Covina Argus from Covina, California on May 22, 1909 · Page 3
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 3

Covina, California
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Saturday, May 22, 1909
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***************** *-* ********** * * * * * * # I Shela of the Sequoias. How Shtd Bennett's Daughter Solved Her Own Life Mystery, * * * * * * * * ********** *.* * * * * *-* ***************** 3had Bennett knew, but did not understand. Three times he had searched the heartless wilderness through a hopeless night, a chill dawn, mid-day and evening shadows, for a woman dear to him, sickening fear clutching his throat and choking him, yet al- v/ays leading the band of men on the steepest grade. The first time he bad gone on without food and lacking rest for three days, when he was a stalwart man in his twenties—had searched until he stumbled upon his girl- wife of a year lying above the Mount Hamilton trail. He had staggered home with her In his arms through the miles that intervened between him and his cabin, had arrived exhausted to the point of coma, and a few days afterward held the wailing infant the unconscious mother bore him, while the good father from the mission closed the woman's eyes. Again he forged forward through the young man- zanita and chaparral a night and day, calling for his "Dearie Girl," Shela, the sunshine of the camp on Musical Creek, fourteen years a sparkling, careless child, and suddenly a wanderer in the pathless hills. Then came the time of his present trouble, when he had bidden her goodnight as she sat humming at the window, and had wakened in the night with an unaccountable, soul-gripping terror, to stand beside her cot and find it empty, as the creature of his dream had warned him. Once more he found her on the Hamilton trail, at dawn, as she emerged from the brush and crossed the pathway. Selden was with him, young Solden, the company's tree sealer, who had placed his heart at her disposal a week after she descended from her father's spring wagon, home from the convent. Shela never knew the story of her mother's wandering. Shad Bennett often tpid his little daughter of the rare, dark-haired Spanish girl, the mountain maid that became his wife and Shela's mother. He had been stricken with her beauty "TJffisraay^and with the Incongruity of her surroundings, while passing an encampment of nativefi, a band of stolid mountain nomads, remnant of some race long ago scattered. Further than that the girl possessed no blood in common with these hilVwanderera, Shad Bennett never knew, for Shela's mother could not tell him of her birth. He had taken her to the settlement, taught her the ways of the white people, and then had brought her a bride to Ills' cabin. "She is a pretty girl," remarked the young medical student. "When I was your age I wasn't as cooly noncommital in the presence of such beauty," the professor said dryly. "That girl's entrance, fittingly garbed, into a drawing room, would cause carnage greater than the charge of the Bight Brigade. She is as God designed her—without blemish, and without the knowledge that the blemish is absent." "Her case is an interesting one," said the student, absently. "She is a beautiful girl," asserted the professor. "What is your opinion of her malady?" "She is a sleep-walker," answered the professor. "N T o," was Anderson's emphatic denial. And the discussion ended foi the time. Long days with the wavering ha/.e- clouds hovering near the peaks of the Santa Cruz hills, days when the hush upon the little hollow freatod of the professor's cathedral of redwoods a soundless, day-long mass, blended one into another, while Shela mused among the trees, oblivious of the kindly espionage placed upon hor by the professor's attendants. Selden came each day and walked witli hor. She watched for him through the early morning, until she saw him plunge into the pillow path, and then ftigried surprise when he approached, always with an armful of mountain flowers or aoRjij iiule token sent from Shad Uennett's lonely cabin. The professor Jhoughl often that he would exchange the ownership of the mighty redwoods which were his if only one such look of liquid love-welcome Snela bestowed upon Seluen could be turned to his own account. The professor tiacl king since loHt interest in the girl an it. "cast-," v, hen one flay tit- saw young Sf-iilt-n approaching, s>aw him search the grove of sequoia trees and Siause in puzzled indecision. Accompanying th'j young man to the girl's tent they tound her sitting within, humming to herself, smoothing and plaiting a bunch of bruised blossoms, staring at the wall of canvas as If she were looking through it to the mist-covered heads on the north. The girl aroused herself with difficulty, and Selden, charging the professor to watch her, left at once for her father's cabin to tell him the sleeping sickness was approaching again. For Selden knew it was only a matter of a few days. On the trail above. Selden encountered Rene Sanchez, the Indian grass weaver, and the old native stood fairly in his path. "Shela," the Indian interrogated; "she is well?" The young tree sealer scowled at him. "What do you know of the girl?" he asked, surprised and angered at the question. The old weaver straightened the form grown to a stoop through continuous climbing- and creeping beneath forest growth, his eyes glowing with an expression that rebuked the white man's question. "She is well?" he repeated. And receiving no answer, he shouldered his bundle of canyon grasses, preparing to pass in the trail. "It Is said that the little dream maiden is sitting with troubled thoughts at the tents below," he said. "Rene Sanchez will go there and greet her, and sleep beneath the trees that there may be no danger come to her." "If I catch you hanging around I'll throttle you," the woodman shouted savagely, but the Indian had disappeared around a point of jutting rock. Selden mentally made note of the incident, promising himself that he would notify the padre at the mission that old Sanchez was becoming unbalanced. But when, in the late afternoon, Selden returned with Shad Bennett, they came upon Sanchez, tu bivouac in the glen, and to drive him on would be to assert an authority which neither possessed. That evening, while Shad Bennett lay outside his daughter's tent, watchful of her every movement, Anderson, the medical student and the two woodmen conversed in whispers until far Into the night. Anderson's voice rose vibrant above the answers of the two mountain men, dominating them, urging and pleading. The following morning,- while Shela mused at her favorite seat at the natural bridge, the argument was again taken up, the professor joining them, seemingly an ally of the young physician. "Such a course, however, will place you in a curious light at the Uuiver- sity, Anderson," the professor was heard to say. "But I am neither a man of medicine nor a seer. You have at least convinced me that there is no harm in your plan." At these words the party rose and Seldon disappeared, to reappear again, climbing the Pillow Path on his way to the lumber settlement. Late the next day he arrived by the circuitous trail that led into the professor's camp, leading a burro, and carrying two rifles, while the animal was laden heavily with closely strapped provision bundles. No word greeted him, save the Information that Shad Bennntt was watch- Ing outside Simla's tent, and that she had not left it since the previous day. Selden unpacked the burro and fire- pared to make camp for himself near the spread blanket's of Sliela's father. Anderson joined them later, and the three men alternately slept and watched through the long night. Between the ranks of rod wood trunk:-) In the early evening, the twinkle of u camp-fire could be discerned, frir down the glen, where Sanchez, the Indian grass weaver, was preparing hin evening meal. In the tent, accepting fend mcc-hani cally at Intervals, but speaking with no one, not even the distressed Shad licnnett, Shela sat. dreaming through another day and night, while the deep, cream pallor grew in her ehei-ks, and her eyes burned lustrous, H-ive when turned perforce upon Home memlx-r of the purty speaking to her, when th< light faded like the death of a sunset above (jnt; of her own mountains, be fore which the speaker drew-hack appalled at the ut'<er lack of recognition The indestinguiwhahle mass of red woods which made up the forest was just beginning to take shape into in dividual, sentinel giants us the dawn approached, when Shad I'ennett tone-bed the shoulder of tli" sleeping student and signed for hint to get up. Keldt-n was already ;u work [tacking the burro. As Anderson bat up tht- girl emerged from Ucr tent. In the growing light Anderson saw that she \va.s dressed in the short suit of khaki which she had donned the night be- 'ore, but her head was bare, the long lair falling far below her waist. He rose and approached the girl, but her father was before him. "Shela," the man whispered softly, nklng her by the arm. But she shook away from her father's grasp and started toward the natural bridge. The three men watcher her cross, her feet planted steadily in the center of he giant log, her hands Ignoilng the railing at her side. "Come," said Shad Bennett to his companions. Anderson followed the old woodman, with Selden In the rear eading the burro. The men wore ob- Iged to lengthen their stride to keep up with the girl, and the lash of the undergrowth impeded them, although Shela's lithe body seemed to pass through it like magic. She kept a distance of fifty feet ahead of her father, lier face set fixedly ahead, traveling silently. A rlvelet, whose bed was filled with loose boulders confronted ler but her feet sought the naturally Said stepping stones of the bottom and she was very nearly lost to view ere the trailing party could ford the littlo stream. Upward, in a diagonal course .owird the great jumble of mountains on the north, the girl's feet were set without deviation to right or left, until after two hours of swift, climbing, all famllliir landmarks were left behind, and Shad Bennett knew that his [?irl was trending ground over which 'ew men had ever travelled. As the sun arose above the mountains and the bay, the men began to tire of the .mrelenting pace which the girl was maintaining, but to lag was to lose her. As the hours went by Shad Bennett began to hope that Shela would stop for a moment for rest. He dared not overtake and speak to her. At noon they were following the bed of a gorge that seemed to be winding in:o the very heart of the range, the girl climbing about the huge boulders, her eyes set straight ahead of her. Anderson began bruising the bark of tho stunted trees of the rough path, blazing wherever he could, as Selden and the burro had dropped far behind. Once, when the girl had led them far up the side of a mountain spur, the blinding sheen of the bay was discernible, and Shad Bennett, turning his head to the ground over which they had come, knew that the party was miles away from the trail which led to Mount Hamilton, far*In the Interior of the range. The cool wind of the evening was beginning to sweep across the slope when Bennett approached his girl and saw that she seemed to vaguely recognize him. He stopped her and spoke soothingly, and she sank to the earth. Shad Bennett pillowed her head upon his pack of blankets. The staring eyes closed, and she slept, naturally "We camp here," he said. Before thorn tho view suddenly opened Into a small mesa, whnro tho rank mountain grass stood brown in the afternoon sunlight. Tu the evening, as the three weary men Bat beside the sleeping girl within the circle of light from the camp-fire, Seldon told them that the provisions must lie di- vided and the burro abandoned, for the strange force which urged Shela onward seemed to be leading to the well-nigh Impenetrable fastnesses of the interior raugp. The animal was turned out without hobbles into the grass, and Shad Bennett took his station by the side of his daughter while the others slept. Twice she woke and spoke his name, so that Shad Bennett would not call the others to stand watch, for fear she would become restless at hta absence. (Concluded next week) 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 In accordance with the provisions of the political code of the State of California, an election will be held on the 21st day of May, 1009, at the schoolhouso In said District, between the hours of t p. m. and 5 p.m. (during which period aud-botweeii which hours tho polls shall remain open), at which election the question of issuing and selling bonds of said district to the amount of ten thousand Dollars, for tho purpose of raising money for purchasing school lots, for building or purchasing one or more school houses, for Insuring tho same, for supplying the snmo with furniture ami necessary apparatus, for Improving the grounds, will bo voted upon. The said bonds thereunder to bo issued nitd sold, shall be of the denomination' of one thousand Dollars each, and shall boar Interest at tho rate of five per cent per annum and shall be numbered from one to ten consecutively, payable as follows: Bond No. 1, one thousand Dollars, to run one year. Bond No, 2, otie thousand Dollars, to run 2 years. Bond No. 3, one thousand Dollars, to run 3 years. Bond Nrt. 4, ouc thousand Dollars, to run 4 years. Bond No. 5, one thousand Dollars, to run H years. Bond No. 6, one thousand Dollars, I to run 6 years. j" Bond No. 7, one thousand Dollars, i to run 7 years. Bond No, 8, one thousand Dollars, to run 8 years. Bond No. 9, one-thousand Dollars, to run 9 years. ' 'Bond No. 10, one thousand dollars, to run 10 years. That C. D. Howe will act as Inspector and W. R. Hudson and O. J. Gllly will act as Judges of said election, and conduct the same, said Inspector and Judges boltig competent, and qualified electors of said School District. IN WITNESS WHERKOF, wo have, hereunto sot our hands thin 9th day of ! April, 1909. CEO. E. CROSS, K. RAM BAUD, J. W. HUDSON, Trustees of Hudson School District, Los Angeles County, California. May 21. For Sale I have a real bargain an a modern five-room cottage. JEROME REYNOLDS Real Estate and Insurance A. J. ROOKS General All kind* of general and heavy We manufacture Ridg-cru, Orange u:id Uox Horseshoeing a Specialty Home Phone IOQ? Shop West BodiSlo St, Cavino Did You Ever Think of It in this way? If you save $100 from your earnings during a year it in the same amount you would receive on a $2000 investment for one year at 5 per cent, To save, one must sacrifice. The best thiivjs of life are gained this way. If you want to lay aside a part of your earnings, come to this bank and open an account. .A bank account will assist you greatly in the undertaking. We welcome the small depositor. The Covina National Bank Capital -.50.000 Your Patronage | will be appreciated by us. We are doubling our efforts to give you the beat Groceries Vegetables and Fresh Meats ROBERT CRENSHAW Our motto: Prime goods and moderate prices. Phone 22 C. H. Allen Ask the Boys for Prices F. M. MoHugh McHUGH & ALLEN Reo Garage and Machine Shop Storage Batteries Charged Phone 1121 Die, Pattern and Model Making 107 West College Avenue COVINA, CAL. AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA ASSETS OVER $2,000,000 4 PER INTRKl'ST ~ ppp INTI'kPST CENT '.'All' ON SAVINCIS J ££S T ,.%>VN 8PHCIAL ft.,, i i * U -< UJN ' S . , . ,, . ** WU ™ 1 CHI3CKINCI ACCOUNTS Special attention given to banking by mall. Write for Information. It takes a good deal of Machinery to run your ranch, doesn't it? Something need fixing? That's what we do— WE FIX THINGS Thoroughly equipped for all classes of machine work. Patterns made. Estimates furnished. We manufacture the "KT" valves and gates. THE KELLAR-THOMASON MFG. CO. Shop and Office opposite S. P. Depot Home Phone 289 Covlna, Cal. I H WILSON The Blacksmith With the most skillful mechanics and the best equipment we can do your work in the most workmanlike and best manner in shorto time and at a reasonable cost to you. Wo. also carry a line of Farm Implements, Wagons, Etc and if you are thinking of purchasing a vehicle o ( any kind we in vite you to call and look over our line and talk the matter over. We will guarantee you a square deal and save you a few dollars besides We are headquarters for repairs for all machinery Come in and see the "Milwaukee 11 and Buckeye Mowers TWOMEY & DILLER, Inc. COVINA, CALIFORNIA Laprobes, Dusters and Harness ORCHARDISTS! FOR RED SPIDER have your orchards treated with our specially prepared dry sulphur spray. NKW MKTHOI) NKW 1'KOOKSS STOWELL FUMIGATING COMPANY Call up I'honc I 77, Charter Oak. 'hom: I')'), Covitia COVINA MEAT MARKET J. I . KI-NIMI.L, Prop. (Jrdrrst taken and drlivirriufc made daily. Orders in town will rco:ivc prompt iUtcutioii. 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