Stephens 1805-1852 was an American explorer, writer and diplomat. In fact, I did most earnestly hope never to see their faces again. Numerous other drawings of modern cities, towns and other objects of interest, were made by Mr. They went on to Palenque, Uxmal, and according to Stephens, visited a total of 44 sites. At the foot of the church, and connected in k it, was a convent. Swarms of enormous flies, perhaps drifen out by the fire, and hovering on the borders of the burned dis- trict, fell upon the mules. The surface was of limestone rock, in immense strata, with quartz, in one piece of which we discovered g speck of gold.
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. The moon was beaming with unrivalled splendour ; the women did not scream, the children did not cry ; ter- ror was in every faee and movement, but too deep for utterance. In 1839 Stephens, accompanied by Frederick Catherwood, an accomplished book illustrator, landed in Central America to visit Mayan ruins in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Twenty«eeven Indians were engaged in making a redoubt at the door, and twenty-aix bodies were found on the ground, nine killed and seveanto teen wounded. Arrested on the very threshold of our labours, I am unable to give any general plan; but, fortunately, the whole field was level, clear of trees, and in full sight at once.
At thiee we started again. Beyond this we as- cended a high and rugged mountain, and on the top reached a magnificent plain. Before dark we reached Pueblo Nnevo, and all went to the same poseda. In this spint we made a bold stand for some corn. Stephens was accompanied on his journey through Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Yucatan by the illustrator Frederick Catherwood. He received his classical education at the schools of Mr. They are first: books of travel and adventure throughout Central America.
Nothing could exceed the quiet and desolation of the scene ; but there was something strangely interesting in these roofless churches, standing in places entirely unknown. Being now in my sober nnnn— j ijf veiily believe there is much ground to suppose that wk0 the padre told us is authentic. A genttei told me that he saw this coat on its way, stuck on a pole, and paraded by an insulting rabble around the plaza oC the Antigua. Ill ct three bnndfed Indiaos, who fell baek, closed up near tiie porch of the Cathedral, and in a few moments all fled, leaTing the plasai, with all theur ammunition, in the possession of the assailants. A Toice from the Ruins. For several minutea he pulled, with every sinew stretched, but could barely keep her head straight.
I planted my gun against a stone, tied my handkerchief around it as a signal of my whereabout, and very soon was below the level of the ground. Beyond this the causeway extend- ed till it joined a range of mountains. My bungo was at the extreme end of the canal, and the tide had risen so that she was afldat« We began with the gray, by casting a noose arouod her legs, drawing them together, and throwing bor down. On this third terrace, with its principal doorway facing the range of steps, stands the noble structure of the Casa del Gobernador. This book is best left for time travelers who won't wince at racial language or colonialism in all it's forms. It was a gloomy leave-taking of Ouatimala.
We knew nothing of the effect of flus enormity until we entered domestic circles. Our men were al- ready asleep, and, not without apprehensions, the captaio and I retired to a room opening upon the courtyard. General Morazan had left the port but a few days before, having acocmipanied his family thither aa their way to Chili. The unhappy fugitives were brought into the plaza two, three, five, and ten at a time. Such is the fanciful legend connected with this edifice; but it hardly seemed more strange than the structure to which it referred.
Again we came out upon a rich phis, and in several places saw clusters of aloes in full Uooin» The atmosphere was transparent, and, as in an ftotuma day at home, the sun was cheering and invig- oitting. Our guide cleared a way with his machete, and we passed, half buried in the earth, a large fragment of stone elaborately sculptured, and came to the angle of a structure with steps on the sides, in form and appearance, so far as the trees would enable us to make it out, like the sides of a pyramid. Toward the other end was a growth of arbolitos or little trees, and in one place no grass grew, and the ground was black and loamy, like mud drying up. Others suppose them to have descended from the dispersed tribes of Judah; others that their progenitors were a colony from Carthage, thrown upon our continent by accident, after having been driven by a tempest beyond the pillars of Hercules; and some have advanced the opinion that America is the fabled Atlantis of the ancient Greek writers, and that these cities are the remains of the ten splendid kingdoms that flourished upon that beautiful island or group of islands and acknowledged allegiance to Neptune, the god of ocean, as the supreme sovereign and ruler. Not to increase the labour of carrying me, I sat as still as possible ; but in a few minutes, looking euor my shoulder, saw that we were approaching the lidge of a precipice more than a thousand feet deep. I verily believe that if I had fallen into it, I should have bete superstitious, and afraid to set out on my journey.
Two-volume set is very good+ condition, binding very tight with some head wear and chipping. The eutti slipped under my feet and I fell backward , but aavcil myself by stepping across a new-made grave. Before we returned the fire had reached the place we left, and increased so fast that we had apprehensions for the luggage-mules, and hurried them back with the men toward the village. Covered in this volumes are Frederick Catherwood's solo visit to the ruins of Quirigua, and Stephens's and Catherwood's joint visits to the ruins at Santa Cruz del Quiché in Guatemala and Palenque and Uxmal in Mexico. There were none of the fearful marks of a volcanic eruption; nothing to terrify, or suggest an idea of el in- fierno ; but, on the contrary, it was a scene of singular and quiet beauty. We had but one cargo-mule fit for service, and applied to the alcalde for two carriers to go with us across the frontier to Comitan. He here describes in detail the remarkable aspects of Mayan life, including the architecture, idols, tablets and other creations of the ancient civilization.
If you can handle that, you'll be rewarded with unforgettable descriptions of ruins and people circa 1840. Was it the real thing or was it not? The man could hardly believe that it was deserted. Stephens was accompanied on his journey through Guatemala, Costa Rica and the Yucatan by the illustrator Frederick Catherwood. I, Tablet of Hieroglyphics 342 No. Van Buren, being then President, gave him the appointment of Special Ambassador to Central America, for the, purpose of negotiating a treaty with that country.