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jm, f Pahrump Valley (;azette, Thursday, August 28, 1997 19 Gazette on the street... What is your opinion of the Paula .,ones accusations Pahrump against President Clinton? Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump Pahrump LARRY ORTIZ-- "Mobilehome maintenance -- "I think it is a bunch of bull." TERRY HAND -- Contractor-- "I think they are relevant and fair. No- body is above the power of the law." NAOMI WALLACE -- Student -- "I'm only 15 and don't pay much attention. I don't know anything about it. I have heard the names before is all. I saw something on "TV" PAUL GELLERT -- Laborer-- "I wasn't there, I don't know what happened. It needs to go to court and be settled." CONNIE VAN EMAN -- Desk clerk-- "It seems foolish to waste their ti me on foolish things. There are more important things to worry about and Paula Jones should grow up." Compiled by Gazette staff photographers m 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada-then and now Mark Twain's Nevada colleagues by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society A lthough most Nevadans are familiar with Mark Twain's tenure on Virginia City's Territorial Enterprise and his subsequent literary career, his contem- poraries ih the early 1860s remain in literary obscurity. Of those wfio shared a desk with Samuel Clemens on the Enterprise, William Wright - Dan DeQuille was his nom de plum - is the best known. A native of Ohio, he came to the paper in 1861 and became Clemens's best friend and boon companion. Twain departed the Comstock in 1846, but DeQuille re- mained until just before his death in Iowa on March 16, 1898. His major literary work, "The Big Bonanza," was published in 1876, but other writings have only seen print in recent years, literary scholars having finally discovered the wealth of material he produced during his Comstock years. James William Emery Townsend - "Lying Jim" to his friends - joined the Enterprise staff in the fall of 1862, shortly after Twain came on board. A typesetter by profes- sion, lae learned writing and reporting through his associa- tion with Twain and DeQuille and later achieved a small measure of literary fame as the editor of California's "Grass Valley Union" and "Antioch Leader." In March 1882, he joined the staff of the" Reno Evening Gazette," remaining four months. By 1888, he was in Lundy, Calif. running the "Homer Index" and building upon his reputation as a wry commentator on the life and times of the mining frontier. Townsend moved his presses to Bodie, Calif. in October 1895, establishing the "Bodie Mining Index." When his health began to fail, he sold out to his two female typesetters in 1899. He lived in Oakland, Calif. for a time and worked on an autobiography, "Truth with Variations," but his eye- sight failed. He spent his last years with a brother in Lake Forest, Ill. where he died on August 11, 1900. Another of Twain's acquaintances, Roilin Mallory Daggett, went to work on the "Enterprise" during the last months of Twain's time, spring 1864. He served as a member of the Territorial Council in Carson City in 1863 and as clerk of the U.S. Denis E. McCarthy, a colleague of Mark Twain's in Virginia City. photo by Nevada Historical Society District Court, 1867-76. He also edited the "Enterprise," 1874-78. In November 1878, he was elected to Congress from Nevada, serving a single term, 1879-80, and was appointed U.S. Minister to Hawaii on July 1, 1882, remaining in that position until April 10, 1885. Thereafter he engaged in newspaper and literary work in San Francisco until his death there on November 12, 1901. Another newsman associated with Twain's Comstock years was Joseph Thompson Goodman, editor and pub- lisher of the "Enterprise," who hired Clemens as a reporter in 1862. Goodman also wrote poetry and plays, had a seat on the Pacific Stock Exchange after moving to San Francisco in 1880 and served briefly as managing editor of the "San Francisco Evening Post." In 1881, he entered the grape business in the San Joaquin Valley. He also founded and published the "San Franciscan," a literary journal, in 1884 and wrote his memoirs of the Comstock Lode in 1891-92. In the late 1890s, Goodman took an interest in archaeology and published a book, "Archaic Maya Inscriptions," in 1897. He died in Alameda, Calif. on October 1, 1917. Goodman's partner on the "Enterprise," Denis E. McCarthy, was also a friend of Clemens's. He sold his interest to Goodwin in September 1865, but lost his stake in mining stock speculation and was forced to go back to the "Enterprise" as a foreman in the job printing office. In 1869, he took a position as a newsman on the "Sacramento Reporter." The next year, he moved to the "San Francisco Chronicle," becoming city editor. Five years later he purchased the "Virginia Evening Chronicle" of Virginia City, running it until his death in 1885. Steven Edward Gillis was perhaps Clemens's closest friend. A printer as well as a writer, he furnished plotlines for many of Twain's stories and figured prominently in many of his Nevada tales. He later worked as a reporter in Nevada City, Calif. before settling in Sonora where he died in 1918: (More stories on Mark Twain's colleagues and acquaintances next week.)