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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 20

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persuasive, and finally we had our
" ay.
The days went by, and Nurse Mit
ram and Carruthers avoided each
other so carefully thatT don't think
they met for about five days. But, as
I was saying, Nurse Mitram's self
control couldn't last. It was on the
night before Carruthers' departure
that she broke down.
I was in the ward'beside one of our
patients who was ill enough to have
the screen drawn round him, so that
nobody could see me. He occupied
Bed 13, in the corresponding alcove
opposite that in which Johnson lay,
and the door tf the (night nurses'
room was only a few feet away, at
the end of the room. Nurse Mitram
was just' coming on duty arid had
gone in to get some charts when I
saw Carruthers step quietly after her.
Next minute I heard them talking to
gether Inside, and Nurse Mitram was
sobbing as though her heart would
break.
Decency demanded that I should
make my presence known, but I
couldn't bring myself to let them see
me. I could hear every word of the
whispered conversation, though I
could see nothing. Carruthers was
as hysterical as she was.
"You can come with me," he was
urging. "Why should you ruin your
life for that miserable man?"
Nurse Mitxani said something
about duty.
' "You have a higher duty," said the
senior surgeon. "You have a duty to
yourself, Elizabeth. Do you love
him?"
She must have shaken her head,
for no answer reached my ears.
"But I love you and I need you,"
Carruthers exclaimed fiercely. "Look
at it from the practical point of view.
You are ruining two lives to save
one."
"tl isn't ruining a life to be faithful
and and true," she sobbed.
"I tell you, Elizabeth, you are act
ing quixotically," he answered.
"Come with me. Oh, my dear, Iimist
have you, and you want me too, I
know. In Texas you can get a
divorce "
"I can't, my dear," I heard her
whisper. "It would be the sweetest
thing in the world for me for me w
and for you. But one cannot buy
happiness at such a price. There is a
principle and not that alone, my
dear. He has his chance at last, and
he needs me more than you do. You
are strong and can go through life
without yielding to his terrible temp
tations. But he "
Carruthers tried for half an hour,
as it seemed to me though it must
have been less to convince her. At
last he yielded. Then she took his
face between her hands and kissed
him on the lips.
"But I shall always love you, my
dear," she said. "Wherever you are,
remember, my love shall always fol
low you."
I was glad when they came out,
leaving me to make my escape un
observed. It would have been amusing under
other circumstances to see the strict
ly professional manner which both
adopted on the following morning.
The senior surgeon was making his
last round of the hospital. He was to
go off duty at noon.
They were standing beside the bed
in which Johnson lay, and the fellow
was looking up at them humbly, as
he always looked. I am sure his con
version was sincere.
"Well, Johnson," said Carruthers, (J
"we are going to let you sit up awhile
this morning, andthe day after to
morrow you ought to be well enough
to " There he checked himself in
his unlucky speech. "Help me raise
him, nurse," he said to Miss Mitram.
They put their hands beneath the .
fellow's shoulders and slid him up
ward upon the pillows. I had no ex
cuse for remaining in the vicinity any
longer and, as a matter of fact, I
didn't want to.
I had left the ward and was half -
hwaydownithe passage -when 'I heard
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