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l did not get a chance Jo talk to
Pat after alL Mollie was so full of
her news from Malcolm Stuart that
she and Chad came over last even
ing. Jim Edie also dropped in and they
all got here before Pat arrived.
Mollie brought her letter. It readr
"My Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hatton
I am taking the liberty to write you
because I feel so interested in the
case of Mrs. Waverly. Dr. of
Vienna, whom you probably know is
the greatest specialist on diseases of
the spine, is on his Way to America.
"The doctor and I were great
chums in Liepsic when I was taking
my last year at the university, and
we have been together much since
then. In fact, I am with him on his
yacht -from which I am writing.
, "I am very anxious indeed, that
wrs. waverly snould see Dr.
and so I am writing to you that you
will urge the importance at least of
getting his opinion about Mrs. Wa
verly. "I would write to Mr. Waverly but
I have never met him and he might
think, in the spicy speech of the home
land, I was 'butting in.'
"However, you dear friends, know
how much the enthusiasm and gaiety
of Mrs. Waverly impressed me the
few times I met her, and I cannot
think of her as a helpless invalid
without the .keenest pain and regret.
"Dr. will be in America
about six months, but he tells me
that would be ample time to oper
ate and insure a perfect recovery,
should he feel that an operation was
beneficial and necessary, and should
Mr. and Mrs. Waverly decide to be
guided by his judgment
"Yes, I have talked a little with
the doctor about Mrs. Waverly. 'I
hope that none of you will feell have
been intrusive. Her case is most in
teresting from a scientific as well as
sympathetic point of viewt
OF A WIFE -
LETTER TO MOLLIE
"Naturally, he cannot offer his
services, but I am sure he will only
be too glad to respond to your re
quest to make a trip from New York
to your nome and do his best in every
way for Mrs. Waverly. a
"I expect you are very happy to be W
at home again and the sight and
speech of friends has added to your
very evident joy of living.
"Please don't censure me for envy
ing you, for you must know that no
one can have searched for that joy
more than I and up to date it al
ways seems to elude me.
"Will you pardon me if I add the
only bit of verse I was ever guilty of
perpetrating. It describes so per
fectly not only my condition of mind
at this moment but also my op'n
mistic hope, in the future.
"There's a bit of sunshine gleaming
While I stand in shadow seeming
Pull of care,
But each flicker of the leaves
And the glow of golden sheaves
Helps me bear.
"Though the darkness seems' td
O'er the land,
There is radiance just beyond me
At my hand.
When, alas! I would come near
Something ever seems to sear
Where I stand. .
"But, thank God, my eyes can- see it' '
Over there, ' -
And ifs joyous flush of glory ""'
Seems a prayer.
That it may my shadow kiss ' - ?
Change its sadness into bliss
"Forgive me, I am miles from no
where, and it is a relief 'to get it off
my chest' Sincerely yours,
"Malcolm Stuart" !
(To Be Continued)