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              Cahill�s Reportorial Doings.
tioned, had champagne with the officers and a
row commencing between the soldiers and civilians,
Cahill got excited and pitched in � as it happened,
on the wrong side � insomuch that the captain or colo-
nel found it necessary to lay him on his back, on
the side-walk.    Subsequently they treated him to
more champagne, begged him, rather superfluous-
ly, to say nothing about the row in his report, and
dismissed him.            Two days back, he had bribes
to the amount of $20 offered him, by the company
of Billy Mulligan, ex-pugilist and convict, who
is captain; the �officers� handing him four five dol-
lar gold-pieces, not for any stipulated service; though
of course they expected an equivalent in puffing or
suppressing, as the case might be.      Cahill returned
the money, refusing to accept it, though it was a 
good deal of a temptation.        I think he acted pru-
dently, to put it on no higher grounds, as had the
affair come to Raymond�s ears, it might have
cost Cahill his situation.    On telling his cousin
of it, Seymour informed him he was a d____d fool
not to have pocketted the cash.      There�s any 
amount of bribery done in New York journalism,
even to ommitting police-reports.          A drenching
night out of doors, Haney, Cahill, Boweryem and
I, in my room, reading and talking.      Presently               
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