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Text for Page 018 [10-06-1862]

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               Jewitt, Bradshaw and Cahill.
long.     To be near him is to want to kick, to
fall violently upon, to throw him out of win-
dow.
  Jewitt.  A good-humored man, an el-
derly �bummer.�  (The word is an odiously
low one, New York slang, but so applicable
that I can�t deny myself the use of it.)  Awfully
long-winded and windily-oratorical, to hazard
a remark towards him is to curse the day of 
your birth in five minutes.  He says an infini-
te deal of nothing, not of Gratiano�s kind, but
of labyrinthine platitudes, dreary to hear and
exasperating to suffer.       Evidently a �dead-
head� in the establishment, earning his board
by doing household chores and attentions to the
landlady.     He is very much disliked by Mrs
Burtis, her married daughter, and regarded 
surlily by the whelp Albert, whom his mother
has threatened to turn out of doors on Jewitt�s
account.    Has some kind of business down
town but can�t be there very much.       Not of-
fensive except when oratorical.   Generally pro-
pitiatory.x
  Bradshaw.     Not offensive.    Is agent for
a Life Assurance; soliciting for it.   Friendly.
  Cahill.   Profligate and dishonest, a drunk-
ard past hope of reclamation.   Inherently lewd
in life and conversation.       Worthless.
x He was tried for rape once, before his going to California.               
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