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Monday, July 13, 1914.
1 The longer the falling of the Ameri-
jca is poyponed the more respect most i
.people ill have for the judgment of
.the rromoters of the trans-Atlantic
I Magazine publishers will, in future
rat least, have no excuse to plead ig-
-norance of the fact that there is a
'law againbi giving away our military
1 The village of Orion has a new ordi
. nance making it an offense punish
j table by a fine of from $23 to $100 for
t?anyone to give another a drink. Poor
A jlace to go to be bitten by a snake.
. The statement that New York paid
nearly one-half of the income tax of
the United States is misleading. It
should have been said that nearly one
half of the total was collected in New
York. We all helped to pay it.
Mexican constitutionalists say they
are not going to quit fighting even if
Huerta does resign. Of course not.
" The elimination of one or two men
will not cut much figure so long as
there are so many patriots In the race
f Tor the presidency.
::-The American people are not likely
to overlook the fact that Woodrow
Wilson Is president of the United
States, and is conducting himself with
a due regard for the dignity and re
sponsibilities of that office rather than
with an eye to being a candidate for
re-election two years hence.
Immediately after news had been
received that the Kansas supreme
court had ruled that druggls's selling
Jamaica ginger could be prosecuted
for violating the prohibition law, the
state bar called a conference to con
sider abolishing that august body. A
good many wiil share in the opinion
' that the abolishing should have been
attended tn bf-fore that derixion trna
Foreign manufacturers sent into the
United States during the first eight
months of the new tariff system Just
5.8 per cent more of their finished
products than they did under the old.
This, as was pointed out by Secretary
Redfleld, is an ample demonstration
that there was no' ground for the fears
of American factory owners that they
would be driven from business by the
Importations of foodstuffs showed a
large percentage of increase in the
eight months which ended with May,
while foodstuff exports fell off substan
tially. There was a relatively smaller
reduction In the amount of completed
Out Of a total decrease In exports
for the eight months of $145,703,640,
more than $128,000,000 was in food
stuffs and manufactures for further
use In manufacturing.
Total Imports for the eight months
were $1,288,656,041, compared with 11,
233,519,365 for the came period last
year. Free merchandise for the two
periods was, respectively $800",214,038
and $683,015,455. Total exports were
$1,640,367,305 against $1,786,070,945.
- Imports fcr May, 1914, amounted to
$164,209,516 compared with $133,723,
713 a year ago. Exports were fltTl.
732.619. a decrease of 16.9 per cent
c.nce the previous May.
CROPS OF 1914.
The government Is sending out en
couraging crop figures. TEe aggregat
ed cereals will stand at five billion and
a quarter bushels. The three great
staples, wheat, oats end corn, will
have five billion to their credit. Corn
Is the leader among the cereals, with
an estimated total of nearly two bil
lion nine hundred thousand bukhela.
Corn Is worth 60 per cent more per
bushel than oats and It is' running a
close race with wheat. In value per
bushel. It makes corn the royal Amer-
ate of the union, growing about a
Vrenth of the whole crop.
Vi wheat production, Kansas will be
1 banner state this year, wl'h 161,
Jpj)0 of bukhela. The Kansas wheat
yino longer a speculation. Most of It
i ready been threshed. The Kansas and
southern wheat is. for the most part
, of the winter variety. In the spring
wheat country. North Dakota will be
the leader with nearly 100.000,000
' tmsbels to Its credit. Minnesota is
second and South Dakota U coming to
t the front thla year with a crop that Is
Unrated at 15 million bushels larger
haa last year, when there) was a par-
tlal failure of wheat In that state.
So far at the corn estimates are
concerned, they are subject to further
revisions by the weather man. The
com crop has had a magnificent start
In most of the corn growing states,
but It Is. yet far from made. A lack
of seasonable rains can cut It down
from the estimates. There Is, how
ever, little or no danger of frosts in
terfering; with the crop, for most of
1: Is two weeks ahead of the average
So far as crops are concerned, the
country has a prosperous year before
it. Only 1912 was a better year and
that was one of the most phenomenal
crop years in the history of the coun
try. COST OF CITY GOVERNMENT.
The to'al payment for expenses of
the general departments of the 1D5
cities having a population of 30,000 and
over ,ln the report of financial sta
tistics of cities for 1912, recently Is
sued by Director William J. Harris,
bureau of the census, department ol
commerce, was $30S,343,04S. The to
tal per capita payments for expenses
other than of public service entei
prises increased from $13.02 in 1902
to $17.34 jLn 1912, a gain of 33.2 per
cent. The per capita payments for
each year have shown an increase
over those of preceding year, except
that those for 1909 were slightly less
than those for 190S. , The per capita
payments for expenses of the general
government, including those for courts,
have increased quite uniformly during
the 11-year period, as have for the
most part those for the expenses of
police and fire departments, for con
servation of health and sanitation,
which includes sewers, sewage dispos
al, and refuse disposal, and for edu
cation. For the 195 cities, the total per
capita payment for general depart
ments. Including general government,
police, fire, all other protection to per
son and property, conservation of
health, charities, hospitals and cor
rections, education, recreation, mis
cellaneous and general, is $17.34. The
per capita payment for police depart
ment for the 195 cities is $2.04. The
per capita police expenses increased
from $1.S4 in 1902 to $2.04 In 1912.
The per capita payment for fire de
partment for the 193 cities Is $1.62.
The per capita fire department ex
penses increased from $1.30 In 1902
to $1.C2 in 1912.
The per capita payment for educa
tion for the 193 cities is $3.02. The
per capita expenses for education In
creased from $3.C1 in 1902 to $5.02 in
CANCER CURABLE IN EARLY
In the present state of knowledge
the chief hope of reducing the cancer
death rate is found in early recogni
tion of the disease followed by prompt
and competent surgical treatment.
Thousands of lives now needlessly
sacrificed could be saved if the aver
age cancer patient would go to the sur
geon as promptly as does the average
person attacked by appendicitis. Nor
is there any reason why the cancer
patient should not seek this, the only
safe treatment, with the same high de
gree of confidence in the outcome that
is now common among those suffering
from the latter disease. Unfortunate
ly, the evidence is only too clear that
a different attitude toward cancer pre
vails and occasions many preventable
deaths. The almost superstitious
dread of the disease and unwilling
ness to admit its existence or to seek
medical advice in time are well known
and difficult obstacles to progress in
its control. Proof of this fatal neglect
is found in the experience of a. New
York surgeon who recently studied his
case records in order to obtain edfl
nite information as to the delay in the
average casa. Among his last two
thousand patients there were 86 cases
of cancer. Sixty-five of these had
never been operated on, and came to
him as new cases. Of the 66 patients.
35 were men and 30 were women
Further study of these 6a cases
6liowed that after the first discovery
of a tumor, or after the first suspi
clous symptoms the men had waited
an average of 12.2 months before con
sulting the surgeon, and the women
had waited 11.9 months; practically
a year's delay in all cases. Another
well known 6urgeon in a recent public
address confirmed this estimate from
his own experience. Winter of Koen
igsberg, Prussia, the pioneer in the
education of the public in regard to
cancer, analyzed the records of 1,062
operable cases and showed that 87
per cent of these patients could and
should ' have applied for treatment
much earlier, when they would have
had a far bigher chance of recovery
than was actually the case.
To the delay after the symptoms
are manifest must be added before the
patient recognizes the trouble. This
period can be shortened by education.
Fortunately the symptoms of cancer
are present quite early and can usu
ally be recognized If the patient under
stands their Importance. In too many
instances, however, the disease Is not
suspected until the symptoms are
pronounced or until there Is a tumor
of considerable size. If we assume
that this period averages six months,
and then add the year's delay for
which the patient Is responsible, we
find that the average patient does not
seek advice until at least a year and
a half after the onset of cancer. This
precious time thrown away means. It
not a fatal outcome, at least a serious
Instead of a minor operation. Sci
ence has not yet found the cause of
cancer. It is not known how It Is
contracted or how It Is transmitted
from one patient to another. We do
not know bow to prevent It. Some day
we win know. Meanwhile, cancer is
increasing rapidly. The best advice
and the only advice that can be given
to tie public, with our present knowl
edge. Is, to have every suspicious sore
or lump removed and removed early, j
BY CLYDE H. TAVENNER
Congressman from the Fourteenth District,
(Special Correspondence of The Arg-us.)
Washington, July 11. Speuding $25,
000 to save $150,000,000 is Senator Har
ry Lane's idea of
good business for
government to be
in. And so the
senator from Ore
gon is pressing in
the senate an
amendment to the
sundry civil appro
priation bill giving
the bureau of
mines $25,000 for
an investigation of
iu the natural gas
fields of the United
According to sta
tistics prepared by
the bureau of
mines,' the annual
waste cf oil and gas
is enormous. Wells
are' uncapped and allowed to discharge
their gas into the air. Other gas wells
in fields where gas Is plentiful do noth
ing but furnish fuel for huge pipe
torches which burn day and night the
year round. Oil seeps through the
ground and is lost. Unscientific meth
ods of using gas and oil lead to other
huge wastes. The total is enormous.
It is estimated that in the last ten
years oil and gas worth a billion dol
lars has gone to waste. The waste
of natural gas alone is said to amount
to $50,000,000 per annum. The sur
face loss of petroleum amounts to
Add to these," says the report of
the bureau, "the losses which result
from the inefficient or Improper use of
a large part of our petroleum (end nat
ural gas and we have the national
Measurements of human eyes demon
strate that there is probably no such
thing in the world as an absolutely per
fect eye. That would be a miracle
which nature with all her Infinite in
genuity has never performed. No hu
man face among all the world's six
teen hundred million may be held per
fect, either artistically or physiologi
cally. To the owner of the face, this
is relatively an unimportant matter,
but to the owner of the pair of eyes an
error of one three-hundredth of an
inch in the curvature or dimensions of
the eyeballs may make their all-important
function abnormal, resulting in
eye-strain with its attendant physical
ills. The eye responds to the slightest
physical force in the world, that is.
light waves which are hundreds of mil
lions of times more Infinitesimal than
bound waves. The ey-?s are the hard
est worked of all organs, and safety
and existence of human lives frequent
lly depend directly on their accurate
working. The harmful results of eye
strain, never wholly absent throughout
At birth he is a fraction over 20
inches long, he weighs seven pounds
and four ounces, all friends and things
look alike to him because he doesn't
know how to focus his vision and he
looks like the less "pretentious of his
His head Is not quite H Inches in
circumference and it is chuck full of
cerebrum and cerebellum. There are
two soft places in it. however. The
front one is the largest and the last to
close; It doesn't close until he is about
IS months old. The back one, being
smaller, becomes closed with hard
bone when he is about three months
old. If he gets nothing but condensed
milk or other short rations, these soft
places, or ontanelles, remain unclosed
much longer, and that is one sign of
How Fast He Grows.
During the first three days his
weight fall 3 steadily and alarmingly
till he reaches six and a quarter
pounds or so. But after tha. if he has
a fair show, he gains an ounce or two
a day rignt along, ay toe time ne
attains the age of 10 days he weighs
as much as be did when he first ar
rived, and when he reaches the ripe old
age of three weeks he tips the scales
at eight pounds or .a trifle more if you
keep your hand on him.
At one month he weighs 8' pounds
and begins to look more like his moth
er. At two months be weighs 11
pounds, and it is discovered that his
eyes are wide open and just like grand
father's. At three months he weighs
12 pounds and gains about a pound a
month for the rest of the year. If he
reaches 20 pounds on his first birth
day you may be proud of him. If he
doesn't, and yet seems quite well and
h'PPy. you have no particular reason
His Other Accomplishments.
t S months he makes his first vol
untary efforts. At seven months he
can sit up by himself. At 10 months
if he takes after bis dad he does so
very warily, for his Ifgs are still wab
bly and weak. On bis first birthday
he is able to stand up and receive his
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It will be answered personally If stamped, addressed envelope Is enclosed.
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dress all letters to Dr. William Brady, care of The Argus, Rock Island, 111.
losses in the industry much In excess
of $100,000,000 annually, these losses
taking place under bad economic con
dltlons which are a discredit to our
The money which Senator Lane
proposes to appropriate would pay for
a scientific Investigation of the whole
subject by the bureau of mines. With
out any appropriation at all for the
specific work, the experts of the bu
reau have been able to stop a waste
of natural gas valued at more than
K the investigation is authorized the
bureau experts will study the subject
in detail first as to the relative com
position and qualities of various types
cf crude- petroleum; second, the
adaptability of various petroleums for
refining purposes; and finally the
methods In use for refining, transport
ing and storing oils. In addition the
experts will -go thoroughly into the
subject of preventing waste.
Restoring Women's Rights.
The house, by passing the alien wo
men's homestead bill, has taken a step
which seems to Indicate the final
breaking down of the law of 1907,
which provides that American women
who marry foreigners shall lose their
Advocates of women's rights have
strongly criticised the law of 1907.
American men who marry foreign wo
men are not expatriated. Therefore,
women's rlghters claim there is no
equal treatment of American women,
in this respect.
The present homestead law Is sim
ilar. It provides that if an American
woman who has made entry for a
homestead on the public lands marries
an alien before making final proof of
her homestead she forfeits the land.
The bill which passed the bouse re
peals this statute.
life, may begin very early In childhood,
even in the second year. Many little
children, for Instance, are constantly
tearing their clothes, hurting their feet
and legs, stumbling and falling, be
cause their eyes are so faulty that their
estimates of the size, location and na
ture of objects are not correctly made.
Adults who have been blind and are
suddenly given good vision require
years to learn to see with accuracy or
safety in action. Probably 6 per cent
of children are left-handed, left eyed
ness causing left-bandedness. From 6
to 10 years of age many children show
an Incomprehensible "nervousness,"
twitching of the hands and face, fickle
appetite and various disorders, all us
ually due to eye-strain. Yet almost all
of these cases of eye-strain can be re
lieved, and should be relieved in early
childhood. The importance of correct
ing this condition early in the child's
school years, and the influence of such
a condition in the education and devel
opment of the child must be apparent
to every parent and teacher.
candy. After that, before you know
it, he is walking around the house.
When he is 15 months old he insists
on investigating everything within
He knows his mother's voice at three
months or so. He says "mamma" in
the cutest way Imaginable when he
is about a year old. "Papa" comes
next of course. From that point for
ward he develops new accomplish
ments so rapidly that we can't attempt
to catalogue them. . The parents may
always be trusted to do that with plen
ty tof poetic license.
Questions and Answers.
Miss E. A. B. wishes to know what
Is the cause of pufTs under the eyes.
Reply Too much sleep, Bright's dis
ease, high blood pressure, over-eating,
insufficient outdoor exercise, alcohol
ism, cretinism, myxoedema (inactivity
of -the thyroid gland), and Inadequate
water drinking. Any good medical
man or woman can help you pick ut
your trouble from the list.
Mrs. N. 'P. M. writes: In one of
your Health Talks you recommend
parasiticides for itching. Can I get it
at the drug store, and is it an oint
ment or a liquid, and how should it be
Reply Parasiticides are dangerous
chemicals for you to experiment with
except under medical supervision.
Parasiticides are a class of remedies
for such diseases as scabies, the itch
and lice. In these Health Talks you
will find no "valuable secrets" and no
names of worthless nostrums that you
must buy at the drug store. I
H. D. says: Please advise me where
and when can I see you about my
obesity. I am shrunk from 165 to 147
pounds in three years. Of course, I
will be willing to pay you for your ad
vice Just like any other patient
Reply Try your own family doctor.
He knows as much about your needs
as any other doctor.
F. L 8. Inquires. How long does a
child with whooping cough remain in.
fectious to other children?
Reply As long as there Is a cough
If sold were lying all around,
Like pebbles on the beach, . j
We'd cease to cheat and lie for gold, j
We'd cease to toil and sigh for gold. '.
And those who sadly preach
That love of gold has made us blind !
And breeds the wrongs we do
Would have to hunt around to find .'
Some other bugaboo. -I4 i
If roses bloomed on every weed
That grows along the way
We'd crush the rosea 'neath our feet.
We'd cease to think the rose was sweet;
The lover who today
Speaka of his loved one's "rosy cheek" ,
And "rosebud Hps" would ne'er
Again be tempted thus Jjo speak
With roses everywhere.
If every maiden who Is fair
Would yield a ready kiss.
The kisses that men try to win.
The kisses that men die to win,
Would charm no more; the miss
Who with a kiss may thrill a man
Or for a kiss enslave. . j
With kisses ne'er could fill a man "
With noble alms and brave.
If all the ways that men pursue
Led upward to the skies
The hopes we have of reigning there,
Tho hopes we have of graining there
The joys the world denies
Would vanish: heavan would cease to be
Worth while if it were won
By drifting onward carelessly ,
Till all the sands were run. 'I : - '
Why She Was Charitable.
"But, xnadame," said the judge, "If
you know the name of the woman who
has come between your husband and
yourself you ought to make it public.
What object can you have in shielding
her? I cannot ' grant you a divorce
unless you are more specific in your
"I can give you dates and places,
your honor, if that will be enough."
"That may suffice. Still, I can't un
derstand why, If, you know the woman,
you decline to let her be named in
the proceedings. It Is not natural In
a case of this kind for a wife to try
to shield the woman who rfae wronged
her. You must give some very good
reason for doing so or I shall be com-'
pelled to dismiss the case."
"Well, if you must know, Judge, she
weighs 185 pounds and has a mus
tache that you could see across the
street. I don't want to be humiliated
by having it become known that I was
neglected for that."
A Dismal Thought. .
"Well, airships may be all right, but
I don't believe I'll ever care as much
for them as I do for automobiles."
"Why have you become possessed
of that idea?"
"Just think of it. When you're out
In an airship there never will be any
tbank-you-ma'ams to make the girl
equeal and grab bold of you for pro
tection." HIS DUPLICITY DISCOVERED.
"Is your hus
"No, he's just
training so that
H he will be able to
live up to the
things he has
said about his
when we go to visit her next week."
The Pace That Kills.
Ha went the pace that kills.
He went that pace for years.
But he la living yet.
Strange as the fact appears.
He was a chauffeur bold.
For years, day after day.
He went the pace that kills
Those who get in the way.
Kindness to Authors.
"Over in England authors sometimes
are pensioned by the government."
"Yes, It seems that in England the
people agree that even authors should
be permitted to live as long as they
don't kill anybody outside the pages
of their books."
"The desert of Sahara Is, I believe,
regarded as the greatest waste in the
"It used to be so considered, but in
there days it Is regarded as a greater
waste when a pretty girl marries a
Cheerful Idlut I was quite excited
Just now seeing two men shake hands.
Johnson What can there possibly be
exciting about the simple ceremony
of handshaking? Cheerful Idlot-Oh,
each man had, bis band doubled up
and was shaking It under the other
fellow's noaai London Telegraph.
The Daily Story
When Death Tas Sweet BrEthel James Coanc.
' Copyrighted. 1914. by Associated Literary Bureau.
One mornlns In June Dr. Severn was
walking down the steps of the City hos
pital In Hanover. As he was about to
get Into bis phaeton one of the Internes
rushed out and said, "Dr. Arnold wants
you to do the operation be has on for
The surgeon removed his foot from
the carriage step and turned around.
"I don't know anything about the
case. Where Is Arnold?"
"He's bad an accident and can't
The doctor meditated a minute or
two. then went back up the hospital
A few minutes later the surgeon. In
clinic uniform, entered the operating
A door swung open,, there was a
strong odor of ether, and two orderlies
carried In a woman on a stretcher.
The anaesthetist kept the cap over her
face as they lifted her to the table.
As Severn began to operate he laid
his fingers for an Instant on her wrist,
then made the incision for straight
laparotomy. In his movements there
was no haste.
"I have my doubts abont this case,"
he said coolly as the flesh parted un
der bis steady blade.
The assistant noticed, a puzzled look
on the surgeon's face as tie hesitated
In selecting an Instrument. A bush
fell, for he was feeling his way cau
tiously. The patient's breathing was slow and
labored, and the sides of ber emaciated
body qoivered with each respiration.
"Let up on the ether," Dr. Severn
Silently be picked Instrument after
Instrument from the tray offered him.
The work began In earnestslow,
cautious work till the perspiration
stood in great drops on the surgeon's
forehead, and the clinic nurse had a
white line around her month.
Tben suddenly, as If the silence -were
a loud report, they perceived that the
patient had ceased breathing. The sur
geon spoke one word:
A nurse opened the window, the
anaesthetist laid aside the cap, and,
without letting go the ligament he was
tying, the surgeon rested his eyes upon
the still face.
Slowly the patient Inhaled the fresh
air, and then, by some freak for which
there is no accounting, she opened ber
eyes, looking full at the surgeon, who,
with a look of horror that turned bis
face ashen and drew dark circles un
derneath his eyes, looked at ber.
In a flash the anaesthetist put the cap
back and sprinkled ether, but the sur
geon stood as if frozen.
A dark eyed nurse who bad been
standing apart with bandages stepped
softly to Dr. Severn's side and, holding
a glass to bis lips, said:
When the operation was finished and
the orderlies came to carry the patient
back to ber room the surgeon brushed
them aside and lifted her on to the
stretcher. As be stood after they had
gone his assistant said
"I thought you were going to flunk.
Did you fumble that artery badly?"
He hastily removed his linen coat
and left the room
Along the corridor of private rooms
be met Miss Asbton, the head nurse.
"How la No. 20?" he asked.
"Coming out all right, doctor."
"Is any one watching her?"
"I have Just come from there. She
"I want to watch. It Is -a critical
case," be' said as he entered room
On the high cot the patient lay,
breathing painfully, moaning from time
to time and muttering incoherently.
The surgeon sat down beside ber,
holding one wrist lightly, shading his
eyes with bis other band. At twe
AJiss Asbton came in. ,
. "Don't you want some lunch, Dr.
Severn?" she asked.
He roused himself.
"Perhaps I do." he replied. "Bat 1
don't want this patient left alone. Has
she a special nurse?"
"Then can you spare that little dark
nurse who was in the operating
Miss Ashton rang her bell.
"Ask to have Mrs. Howell sent np to
take charge of No. 20," she said to the
As they crossed the court to the
nurses' dining hail Miss Asbton noticed
the drawn look on the doctor's face.
When be got back the nurse was
bathing the patient's face. When she
went out be opened the blinds and
carefully studied every feature.
That night he rested on a sofa in
the end of the corridor. Toward morn
ing he heard two nurses chatting.
"Dr. Severn is asleep on the sofa by
the sun room," one said. "You know
he did Arnold's op. today. They say
It was a bard one. and he's afraid she's
going to die; tben Arnold Ml bare one
"Good! I hope she will! I like Dr.
With a feeling of sickness the doctor
jot up and went back to No. 20.
The cool gray of ear'y dawn was
Just merging Into pink,' and" tne wind
from the lake blew in at the open
As be took the chair beside ber bed
be saw ber band flutter on the counter
pane, and. bending over. Just as the
light touched her, be saw that ber eyes
were open and on her poor face a look
of Ineffable content rested.
He took the fluttering fingers in bis
hand and said. "Nell." .
Then she fell asleep.
Tho pink dawn yielded to yellow sun
light, and still she slept The surgeon
went down to breakfast, and when be
returned she bad not awakened.
At 10 o'clock the office boy went to
the bead nurse's desk and asked:
"Where's the main guy?"
"Do sou mean Dr. Severn r
"Tep."" ' '
"What do you want him for?"
"His wife wants him." '
Miss Asbton called him, and be vm
out to where Mrs. Severn sat in ke
"Don't you know." ohe snsnnM
"that I bad to go to the Hunters
ner party alone last night?"
He brushed bis hand wearily tenm
bis forehead, and something in his feci
"I cannot leave here yet" be Mid,
He watched the chauffeur turn ti,
car around In the narrow street; the)
be went slowly back.
He made bis usual round, stopping,
cbat with some of bis patients.
Tbe next morning at dawn the
man in No. 20 ronsed again, and tbt
surgeon sat beside ber.
This time she could lift ber band,t&4
she extended it toward him.
"Have I been hurt Jack?" she aiket
. "Yes, Nell," be answered.
"Did the horse throw me?"
In a flash tbe man understood tht
she bad recognized witbont remembea
log and that In ber mind she
back on the ranch where be had In
."Am I badly hurt?" she conOnaed,
"You s re Just shaken up."
"I'm tired." she said and slept witt
ber face toward the light
Tbe fourth morning be sat In his 0I4
place beside ber, and she asked:
"Where did you get my nurser
"I sent for ber."
"She is so good to me in the nlcht
when I have horrible dreams and
think that I have lived years tn
years without you. Jack. Then I call
ber. and she comforts me."
"Do you dream that Nell?"
"Yes. But it cannot ever be, deat
Don't you remember what I told yot
the night we became engaged?"
When he spoke bis voice waa full at
"You told me, dear, that you lovej
me so that If we ever drifted aparf
tbe words had long pauses between
them "you would drift back to me tt
"Yes," she said and slept
Tbe surgeon bad performed three op
erations at tbe hospital of the Slsteri
of Mercy, and It was 8 In the evenlui
before be got back to tbe patient. in
In tbe corridor Miss Asbton met him
with the chart He scanned it al
"When was the last temperatait
taken?" he asked
"At 6. It Is slowly rising."
"Does she know she Is worse?"
"I don't think so. She Is calm and
At 9 he sat alone with her while tha
nurse rested. i
"I want to look at you," be said, "If
you can endure the light"
He moved the shade from the elec
tric bulb, and she raised ber eyes to
hiswonderful eyes, with a ring ot
deep violet around the outer rims of
the gray iris.
"Are you better T 1
The brave eyes never faltered, but
mist of tears came over them.
"I know now, John," she said, "tha
dream Is the fact"
He held ber to him.
"I love you, Nell."
" Tbe swinging light made queer, mov
ing shadows around the room.
Later the bouse doctor met him on
"Internal hemorrhage, Isn't lt ne
"I fear so."
Toward morning the nurse called
him. When be entered No, 20 the pa
tient was raised slightly In bed.
"Were you asleep?" she asked.
"No. I don't sleep any more," he an
Tbe nurse went out and closed tba
"Why didn't you write to me?" an
"Why. Nell. I wrote and wrote, )
at last I went back to find you."
They could hear the ring of a Pa
tient's bell and soft footsteps borrytag
along the corridor.
"It was father," she said. "3ott
wanted to marry me. The ranch wa
mortgaged to Jose. Tben after 7M
left father died, and I went to aj
aunt in Denver."
A look of contentment was settlinl
over her face, smoothing out the line
of pain between the eyes, which bora
expression of extreme agony.
Another hour passed silently. TbeB
"Did you know me when yoo W
Tbe surgeon shuddered.
"I did not see your face till it waa
nearly over, Nell, and then"
Don't call any one." she saia wu
be lifted her to ease tbe pain. "1itwr
t am rnln tit alow), and this" bt
smiled softly "Is what I drifted back
for " .h.
The sunbeam that crept tbroosn w
closed blinds stalked slowly alone
wall until It touched the bead of bar .
Tben the surgeon fold! her bands
and. like a man grown old. groped
of tbe room.
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Rhode Island, died In Providence:
born 3707. .
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from its position near Washington
and recrossed the Potomac to Vir
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1011 Tablet to William Penn. founder
of Pennsylvania, unveiled in Los
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