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	     A Democratic Barbecue.
bed, because of the presence of �that �ere loafer
with his black eye,� � which by the way he has
got painted.
  11.  Tuesday.  Writing up a column of artist-
news till noon, then to the office with it.      Free
for the rest of the day.    Billington up in the
afternoon.    Writing and drawing (�Nick-nax� block.)
Haney to supper and subsequently, till past 10.  He
came to accompany me in another 4th ward expedi-
tion, but the disagreable, half-rainy night deferred
  12.  Wednesday.  To the Office.     Sent off to
Jones� Wood to report a �Barbecue,� in honor of
Douglas and democracy.     Rode thither in a crow-
ded 3rd Avenue car, amid the �unterrified� and
the unwashed, fellows with dirty teeth and im-
perfectly-shaven necks.  Let my �World� descrip-
tion tell the rest of the details:

[newspaper clipping: first column]
  Passing the beggars, the lager bier stalls, the
weighing and blowing machines, pedlars of Douglas
medals, and venders of miscellaneous merchandise lin-
ing the avenues to the grounds, the scene presented on
entering was a very lively one, though at that time
(12:30), not more than two thousand persons had ar-
rived.  As intimated, however, the crowd kept
momentarily increasing.  Strolling hither and
thither, the spectators found more than sufficient
means of amusing themselves.  There were lager
bier stalls, games of chance, four stands for public
speaking, the major one gaily decorated with flags
and banners, and a good band which played continu-
ously.  There was Blondin�s rope, stretching over the
trees, the daring Frenchman aloft in a box, superin-
tending the fastening of the guys, and his agent
whom he carried pick-a-back over Niagara, standing

[newspaper clipping: second column]
on the grass, obeying his chief�s directions.  Best of
all there were the preparations for feeding the multi-
tude.  These transpired in an open area covering
about half an acre, closed in on three sides by trees,
and on the fourth by the fence surrounding the
�weed.�  A stake rail, about three feet high, had
been erected to keep off the crowd.  Within this
were the edibles and their appointed distributors.
  Such spectators as had felicitated themselves on
the prospect of beholding the roasting of an ox,
were disappointed.  The ox was present, but cut up,
dissevered and dissected.  A large square hole, ex-
cavated in the side of a hill, and a ponderous spit,
like a young tree with handles, but the aid of which
the carcase, impaled upon the spit, was said to have
been roasted, remained, plain to everybody�s view,
but these scarcely sufficed to convince the incredu-               
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