In August, 1913, while I was serving as a travelling representative...

In August, 1913, while I was serving as a travelling representative for a commercial business, I was stricken with an ailment diagnosed by the physicians as typhoid fever. The fever was so high and my condition was so bad that it seemed hopeless, but I gradually recovered. One week after I was up and about I suddenly found that I was in an entirely helpless condition, and physicians who were called diagnosed it as paralysis. I was in this state for thirteen weeks.

In 1910 I had started a business correspondence with a person who lived in New Jersey, and heard from him from time to time. By the middle of November, 1913, my condition had become so serious that I had almost wasted away, having been reduced from one hundred and sixty-five pounds to ninety-two. My mother called in several specialists, who held consultations and finally said that they could do nothing more for me. In their opinion the heart action would not last more than a few days.

June 22, 1935

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