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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 161, March 17-28, 1859

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Identifier: DX03331071

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 161, March 17-28, 1859

Description: Regarding a quarrel between A.F. Banks and Mr. O'Mana over a woman.


practiced upon a villain who daren't resent it, O'Mana having him [A.F. Banks] in his power to some extent. O'M. has lived upon questionable women, been a fortune-hunter and scoundrel all his life. Is an Irishman (I never doubted this, despite his Virginian assurances) a huge, strongly-built fellow, with a thick, turned-up nose in which his voice is located, for I never heard a man talk so nasally. Has an air of heavy common place pretence [sic] at gallantry which, in connection with his six foot length, may gull trashy women, especially when put confidentially. Banks and he quarreled about a woman, O'Mana objecting to Banks' visiting her. They met at her house on the following evening, she siding with Banks, who had appointed in the interview in the morning, unknown to his rival. Banks anticipating assault kept the poker red-hot during the half altercation! (His adversary has pluck and once distinguished himself in a fight with four or five rowdies) "I'd have put it through his g_ts!" quoth Banks. Finally O'M. relinquished the field to the valorous A. F. The same cause of the split between such fiends — the woman — met O'M to'ther day, in Broadway and dextrously knocked his hat off into the mud, with the request that he would pick it up "as he had done dirtier things than that" before then! I can guess her vocation and social standing from the act. So much of the man whose talk kept

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-03-28

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries


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