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I’ve Got Cold

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         Out upon the sidewalk one winter morning, I observed

12    a carriage draw up before a stately mansion; a portly

         gentleman alight, and take from his carriage the ominous


15    “Ah!” thought I, “somebody has to take it; and what

         may the potion be?”

         Just then a tiny, sweet face appeared in the vestibule,

18    and red nose, suffused eyes, cough, and tired look, told

         the story; but, looking up quaintly, the poor child said, —

         “I’ve got cold, doctor.”

21    Her apparent pride at sharing in a popular influenza

         was comical. However, her dividend, when compared

         with that of the household stockholders, was new; and

24    doubtless their familiarity with what the stock paid, made

         them more serious over it.

         What if that sweet child, so bravely confessing that

27    she had something that she ought not to have, and which

         mamma thought must be gotten rid of, had been taught

         the value of saying even more bravely, and believing

30    it, —

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1     “I have not got cold.”

         Why, the doctor’s squills and bills would have been

3     avoided; and through the cold air the little one would

         have been bounding with sparkling eyes, and ruby cheeks

         painted and fattened by metaphysical hygiene.

6     Parents and doctors must not take the sweet freshness

         out of the children’s lives by that flippant caution, “You

         will get cold.”

9     Predicting danger does not dignify life, whereas fore-

         casting liberty and joy does; for these are strong pro-

         moters of health and happiness. All education should

12    contribute to moral and physical strength and freedom.

         If a cold could get into the body without the assent of

         mind, nature would take it out as gently, or let it remain

15    as harmlessly, as it takes the frost out of the ground or

         puts it into the ice-cream to the satisfaction of all.

         The sapling bends to the breeze, while the sturdy oak,

18    with form and inclination fixed, breasts the tornado. It

         is easier to incline the early thought rightly, than the

         biased mind. Children not mistaught, naturally love

21    God; for they are pure-minded, affectionate, and gen-

         erally brave. Passions, appetites, pride, selfishness, have

         slight sway over the fresh, unbiased thought.

24    Teach the children early self-government, and teach

         them nothing that is wrong. If they see their father with

         a cigarette in his mouth — suggest to them that the habit

27    of smoking is not nice, and that nothing but a loathsome

         worm naturally chews tobacco. Likewise soberly inform

         them that “Battle-Axe Plug” takes off men’s heads; or,

30    leaving these on, that it takes from their bodies a sweet

         something which belongs to nature, — namely, pure


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1     From a religious point of view, the faith of both youth

         and adult should centre as steadfastly in God to benefit

3     the body, as to benefit the mind. Body and mind are

         correlated in man’s salvation; for man will no more

         enter heaven sick than as a sinner, and Christ’s Christi-

6     anity casts out sickness as well as sin of every sort.

         Test, if you will, metaphysical healing on two patients:

         one having morals to be healed, the other having a physi-

9     cal ailment. Use as your medicine the great alterative,

         Truth: give to the immoralist a mental dose that says,

         “You have no pleasure in sin,” and witness the effects.

12    Either he will hate you, and try to make others do like-

         wise, so taking a dose of error big enough apparently to

         neutralize your Truth, else he will doubtingly await the

15    result; during which interim, by constant combat and

         direful struggles, you get the victory and Truth heals him

         of the moral malady.

18    On the other hand, to the bedridden sufferer admin-

         ister this alterative Truth: “God never made you sick:

         there is no necessity for pain; and Truth destroys the

21    error that insists on the necessity of any man’s bondage

         to sin and sickness. ‘Ye shall know the truth, and the

         truth shall make you free.”‘

24    Then, like blind Bartimeus, the doubting heart looks

         up through faith, and your patient rejoices in the gospel

         of health.

27    Thus, you see, it is easier to heal the physical than the

         moral ailment. When divine Truth and Love heal, of

         sin, the sinner who is at ease in sin, how much more should

30    these heal, of sickness, the sick who are dis-eased, dis-

         comforted, and who long for relief !

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