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dirty and unpicturesque enough, with her leaky tar barrels
fastened on deck and small, cramped cabin. The men had mostly
red flannel shirts, striped pants and caps � some looked half-
mulattos.  The day was sunny and breezy.  There was an hour or
more of delay, the ricketty looking steam tug not being powerful enough
to tour the ship off, she fouling against another vessel � so I left.
Post & Pic Offices.  Gun not been at the latter all the morning.
(He didn�t come home last night, and seems to have been in a �bust�
since Sunday morning.    Paper will go to the devil � and serve it
right. (�The Mejor� was present, but embraced an opportunity
to clear our with most amusing celerity on my appearance � being
evidently afraid he�d be called upon to tell some fresh lie by way
of excusing himself for not refunding my bowie-knife.          Gun�s
canine acquisition of last night proves to be blind of one eye!
The old woman, Mrs Cooper, with equal folly and cruelty, had
him driven forth into the streets again . . It would have been truer
kindness to have killed the poor starved beast.           This mother
of our landlady�s is an example how unvenerable and hideous old
age can be.   I believe she�s eighty.    She has a large, coarse, com-
mon, intensely Irish face, is touched by paralysis as one can
see by the nodding of her head, troubled by a cough, but otherwise
unusually healthy considering her age.     (She takes shower-baths
almost every morning throughout the winter.)      She is grossly
ignorant, talks vulgar-old-woman�s grammar, a tyrant
and slave-driver to the Biddies, a sycophant and toady to the
boarders � especially to Leslie and such as have money.  He
uses very little ceremony with her and once requested her to
�shut up,� by the title of �you miserable old wretch.�    She is
a flatterer and an eaves-dropper � used to carry and invent               
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