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place of business: "San Antonio, Texas, Sept. 15, 1914.
Prof. Schmidt: Received your letter stating sending the
blank where can I see you? I need to talk to you about a
friend of mine first, before I tell her of this, would like to
ask you something first. Please let me know and I will call
soon. Yours truly, Miss L. Blount."
I received the following letter with the head of the station-
ery torn off, in order to keep me from locating him, as you
see he was looking out for a decoy: "San Antonio, Texas,
September 16, 1913. Miss L. Blount, Dear Lady: I have
your letter of the 14th inst. Thanks. In reply I will say,
before I could say to cure you it is necessary to see you and
find the state the sickness has reached. My cure is not
with medicine, and consist of an air treatment with my
cure combined. I would make you the following offer, I
will tret you without pay for seven days, and should by
this time no result be reached, I will not charge you nothing.
Make an appointment and I will call and show that my
offer is not merely words. Hoping to hear from you soon.
I wrote him the following letter: "Prof. Schmidt, Dear
Sir: Will meet you at your office or residence at any time
convenient. I am anxious to see you. I can get leave of
absence from my employer at any time, but would not care
to talk before them about this, I can explain case, and
should you care to take case will explain to my friend.
Respt, Miss L. Blount."
After this we lost trace of this "great German discoverer"
of a wonderful cure for consumption, (not Freidman)
until we got a letter from Dr. Bascom Lynn, of the State
Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Carlsbad, Texas, enclosing us
the following letters, which enabled us to locate this won-
derful Prof. Schmidt. These letters were addressed to a
Mr. Drumgoole, an inmate of the State Sanitarium. The
letter from Dr. Lynn is as follows:
"Dr. Chas. D. Dixon, Dear Doctor: I have a patient here,
Mr. Dromgoole, like a good many other tuberculous pati-
ents who are after anything that they think will cure them
of the disease. You will find enclosed two letters from
one Joseph Schmidt, which are self explanatory. As you
are chairman of the Medical Society, I thought it would be
proper to forward them to you, as this Joseph Schmidt
evidently is humbugging a lot of people over the State, and
you may take such action as you see proper."
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Dixon, Chas. D. (Charles D.). The Menace, an Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor, book, 1914; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143569/m1/32/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.