Covina Argus from Covina, California on May 15, 1909 · Page 7
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 7

Covina, California
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Saturday, May 15, 1909
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##***#*********#* *»* *************#*** 4k J "^ * * # * * * * * Shela of the Sequoias. * * How Shad Bennett's Daughter Solved Her Own * Life Mystery. * # * *#***#*#*##*#*# -«#*#***##*#*#***** written espec- her father's shoulder. CHAPTER II. The "Pillow Path" from the Hamil,011 trail to the gorge and rest settlement below, Is a harmless and exhilarating descent A child might be [Note—This story, lally for the Covlna Argue, will appear In three consecutive Issues.] CHAPTER I. "Shela," he said; "come, Shela. Daddy wants .to take you home now, Sweetheart. Want to go, don't you, girl? Plumb beat to death with walk- In'. Dad'll fetch you back all right. Shela, wake up now. Dearie Girl. Shela, it's your dad. Hands are torn by briers. She's walked herself down, clean down." The haggard woodman kneeling in the fire-path of the reservation left off chafing the small hand between his roughened palms, and shot a half- shamed, sidling glance into the eyes of the younger man standing within a few feet of him. The young man held his attention a moment only and then his eyes coasted around again to the face of the girl as she lay in the pine needles. A pallor seemed to float fllmily beneath the tan of her cheeks. There was a faint lip-quivering, and she stirred slightly, a tear coming from under the closed lips, and began crying softly. "Want to go home now, don't you girl?" he said. "No," she answered fretfully. As she spoke, some wild feathered dweller in the brush began cheeping sleepily, the sound seeming in plaintive sympathy with the girl, and from higher up the trail a faint glow came and rested on the floor of the forest, first gentle harbinger of the coming dawn. A hundred bird throats began to take up the dawn-melody. The shadows crept back swiftly as the sun neared the heads of the mount ains, and from out the mist-envelop ed well of the gorge below a buzzard rose sluggishly, fighting upward with difficulty in the deadness of the morning. "She'll be all right in a minute now," the older man said. "Her face always goes white-like just before, she—" His voice trailed off into a sigh, of profound weariness. The muscles of his face were twitching with fatigue, and with the emotion which he strove to conceal from the man whs stood above him. The muffled thud of a heavy boot in the trail below them turned the heads of the waiting men, and around a bulging point of shale-rock two other woodmen came, bending low in the ascent, climbing wearily. The foremost newcomer was first to speak, and then in a half-awed, gasping whisper. "Oh, you've got her," he said. "Jed and I was just thinkin' of makin' for the settlement. We didn't take no grub, and we hadn't heard a shout nor flung from the cliff to roll the one iiousancl feet to the bottom, and arrive breathlessly uninjured, for the path is restless sand, billowy and knee-deep without a break until the pilgrim arrives without ceremony in the little glade that shelters the brook, to push onward until the undergrowth gives way to great redwood boles, rising from a clean and needle-carpeted forest floor. The hut of the "professor" who commands his disciples to cease thinking for a time, ambiguously terming it the school of New Thought, hugs the trunk of a mighty sequoia in a natural cathedral, and his chosen home is not unlike the famed valley of the "Sleepy Hollow," where his philosophical preceptor is sleeping. Here, beneath the eternal harps of the redwood foliage, the kindly man bids his followers forget the ceaseless jar of the great, cities, and from his small platform delivers commentary and excerpt from the "Sage of Concord." It seemed to young Anderson, the medical student who had himself developed a case of nerves, that the voices of the forest were preaching unceasingly the gospel of sleep, while the trees themselves were never wood bark from the trunk of a giant at. the brookside, the loose, lace-bordered sleeve of n scarlet dross falling back to her shoulder, showing the dusk-cream of her rounded arm as she swept the feathery missies into the stream below. Shad Bennett had tramped the rise and fall of seventeen miles from their cabin to the Settlement the day before to bring garments from her wardrobe. The crimson gown he had bought when she came from the seminary, and with her In the spring wagon, up the long trail from Santa Cruz to the cabin, he had called out jovially and with an Indefinable break of tenderness in his voice to the dwellers in the mountain ; huts alond the way, that he was bring- ' ing home his rod-winged black-bird." I Tho sisters at the convent had beautified her as the dew lends lustre to a flower in the morning. The charm of childish unrestraint, linen mo loveliness rogonornto nt their hands. She was v.o lonp-er "Shola" to tin- lumber- : men. Tlie rough old sawyers who had , watched this motherless babo of the , wilderness since the timo when she ! was wont to lie beneath tho pines* before her father's cabin, were gather- came, and if so, did not they build a settlement, not so large porhnps as the village below, but a mMtlonient built of the lodges of shale-rock, of hewn stone and hewn timber. She had accepted his astonished negative without comment, and It was not until months aftecward that the father remembered tlit! child's first, visit to tho town below, of her assertion that Bhe had seou a village like it before; how when he reproved her for a child's Imaginative falsehood, she liaii refused to retract, or admit her transgression. Continued next week.) ed to give her vociferous wek'omo | when she came back to them, but they drew back with fragmentary, unintol- ligible greeting before the child »< , yesterday and woman of today. The boss's daughter was no more to be carried over brawling brooks and through wind-drifted underbrush on the shoulder of a king of the whipsaw and peevle. But when tlie girl, alone and musing, started to thread some half-hid trail while the saws were absorbing her father's mind at the mill, there was many a lumberman who glanced after her with anxiety, remembering the child's strange history; wondering if the woman had conquered the ur.explainahle trouble of years gone, SCHOOL BOND ELECTION NOTICE. Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of Hudson School District of the County of Los Angeles, State of California, that \n accordance with the provisions of the political code of the State. of California, an election will be hold on the 21st day of May, 1!W.K at the schoolhouse in said District, between the hours of 1 y>. m. ami 5 p.m. (during which period and-between which hours the polls shall remain open), at which election the question j of issuing and Belling bonds of said I district to the amount of ten thousand Dollars, for the purpose of raising money for purchasing school lots, Your Patronage will be appreciated by us. We arc doubling our efforts to give you the bC:H Groceries Vegetables and Fresh Meats ROBERT CRENSHAW Our motto: Prime goods and moderate prices. Phone 22 C. H. Allen F. M. McHugh Ask the Boya for Prices McHUQH & ALLEN Peo Garage and Machine Shop Storage Batteries Charged Phone 1121 weary. Anderson sat on the edge of wondering if it were not hotter to tell a shot since sundown. —has she—" "She'll be all right Where's she in a minute now." The father spoke hollowly, as if these same words had hung on his lips since their previous utterance. The mountain was now wide awake and gleaming. Farther away beyond the mists that encircled the near hills, the glitter of the bay reached them. In the bed of the yawning gorge whoso edge fell away within a few feet of where the girl lay, a long freight train was crawling, so far be low that, the asthmatic complaint of the mountain engine was only sug gested by the rhythmic jots from Its funnel. Whon the train had passed, the gloomy face of the father returned to that of his girl, and he saw that slit had opened her eyes. "Why, I expect we ain't more than a mile from that rest settlement that the 'Frisco doctor's got agoing in that redwood grove on Mount Hamilton,' said one of the men, in answer to ;\ query from the father. "We could coax her along down the mountiiln, arid let her rest up for a f'-\v da till slie's all hunkydnry aj/ain." "Hlie, ain't sick." the professor's Btoop, talking with .that patriarch, while both watched professionally and furtively the form of a girl of eighteen, whose feet were dangling from the edge of the fallen tree that spanned the canyon brook. The mighty trunk had lain for so long hat it seemed a part of the earth, and from it's shell, where some vitality still lingered, shoots had sprung, which were now themselves attaining the dignity of trees, and to these standards the professor had attached his railing, so that all might cross the stream with safety. The girl's eyes were directed to the water below. Her form was the glorious fulfillment of the mountain girl's arrival at womanhood. As she sat, half-turned from the two men at the distant hut, her face seemed a transplanted thing from some land of crumbling ruins, of secrets buried beneath piles of cen- iury-riven masonry—a face which indeed the mountain men had always said was foreign to the rugged slopes where she had blossomed into her strange beauty. The full sweep of her rounded brows was a faintly lighter reflection from the midnight of her hair, which tumbled and rioted away from the loose braids, and showered the girl's shoulders like a waterfall in a sunless cavern. She was oblivious of the scrutiny from the hut, listless; and her attitude suggested weariness rather t.han musing. "Well, I have her 'history* here," stated Anderson. "I have taken It from her a la the hospital chart In the most improved way. Xamo, Shela Bennett; occupation (getting lost would fit this item); occupation, seminary study; age, eighteen; mother, Spanish, and dead since girl's infancy; father, New England American; residence, cabin in Santa Crir/. mountains; never ill except, for sleep-walking ilts. Professor," broke off tr-o young student, "this girl Irf not a soinnitbnlist.. I can't bring myself to believe that anyone can develop this illness in such surroundings. And her history shows that she lias been attacked with those fits of wandering in the daytime." "The in I.'id of a k'irl of eighteen Is unreadable at best," the iirofe.-.-ior said quietly. "This Kirl is mountain bred and educated in a convent. She knows no more of care ami contamination thiin ono of canyon poppies. II' if i.s unnatural thought, or fatiguf, that her father of the path she had chosen. And the father, at work with a gang felling the heaven-pointing sequoia, would sometimes discern a bit of color flitting in and about the trees, and would leave his work to meet her after a wide detour—meet her with some affectionate pleasantry, but with a look of foreboding in his eyes. "Lookin 1 '->r mountain clover, Dearie school houses, for insuring the same, for supplying tho samo , with furniture and necessary apparatus, for improving tho grounds, will bo voted upon. The said bonds thevoumlor to be issued and sold, shall bo of the denomination of one thousand Dollars each, nnd ahnll bear Interest, at tho rate of five per cent per annum and shall be numbered from ono to ten consecutively, payable as follows: Bond No. 1, one thousand Dollars, to run one, yoar. Bond No. 2, ono thousand Dollars, to run 2 yonva. Bond No. 3, ono thousand Dollars, to run 3 years. Bond No, 4, one thousand Dollars, to run 4 years. Bond No. 5, ono thousand Dollars, to run ft years. Bond No. 6. ono thousand Dollars, to run 6 years. Bond No. 7, one thousand Dollars, Die, Pattern and Model Making 107 West College Avenue COVINA, CAL. AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ASSETS OVER $2,000,000 4 PliR INTI-HI-ST -« PER INTIJKIUST TPNT '' A »> °N SAVINOS * rpNT I'\U» ON SI'I'CIAI, WU ^' ACCOUNTS. %^V-I-I>I CMKCKINO ACCOUNTS Special attention given to banking by mall. Write for information. (Q yeara ' Girl?" he would say. "I seen a right j Bond Na g> one thouflftnd Dollars, smart bunch o' blossoms in the old clearln' above 'the fire-break this mornln'. And he would linger near her until he could look deep into her eyes and had heard her silvery, natural laughter. " " • *' And in the evening, when the girl sat before the cabin door while tha lumberman prepared for bin early bed, he would listen to the song on her lips, a song which brought a pang to his heart, even while he loved the cadences of her voice, for tlio tones were those of her mother, and her mother— "What yor thinkin' of, Dearie Girl?" "Nothing Dad, Juat thinking," was hot- unvarying reply. Except once, when she surprised him by asking If any people had ever lived on those mountains before tho lumbermen Tt takes a good deal of Machinery to run your ranch, doesn't it? what we do— Something need fixing 1 ? That's WE FIX THINGS Thoroughly equipped for all classes of machine work. Patterns made. Estimates furnished. We manufacture the "KT" valves and gates. VSON MFG. CO. Home Phone 289 Covlna, Cat. TdE KGLUR Shop and Office opposite S. P. Depot to run Bond No. 9, one thousand Dollars, t.c run 9 years. Bond No. }6, one thousand dollars, to run 1.0 years. Tlmt C. D. Howe will act as Inspector and W. R. Hudson and G. J. Gilly will act as Judges of said election, and conduct tho same, said in- sp'octor and Judges bolng competent and qualified electors of said School District. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, wo have hereunto sot our handa thla Oth day of April, 1909. CEO. E. CROSS, E. RAMBATTD, J. W. HUDSON. Trustees of Hudson School DiH- trlct, Los Angolon County, California. May 21 "Xo, 1 know," said the man ;-oftly. i <-;iu.-;os sleep-walking, a.s yon contend, ''I!ut she must, be tired. 1 know I jllicn the j<ii'l Is not. afferieij with that am." ! di:'.':i.~;e. Mer father i.s foreman of a "To ihii[k Mia' f .-ihoulii lie ho-nnle,! \,\u. saw-mill on Musical creek. Hhela over these hills with a lil.e ihis Mennett grew to womai.'.'.ooil among OIK-." T\i(; liMftrliiig man was si/ j nr,u;h nif-n who t?.\in\.' h'-r in- '-xa/nplf: ing Quietly, but bH.wofii lijis tii'i to l."-!i<:\<? tin- wot. i !:••!'! nothing v,-(-if- set with a straight lilK' of at'o;:y. '•"' i.'i-ntif-iMf-u. Her ', ••;' told ma ''Siif ;:n' i flif.-s.! hi!!s ty'.s kiiii/.!'- ha'*"' 1 live,] as fu:i;)(lf :• IS i: !;yOlh- ill Ci'll] .A ',':.! 'J. •• a. Laniif-d \\\<- lit.- I •• •-.!',<. i.v'-. .-;!:(; !i<-\ (•!' fll'i. o'lifl 1 hl-l'Orc \-.t-\-." "}":•>• • ' ii|! !.•'•'! Ill III Oli I !•<• .-• :iO', !• ' :iho wa.s fourteen ,'.•' I i\ the fii'.st lin.e t<, : •• she hid her fac.- ii .1 of I he i ./Slllmed !,,; ' • 'i (t v. a.-; after i, t[l . l: • , 'it i i '. i !:;•.;•! ion thai .-. he look •, i <"ruz, > >r<t at I he f;i>,r on d'T ii.i ••.•:.!,<.;'• ; t.'f h !i. '<">i- tM, 1 v. ••.- : .• • !.!(.-1 1o 11 •• cabin r.M ' ',. ;..-,')'it- st.,; riii-'.' •: • r .'.'•/::. SP'-M !y i !.•-> i •; i - '.-.-. <-n\y t.o d i. ••• ; ; <•:> i i,.-, • ., : ; :.,-. ed ti'-c ! • ;.• i : -->-' i:.a •:•• ;: i .'a-i!-- o! '( :. !••>:: n i..< I hoi.r.. ,i,'!« : . .-.i on Ihi-ir ai,. -.. : 11; d !;:ki:n' t ,r:..-' -•;,. .. ! ':<••: .ii h'-'-o 1 .-,' ''loiuit II;. :.i: < .,. 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