Flower-O-the Corn (Classic Reprint)by S. R. Crockett
"A Young man," said my Lord Duke to Maurice Raith, "is never the worse for being like his neighbors. He ought to take his tone from his time. Let him be no precisian, no enthusiast, no stander upon punctilio, but rather a man of affairs." Here the Duke paused, and his fingers tapped the folding-chair meditatively. "Once, sir, there was
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"A Young man," said my Lord Duke to Maurice Raith, "is never the worse for being like his neighbors. He ought to take his tone from his time. Let him be no precisian, no enthusiast, no stander upon punctilio, but rather a man of affairs." Here the Duke paused, and his fingers tapped the folding-chair meditatively. "Once, sir, there was a great lady, very fair and very gracious, who assisted myself with a considerable sum of money. I never found myself any the worse for it. No! not a whit the worse - in pocket, richer. In reputation, well - I had a sword at my side. So, Captain Maurice, you have the figure, you have the dash - as far as mere man may judge, you have the face. Do not by over-niceness miss your chances. Receive it from one who knows. Take your day! Take your day! Man is young but once, remember. The time will come all too soon when nectar and ambrosia shall have lost their relish. Kiss, my lad, while you have kissing favor. For by-and-by fair maids will begin to look over your shoulder at the lad who comes up behind you. Aye, all too soon! All too soon!"
So to Captain Maurice Raith (late of my Lord Cutts's regiment) spake his newly-nominated Grace of Marlborough. The allied troops lay on the green braeface just over the Castle of Crevecœur. The Meuse flowed placidly beneath like a river seen in a dream. There were six secretaries writing hard at it in the next room, but for all that my lord was finding time to bestow the advice of experience upon his favorite aide.
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