The Carroll Sentinel from Carroll, Iowa on October 5, 1894 · Page 11
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"for the desire to escape grew on me every inlnuto. ''Sorrow has set an edge upon hW tongue." Then, turning to Otomle, t Added: "I pray you bo moro gentle, wife, lor iny sake if not for your own. Marina It our only hope.'' • "Would that sho had left us to die in peace, husband. Well, so be it, for your sake t will put on these garments of u drab. But how shall wo escape out of this place fend the cainp? Will tho door be • opened »o us and tho guards removed, and U wo pass thorn son you walk, husbf«idf" " I'he doors will not bo opened, lady," •aid Marina, "for those wait without who Will see that they nro locked when ,t havo pasted them. But thoro will bonothhiB to fear from tho guard-g^rust to mo for it. See, the bars of thlfjplndow ore but of Wood. Thirt sword will soon sever them, • and If you aro seen you must play the part of a drunken soldier being guided to his quarters by n woman. For tho rest I know nothing, savo that I run great risk for your • sakes, since, if it is .discovered that I had aided you, then I shall find it hard to soften the rage of Cortes, who, tho war being won," and sho sighed, "does not need mo now so much as onco ho did." "I can make shift to hop on my right foot, "I said, "and for tho rest wo must trust to fortune. It ouu givo us no worse . gifts than thoso wo hove already." "So be it, Teulo, and now farewell, for I dare stay no longer. I can do nothing more. May your good star shine on you . and lead you hence in safety, and, Toule, if wo never meet again, I pray you think • of me kindly, for thoro aro many in tho world who will do otherwise in tho days to come." "Farewell, Marina," I said, and she was gone. Wo heard tho doors closo behind hor and the distant voices of those who bore hor litter; then all was silence. Otomle listened at tho window for awhile, but the guards seemed to bo gone, whore or why I do not know'to this hour, and the only Bound was that of distant revelry from tho oamp. "And now to tho work," I said to Otomie. "As yon wlih, husband, but I -fear It Will be profitless. I do not trust that woman. Falthloga in all, without doubt she betrays us. Still at tho worst you have (be sword and can use it." "It matters little," I answered. "Oar : plight cannot be worse than It Is now. ! Life has no greater evils than torment and death, and they aro with us already." Thon I sat upon the stool, and my arms being left sound aud strong I hacked with the sharp sword at the wooden bars of the Window, severing them one by ono till there was a space big enough for us to creep through. This boing dono and no one having appeared to disturb us, Otomle chid me in the clothes of a Spanish sol- dlor which Marina had brought, for I could not dress myself. What I suffered in tho donning of those garments and mor» especially in pulling of the long boot on to my burned foot can never be told, but more than once I stopped, pondering whether it would not be better to die rather than to endure suoh agonies. At last it was dono, and Otomio must put on tho red and yellow robe, a garb of shame suoh as many an honest Indian woman would die sooner than bo soen In, and I think that as sho did this hor agony was greater .than mine, though of another sort, for to her proud heart that dress was a vary shirt of Nessus. Presently sho was olad and /minced before mo with a suvago mookery, 1 saying: "Prlthoo, soldier, do I look uiy pnrtf" "A peace to suoh fooling," I answered. "Our lives aro ut stake. How does it mat- tor how we disguise ourselves?" "It mutters much, husband, but how can you understand, who uro u mun and a foreigner? Now I will olniubor through tho window, and you must follow mo if you can. If not, I will return to you, and we will end this masquerade." Then sho nassoil through the hole swiftly, for O torn to wns ugile and strong as an ocelot, uud mounting Iho stool I inado shift to follow her us wull us my hurts would allow. Iu tho end I was ablo to throw myself upon tho Billot tho windowv and theru I wu.s btiutohcd out like a doud oat till sho drew luo across It, und I full with hor to tho ground uu tho farther sldo and luy groaning, bile lilted mo to my foot, or rather to my foot, 1'or I oould uso but ono of them, und wo titared round us. No ono was to bo neon, and tho sound of rovolry hud died uwuy, for tho orost of Popo was ulruady rod with tho sunlight, and tho duwn grow lu tho valley. "Whoro tof" 1 said. Mow, Otomio hud boon allowed to walk in tho, uuiup with hor sinter, tho wife of Guatemoo, und other Aztoo ladles, aud sho hud tills gift lu common with most Indians—that whuro sho hud onco passed thoro she oould puss ugulu, ove» Ui tho darkest night. "To tho south gato," sho whispered. "Perhaps it is unguunled now tltut tho war In done. At tho luiul, I know tho rood tltithur." So wo started, I leaning on her shoulder and hopping on my right foot, und thus vury painfully wo travel;, -d Hume 'MO yards, mooting nobody, Uut now our good luek (allot! us, for passing round tho oornor of some buildings wo mine fuco to fauo with throe soldiers returning to thulr huts from a midnight ruvul uud with Uiem somo ua- tivo servants. "Whom huvo wo hero?" Mild tho first of those. ''Your juunu, oumrudo." "flood night, brother, good night," I Utsworod in (Spanish, upuuklug with tho thick voluo of drunkenness. "Good morning, you mum," ho said, for tho duwn wan brouking. ''YouriiouioJ I don't know your fuoo, though it Booms (hat you huvo boon iu thu wars." And ho laughed. "You in until't oak u 00111 ratio bis numo," I asjltl solemnly imtl swinging to mid fro, '"tho oupUUu might bond fur mo, uud ho'u • toiunoruta uiun. Your arm, girl. 1C is time to no to Bloon. Thusun ualti." Tltoy luughod, but ouo of thorn i^ldross- sd Otoiulu, saying: "Jjouvo thu sot, iny protty, und oomo •ad walk with us." And heuuughthur |»y thu arm. Uut *ho turuod on him with •o floroo u look thut ho lot hor go ugulu, •iiouUliod, und wo utaguuml ou till tho floruor uf another houtti hid us from their ylow. liero I Hank to thu ground ovor- OOIUO. with puln, for while thotwldlern wuru in Bight I wuu obliged to uso my wounded foot lost they should suupoot. Uut Oto- Ulo pullod mo up, unyiug; "Alas, beloved, wu uiust, puns ou or nor- I rose, groaning, and by what efforts I luuohixl tliu south gulo I cannot dosorlbo, .(bough I thought) tliuli I must dlo before i Ofuuo ilium At luHti.lO wua Uiforo us, and, lit ohunoo would fiuvo H. thu Buaulsh uurd woro uslwp iu tho gutu-dnouuo. >linio Tluiiculuun only woro wouohoU ovor i, tho^'Burupo*orlilunkut*about! p ^,u, for tho dawn wu» ohllly. jwii tho guUm, aotfsl" I uulu lu a illd voloo. x>iutf u KnunUli soldier, ouo of thoiu to obey, then punted uud_uoitji by wlius f i I could not see tho man's fnco because of the blanket, but his voice sounded familiar to me, and I grew afraid. StlU I must speak. "WhyP Because t am drunk and wish to Ho without till 1 grow sober. By whose orders? By mine. I am an officer of tho day, and If you disobey I'll have you flogged till you never ask another question." '•Shall I call tho Teulos within?" said the man sulkily to his companion. "NV ho answered. ''The Lord Sarceda Is weary and gave orders that he should not bo awakened without good cause. Keep them in or let them through, as you will, but do not wake him." I trembled in every limb. Do Garcia was in tho guardhouse! What if hoawokoP What If he camo out and saw me? Moro, now I guessed whoso voice it was that I knew again. It was that of one of those Tlascalans who hud aided In .tormenting me. What If ho should see my fncoP Ho could scarcely fall to know that on which ho had loft his mark so recently. I was dumb with fear and could say nothing, and had it not been for tho wit of Otomle there my story would have ended. But now sho played her part and played it well, plying tho man with tho coarse raillery of tho camp till at length she put him in a good humor, and ho opened tho gate, bid- •/am spent. I eon do no more." ding hor begone and mo with her. Already wo hod passed tho gato when a sudden falntnoss seized me, and I stumbled and fell, rolling over on my back as I touched tho earth. "Up, friend, up," Bald Otomle, with a harsh laugh. "If you must sleep, wait till yon find some friendly bush," and sho dragged at mo to lift me. Tho Vlasoahui, still laughing, came forward to help her, and between them I gained my feet again, but as I rose my cap, which fitted m» but ill, fell off. He picked it up and gave it to me, and our eyes mot, tny face being somewhat in the shadow. Next Instant I was hobbling on, but looking back I SEW the Tlasoalau staring after as with a yiu- ol*d air, like that of a man who to not suro of tho witness of his senses. "He knows me," I said to Otomio, "and presently, when ho has found his wits, ho will follow us." "On, onl" answered Otomio. "Bound yonder corner aro aloe bushes whore wo may hide." "lam spent. I can da no more," and again I began to fall. Thou Otomio caught mo as I fell, and of a sudden sho put out hor strength, and lifting mo from tho ground as a mother lifts hor child staggered forward, holding mo to hor breast. For GO paces or moro she carried me thus, love and despair giving her strength, till at last wo reached the edge of tho aloo plants, and them we sank together to tho earth. I oast ttg eye* back over tho path which wo hud trailed. Bound tho corner came tho Tlusculan, a spiked club In his hand, seeking us to lolvo Bis doubts, "It Is finished," I gasped. "Tho man Domos." For answer Otomio drew my sword from Its scubburd and hid it In thu grass. ''Now feign sloop," sho sold. "It Is our last chance. " I oast my arm over my faoo and protend- ed to bo asleep. Presently I hoard the sound pf a man passing through the bushes, and tho Tlusculau stood over me. "What would youP" asluxl Otomto. "Can you not BOO that ho uloepsP Lot him sloop. " "I muit look on his face flrat, woman," ho answered, dragging asldo my arm. "By Urn gods. I thought sot This Is that Toulo whom Wo dealt with yesterday and who usuifios." "You aro mad," she said, laughing. "Hu has escaped from nowhere, save from n bruwl and u drinking bout." "You lie, woman, or if you do not Ho you know nothing. Tills man has tho secret of Montozumu's treasure and is worth a king's ransom." And ho lifted hlsolub. "And yet you wish to slay htm! Well, I know nothing of him. Take him back whonoo ho camo. Hu Is but a drunken sot. and I ahull bo well rid of him." "Well siild. It would bo foolish to kill him, but by iKutrlug him ullvu to tho Lord Saroadu I shall win honor and reward. Oomo, help mo." "Help yourself, " she answered sullenly. 11 Out first Buuroh his pouoh. There may bo some trlllo there whleh wo eon divide.' 1 "Well suld aguln," hu answered, and kneeling down be bunt uvur mo and began to fumble ut tho fastenings of tho pouch. Otomio was behind him. I saw hur faoo change, and a terrible light oamo into her oya*»*suoh a light us uhlnos iu tho oyo* ., u 'f ut siuirlfluo. Quick m thought she drew thu sword from thu grau and iiuotu with all hor strength uuon Wia man's bent nuuk. Down lie fell, making no Bound, and she also full besldo him. In u moment she was on hor foot again, star- Ing ut him wildly, thu uukod tword In her hand. ''Up," shu uald, "boforo other* oome to souk html Nay, you nuutl" Now again wu wuru struggling forward through thu bushes, my mind flllud with a grout wonder that gruw slowly to a whirling nothingness. Koruwhllo Itsuum- od to m* iw though I wuru lout lu an evil dream and walking on mlhot Irons lu my droum. Then imuui u vision of urmod men With lifted gpourtf uud of Otomlu running toward thuiu with ouUtrufcuhud turn* 1 1 kuew no moiv. xxvni. OTOMIU 1'UCAim WITH 1IKU 1'KOFUt. Whuii I uwolto, it was to find mywlf iu u oitvc, where thu light shonu very dimly. Otomtu letuunl over iuu, und not fur uwuy u man was uooklng u pot uvur u Uro mude of dry ulou luuves. "Whew am 1, und what has happened P" I (iskcd. "Vouuru safe, bulovod, " sho unsworod, "ut least for awhile. When you huvo out- ou u l will lull you mpro." Sho brought; mo ferotfl find food, and 1 ato eagerly, and When t Was satisfied she spoke: "Yott remember how the Tlascalan followed us and how—I Was rid of hlniP" ''I remember, Otomle, though how you found strength to kill him t do not understand." "Love And despair gave It to me, and I pray that I inay never havo such nnother need, tlo not speak of It, husband, for this IB More terrible to mo than all that When I awoke, It was to find myself in a cave. has been before. Ono thing comforts me, however. I did' not kill him; the sword twisted in my hand, and I believe that he was but stunned. Thon wo fled a little way, and looking bock I saw that two other Tlascalans, companions of tho senseless man, were following us and him. Presently they camo up to whore ho lay and stared at him. Then they started on our tracks, running hard, and very soon they must have caught us, for now you could scarcely stir. Your mind was gone, and I had no moro strength to cany yon. " Still wo stumbled on till presently, when the pursuers were within 60 paces of us, I saw armed men—eight of them—rushing at us from the bushes. They were of my own people, the Otomiee. soldiers that had served under you, who watched the Spanish camp, and teeing a Spaniard alone they camo to slay him. They very nearly did so Indeed, for at first I was so breathless I could scarcely speak, but at last In a few words I made shift to declare my name and rank and your sod plight But now tho two Tlascalans were upon us, and I called to the men of tho Otomio to protect us, and falling on tho Tlasca- lans before they knew that enemies were there they killed ono of them and took the other prisoner. Then they made a litter, and placing you on H bore you without rest 80 leagues into tho mountains till they reached this secret hiding place, and here you have lain three days and nights. Tho Toules have searched for you far and wide, but they have searched in vain. Only yesterday two of them, with 10 Tlascalans, passed within 100 paces of this cave, and I had much ado to prevent our people from attacking them. Now they aro gone whence they camo, and I think that wo ore safe for a time. Soon you will be bet- ton and wo can go hence." "Whore oan we go to, OtomleP Wo aro birds without a nest." "Wo must seek shelter in tho City of Flnoi or fly across tho water. There U no other choice, husband." "Wo cannot try the sea, Otomio, for all the ships that come hero aro Spanish, and I do not know how they will greet us in tho City of Finos now that our causa is lost, arid with it so many thousands of their warriors." '' Wo must take tho risk, husband. There are still true hearts in Anahuao who will stand by us in our sorrow and their own. At tho least wo havo escaped from greater dangers. Now lot mo dress your wounds and rest awhile." So for three moro days I lay in tho cave of tho mountains, and Otomio tended mo, and at tho ond of that tlino my state was suoh that I could travel in a litter, though for gome weeks I was unable to sot foot to tho ground. On tho fourth day we started by night, und I was carried on men's shoulders till at length we passed up tho gorge that loads to the City of Pines. Hero we wore stopped by sentries, to whom Otomio told our tale, bidding soino of them go forward and repeat it to tho captains of tho city. Wo followed the messengers slowly, for my bonrore were wonry, and oamo to tho gates of tho beautiful town just as tho rod rays of sunset struck upon tho snowy pinnacle of Xuoa that towers behind It, turning hor cap of smoko to a sullen red, liko that of molten ^ron, Thu news of our coming had sproaa about, and hero and there knots of pooplo wuru guthorud to watch us pass. For tho most part they atood silent, but now and again somo woman whoso husband or HIUI had perished iu tho Riugo would hiss u oursu at us. Alas, how different was our state this day to what It had been when not a year before wo untunxl tho City of Pinon for tho first time I Thou wo woro escorted by an army 10,000 strong; then musicians hud sung before us, and our path was .-Crown with Ho wurs. And now I Now we came two fugitives from tho veugeaneo of the Toules—I borno In a Utter by four tlrud soldiers, while Otomio, tho princess of thin pooplo, still olad In her wanton's robe, at which tho women mookod, for sho bad boon ublo to coino by no other, trompod at my sldo, since there was none to carry hor, and tho inhabitants of tho pluoo oureod us as the authors of their woes. Nor did we know if they would stop ut words. At length wo crowed tho squuro beneath thu shadow of thu toooalll and nxtohed thu anolout and soulpturod palace as the light fulled und thu smoko ou Xaoa, (hu holy hill, begun to glow with the nro In Its huart. Hare small preparation hud boon uiatlu to ruoulvo us, and that night wo supped by the light of a torch upon tortillas, ormuuloakus, and water, like tho humblest in tho land. Thou wo oropt to our rout, and as I luy uwuko because of thu putn of my hurts I hoard Otomio, who thought that I slept, brouk Into low tubbing at my ildo. Hur proud spirit wiw humbled at last, and she, whom I hud nevur known to wuup uxoupt onuu, when our firstborn died iu the slugo, wept bitterly. "Why do you sorrow thus, Otomlof" I asked ut length. "I did not know Unit you woro awako, huslmnd," uliu sohbod lu answer, "or 1 would havo uhoukud my grief, lluwbmul, I Burrow ovor ull that him befallen us uud our pooplo; uluo, though tlmso two but little things, boon USD you uro brought low und tixiaUid us u miui of no estate, und of thu oold comfort that wu Uud horo." , "You huvu cause, wife," I tuisworod. "Say, whut will thosu Otoiulon do with us —kill us or givu us up to thu TuulunP" "I do not know; tomorrow wo shall leurn. Hut for my part I will not bo «ur rendered living." "Nor I, wlfo. llouth is hotter than tho tender iuerolen of C'urtus unit his luiuUtor, Do Uurolu, is tburo any luipf" "Yus, thuivis hupo, boldvud. Now thu Otoiidos. wo w.t* down, and. Uiuy remem- ber that \vo led tho flower of their land to death. But they are bravo and generous at heart, and if I can touch them there all may yet bo well. Weariness, pain and memory mnko us weak, who should bo full of courage, having escaped so many ills. Sleep, my husband, and leave mo to think. All shall yet go well, for even misfortune 1ms an end." So I slept and woke In the morning somewhat refreshed and with a .happier mind, for who Is there that is not holder when tho light shines on him and he is renewed by restP When I opened my eyes, the.enn was already high, but Otomle had risen with the dawn, and she had not been idle during those three hours. For ono thing sho had contrived to obtain food and raiment moro befitting to our rank than tho rags in which wo woro clothed; also she had brought together certain men of condition who were friendly and loyal to hor in misfortune, and theso sho sont about tho city, lotting it be known that she would address tho people at midday from the stops of tho palace, for, as Otomio well know, the heartstrings of a crowd aro touched moro easily than those of cold and ancient counselors. "Will they come to listen?" I asked. "Have no fear," she answered, "The desire to look upon us who havo survived tho siege and to know the truth of what has happened will bring them. Moreover, somo will bo there seeking vengeance on us." Otomio was right, for as the morning drew on toward midday I saw tho dwellers in tho City of Pines gathering in thousands till tho space between the steps of the palace and tho face of the pyramid wna block with them. Now Otomio combed her curling hair and placed flowers in it and set a gloaming feather cloak about her shoulders, so that it hung down ovor her white robes, and on her breast that splendid necklace of emeralds, which Gua- temoo hod given to me in tho treasure chamber and which she had preserved safely through all our evil fortune, and a golden girdle about hor waist. In her hand also she took a little scepter of ebony tipped with gold that was in the palace, with other ornaments and emblems of rank, and thus attired, though she was worn with traveling and suffering and grief had dimmed her beauty for awhile, she seemed tho queenltost woman that my eyes have seen. Next she caused mo to be laid upon my rude litter, and when the hour of noon was come sho commanded those soldiers Who had borno me across the mountains to carry me by her side. Thus wo issued from the wide doorway of the palace and, took our stand upon the platform at tho head of tho stops. As we came a groat cry rose from th™ thousands of tho people, a fierce cry, like that of wild, beasts howling for their proy. Higher and higher it rose, a sound, to strike terror into the bravest heart, and by degrees I caught Its purport. "Kill theml" sold the cry. "Give the liar to tho Tculest" Otomio stepped forward to the edge of tho platform, and lifting tho ebony scepter she stood silent, tho sunlight beating on .her lovely face and form, but tno multitude screamed a thousand taunts and threats at us, and still tho tumult grew. Onco they rushed toward hor, as though to tear her to Oleoos, but foil back at tho last stair, as a ivave (oils from a rock, and once a spoor ivos thrown that passed between hor nook and shoulder. Now tho soldiers who had carried' me, making certain that our death was at hand, and having no wish to share it, set my litter down upon tho stones and slipped book into tho palace, but all this while Otomie never so much as moved — no, not even when tho spear hissed past hor. Sho stood before them stately and scornful, a very queen ftmong women, and little by llttlo tho majesty of hor presence and the greatness of hor courage hufhcd them to silence. When there wits qulot at length, sho spoke In a clear voice that carried far. "Am I among my own people of tho Otomio," sho askod bitterly, "or havo wo lost our path and wandered porolmnco among some savage Tlascalan trlboP Listen, people of tho Otomio. I bave but ono voice, ahd none can reason with a multitude. Choose you a tongue to spook for you and lot him sut out tho desire of your hearts." NoW tho tumult began again, for some shouted ono name and sumo another, but in tho end a priest und noblo named M:ix- tla stepped forward, u man of great pow«r among the Otomie, who, ubovo all, had favored an ulliunco with the Spaniards and opposed thu Bonding of an army to aid Guatemeo in tho defense of Teiiucutlan, Nor did hu oomo alone, for with him wuru four chiefs, whom by tliolr dress I knew to bo Tlawoluns and envoys from Cui'tcs. Thon my heart sank, for H watt not illlli cult to gucitt tho objuot of their coming. "Speak on, Muxtla, " said Otomle, "for wo muKt hear what tlierxi Is for us to answer, aud you, people of thu Utomle, I pray you keep silence, that you may judgo betwcun iu when there is uu und of talking." Now a groat sllonco fell upon tho multitude, who pressed together like shoop In u pou and strained thulr oars to catch thu words of MaxtU. "My speech with you, prlneous, o?>d the Toulu, your outlawed husband, shall be short and sharp," ho begun roughly. "A while hOiico you couio hltliur to seek an army to aid Cultlohua, ompurorof tho Aztecs, in his itrugglo with tho Tuulos, tiio sons of Quetzal. That army was given you against tho wishes of many of us, for you won over thu council by the honey of your words, aud wo who urged ouutlon or evon an alliance with the whltu men, thu children of God, woro overruled. You went hence, und 80,000 men, the tlowur of our people, followed you to Tonoctltlun. Whuro uro they nowP I will toll you. Soinu 800 of them huvo crept buek homo, theivst ily to und fro through thu air in the gltc- Kurds of thu nuphilotos or orouch ou tho earth in tho bullies of juckuU. Denth Ima them ull, uud you led thum to thulr deaths. Is It, thon, much that wu should souk thu llvos of you two In payment for those SO,000 of our nous, our husbands und our fathers f Uut wo do uvuu ink this. Hero ho- sldo me stund omUussadors from Mnllnaho, thu captain of thu Toulon, who rviuihtxl our olty but un hour ngo. This U thu demainl that thuy bring from Mullnuhu, and lu his owu words: " 'Deliver back to me Otomio, tho daughter of Montoxumu, and thu rcuogudu of hor paramour, who is known us Toulo, and who bus tied from thu iiutieo duo to his orUni'H, uud It shull bo well with you, pooplo of thoOtoiulu. Hide them or rofiihO to deliver thorn, ami tho futouf thu City of Pines slmll bo as |hu fa to of Tunootlthm, qutxm of thevalluy. Choose, then, between my lovu und my wrath, jxioplu of Uu> Uto Wilt). If you obey, the past shall bo forglvon, Mid my yoko will bo light UIKMI you. If you rol'iuii, your city shall lio stumped Hat aud your vury nmnu wiped uut of thu iw thu world. "fcJuy, mw«i)ngur8 of tho, turu not tlie»e Iho words of Alulttiehor" "They uro Ills very words, Aliutlu," buld thu Hpukttiuutu of the embuwy. Now again thoru wtw u tumult among tho people and voice* vrlvd. "Ulv» them up; give them to Mnllncho ng a pence offering.' 1 Otomio stood forward to speak, and It died away, for oil desired to hear her words. Thon sho spoko: "It seems, people of tho Otomle, that I am on trial before my own vassals, and my husband with mo. Well, I will plead our cause as well as a woman may, and having the power you shall judge between us and Maxtla and his allies,. Mnlinchc and •the Tlascalans. What Is our offcnsof It is that wo corno hither by tho command of Cultlahua to sock your aid In his war with tho Teules. What did I tell you thenP I told you that It tho people of Anahuao would not stand together against tho whlto men they must bo broken one by ono, like the sticks of an unbound fagot, and cast into the flames. Did I speak lies? Nay, I spoko tho truth, for through tho treason of hor tribes, and chiefly through the treason of the Tlascalans, Anahuao is fallen and Tenoctltlan Is a ruin sown with dead like a field with corn." "It Is true, " cried a voice. "Yes, people of tho Otomio, It IB true, but I say that had all tho warriors of tho nations of Auahimc played the part that your sons played tho tale had run otherwise. They are dead, and because of their death you would deliver us to our foes and yours, but I, for one, do not mourn them, though among their number ore many of my kin. Nay, be not wroth, but listen. It Is better that they should Ho dead in honor, having earned for themselves a wreath of fame and an immortal dwelling In tho houses of tho sun, than that they should live to be slaves, which, it seems, is your desire, people of the Otomio. There is no false word in what I said to you. Now the- sticks that Malinohe has used to beat out tho brains of Guatemoo shall! bo broken and burned to cook tho pot of tho Toules. Already theso false children are his slarcs. Have yon not heard his command, that the tribes, his allies, shall labor in tho quarries and tho streets till the glorious city he has burned rises afresh upon the face of tho waters? Will you not hasten to toko your shore in the work, poo- plo of the Otomio, tho work that knows no rest and no reward except the lash of tho overseer and the curse of tho TouleP Surely yon will hasten, people of the mountains 1 Your hands are shaped to tho spade and the trowel, not to tho bow and the spear, and it will bo sweeter to toil to do the will and swell tho wealth of Mallncho in the sun of tho valley or the shadow of the mine than to bide here free upon your hills, whore as yet no foe basset his foot I" Again sho paused, and a murmur of doubt and unrest went through the thousands who listened. Moxtla stopped: forward and would have spoken, but the people shouted him down, crying: "Otomie, Otomlol Let us hear tho words of Oto- mle." "I thank you, my people," she said, "for I have still much to tell you. Our crime is, then, that wo drew on army after us to fight against the Teulos. And how did wo draw this armyP Did I command you to muster your arrayf Nay, I set oat my case, and I said ' Now choose. ' Too chose, and of your own free will you dispatched those glorious companies that now are dead. My crime is, therefore, that you chose wrongly, as you say; but, as I still bold, most rightly, and because of this- ;rimo I anOnyhnsband are to be given as » peace offering to tho Toulos. Listen. Lot too toll you something of those wars in Which we havo fought before you glvo us to the Toules and our mouths aro silent forever. Whore shall I begin? I know not. Stay; I bore a child — had ho lived ho would havo been your prlnco today. That child I saw starve to death before my eyes; inch by Inch and day by day I sow htm starve. But It is nothing. Who am I that I should complain because I havo lost my sou, when so many of your sons aro dead and their blood is required at my hands? Listen again," und sho wont on to tell in burning words of tho horrors of tho siege, of the cruelties of tho Spaniards and of the bravery of the men of the Otomio whom I had commanded. For a full hour sho spoko thus, whllo all that vast audience hung upon hor words; also sho told of tho port that I played in the struggle and of the deeds which I had done, and npw and again somo soldier in the crowd who served under mo, mid who bad escaped tho famine and tho massacre, cried out: "It is true. Wo saw It with our eyes. " "Aud so," she said, "at lost it was fln- ishod, at last Tonoctitlan was u ruin, and my cousin and my king, tho glorious Gua- tomoc, lay a prisoner In tho hands of Ma- llncho, and with my husband Teulo, uiy sister, I myself and many another. Ma- lincho swore that bo would treat Guuto- moo and his following with all honor. Do you know how ho treated hlmf Within a fow days Guatumua, our king, was seated in tho chair of torment while slaves burned blui with hot irons to onuoe him to declare tho hiding placu of tho treasure of Monte- «umul Ayo, you may well cry 'Shame upon html 1 You shall cry it yet moro loudly before I havo done, for know that Guatomoo did not suffer alone. Ono lies there who suffered with him und tipoko no word, and I also, your prliicutu, wtw doomed to torment. Wo uscapcd when death was at our door, for I told my husband that tho people of tho Otomio hiui truo hearts uud would ahultor uu In our Morrow, and for bis snku T, Otomlu, disguised myself lu thu robe of u wanton uud tlud with him hither. Could I hove known what I should Uvo to see und hour, could I huvo dreamed that you would reonlvo us thus, I hud dlod u hundred deaths iMiforu I cnmo to stand und plead fur pity at your bunds, "Oh, my pooplu, I be.-x-.vh of you, make no terms with thu faJso Teule, but remain bold aud free. Your necks nro uut llttod to thu yoko uf thu sluve; your sony and daughters are of too high a blood to servo tho foreigner in his mvtts mid pk'ftjiurvs. JDufy Wallni'he. Somo of our rueo aro dead, but many thousands rvinalu. llerobu your mountain ne»t jwu unu bout back evury Toulu lu Auuhuuo, as In bygone years thu false 'i'lasenluns beat buck tho AiUxw. Thou tho Tlu.sculuiui wuro froo; now Ihuy aru u rueo of st<rfc. Any, will you t-haro thulr BurfdomC My people, my iwoplu, think uot that I plead fur myself or even fur tho kuHbuud who it moro dear to mo than might save honor. l>o you IndutHl dreum (hut wo will sulVer you u> hand uij living to tin-so dogs uf Tlasculaus, whom Mallnehe Inuulto you by sending us hU mul him walked to whom tho spuur that hud Ixvn hurltxl nt her luy upon the pavement and lifted It, ''lutruUumoan* of death that some fileml li»s sent uo, aud U you will not llsum lu my pleading you uhull sou It unixl before your oyv*. Thuu, If you will, you may send our bodied to Mitlhiche us u ptuvco offering. Hut for your own mikes 1 plead with you. IX-fy Mu- llnehe, und U you must die at last die IM frwmeu uud uut uo sluvoa uf tho Toulu, Behold now his tender melvlesaiitt boo thu lot that shall bo your* If you tuko nmitlu'r counsel, thu iMunncl of Mttxiiu," andooui- Ing to (hu UlU'i'ou whloh 1 luy shu rent my roU'K front me, leaving mo almost nuked to iho wutat, uud unwound thu bmiduguti from my wounded limb, ihen lifted me Up so that 1 rusted upon my sound foot, "Luukl" she crlud lu u ulvruluu volou. and pointing to the scars and unheoled wounds upon my face and leg. ''Look on tho work of Tcule and the Tlascalan; see how tho foe is dealt with who surrenders to them. Yield if you will, desert us If you will, but I say that then your own bodies shall bo marked In a like fashion till not an ounce of gold is left that can minister to the greed of the Toule, or a man or a maiden who can labor to satisfy his Indolence." Then she ceased, and letting me sink gently to tho ground, for 1 could not stand alone, she stood over mo, the spear In her hand, as though waiting to plunge It to my heart should the people still demand our surrender to tlie messengers of Cortes. For one Instant thcro was silence; then of a sudden the clamor and the tumult broke out again ten times more furiously than at first. But it was no longer aimed at us. Otomio had conquered. Her noble words, hor beauty, the talo of our sorrows and tho sight of my torments hod done their work, and the heart of tho people was filled with 'fury against tho Teules who had destroyed tholr army and the Tlascalans that had aided them. Never did tho wit and eloquence of a woman cause a swifter change. They screamed and tore their robes and shook their weapons in tho air. Maxtla strove to speak, but they pulled him down, and presently he was flying for his life. Then they turned, upon tho Tlascalau envoys and beat them with sticks, crying: "This is our answer to Mallncho. Bun, you dogs, and tako itl" till they were driven from tho town. Now at length the turmoil ceased, and. some of the great chiefs came forward, and kissing tho hand of Otomio said: "Princess, we, your children, will guard, you to tho death, for you havo put another heart into us. You ore right. It is better to die free than to live as slaves." "See, my husband," said Otomie, "I was not mistaken when I told you that my people were loyal and true. But now we must make ready forwar, for they have gone too far to turn back, and when this- tiding comes to tho ears of Mallnehe he- Will bo like a puma robbed of her young. Now let us rest. I am very weary." "Otomie," I answered, "there has lived no greater woman than you upon this earth." "I cannot ten; husband;" she sold, smiling. ''If I have won your praise and safety, it is enough for mo." [TO BE CONTINUED.] | Kecent utterances of French in Canada lead British subjects to believe thay favor annexation with the United States. Miss Nora Welton, assistant postmistress at Argenta, Ills., has confessed to opening letters written to. her former lover. Willis Hizer, a-fireman wtto was-fatally hurt at Cleveland,. was prevented from marrying ou his deathbed by his mother. Mill owners aud operatives at Fall River, Mass., held' a conference, but failed to settle the- strike involvlnR 40,000 persons. Snow fell in 30' counties' of northern Minnesota, amounting in some places %• a depth of three inches. Masked men bound and gagged Left Keller and family near. Tiffin, O., and robbed the house of all its valuables. D. C. Euslow of McVey, IllB;,. died at g hospital in St. Lotus. 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