AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 73
was. At last I lost all patience and said to the conductor that any man that could not remember a passenger sitting in a car behind the door, with a heavy winter overcoat on, shaking with ague on a hot August day, was totally unfit to be a conductor on any railroad. After this short con¬ versation he disturbed me no more.
I arrived at Elmira in the evening, and as soon as I got to the hotel I told the proprietor I wanted him to send for the best doctor in Elmira. This he did at once. In a short time the doctor came to my room, and said, " Young man, what's the matter? " I told him I had fever and ague. He wanted to make a diagnosis of my case so that he could treat me more intelUgently. I told him that was useless, and would only be a waste of time, as I had fever and ague, pure and simple. I then asked him if he had any remedy other than quinine; he said he had not. I then told him to give me a prescription on the best druggist in town for thirty grains in three doses. He asked me when I was going to take them. I repUed, " Al before twelve o'clock." He said, " That will not do, the dose is too large; it will make your head buzz Uke a lot of bumblebees." Experience told me it would do so.
The next morning I took the train for New York and escaped the chiU, but my head was in a bad condition for several days. I went from New York directly home to Chester County and remained there for a few days and then went to Safe Harbor, to give it another trial, but I could not remain, as the attacks became more frequent and so violent that I was compelled to leave the best job I ever had up to that time. I was again a complete wreck and cared but Uttle whether I Uved or died, so I bade Safe Harbor a fiinal adieu, and again went home to Chester County.
When I got back from Lake Superior in 1852, after visiting