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An Unsentimental Physician.

--The Paris correspondent of the Boston Traveller relates the following:

‘ A story is told upon Rayer, the eminent physician here. He was called in, six weeks ago, to attend a sick child. The child — it was the only child of wealthy parents — recovered its health. A few days after Rayer had discontinued his visits, the mother of the little in valid called on the Doctor. She said: ‘"My dear Doctor, there are services rendered in this world, which money cannot pay. I know not how we could adequately reward you for your kindness and attentions and skill to poor Earnest. And I have thought that, perhaps, you would be good enough to accept this little porte-monnaie--mere trifle — but which 1 embroidered."’-- "Porte-monnaie!" roughly replied the Doctor. "Medicine, Madame, is not a sentimental profession. When we are called in to visit sick people, we want their fees and not their gratitude. Gratitude — Humbug! I'd like to see gratitude make the pot boil; and I have not only to make my pot boil, but I have got a horse to feed, Madame, and a driver to pay, Madame, and daughters to portion, Madame — and gratitude won't aid me to do any of these things. Money is what is required — money, Madame — yes, money." The lady was, as you may well imagine, confounded by this burst of indignant talents, and she could only stammer: "But — Doctor — what is your fee?" "My fee is two thousand francs — and I tell you, Madame, there is no use screaming about it, I will not take one son less." The lady did not scream. She quietly opened the porte-monnaie "I embroidered," unrolled the five bank notes in it, gave two to the Doctor, placed the other three in the porte-monnaie, and the latter in her pocket and bowed profoundly, "Good morning, Doctor," and made her exit.

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