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tempt at artificial rockery, weeds and grass growing
on top of chaotically-piled paving stones, a party of Germans
with their fraus and frauleins drinking thereon in proud
pre-eminence.   For the entree of all this you paid 
ten cents, which also entitled you to a five cent drink.
But the  Folk s Garden,  which we next visited, was of higher
pretense.      Crowds thronged in and out, a pictorial intimation
of a wax-work Mrs Cunningham, Carlen and Bogus Baby
garnished the door, and then ten cents paid for admis-
sion didn t include a drink.        The Volks Garden is a
big rotunda, rather handsomely fitted up, with galleries,
side rooms, and a very good band, which played selec-
tions from popular operas.    The place was very full,
the majority present Germans; and the sexes equally repre-
sented.       We visited the additional attractions, on the up-
per floor, additional payments of ten cents (to each) pro-
curing admission.    The Wax work affair was very funny.
A peculiarly grim looking  Mrs Cunningham  in black and
bearing her name on a label stared at the spectator
from the foot of an exceedingly small, scanty and cur-
tainless bed, in which reclined another  Mrs Cunning-
ham  in her night clothes and an impossible position,
her eyes fixed in stern defiance on the junction of the
wall with the ceiling, her right hand extended as though
expectant of pennies and a wax baby lying crosswise
over her middle.   If one might be allowed to allude to
her extremities I d say they seemed to discontinue with
singular abruptness.   The exhibitor told us he had had
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight: page two hundred and thirty-two
Description:Describes going to several German places of entertainment in the Bowery.
Subject:Cunningham, Emma Augusta; Germans; Gunn, Thomas Butler
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eight
Description:Includes descriptions of the process of publishing his book, ''The Physiology of New-York Boarding Houses;'' his poor mental state upon returning to New York from England; meeting Walt Whitman; visits with Fanny Fern, James Parton, and Harriet Jacobs' daughter Louisa who is living with them; a visit to the Catskill Mountains with the Edwards family; moving into the boarding house at 132 Bleecker Street; working on the publication ''European'' with Colonel Hugh Forbes; the death of publisher William Levison and his daughter Ellen in his boarding house; visiting the scene of the murder of a dentist to get a sketch of the suspect; visiting Newport, Rhode Island, on assignment to sketch for Frank Leslie; and the death of his brother-in-law, Joseph Greatbatch.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Medical care; Mental illness; Publishers and publishing; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.