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Poor Farmer
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Mike Ga    Posted 11-09-2004 at 16:56:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day,
while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help
coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy,
screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad
from what could have been a slow and terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse
surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced
himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."

"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer
replied waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son
came to the door of the family hovel.

"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.

"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.

"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education
my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll
no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time,
graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went
on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander
Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog,
was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved his life this time? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

Les    Posted 11-09-2004 at 17:33:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Two men who were among the greatest of the 20th century. Winnie was THE greatest, IMHO.

REt    Posted 11-09-2004 at 19:05:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
they think todays leaders don't get along, Eisenhower was fighting Montgomery, Patton was at odds with Bradley and Ike and Monty,, Stalin didn't like either Churchill or Roosevelt, but they all seemed to get it done somehow. And you are right, Winnie was the man of the times

Fern(Mi)    Posted 11-10-2004 at 04:28:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember listening to Churchill's speaches as well as FDR. The story part about proud Scotman and his son's part in lives crossing patha has brought a couple tears to my eyes.
Great story!

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