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Wm I . THE SUN, SUNDAY, JANUARY SO, 1800. t ' ' ' ' ' ' 5
I JrooJTMB AND WENT. I I ifllnn.'i Strnteglo roilllon A Son. I I ..... Who Kept Her lMncf-nn.h of the II I 7,iti - The Ilfllerrrs --Olstlnaullheit I I Ohoiti Appear- Misty Materialisation. I I SMnU In misty whlto drnporles and spooks I'l 7.Hroek eoats aro skirmishing nightly I'l "Jmueirtiln back parlorln West Forty-sitth II '.L Tin house Isthe resldonco of nmodlum I I Lm Vnnoaaeen that she will demonstrate tho I'l mortality o' l" soul "on TU03ja'8 6nl II Kr.t8nJ on Saturdays at 2." J 'Vhirtten person", lucludlng a Bu.v reporter. I iited stone of the evening demonstrations A ni!r Tin reportor did not assist very M S bit that wa-m't Ms fault. a the follow- isPJk i r itorr will pmM TI,o names hero glvon. MM twh IhoM of tho persona present and those of A .wlleeed p!rits. oe substltulon for the real I If umfi except in tho caso of eight famous per- W hMfMwhod'lwedto flourish In and out of m .iWdium'scablnot, 7 The home of tho medium Is ono of the thou- I andj of Irownitone. hlgh-itoop Now York I J" , nut It has ono peculiarity. When a I (mf l 'n progress bluo balzo ihados aro I ' ii-jdown at tho windows, tho outsido door I ! locked, and. If ono looked only at tho first I loer one would ssy the homo was cloaod for "' ,.'M5on inside thoro I tho customary hall eJ uj the lone, narrow. commonnlnco parlor, ro- ( La In this caso bj a ehoory grate firo. m the thirteen who sat In the circle which L not a circle, but Ions row facing thecnbl I t-one was the medium's manager, or part I ier Six were old-timer, well known to one I uother and to tho medium. Two camo with I ihe old-timers. Tho four othors woro strnn I nn. but were Introduced bv somo ono known I a tne medium. This Introduction Is most i Important No nno m lot In without It. I The fee was Jl each t lenst. It was for tho I The Immortality of the soul was to bo dom- (nitrated, oc r line to tennouncoment. at 0. Bat It was nearer H before the folding doors Into the back parlor woro thrown open. Dur- I Int tho wait the old-timerf sat around and ex hiiiitlvolr gossiped of thomselves nnd all their Mud, eo that tho reporter, total stranger tboojh he was. could liavo told them alone H,t0j personal Items and hrtvo raado a rospoct tble showing ns a medium hlmsolf. Tlnally jne woman spnko of tho open lire. , "Bomethlnc ought always to bo rlneod In I frost of tha' crcfe. ' she Hald with n meaning If'ues toward an ther old-timer. " You know Merforeotthit tnst week nnd you romomber whit happened." with a sly wink and a giggle. The medium herself enino In at this moment; ijhort.amp'n woman In n blnck satin gown. iboQtaspplritual In nppenrnnco ns a good fat hen. She wore shining spectacles: a most np rrerrlate detail, as will be soon later. 8ho iroke blandly to tlio uld-tlmers: pleasantly to the strancere. whom sho regarded with sus jicinn nevertheless. "Blcg ono of our sweet songs whllo wo wilt," she begged of ono womnn. whoso work iwraed cut out for liar, since sho led tho slng m taethrouehout theovcnlng. "Do you know whether any of the Cnry sls 1 ten' poems are set to music ?" asked tho song- i.tre(i, after sho hnd warblod something about I ihadowlnnd f h The medium ami her assistant had cone out f md nobody else knew. "Because they come to us so often," said tho songstress, "that I think it would bo a dollcato attention if we'd slue ono of their own soncs lorae time." "I'll tell yon what," said 3trs. California, I" Just ask 'em themselves, tho noxt time they come." "You ak 'cm. You'ro so much bettor nc ualnted with 'em " "All right Tint's a eood Idea. too. Don't rou know how pleased Longfellow was tho other night when wo s.inc him 'The Day Is Done'? They npprodato those little atten tions." "Olcourse. Dy tho way." said a tall, eldorly. totellectual-looUn!;m!in, "have you over board Urs Whltotpeak under control?" "No. but rou oucht to hae hoard Theodore rrlcrgUo us an oration through Miss Black the other night1" "Indeed 1 Hut I doubt ir -sho compares with lire nhite. hhelseontrolIedhyClecrn, Vishnu. DarMn nnd Lonufcllow Aren't they four wonderful guides V" The strangers were trylnc to keep tholr ores front lopping out of their hend-t when tho raiding iloori were puhiil hack nnd a cold Uutofalr rulied In fiom the l)aek parlor, ine room was lighted bra slnelo cas jot. burn ns In a green globe Tlie cabinet was on tnoeldopftheroom n'xt to the renr hall bed-room-of course Tho other three sides were naturally unavailable, slnco one would have opened Into the next house, onn Into tho back ?Lar'!i.?r,rntlle'" tho air ten feet abovo it. and the third communicated with tho parlor. Tho fablnet was open in front hut wnshunc about jritn ery heavy curtains which could tteloseli- drawn There, was a ohnlr inside forthe medium At that end a table, holillnif y,0MO'..,Ti,heH,l 'lowers, formed a bulwark outside the curtains. Tho nsslstnnt.or mana '," .or whatever he was. sat at tho other end oi tnt, row of peoide This row was ticross tho room facing 'the i cabinet nt a distance of about m.U'i lh.e 'ar oofior beyond tho cabinet wisdark and ornpty After n brlof prellmlnnrr Irti.'.r m!hum went into tho cabinet nnd drew the curtains One of hor romarks was: flAii.TiH. .w co,"1'.", fr0,n crowtli. contact. ojfM was like unto tins k1 i '"fl"1.",''. w,r,, 'Irawn tho assistant. tamSa!icalUd Mr, 'llnkerrorconvenlenco. immh.H'H L?" lrnm somuwhoro In tha 5SJ .darkness camo the voieo of tlio Then"eThi'ei;L,'n,nii 'NHaror- M" Go,1i to theTMn,; . ,olh,took "n, tho strain and. ns .; ii8i a ,u,nt "B,,t nolo across the dark I cam li! i9 not VTernnta,al- however, for It tlierVv? i Bi?irti,f. '"'tern on n hlirlihholf In alSif?ln i hiT Wn.rt "10 ',cl. u A Ba" )ot burned In l'0'l'l9ai'terii.wlilc)i had solid sides and ronld hi rp.i?ul "Ilw.s ifront Yl,,, " 8ll,1 wl"oh ana thJ m.'8ed and lowered. Tho believers Son n( K,0801; Y01'11 hoot ut the sucues th.m .v.humo.n Interference. Accordlnc to wo ri!r ri f 0I Crl"r Foot anfl White. Pace. iwimtft.j?.dlu,!ft b"causo deaJ' luvl8lbl,r effilKh81' Krf T,un,tn 't was possible to c muaffin ?P "I'po'nlly Heht objects : n sheet dw. wiHii1';' .i;"n '"'tween the back wln wteri ihill!,ea,her0' "''". '""I IlKht spots IHfrrfAeh.'.T?!'' ?"'r".. .T,l sI'iBlfK went on. Koisil,e,TSd.U'01 '', Angels to beckon mo." white flJif"1.6. 0U,r!"ln,9 I'urted nnd a misty Wh hind, i. f1. " .,hB ,o"B.""t- "I'read out ffldVedPM,IU ,,Cai1 UD J "anM- T" "ttilnimr.t'i-'lll,l,,''.annoui"',,l JIr- Ullnker. iMaeetlni?" a's comes first to blosa i " Nearer, ioy f.eil, to Thee, ean r ti Thee " ?twnnEtiril!8,1,'1,shf,J1tho verso from tho I he"pMriti? '"-ri"1'." '""' '",Pn Interrupted by otittB 'ou',,rhlt 'is a peculiarity of tlm jlortinS aml ?"." ' I"1! .tlll "I'lf't f h'T WlWMleoHni i'l ai U. her to tho cab nut. "member " "l "'P11'1" "' "Then You'l ' "ThMemni-?'.,?1"1 ""' nclicd this point: Nrrupud'tif ' C.1''1' 8 '," "uo1'" -, he kindly W I'm Suibi 1 In s"l 'u or. and w on t up to eittonover IV, ,l:,'lkto, Uvr: Iho eomrnuiil- tunflKl" f' turned to her chair and bo- UectloJ Le " VTU"n ,'- " hC-L'n0 h0mfi r" i rhuit,aiHif, ' f!""1 ,,:v,i tin retuin of I nli'n tho w.uir""' '" .,,,,r ow" -l"l: ) fflMni iSnl".1 ,')',"." '"i'1 '""" ll'ished tho i V I : when ti! u!;"irr ""(,t nnd w hard Th. i"-"'1' H.ayrtcepDvole'i,s',,1' aaii trom tha CAWntt "Oom VvVlu,?' "VI Wends. Wo croot you " I S&,Vtild lti il " "T, ,,ltr- Cushmn,,. Wo irect ' ..lhli ",',? d-timers in chorus. i "' Frank Cua '", ',U !'"ikr. " Is the snlrit of w.f!pl8." LUkl"'""'. i'ii of tho leudlnir cublnet ;tra,tinrg0whifr'r(l'''; c,a'" "i a hlBh. ' .l h. good ,,;,', r fr.?!n ho.V'iblnet emiFMitM n ."f';1" Ur.t:Ut ,K''8'" ln another 'MrliKtlreH 'r,,ni ""' uis- "We greet .1,"'e"ln!iilJ:il,,l,.IIr;e" '.' ""nounceil Ullnker. ' ojtrol """ Llr' 'ho U also a cabinet lmer ,Weet cl,IIJ-" 'rm one rapturous L " BO"" ,tu,nrlup ?nce m- B' f, and kept the slnclnccolDB iiuxle. howovur. occasional r?J"'a. ,co"!lnc 'rom the .second selection was an up- angels hovering around to home. It was Interrupted rttion botweeu the cabinet i7';'.aanJUDCfd, Dnker. .S5 ,owed- wh" ll'e chorus) reetlug. A moment later ?D?.ftp,,lr"!?.n Btoo1 elv?e,tho nrst, and R ?i.or. P.l?n?pt,K rroelaimod. It. to bo the SPlrltof rhoabo Cary. Then tho deep voice of J!rt.ul?m,n "W'ft."! the Blstera wanted to i? VI wit h Ir. California. 8he wenl to the out I HP.?1 the cabinet, tha uplrlu retir nsr within, and tho tenors ln the olrolo oould hor a sue oosslon of strident whlspors. with a running co.mn'?ntar7 "I 'In- tJallfornla'a voice: Whlsper-whlsper-whlspor Yo8.iknow- whsper whisper llieautlful I beautiful I J ayPlwhliper-wiilspor-lOh.I'miioirlndr'l Tho Intervlow was brief and Mrs. California yeAurnod to hor place, saying fervently: Thank you. Jlr. Cushmnnl' )ou understood, madam J" -. ZM- " .Ruihrannl It was beautiful, Sir, Cushmnn, will you ask tho Misses Cory If thon nt ny of their poems sot to rauslo ? We would like to sin some of thorn," . IT1? Tla" n avvkwnnl silence from the ca.bAnt- Thon tho doen voieo said: Th sisters ask rao to toll you that thoy are plensod with anything you may select." .. But V. they have nf nvorlto poem ' bognn Mrs. California, They say thoy will not nresumo to dictate," slo the deep voice, and Ullnker promptly Btartod another hymn. This w ni allowsd.to prpoosd to tho end. when tno aurtala partod and a woman's figure In taint, transparent white drnporles camo out Into the room, moved quickly to tho dark cor ner and. with a wave of her long diaphanous enrf, Vanished as f site hnd boon n ray of light suddenly oxtlngulshod. The light from the lantern, by the way, had grown dimmer than cvor.nsltdld a.t every subsequent tfmo thst the i splrlte left the oabfnet. Evidently it oould be turned down or up from a distance. An othor song was started, but died away when a spirit partod tho draperies and hoarsely whls pored something. All of the spirits except Mr. Cushmnn spoko In these hoarso, broken whlspors. It was n shrewd vocal move, be cause tho sharpest listener could distinguish nnlv three speakers In this way Bright Eyes, the men and the women Within tliosothrco divisions all whispers sounded aliko to tho re porter. The whispor of lirlght Kj es was quite individual, llko hor ncocnt, which was n mongrel affair, composed of negro dialect, baby talk nnd bad grammar. The whisper. hovvevor, was too suggestive of tho voieo of tho medium horsolt to bo mistaken by the unde ceived listener, and tho reportor couldn't help wondering whothor the modlum chuckled over nor own .Joke. when, wonrlng her Bhlnlng Blassea, sho oallod horeelf Bright Eyes. Tho spirits kept coming mpldly as soon ns things wero really Btartod. Takon altogother It wns a pretty distinguished company. Not l?n,I Sj.tor tho Cory sisters had come nud gono I'rof Tyndnll wnlkod out of the cabinet nnd wanted to say n few words to Mr. Johnson, After the professor had disappeared Mr. John son kindly told the company that Tyndnll had boon acknowledging the mistake lie mado in life when ho questioned spliltunllsm. Yes," spoko up Blinker, giving nwny tho whole scheme, "I was just rsadlus to-day about Tyndall's conversation with Faraday. The quostlon ho asked him.1' Remarkable I" exclaimed the astounded Mr. Johnson. "He just told mo ho had coino to nnsvvor that very quostlon." Ilnmnrkable, Indeed I vvllllnm Kllcry t'hannlng's spirit was an nounced, nnd n figure in church robos ap peared, nnd whispered u while to one of tho .Tomen. Harriet Martlneau camo and talked to another old-tlmor, to whom Ullnker said unctuously: "Ah. sho was a flno oharactor. Mrs. Green, lou attract thoso great spirits." Along with these spirits camo thoso of f rlonds of tho old-timors. There wn ono woman In tho circle who wns undoubtedly sincere In her boltot ln the manifestations. She had been thoro before and had evidently porsuaded hor husband to come, with the hope of convincing him. They had lost a son. and after somo pre liminary talk by Mr. Cushmnn nnd Bright Eyes a flguro appeared nt tho opening and was announced ns that of tho boy In question. He hoarsely whispered first to his father and then to hie mother, who burst Into tenrs. Tho boy also Heomed much affocted and Mr. Cush mnn solemnly remarkod: "Don't cry. my boyl It wastes tho forces " lie's so excttod," whispered Bright Eyes loudly. " Ho was so anxletfed " "She means he was so anxious." explained Blinker. Another spirit wns that of a woman who died suddenly on Christmas Day. Hho. too, was " oxcltcd," in Bright Eyes's phraio. (So In dinn I) She wept nnd moaned, still In a hoarso whisper, nnd was altogethertraglc. " Ou-o-ohl" she sobbed " It's nil ovrl It's nil ovorandl'm all nlonol I've boon noar you so often so often 1" This to one of tho women who was an old acquaintance. "I've been bo slde you as you sat and sowed nnd I'vo oven trlod toInQuonco tho parrot." "Weill" exclaimed the woman, turning to the olrcle with a superb ccstmc, "that la a tost!" " Wonderful I" murmured tho chorus. "The spirit of Itnchol." said Mr. Cushmnn, "will now materialize and demutorinllzo in tho open room." The light sank to a mere glimmer, nnd over In the corner, beyond the cnblnot, there wns at llrst only a fleeting glow In ono spot. That vanished and another point glovvod. Thon thero was a larger gjow. which brightened nnd paled Irregularly Then thero wns tho line of a long, misty white drapery. That van ished, came back, grew: another line of light camo; tho drapery floated noiselessly about: grew brighter, until finally the outlines of a llcuro clad In whlto wero discernible. Then, by the same slow deoreon by which It oame came, tho flguro faded away. "Beautlfull" sighed tho chorus, pausing in their song. "A wonderful manifestation I" Allot this time the strangers were not pet ting any attention whstoor, hut finally Bright Eyes piped up and sold that thoro were spirits hovering around tho ludy with tho white feather In her hat. "Do you hear?" demandod Blinker of said lady. " Yes." "Always respond to tho cabinet. It estab lishes n lino of communication." "Somep'nnlco going to happen to dat lady. Bright Eyes coin' to flu' out what It Is." "Thank you," remarked tho Indy, Could It be that thero was a tinge of sarcasm In that thank you? "Oh, 1 soon lot o' folks standln around Mr. Bnrberl" exclaimed Bright Eves, having thrown, as It wero, this offering to tho wolves. Mr Barber was almost another wolf of a stranger, having come for the first time, but with an old-timor. " Ono of 'cm cot bushels o1 hair stlckin' out from his fiend. "Whiskers?" suggested somebody. "No! l'leaso don t talk dat way. DIs man. ho play some m-moo-mooslenl oxtrumont " "l'ou mean muslcul Instrument." suggested the Invaluublo Blinker. "Is It Beethoven ?" "Yes. yesl ItV HB Beethoven. He's ex tracted to you by your m m mooslcal talent." " I)o you heir, Mr. Harbor?" " Always respond to tho cnblnot. please." " You very nice man. you Mr. Barber." "Thank you." "Yout'lnk slow, but you're sure. You not bo satuspried with any teota teeta tcetalogl cal scheme o' fato. Uat's a big word for Bright Eyes.',' "Yes," benevolently from Mr. Johnson. "Theological Is u big word. Bright Evos " " Somebody Htandlng beside Mr. Harbor told Bright Eyes to say that," said Mr. t'uslimnn. "Thero are great spirits around him. Kant and Hegel and Darwin and such men " "Ah." breathed tlm songstress In racturo. "Musicians, ain't they I" "No." hurriedly fiom Blinker, who sat next to hor. "They're philosophers." "Oh I" And so on nnd on. Spirits camo with delight ful facility and disappeared by sinking through tho floor or going through tho wall. Tho man agers wisely refrained from having thorn go through the celling. But no spirits deigned to come to any of tho four total strangers prosont. Bright Eyei gave those unknown Isltors her attention now and then, communicating such priceless bits of Information as this: "I see flvo spirits over tho heads of the ladles on the sofa. os. I do, Ono of 'em's a man, Ho-lio wan on your mother's side," "Do your hoar?" from Blinker. " Why yes." "Alwn'ys respond to thneablnot." "Well, which ono of us?" "(ih," said Bright Eyes.'dit Indy with tho scarf, she's very medlmumlstlo. I know, Hho very easy wirt : very easy gny Sho got Bomep'u troubling hor ton-head now." "Hho means." explained Blinker, you havo smoothing on your mind." , , "Yes." from Bright Eyes. "I coin' holpher stralghton It out.'' ,..,., . , , But she didn't Instead of that she material ized in tha form of a half-grown girl In white over In tho dark corner und asked Mr, Barber tocomo nnd speak to hor " fioon,"snld Blinker, but go slowly, iou might frighten hor." , Mr. Barber advanced with caution, tlinrsfore, but when he was still six or eight feet from the llcuro. whisk I it vanished and a moment later u noarso chuckle camo from the enblnot. "Hhe'll come out again," said Mr. Cushmnn, " I'll cutch her naxt time," said Barber with determination. It Is worth reoordlng that Bright Eyes mado no further appearance. As tho roporter hnd no spirits oalllng on him he did not get close enough to tho apparitions to have a good looic at thorn. One of the old timers assured him that the spirits felt solid when touched. As for their faces, the light vyas so faint that features woro practically Indis tinguishable. Tho wornon were all In whlto driporles, but tho men appoarod In regulation misuullne garb. When, the sitting was over Blinker hastened Into tho parlor and lighted the gas, hut did not light the let ln the back room. The clrclo followed him, but not too soon for the reportor to hear smothored cough ing from the cabinet. Bright Eyes had evi dently strained her throat with hor whisper. A Hell Itinger'! btrlkn. from (As CAicaoo Jlteord. EnimtronT-oN-MAiN. Jan. lO.-The village bells of Fotzbaoh, Germany, have not been ringing since New Year's Day. and the peoplo hovo awakoned to tho foot that the man. a teaoher. who hsB dono the work hlthorto. has teen paid only $2 04 sv year, and has struok for higher wages. The people of the town are troubled, for they havo dlsooTored that the bell rope hangs In tho teaoher's bed chamber, and that he will not allow anybody to disturb hi early enpoze by entering andpulllng the ropo. It if uldtbat the man for the last year has been in the habit of ringing the bell while lying iu bed In the morning. PHYSICIAN TO TIIE BIRDS. A METItorOLITAX nOSPITAT. VltBIlR rnATitnnau cnaATuitiM ahsxiibaxed Some of the Ailments to tYhlch the Hints Are Subject nnd the Method of Trent inent Kmployed-Orlp 1'revnlent Among the Songiters How the Illrds Get Sick. Just over tho locksmith's nnd In the rear of tho old book storo In Seventh street Is a curious little hospital. It Is altogother different from metropolitan institutions for the amendment of human aitmonts or tho restoration of Indis posed four-footed crcaturos. It Is a hospital for birds, household pots whloh havo suc cumbed to tho evils of gluttony and havo con tracted a sort of bird gout, as It woro, or are nf ftlctod with one or mora of tho several diseases to whloh birds In captivity aro liable. In scrupulously clean cages piled in tiers against one wall of tho room (for the hospital limits aro thus abrldgod) porch or nestle tho patlonts canarlos, bobolinks, mockingbirds, goldflnohos. bullfinches, chafhnohos, parrots, robins; eomo drooping nnd fllmy-oyod with paint othors ovlnolng a "ohlppor" ospoct of convalescence Ono ragged gray parrot In a bottom cage squats In a cotton bod ohewlng tho broaat feathor of reflection, and ejaculat ing a hoarso, solf-oommisoratlng " Poor Folly I" None of the song birds exerolsos Its talenta, Onooln a whllo n plaintive "Poop" comes from a querulous little canary, or n fellow sufforer whloh Is beginning to tako notice advertise Its iirogross toward recovery by a feeble "tweot-twectl" Thoro is a doctdod noto of Inquiry In tho latter call, as If the pnttont were doraanding to know how long Its illness is to continue, and woro taking tho faculty to task for its tardlnoss In effecting a euro. Against tho opposlto wall are rows of shelves, on which ln orderly array aro croupodpollshod, labellod cannlsters, llko thoso In tho tea mer chant's shop somo doors abovo, whloh con tain bird dainties and hoallng drugs. A small caso beneath tho hospital's solitary window Is crammodwlth bookswhiohdoscrlbotho natura and Ills of birds. This evldonao of technical knowlodge glvos a dignity and professional aspoot to the placo whloh cannot fall to favor ably Impress tho visitor. In tho centre of tho hospital, comfortably esconccd In a orecklngold Morris chair with faded cushions, sits tho faculty In thoso hours dovotod to consultation. Ho (tho faculty) Is a short man of extraordinary girth and extraor dinarily thin legs. His hoadSIs bald, except for a thin fringe of hair lurking behind his amplo oars and tho rear foundation of his tomplo of thought llko a stunted hirsute hodgo, but his features, which aro cast in a largo mould, are oxprosslvo of much good humor, and ho has a husky chuckle which is good to hear. Llko most scientific man ho sports a title. On his professional cards appoar, boldly underscored, the words: "PnTBICIAN TO TIIE DinDS." "That Isn tltlo I took onlyattor maturo de liberation," h ox plains to tho visitor who has wandered In to tako a look at tho hospital. "At first I did not relish It ut all, for every man who does your corns or tints yournails calls himself 'doctor,' whllo tho fellow who polishes your shoes Is a 'professor.' But as I have studied birds scientifically for years I concluded when I established tho hospital that I was really justified in taking the tltlo of 'physician to tha birds' without being placed ln tho samo cato gory with chiropodists and bootblacks. Cer tainly if tho veterinarians fool It no incongruity for them to assumo tho title and dignity of 'doctor,' 1 may bo pormltted to call myself a ' bird physician' without offending professional propriety." "How do you obtain patients for tho hos pital?" asks tho visitor, having assured the bird doctor that ho Is eutiroly right In his argumont. "Oh, innrlouswnys,"saysho. "Of course there would not sufTlcIcnt business nccrua from tho slight advertisement tho hospital's sign affords to keep me allvo. so I advertiso in the newspapers overvoneo in n whllo. besides keeping regularly In touch with the dealers in domesticated birds. When I llrst opened tho hospital and went n rou ml to see tho dealors they were very much opposed to mo. for most of them were doing a little doctoring themselves und did not care to direct their patrons to another hcalor. But as I also mako regular visits to prlvnte houses to treat bird patients thoy gradually saw th it I could do them somo good by recom mending my own patrons to deal with them in seeds nnd other bird supplies. Now they koop my cards in their establishments and reconi-nn-nd mo to peoplo whoso pots aro III. I, of course, rcolprocato In all posslblo ways. If I ntn called in to trent a bird at its homo I do not Mipply medicine ordletaryartlcles, but ask the owners of the afilioted pot to ileal with Ho-and-fo. Tims I keep him In a good humor and he will send mo nil tho business ho can. "Although visiting private patlonts contrib utes much to my income, mil I prefor to have tbem here in the hospital," continues the bird doctor, rising ponderously from tho ohalrnnd oppnlne a double cage in which three or four dojoctud canaries aro cuddled down In soft warm nests. " I spend sevornl hours each day iu this place, closely studying my little patients and the characteristics of their diseases, and ns I room in tho renr of tho hospital I urn fre quently here at night, should ono or more of them noodoonstant attention. " Now. hero," ho says, gently removing ono of thesutTorers from Its bud and stroking its ruffled feathers, an attention evidently much npprei'intcd. "hero are somo poor follows down with the griii yes, plain, mihorablo, undeni able grip and tliey mnnlfost Its symptoms for oil tho world like human beings. Hoe liow lllmy their eyes aro. Could tho human oDtlc afford more eloquent testimony of tho dread nflllc tlon ? Besides, If you will place yourearto tills bird's body you will deteot its brokon, choked respirations. Another tiling, observe how posi tively Indifferent the patient Is to handling. It lies ns quiescent In my hand as if in Its hospital noHt, as Indifferent to possiblo peril ns a trav eller in the throes of seasickness. That Is cer tainly a sure Indication of the grip, and one vou will apprecinto if you havo over suffered its torments nnd ravages. This bird has ceased to caro whothor it lives or dies. Porhaps It wants to die, as most persons and anlmuls with the grip do. ... "This wintor I hnvo treated no less than fifty small cngo-blrds for grip." resumes the blid doctor, restoring tho motionless sufferer to Its bed and passing on to tho gray parrot, whicli is plti lug itself at tho rate of n "Poor Polly I" every half minute, "but this Is tho first parrot I have had to wrest from grip's tenacious grasp I nm auro to hnvo moro success with It than I have hud with tho little birds, although out of half a hundred I lot less than el x. be cause its internal mechanism Is not so dellcato as that of the canaries, finches, robins and other small minstrels, und because a parrot, being a famous imitator of man, communlcatos tho symptoms of its nllments almost as in telligently as a human boing. This onn in particular nets just like a nervous, fussy man would undor similar circumstances. It Is Irrltible to n degree, and demands con stant attention. It wants sympathy moro than it ilonb drugp. nnd when sympathy Is not as lm inidlntely lorthcomlng ns It desiros It raises a rumpii" If pity did not ovcruomo tho rlsi Dlcs one could scarcely refrain from luughliig ut tho pool bird's actions. JiiKtnovv It Is quiet, and will huddle down in its bed moaning und repuiitlnc its exclnmntion of solf-oommlsern-tlon for an hour or two Parrots may not ap precluto the meanings of the words they uttor, but thoy do undoubtedly under stand tho sentlmonU conveyed In the com binations of words they aro taught to repeat. As, for Instance, this onn in the moments of !(. utter dospomlonev snys "Poor Polly." ovorund over uguln. It knows thai Is an otiirostlon of hympntliy, und it also feels tho need of a laigti amount of tho snmu But when It becomes ox imperilled to the pitch of desperation, which Is one strong phuseuf grip, the bird holds forth in Its choicest halr-Uttlng Billingsgate, and cuss words galoro vibrate upon tho iitmosphora of the hospital Thus it evidently understands the proper application of profanity, and also, I may add, the consistency of the application, "Oh, hell I" remarked the afflicted parrot, as if understanding the bird doctor's little leo turn, nnd determined to verify his assertions In n drastic way With this explosive Intro duction he proceeds tovltlato tho atmosphere until tho hospital Is a sort of a motaphoiical moral sower, nnd tho bird doctor, to clear the air, is forced to give the sufferer something from ono of tho polished cnnlbters. " Hero Is a poor littlo songster which is dying of consumption," says the physician to the birds when tho profano parrot Is finally soothod ami has resumed Its dribblo of Poor Polllesl" Ho brings to view a tiny goldfinch, whloh flut ters In momentary alnriu as It rests In his broad palm, and then sottles down In lethargic resignation "Consumption is common among. all small eago birds, particularly tho canarlos," con tinues the bird dootor, caressing his littlo patient, " but tha cas.. of this ono is rather re markable. It was tho pet of a young woman who died of consumption somo weeks ago, and during her last HlnuBS the goldfinch w& con stantly in her room. Hoon after her death, although the bird has always received the belt of euro, it manifested all the symptoms of con sumption, It was brought to mo recently, but the disease has made sujh progress that the bird U sure to die. Now this case proves to mo that birds aro lusoeptlble to many forms of man's Infectious diseases, among whloh consumption may be specified, and iuggosUus well that thodeatlis of many house- h MMaMHMMMOMiaMln-alHn----'.--. hold pets aro caused every year by confine ment In tho rooms of the sick. Just ns tuber culosis afToots man and horsos and cows equal ly, so do tho eorms of many dlseasos Infect tho little creatures whloh wo kcop In our housos to amtiso us with their songs or antics. The diseases or eago birds nro many and often complex In character. In n.Btate of nature, when thoy aro at liberty to follow their natural Instincts, dlseaso is a rare affliction. In captivity they fall 111, as a ruto, beenuso their keepers are careless or Ignorant .of their re quirements. If peoplo who own birds would only takea little time Ui study their naturo9 and ascertain from an authority the best mothodsto pursue in caring for thorn, thoro would not one-tenth na many of themdtoas at present. That is ono reason I havo such success with tho hospital. Here the tompera turo Is always oven, somothlng which Is abso lutely essential to tho welfare of oago birds, nndthtyaro not allowed to overfeed. Half of tha pet birds in New York are annually de stroyed by gormandizing. "a bird is tho cleanest of nil creatures, and must havo the samo caro whon it is In cap tivity as It bestowed on itself when nt liberty. Thus, ln sevon out of evory eight cases, I find that tho afflicted bird has either eaten too much, has been exposed In a draughty room, or Is Buocumblng to tho negloct of Its ownor. '"My birds aro drooping nnd will not sing,' Isaoomplalnt I frequently hoar when my pa trons send forme. "Tho only sound they mako is a sort of gurglo. what's wrong with them?' " The chances aro a brlof investigation will show mo that the afflicted birds nave been hung up In windows through tho Impercepti ble orovioes of which oomoenld blasts of air, or I will find the birds, through mistaken kind ness, aro being actually stuffod to death with all sorts of dainties unusual to their normal bill of faro. Again, foul water in the cages ap prises me that tho birds ire not kopt olenn. or I disoover their cages hanging In rooms ln whloh sick people are living. If thoy nro transferred to tno hospital the birds generally pick up form in a very few days owing to proper care, diet, and pure warm air. but It is often tho work of weeks to put bints In good condition where I havo to troat thorn ut the owners' homes, and necessitates numerous visits and consequent expense" . "Is jtexpensivo-tho treatment nt tho hos pital?'' hints tho visitor. "I don't think so." says tho bird doctor, re flectively. "An ordinary pnttont is reoolyod toy a consideration which extends from $3 to to per week, thooharge being regulated by the amount of attention required or the nnturnand complexity of the disease to be treated. Simple colds, asthma, eostlveness, dlarrhcra. loss of voieo and other ordinary Ills to which tho flesh of birds Is heir are treated for $U n week. Fits, somo of the evil offocts of gluttony, nnd Inflam mation of the Intestines come higher, as a rule, as tho patients so afflicted demand great oare. I never attempt dellcato sur gical operations on tho birds, nlthnugh I do occasionally patch a broken log, or sot a brokon wing. When a bird Is bndly Injured and Its re covery is a matter of doubt I invariably advlso froolng It from Its sufTorlng by the uso of chloro form. This is readily done by rolling n Plcoo of stiff paper Into a cono sufllclently largo to cover the Injured creature, and sprinkling somo drops of chloroform over tho bird. It results ln a quick and painless denth. I charge for my visits to prlvato houses from 50 cents to SI. according to dlttanco, or I fnako an agreement with my patrons who own argo nvlarles to visit their birds at stated in tervals for so much a year. " Homo of mr best pntrons aro tho proprietors of saloons or barber shops. A great many of thoso establishments possess cage birds, and tho owners are desirous of keeping them in tho belt of condition. Soon tho slightest In dication of disorder thoy will notify mo to oomo orsend the birds to tho hospital. "In Brooklyn I have many patrons. Thnt borough Is really a city of birds us wollnsa city ofohurohes. and somo of tho most beauti ful nnd valuablo finches ln the country (n bird, by the way, now In high favor) aro to bo found there. There is a wealthy old lady who lives In Brooklyn who has mo como to hor homo overy Wednosday to Inspect a pert littlo llnch which she values abovo anything olse In tho world, apparently. It la rather oxpenstvo. but then sho says she is perfectly willing to pay my charges for the pleasure It gives hor to bear assurances of tho bird's excellent health. "In the bacholor npartincnt houses I hnvo many regular patrons. Indeed, you would bo surprised nt the numbor of mon who own cage birds ln New York and tho amount of nffec tlonate oare thoy lavish on thorn. Itenlly, I think tho male owners of feathered pets dis play more love for thom thsn women do. Thoy certainly avail themselves moro often of the servloos of tho physician to tho birds nnd his hospital than tho lattor, which, to my mind, is a strong proof of their superior attachment." HIGHFLYER IX ST. I.OUI8. A Tlniik Experience ln a Town Where Everybody hnvci Ills Money. The man with the rod nose and the teeth about the bottom of his trousers had' his feet on tho table in the perfoot attitude of the American philosopher. Ho was thinking deeply. His pockets wore empty and his throat was dry. He had just expressed a wish tor $'. "Why don't you save your money?" naked his friend with tho thin lips nnd the prosper ous nlr. "Start a bank account. Y'ou'll nover amount to a cotton hat until you do. A man's cot to have money In tho bunk before ho can have any self-resroct." "Tint settles me, then," roplled the man with tho red pobo. "I'm a dead one, for I'vo taken a ctlt-edcod. four-nlr oath hv the wincH of the three black angels nover to puta.eentin a bank. I tried It once out In Missouri and I've learned a lesson. I've got to spend my money to save tho creditor tlio country. Why If I should put any money In a national bank.it would bust the noxt day. I tell you I tried it and I know. It's purely regard for the na tional credit which makes me insist so strenu ously on blowing every cent I make " "ou're n hero." said the other man. "Why don't vou start a kisblng beo or , collection of swords?" "Sarcasm, my dear sir," romarked the man with the red nose. "Is extremely bad form coming fiom a friend with money to a friend without the samo. but I'll forgive you and buy a drink if you will oome up hero to a place where I know tho bnrtondei. As we go I shall take the liberty of explaining my position. "Once I lived ln the great city of St. Eouls a charming tow n where ev orr ono saves money. It's the municipal vice. They sny thero uro men there who have tholfirst nickel they over saw. and upon mr soul I bellevo thom. If n man opens a bottlo of wine, they think he's a stranger In tho city or some poor unfortunate who has worked his brain awry. You've no notion how catching the money saving habit is. It even got me after I'd beon there a vear and hnd earned tho reputation of being the most prolllgnte devil ever and on sl.BOO n year. too. "Well. I mado up my mind to put by a little overy week for a rainy day und all that sort of thing. As thero hadn't been u bank tnlluie out there slnco heaven knows when oh, they all Just had money to burn I picked out a suvings bank with a good renutatlon and de posited $liO. Think of it,. Mo! Mo I with a bank nccount. Hay. why, I just swelled up and pushed my chest out like a drum major. Oh I I was going to do all sorts of stunts 1 wns going to put In $10 evory week. I was going to tuko a year's savings nud buy suburban lots I was going to bo a rich, self-ref pectlug, repu table gentleman with a family; going to tin somebody I wns amount to something iu tho community, you know. "That night I went to bed a different man. Upon my soul I was revolutionized. I dreamed I had a million dollars, nud woke tin ln tho morning oonvlnoed that it was a good omon. I wont to business and worked hardor than I'd done In months. When 1 went out to luncheon I bought nn afternoon paper nnd liked to choke to death What do you think I san: right on tho llrst page.' 'The Bank closes its dooru. Depositors lose every thing ' Now, ou know S'JO don't cut much Ice with me. hut this kincked me. If I'd spent It in a barroom or been touched, it wouldn't hnvo feared me, but, by jlmlny, to lp my whole nature over and nerve mysolf uu to sav lug monev und then hnvo the whole thing ro to rot well, It was too tough for me that's all. I look a ear nnd went un to tlio bank There I found u mob of howling ma niacs who'd been saving money nil their lives. " 'I'vo got Sl'O Iu this bank.' I said to the big fellow who was standing guard at tho door " 'Dot las too bat,' liesnid "'Hut 1 only put it In ostorday,' I ex plained " 'Deso uddors Iss mors voise off dan Iss you,1 said ho, 'Doy putdeirs In more ns two, tree rrnrs ago. und (ley oan'd ged Id owld.' " 'They are a sight bigger fools than I am. That's right.' I howled, "you're a lot ofjuhumps. all of you. I'm glad the bank's burned clad you lost your money, This will teach you to spend what you mako. 'J hat's whit I'm go ing to do But I'll give you this tip. If you ever see mo put n cent In another bank, pull your money out. for it will burn up or blow up before morning "Then I left them butting their heads aaahiBt the bnnk building. But I kopt my word. I've novor put a cent In the bnnk slnoo, and I'm not going to, elthor. I'd hide some in a stooklng, but burglars would get thnt, so I just keep right on fpendlnu It a shade ftiBter thau I.can cet hold of It. By keeping n littlo ahead of mv receipts I'm perfectly sure of not breaking my resolution Well, hero's this friendly bartender Come In now nnd help me Increase my bill " Fox Terrier Crucki nud Ilnti Null I.Ike a hquirrrl, A lively littlo fox torrler owned hy a family uptown hns devoloped a strange habit. In his afternoon rambles now ho stops beforn a gro cery storo In front of which, among other things, thore is usually un open box of table nuts. Picking up two or threo nuts in Its mouth the dog runs uwny with thom tolls master's house, a fow doors off. There, si retch ng Itself on a mg In front of tho ilnor, tho dog holds u nut botweon its paws, cracks It with Its teeth like a squirrel, and eats It with relish. ."'I.. w.fc , ,i.,ii,-fci .1. .uiulii . M SIZE OF THE WEDDING FEE. ' ' ' V $S,SOO TIIH BiaOKST TIinSE CI.KltGY ME.V KVKtt 111! Alt D ot Minus 9Z Wns the I.ownt Shocking Act of n Jlrlde "XTlio Apprnlied. llerselt One rnrnon Got n Ton of Hnr Otlien Led Into Speculation! Clerical Ktlquette. Somo six or eight olorgymen had dined to gether at tho rectory of an American seaside resort and immediately aftor dlnnor had re paired to tho reotor's study for a chat Tho Motor's wife being absent, it was a stag party, or, as such clorioal gatherings aro called, a black crow party. Ono of tho numbor was ln particularly high spirits, nnd, being Interro gated as to tho causo, he said he had every right to bo happy, inasmuch ns ho hnd two days before rocolvod n wedding foe of $500. Congratulations followed, nnd tho ball of mat rimonial yarns was tossod from onoto another. First of all, thore wis n goneral discussion as to tha avorago wedding fco, which was found to vary greatly with tho social status of the parish. But as eaoh parson had had from two to five cures, n fairly noourato average of fees was arrived at. Leaving out suoh exceptional parishes as St. Thomas's and Bt Bartholomew's ln New York. Trinity In Philadelphia, and Trinity In Boston, it was ngrood that the avorngo foo was trom $10 to $10, This, bo It rom em be rod, Inoludos country parishes (not missions) and tho gonoral run of olty ohurchos. Feos soldom fall below $2, and frequently thoy rise to $10 or $20, oo oosionally to $r0, nnd In rare instnuces to $100. A $200 feo Is n thing to bo remembered, a $D00 one nover to be for gotton. Hometlmcs tho foo Is so oxtrcmoly smnlt as to bo hold In everlasting remembrance. For Instance when Brothor Smith (ronl namos not given) announood his $500 foo. and had re ceived congratulations. Brother Jones doalarcd that ho held tho record In tho opposlto di rection, having onco rocelvod n foe of 5 cents, which ho gonerously presented to tho brldo. But Jones's honors wero short lived, for Brothor Brown nt onco told his experience, revealing tho depths of moral degenoracy to which man may fall. Ho had n mission ln tho West at ono time, and competition with tho Dlstriot Judgo, who also was empowored to porform marriages, was keen. On tho occasion In quostlon Brown was nccostod on tho street, and at tho earnest solicitation of tho brldegroom-elcct accom panied him to procuro tho license. Not till then did tho man become uwaro of the fact that ho had loft his money nt tho hotol. Ho askod tho parson to pay for the license, nnd as tho oyo of tho District Judgo was fixed upon him. Brown loadlly conscntod. After the mar rlngo tho happy man said "Thank ye," and when tho elercymon mildly suggested $2 for tho license nud tlio usual fco, ho was startled by tho reply. "Thundorl what's ycr usual?" "Well," said tho parson. " wo somotlmes get $2. somotlmes 55." " Then ther ain't no usual about It," said tho Happy Man. quickly adding: "Toll yo what I'll do. mister; I'ltg.imblo with yor. I'll wait a .year, an' If this pans out O. K. I'll clvo yo ten. an' If It doan't" Ho smiled. To ranke the fctory short, tho man refused io disgorgo except on theso conditions, nnd as Brown never hoard or him afterward ho was outthecobtotthellconse. so thnt his feo was $2 less than nothing Ono of tho company that night was n clergy man from Canada, and ho followed up Brown's narration with some Htories of fees iu kind. On ono oocaalon ho involved a bag of potatoes, on another a frozen goose. Another time tho bridegroom said: "I'll givo you your foo to-morrow, sir. and it will be tho biggest you ever got." And it was. for next day the happy man drovo round with a load of buy. This Cnnndian hnd nn oxporioneo which con cerned one of tho fnlrsex. and for downright, unblushing meannoss, ho declared. It almost rivalled Biown's story of the man who let him in forthe license. Tho Canadian had married his couple, tho registers were slgnod.nud noth ing remained but the giving nnd taKlngof tho fee. The bridegroom, n strapping young fellow, asked: "How much Is it?" s The parson glanced nt the smiling brldo nnd slily nnswered: whatever ou think It's worth." Now, it should have been worth n good deal, for the girl was ynunc and pretty, nnd, under ordinary circumstance, tho puron's reply vvnn n masterstroke of diplomacy. But tho swnlu wn doiiMi "I reckon it's worth about 50 cents." he said, holding out two quarters Thoclergj man looked blnnkivnt tlio coins, then turned to tho fair one "I'll lonvo It to you, madam," ho said. "What do you think It's worth?" "What dhi this young nnd blushing brldo do?" She reached out, took tho coiiif, handed ono quaiter to the minister und put tlio othor Into her pocket! "A thrllty wlfe,"snld tho Canadian with u sigh, "Is bur husband's crown." When tho merriment over tlio Canuck's ex perience hnd subsided, a parson fiom ono of tho big AmiMionii cities, who was loaning bully against tho mantel und puffing rings of u delicate nrlMncrntlc bluo, drawled out: "Why doesn't somo one ask me what's tho fattest fee Iovergot? Well, I'll tell you. Tirst, let mo ask a question. What, in poorer dnyi. used you all to do when thooiiHtom.iry envelope was handed to you 1 You did just what I used to do: you smiled nud put It In yourpookot with indlfTeience and nlry thanks " Tho company nil nodded, und tlio brothor of thoswoll parish resumed: "Exnotly; then you snenked uviny ot tho earliest opportunity into some ildo room or secret placo and furtivoly opened that en velope. Thoy nil laughed. Tho parson of millionaires wont on: " That's what I used to do. but I got ovor It. v ell. I onco hnd a marriage of a vory rich S'ovv Yorker" he gnvo tho namo of ono of the throe or four very richest New York families "nnd I got my envelopo ns usual nnd put It in my trousers pocket Will you bvllovu mo when I i-ny 1 forgot all about that onvelope after tho ceremony Weil. I did About ten days later 1 wns In tho samo trousers, nnd, hnppenlng to thrust my liund into tho pocket, it encountered tho envelopo. Evon thon I did not reullzowhat tho paper wns. but drew It out. opened it and saw n check lor $2,500." This was the biggest feo any of tho pnrtyhad ever henrd of, and although rectors of somo of tho richest congrecatIons,iii America havo boon quoHtloncd slnco then, no other feo to exceed $1.50)1 has been heard of It would bo In teresting to know If this fee hns ever been sur passed When tlioiisinilH of dollars nre lav ished, ns Is not unuHiml. on tlio display of flow ers alone. It would not besuiprlslug to 11ml n proportionately luvish fee But sometimes tho" who make tint biggest display for tlm benefit of tho public mo most niggardly to tho olllolntiug clergyman One of tho company told of a notable chaneo which onco came In his way He hail married a young graduate of nn Eastern university who was then Interested In mining In Colorado, and after the ceremony the bridegroom took him aside and offered him his choice ot $100 or a certain hole In tho ground 'somo years ngn," said tho bridegroom, "a company Mink a shaft a few miles fiom hero: nftei go wig about fifty feet it Hooded, nnd all attempts to pump It wore fruitless. Then it wns abandoned. Now three follows horn havo tnisi'd $1,500, calculating thev can pump It out nnd sink tho shaft, twenty lent fiirtlier. Tlioy'vo ordered a dummy engine, und will be gin operations shortly. One of these partners bus lost faith in the thing, thinks tho water comes from un underground liver, and will sll lilHshuro for WOO Hero's your chiiuce: I'll give voun fee of $100, or I'll buy that uliaio lor vou What do you fay?" Tho pniKon wouldn't suy, lie wanted to think Itovei uml begged a lew dus to maku up his mind. "All right," said tho bridegroom, "I'll bo buck Inn week or so, and If tho share is still lor salo I'll buy it." He wont with his brldo to Denver and tha clergyinuu went nut and Inspected the hole in tho ground, When tlio benodtot returned the parson told him that bo'd prefor the 1100 in enhh. About a month nftor the clergyman removed to Nebraska, und two months later received u letter from New York from the bridegroom. In which ho was informed that tlio partners had succeeded In pumping tho shaft, had gone down ten feet furl hor. had struok ore, utid that at tlio time of writing a Now York syndicate, had concluded to buy tho bole ln the ground, und to that end hud just miuio n o5or of $1,000,000. "My greed for Immediate wealth." Bald the narrator with a sigh, "knocked mo out of pre cisely $33:1.3:13." "And thlrty-threo and one-third cents." added nn unaymputhotlo brothor. This ntory mow out a slmllur ono. In which n New York broker offored to buy Erie for tho mini who married him, agreeing to stand any loss and to hand over the profits In the event ot a rtso. This seomed like a cinohand tha paisnn expressed his thnuks; and well he might, for lis had $3,000 turned In to him. Then tho fovor rot him the bucked Wall stroot, clenred some $16,000. and had the good seusd to retire from the pastures whore lambs gambol and bears growl and bulls roar. Other exiHirlcnoes ot n similar character were relaUid, but thoso may stand as being typical of nil. Oneinun had a lot given him in it mining town, the town boomed and the lot was worth money; the parson borrowed money on the lot nnd built a store i then the town slumped, beoamo as deserted and melancholy as a graveyard, and everything went to smash. Another clorgymnn received ass a foo n part ticket In a lottory nnd realized n goodly sum. Here aro two things not generally known to tho laity that when marriages nro performed In n parish other than tho parson's own tho fco goes by courtesy to tho regular Incumbent, and. secondly, that ln many Euclish nnd colo nial parishes, when mnrrlngos nro porlormnd by tho assistant minister tho fees must bo handed ovor to tho rector. Undor no clrciim ttnnces must a parson, visiting In anothor's cure, retain tho foo. To do so would be an un pardonable breach of clerical etiquette. Through ignornncoot this laymen aro somo tlmes seriously fooled. Toquotuone Instnnco narrated by Brolhor Hmlth : A certain wealthy Sarlshlonor conceived an Imporlnl nulmoslty to Is rector, nnd when (being n wldoworj he re solved to tako to hlmsolf n wlfo ho determined to be marrlod by another clergymnn and to dlrgorgo a feo of such royal munlficcnco ns would make tho rector foci sick. Accordingly, bo wroto to the Bov. Mr. Smith, asking II ho would, on such-and-suoh a day, unite him in tho bonds of holy wedlock. Mr Smith nt onco wroto the rector, nnd, having rocolvod his con sent to perform the marriage In his parish, In formed Mr. Moneybags that ho would tie tho knot with pleasure. Tho fee was $300 But Imagino Monoybags' chagrin, dismay, wrath, when ho learned that every cent of It hnd gono Into tho possession of tho hated rector I In American churches tho goneral custom Is that tho assistant mlnlstor. when ho performs the ceremony of marriage, recolves tho fco. In England the rule Is thntnll fees go to tho rector. In Canada, Australia and tho colonlos gonoral ly this rule is greatly relnxod. nnd porhnps ln an equal number of casas tho assistant rotnlns the feo. Ono instanoo is recalled In which a rapacious . rector forced his undor-pald curato i toyioldupnhandsomo foe, which pleco of business comfng to the ears of tho bride groom, he instituted n suit nt lnw nnd com pollcd tho rector to rotund tho money to tho original donor. A fow weoks Intor he envotho curato double tho sum. but not as a fro: oh. no, it was slniply a prlvato present Somehow thK aleo leaked out. nnd tho curato received notlep to quit. Fortunately fur tlio Church such solflshnoss Is now extremely ram. A word about tho soxton'H feo. Too often this necessary functionary Is altogether over looked, nnd. Indeed, In country parishes ami the, smaller cities nnd towns ho Is almost Invn rlably Ignorod, As fur us .Sow York sextons are conoerncd, poplo need not waste any sym pathy on them. These gentlemen llvo on tho fnt of tho land, n also do their brothers in Boston, Philiidolphln und the othor grunt cities. In many, ns n matter of fact In nlniost nil, of tho big cities thesoxton Isulfo Ihochuich un dertaker. What with their undertaking nnd fees nnd tips und general perquisites tho city sextons nro well lived, ns a rule, nnd home of them nro wealthy. But things are not no w Ith tin Ir brothors In tlio towns nnd vdhges. nnd for Hume n mateiinl remembrance trom tho happy mnn and liormotbnwltchltigsmllo from tho blushiuc brido aro to bo bespoken. XKW YORU'S BTKAWltUltllY SUPPLY. The Renunn for It Kitcndod from Ono Month to .Moro Tlmn Six Month Now. Tho strawberry season In this nnrket thirty years nco extended from about tho middle of Juno to about tho middle of July; tho fruit camo chiefly from Now Jorsoy, with some from along the Hudson Itivor In this Stnto. Now the rogtons of supply extend from I.nko On tario to southern Tlorlda, and tho season bo clns la January. Soon aftor the cloio of tho civil war the strawberry-producing territory was extended southward from northern Jer sey into Delaware. Maryland, nnd Virginia, the areas cultivated being all closo to rail roads and quick communication. Within n fow years strawberrlos were coming lnTcar load lots from Dolawaro and Maryland, nnd ten years after the war from Virginia. From Virginia the cultivation of strawber ries for tho Northern market spread through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tlorldn : from these throe States strawberries have been coming hero In carlonds for ten jb.irs and more. Isot many strawberries aro loeelvcd hero from Georgia. Tho first of tho Florida strawberrlos nre ro celvod now about Jan. 1, which is considerably earlior than even Florida berries wero re ceived hero nt first. Florida berries aro re ceived until about tho middle of March, tho earliest berries coming from tho more south ern ports of tho State, shlpmonts boing made from parts further nnd furtlior northwnrd ln the State as the season advances. Charleston berries begin to come usually from the loth to tho 20th of March, tho season continuing jntil the 10th to tho 20th of Muv. North Caro Una boirlns shipping about April 15 and contin ues until Mav ID to 20. Norrolk strawberries como from about May 1 to Mny 111. Tho stiiw berrles from south of Vlrglnln como nlmost exclusively by rail, and In refrigerator curs iu fast trnlis, those from houth of Charleston be ing largely packed In refrigerator boves sna nially deblgncd for tho ininmeo. Of the Vir ginia berries perhaps lu.lf ium shipped by boat from Norfolk. Man land and Delawmo nlilp trim nbout May J 5 to ,Tun 10. and then south Joney begins and continues Tor about ten days: berries from Joith Jeiooy begin to arrive about the middle of Juno Whllo the cultivation of strawberries wns oxtonded greatly southward from Jersey after tho war. It was. also at thit time largely in ei eased nnd oxtended'.furtber north, iiloinr tho Hudon Elver, anil to districts in this Stnto still further north. For about fifteen ye.us strawberries have been received here in largo quantities from Oswego and from central .Now ork Tho Hudson Itlwr berries begin com ing late In June nnd continue until nbout Inly 4 Boston gets strawberries from N'ovn S.-.it in and Now IlrimsuicK as late ns the middle of August. Somo strawberries are now received here from California In November and Decem ber, but not in great quantities .v.vk or piiir.Lip.s a.t mi ,i ailed. Cool. l'HIIllpi Snlil to Hnvo I.iil Murderous Moll Into the Itii.tln Homo. BuNBntpon. Gn.. Jan. 20. The facts In the llustln doublo assassination, which occurred near Colquett Kntiudny night, hnvo now be como fully known, und tho ofllceis of Miller county nre gathering all the evidence possible against tho Phillips gang, which attacked tho homo of llustln and murdorcd ltiislin nnd his young son, shooting them down In cobl blood. Nino men havo boon jailed ns members of tho gang, and other urrestH are probablo soon. Several days beforo tlio killing of Itustln nnd his son tho old mnn Iwas warned toleavotlm country. Ho received a tluenlening Ictlernnd n plcturo of a eolTiit and skull und crobs bone?, thrown Into his vuid by unknown parties. Ho was told that ho must leave tho country because his daughter had sworn to a llo and caused tho arrest of Coots Phillips .for wronging her. The old ninu paid nonttentlou to the warning, not thinking that tho men would haini his inmlly. Ho de termined to prosecute liiilllps for mining tho loputntloii ot his daughter, and when this de termination was mndeclcnr. tho mob wnsor gnnlrcd to kill him. and the attack on tho house arranged. On Satunlni, night tho mobvlslted tho Itustln house nnd ordeiod the girl to il e door llustlii nnd his young son answered tlie call and worn greeted with a hall of bullets which sunt tho old mnn to the floor mortally wounded. Tho sou attempted nn escnpn through tho bnok door, but wns shot dend. Tho daughter wns shot through tho hand whllo scrennilng lor mercy, nfter the muidorers hnd nlrady killed In r vonug brother As they broke In tho door the young womnn lay in bed scrennilng One of tlm mur dorors lcvellod his pistol nt tier nud fired, but till, bill e t inisnAilnilil nr nshiwl tlirnlieli hnrltnmt tno tiuiietmisseii and ci nshed through hor hand und Iben Into tlie headboard of the beil Whllo old man Itustln snuggled on the floor nndwrlihod In pain fiom his wounds, one of the murderers shot holes through his feel. The men thought that the old man wns dying, and seeing that they had killed his son they evidently beenme frightened andleft tho hoiim), disappearing quickly Tho wounded womnn, who wns tenlblv frightened, run from tho hoiihii ns soon ns tho men left and sho niiulo her way to the iiemest neighbors scrennilng out und crying for help. Tho alarm vwis given nnd In un bourn largo crowd assembled nt the Itustln houte. The floor was covered with blood and tho old man was gnsplng lor hrcuth. llo was conscious nnd he made u dying statement, giving tho nnmesof tho men In the mob whom he iden tified. Ho died from his wounds tlm mitt morning. Coot Phillips is Jiild to havo boon tho loader ot the crowd. ) OSTRIUll E(i(IS. Sold us Curiosities und for rollerlloiis, nnd Mounted for Cup. und Clgnrholileii, Ostrich eggs aro sold as curiosities, nnd they ate sold also for museum collections. In tho first enso It may bo thnt the great egg Is emptlod through a hole In tho top and that tho egg Is then suspended by a wire or cord. Fggs sold for natural hlstorv collections nrn common ly emptied through an opening Iu thobldot. tho egg, whon plneedupon its shelf with tho oikmi Iiik downward, nppearlng porfec' nnd whole. Ostrich eggs are mado Into drinking cuiu: thoteggjls porhnps 0 inches In length by 6 Inches ln diameter, making a cup of consid erable sire. The ton ot the eg Is out off around down to nbout a uuarter of its length, and the rim of the cup thus made Is finished with a mounting of silver or gold. The cup Is supported by a holder nude of one of theso metals, with tho feet and tho supported arms rising trom the base up the sides of the egg, more or less elaborately wrought. Fggs thus mounted are used also for olsarholdorn." 0. trloh eggs nofmountod are sold for a dollar each. H llP'IslsilllW i l iiMilMllllllW'ywMl1M r si SPANISH SPOOK ROUTED. .V I.IOIt DAY SOW IS POSSESSION OF, A ' j IIAtrSTr.lt CASTI.K. llin (lliost Mode Himself Henrd for Three gr Mclits Itefoie llo (Invp Up III Iictur- r rsque Homo In l'orto Kirn to nn Amerl- j'J enn Oniccr An Ancient Torture Chnmbcr 9 San Juan. Porto lllco. Jnn. 14. Major 0. B. ffl Day of tho Fifth Fulled States Artillery has i taken possession of tho haunted San Geron- M imo cnstlo. He has heard thotSpanish ohoit. 1 nnd, to the utter astonishment of negro resl- ' dents, dilvon him from tho musty old walls. fc But tho spook did not retreat meekly. He ' j mado three visits to tho Mnjoi. driving n span , g ot horsos across tho stone bridge and into the ' yard on bright moonlight nights, nnd con- J Unccd him. at least, of the truthfulness ofons Spanish ghost story, ")) Han fleronlmo, n little one-story stono castle, ARlj Is situated on n plcturosquo headland ot tha Jrj north const at tlio oastern ond of San Juan f' Island. An early ns the year 1700 tho Span- fif . ,f lards sw the beauty of tho spot and built the K $ flrf t rudo'walls, n numraor homo for the Gap- ffi t tuln-flenoral. Yoar nftor yoar, ns ouetomery "I with all their forts nnd castles, thoy strength- J ened the placo until lait October, when thef ' ; departed, they loft tbo kitchen. II ring apart- i monts and dungoon protected from the sea- j ward by n solid masonry wall. Half a century TJ ago, Iu tho flourishing dnvs ot Spanish rule. '3 Snn Ocmnlmo siw some brilliant eoclety, Bui t for moro thnn thirty years past, according to ' j tradition, the walls have sheltered ond protoot- 1! ed, excopt occasionally, only n solitary ghost. j Tho neatest neighbors, tho nogroes in tha slab huts on tho military rosd, say the speotra wns tho rot u rued spirit of a political prisoner i tortured to doath In the dungeon cell, Their f story was proved true a fow jears ago, they j thought by tbo mysterious denth of a tempo rary ki r lot, notwithstanding tho pros- enen n , di a ghost, when war camo with the . United .Hatos tlm bpanlsh nrtlllnrymen placed 3 six blu guns In position on top of tho enst'e 1 walls in order to help sink Yankee mon-of- ij war. Two unmounted gun enrrlaccs wora found by our troops on Oct. 18. 181K ' t On a tour of Inspection of tho old Spanish j foils nnd breastworks in Snn Juan last Oeto- s ber. Major Day noticed tho plcturosquo site ot H Ran Geruiilmo and wondored why so pretty a ' littlo castlo should hnvo boon dosorted. He , found tho walls, although n century old, In good' condition, onosolld pleeo of masonry. On fur- , thor examination ho saw that, by tho help of a few workman, tho damp, musty Intorlorcould i bo mado into one of tho most beautiful dwoll- jfe lugs on, tho Island. Accordingly tbo Major. ji not having heard of the ghost, dccldod. If pos- ji slble. to net permission from Gen. John It, Brooko. then In command, to occupy and re- 3 pair tlio castlo. But at first tho Major mot with a littlo delay, for tho Geuoral, having t henrd tbo ghost btory, nnturally did not want J to havo his olllclent artillery oniccr encounter, unnceepsnrllv, a dunrorous spook. ' "We enn hardly snaro vou from hero just i now." said fion. Brooke, apparently In oarnost. , But tho Minor persisted. "Nor can an afford to ioso vou," continued tho General, with n twink'o In hlsoye. romom- : bcrlnc tbo death of the Spinlsh knenor, yet ' having not n word nbout a ghot. Minor Day. nevertheless, niter another no- ; peal, got iicrmfislon to occupy tho old Spanish i castle For Ills sleeping apartment he chose a room In tlio temporary second-story vooden : shed which overlooked tho backyard, tho stone budge nnd the shore toward the capital. '.M Mis bed stood neuily directly abovo the dun- , geon nnd torture coll on tho ground floor. J But as the Mnior then knew nothing of any ghost, hi, o' course, did not foel superstitious. 1 Ho had selected tlio second-Btnry mom merely In order to keep an eyo on tho stono bridge) ' pnssnirowiy. Ma.ii' Day sjiont his first night In the cas- t'c without even nn orderly. In tho early , evening ho sit on tho stone breastwork en- jov inc thivjool sea breeze and then went to his : loom, tired enough to build ensiles in dream- J Kind Unrdlv bail he closed Ills eyelids la sloop before he beard a span of hordes on the s bridge lie muttered something nbout a fun- i ny tlmo for visitors nnd got up to meet his call- ers. But alien he luokod out of the window ho oould see neither horses nor visitors Suoh nn ocourronco nnturally purzled him, for, nl- -.m though lil ears, carefully trained to hear the :M faintest nolso of the enemy, on tbo one hand. f hnd told him of tho nppronnh of a team, yet, on tho other, his ojes. which sighted l'J-lnch ritlcs precisely on tho musts of battleships . rules nwnv, could detect no sign of horse or i nnn Therefore the nrtlllery oflleor won- deied if lm wns awnko Ho pinched an arm. . nnd. feeling the test onco msre retired for the n slit In the morning bo decided to keer his CTpericiico a secret, but. If tho ouportunltv ' cv ermine ngnln. to be more on tho alert ths 1 next time for hi mysterious 7lsltorx. On tbo scmid nlclit In Ran Goronimo castle A Maim Dnv, tberefoie. did not fullnslecpnttho , iunl h 'in. but. Iving on his cot widonwake, ll-taned Itiie'itlv for any unusunl noise. De fine half a i hour had passed nearly ut tho J Maine hour mi u the nrov Ions night, ho detect- i ed tlie faint r.Utloof n team on the highway. Soon he lecognlrod the familiar clutter of a . span of hnises on the bridge. Ho plainly he-inl their hoofs strike tho stono pavement. Paste- uml faster came tho team, Keomlnglr i with whMwInd sroed. neross tho biidge and into the jn.-il Sure of his visitors, tho Moior could vvnlt no longi-r, but. springing from Ills IM bed. threw onon the blinds, nnd. pouring Into Wi intd. shouted In bnanl-h ' "folio!" But lie cot '-.MS no renly Nor could I e -. horse or man. In His phantom tesni had disappeared as end- denly and mvstoitouslv ns If they had driven H ilcht through the soli 1 castle walls Into the A dungeon lie made a closer inspection of tho ,H viird let Iu the bright moonllcht, Mron -El enough to make newspaper print readable, ho 'H could not find even n strango slindow And the infant he throw opon the blinds, more- JkI over, the Maior heard only tho line of break- 'S eis far along tho sencoast o Snn Cristobal fort. iM On the third nnd last night, when the span Sm of hoisi's seemed to como across thsoastla 'tm. bildgp. Major Dnv sprang to the window and vm threw op-ii the blinds still quicker than the 5fl night bsfoir Ho went so fast, in fact, that ha SJ forgot to srenk in Spanish. But his toam had iWm air- ady vrafshod. EM "The horses came across tho brldgo only ff thieo nights,'' said Major Dny In relating th tiM. story of his experience In tho hnunted castlo Ml to Thk su correspondent. "On the fourth 111 day. when my untive laborers nnd carpenters 'Wm began their work, tho old chost did not np- M pear N'or has ho troubled me since. But I ;9 eertvlnlv heard n sinn of horses pome across mm Hie brldi.'" on the first Ihrco nights. You onn ',m easily tell the clitler of hoofs on the pave- nient. especially those of tho native horses. H 'My native workmen, bv mistake, spoiled H one of the best relies I found In Knn Goronimo. " H nn o'd hpnulsh dungeon. Hidden from every ijH my of sunlight, tlie eel nisn had a collojtldn ' of Instrument of torture. I told the natives 'IV to whltew.iih the vv nils nnd mako a skylight. 19 but a few divs la'er I found thoy hnd cleaned HJ out eiorv linn hoi k nnd ring and chain. These -fl things, uf couise, would havo been qulto a m llttlii cutlosili io Americans. 'J 'Anothei Infer '.ting thing I found was A ,aM mvilorlniis hole bored In tho solid wall. On :9M the floor of the snino room woro n big drill nnil ' u pile of ficsh suiiil nnd stone, which showed that tbo liulo had occn made only a fow days W previous to tho dnv the merle-ins took pos- jVJ tension of the Island. Nothing was In the env- WM It. I, 1.1, ill r.vlnmll.il fllll. Illlnan f..! n.HH-.t ! it), ivhleh extended fully fifteen feet toward il ihe fp'ot In east w. irks But I urn Inclined to IH think the work was Interrupted No, I did not jvfl find niiv powder. Now, I would not say tha BJ Spaniards iulemled t ) blow up tlio wall with a time fuee, but I certainly think tlio hole looked bus lelous." M Now. ns tho gho."t hns gone. Major Day is completely satisfied with his llltle corner or Rfl pinillso For comfort h has built what his JLM tilcnds call n tln-ioofoil Ynuken barn on lop of tho cnstlo Bui In bis wooden cottage he am holes to avoid tho dampness of tho walled Ha rooms on the giniind floor On tho sea beach, B: not flftv feet liitaiu lm bus u troploul luxury. ' n bathtub, eljh' feet deep, cut out ot solid ! rook Twice a dnv tho tide fills this costly Hi.nnlh howl Then. In a natural aquarium. J gmpb'il by Picturesque roeks under th I' shadow of tbo castlo walls, tho Major can )' study tho habits uml rioullnrllioaof suoh spoo- linens ns t! e salt vvnier trout, sea bass, rain- 1 bow fish, little sharks, swordflsh ond tho black, poisonous, long-qullleil porcupines. If. i on ih other hvil, lm profi rs n llltle sport, ho ciui drop a line lnfnt.it deep pool on the.-.tbor ' side of Ids vmd nnd either play with burner ; fish or enteh them for u shorn iir.ner Jor f need ho buy fiulls, for oranges, bnnnnasnnd coecnnuls grnM In nbundniiee In tho lot on , shorn And If the Id Spanish ghoit should M hupion to drive the phantom team across the iflj stone bridge .tl-'iIii somo m miillght ulsht the JJJ -Maior now could summon, by telephone, a buttery from kin Cristobal or Morro Castle, VJ dipt, .lurk 'rn.iloril' Strike In Alaikn. ' H lUv FiisNcisro, Jan 20 Cnpt Jack Craw- LM ford, poet nnd scout, who is In Alaska with a ,H large outfit in the interests of Now York capl- 'fifta tullsts, has found a fortune for himself and com- ibWJ panyin tho bunks of blnck sand In Hootallnqua LW Uiver, There nro miles of this black sand on M Hootnllnqiia nnd on other rivers of Aluska, Dr. Willis l.Yoiette mado a careful assay of aquan- tlty ot the blnck bund taken to Dawuou, and found that It had a value ot 87 cents a yard in platinum and gold. This Is entirely outside o( any placer gold. With modurn dredses It cost but u fow fonts a cubic yard to drodge and sluice the gravel.