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CHAPTER XVIII.

Precautions against the Attacks of Moschetoes.—Mode of Life at Palenque.— Description of the Palace.— Piers.— Hieroglyphics.—Figures.—Doorways.— Corridors.—Courtyards.—A wooden Helic—Stone Steps.—Towers.—Tablets. —Stucco Ornaments, &c, &c.—The Royal Chapel.—Explorations.—An Aqueduct.—An Alarm.—Insects.—Effect of Insect Stings.—Return to the Villagof Palenque.

At daylight I returned, and found Mr. C. and Pawling sitting on the stones, half dressed, in rueful conclave. They had passed the night worse than I, and our condition and prospects were dismal. Rains, hard work, bad fare, seemed nothing; but we could no more exist without sleep than the "foolish fellow" <rf vEsop, who, at the moment when he had learned to live without eating, died. In all his travels through the country Pawling had never encountered such hard work as since he met us.

The next night the moschetoes were beyond all endurance; the slightest part of the body, the tip end of a finger, exposed, was bitten. With the heads covered the heat was suffocating, and in the morning our faces were all in blotches. Without some remedy we were undone. It is on occasions like this that the creative power of genius displays itself. Our beds, it will be remembered, were made of sticks lying side by side, and set on four piles of stones for legs. Over these we laid our pellons and armas de aguas, or leathern armour against rain, and over these our straw matting. This prevented our enemies invading us from between the sticks. Our sheets were already sewed up into sacks. We ripped one side, cut sticks, and bent them

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