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T5 "viwr T ' -"i t "vv- -., o - ,r WPptf igil ,, y sn THE LITTLE GENTLEMAN By George Munson (Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.) "Nurse, I believe I am the patient for Room 7." """ - There was an immediate pause in all the activities of the ward as the little man who had spoken these words stood at the door and looked smilingly toward Miss Rensham, the night superintendent. He had the most charming and the most intellectual face that Miss Ren sham had ever seen. He was about eight and twenty years of age. The forehead betokened thoughtfulness, the head was fine in the best sense of the word. But the stature was only five feet, and the body was mis shapen. The doctors had told the nurses of the forthcoming operation. It was the most romantic thing that had ever happened in the hospital. When the little gentleman was safely in bed the night superintendent talked with his special nurse, Miss Ray. "It wrings my heart," she said. "I'd like to see 0, I'd just like to see the woman who's going to let him suffer like that for her." "But she doesn't know," answered Miss Ray. "Of course she knows. He's trying to hide it, to shield her. She must be a worthless woman. Why, he is a dear just a little dear!" Miss Rensham dabbed at her eyes with her handkerchief. Miss Ray sniffed and blinked. Both women felt touched at the thought of the little cripple who was to be made straight by the most delicate opera tion in the world, in order that he might feel free to ask the woman he loved to marry him. Edith Carstairs was a noted beauty. Everyone had heard of her, but no crMn the hospital had seen her. It was ... " general opinion that she was hearties j Miy woman must be heart- Jess who i. puld allow her lover to undergo so terrible an operation, fol lowed by the six weeks in plaster, be fore she would listen to his suit. The next morning was an agoniz ing one at the hospital. The patients might have complained of neglect for the first time in their lives within that institution. There was not a nurse but stole down to the operat ing room, whenever the chance oc curred, to gather news from Fritz, the anesthetic room orderly: "The surgeons haven't finished, miss." Five hours after the little gentle- "I Believe I Am the Patient for Room 7." man was carried away they carried back a limp, tightly bound, uncon scious body, exhaling ether, with the white mask of ether, anesthesia upon the features. An hour afterward Nurse Ray was seated by the little gentleman's bed side, listening to his muttered words about Edith Carstairs, as he slowly came back to consciousness. "He shall not marry her!" said