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NOT TUB QLORY OF a J3 S A R DOT THE WELFARE OF ROME.
BURLINGTON, VJ3RM0NT, FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 1843.
From Tho Knickerbocker.
THE Wind has voices that defy
The spirit's utmost scrutiny t
We shudder at its sobbing wail,
And shrink when howles tho rolling galo t
And even its softest breath is heard,
Like somo half-muttered, saddening word:
Of all its strains there is no voice
That bids the thrilling heart rejoice!
The sailor, on the silent sea9,
May Ions to hail the frcshning breeze i
The blast that whirls tho spattered foam
Will waft him to his distant home;
Yet, while the loosened sail he flings,
That gives his floating bird its wings,
His manlv heart will often feel
Some strange, dread fancy o'er it steal.
When crouched besido the wintry blaze,
And Midnight sings its wonted lays,
The music of tho mineling tune,
Now rising high and falling soon,
Tho wailing and complaining tones
Might boa laugh, though moro a moan ;
But wild or sad, or high or low,
It ever takes a tone of wo.
I've seen it stir the nested rills
Amid the topmost crystal bills ;
Have watched it drive the clearing clouds,
And scream along the quivering shrouds;
Dread, strange, the same in every hour,
Restless, formless, unseen Powcrl
A voice that gives us no reply ;
A sound that shakes, wo know not why I
I never heard it on the shoro
Concerted with the waterv roarj
Or sweeping where the sullen brccza
Glides like a spirit through the trees;
Nor listen to its mustering wail,
When wintry tempests swell the cale.
But haunting fancies, dark and wild,
Brood like the dreams that daunt a child.
Yet not the less my battling soul
Springs like a racer to its goal ;
Can wring a joy that elso were pain,
When blasts howl o'er the crying main ;
Hear music in the mournful luno
That softens on the galcsof June,
And gather from the fireside tono
A sad, sweet lansuagf all its own.
Ntuhuryporl, (Mass.) Jan. 1913. Gi-.okge Lu.nt.
From the Southern Literary Messenger.
Of the mountain of Burning Stone.
A Btorv of the first Montezuma by the Author of
'f.nfilli." "Cunt. KwM ,. in n..ri.
PAItT THE FIRST.
In the centre of the present empire of
Mexico, nnd within the borders of the beau
tiful country once inhabited by the ancestors
of those wild and splendid savages, the Ca
manclics, lies a chain of elevated mountains
whose snowy peaks pierce the skies, leaving
the vast field of clouds floating midway be
tween them and the plains. Toward the
south they make a majestic curve and en
close within their embrace a circle twelve
leagues in diameter, in the midst of which
sleeps like a fair garden, the valley of AIco
lo (itself enclosed by a lake) and the loveli
est gum on the breast of the earth. One of
these mountains is loftier than the rest, and
on its summit burns a star-liku blaze, which
is said to be a single diamond, but inaccessi
ble to human reach. This peak is hence
called the " Mountain of tho Burning Stone."
By day, the shining apex glows with all the
dyes of the rainbow ; at night its light is like
At the lime of our story this valley was
the centre of an empire now no more.
Hero was the palace and throno of the em
perors, and the centre of wealth, power and
magnificence. In its midst rose a proud ci
ty, gorgeous with swelling domes, needle
like pinnacles and majestic towers, through
which, dividing it into two parts, flowed a
Stately river which, for more than a league,
reflected from cither shore, on its silver bo
som, two continuous lines of temples, pala
ces ana educes ol costly grandeur.
On the throne of this glorious empire sat
Ulyd, the last monarch of his nice. lie was
haughty, imperious and cruel. His foot rest
cd upon tho necks of his subjects, and his
sceptre was converted into a sword, whtcli
hourly drank human blood. Out Cylla, the
daughter of Ulyd, was gcnllo as the dove in
spirit : as beautiful as Lyn, the Angel of tho
Flowers, and graceful as the antelope that
runs upon the mountains. 1 lie tyrant loved
his daughter, and that love was all that har
monized his nature.
In one of the lesser streets of this gorge
ous capital lived a poor net-maker, whose
solo merit was his honesty, and whose only
income was the daily pittance earned by the
toil of his hands. lie was a widower ; but
Heaven had tempered its judgments with
mercy, and left him a son to share his labors
and solaco his old age. Montezuma, the
name of this youth, was now twenty years of
age. ins stature was lolly and Ins port no
ble ; whilo grace and beauty wero stamped
upon his face and person. His dignity was
that of virtuo ; his beauty that of a gentle
temper and cheerful heart. He was belov
ed and idolized by all of his rank, doatcd on
by his father, and despised, so closely had
nature allied him to them, by the nobles.
Such was Montezuma, at the period of our
Stand aside, serf ! ' were the stern tones
of an officer, addressed to a vouth who with
thousand others was watching tho procession
of the emperor, his nobles and the priests of
tno aun on tneir way to oiler sacrifices at
each gate of the city, to propitiato tho wrath
of their deity for rain had not fallen on the
earth in the space of four months, and thu
sun had burned up tho harvest. Tho eves
of this youth seemed to be fixed moro par
ticularly on tho I'rinccss Cylla, than on the
1 Stand asido, sorf! ' and a glittering spear
point at the same instant pricked the breast
of thu youth, who caught it in his hand, ere
it could penetrate, wrested a from tlio noblo's
grasp, broke it in twain, and cast tho pieces
uisuaimuuy nt Ins leet.
Ha I 'tis the slave Montezuma ! ' cried
the intonated officer. ' Ho has mocked
full long. Cut him down !.
But ere the guard which wero about tho
emperor and his daughter, and which the of
ficer commanuea, could obev I ns command.
the crowd opened to the right and left and
receive mo ucsuneu victim to thoir bosom,
Hew your way to him 1 cried tho noble.
Cut tho slaves in pieces ! '
Nay, my siro, will you let blood bo spilled
on this sacred time 1 ' plead tho sweet and
earnest voice of tho princoss Eylla, who. ri
ding in the chariot besido the emporor, had
wituejsuu whs scene.
They nro my slaves, nnd it is in their
blood that I float above their heads,' was the
stern reply of the tyrant.
Way, father 1 '
Lot them die 1 saw you not that the serf
Nay, ho did but protect his life.'
And wherefore should ho daro savo his
life, when my officer of tho guard was pleas
ed to tnko it ?
Nay father I sec how tho poor people
fall before tho weapons of tho fierce guards.
And look 1 tncy press up to fill the cap, and
with their hearts place a barrier between thy
vengeance and its victim ! '
1 Therefore should they die I '
'Spare him spare them father, for my
sake bid them hold ! Shall Eylla plead in
vain ? '
Axcala, call ofT your guards. Their in
solence is enough punished.'
1 ho lovely princess fell upon his neck and
gratefully kissed him, and in strange affec
tion he returned it, and then sternly bado the
procession move on. -But Eylla for curi
osity to gazo on a man for whom so many
gavu their lives, had led her to seek him out
in the crowd did not pass on, ere sho re
ceived from the dark eyes of a handsome
youth a look of grateful homagoand acknowl
edgement for the gentleness of tho princess
drew her as near to the hearts of her subjects
as the sternness ot her t.itlicr removed lum
from them so Montezuma felt it was no in
sult for his gaze, low as ho was, to meet that
of the princess, and to thank her for her in
tcrposilion. But the mischief done by that
glance, is incalculable. The princess rode
on, but from that moment forgot the proces
sion her father every thing but the face
of the youth for whom she had interposed.
Her bosom nt lirst was tilled with curiosity to
know who ho could be (or whom men cast
away their lives ; and then her thoughts ran
upon his lofty aspect and nobto bearing
dwelt upon bis fmo eyes and beautiful fea
tures. But the more sho thought, the more
bewildered slin grew, till at length recalled
to herself by the approach of the procession
it tlio temple, she hung her head in confu
sion, and concealed thu lilush of shame that
crimsoned her cheek with tho silken folds of
That night the lovely princess Evlla sat
in her gorgeous chamber. Her slaves, in
rich dresses, kneeled at a distance with their
hands laid across their bosoms, silenllv watch
ing tho least sign of her will or gesture of
command. It was moonlight, and the silve
ry flood poured in nt the open lattice bv
which she sat, and falling upon her fair fore
head gave it tin; whiteness of Paris marble.
with the soft lustre of the pearl. One snowy
hand, half in the moonlight, half in shade,
sustained nor cnecii. nu was tinned in tloun
thought, nnd ever and anon, her snowy bo
som would heave and fall, and from her just
parted lips a low sigh escaped. All at once,
she rose to her feet, and tit the same instant
her slaves flew and prostrated themsc ves
'Ophiel, remain with mo ; tho rest of von
retire to your couches. I need your attend
ance no longer, till the d.twn.'
slowly, with their faces turned towards
her, the submissive slaves retired and the
princess was left alone with her confidant.
' Ophiel !'
' Your highness,' answered the lovely Pe
ruvian slave, still kneeling at the feet of her
' You have beard that several men wore
slain to-day, as we passed through the city
towards tho temple? '
Nay, your highness, I did not. But as
scarce a day goes by without bloodshed, 1
doubt not that this day has had its share,' re
plied the slave, with a mixture of irony and
sorrow in her manner.
Hist, minion. It is my father's unhappy
disposition. Yet ho loves me.'
' So does tho lion of Peru ; yes, the tiger
of Yucatan loves his whelp.'
' Havo done, Ophiel,' said the princess,
with some sternness. Sho then added wilh
kindness, ' I have detained thco to servo mo
wilh thy ready wits and well-tried faithful
ness. Listen I '
The slavo bent her head reverently and
gratefully upon her bosom, nnd silently await
ed tho communication of tho will of her mis-
There was somo commotion to-dav
among tho populace, caused by an attempt
of tho officer of the emperor's guard to seize
a youth who inadvertently, and Irom too ea
ger curiosity to witness tho procession, thrust
liimsett lorwaru uoioro the others. 1 heard
him called Monlczuma. Know you such a
one by namo in tho city, nnd his degree V
Was ho tall and kindlv in his port, vour
Ho looked majesty himself. Such, mo-
thinks as a princo of the sun should appear !'
was no youiiiiui withal I '
Scarce tho down had darkened his lin.
and tho scissors had never yet touched his
flowing locks of jet.'
Hid lio smile like the sun in May : and
was his eye likn a diamond set in ictunonn
ground of pearl, flashing firo and speaking
Thou hast seen him,
maiden ! '
' Was ho haughty ,yct his haughtiness blent
with tho modesty, lessening his decree, and
while ho looked, if he looked on tl ico. did
his eyes, while they gazed, seemed to plead
my iuikivuiicss ;or the deed asthoy commit-
Thou hast painted him to tho vcrv sem
bianco, chit,' said tho princess, laughing and
blushing, as she detected a smile l'irkiiig in
ineuimpicu mouin oi ner conhdant.
After taking ono or two turns through the
apartment, she stopped and turned to tho
fair Peruvian, in whoso cast down yet know
ing look, she detected tho knowlodgoof what
sue naa not yet dared to confess to herself.
' Ophiel,' said she, bo faithful and secret.
Seek out this Montezuma. I wou Id see
youth for whom men so freely cast away
their lives, as I have this day seen thorn do.'
Your highness, ho is a net-maker's son,
Tho better still. If he is not nrincelv
born, it wero better that ho wero at tho other
end of the dogrco. Go I would see him.
Uso what otljer instruments thou wilt to aid
thee. But ho speedy, discreet, nnd both
cunning nnd wise as the fublcd Anaconda of
thy own land ! '
Tho slavo prostrated herself at tho feet of
her mistress ; then rising reverently kissed
her hand nnd glided from the chamber;
whilo the lovely Eylla, her virgin bosom tor
tured nnd bewildered by a thousand new
nnd strango thoughts, yet all pleasing, resent
ed herself in the window and gazed vacant
ly upon a range of gardens, villas, fountains,
towers and domes, all mingled in gorgeous
confusion, nnd lying like a magic scene be
neath the radiance of the moon, which flood
ed all with a light so mellow that the whole
seemed to bo seen through a sea ot transpa
In the door of a lowly hut of reeds and
mats, in u remote quarter of tho capital, sat
an aged man mending nets by tho light of
tno moon ; the beams ol which rested like
snow flakes on his white head. Suddenly a
shadow passed between him and his light, and
no looked tip.
' Welcome, Montezuma, my child. I have
beguiled tho hours wailing thy coining, by
putting a stich, as well as my old eves will
let me, here, and there in tho net. You arc
I have need to bo pale, sir,' said tho
youth, casting himself upon a settee beside
the door. Ho who carries tho ruddy cheek
of a careless heart, nt this time, loves not
his country, and has no manhood. We are
a nation of slaves, father btitlighthas broke
in upon us. I he tyrant shall die and mail's
blood shall no longer be counted water.'
1 Hush, boy.' said the old man. lifting his
' 1 hero has been blood spilled this da v.
nnd were it not that tho tyrant was the father
of the fair princess Eylla, I would slay the
slayer with my own hand.'
' Hist, son my child, silence ! ' Speak
not such words I Ero this thy words have
been caught up, and swift wings aro bearing
them to the emperor's cars. What ailcth
1 havo whispered rebellion.' continued
tho young man, heedless of his father's words,
' in the willing cars of thirty thousand of my
fellow slaves '
Son, son see, wo nro not alone ho
wears tho emperor's livery. Thou art lost
lost lost ! Did I not bid thco keep si
lence ? ' And the parent flung himself dis
tractedly on tho neck of his son.
I he young man roso quickly as ho saw a
stranger approach the hovel, and placed his
nanu upon ms tiosom. lint without making
further demonstrations of preparation for n
hostile meeting, he proudly and calmly await
1 Is this tho abodo of Nclef, tho net-maker?
1 demanded tho stranger, haughtily ad
dressing the old man.
' It is ; what would you with my father ? '
replied the young man.
Then thou art Montezuma, his son. I
have an order to guide thee to the palace.'
uuuu on. i am rcauy to die lor my
uiooo win turn to lire and kindle a flame
that the tyrant's blood can alone extinguish.'
' Ha, this is language !'
' Plain enough for a courtier's cars.
1 Farewell, old man,' ho said fcclinIv ns
i. . .1.. j- c i ... - ' .
it! i.uu inu Miming lorui oi ins parent on the
settee he had himself just occupied. 'Now
sir, lead on to the emperor.'
1 ho moon rodo high towards midnight,
scarce touching with its nearly vertical beams
tlio outer verge of tho window in the anart
inenl of the princess, when the door opened,
and tho slave Ophiel softly entered and stole
to tlio leet ol Her mistress.
' Well, Ophiel ! '
' Ho is without.'
Who went for him ? '
' Thy lover.' .
The si avo blushed and hung her head.
' What said ho when bidden?'
' That ho would obey tho emperor's com
mands, and spo.ke some other words of fear
' 'Tis well. I would that ho. as well as
the messenger, should think 'tis my father's
commands. Admit him.'
The princess arranged her robes in mere
graceful folds, and wilh an uir of mingled
majesty and condescension, preparctl to re
ceive the young man, as tho slavo ushered
bun into her presence. As he entered, his
port was haughty, and his cvo flashed round
defiance, as lie seemed to seek tho person of
tno emperor, uut tno lovely form of the
princess meeting, instead, his glance, his
wholu bearing change ; the eyo lost its fire
and assumed u softer light ; the lip its cutl ;
and tho aspect and port of defiance was con
verted into one of devotion and rmntlnnrss ?
and ho kneeled reverently beforo her, with
his hands on his breast. The princess mark
ed the instant change, and a blush of pleasure
increased her loveliness.
Thou art called Montezuma, tho son n
iMclci, tno net-maker t '
' I am tho lowborn slnvo thou hast named,
loveiy princess,' no answered with as much
of proud scorn as the presence of his royal
mistress would permit him to assume. This
expression of his feeling did not escape her
' Metliinks thou art tho cause of a certain
tumult in the streets to-day ? '
' Noble princess, inasmuch as you judge
mo to havo done wrong, I confess my error.
But neither I, nor those who died to protect,
my poor lifo, havo dono wrong to tho tyrant
Forgivo mo, lady I had forgotten, looking
on tho gontlo face, thou was bis daughter.
But if 1 offend, thou hast only to order mo to
tho block and death from thy hand wore
belter than life, wilh thy futher's foot upon
' You aroovcr hasty Montezuma. I would
ask thco, how thou, so young, and of your
degree, has gained such influence over tho
souls of men 1 ' Who would thus dio for tlio
1 It is because I am a man.1
' Ha ! this to the daughter t '
' Pardon. It should havo been said to tho
1 Thy spirit is to quick. It bocomes not
thy station. If my father has injured theo.
I . VIM . t -. - .
let me atone, v nai can i uo lor tliee f
Nay, speak not so gently I cannot bear
it ; ' and burying his faco in his hands ho
was for a moment overcome with emotion.
The princess was affected, and was also si
lent. ' Forgivo my weakness, your highness
but it is past now. Your gentleness to me,
has saved your father's kingdom, and perhaps
' Speak, quickly what mean you ? '
I will confess all, and then die. knowing
that I have not struck tho blow that should
mako you wretched.'
Ho looked enquiringly nt tho slave, and
then nt tho princcas, and wis silent.
Ophiel, wail in tho ante-room.' The
princess nnd tho young conspirator wero left
alone. Ho then unfolded to her the whole
conspiracy, which had been hintnd nt. nnd
explained minutely its past progress and pre
sent state, nun us intimate aim. alio listen
ed with mingled surprise, terror and admira
tion. The moon began to pour its fading light
into the western window of the room, ere the
princess called tho wondering Ophiel, and
bado her see the man was reconducted in
safety and secresy to his abode.
In this interview, the princess detected
her love for the youth, and to her pleased sur
prise discovered his for herself. Cupid is a
true democrat. He knows no rank. The
youth encouraged by the princess, and ready
lo lake all upon a cast, at length did boldly
confess his daring passion, and then prepare
his mind for death. But to his surprise and
joy, tho gentle and lovely woman, not only
listened to him, but in her turn confessed her
love. Hero was a singular and wonderful
spectacle to human eyes! a princess and a
peasant vowing to each other, love undying,
lovo unchanging, love eternal. Here had
Ijovo fully established the axiom, that ' two
extremes meet.' He had magically brought
together two noblo spirits that Nature and
Fortune had sundered widely. Well had
Maria del Occidcnlc sung,
1 Nature never formed a soul
Without its own peculiar mate'
PART Tlin SUCOXD.
Three months passed away, and in the in
terim tho lovers met frequently, nnd as the
violets that grow in couples are sweetest
scented, so sweeter and deeper grew their
love by frequent mingling of thoir young
hearts. In a politic femalo it would" have
been policy to have cherished tho lovo of a
handsome youth, whose word could arm fifty
thousand men within tho capital's walls:
and in case of her coming to tho throne, the
most refined diplomacy, to have secured the
saloty ol her empire by permitting so dange
rous n person to share it. But Evlla was no
politician, and know nothing of diplomacy
but that of the heart.
At length a rumor reached tho cars of the
emperor, that at night the princess received
stolen visits Irom a man in disguise, who
seemed to have free egress from the palace
nt all times between twilight and dawn.
Montezuma was watched, and followed, and
seen to enter tho wing containing tho apart
ments of (he princess. Word was conveyed
to the emperor, who soon after attended by
his guards, unannounced, entered suddenly
her room. The lovers wero discovered
Montezuma, sealed at the feet of his lovely
mistress, attentively likening with upward
gaze, wiino sno was relating some interest
ing talc, her snowy fingeis the while half
hidden among his raven locks.
' Seize the traitorous slave ! '
Eylla shrieked at the sound of his tnrrihlo
voico, which gave the first intimation of his
presence, and the next instant, true to her
lovo and her womanhood threw herself be
tween tho soldiers and her love.
Back ! Touch him not !
' Seize him !' shouted tho monarch with
' No no hold, I command ! '
' Spear the hound ! '
' Through my heart then seek his.'
The guards hesitated. She caught this
moment to address tho enraged emperor.
' Father ! listen. Bid tho guards wait with
out tho door. Ho cannot escape then, and
hear me ono word I '
The emperor gazed on her penetrating eye
a moment, and then waved his hand for tho
soldiers to withdraw. The threo wero left
together. The monarch as restless as a ca
ged tiger, pacing near the door the young
man standing silent, proud and calm before
' No traitress I '
Nay, I am wanting nothing in my lovo or
loyalty to my king and sire,' sho said ap
proaching and kneeling, beforo him : 'Hear
r , . . .
iiiu my miner i i ou nave onco loved your
Eylla I Have you forgotten how in infancy
I sat upon your knee and how, as I grow
older, each morning I laid upon your pillow
the sweetest flowers, nor left your couch un
til you had kissed me. And when I got to
bo n maiden grown, and thou wort sick, nigh
unto death, how I watched thy couch and
cooled thy brow, nnd did you not say I was
a blessing to thee, and you owed your life
lo my tender nursing ?'
'My child. tylla ! '
1 Thou art moved. I seo returning love
for thy only daughter in tho gentler beaming
olthy eye. Father, I know you lovo your
own Eylla.' As she spoko, sho softly rose,
and liko a child climbing its parent's kneo,
slid upwards into his arms, and laid her head
confidingly upon his breast.
What would you, Eylla ? ' nnd his voico
was affectionate, and ho looked tenderly
down upon her, and forgot the presenco of
tho object of his late wrath.
1 His life, father, and thy forgivoncss ! '
Her words rocalled the emperor to him
self. He flung her from him, yet still she
clung to him as ho strodo up to tho young
' Ha 1 metliinks I havo seen that faco ! '
Thou hast emperor.'
Who art thou ?
Montezuma, tho net-maker's son.'
Eylla, is it so ? This slave this serf,
thy paramour I '
' My betrothed husband I '
1 Princess Eylla, thou Best with thy false
I havo spoken truth, father.'
Then your fatci are linked. The deep
est dungeon of tho prison shall bo your abodo
!lt . .t. 1.-.. r .1 ..... 1 n .
mi juu yui iiiu uuuer ot mis mauncss. uut
by the bright sun if I had n doubt, (yet I
seo not why I should not) of thy honor, 1
would slay thco, wilh my own hand, ero thy
bosom heaved twice more.'
Fathet, for my lifo I care not the dun
geon does not terrify me. It is thy displea
suro 1 feel. I nm innocent ! '
1 I believe thee, for mino own honor's
sako; for after this thv word hath little
weight wilh mo. Yet thou shall not go un
punished. Ho ! without there. Soldiers, two
of you guard this woman to tho keeper
of my palaco prison. Treat her gently,
mind yon, and bid tho jailor on his lifo see
that she suffers no roughness ; for, if she bo a
prisoner, she is no less the daughter of your
emperor. For you, sir, for whose crimo I
cannot find a name I will invent for tho n
death that shall in somo degree measure it.
ucar lum oil to tlio farthermost dungeon be
neath the river. If ho escape, tho lives of
every soldier ol my guard shall pay for his.
v itiiout a word calmly and dignified, wit
only sorrow at tho princess' fate shading his
countenance, tne young man was led from the
apartment to become the occupant of tho
The imprisonment of the princess lasted
but a few hours. The emperor, after the
first excitement was past, felt tho father re
turn to his bosom, and sent for her to his pre
sence. The result of this infnrvimv In
judge from the expression of tlio faco of the
princess when she met Ophiel did not leave
her quito destitute of hope.
Ion aro pardoned I ' exc aimed l ho inv-
ful slave, fl)ingand throwing herself at her
' Ho has forgiven me. I have told him all
the conspiracy and all.'
' And what said lie ? '
' It made him more thoughtful than angry,
and ho asked many questions about him,
then shook his head, walked the room and
niuttcicd. I could only hear by piece-meal.
' Of policyno heir to mvsclf tho security
of the empire a noble bearing bolter for
my successor than a nobler I will think of
it sho loves him too his influence among
the people consolidatctho empne.' I could
hoar nothing consecutively.'
1 Mark me, my noble mistress you will
yoi uu nappy ;
' I cannot tell you, Ophiel. Ho kissed
' My father, minion when I left him
but I trembled when I looked in his face and
I T- I I .
saw now nark 1 1 is eves were. Ho daro not
slay lum, for he knows he will slay his daugl
ter with the same blow.'
t ' What do you think will bo dono with
him -that is, provided the emperor does not
give mm to you lor a husband ( '
' 'silence, Ophiel, child I Ho shall not
' And if they keep him in prison, woman's
us tun fji:i nun out.
t t 1 l .r. , .. .
i i ion mm, my lather tiado mo meet
lum in council early on the morrow.'
' I augur something from this.'
'May it bo of good,' was the forcbodin;
Thus speaking, the unhappy princess, ac
compamed by her attendants retired to her
apartment for the night.
1 ho ensuing day, in tho imperial hall of
justice' sat the emperor, solo judge and arbit
ter of every case brought before this fearful
tribunal. His word was tho law with him
lay the power of life and death. Ho was un
throned in grandeur, commensurate with his
high station, surrounded by his stalely no
bles and glittering court.
A jewel of great size, of mingled hues, nnd
dazzling as the sun, blazed on his crown.
Before him, on a marble slab, elevated above
the floor, stood his executioner, holding in
his baud and resting upon it, a gigantic sword
gleaming in every beam. On die right of
tno emperor and a step below him, on a
throno of pearl inlaid with gold, sat the prin
cess Eylla, pale and drooping, yet observant
ol all that passed. She was attended by a
brilliant galaxy of tho ladies of her court.
The emperor was stern and silent, and though
from time to time his daughter cast a glance
furtively upwards to read his face, it expres
sion foiled interpretation. It affords neither
hope nor despair. The emperor now wav
ed his hand trumpet sounded and load
ed to the earth with chains, tho youthful pris
oner was brought in the presenco of hisjudgc.
Without trial without even naming the of
fence with which ho was charged tho em
peror, after gazing on him a moment, gave a
parchment to ono who stood at tho fool of
tho throno, and bado lum to read aloud. In
stantly tho trumpets sounded thrice a her
ald cries "Long live the emperor, tho broth
er of tho sun and governor of tho universe I'
and thrico again tho trumpets resounded
i.t. . I,., ,1. i .
it is Known to an mo worm mat tno pre
sent dazzling stono which adorns the imperi
al crown, was loiind moro than ono thousand
years ago m the throat of a condor, which
fell dead in tho court ot tho palace. From
the variety of its hues and its brilliancy there
remains no uouut that it was brought Irom
tho glittering peak of tho Mountain of tho
Uurnmg btone. Lvery diamond having its
male, it has been tne ambition ol numerous
emperors to obtain (ho mate to this; and it
is estimated that moro than a million of
states' prisoners have perished in tho course
ol ages, in endeavoring to purchaso their
forfeited lives, by reaching the summit. As
yet no human foot has trod it, and the dia
mond is yet tinobiamcd.
' Now, inasmuch us Montezuma, son of
Melcf the net-maker, has been adjudged i
traitor, he is hereby condemned to bo con
veyed Irom nence, closely guarded and in
chains, to tho fuot of thu Mountain of tho
Burning Stono, mid there released. If ho
ascend the mountain and return with thu
mato to this stono or a stono of its like, ho
shall not only bo pardoned fur his treason,
but snail rcceivo in marriage the princess
Lylla, and succeed the emperor in tho cm
pi re. If ho refuso to go up or fail in tho at
tempt, ho shall dio an ignominious death,
by tho axe of the exocutioner. Long livo
tho emperor, iust and wise.'
Thrico the trumpet sounded, end amid the
acclamations, murmurs of surprise and adu
lating shouts of tho enslaved people, high
above which roso tho wild shriek of the prin
cess, tho emperor dissolved tho assembled
court and retired within the inner chambers
of the palace.
Night had scarcely bogtm4o veil tho streets
oi tno capital in gloom, ere tho private pos
tern that gavo access to tho quarters of the
palace occupied by tho princess Eylla, was
cautiously opened, and a femalo figure came
lortn wiin nor mamma closely drawn about
her form and covering all her face, savo one
lively eye. But with nil her care, each pas
ser-by know her to bo Ophiel, tho favorite
slavo ol the princess. After surveying the
ground about her, to sec that sho was unob
served, situ nastily darted across tho street
into tlio shadow ol a temple, and swiftly pup
sued her way through many winding nnd
across many squares, until she came lo a di
lapidated building, which had formerly been
the abodo of a minister ofstato who. with
his whole family, had been beheaded within
its chambers for treason. It was now tho
abode of a sorceress, who. to many other
marvelous sciences, added the knowledge of
the secret virtues of all herbs, so that by her
art and skill sho could bolh convey death
through the eye and rcsloro a life by a breath.
it tho sunken portal ol this dicad abode.
tho lemalo paused to look about her, and
then with a hesitating, yet onward step, she
entered beneath the arch, nnd crossed the
deserted hall. At its extremity she came to
a low door, at which, after hesitating an in
stant, sho knocked. A stern voico bade her
enter. Before her sat the woman she soupht.
In a few words Ophiel told her of the lovo of
the princess and of Monlczuma, and of his
Why do you como hither maiden !' de
manded tho sorceress sternly, after the slave
'For tho aid of your art nnd wonderful
knowledge. For tho princess Eylla, who
has sent me hither, has heard that thou wcrt
skilled injall tho mysteries of creation, and
that to thco arc unfolded the hidden springs
of life. Sho now asks the exercise of this
power in her favor and that of the poor youth
who will assuredly perish else. Canst thou
do nothing for him, mother ?'
The princess Eylla is gentle, fair, and
vniuuus. one snan no oucyeu. wait my
The sorceress left a room by a door hith
erto unseen, and Ophiel remained with her
heart throbbing between hope and fear. In
a few minutes the woman returned and plac
ed in her hand a small scaled package, with
inesc words :
'Place this in his hands, and leave the
rest for Ins manhood nnd his lofty lovo to ac
coniplish. J)cpart speedily as thou earnest.
t.rc upmci coutu tiiank her or question
her of the contents of tho package, sho was
Tho succeeding morning a band of u thou
sand soldiers marched out of the northern
gate of the city their numbers serving raih
ur iu mm uijjuny to tuuir mission, than as
necessary to guard tho chained prisoner,
who moved with a proud step and unbroken
hearing in their centre. Tho first night they
encamped within a league of tho mountain.
Tho youth slept in his guarded tent, and his
dreams wero of love and ambition for i
stout heart liko his, and one that loved so trti
ly, did not despair of success, even where his
path was over the footsteps ol a million who
iiau gone ucioro mm, and letl tlieir bones
t. C , f I .. . .
bleaching on tho mountain side. At mid
night Ins dreams of Eylla were disturbed bv
a slight touch on his shoulder. Ho started.
opened his eyes, and beheld an indistinct fig
ure gliding from the lent, without walking the
the tired and sleeping guards, who doubtless,
thought tlieir prisoner's safety sufficiently se
cured uy ms ncavy chains he at tho same
moment discovered that something had been
left in his hand. Instinctively ho hastily
concealed it in his bosom, and turning over
wilh clanking chains, which roused his guar
dians, onco more sank to slumber.
With tho rising sun the camp was in mo
tion, and under a select guard of one thou
sand men, the prisoner was led to tho foot of
tho mountain and divested of his chains.
The captain oflheguaid then embraced him
for ho had compassion on his youth and gen
tleness, and wishing him success, accompa
nied him a few paces on his way, and bade
For the first two miles the accent was
comparatively easy. But at length tho young
man, ot whom the soldiers never lost sight,
reached the region of eternal snow, against,
which his dark form was but just relieved
appearing liko a speck, which, savo that they
had continued to keep it in their eye, could
not havo been detected.
When tho young Montezuma, after great
hardships gained the region of eternal win
ter, tho verge of which, far down tho moun
tain, was whitened with myriads of blecch
ing bones, of those who had perished beforo
him, but which made him no fainter hearted,
ho paused to survey tho icy pyramid that
pierced nearly a league higher into tho skies,
presenting lo the eye of those below one'pol
ished cone of glittering snow, crowned by
tho starry gem that had burned on its crest
from thu firstday of creation. Notwithstand
ing tho probably fatal end of the attempt,
Montezuina, after gazing upward awhilo and
seeing many fissures in thu sides of glacier,
invisible to those below, resolved to make it.
Lying down on tho last spot of venduro to
rest his weary limbs, ho reposed for an hour
and then with a bold spirit and inspiring him
self with tho thought of Eylla, ho began to
scale tho icy steep. He had toiled two hours
and won but a twentieth part or his way,
when, as overcomo by the cold and exertion
ho was about to admit into his mind despair
ingdotibts'of success.a small packago fullfrom
his bosom, und after sliding down a hundred
feet, lodged in a deep cleft of tho glazier.
It recalled to his recollection tlio mysterious
visit of the proceeding night, which, until
now, had not entered his mind ; and he rap
idlv descended to recover it. On opening it
ho found a transparent substanco liko gum,
of a dolightful fragrance, enclosed in parch -
ment, on which was written tneso words :
Tho gum of the herb that containeth tho
principle of life. Eat sparingly at morning,
noon, and eve, nnd thy strength shall be as
the sun and neither thu four elements nor
the two great principles of heat und cold
shall havo power over the. Child of tho
sun, run thy race, and rejoice in thy strength.'
1 he weary young man, ready to sink un
der fatigue and cold, nnd hitherto just about
to give up tho further ascent in despair, plac
cd a small particle of the gum between his
lips. It instantly dissolved, and suddenly
be felt a now principle of lifo. Tho stag
nant blood warmed nnd glowed in his stiff
ening veins ; his heart leaped ; his sinews
became strong j his spirits cheerful nnd full
of elasticity ; nnd hope and anticipated vic
tory onco more filled his soul. lie was a
new being. He felt the strength of an im
mortal, nnd the enduring power of tho tire
less sun. Ihs first impulse was to spread
his hands in gratitude to this visible dispen
ser of lifo and heat, who was at that mo
ment descending the western horizon to light
unknown realms beyond its verge. Then
carefully placing tho remainder of tho gum
in his vesture, ho sprang up the cono with tho
strength and flectncss of a chamois. Up
ward and onward, and still upward, and un
wearied and unceasing he kept his skyward
way, till tho astonished troops below, who
had followed him until he appeared like a
minute speck on a snow whilo spiro could
scarcely see him, and soon tho mountain
mist and twilight veiled lum Irom their view.
1 hrec days and nights they remained en
camped at the foot of a mountain, and ho
did not reappear. His death was then con
sidered certain. The camp was ordered to
be struck, and tlio soldiers returned to tho
capital. The emperor received the news of
tlio failure and death of the bold aspirant
lor lus crown, with undisguised delight. I; or
in sending thither, he had only sent lum to a
moro lingering species of death than he could
have received from the axo of the headsman.
Tho princess, though struck with deep grief,
gavo not away to despair, for there was an
anchor of hope in her soul to which sho se
The day following the returnsof the troops
an embassy fiom tho Inca of Peru arrived
at the court of tho emperor, to negotiate a
marriage between tho heir apparent to his
throne and tho princess Eylla. This pro
position at once met wilh the approbation of
the emperor, who was desirous to secure his
daughter against farther attachment of a like
nature with that form which ho had just res
cued her. Tho princess Cylla, therefore,
was commanded to prepare herself for tho
nuptials, by proxy, to take placo on the third
day after the arrival of the embassy. Tho
limits of a story will not permit us to enter
into the feelings of iho princess on this an
nouncement. Sho consented nnd obeyed,
because she looked for a diversion in her fa
vor ero the fatal hour arrived for she had
not yet given up Montezuma.
The bridal hour arrived, and the proudest hall
of the imperial palaco was gorgeously decked
with banner?, hangings of gold and crimson, and
innumerable suns composed of diamonds and
precious e tones. The pride and pcrnp and mag
nificence of the noblea was dUpInved in a de
grce hitherto unapproaclicd. Tho "emperor, ar
rayed in his imperial robe?, was surrounded by
his court the princess Eylla. in robes of snowy
while, shining with pearl?, and her bright hair
glittering with jewel?, stood on his right, her
hand in his while tho proy of the nnnce of
Peru stood on his left. Tho first words of tho
ceremony had begun to bo spoken by the hi"h
priest of the sun, when a sudden commotion "at
tho entrance of tho hall drew all eves and in
terrupt the rite. The color came" liko a flash
of sun-light to the pale cheek of the princess, as
she looked up at the sound. The next moment
a noble youth magnificently attired in cloth of
gold, silk and velvet, with a dazzling coronet on
his brow, in which blazed a crescent of diamonds
carh of which rivalled in size and splendor that
on tho imperial crown, strode through tho
iiituu ui lumui'i?, wiiu mane way ior lum as
ho advanced, and coming within tho circle about
the monarch, knelt before him, holding extend
ed in his right hand a single diamond of wonder
ful size and beautv. Instantly every eye ac
knowledged it to be the counterpart of that on
tho imperial diadem.
'.Montezuma! It is Montezuma!' cried
'I am .Montezuma,' was tho reply of the youn
man, rising from his knee and looking proudly
around ; but his eye softened as his glance fell
en the lovely prince??, who, between eurpriso
ami joy, was nearly fainting in tho arms of her
attendants, 'I am Monfzuma, and havo come,
emperor, to claim thu reward of my success.
Behold the twin-diamond to that in the regal
As he spoltc, ho elevated it aloft, in juxta po--ithm
with that on the crown, and placed it to
every eye in full comparison. A loud shout ac
knowledged the likeness, and then Montezuma
plar-od it in the hands of the surprised monarch.
Without speaking, tho emperor took the band
of the trembling, joyful Cylla, and placed in that
of the proud youth ; and thus together the beau
teous pair stood beforo the throne, the heart of
everyone present, not excepting that of the im
perial parent himself, confessed that Nature had
formed them for each other, though hitherto for
tune had placed them widely apart. Tho loud
accumulations that hailed them ceased with a
wave of the emperor's hand, and ho thus ad.
dressed tho bridegroom :
Take her, .Montezuma the first The word
of an emperor was pledged and is redeemed
Tho great Sun has destined thee to becomo tho
progenitor of a new race of emperors. Long
may thy r,aco livo and peacefully reign. But
tho spirit of prophecy tells mo that a thousand
years will bo the end of thy empire, and that the
last of thy name shall become tho slave of a
chief, whoso coming shall be from the risin" of
tho sun, and from a world unknown to ours.'
Tho emperor then removed the crown from
his head, and placed it upon the brow'of tho hap.
Tho rites were once moro renewed, and the
voico of tho high priest, once more lifted up,
made tho noble .Montezuma, and lovely Eylla
one. The hand of the emperor then placed
them on tho throne, which their descendants
tilled for many centuries, until tho last bearer
of the proud namo of Montezuma lost UU empire,
his power and his life, by the hands of invaders,
whoso coming was from the rising of the sun and
whose pathway was deluged with blood.
BEAunrui. Rnrur. One of tho deaf snd
dumb in tho institute of Pari?, being desired to
express his ideas of the eternity of the Deity,
replied it is duration, without beginning or
end ; existence, without boumls or dimensions ;
present without nast or future. Ilia Mniin :.
j youth without infancy or old age, life without
oinu or aeain ; to-uay witnout yesterday or to-