j By George Munson.
((Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
- Three months before his mar
riage Charles Bannon began to
put in overtime. This is a phen
omenon by no means rare among
prospective husbands, and is us
ually viewed indulgently by their
.employers, even though it means
I"Did He Charge You Anything?"
ra double salary at the end of the
month. But Bannon's savings
were scanty and the furniture had
to be paid for.
"Charles, you must positively
.stop," declared his fiancee, Mar
fan James, when a month's over
work and lack of exercise had
'showed itself in the young man's
pale and trembling hands. "I'm
:not going to have you kill your
'self, dear, for that horrid old fur
niture. How is that insomnia you
were telling me about?".
"Pretty bad, Marian, admitted
her lover. "I think I shall go to
a doctor about it."
"Go to Dr. O'Keefe," answered
Marian promptly. "He is the
greatest nerve and brain special
ist in the city. Esther Carter was
telling me how he cured her
brother of neurasthenia. Philip
Carter was completely unbalanc
ed until Dr. O'Keefe took him in
hand, and now he's almost ra
tional. And I'm not going to
have you become unbalanced,"
she pouted, and sealed her advice
with a kiss.
That was how Bannon came to
visit the great specialist. He en
tered the comfortable waiting
room in trepidation. It was not
O'Keefe's regular hour, but the
maid thought he would be in
shortly. Would he wait? Ban
non waited, turning over the
leaves of a six months' old mag
azine aimlessly, and gradually
becoming convinced that all of
his symptoms were aggravated
ones. Suddenly the doctor ap
peared at the door.
He was quite a young man
much younger than Bannon had
expected. But then of course all
the great specialists in every
branch of work were young men
nowadays. O'Keefe was hardly
thirty, and he looked excessively
tired, as though his work had al
most unstrung him.
"Come right in, sir," he said
cheerfully, and Bannon followed
him into his cozy office at the
back of the house, where he took
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