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Cymric Strain - Book 2
By Una Howell (USA - circa 1893)
Chapter 17 - A Rich Young Man
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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, and 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 _______________ 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 - circa 1893) 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 Page Removed!
Chapter 28 - The Marriage
Chapter 29 - Plans for a New Marriage
Chapter 30 - Honeymoon
Chapter 31 - A New Home
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 - Leave Leeches to Treat an Ear Ache
Chapter 38 - Winfield Illinois Sanatorium