Art: Call of the Jungle

Tobias Schneebaum. tall (6 ft.), lean and brown, took a deep breath, brought the mallet smashing down on the rock placed on the fakir's chest. An appreciative cheer rose from the Peruvian natives.

Tobias liked being a fakir's helper; he got paid for it, and he needed the money. But it scarcely seemed a suitable way of life for an artist on a Buenos Aires Contvention grant. Tired of Lima, he set off over the Andes and made his way down Madre de Dios River toward the Brazil-Peru-Bolivia frontier. Unarmed, and with only a Roman Catholic...

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