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no atrophy, I think the "whole quea
tlon resolves itself into a case- of
stimulating it. A few electrical treat
ments should restore the tone. Then,
if your sight returns, it will return
completely. I had such a case last
month and the treatment proved a
"When shall I come to you for
treatment?" Inquired Hawley..
"I can come to your house."
"No, I prefer to come to you," said
"Then let us begin right away,"
the doctor answered.
After an hour's treatment the blind
man was as hopelessly blind as be
fore. He returned daily and the treat
ments had no result whatever. He
"Whn the sight returns it will come
like a flash," said the specialist. "I
can see an improvement. You may
.suddenly see- C
' "Or I may never see?" ,
The oculist Rdiriitted tljat, "There
is no use continuing- the applica
tions," he said. "If the sight does
not come back you might try another
course in six months' time. But.
frankly, I don't understand why your
, sig;ht has not come back of its own
Hawley knew tht the specialist
tacitly admitted failure. He paid him
$500 and went home. And now he
began to pray for the gift of sight.
He wanted to look for one moment
upon his wife's face when she was
with Lionel: Graves. For that privi
lege ne ielt tnat ne would give ten
, years of his life.
Either he had bitterly wrong her
or he was deeply wronged.
Lionel continued to be, their vis
itor. He and Letty were alone a good
deal. Hawley did not 1cnow bow
much. Sometimes he fancied that
he passed a waiting figure In the ball
or on the stairs. He read guilt Into
his- wife's voice. He wondered where
sbe went when she was out or the
house. He grew more 'and more ir
ritable, and at last dismissed his at? I
tendant, declining his wife's offers of
assistance. He was completely cut?
off from the world. He,rea;I nothing."
He lived likea hermit, in an 'upper,
room of his house. '
.Charley Hawley saw! ,
He awoke one morningto discover,
that "vision had come back to him
completely. He sprang out of bedt
and ran to the mirror: He looked
with amazement unon the sraunty
-haggard man, with 'fined face andf
graying hairs .who stared at him out
of the mirror. -
His first impulse was to -fell hfs
wife. His second was to restrains
that. motive. He feltjthat at' last his
chance had come. .
He made his way downstairs, tap
ping with his cane as usual. He saw
Ms wife for tne nrst time in years.
He noticed that she too, seemed to
"Dear, I am thinking of going out
for the afternoon," she said to him".
He riodded as if he did not see beJf .
though Jxls eyes scanned her face." 1 '
"I have some shopping that must-
be done," she continued, "Is there
anything I can do for you?"
"Nothing," he answered.
From Wb window upstairs he!
watched her leave the house after
lundieon. As soon as she was in the'
street he slipped on his overcoatand
put On his hat. He followed her..
Ashamed and yet determined tof
nrobe her acts, he dossed her foot-1
steps on the opposite side of the7
She hired a taxlcab and he took1
another, ordering it to drive in pur-i
suit. As he had suspected,, It stopped
at Graves' house. Letty went In. f
Charles Hawley waited in the jioor
of a big apartment house opposite.
He never took his eyes from the door
tilhLetty and Graves cameout.
'They walked for blocks and always
the man who had been bljnd followed
They we approaching ac suburbaa-
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