MASK TW AIW Ktt&B A Self. Few men have done more to cor* rapt the youth of this eoantry than Mr. Saraael L. Clemens. No doubt "Peck's Bad Boy" has done it* thare of harm, but it is altogether probable that where one boy has been demoralized by it at lea«t three have bet n depraved by reading Mark Twain's stories written to illustrate the author's view that to escape being "a Sunday school milksop" milksop" a bqy must be a fit cadidate for the workhouse. The influence of this view on bo? is _ illustrated by yesterday's cis- patcbes from Mound City, Mo., where a merchant shot a burglar engage! in robbing his store. The burglar proved to be the young son of one of the leading citizens of the place, and he confessed that he and ten other boys had founded an oath- bond robbers' league based on sug gestions from "Tom Sawyer." Before the pistol shot put an end their depredations they had committed committed a series of robberies that had cauBed great exoitement in the neighborhood. The boy who was Bhot is dead of the wound, and if the Coroner's jury returns a^true verdict it will be that he came to his death 'at the bands of Samuel L. Clemens, who killed him for a certain sum of money obtained obtained by the sale of a demoralizing and vioious book called the "Adventures "Adventures of Tom Sawyer," the eaid book having for its purpose the demonstration of the theory that man can be really great or good without having been a,most extraordinary extraordinary ruffian and blackguard in youth. It is an unfortunate fact that such stories as ••Tom Sawyer" are read avidity by boys at a time when they are most impressionable, and a man of the persuasive power 'possessed by Mr. Clemens is too frequently able^to convinoe them that to the respect of mankind they must begin by being ruffians and toughs to the utmost^extent of their talent. From the standpoint of the heroes of these books the boy who has been bred a gentleman must get rid all ideas of decency and decorum before he is fit to be the associate the ideal boys whom Mr. Clemens chooses for heroes. If a father finds "Tom Sawyer" or any other book of the "Tom Say wcr "class in his house he should take it ia the tongs and throw behind the fire. It is a worse thing to have in the house than a snake or a tarantula.—Editorial in Republic.