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	     Harry Jennings.�
Harry Jennings� establishment in the afternoon,
which he did.   Went there again in the evening
with Boweryem, or rather he joined me there.
The bar-room crowded and the concourse ascend-
ing to the theatre.    This is a spacious room lit
by two cupolas and an equal number of windows,
twelve or more circular seats radiating upwards
from the central pit, which is devoted to �ca-
ning sports.�     The seats are mere benches, open
below; there are also galleries.     Some three
hundred men and boys had assembled, among
them some brutal and villanous faces certainly,
but these did not constitute the majority.     There
were some �fast men,� handsomely dressed, present,
but the bulk consisted of such fellows as might
have been stable-hangers on, hack-drivers, keep-
ers of low bar-rooms and the like.       The place
smelt abominably doggy and ratty, as it always
does.    Outsiders, belonging to the audience were
trying their dogs on rats, four of which, turned
loose in the pit, invited attack.   Some dogs
proving craven, were hissed and derided, others
applauded, though the best of these ignoble terriers
only destroyed the quartette of vermin in twenty
seconds.    The owners were allowed in the pit,
there to stimulate their dogs, by stamping, batter-
ing the sides with their fists, pointing out the               
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