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"AUGUST TWENTY-NINTH, THE POET'S DAY."

JAMA. 1891;XVII(13):491-492. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410910031008.
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This is Dr. Holmes' day. His eighty-second natal day was quietly and comfortably celebrated at his home, and kindly remembered in hundreds of journals throughout the land. Some of the remarks of the editors were over-kind and tended to become hyperbolic. What shall we say of such an effort as the one which represented that if Holmes' time of departure from earth were to come, " Death will knock off work and cling to Holmes' coat-tails, even though he knows that he will be stopped at the gate," but he will hang around on the outside, in the bare hope that Holmes will not be satisfied with the heavenly choir, and will possibly like to return to earth again? Holmes himself speaks more sensibly and more to the purpose when he says: "May health is excellent. I am very well and very happy. My eyesight troubles me somewhat, so that I

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