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	      Dog Fighting.
bit, rolled over and over, bestrode each other,
haled one another around and about the pit
and contended dog-fashion in all sorts of
ways, their owner s shouting and stamping
and making suggestions which proved them to
be greater brutes than the animals.      It was
 Hey Stumpy! hey! bite him there and he ll
never forgive you! nip his fore leg! get him by
x  x  x  x  !  all the while the beasts tugged
and tore.     They were  game  dogs and however
 punished  and weakened fought on.     I think
three distinct rounds occurred, the animals being
sponged between whiles.      For the last fifteen
or twenty minutes the younger dog had decidedly
the advantage, but the proprietor of the other
kept hounding him on, until Jennings said
 It s no use killing that old dog  and on the
animal in question demurring to come up to
the scratch   a literal circular mark on the
floor   which his antagonist ran to, he was con-
sidered defeated and removed from the ring.
Little need be said of the remaining fights,
made up between dogs belonging to the company.
There was betting and offers of bets; I saw
bank-bills passing from hand to hand.   At 11,
the  sports  terminated.     Well, boys  said Jen-
nings, as the audience clattered down the dingy,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page eighty-one
Description:Describes a visit to Harry Jennings's dog fighting establishment.
Date:1860-10-29
Subject:Dogfighting; Dogs; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jennings, Harry
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.