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, THE DOCTOR'S SACRIFICE
By Gerald Ralph Amos
(Copyright by W- G. Chapman.)
Everybody wondered when mid die
aged Dr. Hick, a widower with a small
son, became engaged to the rich Miss
Louise Soutar of the Manor. But the
story of the breaking off of their en
gagement was less of a wonder and
more of a scandal Some blamed the
Soutars and some the doctor, but all
were agreed that he was a fool to let
people know so much about his busi
ness. .f The diphtheria epidemic in the vil
lage was not serious, but there were
more than a score of cases. Mrs.
Sbutars son, Leonard, Louise's
brother, was one of the first, and the
doctor's son Frank one of the last.
And there was no antitoxin. The
state board, which supplied it, had
been held up by some sort of crank
injunction. However, antitoxin was
not considered necessary at first
The cases were doing very well with
All except that of Leonard Soutar
and Prank Hicks. The doctor want
ed antitoxin badly, and he had just
enough for one injection in his tube
People got to know that and that was
the doctor's cardinal error.
Mrs. Soutar and her daughter were
rianic-stricken over the possibility of
Leonard's death. When the doctor an
nounced that he intended to use the
remedy only as a last resource, for
Shichever of the two boys needed it
ost, the situation became critical.
At Leonard's bedside Mrs. Soutar
went down on her knees.
" "He's dying, doctor. My boy's dy
ing," she sobbed. "You must save
The doctor raised Ms head. "My
sbn is worse," he answered.
fBut you must save Leonard, I tell
you. He is all I have my only son,"
cried the distracted woman.
"My boy is my only child," an
swered Hicks. It is a matter of sim
ple medical duty. I shall give the an
titoxin to the one who is most in
need of it"
He went away. At home, his own
boy was in the critical stage of the
disease. Gossip 'had it that he was
dying. Hardly had he entered his
door before the telephones got busy.
Mrs. Soutar heard that Frank Hicks
was to receive the drug.
She left the nurse at her son's bed
side and hurried with her daughter to
Then She Told Him Her Story
the doctor's house. The two women
entered without ceremony and found
Robert Hicks at his son's bedside.
The boy was delirious. Upon a table
beside him stood a little phial con
taining some clear, water-like fluid.
The doctor had a hypodermic syringe
in his hand. Mrs. Soutar grasped
him by the wrist
"Tell him, Louise!" she gasped.
"If you dare if you dare, Robert,"