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