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LOVE AND THE FORCEPS
By Harold Carter
(Copyright, 191G, W. 5. Chapman.)
Harry Keene had gone to Freeport
to open his dentist's office because
Freeport was a growing town and
offered the best opportunities for ad
vancement For the first couple of
months he sat in his office and
watched his capital slowly melting
away. Then one or two patients
drifted in and, being satisfied, rec
ommended others. In the third
month he paid his expenses.
He boarded at Mrs. Smith's be
cause he could not afford, to set up
housekeeping. As a bachelor he let
his fancy roam sometimes, but he
had never yet seen the girl who
looked like the Mrs. Keene of the
future. At 27 he had the distinction
of never having been engaged. There
had been one or two little' episodes,
of course, but nothing of a serious
Then, one day he saw Miss Helen
Davis crossing the street and experi
enced a mental and cardial shock
which left him prostrated. She was
the prettiest girl imaginable. She
was all that he had ever pictured to
himself as he ideal of womanhood.
He learned her name within an hour
after they passed, casting at each
other the appraising glance that
two ydung people of opposite sexes
exchange when each finds the. other
, She was the daughter of the local
street car magnate and there seemed
at present no way of affecting an in
troduction. Harry dreamed of Helen all night
and the following day he walked to
his office by a long detour in nope
of seeing her. He did not, but on
the next day he passed her again,
and knew that she recognized him.
On several occasions thereafter the
young people met. And they passed
that was all. Harry was begin
ning to grow desperate
It must have been three weeks
aftw the first meeting that he was
amazed to find the girl waiting for
him when he entered his office.
"d Mr. Keene," she exclaimed, "I
am suffering so dreadfully from
toothache. I heard of you as a very
skillful" here she smiled at him
"and painless dentist, and I thought
you could pull this tooth for me
without hurting very much."
A couple of minutes later she was
seated in his .chair, looking' up at
him wide eyes expressive of fear and
"I'm Sorry," He Gasped Feebly.
apprehension. Harry's hand shook
as he took the forceps in it.
A quick investigation had showed
him that the tooth must come out.
The gum was inflamed, and there
was danger f an -ulcerated jaw.
And yet, in spite of his desire to al
leviate pain, the young man could
hardly bring himsalf to that act of.
He nerved himself with a strong
effort, clasped trie points of the for
ceps about the tooth, and pulled. A'
jerk, a wrench, and all was over. He
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