TRAGEDY IN SONOMA -- CHRISTIAN BRUNNER IN A PRISON CELL -- ST. CATHERINE'S CONVENT AT BENICIA -- ROMANCE OF SPANISH CALIFORNIA -- THE BEAUTIFUL ANGEL IN BLACK -- THE PRAYER OF DONA CONCEPCION ARGUELLO REALIZED -- MONASTIC RITES
TIME passed. Not a word had come to me from Sonoma in months, when Benjamin handed me the Union, and with horror I read the headlines to which he pointed: "TRAGEDY IN SONOMA. CHRISTIAN BRUNNER, AN OLD RESIDENT, SLAYS HIS OWN NEPHEW!"
From the lurid details published, I learned that the Brunners had asked this nephew to come to them, and had sent him money to defray his expenses from Switzerland to California. Upon his arrival in Sonoma, he had settled himself in the proffered home, and at once begun a life of extravagance, at the expense of his relatives. He was repeatedly warned against trifling with their affection, and wasting their hard-earned riches. Then patience ceased, and he was forbidden the house of his uncle.
Meanwhile, his aunt became seriously ill, and the young man visited her secretly, and prevailed upon her to give him, in the event of her death, certain cattle and other property which stood in her name.