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