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MICHIGAN FOOD & BEES

BY A. D. P. VAN BUREN

There you laid shaking in the frigid ague region for an hour or so until you gradually stole back to a temperate zone. Then commenced the warm flashes over your system, which increased with heat as the former did with cold, until you reached the torrid region, where you lay in burning heat, racked with pain in your head and along your back, for an hour or so, when you began by degrees to feel less heat and pain, until your hands grew moist, and you were relieved by a copious perspiration all over your body, and you got to your natural feeling again. Getting back to your normal condition, you felt relieved and happy, and as you went out of doors everything about you was pleasant and smiling, and you seemed to be walking in a brighter and happier world. This disease delighted in extremes; it reveled in antithesis—in torturing the victim with intensest cold, then with burning heat. Among the various Reasons adduced as the cause of this complaint, was this: we got it during the miasmatic period, which began with our first attempt to subdue this wild region, and lasted until cultivation did away with the miasma. The ague was supposed to be the first disease to attack a man in a new country. At any rate the early settlers found it lying about idle, like the Indians. The latter, 'twas said, never had it; it seemed to have a penchant for a white man. * I have often thought I would like to see an Indian have a genuine old settler's shake of the ague. If anything would tame him it would be that. It would shake all the whoop, if not all the Indian, out of him. The first question asked a settler, after he had been here a short time was: "Have you had the ague yet?" If answered in the negative, the reply would be, "Well, you will have it; everybody has it before they've been here long.

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