This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXV CONCLUSION Ben opened his eyes and looked about him. He was lying in bed in a bright and cheerful room that made him think instantly of home. He had a quick mind, however, and at once knew that this was not home. He tried to rise up, could not stir a limb, and glanced over a trim dressed lady arranging some medicine at a little stand. "This is a hospital?" he observed. "Dear me!" exclaimed the nurse. "You are awake." "Am I hurt much?" was Ben's prompt question. "There are no bones broken," replied the nurse, coming to his side. "How soon can I get up to the aviation grounds ?" "You strange boy!" voiced the astonished nurse. "No fever, no delirium, good for at least two weeks here, and talking about going to the aviation grounds. I suppose you would start right off in another of those dreadful airships" "If I had the chance? Oh, sure," laughed Ben. "Why, what is there to be serious about?" "You must ask the doctor, and here he comes," announced the nurse, stepping to one side. Voices and footsteps sounded in the hall outside. Ben caught the words spoken by one. The tones were familiar, yet puzzling. "Doctor," a man was saying, "you have given the boy the best room in the hospital?" "The very best, sir." "No expense spared, if it's a hundred dollars: a day." "He shall have every care." "And doctor," added the voice pleadingly, "let me see 1 ,m. Just a word. Only to tell him my gratitude--the hero who saved the life of my only treasure in the world, my darling little Lena." "Come to-morrow morning, Mr. Knippel. He must be kept quiet now." "Ah," murmured Ben, "the man of the gig! It was his child I helped at the runaway," and then a queer weak feeling overcame him, and he drifted into a dream before he could learn or even think of anything further. Later...
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