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John Cleave, and turned away. He
went into his room and on his knees
thanked God for the chance that was
to be his. His prayer was answered.
"How long have we been married,
John?" Mary asked next day. "It
seems such a long time, somehow,
and yet I know that it can't really be
an entire year as that calendar on
the wall seems to show."
John looked at the calendar. It
was an old one of the preceding year,
.and it had remained on the bedroom
wall, as old calendars are apt to do
when they have become familiarized
"It is June," said Mary, "and we
were married in June. Is it a whole
John dared not tell her that it was
"Dearest," she whispered present
ly. "Put your arms around me and
let me tell you something. Do you
know, all the time I was lying here
this morning, I have been thinking
how unkind I have been to you, and
how unhappy I have made you. I
want you to forgive me, John. And
I believe you can forgive me, because
the memories of this year of our mar
riage have been so dear." f
"It is you who must forgive me,
dearest," said John, humbly.
That night the doctor explained
the situation to him.
"Your wife," he said, "is on the
high road to recovery. Her mind is
as sound as it has ever been. The
brain trouble which I anticipated
amounts simply to this: The whoie
of the past year has slipped out of her
memory. Has she had any great
trouble that could account for this?"
"Yes," answered John, humbly,
and the doctor shot a keen glance at
"Then that is the explanation," he
said. "Her mind was troubled; she
wishes to forget the episode, what
ever it was. It is necessary for her
to forget it in order that she may
get well. The group of brain cells
which registered those memories
have, so to speak, Isolated them
selves from the remainder. We
could possibly awaken those dormant
memories, but it would be highly in
advisable to do so. Are you prepar
ed to let her go through life with no
memory of that one year?"
"Indeed, I am," said Cleave, "es
pecially since you think it is for the
best. But how can she adjust her
self to conditions? Will she not be
constantly perplexed by discrepan
cies in dates?"
"Happily not," the doctor answer
ed. "In such cases the niind meets
all these problems and solves them
in Its own way, and to its perfect sat
isfaction. You have a very charming
wife, Mr. Cleave," he added. "Guard
her and care for her and lefthe past
bury its dead."
And John, kneeling at Mary's bed
side, thanked God that his chance
had come, and renewed his vows,
never more to be broken.
ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN
The young man in a . hammock sat
Beside a girl in cosy nook.
The hammock came down with a
He wasn't hurt but got the hook.
From further details we refrain.
His tailor fixed them up again.