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sjtand. How can we let him have
a football and let his mother see
him with it, and him lying there
so helpless ? It would be inhuman,
"Hum! 111 take the matter
under consideration," the doctor
answered. But a few minutes
later he was asking the head in
terne, "Where would you go to
buy a football? He put down
the address in his memorandum
book, and the interne looked at
him in -wonder, for football and
Dr. Keith seemed somehow unas-sociable.
"Well, here's the football,
nurse," he said, that evening, com
ing into the ward. It was Christ
mas eve. All the children were
supposed to be asleep. Here and
there an eye drowsily unclosed to
see if Santa Claus" had really
come, but sleep was stronger
than expectation, and Nurse Blah:
would see to it that no gifts went
to the sleepless. Dr. jKeith held
out the paj)er-wrapped globe.
The clerk had blown it up -for
him, and, not thinking of having
it deflated again, he had carried
it thus for half a dozen blocks.
"If you xthirtk it best for him not,
to nave jt, give it to someone else.
Give him a Teddy bear," he said.
"Why, a boy that age doesn't
want Teddy bears," answered
Nurse Blair scornfully. -She
thought for a long wjiile after the
doctor had gone. At last she went
softly to Johnn's bed and hung
the football from the head. The
little boy's eyes were closed and
he was sleeping soundly. The.ht
tie helpless feet made tiny moun-1
tains under the bedclothes. Nurse
Blair turned away quickly.
Morning came; the ward awoke.
Shouts and cries of delight were
heard. The day nurses went
from bed to bed, unwrapping
packages. Nurse Blair had gone I
to her room, but she did not lie;
down. -She came back, tired, but,
resolute, a half hour before visit
ting time, and went to Johnny's
side. He was playing with the
ball, bouncing it upon the sheets.
It had fallen down six times,, and
each time the nurse nearest had
picked it up again and returned it.
"Johnny," said -Nurse Blair,
your mamma will be hetfa in a
few minutes nw.5' V jr -"Yes,
raa'ara" answerej jofin-
ny- . V "?
"Johnny nvhat are .yougoing:;o
do with'-that football?" asked
Johnny knew immediately.
"I'm going to loolrat'it and look
at it'and wish hard to be well' he
"Johnny, when your mamma
comes she wilL see it and it will
make her dry to think of the time
when her little boywas strong
and well. You dont want to
make her cry, do you, dear?"
"No, ma'am," answered John
ny. "Then, Johnny," said Nurse
Blair, the diplomat, "suppose we
put it away when she comes and
don't show it to her."
"Yes, ma'am," said Johnny. A
tear stole -into -his eye and and
overflowed. He handed her the
football. "Y-yes, m-m-ma'anC'
said Johnny, gulping. And just w