: " -t-xb-f1rir ""Ff ! "" -""
smaller shops. . The settlement, fac
tory was not making money, had not
the capital to install modern
machines hence many an accident.
, Doctor Ridley came face to face
with Miss Darley that evening. She
was passing along the street, her
eyes fixed upon the plain little sign
in his office window. She transferred
her sweet glance to his face as he
spoke jto her. It was full of en
couragement and approval.
"You have come among us, as you
threatened," she spoke smilingly.
"As I longed for," corrected Wal
"It will be a blessed work," she
Then she placed her hand in his.
Her beautiful eyes held his own in
thrall for a moment and he thrilled.
He noted her parted lips, her heav
ing bosom. There was a tension in
that momentary silence,
Sne was as a being witn a crystal
window in her soul's abiding place,
her mind a palace, His heart leaped
to repeat the love tale she had lis
tened to not twenty-four hours
agone. But she had spoken in a
clear, sisterly way. That rejection
should be no barrier to champion
ship, however. He decided that To
know her, to be near her jthere was
more in that for his longing spirit
than the adulation and adoration of a
score of the mincing damsels of the
Beale set, "
Young Doctor Ridley counted up
his his small capital, calculated to a
dollar, figured-out what general prac
tice he could depend upon and set at
work on his mission of divine charity
and usefulness. The needy and un
fortunate knew that they were wel
come o free consultation, attend
ance1 and even free medicine, and his
office was soon overrun, It was, in
deed, blessed work! 'He was cut off
from all financial co-operation "from
his steely-hearted relative now, and
his" old-fashioned patients were fast
dropping away from a physician who
they phrased It. The misery he saw"
and all ;ated, however, the relief
and joy he brought where there 'had
been misery and pain, the true
hearts of gold he discovered in theu
homes of the lowly and worthy, more
than compensated him for his strong
Then one day a break in the rou
tine two thunderbolts, each de
vastating and vital. They came with
a shock to Walter. His uncle had
practically lost his entire f oretune. A
side issue of his great friends, the
Beales, had failed, carrying down an
army of -credulous Investors.
Walter went to his uncle and sug
gested what assistance and sympathy
he might offer, but the sullen old man
rebuffed him. Thatvery afternoon a .
barefooted, wild-eyed girl rushed
into his office. '
"Oh, Doctor Ridley!" she gasped,
"there's "been an accident Miss
Darley "-and "fainted away.
Walter was at the works as fast
as his feetNcriuld carry him. He "
found Bertha; pale and disheveled,
seated on a- work bench near a dis
mantled, machine, A dozen of the
child workergsurrounded her, fright
ened, weeping and solicitous for her
Bertha Darley had been a heroine.
She had sprang to a falling" shaft
just in time to save half a dozed from
being crushed and, injured. She had
fought a noble battle. with the whirl
ing monster of steel.
There was a dozen severe abra
sions, and one crushed finger, which
Walter attended to, ah, so tenderly!
longing to- kiss the . poor lacerated
hand. It would be two weeks before
Bertha could resume her wonted
He called at the smaller quarters
to which his uncle had betaken him
self, but was refused admission. He
heard that Mr. Weare was severely
ill with a contagious disease, but he
was not sent for.
Then Bertha was absent . from
hpnjef or tw,Q. weeks. .Her father prcr
xml | txt