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1874-1883. USA – South America

A reputation without limits

“He handed out newspapers to their parents, some less recent and some more newly released. There is perhaps no better gift for people living in the wilderness. Newspapers were a very important part of our equipment, sometimes even the only interchangeable item.”

A winter walk in the Concord & Merrimack Rivers, Journal (1849) , Henry D. Thoreau

In this chapter, the publications that follow refer to the children of P. Coutalianos. As far as we are able to know, Panagis had many children. Around 1872 he married in Argentina a girl originally from Genoa, Italy. His wife’s name was Palmyra. With her he had five sons and one daughter, but there is a possibilitiy that he had also other children who died in the meantime, as happened very often in those times. Unfortunately, until now we have not been able to ascertain the name of his daugter. On the other hand the names of his sons are as follows: a) George b) Ellin or Hellen (means Greek) c) Francisco d) Antonio and e) John. John who was the youngest son, died at a very young age. He was still a minor when his father was imprisoned in Rhodes. The family could not bear the hardships and the little boy died of hunger and disease somewhere in Piraeus. His other four sons managed to survive and even become highly skilled athletes. In fact, all four seem to have made careers in America as wrestlers.

October 24, 1876
May 27, 1876. The comment ends with the question: Where is Bauer?
Coutalianos looks for opponents, but they all hide like mice.
July 11, 1876 Baltimore sun
August 28, 1876 Ethnofilax (Εθνοφύλαξ)
July 7, 1876 Indiana progress/ August 10, 1876 Lebanon daily news/ July 28, 1876 Bloomington Weekly Leader
August 20, 1876 San Antonio Express/ August 24, 1876 Centralia Sentinel/ August 24, 1876 Pueblo Colorado weekly chieftain/ July 28, 1876 Reno Evening Gazette
May 27, 1876 Sacramento Daily Union
August 27, 1876 Εφημερίς/ August 26, 1876 Αλήθεια
Old embroidery (probably early 20th century) on which Coutalianos is shown fighting a bull. The figure is inspired on the pattern of the poster that was released. The embroidery was auctioned by Vergos Auctions.

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(Above) Two drawings by the (naive) painter Evgenios Spatharis on the subject of Coutalianos.
April 23, 1877
Biographical review of the famous wrestler Cristol who had faced Coutalianos during the period when the latter was touring the USA.
Engravings depicting Coutalianos killing the bull in the great arena of Lima, the capital of Peru. In the image on the right the phrase “ THE ORIGINAL TERRIBLE GREEK” is added to the caption.
The courtyard of the old monastery   “Iglesia y Convento de la Conception”. There Coutalianos gave his performances when he was in Panama.  On the right, we see a satellite photo of the specific area.
Interior view, showing the entrance of “Courtney & Sanford’s grat amphitheatre”, Willow street, Lima, Peru. Coutalianos also happened to work with the troupe leaders of this theater.
The Metropolitan Theater of Santiago in Chile (engraving from 1872). In this theater, Coutalianos performed when he was in that city. In the photo on the right we see how it is today after the reconstruction work.
The city of Mazatlan, Mexico. Coutalianos also passed through this place during his wanderings in Latin America.
“Iglesia (Church) de la compania de Jesus”. We have reasonable suspicions that this is the church where Coutalianos captured the wrestler Pindo when he lost his mind after his defeat. The church has a large parapet and balconies on the bell towers, which coincide with the descriptions given by the athlete himself in the newspaper “Aristophanes” about the specific incident.
Photo of the first Greeks who immigrated to Peru. The members of this community had admired Coutalianos up close and were very proud of him.

Article proving that famous US champions participated in fixed wrestling matches. Coutalianos in his biography confirms that several times they approached him to suggest that he participate in fixed matches but he did not accept. This fact made his opponents “hide like mice” when they heard the name “Coutalianos”, precisely because they knew well that this man was unbeatable.
Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period 1875-1883
Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period 1874
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