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Text for Page 069 [07-26-1859]

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(I suggested that she might be hanged as the
result of any such indulgence, and she got chaffed
on the presumed probability of her carrying a revolver or
sling shot.)   Much boarding-house cackle anent her
and Mrs Potter whom she detested, as all this class
of people do detest one another: relations of mutual
recriminations on the subject of the women trash in
either house charging men boarders in the opposite with
appearing half dressed near the windows &c!   �I was
a going to send a policeman over to you!� commenced
Mrs Pot, in a street altercation on this delectable
subject.        Dickens and the modern humorists in
painting this class of emphatically low people, makes
them amusing.      They are so but rarely, the offensive,
un-Christian selfishness and vanity of their natures
sticking out in every act and sentence, so that mixing
with them is rather humiliating than otherwise.     This
Mrs R�s affectation and she-rowdyism would have
appeared monstrous and horrible to any gentle-hearted
Christian woman.   How little of real goodness and
civilization is displayed by such in daily life � their
entire behavior is an outrage on the self respect of
their fellow creatures.            As an instance of the
low moral tone openly avowed take the comments on
the Sickles case vented by the woman this evening. One
was brutally denunciatory of the wretched adultress for ac-
cepting her husband�s pardon; the other thought her
a fool for not holding her tongue as to her guilt!               
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