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Text for Page 176 [08-21-1860]

	An Irishman and ashamed of it.
he was born in India.     I believe it on the
following evidence: There came a man to the
�Pic� office, as I have somewhere chronicled, who
had known Bellew in some country town in England,
when he was in an architect�s office, and he, who
had much to say of their spreeing, stoutly insist-
ed on Bellew�s Celtic nativity, in opposition to my mild-
ly-put assertion of Anglicism.      Then Bob Gun,
walking home one evening with Bellew�s brother
Patrick, chanced to let fall some remark deroga-
tory to the Irish, which the other resented, declared
himself of them and said his brother Frank was
so, too, �though he was ashamed of it!�   Gun
held his tongue about it.        I suppose Bellew�s
disgust at the behaviour of and the odium in
which the Irish are held in America prompted
this repudiation of his nationality.  Only Irish-
men, indeed, are guilty of it and it�s a tremen-
dously suggestive instance of how low a people may
become, that the best among them look upon
their countrymen with disgust and abhorrence.
Bellew detested �the Irishy� as Macaulay calls
�em, and drew their physiognomy and characterist-
ics in the savagest manner always; he would call your
attention to the invariable prepondance of Irish
names in the criminal records and did no end
of caricatures of their ruffianism, treachery               
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