stairs till near noon. Nelly, in return for my cari-
caturing her, made a sketch of me, and, for a child, an ex-
traordinary good one. Parton returns, from Rochester, tonight.
Back to New York, through the soft, fine drizzle. To the
Pic Office. Doesticks and Wilbour there and, anon, Arnold.
Returned to Bleecker Street. Letters from Alf Waud and
from Dillon Mapother. Talk of the panic and pecuniary
difficulties in both of them. Waud says that Ballou takes off
ten per cent on all bills presented to him and tells a long
story of how he swindled Gleason, the gist of which is as fol-
lows. When Gleason went to Europe, some years ago, the
paper made $50000 per annum. Ballou, being left in charge
neglected it, got things in confusion, and, on Gleason�s re-
turn, made propositions for a partnership. Then being re-
jected he threatened to start an opposition paper, having pre-
viously secured most of Gleason�s employees. Finally Gleason
sold out for $200,000, to be paid in 5 years. When the
first 25,000 became due, he didn�t cash up, but had privately
invested 40000, out of the subscription list, in his wife�s
name. He has pursued, and is pursuing this plan, now;
simultaneously building a new publishing office, twice as
big, and next door to his present one. This is Gleason�s
account. Rogues all! / Dillon writes from St Louis, that
there�s a good deal of money due to the firm which they can�t
get. Waud has been introduced to Charley Mackay and
obtained orders to make drawings for the London News.
His wife still keeps her room. Mrs Jewell is with them.
Damoreau�s wife has another child; � he made so much
fuss about the event that it has been denominated �Young