each day to it. I have leisure now.
13. Tuesday. Commenced story, with in-
definite intent to try the Atlantic, Harpers or
All the Year Round. Down town after dinner with
Morris. Returning alone, an hour and a half
later, overtook Sally and Matty, and walked
up town, first beside the former and then on Ser-
rell�s coming up and addressing us, beside Matty.
Sally talked a little pins-and-needleish, but plea-
sant withal. They had passed Fanny Fern in
going down-town, with Grace. The last had slight-
ly acknowledged, the former cut them dead. Matty
wouldn�t have it that Grace has any pretensions to
good looks. We parted at their door step. Evening
[phonography] and story-writing till eleven. Bob Gun and
Cahill didn�t get up to-day till 2 P. M. and
are a little on their way to drunkenness to-night.
I looked in at Gun�s room half an hour ago,
found Cahill on the sofa, Gun and Billington
at cards, none of them too sober.
14. Wednesday. In doors all the snowy, windy,
blusterous day. [Phonography] and writing. Stopped in till
near 10 at night, then out and called at the Ed-
wards�. Within half an hour the family returned
from the theatre, whither the girls had gone at Knud
sen�s invitation, Haney, Nast and Jack being of
the party. Walked to 16th street with Haney,
home by midnight. Gun and Cahill didn�t