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By Harvey Prentice.
Hamlin sat beside the bed,
watching the house surgeon as
' he examined the little patient.
Three hours before the boy had
been brought to St. Mark's hos
pital, his little body arched like
a bow. Nohodv had believed a
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ure to be possible at that stage
i ntil they sent for Hamlin.
Hamlin was looking at the boy,
1 ,vho now lay quietly sleeping.
r The desperately large injection of
the serum had saved him, drag
: ed him back from the jaws of
J death. Twelve days previously,
on the Fourth of July, the child
had injured his hand while set
ting off firecrackers; tetanus had
developed, and but for Hamlin'
erum, a fatal termination would
have occurred. Now recovery
"This must be the hundredth
life you've saved, doctor," said
the house surgeon.
But Hamlin did not answer, for
the words had only deepened the
bitterness in his soul. What were
those hundred lives saved for the
me life lost to him?
It was nearly six years since
Miriam Gray had broken their
engagement. It had occurred so
quickly, with such dramatic
swiftness, that he had not even
felt the pang till she was gone out
if her life irrevocably. Their en
gagement had been a dream of
happiness. During the four short
weeks that it lasted Hamlin's soul
had seemed as though winged ;
his work was consecrated now.
It had been formerly a vague de
sire to benefit humanity; now it
vas for Miriam.
She knew he was a doctor, at
tached to the institute, but she
did not know the nature of his
duties. He had told her when
three weeks remained before their
wedding day. He had told her
eagerly, enthusiastically, of his
coecific researches into the cause
and cure of tetanus. There was
a scrum, he said, but.it was, in
the main, unsatisfactory. He
had improved on it; soon it was
to be given to the world and hu
manity would bless his name.
That, the fruition of his years of
toil, he dedicated to her.