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THE DOCTOR'S DILEMMA
By Adela Gray
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman)
When Doctor Forman said he
thought Elsie Clavering could be
cured by a "Simple operation Elsie
looked at him -with the wistfulness
always to be seen in the eyes of the
cripple, mingled with the incredulity
of one who had never known what it
was to walk without crutches. The
spinal injury, at seven, had left her a
helpless invalid for eleven years. For
tunately the Clavering girls Elsie
and Madge were comparatively
well-to-do. After their parents died
they had lived with various relatives,
but a year before Madge, on reaching
her majority, insisted on returning to
the old house in town, where they
had resided ever since.
Doctor Forman must have been
nearly fifty. He had an air of dis
tinction, and people learned that he
had been attached to the famous hos
pital on the heights in the metrop
olis until his health broke down under
the strain of work. He had bought
a house in town and announced that
he meant to spend the rest of his life
There was some opposition at first
on the part of the local doctors, es
pecially as the newcomer won a good
many of their patients away from
them. But in a few months Doctor
Forman had conquered the town.
Even his rivals united in praising hinv
People began to say that Forman's
visits to the Clavering house were not
solely on Elsie's account Madge,
who loved her sister dearly, was eas
ily the belle of the town. The doc
tor had never married. There was an
old love affair, people whispered.
Anyway, Madge, accustomed to the
somewhat simple society of the lit
tle place, was at first flattered and
then interested by the doctor's atten
tion::. "I th-rk I can cure your sister,"
aid Doctor Forman, one hot summer 1
day, when the two stood together in
the garden. "And I shall try .with a
dual motive my desire to heal, and
my desire to please you."
Madge was very much touched.
She turned and looked at the doctor,
and she saw the goodness on his face.
Her look told him that his love was
"Madge," he said, taking her by the
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'1 Think I Can Cure Your Sister."
handsv"af terward afterward, may I
dare to hope?"
"Yes," the girl whispered, and,
turning, ran into the house.
Threedays later Elsie was operat
ed on and cured. The operation
was simpler than the doctor had
dared to hope. It was merely a splint
of fractured bone that pressed
against the spinal cord. But the
function of the nerves had to be es
tablished, and the limbs and their
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