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invited her to a locril entertain
ment. "I dare not leave my aunt. Dr.
Allen," she said plainly: "Only
make her well, and it would be a
great pleasure to accompany
Dr. Allen looked at her as
though he cherished the prom
ise. Their friendly intimacy
grew stronger after that, and
Lucy was glad whenever the doc
tor came to the house.
One day Dr. Alien met John
Roberts on the street. He had
not called on his patient for sev
eral days, and he naturally asked
her husband how his wife was
0 "Poorly, doctor, very poorly,"
replied John gloomijy. "De
clares the end is pretty close. She
Has lost five pounds' more, won't
eat befcause it distresses her, and
now she insists he- Ji lblfttg the
bsJsf Jfcr lhrfbs."
"Indeed; ho Is that?" qtfeT
tfcmed the doctor.
"Fell dver a chair and lamed
her foot: It's pretty ,Well bruised,
bat sfie says, a foot doesn't count
when her.whble sy stern is going
A speculative look cartie intb
the doctor's face. He stniled
slightly and his eyes brightened.
"See hete, Roberts," He ob
served briskly, "we've, got to cir
cumvent that quack whB.put such
nonsense into your wife's head."
"But how c,an.we dp it?" sub
mitted John doubtihgly;
"The opportunity has arrived,','
pronounced the doctor confident
ly. Somehow we have got to get
your wife's mind away from her
hobby. The bruised foot will do
"What do you mean?"
"This evening insist on calling
me up, telling her you are wor
ried about that foot, but don't let
her know you told me about it."
"All right," agreed the pester
ed husband, but hopelessly.
Dr. Allen arrived at the Rob
erts home that night to find the
invalid occupying her customary
coUch downstairs. He had to lis
ten to a new list of symptoms.
Mrs. Roberts declared that in
walking about she had stumbled
over a stool. She doubted not
that she was losing the use of her
limbs. The doctor finally got to
the point of inspecting the injur
The grave way his face drew
down at once attracted his pa
tient's attenrfon: She became in
terested as he propduncod - the
mystic words' "pedallic obstruc
tion of the oblongata," then
alarmed as he said seriously.
"This is a vital case, Mrs. Rob
erts. Your foot muSt receive the
moSt. careful treatment."
"Why, doctor,," flurried the in
valid, "it scarcely pains me."
"Thtt may be due to the dead
ening effect of a local poison in
the blood," advised the crafty
and scheming practitioner. "I
shall have to poultice and band
age it. You must not expose it
to the air. If there is farther dis
coloration, it may indicate a
Dr. Allen opened the medicine
case. He saturated a bandage
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