“Sit down, Burleigh. What can I do for you?” Fenneben asked.
Something like his own magnetism of presence was in the young man before him.
“I want to tell you something,” Vic responded.
“Let me tell you something. I knew you had good blood in your veins even when I saw you kill that bull snake. Burgess has just been in. He has told me his side of your story. Noble fellow he is to free himself of a lifelong slavery to somebody else’s dollars. However much a man may try to hide the fetters of unlawful gains, they clank in his own ears till he hates himself. Now Burgess is a freeman.”
“I am glad to hear you say so, Dr. Fenneben. It makes my own freedom sweeter,” Vic declared.
“Yes,” Fenneben replied.”Your added means will bring you life’s best giftopportunity.”
“I have no added means, Doctor. I have funds in trust for Bug Buler, and I come to ask you to take his legal guardianship for me.” And then he told his own life story.
“So the heroism shifts to you as well. I can picture the cost to a man like yourself,” the Dean said.”Have you no record of Bug’s father and mother?”
“None but the record given by Dr. Wream. They are dead,” Burleigh replied.”His father may have met the same fate that my father did.”
“Why don’t you take the guardianship yourself, Burleigh? The boy is yours in love and blood. He ought to be in law.”
Victor Burleigh stood up to his full height, a magnificent product of Nature’s handiwork. But the mind and soul “Dean Funnybone” had helped to shape.
“I will be honest with you, Dr. Fenneben,” Burleigh said, and his voice was deep and sweetly 贵阳品茶群 resonant.”If I keep the money in charge I may not be proof against the temptation to use it for myself. As strong as my strong arms are my hates and loves, and for some reasons I would do almost anything to gain riches. I might not resist the tempter.”
Lloyd Fenneben’s black eyes blazed at the words.
“I understand perfectly what you mean, but no woman who exacts this price is worth the cost.” Then, in a gentler tone, he continued:”Burleigh, will you take my advice? I have always had your welfare on my heart. Finish your college work first. Get the best of the classroom, the library, the athletic field, and the `picnic spread.’ Is that the right term? But fit yourself for manhood before you undertake a man’s duties. Meantime, He who has given you the mastery in the years behind you is leading you toward the larger places before you, 贵阳蓝色港湾桑拿会所怎么样 teaching you all the meanings of Strife, and Sacrifice, and Service symbolized above our doorway in our proud College initial letter. The Supremacy is yet to come. Will you follow my counsel? I’ll take care of Bug, and we will keep Burgess out of this for a while.”
Burleigh thought he understood, and the silent hand clasp pledged the faith of the country boy to the teacher’s wishes.
It is only in story books that events leap out as pages are turned, events that take days on days of real life to compass. In the swing of one brief year Lagonda Ledge knew little change. New cement walks were built south almost to the Kickapoo Corral. A new manufacturing concern had bonds voted for it at an exciting election, and a squabble for a suitable site was in process. Vincent Burgess and Victor Burleigh, two strong men, were growing actually 贵阳耍耍论坛 chummy, and Trench declared he was glad they had decided to quit playing marbles for keeps and hiding each other’s caps.
And now the springtime of the year was on the beautiful Walnut Valley. Elinor and Dennie, Trench,”Limpy,” the crippled student, and Victor Burleigh were all on the homestretch of their senior year. One more June Commencement day and Sunrise would know them no more. Beyond all this there was nothing new at Lagonda Ledge until suddenly the whitehaired woman was up at Pigeon Place, again, a fact known only to old Bond Saxon and little Bug, who saw her leave the train. The little blue smoketwist was again rising lazily in the warm May air, and somebody was systematically robbing houses in town, and Bond Saxon was often drunk and hiding away from sight. A May storm sent the Walnut booming down the valley, bank 贵阳桑拿第一红场 full, cutting off traffic at the town bridge, but the days that followed were a joy. A tenderly green world it was now, all blossomdecked, and blown across by the gentle May zephyrs, with nothing harsh nor cruel in it, unless the rushing river down below the shallows might seem so. The Kickapoo Corral, luxuriant with flowers, and springing grass, and May green foliage, told nothing of the oldtime siege and sorrow of Swift Elk and the Fawn of the Morning Light.
On the night after the storm Professor Burgess stopped at the Saxon House.
“Where is your father, Dennie?” he asked.
“He went up north to help somebody out of the mud and water, I suppose,” Dennie replied.”He is the kindest neighbor, and he has been trying toto keep straight. He told me when he left that this night’s work was to be a work of redemption for him. He may get 贵阳高端桑拿 stronger some time.”