Yes! Issue 55 arrived today.
Congratulations to you as well, Lawrence. Some well-deserved recognition for the Victoria Whisky Festival. It was my first whisky festival and I think it was a great one that others will now have to live up to.
I read Michael Jackson's column and, I have to admit, felt a bit of pride of immediately knowing a Twain/whisky connection that was not known by an established writer such as him. I used it in Crieftan's much acclaimed
"Word Association". It's from a short piece simply titled, "Niagara":
Trading for forty-rod whisky, to enable you to get drunk and happy and tomahawk your families, has played the everlasting mischief the picturesque pomp of your dress, and here you are, in the broad light of the nineteenth century, gotten up like the ragtag and bobtail of the purlieus of New York.
Actually, it's quite possible that Michael Jackson knew of this but didn't want to reference it. It's from a piece that some consider insulting to the native people's of this land. It's difficult to determine if Twain was trying to represent prevalent attitudes of the day or if he was showing his own prejudices. Clearly, it doesn't portray the consumption of whisky in the best light either.