bigger topics of the day would have been difficult, considering the many social engagements he had daily, but the questions asked him by the newspaper reporters were by no means limited to important affairs.

Strangely enough, however, Father did not seem to

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