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Ehe came out. from her shell.of-melan cholia to take part In the festivities of her sister's marriage to David Baca, The year of sorrow bad but chastened her beauty. came a captive. H© wooed so persistent ly and he wooed so well that Delflna could not say him nay. She was so young, only. 17, and at 17 grief dies easily. Jose was forced to make a business trip to Albuquerque, "Something, is going to happen." said Delflna's , "still / small voice," but she crushed her somber fore- bodlngs. _ In the pale dusk of coming night a horseman dashed up to the house.' "The body of Jose Banches has been, found by the wayside," wa» the message. : « <' The curse of murder seemed to lurk In > her favor; and ' Delnna , determined -never - again to bestow , her, fatal ' love. '" The .mur derer of : Jo«o Sanchei -and^tht\ca.UM of the fod attack to this day, remain myste ries. • "• . ¦ . Kor . two year* Delnna Lope* • fought against j the shadows and specters that ¦" darkened - her life. ' Then the sunlight be gan to. creep in. ;, When she ' waa nineteen "she ¦_ met Melauladee* Baca, one of the : wealthiest land . most . fought after . young men In j New Mexico. . . . ' He saw. Delnna Lopes and he loved her. Melqulades Baca knew, no fear. He laughed to scorn the Idea, that - Delflna's admirers were marked. for; murder. ¦ He braved the, doom .that all "predicted, and gave •himself 'with • ardor.:- to the task ; of overcoming Dalfln&'s : iuper»titlon». .:. .• . His sturdy opposition carried all before it. People veered like weathervanes to Melquiadea' point of view— "mere coinci dence." And since a woman's "perhaps" usually means "yes." Delflna succumbed to the pleading of her lover. . That was Just four weeks ago. The .wedding belli were to ring early la Sea- this fact has made a deep imprMsion en those who dwell near Mount Vesuvius, and has convinced them of the necessity of placing their trust In God during every suc% awful emergency. It Is the exist ence of this deep faith which Is the reason why a splendid Image of Christ Is now to be erected on tfct Calderonl Hill. - Image of Christ to Be Erected on Yesmviims. e> Ipf N Immense and most artistic mor.n-. ff-\ ment of Christ Is to be erected 'if-' » on Mount Vesuvius, the exact place elected being the Sal vator square en the Calderonf Hill, this being the place where a chapel stood in eld days. Pending the erection of tho monument, which will be of marble, a wooden cross will be placed on this lofty peak.' and its dimensions will be so great that a*clear view of it can be obtained from Naples. The monument will be con structed by some famous sculptor, and by the orders of Pope Leo the followtnx inscription will be engrave*! on It: "Jests Chrlsto Deo Restltntae per lpsum Batatas. Anno M. C. M. Leo P. P. XHL" For generations those persons whoat homes have been near Mount Vesuvius have piously believed that the fury of aa eruption could be much mitigated by the prayers to the Almighty, and that those would be in the least danger who could congregate In % some consecrated spot. When the terrible eruption began la 1831 Cardinal Buoytcarnpagno went In state to the chapel near the mountain and offered np prayers. In the hope of appeasing; God's wrath.- " "-" A great religious procession was held at the same time, and wnen It was over thousands gathered In all the, - chapels within view of the mountain, declaring their determination to die there If death were Inevitable. The Governor of the dis trict and 500 persons had fled for safety to a large building opposite the Francis can chapel, in this little town of Torre del Greco, while others had poured Into the chapel until It was packed to the very door. Hardly had they entered when, burning lava poured down the street and. ¦wept to destruction the Governor and his companion?. .. A terrible time it v/as. but the fact re mains that those who sought shelter in the Franciscan chapel were saved, whllo hundreds of others lost their lives; and The maimed survivor of the duel went to a far country. But Delnna was never quite the same, though time somewha^ Dclfna. Lopez did not have the usual swect-slxtccn souvenirs of her first ball to take away In a treasure box. She •cratched her hands pulling the drooping rose« from her hair and tearing off th* crlmson-splashf-d gown, she threw them Into the fire. "Maria Santlsslma! an ill omen, an 111 omen." cackled' the old nurse as the flames easily swallowed' the, blood ftalned £auze. VThf-n ihe turt came Into the ballroom It tour.4 the bocragglcd dancer* still there, waJtir.g for the doctor's verdict, and Del flna's -whitp sown ran red with blood and the light of cor^uest no longer shone In her eyes. She wan blameless, yet out there in the growing daylight they were filC&lng a grave; while inside th« doctor irravely shook his head over thjp wounded tnaji and said, "cripple for life!" She btnt over, their bodies. One man v/as breathing his last, while the othsr phrlrketj from the pain of the knife ' thrust. D^lfira soothed the dying man' first, ar.d then turned to the wounded one. There were two lads who clashed over her favor. They gave each other the He. Down on the Rio Grande there is but one way to wipe out such an insult. The quick, sharp report of a pistol arrested the Cancers: the flash of a bowie-knife cat through the air. Then a wild screas* rhlvered the silence into bits. It was Del flna. ----;•' ¦ It was on her sixteenth birthday that Delflna went to her first ball, there to learn her fatal charms. She was an fragrant ar.d sweet as a Castlllan rose, all !n a gown cf Cimsy white. Her thick, eoft hair, with its red rose*. Just tossed in a knot and falling loose again, was her only mantilla, Her beauty was compelling and men quarreled for the privilege of danc ir.g with her. But even In her early teens the boys Quarreled over her and many were the boyish "scraps" for "Delflnlta." The years added to her loveliness. At 16 she was ravlsrJr.gly beautiful, with the lithe, languorous grace of the south. Once her long lashes drooped over laughing eyes, but now something of tho tragic has crept trnfler them. The Serorlta Delnna is guiltless of even a drop of the Mood that has been shed on her account. She Is not a Clre<5 who will ingly woo« men's souls to the brink of eln. Her heart does not thirst for mur der. What girl this side of the Rio Grande can claim tho questionable distinction of having r*?en the indirect cause of four deaths? Eenorita Delfina Lopez has yet another proof of her fatal powers of fas cination. A young man. maimed for life by a thrust of tfc* bowie-knife, hobbles around, a crippled testimony to her en chantmer.yi. WHERE are you going, my pretty maid?" "To bury four lovers, sir," she said. "won't you marry me, xny pretty maid?" "I'd rather jou'd die for me, elr," she said. The other day two young Spaniards of 5Cew Mexico fought a duel over Senorlta Delflna L«opez. the belle and beauty of the Rio Grar.de. Valley. They met at noon, and In the shadows of nightfall their bodies were lowered into the freshly turned earth. They were young men of good standing, and moreover were distantly connected. Both were turr.amed Baca. Melqulades Baca. the younger of the flery duellists, was a grar.dson of Felipe Chaves. the richest Spaniard in New Mexico. David Eaca was the son of a wealthy pheep o-w-nrr and brother-in-law of ' Senorlta DeJJlr.a Lcpez. over whom the duel was fought. Who will win tho heart of Delflna Lo pex? This is the question they are ask !np down In the valley of the Rio Grand*. Mothers cros*s themselves and clasp their sons to their breasts, while fathers turn pale v.t the* thought. For trx* way to the favor of Delflna Lo ¦prz 15 sp'.cshed with warm life blood. In the race for her hand three men havf foujffat and tied. A fourth was shot be r»a«« ii* «o%tsbt to tara*s!r-the fair name cf Delfina Lopez. From Albuquerque to the City of Mex ico there i? not a more beautiful senorita tha/i Delflr.a Lopez. And from Green !?-nd's icy mountains, to India's coral ?tr»nd there Is never a maiden whose woeintrs have b*en bo Pteeped in gore. The price of courting her has been death. selves to the hour mark, and stni Deltas] sat by U*r dead lover. Bo stin she was, •o pale, she might have been a form of wax. David Baca lived out the hoar. Before) the death film fathered . to shnt out the world forever, Delflna rose like a wraith from the beyond, end turned upon him a look so -full of reproach that the dying man shuddered and tried to turn away. But even In death his wide staring eyes were turned upon the spot where Delflna had stood like an accusing spirit. ( Delflna Lopez, the belle and beauty of the Rio Grande, is fighting the battle of life and death. She Is meeting death more than half way, but arrayed against It are her family and the physicians. They d»iva that they will lead her bac)e .to. health. But to happiness? Dlos sabe! Fearful of the result. Delflaa sugax eoated the account of the Interview. But at last gossip had dared to whisper to Meiquiades what everr one •!»* In the town of Belen already knew— that Det-rld Baca was ernaCgir.g the fair name of Us) ¦liter-ln-law. . Mad. with the fury of his raoe. Mal lutades Baca sought De-rid Baca. They met In the plaza. "Are you armed T* hissed Melquiades.' David polled eat « ilx-shooter. A crowd Intuitively collected . txoaad the men. The report* ran* oot simultaneously. Each man fired throw ¦hots and each man was wounded thre* times. FVightened women and caRous tw precsed closer A physician mad* his way: to their prostrate forms. Then a tremor ran through the crowd and swiftly It parted to make way for a woman.a yoooff woman, with the blaring noontide «tm beating down on her uncovered head. Delflna bent over Mel<xnlades) Jnst tx time to catch his last loving message, X few feet away, writhing la agony, lay; David Baca. The minutes dragged them- tember. Dclflna shut her eyes to the donds that flecked her ha?p!r.e*x For loma usaceoun table reason her brother in-law, David Baca, had taken an Intense dislike to Delflna, Her visits to her aister war* so plainly discouraged by David that D*12ca was forced to discontinue them. * Melqulades Baca pooh-poohed the affair and blamed It to Delflna's sapersensitlve ness. , Delflna took his advice and mad* another attempt to met her sister. David Baca met her at the door and forcibly forbade her to ever again cross their threshold. ' V .' Amour th» guests at the wedding was on* Jose £anche*. At first glance be be- SUNDAY CALL ART MAGAZINE SECTION THE FATAL POWER OF FASCINATION