Alf�s �wife� tattling about her Elopement.
dined with Mr. and Mrs. Wall, at a rather
stylish boarding house. Little Wall very hospitable.
There�s been some kind of a row between Selina
and her sister Nelly, at Waud�s house in Bos-
ton, and Alf, in his usual moderate way, de-
nominates the former �a fool.� I can�t see that
either of the three sisters have any special advan-
tage over the others in intellect, certainly not
Alf�s choice. Will told a suggestive anecdote of
her. Having a sewing-machine, which Alf got,
for drawing, she went to a place to be taught
to use the instrument, and while there, related a
highly-romantic account of her elopement with Alf,
sinking all about the husband! �I wondered
how the Devil,� quoth Will, �so and so came to
hear such stuff.� Of course it got round, through
the cackling of the women, to Will�s wife�s ears�
and to his. She knows Alf�s domestic relations,
probably her papa also. Jolly state of things gene-
really! Stayed till 9 with the Walls,
then to Bleecker St, and out again, at the over-
the-way boarding-house subsequenty.
28. Wednesday. Writing &c. Down-town in
the afternoon, �Nic-nax,� �Courier� and Post Office.
Evening to Bartows, where I found Ledger and
stayed till 9, returning to a bath and Morris�
company. I have remarked, of late,