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A FORTUNATE YOUTH
By Alice Bevan Hurlbut
(Copyright by W. G. Chapman.)
"A boy to be proud of!" boasted
Mr. Geoffrey Burridge.-- "He gradu
ates with the highest honors tomor
row. It has been rather harsh and
cheerless for a warm-hearted, lovable
fellow like Chester to know nothing
of the joys of a real home, but my
system has carried him through all
the trials and tests incidental to a
live, up-to-date young fellow, and I
congratulate myself. Yes, sir I feel
a glowing consciousness of having
done a great work!"
Hayden Storm, college subtutor,
bowed in apparent acquiescence with
the vaunting mood of his companion.
The while he smiled to himself. Mr.
Burridge was in a garrulous mood
and Storm let him run on at will.
"Im a determined man when I set
my will at work on a thing," pro
ceeded rich and self-satisfied Geof
frey Burridge. "You have been very
close and very kind to Chester and I
can speak to you in confidence. Five
years ago my wife crossed me in a
business matter. It was trivial, but I
acted on principle. We disagreed. We
went each our own way. Almost
heartlessly, I may say, she left home
and family. Went to Europe, I be
lieve. Wouldn't give in to me. Hah!
Since then not a word to me or to
the boy. Since then he has been at
the college here. I started him on a
system of restriction, sir, I may say
of economy. I laid down strict rules.
He has never dared to break them.
He had better not, sir, ror I am a
stern disciplinarian. Result: The
star graduate. My system. Hah!"
Again, covertly, almost satirically,
Iayden Storm smiled. Then, the se
date, over-courteous subordinate of a
great college, he bowed a dignified
adieu to his companion as the latter
"System! Discipline!" ne comment
ed. How little he knows. Chester
is, indeed, a model young man, but
how it would astound that stubborn
headed old man to know the real
merits of the case!"
The loyal-hearted suDtutor pro
ceeded to the room of Chester Bur
ridge an hour later. When Mr. Bur
ridge had incidentally remarked that
Storm had been close and kind to his
son he only touched the surface of
vast underlying facts. More than
? m w
"System! Discipline!" He Commented
that had Storm been guide, coun
sellotrue, true friend.
Never was a conceited, self- opin
ionated man more at sea than Mr.
Burridge. It was true he had received
good reports only of his son. But,
mercifully screened from his knowl
edge had been the thousand and one
missteps, errors and escapades that
fall to the lot of any unexperienced
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