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divorce from her.     I believe he is a green young man
who was put into business by friends or relatives, and made
a comparative failure, whereupon Allie � like a true New
York woman � despised him.        They took a handsome
house in Bleecker Street, and let rooms, but were
swindled by their lodgers � so Allie said.          So
Sol Eytinge is Watson�s successor � ehen?     I will, here,
put down what I know of him, having promised myself
heretofore to pen-photograph him.     Personally he�s a tall,
handsome fellow, with an acquiline nose, brown hair, pretty
clear complexion, no beard or whisker, and but a hint
of moustache � despite assiduous cultivation.   His forehead
is not high but broadish, and when he�s �knocked� � (sub-
ject to the blues or recovering from a debauch) he looks
as though he�s none.   (I recollect W Waud, in one of their
slanging bouts calling him a �b__y cat-headed b___�.)   He
has extraordinary ability with his pencil, but is an in-
[word crossed out] corrigible loafer and spendthrift.  He makes in-
numerable unfinished sketches, hates little details, and
will crimp anybody to whiten blocks for him � enduring
a bad facing rather than do a better himself.   He
has a great liking for opera music, which he imitates
vocally, having a very fine voice.      He has a constant
craving for excitement, has lived very fast and drank
himself at one period into delirium tremens.     This
followed his separation from an educated and accomplished
woman, with whom he had an adulterous intimacy �
which affair, � judging from Alf Waud�s few details               
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