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r'l"T5bB?d,'t?pd?~Kim and wonder
looked again and knew. Suddenly
rose before iny mind a vision of
gloomy vault in Seville of a woman,
and lovely, draped in cerements, an
thin faced, black rot>ed friar who
her upon the lips with his ivory ci
land cursed her for a blaspheming h
?Thero before me was tho man. Isalx
SUxucnza had prayed that a fate 1
her own should befall him, and i
upon him now. Nor indeed, rome
lng all that had been, was I mind
avert it, oven if it had been in my
to do so. .r stood by and let tho \
pass, but as ho passed I spoke to h
? Spanish, saying: I
"Remember that which it may w
you have forgotten, holy father. Re
ber now thc dying prayer of Isabel
Siguenza, whom many years ago ye
to death in Seville. "
Tho man heard mc. He turned liv
neath his bronzed skin and staggered
I thought that he would havo fallen.
6tared upon me with terror In his (
see, as he believed, a common sight em
that of an Indian chief rejoicing t
death of ono of his oppressors.
"What devil arc you, " he said hoa
"sent from hell to torment mo at the 1
"Remember the dying prayer of IS?
de Siguenza, whom you struck
cursed," I answered., mocking. "See
to know whence I am, but rcmombei
only, now and forever."
For a moment he stood still, heedh
the urgings of his tormentors. The
courage came to him again, and he
with a great voice: "Get theo behlnt
satan. What have I to fear from the
remember that dead sinner well-ma;
soul have peace-and her curse has f
upon mo. I rejoice that it should t
for on tho farther side of yonder ston
gates of heaven open to my sight. Get
behind me, satan. What have I to
Crying thus, he staggered forward,
ing: "O God, into thy hand I como
my spirit!" May his soul have peace
for if ho was cruel at least he was t
and did not shrink beneath those tonn
which he had inflicted on many other
Now this was a little matter, but it
suits were largo. Had I saved Father P
from the hands of ' the pabas of the
mle it is likely enough that I should
today bo writing this history herc in
valley of tho Wavcney. I do not kno
I could have saved him. I only know
I did not try, and that because of his di
great sorrows came upon me. Wheth
was right or wrong, who can say? Tl
who judge my story maj* think that in
as in other matters I was wrong. ]
they seen Isabella de Siguenza die wit
her living tomb certainly they would 1
that I was right. But for good or
matters came about as I have written.
And it came about also that thc i
viceroy sent from Spain was stirred to
ger at thc murder of the friar by tho re
lious and heathen people of the Oto:
and set himself to take vengeance on
tribe that wrought the deed.
Soon tidings reached me that a gi
force of Tlascalan and other Indians w
being collected to put an end to us r
and branch, and that with them morel
more than a hundred Spaniards, the ex
ditton being under tho command of n<
other than the Captain Bernai Diaz, tl
same soldier whom I had spared in :
slaughter of tho noche tri6te, and wh
6Word to this day hung at my side.
Now we must needs prepare our def en
for bur only hope lay in boldness. OJ
before the Spaniards had attacked us w
thousands of their allies, and of their nu
ber but few had lived to look again on 1
comp of Cortes. What had been dc
could bo done for a second time-so st
Otomie in the pride of her unconqueral
heart. But, alas, in 14 years things h
changed much with us. Fourteen ye;
ago we held sway over a great district
mountains, whose crude clans would se
up their wa^.'^rs in hundreds at our eu
Now these cli^s had broken from our yoi
which was acknowledged by the people
the City of Pines alone and those of soi
adjacent villages. When the Spaniai
como down on nie thc first time, I w
able to muster an army of 10,000 soldi*
to oppose them; now, with much toil
could collect no more than between 2,0
and 3,000 men, and of these some slipp
away as the hour of danger drew nigh.
Still I must put a bold face on my nea
sities and make what play I might wi
such forces as lay at my command, i
though in my heart I feared much for t
issue. But of my fears I said nothing
Otomie, and if she felt any she, on h
part, buried them in her breast. In trut
I do belicvo her faith in me was so gre
that she thought my single wit enough
overmatch all thc armies of the Spaniard
Now at length thc enemy drew nea
and I set my battle as I had dono 14 yea
before, advancing down tho pass by whi<
alone they could approach us with a smn
portion of my forco and stationing the r
mainder in two equal companies upc
either brow of the beetling clitts that ove
hung tho road, having command to ove
whelm the Spaniards with rocks, hurle
upon them from above, so soon as I 6houl
glvo tho signal by flying before them dow
tho pass. Other measures I took also, f<
seeing that, do what I would, lt migl
happen that wo should bo driven bac
upon tho city, I caused its walls and gat?
to be set in order and garrisoned them. A
a last resource, too, I stored the lofty 6un
mit of the teocalli, which, now that 6acr
fices were no longer off ered there, was usc
as an arsenal for the material of war, wit
water and provisions and fortified its side
by walls studded with volcanic glass on
by other devices till it seemed woll nig
impossible that any should bo able to fore
them while a score of men still lived t
offer a defense.
It was on ono night in the early sum
mer, having bid farewell to Otomie an>
taking my son with me, for he was now c
an age when, according to tho Indian CUE
toms, lads are brought faco to face wi tl
tho dangers of battle, that I dispatcher
the appointed companies to their station
on tho brow of tho precipice and salliei
into tho darksome mouth of the pass wit!
the few hundred men who were left to me
I knew by my spies ihat the Spaniard
who were encamped on tho farther sidi
would attempt its passage an hour befor
the daylight, trusting to Anding mc asleep
And, sure enough, on.the following morn
lng, so early that thc first rays of the sui
bad not yet stained tho lofty snows of th<
volcan Xaca that towered behind us, ?
distant murmuring which echoed through
the silence of the night told me that thc
enemy had begun his march. I movee
down the pass to meet him easily enough.
There was o stono in it that was no1
known to me and my men. But with the
Spaniards i. was otherwise, lir many ol
them were mounted, and, moreover, they
dragged with them two carro nades. Time
upon timo these heavy guns remained fast
in the bowlder strewn roadway, for in thc
darkness tfao slaves who drew them could
flrd no places for the wheels to run on,
tili in the end the captains of the army,
unwilling to risk a iiyht at so great a dis
advantage, ordered them to halt until tho
At length tho dawn came, and the light
fell dimly down the depths of the vast
gulf, revealing thc long ranks of the Span
iards clad in their bright armor and the
yet moro brilliant thousands of their na
tive allies, gorgeous in theirpjdntcd helms
and their glittering coal s of feathers.
They saw us also, and mocking at our
poor array their column twisted forward
Uko some huge snake In the crack of h.
rock till they carno to within a hundro
paces of us. Then the Spaniard? raise'
their battlecry of St. Peter, and lance a
rest they charged us with their horse. W?
nwt them with a rain of arrows that
checked thom a little, but not for long.
Soon they were among us, driving us
back at the point of their lances and Stay
ins ;iaanv. .(.ir nur [?dlaji woynrta cnn Jd
wor?~llttl? harni to men and Tfors?s clad
in armor. Therefore we most fly, and in
deed flight was my plan, for by it I hoped
to lead tho foe to th fit part of the defile
where the road was narrow and the cliffs
sheer, arid they might be crushed by the
stones which should hail on them from
above. All went well. We fled. The Span
iards followed, flushed with victory, till
they wero fairly in the trap. Now a single
bowlder came rushing from on high, and
falling on a horse killed him, then, re
bounding, carried dismay and wounds to
those behind. Another followed, and yet
another, and I grew glad at heart, for it
seemed to me that the danger was over,
and that for tho second time my strategy
But suddenly from above there came a
sound other than that of the rushing rocks,
the sound of men joining in battle, that
grew till the air was full of its tumult;
then something whirled down from on
high. I looked. It was no stone, but a
man, one of my own men. Indeed he
was but as the first raindrop of a shower.
Alas, I saw tho truth! I had been out
witted. Tho Spaniards, old in war, could
not be caught twice by such a trick. They
advanced down the pass with the carron -
ados indeed, because they must, but first
they sent great bodies of men to climb the
mountain under shelter of the night by se
cret paths which had been discovered to
them, and there on its summit to deal
with those who would stay their passage
by hurling rooks upon them.
And in truth they dealt with them but
too well, for my mon of the Otomie, lying
on the verge of the cliff among the scrub
of aloes and other prickly plants that grew
there, watching the advance of tho foe be
neath and never for ono moment dream
ing that foes might be upon their flank,
wero utterly surprised. Scarcely had they
time to seize their weapons, which were
laid at their sides that they might have
the greater freedom In the rolling of heavy
niasses of rook, when the enemy, who out
numbered them by far, wero upon them
with a yell. Then came a fight, short, but
Too late I saw it all and cursed tho
folly that had not provided against such
chances, for indeed I never thought it pos
sible that the forces of the Spaniards could
find thc secret trails upon the farther side
of the mountain, forgetting that treason
makes most things possible.
THE SIEGE OF TUE CITY OE PIKES.
Tho battle was idrcady lost. From a
thousand feet above us swelled the shouts
of victory. Tho battle was lost, and yet I
must fight on. As swiftly as I could I
withdrew those who were left to me to a
certain angle in the path, where a score of
desperate mon might forawhilo hold back
tho advance of an army. Herc I called for
some to stand at my side, and many an
swered to my call. Out of them I chose
50 men or more, bidding tho rest run hard
for thc City of Pines, there to warn those
who wert? left in garrison that the hour of
danger was upon them, and, should I fall,
to conjure Otomie, my wife, to mako the
best resistance in her power till, if it were
possible, she could wring from the Span
iards u promise of safety for herself, her
child and her people. Meanwhile I could
hold the pass so that time might be given
to shut the gates and man the walls. With
the main body of those who were left to
me I sent back my son, though ho prayed
hard to be allowed to stay with me. But,
seeing nothing before me except death, I
Presently ell were gone, and fearing a
snare the Spaniards came slowly and cau
tiously round tho angle of - the rock, and
seeing so few men mustered to meet them,
halted, for now they were certain that we
had set a trap for them, since they did not
think it posslblo that such a little band
would venture to oppose their array. Here
tho ground lay so that only a few of them
could come against us at one time, nor
could they bring their heavy pieces to bear
upon us, and even their arquebuses helped
them but little; also thc roughness of the
road forced them to dismount from their
horses, so that if they would attack at all
it must be on foot. This in the end they
chose to do. Many fell upon cither side,
though I myself received no wound, but In
the end they drove us back; inch by inch
they drove us back, or rather those who
were left of us, at the points of their long
lances, till at length they forced us into
the mouth of tho pass that is some five
furlongs distant from what was once the
wall of the City of Pines.
To fight further was of no avail. Here i
we must choose between death and flight,
and, as may be guessed, for wives' and
children's sake, if not for our own, we
chose to fly. Across the plain we fled like
deer, and after us came the Spaniards and
their allies like hounds. Happily the
ground was rough with stones, so that their
horses could not gallop freely, and thus lt
happened that some of us, perhaps 20,
gained the gates in safety. Of my army
not more than 500 In all lived to enter
them again, and perchance there were as
many left within the city.
The heavy gates swung to, and scarcely
were they barred with the massive beam?
of oak when the foremost of the Spaniard!
rode up to them. My bow was still in my
hand, and there was one arrow left in my
quiver. I set it on the string, and draw
ing the bow with my fuU ?trength I loosed
the shaft through the bars of the gate at a
young and gallant looking cavalier who
rrv^o the first of all.
It struck him truly between the joint of
his helm and neckpiece, and stretching his
arms out wide he foll over the crupper of
his horse to move no more. Then they
withdrew, but presently one of their num
ber came fprward bearing a flag of trooe.
He was a knightly looking man, clad in
rich armor, and watching him it seemed
to me that there was something in his
bearing and in tho careless grace with
which he sat his horse that was familiar to
mo. Reining up in front of the gates, be
raised his visor and began to speak.
I knew 1dm at once. Before me was De
Garcia, my enemy, of whom I had neither
seen nor heard anything for hard upon 13
years. Time had touched him Indeed,
which was scarcely to be worried at, for
now he was a 'nan of "0 or more. His
peaked chestnut colored beard was streaked
with gray, his checks were hollow, and at
that distance his lips seemed like two thin
red lines, but the eyes were as they had al
ways been, bright and piercing, and th?
6ame cold smile played about his mouth.
Without a doubt it was De Garcia, who
now, as at every crisis of my life, appeared
to shape my fortunes to some evil end, and
I felt as I looked upon him that tho last
and greatest struggle between us was at
band, and that before many days were
gped the ancient and accumulated hate of
one or both ot' us would bo buried forever
In the silence of death. How ill had fate
dealt with me now, as always! But a few
minutes before, when I set that arrow on
the string, I had wavered for a moment,
doubting whether to loose it at the young
cavalier who lay dead or at thc knight who
rodo next to him, and see, I had slain one
with whom I had no quarrel and left my
"Ho, there!" cried De Garcia In Spanish.
"I desire to speak with tho leader of the
rebel Otomie on behalf of the Captain Ber
nai Diaz, who commands this army."
Now I mounted on the wall by means
of a ladder which was at hand and an?
swered, "Speak on; I om tho man you
seek. ' '
.'You know Spanish well, friend," said
De Garcia, starling and looking at me
keenly beneath his bent brows. "Say now,
where did you learn it!1 And what ls
your nemo and lineage?"
"Ilearned ir, .loan de Garcia, from a
pertain Donna Luisa, whom you know in
your days of vom I,. And my name is
Thomas Win ld."
Now De G. ix ut reeled lu bia baddie and
swore a gre: oath.
''Mother" Cul!" herold. "Years ago I
w?-? told thai you lyidJiU^W.UP.^^Cahod?
"among some ''savage 'tribe,-hut'Since then
I have been far, to Spain and back indeed,
and I deemed that you were dead, Thomas
He raised his visor and began to speak.
Wingfield. My luck is good, in truth, for
it has been ono of the great sorrows of my
life that you have so often escaped rac,
renegade. Be sure that this timo there
shall be no escape."
"I know well that there will bo no es
cape for one or other of us, Juan de Gar
cia," I answered. "Now we play tho last
round of the game, but do not boast, for
God alone knows to whom tho victory
shall be given. You have prospered long,
but a day may be at hand when your pros
perity shall cease with your breath. To
your errand, Juan do Garcia."
For a moment ho sat silent, pulling at
his pointed beard, and watching him I
thought that I could see the shudow of a
half forgotten fear creep into his eyes. If
so, it was soon gone, for lifting his head
he spoke boldly and clearly.
"This is my message to you, Thomas
Wingflold, and to such of thc Otomio dogs
with whom you herd as we have left alivo
today. The Captain Bemal Diaz offers you
terms on behalf of his excellency thc vice
"What aro his terms!"' I asked.
"Merciful enough to such pestilent rebels
and heathens," ho answered, sneering.
"Surrender your city without condition,
and the viceroy, in his clemency, will ac
cept the surrender. Nevertheless, lest you
should say afterward that faith has been
broken with you, bo it known to you
that you shall not go unpunished for your
many crimes. This is the punishment that
shall bo inflicted on you. All those who
had putt or parcel in thc devilish minder
of that holy saint, Father Pedro, shall bo
burned at the str.ke, and thc eyes of nil
who beheld it shall be put out. Snell of
tho leaders of thc Otoniic as thc judges
may select shall bc hanged publicly, among
them yourself, Cousin Wingfield, and
moro particularly thc woman Oromie,
daughter of Montezuma, thu late king. For
the rest, the dwellers in the City of Pines
must surrender their wealth into the treas
ury of the viceroy, and they themselves,
men, women and children, shall bi: led
from thc city and bo distributed, according
to the viceroy's pleasure, upon the estates
of such of the Spanish settlers as he may
select, there to learn thc useful arts of hus
bandry and mining. These arc thc con
ditions of surrender, and I um commanded
to say that an hour is given you in which
to decide whether to accept or reject them. ' '
"And if we reject them?"
.'Then tho Captain Bemal Diaz has or
ders to sack and destroy this city, and hav
ing given it over 13 hours to the mercy of
tho Tlascahms and other faithful Indian
allies to collect those who may bo left liv
ing within it and bring them to the City
of Mexico, there to be sold as slaves."
"Good," I said. "You shall have your
answer in au hour."
Now, leaving tho gate guarded, I hurried
to the palace, sending messengers os I
went to summon such of the council of the
city as remained alive. At the door of the
palace I met Otomle, who greeted me fond
ly, for after hearing of our disaster she
had hardly looked to see me again.
.Come with me to tho hall of assem
bly," I said; "there I will speak to you."
We went to the hall, where the members
of the council were already gathered. So
soon as the most of them were assembled
there were but eight in all-I repeated to
them the words of De Garcia without com
ment. Then Otomle spoke, as, being the
first in rank, she had a right to do. Twice
before I had heard her address the people
of the Otomie upon these questions of de
fense against the Spaniards. The first
time, it may be remembered, was when
we carneas envoys from Cuitlahua, Monte
zuma's (her father's) successor, to pray the
aid of the children of the mountain against
Cortes and the Toules. Tho second time
was when, some 14 years ago, we had re
turned to the City of Pines as fugitives aft
er the fall of Tenochtitlan, and the populace,
moved to fury by tho destruction of nearly
20,000 of their soldiers, would have deliv
ered us os a peace offering into tho hands
of the Spaniards.
On each of these occasions Otomie had
triumphed by her eloquence, by tho great
ness of her name and the majesty of her
presence. Now things were far otherwise,
and even had she not scorned to use them
such arts would have availed us nothing
In their extremity. Now her great name
was but a shadow, ono of many waning
shadows cast by an empire whose glory
had gone forever. Now she used no pas
sionate appeal to the pride and traditions
of a doomed race, now she was no longer
young, and the first splendor of her wom
anhood had departed from her. And yet,
as with her son and mine by her side, she
rose to eddress those seven councilors, who,
haggard with fear and hopeless in tho
grasp of fate, crouched in silence before
her, their faces buried in their hands, I
thought that Otomio had never seemed
more beautiful, and that her words, sim
plo as they wore, had never been more elo
"Friends," she said, "you know tho dis
aster that hos overtaken us. My husband
has given you. the message of tho Teulcs,
Our case is desperate. We havo but 1,000
men at most to defend this city, the home
of our forefathers, and we alone of all the
people of Anahuac dare to stand in arms
against tho white men. Years ago I said
to you, Choose between death with honor
and life with shame! Today again I say
to you, Choose! For me and mino there is
no choice left, since whatever you decido
death must bo our portion. But with you
it is otherwise. Will you die fighting, or
will you and your children servo your re
maining years as slaves?"
For awhile the seven consulted together;
then their spokesman answered.
'Otomio, and you, Tculo, wo have fol
lowed your counsels for many years, and
they have brought us but little luck. We
do not blame you, for the gods of Anahuac
have deserted us as we havo deserted
them, and thc gods alono stand between
men and their evil destiny. Whatever mis
fortunes wc may have borne, you have
shared in them, and so lt is now at the
end. Nor will wo go back upon our words
in this thc last hour of the people of thc
Otomie. Wc have chosen; we have lived
free with you, and still free wo will die
with you, for, like you, we hold that it is
better for us and ours to perish as free
men than to drag out our days beneath the
yoko of tho Teulc."
"It is well," said Otomie. -Now noth
ing remains for mo except to seek death
so glorious that it shall bo sung of in after
days. Husband, you have heard the answer
of the council. Let the Spaniards hear lt
So I went back to the wall, a white flag
in my hand, and presently an envoy nd*
vanced from thc Spanish camp to speak to
m?!-not Do Garcia, hut another. I told
bim in fow words that those who remain
ed aUve of tho people of the Otomio would
die beneath tho ruins of their city like the
children of Tenoetitlan before them, but
that while they had a spear to throw mid
an arm to throw it they would never yield
to the tender mercies of thu Spaniard.
The onvoy returned to tho cutup, and
within au hour thc attack lu gan, l?ring
ing up their pieces of ordnance, thu Span
iards set them within little move thalia
hundred paces of the gales and began lu
batter us with iron shot ut their leisure,
for our spears and arrow.-; could scarcely
harm?thcm at such u di. lenee. Still we
were not idle, for seeing flint tim wooden
gates ptust soon be down wi; demolished
I- o uses tm either-side of them and filled nu
thc roadway with stones and rubbish,
the rear of the heap thus formed I cam
a great trench to be dug, which could i
be passed by horseman and ordnance t
lt was filled in again. All along the mo
street leading to the great square of t
teocalli I threw up other barricades, p:
tected in the front and rear by dikes c
through the roadway, and in case the Spa
lards should try to turn our flank a
force a passage through the narrow a
tortuous lanes to tho right and left I ul
barricaded tho four entrances to thc git
square or market placo.
Till nightfall tho Spaniards bombard
the shattered remains of the gate and t
earthworks behind them, doing no gre
damage beyond tho killing of about n sec
I of people by cannon shot and urqueb
balls. But they attempted no assault th
day. At length tho darkness fell, and t
fire ceased, but not so our labors. Most
the men must guard the gates and t
weak spots in tho walls, and therefore t
building of tho barricades was left chic!
to the women working under my coi
mauds and that of roy captains. O ton:
herself took a share in tho toil, an exai
pie that was followed by every lady ai
indeed every woman in the city, and tho
were many of them, for tho womon ot
numbered the men among the Otoml
and, moreover, not a few of them had bei
mado widows on that samo day.
It was a strange sight to sec them in tl
glare of hundreds of torches split from tl
rosin pine that gavo its name to the cit
as all night long they moved to and fro :
lines, each of them staggering beneath tl
weight of a basket of earth or a heai
stone, or dug with wooden spades at tl
hard soil, or labored at the pulling dovi
of houses. They never complained, bi
worked on sullenly and dc.,p.:iringly. I
groan or tear broke from them-no, n
oven from those whoso husbands and soi
hod been hurled that morning from tl
precipices of tho pass. They knew that r
sistanco would l>e useless and that thc
doom was ut hand, but no cry arose amor
them of surrender to the Spaniards. Tho:
of them who spoke of tho matter ut a
said, with Otomie, that it was better tod
free than to llvo as slaves, but tho ino
did not speak. The old and the younj
mother, wife, widow und maid, they li
bored in silenco, und tho children lalnm
ut their sides.
Looking at them, it came into my mil
that these silent, patient women were ii
spired by some common and desperate jiu
poso that all knew of, but which none <
them chose to tell.
'.Will you work so hard for your ma
tors, tho Teules?" cried a man in bi tu
mockery os a Alu of them toiled past b
neath their loads of stone
"Fool!" answered their leader, a youn
and lovely lady of ruuk, "do tho detul h
"Nay," said this ill jester, "but such 1
you arc too fair for tho Toulcs to kill, an
your years of slavery will bo many. Saj
how shall you escupe them?"
"Fool!" answered tho lady again, ''dot
fire die from luck ot fuel only, and mut
every mun live till ago takes him? V9
shall escapo them thus, "and casting dow
the torch she carried sha trod lt into th
cart h with her sandal and went on wit
her load. Thon I was suro that they ha
somo purpose, though I did not guess hoi
desperate it was, und Otomie woidd te
mo nothing of this woman's secret.
"Otomie, " I said to herthut night who
we met by chance, "I huve ill news fo
"It must be bad'indeed, husband, to b
named in such an hour," she answered.
"De Garcia ls among our foes. "
'.I knew lt, husband."
"How did you know it?"
"By tho hate written in your eyes," sh
"It seems that his hour of triumph ls a
hand," I said.
"Nay, beloved, not his, but yours. Yoi
shall triumph over De Garcia, but victor,
will cost you dear. 1 know it in my heart
A6k me not how or why. See, the queel
puts on her crown, " and she pointed b
the volcan Xooa, whoso snows grew ros;
with the dawn, "and you must go to th
gate, for the Spaniards will soon be stii
AB Otomie spoke I heard a trompe
blare without the walls. Hurrying to Ubi
gates by the first light of day, I could se
that the Spaniards were flustering thel:
forces for attack. They did not como a
once, however, but delayed till tibe jpu
was well up. Then they began to telar 1
furious fire upon our defenses that reducer
the shattered beams of the gates to pow
der and ovon shook down tho crest of th?
earthwork beyond them. Suddenly the
firing ceased, and again a trumpet called
Now they ?charged us in column, a thou
sand or more Tloscalans leading the von,
followed by tho Spanish force. In tw<
minutes I, who waited them beyond it,
together with somo 300 warriors of tnt
Otomie, saw their heads appear over thc
crest of the earthwork, and the fight be
gan. Thrice we drove them back with oui
spears and our arrows, but at the fourth
charge tho wave of mon swept over our de
fense and poured into tho dry ditch beyond.
Now we were forced to fly to tho iiorl
earthwork, for wo could not hope to light
.o many in tho open street, whither, sc
soon as a passage had been mode for theil
horses and ordnance, the enemy followed
I us. Here tho fight was renewed, and this
barricade being very strong we held lt fox
hard upon two hours, with much loss to
ourselves and to the Spanish force. Again
we retreated, and again we were assailed,
and so the struggle went on throughout
i the livelong day. Every hour our numbers
grew fewer and fewer and our arms faint
er, but still we fought on desperately. At
the last two barricades hundreds of the
women of the Otomie fought by the sides
of their husbands and their brothers.
The last earthwork was captured by tho
Spaniards just as the sun sank, and under
I the shadow of approaching darkness those
of us that remained olive fled to the refuge
whioh we had prepared under the teocalli,
nor was there any further fighting during
THE LAST SACRIFICE OF THE WOMEV OP TDK
Hero in the courtyard of the teocalli, by
the light of burning houses, for as thoy
advanced the Spanish fired the town, wo
mustered our array to find that there wore
loft to us in all somo 400 fighting mon, to
gether with a crowd of nearly 2,000 wom
en and many children. Now, although
this tcocuUl was not quite so lofty as that
of tho great temple of Mexico, its sides are
steeper and everywhere faced with dressed
stone, and thc open face upon Its summit
was almost us great, measuring Indeed
more than a hundred paces every way.
This urea was paved with blocks of marble,
and in its center stood tho templo of tho
war god, where his statue still sat, al
though no worship had been offered to him
for many years; tho steno of sacrifice, the
altar of lire and tho storehouses of tho
priests. Moreover, in front of the temple,
and between it and tho stono of sacrifice,
was a deep cemented hole tho sizo of a
large room, which once hud been used asa
place for tho safe keeping of grain In times
of famine. This pit I hud caused to be
filled with water borne with great toll to
thc top of tho pyramid, and in tho temple
itself I stored a great quanti ty of food, so
that wo had no cause to fear present death
from thirst <?r famine.
But now WU wen; fneo to faca with a now
trouble. Largo ns was the summit of tho
pyramid, it would not give shelter to half
our numbers, and if vre desired to defend
it some of the mult i tudu herded round its
base must seek refuge elsewhere, Calling
the lenders nf the peoplo 'together, I put
the mutter hefnm them in u few words,
leuviug them to decide what must be done.
They In turn consulted among th om sel vos,
and nt length gave UK; this answer: That
lt was agreed thal all tho wounded and
aged there, together with most of tho chil
dren, and with them any others who wish
ed to go, should leave tho teoenlli that
night, to lind their way nut ?f t he city if
they could, or if not to trust Ul tho morey
.t (.lu, Kutitilurihi
HE CONTI XU ED,]
Car loud of Old Hickory wagons
from a one-borsn to a six-horee.
jupt received by Ramsey & Bland.
A groat deal is being said nowa
days about "money being close,"
but precious lit'le stays by the peo.
pie when they go into Ramtiey <fc
Bland's store and see with their
own eyes the hargaius they have,
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OF PORTLAND, MAINE,
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those wishing Insurance, or any information re
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undersigned in person or by letter, or to any of
his Local Agents.
Good Agents Wanted,
To whom liberal contracts will he offered.
B. B. EVANS,.
General Hamer for Soi Carolina,
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
Eighteen Thousand Dollars Worth of
Dry Ms, Clout Sloes, Hals, CMs, aiifl Underwear,
D. 0. Flynn's Auction House,
TO BE SOLD AT 75c. ON THE DOLLAR.
5c. Calico, for.sy,c.
5c. Ginghams for.3^c.
7c Bleaching for.'.5c.
30 yards Fine Shirting.$1.00
Good Check Homespun.3V?c.
c hildren's Suits for.65c. up.
Young Men's Suits. $2.50 up.
Gentlemen's Suits.$2.50 up.
Men's $15.00 Suit6 fur.$9 75
We have a very fine assortment of
Dress Goods and Ladies' Wool Suiting
at prices you have never heard of before.
All Wool Red Flannel at 70c. on the $1.00.
We have everything you can And in a flrst-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 aud will be glad to welcome his
friends and treat them right.
Men's $17.00 Suits for.12.50
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."
Women's Shoes. G5c.
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.
DOSCHER & co.
Npv?r were there so many beautiful Louses 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
I State enables them to paper a hou?e in one day Ask for estimate.
Painting or frescoing a specialty. Representing a large carpet
house in Philadelphia by sample gives you a big paving besides getting
what you want.
Mattings, Rugp, Mats, Shades, Poles, Paper, and Lace Curtains in
stock. They give big odds against the field.
Your old carpets or, new carpets to . lay ata very small cost.
ELROD & RHOADES,
329 BEOADWAY, - AUGUSTA; OA.
YOUR ATTENTION ?
- TTP YOU rNFTTlTn-n=======
Coot Steves, Stove M Stove Pipe, Tinware, W MMi
Loaded Shells, Canned Goods, Confeetionaries.
Evaporators Repaired or rn? de to Order.
LARGEST COOK STOVE FOR THE MONEY.
Coffee Pots, Milk Buckets, and Covered Buckets made from the best of
Tin in the market. Repairs for Cook Stoves I sell, kept In stock. Call
on or address
CHAS. A. AUSTIN",
TOECZNTSTOIN", s. c._*
Continental Fire Insurance Company,
ESTABLISHED IN 1852.
American Fire Insurance Company,
ESTABLISHED IN 1810.
Virginia State Fire Insurance Comp'y,
ESTABLISHED IN 1866.
Fidelity and Casualty Accid nt Comply
OF NEW YTORK.
I represent the above first-class companies and can write you any
kind of Insurance. I also write DWELLING IN TUE
When you travel get one of my ACCIDENT TICKETS.
25 cents a day for $5,000 insurance.
W. J. MeKERALL, Agent,
KDGEFIELD, C. '
Policies Written at Trenton and Johnston.
lACCIiDElTT. F-LATE GLASS.
ALWAYS IN THE LEAD.
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AUGUSTA. - GEORGIA..
Have now in store their entire
FALL AND WINTER STOCK OF CLOTHING
The largest stock ever shown in Augusta. We aim to carry goods whic.i 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,
-IMl'ORTKR. WHOLK8ALK AND RETAIL I/KAI.EU IN
Fine Wines, Brandies, Whiskies, Bil, Parter Ale, Mineral Water
Tobacco, Cigars, Etc.
All orders for Private or Medical use shall have ray prompt andk
Agent for Veuve-Clicquot Ponsardin Urbana Wine Company, An
heuser-Bnsch Brewing Association.
601 aa1 ; \ load Street, AUGUSTA, GA.