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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 17, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 19

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factor," as he phrased it,, and John
B. Allingham followed.
"And if our Amknown benefactor
is a citizen of this, town," he said,
''we extend our heartiest welcome to
him to try our institution in sickness
and to enjoy our hospitality in
What he meant nobody knew, but
Allingham was running for state sen
ator that fall and used to grow elo
quent at times, preparing for his fu
ture triumphs in the legislative halls
by practicing upon Winfield.
And in the midst of it all the dirty
figure of Old Man Colley was seen to
limp across the grass. He pushed
his way unabashed among the ladies
and gentlemen of Winfield.
You think that he was the mys
terious benefactor in disguise? It
looked that way, his appearing at
such a moment and stalking about
as if the place belonged to him.
"Put him out!" cried a score of
voices. Hands were laid upon Old
Man Colley, who, bewildered by this
hostile reception, was unceremon
iously made free of the hospital
gates and speeded with a parting
The hospital had been running
about two months when Old Man
Colley presented himself for treat
ment He was put in the ward, and
the first examination disclosed the
fact that he ws suffering from an
internal disease which had been run
ning its course for years unchecked,
and must prove fatal within a- few
None of the nurses liked having
Old Man Colley in the ward. They
felt in a vague-way that his pres
ence there was a stigma upon the
institution. They were kind to him
in a fashion, but he was certainly
not the pet of the ward.
Nurse Alice took pity on the old
fellow when if was seen that the
end was surely approaching. She
said that Old Man Colley bore the
dreadful pain heroically. Nobody
had known that he was in such
pain. As he grew weaker he un
bosomed himself to her. At time&
his mind would wander, and then hrf
would reveal in the oddest mannei
sentiments whose -existence nobodj
would have suspected in the old
It was toward three one morning
when Nurse Alice -was aroused outy
of a sound sleep by the night nurse
"I don't know that I ought t
have called you," she said apolo-
getically, "bujt Old Man Colley'sC
passing out tonight and he's calling?
for ypu. Says he has a message
that has to be delivered to you."
"Darn it!" said Nurse Alice, and
then repented her impatient excla2
mation. But a nurse is human, and'
to" be awakened when one has just)
got to sleep is trying, even for a
She put on her slippers and ki
mono and hurried into the ward. Old'
Man Colley was evidently passing
out fast He lay on the pillow,
turning his face from side to sidej
searching with pathetic eyes for the
woman who came up to him.
"I wanted you, Nurse," he whisJ
pered. "Send that fellow away," h&
added, pointing to the doctor. "He'
can't do no more for me."
Nurse Alice sat down by Old Man
Colley's side, and the doctor went
away 'scornfully.
It was five o'clock when the
screen was drawn about Old Man
Colley's bed. The old man had
passed out peacefully, after talking
to Nurse Alice nearly two hours.
And she went to the head physician
her face streaming with tears, and
laid some papers before him, as soon
as he came into the hospital next
morning. She had not slept that'
night since her awakening.
"Old Man Cooley's dead," she
said. "And this is his hospital."
"What do you mean?" demanded
th astounded physician.
"He gave It," said Nurse Alice.
"It's all in these papers. His wife
and son died, you know, forty years'
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