When but a young boy I was brought from a European...

When but a young boy I was brought from a European country to settle in what was then the wilderness of the middle western states of America. There were no schools, churches, or civilization, only the wild western environment. I soon grew into manhood and took a place among my fellows in the rough scramble for place in the wilderness of material opportunity. Before long I succeeded in getting into business, and from the position of a common laborer in a short time became an employer of labor. With a rugged and strong physique, besides being hopeful and courageous, success was apparently certain. The only uplifting influence during those days was the memory of the lessons taught me in childhood at the knees of a tender and loving mother.

The usual business complications soon set in along with the usual fight for material power and gain, developing a hardness of heart. Pressed by greed, gain, and envy, tossed, about amid unscrupulous environment, anything of a religious nature became an object of scorn and contempt. As time went on my material possessions seemed to become burdensome, complications set in, and a sharp corner had to be turned here and there in order to keep a hold on this or that interest. Gradually distrust and hatred developed in me against workmen, associates, and competitors, in consequence of which their dislike had to be met. Gradually I became beset with fear, fear of losing prestige in business, also of losing the approbation of friends and associates and of not getting my share. Doubting the honesty of employers and business associates, fearful of possible financial loss, physical disability followed,—headaches, stomach disorders, rheumatism, lumbago, and so-called liver trouble. Medical advice was sought at every turn, but chaos seemed to reign. My position became jeopardized physically and financially, and no remedy seemed available.

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