Following the Equator
Mark Twain was financially broke by 1894. His publishing house, Charles L. Webster & Co., failed. His pet project, the Paige typesetting machine, never functioned correctly. His friend, Henry Huttleston Rogers, a vice president of Standard Oil and a stock market investor, took over control of Twain's finances. Both Twain and Rogers thought it a good idea to pay off all debts. Twain, because his honor demanded it and Rogers, because it was a good marketing angle. A lecture tour around the world was planned.