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STORY OF ANOTHER PIONEER

BY C. B. STEBBINS
June 7, 1882.

Mrs. K. was attacked by ague, and was so prostrated that for a day or two she was deranged. When she was hardly able to walk across the room, my wife and I were, in the same hour, from apparent health, stricken down with what was called chill-fever—a most malignant form of ague. In half an hour we were practically helpless. Mrs. K. crawled about to wait upon us a little through the day, and during the night we were alone. I think the only person who called on us was John Walker, whom some of my old editorial friends will remember as the "editor in luck, " who married an heiress in New Hampshire, and went to the legislature. But in a day or two he was attacked, and in three day there were not five persons in the village able to give any aid to others. Some of the time both my wife and I were deranged; and one morning she found her writing materials on the table where she had placed them in the night, under the impression that she had to write a sermon. Our doctor was one of the sick, and Dr. Barnard came down from Adrian every other day, visiting those who so desired.
We were able to be up in a few days, but I did no work for three months; or till the ground froze. We could only crawl about like yellow ghosts, fortunate if we could get enough to eat; for our appetites were ravenous, and-what we ate would digest hardly more than a stone. " All business was suspended, and I find but ten entries on my day-book in the three months. Yet, strange as it may seem, there was not a single death from the epidemic, in those three terrible months.
The next autumn—1840—the ague got hold of us again, but it was simply ague and fever, for another three months. The attacks were frequent, and unfitted us for business all the time.

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