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I WILD MAN OF THE MOUNTAINS.

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I WILD MAN OF THE MOUNTAINS. The discovery of a troglodyte (cave-dweller), in the Basque provinces, near Fuenterrabia., on the Franco-Spanish frontier, has (says a Madrid message) aroused considerable curiosity here. As a Customs guard with his dogs was search- ing in a wood the other day an extraordinary being in the image of a man was seen to rush before him with 0 wonderful rapidity, and dis- appear into a hole in the mountain. The guard followed on, and found the wild man had blocked up the entrance to his cave with pieces of timber and stones, which, however, were easily removed, and the man was captured. He was absolutely prehistoric in appearance. His only garment was a skin tied round the hips. His long and matted beard fell over his chest like a cloak, while his hair trailed down his back in a thick mass. In his cave were found numerous bones of sheep, deer, and other animals which he had eaten, a sling, a club, and a stone axe. A bed of moss was his only furniture. The guard brought the troglodyte to Fuen- terrabia, where his appearance created a sensa- tion. Before the magistrate he explained that his name was Prudencia, he was twenty-eight years old, and had been, when an infant, au inmate of a foundling hospital in San Sebastian. He had formerly acted as farm hand, but two years ago, being unable to find work, and being in great distress, he took to the forest. There he lived on acorns, hazel nuts, and birds' eggs. j Little by little he learned the use of a sling and the axe, and was able to kill deer and sheep which had strayed. As he had no fire he ate the flesh of these animals raw. „

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