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Scott, Sixto. Sixto Scott was created by Arthur O. Friel (Job Briggs, Dugan (II), Lucio León, Roderick McKay, Pedro & Lourenço, Wallace Sparhawk) and appeared in five stories in Adventure (U.S.) from 1926 to 1928, beginning with “Justice” (Adventure (U.S.), May 8, 1926).
Sixto Scott is a fortune hunter and adventurer in the jungles of the Orinoco.
A paradox, this Scott. By ancestry, half Scottish and half Spanish—son of an American soldier of fortune and a belle of Bogotá, Colombia. By birth and education, a caballero, eligible to the most exclusive circles of a proud Aristocracy. By nature a dreamer, a far-seer, yet a shrewd observer of material things and a canny reader of men and motives. In physique a giant. All in all, such a man as might well command an army, represent his country in important diplomatic posts or even rule the entire republic as president. Yet he is but a petty trader in Indian hammocks. He dwells, not in the lofty city of the Andes, but on a nameless mosquito-infested tributary of the Vichada. Pure white, he has neither white partner nor white wife; his habitual companions are the untutored Guahibos, and his women—of whom, he casually admits, he owns several—are Indians. He likes these primitive people and their simple way of existence, he says, better than the intriguing men, fickle women and complex civilization of his own world. So except for his annual voyage down the Orinoco to sell a huge cargo of hammocks to the merchants at Ciudad Bolivere, among the Guyahibos he stays.
But he may in fact be in hiding, or looking for a secret gold mine.
* I'm including the Sixto Scott stories in the Best of the Encyclopedia list because they're fun. Arthur O. Friel strikes again! The Sixto Scott stories aren't his best work, but they're still a lot of fun. As usual Friel has a great grasp of scenery and gets the maximum effect out of the minimum number of words. The action is exciting, the characterization strong, and the narrative voice compelling. Recommended.
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