Banks victimized by Clapp.
his former equivocal one.
25. Friday. Writing �Momus� matter
all the morning. Down-town in the afternoon,
to Harper�s with proof, then to �Momus� office.
Addey there. Called on W. Leslie at his
office, sat half-an-hour drinking ginger wine
with him. The Kings have left Mrs. Potter;
her house is half-empty just now. Up Broad-
way, passed Sally and, I think Matty; met
Banks. Banks told me �two of the best jokes
he had ever made,� and deplored his having
sunk $60 in the �Saturday Press,� characteriz-
ing Clapp as a �financial sleuth-hound�(!)
Clapp had written him �a sympathizing letter,� in
response to Banks� application for the money,
but devil a dollar was in it. Writing �Mo-
mus� copy till 10 1/2, then out for a mug of
ale at the �Optimus,� where Cahill presently
joined me. He had been spending the evening
talking principally with Miss Susan Woodworth.
Morris is talking about leaving. There�s
an old or middle-aged woman, who has written
a novel on the cheerful subject of the Great
Indian Rubber law controversy (!), which novel
hasn�t any love in it, is ungrammatical
and badly-spelt; hence she wants it revised,
rewritten, in fact. This job Billington