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3,800 Pound Pescadero Cheese Funds Union Troops, Intrigues Mark Twain


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What a glorious two tons of cheese!

Samuel Clemens reported on the great cheese in the Daily Morning Call on September 10, 1864:

“It is the contribution of two whole hearted brothers, and it is worth twenty-five cents to look upon such a monument of kindly Christian charity. After that cheese has gone the rounds of the States and collected a quarter of a million for the Sanitary Fund, it will be cut up in New York and sold by the slice [to benefit the Sanitary Fund].”

Samuel Clemens wrote several pieces about the monster cheese but he failed to fact check his work and the Call’s editor-in-chief, George Barnes, let him go in October saying,

“You’re out of your element, Clemens. The position requires persistence and a certain attention to detail. I believe you are unsuited to it. Besides, you’re obviously capable of greater things in literature.”

And indeed he was. Samuel Clemens moved on from reporting on the world’s largest cheese to writing some of America’s greatest literature under his pen name, Mark Twain.

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