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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 30, 1913, Image 18

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THE DOCTOR'S PLOT
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Mrs. Susan Roberts was a
chronic invalid. She knew it her
self. She had influenced the more
impressible of her friends with
the conviction. As to her devoted
but unfortunate husband, what
ever his opinion he fully realized
that she was making home life
Had to Listen to a New List of
Symptoms.
about as wretched and uninviting
as it could well be.
What had started well and
healthy Mrs. Roberts on the
downward road to despair and
dissolution was the visit to the
town of a quack. This irrespons
ible individual scattered a pam
phlet describing his nostrums and
dwelling gravely upon the dan-
gers of "wasting away." Just at
that time Mrs. Roberts had lost
ten pounds. It was warm weather
that had reduced her flesh, and
when she began to worry over her
fancied ailments she lost ten
more.
Young Dr. Allen was called in.
At the outset he told his patient
that there was nothing in the
world the matter with her. It was
of no avail. She adopted all the
languor and self-pity of a con
firmed invalid. She mourned over
the ultimate bereavement of her
husband.
"If Lucy Day was only mar
ried off," she was wont to say
lugubriously, "I would rest more
easily in my grave from a sense of
duty done."
Dear Lucy! the saving grace of
the situation. She was pretty as
a picture, and loved company and
pleasure as well as any live heaU
thy Mjss of eighteen. She felt
great gratitude, however, toward
the aunt, who had taken care of
her since she had been left an or
phan. She had learned to take
most of the household work on
her own young willing shoulders
when her aunt was well. When
her fancied ailments came upon
her there were added the duties
of a patient, untiring nurse.
Lucy therefore had little time
to think of beaux or parties. As
to love, her practical life banished
romance. It was true she had
flushed and her heart beat a trifle
faster when, in assisting Dr. Al
len to prepare a bandage for her
aunt, their hands met and he gave
her a kindly smile. Later he had

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