St. Petersburg Gazette

May 24, 1876

Three Lost Boys!

Lost! Tom Sawyer, Joe Harper, and Huckleberry Finn were discovered missing this morning! They are lost, no where to be found! No one knows where they have fled, but we assume that they are dead. We interviewed a few people who had been the last to talk to him. They described Tom was looked sad, depressed, and mopey. Some said that he suddenly became happy and looked a little mischievous near the end end of the day. Tom is said to have been a sneaky boy, always in trouble. Joe was said to have been just like Tom- they were friends actually! Now Huck, he was the rebel of the town. Parents told us that their kids always talked about him. The parents think that Huck was a naughty boy, so they told their kids to stay away from him. It is a very sad event that has come at the worst time- just after Doctor Robinson was murdered! Most signs point to death, wherever they have fled!
Secret Twain Biography - USA

An Interview: Mark Twain

Mark Twain: Father of American Literature

Me: Mr. Twain, in your new book, I enjoyed your allusion to Robin Hood when the boys were playing games on the island. Why did you choose that particular allusion?

Twain: I chose that allusion because the trio (Tom, Huck, Joe) seems as if they represent outlaws, run-aways, wild and free type of people such as Robin Hood.

Me: Mr. Twain, when Tom went back briefly to Auntie, why didn't Tom put the bark down to tell Auntie where they were?

Twain: Well, it would've ruined the part in which Tom is forgiven after he comes back home. Without that, It wouldn't have made Auntie feel as if Tom was right about what he had done.

Me: Excellent! One last question. Mr. Twain, how will Tom bounce back from Becky finally rejecting him for the last time?

Twain: Ah, yes, Tom and Becky! Well, I can assure you that Tom will feel quite enraged for quite a while! But be careful! I didn't say forever!

Me: Thank you mister Twain!

Twain: My pleasure!