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Cymric Strain - Book 2

By Una Howell (USA - 1876-1949)

Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man

Copyright Scott Dunbar 2010


Chapter 17

A Rich Young Man


One day a young Baritone in the school appeared at the office and asked for an accompanist to play for him at a reception. The Dean received the request and later told me to give the candidate a rehearsal. He had set the fee and, reporting to me, said with a twinkle in his eye, “He has plenty of money and he can afford it.” The days following this were crowded, and the party was over and forgotten when Dell Eberhard rushed over to our house.

“Noonie, Noonie, you never told me that you had met my Rich Young Man,” she said reproachfully.

“What is your young man’s name”” I asked, caution overtaking me.

“Now Noon, don’t tell me you didn’t know that the singer you played for at the last reception was my Rich Young Man, the one whose mother provides a body guard to protect him from the wiles of such as you!” she said, laughing gaily.

“Well, he’s safe as far as I’m concerned,” I answered with spirit. “His mama can keep him.”

“Now Noon, he might just as well be spending his money on you as wasting it on a lot of boys that don’t need it.” Where had I heard that refrain? We laughed together, Dell and me, and I forgot the rich young man, but only for a time.

The Rich Young Man wanted an accompanist to practice several hours a week with him and soon he was engaging a generous portion of my afternoons. Maynard and I had bought a new Mason and Hamlin piano and the young man came to our house, where, painstakingly, I taught him his scores. His voice was mellow, and hearing him sing was far from a hardship. I was also present at all his lessons and aware of the objective his mother held for him. When he sang at concerts, I came along to play his accompaniments, and symphony concerts. The theatre and fraternity affairs fell like bonuses from his horn of plenty, extra-curricular awards as it were.


Cymric Strain - Book 2, by Una Howell (USA - 1876-1949) Current


Chapter 1 - Evanston

Chapter 2 - The Department of Music
Chapter 3 - Northwestern University

Chapter 4 - Beaued

Chapter 5 - Late for the 1am Train!

Chapter 6 - A Visit from Home

Chapter 7 - Bill Declares Himself

Chapter 8 - Engaged to be Married
Chapter 9 - A Grand Piano for Me?

Chapter 10 - Apartment Life in Evanston

Chapter 11 - On the Train with a Pass

Chapter 12 - Eric’s Decline

Chapter 13 - The Organist

Chapter 14 - Lilly Dies

Chapter 15 - An Unprincipled Woman

Chapter 16 - Music Critic

Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man

Chapter 18 - Helping the World

Chapter 19 - On a Bicycle Built for Two

Chapter 20 - Mendelssohn Concerto in E Major

Chapter 21 - The Meister Way

Chapter 22 - An Admirer

Chapter 23 - Gentlemen Callers

Chapter 24 - The Scotchman

Chapter 25 - Checking on Maynard

Chapter 26 - Rich Young Man - Not so Much

Chapter 27 - A Kind of Ending

Chapter 28 - Plans for a New Marriage

Chapter 29 - The Marriage

Chapter 30 - Honeymoon

Chapter 31 - Leaving for Elgin

Chapter 32 - Getting to Know Elgin -1901

Chapter 33 - Our First Mobile (Auto)

Chapter 34 - Life in Elgin

Chapter 35 - Preparing for Birth

Chapter 36 - Stillborn!

Chapter 37 - Live Leeches to Treat an Ear Ache

Chapter 38 - Winfield Illinois Sanatorium

Chapter 39 - Saugatuck

Chapter 40 - Friends and Family

Chapter 41 - Meeting George's Mother

Chapter 42 - Father Cook and David



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