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CONQUEST OF MEXICO. 243 I ever beheld ; it is two leagues in circuit, and through the middle of it flows a fine stream of water ; at intervals of about two bow-shots are houses with beds of flowers, and numerous trees bearing various fruits, together with a profusion of herbs and odoriferous plants ; so that the beauty and extent of the whole garden are worthy of the greatest admiration. That day we reposed in it, and the people did all they could to please and serve us. The next day we set out, and at eight o'clock we arrived at a goodly town called Yautepeque, where a great num- ber of the enemy were awaiting our arrival. On our coming it seemed as if they wished to make us some signal of peace, either on account of their fears, or to de- ceive us. But immediately, without more ado, they began to fly, abandoning the place ; and I did not care to remain in it, but with thirty horse we pursued them two leagues until we shut them up in another place called Gilutepeque, when we attacked them with lances, and slew many of them. In this town we found the people very much off" their guard, because we got there before their scouts. Some of them were slain, and many wo- men and young persons were taken prisoners ; all the rest fled. I remained there two days, believing that the cacique would acknowledge himself a vassal of your Majesty ; but as he never came, when I left the town I set fire to it. Before, however, I had left it, certain per- sons came from the former place, called Yactepeque, and asked me to pardon them, saying that they desired to be- come vassals of your Majesty. I received them favora- bly, because they had already been sufficiently punished. On the same day that I departed, at nine o'clock in the morning, I came in sight of a very strong town, called