EyiTENT LOVE MAKING
An Adventure Wtfh a Pecu-
liar Ending. '
He had been very ill, delirious.
All day he watched, the trim
little blue-striped nurse and won
dered if he weren't really dead
and in heaven in spite of the story
of convalesence told by the chart
at the foot of the bed-
When she tookhfs temperature
on the even hour, he held her
hand. Sh$ was such an oblig
ing girl; she'd let him do it now1
ever so many days.
"Dolores," lie whispered while
the thermometer was still under
Nhis tongue, "I love-you."
'"You must-rest now,'vshe said,
quite professionally. "I note a
moderate pyrexia yourtempera
ture is a fraction above 99."
ut the hand he held in his was
of dutyx an4 tightened quite
friendily eyen as the nurse's eyes
.were turned to the light, the bet
ter o read the markings at the
top oTthe silver thread. ,
"I don't kfcqw anything about
pyrexias," whatever they are," he
replied petulantly, "and f can't
rest 'until X-know whether you
can love me can you?'
"I er perhaps I might."
She was very tender as she turn
ed to look Into her patient's eyes.
"Will you Jet me kissjyou?"
1 "But what about how can I
tell you? Love means sc(much
tp me-areyou sure1 you ca"re for
"That's just the way you talked
when you were out of your head,
"Only? Only? Tell me; only
He .was very nervous. One is
liable to say such ridiculous
thipgs in one'ssjdejirium.
"Then it was 'Dally darl
ing!' " Tlere was the merest sug
gestion taf a. .po'ut. i
"0h, she was a girl I knew a
lonfc time ago ! Ild quite forgpt
tenher." "But ypu mus.t have loved her'
once?" tentatively. x y
A mere flirtation. Besides, that
was summer "before last.""
"At Atlantic City"
'Yes; how did you .know?"
I'-L was going to putut in, the
form of a question. Was sheer
"Not nearly so beautiful as
"Don't I, That1 isn't right."
"But it's true. ,You'are beauti
ful, you know you are. I love
you.'' "Because I am beautiful V T
"Because you are you! Might
I kisg you now?" r 1
-"You are certain ybu have
quite forgotten Dolly?"
"Don't eyen remember what
she looked like. All I kno,w i,
she had a beastly, ill-tempered
pomeranian with -a face likeja.
grandpa rqt." . , r
"The pomeranian made a more
lasting impressioifthan the mis
"The pup was at least ill-tempered."
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