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The Telegram







From: Jewel

Mrs. Forbes entered Jewel's room after speaking with the doctor. The
little girl looked at her eagerly. A plan had formed in her mind which
depended for its success largely on the housekeeper's complaisance, and
she wished to propitiate her.

"I want to fix it so you can call me when you need anything, Julia," she
said. "The doctor has told you about taking the medicine, and here is a
little clock I'm going to put on your table right by the bed, and I've
brought up a bell. I shall leave the farther door open so the sound of
this bell will go right down the backstairs, and one of us will come up
whenever you ring. Dr. Ballard says it's best for you to be quiet."

"Yes'm," replied Jewel. "Do you think, Mrs. Forbes--would it be too much
trouble--would he have time--could I see Jeremiah just a few minutes?"

"See who?"

"Jeremiah--the gentleman who lives with the horses."

"Do you mean my son Ezekiel?"

"Oh, yes'm. Ezekiel. I knew it was a prophet. He always speaks very
kindly to me, and I like him. I wish I could see him just a few
minutes."

Mrs. Forbes was very much astonished and somewhat flattered. "It's
wonderful, the fancy that child has taken to me and mine," she thought.

"Well, folks must be humored when they're sick," she replied. "Let me
see," looking at the little clock, "yes, Mr. Evringham's missed the
second train. There'll be five or ten minutes yet, and 'Zekiel's got to
wait anyway. I guess he can come up and see you."

"Oh, thank you, Mrs. Forbes!" returned Jewel.

The housekeeper made her way out to the barn, where her son in his
livery was waiting and reading the paper.

"The doctor's gone, Zeke, and the child wants to see you."

"Me?" returned the coachman in surprise. "Why the bully little kid!"

"Yes, come and be quick. There won't be much time. You watch the clock
that's side of her bed, and don't you be late."

'Zekiel followed with alacrity. His mother, starting him up the
backstairs, gave him directions how to go, and remained below.

Jewel, her eyes fixed on the open back door of her room, felt a leap
of the heart as Zeke, fine in his handsome livery, came blushing and
tiptoeing into the room.

"I'm so glad, I'm so glad!" she exclaimed in her soft, thick voice.
"Shut the door, please."

"I told you to remember you'd only got to say 'Zeke' and I'd come," he
said, approaching the bed. "I'm awful sorry you're sick, little kid."

"Did you ever hear of Christian Science, Zeke?" she asked hurriedly.

"Yes, I did. Woman I knew in Boston cured of half a dozen things. She
held that Christian Science did it."

"Oh, good, good. I'm a Christian Scientist, and nobody here is, and I
want to send a telegram to Chicago, to a lady to treat me. Nobody would
do it for me but you. Will you?"

It would have taken a hard heart to resist the appeal, and Zeke's was
soft.

"Of course I will," he answered. "Going right to the station now to take
Mr. Evringham. I can send it as well as not."

"Get some paper, Zeke, in the top bureau drawer. There's a pencil on the
bureau."

He obeyed, and she gave him an address which he wrote down. "Now this:
'Please treat me for fever and sore throat. Jewel.'"

Zeke wrote the message and tucked it into a pocket.

"Now please get my leather bag in the drawer," said the child, "and take
out money enough."

The young fellow hesitated. "If you haven't got plenty of money"--he
began.

"I have. You'll see. Oh, Zeke, you've made me so happy!"

The coachman's clumsy hands fumbled with the clasp of the little bag.

"I can do it," said Jewel, and he brought it to her and watched her
while she took out the money and gave it to him. He took a coin,
returned the rest to the bag, and snapped it.

"Say, little girl," he said uneasily, "you look to me like a doctor'd do
you a whole lot o' good."

Jewel gazed at him in patient wonder.

"Who made the doctor?" she asked.

Zeke stood on one foot and then on the other.

"God did, and you know it, Zeke. He's the one to go to in trouble."

"But you're going to that Chicago woman," objected Zeke.

"Yes, because she'll go to God for me. I'm being held down by something
that pretends to have power, and though I know it's an old cheat, I
haven't understanding enough to get rid of it as quickly as she will.
You see, I wouldn't have been taken sick if I hadn't believed in a lie
instead of denying it. We have to watch our thoughts every minute, and I
tell you, Zeke, sometimes it seems real hard work."

"Should say so," returned 'Zekiel. "The less you think the better, I
should suppose, if that's the case. I've got to be going now."

"And you'll send the telegram surely, and you won't speak of it to any
one?"

"Mum's the word, and I'll send it if it's the last act; but don't put
all your eggs in one basket, little kid. I know Dr. Ballard's been here,
and now you do everything he said, like a good girl, and between the two
of 'em they ought to fix you up. I'd pin more faith to a doctor in the
hand than to one in the bush a thousand miles away, if 't was me."

Jewel smiled on him from heavy eyes. "Did you ever hear of God's needing
any help?" she asked. "I'll never forget your being so kind to me,
never, Zeke; and when error melts away I'm coming out to the stable with
grandpa. He said I should. Good-by."

As soon as the plum-colored livery had disappeared Jewel drew herself
up, took the water pitcher between her hot little hands, and drank long
and deeply. Then with a sigh of satisfaction she turned over in bed and
drew Anna Belle close to her.

"Just see, dearie," she murmured, "how we are always taken care of!"

Mrs. Evringham saw Dr. Ballard's buggy drive away and lost no time in
discovering who had needed his services.

"It's the child," she announced, returning to Eloise's room.

"Poor little thing," returned the girl, rising.

"Where are you going? Stay right where you are. She has a high fever,
and they're not sure yet what it may be. Mrs. Forbes is doing everything
that is necessary. Father has waited over two trains. He hasn't gone to
the city yet."

At the mention of Mr. Evringham Eloise sank back in her chair.

"Dr. Ballard is coming again toward evening," continued Mrs. Evringham,
"and I shall talk with him and find out just the conditions. Mrs.
Forbes is very unsatisfactory, but I can see that she thinks it may be
something infectious."

Eloise lifted a suddenly hopeful face. "Then you would wish to leave at
once?" she said.

"Not at all. Father would surely hear to reason and send the child to
the hospital. They are models of comfort in these days, and it is the
only proper place for people to be ill. I shall speak to Dr. Ballard
about it to-night."

As soon as Eloise had seen her grandfather drive to the station she
eluded her mother, and gathering her white negligee about her, went
softly up to Jewel's room and stood at the closed door. All was still.
She opened the door stealthily. With all her care it creaked a little.
Still no sound from within. She looked toward the bed, saw the flushed
face of the child and that she was asleep, so she withdrew as quietly.

During the day she inquired of Mrs. Forbes if she could be of any
service, but the housekeeper received the suggestion with curt respect,
assuring her that Dr. Ballard had said Jewel would sleep a good deal,
and should not be disturbed.

Mrs. Evringham overheard the question and welcomed the reply with
relief.

Jewel ate the bread and fruit and milk that Mrs. Forbes gave her for her
late lunch, and said that she felt better.

"You look so," returned the housekeeper. The child had not once called
her upstairs during the morning. She certainly was as little trouble as
a sick child could be.

"If 't was anybody else," mused Mrs. Forbes, regarding her, "I should
say that she sensed the situation and knew she'd brought it on herself
and me, and was trying to make up for it; but nobody can tell what she
thinks. Her eyes do look more natural. I guess Dr. Ballard's a good
one."

"It don't seem to hurt you to swallow now," remarked Mrs. Forbes.

"No'm, it doesn't, she answered.

"Now then, you see how foolish and naughty it was the way you behaved
about having the doctor this morning. Look how much better you are
already!"

"Yes'm, I love Dr. Ballard."

"You well may. He's done well by you." Mrs. Forbes took the tray. "Now
do you feel like going to sleep again? The doctor won't come till about
six o'clock. Your fever'll rise toward evening, and that's the time he
wants to see you. I shall sleep in the spare room next you to-night."

"Thank you, Mrs. Forbes. You are so kind; but you won't have to,"
replied the child earnestly. "Would you please draw up the curtains
and put Anna Belle's clothes on the bed? Perhaps I'll dress her after a
while. It doesn't seem fair to make her stay in bed when it wasn't her
error."

"I don't think you'd better keep your arms out," returned Mrs. Forbes
decidedly. "I'll put up the curtains, but when you come to try to do
anything you'll find you are very weak. You can ring the bell when you
want to, you know. And don't take your medicine again for an hour after
eating. I'd take another nap right away if I was you."

When she had gone out, Jewel shook her head at the doll, whose face was
smiling toward her own. "You denied it, didn't you, dearie, the minute
she said it," she whispered. "Error is using Mrs. Forbes to hold me
under mortal mind laws, but it can't be so, because God doesn't want it,
and I'm not afraid any more."

Jewel put her hand under her pillow and drew out the two slips of paper
that bore her mother's messages. These she read through several times.
"Of course there are more, Anna Belle. I shouldn't wonder if there was
one in every pocket, but I don't mean to hunt. Divine love will send
them to me just when I need them, the way He did these. I'm sorry I
can't dress you, dearie, because you've just reflected love all the
time, and ought not to be in bed at all; but I must obey, you know, so
there won't be discord. I'd love to just hop up and get your clothes,
but you'll forgive me for not, I know."

Again Jewel put her hand under her pillow and drew forth her copy of
"Science and Health." "I'll read to you a little, dearie." She opened
the book to page 393 and read, "Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist
all that is unlike God." Jewel paused and thought for a minute. "You
might think, Anna Belle, that that meant rise against Mrs. Forbes, but
it doesn't. It means rise against all error, and one error is believing
that Mrs. Forbes is cross or afraid." She went on reading for several
minutes, passing glibly over familiar phrases and sticking at or
skipping words which presented difficulties.

While she was thus employed Eloise again stole quietly to her cousin's
door, and hearing the soft voice she grew pale. Her mother had exacted
a promise from her that she would not enter the room until Dr. Ballard
consented, so after a minute's hesitation she fled downstairs and found
Mrs. Forbes.

"I think the little girl must be worse! She is talking to herself
incessantly."

Mrs. Forbes regarded the pale face coldly. "I guess there's some
mistake. She was better when I saw her half an hour ago. I'll go up in a
minute."

The minute stretched to five; Jewel had slept scarcely at all the night
before, and by the time the housekeeper had laboriously reached her
door, her voice had grown fainter, then stopped, and she was sound
asleep.

"I wish Mamzell would keep her finger out of this pie," soliloquized
Mrs. Forbes as she retraced her steps.

When Mr. Evringham returned from the city, his first question, as Zeke
met him, was concerning Jewel.

"Mother says she's slept the most of the day," replied the coachman, his
head stiff in his high collar and his eyes looking straight ahead.

"H'm. A good sign does she think, or is it stupor?"

"I couldn't say, sir."

Reaching the house, a long pasteboard box in his hands, Mr. Evringham
found that his grandchild was still asleep.

"I fear the worst, Mrs. Forbes," he said with nervous curtness. "When a
stupor attacks children it is a very bad sign I am told. I'll just ring
up Ballard."

He did so, but the doctor had gone out and was intending to call at the
park before he returned.

"I really think it is all right, Mr. Evringham," said Mrs. Forbes,
distressed by her employer's uneasiness. "Dr. Ballard expected she'd
sleep a great deal. He told me not to disturb her."

"Oh, very well then, perhaps it is not to be regretted. Kindly put those
roses in the deep vase, Mrs. Forbes."

"Yes, sir." She took up the box. "Besides, Mr. Evringham, if she does
get worse, you know the hospital here is one of the very best, and
you"--

Mr. Evringham wheeled and frowned upon the speaker fiercely. "Hospital!"
he ejaculated. "An extraordinary suggestion, Mrs. Forbes! Most
extraordinary! My granddaughter remains in my house."

Mrs. Forbes, crimson with surprise and mortification, retreated. "Very
well, sir," she faltered. "Will you have the roses on the dinner table,
Mr. Evringham?"

"No. Set them here on my desk if you please." With this Mr. Evringham
began walking up and down the floor, pausing once to take up the yellow
chicken. During the day the soft moan, "I wanted you so all night,
grandpa," had been ringing in his ears.

"Mrs. Forbes has no understanding of the child," he muttered, "and of
course I cannot expect anything from the cat and her kitten."

With this he began again his promenade. Mrs. Forbes returned with the
roses, and simultaneously Mr. Evringham saw Essex Maid arching her neck
as she picked her steps past the window.

"By the way," he said curtly, "let Zeke take the Maid back to the barn.
I'll not ride to-day."

"It's very fine weather, sir," protested Mrs. Forbes.

"I'll not ride. I'll wait here for Dr. Ballard."

The housekeeper went forth to give the order.

"I never saw Mr. Evringham so upset in my life," she said in an
awestruck tone.

"I saw the governor wasn't real comfortable," returned the boy. "Guess
he's afraid he's goin' to catch the mumps or something. It would be real
harrowin' if he got any worse case of big head than he's got already."

Mr. Evringham was little accustomed to waiting, and by the time Dr.
Ballard appeared, his nervousness had become painful. "The child's slept
too much, I'm sure of it, Ballard," was his greeting. "I don't know what
we're going to find up there, I declare I don't."

"It depends on whether it's a good sleep," returned the doctor, and his
composed face and manner acted at once beneficially upon Mr. Evringham.

"Well, you'll know, Guy, you'll know, my boy. Mrs. Forbes saw you
coming, and she has gone upstairs to prepare the little girl. She'll be
glad to see you this time, I'll wager."

The broker, roses in hand, ascended the staircase after the physician.
Mrs. Forbes was standing at the foot of the bed, and the room was
pleasantly light as they entered. Jewel, the flush of sleep on her
cheeks, was looking expectantly toward the door. Dr. Ballard came in
first and she smiled in welcome, then Mr. Evringham appeared, heavy
roses nodding in all directions before him.

"Grandpa!" exclaimed the child. "Why, grandpa, did you come?"

There was no mistaking the joy in her tone. Dr. Ballard paused in
surprise, while the stockbroker approached the bed.

"I brought you a few flowers, Jewel," he said, while she pressed his
disengaged hand against her cheek.

"They're the most lovely ones I ever saw," she returned with conviction.
"They make me happy just to look at them."


"Well, Jewel," said the doctor, "I hear you've been making up for
lost sleep in great shape." His eyes, as he spoke, were taking in with
concentrated interest the signs in her face. He came and sat beside the
bed, while Mr. Evringham fell back and Mrs. Forbes regarded the child
critically.

"Well, now, you're a good little patient," went on the doctor, as he
noted the clear eyes.

"Yes, Dr. Ballard, I feel just as nice as can be," she answered.

"No thickness in the voice. I fancy that sore throat is better." The
young doctor could not repress his smile of satisfaction. "I was certain
that was the right attenuation," he thought. "Now let us see."

He took out the little thermometer, and Jewel submitted to having it
slipped beneath her tongue.

As Dr. Ballard leaned back in his chair to wait, he looked up at Mr.
Evringham. "It is very gratifying," he said, "to find these conditions
at this hour of the day. I felt a little more uneasy this morning than I
confessed." He nodded in satisfactory thought. "I grant you medicine is
not an exact science, it is an art, an art. You can't prescribe by hard
and fast rules. You must take into consideration the personal equation."

Presently he leaned forward and removed the thermometer. His eyes smiled
as he read it, and he lifted it toward Mr. Evringham.

"I can't see it, boy."

"Well, there's nothing to see. She hasn't a particle of temperature.
Look here, little one," frowning at Jewel, "if everybody recovered as
quickly as you have, where would we doctors be?"

Turning again and addressing Mr. Evringham, he went on, "I'm
particularly interested in this result because that is a remedy over
which there has been some altercation. There's one man to whom I shall
be glad to relate this experience." The doctor leaned toward his
little patient. "Jewel, I'm not so surprised as I might be at your
improvement," he said kindly. "You will have to excuse me for a little
righteous deception. I put medicine into that glass of water, and now
you're glad I did, aren't you? I'd like you to tell me, little girl, as
near as you can, how often you took it?"

"I didn't take it," replied the child.

Dr. Ballard drew back a little. "You mean," he said after a moment, "you
took it only once?"

"No, sir, I didn't take it at all."

There was a silence, during which all could hear the ticking of the
clock on the table, and the three pairs eyes were fixed on Jewel with
such varying expressions of amazement and disapproval that the child's
breath began to come faster.

"Didn't you drink any of the water?" asked Dr. Ballard at last.

"Yes, out of the pitcher."

"Why not out of the glass?"

"It didn't look enough. I was so thirsty."

They could not doubt her.

Mr. Evringham finally found his voice.

"Jewel, why didn't you obey the doctor?" His eyes and voice were so
serious that she stretched out her arm.

"Oh, grandpa," she said, "please let me take hold of your hand."

"No, not till you answer me. Little girls should be obedient."

Jewel thought a minute.

"He said it wasn't medicine, so what was the use?" she asked.

Mr. Evringham, seeming to find an answer to this difficult, bit the end
of his mustache.

Dr. Ballard was feeling his very ears grow red, while Mrs. Forbes's lips
were set in a line of exasperation.

"Grandpa," said Jewel, and the child's voice was very earnest, "there's
a Bible over there on the table. You look in there in the Gospels, and
you'll find everywhere how Jesus tells us to do what I've done. He said
he must go away, but he would send the Comforter to us, and this book
tells about the Comforter." Jewel took the copy of "Science and Health"
from under the sheet.

"God's creation couldn't get sick. It's just His own image and likeness,
so how could it? And when you can get right into God's love, what do you
want of medicine to swallow? God wouldn't be omnipotent if He needed any
help. You see I'm well. Isn't that all you want, grandpa?"

The appeal of her eyes caused the broker to stir undecidedly. "I never
did have any use for doctors," he thought, after the manner of many who,
nevertheless, are eager to fly to the brotherhood for help at the first
suggestion of pain. Moreover, the humor of the situation was beginning
to dawn upon him, and he admired the fine temper and self-control with
which the young physician pulled himself together and rose.

"I am glad you are well, Jewel, very," he said; "but the next time I
am called to prescribe for a little Christian Scientist I shall put
the pellets on her tongue." He smiled as he took up his case and said
good-by.

Mr. Evringham followed him down the stairs, heroically resisting the
impulse to laugh. Only one remark he allowed himself as he bade the
doctor good-by.

"You're quite right, Ballard, in your theory. Jewel has been here only
three days, but I could have told you that in doing anything whatever
for her, it is always absolutely necessary to consider the personal
equation."





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