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THE MAN IN BED FOURTEEN. BY J, B. KAYE
We called her Miss Mitram, al
though everybody knew that Nurse
Mitram had been, "married. But no
body knew it until she put on her
wedding ring, and that was not until
the senior surgeon had showed un
mistakably that his interest in Eliza
beth Mitram was more than a purely
Mr. Carruthers went about his
work like a man who had received a
stunning blow after that. I knew
he would unburden himself to me,
because we had seen each other
about about every day since we left
the Medical school. Sure enough, he
did so. I had just come off duty and
was dog-tired when he knocked at
the door of my little office bedroom.
"Jack," he said, "I'm in a good
deal of trouble, and you're the only
friend I have to whom I want to tell
it. It's about Miss Mitram.
"You see, Jack," he continued,
'I've been clean daffy over her ever
since she came here. Why every
body else isn't I can't pretend to un
derstand. Shocking bad taste, it
eems to me, but of course I'm not
vorrying over it However, you
now she is married, of course?"
'Was?" I hazarded.
"Is," he answered with a groan.
Brute of a fellow, too. Married
ight years ago, when she was a girl
Df seventeen. It was a runaway
match, and he had been a jailbird
then, although he posed as a gen
tleman. He was a valet, I believe,
and learned the manners of gentle
"olks in that way. Well, he thought
ihe had money, and a month after
the marriage, when he found she
hadn't, he abandoned her. She
hadn't much love left for him by then,
"o it was the kindest thing he could
have done. But, though she loves
me, she won't get a divorce. j)oesn't
believe in divorce. So there you are.
What am I to do?"
"I don't know, Fred," I answered
frankly. "You're asking me to solve
the oldest unsolved problem on earth.
You must decide for yourself, old
man you and Nurse Mitram."
He agreed with .me that it was up
to him, and a few days later he told
me he had talked it over with her and
had decided to take a post in Texas
which had been offered him. That
seemed the only thing possible. He
could not shake Miss Mitram's prin-
Nurse Mitram Was Standing Beside
ciplesj and his presence there had be
It must have been a week before
Carruthers' projected departure that
a patient was carried into the hos
pital from a cab. It was a bad case
of alcoholism, but the man had fallen
and injured himself internally while
in his delirium. We put him in the
general ward, where Miss Mitram
was night nurse.
I was acting house surgeon at that
time, and I was going the rounds
when Carruthers came up to me, as
white as a sheet.
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