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BALL. DK3M • ) "•Miss Chilworth'S tiostuttie id done, ••Biank goodness," said Madalfie, Stitcher, throwing a glance heavenward. "And •ytdu'll have to take it; down on the 2 • -d'clock boat, Daisy Hope, for she wants rtt for the hop this evening. That's the floss of half n. day's work for me, but I •cannot afford to lose her custom. And •She has such a' temper, and you never • 6an trust that exfressman of ours to be On time." , . Daisy tried to look sympathetic, but it was'not a very easy thing to do. The -feet Which Madame Stitcher fomented as the "loss of half a day" meant to the "who was sent homo with the parcel f a day's holiday, a trip on a pleas- steamer, a ride in an open stage S one of the prettiest wateriiig- anywhere, and a good time gen- There were girls, of course who Would have made a misery out o? it, SnTrnsting the lot of a luird-woiWng .young dressmaker With that of people who had nothing to do but to en.ioy themselves. But Daisy was one who Sok all the brightness that came into •her life with a smile, and made tbc '"I?she boarded with Madame Stitcher •nothing could be easier than to run up «tnln, put on her best P>nk-imislln, hoi little sailor-hat, trimmed with white, and those new tics, which fitted hei VL WUIBU she had to take tho diess •In a box, but she was not a bit nshamcd •of beini? known to be one who worked for hor"bread and butter, and the box .really weighed nothing, for the dress •was of the lightest and most delicate •tulle over a summer silk slip. And not .a happier 'girl tripped over the sidewalk aud up the steps of the "L that •day than little Daisy Hope. She lutohdd to make every bit of the Journey a holiday, and she "wondered at the lady opposite, who kept screwing up her face in the most discontented fashion, and telling her coinpanion- another discontented-looking lady—that "it was dreadfully hot;" that these <»rs were always crowded;" that there •were "so many flics," and iuterlaudmjj tier complaints with all sorts of unpleasant remarks about a certain "she. Daisy decided, after awhile, that it •was her mother-in-law who was ' utterly unendurable." Now, Daisy felt that it was natural that a summer day should be warm, and that people should go out in num- Jiers. When a fly would perch on her nose, she drove It away with her haud- Ikerchief, and she could not help wou- •deruig whether the poor mother-in-law •was any. more unendurable than this -discontented lady. But then people were good-natured Jso—some of them. "My child, you must be tired of hold">ins that box," said a gentleman who :sat iln the corner seat uext her. "Let ane -put it over here for you—so." And he took it gently from her and placed it very nicely against the side tffi the car. Daisy thanked him. "It 'is quite a relief," said sho, -"though it doesn't weigh much. Only •my fingers were a little cramped. It is •so mce of you—I'm very much obliged, •"I can guess what is in it," said the •gentleman. Now, if he had been a very young gentleman, Daisy would, pcrhaps-at least I hope so—have looked proper and declined conversation. But he was a portly, middle-aged gentleman, not unlike President Cleveland, only he had very pink checks, and he had called her "My child," so she thought it would fce uncivil not to answer, and she said: "Can you?" "A ball dress, then," said the gentleman, . "and it's to be worn at a hop. And It's going to Silver Beach hotel." "You are a good guesser," said Daisy. "Yes, and the dress has been made for Hiss Charlotte Chilworth," proceeded the gentleman, "and it is from Madame Stitcher's establishment." "Ah, you've read the label on the box •cover," said Daisy. The gentleman laughed. "Well, perhaps I did," said he. "All .1 want to know is whether you arc .Madame Stitcher." "Of course not," said Daisy, laughing. 'They never carry home their own 'boxes. I'm only Daisy Hope." "Do you make "em?" asked the gen- •tleman. "I'm learning to do it," said Daisy. "Stitch—stitch—stitch," said the gcn- •tieman. "Do you ever get tired of it?" "Oh, that's part of living to have •Work to do, and be tired now and then," said Daisy. "Then you enjoy rest and play, and your Sundays." "Good, wholesome way of looking at It," said the gentleman. "This Miss Oharlotte, now, I suppose she only wears 'em and plays all the time?" "Well," said Daisy, who never could belp letting her tongue run, "I shouldn't wish to be Miss Charlotte Chilworth. 8he frets so—she's never contented with anything, not even with her lovely dresses, Screws her face up so, flon't you know"—and she made a funny little wrinkle in her nose—"every five .minutes." The gentleman laughed again. 1 "'I've seen girls like that," said he. "She's going to be so very rich, too," -eaid Daisy, "and I do hate one thing about her—she's always talking about •*when Uncle Charles dies, I'll have' •this and that. It seems dreadful to pie, and he IS so nice to her—gives her everything. Now, if I had an uncle like that I'd hate to think he ever had & die." "Bless your soul, I know you would," •Said the gentleman, "and of course Ikfiss Charlotte's uncle is ready to die to oblige her?" "I suppose that he's a very, very old gentleman, with, long, suow-white hair, and no teeth, and walks feebly on a eaitte," said Daisy. "But I should think £he'd cherish him." ""Pooy old Nunky," said the gentleman, looking serious. "An3 what would She do if he married, instead of dying DOW?'' "J suppose he's too oM to think of that «4w," said Daisy. "But Miss Cbar- 4ptte told madame the other day tb.-it ,"fy$f mamma, would never allow Pncle •£5J^uies to marry any on-j. She al- ^VliyB broke off e?ery match he thought •rf|r $fter n]ui ea» how rick lie was ' • to\bfi. If imjjad ft good opinion , e oromd jtp W*» thftt she % 1 - f , •,, L*i,3-;.j: didn't d&sefve lt» He wanted to hiaffy a widow oncie. but she Settled that widow L: no time. Do you know, I think that was mcttn.", "Perhaps it was, but the uncle deserved It tot being such an Idiot," said the gentleman. "Now hero wo ate at our ferry, and here's our boat." "Oh, are you going to Sliver Beach?" quGt'lecl Daisy. "I am, Miss Daisy," replied the gentleman, "and don't trouble about the box I'll carry it." "People will think that you ars a gentleman dressmaker If you do, sir," said Daisy. "No. no, no. they'll Ihlnk I'm a mar- rled man taking home his wlfft's new drops," said the gentleman, "whereas I am a poor, forlorn bachelor, like this unhappy Uncle Charles, whoso relations want him to die as soon as possible. Like their In-iiV-donco, I should say; no doubt he eats his dinner yet, and enjoys it." When they were on tho boat Daisy fcvnd herself taken care of. The gentleman picked up two seats In a moment, and carried them up to what Daisy called "the point of the boat," where they got all the breeze, and he talked and aughcd a great deal. Miss Charlotte and the old uncle were such jokes to him. The trip seemed very short, and they were at the landing in no time. And still he kept the box. AVas he really going to the hotel with her, and If Madame Stitcher heard of It, what would she say? "You have been very kind, to me, sir, and please, I will take the box now," she said. "No, you will not, Miss Daisy," said the gentleman. "Miss Charlotte will not need her dress uiitil 0 o'clock; it Is only 4 now. You must have an ice;" He walked up to a funny little booth, decorated with flags of all nations, where a little old woman sold candies. "Put this box away until we come back for it, Mrs. Grady," he said, and tossed the old woman half a dollar, and took Daisy by the elbow. "I know it is wrong, but I cannot holp it," Daisy was saying to herself. He Is so determined—and after all, ho docs It just as any one's brother or father might—not as If we were flirt- lug, I am sure." And there they were In thct pavilion, aud a plate of strawberry-ice before her, aud such lovely little cakes, and the baud was playing, aud the gentleman was so kind. "It is just as if an angel had given mo something to enjoy. I don't believe it is wrong to take it," Daisy said to herself. And then a little sadness came Into her heart. Sho had never had any one to pot her in all her life. How sweet that would bo—to be petted always. But she drove the sadness away and smiled, and then bilked of tho music. And at last tho gentleman said: "Well, Miss Daisy, business before pleasure, I suppose. We must get that box uow, and I'll put you into the stage for the hotel. That ico was refreshing. 'We both needed it." "Arid I have to thank you for a pleasant time, sir," said Daisy, with the old- fashioned politeness her grandmother liad lived long enough to teach her. The gentleman patted her on the ihoulder. "You are a good little girl, I know," lie said. Thou they walked out of the pavilion together. But what had happened? Where were all the people rushing? * "Fire!" shouted every boy on the beach. "Fire!" roared all tho men. "Fire!- fire! fire!" screamed the women and little girls. There was a blaze, a smoke. Four men with extinguishers fastened to their shoulders rushed past thorn—there was the mounted police. "What Is on fire?" queried tho gentleman of one of the crowd. "Widow Grady's caudy booth, that's all," was tho answer. "Aud Miss Charlotte Chllworth's ball dress," said the gentleman. "Oh, what shall I do?" gasped Daisy, as she stood regarding the lurncd canvas and smoking boards, fragments of flags, little mass of molten candy, and half a black box cover, which somehow had saved Itself. A little tinclor blew seaward—It was all that was loft of Miss Charlotte ChTIworfli's ball dross. "I'm woll punished," said Daisy, sadly. "Well, I deserved It, Now 1 must go and tell tho lady—and a pleasant thing that will bo to do. Only poor madame must not be blamed, and she will lose her bill. Oh, doar!" Daisy was crying at last. "Don't, don't!" said iho pcntloiimn. "It was all my fault—I'll go with you." In half an hour more Daisy stood lu tho presence of Miss Chilworth, trembling and scarcely knowing how to bosin her dreadful task. But before sho could spoak the gentleman, who had walked into the hotel parlor with her interfered. "Now, my child," ho said, "let me. Charlotte, this little girl came down on the boat with me, and by an accident which was occasioned by my fault, not hers at all, your dross was destroyed—she's In despair over it." "Careless little wretch!" gaspnd Miss Chilworth. "Well may she bo " "Stop, Charlotte," said the gentleman. "I shall pay the hill, and give you a now dress and madame is never to know anything about it. I say it, Charlotte." "Well, do as you please," said Miss Chilworth, pettishly. "I can't prevent you, Uncle Charles," and she flounced out of the room. Uncle Charles! This gentleman was Miss Chihvorth's uncle, then! Daisy, at the moment, wished that she could sink Into the ground or plunge into the sea, or anywhere out of sight. Oh, her long tongue! oh, her stupid chatter to a stranger! She gave a despairing glance at tie gentleman, and he burst into a roar of laughter as he counted out the sum of maduine's bill. "Don't fret, child," he said, as.he put Daisy Jn the stage a little later. "I'm very glad you said what you did, and I rather think that the poor old uncle will live long enough to astonish gome people by his conduct. I'm coming to call on you goon, fernember that!" Last week Madarne Stitcher finished a wedding outfit, Jt was for Daisy Hope. "It is quite romantic," s}ie says. "She is going to marry a millionaire—a good deal older than she, to be sure, but so charming, and so uiuoh in joy«> with her; and she worships him- P»r h np8 you ftave h'sajpj, ^ Mi AMIOK'S DISCOVERY ITS BEIAfcllSrd ON !S5LAfIt>N OP THE CONSUMPtiVfeS. AcHon of tho Michigan Board o JleaHh In DcslBimtJng: Consiimptloii A Contagion* Disease Dlscusscd^-Cui'e the Ucst Alternative. ; The recent action of the Michigan State Board of Health in placing consumption on. the list of contagious diseases and requiring safeguards to prevent its spread, is causing widespread newspaper discussion as to the propriety of similar action in other states.. Not only has the Michigan Board of Health taken this radical stop, but the County Medical Society, of Philadelphia, has petition the Board of Health there to isolate consumptives. The Pan-American Congress also passed a resolution ao the recent Washington convention calling on the nationalgov- ernment to take steps in the same direction, even going so far as to ask President Cleveland to give his personal attention to the matter. The result has been that national, state, and civic authorities have been appealed to, thereby causing consternation to thousands of consumptives in every state in the union, who are in terror lest they should be torn from their homes and friends, and turned over to "special hospitals," which, in reality, will be pesthouses. The turmoil which the proposition has created is steadily increasing, and a great wave of opposition is appearing. Friends of consumptives declare that if isolation of the patients is attempted in special hospitals, numerous outrages will result and that not only will unfeeling persons who want to get rid of sick relatives, dump them upon the hospitals, but machinations will arise of a most evil character. Small tradesmen, for instance, afflicted by a cough, may suddenly find themselves moved out of their competitors' way, by a judicial process which will send them to the special consumptive hospital to end their days. Some of them declare that while the appearance of smallpox or cholera in the land is the signal for immediate, widespread alarm, and the inauguration of severe repressive measures, consumption, which is always present and is chronically epidemic, is allowed to take an unchecked course, the people not realizing that it is far more deadly than any other disease, and is slowly but surely increasing its silent ravages. It is claimed that as half of the people who have consumption do not realize the fact, they spread a false confidence among their friends, who carelessly allow themselves to come in contact with the victims, and are, in turn, fatally infected. The Herald, commenting on this subject, quotes the action of the Congres de la Tuberculose, recently held in Paris, in which the folio wing resolution was adopted: "In view of the fact that life in common of consumptives with the other patients in the hospitals is disadvantageous both to themselves and others, and that the risks that they run and to which they expose others are not compensated by any serious profit, the members of the Congress are of die opinion that all consumptive patients should be gathered together in special hospitals in groups, according to the period of their disease, and that these groups should be as small as possible at the earliest stage of the complaint. "In consideration of the fact that in the present condition of the science a continuous and sufficient supply of pure air is one of the most powerful elements in the treatment of tuberculosis, it is also advisable that these hospitals should be built in the country or at the seashore. "Finally, as a transitory measure, to last as short a time as possible, consumptives shoulc 1 , for the time being, be united in special wards in the hospitals, apart from those of the other patients, and the walls and furniture of these wards should be disinfected at stated intervals." Another scheme for the isolation of consumptives, which has just been announced by the Denver (Colo.) News, is to the effect that W. N. Byers, representing a syndicate of Boston capitalists, has applied at the office of the Colorado land commissioner for sections of land on which to colonize consumptives from New England. The idea is to erect suitable buildings and put the patients at gentle work, attending to fruit and poultry, bee culture and gardening, insisting, all the time, upon suitable physical exercise. The idea is that patients in the first stages of consumption might be benefited in the mild, dry air of Colorado and that their light labors might be turned to the pecuniary advantage of the syndicate. The Post over a year ago interested itself in the question of the cause of consumption and the possibility of its cure. Since that time many other newspapers have devoted attention to the subject. Recent statistics, carefully gathered, have shown that one-seventh of all the deaths in the United States from disease are caused by consumption, and this startling fact, prominently presented, has served to increase the agitation which has been aroused. In order to get at the opinions of the leading physicians of Cincinnati on the latest aspect of the case, i. e., that relating to the proposed isolation of consumptives, interviews were secured with Drs. Whittaker, Judkins, Amick, Brunning and others. Div William Judkins said: "I thoroughly believe in the scheme for the isolation of consumptive patients, The best plan is to take the patient out of his home and put him in a house specially built for consumptives. The idea may seem a harsh one, but it is certaiu- by in the interests of friends of the sufferer. The great trouble with the project >vould be to get patients in the first stages of the disease to go to such a retreat. Most of them don't believe that they have consumption, and yon can not convince them to the contrary. " Dr. Whittaker was averse to talking on the fcubject. but finally said: "I do not approve of the isolation project hiinply because I do not think it would do any practical good. Isolation, the taking away of a consumptive from his and friendj t would b$ rather in- "fs every dase of consumption the result of contact With some other case, or is the disease sometimes sporadic, like cholera?" "No. There is no such th'ng as sporadic consuirfption. It is not even an inherited disease. Every case owes its origin-to communication. Many cases of consumption are contracted at bedsides. One patient can give it to twenty Well persons. Strong men, with no disposition that way, get it. Why, One of the worse places to contract consumption is in a ppstoffice corridor. A consumptive coming in spits on the floor, fie spreads the germs of his disease to be inhaled by others who enter. There should be cuspidors in postofHces, in market-houses and in all other public places. Spitting by consumptives upon the sidewalks is not so dangerous, as the open air disseminates the germs more widely than in a building." "Tin you think that consumption is increasing, or decreasing?" "Probably decreasing, on account of better methods . used in treating it. The newspapers can do great good by calling attention to the great dangers of consumption and noting the necessity for greater care in guarding against the disease. People are too careless. No doubt isolation would be of benefit to patients, and do good, but it could not be enforced." Dr. W. R. Amick, who resigned his professorship in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, held for 17 years, to devote himself to curing consumption, said: "I am, of course, opposed to isolation, because my theory is that consumption is not directly produced by any outside cause. I hold that the bacillus microbe is the effect, or product, and not the cause of the disease; so it is very 'evident, in my opinion, that isolation would accomplish no g'ood." "You mean to say, then, that the inhaling of the dried-up sputa, containing these microbes, is not harmful?" "On the contrary." Dr. Amick replied, any dust or extraneous matter would produce a mechanical irritation of the partsand.be likely to occasion lung trouble—as the inhalation of the dried sputa of a cqnsumptive. Just as a speck of dust irritates the eye, the inhalation of any foreign matter irritates the air passages." Continuing, Dr. Amick said: "You may state as my opinion that the natural secretion of the healthy mucous membrane either destroys the' germs so inhaled or renders them of no effect, so far as any intrinsic power to produce the disease is concerned. If 3onsumption was either contagious or infectious, I would have had it long since, as I am daily closeted with the worst possible cases, and during the investigation leading to my discovery of the cause and cure of the disease, I sought out the worst forms of it and made microscopic examination of • diseased sputa a marked feature of my professional work and research. Not- ivithstanding all this, and although predisposed to consumption, I have in- ialed the diseased breath and germs of tuberculous patients almost continually without ill effect." "On what grounds, doctor, have all ihesc appeals for the isolation of con- iurnptives been made?" On the theory of some bacteriologists ;hat the disease is communicated by microbes expectorated by the consumptive." Asked as to how many of the medial profession agreed with his theory ;o the contrary, Dr. Amick said: "From ill I can learn perhaps one-half and a majorit3 r of the other half freely ex- jress their surprise that, considering ny treatment is not based on the bacilli Jieory, it proves so efficacious. A year or two I was practically alone in advocating nay theory, but to-day the progressive physicians agreeing with me are numbered by thousands, and I jrophesy that in a few years very few vill contend that the microbe causes ihe disease. I make no attempt to destroy the bacilli in my treatment, for ,hey disappear of themselves as the disease is conquered, and this is observed n using the microscope by physicians n-escribing my medicines. I consider liis the strongest possible proof that microbes are not the cause of the disease, and that they can not exist un- ler normal healthy conditions. It does not require a scientist to understand ,hat inasmuch as the bacilli are not ound until the expectoration becomes purulent that they could not produce ,his purulent condition. No, unlike imallpox, the disease does not announce tself in any aggressive manner, but jegins with gradually increasing weak- loss, loss of strength and appetite, and s firmly seated before the bacilli are jroduced, thus showing that the disease irecedes these germs. Suppose you •ourself," said Dr. Amick to The Post nan, "caught cold; suppose that cold •an into catarrhal pneumonia, which, n turn, resulted in consumption. I do not think anyone could make you be- ieve it was a microbe instead of a Iraught or exposure which occasioned r our catching cold, and yet you admit he cold produced the disease. No, I Irmly contend," concluded Dr. Amick, 'that the isolation'and separation of ,hese poor sick consumptives from the only ones who for affection's sake vould care for them, is not only inhuman but unnecessary, and not only unnecessary but impracticable. Please •emember that they are numbered not )y hundreds or thousands, but by hundreds of thousands, and that nearly everyone who reads The Post has near and dear relatives in consumption who n-operly administered to can be re- itored to health, but whom isolation might place beyond all hope. It will •equire no argument to convince you ;hat the relatives of these sick ones will igorously protest against any such enactment, and the good citizens of this country will help them prevent them carrying out of the proposed cruel imposition." Dr. Brunning said: "Consumption is increasing in cities on account of the favorable conditions which exist for its dissemination. All cases of,the disease are communicated. There are no sporadic cases. The germs are in the atmosphere which everybody breathes, but they only take lold in a fa/vorable soil, in the proper ;ype of human organism. Isolation of consumptives is difficult. People attending them should use great care in disinfecting the discharges. The disease is contagious from its start." "Do you think that Ohio should imitate the Michigan State Board of Health's action ;u putting consumption in the list o< contagious diseases, alpsg with sinall-pox, gcarlev fever, diphtheria and' danger from consumption as there is 'ffdm smallpox. Most diseases are contagious. Consumption can never be stamped out by law. People suffering from it can not be dragged from then- homes to a special hospital." Dr. T. C. Miuoi' declared that he took no stock in the theory that consumption is contagious. ' ( ; "The death rate from consumption is always greatest on the Sea coast and gradually diminishes toward the interior. A moist climate develops lung trouble. I do.not believe it can be accounted for by the microbe theory. It wouki be the height of cruely to isolate Consumptives from their friends and .relatives, who are the only ones who "will properly care for them." Dr. F. Forchheimer said briefly! ''Consumption is sometimes contagious, but not always. lean not now discuss the matter fully." AMlCK'S THEORY. It Conflicts With Some Kecetvod Opinions, When the Cincinnati Post undertook, over a year ago, to examine into the causes of tuberculosis and the methods whii-.li had been advanced for its cure, the idea was to so thoroughly sift and test alleged "cures" that their merits should finally be settled to the satisfaction of the public. Dr. W. R. Amick has just announced that consumption could be cured by the use of a new method, which he proposed to introduce. Other doctors in considerable numbers, derided the idea that anything more efficient than old school treatment with cod liver oil, creosote and the various hypophos- phites could be devised, and some of them entered the newspapers and medical journals to say so in brusque English. Others, again, who were not so confident that the acme of medical science had been reached, were disposed to await a test of Amick's method before giving cheir opinions. It was at this stage of the proceedings that The Post conceived "the idea of selecting test cases of consumption and also one or two of asthma for Amick to treat, the doctor having declared that his formula was equally effective in asthmatic troubles. The plan for the test, as laid down by The Post and accepted finally by Amick, was to select from persons who were affected with tubercolosis three whose cases had passed beyond the initial stage and would therefore be past the assistance of such treatment as could be given by the standard methods of the day. It was agreed that if Amick succeeded in curing the test patients he should be given full and free credit for the same and that if he failed the treatment should receive merited condemnation. Full reports of die progress of the tests were to be published frequently until the end of the undertaking and the patients either died or got well. Acting on this plan The Post advertised for patients and secured several, including one of chronic asthma of 37 years standing aud others of consumption which had progressed into the third stage. The treatment of all the cases were persistently carried on for over six months. The progress of the test was duly chronicled and became familiar to all the people of the Ohio Valley and contiguous states. Marked interest was excited and the outcome was as anxiously awaited by the pubiic as by the unfortunate patients themselves. • , After the lapse of bhe time mentioned the Post stated that all of the test patients were alive and well. At the present time one of these test patients is living in North Bend. O., while another resides at West Fourth street, Cincinnati, and is continually praising the Amick cure as a final relief from long continued trouble., and the third, who gained 32 pounds in six weeks, has become a giant in strength and lives now on Main street. Just before the test of the Amick cure took place, us narrated, Dr. Koch, the celebrat'ed German physician and scientist, had announced a cure for tuberculosis, which, when thoroughly tested, proved to be inefficient, and the collapse of the general expectation, which had followed Koch's announcement, made it difficult for Amick's treatment to find favor. Nevertheless a considerable number of physicians noting the apparently favorable progress of the tests, and convinced by the sincerity of Dr. Amick, by the fact that he declared himself willing to send out free to all regular practitioners sample outfits of hismedi- Ines, with directions of treatment of test cases, concluded to experiment for ihemselves, and to this end sent for medicines and directions. While their test cases were progressing in various parts of the country, other physicians, who thought to get rid of patients whom they could no Longer treat with any show of success, sent the same to Amick, determined to shift all responsibility upon him, and perchance cause a failure of a system af treatment which would make an unfavorable comparison with their own. Some of them declared that Amick's refusal to make public his formula of medicines was a great wrong and of itself suggested a money-making spirit, rather than a broad and humanitarian character, Amick replied to these critics that his reason for keeping the formula secret was to prevent the tinkering of inefficient doctors, who, by adding to or subtracting from the medicines would achieve varied, results, in the main disastrous, and the whole system would, in time, be thrown into disrepute. It was a new theoiy of practice, which was confronted by the opposition of old time ideas and prejudices and every safeguard was needed that could be devised to keep the medicines and method of applying them free from innovations, until such time as the treatment should become universally approved and accepted, when the formulas might, without further restraint, be freely given to the world. Dr. Amick, in the early clays of his experiments, was beset with doubts aud fears as to the final outcome, and he was greatly troubled over some of the desperate cases of consumption sent to him by other physicians lor treatment. He scarcely knew himself the virtues of the treatment he had originated, and trembled lest many deaths should occur on his hands and discredit the treatment. But a large percentage of the third stage cases sent to bin) improved visibly uncfer his care, and finally ended in re- covfiiles, Others died. elti -»•-,. t ', • had by this time become generally dil» 'fused throughout America, and vast numbers of letters of inquiry camd pQifrinf In'up'on the Cincinnati physij clan from the north, south, east and west. The doctor finally awoke to the fact that he had become famous. A Cincinnati -correspondent Of tne New York Recorder called tho attention of'that journal to the Amick test cases which had been conducted by the Un* cinnati Post, and as the Recorder was in the field With an offer of a $1,000 prize for the demonstration of a stic* cessful method of curing tuberculosis, an arrangement was made with ^ Dr. Amick for a public test in New York. The Recorder selected 10 patients, whom Dr. Amick took under his care. With the ultimate result that all wit one were pronounced cured, and the Recorder, having satisfied itself of the fact of their recovery, paid Amick the thousand-dollar prize. , The triumph of the Cincinnati discoverer was not unalloyed with bitterness, however. Envious persons, and others who practiced medicine under the old time rules and regulations, see- 1 ing the rise of Amick's new treatment, opened fire upon him through the columns of certain journals, and endeavored to convince the public that somehow or other the doctor's discovery Was not what he claimed it to be. He had long practiced medicine in Cincinnati, however, and had been of excellent reputation in the craft. So _ the innuendos fell flat, more especially when his brother, the well-known Prof. M. L. Amick, also of the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery, came out and associated himself in the new treatment, bringing with him the ripe results of twenty-five years' medical labors. Dr. W. R. Amick did not at the time declare, nor does he do so now, that his treatment is an infallible one. He insists that no extravagent claims shall be made for it, and asserts that, not more than 30 per ccntof_third stage cases can receive any lasting benefit from his medicines. He does, however, declare that the treatment is almost a specific in the earlier stages of consumption where the directions given by him are carefully observed and no complication of other diseases is present. Since the close of the tests made by the Post and the Recorder, many other newspapers throughout the United States have conducted similar tests, and so have numerous hospitals and santia- riums-. The Minneapolis Times, speaking editorially of the spread of the Amick cure, says: "Thirty or more physicians in the city have taken the medicines compounded by Dr. Amick and are testing them in their practice. One of the doctors gives it as his opinion that the medicines, in the test cases, accomplished more than the discover claimed for them. It may be that a reliable cure has been found, but if not that, a help has been introduced which will greatly assist in the unequal battle that must be fought against this enemy of human life." Another editorial article published by the Minneapolis Journal says: "Dr. Amick who has acquired a great deal of celebrity of Lite by his successful treatment of phthsis, has recently had. his cure investigated by and at the instigation of the press at Cleveland. Of ten almost hopeless cases which were selected only one died, two were pronounced cured, four sliowed marked improvement, and three were much improved. In all cases there was an increase in weight, and the subjects had only been under treatment two months. "The physicians who watched the course of treatment, expressed themselves satisfied with the cure and testified as to the great value of the discovery. But a number of doctors who were interviewed accused Dr. Amick of'violating the code.' He has made one of the most wonderful and valuable discoveries ever hoped for in medicine, but he refuses to give the formula to every Tom, Dick and Harry to monkey with, and he therefore 'violates the code.'" The success of Amick's treatment has brought into the greatest prominence his theory that the disease produced the microbe, against the theory of Koch and many physicians that tho bacillus microbe was the cause of consumption. Koch hasdircced his efforts towards the destruction of this microbe, while avoiding killing the patient. In this lie admits that he failed. As a result his medicine "tuberculins" is not now used. It is believed that something like one-half of the medical profession now adopt Amick's theory, although he has by no means a unanimous support in his beliefs. It will be seen that Dr. Amick's theory is in direct conflict with the ideas of those who, through lack of a better term, may be called the bacteriologists of the profession, and who ascribe all lung troubles to bacteria or bacilli These bacteriologists demand, as will -, be noted in some of the interviews given above, that all consumptives be isolated and treated as though they have smallpox or yellow fever. They insist that a wife shall be separated from her sick husband and a husband from his dying wife, in order to avoid contagion. The opportunity to freely test the Araick cure is still given to regular physicians in all states of the union, and every day, in response to calls, over 200 free outfits are sent out to ap? plicants. The criticism continues to be made by physicians of the unchanging' and nonprogressive school that Dr. Amick, in allowing' the newspapers to exploit his cure, has outraged his profession and should be severely reprimanded. The reply is made to this charge that Dr. Amick had no control of the secular press, and he very frankly says that if he had he would not have discouraged any honorable effort to bring his treatment at once thoroughly before the public. Had the usual slow channels of the medical journals been tho only means of publicity, thousands of consumptives would have died jn the interval. Dr. Amick does, not go, in his opinion, a step further in allowing public attention to be called to his treatment than did Dr. Koch,' the German scientist, in spreading the news of his. Explicit. "Is that Lake Michigan'" uskod u venerable woman who wus trudging along tbe HBO, wall near IWnut'nctwers building! The guard, scratched hit, head a moment aud thought. Tben, having solved the problem, he said: "IJp, pa4%nji $'$ only p^rS ot it, 1 " 1

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