[PW] Request help with Mark Twain conspiracy quotation

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Nov 1 06:28:57 PDT 2016


I received a request from a student in Toronto to trace a quotation
attributed to Mark Twain which appears in a proposed television
script:

[Begin attributed quotation]
A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for
the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public.
[End attributed quotation]

Searches in the HathiTrust database suggest that the quotation is
probably present in a book written by Mark Twain's daughter, Clara
Clemens. Hence, Clara may have heard the statement from her father.
Examining the full context given on page 147 (and nearby) of this book
(via a scan) would be very helpful, and it would be nice to be able to
reply to the student quickly. Perhaps a fellow W0mbat is able to
access this book in his or her library?

https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001027212

Year: 1938
Title: My Husband, Gabrilowitsch
Author: Clara Clemens
Quote Page 147
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, New York
Database: Information based on matches in HathiTrust; snippets are not
shown; data may be inaccurate and must be checked with hardcopy

The Google Books database also contains a copy of the book "My
Husband, Gabrilowitsch", but, at this time, searches in GB are
malfunctioning (for me),

If no W0mbat has ready access to the book then I will execute an
Inter-library Loan request or use some other method.

Thanks for any help you may provide,
Garson O'Toole


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