His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. / by Saarloosandsons

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  dresse 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.

 

FOR CLIFTON CHASON.

May  there always be work for your hands to do;

May  your purse always hold a coin or two;

May  the sun always shine on your windowpane;

May  a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;

May  the hand of a friend always be near you;

May  God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

 and  may you be in heaven a half hour before the  devil knows your'e dead.