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The Aztec Treasure-House   By: (1849-1913)

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THE AZTEC TREASURE HOUSE

By Thomas Allibone Janvier

Copyright, 1890, by Harper & Brothers.

All rights reserved.

TO C. A. J.

Departimiento y ha entre los engaños. Catales y ha que son buenos, e tales que malos, e buenos son aquellos que los omnes fazen a buena fe e a buena intencion. ALONZO el SABIO, Setena Partida, Titulo xvi., Ley ii.

[Illustration: The Dying Cacique.]

CONTENTS.

PROLOGUE

I. FRAY ANTONIO

II. THE CACIQUE'S SECRET

III. THE MONK'S MANUSCRIPT

IV. MONTEZUMA'S MESSENGER

V. THE ENGINEER AND THE LOST FREIGHT MAN

VI. THE KING'S SYMBOL

VII. THE FIGHT IN THE CAÑON

VIII. AFTER THE FIGHT

IX. THE CAVE OF THE DEAD

X. THE SWINGING STATUE

XI. THE SUBMERGED CITY

XII. IN THE VALLEY OF DEATH

XIII. UP THE CHAC MOOL STAIR

XIV. THE HANGING CHAIN

XV. THE TEMPLE IN THE CLOUDS

XVI. AT THE BARRED PASS

XVII. OF OUR COMING INTO THE VALLY OF AZTLAN

XVIII. THE STRIKING OF A MATCH

XIX. THE SEEDS OF REVOLT

XX. THE PRIEST CAPTAIN'S SUMMONS

XXI. THE WALLED CITY OF CULHUACON

XXII. THE OUTBREAK OF REVOLUTION

XXIII. A RESCUE

XXIV. THE AFFAIR AT THE WATER GATE

XXV. THE GOLD MINERS OF HUITZILAN

XXVI. THE GATHERING FOR WAR

XXVII. AN OFFER OF TERMS

XXVIII. THE SURRENDER OF A LIFE

XXIX. THE ASSAULT IN THE NIGHT

XXX. THE FALL OF THE CITADEL

XXXI. DEFEAT

XXXII. EL SABIO'S DEFIANCE

XXXIII. IN THE AZTEC TREASURE HOUSE

XXXIV. A MARTYRDOM

XXXV. THE TREASURE CHAMBER

XXXVI. THE VENGEANCE OF THE GODS

XXXVII. THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT

XXXVIII. KING CHALTZANTZIN'S TREASURE

EPILOGUE

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

THE DYING CACIQUE

THE LETTER FROM THE DEAD

PACKING IN THE CORRAL

THE FIGHT IN THE CAÑON

THE CAVE OF THE DEAD

AFLOAT ON THE LAKE

EL SABIO'S PREDICAMENT

MAKING THE PEACE SIGN

THE FULFILMENT OF THE PROPHECY

THE STRIKING OF A MATCH

CHECKING YOUNG'S OUTBREAK

THE LEAP FROM ABOVE THE WATER GATE

THE TLAHUICOS AND THEIR GUARDS

IN THE GATE WAY OF THE CITADEL

THE LAST RALLY

EL SABIO'S DEFIANCE

FRAY ANTONIO'S APPEAL

YOUNG'S STRUGGLE WITH THE PRIEST CAPTAIN

IN THE LIBRARY BEFORE THE OPEN FIRE

Who'd hear great marvels told Come listen now! Who longs for hidden gold Come listen now! Who joys in well fought fights, Who yearns for wondrous sights, Who pants for strange delights Come listen now!

For here are marvels told To listen to! Here tales of hidden gold To listen to! Here gallant men wage fights, Here pass most wondrous sights, Here's that which ear delights To listen to!

THE AZTEC TREASURE HOUSE

PROLOGUE.

"God sends nuts to them who have no teeth:" which ancient Spanish proverb of contrariety comes strongly to mind as I set myself to this writing.

By nature am I a studious, book loving man, having a strong liking for quiet and orderliness. Yet in me also is a strain that urges me, even along ways which are both rough and dangerous, to get beyond book knowledge, and to examine for myself the abstractions of thought and the concretions of men and things out of the consideration whereof books are made. And I hold that it is because I have thus sought for truth in its original sources, instead of resting content with what passes for truth, being detached fragments of fact which other men have found and have cut and polished to suit themselves, that I have gathered to myself more of it, and in its rude yet perfect native crystals, than has come into the possession of any other modern investigator. In making which strong assertion I am not moved by idle vanity, but by a just and reasonable conception of the intrinsic merit of my own achievement: as will be universally admitted when I publish the great work, now almost ready for the press, upon which, in preparatory study and in convincing discovery, I have been for the past ten years engaged... Continue reading book >>




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