information, and had detected a greater apprehension on the part of the physician than the family at first discovered.
Still there was disquietude and even alarm,—the terrible word cancer was itself almost a knell.
It was now November, and all through this month he went regularly to the physician's house, about two miles from his own, taking the street-car.
At first he went alone, but after a while he was persuaded to take a man-servant with him. One or two of the family called on Dr. Douglas
to make further inquiry, and the response awakened further solicitude.
The pains did not decrease, and the extraction of four teeth greatly aggravated his nervous condition.
He went to a dentist to have one tooth taken out, but his fortitude was such that the operator was doubtless deceived, and proposed the extraction of three others, and the shock to the General
's system was one from which he did not recover for weeks.
As the weather became colder the disease was further aggravated by the exposure to which he was subjected in the street-car; yet for a long time he refused to go by the carriage.
and his children tried in vain to persuade him. One morning he announced his intention of going again in the cars.
It was at breakfast, and I implored him not to do so. I declared he was taking his life in his hands and that he had no right to risk what was so precious to others.
But he was obstinate, and I got up from the table very much agitated, and said I had rather he would stick a knife into me than have him go in the street-car.
He was silent, but after a little he ordered the carriage.
In December his pains became still more excruciating; he could not swallow without torture, and his sufferings at table were intense.
He was obliged to use liquid food and to avoid acids altogether.
I shall always recall his figure as he sat at the head of the table, his head bowed over his plate, his mouth set grimly, his features clinched in the endeavor to conceal