Hope, a Red Cross Seal Story (1912)
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When a Red Cross worker asks a prominent small-town banker for a donation to help fight tuberculosis the banker scoffs, saying that TB is a disease of poor people in the cities, not the kind of people you find in small towns. It's not long before he finds out just how wrong he is.
John Harvey believed that tuberculosis did not flourish in the country town in which he lived, and when he received a letter from the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, asking him to aid the cause by selling Christmas seals, he was greatly amused. A week later he was reminded that tuberculosis did exist in his town. This knowledge came the more bitter because it was no other than his fiancée who was the afflicted one. She had left him a note that told of the discovery and her determination to go away and be cured. He and the girl's father found her name registered at Bellevue Hospital, in New York. They went to her address, and in the small bedroom where she was living met with a surprise. Edith refused to return with them. She said there was no place to be cured in their home town, and therefore she would remain under the present treatment, uncomfortable as it was. So they went home with a new thought. How Harvey aroused the people of his town to a mighty effort. He spoke to crowds like one inspired, and his slogan was insistent: '"Let us build a sanatorium together." Shortly after the building was completed, not a moment did he lose in bringing Edith home and having her enter the new sanatorium.
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