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Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York A Series of Stories and Sketches Portraying Many Singular Phases of Metropolitan Life   By: (1863-1919)

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TIN TYPES

TAKEN IN

THE STREETS OF NEW YORK

A SERIES OF STORIES AND SKETCHES PORTRAYING MANY SINGULAR PHASES OF METROPOLITAN LIFE

BY

LEMUEL ELY QUIGG

With Fifty three Illustrations by Harry Beard

NEW YORK: CASSELL PUBLISHING COMPANY 104 & 106 FOURTH AVENUE

COPYRIGHT,

1890,

By O. M. DUNHAM,

All rights reserved.

Press W. L. Mershon & Co., Rahway, N. J.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

I. MR. RICKETTY, 1

II. MR. JAYRES, 20

III. BLUDOFFSKI, 43

IV. MAGGIE, 65

V. THE HON. DOYLE O'MEAGHER, 87

VI. THE SAME ( concluded ), 107

VII. MR. GALLIVANT, 126

VIII. TULITZ, 148

IX. MR. MCCAFFERTY, 170

X. MR. MADDLEDOCK, 189

XI. MR. WRANGLER, 211

XII. MR. CINCH, 242

XIII. GRANDMOTHER CRUNCHER, 271

TIN TYPES.

I.

MR. RICKETTY.

Mr. Ricketty is composed of angles. From his high silk hat worn into dulness, through his black frock coat worn into brightness, along each leg of his broad checked trowsers worn into rustiness, down into his flat, multi patched boots, he is a long series of unrelieved angles.

Tipped on the back of his head, but well down over it, he wears an antique high hat, which has assumed that patient, resigned expression occasionally to be observed in the face of some venerable mule, which, having long and hopelessly struggled to free herself of a despicable bondage, at last bows submissively to the inevitable and trudges bravely on till she dies in her tracks.

Everything about Mr. Ricketty, indeed, appears to have an individual expression. His heavily lined, indented brow comes out in a sharp angle over his snappy black eyes, which, sunk far within their sockets, look just like black beans in an elsewise empty eggshell.

His nose is sharp, thin, pendent, and exceedingly ample in its proportions, and it comes inquiringly out from his face as if employed by the rest of his features as a sort of picket sentinel.

It is that uncommonly knowing nose to which the prudent observer of Mr. Ricketty would give his closest attention. He would look at the acute interior angle which it formed at the eyes, and think it much too acute to be pleasant and much too interior to be pretty. He would look at the obtuse exterior angle which it formed on its bridge, and wonder how any humane parent could have permitted such a development to grow before his very eyes when by one quick and dexterous strike with a flat iron it might have been remedied. He would look at the angle of incidence made by the sun's rays on one side of his nose and then at the angle of reflection on the other, and find himself lost in amazement that anything so thin could produce so dark a shadow.

[Illustration: MR. RICKETTY.]

It is a most uncomfortable nose. It had a way of hanging protectingly over his heavy dark brown mustache, which, in its turn, hangs protectingly over his thin, wide lips, so as to make it disagreeably certain that they can open and shut, laugh, snap, and sneer without any one being the wiser.

Upon lines almost parallel with those of his nose, his sharp chin extends out and down, fitting by means of another angle upon his long neck, wherein his Adam's apple, like the corner of a cube, wanders up and down at random... Continue reading book >>




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