THE PRESIDENCY: Katabasis

Fairbanks was the farthest point of the President's journey to Alaska. There the first really untoward event of the trip occurred. Mrs. Harding took to her bed. Through all the travails of the strenuous tour up to that point, Mrs. Harding had held out bravely. There exhaustion overcame her, and Brigadier General Sawyer, her physician, ordered that she remain in bed.

It was remarkable that she had stood the strain so long. For almost a year, until last March, Mrs. Harding had been confined to the White...

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