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/ / THE PERKINS JOURNAL t" Copyright by ]Bell Syndicate SYNOPSIS Theodore Gatlin decides to adopt a baby' In a final effort to solve hLs matri- monial troubles. But his wlfe has never wanted her, and their affairs end in the divorce court. Ten-year-old Penelope is given into the keeping of Mrs. Gatlin. At a baseball game a bali, hit into the bleachers, strikes Penelope on the nose, Mrs. Gatlin spirits the ohlld to Europe. Gatlin retires from business, wills Penelope all his money, and is about to begin a search for his daughter when a motor accident ends his life. Some ten years later, in San Francisco, Stephen BurL is a rising young paychtatrlst. CHAPTER II--Continued 3--- For the next four years Lanny did ot see her boy, but he wrote her and remembered her at Christmas and on her birthdays. He was an honor grad- uate from the Leland Stanford Junior Medical school and was Immediately given an lnrerneshlp at the University hospital in San Francisco. Inasmuch as Lanny frequently had patients at that hospital, they met several times a year. Lanny kept lmr ear to the ground, harkening to reports of his progress from worthwhile sources, and learned that he was regarded as a young doctor of distinct promise. One day, after he had been two years an interne, they met in the cor- ridor. "I've been wanting to see yon, Steele," Lanny begun without any pre- liminary fencing. It's time for your postgraduate course In Europe." "Impossible, Lanny. My father ha. had a frightful reversal of fortune. He's done a father's full duty by me and I'm not going to graft off him and perhaps sacrifice him In his old age. I'm self-supporting now and even sav- ing a little from my salary. In a few years I shall be able to afford a modest office and go In for general practice." "You've followed my program thus far and you'll continue until it's fin. is/ned," Lanny announced. "I'll loan you the money. The five thousand dol. larJ your father gave me has grown to leventy-five hundred dollars--and l've saved two thousand more, so I'm going to bank you, and you shall pay me six per cent on the money you borrow, and secure me by life insurance." Sis was thoughtful for a few moments. "Well, perhaps three years abroad will benefit you more than four years would an or- dinary man. So we'll cut the program to three years. After all, you must have some comforts; you've got to live like a gentleman. You will resign here today and I'll have the money for you tomorrow." "Oh, Lanny, you dear old sport, I can't do that !" Thereupon Lanny struck hlm in a vital spot. Her stern and lonely soul was touched. Not often did she in- "Oh, Lanny, You Dear Old Sport. I Can't Do That!" dulge herself In the weakness of tears. but they flooded her eyes now and lmr breast heaved. He was always touched at the sight 0f suffering; the vast underlying sym- pathy in his nature would never have Jt otherwise. Abruptly she left him! Silo knew ne would seek her out later. to pr.test at greater length, to awJw llimself her eternal debtor for the offer and again decline it. He called upon her at her lodgings that night--and Lanny won. It wa ,l hard battle, b when Lanny, so to .... By PETER speak, lowered hen head and went in to wln, usually she succeeded. Well, she had her way, and when he returned from Europe she had an office ready for him. She would be forty years old on her next birthday, and after eighteen years of the drudgery of private nursing she looked forward to her position in Stephen Burt's office with pleasurable anticipation. She met hlm at the ferry depot, and he took her to his heart and kissed her five tlmestwiee on each cheek and once on the lips. "Well, old pal," he said almost immediately, "I'm a speclallst. Neurologist and psychi- atrist, and you're to be my first pa- tient. I must go over you thoroughly and see what makes you act the way you do." Success was Stephen's. Modest at first, of course, but of rapid growth, and Lanny knew why. His patients fell In love with him and advertised him to their friends. In two years Stephen Burr had re- paid Lanny witll Interest; the third year he moved into new, sunny, roomy and beautifully furnished offices, with a waiting room as large as all of his previous offices lmd been. lie Joined the best club in town; he Joined a country club, and resolutely Lanny drove lim out of the office on Wednes- day and Saturday afternoons to play golf. She denied him the privilege of naming his own fees because she knew they would be too modest; she kept his free list to a mininmm; knowing all his friends, she supervised Iris social duties; she kept his books anl was a very devil of a collector ; she ,rote all his business letters and sigqed them for him; she invested Ills money for him, and slate she was no mean psy- chologist, she could read a woman pa tlent as she would a book. She was his Admirable Crichton, and lie re- warded her with his eofidence, hls affectionate friendship and a perfectly dazzling salary raise each Christmas. He always kissed tmr at six o'clock on the twents:-fourth day of Decem- ber in each year for the five years preceding Ule late winter afternoon when Mr. Daniel McNamara called in behalf of the strangest patient Launy's boy had ever been asked to accept. It had been a long. hard day. Doc- tor Burr was tired, and a Mrs. Regi- nald Merton, who was rich and Idle not very intelligent and hence neuras- thenic, and been fatiguing him wlrh a recital of her Imaginary aches, pains and megrims. He pressed a button under the desk, tapping oat a code message to Lanny, and waited patiently. He knew size would appear momen- tarily and say: 'Tm sorry Doctor Burr, but Professor Finnegan has just telephoned that you are fifteen minutes late to your engagement to meet the great German savant, Herr Doktor Uffitz." He waited three minutes and sent an- other code message to Lanny, adding the word "Help I" Still Lanny did not appear, so he said with his disarming smile: "Mrs. Merton, the five o'clock whistle llas blown, and 1 can't listen to anotiler word. I've Just remem- bered a most pressing engagement, so now if you do not go at pace I shall have to throw you out." He had her by the arm and out the door before sis eoold think of atlother synlpt(mL Then tm locked tile door, put both legs up on the desk and loaded and ligtzted hls pipe, Just as the door to his nurse's office opened and Lanny said : "I'm so sorry, but Professor Flnne- gan--" "She's gone. Where did you go, leaving me here to suffer?" "I was in tile waiting room placating an ipeIent visitor. 1 told him you had gone for the day, but he flashed some sort of police badge at me, said h wasn't nutty and that his business was private." "Whenever you atimit a person whose business is private and ltersmlal ! am called upon for mental and l)hyMcal effort, sans a fee, I,anny. I'm tired." "What you need de'lrie," sald l.an ny, "is a nice, long. cool. highball." "And while you're on the job, get me one. too," a deep voice spoke from the door behind her. "It's that police person," Lanny cried. "It ts," the police person agreed without malice, "and even If 1 am a cop, I'm too smart to be fooled by the fibs of any woman, How are you, Doe?" "Tired," he murmured. "Worn to a razor edge talking sanely to the insane and the semi-sane, the sltb.normal and the abnormal You appear sane, officer. Are you ?" B. KYNE "I'd be afraid to take a bet I am, Doe. I handle my share o' nuts, too, and there's times they make me think I'm hugs instead o' them. My name's Dan McNamara and I'm the chief of police." "Sit down, Chief. Drag over that armchair." Ile sffiled at Lawny and held up two fingers. That smile melted her. It always did. For five years she had been try- ing to bully him, and his smile had al- ways defeated her, for which reason she often had a brainstorm and threat- ened to resign his service. And she would have done it, too, for she was a foreeful woman, only for the fear that he might replace her with a nurse who didn't understand.hima ia-de-la young thing, half-baked professionally, who would fall In love with him and make him marry her. He was so kind and sympathetic Lanny knew lie would nmrry her, Just to keep her from feel- Ing bad. "D--n his sympathy," she growled, as she prepared the drinks in an hmer room. "That's why ira's worked to death, fie'll die young--overwork-- angina, the young fooli That big, fresh, heavy-footed cop! How dare he force his way In--Vhe big bum! And getting a drink for his dirty work!" She sniffed and served the highballs. "You're mighty sweet, Lanny," Doc- tor Burr told her. "Now, run along home." Lanny did not go. She knew that big moocher of a chief of police would praise such. old liquor and his host would offer him a second helping. "I've got a gwl down at Central sta- tion," Dan McNamara was saying. "Shoplifting detail picked her up In a department store where she'd pinched a dozen and a half silk stockings. Petit larceny and caught with the goods. I sent a good man around to try to square the case with he department store people, but they insist on press- ing charges and that's too bad because she's got a couple of priors against her. Out on probation--suspended sentence, you understand, Doe. And now she'll do two years fi the Big House. 'S tough on the gir." "What's your interest in hr, if she's a confirmed thlefT' "Well, maybe she wouldn't be a thief if she'd had the breaks," he de- fended. "Somebody must have given her a sweet bust on the nose, because her beak's been broke and nothing's left of It but a saddle." "Is she tough?" "Is she tough? Doe, she's so ;:ough I know It ain't natural, h girl as tough as her must be looney, But there ain't nothing tough about her eyes or her mouth--and that's where you can always find toughness ttmr'$: been bred in the bone. There's some- thing about this girl that's different. Doe. I don't know what It is but I know this much: she wasn't always tough. I want you to give her the once over." "I understand there is a psychologist and psychiatrist- Doctor Bletllen-- who does all of the medico-legal work for the department, Chief. I wouldn't care to examine the girl except on hls invitation." "Yes, I know. Question of ethics, and while the question is being de- bated this girl gets hauled into court and takes tim rap on the old charge of grand theft. I know Bletilen. I've tried iris and he says tiffs girl Is a natural hoodlam, and mentally and physically heaJtby. He says she's got more intelligence thun any ten girls in Vassar. She must be smart, too, be. cause she tohl him he was a fool, and I agree with imr." Doctor Burt was silent, for he was intensely etlflcal and would not criti- cize a fellow doctor. "I've beard a lot about you," the chief of police continued. "You're re- garded as the best psyehlatrlst and neurologist in San Francisco. So don't talk to me about the capabte Dec Blethen. I want you to look this girl over." His Imge face brightened as he sum- tn:v.'tl a thought t'liat wotild bolster up his plea. "'She don't cuss me, Doe. I've asked her all almut herself, and I'm sure she tells me all she knows, but sis don't know anything. She's bound to like you, Doe, and when sb* likes anybody--now, Dec, I've got a notion you can get her confidence to such an extent you can prong down into her soul and locate the trouble. I hear men like you do things like that nowadays." Doctor Burr smiled. "Sometimes we uncover complexes or mental reflexes; frequently we do not. And when we have uncovered them we cannot always cure them. You say this girl has a N ruined nose? Does it affect her aP- pearance greatly?" "She's ugly when you look at her the first time, Doe, Jut after you've talked with her and Iooked some more the shock sort of wears off. I got a notion that If her nose could be straightened up she'd be a goodlooking glrl. And nmybe If her mind could be straight- ened, she'd /)e a good girl." "Know anything about her ante- cedents, her background?" "I don't know and I can't find out, She won't tell me." "It may be," Doctor Burr suggested, "that she doesn't know. Has Blerhen finished with the case?" "Yes, sir. He told me not to bother him about her no more." Doctor Burr indicated his telephone. "Call him up, Chief, and ask him if he "She's Ugly When You Look at Her the First Time, Dec." has any objection to having me give her an unofficial examhmtion." McNamara did so. Following a brief conversation, he turned the telephoto over to Stephen. Stephen took the telephone. "Doctor Blethen? Burr speaking. The chie came to my office about that girl he has at the central station. Notwith- standing your report he has asked me, as a personal favor re see the girl You understand, however" "Yes, I understand. Burr, she's a bad lot." "Something the chief sald has mild- ly aroused my curiosity, if you would care to invite me to disenss her case-- understand I have no desire to In trude---" "I'm through with her, Burr. Help yourself, old man. However, take a tip from me and don't let that felh)w McNamara sell himself to you. If you do he'll keep you busy. I doubt if any nlau 0ll earth can rnn a criiuina] down as prmnptly as McNamara; tie is a pilotograpbie brain and never forgels a face or a fact" but after he's lauded a yegg in his cooler le develops an ah- normal yearning to find out what made him act that w'ly. Mac's a softy." "Exactly. Thank you, Blethen. Still, a blind pig will sometimes find an acorn, and something he said--Good- by." Lanny entered. "Tllere's a young woman in tile waiting room," she an- nounced. "She said to ine. 'Where the h--l's that bonehead of a ethel gone?' " Lanny looked at Dan Mc- Namara severely over the rims of iler spectacles. "Friend of yours2" stm queried witimringly. "Yes," McNamara admitted, "and Dot's new patient. Bring her In and he'll give her the once over." But Lanny shook her head. "Tills nut sllop |s closed for tile day," silo told him. "Bring her around at one o'clock tomorrow. The doctor has fif- teen minutes then." TO 8E CONTINUED. Whale is a Mammal One of tle commonest popular er- rors of zoology Is the notion the! the whale is stone sort of fish. It ts not; it Is a tnammal whictl went to sea, as serts a writer in tbe Cleveland Plain Dealer. The whale is warm-blooded, has a well-developed b ttin anti in all other respects shows  far higher or ganization than any of the fishes. 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