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them were thinking and speaking of the
same person, with whom each had an intrigue,
Billington being in present possession.    Abraham�s
account is this.  (His is English, not Jewish in
aspect, despite his name, has done promiscuous
work on the Courier, and at now, very hard
up, spends much of his time in loafing in that
or the Pic Office.)     He, four years ago, held
some office under the British Consul in this
city, when he fell in with this woman, Mrs
or �Milly� Norris, as they call her.    The usual
story.    Daughter of a well-to-do and well known
sugar-merchant, badly married to a man who
ill-used her, (according to her and Abraham�s
account)  adultery and a journey to Connecticut
with her paramour, the husband pursuing, with
threats of pistol-vengeance.  A police man bri-
bed by Abrahams, return to New York, the
husband arrested, matters compromised, hus-
band defeated or content, wife living with Abra-
hams, her father winking at the adultery of
his daughter and recognizing her keeper.   Woman
of a jealous, hysterical temperament, subject to
horrible fits of rage and distrust, hunting her
paramour to his office, suspecting infidelity, some-
times getting drunk � sensual, too, I judge �
a sort of wretched vampire who paid off in full
the unpleasant Paris who ran off with her.     In-               
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