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Text for Page 228 [02-14-1862]

noon.    Cahill up to exhibit a new coat which
he has purchased, providing for it by the ingenious
process of paying Mrs Boley a week ahead for
his board, that he might devote all but one
dollar of his next weeks wages, to perhaps the
first article of clothing he has bought for six months.
Having displayedit he forthwith goes down town
and returns intoxicated.          Writing story du-
ring the evening.
  15.  Friday.   In doors all the dreary, stormy,
day, writing story, very much alone until the
evening, when Edge came up, anon Billington
and anon Boweryem.           Gave �em some grog,
and they talked � especially Edge.          He is a cu-
rious little fellow, frail and weak in body, yet
with a singularly pertinacious, inquisitive, one-
sided mind, which manifests itself characteristi-
cally in his present employment.    He has the 
most unqualified faith in all the doings of the North
with relation to the present struggle; he sees in
the behavior of England as much to condemn as
though he were a born Yankee.      Presently the
whiskey set him singing and I asked Boweryem
to follow, which the little man did, erect to his
full stature, his face turned for inspiration to the
attic ceiling, his hands gesticulating majestically.
We kept it up till midnight, when Billington               
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