Giving Away a Personal Treasury

William Simon works to insure quick disbursement of his fortune

William E. Simon, the former Treasury Secretary and a long-time apostle of conservative politics, approaches the AIDS patient in the small room at the Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in East Harlem. Mr. Simon quietly prays, gives the man rosary beads and a communion wafer, and rubs water blessed at the Roman Catholic shrine at Lourdes on the hospital patient's forehead, cheeks, and arms.

It's a scene