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“I would willingly, but there are two impediments. I cannot at once be operator and subject. Besides, I am too old. My natural force is abated, while you are young, strong, and vigorous. Oh, yes,” and he looked gloatingly at our hero, “you will be a capital subject.”

“Look here,” said Oliver desperately, “I tell you I won’t be a subject.”

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“If you kill me you will be hanged!” exclaimed Oliver, the perspiration starting from every pore.

“I will submit cheerfully to an ignominious death, if time is only given me to complete and announce my discovery,” said the old man composedly.

Evidently he was in earnest. Poor Oliver did not know what to do. He determined, however, to keep the old man in conversation as long as possible, hoping that help might yet arrive, and the struggle—for he meant to fight for his life—be avoided.

“Did you have this in view when you invited me to dine with you?” he asked.

“Surely I did.”

“Why did you select me rather than someone else?”

“Because you are so young and vigorous. You are in the full flush of health.”

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“You are mistaken,” he said. “I am not as well as I look. I have—heart disease.”

“I can hardly believe it,” said the old man. “Heart disease does not go with such a physique.”

“I’ve got it,” said Oliver. “If you want a perfectly healthy subject, you must apply to someone else.”

“I will test it,” said the old man, approaching. “If you really are subject to disease of the heart, you will not answer my purpose.”

“Put down that knife, then,” said Oliver.

The doctor put it down. Oliver shuddered while the relentless devotee of science placed his hand over his heart, and waited anxiously his decision.

It came.

“You are mistaken, my young friend,” he said. “The movement of your heart is slightly accelerated, but it is in a perfectly healthy state.”

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waste time. Take off your coat and prepare yourself for the operation.”

The crisis had come, the old man approached with his dangerous weapon. At this supreme moment Oliver espied a bell-knob. He sprang to it, and rang a peal that echoed through the house, and was distinctly heard even in the chamber where they were standing.

“What did you do that for?” demanded the old man angrily.

“I am not going to stay here to be murdered!” exclaimed Oliver. “I give you warning that I will resist you with all my strength.”

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The old man looked disgusted and mortified.

“Go away!” he said querulously.

“Who is there with you?”

“No one.”

“It’s a lie!” said Oliver, in a loud voice. “I am a boy who has been lured in here by this old man, who wants to murder me.”

“Open the door at once, father,” said the voice outside sternly.

The old man was apparently overawed and afraid to refuse. He advanced sullenly and turned the key. The door was at once opened from outside.

A man in middle life entered. He took in the situation at a glance.