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	Probaby Something on the Roof.
ment when Jones knocked at the door to obtain
a match, we all three of us heard, loud and
distinct, a noise as of a smashing of glass.
My first momentary thought was that my lamp
had cracked by the heat, the second and most
prominent that somebody from the street or over
the way had thrown a stone through the window.
Under this impression I got up and examined
it.    It was in its usual condition.     Nothing of
glass had fallen in the room that we could dis-
cover, I searched, both this evening and on the
following morning.   We were all puzzled, having
heard the noise unmistakeably; Boweryem and
I compared notes subsequently and found our
impressions precisely similar.  A noise as though
a tumbler had been dashed against a wall
and broken to pieces.            Now for the corol-
lary.   My mother once told me that my father
had a superstition, of which he didn t like
to talk.     It was that such a noise as we heard
indicated death.  She, the least superstitious
of women, told me she had heard such a
noise, with such a sequence, when in my father s 
company, I think as they were entering the
village of Chacombe, possibly before I was born.
She narrated it privately to me, perhaps
fifteen years ago, as an odd thing only, sup-
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page sixty-four
Description:Describes a mysterious incident at his boarding house.
Date:1860-10-18
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boweryem, George; Gunn, Samuel; Gunn, Samuel, Mrs.; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jones (boarder); Superstition
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]; Chacombe, [England]
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen
Description:Includes descriptions of attending a lecture by J.H. Siddons on Queen Victoria; seeing tightrope walker Charles Blondin perform; boarding house living; his freelance writing and drawing work; visits to the Edwards family and his friendship with Sally Edwards; a visit of the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII of Great Britain, to New York; his work as a reporter for ''The New York World;'' a visit to a dog fighting establishment; an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting 1860 election returns; and Gunn's experience as a correspondent for ""The New York Evening Post"" in Charleston, South Carolina, in the aftermath of South Carolina's secession from the federal government.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Civil War; Elections; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Military; Police; Publishers and publishing; Secession; Slavery; Slaves; Travel
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Charleston, South Carolina
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 2010 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.