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Aunt Jane's Nieces

When, half dazed, they scrambled to their feet, the girl lay

motionless before them, a stream of red blood welling from a deep cut

in her forhead, her eyes closed as if in sleep.

A moment more and the boy was kneeling beside her, striving to stay

the bleeding with his handkerchief.

"Do something! For God's sake try to do something," he wailed,

piteously. "Can't you see she's killed herself to save me?"

Uncle John knelt down and took the still form in his arms.

"Quiet, my lad," he said. "She isn't dead. Get Nora, and fetch the

doctor as soon as you can."

The boy was gone instantly, his agony relieved by the chance of

action, and followed by the lawyer, Uncle John carried his niece to

the rose chamber and laid her upon her white bed.

Misery met them, then, and following her came Louise and Beth, full of

horror and pity for the victim of the dreadful accident.

Jane Merrick had promptly recovered consciousness, for fainting spells

were foreign to her nature. Her first words to Phibbs, who was bending

over her, were:

"Is she dead?"

"Who, Miss Jane?"


"I don't know, Miss Jane. Why should she be dead?"

"Run, you idiot! Run at once and find out. Ask my brother--ask

anyone--if Patricia is dead!"

And so Phibbs came to the rose chamber and found the little group

bending over the girl's unconscious form.

"Is she dead, sir? Miss Jane wants to know," said the old servant, in

awe-struck tones.

"No," answered Uncle John, gravely. "She isn't dead, I'm sure; but I

can't tell how badly she is hurt. One of her legs--the right one--is

broken, I know, for I felt it as I carried the child in my arms; but

we must wait until the doctor comes before I can tell more."

Misery was something of a nurse, it seemed, and with the assistance of

Louise, who proved most helpful in the emergency, she bathed the

wound in the girl's forehead and bandaged it as well as she was able.

Between them the women also removed Patricia's clothing and got her

into bed, where she lay white and still unconscious, but breathing so

softly that they knew she was yet alive.

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