Gateway to the Classics: The Golden Ladder Book by E. Hershey Sneath
 
The Golden Ladder Book by  E. Hershey Sneath

Doctor Goldsmith's Medicine

This is a story about good medicine. Most medicine is bad to take, but this was so good that the sick man wished for more.

One day a poor woman came to Doctor Goldsmith and asked him to come to see her sick husband. "He is very sick," she said, "and I cannot get him to eat anything."

So Doctor Goldsmith went to see him. He saw at once that the reason why the man could not eat was because he was so poor that he had not been able to buy good food.

Then he said to the woman, "Come to my house this evening and I will give you some medicine for your husband."

The woman came in the evening, and the doctor gave her a small paper box tied up tight. "It is very heavy," she said. "May I see what it looks like?"

"No," said the doctor; "wait until you get home."

When she got home, and she and her husband opened the box so that he might take the first dose of the medicine,—What do you suppose they found? The box was filled with silver money. This was the generous doctor's medicine.


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