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A 'longshoreman's Sense Of Modesty

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"You would hardly believe what silly deas some rough, uneducated men have about propriety," said the nurse, as she smoothed out the pillow and rearranged .he bed covers with a gentleness and a dexterity that recalled to the patiënt the ministering hand of a mother to her sick 3oy. "I recollect nursiug a big 'longshoreman when I was in the hospital, who had au idea of chivalry which, mistaken and nonsensioal though it was, yet was refreshing in one of nis class. He had been in some fight in a shop near the rrver, svad had received a number of bad wounds. His antagonist had cut right for his heart, and had made three or four gaping slathes in his chest. "The injured man was one of the best trailt men I ever saw, and if his chest had not been padded with thick nmsiles, he wonld have been mnrdered outright. As it was, he was in a criücal condition, and only the best care and treatment could save his life. The snrgeons dressed his wounda the first iew days, and then turned the task over to me. I went up to the patiënt, whose name was Jackson, the next day, and began to lay back the covers of the bed. " 'What are you doing?" he asked. " 'I am going to dress your wounds,' I answered. " 'You, a lady!' he said in astonishment. '.' 'Of course; come, no nonsense,' 1 went on, for he had grasped the cover in his weak hands and was trying to prevent my laying it back. I tried to argtie with him, but he blushed and said doggedly that he wouldn't let a lady dress his wounds. I told him he would die if he didn't let me take care of him, bnt he said he didn't care if he did, so I had to send for the surgeon. After several days the patiënt was persuaded to let me dress the wounds, but he turned crimson when he bared nis chest for me, although he had to exposé little more than a society woman does when she wears a ball gown. Well, the 'longshoreman got well, and since then I have been convinced that the coarsest men are not


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