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The evidence is fairly clear that Stephens contracted pneumoccocal pneumonia two or three times and almost died from it on each occasion. For most of his life he was extremely sensitive to changes in temperature. The bulk of winter wraps he wore was legendary. He also had bladder stones, which caused him excruciating pain on several occasions during his middle and old age. It is also likely that he developed a heart ailment, probably angina, during his later years. Chronic illnesses aside, Stephens suffered on occasion from migraine headaches, pruritis, and toothache and from the effects of miscellaneous accidentsbroken bones, sprains, cuts, and contusions.

Many times Stephens tried to put into words what had happened to him that day, and he always admitted that words failed him. The copious tears he shed later on remembering the death he had witnessed testified much better to his grief. Words, even his own, were a pitiful substitute: "The heart of my own soul ceased to beat. The light of my life went out. Despair! Despair! " Fourteen-year-old Stephens had tasted yet another emotion. 17 To describe Alexander Stephens as congenitally melancholy is merely to characterize, to label him.

But his rectitude proved to be no obstacle to his association with the "most dissapated" and "ascetically pious" students alike. Stephens enjoyed his popularity, and he got to know well men who would later figure prominently in Georgia historyHowell Cobb, John Lumpkin, Herschel V. 32 Doubtless the most dissipated didn't find membership in either of the two campus literary societies, the Phi Kappa Society or the Demosthenians, rewarding. These clubs obviously appealed to the less frivolous, for at their secret Saturday morning meetings they debated questions of philosophy, history, logic, literature, current politics, and, of course, religion and morality.

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