San Francisco Letter

Mark Twain

Virginia City Territorial Enterprise/October 31, 1865

Steamer Departures

I feel savage this morning. And as usual, when one wants to growl, it is almost impossible to find things to growl about with any degree of satisfaction. I cannot find anything in the steamer departures to get mad at. Only, I wonder who “J. Schmeltzer” is? – and what does he have such an atrocious name for? – and what business has he got in the States? – who is there in the States who cares whether Schmeltzer comes or not? The conduct of this unknown Schmeltzer is exasperating to the last degree.

And off goes General Rosecrans, without ever doing anything to give a paper a chance to abuse him. He has behaved himself, and kept quiet, and avoided scandalous meddling with the Oakland Seminaries, and paid his board in the most aggravating manner. Let him go.

And Conness is gone. Oh, d–n Conness!


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