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Text for Page 148 [03-16-1859]

His �Infinite Republic� at the end of a fortnight
had not sold to the extent of a single copy.  He and
Clapp peddled it about at the book stalls, having agreed
that the minimum price should be half-a crown.   Much
more did Clapp relate of North�s amours, of a simi-
lar character.    He was always �in love� � hot, enthusiast-
ic � idealistic � capulatory � devil knows what!    Ada
Clare was one of his latest flames, but, Clapp says, didn�t
like him.     He always talked about himself and nothing
else to the women on the second interview, and bored
them.  At first his eager, impulsive, lively talk attract-
ed them.   All the novelistic surroundings of his �Colum-
bia� in the �Slave of the Lamp� are simply bosh,
but he intended that heroine for a scraggy little girl
who had written a book.  She didn�t care a jot for the
fellow, but attitudinized, went into deep mourning
and such rot on the strength of his suicide.  North�s
egotism was so ill-balanced as to incline towards
craziness.   He told Clapp, once, that he had come into
a fortune of �1000 or so, that he designed return-
ing to England, hiring Exeter Hall, scattering the
money (in gold!!) among the audience, after a revo-
lutionary harangue, in consequence of which pro-
ceedings, in two weeks he would be on the throne of
Great Britain!     He borrowed, got in debt, was reck-
less of moral or pecuniary obligations, quarreled
with everybody � in a word acted as though license
were man�s rudder through life.   What a life               
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