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They closed on it like a pair of pliers. before they let him go to the medical He could take hold of your wrist in school. How do you suppose he that way and fairly bruise it. They

They beat them? Well, he persuaded them were n't fingers; they were steel cali- that he had a call to medicine-like pers.” The cords in the backs of his a minister's call. And he had. I hands played freely back and forth found out just lately how the call over the knuckles, and he could ex

came. It 's one of the most curious pand and contract the width of the things I ever ran across." hand as if the bones in it were the "Tell me about it," I said. ribs of a fan. “He was n't altogether He did not respond at once. He born that way," Ward explained. sat sunken in his arm-chair, pinching "He had purposely acquired it, like a his chin between thumb and forefincontortionist, as part of his training.' ger, and looking through me thought

Ward had known him from boyhood. fully, with one eyebrow higher than Both had been born in the New Eng- the other and his eyes not focused. It land town of Primpton, Massachusetts, gave him a melancholy expression. but they came of families separated He had just heard that Hellmuth, by such a distance in the social scale in charge of a field hospital unit, had that it was not until they arrived in died from exposure in the Serbian the same class at college that they retreat over the mountains of Montebecame intimate. Ward had intended negro, somewhere between Petch and to study law. Hellmuth persuaded Scutari, in December, 1915. Or, rathhim to go into medicine.

er, he had just had a confirmation of "It was like a religious enthusiasm the cable news of Hellmuth's death, in with him," Ward said. "He converted a letter from his assistant, a Dr. Rogers. me. There 's no other word for it. It was this letter that had moved Ward And that was one of the things that to speak of Hellmuth to me. puzzled me about Hellmuth until “Tell you about it?" he said at last.

. quite lately—what had given him this “I don't know how to tell you about fanatical feeling about medicine." it. It's too long a story. It 's the

Hellmuth's father owned the textile story of Hellmuth's whole life.” mills at Primpton, and Hellmuth, as He thought it over in a sort of mute the eldest son, should have succeeded wonder. him in the business. The grandfather "The Greeks would have called it had been an immigrant weaver who fate," he said. “And it shows what married a Massachusetts girl; the this thing is sometimes—the thing father married one of the New Eng. that we call fate." He nodded to land Hales; there had never been a himself. “Well,” he concluded, “I 'll doctor anywhere in the immediate tell you the parts that are more or less family.

significant." "You 'd have expected Hellmuth to be a parson, if anything," Ward said. He began to tell me about the time “The old people were as devout as when Hellmuth and he had been inJonathan Edwards. They had a fine terns together at the Old St. Luke's; old religious feeling against science as and his reminiscences, after the manatheistic, and he had a fight for it ner of such, were concerned more with

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riotous doings out of hours than with the joint,” Ward said, “and for some duties in the hospital. Hellmuth had reason Hellmuth took a scunner to the two enviable qualifications for leader- Jackdaw on sight.” ship in their young medical conviviali- He had very sleek and glossy black ties: he could drink as much beer as a hair and a bony nose, and a round, German student, and he played the unwinking eye that looked at you sidepiano like a rhythmical baboon. wise like a rooster's. The girl used to

a "He'd spent a year abroad," Ward sit and wait for him, without eating explained, “chiefly in Vienna. He until he came; and she would give him came back with a prejudice against the a searching, frightened glance as he Germans, due to their operating on entered, to see what his mood was. charity patients without giving them If he came in with his hat on the side anesthetics, as far as I could make of his head, swinging his bamboo cane, out, and another prejudice against she brightened as if the sun had risen. their music. He called it melodic They sat and talked over their food, suicide, tonal pessimism. He would with their heads together, so that you never play anything but dances and could never hear what they said; rag-time. He said he had taken up and at the end of the meal she paid the piano to develop his hands. I the check and went out cheerfully, don't believe that. He had a gift for and left him to smoke over his empty music, if he had cared to follow it, plate, pleased with himself. but he would n't. He would n't More often he entered, dragging his surrender to his emotions. He never stick, his hat down on his nose; and went to concerts or operas. If an he sat without looking at her, and orchestra started anything at all spoke to her only out of the side of his moving, he'd get out.”

mouth, sourly. Then she would eat The gang to which they belonged her meal as quickly as possible, and had found a little Hungarian restau- pay the check and slink away as rant where they could get table d'hôte dejected as a disappointed child. dinners cheap and have the freedom We knew a lot of policemen, from of a good piano. It was the resort of our ambulance work," Ward explained. another clique also, a group from the "Hellmuth asked them about the under-world, and among these were Jackdaw, and found out that he was two who became involved with Hell- one of Chick Allen's cadets. Probmuth.

ably a pickpocket and petty con-man, One was a thin-lipped young crook too. The girl was on the streets, whom they nicknamed "the Jackdaw" helping to support him.” because of his color and his sinister air; One night they sat at a table directly and the other was the Jackdaw's behind Hellmuth and began their "skirt,” a silent and adoring child of meal quietly, but ended it with a the streets, so blonde and chalk-faced quarrel about a ruby brooch that the that they called her "Angel Mary.” Jackdaw wanted to give her and she They did not know the real names of was afraid to take. Hellmuth was either.

listening; the others were not. And “We'd noticed them together sev- when the crook, in the midst of a eral times at a table in the back of hoarse, whispered controversy, sud



denly slapped her face, Hellmuth of the affair. The desk sergeant did spun around and struck him an open- not hold Hellmuth or me, but he held handed blow on the side of his head the girl, and Hellmuth went down to that toppled him off his chair. He court next day and paid her fine. I sprang up and tried to rush Hellmuth, knew this at the time, but I did n't and Hellmuth knocked him down. know that he took her uptown, got

That started a "free for all.” There her a place to live, and found work for were several of the medical clique in her to keep her off the streets. And

. the café, and at first they had all the I did n't know that he continued seeing best of it; but more of Chick Allen's her. gang kept coming in, with brass “Chick Allen's gang were looking knuckles and blackjacks, and the for us, and we had to keep away from students had to defend themselves their end of the town. That broke with chairs and carafes and anything up our parties for a while. I thought else they could snatch up. Some one that Hellmuth was spending his off called in the police, and that saved hours with a girl named Helen Kane,

a them.

Dr. Kane's daughter. You remember "Hellmuth and I were cornered," Kane? He had a fashionable practice Ward said, "behind a table that we -Madison avenue. Helen was had overturned, beating off three or handsome, big girl, athletic. Hellfour toughs who were trying to dis- muth used to ride with her in the figure us. And behind us was the girl. park. I thought he was seeing her When the police stopped the fight, whenever he went off without me. Hellmuth saw that she had the brooch "Well, he was n't. He was having in her hand—the brooch that she and some sort of affair with 'Angel Mary.' the Jackdaw had quarreled about. I did n't suspect it even when she She had caught it up when the table came looking for me, one night at the overturned. Hellmuth said, 'Here, hospital, in a pouring rain, soaking wet.

, don't let them see you with that,' and I was n't there, and she did n't ask he snatched it away from her. Then for Hellmuth, and she went away withwhen the cops were lining us up, he out leaving any message. They had held it out to the Jackdaw and said, had a quarrel, as I learned later, and 'I think this is yours.'

she was trying to find him.

He never "Of course a plain-clothes man said a word. grabbed it at once. He demanded: “Two or three days afterward she

'Where did you get that?' and came to the dispensary for medicine, Hellmuth explained.

and they turned her into the free ward “The detective took out his hand with a bad attack of pneumonia. One cuffs.

of the nurses came to me from her. "'I guess this 'll do for you,' he said She did n't mind involving me, but to the Jackdaw, and arrested him for she was game about protecting Hellburglary.

muth. “Tell him I 'm here,' she said, "I forget the details of that part of 'but don't tell any one I know him.'

' the business. Some one confessed, “I told him, but he did n't say anyand the Jackdaw went up the river for thing. He used to get into the ward five years. All I remember is our end to see her without letting any one but


the nurse know. I was with him there did n't even suspect that there was any at other times, but Angel Mary did n't significance in them at all until just give either of us away by so much as before he sailed for England to voluna look that any one would notice, not teer for work in the Balkans. He even when she was dying. She was a came to Washington to see the British game kid all right.

embassy and he dropped in to call on "I did n't know what had been go- me.” ing on until Hellmuth asked me to see Here Ward drifted off into another that she was n't buried in Potter's long digression. It seems that when Field, and gave me money for the he left St. Luke's he went into general undertaker. Even then I had to guess practice, and became dissatisfied with the truth from the change that came his inability to cure anything but the over him. He began to be queer. simple germ diseases, and caught at a He stopped riding in the Park; said new theory of the effect of the internal the crows there gave him the 'willies.' glands on the body as the cause of And then he dropped Helen Kane; much ill health, and made himself a said he hated dark women, anyway. sort of specialist in the functions of And then he quit St. Luke's and went these glands and their disorders. back to Vienna, and I lost track of him Then he found that the glands were for a long time.

affected by emotions to such a degree “It seems he took his holidays in the that in many cases he was merely Balkans while he was over there, and treating, in the glands, the symptoms he learned to speak some of the of a disturbance in the patient's mind, languages, Serbian at least. That 's and this took him into the field of why he volunteered for service with mind-cure and psychology. By the the Serbian Relief that and his feel- time that Hellmuth returned from his ing about the Germans. Well" surgical studies abroad Ward had lost

Ward paused and cleared his throat his faith in the knife as anything but a as if he were going on at once, and pruning-hook, and Hellmuth had arthen fell silent, leaning forward in his rived where he would open a patient as chair and looking at his feet. I sup- inevitably as a watch-repairer opens a posed that he had suddenly become watch. He perfected a new technic aware that he was rambling in his of sacral suspension, and brought the narrative and getting nowhere, and it operation for appendicitis to the point had the effect of a flash of thought of being as safe as pulling a tooth, and transference when he looked up at me performed prodigies of skill in cutting to ask:

diseased areas from essential organs “Did you notice the significance of without stopping the watch. To Ward all that?"

he was merely treating symptoms by "Of all what?"

removing the results of disorders which Of all those incidents? The Jack- he did nothing to cure. They did not daw, the blonde Angel Mary, the exactly quarrel about it. Ward was crows that gave him the 'willies'?” practising in Washington, and Hell

I shook my head, finding it empty. muth in New York, and they were He smiled.

both too busy to write controversial I did n't either at the time. I letters; they exchanged monographs




on their pet subjects and agreed to was Helen Kane," Ward said, "and I differ in a silence that was not friendly. did n't remind him that he had given

a So, when Hellmuth came to Washing- up riding in the park because the ton in the spring of 1915, and tele- crows gave him the 'willies.' And I phoned from his hotel to Ward, Ward did n't recall to him that he had accepted his invitation to dinner with dropped her because he disliked 'dark natural misgivings.

women,' and that he had hated the “We had a whale of a fight,” Ward Jackdaw' on sight and got himself into said. "He'd been the big frog in his that mess with 'Angel Mary' as a resurgical puddle for fifteen years, and sult, and all the rest of it. I was afraid he looked on me as a disciple who had that he 'd blow up and accuse me of gone astray. It took me till midnight being crazy on my own dope. I said: to make him feel that he was n't divine “This thing probably traces back to intelligence instructing an insect. No- your early childhood. Do you remem

. body had dared to argue with him for ber any crows or blackbirds at home?' ten years, probably. We had a gory "He replied that there were always

crows in the pines on one side of the The upshot of it was that Hellmuth house, and they always depressed him. came to see him on the following day, ""The house was a gloomy old hole, in his office.

anyway,' he said. 'I was always glad "He had a challenge for me," Ward when my holidays were over and I said. "He wanted to know why the could get back to school. There was sight of the purple grackle in Lafayette too much prayer and Puritanism at Park that morning had given him home."" such a depression that instead of going Ward asked: on to the British embassy, he turned "Had it any other depressing asback to his hotel and went to bed. If sociations? Had anybody died there there was anything in my theories -any one that you were very fond about emotions and their origins, of?" where did this emotion come from?"Yes," Hellmuth said, "a cousin,

In reply Ward started to “dig,” as when I was about seven; a little girl, he put it. When had Hellmuth first

an orphan. My parents had all but felt this depression at the sight of a adopted her." black bird?

"Was she dark or fair?" Ward He had always felt it. For years, asked. if he saw a crow on his way to an opera- “She had long, yellow curls,” Helltion, he could n't help but feel that it muth said. “I remember that. And meant bad luck.

I remember that when she took sick Yes? And before that?

they would n't let me into the room Well, he remembered meeting a girl to see her even for a moment. And at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when they were all asleep one night I. and having a fit of the blues when he sneaked down-stairs and got into bed saw a painting of some battle-scene in with her.” He laughed contemptuwhich vultures or some other black ously. "I remember the row they birds were settling on the dead. raised when they found us asleep to

"I did n't ask him whether this girl gether in the morning."

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