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Cahill s article,
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Sol s

[newspaper clipping with engraving]   
                                    Hints on Politeness.
					When a bachelor friend visits
					your house, always let him
					understand that married life
					is very expensive, but very
					comfortable.  Acquaint him
					with the price of butter, bread,
					etc.; tell him that the price is
					ruinous, and that you hardly
					know, if things continue, how
					you will be enabled to weather
					the storm.  (The above will
					make your guest very happy,
					and cause him to relish and
					enjoy every mouthful he
					takes.)  Let your visitor
					know the exact cost of the
					stair carpet and rods; speak
					of the cheapness of your pi-
					ano, and whisper in his ear
that your wife is the best and most economical of women.  Of
course the wife in all cases has to say that her husband is the best,
most lovable, and delightful of all human beings.
  As we seldom or never hear any music, get your wife to set down
at the piano and play all the evening.  It is sure to delight your
visitor, who enjoys a quiet conversation, and can hear much better
music upon payment of twenty-five cents.
  If your friend appears annoyed by so much music, and is not
paying sufficient attention to your wife s exertions, let her turn
round upon him, and say, in her most bitter and sarcastic manner,
 Mr. So-and-so, you appear to have no ear for music, but Charley
(Charley is of course her husband) dotes upon it, don t you, dear?
Then let her go on playing for the rest of the evening.
  Let your wife express regret that your visitor was not at your
house on such-and-such a day, as you had some splendid custards,
and such a delightful punkin pie.  This speech, if delivered prop-
erly, will make your visitor extremely happy, as you will let him
know that you thoroughly understand him, and that he only visits
your house for what he can get.
  Kiss your wife as often as possible before a third person, as it
impresses them with the very happy and bed-of-roses kind of life
you must be leading.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine: page nineteen
Description:Newspaper clipping written by Frank Cahill for the ''New York Picayune,'' humorously giving advice to married couples for when single friends visit.
Subject:Cahill, Frank; Eytinge, Solomon; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; New York picayune.; Vernon, Allie (Margaret Eytinge); Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-02


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Nine
Description:Includes descriptions of boardinghouse living, a picnic at Hoboken with other New York artists and journalists, his drawing and writing work in New York, attending a lecture by Lola Montez, visits to James Parton and Fanny Fern and the Edwards family, a controversy over Fitz James O'Brien's story ''The Diamond Lens,'' artist Sol Eytinge's relationship with writer Allie Vernon, the suicide of writer Henry William Herbert, antics of the New York Bohemians, the interest of people living in his boarding house in spiritualism, a visit to his friend George Bolton's farm in Canada, a visit to Niagara Falls, and a scandal involving Harbormaster Willis Patten, who lives in his boarding house.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Farms; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Publishers and publishing; Suicide; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Rochester, New York; Elmira, New York; Paris, Ontario, Canada
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.