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Text for Page 219 [09-08-1860]

	The Fourth Ward Station House
have publicly and grossly insulted him, which
is probable enough, as Leslie is an unmistakeable
coward � as I judge is his antagonist.          Half
an hour previous, at the threshold of Crook and
Duff�s, I had heard Brightly bragging on t�other
side, how if he met the Rawlings� he should
probably �kill� them pugilistically.   Which Bright-
ly was once knocked down by a man everyway
his inferior, in an engraver�s office, in Damo-
rean�s presence, when he picked himself up and
� sneaked off.         A nauseous crowd generally.
  Writing Gurney article during the afternoon;
to his office after tea, before which Haney had
arrived.       Set off in company with him, Damo-
rean, Shepherd and Boweryem, down-town,
to the 4th Ward station.   It was a night worthy
of the occasion, close, clammy and rainy, promi-
sing a drenching sequel and keeping its promise.
Arrived at our destination, half an hour later than
I had appointed, we found our police serjeant
was abroad on duty, so for an hour we whiled
away the time as we best might, in the office,
at the open windows, on the piazza, looking out at
the black night and the rain.         The house, built
for its present purpose, lies a little back from
the vile street, the principal room being spacious,
its walls ornamented by full length portraits of               
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