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then the visitors came in.
"Nurs Blair had taken the ball,
but she Tiad no time to conceal
it before the little woman in black
had come hurrying to the bedside,
and she. stqSH holding it rather
foolishly and self-consclbusly and
could not face those searching
"I've brought him this and
these" said Mrs. Ward, holding
out the box of bricks and the me
chanical toy. '"But you you've
given him that?"
Nurse Blair stammered some
'thing, but she could never re
member what it was, for the
young widow had taken both her
hands ih hers and was looking at
herMU such a way as to make
"Nurse," she said,"I want to
ask you something Will he ever
walk again?" "
Nurse Blair was silent. They
nujjlit have been alone in the
wjtrd, so closely did the hum of
conversation hedge them in. Each
was with her own that Christmas
morning and had nd thought but
"Will he ever walk? Will he
ever stand?" The widow grasp
ed the nurse's hands tightly as
though clinging to her as her last
hope in life. "Tell me," she
"Never unless a miracle hap
pens," answered Nurse Blair, and
the woman's hands fell and she
turned to the child and smiled.
i Then Nurse 3Iair understood
why some of the Madonnas were
"Mammal" said the voice from
Sure It Is.
"Mary," said teacher, "what is
the spinal column ?"
"The spinal coumn," said Mary,
"is what my head sits on one end
the bed, "I want to whisper some
thing." The widow knelt down, but the
childish whisper was loud enough
to reach the nurse's ears.
'I mustn't tell vou what my
Christmas present is, because it (t
will make you cry.
The widow placed her arms
round his neck and pressed his
face to hers.
'Mamma, I want to show you
'something I've kept for a Christ-;
mas present for you. Sit up,
mamma, and look. Look!"
Nurse Blair screamed. Br.
Keith, passing by, stopped, look
ed, and assumed an attitude of
professional pride. His rather
tired face Jbroke into a smile.
"Do that again, Johnny, cried
Nurse Blair. "Look, doctor,
look! He's wiggling his toes !"
"Ye's, ma'am," said Johnny
proudly. "TJhat's why I wanted
a football. There, mamma, you're" '
crying af tef all !" " " '
i o o
When a box of sardines is open
ed it should be drained of all oil'
possible,, and then the little fish
turned out and sprinkled with
lemon juice. They should be
drained agrain before serving. I he
lemon will cut the remaining oil
and make the sardines more palatable.
of, and I sit on the other."