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[85] driven into his evil courses through the seduction of his young wife by a White man. This story is untrue. Though boasting of as long a list of amours as Don Juan, the Capitan smiles with scorn and pity when you ask him about his wife and child.

“A child, but not a wife,” he says; “I love my girls like a man; but never could be tied to any one female skirt.”

“ Then it is false that your wife was taken from you by an English settler?”

“ False; yes, false. I never had a wife.”

His scorn of married love is said to be one great element in his success with women.

Rosalia loved him as a brigand chief, and her attachment helped to keep him in the field. He wished to please her eye and gratify her pride. On leaving San Quentin with a pardon, given to him on a promise of good behaviour, his jailers believed that he intended to redeem his pledge. By staying at home, he might have put Los Felix into order; but the presence of his mistress in the neighbourhood unstrung his mind. Rosalia loved him for his daring deeds; and how, whilst drudging on a

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