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IN AFTER YEARS
By George Elmer Cobb
(Copyright by W. G. "Chapman.)
"I -will yet trample on his grave
yes, I swear it!" declared Floyd Bur
nett, mad with hate and fury.
"My son! My son!" remonstrated
his mother, amazed and appalled,
"have you taken leave of your
senses? Do you realize all that Mr.
Verner has done for your dead father,
for myself, for the entire family, in
"He's done nothing for me,"
snarled Floyd, "except to refuse me
a paltry thousand dollars to start me
in business. After gobbling up fa
ther's business, too! All he has done
for us! The scoundrel, the thief! He
ought to be in jail!"
"Oh, my boy!" cried Mrs. Burnett
in a tone of the deepest anguish,
the tears streaming from her eyes.
"Must you force me to tell you that
John Verner saved "
But her wilful son, headstrong and
furious, swung out of the house, a
muttering volcano of spite and
hatred. To his point of view John
Verner was all that he had pictured
him. Had Floyd lingered a few mo
ments longer, however, he would
have changed his opinion of the man
who had just refused to loan him
money for his own good, too, had
he but known it.
To outward seeming, when William
Burnett, the father of Floyd, died he
had left a fairly profitable business.
Town gossips were puzzled when a
month after his demise the business
was purchased by his oldest friend,
Verner. It was known that he had
given Mrs. Burnett something in the
way of a purchase price. Floyd knew
that this was a small amount and
had tried to learn all the details of
the transaction, but his mother had
been strangely uncommunicative.
She had called him home from col
lege and told him that he would have
to go into the busienss world, as the
income would be very limited from
that time forward.
Baffled, in uncertainty as to just
what had been done in the sale of the
business, Floyd began to entertain
dark suspicions regarding his pur
chase of the same. To his way of
thinking Verner had swindled his
mother, had imposed upon her ig
norance and had gotten the business
for next to nothing. He had fumed
and fretted to no avail, however.
Then, in a resentful mood for he ex
pected the favor as a right Floyd
"Retribution!" Half Gloated Floyd.
visited Mr. Verner. He told him he
had a chance to purchase a half in
terest in a promising business in the
city for a thousand dollars, and asked
a loan of that amount
-'"You would only lose with your
lack of business experience," Mr.
Verner had declared. "Be advised by
me; go to the city if you think there
is your field, get a position, no mat
ter how humble, and learn real busi
nes ways. Come back in a year with
your mettle proven then I will talk
"Humph! Just a put-off to get rid
of me! The old skinflint!" raved,