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To the Editor:
—You were kind enough to publish (Aug. 28, 1909, p. 730) a letter from me on the subject above cited, in which I took strong ground in favor of the proposition that "most men lie down and die, not knowing what they are capable of, either mentally or physically." This letter had been called out, you may remember, by an editorial of yours under the title "The Septuagenarian Pedestrian" which, of course, referred to Mr. Weston and his walk from New York to San Francisco. I thought when I wrote you, nine months ago, that perhaps sometime I should try to demonstrate in my own body the truth of my assertions. Accordingly, a week ago last Thursday (May 12, 1910), I set out to walk from Newark, N. J., to Philadelphia, intending to accomplish the feat in twenty-four hours if possible. I lost my way during the
Newton RC. Age and Exercise. JAMA. 1910;LIV(24):1957. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550500043024