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he had felt for weeks. The time
limit was gone, and he still lived.
He resolved to have his jest with
the doctor. On the evening- oft
the twenty-third day "he went to,
his house. This time the sitting,
room was filled. But, hearing'
voices in the natf, he peered out,
and saw O'Keefe: talking with a
middle-aged, bespectacled, beard
ed patient, and, suddenly forget
ful of the others who should have
preceded him, he ran Into the halL
"Well, doctor, you're wrong,"
he cried to O'Keefe. "You gave
me not less than 17 days to live,
and not more than 23, and the
time limit expired this afternoon.
You'd better make another diag
nosis." ' V
"Will you have t;he goodness to
wait your turn, sir, and sit in the
reception room?" asked the
bearded man severely.
"Will you be so kind as to
mind your own business, sir?" re
turned Bannon, nettled. "My
business is with this gentleman
' The younger man turned
"I have never, to my knowl
edge, had any business with you,
sir," he said.
"Oh, yes, doctor," answered
Bannon. "Twenty-three days and
five hours ago you set a time limit
upon my life, and here I am alive
all the same."
The bearded man was smiling
now a cynical, mocking, yet hu
man smile. "I think that I begin
to understand," he said. "Good
bye Philip. You're certainly
cured now." He turned to Ban
non. "Won't you come in, sir?"
he asked courteously. "I am Doc
tor O'Keefe." '
"You?" stammered "Bannon.
"Why, that gentleman is Doctor
O'Keefe. He examined me three
weeks ago and toljd me I had
atrophy of Gurlick's -convolution."
The other clapped him on the
back and laughed noisily. "Poor
fellow poor fellow!" he said.
"That's Mr. Carter, a patient of
mine. He has been a little irra
tional,. and I suppose he got into
my office and played my part.
Gurlick's convolution-? Oh, yes,
he must just have, heen reading
of that in the 'Medical Record,'
but it is a disease' that only af
fects sheep in the tropics. I won
der," he continued thoughtfully,
"how many other people Philip
.has scared. Did he charge you
"Ten dollars," Bannon replied.
"Ah!" said the other, "that's
very promising. I think he must,
be cured." :
Cleans a Handbag.
The handbag or satchel, of uh-
dressed kid, when soiled by usage, .
need not be turned over to the'
professional cleaner. The secret
of restoration is a piece of sand
paper rubbed over the surface. A,
very fine grade of, sand paper is
required- When this is used with
care the effect is maerical. and no
'injury to the material accrues.
Many kinds ot leathers without
polished surfaces -for example,
suede, undressed and ooze calf
skin can be cleaned thus.
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