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A Peculiar Trade.

A peculiar trade which lias been V-vri-rV ■ ■■ V-.r'it in New York during the !■ ■■■< t- ■ i-'ii-'iiiic' of influenza is that of !>ri i'if < b ■:!i!i--.': It sounds gruesome. But ihe iacc remains that most of the undertakers of New York and Brooklyn, are accustomed to let out on hire pretentious "burial caskets," in which the dead person lies in pitiful' state'"until the last word of the funeral service. has been pronounced, and no longer. The bereaved family, wish . to \have, a " beautiful funeral." The expense for carriage hire is considerable, and cannot be cheapened below a stated amount. Mountains of fiowera are required in various ' set forms of varying' degrees of. unloveliness, and, at any rate in the case of the Irish, money must be paid for a suitable collation, for the sorrowing and sympathising friends; Last of all a handsome " burial basket," as the coffin is called, oosts- a large sum, sfre4uently several hundreds of dollars. Now, in all this mountain of expense where can money be saved 1 Naturally, where its saving will not be noticed'or resented, So they take, ib out of the dead man. A buriel casket, , .filled .with all, the frippery of tjhe under-, taker's art, holds the remains, while the ' friends of the family are there; to .see it. 'I'll'! finii'i 1;:] <)l)so(£iii(-s are performed with proper pomp. Then while the*" guests at this mortuary entertainment nra climbing , into tlio c.UTifi'jfos .'md undo! 1 cover of the ; general moving about, the remains are. j quietly whisked from their magnificent casket and laid in a cheap pine coffin, ..which. is,in turn.quickly, .placed:in a burial^ box. The latter hides the plain pine quite i as safely as it would have hidden the glory ! of polished mahogany or the sombre j dignity of a velvet-covered casket. Then | ohe beautiful funeral goes on. Everybody is satisßed, and the dead man never knows the difference.

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A Peculiar Trade., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890

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A Peculiar Trade. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2426, 10 May 1890