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"My speech with you, princess, an<
Teulo, your outlawed husband, sha]
short and sharp, " ho began roughly,
whilo hence you carno hither to see
army to aid Cuitlahua, emperor of the
tees, In his strugglo with tho Teules
sons of Quetzal. That army was ?
you agair ?t tho wishes of many of us
you wo.' tr* er tho council by tho hom
your words, and wo who urged cautic
even an alliance with tho white men
children of God, were overruled. You i
hence, and 20,000 men, tho flower of
people, followed you to Tenoctitlan. W
aro they now? I will tell you. ?
200 of them have crept back home, the
fly to and fro through tho air in the
zards of tho zaphilotcs or crouch or
earth in the bellies of jackals. Death
them ali, and you led them to their dei
Is it, then, much that wo should seek
lives of you two in payment for those
OOO of our sons, our husbands and ou
there? But wo do even ask this. Hen
side mo stand embassadors from Malin
tho captain of tho Teules, who reached
city but an hour ago. This is tho derr
that they bring from Mallnche, and ii
" 'Deliver back to me Otomie,
daughter of Montezuma, and the renej
of her paramour, who is known as Te
and who has fled from tho justice drj
his crimes, and it shall bc well with ;
people of the Otomie. Hide chem or re
to deliver them, and tho fate of the Cit
Pines shall bo as tho fate of Tenootlt
queen of tho valley. Choose, then, betjv
my lovo and my wrath, people of tho <
mle. If you obey, tho past shall be forgi1
and my yoke will be light upon you
you refuse, your city shall be stamped
and your very namo wiped out of the
ords of the world. '
"Say, messengers of tho Mallnche,
not theso the words of Mallnche?"
'"They aro his very words, Max tia," i
tho spokesman of tho embassy.
Now again thero was a tumult am
tho people, and voices crlod, "Glvo tl
up; give them to Mallnche as a peace of
ing. '1 Otomlo stood forward to speak, i
it died away, for all desired to hear
words. Then sho spoke:
"It seems, people of the Otomie, thi
am on trial beforo my own vassals, i
my husband with me. Well, I will pl
our causo as well as a woman may, i
having the power you 6hall judge betw
us and Maxtla and his allies, Malincho ?
tho Tlascalans. What is our offense?
is that wo canto hither by tho command
Cuitlahua to seek your aid in his war w
tho Teules. What did I tell you then?
told you that if iho peoplo of Anahi
would not stand together against tho wi
men they must bo broken ono by one, 1
tho sticks of an unbound fagot, and c
into tho flames. Did I speak lies? Ni
I spoke the truth, for through the treas
of her tribes, and chiefly through the tr
son of tho Tlascalans, Anahuac is fal]
and Tenoctitlan is a ruin sown with de
like a field with corn. "
"It is true," cried a volca
"Yes, peoplo of the Otomie, it ?3 tn
but I say that hod all tho warriors of t
nations of Anahuac played tho part tl
your sons played tho talo had run otb
wiso. They aro dead, and because of th
death you would deliver us to our foes a
yours, but I, for one, do not mourn th?
though among their number aro many
my kin. Nay, be not wroth, but liste
It ls better that they should lie dead
honor, having earned for themselves
wreath of fame and an immortal dwell!:
in tho houses of tho sun, than that th
should live to bo slaves, which, it seen
is your desiro, people of the Otomie. The
is no false word in what I said to yo
Now tho sticks that Malincho has used
beat out tho brains of Guatemoo shall
broken and burned to cook the pot of ti.
Teules. Already theso falso children a
his slaves. Havo you not heard his coi
mand, that the tribes, his allies, shall 1
bor in the quarries and tho street's till t]
glorious city ho has burned rises afrei
upon the face of thc waters? Will you n
hasten to tafe") yoursharo in tho work, pe
plo of the 0"omie, tho work that knows i
rest and no reward except tho lash of tl
overseer and -.ho curso of tho Teulc? Sur
ly you will hasten, peoplo of the mom
tains! Your hands are shaped to tho spat
and tho trowel, not to tho bow and tl
spear, and lt will bo sweeter to toll to c
tho will and swell tho wealth of Mallncl
in the sun of the valley or tho shadow <
tho mino than to bide hero free upon yoi
hills, whero as yet no foe hasset his foot!
Again sho paused, and a murmur (
doubt and unrest went through tho thot
sands who listened. Maztla stepped foi
ward and would have spoken, but the pee
pie shouted him down, crying: " Otomie
Otomie! Let us hear the words of Otc
"I thank you, my peoplo," she said
"for I have still much to tell you. Ou
crime is, then, that we drew an army afte
us to fight against the Teules. And hoi
did we draw this army? Did I comm am
you to muster your array? Nay, I set ou
my case, and I said 'Now choose.' Yoi
chose, and of your own free will you dis
patched thoso glorious companies that nov
aro dead. My crlmo is, therefore, that yoi
choso wrongly, as you say; but, aa I etil
hold, most rightly, and because of tb.li
crlmo I and my hushand are to be given a
a peace offering to tho Teules. Listen. Le
mo tell you something of those wars h
which wo havo fought before you give n
to tho Teules and our mouths are sllen
forever. Whero shall I begin? I know not
Stay: I boro a child-had he lived hewoult
have been your prince today. That chih
I saw starvo to death before my eyes; incl
by inch and day by day I saw him starvo
Dut it is nothing. Who am I that I shoulc
complain because I have lost my son, wher
so many of your sons aro dead and theb
blood is required at my hands? Lister
again," and sho wont on to tell In burn
lng words of tho horrors of the siege,
of thc cruelties of tho Spaniards and ol
tho bravery of tho men of the Otomie
whom I had commanded. For a full hom
sho spoko thus, whilo all that vast audience
hung upon her words; also sho told of the
part that I played in tho struggle and ol
tho deeds which I had done, and now and
again some soldier in thc crowd who served
under me, and who had escaped the famine
and tho massacre, cried out:
' 'It is true. Wo saw it with our eyes. "
"And so," sho said, "at last it was fin
ished, at last Tenoctitlan was a ruin, and
my cousin and my king, tho glorious Gua
tomoc, lay a prisoner in tho hands of Ma
lincho, and with my husband Teule, my
sister, I myself and many another. Ma
lincho sworo that ho would treat Guate
moo and his following with all honor. Do
you know how ho treated him? Within a
few days Guatcmoc, our king, -was scated
in the chair of torment while slaves burned
him with hot irons to causo him to declaro
thebiding place of tho treasure of Monte
zuma! Aye, you may well cry 'Shamo
upon him!' You shall cry it yet moro
loudly beforo I have done, for know that
Guatemoc did not suffer alone. Ono lies
there who suffered with him and spoko no
word, and I also, your princess, was doom
ed to torment. Wc escaped when death
was ut our door, for I told my husband
that tho people of the Otomio had true
hearts and would slicker us in our sorrow,
and for his sake I, Otomie, disguised my
self in tho robe of a wanton and fled with
him hither. Could I havo known what I
should live to seo and hear, could I have
dreamed that you would recelvo us thus,
I had died a hundred deaths beforo I came
to stand and plead for pity at your hands.
\ "Oh, my people, I beseech of you, mako
no terms with the false Teule, but remain
bold and freo. Your necks arc not fitted
to thc yoke of tho slave; your sons and
daughters are of too high a blood to serve
tho foreigner in his needs and pleasures.
Defy Mallnche. Somo of our race aro dead,
but many thousands remain. Hero In your
mountain nest you can beat back every
Tculo in Anahuac, as in bygone years the
false Tlascalans "beat hack..the. A^fics.
TK?n the" TTascalans were" free;; How they
oro a race of Berfa. Say, will you share
j their serfdom t My people, my people,
t-hiTilr not that I plead for myself or even
for the husband who is more dear to me
than aught save honor. Do you Indeed
dream that we will suffer you to hand us,
living to these dogs of Tlascalans, whom
Malinohe insults you by Bending as his
"Look," and she walked to where the
spear that had been hurled at her lay upon
the pavement and lifted lt, "here ls a means
of death that some friend has sent us, and
if you will not listen to my pleading you
shall see it used before your eves. Then,
if you will, you may send our bodies to
Malinohe as a peace offering. But for your
own sakes I plead with you. Defy Ma
linche, and if you must die at last die as
freemen and not as slaves of the Teule.
Behold now his tender mercies and Bee the
lot that,shall be yours If you take another
counsel, the counsel of Maxtla, " and com
ing to the litter on which I lay she rent my
robes from me, leaving me almost naked
to the waist, and unwound the bandages
from my wounded limb, then lifted me
up so that I rested upon my sound foot
''Look!" she cried in a piercing voice,
and pointing to the scars and unhealed
wounds upon my face and leg. ''Look on
the work of Teule and the Tlasoalan; see
how the foe is dealt with who surrenders
to them. Yield if you will, desert us If you
will, but I say that then your own bodies
shall be marked in a like fashion till not
an ounce of gold is left that can minister
to the greed of the Teule, or a man or a
malden who can labor to satisfy his indo
Then she ceased, and letting me Bink
gently to the ground, for X could not stand
alone, she stood over me, the spear In her
Sand, as though waiting to plunge it to
my heart should tho people still demand
our surrender to the messengers of Cortes.
For one instant there was silence; then
of a sudden the clamor and the tu remit
broke out again ten times more furiously
than at first. But lt was no longer alxnod
at us. Otomlo had conquered. Her noble
words, her beauty, the tale of our sorrows
and the sight of my torments bad done
their work, end the heart of the people
was filled with fury against the Teules
who had destroyed their army and the
Tlascalans that had aided them. Never
did tho wit and eloquence of a woman
cause a swifter change. They screamed
and tore their robes and shook their weap
ons in the air. Maxtla strove to speak, but
they pulled him down, and presently ho
was flying for nis lifo, '"lien they turned
upon the TiiscVn onvoys and beat them
with stioks, crying:
"This is our answer to Mallnche. Run,
you dogs, and take itl" till they were driv
en from the town.
Now at length tho turmoil ceased, and
somo of tho great chiefs came forward, and
kissing the hand of Otomlo said:
"Princess, we, your children, will guard
you to the death, for you have put another
heart into us. You are right It is better
to die free than to live as slaves. "
"See, my husband, " said Otomlo, "I
was not mistaken when I told you that my
people wero loyal and true. But now we
must make ready for war, for they have
gone too far to turn back, and when this
tiding comes to the ears of Malinche he
will be like a puma robbed of her young.
Now let us rest I am very weary. '
"Otomlo," I answered, "there has lived
no greater woman than you upon this
"I cannot tell, husband," she said, smil
ing. "If I have won your praise and safe
ty, lt ia enough for me."
THE END OF GHATEMOC.
Now for awhile we dwelt in quiet at the
City of Pines, and by slow degrees and
with much suffering I recovered from tho
wounds that the cruel hand of De Garcia
haxl inflicted upon me. But wo knew that
this peace could not last, and the people of
tho Otomie knew lt also, for had they not
scourged the envoys of Mallnche out of the
gates of their cltyf Many of them were
now sorry that this had been done, but lt
was done, and they must reap as they had
So they made ready for war, and Otomie
weis the president of their councils, in
which I shared. At length came nows
that a force of 50 Spaniards, with 5,000
Tlascalan allies, were advancing on the
city to destroy us. Then I took command
of tho tribesmen of the Otomie-there
wero 10,000 or more of them, all well
armed after their own fashion-and ad
vanced out of the city till I was two-thirds
of tho way down tho gorge which leads to
lt. But I did not bring all my army down
this gorge, since thero was no room for
them to fight there, and I had another
plan. I sent some 7,000 men round the
mountains, of which tho secret paths were
well known to them, bidding them climb
to the crest of the precipices that bordered
either side of the gorge, and there, at cer
tain places where the cliff ls sheer and
more than 1,000 feet in height, to make a
great provision of stones.
I The rest of my army, excepting 600
i whom I kept with me, I armed with DOWS
and throwing spears and stationed them
in ambush in convenient places where tho
sides of the cliff were broken and in .such
fashion that rocks from above could not
bo rolled on them. Then I sent trusty men
as spies to warn me of the approach of the
Spaniards and others whose mission it
was to offer themselves to them as guides.
Now, I thought my plan good, and every
thing looked well, and yet it missed fail
ure but by a very little, for Maxtla, our
enemy and the friend of the Spaniards,
was in my camp-indeed I had brought
him with mo that I might watch him
ar d he had not been idle.
For when tho Spaniards were half a
day's march from tho mouth of the defile
I one of those men whom I had told off to
watch their advance came to me and mada
it known that Maxtla had bribed him to
? g i to the leader of tho Spaniards and dis
close to him tho plan of tho am buscada
This man had taken tho bribe and started
; on his errand of treachery, but his heart
fr .liol him, and returning ho told mo nil.
Then I caused Maxtla to bo seized, and be
fore nightfall ho had paid tho price ot his
On tho morning after his death th?
[ Spanish array entered tho pass. Half war
down lt I met them with my 500 men ana
engaged them, but suffered them to drive
us back with some loss. As they followed
they grow bolder, and wo fled faster till at
length wo flew down tho defile, followed by
tho Spanish horse. Now, somo three fur
longs from its mouth that leads to the City
ol' Pines this pass tums and narrows, and
hero tho cliffs aro so sheer and high that ?
twilight reigns at the foot of them.
Down tho narrow way wo ran in nourn
ing rout, and after us carno tho Spaniards
shouting on their saints and Hushed with
victory. But scarcely had wo turned th?
corner when thoy sang anoihor song, for
those who wero watching 1.000 foot abor?
ni} gave tho signal, and down from on high
carno a rain of stone? and bowlders thai
darkened thc air and crashed among thom. I
crushing ninny of them.
On they struggled, seeing a wider way
In front where tho cliffs sloped, and per- !
haps half of them won through. But here
tho archers were walting, and now, in tho
placo of stones, arrows were hailed upon
them till at longth, utterly bewildered I
r.nd unable to strike a blow In their own
defense, they turned to fly toward tho open
country. This finished tha fight, for now
we assailed their flank, and nn.ee more tho
rocks th uiulen'(1 on them from ahoye, and
the end of lt was that those who remained
af the Spaniards and their Indian allies
?rare driven in niter rout buck to tho plain
beyond tho pass of Pines.
After this Iwttlc th? Spaniards troubled
ns no mere iv.r tunny yours except by
threats, ami numc grew great among
ihe peopl Otninle.
One r-'i '? r>vt'w4 from death, and I
afterwu:?l ; - Ju?? his WjHTty. From
"hiinT Inquired of tho doings of' Dc Garcia
or Sarceda and learned that he was still in
tho service of Cortes, but that Marina had
been true to her word and had brought dis
grace upon him because ho had threatened
to put Otomie to thc torture Moreover,
Cortes was angry with him because of our
escape, the burden of which Marina had
laid upon his shoulders, hinting that ho
had taken a bribe to suffer us to pass tho
Of the 14 years of my life which followed
the defeat of the Spaniards I can speak
briefly, for, compared to the time that had
gono before, they were years of quiet. In
them children were born to me and Oto
mie-thxeo sons-and these children were
my great joy, for I loved them dearly, and
they loved ma Indeed, except for the
strain of their mother's blood, they were
English and not Indian, for I christened
thom all and taught them our English
tongue and faith, and their mien and eyes
were more English than Indian, though
their skins were dark. But I had no luck
with these dear children of mino any
more than I have had with that which
Lily boro mo. Two of them died-ono
from a fever that all my skill would
not avail to cure, and another by a fall
from a lofty cedar tree, which ho climbed
searohing for a kite's nest. Thus of tho
three of them-sinoe I do not 6peak now
of that infant, my firstborn, who perished
In the siege-there remained to me only
the eldest and best beloved, of whom I
must tell hereafter.
For the rest, jointly with Otomie I was
named caziquo of the City of Pines at a
great council that was held after I had de
stroyed tho Spaniards and their allies, and
as suoh we had wide though not absolute
power. By the exorcise of this powor in
the end I suoceedod in abolishing the hor
rible rites of human sacrifico, though, bo
cause of this, a large number of tho outly
ing tribes fell away from our rule, and the
enmity of the priests was excited against
me. Tho last sacrifice, except one only, the
most terrible of them all, of which I will
tell afterward, that was ever celebrated on
the teocalli in front of the palace took
place after tho defeat of the Spaniards in
when I had dwelt three years in the
City of Pines and two sons had been born
to me there, secret messengers arrived
that were to be sent by the friends of Gua
temoc, who had survived thc torture and
was still a prisoner in thc hands of Cortes.
Prom these messengers we learned that
Cortes was about to start upon an expedi
tion to the gulf of Honduras, across the
country that ls now known as Yucatan,
taking Guatemoc and other Aztec nobles
with him, for he feared to leave them be
hind. We heard also that there was much
murmuring among the conquered tribes o
Anahuac because of tho cruelties and ex
tortions of the Spaniards, and many
thought that tho hour hnd come when a
rising against them might be carried to a
This was the prayer of those who sent
the envoys-that I should raise a force of
Otcmies and travel with it across thc coun
try to Yucatan, and therewith others who
would bo gathered wait a favorable op
portunity to throw myself upon thc Span
iards when they were entangled in thc
forests and swamps, putting them to thc
sword and releasing Gua tem oe Such was
tho first purposo of tho plot, though, it had
many othor9 of which it is useless to speak,
seeing that they came to nothing.
When thc mcssago had been delivered, I
shook my head 6adly, for I could sec no
hopo in such a scheme, but thc chief of thc
messengers roso and lcd mo aside, saying
that he had a word for my car.
"Guatcmoc sends these words," he said.
" kI hear that you, my brother, arc .'ree and
Gafo with my cousin Otomio in thc moun
tains of tho Otomie. I, alas, linger in the
prisons of tho Tculcs Uko a crippled eagle
In a cago. My brother, if it is in your
power to help mo, do so, I conjure you, by
the memory of our ancient friendship and
of all that wo havo suffered together.
Then a time may still come when I shall
rule again in Anahuac, and you shall sit
at my side.1 "
I heard, and my heart was stirred, for
then, as to this hour, I loved Guatemoc
as a brother.
"Go back," I said, "and find means to
tell Gua tom oo that if I can save bim I will,
"Go back," I said.
though I havo small hopes that way. Still
let him look for mo in the forests of Yuca
Now, when Otomio heard of this prom
ise of mine sho was vexed, for she said
that it was foolish and would only end In
my losing my life. Still, having given it,
sho hold with me that lt must bo carried
out, and tho end of it was that I raised 500
men, and with them set out upon my long
and toUsomo march, which I timed so as
bo meet Cortes in the passes of Yucatan.
At the last moment Otomio wished to ac
company roo, but I forbado lt, pointing
out that she could loavo neither of her chil
dren, and we parted with bitter grief for
the first tima
Of all tho hardships that I underwent I
will not write. For 2*4 months wo strug
gled on across mountains and rivers and
through swamps and forests till at last
w? reached a mighty deserted city that is
called Palenque by tho Indians of thoso
parts, which has been uninhabited for
many generations. This city is tho most
marvelous placo that I havo seen in all my
travels, though muoh of it is hidden in
bush, for wherever tho traveler wanders
there ho finds vast palaces of marble, car
ven within and without, and sculptured
teocallis and the huge images of grinning
gods. Often have I wondered what na
tion was 6trong enough to build such a
capital, and who were tho kings that dwelt
In lt. But these aro secrets belonging to
tho past, and they cannot bo answered till
somo learned man has found tho key to
tho 6tono symbols and writings with
which tho walls of tho buildings are cov
In this city I hid with my men, though
lt was no easy task to persuade them to
tako up their habitation among so many
ghosts of tho departed, not to speak of tho
?olsomo fevers and tho wild beasts and
snakes that haunted lt, for I had Informa
tion that tho Spaniards would pass through
tho swamp that Iles between the ruins and
the river, and there I hoped to ambush
them. But on tho eighth day of my hid
ing I loamed from spies that Cortes had
orossed tho groat river higher up and was
cutting his way through tho forest, for nf
swamps ho had passed moro than enough.
So I hurried also to tho river, intending to
cross lt. But all that day and all that
night it rained as it can rain nowhere else
In the world that I havo seen, till at last
wo waded on our road kneo deep In water,
and when wo carno to thc ford of tho river
lt was to find a wide, roaring flood that
no man could pass in anything less frail
than a Yarmouth herring boat. So there
on tho bank wo must stay in misery, suf
fering many ills from fever, lack nf fowl
and plentltudo of water, till ut length the
stream ran down.
Threo days and nights wo waited there,
and on tho fourth morning I mado shift
to cross, losing four men by drowning In
tho passage. Onco over, T hld my force in
tho bush and reeds and crept forward with
six men only to seo If I could discover
anything of tho whereabouts of thc Span
iards. Within an hour I struck tho trail
fhaf they had cut through tho forest and
fellowed it cautiously. Presently wo came
io ? spot wljero tho forest was thin, and
here Cortes had camped, fur there was boat
left In tho ashes of lils fires, and among
thom lay tho body of an Indian who had
,dlod from sickness. Not r,0 yard* from
this camp stood a hugo culba, a tree that
has Q habit of growth not unlike that of
and white' Darked natl win morcase moto
in bulk in 20 years than any oak mny in
Indeed I never yet saw an oak tree so
largo as this ceiba of which I write, either
in girth or in its spread of top, unless lt be
tho Kirby oak or tho tree that is called tho
King of Scotp, which grows at Broome,
that is tho next parish to this of Ditching
ham, In Norfolk. On this ceiba tree many
zaphilotes or vultures wero perched, and as
we crept toward it I saw what lt was they
carno to seek, for from the lowest branches
of tho ceiba thrco corpses swung in tho
breeze. "Hero are tho Spaniards' ' foot
prints," I said. "Let us look at thom,"
and wo passed beneath the shadow of the
As I came, a zaphiloto alighted on the
head of the body that hung nearest to mo,
and its weight or the wafting of the
fowl's wing caused tho dead man to turn
round so that ho carno faco to facn with
mo. I looked, started back, then looked
again and sank to the earth groaning, for
hero was ho whom I had come to 6eek and
save, my brother, Guatemoc, tho last em
peror of Anahuac. Here he hung in the
dim and desolate forest, dead by the death
of a thief, whilo the vulture shrieked upon
his head. I 6at bewildered and horror
stricken, and as I sat I remembered the
proud sign of Aztec royalty, a bird of prey
clasping an adder in its claw. There be
fore mo was tho last of the stock, and, be
hold, a bird of prey gripped his hair in its
talons, a fitting emblem indeed of the fall
of Anahuac and tho kings of Anahnscl
I sprang to my feet, with an nair., and
lifting tho bow I held I sent an arrow
through tho vulture, and it fell to the earth
fluttering and screaming. Then I bade
those with me to cut down tho corpses of
Guatemoc and of tho prince of Tacubaand
another noble who hung with him and
hollow a deep grave beneath the tree.
There I laid them, and thoro I left them
to sleep forever in its melancholy shadow,
I and thus for the last time I saw G na tem oe,
I my brother, whom I came far to save and
found ready for burial by the Spaniard.
Then I turned my faco homeward, for
now Anahuac had no king to rescue, bub
lt chanced that before I wont I caught a
Tlascalan who could speak Spanish, and
who had deserted from tho army of Cortes
because of tho hardships that ho suffered
in tholr toilsome march. This man was
present at tho murder of Guatemoc and
his companions and heard tho emperor's
last words. It seems that some knavo
had betrayed to Cortes that an attempt
would bo mudo to rescue tho prince, and
that thereon Cortes commanded that he
should be hung. It seoms also that Guate
moc mot his death as ho had mot the mis
fortunes of his lifo-proudly and without
fear. These woro his last words: l'I did
ill, Malincho, when I hold my hand from
taking my own lifo boforo I surrendered
myself to you. Then my heart told mo
that all your promises wero false, and it
has not lied to mo. I wclcomo my death,,
for I have lived to know shamo and defeat
and torture and to seo my peoplo tho slaves
of thc Toulc, but still 1 say that God win
reward you for this dood. ' '
Then they murdered him rn tho midst of
a great silence.
And so farewell to Guatemoc, the most
brave, tho best and the noblest Indian that
ever breathed, and may tho shadow of his
tormcntlngs and shameful end lie docp up
on tho famo of Cortes for so long as tho
names of both of them are remembered
For two moro months I Journoyed homo
ward, and at length I reached tho City of
Pines woll, though wearied, and having
lost only 40 mon by various misadvonturcs,
to find Otomio in good health and over
joyed to know mo safe whom sho thought
nover to sec again. But when I told her
what was tho end of her cousin Guatomoo
sho grieved bitterly, both for his sako and
becauso tho last hope of thc Aztecs was
gone, and she would not be comforted for
ISABELLA DE SIGUEXZA IS AVENGED.
For many years after tho death of Gua
temoc I lived with Otomio at peace in tho
City of Pines. Our country was poor and
rugged, and, though wo defied tho Span
iards and paid thom no tributo, now that
Cortos had gono back to Spain they had no
heart to attempt our conquest. Save some
few tribes that lived in difficult places Uko
ourselves, all Anahuac was in their power,
and thero was littlo to gain except hard
blows in the bringing of a remnant of tho
peoplo of tho Otomio boneath their yoke,
so they lot us bo t?l a moro convenient
season. I say of a remnant of tho Otomio,
for as timo went on many clans submitted
to tho Spaniards tiU at length we ruled
over tho City of Pines alono and sonio
leagues of territory about it. Indeed lt
was only lovo for Otomio and respect for
tho shadow of her ancient race and name,
together with some reverence for mo as one
of tho unconquerable white men and for
my skill as a general, that kept our fol
And so tho years rolled on, bringing lit
tlo change with them, tUl I grew sure thai
hero in this far placo I should live and die.
But that was not to bo my fate.
If any should road this, tho story of my
early lifo, ho wiU remember that the tale
of tho death of a certain Isabella de Sig
uenza ls pieced into Its motley. He will
remember how this Isabolla, In tho last
moments of hor lifo, called down a curse
upon that holy father who added outrage
and insult to hor torment, praying that he
might also dio by tho hands of fanatics
and in a worse fashion. After the con
quest of Anahuac by Cortes, among o th ors
this samo flory priest came from Spain to
turn tho Indians to tho love of God by tor
ment and by sword. Indeed of all of those
who entered on this mission of peace he
was tho most zealous. The Indian pabas
wrought cruelties enough when, tearing
out the victim's heart, they offered lt like
inconso to Hultzel or to Quetzal, but they
at least dismissed his soul to the mansions
of tho sun. With the Christian priests the
thumbscrew and the stake took tho place
of tho Btonoof sacrifico, but the ROU 1 which
thoy delivered from its earthly bondage
they consigned to the house of hell.
Of theso priests a certain Father Pedro
was tho boldest and tho most eruoL To
and fro ho passed, marking his path with
tho corpses of idolaters, until ho camed
tho name of tho "Christian devil." At
length he ventured too far in his holy fer
vor and was seized by a clan of the Otomie
that bad broken from our rule upon this
very question of human sacrifice, but
which was not yet subjugated by the Span
iards. Ono day-lt was when we had
ruled for some 14 years in the City of Pines
-it carno to my knowledge that the pabas
of this clan had captured a Christian priest
and designed to offer him to the god Tes
Attended by a small guard only, I passed
rapidly across the mountains, purposing
to visit thc caziquo of this clan, with
whom, although ho had cast off his alle
giance to us, I still kept up a show of
friendship, and, if I could, to persuade
him to relcaso thc priest. But swiftly as I
traveled thc vengoanoo of tho pabas had
been more swift, and I arrived at tho vil
lago only to find tho "Christian devil" In
the act of being lcd to sacrifico boforo tho
Imago of a hideous idol that was sot upon
a stako and surrounded with piles of
skulls. Naked to tho waist, his hands
bound behind him, his grizzled locks hang
ing about his breast, his keen eyes fixed
upon tho faces of his heathen foes In men
ace rather than In supplication, his thin
lips muttering prayers, Father Pedro
passed on to the place of Ids doom, now
Father Pedro passed on to the place oj his
and again shaking his head fiercely to froo
himself from tho tormout of tho insects
which buzzed about it
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