I can’t offer any insights on the origin of the abdominal wound, but I can confirm that men of his generation knew that being ‘gut shot’ almost inevitably led to a prolonged and agonizing death. There are numerous accounts of soldiers committing suicide or killing their own wounded to spare them that. Legends Were Born In October 1943 77th Birthday Gift T-Shirt I’d also point out that there is a fairly sturdy wall of muscle tissue that lines the abdominal cavity. It’s not like you just poke it and part of your guts fall out. That’s why I don’t find the rock theory very convincing. To me it sounds more likely that he was swimming, was shot with an arrow from someone who had never seen a human being that pasty, and when he pulled the arrow out a loop of intestine came with it. As soon as he saw that he would know what he was in for.
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I wouldn’t entirely dismiss the reports of odd behavior, but I don’t think I’d put too much stock in them either. For one thing, he sounds like a pretty eccentric dude, and the reports are from people who barely knew him. It’s possible he was always like that. For another, after a tragedy, people tend to exaggerate things like that in their memory. The “I could tell something wasn’t right” mentality. What would explain the absence of the arrow from the scene? Also, Legends Were Born In October 1943 77th Birthday Gift T-Shirt it seems kinda weird that the tribesman would just leave him after shooting him. There’s obviously no way to know, but I’d guess he pulled the arrow out while he was still in the water. And as long as I’m guessing, I think whoever shot him did so out of fear more than an intention to murder.
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If they’d never seen a white person before, they may have thought they were shooting a ghost or a demon.It seems likely to me that this theory is absolutely correct. I also think he could have shot himself because the tribesmen were coming to kill him anyway, Legends Were Born In October 11943 77th Birthday Gift T-Shirt so he just ended it before he met an unknown death. The arrow being absent makes more sense with my addition to the theory because they would probably have taken the arrow to reuse it. Resources can be hard to come by and are rarely wasted. That makes sense. I wonder how isolated the tribe was. It’s possible, especially with a lot of missionaries in the area, they’d been exposed to white people before and just had zero interest in communicating with them. Something similar to the tribe on an island off India.