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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 229, October 14-15, 1858

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Identifier: DX03594784

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 9, page 229, October 14-15, 1858

Description: Describes meeting a man with a stuffed eagle while waiting for his train.


back from Buffalo. She [Weighty Griffin] is a very pleasant looking girl, and shows good taste in holding her tongue about her jilting the lawyer. He’s in good practice but said to be the ugliest man in the village. She was regularly engaged to him, and broke off almost at the point of marriage. Julia [Griffin], her sister, hated him and her brothers did not like him. Apropos of Julia she has been plunging violently into Spiritualism, singing-being possessed with the voice of Sontag! — with other feats. She got inoculated from a down-east family, her neighbours. Mrs Patten and she had a regular time of it together. Now, Julia has been so furiously chaffed on the subject, that she fights shy of it. A great, strapping, good-humored, self willed woman she is, very frank and amusing.

15. Friday. Good bye to hospitable Niagara folks. To the Bridge village with Mrs Griffin and Miss [Lucia] Cooper. Packed up carpet bag, dined, and off to Railroad depot by noon. While waiting in the ticket-office a man — a roughish looking chap — comes in with a handsome, brown, stuffed eagle, which folks gathered round and admired. The man related how he had shot the bird. Folks guessed as to its value — perhaps he might get $25 for him. Well, he’d seen the time when less than that would have fetched him, but no $25 would buy him now. I had moved to the window to procure my ticket, when the possessor of the eagle being beside me, said confidentially “I’m going to take him up to the Falls and to give him to Miss Griffin as a present.” “There are two Miss Griffins” said I — “which?” “Miss Weighty!” says he. The honest fellow had been em-

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1858-10-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Railroads


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