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Text for Page 174 [04-27-1860]

	       Lotty�s stories
Duryee, after that woman left Houston
Street.   She lived in, I think, 20th street,
let rooms to people, earned $6 by her
sewing-machine, maintaining herself and
Granville on that sum.         He �couldn�t get
an engagement� without her.             She
was ill, poor, miserable.        A friend of hers
� the best friend she had in the world � one
John Wilder, a Southerner � (portrait pro-
duced � man twice her age � serious looking)
to whom she had been obliged for money be-
fore, paid the rent of her present house
for her, or furnished it, when her uncles
�found they must do something,� came for-
wards and did one thing or t�other � rent
or furnishing, I forget which.     Wilder is
a rich man, owns a line of steamers, is
married.    Getting a letter from him in
which he commented unsparingly on Gran-
ville�s shiftlessness, Lotty wouldn�t show
it to her �husband,� when he became jealous,
suggested, her infidelity, when she
did tragedy and proclaimed herself �John
Wilder�s� mistress, �refusing to unsay it at
his assertions of disbelief and reminding
him of his own greater baseness, in living
on the alms of his wife�s presumed keeper.               
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