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devils in disguise smoothing the easy descent downwards.     The
husband he paints as as a coarse, vulgar man, to whom she,
unknowing her own nature, was made over, by father and mother.
Of his own struggles towards right, Alf speaks strongly, though per-
haps without exaggeration.   He, once intended joining the Kin-
ney expedition, (a Nicaraguan filibustering business,) but the
scene of the anticipated parting reversed all, � and an elopement was
the result.     He carried her off to Communipaw, on the Jersey shore,
where she now is, dwelling as his �sister� she going thither twice
or thrice a week.     She left a letter half intimating an intention of
committing suicide, (� her bonnet &c was left on one of the north
river docks, but being snapped up by some one, this devised evi-
dence did not appear.)     Advertisements were put in papers, and
Waud being suspected, was visited, by father and husband, dogged
and watched by police in disguise for weeks, even to the present
time, with as yet, no result.     On one occasion he led a spy
a prodigious nocturnal walk, (a la Hannibal,) far along the
Jersey shore, back to New York, to Brooklyn, and finally
to his own lodgings.     On another, the husband, (who had caused
it to be reported that he had gone to sea,) tracked him, kept him
company for some time under a feigned name, then revealing himself,
insisted on knowing whither he was bound for, not being satisfied
till Waud took him to Orr�s, at Newark.               The pursuit has
slackened now.     Waud intends, that as soon as a divorce shall
have legalized the business, to marry the woman.     And so stands
the matter now.     She is handsome, (I have seen her portrait,)
young, American-French in descent, and, he says, passionately               
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