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After that wo wept ourselves to 6lecp in
each other's arms, Otomie murmuring
"Look, he lies dead!"
from time to time, "Oh, my husband, I
would that we were asleep and forgotten,
we and the babe together. "
"Best now," I answered, "for death ls
very near to us. "
Tho morrow came, and with it a dead
lier fray than any that had gone before,
and after it moro morrows and more
deaths, but still we lived on, for Guatemoc
gave us of his food. Thou Cortes sent hiB
heralds demanding our surrender, and now
thrco-fourths of tho city was a ruin, and
three-fourths of its defenders wore 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 >var, und
they considered tho offer of Cortes.
"What is your word, Guatemoc?" said
their spokesman at last.
"Am I Montezuma, that you ask mc? I
swore to defend this city to the last," he
answered hoarsely, "and, for my part, I
will defend it. Better that we should all
die than that we should fall living into
the hands of the Teules. "
"So say wc," they replied. And the war
At length there came a day when thc
Spaniards made a new attack and gained
another portion of thc city. There the
people were huddled together like sheep m
a pen. Wc strove to defend them, but our
arms were weak with famine. They fired
Into us with their pieces, mowing us down I
like corn before sickle. Then the Tlasca
lans were loosed upon us, liko fierce
hounds upon a defenseless buck, and on
this day it is said that there died 4U.00U
people, for none was spared. On tho mor
row-lt was thc last day of the siege-carno
a fresh embassy from Cortes, asking that
Guatemoc should meet him. The answer
was the same, for nothing could conquer
that noblo spirit.
"Tell him, " 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 pleasuro on us."
By now all tho city was destroyed, and
we who remained alivo within its bounds
were gathered on the causeways and be
hind the ruins of walls, men, women and
Here they attacked us again. Tho groat
drum on tho teocalll beat for tho last time,
and for the last time thc wild scream of
the Aztec warriors went up to ueaveL. We
fought our best. I killed four men that
day with my arrows, which Otomie, 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 do? They carno
among us liko seamen among a dock of
seals and slaughtered us by hundreds.
They drove us into tho canals and trod us
to death there 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 wlfo, Teculchpo,
were driven to the shores of the lake, where
lay canoes, and into theso wc entered,
scarcely knowing what we did, but think
ing that we 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
wai?-and, row as wc would, one of them
came up with us and began to lire into us.
Then Guatemoc stood up and spoke, say
"I am Guatemoc. Bring mo to Mulin
die. But spare those of my people who re
"Now," I said to Otomie at my side,
"my hour has otmc, for the Spaniards
will surely hang mo, and lt ls In my mind,
wife, that I should do well to kill myself,
so that I may be saved from a death of
"Nay, husband," oho answered sadly,
"aa I said in bygone days, while you live
thero ls hope, but the dead come back no
more. Fortune may favor UB yet; still, if
you think otherwise, I om ready to die."
"That I will not suffer, Otomie."
"Then you must hold your hand hus
band, for now, as always, where you go I
"Listen," I whispered. "Do not let lt
bo known that you aro my wife. Pass
yourself as one of tho ladies of Tecuiohpo,
tho 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, among your own people, wo may
find ref ugo."
"So bo it, beloved," sho answered, smil
ing sadly. "But I do not know how tho
Otomie will receivo mc, who havo led 20,
000 of their bravest men to a dreadful
Now wo wero on tho deck of tho brigan
tine and must stop talking, and thence,
after the Spaniards had quarreled over us
for awhile, wo wero taken ashoro and led
to the top of a houso which still stood,
where Cortes had m ado ready hurriedly to
receive his royal prisoner. Surrounded by
his escort, the Spanish goneral stood, cap
In hand, and by his sido was Marina,
grown more lovely than before, whom I
now met for the first time since wo had
parted in Tabasco.
Our eyes met, and she started, thereby
showing that sho knew me again, though
it muirt) hove been hard for Marina to rec
ognlzo her friend Teulo in tho blood
stained, starving and tattered wretch who
could scarcely find strength to climb the
osoteft. But at that time no words passed
between us, for all eyes wero bent on tho
meeting between Cortes and Guatemoo,
between tho conqueror and the conquered.
Still proud and defiant, though ho
seemed but a living skeleton, Guatemoc
Walked straight to whero the Spaniard
Stood and spoke, Marina translating his
"I am Guatemoc, the emperor, Malln
che," ho said. "What a man might do to
defend his people I have done. Look on
tho fruits of my labor, " and he pointed to
tho blackened ruins of Tenoctitlan that
stretched on every side as far as tho eye
could reach. "Now I have como to this
pass, for thc gods themselves havo been
against me. Deal with mo as you will, but
lt will be best that .von kill me now, " and
he touched the dagger of Cortes with his
hand, "mid thus rid mo swiftly of the
misery of life."
"Fear not, Guatemoc, *. answered Cor
tes. "You have fought like a bravo man,
and such I honor. With me you are safe,
?for wc Spaniards love a gallant foe. See,
lhere is food,"and he pointed to atable
?prend with such viands as wo had not
ooen for many a week. "Eat, you and
roux companions together. Xor von must
yes on these
r a rare and
story in a few
heed 16.' "Afterward we wHTtalS"." ' " .
i 80 we ate, and heartily, I, for my part,
thinking it would be well to die upon a
foll stomach, having faced death so long
upon an empty one, and while wo de
vonzed the meat the Spaniards stood on
one 6lde scanning as, not without pity.
Presently Teculohpo was brought before
Cortes, and with her Otomle and six other
ladies. He greeted her graciously, and
they were given to eat. ? ow one of the
Spaniards who had been watching me
whispered something Into the ear of Cor
tes, and I saw his face darken.
"Say," he said to me In Castillan, "ore
you that renegade, that traitor who hos
aided these Aztecs against usP"
"I am no renegade and no traitor, gen
eral, " I answered boldly, for the food and
wino hod put new lifo Into mo. "I am an
Englishman, and I have fought with the
Aztecs because I have good cause to hate
"You 6hall soon have better, traitor!"
ho said furiously. "Herc, lead this man
away and hang him on the' most of yonder
Now I saw that lt 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 today. Let hun be safely guard
ed. Tomorrow I will Inquire Into his
THOMAS IS DOOMED.
At tho words of Cortes two Spaniards
came forward, and seizing,me ono by
either arm they led me across the roof of
the houso toward the stairway. Otomlo
had heard also, and though she did not
understand the words she read the faco 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 upun my breast,
and thus reveal herself as my wife and
bring my fafcp 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. Tho soldiers who led me
laughed brutally, and one of them kicked
mc with his heavy boot. But Otomio
stooped down and held her hand to me to
help mc 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 the gates of death,
for I will join you there."
"Nay, live on. Time shall bring com
"You aro my life, beloved. With you
time ends for mo."
Now I was on my feet again, and I think
that nono noted our whispered words, for
all were listening to Cortes, who rated the
man that hod kicked mo.
"I bado you guard this traitor-not to
kick him," he said angrily in Castilian.
"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. She ls starv
ing, yet she leaves her food to help your
prisoner to his feet. Now take him away
to camp and see that he comes to no harm,
for ho can WI mo much.11
1 Then the soldiers lcd mo away, grum
bling as they went, and the last thing I
saw was tho despairing face of Otomlo,
my wlfo, as sho gazed after rae, faint with
tho secret agony of our parting. But when
I came to the head of the stairway Guutc
moc, who stood near, book my hand and
"Farewell, my brother, " ho said, with a
heavy smile. "Tho gamo wo played to
gether ls finished, and now lt ls time for
us 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 have found Immortal
"On, on!" growled tho soldiers, and I
went, littlo thinking how Guatemoo and I
should meet ugain.
They took me to a canoe, and wo were
paddled across the lake by Tlasc alans till
at length wo came to the Spanish camp.
Tho room of tho stone houso where they
prisoned me had a window secured by
bars of wood, and through these bars I
could POO and hear tho revelings of the sol
dlen> during tho timo of my confinement.
AH day long, when they were not on duty,
and most of the night also, they gambled
and drank, stoking tens of pesos on a sin
gle throw, which the loser must pay out
of his share of tho countless treasures of
the Aztecs. Little did they care if they
won or lost, they were so sure of plunder,
but played on tDl 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
and screaming, "Gold, gold, goldi"
Listening at this window also I gath
ered some of the tidings of the camp. I
learned that Cortes had come back, bring
ing Guatemoo and several of tho princes
with him, together with many of tho noble
Aztec ladies. Indeed I saw and heard tho
soldiers gambling for these women when
they were weary of their play for money,
a description of each of them being writ
ten on a piece of paper. One of these la
dles answered well to Otomie, my wife,
and sho was put up to auction by the bruto
who won her la tho gamblo and sold to a
common soldier for a hundred pesos, for
theso men never doubted but that tho
women and thc gold would be handed over
Thus things went for several days, dur
ing which I sat and slept in my prison un
troubled by any, except thc native woman
who waited on mo and brought mo food
in plenty. During those days I ate as I
have never eaten before or since, and I
slept mach, 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 weak 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, KS least I saw my
foe, for ono evening De Garcia came and
stared at my prison. He could not sec me,
but I saw him, and the devilish smile that
flickered on his face os he went away like
a wolf made pie shiver with a presage of
woes to amie. For 10 minutes or moro he
stood gazing at my window hungrily, as
a cat gazes at a caged Iii rd, and I felt that
be was walting for thc door to bo oponed
and knew that it would soon bo opened.
This happened un thc ove of tho day
upon which ? wan pitt to torture.
Meanwhile, us itmtt wont on, I noticed
that a change came over th? femper of the
camp. The soldiers ceased to g/wnbio for
untold wealth; they ?von ceased drinking
bo 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 6quaro oppiwito my prison, to which I
faw Cortes rid'-' upon li white horse and
richly dressed. Tho mooting Was too far
away far mo to overhear wbaf p.ijsspd. but
I noticed that several officers addressed
Cortes angrily, and that their speeches
sqpre loudly cheered hy the soldiers. Ar.
last thc great captain answered them at
some length, and they broke ap in silence.
Next morning, after I had breakfasted,
four soldiers came into my prison and or
dered me to accompany them.
''Whither:'" I asked"
"To tho captain, traitor," their lender
"It has come at last," I thought to my
self, but I said only:
"It is well. Any chango from this hole
ls ono for tho better.1 '
"Certainly," ho replied, "and this is
your last shift,"
Then I know that the man believed that
I was going to my death. In five minutes
I was standing beforo Cortes In his private
bouse. At his side was Marina, and around
him wero sever?1, of his companions in
arms. The great man looked at mo for
awhile, then spoko:
''Your name is Wingfield. You are of
mixed blood-half English and half Span
ish. You wero cast away in tho Tabasco
river and taken to Tonoctitlan. There you
were doomed to personate tho Aztec god
Tezoat and wero rescued by us when we
captured the great teocali 1. Subsequently
At his side teas Marina.
you joined tho Aztecs and took part In the
attack and slaughter of the nocho triste.
You were afterward the friend and coun
selor of Guatemoc and assisted in his de
fense of Tenoctltlan. Ls this true, pris
"It is all truq, general," I answered.
"Good. You are 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. Tho fact remains
you havo slain many of thc Spaniards and
thou* allies-that is, being in a state of
treason, you havo murdered them. Wing
field, your life ls forfeit, and I condemn
you to die by hanging as a traitor and an
"Then there ls nothing more to be Bald,"
I answered quietly, though n cold fear
frozo my blood.
"There is something, " answered Cortes.
"Though your 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 Europe cn
tho first occasion, where you may per
chanco escapo the echoes of your infamy if
God ls good to you The condition is this:
We have reason to believe that you are ac
quainted with the hiding place of tho gold
of Montezuma, which was unlawfully
stolen from us on the night of the nocho
triste-nay. wc know that this is so, for
you were seen to go with the canoes that
were laden with ir. Choose now, apos
tate, between a shameful death and thc
revealing to us of tho secret of this treas
For a moment I wavered. On thc one
hand was thc loss of honor, with life and
liberty and tho hope of homo; on thc other
a dreadful end. Then I remembered my
oath and Otomlo, 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 have
sworn any oaths, they aro broken by God.
Tho empire of tho Aztecs is at au end;
their king is my prisoner; their great city
is a ruin. The true God has triumphed
over these devils by my hand. Their
wealth ls 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 wakens, trai
tor. 1 have said that you shall die If yours
should fail you, and so you shall, to bo
sure. But death is not always swift.
There, ore means. Doubtless you who havo
lived tn 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 seemB to mc that, if your
memory still sleeps, I must find some
such means to rouse lt-before you die."
'.I om in your power, general," I an
swered. "You call mo traitor again and
again. I am no traitor. I am a subject of
the king of England-not of the king of
Spain. I came hither, following a villain'
who has wrought me and mine bitter
wrong-ono of your company named De
Garcia or Sarceda. To find him and for
other reasons I jolnod tho Aztecs. They
aro conquered, and I am your prisoner.
At thoJeast, deal with me as a bravo mnn
deals with a fallon enemy. I know noth
ing of tho treasure. Kill mo and mako an
"As a mon 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 have 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 tobe tortured eternally, and doubt
less that will be 6o after wc havo dono
with you. As for thc hidalgo Don Sar
ceda, I know him only as a brave compan
ion in arms, and certainly I shall not Hs
j ten to talcs told against him by a wander
ing apostate. It is, however, unlucky for
you," and hero a gleam of light shot
across tho face of Cortes, "that there
should bo any old feud between you, seo
?ng that lt ls to his charge that I am about
to confide you. Now, for the bust time, I
say choose. Will you reveal the hiding
place of the treasure and go free, or will
you be handed over to the care of Don Sar
ceda till snell time as he shall find means
to make you speak?"
Now a great faintness seized mo, for I
knew that I was condemned to bo tor
tured, and that De Garcia was to be thc
torturer. What mercy had I to expect
from this cruel heart when I, his deadliest
foe, lay In his power to wreak his vengo
anco on? But still my will and my honor
prevailed against my terrors, and I an
"I havo 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 be summoned."
A messenger went out, and for awhile
there was silence. I caught Marina's
glanco and saw pity in her gentle eyes.
But sho could not help mc 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 cihe strove to plead for mo
with him, whispering earnestly in his ear.
For awhile Cortes listened; then he pushed
her from him roughly.
"Peace, Marlnn," ho said. "What!
Shall I spare this English dog somo pangs
when my command und perchance my
very lifo hangs upon the finding of thc
gold? Nay, he knows well where lt lies
hld. You said lt yourself when I would
havo hung him for a traitor, and certainly
he was ono of those whom the spy saw go
out with it upon the lake. Our friend was
with them also, but he came back no moro.
Doubtless they murdered him. What is
this man to you that you should plead for
MmY Cease to trouble nie, Marina. Ami
not tpoubjed enough already?" and Cortes
put his hands to his face and remained lost
In thought. AH for Marina, sim looked ut
mo sadly and sighed as though to say, "I
havo done my best, " and I thanked her
??Ith my eyes.
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