The Sun (New York)

His Ailment Nervous Breakdown, Declares H. L. Satterlee, His Son-in-law
Financier Will Get Complete Rest in Rome, Where No One Bothers Him
Special Cable Despatch to The Sun
ROME, March 14---"Mr. Morgan is not suffering from organic disease nor
because he is an old man," said H. L Satterlee, son-in-law of the financier,
to-day. "His illness is but plain and simple nervous prostration.

"Mr. Morgan has worked hard all his life and has practically had no real
vacation. Even when he was supposed to be resting abroad he was usually
very busy. He took part in social activities, attended to his correspondence
and bought pictures, and therefore he worked hard. He had the grip last
November when he sailed for Europe. He did not remain quietly aboard the
Adriatic and rest, but landed at every place where the ship stopped. He went
motoring, met many friends and attended luncheons and dinners.

"When the ship reached Cairo the weather was unfavorable. It was raw and
cold. Mr. Morgan caught a cold from which he is hardly yet recovered. When
he went up the Nile with a party of eighteen guests on board his own boat he
had an attack of acute indigestion at Luxor, which depressed and unnerved
him. He was alone in a foreign land, among strangers, and there was no man
of the family in his party.

"Mr. Morgan," said Mr. Satterlee, "has recovered from the effects of his
illness. He has been separately examined by three doctors, Dr. Tribe, a
physician at Cairo; Prof. Bastlanelli and his old friend Dr. Dixon. His
blood has been analyzed and his case very carefully diagnosed, The doctors
all agree that Mr. Morgan's constitution is perfect and his organs are in
the normal condition of a man ten years younger than he is. The only care he
needs is absolute rest and quiet, and therefore he is not taking any
medicine. He is already so much improved that he has got over the first
phases of his illness, which consisted of sleeplessness, loss of appetite
and weakness. He is now sleeping nine hours at a stretch, is recovering his
appetite and is retaining his usual health and vigor. It is not necessary to
consult any more doctors.

"Mr. Morgan," Mr. Satterlee continued, "feels almost at home here. He feels
very comfortable and is cheered up by Dr. Dixon's company. "They chat,
smoke, joke and play cards together. While he is here Mr. Morgan will not
see anybody. His friends know that he needs rest and will not offer to
entertain him or expect him to entertain them. He will go motoring dally to
his favorite environs of Rome, the Alban Hills and Tivoli. He will shortly
be quite himself again. We do not feel the slightest apprehension over his
condition. We notice a dally and steady improvement which is bound to lead
to complete recovery."

Dr. George Dixon has issued the following statement: "When Mr. Morgan sailed
from New York on the Adriatic on January 7 he was very tired, owing to the
continued strain of business matters which begun with the financial crisis
of 1907 and culminated with the vexatious investigations of the Pujo
committee. It was hoped that his usual visit to Egypt would give him the
rest which he needed. Unfortunately, however, he caught a cold, and his
digestive apparatus was upset. This, combined with the effects of the
previous strain, resulted in nervous prostration, from which he is

"He will rest quietly in Rome for two or three weeks and will then go to
Aix-les-Bains, as has been his custom for many years. He is not and has not
been dangerously ill. With absolute rest he is now having his complete
restoration to perfect health assured.


Related Biographies:

John Pierpont Morgan

Relates to Place:

Rome, Lazio, Italy


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