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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL.

There is au old saying that physicians are a, class of men who pour drugs, of which they know little, into bodies of which they know less. This is both true and untrue at the same time. There are good and poor lawyers, and good and poor doctors. The trouble with these medical gentlemen as a profession is that they are clannish and apt to be conceited. They don't like to be beaten at their own trade by outsiders who have never studied medicine. They therejj fore pay, by their frequent failures, the penalty ot refusing instruction unless the teacher bears their own " Hall Mark." ' An eminent physician—' l)r Bvown-Sequard. t)f Paris—states the facts accur.itely when he o&ys : "The medicalprofession are so bound up m their self-confidence and conceit that they allow the diamond truths of science to be picked np by person entirely outside their ranks." We give a most interesting incident, which illustrates this important truth. The steamship "Concordia," of the Donaldson Line sailed from Glasgow for Baltimore m 1887, having on board as afireman a man named Richard Wade, of Glasgow. He had been a fireman for fourteen years on various ships sailing to America, China, and India. He had borne the hard and exhausting labor, and had been healthy and strong. On the trip we now name he began for the first time to feel weak and ill. His appetite failed, and he suffered from drowsiness, heartburn, a bad taste m the mouth, and costiveness and irregularity of the bowels. Sometimes when at work he had attacks of giddiness, but supposed it to be caused by the heat of the fire room. Quite often he was sick and felt like vomiting, and had some pain m the head. Later during the passage he grew worse, and when the hip reached Halifax he was placed m the Victoria General Hospital, and the ship sailed away- without him. The house surgeon gave him some powders to stop the vomiiing, and the no-set day the visiting physician gave fluu » irrMrtwfe to take every four hours WStllai two flays Wade was so much worse t liat t.ne doctors stopped both he powders a,ud tne mixture. A month passed,, the poor fireman getting worse and worse. ' Then came another doctor, who was to be visiting physician for the next five months. He gave other medicines, but not much relief. Nearly all that-' time -Wade suffered great torture ; he digested lidthmg throwing up all he ate. There was terrible pain m the boAvels burning heat m the throat, heartburn, and racking headache. The patient was now taking a mixture every four hours, powders, o^o after each meal to digest the food, operating pills one every night, and temperature, pills two each.night to stop the cold sweats. If drugs could cure him at all, Richard had an idea that he took enough to do it. But on the other hand pleurisy set m and th* doctor, fcioli, ninety oifncfs of viatfar /mm hi* right side and then told him he was sure to die. Fire months more rolled by and there as another change of visiting physicianah The new one gave Wade a mixture whica he said made him tremble like a leaf ori tree. At this crisis Wade's Scotch blood asserted itself. He refused to stand any more dosing, and tild the doctors that if he must die hecould die as well without them as with them. By this time a cup of milk would turn sour on his stomach, and lie there for days. Our friend from Glasgow was like a wreck on a shoal, fast going to pieces. We will let him tell the rest of his experience m the words m which he communicated it to, the press, ,j He says; "When I was m this state a lady whom I had never seen came to the hospital and talked with me, She proved to be an angel of mercy, for without her I should not now be alive. She told me of a medicine called ' Mother Seigel s Curative Syrup,' and brought me a bottle next day. I started with it, without consulting the doctors, and m only a few days' time I wan on t of bed calling for ham and eggs for breakfast. From that time keeping on with Mother Seigel's great remedy, I got well fast, and was soon able to leave the hospital and come home to Glasgow. I now feel as if I was ill another world, and have no lness of any kind," The above facts are calmly and impartially stated, and the reader may draw his own conclusion. We* deem it best to use no names although Mr Wade gave them m his original deposition. His address is No. 244, Stobcross Street, Glasgow, where letters will reach him. . $ditok

A gentleman, „who is evidently well m formed of what is going on m New Zealand with regard to the destruction of our forests, writes to the "Sydney Morning Herald" condemning the folly of New Zealanders m destroying one of the best heritages with svhich nature has endowed them. The writer says :—ln New Zealand the destruction of forests has been terrible. According to" Sir James Hector, F.R.S., the destruction of forests m the Auckland Province (the Kauri country) from 1830 to. 1868 was 57"75 per cent, kid from 1868 to 1873, 27 -27 per cent. The area of New Zealand forests m 1830 was about 20 millions of acres, and m 1873 about 12 million acres. The Crown forest lands are estimated at 5,000,000 acres. In European countries, State forests yield large revenues, and I will give a few details obtained m 1871 as the average of some years. Hanover, under Forest Director Barakardt, 900,000 acres returned a net surplus to the State of £162,000 per annum: Prussia, with 6,200,000 acres, obtained a total revenue of £2,100,000, and an actual profit of £1,000,000 per annum. In Saxony 395,195 acres gave a net profit of £249,000 yearly to the istate. Bavaria, with 3,000,000 acres, yielded a net revenue of £785,964.. Austria with 1,576,653 acres obtained a clear profit of £90,000 per annum, besides the value of existing rights or servitudes estimated at £50,000 per annum. France with 2,500,000 acres obtained about £1,000,000 yearly. Canada sends about £5,000,000 worth of timber every year to England. Statutory Declaration.—l, Franz Raabe Ironbark, Sandhurst, m the colony of Vie toria, Australia, do solemnly and sincerely declare that on the 25th June, 1877, my son Alfred, six years of age, was accidentally hurt with an axe on his knee. lat once took all pains to secure medical assistance. How ever, m•: spite of all efforts, on the 27th August, 1877, the opinion was given by Dr Macgilliyray thafr an, amputation of the, injured limb had become imperative, m order to save life. At this juncture I called on I Messrs Sander and Sons, procuring some of their Extract of Eucalyptus Globulus, and by the application of the same I had the satisfaction of seeing my son within a fortnight out of all danger, and to-day he is recovered. I may just add that it was when the crisis had been reached that the Extract referred to was first applied ? and I make this solemn declaration^ etc.—Franz Raabk, Declared at Sandhurst, m the colony for Victoria, Australia, this {seventeenth day of October, one thousand^ eighty Tiundred and, eventy-seven, before me, MoritJ! Cohn, J.P* — Advt.) 6 ' Holloway's Pills. —Weary of Life. — Derangments of the liver is one of the mos efficient causes of dangerous disease, and the most peolific source of those melancholy foregbodinr which are worse than death itself. A few doses of these noted pills act magically m dispelling low spirits, and repelling the covert attacks made on the nerves by excessive heat, impure atmosphere, overindulgence, or exhausting excitement;. The shattered constitution may derive benefit from Holloway'a Pills, which will regulate disordered action, brace the nerves, increase the energy of the intellectual faculties, and revive the failing memory. By attentively studying the instructions for taking these pills, an explicitly putting them m practice, he most desponding will soon feel confident of a perfect recovery. •. ,■ .

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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TEN MONTHS' SUFFERING IN A HOSPITAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2491, 14 August 1890

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