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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 79, October 29, 1860

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Identifier: DX01334470

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 79, October 29, 1860

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



Killing Rats.

rats &c. After twenty an hour of this sport, [Harry] Jennings proceeded to the feat of the evening. From the flat wire cages on one side of the building, he produced in two sack-fulls, 100 rats, which being emptied into the pit, ran round and round, huddled up together or made terrified leaps to escape. A time-keeper with a stop-watch then was nominated, who took a chair beside the pit. Then the Ajax of terriers, with Jennings, entered it and the animal commenced his work. In vain the wretched vermin ran and squeaked and ly leapt and mounted Jennings’ clothes, the dog one bite and a shake disposed of their lives successively, with extraordinary rapidity, the man gathering up the dead bodies by the tails and throwing them into a basket outside the pit which he presently filled with the noisome carcases. The audience, Jennings and the dog were all excited, and the spectacle was extraordinary. The dog accomplished his task in 8 minutes, 38 seconds! When the rats were counted 102 carcases were found in the basket. (Jennings had accidentally killed on, by stamping on him, and desired his its the substitution of another, which, I suppose, had been too enthusiastically acted upon.)

coverage:New York, New York, Church Street

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1860-10-29

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Dogs


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