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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 4, 1997 17 I I I Gazette on the street... What is your opinion of establishing a law to limit paparazzi activity? Pahrump Pahrump Boston Pahrump Las Vegas CHIC NORBY -- Bartender-- AUTUMN REYNOLDS -- "They should stop that. There Retired law enforcement-- "I think should be a law against it. They celebrities have a right to their shouldn'tbeallowedtogetpictures privacy, just as any other person. that way." It's one God given right to have privacy." CARMEN TRUJILLO -- Tour guide-- "I think it would be a great idea. Tabloids should be limited as to what they can purchase the way they are in Europe. That way it would limit the paparazzi as well. The French people on my tour feel the same. People should also look at what they buy. They are responsible too." C.L. MEEKS -- Horse business -- "It boils down to the tabloid sales -- the million dollar photo. There should be some things similar to the stalking law." TRUMAN ROBBINS-- Retired glass blower -- "I suppose they ought to be limited." Compiled by Gazette staff photographers I II Illl 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada then and now Mark Twain's Nevada colleagues, part II by Phillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society i m i i A ontinuing our chronicle of Mark Twain's Nevada colleagues, among them was Andrew Jackson Simmons. "Jack," as he was known, shared a room at a boardinghouse with Samuel Clemmons and was his confederate in his adven- tures around the Comstock. He also represented Humboldt County in the House of Representatives in the second and third sessions of the Nevada Territorial Legislature, 1862 and 1864, serving as speaker in the latter. In 1864 he ran William Morris Stewart's legislative campaign for the U.S. Senate. In Washington, Simmons was a principal advisor to Stewart on the matter of mining law. After losing a fortune in mining speculation in San Francisco, he moved to Idaho, then on to Montana where he served as an Indian agent from 1871 to 1873. Simmons was in on the first rush to the Black Hills, involving himself in the promotion of the mines. He also served as the mayor of Rapid City, S. D. In 1918 he retired, moving to Denver to live with his son, Jesse. He died in Denver in 1920 and was buried at Deadwood. Among the better known of Twain's associates was William Horace Clagette, a California attorney who joined "the rush to Washoe" in 1860. In the fall of 1861, he and Clemmons moved on to Unionville to pursue new mining ventures and he re- mained long enough to be elected to the House of Representa- fives in the Territorial Legislature, serving in the second and third sessions, 1862 and 1864. He represented Storey County in the Senate during the first session of the State Legislature, 1864-65, but he failed to get the Union Party's nomination to the U.S. Congress by only five votes in 1865. In 1866, Clagette moved to Helena, Mont. and later to Deer Lodge. Entering into law and politics, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from 1871 to 1873. Failing in a re-electior bid, he resumed his law practice until moving to Left to right: Jack Simmons, Mark Twain and Billy Denverin 1877, thence to Deadwood, S.D., where he remained Claggett, c. 1862. photo by Nevada Historical Sociay for five years. He subsequently took up residence in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Territory, and was president of the territory's constitutional convention in 1889. After failing in two campaigns for the U.S. Senate from Idaho, 1891 and 1895, he moved to Spokane, Wash. where he died in 190 I. A Nevada colleague, C.C. Goodwin, later wrote of Claggett as follows: "He had many eccentricities, was restless by nature and give to following hobbies. With one or two exceptions, he was the foremost orator of the coast, and deep down had one of the gentlest, tenderest and most loyal hearts in the world. He dreamed of high honors. More than once they seemed absolutely within his grasp, but they all eluded him. All his life, he hated injustice; he never sought for anything except upon merit, so he struggled and struggled..." Lesser known Twain colleagues included William Martin Gillespie, who arrived in the Nevada Territory with Governor James Warren Nye in 1861. He worked with Clemmons as a legislative reporter for the "Territo- rial Enterprise" in 1862 and himself served in the House of Representatives at the third session, 1864. As an aide to William Morris Stewart, he took a leading part in the second constitutional convention in i864, serving as secretary. A competent newsman, Gillespie never took up literary pursuits. He left the "Comstock" in 1875 and was connected with several San Francisco newspapers for a time before moving to Honolulu. He contracted con- sumption in the islands and returned to Virginia City in 1885, thinking that the climate would give him some relief. On November 22, 1885, he passed away in the county hospital. Many other writers and journalists later claimed an acquaintanceship with Twain, including Fred Hart. Hart was a clerk in a Virginia City dry goods store and a volunteer fireman when Twain was on the "Enterprise" and was perhaps at least influenced by the great writer. In any case, Hart later wrote for and edited the "Reese River Reveille," Austin, and become famous for his tales of the Sazerac Lying Club. In October 1880, he began a brief stint as editor of the "Enterprise." He relocated to Califor- nia in 1881 to take a position on the "San Francisco Daily Report." He also wrote for other papers, but his health went back on him and he died of Bright's Disease in 1897. Other obscure literary figures with a connection to Twain remain unsung, but literary scholars continue to explore the past and we maybe writing another column on this genre sometimes in the future.