Byline: Q.K. Philander Doesticks, P.B.; 1857-02-06; The New York Tribune; pages 5Article Links
As the ostensible business of these people is mainly to diagnose and prescribe for different varieties of internal diabase, this particular branch of humbug would not have come within the scope of our reporter's present investigations, were it not that several of these practicioners advertise to "tell the past, present and future, describe the future husband or wife, mark out correctly the exact course of future life, give unerring advice about business, about friends, &c." Our reporter concluded that this had too strong a flavor of fortune-telling and witchcraft to be ignored, and accordingly visited these mysteriously clear-sighted persons, beginning with Mrs. Seymour...
Description:Seventh article in the Tribune's funny "Witches of New-York" series by renowned humorist Mortimer Thomson (a.k.a. Doesticks).
Rights: Public domain.