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LIVING AND THE DEAD
By Frank Filson.
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
Ivan .Basilieff, the Russian consul
in a city of theMiddle West, paced
his library incessantly, listening to
the murmurs of the, doctors' voices
in the next room. His only daugh
ter, Olga, had been iU for weeks of
a mysterious disease, whicn .had
slowly wasted her until there, seemed
no chance of saying 'her life; Olga
was seventeen, and, since her moth-
He Was in a Different Mood Now.
er's death, she had been the apple
of his eye.
The consul was just about to rush
distractedly into the room where the
consultation of specialists was being
held, when the door opened and they
"You can save her?" cried the con
"There is only one man can save
her," answered the senior doctor.
"That is Arnheim."
"The Jewish specialist of the East
Side," explained another. "He is the
oqly man in America who has made
a study of this rare disease. I think
we nad better call him into consulta
tion.'" "Do," said the consul wearily.
"And tell him I shall not consider the
"I should not mention the ex
pense," advised the senior surgeon.
"Doctor Arnheim gives, most of his
time to the poor free."
"As you will," muttered the consul.
"Telephone him to come imme
diately." But when they got Arnheim on the
telephone, they listened to a brief
message which, when repeated, caus
ed the consul to explode with anger.
"Go to him!" he exclaimed. "Why
should I go to him? Isn't my daugh
ter's life worth more than the lives of
all the thousand of wretches who
swarm in these parts? Tell him to
come at once, and I'll pay him double
what he could make in a month,"
But the doctors could not get into
communication with Arnheim again,
and finally, fretting and fuming .the
consul ordered his automobile and
was driven down to those parts which
he had rightly characterized as "un
savory." The East Side of most Middle
Western cities is the last pretentious
in appearance, and the squalor of the
streets through which M. Basilieff
passed sent his memory whirling
back among the slums of Minsk. The
consul had been governor of that
city long 'Before fifteen years 'be
fore, In fact, and he had then been
in high favor with his government,
and a far more- responsible person
than he was today. He had had many
hatreds; he had hated Catholics, Ar
menians, heretics and Jews with im
partial fervor. He had secretly insti
gated the abominable Jewish massa
cres which had sent fifty thousand
homeless men and women flying to '