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of a much more elaborate portraiture than I have
leisure to paint but here goes to knock in a few de-
tails.    About the most unique Bohemian that I have
encountered.     Handsome, or at least, goodlooking, young,
dresses in good taste, can sing a song in a pleasant
voice accompanying himself on the guitar or piano.
Used to picturesque himself in his artist period, with
long hair, black velvet coat etc.    but has cut that since
his joining the press-going.   Altogether an alert-looking
fellow, talks well, is good company.   Reads French,
especially Balzac.     His father, a grave, gray-bearded
man, has been a �come-outer,� belonged to the �Phalanx�
or �Phalansterie� which attempted some Socialist, agra-
rian experiment in New Jersey; some of the compo-
nent members George remembers very well and des-
cribes humorously.      His sister was married from this
association, the solemnization being commented upon
and vilified at the time in the N. Y. Herald.   Sub-
sequently Arnold�s father tried farming in the west, I
think Illinois.   George has no great liking for the country.
His life is decidedly decendental, his philosophy rather
negative than anything else.  He has �swallowed all
formula� as to creed, is prone to back Iconoclasts of
all sorts, nothing is sacred to him.   He writes and rhymes
with the greatest fluency, will do both on any subject or
question, is a literary Swiss to the extremest degree.
In this as in his life there�s no hypocrisy, he af-
fects to be nothing but what he is.    He has an ex-               
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