PARAGUAY: Geoastrophysiologist

Twenty-odd years ago a good-looking young German named Walter Bauer got off a river boat at Asuncion, found a cave in the country, set up as a prophet. He told Paraguayan peasants when to marry or leave it alone. He predicted the future, made rain, found hidden treasure.

When his beard grew long enough, he moved to the summer resort of San Bernardino. Calling himself a "geoastrophysiologist," he turned to Paraguay's favorite subject — her wildcat politics — and flatly predicted that Dr. José Patricio Guggiari would be elected President. To the astonishment of Guggiari, the prediction came true, and the...

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