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I said that it was weil, for death was on
every side, and it mattered little which
way men turned to meet it. So they wore
sorted out, 1,500 or moro of them, and at
midnight the gates of the courtyard were
thrown open, and they left. Oh, it was
dreadful to seo tho farewells that took
place in that hour! Hero a daughter clung
to tho neck of her aged father, hero hus
bands and wives bade each other a last
farewell, here mothers kissed their little
children, and on every side rose up tho
sounds of bitter agony, tho agony of thoso
who parted forever. 1 buried my face in
my hands, wondering, as ? had often won
dered before, how a God whoso name is
Mercy can bear to look upon sights that
break tho hearts of sinful men to witness.
Presently I raised my eyes and spoke to
Otomie, who was at my side, asking her if
sho would not send our son away with tho
others, passing him off as thc child of com
mon people. "Nay, husband," sho an
swered, "it is better for him to die with us
than to livo as a slavo of the Spaniards."
At length ic was over, and tho gates had
shut behind tho last of them. Soon we
heard tho distant challenge of tho Spanish
SOE tri os as they perceived them, and the
Bounds of some shots, followed by cries.
"Doubtless tho Tlasoalans aro massa
cring them," I said.
But it was not so. When a few had
been killed, tho leaders of thc Spaniards
found that they waged war upon an un
armed mob, made up for tho most part of
aged people, women and children, and
their commander, Bernai Diaz, a merci
ful man if a rough one, ordered that tho
onslaught should cease. Indeed he did
more, for when all the ablobodied men, to
gether with such children as were suffi
ciently strong to bear tho fatigues of travel,
had been sorted out to bc sold-as slaves he
suffered tho rest of that melancholy com
pany to depart whither they would. And
so they went, though what became of them
I do not know.
That night wo spent in the courtyard of
tho teocalli, but before it was light I
caused thc women and children who re
mained with us, perhaps somo 600 in all,
for very few of tho former who were un
married, or, who, being married, were
still young and comely, had chosen to de
sert our refuge, to ascend tho pyramid,
guessing that the Spaniards would attack
us at dawn. I staid, however, w*th the
300 fighting men that were left to me, a
hundred or more having thrown them
selves upon tho mercy of thc Spaniards,
with the refugees, to await the Spanish
onset under shelter of tho walls of the
courtyard. At dawn it began, and by mid
day, do what we could to stay it, tho wall
was stormed, and leaving nearly a hun
dred dead and wounded behind mc I was
driven to thc winding way that led to the
summit of the pyramid. Hero thoy as
saulted us again, but thc road was steep
and narrow, and their numbers gave them
no great advantage on it, so that the end
of lt was that we beat them back with loss,
and there was no moro fighting that day.
Tho night which followed wo spent
upon the summit of the pyramid, and for
my part I was so weary that after I had
eaten I never slept more soundly. Next
morning the strugglo began anew, and
this time with better success to the Span
iards. Inch by inch, under cover of the
heavy fire from their arquebuses and
pieces, they forced us upward and back
ward. All day long the fight continued
upon the narrow road that wound from
stage to stage of thc pyramid. At length,
as tho sun sank, a company of our foes,
their advance guard, with shouts of vic
tory, emerged upon tho flat summit and
rushed toward the temple in its center.
All this whilo tho women had been watch
ing, but now one of them sprang up, cry
ing with a loud voice:
"Seize them. They aro but few. "
: Then, with a fearful scream of rage, the
mob of women cast themselves upon tho
weary Spaniards and Tlascalans, bearing
them down by tho weight of their num
bers. Many of them wcro slain indeed,
but in tho end tho women conquered, aye,
and made their victims captive, fastening
them with cords to the rings of copper
that were set into tho stones of the pave
ment, to which in former days those
doomed to sacrifice had been securvd when
their numbers were so great that the
priests feared lest they should escape. I
and tho soldiers with mo watched this
sight, wondering; then I cried out:
"What, men of tho Otomie, shall it be
said that our women outdid us in cour
age?" and without further ado, followed
by 100 or more of my companions, I rush
ed desperately down the steep and narrow
I At tho first corner Wf met the main ar
ray of Spaniards and their allies, coming
UP slowly, for now they were sure of vic
tory, and sn great was the shock of our en
counter that many of them were hurled
over tho edge of tho path, to roll down tho
steep sides of tho pyramid. Seeingthe.fato
of their comrades, those behind them
?halted, then began to retreat. Presently
tho weight of our rush struck them also,
and thoy in turn pushed upon those below,
till at length panto seized them, and with
a great crying the loi g line of men that
wound round and round th? pyramid from
Its baso almost to its biminlt sought their
safety in flight. But somo of thom found
nono, for tho rush of thoa? above, pressing
.with ever increasing force upon their
friends below, drovo many to their death,
since hero on tho pyramid there was noth
ing to cling to, and if once a man lost his
foothold on tho pr th his fall was broken
only when his body leached tho court be
neath. Thus in 15 short minutes all that
tho Spaniards had won this day was lost
again, for except the prisoners at its sum
mit nono of them remained alive upon tho
iteocalli. Indeed so great a terror took
them that, bearing with them their dead
and wounded, they retreated under cover
of tho night to their camp without tho
walls of the courtyard.
? Kow,, wearj', but triumphant, wo wend
ed our way back toward tho crest of tho
pyramid, but as I turned tho corner of the
second angle that was perhaps nearly 100
feet above the lovel of the ground a thought
struck me, and I set thoso with mo at a
task. Loosening tho blocks of stono that
formed tho edgo of the l^oadway, wo rolled
them down tho sides of tho pyramid, and
so labored on, removing layer upon layer of
[stone and of tho earth beneath till where
the path had boen was nothing but a ?
yawning gap 80 feet or moro in width.
"Now," I said, surveying our handi
work by tho light of tho rising moon,
"'that Spaniard who would win our nest
must find wings to fly with. "
"Aye, Teule," answered ono at my side;
"but, say, what wings ohall wo And?"
' "Thowings of death," I said grimly
and went on my upward way.
It was near midnight when I reached
tho templo, for tho labor of lovellng the
road took many hours, and food had been
sent to us from above. As I drew nigh I
was ame zed to hear tho sound of solemn
chanting, and still more was I amazed
when I saw that the doors of the temple of
Huitzol wc i open, and thut the sacred fire
which had not shone there for many years
onco moro flared fiercely upon his altar. I
stood there listening. Did my ears trick
mc, or did I hear tho dreadful song of
sacrifice? Nay, again its wild refrain rang
out upon tho silence:
To Thea wc pacriflce!
Save us, O Iluitzel,
Huitzol, lord ?od'.
' I rushed forward, and turning the anglo
of tho templo I found myself face to face
with tho past, fox there, as in bygone years,
wore the pabas clad in their black robes,
their long hair hanging about their shout*
ders, tho dreadful knife of glass fixed in
their girdles. There to the right of thc
stono of sacrifico were those destined to the
god, and there being led toward it was tho
first victim, a Tlascalmi prisoner, his
limbs he'd by men clad in the dress of
.priests. Near him, arrayed in tho scarlet J
?ubc of sacrifice, jftoodono oljny.own cap- '
caxn97wno i reniemDerea narr once E
as a priest of Tezcat before Idolatr
forbidden bi the City of Pines, and ai
..were a wide circle of women that wat
and from whoso Ups swelled tho J
' Now I understood lt all. In thel
despair, maddened by tho loss of fal
husbands and children, by their cruel
and standing face to face with ce
death, tho Aro of the old faith had bi
up in their 6avago hearts. There wa
temple, there were the stone and b
ments of sacrifice, and there to their 1,
were tho victims taken In war.
would glut a last revenge, they woulc
rlflco to their fathers' gods as their fa
had*, dono before them, and tho vi<
should bo taken from their own victo
foes. Aye, they must die, but at the
they must seek the mansions of the
made holy by the blood of the acct
I have said that lt was the women
sang this chant and glared so fiercely i
tho victims, but .I have not yet told al
horror of what ? saw, for in tho ford
of their circle, clad hi white robes,
necklet of great emeralds, Guatemoc's
flashing upon her breast, the plume
royal green set in her hair, giving the
of the death chant with a little w
stood Montezuma's daughter, Otomie
wife. Never before had I seen her loc
beautiful or so dreadful. It was not
mio whom I saw, for where was tho to:
smile and where the gentle eyes? Her?
fore mo was a living vengeance wea
tho shapo of woman.
In an instant I guessed the truth, thc
I did not know lt all. Otomie, althc
sho was not of it, had over favored
Christian faith. Otomie, who for y
had never spoken of theso dreadful i
except with anger, whose every act
love, and whose every word was kinds
was still in ber soul an 1 delator and a
age. She had bidden this side of her h
from mo well through all these years;
chance she herself had scarcely known
secret, for but twice^had I seen anyth
of the burled fierceness of her blood. '
first time was when Marma had brou
her a certain robe in which sho might
cape from the camp of Cortes, and she
spoken to Marina of that robe, and
second when on tho samo day sho
played.her part to tho Tlasoalan and '.
6truck him down with her own hand a;
bent ovor mo.
All this and much more passed thro;
my mind in that brief moment, wi
Otomio marked tho timo of the de
chant'and tho pabas dragged tho Tlai
lan to his doom.
The next I was at her sida
'"What passes here?" I asked sternly
Otomie looked on mo with a cold w
der and with empty eyes, as though
did not know mc.
"Go back, whito man," sho answer
"It is not lawful for strangers to min
in our rites."
I stood bewUdered, not knowing wi
to do, whilo tho flame burned and
chant went up before the effigy of Huit:
of tlie demon Huitzel awakened after ms
years of sleep.
Again and yet again the solemn chi
arose, Otomie beating time with her lit
rod of ebony, and again, yet again, the <
of triumph rose to the silent stars.
Now I awoke from my dream, for as
evil dream it seemed to me, and drawl
my sword I rushed toward tho priest
tho altar to cut him down. But thou
the men stood still the women were 1
quick for me. Before I could lift i
sword, before I could even speak a wen
they had sprung upon me, like the jagui
of their own forests, and, like jagua
they hissed and growled into my ear:
"Get you gone, Teule," they said, "1<
we stretch you on the stone with yo
brethren. " And still hissing they push
I drew back and thought for awhile
tho shadow of tho temple. My eye f
upon the long lino of victims awaiti:
their turn of sacrifice. They were thlr
and one of them still alive, and of thc
five were Spaniards. I noted that t
Spaniards were chained the last of all t
line. It seemed that the murderers wou
keep them till the end of the feast; inde
I discovered that they were to be offer
up at tho rising of the sun. How could
save them, I wondered. My power w
Sne. The women could not bo mov?
im their work of vengeance. They we
mad with their sufferings. As well mig
a man try to snatch ber prey from a pun
robbed of her whelps as to turn the
from their purpose. With the men it wi
otherwise, however. Somo of them ml]
gled in the orgie Indeed, but more sto<
aloof watching with a fearful joy the spc
taclo in which they did not share. Nei
me was a man, a noble of the Otomie, i
something moro than my own age. I
had always been my friend, and after n
he commanded the warriors of the trlb
I went to bim and said, "Friend, for tl
sako of tho honor of your people, help n
to end this."
"I cannot, Teule," ho answered, "an
I beware how you meddle in the play, f(
none will stand by you. Now tho wome
? have power, and you seo they use it. The
aro about to die, but before they dio the
i will do as their fathers did, for t ht- lr s tra:
j ls sore, and though they have been pi:
aside the old customs are not forgotten. "
"At. the least, can we not save thea
Teales?" I answered.
"Why should you wish to save th
Teulesf Will they Bave us somo few day
hence, when we are In their power?"
"Perhaps not," I said, "but if wo mus
die let us die clean from this shame. "
"What, then, do you wish me to dc
''This: I would have you find some thre
or four men who aro not fallen into thi
madness, and with them aid me to loos
the Teules, for wo cannot save tho others
If this may be done, surely wo can lowe
thom with ropes from that point whore tb
read is broken away down to the path be
neath, and thus they may escapo to theL
"I will try," he answered, shrugging
his shoulders, ''not from any teudernesi
toward tho accursed Teules, whom I coule
well bear to soo stretched upon tho 6tone,
but because it is your wish, and for the
sako of tho friendship between us."
Then ho went, and presently I saw sev
eral men place themselves, as though bj
chance, between thc spot where the hist ol
the lino of Indian prisoners and tho first
of tho Spaniards were made fast, In such
fashion as to hide them from the sight ol
tho maddened women engrossed as they
wero in their orgies.
Now I crept up to thc Span hirds. They
were squatted upon the ground, bound by
their hands anil feet to tho copper rings In
tb? pavement. There they sat silently
awaiting tho dreadful doom, their faces
gray with terror, and their eyes starting
from their sockets.
"Hist!" I whispered in Spanish Into the
ear of the first, an old man whom I knew
as one who had taken part In thc war of
Coi 'es. ' . Would y\ ni be saved ? ' '
He lonkcel up quickly and saiel In a
.'Who are you that talks of saving us?
Who can save us from these sho devils?"
'"I am a Teule, a man of white blood
and a Christian, and. alas that I must say
lt! the captain of this savage people. With
the aid ol' somo few men who an; faithful
to me, I purpose to cut your bonds, and
afterward you shall see. Know, Spaniard,
that I elo this ut great risk, for if we are
caught it U a chance but that I myself
shall have to suffer those things from
which I hopo to rescue you."
"Bc assured, Teule," answered the
Spaniard, ' ;'i ti if we should get safe away
wo shall n>?* f M ..: lins service;. Save our
lives now,'inti '.lus lime may come when
wo shall p : > -i with yours. But
even if We . : . iii, how ran we cross tho
open sp.: ; ?? .i . i:i. ntilight and escape
the eyes? riesy"
'.You . . . .-hunco.lor tbat.^ I
unswered, and as I spoke* fortune I
us strangely, for by now thc Spaniai
their camp below had perceived wha
going forward on the crest of tho te<
A yell of horror arose from them, ar
stantly they opened lire upon us with
pieces and arquebuses, though, be
of tho shape of tho pyramid and of
position beneath it, the storm of shot ?
over us, doing little or no hurt; a
great company of them poured aoros
courtyard, hoping to storm the tempi
they did not know that tho road had
Now, though tho rites of sacrifico ]
ceased, what with the roar of cannon
shouts of rage and terror from tho ?
lords, tho hiss of musket balls ,and
crackling of flames from houses w
they had fixed to give thom more 1
and tho sound of chanting, tho tm
and confusion grew so great as to re
the carrying out of my purpose easier
I had hoped. By this timo my friend
captain of the Otomio, was at my
and with him several men whom ho c
trust. Stooping down, with a few ?
blows of a knifo I out tho ropes w
bound tho Spaniards. Then wo gath
ourselves into a knot, 19 of us or n
and in the oonter of the knot wo sot
five Spaniards. This done, I drew
sword and cried:
??Tho Tet?cs storm tho temple!" w
was true, for already their long lino
rushing up tho winding path. "
Teulea storm tho templo! I go to
them," and straightway wo sped ae
tho open space.
Nono sow us, or, if they saw us, i
hindered us, for all the company wen
tent upon tho consummation of a f
sacrifice. Moreover, the tumult was s1
as I afterward discovered, that we 's
scarcely noticed. Two minutes pas
and our feet were set upon tho wini
way, and now I breathed again, for
were beyond tho sight of tho women,
wo rushed swiftly as tho cramped lime
the Spaniards would carry thom till r.
ently wo reached that angle in tho i
where the brcaoh begon. Thc attaci
Spaniards had already come to the far
side of the gap, for though wo could
see them we could hear their cries of i
and despair as they halted holplessly
understood that their comrades wore
yond their aid.
"Now we aro sped," said the Spani
with whom I had spoken. "Tho roa<
gone, and it must be certain death to
thc side of the pyramid. "
"Not so," I answered. "Some 60 :
below the path still runs, and one by
wo will lower you to it with this rope.
Then we set to work. Making the c
fast beneath tho arms of a soldier, we
him down gently till ho came to the p
and was received there by his comrade?
a man returning from the dead. Tho 1
to be lowered was that Spaniard w
whom I had spoken.
"Farewell," he said, "and may
blessing of God be on yon for this nd
mercy, renegade though you are. S
now, will you not come with me? I
my life and honor in pledge for your S?
ty. You toll mo that you aro still a Ch:
tlan man. Is that o place for Christian!
and he pointed upward.
"No, indeed," I answered, "but stil
cannot come, for my wife and son
there, and I must return to die with th
if need bo. If you bear me any gratitu
strive in return to suvo their lives, sii
for my own I caro but little."
"That I will," ho said, and I let h
down among his friends, whom horcacl
Now wc returned to the templo, givi
it out that the Spaniards were in retre
having failed to cross the breach in 1
roadway. Here before the templo thc or?
still wont on. But two Indians rcmair
alive, and the priests of sacrifice gr
"Whero oro tho Teulcs?" cried a vol
"Swift, strip them for thc altar."
But tho Teulos woro gone, nor, sear
whore they would, could thoy find then
"Their God has taken them beneath 1
wing," I said, speaking from tho shad<
and in a feigned voice. "Huitzel cam
prevail before tho God of the Teules. "
Then I slipped aside, so that none kn<
that it was I who had spoken, but the c
was caught up and echoed far and wide.
"The God of the Christians has hidd
them beneath his wing. Let us ma
merry with thoso whom he rejects, " sa
the cry, and the last of the captives wc
Now I thought that all was finishe
but this was not so. I hovo spoken of t.
secret purpose which I hod read in i.
sullen eyes of tho Indian women as th
labored at the barricades, and I was abo
I to seo its execution. Madness still bunn
in tho hearts of these women. They h;
accomplished their sacrifice, but their fe
tival was still to come They drew thor
selves away to tho farther side of tho pyr
mid, and heedless of tho shots which no
and again pierced tho breast of ono i
them-for hero they were exposed to tl
Spanish fire-romalned awhile in prepar
tion. With them went tho priests of sa
riflce, but now, as before, tho rest of tl
men stood in sullen groups, watchie
what befell, but lifting no hand or voi<
to hinder its hellishness.
Ono woman did not go with them, an
that woman was Otomio, my wife
She stood by the stone of sacrifice,
piteous sight to soe, for her frenzy, orratl
er her madness, had outworn itself, an
abo was as sho had over boen. There stoo
Otomie, gazing with wide and horre
stricken eyes now at tho tokens of this ur
holy rite and now at her own hands, a
though she thought to seo them red an
shuddered at the thought. I drew near t
hex and touched her on the shoulder. Sh
turned swiftly, gasping:
"It isl," I answered, "but call me hui
band no more"
"Oh, what have I done?" sho wailed am
fell senseless in my arms.
Taking Otomio in my arms, I bore he
to one of tho storehouses attached to tb
temple. Hero many children had beei
placed for safety, among them my owi
"What ails our mother, father?" saie
the boy. "And why did sho shut moil
here with these children when it sccm?
that there is fighting without?"
"Yourmother has fainted," I answer
I ed, ''and doubtless sho placed you hero te
keep you safo. Now, do tend to her till ]
"I will do so," answered tho boy, "bul
surely it would bo hotter that I, who am
almost a man, should bo without, fighting
tho Spaniards at your side, rather than
within, nursing sick women."
"Do as I bid you, 6on," I sr.id, "andi
chargo you not to leave this placo until I
como for you again."
Now I passed out of the storehouse,
shutting thc door behind me. A minute
later I wished that I had staid whero I
was, since on the platform my eyes were
greeted by a sight moro dreadful than any
that had gone before, for there, advanc
ing toward us, woro tho women, divided
into four great companies, some of thom
bearing infants in their arms. They came
singing and leaping, many of them naked
to tho middle. Nor was this all, for in
front of them ran thc pabas and such of
the women themselves as were persons in
authority. Those leaders, malo and female,
ran and leaped anel sang, calling upon the
names of their demon gods and celebrating
the wickedness of their forefathers, while
after thom poured the howling troops of
To und fro they rushed, now making
obeisance to the statue of Huitzel, now
prostrating themselves before his hideous
sister, tho goddess of death, who sat be
sido bim adorned with her can-en neck
lace of men's skulls and hands, now bow
ing around tho stone of sucriilco, and now
thrusting their baro arms Into thc flames
of tho holy fire. For an hour or more they
celebrated this ghastly carnival, of which
even I, verseel as I was in the Indian cus
toms, could not fully understand tho mean
ing, and thon, as though somo single im
pulse had possessed them, they withdrew
to the center of the open space, and form?
I lng themselves into a double circle, with
in which stood thc pabas, of a sudden they
burst into a chant so wild and shrill that
as I listened my blood curdled in my veins.
Ever as they wing, step by step they
drew backward, and with them wont the
leaders of each company, their eyes fixed
upon the statues of their gods. Now they
were but a segment of a circle, for they did
not advance toward tho temple. Back
ward encl outward they went, with a slow
and solemn tramp,. Thero was. bu.t uno
"libe or them now, l?Fthose E?~T~be BeoondTi
ring filled the gaps in the first os lt wid
ened. Still they drew on till at length they
6tood on the sheer edge of the platform
Then the priests and the women leaden
took their place among them, and toe a
moment there was silence, until c? a sig
nal one and all they bent backward.
Standing thus, their long hair waving on
the wind, tho light of burning houses flar
ing upon their breasts and in their mad
dened eyes, they burst into the cry of:
"Savo us, Huitzel! Receive us, lord god,
Thrice they cried it, eaoh time more
shrilly than before; then suddenly they
were gone-the women of the Otomio were
With their own self slaughter they had
consummated the last celebration of the
rites of sacrifico that over shall be held in
the City of Pines. The devil gods were
dead, and their worshipers with them.
A low murmur ran round the lips of tho
men who watched; then one cried, and his
volco rang strangely in tho sudden silence,
"Moy our wives, the women of tho Oto
Tlic women of the Otomie were no morel
mle, rest softly in the houses of the sun,
for of a surety they teach us how to die."
"Aye," I answered, "but not thus. Lo,
women do self murder! Our foes have
swords for the hearts of men!"
I turned to go, and before me stood Oto
"What has befallen!"'sho said. "Where
aro my sisters? Oh, surely I have dreamed
an evil dream! I dreamed that the gods
of my forefathers were strong once more,
and that once more they drank the blood
"Your ill dream has a worse awakening,
Otomie," I answered. "The gods of holl
ore still strong indeed in this accursed
land, and they have taken your sisters into,
"Is it so?" sho said softly. "Yet In my
dream it seemed to me that this was their
last strength ere they sink into death un
ending. Look yonder!" and she pointed
toward thc snowy crest of the volcan Xaca.
I looked, but whether I suw tho sight of
which I am about to tell or whether it was
but an imagining born of the horrors of
that must hideous night In truth I cannot
say. At thc least I seemed to seo this, and
afterward there woro some among the
Spaniards who swore that they bud wit
nessed it also.
On Xaoa's lofty summit now as always
stood a pillar of fiery smoke, and, while I
gazed, to my vision the smoko and the fire
separated themselves. Out of tho fire was
fashioned a cross of flamo that shone like
lightning and stretched for many a rod
across tho heavens, its base resting on the
mountain top. At its foot rolled the clouds
of smoko, and now these, too, took forms
vast and terrifying, such forms indeed as
those that sat in stone within the temple
behind mc, but magnified a hundredfold.
"See," said Otomio again, "the cross of
your God shines above tho shapes of mine,
tho lost gods whom tonight I worshiped,
though not of my own will." Then abe
turned and went.
For some few moments I stood very
much afraid, gazing upon the vision on
Xaca'ssnow; then suddenly the rays of the
rising sun smote it, and it was gone.
Now, for three days more we held out
against the Spaniards, for they could not
como at us and their shot swept over our
heads harmlessly. During these days I
heid no talk with Otomie, for we shrank
from ono another. Hour by hoar she
would sit in the storehouse of tho temple
a very picture of desolation. Twice I tried
to speak with her, my heart being moved
to pity by tho dumb torment In her eyes,
bnt sho turned her head from me and made
Soon it came to the knowledge of the
Spaniards that wo had enongh food and
water ui>on tho teocalli to enable us to Uv?
there for a month or more, and seeing that
there was no hopo of capturing the place
by forco of anns they called a parley with
I went down to the breach in the road
way and spoke with their envoy, who
stood upon the path below. At first the
terms offered were that we should surren
der at discretion. To this I answered that
sooner than do so we would die where we
were. Their reply was that if we would
givo over all who had any part in the ha
man sacrifico tho rest of ns might go free.
To this I said that the sacrifice had been
carried out by women and some few men,
and that all of these were dead hy their
own hands. Thoy asked if Otomie was
also dead. I told them no, bat that I
would never surrender unless they swore
that neither she nor ber son should he
harmed, but rather that together with my
self they should be given a safe conduct to
go whither wo willed.. This was refused,
but in thc end won I the day, and a parch -
mont was thrown up to me on the point of
a lance. This parchment, which was
signed by thc Captain Bernai Diaz, set oat
that, in consideration of the part that I
and some men of the Otomie hod played
in rescuing tho Spanish captives from
death by sacrifice, a pardon was granted
to mc, my wife and child and all upon the
teocalli, with liberty to go whithersoever
wo would unharmed, our lands and wealth
being, however, declared forfeit to the
With these terms I was well content;
indeed I had never hoped to win any that
would leave us our lives and liberty. And
yet for my part death had been almost as
welcome, for now Otomie had built a wall
between us that I could never climb, and
I was bound to her, to a woman who, will
ingly or no, hud stained her hands with
saoriflco. '"ell, my son was left to me,
and with him I must be satisfied-at the
least, ho knew nothing of his mother's
shame. Oh, I thought to myself, as I
climbod tho teocalli-oh, that I could bot
escape far from this accursed land and bear
him with me to the English shores-aye,
and Otomio also, for there she might for
get that once she had been a savage I Alas,
it cflnld scarcaly.be! .. _ _
Car load of Old Hickory wagon?,
from a one-horse to a six-horse,
just received by Ramsey & Bland.
A great deal is being said nowa
days about "money being close,"
but precious little stays by the peo
ple when they go into Ramsey &
Bland's store and see with their
own eyes the bargains they have.
Buy shoes from J. W. Marsh &
The Old Hickory Wagons, in
compaiable forever, still take the
lead everywhere. Ramsey & Bland
can snpplv ynu and send you hom[
There is a big "drive" in horse
men's goode at. Ramsey & Bland's.
If you are going to need anything
in their line for a year to come, it
would bo well to consult with them
while this sale is in progress.
Seo the very best $1 50 shoe in
the world at j. W. Marsh & Ca's,
J. W. Marsh & Co., Johnston,
have the best $1.10 shoe on earth.
A LIFE POLICY IN tHE
OF PORTLAND, MAINE,
ls TJIEBEST iMExrptfl?M?NCAHMAKE!
The Union Mutual is the only company that is
sues policies giving the benefit of the Nou-Forfeit
ure Law, and specifying in definite terms by its
Policy contract that there can be no forfeiture of
insurance, by non-payment of premium, after three
years' premiums have been paid, until the value prc*
vided for is exhausted in Extended Insurance.
The Union Mutual
Has been in business over Forty Years, durirg
which time it has paid to its policy-holders oy?.
Twenty-six Million Dollars.
It Pays Its Losses Upon Receipt of Satisfac
tory Proofs, Without Delay or Discount.
There can be no more certain provision for your
family than your policy in The Union Mutual.
The Union Mutual Policies
Are the most liberal now offered to the public; they
are incontestable after one year from date of issue
and free from limitations as to Residence, Travel,
Suicide, or Occupation-Military and Naval Service
in times of war excepted. After the payment of three
full years'premiums in cash they are protected by
the popular Maine Non-Forfeiture Law, the provi
sions of which can apply only to policies written by
The Union Mutual
Is a purely mutual company; its resources belong
to the policy-holders and are utilized in giving to
them a maximum of benefits consistent with absolute
security, there being no stockholders to absorb large
profits. Each policy is stock in the company. Its
officers and agents are paid their salaries and com
missions, and they EARN* THEM, 'I hese are included
in the ourrent expenses. Every dollar of the profit
goes to the POLICY HOLDERS ONLY.
The Union Mutual
Issues a policy which is as safe as Government
Bonds, and far more profitable.
It is not subject to taxes.
It is not subject to administration.
It is your financial safeguard.
It keeps a man's KAI? GOOD even beyond the grave.
It goes where you wish it togo; is outside of all
controversy, will or no will.
It requires none of your time.
It requires none of your attention.
It causes no care or worry:
It is absolutely YOURS. NO doubt about TITLE.
It is looking out for "number one."
It is "nailing down" something; "salting away"
omet bing for YOU and YOURS beyond the emergencies
and risks of ordinary business.
It ASSURES the success of that for which you are
striving. It makes your future a certainty.
It is the only property you can buy by simply loan
ing a per cent, of its value yearly for such number of
years aa you may elect.
It gives a constant satisfaction that no other prop?
erty can produce for you.
It is the only property that will surely cling to you
through all financial storms.
It is your LIFE-BOAT which may prove in later life
a SHIP of PROSPERITY.
In fact, as said above. A LIFE POLICY IN
The Union Mutual,
OF PORTLAND, MAINE,
Is the Best Investment a Man 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 therHto, will have their wants cheerfully
and promptly complied with by applying to the
undersigned in person or by letter, cr to any of
his Local Agents.
Good Agents Wanted,
To whom liberal contracts will he offered.
B. B. EVANS,,
General Manager for H Carolina,
EDGEFIELD, S. C.
$18,000 - $18,000
Eighteen Thousand Dollars Worth of
Dry Goods, ?liiii Sloes, ls, CMs, nil OUimr,
D. 0. Flynn's Auction House,
TO BE SOLD AT 75c. ON THE DOLLAR.
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
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.$2.50 up.
Gentlemen's Suits.$2.50 up.
Men's $15.00 Suits for.$9 75
Children's Solid Shoes.25c.
We have a very fine assortment of
Dress Goods and Ladies' Wool Suiting
at prices you have never heard of before.
All Wool Ked Flannel at 70c. on the $1,00.
We have everything you can And 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, Gr-A..
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 GBOCERY
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.
Never were there so many beautiful Louses is Augusta. Why. be
cause EJrod & Rnoades 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 iu Philadelphia by sample gives you a big saving besides getting
what you want.
Mattings, Rugs, Mats, Shades, Poles, Paper, aud Lace Curtains in
stock. They give big odds against the field.
Your old carpets or new carpets to lay at a very small cost.
ELROD & RHOADES,
629 BROADWAY, - ATTGrTTSTA; GA.
- TTP TTOTJT KT TT!TriT> -
Cooi Ste, Stove JEans, Stove Pipe, Tinware, fell Biciets,
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
Tin in the market. Repairs for Cook Stoves I sell, kept in stock. Call
on or address
CHAS. A. AUSTIN,
JOEZETSTOIET, S. C._
FIRE, ACCIDENT, TORNADO,
and Ginhouse Insurance,
Come to W. J. McKERALL, Agt.
EDGEFIELD, S. C. i
ALWAYS IN THE LEAD
/. C. LEVY & CO.,
AUGUSTA. - GEORGIA..
Have now in store their entire
FALL AND WINTER STOCK OF CLOTHWG
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,
-IMPORTER. WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALER IN
File Wiies, Erais, Whiskies, Gin, Porter Ale, lierai ff
Tobacco, Cigars, Etc.
All orders for Private or Medical use shall have my prompt
Agent for Veuve-Clicquot Poneardin Urbana Wine Company, An
heuser-Bn8ch Brewing Association.
601 M ? >< tioad Street, AUGUSTA, GA,