Mmm. come to mama!
I see that Gentleman's Emporium, a web site I blogged about a couple of years ago, has branched out into Steampunk fashions.
Sam Clemens looks rather dapper in this photo taken around the same time that CELIA is set.
But his brother Henry was the real cutie of the family:
Poor Henry died from a steamboat explosion. Sam Clemens made the news, long before he was famous, in a description of his grief:
We witnessed one of the most affecting scenes at the Exchange yesterday that has ever been seen. The brother of Mr. Henry Clemens, second clerk of the Pennsylvania... arrived in the city yesterday afternoon, on the steamer A. T. Lacy. He hurried to the Exchange to see his brother, and on approaching the bedside of the wounded man, his feelings so much overcame him, at the scalded and emaciated form before him, that he sunk to the floor overpowered. There was scarcely a dry eye in the house; the poor sufferers shed tears at the sight. This brother had been pilot on the Pennsylvania, but fortunately for him, had remained in New Orleans when the boat started up.
Clemens wrote to his sister-in-law:
Long before this reaches you, my poor Henry, - my darling, my pride, my glory, my all, will have finished his blameless career, and the light of my life will have gone out in utter darkness. O, God! this is hard to bear...