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Local Doctor saves Capone's Life!

Dr. Hugh Young may have to stop making house calls - if they're all as exciting as the one last week. The rumour mill was rift with stories that Al Capone was in town from Chicago and was staying at a local hotel. Rumour also has it that a guest in that hotel became very ill and Dr. Young had to be called. The fact that he was allegedly blindfolded and taken to the man's room by a circuitous route, would lead one to believe that his patient was none other than Mr. Capone himself. When contacted, Dr. Young would not confirm the story. Nor did he deny it.

This story has been handed down in Louise Rowe's family for decades. It involves her grandfather, Dr. Hugh Morris Young, now deceased. It appears that one of his patients, on the notorious River Street, was none other than the big man himself.

Louise Row's grandfather, Dr. Hugh Morris Young practiced in Moose Jaw from 1914 until 1968. As a young doctor he made house calls at all times of the day or night. One night he was called to see a patient on River Street. He knew it was serious business as he was told he had no choice by to come. He went to a designated spot where he was met by several gentlemen. They took him into the basement of a corner building. He was blindfolded and led up several flights of stairs into a room full of men. He was not familiar with any of them. A man was sitting on a chair in the middle of the room. He seemed to be having a problem with his mouth and was in obvious pain. Dr. Young looked into his mouth and realized that he had an abscess (what they call a 'quinsy' or an infected tonsil). All Dr. Young had with him was his medical bag with a limited amount of tools and medicines. He had been mugged so many times at night that he had taken to leaving most of his supplies at home. He told the man that in order to deal with the problem, he would need anesthetic. THe man refused saying that he did not want anesthetic as he would not have all of his facilities and he did not want to be weakened in any way. Do, Dr. Young proceeded to lance the tonsil. Compared to today this would have been very painful as he did not have the tools that are available now. The man held onto the chair and didn't utter a sound. The rest of the gentlemen in the room were watching, white-faced. When Dr. Young was finished he said that he would have to come back the next day to follow up. The man agreed and Dr. Young was blindfolded and taken back the way he arrived.

The next day the procedure was repeated with Dr. Young being blindfolded and taken to see the gentleman. He checked him over and the man handed him a one hundred dollar bill with the warning, "You never saw me, boy!" One hundred dollars was a lot of money and Dr. Young didn't argue. Once again he left the way he came.

Two weeks later Dr. Young was reading the newspaper. The cover story was about Al Capone. When he saw the accompanying picture he realized that that was who he had worked on in the hotel room on River Street.