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j THE QGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 7, 1920, ,
I A TraobtiinLMtdi KommcefAirc&R Life I
I Continued from Preceding Page
"Harvard's a long way from Lit
tle Rapids, my boy; don't you think
"Yes. dad. But you don't want
me to remain forever in your
"I don't know," West laughed a
shade spdly. "Lots of room in my
1 know," Anthony caught him
up. It costs a lot to go to Harvard.
Cut I'll be economical and I 11 work
my way if ncrc--r.ary at least part
ly Say you'll let me go. dad. If a
fcilow begins by muffing his very
first ambition, what's ho going to
West was touched by the boy's
eagerness. In his boyhood in Ohio
ho. too, had dreams of going to au
Eastern college. Ho, however, was
rne of several children He went
West instead But Anthony was an
only child, and already he was
longing to go two thousand miles
away. The desire of children to
leave their parents is one of the
secret sorrows of parenthood.
"Well," he said chcerfullv, iho
with a strange heaviness at the
heart, "we'll 6ee what we'll oo.
You've got quite a piece of high
schooling tt do yot. Plug along,
But doubt and mere speculation
were intolerable conditions to An
thony. He had determined to go
to Harvard and to Harvard ho
would co. He began an elaborate
correspondence with the university
relative to the terms of hi3 admis
sion as though his going were a
settled fact, and it was with some
thing of an effort that he recalled
himself to activities and needs ;f
It was then, at the beginning of
his fourth year in the high school,
that Fate dealt him a blow that
snt him reeling headlong. His
father, returning from Chicago in
a night train, was killed in a col
lision. Anthony West, of the Beacon,
who had been like a tower, like an
institution, wns suddenly snufi.ii
out like a candle.
I CHAPTER VI.
pnrHE spirit and the courage dis
played by Mrs. West in her
tragedy were the marvel of
all her friends and neighbors in
Little Rapids. If in dark moments
of sorrowing and depression 6ho
Questioned the inscrutable reasons
for such a death as that of her hus
band, she never publicly quarrelled
with fate or cursed her lot. ller
son, she resolved, should see her
turning her face to the blows of
oestiny as unflinchingly as she
had met the blessings.
The paper was the problem that
loomed paramount over all tho
other problems. But the bread
that its founder had cast upon
the waters of life when he be
friended Jim Howard now came
back a hundredfold to the widow
and orphan. For when Mrs. West
inquired whether he would be
willing to Carry on the Beacon "for
the present" if he were given an in
terest in it in addition to his salary,
he unhesitatingly accepted the re
sponsibility and refused tho in
terest, "I have," he declared, "already a
greater interest than any financial
interest could give me."
When her own arguments proved
unavailing, Mrs. West sent An
thony, whom she believed to be ir
sistible to all the world because
the loved him, to argue Jim into
accepting an interest. To Anthony
Jim gave his reasons for refusal a
i;ood deal more treely and explicitly-"Don't
you worry at all," he said,
putting his hand on the boy's
Blender shoulder. "Everything will
be all right and the paper will go
on until yoU get your education and
come into the game. Perhaps you
and your mother don't trust me on
account of my past performances"
Anthony protested vehem
ently. "Well, I'll do my best. I'm the
Bhll remember, Anthony? and
you're John Chinn. And your
lather made the Bhil a man
though mabe I'm bragging. But
anyhow, I'll stick and I'll do my
And so the matter was settled
r.nd Jim Howard was tending tho
Beacon fires- and Mrs. West tola
Anthony how grateful he ought to
be, and Antnony was grateful ex
cept that gratitude is not a spec
i. It y of tho young That came
later, but In tho meanwhile the af
tVftion between Jim and the boy
(. opened markedly.
Maturity, however, does hasten
cn tho heels ol suffering, even in
the young, and Anthony was per
COPtlbly older three months after
his father's death.
With many searching of tho
heart ho told himself that now oC
course Harvard was out of tho ques
tion. But his mother, who hereto
fore had remained neutral in those
dibcussions of careers that would
lake her son far from her, now
seemed encased in a veritable
panoply of strength and determina
tion. Every woman is n virtuoso
in suffering for those she loves.
Mrs. West now insisted that to liar
yard he must go, since Harvard was
best, if only for tho sake of the
paper's future, his fathers prlnri
p?l monument. She put it on that
ground) though none guessed what
it coat her. She even enlistel
Adela's aid, and Adela loyally sup
ported her, though deep In her
i eart the girl felt that Anthony
o.'ght not to leave his mother,
'You certainly ought to go, An
thony," she insisted doggedly. She
was sixteen now and mature for her
age, and there, was a new, a haunt
ing wistfulness in her great eyes.
the young, and Anthony was per- '""
reptibly older three months after
his father's death. I
With many searching of tho ""
heart ho told himself that now oC '
course Harvard was out of tho ques
tion. But his mother, who hereto- Vy
foie had remained neutral in those
discussions of careers that would
lake her son far from her, now ' Don 1 You ee," Grace had smiled
seemed encased in a veritable luminously, "my xtraightness
panoply of strength and detcrmina- s aj j,ye got?
tlon. Every woman is n virtuoso '
in suffering for those she loves. Vy
Mrs. West now insisted that to liar
'. nid he must go. since Harvard was
best, if only for tho sake of the '
paper's future, his fathers prlnri
p?l monument. She put it on that -'Xtctot$U. ' ' r.
ground) though none guessed what .
it coat her. Sho oven enlistel t"
Adela's aid. and Adela loyally sup- " ' ' $Mr '''
ported her, though deep in her ' "'-i J-'.- .. ' . ''
heart the girl felt that Anthony " . , - '. ' '' .:
o.'ght not to leave his mother, , - . .', - '. r; . ' V.--(A',-
'You certainly ought to go, An- f i ' -',. ' ; rjv$v'&V'
thony." she iubistcd doggedly. Sho , , ' ?''v.' ;
was sixteen now and mature for her
age, and there was a new, a haunt- , iSSl A. '' i 'V'' ; ''"'V-v- ' , :? '(- 'f$'S.$J:
rng wistfulness in hor great eyes. - ' , . . ? ' '
vtvM;'- ?, ."if , . - - " " ' . ' r- -', ' " -'. '': ''
5 f'- V-.V' 'tv'-,'V-- '' ' ' .." ., ' ' ' jC-'' A '
: - PHI? ' ' W .
- - t'4X' -til " jlljf
J$$t .. ' v'l'sP ' vS . , ting into a great body. A lot of US
" ' :-.v:'.'. v) 'L . ' , don't seem to belong at all we're
' " f..', , ' . . Kf yy i - ' , Jhst scattered, rolling about here
'"' - kh ' :'''; i llko bafls ot tumbleweed in tho
-, . w .. " . ' . ' wind." Sam had never seen that
f -p:r' : ' '. i v , i '' "' product of the prairie that so aptly
.-, , ', i. ',' ' C-'. 'j ft I Illustrated Anthony's meaning, but
' ' '''M-. ' ' - M- . 1 X na unJerstoo1-"
i'l&i. -' ' 'Zi''" ' . ; ' .fe , ' , . "Like driftwood, you mean,"
: if' ' commented the denizen of the
. f ?.T;.iiie roast, "that's about the size
,f '-n$lm$t' il There's nothmg to do about
it," be observed philosophically.
1 "The Boston boys have their cliques
Z j . it, .,. . Jind their parties and their girl
i .'. '- ,V friends in Bo.ston and Brookline
,' jf& a'xw I'' J-mi so on. But we fellows have
to do the best we can."
,fPj$f?:$L. :- ' " ' "' fllug and th dlscoverv that so "Yes," said Authony. not without
&S;.sJ& jrfflBHPi-'' ' -nucb ot tc.i u.al education was dull a touch of bitterness. "But they've
L .fr$t)m&: .'-- ' . il?' v;.:. another maturing influence in developed a big university and we
3Sb?I' can take It or leave it If we como
' . Younger than a good many of his tr' t- 'vllv strangers, and
''ZX.-.Af$ t'H : 'rr fellow students, ho was more ma- we've got to make the best of tho
w--h:fr ----u"-y ' . , lure than most lie camo to realize opulent hospitality we get."
"Y" that in one sense his father had "You've hit it:
JHBlr I c. n a belter educated man than "At home I used to know girl.i,"
;-wgr , 9ume 0f those Eastern scholars: Anthony was almost thinking
Ihr.t Jim Howard was better read in aloud ' There were parties. Older
I . . . .V ' l 1 Till I . I i ' U'riCA i . I f i , , , . A In MM H m.
"You will meet Mt people dtt-
ferent people '' She could not help
reflecting hat was her own per
sonal point of view. "Ixits of
Eastern girls" 6he added with
a laugh, though it stabbed her heart
to say the words. " you'll forget
all about me," she was now woman
enough to want to say. But what
ehe did say was, "They'll spoil you
-but you ought to go all the
Anthony believed himself to be
passive if not actually adverse
under this feminine urging to do
the thing he most wanted to do.
"Anyway," he finally yielded, "I
don't have to stop there indefinitely.
A year or two may give me all I
want a good start to go from
history, languages, literature a lit
tle economics and phyrhology
'hat's the kind of thing a news
paper man wants. Once I get z
I tart I can keep it up while l am
working on the paper."
Jim Howard, to whom he re
peated this stoical programme,
smiled from the depths of a ripo
"All right, my boy. Go ahead.
But you nned'nt work overtime at
being an angel. I reckon most of
us would be satisfied if you came
out merely a good man "
Authony entered Harvard Uni
versity in the Autumn of nineteen
nine and Ihe accomplishment of
that feat was like a solid landmark
in his existence. Ho was in hi3
nineteenth year and despite the
soberness of tho circumstances
under which he had left home, his
heart was hungering for some
magically romantic rot urn for al'
the passionate yearning that be bad
so long openly and secretly directed
toward that goal .
It Is notable, however, that Har
vard, an well as many another
achievement returns certain vague
(Cl IStflp. Tn1"m-"i..n
disappointments to those who too
passionately long for it. was
Intensely lonely during tho first
months; there was nobody else
llK-re from Lis town, and he was
b ith surprised and hurt to find that
he signified absolutely nothing In
Lis new environment. His name
would have marked him at tho
State University, but here no one
seemed to kuow anything about it.
He had a room in the Yard and,
StbCO he knew no one to select as
a roommate, the college office as
signed a bland, solid boy from
Maine, Sam Cullen, to be his room
mate. With a 6ober zest Anthony
plunged into his work, as one con
scientiously aware that sacrifice
had been made to enable him to
come here. Half the students at
Harvard arc in that position and
do the like at the outset. Later on,
in a good many cases, varying de
grees of reaction set In. because
youth and rigor are normally an
I ltic It was so with Anthony,
lb n -h his mlud was naturally keen
and ho had a genuine affinity for
the subjects he selected. But
mostly it was a matter of dry plod-
i r, -.,.ro Service. Inc. Great llrl
Biiig and the discovery that so
much of formal education was dull
was another maturing influence in
Ambon 's life
Younger than a good many of hi.3
fcilow students, ho was more ma
ture than most. He camo to realize
thai in one sense his father had
I in n a better educated man than
some of these Eastern scholars:
Ihr.t Jim Howard was better read in
things that really mattered than
:njry a Doctor of Philosophy within
the faculty. Those discoveries
were very illuminating to him. For
the first Btep in truo education,
cfier all. i-; the knowledge that
education Is not an especially pat
i iiti-d product sealed up in th-j
seati. uf learning.
L ut somehow Harvard had never
quite Tot hold of him. He had ex
pected too much, perhaps, but In
any case, there was a pervasive
s ense of disappointment. Thero
war a lack of intimacy in the vast
machinery of the university that bo
was always feeling and endeavor
ing vainly to combat.
"What ; wrong v.th this place?'
he suddenl demanded of Sam Cul
ldi one evening, as they sat with
their pipes before a wood fire grate.
"Wrong," repeated Sam in aston
ishment. "Nothing that I can see.
What did you expect?"
For a moment Anthony was non
pluised. What did he expect? It
difficult to put into words. But
there was something that he had
fiercely yearned for, something for
Which BaCliflces had ben made at
home, two thousand miles away,
and he had not found it.
"I thought thc:o would be more
interest in ue," he struggled for his
meaning, "more direction, more At
tain KifhtH Rmcttm'
tir.g into a great body. A lot of us
don't seem to belong at all we're
.insl scattered, rolling about here
Uko I). iris ot tumbleweed in tho
wind." Sam had never seen that
product of the prairie that so aptly
Illustrated Anthony's meaning, but
"Like driftwood, you mean,"
commented the denizen of the
M.-.jne roast, "that's about the siZ9
of it There's nothing to do about
it," he observed philosophically.
"The Boston boys have their cliques
nnd their parties and their girl
friends In Boston and Brookline
and so on But we fellows have
get to do the best we can."
"Yes," said Authony. not without
a touch of bitterness. "But theVve
developed a big university and we
i in take it or leave it If we como
to It, why we're strangers, and
we've got to make the best of tho
pulent hospitality we get."
"You've bit it.'
"At home I used to know girl.i,"
Anthony was almost thinking
aloud "There were parties. Older
people were interested in your go
ings and comings, but this"
"Oh. cheer up," chuckled Sam.
"I I. now what . troubling ou. But
they've got some peaches of waft
reuses at Johnson's, I notice, and
tb yre Off duty by half past eight "
"That's not exactly what I cr.me
here for." Anthony answered, and
the conversation closed.
Nevertheless Anthony said noth
ing at home, when he came for the
Summer vacation, about leaving
Harvard forthwith: and the follow
ing year, when he had made some
acquaintances and begun to earu
some pocket money by occasional
t'.toring In French and German, he
omIv hop'-il that r,o mie would sug-
t his leaving college.
Jim Howard, however, the ancient
wreck whose shibboleth had been
Albuquerque, was tireless, alert, ef
fe live, producing a splendid Bea
cou and-his editorials were attract
ing attention throughout the State
Mrs West watched in an awed si
lence composed of three fourths
gratitude and one-fourth pathos
that her husband's place should be
Ailed almost adequately.
Anthony was not a ?ood corres
nor.denf. but when rn did write he
rote admirable descriptive letters,
full of a gay humor that reminded
her much of his father. Adela alio
Was the recipient of occasional
bulky letter:? that she treasured in
a manner she would not for the iV'
world divulge to their author. That Wk I
young man, she thought, was con
ceiled enough. It was a peculiarity
of Adela's at that time that she v.-a-,
fearful of betraying how much af
fection she felt for people. H
Anthony's sense of disappoint
meiit n Harvard had worn off. Iu
time he had made friends in the
casual, gonial way of the collcgo
boy. though to his mind there WJ I
;lili a lack of Intimacy in tho-1?
friend-hips. He had joined a Club
or two, though not the exclusi 0
clubs whose memberships were Bl
adorned with well-known Bor.ton
and New York names, and he con
triboted occasionally to some of tho
college papers. Ho even came to I
know two or three Cambridge Hfl
girlSi upon whom he made formal
N( v Emgland calls. Generally H
speaking, however he had an lin- IB
deriving feeling that lite as he had
dreamed it was not here. LBI
His last year at college had com. HH
The period of decision and of change
was drawing near. Remote was the
h who had longed so passionately
come hero yet how like a dream fB
the time had passed! A restl -
uess, a kind of violent impatience M
obsessed hint He was at th' very j
gates of life, that strange, unelmt- jR
ed sea, and still without pl.n or m
compass. His uucommendable trip vHBI
to Now York with Joe Shelburn lH
- In tho nature of fierce reaction Bl
against his indecisive drifting. And :PH
the telegram announcing his motb
cr 's serious illness had overtake j
1 im like a catastrophe.
CHAPTER VII. '
:T W0DER whether ra
I human at all," An hony
thought, as he caught . K
himself smiling even as tho train- IIhr
vas whirling him to his mother's Hl
bedside He was disturbed, wor- El
ried, uneasy, yet as he was coming MB
out of the dining car a phrase Sam f 9
Cullen had jocularly used came to
him ?nd he smiled, albeit ruefully.
' Look out. or Little Rapids will M
get you," Sam had warned him
.me evening I
' Look out. or Little Rapids will - fl
get you" the phrase revolved In
his mind as he sat down In the H
club car. lighted 'lis stumpy briar
pipe and puffed at it mechanically.
Was Little Rapids certain to get
him? Miserably, he supposed It
was. Everything was against his
leaving his mother alone any long- 1
cr. She bad borne up well during El
the years since his father's death. Sl
She had acquiesced in the aep
aratiou from her only son, for her
son's good, for the sake of hi
v, :she3 and how much she must 11
have suffered! Now he must do HH
the right, the manly thing, and MEM
stay by her. If only he could take Rfl
his degree! It isu't much, a de- RH
gree but it's a saM-.faeijon to have; jl
ii after years of work. Only two &HH
courses he needed; six months flH
more at Cambridge and the trick P 1
would he done. Bui life was full
of melancholy frustration?. And I
even if he took that degree, what HsH
was there af :crui lis : Little Rap. Bffl
ids' Ho .xnuddered Inwardly. HKgp
New York! The senration of E
New York came back to him tin- hEc!
bidden with a startlinc sense of
actuality. The burst and th; crash
and I he bustle of i, the endless H
possibility enfolded in that vast
complexity it was a cosmos iu EKI
itself That was life!
Why was it that at his age,
twenty-two, and all but a gradu- 1 jwa
afe, his mind should have so tittle t fcffiffl
directive purpose? His thoughts s3
suddenly flew off at a taugent He
must go to Little Rapids, assume pfll9
the burdens and the responsibilities
or a littlo country paper to rre IKta
clsely what end9 Outside of that
narrow pasture, whore he must
walk like a horse that is hobbled,
there was the world, there were bj9B!
careers, brilliance, riches, erperi- pOWzl
ence foreign travel wonderful men
and women. Was there nc way jfii
Out? No solution of the problem"
A bier man could doubtless find a M
do-. I, - B
vVomen! How eager and apne
ahlo had been this girl Grace
Thomas. She was only a telephone
girl, but she was a New York tele- !
phone girl There was the differ- H
ence. Tho vitality of her and the H
attractiveness and her straight
talk. "My straightness is all I've RS?8
got.' Her words were beatlne in
his brain to the muffled sound of
tho carwheels beneath him. A
splendid girl He hoped Joe Shel.
burn would let her alone Con
found Joe Phelburn! The warmth
of ner kisses Adela could never
but Adela was of another world. W9
Then the purpose of his errand BErP
came forcibly into his mind and HB&P
ho abruptly took up a newspaper Hff
to change the trend of his whir'.mr K
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To Be Continued Next Sunday,