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anecdotes of North, of his borrowings, improvidence
and frequent talk of suicide.  He got turned out of one
boarding-house for not paying his rent, and though continu-
ed by Clapp not to incur the same risk in his next abode,
loafed for two weeks, accepted money from Clapp to pay
up, didn�t do it but squandered the sum in a brothel
and � got turned out again.   He borrowed from everybody,
never paying.   Clapp made his acquaintance in England,
knew him also in Paris.      He would enter Clapp�s room,
announce his intention to commit self murder, bid him
good-bye and go off � Clapp not even caring to remonstrate,
knowing nothing would come of it.  Clapp says he always
made preparations for being interrupted.       At the time
of the suicide they were not friends, Clapp having objected
to North�s persisting in being third party to a friend�s
dinners, and further offended him by what the nar-
rator characterized as �a joke.�   I must put it down,
it is so suggestive of the men, the society the wretched sui-
cide moved in.     They were at a party.     Said some one
�I go against God!� �So do I!� chimes in North. �Gen-
tlemen,� replies Clapp, �that�s not fair � it�s two against
one!�             How much more terrible a tragedy is there
in North�s real life and death, than ^|in| the wretched bosh
into which he idealized himself in fiction.
  7.  Tuesday.  Phonography, writing &c.  Out in the
afternoon, here and there, going as far as Chambers
Street.   Wrote a little at night.    Out, for ale, at Haney�s
with Leslie and a friend of his.            He, Leslie, is a little
thrown out of evening employment � not having to write               
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