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John had beeJ1 with Veronica ler three hours. She had sailed in fj. a frigate, and cut him out of L circle and carried him off as her prize. and be wondered now hat on earth everybody had thought about it. VVhat, for instance, would Gerda ^Arid Henrietta? (But he didn’t car* Quite so much about Henri etta. He could, he felt, at a pinch explain to Henrietta. He could nfVcr explain to Gerda.) Crd he didn’t, definitely he, .jdn't want to lose anything. A]. his life he had been a man ho foe’: a justifiable amount of risks. Risks with patients, risks rith treatment, risks with invest ments. Never a fantastic risk — 0ply the kind of risk that was just beyond the margin of safety. if Gerda guessed—if Gerda had the least suspicion. gut would she have? How much d d he really know about Gerda? Normally, Gerda would believe white was black if he told her so. gut over a thing like this. IVhat had he looked like when followed Veronica’s tall, tri umphant figure out of that win dow? What had he shown in his face? Had they seen a boy’s daz (Q love-sick face? Or had they cniy observed a man doing a po lite duty? He didn’t know! He hadn’t the least idea. But he was afraid—afraid for the ease and order and safety of his life. He'd been mad—quite, mad. he thought with exaspera tion _ and then took comfort in that very thought. Nobody would believe, surely, he could have been as mad as that. Everybody was in bed and I sleep, that was clear. The French window of the drawing room stood half open, left for his return. He looked up again at the Innocent sleeping house. It looked, somehow, too innocent. Suddenly he started. He had heard, or he had imagined he heard, the faint closing of a door. He turned his head sharply. If someone had come down to the pool, following him there. If someone had waited and followed him back, that someone could have taken a higher path and so gained entrance to the house again by the side garden door and the soft closing of the garden door would have made just the sound that he had heard. He looked up sharply at the win dows. Was that curtain moving, hEQ it been pushed aside for someone to look cut, and then al lowed to fall? Henrietta’s room. Henrietta! Not Henrietta, his heart cried in a sudden panic. I can’t lose Henrietta! He wanted suddenly to fling up t handful of pebbies at her win dow, to cry out to her. “Come out, my love. Come out to me now and walk with me up through the woods to Shovel Down and there listen—listen to everything that I row know about nsysell and that you must know,! too, if you do not know it al ready. ...” He wanted to say to Henrietta: ‘‘I am starting again. A new life begins from today. The things that crippled an.l hindered me from living have fallen away. You were right this afternoon when you asked me if I was running away from myself. That is what I have been doing for years. Be cause I never knew whether it was strength or weakness that took me away from Veronica, I have been afraid of myself, afraid of life, afraid of you.” If he were to wake Henrietta and make her come out with him new up through the woods to where they could watch, together, the sun come up over the rim o' the world. “You’re mad,” he said to him self. He shivered. It was cold now late September after all. “What the devil is the matter with you?” he asked himself. ’You’ve behav ed quite insanely enough for one night. If you get away with it as it is, you’re darned lucky!” What on earth would Gerda think if he stayed out all night and came home with the milk? What, for the matter of that, would the Angkateils think? But that did not worry him for a moment. The Angkateils took Greenwich time, as it were, from Lucy Angkatell, and to Lucy Arg katell, the unusual always ap peared perfectly reasonable. But Gerda, unfortunately, was rot an Angkatell. Gerda would have to be dealt with, and he’d better go in and deal with Gerda as soon as possi ble. Supposing it had been Gerda who had followed mm tonight— No good saying people didn’t do such things. As a doctor, he knew only too well whar people, high minded, sensitive, fastidious, hon orable people constantly did. They listened at doors, and opened let ters and spied and snooped—not because for one moment they ap proved of such conduct, but be cause, before the sheer necessity of human anguish, they were ren dered desperate. Poor devils, he thought, poor suffering human devils. . . . John Ciiristow knew a good deal about human suffering. He had not much pity for weakness, but he had for suffering, for it was, he knew, the strong who suffer. If Gerda knew— “Nonsense,” he said to himself, “why should she? She’s gone up to bed and she’s fast asleep. She’s no imagination, never has had.” He went in through the French windows, switched on a lamp, closed and locked the windows. Tnen, switching off the light, he left the room, found the switch in the hall, went quickly and lightly up the stairs. A second switch turned off the hall light. He stood for a moment by the bedroom door, his hand on the doorknob, then he turned it, and went in. The room was dark and he could hear Gerda’s even breath ing. She stirred as he came in and closed the door. Her voice came to him, blurred and indis tinct with sleep: “Is that you, John?” “Yes.” “Aren’t you very late? What time is it?” He said easily: “I’ve no idea. Sorry I woke you up. I had to go in with the woman and have a drink.” He made his voice sound bored and sleepy. Gerda murmured, “Oh! Good night, John.” There was a rustle as she turn ed over in bed. It was all right! As usual, he’d been lucky. ... As usual—just for a moment it sorbered him, the thought of how often his luck had held! Time and again there had been a moment when he’d held ns breath and said, “If this goes wrong . .. .” And it hadn’t gone wrong! But some day, surely, his luck would change. He undressed quickly and got into bed. Funny, that kid’s fortune telling. And this one is over your head and has power over you. . . . Veronica! And she had had power over him all right. But not any more, my girl, he thought with a kind of savage saitisiaction. All that’s over. I’m quit of you now: * * It was ten o’clock the next morning when John came down. Breakfast was on the sioeOoard Gerda had had her breaiuast sen, up to her in bed and fud been rather perturbed since perhaps she mignt be ‘'giving trouble.’’ Nonsense, John had said. Peo ple like the Angkatelis, wno still managed to nave butlers and servants, might just as well give them something to do. He felt very Kindly toward Gtr da this morning. All tnat nervous irritation that h-d so tretied him ct late seemed t o have died down and disappeared. Sir Henry and Edward had gone out shooting, Laay Angkateli ..old him. She hersett was busy v/itn a gardening basket and gar dening gloves, ne stayed talking ,o her tor a white until Gutteon approached him with a letter on a salver. ‘‘This has just come by hand, sir.’* He took it with slightly raised eyebrows. Veronica! He strolled into the library, Leering it open. Pieasje come over this morning, i must see you. VERONICA. Imperious as ever, he thought! He u a good mind not to go. Then he thought he mignt as well and get it over. He’d go at once. He took the path opposite the iibrary window, passed by the swimming pool which was a kind of nucleus with paths radiating from it in every direction, one up the hill to the woods proper, onej trom the flower walk above the aouse, one from the farm and the one tnat ied on to the lane which , he took now. A tew yards up the lane was the cottage called Dovecotes, i Veronica was waiting for him. She spoke irom the window of the pietentiou* half-timbered build ing. "Come inside, John. It’s cold this morning.” There was a fire lit in the sit ting room which was furnished in on-white with pale cyclamen cushions. Looking at her this morning with an appraising eye, he saw the differences there were from the girl he remembered, as he had not been able to see them last night. Strictly speaking, he tijpught, she was more beautiful now Uian then. She understood her beauty uetter, and she cared for it and enhanced it in every way. Her hair which had been deep golden was now a silvery platinum color. Her eyebrows were different, giv ing much more poignancy to her expression. Hers had never been a mindless beauty. Veronica, he remember ed, had qualified as one of our ‘intellectual actresses.” She haa a university degree and had had views on Strindberg and on Shakespeare. He was struck now with what had been only dimly apparent to him in the past—that she was a woman whose egoism was quite abnormal. Veronica was accus tomed to getting her own way and beneath the smooth, beautiful conk tours of flesh he seemed to sense an ugly iron determination. (To Be Continued) COUNTY RANKS FIFTH IN TB INFECTION SAYS HEALTH BUREAU New Hanover county ranks fifth in the state from the standpoint of tuberculosis infection with 75 cases reported, it was announced yesterday by the consolidated health department here. This figure is more than double that of TB cases for the first six months of 1946, it was reported. The report from the health de partment shows that 75 cases, 31 of which were active, were dis covered during the first six months of this year. This is compared with 36 cases, 17 active, during the first half of 1946. Tuberculosis in the county hag be come an alarming problem, ac cording to health officials. Meanwhile, in an effort to fight the disease, health department of ficials, were offering free tuber culosis clinics which are sponsor ed by the health association. Officials said their goal is to make the county free of TB as in Dare county. Also in the report it was noted that 997 deaths were from TB in North Carolina and 32 in New Hanover. There were 1,115 births recorded during the first months as compared with 1,021 during the same time last year, while 393 per sons died as compared with 363 in 1946. Venereal disease also showed an increase this year over last. ' i There’s always a double feature at this sign of greater values! That’s right, folks. 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