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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 207, May 14, 1860

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Identifier: DX02993281

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 12, page 207, May 14, 1860

Description: Regarding the newspaper run by Mr. Hankins and his wife.



The Hankins Couple’s Swindle.

[ob]tained few or no subscriptions and is now stranded high and dry somewhere, I think at Northampton, unable to pay her hotel-bill or to her fare home. So she [Cecilia Trainque] writes secretly to Phillips, who is sweet upon her and supposed to be suspiciously so. He hasn’t money enough and applies to [Frank] Cahill, who of course lends it, though he owes money to both Mrs. [Susan] Boley and little [George] Boweryem. This “Marie Louise” is the wife to my old acquaintance, Hankins of Philadelphia, of the “Empire City,” and other flash papers, of the Tombs, of the “Whole World” Gift Enterprize swid swindle, of the “Traveller,” and much more. I see the fellow in Broadway occasionally, sporting a prodigious beard and he grins recognizingly at me. The paper is a trashy, flimsy affair, kept up by obtaining “young lady” solicitors, who go round doing the fascination business for the victimization of subscribers. Editors accord puffs to it from gallantry, to “women who are trying to get a living,” Hankins prudently keeping in the rear. [George] Roberts asked me to puff it in the “Constellation.” I didn’t. Selina Jewell and her sister Nellie [Sexton] once applied at Hankins’ out of curiosity and idleness, in answer to his adver-

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-05-14

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Publishers and publishing


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