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Text for Page 076 [01-13-1859]

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In the new pic office, Broadway, at Bellew�s
instigation they�ve exposed sundry burlesque curiosities
as the brick and cudgel with which two Washington sena
tors assaulted one another; the potato which a man,
who has figured absurdly in a recent divorce case,
threw at his wife; Douglas� shirt after a �stumping�
campaign � a wretchedly tattered article, almost no-
thing but front and sleeves.   (Last my suggestion.)  Well,
as a rule the general public regard them with most edify-
ing gravity.    Recently a gigantic bone from some geo-
logic beast has been added, labeled as some extraordi-
nary named toe-joint appertaining to a skeleton, which
two rascally �Spiritualist� doctors fable to have been
mysteriously transported, by supernatural agency
from Hartford to New York.   Well, this doesn�t pro-
voke a smile.        Instance No 2.   Haney�s Nic-
nax, full of Bellew�s pretty, kindly, funny, exqui-
sitely humorous drawings � meets with very, very limi-
ted success.    I�m sure Englishmen love to laugh
more and are a thousand fold better audience.   The
American Eagle is a dull bird for everything but dollars.
  14.  Friday.  Office, editorializing till 2, and
writing till midnight.   Haney over to Brooklyn as
wont.
  15  Saturday.  Office, hard at work till 2 or later,
writing like blazes.   Briggs came in; had a chat with
him.    To Pic Office & with Wood (not Frank Leslie�s
Wood)  looking for Bellew, unsuccessfully.  Then up-town,               
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