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After tn"-ic wo wept ourselves to sleep In
each other's arms, Otomle murmuring
"Look, he lies dead!"
from time to time, "Oh, my husband, I
would that wo were asleep and forgotten,
we and the babo together."
"Best now," I answered, "for death ls
very near to us."
Tho morrow came, and with lt a dead
lier fray than any that had gone before,
and after lt more morrows and more
deaths, but still we lived on, for Guatemoc
gave us of his food. Thon Cortes sent his
heralds demanding our surrender, and now
threo-fourths of the city was a ruin, and
three-fourths of its defenders wcro dead.
The dead were heaped In the houses like
bees stifled in a hive, and in tho streets
they lay so thick that wo walked upon
The council was summoned, fierce men,
haggard with hunger and with war, und
they considered tho offer of Cortes.
"What is your word, Guatemoc?" said
their spokesman at last.
"Am I Montezuma, that you ask me? I
swore to defend this city to the hist," he
answered hoarsely, "and, for my part, I
will defend it. Better that wo should all
die than that we should fall living into
the hands of tho Tculcs. "
"So say we," they replied. And thc war
At length there caine a day when the
Spaniards made a new attack and gained
another portion of thc city. There thc
people were huddled together like sheep In
a pen. We strove to defend them, but our
arms were weak with famine. They fired
into us with their pieces, mowing us down
like corn before sickle. Then tho Tlasca
lans wero loosed upon tis, liko fierce
hounds upon a defenseless buck, and on
this day lt is said that there died 40, OOO
people, for none was spared. On tho mor
row-lt was tho last day of the siege-carno
a fresh embassy from Cortes, asking that
Guatemoc should meet him. Thc answer
was the same, for nothing could conquer
that noblo spirit.
"Tell bim, " said Guatemoc, "that I will
die where I am, but that I will hold no
parley with him. We aro helpless; let
Cortes work his pleasure on us."
By now all tho city was destroyed, and
we who remained alivo within its bounds
were gathered on tho causeways and be
hind tho rains of walls, men, women and
Here they attacked us again. The great
drum on tho teocalll beat for the last time,
and for the last timo thc wild scream of
the Aztec warriors went up to heaven. We
fought our best. I killed four men that
day with my arrows, which Otomle, who
was at my side, handed me as I shot. But
tho most of us had not tho strength of a
child, and what could we doP They came
among us liko seamen among a flock of
seals and slaughtered us by hundreds.
They drove us into tho canals and trod us
to death thero till bridges were made of
our bodies. How wo escaped I do not
At length a party of us, among whom
was Guatemoc, with his wife, Teculchpo,
were driven to the shores of the lake, where
lay canoes, and into these wc entered,
scarcely knowing what we did, but think
ing that wo might escape, for now all the
city was taken. Tho brigantines saw us
and sailed after us with a favoring wind
the wind always favored thc foe in that
war-and, row as we would, one of them
carno up with us and began to lire into us.
Thon Guatemoc stood up and spoke, say
"I am Guatemoc. Bring me to Malln
cho. But spare those of my people who re
"Now," I said to Otomio at my side,
"my hour has o?me, for the Spaniards
will surely hang mo, and lt is In my mind,
wife, that I should do well to kill myself,
so that I may bo saved from a death of
"Nay, husband," she answered sadly,
"as I said in bygone days, while you live
thero is hope, but the dead come back no
more. Fortune may favor us yet; still, li
you think otherwise, I am ready to die.M
"That I will not suffer, Otomle."
"Then you must hold your hand hus
band, for now, aa always, where you go I
'"Listen," I whispered. "Do not let it
bo known that you aro my wife. Puss
yourself as one of tho ladies of Tecuiohpo,
the queen, your sister. If we aro separat
ed, and if by any chunco I escape, I will
try to mako my way to the City of Pines.
There, amoi.g your own people, wo may
"So bo it, beloved," sho answered, smil
ing sadly. "But I do not know how tho
Otomle will receivo mo, who have led 20,
000 of their bravest men to a dreadful
Now wo wero on tho deck of thc brigan
tine and must stop talking, und thence,
after tho Spaniards had quarreled over us
for awhile, wo wero taken ashore and led
to tho top of a houso which still stood,
where Cortes had mado ruuly hurriedly to
receive his royal prisoner. Surrounded by
his escort), tho Spanish general stood, cap
in hand, and by his sido was Marinu,
grown moro lovely than before, whom I
Cow met for tho first time since wo had
parted in Tabasco.
Our eyes met, and 6ho started, thereby
showing that she knew mo again, though
it must) havo been hard for Murinu to ree
ogrdze her friend Tculo in tho blood
stained, starviLg and tattered wretch who
could scarcely find strength to climb tho
azotea. But at that timo no words passed
between us, for all eyes wero bent on tho
meeting between Cortes and Guatemoo.
between tho conqueror and tho conquered.
Still proud and defiant, though he
Seemed but a living skeleton, Guatemoc
Walked straight to where the Spaniard
Stood and spoke, Marina trunslating his
"I am Guatemoc, tho emperor, Malln
eho," ho said. "'What a man might do to
defend his people I have done. Look on
tho fruits of my labor, " and ho pointed to
tho blackened ruins of Tenoctitlan that
stretched on every side us far as the eye
could reach. "Now I have como to thia
pass, for the gods themselves havo boen
against mc. Deal with mo as you will, but
lt will be best that you kill me now," and
ho touched the dagger of Cortes with hi*
hand, ''and thus rid mo swiftly of the
misery of life."
"Fear not, Guatemoc," answered Cor
tes. *'You have fought like a bravo man,
and sud? I honor. With me you are safe,
Jfor we Spaniards love a gallant foe. See,
lhere is food," and he pointed to atable
spread with such viands as wo had not
?sen for many a week. "Eat, you and
rour companions together, for rou must
?yes on these
>r a rare and
story in a few
need 16. " Afterward" we wuT talk?. "
< 80 we ate, and heartily, I, for my port,
thinking it would be well to die upon a
full stomach, having faced death so long
upon an empty one, and while we de
voured the meat the Spaniards stood on
one side scanning us, not without pity.
Presently Teculchpo was brought before
Cortes, and with her Otomie and six other
ladies. He greeted her graciously, and
they were given to eat. how one of the
Spaniards who had been watching me
whispered something into tho ear of Cor
tes, ond I saw his face darken.
"Say," he said to me In Castillan, "aro
you that renegade, that traitor who has
aided these Aztecs against us?"
"I am no renegade and no traitor, gen
eral, '1 I answered boldly, for the food and
wino had put new lifo into mo. "I am an
Englishman, and I havo fought with thc
Aztecs because I have good cause to hate
"You shall soon have better, traitor!"
he said furiously. "Hore, lead this man
away and hang him on th? mast of yonder
Now I saw that it was finished and
made ready to go to my death, when Ma
rina spoke Into the ear of Cortes. All she
said I could not catch, but I heard tho
words "hidden gold." He listened, then
hesitated and spoke aloud: "Do not hang,
this man -xxlay. Let him be safoly guard
ed. Tomorrow I will inquire Into his
THOMAS IS DOOMED.
At the words of Cortes two Spaniards
came forward, and seizing,me one by
either arm they led me across the roof of
tho houso toward thc stairway. Otomlo
had heard also, and though she did not
understand the words she read the face of
Cortes and knew well that I was being
taken to imprisonment or death. As I
passed her she started forward, a terror
shining in her eyes. Fearing that she was
about to throw herself upon my breast,
and thus reveal herself as my wife and
bring my fa^c upon her, I glanced at her
warningly, then made pretense to Stum
ble, and as though with fear and exhaustion
I fell at her feet. The soldiers who lcd me
laughed brutally, and one of them kicked
mc with his heavy boot. But Otouiio
stooped down and held her hand to me to
help mo rise, and as I did so wo spoke low
"Farewell, wife," I said. "Whatever
happens, keep silent."
"Farewell," she answered. "If you
must die, await me in tho gates of death,
for I will join you there."
"Nay, live on. Time shall bring com
"You aro my life, beloved. With you
timo ends for me."
Now I was on my feet again, and I think
that nono noted our whispered words, for
all wero listening to Cortes, who rated the
man that had kicked mo.
"I bado you guard this traitor-not to
kick him, "he said angrily In Castllian.
"Will you put us to open shame before
these savages? Do so once moro, and you
shall pay for it smartly. Learn a lesson In
gentleness from that woman. Sho is starv
ing, yet she leaves her food to help your
prisoner to his feet. Now take him away
to camp and sec that he comes to no harm,
for ho can tell me much."
? Then the soldiers lcd mo away, grum
bling as they went, and the last thing I
saw ww tho despairing face of Otomie,
my wife, as sho gazed after mo, faint with
the secret agony of our parting. But when
I came to the head of the stairway Guate
moc, who stood near, book my hand and
"Farewell, my brother, " ho sold, with a
heavy smile. "Tho game wo played to
gether ls finished, and now lt ls time for
ns to rest. I thank you for your valor and
"Farewell, Guatemoc," I answered.
"You are fallen, but let this comfort you
In your fall you havo found immortal
"On, on!" growled tho soldiers, and I
went, little thinking how Guatemoc and I
should meet again.
They took me to a canoe, and wo wero
paddled across the hike by Tluscalans till
at longth wo carno to the Spanish camp.
Tho room of the stone house where they
prisoned me had a window secured by
bars of wood, and through these bars I
could see and hear tho revelings of the sol
diers during tho time of my con?nemont.
All day long, when they were not on duty,
and most of the night also, they gambled
and drank, staking tens of pesos on a bin
gle throw, which the loser must pay out
of his share of the countless treasures of
the Aztecs. Little did they care if they
won cr lost, they were so sure of plunder,
but played on till drink overpowered thom
and they rolled senseless beneath the ta
bles, or till they sprang up and danced
wildly to and fro, catching at tho sunbeams
?nd screaming, "Gold, gold, goldi"
Listening at this window also I gath
ered 6ome of the tidings of tho camp. I
learned that Cortes had come back, bring
ing Guatemoc and several of tho princes
with him, together with many of tho noble
Aztec ladies. Indeed I saw und heard tho j
soldiers gambling for these women when !
they wero weary of their play for money,
a description of each of them being writ
ten on a piece of paper. Ono of these la
dles answered well to Otomie, my wife,
and sho was put up to auction by the bruto
who won her In tho gamble and sold to a
common soldier for a hundred pesos, for
theso men never doubted but that the
women and thc gold would bc handed over
Thus things went for several days, dur
ing which I sut and slept in my prison un
troubled by any, except the native woman
who waited on mo and brought mo food
in plenty. During those days I ate as I
have never cuten before or since, and I
slept much, for my sorrows could not rid
my body of its appetites and commanding
need for food and rest. Indeed I verily
believe that at the end of a week I had in- '
creased in weight by a full half. Also my
weariness was conquered at length, and I
was strong again.
But when I was neither sleeping nor
eating I watched ut my window, hoping,
though in vain, to catch some sight of
Otomie or Guatemoc. If I might not seo
my friends, however, ut least I saw my
foe, for ono evening Dc Garcia came and
stared at my prison. He could not see me,
but I saw him, and the devilish smile that
flickered on his face HS he went away Uko
a wolf made mc shiver with a presage of
woes to conic. For 10 minutes or moro he
stood gazing at my window hungrily, as
a cat gazes at a caged bird, and I felt that
bo waa walting for the door to bo oponed
and knew that it would soon bo opened.
This hftpppmd on the eve of the day
upon which ? wo? put to torture.
Meanwhile, a? t?mtt Wimp on, I noticed
that a change came over tilts temper of the
camp. The soldiers ceased to ga;? bio for
untold wealth; they sven ceased drinking
to excess and from tholr riotous joy, but
took to hanging together In knots, discuss
ing fiercely I could not learn of what. On
tho day when De Garcia came to look at
my prison there was a great gathering in
the 6quor? opposite my prison, to which I
JAW Cortes rid?-" upon ft white horse and
richly dressed. Tho WC?Plng was too fur
away for me to overhear whaf p.i.wsod. but
I noticed that several officers addressed j
? Cortes angrily, and that their speeches I
WA're loudly cheered hy thc soldiers. At
last thu great captain answered them at
some length, and they broke up in silenco.
Next morning, after I had breakfasted,
four soldiers came into my prison and or
dered inc to accompany them.
''Whither'-" I asked.
"To the eaptain, traitor," their leader
"It has como at last, " I thought to my
self, but I said only:
"It is well. Any chango from thi6 hole
ls one for tho bettor. "
.'Certainly," he replied, "and this ls
your last shift."
Thon I know that the man behoved that
I was going to my death. In flvo minutos
I was standing beforo Cortes In his private
house. At his side was Marina, and around
him woro several of his companions in
arms. The great man looked at mo for
awhile, then spoke:
''Your nara? ls Wingfield. You aro of
mixed blood-half English and half Span
ish. You were cast away in tho Tabasco
river and taken to Tonoctltlan. There you
were doomed to pers?nate tho Aztec god
Tezoat and wero rescued by us when we
captured the great teocali 1. Subsequently
At his ?ldc was Marina.
you joined tho Aztecs and took part In the
attack and slaughter of tho nocho triste.
You were afterward the friend and coun
selor of Guatemoc and assisted In his de
fense of Tenoctitlan. Is this true, pris
"It is all true, general," I answered.
"Good. You aro now our prisoner, and
had you a thousand lives you have forfeited
them all because of your treachery to your
race and blood. Into tho circumstances
that led you to commit this horrible trea
son I cannot enter. Thc fact remains
you have slain many of the Spaniards and
tholr allies-that ls, being In a state of
treason, you have murdered them. Wing
field, your life ?3 forfeit, and I condemn
"ou to dio by hanging as a traitor and an
"Then there ls nothing more to Ix; said, "
I answered quietly, though a cold fear
frozo my blood.
"There is something," answered Cortes.
"Though jvir crimes have been many, I
am ready to give you your life and free
dom upon a condition. I am ready to do
more-to find you a passage to Kurope cn
the first occasion, when? you may per
chance escape the echoes of your infamy if
God ls good to you. Tho condition ls this:
Wo have reason to believe that you are ac
quainted with the hiding place of the gold
of Montezuma, which was unlawfully
stolen from us on the night of tho noche
triste-nay, wc know that this is so, for
you were seen to go with the canoes that
were laden with it. Chooso now, apos
tate, between a shameful death and the
revealing to us of tho secret of this treas
ure. 1 '
For a moment I wavered. On thc one
hand was the loss of honor, with life and
liberty and tho hope of home; on thc other
a dreadful end. Then I remembered my
oath and Otomic, and what she would
think of mo, living or dead, if I did this
thing, and I waverod no more.
"I know nothing of tho treasure, gen
eral," I answered coldly. " Send mo to my
"You mean that you will say nothing of
it, traitor. Think again. If you havo
sworn any oaths, they aro broken by God.
Tho empiro of tho Aztecs is at an end;
their king is my prisoner; their groat city
is a ruin. The true God has triumphed
over these devils by my hand. Their
wealth ia my lawful spoil, and I must
have it to pay my gallant comrades, who
cannot grow rich on desolation. Think
"I know nothing of this treasure, gen
"Yet memory sometimes wakons, trai
tor. 1 havo said that you shall die if yours
should fail you, and so you shall, to bo
sore, But death is not always swift.
There, arc means. Doubtless you who havo
lived lo Spain havo heard of them," and
he arched his brows and glared at mo
meaningly, ''by which a man may die and
yet live for many weeks. Now, loath as
I am to do it, it seems to mc that, if your
memory still sloops, I must find somo
luoh means to rouse it-before you die.11
UI am in your power, general," I an
swered. "You oall mo traitor again and
again. I om no traitor. I am a subject of
tho king of England-not of the king of
Spain. I came hither, following a villain'
wno has wrought me and mine bitter
wrong-ono of your company named Do
Garcia or Sarceda. To find him and for
other reasons I joined the Aztecs. They
aro conquered, and I am your prisoner.
At thoJeast, deal with mc as a bravo man
deals with a fallon enemy. I know noth
ing of tho treasure. Kill mo and make an
"As a man I might wish to do this,
Wingfield, but I am more than a man. I
am tho hand of tho church herc in Ana
huac. You havo partaken with tho wor
shipers of idols; you have seen your fel
low Christians sacrificed and devoured by
your brute comrades. For this alone you
deserve to be tortured eternally, and doubt
less that will bo so after wc havo dono
with you. AB for thc hidalgo Don Sar
ceda, I know him only as a brave compan
ion In arms, and certainly I shall not lis
ten to tales told against him by a wander
ing apostate. It ls, however, unlucky for
you," and hero a gleam of light shot
across tho face of Cortes, "that thero
should bo any old feud between you, see
ing that lt is to his charge that I am obout
to confide you. Now, for the last time, I
say choose. Will you reveal the hiding
pince of tho treasure and go free, or will
you bc handed over to thc care of Don Sar
ceda till such time as he shall find means
to make you speak?"
Now a great faintness seized me, for I
knew that I was condemned to bo tor
tured, and that De Garcia was to be the
torturer. What mercy bad I to expect
from this cruel heart when I, his deadliest
foe, lay in his power to wreak his vengo
anco on? lint still my will and my honor
prevailed against my terrors, and I an
"I have told you, general, that I know
nothing of this treasure. Do your worst,
and may God forgive you for your cruelty. "
"Dare not speak that holy name, apos
tate and worshiper of idols, eater of hu
man flesh. Let Sarceda bc summoned."
A messenger went out, and for nwhile
thoro was silence. I caught Marina's
glance and saw pity in her gentle eyes.
But sho could not help me here, for Cortes
was mad because no gold had been found,
and tho clamor of tho soldiers for reward
had worn him out and brought him to this
shameful remedy, he who was not cruel by
nature. Still she strove to plead for me
with him, whispering earnestly in his ear.
For awhile Cortes listened; then he pushed
her from him roughly.
''Peace, Marina," ho said. "What!
Shall I spare this English dog somo pangs
when my command and perchance my
very lifo hangs upon thc finding of the
gold? Nay, he knows well where it lies
hid. You said lt yourself when I would
havo hung him for a traitor, and certainly
ho was ono of those whom the spy saw go
out with lt upon thc lake. Our friend was
with them also, but became bock no more.
Doubtless they murdered him. What ls
this man to you that you should plead for
him? Cease to trouble me, Marina. Ami
not troubled enough already?" and Cortes
put his hands to his face and remained lost
In thought. AH for Marina, she looked at
mo sadly and sigluxl as though to say, "I
havo dono my best," and I thanked her
-?Ith my eyes.
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