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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 06, 1915, GARMENT WORKERS' SPECIAL EDITION, Image 18

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THE LOVE GERM
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
The three professors looked in
quiringly at the younger member of
the faculty as he entered the room. If
pity had been known hvthe year 2215
it might have been said that pity was
reflected upon their faces. As it was
not the look must have been merely
curiosity..
The white-robed, sterilized nurse
would have been called beautiful
three centuries before. But her
wealth of blond hair was hidden by
the hideous hood that was the fash
ion, and in her loose garments she
looked more like a mandarin.
She, too, gazed curiously at the
young fellow who entered and took
his station respectfully before the
professors.
"No. A 69 W P 14," began the eld
est professor, addressing him by the
name he bore, "you are still decided
to become the subject of this exper
iment?" "Yes, sir," replied the young man.
"You are making it in the interests
of civilization. You have weighed
the consequences? You know that it
will mean persecution, ostracism,
and worst of all, the existence with
in your system of a diabolical germ,
which has become so rare that it is
necessary to demonstrate its exis
tence by performing this inocula
tion?" "I have considered all- the conse
quences, gentlemen," replied the
young man.
The three professors addressed
the nurse.
"No. B. 27 P F 7,"began the sec
ond professor, "you, too, have volun
teered to sacrifice your happiness for
the sake of science? You, too, are
undergoing this martyrdom with a
full knowledge of consequences?"
The other two asked her almost the
same question, though not in iden
tical words. There was a faint smile
upon the nurse's face as she repliedt
"Yes, gentlemen, I am prepared to
suffer this martyrdom," she an
swered. "Then you have both been warned,
as is required by law," said the eld
est professor. "I shall now proceed
to inoculate you both with the rare
germ known as diplococcus amoris,
found only in Patagonia and Fiji."
It was a weighty experiment Dur
ing the three centuries that had
elapsed love had become rarer and
"Yes, Sir," Replied the Young Man.
rarer. Marriages were now and had
long been regulated by the state.
Spasmodic cases of love had been re
ported to the medical faculty, but ex
cept for these epidemics, now becom
ing rarer as the principles of hygiene
were better understood, there had
not been a case in years.
It was the desire of the physicians
to observe a genuine case of love, in
order to revise the textbooks on this
disease, that had led the professors
to cast about for two suitable sub-
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