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THE MOVING FINGER
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
By Harold Carter
"No, sir, I won'ttet you look at my
eyes, nor I won't have you round
here, neither," snarled "Pop" Hen
don to young Doctor Gray.
The young physician had only
spent three months in Greenville, but
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vince him that "Pop" Hendon was,
as the neighbors said, the crankiest
old man in Bretton county.
Doctor Gray did not mind the old
fellow's moods. Before he had gone
blind, five years before, Hendon had
been a good neighbor and citizen.
Since his blindness he had become
morose and suspicious. The worst
feature of the situation, so far as
the doctor was concerned, was that
"Pop" suspected the young man's
love for his only child, Alice, and
took a malicious pleasure in taunting
him about it.
He would not have his eyes exam
ined. Secretly, he had tried to se
cure a modicum of sight years be
fore, but he had been told by the
best specialists that his case was
hopeless. And now, infuriated by
Gray's renewed suggestions, he or
dered him from his house.
"As long as I live Alice won't get
married," he continued, scofiingly.
"When I die she gets my property,
so long as she stays unmarried.
When she marries it goes to the
Blind home. Put that in your pipe,
The young fellow was not yet in a
position to marry. Alice would have
waited for him, but she could not
leave her father. She was all he had.
It was, indeed, a pitiful sight to see
the old man, seated in his large wick
er chair upon the porch, laboriously
tracing with his forefinger the letters
'" his huge Braille book for the blind.
' " -1 been a student of the sciences
'se Alice did not seem to un-
cience he had pettishly re-1
fused to let?her; read to him. He
had taught himself to read the Braille
books with moderate ease. It was
his only recreation.
The young doctor had a last inter
view with his sweetheart that after
noon. "Dearest, I will wait "for you as long
as is necessary," she said. "But so
long as my father lives we must be
just good friends and nothing more.
"As Long as I Live Alice Won't Get
If he were not blind I would leave all
and come to you."
Gray understood. He kissed her
fondly and went back to his office,
resolved to throw himself with all his
energy into his workand try to for
get, until the time came to claim her.
He did not forget, but he did suc
ceed in putting aside the love that
had possessed his life. Lt became a
sacred thing, some- dim reward of
future time. The old man was hardly
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