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	     A Democratic Barbecue.
bed, because of the presence of  that  ere loafer
with his black eye,    which by the way he has
got painted.
  11.  Tuesday.  Writing up a column of artist-
news till noon, then to the office with it.      Free
for the rest of the day.    Billington up in the
afternoon.    Writing and drawing ( Nick-nax  block.)
Haney to supper and subsequently, till past 10.  He
came to accompany me in another 4th ward expedi-
tion, but the disagreable, half-rainy night deferred
it.
  12.  Wednesday.  To the Office.     Sent off to
Jones  Wood to report a  Barbecue,  in honor of
Douglas and democracy.     Rode thither in a crow-
ded 3rd Avenue car, amid the  unterrified  and
the unwashed, fellows with dirty teeth and im-
perfectly-shaven necks.  Let my  World  descrip-
tion tell the rest of the details:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  Passing the beggars, the lager bier stalls, the
weighing and blowing machines, pedlars of Douglas
medals, and venders of miscellaneous merchandise lin-
ing the avenues to the grounds, the scene presented on
entering was a very lively one, though at that time
(12:30), not more than two thousand persons had ar-
rived.  As intimated, however, the crowd kept
momentarily increasing.  Strolling hither and
thither, the spectators found more than sufficient
means of amusing themselves.  There were lager
bier stalls, games of chance, four stands for public
speaking, the major one gaily decorated with flags
and banners, and a good band which played continu-
ously.  There was Blondin s rope, stretching over the
trees, the daring Frenchman aloft in a box, superin-
tending the fastening of the guys, and his agent
whom he carried pick-a-back over Niagara, standing

[newspaper clipping: second column]
on the grass, obeying his chief s directions.  Best of
all there were the preparations for feeding the multi-
tude.  These transpired in an open area covering
about half an acre, closed in on three sides by trees,
and on the fourth by the fence surrounding the
 weed.   A stake rail, about three feet high, had
been erected to keep off the crowd.  Within this
were the edibles and their appointed distributors.
  Such spectators as had felicitated themselves on
the prospect of beholding the roasting of an ox,
were disappointed.  The ox was present, but cut up,
dissevered and dissected.  A large square hole, ex-
cavated in the side of a hill, and a ponderous spit,
like a young tree with handles, but the aid of which
the carcase, impaled upon the spit, was said to have
been roasted, remained, plain to everybody s view,
but these scarcely sufficed to convince the incredu-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Thirteen: page two hundred and twenty-seven
Description:Includes newspaper clipping written by Gunn for ''The New York World,'' describing a barbecue for Douglas.
Date:1860-09-10
Subject:Billington; Blondin, Charles; Boley, Susan; Douglas, Stephen A.; Food; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Haney, Jesse; Journalism; New York world.; O'Brien, Fitz James
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Coverage (Street):3rd Avenue
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.