B. Scott Holmes

Just trying to stay alive and keep my sideburns too

Horsham, Victoria, Australia

Horsham (/ˈhɔrʃəm/, locally [ˈhoːʃəm])[2] is a regional city located on the Wimmera River in the Wimmera region of Victoria, Australia, and is approximately 300 kilometres (190 mi) north-west of the state capital Melbourne. At the 2006 census, Horsham had a population of 14,125. It is the largest city by population in the Wimmera region, and it is the main administrative centre for, and the most populous city within, the Rural City of Horsham local government area.

Horsham was named by original settler James Monckton Darlot after the town of Horsham in his native England. It grew throughout the latter 19th and early 20th century as a centre of Western Victoria's wheat and wool industry. Horsham was declared a city in 1949 and was named Australia's Tidiest Town in 2001.[3]

Arrived October 17, 1895 at 2:30 am, Lucas' White Hart Hotel

Sam's carbuncle had caused a change in schedule. He had originally planned to visit the Victorian towns on his way to Adelaide then return directly to Melbourne. Instead, forced to spend an additional week in Melbourne to heal, he traveled to Adelaide directly, arriving October 12, and toured the country towns on his return trip. The first stop was Horsham, arriving October 17.

Horsham is in an area of open wheat fields and was one of the smallest of Twain's venues, but one of his most successful. Livy wrote home to Susy that he had “never talked to a more enthusiastic audience”. The people of the town had underwritten his performance, guaranteed by the Mechanic's Institute. Sam's agent had required a guarantee of thirty five pounds.

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