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	     Letter from Boweryem.
and cheerfulness he seemed, the strongest fellow
in the house.    It�s a bitter trial for poor Ned; they
were like Siamese twins, always together in labor
or pleasure; all in all to each other.�       Bowery-
em sends twelve pages of pretty closely-written note-
paper, four consisting of a letter dated July
21, which �would have been mailed had not Cahill
made a row with him �and upset him for two
or three weeks,� during one of which he left the house.
The particulars of this �fracas,� as my little friend
elsewhere terms it, he refrains from communica-
ting, �from a natural delicacy� against prejudicing
me against his antagonist.     The row seems to
have terminated in Cahill�s �arrest and departure
from the house.�    Boweryem�s letters contain more
than the usual amount of gossip about boarding-
house acquaintances.     The first tells how he is
going to set types in the office of the Secessionist
Daily News! a humiliation for the bold British
Volunteer and rampant republican, effected by
poverty alone.    He has, of course, other projects:
he expects to be installed as money-taker at Hope
Chapelm during De Cordova�s lecture-exhibition on
the subject of the war; his tailor, �an officer in
a Volunteer regiment� offers his influence to pro-
cure Boweryem the post of Secretary.   He would have
gone to Fort Lee, �to day� but had no money.      He               
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