A Mysterious Visit from Sketches New and Old

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A Mysterious Visit from Sketches New and Old
Mark Twain is visited by an agent from the Internal Revenue Department. He is unfamiliar with this service and brags up his earnings for the year. Mortified to find he'd been duped a rich acquaintance instructs him in the art of deductions.
 
 

Initially I thought this was just a humorous sketch but then I found some interesting connections with the current OWS (Occupy Wall Street) movement. This was first published the Buffalo Express, of which Mark Twain was a part owner. It was published again in the Internal Revenue Record of Customs Journal, April 9, 1870 (according to www.twainquotes.com/19610409.html)

 

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