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VILLAGE DOCTORS,

AND

OTHER TALES.

BY T. S. ARTHUR.

PHILADELPHIA:
GODEY & McMICHAEL, PUBLISHERS HALL,

No. 101 Chestnut Street.

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Barrett & Jones, Printers,

33 Carter's Alley,

THE VILLAGE DOCTORS.

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“Humpa! so we are to have another physician here," said Doctor Sinus, a self-important son of Esculapius, to a brother in the healing art, who lived in a town of some six thousand inhabitants, not a hundred miles from New York.

Indeed! And who may he be, pray?” responded the ridividual addressed, shufiling in his chair uneasily.

"Some green one, just from college, I suppose,” was the answer.

“Well, there's no room for him here, that's certain! Our town does n't yield those of us who have been in it for half of our life-times, any thing like a decent living.”

"That it does not, Dr. Clavicle. And we must take measures to keep him out. If any more are allowed to come here we shall be totally ruined.”

"Have you seen Doctor Deltoid about the matter?”

“Well, Doctor, I think we had better see him at once, and talk this matter over. “You can see him," Doctor Sinus replied.

< But he and I are not on the very best terms, just now.'

“Why, I never beard any thing of that before, Doctor. What is the matter?"

"It's something that I didn't intend speaking about. But now it's come up, I will mention it to you. The fact is, he has violated professional courtesy."

"Indeed!" ejaculated Doctor Clavicle, looking ten times graver than before.

"It is true, sir." And the voice of Doctor Sinus sunk to a deep, important whisper. “You know that I have been the family physician of Mrs. Goodpay, for the last ten years. Well-about two months ago, having occa

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sion to call in a consulting physician, I sent for hi, He came, of course, and attended with me for about a week, but didn't suggest a single remedy that could ha been administered with safety. After Mrs. Goodp became convalescent, he continued his visits, not profe sionally, but in a friendly way!”

“ Is it possible!”.
"Tt is true, Doctor Clavicle."
** That was ungentlemanly, indeed!”

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flous licach of orta sivildi etiqucite that has..., Wied in this town; ? I, for one, um deierunner tu mesin face winst 1.

- But wouldn't ii be wel for u, now, whipper-snapper Doctor is about squ'nun bere. iv. over Doctor Deltoid's outrageous condui, at least? :? time, and all join to put him down at once?"

“ I don't know,” (musingly.) · Perhaps it would as well.

But, then, I can't see how I shall be able to treat Deltoid with any kind of civility.”

O, you can do it, I know.
"Well, I will try.
" Then suppose we call over now, and see him?"

Dr. Sinus consented; and the two turned their step: towards the office of the individual they had named.

“How do you do, gentlemen! How do you do?" Doctor Deltoid said, smiling, and oxtending his hand, is his two brother physicians entered. “I am really glad to see you."

Doctor Sinus took the proffered hand, and shook is quite heartily. An observer would have never imagine . that he had other than the kindest feelings towards his rival practitioner.

“We have dropped in to have a talk with you, Doctor Clavicle, after they were all seated, “ about tl young fellow who is going to settle in our place. I our opinion that he ought not to be encouraged, but d countenanced in every way. What business has he come in here, and interfere with our practice?

“Very true, Doctor," replied Deltoid. 6 Let him

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off to the South or West, where there is room enough to make a practice without interfering with regular physicians.”

“Who is he, any how?" asked Doctor Sinus.

His name is Costal,” replied Doctor Deltoid. “He is said to be from New York. One of the last batch of M. D.s, I suppose."

Have “Yes, I met him yesterday,--and he tried to be very sociable. But I was cool enough, I can assure you. I have no idea of encouraging these interlopers. Doesn't he know that there is not enough practice for the physicians that are already here? Of course he does. And of course he expects, if he gets any practice at all, to take it from us.

At this stage of the conversation, a fourth physician came in, for the town could boast of four doctors.

Ah, Doctor Levator, I am glad to see you!” Deltoid said, as the person he addressed entered. just talking about this Doctor Costal, who, it is said, is about settling here.”

“Rumor tells truly,” said the new comer, “for, as I came along just now, I saw his sign on the window of one of those beautiful offices on Main street."

" It ain't possible!" ejaculated the three physicians at once, with looks of astonishment and chagrin.

"It is too true, gentlemen. But then, when I come to think of it, I don't know that we need care about it. He is a young man, and a stranger, and all we have to do is to discountenance him in every way. If we pursue this corsa, he will soon break down. He can't stand it.”

“I, for one, shall not countenance him,” said Doctor Clavicle.

"Nor I,” said Doctor Sinus, emphatically. “Nor 1,” responded Doctor Deltoid.

"And of course, I shall not,” Doctor Levator said, in a decided tone.

It was, perhaps, about a month previous to the time when the above conversation took place, that a man sat near the window of a house in New York city, conversing with a young woman who seemed to be his wife. He had a fine, intelligent countenance; and her face was fair yet thoughtful. A moment's observation told that a shadow was on their path.

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