Daguerreian Society

During the month of January 1854, the following two paragraphs appeared 
in the tale, "Stage-Coach Stories" which appeared in "Putnam's Monthly. 
A Magazine of Literature, Science, and Art." (New York) Vol. 3, No. 13 
(January 1854):
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               Chapter II.

            THE LAWYER'S STORY.

[paragraphs seven and eight]

   While this dialogue was going on, and our military be-titled driver 
was enlightening the judicial dignitary as to the welfare of his 
domestic circle, and sarcastically bewailing his inability to return 
appropriately, the complimentary inquiry of the latter;  and while the 
twain were discoursing about divers other matters, until the appearance 
of the sweating porter, with one trunk on his shoulder and another in 
his hand;  I was making a rapid inspection of the passengers who were 
already on the coach.
   On the front seat, bolt upright, sat a spruce-looking, red-and-white 
complexioned, dark-haired and dark-whiskered young gentleman, trimly 
dressed in a linen sack, worn over a black coat and white marseilles 
vest, with his very red lips sucking the ivory head of a yellow rattan 
cane.  I guessed at once that he was a daguerreotype artist, materially 
aided in this sagacious conjecture by the appearance of a tripod, which 
lay helplessly on the roof of the coach, its legs tied together and 
sticking out of the canvas bag in which its head works were bundled up.

(The tale includes only a few other references to this character, 
nothing of which adds further to this description.  --G.E.)
Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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