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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 143, November 22, 1859

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Identifier: DX03120698

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 143, November 22, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's poor performance as editor of The New York Picayune.

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makes up the entire paper [The New York Picayune], slovenly enough. Even his [Frank Cahill’s] “business-notices” (little advertising puffs he sometimes reprints, instead of rewriting to Bob Gun’s natural dissatisfaction. In fact now his board is paid regularly and the spur of positive want no longer goading him, Cahill is idle and worthless. Moreover he was ass enough to try to run counter to me in a small matter not worth recording — keeping out a bit of an article I’d written. Wherefore I waked into him in plain Saxon one evening, in Bob Gun’s presence, summed him up and let him know who was master. It did him good and cleared the air. There’s no helping the fellow, he’s incurable — no suffering will teach him. Bob Gun meditates discharging him and employing Abrahams, who is very hard up and would certainly fill the place well enough. I have staved it off for the present, but it must come sooner or later, I fear, and then what will become of Cahill, with winter before him. It needed some little management to get him on the paper, for Bob Gun, though one of the most good-natured of men, was naturally down upon him. Cahill owed him a good deal of money, and had besides collected an advertising debt and squandered the results.

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Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-11-22

Type(s): Diary
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Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Newspapers
Publishers and publishing
Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)

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