Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Tom Nolan and 'Jerry,' A Horse]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
STATE New York
NAME OF WORKER Earl Bowman
ADDRESS 86 West 12 Street New York City
DATE January 26, 1939
SUBJECT “TOM NOLAN AND ‘JERRY’, A HORSE”
“Daca”, (Harry Reece) introduced me to Tom Nolan. It was at Daca's bookstore, 63 Washington Square So., one evening a while before dusk. We were standing on the steps that led down into the store, watching the straggling stream of humanity drifting by...and tossing cigarettes a fourth or a fifth smoked out on the walk for the ‘mootchers’ who frequent that neighborhood to ‘shoot’. Daca said: 'the poor devils get a thrill as if they'd suddenly had a bit of good luck when they find a ‘long-snipe’....
“While Daca was reaching for another cigarette to make 'second-handed’ for some poor devil to whom a less than half burned smoke was a treat, Tom Nolan came along.
Daca had known ‘Old Tom’ for years and no doubt had frequently supplied this husky, homeless old Irish-American with the price of a ‘flop’ or the two-bits for a plate of kidney stew, or set up of liver and onions at one of the cheap restaurants on some of the side streets below the Square.