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When he did he found" to his surprise
that she was not nearly as shocked as he
had expected. She was, in common
-with all Atzlans, so used to tales of sud
den risings and fallings in the fortunes
_ of gamesters that her brother's losses
seemed unworthy of much anxiety, for
when his luck turned would he not win
it all back?
But when Eric, somewhat , piqued at
her indifference-the passiveness of a
woman resting in her lover's arms
told her of Ka1 rail's last and most des
perate wager the color fled from her
cheeks, leaving them ashen in the moon
light, and with terror in her eyes she
" threw her arms wildly about his neck,
"I am lost! I am lost!"
Not for an instant did she discredit
tile legality of the transaction; its full
meaning and horror were plain to her,
and for a moment she forgot her lover's
power, seeing only the awful, unavoida
ble fate before her-to be torn from his
arms, a victim to the lust of a depraved
man-not even a wife-for the fatal
wager, so hastily made, gave her to bim
as a chattel.
A convulsive shudder shook her frame,
and her clasp upon Eric's neck wad like
the clutch of a drowning woman as she
clung to him in her fear. But only for
a moment. Then, like Kulcan, she
turned to him for help and strength.
"You will Bave me, my darling, 1
know; bot, oh, I was so frightened that
1 forgot you for a moment. Yes, I was
frightened, but now I'm not. It has
gone-all my terror-and my noble love
will keep his own unharmed."
And in a moment more it really seemed
? as if she had dismissed the matter from
her mind, for she said:
"Now take me home, dear, for it is
growing late, and my eyes are heavy
And Eric did, and then lay awake un
til far into the night trying to solve the
THE TOSS OP THE DICE.
Cbalpa's success in entangling Kulcan
in his snares was not wholly the result
of a well laid scheme. It was largely
due *o circumstances. The young priest's
suddenly developed taste for gambling
was simply the foundation upon which
Chalpa based his villainous plot, and he
succeeded beyond his expectations when
he induced Kulcan to wager his sister.
Chalpa did not love her; he was proba
bly incapable of the pure passion. Ho
wanted her merely because he felt that
she would strengthen his claim to the
vacant chair of office.
Many of the priests and wealthy citi
zens frequented M3 rooms, which were
- large and comfortable, and were ren
dered attractive by a liberal dispensation
of aitsi. The game which was played
-xBaabnt one of many ancient forms of
dice throwing.. ; **. ,
^The players satorrfche floor around a
Sqpare stone tablet and made wagers
. upon the odd or even numbers on the4
dice as tliey fell out of "an oblong box:
. yrpbn the "table. The dicebox had a
round^bpening at each end, and was
balanced upon the apex of a prism shaped
piece of .wood! This permitted the
.manipulator, Chalpa, to throw the dice
but of either end, as he wished. The dice
,were small cubes of baked. clay, num
bered like modern dice, and the game
when played fairly was one of even
chances. But, as Gilbert suspected,
Chalpa did not play fairly, and his de
vice, a simple,-almost clumsy oiie, would
have been easily detected in a gambling
I room in any rivilized community.
! "When he wished to cheat he substi
tuted for the box another, with a parti
tion dividing it diagonally into two
parts, thus: .
? There was a set of eleven dice in each
compartment, the odd numbers predom
inating in one side and the even ones in
the other, so that he could throw out
on the table the proper set to win the
largest of the wagers, as the players
placed their money on the odd or even
side of the table. He used this false box
only in the presence of the more inex
perienced or intoxicated and therefore
?careless players, and he was extremely
skillful in the sleight of hand necessary
to secrete it quickly under his long white
I Kulcan, however, even after" he sus
pected him of cheating, was unable to
detect him in the act, for he imagined
that he deftly changed the dice instead
of the box, and so when he reported to
Eric, after watching Chalpa awhile, he
confessed that he had been mistaken and
was unable to explain the operation.
; The next day Eric informed Iklapel
that he required a thousand taos of sil
ver and asked him to obtain it for him
from the subterranean treasury. The
old mau readily consented, and request
ing Gilbert to accompany him led the
way to the room beneath the temple.
The treasure vault of Atzlan.
He allowed Gilbert but a moment to
look about him,'and went down a steep
ly inclined and devious passage which,
from its many side openings, showed
that there was a labyrinth beneath the
* city, and which ended in a round cham
ber, the treasure vault of Atzlan. It
was a room fifty feet wide, hewn out of
the solid rock. Iklapel held the light aloft,
.and Eric saw that the floor was covered
-with heaps of gold ingots, statues and
.images, vases, bowls and rude orna
ments, strange in form and of inesti
mable value, piled together In rich con
T Some of the statues were of life
beautifully modeled, and there
mysteriously shaped objects of ax
ceremonial use; chairs, or rather s
tables, tripods, urns, platters, cups,
jriers, censers, chains, suns, moons, i
flower work, armlets and anklets, i
solid, heavy material and skillful v
Along the side of the chamber
ranged three rows of urns filled
gold dust, a kingly store of itself,
equaled the wildest fantasy of the
bian story teller and made Eric al
fear that he was dreaming. Arnon
these treasures Iklapel picked his "
and Gilbert followed him until th
man paused before a heap of silver
and lifting several passed them to
"Six of these are all that you req
They are worth a thousand taos
more, but we need not be partier
It is years since these things }
touched. We do not have as n
need of them as we once had, it seei
"How long have these treasures 1
accumulating?" inquired Eric.
?.Many thousands of years. In
ancient times we had twenty tem]
and these statues adorned them;
utensils and furniture were used
the:n, and the people yearly broi
new and rare gifts; but as our race
dined they were gathered here, and 1
they have remained."
"Bot are they safe here, with
"Very safe, indeed, for no one kn
except ourselves of their existence o
this chamber. Of course our pe*
know of the maze of underground j
sages, but they fear to penetrate th
and the passage leading to this roos
well concealed, as you observed. .
we will return with our burden bel
it grows late." And the aged pr
moved up the dark way with the hj
while Gilbert carried the silver ingot
It was no mean load; they weig
many pounds, and his arms ached w!
they reached the sacred chamber t
climbed np into daylight.
That night Eric went with Enlcai
Chalpa's dwelling for the first and o
time, taking the silver with him. T!
arrived late, and as they entered he
loud and boisterous voices in ea
clamor. There were four half dru ni
priests squatting around the tablet
stone eagerly watching the tilting of
dicebox. Their uproar drowned i
noise that Kui can and Gilbert's entrai
had made, and Chalpa, with his back
ward the door, did not perceive them
he sat waiting for the bets to be mad?
sneering smile upon his face and
hand over the end of the box. He sb
ed as Knlcan seated himself at his si
"Cbalpa, I have come with the th
sand taos to once more, and for the 1
time, test my. luck and yovrs. Berne
ber the agreement-all my losings a
my sister against a thousand taos."
Cha?na turned pale, stole a scai
glance at Eric and faltered. He fou
himself in a difficult position. He fea:
Eric most mightily and felt that 1
methods were suspected if not imo1
to him; but he dared not hesitate, and
a moment he had resolved to allow K
can to regain his wealth* or seem to
least, by the same device whereby
had lost it. He smiled and said, wi
well assumed heartiness: N
"It is well, my Hulean. I wished
give you an opportunity to recover,
. possible, what you had lost It is a fi
"Then I wager you now on the ?
dice five hundred taos against my s!
. teri" cried Hulean, placing three inge
on the tablet. A couple of other playe
laid wagers also upon the odd side, ai
Chai pa tilted the box.
One glance showed that Eulcan lu
won. Chalpa's face was serene, ho\
ever, as he replaced the dice, and tl
young priest again wagered five hun dre
taos against his lost property. He tilt?
the box and shot the dice out upon tl
tablet once more, and Hulean won agaii
He had freed his sister and regained hi
estates, and now for revenge! With
look full of meaning into Chalpa's erm
eyes, he cried:
"Once more, five hundred against fiv
hundred taos on th? even numbers !"
Chalpa did not dare ref use nor did h
dare cheat, yet five hundred taos was a
immense sum for him, successful thong!
he had been in his operations. He fe!
Gilbert's keen searching gaze upon him
and he feared to look upi His nervou
fingers shook the box, and the dice rat
"Come," cried Hulean. J'You do no
fear the test now. You have taken th
same wager before from mer
"I fear nothing," the gambler aa
swered. "I take the bet!" "v
The other players also placed smallei
sums upon the board ?pon the even side
and the trickster tipped the box. Th<
eleven clay cubes rolled across the stone
with a clinking rattle, and the eager ey et
counted quickly. Hulean had again
won. Chalpa had lost the fruits of sev
eral years of swindling and usury.
Gilbert had seen that the odd dice had
come from the left and the even ones
from the right end of the dicebox and
formed his conclusions, but he refrained
from announcing his discovery, or rather
his suspicions, and when Chalpa had
made over to Hulean the sum of his
winnings they withdrew, followed by
the other players, who were delighted
with Hulcan's good fortune.
Chalpa, on being left alone, threw
himself upon the floor in a savage frenzy
of rage and despair, and then and there
resolved to kill not only Hulean and Gil
bert, but old Iklapel, for he knew the
secret of the treasure vault and sur
mised how the silver had been obtained.
Although he would have feared to touch
it himself, he realized that Iklapel would
give it willingly to Eric for any]purpose,
and he saw all of his hopes arid plans
vanish into air with a heart so full of
bitter hate that he could not vent, bul
wandered in the canyon until nearly
dawn. When he came home he had per
fected a scheme of revenge diabolical fa?
its ingenuity and hellish in its completo
ness, to which, from that day forth, lil
devoted all his thoughts and his tirelesfl,
sleepless, unresting energies.
But Gilbert did not suspect this feel *
ing, although he observed that Chalp*
was endeavoring to gain his liking by 4
careful attention, but he suspected som*
purpose much less serious. However,
he did not allow it to disturb him, anil
his thoughts at this time were too full
of work and plans to ad mit of much else.
More than a year sud a half hui
passed since his arrival, and in the Itu?
few months he had done much work.
He had thrown a strong dam across the
stream, built a stone mill, made the ma*
chinery for it in the old German method
of wood and silver, and waa almost
ready to turn the water into the sluice
nrav nnon- - the silent wheel. But A f?W
details remained to perfect tue mece
ina and astonish the Atzlans by
sight of the river grinding their a
He had established the knowledge t
art of glazing pottery, the making
candles; he had improved the looms i
added modern devices, perfected tl
stills, taught them how to prese
fruits, smoke their meats, and in a h
dred other ways effected great chan
and found the people eager to ad
labor saving methods.
Bathe wished to make still grec
changes. He had found in some of
strata of the canyon walls iron in gi
plenty, and he was so constantly hi
per ed hy the need, of this m dispensa
'metal that he had begun the ere c ti or
a furnace and ordered the extraction
a large amount of ore. The snpervis
of these operations completely filled
days with arduous labor. He had ec
meneed his furnace with modest ide
' intending to smelt his iron in the cn
manner which Livingstone found
natives using in Central Africa-in si
pie conical clay furnaces with rude I
lows, but producing iron of such a sn
rior quality that the savages refused
use the English metal, alleging tha
was rotten. But his ideas had expand
and he had erected a stone struct)
with a complicated blasting apparat
that filled him with great hopes as
watched it nearing completion and mi
him eager as a hoy to see it in foll a
Lela would come to him and find h
so occupied and intent upon his dat
that sometimes he feared she wot
think him cold and neglectful, and t
so tenderly fearful of disturbing or i
noying him that the feeling showed
her face as she hovered, about him.
these times he would look into her e]
with such deep, earnest devotion tl
the would creep up to him, wind I
arms about bis neck, with ardently w<
shiping eyes and clinging kisses, fox
few momenta and then say demure!
"Oh, 1 most not bother my darling. 1
is so busy, my great minded hero," a
make a motion as it to leave. Th
they would waste a half hour more
loving dalliance, when she would so
deni y assume an air of stern displeasu
and bid him to go to work while Bhe i
.tended to her duties.
These moments came often, too, dt
ing the summer days, when only his t
sistants in all Atzlan were busy and
work, and they made the hours of sc
imposed toil shorter and pleasanter.
Sha took the fondest interest in ever
thing he did, and she had, too, mai
plans of her own for the education ai
advancement of her sex in Atria
which were the outcome of her love ai
the knowledge obtained from Eric. H
aptitude for learning amazed him ;
times; it seemed so phenomenal in 01
whose life had been passed in such i
environment. But in truth the Atzk
mind was in some such state as was tl
pagan world at the time of Christ. Lil
children the Atzlans listened, believii
all that they heard, and desirous to en
ulate the people who had learned i
much they watched all of Gilberta ei
terprises with a vague wonder and ling
Upon the day that Gilbert was to stai
the machinery of the mill the entii
populace gathered at the riverside. .1
all the vast crowd standing there wai'
ing there was not one incredulous ol
server, not one skeptical doubter of th
success of the project, as there woul
have been in any other city on earti
perhaps, but every man-felt confiden
that its success was assured. They wer
there not to test nor criticise, but to se
the triumphant beginning of a new era
Gilbert did not feel the usual tremor
of the inventor thrill his frame be fon
this audience, for h? knew that if tb
machinery failed to respond t| the wa
tor's power the people would not be dis
appointed or doubtful; their ignoranct
of mechanics assured that, and any ex
planation would have sufficed them
But to make it certain he had tested i
the evening before and knew that every
thing would work to his satisfaction
and he mounted the stone steps leading
to the sluiceway with a confident smile
accompanied by Lela, Brlapel, Kulcai
and several of the principal citizens,
Standing there beside the water gate,
with his hand upon the long wooden
bar which raised it, he turned to thc
multitude of upturned faces and said:
"My brothers, when I lift this gate
you will begin to live in a new age.
The past will be no longer with yon. It
will do in one day more than all your
women, and they will rest and teach
your children. We will make the river
weave our cloth and water our fields
and do other things for us in times to
come. In the land from whence I come
the elements are bound to our service
and they toil for os night and day.
And so they shall toil for you, for we
shall go on and on until we have here in
our city all that other lands have to
make life pleasant and toil less ardu
Then Bxlapel stepped forward, and
after waiting for the noisy outcry to
subside spoke to them. He said:
"Our brother is right He has told me
many things of the fair land he lived in
before he came to us. In that land there
is no night, for they tum it into day
with many sons and moons which they
have made for themselves. They have
mad? great monsters that work for
them unceasingly; they can speak to
each other afar off, even when they can
not se?' one another; they make wood
and gold and silver talk; they walk upon
the water and under it, and they fly
through the air like birds; they kill
their enemies with their eyes and with
thunder. We are glad that our brother
bas come to us. He is Quetzal, the long
awaited, the restorer of Atzlan."
This speech of the aged high priest
was greeted with tumultuous applause,
but Kulcan's sharp eyes detected around
Chalpa a group whose silence and pe
culiar looks denoted that there was
some feeling among a few inimical to
Gilbert and his ideas. He noted it with
a mental resolve to investigate its mean
ing, but it passed from his mind a mo
ment later as Gilbert raised the gate and
the water rushed down the sluiceway
and poured over the wheel.
For an instant it seemed to resist, as
though the long ages of superstition,
barbarism and ignorance were loath to
relax their dead grasp, and then it slowly
turned with a majestic motion and be
gan to revolve easily and gracefully
under the steady flow. Gilbert ran into
the mill while t tie people stood in silent
awe outside, and he saw the yellow grain
pour out upon the stones, and in a few
moments the meal, rich and tempting,
appeared, and he called them all with a
glad, triumphant shout to come and see
it. They crowded in with rather timor
ous looks and gazed wonderingly upon
the moving wheals and the golden mea]
pouring into the bins in steady streams,
and they voiced their thanks most heart
ily. It was a touching sight indeed to
Eric and to Lela, for it meant so much
to them, with their minds filled, as they
were, with plans for the good of the peo
ple of Atzlan.
That night they feasted, a merry gath
ering, and the principal viand was bread
and cakes made from the new meal. It ?
was delicious, perfect, and for a long
time it was regarded by the people as
almost sacred, but the steady outpour
from the mill ?noon familiarized them
Arith the product of its machinery, and
as it entirely abolished the use of the
laborious mortars and grinding stones
it made the lives of the women less toil
?nma. Thia made him more of a favor
lie coan ever among tho women, am* ??vt
Bari, the wife of Lis tah, idolized him.
She came with her grain to the mill fre
quently and praised Eric's good deeds
to the men in charge until they tired, of
Lis tah had disappeared and secluded
himself in order to fast, pray and be
come "epsn," or purified, by isolation
from mankind, bat where he '. had gone
was a mystery that perplexed these two
yoong men. Bari lifted enough meal for
two, and they believed she was supply
ing her husband with food, yet they
could not detect her taking it to him. It
was the custom to "tempt, annoy and
disturb any "epeu" seeker in order to
test bis strength, and they desired to
discover bia whereabouts, but they
failed, for garrulous as she waa she
could hold her tongue when she wished.
It was while they were plying her
with vexatious questioning that they
were overheard by Gilbert, who was
surprised to fini that Listah had taken
up his yow as soon as he had laid away
his crutches, and drawing the old wom
an aside he asked her to tell him where
her husband was hiding, promising to
keep her secret carefully. . Bari looked
at him with a knowing smile and re
"Quetzal knows full well where his
servant Listah, hides, waiting for the
day that is to come when he will be
needed. Why ask me, the old woman,
when he knows his servant is under his
feet, down in the dark halls beneath us,
becoming purified and perfect?' '. I take
food to him from your mill every night,
but he has not seen the "Sun for many
From this Eric readily divined that
old Listah had taken refuge in the un
derground passages that were .so. gen
erally avoided by the people. He won
dered if Bdapel waa aware of th? priest's
retreat, but he came to the conclusion
that Listah had probably discovered
some opening in one of the remote pas
sages and remained near his base of
daily supplies. He had certainly chosen
a most secluded place to perform his
vows, and he hoped he would be undis
1 have said that Eric and his assistants,
were the ou ly active workers in Atzlan
during the long sani mer days. Every
hour had ita duties, and bis labors - kept
him awake far into the night He was
compiling an Atzlan dictionary, study
ing the an ci cut TU cord a, making a col
lection of the fauna and'flor* of .the.can- '
yon, making sketches of the people and
their costumes, with notes upon their
habits and customs; teaching Lela and
Eltza the English language and (he art
of reading and writing dnriug intervals
in his regular occupations pf furnace
building, mining, milling and curing
the few ills of a generally healthy popu
He wore the Atzlan' costume, for his
own clothes had long ago become rags,
and he felt himself as thorough an Atz
lan as any mau in the city, and when he
saw the autumn com? again and the
harvest feasts were,held he felt all the
joy of a native. The people were more
lively; they held games and weird dances
every day, which interested him intense
ly in their esoteric significance, and the
prospect was very satisfactory to him
and to Lela and Iklapel. That his com
ing had been of immense benefit to the.
people he could see, and he felt a swell-,
ing of pride at the fact which was only
quelled by the thought of what he could
have accomplished with Detter .facilities.
He felt no desire to return to civilized
life; he was willing to devote several
years to the work of converting this city
of the stone age into a.modern borough
with all its improvements.- '^ith iron
aa his servant everything 'oar, possible,
andina fewd?ysTiron wouid be forth
coming. Then for machinery,, steam, -
Meanwhile he had accomplished won
ders. Hundreds of labor saying devices
benefited the city; candles, soap, glazed
pottery, spinning wheels, improved
looms, beer, yeast, pulley hoists ahd
many other valuable fruits of civilization
had been introduced... While he was fin
ishing his furnace be had made molds
for casting plowshares, harrows, anvils,
grates, axes, hammers and other imple
ments of cast steel, and be viewed the
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iron works were some distance from the
city-down in ?the canyon-where he had
discovered the remains of ancient smelt
ing furnaces forgotten long ages since
and almost buried in the debris of the
shaly cliffs. Remains like these have
since been discovered in other parts of
the region and show the facilities which
the prehistoric races possessed for smelt
ing and casting ores. The Atzlans had
traditions only of the times when their
forefathers mined and worked their ores.
He had built as nearly perfect a Besse
mer furnace as he could with his mate
rials, and it promised great results.
He had erected a stone dwelling for
himself outside the city walls in a wood
ed spot facing the river. On the ap
proach of autumn he moved into it with
all his belongings. It had three rooms,
with modern fireplaces, and windows
with glass of a poor quality, but a home
product The walls were hung with the
great, gorgeously colored Atzlan blan
kets, and furs covered the antique pave
ment bf the floor-a treasure rifled from
an old portion of the city.
Ik lapel had long before assigned to
him a body servant named Jan-ila, a
dark, active lad of twenty, Aineo's only
brother, who cared for his wants with
pious zeal. Jan-ila-or "Johnnie," as
Eric was fond of calling him-slept in
one of the smaller rooms, his master in
another, while the larger apartment
served as a general office, dining and
council room. Jan was so apt a pupil that
he outstripped both Kulcan and Iklapel
in his knowledge of mechanics, arts and
language under Eric's tuition, and of
modern ideas he was a most eager im
All of Gilbert's reforms and improve
ments had been accomplished without
in any manner usurping the functions
which Iklapel exercised 'pending the
election of a new governor. He had al
I most entirely left his priestly duties to
Kulcan, who performed them with a
unity born of increasing distrust of the
efficacy of the religion of his fathers.
This the crafty Chalpa had observed, and
he used it as a pretext for,fomenting the
fears of the priests. .He.'.pain ted in-j,
i strong, fervid colors, and ^i^h * potent^
logic, the decay of tlijrtBtoK?(m^s?ri^?
the downfall of prie^^^^^in".i;hp-loss>j
of their fat livings. *a
their fears nt every . o~ta^?nity>, By
these forceful pleas that he ha?j?ready
formed a fair!/ strong followings
Familiarity with Eric Had lessened
their awe while it had increased theil
admiration of him. They were-already
willing to abandon thefr belief in bis
divinity, and were beginning to realize
that instead of a bciug from another
world he was a man like themselves.
The events which now occurred aided
Chalpa's plans and strengthened his po
sition as a candidate for the governor
ship. Both Iklapel-and Kulcan were
aware of a growing feeling Hmong the
priests in favor of Chalpa's candidacy,
but they did not believe that he could
gain adherents enough to affect the re
sult of the election, which was to occur
in the early spring, a week before the
feast of the Katun. Eric and Iklapel had
determined to divest this feast of its
horrible, sacrificial, murderous char
acter, and the old- priest's powers were
all bent in this direction while he left
the electioneering to Kulcan.
. All of the younger priests could be
counted upon to favor his advanced
views, but only a few of the elder could
be expected to depart from a time hon
ored and powerfully potent religious
custom. While only a few of them had
witnessed the last Katun feast, fifty-two.
years before, yet the barbaric rite had
many firm adherents. The subject had
been approached at great tribal meetings
in the circular estufas, but ir had been
handled so carefully that even Iklapel
could form no opinion of the strength of
the new movement.
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