One Day Encounter

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while
trying to eke out 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 take him and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like
his father, he'll grow to a man you can be proud of." And that he did.
In time, Farmer Fleming's son 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 nobleman's son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved
him? Penicillin.
The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill. His son's name? Sir
Winston Churchill.
Submitted  12/30/2002 11:27:08 PM