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Hurstwood encounters an old acquaintance from Chicago, this causes him some embarassment (Chapter XXXI).

Carrie and Mrs Vance walk down Broadway from Thirty-fourth Street to Madison Square on there way to see Nat Goodwin appearing in "A Gold Mine" (1889) (Chapters XXXI - XXXII)
(Show route on mini map). Theatres

Of Broadway's fashionable parade, the narrator informs his reader: "...that several years later a popular song detailing this, and other facts concerning the afternoon parade on matinee days, and entitled 'What Right Has He on Broadway?' was published and had quite a vogue about the music-halls of the city" Chapter XXXI.

The song referred to by the narrator was written by Harry Dillon and Nat Mann, and published in 1895 by the publishers on Tin Pan Alley. The lyrics are sung by a Broadway vagrant. He sings: "I always stop at good hotels for I've a need of rest/ I stay until the porter says: 'These seats are for the guests.'" The vagrant goes on to complain:"If you're not dressed complete they'll say, 'What right has he on Broadway?" See in relation to Hurstwood's Job Search in NYC


Place Sheet Music here. Place audio recording here.


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The narrator paints a vivid portrait of Broadway and Fifth Avenue in Chapter XLV.
Hurstwood spends one of his final days walking down Broadway, he sees Carrie Madenda's name in lights outside the Casino (Chapter XLVII). Electric fire signs were introduced in the 1890s as electricity had begun to spread through major cities across the country; Ames, of course, works and travels for an electricity company.

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