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By Fred Burns.
(Copyright by "WG. Chapman.)
There was a gap of three weeks in
the life of John Clements. At first it
had been of years, but these narrowed
down to months and then to weeks.
Those three weeks always remained,
and, till the end of his days, they re
mained a blank to him.
Patrolman Thomas had found him
standing beside the river in a dazed
Tried in Vain to Coax His Elusive
sort of way. He had taken off his
coat and evidently meant to plunge
in. He had even cut the initials from
his linen and destroyed all papers that
might identify him. But at the river's
bank that lapse of memory overtook
him, so that he only stared stupidly
about him, unable to understand who
he was or why he had gone there.
At the hospital they said that it was
a case of amnesia, due to some shock,
and that in time Clements would re
cover his memory.
Gradually he did recover it. He re
membered that he was John Clem
ents, but not till a number of other
details had come back to him. He
remembered that he was a well-to-do
business man of a town a hundred
miles away, that he had come to
Lorrington for some important pur
pose. He recalled his childhood. Fin
ally he recalled his name.
Nurse Marjorie Eltham was in
charge of him. He was a paying pa
tient and had got back into touch
with his affairs. But nobody in Ayl
mer knew much about his private af
fairs.. He had always been a secretive
man, and beyond saying that he
would be gone three weeks he had
given no clue as to his objective.
Nurse Marjorie tried in vain to coax
his elusive memories liack. They
would not come. They never came
"There is one man who knows all
about me," said Clements, during the
third week of his stay in the hospital.
"But I don't know who he is or where
That was another part of his mem
ory that never came back.
Miss Eltham was at first greatly in
terested in her strange case. Then a
strong friendship grew up between
her and her patient. Before he was
discharged, cured as far as he was
ever likely to be, Clements asked
Marjorie to marry him.
She refused, and, when he pressed
her, she admitted that she loved him.
"Then why?" he asked.
"Because of those three lost
weeks," she answered, turning her
head away. "When you remember,
dear not till then."
He understood her fears. He might
be a married man. He had no right
to claim her until his memory came
back to him.
So Clements went away, back to
his business. He kept in touch with
Marjorie. If ever his memory came
back to him he was to claim her.
That was tacitly understood by both.
He found it easy to pick up the
thread of his interests. Gradually the
old associations grew round him