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in this unchristian sham-republic.
Return at even.  I to Chapin�s.
  24.  Monday.  Drawing all day, till midnight.   A
close, blusterous, variable, exquisitely uncomfortable day.  Leslie
came up at about 10 with a bottle of wine, and lay on the
bed talking and watching me at work.  Just a quarter after
12 we heard Cahill and Gun come in, both drunk, Cahill
extremely so.   He could scarcely walk, kept falling, his com-
panion supporting him.   Tumbling head foremost into his
room, he staggered about awhile, fell violently (as we thought
on to the bed, as it subsequently proved, on the floor) and there
lay till morning.
  25.  Tuesday.  Cahill & Gun up about 10, and comparing
notes as to yesterday�s debauch.         Down town, to �Golden
Prize� office, saw Salter, the editor.  Liked my story extremely,
would take it in the fall of the year, but had to reduce expen-
ses, in consequence of which they�ve discharged Arnold.  So took
M. S. and left.   To Harper�s, got $10.   Up town.  Evening
partially at Phonography.    Cahill and Gun home at 11,
drunk again, Cahill extremely so.        He is behaving like
a miserable ass, and it is dishonest withal, as Mrs Potter
don�t get her money.    Weak natures are the worst one can
have to deal with, they�ve no backbones to their souls, and
are incurable.        We�ve three fellows in the house who get
drunk now.    The odious Irishman Pounden pere sometimes
presents himself at the breakfast table in a state of half
intoxication.   He does nothing for his livelihood.    His wofe
goes off early each morning to Staten Island, there to teach
music, returning at sunset.   She believes in the sot, her hus-               
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