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              [newspaper clipping]
  NEARLY every one [word cut off]
the city finds occasion
at some to hail a
Bleecker-street car on
his way to the Twenty-
third-street or Fulton-
street Ferry.  If he
gets on at either end of
the line he makes up
his mind to go through
some of the hard lo-
calities of the west
side.  He shuts his
eyes from the scream-
ing, dirty crowd of chil-
dren and tries to forget
the odors that lie in wait for him.  After the car
turns off Broaway into Bleecker street he does not
look out until a rough twitch of the car announces
a sharp curve.  Then he lifts his eyes for a moment
to get his bearings and catches sight of a massive
brown-stone block on the south side of the street,
which stands in strange contrast to the surrounding
dilapidated buildings.  But the car has turned the
curve and the stately block is gone.
  In this way even old residents pass the historic
spot daily and wonder what the building was and
who once lived there.  But no one seems to know.
The car-driver says he never heard and the police-
man on post twirls his club stupidly as he answers
merely �Depau row.�  Yet �Depau row� has had
its history and dates back to the days when Bleecker
street was the home of the most aristocratic families
of the city.  It has seen the time when it was one of
the most magnificent residences in New York.
[engraving of Depau Row]
  It was at this time that M. Depau erected the
brown-stone block between Thompson and Sullivan
streets.  He was a Frenchman, and his ideas were bor-
rowed from the elegant mansions of his own country.
His plans were carefully drawn, and the edifice was
to be the most imposing structure in the city.  [The]               
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