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THE LITTLE DOC.
By Frank Filson
(Copyright-by W. G. Chapman)
Nearly all the boys liked the little
doc when he came to Sapphire. He
wasn't much of a man to look at, but
his big head was chock full of learn
ing, and he was an affableand friendly
as anyone. The only man who didn't
take to the doc was Dutchy, the bully
of the camp.
Dutchy was sullen enough and
minded his own business in general,
but when he had two or three drinks
in him he would start out to find
trouble. He generally found it, and,
being the kind who picks upon a
smaller man by preference, he usual
ly gave better than he got.
The doc was a young felloy, and
pretty Miss Lida, old man Pearce's
daughter, who had been East to
school, seemed to like him well
enough. It made most of the boys
rather sore to see a pretty girl like
that take up with such a little runt.
Hoyever, that was her business and
nobody thought any the less of the
little doc for succeeding where so
many of the rest had failed. Besides,
there was an epidemic of typhoid that
fall, and everybody yas pretty much
scared. Nobody kney who was going
to be the next victim, and the doc
was working with might and main to
shut off the spread of the disease.
However, he found time "to sit for
a half hour on Miss Lida's stoop oc
casionally, and fan himself with a
"jalm leaf. The boys who used to go
t there and weren't invited so much
' now used to grit their teeth and go
around a block so as to avoid seeing
him. But still, it wasn't a case for
a personal grudge.
At least, except with Dutchy, who,
being naturally a boor, and never
having succeeded in making any im
pression on Miss Lida s heart, set out
to be ugly He used to scowl at the
little doc yhen he met him But on
a certain night Dutchy, having had
more than was good for fcjgi, felt in
the mood for trouble. "1
Jim Moffat and Phil DuggaUj who
were -seeing him back, altbe. request
of the town marshal, tried to pull him
past the stoop, but Dutchy shook
them away and stood facing the lit
tle doc, who was fanning himself at
Miss4 Lida's side. v
If you're a. man you'll come down
from behind a woman's skirt,s and
talk face to face!" screanied Dutchy.
The lftfler doc came- doyn. .Miss
That's All Right, Dutchy." TT
Lida let out a cry, but there wasn't
anything to be done, for Dutchy was
a big man and he could have smashed
Phil and Jim with a blow of his fist,
to say -nothing of the little doc.
Tne doc came up to Dutchy and
looked keenly into his eyes.
"Ho, the furor TeUtonicus, I see!"
he said to himself, as though sum
ming up the condition of a patient.
And then, while Dutchy -Was still
showering him with insults.he caught
hold of his hahd and felt his ptilse,
quite ia a professional yay.