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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 178, August 10-11, 1878

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Identifier: DX03556736

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 178, August 10-11, 1878

Description: Describes going to an entertainment hall called the ''Santa Claus'' with Frank Cahill.


[wan]ted to get him [Frank Cahill] to [132] Bleecker St. Then he would go into a tavern and have some brandy, being sick when he got out, and again into “the Store,” another tavern, under pretense of looking for “Bob Gun.” Here he invited the landlord and barman to drink, paying the former for consuming his own liquor. I got him to our boarding-house door, but he would not enter, So I kept with him and we went to the Santa Claus, a place where they have singing and dancing entertainments, where the audience mostly drink “lager,” and where bare-armed and bold featured women wait on the guests. Most of these carry on a more equivocal trade on their own account, though here, their fascinations don’t produce more profit than occasional sixpences, given as fees by those who desire to punch their elbows or call ‘em endearing(?) names. Cahill was at first rather lively and demonstrative. He shouted “hoor—ay!” at the conclusion of the songs, told me over and over again what he had paid for his coat, that he’d got a $50 farce to write for Florence &c, with more edifying particulars touching his recent nocturnal absence from Bleecker Street. “His girl” was descanted upon. It appears that both [George] Arnold and Bob Gun are similarly provided. By 10 1/2 I got him again to our street-door, but he wouldn’t enter and so reeled off to ——— where he remained, as subsequently appeared, during the forenoon of the next day.

11. Wednesday. Down town, hither and thither. In the afternoon with [A.F.] Banks (!) to the Jones’ Wood festival, a German, musical, Gymnastic, lager bierish open-air entertainment, this being the third day of it. It was

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-08-10

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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