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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 170, March 29-April 5, 1859

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Identifier: DX03338420

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 10, page 170, March 29-April 5, 1859

Description: Describes going to a performance of ''Dexter's Dancing Hats.''

Transcription:

down some three or four times, the first with [Jesse] Haney, and the thing is equally amusing and marvellous. A man with a rather good-looking intelligent face, evidently a down-east Yankee, plays on an accordion, to the lively music of which, hats sometimes singly, sometimes by fives and sixes, oscillate about on the sawdust-covered floor. He also causes them to "dance" at the direction of a visitor's stick, pointing alternately or irregularly at the hats. Sometimes they oscillate being placed on the top of each other. Furthermore at a given signal, the removal of a man’s hat from his head or the scratching of the latter, he obliges a hat to fall from the counter to the floor. Moreover he makes a table "dance," even with a corpulent man sitting upon it, produces sounds from a violin, placed in an otherwise empty box, on the floor, with more tricks of similar sort. How they are performed no one can detect. He talks a good deal of intentional nonsense about "getting a bite out of the hats," "odic force" electrical affinities and "the peppergram (!) being in full force &c" & indeed does his fooling admirably. An honest rogue, altogether! What these lying and pretentous mediums assume high spiritual airs of mysticism on, is here done as an accompaniment to six-penny mugs of lager and shilling stews. By the appearance of the place I should judge its landlord hadn't money enough to pay for a monts rent

Rights: NoC-US

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Dates: 1859-04-05

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Diaries
Hats
Violin
Amusements
Mediums

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