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	         A Dog Fight.
Uproarous applause welcomed the achievement.
  Ten minutes intermission followed, during
which I discovered Oliver Hillard and three
friends of his in the bar-room; they had come
to the place in consequence of their knowing the ow-
ner of the victorious terrier, and having satis-
fied their curiosity declined witnessing the rest
of  the entertainment.       This is a part you don t
see!  quoth Jennings, meaningly, as he touched
my arm in the press, while passing upstairs
with an ill-visaged white bull-terrier under
his.       I missed Boweryem and from hence-
forth saw the rest of the  sports  alone.   These
consisted of six dog-fights, the first lasting
over half an hour.          The rat-pit had been
removed leaving a much larger space, especially
length-wise.      As in the former instance the
owners of the animals were allowed to enter
the ring and to do everything that lay in their
power towards stimulating their pugnacity but
touching them.  An old dog was matched against
the white one and for some time his superior
ferocity induced expectation that the victory would
be on his side.        After the first yell accompany-
ing the onset but little barking ensued.     They
fixed their teeth into each other s heads, generally
closing them on the upper jaws, worried, tore
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page eighty
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Jennings's dog fighting establishment.
Date:1860-10-29
Subject:Boweryem, George; Dogfighting; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hillard, Oliver; 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.