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Kim — University of Nebraska Press / Page 155 / / The Apache Indians / Ingstad [First Page] [155], (1) Lines: 0 to 32 ——— 12.41202pt PgVar ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX [155], (1) 13 Cave Country In the middle of the cave, a fire flickers and casts a strange glow onto the dark corners of the rock, where old Indian ruins vaguely appear. Outside the darkness of night hangs like a black wall. The only sound we can hear out there in the dark is the hushed rushing of water from the river flowing in the canyon far below. Old Farnsworth pierces a piece of deer meat onto a skewer as he says, “Confound these mountain lions, they’re everywhere, and they ravage the livestock something horribly. The wolves aren’t much better. But nobody hunts them because there’s nothing but a bunch of Indians and Mexicans wandering around out here in this Godforsaken wilderness. Nope, it sure isn’t easy trying to raise cattle in these here parts of the world.” This was a befitting description of the area where I now found myself, about a day’s travel southwest of Chuichupa in the Sierra Madre’s southern region. A more rugged and jagged mountainous country would be difficult to find. Farnsworth kept his cattle down here and lived in the cave. After my Apache companions traveled back to the States, I had followed Farnsworth down here to investigate the fascinating cave dwellings I briefly mentioned earlier. Supposedly they were located farther into the mountains toward the southeast. I was planning to ride down there as soon as Farnsworth finished the heaviest workload with his herd. Early the next morning we ride off from the cave to tend to some cattleupinthemountains.Allaroundusgrowoakforestsandstrange sorts of cacti, and up on the hillside the grass grows tall and thick in waving fields. Herds of deer leap here and there and disappear into the brushwood. We pass by a strange contorted rock that resembles Kim — University of Nebraska Press / Page 156 / / The Apache Indians / Ingstad 156 Cave Country [156], (2) Lines: 32 to 42 ——— 0.0pt PgVar ——— Normal Page PgEnds: TEX [156], (2) a monolith. It rises a good 120 feet into the air, and at the top sits a large rock that doesn’t seem to be resting on anything. Farther on we pass one of Farnsworth’s mountain lion traps and find a hissing wildcat caught in it. Next, we arrive at the edge of a canyon, a sheer drop down about twenty-five hundred feet. Far below we can see the glistening Aros River. We take care of the cattle and afterward stop on the top of a ridge to give the horses a rest, light a fire, and relax. The sun sheds its dazzling light across the mountains, which extend in all directions. Bare, sheer cliffs descending to the depths of the canyon are streaked with strata of steel blue and rusty red. Far below next to the Aros River I spy a small grove of palm trees. The notorious mountain range Espinosa del Diablo rises to the west of us. Farnsworth points and says, “Over there was where the old outlaw Emanuel Lugo hid his loot.” Then I heard the story about this strange Aztec Indian, a descendant of the highly cultivated people who ruled over parts of western Mexico until the Spanish came. For quite some time, Lugo was an outlaw who spent his days attacking and rampaging and who made the mountains his home. Once he joined up with a couple of other bandits and together they attacked a caravan of mules loaded with silver and gold. They buried the loot somewhere in the mountains. Not long after, authorities caught Lugo, who then had to serve twenty years in prison. When he was released, he was too old to continue a life as a bandit. He wandered from one place to the other and was a frequent visitor to Chuichupa as well. Farnsworth liked the wise old fellow, gave him food and shelter and became good friends with him. Lugo talked about many things, including the last crime he committed before being dragged off to prison. He even took Farnsworth and his two sons to the place where he had buried the booty. They didn’t find any gold and silver; others had already been there and taken it. They did, however, come across the skeletons of two of Lugo’s companions. He and the other bandits...


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