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THE SAVING OF GUATEMOC
Xow, after this dreadful day I was kind
ly dealt with by tho pcoplo of Tabasco,
who gavo mc thc name of Tonie, or Span
iard, and no longer sought to put me to
sacrifice. Far from it indeed, I was well
clothed and fed and suffered to wander
where I would, though always under caro
of guards who, had I escaped, would havo
paid for it with their lives.
I learned that on the morrow of my res
cue from tho priests messengers were dis
patched to Montezuma, thc great king, ac
quainting him with the history of my cap
ture and seeking to know* his pleasure con
cerning me. But thc way to Tenoctitlan
Wes far, and many weeks passed before tho
messengers returned again. Meanwhilo I
Ailed thc days learning the Maya language
and also something of that of tho Aztecs,
which I practiced with Marina and others,
for Marina was not a Tabascan, having
been born at Painallo, on tho southeastern
borders of thc empire. But her mother
sold her to merchants in order that Ma
rina's inheritance might como to another
child of hers by a second marriage, and
thus in the end the girl fell into tho hands
of the cazique of Tabasco.
Also I learned something of tho histor}*
and customs and of the picturo writing of
the land and how to read it, and, moreover,
I obtained great repute among the Tabas
cans by my skill In medicine, so that in
timo they grew to believe that I was in
deed a child of Quetzal, thc good god.
And tho moro I studied this people the less
I could understand of them. In most
ways they were equal to any nation of our
own world of which I had knowledge.
Xone aro more skilled in thc arts; few ara
better architects or boast of purer laws.
Moreover, they were bravo and hod pa
tience. But their faith was the canker at
the root of the tree. In precept it was no
ble and had much in common with our
own, such as the rite of baptism, but I
have told what it was in practice.
When I had lived a month in Tabasco,
I had learned enough of the language to
talk with Marina, with whom I grew
friendly, though no more, and it was from
her that I gathered the most of my knowl
edge, and also many hints as to the con
duct necessary to my safety. In return I
taught her something of my own faith and
of thc customs of the Europeans, and it
was the knowledge which she gained from
me which afterward made her so useful to
thc Spaniards and prepared her to accept
their religion, giving her insight into the
ways of white people.
So I abode for four months and more in
thc house of thc cazique of Tabasco, who
carried his kindness toward mc to tho
length of offering me his sister in mar
riage. To this proposal I said no as gen
tly as I might, and he marveled at it, for
tho girl was fair. Indeed so well was I
treated that had it not been that my heart
was far away, and because of the horrible
rites of their religion, which 1 was forced
to witness almost daily, I could havo
learned to love this gentle, skilled and in
At length, when full four months had
passed away, the messengers returned from
thc court of Montezuma, having been much
delayed by swollen rivers and other acci
dents of traveL So great was tho impor
Ihad learned enough of thc language to
talk with Marina.
tance that thc emperor attached to thc fact
of my capture, and so desirous was ho to
seo mc at his capital, that he had sent his
own nephew, the Prince Guatemoc, to
fetch mc and a great escort of warriors
Xever shall I forget my first meeting
with this prince, who afterward became
my dear companion and brother in arms.
When thc escort arrived, I was away from
tho town shooting deer with thc bow and
arrow, a weapon in tho usc of which I had
6uch skill that all thc Indians wondered
at mc, not knowing that twico I had won
tho prize at the butts on Bungay common.
Our party being summoned by a messen
ger, wo returned bearing our deer with us.
On reaching thc coxirtyard of thc cazique's
house, I found it filled with warriors most
gorgeously attirai, and among them ono
more splendid than the rest. He was young,
very tall and broad, most handsome in
face and having eyes liko tho?>o of on ea
gle, while his whole aspect breathed maj
esty and command. His body was incased
ina cuirass of gold, over which hung a
mantle made of thc most gorgeous feath
ers, exquisitely set in bands of different
colors. On his head he wore a helmet of
gold surmounted by the royal crest, an ea
gle, standing on a snake fashioned in gold
and gems. On his arms, and beneath his
knees, he wore circlets of gold and gems,
and in his hand was a copper bladed spear.
Round this man v. ero many nobles,
dressed in a somewhat similar fashion,
except that the most of them wore a vest
of quilted cotton in place of the gold cui
rass and a jeweled panache of the plumes
of hirds instead of tho royal symbol.
This was Guatemoc, Montczuma'sneph
ew and afterward tho last emperor of An
ahuac So soon as I saw him I saluted
him in the Indian fashion by touching the
earth with my right hand, which I then
raised to my head. But Guatemoc, hav
ing scanned mo with his eye as I stood,
bow in hand, attirai in my simple hunt
er's dress, smiled frankly and said:
"Surely, Teulc, it I know anything of
tho looks of men, wo are too equal in our
birth, as in our age, for you to salute mc
asa slave greets his master." And ho
held bis hand to mc.
And I took it, answering with tho help
of Marina, who was watching this great
lord with cager eyes:
"It may bc so, prince, but though lu my
own country I am a man of reputo and
wealth here I am nothing but a slave
snatched from tho sacrifice,"
"I know it," he said, frowning. "It is
well for all here that you were so snatched
before tho breath of life had left you, else
Montczuma's wrath had fallen on this
city." And he looked at the cazique, who
trembled, such in those days was the ter
ror of Montczuma's name.
Then ho asked mc if I was a Tculc, or
Spaniard. I told him that I was no Span
iard, but ono of another white race who
had Spanish blood in his veins. This say
ing Stemel to puzzle him, for he had never
6o much as heard of any other white race,
so I told him something of my si orv, at
least so much of lt nu had to do with my
beiiiir east away.
When I had finished, ho said: "If I have
understood aright, Teulo, you say you aro
no Spaniard, yet that you have Spanish
blood tn you and came hither ina Spanish
ship, and I lind this story strange. Well,
it is fur Montezuma to judge of these mat
ters, so let US talk of them no more. Come
and show mo how you handlo that great
bow of yours. Did you bring it with you,
or did you fashion it here? They tell me,
Teulc, that there is no such archer in tho
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So I come up and showed him tho boi
j which was of my own make and, wou
shoot an arrow some CO paces farther thi
any that I saw in Anahuac, and we f<
into talk on matters of sport and war, M
rina helping out my want of languag
and. before that day was dono wo hi
For a week the Prince Guatemoc ai
his company rested in tho town of Tuba
co, and all tho timo wc thrco talked mu<
together. Soon I saw that Marina look?
with eyes of longing on tho great lor
partly because of his beauty, rank ar
might, and partly because she wearied
her captivity in the house of tho caziqi
and would share Guatemoc's power, fi
Marina was ambitious. She tried to wi
his heart in many ways, but he seemed m
to notico her, so that at last she 6pol
more plainly and in my hearing.
"You go hence tomorrow, prince," si
said softly, "and I have a favor to ask ?
you, if you will listen to your handmaid.
"Speak on, maiden," he answered.
"I would ask this, that if it pleases yo
you will buy mo of the cazlque, my mai
ter, or command him to give me up to yoi
and take mo with you to Tenoctitlan. "
Guatemoc laughed aloud. "You pv
things plainly, maiden," he said, "bu
know that in thc city of Tenoctitlan m
royal wife and cousin, Tecuichpo, await
me, with her three other ladies, who, as i
chances, are somewhat jealous."
Now Marina flushed beneath her brow
skin, and for tho first and last time I sa'
her gent?o eyes grow hard with anger ?
"I asked you to take mo with yoi
prince. I did not ask to be your wife c
"But perchance) you meant it," he sal
"Whatever I may have meant, prince, 1
is now forgotten. I wished to see the groa
city and the great king, because I wear
of my life hero and would myself groA
great. You have refused me, but pcrhap
a timo will come when I shall grow gren
in spito of you, and then I may rcmembc
the shame that hus been put upon ni
against you, prince, and all your roya
Again Guatemoc laughed and of a sud
den grew stern.
"You aro overbold, girl," he said, "fo
less words than these many a one mlgh
find herself stretched upon thc stono o
sacrifice. But I will forget them, for you
woman's pride is stung, and you kno\
not what you say. Do you forget then
also, Teule, if you have understood."
Then Marina turned und went, he
bosom heaving with anger rind outrage?
love or pride, and as she passed me I heall
lier mutter, '"Yes, prince, you may forget
but I shall not."
Often since that day I have wondered 1
some vision of the future entered into tin
girl's breast in that hour, or if in he
wrath sho spoke at random. I have won
dercd also whether this scene between he
and Guatemoc had anything to do wit]
thc history of her after life, or did Marina
as she avowed to mc in thc days to come
bring shame and ruin on her country fo;
thc lovo of Cortes alone? It is hard t<
say, and perhaps these things had nothing
to do with what followed, for when greai
events have happened wc arc apt to searcl
out causes for them in tho past that wer?
no cause. This may have been but a pass
ing mood of hers and one soon put out ol
mind, for it is certain that few build up
tho temples of their lives upon some flrn:
foundation of hope or hate, of desiro 01
despair, though it has happened to mo ti
do so, but rather take Chanco for their arch
itect, and indeed whether they take hire
or no ho is still tho master builder. Stil]
that Marina did not forget this talk 1
know, for in after time I heard her rem Ind
this very prince of tho words that had
passed between them-aye, and heard his
noble answer to her.
For a whole month wc traveled, for thc
way was far and thc road rough, and some
times we must cut our path through foreste
and sometimes wo must wait upon thc
banks of rivers. Many were thc strange
sights I saw upon that journey, and manj
the cities in which wo sojourned in much
stato and honor, but I cannot stop to toll
of all these.
One thing I will relate, however, though
briefly, becauso it changed thc regard that
the prince Guatemoc and I felt one to thc
other into a friendship which lasted till
his death and indeed endures in my heart
to this hour.
One day wc were delayed by the banks
of a swollen river, and in pastime went
out to hunt for deer. When we hud hunt
ed awhile and killed three deer, it chanced
that Guatemoc perceived a buck standing
on a hillock, and wc set about to stalk lt,
five of us in alL But tho buck was in tho
open, and thc trees and bush ceased a full
100 yards away from where bc stpod, so
that there was no way by which wc might
draw near to him. Then Guatemoc began
to mock me, 6aying: "Now, Teule, they
tell tales of your archery, and this deer is
thrice as fax aa wc Aztecs can make sure
of killing. Lot us seo your skill. "
"I will try," I answered, "though the
shot ts tong;"
So we drew beneath the cover of a ceiba
tree, of which tho lowest branches droop
ed to within 16 feet of thc ground, and
having set an arrow on thc string of the
great bow that I had fashioned after tho
shape of those we uso in England I aimed
and drew it. Straight sped t'.e arrow,and
struck tho buok fair, passing through its
heart, and a low murmur of wonderment
went up from those who saw tho feat.
Then, just as wo prepared to go to tho
fallen deer, a male puma, which is noth
ing but a cat, though 50 times as big, that
had been watching the buck from above,
dropped down from thc boughs of thc cei
ba tree full on to tho shoulders of tho
Princo Guatemoc, felling him to tho
ground, where he lay face downward, while
tho fierce brute bit and clawed at his back.
Indeed had it not been for his golden cui
rass and helm Guatemoc would never
have lived to bo emperor of Anahuac, and
perhaps it might have been better so.
Now, when they saw thu puma snarl
ing and tearing at the person of their
prince, though brave men enough, tho
three nobles who were with us were seized
with sudden panic and ran, thinking him
dead. But I did not run, though I should
have been glad enough to do so. At my
side hung ono of the Indian weapons that
serve them instead of swords, a club of
wood set on both sides with spikes of ob
sidian, liko tho teeth in thc bill of a sword
fish. Snatching it from its loop, I gavo
tho puma battle, striking a blow upon his
head that rolled him over and caused thc
blood to pour. In a moment he was up
and at mo roaring with rage. Whirling
tho wooden sword with both hands, I
smote him in midair, liio blow passing bf
tween Ids opened paws and catching him
full on the snout and head. So hard v.- ?
this stroko that my weapon was shattered
Still it did not stop the puma. In a sec
ond I was cast to thc earth with il frcul
shock, and tho brute was on nie, tearing
and biting at my chest und neck. It was
well for mc at that moment that I wore a
garment of quilted cotton; otherwise 1
must hove boen ripped open, and even
with this covering I was sadly torn, and
to this day I bear tho marks of tho beast's
claws upon my body. But now when I
seemed to bc lost thc great blow that I had
Struck took effect on him, for one of tho
points of glass had pierced to his brain.
Ile lifted his heud; his claws contracted
themselves in my Ooah; then ho howled
like a dog in pain and fell dead upon my
body. So I lay upon the ground unable to
6tlr, for I was much hurt, until my com
panions, having taken heart, caine book
and pulled the puma off me. By this time
Guatemoc, who saw lt all, but till now
was unable to moro from lack of breath,
had found his feet again.
"Teule,"ho gasped, "you are a brave
man indeed, and if you live I swear that 1
will always stand your friend to the death,
as you hayc^stood mine. " - - -
Ilms ho spoke to mc, but to tho ott
ho said nothing, ousting no reproachc;
Then I fainted away.
THE COURT OF MONTEZUMA.
Xow, for a week I was so ill from :
wounds that I was unablo to be mov
and then I must bo carried in a litter
we came to within three days' journey
the city of Tenoctitlan, or Mexico.
One night we camped in a rest hon
of which there wero many built along :
roads for the use of travelers, that v
placed almost on the top of tho sierra
mountain range which surrounds the \
loy of Tenoctitlan. Next morning
took the road again before dawn, for
cold was so sharp at this great height ti
we, who had traveled from the hot la:
could sleep very little, and also Guat?n
desired if it wero possiblo to reach tho c
When we had gone a few hundred pac
tho path carno to the crest of the moi
tain range, and I halted suddenly in wi
der and admiration. Below mo lay a v
bowl of land and water, of which, how
cr, I could seo nothing, for tho shado
of the night still filled lt. But before r.
piercing tho very clouds, towered tho ere
of two snow clad mountains, and on tb
tho light of the unrisen sun played, airen
changing their whiteness to thc stain
blood. Popo, or the Hill that Smokes,
tho name of thc one, and Ixtoc, or 1
Sleeping Woman, that of tho other, a
no grander sight was ever offered to i
eyes ol' man than they furnished in tl
hour before tho dawn. From tho lol
summit of Popo went up great colum
of smoke, which, what with the fire
their heart and the crimson of tho sunrl
looked Uko rolling pillars of flame. A
for the glory of the glittering slopes belo
that changed continually from tho mys
ry of white to dull red, from rod to crii
son and from crimson to every dazzli:
huo that tho rainbow holds, who can t
it, who can even imagine it? Xono inde
except those that huve seen the sun ri
over tho volcano of Tenoctitlan.
When I had feasted my eyes on Popo,
turned to Ixtac. She is not sc lofty as h
"husband," for 6o tho Aztecs name t
volcano Popo, and when first I looked
could sec nothing but tho gigantic sha
of a woman fashioned in snow and lyil
liko a corpso upon her lofty bier, who
hair streamed down tho mountain sid
But now tho sunbeams caught her als
and she seemed to 6tort out in majes
from a veil of rosy mist, a wonderful ai
thrilling sight. But, beautiful as sho w
then, still I love the Sleeping Womon bc
at eve. Then she lies a shape of glory (
the blackness beneath and is slowly swu
lowed up into the solemn night as the dui
draws its veil across her.
Xow, ns I gazed tho light began to crc<
down thc sides of tho vol?anos, rcvealir
the forests on their flanks. But still tl
vast valley was filled with mist that h
in denso billows resembling those of tl
seo, through which hills and temples to]
started up Uko islands. By slow degrc
as wc passed upon our downward road tl
vapors cleared away and thc lakes of Te
cuco, Chalco and Xochicalco shone in tl
sunlight like giant mirrors. On the
banks stood many cities. Indeed tl
greatest of these, Mexico, seemed to flo.
upon the waters. Beyond them and abo.
them were green fields of corn and alt
and groves of forest trees,' while far awi
towered thc black wall of rock that hcdgi
in thc valley.
All day wc journeyed swiftly throng
this fairyland. Wc passed through ti
cities of Auiaquem and Ajotzinco, which
will not stay to describe, and many a lon
ly village that nestled upon tho borders (
Lake Chalco. Then wo entered on tl
great causeway of stone built like a ron
resting on thc waters, and with thc afte:
noon wc came to the town of Cuitlahuai
Thence we ptissed on to Iztapnlapan, an
hero Guatemoc would have rested for tl:
night in tho royal house of his uncle Cull
lahua. But when wc reached thc town w
found that Montezuma, who had been at
vised of our approach by runners, had scr
orders that we wero to push on to Teno<
titian, and that palanquins had been mad
ready to bear us.
So wo entered tho palanquins, and lcai
lng thot lovely city of gardens were born
swiftly along the southern causeway. 0
wo went past towns built u >*>. piles fixe
in the bottom of tho lake, "t garden
that were laid out on reeds ..nd floate
over tho waters Uko a boat, past teocali i
and glistening temples without numbei
through fleets of light canoes and thor
6ands of Indians going to and fro abou
their business, till at length toward SUE
set wo reached the battlemented foi
that is called Xoloc, which stands upo:
the dike. I say stands, but, alas, it stand
no moro! Corte.'' has destroyed it, an
with it all thoso glorious cities which m;
oyes beheld that day.
At Xoloc wo began to enter thc city c
Tenoctitlan, or Mexico, tho mightiest cit;
that ever X hud seen. Thc houses on th
outskirts indeed wero built of mud o
adobe, but thoso In tho richer parts wer
constructed of redstone. Each house sui
rounded a courtyard and was, in turn
surrounded by a garden, whilo betweei
them ran canals, having footpaths on cl
ther side. Then there were squares, an<
in the squares pyramids, palaces and tem
pies without end. I gazed on them till
was bewildered, but all seemed os uoth
lng when at length I saw tho great tem
pie, with its stone gateways opening t<
tho north and tho south, thc east and tin
west, its walls carven everywhere wltl
serpents, its polished pavements, its teoo
allis decked with human skulls, thousand
upon thousands of them, and its vast sur
rounding tianqucz, or market place. '.
caught but a glimpse of lt thon, for th<
darkness was falling, and afterward w<
were borne on through tho darkness, I die
not know whither.
Awhile wont by, and I 6aw that wo hoc
left tho city and were passing up a stcej;
hill beneath tho shadow of mighty ccdai
trees. Presently wo halted in a courtyard,
and hero I was bidden to alight Ther
the Prince Guatemoc lcd mo into a won>
drous house, of which all the rooms we?
roofed with cedar wood and its walls hung
with richly colored cloths, and in thal
house gold seemed as plentiful as brick?
and oak aro with us In England. Led by
domestics who boro cedar wands In theil
hands, wo wont through many passages
and rooms tUl at length wo came to a
chamber whero other domestics were
awaiting us, who washed us with scented
waters and clothed us in gorgeous ap
parel. Thence they conducted us to a door,
whero wo were bidden to remove our shoes,
and a coarse colored robe was given tc
each of us to hide our splendid dress. Thc
robes having been put on, wc wore suffered
to pass the door and fotind ourselves in a
vast chamber in which were many noble
men and some women, all standing and
clad in coarse robes. At thc far end of
this chamber was a gilded screen, and
from behind it flouted sounds of sweet
Xow, as wc stood in thc great chamber,
that was lighted witli sweet smelling
torches, many men advanced and greeted
Guatemoc, the prince, and I noticed that
all of them looked upon mc curiously.
Presently a woman came, and I saw that
her beauty was great She wa? tail and
stately, and beneath her rough outer robe
splendidly attired in worked and jeweled
garments. Weary and bewildered as I
was, lier loveliness seized me, as lt were, in
a vise-never before had I seen such lovo
Uness, for her eye was proud and full
liko tho eye of a buck, her curling hair fell
upon her shoulders, and her features were
very noble, yet tender almost to sadness,
though at times she could seem fierce
enough. This lady was yet in her firs,
youth; perchance she may have seen somo
18 ycurs, but her shape was that of a full
grown woman and most royal.
"Greeting, Guatemoc, my cousin," sho
said in n sweet voice. ''So you are como
at last. My royal father luis awaited you
for long and will ask questions as to your
delay. My sister, your wife, has wondered
also why you tarried."
Now, as she spoke. I felt rutlier than saw
that this lady was searching me with her
"Greeting, Otoinlc, my cousin, "answer
ed tho prince. "I have licet) delayed by
tho accidents of travel. Tabasco is far
away, also my charge anti companion,
Tculc, " and lie nodded toward me, "mot
with an accident on thc road."
"What was thc accident!'" sh?' asked.
"Only tills-that be saved me from thc
jaws of n puma at Ibo risk of his life when
all tho others fled from me and wa? some
what hurt In tiie deed. Ile saved me thus, "
-and iji a few words he told the story.
oho lisrancci, and i Baw that lier eyes
sparkled at thc talo. When it was done,
sho spoke again, and this time to mc.
''Welcome, Teule," she said, smiling.
"You are not of our people, yet my heart
goes out to such a man." And, still smil
ing, she left us.
"Who is that great lady?' I asked ol
"That is my cousin Otomle, tho prin
cess of the Otomle, my uncle Montezu
ma's favorite daughter," he answered.
"She likes you, Teule, and that is well for
you for many reasons. Hush!"
As he spoke the screen at the far end of
the chamber was drawn aside. Beyond it
a man sat upon a broldered cushion, who
was inhaling tho fumes of tho tobacco
weed from a gilded pipo of wood, after tho
Indian fashion. This man, who was no
other than thc monarch Montezuma, was
of a tall build and melancholy counte
nance, having a very palo faco for ono of
his nation, and thin, black hair. Ho was
dressed in a white robo of tho purest cot
ton and wore a golden bolt and sandals
set with pearls, and on his head a plumo
of feathers of tho royal green. Behind him
wore a band of beautiful girls somewhat
slightly clothed, some of whom played on
lutes and other instruments of music, and
on either side 6tood four anciont counsel
ors, all of them barefooted and clad In
tho coarsest garments.
So soon as thc scrcon was drawn all tho
company in tho chamber prostrated them
selves upon their knees, an example that
I hastened to follow, and thus they remain
A man pat upon a broldered cushion in
haling the jumes of thc tobacco.
ed till tho empero1' made a feign with tho
gilded bowl of his pipe, when they roso to
their feet again and Btood with folded
hands and eyes fixed abjectlv i'.pun the
floor. Presently Montezuma made anoth
er signal, and throe agod mon, whom I
understood to ho cmbassadors, advanced
and asked some prayer of him. Ho an
swered them with a nod pf tho head, and
they retreated from his presence, making
obeisance and stepping backward till they
mingled with the crowd. Then tho emper
or spoko a word to ono of tho counselors,
who bowed and carno slowly down the
hall, looking to thc right and to tho left.
Presently his eye fell upon Guatemoc, and
indeed ho was easy to see, for he stood a
head tailor than any there.
"Hail, prince," ho said. "Tho royal
Montezuma desires to speak with you, and
with tho Teule, your companion." .
"Do as I do, Teule," said Guatemoc,
and led the way up thc chamber till wc
reached thc place where the wooden screen
had been, which, ns we passed it, was
drawn behind us, shutting us off from
Here we stood awhile, with folded hnnds
and downcast eyes, till a signal was jnade
to us to advance.
"Your report, nephew," said Montezu
ma in a low voice of command.
i "I went to the city of Tabasco, O glo
rious Montezuma. I found the Teulo and
brought him thither, also I caused the
high priest to be sacrificed according to thc
royal command, and now I hand back tho
imperial signet, " und ho gave tho ring to
"Why did you delay so long upon tho
"Because of the chances of tho Journey.
While saving my life, royal Montezuma,
tho Teule, my prisoner, was bitten by a
puma Its skin is brought to you as an
Now Montezuma looked at mo for the
first timo, then opened a picture-scroll
that one of the counselors handed to him
and read in it, glancing at me from time
"The description ls good," he said at
length, "in all savo one things-it does not
say that this prisoner is tho handsomest
man in Anahuac. Say, Teule, why have
your countrymen landed on my dominions
and slain my pcoplef"
"I know nothing of it, O king," I an
swered as well as I might, with the help
of Guatemoc, "and they aro not my coun
"Tho report says that you confess to hav
ing tho blood of theso Teulcs in your veins,
and that you como to these shores, or near
them, in ono of their great canoes."
"That ls so, O king, yot I am not of their
people, and I came to tho shore floating on
"I hold that you lie, "answered Monte
zuma, frowning, "for tho sharks and croc
odiles would devour one who swam thus; ' '
Then ho added anxiously, "Say, aro you
of tho descendants of Quetzal?"
"I do not know, 0 king. I am of a
white race, and our forefather was named
"Perchance that io another name for
Quetzal," ho Enid. "It has long been
prophesied that his children would return,
and now it seems that tho hour of their
coming is at hand. " And ho sighed heav
ily, then added: "Go now. Tomorrow you
shall tell mo of these Teules, and the coun
cil of tho priests shall decide your fate,"
Now, when I heard the names of the
priests, I trembled in all my bones and
cried, clasping my hands in supplication:
"81ay me if you will, 0 king, but I be
seech you deliver me not again into the
hands of tho priests."
''We aro all in tho hands of tho priests,
who are the mouth of God." he answered
coldly. "Besides I hold that you have lied
Then I wont, foreboding evil, and Gua
temoc also looked downcast. Bitterly did
I curse the hour when I had said that I
was of thc Spanish blood and yet no Span
iard. Had I known oven what. I know
that day, torturo would not have wrung
those words from mo. But now it was
Now Guatemoc led me to certain apart
ments of this palace of Chapoltepec, where
his wife, the royal Princess Tccuiohpo,
was awaiting him, a very lovely lady, and
with her other ladles, among them the
Princess Otomle, Muntczuma's daughter,
and sonio nobles. Herc a rich repast was
served to us, and I was seated next to tho
Princess Otomie, who spoke to me most
graciously, asking mc many things con
corning my land and tho people of tho
Toulcs. It was from her that I learned
first that the emperor was much disturbed
at heart because of these Teulcs, or Span
iards, for ho was superstitious and 'held
them to be thc children of tho god Quet
zal, who, according to ancient prophcoy,
would como to take tho lund. Indeed ao
gracious was sho, and so royally lovely,
that for the first timo I felt my heart stir
red by any other woman than my betroth
ed whom I had left far away in England,
and whom, as I thought, I should nevor
soe again. And, as I learned lu after days,
minc was not tho only heart that was stir
red that night.
Near to xis sat another royal Indy, Pa
pantzin, the sister of Montezuma, 'but she
was neither young nor lovely, and yet
most sweet faced and ?ul, as though with
the presage of death. Indeed she died not
many weeks after, hut could not rest quiet
In her gravo, as shall bo told.
When tho feast was don? and wo had
drunk of thc cocoa or chocolate and smok
ed tobacco In pipes, a strange hut most
soothing custom that I learned in Tabasco,
and of which I have uever been able to
break myself, though tho weed ls still
hard to como by hero in England, I was
led to my sleeping place, a small chamber,
paneled with cedar board?. For awhilo I
could not sleep, fer I was overcome by the
memory of all tho strange sights that I
had seen In this wonderful now land,
which was so civilized and yet BO barba
Thou my thoughts flow to tho vision of
that most, lovely maid, thu Princess Oto
mle., who, as I believed, had looked on me
so kindly, and I found that vision sweet,
for I was young, and tho English Lily, my
own love, was far away and lost, to mo for
ever. Was it then wonderful that I should
find this Indian DODDY, fair? Indeed whore.
ls tue man wno woultTnot have been over
come by hor swceetness, her beauty and
that stamp of royal graco which comes
with kingly blood and tho daily exercise
of power!' Liku the rich wonders of the
robe she wore, her very barbarism, of
which now I saw but the better side, drew
and dazzled my mind's eye, giving her
woman's tenderness some now quality,
somber and strange, an eastern richness
which ls lacking in our well schooled Eng
lish women, that at one and the same
stroke touched both the imagination and
the senses and through them enthralled
For O tom ie seemed such a woman as
men dream of, but very rarely win, seeing
that tho world has few such natures and
fewer nurseries where they can be reared.
At onco pure and passionate, of royal
blood and heart, rich natured and most
womanly, yet brave as a man and beauti
ful as tho night, with a mind athirst for
knowledge and a spirit that no sorrows
could avail to quell, over changing in her
outer moods, and yot moot faithful and
with the honor of a roan, such was Oto
m?e, Montezuma'u daughter, princess of
tho Otoinle. Was it wonderful then that
I found hor fair, or, when fate gave me her
love, that at last I lovod her in turn f And
yet there was that In her nature which
should h ave hold mo back had I but known
of it, for, with all lier charm, hor beauty
and hor virtuos, at heart sho was still a
savage, and, strlvo as sho would to hide it,
at times her blood would master lier.
But as I lay In tho chamber of the pal
ace of Chapol tepee the tramp of the guards
without my door reminded mo that I had
little now to do with love and othor de
light?, I whoso lifo hung from day to day
upon a hair. Tomorrow the priests would
decide my fato, and when tho priests wore
judges thc prisoner might know tho sen
tence before it was spoken. I was a stron
ger and a white man, surely such a one
would provo an offering more acceptable
to the gods than that furnished by a thou
sand Indian hearts. I had .boen snatched
from the ul tars of Tabasco that I might
grace tho higher altars of Tenoctltlan, and
that was all. My fate would bc to perish
miserably far from my home, and in this
world never to be heard of more.
Musing thus sadly, at last I slept. When
I woke, the sun was up. Bislng from my
mat, I went tu the wood barred window
place and looked through. The palace
whence I gazed was placed on the crest of
a rocky hill. On one sido this hill was
bathed by tho bluo waters of Teaouco; on
the other, a milo or more away, rose the
temple towers of Mexico. Along the si opes
of tho hill and in some directions for a
mile from its base grew huge cedar trees,
from the boughs of which hung a gray and
ghostly looking moss. These trees aro so
large that tho smallest of them ls bigger
than the best oak in this parish of Dltch
inghom, while the greatest measures 29
paces round thc hose. Beyond and between
these marvelous and ancient trees were
tho gardens of Montezuma, that with tholr
strange and gorgeous flowers, their marble
baths, their aviaries and wild boost dons
wore, os I beliove, thc most wonderful in
tho whole world. [The gardens of Monte
zuma have been long destroyed, but BOH?O
of the cedars still flourish at Chapoltepcc,
though tho Spaniards cut down many.
Ono of them, which tradition says was a
fovorlte" tree of the great emperor's, meas
ures-according to a rough calculation the
author of this book made upon the spot
about 00 foot round tho bolo. It is strange
to think that a few ancient conifers should
alone survive of all tho glories of Monte
suma's wealth and state.]
"At tho least," thought I to myself,
"even if I must die, it is something to have
seen this country of Anahuac, ita king, its
customs and its people."
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