Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, Volym 2

Framsida
General Books, 2013 - 132 sidor
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. Approach of Carrera's Forces.--Terror of the Inhabitants.--Their Flight.--Sur render of the Town.--Ferocity of the Soldiery.--A Bulletin.--Diplomacy.--A Passport.--A Breakfast.--An Alarm.--The Widow Padilla.--An Attack.--De feat of Carrera's Forces.--The Town taken by General Morazan -- His Entry --The Widow's Son.--Visit to General Morazan.--His Appearance, Character, &c--Plans deranged. It was broad daylight when we woke, without any machete cuts, and still in undisturbed possession of the town. My first thought was for the mules; they had eaten up their sacate, and had but a poor chance for more, but I sent them immediately to the river for water. They had hardly gone when a little boy ran in from the church, and told us that la gente were in sight. We hurried back with him, and the miserable beings on the steps, with new terrors, supposing that we were friends of the invaders, begged us to save them. Followed by three or four trembling boys, we ascended to the steeple, and .saw the Cachurecos at a distance, descending the brow of a hill in single file, their muskets glittering in the sunbeams. We saw that it was not the whole of Carrera's army, but apparently only a pioneer company; but they were too many for us, and the smallness of their numbers gave them the appearance of a lawless predatory band. They had still to cross a long plain and ascend the hill on which the town was built. The bellrope was in reach of my hand; I gave it one strong pull, and telling the boys to sound loud the alarm, hurried down. As we passed out of the church, we heard loud cries from the old women in the house of the cura; and the old men and children on the steps asked us whether they would be murdered. 'surrender. 75 The mules had not...

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