Richard Rogers, Sam Sam Clemens, Mark Twain Meridor discussed on Coast to Coast AM
An enormous amount of work that Richards done to take the notes in the memoirs and the letters much of it is not printed or you have to piece together because it's not in the final books because Libya's standing there reading it night, making sure that Mark that hers Sam Sam Clemens doesn't upset the family honour anymore than he already has by wasting all their money and his money, and everybody's money in the whole world knows he's four. All right. We're going to get him to Europe. They they stop in South Africa. He gets in trouble with C. So roads big deal. You'll have to read the book because it's funny we're on to London and they're arriving in the heat of August in London, and they're going to still haven't piled their way out of debts. And now comes the tragedy Suzy ovens is stayed back in New York, and she's a twenty three year old woman. Very highly strung what happens to our. Why does she why does she decline so quickly, Richard? Decline in dire. Has in die. What happens to that? I just need one little detail that they get their daughters have been cable to come over. And then they get the Clement Livian. Sam Mark Twain, get a cable back that there. There's been a delay, and Livy instantly census the worst and things that that Susie must be sick. And they board a ship and they're crossing the Atlantic. When Mark Twain gets word that his daughter Susie has died, and how did she die so quickly? What do we know spinal meningitis, and it it's not clear exactly how she caught it. But she declined very quickly. And what's the worst? For Mark Twain. He's alone. He never handles being alone. Well, at all he's alone in a rented house in a in a suburb and in England and his wife is in the middle of the ocean. And there's no technology in that era for him to reach her. So he knows that she's going to three or four days. See her brother like? Crying on the docks either their their friend, who's a minister weeping on the dock to having to tell her that Susie died, and he he just he's just over rod is just the actual scene is even more horrible because they don't get to the ship while it's in quarantine and Clara when she visits, the captain sees a headline that her sister's dead, and so she has to tell her mother, right. And that's the moment you believe that Livy started her decline. I do I do there's it's not really clear that Louis ever completely got her joy in life back. I mean there are moments that you can see later, but this is the decline in and she would be dead. Eight years later mean seven years later Livy as young and beautiful woman. There's a photograph in the book of her in her forties. She was a bells bell in her twenties. When Mark Twain Meridor eighteen seventy and he adored her and she adored him and apart. They were. They were not stable together. They could travel around the world, but this blow of losing their eldest daughter, Susie. They'd lost their son Langdon when he was nineteen months old that was an experience of the nineteenth century that families dealt with but losing Suzy without ever seeing or again, overwhelmed him and Clara Clara, let's speak well of her she lives into the nineteen sixties, Richard. And she's the one who is the she's the she's a perfect combination of mother and father. She has she has an ironic guy. But at the same time she protects the families owner, right? And she also basically had a lot of trouble being in the same room with their father after a while she realized for self-preservation, it was perhaps better to to live in Europe. When he lived in New York, let's pay the debts because that was the reason for the journey. Now, Richard is included in enormous amount of detailed ver- of counting for us to watch the debts back took me longer than anything else in the book. But I I was taking notes. All the time is they're paying the debts off by the time. They get to England. Libby Livy is keeping counts because she knows that market mislead her if she let's just generally by the they haven't paid it off in in England. But by the time, they get to Switzerland for the summer. She believes that there that they have now achieved an ability to pay their creditors off. But not not without Rogers, Richard. He's the hero of this hero. And it's so great that you see that. Because he really is. He he's the com mastermind of twain strategy to pay off his debts because actually the lecture tour paid off, you know, it's arguable. What number it is? But maybe it's half. Maybe whatever number it is. But what save twain was his complete works. Addition and twain had to rival publishers who weren't even speaking to other who are furious. Lahcen Harper's voice in Harper's. And they never would have agreed on a deal. And and Roger said that if he had only worked in publishing he never would have been in business. You want to kill. He just couldn't believe how difficult it was to make these men together. Malcolm, copper you understand. This is a master dealer, but publishing. Richard. And I both survive publishing. We're aware of the fact that Rogers finally figured it out. Okay. Five now Livvy will lead leave us gene will die on Christmas. Nineteen o nine about. I wanna pay attention to pay off all these debts because you've done such a wonderful at the moment the debts. He's off on other schemes rid, Richard. It's like you have to chain him to the wall before he gives money away your scream when they turn that chapter page and see if the top and then and then he said I reeled in the big fish today. Literally almost to the day that he knew he paid the debts off. He started looking for new investment. And you just can't you just want to hurt him. You wanna have time machine and stop him. But but then again, he's his own best character because that's exactly a comic novel. You would want a character. Well, he thinks that he's putting Ed Wilson to some of the times at one point. He comes up with a man comes up with a scheme to make blankets out of woolen peat moss. But luckily twain ran this idea of it was textile design copying textile like you can make a Rog and then make a second rug based machine. But anyhow, he ran it by h h Rogers and Rogers got an expert from Connecticut mill to say that it was a really stupid idea gonna make any money at Rogers helped him. Now Rogers did take the money that twain a cheese achieved. And then h h Rogers gives us a lesson in how you play the stock market between eighteen ninety nine and nineteen hundred Richard Rogers is not just a genius. He's everything the SEC thinks that it has to stop. He tripled the money for twain in about a year, but less, but what's interesting is. I didn't know this. When I started the research for the book, there was no insider trading laws than people date those to the securities act of nineteen thirty and no income tax either. That's the part. I like, you know, keep so Rogers wasn't really breaking laws. He was giving a perk to a friend Livy would find acceptable. I don't think living quite rely. That h tripled her husband's money is my guess he could. And then when when Rogers turns away or is not available immediately twain piles money into some something grew to sports, central Ruta, sports, central deep the mind that he buys. Yes. Staffer can mining stock any loses almost all of it quickly. In fact, probably is still out there and certificates finally the dinner at the Lotus club. This is after he's returned in in nineteen nineteen hundred hundred.