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table where to assume the role of a deaf
and dumb man, pretending to converse with
Cahill by means of the finger alphabet, to
which Cahill (who knows as much of it as he
does of Chinese) responded.  There was much
sympathy expressed that  such an intelligent-
looking young man  should be so afflicted,
and many inquiries made.     When the two wan-
ted to grin   they pretended to make jokes.
The scene must have been exceedingly absurd.
Some of the boarders had suspicions, having over
heard them conversing in Cahill s room, but
the landlady, forgetting that she had answered
Arnold s inquiry at the door (!) was completely
deceived.     She had seen the dumb alphabet be-
fore and knew how they did it!         Subsequently
Cahill and Arnold went down Broadway,
entered a quack Chiropodists, Cahill enquiring
the expense of having a corn extracted.   The
operator couldn t give an estimate without seeing
it, Cahill said he couldn t gratify him because
 his feet were dirty!     Anon he commenced
 I have a brother who has a Tape-Worm   
which word upset Arnold s gravity, so both
had to grin and run for it.       Arnold was
not sober; Cahill says that he himself had par-
taken only of a single  lager  .     A bit of a
party at Edwards  on Friday night; didn t
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page forty-one
Description:Describes a practical joke played by Frank Cahill and George Arnold on the people in Cahill's boarding house.
Date:1859-07-08
Subject:Arnold, George; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Practical jokes
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Broadway
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living at 132 Bleecker Street, his freelance writing and drawing work, the antics of New York literary Bohemians, Fanny Fern and James Parton's marriage, visits to the Edwards family, a Fourth of July excursion with the Edwards family and other friends, letters from Frank Cahill and Bob Gun's mistresses, Jesse Haney's proposal of marriage to Sally Edwards and rejection, Charles Damoreau's return from Boston to live in New York, and attending the Edwards family's 1859 Christmas party.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Christmas; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.