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THE EYES OF THE BLIND
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Lydia entered the sunny room in
the big house a little timidly'.--When
she had answered the advertisement
she had never dreamed that the an
swer would come from anything but
a business office. She was still more
bewildered when the tall man wear
ing the blue glasses groped rather
helplessly toward her and indicated
that she should sit down where there
was no chair.
"Miss Ford, I received something
like fifty answers to my advertise
ment," said Harold Sarnold. "Many
of them were clearly illiterate. How
ever, yours impressed me most as
my wife read it to me. I wish I could
see your face. Won't you speak?"
he continued, a little irritably.
Lydia, quite discomfited, mur
"Yes, I have a mental picture of
you now," answered Sarnold. "You
are 20, or thereabouts, and your
quiet voice denotes a gentle person
ality. Is that correct?"
"I hope so," murmured Lydia, to
tally at a loss and resisting a strong
temptation to flee.
"Well, now you have sat down,
haven't you?" said Sarnold, finding
his chair. "I am an author. My pen
name is Lucas Devine. You may have
heard of it"
"I certainly have," said Lydia
warmly. "I have read "
"Thank you," interposed Sarnold.
"The trouble is that my sight is good
for only six months, according to the
best eye specialist in New York.
Amaurosis, he calls the trouble. I
could see you now if I took off these
glasses, but I am husbanding it So,
you see, my five or six thousand a
year, my wife's future and my own
look very dark sometimes."
Lydia watched the pathetic figure
before her with a sense of vast pity.
"But I don't give up," Sarnold con
tinued. "I have a good many literary
interests and I am going to retain
them. I have six months to train a
pair of eyes for me your eyes. Do
you see that instrument?" he contin
ued, pointing to a piece of mechan
ism in a corner near his desk. "That
is a dictaphone. I am going to dic
tate my stories to you. That other
Indicated That She Should Sit Down
mechanism is for shaving the wax
"My plan is to practice dictating to
you until I am able to dictate logical
and coherent stories. I shall use my
six months of eyesight to train you
as to punctuation. You will learn
from the tones of my voice just when
to put a comma and when a semi
colon or period. In short, by the time
my sight is gone I shall hope to have
an excellent substitute, and I shall
then offer you, in addition to your
salary, a share in my profits. V -t