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Nerve.—A Frenchman


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Nerve.—A Frenchman named [no handwritten text supplied here] a voyager in a balloon that went from the Military Garden in Brooklyn, rested simply on a narrow triangle with cross pieces of sticks.—On these, away up in the air and even when we could only see him well by the aid of glasses, he would swing down like a monkey, holding on in that vast emptiness, holding on merely by his hands, and drawing himself up again, and turning somersets as nimbly as a cat.—

W   [begin leaf 1 verso] Whitman mss—in pencil | This piece of mss. is entirely in the holograph of Walt Whitman. It was written about 1850—Whitman made other comment on the Brooklyn Military Gardens. These bits were written for the Brooklyn Newspapers, Times, Eagle Star etc— Alfred F Goldsmith—June 17–32
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