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Unliko tho continuons encirch'
bra?cting, the temple was not with?
doors -or windows on the ground flo
, Its stories wpre set successively one '
hind the other, giving the struct!
somewhat the appearance of a pyram
each story having a wide terrace
platform completely around it, a
n Stone steps leading to the one abo
The second floor was reached on 1
outside hy a graded ascent thirty f
hv..: -."*wide, the platform being, even wid
"Within there were also ladders, as
the other parts of the city.
ff: Upon tho top of the temple before 1
perpetual fire stood an immense eflB
? : of the sun, made of solid and virf
gold,vsupported by heavy braces of i
ver, facing toward the east and refle
ing the rays of the heavenly luminary
a blaze of blinding splendor. The sm
square apartment on which it rested v?
built of cedar, covered externally wi
alternate plates of gold and silver, t
walls within being coated with a wh
cement composed of gypsum and neai
approaching plaster of paris in compo
tion. As I have said, the temple sto
toward the western end of the con
where the houses were lowest and ne
the canyon walls, the distance therefrc
being about. sixty feet, so that for t
greater part of the day it rested in t
cool shadow of the cliffs.
At the southwest corner, close to t
altar,'now stood Iklapel, holding in 1
hand his pointed tiara, like that of t
? " modern pope; made of the skin of a hu;
rattlesnake, with the head surmountii
it pointed upward. The placing of -ti
tiara on his head was the signal for t
great procession to begin its march.
* Ho had resigned all other duties
the young and vigorous Kulcan, wi
was already below, busied in afrangit
the last details of the festival. In tl
complicated mythology of the Atzla
there wore minor gods to be appeased 1
lesser sacrifices, and these were to 1
performed in the regular order of tl
day, leading up to the noonday rit?-tl
sacrifice of a maiden, chosen by lot, I
.fore the altar of Kinchahan.
The people were all within the cou
with the exception of a few tardy stra
glers bearing bundles of fagots from tl
pinon orchards outside the city; ev?
. these were hurrying in order to obta:
places in the procession. The uprcw
was immense-each citizen seemed v
ing with the other as though to drow
thonght and anxiety-the pressure ?
feeling bringing a feverish, hilarity 1
tho surface in a naturally grave an
Opposite thc temple, at an open doo
.whose wooden lintel was scarce thn
feet from its threshold, which wi
! rounded and hollowed by centuries <
constant footwear, sat a little child a
most- hidden in tho mass of jasmin?
like flowers that grew closely about th
narrow portal. Her beadlike black eye
glittered with eager impatience as. sh
.: , watched the groups of people gather
"While she wove tho delicate blossom
into a garland to deck her black hair
-?.y., for she was to -walk with other childre
VvT^-jr^ Procession-she ever cast her eye
? ?e dark recesses of the room am
>f.'"'mured petulantly, calling now al?
. "Oh, '-grandmother, hurry! Eltza i
waiting. I shall be left out!"
After a time slow and feeble footstep
were heard within, and an old womal
;. appeared-an old "woman bearing th
I?Q>:- weight cf years so heavily that sh'
scarce needed to bend an inch in emerg
ing; through the little opening. It wa
the child's grandmother, Intzu, the oldes
woman in the city, one of the weavers o;
the cloth of whichxthe sacred white robei
were made-a duty which devolved upor
the most aged and most skilled of the
women. Her face was shriveled like ar
old dried apple, so full of wrinkles thal
not an eighth of an inch of skin was left
uncreased, yet her teeth, were as white
and regular as her grandchild's and her
eyes as bricht and piercing.
She came out into the glaring light
blinking her eyes and puckering the
skin about them in concentric wrinkles
in an endeavor to see the child among
the flowers, and seated herself with a
contented chuckle beside her on the sill.
"Ah-the sun is good. He warms old
Intzu's bones, though not as fondly as
he was wont to do in the old days.^ And
today is another feast-how quickly
they come now! Times are changed.
Formerly they were far apart, and we
waited long for the sacrifice.' Now they
tread each other's hurrying heels."
"How many have you seen, grand
mother?" asked the child, creeping closer.
"Many, many, my child! Two katuns
have I lived through, and each katun is
fifty-two years in length. And the gods
were kind! I was not chosen for the
sacrifice, though I was married late in
life, for yon must know that 'tis only
the maidens who are taken, and none
, is exempt but the blind or lame. Even
the wise and good Lela, your cousin,
. may be chosen when the fatal dic9 are
thrown againr when. the feast of the
katun comes, two years hence. I have
stood upon the housetop and seen a com
panion of my'yonth ?iven to the gods,
and then, years after, my daughters
stood with mo and beheld the same
sight until it has grown an old tale to
me. Yet we have always made merry,
for who may mourn those who go to
dwell with the god? Some day, they
say, Quetzalcoatl, the fair god, yellow
b<iired like the sun, whoso child he is,
will appear and claim the victim as his
bride, but we have waited in vain, my
Eltza, for many*generations, and per
haps he has forgotten us down in the
canyon. But we look for him, for when
he comes there will be no more sacri
fices, no more famine, no more plagues."
"Oh, I hope he will come?" said Eltza,
taking her grandmother's hand.
"After the sacrifico is finished," con
tinued the old woman, "the people break
forth in songs of gladness and make
merry with imouts and feasting all that
day until tho sun gees down, but the
. god knows, and his servant Intzu knows,
. the secret wailings aad sorrow in the
houses of his people, who fear that tho
next feast will take frcm some dwelling
the light thereof forever."
"But Quetzalcoatl may come today,
"Alas, my Eltza, I fear not; the hope
of it long ago faded in my breast."
"I shall watch for him," said the child,
"and I believe tie has been waiting for
our Ainee to grow up, and he will come
and take her."
"Perhaps," said Intzu with a heavy
Haigh as the flood of memories surged
over her mind: "but come, they are
Then rising, sho turned and called to
some one within:
"Lela, my own, we must go. Iklapel
stands prepared to give the signal, and
everything is ready."
' In a niomenf; there appeared at the
door a orri whose tall figure formed a
dazzling-picture against the darkness of
tbe interior. Sending witn stately gn
she came into tho light clad in a clii
ing gown of pale hine cotton, which
vealed the superb outlines of her for
Her eyes were a deep blue, and 1
golden hair, tinged with a suggestion
auburn, and her white face upon whi
the blue veins showed in her exc?teme'
made her seem like a vision of soi
Norseman's daughter-a child of so]
showland of the north. A lovely fa*
with grave, serious eyes and a mouth
wondrous beauty, and yet so strong a
earnest, and withal showing a capaci
for loving-a passionate mouth, form
for kisses and tender smiles.
She was very pale and her lips wt
compressed with emotion, and there w
a look of indignation and protest in h
eyes " which showed to plainly .h
"Must I go, grandmother? Can I n
remain here? Oh, I cannot witness il
"My child," the old woman answere
"it is so-you must come. No one won
be missed so quickly as you. The citj
ruler is dead; you, his only daughti
cannot absent yourself from the gre
feast unnoticed. Already they ha
seen you, my darling, and many ey
are upon you. Ch al pa now is lookii
at us, and he motions us to make haste
"Yes, I feel his serpent eyes apon m
though I cannot look upon him. I wi
go; 'twill be but a little while."
She covered her hair and forehe*
with a white scarf, shielding her ey
from the sun, and with a visible effort;
self control took the hand of the chi
Eltza and followed the bent form of tl
As they took their places old ' Iklap
placed the tiara upon his head and tl
procession began to move. First can
the body of priests in their white robe
a hundred or more, chanting a low mi
notonous song, followed by eight ebie:
?earing a Utter of wood covered wit
gold and decked with flowers, in whic
sat Ainee, a dark skinned girl of eigh
een, already under the influence of tl
potent aitsi-a drink distilled from mah
-and forming a picture that sent shu(
ders through Lela's frame.
Then came the four death priest;
swinging censors of gold and filling tl
air with an aromatic scent. Their fact
were painted most skillfully to represei
skulls; their heads were shaved, aa
their tightly fitting garments were lik<
wise made to convey the idea of skel<
tons. The effect upon the minds of th
people was ghastly and thrilling.
Behind them carno the members of th
order bf the Rabilo, an ancient secrt
society, to the number of four hundred
clad in black, the foremost carrying
corpse between them. Many of thei
led little spotted dogs-a favorite fora
of sacrifice to Chalen, the serpent, th
dread god of evil.
Then came the principal families, h
the order of their rank and wealth, wit]
bearers of food, drink, flowers and fruit
for ?sacrifice at the. different altars
which were located at intervals . al
around the great court. The populac
followed, in less order and with more o:
less disputing, and jjtretched out th
lon^parade until the rear nearly touched
iw&ew?rs and all could seetheentin
ceremonies. . "~ . .......
When order had been attained the"]
moved slowly and with great solem
nity toward a huge heap of wood upoi
which had been cast the sweepings ?:
the houses, old utensils and clothing
baskets and fishing nets--in fact, every
thing that would be renewed yearly ii
the household. This was ignited with i
brand from the sacred fire by En lc an
who, covered with small bells and attired
in a gorgeous feather robe, marched
slightly in advance, with much show ol
pomp, the priests chanting solemnly.
The procession moved on to a larg*
stone altar, upon which rested, the figure
of a woman, most hideously carved,
bearing in her arms maize and other
fruits. This was Izcan-leoz, the goddess
of maize. To her was sacrificed bread and
pi non nuts and all manner of produce
of the fields, brought in baskets and laid
around the altar. Four chiefs stood at
the corners and held aloft a red cord,
under which all who had purified them
selves by fasting and dreaming were
permitted to enter. Before Ixcan-leox
they barned little balls of incense, each
casting his . ball into the braziers of gold;
while the peoi ie prayed silently, kneel
ing, for good and bounteous crops.
Then they moved onward to the altar
of Am, the sacred atone, the emblem of
life, some holding it tobe but the ancient
symbol of the sun god himself. It was
simply an upright conical stone stand
ing upon a pedestal; before it, in a great
fire, they sacrificed sheep and rabbits,
also wounding themselves and dropping
their blood into a number of braziers set
about the altar. Women, kissing, this
stone of Am, invoked the blessings of
maternity with loud pleadings. Farther
on stood the dread image o* Chaleu
the very sight of which affrighted not
only the children, bat old men as well
a hideous figure, with a huge serpent
coiled about his form, out of whose
mouth came a pale bluish flame continu
ally, as though he h angered for blood.
Before him the people prostrated them
selves, while even among the younger
priests blanched faces showed here and
there. To Chalen they burned many
little spotted dogs, and consigned the
corpse which the Kabilo carried, to the
Eulcan addressed the prostrate multi
tude with devout gravity and earnest
mien, advising them as to what they
should do to avert evil' and announced
to them the solemn feast of "Katun," or
the fifty-second year, which would oc
cur two years hence, telling them to
prepare their daughters for the fatal
Then opening a folded parchment he
read to them the omens for the future
year, announcing the findings of those
whose dut; it was to study the stars and
other signs. He prayed aloud to Chalen
to be merci ?ul, to tempt no man beyond
his strengt!?, to briug no evil to the city,
but to be satisfied with the sacrifice of
It was evident that each- word- was
echoed by the groaning fear stricken
multitude, to whom, as wo shall see, tb?
serpent emblem meant more than a mere
Idea, and represented a real and horn bli
memory of a terrific event?
It was liigh noon, the rays of the SUB.
falling from immediately overhead ?po*
tho' city, so that tho great dialpost cast
but an inch or two of purple shadow.
The dread event of the day was about
to occur, and the people pressed one an
other closer in their desire to obtain a
nearer view. Very many slipped from
the ranks and mounted to the highest
housetops in order to witness every de
tail of the awf al scene.
Ik la pel. standing motionless on the
temple, felt that the procession was
nearing him. A strange commingling
of fear and. hope moved him, for the
memory of the voice in. the storm Waa
fresh in bis mind,"and ne reit tnac ene
nour had come for the manifestation or
intervention which he expected. The
? ead of the procession had already nearly
reached the temple summit. He heard
the measured tread of feet as they
mounted tho graded causeway, and knew
that in another moment Kulcan with
his charge would stand beside him.
Had Bdapel'a vision been what it was
bf old, and had his eyes been directed
upward toward the frowning cliffs, he
would have been startled to see a face
peering down upon the wondrous scene
-a face in which astonishment and
gratification were mingled, for the own
er of it Baw white faces in the multitude
below bini and felt himself safe. He
would haye seen a body belonging to
the face emerge and descend the cram*
bling, ladderlike pathway, rifle and bird
fn hand, in eager anticipation of a wel
come which meant food and drink to a
hungry and thirsty man. But Ik lap el
saw nothing, nor did one eye turn in all
chat host of gazing faces upward toward
che real sun-to the golden emblem of
which they sacrificed.
' Each face was turned toward the tem
ple in a fixed expectancy, eager to catch
every action of the priests and the vic
tim. Many were there who had seen
but one such sight, when children; chil
dren were there to see it for the first
time-were to be held up so that they
might see and hold it in their minds;
aged and middle aged, sjho had seen it
before, some of them wftiy times-all
waited the last dread act in the tragedy.
The litter containing Ainee was at
last placed before the altar, and to the
surprise of all the girl stepped from it
calmly and with firmness; Her face
bore no trace of the intoxicating aitsi,
its effects having passed away in the
trying hours of the morning. Borne up,
even until the last terrible moment, by
a firm conviction that '. Kulcan, her
avowed lover, would devise some means
to save her, she faced the four dread fig
ures of the death priests and suffered
them to bind her shapely arms behind
her without a movement or a shudder.
But when Iklapel stepped forward as
the weird chant of the Ka hilo begun and
handed Kulcan the sacrifierai knife she
started, and her eyes were filled with ;.
tearless appeal. Even yet her ?'th in
his wisdom and his love did n-^deser;
her, but when she saw that he trembl?e
and averted his eyes a chill swept hei
frame and the awful truth burst upon
her in a moment. Casting her eyes up
ward in a wild, terrified gaze, she saw
what calmed her in an instant, and sh??
faced her lover with a confident, tender
smile upon her face.
Kulcan had taken the knife, an ancient
blade of white quartz-a material which
supplied so many beautiful stone weapons
to the prehistoric races-and he stood
before Ainee with a pallid face, the cold
perspiration upon his brow glistening h
the sunlight, in an attitude of prayer.
He had come to the supreme test of his
priesthood and his love, and the priest
had conquered the lover, but he wanted
the courage tb strike the blow; the mo
ment was one of thc deepest torture to
him and to most of the spectators, who,
spellbound with emotion, stood in deep
est silence, unbroken by even a breath.
Chulpa, the second priest, standing
close to Jklapel, his dark face, drawn
hps and set teeth making him a living
resemblance of the god of evil himself,
cursed under his breath at the delay.
"The coward dare not strike," he ?nuc^
tered. "Ah,--would (?hat he dared re
fuse! Then I should hold his place this
day, for the people would tear him to
pieces for spoiling this goodly sport*
Let me but grasp the, knife and they
would be rarely served. Aha! the dog
w?l dd it after all!" for- Kuleah had
raised his head, and with one long de
spairing look deep into the girl's smiling
eyes placed the blade, against her bare
throat, with a hand whose ^trembling
made the weapon flash in the light like a
row of diamonds. As he drew in h ia
breath with a shuddering effort the
multitude gave an audible, gasping res
piration ; then, with one quick movement,
he raised the knife aloft, his eyes fixed
on the spot upon her throat where the
blow must fall.
But while it trembled against the
shadow of the cliff, darting back in
slender shafts the rays of that sun in
whose dread service it had drank the
Blood of bis victims for unknown ages,
there came a sharp, ringing report that
echoed and rolled like thunder along the
canyon walls, and the knife was shat
tered in a thousand fragments, which,
fulling, dashed the sacred embers from
the altar and extinguished the fire in
stantly forever. At the same moment
there rang out a shrill voice, the voice
of the child Eltza, crying gleefully as
she smote her little hands together:
j "Quetzal! Quetzal! He has come and
saved our Ainee!"
? MODERN GOD AND A RIVAL GOD'S DOWN
He resolved to heep a watch upon him.
"I think I've broken up this perform
ance in about as clever a manner as any
playwright ever devised," was Eric Gil
bert's reflection as he lowered his Win
chester and surveyed the result of his
Worn out by the exertions and hard
ships of the last two days he had slept
far into the morning, and found when
he awakened that the sun was pouring
down into che roofless ruin in bot fury
As he lay there collecting .his waking
senses his ears detected a low murmur
that rose and fell in- musical cadence
below-hvthe canyon. Rising instantly
and gazing over the low wall of rubble
he beheld the procession mounting the
ascent to .the temple. He saw the white
faces* among the crowd, and his heart
leaped in thankfulness.
Seizing his rifle and tenderly raising
the wounded bird he ran qnickly down
the slanting path to the next terrace.
Here the descent was more difficult, as
the way had been worn by the fingers of
the wind and rain for ages, and there
was scarcely a foothold upon the shaley
rock. But he clambered from terrace to
terrace till he reached the highest of the
little gardens slightly above the temple's
golden top. Amazed* that he was as yet
unnoticed, he stopped here to survey the
^ Before him the scenes of a prehistoric
age were being enacted in a prehistoric
?viv bv a noonie whose dress resembled
thestrang'e figures in tn? Mexican "J?an
It seemed as thongb the band of time
had been turned backward to the days
when the triumphant Cortez marched
his handful of men into Montezuma**
The whole city, with its myriad ladder
poles, was. spread beneath him like a
vast circus, with its gay ly caparisoned
inhabitants performing a sort of melo
drama upon an elevated stage. The
many figures were confusing; the eye
was lost in the crowds, but his gaze fol
lowed that of the others, and his eye
caught the flash of the knife in Eulcan's
In an instant he realized that- perhaps
he was mistaken, and it flashed across
his mind that he was in a city of . some
wild, bloody sect, who sacrificed human
victims in their religious exercises.
He had not the remotest idea of
course that he had discovered a people
and a city older than our own civiliza
tion in these almost inaccessible wilds.
But While these thoughts darted through
his mind he saw the priest raise his
weapon to strike, and he instantly
aimed his rifle and fired at Eulcan's up
The bullet missed its aim and provi
dentially struck the knife just above
the priest's hand,' but its effect was one
entirely unexpected by Gilbert.
Standing ready to fire again, be was
astonished to see the entire multitude
turn and kneel together,' extending their
arms toward him with lond and joyful
cries, unintelligible, but. joyous, wel
coming and fervent
All was confusion; ?error blended with
joy in the many blanched faces. Quetzal,
the long expected; Quetzal, the fair god;
bad returned! . Returned,.as the proph
ecies of ages had fortold, with the white
dove Of peace on Iiis ann, as he waa pic
tured in the ancient rock carvings arid
paintings, and with : the thunder 'and
lightning of heaven in his hand!' He
came down thc cliffside, where the paths
.were easy, for. his.ear had caught the
word Quetzal, and lie was aware of its
Seeing that he w;is taken for a god of
old Toltec mythology by this strange
people, Gilbert resolved to ? crept the
somewhat difficult role as- his easiest
form of action. Food was now hh> most
pressing necessity-thu calls of scientific
. discovery and research could wait Bnt
the four chiefs, with .the litter., of gold,
were already half way to meet him.
eager to Ivar him in triumph into the
. Overcome with" emotion. Ait??e'i'-had'
fallen into Eulcan's anns, and fcela' Was
helping him bear her to. the ground flour
of .the temple, while old Lklupcl. stirred'
with.a mighty excitement, vainl}: lugged
the dark faced Chai pa for an ?explana-,
tion of the nnusual outcries. . . .',
Chalpa's face showed a. dead ly fear.
Pallid arid trembling, he stood gazing
at the yellow bearded stranger, nuable
to answer Iklapel, or move, as Was his
duty, to welcome the descending god;
a strange, prescient terror paralyzed Int
limbs, and his teeth chattered audibly..
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. Postage Free to all subscribers in the
United States, Canada, and Mexico.
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-with the rlrst-^mber^or^nu?py-e?
e?ch year. When no tim?is mentioned,
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Number current at the time of receipt
of Order. .
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for three years back, in neat cloth
binding, will be sent by mail postage
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Address: HARPER & BROTHERS,
. And other specialties for
Gentlemen, Ladles, Boys and
Misses are the
Best in the World.
See descriptive advertise
ment which will appear In
Take no Substitute,
but Insist cn narina; W. L.
name and prie*-, stamped on
bottom. Sold by
! we will Do.
We will save you money ^if you,
will give us your
Cards, all kinds.
j-B?OieWORK or Erery KrnoVBeae-a4
this'Office.! Give us a trial.
Estimates on all kinds of work
furnished on application.
IS A CERTAIN CURE FOR
Pme 50 cents ao4 Sl.oo Per Bottle.
Chills and Fever,
Also a PREVENTIVE of all the
troubles. The remedy is sjmple acd^
harmless contains no arsenic or poison
ous drug. In all case? of debility and
loss of appetite from malarial poison
ing the use of this wonderful remedy
Ask for the River Swamp Chm
and Fever Cure and take no other.
Sold by all country stores.
Li. uMLLE, DM
Padgett Pays the Frei?ht !
A larg* IMustniUHlCnUloiiii^-how
inti hundred? .fdwtaiHof 1 ?SS
Stoves und Biby Uni-ria?* J V
malled rr-e. tr yon
paper. I will sell you Kc KM r: R?j
etci. Just us cheap ?'? y?" ? ?*n
"fr?tent to your depot. ?j
Hire ??v a few *i uples. .
A No Taut ?opCook.n?? sloy? with
SO mokine I*>?IHH*; tle|iy?red lonny
depot , for $12 <N). . ^ E
A 5-hotc rooking llnnjee with 20 R
cooking nt.Mmll.-4. delivered to ?ny g
depot, for ?flSiU . nMnnr.1?
A. larve Une of ?tove? II propor-.B
tion. special usent, for Charter uox fa
? AVntoo Parin.- -ult. upholstered In |
mod plush, fashionable colon*, de- ?
Hv' red any where for ??, A large 1
line of I'm lor Suit* to select roni. ?
A Bedroom suit, lar? rV,u I
bedstead. enclosed washstand, run ft
suit ? piece?; chaim have cane scat*, g
delivered anywhere for*???. $
Other Suits bol li cheaper und more 5
1 ?mir Nottingham I,ace Curtains,
pole. 2 chains. 2 hooks. 10 pins, all
f?A nice Window Rhode. 7 fl. lone, 3
ft wide%n spring rollers.wlth fringe
Somight paid on Shades and Cur
tains nnless ordered In connection
805 Broad Street, Augusta, Ga.
RictaBfl O Mille Bawl Co.
ISOUTH CAROLhNA DIVISION.
Condensed Schedule, ?ii effect January 17. iSip.
Trains run hy 75th Meridian Time.
Lv New York.. 4.30PM
" Philadelphia 6.57 "
Baltimore... 9.45 "
" Bock Hill...
?j Columbia j
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Lv Savannah.. 8.00AM
" Charleston. 6.00 "
" Augusta.. . 1.00PM
u Graniteville 1.32 "
" Johnston... 2.13 "
" Winnsboro. 5.37 "
?Rock Hill M W>7*?
fr Charlotte.. j | f0 ?
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" Greensboro. 11.38AM
Ar Richmond.. 7.40 "
Washington 10.25 "
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" Philadelphia 2.20AM
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