The Corral, Volume 1, Number 6, March, 1908 Page: 1
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TREASURES THAT GOLD CANNOT BUY.
BY CHRISTINE COFFEE
Richard Pendleton sat in his "den", smoking lazily and dream-
ing. The room in which he sat was lavishly decorated, bespeak-
ing the fact that the owner had used more money than judg-
ment, in his selection of furnishings. Rich rugs, bright colored
curtains, easy chairs, books, strewn about carelessly, yet with
an evident attempt at order. The walls were covered with pic-
tures, costly works of art and here and there a simple land-
scape by some lesser artist. Rare vases curios from every
land, a great bearskin before the hearth, a quaint Indian idol
in the corner, a curiously carved cabinet, a few stuffed animals,
filled the room.
It was the room of a man of varied whims. The room of a
man who had been in every land and clime; who had wealth
to gratify desire, and had used it to the utmost.
Looking upon the face outlined in the flickering firelight, one
felt that surely he had been a filled guest at the banquet of life.
And looking closer, felt also that he must have drained a few of
It was a strong, handsome face with firm lips, softened to
sweetness by the thoughts that possessed him. His dark hair,
slightly tinged with gray, clustered over a broad white brow. Not
till he rose to knock the ashes from his pipe, and give the
glowing coals a poke, did you realize what a giant form his was.
Towering six feet high-broad shouldered and compact-a man
to win women's hearts, whether he would or no, and the twink-
ling eyes told the fact that he had willed to win many.
He had evidently tasted of all that life offered, and often deep-
ly. Lines of dissipation were there and sorrow and remorse,
and even of pleasure. Our life's history is written more clearly
on our faces, than many of us wish to believe. Each line and
mark, told all too plainly the story of his life. But all in all
it was a good face, and had a certain strength.
Tonight Richard is thinking. His head has been bent, and
Here’s what’s next.
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Simmons College. The Corral, Volume 1, Number 6, March, 1908, periodical, March 1908; Abilene, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth109339/m1/3/: accessed May 25, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hardin-Simmons University Library.