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              [newspaper clipping: first column]
  Q. K. Philander Doesticks is����but who
does not know the immortal Doesticks?  Nobody
does not know Doesticks, the amusing literary
acrobat, that is to say, they know him as he ap-
pears before the public, as Doesticks, the funny
writer.  But they do not know him as he is
known in private life�as Mortimer Thomson,
the gentleman, as, in short, as we know him.
Now, as the public at large are thoroughly ac-
quainted with Doesticks, and know very little
of Thomson, and as the public are anxious to
learn all they can about Thomson, we will say
nothing about Doesticks, but just post them up
a little about the individual in his private charac-
  In the first place, then, Mr. Thomson is a good
looking fellow, with dark brown eyes, regular

[newspaper clipping: second column]
features, long hair, and pointed beard.  In appear-
ance he rather resembles some of those wonderful
bas-reliefs of Assyrian kings recently disen-
tombed from the ruins of Nineveh.  In private
life Mr. Thomson never makes a joke, nor says a
funny thing.  He is simply a cheerful, lively, 
well-bred gentleman.  He does not perpetually
pass his time in drinking beer and getting tight,
as some who have read his Visit to Niagara sup-
pose; still he can take his tod like a man.  He
is now engaged on the staff of the N. Y. Tribune,
and, we believe, writes occasionally for Frank
Leslie�s new paper.  He lives in elegant style in
elegant style in Brooklyn, and israpidly amassing
a large fortune by his successful literary labors.
There, that�s all we are going to tell you about
Doesticks as Thomson.               
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