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ARP ON A SICK BED.
Doctors Say That Bill's Heart Is Affected. Be Given Morphine—Then Gnea to Sleep, Hm Fitful Dreams and gaotes “Turn Angelina,” All the Night Lons. ICopyrighted by the Atlaiua Constitution and reprinted by permission.] If anyone else was concerned I would not write this sick letter, but it may benefit others who are sim ilarly affected. I have been a very sick man and hardly expected to see my next birthday, which is to-day, the 15th, but I have scuffled through, and am now on the up grade. One of my far-away boys wired me to work on my stomach, and I would get well. He might as well have wired: “Keep on living and you will keep living on.” No, it wasn’t the stomach. It was ' higher up where the left ventricle of the heart had got walled in and the trouble was what the doctor calls the angina pectoris, and my left arm was helpless. For two days and nights I suffered more real agony than I ever suffered in all my life. Our doctor boy was here from Florida, and knew exactly what was the matter, and I took ail his medicine, but got little Telief, and I was willing to die to get out of pain. Finally he gave me morphine in both arms and I went off to sleep and rest. Those mor phine dreams and visions are always a miracle to me. I thought that iri his talk about my trouble he called it Angelina pectoris, for I don’t hear well now, and I got the refrain on my mind,that pretty verse from Gold smith’s “Hermit:” "Turn, Angelina—ever dear— My charmer turn to see, Thine own, thine long-lostWilliam here. Restored to heaven and thee.” Ever and anon I could hear it rain ing on the tin roof, but it didn’t rain a drop. All night long I was mur muring: “Turn, Angelina, ever dear.” I couldn’t stop it nor think of any thing else to say, but I wasn’t re stored—next day I got some better, and as I hadn’t taken any nourish ment for three or four days, I craved something acid, and like a foolish boy eat a small piece of huckleberry pie for supper, which they told me not to do. That set the dogs to barking about midnight, and set me back just where I had been, and the doctor’s work all had to be done over again. Emetics and hot baths and hot water bags and more morphine finally brought relief. That night after sup per the young people had the dining table cleared off and were playing that pretty little childish game called ping-pong or ding-dong or sing-song, or Hong-Kong, or some outlandish name wnth its tinkling balls, and so I got up another refrain and was mur muring ping-pong, ding-dong and ding-dong bell at night. One of my boys, who is always punning, told his mother that huckleberry pie business was simply a case of two much pie *eaty,and they tried to make me smile, but they couldn’t I wras past all wit •and humor and puns and jokes. But I am done with huckleberry pie and huckleberry cordial and Huckleberry Finn and any other huckleberry. Only ouiuiuaj my uiiiy uruuier uieu suddenly of heart failure away off from home His time was not out, for he was nearly 20 years younger than I am, and now, alas! I have no brother, and he was always a good brother to me. But almost everybody Is threatened with heart failure now, and so I am looking out for it, but don’t want it to come along the Angelina line. The heart is the most wonderful and mysterious organ of our anatomy. It is called the seat of affections, the desires, the emotions. The organ of love and hate and joy, but it is not. It is mentioned in the Hible more than 600 times, and always In connection with our good or bad traits, but it has nothing to do with feeling or emotion or character. It is nothing but a fleshy, pulpy organ ism, a mechanical contrivance, and bas to be carefully nursed, or will re bel. It is the engine that drives the whole anatomical machine. If over worked or overfed with ice or to bacco, or anything else, it will work on faithfully until it can’t work any longer, and then gets discouraged and dies suddenly at its post The book says that but little was known to medical science concerning the heart nntil the eighteenth century, and that ■within the last 50 years many books have been written, and now no part of the human system is better un derstood or more satisfactorily treat ed. The disease called angina pec toris is declared to be the most dan gerous to which it is subject, be cause of its distressing pain and a sense of impending death. If I had read that while I was suffering I should have surrendered, but the doc tor wouldn’t tell me nor let me read it. He says it is better to minify rather than magnify the apprehen sions cf his patients. But the young people ought to be told, told often and earnestly, that they can’t fool with t»*e heart. A boy who smokes cigarettes on the sly is storing up trouble that will surely come home and sap his manhood and shorten his life. This is so well known now that good men will not employ boys who smoke. One vice calls for another, and a news manager told me the other day that one of his newsboys skipped some of his patrons every week so as to have a paper or two to sell and get njpncy to buy cigar ettes. Of course he discharged him. It is pleasant entertainment to listen to a doctor tell his varied experience* and this one uttered a truth the other day that ought to provoke serious thought in every parent’s bosom. He says that the greatest foe in the treat ment of diseases of children is their disobedience to their parents and it is most generally the mother’s fault. They will do things and eat things that are forbidden, but she loves the little dears so much that she overlooks their disobedience and so when they get sick they will not take the physician’s medicines without force or a struggle and if the doctor is not there to force it the moth er lets the time pass rather than hear the screams and cries of the child. Not half the parents enforce obedience from their children. Prompt and will ing obedience should be the first lesson taught a child. Their happiness de pends upon it and so does the mother’* peace. We old-fashioned people have but lit tle patience with a generation that is trying to reform the w’orld with new methods—abolishing the ways of their forefathers—raising children on love instead of discipline and filling all the schools in the world with athletic sport* and intercollegiate contests. What honor, what manliness, is there in kick ing a ball or batting one or wrestling or rowing a boat. These sports have gotten to be the most important part of the curriculum and fill the daily pa pers with pictures and thrilling reports of the game. It is all an “ignis fatuus” that fools the boys and makes them think they have acquired an education. When they went to college their par ents had fond hopes of them—when they come out that hope is gone, for they are unfit for business or the du ties of life. wmie l was nan recovering irom the morphine state I got to ruminat ing about the value of things and I compared good health and domestic happiness and the love and devotion of wife and children with fame and power and wealth and ambition and the very thought of them sickened me. I wouldn’t give a good shower of rain just now for Roosevelt and all he has got or ever expects to be. But I love Roosevelt because he hates Miles, and I love Miles because’ he hates Roose velt and I despise them both—“Turn Angelina”—ping pong. And last of all came Satan. They are for war. They kill a thousand negroes to our one. They make a land desolate and call it peace. They have trampled the love of liberty in the dust and all for lust of power and place. A woman from Kansas City sends me a paper with a speech of a Grand Army of the Republic orator on Decoration day in which he says that he wishes every confederate monument was buried in the bottomless ocean and other vindictive things and she wants me to answer it. No, it is no use. The Grand Army of the Republic is full of just such contemptible creatures and I can’t answer them all. It is a stand ing curse to the peace of the land. Let the ball roll on. “Turn Angelina”— ping pong, ding dong, ding dong bell. We will survive the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds. And so I went off to sleep murmuring there is no grand army. It is a two for a nickel or four to one concern. If I couldn’t fight better than that I’d apologize and hide out. Some of them down here in Atlanta would like to make friends, but they have never apologized and the way they do reminds me of the old couplet: “I know that you say that you love me,, But why did you kick me down stairs?” —Ping — pong — ling — dong — Turn, Angelina—Wish I was well enough to work in my garden. BILL ARP. TO BE REWARDED. Consul Ayme, Who Recovered Body of Conml Prentis from Rains of St. Pierre, Will Be Promoted. Col. Louis H. Ayme, of Chicago, the United States consul at’ Guade loupe, who went to Martinique to recover the body of Consul Prentis and look after * the relief work, is coming home. He is said to be much run down physically as a resnlt of his services in the devastated island. The United States tug Potomac, Lieut. B. B. McCormack commanding, left San Juan, Porto Rico, for Port de France, Martinique, to get Consul Ayme and carry him to San Juan, where he will take passage for New York. The state department sent word to the navy department that it was not sure that the consul was still at Fort de France. He has not been heard from recently. It is under stood he will be promoted for his splendid work. Brisrht Dos. “I tried to teach my dog to jump over my leg.” ‘‘Did he catch on?” “Yes; twice. I’ve just got out of ths Pasteur institute.”—Baltimore World. ©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦ ♦ I ! Southern Education I ♦ .1 ©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦©♦ MANUFACTURING CRIMINALS. A Condition in Lioninlana That Haa Ita Counterpart in Other State* of the South. But there can be no doubt that an institution having for its object the saving of the youth of the state and the segregation of juvenile offenders from the hardened criminals is most desperately needed. We are unconsciously training and educating a large criminal element among our citizenship. It is a shame and a disgrace that unfortunate boys and girls, too, for that matter, whom the cruelty of fate has deprived of healthful, moral home Restraints and influences, and who possibly have been set adrift without father or mother, in a sea of crime, should be permitted to live and mature into manhood and womanhood in the very atmosphere of wickedness and sin. It is criminal, too, on the part of the state to assign a wayward youth who has made his first step in crime to a life of association with hardened criminals. It is a stout heart and a strong individuality that can don the stripes of infamy and be associated with murderers, burglars and villians of all classes in a penal colony and emerge with a ray of future hope. Such an unfortunate must,after serv ing his term, whether it be long or short, return to the world hardened and more sinful, broken in spirit and callous to the gibes and criticisms of his fellows. Alter all, it is frequently the case that environment makes saint or sin ner of us. A poor devil who,has nev er known truth and who has been taught that virtue is a pretty senti ment for picture books and fairy stories, is entitled to our most sin cere commiseration, pity and sympa thy. He may be a youth in his teens who never knew a mother’s prayers or a father’s benedictions, yet he is lined up with murderers and cut throats, striped with infamy and placed in the chain gang. It is horrible to contemplate. We do not believe in feather beds and ta ble delicacies for criminals. We are opposed to every form of maudlin sentiment for felons. But there ought to be intelligent and just discrimina tion, and there ought to be supreme effort to save the youth of the land from disgrace and ruin. There are 4o-day about three hun dred youths in the state prison. Of these twenty-five or thirty are white boys. We regard these 300 as lost be yond recall. But there are scores and hundreds of both colors whose in evitable destiny is the penitentiary, who may be saved from disgrace and made worthy good citizens. A graded reformatory institution by whatever name it may be called, where proper restraints are enforced and whole* some instruction given and useful trade taught, would do more to save souls, spare suffering and prevent crime than anything we could sug gest, just now.—Monroe (La.) Star. Worth of an Intelligent Man. A correspondent says that the young men of Virginia go fiway be* cause they do not meet with suffi cient encouragement here. His re marks are well worthy of considera tion. The south’s greatest asset is her young men, and every time she loses one of these she loses some thing of great value. Away with the idea that money makes the country prosperous. Money does not create wealth. It is labor that creates wealth, and a man who labors intel ligently and faithfully is worth far more than his weight in gold. In slavery times a negro man was worth from a thousand to fifteen hundred dollars. But it would appear some times that Virginia values her ener getic sons at very much smaller fig* ures.—Bichmond (Va.) Evening Lead er. Training For Boy* and Girls. The training of the hand for boys and girls should be begun early and carried on simultaneously with the ordinary school course. This hand labor does not retard, but rather aids mental progress. Hand culture is really mind culture; it will aid pupils in earning a living; it dignifies -labor and will furnish the trades with bet ter class of workers. The incorpora tion of technical or industrial train ing with a school curriculum has been tried so thoroughly and suc cessfully in different countries in Eu rope and in hundreds of,schools in America that it is no longer an ex periment, but a demonstrated suc cess.—Dr. J. L. M. Curry.„ I -- * « One Thing Lacking. 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