Lloyd Fenneben wondered at the sorrowful expression on the younger man's face when he said this.
As he left the study Victor Burleigh came in.
"Sit down, Burleigh. What can I do for you?" Fenneben asked.
Something like his own magnetism of presence was in the young man before him.
"I want to tell you something," Vic responded.
"Let me tell you something. I knew you had good blood in your veins even when I saw you kill that bull snake. Burgess has just been in. He has told me his side of your story. Noble fellow he is to free himself of a life-long slavery to somebody else's dollars. However much a man may try to hide the fetters of unlawful gains, they clank in his own ears till he hates himself. Now Burgess is a freeman."
"I am glad to hear you say so, Dr. Fenneben. It makes my own freedom sweeter," Vic declared.
"Yes," Fenneben replied. "Your added means will bring you life's best gift--opportunity."