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TH0S. J. ADAMS, PROPRIETOR.
EDGEFIELD, S. C., WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14,1894.
VOL. LIX. NO. 42.
Now as she "spoke ever moro faintly,
and I listened bewildered, tho light of
dawn grew slowly in tho chamber. It
gathered on tho white shape of Otomio
seatf-d in a chair hard by tho bed, and I
saw thai, her anns hung down, and that
?tomic was scated in a chair by thc bcd.
her head was resting on thc back of tho
chair. Now I sprang up and peered into
her face. It was white and cold, and I
could feel no breath upon her lips. I
seized her hand. That was also cold. I
spoke into her ear, I kissed her brow, but
she did not move nor answer. Tho light
grew quickly, and now I saw all-Otomie
. * . . * * .
At last I rose with a sigh to seek help,
and as I rose I felt that there was some
thing set about my neck. It was tho col
lar of great emeralds which Guatcmoc hud
given to mc and that I had given to Oto
mie. She had set it there while I slept,
and with it a lock of her long hair. Both
shall bo buried with me.
I laid her in the ancient sepulcher amid
tho bones of her forefathers and by tho
bodies of her children, and two days later
I rodo to Mexico in thc train of Bernai
Diaz. At the mouth of tho pass I turned
and looked back upon the ruins of the
City of Pines, where I had lived so many
years and where all I loved were buried.
Long and earnestly I gazed, as in his hour
of death a man looks back upon his past
life, till at length Diaz laid his hand upon
t4You are a lonely man now, comrade,"
ho said. "What plans have you for the
''None," I answered, "except to die."
"Never talk so," he said. -'Why, you
are scarcely 40, and I who am 50 and more
do not speak* of dying. Listen. You have
friends in your own country-England?"
"Folk livo long in those quiet lands.
Go seek them. I will find you a passage
"I will think of it," I answered.
In time wo came to Mexico, and Diaz
found me a lodging. I abode in Mex
ico 10 days, wandering sadly about the
city and up to tho hill of Chapoltepeo,
where Montczuma's pleasure house had
been and where I had met Otomie. Noth
ing was left of its glories except some of
the ancient cedar trees. On thc eighth
day of my stay an Indian stopped me in
the street, saying that an old friend had
charged him to say she wished to sec nie.
I followed the Indian, wondering who
tho friend might 'be, for I had no friends,
and he led mc to a flue stone house in a
new street. Here I was seated in a dark
ened chamber and waited there awhile
till suddenly a sad and sweet voice that
seemed familiar to mc addressed mo in tho
Aztec tongue, saying, "Welcome, Teule."
I looked, and there before me, dressed
in tho Spanish fashion, stood a lady, on
Indian, still beautiful, but very feeble and
much worn, as though with sickness and
"Do you not know Marina, Teule?" she
said again, but befoore the words had left
her lips I knew her. "Well, I will say
this-that I should scarcoly have known
you, Teulci Trouble and time have done
their work with both of us."
I took her hand and kissed it.
"Where, then, is Cortes?" I asked.
Now a great trembling seized her.
"Cortes is in Spain, pleading his suit
Ho ha? wed a new wifo there, Teule.
Many years ago he put mo away, giving
me in marriage to Don Juan Xaramillo,
who took me because of my possessions,
for Cortes dealt liberally with me, his dis
carded mistress. " And sho began to weep.
Then by degrees I learned the story, but
I will not write it here, for it is known to
tho world. When Marina had served his
turn and her wit was of no more servico
to him, thc conqueror discarded her, leav
ing her to wither of a broken heart. She
told me all the talo of her anguish when
she learned tho truth and of how sho had
cried to him that thenceforth he would
never prosper. Nor indeed did he do so.
For two houvs or moro wa talked, and
when I had heard her story I told her
minc, and she wept for mc, since with all
her faults Marina's heart was ever gentle.
Then we parted, never to meet again.
Before I went she pressed a gift of money
on me, and I was not ashamed to take it
who had nono.
This, then, was tho history of Marina,
who betrayed her country for her love's
sake, and this the reward of her treason^
and her love. But I shall always hold her
memory sacred, for she was a good friend
to me, and twice she saved my life, nor
would she desert me, even when Otomie
taunted her so cruelly.
I CHAPTER XXXVI.
THOMAS COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD.
Now, on tho morrow of my visit to
Marina the Captain Diaz came to see me
and told me that a friend of his was in
command of a carak, which was due to
sail from the port of Vera Cruz for Cadiz,
within 10 days, und that his friend was
willing to give me a passage if I wished'
to leave Mexico. I thought for awhile
and said that I would go, and that very
night, having bid farewell to thc Captain
Diaz, whom may God prosper, for he was
a good man among many bad ones, I set
out from thc city for the last time in the
company of some merchants. A week's
journey took us safely down the moun
tains to Vera Cruz, a hot, unhealthy
town, with an indifferent anchorage, much
exposed to thc fierce northerly winds.'
Hero I presented my letters of recom
mendation to the commander of thc carak,
who gave me passage without question, I
laying in a stock of food for thc journey.
At length our voyage came to an end,
and on a certain 18th of June I found my
self in tlie mighty city of London.
In London I bought a good horse,,
through tho kind offices of the host of my
inn, and on the morrow at daybreak I set
out upon thc Ipswich road.
I rude hard all that day and thc next,
and my horse being stout and swift by'
7:30 o'c lock of thoevening I pulled np up
on tho little hill whence I hud looked for
my last on Bungay, when I rode thence
from Yarmouth with my father. Below
mo lay the red roofs of the town. There*
to the right were I he oaks of Ditchinghani
and tlie beautiful tower of St. Mary's
church. Yonder the stream of Wavenoy
wandered, and before me stretched the
meadow lands, purple and golden, with
marsh weeds in bloom. All was as it had
been. leonid see no change at all. The
only change was In myself. I dismount
ed, and going to :i pool of water near the
roadway I looked at the reflection of my
own face. I was changed indeed. Scarcely
should I have known it for that of the lad
who had ridden np t!iis hill 20 years ago.
Mounting my horse, I pushed on again
at a canter, taking tho road psrst Wning
ford Mills, through thc fords and Pirnhow
town, leaving Bungay upon my left. In
10 minutes I was nt the nate of the bridle
path that runs from thc Norwich road for
half a nillo f>r lucre beneath the steep mid
wooded bank II;.-rr the shelter of which
stands the \'.ni p?r:-hii:g?tati|.
Now tho h..:-v vtn* Isfort? mc It luid
.changed no . : ... '-xccpj that ibo Ivy and
creepers i II : . ' ?'i:t h:\d growfi higher
to the rot i -tV'd J could seo that
people !:' _.._ ; J.ouse, for it was well
Kept, and gmoKo hung 'abov? thc chim
neys. The gute was locked, and there
were no serving men about, for night fell
fast, and all had ceased from their labor.
Leaving the house on tho right, I passed
round to the stables that aro at tho back,
near the hillside garden, but hero the gate
was locked also, and I dismounted, not
knowing what to do. Indeed I was so
unmanned with fear and doubt that for
awhile I seemed bewildered, and leaving
tho horso to crop the grass where he stood
I wandered to tho foot of the church path
and gazed up the hill as though I waited
for tho coming of or.e whom I should
Then suddenly there rose up in my mind
a vision of tho splendid chamber in Mon
tezuma's palace in Tcnoctitlan and of my
self sleeping on a golden bcd and dream
ing on that bed-I knew it now. I was
tho god Tczcat, and on tho morrow I must
be sacrificed, and I slept in misery, and as
I slept I dreamed. I dreamed that I stood
whero I stood this night, that thc scent of
thc English flowers was in my nostrils as
it was this night, and that tho 6\vcct song
of tho nightingales rang in my ears as at
this present hour. I dreamed that as I
mused and listened thc moon carno up
over the green ash and oaks, and, lol thefe
she shone. I dreamed that I heard a
sound of singing on tho hill.
But now I awoke from this vision of
the past and of a long lost dream, for as I
stood tho sweet voico of a woman began
to sing yonder on thc brow of tho hill. I
was not mad; I heard it clearly, and tho
sound grew even nearer as tho singer drew
down tho hillside. It was so near now
that I could catch thc very words of that
sad song, which to this day I remember.
Now I could see a woman's shape in the
moonlight. It was tall and stately and
clad in a white robe. Presently she lifted
her head to watch th a flitter of a bat, and
Tall and stately and clad- in a wh ite robe.
tho moonlight lit up her face. It was thc
face of Lily Bozart, my lost love,beautiful
as of yore, though grown older and stamp
ed with the seal of some groat sorrow. I
saw, and so deeply was I stirred at the
sight that had it not been for the long
paling to which I clung I must have fall
en to the earth, and a deep groan broke
from my lips.
She heard the groan and ceased her
song. Then, catching the sight of the fig
ure of a man, she stopped and turned as
though to fly. I stood quite still, and
wonder overcame her fear. She drew
nearer and spoke in the sweet, low voico
that I remembered well, saying: "Who
wanders here so late? Is it you, John!"'
Now when I heard her speak thus a new
fear took me. Doubtless she was married,
and ''John'' was her husband. I had
found her, but to lose her more complete
ly. Of a sudden it came into my mind
that I wo'ild not discover myself till I
knew tho truth. I advanced a pace, but
not so far as to pass from the shadow of
the shrubs which grew here, and taking
my stand in such a fashion that the moon
light did not strike upon my face I bowed
low in the courtly Spanish fashion, and
disguising my voico spoke as a Spaniard
might in broken English, which I spare
to write down:
"Madam," I said, '"have I the honor to
speak to one who in bygone years was
named the Senora Lily Bozard?"
"That was my name," she answered.
"What is your errand with mc, sir!"'
Now I trembled afresh, but spoke on
"Before I answer, madam, forgive me
If I ask another question. Is this still
"It is still my name. I am no married
woman," she answered, and fora moment
tho sky seemed to reel abovo me and thc
ground to hcavo beneath mylect like tho
lava crust of Xaca. But as yet I did not
reveal myself, for I wished to learn if sho
:till loved my memory.
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