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THE HESPERIAN STUDENT.
Perhaps ho would rccnll them after thoy hnd viewed the
wonders nnd received tlio gold of Ihe einplro. Inspired
by this hope, ho pave tho Spaniards full liberty nnd
showered his wealth upon them. In bauds t lie iron
mailed sirnngcrs strolled through the city, viewing its
wonders. The luxurient guidons, tho well-filled menn
geries, tho busy market, tho nvinrics nlivo with brilliant,
hucd birds, the massive palaces, and the gloomy majesty
oT the temples, excited Iho ninazemont and cupidity of
tho adventurers. But tho awful spectacle of human sncrl
flco drowned in seas of blood alt thoughts of pleasuie nnd
wakened into active life tho bitterest fanaticism. Their
God was calling for vengemeo upon tho accused hcntlicn,
by whoso destruction all those glories would be theirs.
Spanish greed an. I fanaticism were rousid, and Mexico
was doomed. Tho murmuring of tho soldiery came to
Montezuma's cars, nnd with them returned his old for
bodings. Again lie attempted to obtnin tho Spaniard's
departure. Sending for Cortez, ho informed him that the
people were revolting against the sirnngcrs' further stay
and besought him to depart from tho city. Corlez
ncquiesed to his request and promisscd to lenvo Mexico in
a fow dnys. The next morning, however, while Monte
zumn was seated in hto audience chamber, Cortez witli a
few Spanish soldiers, wns announced. Respectfully ap
proaching tho emperor, they began qucstioniug him con
ccrraing a massacre of Spaniards in a distant town. Soon
throwing of this mask, Cortez accused tho monarch of
being accessory to tho deed and ordered his followers to
lay hands on tho king and lead him to the Spanish quar
ters. Paralyzed with indignation and nwed by their au
dacity, Montezuma submitted. But not as a monarch;
his ki ugliness reluscd to leave the throne, and a broken
spirited man wns nil that could surrender. Ho still re
tained tho garb of sovroignty and received his subjects
with all his former dignity His very captors seemingly
submitted to his will, but tho will of Cortez, not of Mon.
tczuma was law in Mexico. Ho soon acknowledged
tho Spanish emperor as li is sovereign and over after
reigned as vassal of tho crowu of Spain. Not long after
tho rape of tho king, Cortez was called into tho field to
crush a hostile Spanish army, leaving tho charge of tho
city to a lieutenant. This fellow raised the wrath of the
peoplo to uncontrollable bounds by destroying the stntuo
of tho wnr-god. Cortez returned to find tho Spnninrds
closely besieged by un outrnged populace. Relying on
tho uniform respect paid tho emperor, Cortez pursuaded
him to go before tho mob and exculpate tho Spaniards
from blame, promising them a speedy departure of tho
white men. During a lull in tho tumult, tho emporor, In
all his insigina of royalty, advanced to meet a maddened
nation. A respectful hush greeted him; but when ho
began to spoak, hcwls of oxcration broke out on all sides,
tho people were insane with fury to hear their lord plead
for their enemies. As ho proceeded, a daring knight
shook hisjavolin at tho Bacrcd person of tho monarch.
In an Instant a thousand weapons were hurled at tho
walls: tho emperor fell, desperately wounded; tho Span
iards carried him within the palace und endeavored to
Btauncb hli wounds. But it was in vain. Tho emporor
would not survive this disgrace. Tearing away tho
bandages, in moody silonco ho watched his life blood obb
away. Thus died Montezuma. Born of a royal race,
crowned emporor of a mighty nation amid tho brightest
prospects, ho died deserted by his people, a prisoner In
his own capital, killed by tho wonpons of his own sub -jecls.
Highly educated, a masterly general, an all-power
full sovereign, ho became a slave to tho superstitions of
his religion, and though tho credulity to its fables worked
out his own and eventually his country's rain. Tho fato
of the emperor himself seemed undeserved, but Providence-
was Urging It on. His nation, though highly civil
ized, in many respects, was the deadly Upas tree of the
valley of Mexico, blighted all the nations bv the awful
crimes of Its religion. Generation after goneiatlon its
foulness had Increased,
MakttiR blind Zoal nnd bloody Avarlco ,
Its ministers of vungituico, uont among them
Tho heroic Spalnnrdi' unrolontlng sword. "
Oh, collogo, 'tis to thee,
Best placo of all to mo.
Of thee I slug.
Place where tho co-od calls
At mo along your halls,
Placo whoro the tutor bawls
For ordor there.
I love thy third floor hall,
Whero dark the shadows full
Ou Friday eves.
i love thy janitor,
WIsobb a senator,
Fierce as n mar.-eator
Within hit lair.
Whono'crl'm far from thee.
I'm always euro to bo
Too lato for prayer
Ifofton this bo true,
I'll surely got my due
And be romoved from you.
B'lt I don't care.
UPON READING "THE LIFE AND LETTERS" OF
By Paul Hamilton IIayne.
Thero's not a pago but glows with vital broath;
Not scarce allno which does not eeoni to start
With quick pulsation of a living heart,
Abovo tho touch, boyond tho taint of death,
Pool oven tho the lottcrs of his liquid na'mo;
Flash as wo gaze, and takotho hues of (lame;
Of flamo mado rhythmic, brightening while it
A life was his, which wrought from toilful care
Strongth for asconslon to diviner air;
Which pluckod tho roso of hopo from thornod
A fato was his, npbuoyod by tireless wings
Of aspiration, with tho charm of powers,
UnYanquished by tho songs of Syren Hours.
What if sloop-shadowed, rostful, his worn dust
Karth (tender mother I) holds In sacred trust;
Tho man's true life, his passion and his pain,
His rapture, glory, and august dcslro,
His patient brain, and soul of fragrant lire,
In lovo's supremo memorial breathe again I
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