The courier. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1894-1903, September 07, 1901, Page 9, Image 9

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    THE COURIER.
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beaded, mumbling crone, this picture
shall I never once forget
She stood on the wide rustic porch
smiling a welcome at our approach, like
some tall, white lily swaying on a frag
ile stalk, her hair a fluffy mass of gold.
A loose gown of blue was girdled at
the waist with a chain of turquoise.
She greeted us with an absolute lack of
formality, even as if we were old friends.
We sat on the porch, which looked down
a tangled ravine on one side and away
to the cool grey of the north on the
other. A serving woman fetched us
claret cup and wafers, and took Rob
away to see the horses.
Before we left Jim asked Mrs. Evend
if she would sing something for us, as
we would soon have to take leave if we
ere to reach home before sunset. She
consented brightly and led the way in
doors. The interior showed the house
to be a fit neat for this wounded bird.
Mrs. Evend looked over her music and
linally gave us a gay, rollicking drinking
song in the most exquisitely cultivated
soprano; then a tender lullaby with
tears in it, but there were none in ber
bright eyes as she turned back to us.
She showed me over the house in a gay
bird fashion. There were rare pictures,
books, china, indeed all the beautiful
externals. When we reached the front
porch again, and our horses had been
brought around, an irresistible impulse
seized me and I bent and laid my lips
upon her luminous cheek, and turned
away quickly, for my eyes were full of
tears.
She faced me to her, and, kissing me
softly, said: "You are grieving for me,
dear; you must not; for 1 have much to
be thankful for: my husband is coming
next week. Don't, please don't, let your
memory of me be a sorrowful one."
At the turning south of our road, we
looked back. She waved ber white
hand, and then we lost her.
Such radiant, ethereal beauty I have
never seen. Alas! that the setting
should be eo sorrowful!
We rode home almost in silence, save
for the crackliog under our horses' feet.
Rob was tired and forbore his usual
questioning.
I escaped to my tent early that night
and lay for hours at the door looking up
the way which led up and up and on
to almost incalculable heights. The
woe of the world seemed to be heavy on
my soul. I wondered why God had
ever built these sanctuaries of nature
where bodies were healed eimply enough
to "'brokenly live on." Yet what was I,
to question the Infinite, when that pure
eouI among the heights yonder bore her
cross and made no cry?
Suddenly, far up the mountain side, a
white form seemed to be moving down
the path of the moonL a floating, unde
fined, misty phantom which finally
shaped itself to the outlines of a woman.
On she came, a creature of the night.
On the grassy plateau, a little distance
from the house she paused, wringing
her hand in impotent despair, then
threw her head back against the broad
ribbon of moonlight with a gesture as of
mortal agony. 1 saw the face was the
face of death, and the hair clung dank
as with the damp of tombs.
Oh! it was good to feel mother's warm
hand, to hear her voice.
"She hasn't been like herself for a
week. We'd no business to let her sleep
there! She shan't doit again.''
1 crept close into Mother's wide em
brace-a thing I hndn't done for years.
She field me until I fell asleep.
'Ihe following afternoon Jim came to
the house and asked if he might speak
to me.
He came in half awkwardly, holding
a bouquet of yellows asters. After u
few moments' conversation, during
which I could tell he was nervous, ho
said, "I would like to tell you some
thing, Mis3 Mayfair you have been so
kind to me if you feel strong enough to
hear any more of my troubles."
I was lying on a couch looking out at
the hardy, late-blowing flowers. "Oh! I
feel perfectly well; just a little nervous.
What is it?"
He drew a yellow envelopo from his
pocket, and said, in a voice which sound
ed weak and far away:
''She, she you know who I mean is
dead. She she died with iny name the
last one she spoke."
1 reached a hand toward him; he did
not seem to see it. "But the strangest
thing, Miss Penelope: I saw her quite
plain. She came all in white down the
mountain side. She reached out her
arms and called such a pitiful crj;
then I Btarted toward her and heard
your cry and she had gone and you
oh! we thought you too were dead!"
What can be the trouble with roe"1 I
wake again to find father on his knees
by the couch, being altogether silly and
asking if his precious darling were
better.
You know you always told me I was
light-headed. Well, I am just a little
worse now.
Hope to write you next time from
home. Yours,
Pf.nei.oit.
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BR. B. P. BAILEY'S SANATORIUM.
This Sanatorium has been opn but one month, jet it rapidly is increasing in
popularity, and its fame has air. a ly reached bejond the boundaries of our own
state. It is conveniently locateu one block from the car line, on the sito of
the Lincoln Normal, and is thoroughly equipped for the successful treat
ment of disease. Not a hotel, not a hospital but a hnmt. For information ad
dress JLr XSoiij. 1?. Bailey, Llnooln, Xebr.
With the first general comprehension
of trie significance and importance of the
relations between germs and disease
there came also into the minds of many
a genuine fear of these little parasites.
As a greater familiarity has since come,
there seems to be some little reaction, as
is natural, in the opposite direction, and
the bacteria are hardly accorded now by
many the consideration they deserve.
This condition of things can be attributed
to but one cause, namely that the life
history of the germs themselves and their
action in producing disease are not fully
understood.
Comparatively few people know the
painstaking experiments connected with
the establishment of any germ as the
cause of a certain disease. The impress
ion seems to prevail that it is only nec
essary to find the germ in the body in
connection with the disease, then to as
sume that the disease is caused by that
germ. Such observation, however, is not
sufficient. Since the first disease-producing
germ was established as such,
scientific men have required that in order
to determine any germ as causative of
any disease, four conditions must be ful
filled. In the first place, the germ must
be found in the diseased body associated
with the disease in such numbers and in
such a relation to the tissues that they
may reasonably be assumed to be the
cause of the tissue changes and symp
toms observed. Second, that the germs
shall be grown in pure cultures in nue
trient media outside of and entirely
apart from the diseased body. Third,
that these pure cultures so obtained
shall produce in susceptible animals dis
ease processes identical with those from
which they are obtained; fourth, that in
the diseased animals and in the lesions
so produced, the same microorganisms
shall be found again.
For each of the diseases or disease pro
cesses now attributed to a germ cause,
this tedious and difficult experimental
process has been many times repeated
and the results so verified that thoy can
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no longer be held in doubt. In the name
connection, however, our knowledge of
the ability of the human body to remove
or to successfully oppose large numbers
of these germs has greatly increased as
has also our information concerning the
processes underlying the prevention of
and recovery from infectious and conta
gious diseaeees.
It is interesting also to note that many
diseases for which as yet a germ cause
has not been established, are accepted
by practically all physicians as diseases
due to micro-organisms; this conclusion
having been reached by the same course
of reasoning as that by which astrono
mers are able to announce in advance
the discovery of new planets or by which
chemistB prophesy the discovery of new
chemical elements by inference from the
blanks in the table of Berzelius. For
this reason diseases like small-pox and
scarlet fever are ordinarily considered as
germ diseases and are treated as such,
even though the etiological organism has
not been established.
The lengthening of the average human
life during the past century, a fact for
proof of which the large insurance com
panies have furnished abundant statis
tics, is undoubtedly attributable in the
main to the improved methods in medi
cine and surgery due to the advancement
of the germ theory of disease. This
knowledge has permitted us not only to
take better care of those afflicted with
such disease, but so to isolate the cases
and to protect those who must be asso
ciated with such patients, that the rav
aging epidemics of such diseases in for
mer times will soon be a thing of the
past. In addition to this the germ
theory more than anything else has con
tributed to the spread of that great pre
ventative of disease, cleauliness. from
which only is to bn expected our final
complete salvation from germ disease?.
I) In avoidiog germ infection, whether it
be of a wound or of a body to produce
disease, there are two things to consider,
la the first place, the germs must bo
kept down to such numbers that the in
fected body or tissue may successfully
cope with them, or, which is a physiolog
ical equivalent, the tissues must be in
euch good condition that they can resist
more than the usual number of germs.
These same principles which determine
the first infection are also operative in
deciding whether tie patient shall suc
cumb to or recover from the disease pro
cesses which are thus induced. It will
be seen, therefore, how important is any
hygienic measureor any procedure under
the head of treatment which either re
duces the numbers or virulence of the
infective agent, or which increases the
virility or resisting power of the patient
or his tissues. It is the mastery of ;i
knowledge of these things which char
acterizes the successful physician; fqr it
is only by such a knowledge that one can
be continuously efficient in the warfare
of health against disease.
'I dread to think of my fortieth birth
day." "Whj? Did something unpleasant
happen then'r" lit Hits.
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