Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #141
DEEDS TO A DYNASTY
…Normalcy, or some semblance of it, has returned to those of Florida involved with that brush with Washington celebrity…
Normalcy, or some semblance of it, has returned to those of Florida involved with that brush with Washington celebrity, i.e. William McKinley. With his death, which came after all but Herbert Love and Harv Pearson had returned home, you could say that nothing would be the same.
- The Ferrells, the John’s and James’s, separate once again to their south and northeast venues, profoundly affected by the experience.
- Doc Ziggy may never regain his faith in his healing contemporaries, still cursing their handling of “his patient”, McKinley.
- Alpha Campbell has set his young sights on medical school, though at 13 years of age, he first must successfully negotiate puberty.
- The pharmacist and the teacher, forever lumped together, will proceed from here with an acute sense of mortality.
- The elder Campbells, whose lives are least altered, because of an uncomplicated mind set, contentedly care for Love properties and watch their second son blossom into someone they can barely fathom.
Even Herbert Love’s world ratchets back to a simpler time. James Wilson has recovered from his lengthy battle with poor health, a reprisal of his role as Secretary of Agriculture within two months of the Roosevelt, Theodore administration installation on 14 September 1901. Wilson’s immune system fights off the Black Plague; there is no amour to protect McKinley from shots fired by an East European anarchist who has no other agenda than to get notoriety by killing a world leader, any leader would do. With the loss of his friend, Love knew that his dalliance with national politics should end and that he can be proud of what he accomplished in his thirteen months. If they need him or his advice, they know where to find him: City Hall, Quincy, Florida.