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         Tragical End of old Falk and Kettle.
my departure, to state how she had predicted
when Cahill entered the house, that before he
quitted it he would do something that everybody
would hear of   that  he had a bad eye  and
such malicious rot, and this evening after
supper was at it again.   Lizzie Woodworth,
came up into the parlor declaring she  was real
provoked  with the hateful little dwarf, when
the other women   Miss Trainque, Mrs Ham, and Phillips
  joined in defence of Cahill.       And by hea-
ven I liked  em for it!
  Old Falk, our Catskill landlord four sum-
mers ago, committed suicide by hanging himself,
last winter.     Cause, embarrassed circumstances.
  Kettle and Miss Fagan got married on Monday
night, they say in a shoe-store, in Canal Street.
He left the house on Saturday night, she on
the morning of the day of the wedding.  They sent
an invitation to Mrs Ham to be present, but she
didn t go.    All the women were averse to Kettle
in consequence of his resenting their objections to
his very free and easy wooing in the parlor.       He 
monopolized the Fagan s company exclusively and
disliked her speaking to any every body else.  She used
to lie on his breast and lap and they did a good
deal of such practicalities which  made it unplea-
sant  for other  young ladies.         Also he was in
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page thirty-three
Description:Regarding talk about Frank Cahill at his boarding house.
Date:1860-06-15
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Fagan, Lyddy (Kettle); Falk; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Ham, Mrs.; Kettle; Kinne, Mrs.; Marriage; Phillips; Suicide; Trainque, Cecilia (Phillips); Women; Woodward, Lizzie
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):Canal Street
Scan Date:2011-01-29

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen
Description:Includes descriptions of boarding house living, his freelance writing and drawing work, antics of New York literary Bohemians, Frank Cahill fleeing for England after spending money that was meant for ''The New York Picayune,'' visits to the Edwards family, the state of Charles Damoreau's marriage, a sailing excursion to Nyack with the Edwards family and other friends on the Fourth of July, a fight between Fitz James O'Brien and House at Pfaff's, witnessing a fire at Washington Market, the execution of pirate Albert Hicks on Bedloe's Island, an excursion aboard the ship Great Eastern, a vacation at Grafton with the Edwards family, his growing friendship with Sally Edwards, Lotty Granville's behavior with Brentnall and Hill at his boarding house, Frank Bellew's return to England, and visits to dance houses in the Fourth Ward with friends for an article.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Grafton, 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.