One beautiful morning, Ole Johnny Mudd went to see his friend Socololito. He was a Native who, like many Indians, lived in an adobe house. The houses were built one above the next all the way to the height of five stories. Many families lived together for protection from invaders. They used to call this unity of houses "The Red Village," because at sunset, the door frames of the adobe houses seemed to turn very red. Socololito was sitting on the roof of his home enjoying the daily sun. When Ole Johnny Mudd got there, Socololito was already waiting for him.

Socololito greeted him and said: "¡Ee-yoh-ho, puh-yoh!" in his Native language. "Good morning, friend," Ole Johnny Mudd answered him, and then he asked him: "¿Coon-hee?" Socololito smiled and then he answered him in English, "Fine, and you, how are you?" The two friends sat down to visit. "Today we are going to learn how to write on the ground," Socololito said to Ole Johnny Mudd. "You are going to learn just how my people record many things when they write them down in the sand. I am going to show you the natural magic of the earth."

They both sat down at the edge of a ditch to talk and visit like friends. They were sitting a short distance from the Red Village. Ole Johnny Mudd gazed as Socololito took a little willow stick and drew a cloud with some rays, on the ground. "This symbol means "rain," he said. "This big ray stands for 'storm'. Ole Johnny Mudd paid careful attention to just how Socololito was writing. Afterwards, Socololito drew a large plant and he asked Ole Johnny Mudd, "And what do you think that this is, my friend?"

Ole Johnny Mudd looked at his drawing and said: "I think it is a cornstalk."

"Very good, friend," Socololito answered him. "You are learning really fast. And this circle with a face on it, what do you think it is?" Ole Johnny Mudd smiled and answered: "I think that it's the sun."

"You are learning earth magic, my friend," Socololito said to Ole Johnny Mudd. He added: "A smaller circle stands for 'the moon.' And a circle around the moon stands for 'wind'." Ole Johnny Mudd practiced drawing the symbols.

Suddenly they saw a Pony Express horse coming toward them. The man on the pony handed an important letter to Ole Johnny Mudd. He showed Socololito the letters in the message and he said to him: "It is a message from my sister Agüilda. She lives on the other side of the United States. She says that there is a wicked woman on the other side of the world who is using earth magic to do evil things. I am going to see Agüilda first to see where all of these bad things are happening." Then he added: "Sometimes good things like earth magic can be used for a bad purpose. The trick is to take something bad and turn it back into a good purpose. Always look for the good among the bad."

"Use earth magic to help the lady and also her people," Socololito told Ole Johnny Mudd. All the things in life can be used for either good or bad. You have to learn to interpret the signs so that all can benefit from them. Take the horse, Blue, to help you. He is an earth magic horse. As Ole Johnny Mudd was stroking the horse and he saw that he had a heart on his forehead. Right away he knew that a horse named 'Love' would be the proper one to carry him to where earth magic was being used for an evil purpose because 'love conquers all.' His blue horse was even faster than the horses used by the Pony Express.

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