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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 81, October 29, 1860

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Identifier: DX01335503

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 14, page 81, October 29, 1860

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



Dog Fighting.

bit, rolled over and over, bestrode each other, haled one another around and about the pit and contended dog-fashion in all sorts of ways, their owner’s shouting and stamping and making suggestions which proved them to be greater brutes than the animals. It was “Hey Stumpy! hey! bite him there and he’ll never forgive you! nip his fore leg! get him by x x x x !” all the while the beasts tugged and tore. They were “game” dogs and however “punished” and weakened fought on. I think three distinct rounds occurred, the animals being sponged between whiles. For the last fifteen or twenty minutes the younger dog had decidedly the advantage, but the proprietor of the other kept hounding him on, until [Harry] Jennings said “It’s no use killing that old dog” and on the animal in question demurring to come up to the scratch — a literal circular mark on the floor — which his antagonist ran to, he was considered defeated and removed from the ring. Little need be said of the remaining fights, made up between dogs belonging to the company. There was betting and offers of bets; I saw bank-bills passing from hand to hand. At 11, the “sports” terminated. “Well, boys” said Jennings, as the audience clattered down the dingy,

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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