According to Mr. Roy Morris, Jr. in his tome, Lighting Out For The Territory, Sam Clemens caused the following information to be distributed on a handbill advertising his October 2nd, 1866 public lecture debut in San Francisco:
A SPLENDID ORCHESTRA
is in town, but has not been engaged.
A DEN OF FEROCIOUS WILD BEASTS
will be on exhibit in the next block.
were in contemplation for this occasion, but the idea has been abandoned.
A GRAND TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION
may be expected; in fact the public are privileged to expect whatever they please.
Doors open at 7 o’clock. The trouble will begin at 8.