The Yale University-educated Don Francisco Javier Eligio Gonzalez y Sioco and his wife Dona Josefa Mercado y Espiritu passed away within a few years of each other in the 1920s and their nine young and attractive children — Ardalion, Aristides, Vladimir, Benjamin, Florencia, Horacio, Josephine, Teresita, and Javiera — were parceled out to Don Javier’s eight surviving brothers.
It was almost like the movie “All Mine to Give.”
One of the boys was sent to live with his uncle and aunt. It was all well and good. Until one literally sweltering afternoon when the young boy accidentally saw his uncle and a younger woman, not his aunt, in “flagrante delicto.”
The boy was immediately sent away by the uncle on the pretext of misbehavior just in case he would tell the aunt what he saw.