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	       George Arnold and Clapp.
alight on and be ensnared by its glutinosity.  Very
silly insects they must be, not to be warned off by
the natural beacon of his hideous countenance!  But
he has victimized many; his whole problem of life being
utterly selfish and damnable.      He cronies most with
George Arnold now.    O�Brien asserts that he has lent
Clapp money repeatedly (which may be the case, for
the Irishman�s vanity might induce him to play the
free handed Bohemian) but that, when he, O�Brien
was out of luck, in want of a dinner, homeless and
half desperate, though he wrote almost supplicatory
letters to Clapp, for a single dollar, he failed to
obtain it.       Clapp has next to begged from men
at Pfaff�s, recieving a disdainfully given $10 note
from one who �didn�t mind throwing that away on the
Saturday Press.�          He and Arnold hunt carrion-
flesh of the female sort in common now; treating
demi-harlots of the singing-saloon order to supper
and seduction � sometimes losing their game, too.
Arnold, says Shepherd, has grown systematical
in depravity � whoring and drunkenness alternating
with scribbling to procure the wherewithal for such.
Here�s a sample of his literary dishonesty.      Finding
the invention of plots for his weekly story for the
Mercury tiresome or inconvenient, he uses old ones,
those of his which have appeared in the Golden Prize,
renaming characters and revamping a little.         Of               
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