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the procession, deity, priests, censer. had sounded; and, almost instantabearers, and musicians, with loud screams neously, it was answered by a bugle; afar, vanished under the portals; and the indeed, and blown hurriedly, as if the infidels, starting up in a rage that could musician were in as much jeopardy as his be suppressed no longer, rushed upon the fellow, but still full of joy and good novice, to avenge, in his blood, the insult cheer to the Christian combatants. he had offered to their deity.

« • Close and turn ! Footmen, to your Quick, a-God's name! and rescue!' square!' cried Cortes; "and valiant cried Cortes, for the young man is cavaliers, charge me now as though you mad!'

fought against devils, with angels for “ There seemed grounds for this im- your lookers-on!' putation; for, besides the inexplicable . To the temple! to the temple !' folly of his first act, Don Amador ap- cried Amador, with a voice rivalling the peared now, for a moment, to be lost in general's in loudness, and turning in a such a maze, that blows of the heavy frenzy toward the pyramid, down whose maquahuitl were rained upon his stout sides the infidels were seen rushing with armour, and several furious hands had frantic speed. clutched not only upon his spear, but “ But the head of Fogoso was seized upon himself, to drag him from the by two friendly followers; and while Don saddle, before he bethought him to draw Amador glared fiercely at the pale but his sword and defend his life. But his not affrighted secretary, he heard, on sword was at last drawn, his fit dispelled, the other side, the tranquil voice of and before his countrymen had yet Lazaro : reached him, he was dealing such blows ". Master,' said the faithful servant, around him, and so urging his courageous if we separate from our friends, we are steed upon the assailants, as quickly to dead men ; and Don Gabriel is left put himself out of the danger of imme- without a kinsman in this land of demodiate death.

niacs.' “ The passions of the multitude, re- «« Close, and turn, I bid ye !' cried strained for a moment, by the superstition Cortes, furiously, heed not the wolves of their rulers, were now fully and un- that are fast to your sides. Charge on appeasably roused; and with yells, that the herds! charge on the herds! and came at once from the pyramid, from the overthrow with the weight of your hoofs! temple-yard, from the great square, and Charge, I bid ye; and care not though the neighbouring streets, they rushed ye should find your lances striking against upon the Christians, surrounding them, the breast of Sandoval

. Charge on the and displaying such ferocious determina- herds! charge on the herds !! tion as left them but small hopes of “ So saying, Don Hernan set escape.

example, followed by the cavaliers; and "66 God and Spain ! honour and fame!' as the fifty horsemen spurred violently cried Alvarado, spearing a barbarian at upon the mob, shouting and cheering, each word, what do you think of my the naked multitudes quailed from before Mexicans now, true friends ?'

them, though only to gather again on His cheer was lost in the roar of their flanks with renewed desperation. screams; and nothing but the voice of “Will ye desert us that are afoot ? Don Hernan, well known to be as clear cried voices from behind, with dolorous and powerful in battle as the trumpet cries. which he invoked, was heard pealing “Ho, Sandoval ! art thou sleeping ?' above the din.

“ Santiago ! and God be thanked ! “ . Now shew yourselves Spaniards and 'tis the voice of the general !' cried Sansoldiers, and strike for the blood of Christ! doval, in the distance. His voice came Ho, trumpeter! thy flourish! and find from the surge of battle, like the cheer of me where lags my lazy Gonzalo!' a sailor who recks not for the tempest.

As he spoke, he fought; for so vio- It filled the cavaliers with joy. lent had been the attack of the infidels, 66. Good heart now, brave hearts ! that they were mingled among, and shouted Cortes ; ' for my son Sandoval fighting hand to hand with the Christians answers me. Rein me round, and charge -a confused and sanguinary chaos. me back to the infantry!' Scarcely, indeed, had the trumpeter time “ Backward galloped the fifty cavaliers, to wind his instrument, before it was strewing the earth with trampled pagans; struck out of his hand by a brawny savage; and the footmen shouted with delight, as and the same blow which robbed him of they again beheld their leader. But the it, left the arm that held it a shattered relief and the joy were only momentary. and useless member. The blast, however, «« Fight ye, my dogs! and slay your

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own sheep! Be firm; wall yourselves Thus arranged, too, the Christians fought with spears; and presently ye shall be with greater resolution and success; for, lookers-on.--Sweep the square again, parting at once from a common centre, brave cavaliers ! Goad flanks! couch the infantry drove the assailants from spears! and, this time, let me see the red before them on two sides, while the face of lieutenant !'

cavalry carried death and horror to the “ Turning, and shouting with a louder others; until, at a given signal, all again cheer (for the experience of the two first fell back to their position, and presented charges had warned the Mexicans of their a wall altogether inexpugnable to the destructive efficacy, and they now recoiled weak though untiring savages. with a more visible alarm), the cavaliers “It was the persuasion of Don Hernan, again rushed through their foes like a that, in this advantageous position, he whirlwind; and brushing them aside, as could, in a short time, so punish his the meteor brushes the fogs of evening, enemies, as to teach them the folly of they dashed onward, until their shouts contending with Christian men, and perwere loudly re-echoed, and they found haps end the war in a day. But, for a themselves confronted with Don Gonzalo full hour, he repeated his charges, now and his party.

pinning his foes against the wall, or the “The greetings of the friends were steps of the House of Skulls, now falling brief and few, for the same myriads, back to breathe; and, at each charge, attacking with the same frenzied despera- adding to the number of the dead, until tion, invested them with a danger that did their corses literally obstructed his path, not seem to diminish.

and left it nearly impassable. At every ** • Bring thy foot in front,' cried charge, too, his cavaliers waxed more Cortes, and, while they follow me, weary, and struck more faintly, while charge thou behind them. Be quick, the horses obeyed the spur and voice and be brave. March fast, ye idle spear with diminishing vigour; and it seemed men: and stare not, for these are not that they must soon be left unable, from devils, but men !-God and Spain !- sheer fatigue, to continue the work of Santiago, and at them again, peerless slaughter, The pagans perished in cavaliers ! We fight for Christ and im- crowds at each charge, and at each volley mortal honour !'

of bow-shots; but neither their spirit “ The valiant band of cavaliers again nor their numbers, seemed to decrease. turned at the voice of their leader, and Their yells were as loud, their counteagain they swept the corse-encumbered nances as bold, their assaults as violent square, rushing to the relief of their own

as at first; and the Spaniards beheld the infantry. Following the counsel he had sun rising high in the heavens, without given, to Sandoval, the wary general any termination to their labours, or their passed by his foot-soldiers, and bidding sufferings. Twenty Christians already them march boldly forward, and join lay dead on the square, or had been themselves with the infantry of Don dragged, perhaps, while yet breathing, to Gonzalo, he charged the infidels from be sacrificed on the pyramid. This was their rear with a fury they could not a suspicion that shocked the souls of resist; and then rushing backward with many ; for, twice or thrice, they heard, equal resolution, discovered the foot- among the crowds, who still stood on the soldiers in the position in which it had lofty terrace, shooting arrows down on the been his aim to place them. The united square, such shouts of triumphant delight infantry, full seven hundred men in num- as, they thought, could be caused by ber, were now protected, both in front nothing but the immolation of a victim.. and rear, by a band of cavalry; their “ Grief and rage lay heavily on the flanks looking, on one side, to the temple, heart of Cortes; but though the appreand, on the other, to a great street that hension, that if much longer over-worn opened opposite. Arranging them, at a by combat, his followers might be left word, in two lines, standing back to back, unable even to fly, added its sting to the and seconding himself the manæuvre others, shame deterred him, for a time, which he dictated to Sandoval, the general from giving the mortifying order. Harswept instantly to that flank which bor. assed, and even wounded (for a defective dered on the Wall of Serpents, while link in his mail had yielded to an arrowGonzalo rode to the other. Thus head, and the stone was buried in his arranged, the little army presented the shoulder), he nevertheless preserved a figure of a hollow square, or rather, of a good countenance; cheered his people narrow parallelogram, the chief sides of with the assurance of victory; fought which were made by double rows of speare on, exposing himself like the meanest of men, and the smaller bybands of horsemen. his soldiers; and several times, at the imminent risk of his life, rescued certain to whom he might unbosom himself foot-soldiers from the consequences of without the apprehension of creating their foolhardiness.

alarm-he hesitated not to relieve him. “There was, among the infantry, a self of his grief to Don Amador; for he man of great courage and strength, by knew him to be inaccessible to fear. the name of Lezcano, whose only weapon “ Be of good heart, my friend. I have was a huge two-handed sword, the vali- drawn thee into a den of devils. We ant use of which had gained him, among must retreat, or die.” his companions, the title of Dos Manos, “ I will advance or retreat, as thou or Two-hands. No spearman of his wilt,” said Amador, with a visage, in company advanced to the charge with which Don Hernan now, for the first more readiness than did this fellow with time, beheld an expression so wild and his gigantic weapon, and none retreated ghastly, that he was reminded of Calawith more constant reluctance. Indeed, var. “ It matters nothing—here or at he commonly fell back so leisurely as to the palace! But it my duty to assure draw three or four foes upon him at thee of mine own persuasion : retreat once; and it seemed to be his pleasure may bring us relief_there is no victory to meet these in such a way, as should for us to-day.” call for the praises of his companions. “God help thee! art thou wounded ?” His daring, that day, would have left cried Cortes. him with the additional name of the “ A little hurt by the skill-less hand bravest of the brave, had it been tem- of Fabueno,” said the novice tranquilly, pered with a little discretion. But in- “ who not yet being perfected in the flamed by the encomiums of his com- use of the spear, thrust his weapop rades, and not less by the complimentary into my back, while aiming at the throat rebukes of his captain, his rashness of a cacique. But that is not it. I knew no bounds; and twice or thrice have this day seen a sight, which conhe thrust himself into situations of vinces me we are among magicians and peril, from which he was rescued with devils; and persuades me, along with great difficulty. He had been saved certain other recent occurrences, that once by Don Hernan. It was his fate, the time of some of us is reckoned. a second time, to draw the notice of the Therefore I say to thee, I will advance general; who, falling back on the in- with thee or retreat, as thou thinkest fantry, beheld him beset by a dozen foes, best. To me it matters not. surrounded, and using his great scimitar counsel, is to fly. We may save others.” furiously, yet, as it seemed in vain; for “ It is needful,” replied Don Hernan he was unhelmed.

mournfully. He gave his orders to cer“ What ho, Don Amador !” cried tain officers; and the retreat was comCortes to the cavalier, who was at his menced in the order in which they had side, let us rescue Dos Manos, the fought that is to say, the infantry, mad !”

drawing their lines closer together, and “ In an instant of time, the two hi- facing to the flank, began to march down dalgos had reached the group, and raised the street, preceded by Sandoval, chargtheir voices in encouragement, while ing the opponents from the front, while each struck down a savage. At that Cortes and his band, at intervals rushing moment, and while Lezcano elevated upon the pursuers, kept the triumphant his scimitar to ward off the blow of a barbarians from the rear.” maquahuitl, the massive blade, shivered as if by a thunderbolt, fell to the earth; HABITS OF THE TURTLE. but, before it reached it, the sharp glass of the Indian sword had entered The following curious incidental account his brain. The cavaliers struck fast and of the habits of the turtle (not turtle hard on either hand; the barbarians Dove), is taken from Audubon's new fled; but Lezcano, the Two-handed, lay volume, entitled “Ornithological Biorolling his eyes to heaven, his head cloven graphy;" a work not less interesting to to the mouth."

the general reader than delightful to the “ If we slay a thousand foes for every naturalist. christian man that dies, yet shall we be “On first nearing the shores, and vanquished !” said Cortes, turning an eye mostly on fine calm moonlight nights, of despair on his companion, and speak- the turtle raises her head above the water, ing the feelings he had concealed from being still distant thirty or forty yards all others. Indeed, he seemed to rejoice from the beach, looks around her, and that destiny had given him one follower, attentively examines the abjects on the

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shore. Should she observe nothing likely this; and, if the turtle should be of very to disturb her intended operations, she great size, as often happens on that coast, emits a loud hissing sound, by which such even handspikes are employed. Some of her many enemies as are unaccustomed turtlers are so daring as to swim up to to it, are startled, and so are apt to re- them while lying asleep on the surface move to another place, although unseen of the water, and turn them over in their by her.

Should she hear any noise, or own element, when, however, a boat perceive indications of danger, she in- must be at hand to enable them to secure stantly sinks and goes off to a considerable their prize. Few turtles can bite beyond distance; but should everything be the reach of their fore legs, and few, when quiet, she advances slowly towards the once turned over, can, without assistance, beach, crawls over it, her head raised to regain their natural position; but, notthe full stretch of her neck, and when she withstanding this, their flappers are gehas reached a place fitted for her purpose, nerally secured by ropes, so as to render she gazes all round in silence. Finding their escape impossible. • all well,' she proceeds to form a hole in “Persons who search for turtles' eggs the sand, which she effects by removing are provided with a light stiff cane or a it from under her body with her hind gun-rod, with which they go along the flappers, scooping it out with so much shores, probing the sand near the tracks dexterity that the sides seldom if ever of the animals, which, however, cannot fall in. The sand is raised alternately álways be seen, on account of the winds with each flapper, as with a large ladle, and heavy rains, that often obliterate until it has accumulated behind her, them. The nests are discovered not when supporting herself with her head only by men, but also by beasts of prey, and fore part on the ground fronting her and the eggs are collected, or destroyed body, she with a spring from each flapper, on the spot in great numbers, as on cersends the sand around her, scattering it tain parts of the shore hundreds of turtles to the distance of several feet.“ In this are known to deposit their eggs within manner the holé is dug to the depth of the space of 'a'mile. They form a new eighteen inches, or sometimes more than hole each time they lay; and the second two feet. This labour I have seen per- is generally dug near the first, as if the formed in the short period of nine minutes. animal were quite unconscious of what The eggs are then dropped one by one, had befallen it. It will readily be underand disposed in regular layers, to the stood that the umerous eggs seen in a number of a hundred and fifty, or some- turtle on cutting it up could not be all times nearly two hundred. The whole laid the same season. The whole number time spent in this part of the operation deposited by an individual in one summer may be about twenty minutes. She now may amount to four hundred, whereas scrapes the loose sand back over the eggs, if the animal is caught on or near her and so levels and smooths the surface, nest, as I have witnessed, the remaining that few persons on seeing the spot could eggs, all small, without shells, and as it imagine anything had been done to it. were threaded like so many large beads, This accomplished to her mind, she re- exceed three thousand. In an instance treats to the water with all possible where found that number, the turtle dispatch, leaving the hatching of the weighed nearly four hundred pounds. eggs to the heat of the sand. When a The young, soon after being hatched, turtle, a loggerhead for example, is in and when yet scarcely larger than a the act of dropping her eggs, she will not dollar, scratch their way through their move although one should go up to her, sandy covering, and immediately betake or even seat himself on her back, for it themselves to the water." seems that at this moment she finds it necessary to proceed at all events, and is unable to intermit her labour. The mo

AUX GOURMANDS ! ment it is finished, however, off she starts; All the world knows that the sausages of nor would it then be possible for one, Bologna are esteemed the nicest, if not unless he were as strong as a Hercules, the most delicate, food that can be eaten; to turn her over and secure her.

yet it is well known that they are made “ To upset a turtle on the shore, one with ass's flesh. Xenophon, in his Anais obliged to fall on his knees, and placing basis, says that the flesh of the wild ass his shoulder behind her forearm, gradual was esteemed a delicacy by the army; ly raise her up by pushing with great and, in the history of Belisarius's wars, force, and then with a jerk throw her we find mention of sausages made from

Sometimes it requires the united the flesh of mules that had died of the strength of several men to accomplish plague !

Over.

C. C. C.

THE PARTERRE

OF FICTION, POETRY, HISTORY, AND GENERAL LITERATURE.

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The PIEDMONTESE COURIER. cheek. The Piedmontese couriers are A TRAVELLING ADVENTURE.

on a plan very different to all other (For the Parterre.)

foreign couriers; they have their own

carriages, and travel in general to the very In the summer of 182— I took my place confines of the Piedmontese territories, by the Courier from Turin to Nice, and one for instance from Turin to Geneva, a fine clear evening found me seated side another to Florence, and a third to Nice, by side with my mercury of the post- and so on. These journeys they perform office, and listening with great satisfac- alternately, so that it is known along the tion to the "en route "which started us road at what period each courier will on our journey. The courier was a man pass. On one of the journeys of my whose “ portly paunch” bespoke one on fellow-traveller to Nice, he had been good terms both with himself and the stopped and robbed of some money he world; one who told his tale right mer- was conveying, and as the money berily, and had a kind word and ready smilelonged to the government, a great stir for the many who crowded round to learn was made about it, and the provincial the news, on his changing horses or authorities deemed it incumbent upon

his letter bags at the different them to take up somebody. Two men towns and villages. If ever a man were were accordingly taken up and accused, truly happy, or there was one who and as the courier swore positively to seemed to set at nought the cares and ills them, they were in a short time afterof this world, I think it was my friend wards executed. From some inquiries I the courier. Nothing seemed to discom- afterwards made, I found great doubts

; though I much question, had were entertained as to their being really he but been aware what would have been the men, and many indeed said the the result of the present journey, the courier would have been too frightened smile would for once have forsaken his to have known a man from a woman;

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