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Text for Page 063 [01-24-1858]

ful clique cant against them because they are rich.  Clapp
spake much on what he considered the false importance into which
money had been elevated, drawing paralels between the cases
of a man entering a friend�s room and feeling no scruple of
helping himself to cigars or wine &c and another considering it
dishonorable to help himself to a small sum of money  &c.  He
said he shouldn�t mind receiving $100 or $500 from a rich
man.      We didn�t have this objection to receiving money from the
dead &c.     Would I object to having a sum presented to me.     I
said and thought that I�d rather earn it.           O�Brien launched out
into laudation of generosity � that popular pseudo virtue
he likes to holla on.      I�d rather have Justice.               An Odd
Coincidence.  Clapp and Whitelaw, two of the ugliest men I�ve
ever known (not unlike in physiognomy too.) are both Socialists.
  Apropos of O�Brien it�s said that he plagiarized the idea of his �Diamond Lens�
story from North. Somebody writes to the Post that Briggs of the Times and Courier 
heard North read a story to the same effect from M. S.
Now one of O�B�s characteristics is detecting or affirming plagi-
arisms in the writings of others. �My dear fellow it�s been done!�
is commonly on his lips.   Tell him a proposed plot of anything
and he�s sure to have read or done it � or intended doing it.  So
well was this understood that Cahill and Arnold used to amuse
themselves by suggesting wild, improbably plots for plays and
farces, for the purpose of eliciting the �My dear fellows, it�s
been done!�
  {25.  Monday.       Indoors both days, doing little.  Weather
  26.  Tuesday.}       dreary, myself matagrabolized, out of sorts,
and unable to scare up subjects for Harpers�.
27.	Wednesday.  Down town.  Post Office. Leslie�s &c.  The               
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