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his hands with dust and cinders, when
Cahill s noble soul revolted and calling upon
the name of his creator, he spurned the pro-
posal.    The policeman threatened to take them
to the station-house; they defied him to do so,
not supposing it would involve anything beyond
half an hours detention and talk.     Inconti-
nently all three   for Arnold wouldn t leave
his friends   were marched off, and locked up
for the night, in a squalid filthy hole, in
propinquity with prostitutes thieves and riff-
raff, with whom they indulged in chaff and con-
versation, diversified by unsuccessful attempts
to get to sleep on a narrow bench.    Next mor-
ning they were marched through the cheery, sunny
morning streets, looking seedy enough to the Jef-
ferson Market police court.  They did the jocular
and raffish, gave their real names and vo-
cations.   On Cahill s being mentioned the magis-
trate doubted its genuineness when Arnold ex-
pressed a desire to make a bet with him on the
subject.    Finally they were fined $5 each.  Not
having more than sufficed to effect the discharge
of one, Wood was released, his companions
being re-locked up.    He went first to Bellew s,
then to Pfaff s, borrowing money of the latter to
effect the others  enlargement.     This is how
Cahill spent the night of his twenty-sixth birth-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eleven: page one hundred and sixty-four
Description:Regarding Frank Cahill's tale of a night out with the Bohemians, which ended with them getting arrested.
Date:1859-11-29
Subject:Arnold, George; Bellew, Frank; Bohemians; Cahill, Frank; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Police; Wood, Frank
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-01-31

 

Volume
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.