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It Came Out In Conversation, That In Two Different Instances Mr. Cable Got Into Grotesque Trouble By Using, In His Books, Next-To-Impossible French Names Which Nevertheless Happened To Be Borne By Living And Sensitive Citizens Of New Orleans.

His names were either inventions or were borrowed from the ancient and obsolete past, I do not now remember

Which; but at any rate living bearers of them turned up, and were a good deal hurt at having attention directed to themselves and their affairs in so excessively public a manner.

Mr. Warner and I had an experience of the same sort when we wrote the book called 'The Gilded Age.' There is a character in it called 'Sellers.' I do not remember what his first name was, in the beginning; but anyway, Mr. Warner did not like it, and wanted it improved. He asked me if I was able to imagine a person named 'Eschol Sellers.' Of course I said I could not, without stimulants. He said that away out West, once, he had met, and contemplated, and actually shaken hands with a man bearing that impossible name - 'Eschol Sellers.' He added -

'It was twenty years ago; his name has probably carried him off before this; and if it hasn't, he will never see the book anyhow. We will confiscate his name. The name you are using is common, and therefore dangerous; there are probably a thousand Sellerses bearing it, and the whole horde will come after us; but Eschol Sellers is a safe name - it is a rock.'

So we borrowed that name; and when the book had been out about a week, one of the stateliest and handsomest and most aristocratic looking white men that ever lived, called around, with the most formidable libel suit in his pocket that ever - well, in brief, we got his permission to suppress an edition of ten million {footnote [Figures taken from memory, and probably incorrect.

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