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4066C THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-RECONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

world, a changing panorama of islands,

snow-capped mountains, and enormous glaciers. Short stops were made at Wrangell,

Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and other

places. At Seward the party took the

railway constructed by the Government to

Fairbanks in the far interior.

On the way homeward the President

stopped for a "neighborly call" at Vancouver, the first instance in which an

American President had visited Canada.

To a great throng he made a felicitous

address filled with tactful allusions to the

good relations existing between the two

chief nations of North America.

Early in the year President Harding had

experienced a serious attack of influenza

that had left him in a bad physical state.

His health was not good when he left

Washington, and the trip had made serious

inroads upon his diminished strength. When

he reached Seattle he was not well but

spoke to a large crowd and stood for more

than two hours in the heat. After this

meeting symptoms of ptomaine poisoning

developed, and he became very ill. Bronchial pneumonia developed. The sick

statesman was taken to San Francisco to

quarters in the Palace Hotel. The public

became aware that his condition was

grave, that his recovery was doubtful.

But in the course of a few days the

symptoms of disease gradually disappeared.

On August 2, the condition of the patient

seemed so favorable that the medical

specialists who were in attendance issued a

bulletin assuring the public that the danger

was practically past. It is interesting to

recall that medical specialists issued an

almost equally hopeful bulletin regarding

President McKinley's condition shortly before his death. On the evening of the 2d,

President Harding's wife read aloud to him

a magazine article dealing with his course