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mmm ' 4 PA STO R SHQBER RETURNS The Deposed Minister Denies That He had Delirium Tremens. WILLING TO SACRIFICE HIMSELF. His Mother Said He Must Clear His Reputation He Wanted to Suffer in Silence to Save Others, but He Will Fujht Bach Now. Spc-iul t the Y. World. Baukytowx, N. Y., Jan. 18. The Uev. Francis E. Shober left here a week ago a self-accused drunkard, after having been de posed from the ministry by Bishop Potter. His wealthy wife and mother-in-law turned against him, but hi3 parishioners were true. He told his people that he was going away forever, and begged them to undertake no defense that would re flect on his wife or her relatives. To-night Mr. Shober alighted from the train, and announced that he would seek a vindication and & res toration to the ministry. His friends are delighted beyond measure. They had been busy dur ing his absence collecting evidence to refute the charges. His only accusers, so his friends say, are his wife, his mother-in-law, Mrs. John Aspinwall; and Dr. Edward Losee. It was the doctor's statement, made while the rector was recovering from a severe illness, that brought the gossip and scandal of a twelve month to a head. "You have just recovered from an attack of delirum tremens," said Dr. Losee to the patient. The shoek of this terrible accusa tion was too much for the rector. He knew he had been delirious and that quantities of narcotics had been given him. His attack of ill I about ninety pounds I ! hunchback. ISut she was a preuy girl despite her deformity. She had light brown hair and blue eyes, and after her marriage her health improved greatly. 'Mr. and Mrs. Shober kept house at Middittown, Conn., while the husband went through the course at Berkeley Divinity School. When he graduated and was or dained they came here. The widow Aspinwall built a memorial chapel in her husband's memory, and Mr. Shober was made rector. They lived in a big house at the edge of Messeua. "There never was a harder work- minister. He built up the in: parish and looked after the poor, got up entertainments and lectures, organized societies, and interested all the young people in church work. He formed an amateur dramatic so ciety and had his coach-house re modelled into a theatre, where lit cle plays were given. He was al ways doing something to help the people. A A. ''On Sunday, December 13th, Mr. Shober gave early communion at Upper Red Hook. He spent Sat urday night at the house of Charles R. Hoffman. He refused to take a glass of wine or even a bite to eat that Sunday morning. He never ate or supped until he had given communion. At 10:30 he had driven to Barrytown and adminis tered communion again. He didn't get home to dinner before 1 p. m. In the afternoon he visited my house. I asked him to take a glass of wine and he refused. Then I drew a wine glass full of ale and in sisted on his telling me what he thought of it. I had just put a bar rel of domestic ale in my cellar. He drank nothing else. That night he preached a brilliant sermon and after service several of us talked with him. He complained of a cold and Monday he went to bed sick. When he was juf table to get out of bed Dr. Losee told him he had had delirium tremens. had been all his life. He had con- and was a I broken when he realized the situa- iion. He turned oarver out ot the house all too late. He couldn't live with the wife who had accused him of being a drunkard, and lie couldn't do good work in the minis try with such a cloud hanging over him. He decided to go home to his father and mother in Salisbury, N. C, and begin life anew after taking the rest that his body and mind needed." Mrs. .Shober, her mother, Mrs. Aspinwall; Dr. Losee and a nurse left here for a visit in New York this noon. Mrs. Shober is suffering from nervous prostration. The rectory is closed and the children are at the Aspinwall house in charge of their mother's aunt, Miss Kate Breck. Miss Breck is the only one of the Aspinwall family who sides with Mr. Shober. She received him with open arms to night. Mr. Shober was too tired to submit to an interview. He looked a bit more cheerful than when he went away, and said the lovalty of his former parishioners and the friendship and advice of Arcudeacon Ziegenfuss, of Pough- keepsie, had encouraged him greatly. -Poughkkepsie, Jan. 18. The Rev. Dr. Henry L. Ziegenfuss, Archdeacon of this diocese, has strongly espoused the Rev. 3r.Sho ber's cause. Dr, Ziegenfuss said to-night: "Mr. Shober was my guest Sunday and to-day. He has gone to Barry town to night and he will seek a vindication. He has secured a cer tificate from the family physician at Salisbury, N. C, to the effect that since a boy any slight illness of his was always accompanied by fever and delirium. Dr. Parker,of Poughkeepsie, one of the three phy sicians who attended Mr. Shober at Barrytown, has admitted, so I am told, that the statements made to him of Jr. Shober's drinking habits had much to do with his assent to he diagnosis of delirium tremens. ness began with a cold and was ac- sumption, and the doctors advisjd companied by great pains in the mm to drink. He would take a back. He supposed, as did all Bar- SlaS3 of .wine at mv house or fc any rytown, that he had been suffering otner friend's house, and he drank from grip. When he realized that wine with s meals and sometimes he, a minister of the gospel, stood ale or a milk punch in the evening, convicted of being a drunkard, he IIe nas tolu me ttat nis sent a wrote a letter to Bishop Potter. Pclier of milk punch to his room And this is what he said: more tnan once that was made so "They tell me that I have had strong he had to throw half of it delirium tremens. If this be true, out and put in water. After his al fnr thr h lesed attack of delirium tremens. - - " " V1U1 VU A XJ lv I - 7 and serve. I ask to be denosed from Carver, the tutor, bought a barrel the ministry, as I am no longer a ale witn nis own money and had fit servant of Christ." He was weak and ill and broken hearted when he followed his first impulse to save the church he lov ed from disgrace. Two days after- ward his mind cleared and he wrote it sent to the house." Mr. Loun stopped short in his story. "Well?" said the reporter. "If Carver was in Barrytown to daw" said Loun. sn.vnorplr "hf ' ' '"Dv'J) "v Attention to the daily habits cf the young prevents suffering. Take bimmons Liver Regulator. DO YOU WANT A DESK? $31.50; Walnut. Cfaerrv or Oak, 4 feet long satisfaction guar anteed. Gates Desk Co.. Greenville. S. G. Send for Catalogue "A." ia21 NOW 1892. IS THE TIME TO SCRIBE FOR THE " 'And, Will,' " he said, 'she would stay out by the hammock with Carver until 1 o'clock and then go straight to her own room.' HAD CONFIDENCE IN HIS WIFE. "He was warned often en mm. 0"7 " v 4(iiivi VI Vlfct V, V 11.1 VA. 1JV A Vt I w I again to the bishop, warmly chal- would be ridden on a rail. lerL'ini? the correctness of Dr. T.n. "Mr. Shober has told me that see's diagnosis. But in the mean- night after night last Summer he time Mrs. Shober. the rector's wifo. would go to his room at 10 or 11 Lad called on i?ishoD Potter. Her o'clock and wait and count themin friends say she besrzed that ill- utes until his wife should come to health be, accepted as the Cuuse for sav a kind wortl ater his hard day' np.r niiQnann .4 f pnncitiAn Thti wuiiv. rector's friends say she told Bishop Potter that Mr. Shober had been a drunkard for four years. MR. SIIOBER'S LIFE. Here is the story of his life as told by Will. R. Loun, proprietor of the Riverside Hotel and a parish- but he wouldn't even speak to his loner: wite about the scandal her actions "Frank Shober was a student at were creating. When she was at St. Stephen's College at Annan- the Park Avenue Hotel,New York, dale, when he was nineteen years in December and January a year old. He wa3 a Southerner, tall, ago, even the students at the Gene slender, handsome and full of ral Theological Seminary, where nervous energy. He was eloquent Carver was studying, wrote him and brilliant, as thorough in his about it. He wrote back sayin he studies as he was gay and attrac- had every confidence in his wife, tive in society. lie met Helen Then he wrote to Carver thanking Aspinwall a', a college entertain- him for his friendly attentions to meni anu in a icw months they Mrs. Shober. were betrothed. She was the only "Last April Len Hoffman told daughter of John Aspinwall, whose' Mr. Shober what people were say brother built the Panama railroad ing. Most men would have de and gave his name to the biggest manded an explanation from the city on the Isthmus. wife and the man. Mr. Shober's . 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