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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 06, 1915, GARMENT WORKERS' SPECIAL EDITION, Image 19

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jects. As soon as the disease devel- j the wooded heights of Brooklyn, it
oped they were to be placed for a was an ideal spot for experlmenta
period of years upon a desert island, ' tion. The hum of the great distant
to avoid the spread of the malady, city only came faintly to their edrs.
They would be supplied with food In three hours' time the vessel
and a home and left there until the
virulence of the disease was believed
to have abated.
"It is a splendid thing to sacrifice
ourselves for science," said A 69 W P
14, enthusiastically.
"Yes, it is indeed," answered B 27
P P 7. Nevertheless, the same faint,
almost inscrutable smile played about
her features as she spoke. The young
man wondered whether the nurse
had fully realized the nature of the,
experiment, the suffering it would
entail. However, he said nothing, but
bared his arm for the inoculation
with the rare microbe, a supply of
which had come from the Fiji islands
conly a few days before.
The first professor, having ster
ilized his needle, drew up a minute
quantity of gelatin out of a tube. In
this substance were millions of the
deadly diplococcus. He inserted the
point of the hypodermic into the
young man's arm. A 69 W P 14 did
not flinch at the pain. Then, having
withdrawn the needle, the professor
performed the same operation on the
young woman.
Everybody noticed that the same
faint and inscrutable smile played
about her features, but nobody com
mented upon that fact Even in 2215
it was the privilege of young women
to smile.
The operations completed, the pro
fessors solemnly shook hands with
the victims.
"In three hours," said the middle
professor, "the symptoms should be
gin to take effect This is 115 o'clock.
At 118, therefore, you will both be
come a menace to society. At that
hour the boat will be waiting to con
vey you to your island home."
The professors withdrew, leaving
the young victims together in the lab
oratory of the science building. Situ
ated on the seashore, In the curve of 1
i
wouia ancnor on me qock io carry
j them away to the South seas, there to
remain for a term of years until the
deadly virus had been eliminated.
The young man shuddered as he
thought of the awful fate in store for
them. Now that the act was irrev
ocable he began to think of the sac
rifice. He remembered a hundred
friendships, the college days when he
had, been the heart and soul of his
set All these memories he must leave
behind him, to go out to a savage
island with this nurse.
Yet, as he glanced at her, he began
to feel a novel interest in her that
he had never felt before. Life with
her would at least be companionable.
He was not so sure, now, that he
had done a foolish thing.
"Do you regret the sacrifice, B 27 P
P 7?" he inquired, curiously.
"Not a bit," answered the young
woman.
"May I ask why you are smiling?"
e She smiled more significantly.
"That is my secret," she answered.
nSome.day I will tell you."
"When?"
"When we are alone together."
"But we shall never be more alone
than we are now."
"I know. But you see, A 69 W P
11, the virus has not yet begun to
take effect in you."
"I know it hasn't I wonder how
it will feeL They say that the first
sign is fever. I wish I had a shorter
name for you."
The girl still Bmiled at him. He was
half piqued and half indignant
"Don't you begin to feel the effects
of the virus?" he inquired.
"Not yet," she answered. "I don't
believe I ever shall."
"Why not?"
"That is part of the secret, too,"
she said.
He turned indignantly. He had
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