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' THE BLIND MAN
By H. M. Egbert
(Copyright, 1916, W. Gt Chapman.)
The lonely blind man came slowly
along the passage of his big house,
thumping his cane. At the door of
the parlor he stopped, hearing voices.
The voices ceased. A charming
-woman came forward and gave the
"blind man her arm.
"Are you coming in to tea, dear?"
Charles Hawley, the blind man,
gripped her arm tightly. "Who is
with you?" he asked.
"Only Lionel,'' answered His wife.
"I don't think yes, I'll come in
'and see Lionel," said the blind man.
Lionel Graves had been Hawley's
best man at his wedding eight years
before. Both were prosperous 'archi
tects, members of the same 'firm.
Then Hawley had suddenly gone
blind. The attack came on him with
out ajiy warning as he sat at his ftesk
one day. By the time he reached
home he lived in a world of darkness.
There was no organic trouble that
the specialists could discover. His
light had simply gone out. They
pronounced, it to be atrophy of the
optic nerves and incurable.
Charles Hawley gave up his work
and withdrew into the seclusion of
his home. He had plenty of money,
he had a charming wife, but the light
was gone out of his life as well as out
of his eyes. His little daughter, their
only child, had died the year before.
Life now seemed utterly purp'oseless.
At first he thought that he would
break down under the strain. He
grew nervous and despondent He
hired a man to read to him and ac
company him abroad, and then he
blamed Letty for allowing the care of
him to fall into the hands of the at
tendant In his increasing suspicion
he believed his wife found him a nui
sance. He suspected her of daring
for Lionel, his best friend. ,
As the bHind man's eeys closed his
ears opened. He heard every sound
in the house, conversations on other
flights. He fancied that Lionel was
constantly there unknown to him.
Gradually his wife and he became es
tranged. Letty was too proud to
question him and withdrew into herL
So matters went on for several
years. They rarely met now, and
Looked With Amazement Upon-the
Gaunt, Haggard Man
Letty's rare approaches were re
ceived by Charles with coldness.
"I believe you can be cured."
Dr. Abergavenny, the specialist
put down the flash mirror and spoke.
Hawley looked at him with his Dlind
"The trouble is'aid Abergayen-
np, "the optic nerve has ceased,' to
function. But it is intact There' ia