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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
t as one of the pleasantest in his life. The true hero never rests on his laurels. Doctor Howe had no sooner returned from Europe than he set himself to work on a design he had conceived in Paris for the instruction of the blind. Next to Doctor Morton's discovery of etherization, there has been no undertaking equal to this for the amelioration of human misery. He brought the best methods from Europe, and improved upon them. Beginning at first in a small way, and with such means as he couster to France, and as well qualified as James Russell Lowell for the English Mission; but the appointment of such men as Lowell and Howe has proved to be a happy accident rather than according to the natural order of events. What reward did Doctor Morton ever obtain, until twenty-five years after his death his name was emblazoned in memorial hall of Boston State House! It is an old story. Yet Doctor Howe may well be considered one of the most fortunate Americans of his time. Lack of pub
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
ver. He might have lived longer if he had taken more physical exercise; but the great Civil War proved more fatal to the statesmen who were engaged in it than to the generals in the field. None of the great leaders of the Republican party lasted very long after this. Andrew's friends always felt that the man was greater than his position, and that he really missed the opportunity to develop his ability to its full extent. His position was not so difficult as that of Governor Morgan, of New York, or Governor Morton, of Indiana; for he was supported by one of the wealthiest and most patriotic of the States. It was his clear insight into the political problems of his time and the fearlessness with which he attacked them that gave him such influence among his contemporaries, and made him felt as a moral force to the utmost limits of the Union. No public man has ever left a more stainless reputation, and we only regret that he was not as considerate of himself as he was of others.
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Dr. W. T. G. Morton (search)
r of this discovery, or invention, is Dr. William T. G. Morton; and, although in that matter he was f large superficial differences. William Thomas Greene Morton was born August 19, 1819, in Charlt region. In fact, her parents objected to Doctor Morton on account of his profession, and it was othere is no reason why we should disbelieve Mrs. Morton's statement that her husband made experimenion which has sometimes been advanced that Doctor Morton was necessarily indebted to Doctor Jacksonted. Dreading the pain, he accepted willingly Morton's proposal to use ether, and the tooth was extthe statement concerning the interview between Morton and Jackson after the successful administration of ether to Morton's patient. It is substantially Doctor Jackson's own statement. Doctor MortonDoctor Morton gave a wholly different account before the Congressional Committee of 1852. He said: I wentts discovery was universally awarded to William T. G. Morton. About the same time it happened that [13 more...]