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	       Cahill and Shepherd.
we arranged a trap for the inevitable Cahill  
and retired.    In twenty minutes I heard the
inebriate coming up-stairs, in his certain
pay-day condition; the handle of Shepherd s
door was tried, then ocurred a silence,
broken by the request,  Daisy! old stick! won 
you let me in?  and the sound of hands
feeling about the upper portion of the door, where
the three-pound sash over it, ordinarily pendu-
lous, was now propped open, out of reach.
Then followed a splashing of water   Shep-
herd had partially emptied his ewer over the
applicant.     Another, and so long a pause that
I wondered what had happened, when Shep-
herd s room door opened and he began halloing
to me and Jewitt, asserting that thieves were
in the house, &c.    When we appeared, Cahill
was on his knees in the room, lamentably
drunk and utterly confused as to what had
befallen him!
  21.  Saturday.   Our landlady, unwilling
to lose her only prospect of getting Cahill s
weekly $5   or a portion of it   goes upstairs,
on my advice, to Shepherd s room, where Cahill
is in bed and searches his pockets.     He wakes
up and says he has spent all his money.        She
pulls out his waistcoat from beneath his pillow,
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Eighteen: page one hundred and seven
Description:Describes a scene in which Frank Cahill came home drunk.
Date:1861-12-20
Subject:Boardinghouses; Boley, Susan; Cahill, Frank; Drunkenness; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Jewett; Shepherd, N.G.
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.