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bra?cting, the temple was not with? doors -or windows on the ground flo , Its stories wpre set successively one ' hind the other, giving the struct! somewhat the appearance of a pyram each story having a wide terrace platform completely around it, a n Stone steps leading to the one abo The second floor was reached on 1 outside hy a graded ascent thirty f hv..: -."*wide, the platform being, even wid "Within there were also ladders, as the other parts of the city. ff: Upon tho top of the temple before 1 perpetual fire stood an immense eflB ? : of the sun, made of solid and virf gold,vsupported by heavy braces of i ver, facing toward the east and refle ing the rays of the heavenly luminary a blaze of blinding splendor. The sm square apartment on which it rested v? built of cedar, covered externally wi alternate plates of gold and silver, t walls within being coated with a wh cement composed of gypsum and neai approaching plaster of paris in compo tion. As I have said, the temple sto toward the western end of the con where the houses were lowest and ne the canyon walls, the distance therefrc being about. sixty feet, so that for t greater part of the day it rested in t cool shadow of the cliffs. At the southwest corner, close to t altar,'now stood Iklapel, holding in 1 hand his pointed tiara, like that of t ? " modern pope; made of the skin of a hu; rattlesnake, with the head surmountii it pointed upward. The placing of -ti tiara on his head was the signal for t great procession to begin its march. * Ho had resigned all other duties the young and vigorous Kulcan, wi was already below, busied in afrangit the last details of the festival. In tl complicated mythology of the Atzla there wore minor gods to be appeased 1 lesser sacrifices, and these were to 1 performed in the regular order of tl day, leading up to the noonday rit?-tl sacrifice of a maiden, chosen by lot, I .fore the altar of Kinchahan. The people were all within the cou with the exception of a few tardy stra glers bearing bundles of fagots from tl pinon orchards outside the city; ev? . these were hurrying in order to obta: places in the procession. The uprcw was immense-each citizen seemed v ing with the other as though to drow thonght and anxiety-the pressure ? feeling bringing a feverish, hilarity 1 tho surface in a naturally grave an serious people. Opposite thc temple, at an open doo .whose wooden lintel was scarce thn feet from its threshold, which wi ! rounded and hollowed by centuries < constant footwear, sat a little child a most- hidden in tho mass of jasmin? like flowers that grew closely about th narrow portal. Her beadlike black eye glittered with eager impatience as. sh .: , watched the groups of people gather "While she wove tho delicate blossom into a garland to deck her black hair -?.y., for she was to -walk with other childre VvT^-jr^ Procession-she ever cast her eye ? ?e dark recesses of the room am >f.'"'mured petulantly, calling now al? *. then: . "Oh, '-grandmother, hurry! Eltza i waiting. I shall be left out!" After a time slow and feeble footstep were heard within, and an old womal ;. appeared-an old "woman bearing th I?Q>:- weight cf years so heavily that sh' scarce needed to bend an inch in emerg ing; through the little opening. It wa the child's grandmother, Intzu, the oldes woman in the city, one of the weavers o; the cloth of whichxthe sacred white robei were made-a duty which devolved upor the most aged and most skilled of the women. Her face was shriveled like ar old dried apple, so full of wrinkles thal not an eighth of an inch of skin was left uncreased, yet her teeth, were as white and regular as her grandchild's and her eyes as bricht and piercing. She came out into the glaring light blinking her eyes and puckering the skin about them in concentric wrinkles in an endeavor to see the child among the flowers, and seated herself with a contented chuckle beside her on the sill. "Ah-the sun is good. He warms old Intzu's bones, though not as fondly as he was wont to do in the old days.^ And today is another feast-how quickly they come now! Times are changed. Formerly they were far apart, and we waited long for the sacrifice.' Now they tread each other's hurrying heels." "How many have you seen, grand mother?" asked the child, creeping closer. "Many, many, my child! Two katuns have I lived through, and each katun is fifty-two years in length. And the gods were kind! I was not chosen for the sacrifice, though I was married late in life, for yon must know that 'tis only the maidens who are taken, and none , is exempt but the blind or lame. Even the wise and good Lela, your cousin, . may be chosen when the fatal dic9 are thrown againr when. the feast of the katun comes, two years hence. I have stood upon the housetop and seen a com panion of my'yonth ?iven to the gods, and then, years after, my daughters stood with mo and beheld the same sight until it has grown an old tale to me. Yet we have always made merry, for who may mourn those who go to dwell with the god? Some day, they say, Quetzalcoatl, the fair god, yellow b<iired like the sun, whoso child he is, will appear and claim the victim as his bride, but we have waited in vain, my Eltza, for many*generations, and per haps he has forgotten us down in the canyon. But we look for him, for when he comes there will be no more sacri fices, no more famine, no more plagues." "Oh, I hope he will come?" said Eltza, taking her grandmother's hand. "After the sacrifico is finished," con tinued the old woman, "the people break forth in songs of gladness and make merry with imouts and feasting all that day until tho sun gees down, but the . god knows, and his servant Intzu knows, . the secret wailings aad sorrow in the houses of his people, who fear that tho next feast will take frcm some dwelling the light thereof forever." "But Quetzalcoatl may come today, grandmother." "Alas, my Eltza, I fear not; the hope of it long ago faded in my breast." "I shall watch for him," said the child, "and I believe tie has been waiting for our Ainee to grow up, and he will come and take her." "Perhaps," said Intzu with a heavy Haigh as the flood of memories surged over her mind: "but come, they are nearly ready." Then rising, sho turned and called to some one within: "Lela, my own, we must go. Iklapel stands prepared to give the signal, and everything is ready." ' In a niomenf; there appeared at the door a orri whose tall figure formed a dazzling-picture against the darkness of ililli? tbe interior. Sending witn stately gn she came into tho light clad in a clii ing gown of pale hine cotton, which vealed the superb outlines of her for Her eyes were a deep blue, and 1 golden hair, tinged with a suggestion auburn, and her white face upon whi the blue veins showed in her exc?teme' made her seem like a vision of soi Norseman's daughter-a child of so] showland of the north. A lovely fa* with grave, serious eyes and a mouth wondrous beauty, and yet so strong a earnest, and withal showing a capaci for loving-a passionate mouth, form for kisses and tender smiles. She was very pale and her lips wt compressed with emotion, and there w a look of indignation and protest in h eyes " which showed to plainly .h thoughts. "Must I go, grandmother? Can I n remain here? Oh, I cannot witness il "My child," the old woman answere "it is so-you must come. No one won be missed so quickly as you. The citj ruler is dead; you, his only daughti cannot absent yourself from the gre feast unnoticed. Already they ha seen you, my darling, and many ey are upon you. Ch al pa now is lookii at us, and he motions us to make haste "Yes, I feel his serpent eyes apon m though I cannot look upon him. I wi go; 'twill be but a little while." She covered her hair and forehe* with a white scarf, shielding her ey from the sun, and with a visible effort; self control took the hand of the chi Eltza and followed the bent form of tl aged weaver. As they took their places old ' Iklap placed the tiara upon his head and tl procession began to move. First can the body of priests in their white robe a hundred or more, chanting a low mi notonous song, followed by eight ebie: ?earing a Utter of wood covered wit gold and decked with flowers, in whic sat Ainee, a dark skinned girl of eigh een, already under the influence of tl potent aitsi-a drink distilled from mah -and forming a picture that sent shu( ders through Lela's frame. Then came the four death priest; swinging censors of gold and filling tl air with an aromatic scent. Their fact were painted most skillfully to represei skulls; their heads were shaved, aa their tightly fitting garments were lik< wise made to convey the idea of skel< tons. The effect upon the minds of th people was ghastly and thrilling. Behind them carno the members of th order bf the Rabilo, an ancient secrt society, to the number of four hundred clad in black, the foremost carrying corpse between them. Many of thei led little spotted dogs-a favorite fora of sacrifice to Chalen, the serpent, th dread god of evil. Then came the principal families, h the order of their rank and wealth, wit] bearers of food, drink, flowers and fruit for ?sacrifice at the. different altars which were located at intervals . al around the great court. The populac followed, in less order and with more o: less disputing, and jjtretched out th lon^parade until the rear nearly touched iw&ew?rs and all could seetheentin ceremonies. . "~ . ....... When order had been attained the"] moved slowly and with great solem nity toward a huge heap of wood upoi which had been cast the sweepings ?: the houses, old utensils and clothing baskets and fishing nets--in fact, every thing that would be renewed yearly ii the household. This was ignited with i brand from the sacred fire by En lc an who, covered with small bells and attired in a gorgeous feather robe, marched slightly in advance, with much show ol pomp, the priests chanting solemnly. The procession moved on to a larg* stone altar, upon which rested, the figure of a woman, most hideously carved, bearing in her arms maize and other fruits. This was Izcan-leoz, the goddess of maize. To her was sacrificed bread and pi non nuts and all manner of produce of the fields, brought in baskets and laid around the altar. Four chiefs stood at the corners and held aloft a red cord, under which all who had purified them selves by fasting and dreaming were permitted to enter. Before Ixcan-leox they barned little balls of incense, each casting his . ball into the braziers of gold; while the peoi ie prayed silently, kneel ing, for good and bounteous crops. Then they moved onward to the altar of Am, the sacred atone, the emblem of life, some holding it tobe but the ancient symbol of the sun god himself. It was simply an upright conical stone stand ing upon a pedestal; before it, in a great fire, they sacrificed sheep and rabbits, also wounding themselves and dropping their blood into a number of braziers set about the altar. Women, kissing, this stone of Am, invoked the blessings of maternity with loud pleadings. Farther on stood the dread image o* Chaleu the very sight of which affrighted not only the children, bat old men as well a hideous figure, with a huge serpent coiled about his form, out of whose mouth came a pale bluish flame continu ally, as though he h angered for blood. Before him the people prostrated them selves, while even among the younger priests blanched faces showed here and there. To Chalen they burned many little spotted dogs, and consigned the corpse which the Kabilo carried, to the devouring dames. Eulcan addressed the prostrate multi tude with devout gravity and earnest mien, advising them as to what they should do to avert evil' and announced to them the solemn feast of "Katun," or the fifty-second year, which would oc cur two years hence, telling them to prepare their daughters for the fatal lottery. Then opening a folded parchment he read to them the omens for the future year, announcing the findings of those whose dut; it was to study the stars and other signs. He prayed aloud to Chalen to be merci ?ul, to tempt no man beyond his strengt!?, to briug no evil to the city, but to be satisfied with the sacrifice of his servant*. It was evident that each- word- was echoed by the groaning fear stricken multitude, to whom, as wo shall see, tb? serpent emblem meant more than a mere Idea, and represented a real and horn bli memory of a terrific event? It was liigh noon, the rays of the SUB. falling from immediately overhead ?po* tho' city, so that tho great dialpost cast but an inch or two of purple shadow. The dread event of the day was about to occur, and the people pressed one an other closer in their desire to obtain a nearer view. Very many slipped from the ranks and mounted to the highest housetops in order to witness every de tail of the awf al scene. Ik la pel. standing motionless on the temple, felt that the procession was nearing him. A strange commingling of fear and. hope moved him, for the memory of the voice in. the storm Waa fresh in bis mind,"and ne reit tnac ene nour had come for the manifestation or intervention which he expected. The ? ead of the procession had already nearly reached the temple summit. He heard the measured tread of feet as they mounted tho graded causeway, and knew that in another moment Kulcan with his charge would stand beside him. Had Bdapel'a vision been what it was bf old, and had his eyes been directed upward toward the frowning cliffs, he would have been startled to see a face peering down upon the wondrous scene -a face in which astonishment and gratification were mingled, for the own er of it Baw white faces in the multitude below bini and felt himself safe. He would haye seen a body belonging to the face emerge and descend the cram* bling, ladderlike pathway, rifle and bird fn hand, in eager anticipation of a wel come which meant food and drink to a hungry and thirsty man. But Ik lap el saw nothing, nor did one eye turn in all chat host of gazing faces upward toward che real sun-to the golden emblem of which they sacrificed. ' Each face was turned toward the tem ple in a fixed expectancy, eager to catch every action of the priests and the vic tim. Many were there who had seen but one such sight, when children; chil dren were there to see it for the first time-were to be held up so that they might see and hold it in their minds; aged and middle aged, sjho had seen it before, some of them wftiy times-all waited the last dread act in the tragedy. The litter containing Ainee was at last placed before the altar, and to the surprise of all the girl stepped from it calmly and with firmness; Her face bore no trace of the intoxicating aitsi, its effects having passed away in the trying hours of the morning. Borne up, even until the last terrible moment, by a firm conviction that '. Kulcan, her avowed lover, would devise some means to save her, she faced the four dread fig ures of the death priests and suffered them to bind her shapely arms behind her without a movement or a shudder. But when Iklapel stepped forward as the weird chant of the Ka hilo begun and handed Kulcan the sacrifierai knife she started, and her eyes were filled with ;. tearless appeal. Even yet her ?'th in his wisdom and his love did n-^deser; her, but when she saw that he trembl?e and averted his eyes a chill swept hei frame and the awful truth burst upon her in a moment. Casting her eyes up ward in a wild, terrified gaze, she saw what calmed her in an instant, and sh?? faced her lover with a confident, tender smile upon her face. Kulcan had taken the knife, an ancient blade of white quartz-a material which supplied so many beautiful stone weapons to the prehistoric races-and he stood before Ainee with a pallid face, the cold perspiration upon his brow glistening h the sunlight, in an attitude of prayer. He had come to the supreme test of his priesthood and his love, and the priest had conquered the lover, but he wanted the courage tb strike the blow; the mo ment was one of thc deepest torture to him and to most of the spectators, who, spellbound with emotion, stood in deep est silence, unbroken by even a breath. Chulpa, the second priest, standing close to Jklapel, his dark face, drawn hps and set teeth making him a living resemblance of the god of evil himself, cursed under his breath at the delay. "The coward dare not strike," he ?nuc^ tered. "Ah,--would (?hat he dared re fuse! Then I should hold his place this day, for the people would tear him to pieces for spoiling this goodly sport* Let me but grasp the, knife and they would be rarely served. Aha! the dog w?l dd it after all!" for- Kuleah had raised his head, and with one long de spairing look deep into the girl's smiling eyes placed the blade, against her bare throat, with a hand whose ^trembling made the weapon flash in the light like a row of diamonds. As he drew in h ia breath with a shuddering effort the multitude gave an audible, gasping res piration ; then, with one quick movement, he raised the knife aloft, his eyes fixed on the spot upon her throat where the blow must fall. But while it trembled against the shadow of the cliff, darting back in slender shafts the rays of that sun in whose dread service it had drank the Blood of bis victims for unknown ages, there came a sharp, ringing report that echoed and rolled like thunder along the canyon walls, and the knife was shat tered in a thousand fragments, which, fulling, dashed the sacred embers from the altar and extinguished the fire in stantly forever. At the same moment there rang out a shrill voice, the voice of the child Eltza, crying gleefully as she smote her little hands together: j "Quetzal! Quetzal! He has come and saved our Ainee!" CHAPTER IV. ? MODERN GOD AND A RIVAL GOD'S DOWN FALL. He resolved to heep a watch upon him. "I think I've broken up this perform ance in about as clever a manner as any playwright ever devised," was Eric Gil bert's reflection as he lowered his Win chester and surveyed the result of his shot. Worn out by the exertions and hard ships of the last two days he had slept far into the morning, and found when he awakened that the sun was pouring down into che roofless ruin in bot fury upon him. As he lay there collecting .his waking senses his ears detected a low murmur that rose and fell in- musical cadence below-hvthe canyon. Rising instantly and gazing over the low wall of rubble he beheld the procession mounting the ascent to .the temple. He saw the white faces* among the crowd, and his heart leaped in thankfulness. Seizing his rifle and tenderly raising the wounded bird he ran qnickly down the slanting path to the next terrace. Here the descent was more difficult, as the way had been worn by the fingers of the wind and rain for ages, and there was scarcely a foothold upon the shaley rock. But he clambered from terrace to terrace till he reached the highest of the little gardens slightly above the temple's golden top. Amazed* that he was as yet unnoticed, he stopped here to survey the strange spectacle. ^ Before him the scenes of a prehistoric age were being enacted in a prehistoric ?viv bv a noonie whose dress resembled thestrang'e figures in tn? Mexican "J?an uscript Troano." It seemed as thongb the band of time had been turned backward to the days when the triumphant Cortez marched his handful of men into Montezuma** capital. The whole city, with its myriad ladder poles, was. spread beneath him like a vast circus, with its gay ly caparisoned inhabitants performing a sort of melo drama upon an elevated stage. The many figures were confusing; the eye was lost in the crowds, but his gaze fol lowed that of the others, and his eye caught the flash of the knife in Eulcan's hand. In an instant he realized that- perhaps he was mistaken, and it flashed across his mind that he was in a city of . some wild, bloody sect, who sacrificed human victims in their religious exercises. He had not the remotest idea of course that he had discovered a people and a city older than our own civiliza tion in these almost inaccessible wilds. But While these thoughts darted through his mind he saw the priest raise his weapon to strike, and he instantly aimed his rifle and fired at Eulcan's up lifted arm. The bullet missed its aim and provi dentially struck the knife just above the priest's hand,' but its effect was one entirely unexpected by Gilbert. Standing ready to fire again, be was astonished to see the entire multitude turn and kneel together,' extending their arms toward him with lond and joyful cries, unintelligible, but. joyous, wel coming and fervent All was confusion; ?error blended with joy in the many blanched faces. Quetzal, the long expected; Quetzal, the fair god; bad returned! . Returned,.as the proph ecies of ages had fortold, with the white dove Of peace on Iiis ann, as he waa pic tured in the ancient rock carvings arid paintings, and with : the thunder 'and lightning of heaven in his hand!' He came down thc cliffside, where the paths .were easy, for. his.ear had caught the word Quetzal, and lie was aware of its meaning. Seeing that he w;is taken for a god of old Toltec mythology by this strange people, Gilbert resolved to ? crept the somewhat difficult role as- his easiest form of action. Food was now hh> most pressing necessity-thu calls of scientific . discovery and research could wait Bnt the four chiefs, with .the litter., of gold, were already half way to meet him. eager to Ivar him in triumph into the city. . Overcome with" emotion. Ait??e'i'-had' fallen into Eulcan's anns, and fcela' Was helping him bear her to. the ground flour of .the temple, while old Lklupcl. stirred' with.a mighty excitement, vainl}: lugged the dark faced Chai pa for an ?explana-, tion of the nnusual outcries. . . .', Chalpa's face showed a. dead ly fear. Pallid arid trembling, he stood gazing at the yellow bearded stranger, nuable to answer Iklapel, or move, as Was his duty, to welcome the descending god; a strange, prescient terror paralyzed Int limbs, and his teeth chattered audibly.. 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ISOUTH CAROLhNA DIVISION. Condensed Schedule, ?ii effect January 17. iSip. Trains run hy 75th Meridian Time. SOUTHBOUND., Vcs.Lim No. 27. Dailv X0.9. Daily. No. li Daily. Lv New York.. 4.30PM " Philadelphia 6.57 " Baltimore... 9.45 " ? Washington.!2.00 Li Richmond Greensboro Salisbury. Charlotte 4v " Bock Hill... " Chester. " Winnsbcro. ?j Columbia j " Johnston... " Trenton.... " Graniteville Ar Augusta... " Charieston. " Savannah.. 3.20 AM 7.09 " S.28 " 9.35 " 12.15nt 4.:H)PM 3.50AM 6.57 " 6.50 " 9.45 " 11.10 " 11J20 " 3.00PM 3.00AM 10.23 " 10.20 " 12.23 AM 12.05PM 2.00 2.10 " 3.03 " 3.44 " 4.40 " 6.07" 6.25" 8.12 " 8.28 " 8.55" 9.30 " 11.20 " 6.30" 1.30 1.50 i 2.43 3.28 ? 4.20 " 6.50 " 6.05 ? 7.53 " 8.08 " 8.36 " 9.15 " 10.05 " 6.30 " NORTHBOUND; I No. 12. Daily. No. io% Daily. Vcs.Lim. No. jS. Daily. Lv Savannah.. 8.00AM " Charleston. 6.00 " " Augusta.. . 1.00PM u Graniteville 1.32 " "Trenton.... 2.00" " Johnston... 2.13 " ^Columbia.. \*fQu " Winnsboro. 5.37 " ?Chester.... 6.30" ?Rock Hill M W>7*? fr Charlotte.. j | f0 ? " Salisbury... 9.55 ** " Greensboro. 11.38AM Ar Richmond.. 7.40 " Washington 10.25 " " Baltimore.. 12.05PM " Philadelphia 2.20AM " New York,. 4,50 ? 6.40PM . 6.00" . 7.00 " . 7.55 " . 8.38 " . 8.52 * . 10.40 " . 10 50 " .. 12.26AM . L23 " . 2.08 ? il fin ? TS " ??20p? 8.36 "10.34 a 10.30 "1200 "" 5.30PM 9.46 " 8.38AM 11.86 " 10.08" 3.00 " 12.36? 6.20 a 3.20PM