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	Fourth Ward Station-House.
who swathed in some sort of loose gown, looked
like a newly-risen corpse, insomuch that I
started and thought of Lazarus in scripture.
She was starring drearily into the little stone
passage, lit with gas, between the cells.    Re-
turning to the office, a man with a blood-
stained face and a hideous cut on the head,
the effect, as he averred, of a sling-shot, came
in and preferred a complaint against his as-
saulter, who was well-known by name in the
ward and station, as the keeper of a brothel
and drinking-den.     The inspector dispatched
a policeman,  to go and get him.        Presently
he arrived, with a friend, asserted his innocence,
and declared that he had merely remonstrated or
interfered, to prevent the man s beating another.
As the accuser had gone off to get his wounds
dressed, the accused was allowed to depart, on
his promise to appear at any time required.     The
next case was that of a common-faced and 
sullen-looking English shoe-maker or as he
denominated it,  a cordivainer,  charged with in-
dulging himself in the national proclivity towards
beating his scared-looking wife, who with a
contusion upon her forehead, asserted that he
trained dogs in the house and when the had
liquor in him, her life wasn t safe.   The fellow
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and forty-three
Description:Describes an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting election returns.
Date:1860-12-04
Subject:Dogs; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Police; Prisoners; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-29

 

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.