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             T�other Side of the Burr Row.
along in business, he seems to have had rows with
everybody.   But for this unlucky quality, his persist-
ence and ingenuity ought to have made him rich.
He wants tact dreadfully, in minor as well as
major affairs.    I�m bad enough in that respect,
alas! and owe a good deal of my want of luck
to it; but I don�t get everybody down upon me,
if I�m not universally popular.      Tact is certain-
ly the most valuable quality in conducing to suc-
cess in life; made up, as it is, of presence of mind
and self-assertion: I know this truth well enough
but almost always bungle in putting it into prac-
tice.
  12  Saturday.   Out before breakfast, to mail let-
ter; anon down town, to Harpers.       Saw Bon-
ner � story not read yet.   I don�t expect he�ll take
it.       Dunn English came up, talked about the
Chauncey Burr row and gave his version of it.
Burr is a friend of his; they sympathize politi-
cally.   English made the affair to be a rowdy in-
terference with Burr; said he had incurred the
enmity of the Websters by �letting on� about �free
love� and 14th street; that the head of the fami-
ly is a policy-lottery dealer; which is true enough
on Boweryem�s admission.   English attributed
the �Tribune� account to the Websters.  I fancy little               
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