Hideyo Noguchi - Obituary

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In spite of all the sorrows that life brought him; all the honors it heaped upon him in his short span of 51 years; of the most arduous toil that took him for long periods into far and dangerous quarters quarters of the world, and the persistent, careful watching of his experiments that scarcely ever gave him one single full night's sleep since he grew to manhood, this great man kept his gay, spontaneous laughter and a simple-hearted simple-hearted simple-hearted faith that made him seem almost childlike at times. In the pestilential Gold Coast of British West Africa, Dr. Noguchi's soul winged its way into another world. Suddenly the little city cf Accra and its 20,000 inhabitants came into the limelight of the world. A man- man- who gave his life for humanity had lived there and gone out from among them. Never again will it be just humdrum little "Accra on the Gold Coast of Africa"; it will be "Accra, the place where Dr. Noguchi died." Passing Leaves Big Gap. Last night the writer called on some of Dr. Noguchi's friends. There prevails among them a profound and proud sorrow. His untimely passing has not only left a rift in the field of science that may wait many a decade to be filled by so able a scientist but a gap in the Japanese race. No son of Japan has ever so endeared himself to the world or brought such world-wide world-wide world-wide achievement and honor. Since word of his death flashed acress the seas on Monday, the Japanese flag was hung at half-staff half-staff half-staff at the Rocketelier Institute, where Dr. Noguchi has been a constant worker since the opening of the century. It was wnue ur. Bimon riexner, tne head of the Rockefeller Institute since its foundation, was visiting the famous Hita Tazato laboratories in Japan that he discovered the young and energetic Hideyo Noguchi working working there. At that time Dr. Flexner was connected with the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noguchi, yearning to perfect himself ln nis scientinc work, inquired of Dr. Flexner if he would help him if he came to Amer ica. And Dr. Flexner. looking at that eager, Intelligent face, answered, "Yes, indeed," never expecting, '.hough, that he would be over on the next ship. Followed at Once. Hardly had Dr. Flexner made the first inspection of his laboratories on his return than there stood In his office office the young Japanese whom he had left so recently in Japan. With the simple directness that characterized Dr. Noguchi he reminded Dr. Flexner of his promise. The trip to America had consumed all the ready money Dr. Noguchi had and when he arrived in Dr. Flexner's office , he was "strapped," as the ex pression goes, and in dire need 01 work. Such trust as made this intrepid little scientist stake his all on the promise of a great American doctor caused Dr. Flexner to look with much favor on this young man. He not only found him a place to work in the uni versity but arranged for his study there. In due course 01 time Dr. noguchi noguchi received his American degree and became an assistant in the laboratory laboratory of the university. Later, when the Rockefeller Institute was founded. Dr. Flexner took the young Japanese with him. and there he had been ever since, carefully guarded from the pry ing eves of the world, working out in vestigations for human welfare. In fact. Dr. Noguchi was the first one to have a department of his own to work in. The friendship between Dr. Flex ner and Dr Noguchi is one of the rare Jewels in the world of scientific men. Born of Old Samurai Family. Dr. Noguchi was born at Inawashlro. Yama. Fukushima. Nov. 24, 1876. His parents. Sayo&ke Kohiyama and Shika Noguchi. were of an old Samurai fam ily. When ne was still a very young child his father died and his mother was left alone to take care of hi upbringing. upbringing. They were not wealthy. Those who had the good tortnne to know Dr. Noguchi Intimately loved him. and this Included the animal kingdom as well as human beings. Even Rattlesnake Loved Him. Over in the Institute," said Dr. T. Campbell Takami. 176 Washington Park. Brooxiyn, ur. nogucni naa ot of rattlesnakes which he took care af hlrmolf. When it was feeding time you would see them raise up as he i-ame i-ame i-ame toward mem. iney anew n.m. Tney were so tame that they would themselves put tneir neaoa uuo ine iKtle noose he would make of his thumb and forefinger and let him jueeze out their poison, wnicn n scd for experimental purposes. I jtui think that was remarkable co operation on the part of the rattle- rattle- ..lukesl In the early days of the institute," jid Dr. Takami, himself a Japanese dermatologist of note, connected for wars with the Cumberland Hopi:ai. 'ie used to have a club that met iMice a month Its purpose wa largely largely social. That was 20 years ago. though, when Dr Nmturhl was not as cusy as he later became. Even at . hose meetings he brought his microscope microscope and tended his specimens during during the course of the evening, leaving abruptly in the midst of anytning that might be going on to peer into hii 'scope.' Always Watched His Specimens. ' One evening he invited me over 10 dinner with him. Well, he dnn't eat one full course through without jumping up and running to examine one of his microscopes. There was one of them in every window. He had the time in his mind set when 'hey would have developed to the next stage for investigation, and as though k some silent signal in his vigilan' main he would suddenly jump up and go to gaze, for sometimes long periods, irto a microscope. Never for one moment moment did his work leave his mind. It was his life. The theater, th opera, movies and all their train were ul no interest to him. He had no time for social life. In 1911 he mar-lied mar-lied mar-lied Jlis secretary at the Rockefeller Institute. Mary Dardis. She survives survives her husband and lives in New York City. "In 1911 Dr. Noguchi made his memorable visit to Japan and caused such a furore of ovation and innovation innovation as the Japanese have not vet recovered recovered from," Dr. Takami said. "You know, Japanese women never attend public functions, such as banquets and the like, as American women do. It just isn't done. Dr. Noguchi adored his mother. It was to see her that he left his' microscopes and his beloved laboratory and leturned to bis native countrv. and he didn't intend to have her lose out on any of the good times that the Japanese people showered showered on Nm. He declared her loving guidance had made possible his success. success. Shocked His Countrymen. "He spent three months ln Japan that time and the Japanese people got the shock of their lives when he refused refused to attend any function in his honor to which his mother was not also invited. 'Dr. Noguchi, most devoted devoted son to mother in Japan,' were the streaming headlines on every newspaper the length and breadth of tne island. His stand gave a new touch to social affairs in Japan ever since. While it did not create a new custom, it established a precedent in regard to the old one that has endured centuries on end. "His mother died a couple of years ago. Perhaps," mused Dr. Takami sadly, "he was not so loath to leave us now. With his mother gone and so much of his work accomplished, he may have been more ready to pass on than we know. Her approval of his work meant more to him than all the applause of the world." Laboratory Swallowed Him Vp. One pastime only this great scientist relaxed in. It was playing the two kinds of Japanese chess'shogi" and "zo." Sometimes he would play straight through the night at either the Nippon Club or at the Japanese Christian Association. Then he would disappear for weeks and his friends would know that he was in the stillness stillness of his laboratory working. It was at the Japanese Christian Association that the writer saw him for the last time. Early In the evening evening he had berated his countrymen, much to their delight. They leaned forward In their chairs for more of it; they were convulsed with laughter: the hall was filled with the scratching of their pens. What he said they meant to preserve for a later, more thorough, mental digestion. He seemed a veritable little human dynamo dynamo that bubbled over with mirth every now and then. Not an eye in the audience left him for more than a second. With that air of one who has succeeded in driving home his point, he would suddenly cease his gestures and stand so perfectly still that the audience would fairly hold Its breath for what might happen next. Two rows of very white teeth would Action of Criminal Lawyers In Albany Hit by Legislators Reacting to Lewis' Indictment Lawmakers Decline to Advocate Advocate Passage of Rules Prohibiting Prohibiting Attorneys With Criminal . Practice From Seats in Legislature. The Eagle sought the reaction ot members of the Legislature to Justice Harry E. Lewis' remarks. They were varied. While denouncing the activities activities of the criminal lawyers ln the Legislature, no member of that body, except possibly Senator William Lathrop Love, advocated passage If rules prohibiting lawyers with a criminal practice from membership in the Legislature. "I have always felt that there should be more varied membership ln the State Legislature," said Senator Senator Love, who is a practicing physician. physician. "In the Senate of 51 members 30 are lawyers. I am of the opinion that this brings about an ultra-legal ultra-legal ultra-legal point of view. "The reason for Oov-rnor Oov-rnor Oov-rnor Smith's success. In my opinion," Senator Love continued, "is that he la not a lawyer and approaches matters from the point of view of the layman and the man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. man-tn-the-street. I have no criticism criticism to make of my colleagues, but I do feel strongly that the ultra-legal ultra-legal ultra-legal viewpoint la nut for Ihe best interests of the public welfare." Other members stated their opinions opinions that It would be "undemocratic" and "un-Constltutlonal" "un-Constltutlonal" "un-Constltutlonal" to attempt to bar law vers with criminal practice from the Senate and Assembly. As sembiyman Burton D. Esmond, vice chairman of the Crime Commission. declared that "the seems to glesm in a conquering smile as he ruffled his hand through the heavy, shchtly graying black hair that pom psdoured about his head. Lectures n Eating. The laughter, the mad scratehinf of pens, the gesticulations ot tha mighty little scientist had nothing to do with anything so remote and solitary solitary as germs. He was telling his countrymen that for 300 years they had not known how to eat properly, and the effect, he told them, waa most disastrous. "Look at yourselves," he cried to them. "As a race we Japanese ara smaller than we need be If we ate properly." Dr. Noguchi himself stood barely 5 feet, yet so powerful was hla personality that he fairly charged his audience, and his marshaling of knowledge stored away ln his gigantis brain that never slept, was nothing short of marvelous. Every eye in tha room was riveted on him as he measured measured on his small body what should be the size of a Japanese, if a greater variety 01 100a was injected into his diet. Two fingers on Dr. Noguchi'a left hanJ were gone his first sacrifice sacrifice to science. One had been blown off while experimenting with gunpowder, gunpowder, and the other had become Infected Infected during the course of some investigation investigation in his laboratory and had to be removed. Vegetarian for Years. After his lecture to his fellow countrymen countrymen had ended, and the scratching scratching of pens had ceased. Dr. Noguchi made his way quietly to the side of the writer and talked for a while. Fuss and formality were perfectly odious to him. He was direct and simple id all his ways, and one immediately immediately felt perfectly at home with him. We talked of many things, and he told me hs had been a vegetarian for many years, and was pleased to find that we held this belief in common. common. "When I some back from Africa I'm coming over to your house and have tea with you." he told the delighted delighted and astonished writer. "I'll teach you to make It the Japanese way." .. Didn't Mind Alley. "But, Dr. Noguchi." confessed the writer, embarrassment struggling with happiness, "you know I live in an alley, over a garage. It is all very, very humble, this place where I live. Perhaps it would be too humble for you." A sudden seriousness spread over the face of the scientist and he said very gravely: v "I am coming to see you and well pour tea. It doesn't matter to ma where you live. I'll be there when I get back from Africa." "And he would, too," Dr. Takami said last night in his study. "Why, you know he'd much rather go over to your alley and have a quiet cup of tea than attend the greatest banquet in town. He hated fuss and formality formality of any kind and escaped it whenever whenever he could. Yes, he would have been very happy in your Lane. Had No Definite Creed. "It was this same dread of formality formality that kept him from allying himself himself with any definite creed," declared Dr. Takami. He believed ln a Supreme Supreme Power, he told me so many times; but he never felt the need of any special form or creed to link him up with the Almighty. Sometimes I used to talk to him about his soul and that perhaps it might be well to Join some church. " 'Oh, Takami,' he would say to me, 'you know that's too deep for me. I am too young for that sort of thing. When I get older 111 think about it.' The Rockefeller Institute Is bringing bringing the body of Dr. Noguchi back to New York City some time the latter part of June. Perhaps the friend ot the world will be laid to rest in the land he loved so well. and the New York World, of criminal lawyers who were opposing crime legislation legislation such opposition dwindled down to bluster and declarations ot disregard of the opinions of the press and protests that its influence on their conduct was nil at the last session of the Legislature and crime legislation had a much easier course through the Assembly this year. "Eleven Important bills were passed. Some desirable proposals it is true were lost, notably the pistol bill and the police training school bill, but their failure to pass was not due primarily primarily to the opposition of criminal lawyers ln the Legislature. "The general public does not seem to be willing to support a real prohibitory prohibitory gun law that will make it hard for the criminal to get the one Instrument Instrument of crime without which he could not overpower and terrorize the publle Into obsequiously presenting to htm their valuables in compliance with the curtest of requests often expressed In language and accompanied with a most, gracious smile. "The press seems to have done a good Job on the criminal lawyers in the Legislature. How much can they Influence public sentiment generally on considerable necessary criminal legislation not yet passed." Remedy Within Profession. Assemblyman Phelps Phelps. Man- Man- ' hattan. Republican: "Criminal law- law- I vers I take to mean members of the bar whose practice comes from clients charged with crime. While the Bar Association of New York Is now engaged engaged In chasing out of the legal profession profession ambulanr? chasers and oUbar legal croolea and shysters It must be borne In mind tsat many reputable

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle27 May 1928, SunPage 25

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)27 May 1928, SunPage 25
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