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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 27, 1912, Image 13

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THE CONFEDERATE
The Story of How a Blind
Man Was Used in a
Card Game. '
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The doctor had sprung to his
feet, trembling with anger.
"You are cheating' he cried,
hotly, to the man opposite him in
the smoking room. Everybody
rose in confusion.
"I will appeal to you, gentle
men," said the man who had been
accused. "Let him substantiate
his statements, or apologize and
withdraw. I assume that my
,card partners are, gentlemen.
Ifs hard," he continued bitterly,
"that one cannot have "good for
tune without being open to such
accusations from men like that."
The group stood silent, waiting
for the doctor to formulate his ac
cusation. They were the miscel
laneous assortment of passengers
who are always to be found on
board an Atlantic linec. Those
around the table consisted of
Rawlinson, a middle-aged cos
mopolitan, the man accused, two
typical New York business men,
and Pr. fPage, a -famous eye spec
ialist of Liverpool, who was
known simply as a physician to
the rest.
Beside the four poker players
there was a young blind man, his
sightless eyes covered with col
ored glasses, whom Rawlinson
had met on board ship and be
friended ; he always sat at Raw
linson s elbow when the men
"J. will substantiate my accusa
tion," said Dr. Page, more calm
ly. Mr. Hopkins indicating the
blind man is a confederate of
this man Rawlinson. He is no
more blind than I am.
"I dare him to permit mfr to
examine his eyes. You may not
know me as an eye specialist
nevertheless, I am not without a
reputation in this line. Mr. Hop
kins, I challenge you to let me
look at your eyes."
Hopkins tose to his feet un
steadily, groping for the table to
support him.
"I refuse," he said indignantly.
"I will submit to no such humilia
tion." "Quite right," said one of the
business men; but the other was
silent. -
"If you are blind," said Dr.
Page, emphatically, "I will pay
$500 to any charity you name."
"I accept that challenge," Said
the blind man. "Put up your
money and let the steward hold
it. I name the Royal Hospital for
the Blind."
The money .was staked and Dr.
Page, Temoving the man's
glasses, began his examination.
But this was obviously useless,
for it was seen by all present that
the sight had been totally de
stroyed, the pupils being absent.
Dr. Page was thunderstruck.
"Yes, you are "blind," he said.
"Take the apology I owe you. But
I know this game was noj: played
on the square. I saw looks pass
between these two men "
"Good afternoon, doctor " said
prayed. toj w. ai0 9f he Business
"WHS

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