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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 01, 1912, Image 9

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BRIGHT EYES
She Is the Cause" of an Inter-
esting Experience Among
the Chinese.
Suk Lap was just common,
slant-eyed, shuffle-gaited, garden
Chinaman. He came to this poun
try when quite young, smuggled
across the boundary ljne. made
his way to Spokane and secured
work at market gardening.
Amassing a Chinese fortune
about $400 he decided 'that he
would send for Bright Eyes, his
sweetheart. He wrote a long let
ter back to the old country, in
closing enough money to defray
Bright Eyes' expenses to Van
couver. He went himself to welpome his
bride and. make preparations for
getting her across the boundary.
All was well at first. When the
ship arrived Bright Eyes shuf
fled across the gangplank- and
looked wonderingly about, her.
She didn't know Suk Lap
She remembered having known
such a person when she was quite
young, and had been told that
he was to be her "husband." She
didn't know him. at Vancouver
from the numerous-other Cejes
tiajs hanging about'the landing.
But her eyes lit upon Suk Lap
,the first thing, probably because
instinct or something told her
that he was her husband, or per
haps it was because Suk Lap, in
honor of the occasion, had garbed,
himself in an ill-fitting suit of
ploihesj a$ ter the siMScoi his new
country, and wore a carnation in
his buttonhole, like he had seen
American bridegrooms do. But
heknew Bright Eyes at onde.
They were going up the street
leading to the Chinese quarter,
when How Long, a leader of the
Chinese, was encountered. He
expressed surprise at the beauty
of. Bright Eyes. Suk Lap told
him who she was.
Hpw at once opened a bargain
for her. First he offered Suk Lap
a good position with his crew that
went into the far north of British
Columbia every year and mined
placer gold in old diggings which
white men had left as too unpro
ductive. Suk Lap refused.
Then How Long offered him
money more money by a lot
than it had cost him to get her to
America.
But Suk Lap, Jover-like, (lovers
are all alike), was obdurate and
no inducement How Long held
out would cause him to part with
her.
So How Long thought of a deep
scheme. He gave a wedding sup
per of rice, chop suey, lou-Jou and
whisky lots of whisky, Suk Lap
was deceived. He drank deep of
the whisky, which itself is not in
toxicating. Besides, How Long
had drugged the liquor.
Some hours afterward Suk Lap
awoke, dazed. "Bright Eyes!" he
screamed, and attempted to leave
the dark room in whiclrhe found
himself. The door was barred. He
did not shout for help, but took
his strong knifeand cut his way
out ljtteji4h& notice
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