RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR. 73
" There is things which you have done which is
unbeknowens to anybody but me. You better trot
out a few dols. to yours truly, or you'll hear thro'
the papers from
That is about the idea. I could continue them
till the reader was surfeited, if desirable.
Shortly the principal Republican journal "con¬
victed " me of wholesale bribery, and the leading
Democratic paper " nailed " an aggravated case of
blackmailing to me.
[In this way I acquired two additional names:
" Twain the Filthy Corruptionist," and " Twain
the Loathsome Embracer."]
By this time there had grown to be such a
clamour for an " answer " to all the dreadful charges
that were laid to me that the editors and leaders of
my party said it would be political ruin for me to
remain silent any longer. As if to make their
appeal the more imperative, the following appeared
in one of the papers the very next day:—
"Behold the Man !—The Independent candidate
still maintains silence. Because he dare not speak.
Every accusation against him has been amply
proved, and they have been endorsed and re-
endorsed by his own eloquent silence till at this
day he stands for ever convicted. Look upon your