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	     Bellew�s Debts in England.
of the snug little house with the largish garden)
� Boutcher loves money so much that he attempts
a two penny ha�penny bit of dishonesty at the ex-
pense of an old friend, three thousand miles away,
and Bellew nobbles Boutcher of a borrowed �5!
The latter would feel the loss more than I should,
poor as I am; he always had a keen eye for the
shekels.   I shan�t dun Bellew for the money, beyond
telling him I�ve had a letter from W. B.              I
know Bellew�s departure from England, like that
from New York, was done with a certain amount of
secrecy, with a heavy trail of unpaid debts behind.
He ordered clothes in London, on his arrival, to
the amount of �30 or �40, so Cahill says,
(in confidence) burnt half a dozen wax candles of
evenings, when he couldn�t have gas, went it ex-
pensively every way.   I suppose he may owe four
or five hundred pounds in England, perhaps
twice or thrice the sum in New York.    He comes
evidently of an Irish, Thackerayesque family.
The father, Captain Bellew, is according to
Cahill�s representations, a sort of pious old Pen-
dennis;  a tuft-hunter, fond of introducing
the names of noblemen of his acquaintance in con-
versation and of displaying rings willed to him by the il-
lustrious defunct.    He visits country mansions; fus-
ses a good deal and is excessively respectable.               
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