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CONFESSIONS OF A WIFE
I MEET THT GREAT SPECIALIST
I was keyed up to the very limit of
nervous tension when the Vienna
I found to my surprise he was a
much younger man than I had
thought to see.
But, oh, little book, he looked so
kind and I had such confidence in
He spoke with a pronounced Ger
man accent and looked' at me, it
seemed, with more than passing in
terest "Oh, doctor, I hope you can make
me all well again T' I began, impul
sively. "Ja, ve vill see, ve vill see," he said
with a smile.
Just then Dick came in. He had
started the minute he got my wire.
"This is my husband, doctor," I
said as Dick hurried over to kiss me.
The doctor shook hands with Dick
gravely, and, looking into his face, he
Then he sat down and put me
through such a catechism as I had
never before had.
I could see with every question
that Dick had more and more confi
dence in him.
After a while he began to talk to
us about America, which he had nev
er visited before.
"Your country is marvelous to
me," he said with his quaint German
accent, which I will not try to con
vey to you, little book. '
"Although my good friend, Mal
colm Stuart had told me much about
it, I do not think I was ever so im
pressed as I was with the harbor
when I came into New York. In some
way the wonderful skyline looked to
me like the material expression of
youthful ambition the youthful en
thusiasm which with all its crude
ness and its mistakes is after all, the
moving power of the world."
I looked at Dick quickly I wanted
to see how the words 'crudeness and
mi "takes' struck him when applied
to his beloved country.
You must know, little book, that
Dick is one of those rampant Amer
icans who thinks that his dear coun
try can make no mistakes and that
its people have outgrown any crude-
ness that might have been attributed W
to their forefathers. But the abso
lute absence of any self-consciousness
on the part of the doctor dis
armed him, especially as he contin
ued: "Of course, Herr Waverly, I do
not want you to think I shall in any
way criticize and it would certainly
not become me to form an opinion so
shortly after I have arrived. What I
am trying to express in my more or
less halting English is that your ar
chitecture, instead of being 'frozen
music' as some one has called it, is
frozen energy, frozen enthusiasm,
frozen action, which almost surpass
"You certainly are kind to us, doc
tor," said Dick, and I knew by the
tone of his voice that he was liking
him more and more.
"Well," said the doctor, "I was pre
pared to like you, for my dearest and
most valued friend is an American.
Malcolm Stuart and I went through
university together. It was he who
really taught jne English, for he in
sisted we should always speak what
he called 'Good Americanese' when
we were together. Even since we
left the university I have spent part
of the year with him on his yacht as
"I have never met him," said Dick
cordially, "but both Mrs. Waverly
and myself feel very grateful to him a
for letting us know that you were to W
be over here. To have the opinion
of the man who stands highest in all
the world in spinal troubles on Mar
gie's ailment means a great deal to
"He has always been milch inter
ested in my specialty," said the do