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The Witches of New York: A Faithful Revelation and Exposition of the…
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0839819579, Unknown Binding)Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1859. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI. Details the particulars of a morning call on Madame Harris, of No. 80 West 19th Street, and how she covered up her beautiful head in a black bag. ' CHAPTER XVI. MADAME HARRIS, No. 80 WEST I9th STREET, NEAR SIXTH AVENUE. Madame Harris is one of the most ignorant and filthy of all the witches of New York. She does not depend entirely on her " astrology " for her subsistence, but relies on it merely to bring in a few dollars in the spare hours not occupied in the practice of the other dirty trades by which she picks up a dishonest living. She has a good many customers, and in one way and another she contrives to get a good deal of money from the gullible public. She has been engaged in business a number of years, and has thriven much better than she probably would, had she been employed in an honester avocation. The " Individual" paid her a visit, and carefully noted down all her valuable communications; he has told the whole story in the words following: We all believe in Aladdin, and have as much faith in his uncle as in our own; but we don't know the pattern of his lamp, we have no photograph of the genii that obeyed it, and we can make no correct computation of the market value of the two hundred slaves with jars of jewels on their heads. The customer, who is determined that posterity shall be able to make no such complaint of him or of his history, here solemnly undertakes, upon the faith of his salary, to relate the unadorned truth, and to indulge in no ad libitum variations--imagining, while he writes, that he sees in the distance the critical public, like a many-headed Gradgrind, singing out lustily for " Facts, sir, facts." The next fact, then, to be investigated and sworn to, is this Madame Harris, a very dirty female fact indeed, residing in the upper part of th...
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A fantastic light-hearted look at the world of the psychics, astrologers and fortune-tellers of Victorian New York City, written by 'Q. K. Philander Doesticks', the alter-ego of American humorist Mortimer Q. Thomson.
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