AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN FRITZ 75
you?" I told him' I had the fever and ague. "Damn you," he said, " you ought to have it." I said, " What do you mean?" " Why," he repUed, " I told you a year ago what to do and if you had done it you would surely be cured." " Yes," I said, " but almost every person I have met for the last j^ear has told me of a certain cure; many of them I tried but all failed and I became disgusted and re¬ pudiated them aU." In reply he said, " If you will go where I told you to go, to Dr. John R. Rowand, of Phila¬ delphia, I will pay aU expenses if Dr. Rowand does not cure you." He said the doctor had cured his brother of the same complaint after suffering vnth it for several years. He was so positive that Dr. Rowand would cure me that I told him I would go to see him the next day. This I did. Dr. Rowand asked me when I expected the next chill. I told him in a day or so. He then handed me a bottle of medicine, telUng me to take three doses during the day. He said, " Ague goes by the multiple of seven and if you get it to-day, you will be most Ukely to get it in seven days from to-day. On the sixth day again take the medicine and continue taking it in periods of seven days for a month or two." This I did and I have never had the least touch of ague since, although it was a long time before my general condition became normal. I do not know what the remedy was, but I do know that I cured a large number of my friends of ague, by sending them to Dr. Rowand.
To show that a first-class doctor is not necessarily an expert in other professional lines I will tell the following anecdote about Dr. Rowand. After he had cured me of the fever and ague he consulted me about a scheme of his that he thought would revolutionize the transportation of coal. His plan was to construct cylinders about six feet in diameter vnth flanges on the outside to fit the rails. He enthusiasticaUy explained how easily these cylinders