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Text for Page 107 [02-08-1859]

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he does, he�ll blow his brains out!     Man declared
he must come again, when Bellew gives him a tremen-
dous blow in the face and knocks him down, present-
ly pitching into him awfully; holding him at arm�s 
length by the hair and battering his face.   The man,
an Irishman, didn�t defend himself, cried for pardon,
said he�d never come again, finally got off.   All
this occurred in the little artistic room, Mrs Bellew
being naturally alarmed and crying in the next.   This
version of the story I had from Campbell, a little half-
artist, half messenger, Bellew employs, who was present
during the row.  He, clearly, considered the assault an
unprovoked one.  Haney and Gun, getting their story
from Bellew, told it differently � specially the latter,
who asserted that the Irishman had insulted Mrs B.
that he was �a great, big, cowardly fellow� (Campbell
described him as of middle or small stature, pointing
out one of the Pic printers as his counterpart), and
much more.  Bob Gun is influenced in opinion by the
next man, his opinion�s worth nothing; but little Camp-
bell may be biassed too, for he said his father knew 
(I rather think had been employed by) Hendrickson�s
company.     The Irishman had asserted that he recog-
nized Campbell, but was afraid of his pitching into
him, also!       The case is to be tried tomorrow.   I
did not see Bellew.             Got a note which has
been lying for me at the Pic Office for a week or more.
Two cards �Mrs Kate Whitelaw, 71 East 14th� with               
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