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THE BABY IMBROGLIO
By Frank Filson
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Miss Nan Keller concealed a very
warm heart beneath her prim exte
rior. Some of us-are born shy and
Miss Nan was afflicted" that way. In
all her four years at the hospital she
had never succeeeded in endearing
herself to anybody. And, like most
shy people, she craved sympathy,
which she seemed destined never to
She got it sometimes from the
house surgeon. Charlie Abbott had
been two years in the General hos
pital and he was to leave in June, to
take over his father's practice. He
had adored Miss Nan from the mo
ment he first saw her sometimes.
Sometimes she seemed to him like
an animated automaton. When his
sympathetic approaches were coldly
repelled he hated Miss Nan. What
right had a girl to have a face like
that and wonderful red-brown hair,
if she had a heart like an icicle?
Miss Nan, though her woman's in
tuition told "her that the house sur
geon liked her, trusted rather to her
brain, which asked her how she could
be sure. Wasn't it her impulsive
heart, asked the brain, that read into
Charles Abbott's actions sentiments
which were not there? Then Miss
Nan would freeze up hard and Char
lie Abbott would call himself a double-dyed
As, for instance, on the evening
when they found themselves off duty
at the same hour, and he asked per
mission to take her home in his car.
Miss Nan somehow managed to ac
cept Her heart was beating wildly.
The proximity of the two inside the
car made each dream secretly of a
car like that, owned jointly, and
Well, what's the use? Miss Nan
spoke in monosyllables all the drive,
and got out resolving never again to
place herself in such a position. She
'knew that somehow she had come
to love the house surgeon and every
sight of him made her heart ache.
After that she hardly said a word to
Sometimes humor proves a solvent
It is strange, but well, it so hap
pened. Nan had been shifted unexpectedly
to the babies' ward. She had charge
of half a dozen infants, ranging in
age from one week to twelve days.
She received her instructions; the
chart" over each infant's bed was to
"Yes," Said Nan Irritably.
be filled out and replaced; at a cer
tain hour the mothers were to see
their offspring, etc. Just then, as
Miss Nan was about to settle herself
in her chair Charlie Abbott came in.
"I beg, your pardon," he began.
"Not at all," said Miss Nan, frig
idly. "I thought Miss Jameson would be
here," said the house surgeon.
"I have been placed in charge,"
answered the nurse in a voice like