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and inconsequentially whistling, “As if I could call out across the drenched innumerable cloths with lawn to those girls, 'We aren't enthe wiping of them. They were gaged any longer'!" scarcely finished when stout "Hm-m;well, there's your mother." woman, capable and unafraid, ar- Miss Kenton frowned. "She has rived from the village and took pos- enough to trouble her now. As session of the kitchen.

things are she'd be dreadfully disAt two o'clock a man from the tressed. I shall have to wait until hotel, in response to Rainsford's tel- father is better and you are gone." ephone message, brought a suitcase "Oh!” murmured Rainsford. filled with the various articles he There was a long silence; then had sent for. The man laid the bag Dorothy sprang to her feet. She somewhat gingerly down on the ex- was almost hysterical with the tentreme end of the walk and hurried sion of the last few hours. Things away; then Rainsford went down had scarcely improved since the and picked it up.


Rainsford had grown "How perfectly funny!" exclaimed quiet, grave and scrupulously polite. Dorothy nervously, as he came back He seldom spoke save to answer to the steps.

questions and then the very tones "It does seem queer,” acknowl- of his voice vibrated with a cereedged Rainsford.

monious obedience to the laws of “Don't you two look contented !" their new relationship. It had been called a merry voice, as three pretty quite three hours, indeed, since Miss girls stopped at the end of the walk. Kenton had experienced the pleas"How is Mr. Kenton, Dorothy, ure of openly resenting either his dear?"

word or his deed. She looked at “He is very comfortable," replied him now through narrowing lids; Miss Kenton with studied polite- then she walked the length of the

veranda and back again, stopping “Aren't you awfully glad you at last exactly in front of him. happened to be making that call, “As hostess, I feel it my duty to Mr. Rainsford ?" laughed the second entertain

you,” she announced young woman gleefully. "Some sweetly. “If you'll look under the people always are lucky !" called the table on that shelf there you'll find third as the trio turned away.

some games. Make your selection There was an ominous silence on and we'll play.” the veranda.

Dr. Kane arrived on the five “How absurdly idiotic some peo

o'clock train and went directly to ple can be," observed Dorothy, after the sick room. Fifteen minutes a time.

later Mrs. Kenton appeared on the "Very," agreed the man.

veranda. Dorothy looked at him sharply; "Well, Jack, you are free," she then she sighed and fidgeted in her said smilingly. chair.

"Eh-what-how-" stammered "I don't like this deception," she Rainsford, growing white and red protested.

by turns; there was but one kind of “No? Then why not tell.”

freedom in his mind and that he She gave him a scornful glance. had already most unwillingly re


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ceived at the hands of Dorothy. He like that,” he rejoined, his easy manglanced at the girl now, but her ner giving no hint of his inward face expressed only unalloyed joy. quakings.

"You mean the quarantine? It's "But 1-1 going to tell over?” she asked eagerly.

mother, and now,” she paused Mrs. Kenton nodded. "Yes; that helplessly. fussy little doctor was all wrong. “Now—I really wouldn't do it,” It's not diphtheria at all and your supplemented Rainsford. “You see father will be all right in a few it will be hard to make her underdays."

stand after what you said just now,” “How perfectly glorious !” cried he continued taking a shining, goldDorothy. “I never believed father en circlet from his pocket and finwas very sick. Now we'll go off- gering it nervously. “Hadn't you let's see, what will we do-ride?” better put this on, too, Dorothy ?

Rainsford caught his breath. “Yes; she might notice it,” he urged, a or we might go on the lake,” he world of tender pleading in his eyes said, in a voice that he tried to for all his matter-of-fact tones. make diplomatically unconcerned. For a minute Dorothy hesitated. “Or we could play golf !”

The vines were thick and the ver“Hm-m; or we've got just time anda very secluded and Rainsford to see the sunset from Peak's Hill," drew her gently toward him. he further suggested, with a swift, “Well—perhaps," she murmured, sidelong glance at her face.

holding out a slim, sunburned fin“Just the thing after being cramped ger upon which he eagerly slipped up all day! I'll get into my walk- the ring. But before his lips could ing skirt in no time.” And she hur- touch her own, she had broken ried through the hall door after her away and was laughing at him from mother. The next minute she was the door. back again with a dismayed face. "Really, you know, you deserve

"Why, I-I forgot !” she faltered. some punishment !" she called softly,

"Forgot? Forgot what?" he asked as she disappeared. smoothly.

Rainsford drew a long breath. “Why, our

- that things "I—I'll make that blessed doctor weren't the same any longer." 'best man'-I vow I will !” he said

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“Doctor Wentworth's Patient




By MINNIE BARBOUR ADAMS 66 H, Miss Drew: do let robed harp-players, and some of it

send for Doctor John; is going to be awfully embarrass

you've talked right down ing as it is—all smudged and 'skeery' all night, and I don't like crumply; but God will know the the way you keep wagglin' your tear stains from the other blots and head from side to side when you're that's some comfort. dozin'. Tha't the way sister Katie's Triumphant Maggie walks out on man was took—"and here Maggie's tip-toe, taking little short steps, her voice trailed off and lost heavy shoes giving out a protesting among the strange confusion of shriek at every move. sounds that had worried me all day. There; the door is closed on her

“This corner is getting altogether at last and I am glad: no, I'm not too noisy," I think fretfully. "I'll either, for there are Jacob Israel's

” move just as soon as I get over this evil eyes watching me from the dreadful headache.''

opposite counter: here he comes ! There: I'm 'wagglin' my head Oh, if only the floor walker would again, and Maggie is beseeching happen this way, or even

a cash me, tearfully; to "just let her slip boy. He is nearly upon me now,

, around the corner and get the doc- slipping along with his stealthy tor." And I, thoroughly exasper

tread, and I'm just ready to drop ated by this time, answer: "Slip with fright, when the door opens around then, Maggie: ask the doc- and I hear Maggie's welcome voice tor to slip around too,” and then, -and shoes. ungratefully, as I pull the sheet up And there is another voice, a over my hot face, "and I hope you'll masculine voice, that evidently asks both slip and break your tiresome a question, for she answers: “Yes, necks."

she was took mighty suddent like, Of course I didn't mean it: Mag- and just wouldn't hear of havin' gie, poor ignorant girl, is the only you till to-night." real friend I've had since Auntie "That child's language is getting died and Jack acted so.

worse every day," I think, petu“He didn't act so," I correct hast- lantly. My hot hand that is lying ily. “It was I that was hateful and on the coverlet, is taken by a cool stubborn.'

one, and the sheet is gently drawn I'm a pretty sick girl and there is down from my face. no use of adding any more fibs to "Well, I hope I look as charmthe "fair white page” that Auntie ing as I feel," I think, smiling to was always begging me to keep myself, "and I'll keep my eyes (or pure and clean. I may have to

as Jacob once called them, “gloriread it soon before all those white ous orbs') closed for fear their bril

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town with me. Then I grow serious again, for He would sit down by the gate, isn't this what Auntie used to call and the moment I went out of sight “ill-timed levity”? Poor Auntie, behind the lilac bushes (you know I'm afraid I was an awful bother the white ones there on the corner) to her.

why he'd howl; oh, so mournful. I feel that the doctor is looking And then I'd spend my last cent at me intently, and suddenly he for peanuts for him, hurry home, says in a startled voice, “Maggie, and we'dbring the lamp," and she squeaks "Miss Drew, don't go to sleep across the floor, forgetting to tip- again,” broke in the voice very autoe in her surprise, and really it thoritatively this time, “but try and isn't half so bad.

tell me just how you feel." I feel the light in my face so I did wish he'd let me alone, but strong that I have to put my hand I patiently answered a lot of prosy over my eyes, and in a moment he old questions, the very same they says, real loud, and just as though all ask; and I made up my mind convinced of something, “Father in right there that if ever I got to be Heaven,” long drawn out, and just a doctor, I'd vary them in some a little through his nose, like Dea- way; make them rhyme, or set con Rogers used to when he got them to music like the multiplicato “our graceless young people” in tion table, or something. his prayers; and I always knew he He seemed sort of puzzled, which meant me most of all. Maggie sort I don't think was very professional of jumps and says, “Oh, Doctor; in him. Now if I didn't know she ain't got the small-pox, is she?" spinal appeningetus from the meand he doesn't answer a word. grims poor Auntie used to be

Well, really, I'm too tired to care afflicted with, my victim should much: still I'd hate to be all speckly never know it: I'd just smile, look like Martha Frost at the lace coun- wise, and say "yes-yes; just so; ter.

i-n-d-e-e-d," and then go and meas"Miss Drew," he says at last, ure out a great big dose of pain taking my hand from my eyes. I killer to sort of soothe 'em till I open them a bit, cautiously, but the could read up a bit. light is gone; so I open them wide He scowled and stroked his ugly and look up into a bearded face beard, and finally asked, "Have you that is very pale, though I don't had any great anxiety or sudden remember noticing that afterwards. fright lately? About all I see now are the eyes ; "Warmer," I said before I dark eyes, with such a hurt, wistful thought, and he looked surprised expression in them. And they look for a minute, and then smiled; he strangely familiar; where have I

had played “hide the thimble" fast seen them? And I wonder and enough. wonder and at last it comes to me Well I was getting so drowsy by like a flash: they are Caesar's this time that I could hardly think, eyes: dear, faithful old Caesar: just but I managed to tell him that I the expression they used to have was dreadfully scared when Jacob

Israel had tried to kiss me; and I coffee, while yesterday's onions and had struck him over the head with cabbage were thrown in as relishes. the box cover. “Ah!" the doctor "Wow; but it was dreadful.” I said, as though he was on the right learned that work of Jack, and road at last.

Auntie said it was “So vulgar”; Right here my eyes closed in but if Jack could say it, I guess I spite of me, but not before I had can think it, and I will whenever I heard him say "Brain Fever” in want to. answer to some question.

I gasped and begged her to take It was precious little rest I got the stuff away, and open the wintill I had to go to measuring off dow wider; and then, seeing · she ribbon again, and it was mostly looked hurt, I told her as gently as red. Mrs. Scowley (her name was I could, “The best authorities now Smiley, but I called her Scowley affirm that life can be sustained for because she was so cross) brought a considerable period of time on the that blue felt sofa-pillow on which odor of food alone, and I believe she is working stars and crescents I'll test the theory.” and things, and sat down right in Maggie's jaw dropped and she front of me and worked, and kept said “Huh”? It is strange that that asking all the time which color she tiresome girl can't understand plain, had better use next. Then that straight English. tiresome Mrs. Richmond came, and But she took it away.

Then wanted a lot of narrow orange rib- Auntie told me to shut the door, bon; and while I was trying to and there on the steps was the most measure it off, her bull terrier (the forlorn little grey kitten you ever one that wears a blanket and rub- saw; attracted by the food I supbers in wet weather) got under the pose. I tried to make friends; but counter and chewed a pink and it was very shy, and I coaxed and green star out of Mrs. Scowley's coaxed, and at last, just as I was “constellation."

about to put my hand on it, that Oh, what a fuss there was; of great clumsy Caesar came boundcourse they blamed me; and through ing around the corner of the house it all, Jacob Israel watched me with and scared it into seven fits, in spite his wicked black eyes, and if I hap- of my screaming to him to stop. pened to glance in his direction. And then he had the impudence to he'd put his pudgy hand on his come up on the porch and gaze at vest-pocket, and roll his eyes dread- me with innocent sorrowful eyes. fully, as though

though he, instead of Oh, but I was angry! “Get out the terrier, had eaten the green of my sight, you hateful dog," I star.

cried. I gave him a great shove Then I unaccountably found my- that nearly sent him down the self in bed again with Maggie steps; and then turned my head urging me to eat the horrid greasy away . and wouldn't look at him; breakfast on the chair beside me. that always hurt Caesar worse than She had left the door open, and a a blow would any other dog. cloud of boarding-house odors was A slight turn of my mental kaleirushing in. Buckwheat cakes was doscope and there was Maggie's the strongest, then came bacon and horrified face at the foot of the bed.

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