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was holding a glass of -water to her
And then came the discovery. It
came as a new spasm of pain crossed
the girl's face. He saw the look of
anger in her eyes. A glance con
Harry iCeeaefia hie agitatisn had
pulled the wrong tooth! ,
She took the mirror from his help
.less hand and saw that the aching
one was still there. It was the tooth
next to it that he had drawn. She
sprang to her fdet .
, "I'm sorry," he gasped feebly.
"Yes, so am I,'.' she retorted. "I
shall tell my father about this and
you'll hear -from him."
She was gone, leaving him stun
ned and horrified. He knew that the
story would be all over town that
' afternoon. He would Jose his pa
tients, of course. He would haye to
leave Freeport. Simmons, the rival,
old-fashioned practitioner, whom he
was displacing, would jeer at him
" when they met
And the girl she would go to
Simmons. But that was nothing, i The
fact remained that he, Harry Keefie?
who had graduated second in his
class, had made an absolutely, inex
cusable blunder, inspired, by the con
sciousness of the presence of the girl
whom he loved.
That afternoon a couple of pa
tients came in. Evidently they had
not yet heard of the mistake. Harry
attended them in misery and sent
them away enthusiastic; On the fol
lowing, morning he expected a letter
fronj Mr. Davis, but none came. And,
meeting Simmons in 'the street he
was rewarded with the same look of
contempt and anger in place of the
'expected malicious triumph.
It was new a case of squaring his
accounts and getting out of town be
fore the blow fell. He was too young
to be able to face the ridicule that
would be his. He took apart hi drill,
and had just begun to dismantle all
-his apparatus when a ring came to
the door. f ,
Two or three dollars would mean
a good deal to Harry just then. Harry
waited he waited until Miss Davis
"Well, I have come back to you,"
she said petulantly, "because it is a
choice between .you" and Mr. Sim
mons, and I suppose you are not
likely to make the same' error again.
Why what have you done with your
"I was just packing up," he an
swered. "Packing up? Why?"
"Do you really wish me to see your
tooth?" inquired Harry. "I made a
terrible mistake. I shall do my best
to atone for it financially, when I am
able. But meanwhile I suppose I
may as well extract that."
"Yes," she said, watching him put
the chair together in a curious hesi
tating way. However, she did not
hesitate to sit down. Harry felt his
hand as steady as a rock.
"I can save that toeth, anyway," he
said. "I didn't think it would be pos
sible, but it is much better than yes
terday. Wait a few momeHts."
Hastily he put his drill together.
And then he did the best operation lie
had ever done in his life. His fingers
seemed guided by a cold automatism
"I didn't hurt you?" he asked.
"No," said the girL
"You'll have to come back tomor
row. . I suppose I shall have to wait
until tomorrow. It is the least I can
"Why, were you leaving town?"
The girl's eyes widened. "You were
leaving town because of me?"
" He nodded in shame and misery.
"Yes, Lwas going to run away like a
coward," he answered. "You see, I
have ruined myself."
"Because a blunder like that is in
excusable." ;Bu surely one patient, doesn't
matter." She looked at him with a
new understanding. "You mean you
thought you thought I would talk