Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Some Things Never Change

Congratulations to Snake Eater for identifying the writer of my last post.

As an article that could have been penned yesterday in the New York Times it is a little surprising to reveal that the Who Said This was written by Samuel Clements (aka Mark Twain) almost exactly 100 years ago. Before you finish reading his commentary read the historical account of The Battle of Bud Dajo.

Mark Twain could tell some wonderful stories, but Samuel Clements apparently had trouble identifying facts. I do not say this to reduce your view of one of our greatest novelists; I just want to illustrate the harm that can be caused by a poorly informed or miss-directed pen. Perhaps this is why he never thought the articles were ever worthy to be published.

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