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- barks. The young lady stood before
the blind man.
"Your dog acted so strangely," she
said in confusion, "that I almost fan
cied you -wanted some help today."
She held out a dime, and the blind
man took it because, when you are
blind, you cannot be proud any
"He left you this," whispered the
blind man, and gave her the note.
The girl took it and slipped it into
her muff. Then the blind man was
left alone and the dog was straining
upon his leash.
Half an hour later the girl was
back. "Give liim this," she whispered,
and the blind man felt a note slipped
into his hand. He hid it under the
shoestrings and waited.
"Have you anything for me?" ask
ed a man's voice next morning. The
blind man's hand slipped into the tray
and felt for the note. It was not
there. He had a strange experience
thai day. A woman who wanted
really .wanted shoestrings had stop
ped, and bought a dozen pairs. The
blind man must have given her the
little, three-cornered note among the
goods. The blind man hung his head.
He dared not speak, and the young
man passed mournfully into the distance.
The next moment the blind man
had set down his tray and was run
ning after the young man. Tap, tap,
went his cane on the sidewalk, and
Jim leaped at his side, guiding him
deftly between the passengers. The
blind man thought he was nearing
the object of his' pursuit and redou
bled his speed. Jim tried to pull him
away, but the blind man was frantic
with fear that the romance would be
ended by his absurd mistake. He slip
ped on. the curb, raised himself, and
then went down beneath the heels
of a pair' of carriage horses. ,
The traffic stopped and the coach
man got down and lifted up the blind
"Drive to the nearest hospital,
Jones," cried alady inside. "Put him
in the . carriage never -mind -.my
The wheels revolved, the, horses
raced along, and the blind man's dog
leaped at the side of the vehicle,
moaning dismally. But the blind man
lay unconscious inside the carriage.
"There is no hope," said the sur
geons. "It is useless to operate. We
must just take him Into the ward."
All that afternoon the, blind man
lay on his bed and the woman sat be
side him. And later in the day there
came a rustle of skirts down the
ward. All day the nurses had walked
to and fro, hut the blind man had not
stirred. But now he moved and open
ed his eyes and smiled. It was almost
as though his soul knew whose that
"Dorothy!" "exclaimed the woman
of the carriage.
"Mamma, t had to come. I read in
the afternoon papers that it was our
blind man who had been hurt."
"Our blind man?" echied her moth
er in surprise, and just then both saw
that the blind .man's, eyes were open.
The blind man's, hands twitched at
his clothing,, and then the fingers
closed on something 'which the sur
geons had not seens"
They' had fehnfte blind man
into beftrust'as he was, for it would
have been useless torture to have at
tempted to change the soiled clothing
that clung tqthe crushed body. And
inside-the blind man's shirt, where it'
had somehow slipped, was a .little
three-cornered note. ,
The blind man's fingers closed con
tentedly upon the trophy. He would
give it to him when he got 'well He
must notvlet,the girl know now. He
was afraid. Somehow he guessed
that there had been a quarrel, orthat
the young people were not allowed to
meet, and he meant to make it right
when he got back. He--he
A man was coming down the ward.
The step was not a doctor's step, bilt
that of a healthy.person who treads
lightly in a room of suffering, not
knowing ,how nervous this makes ft