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When he rose and walked down the
broad incline with none' of his former
hesitation and appeared before*? group
of priests at the entrance to the temple,
? calling them by name from a distance
in order to show them the miracle the
. god had wrought, there was" great re
joicing, for the venerable priest was
loved by them all. Since the death of
Kulcan's father, who had been the gov
ernor, Iklapel had exercised supreme
; authority in the city by virtue of his
priestly office. The office of governor,
. which the early historians of Mexico
. confounded with that of kinp- in the case
of Montezuma, was an elective and not
hereditary dignity, the incumbent being
chosen by the council of chiefs at stated
The governor had oeendead for nearly
" airear, and although his son was'favor
ably regarded by the council the eleo
tion had repeatedly been postponed by
the machinations of Chalpa, who air
though not possessed of sufficient politi
cal strength to gain the office himself
caused the delay in the hope of increas
ing his influence and ultimately defeat
ing Kulcan. The removal of Iklapel's
affliction was a blow to Chalpa's ambi
tion, as it enabled the old priest tb min
gle among the chiefs and help Kulcan's
"candidacy, and his was the only face
which showed no pleasure when Iklapel
The news of his .cure soon spread
through the city, and crowds surrounded
him as he wont about with hearty con
In his walks about the city and out
side its precincts Gilbert found a great
variety of cultivated plants. Cotton and.
maize, he observed, were the staples,
while there was produced a goodly quan
tity of peas, beans, turnips, onions, to
matoes, rhubarb, currants, strawberries,
gooseberries and flax and wild tobacco,
all denoting the fecundity of the region.
It was while wandering about a few
days after his arrival that he again
caught a glimpse of the beautiful face
that so filled his thoughts, and it was
truly in the hope of seeing Lela - once
more that he took occasion to walk about
the city so often.
Late one afternoon he stood watching
a basket milker hacking upon a thick
piece of willow with his blunt stone
knife, making little progress until Gil
bert stepped up to him, and taking his
pocketknife cut tho wand through with
one stroke. While he was enjoying the
surprise depicted upon the man's face a
voice, soft and musical, broke upon the
air in a tender song. So sweet was the
melody and so full of sincere feeling
that Gilbert seemed to know its mean
ing, although of course he knew not the
words. It was long afterward that he j
translated its simple wording and set
the sad and plaintive air down in mu
What care we if the year grows old
And autumn's days are fleeting by?
The fire of love will ne'er grow cold; ?
Its ashes in oar hearts ne'er lie
. To choke its flame, to choke its flame.
The racing hoars'bear not away
One atom of oar deep, true love;
Still flowing on, in night or day.' -.
It bears ns on its stream alway,
Always th<J same, always the same:
The voice came from a window almost
' above his,head,huthe could see nothing
. rfrom where he stood. He walked away
to a distance, and turning , just as the
song died away he saw her lovely face
for a moment as she looked do mi into
- the green court.
Their eyes met for an instant, and the
^blood rushed into her cheeks as she drew
~"herself quickly back. He stood looking
toward the window for awhile, then
turned and slowly walked away. She
was watching him from behind a shel
tering growth of trindow plants, when
her brother Kulcaa entered the room,
and following her gaze saw Gilbert
crossing the court. He walked to the
window and stood there until Gilbert,
obeying an uncontrollable impulse,
turned, and seeing Kulcan he waved His
hand to him. He realized that the fair
girl was Kulcan's sister, and he resolved
to see her frequently, for she had pro
duced upon him an impression and ex
cited emotions both new and strange.
He wandered about the city with his
thoughts full of her and her sweet face
coming- ever before him as he mused
for an hour or more, recalling her look
and the expression upon her face, her
graceful carriage and figure, until it
seemed as though he had known her for
Gilbert stepped forward with a smile on
The summer days were long and full
of idle hours in the months that elapsed
before Gilbert could make his wishes
known in the Atzlan tongue; the time
hung heavily upon his hands at times,
although when he mastered the lan
guage he was busy indeed, and he
was then a marvel to the people, for they
rested often and long and busied them
selves little with improvements or even
repairs. He spent many hours swinging
in the hammocks which hung from tree
to tree, hundreds of them, all over the
courts, common property, for the Atz
lans loved ease and shade above all
Many hours, too, he spent by the river,
where the white cranes walked in solemn
procession along the sands while he lay
in the cool shadows of the pinon trees
listening to the quail piping and the
wild dove's amorous cooing. It was
near the last of July, a day so warm
and sultry that the blue haze filled the
canyon, making objects indistinct and
distorted. The city's walls looked ont
of perspective, as though twisted and
warped by the heat; the ah was so still
that away up there in the woods he could
hear voices from the city's houses, and
the bells of silver on the cattle seemed
startinirly near.. The birds were all doz
FE?DIKG A MATE.
ing close tinder the heaviest lea vea
branches, and the only life in the scene
was given by a group of naked boys
batl ing in the river, their brown bodies
glistening in the sunlight with a cop
pery luster. But even these were in
keeping with the scene, for they splashed
and dived in queer silence, unlike white
lads, who would have made the canyon
ring with shrieks and yells.
Gilbert was under the spell of the day,
feeling an indolence and lassitude and a
quiet content stealing over him until his
isenses were lulled into a dreamy repose.
He felt the delicious languor of enforced
i dleness, just tinged with enough of the
consciousness of the waste of precious
time to add a zest to its charm, as it al
ways does to the naturally busy man. A
passing breath of wind swayed the
jjrassea and danced across the little
liver, rippling its silver blue satin, bring
ing the eager trout to the surface and
raffling gently the plumage of the sol
emn sentrylike cranes. Out from, the
shore a dozen turtles were basking on
the rocks, their heads held erect in a
painful and constrained way, their eyes
closed, and their whole bearing evincing
that they were being soaked in rich,
On a fiat stone not a rod away was
coiled a huge rattlesnake, his oily skin
shining with black and yellow glossi
ness. Gilbert drew bia revolver, and
resting it over his lefthand aimed at
the ngly flat head and glittering eyes
and fired. The report was followed by
a startled woman's scream near by, the
turtles slipped with a sudden alacrity
into the water, the cranes flapped their
wings as though about to fly, but
thought better of it and walked about
with grave concern, and the snake lay
wriggling and twisting at the foot of
the stone in a death agony. Gilbert
looked around and saw Kulcan, with
Lela in his arms, pale and trembling,
and her blue eyes resting on him in ter
ror. Kulcan, too, was trembling, for
neither of them had seen his weapon
nor knew what caused the echoes which
were still rolling along the canyon and
causing the people in the sleepy city
to rush ont of their houses and ask one
another the meaning of the thunderous
Gilbert stepped forward with a smile
on his Ups, and Kulcan, reassured, placed
his sister upon a grassy mound, where
she sat panting for several moments.
Gilbert knelt beside her, and taking her
hand in his stroked it with unconscious
tenderness to quiet her fears. The
warm blood shot up into her cheeks, and
her eyelids fell beneath his gaze. Be
felt the sudden thrill rush through him
again, and he caught his breath as he re
Leased her hand, which she pressed
against her bosom with an involuntary
movement, as though to calm her heart's
tumultuous throbbing. To another man
she would have been an transparent as
glass, but Gilbert was sb confused, so
dazed by his unwonted feeling that he
Kulcan, however, did see and knew
full well the meaning of what he saw.
rt pleased him yastly to think that the
god' might-: love his beautiful sister; it
augured-well f or his own prospects; and,
too, he had feared that the celestial vis
itor might have claimed, and justly, his
own betrothed'Aineo, whose life he had
saved. And he, being a lover and an
ardent one, felt a sincere and cordial
sympathy for Gilbert; so, with a nat
ural tact and delicacy, he moved away,
leaving- the others almost unconscious
of ^ his departing, returning to the city
to explain that the god had caused the
thunder and destroyed a huge rattle
snake, news which set the gossips'
tongues wagging at once.
The little grassy knoll whereon Lela
was resting was in the bright sunlight,
and Gilbert led her to a shady spot,
where he dropped into the grass beside
her and looked np into her face, drink
ing in its rare beauty with the same
sense of ecstasy which certain music
had often roused within him. A riotous
stirring of the heart and a wild throb
! bing of his pulses accompanied this
ecstasy, and a trembling joy mingled
wi th an uncertain feeling very like pain.
He could not have expressed in words
the new and suddenly acquired wealth
of feeling of which he found himself
possessed, but he felt a great wave of
happiness sweeping over him, a divine
content, and a realization of the mere
joy of living and being beside such in
comparable loveliness. He knew now
that he loved; that something had come
into his life that filled and rounded it
out and made it worth living. Of the
signs of love he knew nothing, yet he
knew somehow that Lela loved him.
She sat with averted face for several
minutes, then slowly turned her head
and rested her eyes upon bis lace in a
straight, earnest gaze. Her eyes were
full of a toft, tender light, a deep, ques
tioning yearning, and as they met his
true, tender gaze her head 'slowly sank,
she drew a long inward breath, her
bosom rose and fell in quick throbs, and
it seemed to Gilbert that she was about
to faint. His hand stole over hers, which
came to meet its warm grasp, and as the
wild thrill rushed through him he drew
her to him, and her golden bead fall upon
bis shoulder. She was really almost
faint with emotion, and her eyes closed
as a great contented sigh escaped her
lips. Their lips came together as two
long parted mates and mingled into
one with a wild, delicious flood of bliss.
In another moment she had turned,
and her shapely arms were clasped
tightly around his neck, and she was
kif sing him with a hunger' and a fury
that made his blood dance in his veins.
Then as suddenly she drew away and
covered her burning face with her hands
in maidenly shame, yet her bosom pal
pitated and her breath came in quick
gasps. He drew her hands down and
g as: ed into her eyes. They met his with
such a pure, deep tenderness, such steady
calmness, that he drew her. to him again
and kissed her noble forehead in rever
They ss.t there hand in hand, while
the light fell on her hair in gilded gleams,
and gazed into each other's eyes, read
ing there the story that needs no lan
guage-both so filled with unspeakable
happiness that it seemed difficult to
breathe freely. After awhile he drew
her closer, and she rested her head upon
Iiis shoulder again and laid her soft
cheek against his. Her breath was like
tome sweet wild flower as it came from
between her perfect lips in long, happy
What need for words when two such
hearts met and when two pairs of eyes
could speak such volumes of love? Yet
Gilbert murmured "my darling" again
and again into her ears, and the words
sounded sweeter than music to her hun
gry heart. She felt their meaning and
repeated them after awhile with a soft,
lingering inflection that made Gilbert
clasp her closer to him. So they sat nn
LU mc u??D shadow about tzlt t^t
night waa close upon -them ana me/
must retain. Taking her hand, Gilbert
rose and led her toward the city. They
had wandered far down the canyon, and
the way lied through winding paths
among great bowlders and dense woods,
but Lela knew every foot of it, and abe
guided her lover's steps.
Gilbert took Lela to her home, and
then sought his own quarters and went
to bed, too happy to sleep. He lay far
into the night looking out upon the stars
and wondering ab the great bliss that
filled his soul and thinking of the hap
py future-? future in which every day
would hold her in its golden frame and
every hour be one of joy unspeakable.
He Baw hex sweet face in the darkness,
with its luminous eyes looking into his
with unspeakable tenderness and devo
tion, and he seemed to feel again the
Eressure of her hand upon his own and
er Moses upon his lips. until he fell
asleep and dreamed of her the whole
THE STORY OF ATZLAN.
I kia pd tcK* his story.
Every day now old Lklapel sought ont
Gilbert and spent an hour or two in
eager questioning. He drank in Eric's
words with more than childish avidity
and belief. To bis mind, sharpened by
the self communing of more than a cen
tury, the wonders of which Gilbert
spoke were as the things he had vaguely
seen in dreams, wonderful, but conceiv
able. He accepted everything with a
sanguine expectation of beholding ". it
himself now that Gilbert had come
4mong the people. Knlcan often sat
with them as Gilbert told, though it
taxed bia meager store of Atzlan words,
of steamboats, railroads, balloons, can
non, telephones and a thousand other
things which we call necessities, but
which seemed miracles to the priests.
He told them-and sometimes Lela with
little Eltza sat by his side the while-of
the history of the nations; how while
atzlan had slept so peacefully in the
canyon whole races of men had flour
ished gloriously and passed away and
Sometimes he would wander off with
the old priest into the woods, for he
found lklapel to be a philosopher and
full of quaint ideas. His comments upon
the facts Gilbert narrated were often
witty, and always showed a mind of
great breadth and power. Of the greed
for money he had but little conception,
and therefore found the ut most difficulty
in understanding much of Gilbert's dis
course, nor could the latter easily ex
plain it to him. When they discussed
religion Gilbert found him an advanced
thinker, a believer in one god-the Cre
I ator-but elevated above all forms and
ceremonials of worship. He had ques
tioned Gilbert one warm day, as they
sat together in the shade, until the lat
ter had grown tired of talking and was
lying upon his back, with his hands un
der his head, gazing up into the green
network above him.
lklapel mused with a faraway look in
his eyes for a long time and then turned
to the younger man and said:
"You have told me of your people, of
the great cities and their wondrous do
ings. Now will I tell you of mine, for
they are the fathers of all the world.
Older than all the people are they, yet
they still live, a nation saved from flood
and fire, from wars and famines, to see
what their children have done. I, who
have kept the record of Atzlan as it has
been handed- down from father to son
for thousands upon thousands of years,
inviolate, unchanged, will tell you truly,
for with my knowledge and what you
have told me I can see how true are all
our old traditions. As you have said
truly, all the nations of the world tell
much the same tale of their origin, hut
'tis so clouded in fanciful imagery that
it seems buta child's story. I will tell
you the true tale as my father told me
and as it was told to him by his father,
word for word, and BO on back to the
very first father of all.
"Ages ago, so far in the past that the
records have been lost from sheer decay,
our people dwelt on the shores of a great
sea. Cities greater and richer than
Atzlan were there, and the people were
more numerous than the sanda of the
desert. Across the sea there led a nar
row strip of land to the city of the
gods, which was called At, a wondrous
city on a mountain, rich in gold and
silver, surrounded by water, and in
which resided the great ruler of the
whole world-n wise, wonder working
king. To him our cities paid yearly
tribute; and in his city our priests were
taught and sent out to proclaim the
truth. There was then no winter, no
cold; it was the summer age.
"The dwellers in At were wiser than
all other people. They commanded the
thunder and the lightning and brought
down fire from heaven, as you do. They
journeyed on the water in great canoes,
and the wind obeyed their commands;
they sailed by night, for they knew the
atar? and had a magic guide. They it was
who taught the early dwellers on the
shores of the sea how to build their
houses, plant their seed, make their rec
ords and worship their god. They
brought them seed in times of famine,
and cattle and fowls. 'Twas said of
them that they could see farther than
other men, by which I judge they pos
sessed magic tubes, such as you, my
brother, have. Indeed our books show
them looking through such tubes toward
the stars. Tsey were white and bearded;
tis from them we derive the white blood
in our people, but they were of greater
stature; they were large men, like you.
In fact they were a people such as yon
have told me of-people who know all
?But there came a time, the legends
tell, when they grew bold and wicked,
defying the gods. Then there appeared
in the sky a great serpent of fire. For
days it was seen approaching, and all
the world trembled with an awful
dread. The light of it was terrible, and
flames went before its mouth. It de
voured the sun, as you can see in our
sacred books, which show Quetzal bat
tling with it and conquering it; but that
is a religious fable. As it approached
the earth grew dry and parched; men
fled into caverns and deep pits, into
mines and wells, to avoid its blighting,
poisonous breath. The earth was swept
with flame. Then came scathing, grind
ing showers of stone and sand, tearing
away the forests, filling the valleys, lev
eling and burying the cities. Great At
mnk beneath the sea, the bridge was de
stroyed forever, and the people perished
from the face pf the earth.
"The legends differ, even in our fam
ily tales; some tell of two who survived
In their canoe, others on the back of the
turtle; but the common Atzlan tale, the
one we tell the children, is nearer the
truth. It says that the people first came
from a cave in a mountain, where they
were entombed when they fled, with cat
tle and other animals. There was but a
dim light, histing only a few hours each
day, but there were two blind men who
cheered the dull hours with flute play
"One of these struck? the roof by
chance with his flute, bringing out a
hollow sound, upon which the elders of
the tribe determine .o bore in that di
rection. The flute was set up against
the roof, and the raccoon sent up the
tube to dig a way out, but he could not.
Then the earthworm mounted and bored
until he found himself on the outside of
the mountain surrounded by water; this
water soon flowed off, leaving only mud.
The worm returned to the cave, and the
raccoon went up into the mud, sinking
into it midleg deep, as the marks on his
fur show to this day.
"The mud dried away, and the animals
began coming up from the- cave. This
took several days; then caine the men.
When they were under (ground they
spoke one tongue, but when they came
forth they had many languages. The
earth was then very small; the light
was as scanty as it had been below;
there was no heaven, no sun, no stars.
So a conned was held and a committee
appointed to make these. . They made
the heavens and set the stars in patterns
of bears, birds and such things, but a
Wolf rushed in and scattered them about
as they now lie. This is the legend," said
Iklapel, "and it conceals UiFtruth in its
"As I have said, mankind, took refuge
in caverns, but they were all, according
to our records, destroyed with the ex
ception of two. Some lived to see the
earth swept with water and covered
many feet deep with mud and then with
ice. They had no food, affd they de
voured each other until they were exter
*'But far, far in the south,: where the
fire and stony rain and the floods were
less severe, there survived two people,
the progenitors of the Atzlan race-a
white man and a red woman. In a canoe
they came here from the sea, and they
built new cities and populated thc earth.
But it took muuy ages to -do this, and
the people have forgotten their origin,
but as they had existed in darkness for so
long, when the sun returned j they wor
shiped it and have continued to do so
ever since, and have made the serpent
their god of evil ?ince thatSay when,
filled with terror, they saw the sun swal
"Not only a bi ugle kingdom was de
stroyed, but half the world," continued
the priest. "All mankind was believed
to have been swept away hi the dire
catastrophe, and although we know that
some were spared they were jlef t desti
tute and wretched, becoming savages
and cannibals ere they rose tojtheir for
mar et r> ta .
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