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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 78, October 29, 1860

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Identifier: DX01333954

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 78, October 29, 1860

Description: Describes a visit to Harry Jennings's dog fighting establishment.

Transcription:

69

Harry Jennings.’

Harry Jennings’ establishment in the afternoon, which he did. Went there again in the evening with [George] Boweryem, or rather he joined me there. The bar-room crowded and the concourse ascending to the theatre. This is a spacious room lit by two cupolas and an equal number of windows, twelve or more circular seats radiating upwards from the central pit, which is devoted to “caning sports.” The seats are mere benches, open below; there are also galleries. Some three hundred men and boys had assembled, among them some brutal and villanous faces certainly, but these did not constitute the majority. There were some “fast men,” handsomely dressed, present, but the bulk consisted of such fellows as might have been stable-hangers on, hack-drivers, keepers of low bar-rooms and the like. The place smelt abominably doggy and ratty, as it always does. Outsiders, belonging to the audience were trying their dogs on rats, four of which, turned loose in the pit, invited attack. Some dogs proving craven, were hissed and derided, others applauded, though the best of these ignoble terriers only destroyed the quartette of vermin in twenty seconds. The owners were allowed in the pit, there to stimulate their dogs, by stamping, battering the sides with their fists, pointing out the

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1860-10-29

Type(s): Diary
Page

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

Subjects: Dogs
Diaries

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