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                   Mullen, on Edge.
here anyhow?  It�s the bloodiest proceeding
I ever witnessed and it�s mean.      You know
you�ve no right to do it, and why the hell do
you do it, then?      By the Lord it�s villanous,
besides it�s ungentlemanly!  Yes! it�s ungentle-
manly!    And there�s no need of it!  If you
haven�t got money to pay for a lodging, why
don�t you come and tell me so like a man and
I�ll give you half-a-dollar or a dollar �� �
  �Yes!� said Edge, in a mendicant�s whisper �do!
please lend me a dollar.�
  �I�ll see you damned first!  I�ll lend you
twenty five cents � that�s all I�ll let you have.
And I�ll rip you open if you�re not out of the
house in two minutes and a half.�
  All this took place in our room by the light of
a tallow-candle, stuck in an ink-bottle.       The
object Edge and the irate Mullen contrasted
finely.     Edge had on his spectacles and kid-
floves; Mullen was in his shirt.           Edge got
5 cents first, and declared he would keep it,
when asked to hand it back in exchange for
25, for which Mullen intended it.     Finally
with 30 cents, Edge cleared out and has no
more been seen since.    I met him at the Post
Office to-day and he informed me that he
would soon have an appointment with a hand-
some salary, and an allowance for expenses,               
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