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Pabst, Ralph M.|
Jacob von Walzer: facts, then & now! This book is a real do-it-yourself project. Essentially it is a paper bound photocopy of a typed manuscript, even the color and black and white photographs are photocopies. Although there are 231 numbered pages the actual text is just half that because the back of each photocopied page is blank. Each page with text is stamped with a number, so the numbering runs 3,5,7, etc to 231, missing along the way page 83.
It is very poorly written, full of ungrammatical snags and places where the author's thoughts are so unorganized it becomes an interpretive project to decide what he means to say. The actual content is a jumble of tall tales about Jacob Waltz in the first half and a mixture of cribbed items on Arizona prehistory and history in the second half; none of it worth bothering with. The author's "theories" about where Waltz got the gold are: it was high graded ore from the Vulture Mine; included in his store of gold was some of the secret Apache gold whose existence was revealed to Waltz by an Apache maiden; that he and Weiser killed Ludi and Jacobs for the Peralta gold, then Waltz killed Weiser; and that all of these golds were hidden by Waltz in the Superstitions.
The only thing of interest here are Pabst's statements in the Preface which seem to promise new documentation and evidence, none of which he delivers. "The author of this book had the great privilege of meeting and making the friendship of Rhinehart Pete' Petrasch. of Globe, Arizona at the time. After much discussion and persual (sic) of many documents the author agreed to include a picture of the grave site of Pete's father, Gottlieb Petrasch. This would be in a book down the road' sometime and when all the facts where put together. In exchange for this favor Pete entrusted all the old papers, documents, pictures, memorabilia and authenticated papers to the author as payment in full. Most are data that no one else has any idea about or the facts contained therein. Pete was a favorite of Waltz and it was these tokens he had in his canvas bag strapped to him during the flood - not under his bed...These priceless original pictures, documents, data and memorabilia will be donated to the State of Arizona by the author so the public can see first hand the truths as they really are. Also, these items brand the fraudulent claims of other authors who use fiction as a base of their tale... The facts and the truths will stand up as such against the many false and misleading statements written in many books about Waltz. The author is prepared to defend all the truths as shown in this book with original documents and records and much more. It is the truth against the false tales of some authors who are not interested in history, genealogy, or the truth."
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