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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - March 28, 1976, High Point, North Carolina I High Point Enterprise sunday Masch 28, 1976there s Joy in not running for president it was All so phony mrs. Barry Coldwater wears her full length Gray Mink As she accompanies her husband on a 1964 Campaign Stop in Keene n. H. Local supporters insisted that the Mink and mrs. Coldwater Diamond ring were too Rich for the simple Folk of the state. She stopped wearing them. From Page id course your manager tells you immediately also self defeating. A a when you re really strapped you have to interrupt the rhythm of your Campaign and Fly off somewhere looking for Money in be had to do this repeatedly. In �?T72 during the primaries had to leave an important meeting in Ohio charter a Jet Fly to Minnesota arrive late at a special dinner of friends who a already been tapped two or three times give my pitch shake hands with everybody get paraded around like a show horse beg for help Fly Back to Ohio and then come to find out that All the expenses of the evening Cost As much As the Money we the new Campaign financing Law setting limits on individual contributions Means that the candidate has to hit More people for less Money. Pursuing Large or Small targets candidates still loathe the process Terry Sanford former governor of North Carolina and once More the president of Duke University found that a Man who used to donate $25,000 to a presidential Campaign gave with More zest than the $250 giver today. The Man who gives $250 now May have contributed before to a Campaign for mayor or sheriff but giving to a presidential drive seems too strange to him a frenzy being relative Alf Landon now 88, remembers that his Campaign against Franklin Roosevelt in 1936 seemed frenzied to him then candidates travelled by train in those Days and reached most of their live audiences around the Back platform or in an Arena and their largest audiences through a new tangled medium called radio then too. Of course they worried about their images Landon recalls a Chat with Ray Moley a Roosevelt brai Truster. After the election. The president was most said Motey Quot that his radio delivery would seem too perfect too artificial and that you d Benefit by the Antithesis Quot a i got too much Antithesis said the Kansas Republican who carried Only Maine and Vermont Landon remembers that on Good Days he might hit three or four states by train Nixon in one desperate 36-hour lunge in i960, hit la by plane. Landon carried eight or ten reporters on his train. Today a nominee is pursued by 20 times that number one thing was clearly better than that a said Landon. A at each train Stop a delegation of local political leaders newspaper publishers and head of the chamber of Commerce would come aboard with their wives and children. They a ride to the next station where another group came aboard there was a Chance for real grass roots connections in those Days and you a team about the country that the modern nominee May wedge in a Covey of local leaders into the Tail of his roaring Jet or for a fast eight minutes Over cold eggs in his Motel suite. He runs faster farther More frantically at a Pace that blurs the grass and Nurnbe his brain Estes Kefauver the old Coonskin Democrat of the fifties had severe trouble maintaining the image of a casual drawling candidate from the Hills of Tennessee. In an age of frantic flight he was known to Start the Day with a prayer a dear god done to let me forget which state in a candidate Adlai Stevenson the elder once found himself jammed at the rear of a crowded howling elevator and could t get out. He shrieked. This madness has got to Stop a it did no to even months after a Campaign he still shuddered from the memory of a typical Day. He wrote. A you must emerge Bright and bubbling with Wisdom and Well being every morning at eight o clock just in time for a charming and profound breakfast talk shake hands with hundreds often literally thousands of people make several inspiring a newsworthy speeches during the Day Confer with political leaders along the Way and with your staff All the time write at every Chance think if possible read mail and newspapers talk on the Telephone talk to everybody dictate receive delegations eat with decorum and discretion and ride through City after City on the Back of an open car smiling until your Mouth is dehydrated by the wind waving until the blood runs out of your Arm and then Bounce gaily confidently masterfully into great howling Halls shaved and All made up for television with the right color Shir and tie and a manuscript so defaced with Chicken tracks and last minute jottings that you could t follow it. Even if the t spotlights weren t blinding and even if the still photographers did t shoot you in the Eye every time you looked at them. Quot then All you have to do is make a great imperishable speech get out through the pressing crowds with a few score autographs your clothes intact. Your hands bruised and Back to the hotel in time to see a few important people. Then two or three sometimes four hours of frenzied writing and editing of the next Day s immortal mouthing so you can get something to the stenographers so they can get something to the mimeograph machines so they can get something to the reporters so they can get something to their papers by deadline sen. Adlai Stevenson thinks the shapeless pointless whirl of a presidential Campaign is even worse now than it was in his father s time he said Quot a candidacy today triggers a thousand skirmishes a welter of endless draining detail. It plunges the candidate into a morass of unintelligible regulations and Dervish like activity All largely beyond his control and comprehension. A a today a contender is pressured to compete in 30 state elections and hundreds of District elections and caucuses for convention delegates. He is automatically entered in 14 state primaries. He is forced to spend Money in order to raise it and to raise Money in order to qualify for Federal in his time George Mcgovern set a record for Campaign masochism. He announced earlier and ran longer than any previous candidate for president. He ran for two years covered 20,000 Miles was gone from Home More than 500 Days averaged about five speeches a Day most of that time. He has no regrets. He misses the excitement but he does not miss the Way the quest begins to consume a Man at the expense of family friends and life around him. He does not miss the inevitable Over scheduling by overzealous Campaign managers. Barry Coldwater found himself talking to a Large group of kindergarten kids about indians. A what the hell else could i talk about a a Mcgovern does not miss the mind sapping fatigue a the times you ask yourself How you can put your brain he does not miss the feeling of a great loneliness in a crowd where a you step off a plane into the blinding lights and hear the thousands of people you can t see and will never he does not miss the times a you crave a Little understanding a and instead get the feeling that the world is waiting for you to fall on your face. Mcgovern says it took him nearly two years to recover emotionally and physically from the Campaign that ended in november 1972. A it requires that much decompression that much adjustment of your body Eleanor Mcgovern her husband reports has still not fully recovered she still has some circulation trouble in her legs As a result of standing too much inadequate rest and inadequate diet. De Muskie found the recovery a lawfully a it does something to you. It shakes your Confidence. It in t so much the losing but the feeling of question of whether there was some flaw i had t known about before. Something that emerged in that Campaign a weakness a fundamental weakness. It shakes running for vice president in 1968 on Hubert Humphrey s ticket Muskie appeared to be a fresh face with a Promise of higher rewards to come. Early in 1972, he was regarded by the press As the front runner for the top democratic nomination a Burden he says he could not survive. New Hampshire where he got the most votes of any candidate started him on the downhill slope psychologically. A in 1976,�?� he says. A Jimmy Carter gets 27 per cent of the vote in Iowa and is declared the Winner. In 1972,1 got 47 per cent of the vote in new Hampshire and was declared the loser. The primaries Are like a travelling crap game. The press establishes rules for judging the Winner by a floating Standard you can to figure a it was terribly depressing like trying to climb a Steep Hill with every body trying to push you Down. I Felt like everyone was waiting to hit me Over the head see me stumble and gloat when i of All the former candidates interviewed in this seminar none spoke of the Joys of not running for president with More visceral visible and contagious pleasure than Hubert Horatio Humphrey. Or. He has said he does not seek the nomination but will not be shy if it Falls in his Lap. Meanwhile he appears to be having the time of his life no longer on the make but available. A it s like a Turkey shoot. As Long As i keep my head Down behind the lbg4 everyone says what a gorgeous Bird. What a fat Bird what Beautiful Feather. As soon As i stick my head up from the log some sob will shoot it off. A i am not a candidate. I Don t want anything. I Don t need anything. I feel better than Ever Here in my heart my mind my body. I can speak very frankly. It s not difficult now to stand up to someone and say a i can t agree with you or i can to do that or i done to like your a if i can to please not going to jump off a Cliff or take any pills. I m just not going to do it. I got a lot of things to live for besides agony the agony and the ecstasy there Are Large doses of both in politics but one of the reasons you appreciate the ecstasy is because you be gone through the Hubert Humphrey 64. Free at Lait it did t pay to get sick in colonial times but Alton Blakeslee of science writer two Hundred years ago when kids got sick their mothers Likely turned to Medicine cabinets containing Rose hips mint. Powdered peonies Saffron peruvian bark and even tobacco to make them Well again in those colonial Days doctors made House Calls often accepting a traditional stiff drink by Way of Welcome after their horseback ride some doctors wound up alcoholics. Doctors then were not usually Well regarded and indeed were often the Low men on the social economic totem pole. It was even dangerous to Call them in the common medical practice was to bleed the patient to the Point of fainting and administer purges and Emetics to induce diarrhoea and vomiting regardless of the ailment. A burst appendix meant death a no surgeon would dare open the Abdomen to try to take it out. Infection and Shock would do you in an Accident resulting in severe fracture of an Arm or leg foot or hand meant amputation carried out without Ether or chloroform or other aesthetics not yet discovered. Alcohol and opium had to do. If available. The Best surgeon might be the one who bragged he could take off a leg in one minute and a half and half of All amputations ended in death. Making a Hole in the Skull was not uncommon to relieve pressure. It could help in certain fractures of the Skull or sometimes when Haemorrhage was causing pressure. This picture of medical care and health at the time of the revolution was sketched in an interview by or. Estelle Brodman professor of the history of Medicine and chief librarian at the Washington University school of Medicine in St Louis to. A lots of people died from the treatments not the diseases in a convinced of that a she says from her research into various records diaries books and historical accounts As for their medicines the colonists brought some with them from England or Europe and found new ones Here often adopting american Indian customs. Their a herbs and Simples a As they called them often were credited with cures probably because they did no harm and Many Tough human beings were going to survive anyway. But behind their homely remedies sometimes there was what is regarded now As medical sense peruvian bark for example contained quinine and was a Good treatment for a vague a the fever that often meant malaria. Or. Brodman says although quinine had no effect on fevers from other cause malaria in those Days was common All the Way up through new England. Willow bark another remedy contained a form of aspirin a fact not known then of course a colonial doctors had no concept that germs cause diseases a fever was a fever whether from typhus or typhoid or malaria or other source illness was often blamed on bad air or the season even on the appearance of omens and volcanic eruptions or extremes of weather. The settlers brought Over poppies and opium and Evergreen plants such As Mistletoe to use As an emetic or drug to induce vomiting or to treat diseases of the stomach including reactions from spoiled food or dysentery or Brodman continues. They had Calomel containing Mercury to treat venereal disease and to be a purgative and used it also for yellow fever with no real Success the harmful it hits of Mercury on the nervous system and Teeth had not yet been appreciated housewives and husbands tended to keep their own records on what was Good for what the medical historian says with such Home remedies winning local favouritism. So Rose hips. The ripened fruit of the Rosebush were brewed into a drink designed to reduce fever. Quot it was also a Good source of Vitamin a but they did t know it at the time a or Brodman says. Out of the Medicine Cabinet came mint a to Settle the stomach a and cover the bad taste of other medicines in concoctions Given children. Laurel was an Anodyne or pain reliever soothing in Case of dysentery a and poisonous in excess amounts daisies were Fried in butter with the Green leaves forming a warm poultice. Peony roots purportedly were useful to cure palsy epilepsy and lunacy. Senna induced diarrhoea. Turpentine Oil was soothing for insect bites. Wormwood and Arnica were favored As liniments. Parsley was deemed Good for dropsy and a com Fortieth the heart and Saffron the word went a will destroy All manner of abominations of Man s stomach and will make a Man Sage was said to soothe the nerves. Periwinkle would a stay the flux a ease Toothache fight the fever of colds one treatment borrowed from the indians was to put a feverish patient in a tent and Burn tobacco creating heat to make the patient sweat and also fumigating the Lent with smoke. Effects on the lungs and eyes were not recorded common medicines often came from carefully planned and tended gardens. Writes Ann Leighton in her Book a Early american gardens for meat or ins. Says one old account in the Book a is excellent for to provoke vomiting and for bruises on the feet or face. Do stones a kind of a atrium whereof there Are several kinds growth in our Salt marshes. I once took notice of a Wanton woman s compounding the solid roots of this Plant with wine for an amorous cup which wrought the reseed water Plant Ane was used for Burns and scalds and to a draw water out of swelled legs. Quot White Helinore was used by indians to cure their wounds a anointing the wound first with racoons Greese or wildcats Greese. And strewing upon it the powder of the roots. The powder of the Root put into a hollow tooth is Good for the there was also a Sassafras or ague tree. The chips of the Root boiled in Beer is excellent to allay the hot rages of beavers being drunk. The leaves of the same tree Are very Good made into an ointment for bruises and dry if the popular medicines were unscientific. So were some of the a advanced Quot theories about Medicine especially those which insisted on the practice of bleeding and purging a bleeding was considered a cure for yellow fever and for cholera too a says or. Brodman. A it was the worst thing that one could do in cholera because patients had lost so much fluid from the disease. Now we know that the treatment for cholera is to give fluids and Saline some doctors not Many had been trained abroad before coming to the colonies some were rather self appointed and Quot probably the Best physicians of the time were apprentices who had Learned under pragmatic doctors using their own common sense and experience. Some of them tended to believe that it was Best to let nature try to cure the sick and to do a minimum of interfering a she said. In a Pioneer society a it is the custom to take action against nature if you re going to be successful a she added. A so Many people expected the doctor to be Active to do something not just sit and wait for the this was one cause of bad medical practice. Railing at uneducated physicians in 1765 at the opening of the first medical College in the colonies at the University of a Pennsylvania or John Morgan called them a remorseless foe to Mankind actuated by More than Savage cruelty Quot. Hold hold thy extermination he said life expectancy during the revolution was 35 years for men and Shorter for women partly because of the hazards of childbirth from infection and difficult deliveries performed with crude instruments or. Brodman continues. Cancer and heart disease took some victims but not Many people lived to Ages where cancer becomes a big killer. And heart diseases probably were misdiagnosed most of the time the historian says surgery As mentioned was primitive and dentistry even More so says or. Brodman describing a key Type instrument that would be screwed Down upon a tooth and then pulled a a ooh boy that must have been something a there were false Teeth made of Ivory and Wood and George Washington came to have them and smiled less for fear his dentures would pop out. She adds. Epidemics flared lethally in town and City and once a Throat distemper a probably diphtheria killed off about half the children under age 13 in Hartford Conn. Cholera or yellow fever or smallpox might come in through one or More sick people on ships into new York Philadelphia St. Louis or. Charleston . A quarantining was successful but merchants did no to like it and neither did ship s captains whose ships might be quarantined for 40 Days. Physicians did t want to go to the isolated places containing quarantined people for fear of catching the disease themselves Quot says or. Brodman. When they did the treatment was bleeding and purging the entrenched practice. The diary of one physician tells of giving a patient As much Calomel As could be put on the Flat end of a knife and being impressed with the result reporting that a it worked seven times up and five times a Yff Frk a a 1 . A Tarp ii n a 1 a a a a for Attar to met Medicine Chest of or. Benjamin Rush of Philadelphia 1745-1813 Cherry Wood Chest holds a selection of sturday apothecary bottles

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