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              Fourth Ward Station-House.
officer and two men, who had either champion-
ed her or remonstrated against the manner of
her arrest, entered the station house.     She was
soon disposed of, and afterwards the men.     It
struck me that injustice was done here, espe-
cially with respect to one, a civil-spoken Swede,
a painter, and I observed a strong leaning
in favor of policemens  allegations in this, as
in all other cases, on the part of the officers
on duty, who were always curt and overseerish,
if not overbearing, towards prisoners.        All
the time applicants for a nights  lodging had
been coming, and if not rejected, passing through
through, to the room kept for that purpose.
In company with a preternaturally sharp boy
who was dreadfully wide awake up till to
the time of my departure and who laughed
insultingly and unfeelingly at the names and
speech of some of the prisoners, I visited
this apartment.     Situated over the cells, ap-
proached by a short outside flight of steps,
I found a large bare room, destitute of
any furniture, though or windows, though
sufficiently ventilated from without, where
over sixty men lay sleeping on the bare floor.
The place seemed swarming, populous as
Dante s Malebolge, and was resonant with
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Fourteen: page one hundred and forty-five
Description:Describes an evening spent at the 4th Ward police station awaiting election returns.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Immigrants; Imprisonment; Police; Poverty; Prisoners
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-04-29


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.