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Text for Page 017 [10-06-1862]

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         The Son of a Landlady of a Third
             Rate New York Boarding House.
ral character, low enough (like that of all
average Americans) has been lowered by the
exigencies of her position and the difficulties 
of getting along in a very hard world.   She is
not particular as to the doings of her board-
ers, provided they don�t pay us too irregularly,
and don�t violate the proprieties too openly 
� even overlooking this in the case of Cahill and
Shepherd�s drunkenness.         She has drifted
into equivocal (I hardly think criminal) rela-
tions with Jewitt in consequence of his persist-
ence and her loneliness.    Swears when provoked.
  Albert Boley, her son.       A whelp, a cub,
a New York b�hoy of the most offensive kind;
a loafer and blackguard, whose existence is
an offence and nuisance, whose violent ex-
tinction would be regretted by nobody living
except his mother.    He is lame; he lied abed
till noon or much later, bullies his mother
with oaths and foul language and bellows
like an hungry wolf for his food of the ser-
vants.      He has no vocation, except perhaps
that of hanger-on at some low �policy-shop,�
gambling-house, or semi-brothel.     Utterly
worthless, odious to look upon and listen
to, happily one sees not too much of him
and then wonders what he was created for
and why he has been permitted to live thus               
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