National Affairs: Sick Man

Death in its blind flight last week dipped close to William Howard Taft, then veered away, how far none knew. A combination of ailments which forced his resignation as Chief Justice rendered his condition serious, if not critical. His physicians held out scant hope for complete recovery.

Long afflicted with arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), myocarditis (inflammation of the muscular tissue of the heart) and cystitis (bladder inflammation), Mr. Taft, 72, suffered a collapse when, last December, he returned from his brother's funeral in Cincinnati. After hospitalization he went to Asheville, N. C.,...

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