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	      Two  Waiter-Girls. 
proposal into execution.       This exemplary
young patriot then devotes himself to the young-
er of these girls, inviting Cahill to emulate his
example with the elder.   They called themselves
Lizzy and Emma Mathews, passing as sis-
ters, though their appearance indicted no re-
lationship.    On Thursday evening, Cahill and
Halsted went to Canterbury Hall, where
the girls officiated as mere waiters, and where
every blackguard who expended sixpence for
lager-bier might openly solicit their favors,
Halsted taking the younger to supper and sub-
sequently escorting her home.  Cahill had some
office duty; besides his charmer had accepted
another invitation to supper; however he arrived
home first and went to bed, being presently
aroused by Halsted, from the adjoining room.
The business ended by Cahill s conveying the
elder girl to his room and passing the night
with her, while Halsted was similarly engag-
ed with the other.         In the meantime, near-
ly all the rest of the men in the house having
got scent of available carrion, were sniffing
after it.      Halsted is obliged to confide in
Bradshaw as ordinarily he shares his bed
on a lower floor, and his absence might be
noticed, but he also brags of his achievement
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page thirty-seven
Description:Regarding a scandal at his boarding house.
Date:1861-11-02
Subject:Boardinghouses; Cahill, Frank; Canterbury Hall (New York, N.Y.); Gunn, Thomas Butler; Halsted; Mathews, Emma; Mathews, Lizzy; Women
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2010-06-14

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen
Description:Includes Gunn's descriptions of the scene in New York at the commencement of the Civil War, his visits to military camps in and around New York City as a reporter for ""The New York Evening Post,"" boarding house life, the shooting of Sergeant Davenport by Captain Fitz James O'Brien for insubordination, and Frank Bellew's marital troubles.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Bohemians; Civil War; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Journalism; Marriage; Military; Publishers and publishing; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
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.