B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too

Athenaeum Club, Sydney, Australia


Wednesday, September 18, 1895, Mark Twain gave a toast: Advance Australia

"In the evening Sam dined at the Athenæum Club, with 100 members and guests, including Irish politician Michael Davitt, Edmund Barton, QC (to become first prime minister of Austr.), Justice
William Windeyer, Atty.. Gen. J.H. Want, QC. Sam responded to the toast of “Our Guest” in an “extremely felicitous speech”; exchanged toasts with Windeyer, Barton and with the “Great Hi Ham,” Sir
Henry Parkes. Parks presented Sam with a copy of Sonnets and Other Verse while at the Club. Parkes was 80 years old, and “His biography sounds enough like Twain’s to leave little wonder the two found instant companionship” [Shillingsburg, “Down Under” 7; At Home 38-9]." MTDBD.

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