years ago I broke out with a most terrible skin disease all
over me which remained on me seven years, supposed to originate
from measles; I also had indigestion and the last two years
of that seven years I had a bad cough, I had bleeding of my
right lung and had nightly sweats for two years. The doctors
said I had consumption in my right lung and that I could not
live two years. I will not be able to explain how bad I was
and how much I suffered in that seven years.
It first broke out on my stomach, and
in six months it was all over me from the top of my head to
the bottom of my feet. It first broke out with pimples. Soon
my skin got scaly; when I rubbed my hand briefly over my skin
I could see hundreds of scales fly off my skin. Sometimes it
broke out in blood boils and ran bloody matter. Other times
it broke in yellow boils and ran yellow matter. Sometimes the
skin got hard and bled. My eyes were most of the time red and
swollen. Sometimes I had to hold my eyelids up with my hands
to see my way to walk. Many times I had bad spells of about
three or four weeks duration that my face would get into a solid
running pus of sore so that I could not open my eyes in ten
days at a time.
Sometimes I got so bad I did not eat
or sleep in four days and nights at a time. Many times the proud
flesh grew on my eyelids nearly half as large as a man's thumb.
Sometimes my skin turned red and puffed up like erysipelas and
burned nearly equal to a fresh scald and ran yellow water and
matter for about three weeks day and night; so much matter dripped
off my head and face on my pillow in a night that it looked
and felt much like a piece of dried rawhide, and a lot of the
time my clothing would stick fast to my skin and I was so sore
that I could not turn over in the bed. The terrible itching
and burning was so great that I scratched myself till I wore
my fingers to the blood. Many nights I scratched myself all
night till my skin bled most all over.
I lost all hope of ever getting well.
Many times the thought came in my mind to kill myself to get
out of my suffering. I had a place picked out in the South Fork
of New River to end my days. All the consolation I had was that
I would sometime die out of my troubles. I suffered every day
and night for seven years. I had five of the best physicians
to treat me that I knew of, but they never could do me any good.
Two of these doctors took my case on contract. They were to
cure me for one hundred thousand dollars each and if they did
not cure me they were not to have anything, but the never done
me any good, but I got a little worse all the time. One of these
doctors treated me three years.
Then I went to Hot Springs in Arkansas
to use the hot spring water and to be treated. I used the hot
spring water and was treated by the best doctor that I could
find at Hot Springs City several weeks but it never did me any
good. Then this doctor at Hot Springs told me that I never could
be cured. I went back home and bought every kind of patent medicine
that I knew of that was recommended for skin and nerve diseases.
I bought sixty dollars worth of Cuticura skin medicine, but
none of it did me any good. I boiled out many kinds of roots
and herbs and used the tea of them, but it did no good. By this
time my right lung got to bleeding and soon got badly stopped
up and I began to have night sweats. I got more feeble every
day. Then I went to the Bromide and Arsenic Springs, sometimes
called Healing Springs, in Ashe County, North Carolina and used
the water a few months, but it never did me any good. Then the
doctors told me I could not live but a short time.
Then I bought a farm in the country
to settle my family on. Then I moved away from town and went
to this farm. In a few months after I had been on this farm
one day I walked out on my farm. My face was so inflamed and
swollen I had to hold my eyelids up with my hands to see my
way to walk. I passed a spring and dipped up some water with
my hands and bathed my face to cool the fever down in my face
as I had often done when I passed where there was cold water
and in less than one hour I realized that my face was better
and so much better that I became excited about it.
Then late that evening I went back
to that spring and bathed my face and other parts of my body,
and by the next morning the fever had left where the water was
put on the skin. I was so glad I felt like shouting, I was glad
with all my heart. I told everybody I saw about it. I gained
strength every day and in three weeks I was out on the farm
at work and could do about as much work as any man I could hire,
and in six weeks my lung was well and I was about as stout as
I ever was.
It has been about thirty-five years
since I found the spring and got well. I have done as much hard
work since that time as any man I know of, and after I was cured
many people went to this spring with skin diseases, rheumatism
and nervous diseases, and were all cured, and many other diseases
have been cured at this spring. I have many testimonials form
the best class of people; among these are lawyers, doctors,
merchants, farmers and people in and who have been in, high
offices. I am now 68 years old and I work most every day.
State of North Carolina,
February 12, 1925