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Now Otomio put tho rope off her ne
and descending from tho stool stood
"Ton aro Marina," 6ho said coldly ?
proudly, "and you como to save us, 3
who have brought ruin on tho land t
boro you and have given thousands of '.
children to death and shame and tonne:
Now, if I had my way, I would havo n<
. of your salvation-nay, I would rat!
save myself as I was about to do."
Thus Otoinie spoke, and never had 1
looked more royal than In this momi
when sho risked her last chanco of j
that she might pour out her scorn nj.
ono whom she deemed a traitress-no, (
who was a traitress, for had it not b<
for Marina's wit and aid Cortes woi
novcr havo conquered Anahuac. I trc
bled as I heard her angry words, for, a]
suffered notwithstanding, lifo still soon
sweet to mo, who, 10 seconds ago, had st<
upon the verge of death.
Surely Marina would depart and la
us to our doom. But it was not so.
deed sho shrank and trembled bei
Otomie's contempt. They wore a strai
contrast in their different loveliness as tl
stood face to face in the torture den, anc
was strange al?o to seo the spirit of tho la
of royal blood, threatened as che was wit
shameful death or still more shameful ll
triumph ever tho Indian girl whom tod
fortuno had set far abovo hor as the sta
"Say, royal lady," asked Marina in 1
gentle voice, ''for what cause did you,
tales are true, lie by i;ho side of yonc
white man upon the sixmo of sacrifice? "
"Because I love bim, Marina."
"And for this same cause have I, ?
rina, laid my honor upon a different alb
for this same cause I have striven agaii
tho children of my people, because I lc
another such as he. lo ls for lore of Cori
that I have aided Cortes; therefore desp:
me not, but lot your love plead for mu
seeing that, to us women, love is all
have sinned, I know, but doubtless in :
6eason my sin shall find a Utting pun li
"It had need be sharp," answer
Cromie. "My love has harmed none. E
befoie you but ono grain of tho counth
harvest of your own. In yonder chi
Guatemoc, your king, was this day tc
turcd by your master, Cortes, who swore
treat him with all honor. By his sido s
Teulo, my husband and your friend. BU
Cortes gave over to his private onemy, ]
Garcia, whom you namo Sarceda. Seo he
ho has left him. Nay, do not shudd(
gent?o lady. Look now at his wounc
Consider to what a pass wo aro drivi
when you find us about to die thus li]
dn?s, he, my husband, that ho may n
live to seo me handled as ho has been, ai
I with him becauso a princess of tl
Otomio and of Montczuma's blood cann
submit to such a shauio while death h;
ono door through which to creep. It ls bi
a single grain of your harvest, outcast ar
traitoress, thc harvest of misery and deal
that is stored yonder in tho ruins of T
/ noctitlan. Had I my will I tell ye
that I had sooner die a score of times tha
take help from a hand so stained with tl
blood of my people and of yours-I"
"Oh, cease, lady, cease," groaned Mi
?ina, covorlng her eyes with her hand, 1
though thc sight of Otomio were dreadfi
to her. "What is done ls done. Don*
add to my remorse. What did you ?ay
that you, tho Lady Otomio, were brougl
here to bo tortured?"
"Even so, and before my husband
eyes. Why should Montczuma's daught<
and thc princess of tho Otomio escapo tl
fate of thc emperor of tho Aztecs? If h(
womanhood does not protect her, has si
anything to hope of her lost rank?"
"Cortes knows nothing of this; I swea
it," said Marina. "To thc rest he has bee
driven by thc clamor of tho soldiers, wh
taunt him with stealing treasure that h
has never found. But of this last wickec
ness ho is innocent. "
"Then let him ask his tool Sarceda c
"As for Sarceda, I promlso you, prir
cess, that if I can I will avengo this thrco
upon him. But time is short. I am com
hero with tho knowledge of Cortes to sc
if I can win tho secret of thc treasure fror
Teulo, your husband, and for my friend
ship's sake I am about to betray my trus
and help bim and you to fly. Do you re
fuse my aid?"
Otomio said nothing, but I spoke fo
tho first time.
"Nay, Marina, I havo no love forth!
thief's fate if I can escape it, but how is i
to bo done?"
"Thc chanco is poor enough, Teulc, bu
I bethought mo that once out of thL
prison you might slip away disguised
Fow will bo stirring at dawn, and of then
tho most will not bo keen to notice mei
or things. Seo, I havo brought you th<
dress of a Spanish soldier. Your skin h
dark, and in the half light you might pas;
as one, and for tho princess your wlfo 1
havo brought another dress. Indeed I am
ashamed to offer it, but it is the only ont
that will not bo noted at this hour; also,
Teulo, I bring you a sword, that which
was taken from you, though I think that
once it had anothor owner."
Now while sho spoke Marina undid hez
bundle, and thero in it were the dresses
and tho sword, thc samo that I hod taken
from the Spaniard Dla? in the massacre
of tho nooho triste. Firss she drew out tho
woman's robo and handed it to Otomie,
and I saw that it was such a robe as
among tho Indians is worn by tho women
who follow camps, a robo with red and
yellow in it. Otomie saw it also and drew
"Surely, girl, you havo brought a gar
ment of your own in error, " she said quiet
ly, but in such a fashion as showed more
of tho savago heart that is native to her
race than she often suffered to be seen.
"At tho least I cannot wear such robes. "
"It seems that I must bear too much, "
answered Marina, growing wroth at last
and striving to keep back tho tears that
started to her oyes. "I will away and leave
you," and sho began to roll up her bundle.
"Forgivo her, Marina," I said hastily,
for tho dcslro to escapo grow on mo every
minute. "Sorrow has set an edge upon
her tongue." Then, turning to Otomio,
I added: "I pray you bo moro gentle, wlfo,
for my sako if not for you.- own. Marina
is our only hopa"
"Would that sho had left us to dio in
peace, husband. Well, so bo it, for your
Sako I will put on theso garments of a
drab. But how shall wo escapo out of this
place and tho camp? Will tho door bo
Opened to us and the guards removed, and
if wo pass them can you walk, husband?"
"Tho doors will not bo opened, lady,"
said Marina, "for thoso wait without who
will see that they arc locked when I havo
passed thom. But thoro will bo nothing to
rear from tho guard-frc: st to mo for it.
Seo, tho bars of this window aro but of
wood. That sword will soon sever thom,
and if you arc seen you must play the part
of a drunken soldier being guided to his
quarters by a woman. For tho rest I know
nothing, save that I nm great risk for your
sakes, since, if it is discovered that I had
aided you, then I shall fud it hard to sof
ten tho rage of Cones, wi o, tho war being
won," and sho sighed, "docs not need me
now so much ns once ho did."
"I can mako shift to hop on my right
foot," I said, "and for thc rest wo must
trust to fortune. It can givo us no worse
gifts than those wo have already."
-"ftaJip ij> Tonie, and "pow. farewell, for
I" daru soay ho lougerT 1 can do homing
more. May your good star shino on you
and lead you henee in safety, and, Teulo,
if wo never meet again, I pray you think
of mc kindly, for there aro many in the
world who will do otherwise in tho days
"Farewell, Marina," I said, and she
Wo heard the doors close behind her and
tho distant voices of >i?osc who boro her
litter: then all was silence. Otomie listen
ed, at tho window for awMa butJihe
?AvTr\2^^W^?U^*S ~5? R|
Mardsseelriea to DO gone, w?ere ofwnyl
do not know to this hoar, and the only
soc nd was that of distant revelry from the
"And now to the work," I said to Oto
"As you wish, husband, but I fear lt
will be profitless. I do not trust that wo
man. Faithless in all, without doubt she
betrays ns. Still at the worst you have
the sword and oan uso it. "
"It matters little, " I answered. "Our
plight cannot bo worse than lt ls now.
Lifo has no greater evils than torment and
death, and they are with us already."
Then I sat upon tho stool, and my arms
being loft sound and strong I hacked with
the sharp sword at the wooden bars of the
window, severing them one by one till
there was a space big enough for us to
creep through. This being done and no
ono having appeared to disturb us, Otomie
clad me in the olothea of a Spanish sol
dier which Marina had brought, for I
could not dress myself. What I suffered
In tho donning of those garments and
more especially lu pulling of the long boot
on to my burned foot oan never be told,
but more than once I stopped, pondering
whether lt would not be better to die rath
er than to endure such agonies. At last
it was done, and Otomie must put on the
red and yellow robe, a garb of shame such
aa many an honest indian woman would
die sooner than be seen in, and I think
tba- as she did this her agony was greater
than mine, though of another sort, for to
! her proud heart that dress was a very shirt
of Nessus. Presently she was clad and
minced before me with a savage mockery,
"Prithee, soldier, do I look my part?*'
"A peace to such fooling," I answered.
"Our lives are at stake. How does lt mat
ter how wo disguise ourselves?"
"It matters muoh, husband, but how
can you understand, who are a man and a
foreigner? Now I will clamber through
the window, and you must follow me if
you can. Ii not, I will return to you, and
we will end this masquerade."
Then she passed through the hole swift
ly, for Otomie was agile and strong as an
ocelot, and mounting the stool I made
shift to follow her as well as my hurts
would allow. In the end I was able to
throw myself upon tho sill of the window,
and there I was stretched out like a dead
cat till sho drew me across it, and I foll
with her to the ground on the farther side
and lay groaning. She lifted me to my
foot, or rather to my foot, for I could uso
but one of them, and we stared round us.
No one was to bo seen, and the sound of
revelry had died away, for tho crest of Po
po was'already red with the sunlight, and
thc dawn grow in tho valloy.
"Where to?" I said.
Now, Otomlo had been allowed to walk
in tho camp with hor sister, the wife of
Guatemoo, and other Aztec ladies, and
sho had this gift in common with roost
Indians-that whore she had once passed
thcro sho could poss again, even in the
"To tho south gato," sho whispered.
"Perhaps it is unguarded now that the
war is done. At tho least, I know the road
So we started, I loaning on her shoulder
and hopping on my right foot, and thus
very painfully we traversed some 800 yards,
meeting nobody. But now our good luok
failed us, for passing round tho oorner of
some buildings we came face to face with
three soldiers rcturnlug to their huts from
a midnight revel and with them some na
"Whom have wo here?" said the first of
these. "Your name, comrade. "
"Good night, brother, good night," I
answered in Spanish, speaking with tho
thick voice of drunkenness.
"Good morning, you mean,"he said,
for tho dawn was breaking. "Your name?
I don't know your face, though it seems
that you have been in tho wars.11 And he
"You mustn't ask a comrado his name, "
I said solemnly and swinging to and fro.
"Tho captain might send for me, and he's
a tempcrato man. Your arm, giri. It ls
time to go to sleep. Tho sun sets."
They laughed, but ono of them address
ed Otomie, saying:
"Leave tho sot, my pretty, and come
and walk with us." And ho caught hor
by the arm. But sho turned on him with
so fierce a look that ho let her go again,
astonished, and we staggered on till tho
corner of another house hid us from their
view. Hero I sank to tho ground over
come with pain, for whilo the soldiers wore
in sight I was obliged to uso my wounded
foot lest they should suspect. But Oto
mie pulled me up, saying:
"Alas, beloved, we must pass on or per
I roso, groaning, and by what efforts I
reached the south gate I cannot describe,
though I thought that I must die before I
came there. At last it was before us, and,
as chanco would havo it, the Spanish
guard were asleep in tho guardhouse.
Three Tlascalans only were crouched over
a little fire, their serapes or blankets about
their beads, for the dawn waa chilly. .
"Open the gatos, dogai" ? said in a
Seeing a Spanish soldier, ono of them
BOOB to obey, then paused and said*
**Why and by whose orders?"
I could not see tho man's face ""because
ot the blanket, but his voice sounded fa
miliar to me, and I grow afraid Still I
"Why? Because I am drunk and wish
to lie without till I grow sober. By whose
Orders? By mine. I am an officer of the
day, and if you disobey PD have you flog
ged till you never ask another question.
"Shall I oall the Teules within?" said
tte man sulkily to his companion.
"No," ho answered. "The Lord S arca
da ls weary and gave orders that he should
not bo awakened without good cause.
Keep them in or let thom through, as rou
will, but do not wako him."
? trembled in ovary limb. Do Garcia
was Lu tho guardhouse I What if hoawtke?
What if he carno out and saw mo? M we,
now I guessed whoso voice it was thift I
knew again. It was that of one of those
Tlascalans who had aided In tormenting
ma What if ho should seo my face? Ho
could scarcely fail to. know that oh whtah
he had left his mark so recently. I was
dumb with fear and could say nothing,
and hod ic not been for tho wit of Otomie
thcro my story would have ended. But
now sho played her part and played (A well,
plying tho man with thc coarse raiiicw of
tho comp till at length she put hljp ia a
good humor, And ho opened the gabi, bid
"I am tfjicnU I con do no moro,"
ding her begone and mo with her. Already
wo had passed tho gato when a sudden
faintness seized me, and I stuniblcd and 1
fell, rolling over on my back as I touched
"Up, friend, up," said Otomio, with a
harsh laugh. "If you must sloop, waic till
iou find somo friendly bush,"and sho
ragged at me to lift mo. Tho Tlascalan,
still laughing, carno forward to help her,
and between thom I gained my feet again,
but os I roso my cap, which flttod mo but
ill, fell off. Ho picked it up and gave it
to me, and our eyes met, my face hoing
somewhat in tho shadow. Next instant I
was hobbling on, but looking back I saw
the Tlascalan staring after us with a puz
zled air, Uko that of a man who is not
sure of tho witness of his senses.
"He knows me," I said to Otomio, "and
presently, whon he has found his wits, ho
wUl foUow us."
"On, onl" answered Otomio. "Round
yonder corner aro aloe bushes whore wo
"I am spent. I can do no moro, " and
again I began to fall.
Then Otomie caught mo as I foll, and
of a sudden sho put out her strength, and
lifting me from tho ground as a mother
lifts her child staggered forward, holcUng
me to her breast. For 50 paces or more
she carried mo thus, love and despair giv
ing her strength, till at last we roached
the edge of the aloo plants, and there we
sank together to tho earth. I cast my eyes
back over the path which we had traveled
Round the corner came tho Tlascalan, a
spiked dub in his hand, seeking us to
solve his doubts.
"It is finished," I gasped. "Tho man
For answer Otomio drew my sword from
its scabbard and hid it in the grass. "Now
feign sleep," she said. "It ls our last
I cast my arm over my face and protend
ed to be asleep. Presently I heard tho
sound of a man passing through tho bushes,
and the Tlascalan stood over mo.
"What would youP" asked Otomio.
"Can you not see thai? ho sleeps? Let him
"I must look on his face first, woman, "
he answered, dragging asido my arm. "By
the gods, I thought so! This is that Toulo
whom we dealt with yesterday and who
"You aro mad," she 6ald, laughing.
"He has escapod from nowhere, savo from
a brawl and a drinking bout."
"You lie, woman, or if you do not Ile
you know nothing. This man has tho se
cret of Montezuma'6 treasure and ls worth
a king's ransom." And he lifted his club.
"And yet you wish to slay himl Well, I
know nothing of him. Take him back
whence he came. Ho ls but a drunken
sot, and I 6holl bo well rid of him."
"Well said. It would be foolish to kill
him, but by bearing him alive to thc Lord
Sarceda I shall win honor and reward.
Como, help me."
"Help yourself," she answered sullenly.
"But first search his pouch. There may
be some trifle there which wo can divide."
"WeU said again," ho answered, and
kneeling down ho bent over me and began
to fumble at tho fastenings of tho pouch.
Otomie was behind him. I saw her face
chango, and a terrlblo light came into her
eyos-such a light as shines in the eyes of
tho priest at sacrifice. Quick as thought
she drew tho sword from tho grass and
smoto with all her strength upon tho
man's bent neck. Down ho fell, making
no sound, and sho also fell beside him. In
a moment sho was on her feet again, star
ing at him wildly, tho naked sword in her
"Up," sho said, "before others como to
6eekhim! Nay, you must!"
Now again wo wcro struggling forward
through tho bushes, my mind filled with
a great wonder that grew slowly to a
whirling nothingness. For awhilo lc seem
ed to me as though I were lost in an evil
dream and walking on rcdhot irons In my
dream. Then carno a vision of armed mon
with lifted spears and of Otomio running
toward them with outstretched arms.
I knew no moro.
OTOMIE PLEADS WITH HER PEOPLE.
When I awoke, it was to find myself in
a cave, whero the light shone very dimly.
Otomio leaned over me, and not far away
a man was cooking a pot over a fire mado
of dry aloe leaves.
"Where am L and what has happened?"
"Sou are safe, beloved," she answered,
"at least for awhile. Whon yen have eat
en, ? will tell you more. "
She brought me broth and food, and I
ato eagerly, and when I was satisfied she
"You remember how the Tlascalan fol
lowed us and how-I was rid of him?"
''I remember, Otomie, though how you
found strength to kiU him I do not under
"Love and despair gavo it to mc, and I
pray that I may never havo such another
need. Do not speak of it, husband, for
this is more terrible to me than all that
When I awoke, it was tojVnd myself In a
bas been before. One thing comforts me,
however. I did not kUl him; the sword
twisted in my hand, and I believe that he
was but stunned. Thon wo fled a little
way, and looking back I saw that two oth
er Tlascalans, companions of tho senseless
man, were following us and him. Pres
ently they came np to whoro ho lay and
Blared at him. Then they started on our
tracks, running hard, and very soon thoy
must havo caught us, for now you could
scarcely stir. Your mind was gone, and
I had no moro s?vngth to carry you.
'4 Still wo stumblod on till presently, when
the pursuers wero within 60 paces of us, I
saw armed men-olght of thom-rushing
at us from the bushes. They wore of my
own people, tho Otomios, soldiers that
had served under you, who watched tho
Spanish camp, and seeing a Spaniard
alono thoy carno to slay him. Thoy very
nearly did so indeed, for at first I was so
breathless I could scarcely speak, but at
last in a few words I made shift to declare
my namo and rank and your sad plight.
But now tho two Tlascalans wcro upon
us, and I called to the men of thc Otomio
to protect us, and falling on tho Tlasca
lans before they knew that enemies woro
there they killed one of them and took tho
other prisonor. Thon they mado a litter,
and placing you on lt boro you without
rest 20 leagues into tho mountains till
thoy reached this secret hiding place, and
hero you havo lain threo days and nights.
The Toules have searched for you far and
wide, but they have searched In vain. Only
yesterday twoqf them, with 10 Tlascalans,
bossed within 100 paces of this cave, and
I had much odo to prevent our pooplo from
attacking them. Now they aro gone
whonco they come, and I think that wo
ore Raf o for o timo. Soon you will be bet
ter, and we can go hence. "
"Where can wo go to, Otomie? Wo oro
birds without a nest. "
"We must seok shelter in tho City of
Pines or fly across tho water. There is no
other choice, husband."
"We cannot try tho sea, Otomio, for all
tho ships that oomo hero aro Spanish, and
I do not know how thoy will greet us in
tho City of Pines now that our causo is
lost, and with lt so many thousands of
"Wo must take the risk, husband. There
oro BtlU truo heartB in Anahuac who will
stand by us in our sorrow and their own.
At tho least wo havo escaped from greater
dangers. Now let mo dress your wounds
and rest awhile."
So for threo moro days I lay in tho cave
of the mountains, and Otomio tended mo,
and at the ond of that time, my state was
snoh that I could travel In a litter, though
for somo weeks I was unable to set foot to
tho ground. On tho fourth day wo started
by night, and I was carried on men's shoul
ders till at length wc passed up thc gorgo
that louds to tho City of Pines. Hero wo
were Rtonnnd b v sanfcricn. to whom OtoroJo
told our talo, bidding so?ie of thom* go
ward and repeat it to tho captains of
city. Wo followed the messengers ahr
for my bearers woro weary, and cam
tho gates of tho beautiful town just as
red rays of sunset struck upon tho 6n
plnnaclo of Xaca that towers behind
turning her cap of smoko to a sullen
Uko that of molten iron.
Tho news of our coming had spi
about, and hero and thero knots of pe?
woro gathered to watch us pass. For
most part they stood sUent, but now
again somo woman whoso husband or
had perished in tho siogo would hiss a ci
Alas, how difforont was our Btate I
day to what it had been when not a 3
before we entered the City of Pines for
first timo I Then wo wcro escorted bj
army 10,000 strong; then musicians
sung beforo us, and our path was start
with flowers. And now! Now we ct
two fugitives from tho vengeanco of
Teules-I borne in a litter by four ti
soldiors, while Otomic, tho princess of 1
people, still clad In her wanton's robe
which the women mocked, for she ]
been able to como by no othor, trampet
my sido, sinco there was none to carry 1
and tho inhabitants of the placo cursed
as tho authors of their woes. Nor did
know if they would stop at words.
At length wo crossed tho square bene
tho shadow of tho teocalli and reached
ancient and sculptured palace as the ll,
failed and tho smoko on Xaca, the h
hill, began to glow with the fire in
heart. Hero smaU preparation had b
mado to receive'us, and that night we s
ped by the light of a torch upon tortih
or meal cakes, and water, like tho humbl
in tho land. Then wo crept to our r>
and as I lay awake because of the pair
my burta I heard Otomle, who th?jU|
that I slept, break into low sobbing at :
side. Her proud spirit was humbled
last, and she, whom I had never kne
to weep except onco, when our flrsttx
died in tho siege, wept bitterly.
"Why do you sorrow thus, Otomie?'
asked at length.
"I did not know that you were awa
husband," sho sobbed in answer, "01
would have checked my grief. Husbai
I sorrow over all that has befallen us a
our peoplo; also, though theso are but !
tie things, because you are brought 1
and treated as a man of no estate, and
tho cold comfort that we find hero."
''You have cause, wife," I answer
"Say, what will those Otomies do with
-kiU us or givo us up to the Teules?"
"I do not know; tomorrow we sh
learn. But for my part I wiU not I? BI
"Nor I, wife. Death is better than 1
tender mercies of Cortes and his minist
Do Garcia. Is there any hope?"
"Yes, thero is hope, beloved. Now i
Otomies are cast down, and they reme
ber that we lcd tho flower of their land
death. But they are brave and genere
at heart, and if I can touch them there
moy yet be well. Weariness, pain a
memory mako us weak, who should
full of courage, having escaped so ma
ills. Sleep, my husband, and leave me
think. All 6hall yet go weU, for ev
misfortune has an end."
So I slept and woko in the mornli
somewhat J "freshed and with a happl
mind, for who is thero that is not bold
when tho light shines on him and he
renewed by rest?
When I opened my eyes, tho sun was 1
ready high, but Otomie had risen with t
dawn, and sho had not been idle durn
thoso threo hours. For ono thing she hi
contrived to obtain food and raiment mc
befitting to our rank than the rags
which we wero clothed; also sho ht
brought together certain men of condlti?
who wcro friendly and loyal to her in m!
fortune, and theso sho sent about tho cit
lotting it be known that sho would addie
tho people at midday from tho steps of tl
palace, for, as Otomic well know, the heal
strings of a crowd arc touched more eas!
than those of cold and ancient counseloi
"Will they como to listen?" I asked.
"Have no fear," sho answered. "Tl
desire to look upon us who have surviv?
tho siego and to know tho truth of wh
hos happened will bring them. Moreove
some wiU bo thero seeking vengeanco (
Otomie was right, for as tho mornli
drew on toward midday I saw tho dwello
in the City of Pines gathering in thousanc
till tho spaco between the steps of tl
polaco and tho f aco of the pyramid wi
black with them. Now Otoml? combe
hor curling hair and placed flowers in
and set a gleaming feather cloak oben
her shoulders, so that lt hung down ov<
her whito robes, and on her breast thi
splendid nccklaco of emeralds, which Gui
tomoo had given to mo In the treasui
chamber and which sho had preserved safi
ly thro agh all our evil fortuno, and a gol<
on girdle about her waist. In her han
also sho took a little scepter of ebony ti]
ped with gold that was In tho polaco, wit
other ornaments and emblems of rank, an
thus attired, though she was worn wit
traveling and suffering and grief had din
med her beauty for awhUe, she seemed th
queenliest woman that my eyes have seer
Next sho caused mo to be laid upon m
rude litter, and when the hour of nco
was como sho commanded those soldier
who had borno mo across the mountain
to corry mo by her side. Thus we Issue
from tho wido doorway of the palace ani
took our stand upon the platform ot th
head of the steps. As we came a great cr
rose from tho thousands of the people, ;
fierce cry, Uko that of wUd beasts howllhi
for their prey. Higher and higher lt rose
a sound to strike terror Into the braves
heart, and by degrees 1 caught Itspurport
"Kill thoml" sold the cry. "Give th
Uar to the ToulesI"
Otomie stepped forward to the edge of th?
platform, and lifting the ebony soepter sh?
Stood silent, tho sunlight beating.on he
lovely face and form. But the multitud)
screamed a thousand taunts and threat? a
us, and stiU the tumult grew. Onee the]
rushed toward her, as though to tear her U
pieces, but foll back at tho last stair, M l
wave falls from a rook, and once a ?jpecu
was thrown that passed between her noel
Now tho soldiers who had carried me,
making certain that our death was ai
hand, and having no wish to share it, soi
my litter down apon tho stones and Blip
ped back into tho palace, but all this while
Otomlo never so much as movod-no, not
even when tho spear hissed past her. She
stood beforo them stately and scornful, a
very queen among women, and little by
little tho majesty of her presence and th?
greatness of her courago hushed them to
silence When thero was quiet at length,
sho spoko in a clear voice that carried far.
"Am I among my own people of the
Otomie," sho asked bitterly, ''or have we
lost our path and wondered perchance
among some Barago Tlascalan tribe? Lis
ten, people of the Otomic. I hovo but one
voice, and nono can reason with a multi
tude. Chcoso you a tonguo to 6peak for
you and let him set out tho desire of your
Now thc tumult began again, for somo
shouted ono name and some another, but
in tho end a priest and noble named Max
tla stepped forward, a man of great power
among the Otomie, who, obovo all, had fa
vored an alliance with tho Sponiards and
opposed tho sending of an army to old
Guatcmoc In thc defense of Tcnoctitlan.
Nor did ho come alone, for with him were
four chiefs, whom by their dress I know to
be Tlascalans and envoys from Cortes.
Then my heart sank, for it was not diffi
cult to guess tho object of their coming.
"Speak on, Max tia," said Otomio, "for
wo must hear what thero is for us to an
swer, and you, peoplo of tho Otomlo, I
pray you keep silence, thot you moy Judge
between us when thero ls an end of talk
Now a great silence foll upon the multi
tude, who pressed together liko eheop in a
pon and strained their ears to catch tho
Buy shoes from J.- W. Marsh &
There is a big "drive" in horse
men's goode at Ramsey & Blaud's.
If you are gping to need anything
in their line for a year to come, it
would be well to consult with them
while this sale is in progress.
None of Ramsey & Bland's prices
on furniture have any terror for
even extro-pinched pocket-books.
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OF PORTLAND, MAINE,
/s T//EBEST INVESTITA MAH CAN MAKE!
The Union Mutaal is the only company that is
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years' premiums have been paid, until the value prc
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The Union Mutual
Has been in business over Forty Years, duriry
which time it has paid to its policy-holders oye*
Twenty-six Million Dollars.
It Pays Its Losses Upon Receipt of Sat i sf ac
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full years' premiums in cash they are protected by
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Is a purely mutual company; its resources belong
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OF PORTLAND, MAINE,
IstheBestlnvestmentaMan Can Make!
The undersigned, General Manager for South
Carolina, respectfully, and with the utmost con
fidence in this company, calls the attention of
the people of Edgefield, and of the State, to
the solid merits of THE UNION MUTUAL. And
those wishing Insurance, or any information re
lating thereto, will have their wants cheerfully
and promptly complied with by applying to the
undersigned in person or by letter, or to any of
his Local Agents.
Good Agents Wanted,
To whom liberal contracts will be offered.
B. B. EVANS,.
M lav Mi Caroli,
EDGEFIELTJ, S. C.
$18,000 - $18,000
Eighteen Thousand Dollars Worth of
Dry Ms, Glotis, Sloss, Hats, Cloaks, and Underwear,
D. 0. Flynn's Auction House,
TO BE SOLD AT 75c. ON THE DOLLAR.
5c. Calico, for.3}?c.
5c. Ginghams for.3)?c.
7c. Bleaching for.5c.
30 yards Fine Shirting.$1.00
Good Check Homespun.3)?c.
Children's Suits for.65c. up.
Young Men's Suits.$2.60 up.
Gentlemen's Suits..?2.50 up.
Men's$15.00Suits for............$9 75
Men's $17.00 Suits for..12JS0
Men's $20.00 Suits for..14.75
Men's, Boys', and Children's Hats,
Trunks, and-Valises at any price you
Children's Solid Shoes.25c.
Men's Shoes... .75c.
We have a very fine assortment of
Dress Goods and Ladies' Wool Suiting
at prices you have never beard of before.
All Wool Red Flannel at 70c. on the $1.00.
We have everything you can find in a first-class Dry Goods, Shoe, or Cloth
ing store, and we can save you at least 25c. on every dollar you trade.
Flynn's Auction House,
954 Broad Street, - AUGUSTA, OA.
Mr. G. R. BARTON is with us and will be glad to welcome his
friends and treat them right.
Do You Know
That there isa place in Augusta where
you can get something nice and tempt
ing to eat in the FANCY GROCERY
lt ls So.
DOSCHER & CO., carry a full line of
the latest Home and Foreign Delica
cies, When you visit Augusta come
and see us. Prices will please you.
on or address
CHAS. A. A. TJ STUNT,
_vTosjsrsTQJsr, s. c._
Continental Fire Insurance Company,
ESTABLISHED IN 1852.
American Fire Insurance Company,
ESTABLISHED TN 1810.
Virginia State Fire Insurance Comp'y,
ESTABLISHED IN 1866.
Fidelity and Casualty Accident Comply
OF NEW YORK.
I represent the above first-class companies and can write you any
kind of Insurance. I also write DWELLING IN THE
When you travel get one of my ACCIDENT TICKETS.
25 cents a day for $5,00^ insurance.
W. J. MeKERALL, Agent,
EDGEPiELD, ?. im
policies Written at Trenton and Johnston.
?A.OOIX)EIsrT. FIXATE Q-ILASS.
ALWAYS IN THE LEAD.
/. C. LEVY & CO.,
AUGUSTA, ? GEORGIA..
Hare now in store their entire
FALL AND WINTER STOCK OF CLOTHING
The largest stock ever shown in Augusta. We aim to carry goods whicn are
not only intrinsically good, but which also, in pattern, style, and finish,
gratify a cultivated and discriminating taste, and at the same time, we aim to
make our prices so low the closest buyers will be our steadiest customers
Polite attention to all. A call will be appreciated.
I. C. LEVY & CO.
TAILOR-FIT CLOTHIERS, AUGUSTA, GA.
JOHN R. SCHNEIDER
Successor to E. R. SCHNEIDER,
-IMPORTER, WHOLESALE AND BETAIL DEALER IN
Fine Wines, Brandies, WMsldes, Gin, Mer Ale, Mineral Water
Tobacco, Cigars, Etc.
All orders for Private or Medical use shall have my prompt and
Agent for Veuve-Clicquot Ponsardin Urbana Wine Company, An.
heuser-Bnsch Brewing Association.
601 and 3.2 bioad Street, AUGUSTA, GA.
Never were there so many beautiful houses is Augusta. Why. be
cause Elrod & Rhoades made the price so low on Jan. 1,1894, that
everybody is papering. Having five of the best paper hangers in the
State enables them to paper a house in one day. Ask for estimate.
Painting or frescoing a specialty. Representing a large carpet
house in Philadelphia by sample gives you a big saving besides getting
what you want.
Mattings, Rugs, Mats, Shades, Poles, Paper, and Lace Curtains iii
stock. They give big odds against the field.
Your old carpets or new carpets to "lay ata very small cost.
ELROD & RHOADES, *
629 BROADWAY, - ATTG-TTSTA; OA
YOUR ATTENTION ? ^
- Tir? YOU KTTnTr?-n=
Cook" Steves, Stove Pans, Stove Pipe, Tinware, Well Bncfcets,
Loaded Shells, Canned Goods, Confectionaries.
Evaporators Repaired or made to Order.
LARGEST COOK STOVE FOR THE MONEY.
Coffee Pots, Milk Buckets, and Covered Buckets made from the best of v /
Tin in the market. Bepairs for Cook Stoves I sell, kept in stock. Call