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transversely. These are called subterraceous azarments; but there are windows openics fro- or-- a--te the ground, and, in fact, they are merely a g-z-i-o-or below the pavement of the corridors. In Eos: Pi-s. however, they are so dark that it is necessary 2 -s: them with candles. There are no bas-reliefs or so ornaments; and the only objects which or r=sie go--ed out or which attracted our atten: or were set=ri: stone tables, one crossing and blockizz =P --ee-forabout eight feet long, four wide. and :tree E = -- Coe of these lower corridors had a door opez - z → z →e back part of the terrace, and we ge-era y >: through it with a candle to get to the z--> -----> In two other places there were fligits of *** *- : z to corridors above. Probably these were ***2 = 2 apartments. In that part of the plan marked Roxa Nz. 1. --e walls were more richly decorated with so tria----> than any other in the palace; but, L-for-2:------> were much mutilated. On each side of toe orway was a stucco figure, one of which terz :: * ~ :-fect, is given in the engraving opposite. Near = * * apartment in which is marked - sizzl, altar." It was richly ornamented, like those which -- * *****r referred to in other buildings; and fro-, -ezzez-z-ze of the back wall we supposed there had bee- ore zlets. In our utter ignorance of the Hao of tze zero-e who had formerly occupied this building. : was ~~~ sible to form any conjecture for what uses to 2 forent apartments were intended; but if we are r zoo o calling it a palace, the name which the I-32::= z** it, it seems probable that the part surround: 2 to cooryards was for public and state occasions. 21.3 to toe rest was occupied as the place of residence of the road family; this room with the small altar, we may suppose, was what would be called, in our own times, a royal chapel. With these helps and the aid of the plan, the reader will be able to find his way through the ruined palace of Palenque; he will form some idea of the profusion of its ornaments, of their unique and striking character, and of their mournful effect, shrouded by trees; and perhaps with him, as with us, fancy will present it as it was before the hand of ruin had swept over it, perfect in its amplitude and rich decorations, and occupied by the strange people whose portraits and figures now adorn its walls. The reader will not be surprised that, with such objects to engage our attention, we disregarded some of the discomforts of our princely residence. We expected at this place to live upon game, but were disappointed. A wild turkey we could shoot at any time from the door of the palace; but, after trying one, we did not venture to trifle with our teeth upon another; and besides these, there was nothing but parrots, monkeys, and lizards, all very good eating, but which we kept in reserve for a time of pressing necessity. The density of the forest and the heavy rains would, however, have made sporting impracticable. Once only I ottempted an exploration. From the door of the palace, almost on a line with the front, rose a high steep mountain, which we thought must command a view of the city in its whole extent, and perhaps itself contain ruins. I took the bearing, and, with a compass in my hand and an Indian before me with his machete, from the rear of the last-mentioned building cut a straight line up east-northeast to the top. The ascent was so steep that I was obliged to haul myself up by the branches. On the top was a high mound of

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