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KING'S TEN SURGEONS
By Harold Carter.
'(Copyright by W. G. Chapmam)
F. Addington Blake whistled as
he set down his lawyer's letter.
Then he looked out of the win
dows of the dining hall of Fyles
Abbey into the heart of an En
glish countrysMein June. Sud-
Tfie Puzzled Medics Looked
denly he turned in answer to his
"Muriel, dear," he said, "if I
hadn't received this letter by this
morning's post we should have
lost our new home forever."
"How, dear?" -inquired his pret
ty wife, startled.
"This way: You know Lord
Tyneside, from whom we bought
it, didn't appreciate having to sell
a property which had been in his
family for eight hundred years,
to an American whose father
made his fortune packing pork.
And you remember he was quite
nasty to 'us. Well, he omitted to
point to a very vital item in the
title deed, which Barrett & Co.
have just discovered in the nick of
time. Fyles Abbey was granted
to the first Lord Tyneside by
Henry V., who, as you may re
member, died of overeating. And,
while nominally a gift, it was "to
be held, like many of these old
castles, upon a curious condition,
and to revert to the crown if ever
this condition were not complied
with. In brief, the-owner has to
present to his majesty every year
on the anniversary of the gift, ten
surgeons. And the anniversary is
next Thupday. And the king is
"Present ten surgeons!" ex
claimed Muriel in amazement.
" "Yes, my dear. The original
deed is almost undecipherable,
but the lawyers say there is no
doubt that the word is surgeons,
or as the spelling has it, 'chipur
geons.' I suppose King Henry
used them to cure his indigestion,
but I'm sure I don't know-what
King George will use them for.
I guess he'll knighlt them and
send them home."
"But. today's Tuesday, Fran
cis. How are you going to get
ten surgeons up to Balmoral cas
tle by Thursday. How can jou
get them without explaining and