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table where to assume the role of a deaf
and dumb man, pretending to converse with
Cahill by means of the finger alphabet, to
which Cahill (who knows as much of it as he
does of Chinese) responded.  There was much
sympathy expressed that �such an intelligent-
looking young man� should be so afflicted,
and many inquiries made.     When the two wan-
ted to grin � they pretended to make jokes.
The scene must have been exceedingly absurd.
Some of the boarders had suspicions, having over
heard them conversing in Cahill�s room, but
the landlady, forgetting that she had answered
Arnold�s inquiry at the door (!) was completely
deceived.     She had seen the dumb alphabet be-
fore and knew how they did it!         Subsequently
Cahill and Arnold went down Broadway,
entered a quack Chiropodists, Cahill enquiring
the expense of having a corn extracted.   The
operator couldn�t give an estimate without seeing
it, Cahill said he couldn�t gratify him because
�his feet were dirty!�    Anon he commenced
�I have a brother who has a Tape-Worm���
which word upset Arnold�s gravity, so both
had to grin and run for it.       Arnold was
not sober; Cahill says that he himself had par-
taken only of a single �lager �.     A bit of a
party at Edwards� on Friday night; didn�t               
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