St. Petersburg Section

Sunday May 10th, 1870

Missing Boys

Missing! Two boys, Tom Sawyer and Joe Harper, have gone missing. They were both last seen together in front of the school yard around noon. Both boys seemed to be melancholy and very forlorn. Another boy, Huckleberry Finn, was also said to be missing. We assume that the boys are together and trying to find a way home. Polly Sawyer, Tom Sawyer's aunt, says that she tried numerous treatments on Tom because he was feeling so ill and depressed. After she tried giving him some pain killers, she said that Tom gave them to the cat and walked away. Sereny Harper, Joe Harper's mother, said that Joe ran off after she scolded him for stealing some cream. Both ladies say that they were in their school clothes; brown shirt, brown pants, and a school pack with them. As for Huck Finn, his father reported him missing, but he said that Huck goes missing for a few days and comes back, so no worries over him. If you do see any one of these boys, Huck Finn included, please tell the Sheriff and his Deputy.

Meeting with Mark!

Here is a good look at Mark Twain, the author of the well-liked book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.


Question:

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:

Well, as you now, Robin Hood is a well-liked story, so, what better than to have a good story character within another good story character? Plus, doesn't every boy dream of being Robin Hood?


Question:

Mark, may I call you Mark? When you wrote about Tom and Becky, was that an experience you had? Or was it a friend's experience?


Twain:

As a child, I was always one with the ladies, but, actually, it was my good friend who had a complicated and childish relationship with a girl.


Question:

Mr. Twain, the white-washing scene is a classic favorite for everybody. How and where did you get your inspiration for that?


Twain:

Actually, I got the idea from a boy and a girl white-washing a fence. The girl was doing all of the work while the boy was laying under an old oak tree. All I did was re-write that scene so it was more interesting in my book.


So, that's it folks! There are your answers to those questions. Don't forget to read my next interview with K.L. Howling; the artist with it all.