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practiced upon a villain who daren�t resent
it, O�Mana having him in his power to some ex-
tent.      O�M. has lived upon questionable women,
been a fortune-hunter and scoundrel all his life.
Is an Irishman (I never doubted this, despite his
Virginian assurances) a huge, strongly-built fellow,
with a thick, turned-up nose in which his voice is
located, for I never heard a man talk so nasally.
Has an air of heavy common place pretence at gallan-
try which, in connection with his six foot length, may
gull trashy women, especially when put confidentially.
Banks and he quarreled about a woman, O�Mana
objecting to Banks� visiting her.     They met at her
house on the following evening, she siding with Banks,
who had appointed in the interview in the morning, un-
known to his rival.     Banks anticipating assault
kept the poker red-hot during the half altercation!
(His adversary has pluck and once distinguished
himself in a fight with four or five rowdies) �I�d
have put it through his g_ts!� quoth Banks. Fi-
nally O�M. relinquished the field to the valorous
A. F.           The same cause of the split between
such fiends � the woman � met O�M to�ther day, in
Broadway and dextrously knocked his hat off into the
mud, with the request that he would pick it up �as
he had done dirtier things than that� before then!
I can guess her vocation and social standing from
the act.           So much of the man whose talk kept               
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