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                A Supper at Col. Thorpe�s.
Thorpe showed very well and gave us a capi-
tal supper, beginning with just the finest oyster-
soup, or stew, I had ever tasted.       New Orleans
oysters are enormous in size; these were delicious
in flavor � intensely oysterish as it were, one
containing the flavor of half a dozen ordinary
bivalves.      There were birds, too, and wines, of
course including champagne.         Thorpe told some
good stories and some old ones, Strother em-
ulating him in the latter.    He was most amu-
sing to me when talking of New Orleans in ante-
Secession times; when, after dark, one had to
walk in the middle of the street for fear of
attack and assassination; and two or three
murders were the daily average.   The
wife of Col. Thorpe was present, a Northern
woman who spoke of the rigid exclusiveness of
the Southern ladies towards her.           A Col. De-
ming appeared in the course of the evening.    We
had punch, grog and cigars and kept it up
till about midnight.
  22.  Monday.   I share a longish two bed-
ded room with Schell on the right or east
side of the building.   Out with A. G. Hills
to the City Hall in Lafayette Square, there
to be present at the Farewell Reception of
the officers and citizens by Gen. Butler to whom
I was introduced, and who, speaking of the               
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