Monday, January 4, 2016

What was it Called?

Many pioneer journals mention a sickness referred to as ague. William Clayton mentions it in his journal on August 17, 1841. What is the common name for ague today?
a.                  Chicken Pox    
b.                  The Mumps    
c.                   Malaria          
d.                  The common cold      
Yesterday’s answer:
d.   His guardian angel
The following from the autobiography of Benjamin F. Johnson. Notice how he refers to his cut leg:
   My brother Joel on his return in early spring to Ohio, wished me to accompany him, which I did, and although only past thirteen years old, traveled on foot over 200 miles one week, carrying my bundle of clothing. The year previous I had cut my ankle with an axe, took cold in it, and for a time it was feared I would lose my leg. The ankle was still weak, and the misery of that journey can only be known by my good angel and myself.

Benjamin F. Johnson, My Life's Review (Independence, Missouri: Zion's Printing and Publishing Co., 1947), pp. 7-107.

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