Alexander Fleming

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slowand terrifying death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.

“I want to repay you,” said the nobleman. “You saved my son’s life.”

“No, I can’t accept payment for what I did,” the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer. At that moment, the farmer’s own son came to the door of the family hovel.

“Is that your son?” the nobleman asked. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly.

“I’ll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education.

If the lad is anything like his father, he’ll grow to a man you can be proud of.”

And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.

Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia.

What saved him? Penicillin.

The name of the nobleman?Lord Randolph Churchill.

His son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.

Questions & Answers

  1. What did the farmer find when he ran to the bog?
    Ans: He found a boy mired in black muck, screaming and struggling to free himself.
  2.  Who came to the farmer’s house the next day?
    Ans: An elegantly dressed nobleman came to the farmer’s house.
  3. What did the person come in?
    Ans: The person came in a fancy carriage.
  4. What did Alexander Fleming discover?
    Ans: Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin.
  5. Who got Pneumonia?
    Ans: The nobleman’s son got pneumonia.

Word Power:

  • Eke (verb) – manage to make a living with difficulty
  • Bog (noun) – an area of wet muddy ground that is too soft to support a heavy body
  • Muck (noun) – dirt, rubbish, or waste matter
  • Lad (noun) – a boy or young man
  • Carriage(noun) – a four-wheeled passenger vehicle pulled by two or more horses
  • Sparse (adjective) –poor, with less things
  • Elegant (adjective) – graceful and stylish in appearance or manner