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    Gossip about O�Brien, North, Kidder.
a son on board who proposed to do the like
to Sir Braggart, who thereupon, in Strong�s
language �wilted right down.�   Strong re-
members riding in an omnibus with North, on
the morning of the suicide, when he looked
so horrible � mad � savage � desperate � that
Strong mentioned the circumstance to an ac-
quaintance, before the deed occurred.    I ask-
ed him about Kidder, Lotty�s father, whom
I knew was in his employ, as a colorer of va-
lentines at the time of my introduction to
that family.    �Little Kidder,� he said �died
miserable� � he believed he was dead.  He was
a queer, little miserable man � used to drink,
he supposed.     I remember Charley Damo-
reau, then Brown, telling me a revolting
story about this miserable father of Lotty�s
being discovered committing onanism at
midnight, in the presence of another person
� a male � by his wife, who descended from
her chamber to this result.   The woman
herself told Charley this! to his horror.  She
may have lied.             Strong was unaware
that the then Mrs. Bartholomew, next Mrs.
George Brown, now Mrs. Winchester, then
authoress of �Poems by Mary Campbell, Mary
Mell &c,� which he published, was sister               
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