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to the store of Pounden�s employers.   He has returned from
Long Branch.   Saw him.    Talk of his father.  From the
son�s account, that odious Irishman has been continually bleed-
ing him of money, denying getting the same to his wife, Poun-
den�s mother, hence involving her in feud with him, as she
believes in her husband.   He has also been lying about his son,
in every direction, doubting his marriage and disparaging his
child as a bastard.  Further he went over to Brooklyn during
Pounden�s Port au Prince trip, disgustingly drunk and said
the same agreable things to Mrs P.  He went to Pounden�s em-
ployers and said in his beastly Irish way, �I�m informed Mr
Ferris, Frank has left his wife without any resources � that
she�s entirely destitute.�  This being contradicted. �I�m glad to
hear ye say so.  Ye�ll not say a word about it to him.� To
somebody else he spake of Bligh having to relieve Mrs B.   The
whole story invented by his dirty, low, foolish, cunning, Irish
self.      Pounden agreed to give him $15 or $18 just ere he em-
barked for the Tropics, on the understanding that his amiable
progenitor was to return to Ireland.    He got the money and
didn�t go.    A letter containing a money order came to the Fer-
ris�s � money order visible through envelope.   Pere lied about
its contents.     Thus the son�s story.   He says his father
was a respectable creature eight years ago.   It would be diffi-
cult to conceive a more repulsive animal now.
  There�s a governess stopping here, for a month�s vaca-
tion.   In novels most of the class are reduced gentlewomen
and persecuted angels, but I never met one of these in 
life.      This one�s talk shows a strong desire to let you
know how much she knows, how, above the generality of               
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