Mr. Thurston Always Has Fun With Hotel Waiters.
Gold Fish, etc. Appears In Plates and Glasses ,
and Other Things Equally Remarkable Happen.
"I say, waiter, do you usually serve gold fishes in your drinking water,
or is this simply a special occasion?"
The waiter who was spoken to looked in astonishment and
bewilderment at a glass of clear water which resting on the table beside
the plate of a young and good-looking man, who was quietly perusing the
bill of fare in the cafe at the Galt House yesterday at noon.
In the glass two small gold fish were swimming about,
enjoying the fresh water.
"I will remove the fish at once, sir. I beg your pardon
sir; I do not see how this could have happened," said the waiter.
He reached for the glass, but did not take it.
In fact he could not take it; the glass had disappeared . When he
recovered himself and took a second look the glass was there alright, but
it was full of wine and not water. The gold fish had done to parts
"I did not order wine, waiter. I wanted water.
I never touch wine; it is bad for the nerves. Strong alcoholic
drinks sometimes create a peculiar and abnormal vision which makes a man
think he see things that do not exist," said the guest.
The waiter's eyes began to bulge, and he looked harder
at the glass of wine.
"Now waiter, I think you will admit that if I was
drinking wine and should say that I see a snake crawling up the sleeve of
your coast the other persons in the room might have reason to think that I
was under the influence of something. Yet, I have drunk nothing, and
here is the snake."
He stepped forward and lifted a wiggling snake from the
waiter's Tuxedo, while the man gave a howl that attracted the attention of
all the dinners. The snake disappeared when the others looked, and
the stranger reassured the waiter, cautioning him to be careful to fill
the orders exactly as given.
"You may take those gold fish out, I do not care for
live gold fish at dinner," he said.
As he spoke he motioned toward the glass of water, which
was in its proper place, and the fish were as happy as ever. This
was the last exciting event in the course of the meal and the waiter was
beginning to get composed, but he went "up in the air" when he handed the
man the finger bowl and found six gold fish and the snake swimming in the
The head waiter had to go to the rescue if the waiter,
and then the latter was told the cause of all the trouble. He understood
as soon as he was told the the man on whom he had been waiting was Howard
Thurston. Me Thurston comes from New York. He arrived in
Louisville yesterday morning and registered at the Galt House. He is
appearing at Hopkins Theater, where he does a number of tricks of
sleight-of-hand and illusion. He amuses himself during his leisure
by working his tricks on innocent persons. The waiter and bell boys
around the hotel are all prepared for him now, and the will catch no more
of them as he did the waiter yesterday.
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