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Tucker, Mary E.
Loew's Bridge A Broadway Idle



As this Book is expected to have considerable circulation outside the limits of the City, it has been suggested that a few Notes to be appended, explanatory of the localisms contained therein--

(1) Loew's, or as it is commonly called, Fulton Street Bridge, was completed March, 1866, The building being supervised by the Hon. Charles E. Loew, whose name has been bestowed upon it by as Act of the Common Council of New York.It is a large śrial structure, at the intersection of Broadway way and Fulton Street, where the thoroughfare is continually thronged with vehicles of all kinds, rendering it almost impossible for pedestrians to pass.

(2) Only for readers not familiar with New York would it be necessary to say, that this refers to the Police.

(3) Wall Street is our temple of Mammon, where men of money "most do congregate".

(4) This is no fancy sketch. The writer actually saw this,--saw a Southern soldier give alms to the Northern soldier, who can be seen at any time near the Bridge playing an

organ. Indeed everything described was seen, if not precisely in the order mentioned.

(5) It is but common justice to say that this manly sentiment is reported of the Hon. John Morrissey.

(6) Hon. John T. Hoffman is Mayor of New York at this writing, November 11th, 1867.

(7) And the Hon. Fernando Wood, the rival candidate for the Mayoralty.

(8) Always at the Bridge are venders selling the dancing toys, whose motions depend upon an elastic string, the

invention of which has brought a fortune to the inventor.

(9) This quotation is from Rev.Dr.Deems, and the allusion to "the prodigal," refers to a sermon preached by Dr.Deems, in which he represents the elder brother as worse than the prodigal. A report of that discourse, which produced a great impression on its delivery, appears in "Every Month," for September, published by S.T. Taylor.

(10) "The Church of the Strangers", the name of a congregation composed of persons of all denominations, mostly strangers in New York; and its pastor Dr. Deems, is abundant in labors among the sick, the poor, and the prisoner, and those who have no friends. It gives the author pleasure to say a word for an enterprise so catholic and so beneficial.


(11) Perhaps it is superfluous to mention the name of the venerable William C.Bryant, of the "Evening Post."

(12) "Miles O'Reilly" is the well known name of Gen. Charles G. Halpine, who is justly called our "King of Song", and who has written certain beautiful things, which will be remembered long after his career as a politician shall have been forgotten.

(13) With whatever power Hon. Horace Greeley does anything, the wielding of the pen is the only thing he is accused of doing "with grace".

(14) The "Wilcox and Gibbs' sewing machine," celebrated

alike for its simplicity, rapidity of movement, as well as its durability, was patented in 1857, first sold in 1859, since which time one hundred thousand have been sold.

(15) A well known and excellent restaurant in Cortlandt street.

(16) Maggie Mitchell, the fascinating actress, has made this character memorable.

(17) Play-goers will always know Joe Jefferson by his remarkable impersonation of "Rip Van Winkle."

(18) Mrs. Gen. Lander, our American actress, is believed to surpass Ristori in the character of Elizabeth. Her goodness

is equal to her greatness, as her attentions to the soldiers during the war demonstrates.

(19) Dr. J.J. Craven, the physician attendant on Jefferson Davis at Fortress Monroe, and author of "Prison Life of Davis."

(20) This actually occurred in the practice of Edward B. Foote, M.D., the celebrated medical and electrical therapeutist, and author of "Medical Common Sense."

(21) The artists referred to, are Madams M.F.Gillespie and Demorest, whose exquisite tasks has rendered them renowned in the fashionable circles, not only of New York, but of the whole United States.


(22) Hon. Gideon J. Tucker, who has held important State offices for more than twenty years, and is one of the first political writers of the age, is the present Surrogate of New York, and has occupied that position for the last five years. It is said of him that he has never been politically wrong in his life.

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