EVENTS IN 1902 SICKNESS, MAETERLINCK, WISTER, WHITTIER
ON 3 January 1902, looking out of the windows of the railway berth as we crossed to St. Louis, I saw the Mississippi River for the first time. The broad stream was filled with huge masses of ice.
When I was returning East, W.J. Bryan occupied the seat in front of mine, and wrote incessantly--probably an editorial for The Commoner. As I left the train I wished him a happy New Year, and he shook hands cordially.
On Saturday 8 February I played hockey on the ice at Lake Whitney all the afternoon. I was never to play that game again. The next morning I was unpleasantly surprised by a sudden appearance of acute kidney disease. I went to my family physician, Dr. J.P.C. Foster, in whom I had well-placed confidence. He told me, after a laboratory analysis the next day, to take no exercise in the way of games or violent exertion, to give up all outside work except teaching in college, and not to worry. He said he could take me to a New York specialist, but it would not be necessary. Although I did not expect to recover, I went ahead with my regular work in the university, giving up outside engagements; and with occasional setbacks, I became entirely well. But I did not play golf until April and no tennis until the next year and never hockey.
One reason I trusted Dr. Foster, a G.P., was because I knew of the experience of an undergraduate friend of mine