Sometime around 1771, Frankie Garbonzobeani was looking for a way to get across the Kern River. At that time, the river was very wild and treacherous. As he puffed on his pipe mulling over possible routes, he noticed several Native Americans on the other side of the river. They noticed him also.
Well, it wasn't long before the Indians had a fire going and appeared to be signaling Frankie. Fortunately, Frankie knew a few smoke signals and puffed on his pipe until they were actually communicating. Frankie asked if it was safe to cross the river where he was. Two puffs of smoke told Frankie all was well and he could cross.
Unfortunately the third puff of smoke, danger, was snuffed out when Abitclumsy stumbled into the fire. Frankie and his party were swept away never to be heard from again.