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About The Red Cloud chief. (Red Cloud, Webster Co., Neb.) 1873-1923 | View Entire Issue (June 20, 1912)
THEIR MOST JOYOUS MOMENT
or aturav Kzmaz
copyfofr by jfmmy cojwwy
IHSTof all, contemplate fur
(i moment tho HCcno upon
which tho events I am nliout to
'innate took place: Tho pnni
pits of I'n'tnKonln, limitless
leagues of linrsh Rmss, of
llisri of g-anlto pebble and of
blnrk basaltic lock. Upon tho
Atlantic rltu of theso mighty
plains a few hheup and cattlo
fnrrim exist, a fow settlements
surh nH Santa Cruz and Gal-
logon; In tho far Interior a
itow Telnielchc tnrtlnriH lend their nomadic life.
Othorwlfeo tho pampas throughout all their
'enormous extent aro given over to bird nnd beast,
innd upon tuein Is carried out n perpetual warfare.
iIIiiko condors, measuring nB much as eleven foot
ncross their wings, htiwk-llko chlmungos and
coranchoH. pumas, hoary dog.s, Magellun wolves,
carrion-eaters and creatures of prey exist In almost
Traveling through this country, one Is forced to
realize the struggle for llfo. Let tho camper leave
his bildle upon the ground for tho night nnd all
tho leathern parts of It will have been devoured by
morning. This Is tho work of tho hoary dogs or
tho Magellan wolves.
It Is easy for a murderer to get rid of all trace of
Ills victim upon the pampas. A shot at twilight.
body lying stripped of Its clothes, and two hours
aftor dawn thoro will bo nothing save a few bones
to tell that the deed hns been dono.
Ascenslo Brunei, tho wild mnn of Santa Cruz,
was by birth u Swiss, but In very early years his
parents omlgrnted to Argentina, and while still a
young man he bj-oko away from them, and with his
brothor, whom I know but whose namo I forgot,
worked hlb way south until ho came at last to tho
Hanta Cruz provlnre of I'ntimnnln. Hr.- t.
years ho and his biother, whom wo will call llonrl
worked as nuuntw, cattle herding and bhcep-tendlng!
but. growing in time weary of tho wmm
unexciting nature of their calling, ai
length set up as tamers of horhcs
ow a liorso-tamer In Patagonia
carries on his business by traveling
from estancla to ostancla. When he
arrives nt a place where the owner,
has some horses which ho wants '
broken, tho tnmcr camps ami re
mains until he has finished his con
tract. Tho business Ascenslo nnd Henri
pursued for a long period. Ascenslo
was a marvelous rider, nnd his services and those
of his brother were In considerable request all
over the south. So somo months and oven years
went by during which many hundreds of animals
passed thiough the hands of tho Brunels. and
tney became the owners' of a comparatively largo
troop of horses. Ascenslo. though a savage and
merciless rider, never during nil this time gave
glimpse of the ferocity which underlay his
At length the two brothers happened, In tho
natural courso of their nomadic profession, to
come to the estancla this lino word may mean
anything from a largo residence to a mud hovel
with a roof of tin of a farmer who had recently
nettled in the country and who was tho husband
of a very pretty wife, a dark beauty of, It waB
rumored, a rather uncertain temper.
The farmer gave tho brothers a horse-breaking
contract and for some weeks all went well.
Ono evening when tho farmer, tired from a long
day In tho Baddle, had Just come home, Ascenslo
Brunei entorod, and having. It Is said, put hlin off
his guard by making some simple llttlo request,
murdered him In cold blood.
The actual details of this. Ascenslo's first, mur
der are hard to come by. Henri, whom I met
near Ultima Cass, never told the same story twice
running, and the only other witness, tho wife of
the murdered man, passed through some terrible
experiences and I never heard her authentic Btory.
The main fact remains:
1 Ascenslo murdered the farmer In order that he
might carry ofT bis wife, which ho did, besides
driving the whole stock, the cattlo, sheep and
horses of the dead man, Into the hoart of the
Here for a time, tho two brothers dwelt with
the unhappy woman, until at last Ascenslo quar
reled with Henri. It waB not for the first time,
and Henri wont to sleep, thinking It would have
all passed over in the morning. He was wakened
at dawn by a voice shouting to him, and saw at
once that during the night Ascenslo had driven
away all the horses and had also removed the
ABcenslo then said he had decided to part com
pany with his brother for good and all; that at
first it had been In his mind to kill him In his
Bleep, but for their mother's sake ho hud re
lented. He added that be had shifted tho horses
and stock to a safe distance and that If Henri fol
lowed he would unhesitatingly shoot him down.
Ho then rode away without more words.
Ab Henri had neither horse nor weapons he did
not follow. Indeed all his efforts were directed
toward getting out of the wlldornoss allvo. Living
chiefly upon berries, ho wandered for many daj-B.
finally to arrive, an emaciated wreck, at the
eBtanda of an Argentine herdsman. Tho latter
tended him and, when ho wns recovered, gave
him sufficient provision to take him to the nearest
settlement, whero ho duly arrived.
Proved Innocent of tho murder his brother had
committed, he went back to the llfo of a peon and
shepherd, and so ho passes out or this history for
The next act In tho drama opens with tho ar
rival in the coast settlement at Punta Arenas of tho
woman whom Ascenslo had forced to accompany
him Into tho wilderness. Sho bad a frightful tale
of cruelty to relate, culminating In a fortunate
It appears that Ascenslo had become subject to
fits of passion so frightful that thoy wore akin to
madness, and indeed madness of a kind had al
ready declared Itself In him.
The Tehuolcbes of Patagonia hold tho well-known
belief, common to many branches of tho Indian
race, that when thoy die they pass to the Happy
Hunting Grounds. On tho grave of u warrior
they slay bis dogs and horses; within It they
placo saddlo, knlfo aud food, and for nine nights
they kindle great fires, by the light of which tho
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ney. After that they light no moro flreB, as they
consider that the dead man has had time to finish
Whether .Vscensto grew deranged suddenly or
whether It was a Blow and gradual process, no
one cun ever know, yet the fact remains that 'be
came to believe In the religion of the Indians
with somo variations and startling effects of his
own. Believing, as he did, that death was only a
road by which man passed Into a longer and more
enduring, though not necessarily an eternal life,
he conceived the idea of building up a fortune
for himself in that future life.
In Ascenslo's diseased brain there arose the
Idea that whatever he slew lu this world would
bo his property In tho next. On that point he
was a maniac; on all others, perfectly sane. Now
began the serloB of thefts which made Brunei's
namo known from the Rio Negro to the Magellan
straits. One after another he raided tho horse
farms noar the coast, drove away aa much of tho
stock as ho could,, and, shaking off his pursuers
In every instance, escaped Into the wildest parts
of the pampas.
So for a long time, for years Indeed, Ascenslo
Brunei, the Wild Man of Santa Cruz, lived hla
life beyond tho reach of the short arm of the Ar
gentine law. Comasarlos hunted him, various
Juoces de Paz declaimed about htm, and tho garri
son of cavalry In Chubut "bolted their beef, and
started again on the track of the thief." And
then suddenly, one morning, the nows flew across
the couutrystdo that the Wild Man had been cap
tured. It was true. The way of It was aa fol
lows: In the very heart of Patagonia, upou the banks
of a river called the Mayo, lived, and Indeed still
live, a tribe of Tehuelche Indians, tho tallest and
perhaps the strongest people on earth. They are
hunters and horso-breoders, wonderful riders and
good mon. Thoy worship horsemanship and have
a number of strange rites which they practice at
the birth of a man child In order to Insure that
he shall turn out a good rider.
Into the nature of those rites we need not go.
They ore very cruel. I merely mention them
that you may understand what a task tho Wild
Man sot himself when he decided to steal a hun
dred marcs from men such aa these peerless rid
ers, trained In every phase of horsemaushlp, much
of whose lives Is spent In searching for strayed
horses and who can ride a hundred miles a day
It appears that the herd of mares that Ascenslo
stole were feeding In a vega or marsh that
stretches on tho southern banks of the Mayo. No
ono wns watching them, and, as they were well
used to their pasturage, It seemed unlikely that
thoy would stray. Theroforo, when shortly after
dawn an Indian lad carno galloping to tho toldos
with tho news that tho mures bad disappeared, tho
men of tho tribe were soon on horseback and rid
ing upon tbolr trail.
Hnrd on tho trail the Indiana rodo all day, and
before sunset thoy wore aware of a man clad In
skins driving the mares boforo him. Swiftly somo
of tho pursuers closed In on him, whllo others rode
to cut him off by a canadou or rift In the pampas
which lay across his path. Had it not been for
this canadon the Wild Man would never, In all
probability, hnvo been tnkon.
As It was, ho galloped down tho sheer wall of It,,
but only to find himself cut off by tho Indians who
had been detached from tho main body by the
cnclquo for tho purpose Biding In upon hlra the
Indians Hung their hoavy boloandores the
Tehuelche weapon of threo rawhldo thongs, each
weighted at tho end with a bnll of stone which
entangled tho legs of the Wild Man's horse and
brought It crushing to the ground. On the ground
tho Indians captured the Wild Man, snarling and
They did not slay tho Wild Man, but bound him
upon a horse aud conveyed him over three hun
dred miles of pampas to Oallegos, where they
handed him over to the authorities In due form.
He was thrown Into prison and the Indiana de
parted for their wilderness home once more.
In the Argentine Republic there 1b no capital
punishment, bo that after his trial, the sentence
that would be passed upon the Wild Man was cer
tainpenal servitude for life.
But it never camo to a trial, for it was not long
before the warders of the prison awoke one morn
ing to find their prisoner gone. He had cut his
way out through the walls of wood, stolon a horse
that had been tied by some late visitor before
tho door of a house In the main street, ridden
through the night until, at dawn, ho round him
seir far out upon the pampas.
All along this belt or country from Oallegos to
Santa Cruz are scattered farms set along the coast
at frequent Intervals. The Wild Man turned north
and, on the second day of his escape, caught and
stole a horse from one of these farms and so
rode on up the coast. While the ordinary traveler
dismisses the horse which has borne him gallantly
and well with a pat and a kind word, the Wild
Man, each time be procured a fresh mount, re
turned to his tired and weary beast and killed It.
And then one night, before the Indians had
even heard of his escape from jail, once more
he raided their mares and drove away a great
troop of 'them. His Intention doubtless was to
get tbem to some suitable spot and there kill
them, thereby gratifying his own peculiar and
bloody-minded beliefs and at the same time re
venging himself upon the Indians.
The Instant they discovered their loss the
Indians rode on the. trail of the mares, but
this time Ascenslo drove them like a madman, as
Indeed he was.
Tho Bun was already falling toward the west
when they spied him at last. He was nearly
naked, for he had flung away the clothes which
had been supplied to him In the Jail, and was
mounted upon a gigantic horse. As he rode,
he uttered a cry of a Hon, and the frenzied and
terrified mares galloped wildly In front of him.
The sun sank and the chase continued. One
by ono the Tehuelches dropped away until at last
the Wild Man and a single Indian alone remained.
Now the moon was in the sky and by Its light the
Indian saw the Wild Man slacken his pace and.
with features convulsed with rage and hate, turn
at bay. The Indian grew afraid and paused.
They looked at each other for a moment and
then the Wild Man laughed aloud and, turning his
great yellow horee, rode slowly to the west,
while the Indian returned to his companions,
whom he rejoined on the following day.
Near the cordillera of the Andes on adven
turous German settler had squatted with bis fam
ily, and had built himself a small house or hut.
One night the Qermnn was nwukened by a knock
ing at the door and opened It to find a man clad
In skins facing him.
The man appeared to be emaciated and wns
certainly of tho most extraordinary appearance,
his whole face being blackened by an almost
continuous growth of hair.
The man demanded food, whereupon the Ger
man Invited him to enter and, taking n frying
pan, commenced to cook some meat As ho bent
over the Are tho Wild Man, with senseless and
brutal cruelty, shot him through the back and,
holping himself to various provisions, left the
house and the dead man lying In It.
Tho news of this crlmo and of others, which
followed closo upon it, aroused the whole dis
trict. Nelthor man nor woman could feel safe
whllo the Wild Man lived, and at last a body of
armed settlers ran tho criminal to earth in a
houso which he had entered for purposes of
plunder. Ho never left that house alive, but fell
on tho threiliold riddled with bullots, yet not be
fore he had left his mark upon more than one of
his assailants. ,
01 the Trio, Probably Representative
Redfleld Had the Best Occa
sion to Smile.
The talk In one of the cloak rooms
of congress turned to tho thought of
the happiest moments In one's life.
Senator Bnllcy said his came the day
ho wore his first pair ot trousers. And
Paul Howland of Ohio declared his
big moment of Joy waB when he was
permitted once to drive a chariot In
a pony nnd dog show parndo.
Representative Redfleld, who Is a
wlso chap, even if ho docs hall from
Brooklyn, said It was when ho was
going to school and trying to master
long division. Three or four aisles
over from where ho sat a boy ynwned
It wns not an ordlnnry -yawn, but ono
of such genuine expression of feeling
toward things In goncrnl that It at
tracted Redlleld's attention. Ho wns
fortunate in hnvlng a pnpor wad right
at hand, ready for any emergency,
nnd ho nlmed this at tho boy's caver
nous mouth. Tho wad went right
squaro Into the goal nnd well, Fourth
of July llroworks nto tamo to the
stunts that boy did In tho next few
minutes. He says he almost smiled once on
ship board when the vessel gave a
lurch and threw a platter full of
beefsteak, gravy and all. over the
opon-faced shirt front of a pompous
pnssenger across tho table.
No Frosts There.
Foote Mghte It Is said that tho
southern tip of Florida Is the only
portion of tho United States which
never has experienced frost.
Miss Sue Brette Too bad It Is so
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The Proper Course.
"Is there a powder trust?"
"I don't know, but If there Is.
somebody should go gunning for It."
"I see beef Is still going up."
"Then the best wny to stop that Is
to keep It from going down."
Benliam They made a lion of me.
Mrs. Benliam Well, I'm a pretty
fnir sort of lion tamer.
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