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CHAPTER V. THE REMARKABLE CASE OF LADY MARY FANE.

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It was the kind of day that is than all the drugs of the pharmacalled seasonable. If the sun had copeia : it is as exquisite and susbeen obscured, the air would have taining as a divine text of promise. been felt to be wintry ; but the to a religious enthusiast. sunshine was full and warm, and so Dr Lefevre was thus passing the world rejoiced, and declared it round his female ward, with was a perfectly lovely May day, train of attentive students at his just as a man who is charmed with heels, when the door was swung the smiles and beauty of a woman, open and two attendants entered, thinks her complete though she bearing a stretcher between them, may have a heart of ice. Lefevre, and accompanied by the house-phyas he went his hospital round that sician and a policeman. afternoon, found his patients rev “What is this?” asked Lefevre, elling in the sunlight like flies with a touch of sererity; for it He himself was in excellent spirits, was irregular to intrude a fresh and he said a cheery or facetious case into a ward while the physi-word here and there as he passed, cian was going his round. which

gave infinite delight to the “I thought, sir," said the housethin and bloodless atomies under physician, "you would like to see his care; for a joke from so seri- her at once: it seems to me a case ous and awful a being as the doctor similar to that of the man found is to a desponding patient better in the Brighton train.”

VOL. CXLVI, -NO. DCCCLXXXIX,

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“Where was this lady found ?” little to one side, and that her asked Lefevre of the policeman. unibrella had fallen to the ground. He used the word “lady " advised. Ile went to pick it up, and it ly, for though the dress was that struck him as he bent that she of a hospital nurse or probationer, looked strangely quiet and pale. the unoonscious face was that of an He spoke to her; she made no educated gentlewoman. “Why, reply. He touched her-he even bless my soul !” he cried, upon in biq fear ventured to shako her more particular scrutiny of her -1 she made no sign ; and he features--"it seems to me I know ran to call the policeman. They her ! Surely I do! Where did then brought her straight to the you say she was found po

hospital, because they could see The policeman explained that she was a hospital lady of some he was

on his beat outside St sort. James's Park, when a park-keeper “ It must - it must be the called him in and showed him, in same !” said Lefevre. one of the shady walks, the lady “I thought, when I first heard set on a bench as if she had of it below," said the housefainted. The keeper said he had physician, " that it must be the taken particular notice of her, bo- same man as was the cause of the cause he saw from her dress and other case, in the Brighton train.” her veil she was a hospital lady. “No doubt it is the same. But When he first set eyes on her, an I was thinking of it in anotherold gentleman was sitting talking a far more serious sense !” Then to her-& strange, dark, foreign- turning to the waiting policeman, looking gentleman, in & soft hat he said, “Of course, you must reand a big Inverness cape.

port this to your inspector ?” "Good heavens !” exclaimed the “Yes, sir," said the policeman. doctor. “ The very man! That's “Give bim my compliments, the meaning of it. And I did not then, and say I shall see him guess !

presently." His assistant and the policeman Yet, he thought, how could he gazed at him in surprise ; but he speak to the official, with all that recovered himself and asked, with he suspected, all that he feared, in a serious and determined knitting his heart ! With his attention on of the brows, if the policeman had the qui vive with his experiences

the old gentleman, The and speculations of the night, he policeman replied he had not; the was seized, as we have seen, by the gentleman was nowhere to be seen conclusion that the “strange, dark, when he was called in. The keeper foreign-looking gentleman of the : saw him only once; when he re- park-keeper's story was the same turned that way again, in about a whose steps he had followed the quarter of an hour, he found the evening before, without guessing lady alone and apparently asleep. that the man was perambulating She had a very handsome umbrella the pavement and passing among by her side, and therefore he kept the crowd in search, doubtless, of within eye-shot of her on this side & fresh victim for occult experiand on that, lest some park-loafer ment or outrage ! That conclusion should seize so good a chance of once determined, shock after shock thieving. He thus passed her two smote upon his sense. What if the or three times. The last time, he mysterious person were really remarked that she had slipped a proved to be Julius's father ?

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What if he had entered upon a lustrous black hair lay abroad course of experiment or outrage upon her pillow, and made an (he passed in rapid review the admirable setting for her finely mysteries of the Paris pavement modelled head and neck. As his and the Brighton train, and this looked at this excellent presentof the Park)- outrage yet un ment, and thought of the intellinamable because unknown, but gence and activity which had been which would amaze and confound wont to animato it, resentment society, and bring signal punish- rose in him against the man who, ment upon the offender? And for whatever end, had subdued the what-what if Julius knew all noble woman to that condition, that, and therefore sought to keep and a deep impatience penetrated his parentage hidden ?

him that he had not discovered " She is ready, doctor," said the had even scarcely guessed – the Sister of the ward at his elbow, purpose or the method of the subadding with a touch of excitement jugation ! in her manner as he turned to her, It was, however, not speculation you

know who she is ? Look but action that was needed then. at this card; we noticed the name The apparatus described in the first on her linen."

case of the young officer was ready, Dr Lefevre looked at the card and the house-physician was waitand read, "Lady Mary Fane, Carl. ing to give his assistance. The ton Gardens, S.W."

stimulation of Will and Electricity “I suspected as much," said he. was applied to resuscitate the “ Lord Rivercourt's daughter. It's patient- but with the smallest a bad business. She has been success : there was only a faintlearning at St Thomas's the duties Autter, a passing slight rigidity of of nurse and dresser, which ac the muscles, and all seemed again counts for her being in that uni. as it had been. The exhausting form."

nature of the operation or He went to the bed on which periment forbade its immediate his new patient had been laid, and repetition. Disappointment pervery soon satisfied himself that her vaded the doctor's being, though case was similar to that of the it did not appear in the doctor's young officer, though graver much than it. He wrote a telegram to “ We'll try again in half an Lord Rivercourt, sent the house- hour,” said he to his assistant, and physician for his electrical appara turned away to complete his round tus, and returned to the bedside. of the ward. He looked at his patient. нө At the end of the half-hour, had not remarked her hitherto Lefevre and the house - physician more than other women of his ac were again by Lady Mary's bedside. quaintance, though he had some Again, with fine but firm touch, times sat at her father's table; but Lefevre stroked nerves and muscles now he was moved by a beauty to stimulate them into normal acwhich was enhanced by helpless- tion; again he and his assistant

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- a beauty stamped with a put out their electrical force calm disregard of itself-the mani- through the electrode ; and again fest expression of a noble and lov. the result was nothing but a passing soul, which had lived above ing galvanio quiver. The doctor, the plane of doubt and fear and though he maintained his profesgusty passion. Her wealth of sional calm, was

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alarm,—as a man is who, walking anxious regarding her present con-
through darknoss and danger to dition.
the rescue of a friend, finds him “It is very extraordinary," said
self stopped by an unscalable the old lord ; “ but whatever it is,
wall. While he bought fresh Land you say it is like the young
means of help, his patient might man's case that we have all read
pass beyond his reach. He did about, whatever it is,”-and he
not think she would — he hoped laid his hand emphatically on the
she would not; but her condition, doctor's arm, _“she could uot be in
BO obstinately resistant to his more capable hands than yours.”
restoratives, was so peculiar, that That assurance, though soothing
he could not in the least deter to the doctor's self-esteem, added
mine the issue. Imagination and gravely to his sense of responsi-
speculation were excited, and he bility.
asked himself whether, after all, While they were yet speaking,
the explanation of his failure Lefevre was further troubled by
might uot be of the simplestma the announcement that a detective-
difference of sex! The secrets of inspector desired to speak with
nature, so far as he had discovered, him! Should he tell the inspec-
were of such amazing simplicity, tor all that he had seen the night
that it would not surprise him now before, and all that he suspected
to find that the electrical force of now, or should he hold his peace
& man varied vitally from that of His duty as a citizen, as a doctor,

He explained this sus and as, in a sense, the protector of pioion to his assistant.

his patient, soomed to demand the “ I think,” said he, we must one course, while his consideramake another atteinpt, for her con. tion for Julius and for his own dition may become the more seri- family suggested the other. Surely, ogs the longer it is left. We'll set never was a simple, upright doctor the Sister and the nurse to try this involved in a more bewildering time, and we'll turn her bed north imbroglio! and south, in the line of the earth's The detective-inspector entered magnetism." But just then the and opened an interview which lady's father, the old Lord River- proved less embarrassing than court, appeared in response to the Lefevre had anticipated. The doctor's telegram, and the experi- detective had already made up his ment with the wonien had to wait. mind about the case and his course The old lord was naturally filled regarding it. He put no curious with wonder and anxiety when he questions; he merely inquired consaw his apparently lifeless daughter. cerning the identity and the condi

He was amazed that she should tion of the lady. When he heard
I have been overcome by such in who she was, and when he caught

fluence as, be understood, the old the import of an aside from Lord
gentleman must wield. She had Rivercourt that it would be worth
always, be said, enjoyed the finest any one's while to discover the
health, and was as little inclined mysterious offender, professional
to hysteria as woman well could zeal sparkled in his eye.
be. Lefevre told the father that “I think I know my man,” said
this was something other than ho; and the doctor looked the live-
hystero-hypnotism, which, while it ly interest he felt. “I am right, I
reassured him as to his daughter's believe, Dr Lefevre, in setting this
former health, made him the more down to the author of that other

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case you had, that from the composed, but at once he sent for Brighton train ?" Lefevre thought the house-physician, summoned the he was right in that. «M. Sister and the nurse, and set about Dolaro :' that was the name. I his third attempt to revive his had charge of the case, and was patient. He got the bed turned baffled. I shan't miss him this north and south. He carefully time. I shall get on his tracks at explained to the two women what once ; he can't have left the Park was demanded of them, and apin broad daylight, a singular man plied them to their task; but, like hin, without being noticed.” whatever the cause, the failure was

“It rather puzzles me," said the coinpleter than before : there was doctor, "what crime you will not even a tremor of muscle in the charge him with."

unconscious lady, and the doctor It is an outrage,” said Lord was suffused with alarm and humiRivercourt; "and if it is not liation. Failure ! failure ! criminal, it seems about time it failure ! Such concatenation were made so."

had never happened to him before ! “Oh, we'll class it, my lord," But failure only nerves the said the detective ; “never fear.” brave and capable man

to The detective departed; but supreme effort for success.

Still Lord Rivercourt seemed not self-contained, and apparently uninclined to stir.

moved, the doctor gave directions " You will excuse me,” said Le for some liquid nourishment to be fevre; " but I must perform a artificially administered to his very delicate operation.”

patient, said he would return after “To be sure," said the old lord; dinner, and went his way.

The “and you want me to go. How society of friends or acquaintances stupid of me! I kept waiting for was distasteful to him then; the my daughter to wake up; but I thought even of seeing his owu see that, of course, you have to familiar dining-room and his farouse her. It did not occur to me miliar man in black, whose silent what that machine meant. Some- obsequiousness he felt would be a thing magneto-electric-eh! For reproach, was disagreeable. All give one question, Lefevre. I can his thought, all his attention, all see you look. anxious : is Mary's his faculties were drawu tight to condition very

serious ? most this acute point-he must succeed; serious ? I can bear to be told he must accomplish the task he the complete truth.”

had set himself: life at that hour The doctor was touched by the was worth living only for that purold gentleman's emotion. He took

He took pose.

But how was success to be his hand. “It is serious," said he compelled !

“ most serious, for this reason, He walked for a while about the that I cannot account for her ob- streets, and then he went into a resstinate lethargy ; but I think there taurant and ordered a modest dinner. is no immediate danger. If neces He broke and crunıbled his bread sity arises, I shall send for you with both hands, his mind still again.”

intent on that one engrossing, acute the House," said Lord point. While thus he sat he heard Rivercourt. “I shall be sitting a voice, as in a dream, say, “The out a debate on our eternal Irish very doctor you read about. That's question."

the second curious case he's got in Lefevre was left seriously dis a month or so. . . . Oh yes—very

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