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Text for Page 163 [08-26-1851]

              Park, there to attend the Second Indignation Meeting apropos of the Cuban affair. A 
hastily
constructed platform, crowded, and a dense crowd on the City Hall steps.   Divers flags
of small size about, and a band of music, assuredly earning their money.  The rowdy-
demagogue, � Astor-place rooting,� Abolition-meeting disturbing ruffian Rynders the 
notable
speaker of the evening.  His oratory consisted but of sentiment to violence against the 
Spanish
newspaper La Cronica here published, hyperbolic-vulgar laudation of the rash 
unfortunate
fellow who have been done to death; and exhortation to the tar-and-feathering of Owen
the American Consul at Havana, for non interference.   There was much yelling of
applause, chiefly I noted by youngsters of the Short boy genus.     One ludicrous 
incident
chanced.     An excited Celt, on Rynders denunciation of the Concul kept bawling
at intervals �He�s no American!� �He�s the son of an Englishman!� Where on the 
doughty
Rynders concieved somewhat averse to his demagoguism was intimated, denounced his 
inter-
rupter as base, recreant, soulless, defender of Spanish Tyranny, &c., wherethrough the
Anglo-phobic Celt was incontinently yelled out of the assemblage. Those around him 
joining
in the clamor!     Speech-making over, the procession forming, marched in great array
adown Nassau Street, [words crossed out], up Fulton and into Broadway; increasing as
is the want with a crowd at every step, till an immense assemblage of some five thousand
or more, (I think papers say 50) were following up Broadway.     Cries were roused, �to
Cedar Street,� (where is the office of �La Cronica,�) and had they then proceeded thither
I think there would have been a row.     Marched on the crowd, up Broadway, groaning
at the Hotel where abides the Spanish Ambassador; till on coming to Grand Street, I
[words crossed out] went to Mulberry Street.   The boys Fred & Edward had been
mong the crowd also.  Sate awhile, conversing with Mr Greatbatch and Mary Anne, 
then
left & quietly to bed.
  27. Wednesday.  To Holmes, to Castle Garden, to Nassau Street.   Talking with
Strongs, Engraver Gulick addressed me, he being on a visit from Boston and Gleasonian
employ.   Evilly speaketh he of Charley Brown.     Afternoon to French�s, (after some
drawing head-gear for Genin.)   French saith Gleason will use drawing & needeth some               
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