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THE MAUI NEWS, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1915.
Old Girl is
Foot Torn Off By Shell While Carry
ing Water to Thirsty German Sol
diers in Trenches iS NOW (lost I the head nurse's desk and asked
Potior! Philil in Vianni One tmirnlnu in .1 uue Or. Severn was ' " : " .
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Was Sweet i
Her Dream Became ft
By ETHEL JAMES CO ANN
Copyright by Frimk A. Munsey Co.
W t J'lt porcine Into pink, and the wind
tt.'iii iii,- H, Ue blew in at the open
A hi' lil the chiilr beside her hed
lie mi w Iht IiiiikI Mullet du tbeconnter
pane, and. bending over. Just as the
light touched her, he saw that her eyes '
' were open and on her poor face a look i
of Ineffable content rested. 1
lie took the fluttering Angers In his
hand and said. "Nell." i
Then she fell asleep. I
The pink dawn yielded to yellow sun- ,
light, and still she slept. The surgeon
went down to breakfast, and when he
returned she had not awakened.
At 10 o'clock the offlce boy went to
FITTED BY THE
Vienna. The most petted little girl
In Vienna these days is twelve-year-old
Rosa Zenoch of Ramicnna Gora,
resident pro lem. In a cot of the gen
eral hospital in the clinic of Professor
Hohenegg. The child, who, for 12
days, carried water to thirsty German
soldiers In the trenches near her
home, was wounded by a shrapnel
shell which tore away one of her feet.
Emperor Francis Joseph has sent her
a gold chain with a diamond pendant
forming his initials. Vienna sends
her fruits and dainties and flowers,
and many books of which she cannot
read a line. There are occasional gifts strong odor of ether, and two orderlies
walking down tbe steps of the City hos
pital In tlmiover. As he was about to
get into Ills phaeton one of the Internes
rushed out and said. "Dr. Arnold wants
you to do the operation he has on for
10 o'clock "
The surgeon removed his font from
the carriage step and turned around.
don't know anything about the
case, where ts Arnold.'
'lie's hud an accident and can't
The doctor meditated a minute or
two, then went back up the hospital
A few minutes Intel the surgeon. In
clinic uniform, entered the operating
A door swung open, there was a
of money, too, which the child's moth
er, who now lives with her In the hos
pital ward, takes thrifty care of.
The mother, who speaks only Ru-
thenian, recently told a representative
of the Berliner Vossische Zeitung the
story of her little girl.
"We are poor farmer folk from the
neighborhood of Navaruska. We have
only one acre of ground and a little
house. Now that, too, is gone; the
Russians burned it down and dragged
my husband away God knows where.
Daily the soldiers marched past us.
We are poor and have little to eat.
But Joseph, our eldest, joined the col
ors, and always, when the soldiers
knocked at the door and entered,
Rosa would ask, 'Is Joseph with
"The soldiers spoke only German or
Hungarian, and she speaks only Ru-
thenian. The soldiers were fearfully
hungry and thirsty. Finally Rosa
learned to understand the one Ger
man question, 'Haben sie was zu trin
ken?' ('Have you anything to drink?')
And she learned the German sentence,
'Ja wlr haben,' ("Yes, we have.') As
long as we had milk and bread we
gave them milk and bread. Then I
had to go to the well and lower the
pail and fetch water for the soldiers
Often the soldiers marched past our
house. Then Rosa would say, 'Give
me a pail and then she would run
along with the soldiers and give them
"For days the soldiers had nothing
to drink. Whenever we went out of
the house we could see them drinking
out of the swamp, for there are many
swamps and much Band in our coun
try. Then, for several days, no one
came there. But we heard the thun
dering outside and Rose kept urging
me: 'Mother, draw up a lot of water!'
As soon as the pail was filled she
would carry It out to the soldiers, who
lay In a ditch. The soldiers recogniz
"Soldiers were good to me," ex
plained the little girl from her cot.
"Yes, they petted and caressed her
and always begged her for more wa
ter," said the old woman. "And so she
traveled all day long from the well to
the. soldiers and from the soldiers to
the well. I often looked to see if an
enemy was coming. But I never saw
"Finally," continued the old woman
'Do you mean Dr. Severn?"
"What do you want him for?"
"Ills wife wants him."
Miss Ashton called him, and he went
out to where Mrs. Severn sat In her
, "Don't you know," she snapjied.
"that I bad to go to the Hunters' din
ner party alone last night?"
He brushed his bund wearily across
his forehead, and something In bis look
i "I cannot leave here yet." he said.
; He watched the chauffeur turn the
car around In the narrow street; then
be went slowly back.
1 He made bis usual round, stopping to
! chat with some of bis patients.
: The next morning at dawn the wo
man In No. 20 roused again, and the
surgeon sat beside her.
This time she could lift her hand, and
she extended It townrd blm.
"nave I been hurt. Jack?" she asked.
"Yes, Nell." he answered.
"Did the horse throw me?"
In a flash the man understood that
she had recognized without remember
ing and that In hei mind she was
back on the ranch where be had first
"Am I badly hurt?" she continued.
"You are just shaken up."
"I'm tired." she said and slept with
her face toward the Unlit
The fourth morning he sat In his old
place beside her, and she asked:
"Where did yon get my nurse?"
"1 sent for her."
I "She is so good to me in the night.
: when 1 have horrible dreams and
: think that 1 have lived years and
carried In a woman on a stretcher t
The aunesthetlst kept the cap over her
face us they lifted hei to the table. '
As Severn begun to operate he laid .
his Angers for an Instant on her wrist
then made the Incision for straight
laparotomy In his movements there
was no haste. '
1 have my doubts about this case,"
be said coolly as the flesh parted un
der his steady blade
The assistant noticed a puzzled-look
on the surgeon's face as he hesitated
tn selecting an Instrument A hush
fell, for be was feeling tils way cau
The patient's breathing was slow mul
labored, and the sides of her eiimcliit.'d
body quivered with each respiration
let up on the ether." Ir Severn
Silently he picked Instrument after
Instrument from the tray offered him. i ronni without vou Jack. Then 1 call
The work begun in earnest- slow, i hel and Bhe comforts me.
give that long wear
which makes the
Initial cost seem
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cautious work -till the perspiration
stood In great drops on the surgeon's
forehead, and the cliule nurse had a
white line around her mouth
Then suddenly, as If the silence were
a loud report they perceived that the
patient bad ceused breathing The sur
geon spoke one word :
A nurse opened the window, the
anaesthetist laid aside the cap. a nil.
without letting go. the ligament bo was
tying, the surgeon rested his eyes upon
the still face.
Slowly the patfent Inhaled the -fresh
air, and then, by some freak for which
there is no accounting, she opened her
eyes, looking full at the surgeon, who.
with a look of horror Hint turned bis
face ashen and drew dark circles nn
derneath his eyes, looked at her.
In a Aasb the anaesthetist put the cap
back and sprinkled ether, but the sur
geon stood as If frozen
A dark eyed nurse who had been
standing apart with bandages stepped
softly to Dr. Severn's side and, holding
a glass to his lips, 6a id:
When the operation was finished and
the orderlies came to carry the patient
back to her room the surgeon brushed
them aside and lifted her nn to the
stretcher As he stood after they bad
gone" his assistant said: -
I thought you were going to flunk.
Did you fumble that artery badly?"
He hastily removed his linen coat
and left the room
Along the corridor of private rooms
be met MIsm Ashton. the bead nurse.
"How is No '.JO?"" he asked.
"Coining out all right, doctor."
"Is any one watching her?"
"I have Just come from there. Sbe
"all the soldiers knew her. She was
nil vnrn nut frnm runninfir hpr errands QUiet.'
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It Is a critical
he entered room
the patient lay.
Do you dream that, Nell?"
"Yes. But It cannot ever be, dear.
, Ddn't you remember what 1 told you
: the night we became engaged?"
When be spoke his voice was full of
; suppressed pain.
i "You told me, dear, that you loved
me so that if we evei drifted apart"-
' the words had long pauses between
them "you would drift back to me to
j "Yes," she said and slept
j The surgeon had performed throe op
eratlons at the hospital of the Sisters
of Mercy, and It was 8 In the evening
before he got back to the patient in
In the corridor Miss Ashton met him
with the chart He scanned it si
lently. "When was the last temperature
taken?" he asked.
"At 0. It Is slowly rising."
"Does she know she Ls worse?"
"I don't think so. She Is calm and
, At 9 he sat alone with her while the
"I want to look at you," be said, "if
you can endure the light"
He moved the shade from' the elec
tric bulb, and she raised her eyes to
his wonderful eyes, with a ring of
deep violet around the outer rims of
the gray Iris.
"Are you better?"
The brave eyes never faltered, but a
mist of tears came over them.
"1 know now, John," she said, "the
dream Is the fact."
1 He held her to htm.
"I love you, Nell."
The swinging light made queer, mov
ing shadows around the room.
Later the bouse doctor. met him on
"Internal hemorrhage, Isn't It?" he
"1 fear so."
Toward .morning the nurse called
THE CRATER HOUSE
THE VOLCANO IS VERY ACTIVE.
than In the daytime. Neighbors came breathing painfully, moaning from time ! him. When be entered No. 20 the pa-
into the hut and said that the cannon to time and muttering incoherently.
could be heard much more plainly
now and that the enemy must be quite
close. I forbade Rosa to go out; but
now and then a soldier would come to
us, and he could hardly speak for
thirst. Then I myself went out and
fetched water; but Rosa runs much
faster, and the soldiers all shouted
the moment they saw her, and they
kissed her hands and blessed her. And
whenever I said she must stay in the
house ,she would say:
" 'But maybe Joseph is among them.'
"This went on till one morning
when I left the house and heard a cry
behind me, and when I turned around
I saw Rosa falling. I lifted her up,
and saw her foot dangling loosely.
Then I carried her to the barracks
where the wounded soldiers were, far
away, and the nurses carried her on
a wagon to the hospital, at Magierow
and took her foot off there. Then she
was brought here to Vienna, and I
with her to take care of her."
HARRY AFONG, (Korean or Chi-
The. surgeon ssit down beside ber.
holding one wrist lightly, shading bis
eyes with his other band. At two
Miss Ashton came In
'Don't you want some luuch Dr.
Severn?" she asked.
He roused blmselt.
"Perhaps I do." he replied. "But I
don't want this patient left alone Has
she a special nurse''
'Then can you spare that little dark
uurse who was in the operating
Miss Ashton rang her bell.
"Ask to have Mrs Howell sent up to
take charge of No 20,'' she suld to the
As they crossed the court to the
nurses' dining hall Miss Ashton noticed i
the drawu look on Uie doctor's face.
When he got back the nurse was
bathing the patient's face. When she
went out he opened the blinds and
carefully studied every feature.
That night be rested on a sofa In
the end of the corridor. Toward morn
ing he beard two nurses chatting.
"Dr. Severn ls asleep on the sofa by
the sun room," one said. "You know
he did Arnold's op today. Tbey say
tient was raised slightly in bed.
"Were you asleep?" sbe asked.
"No, I don't sleep any more." be an
The nurse went out and closed the
"Why didn't you write to me?" she
"Why, Nell. 1 wrote and wrote, and
at last I went back to find you."
They could bear the ring of a pa
dent's bell and soft footsteps hurrying
along the corridor.
"It was father," sbe said. "Jose
wanted to marry me. The ranch was
mortgaged to Jose. Then after you
left father died, and 1 went to my
aunt in Denver.
A look of contentment was settling
over ber face, smoothing out the lines
of pain between the eyes, which bore
expression of extreme agony.
Another bour passed silently. Then
"Did you know me when you oper
The surgeon shuddered.
"1 did not see your face till tt was
nearly over. Nell, and then"
"Don't call any one." she said when
he lifted her to ease the pain. "I think
I am going to Bleep, and this" she
I smiled softly "is what 1 drifted back
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The sunbeam that crept through the
I closed blinds stalked slowly along the
"Good! I hope she will! 1 like Dr. wall until It touched the bead of ber
With a feeling of sickness the doctor
got up and went back to No. 20.
The cool gray of early dawn was
Then the surgeon folded ber hands
and. like a man grown old, groped out
of the room.
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