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STORY OF A SKULL, BURIED SIX CENTURIES,
TELLS OF THE PERFECT AMERICAN
Dr. Furstenan and Skull of Original American.
By W. H. Alburn.
Denver, Col., July 19. For six
centuries an Indian sphinx sat, buried
in the sand on the shores of Catalina
island, off the coast of California. He
gazed toward the sea- and guarded
the secret of a vanished race.
This mysterious figure has been
brought to the light of day by Dr.
A. W. Furstenan, world-wanderer and
noted naturalist, and his secret is
"He was the perfect American,"
says the scientist, "and he was prob
ably the last of his race'
In Dr. Furstenan's Denver labor
atory and museum, filled with
strange specimens of animal life and
relics of antique man from far lands
and distant ages, are the material re
mains from which the doctor reads
the old Indian's history as an open
book and tells what manner of life
he lived and how puny and decadent
we modern Americans are in com
parison. Since leaving Berlin university Dr.
Furstenan has spent most of his time
delving with a pick and shovel. Dur
ing a visit to California an old Mexi-