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Strauch, Dora; Brockmann, Walter / Satan came to Eden
(1936)

McDonald, E. F., Jr.
Foreword,   pp. xi-xii


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cut her knee to the bone. This almost disabled her. He had injured 
his arm and side in a fall through the branches of a tree. The red- 
bearded doctor, about forty years old, and the young and beautiful 
girl could probably not have kept going much longer. We gave 
them enough supplies for a year or more-food, medicines, tools, a 
rifle, pickaxes, shovels, even dynamite, for among our other adven- 
tures we had been digging for treasure on Cocos Island; and then 
we sailed away. 
  As we left the island I sent a radiogram from my yacht to Jim 
Foster of the Associated Press, telling him of our experience. This 
was the first news that came to civilization from the Galapagos 
Islands about the Ritters. By giving this first news I unintentionally 
started the avalanche of publicity that has fallen on the Ritters 
through the past five years. After weeks of cruising with my six 
guests, U. J. Herrmann, Charles Hanna, John Lock, Baker Brownell, 
George Fox, and L. G. Fitzgerald, and the crew of the Mizpab 
among lonely islands of the Caribbean and the tropical Pacific, this 
seemed a bit of harmless.news. Of the public attention that followed 
and its eventual effect on the Bitters there was no foretelling. 
  A warm friendship sprang up between us and the Bitters. I sent 
them letters and supplies whenever I learned that a boat was calling 
there, and they in turn wrote me whenever a ship came by. Some 
of their letters to Mr. Brownell and me were edited and published 
by the Atlantic Monthly in the form of three articles signed by Dr. 
Ritter. The reports of yachtsmen and others who later visited the 
Ritters were worked up into innumerable feature stories in the 
Sunday supplements and the magazines. 
  Then came Dr. Bitter's tragic and still mysterious death and Dore 
Strauch's return to Germany. I urged her to set down the account 
of her experiences on the island and her brave life with the man for 
whom she left home and friends. She has a marvelous story to tell. 
It is far stranger and more fascinating than many an imagined tale 
of adventure. 
                                         SE.F. McDoNALD, JR. 


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