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	     Killing Rats.
rats &c.     After twenty an hour of this
sport, Jennings proceeded to the feat of the
evening.    From the flat wire cages on one
side of the building, he produced in two sack-
fulls, 100 rats, which being emptied into the
pit, ran round and round, huddled up together
or made terrified leaps to escape.    A time-keep-
er with a stop-watch then was nominated, who
took a chair beside the pit.     Then the Ajax
of terriers, with Jennings, entered it and
the animal commenced his work.  In vain
the wretched vermin ran and squeaked and
leapt and mounted Jennings  clothes, 
one bite and a shake disposed of their lives
successively, with extraordinary rapidity, the
man gathering up the dead bodies by the tails
and throwing them into a basket outside the
pit which he presently filled with the noisome 
carcases.         The audience, Jennings and
the dog were all excited, and the spectacle
was extraordinary.      The dog accomplished his
task in 8 minutes, 38 seconds!            When the
rats were counted 102 carcases were found
in the basket.    (Jennings had accidentally kil-
led on, by stamping on him, and desired his 
the substitution of another, which, I suppose,
had been too enthusiastically acted upon.)
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page seventy-nine
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Jennings's dog fighting establishment.
Date:1860-10-29
Subject:Dogfighting; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jennings, Henry
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-26

 

Volume
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.