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A bit of Providential History

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  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 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.

Someone once said: What goes around comes around.

[Or, better, God knows what He is doing...  E. Fox] 

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Date Posted - 01/11/2011   -   Date Last Edited - 07/07/2012