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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 80, October 29, 1860

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Identifier: DX01334986

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 80, October 29, 1860

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



A Dog Fight.

Uproarous applause welcomed the achievement.

Ten minutes intermission followeding, during which I discovered Oliver Hillard and three friends of his in the bar-room; they had come to the place in consequence of their knowing the owner of the victorious terrier, and having satisfied their curiosity declined witnessing the rest of “the entertainment.” “This is a part you don’t see!” quoth [Harry] Jennings, meaningly, as he touched my arm in the press, while passing upstairs with an ill-visaged white bull-terrier under his. I missed [George] Boweryem and from hence-forth saw the rest of the “sports” alone. These consisted of six dog-fights, the first lasting over half an hour. The rat-pit had been removed leaving a much larger space, especially length-wise. As in the former instance the owners of the animals were allowed to enter the ring and to do everything that lay in their power towards stimulating their pugnacity but touching them. An old dog was matched against the white one and for some time his superior ferocity induced expectation that the victory combat would be on his side. After the first yell accompanying the onset but little barking ensued. They fixed their teeth into each other’s heads, generally closing them on the upper jaws, worried, tore

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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