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SOLVING A PROBLEM
By Walter Joseph Delaney.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"Lungs inactive, heart insipid,
brain torpid," reported Dr. Phile
tus Derringer, and he tapped his
patient, Thomas Maltby, three
times and made a mental note of
a fifty dollar bill for his advice.
"Humph!" observed the weal-
"Here, You Boy!"
thy old bachelor "generally
"Worse than laziness, my
friend," responded the notable
physician gravely. "Your late
suppers, lack of exercise and in
dolent ways generally have stored
your system with poisons."
"Then get rid of them," sug
"Nothing but exercise will do
that," was the serious response.
"I do not wish to alarm you, Mr.
Maltby, but if you want to
shorten your life twenty years
just keep on in the idle, useless
career you are now living."
Thomas Maltby's face shadow
ed a trifle. No one realized more
fully than himself that his life
was profitless and wasted. He
was the best natured. best-hearted
fellow in the world, but he had
money and no definite aim in the
A good many times of late his
head had grown dizzy and there
had been twinges of the gout.
Then he had got so he could not
go to sleep without the aid of a
sedative. Functionally he was
still all right, the doctor said, but
his little ailments were warnings
he must attend to.
"You speak of exercise, doc
tor," said Thomas. "What do
you mean golf, walking, baths,
"They all help, but you need
additionally a spur, changed con
ditions. Get your mind clear as
well as your body. See here, did
you ever hear of Prof. Septimus
Gregg and his great 'youthful re
"I never did," confessed
"Well, one month in his hands
and you are pretty nearly born
again. Then if you go. back to
your old regime you're past hope.
Want to try him ?"
"You advise it?"
"All right Then," said -Thomas.
"You will come back with your