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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 164, November 29, 1859

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Identifier: DX03146818

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 11, page 164, November 29, 1859

Description: Regarding Frank Cahill's tale of a night out with Frank Wood and George Arnold, which ended with them getting arrested.



his [Frank Wood’s] hands with dust and cinders, when [Frank] Cahill’s noble soul revolted and calling upon the name of the his creator, he spurned the proposal. The policeman threatened to take them to the station-house; they defied him to do so, not supposing it would involve anything beyond half an hours detention and talk. Incontinently all three — for [George] Arnold wouldn’t leave his friends — were marched off, and locked up for the night, in a squalid filthy hole, in propinquity with prostitutes thieves and riff-raff, with whom they indulged in chaff and conversation, diversified by unsuccessful attempts to get to sleep on a narrow bench. Next morning they were marched through the cheery, sunny morning streets, looking seedy enough to the Jefferson Market police court. They did the jocular and raffish, gave their real names and vocations. On Cahill’s being mentioned the magistrate doubted its genuineness when Arnold expressed a desire to make a bet with him on the subject. Finally they were fined $5 each. Not having more than sufficed to effect the discharge of one, Wood was released, his companions being re-locked up. He went first to [Frank] Bellew’s, then to Pfaff’s, borrowing money of the latter to effect the others’ enlargement. This is how Cahill spent the night of his twenty-sixth birth-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1859-11-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Bohemians (New York artistic and literary movement)


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