The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California on December 21, 1908 · Page 25
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The Bakersfield Californian from Bakersfield, California · Page 25

Bakersfield, California
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Monday, December 21, 1908
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THE BAKERSPIELD CAUFORNTAN '«»" people 'naTJpy. md now he was disappointed. I too!? his hand, which he was not overwllltns to give me. "I will spenk to you," said 1, "us to it friend mid to Won. doctor, whom ". ave not the pleasure of knowing tin well, as to a man of honor nud dlscTw tion. I uui very deeply mid strongly Attracted toward this young lady. It would he n RtrmiKe and hard aervico that \ would not render her, n bitter sacrifice that I should hesitate to raakf for her advantage. Uo I wish she were my sister? <.;<»! knows. The question already heglus to press upon my heart. In the very first Instant I knew thai Hhe was not. hut when 1 looked into her eyes and saw the loneliness nnd the longing I would have died rather than Krteve her. So I sat there and lied." ( "Grentl" said the doctor. "You're the man for my motley. You Hod llkn a gentleman. Nobody could have done It better. I don't know what would have happened If you hadn't." "Give me n week." cried Connor, "and I'll prove she's your sister, no matter if you're an Eskimo. Wbjr, man, it's a positive certainty." "And meanwhile what?" said I. j "Go right ahead." said the doctor. ' "Accept her affection upon false pretenses," said I. "Cheat her into taking gifts from a stranger; sit by her bed and help her to build air castles with the very solid foundation of uiy money. And you have been so kind as to call mo n gen (Ionian!" "If you do tile other thing," said the doctor with fervor. "I give you my professional word that the result won't look to you very much like the work of n gentleman. If you value her safety you'll play Unit her." "That's talking." said Connor. "And, luiyhow. she Is ymtr sister, so what harm can there lie'.'" When I returned to my apartments I received word that Mrs. Gilbert had requested me to c:ill her up by telephone, whatever the hour might l>o. It was then midnight, but 1 obeyed Instructions. "I happened to think," said the lady, 'that you'd want some help tomorrow." "It'll very kind of you," I replied. "About what?" "Why. your presents: the things you'll buy for Hilda Of course she needs everything, .lust simply everything, but don't you buy necessities for Christmas. No \\nman wants them. We want trinkets, luxuries, useless things. It took me five years to beat that into my husband's head, and even now he down't know It as lie ought to. Just give me the money for the nevd- ful, uud I'll m.-imige (ill Hint. Hilda will enjoy It as oniing from you, but not ns gifts. Iii vou understand?" "I thought 1 was her brother," said L "Aren't you proceeding on the theory that I'm IILT husband'.'" "It wouldn't make any difference if T«I werp hor fiitliur." slu> deelnred. "We flon't want ciotnes rronf oflr ra- thers. We want the money for them. But we'll take diamonds, dh, you must buy Hilda lots of pretty things! Isn't It lovely that you can do It? And Isn't she n dear?" "1 surely never dreamed of having a sister like her," suld I, and was surprised to find that I had told the truth. So Mrs. Gilbert and I went shopping next day at the earliest possible hour. I had not supposed that It was possible for a man to tell so many lies In one day. I spent the forenoon with Mrs. Gilbert, and we talked of nothing but "my sister"—every word of mine a lie. of course. I spent the afternoon or most of It with Hilda, whom I called by that new name, though I knew It was not hers, and, to make mutters worse, she had fallen Into a dubious state of mind, and I must rehearse to her all Connor's proofs with an air of serene and blissful convle- j tion, for If a mere shadow of doubt | could so affect her spirits what would j the plain truth do? I On Christmas day Hilda woke to flnd | the plain room from which we dared not yet remove her bright with many flowers which the nurse had softly set In their places. This was the best day that Hilda had had since the beginning of her Illness. The tide of returning health had begun to run strong, and so we were able to make it something like a real Christmas without risk of harm. But the climax was reserved for the evening, after Hilda had had her supper. Then the lights were extinguished, the door was opened and In there walked n Christmas tree, apparently upon Its own legs, but really propelled by the serviceable Connor. It | b'H/.ed with candles and glittered with tinsel, and Its boughs were well laden- belter. Indeed, than I was aware—for the wise Mrs. Gilbert had bought some gifts for me from Hilda that the dear girl might not lack tlio pleasure of giving I have never seen upon the face of any grown person such an expression of entrancement In pure joy as glowed 011 Hilda's in the light of the shining I tree. At the sight of It I lost my sense of shame and deception, and a childlike faith took hold upon me that this would all come right and that I should find a way to make her happy nil her life. Hy the next day, however, I had recovered some part of rny common sense, and the difficulties of the situation were cle.'ir to me ngnln, but the path of escape from them was not clear at all. I spent that day chiefly In meditation and the next as well. Then a voice sevnied to tell me that I needed the counsel of n woman, and whom could I appeal to but Mrs. Gilbert? By tills time Hilda had been transferred to the Gilbert residence, a favor not too great to be accepted by a young lady whose brother owns half of a very productive gold ml*;. I secured n nrlvate Interview wlth.^Lra. »he nave given much for a tow wordi with Mrs. Gilbert. It was Hilda, however, who appeared. This was the first time to my knowledge that she had ventured BO far as the drawing room, yet she walked without a sign of weakness and with noble carriage. And, oh, sin; was i through Ad; very mat-minute. *i tnmK~tnir~DOM: can never convince either of us, sure* ly not me. unless It tells me who you really on-, lint, remember, It may. part us fi.rcver. 1 have known from the first Instant, and I Know now, and I always shall Know. r<iit we are no more to IM !, oilier limn cousins beautiful beyond dreams. She wore a sort of tea gown, I sup- you wish to "I think (i nd si; lieve?" HAEDENBERO AND CONNOR BOTH STAIUED HACK FEOM ME, STARING. Gilbert atra uTscTosed fo Tier TTi'e TfiTTTi. "Oh. Impossible, Impossible!" she cried. "Why, you seined to know each other at the very first glance!" "As I was live years old when I last saw my sister and she was barely one." said 1. "a recognition would not amount to very much, even If It had ru'mirrorl " "All, but there's Instinct." "Mrs. Gilbert." said I gently, "there Is no more chance that I am this young lady's brother than If 1 were the lx>ard- ed noiidnd In the Central park zoo." "But what shall we do?" she exclaimed. "Indeed, this is a very delicate matter. We cannot tell her now. She would not remain in this house. I know her. She has the strictest Ideas about incurring obligations. She would rather die In the street." At tliis I went Into a panic and vowed that I would keep up the deception tt> my last hour ou earth though It should sink my soul beneath the reach of mercy. i A few dnys later Connor ciiuie to ; my rooms with a very long face. i "There really Is a snag in our story," i said he. "Why in blazes did those ] Newfoundland Grays keep tills thing so quiet? Why didn't your uncle find his little niece? It Is Inconceivable that the Grays did not get a list of the Delphic's passengers. That would hnv* was. v couldn't lie anybody «-r=*r. and SM- y they must have known that your in: le (whose mime, with yours, wns in every nccomit of the wreck i would p:iy (hem handsomely for bring Ing tin little K'irl to him. IMdn't your uncle Vim- nay papers, diaries or records el any kind which might throw- some ii_'ht on this matter?" "All my uncle's twlvitte papers," said I, "wire taken In charge by Judgu Mahli-n "f the supreme court. He's dead, but I'll write to his son Jim to have tin- house looked over." I di I so nnd received next day thli telegram: Sent pose it might be called, of green fabric, | white lips, nud she carried a small black book. I think my mouth must have fallen open like n dead man's when I saw the figures 1887 in gilt upon the book's cover. My uncle's diary! "Hilda," said 1, without pause or preface, "I know what that book is. Tell me what you have found in it. Please tell me straight away." Her blue eyes opened a bit wider. She looked at me, then down at the book and then at me again. "Why, I haven't found anything," she said. "I Just got It this minute. A nutld gave It to me. I Daren't even ' opened It." Mrs. Gilbert's maid, under orders, had been waiting for my arrival, of _ course. What did It mean? "That la a volume of my uncle's diary," said I. "Beyond question we shall flnd here the answer to our riddle, the solution of all our doubts." I took It from her hand. "The early June dates should be the ones," said I and would have IN WALKED A CHRIST- opened the book MAS TKEK. but Hilda's bauds closed suddenly upon it "Oh, uot yet," she said faintly. 'Somehow 1—I dread it." The palms of my hands were wet. and I was swallowing.air,,but I man ask you, do Ispered, with didn't tell i J. M. I .'(ill- li. Mrs. Gilbert. Dw. you tln ; . L'nUerHtuml Naturally 1 called upon Mrs. Gilbert, but the lady was from Sw»n;e. I would have guiip away, but r. beloved volco floated down to me us I stood In the. ball. "Go into the drawing room," it said. "I will come to you." So 1 must meet IIIUlii without know- Ing what Mrs. Gilbert knew. A cold chill struck upon me. I tec. 20! That was i'ays nnd days ago, arid all this , time Mrs. Gilbert bad been urging me : to treat Hilda as a Bister. Was it pos- i slble ;ii;it I ?oul:l »>e mLstnlwn? No; iurely not Whatever Mrs. Gilbert might have learned, It couldn't have i"l. she v '"I I <• book It opened under ni> hand at th« pages beaded ,lum I an ! June 6, and under the lirst «( these . :ites 1 read the following In my un"'• - < hand: "Cnpf.'ilri Kims Gr::y a: i his wif« came today, brlnglnu the c^.id. it hail blue eyes and bright r».d ,, | ln i r . Jt could hardly be more nnlik.- poor llttfo Hilda, who had my dear • '-tor's coloring, brown eyes and darl; hair. Description had quite prepared me for tills, yet 1 would take no risk of error and therefore had the child brought to me. If this waif really came fr-un the Delphic I think It is the supposed son of Klrst Olllccr Alston, whose body was found with It upon the raft. According to the list, then' were cm the iH'lphic •Charles Alston (1 n fa n < i and nurse.' I think that '(' b a r I i e' "I'KIIIIAI'SSIIKBAWWB stood for Char- i-ovi:n KACU OTH*H." lolte. as Is common In England, and not for Charles. I shall Institute in« i qulrles." Then, evidently written later: I "Lieutenant Alston seems to hav* had not a relative In the world. Th« child Is undoubtedly Ids, but It will not ; be claimiil hy any one. 1 have decided | to send S'jo a month t" the Grays for. ! Its support. This will give Its life an ' ndded value to them, and they will rear It more- carefully." Here were all mysteries explained. The child was kept carefully and somewhat secretly because It was n source of revenue. At my uncle's death th# Income censed, and a stranger was pa*-' told them j>lalulv who their foundling ' iiicrci tim lu\v* af .luilm-e ov nu' voiumn vour unric's diary 1887. | a « ed to summon up the appearance of UK full exiiiiiniuioii of this af- ! calmness. "What do you expect to flnd here?" I asked. "Oh, you will think very meanly of me," she cried, "but, Indeed, I have been uverpersuuded and silenced sluce ! milled to take the child away, the very tint hour. Then for Just that j "I have a name for you at lust," said earliest hour 1 believed, but never aft- V "N»t my sister's. Charlotte"— erwurd. And I have drifted ou and on, not knowing what to do. 1 could see no escape from the evidence, and you were so sure!" "IMd Mrs. Gilbert tell you thatr "Why, yes, but I'd have known that you believed without a word from her. Vou were such a good brother!" And she smiled through her tears. "But I knew in niy own heart?'— "Listen," said I. "Answer me. Did you wish to believe? JFula nuur be our "I would ;il,e Illld/i iK-tter," said Bh* ><jrtly "You called me that first." "Mrs <;ill.ert lias had this book slao* th« day after Christmas," said I, "of the next at the latest. Why did llM hold U?" "Perhaps she wanted us to wait a Ut» tie." "Perhaps." said I. "she saw Just tip very truth, that we loved each other.** <• "We tnust always be TOry kind •weut to her." suid Hilda. THE MODEL Clean Cloak and Suit House 1528-19th.5t.Phone Main 975 Up Day Has Arrived I Our price chopper starts in early this season, we started SATURDAY MORNING with our regular annual clean up sale. Every lady in Bakersfield knows what a clean '. p sale means at THE: MODEL While wo have had one »( Uie very lies! season's have a few o-armouts on hand Unit must he sold. Our im>H" haven't as yet purchased your fall suit or coat or arc makn money saving prices. All this season's styles. Silk and net waists uui lia\i- ilmir inuic Imbues-, limn n '<• iint ici|i;itci|. in-vcrtlieless we K never carry ati.x I liinu • <>\ >T IVnm mir SCMSOII In (In- oilier. 1!' ymi '_r plans In luiy ntudlicr one. liciv's your opportunity (o o;c( nnr at Furs at Half Price $5.00 and $6.00 Silk and Net Shirt Waists, $3,98. \\> s til! have a lnr";c assortment of Furs, all stylos, incl White, cream and ecru. This season's styles, made of tfond ml , im n's, which will be placed on sale at just HALF the regular ajjd lined with silk Short and lone sleeves, plain tailored -,lk . . ,.,••, -.11 ,\ • . ,. waists, with the Ion* sleeves, all colors and hluc.k, and you will I"' 1 "' A I"""" " ! »» r '« ;ilwil - vs ••'I'l"'""'""^ '»' '"".her,, he surprised at the large assortment, that you will have to choose ,, r sweetheart, for thai Christmas present. You could lmy notli- from. Kvery one knows that we have the'largest and liest ass.,.1- ; suitable or more appreciated, nient fii waists in Bakersfield. $6 SILK PETTICOATS $3.98 lie .sure and lake adviuiliiKO of thin .silk petticoat sale. Tin; skirls are made of f-ood uraile taffeta and cm generously full, luivc deep llumices on the bottom protected liy dust nit'ile, conic Iji all colors including cliaiin'' ;| l'li'. They're splendid sKiris to wear under your new liill suit, for they hold your skirt out nicely and look well. A Bill; petticoat o'lVr liK' 1 tins should interest every lady iu IVTII county, he- caUBe no lady's wardrotic is complete without one. Think of buying a $U petticoat for $3.98. Skirts l /3 Off Regular Price Coats At just Half Price Suits SUITS AT 1-2 PRICE YOU WILL FIND MANY INTERESTING ITEMS NOT MENTIONED HERE, SUCH AS BATH ROBES, LONG AND SHORT KIMONAS, MADE If y.Mi e.-nv I- -.-.u- money this opportunity \\ill ,-iii-cly appeal to OF SILK, WOOL, AND FLANNELETTES. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED BY ANY LADY IN BAKERS- ^""^i""^^"}^." ',,,'.',',' '^l'.."'not happen ol'icn, I.ill I Ins is our clean FIELD. COME WHILE THE ASSORTMENT IS GOOD. YOU SHOULD BE FIRST. nj) sj| | ( . ;|||| | ,| h , v |m|sl e;,,. Suits from Jrl •"> i" ^ I". m "I' ""' Intent styles and doili.-,. h road e lot hs, fancy worsteds, cheviots, etc., all go into this sale.

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