Mark Twain on Osteopathy

Boston Herald

Albany, N. Y., February 27, 1901.—"Mark Twain" was the feature of the hearing to-day on the bill to license osteopathy in the state—that is, Mr. Clemens appeared with the advocate of the bill, but he did not seriously ask for the bill's passage or urge the benefits of the cult. He said.

"I find myself almost in embarrasing circumstances. A circumstance that I am rarely in. If I ever had a purpose in being here, these debaters knocked it out. They use terms that I don't understand, and I don't see how you can understand them. What impresses me is the way these doctors call off the names of all the diseases in the world. If makes me envious of the man who has had them all. I am an experimenter. I have had a number of disease, but am willing to take more, but want to distribute them among not only doctors, but the mountebanks.

"I came here to listen, and did not expect to speak, but now that I am here, and am to speak, I am glad of it, but there are others who are to show you osteopathy. I want the liberty of trying it.

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