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77 NURSE'S MIRACLE
By Harold 'Carter. .
"Miss Gregory!" feaid 'the man on
the bed peftilantly'V
'Nurse Gregory approached her pa
tient. Patients' MlwaySrwexe petulant,
even the best of them-ithe day after
an operation, . especially wtien, as in
this case, therewas only ai. small hope
that the eyesight would ever be re
gained. Thirty-five -years old and
blind! She shydderpHo' think of
this strong ma'h perhaps- condemned
Unfastened -the Bandages.
to a (life of -ihaqtiyity and wretched
ness.' ' " ,
"You want'some orange juice,?"
she asked. - Y v'.v '
"No.J want.'to" talk- to 'you, nurse.
You:kn6w, dtiting. the" two' weeks' that
rve"been.he"reK before my operation,
never seeing", 'the iligjit, .and hardly
hoping. to, I'y'erwellybulye become
sort' of hecessary'ttf me."
Nurse Gregory smiled; softly, It
was nice to be necessary to anyone. t
Shewas nece'ssary to none' "except
for the sake of, her skilled hands and,
shrewd intelligence. And this man
Arthur Graham had node to, care
for him. He .had liyed- a single life,
absorbed in his work as a painter of
stained glass, until the explosion of
chemicals that wrecked his studio,,
and blinded him.
.'"Doyou think I'll. ever recover my
eyesight?" asked the patient.
"We hope so. The doctor says there
is a. fighting chance. He'll know when
the bandages are removed next Tues
"Mayn't ! raise them ever so slight
ly, nurse? I want to s'eewhat you
look like:" v
"No!" she cried in alarm., "No!
No! "Do you' want to destroy your last
hope of seeing again?"
"I want to' see you,',"he complained.
Nurse--Gregory sat. down by his
bedside. "Suppose-1 talk- to you in
stead," she said.'
"Then' let me ask yoii- an .Imperti
nent question. How- oldare you,
Nurse? I have a horror .of fat, elder
ly nurses. I bet you're not ;above
seven and twenty."
"You're four years out," Nurse
Gregory answered.- "I am thirty
one."' "And you're not married, Nurse?"
"No," she answered, a little wistr
fully. '.T arn not married."
"But you could have been scores .
of times," he cried triumphantly.
"With a personality like yours, a na
ture like yours, a"
f "Now, you stop," answered Nurse
Gregory. "It's time you went to sleep.
And don't you dare to think about
touching thosfi bandages. We all hope
that you will .see as well as ever,
again." - "
But when she had left the hospital
and gone to her room in the nurse's
home she wept, bitterly. She, had.
grown.'to care for this patient of hers
more' than for an man she had ever
known, and she did not want him" to
regain his sight,