One week’s hard work makes this up. “The Whistler’s Den”(Part II).
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Robert didn’t understand much about this paragraph. Well, how could he? He was a 19-year old boy. But his curiosity knew no bounds, and also he had already started ghost-hunting by then. So he decided to unveil the mystery of this letter when he would gain some more experience in his hobby. But after a few months, he forgot about it; even the book in the shelf in which he had hidden it, didn’t attract his attention. But the Daily Florino newspaper of 13th August, 2007, brought back in his memory everything that had happened 9 years back.
The third page of a newspaper that usually houses art news had a picture of a haunted house with the caption –“The Whistler’s Den”. All of a sudden that paragraph came to his mind. Everything became vivid in his mind. He jumped up from his chair and reached for the particular book, a Geographical Encyclopaedia of the World, in which that paper was kept.
“The agricultural map of Australia”-he said to himself.
There it was, that paper; just as it was when he had kept it, almost a decade back.
He opened it and went through the paragraph. He was surprised to discover that remembered most part of it. But now he wasn’t ready to just read it and again put it back in the shelf. However, at the same time he hadn’t heard of anything like “Whistler’s Den” in this world. He asked his father. Mr. Robin also couldn’t help him much-
“I heard this name many years back, don’t ask me how many. I can remember that somewhere it came in the newspaper that two people had been found dead at a bungalow in the Greesham Forest, by a group of wood cutters, who were heading on for their day’s job. I think it was somewhere between1988-89. But why are you asking about it? Ghosts? Or your any new weird hobby? Bungalow hunting?”
-“Nothing of that sort, Father. Today’s newspaper makes a mention of it.”
He handed on the newspaper and while Mr. Robin was going through it, he used the opportunity to escape any further interrogation. While leaving, his father told him to visit the old newspapers’ collection in the town library.
Robert hurriedly went there, but disappointment didn’t seem to stop chasing him. The librarian informed that they had shifted the stock of old newspapers to the State Library for an exhibition. When Robert enquired about any other article about the “Whistler’s Den”, the librarian suggested that he might consult Mr. Edward Timberlake and might find him helpful.
Mr. Edward Timberlake was a well-known historian of the state, who specialised in obscure parts of history of the state. Robert took an appointment to meet him. On the stipulated day, Robert reached Mr. Edward’s office much ahead of time, with that piece of paper. He explained the entire system of its discovery, opening the chest, and also about that newspaper mention. Mr. Edward was a very polite and knowledgeable man. He said, “I find it very satisfying that youngsters like you want to know about such less known parts of history from me, instead of your INTERNET. I’ll definitely help you.”
He stood up from his chair, went into the other room, and returned with two big volumes of hardback books. He opened the first and showed Robert an article naming Franco D. Sinkonawa. The information he received from there was that this man, Sinkonawa, was a Japanese trader who had come to San Florino, in 1849, to make greater profits in his cargo business. He had made great fortune of his business, which ultimately had become the business of ships. But at the age of 62, he stopped all his business activities altogether and started living the life of a hermit in his small cottage, and undertook the construction of a palatial building called “The Whistler’s Den” in Greesham: the place was not a forest then. But unfortunately he passed away at the age of 69 when his dream house was almost 95% completed. The article also stated that Sinkonawa had made good use of his fortune- contributing for charitable causes, and at a point of time he was called “Helping Hand of San Florino”.
After finishing the article, as he was going to put down the book, the old man gave him the other book. On a page of it was written “The Whistling Castle”. Robert read through the long document that described the same thing as in the previous book along with some additional details: after the death of Mr.Sinkonawa his huge fortune was never recovered. He is said to have buried everything in an unknown place. Moreover, after his death no one ever came to San Florino or Veragon to claim to be his descendant. As a result, “The Whistler’s Den” was soon abandoned, and after that death incident, it came to be alleged to be haunted. The entire human colony left the place at once and when they had shifted, the violent earthquake that year demolished everything but the Castle. Some more information was also given but Timberlake told they were just folklores, unworthy to believe.
“Well, the ‘Whistling Castle’ was just an alias for ‘Whistler’s Den’, Mr. Edward Timberlake said.
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