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Text for Page 030 [11-18-1857]

  18.  Wednesday.  To Harpers.  Saw Bonner and Guernsey,
got lots of blocks.  Found Bellew at the Pic Office.   Was about lun-
ching with him at Delmonico�s when a boy warned him that �his case�
versus the watchman, was being tried; so both of us went over to the
City Hall.      Soon settled, Bellew has to pay the man $3.75.   He
will be, however victimized for costs.         This evening, as appointed,
went to the Pic Office at 8.     Found Bellew, O�Brien, Major Piercy,
and boy there.    O�Brien�s �Man About Town� being transferred to the Pic,
they have decided on a mild splurge in announcing it.      So four thousand
bills have been printed, and this night we met to superintend the
posting.  Bill-stickers came � eight of �em, boy-men, profane rowdy,
vulgar roughs.     Gin served out to �em and instructions.     Wilbur came.
Doesticks didn�t show.     Out on our several beats, each having two
bill stickers under his control.     My beat was William, Wall, Pine
and Nassau streets, Major Piercy (and one billsticker) superintending
one side, myself the other.    We did it very thoroughly, the fellows,
inspired by the gin, sticking the bills in many unauthorized places, as on
signs, bulletins &c.        The Times, Tribune and Sun bulletins were placar-
ded finely, and one bill was stuck on a horse.     Back to the Office by
11 1/4, Bellew and O�Brien not returned.     Our bill stickers lay round
on tables &c, I and Piercy talked.   He exhibited his curiously tattoo-
ed arms, on which were portrayed an elephant and Burmese idols
� extraordinarily minutely done, too.   A hearty, travelled, Irish soldier,
and a gentleman (?) Out again for a little bill-sticking, when I
left and went home.
  19.  Thursday.  Down town calls.  Drawing.  Writing to Char-
ley in the evening.
  20.  Friday.  Drawing hard all day.  Harper�s work.  Ice cold
and windy    Writing to Hannah at night.    O�Brien came at 11,               
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