Bade, William Frederic
dark-eyed, black-haired sprite of a sister “Flory” who she wished to adopt – the “Zanita” of her fantastic novel of that name – whose wild, infant tales of bear-killing, horse breaking experiences entertained her greatly. She essayed making Flory a dress – not very successfully, since she had never used a needle in her life. Lady Yelverton was at that time travelling, in an effort to forget the troubles following an unfortunate marriage. That fall when my father went below – which meant to San Francisco – to get our winter stock of provision, she went with him under his escort, planning to sail [shortly] for India. While in San Francisco my father one evening invited her to go with him to the theatre – which she did. Theaters were few so he selected the best without knowledge of the performance which, but a strange coincidence happened to be one of Wilkie Collins novels – “The Woman in White.” I believe but am not sure – and was the story Lady Yelverton’s life. My father was wholly ignorant of it, but she recognized each detail, and when it came to the culmination of
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