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THE POWER OFTHOUGHT
' By H. M. Egbert
' (Copyright by W?-G. Chapman.)
Dr. James Dyce looked down on
the unconscious figure upon the bed.
The man had ceased to mutter and
toss in his delirium and now lay in
that stupor which was itself the crisis.
In eight hours he would be dead or
on the road to recovery.
Beside the doctor stood the white
capped nurse, almost as silent and
still as the figure huddled among the
sheets and pillows. The mental crisis
through which the two watchers were
painfully struggling was almost as
acute as the physical crisis of the ty
. It was not a severe case, but the
man's system, weakened by years of
debauchery and months of poverty,
seemed unable to fight against the
Dr. Dyce beckoned lhe nurse out
side the room. They stood face to
face together. There was on the doc
tor's a look of grave Inquiry.
"That is the maa who was your
husband?" he inquired.
"Who is," she answered.
"And you refused to marry me be
cause of him?"
"You are unfair, Charles," she an
swered in low, passionate protest "It
is because he is what he is that I
know my duty is toward him. He
recognized me. He will come back
to me. I cannot desert him, in spite
"You love him!" sneered Dyce, and
then suddenly caught her in his arms.
"Molly!" he whispered, "you are
never going to ruin our two lives for
She let him kiss her, but she with
drew from his arms and stood still
facing him, pale and expressionless.
"I cannot do wrong toward ,him,
much as I love you," she replied. "But
oh, Charles, it would be a mercy
for al of us, and none would be bet
ter pff than he if he were to die."
The doctor, who seemd to be re
straining himself by a mighty, effort
of will, now became the professional
"We will try atropin," he said. "I
believe it will give him his fighting
chance. I shall mix the prescription
myself. It is a dangerous drug to use
but it is a case where heroic measures
"Yes, doctor. At what time should
it be administered ? "
"In "four hours when the crisis is
Lay in That Stupor Which Was Itself
imminent When do you go off duty?"
"When the crisis is.over."
"You are wearing yourself out,
Molly," began Dr. jpyce. Then:
"Well, we must forget ourselves, with
all our hopes and fears, and do our
-She sighed. "Yes, doctor," she an
swered in a mechanical manner.
Dr. 'Dyce ate his supper in his office.
Hemade his .rounds of the patients,
bandaging, adjusting, while his-fninfl