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CONTENTS.
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IV.
A NEW INDUSTRY AND AN OLD MONUMENT.
Hemp, or Henequen. — The native wealth of Yucatan. — Cultivation and preparation of henequen. — Cordage and hammocks. — The cotton and its worm. — On the road. — Processions of Indians. — Where liammocks are made. — The coach Carlotta rode in. — Aké. — More ruins. — Cyclopean columns. — Katunes, or epochs, of aboriginal history. — Records of a vanquished people. — Who raised them? — House of the Priest. — Akabná, or dark house. — The Cenote and its inhabitants. — Lizards and iguanas. — The lizard that tortures you by biting your shadow. — The oldest monuments in America. — Our host, the Condé Peon 82
V.
MAYAPAN, THE ANCIENT EMPIRE.
Mayapan, and Chichen-Itza. — Aboriginal history. — The Maya Genesis. — Xibalba. — The Itzaes. — The three invasions of Yucatan. — Mayas, Tutul Xius, Caribs. — King Cocom. — The mound at Mayapan. — Dr. Le Plongeon's statue. — Maya astronomy. — Chaldean and Egyptian resemblances. — Antiquity and civilization of the Mayas. — Itzamal, the holy city. — The Yucatecan rebellion. — A ravaged country. — Mural paintings and sculptures. — The great ruined city. — Chaacmol, the Tiger King. — A disappointed discoverer. — A glance at Kabah. — Consul Ayme's horse. — The man on horseback. — M. Charnay and his theories. — How archaeologists are working. — How they should work 94
VI.
A GRAND TURKEY HUNT.
The ocellated turkey. — John. — Our dreadful driver, and how we managed him. — Motul. — Its Cenote. — "Toh," the bird that baffled Noah and survived the flood. — A Revolutionary General. — An impromptu ball. — An array of beauty. — A reasonable request. — A town where English had never been spoken. — The young ladies wish to hear it. — They are gratified. — English speech-making to a Spanish audience. — An "original" poem. — Timax, an isolated town. — A home-made physician. — Another dance. — A dignity ball. — The Musicos. — The Mestiza ball. — Dancing against one's will. — "Vaminos." — The turkey-buzzard dance. — The Tore. — A change of scene. — The dying Indian woman. — A welcome for death 112