Creed Screed: Saved by the Blood of an Overcomer


By Paul Leavens

Louis Pasteur’s co-worker in the demonstration of what used to be called the “germ-theory” was Dr. Felix Ruh, a Jewish doctor in Paris. The physician’s granddaughter died of black diphtheria, and Dr. Ruh, vowing that he would find out what killed his granddaughter, locked himself in his laboratory for days. He emerged with a fierce determination to prove, with his colleague Louis Pasteur, that the “germ theory” was more than a theory. 

The Medical Association had disapproved of Pasteur and had succeeded in getting him exiled, but he did not go far from Paris. He hid in the forest and erected a laboratory in which to continue his forbidden research. 

Twenty beautiful horses were led out into the forest to the improvised laboratory. Scientists, doctors, and nurses came to watch the experiment. Ruh opened a steel vault and took out a large pail filled with black diphtheria germs, which he had cultured carefully for months. There were enough germs in that pail to kill everybody in France. The scientist went to each beautiful horse and swabbed its nostrils, tongue, throat, and eyes with those deadly germs. 

The scientists waited several days to see the outcome. Every horse developed a terrific fever, and all but one soon died. Most of the doctors and scientists wearied of the experiment and did not remain for what they thought would be the death of the last horse. 

For several more days this final horse lingered, lying pathetically on the ground. The orderly on duty while Ruh, Pasteur, and several others were sleeping on cots in the stables had been instructed to awaken the scientists should there be any change in the animal’s temperature. 

About two a.m. the temperature showed a half-degree decrease, and the orderly awakened the scientists. By morning, the thermometer had dropped two more degrees, and by night the fever was gone entirely and the horse was able to stand, eat, and drink. 

Then Dr. Ruh took a sledge hammer and struck that beautiful horse a death-blow between the eyes. The scientists drew all the blood from the veins of this animal that had developed the disease but had overcome it. The scientists were driven posthaste to the Municipal Hospital in Paris. They bludgeoned their way past the superintendent and guards and forced entrance into a ward where three hundred babies had been segregated to die from black diphtheria. With the blood of the horse they forcibly inoculated everyone of the babies. All but three lived and recovered completely. They were saved by the blood of the overcomer. 

This story comes from a book called, “A peace treaty with God.”  by John Hendee. Thank you John.  

Dr. Paul Leavens is minister of the Christian Church in Lindsay, 120 N. Frazier Ave. To contact him, call 559-562-3743 or visit

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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