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" It requires a great many shovelfuls of earth to bury the truth " 

—Swiss Proverb 




WILLIAM DOXEY 

AT THE SIGN OF THE LARK 

SAN FRANCISCO 

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Copyright, 1897 
By Frona Eunice Wait 



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TO THE MEMORY OF MY DEAR FATHER 

JAMES LAFAYETTE SMITH 

THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED 

wherein are set forth all my loves 
also some pet antipathies 

Frona Eunice Wait 
San Francisco, August, i8g7 



PREFACE 

SAN FRANCISCO 

Serene^ indifferent of fate ^ 

Thou sittest at the Western Gate; 

UpoJi thy heights^ so lately won^ 
Still slant the banners of the sun; 

Thou seest the white seas strike their tents^ 
O Warder of two Conti?ients I 

And^ scornful of the peace that flies 
Thy angry winds and sullen skies y 

Thou drawest all thing s^ small or great y 
To theCy beside the Wester?i Gate, 



liorC s wheiPy that hidestfast 

In jungle growth of spire and mast! 

1 know thy cunning and thy greedy 
Thy hard high lust and willful deedy 

And all thy glory loves to tell 
Of specious gifts material. 

Drop dowuy O fleecy Fog! and hide 
Her skeptic sneer and all her pride. 



VI PREFACE 

Wrap her^ O Fog! in gouni and hood 
Of her Franciscan Brotherhood; 

Hide me her faults^ her sin a7id blame; 
With thy gray via7itle cloak her shame! 

So shall she, cowled, sit and pray 
Till m,orning bears her sifts away. 

Then rise, O fleecy Fog! and raise 
The glory of her coming days; 

Be as the clond that flecks the seas 
Above her stnoky argosies. 

When forms familiar shall give plcLce 
To stra?iger speech and 7iewerface; 

Whe?i all her throes a7id anxious fears 
Lie hushed in the repose of years; 

When Art shall raise a7id Culture lift 
The se7isual joys a7id 7nea7ier thTift, 

And all fulfilled the vision, we 

Who watch a7id wait shall never see, — 

Who i7i the mofning of her race 
Toiled fair or mea7ily in our place. 

But, yielding to the common lot. 
Lie unrecorded a7id forgot, 

— Bret Harte. 




YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER I 

YERMAH the Dcrado was refreshed and invigorated by 
his early-morning ride. It had been a jolly gallop, and 
it would have been hard to say who found the keenest 
enjoyment in it, himself, his horse Cibolo, or Oghi, the 
ocelot, running beside them in long, slow leaps that cov 
ered much ground, yet always alighting noiselessly and 
softly as a cat. 

It was a beautiful morning, one that would correspond 
to the first of June now, — but this was eleven thousand 
one hundred and forty-seven years ago, when days and 
years were reckoned differently. The tall grass and wild 
oats left ample proof of their close proximity along the 
roadside, fragments secreting themselves here and there 
in the clothing of Yermah and in the trappings of Cibolo. 
Oghi, too, could haye been convicted on the evidence his 
formidable toes presented. Added to this was the inde- 
scribable scent of dew, of the first hours of day and the 
springtime of nature. 

It was the first time since his arrival from Atlantis that 
Yermah had ventured outside the city limits alone. When 
once the temples, forts, and market-places of Tlamco were 
left behind him, he had given Cibolo the rein and aban- 
doned himself to the exhilaration of going like the wind. 
Tlamco, the Llama city whose passing was so complete 
as to leave no perceptible traces for the men who founded 
Yerba Buena on the same peninsula ages after, and whose 



2 YERMAH THE DORADO 

very existence would be laughed at by the nineteenth- 
century inhabitants of San Francisco, were not the hills 
in and around Golden Gate Park living witnesses of great 
mathematical skill. The first denizens built some of these 
hills and shaped others, to give the diameters and dis- 
tances of all the planets. Who of to-day will believe that 
Las Papas, or Twin Peaks, show the eccentricities of the 
earth's orbit to one fifty- millionths of its full size? 

Now early-morning milk-trains, and trucks loaded with 
vegetables from outlying gardens intercept and mingle 
with the heavy wagons laden with meat from Butchertown. 
In short, the modem city's food supply comes from the 
same direction in which Yermah rode. The same stretch 
of country teems with fruits, grains, and domestic animals 
as it did that morning in the remote past. Conditions, 
times, and people have changed since then, and so have 
many of the features of the locality itself 

South of what is now known as the Potrero was a bay. 
Now it is a swamp, and the north and south points there 
are the remains of forts, though they appear to be nothing 
more than hillocks blown into shape by the merest chance. 
To the west is a hill, on which dwelt the naval commander, 
Hanabusa, with his officers. Immediately north of the 
commander's residence was a hill upon which was located 
the house of the captain of the three-decked war-galleys, 
or balsas. The fleet was composed of twenty large and 
twelve small balsas, and these lay out in the bay, well- 
protected from wind and storm. The house of the com- 
mandant was near the signal-station, which could be seen 
from every eminence in the city. It also guarded the 
western side of the cement causeway leading from the 
market-place in the center of Tlamco to the water s edge. 
The captain's house afforded protection to the north side. 

Yermah skirted the range of hills on the land side, 
where were located the granaries of his people, and which 
accounted for the presence of the fleets and forts in that 
neighborhood. He rode down what is now called the San 
Bruno Road, where he was kept busy returning salutes 
of the workmen whose duty it was to produce, conserve, 
and prepare food for their fellows. Meeting Hanabusa 
near his home, Yermah dismounted to consult with him. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 3 

While the men talked Oghi lay in wait for a flock of birds. 
He managed to frighten them into rising from the ground, 
when, with a sudden leap into the air, he struck three of 
them down with his powerful paw. He looked at his 
master in a shamefaced sort of way, growling gutturals 
all the while. His sharp teeth were exposed in something 
very like a smile, when he understood that he was to make 
a breakfast off his find. 

Oghi was of the spotted, or painted, species of ocelot, 
more like the South American jaguar than of any of the 
known ocelots of Central America. In olden times these 
animals were plentiful on the Rio Grande, and were used 
by the sportsmen of the day for hunting, much as dogs 
are now employed. Oghi measured seven feet from tip to 
tip, and was spotted thickly on the head, thighs, legs, and 
back in irregular shapes. On the flanks the spots were 
concentric, like all tiger-cats. He was of a tawny yellow 
color, with black markings and a white belly. Oghi made 
short work of a jack-rabbit or a squirrel. He would play 
with them for a few minutes, and when he had enough 
of it, he would seize them in his powerful jaws and throw 
them backward over his head. Sometimes he ate them, 
but more often he contented himself with a handful of 
prairie clover. 

When once fairly in the country, the quick eye of Oghi 
was not long in detecting a fine buck deer, surreptitiously 
grazing in a field of oats by the roadside. The ocelot 
crouched low, and hugging the ground crept stealthily 
forward. The black-tail, now conscious of danger, ele- 
vated his head, adorned with a splendid set of antlers 
still in the velvet. His nostrils were distended, and he 
sniffed the air suspiciously. All at once, like a bolt froni 
a gun, the deer made a tremendous leap, and was off at 
top speed. Oghi continued to trail in a crouching posi- 
tion, which made him look like a long black and yellow 
streak against the horizon. He gained on the deer from 
the first, and when near him made a furious spring. The 
leap fell short, but Oghi lighted on the rump of the buck 
and nearly bore him to his haunches. The wounded 
animal shook off his assailant and plunged ahead despe- 
rately, but it was plain to be seen that he was badly 










4 YERMAH THE DORADO 

hurt where Oghi's claws had torn out great pieces of 
flesh and hide. 

The ocelot now changed his tactics. All his cruel 
leonine nature was aroused by the exertion and taste of 
warm blood. Instead of hugging the heels of his victim, 
he endeavored to run alongside near the shoulder, where 
he could fix his sharp teeth in the throbbing throat. For 
a few moments they ran side by side, straight and even 
as a pair of coach-horses. Then, with a mighty catlike 
spring, Oghi's long, slender body stretched out and up 
into the air. When he descended his claws were buried 
in a viselike grip on the shoulder, and his teeth had 
closed on the jugular vein. For an instant there was no 
break in speed. The deer made two more leaps, then 
staggered, whirled once around, and victor and van- 
quished went heels over head together in the long grass. 

Yermah kept close behind, putting Cibolo to his best 
paces in an endeavor to save the life of the deer. He 
repeatedly called to Oghi to let go his hold. Reluctantly 
and with many a sullen growl the creature finally obeyed 
him. Not only were the main arteries and veins in the 
throat severed, but the heavy blows had broken the 
shoulder-blade. Yermah hastily fastened the chain he 
carried to the bulFs-hide band on Oghi's fore-leg, which 
was held in place by two smaller chains fastened to the 
animal's collar. As the captor licked the blood off his 
chops, the death-struggles of his prey grew fainter, and 
finally ceased altogether. 

Oghi was quite a character in his way, and enjoyed a 
unique reputation among the inhabitants of Tlamco. He 
came as a gift to Yermah from the Atlantian colonists of 
the Rio Grande. He seemed so disconsolate and lonely 
that Yermah sent to that region to secure him a mate. 
In the mean time, the young man told all his friends 
about it, and promised his favorites the first litters which 
should follow this happy venture. Oghi's reputation for 
intelligence, docility, and courage made every one feel 
fortunate in the prospect of owning some of the stock. 

Pika was an ocelot beauty, and carried herself with all 
the haughty disdain a full knowledge of that fact in- 
spired. When turned loose in the yard with Oghi, she 



YERMAH THE DORADO 5 

flew at him instantly and whipped him unmercifully. 
Under no circumstances would she allow him near her. 
Oghi submitted like a sheep. He even crawled flat on 
his belly and howled for mercy. In these encounters he 
kept close to the wall on the opposite side, and when 
possible scaled it with remarkable agility. This unex- 
pected outcome gave rise to great hilarity, although the 
consensus of opinion was that Oghi had behaved like a 
gentleman. There were men in those days capable of 
facing a hostile regiment single-handed, but capitulated 
instantly at sight of an irate female — so this idea is not 
entirely modem. 

It may have been that an easy victory over Oghi 
caused Pika to overestimate her fighting abilities, — for 
she did not hesitate to tackle a grizzly bear, and in doing 
so came to an untimely end. It was a rough-and-tumble 
fight, but a duel to the death from the beginning. The 
bear followed his usual tactics of falling down, rolling 
over, and slapping himself every time Pika's claws or 
teeth drew blood. It was this extraordinary proceeding 
which undid Pika. Had she been more wary, she would 
have kept well to the rear; but she foolishly got in the 
way of Bruin's right paw, and the result was a skull split 
from nose to ear. Pika in turn succeeded in wounding 
her antagonist so desperately that the hunters had little 
to do after arriving on the scene. When Yermah's irrev- 
erent friends came to condole with him, he invited them 
to witness his endowment of Oghi with a badge of 
mourning. This was the buirs-hide band, worn on the 
left fore-leg, by means of which Oghi was always man- 
ageable. Suspended from the hook which fastened the 
leading chain was a leaden heart, with the inscription — 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF PIKA 

which was indeed a sign manual of submission and servi- 
tude. If at any time during the rest of his life, Oghi 
showed signs of rebellion, Yermah had but to pull the 
chain and his left fore-leg was doubled up close to his 
body, while the collar around his neck became uncom- 
fortably tight. 



6 YERMAH THE DORADO 

An immense octagonal inclosure, eight hundred and 
eighty feet across, which equaled the base of the great 
pyramid of Gizeh, and one three-hundred-thousandths of 
the diameter of the planet Jupiter, surrounded Yermah's 
house in Tlamco. It was approached by two beautiful 
gates. The one due north closed a roadway composed 
of tiny white seashells, continued to the bay, and over- 
looking the Golden Gate. The other was the terminus 
of a footpath of flagging, which led to the observatory. 
Here the adobe was laid in irregular forms and covered 
with stucco. The walls were four feet above the terrace, 
which was fifteen feet all told. There were eight towers, 
thirty feet high by twenty in diameter. These symbol- 
ized the eight companions of Jupiter. They were circular 
in form, and had battlements and winding stairs, each 
tower being furnished with deep-set octagon loopholes 
for observation, and would comfortably accommodate 
twenty men. Each one was entered by a door which 
opened into the courtyard, and connected with a passage 
under the terrace. It was this passage fitted with loop- 
holes which made it really a fortification. The whole 
structure was flat-roofed, with battlements of hard wood 
plated with lead. The lower floor of each tower was 
a sort of guardroom, furnished with huge tables and 
benches, which followed the outline of the room. There 
were stools of terra-cotta, porcelain, and hard woods 
elaborately carved where the bodyguard suite of the 
Dorado lived. In each tower, one above the other, were 
two sleeping apartments of similar size, with messrooms 
attached. 

As Yermah galloped up through the wide southern gate, 
the courtyard filled with members of his staff"; and as he 
swung lightly from the saddle, it was noticed that Cibolo 
showed signs of his morning work. Yermah led him to 
the stable- door, and as he was being rubbed down, gave 
him some salt and patted him affectionately. At this 
show of partiality Oghi took offense, and leaping over 
the back of the horse, stood uncomfortably near Yermah, 
the hair along his spinal column on end, and his tail 
straight and threatening. Yermah spoke to him sharply. 
A colony of parrots having the freedom of Cibolo* s crib, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 7 

disturbed by the commotion, began to screech and chatter, 
as if they not only comprehended but sympathized with 
Oghi's jealousy. In less than a minute they were vigor- 
ously fighting among themselves, and Yermah, unable to 
make himself heard above the noise and din, fled incon- 
tinently. 

Cibolo came from Poseidon's stud, whence his ancestry 
was traced back a thousand years. He had all the qual- 
ities which conduced to endurance and speed. His big, 
bright eyes gave evidence of his energy and splendid 
nerve, and he carried himself like a king. His straight 
neck and perfect joints were connecting links of a muscu- 
lar system of great power. In the center of his wide, flat 
forehead was a star, and his glossy coat of hair distinctly 
outlined a delicate tracery of veins. The nostrils were , 
wide and open, while the mobile ears, set well apart, were 
small and straight. The horse had never been struck a 
blow in his life, and was docile, abstemious, loving, and 
intelligent. 

With fine-cut horn brushes, the grooms set to work 
removing every particle of dust and sweat from his skin, 
smoothing every hair into its proper place, until it shone 
like fine satin. The mane and tail were combed like 
human hair and plaited into tight strands, which would be 
loosened only when he was harnessed to the chariot, later 
in the day. His legs were well scrubbed, and then the 
joints were rubbed and oiled thoroughly. Special atten- 
tion was paid to the height and width of the head when 
his narrow, light-weight copper shoes were made, and his 
teeth were kept in perfect condition. The bits of his 
bridle were douched with salt water after each wearing, 
and his harness and trappings were so constructed as to 
produce as little friction as possible. These were marvels 
of workmanship and design. As became the station of 
his master, the head ornaments, saddle coronas, and trap- 
pings worn to the chariot were masses of jewels, feathers, 
silver bells, and embroidery. 

Yermah went directly to his private apartments in the 
eastern quadrangle of laqua, his official residence. The 
approaches to this part of the house were screened by 
trellises covered with flowering creepers. After a plunge 



8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

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and shower of both salt and fresh water, followed by a 
liberal use of lavender spray, of which he was extrava- 
gantly fond, he emerged from the hands of his dresser 
with a glow of health and happiness on his face. He lin- 
gered but a moment in the hallway, then crossed over to 
the extreme eastern triangle, which was a private sanc- 
tuary where he often went to consult the oracle Orion on 
personal matters. 

The statue was of carved alabaster, exquisitely pro- 
portioned. It represented the figure of a man, with 
diamond eyes, whose head supported a jeweled miter, 
terminating in a point. The belt which confined his loose 
robe at the waist had three solitaires of purest water, which 
were supposed to grow dim if the petitioner was not in 
good health or was in danger. If these stones became 
opaque or colorless, the phenomenon gave rise to most 
dismal forebodings. 

Orion was placed in a square niche exactly facing the 
rising sun, and held a fan and sickle in his hand. A win- 
dow of jeweled glass let in the first rays of the morning, 
lighting up the gold and silver ornamentation back of 
the figure. The right side was of gold, the left of silver 
— one typifying the sun, the other the moon. Back of 
the head, suspended from the ceiling, was a splendid 
panache of green feathers dusted with jewels, and above 
this was a crystal ball, whose knobby surface reflected 
rainbow colors in circles and zones. At his feet was a 
bas-relief representing a golden humming-bird flying over 
water, which was a symbol of Atlantis. The prayer-rug 
in front of the figure was of ivory, woven in strips. It 
was as flexible as cloth and beautifully fine. The double- 
key pattern, characteristic of prehistoric America, formed 
the border; but this was much broken and most effective 
with its shadings of black skillfully intermingled with fili- 
gree carvings. Pastils of incense burned on the altar; 
peace and quiet reigned supreme. 

The Dorado was a child of promise; that is to say, he 
had been set apart as the future ruler of the island of 
Atlantis and her outlying colonies, by the Brotherhood 
of the White Star, and consecrated to a life of service 
before he was borii. He was a veritable sun-god^ and as 



YERMAH THE DORADO' 9 

the subdued light fell over his long, wavy blond hair and 
beard, while kneeling before the oracle, he was a specimen 
of manhood fair to look upon. Tall, broad-shouldered, 
and athletic, with not a pound too much of flesh, he had 
a countenance open and frank as that of a child. His 
large, round, transparent blue eyes were placed exactly 
on a normal line — eyes whose truthfulness could not be 
questioned; and the slightly arched heavy brows indi- 
cated the physical strength and mental power behind 
them. He had a large hand, evenly balanced, and well 
formed, the right thumb always drooping over the left 
when the hands were folded. The joints of the fingers 
were of equal length, showing a love of detail, and he had 
a manner strict and proper, with quick perception of little 
courteous attentions. His round, pink nails denoted lib- 
eral sentiments and his small clean-cut ear helped to bear 
out other testimony of his having been born during the 
morning hours. The sign Leo in the ascendant made 
him primarily a man of emotion; and as the shoulders 
are the thermometer of feeling, he made many gestures 
with them. As an orator he was magnetic, earnest, 
impulsive, pathetic, and irresistible. Leo is the second 
emanation of the fiery triplicity, and is a symbol of the 
glowing, flaming horizon at sunrise. 

Yermah possessed that nature which rouses others to 
the highest pitch of activity. Unfortunately this quality 
was as likely to be against as for him. He was generous 
and sympathetic, honest and faithful as a friend, but when 
off guard was impulsive and rash. On the spur of the 
moment, under the dominating influence of his emotions 
he sometimes acted without thinking. In disposition he 
was high-spirited, resolute, and ambitious. The sun itself 
is correlated to the divine ego, and signifies the spiritual 
potentialities of creative power. This rendered the 
Dorado free from physical blemish, and endowed him 
with great recuperative energy. Jupiter shed beneficent 
rays on his nativity, and this inclined him to forgiveness. 
He could not harbor malice, and in later life this qualified 
him for arbitration when the necessities of his people 
demanded its exercise. 

**The peace of a perfect day be with thee, Yermah,'* 



10 YERMAH THE DORADO 

said Akaza, the hierophant, as he clasped Yermah's fore- 
arms just above the elbows with such nice precision that 
his thumb and fingers pressed the musculo-spiral and 
ulnar nerves, connecting with the sympathetic, and 
through these to the cardiac, solar, and hypogastric plexi. 
It was in this manner that sensation and astral force were 
transmitted, and none but an initiate of the highest order 
ever made use of it. Akaza kissed the Dorado on the 
right cheek, the forehead, and then on the left cheek, as 
he stood clasping his arms, murmuring the names of the 
three attributes of Divinity in an undertone. 

** The same sweet grace be with thee now and always,** 
was Yermah's greeting in return, as he carried the long, 
thin white beard of the old man to his lips. 

Then adroitly drawing Akaza' s arm through his own, 
he led the way to a sheltered nook in the private sitting- 
room facing the sanctuary, on the threshold of which he 
had encountered his visitor. 

* * Forgive my keeping thee waiting. I was weak enough 
to yield to the seductions of the balmy air and Cibolo's 
easy gait, riding farther out than I at first intended. * ' 

*'It would be easier to make excuse hadst thou not 
unnecessarily cast insinuation on Cibolo,*' answered Akaza, 
smiling. ** It is not fair to the horse, since he is not here 
to tell how he was encouraged and abetted in his labor of 
love. I have just arrived from Ingharep, where I have 
been making some astronomical calculations in regard to 
our journey to the Yosemite Valley.* I walked in slowly, 
and was glad of the few moments' breathing-time.*' 

He helped himself to some salted melon and anise 
seeds which his host pushed toward him, but refused the 
cigarette the latter had rolled of corn-husks and filled with 
fine tobacco. Yermah picked at the seeds of anise, and 
ordered a pot of chocolate and some corn wafers. 

** Wouldst thou advise me to go at once, to offer this 
young priestess asylum here, while negotiations are pend- 
ing between Eko Tanga, the emissary of the land of the 
Ian, of which she is native, and the Monbas, holding her 
as a hostage ? * ' 

* The modern name is preferably employed. 



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YEKMAH THE DORADO il 

The hierarch hesitated and looked sharply at his auditor 
before replying. 

*'Thou hast still to overcome that which bars the 
entrance before thou hast completed the labors of initia- 
tion, and I am not unmindful of thy real destiny. Yes,'' 
he continued deliberately, as if the fate of an immortal 
soul hung on his words, ** yes; I am ready to go with thee 
into the Yosemite. Whatever the result of the expedi- 
tion, I am ready to help thee through it." 

As he ceased speaking, Yermah noticed that he held 
both thumbs tightly and sat absolutely motionless, save 
that his lips moved silently. His piercing dark eyes^ 
focused in empty space, and he seemed for a moment far 
away from his surroundings. 

* * And the gold which I came here to find — does it lie 
in that direction ? And will my initiation into the Sacred 
Mysteries be completed upon its discovery ? ' ' 

Yermah was carefully noting Akaza's abstraction. 

**The gold thou art to find lies in that direction, and 
when found, the Brotherhood of the White Star will wel- 
come thee." 

** Then thy long journey from Atlantis will be crowned 
with success, and we can return again like a pair of con- 
querors — thou to preside over the temple whose founda- 
tions were laid the day I was born, I to tip its spires with 
virgin gold. Then the initiation, and I am ready to take 
up my duties as Grand Servitor. There is but one short 
year in which to accomplish this." 

* * True child of the sun, full of hope and impatient of 
delay! youth is thy natural heritage." 

** Youth, indeed!" said Yermah, with mock severity. 
* * Thirty times will the earth have encircled the sun when 
the next day of my nativity arrives. I hope soon after 
that to be a staid man of family." 

* ' What is this about a family ? ' ' queried a new-comer, 
a swarthy son of Mars, who stood in the doorway, his 
head without covering other than a band of red leather, 
having a bull's head and horns of agate, and a solitaire 
for Aldebaran in the center, with a gold boss on each 
side. He wore the quilted cotton tunic of a soldier, and 
his feet were protected by leather sandals tipped with 



12 YERMAH THE DORADO 

gold. On the lower arm near the elbow, were several 
long strips of leather, cut like a fringe, with different de- 
vices at the ends to show his occupation, as well as his 
prowess at arms and in games, and also the temple or 
priesthood to which he belonged. Those on the right arm 
indicated strength and skill; those on the left his aspira- 
tions, social and spiritual. Over this arm was thrown a 
cloak of perfumed leather, ornamented with lustrous dyes 
in soft colors, which found a congenial background in the 
pliant, velvety surface of the ooze finish. Around his neck 
was a gorget, from which depended seven rows of beads, 
each of a different color. 

He was a younger man than Yermah, and quite as hand- 
some, in a different way. He came in with a brisk step, 
without hesitation, and it was evident from his manner that 
he belonged to the place. He greeted Akaza as Yermah 
had done, and stood waiting to be asked to join the con- 
clave. Yermah handed him a curiously wrought gold cup 
filled with chocolate, made as only the Aztecs, of all later 
races, knew how to do. It was thick like custard, with a 
layer of whipped cream on top, served ice-cold, and eaten 
with a spoon. Its nutritive qualities made it a household 
confection, and it was used much as bouillon is to-day. 
With it was eaten thin corn-meal wafers, rolled into fanci- 
ful shapes and browned until crisp and dry. 

* * Thou art come in time to add thy counsel to mine, 
Orondo,'' said Akaza, kindly. ** Yermah stands in need 
of thy assistance in a state matter of importance, one which 
is certain to be fraught with momentous consequences to 
all concerned." 

* ' I thank thee for thy courtesy. But I thought thou 
wert discussing marriage when I came in. That, I believe, 
is my next duty, and I have a natural interest. As Yer- 
mah is vowed to celibacy, I failed to comprehend the 
import of his words." 

Again Akaza fortified himself against conflicting emo- 
tions, and was silent. 

"Our spiritual leader bids us offer aid to the high- 
priestess Keroecia, now, with her followers, worshiping in 
the Yosemite. I am expected to visit her there, and thou 
must bear me company." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 13 

**Thou hast but to command me. It were best to go 
in state, as this may incline them to peaceful disposition 
toward our future. In the Valley of the Mississippi they 
already have strong position, and could harm me infinitely 
when once I begin operations there. It were impolitic to 
expose the copper deposits in that region, as the metal is 
growing scarce in the land of Mexi, and we would perish 
without it." 

* * Thou wilt not see me again until we are ready for our 
journey; I have need to be alone," said Akaza as he held 
up his hands in benediction, forming an outline of the 
sacred fire on the altars of Venus. Both men arose and 
saluted respectfully, and, without further words, Akaza 
passed from the room. 



14 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER II 

THE favorite breathing-place of the San Francisco of 
to-day is the site of what was once the Llama city, 
stretching from the Panhandle to the beach at the Cliff 
House rocks. It was a city of seven hills, marking the 
orbits and diameters of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, 
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, as well as the map 
of the Pleiades, and the three bright stars in the belt of 
Orion. 

This ancient abode of the Atlantian colonists in Califor- 
nia was laid out in circles, with a large temple in the center, 
built on a hill eight hundred feet in diameter and forty feet 
high, near the east end of Golden Gate Park, at the inter- 
section of Haight and Schreider Streets. From this there 
were twelve radiating streets, intersected by four principal 
avenues, constructed on the cardinal points of the com- 
pass. The one to the east led to Park Hill, which was 
terraced up to Mount Olympus on the south, and contin- 
ued on to the East Temple fortress. The avenue on the 
south led to a long barrow, or mound, three thousand four 
hundred and fifty feet distant, shaped much like the typical 
long barrows of Great Britain. It was about two hundred 
feet long by one hundred broad, and fifty feet high. The 
western avenue led through the center of the Park proper 
to Round Top, eight thousand feet distant. This hill is a 
natural rock, artificially rounded, upon which was con- 
structed the Temple of Neptune. The corresponding 
thoroughfare on the north led up to the observatory and 
main fortress, now known as Lone Mountain. These 
roadways were cemented and covered with fine sand, still 
found in abundance in the dunes in the immediate neigh- 
borhood. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 15 

There were tall three-faced obelisks of dark-red sand- 
stone at the outside limits of the streets, while the inner 
terminals were marked by corresponding pillars of marble, 
similarly decorated. Single and double cross-bars at the 
top of each of these were hung with huge beaten-brass 
lanterns. It was these statue-obelisks, twelve in number, 
representing Mercury in the twelve hours, which gave the 
name of Tlamco to the city. The cognomen signified 
Wisdom, and is correlated to the twelve personalities 
of Krishna, or of the Christ. These columns literally 
** pointed the way,'' and had three faces, which were 
blended on top in -an olla. The countenance on the right 
was of a bearded old man, the middle a laughing, sinis- 
ter one, while that on the left was of a youth looking 
dreamily out into the distance. The shafts were placed 
so that the young sun-god faced the orb rising in the east, 
symbolical of the future; the center one denoted the 
present, and faced the sun at midday; while the old man 
fronted the west. Sunset typified Saturn, the Father Time 
of to-day. 

The figures were armless, and their legs and feet were 
encased in iron coffins set on square bases of black basalt. 
The obelisks proper were tapering, and where they came 
up through the olla were of white enamel. The lamps 
hanging from the cross-bars were furnished with opalescent 
glass globes, and on the apex of the obelisks were balls 
of the same, ten inches in diameter. Cut deep into the 
basaltic base, was the inscription — 

I AM THE Way, the Truth, and the Life 

which is a Gnostic, and not a Christian, interpretation of 
redemption, and at that time referred to the course of the 
sun. The Way was Horus, the ray of wisdom shining 
through the darkness; the old man was Truth, or experi- 
ence; while the center was Life, or the Light- Giver. The 
ornamentation of the olla was a hawk with outstretched 
wings, an ideographic mode of representing thought trav- 
eling through space with lightning-like rapidity. It 
carried a bundle of arrows in its claws, analogous to the 
thunderbolts of Zeus. The neck and mouth of the jar 



i8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

of tne council. These men, in a material sense, repre- 
sented the twdve labors of Hercules. They pictured this 
personality of the sun as old and eloquent; and a coun- 
cilor failing in proper eloquence and ability to reason was 
driven out. He had to be an experienced and ready de- 
bater, because his colleagues, in groups of six, challenged 
his statements — one set pathetically, one in ridicule, one 
in denunciation, and another in denial. If the members 
of the council quarreled, the sitting was adjourned at once, 
and no further meeting was lawful until the disputants 
took a solemn oath that they were reconciled. News of 
this nature went over the city like an electric flash. It 
was considered a great breach of decorum for a man to 
speak without consideration for another's feelings, or in a 
loud, angry voice, in the council chambers. 

Yermah had four advisers, who in turn sat as chief 
councilor. These were Orondo, the representative of 
war and agriculture; Setos, of finance and mechanics; 
Akaza, of justice and religion; and Alcamayn, of arts and 
industries. There were also one hundred and sixty 
warrior-priests in his personal suite, quartered in the forti- 
fications around laqua. Some of these were descendants 
of the pioneers who founded the city, three hundred and 
twenty years prior to the Dorado's arrival. Others were 
there by honorable promotion for service rendered the 
state in some laudable enterprise. Yermah alone was 
accountable to the Grand Council of Atlantis, while Akaza 
was the only representative of the hierarchy in America. 
He led the white magicians out of Atlantis when black 
magic had gained complete supremacy twenty years 
before, and had only returned in time to accompany 
Yermah on his tour of inspection through the outlying 
colonies. 

Conforming to the general outline of the temple inclo- 
sure, but on a lower eminence, was a plaza, fifteen thousand 
feet across, and twelve-sided, which was the market-place 
of Tlamco. All the streets and avenues converged upon 
it, and it was always alive with men, women, and children 
on traffic bent. Facing the outer circle, were booths and 
bazaars in deep porticos, where everything required by 
the population was for barter and exchange. Like the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 19 

Temple of the Sun in the center, this beehive of industry 
had an outside circle describing the orbit of Mars, typical 
of the curious warfare which trade was to wage in later 
times, between man's temporal and spiritual welfare. 

Long lines of white and black horsehair reatas were 
fastened to the top of the truncated spire on the temple, 
and made fast to the base of a colossal figure of Hercules, 
carved of madrono wood, indigenous to this locality. The 
wood is hard as metal, and the statue was completely 
covered with fish-scales and feathered plates of solid silver, 
so neatly put together as to appear like a casting. The 
face and other fleshy parts were treated to a liberal coat- 
ing of oil and copal, giving it a smooth metallic appear- 
ance. The other end of the hair rope was fastened to 
the top of one of the inner obelisks. These were novel 
bulletin-boards; for each day's doings in the market were 
heralded by the appearance of many small colored flags 
over the particular section in active trade or to announce 
the arrival of fresh supplies. 

Akaza lived on Round Top, where the circular ob- 
servatory now stands. The hill is seven hundred and 
fifty feet in diameter, one three-hundred-thousandths of 
the planet Neptune's diameter. The monastery which 
was occupied by the highest order of initiates, was sur- 
rounded by high white walls, five thousand feet each way. 
The temple itself was square, and had entrances facing 
the cardinal points. It had four stories, and was one 
hundred feet square. Here were tall trees and deep soli- 
tude away from the bustle and turmoil of traffic. 

Akaza stepped into the council chamber on his way 
to the monastery after his visit to Yermah. Alcamayn, 
the jeweler, was presiding, and Setos, the heap of flesh, 
was urging the necessity for sending a deputation of mer- 
chants into the territory of the Mazamas, which extended 
from the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges of mountains, 
on the southeast, to the confines of Bering's Sea, on the 
north and west. * * Mazamas ' ' signifies mountain climbers, 
and was not the name of a nation, race, or tribe. Trav- 
eling merchants in those days were not a set of pack- 
saddle peddlers, as they became in later times. They 
were a distinct guild, and were allowed to carry manu- 



20 YERMAH THE DORADO 

factured articles, and were free to exchange for anything 
made or grown by another people. They went about 
with many attendants, and were always treated with 
consideration, sometimes performing diplomatic service 
connected with trade relations, and in exceptional cases 
acting as spies. 

* * The Mazamas are not of our faith. They are nature- 
worshipers, and must fail to achieve a high place in the 
affairs of this continent. They have been in rebellion 
against our cousins of Ian, and it is the part of prudence 
to look upon them with suspicion.*' 

**Will Setos be kind enough to state definitely what 
he means to accomplish by dispatching a delegation from 
the guilds in his group into a friendly territory?'* asked 
Alcamayn. *' If war is the purpose, Orondo must decide; 
if for religious propaganda, then the hierophant, Akaza, 
should be here to speak." 

**I am here to speak," said Akaza, coming forward. 
* ' My voice is for a visit to the Mazamas, but not in the 
manner proposed by Setos." 

Setos looked hot and uncomfortable. He was not 
intentionally untruthful, but he could not let an opportu- 
nity pass unimproved for a keen, sharp transaction which 
would materially benefit his section of the industrial guild. 

Akaza looked straight at him, and said quietly: **I 
will not have spies sent into the house of a friend." 

** Will the hierophant enlighten us as to his wishes?" 
asked Alcamayn, respectfully. 

**Yermah, Orondo, Setos, Rahula, and Ildiko, with 
proper following, will accompany me on a friendly mis- 
sion to the high- priestess Keroecia." 

* * Are we to know the nature of this mission ? ' * queried 
Setos. 

**It is my wish that the priestess visit Tlamco. We 
offer our services as arbiters between her tribesmen and 
the government of Ian." 

**Has the time for this undertaking been decided?" 
**The hour of departure has not been named, but it 
will be accomplished while the guild of arts is in the seat 
of judgment. The Dorado desires that Alcamayn serve 
in his stead. He will not be long absent. ' * 



YERMAH THE DORADO 21 

Alcamayn arose, folded his hands across his breast, 
with the open palm turned inward, and inclined his head 
profoundly. There was a burst of applause, and an ex- 
pression of acquiescence from the audience, which pleased 
Alcamayn mightily. He was a young Atlantian, not quite 
acclimated to Tlamco, and just beginning to exercise his 
prerogative as a favorite of Yermah's father, Poseidon. 

Noticing that it was near the noon hour, Akaza said, 
making the hierarchal sign of benediction: **Have done! 
If Alcamayn will go with me to the observatory, I will 
then fix the time of our journey, and also its duration, that 
he may be better able to devote his energy to the cause 
of his fellow-servants. May the sun preserve and keep 
us free from malice and disease — two mortal enemies of 
the soul.'* 

As one man they responded: **Haille, Akaza! haille!'* 

Setos had the sign Cancer ascendant in his nativity; 
therefore, he was a man of stomach. With his reddish- 
brown cloak of coarse nequen swinging loosely from his 
shoulders, and his shining neck ornaments agressively in 
evidence, he elbowed his way out of the building, and 
hastened into the stalls where fresh vegetables and fruits 
were laid out in tempting array. His barter was for cucum- 
bers and squashes, giving in exchange taos of tin, which 
he redeemed later by bags of chalk, kalsomine, and staff. 
He was very particular to see that the custom of pelon 
was strictly enforced. For every regular customer a tiny 
tin cylinder was provided and hung up in the stall, in 
full view of everybody, marked with a name and number. 
For every purchase made, a bean was dropped into the 
cylinder, and at stated times they were removed and 
counted. Every sixteen beans entitled the customer to a 
rebate in commodities. Setos' s square jaws relaxed, and 
his thin lips smacked with satisfaction at the sight of some 
luscious melons. He had already selected one, which 
bespoke his good digestion and critical eye, when his 
daughter, Ildiko the Albino, called to him: — 

**Thou by whom I live, Setos, the wise father, come 
with me to Rahula in the bazaar of sweet odors. She 
waits for us there." 



22 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**What mischief hast thou been planning this fair day? 
Is it new raiment or a bit of candied sweets?'' questioned 
Setos, as he followed Ildiko from the food section past 
piles of cotton in bales, wool, flax, and silk in raw state 
to where the manufactured articles were displayed. She 
did not pause in the section devoted to dress or ornament, 
and gave nothing more than a passing glance at the tap- 
estries, pottery, enameled and jeweled vessels, nor to the 
baskets and rugs lying about in confused heaps. 

**It is neither of these," she explained, as they went 
along. *'I crave thy judgment on a new sweet coffer 
fashioned by Alcamayn. He ornamented it according to 
my directions.'* 

* ' Because that foolish man has humored an idle whim 
of thine, am I to come and barter for them ? Out upon 
both of ye!" 

* ' Rahula is already bargaining for one of the leather 
pockets held in a filigree of gold. Even widows may 
carry these. Thou knowst she is very strict in decorum 
and temple service. She says that perfumes are accepta- 
ble to the Brotherhood, and even a vestal may use them 
in her hair." 

Ildiko, daughter of the moon, knew how to play upon 
the weakness of her fellows, and was well aware of her 
father's predilections. 

**Thou hast no words of condemnation for Rahula," 
she pouted. 

Before Setos could answer, they turned into the portico 
where the perfumers' bazaars were located. She waited 
for the effect of mingled odors on a nature whose whole 
bent and inclination was toward the appetites. By the 
time his senses were fully alive to the seductive fragrance, 
Rahula was speaking to him. She was mistress of the 
art of flattery. 

* * There is no need to commend thee to the keeping of 
the gods of magic, Setos. Every lineament of thy noble 
face bespeaks exalted favor." 

Setos was fatally weak with women. He knew it, and 
alternately made love to and abused them. 

**The finger of time has failed to touch thee," he 
replied, removing his conical hat, and standing with it 



YERMAH THE DORADO 23 

held in both hands across his stomach, * ' nor hast thou 
forgotten the offices of speech.'* 

Rahula, who had risen, made the usual sign of submis- 
sion with her long, thin fingers. As she looked intently 
from father to child, she quickly discerned that Ildiko's 
pink countenance was puckered into a frown. 

* * Has the little weaver, Ildiko, told thee of her latest 
success at the loom?'' she asked with fine tact. 

Ildiko made a motion of dissent, and laid her fore- 
finger across her upper lip. None knew better than she 
that silence was impossible. It suited her evasive dispo- 
sition to make mystery of the most trivial circumstance, 
but was really delighted with the sensation she was mak- 
ing. Many of the shopkeepers and some of the passers- 
by gathered to examine the roll of fine, gossamer-silk 
tissue, which Rahula adroitly drew out of the perfume- 
pocket held in her hand. Setos may be forgiven the glow 
of pride with which he surveyed the product. 

At this moment Ildiko reached over and picked up the 
identical jeweled coffer she had in mind when she went 
in search of her father. To the feminine eye her covet- 
ousness was entirely justifiable, and when she managed to 
bring the dainty bauble between the silken veil and Setos' s 
focus of vision, he was still smiling in a pleased manner. 
She leaned on him affectionately, and said in a coaxing 
tone: — 

* * The water-lily design set with brilliants was my idea. 
I got the suggestion from the pond in our garden, when 
the fountain left a fine spray, like dew-drops, in the heart 
of the lilies growing there. They cover all the bowl, 
having water-lines at the bottom. Dost thou see thy 
favorite rushes in the twisted lines on the mouth and 
handles?" 

Setos could hold out no longer. 

**Must I find thee a golden chain for support?" he 
queried, half- petulantly. 

History fails to record why a certain type of man always 
finds fault with what he knows in his soul he must do for 
his women -folk. Setos was troubled with that ** little 
nearness" which has rendered the Scotch of later times 
famous. 



24 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**If the chief of the merchants' guild will send some 
of his excellent wine of maguey in exchange, we venders 
of sweet odors will be content. A chain, which we can 
procure from our neighbors, the artificers in gold, will be 
included in the purchase price.*' 

Setos was about to conclude the transaction, when 
Rahula said: '* Alcamayn has confided to me his inten- 
tion of making a chain of special design, which he will 
present to Ildiko, with consent of Setos." ' 

There was no further parley as Setos led the way out 
of the stalls. When he halted, it was in front of a booth 
where his beloved wine of maguey was kept in abundance. 
There was a private entrance to the inclosure, through 
which Setos passed, followed by the two women. 

With a show of special interest, accompanied by an 
insinuating smile, Rahula said : ' * Hast thou a secret in 
the fabrication of this drink unknown to other makers ? ' ' 

Setos shook his head in negation, and continued giving 
his order for refreshing drinks. Ildiko preferred tequila. 
Rahula ordered metheglin, a spiced drink made by boil- 
ing fragments of honeycomb wax and honey together, 
and allowing it to ferment after it had been skimmed and 
clarified. 

**Wilt thou hold it impertinent in me to ask thee,'* 
continued Rahula, as soon as she could attract the atten- 
tion of Setos, ** to what process thou art indebted for the 
superior quality of thy wine of maguey? " 

**It is made from the guava plant, cut in the dark of 
the moon, but roasted and matured in the light of that 
orb. Care in manipulation does the rest. No one sus- 
pects that my bottles are made of malleable glass covered 
with goats' skins." 

They all stood and faced the east, bowing their heads 
reverently; then, without a word, they drank, not heart- 
ily, but in moderate sips. When they had swallowed the 
third mouthful, they resumed their seats. The women 
nibbled at honey-cakes and salted nuts, while Setos rolled 
a cigarette. Before lighting it, he said : — 

*'Akaza, the hierophant, announced in the council 
chamber at meridian that a state visit is soon to be made 
to the high-priestess Keroecia. Thou art to be my 



YERMAH THE DORADO 25 

companions to the Yosemite Valley, where the Monbas 
tribes are at the festival of renewal." 

"Must we countenance the rights of these childish 
worshipers of the four elements?" demanded Rahula. 
Intolerance was one of the bands of sympathy between 
them. 

"I raised that question in council, but Akaza vouch- 
safed no decided answer. ' ' 

Both were silent for a moment, busy with the same train 
of thought. 

"Oh, that we had some of the flying vehicles of thy 
invention in Atlantis! We could then make the journey 
without hardship and fatigue," said Ildiko. Setos and 
Rahula quickly exchanged a meaning look, then cast 
furtive glances about to see if Ildiko had been overheard. 

'* Let us go hence," said Setos, irritably. "Speech is 
the pale, silvery reflection of the moon, my daughter, 
while silence is the golden rays of the sun and the wis- 
dom of the gods. I charge thee to keep a closer watch 
over thy tongue. It is an unruly member, and performs 
the same oflice as a two-edged sword. ' ' 

When it came time to separate, Setos said: "Akaza 
leads us. Yermah and Orondo go also; while Alcamayn 
remains, and serves in our stead. I do not doubt the 
loyalty of our new subjects; but Yermah seems to find it 
prudent to leave some of his own countrymen at the 
helm." 

He spoke in a dissatisfied sort of way, the reflex of his 
own mind. It is impossible for the best of us to see 
beyond the reflection of ourselves; so Setos attributed to 
Yermah motives which would have actuated himself in a 
similar situation. 

Rahula, the fish goddess, speculated on her way "home 
as to how much Ildiko really knew of the reasons which 
impelled her father to leave Atlantis. She shrewdly 
guessed that his presence in the camp of the white magi- 
cians was a matter of expediency rather than conviction, 
but valued her position as companion and confidante of 
Ildiko too highly to jeopardize it by an injudicious ques- 
tion. She was content to let matters shape themselves. 
Her ambitious soul found satisfaction in the encourage- 



26 YERxMAH THE DORADO 

ment Ildiko gave Alcamayn. She was a bom match- 
maker and intrigante, and knew that Ildiko was the 
apple of her father's eye, despite his petulancy and parsi- 
mony. Setos was a man of ardent love nature, and his 
affections had not all been buried with his wife. Rahula*s 
gray hair and parchment skin did not let all hope die 
within her. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 27 



CHAPTER III 

Alcamayn, the fop, and Akaza, "the old man of the 
iA band," as he was familiarly spoken of by all classes, 
presented a striking contrast as they walked toward the 
observatory, which was inclosed in a circular wall, eighteen 
hundred feet in diameter, one three-hundred-thousandths 
of the diameter of Jupiter, to whom it was dedicated. 
Akaza, tall, spare, and sinewy, wore a cloak of brocade 
in varying shades of green shot with silver discs. It was 
fastened from a shoulder collarette set with pearls imbed- 
ded in hollow glass beads containing mercury. These 
were star-shaped, set with the constellation of the Pleia- 
des. His breastplate of bronze had the sun and moon in 
gold and silver inlaid, while his long, thin white hair fell 
over his shoulders, and the crown of his head was tonsured, 
in honor of the sun. He was anointed with a preparation 
of benzoin, mace, and storax. Fastened into the cord at 
his waist was a cluster of narcissuses and lilies. In his 
right hand was a green jade tao, surmounted by an eagle, 
showing that he commanded not in the name of war, but 
of science. This same emblem gave rise to the hammer 
in ihe hand of Thor, and is seen to-day in the baton of 
the field-marshal. On the middle finger of his left hand 
was an agate-set ring with an eagle intaglio in the inter- 
laced triangle in its center. 

Alcamayn was small, round-shouldered, hook-nosed, 
and bushy of eyebrow. His small, beady eyes had a 
shifty, downward glance, as if he were intent upon exam- 
ining the ground at his companion's side. He had been 
a sufferer from smallpox, and was extremely sensitive 
concerning his facial disfigurement. Born with the con- 
stellation Aries rising, the first emanation of the fiery 



28 YERMAH THE DORADO 

triplicity in the constellation Mars, it was impossible for 
him to submit to the control of others. He was a swag- 
gerer, a braggart, and very resentful. Every little slight 
irritated him, and he was given to brooding over his 
wrongs. When he had magnified the promptings of 
wounded vanity and selfishness into a veritable mountain, 
he struck back, and at the most unexpected time. 

As an offset to these disabilities, he had sterling honesty, 
unswerving loyalty to Akaza and Yermah, and was. the 
most skillful artificer in precious stones and metals in all 
Tlamco. He was inventive and original, and had added 
much to the collection of beautiful vessels in the temples 
and at laqua. He was a born gambler, and on more than 
one occasion came dangerously near indulging in the for- 
bidden prank of drinking too much. His expert knowl- 
edge enabled him to display magnificent jewels, and he 
often discoursed learnedly on their speed, refraction, and 
temper, much as lovers of stones have done in every age 
since. He wore amethysts for luck, and usually a tunic 
of ochre-yellow, richly trimmed with peacock feathers 
and silk fringes. On his head was a high Astrakan cap 
of white lambskin. His sandals were jeweled, and his 
chamois-skin leggins were met at the knee by a short, full 
cotton skirt, having the figures of the zodiac embroidered 
around the hem in a bewildering mixture of brilliant hues. 

The top of Lone Mountain was leveled off to a circle 
of one hundred and sixty feet across, which is one three- 
hundred-thousandths of the earth's diameter. In its rela- 
tion to Jupiter, there was a triune principle involved, since 
Jupiter, on the physical plane, is an octave of the sun. 
On the sides of the hill were seven small mounds, still 
plainly indicated. They were used as forts in those days, 
and were dedicated to the phases of the moon. This 
completed the quaternary, and was a symbol of the four 
lower principles of man's nature. Tanks three feet deep 
were hollowed out on the top of each hill, the circular 
bottom and sides of which were lined with cement and 
filled with filtered water. In addition to serving as obser- 
vation pools for the sidereal system, they supplied the 
cavalry and infantry camps, lying to the right and left of 
the main buildings. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 29 

A circular tower of red sandstone and brick, one hun- 
dred feet in height and fifty feet in diameter, rose in the 
center of the mountain itself. On the inside was a circular 
stairway of stone, having landings at the various win- 
dows, where there was room enough for such lenses and 
apparatus as was necessary to fully observe the moon and 
stars imaged in the pools below. The reflection of the 
sun in these pools gave the hours of the day, and time 
was very sensibly measured by studying the sidereal sys- 
tem. Modern astronomers try to recover the knowledge 
of the ancients; but they are baffled by the refractions of 
light, by the vibrations of the atmosphere, and by the 
annoyances of cloud and fog formations. The Atlantians 
and all their descendants studied the reflection of the 
planets and stars in a pool of filtered water sunk below 
the earth's surface. By a nice adjustment, the lenses 
revolved with the earth's real motion. 

The tower tapered toward the top, and under an eight- 
sided pyramidal roof hung a massive copper bell, which 
was struck to proclaim the hours. Around the circle were 
chime-bells, one for each of the five-note scale; and these 
were so grouped that by hearing them one knew which 
temple sep^ice was indicated. When it was time to go to 
the temple, these bells were rung continuously for twelve 
strokes; then an interval of one hundred and forty-four 
seconds followed, when the process was repeated. This 
was done three times. The ** Voice of Tlamco," as the 
big central bell was called, rang at dusk, warning all 
pedestrians to go into their houses. Licensed healers of 
the priestcraft and patrols were the only persons allowed 
on the streets at night, except on extraordinary occasions, 
and then the * * Voice of Tlamco ' ' tolled with wonderful 
effect 

The radius of the seven small mounds was four hundred 
and forty feet, and there were trenches around the outside 
for defense. In the plaza were the houses of the soldiers, 
who were divided into infantry, cavalry, and engineering 
and hospital corps. Attached to this were splendid train- 
ing quarters for the cadets, and lower down, covering the 
ground now occupied by San Francisco proper, were the 
cavalry-stables, ambulances, battering-rams, and other 



30 YERMAH THE DORADO 

paraphernalia used in warfare. These were inclosed by 
a wall which skirted the water's edge, not where the sea- 
wall now is, but as it was known to the founders of Yerba 
Buena. Attached to the observatory, were the astrono- 
mers and mathematicians, studying the heavens, and 
advising as to eclipses, the phases of the moon, equinoc- 
tial storms, and electrical, atmospheric, and magnetic 
disturbances, much as modern investigators are learning 
to do. 

As Akaza and Alcamayn neared the entrance of the 
observatory, they met a procession of Virgins of the Sun, 
from the Temple of Venus, whose duty it was to replenish 
the sacred fires kept burning continuously on the towers 
and temples throughout the city. A crystal lens and a 
bit of cotton focused the sun's direct rays and imprisoned 
its fire, which once ignited was held sacred and constantly 
fed. On the apex of the octagonal belfry was a twelve- 
sided urn filled with charcoal, upon which, with proper 
ceremonies, four times in twenty-four hours were placed 
sticks of copal and cedar. At midnight and at sunrise 
this function was performed by a certain order of priest- 
hood. At midday and at sunset it was done by the 
priestesses. 

As the women neared them, Akaza and Alcamayn 
saluted — Akaza, by carrying his open palms even with 
his forehead on each side; Alcamayn, by the sign of sub- 
mission. 

To emphasize his symbol of equality, Akaza said: — 

**Thou shalt make me thy servant." 

* * Thou shalt make us go through fire and water for 
thee," they answered, making the same obeisance as 
Alcamayn had done. He was included in the compre- 
hensive bow given in passing, but no further words were 
spoken. He did not attempt to conceal his respect and 
admiration; they were equally frank in curiosity. They 
had seen but few men so fastidious in dress, and there was 
a difference between his appearance and that of the native 
men of Tlamco. 

Passing under the motto over the gateway, which said, 
** Peace and Good Will to Men," a confusing scene greeted 
them. Two regiments of infantry had been going through 



YERMAH THE DORADO 31 

a manual of arms in a competitive drill, and were just 
returning to quarters. At the head of the column were 
the superior officers, who were acting as judges. They 
carried snake-headed batons. Behind them came the two 
ensign bearers, one carrying a triangular-shaped banner 
of embroidered satin, showing a white heron on a rock. 
Sawteeth scollops of needlework and a crusting of uncut 
jewels edged the pennant. It was suspended from a gold 
bar, supported by a burnished bronze standard, finished 
with a cluster of brilliant-colored plumes. . The other 
ensign was a white satin square, showing a golden eagle 
with outstretched wings, ornamented with silver-set eme- 
ralds. The pole was gilded, and tufted at the top with 
white horsehair, curled, out of which protruded a flaring 
crest of peacock feathers. Back of each standard-bearer 
marched the trumpeter and drummer of the regiment. 
A blast from the trumpet, and a movement of the banners 
guided the companies, while general orders were signaled 
by the gold-knobbed baton. The modern drum-major is 
not the only man knowing how to twirl an ornamental 
baton, as he casts sidelong glances of admiration at his 
moving shadow, nor is his high stepping more admired 
to-day than it was of old. Vanity changes the details, 
but seldom the actual method of self-gratification. 

The leaders wore a quilted cotton tunic, two inches thick, 
fitted closely to the body. Over this was a cuirass of thin 
gold and silver plates, in imitation of feathers. Leggins of 
ooze leather were attached to breech-clouts of dark-blue 
cotton, and their feet were covered with sandals or bull's- 
hide moccasins ornamented with beadwork. Wound 
around the shoulders was a gayly striped mantle of fine 
wool, so light and soft in texture that in actual combat it 
served as a sash for the waist. Th6 helmets were of wood 
fibre, light but durable, from the crests of which floated 
a panache of feathers. The form of head-covering, the 
color and arrangment of plumes, indicated the family and 
rank of the wearer. Decorations were of three kinds. 
The highest were jeweled medallions of curious design 
worn on the breast. Awards for skill and learning, such 
as inventions useful to the army, showed in stripes on the 
arms of the tunic; while for religious or civic recognition, 



32 YERMAH THE DORADO 

strips of bright ribbon hung from the shoulders. These 
were fastened by a gold boss, with a device engraved on 
it denoting the rank and regiment of the wearer. 

Every soldier carried a shield, either of metal or leather, 
or a light frame of reeds covered with quilted cotton. A 
perfect sea of spears and darts, tipped with transparent 
obsidian or fiery copper, sparkled in the noonday sun. 
The gay head-covering, the ribbons floating in the air, 
and the ornate shields wove in and out in serpentine 
undulations, finally disappearing in one of the *Mong 
houses*' used for mess. There was a clash and a rattle 
of arms as a company of expert archers of the White 
Heron regiment drew bow and discharged three arrows 
at a time. But there was quite as much spirit and dash 
in the hurling of javelins by the men fighting under the 
eagle blazonry. To these thongs were attached; and the 
javelin revolved so rapidly that it seemed like a ball of 
glittering steel as it shot through the air, presently to 
return and lay near the hand giving it forward impulse. 
The men with slungshots and those with machetes also 
gave exhibition of their skill as they hurried past the 
reviewing pavilion, where Akaza and Alcamayn stood. 

There was always a squad of military men who served 
as lookouts from various points of vantage in the tower. 
It was from these that the men on parade knew that 
Akaza, the spiritual head, and Alcamayn, the representa- 
tive of civil government, were inside the fortification. 
The intelligence was flashed from a set of mirrors, and 
the impromptu display of prowess followed. 

That there was a keen sense of rivalry in the competi- 
tion, not unmixed with jealousy, was shown very quickly, 
when a partisan of the White Heron threw dirt into the 
face of an adherent of the Eagle Bearer. The parade 
ground was cleared at the time, but it was only a moment 
before a crowd collected around the angry disputants. 
They were dragged apart and hurried away in opposite 
directions by friendly hands, whose good offices did not 
cease until the men were brought back and made to sing 
the national chant. First one man sang, then the other, 
while their auditors clapped their hands in accompani- 
ment, and passed judgment on their eflforts. The insulted 



YERMAH THE DORADO 33 

man took the initiative. While singing he offered his 
hand to the offender. The face of the latter clouded 
angrily, but the eyes of the camp were upon him. He 
sullenly took the outstretched hand, and finally the two 
voices blended in unison. Their comrades swelled the 
chorus to a mighty shout, and the difficulty was over. 

This was in the Golden Age, when the man who served 
was the great soul, and he who refused to resent insult 
the brave one. 

Blood surged through the veins of Alcamayn like a 
torrent caused by the accelerated heart-action as he kept 
a firm hold of Akaza's waist, to assist him in following 
the sinuosities of the winding stairway in the tower. 
Finally they stood alone on the roof, and as soon as the 
elder man's breathing became more normal, he faced the 
east, and with outstretched arms cried: — 

**1 adore Him who enables me to endure." 

Alcamayn bowed his head and, making the same genu- 
flection, murmured: — 

* ' I give thanks to Him whose strength has supported 
me thus far. ' ' 

Slowly and impressively the twain faced the other car- 
dinal points and repeated the same words. Then Alca- 
mayn gave hand, and Akaza soon retraced his steps to 
where the mechanical apparatus for astronomical calcula- 
tion and observation were in position. While thus occu- 
pied, Alcamayn took a field-glass and swept the whole 
city, going from one lookout to another. It was a perfect 
day, and his surroundings resembled an enormous ant- 
hill, with throngs of workers going in and out of the 
houses, or hastening along the thoroughfares. He turned 
to the bay, where a vision of surpassing beauty rewarded 
him. Big and little craft moved here and there instinct 
with life and industry. The water was as smooth and 
clear as a sheet of crystal. Off what is now Black Point, 
he saw a party of fishermen, with their dogs and skiffs 
making for the shore. There were two groups already 
on the beach, consisting of fifty men and thirty dogs, sta- 
tioned about two hundred yards apart. At a given signal 
the dogs started from their respective points, and swam 



34 YERMAH THE DORADO 

straight out seaward, single file in two columns. At a 
sharp cry from one of the men on the beach, the right 
column wheeled to the left and the left column wheeled to 
the right until the head of each line met. Then another 
signal was given, at which they all turned and swam 
abreast for the shore. 

As soon as the dogs neared the beach, increasing 
numbers of fish appeared in the shallow water. When 
their feet touched bottom, the animals pounced upon their 
finny captives and carried them to their masters. Each 
dog was given the head of the fish he had secured, as his 
share of the catch. The dog who caught nothing received 
nothing. 

For a long time Alcamayn was unable to distinguish 
any member of the party now coming cityward, but he 
could see that it was of unusual importance. Soon he 
caught sight of Yermah in a sedan chair, which was borne 
on the shoulders of four big black men, and then he saw 
Oghi streaking along ahead of the pack of dogs who 
were in full cry at his heels. The ocelot often jumped to 
one side and played with his canine pursuers, while anon 
he scaled a wall for their special entertainment. He was 
a magnificent swimmer, and a good fisher, despite the fact 
that he occasionally put his sharp teeth through the fish, 
rendering it unfit for other than his own use. 

**It is near the third marking past meridian-time,*' said 
Akaza; **and when the circle is once more completed 
there will be but ten divisions remaining before we shall 
begin our mission of amity.'* 

** Have fitting preparations been made?" 

**Hanabusa must take cognizance that a complement 
of balsas do escort duty at commencement. A signal from 
laqua will apprise him." 

** Yermah is but returned from a fishing expedition 
beach ward. I have visioned him from an upper lookout." 

' * Then let him have speech with thee at once. Take 
freely the counsel he imparts, and let me have assurances 
when the windows of thy soul greet and speed our parting 
hence. Peace abide with thee." 

He lightly kissed the forehead bared and inclined 
toward him. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 35 

Alcamayn paused a moment on the threshold and 
gazed lingeringly into a kindly countenance flushed from 
close mental application. 

**May the preservative principle of the Trinity have 
thee entirely in its keeping/* he said, as he passed from 
view down the same spiral which had given him such labor 
to ascend earlier in the day. 



36 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER IV 

THE servitors of Tlamco were held strictly responsible 
for the conduct of their respective offices. Promotion 
and preference did not depend on birth, but on deeds. 
* ' What has he done ? ' ' was the question propounded 
when a candidate presented himself for any public trust, 
and the same query met his lifeless body when it was 
offered for burial. Socially and in the temples the same 
rule followed; so distinctive service was the mainspring 
of their civilization. Next to the priestly office, agricul- 
ture ranked highest in the choice of occupations. Men 
profoundly learned in every branch of it were continually 
in attendance at laqua. There were experimental stations 
and universities devoted to chemical analysis of soils; to 
observations of climatic conditions; to the reclamation of 
wild fruits and cereals, or the propagation of new ones 
for food; to the surveying and proper distribution of lands; 
to the building of aqueducts, canals, bridges, granaries, 
and public highways, — to say nothing of the research in 
the extraction of dyestuffs from both vegetable and min- 
eral substances. Nearly all the cereals and fruits known 
to man were reclaimed from a wild state by the contem- 
poraneous inspiration of these times. 

The surrounding country was divided into four sections, 
or provinces, while the populace was grouped into tens, 
having an officer who attended to minor matters. Every 
thousand of the inhabitants had a magistrate. Every ten 
thousand, or fraction thereof, had a governor, who was one 
of the councilors of state. Orondo was at the head of the 
four chief councilors. It was to him, as first judge, that all 
questions of moment were submitted. Monthly reports 
were made to him by inspectors sent out for this purpose 



YERMAH THE DORADO 37 

— men who served a lifetime without any other remunera- 
tion than the medals and prestige their position insured. 
The priests owned nothing for themselves or their temples, 
nor did their advocates or healers receive recompense for 
service. 

The community was superior to the individual, and the 
government provided for all its people. The land was 
divided into three parts. That belonging to the sun 
supported the priesthood, and built and maintained its 
temples. Education was in the hands of the warrior- 
priests and the Virgins of the Sun; so the universities and 
schools drew their support from the same source. The 
next third belonged to the government, and was cultivated 
for its benefit. The unit of value was a day's labor, and 
all taxes were paid in this way. When the people had 
planted the remaining third of the land for their own use, 
they worked alternately for the government (constructing 
public roads) and on the sun lands. Hospitals for the 
aged, for orphans, and for the sick were a part of the 
government expense, institutions universally copied from 
but seldom accredited to the Aztecs and Peruvians by 
modern Christian communities. 

No man was allowed to take an advantage in a barter. 
Disputes arose every day among the guilds in the bazaars, 
but there was the same clannish feeling among them that 
has since made and maintained the family. Each trade 
was loyal to its own. They were ashamed to have a 
neighbor know that they quarreled, and it was a very 
aggravated case which invoked the law. 

When planting-time came, Orondo turned the first fur- 
row of land, and the Virgins of the Sun dropped the 
seeds, while Akaza commended the undertaking to the 
four elements. There were songs and rejoicing, and 
much exhibition of skill in cultivation, which was rewarded 
by prizes and medals from Yermah's own hand. 

There were no idle irien and women, and no paupers. 
To be accused of laziness was a great disgrace. The 
streets, and even the highways, were made beautiful. 
Private houses were of sun-dried bricks, covered with 
stucco, delicately tinted, and elaborately ornamented. 
They were seldom more than one story high, with ceilings 



38 YERMAH THE DORADO 

of ornamental woods, while the walls were tinted or hung 
with simple cotton tapestries. Their flat roofs were often 
bright with potted plants, and they were invariably sur- 
rounded by flowers and a stretch of green sward. 

The university buildings, the hospitals, the barracks, 
the brotherhood houses and those occupied by the priest- 
esses faced the cardinal points, and were the squares within 
the circular streets. They were uniformly four stories 
high, with truncated, sloping roofs, and terraced grounds, 
forming ornamental bits of landscape among the trees, 
and commanding a fine view of bay and harbor. 

Clusters of sunflowers stood here and there in out-of- 
the-way nooks; and free use was made of cherry, laurel, 
clove, and lavender plants along the highways, because 
they were known to produce ozone; and the gardens 
contained narcissus, hyacinth, and mignonette in abun- 
dance. 

Orondo was giving an audience to the mathematicians 
who were employed in the Hall of Quippos, where the 
government accounts were kept at laqua. And when it 
was known that Alcamayn had arrived, Orondo sent and 
begged his presence. When he stepped into the hall, he 
found the place littered with quippos of all kinds. They 
were scattered about on chairs, on the tables, and hanging 
upon the walls, while clerks called and tallied the curiously 
knotted cords in a monotonous drone. There were intri- 
cate estimates for the soldiers, shown by the red cords 
and fringes; yellow denoted the gold used in the mechan- 
ical arts and in the temples; but these were few and simple 
in combination compared with the white ones, indicating 
the enormous amount of civil transactions for the current 
month. Silver was used for state accounts, and its knots 
were curious little buttons with figures, full of meaning 
for the men who mastered the art of the quippos. The 
largest bundle of all was the green, which, by its varying 
shades and fanciful combinations, showed the record of 
wheat, corn, and all agricultural produce owned or used 
by the pueblo city of Tlamco. 

**One knot! red, signal corps/' called the teller. 

** Signal corps, ten," answered the tally. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 39 

*' Two single knots, and one knot doubly intertwined, 
silver, Alcamayn." 

**Two knots, twenty; one doubly intertwined, one hun- 
dred," repeated the tally. 

"One knot, triply intertwined, yellow, Alcamayn.'* 

'' Hold!" cried Orondo. ** Alcamayn, hast thou made 
requisition for a thousand grains of gold ? Thy parchment 
is not properly stamped, and we cannot give thee so much 
treasure on irregular demand. ' ' 

**Wilt thou grant me to see it? " said Alcamayn, reach- 
ing out for the document. ' ' I must have both gold and 
silver quickly. There will scarce be time enough to pre- 
pare the gifts needed because of thy going to the Monbas. * ' 

'*It grieves me that I cannot aid thee; but thou must 
have recourse to the Dorado." 

'* A foolish blunder leaves it without number also," said 
Alcamayn, handing the order to a tamane, with a frown. 
''Yermah is engrossed with the priestesses caring for the 
fatherless. Dost thou know that he has issued an edict 
that all guilds and communes shall sup together once in 
each lunation ? ' ' 

' * The Azes are grown lax in hospitality, and we must 
give them example." 

The tamane returned with the parchment properly 
numbered and vised. 

* * He whom we delight to serve bids thee follow me. 
He fain would have council with thee. ' ' 

In obedience to the message, Orondo and Alcamayn 
crossed the hall, and passed to the right, avoiding the 
audience chambers. 

Yermah had risen and was dismissing the priestesses, 
with orders on the state granaries for their requirements. 

' * Spare no efforts to make these flowers of humanity 
happy as birds of the air, ' ' he said. * * I charge thee to 
give them plenty of sweets, music, and games for their 
amusement. ' ' 

* * Wilt thou not lend us thy presence ? ' ' 

* 'Affairs of urgency prevent indulgence of personal 
desires, but I shall not forget to send best thoughts." 

'*May Jupiter the beneficent be in the ascendant 
throughout thy journey." 



40 YERMAH THE DORADO 

He made the sign of submission, and bent the knee 
in courtly fashion. 

**May his jovial and benign rays descend on all thy 
efforts. Success be with thee and thy wards/* 

** The secret of happiness," said Setos sententiously, * ' is 
in having constant employment for both body and mind. 
I shall advise *' 

** What wilt thou advise, Setos," asked Yermah, as he 
seated himself at the council table in his private office, 
where Alcamayn and Orondo had been waiting for him. 

*'Duty compels me to suggest severe measures for 
women neglecting their houses, and allowing their chil- 
dren to be seen in filthy rags. Near the Temple of 
Neptune, I complain of three houses unlawfully dirty. 
It surprises me that Akaza made no mention of this in 
conference to-day." 

** It were possible that he saw them not. He would be 
for mercy; and so am I." Yermah was in a genial mood, 
as his voice and mannner denoted. 

**What hast thou done with the offenders?" asked 
Orondo, quietly. 

** The first family was warned; the second are now being 
paraded up and down the street. They have had admo- 
nition once before, and if it were in my discretion, they 
would be soundly whipped. Humiliation may serve with 
some natures, but physical punishment is better. ' ' 

** Thou sayest they. Whom dost thou mean ? ' ' 

** The father and mother and two young girls. The law 
is no respecter of persons." 

**And thou wouldst have me order them whipped 
besides ? * ' 

**No; I only wished thy consent to propose the meas- 
ure at the next council meeting." 

Yermah made a gesture of dissent, and asked, point- 
edly: — 

"What punishment hast thou meted for the third 
offense?" 

**I have here application, awaiting thy signet, that I 
may take the children away from the shiftless sloven who 
gave them ingress to light." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 41 

*'Is she widowed?" 

** Yes; but she has been found guilty the third time." 

**The application is denied for the present. Alcamayn 
will be guardian of streets in our absence. When I return 
I shall lend mine ear to domestic affairs. Disturbance and 
complaint have been frequent from that quarter." 

Touchy, vainglorious Setos nettled at this. 

**Do my fellows think me unmindful of duty?" 

**No; only over-zealous. It is not in the province of 
good government to meddle with private affairs. The best 
interests of posterity, and the economic use of sustenance, 
with care of the person, is all that can be demanded. ' ' 

''Akaza is competent to advise thee," interposed 
Orondo. ' * It properly comes under his dominion. ' * 

'' Akaza will undoubtedly agree with me," said Setos, 
catching at a straw for justification. **The evidence of 
initiation is a sensitive condition of the organs of smell. 
The novitiate is required to discover the deadly effects of 
putrescent gases, and even children are taught that what- 
ever offends the nostrils injures the body." 

They arose simultaneously, and Orondo opened the 
door leading into the public reception hall. 

' ' The post-boys are here to carry our greeting to the 
Monbas and their high-priestess." 

**Go and dispatch them, Orondo. I trust thee to lay 
the lash on them lightly. Go thou also, Setos, to see 
them get the regulation stripes before setting forth." 

The Dorado picked up the parchments signed and 
sealed earlier in the day, and locking them in a strong 
box of curious design, dismissed the two courtiers with a 
nod and smile. 

* * I pray thee return quickly. Alcamayn needs advice 
from thee respecting thy special departments." 



42 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER V 

THE watchers on the top of Mount Diablo looked 
anxiously for sunrise the morning Yemiah and his 
followers rowed slowly across the bay and wound around 
its intricacies until the mouth of the Sacramento River 
was reached. All of the disengaged balsas stationed in 
the harbor gave escort, and but few of them turned back 
when the leaders passed into the river channel. 

Just four times in the year does the sunrise visitor to 
Mount Diablo see the ** Shadow of the Devil" casta tri- 
angular outline against its grizzled peak. The contact 
lasts but a second, and fades like a breath of mist from 
a looking-glass. AH of the cluster of piny hills which 
surround Diablo like brilliants around a stone of the first 
water are still in darkness, and the two large valleys at 
either side seem an indistinct blur, when the heavy, phan- 
tom-like shadow is thrown on the scene, slantingly, clear, 
and sudden. On the right side of the mountain, the light 
nearest the black line that accentuates the shadow is palest 
yellow, shading gradually into green, until it is lost in the 
yellow -brown of the hills. On the left the line is reddish, 
and the shadow blue-black. 

That the triangle shaped itself perfectly, and gave good 
omen of the enterprise in hand, was evident from the 
excitement among the men whose duty it was to signal 
the good news to the observatory tower in Tlamco, and 
also to the fleet in the bay and river. 

The Brahmaputra River was to India what the Nile was 
to Egypt, and was correlated to the River of Time or the 
Ocean of Eternity on the spiritual plane. In the com- 
munity of Tlamco, the Sacramento River of to-day was 
held in the same veneration. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 43 

Winding their way through the bog-rushes, or tules, 
that gossip among themselves throughout the year, the 
point was reached where the bustling little city of Stock- 
ton now stands. Here the entire party disembarked and 
taking to the saddle, pushed on. 

Who can describe springtime in California? From 
Yuma to the Klamath what waving of leafy banners, what 
marvelous music of bird-song, what conquest of grass- 
blades, what routing of first usurpers! Mystical Califor- 
nia! where the Ice Age never came, and where the mag- 
netism of prehistoric times still lingers to attract race 
skandhas which shall begin the upward spiral of a new 
sub-race great in psychological possibilities! The days of 
peonage have passed forever. The cavaliers and the 
padres were oppressed by the Aztec; he, in his turn, suf- 
fered at the hands of the Argonaut. Over the surface of 
placer and quartz mines, vines, fig-trees, and olives hide the 
scars made by sturdy miners, and dispute prestige with 
the golden grains which have been the staff of life to many 
alien born, and the end is not yet. 

The California of Cabrillo's day was a continuous flower- 
garden from north to south. It must have been fair to 
view before mission sheep and horses tramped down the 
hills, where once only the grizzly bear and deer roamed 
unafraid long after the memory of Atlantis itself had been 
lost in accumulating centuries. 

The early mariners of our dispensation called the south- 
ern hills the ''Land of Fire," because of the blaze at 
poppy-time — the copo del oro of the padre and cavalier, 
the Yankee gold-cup, the Russian eschscholtzia. Then 
as now the yellow lupines, loved by the rag -tag -and -bobtail 
of the insect world, flourished beside the blue and purple 
blossoms of more pretentious claims, flirting with daintier 
bees and butterflies. The mints are a family of pedigree, 
and with all their kith and kindred they camped in clans 
about field and wood. Sage, thyme, and savory have 
always been well spoken of for yeoman service, while rose- 
mary and lavender are beloved of the poets. California 
has both white and purple sweet wild mint, and her sage- 
bushes yield to the bees honey next to that from clover 



44 YERMAH THE DORADO 

for richness and whiteness. Everywhere on the trail Yer- 
mah's companions found the yerba buena, which name in 
later years was applied to their beloved Tlamco. 

There were no quartz or gravel mines in those days. 
The battea of the Mexican and the horn-spoon of the 
'forty-niner had no place in the pack-train — for the aurif- 
erous gravel had not been thrown to the surface in great 
ridges, and the blue veins which are the natural beds for 
gold were in some instances thousands of feet below the 
surface. The combined action of air, water, sunshine, 
frost, and earthquake were yet to disintegrate the matrix 
of quartz and set the precious metals free, or else to ingulf 
them in tons of molten lava after vaporizing them in the 
bowels of the earth. Time has wrought many of these 
changes since, and the heavy rains have washed the light 
silica into the watercourses, and thence to the valleys, 
thus forming the soil and gravel which has yielded gold 
in this sundown land. It was here that the early pros- 
pector found his reward, and it is here also that the battle 
of **slickens''* has been fought out between miner and 
farmer. 

Then the cactus family, those outcasts of the desert 
which are said to have survived the last glacial period, 
flourished in all their quaint ugliness. By long centuries 
of adaptation of scanty means to the ends of growth, the 
cactus has discarded its leaves and developed a fleshy 
stem, cylindrical, rectangular, triangular, flat, or round, 
but always armed with long needles. As a compensation, 
it bears exquisite blossoms of dainty tissue pistils and yel- 
low ravelings of stamens, while its fruit might have been 
the golden apples of Hesperides. 

Akaza directed his party to take a trail leading to the 
south side of the Merced River, nearly two thousand feet 
lower than the route followed by tourists of later times. 
Suddenly from out one of the gray-green clusters of cac- 
tus darted a coarse-plumaged bird, marked with brown 
and white specks on the upper part, while the lower por- 
tion of its body was a dingy white. Oghi gave chase 
immediately, but it distanced him, with an insolent fling- 

* Debris. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 45 

ing of sand and dust which quite surprised this intrepid 
hunter. He did not know whether to be frightened or 
ashamed of himself. At an encouraging word from Yer- 
mah, he laid his ears back close to his head and again 
tried the chase. The bird manifested no disposition to fly 
or to leave the trail. 

The trumpeter blared a command to halt, and the entire 
expedition came to a standstill. 

* * Dismount for refreshment and rest, first giving atten- 
tion to the horses," was the word passed along the line. 
Soon the tamanes were bustling about and making neces- 
sary arrangements for Yermah's comfort, while he and 
Akaza were intent upon examining the covert from which 
the road-runner started. A shout brought Setos and 
Orondo to his side, and after them, one by one, the whole 
party. 

*' I am of opinion," said Setos, ** that this strange bird, 
or beast, intended to eat the ratdesnake he had killed.'' 

** Not so," said Akaza. ** He has pecked the body full 
of holes, and was evidently about to abandon it when 
Oghi disturbed him." 

** He knows something about architecture," said Oron- 
do. * ^ See how well he has outlined a circle in laying these 
pieces of cactus leaves around the snake." 

* * Dost thou know anything about the habits of this 
creature," asked Yermah of one of the piloting tamanes 
standing near. 

* * Yes, my master. This bird is the natural enemy of 
rattlesnakes. He remains concealed until the reptile is 
fast asleep in the warm sand. With his sharp bill it is easy 
to take off part of a cactus leaf, as thou seest. Instinct 
teaches him how to place them in a circle. This done, he 
throws caution to the wind and rouses the snake. Then 
there is battle royal. The snake cannot crawl over the 
cactus needles, and finally dies of his own bite." 

* * Does the bird eat any portion of him ? ' * asked Setos. 
' ' Nothing, except the eyes. The remainder of the 

body he scatters about in the sand, as thou seest." 

* ' Oghi will bring him back captive, but, I fear me, 
badly mutilated." 

* * The ocelot will never catch him. These birds outfoot 



46 YERMAH THE DORADO 

a thoroughbred. They are quicker, shyer, more alert 
even than Oghi. Besides, the smell of them is quite 
enough for a fastidious animal." 

It was long after, when once more on the road, that 
Oghi came back, with his tail between his legs, thirsty, 
and evidently disgusted. 

Arriving at what is now called Cold Springs, the party 
began the ascent of the Chowchilla Mountains, a rise of 
twenty-five hundred feet in five and a quarter miles. 
Trees begin here and continue to Wawona. Within nine 
miles is one of California's ten groups of Sequoia gig an- 
ieUy of world-wide fame, but their habits were not new to 
the men of this expedition. Long before there were 
written words to express the ideas of man, the forest has 
furnished symbology for the various stages of human 
existence. The pliancy of youth, the exuberant strength 
of perfect maturity, the decay of age have suggested par- 
allels between man and the tree. The greatest poets and 
the so-called barbarous denizens of the untracked forest 
have risen together to the same height of imagery and 
the same tokens of emotion and sentiment. A dying 
sequoia, whose majesty towers mightily above the pigmy 
pines beside it, is but a hint that some men in death are 
greater than the most vigorous humanity that bustles about 
during their declining years. 

The trees giving shelter to Yermah defied the Ice Age 
and escaped destruction in the flood. There are giants in 
Mariposa Grove to-day contemporaneous with the Star of 
Bethlehem and the departing grandeur of Egypt The 
green spires of this living forest, three hundred feet high, 
filter the air through innumerable branches, making one 
shiver at their mysterious whistle, like the rusding silk 
robes of an unseen company. Their red-bronze trunks 
stand like a wall hiding the mountains. 

The mystic and appalling are there as well. How often 
in active life the specter stands among men and trees. 
The very strength gained by such close lifting of fibres 
during decades of existence will not permit these giants 
to seek rest prone upon the welcoming breast of Mother 
Earth. Still must they stand, bleached by sun, beaten by 



YERMAH THE DORADO 47 

rain, and buffeted by winds, leading a spectral existence 
when remains of other members of the forest have silently 
sunk to rest, and are no longer distinguishable in sub- 
stance from the very soil from which they sprung. For 
a century or so there is a struggle among the children of 
the fallen monarch. At last but few remain, to become 
giants in their turn — set on the rim of the pit formed by 
the decaying roots of their ancient ancestor. Rings of 
this kind can still be found, showing the broken roots 
projecting like the staves of a barrel, overgrown with 
ferns and wild oxalis, or filled to the brim with fresh, spicy 
redwood sprouts. 

No one visiting the Yosemite to-day can imagine the 
abundance in early times of wild flowers and luxuriant 
grasses reaching up to the saddle-girths, or the almost total 
absence of undergrowth and brush in the groves, thus 
affording clear, open views from either side. The valley 
lies nearly in the center of the State, north and south, 
midway between the east and west bases of the Sierras, 
here a little more than seventy miles wide. In the valley's 
six miles of length and width varying from half a mile to 
a mile, are contained twenty-two of the greatest natural 
wonders in the world. It is sunk one mile in perpendic- 
ular depth below its surroundings, like a gigantic trough 
hollowed out in the mountains, nearly at right angles to 
their regular trend. It has several deep canons and square 
recesses set back into its sides, until near the upper end, 
where it divides into three branches, through each of which 
by going up a series of gigantic steps, the upper level of 
the Sierras may be reached. Down each rocky ravine 
descends a fork of the River of Mercy, in a series of stu- 
pendous w^aterfalls, after which the stream makes many 
curious bends, touching the debris first on one side and 
then on the other. Lower down, the valley contracts into 
a narrow gorge, with steep, inclined walls, like a big V. 

Not a sound broke the impressive stillness as Yermah 
caught his first grand view from Inspiration Point, save 
occasional chirps and songs of birds, or the low, distant 
sigh of waterfalls in the vertical -walled chasm below. 
Here and there was a dark yellow pine rooted in the 




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48 YERMAH THE DORADO 

crevice, and clinging tenaciously to its dizzy elevation. 
The wind swept these trees to and fro, and there was a 
faint, plaintive murmur in their leaves as of pain. 

He did not notice that coveys of grouse beat the air 
with their wings in clumsy and obstinate flight, nor did he 
see that deer sprang up here and there, making for the 
undergrowth, lying in an. opposite direction. He reined 
his horse sharply out of the green forest and stood upon 
a high jutting rock overlooking a rolling, uplifting sea of 
granite mountains of a beautiful pearly gray. The colors 
were cold in effect — all the character being given by the 
vertical parallel lines of gray, brown, and black which 
stripe a portion of the walls. 

The sun began to wink at them from behind the pine- 
trees on the top of the hills, and to throw shimmering 
lances among the cliffs and crags, burnishing up their 
edges. Its rosy tints etched furrows on the mountain's 
face, seeming to take pride in bringing out strongly the 
wrinkles which the master of the hourglass and scythe 
had been busily engaged upon for so many thousand 
years.* 

The first impressive thought was that the granite ledges 
were standing pale and dumb before their Creator! The 
towers, the domes, the spires, the battlements, the arches, 
the white columns of solid granite surging up in the air 
came to everlasting anchor! The silence seemed to quiver 
with sound, just as the warm air shimmered without stir 
all along the rocky outlines. The scene conveys to the 
soul of man through the eye what might the orchestra of 
heaven through the ear, were peals of thunder compassed 
into harmonious notes of music. As the king of day rode 
farther out, he gently touched the falls of Upper Yosemite, 
transforming a downpour of crystals into tears of liquid 
silver, which the winds whirled into fantastic wraiths 
against the frowning cliffs. 

All that was mortal in the visitor swept back; all that 
was immortal surged to the front, and bowed down in 
awe. 

**Here speaks the voice of God; and here His power 
is manifest. *' 

* J. M. Hutchings, in " The High Sierras." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 49 

It was Akaza's voice that broke the silence. 
**Hail, smiling morn that tips these hilltops with 
alchemic gold! Teach us the secret of thy magic'* 
Again it was Akaza's words. 

* * Here we have visual evidence of the power and glory 
of the Supreme Ruler. The majesty of His handiwork 
is in that testimony of rocks." 

A softening haze hung over the valley, and the clouds 
partly dimmed the higher cliffs and mountains. Obscu- 
rity of vision increased the reverential mood of the party. 
A peculiarly exalted sensation seemed to fill their minds, 
and their eyes swam with fellowly drops of emotion, 
though the tongue refused its office. By common impulse 
they pushed forward, and coming down back of Cathe- 
dral Rocks, found themselves at nightfall near the valley's 
mouth, with El Capitan on the left and Bridal Veil Falls 
on the right On the plains of the San Joaquin, sixty 
miles below, El Capitan had first been sighted, and now 
they gazed curiously at its bare, smooth sides, entirely 
destitute of vegetation, towering above their heads fully 
three thousand feet — a solid mass of granite, set squarely 
out into the valley, as if meaning to bar their passage. 
Here they were met by a delegation of Monbas accompa- 
nied by their own post-boys. After listening to an address 
of welcome, they were invited to meet the high-priestess 
Keroecia at Mirror Lake, higher up the valley. 

* * This glorious sun gives light to the ceremony of puri- 
fication by fire, demanding the presence of all our people, 
else had they been here to give welcome to our new 
friends. We are bidden to serve thee in the name of the 
high-priestess, and make familiar the grandeur of this 
noble temple," said Ben Hu Barabe, the civil chief. 

** Accept our humble thanks and faithful obedience," 
responded Yermah. 

* * May the warmth and light flooding us genially be an 
augury of felicitous days to come," said Orondo. 

**May our inmost thoughts be in harmony with Divine 
Will," added Akaza, while Setos called attention to a 
chucah, a curious basket-like structure, suspended from a 
tree near where he stood. Upon examination, it was foimd 



50 YERMAH THE DORADO 

to contain a parchment scroll filled with a detailed report 
of the post-boys' journey and reception. 

* * The Monbas will only remain long enough to ascer- 
tain and comply with the wishes of the Azes, after the 
ceremonies now in progress cease," continued Ben Hu 
Barabe. * * The emissary, Eko Tanga, comes on mischief 
bent, and we must be ready to meet him.*' 

The determined tone, and angry scowl spoke volumes 
for the sentiments of the speaker. 

**When once outside these sacred precincts, we have 
matters of moment to discuss with thy leaders," said 
Yermah. 

'*We are all pledged to the leadership of the high- 
priestess, and humbly await her pleasure. She will hear 
thee fully, ' ' was the response the young warrior made. 

There was something in his loyal speech which im- 
pressed Yermah gready. He looked at him with an eye 
of favor, and asked him to show the way up the valley. 

Rahula and Ildiko, refreshed by a night's rest, accom- 
panied by Orondo and Setos, recrossed the valley to view 
Bridal Veil Falls. They were in raptures at the sight of 
them, and insisted that their sedan-chairs should be low- 
ered frequently, to enable them to examine the gracefully 
undulating sheets of spray, which fell in gauzelike folds, 
expanding, contracting, and glittering in the sunlight like 
a veil of diamonds, and then changing into one vast and 
many-colored cloud, throwing its mystic drapery over the 
falling torrent, as if to shroud its unspeakable beauty. 
Down the water leaps in one unbroken chain to an 
immense bowlder-formed cauldron below, where it surges 
and boils in angry fury, throwing up volumes of spray, 
while the sun arches the abyss with two or more gorgeous 
rainbows. The swaying from side to side under the 
varying pressure of the wind, and the jarring roar of the 
water, thrilled and hushed them into silent, spellbound 
admiration. 

Yermah followed the north wall on past the Three 
Brothers, which rise in steps, one behind the other, with 
their heads turned in the same direction. Cibolo seemed 
inspired with the scene, and Yermah gave him his head. 
The Yosemite Falls roared and thundered in his ears. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 51 

The lofty columnar rock called Washington Tower has 
diamond-like cascades, which tumble down the sides of 
the Royal Arches more than two thousand feet. These 
winglike arches form a sort of lion's head, not unlike the 
winged lions of Nineveh. Hewn out of the wall proper, 
they span about a quarter of a mile. With the column 
which forms an angle to Teneya Canon, they seem intend- 
ed for a base of adequate magnitude to support the North 
Dome, which rests upon them. The mighty powers of 
nature, which have wrought such wonders in this region, 
cleft this tower in twain, and disposed of the fragments in 
a manner as mysterious as it must have been awful. On 
the opposite side of Teneya Canon is Half Dome, five 
thousand feet above the valley. It is a perfectly inaccessi- 
ble crest. From a distance one might fancy that the 
stone-cutter's art had been brought to bear upon its per- 
fectly rounded summit. Upon closer inspection it is found 
that Time has been the carver. The ages have cut out 
huge concentric layers of granite, and scattered them 
about in picturesque confusion. 

Yermah noticed crowds of men and women standing 
around the mouths of two or three large caves near by, 
but he rode on up the canon until his ears caught the 
notes of a folk-song; then he dismounted and fastened 
Cibolo to a live-oak, making his way toward the music. 
Astonishment and delight transfixed his gaze. At his feet 
lay the ** Sleeping Waters,"* embowered by trees, and 
environed on high by the dome already mentioned. This 
watercourse leaps from crag to pool among bowlders big 
and little, until it reaches equilibrium, and the surface of 
the lake is as motionless and smooth as a mirror. The 
reflected domes, peaks, and trees are seen on its glassy 
bosom in perfect outline, seemingly five hundred fathoms 
down, in exact representation of the beauties that reach 
one mile into the air! 

Yermah stood spellbound, not so much by this beau- 
teous grandeur as by the scene being enacted before him. 
He was so intently regarding it that he scarcely saw or 
felt the shower of flint-headed arrows which fell in profu- 
sion and ruflled the surface of the lake. His eyes were 

* Indian name for Mirror Lake. 



52 YERMAH THE DORADO 

riveted on a young woman who was in the act of speed- 
ing a golden arrow over the heads of three other girls of 
nearly her own age, and who were pushing off from shore 
in a crescent-shaped boat, which they propelled with long 
silver oars. They were chanting softly, and the air was 
redolent with the perfume of flowers, which completely 
filled the boat, hanging in graceful profusion from the 
prow and stern, in wreaths of all sizes and colors. The 
boat moved like a thing instinct with life, and as it disap- 
peared on the opposite side Yermah's intent gaze made 
itself felt on its object. She moved uneasily, and then 
looked fixedly into the water stretched out before her. 
Just then a pink mother-of-pearl, iridescent coloring ap- 
peared in the lake. Over the shoulder of a lofty dome came 
the golden edge, then the full-orbed sun in all his splen- 
dor, apparently rising out of the depths below the water. 

Keroecia was unmindful of this natural phenomenon. 
She saw first her own image, then beside it the ideal of her 
dreams — a helmeted figure, reflected full-length in the 
silvery sheen. His tunic was of purple cloth, confined at 
the waist by a wide striped silk sash, which tied over the 
left hip and hung in long, heavy-fringed ends. His short, 
full skirt was of orange silk, with a wide band of embroi- 
dery around the bottom, and underneath were long, 
closely woven woollen tights of purple. His feet were 
protected by sandals with jeweled sides and straps across 
the instep. From his shoulders hung a leopard-skin 
cloak, double-faced, so that it was alike on both sides. 
He wore a square breastplate of stones, containing twelve 
jewels, proclaiming that he was master of the twelve coun- 
cilmen, and ruled continuously while the sun traveled 
through the twelve signs of the zodiac. At his side hung 
a burnished bronze sword, with a beautifully engraved 
scabbard, delineating a lion-hunt from meet to finish. 

At first Keroecia was fascinated, then a feeling of fear 
stole over her. She made a movement as if to fly, but in 
turning stood face to face with Yermah. An inarticulate 
sound died on her lips as she started back amazed and 
fearful. Her wide-eyed vision and strained attention 
searched the countenance of the pale and agitated man, 
who stood so near her that she felt the radiating warmth 



YERMAH THE DORADO 53 

of his body. He remained motionless, but she shrank 
back, and was momentarily rooted to the spot. 

With a regal sweep of the arm, he bared his head, and 
with his right hand made the hierophant sign of command. 
He opened the hand, palm outward, the first two fingers 
pointing upward. These typified command and faith. 
He crossed their base with the thumb, the symbol of will. 
The third and fourth fingers covered the Mount of Venus, 
at the base of the thumb, indicating that science and wis- 
dom guarded love. He bowed profoundly, and carried 
the helmet hand to his heart lightly. 

Keroecia quickly comprehending his intent as well as 
his rank and station, courteously made the Atlantian sign 
of submission. 

Yermah recognized it by a downward movement of his 
open right hand, intended to quell the shades and elemen- 
tals crowded thickly around them. 

* * Pleasing in my sight, and welcome to all the Monbas, 
is the servitor of Aztlan,** she said. ** He that created the 
four elements forbid that fatigue or discomfort should be 
thy portion." 

** It were an earthy spirit which could be mindful of the 
physical in this magnificent temple,** replied Yermah. 

His calm, even tones quieted and reassured her com- 
pletely. 

* * Have none of my fellows shown thee courtesy ? Thy 
exalted station and goodness of heart demand much." 

** Ample consideration met us at the newel-post of this 
wondrous structure. It were a puny effort indeed that 
would fail to convey such welcome as the season and 
occasion warrant. In harmony with this spirit, I have 
stolen away from my companions and have sought audi- 
ence direct with thee. If ill-considered abruptness gives 
rise to inharmonious thought-waves, forgive me. The 
head, and not the heart, is at fault." 

** Offense were not possible with this intent. And I 
were an unworthy handmaiden should I harbor ill will on 
this day, holiest of all the year to the Monbas." 

**I stand athirst for knowledge of the sacred rite 
already partially witnessed. Is it lawful for an alien to 
know its import?" 



54 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * We who find divinity in the flowers, the birds, the 
sunshine, the trees, the rocks, the streams, and the hills, 
have no secrets apart from any living thing. But before 
thy special question, tell me of thy comrades. Shall I 
face them here?'* 

'** In this place, and soon. They skirted the southern 
wall. The women came in chairs, lest fatigue should ren- 
der them unfit to give heed to thy many accomplishments. 
Tell me the office of the three graces in the flower-laden 
boat'* 

** All the ills of my people are consigned to those flow- 
ers. The ark in the center contains a symbol of the all- 
pervading essence of creation, and when the sun comes 
high enough to send a vertical ray into this ark, the 
flowers which have been collected for the past three days 
will be sacrificed by fire; and then we can go hence happy 
and content, free from evil tendency within and without. 
Our faith is simple. We try to live in harmony with the 
laws of Life and Love.'* 

**An artist who revels in the beauties of creation re- 
ceives direct the thoughts of the Eternal Father,*' said 
Yermah, reverently. 

'* A child inhaling the fragrance of a flower receives in 
the process of transmutation the thoughts of the Creator. '^ 

** Without the intervention of planetary influence?" 

**The open flower, with its sun-rayed form, is to vege- 
table life what the sun is to the planets, and as man is to 
animal life. Flowers crown nature's dominions." 

**The soul of man crowns all animate things," persisted 
Yermah. 

"When he crushes a beetle he destroys the life of what 
may some day be his brother," she answered, with a smile. 

**Dost thou believe in transmigration? I am agreed 
with thee that life is a vibration of Divine Will, moving 
in a spiral, but physical man is the lowest rung contacted 
by the ego." 

** Oh, say not so! Is not the ego a ray of the creative 
energy itself? Thinkst thou the human family the only 
emanation of Divinity worthy to contact its Creator?" 

** Yes," he answered; **and only then by aspiring to a 
spiritual plane." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 55 

'*How many planes dost thou allot to man?" 

** Three — the physical, the mental, and the spiritual. 
A novice must perform the nine labors in order to achieve 
perfection. Each plane is threefold, like the alchemical 
sun, whose prototype blesses us with its preserving rays. 
Unfold to me the principles of thy system." 

**The first degree is that of the crystallized mineral, 
typifying death. The rocks and stones are of both sexes. 
Their sympathies and antipathies constitute their laws of 
natural selection, determined by the vegetation produced 
from their soil. The second degree pertains to the sub- 
jective spaces of the mineral world — the tiny races within 
the higher round of that zone. Each life-atom is busy 
at its own appointed task, happy beyond conception in its 
lowly spiritual state. The third degree is the vegetable 
kingdom. The leaves are so placed that a line wound 
around the stem of a plant, and touching the petiole of 
each leaf would be a spiral. Where the leaves are in two 
rows, it is one third the circumference, and so on in suc- 
cessive trines." 

**No one could be more loyal than I to the great fam- 
ily of endogens," said Yermah. **They all go by threes, 
and are correlated to the Trinity. We make the lily the 
type of purity; the palm, the type of perfect life, which 
is service. The grains give the staff of life; the grasses 
cover the earth, and feed our animals. The onion not 
only contains the immortal elixir, but in its circles repre- 
sents the growth of the universe, and the orbits of the 
planetary system." 

**The exogens," said Keroecia, **are closer to our own 
lives. The rose gains in beauty as it loses its power of 
reproduction, and the flower which carpets our hillsides 
with patches of gold drops the calyx when it arrives at 
perfection. It lives with the sun — opening and closing 
with his coming and going, and is so delicate that we make 
it the symbol of the soul. In the fourth degree are the 
flower nymphs, disporting themselves like butterflies in 
the luminous ether of their round. Some bear resem- 
blance to beautiful girls, but are bright green, with big 
heads and little bodies. In the full scale they show all 
the colors of the rainbow. The fifth degree is the animal 



56 YERMAH THE DORADO 

kingdom; the sixth is semi-human; the seventh is man. 
Love is the only condition of creation — that love which 
is perfect equilibrium between thyself and the universe.** 

Neither spoke for several moments; then Yermah said, 
with a sigh of contentment: **This is a veritable Temple 
of Love.'* 

**It is indeed/* she aflswered; **and this is the season 
of renewal. It is the breeding-time of flowers and of the 
feathered tribes. Look here ! * * 

She drew back a branch of eglantine, heavy with bloom, 
and nestled cozily in the fork of the parent stem was a 
tiny grayish-white mass of hair, fashioned into a nest by 
a gold-throated humming-bird. The mate industriously 
sipped honey from blossom to blossom, while the watcher 
on the nest put up its long, tubelike bill, waiting to be 
fed. They twittered conjugal confidences unmindful of 
prying eyes. Disturbed at last by the voices, both bal- 
anced in air, leaving exposed to view two little spotted 
eggs, not larger dian fine shot. They darted about in 
evident distress, keeping up a constant humming with 
their gauzy wings. 

The man and woman paused but a second, and then 
passed on. 

The Monbas believed in five sub-human kingdoms, 
peopled by entities, and on their characteristics the five 
principles of the astral man are based. The mineral king- 
dom is represented by gnomes; the vegetable kingdom, 
by sylphs; the reptile, by fire or salamanders; water, by 
undines and fish. The animal world was represented by 
the dog-headed ape of the Egyptians, which is the same 
as the word Druid, Keroecia*s followers were the fore- 
runners of the ancient Druids and of the gypsies of 
to-day. 

The first four elements, earth, air, fire, and water, are 
the transubstantiation of the Eucharist, the body of the 
Virgin of the World, Isis, and the blood of Osiris. To 
the Roman it was Ceres and Bacchus; to the Druid, Pro- 
serpine and Hesius. Ceres represented wheat, the wafer 
of the Sacrament — the body of Cosmos; Bacchus, wine, 
the blood of the Microcosmos; and the whole typifies the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 57 

bodily, astral, and spiritual principles comprised in man. 
The aim of all religions is to harmonize man with the 
laws which govern the universe. The Monbas did this 
by metempsychosis of the sub-human elements. They 
solved the great problem of absorbing into the astral sys- 
tem the pure psychic elements about them, and reached 
divinity by this proce&s instead of by reincarnation. For 
this reason the gypsies never mingle with other civiliza- 
tions. They go to nature direct for their wisdom, and 
keep away from cities for fear of losing their psychic 
powers. 

Orondo, Setos, Rahula, and Ildiko, with a retinue of 
tamanes, a Monbas escort, and some burros laden with 
stout willow baskets and ollas, skirted the southern side 
of the valley in passing Cathedral Rock and Spires. 
The rock itself is not so impressive as El Capitan, but 
the spires rise like splendid monoliths, making weird 
silhouettes against fantastic but exquisitely carved murals, 
gigantic in proportions, forming a whole side of this 
tortuous gorge. There were splendid pitch-pine trees 
massed in the foreground, at least one hundred and fifty 
feet high, which, being duplicated on the top of the cliffs, 
looked like a mere fringe of green thrown into relief 
against fleecy white clouds hurrying across the turquoise 
sky in pursuit of some fleeting phantom of that eerie 
region. 

Nearly opposite the Three Brothers is a point of rocks 
projecting into the meadow lowlands which terminates in 
a slender, clean-cut obelisk. It is also like a stupendous 
watch-tower, and is now christened Sentinel Rock. Con- 
tinuing the obelisk form for more than a thousand feet 
from the top, it loses its identity in the undulating walls 
whose rugged tops outline the impress of the Divine Archi- 
tect. Near the foot of Sentinel Rock, looking directly 
across the inclosure, are the Yosemite Falls. A narrow 
silver ribbon of water up at a dizzy height tumbles down 
and is lost, then finds itself again and again, until it be- 
comes a mere mass of mountain clearness whipped to a 
foam and spread out at one's feet. The cold gray slab 
over which it pours in its first limpid sweetness is polished 



58 YERMAH THE DORADO 

to the highest degree by ceaseless friction. The first ver- 
tical descent is fifteen hundred feet, where the entire vol- 
ume strikes a projecting ledge one third of a mile back 
from the lower, or front, portion of the cliff. Here the 
water cascades for two hundred feet or more in its descent, 
until it finally plunges four hundred feet lower, to the base 
of the precipice. It widens at the bottom, and to the 
party crossing over from Sentinel Rock, was indescriba- 
bly impressive and grand. 

The travelers found it warm work to cross the Merced 
River, near by; but the cool sea-breezes began to blow up 
from the Golden Gate, one hundred and fifty miles below 
— for they were almost opposite, in a direct line from 
Tlamco. In pushing on to Mirror Lake, they followed 
the same path taken by Yermah. As they passed Indian 
Canon, they looked up the deep gorge to the eastward 
and saw that here was the entrance and exit used by the 
Monbas. 

As they neared the lake, they looked off in the distance 
to where Cloud's Rest connects with the High Sierra this 
chain of matchless pearls from the mouth of Nature. 
Around the top of this extremely elevated, steep, barren 
ridge hover continuously a bevy of cottony clouds, while 
a lacelike scarf of fog softens the hard, unyielding lines, 
and makes them tempt the soul of man to feats of the 
greatest daring. 

Presently was seen a thin, vapory line of smoke issuing 
from the direction in which the boat had disappeared. 
Instantly the roads seemed alive with people, coming from 
all directions, and making the welkin ring with melodious 
sound. There were men, women, and children, gay in 
holiday attire, singing and gesticulating in the very ecstasy 
of joy. They crowded the banks of the lake and waited 
expectantly. At length a slender silver arrow flew up from 
the smoke-clouds; then another; and again, a third. This 
was answered by a deafening blast of trumpets, drums, 
cymbals, tambourines, pipes, and ear-splitting whistles, as 
the priestesses re-embarked and slowly approached. The 
first splash of the silver oars was answered by a shout of 
triumph from the opposite shore, followed by a song, in 
which the three voices joined with equal zest. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 59 

Then the crowd fell back, making room for Keroecia 
and the tall, fair stranger. He was intent and alert, she 
smilingly gracious. As the boat anchored, she raised her 
hands in blessing, for which Yermah reverently uncovered. 
She stepped forward to receive an urn delicate and fragile 
as the ashes of roses it contained, when a treacherous peb- 
ble turned her ankle, and she would have fallen had not 
Yermah caught her by the arm in time to prevent a pain- 
ful strain upon the supporting muscles and tendons. It 
was the unstudied act of a man of ready tact and faultless 
breeding. 

The hillsides and rock walls rumbled and echoed the 
burst of cheering which greeted this feat. Again he un- 
covered and stood in a respectful attitude until the three 
nimble-footed young women were on shore. They, catch- 
ing the infection, shared in the general excitement. By 
a common impulse they ranged themselves in line, and 
stood with Yermah and Keroecia, bowing acknowledg- 
ments and participating in dumb show with the sponta- 
neous outpouring of good will. 

* * Alcyesta, Suravia, Mineola, accept the homage offered 
by Yermah the Dorado, of Aztlan, lately arrived from 
Tlamco,'* said Keroecia. /'These are my trusted hand- 
maidens. Receive service from them as from mine own 
hands." 

* * Such grace and fair fellowship bankrupts the offices 
of speech. Alone, I am powerless to make adequate 
return; but here I have alHes who will amply requite 
thee,'* saying which he turned to make room for his com- 
panions, who had approached in the general confusion 
unobserved by the company. Setos and Orondo uncov- 
ered and waited back of their countrywomen. 

The gnomes, salamanders, sylphs, and undines of fairy- 
land, peeping out from each leaf and fragrant bloom, never 
beheld a lovelier vision than that of Keroecia and Ildiko, 
as they stood facing each other. Keroecia* s long, wavy 
bronze-red hair was confined by a jeweled band, with three 
white ostrich tips in the center. She was gowned in sim- 
ple white, long and flowing. Around her neck were seven 
strands of pearls fastened to a medallion composed of 
ruby, topaz, emerald, sapphire, amber, amethyst, and 



6o YERMAH THE DORADO 

turquoise. Encircling her slender waist was an enam- 
eled and jeweled girdle. The loose sleeves fell back from 
exquisitely shaped arms, ornamented with bracelets, while 
numerous rings adorned her taper fingers. In her big 
Oriental eyes, shaded with long lashes, was a glint of the 
bronze which the sun brought out in her hair. A ripened 
peach is the only fitting comparison for her cheeks, and 
her tiny, even teeth glistened white between the per- 
fectly formed and curved lips which in parting revealed 
them. 

Ildiko, taller and more slight, was a sharp contrast, 
her fuzzy white hair, eye-brows, and lashes contrasting 
with her shell-pink skin. The pale blue of her dress 
strengthened the color of her eyes, which were so well 
set back that a full interpretation of their language baffled 
the observer. There were embroideries and jeweled pas- 
sementeries, the rich arrangement of which showed the 
detail of her toilet. A gauze headdress supporting a thin 
white veil, which fell well down over her back, helped 
the illusion. She skillfully tried to get full benefit of the 
roseate rays reflected by an umbrella held over her head 
by an attendant. 

Yermah took her hand and placed it in Keroecia's 
outstretched palm, and then put both his own over them 
protectingly. 

** May such love as sisters bear each other bind thee.*' 

Then bringing Rahula forward, he presented her. A 
dark-red headband, glistening with jetted embroidery and 
drooping ear ornaments enhanced the luster of her iron- 
gray hair, and somewhat softened the expression of her 
wrinkled face. Not a facet of the cut jet sparkled brighter 
than her beady black eyes, which were never quite in 
accord with her thin smiling lips. 

Simple gold bands without ornament confined the locks 
of Alcyesta, Suravia, and Mineola, that of the first and 
last being dark and abundant, while Suravia' s hair was 
like spun gold in texture and color. These bands did not 
go all the way around the head, but terminated over each 
ear in medallions, jeweled and enameled in quaint design. 
Alcyesta wore pale yellow, Suravia lavender, and Mineola 
pink. A bright plaid sash was tied about each waist, and 



YERMAH THE DORADO 6i 

fell to the hem in the back. Sandals with pointed toes, 
reaching well over the instep, protected the feet. 

The other women wore dresses of cotton cloth made 
like chemises. These were of four colors, and worn one 
over the other. The edges were variously ornamented, 
some with figures, others again with embroidery or saw- 
teeth appliques of a different shade. Necklaces of beads, 
jeweled belts, earrings, bracelets, and sandals were com- 
mon to them all. Some wore crowns or other fanciful 
head-covering with bright feather ornaments, while others 
braided their hair in two loose plaits, and covered their 
heads with an indescribably fine- woven basket, coming to 
a point at the top, and highly ornate. 

The Highlander of to-day would appreciate and admire 
the markings of the cloth worn by these sturdy moun- 
taineers. For the leaders, there were plaids of seven 
colors; for the next in rank, five colors; for governors 
of fortresses, four colors; for captains, three colors; for 
warriors, two colors; for the common people, one color. 

The warriors carried shields of flexible bamboo canes 
bound firmly together, and covered with rawhide. These 
were ornamented with porcupine quills, tortoise-shell, 
mother-of pearl, and ivory, inlaid and skillfully etched 
with mineral dyes, the rank of the wearer being cleverly 
revealed in this manner. The shields were invariably cir- 
cular and convex in form. Worn next to the body, were 
plain white garments of coarse texture, and on their heads 
were high conical hats, very like the Astrakan caps of 
to-day. Leggins much wrinkled and heavy sole-leather 
sandals completed their costume. 

In the solemn hush, four stalwart warriors of the Mon- 
bas stepped forward and knelt upon the shore, grasping 
each other by the inner fore-arm, near the elbow. Keroe- 
cia and the three priestesses carefully lifted the ark from 
the boat and placed it in the receptacle made by the inter- 
locked arms. 

Taking a few of the ashes left in the urn, Keroecia 
mixed them with salt, which she stirred with an aspergil- 
lus made of medical herbs tied to a hazel stick on which 
the four spirits were carved. The salt and incense ashes 



62 YERMAH THE DORADO 

were consecrated separately before using. She then took 
the four alchemical elements, salt, mercury, sulphur, and 
nitrogen, and sprinkled them over the man holding a 
chalice representing water; an eagle, with a nimbus around 
its head representing air; a tree of life, representing fire; 
and the sword of Mithra, who annually immolates the 
sacred bull. These correspond to mind, matter, motion, 
and rest. 

The special kingdom of the gnomes is in the north, that 
of the salamanders in the south, that of the sylphs in the 
east, and that of the undines in the west. They influence 
the four temperaments of man. The gnomes, the melan- 
cholic; the salamanders, the sanguine; the undines, the 
phlegmatic; the sylphs, the bilious. The Monbas abjured 
them by breathing, sprinkling, burning of perfumes, and 
by tracing a pentagram on the ground. 

Keroccia drew this figure with a reed saturated in the 
seven primary colors. Then holding a pentacle in one 
hand, and taking in turn a sword, a rod, and a cup, she 
faced the lake and said: — 

* * Angel with the blind eyes, obey or pass away from 
the holy water! Work, winged bull, or return to earth, 
if thou wouldst not be pricked by this sword ! Fettered 
eagle, obey this sign, or retire before my wrath! Writh- 
ing serpent, crawl at my feet, or be tortured by the sacred 
fire, and evaporate with the perfumes I am burning! 
Water, return to water; fire, burn; air, circulate; earth, 
return to earth, — by power of the pentagram, which is 
the morning star, and in the name of the tetragam, which 
is written in the center of the cross of light. Auma!" 

Mental power and the moon come from the same root- 
word, Mirius, In Egyptian and Jewish religion three 
vestal virgins guard the ark, which is the symbol of the 
Immaculate Conception. In Greek mythology they be- 
come the Three Graces. 

The name Siiravia signified the light, or sun way, or 
the River of Time. Alcyesta is the ark, box, or chest, 
floating on the celestial river. It is the solar system float- 
ing with the Milky Way toward Pi Hercules. She is the 
Egyptian Ma^ or Truth. Mineola is soul-mind i^Agni) 
liberated. It is the divine soul-mind in its ark, or chest, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 63 

floating on the celestial River of Light. The sign Cancer 
is Kanza, the Egyptian oracle god in his ark, or boat; 
^also, the incipient scarab in its ovum. 

In the Holy Family there are four principles — Father, 
Mother, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is the earth; 
the Mother is Venus; the Son is the moon; and the Holy 
Spirit, or Saint John the Baptist, is Mercury, the forerun- 
ner. The moon as it swings around the earth is a ham- 
mer in the hands of Thor, and is both a constructing and 
a destroying power. The story of David and Michael is 
the same as the Immaculate Conception. Michael laughed 
at David as he danced around the ark ; that is to say, the 
sun's ray (Michael) set the photosphere of the astral 
forces (David) in motion. This is when the sun shines 
down the north side of the Great Pyramid in Egypt for 
the first time each year. An opening on the north side 
admits the sunshine, which goes down to the Ark of the 
Covenant floating in the Nile. Novitiates went down this 
opening, and remained in the ark three days. On the 
third day they came back, and this was Easter. On Good 
Friday, the gypsies of to-day have their patriarch take an 
ark, or basket, and every one lays in it a flower on a Saint 
Andrew's cross in the bottom of the basket; and as the 
cross is pre-eminently the male symbol of creation, they 
still perpetuate the idea of the Immaculate Conception. 
The flowers give ofl" metempsychosis, and absorb disease. 
In other words, they exhale oxygen, and inhale carbonic 
acid gas. 

The flint-headed arrow is a phallic symbol of fire, or 
thought; and when the Monbas shot arrows over water, 
it was to destroy the evil spirits of watery elements. The 
lake typified mind, especially as a mirror; and water is an 
enemy of fire, or mind. The passage of the sun out of 
a watery sign in the spring equinox twenty-nine thousand 
years ago (Saint David's day) was the festival Keroecia 
and her people were celebrating. Saint David represents 
the astral body. His throwing a stone at Goliath was the 
same as Orion shooting the bull, Taurus, or of Athena 
killing the giant Pallas. A conical stone represented 
Athena. The stone falling from heaven is the same as the 
eye falling out of Goliath, or Peeping Tom of Coventry; 



64 YERMAH THE D6RAD0 

that is, a solar eclipse. The ark, or stone, is the moon, 
which travels around the earth in reincarnations, as did 
Lady Godiva. 

The Hebrew ark was A. R. N. (Aaron), or the Greek 
Charon, who carried the dead over the River Styx. The 
Greeks gave an obolus, or stone, for Charon* s fee; and 
many Catholics to-day put a stone on graves. The obelisk, 
or tombstone, is a relic of the same practice. This repre- 
sents the tongue, and means a speaker, or flame of fire. A 
stone symbolized the Word, which was the prayer uttered 
by Keroecia. 






YERMAH THE DORADO 65 



CHAPTER VI 

IT was Jupiter's Day (Thursday), and Akaza wore a 
scarlet robe of silk, with embroidered bands, having 
the twelve signs of the zodiac worked out in low tones 
of brown and green. On his head was a scarlet liberty 
cap, with a sign of Jupiter on the forehead, and his long 
hair and beard had been curled into nine parts, symboliz- 
ing the river of creative energy which ran out of Eden. 
The nine curls were typical of the nine phases of initiation 
which he had passed. He wore a sapphire ring on the 
middle finger of his right hand, and his breastplate was 
of emeralds set in silver. 

Debris formed into steeply sloping masses of rocky 
fragments along the base of the cliffs on each side of the 
Yosemite Valley. With a single tamane and a guide, 
Akaza followed the course of the Merced River, and 
reveled in the luxuriant vegetation, which changes in 
character and development according to locality. Near 
the falls were dense growths of alder, willow, and Douglas 
spruce, and in the upper valley were sugar-pine and yel- 
low and bastard cedar in abundance. The Balm of Gilead, 
poplar, and black oak haunt the swampy places where 
snowy pond-lilies ride in imperious fashion over the mois- 
ture. There was a wilderness of sparkling mosses thriving 
in the spray of waterfall and cascade. Back in cool, shady 
greeneries, were an infinite variety of ferns, ranging from 
tall bracken to feathery maidenhair clmging to the eerie 
crevices high up on the sky line. Maple, laurel, and man- 
zanita with dainty bell-shaped blossoms, colored like a 
baby's palm, had as companion another member of the 
buckthorn family, the white lilac. And these seemed bent 
upon concealing the bases of different falls. Here also 



66 YERMAH THE DORADO 

was the madrono, * * the harlequin of the woods, * * in buff 
and red bark, in a chronic state of deshabille. But who 
would find fault with a toilet process which changes the 
older, darker bark for the delicate cream -colored covering 
which lies underneath ? 

A noisy, chattering bluejay, the scandalmonger of the 
bird family, protested vigorously against the incursion of 
the venerable old man. Growing tired of this useless 
opposition, he, as a practical joke, concealed himself in 
a clump of leaves near where a flock of small birds were 
enjoying themselves in their own fashion and screamed like 
a hawk. They recovered from their fright while the rascal 
was giving vent to a cackle which sounded like a derisive 
laugh, and then they combined forces to drive him out 
of the neighborhood. He was as full of fight as mischief, 
but a severe conflict induced him to mend his manners. 

Even the red-headed woodpecker ceased hammering 
holes in the trees to inspect the stranger. It may have 
been only a trick of the bluejay to get him away from the 
tree long enough to allow a raid on his storehouse of 
acorns. It did the pilferer no good; for the carpenter- 
bird never makes a mistake in selecting acorns to fit the 
holes he has made for them. 

The chipmunks, the grasshoppers, and the squirrels 
peeped and wondered from different points of vantage, 
while a mother partridge, by fluttering and scurrying 
along the ground, sought to divert attention from her tiny 
striped-back brood huddled up on one foot under a 
friendly branch of wild strawberry leaves. A pair of 
quail established themselves in the screen of a honey- 
suckle vine, and the little crested head of the family was 
feeding his small mate a dainty tidbit, having coaxed her 
up into that leafy retreat to discuss the viand. Doves 
cooed lovingly to each other, while the now extinct wild 
turkey sunned himself and preened his bronze feathers, 
perched high on the top of a bare rock above. Up near 
the snow-line were red patches of snow-plants, looking 
like huge semi-transparent globules of crystallized sugar, 
having stem, bells, and leaves curiously mingled and 
intertwined. 

Every inch of Akaza's progress was contested by some 



YERMAH THE DORADO 67 

flowering plant. Sometimes it was the drooping boughs 
of white-blossoming dogwood. Again it was a rhododen- 
dron bush stubbornly blocking the way. Or perhaps it 
was a shower of azalea blooms that fairly smothered him. 
The spice-bush, with its long, high green leaves and sin- 
gular wine-colored flowers, locked horns with the tall, 
stately Shasta lily. The gossamer, glasslike mountain 
mahogany disputed honors with the flaring brown-and- 
orange tiger-lily, while the pentstemon, distinctly blue at 
the base and pink at the rim of its cup, coquetted with a 
dainty butterfly-lily. *' Like a bubble borne on air, floats 
the shy Mariposa bell,'' with its purplish white, its faint 
pink or pale gold, each petal brocaded in soft shades of 
bronze-brown or patched with plush, as if little finger-tips 
had smutched them before the paints were dry. Who 
does not know the yellow buttercup that faces the world 
everywhere, the red columbine, whose chandelier of scar- 
let tongues makes light in dark places, or the larkspur ? 

Then purple thistles, goldenrods, and dandelions shook 
their heads vigorously in the refreshing breeze, and 
argued it out with the grasses and ice-plants lying flat on 
the ground, where only a much-debased cactus bristled 
and threatened everything that ventured even to look at 
its forbidden fruit. 

The day was well-nigh spent when Akaza approached 
camp near the mouth of Indian Canon. Yermah and 
Keroecia came toward him, hand in hand, like happy 
children. They had been anxiously expecting him. She 
did not wait for a formal presentation, but came forward 
graciously. 

** Patriarch and hierophant, this temple waits thy minis- 
trations. The love and obedience of myself and people 
are thine to command. ' ' 

** Fair daughter of the gods, thou hast already a place 
in my heart, as I perceive thou hast in the affections of 
my comrades. Mayst thou be ever surrounded by a nim- 
bus of joy and gladness. ' ' 

As his lips lightly brushed her glowing cheek, Yermah 
noticed that his vision was turned inward, and that he 
prayed silently. 



68 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Keroecia turned to her attendants, and with her own 
hands served him with curds and a gourd of goat's milk. 
She broke the thin com cakes and arranged some fruit 
temptingly near him. He opened an oblong comb of 
wild honey, and laid the ripe figs around it. As he poured 
thick yellow cream over them, he murmured: — 

** As it was written! as it was written! " 

Concerned for him, Yermah touched him on the shoul- 
der. 

** Is it not well ? " he asked eagerly. 

When the elder man saw the glow of happiness on the 
questioning face, he fairly groaned; but he answered 
steadily: — 

**From the beginning all things are ordered well.'* 

The evening shadows grew apace; but before darkness 
came on Keroecia prepared the pipes, which were to be 
lighted as an offering to fire. Igniting the first one — a 
fragile porcelain bowl with an amber mouthpiece, — she 
drew three puffs out of it, and emptied the ashes on a 
platter of beaten silver. Dexterously replenishing the 
tobacco and substituting an ivory mouthpiece, she passed 
it to Yermah. He followed her example, and replacing 
the ivory with tortoise-shell, handed the pipe to Akaza. 
The priestesses and the remainder of the company did 
likewise, always substituting one stick for another until all 
had smoked, and each had a souvenir which was supposed 
to bring him good luck. The ashes were placed in the 
urn with the rose-ashes collected from the ark, — and the 
great Monbas festival was over. 

Keroecia was not a Monbas. Her people were known 
to the Atlantians as lans. To the Persians they were 
Scythians; to the Medes, Suani; in Europe, Alani; and 
were named Tcherkesses* by the Russians in later days. 
Theirs was the Vinland of the Norsemen, and their empire 
extended over a large part of ancient Persia. They were 
old in civilization — before Nineveh and Babylon. Theirs 
was the land of Phrasus, where the Argonauts sailed after 
Troy. At that time they had many outlying colonies on 
the Siberian and extreme northwestern American coasts. 

* Circassians. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 69 

The Aleutian group of islands was then an unbroken 
chain, and the climate was as mild as any portion of the 
temperate zone. 

Keroecia was a pure-blooded Aryan, a princess of the 
reigning house of Ian, and it was after her abduction that 
the famous fortification named by the Greeks * * Gates of 
Caucasus ' ' was built in the Dariel Pass of the Caucasus 
Mountains, leading out from Tiflis. Patriotism and beau- 
ty have been accredited these people from the beginning 
of history. Mithridates and Schamyl are the heroes of 
later times. But to the ordinary mind there is a tragic 
pathos in the self-immolation this remnant of five hundred 
thousand souls voluntarily underwent when they were 
conquered by Russia in 1864. They emigrated from 
their beautiful country in a body and became Turkish 
exiles. 

** Speak freely, as thou wouldst to a father," said Akaza 
to Keroecia privately the next morning, while the whole 
company were on their way to Bridal Veil Falls. ** If our 
offer to arbitrate between thy people and Eko Tanga is 
displeasing to thee, consider all things unsaid. ' * 

**It is a question my followers must decide for them- 
selves. They need have no fear. I will never leave them. 
They stole me away when a child, but I love them as my 
own.'* 

** Rumor has it that thy visit here was compulsory — 
that the Monbas brought thee here intending to fortify the 
place and refuse to receive Eko Tanga. ' ' 

* * This is not true. I came to perform the rites of 
renewal and purification, and shall tell the representatives 
from my father that I do not desire my so-called freedom. 
He should long ago have given the Monbas all he has 
promised them in hope of having me returned to him. ' ' 

** Then thou art not detained against thy wish ? " said 
Yermah, who with Orondo came up in time to hear the 
last remark. 

* * Indeed not. They are as dependent as children, and 
under no circumstances would I fail in duty to them.'* 

** Wilt thou visit Tlamco while Eko Tanga is here? ** 
It would have been hard to tell which of the men 



70 YERMAH THE DORADO 

seemed most interested in her answer. Yermah, Orondo, 
and Akaza were each a study at this moment. 

** That I shall also leave to my followers. If it is con- 
sistent with their wishes, it will greatly please me to go." 

** Then we shall be honored with thy presence soon," 
said Orondo. * * A feeling of delicacy debars them from 
expressing an opinion; but I know they will feel more 
secure if thou wilt accept our protection. ' ^ 

** And the same feeling would prompt me to ask their 
permission," she answered, with a smile. 

**So be it. To serve loyally is the office we desire." 

"This bright reflected glory pictures life," exclaimed 
Yermah, as the warm afternoon sun spanned the long 
flowing veil of the falls with a succession of rainbows. 

* * Tell us why, ' * said Keroecia, and, with a gesture of 
silence, awaited an answer. 

The pink and pride of Tlamco was before them, but he 
was still too young a man to teach philosophy. He looked 
appealingly at Akaza. 

* * Tell them why this rainbow is like the upward spiral, 
as compared with humanity," said Akaza. 

Then he turned to the multitude and said: — 
** Hear my pupil with patience. It is not lawful for a 
young person to speak esoterically. " 

Yermah flushed with pleasure, and answered readily: — 

* * Love, as the negative, or feminine, ray of Biune Deity, 
is content, and ever seeks to enfold. Wisdom, as the pos- 
itive, or masculine, ray, is restless, and always in pursuit. 
The feminine forces in nature strive to encircle the atom, 
while the masculine attempt to propel it in a straight Hne. 
From this dual action of spiritual potentialities is born the 
spiral — the symbol of eternal progression. Man's will is 
electric, penetrating, and disruptive. The will of woman 
is magnetic, attractive, and formative. They express the 
polar opposites of nature's creative powers." 

This is the real Jacob's ladder of the Bible. It is the 
spiral chord of nature, which proclaims unbroken union 
between the soul and the stars. 

**The sun is the center," continued the speaker, **and 
around him, like a group of obedient children, are the 



YERiMAH THE DORADO n 

seven planets of the mystical chain. Each orb produces 
innumerable types of fauna and flora, corresponding to the 
action of its own peculiar grade of spiritual force. Each 
comprises a miniature world of its own. But each planet 
contains all the attributes of the other six. ' ' 

**We will engrave these saying on plates of copper, 
write them on skins of animals, mold them on cylinders 
of clay, that they may instruct our tribesmen,'* said the 
Monbas to each other in undertones. 

**From the spinal column and the base of the brain 
issue streams of vitalizing power, causing individuals to 
attract or repel each other. These radiating magnets 
finally assume the form of spirals, which encircle the earth 
and penetrate to its very center, and then expand them- 
selves, mistlike, into beautiful rainbows, such as we see 
here.'' 

**In which direction do they go?" asked Keroecia. 

**They flow backward in their orbit, and gradually 
ascend spirally. The first round corresponds to the 
earth's annual orbit around the sun, and is red. Each 
convolution doubles in size as it ascends. The second 
round is orange; the third, yellow; the fourth, green; the 
fifth, blue; the sixth, indigo; and the last is violet." 

"■ Haille! haille! " they said. And the outburst was as 
spontaneous from one side as from the other. 

Keroecia held up her hand to command attention. 

* * Comrades, thou knowest the mission of our brothers 
from Tlamco. What are thy wishes ? " 

** We desire the little mother to follow her own inclina- 
tion. We feel that she would safe and free from annoyance 
in Tlamco," they answered. 

Keroecia smiled broadly. Turning to Yermah, she 
asked: — 

** When will thy city recdve me? " 

** Whenever it pleases thee to come. We will gladly do 
escort duty now." 

**That were not possible. But in a fortnight expect 
me. 

** Haille! haille!" echoed again and again. 



72 YERMAH THE DORADO 

It was fully an hour before the presents were all ex- 
changed. There were exquisite articles of ivory, carved 
and chased in colors, and inlaid with metals and stones. 
Baskets of incredible fineness and blankets such as the 
Navajo Indians used to make were given by the Monbas. 
Cunningly wrought cups of pottery and porcelain were 
offered to Keroecia by Ildiko, one being of her own make. 
It was round, and had for a handle a female head, which 
was an excellent likeness of herself There was an orifice 
in the top containing pellets of charcoal, where the water 
filtered through into the inverted half-sphere forming the 
cup proper. On the side opposite the handle was a well- 
defined lip, or nozzle, where the water ran out, and around 
the edge was a fine band of triangle chevrons. 

Taking a white horsehair rope of even texture and 
symmetry, and having an oblong, polished onyx ball at 
either end, Keroecia swung one end high over her head, 
while she retained the other in her left hand. Facing 
Yermah, laughingly, and with a dexterous turn of the 
wrist, she completely entangled him despite his playful 
protest. The two balls, swinging in opposite directions, 
rapidly encircled him as if in a grip of steel. 

**That is also a spiral movement," she exclaimed, mis- 
chievously. 

**And one which I have the desire neither to control 
nor escape," he meaningly answered. 

** The laws of hospitality declare the property confiscate 
to thee. That cord should be condemned to a life of hard 
service." 

**On the contrary, it shall have a high place in my 
affections, and shall receive state honors." 

There was that in his look and voice which sent the 
warm blood mantling to her cheek and brow. 

Akaza came forward and with a blessing slipped a ring 
on her little finger. It was set with a garnet, having a lion 
intaglio. 

'*This will guard thee on thy journey, and prevent evil 
machinations from having any control over the matters 
in hand." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 73 

What she said in return was drowned in the blare of 
trumpets and the general preparations for departure. 

' ' May Ambra plant flowers and make thy life a garden- 
spot. May the Good Spirit protect and bless thee and 
thine/* was shouted after the moving column. 

' * May the spirits of darkness never cast a shadow on 
thy pathway, ' ' came in answering echoes, as the trees and 
rocks seemingly swallowed them. 



74 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER VII 

IT was called the ' ' Lifting of Banners ' ' the day that the 
high -priestess Keroecia arrived in TIamco, and was for 
centuries afterwards an anniversary celebrated with much 
pomp and circumstance. Stout ropes of similar fiber to 
that used to-day were stretched from the inner circle of 
obelisks to the outer ones. At regular intervals along 
these lines, were strung bits of bunting, in octaves of 
coloring, alternating square and triangular shapes, with 
devices innumerable painted upon them. The banners of 
the army and navy, of the priesthood, of the civic federa- 
tion, and of the innumerable clans, were everywhere afloat 
on the breeze, while laqua was a mass of Monbas colors, 
banners, and devices. The balsas all flew the colors of the 
high -priestess, and there was a splendid escort pageant 
along the canal. When Keroecia approached the landing, 
long lines of troops and citizens extended from laqua to 
the water's edge. As Yermah led the way in the state 
chariot, a deafening shout arose. The wheels fairly flew 
over the pavement as the thoroughbred horses galloped 
in even step under Yermah' s steady hand. Keroecia stood 
beside him happy and smiling graciously. 

The chariot was of ivory and gold, resplendent with 
jewels. Each wheel was a zodiac with twelve spokes, 
the signs outlined with appropriate gems and colors, and 
the hub was a golden sunburst. It was drawn by three 
splendid white horses, caparisoned in creamy white and 
gold, with rows of jewels and crests of tropic plumage, 
held in place by long twisted ropes of yellow silk. A 
canopy of the same flaming yellow fabric protected the 
occupants from the sun. Yermah wore a white chamois 
tunic, rich with gold embroideries, his head being covered 



YERMAH THE DORADO . 75 

by a helmet of the same metal. His mantle was a gor- 
geous feather mosaic of bronze-green. In addition to a 
sword, he carried a circular shield of bronze, in the center 
of which was a dragon, and upon the outer edge were 
seven rings, typifying the seven astral spheres. The four 
seasons were also shown in the scenes, which represented 
plowing, seed-time, harvest, and winter, surrounded by a 
meander symbolizing the ocean. 

Keroecia was enveloped in a mantle of ermine, lined 
with the soft gray breasts of seagulls. On her head was 
a rainbow band of silk fastened in front by a jeweled 
aigrette. Both wore the full decorations and insignia of 
their rank. The outriders and attendants were mounted 
and equipped as befitted their station. Even Oghi, chained 
to the back of the chariot, seemed to enjoy the pageant. 

The main entrance to laqua was on the south side, 
where the massive double doors of the vestibule lead to a 
terrace twenty feet wide, which was approached by twelve 
broad, low steps. There were eight of these flights, and 
it required three more to reach the threshold, which was 
of pink- veined marble, as was also the terrace. On each 
side of the rows of steps were slightly raised flat pedestals, 
ornamented by sixteen groups of statues, of well-known 
Atlantian heroes. These burnished bronzed figures were 
twelve feet high, and were made of that peculiar amalgam 
known to the ancients, which never lost its original bril- 
liancy, being exceptionally hard and of fine color. 

There was a colonnade of massive marble pillars sup- 
porting a frieze and entablature. Above this was a flat 
roof surrounded by a parapet breast-high. The outside 
walls were of marble veneer unpolished and laid like ruble 
over thick adobe bricks. 

Once inside the vestibule, a scene of splendor greeted 
the eye. On the right, or eastern, side of the entrance 
was the rising sun-god driving his four horses out of the 
sea, the group being of flawless marble and of heroic size. 
The trappings of the horses and the finishing of the cha- 
riot, also the sun-burst around the head of the figure, were 
of virgin gold. 

On the left, or western, side the moon-goddess was rep- 
resented as driving her horses into the sea, seated on the 



76 YERMAH THE DORADO 

back of one and guiding the other six. This group was 
cut in black marble and profusely ornamented with silver. 

The vestibule was thirty feet square, and was finished 
in hard woods, carved and polished. Rare and choice 
skins were stretched upon the inlaid floor, and a rose-jar 
of fine pottery was placed at each side of the door. Richly 
carved chairs outlined the walls while perfume-lamps of 
jeweled glass hung about the mantel, beneath which glowed 
a wide bed of live coals. Placed above the blaze, on a 
thin glass rod, was a small ball of spongy platinum. The 
lamp was lighted and allowed to burn until the ball became 
a lurid red, after which the flame was extinguished, leaving 
the ball incandescent for a long time, gently heating the 
perfumed oil and sending a delicious fragrance over the 
room. 

The cement flues of the fireplaces had downward 
draughts, and were relieved by underground pipes of clay, 
the smoke finally escaping through an opening on the 
windward side of the outer wall. 

The vestibule opened into an interior court where a 
fountain played, and birds of gay plumage kept up an 
incessant noise. Pet animals roamed at will. Seats were 
provided in shady nooks and on the tessellated marbles. 
There was a colonnade inside the court similar in style to 
the outer one. The balcony was of carved onyx, sur- 
mounted by a veritable garden of rare plants in handsome 
pots, trellised and interlaced across the open space. 

A pyramidal fountain in an octagonal basin, twelve feet 
across, was supported by eight bronze lions rampant. 
Lion-heads in fountains, wherever seen, typify the astral 
influences under Leo, and in discharge refer to the rains 
usual in the ardent warmth of July. 

On the north, adjoining Yermah's private apartments, 
were the reception-rooms and banquet-halls. It was into 
the former that Keroecia was conducted with her women, 
while the men were made comfortable in the Hall of Em- 
bassadors, to the west. Here was a wainscoting of odo- 
riferous cedar, carved as exquisitely as a sandalwood fan, 
above which hung richly dyed tapestries of historical 
import, strips of silk embroidery, and feather-work of 
indescribable beauty. On a floor of pine, scrubbed to 



YERMAH THE DORADO 77 

immaculate whiteness, lay a wonderful white carpet, bor- 
dered with silver and gold, in which were incrusted pre- 
cious stones, representing many kinds of choice flowers. 
The leaves were formed of emerald, jade, aquamarine, and 
Amazon stones, while the buds and blossoms were com- 
posed of pearls, rubies, and sapphires in the rough. The 
only cut and polished gems in the whole carpet were the 
diamonds, sparkling in the center of the blossoms. 

Curtains as fine as cobweb hung over the tiny square- 
paned windows, and there were many porcelain stools, 
ornamented in low-toned outline work, detailing the my- 
thology and folk-lore of Atlantis. 

Exquisite screens closed all entrances except the out- 
side, where thick bronze slabs were fastened by heavy 
bolts and chains. Admission was sought bv striking them 
with a mallet of inlaid bronze. 

A cloudless moonlight sky added much to the fairy-like 
effect of the night scene. Between the banners were 
silken lanterns, gay in coloring, shape, and decoration, and 
these twinkled like spheres of many-colored fire. The 
brilliant blaze of light on the signal-towers, the innumera- 
ble rockets, showering gold, silver, or rainbow balls in 
profusion, or long, forked arrows, made the night a mem- 
orable one. Setos, the inventor of pyrotechnics, outdid 
himself, and the whole population turned out to witness 
the display. Not a housetop in Tlamco but answered the 
pretty code of greetings arranged from the battlements 
of laqua. By this means Keroecia was enabled to thank 
each regiment, society, clan, and family taking part in her 
triumphant entry early in the day. 

When she opened her door next morning, she found 
the passage barred by big-faced velvet pansies, crisp, fresh, 
and still moist with dew. 

** To whose though tfulness am I debtor?" she asked 
of one of the armored guardians pacing the hallway be- 
fore the door. 

**To Orondo. And he begs that thou wilt accept his 
escort for a visit to the menagerie and gardens at such 
hour as best suits thy comfort. ' ' 

** It will please me to see him at once," she answered. 



78 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Alcyesta, Suravia, and Mineola were examining the 
nosegay Yermah had sent with a kindly message. 

* * The daffodils show his regard, the ferns his sincerity, 
and the violets his extreme modesty,'* they said, with 
giggling laughter, betraying the tension of nerves still 
animating them. They were agog with expectation, and 
when told of the projected visit, they entered into the 
arrangement with all the zest and abandon of curious 
girlhood. 

* * From the roses on thy cheeks, I am justified in the 
inference that troops of good entities have guarded thy 
slumbers,'' said Orondo when the women came into the 
vestibule, where he awaited them. 

* ' I can only hope that the same blessed oblivion has 
been thy portion," answered Keroecia. 

* ' Rahula, Ildiko, and Alcamayn join us at the sun-dial 
presently. They are intent upon a natal observance, 
which, by thy leave, we will witness." 

Sedan-chairs were their mode of conveyance. 

** Alcyesta, Suravia, and Mineola, look at the answer 
to last night's signals," said Keroecia. **See the rose 
garlands on the obelisks, and the flowers everywhere. ' ' 

As she said this a delegation of school-children strewed 
her pathway with wall -flowers. 

"Fidelity in adversity! How kind thou art! " 

She begged to be set down, and stood with her hands 
full of the blossoms, which she repeatedly carried to her 
lips, tossing them to the children everywhere. It was an 
indiscriminate mass of little ones, augmented by a bevy 
of girls, with myrrh, wheat, oats, and sprigs of heliotrope. 
Before Keroecia could realize it, her vacant chair was filled 
with flowering sage and Sweet William in bloom. This 
language of esteem and gallantry was a tribute from some 
infantry-men sent to keep order and offer escort. Keroe- 
cia and her companions wound the flower-wreaths into 
their hair, wore clusters of the same at their throats and in 
their girdles, and carried as many as their hands would hold. 

''Haille! haille!" soldiers and school- children shouted 
in chorus, only desisting when the garden -gates were 
reached, and the party halted for a final exchange of cour- 
tesies. Keroecia turned impulsively to Orondo. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 79 

"I love these kind, good-hearted people," she said. 

** Small wonder that they should love thee in return. 
The Monbas are not the only men willing to die for thee.*' 

The flush on his face, his earnestness of manner and 
speech, should have warned Keroecia; but at that moment 
she was intent upon the sculpture in the stone aqueduct, 
here emptying into an artificial lake. Realizing the situ- 
ation, Orondo was quick to turn it to advantage. 

* * I have a feeling of kinship with this body of water, 
since it is mine by right of construction and plan. The 
gardens are my special charge. We of Aztlan have choice 
of occupation, and I have sole command over this spot.'' 

**Thou art generously endowed with a sense of the 
beautiful," she said. **I am curious to know why this 
curbing is not straight, but in wavy lines." 

** Because it is a meander imitating a river of astral 
force. The carving conveys the same idea." 

They had crossed the avenue leading from the market 
walls to the Temple of Neptune. The aqueduct sur- 
rounded the outside inclosure, and was of solid sandstone 
masonry, supported by arches of the same. The canal, 
six feet in width, was lined with cement. Its water came 
from Lake La Honda, and skirted Blue Mountain in an 
aqueduct three feet deep and twenty-five feet wide. Where 
it emptied into Ohaba Lake in the gardens it made a 
pretty cascade over a profusion of rocks and water-plants. 
The main aqueduct crossed over the avenues and streets 
in front of the market to a round artificial hill, where a 
reservoir was placed. From this, and also from the main 
waterway surrounding the market, smaller streams fol- 
lowed the streets, and were piped into the houses. 

The curbing on each side of Temple Avenue divided 
the plaza in the center. To the right of the market, and 
a little beyond the reservoir, was the sun-dial, which was 
a colossal bronze figure of a full-armored warrior thrusting 
furiously at his own shadow. This statue, of exquisite 
model and workmanship, was placed on a pivot and re- 
volved once every twenty-four hours. At his feet was a 
glass dial whose grains of gold slipped out at stated inter- 
vals one at a time, sticking fast on the quicksilver bed 



8o YERMAH THE DORADO 

prepared for them. The warrior could only scowl at and 
threaten the shining hours. 

When the sun at his rising darted a direct shadow by 
the gnomon, or machete, in the hand of the soldier, and 
at its height, or midday, the figure made no shade, they 
adorned it with wreaths and odoriferous herbs. They then 
placed a chair made of choice cut flowers on top of the 
helmet, saying that the sun appeared on his most glitter- 
ing throne. With ostentation and joy they made offerings 
of gold, silver, and precious stones. Orondo and Keroe- 
cia were among the spectators. His interest centered in 
her — hers in the novel rites and the people, who seemed 
to feel honored by her presence. 

On an eminence beyond the sun-dial was the House of 
Piety, a structure with at least a hundred apartments, filled 
with priests devoted to the healing art. The grounds 
between were laid out in regular squares, and the paths 
intersecting them were bordered with trellises supporting 
creepers and aromatic shrubs. They swayed in the breeze 
partially screening flie view by a quaint tracery of floral 
network. 

Setos had been paying a visit to the House of Piety. 
On his way to the salt-water fish-ponds, lying near Tem- 
ple Avenue, farther up, he was startled by a low, sullen 
growl, and a quick leap into a clump of bushes near him. 
He was unarmed, save for a serpentine knife in his leather 
belt, and this he instantly unsheathed and prepared for 
attack. He had not long to wait ere the bloodshot eyes 
of Oghi peered through the greenery, and he could hear 
its tail lashing the ground as the animal prepared to spring. 
There was an ominous rattle of the chain, and in an instant 
Oghi had turned a complete summersault in the air. Akaza 
jerked the chain hard enough to snap the self-clasping 
catch, planned for such an emergency, and the ocelot came 
down on three legs. 

* * Down, Oghi ! Down, sir ! " sternly commanded Akaza. 
This was answered by an outcry of mingled rage and sur- 
prise. Oghi stood with each hair along his back and tail 
erect with hostility. 

*' Remain motionless, Setos. Shouldst thou move I 
would not be responsible for consequences," said Akaza, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 8i 

as he dexterously twisted the chain around a good-sized 
flowering shrub. He managed to get the eye of the in- 
furiated animal, and in a few moments the danger was over. 
None but a man absolutely master of self and surround- 
ings, could have quelled this beast as Akaza did. 

**Oghi, lie down! Lie down, sir!** 

Without the least show of resistance the ocelot obeyed 
him. 

*' What thievish mischief has that brute been doing?** 
asked Setos, allowing anger to supplant a sickening sense 
of fear. 

''Let us ascertain. He has broken away from his 
keepers, else he would not be here,** replied Akaza. 

' ' Dost thou see footprints in the soft mud at the bottom 
of the tank ? I am persuaded that Oghi made a meal of 
the rarest fish in the pond.** Setos was at his favorite 
occupation, as he dearly loved to exaggerate misdeeds of 
any kind. 

''There are feathers, too, all about here,** he called as 
he ran from one rookery to another. "There are but four 
of the quetzal in the silver fir. Yermah cannot be per- 
mitted to give away any of them. All he can do is to 
present these feathers to the high-priestess.'* He came 
back with a handful of brilliant green plumes, about three 
feet long, showing rainbow tints in their metallic luster. 
There was also a portion of scarlet breast still dripping 
with blood, but that was all. 

"I find this luminous tree badly broken,** said Akaza. 
* ' Oghi must have tried to jump over it. He has broken 
the whole top off, and split the trunk down to the roots. 
Disappointment awaits Orondo because he intended bring- 
ing our visitors here to show how it lights up its surround- 
ings at night It were best to find out whether the torch- 
fish has been injured.** 

Setos raked and poked among the pools and eddies of 
the pond, but reported the fish uninjured. This member 
of the finny tribe does not require a torch on his nose for 
purposes of illumination. When meal-time comes, he 
lights up to attract smaller fish. They, mistaking the lan- 
tern for a phosphorescent insect, dart at it only to find 
their way into his capacious jaws. 



82 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The evidence was wholly circumstantial; but it was de- 
cided to make an example of Oghi, and he was led up the 
main thoroughfare hobbling on three legs. 

As a matter of fact, he had spent the entire morning 
chasing his own shadow, going into a veritable spasm of 
excitement when he saw his image reflected in the water. 
It took him long to decide that it was not some other ani- 
mal when the image moved. He tired himself out trying 
to discover the reason why the reflection undulated and 
rippled, when he himself was motionless. He flounced 
in and out of the pond so often that he could not have 
caught a fish. They were securely hidden through it all, 
and a big rat did the damage found in the aviary. Poor 
Oghi! His greatest fault was an abiding dislike to Setos, 
and his antipathies seemed to center around that one idea. 
This was why he snapped and snarled every time he came 
near the sun-dial. By some process of reasoning, the 
ocelot decided that the sun-dial was modeled from Setos! 

By repeated plunges he disturbed the wooden box, with 
glass on the bottom, used to produce a beautiful optical 
illusion in the salt water. The box was without cover, and 
so placed that the glass bottom was just below the surface. 
This enabled the observer to look steadily downward to 
the sea-floor itself. The first impression was that the glass 
possessed magical powers. Not a tree, nor shrub, nor 
flower actually on the land above but was here reproduced 
in colors and forms of airiest grace. 

Orondo piloted his party to the menagerie where the 
big-tailed sheep Keroecia presented to the city were quietly 
munching some succulent grass. They were still hitched 
to the little carts provided to carry their enormous tails, 
weighing from forty to sixty-five pounds, filled with fat. 
This adipose tissue is accumulated during the spring and 
summer months and is utilized in winter by this hibernat- 
ing animal. 

There was a laughing-owl near by, apparently bent upon 
calling attention to these strangers in an embarrassing 
manner. Its loud ''ah-has" were harsh, grating and al- 
together unhuman. It was perched on a cocoa-palm tree, 
sheltered by glass, where an occasional pearl had been 
found among the branches. Such a one was given to^ 



YERMAH THE DORADO 83 

Keroecia, and she was also allowed a choice of opals taken 
from the joints of bamboo reeds. 

* * If thou art willing, ' ' said Alcamayn, ' ' I will cut the 
seven-pointed star of Jupiter in this stone at the polishing, 
and then thou wilt have an amulet against disease." 

* * By so doing thou wilt give me great pleasure, and if 
agreeable, I desire a bracelet made of this vegetable 
ivory," she answered. 

** Why not put the pearl in the center, and an opal on 
each side," suggested Ildiko. ** Here is a perfect match 
for the one thou hast chosen. Why not have the sign of 
Jupiter cut on one and his star on the other? This will 
surely bring good fortune." 

While they were selecting the ivory and chatting over 
the details of ornament, Orondo busied himself with a 
tiny filigree silver cage containing a couple of giant fire- 
flies. 

** Am I in an enchanted garden ? " laughingly demanded 
Keroecia, when she was tolled off to a shady nook to in- 
spect these wonderful insects. Orondo covered the cage 
with a black cloth, and instantly a ruddy glow proceeded 
from two glandular spots between the eyes and under each 
wing. Soon the rays changed to a golden yellow, equal 
to a candle in brightness. 

**To protect thee from genii," said Orondo, **are a 
pair of racket-tailed humming-birds. These little fellows 
are booted and spurred like regular warriors, and are 
warranted to fight any size or condition of feather- 
wearer." 

Their cage was of sandalwood, rich in carving, and 
from the pagoda-like roof hung four triangular-shaped 
banners. 

** It were a gentle soul that planned these kind remem- 
brances," said Keroecia softly. 

** These come from one who has been deeply moved by 
the simplicity of thy ministrations," he answered gal- 
lantly. 

Keroecia unconsciously led the way toward a swampy- 
looking inclosure fenced in by poison-ivy and climbing 
sumac, which she did not dare touch. 

** Thou art wandering into forbidden domains," remon- 



84 YERMAH THE DORADO 

strated Orondo, hastening to her side. * ' Nature brews 
her deadliest poisons in this company. Here the carrot, 
parsnip, and celery families are undergoing regeneration. 
In time I shall have them suitable for food. That pretty 
Hly thou art admiring is the deadly hemlock; and here are 
the foxglove, the henbane, and jimson-weed *' 

** Surely I need no reminder of murderous quality 
here," said Keroecia. She was gazing intently at a clus- 
ter of aconite. ** My people have used this with terrible 
effect among themselves and on their enemies." 

She had reference to the poisoned arrows employed by 
the Monbas in their expeditions against the lans. 

A swift-footed runner, wearing state livery, approached, 
and prostrating himself before Keroecia, said: — 

**Yermah the Dorado presents his compliments and 
begs that the high-priestess Keroecia will grace the Hall 
of Embassadors with her presence. Ben Hu Barabe, Eko 
Tanga, and the Dorado await her there." 

* * Immediate compliance is the only form grateful obe- 
dience takes," she answered, while a swift pallor over- 
spread her countenance. ** Let us go at once." 

A shade of disappointment came over Orondo' s face. 
He had hoped to show her more of the beauties of this 
royal garden. There was something of the impatience of 
a lover and the selfishness of a rival in his feelings. 

They were passing through the landscape set with 
night-blooming plants. Here were gladiolus, narcissus, 
pelargonium, and the nocturnal cereus, only partially 
unfolding their glories; but there was already a rich fra- 
grance noticeable as they approached the section devoted 
to odorous plants and flowers. Sweet peas, eglantine, 
honeysuckle, and jasmine twined themselves into delicate 
festoons, supported by the magnolia-trees here and there 
among the rows of acacia. In the beds were mignonette, 
tuberose, violets, verbenas, pinks, convolvulus, and wall- 
flowers in profusion. 

As they neared Lake Ohaba, a long, narrow body of 
water, formed artificially, there were masses of water-lilies 
anchored on the surface. Tiny air-bubbles and tinier 
mouths indicated the presence of gold and silver fish, 
unmindful of the water-fowl prowling about the banks or 



YERMAH THE DORADO 85 

sunning themselves on the floating gardens which dotted 
the miniature lake. Bridges, ponds, waterfalls, and tem- 
ples covered the landscape, but everything was constructed 
on the smallest scale possible. The trees, old and gnarled, 
and the moss-covered masonry were no bigger than those 
of a doll's house and grounds. Even the dahlias and 
chrysanthemums were dwarfed into pigmy sizes. 

Keroecia must have felt something of Orondo's dis- 
appointment; for she halted in front of a fancy pavilion 
facing these movable wonders, and ordered the sedan- 
chairs to convey her back to laqua. 

* ' I am loath to quit a spot where nature and man have 
wrought so well together," she said, with simplicity and 
appreciation. 

' ' Such pretty reluctance reconciles one to that obedi- 
ence which sometimes tries the souls of men," responded 
Orondo, satisfied with the admiration so plainly kindling 
in her open face. 

As the tamanes knelt to receive their human freight, 
one of them presented Keroecia with a basket of rare 
bead and feather ornamentation filled with ripe pomelos. 
The fruit was partially concealed by grape-leaves, and 
was a simple offering to quench thirst. Soon the whole 
party was industriously sucking the luscious, juicy grape- 
fruit, an excellent substitute for the orange, and by some 
considered a greater luxury. 

In laying out the city of Tlamco, the four points of the 
compass were designated by different colors. The east 
whence come revivified nature and springtime, was 
marked by green. This symbolizes fulfillment and per- 
fection. It holds out the hope of immortality and victory, 
in the laurel and the palm. For this reason was the 
emerald considered the happiness-bringing stone. The 
Aztecs, Chinese, and Persians attach great significance to 
green, as all their ceremonies and uniforms demonstrate. 
The west was designated by white, the emblem indicating 
integrity in the judge, humility in the sick, and chastity 
in woman. In a spiritual sense, it is the acme of all — 
divinity. The south was red, signifying fire, and all 
phases of life on the physical plane. The red color of the 



86 YERMAH THE DORADO 

blood has its origin in the action of the heart, which cof- 
responds to love. The north was black, the negation of 
all things, the symbol of death and despair. These people 
knew of the recurring Ice Age, and to them it was typical 
of death, since all former civilizations in America had 
perished from extreme cold. The center of the dty was 
marked yellow, in honor of the sun, the symbol of light 
and wisdom. 

The grand servitor was expected to wear a yellow or 
red head-covering, with gold ornaments, and he must at 
all times use yellow for a parasol or canopy. The highest 
dignitaries under him carried green umbrellas, and there 
was always a bit of green showing in the head- covering. 
The lower officials carried red parasols, or wore red, while 
the citizens wore black or carried that color overhead. 
Akaza was always provided with a white umbrella. 

It is not accidental that the Black Sea is found in the 
north, that the Yellow Sea is near the middle kingdom, 
or that the Red Sea has its peculiar name. At this time 
the Persian Gulf, lying to the east of Syria, was desig- 
nated the Green (or Eastern) Sea, and the Mediterranean 
was known as the White (or Western) Sea. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 87 



CHAPTER VIII 

THE Hall of Embassadors at laqua was still the scene 
. of an animated discussion. There were groups of 
engineers, surveyors, and astronomers excitedly examin- 
ing maps and charts, while knots of citizens gathered 
around the old men and heard from their lips the particu- 
lars. Some were priests, others were academicians, 
judges, and advocates; but one and all were disposed to 
stand by the records. Patient, respectful tamanes glided 
noiselessly here and there, opening and placing some of 
the books on the tables ready for inspection, while they 
closed and carried others back to the vaulted recesses 
where they had been under lock and key since the foun- 
dation of Tlamco. Some of the manuscripts were of 
cotton cloth, and others were of carefully prepared skins, 
tanned and dressed until as soft as silk. For ages the 
Indians have known how to prepare a superior chamois. 
They tan it so that it looks like yellow velvet, and be- 
comes soft and pliant, with an odor peculiar to itself. This 
is accomplished by smoking it thoroughly over a fire 
composed of certain herbs. Rain has no effect upon 
well-tanned Indian buckskin. This is why an Indian 
moccasin is always as yielding as cloth, while as thick and 
soft as felt. 

A composition of gum and silk tissue, a process known 
only to the Japanese and Chinese to-day, was invariably 
used by the Monbas for the transcription of public docu- 
ments. Their books were bound with blocks of polished 
wood, and were folded together, like a fan. They were 
inscribed on both sides, so that it was one continuous 
story from beginning to end, which were in the same place, 
but on different sides. 



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Around Ben Hu Barabe, the civil chief of the Monbas, 
were a number of Monbas warriors in full coats of mail 
and side-arms. Setos mingled freely with them and 
seemed to espouse their side of the controversy, while 
Akaza conversed in subdued tones with Eko Tanga, 
the tall, fierce-looking, but well-mannered, emissary from 
Tiflis. Yermah had that freedom and grace of movement 
bom in natural leaders, and there was an unconscious 
recognition of this quality wherever he went among the 
disputants. 

A young Monbas warrior stood near him and leaned 
intently over the neatly inscribed parchment-rolls bearing 
the official seal of Atlantis. The leaves of maguey and 
agave had been used in the fabrication of this beautiful 
paper. 

** These measurements and observations were taken 
shortly after the shaping of Hotara [Lone Mountain], and 
before the surrounding tumuli had been finished,** said 
Yermah. 

He was seated at a round-table in the center of the 
room, in an entirely characteristic pose. One foot was 
drawn well back and poised on the toes, while the other 
was thrust forward but little in advance of the knee and 
lower leg. On his head was a single band of filigree gold, 
relieved by a carbuncle of rare brilliancy, which sparkled 
warm and glowing in the medallion center. His cloth-of- 
gold cloak, lined with scarlet and black brocade, was 
thrown carelessly back from his shoulders, and his thumb, 
which grasped the edge of the table to balance his body, 
as he leaned forward eagerly, was curiously banded by a 
signet ring. There were masculinity and strength in the 
jewel, which was the only ornament on the virile hand. 

** Our ancestors knew these things well,** answered the 
warrior after a minute examination. ' * The city was young 
then. But I see no reason why the accuracy of this work 
should be questioned. I hope that Ben Hu Barabe may 
be induced to see it so." 

* * The scale is one one-hundred-millionths, and shows 
the diameters of all the planets from Hotara. There has 
been but little variation in eccentricity of orbits since,** 
said Yermah, now busy with computations, which he 



YERMAH THE DORADO 89 

made by using an abacus, as the Chinese have always 
done. 

Ben Hu Barabe still studied his maps and charts. He 
was industriously making deductions from the high- 
colored pictures, though the cloth on which they were 
painted was musty and yellow with age. His calculations 
were from Las Papas as a center, and were drawn to one 
fifty-millionths for the diameter of the planets. The 
radius extended from Clarendon Heights along the coast 
to Pescadero Point; then to Santa Cruz and Point Reyes. 
From these observations the first surveys were made, and 
it was from these markings that the treaties had been 
negotiated between the Monbas and the Atlantians when 
the latter colonists first came. 

** It is not easy to ascertain the date of these computa- 
tions and measurements. But the land in dispute is not 
much, at any rate. If Eko Tanga insists that his gov- 
ernment has some unsettled claim against the Monbas, I 
am willing that thou shalt decide it,'' he said to Yermah. 

* * The difference is considerable between a calculation 
of one one-hundred-millionths and one of one fifty-mil- 
lionths. And there is a variance also between Hotara and 
Las Papas as central points," Yermah replied. ** In my 
time the place of the sun in the center of Tlamco has been 
our point of vantage. Computations of the diameters of 
the heavenly hosts are here accurately given." 

**From the beginning until now, the Monbas have 
reckoned all their happenings by this picture," said Ben 
Hu Barabe, his voice again showing signs of irritation. 
* ' It is held in our inner hearts with profound reverence, 
and it is a vexation of spirit to have it questioned. Eko 
Tanga has little respect for the traditions and pride of 
Mazamas. ' ' 

**The high -priestess Keroecia will lend us her voice," 
said Yermah soothingly. * * She is of the blood of Ian, but 
she loves the Monbas well. Her serene face confronts us," 
he added hastily, as the crowd fell apart to make room for 
the priestess and the entire party from the gardens. 

Every woman will know that it was not fresh air only 
which gave the rich color to Keroecia' s cheek, and made 
her eyes sparkle like twin stars, as she allowed Yermah to 



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90 YERMAH THE DORADO 

conduct her to a seat beside him under the grand canopy. 
All Tlamco had a feeling of satisfaction in the manner and 
method of his escort. It was long before either could 
sufficiently acknowledge the applause spontaneously given; 
but when the Dorado held up his hand commanding 
silence, the stillness was absolute. 

** Comrades and friends, a difference of opinion exists 
between the emissary of Ian, Eko Tanga, and Ben Hu 
Barabe, chief of the Monbas, as to the hereditary rights 
of each to the lands now held by the Azes. Before our 
beloved Tlamco rested among the seven hills, there were 
wise men who noted the ways of the sun and his attend- 
ants, and decreed that thus far and no farther should the 
limits extend. No one disputed the rights of the Monbas. 
They made Las Papas their own, and no one murmured. 
Then appeared the hoards of Ian. They came through 
the trackless forests of the Aleuts, following the warm tide 
southward. The snow-peaks of Elias, Ranier, and Shas- 
ta* pointed the way, and after many days they came to 
the end of the Monbas possessions.'*. 

There was a tempestuous wave of displeasure against 
the revival of old scores, among the Monbas, and the ill 
will was as heartily returned by Eko Tanga' s attendants. 
As for the principals, their faces effectually masked their 
feelings, while they gave Yermah their undivided atten- 
tion. 

* * Here they found an amicable agreement between these 
brave men and the children of Atlantis,*' said Yermah, 
conscious of the undercurrent of feeling; **and it makes 
my heart glad to tell how the Azes and Monbas have 
always been friends." 

**Haille! haille!" shouted his hearers with one voice. 
''HaiUe! haille!" 

Satisfied that the ebullition of temper had spent itself 
safely, the Dorado boldly stated the point in dispute. 

**It pleased the leaders of the Azes to erect a new city 
on the ruins of an old, abandoned temple site, and they 
resurveyed the vicinity from Mount Hotara. Like the 
Monbas sages, they had council of the heavenly bodies, 
and found the decree of prophecy fulfilled in the mark- 

* Modern names are preferably employed. 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 91 

ings. It were a wearisome task to hear all things done at 
that time, but both the Monbas and the Azes feel that 
they were well done.'' 

Again the unspoken notes of approval reached his ears, 
and the upturned faces before him beamed with satisfac- 
tion. 

"The Monbas reckoned from Las Papas to a smaller 
scale; but they, too, took cognizance of the stars. Time 
has altered the bearings; but truth was in the beginning, 
and must prevail in the end. Due allowance was then 
made for the failure of agreement between the old and 
the new reckonings, and for the difference in the point of 
view. The treaty following, whereby the Monbas gave 
eternal consent to the designs of the Azes, has been a 
source of joy to the Azes always. ' ' 

**And to us," assented the Monbas, with a clamorous 

noise. 

**Our friend and brother, Eko Tanga," continued Yer- 
mah, bowing to the lans as he spoke, * * comes with a claim 
against the decision of our ancestors. He denies the right 
of the Monbas to cede lands to the Azes, since the Mon- 
bas came under allegiance to Ian, after the treaty was pro- 
mulgated, and before the solemn covenants had record. 
The patient skill and industry of Atlantis has made this 
a garden-spot, and the lans desire recognition of their 
pretensions.'' 

The speaker was trying to keep his emotions under 
control, but his voice betrayed him. He picked up the 
documents spread out before him, and examined them 
closely. Finally he said: — 

**The murmurings of the Monbas have softened the 
heart of the lans, and their king decrees that the Monbas 
shall be free from tribute and have dominion over the land 
claimed by them, provided they will release the princess 
and high-priestess Keroecia from bondage." 

Here the Monbas laughed derisively. Even Keroecia 
smiled.. 

** It were unseemly of the Azes to interrupt their servi- 
tor," said Orondo sternly, rising and facing his people 
determinedly. The rebuke did not fail of effect. 

The reckoning from Las Papas corresponds to the 



92 YERMAH THE DORADO 

psychic world; the computations from Lone Mountain 
pertain to the astral planes; while that from the center of 
Tlamco, was the material universe. The undulating walls 
in different portions of the city represented the gyrations 
of the cosmic serpent, which is matter, and quaintly set 
forth man's incomings to and outgoings from material life. 
On a grand scale, the three points of reckoning sym- 
bolized man's redemption, by harmonizing the psychic, 
astral, and material forces. Redemption meant release 
from the necessity for reincarnation and discipline in the 
body. Religious sentiment, as well as race prejudice, had 
something to do with the hostile feeling prevalent in the 
factions. 

*' Sufficient purses have been exchanged to make trade 
even, but the boundaries still lie in dispute," continued 
Yermah. 

* ' Will the Dorado and these people hear me ? ' ' asked 
Eko Tanga, moved to speech. 

*'The safeguards of courtesy maybe trusted thus far," 
responded Yermah. "Apply thine ear faithfully, that 
thou mayst comprehend the truth," he added, as he sat 
on a level with Keroecia. 

* * A matter deserving close attention is a correction of 
the hazy, indistinct records by which certain lands are 
ceded. The increase in learning makes the measurements 
legitimately subject to inquiry, and I crave assistance from 
the wise men here assembled. All Tlamco reckons from 
its center, and observes the present houses of the firma- 
ment for confirmation. By careful estimate, there is yet 
some favor due my master from the Monbas. A covenant 
to remain south of Elias's cone is all the king desires. 
He is content to forego tribute or war service below this 
mountain. ' ' 

It was plain that there were voices in the multitude in 
favor of the lans. It was known that the Monbas origi- 
nally came from Ian, and loyalty to fatherland was a virtue 
of the Azes. 

Setos, quick to turn an advantage to himself, came for- 
ward and craved a hearing. 

''The sacred traditions of past times," he said, **lie 
deep in the hearts of the faithful, but justice demands 



YERMAH THE DORADO 93 

much for posterity. The future is best served by full 
recognition of Monbas independence; but they in turn 
must acquit themselves with honor. No man among the 
Azes desires to keep that which is not fairly won.'* 

** Dost thou dare accuse us of unfairness," cried Ben 
Hu Barabe, springing to his feet. **The lans have long 
discoursed against the award of land made by us to the 
Azes. Much travail of spirit has befallen us because of 
our , pledges to thy ancestry. Fie upon thee, for an in- 
grate ! ' ' he concluded hotly. 

Yermah and Akaza were on their feet in an instant. 

** Setos has spoken without consideration/' said Akaza 
mildly. * ' No possible import of unfairness is due to either 
party here. The measurements are the only questions to 
consider. Now, as of old, the digit, the palm of the hand, 
the face, and the cubit are the only means of reckoning. 
The first joint of finger is no longer; the middle of the 
palm no wider; the cubit from finger to elbow is the same. 
But the stars have changed their courses; even the zodiac 
has slipped its leashes. Man may profit by such an ex- 
ample. Have done with this useless turmoil. Let the Ian 
have his due, and let the priestess Keroecia loose her own 
bonds." 

When he ceased speaking, the silence was intense. 

* * For this did I beseech thy presence, ' ' said Yermah 
aside in an undertone to the agitated princess. 

**We love the priestess Keroecia, and we will obey 
her," said Ben Hu Barabe simply. 

**The royal father and mother of the princess mourn 
continually. They beg and implore that she may be the 
light of their declining years. All Ian awaits an answer; 
and for that country I agree to abide by thy decision." 
Eko Tanga bowed toward Keroecia appealingly. 

Striving to govern her emotion, Keroecia put out a 
trembling hand to Yermah, and suffered herself to be led 
forward where she could be both seen and heard. She 
buried her face in her hands for a moment, and then lifted 
it pale and stricken, but resolute. 

** My comrades and my countrymen, duty oppresses 
my heart profoundly. That I do love and honor those 
who gave me life need not be affirmed. All that my father 



94 YERMAH THE DORADO 

demands I shall pledge the Monbas to render. But for 
myself there is no peace apart from the duty I owe these 
children of the forest. They look to me for spiritual 
guidance, and I will not leave them.'* Her voice fsdtered, 
and she seemed ready to faint. 

In the interim of silence, Eko Tanga said: ** So be it; 
so be it.*' 

**Tell my beloved father that I can best serve him here; 
and that as proof of my devotion I pledge my people to 
lasting peace. Hast thou the treaty ready?" 

She made no pretense of reading its provisions, but 
turned to Ben Hu Barabe, and said authoritatively, 
**Sign!" 

He readily affixed his signature. Eko Tanga followed, 
and then Yermah made use of the high-set signet on his 
thumb. 

And this was the beginning of the end. 



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CHAPTER IX 

As FAR down as Happy Valley, and including the ther- 
iV mal belt now known as the Mission, the land was 
4,evoted to the culture of vanilla. This so-called bean is 
the fruit of an orchid. There were rough bark lattices 
scattered over the ground at suitable distances as substi- 
tutes for the trees and shrubs supplied by nature. If 
unchecked, the creeper would mount high in the air; but 
it was not the purpose of the men under Orondo's lead 
to allow strength to waste in this manner. So they 
*' pinched" the shoots, and prevented too much branch- 
ing at the joints. 

In the low, rambling outhouses near by a number of 
women were employed curing the vanilla pods, which are 
about three eighths of an inch in diameter and from six 
to ten inches in length. They were a pretty sight, with 
their gay-Qolored petticoats and scarfs worn picturesquely, 
winding in and out of the long arbors, tending or picking 
off the ripe pods, and storing them in the wide-mouthed 
baskets strapped across their heads. 

In the curing-room, a scene of greater animation pre- 
sented itself. Here the pods were carefully assorted, 
placed in a basket, and plunged into hot water for a half- 
minute, and then laid out on mats to drain. After being 
exposed to the heat of the sun between woollen blankets 
for a week, they were packed into ollas at night and kept 
warm, so as to promote fermentation, until thoroughly 
dry. Then they were soft, pliable, free from moisture, and 
of a dark chocolate color, thickly frosted with needle-like 
crystals of acid. Afterwards, they were tied in bundles, 
wrapped in fine maguey fiber, and packed away ready to 
be manufactured into chocolate. The houses where this 



96 YERINIAH THE DORADO 

work was done adjoined the curing establishments, and 
when the wind came from that quarter, a dehghtful odor 
of vanilla filled the air. 

The remaining stretch of land, reaching over to Wash- 
erwoman's Bay and down to the water's edge, on the 
extreme outskirts, was devoted to vegetable gardens. 
This was regularly laid out, and was under the highest 
state of cultivation possible, irrigation and fertilization 
being liberally employed. The succession of hills ending 
with the steep declivity now known as Telegraph Hill, 
was a splendid vineyard and orchard, where olives, figs, 
grapes, oranges, limes, and lemons grew in the exposures 
best suited to their respective wants. 

Forming a sort of outer wall to the city proper, was-a 
long row of buildings of four and five stories, devoted to 
various manufactures. The gardens, orchard, and vine- 
yard were cultivated by men; but the picking and prepar- 
ing of vegetables and fruits for market was done by both 
sexes. Burros, with ollas strapped on each side, passed 
up and down the long rows, coming and going in un- 
broken files. The men in the fields often sang as they 
worked — songs that upheld the dignity of husbandry and 
bespoke the reward of labor. The tamanes, who carried 
the products from the gardens to the city, had their spe- 
cial songs. 

It was fully ten o'clock before Keroecia, attended 
entirely by women, made her appearance. She drove a 
splendid pair of woodland caribou, harnessed to her 
traveling-car, now made gay with bunting and flowers. 
There were tiny nosegays tied to the palmated antlers 
sweeping back over the long, shaggy bodies, and the rib- 
bons were threaded from one wide expanse to its fellow 
on the opposite side, and even to the bez-tynes coming 
down between the eyes, and spreading protectingly over 
the long, beaklike nose. 

The snap and click of the spreading false hoofs an- 
nounced their approach. Rahula and Ildiko stood on 
each side of Keroecia, while Alcyesta, Suravia, and Mine- 
ola braced themselves by placing their hands on the 
shoulders in front of them. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 97 

Matu, Saphis, and Phoda were a perfect match in color, 
size, and gait. They stood three feet six inches high, and 
their antlers lacked but three inches of five feet, and would 
have weighed fifty pounds. Matu, who was driven in the 
lead, had a short, shaggy mane of grayish white, which 
lightened his reddish-brown coat, his four feet being evenly 
marked with the same white band. The strong necks, 
knee-joints, and short, muscular legs were built for strength 
and they handily trotted past the barking dogs in the 
streets and roadway. Their big eyes had nothing of the 
gazelle quality in them, but were alert, and the short lily- 
cup ear heard acutely, while the sense of smell was their 
finest quality. 

If it were possible to imagine hilarity in a countenance 
so long drawn out and preternaturally grave, it may be 
said that these sagacious animals enjoyed showing their 
heels to and dusting everything encountered on the high- 
way. Or it may have been that they were jealous of the 
burros with their bulging sides, dodging out of their way 
as they flew by. 

A word and a sudden checking of the reins fastened to 
the nose brought them to a standstill in front of a bas- 
ketry. Here the party alighted, and Keroecia caressed 
her roadsters, giving each one a cake of sugar and scratch- 
ing his nose affectionately. They manifested pleasure in 
their own peculiar fashion, and suffered themselves to be 
coaxed away by a bundle of dry moss. 

Inside the building were girls assorting thick packages 
of willow wands and long^stemmed, wiry grasses, as well 
as splits of palms. From the south came the **chippa*' 
willow, while the fiber of the "red-bud" came from the 
north. The grasses used for the woof were the smooth, 
wiry culms of vilfa and sporobolus. 

Keroecia' s eyes lit up as she recognized some of her 
favorite weaves. Bending over a young girl, she took the 
work from her hands and began explaining an intricate 
decoration. 

** Fifteen stitches to the digit is not fine enough for this 
acorn pattern. Twenty-eight will serve thee better. Where 
the point of the acorn cuts off here, a bottom must be 
put in to give it standing power,*' 



98 YERMAH THE DORADO 

When the coil was properly started in stitch and pat- 
tern, she picked up a handful of grass soaking in a shallow 
basket-basin beside her, and dexterously fashioned a tiny 
acorn, perfect in color and shape. 

* * Use this for a lift, or handle, for the acorn cup suit- 
able to cover this basket,'' she said. 

To the delighted exclamations of thanks she replied: — 

**Mayagood husband and sweet children grace thy 
home and bless thee with loving-kindness." 

The shamaness of the basket guild withdrew from a coil 
she had been weaving a priceless heirloom, inherited from 
her great-great-grandmother. It was a needle made from 
the wing-bone of a hawk, which she had planted firmly 
in the loop, or stitch, of a second coil. 

** Will the high-priestess honor and make me happy by 
accepting this little token. She who uses it will have 
the blessing of the whole guild.'* 

Keroecia took the polished instrument, and motioned 
one of her tamanes to approach. From his hands she 
received a parcel, so delicate and precious that it was 
inclosed in a basket covering of unique design. When 
she disclosed its contents there was an involuntary excla- 
mation of ** Ah!" from all the curious weavers cognizant 
of it. 

* * Will the shamaness make me happy by accepting this 
example of my handicraft? I have worked on it three 
years," she said. 

It was a fancy basket covered entirely with red-headed 
woodpeckers' scalps, among which were placed at inter- 
vals a great number of hanging loops of tiny iridescent 
shells. Around the rim was an upright row of eighty 
little black quails' top-knots, gaily nodding. 

Presently a representative of the guild brought forward 
a dice-table top, made in anticipation of this visit. It was 
a round, flat tray, ornamented with dark brown water- 
lines on a cream-white ground. With it were eight acorn - 
shaped dice, inlaid with abalone-shell, and fifteen richly 
carved ivory sticks with which to keep tally. The acorn- 
shells were first filled with pitch, and, when hardened, 
cleverly inlaid with abalone. Baskets for baby-cradles 
and those used in storehouses differed in no wise from 



YERMAH THE DORADO 99 

the makes of the Monbas. Row after row of every 
imaginable stitch, design, and material filled the big, 
roomy building. Keroecia was respectfully attentive to 
them all, but she forebore interrupting the general trend 
of the work longer. 

Into the pueblo set apart for pottery, one might with 
profit follow, or linger over the looms of the rug and 
blanket weavers, as Keroecia did. But it is fair to sup- 
pose that modern eyes are familiar with the striking pecul- 
iarities of Daghestan rugs and Navajo blankets, the stitches 
of one being familiar to the descendants of Keroecia' s 
forebears, while the Navajo Indians have preserved the 
secret of the other. One is characteristic of native Ori- 
ental invention, the other of native American. 

The lacquered ware and the castings of gold and silver 
vessels for sacred and ornamental purpose, were also 
among the * ' sights ' ' of Tlamco. 

Here skilled artificers made birds and animals with 
movable heads, wings, and legs, whose feathers, or scales, 
if a fish, were so well imitated that the sense of touch was 
required to detect the difference. The workers in feather 
mosaics and tapestries occupied a large building, and the 
men and women engaged in handling cotton fresh from 
the field until it was transformed into cobweb muslin were 
a small army in themselves. 

Off in the foothills of Santa Clara were droves, flocks, 
and herds of Angora goats, of paca, llama, and vicuna, 
together with sheep and oxen, whose wool or pelts con- 
tributed much to the wants of this civilization. The 
scouring, dyeing, carding, and spinning were done in the 
houses facing Washerwoman's Bay. In addition to fine 
yellow chamois, these men invented a finish now known 
as "Russian tan" and the glaze called *' patent" for 
leathers. The highly decorated, gilded products, stamped 
in colors, brought down to later times as Cordova leather, 
were also well-known processes. The Japanese have this 
identical art to-day. 

The fat, dark, spherical little creature, looking like a 
black currant, with neither head, legs, nor tail, from which 
cochineal is made, was industriously cultivated on the 
prickly-pear cactus plains where Los Angeles now stands. 



loo YERxMAH THE DORADO 

The mode of culture was the same then as now. They 
took strips of maguey fiber and bound the stupid but 
delicate larvae to the leaves, keeping them warm and dry 
during the winter. When fully grown, they were ruth- 
lessly swept from their prickly quarters and shaken to 
death, and then spread out in the sun to dry, after which 
they were packed into bags. Each insect was a unit of 
value, seven thousand of them approximating one meas- 
ure. 

The San Joaquin and the Santa Clara Valleys furnished 
corn, millet, rice, and other cereals, while sugar-cane, cot- 
ton, tobacco, and the useful plaintain flourished in that 
part of Arizona and New Mexico now given over to a 
waste of sagebrush and sand. 

Bitumen, anthracite, and charcoal were stored in gigan- 
tic oUas, buried to the lips beside the rows filled with 
cereals. These receptacles were made of terra cotta, and 
subjected to such intense heat that they were uniformly of 
a brick-red color and as hard as stone. They were twelve 
feet deep, nine feet across the mouth, and materially wider 
at half their depth. Their walls tapered in thickness from 
a maximum of about eighteen inches, at the bottom, to 
nearly eight inches, at the top. As these people had hot- 
air furnaces for puddling steel, it is not difficult to com- 
prehend how they managed to burn them. For temporary 
storehouses they had duplicates in size and shape, made 
of willow withes, woven in basketry. These were an ex- 
cellent substitute, being lighter, more pliant and durable, 
and more easily moved. The whole side of the mountain 
range San Bruno way was honeycombed with these novel 
granaries. The balsa fleet rendezvoused in this neighbor- 
hood to protect them. 

** There is need of haste in returning," admonished 
Rahula, as the women climbed into the car and started 
cityward. *' We are due at the market-place now." 

' * Content thyself. The caribou is an excellent road- 
ster," was Keroecia's assurance as she gathered up the 
reins and shook the many-stranded whip over the horns 
of her team. They started forward with the easy stride 
common to the elk family, and were not long in clearing 



YERMAH THE DORADO loi 

a passage through the tamanes trotting along the road, 
carrying huge, well-filled baskets, one on each end of a 
pole slung across the shoulder. Mingling with them were 
burros so well burdened that nothing but their noses, tails, 
and fore-feet were visible. 

The social corner-stone of Tlamco was not the family, 
but the clan. Husband and wife must belong to different 
gentes, and the children claimed descent from the mother. 
The spheres of the sexes were clearly defined, but man- 
fully, the wife being the complete owner of the house and 
all it contained. If a mother, she was not required to 
perform other than household duties. Slovenliness was 
severely punished in both sexes, and so was idleness. At 
no time was the life of the ordinary woman harder than 
that of the wife of a poor man in any so-called Christian 
country to-day. Should her husband ill-treat her, a 
woman of this civilization could permanently evict him 
from the home. The husband owned the crops until they 
were housed, and then the wife had an equal voice in their 
distribution. The live-stock was his; but there was an 
unwritten code which forbade his disposing of it without 
consulting his wife. 

For this reason, certain of the afternoon hours each 
day were set apart in the market for the reception of the 
women by the guilds. They came in two sections, and 
took their turns, so that each guild received a weekly 
visit. It was to head a procession of this kind, visiting 
the bazaars devoted to Monbas handiwork, that Keroecia 
and her attendants hurried through the streets. 

* * See the crowds of children, the priestesses, and the 
women, *' said she, as they whirled into a circular gateway 
leading to the booths. 

' * They are waiting for us, ' ' said Ildiko, with a glow of 
satisfaction and self-importance. ' * Setos, the wise and 
kind father, forgive our being tardy," she continued; '* we 
were detained on such loving pretexts as befits the exalted 
regard felt for our guests. ' ' She gave her hand to Alca- 
mayn and bounded lightly to the ground. 

* * Shame oppresses me sorely for having kept thee wait- 
ing,'' said Keroecia, as she suffered Orondo to assist her. 



I02 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**The delay is slight indeed," he answered gallantly, 
**and our first concern is for thy pleasure.'* 

** Let us go at once/' they all said. 

Each picked up a basket of flowers and followed Ke- 
roecia and Orondo. It was a pretty sight. The women 
and children filled every nook and corner with flowers, 
while the priestesses swung incense up and down the 
aisles and over the commodities. The men paid them 
compliments, plied them with fruits and sweetmeats, and 
were as gallant and attentive as the occasion demanded. 
Fathers took occasion to have a little visit with their chil- 
dren, husbands and wives consulted their mutual interests, 
while lovers managed to exchange much of the small coin 
of affection openly, innocently, and with obvious encour- 
agement. 

Mingling freely with the crowd were vestal virgins, 
themselves trained by Priestesses of the Sun, in charge of 
the boys and girls under twelve years of age. These eager 
little bodies were allowed to satisfy their curiosity. The 
vestals tried to explain everything coming under their 
observation, so that the visit was an object lesson as well 
as a half-holiday. 

Groups of older boys came attended by warrior-priests, 
who trained them in military science, after which they were 
apprenticed to the various guilds, and taught to be skilled 
in some branch of industry. In many cases, an elder 
brother or other relative was serving an apprenticeship 
while a younger boy was still studying warfare. Then, 
there was a pardonable display of skill and knowledge by 
the elder, which did not fail to spur the ambition of the 
younger. 

Both sexes were allowed to study art, music, or oratory, 
and there was much friendly rivalry among them. 

The guild awards were always those most hody con- 
tested. In this category were prizes for cooking, weaving, 
basketry, pottery, and care of the sick, which was the 
prerogative of women, while all the industries gave en- 
couragement to the apprentice boys in their charge. 

These weekly visits enabled competitors to learn prac- 
tically, so that in the midst of pleasantries some very 
earnest work went on. 



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Men who receive a purposeful education are the men 
of achievement; the others are mere amateurs in the 
world. The teacher who understands this truth gradu- 
ates the man who makes history. His more learned 
brother turns out the cultured beings — finished men, with 
all the sharp angles of individuality judiciously pruned 
off, but practically incompetent and helpless. 



104 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER X 

SETOS, the Dogberry of Tlamco, lived in a pretentious 
square house where Laurel Hill Cemetery is now 
located. It was gay in stucco ornament and artistic col- 
oring. The grounds were extensive, and the rambling 
inclosure was altogether the most elaborate private estab- 
lishment in the city. 

Bom under the influence of the planet Mercury, Setos 
was quick, active, energetic, and scientific, and had the 
cunning of a schemer. In stature he was short and pudgy, 
with a big, fat body, but small extremities. Square-jawed 
and thin-lipped, he possessed a bold and uncertain temper. 
His eyes were small and gray. He made many gestures 
with his arms, and carried his straight, stiff thumbs down- 
ward. His finger-nails were narrow, indicating obstinacy 
and conceit, while his thick and stubby fingers showed 
that he was cruel and selfish. In addition to long, ham- 
like ears, was a nose which was a cross between a hook 
and a needle. He had a nervous habit of clasping his fat, 
chubby hands, especially when excited or over-anxious. 
Withal he was inordinately vain, not of his good looks 
certainly, but of his achievements — and godliness. 

Akaza had a way of looking straight through Setos* s 
mean, shabby nature which mightily irritated this entirely 
satisfied man. He imagined that he was always being put 
upon in the civic councils, and was determined that the 
visitors should imbibe something of his greatness at the 
fountain-head. 

It did not require a vast amount of maneuvering 
to induce Keroecia to pay Ildiko a visit before leaving 
Tlamco. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 105 

**When Eko Tanga says farewell to-morrow/* Setos 
said to her, **it will save thee embarrassment to spend 
the remaining days with Ildiko. It would not be politic 
to take thy leave at the same time, because of the ill- 
concealed distrust between the Monbas and Eko Tanga. 
Shouldst thou go immediately after, it would be discour- 
teous to the government of Ian. Let me urge thee strongly 
to continue here for a time.*' 

**Give me leave to add my prayer to thine, father,** 
said Ildiko, quick to see the importance of the move to 
herself With Keroecia as her guest, she would have the 
eyes of the whole city on her for a time. * * Rahula do 
persuade our friends to make us happy,'* she concluded 
with a pretty, affected lisp. 

**I am wholly in thy hands," responded Keroecia. 
* * Thy request lines with my desires. I am aweary of 
public function. Besides I am enslaved by curiosity con- 
cerning thy mode of living. Thou art not of the Azes." 

** Rightly spoken," said Ildiko. '*Thou art justified 
in seeking to know the domestic habits of Tlamco. It is 
not granted me to read signs like Rahula, but I can see 
the drift already." 

There was nothing malicious in Ildiko. Keroecia col- 
ored quickly, but made no reply. 

** Who knows but I had ulterior motives in asking the 
fair lady to remain with us ? " said Setos, pompously. * * I 
hope for a son-in-law some day, and Ben Hu Barabe is 
entirely to my liking." 

Ildiko, frivolous and vain, never doubted that she had 
made an impression in that quarter. A keen eye would 
have detected the sudden pallor of Alcyesta and the pro- 
tective movement of Keroecia. Self-centered Setos did 
not look at Rahula; therefore, he did not see the swift, 
half-fearful glance she gave Alcamayn, nor did he note the 
surpressed excitement of Orondo. 

Keroecia understood that the official character of her 
visit was at an end, and she experienced a feeling of relief 
Setos anticipated this. He knew that the solid benefits 
to be derived from a closer association of the two people 
was still to be arranged, and he did not intend to lose an 
opportunity to benefit by the situation. Will it jar on the 



io8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The priestess had arisen in the mean time. 

**Not a wink of sleep to put a little rose in thy cheeks 
and add diamond sparkles to thine eyes?" chattered 
Ildiko. 

* * Not this time, ' ' said Keroecia. * * I must dress at once. 
I have promised early audience to one of our friends.** 

* * May the assurances he brings thee be good and coTn- 
forting," murmured Ildiko, already half-asleep. 

*'May the Lord of the Lapse of Time enfold thee 
completely," answered Keroecia, with a careless nod, as 
she passed out of the chamber. 

Orondo, like a true soldier, always marched. He never 
simply walked. Usually he stood with his right foot for- 
ward, as if on guard, his broad and powerful shoulders 
thrown back, and his chest well out. In civilian's dress, 
he wore an agate-headed serpent of scarlet leather around 
his head. The mouth of the snake cleverly bit its agate 
tail, holding it securely in place. On his neck was a gor- 
get of leather, set with gold bosses, from which hung a 
long black cloak, bordered with fur. He had on a short 
apron-like skirt of leather, with a triple row of gold bosses 
around the bottom, and edged with a heavy leather fringe. 
Wrinkled leather buskins and gold -bossed sandals com- 
pleted his costume. Wearing no beard, his straight black 
hair fell well down over his shoulders. He was a patient, 
faithful worker, self-reliant, reserved, proud, firm in friend- 
ship, but an unrelenting foe. Slow to anger, he was like 
a bull when roused. His voice in speech and song was 
mellow and agreeable. A countenance that glowed with 
animation, added much to his dauntless appearance. It 
was not like him to parley or waste time in useless subter- 
fuge; but whatever he attempted he went straight about. 
So, desiring to consult Yermah, he marched into his pres- 
ence without any preliminaries. 

Noting his perturbed manner, the Dorado laid down a 
brush-pen he was using, and said : — 

* * Something has interrupted the even tenor of thy well- 
ordered life, Orondo. Can I serve thee?" 

There were curious white and red lines on the swarthy 
face, and the features looked pinched and drawn. He was 



YERMAH THE DORADO 109 

exceedingly quiet, but there was an unusual brilliancy in 
the piercing black eyes. 

' ' I have come to ask thy advice and blessing in a mat- 
ter of great import to me," he finally answered. **The 
point of superior years counts but little between us; but 
thou art my chief, and I love thee well." 

* * Of that I am fully assured. My blessing and good 
wishes thou hast only to command. Give me to see the 
matter lying deep in thy heart, that I may judge for 
thee," replied Yermah, fully aware that a crisis of some 
kind was at hand. 

* * Duty demands that I render strict obedience to my 
superiors, of whom thou art one, and the command is 
that I shall take a wife from the native women of this 
country. ' ' 

**I had feared from the ominous import of thy manner 
that some dark deed touching the honor of the state op- 
pressed thy knowledge," quickly responded Yermah, a 
feeling of relief giving place to his uncomfortable appre- 
hension. *'This is a more simple matter." 

''Not without thy consent. My heart rebels at the 
thought of a wife among the Azes," answered Orondo 
gravely. 

''Then why misuse desire? There is time enough. 
Thou hast fewer years than I. Let thy better parts speak, 
then come to me," said Yermah, rising. 

"This situation confronts me," said Orondo, with agi- 
tation. 

"Unmask thy feeling. I am not fully in confidence. 
Thou bemoanest the mandate to wed a native, yet affirm 
thy inner soul bespeaks its mate," replied Yermah, shak- 
ing his head and looking perplexed. 

"She whom I adore is the high- priestess of the Mon- 
bas," said Orondo, scarcely above a whisper. 

Yermah dropped into his seat as if he had been shot, 
and put his hands before his face as if to ward off a blow. 
Orondo, too much wrought up to detect feeling in an- 
other, asked eagerly : — 

" Thou wilt grant me permission to woo her, and, if I 
win, wilt bless our union ? ' ' 

** My vow to the brotherhood forbids any other course. 



no YERMAH THE DORADO 

Go, go now, with my blessing, Orondo,'* Yermah man- 
aged to say. 

** May the Master of the Radiance shower thee richly," 
murmured his auditor, as he stumblingly found his way 
out. 

Yermah sat like a man stunned. For the first time in 
his life he drank deeply and long at the fountain of pain. 

Orondo walked like one in a dream. He was in an 
exalted frame of mind, and seemed to be carried on the 
wings of the wind toward the house occupied by Rahula. 
He had won his first victory. He had permission from 
his civil chief. Now he would consult the unseen forces; 
then he would learn his fate from the lips of his beloved. 
Hope was holding high carnival, and singing a merry tune 
in his ear, as he approached the door of the * * Divination 
Room," in the center of the square building. 

**An humble applicant stands at thy door, Rahula," 
called Orondo; "one who begs that thou wilt open to him 
the secrets of his destiny." 

** Upon what pretext dost thou invoke aid of the unseen 
powers .»*" demanded Rahula from behind a heavy tapes- 
try curtain. ** If of trivial import, begone at once! I will 
not hear thee. ' ' 

**Life and love are the subjects of my longing," he 
answered; **and so urgent is my mission, I would fain 
discharge any obligation imposed upon me." 

Suddenly the hieavy bronze bolts in the door flew apart. 
There was a sliding, grinding sound as the entrance was 
cleared, and he was across the threshold of the most 
noted and able professional fortune and story teller of that 
day. 

*' Welcome, Orondo. Neither pitch nor accent be- 
trayed thee. The triplicity of mind, heart, and bodily 
function are wholly at thy service," said Rahula, coming 
forward and placing both hands on the upper arms of her 
visitor, while she lightly brushed his forehead with her 
lips. He in turn kissed the back and palm of her left 
hand, thus appealing directly to her intuitional powers. 

A pair of bull-headed and eagle-winged sphinxes 
guarded the north and south side of the square-topped 
golden tripod, which was supported by twigs of madrofio 



YERMAH THE 'DORADO iir 

wood tipped with gold. This consecrated table occupied 
the middle of the room; and in the mouths of the sphinxes 
were hooks from which were hung perfumed jeweled 
lamps. 

In the center of the tripod was a round disc composed 
of various metals radiating in stripes. On the outer edge 
of the rim were twenty-four hieroglyphs of magic, at equal 
distances from each other. A tiled floor liberally spread 
with rugs and skins, completed the furnishings, save a 
duplicate stool of black under-glaze with a meander in 
white wound around it, which served as a seat for Rahula 
on the opposite side. The ceiling showed twelve radia- 
tions in the folds of colored silk, which started from die 
central canopy and ended in a frieze of twenty-four en- 
larged hieroglyphs, interlaced in a dragonesque meander. 
Pompeiian-red tapestries hung the walls, relieved by wise 
sayings painted on banners of silk tissue, which were 
placed at intervals in perpendicular strips. 

Rahula' s ample, flowing robes were of purple silk, with 
a circlet of jet on her head, and a girdle of the same at 
her waist. Around her neck was a filigree gold and silver 
collarette fitting close to the skin. From a recess in the 
wall opposite the door Rahula brought forth the figure of a 
youth, a young calf, a lion, an eagle, a dragon, and a dove. 
These were of Atlantian workmanship, in pure gold and 
silver, curiously blended, the feathers, hair, clothes, and 
scales being of silver, while the bodies were of gold. 

She placed these on the floor on either side of her seat, 
saying: — 

** Should thy quest of knowledge pertain to a wife, we 
must consult the dove,'* holding the figure in her hand 
as she spoke. 

Orondo bowed. She placed the dove in between the 
sphinxes, and continued: — 

**If children crown thy life, the youth must be their 
champion. Shall we consult him ? * * 

Again Orondo nodded, and the statuette was ranged 
beside the dove. 

*'The lion has power and authority in his keeping. 
This emblem I shall choose for thee.'' Saying which §be 
fstpgd it in the same row. 



112 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * By the dragon thou shalt know thy length of days. 
Does the outlook satisfy thy desire?" 

' * Proceed Rahula, and mayst thou be led by the guar- 
dian of the circuit.'* 

The sibyl stood facing Orondo, while balancing a plain 
gold ring tied with a thread of flax over the ball of her 
left thumb. As soon as the string was straight, she ex- 
claimed : — 

** I cry unto Thee who makest time run, and liest in all 
the mysteries. Hear thy servant ! ' ' 

Slowly the ring began to describe a tiny circle. Then 
it swung farther and farther toward Orondo, until it was 
opposite. 

'* Propound thy question, but silently," said Rahula, 
watching the ring intently. 

As if moved by some hidden power, the undulating ring 
answered his thoughts. The same increase in vibration 
as before finally brought the ring in contact with the raised 
rim sufficiently to make it tinkle like a fairy bell. 

**Aila Kar!" cried Rahula. '* Affirm it a third time! 
One — two — three," and the ring once more hung 
motionless over the center of the magic plate. 

**Thou standest faint-hearted at the temple of love 
newly erected in thy heart, Orondo," said Rahula, with 
a searching glance. 

** Yes. And I fain would know if I may enter," said 
he simply. 

**The tarot gives us wisdom here," was her reply, as 
she returned to the recess, and brought a sandalwood box 
filled with small ivory cards. When she drew off the 
sliding lid, there were three packages, two of which she 
placed in a flattened disc-shaped basket of fine weave, 
which divided in two. Each side was furnished with a 
ring for a handle, and when she had unwound the linen 
coverings of the cards, she closed it. 

** Hold the two rings firmly and shake the basket well," 
she said to her visitor. 

The third package contained the twenty-two keys of 
divine wisdom, and these Rahula shuflled thoroughly, 
keeping a square of fine linen over her hand3 in the pro- 
cess. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 113 

At the four cardinal points outside the metal disc in 
the center of the table were: on the north, a square of 
inlaid topazes; on the east, a similar setting of eme- 
ralds; on the south aduphcate of sapphires; while on the 
west was a square of rubies. From each of these was a 
trine — numbered for the yellow, on yellow discs, 2, 7, 12; 
for the green, on discs of green, 3, 8, 9; for the blue, on 
blue circles, 5, 4, 10; for the red, on red discs, i, 6, 11. 
These trines were so interlaced that the rows of numerals 
made an outside circle, corresponding to the signs of the 
zodiac. 

**Lay the basket on the metal disc,'* said Rahula. 
**Then I will open the book of fate for thee.'* He did 
as he was bidden. She emptied the ivories into her lap, 
and quickly arranged the cards in order, face upward, 
without changing their relative positions. When she had 
taken out the four aces (one representing a blossoming 
rod — the modern clubs; the second, a royal chalice — the 
modern diamonds; the third, a sword piercing a crown - 
ace of swords; and a circle inclosing a lotus-flower — the 
ace of cups), she handed them to Orondo, and told him 
to shuffle them well. 

' ' The astral key to arcane knowledge is in thy hands. 
As thou valuest happiness, let no unclean thought steal 
in and pollute the fountain-head,** admonished Rahula, 
as she invoked the genii of the day and hour. 

The signs by which Orondo sought to divine the future, 
are found to-day in the scepter of Osiris, long the prerog- 
ative of kings and emperors. The pontificial stafT, the 
eucharistic chalice, the cross and Divine Host, the patera 
cup containing the manna, and the dish of offerings were 
borrowed from the four aces of the ancient tarot and its 
central disc. 

* * Now place the ace of diamonds — the royal chalice 
of life — on the ruby square, which corresponds to the 
principle of motion, action, and will, ' ' said Rahula. * * The 
blossoming rod of the ace of clubs place on the topaz 
square, which is the trine of power, influence, and right. 
Then cover the emerald square with the ace of cups, the 
trine of love, service, and favor. Lasdy, cover the sap- 



114 YERMAH THE DORADO 

phires with the ace of swords, which pierces the crown of 
physical being, the trine of evil, malice, and death." 
When the four squares were covered, she continued: — 

* * This forms the quaternary of Life, Power, Love, and 
Affliction. Before I place the cards on these trines, tell 
me what color best pleases thee. ' ' 

** I am fond of red — and blue also,** answered Orondo. 

* * Then thou art materialistic and passionate on the one 
hand, and an idealist on the other. This will keep thee 
warring with self; and if the former predominates, will 
tend to weaken heart-action. What flower dost thou hold 
sacred?'* 

**The delicate flax-blossom is a symbol of my love.** 
* ' And by this token thy ideal woman must be constant 

in conjugal fidelity. Excess in this direction leads to 

jealousy, the very epitome of selfishness. But what flower 

dost thou love for its own sake ? ' * 

*' Myrtle sprig and blossom are always dear to me.** 
''Then thou hast the redeeming grace of brotherly 

love. Of the three animals, — the horse, dog, or cat, — 

which dost thou like best ? ' * 

**The horse first, and then a dog.** 

* * Which tells me that thou art capable of a noble, affec- 
tionate, and faithful friendship. Trial lies along this line. 
Give me leave to judge thy antipathies.** 

*'Rats and mice offend me much.*' 

''Upright and fastidious,** she murmured. "Nor does 
thy frank and open nature warm to spiders, nor thy proud 
spirit willingly tolerate serpents." 

"How well thou readst my inner thoughts! '* exclaimed 
Orondo wonderingly. ' * Never have these sentiments lent 
action to my tongue." 

"In dreamland what rich spoils assail thy vagrant 

will!** 

" Happiness and joy attend my sleeping ventures.'* 

"A sanguine temperament, normally exercised, — a 
personality which will die hard in the living man, and one 
which is liable to wreck the body." 

She carefully examined both of his hands — 'fingers, 
palms, and wrists. Finally she said: — 

'*To three separate warnings must I give voice. The 



YERMAH THE DORADO 115 

heart is threatened seriously as to feeling and action. Sud- 
den and tempestuous jealousy assails thy future, and the 
divine spark will not be generous as to years. So much 
for thine own self As to outside entities which may 
mingle and interweave, the tarot must be oracle.'* 

The king of cups represented him who cultivated affec- 
tion; the king of diamonds, the custodian of wealth, and 
the proper distribution of it; the king of swords, the 
inventions and skill of the inquirer; the king of clubs was 
the significator of all manual labor. The queens were the 
wives, actual or prospective, in a question concerning 
men. They were the personalities of the woman herself 
in a feminine inquiry. The heralds and knaves represented 
religious and civic power respectively, while the numbers 
from two to ten pertained to the personalities. 

Orondo watched her eagerly while she placed the cards, 
face downward, on the four trines. When they were all 
in place, she turned over the ace of diamonds, on the 
western cardinal point of rubies, and then quickly laid 
those on numbers i , 6, and 1 1 , in a row. Beginning with 
number i, she said: — 

* * This pertains to the present state of time — thy life as 
it is at this moment. All is well from this point. Num- 
ber 6 is exalted and grand, as the individual contacts 
Deity. But in number 11 there are adverse conditions; I 
can see neither posterity nor extended continuation here." 

''Posterity holds nothing for me? " questioned Orondo, 
concern dominating manner and voice. 

* ' Not as the matter lies. But all the cards are involved 
in the final reading. Have patience." 

She next placed the ace of clubs on the northern point, 
face upward, and arranged the cards on numbers 2, 7, and 
12, as before. Beginning with number 2, directiy above 
the ace, she said : — 

''This is the place of power, majesty, and honor. In 
such condition thou standest well. Thou wilt govern 
Tlamco in future days. A change of place is shown by 
the covering of number 7. Supreme rule, however, 
attends it; while m the place of 12 merit and acquired 
skill stand worthy sponsors to thy desires. ' * 

On the eastern point, directly in front of Orondo, she 



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uncovered the emerald, hidden by the ace of clubs, and 
proceeded to read from number 3, the place of love, feli- 
city, agreement, and delight. What she saw there was 
so adverse that she quickly turned over the cards, mark- 
ing the place of love in service, reception, and bounty, in 
which she found some encouragement. Number 9, the 
place of favor, help, and succor were in exceeding doubt. 

*'What is it?*' queried Orondo, impressed by her 
manner. 

**The trine of love is much assailed by disquieting 
import. So, I pray thee, give me leave to consult the 
throne of affliction at once, that the whole matter may 
stand revealed. *' 

*' Thou hast my full consent," said Orondo, now intent 
and eager. 

* ' Swords fall on this trine of opposition, persecution, 
and punishment," exclaimed Rahula. **This portent 
quickens fear. Number 4, the place of mighty retribu- 
tion, is not free from evil aspects. Treachery is thy por- 
tion in number 5, with malice attendant, while number 10 
gives speedy death. Be not wholly convinced by this," 
she entreated. ' ' Suffer me to assail the doors of divine 
wisdom, substituting the twenty-two keys for the cards. ' ' 

She scarcely waited for Orondo' s nod of assent before 
she had swept the ivories into their basket, and was busy 
shuffling and placing the keys around the aces, still face 
upward. There was an intense silence as she hastily 
placed the keys on the numbers — first face downward in 
trines, and then the reverse, with the outward circle com- 
pleted first. She read from the outward ring toward the 
center. 

* * Love and marriage come as thy portion, but not 
without delay and much suffering. After this the body 
sleeps," she said in conclusion. 

The cool brisk wind felt refreshing to Orondo' s fevered 
cheeks as he hurried along the streets flooded with after- 
noon sunlight. The every-day commonplaces of active 
life about him passed unnoticed in the rapid whirl of his 
conflicting emotions. 

** Fancy claims me for her own," he thought. " Surely 



YERMAH THE DORADO 117 

there can be no harm in obeying such sweet service as 
links me to my loved one/' 

He smiled softly, and as he turned into the broad ave- 
nue leading to laqua, his serenity was fairly re-established. 
He went to his own apartments, and spent much time and 
labor over his toilet. Finally, when extract and oil, brush 
and comb had done full justice, he found his way into the 
smoking-room, where he sought quiet for his nerves in 
the narcotic effect of a chibouk. Under its soothing 
influence he indulged in the airiest of day-dreams. As 
the appointed hour drew near, he repaired to the sanctu- 
ary, where he knelt and humbly petitioned Divine Grace 
to attend his venture. 

* ' Father, ' ' said Ildiko, as she stood with Setos in the 
twilight waiting their dinner-guests, **make no demand 
for light early to-night. Some unseemly circumstance 
oppresses the spirit of Keroecia. She has been crying.'* 

' * Yearning for her own may weigh her down. If so, 
we have failed to make our welcome speak to her heart. 
In this we must be more vigilant. H-s-h! she is here, 
attended.'* 

Scarcely had the women found seats when the voices 
of Hanabusa, Ben Hu Barabe, and Alcamayn were heard 
responding to Setos* s greetings in the broad entrance hall. 

*' Where is Orondo?" asked Alcamayn, as he came 
toward Keroecia. * ' In the street at the last marking of 
the sun I had speech of him, intent then upon an imme- 
diate attendance here. ' ' 

Keroecia paled visibly, and replied with difficulty: — 

** Orondo' s presence honored me this afternoon. He 
begs to absent himself at dinner," she said, turning ap- 
pealingly to Setos. 

'* Affairs of urgent moment must have decided him. 
His convenience and wish dictated the day and hour of 
our assemblage," rejoined Setos. ''May there be no evil 
import behind this sudden change. ' ' 

** Has the Dorado been seen to-day? " asked Alcamayn. 
•'Twice I sought him on matters of state, but he was not 
at laqua." 

"He rowed out on the bay at an early gnomon, unat- 



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tended," responded Hanabusa. *'Many times I hailed 
him, but he was unmindful of my presence." 

* * The cares of his office sat heavily on my shoulders in 
consequence," said Setos, with a show of irritation which 
he by no means felt. By judicious complaint many a vain 
soul betrays its self-importance. Glancing around the 
room, to see if he had created the desired impression, he 
suddenly bethought him of Ildiko's words. He bustled 
about for a few moments, and then gave escort to Keroe- 
cia, who was glad to escape to the dining-room. 



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CHAPTER XT 

O RONDO returned not to laqua during the night. He 
went to a favorite nook in the gardens, the same he 
had taken such pride in showing to Keroecia. Here he 
went over the ground again step by step, and that same 
pride lay in the dust at his feet grievously wounded. 
Trifles to which he had attached peculiar significance now 
seemed to him commonplace politeness. He could not 
accuse Keroecia of playing with him. She had been 
openly and candidly indifferent. Her effort to shield him, 
her kindness, were eloquent of her disinterested friend- 
ship. He groaned under her sympathy, but he was not 
without capacity to plan a course of action. 

The first watches of the night witnessed his wrestle 
with overwhelming grief, but as the cool morning hours 
came on, his thoughts turned to the future. He now 
looked forward eagerly to his departure from Tlamco, 
which he knew from the beginning he must take. Hope 
led him to believe that he would have a companion for 
the exile, which now he gratefully remembered would be 
a lonely one. He sat motionless upon the curbing which 
bordered the artificial lake near the perfume-beds, utterly 
oblivious to their refreshing odors. His thoughts were so 
painfully centered that he noted neither the passing hours 
nor bodily discomfort. 

Finally, habit warned him that dawn was approaching, 
and he mechanically roused himself He knew, without 
conscious effort, that he must greet the rising sun with 
composure; therefore he tried to rally his drooping spirits. 
Still like one in a dream, he removed his cloak and 
helmet, then washed his hands and face in the clear, cool 
water of the lake. His benumbed and stiffened nether 



I20 YERMAH THE DORADO 

limbs painfully protested against his essay at walking. 
He heeded them not Instinct led him in the direction 
of laqua. 

Yermah, too, had passed a sleepless night. He spent 
the day on the water, floating and drifting with the ebb 
and flow of the tide, struggling to reconcile himself with 
the condition confronting him. At night he came back 
to laqua, but purposely avoided meeting Orondo. Love 
made him humble, and he did not for a moment doubt 
the result of Orondo' s wooing. He knew that his coun- 
tryman was a lovable man, and he could not find it in his 
heart to blame Keroecia for accepting him. No — Orondo 
had asked his consent and blessing; he must be willing 
to give it with all his heart. How stern and forbidding 
seemed the face of duty! How hateful the precepts of 
honor! Yermah censured himself unsparingly. Many 
times as he paced the apartments, still clad as he came 
from the bay, he spoke his thoughts aloud. He argued 
with himself long and earnestly. 

**How beautiful, how lovely she is!" he exclaimed for 
the hundredth time. But he was sick with the thought 
that she belonged to another. He told himself that he 
would rather give her to Orondo than to any one else. 
But why should she not have loved him ? If such affec- 
tion had blessed his life, he would hasten his appointed 
task, and then claim his choice for a wife according to law 
and custom. It would be only a few months to wait. 
Now what difference did it make? Orondo stood in his 
place. How unsatisfactory, how paltry seemed his life 
work and aims ! How completely helpless and discouraged 
he felt! But he must face the situation like a man. With 
the rising sun Orondo would come with a beaming coun- 
tenance to recount his happiness. It would require all 
his fortitude to do and say what was expected of him. 

Thinking thus, he drew aside the curtains and peered 
at the sky. The first mingling of pink and gray heralded 
the coming day. Performing the necessary ablutions, he 
wrapped his cloak about him and left the house. He did 
not notice particularly the direction he took, walking 
rapidly forward, with his head bent in strained attention. 
Once inside the main entrance to the gardenS; he halted, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 121 

listening for footsteps ahead of him. For the first time he 
observed the dew lying on the bent grass in drops separate 
and distinct from each other, but thickly studding each 
blade and leaf. Suddenly on the curving pavement a few 
feet in front of him, stood Orondo, irresolute, stricken, and 
old. He had not yet caught sight of Yermah, but had 
merely paused in his erratic course, without definite idea 
whether to proceed or retreat. 

**May truth and love be with thee, Orondo,'* said the 
Dorado, in an unsteady voice. * * Mayst thou live by 
them, and by such means* triumph over all hindrances.'* 

**The goodness of this place and hour be upon thee," 
responded Orondo, still not recognizing Yermah. 

As the men looked at each other, a family of deer 
roused themselves under the shelter of a friendly live-oak 
tree standing in the sward to the right of the pavement. 
The buck stood up and shook his graceful, spreading 
horns, until the leaves overhead quivered in the current 
of air set in motion. The doe licked the side of one 
fawn, while the other spotted creature wrinkled up its little 
brown nose, took a sniff of fresh air, and clicked its hoofs 
together in the very exuberance and joy of living. 

The two heavy-hearted men gazed at each other in 
embarrassed silence. Finally Orondo said: — 

* * I have seen the priestess Keroecia. ' ' 

**And — she?" Yermah finished the sentence with 
a supplicating movement and braced himself for the 
shock. 

''She — she is not for me," responded Orondo, bro- 
kenly. 

Not to have saved his immortal soul, could Yermah 
control the strong emotion which swept over him, making 
him stagger like a drunken man. The revulsion of feel- 
ing was so strong that he put out his hand to steady him- 
self, while his senses fairly reeled. 

Like a flash the truth dawned on Orondo ; but he would 
have suffered his tongue cut out rather than acknowledge 
even to himself what he had seen. Profound pity moved 
him, and under its influence he threw himself on his knees 
before Yermah. 

**Give me leave," he cried, **to take men and flocks 



122 YERMAH THE DORADO 

and go into the valley of the Mississippi, to begin mound- 
building. My mission in Tlamco is finished.'* 

*' Stand equally with me," exclaimed Yermah, assisting 
Orondo to rise and embracing him. * * A solemn covenant 
binds thee to that task. Consult only thine own pleasure 
and convenience. * ' Then, after a pause, * * I shall miss thy 
strong right hand, thy faithful heart and welcome pres- 
ence here.'* 

The dawn, bright from the orient couch, had chased 
away the stars, and as Yermah spoke a golden ring came 
slowly above the horizon. The bells in temples and ob- 
servatory chimed inspiringly. Nature was astir all about 
them, while the whole city was at devotion. With bared 
heads, both men turned their pale faces toward the east 
Yermah' s arm lay affectionately on Orondo' s shoulder. 

** Homage to Thee who risest above the horizon," said 
the Dorado reverently. * * I come near to Thee. Thou 
openest the gates of another day." 

* * Oo — m ! ' ' responded Orondo, who continued: * * Great 
Illuminator out of the golden, place thyself as a protector 
behind me. I open to thee." 

* * Oo — m ! ' ' said Yermah, as they both stretched out 
their arms and bowed three times to the now fully risen 
sun. 

Keroecia was patient, laborious, plodding, and obedi- 
ent. She was likened to the Cosmic Virgin — the symbol 
of chastity. 

The sun-god is always born at midnight between the^ 
24th and the 25th of December, at which time the con- 
stellation Virgo is shining above the horizon in the east. 
For three days prior to this, the sun has been apparently 
stationary in the sign Capricornus. This is the origin of 
the primitive myth which claims that the Son of God was 
born of a virgin. When the sun passes through the sign 
Virgo, the harvest is ready for the reaper, which accounts 
for Virgo (Ceres) being symbolized as the gleaning maiden 
with two ears of wheat in her hand. This is correlated 
to the solar plexus, and represents the assimilating and 
distributing functions in the human organism. It is also 
the fulfillment of the creative design. 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 123 

Ordinarily, Keroecia was calm, contented, reflective, and 
even-tempered. Fluent of speech, mirthful, and jovial, 
she was the life of festivals and displays of all kinds. Now 
she felt that imperative necessity to be alone which pos- 
sesses a refined soul in travail. All day long she had lis- 
tened to Ildiko^s idle talk, and by sheer force of will had 
succeeded in teaching this mistakenly kind young person 
how to do some of the intricate stitches she was using in 
a square of fine linen * * drawn work. ' ' It was too dark 
to sew, and Keroecia stole out of the house. 

It was the day following Orondo's visit, and she was 
disturbed, downcast, and depressed. For the first time 
since her entrance to Tlamco she longed for the mountain 
fastnesses of the Monbas. She felt stifled. She wanted 
air, breath, room. A sense of utter loneliness was upon 
her. Again she could have cried bitter tears for Orondo. 
It was agony to her soul to know that she had hurt him. 
The surprise of it — the pity of it! The reflex action of 
her hours of unalloyed pleasure was full upon her. 

So she stood under the moonless sky, while the clouds 
scurried overhead in a pell-mell race with incoming fog. 
She was chilled at heart, and instinctively sought a shel- 
tered nook, where she felt she could be absolutely alone. 

She remained for some time motionless, frowning into 
vacancy, so preoccupied that she did not notice a tiny 
moon-shaped boat of paper zigzaging its way down the 
narrow waterway at her feet. It might have passed her 
had not the splash of a pebble thrown a spray of water on 
her skirts. Glancing quickly about her, she advanced 
toward the wavering craft in time to rescue a red velvet 
rose floating loosely in a cluster of feathery ferns. 

She tucked the flower and its greenery into her corsage 
and made them fast, but not before she had inhaled their 
fragrance and noted their beauty. Then she examined 
the neatly folded parchment. Across the prow was the 
word **Yermah.'' At the sight of his name, happiness 
surged through every avenue of sensibility like rare old 
wine. Her face was all tenderness as she pressed her lips 
to the writing. It was a lingering, cooing movement, 
such as women who love employ. 

Yermah had been watching her through a tapestry of 



124 YERMAH THE DORADO 

vines, leaves, and blossoms. In the interim his hopes ran 
as high as her spirits had been somber and low. He 
shook the branches of the hedge, and stamped with his 
foot; but she was too much absorbed to hear him. At last 
he contrived to make her know that he was near. 

He had left home with the mere desire of seeing her, 
and with no intention of speaking. But when he saw her 
kiss his name, it was the eager impulse and bound of 
impassioned love which brought him to her side. His 
hungry eyes drove him there for a sight of her. Now his 
hungrier heart demanded more. The same impulse impel- 
ling him forward controlled his further action. 

Keroecia made no resistance when he caught her in his 
arms, nor did she deny him when his lips sought hers, 
insistent and clinging. Each soul claimed its own. Each 

organism responded to its utmost capacity Love 

beggared language It was well. 

Neither had voice nor speech, as by common impulse 
they drew apart and hurried away in opposite directions. 
Yermah dared not trust himself to look back, while Ke- 
roecia groped her way into the house and hid in her own 
room, safe from human eye. 

** Men kiss like women,'* she said naively and in a sur- 
prised tone. ** Their lips are the same, but — " Then 
she buried her face in her hands while a hot flush burned 
its way to the roots of her hair. Her cheeks still tingled 
with the light sweep of mustache and beard, and she fell 
to wondering if she could see the kiss as plainly as she 
still felt it. Those dear arms! How strong and master- 
ful their protecting enfoldment! .... The perfume 
of the crushed and broken rose brought her back to 
reality. She unfastened it, and buried her mouth in its 
petals, so close that a drop of blood spread itself over her 
white teeth. Presently she wiped her lips with a dainty 
bit of linen. 

** Sealed in blood! ** she exclaimed, as she examined it. 
*'And nothing but heart's blood can sever the bond. 
Oh, Yermah, my hero, my king! I love thee!'* 

The Dorado hurried through the streets with his senses 
in a whirl, and entered laqua by a private gate. He did 
not pause until he threw himself on his knees before the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 125 

statue of Orion. The soft light of incense-tapers and 
jeweled lamps revealed the pallor of his countenance. 
Too agitated to attempt prayer, he nervously held his 
hands to his head, and tried to collect his thoughts, — to 
control his emotions. 

*'Oh, truant and coward that I am!** he exclaimed. 
** Why could I not speak the words my heart is bursting 
to tell? Will she know how sincerely, how devotedly 
I love her?*' 

He threw off his cloak, pushed his helmet on the floor, 
and wiped the perspiration from his brow. 

* * What a lovely creature a woman is ! I can feel her 
soft, yielding body yet — her warm breath and sweet lips. 
No wonder I could not speak! Will her thought accuse 
me? And her dear little hands! — I could crush them 
easily. ' ' 

Then, as if suspicion crossed his mind, he upbraided 
himself for ungentleness. 

'* Did my roughness hurt her? Did I frighten her by 
my suddenness? .... So this is love! .... And I 
know not how to express what I feel! Why has not 
Akaza taught me? .... I see — I see — no one can 
teach another! I must learn for myself .... This is 
why the sages say it is like a subtle poison. My blood is 
on fire ! I do not know myself — my ugly self ! " he added, 
as he arose and peered at his reflection in the mirrored 
wall. 

Never before had he been dissatisfied with what he sa ^. 
It was his first realization of self-consciousness, and he was 
full of the humility of a master passion. 

* * Her hair fell here over my arm, ' ' he continued, smil- 
ing tenderly. * * I sense it yet. The perfume of it is sweet 
to my nostrils. Why did I forget to cover it with kisses ? 
Why did I not beg a lock for remembrance ? '* 

He paced the floor restlessly. 

**How unmanned and undone I am! Oh, my Keroe- 
cia! thy first kiss has enslaved me! I could not see the 
luster of thine eyes, but I could feel thy love. I can look 
into thy heart. Surely thou canst see that mine is filled 

with thy dear image I loved my mother, and Akaza 

too, — but this is love of another kind! .... If she 



126 YERMAH THE DORADO 

should deny herself to me! No, no, no! I cannot live 
without her! .... PoorOrondo! Poor soul !" he cried 
in accents which revealed his great sympathy. 

It was not till long after that he quit the chamber and 
finally sought rest. 



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CHAPTER XII 

^^LJoLD the burning feathers close up under his nose," 
ri directed the chief shaman, who had been hastily 
summoned to laqua, when Orondo was found in an 
unconscious condition early the following morning after 
his adventure with Yermah in the public gardens. '* We 
will soon determine whether it is merely a fainting fit or 
of more serious import.*' 

The pungent and penetrating odors produced no effect 
except to cause the sufferer to turn his head and moan. 

"Delirium chains his physical senses,*' said the shaman, 
when Orondo opened his eyes without recognizing any 
one. In their own peculiar fashion, the chief and his two 
assistants examined the seven principal organs of the body 
— the same that are symbolized by the curls of Medusa, 
and whose appetites must be controlled before there can 
be health either on the physical or mental planes. 

* * Extreme heat, and a labored and painful drawing in 
of the breath is here," said the chief, while one assistant 
carefully wrote down his words. It was compulsory upon 
healers to post in a conspicuous place on the temple walls 
to which they were attached how many cures they made 
and by what processes. Orondo being a civic leader, the 
law required that his malady should be written on the 
tablet back of the chief councilor's chair in the Temple 
of the Sun. 

* * Pains in all the bones, and in the cords which give 
them motion, ' * he continued. * * The air-bellows rise and 
fall one half, and the hammer in the left breast moves slow 
and weak. Lend a hand." The scribe hastily put down 
his parchment and assisted in placing Orondo in a ham- 
mock, hung in the full glare of the sun, in a circular, 



128 YERMAH THE DORADO 

glass-sided room. He was quickly stripped to the waist, 
and the shamans took turns in holding first a large red 
convex lens over the region of the heart and lungs; then 
an orange-colored lens; and finally a yellow-green ray 
of light was concentrated over the heart, to stimulate its 
retarded action. 

By what is now known as the Swedish movement, they 
went over the entire body, keeping the lenses focused on 
the parts being kneaded and rubbed. When this treat- 
ment ceased, they carried him back to his bed, taking 
care to lay his head to the north, thus taking advantage 
of the magnetic currents. A small oblong bit of steel 
was placed in an oUa of snow-water. It was fastened 
by a silken cord to a copper anklet clasped above the 
patient's left foot. Over the main artery was a small disc 
of copper with Orondo's seal on the outside. 

** Squeeze the sponge gently, and slip it under the 
signet,'' said the head physician. 

Taking an amber spoon, he measured out some syrup 
of onions, some spirits of maguey, and an equal amount 
of fresh honey. When properly mixed, he induced the 
sick man to swallow it. Knowing that the topaz exercises 
a powerful influence over an afflicted mind, he rubbed a 
necklace of these stones briskly between his hands, and 
put it around Orondo's neck. With cushions and rugs 
piled about him, they screened his face from the light, and 
waited for the action of the remedial agents. 

The breathing was so labored, and the beating of the 
pulse and heart so weak, that one of the physicians sat 
near the stricken man while he moaned and tossed under 
the alcoholic stimulant. For the first half-hour the fever 
increased, and then he raved incesslintly. 

**Love denies dominion in my heart! .... Not for 
thee, Orondo! .... She makes no return! .... A 
brotherhood vow binds the soul! .... No, no, no, poor 
man! .... Help him, AU-Powerful One!" 

The chief shaman put some water into hollow glass ves- 
sels formed like double convex chromo-lenses, and hung 
them in the sunlight. One was labeled * * Ambero, ' ' another 
*'Cerulio," another ''Rubio," another *'Purpuro," ac- 
cording as they were yellow, blue, red, or violet-colored. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 129 

Twenty minutes later, he poured a few drops of aconite 
tincture into a blue glass bowl, and, mixing it with some 
water from the blue chromo-lens, gave Orondo some to 
drink. He knew that pure water under the chemical 
action of the blue rays of sunlight was a cooling, soothing 
nervine, and that it would greatly assist the bluish herb in 
reducing inflammation and temperature. It was a seda- 
tive which affected the venous blood, the motor nerve 
force, and the right side of the body generally. 

The first remedies had been positive, electrical, heat- 
producing, but laxative, acting on the left side of the body, 
on the arterial blood, and the sensor nerves. 

The heat-producing elements of nature correspond to 
the red rays of the spectrum; but the red and blue ele- 
ments form a chemical affinity which rouses and intensifies 
their action. 

The restless, feverish motion ceased finally, and the 
patient slept naturally and easy. A slight perspiration 
suffused the whole body. 

While he slept a silver chafing-dish was brought into 
the room, and a decoction of dandelion was slowly sim- 
mered in water from the ambero, or yellow lens. The 
remainder of the water was mixed with equal parts of 
maguey spirits. 

Induction belongs to the dominion of inanimate nature, 
to the magnetic, or cold; while deduction is the ruling 
force of animation, or heat. To assist in producing 
reaction, the magnet already referred to was fastened to 
the body, or hot pole, and immersed in snow for a cold 
pole, in order to oxygenize the blood. During his sleep- 
ing hours this force worked steadily in conjunction with 
the other remedies, and when Orondo awoke in the after- 
noon he was rational and without fever. Noting his con- 
dition, the magnet was removed, and the patient lifted 
once more into the hammock, where he was thoroughly 
sponged with alcohol and water. After this his throat, 
chest, and shoulders were vigorously rubbed with warm 
olive oil, perfumed with lavender. 

While the physicians were busy, the tamanes in attend- 
ance changed the entire bed and bedding. Placing Orondo 
again in his bed and setting a lavender spray in motion 



I30 YERMAH THE DORADO 

near the window, they retired to bring in a lacquered tray 
of food. The odors of plants are antiseptic, and were 
much employed in sick-rooms by the ancients. 

Freshly baked tortillas, young leeks, and pickled olives, 
with salted almonds and dried figs, formed the principal 
part of the meal, while a dish of fresh cocoanut and 
oranges, sliced together, served for dessert. 

The tray and dishes had scarcely been removed before 
Setos came bustling in. Sanitation was his hobby, and 
he was always urging the necessity for legislation against 
disease, which he considered was the result of criminal 
carelessness. In Tlamco every bit of refuse was carefully 
gathered up and burned each day. A large section of 
the water front, where the prevailing winds carried the 
smoke and odor well out to sea, was reserved for this 
purpose. The flood-gates of the entire water system were 
opened during certain hours of the night and all the waste 
canals cleansed thoroughly. 

** By Him who is the breath of every living thing, tell 
me how afiliction befell thee?'* he said, sitting down on 
the bed near the foot and searching Orondo's face anx- 
iously. 

**By the only method possible,'* answered Orondo. 
* * Because I have violated the laws of harmony. ' ' 

**This is bad; very bad. It gives less favored men an 
excuse to neglect their bodies in an unwarrantable man- 
ner, ' ' said Setos, warming up to his favorite theme. * ' If we 
could only send out an army to teach the people the pos- 
sibilities of water, the difference between good and bad 
food, the necessity for proper rest, the inexorableness of 
natural laws, disease would become what it was intended 
to be — a brief, infrequent, reparative process." 

He pursed up his lips and sniffed loudly in self-satisfac- 
tion. It was so seldom he had an opportunity to fittingly 
repeat this homily. 

** I think that our laws are strictly and justly adminis- 
tered in this respect," ventured Orondo. *'The advo- 
cates and healers are supported by the state. Self-interest 
prompts the latter to report disease as they find it. They 
know enough of law to name the penalty attached to 
hereditary and contagious diseases. The advocates know 



YERMAH THE DORADO 131 

enough of healing to detect symptoms of forbidden mal- 
adies. It is a capital offense for either party to conceal 
conditions of this kind. I do not see what more can be 
done.'* 

Utter weariness closed Orondo's eyes for a moment, 
and Setos refrained from further speech. 

**Let kindness of heart prompt thee to fill a pipe for 
me,'* said the patient presently. 

When it was handed to him, he said, with a wan smile: — 

** Let us indulge our nerves with a harmless sedative as 
a step in the right direction. I shall wait until thy pipe 
is filled.*' 

Setos hastened to comply, and after the first three 
whiffs, which were always silent fire offerings, said : — 

*'Ildiko refuses to be comforted because of thy contin- 
ued absence from our house. She grieves for thy condi- 
tion, and sends her best thoughts." 

** Beauty and goodness are the crown of the fair Ildiko. 
It is not possible for me to do more than receive such 
flattering unction. I am indeed undone," he made an- 
swer, catching his breath painfully. 

* * The priestess Keroecia and her sweet maids are much 
concerned for thy condition. Hanabusa has already been 
twice to hear if reason came back to thee." 

' ' I pray thee leave me, ' ' cried Orondo piteously. * *,My 
heart!" he gasped, as the chief shaman bent over him 
hurriedly, in response to Setos' s call. 

**A11 matters of importance must rest while this man 
regains control of his better physique," said the shaman 
authoritatively. *' It were cruel to tax him at this time." 

*' Nothing except friendly greeting passed between us," 
declared Setos, much exercised at the sudden bad turn 
apparent in Orondo. 

'* I will come again at nightfall," he said. 

" Be thou content with inquiry only," said the shaman, 
still frowning over the complete undoing of all his labor. 

**The sun must be on the earth's magnetic meridian 
before quiet will come again to our patient," said the 
chief shaman, as he prepared to go out for an airing, after 
working over Orondo for an hour. 



132 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * The sun will not be below the horizon until the sev- 
enth marking of the gnomon, and until that time we can 
only wait and watch," he said, in answer to Yermah's 
anxious question. " Setos has injured his rest greatly, but 
he has asked for thee more than once. If thou wilt exer- 
cise caution, thou mayst go to him." 

** I understand Orondo," said Yermah. ''I have stayed 
away because I feared to excite him. I am glad that I 
may see him." 

Yermah came quietly and put his hand on Orondo's 
head. He knew how to still the throbbing, uncontrolled 
emotion dividing the sick man's mental and physical self. 
Without a word he willed him peace, and after a time 
Orondo opened his eyes and seemed to breathe easier. 

**The Master of the Hidden Spheres, who causes the 
principles to arise, give thee peace, Orondo." 

Orondo made no reply; his lips quivered and his eyes 
filled. Yermah took both his hands, and, looking at him 
steadily, said: — 

** Part of thy burden falls upon me. I will share phys- 
ical pain with thee." 

Soon the veins in Yermah's hands, and then those in 
his forehead, stood out like whip-cords. He experienced 
the same difficulty in breathing, the same spasmodic action 
of the heart, as Orondo. He sighed deeply, and it was 
soon apparent that Orondo' s nervous tension was relieved. 
In the silence which followed both were busy with the 
same thoughts. 

** When does she go?" Orondo finally asked. 

**The day following to-morrow," answered Yermah. 

** Hast thou seen her since? " 

**Only once. I have not had speech with her." 

'*She has sent twice already to ask after me." 

** Which newly affirms the gentleness of her nature." 

The situation was trying for Yermah, but he humored 
his companion, as he saw (hat speech was a relief to him. 
He did not suspect Orondo of knowing that he too loved 
Keroecia. 

** When strength comes again, I must consider the work 
before me, ' ' said Orondo, after an eloquent silence. ' * Duty 
lays a stern hand on both of us. ' ' 



YERMAH THE DORADO 133 

* * The shamans will cause public complaint if I indulge 
thee in that direction," said Yermah. **A sharp repri- 
mand rewarded Setos for his effort in that line. ' ' 

** Setos said nothing to me of that matter," said Oron- 
do in surprise. 

** But he said that to thee which taxed thy powers of 
control, and for this reason he is forbidden to see thee 
again to-day. Dost thou wish me to have a similar expe- 
rience .'* 

*^The shaman will see that thou hast helped me," said 
Orondo, as the chief came to his bedside accompanied by 
Akaza. 

**The twilight hour approaches, and I have come to 
worship with thee, ' ' said the hierophant, making the sign 
of benediction over Orondo. Turning to Yermah, he* 
said: — 

* * The Father of the Beginnings have thee in safe keep- 

ing!" 

' ' The same rich blessing follow thee, ' * responded Yer- 
mah, as he took leave. 

The principle of Life is alchemical. The chemical ele- 
ments must be absorbed in order to give health. The 
negative chemical scale is represented by the alkalies; the 
positive, by the acids, alkaloids, alcohol, and acetates. 
The positives attack the negatives. Metals such as iron 
are attacked by alcohol, which has the same nature as fire, 
and therefore makes war on water. All herbs of an oily 
nature have the same effect, particularly onions. Saint 
David, or Mephistopheles, is creative power, and his 
emblem is a leek. This is why the leek is the original 
Tree of Life. It contains the so-called elixir of youth, 
preventing old age, which dries this natural oil out of the 
system. Iron will not supply this element, but forms a 
magnet which will attract it. 

In Egypt it was the date-palm which was held to be the 
symbol of the Tree of Life. In Assyria it was the same. 
In Mexico it was the cocoa-palm. In Greece it was the 
olive. One of the chief offerings to Athena was olive oil 
in a vase. Oleaster, the wild olive, and Iliaster, the astral 
light, have the same derivation and meaning as the Mex- 



134 YERMAH THE DORADO 

lean oUa. As making alchemical gold was finding the 
Perfect Way, so the elixir of life is the proper use of the 
astral light composing the photosphere surrounding our 
physical bodies. When the astral body is charged with 
oil and the physical body is well supplied with electricity, 
the secret of magnetism is revealed. The gypsies are the 
only people who have preserved the knowledge necessary 
to this peculiar chemicalization. 

The real significance of the story of William Tell shoot- 
ing the apple off the head of his son (in Denmark, the 
nut, in a similar legend) is found in the Greek vase of olive 
oil on the head of Athena. Eloia, the olive, is the femi- 
nine of Helios, the sun and the astral light (represented 
always by a meander), through which it shines. 

The arrow shot by Orion, William Tell, and others was 
Thought, the Sagitur, the same as Heracles shot at He- 
lios. The ability of the individual to project thought 
determines the possession of occult power. This force 
is gained by harmonizing the physical, mental, and spir- 
itual attributes, so that thought may function from either 
plane. In other words, it is to have complete possession 
of all faculties. To project thought is literally hitting the 
bull's-eye, as Orion did when he killed Taurus. 

The liberty which the original William Tell fought for 
was not political, but a victory over his own lower nature 
— a battle which the men and women of Tlamco fought 
out on every plane. 

'*The water-holding capacity of the nerve-cells is 
greatly impaired, ' ' said the chief shaman to his assistants, 
when giving directions for the night. ' * Nervous irrita- 
bility follows. Sleep will be light and infrequent. Watch 
beside him, and at every third marking let him sip liber- 
ally from the ambero lens. Between times give him drink 
from the purpuro flagon." 

In company with Akaza, he left laqua. 

It was as the chief shaman had predicted. Orondo failed" 
to find refreshment in troubled sleep, so that the gray, 
foggy morning found him correspondingly wearied and 
depressed. Symptoms of pleuro-pneumonia were clearly 
established, and for three days he had a hard fight for life. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 135 

Finally, when well enough to dress himself, he reso- 
lutely put on the same clothes he had used such care in 
selecting for his memorable visit to Keroecia. It tried 
him severely to reinvest himself with them, but this was 
in keeping with his stem resolution to crush out useless 
regret. He wisely concluded that the easiest way out 
of it was to accustom himself to the same routine as be- 
fore. He must not yield to such weakness as to shrink 
from inanimate things which were associated with her mem- 
ory. Some carefully pressed blossoms of flax, fragile, 
delicate little blue cups, dedicated in thought to his love, 
were the only mementos he kept. These he hid away in 
an ivory dice-box given him by Ben Hu Barabe on taking 
leave. 

He had managed to listen to the words of greeting and 
farewell from Keroecia, and had responded thereto man- 
fully. What the effort cost him may be inferred from the 
fact that he kept his room closely for a week following, 
refusing to see any one save the tamanes who served him. 

When he came again among his fellows, there was a 
stern, set look on his face, which was accentuated by the 
sunken eyes and sharpened cheek-bones, but there was no 
alteration in his manner of life. He began preparation 
for immediate departure. 

Yermah lived in a rose-colored world of his own crea- 
tion. He made pretty speeches to imaginary women, and 
never even in sleep lost the consciousness of Keroecia's 
presence. In his audience chamber during the day, he 
granted requests for her. His decisions were all for her 
benefit, and the directions for various public works were 
delivered as he fondly imagined he would do if she were 
present. Several times in aflixing his signature to docu- 
ments he came near writing her name. He was singu- 
larly absent-minded, with all his amiability and politeness. 
He went among his pets with the air of a lover, and was 
entirely oblivious to the screech of the parrots and mon- 
keys in and around the stables. He got on famously with 
Cibolo; and if the horse had understood him, he would 
have made a clean breast of the situation. It would have 
been such a relief to talk about her. 

He usually had dressed well, as became a man of his 



136 VERMAH THE DORADO 

station; but now he was fussy and particular to a noticeable 
degree. He taxed Alcamayn's ingenuity to the utmost in 
devising suitable gifts for Keroecia and her attendants, and 
insisted on superintending the enameling of the medallion- 
shaped mirror which he was to present to the priestess. 
The bits of blue, green, and black enamel must be as shiny 
and lustrous as the gems they surrounded, and the bur- 
nished gold rim and handle must be as fine as the skill 
of his workmen could make it. 

This exchange of mirrors was a pretty compliment 
among the rulers of olden times — for by this flattering 
method each was assured of the faithful remembrance of 
the other. They had but to look into the mirror to discov- 
er the subject of the other's thoughts — at least in theory. 

An ovaJ of burnished bronze, framed in silver filigree, 
enameled with black and white, and set with turquoise, 
coral, moonstones, and amethysts, was the regulation gift 
from Keroecia. It was mannish enough to suit the require- 
ments, but it was too formal to express her feelings. 

She made a strawberry of red cloth, and with fine brown 
floss dexterously worked in the seed specks. It was filled 
with fine sand and grains of musk. The little cup was 
cleverly imitated by green cloth, and the berry was fast- 
ened by a tiny eyelet to a piece of narrow red velvet. 

Consideration for Orondo constrained Yermah's impa- 
tience to seek Keroecia immediately, and the preparations 
for her departure were of such public character that he had 
no further opportunity of seeing her alone until his chariot 
stood before the door of Setos's house, waiting for her. 

Cibolo and his three companions tugged hard at their 
bridles, as a consequence of ten days' idleness. They 
would have enjoyed kicking up their heels and running 
like the wind, especially when music, noise, and confusion 
gave such warrant; but Yermah kept a vise-like grip on 
them, quieting them by a word now and again. 

Keroecia' s pride found complete satisfaction in his excel- 
lent horsemanship. There were no gloves on his strong, 
white hands, wound up in the reins, but the wrists were 
as firm and hard as steel. It was a master hand that held 
the lines, and she was not in the least alarmed when the 
horses reared and plunged and stood on their hind feet 



YERMAH THE DORADO 137 

They were nearing the round house on the upper limit 
of the canal, and Yermah's face was set and pale. He 
had suddenly forgotten all the pretty speeches he had 
intended to make. Finally, when there was not a minute 
to spare, he turned to Keroecia with an agonized expres- 
sion and tried to speak. His lips moved, but no sound 
escaped them, as they fashioned the words, ** I love thee." 

That was all he could remember to say, and he was 
dismayed when he realized that his voice had failed him. 

His eyes swam, and he instinctively clutched at his 
heart as he swayed from side to side. 

Keroecia moved nearer to him helpfully, and with a 
smile of infinite tenderness slipped her hand into his. 
For a moment he did not return its pressure; then it seemed 
to nestle close to his palm, and, with a caressing touch, 
left something in his grasp when it was withdrawn. When 
he opened his hand he found the little strawberry. 

** With all my heart," she said in a whisper. He kissed 
the keepsake rapturously, and slipped it into a fold of his 
tunic in time to assist her to alight from the chariot. 
Etiquette forbade his accompanying her farther. 

With straining eyes he stood watching and waving his 
hand to her, until the balsas put into the bay. 



138 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XIII 

" When from the shores 
And forest-nestling mountains comes a voice, 
That, solemn sounding, bids the world prepare! '* 

THE sphinx, one of the first symbols known to man, 
demands that we answer its riddle, which is Life, not 
Death. The question propounded is: ** Are you on the 
upward or the downward spiral ?'' 

Akaza, meaning **God within thee,'* was the hiero- 
phant, prophet, and priest of the Brotherhood of the White 
Star, which had its origin in Atlantis. He was an incar- 
nation of the sphinx principle. Being born in the sign 
Libra, the second emanation of the fiery triplicity, in the 
constellation Venus, he was Enoch of the Jewish temple, 
the man * ^ who walked with God, and was not. ' ' Cabalis- 
tically, he was Adam Kadmon, Dan among the sons of 
Jacob, and the Emanu-el of the new dispensation. His 
was an equilibrated, evenly balanced mind and nature, 
and, as an initiate, knew all that transpired on the subjec- 
tive as well as the positive planes of consciousness. He 
had all the attributes of a Mercury man upon the higher 
plane. Upon the lower he was Mars and Saturn com- 
bined. 

Akaza cared nothing for consequences. He was always 
a disturbing element on the shallow, false, and artificial 
side of life. A natural wanderer on the face of the earth, 
he was in his element when it came time for him to lead 
Yermah's band out of Atlantis. 

In his youth he w^as an extremist, dogmatic and stub- 
bom. As he grew older, Neptune governed his fortunes 
and actions, and he became an admirable exponent of 



YERMAH THE DORADO 139 

brotherly love. He was simple, pure-minded, and gentle 
as a woman, but absolutely unyielding, so far as principle 
was concerned. 

He was tall and spare, had large hazel eyes, clear and 
sparkling, fine, thin silver hair and beard, and a clear olive 
complexion. He always wore a six-pointed diamond star, 
with a splendid solitaire in each point to repel and guard 
against disturbing influences. He ate watercress, straw- 
berries, grapes, and all vegetables and fruits growing on 
vines. His favorite flowers were heart* s-ease, pansies, 
violets, white roses, and jasmine. He also kept sprigs 
of balm about him, and often carried a bunch of lemon- 
thyme in his hand. 

Akaza was waiting for Yermah this Monday morning, 
or Moon's day, standing at the entrance of a cave extend- 
ing well back under what is now known as Sutro Heights. 
It was called Ingharep at that time, and marked the orbit 
of Uranus, — from the center of Tlamco, — the planet to 
which Akaza' s life was correlated. Then the water's edge 
did not extend inside Seal Rocks, and a careful inspection 
at low tide will discover the mouth of that cave still tun- 
neled back under the Cliff House foundation. 

The Indians never fail to locate a cavern. Where one 
is suspected, they wait until after sunset on a windy day. 
Then they lie down over the supposed cave, and with an 
ear pressed close to the ground, listen attentively for the 
roar, such as is heard in a sea-shell. If once this is heard, 
they refuse to search further, experience teaching them 
that they have found the right spot. Such was the method 
employed in discovering Ingharep. 

Akaza wore a white cloth robe made of paca wool, so 
that it was stiff* and lustrous as silk, but thick and warm. 
It was embroidered with five-pointed and six-pointed silver 
stars, having diamonds in the center. On his thumb was 
a silver signet-ring, and he wore bracelets of the same. 
At his waist was a sash of yellow silk, with double-key 
pattern outlined in silver. Over his shoulders was a pur- 
ple cloth mantle, trimmed with a coarse blue tracery in 
lace pattern. Silver stars, moon, and sun were scattered 
over the body of the garment. 



140 yermAh the dorado 

The mouth of the cave faced due west, so that Akaza 
could see the last glimmerings of daylight go out as the 
sun apparently dropped into the ocean or was swallowed 
up in the vaporous clouds or fog-banks each day. For 
many months he had watched this process, and since his 
return from the Yosemite he had busied himself inces- 
santly with astronomical calculations. 

"Pause here a moment,'' he said to Yermah, after a 
hearty greeting. * * One of the grandest symbols in nature 
stretches out before thee. Primordial substance is always 
represented by water flowing out of naught, or nothing.'* 
He pointed toward the wide Pacific and looked at Yermah 
with a rapt expression. " As it flows, it gradually solidi- 
fies into mind, just as the earth was molten and then 
became solid." 

Yermah stood inhaling the stiffening sea-breeze, and 
watching the waves cresting shoreward in ceaseless mo- 
tion. 

** These waves scudding before the wind are exactly like 
our thoughts driven to a given point by force of will. It 
is to give further instruction on this matter of a fully con- 
trolled will that I have asked thee to give me attention 
to-day, ' ' continued the old man, as he led the way into 
the cavern. 

A thickly sanded floor, a wide, open fireplace, so con- 
structed that the smoke was let out in the pointed-arch 
opening by means of pipes, a charcoal fire, and swinging 
lamps made the interior quite comfortable. The stalac- 
tites, white and frosted, or discolored here and there from 
natural causes, made the walls and ceilings beautiful. 
Where an opening suggested partition, blankets, rugs, and 
tapestries had been hung, ancf over the sanded cement 
floor were rush and grass mats in profusion. Around to 
the north, where the rocks still stand, the seals barked 
and roared as now, while the same species of birds came 
and went. 

An ingeniously arranged partial closing of heavy boards 
screened the occupants from the wind, but did not exclude 
the sunlight and fresh air. 

* * This eight-spoked wheel represents the life of an ini- 
tiate," said Akaza. *^A spoke is three thousand two 



c 



YERMAH THE tXi^ADO ^ 141 

hundred and forty years, the period of each incarnation 
of our Brotherhood, and the whole is twenty-five thousand 
nine hundred and twenty years, the term required for the 
vernal equinox to traverse the entire zodiac." 

A round inlaid ivory wheel, supported by a porcelain 
tripod, was indicated. On its outer edge were the signs 
of the zodiac, chased in black, with a mother-of-pearl 
inlaying to indicate the spokes. A rough-edged parch- 
ment lay in the center, and Yermah's quick eye saw it was 
an orrery question, pertaining to Atlantis, drawn in colors. 

** We are not to examine the horoscope at present,'* 
said Akaza, following Yermah's gaze. "I brought thee 
in here to make sure of fire and the needs of the inner 
man. Now that they are secure, we shall devote the 
morning to the beach." 

He occupied himself for a few moments with the bas- 
kets of food, done up with paper napery, ready for the 
ever-present chafing-dish and samovar. He banked the 
fire so that it would smolder without dying out, and then 
the two men went slowly toward the beach where old 
ocean came in uproariously, and sullenly ground its white 
teeth on the sands. 

Yermah considerately took the ocean side, so as to pro- 
tect Akaza as much as possible from the cool wind. He 
drew a thin, bony hand up under his cloak and clasped it 
close to his side with the upper arm. They were an inter- 
esting study — those two men. One the perfect embodi- 
ment of physical health and strength; the other feeble in 
body, but a veritable giant of spiritual force. The one 
man stood absolutely apart from temporal things; the 
other was just beginning to live on the sensuous, or mate- 
rial, plane. As they walked they left odd-looking wet 
tracks behind them. 

**Thou knowst already" said Akaza, " that thou hast 
successfully performed seven of the great labors in the 
self-development of Osiris. Now thou standest face to 
face with that which hinders; and it is necessary that I 
should explain to thee the purport of this eighth labor. ' ' 

' * Is there something about it which I do not under- 
stand ? ' ' asked Yermah, in a surprised tone. ' ' I have 
but to find the treasure hidden in the rocks, and then I 



142 YERMAH THE DORADO 

am ready to return home. I have learned to fashion the 
gold which is to tip the spires of my temple, and when 
this is done I shall demand release from my vow. As 
soon as the Brotherhood receives me, I am free. ' ' Then, 
with a slight hesitation in manner and speech — **I have 
already decided what I shall do with my freedom. ' * 

While he was speaking Akaza moved and breathed like 
a person in pain. 

* ' What I must explain to thee is the duality of thine 
own nature," he said, — *'the dual aspect of the labor 
thou hast already performed, and what thou must do in 
the future. First, then, Osiris is thyself, the I -am -I prin- 
ciple within thee, which is the same first, last, and all the 
time. Thy labor is the finding of the Perfect Way. Love 
is the consummation, and Wisdom is the way." 

**What wouldst thou have me do?" asked Yermah 
eagerly. 

** First I would have thee realize the transitory nature of 
life and its desires, not on the intellectual plane, but as a 
fact in nature. The body, scientifically considered, is not 
the same through the whole life. Neither does the 
mind remain the same. Man's ability to look at his own 
desires and feelings impersonally is the beginning of wis- 
dom. No man can extricate himself from the result of 
his own deeds. This is Karma (cause and effect), the 
Ineffable Word, or Logos, which proceeds out of the 
mouth of the Father — that is to say, thy previous incar- 
nation. In its earthly aspect it is an aerolite stone, because 
it is immaculately conceived. In this sense, thou art my 
son." 

**Give me to know this mystery." 

**To bind the sweet influence of the Pleiades is the 
opposite of loosing the belt of Orion," answered Akaza. 

'* It has not been granted me to know the significance 
of either," responded Yermah humbly. 

** Alcyone, the central sun around which the spiral gal- 
axy of the firmament encompassed in the Milky Way, and 
all the stars, suns, and planets included in that circle, are 
revolving, is the only one of the seven sisters whose love 
is mortal. From out that center issues evermore a ray 
of the divine creative spirit, coalescing into the life of 



YERMAH THE DORADO 143 

animate nature here. Seven is the number of rays, typified 
by the seven planets of the Pleiades. The seventh and 
highest ray is spirit. Lost in the rude turmoil of exist- 
ence — but, oh, how grand, how terrific, to the initiate is 
the voice reaching his ear from that great center of power! 
It is his duty to bind together the seven grand intonations 
of this voice (the Word), which except for his presence 
here would be lost to mortals. The adept gathers the 
component parts of that incomprehensible being — man 
— to his divine center. He throws them into the being 
of another, and that other becomes the mother of a son, 
given from the depths of space. Such a son art thou, 
Yermah.^' 

*' And thou art in very truth my father?" asked Yer- 
mah wonderingly. 

* * Yes. For this reason am I in the flesh, and for this 
also must I remain in the body, until thou art restored to 
the Brotherhood. I am the hierophant, the second in 
power in our order. So it was granted to me to create 
an entity which should rule the future as Atlantis rules the 
present.*' 

*'Tell me all of my beginning. How and why this 
should be. Thou wert an old man when I was born; and 
thou art a vowed celibate ? ' ' 

** Swear by Him who made us that thou wilt not reveal 
what I am about to unfold." 

He held up a six-pointed diamond star which blazed on 
his bosom for the Dorado to kiss, as they stood facing 
each other. As Yermah's lips touched the center, he 
turned to the east, and, with both hands clasped over his 
head, said solemnly: — 

*'I swear." 

* ' A priest of our order, under the same tutelage as 
Orondo, was thy literal father, while thy mother was a 
vestal selected from the Temple of Venus. Thy great- 
grandfather, grandfather, and father were of the priest- 
hood, and their wives were selected vestals. To the 
prophet, hierophant, and high-priest was the ego confid- 
ed, and we were pledged to produce a ruler for this gen- 
eration. We willed the conditions which gave thee birth, 
and I am bound to take on thy Karma. I must share thy 



144 YERMAH THE DORADO 

joys and sorrows until such time as the Brotherhood 
releases me/' 

**Then I am not of royal lineage — am not the son of 
Poseidon, servitor of Atlantis?" There was pain and 
disappointment in Yermah's voice. 

* * Thou art royal in the highest and best sense. Thou 
art immaculately conceived, as is the sun by the Cosmic 
Virgin, when he has been standing still in Capricornus. 
It is said everywhere that a dewdrop fell on thy virgin 
mother's bosom, as she lay asleep in a sacred grove. Such 
was thy beginning." 

* * And canst thou lead forth the mazzaroth in their sea- 
son?" queried Yermah, meaning to ask if it were possible 
by dynamic force of trained will to so blend the seven 
component parts of the unborn child that each in its turn 
comes forth and develops perfectly in the seven ages of 
man. The significance of Saint John being two months 
older than Jesus is that the astral body of the unborn 
is complete five months after conception. The impress 
of the soul is fully made at seven months. It requires 
another sixty days for the complete union of all the facul- 
ties. At nine months Venus and the moon are relatively 
in the same position as at conception. The solar plexus 
is the center of life, and it receives the influx of astral 
force at the creative altar. The nerves and the plexi are 
the source of life for a child; consequently the mental 
impressions of the mother are all stamped on it. 

**When one of the spirals of the cycle of incarnation 
is completed, the trained will of the adept chooses the 
body which shall mask the ego when it next seeks incar- 
nation. The adept creates the astral conditions which 
surrounds him. These and his previous good Karma 
combine to make his new body the pliant instrument of 
his will. Such a man is literally his own father. ' ' 

**Then he to whom I have rendered obedience is not 
in any sense my father?" 

* * No ; thou art a veritable sun-god, destined to be thrice 
born in this life." 

*'Oh! Akaza, why speakest thou in riddles? Thrice 
bom, indeed! How is it possible without death and re- 
birth?" 



YERMAH THE DORADO 145 

Akaza smiled at his impatience. 

**I charged thee in the beginning to remember that 
there is a dual meaning to all the labors that a candidate 
for initiation must perform. Thou hast already had two 
births in this body, and art facing the third. * * 

Yermah could not conceal his astonishment. 

**The first birth was at twelve years and six months, 
when the sex principle began to assert itself This acme 
of sensuous existence culminates at twenty-five years, 
when intellect has its birth and the mind becomes really 
capable of reasoning. Before that time sensation and 
instinct have served for individual thought. The new rate 
of vibration set in motion at the birth of desire is the 
beginning of discord in the personality. Many times 
before intellect can assert itself the impetus for a plunge 
to the downward spiral is overwhelmingly strong.'* 

' ' What, then, befalls the ego ? ' ' 

**It is drawn into the vortex and thrown into the sun 
esoterically. On the material plane it is the brutalizing 
process which prevents the ego from contacting the phys- 
ical. When this happens the man has really lost his soul. 
Saturn is the planet correlated to the finding of the Per- 
fect Way. It is the mill of the gods, which grinds out 
the imperfections of human nature. If the personality 
takes the upward spiral, it is thrown out by Uranus into 
the ring of astral matter, which is heaven. This is the 
inbreathing and outbreathing of Brahm. The three 
phases of immaculate conception are closely allied to the 
three rebirths which take place in the physical man.'* 

** Eagerness to master this hidden knowledge proves 
the quality of fellowship," said Yermah, anxious that 
Akaza should go fully into details. 

* * The twelve markings of the zodiac contain the arcane 
wisdom of our order. It is Spirit, Law, and Karma, which 
are the father, mother, and son. Karma begets life and 
intellect. Intellect begets soul and psychic power. This 
power begets will, and the unity of all, which completes 
the circle. Karma is the first birth at twelve years and 
six months. This completes the first triad. The father 
of the second triad is Karma, thus making the son of one 
triad the father of another, until all are included. This 



146 YERMAH THE DORADO 

typifies the highest phase of immaculate conception. 
Thou art the second; the third is diabolical, being a down- 
ward emanation of the vibrating spiral." 

Before Yermah could frame a suitable assent to fit in 
the pause, Akaza continued: — 

**The Ineffable One is a trinity of Necessity, Free- 
dom, and Love. An ideal is the result of necessity, and 
all our ideal conceptions are the outcome of our absolute 
need. It is in the achievement of freedom that the divine 
within us labors, and the divine Karma, on which all labor 
is based, is love. Life is the great vineyard of the father, 
and all his children must toil in it until the end. When 
in the process of regeneration man is so far perfected as 
to see the mysterious beauty of his being, he knows that 
the trials and labors imposed upon him by the laws of 
cause and effect are at once a necessity and a pleasure, 
and he will no longer seek to escape them. There is con- 
stant warfare between Desire and Intelligence. Why must 
thou struggle to overcome? Because the only difference 
between an imbecile and a genius is the ability of the ego 
to function on the physical plane of the genius, and its 
utter inability to influence the fool. Thine own conduct 
in this life determines which of these extremes thou wilt 
become in the next incarnation. Atavism and heredity 
intensify these tendencies; so does the influence of the 
planets. But neither the one nor the other can produce 
them. Thou must do this by the exercise of will power. 
The union of desire and mind forms the personality. 
Each attribute is triple — active, passive, and equili- 
brated.*' 

Each hour in its succession descends from its thesis, 
and ascends to its antithesis, passing in review as neutral. 
So Horus on the horizon, the Balance in the zodiac, be- 
comes the Hermaphrodite principle on the spiritual plane. 
This revolution of cosmic power is represented by the 
Druidic circle of stones at Avebury, in Britain. This was 
the great wheel of life of Thoth to the Egyptians, of 
Ezekiel to the Hebrews. Each circle has an inner circle 
representing the twelve guardians of the shrine, or ark. 
They are in Norse mythology the twelve giant guardians 
of Freya; in the Hebrew the twelve sons of Jacob, who 



YERMAH THE DORADO 147 

avenged the insult to their sister Dinah, the inmate of the 
shrine. She is the Athor of the Egyptians, the Greek 
Diana — really esoteric wisdom. One of these circles 
contains three upright stones, representing the triad under 
which wisdom is revealed, as the fifth, sixth, and seventh 
principles.* The other contains one stone — unity, the real 
nature of wisdom. 

**Thou must weld each triad into a unity," Akaza went 
on. * * This is real initiation — the consummation of perfect 
harmony. Thou hast long since gone beyond the reach 
of impure thoughts emanating from the five sub-human 
orders of creation." 

This is the meaning of the massacre of the Innocents. 
Long before the time of Herod, his Hindu foretype, 
Kanza, did the same when Krishna was born. When the 
sun appears in the horizon, the stars of darkness, or igno- 
rance, disappear. 

'*When impure characteristics are removed, the first 
labor is performed. Thy studies and all knowledge re- 
ceived is the second labor, because it prepared thee for 
esoteric science. The power of thought, if used rightly, 
enables a man to transcend creation. Misused, it will cause 
him to retrograde into the condition where self is the 
great object of existence, and the appetites of the body are 
the only deities to whom he sacrifices. For such beings 
the uprisings of knowledge (the wiles of Circe) glitter with 
fascinating light, because further knowledge will enable 
them to minister to their desires. This, my son, is a dan- 
gerous situation for an immortal soul. What was intended 
as a blessing becomes a curse." 

* * Have I transgressed in this respect ? ' ' 
** No. Thou art safe on that point." 

Knowledge is Circe in Greek- -Serket in Egyptian. 
It is the enchantress, whose realm may be enjoyed by 
those who know the herb '^Moly." This word comes 
from the same root as the Latin Molo, and the Swedish 
Mjoll, to grind, indicating the process of grinding out 
human passions. It gives the Norse Mjolner, the hammer 
of Thor, or Will, — the same weapon used by Kanza in 
killing the infants of Desire. 

* * The misuse of this quality is what brings trouble to 

 Manas, Buddhi, Atma, or mind, intelligence, and spirit. 



148 YERMAH THE DORADO 

our countrymen," said Akaza. ''Atlantis is a hotbed 
of black magic; that is, inverted wisdom. And they must 
suffer for it. Setos and Rahula are the only devotees of 
this school we have with us." 

''Why didst thou bring them?" 

"It was necessary — for thy sake — my beloved. In 
the performance of the third labor the first hour of the 
day begins, the two preceeding labors .being only the dawn 
of partial wisdom. As knowledge is fruition of Will, — 
the principle of the second hour of dawn, — so love is the 
purpose of the Divine Creator. This purpose must sub- 
due its antithesis — the lust for material power and gain." 

This is Aphrodite in her abode — the Maze of Daedalus 
— devasted by the horrible monster, the Minotaur. He 
has the body of a man with the head and horns of a bull, 
representing the mind ruined by excessive worship of 
man's only angel —Success. The fourth labor is the slay- 
ing of the lusts of the flesh. This is the eagle which tore 
the vitals of Prometheus. 

"If the material body is not kept in a healthy condi- 
tion, the soul and spirit cannot be perfected," continued 
Akaza. 

" This is not a fault of mine," said the Dorado, with a 
a touch of pride. 

' ' Thou hast guarded the temple well. The sun never 
shone on a more perfect physical type. The fifth labor 
is equilibrated Will — the caduceus which our order car- 
ries and uses as a wand. It is a spear in the hands of an 
adept, who compels all secrets, and who knows all things. 
It can be developed only by temperance and moderation. 
It is an unlimited power for good and evil which thou 
boldest in thy possession. In thy body it is the solar 
plexus or brain of the stomach. The twelve plexi around 
it are the full gamut of physical and spiritual desire. Here 
thou couldst use thy knowledge with great harm to thy 
fellows, and more to thyself" 

" But why should I ? " 

' ' For no reason, unless it be to gratify some wish lying 
near thy heart. We neither act nor speak, much less 
decide a question concerning ourselves, except we have a 
motive," 



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* * My motive is simple enough. Thou hast told me 
that love is the first triad. I love with all my heart." 

* * No need of words to assure me of this. I have fore- 
seen it from the first." 

*^And thou hast not opposed me? Then thou wilt 
favor it ? " Yermah was as impulsive as a boy. 

* * I will not oppose it. The great secret of initiation 
lies in the magnetic warmth of love. It is a threefold 
principle, the lowest phase of which is sex love. This 
is the poetry of sensation. It pertains to the material 
nature, and is therefore impermanent. ' ' 

**Oh! Akaza, how canst thou say that my love for 
Keroecia will pass away. I feel that it never can." 

**In the sense of feeling, it will certainly not endure. 
But this phase of love has three parts. We reach divinity 
on its upper plane, because it becomes transmuted from 
animal desire to a soul influx. This will come as a bene- 
diction to fructify and sweeten the very fountain-head of 
thy individuality. ' ' 

* * Thy words insult both her and me, Akaza. I am not 
a slave to animal passion," declared Yermah, with con- 
siderable warmth. 

** It is on this plane that thou must suffer. This to thee 
is forbidden fruit. The commonplace mortal is content 
to vegetate, procreate, and perish." 

*'I do not understand thee. If my nature does not 
require this discipline, then it must be a defect in her. 
Explain thyself. It is not well for any man to traduce 
her to me." 

**She is a prepared soul like thyself," answered Akaza, 
with soothing mildness. * ' The flame of her desire is as 
pure and unsullied as that of Alcyone. So long as this 
cycle of incarnation endures she will be thy day-star. It 
has been so in the past, and the future will be the same." 

* ' Then, I was right in claiming mine own. I have not 
broken my vow, even in thought," said Yermah hope- 
fully. 

*'But thou wilt. In so much as thou wilt imperil 
immortality, thou must suffer. Be of good cheer. What- 
ever pain may come will soon pass. Nothing of the real 
love and union between thee will ever cease to be. 



156 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**The seventh labor," he continued after a pause, **is 
the slaying of the vampire of procrastination — the temp- 
tation to halt in the path "of duty. Thou wilt naturally 
think thy work completed when thou art allowed to return 
to Atlantis/' 

'*Why not?' 

** Thou wilt not return to Poseidon's kingdom for many 
days. Atlantis is doomed." 

* * Akaza, what art thou saying ? " In his excitement 
Yermah shook the hierophant's arm vigorously. 

**Thou art forbidden to give to others what thou hast 
learned. The world needs thee more than thou canst 
imagine. Thou art now facing the eighth labor of initia- 
tion." 

* * I know this. But is it not true that I shall tip the 
spires of the temple building? Must I not do this with 
mine own hands?" 

**Thou must subjugate all internal and external hin- 
drances first." 

* * What is that, if not what I have already mentioned ? 
Was it not so from the beginning? In each colony visited 
have I not obeyed the law ? This year finishes my sojourn 
away from Atlantis. Thou wilt remember I am to have 
my wish when the last labor is completed. ' ' 

'*So thoushalt." 

**Then I shall have Keroecia for my wife, and live in 
peace." 

* * Thou wilt neither marry Keroecia nor live in peace. 
The gates of Paradise and Hades — light and darkness — 
are the same. It is the Karma of man himself which 
decides whether these will be for him an abode of happi- 
ness or misery. Thine is not only race Karma, but was 
decreed for thee by the Brotherhood before thou wert 
born." 

* ' Thou — thou durst tell this to me, the future servitor 
of Atlantis and all her dependencies! Out upon thee 
and thy Brotherhood! I will not submit to thy decrees! 
Thou — thou hast made me believe in thy love. Is this 
the language of consideration? The Brotherhood de- 
mands all that I value in life! Thou sayst that I have 
not failed so far. Be assured that I shall succeed finally.*' 



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** The first seven labors are the dolours of the Virgin, 
and are the efforts of nature to evolve individual man. 
When man has completed the seven labors corresponding 
to this, he has developed the feminine principle in him- 
self It is for this reason that thou hast assumed the flow- 
ing locks and robe, so that all thy fellows may know that 
thou art fit to lead them. I have only to remind thee that 
my personal tutorship goes no farther. Thy future is dis- 
tinctly in thine own hands, Yermah.'* 

Akaza gave a soft answer, and his rash, hot-headed 
companion seemed mollified. 

**Give thy tongue full license, Akaza. What does the 
Brotherhood demand of its fellows?" Yermah was still 
the master of Tlamco. His tone and manner betrayed it. 

** Absolute freedom must be achieved before the candi- 
date can enter the Gates of Light." Akaza was very 
quiet, but firm. 

* * Freedom from what ? ' ' 

**From the dominion of Desire. Man's perverted love 
nature is the great stumbling-block." 

Yermah' s face was aflame in an instant He was furi- 
ously angry. He turned towards Akaza with a threaten- 
ing gesture, while his resentment was at flood tide. Then 
his arm fell aimlessly at his side. He realized that it was 
shocking to quarrel with his preceptor— his spiritual father 
— the man who had unselfishly followed him from one 
colony to another for the past seven years. The Dorado 
held his tongue, but, with an impetuous fling of the cloak 
over his shoulder, he abruptly left the hierophant. They 
were on the beach opposite the present life-saving station, 
and were returning to the cave. With swift, swinging 
strides Yermah turned toward Tlamco, and was soon 
headed for the western gate of its walled inclosure. 

** I am not to make my love self-identifying," he mut- 
tered savagely. **Am I to love my ideal without the 
desire for possession? He asks what I cannot do. I 
should be no part of a man if I could submit like this! 
No, — a thousand times no ! .... I have tasted the wine 
of life on her sweet lips! .... She shall claim a king's 
ransom in return ! . . . . And this, he says, will imperil 



152 YERMAH THE DORADO 

my soul! .... So be it! ... . This is what love 
means to me ! ' ' 

There was that in him which would brook no interfer- 
ence. Docility and obedience, both his habit and inclina- 
tion, were routed completely by the whirlwind of resent- 
ment having possession of him. Self made a strong rally, 
and for a time he was intoxicated with the idea of defying 
Akaza. He gloried in his ability to think and act for 
himself. It was his happiness, his love, and in future he 
would do as he pleased. This was instinct deeper than 
reason; not conscious lust nor sensuality — for he mentally 
idealized Keroecia. It was the same quality which rouses 
an animal similarly thwarted to the highest pitch of ferocity. 
Passion, heretofore a latent force strengthening and sweet- 
ening his whole nature, now suddenly flared into tem- 
pestuous activity on its own account. Opposition at this 
juncture would have rendered him capable of murder. 
The line of demarcation between the virgin mind and 
partial realization was forever obliterated. He knew 
desire and its demands were all the more urgent because 
of long-delayed expression. 



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CHAPTER XIV 

Akaza tottered along the shore, shaken and agonized by 
ii. Yermah's anger. The wind tangled his thin locks, 
and played sad pranks with the mantle enveloping his 
body. Sometimes it seemed bent on snapping him in 
two, and then it would almost whip the life out of him — 
that life tenure which was feeble and old even when Yer- 
mah's generation began. 

The tears streamed down his withered cheeks and 
dripped unheeded from the snow-white beard. His 
breathing was labored and hard when he arrived at the 
entrance to the cave, and his slight frame shook with 
emotion as he turned to the broad Pacific, seeking to calm 
his agitation. He stretched out his hands imploringly to 
the vast deep spread out before him, whose waves, with a 
sullen roar, dashed their spray over the rocks at his feet. 

** Great God! " he cried in a stricken voice, ** grant that 
my soul may come to me from every place where it is! 
My heart bleeds for Yermah. The rays of the sun should 

make a halo round his dear head How hard that 

there is no real strength except that born of suffering — 
no enduring experience except it be seared into the heart's 
core! .... I have tried not to attach myself to results; 
but how can I help it ? .... O Amrah ! I shall not fail 
thee! Amenti, thou canst trust me! My oath binds me 
for all time. This body may succumb in the trial, but I 
will deliver this trust back to thee as thou art expecting to 
receive it! .... Give me strength to stand by helplessly 
while Yermah suffers! O Brotherhood, give me strength 
to endure ! ' ' 

He sank down upon a rock from sheer exhaustion and 
was silent. For a time there was no sign of life in the 



154 YERMAH THE DORADO 

bent, motionless figure peering far out into space, as if he 
visioned the future. 

*'0 woman! *' he cried; ** divine part of creative wis- 
dom! incarnation of man's ideal of spiritual perfection! — 
when will he recognize in thee the means of reorganizing 
the world, and place thee on the pedestal of his intellec- 
tual greatness ? When will he cease to crucify thee on 
the diverse and conflicting polarity of his passional will ? 
Woman lies a crushed and soiled lily, while man, the vic- 
tim of vengeance to the powers of nature, wanders a fugi- 
tive on the earth, chained to the hell of his depraved 
imagination The Great Spirit of Light and Wis- 
dom is to him a tormenting fiend! ** 

After a while Akaza went into the cave. The fire had 
warmed the interior, and the lamps shed a softened glow, 
which was grateful to the weary old man. He was hun- 
gry, but the food seemed almost to choke him. It had 
pleased his fancy to have Yermah break bread and eat salt 
with him in this hidden retreat. In his weakness, he was 
sorely disappointed, and it cost him an effort to refrain 
from whimpering childishly. 

He awoke with a sudden start from a troubled sleep. It 
was with difficulty that he made his way to the mouth of 
the cavern and saw that the sun was hopelessly obscured 
by what appeared to be a heavy fog. He went back and 
threw himself down on the cushions and rugs where he 
had been sleeping, and there he would wait patiently until 
the time of sunset came. If it were not possible to get a 
glimpse of the Lord of Day at that hour, he would go back 
to the Temple of Neptune, where he lived. 

Later, when he was removing the temporary shutters at 
the entrance of the cave, a gust of wind blew the raindrops 
into his face. He knew at a glance that it would be a 
stormy night. The wind was rising, and the lowering, 
black clouds gave promise of heavy rain. The sun crosses 
the earth's magnetic meridian twice every twenty-four 
hours — once at sunrise, and again at sunset. Akaza made 
three low obeisances toward the west and stood motion- 
less, drinking in the sweet influences of the sunset hour. 
His lips moved in silent prayer, and for twenty minutes 
he communed with the subjective world, just coming into 



YERMAH THE DORADO 155 

its waking activity. The physical world was falling asleep, 
and with it went the agitating thoughts of the day. 

He was renewing his spiritual vigor, listening to the 
Voice 6f the Silence, holding converse with his own soul. 
As he took counsel of his higher self, the bells of the 
observatory tower in Tlamco sounded like a silvery- 
tinkling seashell, faint but distinct to his clairaudient ear. 

** Peace! peace! peace!" they seemed to say, while the 
lines of care slowly relaxed, and the face of the devotee 
was as serene and calm as a May morning. 

The fireplace and entrance to the' cave were so arranged 
that it was easy to produce a draft; and when Akaza, 
renewed by meditation and prayer, returned to the fire, 
the atmosphere surrounding him was fresh and pure. He 
made the door fast and prepared to remain for the night; 
for it would tax his physical strength too much to walk 
back to Tlamco in the storm. As familiar objects outside 
seemed to be swallowed up in a black pit, he drew a stool 
up beside the zodiacal wheel, in the center of the living- 
room, and by the light of a lowered lamp began to care- 
fully compare and compute the bearings of the planets 
and houses of the horoscope before him. Presently he 
looked up and listened intently. Could it be that he heard 
some one calling him ? Was it an unseen entity, or was 
it the wind shrieking through the crevices about the en- 
trance. Regaining his feet, he groped his way toward 
the noise. There could be no mistake — it was near the 
door. 

** Akaza! Akaza! Hear me! Open the door, I be- 
seech thee!'* 

It was a human voice in dynamic utterance, which the 
roar of the ocean nearly drowned, despite the efforts of 
the wind to hurl it through the doorway. 

Akaza hastened to comply with the request. Suddenly 
he stood face to face with Yermah, shivering, wet, and 
mud-stained. 

**Oh, Akaza!" he cried, kneeling before the old man 
and kissing the hem of his garment, * * say that thou wilt 
forgive me ! I can have no peace until I am restored to 
thy favor." 



156 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Akaza laid his hands upon the head that had been bared 
to the storm and said gently: — 

**Thou standest always in the shelter of my love, Yer- 
mah. Offense were not possible from thy lips* Be no 
longer humble in my presence. ' ' He helped the Dorado 
to arise, and leading him toward the fire, said: — 

* * Let genial warmth restore thy peace of mind. The 
elements have undone thee. ' ' 

** Distemper vanished with reflection,*' said Yermah 
anxiously, as he threw his wet mantle to one side, **but 
remorse tortured and drove me to thy feet, sad and repent- 
ant.*' 

Akaza patted him affectionately on the shoulder, and 
occupied himself with the change of clothing he was im- 
provising from his own garments. He substituted a purple 
robe for the water-soaked tunic, gave Yermah sandals and 
hose, and finally wrapped his own cloak around him. 

* ' Thy attendants, Yermah ? It were not well to leave 
them to the mercies of air and water lashed to fury. * ' 

**None saw me leave laqua. Neither man nor beast 
shall suffer because of my misdeeds," said the Dorado. 
**It has taken all this time to find my way. The dying 
day found me resolved.'* 

**Thy spirit called to mine at that hour,** said Akaza 
with a glad smile. ** I felt it then.** 

**And wilt thou have me for thy companion for the 
night?** questioned Yermah, happy in the restoration of 
harmony between them. 

**That were the wish nearest my heart,*' said Akaza, 
pouring hot water into a silver cup, into which he had 
already measured some spirits of maguey, some spices, 
and a bit of lemon. 

** Sweeten as thy appetite dictates,** he continued, as he 
handed the cup to his visitor. ** Apd may the Father of 
All Mysteries attend thy ventures in future.'* 

Yermah arranged his disordered locks, and then nestled 
down beside Akaza in a caressing, boyish fashion. It was 
plain that he had something on his mind. Finally, with 
considerable hesitation, he broke the silence by asking: — 

** Will the unbridled license of my tongue to-day count 
against me with the Brotherhood? ** 



YERMAH THE DORADO 157 

His open countenance clearly showed what he feared. 

* * Only emotional natures make acceptable bearers of 
the light," responded Akaza. **A mean, starved love 
nature is never an acceptable sacrifice, nor can such a on? 
be an ideal for other men. * * 

A troubled, hunted, hurt look overspread Akaza' s face, 
but Yermah's gaze was bent upon the horoscope, under 
the full glare of the lamp, and he did not notice it. He 
sighed contentedly when Akaza finished speaking, and for 
several minutes tried to discern the meaning of the map. 

* * The protent of thy words concerning our fatherland 
lingers with me. Was it thy purpose to share thy knowl- 
edge with me ? ' * 

He looked up with a winning smile, and caught Akaza's 
eyes fixed upon him in undisguised admiration. The 
lamplight brought out the sheen of his yellow hair, lying 
damp and wavy upon his shoulders, and the pointed beard 
was short enough to show his muscular white throat where 
the purple robe fell away, minus its jeweled gorget. A 
strawberry, cleverly imitated in enamel, suspended from a 
gold chain around his neck, had slipped out from the folds 
of his robe and dangled toward the table at which both 
were seated. Akaza pointed to it with a smile. He in- 
stinctively refrained from touching it, thinking it might 
be a cherished memento. As it lay on the palm of Yer- 
mah's hand, he took note of the inscription. **With all 
my heart," it said. 

Yermah saw it, too, and pressing the words to his lips, 
slipped the trinket into his bosom. 

**Now," said Akaza, mindful of the movement, *4end 
thy attention, and I will tell thee what the stars indicate as 
in store for our beloved country. First, let me make plain 
the signification of these figures," he continued, using a 
tiny ivory caduceus as a pointer. **The great band, or 
circle, of the zodiac represents the circumference of the 
universe, which contains the essence of creation. It is 
the cosmic eggy holding the germ within itself The center 
of the zodiacal ring is the sun, the former representing the 
casket, the latter the jewel. So is it with the physical 
form. It is not the mind, but that which contains it. Sup- 
pose we consider the motion of this dot within the circle 



158 YERMAH THE DORADO 

when Desire has energized its movement. First a ray 
will shoot out in one direction, and another in an opposite 
direction, forming four angles, constituting the four ele- 
ments — hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen.*' 

As he spoke he rapidly sketched a swastika, the revolv- 
ing cross, so familiar to the Catholics as the keys of Saint 
Peter — Peter himself being a modernized Ptah, son of 
Ra, of Egyptian mythology. 

* * This table represents the eight rays, forming within 
the circle two crosses. The first cross represents the pos- 
itive electric, or male, element; and the other is a reflec- 
tion of this, the negative, passive, or female, element.'* 

He drew a small circle, a crescent, or half-circle, and a 
Maltese cross. 

** These three factors represent spirit, soul, and body, 
or sun, moon, and earth. In the circle we have spirit 
active; in the cross, latent. This is involution and evolu- 
tion, pure and simple. The circle is the builder of new 
forms, the half-circle is the preserver, and the cross is the 
destroyer." 

Memphis, in Egypt, was the builder of a new civiliza- 
tion, receiving its impetus from the immigration and set- 
tlement of a band of white magicians from Atlantis, under 
the leadership of Amrah, the prophet of the hierarchy to 
which Akaza was attached. The Llama city on the banks 
of the Brahmaputra River, in the fastnesses of the Hima- 
laya Mountains, in Thibet, where none of the modern 
races have penetrated, was the preserver of arcane wis- 
dom, while Tlamco under Akaza, represented the section 
of the earth which should be destroyed. Akaza was the 
hierophant of the triad, and Kadmon was the patriarch 
whose faithful followers were to carry the light to India. 

* ' We will represent Desire, Force, and Energy by plac- 
ing the cross over the circle," said Akaza still illustrating 
with a fragment of burned camphor and the pointed cadu- 
ceus. What he drew was the present symbol of the planet 
Mars. * * Here we have spirit pushing on toward manifesta- 
tion, producing Experience — :the supreme teacher. The 
negative is over the positive, and this gives us both con- 
struction and destruction. Let us restore it — place the 
cross under the circle, — and we have a true symbol of 



YERMAH THE DORADO 159 

Love. Spirit has forced its way through matter, and it 
has become one with itself. ' * 

He turned to Yermah and took both his hands in his 
own. Looking at him earnestly, he said: — 

* ' Never forget what I am saying to thee now. Until 
love has entered our hearts^ we are not in touch with any- 
thing in nature. Love is the soul; and until we feel its 
sweet influences in our lives, we go on seeking fresh expe- 
riences on the cross of discord. Love produces harmony; 
Desire produces discord. The sun represents the planets 
which shed these influences, and therefore stands for 
Power. This is the golden bowl, the essence of Life itself. 
The cross and the circle are the hieroglyphs of our spiritual 
nature.'* 

Akaza's look became abstracted and intense, and he 
mechanically pushed his hair up from his forehead. 

* * I see by a glance into the future that these symbols 
will become the phallic emblems of sex -worship, which 
will touch the lowest rung of the downward spiral. 
Woman is destined to suffer much on this account, and 
from another event which is close at hand.'' 

**Thou hast made plain the creative phase," said Yer- 
mah, after a pause, wishing to bring Akaza back to the 
subject in hand. 

**Let us concern ourselves with the mind, whose dual 
phases are shown by the half-circle. If we place the cross 
over the half-circle, we have the Tempter of humanity, 
because this exalts matter over mind. It is the great cen- 
tralizing of self. Every one must pass these limitations 
and meet the great Judge, who in the heavens guards 
himself with triple rings. No ego goes through the Gates 
of Light into his presence except he be well weighed in 
the balance of the seventh sign. ' ' 

* * This is the same as initiation into the Brotherhood, ' * 
said Yermah involuntarily. 

* ' It is the planetary aspect of the labor thou art soon 
to perform." 

Akaza did not wish to go more into detail; so he has- 
tened to say: — 

**If we place the half circle over the cross, we have 
mind risen over matter, and compassion i§ the result, 



i6o YERMAH THE DORADO 

Then we have learned the value of mercy. The true 
spirit of devotion comes from the belted planet. It abuses 
none who are struggling upward, but lends a helping 
hand to all.'* 

Seeing that Akaza laid down the caduceus and drew 
the horoscope closer to him, Yermah said : — 

**Thou hast given the symbol of only six planets. Hast 
thou forgotten the seventh ? ' * 

**No. That planet is made up of the three factors 
combined; the circle is in the center, the cross below, and 
the half-circle above. This is the essence of wisdom. It 
is perfected manhood, and it flies through the cosmos in 
search of the Infinite, whose messenger it is.'* 

Uranus and Neptune are octaves of Mercury and Venus, 
and belong to the spiritual triad, Saturn being the first. 

**Tell me of the duality of the spirit, soul, and body?'* 
said Yermah, for the first time making it plain that he was 
thinking over what had been told him during the day. 

* * Spirit pure and simple is the Word which was in the 
Beginning. This has three phases, motion and breath 
being the other two. The Ineffable moved, breathed, and 
spoke, and the created universe, with all it contains, was 
the result." 

He spoke with caution, lest he should usurp divine 
power. 

**In mankind it is quite impossible to define or describe 
that subde thing which is denoted by the word * spiritual- 
ity,* ** he continued, — **the goal toward which so many 
efforts, such fervent aspirations are directed. Spirituality 
is something which differs from all else, an essence strange 
and deep, not expressible in other terms than itself, — 
beyond mind, beyond thought, and, consequently, beyond 
speech. In the ardor of our present pursuit, we forget 
the fact that the spiritual can be used for evil no less than 
for good purposes. By failure to discriminate between 
the spiritual in the service of the divine and the same qual- 
ity in the service of the dark powers, we may find our- 
selves at a point where, to regain the true path, we must 
with pain and agony retrace our steps and begin again. 

**And the soul?** 

** Is mind in all its attributes. The animal soul, or vehi- 



YERMAH THE DORADO i6i 

cle of desire, is dominated by the phases and aspects of the 
moon, Mars, and Venus. This is the psychic world. In 
the body we have the physical (or material) man and the 
astral prototype. The material man lives as long as the 
ego functions through the psychic world into the astral 
body, which is a part of the physical man.'* 

* * In what way dost thou mean to say creative energy 
contacts the body ? ' ' 

**The astral body is the medium; the psychic the pos- 
itive, and the material the negative, polarity which attracts 
the magnetic current, or ego. When the astral and 
physical bodies separate, death, or the loosing of the 
bands of Orion, in a physical sense, takes place. The 
life essence in the body is a lateral pulsation, which grows 
shorter and shorter as the impetus giving it motion in the 
beginning is stilled. Its center is the solar plexus; but the 
divine spark is released through the cardiac plexus, the 
spiritual prototype of the solar. ' ' 

** What then becomes of the deathless spirit? " 
' ' It returns to its native habitat in space, to assimilate 
the experiences through which it has just passed. This 
act has its fitting counterpart on the material plane. As 
the stomach digests the food it receives, and as the mind 
digests the ideas it conceives, so the ego digests the ex- 
periences it gains. As the result of the physical function 
is bodily health, and that of the mental process is knowl- 
edge, so also the fruit of the spiritual operation is wisdom. 
To acquire wisdom, then, is manifestly the prime purpose 
of human existence." 

* * Through what labyrinths we have to walk in order to 
find the Gates of Light!" said Yermah, deeply interested. 
*' Existence is like chaos at first; and I begin to see that 
this is true on the three planes." 

** Certainly. Man has gone too far out in the life of the 
senses. It is only in his sleep that he perceives the mani- 
festations of spirit. The true student must re-establish 
the equilibrium of spirit and matter. Thereby he will 
obtain the ability to discern which are spiritual and which 
are physical phenomena. He will perceive in the waking 
state such forms and apparitions as he saw before in 
dreams, and rise to the standpoint where he realizes that 



i62 YERMAH THE DORADO 

physical forms are only the coarse and imperfect copies 
of those higher spiritual pictures presenting themselves to 
his interior senses. * ' 

** Then, our dreams are not without significance ? '* 

** Their significance lies in the fact that they are the 
lowest state of spiritual life. In them a man is obliged to 
tolerate in himself the action of good and bad spiritual 
forces. ' ' 

Akaza arose, and picking up a small copper nut-oil lamp 
from a shelf-like projection of stalactite near at hand, he 
lighted it and led the way to a dim, shadowy cranny of the 
room. Pausing before what appeared to be a pile of rush 
matting, he handed the lamp to Yermah and began re- 
moving the outer layers. As soon as the rough -textured 
exterior was taken off, Yermah saw by the cloth wrappings 
that it v/as a figure of some kind. It proved to be a colos-* 
sal head of diorite, a very hard variety of serpentine, or 
greenstone. It was three feet in height, over two feet 
wide, and nearly seven feet in circumference. 

"This,'* said Akaza, **is the head of Atlantis. It was 
contained in the ark which we have carried with us so long 
in our journeyings.'* 

**But the eyes are closed, the nostrils plugged, the 
mouth covered with a gag, and the ears padlocked. This 
is death!'* cried Yermah, unable to control his emotion, 
shocked and awed by the spectacle. ** She can neither 
tell her piteous story nor hear the supplications addressed 
to her.** 

He examined the head closely, and noted that the coun- 
tenance before him was that of a dead person. There was 
a relaxation of the upper eyelids which most forcefully 
expressed this idea. The head was covered with a skull- 
cap of shells and lines representing water. On the crown 
of the head was a rosette-like cap, with a button in the 
center. There were four rows of these scollops. The 
skull-cap terminated at the sides in ear padlocks, finished 
with triangular appendages like that over the mouth. In 
each ear there was a massive bar of rounded metal inclosed 
within a broad, strong clasp.* 

♦This head is in the Museum in the City of Mexico. It was found in 1830 in 
the streets of Santa Teresa by some workmen while excavating for the foundation 
of a new house. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 163 

* * Look closely at the three discs on the cheeks. They 
are precisely alike in form and lie over each other in the 
same way; so it is only necessary to examine one side," 
said Akaza, holding the lamp close to the face as he spoke. 

"On the first disc,'' said Yermah, ** is a cross, with four 
dots within the arms. The second disc is blank, and the 
third has a peculiar vertical slit, which looks as if it had 
some connection with the arrow-head appendage — as if 
being slipped on to one of these, it could turn, and thus 
open the padlock." 

Yermah tried to do what he said, but the cold, immov- 
able stone soon disabused his mind. 

'*Our prophet, now at Memphis, has the key to this 
mystery. But I know its interpretation. Come and be 
comforted by warmth and light, and I will tell thee," said 
Akaza, noting the shiver that involuntarily followed Yer- 
mah' s ineffectual effort, and who was still much shaken 
when he resumed his seat beside the table containing the 
zodiac and horoscope. 

**The earth's photosphere is really the seven cosmic 
serpents which enfold the planet in seven bands of race 
Karma. They have seven eyes, or windows, of occult 
perception. One of these windows closes every time 
there is a new race developed. Thou knowst that death 
in any form is but a new birth. Therefore, when a new 
race is born its predecessor dies, and the section of our 
globe inhabited by the dying race is purified by water 
and fire." 

This is what prompts the Aryan race to arise periodi- 
cally and go from one part of the earth to the other. This 
impulse cast them out of Central Asia and Africa, where 
the great deserts of Sahara and Gobi now stretch their 
waste sands, where Assyrian plains are given over to 
desolation, and also left the Colorado, Arizona, and Alta 
California lying bleak and barren in company with the 
continent of Australia. This is the purification by fire, 
while tidal waves and the ice ages purify by water. 

**The earth is a virgin," continued Akaza, '*and will 
not submit to the defilement of man. The first window 
was in the south; the second was Lemuria, in the west; 
the third is Hyperboria, in the north, which is now open. 



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This will close when the white magicians come out of 
Atlantis. Then its purification by water commences. 
The fourth window Atlantis herself will close, when the 
fifth race is born. The races will always reproduce 
themselves in a triad of ten each, divided into root, sub, 
and family branches. This unfolding will cause much 
sorrow and misery in the future. There will be for ages 
strong hatred between the black, red, yellow, and white 
men. They will wage war upon each other unceasingly.** 

** Since this is race Karma, and cannot be avoided, of 
what use is the sacrifice and effort of the Brotherhood? 
It does not seem to make humanity either wiser or bet- 
ter.'* 

* ' Many an inquiring mind has thought the same, and 
many a time in future must this question be answered. 
Know, then, that individual man is the microcosm. He 
has within himself all the possibilities accorded to his race, 
and his own life must move in the same cycle. Initiation 
teaches him how to harmonize himself with these laws. 
The ten planets of the solar system correspond to the 
labors decreed for finding the Way. Astrology is simply 
the metaphysical side of astronomy. Before man becomes 
an adept, he must undergo the ten trials. When he has 
done this through three successive incarnations, he is 
allowed to personate the attributes of divinity, and be- 
comes a real savior of the world.** 

* ' Is he permitted to check the course of race Karma 
itself?** 

* * He does not check it. He crystallizes the idea dom- 
inating the race, and transmutes it to a higher plane. 
Under such conditions, what appears to be defeat is really 
victory. But thou art to remember that these heroes 
descend to the earth according to orderly periods of time. 
Frequently through one man countless multitudes are 
affected. Think, then, how important it is that a chosen 
one shall lead to the higher walks. Remember also the 
duality of everything.** 

Tradition preserves the widespread results of this 
teaching. It is found first in the ten phases of the self- 
development of Ra, in the ten avatars of Vishnu, in the 
ten labors of Hercules, the ten Sephiroth, the ten Norse 



YERMAH THE DORADO 165 

worlds, in the ten laws on the tablets of stone, wherever 
given, in the knighthoods of the Holy Grail and Golden 
Fleece. It was lost sight of when the age of chivalry 
passed. In geometry it was encircling the square; in 
chemistry it was the making of alchemical gold. 

**The wise man rules his stars, the fool obeys them," 
resumed Akaza, as he lifted the horoscope, and displayed 
the Grand Man of the cosmos, figured in the center of 
the table by incised black lines on the ivory surface. The 
numbers and signs of the ten planets were marked on the 
left side. The numbers ran from top to bottom in succes- 
sion, while the signs began at the bottom, and ran upward. 
A wide, round crown, Hke the rings of Saturn, surrounded 
the head. It emitted seven triangular rays, in the center 
of which was number one and the signet of the Brother- 
hood. 

** We are all here,'* said Yermah smiling, but showing 
surprise in finding that the numbers and signs of the 
planets, were marked in different parts of the body, ac- 
companied by his own and his comrades' names. It was 
a full-faced figure, and in the center of the forehead where 
the flowing hair parted was Akaza' s name, a figure two, 
and the sign of Uranus. 

**This is a Karmic chart," said Akaza. '*I aim by it 
to supply discriminative knowledge." 

**Over the heart thou hast the sign of Saturn, and 
the figure three with Keroecia's name. What does this 
signify?" 

'^Keroecia typifies the occult mysteries. Her mission 
is to guide the world to love through chastening sor- 
rows. ' ' 

*'I am the crosier in the right hand," said the Dorado, 
finding his name, the sign of Jupiter, and a figure four in 
the right hand of the drawing. 

**Thou art Valor, and thy Karma is to subdue the 
earth." 

**Orondo is the sword in the left hand. He has the 
sign of Mars and a figure five beneath his name." 

* * Yes. Orondo is destructive force. His Karma decrees 
that he shall disappear like illusory imagination." 

**Over the stomach is Ildiko's name, the moon, and a 



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figure SIX. Does that mean that she has designs on Mars," 
asked Yermah jokingly. 

** Whatever glamour she casts will be in vain. It will 
avail her nothing,'* responded Akaza, also smiling. **Se- 
tos, thou seest, is the right knee. His number is seven, 
and his planet the earth itself. Desire for pomp and glory 
is his Karma." Both men laughed heartily. 

**Poor Setos," said Yermah, **his vanity is prodig- 
ous." 

* * Alcamayn is the left knee, marked number eight, and 
the planet Venus. Saturn will exterminate him, as the 
desire for sensuous beauty is destroyed by initiation. Over 
the generative organs is the sign Mercury and a figure 
nine, with Rahula*s name, as thou seest. She is my anti- 
pode," said Akaza. **She is knowledge inverted, and 
what she bequeaths to men will prove fatal to them." 

** Atlantis is under the feet, marked number ten, with 
our beloved trident, and the cross and circle of love," 
exclaimed the younger man with enthusiasm. 

It is said that three kings visited the manger of the 
infant Jesus. These correspond to the elements of earth, 
air, and fire, or the black, yellow, and red races, or the 
earth, moon, and Mars. They did homage to Krishna 
when he was born, under the names of Indra, Agni, and 
Vayu. These are really the races which preceded the 
Aryan. They were magicians of a low order, and are 
called the Magi, or wise men, in the story of the Christ. 
The agents of magic power are the gnomes (earth), sylphs 
(air), and salamanders (fire). The negro deals with the 
spirits of earth, the Polynesian with the powers of air, in 
jugglery and necromancy, while the red race uses fire 
itself. With them fire is a war-god, and they invoke it 
to destroy their enemies. 

As Akaza replaced the horoscope, he said: — 

* * We have been studying three triads, represented by 
our fellows. The upper one is thyself, Keroecia, and 
myself; the second is Orondo, Ildiko, and Setos; while 
the third is Rahula, Alcamayn, and Atlantis. Dost thou 
understand the meaning of Azoth ? ' ' 

* * I fear to affirm knowledge of this, lest it have a hid- 
den significance which is unknown to me." 



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'*Azoth is the space between the luminaries and the 
earth. Heat, and light vibrate from the sun, but it must 
function through the photosphere of the earth before it is 
visible to us. Dost thou know that between the earth's 
photosphere and the sun it is dark ? ' ^ 

** It appears to our eyesight as dark,*' was the cautious 
answer. Akaza smiled. 

**Well, then, know that this non-luminous medium 
(astral light) preserves the imprint of things visible, and 
the aspect of the daily heavens is reflected there. It is in 
this substance that the mother's fancy or cravings are 
transmitted and impressed upon the unborn child. The 
various atmospheric influences are conveyed through the 
same medium. By the fact of birth a child enters into 
the universal harmony of the sidereal system. A net- 
work of light extends from sphere to sphere, and there is 
no point on any planet or star to which one of these inde- 
structible threads is not attached. Men bear the seal 
of their planets on their foreheads, and especially on their 
hands; animals, in their entire shape and characteristics; 
plants, in their leaves and in their seeds; minerals, in their 
veins and peculiarities of fractures. Infancy is dedicated 
to the sun, childhood to the moon, the age of puberty to 
Mercury, youth to Mars and Venus, mature years to Jupi- 
ter, and old age to Saturn." 

In reality the lines formed on the human face by ner- 
vous contractions are determined by necessary laws, and 
the radiation of the nervous tissues is absolutely analogous 
to the network formed between the spheres by stellar 
attraction. The head of a man is shaped on the model of 
the starry spheres. It attracts and repels. It is this which 
is first formed, and appears in the gestation of the infant. 
The head is affected in an absolute manner by astral influ- 
ence, and its diverse protuberances bear witness to the 
variety of these attractions. The sun dessicates, the moon 
moistens; the sun represents vigorous justice, the moon 
is in sympathy with mercy. It is the sun which causes 
storms. The moon, by a gentle atmospheric pressure, 
successively attracts and repels the magnetic fluids of the 
earth, and this produces the ebb and flow of the tide. The 
new moon is favorable to the commencement of magical 



i68 YERMAH THE DORADO 

works. From the first quarter to the full moon its influ- 
ence is warm; from the full to the last quarter, it is dry; 
from the last quarter to the end, it is cold. 

* * All the misery of the world is written in the northern 
sky," quoted Yermah from a familiar saying. ** But how 
fascinating is Nature's book, with its golden letters! It 
was a poetic mind indeed which gave us the science of 
astronomy, by tracing the lines from one star to another 
with his mind's eye." 

** Shooting-stars are like the soul and ego separated 
from our bodies. They always seek the center to recover 
equilibrium and motion. The soul, corresponding to the 
folds of Azoth (astral light), which surrounds and impris- 
ons these meteors, must be disentangled, in order that the 
ego may escape from the impurities still clinging to it. 
This is the magnum opuSy or completed labor." 

**Do the planets exert an influence on our rebirth?" 

**Mars and Jupiter must be in opposition, and those 
lives dominated by the smaller, or inside, circle of planets 
are reborn oftener, because they are much more earthy, 
and the aspect of the planets occur oftener. The sun and 
the moon, through their houses of the Lion and the Crab, 
govern the cardiac and solar plexi. The planets are elec- 
tric, or positive; the stars, magnetic, or negative, in their 
action. ' ' 

** Saturn brings reason," resumed Akaza, as he painted 
the signs of the planets on the horoscope; "Jupiter, power 
of action; Mars, the fighting principles; the sun produces 
sensation and speculation; Venus inspires all the appetites; 
Mecury bestows the power of declaring and expressing; 
while the moon confers the faculty of generating and 
augmenting the body. The houses of the Crab and Goat 
are the gates of the sun. Saturn, the antithesis of the 
sun, glories in the abode of the Goat; while the moon, the 
magnetic polarity of the sun, rules the Crab." 

Yermah moved a little nearer, to enable him to follow 
the direction of the caduceus in Akaza' s hand. He saw 
that the horoscope was for Atlantis in the near future. 

* * At the last vernal equinox the Lord of Day was about 
to leave the abode of the Lion. He now stands bet^^'een 
this house and that of the Virgin in the celestial zodiac 



YERMAH THE DORADO 169 

In its mundane aspect, he is approaching the fiery house 
of the Scorpion. When he has gone twenty-five times 
in the first lunation of cold,* and is still within two mark- 
ings of meridian, Poseidon's reign will terminate/' 

' * Dost thou mean that I am then to become a ruler 
indeed?" was the first question which came involuntarily 
to Yermah's lips. 

* ' Yes. The new moon at that time opens the way for 
the dispensation so long foretold by our prophets. We 
are about to see the literal interpretation of this revela- 
tion: 'I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I 
will darken the earth in the clear day. The moon shall 
change its laws, and not be seen at its proper period. 
Many chiefs among the stars of authority shall err, per- 
verting their ways and works.' The caterpillar (comet), 
now faint above the horizon, comes forward with terrific 
force, and will cast its blight on Venus and Mars. Soon 
the protent will be plain in the heavens, and the people 
must prepare for change. 

* ' At the time of the full moon, Saturn rises in the first 
house, in conjunction with the comet, which foretells a 
national calamity. The path of the comet is such as to 
form conjunction with Venus, ahd finally reach the vicin- 
ity of Mars. Mars rules the continent — Poseidon's land. 
The comet, with its malignant influences, born of union 
with the malefics, Saturn and Mars, foretells the utter de- 
struction of the people and their country. It shows their 
minds to be intensely evil, and that they have been led 
into all forms of wickedness. They have sought to gain 
their selfish ends and at the same time wipe out the rem- 
nant of what has been the ruling power — the school of 
white magicians. As this mental state and its consequent 
acts create Karma, so does the comet with Saturn signify 
the Karmic emblem of their self-induced punishment. 
With Venus it indicates that the rulers have prostituted 
their authority, instead of leading men righteously by 
precept and example. All the cohesive strength of Mars, 
which binds the land in an unbroken whole, is dispersed. 
At the new moon seismic disturbances will be of continual 
occurrence; and as Mars is in a watery sign, so is there 

* 25th November, 10 a.m., 11,149 years ago. 



170 YERMAH THE DORADO 

war in the earth's interior between uncontrolled water and 
fire. In addition to this, Mercury will make the conjunc- 
tion with Uranus in an airy sign, creating strange atmo- 
spheric and electrical disturbances, which cannot be 
controlled by the magicians. ' ' 

* ' So, ' ' said Yermah, * * the elementals of earth, air, fire, 
and water, who have been in sore bondage under black 
masters, now gather and blend their forces to overthrow 
their former oppressors. So be it! Long hast thou 
waited for this." 

** At the full moon, when she meets the opposition of 
the sun, these forces culminate. Then the crest of angry 
waters, which the elements have lashed into fury, sweeps 
grandly and majestically onward. The new moon is 
formed while the luminaries are in opposition to Jupiter 
and Neptune. This is but another indication of trouble 
in the country, because Jupiter and Neptune are in the 
fourth house.'* 

Akaza indicated the places on the horoscope. 

** Already this influence is beginning to be felt by 
Poseidon. He is encouraging our people to perform 
imposing magical incantations publicly. The first and 
second warnings were given when Ruta and Daitya sank 
beneath the ocean ages ago, one after another, with a long 
dispensation between. He should have known better than 
to trust the temporary defeat of our Brotherhood. It was 
an unfortunate day for Poseidon and Atlantis when the 
last remnant, led by the prophet, left there.'* 

* * The mid-heaven shows Uranus and Mercury in con- 
junction — or they will be so at the time midway between 
the new and full moon," said Yermah, as he hastily calcu- 
lated the positions in the tenth house. 

**This is a further token of the strained mental attitude 
of the rulers, who will make a frantic effort to retain their 
power. The exact conjunction marks the complete over- 
throw of the magicians, and frees the elemental slaves. 
The activity displayed by the physical world draws each 
one back to its own particular element, and a righteous 
judgment ensues." 

Akaza clasped his hands in front of him on the table, 
as Yermah shifted his position, and said: — 



YERMAH THE DORADO 171 

**Thou art fortunate indeed, because the last decade 
has developed extreme luxury and selfishness in Atlan- 
tis/' 

**The conjunction of Venus and Mars, afflicted by the 
comet, would indicate that/' responded Yermah, referring 
to the map. 

* * Mercury in sextile aspect to Venus, in the ninth house, 
implies a mental religion colored by the nature of Venus. 
The aspect of Mars adds to this a warlike element, and 
that which appeals to the passions.'* 

He paused for a moment in intense thought, then con- 
tinued: — 

* * As the conjunction of Mercury with Uranus is made, 
all religion is lost. The moon signifies the people — the 
sun, their rulers. Thou seest that both are opposed to 
justice artd right (Jupiter) and true wisdom (Neptune). 
The power to remedy this situation is refused, and retri- 
bution advances unopposed.'* 

Seeing that Akaza had finished, Yermah ventured to 
ask : — 

**Does my future stand revealed in this calculation?'* 

** Jupiter speaks for thee in the fourth house. Thy 
physical body is linked with the land of thy birth, and 
thy return thereto denoted." 

**Thou hast my gratitude, Akaza. Grant that I may 
cross over the dark way; that I may enter and go out of 
the Hall of Truth with thee for a guide." 

**The Ineffable One, Maker of all things, be thy pro- 
tection," responded Akaza, as both men arose. 

**Thou wilt smoke, and so will I, while I make ready 
for our repose," said Yermah, moving about. **I have 
husks and tobacco in my discarded mantle," he continued, 
trying to find its pockets. 

**I can please my fancy better," said Akaza, going 
back to a plain cupboard, and producing from its shelves 
two bronze water-pipes, identical with those used by the 
Chinese to-day. He also found a chamois pouch of fine- 
cut tobacco. Filling the bowl with water, he put a tiny 
pinch of tobacco in the top of the tube, and lighted it by 
the lamp sitting near. He puffed three times, emptied 
the pipe, and repeated the process. 



172 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Yermah denied himself until he had spread out the 
rugs, and had placed the cushions so that he and Akaza 
could sleep side by side. When he sat down to smoke, 
he realized how tired he was. The excitement of the day, 
his exertion, and the rain, caused him to yawn frequently. 
It was a sign of healthy reaction which pleased Akaza. 

Finally, unable to fight drowsiness longer, he threw 
himself down, and was soon in deep slumber. He stretched 
out with the abandon and relaxation of a contented mind, 
throwing one arm up above his head, while his hair spread 
over the cushion. 

Akaza watched beside him for a long time. He slept 
like a child, and the old man looked at him with as much 
tenderness as ever a mother displayed over the cradle of her 
first-born. Fondness for Yermah was his one weakness. 
Alone in the cave at midnight, he indulged it. Without 
balance and discrimination, this might be mere senti- 
mentality or mawkish sweetness. In the spiritual man, 
however, balance and discrimination must of necessity be 
present. Therefore, in Akaza love was strong and firm, as 
well as tender, wise, and far-sighted. Seeing clearly amid 
the illusions around him, his love welcomed even pain for 
its object, when by suffering Yermah could gain treasures, 
and powers, and gifts everlasting. He would lift no fin- 
ger to frustate the needful work, yet was rent by greater 
anguish than Yermah himself. Seeing farther and more 
clearly, he had strength to await the end, giving mean- 
while all the sympathy and help of the truest affection. 

Akaza was sitting with his eyes closed — really dozing 
— when he became suddenly aware of a presence. He 
looked toward the entrance of the cave, and encountered 
a pair of yellow eyes glaring at him in the semi-darkness. 
He was so startled that he gained his feet in an attitude 
of defense. The eyes gradually lowered, and in a moment 
he heard a sniffing noise. Before he could cry out the 
long tawny body of Oghi came into view. The animal had 
its head down and was tracking its master. Akaza watched 
him approach the sleeping man with unerring instinct. 
The ocelot smelled Yermah all Over, then licked his hand. 

* * What is it, Akaza ? Dear master, why hast thou not 
slept ? ' ' he asked, sitting bolt upright, not more than half- 



YERMAH THE DORADO 173 

awake. Oghi beat the ground with his tail, and made a 
peculiar sneezing sound to attract attention. It was his 
way of showing pleasure. 

''He loves thee, also," said Akaza, as Yermah patted 
the animal on the head. He was on his feet in a moment. 

' ' Oghi ! here, sir ! " he said, recovering the chain which 
had been dragged through the mud. **How could he 
have gotten in here ? ' ' 

** We will fasten him to one of the brass staples leaded 
into the wall at the entrance, ' ' returned Akaza, * * and then 
we can find out." 

Oghi made no resistance as he was led to the spot indi- 
cated. 

**He has dug in under these shutters," said Yermah, 
as he held the light so that his companion could see. 
**How could he have known I was here?" 

As he spoke the ocelot shook himself, and was about 
to lie down. 

' ' Let me fix him a bed, ' ' said his master. * * He is a good 
fellow. There, sir!" 

Hastily gathering up some rush mats, he threw them 
down in a pile. Oghi could not say ** Thank you," but 
he signified it in the best way he knew. With a final 
affectionate pat on the head, Yermah turned and followed 
Akaza. / 

* ' Come to bed with me, ' ' he urged. ' ' Conscience for- 
bids my sleeping while thou art denied rest. ' ' 

Akaza yielded to persuasion; and when Yermah had 
deftly tucked the rugs about him, and placed the cushions, 
after shaking them up thoroughly, so that Akaza declared 
himself comfortable, he extinguished all lights but one, 
and cuddled up close beside the older man, with his right 
arm thrown protectingly over him. 

A few moments afterward, both were fast asleep. 



174 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XV 

THE Monbas' name for their country has been preserved 
in the Spanish tongue as **Quivira." The Azes 
claimed all the land south of the junction of the Sacra- 
mento and San Joaquin Rivers. The great wide plains 
bounded on the west by the blue outlines of the Coast 
Range, on the east by the foothills of the Sierras, and 
north of the delta stretching east of the Bay of San Fran- 
cisco, belonged to the Monbas. By a curious arrange- 
ment, which must be due to great cosmical forces, this 
section is divided into four belts of nearly equal widths, 
with long, narrow valleys between. The eastern slope, 
now incorporated into the State of Nevada, was not at 
that time a barren waste; neither were the Sierras a mass 
of upheaved and broken rocks, covered in many places 
by lava hundreds of feet deep. 

It is with the third of these belts — namely, the great 
California valley, nearly four hundred miles long — that 
we have to do, and more particularly with the northern 
portion. The fourth belt, or the Coast Range and its 
western plateau, does not concern the history of the 
Monbas. 

When Keroecia left Tlamco, she was carried up the 
Sacramento River by the fleet of the Azes until nearly 
opposite the mouth of Antelope Creek, where she was met 
by a company of Monbas cavalry and given escort to 
Anokia, their capital city, situated south of Lassen Peak. 

At a distance of from five to eight miles from the appar- 
ent base of the Sierras, is a range of low, rocky, isolated 
hills which form an irregular belt of elevation, separated 
from the main chain by an intervening plain. It was here 



YERMAH THE DORADO 175 

that Anokia was built, in a rocky amphitheater at the head 
of a stream which flows back directly northeast from its 
source toward the axis of the chain, a distance of twelve 
miles. The kettle-like form at the head of the valley was 
a little less than a mile wide. The kettle was open on the 
north, and extended six miles to the river below, while 
still farther north, either as a grim protector or in frowning 
distrust, stood Lassen Peak. Several small domes and 
pinnacles were on the east side, and* in some places the 
granite along the rim formed a parapet of beautifully 
bedded rock. Nature did part of it; but in places it was 
thin enough for the sunlight to be seen shining through 
the crevices, so skillfully was the work executed. The 
height of the wall varied from eight to twenty feet. 

On the western side of this valley was a mountain with 
mural sides composed of darker granite, intersected by 
still darker veins, and much of it reddened and discolored 
by the oxidation of the iron which it contained. This 
mountain was formed by the meeting of two knife-edges 
of the main divide, composing the western and north- 
western faces of the peak. From this point, one had a 
magnificent view of the whole surrounding crest of the 
Sierras. The region to the east presented a very compli- 
cated system of sharp ridges, rising here and there into 
pinnacles with numerous immense circular cavities, as if 
the whole country had suddenly cooled while violently 
boiling. 

From out this mass rise some bold rivers and many less- 
favored streams that trickle away at first and then madly 
rush to mingle their icy waters with the Sacramento, 
gaining in volume and velocity before crossing the wide 
plains. There were evergreen oaks in the foothills, white 
oaks in the valleys, with pale yellowish-green moss fes- 
tooning the gnarled limbs, and swaying lazily in the 
breeze. The long acorns had been gathered and stored 
for future use. Tules covering the swampy shallows this 
side of the narrow timber belt on the river were brown 
and sear. The wild grape-vines were loaded with ripe 
bunches, and the wild oats, waist high, had long since 
shed their grain. Here and there a white swan glided by 
in stately dignity on water so clear that fish could be seen, 



176 YERMAH THE DORADO 

while the sycamores, oaks, and willows afforded shelter 
to a chattering family of magpies, jays, blackbirds, crows, 
and turkey-buzzards. A hawk poised itself in midair, 
watching a chance to seize a meadow -lark, while sandhill 
cranes, ducks, and geese disported themselves in the 
sloughs. In the less frequented parts of the valley, lum- 
bering mastodons and hippopotami mingled with grizzly 
bears, elk, antelope,^ deer, and wild horses. They were 
screened from view by scrub oak and pine, whose north - 
em exposure was rich in yellow moss. Here they found 
plenty of bur-clover and bunch-grass, both of which were 
parched by the hot summer wind and sun. 

Patches of golden stubble stretching miles in every 
direction spoke eloquently of the army of reapers who, 
with scythe and cradle, had but recently passed over it 
like a swarm of locusts. Shocks of corn and stacks of 
grain were still outlined against the horizon, but the main 
harvest was over. Here and there, in out-of-the-way 
places, could be heard the even ' * Thwack ! thwack ! * ' of 
the flail, or the steady ** Tramp! tramp!'' of unfettered 
horses, driven over the grain to thresh it from the straw. 

For weeks before, the salmon had been shooting the 
rapids and whirlpools of the river, hastening to the shal- 
lows. Now they had come out of the deep pools, and 
were fearlessly lying in the ripples. It was their spawning- 
time. Animated by a kind of fury, they beat the sands 
flat with their tails. Sometimes the female would wear 
her fins entirely off*. Then she deposited her eggs in the 
coarse gravel; but the greedy trout pounced upon them 
and ate them as fast as laid, if not prevented by the male 
salmon. Both parents brought gravel of considerable size 
in their mouths with which to cover the eggs. 

The first of August was Keroecia's birthday, and active 
preparations were being made in Anokia for its celebra- 
tion. It was the great harvest festival of the year, the feast 
of Virgo, the same as Lammas-day (or Loaf-mass) of 
to-day, and the little cakes that are given out now by the 
Catholic priests on the latter occasion, and also the popu- 
larity of the **hot cross-bun," are rehcs of the feasting 
and rejoicing of that remote time. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 177 

When Yermah returned to laqua after spending the 
night in the cave with Akaza, he found a messenger from 
Keroecia, inviting him to attend her birthday fete. In 
addition to the autograph letter, was an elaborately deco- 
rated flower-pot filled with a bunch of white, strawlike 
blossoms, on slender, cottony stems, with little or no foli- 
age. The French call this modest flower the '* Immor- 
telle * * ; the Spanish, in their soft tongue, say * * Siempre 
Viva'*; while in English it is the ** Everlasting.** 

** Never ceasing to remember," murmured the Dorado, 
as he examined the flowers and noted their language. He 
understood that she had wished to send him a perfect 
plant, and had selected this, not only for its sentiment, 
but also because of its ability to stand the rough usage of 
a journey. 

He undid the tiny roll of parchment tied to one of the 
stems. It said: ** Though I have not the loveliness of the 
rose, am I not grass from the garden where it grew ? ' * 

He kissed the written words and with his own hands 
carried the pot into his private apartments. Never after- 
ward, so long as he remained at laqua, was he without a 
sprig of this plant. 

The peculiar kettle shape at the head of the valley 
where Anokia was built, formed three sides of the amphi- 
theater where the games were to be held. It had a rag- 
ged, uneven surface, like the lips of a crater, which the 
Monbas stone-cutters had skillfully turned to account in 
constructing a pavilion on the south side, canopied and 
gay with flags, banners, and silk lanterns. Rubble walls, 
twenty feet high, provided with seats cut into the stone, 
closed the north side. Here a wide entrance was left. 
Seats rose in a continuous circle, tier upon tier, until ten 
thousand could have found accommodation. The goals 
for the racers, the pole in the center, and each spire and 
battlement on the walls supported flags. The sanded 
floor had been wet and rolled down smooth and hard. 
For an hour or more the crowds had been coming in, 
quietly and decorously as became men, women, and 
children in holiday dress. 

Suddenly eight forerunners dashed through the en- 




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trance and sped around the ring, shouting at the top of 
their voices. 

* * Hoop-ah ! hoop-ah ! ' ' cried the first pair. 
**Hye! hye! hye! hye!'' said the second. 
**Ho-ra! ho-ra!" called the third. 

* * O — h ! O — h ! ' ' sharply piped the fourth pair, moving 
the forefinger rapidly over the lips, and prolonging the 
piercing sound. 

They were naked save a white linen band girding the 
loins and tied tightly in front Their long, loose hair 
quivered with motion as they sped around the ring 
nerved to the highest tension by the shouts of the multi- 
tude. Suddenly the whole city seemed to wake into 
noisy, turbulent expectancy. A heavy br-r-r of ket*^le- 
drums, a sharp click of castanets, a blare of trumpets, 
and the higher ijotes of flutes and fifes announced the 
approach of Keroecia and her guests. 

With heads bent, the runners gathered themselves 
together for a final effort. It was a point of honor to 
reach the entrance as Keroecia arrived there. The mul- 
titude understood this, and cheered lustily as they ranged 
themselves in even rows, four on each side, at the exact 
instant she reached the threshold. She had time to throw 
a badge to each one, before they sank into the arms of 
attendants breathless and dripping with perspiration. The 
*' Hymn of Triumph" was caught up by the crowd, fairly 
drowning the musicians, as everybody worked his fore- 
fingers over his lips, and followed the melody with all the 
lung-power possible. 

Keroecia was attended by Ben Hu Barabe and his 
bride, Alcyesta, on one side, with Suravia and Mineola 
on the other, followed by Yermah, attended by Setos and 
Alcamayn on the right, and Rahula and Ildiko on the left. 
Behind them walked Cezardis, Zoyara, and Zombra, of 
the far northern Mazamas. Then came Hanabusa, with 
officers of the fleet from Tlamco, and also a detachment 
of Azes soldiers, followed by regiments of Monbas, foot 
and cavalry. 

Arriving at the pavilion, orCincoyan, Keroecia was re- 
ceived by the priesthood of Anokia, who crowned her 
Queen of the Harvest, by placing a wreath of heads of ripe 



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grain upon her brow. They also gave her a corn-stalk, 
supporting two ripe ears, the whole gayly decorated with 
ribbons. As soon as she received this emblem of plenty 
she waved it high over her head, and the whole multitude 
uncovered, tossing their round, pointed and conical hats 
high in the air and shouting *'Ho-ra! ho-ra! ho-ra!" 

The day was young yet, but the tamanes took advan- 
tage of the confusion while seating the procession in the 
pavilion to unfurl the canopies overhead, and the people 
made themselves comfortable under thick tapa-cloth awn- 
ings. 

On the ground directly in front of the Cincoyan were 
one hundred and twenty -four squares of black and white 
marble, measuring a foot each way, laid alternately, 
checker-board fashion. Upon these the Monbas priests 
prepared to play the game of *' Stone- Warrior, ' ' a quaint, 
allegorical ** Pilgrim's Progress," typical of the journey 
of life, one mile-post of which Keroecia was passing. 
Bringing up the rear of the procession were four horse- 
men, dressed in green, with green trappings on their 
horses, four tapirs caparisoned in red, four war-chariots in 
yellow, and twelve foot-soldiers in black. There were 
two ''Priests of the Bow," dressed in white. This 
company divided, — one half taking one end of the board, 
and the other half the other end. Six foot-soldiers stood 
on the black squares, three on each side of the Priests of 
the Bow. The two tapirs, horsemen, and chariots, lined 
up evenly on the ground back of the men in black. The 
object of the game was to cross the board diagonally 
from end to end — capturing as many men as possible on 
the way. The first side to place three foot-soldiers in a 
row was the winner. Under no circumstances was a man 
in black to touch a white square. He must keep always 
on the black. 

A throw of dice determined the movements of the par- 
ticipants. Five moved the Priest of the Bow, and he 
could go forward and backward as he pleased, but was 
liable to be caught around the waist and flung off the 
board the same as the men in black. A four-spot moved 
a tapir. This meant that one man moved forward four 



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blocks, while the tapirs headed for the four cardinal points, 
to denote the number of times they had been moved. 
Three spots moved the horsemen, two the chariots, and 
one the men in black. 

The musicians struck up a sort of quickstep, and the 
game began. Groups of priests stood on each side 
shouting instructions, warnings, and words of encourage- 
ment to the players, who were obliged to follow the lead 
of their Priest of the Bow. Only the first two moves 
depended on the dice; after that it was every player for 
himself, counting in succession five, four, three, two, one. 

It was a strange sight for a spectator. Apparently 
without any good reason, the horsemen, the tapirs, and 
chariots were wheeling north, south, east, and west, while 
the black men pushed forward rapidly, seizing and fling- 
ing each other off the board, until finally a mighty shout 
went up, and three men in black stood in a row facing 
Keroecia. The tapirs, chariots, and all but one horseman 
of the vanquished side had gone over to the victors, while 
on the board there were but two black men and the Priest 
of the Bow to oppose the winners. 

''Beaten by a headless band! Bah! bah! bah!'' vocif- 
erated the adherents of the victors. 

''Score five against them!'' was the imperious demand 
of the vanquished. The cazique hammered vigorously 
on a big copper gong, while the trumpets blew three 
sharp blasts as a signal to clear the grounds, and as if by 
magic every block of marble went with the crowd. 

From the judges' stand, opposite the pavilion, ran up a 
banner, with figures in black on a white ground. It 
awarded the game by two points, giving red ribbons to 
the three foot-soldiers who had gained the coveted goal. 

"We are obliged to count five against the victors, 
since they lost their Priest of the Bow after their first 
move. Had they protected him, they would have won 
all possible points." 

Mingled cries of **Ho-ra! ho-ra!" and "Bah! bah! 
bah! " greeted this announcement. 

The Baggataway players next appeared, led by Setos, 
Alcamayn, Hanabusa, and ten gamy Azes, followed by 



YERMAH THE DORADO i8i 

Ben Hu Barabe with twelve athletic-looking Monbas. 
This was their national game, and Ben Hu Barabe felt a 
pardonable pride in his men as he led them into position. 
At each end of the field, one hundred and twenty yards 
apart, were the goals, indicated by two poles, twelve feet 
high and half as far apart. There was also a center pole 
of equal height mid-distant between the end goals. All 
were surmounted by flags. Each of the players was armed 
with a stick flattened at the end, and the intention was to 
drive the rubber ball into goal between the enemy's posts. 

The Monbas defended while the Azes attacked. A 
noisy, chattering, bantering, betting crowd surged up and 
down on each side of the players, piling up articles of 
every description as their respective sides seemed on the 
point of either winning or losing. 

The attack and defense strained every nerve, keeping 
the twenty-four players constantly on the move. Here a 
man races with another, there he makes a prodigious 
throw up field, and before any one knows what has hap- 
pened the battle has been transferred, and the Azes stand 
fair to lose. Alcamayn runs full against his antagonist, 
and both come to the ground together, while Setos fells 
his opponent by a sharp blow over the head. The fallen 
player is carried bleeding and unconscious from the field 
just as the Monbas rescue the ball, and send it with a 
triumphant shout through the goal which wins them the 
game. 

* ' Foul ! foul ! ' ' screamed the on-lookers. ' * The Azes 
shall not have a point. They play unfairly!" 

A shouting, gesticulating, seething mass of men and 
women surged around the judges' stand. 

**Give us justice," they demanded. The cazique 
pounded the gong vigorously. Finally he could make 
himself heard above the din and noise. 

* * Hear thy priestess ! " he called. ' ' She begs that thou 
wilt remember thy duty and the occasion. There are 
many reasons why we feel grateful to the Azes. Judgment 
is suspended. All bets are invalid. Go back to thy seats 
and be quiet. The Monbas won their game with honor. 
Be content with that." 

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preparing for an archery contest with Ben Hu Barabe and 
Hanabusa and was therefore ignorant of the cause of 
offense. The officers of the balsas, the soldiers, and the 
other players among the Azes instinctively huddled to- 
gether, humiliated and ashamed, but silent. 

A plaited disc of straw having a central circle of yellow 
nine inches in diameter, surrounded by rings of red, blue, 
black, and white, was hung up on the center pole. There 
were shooting stations, sixty, eighty, one hundred, and 
one hundred and fifty yards distant. The Monbas served 
Yermah and Hanabusa with arrows, while the Azes per- 
formed a similar office for Ben Hu Barabe. The rules of 
the contest demanded that each bowman should shoot 
twenty-four arrows at sixty yards, twice that number at 
eighty yards, while seventy-two arrows must be sped at 
one hundred yards. 

During the years spent in the Atlantian colonies, the 
Dorado had been the actual head of the army; but this 
was the first tijne he had been called upon to show his 
skill in bow-craft to the Azes. The fame of Ben Hu 
Barabe was spread far and wide, and the Monbas waited 
with smiling unconcern as to the outcome. Hanabusa won 
his position with the bowstring, but Yermah' s capabilities 
were unknown. 

The stubborn pride of three races was in the struggle, 
and bitter defeat awaited some one. It was strictly a 
military function. There was precision, rigid enforcement 
of rules, and exactness in the attitude in which the soldiers 
stood, motionless and impassive, while the three contest- 
ants marched in step to warlike music through the entrance 
and halted at the first vantage-ground. The three men 
bowed and smiled in recognition of the plaudits showered 
upon them right and left, as they watched for the signal. 
A refreshing breeze fanned their faces and set all the flags 
in motion. Yermah was in full regimentals as commander- 
in-chief Scarlet, purple, gold, and green were his colors; 
but they were blended with all the skill of the Orient, so 
that they fitly set his personality. Ben Hu Barabe showed 
his insignia as civil chief and defender of Anokia, while 
Hanabusa was resplendent in the feathers and jewels of an 



YERMAH THE DORADO 183 

admiral. Yermah seemed to feel that he was the doubt- 
ful one. His glance rested for a moment on the anxious 
faces of his followers, but he was cool, confident, and col- 
lected. There was something magnetically infectious in 
his encouraging smile, and before he had touched a bow 
he had the undivided attention of the assemblage. Hana- 
busa and Ben Hu Barabe seemed dwarfed beside him. His 
easy, nonchalant bearing, his unconscious grace were never 
more conspicious. Still he was an alien. He stood in 
their midst as a stranger, and he fully comprehended 
that the loyalty of his own men would be severely tried 
if he failed to acquit himself with credit. Over in the 
pavilion were a pair of luminous, mastic brown eyes, with 
glints of bronze in their depths, which were bent upon him 
eagerly. He could feel thenl drawing him in that direc- 
tion, but he did not trust himself to return their ques- 
tioning gaze. 

There were neither knots, gnarls, nor cracks in the waxy 
brown six-foot hunting bow of continuous straight-grained 
mulberry used in the first trial. Its tips were of polished 
elk-horn, and there was a green chamois handhold in the 
center of the elaborate carving. The well-seasoned hick- 
ory arrows, forty inches long and as smooth as glass, car- 
ried flint heads three and a half inches wide and two inches 
broad, with sharp saw-teeth edges. There was a trinity 
of peacock feather vanes outlined in parabola above the 
notch end. 

Courtesy gave Yermah the first shot. As he pulled a 
stout buckskin shield over his right hand, he looked full 
into Keroecia's face. His eyes said: ** Trust me; I shall 
not fail.'' 

Under the inspiration of her answering nod, he quickly 
raised the bow from the ground and placed it against his 
knee-cap, thereby securing a good purchase. With an 
upward body movement, he drew the long bow to its full- 
est capacity, faced the target and let fly. 

Like the arrow of Acestes, which caught fire as it flew, 
or the dart of Abaris, which is the wisdom of consecrated 
thought, this winged thing sang through the air, and 
imbedded itself in the blue ring above center, where it 
rocked violently, from the shock of impact. 



i84 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* ' Yermah, of Tlamco, scores five at elevation of forty- 
five degrees; drawing force, one hundred and thirty 
pounds. ' ' 

The tally-keeper in the judges' stand droned the words 
after the official scorer. Then the people seemed to catch 
their breath. 

** What skill! " said one, pointing to the still quivering 
arrow. '*What strength!" said another, while the men 
of Tlamco, but lately humbled, lifted their heads proudly 
and looked with admiration at their leader. 

The exertion flushed Yermah's face, but there was that 
in his expression which seemed to augur better things. 
He had yet to prove himself; so he renewed his efforts 
with energy and determination. 

The second shot sent the arrow into the red ring below 
goal, and nearly opposite the blue, scoring seven points. 

**Here is fine aiming!" said the judges to each other, 
while the spectators leaned forward in strained positions 
and watched intently. 

There was just the shadow of a smile on Yermah's face, 
as he bent for the final shot. 

**Ping!" murmured the third arrow as it hit exact 
center. 

* ' Haille ! haille ! ' ' shouted the Azes. ' ' Haille ! haille ! ' ' 
responded the Monbas, catching the enthusiasm, and com- 
plimenting their visitors by adopting their cry. 

The whole crowd were on their feet, all talking at once, 
not paying the slightest attention to the tellers and scorers, 
who rushed about bawling the result. 

**Five — seven — nine are the points; twenty-one for 
final score," they said. 

Yermah flung down his bow and stepped aside to make 
room for his competitors. He stood, helmet in hand, 
wiping his brow, pleased with the warming sentiment 
manifested toward him. 

' ' Hanabusa the Aze scores three, five, and seven. Fif- 
teen for final count." 

*'Ben Hu Barabe can do better," was said on all sides, 
as Hanabusa made way for him. 

**Now the Azes will learn how to shoot! " 



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** He will never equal the first score," said other arch- 
ers. * * The Atlantian is a fine bowman. ' ' 

Ben Hu Barabe bent to his task. He sent his first 
arrow with a vim and energy which bespoke long famili- 
arity and constant practice. He too made a center shot, 
but it was the upper edge of the gold disc which received 
the barb; next time the red ring suffered; but the final 
shot sped feebly, and barely indented the black ring. 

**The first fort yields to the Azes," announced the 
judges. * ^ Move on to the next coign of vantage. ' ' 

Now came the real test of skill. Here every man was 
interested, because they all made use of the bow and 
arrow themselves. The first trial was of strength, but this 
would require finesse and nicety of calculation. Hundreds 
of the spectators left their seats and crowded around the 
contestants. 

Extremely light, highly elastic but tough yew from the 
forests of Oregon was substituted for the heavier bow of 
the chase; and the arrows had finely pointed obsidian 
heads, notched and smooth, but as sharp as a needle. 

Yermah looked well to the * * sweetness ' * of his clear, 
clean, lemon-colored bow. When satisfied that it had 
the requisite softness of flexure and recoil, and that the 
arrows were properly seasoned, he placed one on the left 
side of the bow, above, and resting on the fore-finger 
knuckle of the clenched left hand, with its notch set on 
the string. The first three fingers of the right hand 
hooked around the string, keeping the arrow-notch be- 
tween the first and second. Extending the left arm 
vigorously but steadily, he drew the string back with his 
right hand to just below the chin — and loosed. He 
stood with his left shoulder toward the target, looking 
straight in that direction, having the heels well apart, and 
toes turned out, leaving his legs straight, but not stiff. 
Raising his bow gracefully with the left hand, he drew the 
arrow four fifths of its length, aimed over the arrow-tip, 
drew again, and let fly. The spectators were quick to see 
that he made the four points perfectly. Each element of 
the draw, aim, finish, and loose, required the greatest 
nicety of execution, yet he sped the arrows with almost 
incredible swiftness. When shooting three at once, he 



i86 YERMAH THE DORADO 

used the three sights — center, above and below aim-point. 
His control of the loose was so 'accurate, he understood 
the variation of vision between the right and left eye so 
well, that he drove all three arrows into the gold within 
a quarter of an inch of each other! 

By the rules he must aim above center at one hundred 
yards, and there was not one of the seventy-two arrows, 
whether sped singly or in threes, that hit below the mark. 
At eighty yards he was obliged to aim blankly with the 
four dozen arrows loosed at this distance. He chose the 
outer circle of white, and planted his darts at equidis- 
tance around the entire circle. 

'*But one more fort remains to be captured, and the 
Atlantian still leads,'' announced the judges. '* Clear 
the inclosure! Soldiers, do thy duty!" 

With this the men made a rush for their seats, not wait- 
ing for the spear-points the soldiers were preparing to 
level at them. 

In the noise, confusion, and excitement no one paid at- 
tention to the birds, perched on top of the pole supporting 
the target. There was a blue-jay, a raven, a white dove, 
and a green parrot, with strong cords attached to one leg 
of each, sitting on a crossbar or else on the gilt ball at 
the apex. Now every one suddenly remembered, and in- 
terest redoubled in the final score at the sixty-yard limit. 

*'Yermah, of Tlamco, fails with two points out of 
twenty-four shots, below aim-point. Two are above the 
center line. Hanabusa looses six, and Ben Hu Barabe, 
four. Shall the victor take the citadel?" 

** Merit wins him a shot at the birds," came from all 
sides. 

** Yermah, of Tlamco, wilt thou capture the citadel of 
our hearts by a final test of skill before being crowned 
with the yew wreath ? ' ' 

When he could make himself heard, Yermah signified 
his willingness to comply with this request. For the first 
time in an hour Keroecia caught sight of his face. It was 
pale, set, and resolute, and she saw that the strain was 
telling on him. 

'*The parrot shall cry thee aim, and must remain un- 
harmed. Thou mayst kill the blue or the black bird, but 



YERMAH THE DORADO 187 

thou must only release the peaceful dove. Wilt thou 
remember the conditions ? ' ' 

Satisfying this demand from the judges, Yermah came 
within range, and waited a favorable opportunity. By a 
sudden jerk of a cord extending down the side of the 
pole, the ball and crossbar began to revolve, and the birds 
were on the wing. 

**Chay! chay! chay!" shrieked the mocking, insolent 
blue-jay. * ' Caw ! caw ! caw ! ' ' croaked the raven ; while 
the parrot screamed banteringly, '*Boy, what ails thee? 
Come on! Ha! ha! ha! Oh dear! Ah! ha! ha!'\ . . 
*' Sit still! Who will catch thy barb? I '11 catch it? Thou 
fool! never!'* Then, changing tone entirely to one of 
biting sarcasm : * * Here ' s a pretty mess — a pretty mess ! ' ' 
There was silence for a time. Then in a thin, piping voice 
and ludicrous intonation: ** I shall faint! I shall expire! 
Help! Help!" screeched the bird. Then she became 
sympathetic : * ' That ' s bad, very bad ! What a poor shot ! 
Dear me! Ha! ha! ha! ha-ha-ha-ha! Aim high! aim 
low! don't aim at all! ah! ha! ha! ha! .... ha! ha! 
ha! ha!" 

The parrot was chained to the top of the pole, so that 
it could not fly. To make the aim more difficult the 
other birds were fastened by cords of unequal length. 
Each one must be freed by the arrow, and then the marks- 
man must wing it before it escaped. The first liberated 
was the blue-jay. Yermah cut the cord neatly, and then 
hit the bird while it was still rising. The arrow fell near 
the base of the pole, bringing the right wing with it. 

The Dorado had won the yew wreath, and he now 
turned to the women's side of the pavilion for a signal. 
They could demand the last three shots. Would they do 
it ? He waited for Keroecia to say. She was surrounded 
by a perfect rabble, gesticulating, shouting, and leaning 
eagerly toward her. Finally she arose, and threw up her 
hand to command silence. In the lull she turned to 
Yermah, who removed his helmet and inclined his head 
toward her, while she picked up a black flag and waved it. 
There was an answering shout and a cheer, and Yermah 
prepared to shoot again. This time he aimed at the 
raven. He cut the cord near the pole, and its weight 



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caused the bird to fly downward in an oblique line. Quick 
as a flash the second arrow sped, and the raven came 
down pierced through the heart. Once more the ball 
at the top was set whirling. The dove, seemingly more 
accustomed to this motion, rose slowly, so that the final 
arrow took off a toe, in severing the cord. The bird soared 
up in concentric circles, but long before the plaudits ceased 
it was perched in exactly the same place from which it had 
risen. 

The Monbas and Azes fought and struggled with each 
other for the privilege of carrying the hero ofi' the ground 
on their shoulders, while the musicians played the national 
hymns of the Azes. 

At this juncture Setos, Alcamayn, and Cezardis gal- 
loped into the ring, and began putting arrows into the 
target as they rode by. Round and round they went, 
sometimes shooting forward, more often backward, first 
on a leisurely gallop, then on a dead run. Suddenly they 
wheeled and headed for the entrance, where they were met 
by Yermah, Hanabusa, and Ben Hu Barabe, mounted on 
thoroughbreds, armed with shields, horn-bows, and quiv- 
ers full of murderous-looking arrows. 

**Hih! hih! hih!** chorused the multitude, as the 
horsemen made for the target, which was moving up and 
down while revolving. 

'*Click-ety! click-ety! click-ety! click !" pattered the 
horses' hoofs in a fine burst of speed. 

^' Wheel and fire!'' shouted the Dorado, suiting the 
action to the word when nearly opposite the disc. 

*^P — sh!" whistled the arrows as they hit the target 
almost simultaneously. 

** Three arrows full tilt! " was the next command, which 
was no sooner given than obeyed. 

** Backward shot — three arrows! Send them into the 
pole; then circle it and pull them out.'* 

The horsemen were crisscrossing each other in every 
direction, flinging sand into one another's faces. The 
spirited animals were rearing and careering, standing on 
their hind-legs or sitting back on their haunches while 
this maneuver was being executed. 

*' A souvenir for the women before we go! Let every 



YERMAH THE DORADO 189 

man of us put a dart into the post on a level with our 
heads. Then race out of here together.'' 

The horses bent themselves nearly double. With 
mouths wide open and nostrils distended, they responded 
to the impulse of bit and spur. While the spent arrows 
were vibrating like whip-cords, they plunged forward and 
raced for the entrance neck and neck, urged to their 
utmost capacity by the fire-crackers and bombs explod- 
ing at their heels. 

The people rose en masse^ and shouted themselves 
hoarse, drowning the kettle-drums and gongs in the gen- 
eral uproar. In the midst of it the horsemen whirled and 
dashed back into the arena, in hot pursuit of Yermah, 
whose head was almost level with Cibolo's neck, as this 
splendid racer stretched himself over the ground. All 
the men had on wadded cotton tunics, covered with bull' s- 
hide armor, put together in strips and riveted with brass 
bosses. They wore visored helmets, and carried circular 
shields of burnished bronze. Before they had encircled 
the ring, it was evident that it was a sham attack on Yer- 
mah. They tried to ride him down, but Cibolo foiled 
them with an instinct almost human. They often fired 
at him, but were never able to hit him. 

He returned arrow for arrow, sometimes from behind 
his shield, sometimes forward, more often backward, single 
arrows, and three at a time. Throwing up his shield to 
protect himself, or dropping over on the side of his horse 
so there was but one leg over the saddle, on and on he 
went. Suddenly he wheeled and charged furiously, las- 
soing the horse ridden by Setos, and then, by a skillful 
maneuver and a daring leap, broke through the circle 
which had formed around him. He escaped into the 
tower of refuge — a low semicircle in front of the pavil- 
ion, — taking his captive with him. 

When he rode out to receive the yew wreath and red 
ribbon of valor, there was not an arrow in his armor nor 
a dent in his shield. He had escaped without a single 
scratch. 

While his name was on every one's lips, he modestly 
sought Keroecia. There were tears in her eyes, which 
welled over on the two bright red spots on either cheeky 



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as she turned to greet him. Her lips trembled, but she 
managed to smile while giving him her hand. He sat 
down beside her almost equally overcome. Close to her 
ear he said earnestly, and but little above a whisper: — 

* ' I love thee. It is thine opinion I value. AH else is 
naught'' 

He read his triumph in her eyes; she heard the one 
declaration in the world for her. They were alone in the 
crowd, whose unheeded plaudits came to them in an 
impersonal sort of way. They had a few minutes' respite 
from the duties of the hour, a little season of quiet com- 
munion, while a feeling of adoration welled up from their 
hearts and submerged all the other senses. It created a 
halo about them and moistened the shining eyes gazing 
steadfastly at each other. Overpowering emotion ren- 
dered them speechless, while the soul union, the mating 
of their real selves, was consummated in a wordless cov- 
enant. During the eloquent silence each had knowledge 
that the other had set up a shrine in the holy of holies of 
their being which none of the trials of after-life would 
desecrate, nor would either ever be capable of violating 
its sanctity. In this expression of love was that perfect 
blending of ideality and desire which is the very essence 
of marriage. It is the molding and cementing influence 
which in fortunate cases so dominates such intimate and 
close association that in old age they look, speak, and act 
alike. Nor does death finally take one and leave the other. 

The skill and dexterity of the bowmen, the wild, fearless 
riding, the daring onslaughts, the imminent risk of life and 
limb smacked strongly enough of actual warfare to arouse 
the tiger which at our best moments only sleeps within us. 
But, like true children of nature, these people entered with 
quite as much zest into the ridiculous performances of a 
monkey and clown perched upon the backs of swift-paced 
burros. 

In the midst of this race, jugglers, with machetes, balls, 
javelins, discs, and parasols, gave exhibitions of their skill, 
while heavy copper balls and hammers were tossed and 
flung about with apparent ease. It was a busy time with 
the gamblers and fortune-tellers, as well as with the vend- 
ers of all kinds of trinkets. 



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** Clang! clang! clang! clang!*' sounded the big gong. 

** Clear the ring for the caribou race!'' shouted the 
cazique, as he clattered by on horseback. ** Clear the 
ring, everybody! This is the women's race!" 

While the performers were scurrying about, obeying 
this order by getting their belongings out of the way as 
rapidly as possible, three chariots were driven in, contain- 
ing Keroecia, Ildiko, and Alcyesta. 

' * Yermah the victorious challenges for the high-priestess 
Keroecia," announced the judges, as Yermah advanced to 
the head of the priestess's team. 

In the deafening outburst following on all sides the 
caribou became unmanageable, and it was several minutes 
before the entanglement could be straightened out suffi- 
ciently to warrant further procedure. 

** Alcamayn, of Tlamco, challenges for fair Ildiko." 

The little jeweler stepped out proudly and took a posi- 
tion in front of the state carriage of the Azes, the same 
ivory and gold vehicle which Yermah had driven when 
Keroecia visited the Llama city. 

* ' Ben Hu Barabe, of Anokia, challenges for Alcyesta. 
The contest is for a gold cup, given by this city. Partisans 
of each team must lay wagers lively. Stand back, men, 
and give the women a chance! Once and a half around 
the ring! Now for the cup! " 

The three chariots went over the chalk-line in a fairly 
even start, and the sharp click of running hoofs and the 
buzzing of the wheels told of the speed being made. 

It was easy to distinguish the racers. The wide pal- 
mated horns made each runner instinctively pull apart, so 
that bunching was impossible. Besides this, the colors 
were very distinct. Keroecia wore yellow, with a jeweled 
agraffe and girdle, while on her head was still the ingeni- 
ous crown of golden grains. Her chariot was of pale 
green, elaborate in decorations of dull gold on raised pat- 
terns. Streamers of the same color fluttered here and 
there, and were threaded in a network over the heads of 
the caribou. 

Ildiko was in light blue, with an embroidered zouave 
jacket of black. A jeweled band confined her long, 



192 YERMAH THE DORADO 

crinkly white hair, while red and white ribbons interfaced 
the wide-spreading horns of her racers. 

Alcyesta*s chariot was black, but rich in traceries of 
silver and painted flower ornaments. She wore a pink 
robe, with a silver agraffe and girdle, set with pearls and 
turquoise. Pink and white ribbons trimmed her whip and 
tied the horns of the caribou. 

For an instant the chariots moved side by side, the 
women giving free rein, but withholding the whips. At 
the first quarter Ildiko led slightly; but in attempting to 
round the curve of the half-goal, Alcyesta caught a wheel 
in the post, snapping it in two, like so much straw. With 
such momentum, it was not possible to check the speed, 
and before either could prevent it the horns of Ildiko' s 
and Alcyesta' s teams were tightly interlocked. Instantly 
there was a terrific hubbub. Men from all sides ran to 
their assistance. 

'*Let us race it out!" cried Ildiko. 

*' Agreed!" answered Alcyesta; and both women laid 
on the lash vigorously, scorching the ground with their 
flying wheels. 

"Keep clear! Give them leeway!" shouted the ca- 
zique, charging the crowd with his horse. The caribou 
had shaken themselves loose. 

**It is a splendid race!" cried the judges, as the last 
quarter stake was passed. 

** Run, Ildiko!" 

**Use thy whip, Keroecia! Thou must not let them 
beat thee ^ter all!" 

**Give them their heads, Alcyesta! Thy rein is too 
tight!" 

The women were leaning forward talking to the nervy 
roadsters, with hair flying over their shoulders, ribbons 
fluttering, and the wheels fairly singing as they flew past 
the chalk-line. 

** It is still an open race for the cup. Keroecia took no 
advantage. Now she must run for it! " 

And she did. Saphis and Phoda knew her voice. They 
caught her impulse as she loosed the rein, and they went 
like the wind. 

** Crack! crack!" snapped her tiny whiplash. And it 



YERMAH THE DORADO 193 

seemed as if the caribou would jump out of their skins. 
Not being accustomed to the whip, they were much 
more frightened by its noise than by the sting of its lash. 
Theirs was simply a mad headlong plunge forward, taken 
in time to clear the first goal. Ildiko and Alcyesta had 
enough to do in preventing a break as their knowing ani- 
mals neared the scene of their former mishap. They were 
fearless runners, and responded gamely to the lash; but 
there was an imperceptible hesitation, a disposition to shy, 
and Keroecia whipped in a full neck ahead. On she went 
around the ring, unable to control her terror-stricken 
team. It was the whip laid on their tender backs for the 
second time which rendered them unmanageable. 

** Hold them steady until they calm down,'' advised the 
cazique, galloping beside her. 

Setos and Alcamayn hastened to Ildiko, assisting her 
to alight, while Ben Hu Barabe carried his wife through 
the crowd and set her down in safety before turning his 
attention to 'Keroecia. 

**Ho, Saphis! Ho, Phoda! Fear not, little ones! Thou 
hast done nobly! Steady, steady now! Ho! Ho!" 

She had braced herself against the front of the chariot 
and was pulling back with all her might. With a quick, 
sharp turn, the cazique reined up in front of the vehicle 
just as Yermah caught the bit of one of the caribou. The 
sudden stoppage threw Keroecia across the dashboard. 
She quickly recovered her footing, bruised and shaken, 
but much more concerned for the steaming, panting, high- 
strung winners than herself She spoke soothingly to 
them, as she stroked their ugly proboscis-like snouts, while 
they champed their foam -flecked bits and gazed at her 
with still a gleam of terror in their eyes. 

As soon as the ring was cleared the people settled them- 
selves back and looked expectant. Familiar as they were 
with a mammoth elephant, there was always something 
fascinating in its unwieldy bulk. The crowd had waited 
with characteristic patience all day to see the tricks of 
some performing elephants, brought down by the Maza- 
mas from the far north, especially to honor Keroecia. 

Zoyara, Cezardis, and Zombra came through the en- 



194 YERMAH THE DORADO 

trance dressed in black skin-tight garments ablaze with 
mica spangles and barbaric jewels. They wore gayly 
striped sashes around their waists, and ostrich feathers in 
the silver head-bands, while their arms and ankles jingled 
with bracelets and bells. Back of them came two keepers 
leading a pair of tremendous rusty black, shaggy-coated 
elephants, with long ivory tusks, which curved out and 
curled up viciously. Zombra and Zoyara stepped to one 
side. Cezardis said: — 

* * Hear ye all ! These young and tender creatures are in 
love. Sven here is about to offer himself to the shapely 
Loke, whom he loves to distraction. Bashful young men, 
please take notice; this exhibit is for thy especial ben- 
efit." 

He gave both animals a sharp prod with a bronze-tipped 
goad which he carried. Sven began to tremble all over. 
His huge loose skin, much too big for his ponderous body, 
moved back and forth mechanically, in well-simulated 
emotion, and the hair raised in every direction as he 
approached Loke. 

*'Down on your knees, sir! Down, sir!" shouted 
Cezardis hitting him a heavy thwack across his fore-legs. 
The elephant fairly shook the ground beneath him as he 
came to a kneeling posture. 

**Bow your head respectfully, sir!" commanded Cezar- 
dis. Sven laid his ears close to his head, and drew his 
trunk well under, giving himself a ludicrously shamefaced 
expression. 

* * Give Sven his answer, Loke. Answer, I say ! ' ' 
Loke stuck her trunk up in the air, and with a disdain- 
ful toss of the head, waddled off in an opposite direction, 
to the delight of the audience. Their shouts of laughter 
were a signal to Sven. He fell over on his side, and stif- 
fened himself out as if he were dead. 

* ' Oh, poor fellow ! P-o-o-r fellow I ' ' cried Cezardis with 
mock pathos. ** I know how it is myself, sir." The ele- 
phant raised his head and looked at him. ' ' Think better 
of it, old man. Thou mayst have had a lucky escape. 
Here comes her sister and husband. Let us stand to one 
side and observe how they get on. Brace up, sir!" 

Sven and Loke were on the outside when the keepers 



YERMAH THE DORADO 195 

brought in the other pair — Loke with her head in an 
opposite direction. Cezardis gravely introduced the new- 
comers, and then turned to the putative husband and 
asked : — 

'' Didst thou have a good breakfast this morning, sir?*' 

The elephant shook his head and trumpeted dolefully. 
His mate stamped the ground indignantly, then rushed at 
him, and butted him in the side. He whirled around and 
kicked at her. Then they locked trunks, and seemed 
bent upon annihilating each other with their sawed-off, 
stumpy tusks. 

** How is this for married life, sir ? " demanded Cezardis. 
Sven turned to the audience and winked prodigiously, 
while his sides shook as if he were convulsed with laughter. 

At this moment Loke picked up a saw-teeth palm-leaf 
with her trunk, and hid her face. 

Cezardis allowed the benedict to toss him up in the air 
several times, and finally, by a dexterous leap, landed 
between the mammoth's ears. 

**The long-looked-for elephant race is about to begin. 
To give some idea of individual gait, we will first walk the 
animals, and then they will trot side by side for points. 
Do not let the disgraceful conduct of the wedded pair 
weigh against them. A bad breakfast tries the best of 
us.'' 

There was a loud blare of trumpets and a vigorous 
beating of kettle-drums, while the spectators cheered 
heartily, as Cezardis turned summersaults, stood on his 
head, and played all sorts of pranks on the back and 
head of the elephant. They walked first leisurely and 
then more hurriedly around the ring. When the second 
round was completed, he boldly slid down the trunk of 
the leader, and with a graceful bow ran out of the way. 

The keepers adroitly arranged them in pairs, throwing 
a gourd full of capsicum into each mouth, in order to 
increase their pace. 

** The race begins! Close thy bets!" shouted Cezardis. 

The keepers used the goad unsparingly, and soon the 
huge mountains of flesh were stretching their treelike 
legs to the utmost. They trotted ponderously side by 
side for a few moments amid the clangor of bells, the deaf- 



196 YERMAH THE DORADO 

ening shouts of the multitude, and an ever-increasing 
tempo of music. 

**Sven and Loke lead the first quarter!" yelled the 
judges. 

** Their pace increases!" cried everybody, and the 
excitement was at fever heat when the elephants began to 
trumpet. Before they reached the half-stake they were 
all galloping wildly, and the spectators were beginning 
to look at each other with blanched faces. 

On they came round the turning-point, trumpeting and 
bellowing furiously. Every jump shook the ground 
under them like an earthquake, until the pavilion itself 
rocked like a ship at sea. Fortunately the race started 
near the entrance, and the panic-stricken people were now 
flying recklessly, some through the wide-open gates, 
while others scrambled for the highest seats, where they 
huddled together and clung to each other frantically. On 
the maddened animals came, with their mouths wide open 
and their swinging trunks sprinkling capsicum, copiously 
mixed with saliva, over everything. They were in a com- 
pact mass, moving with all the irresistible velocity of an 
avalanche, and growing more and more terrified at their 
own freedom. Great rivers of brine poured from their 
bulging eyes, while their mouths drooled as if they were 
on fire. 

The unerring instinct which distinguishes their descend- 
ants caused the forest monsters to fall into line one behind 
the other, as they made for the open air. Men and ani- 
mals fled before them in every direction as they thundered 
down the valley, stampeding everything for miles around. 
Their trumpetings could be heard long after they were out 
of sight, and it was easy to track them — for they beat 
down a solid pathway fully a foot below the surfece. Ce- 
zardis and the keepers mounted and hastened after them. 
After an hour's hard riding, they found them standing in 
the river industriously spouting water over their unsub- 
merged backs. 

**The heat and excitement had been too much for 
them," Cezardis said, making an ineffectual attempt to 
stay the panic. ** There is nothing to fear. It is only 
their idea of a frolic." 



YERMAH THE DORADO ^"^ 197 

To the keepers he said, ''What under the sun didst 
thou give the brutes ? '' 

*'A gourdful of capsicum," answered one of them. 
** We knew thou wert in the habit of slipping a pepper- 
pod in their mouths when thou wouldst have them appear 
lively. And," he naively continued, '*we knew they 
would be thirsty in the heat and crowd. ' ' 

' ' It will not be safe to take them back to the Cincoyan. 
An elephant never forgets an injury, and they would prob- 
ably demolish the whole place if they saw it again. Thou 
art sufficiently punished by being obliged to remain here 
on guard, while the feasting, music, and dancing goes on 
to-night. I will send thee covering and food," he prom- 
ised, as he swung into the saddle and started back. 

The massive feet of the mammoths threw up clouds of 
dusty sand, thickening the air like fog, while the floor of 
the amphitheater looked as if it had been newly plowed. 
With their exit the still terrified populace rushed out of the 
Cincoyan pell-mell. They pushed and crowded through 
the entrance as if danger assailed them from behind. 
Those in the lead made great haste after they had passed 
the gates, dragging their children by the hands, while the 
little ones looked back over their shoulders and cried as 
they ran along. 



I9S YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XVI 

THE sun was inclining well toward the west, and there 
was a savory smell of roasted meats, steaming vege- 
tables, and ripe fruits assailing the olfactory nerves, and 
appealing strongly to the inner man — the unchained tiger 
of the stomach. The children set up an impatient clamor 
for something to eat, as they caught sight of the long, low 
tables spread under the trees; but there was a decorum 
to be observed, which their elders rigidly enforced. 

Whole animals had been roasting through the previous 
night in trenches twelve feet long, two feet wide, and two 
feet depp. Fires were built in them, and when thoroughly 
dried out, great spits were put in half-way to the top, and 
over a bed of red-hot charcoal the meat was cooked. 
During this process it was moistened frequently with 
spiced vinegar, and a sauce piquatite of chili, with which 
salt had been freely mixed. Beef, venison, and bear-meat 
were prepared in this way, while rabbits, wild turkeys, 
geese, ducks, quail, and small birds were roasted and 
stewed by separate methods. Near the trenches pots of 
curry, rice, and mutton were simmering over slow fires. 
Deep brass cylinders, with glowing charcoal in the bot- 
tom, kept steaming tamales ready for instant service. 
There were great ash-heaps filled with sweet potatoes 
roasted to a turn. Huge chafing-dishes contained beans, 
tomatoes, stuffed cucumbers, and stews of all kinds, while 
lettuce, cresses, red peppers, radishes, leeks, and onions " 
were heaped on the tables in profusion. Nasturtium 
seeds, capers, and olives were among the relishes. Great 
brick ovens hid many a fruit confection and pasty, and 
there were stacks of tortillas fresh from the hands of the 
baker. Fresh curds and honey were in liberal allowance 



YERMAH THE DORADO 199 

on each table, while great wicker baskets groaned with 
their burden of ripe peaches, pears, apples, guavas, bana- 
nas, tunas, and pine-apples. On clean grass mats were 
water-melons, cantaloupes, and grapes, while oranges, 
lemons, pomegranates, and quinces were among the can- 
died and preserved fruits. Walnuts, peanuts, filberts, and 
pine-nuts by the bushel were at hand for service, while 
immense ollas were filled with pulque, metheglin, cider, 
tequila, and koumiss. These drinks were called **zadar,'^ 
meaning to spin, as the head feels after indulging in them. 
For the more soberly inclined there was chocolate flavored 
with vanilla, and piled high with whipped cream, serv^ed 
either hot or cold. 

Cotton napkins and pottery ewers filled with water were 
beside each earthenware plate. Despite their impatience, 
every child was compelled to perform ablutions the same 
as their elders before sitting to eat. For their use lacquer- 
ware dishes were provided. Gay- colored silk lanterns 
hung from the trees, which were also garlanded overhead 
with ropes of flowers, filling all gaps for the nonce and 
excluding the too-searching sunlight. All made haste to 
sit, while lips moved in silent thank-offerings. The 
musicians played softly as Keroecia passed rapidly along 
the lines, hospitably sprinkling ashes of aloes and rose- 
water over the people. Many kissed the hem of her 
garments, or murmured blessings or good wishes for her 
health and happiness. 

With a bound she was up the steps of the canopied 
disc upon which the tables were laid for herself and special 
guests. Civil and military officers filled the outer seats, 
while the priests and healers faced them. 

At the inner table, Yermah sat on the right of Keroe- 
cia, and Cezardis on the left. Facing them at the opposite 
end was Alcyesta, with Zoyara and Ben Hu Barabe. The 
intervening spaces were occupied by Setos, Rahula, Alca- 
mayn, Ildiko, Zombra, Suravia, Hanabusa, and Mineola. 

Fragrant blossoms in the form of globes, stars, and 
crescents, hung from the blue domelike canopy, while 
fern brakes and loose bracken wound around the sup- 
porting columns. Vases of silver, gold, and onyx, set 
with jewels, supported the daintier blooms that adorned 



200 YERMAH THE DORADO 

the table, and plates and spoons of tortoise-shell, inlaid 
with mother-of-pearl, contrasted sharply with the white 
cloth. Drinking-cups of polished horn, ewers of gold 
and silver inlaid together, and hand basins of bright 
enamel, made the table both luxuriant and elegant. 

As Keroecia approached, her guests arose and joined 
in the shout **Ho-ra! Ho-ra! Ho-ra!" which went up 
from the multitude. With a simple gesture, she bade 
them be seated; then, with a sign of benediction to the 
four cardinal points, during which time all joined in her 
prayer, she seated herself, and the feast began. 

For three hours they ate, drank, and made merry, pass- 
ing compliments and toasts along the lines of tables, calling 
pretty sentiments across to each other, until the verge of 
temperate indulgence was fully reached. Long before 
this the children had been released from table refreshed 
and ready for a romp under the shade-trees. With a sigh 
of satisfaction, their elders waited for a signal to rise. 

** A libation to the Ineffable One, the Indivisible, I am 
I," called Ben Hu Barabe, standing back of his wife, 
holding a patera cup of ivory, having a gold tracery over 
its surface, and filled to the brim with pulque. 

* * Oo — m ! Oo — m ! Oo — m ! ' ' was the reverential re- 
sponse. Ben Hu Barabe faced west, and with a graceful 
sweep of the arm, poured the liquid on the ground. 

**A libation to the Trinity, whose. creative, destructive, 
and preservative aspects are everywhere manifest," said 
Yermah, as he stood behind Keroecia, and held up a 
jeweled gold cup evenly full of metheglin. 

**Oo — m! Oo — m! Oo — m!" responded the assem- 
blage, as he made a low obeisance to the east, and poured 
out the offering with a wide splash. 

* * A libation to the four elements of the All Powerful, 
— to earth, air, fire, and water — to the four parts of the 
heavens where His kingdoms are," said Cezardis, rising, 
followed immediately by Zoyara, Setos, and Hanabusa, 
each holding an onyx and silver cup brimming over with 
koumiss. Each faced a cardinal point and quickly 
emptied his cup. A crash of music mingled with the 
**Oo — ms!" and every eye turned expectantly toward 
Keroecia. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 201 

At this anniversary each year since she had been among 
them, a betrothal cup had been set in the middle of her 
table. It was the one day in the year when she was 
privileged to choose a husband. The marriageable men 
loyally showed themselves, but stood with averted faces 
lest their intent gaze should embarrass and disconcert her. 
Every one withdrew from the table and left her free to 
act. Would she merely bow her head and follow her 
maidens, as she had done before, or would she return the 
confidence of her people in full ? She was still standing 
as they left her, amid a feeling, impressive, and intense 
silence. Suddenly she cried out: — 

'^Alcyesta, Suravia, Mineola, intercede for me!'* Then 
she quickly signed to the musicians, and soft as a breath 
of ^olian harps came the answering notes. The three 
priestesses intoned in low, sweet voices, stretching out 
their arms in supplication to the north, west, and south. 
Their bodies swayed back and forth as they brought 
their open hands even with their foreheads, palms down- 
ward, and then opened their arms as wide as possible 
again, repeating the process continually. Many of the 
women were moved to tears as they heard the familiar 
strains, while some of them mechanically joined in the 
chant. 

Since freedom and unconsciousness are the only expres- 
sions of modesty, why, in the name of all that is simple, 
sincere, and natural, is it considered wrong for a woman 
to give expression to affection ? As well might it be held 
a shame to live and breathe because uninvited to be born. 
It may be that it is for the harmony, delicacy, joy, mys- 
tery, and beauty of love that the differences of sex should 
be recognized in the right of initiative. Or the notion 
may lie in the atavism of human nature which stands 
trembling between the glory of its destiny and the mean- 
ness of its achievement. 

Venus and Neptune combined to give Keroecia a naive, 
tender, shrinking, sensitive nature, but one in which love 
clothed itself with many charms and graces. There was 
no sense of original sin hanging over her head to sup- 
press, intimidate, and pervert her love nature. She knew 
no reason why she should not select a mate. With the 



202 YERMAH THE DORADO 

confidence of this assurance, she picked up the betrothal 
cup. The act combined the strength of the sea, the firm- 
ness of the mountains, the freedom of the winds, with all 
the shy grace of the violet hidden by tall grasses and veiled 
with dew. The cup, a pale violet stone which had been 
blocked out and ground down, was supported by a slender 
golden stem, twisted, and set with pearls and emeralds. 

Something of the import of her action dawned upon 
Yermah as he stood transfixed, pale, and agitated, while 
his very life seemed to hang upon her every movement. 

It was a woman's courage, born of love — the love of 
giving herself wholly to the object of her choice. Nerved 
by this feeling, she came toward him confidently, but with 
a timid smile and rising color, and gave the cup into his 
trembling hands. 

For a moment he shrank back from her. 

* ' O God ! my oath ! ' ' was wrung from his lips. It was 
for an instant only. 

** But I love her with all my soul! *' he cried, as he knelt 
and kissed the proffered hand. 

Ignorant and innocent alike of the cause of his emo- 
tion, Keroecia sought to reassure him. 

**The Monbas will love thee, too," she said. **Hear 
their assenting shouts." 

* * Atlantis and her dependencies shall worship and adore 
thee, as I do. Keroecia, my love, I will be a loyal hus- 
band to thee." 

"As I will be a dutiful and loving wife to thee." 

They were nearly swept off their feet by the crowds 
which surged around them. The Monbas and Azes em- 
braced each other, called one another ** brother," and 
pledged fealty to the new alliance. Thus was the compact 
ratified. 

Every one was anxious to talk the matter over with his 
neighbor as they sought their homes in animated groups, 
leaving behind them a scene of disorder. Napkins were 
scattered wherever the last ablutions were performed. 
Ewers and cups with their contents had been frequently 
overturned. Fragments of food, cooked and uncooked, 
some untouched and others partly eaten, were abandoned 
by the sated appetite, and left without further thought, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 203 

until hunger should again recall their excellence. In a 
short time the streets were silent and deserted, the remain- 
ing hours of the day being devoted to a siesta indoors. 
No one issued from his house again until night unpinned 
a black curtain and rolled it down over the earth. 

When God hung his lanterns in the sky, the people 
came together again. They went back to the Cincoyan, 
which was now a blaze of light from the many flambeaus 
stuck into brass urns around the high walls, augmented 
by hundreds of silk lanterns festooned on wires stretching 
across to the center pole. There was breeze enough to 
keep the flags in motion, and to cause the lights to flicker 
fitfully, adding to the fairylike beauty of the scene. 

The character of the music had entirely changed. The 
kettle-drums were muffled and beaten with the fingers 
only. Instead of the blare of trumpets, there were harps 
such as the Yaqui Indians now use, and difl*ering but little 
from the modern instruments. There were lyres with 
twenty-two strings, guitars, tambourines, clarinets, flutes, 
pipes, cymbals, castinets, and sarangis, the latter made 
and played on the same principle as a violin, having four 
strings stretched over the sounder, under which lie four 
brass wires, whose vibrations echoed the strings and 
greatly intensified the singing qualities of the tones. 

Slabs of black and white marble covered the ring floor, 
save where a wide passage-way had been left on all sides 
for use of the people in seating themselves. The pavilion 
had been transformed into a bower of roses and artificial 
trees. 

With one of the judges on either side of her, sat Keroe- 
cia under a floral canopy, dressed in white and silver gauze, 
with a collarette of pearls about her neck. She was wait- 
ing to crown the victors. The musicians made victory, 
love, and triumph their theme, as Yermah, escorted by 
Ben Hu Barabe, approached and knelt to receive a crown 
of lilies and a palm. 

' * Rise in thy majesty, bearer of the victorious palm ! 
Go forth and renew thy triumphs, until the sun comes 
again to strengthen thy lion heart. Peace be with thee!'* 

**Hear me, O Priestess! Grant thy servant leave to 
encircle thy slender fingers with a set of rings made for 



204 YERMAH THE DORADO 

thee, having the virtues of the planets, and sent with the 
blessings of the people of Tlamco,'' said Yermah still 
kneeling. 

** Thy wishes and those of thy people are law unto me," 
responded Keroecia, giving him her hand. 

Alcamayn presented him with a cushion of purple silk, 
on which lay the seven rings. 

* * A sapphire set in gold, worn on the first finger, brings 
the blessing of the sun," said the Dorado, slipping the 
ring on her finger. * ' Beside it I place a bloodstone set 
in tin, to enlist Jupiter in thy welfare; the cautious guar- 
dianship of Saturn is in the turquoise and lead, with which 
I encircle thy middle finger; Venus, the goddess of love, 
governs the third finger, and for an amulet demands an 
amethyst set in copper; the moon inclines the heart of 
thy people toward thee, and will bless thee with children, 
if a diamond in silver setting is also placed on this finger." 

Yermah lingered a moment over his task, and looked 
up at Keroecia for approval. 

**This curiously wrought platinum band contains a 
magnet, and is intended for the little finger, the throne 
of Mercury, the wise one, who stands as an outer sentinel 
to guard and strengthen love," he continued. 

* * The seat of will power is in the thumb. Let this ser- 
pent of iron with an emerald eye bring to thee the warrior 
spirit of the planet Mars, subdued and sweetened by the 
quality of Venus. May the All-Seeing Eye supply thy 
inner vision, and may every craving of thy heart be satis- 
fied." 

* * Then must thou express the gratitude oppressing me, 
when next thy voice is heard in the Llama city," said 
Keroecia, as she motioned Yermah to rise. 

Wreaths of bay-tree, of laurel in berry (whence the 
term baccalaureate comes when it is given to young phy- 
sicians), olive, myrde, and nasturtium vines were bestowed 
and proudly worn by men who had contested for them 
earlier in the day. To the less successful were given rib- 
bons of red, blue, and green. 

The whole scene was brilliant and animated. The gayly 
dressed throng pushed and elbowed each other, paying 
little or no attention to the award of prizes, in their desire 



YERMAH THE DORADO 205 

to see and be seen. The dances were about to begin, and 
there was a bevy of pretty girls ready to do their share. 
Up the steps of the pavilion, dancing on their way, came 
boys dressed as birds and butterflies, in garments of blue, 
green, and yellow plumes. They ascended into the arti- 
ficial trees, moving from branch to branch, pretending to 
sip dew from the flowers, followed by the special guests, 
who were garbed like gods, having blow-guns in their 
hands, with which they feigned to shoot the birds. 

Keroecia invited the latter into her bower, and gave 
them a mixture of rose-leaves and tobacco to smoke. 

Immediately the familiar strains of the harvest dances 
were heard, and the people began to clap their hands in 
accompaniment From the four cardinal points a line of 
dancers was forming, composed of young girls dressed as 
fairies. The sylphs came from the east, dressed in sheer 
white, made short and very full, with graduated spangles 
of gold coming out like a sunburst from the gold band 
at the waist. Orange and jasmine blossoms wreathed 
their heads. They danced quickly up to the pole in the 
center, and took the yellow ribbon hanging from the im- 
mense flower parasol suspended over the top. Joining 
hands, they waited for their companions. 

Next came the salamanders, in parti-colored dresses of 
flame-red and black, so thickly spangled with mica that 
in the flaring light they looked as if sparks had been 
showered over them. Their long black hair was full of 
diamond powder, and they had red roses and carnations 
on their heads. The same dainty steps, with the hems of 
their stiff* skirts in their fingers, brought them to the cen- 
ter, where they secured a red ribbon. 

Then came the undines, the water-sprites, dressed in 
Nile-green gauze liberally trimmed with silver, while their 
girdles were of silver filigree, shaped like serpents. Their 
fluffy white hair was crowned with lemon and citron 
blooms, and agraflfes of silver were also worn. They came 
from the west, and selected a white ribbon. 

From the north came queer little hunchbacked crea- 
tures, wearing conical caps which terminated in sharp 
points. These gnomes sparkled with mineral wealth, in 
jeweled bodices and caps, while their skirts were of earth- 



2o6 YERMAH THE DORADO 

colored gauze, brightened by iridescent sequins and em- 
broideries. They picked up the remaining black ribbons. 

Slowly the columns began to circle around the pole, 
going faster and faster until the ribbons were wound 
around it, and as often reversing the process. Forming a 
square, they began a basket weave, during which time 
little children ran back and forth to represent the shuttle. 
With a grand apotheosis of the seasons, during which 
each group danced separately, and, finally, all together, 
they bowed, threw a kiss to Keroecia, and ran off the 
platform. 

Then in a few minutes every square of marble was 
occupied by a young woman dressed as a priestess, in 
long, voluminous robes of pale pink, lavender, blue, and 
white, with double and single key patterns marked out in 
black. The necks, the bottoms of the skirts, and the 
edges of the sleeves were so ornamented. Gold bands 
coiled around the back part of the head and held the long 
hair in place. Sandals, having pointed toes curling well 
up oyer the foot, and laced together with gold cords, 
completed their costumes. 

The dancers were placed so as to form a representation 
of the maze of Daedalus, and each whirled separately, and 
at such a rate as to confuse the beholder. Ildiko took a 
parti-colored handkerchief and challenged Alcamayn to 
follow her. The dancers kept up the whirling wherever 
she was, while the others held their interlaced hands high 
over their heads and danced in an indescribable labyrinth. 
In and out of the whirling groups darted Ildiko, with a 
tantalizing fling of the handkerchief, taxing all Alca- 
mayn' s ingenuity to follow, especially when the spectators 
sought to mislead him by an incessant clamor of gratui- 
tous advice over and above the hand-clapping. Finally, 
he succeeded in securing a corner of the square, which he 
retained, dancing with Ildiko up in front of the pavilion. 
As soon as Keroecia recognized them, the whole group 
prostrated themselves before her, and then rising simul- 
taneously, executed a serpentine dance, in which all the 
colors were beautifully blended. 

As the music ceased, the crowd began moving toward 
the gates, and soon after quiet reigned supreme. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 207 

Yermah gained courage from the unfailing kindness 
shown him everywhere. It loosed his tongue, and he 
longed to talk of his hopes and plans. Lover-like, he was 
tormented with curiosity concerning the minutiae of Keroe- 
cia's life; so he lingered the greater portion of the next 
day at her house. 

They indulged in the dearest, sweetest possible ex- 
change of confidences. The revelations they made 
amounted to nothing in themselves, yet were priceless 
treasures to the recipients. Halting sentences, eloquent 
silences, phrases broken by kisses sweeter than the honey 
of Hybla, explanations empnasized by a caressing touch 
of the hand, tones and accents whose inner meaning was 
made plain by a love-lit eye, all the sweet nothings talked 
heart to heart by lovers, gave them several hours of deli- 
cious oblivion. 

**I am of the same descent as thou art, my beloved,^' 
said Keroecia, as Yermah drew her head toward him, and 
kissed the hair where it parted on her forehead. 

** How art thou related to me except by the silken cords 
of affection?*' he asked, ready to indulge her for the sake 
of hearing her talk. 

^'Because years ago my ancestry came from Atlantis.'' 

** Very true, the lans were originally from Atlantis, but 
they now make war on Nimrod's descendants." 

* * Oppression and ill-use drove them to rebellion. They 
were forbidden to worship as I do, and for this reason they 
set themselves free." 

**I went directly to Nineveh from the university, a 
callow youth, ungainly, beardless, and without discre- 
tion " 

** Wouldst thou have me quarrel with thee ? ' ' demanded 
Keroecia, as she held her hand tightly over Yermah' s 
mouth. He shook his head, and with his hands impris- 
oned the audacious member. 

**Then thou must not abuse my property," she con- 
tinued with an engaging pout. 

* * Wouldst thou have loved me then ? " he asked. Being 
satisfied with her reply, he added: '* There I performed 
the first labor of initiation," 



2o8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**What meanest thou by initiation ? Is it something 
Akaza teaches thee ? ' * 

** Initiation is a task imposed upon me by the Brother- 
hood of the White Star in my Other's court. When I 
have finished the labors I shall be of the Brotherhood 
myself This is necessary in a grand servitor. ' * 

**Tell me of thy joumeyings/* she said, nestling close 
beside him, yet with a coyness and reserve all her own. 
**Thou hast traveled far indeed.'* 

* * The second year was spent at Memphis, Egypt, 
where I performed the second labor. Then I went 
among our colonists in Phoenicia; thence to the Etrus- 
cans, where I learned to work in metals; then among 
the Kelts, where I learned bow -craft; thence to the 
Vikings and the land of the Basques. Returning to 
Poseidon's kingdom, I set sail for the land of the Incas; 
and from there I came to Tlamco, the last outlying colony 
of. the Toltecs, one of the three main tributaries to the 
grand servitor Poseidon. Art thou satisfied? " he asked. 

*'Not quite. Hast thou loved no one all these years? *' 

** Yes; and very much," confidently assented Yermah. 

Keroecia shrank back as if a blow had been dealt her. 

Everything swam before her, and she was faint and wan. 

* * Whom ? ' ' she gasped. 

*' Myself," said Yermah, holding her tightly. **Art 
thou jealous?" 

**Not now," she replied with a look that enchanted 
her lover. 

* ' Wilt thou hear other confessions ? I can accuse my- 
self of much more." 

** And compel me to love thee the more for them all. 
Thou shalt leave me sufficient mind for besetting affairs," 
answered Keroecia. 

** Wouldst thou have me for thy slave?" 

*'No; but I would be thine." 

** Lend thy confidence fully, that I may worship where 
thou art pleased, and abhor that which offends thee." 

**That which I value most of all my possessions is this 
distaff given me by my mother," said Keroecia, bringing 
fonvard a slender strip of bamboo, not much larger than 
a darning-needle, lightiy weighted with pellets of clay. It 



YERMAH THE DORADO 209 

had a jeweled handle and a wheel of hardwood, polished 
and set with mother-of-pearl. A tiny shell served for a 
socket, should the weight of the spindle prove too heavy 
for the gossamer threads used. 

*' Wilt thou spin ? ' ' asked her companion, "placing a seat 
for her. 

With girlish eagerness and gratified pride Keroecia sat 
down, so intent upon a display of dexterity and skill that 
she was unconscious of the fact that her soft clinging 
skirts were tightly drawn over one leg the entire length, 
and high enough to display the ankle and instep to good 
advantage. With the other foot she set the treadle going, 
and soon her shapely arms were following the flying shut- 
tle. The well- poised head, the long, slender throat, and 
the regular rise and fall of a perfect bosom helped to 
complete the poetry of her motions, and Yermah feasted 
his eyes while she worked. 

Glancing upward by chance, Keroecia caught the expres- 
sion of his face, but was by no means displeased because 
she saw desire mirrored there, and realized that her charms 
were tempting and seductive. Who can resist the intoxi- 
cation of the senses ? — especially their instinctive pledge, 
which does not rise to the mental plane, but is merely a 
matter of exquisite feeling on both sides. In his agitation 
Yermah busied himself clumsily with the spider-web 
threads, and soon had them hopelessly entangled. He w^as 
so genuinely distressed when they broke that his com- 
panion hastily put the wheel away and substituted a 
soltario — an instrument like a zither, only much larger, 
played with thimbles of tortoise-shell fastened to the 
fingers. 

She sang a plaintive love-song to her own accompani- 
ment. When she had finished, Yermah sat down beside 
her and slipped his arm around her waist. 

* * Something in thy song makes me sad. Tell me again 
that thou wilt be happy as my wife. ' ' 

She patted his cheek tenderly and gave the assurance. 

**And wilt thou pray that children may bless and 
sweeten our lives together ? ' ' 

Kneeling beside him, she promised. Seeing that he was 
still in a serious mood, she said soothingly: — 



2IO YERMAH THE DORADO 

« 

* * Let not ungentle doubt knit thy brow. For all time, 
and for eternity, I give myself to thee absolutely and 
without reserve.'' 

**And I bind my soul to cherish and love thee always. 
Thou art a jewel imbedded in my very heart's core. 
Hast thou a wish in my power to grant ? ' ' 

She stroked his temples gently for a moment, and then 
said: — 

* * Thou art both skilled and learned, and I delight in 
thy achievements. Hast thou shown all thy quality? 
Thou art as modest as a violet, but thou hast said that 
thou wilt do much to please me. Make me to know all 
thy handiwork, and it shall be to me above rubies. ' ' 

It was such subtle, ingenuous flattery that Yermah 
promised with swelling pride and an inward conviction 
that his every thought and wish would find a quick 
response and ready sympathy in her companionship. 

After this they talked but little, much of their time 
being spent in the strange silent awe of perfect love. With 
a pretty show of confidence which thrilled Yermah, Keroe- 
cia lifted his disengaged hand and carried it to its fellow, 
which was yet about her waist, and of her own accord 
added slightly to the pressure. Noting the subtle change 
of expression which accompanied this movement, Yermah 
asked quickly, ' ' What is it, loved one ? ' ' 

*4 feel securely sheltered from all the world," she said, 
**when thy strong arms infold me. I wonder if thou 
canst realize what a complete haven I feel that I have 
in thee." 

**Not more than I find in thy sweet mind, thy pure 
soul, and thy warm heart," he answered, as he kissed her 
forehead, eyes, and lips. 

He had taken her fully into his protecting care; she 
leaned on him without restraint and suffered her eyelids 
to droop for a moment. Gradually both yielded to a sense 
of weariness — a reaction inevitable from the tension of 
the previous days. Drowsiness came on apace, but sleep 
claimed Yermah an instant only. With a tenderness akin 
to holiness, he occupied himself with Keroecia's comfort. 
He was completely subdued by her helplessness, and she 
was in every sense sacred to him. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 211 

**She trusts me/' he whispered softly, as he noted the 
relaxation of her pose. In his gentleness and solicitude, 
there was that incipient quality indicated which would 
make him a kind and indulgent father. She was to him 
still such a wonderful being that he was intensely interested 
in her personality. Curious as a boy with a new toy, he 
longed to rouse her, yet hesitated to do so. He felt diffi- 
dent about touching her. Before he could decide what to 
do, she had opened her eyes with a start. 

''Beloved, I thought thou hadst left me,'* she mur- 
mured, only half-awake. 

*' No; I am still beside thee. We have both been in 
dreamland, but thou art more laggard than I.'' 

*'I am much refreshed," she said apologetically. 
''Thou wilt pardon my neglect." 

"I too am renewed," he replied, stroking her hair 
affectionately. 

" Thou wilt not forget me when thou art engrossed 
with the affairs of state ? ' ' she asked wistfully, as they 
stood together in the twilight taking leave of each other. 
He was to go at daybreak the following morning, and she 
clung to him in longing farewell. 

" Remember this," he answered, taking her face in his 
hands, and looking deep into her eyes : ' ' Nothing can 
for a moment blot out thy dear image. The first thought 
of the day, the last thought of the night is of thee. ' ' 

' ' Thou art my whole desire and inspiration. Memory 
serves thee faithfully. May the energy of the cosmos con- 
serve thy strength of purpose, thy health and happiness. ' ' 

" To Him who was in the beginning, and shall endure 
to the end without mutation or change, I commend my 
sweet love. May angels of content hover over thee, 
Keroecia, my treasure ! ' ' 

A tender, lingering embrace, a shower of kisses on eye- 
lids and lips, and then the priestess stood alone, straining 
her eyes into the dark, trying to retain a glimpse of her 
departing lover. 



212 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XVII 

ON the way home, and for days after his arrival at 
Tlamco, Yermah thought of what he should do to 
please Keroecia. She had said that she wanted to know 
of all his handiwork and achievements, so he studied out 
a plan to fulfill her wishes. He was a master in metal- 
lurgy, a skillful artificer, and an expert diamond lapidary; 
so he decided to make her a tablet of stones, which 
should be a book of his life, confident that she under- 
stood the language of the genii, since her father's court 
copied the letters used in their cuneiform writing from the 
arrow-head crystals imprisoned in sapphires. 

His belief was that gold, silver, and the precious stones 
had but one foundation in nature. They were simply 
augmentative thought, purified and perfected through 
the operation of magnetic life. This power was invisible 
and unattainable under ordinary circumstances, and un- 
known to all except the alchemist. With him all yellow 
gems and gold were appropriate wear for Sunday,- either 
to draw down propitious influences or to avert antagonis- 
tic effects. On Monday, pearls and white stones (not 
diamonds) were worn, because this is the day of the 
moon, the second power in nature. Tuesday, the day 
of Mars, claimed rubies and all crystallizations of a fiery 
luster. Wednesday was the day of the turquoise, sapphire, 
and all species of stones which seem to reflect the blue 
vault of heaven, and imply the lucent azure of the spiritual 
atmosphere where the sylphs dwell — those elementals 
who are always striving to communicate with mortals, 
because they desire immortality. Thursday demanded 
amethysts, and richly colored stones of sanguine tint, 
because the day is correlated to the male divine sacrifice. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 213 

Friday, Venus* s day, had emeralds and reigned over all 
green stones. On Saturday, diamonds, signifying the 
great deep, were worn, because Saturn's rule is death to 
the physical, but birth to the spiritual nature. 

** The first effect abides so long as the thing remains," 
said the Dorado to Alcamayn, as they examined and 
assorted some uncut turquoises brought from the mines in 
the Cerrillos Mountains, in New Mexico, then a flourish- 
ing Toltec settlement. Opals came from Zinapan, pearls 
from La Paz, emeralds and diamonds from Brazil, while 
the rubies had been lately sent from Montana by Orondo. 
There were beautiful sapphires from the Caucasus, secured 
by barter with Keroecia's people. 

**A11 things material have a proper form,'* answered 
Alcamayn, ' ' and are subject to certain conditions. Gems, 
being material, derive virtue from a specific shape, and are 
likewise subject to the influence of the planets. *' 

**I require four stones for my purpose, and will see to 
it that the symbol engraved has the same quality as the 
stone itself, in order that its strength may be doubled.'* 

* * To be efficacious, this book must be made by elec- 
tion, ' ' rejoined Alcamayn. * * Each stone must be worked 
at the hour its particular planet's position is strongest. 
This will prolong the good aspect forever, unless the stone 
is broken." 

* ' The sapphire reflects the blue of heaven, and belongs 
to the Bull," said Yermah, critically examining some 
polished gems, having arrow-head crystals standing out in 
startling distinctness in the prismatic colors. Sometimes 
they appeared in clouds, again in fields, shifting their 
scenes as often as he changed the focus. * * This shall be 
first in the row, and shall be placed in a square of gold." 

**The house of the Twins requires an agate, and this is 
the natal stone of the priestess Keroecia," observed Alca- 
mayn, handing the Dorado a beautifully marked moss- 
agate. 

" Let that be placed in the gold below the sapphire. 
The emerald pictures the depth of the sea, and is the 
delight of its parent, the Light Bringer. It shall be in 
the third place." 



214 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**The first gem for the blue square is a topaz/' said 
Alcamayn, ** which rules the Lion, thy house of nativity.'* 

''This pale pink coral, with its delicate leaf-work, shall 
be its companion. It is of our common country, and 
will out-tongue my feeble words in its own behalf ' ' 

' ' Here is a dewdrop laden with sunbeams, ' ' said the 
little jeweler enthusiastically, as he opened a square of 
maguey fibre, and disclosed a first-water brilliant. 

''Equilibrated love could have no better exponent," 
assented Yermah, sharing his enthusiasm. ' ' The bow and 
dart are here at rest in the sign Libra, where the Lord of 
Day begins his journey through the nether world. This 
sparkling thing shall find rest beside the coral branch 
fresh from the brine of Atlantis.'* 

'* The scarlet block must have a fiery opal, and I have 
here an exquisite finding, recently brought from the Tol- 
tec kingdom. ' ' 

**This shall typify the sting of the scorpion, which is 
the separation forced upon us. Its changing hues shall 
be to her a sign that three lunations more complete my 
exile, and then comes joyous union. Put this in the first 
place, and with it a turquoise for Sagitta, the present time, 
when all my thought is of thee, ' ' he continued, unmindful 
of Alcamayn' s presence. ** The ruby mirrors my impris- 
oned soul, which awaits release into the sunshine of thy 
love." 

Alcamayn was looking over a handful of garnets. 
Finally he found a suitable one, and laid it at the top of 
the purple square. 

"This shall be the opening page," said Yermah; "and 
I will so cunningly fashion it that she shall go with renewed 
zest from one chapter to another. When she has my 
whole life spread out before her, I will conceal the spring, 
so that she may not close it again. It shall be to her a 
pledge of constancy." 

"I like not this amethyst," said Alcamayn; "but we 
have no other large enough." 

" The sign of the fishes is well represented by a pearl," 
rejoined Yermah. "Hast thou black and white gems suffi- 
cient in size?" 

"Here is one of each, ovum-shaped and perfect. Thou 



YERMAH THE DORADO 215 

canst fashion the fishes of the amethvst and set the two 
pearls between." 

**A square of jasper gives promise of fulfillment As 
the verdant earth responds to die warming rays of the sun 
newly come out of the region of cold and darkness, so 
man's heart is warmed into life by love. Canst thou make 
room for me among the lapidaries?'* he asked, turning to 
Alcamayn in direct appeal. * * I desire to work with these 
materials myself 

** Wilt thou grant me leave to make thee comfortable 
here? Thou mayst command me in all things," said 
Alcamayn, proud of his knowledge of the craft, and flat- 
tered because he had been consulted in a matter so per- 
sonal and delicate. 

They were in the treasure-room of laqua, and it was 
not long before Yermah had a temporary workshop im- 
provised in a comer where he had a good light, but was 
screened from observation. In addition to a copper wheel 
and the necessary tools, there was an oUa filled with a 
carbonate of a brownish-green, opaque color, porous like 
pumice, and as hard as a diamond, which he used for pol- 
ishing and cutting. An emery-wheel and a ewer of olive 
oil were also at hand. 

The Dorado spent a portion of each day here, and while 
employed either hummed or whistled the plaintive melody 
Keroecia had sung for him. He put the gold plates 
together on the principle of a screen, in four sections, 
containing three stones each, set solid. The first strip 
was of purple enamel, the second gold, the third blue, the 
fourth red. At the four cardinal points were squares of 
gold, with stone intaglios. When folded, the east and 
west formed a clasp, which had a spring concealed on the 
reverse side. 

When Keroecia received the tablet of stones, she dis- 
patched Ben Hu Barabe and Alcyesta to Tlamco with a 
pair of golden eagles for Yermah. These birds were 
carefully trained in falconry, and were highly prized 
because of their sagacity, courage, and skill. She also 
sent him the filmy muslin square, with its broken and 
tangled threads, just as he had left it. With it went a 



2i6 YERMAH THE DORADO 

diamond ring set with brilliants all the way around. She 
obeyed the request accompanying the tablet, and did not 
open it until the three days specified had elapsed, being 
also careful to observe the exact time named. 

It was Yermah's first attempt at telepathy; but as she 
turned the key in the elaborately carved ivory box, she 
felt his thought distinctly. She spoke and acted as if he 
were actually present. A delicate odor of jasmine filled 
the room, and she was so eager and nervous that she 
fumbled clumsily with the neatly rolled maguey fiber, 
thin and soft as a spider's web. 

**The book has two parts," said Suravia, when Ke- 
roecia uncovered a thick gold wheel having depressed 
spokes and a hub which acted as an upright standard. 
The representation was perfect, and on what corresponded 
to the felloes were the blossom and leaf of the siempra 
viva in an elaborately chased design. 

** How thoughtful and delicate!" exclaimed Keroecia, 
as she recognized the flower, and recalled the occasion of 
its choice. 

** Press the spring in the clasp, and then my life is 
before thee as an open book," she read, looking at the 
three uppermost stones in the closed tablet. 

**This is the language of the genii!" she cried, **and 
has a pearl, an amethyst, and a garnet." 

** Which means modesty, sincerity, and constancy," 
said Mineola, who was of the party. 

** Sincerity of speech and freedom from slanderous 
thoughts," continued Keroecia. ** Wisdom, courage, pa- 
tience, and the power to keep those who serve loyal. 
Fidelity in every engagement * ' 

** Where seest thou this?" asked Suravia, looking 
intentiy, but unable to distinguish so much. 

**I know not," answered Keroecia. *' The divine gift 
of song is also here, with a low sweet voice and love of 
home for my portion." 

** Seest thou this flying eagle with an arrow in its 
claws?" asked Mineola, pointing to tlie green jade in- 
taglio, on a square at the top. 

** His thought is always of me," murmured Keroecia. 
**See how perfect the polish and exquisite the cutting.'* 



YERMAH THE DORADO 217 

* * The bottom has a black onyx square with an altar 
and fire/' said Suravia, gazing curiously at the opposite 
end. 

** This will keep the heart cheerful and merry, because 
it foretells deathless union *' 

**Be merciful to our curiosity, by touching the spring 
which conceals the other chapters,'' cried both girls in a 
breath. 

**I cannot tell why — but I feel as if something were 
going to happen. How peculiar the light is!" The 
priestess still held the tablet in her hand, but went to the 
window and looked out. ** Dost thou not think a storm 
is brewing ? ' ' 

**Let us put back the curtains which keep out the 
light," said Suravia, suiting the action to the word. 
** Low-hanging clouds oppress the upper air. But this is 
nothing. ' ' 

**Thou hast no cause for apprehension," said Mineola, 
kindly. ** Thou hast all the world to make thee content." 

Thus gently urged, Keroecia came back to the table, 
accidently setting the gold wheel in motion as she 
approached. 

* * Dost thou notice that the square indentations in the 
inner circle of the wheel are the same size as the squares 
at the top and bottom ? ' ' asked Suravia, intent on her dis- 
covery. 

* * And dost thou see that the clasps are the same size ? '' 
asked Alcyesta, whose quick eye had already noted the 
resemblance. 

Keroecia was still pale and unaccountably agitated. 
Finally she said, with her thumb on the spring: — 

"I am face to face with fate! But Yermah loves me; 
so why should I fear?" She pressed the spring and the 
screen spread out instantly. In the center was a slip of 
parchment, on which was written: ** When once my heart 
opens unto thy loving touchy never again canst thou close 
itr 

Woman-like, they all exclaimed at once, and were in a 
flutter of excitement over the beauty of workmanship, 
the exquisite fancy, and the loving sentiments expressed 
in this novel fashion. 



2i8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Did I not tell thee the squares would fit into the 
wheel ? ' ' demanded Suravia, when she finally managed to 
make herself heard. 

**Let us tryit,*' said Keroecia. '*Thou art right; it 
fits perfectly. The tablet is square, but the wheel is cir- 
cular, which is in itself a great mystery with the Azes." 
The priestess blushed scarlet as she realized that she had 
betrayed her study of Yermah's religion. 

**Tell us about it/' said both auditors eagerly. 

**To circle the square, means to find the perfect way 
of living," she answered. 

**And he means to say that his life with thee will be 
thus perfect? He is the square, thou art the circle?" 

** It were more worthily put the other way," answered 
Keroecia, touched by his tenderness and devotion. 

* ' See the clasps, ' * said Mineola. ' * At the eastern point 
is a centaur with a bull's head, holding a spear over his 
left shoulder, from which hangs a hare." 

** What a quaint, odd symbol of himself!" said Keroe- 
cia, smiling. 

** Placed opposite the balances, it will keep his beloved 
in health and preserve her from despair," said Suravia. 

* ' Why sayst thou balances ? ' ' asked Keroecia. 

*^Dost thou not see that the stones correspond to the 
zodiac? The diamond blazes like the sun in a clear 
sky," answered Suravia, pointing to the blue square. 

* * I have only eyes for this beautiful hyacinth in the 
opposite clasp. It looks as if smoke were rising from it. 
Now it glows like a burning coal, ' ' said Mineola. 

* * Cut deep in its smooth surface is a woman with her 
arms asunder, like a cross, and a triangle on her head," 
said Keroecia. 

* * It is in the house of the Lamb, the beginning and re- 
newal time of nature; therefore, art thou given refreshing 
sleep and quick recovery from fatigue," returned Mineola. 

''The desire and thought of both is centered on the 
altar." Keroecia was speaking to herself, and lightly 
touching the blocks with their intaglios marking the four 
cardinal points. * ' Love brings light from the house of 
the Crab to the altar in the nether world, posited in the 
house of the Goat." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 219 

**Thou art right in adoring him/' declared Suravia en- 
thusiastically. **In the first block of gold is a sapphire, 
meaning that the language of this book is the same as 
that thy childhood knew; and the agate below it is thy 
birth-stone." 

* * The emerald underneath both has a perfectly straight 
and smooth surface; so there shall be no darkening shad- 
ows thrown over thee/' added Mineola. 

** The topaz and coral in the next block pertain to thy 
future home; and the diamond placed under them sym- 
bolizes the water which surrounds it, ' ' said Suravia. 

*' It will also be thy home — and thine too, Mineola. I 
cannot be happy parted from thee." 

Each of the girls affectionately embraced and kissed 
her in turn. 

' ' The ruby contains an imprisoned soul, ' ' said Mine- 
ola, looking again at the tablet. ''There is a perfect 
asterisk in the center. How tender! How beautiful! 
How sweet is the language of love! He intends to say 
that his heart awaits the freeing touch of thy devotion to 
release it from apathy, and warm it into life. Thou art 
indeed blest and fortunate." 

''Thou shalt not read backward," said Suravia. "The 
first stone in the red ground is an opal. It must bring a 
precious message, since it is the only gem which man 
cannot imitate. ' ' 

*'It has a changeable character, and is in a moving 
sign " 

A piercing scream from Keroecia startled them, and 
before either could prevent it, she fell to the floor in a 
deathlike swoon. Mineola ran to the patio, where an 
olla, overgrown with green timothy, swung from the por- 
tico, and brought back a gourdful of ice-cold water. 
Suravia knelt beside Keroecia and sprinkled her face lib- 
erally. 

*' Speak to thy handmaiden," she cried. *' Speak, I 
beseech thee!" 

In their excitement they did not notice that the room 
was suddenly growing dark, and that the cool, moist air 
had become close and stifling. 

**Use the fan gently," said Suravia, with a sharp, per- 



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emptory ring in her voice. Mineola made no answer. 
She was praying. 

Keroecia recovered her senses with a start She seemed 
dazed for a moment; then she sat bolt upright, gasping 
for breath pitifully. 

*' What has distressed and hurt thee so? *' asked Mine- 
ola with quivering lips, kneeling beside her and offering 
support 

The sound of a voice seemed to recall Keroecia* s wan- 
dering senses. 

**0 God! give me courage! *' was her agonized cry, 
** My beloved is vowed to celibacy, and I must die! " 

**What sayst thou?'* 

** Keroecia, what dost thou mean?" 

"Tell us fully," they both said at once. 

" Didst thou not see ? In the opal It was so from 

the beginning! O Thou Merciful One, take thy wretched 
servant! What have I done? Shame everlasting is my 
portion ! ' * 

** Why did he not tell thee of his vow?" asked Sura- 
via, a note of rising indignation in her voice. 

**How could he? I am to blame. He would not hu- 
miliate and degrade me before my people." She gave 
way to a paroxysm of heart-breaking grief, while Mineola, 
weeping in sympathy, sought to console her. 

Suravia went back to the tablet The opal was entirely 
opaque; not a particle of its fire and sparkle was visible. 

**I will see what the other stones have to reveal. The 
sensitive turquoise, the forget-me-not of gems, lives and 
suffers as we do. It has the power of reproduction, and 
by its employment the Dorado intended to express a hope 
for the future. But this symbol of youth, love, and ten- 
derness seems to have shriveled in size, and has turned to 
a sickly green. Beside it is the sympathetic ruby faded 
to a pale coral. Misfortune " 

A sharp, swaying, rocking movement, sending the win- 
dow-panes to the ground with a crash, and throwing the 
women against each other violently, blanched their faces 
and caused them to cling together for support. A deaf- 
ening explosion followed, and then the cry of her panic- 
stricken people aroused Keroeda. 



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**Run for your lives!'* shouted a voice in the street. 
**The mountains are smoking and spitting fire! Quick! 
quick! Run!" 

They barely escaped in time to miss the falling walls. 
In the street an indescribable scene was being enacted. 
What is now known as Lassen Peak sent up a long fiery 
column, and the earth heaved and groaned under the ex- 
ertion. Ashes, smoke, and lava began pouring down 
the sides of the mountain, and there was a mad rush of 
wild animals, coming to man in their mute helplessness 
from the rocking mountains hemming in the little valley. 
Suddenly the gloom was lighted by a meteoric shower, 
which for an hour made the heavens blaze in a magnificent 
electrical display. A terrific crash of thunder followed; 
then an ominous rumble, ending in a long groan which 
seemed to rend the bosom of the trembling earth. Red- 
hot stones and burning cinders fell like a storm of fire 
upon the whole surrounding country. Land surfaces sub- 
sided and rose again, like immense chests in regular and 
lusty breathing. The rubble walls and battlements of the 
Cincoyan fell as a pack of cards. A second shock leveled 
every house, and brought trees and rocks crashing down 
the mountain sides, dealing death and destruction every- 
where. The whole artillery of the heavens was in action, 
drowning the feeble cries of man, dying terror-stricken in 
the heaps of ruins. 

Lizards, snakes, rats, mice, and moles raced madly in 
every direction, while timid owls and other birds flew 
close to the ground and screeched in their fright and 
bewilderment. The larger animals huddled close together, 
while the dogs howled dismally. 

A little handful of men and women, surviving the first 
terrific shocks, attempted to escape over the lower range 
of mountains, but, to their horror, a yawning gulf opened 
at thir feet. Moving in sinister majesty and strangeness, 
was a bottomless abyss, impassable in width and several 
miles long. Before their very eyes, it swallowed up hu- 
man beings, houses, and forests, grinding and crushing 
them between its gigantic jaws. With another terrific 
wrench, it belched them up agam, followed by a deluge 
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222 ^YERMAH THE DORADO 

The river lying below Anokia had deserted its natural 
bed, driven before the avalanche of lava pouring down 
the mountains, and the sea of mud, vapor, gas, black 
smoke, and effluvia showed where it had forever disap- 
peared through a crevice. A thick shower of ashes 
filled the air. The earth undulated and quivered for a 
few seconds, and then a tempest of lightning and hail 
cleared the suffocating atmosphere. In the lurid flashes 
they could see the oscillation back and forth as if the very 
heart of Mount Lassen were being torn out. Its black 
vomit, streaked with red, trailed like a snake over the 
floor of the valley, setting fire to the combustible wreck- 
age, and stealing up the base of the mountains as well. 

Keroecia led her little band of devoted followers up 
the high mountain walling in the western side of the val- 
ley. The subterranean rumblings sounded in her ears 
like the drum-beating on stumps of trees or logs done by 
the wings of male pheasants when they are calling to their 
females. 

**I hear not the call of a mate. It is death — and 
thou art welcome!" she said, turning a pale but composed 
face to the burning mountain. ** Thou hast heard my 
prayer!" she continued, stretching out her arms in sup- 
plication. "Thou hast granted me the purification by 
fire! Thy spirit laughs and licks out long tongues of 
flame straight from thy fiery throat! Thy countenance is 
wreathed with smiles for me, O Death ! But if consist- 
ent with thy will, spare these children of the forest. They 
share not my humiliation, degradation, and despair.'* 

A hissing, howling hurricane stormed and raged around 
them. With a convulsive lurch the ground underneath 
shivered, and finally the elevation on which they stood 
was rent in twain from top to bottom. One half col- 
lapsed and fell in, while through the kettle-shaped 
opening in the valley swept a flood of mud, scoria, 
and molten lava, which completely submerged the burn- 
ing ruins. The rain fell in a solid sheet, but now the hot 
air and steam rising from below tortured them with heat. 
Suddenly a dog, maddened with terror, leaped into the 
seething cauldron, and its cry was stifled by a sizzling, 
crackling sound, as the poor creature was crisped to a 



YERMAH THE DORADO 223 

cinder. Those who clung to life made frantic leaps over 
the frightful precipice to the other side, only to be dashed 
to pieces in the valleys below. The whole district was 
overwhelmed with lava and hot water pouring out from 
lesser peaks around the center of activity. Despite the 
gales of wind and heavy downpour, sulphur and other 
noxious gases permeated the upper air, so that long before 
the lava crept up and ingulfed them, death by suffocation 
overtook the wretched remnant. 

In their extremity they obeyed Keroecia implicitly, 
and many touching exhibitions of heroism marked their 
last moments. They huddled together at the root of a 
sequoia gigantea, newly wrenched out of the ground. 
Nor did they refuse shelter to a grizzly bear, a mountain 
lion, some wolves, some wild sheep, a colony of snakes, 
nor the birds hovering in the air, screeching in abject 
terror or stupified beyond resistance. The twisting, 
crackling swish of the trees, the thundering clatter of the 
rocks shaken loose, and bounding downward with pro- 
digious velocity, passed unnoticed by the martyrs looking 
at death, calmed and awed by the terribly destructive 
fury of inanimate nature. 

, Keroecia gathered Suravia and Mineola in her arms 
protectingly, and waited for the end. Up to the very 
last she sought to comfort and console her companions, 
so worn with fatigue and excitement that they made no 
further effort. Some had already crossed the dark waters, 
others were gasping their last, when death touched her — 
and she slept. With the passing of her spirit, she 
groaned as she remembered how she sat at the spindle, 
and of the answering look she then gave Yermah. 

To the everlasting honor and glory of womankind be 
it said, that she never sinks so low in the moral scale as 
to be indifferent to the opinion of the man she loves. 
Loss of his respect crushes and kills not the physical, but 
all that is essentially woman in her nature. Showered 
with affectionate appreciation, she reaches her highest 
development; for love is as necessary to her growth as is 
sunshine to a plant. Denied it, she can at best but droop 
and die. Since learning that Yermah was not free to 
espouse her, Keroecia was appalled and overwhelmed 



224 YERMAH THE DORADO 

with the knowledge that she had allowed him to surprise 
her secret thoughts — to guess accurately at future possi- 
bilities. 

'*It is not true/' she murmured. **Yermah, my 
beloved, think not that I have the heart of a wanton! 
Forgive '* 

But there was no answering voice to cry out in return, 
— no one to assure the breaking heart that her love was a 
priceless treasure, — no one to make her see that every 
emotion was fully appreciated and understood. So the 
sunshine went out of another life when the breath left her 
body. 

Yermah had named the day and hour when Keroecia 
should examine the tablet of stones, to enable him to put 
himself in communication with her mentally. For three 
days he kept the door of his private sanctuary closed; but 
at the hour named he knelt before the shrine and fixed 
his mind intently upon Keroecia. He smiled softly to 
himself as he realized that she had opened the ivory 
casket, that she was examining the workmanship, that she 
comprehended the significance of the square within the 
circular wheel. Now she has touched the clasp, and her 
eyes are greedily drinking in the beauty of the groupings 
while her senses are thrilled with their message. In his 
rapture he goes with her step by step. 

**She is pleased with the coral-bound island of my 
birth,'* he murmured, ** and she gets some idea of her 

future home Thou art right, Mineola, my soul is 

in the rubyi I have laid my heart bare. Look long and 
earnestly, Keroecia; thou art welcome to know its secret 
places. The opal will tell thee how soon release comes. 
Thou must not be frightened at its suddenness. Three 
more lunations separate us. Then to Atlantis, where — " 

He was wrenched violently and pitched face forward 
to the floor by the sudden impact of Keroecia' s agonized 
thought. 

* * Thou art mistaken ! " he cried aloud. * * The changing 
character of the opal must speak to thee. Thy thought 
dishonors me, for I love thee truly! The vow binds me 
not for all time. Look again, my beloved! '* 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 225 

To his finely attuned senses came the knowledge of her 
anguish and sorrow. He choked and smothered under 
it. Mentally he heard her piercing shriek. 

'' O Unseen Divinity! hear and be gracious to thy dis- 
tressed servants!" he supplicated, rising to a kneeling 
position. V O Powers of Air! convey my thoughts clearly I 
Make her to see! " Something of the horror of the situ- 
ation flashed over him. ' ' O Earth ! yield now thy hidden 
treasure! Give gold in abundance, that I may fly to her 
side! Release me, O Brotherhood! I will not be longer 
bound " 

The door of the sanctuary stood open, but his ordinary 
faculties were dormant, while his subjective consciousness 
sought to penetrate the gloom ingulfing Keroecia. He 
did not hear approaching footsteps, nor did his wandering 
senses respond when a light tap sounded on the door, nor 
did he see the face peering in at him. 

**He kneels before Orion," said Alcamayn hurriedly to 
Akaza. *' Thou wilt find him distraught already." 

* * Hasten back to the observatory and have the bells 
tolled to quiet the alarm showing itself among the peo- 
ple, ' ' said Akaza in dismissal. * * Soon the dread visita- 
tion will be upon us, and it were gentle to forewarn 
them. ' ' 

Akaza had been taking observations night and day 
since Yermah's return from Anokia. He had said little, 
but his face was set and stern, like one in deep trouble. 
He made a peculiar rat-tat! on the lentils of the sanctuary 
with his fingers, which brought Yermah to the doorway. 

* * A sign of great portent is in the heavens, ' ' he began, 
after a mute salutation. ** When the sun is passing from 
Libra to the Goat is a season prolific in visitations from 
outer space. The fiery messengers come near the sun at 
that time. Dost thou remember the night in the cave?" 

** Memory serves me well," answered Yermah, unable 
to fully concentrate his attention. * * Is the visitant of the 
usual complexion and order? " 

** It is a burning coal, red and glowing. Its face is like 
a double crescent, and it is a formidable rival to the sun 
in size. It comes retrograde with the constellation, Orion 
rising, and Saturn ascendant in the house of the Goat, a 



226 YERMAH THE DORADO 

watery sign. Its illuminated hair floats out one half of 
the zenith, and is not quite on a straight line opposite the 
sun. It pulsates as though it had been agitated by the 
wind, and is curved like a threatening saber. To-day it 
will pass through the plane of the earth's orbit, and when 
it meets the influence of the new moon, it will be in sore 
affliction with Venus. In this condition it comes under 
the influence of Mars. It will disperse that planet's cohe- 
sive strength, and there will be war in the earth's interior 
between uncontrolled water and fire. All the planets in 
our system afllict and oppose each other so that the waters 
of the sea and the winds of heaven will be lashed into 
furious activity.*' 

'* What means this sudden clangor of the bells?'' asked 
Yermah, now fully aroused to the commotion in the 
courtyard outside. 

**It is a solemn convocation to call the affrighted 
people together to watch and pray, while the sign hangs 
suspended behind the dying sun," answered Akaza, 
hurrying after him. * * Many times of late the orb of day 
has gone to rest in a bed of blood, but to-night the red 
glow comes from another quarter. The scourge is upon 
us, Yermah, and the hour of thy trial is at hand." 



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CHAPTER XVIII 

YERMAH did not hear him. He had just caught a glimpse 
of the comet hanging low over the Golden Gate — a 
double crescent of fire joined together. Its tail bent out 
over Tlamco, and curved downward like a great broad- 
sword. It throbbed and panted like a living thing, 
sinister and awful, as Venus twinkled between its two 
horns, an evening star of horrible aspect. A tremor, 
ominous and indefinable, seized the populace, hushed and 
awed by the dreadful apparition. It was a premonition, 
followed instantly by a low, rumbling sound, an angry 
roar of waters, and then the earth shook under them like 
a leaf in the wind. A mad rush for the streets, an instinct- 
ive huddling together, a breathless wait for a second 
impact! A heavy, long boom, like a roll of distant 
artillery, and a wave mountain high, but crested in the 
center like a spine, rose up between them and the Golden 
Gate, and for a moment shut out from view the grinning, 
mocking comet. The ground surged up and down under 
their feet in simultaneous waves. Trees bent over and 
touched their tops together, houses rocked and swayed, 
and all that was breakable in them went down with a 
crash. 

Living close to the heart of Nature, her moods were 
not mysterious to these people; so they waited for the 
third and what they supposed would be the final shock. 
It came with such terrific force that the observatory tower 
fell in a cloud of blinding dust, and all the other build- 
ings were rent or cracked grievously, but were not over- 
thrown simultaneously. A thievish wave stole in silently, 
and embraced the whole city. The stricken people 
looked into each other's faces with dismay, as they stood 



228 YERMAH THE * DORADO 

waist-deep in water, a nameless fear chilling their hearts. 
The water retreated precipitously, while lurid streaks and 
tongues of flame lit up the whole eastern heavens. Shock 
after shock succeeded each other, while the clouds low- 
ered heavy and sullen close overhead. Brokenly, but in 
unison, thousands of throats lent voice to prayerful en- 
treaty: — 

**Wilt thou blot us out forever, O Lord? Is this 
punishment intended not for our reformation, but for our 
total destruction?'* 

One impulse seemed to move the entire concourse; 
and as if Nature heard, she answered by a gust of wind 
and a downpour of rain. 

Ben Hu Barabe, Alcyesta, and their attendants had a 
mad gallop for life. They were within an hour's ride of 
the Sacramento River when they saw thin, blue flames 
suddenly shoot up from the earth, followed by heavy can- 
nonading of the internal elements. In the cosmic melee 
they were tossed back and forth like a shuttle in a loom 
— so violently at first that the horses fell to their knees 
and were whirled in opposite directions. In terror the 
animals tried to lie down and roll over with their burdens; 
but their riders whipped and spurred vigorously, and the 
maddened creatures ran until they dropped exhausted on 
the river bank. A thick shower of ashes fell over them, 
and the air was like a blast from a furnace. Behind them 
came smoking streaks of lava, poured into the plain by 
a row of flame-mantled hills. Flocks were scampering 
wildly in every direction, and the scattered herdsmen were 
taking to the boats and skiffs tied along the river bank. 
Ben Hu Barabe and Alcyesta climbed into the balsa 
awaiting them, and their attendants hastened to follow 
in smaller boats, taking all their belongings with them. 
They had scarcely pushed out into mid-stream, when the 
very bed of the river seemed to rise and hurl its waters 
forward. Waves rose in an undulating wall of water, 
breaking the banks on each side, sending death and 
destruction broadcast over the valley. The boats were 
carried along by an irresistible impulse and with incredible 
swiftness, straight across sinuous windings of the stream, 
onward toward the sea. Lightning played .over their 



YERMAH THE DORADO 229 

heads; but the crash of thunder, the explosions of the 
volcanoes, the mighty heaves and groans tearing the breast 
of the trembling earth were lost in an angry roar of 
waters. A cannon-shot would not have sent them for- 
ward with greater impetus; and this prevented their boats 
from swamping, despite their shipping water frightfully. 

The shock that leveled the observatory tower shattered 
all the windows and cracked every building in Tlamco, 
letting the accumulated waters through what is now Car- 
quinez Straits, and widening an arm of the sea into an 
open inlet. The impounded waters inundated the sur- 
rounding country, swept over the intervening islands, and 
spent itself in a series of waves mountain high, whose im- 
pact disturbed the ocean's surface for thousands of miles, 
after severing Lime Point from the peninsula and plowing 
out the famous Golden Gate entrance to the bay.* 

One of the most violent temblors caught the little col- 
ony of boats, which by a miraculous coincidence were 
thrown together in the trough of the sea, and tossed them 
ashore, high and dry, on the Berkeley hills. The water 
receded so rapidly that the boats stuck fast in the debris 
and mud. AH except the strongest one, containing Ben 
Hu Barabe and Alcyesta, were crushed like egg-shells. 
With broken arms and legs, bruised and battered bodies, 
scarred almost beyond recognition, the little band hud- 
dled together, reviving each other when pain brought 
unconsciousness, while the elements overhead and below 
them rioted with unabated fury. 

The morrow brought no surcease, except that the waters 
subsided and took on something of their normal aspect. 
The earth still trembled and groaned, and the sun was so 
completely obscured for days after, that it seemed always 
twilight. So soon does the mind become accustomed to 
danger — so familiar does it grow with death, that Ben 
Hu Barabe was able to direct his men how to reach the 
back waters of the bay, where the motion was less violent 
and marked. They helped each other, with tears and 
gratitude, to some of the fruit and nuts which had been 
spared to them. Alcyesta' s left arm was broken, and she 
could scarcely move without intolerable pain; but she 

* Indian legend. 



230 YERMAH THE DORADO 

made no complaint to the half-crazed men about her. 
None of them could ever tell afterwards how they man- 
aged to reach Tlamco. 

Heart-rending scenes greeted them everywhere, and 
many of the frenzied inhabitants rolled convulsively upon 
the ground. Others accused themselves with frantic in- 
sistence of all kinds of crimes. Others could not speak. 
Some were helpless paralytics, and numbers could not 
retain food, so terrible was the reflex action on the ner- 
vous system. 

The mind that has passed through such a calamity has 
lost its tone. Instead of being braced up, as by war, the 
earth's epilepsy makes the mental fabric flabby, and par- 
alyzes by a hopeless fear from which there is no known 
refuge. The fluttering soul, tying itself to matter as 
something solid and enduring, finds that the globe itself 
is but a poor shivering thing, liable to be taken in some 
monster demon's clutch and shaken back into its compo- 
nent parts. No language can adequately express the 
stupendous feeling of instability conveyed by the idea of 
the earth's possible dissolution and dispersion. 

Yermah sat in a stupor, and it was with difficulty that 
he could be aroused when Ben Hu Barabe came to speak 
to him. He was completely worn out with anxiety and 
exertion on behalf of his people. At first he did not rec- 
ognize his visitor in the semi-darkness. When he finally 
caught sight of the ravaged and altered face before him, 
he went almost insane with grief He had hoped against 
hope to the very last. Now he knew without a word that 
his worst fears were realized. 

Six weeks later, when brain-fever loosed its grip upon 
him, Akaza found him lying face downward at the door 
of the Temple of Neptune. He was moaning and sobbing 
piteously. In a half-crazed condition, he had eluded ob- 
servation, and started out to find his foster-father, but had 
fallen by the wayside, overcome by sheer bodily weak- 
ness. Akaza lifted him up, and hushed him as he would 
a child. 

**Thou art wrong to grieve like this,'' he said gently 
and soothingly. ' ' The Father in the Trinity is the Uni- 
versal Creator; the Son is man himself, and the Holy 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 231 

Pneuma is the breath of life, which is the synthesis of 
both. Therefore, thou art God, since thou art in posses- 
sion of this higher principle, and must live.'* 

Yermah was like a maimed lion — a pathetic and piti- 
able object — as he lay with his head on Akaza's shoulder, 
while his pent-up feelings found vent in choking sobs. 

** Thou art weakening thy sacred manhood in yielding 
thus to despair. Thou art intrusted with a mission for all 
peoples, for all tongues, and for all time. Think, my son, 
of being the world's ideal man through all the eons to 
follow! It is a blessed privilege! Thou hast witnessed 
a demonstration of the destructive majesty of cosmic 
force. Now thou art called upon to obey thine individual 
Karma. Thou hast performed the eighth labor." 

** And the gold for the temple?" asked Yermah in a 
stricken voice. 

* ' It was alchemical gold thou wert sent to find. Thy 
body is the temple, and the Perfect Way of Life is the 
magic which produces alchemical gold. Dost thou com- 
prehend the occult significance of Osiris, with a crook in 
one hand and a flail in the other ? ' ' 

* * No, ' ' answered the Dorado more calmly. 

**Come into the temple and I will tell thee." 

When Yermah followed him he continued : ' * The crook 
is the attraction to the earth, and the flail is the repulsion 
from it Man oscillates continually between the mascu- 
line and feminine qualities of his nature. When Osiris 
says, * Let the heart be given back to the deceased,' * after 
it has been put into an urn and weighed in the balance 
against the image of Truth, we are to understand that the 
candidate is no longer swayed by his emotions and appe- 
tites. He is self-centered. Sorrow will lift her pall, and 
thou wilt stand face to face with Truth." 

Akaza drew from his bosom a heavy serpent ring of 
silver, with a rare green-jade setting. It had a tortoise 
with diamond eyes cut intaglio. 

**This means Silence," said the old man, as he took 
Yermah' s right hand, and slipped the ring on the little 
finger. ' * It is the signet of the Brotherhood, and thou 
must sacredly guard the divine wisdom imparted to thee. 

♦From Egyptian Book of the Dead. 



232 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Thou wilt be sorely tried in future; but I, who am respon- 
sible for thy souFs welfare, give thee this sign manual of 
the King Initiate." 

Yermah knelt before him, and was anointed on crown, 
forehead, and breast with perfumed oil. 

**Rise and receive the Sacred Word. It is * Aision,' 
which is Truth. Seen in the dim distance, this quality 
presents a stem, harsh, forbidding aspect; but when we 
approach near enough to distinguish the lineaments of its 
countenance, it contains all that is gracious, benignant and 
inspiring. The spirit of truth dwells within the sanctuary 
of the heart. ' ' 

Akaza then put his hands together, with the fingers 
closed and bent so as to form an acute angle. With the 
tips of his fingers pointed, he touched Yermah^ s forehead, 
and said: — 

** Let there be no complaint.'' 

The joining of the right and left hand signified the 
union of the masculine and feminine principles, and of 
spirit and matter. It was the pyramid, the cone, the 
center, the heart, the ten Sephiroth proceeding from the 
One; the naught of the ten numerals in the tenfold ratio. 

' * And I am commanded to get rid of the mjy-nesSy as 
a giant weed whose roots lie deep in the human heart." 

** Remember always," responded Akaza, glad to see 
that Yermah' s mind was for the moment normal, **that 
the true self of man is God. Look for it in thy fellows; 
find and hold fast to it in thyself. Thou must ponder 
these things well. I can tell thee what I have experienced 
and known; but thou wouldst have only my word for it 
A river cannot rise higher than its source; so therefore 
no man ever sees beyond the reflection of himself. First 
find the truth intuitively; then mayst thou examine it at 
leisure with thine intellect. To break the law is identical 
with breaking the God within thee. Now that thou art 
one of us, bear in mind that our Brotherhood can only 
instruct We cannot give real knowledge. Experience 
must do that for thee." 

** Experience! thou art a cruel monster! Because of 
thee am I deprived of my sweet love," said Yermah, giv- 
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YERMAH THE DORADO 233 

* ' What sayst thou ? Look ! ' ' 

Yermah raised his head and gazed with streaming eyes 
at an apparition of Keroecia, just as he had seen her in 
Hfe, standing in the eastern entrance. 

*'She smiles and beckons me!'* he said in an awe- 
struck whisper. ' * Oh ! my soul, why hast thou forsaken 
me ? Why should death touch thee, if I must live ? ' ' 

* * Death claimed nothing but the physical body, ' ' said 
Akaza softly. **She feels not its loss. Look at her 
serene countenance. Wouldst thou spare her pain?*' 

Yermah cast a reproachful glance at Akaza. 

* ' Canst thou ask the question ? ' ' 

* ' Then master and control thy feeling. She can only 
manifest by absorbing thy magnetism. If thou wouldst 
see her at will, thou must give of thy strength freely. ' ' 

*' And she does not know that she is out of the body ? " 
asked Yermah eagerly. 

'*No; and never will, unless thy indulgence in grief 
plunges her into the vortex of pain, which is now thy 
portion." 

** By all that I hold sacred — by all I love, hope, and 
fear, she never shall!" exclaimed Yermah, rising. On 
his face was the uplifting and exaltation of a saint. 

** Oh Keroecia! core of my heart! I am ready for thy 
spirit to come and flutter over me! Never can I be sad 
with the knowledge of thy presence." 

He stood in rapt attention, communing long and 
silently with the beatific vision. There was not a trace 
of care in her benign expression. She had solved the 
mystery and knew the truth. For such love there is 
neither time nor death nor space. 

Akaza stole away in the dim light, murmuring softly: — 

** Although a separate entity, she personates the femi- 
nine principle dormant in himself. This is what the ideal 
always does. Through this he will learn to harmonize 
desire and knowledge, and in time he will see that the 
grinding out of animal propensities, represented by the 
ringed planet, has come to him in a form more beautiful 
than a poet's dream. Keroecia is the disillusionizer, the 
dweller on the threshold, the chastening rod. But the 
hand that smites will also bless him." ..^^rTc r-.""^-^ 



234 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The Toltecs commemorated Keroecia as the nine- 
headed dog, Chantico. To the Greeks, she was Cerberus; 
to the Egyptians, she was the three-headed sphinx; astro- 
nomically, she was Saturn, the mill of the gods; to the 
occultist, she is the ego, personated as the Higher Self. In 
a sense, she was the Goddess of Spring, the renewal 
time; and this the young girl is to-day. In the after 
commemorations of her birth fete, she was Ceres, the 
harvest queen; and as the betrothed of Yermah, she was 
Eve. Later, in all the distorted legends of Adam Kad- 
mon, the cosmic man, the woman was accused of causing 
his fall through lustful desire; and what was originally an 
allegory of initiation, or of being able to distinguish 
between the true and the false in the battle-ground of our 
own hearts, has been perverted into a literal interpreta- 
tion of dread consequence. This false idea has degraded 
millions of men and women. 



YERMx\H THE DORADO 235 



CHAPTER XIX 

As HE passed out of the temple, Akaza turned again to 
it. look at Yermah. His face was illumined, serene, 
and calm. With his hands clasped before him, he stood 
as if in a dream, taking into the inner recesses of his soul 
the comforting assurance of immortality and of final 
union with the divine, in which Keroecia was a part. 

* * Farewell, beloved ! * ' said the old man, as his eyes 
filled. ** Thou hast passed the Gates of Light, and art 
come into thine own. Amenti, thou unknown, receive 
thy son! Amrah, King of the Brotherhood, give back 
my vow! I have kept the faith! '* 

He stood with bowed figure, and seemed to be com- 
muning with the Unseen. Presently he lifted his head, 
and the crowning white hair haloed a dazzling counte- 
nance. His lips were parted in a pleased expectancy. 

*'I am free to go hence,'' he said, as he turned and 
walked out with renewed vigor. 

He bent his steps toward Ingharep, and when he reached 
the cave, he went in and made ready for a journey. The 
blurred, reddened, and obscured sun shed but fitful light 
over the still agitated waters of the Pacific. He went out 
on the rocks jutting into the sea, remnants of which are 
still visible below the Cliff House of to-day, and sat gazing 
long into space. When his strength was fully regained, 
he hailed the officer on watch in the tower-house of the 
hill overlooking the point, and was soon swallowed up 
in the night. Crossing the bay, he came upon a few 
refugees from the far north, led by Cezardis, who cried 
childishly when he encountered for the first time in many 
days this evidence of any living thing. He ran to Akaza, 
and kissed and fondled him in his excitement, while the 
others gave every evidence of thankfulness and joy. 



236 YERMAH THE DORADO 

** Tell me all that has befallen thee," said Akaza, hold- 
ing him at arm's length. 

*'It would need more than man's allotted time to 
convey all, ' ' answered Cezardis. * * Death and destruction 
are everywhere. A puny chain stands between the main 
land of the lans and my country. The peak next the 
shore opposite, and over which the priestess Keroecia 
passed, has fallen into the sea,* and all the high moun- 
tains are putting forth smoke, ashes, and melted rocks. In 
some places the earth heaves and groans continuously ; in 
other spots, water pours all the time; while hot air makes 
man and beast labor for breath.'* 

**Ben Hu Barabe and Alcyesta are in Tlamco,** said 
Akaza. ** They alone of all the Monbas survived the visi- 
tation of the fire-spirits." 

' * We knew as much from the terrible rocking still going 
on in their country. The water has deserted the rivers 
everywhere, and is making new places where it has not 
sunk into the earth. Didst thou see the dread messenger 
in the heavens near the place of Venus? " 

** Yes; and it will soon make the house of Mars, and 
then there will be contention in Tlamco." 

** How fares Yermah, the beloved of Keroecia ? " 

** Thy heart will be wrung by sight of him. Reason 
fled for many days. But it is decreed otherwise, and 
he will soon find peace. Farewell ! I go to fulfill an 
obligation," said Akaza, embracing the weary travelers. 
** Commiseration and surcease of care be thy portion. 

** May the Divine bring thee speedily on thy journey! 
they said with one accord. ** We will pray the Azes to 
afford us shelter." 

* * Thy petition will be quickly answered. Thou wilt 
find them altered and distraught, but in bodily health." 

They crowded into the boats kept on the Oakland shore 
for such emergencies, but in their half-famished condition 
made poor headway against the choppy sea. 

Akaza went back over much of the same ground 
traversed in visiting the Yosemite Valley. Where possible 
he went due east, facing the rising place of the sun. A 
less stout heart would have been appalled by the devas- 

* Aleutian Island chain. 






YERMAH THE DORADO 237 

tation and ruin all around him. The rivers in many places 
had been lifted out of their courses, and changed about 
in an almost incomprehensible manner. Mountains and 
forests no longer afforded shelter to the huge animals of 
that time. On his way into Calaveras County, Akaza 
saw herds of mastodons with their tongues lolled out, in 
company with elephants and elk, huddled together around 
a spring of fresh water. He encountered many a fierce 
grizzly bear so nearly famished as to be unable to harm 
him. Wolves and panthers were dead and dying by the 
hundreds, and the rhinoceros and hippopotami had great 
raw cracks in their backs because of the extreme heat 
and dryness of the atmosphere. 

No tongue can picture the thrilling and inspiring con- 
dition of the heavens. The mountain peaks continued to 
send up streams of hot air, which, mingled with the cool 
breezes from the sea, brought about gales and storms of 
incalculable fury, with all the drying capacity of a furnace 
blast, while the upper air was an amphitheater of gor- 
geous electric effects. Streaks of lightning as big as the 
body of a tree licked out their long tongues, or darted 
with deadly intent among the ashes and smoke, which 
rolled in and out over the crest of the Sierras, scattering 
a sediment broadcast for miles. The heavy cannonading 
of the upper strata of air could never be compared to the 
weak peals and crashes of a thunderstorm, and yet not a 
drop of water fell to ease the sufferings of the creatures 
still living. 

** Yermah's prayers have been answered literally," 
said the old man, as he trudged along, upheld by some 
hidden force, carried forward by an indomitable purpose. 
* * The gold is being vaporized and brought to the surface 
in the upheaved quartz and gravel. It has tried to come 
south toward him, but it cannot escape the rigors of the 
ice, soon to overtop this region." 

He passed close to the great ** mother lode," and not 
far from the mysterious **blue lead," the wonder and ad- 
miration of our pioneer days. But there was no detritus 
then, no decomposed quartz, no auriferous gravel-beds. 

** There will be no faults in these veins." he said, 
** because the uplifting is simultaneous. And in after- 



238 YERMAH THE DORADO 

time the deposits will be accessible to another race of 
men. They will find our copper mines, and will work 
them, but will lose the secret of amalgamation. The first 
overflow of mud and water has hardened into cement,'* 
he continued, exaoiining the deposit critically. **It is 
indeed time I were here. Rivers of basaltic lava will 
follow this, and I must be prepared. Four successive 
strata will pour over me, and still my grinning skull will 
be preserved to confound and astonish. The very name 
of the monastery, Gautavita, the Gate of Life, will incite 
men to deeds of blood. But Thy will be done! I thank 
Thee that Thou hast given me the power to endure.'' 

He turned to the east and made a low salaam, and 
then went into the entrance, now covered over and known 
as the ' ' Natural Bridges ' ' of Calaveras County. He per- 
formed ablutions in the two marble basins still sitting 
under the stalactites and arches of the upper bridge, and 
then passed to the lower entrance, four hundred and fifty 
yards away. On the east is a high mountain which for 
a quarter of a mile is supposed to contain innumerable 
caves. In reality, it is a great rock temple, like the Ele- 
phantine Caves, and has an entrance one hundred and 
fifty feet high and eighty feet wide. 

Here the American lodge of the Brotherhooo kept a 
record of the entire time man had existed on the earth. 

** Twice already has the face of the globe changed by 
fire, and twice by water," said Akaza; **and each time 
has a new race been born. The Aryan comes into lead- 
ership by the joint action of both elements. ' ' 

He had a little copper hammer, which he used to tap 
the various squares of solid masonry closing the entrance, 
listening intently each time he struck a stone. Finally a 
peculiar singing noise reached him, and he reversed the 
hammer, springing from its side a sharp, dagger-like 
point of hardened copper. With this he began patiently 
to pick the glaze which covered the rock, and when he 
had penetrated through an inch of coating, he came to a 
cement which held the blocks of granite in place. He 
worked all day taking out the exact blocks marked on a 
curious diagram which he held in his hand. As night 
fell, he found himself through the ten-foot entrance, and 



YERMAH THE DORADO 239 

inside the temple and monastery. The incomparable 
odor of jasmine greeted him, and a light flickered in the 
distance. 

Akaza's heart stood still. Here for a hundred years 
no intruding footsteps had entered! The man who 
lighted the perfumed lamp was long since in spirit life. 
Akaza never doubted his ability to accomplish the task 
imposed upon him, but he trembled with the knowledge 
that it was so nearly finished. 

^*' Refreshment awaits thee on the righty^^ he read 
from an inscription on the wall. Following the direction 
given, he found an abundance of hulled corn, rice, *ind 
nuts securely sealed in ollas, and there was also one 
containing garments and other things. In long glass 
bottles were preserved fruits, made air-tight by a simple 
process. He took the edibles and came back to the 
arched ^entrance, where he lighted a fire, and prepared a 
meal. 

**The elements have made my bath ready,'* he said, 
dipping his hand into one of the larger basins. * * The 
water is warm, and I am not insensible to its charms.'* 

When he came out of it he clothed himself in spotless 
linen, embroidered with orange-colored silk. Around 
his neck was a collarette of diamonds and black onyx set 
in gold, from which hung a leaden medal cast in the sign 
of Saturn, and about his waist was a yellow silk girdle. 
After he had anointed his hair with an unguent, he gath- 
ered some cypress and crowned himself with it. 

He was careful to perform every rite before and after 
eating, and as a sacrifice to fire piled up copal in one of 
the small basins, and ignited it by the friction of two 
hardwood sticks. While it burned he smoked; after 
which he allowed tired nature to drift into a short but 
deep sleep. 

Roused by an extra heavy shock of earthquake, he 
gathered up the remnants of food, his discarded garments 
and prayer-rug, and threw them into the burning basin 
piece by piece, until all were in ashes. The firelight cast 
weird figures against the beautiful stalactites already 
hanging wherever possible, and they answered to Akaza' s 
jnagical touch in the sweetest melodies. He used a rod 



240 YERMAH THE DORADO 

made from a perfectly straight almond branch, just before 
the tree was in blossom. It was hollowed and filled with 
a needle of iron, which was magnetized. A many-sided 
prism cut into a triangle was fastened to one end, with a 
black resin figure of the same at the other. In the 
middle of the rod, which was the length of the arm, and 
wrapped in silk, were two rings — one of red copper, the 
other of zinc. On the extremity which ended in the 
resin triangle, the rod was gilded; the other end was 
silvered to the central rings. On the copper ring was a 
mystical word, and another also on the one made of zinc. 
This rod had been consecrated by the last initiate at 
Gautavita, and had not been seen by any one since. 

The sounds evoked by this instrument grew more 
weird and peculiar, and Akaza's exertions became more 
and more violent, until he dropped exhausted near the 
basin, where only a few sparks smoldered. From a 
chamois wallet he took bits of assafoetida, alum, and 
sulphur, and threw them on the heated coals. As their 
combined fumes permeated the air, he touched a spring 
in the side of one of the marble basins, and a thin, 
smooth slab slipped out. Hastily covering it with a 
chamois skin, he produced writing materials from the 
oUa which had contained the robe he wore, and prepared 
to write. He had scarcely seated himself on an over- 
turned oUa before he was entranced. 

**Thy Brother in Ilassa, on the Brahmaputra, sends 
thee greeting! All save the high regions of the Hima- 
layas, where our monastery is situated, are sorely pressed 
by raging flood. The heavens have opened. The plains 
with their chains of mountains, rivers, lakes, and inland 
seas, have been suddenly heaved up. Fire lurks in the 
hidden depths, and the beds of the sea vibrate and 
tremble. Its waves hide islands and continents in its 
abysses. The sun's rays drink up the scattered waters, 
and pour them down again, mingling with the river and 
the ocean. They cover the plains, filling the valleys, 
roaring around the fire mountains, hollowing out the 
slopes, and surging up to their summits. In it are swal- 
lowed flocks and pasturage, forests and wild beasts, fields 
and crops, towns and hamlets, with myriads of mortals/' 



YERMAH THE DORADO 241 

Akaza held the rod to his forehead, and sent an 
answering message, detailing fully all that had happened 
here. 

**Sign and seal thy parchment, and restore to its 
hidden place. The spirit of fire hovers near thee. Pre- 
pare to go out in peace. Thy pilgrimage is at an end. 
Thou art in the place of destruction, and Truth will hide 
her face there until thou art again incarnate. May thy 
birth into light be speedy and joyful. Accept the love 
of thy brother and servant, Kadmon the Patriarch.'' 

Akaza put the manuscript into an olla and sealed 
it, and with infinite pains closed the steplike opening 
through which he had entered Gautavita. Then, realiz- 
ing that he had received his last summons, he laid him 
down peacefully to sleep. 

In the year 1866, a miner found his skull, while sinking 
a shaft in a strata of gravel one hundred and thirty-seven 
feet below the surface. It was in a beautiful flat, about 
fifteen miles north of Table Mountain, a mass of basaltic 
lava, six hundred feet thick, which was not erupted until 
after Akaza' s death. The skull no longer surmounted 
that last nudity of man which instinct bids us conceal in 
the bosom of Mother Earth. It was coated with a deposit 
of gravel and sand, that told of its lying in a river bed 
while mountains were worn to plains, and the decom- 
posed quartz and loose gravel were plowed up by glacial 
erosion, and scattered over the hillsides. The skull was 
broken in its strongest part, an evidence of the force with 
which some torrent had dashed it against bowlders in the 
lapsing centuries. Some time during its wanderings in 
the river beds, or while resting on the banks, a snail had 
crawled under the malar bone and died. Its shell was 
found there, and no such species of snail has been known 
since the volcanoes ceased pouring lava over California. 

The skull * and the snail-shell have been the cause of 
great discussion among the scientists of our epoch. Its 
age is too great to agree with the preconceived idea of 
man's existence; but it is not opposed with nearly the 
heat and vigor that Akaza' s doctrines are combatted by 

* Calaveras skull, Smithsonian Institution. 



242 YERMAH THE DORADO 

the so-called Christian worid. If he could be brought to 
life, the scientists would welcome him ; but the Christians 
would want him put to death, so much stronger Is the 
love of doctrine than the love of truth. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 243 



CHAPTER XX 

IN returning to laqua from the temple, Yermah stopped 
to inspect the work being done by a company of war- 
rior-priests on the cracked and broken wall surrounding 
the public gardens. These men had already restored the 
aqueducts, so that danger of a water famine no longer 
threatened Tlamco. 

The still terrified populace were totally incapable of 
consecutive action. Not one of them doubted that the 
destructive agencies at work would blot them out. All 
of the secular temples were crowded constantly, and the 
noise of prayer and supplication drowned out the low 
rumblings still going on in the earth. Death played sad 
havoc with women burdened with motherhood, and the 
priestesses and vestals were overworked in their efforts to 
take care of the motherless, whose pinched and frightened 
faces peered from everywhere. The people were too stu- 
pefied to formulate any definite plans for themselves, and 
lived in hourly expectation of a final summons. Military 
disciphne, instituted by Akaza, prevented frenzied acts of 
self-destruction, while the fleet of balsas found it necessary 
to protect the granaries and stores. 

The first upheavals produced some curious phenomena 
in the honeycombed hillsides containing the ollas and 
baskets. After being buried for a century, many of the 
former were thrown up on the surface with such force as 
to break and scatter their contents hopelessly. The bas- 
kets were also tossed and rolled about in a surprising 
manner. 

By right of seniority, Setos assumed command of the 
land forces, while Hanabusa co-operated heartily from the 
sea. The observatory tower was a complete wreck, and 
there was no way of predicting changes^ the knowledge 



244 YERMAH THE DORADO 

of which added much to the horror of the situation. It 
was a nameless, undefined dread — a something they could 
not determine, which appalled and overwhelmed even the 
stout-hearted. 

For the first time since his bereavement, Yermah took 
note of his surroundings. His heart was wrung by the 
scenes about him, but it was no longer a self- centered grief 

**He is beginning to share the woes of his fellows," 
said one of the bystanders as he approached. **He no 
longer walks apart speechless with sorrow. Let us greet 
him as of old." 

They uncovered and shouted ** Haille! haille! haille!" 
so weak and so feebly that the sound seemed to die in 
their throats. Yermah was too much moved for words, 
but he made a pitiful effort to smile, as he raised his hands 
in benediction in return. 

** Peace be with thee! " they answered, trying manfully 
to conceal their anxieties and fears. 

* * Yermah ! ' ' called a familiar voice. * * Give thy servant 
greeting.'* 

** Orondo! Brother in all save blood " 

The Dorado staggered and would have fallen had not 
Orondo caught and embraced him. 

**Thy hollow, wasted cheeks and thy shrunken frame 
pierce my heart like a dagger!" cried Orondo, while the 
tears ran unrestrained down his weather-beaten face. 
** Anxiety and fear for thee urged me here. . . . Speak! 
Surely thou wilt not snap the slender thread ! " he contin- 
ued, alarmed at Yermah' s silence, and, holding him up, 
searched his haggard countenance anxiously. 

"Long have I stood within the shadow," murmured 
Yermah feebly, struggling to overcome great weakness. 
**The body refuses to support the spirit in manifesting 
joy in seeing thee Thy pardon ' ' 

**No need of words 'twixt thee and me," answered 
Orondo. 

** Thy heart is like a crystal spring, and I know its full 
depths." 

His strong right arm upheld the Dorado, but his 
prompt, soldier-like habit stood him in good stead. By a 



YERMAH THE DORADO 245 

nod he beckoned to the warrior-priests waiting to bring 
forward a sedan-chair, which they had gone to the temple 
to procure. Gently as a woman could have done, he 
seated the Dorado and motioned the attendants to go on. 
Yermah's look of gratitude made his strong chin tremble, 
and brought the old haunted expression back to his face. 
A cold, clammy perspiration stood out on Yermah's lips 
and brow as he sank back utterly exhausted. When he 
closed his eyes, Orondo said to himself: *' He will never 
be paler in death. Poor heart-broken soul! ** 

Orondo had a good profile view as he trudged beside 
the chair. He noted the ravages that illness of body and 
mind had wrought, and wondered in a vague sort of way 
if he could not share some of his own vitality. Loyalty 
forbade direct speech, but he had learned from others 
enough to understand the situation. His own wounds 
bled anew, but they were rated second in comparison. 

**Thy master has need of sleep,'' he said to the attend- 
ants as Yermah was carried into the private apartments. 
** Should solicitude find utterance, tell him that I am wait- 
ing his pleasure in my old quarters.*' 

Wandering through familiar rooms, he was enabled to 
note the eflfect of constant shaking on walls and ceilings. 
He saw many evidences of their being out of plumb. But 
despite everything he had a comfortable sense of being at 
home again. He busied himself unpacking his surveying 
instruments, and looked over a pile of hieratic picture- 
writings, containing reports on the mounds, earthworks, 
and temples he had been inspecting. Two hours later, 
while he was still absorbed in the work, a tamane came 
and asked if he would receive the Dorado. 

** Rather entreat thy master to summon me," said 
Orondo. " Care sits heavily upon him, and it were better 
to encourage health and strength." 

Still intent upon additions and corrections here and 
there to certain documents, Orondo did not look up when 
he heard the door open and close. 

**Thou art always unselfish," said Yermah, coming 
close to him ; * * but thou art prohibited from inciting me 
to shirk duty. Not a word hast thou spoken of thine own 
case. Acquaint me with all that hath befallen thee.*' 



246 VKRMAH THE DORADO 

There was a touch of his old self in tone and gesture, 
but he seated himself like an old man. 

** Wilt thou insist on a detailed account of my journey 
hence and sojourn in the great valley ? ' ' 

* * Leave dry circumstance to the custodian of archives. 
But tell me if success full and complete crowned thy 
efforts.'' 

**The mounds and the earthworks are perfect in 
location and design, and where finished are of enduring 
workmanship. Only a few temples have been erected; 
but when the flood subsides, work will go on again — 
slowly now, because of depleted numbers.'' 

** Has the dread scourge touched that fair land, too ? " 

**Yes; and with much violence. For days a great 
double-headed dragon hung directly over the sun, as if 
it would fall down over and obscure the light. Its long 
body flickered with every current of air, and the mountain 
divide, running north and south from ocean to ocean, 
heaved and shook responsive to it. This went on for 
many days; then the dragon was seen to back away into 
space; but it went very slowly, as if the sun held it trans- 
fixed. Clouds and darkness followed, and the waters lay 
over the tops of the trees, by the last accounts. ' ' 

** Thou wert not eye-witness ? " 

**Not in all the district. My labor was in the south. 
The waters did not oppress me." 

* * Thou art newly come from bur brethren in Zuni ? Is 
it well with them?" 

**The hotah has 'blown steadily one whole lunation, 
parching the surface dry as a desert. Years of patient 
artifice made water plentiful, but the sources have hidden 
in the earth, and every green thing is withered and dead. 
Windows fall out of the houses, doors refuse to hang, and 
are much too small for the openings. Man and beast suffer 
frightfully. An ashy hue overspreads the countenance. 
The eyes, lips, and throat become parched and painful; 
then the only hope was to smear themselves with grease." 

'* And wert thou obliged to treat thy body so? " asked 
Yermah, mindful of Orondo's habit of exquisite cleanliness. 

** Yes; and to a liberal coating of olive oil do I owe 
my life doubly. The evil omen overhead warned me of 



YERMAH THE DORADO 247 

impending danger to us all, and my fealty to thee made 
me hasten homeward." In answer to Yermah's grateful 
look, he continued : ' * Coming through the narrow pass in 
the mountains lying south, I went always ahead of the 
tamanes to spy out the best places. One morning I found 
myself in close proximity to a grizzly, ravenously hungry. 
I had neither time to retreat nor to defend myself before 
he was upon me. I fell flat on my face, and lay motion- 
less while he smelt me all over. The oil both puzzled 
and disturbed him, for he made off into the woods and left 
me to win back courage as best I could." 

**This animal eats no flesh he hath not killed," said 
Yermah ; * * but thou art fortunate to escape a blow from 
his powerful paw, or a crushing squeeze." 

** He was very hungry; and I was glad to be thoroughly 
saturated with oil, even if I did imagine it was rancid," 
observed O rondo, naively. 

For the first time in many days Yermah laughed. 

** Nevertheless, thou art justiy called the fearless one," 
he said. 

**The same heat and distress lies everywhere in the 
south, and there is a faint, luminous mist, dry as the hotah 
itself, which makes the sun look like blood. It deposits 
whitish particles upon everything, very like a cottony 
wood fiber. Near the sea it disappears although the dry 
wind prevails. All of the testimony confirms the report 
that a brilliant rainbow surrounded the moon at the time 
the mist came. ' ' 

Both men lapsed into silence, and profound depression 
came back to Yermah. 

** The gardens have suffered comparatively little," said 
Orondo. ** Not finding thee here, I went in to see them 
immediately after ablution and prayers. ' ' 

* ' Tlamco has been spared much that has befallen other 

sections," responded Yermah. ^'TheMonbas Thou 

hast heard ? ' ' 

"I have heard," said Orondo in a low voice. **My 
heart is still tender toward the high priestess Keroecia. 
So long as I live memory will hold her first among 



women. ' * 



Before Yermah could reply, he hastened to ask: — 



24^ YERMAH THE DORADO 

** Hast thou news from Poseidon's kingdom ? '* 

* * My summons hence is hourly expected. I am already 
of the Brotherhood. Seest thou the sign manual given 
by Akaza? '* He held up his hand while Orondo inspected 
the ring. 

** Runners were dispatched down the coast to com- 
municate with the balsas coming in from Atlantis, but no 
answer was possible before my departure. ' ' 

**Alcamayn desires speech with the servitor Yermah,'* 
announced a tamane, answering a command to enter. 

** Direct him here/' said Yermah. '* Thou hast not 
seen him since coming ? *' he asked Orondo. 

When the two men had exchanged greetings, Alcamayn 
refused to disturb the conference. 

** My only office was to bring tidings from the far 
north. Cezardis, of the Mazamas, is here, more dead 
than alive from hardships unparalleled, and begs thou 
wilt give him leave to remain in Tlamco." 

** Willingly. But how fares his countrymen ? " 

**They are sore pressed by the elements, especially by 
ice and snow, and there is only a handful of them left. 
The land of Ian is forever separated from this continent. 
An arm of the sea lies between them." 

** Ah! Setos, come in! Thou art most welcome," said 
Orondo, catching a glimpse of him through the open 
doorway. 

** Knowledge of thy presence has but newly found me, 
and I came direct in quest of thee, ' ' said Setos, embrac- 
ing Orondo. * ' This dread calamity is lessened, now thou 
art preserved. ' ' 

** If unalloyed happiness were possible, thy speech 
would give it me," responded Orondo. 

Yermah was about to dismiss Alcamayn, when Setos 
saluted him pompously, as became the head of the mili- 
tary. There was a shadow of a smile on Orondo' s face 
as he noted the new air of dignity, and he reflected that it 
was quite like the man to think of self in the midst of such 
an appalling disaster. 

It was evident, from Setos' s punctilious, ceremonious 
manner, that he was the bearer of important news. His 
face and voice bespoke gratified vanity as he said: — 



r" 



YERMAH THE DORADO 249 

* * Hast thou had audience with the emissaries from 
Poseidon's kingdom ? " 

*' No,'' answered Yermah, trying to read the masked 
countenance before him. **Art thou advised of the 
import ? ' ' 

*' Yes. It is most terrible. Through the agencies of 
earthquake and tidal wave, the whole island of Atlantis, 
with every living thing, is on the bed of the ocean." 

A sharp, agonized cry from Yermah, who swooned and 
fell face downward at the feet of Setos, prevented further 
remark. 

** His proud warrior spirit quails under him," said that 
individual peering at him curiously, but offering no assist- 
ance. * * His courage kisses the ground before disappointed 
ambition. For the first time he knows fear." Setos' s 
words were between a sneer and a hiss. 

'* Thou art destitute of humanity," exclaimed Orondo, 
springing forward and supporting the fallen head on his 
knee. "Thy brutal abruptness is wanting in loyalty," 
he continued, as long, white streaks mingled with the 
ruddy bronze about his sternly set mouth and chin. 

* * When thou art in Tlamco longer thou wilt find that 
discontent is rampant — that Yermah no longer has a 
united following," returned Setos, surprised at the out- 
burst into saying more than he had intended. 

*' If so, thou art at fault. Speak not thus to me, 
Setos! I know that thou wert called a black magician 
in Poseidon's kingdom, and that none of the White 
Brotherhood except Akaza would suffer thy presence 
among the chosen." 

Orondo' s face was ablaze with indignation, while Setos 
and Alcamayn exchanged significant glances. 

**Thou art unduly exercised, Orondo," mildly inter- 
posed the jeweler. * * Setos meant no offense. The stress 
of the times and Yermah' s long illness have caused people 
to babble idly. When once he is among them, and when 
the earth is stable again, it will all pass like mere vapor- 
ings. ' ' 

' ' I had sought thee for private conference on this very 
subject, ' ' said Setos apologetically. 

**And thou hast my answer," repeated Orondo, his 



250 YERMAH THE DORADO 

eyes still sparkling angrily. Alcamayn assisted in the 
restoration, and Setos was constrained to pull up a big 
easy-chair, as the prostrate figure was being assisted to 
rise. 

** Thou wilt not repeat ? '' whispered Setos guiltily. 

** Not until thou hast forgotten to be loyal,'' assented 
Orondo, looking him squarely in the face. 

** Am I going mad, or am I dying?'' wailed Yermah, 
pushing his fingers up through his tangled hair. * * Did I 
hear aright? Tell me, Setos, — didst thou say that our 
native land and all our people are blotted out ? " 

** Such is the word from Mayax. They also report that 
the land of the Mexi is split from east to west with a great 
rent in the earth, from which seven great volcanoes have 
sent forth fire and smoke ever since the crevice closed. 
In that section the disturbance came from the east, and 
went far out into the surviving islands of the lost Lemuria 
on the west." 

Alcamayn and Orondo shared Yermah' s consternation; 
but, like Setos, they never expected to return to Atlantis, 
and therefore their interest was not so personal and keen. 

Yermah still seemed stupefied, but he roused himself by 
a mighty effort of will. 

' * Call all the people together in the Temple of Saturn, 
on the proper day, and let the four intervening suns rise 
on a fasting and contrite nation. Let every house and 
roadway be swept for purification. Let the anointing and 
ablution be thorough, and let them come to the temple 
laden with flowers; because where flowers grow love has 
been. This is the end of a divine cycle; and it is befit- 
ting that we come together in chastened spirit to mourn 
its myriad dead." 

Seeing that they stood uncertain as to how to proceed, 
he added: ** I will make proclamation. See to it, Setos, 
and thou, Alcamayn, that the edict is posted on all the 
temple doors and all the obelisks, and make it known to 
the fleet and to the warriors. None shall be exempt 
from this Festival of Humiliation, and it shall be an anni- 
versary for ages to come. ' ' 

* * Before thou art engrossed with quill and parchment, 
accept another service of wine of maguey," said Orondo 



YERMAH THE DORADO 251 

while the tamane was arranging writing materials. **Thy 
physical strength is indeed at low ebb. ' ' 

' * But my agonized spirit hears the shrieks of despair 
of our dying brothers. May they find comfort in the 
bosom of the Ineffable One! '' 

**Amenti! hear and grant, we beseech thee!" they all 
said in heartfelt sympathy. 

* ' Wilt thou give us leave to smoke ? ' ' asked Setos, as 
Yermah prepared to write. 

* * With both my assent and blessing. Thou art kind 
to remember what my poor confused brain is unable to 
recall at this moment." 

He wrote: — 

Brethren of Tlamco — Greeting: He whose face 
is always inscrutable and hidden begins another eon of 
time. Countless thousands of our fellows heard the 
dread voice and are silent. 

Alcyone, the gn-at central sun, has once more suffered 
eclipse, and a fiery sign hangs in the heavens. 

The north is ingulfed, the south is on fire, the sacred 
east fi*owns and threatens in gray obscurity, and blood 
drowns the fading light in the west. 

Desolation mocks the eye on all sides. 

Thou art each and all commanded to prepare for a 
solemn commemoration of humiliation and despair. Go 
ye all to the Temple of Saturn, and there do honor to our 
beloved dead. 

Bear thy burdens helpfully and with courage; for in 
the innumerable wanderings, upheavals, and cataclysms 
of our earth's stupendous career each creature has some 
time been summoned under penalty of death to make 
good use of its wit. 

How many couriers go into the presence of a king a 
hundred times, not to have speech with him, nor to hear 
him, but merely to be seen, that he may know they are 
willing to serve. 

When thou art in the house of death, speak if thou 
canst. , If not, show thyself, and let thy heart be content 

Done by the hand of thy humble servitor, 

Yermah. 

In dismissing Alcamayn and Setos, he said: — 

* * Send the couriers from the lands of the Mayax and 
of Mexi to me in the early morning. I will have all their 
sayings engrossed on parchment and read in the temple. 
Let our brethren know this." 



252 YERMAH THE DORADO 

After a deep sleep of exhaustion, Yermah arose at early 
dawn and went into the private sanctuary. Before he 
crossed its portals his attention was attracted by a ray of 
light near his feet. Looking closely, he saw it was a pen- 
tagram graven on glass. It had two points on the side 
toward him, and placed so that it was a charm to repel 
evil. Picking it up, he noticed that the reverse side had 
a circle for the sun, a crescent for the moon, a winged 
caduceus for Mercury, a sword for Mars, a letter G for 
Venus, and a scythe for Saturn. The letter was in the 
center, and interlaced with it was the word ** Azoth.'* 

A scrap of white paper catching the Dorado's eye, he 
stooped and picked up Akaza's will. After giving minute 
directions about finding the manuscript and sacred relics 
hidden in the cave at Ingharep, it said: — 

I who am old and weary of the world sink into the 
dust. But I swear by him who sleeps at Aision that 
never did I not exist, nor will any one of us hereafter 
cease to be — though in this body thou wilt never see 
me again. 

Farewell, my beloved! When thou hast mastered the 
pentagram, that sublime figure whose geometrical form 
connects the five senses of man with the throne of cre- 
ative power, thou wilt fully realize that that which we 
hold as evil is in reality the greatest good. 

Farewell, beloved! Treasure the five- pointed star, 
and gjeditate continually upon its teachings. Fear not. 
The promise to return to thy native land shall be made 
good to thee when the times and seasons are propitious. 
When the inner spirit prompts thee, ^o. Thou wilt find 
a pentagram of similar make in the right spot. Let the 
seal of silence be on thy lips. May thy courage wax 
and grow strong as a lion. Though absent from the 
body, yet I am with thee always. Thou art my succes- 
sor m all things. Wear the mantle of authority as if the 
All-seeing Eye were bent upon thee continuallv. 

Farewell, my best beloved! May that formless entity 
whose presence is everywhere felt, yet never compre- 
hended, guide and bless thee always. 

Akaza the Hermaphrodite. 

Initiates were always considered hermaphrodites, but 
not in a sex sense. The name itself implies this, being a 
compound of Hermes (wisdom) and Aphrodite (love). 
When sex takes precedence over humanity it is hard to 



YERMAH THE DORADO 253 

explain a divine mystery, because organs are mistaken for 
attributes, and the whole world is sex mad. Neverthe- 
less, activity and repose, positive and negative, light and 
darkness, spirit and matter, equilibrium and discord, cause 
and effect, involution and evolution, differentiation and 
polarization of atoms, and the laws governing them, are 
united in the one word — SEX. The man Jesus on the 
Cross is a most sublime and beautiful expression of the 
transmutation of passion on the physical plane. Love 
and wisdom were so blended in his crucifixion that he 
achieved selflessness, their highest spiritual phase. Every 
human being has the Christ principle within, and through 
its possession must the flesh be crucified; but this material 
age is so blind that the force of his example is virtually 
lost. He came and lived the perfect life out for us in the 
body, but we still fail to understand him. 

The square, as the symbol of the earth and of material 
life, is linked with the different emblems of reproduction. 
Its significance is generally associated with Jehovah. That 
name, literally translated, means the carrier of the germ, 
which is an equivalent for phallus. The lighted candles 
on the altar are a symbol of the same, with the germ 
emitted. The four Hebrew letters I H V H composing 
the name are a bisexual emblem, expressing the male and 
female, or material and spiritual, elements. 

The first Tree of Life was in the center of the circle, 
and was another symbol of reproduction — the Universal 
Mother. It was also an emblem of knowledge, and as 
such became one of the great allegories of the Mosaic 
books. Adam driven from Paradise typifies the newly 
separated race — our own, — which has abused and de- 
graded the mystery of physical life into a degree of 
bestiality lower than the animal kingdom. 

Religious sects everywhere vie with each other in dis- 
playing upon their sacred edifices and monuments the 
outward signs of phallic worship. In India as well as in 
Europe, the Christian and the Mahometan crown their 
mosques, temples, and churches with sexual symbology, 
proving that its acceptance and worship was universal — 
with the single exception of ancient Egypt. 



254 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Trying to fully realize that Akaza had crossed the 
boundary line between the two worlds, Yermah passed 
into the sanctuary. But before he knelt he saw a tiny 
white square lying on the altar. He had only to glance 
at it to recognize the broken threads and entangled mesh 
of Keroecia's weave. Some thoughtful hand had placed 
it there. He carried it to his lips reverently and examined 
it curiously. It was water-stained and wrinkled from 
compression in a pocket, but he divined that she had 
sent it to him by Ben Hu Barabe. Some time, when he 
could bear to speak of it, he would make inquiry, — but 
not now! **0 God! not now!'' 

He sank down before the statue. 

" All, all is lost! " he cried in agony of soul — **Keroe- 
cia, Akaza, and my fatherland! It is more than I can 
endure! Grant release to this tortured spirit, Thou whose 
whole essence is love and wisdom ! ' ' 

Hoarse moans and sobs choked his utterance, while 
everything in the room seemed to vibrate with over- 
whelming sorrow. He was crying man's tears — those 
that leave the eyelids dry, but drip inwardly and . fall 
scalding hot on the heart. His poor routed will power 
interposed no opposition, while grief hurricaned through 
his non-resisting body. He was fighting the battle alone 
— facing the utter negation of self — the complete over- 
throw of desire. Finally, overcome by physical exhaustion, 
he lay with his head at the feet of Orion, too weary to 
make an effort of any kind. After a while a sort of stupor 
came over him, and then he heard voices, while a cool 
breath of air fanned his heated cheek, and he felt the 
presence of his loved ones. 

'' Behold in tribulation the key which unlocks the mys- 
tery of the soul! The initiate cannot speak to the heart 
of man until he has himself drained to the dregs the 
bitter cup of life's miseries." 

Yermah lifted a startled face, and peered intently about 
him in the vain hope of locating the speaker. 

**Fear not, my beloved! Man is only what he thinks. 
He mingles his aura with that of his fellows, and the 
Redeemer becomes the fellower-sufferer, because the twain 
are made one in sorrow. Rise and go forth comforted. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 255 

Thou hast loosed the belt of Orion. Thou hast crossed 
the bridge of Kinevat." 

Without a moment's hesitation, and with implicit faith, 
Yermah obeyed. He had touched and rebounded from 
the lowest rung of personal grief and despair, and he 
would never again sink so deeply in the Slough of 
Despond. 



256 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XXI 

THE Temple of Saturn, where the Festival of Humili- 
ation was held, was situated on Park Hill, three 
thousand two hundred feet southeast of the center of the 
city, near Mount Olympus. It represented one of the 
rings of Saturn, while a hill now occupied by an iron 
water-tank gave the outer ring. The temple itself gave 
the orbit of Saturn, the reaper who gathers the harvest 
of the dead. It was a square edifice, and had towers 
which were square at the base, but became round as the 
tall spires rose skyward. A high arched entrance of 
elaborately carved sandstone led to a long quadrangular 
hall. The ceiling was of heavy-paneled redwood, pol- 
ished and treated with copal, while the walls were an 
elaborate mural of broken, double and single key 
patterns, interspersed with squares, circles and triangles 
in porphyry bas-relief The floor was a succession of 
interlaced hoops and balls of blue enamel on squares of 
white marble. Unlike the other temples, there was but 
one entrance, which faced west, signifying that all who 
entered the Hall of Death came by the same road; and 
also that the sun's going down in the west was typical of 
physical life departing from the body. 

An intricately carved ebony arch, relieved by pieces 
of crystal and tiny panels of glass, inclosed the eastern 
altar, containing a gold sunburst and throne of the same, 
on which was seated a green jasper statue of Maia — the 
Virgin Mother of all. The elevated platform of black 
marble had incense vessels, urns, and vases of gold, set 
with black onyx and diamonds, in a delicate tracery of 
black enamel. Emblematic brocades of pale blue silk 
hung between the square windows, whose innumerable 



YERMAH THE DORADO 257 

small panes were of frosted glass set in a circular frame. 
A circle inscribed within a square is the geometrical 
emblem of death, and the veiled light conveyed the same 
idea. 

In the center of the southern wall, under a richly- 
canopied entablature of arms of Adantis, emblazoned on 
a heavily fringed and corded brocade of shaded blue, 
was a high granite slab, back of which was a square ark 
containing an aerolite. The Immaculate Conception also 
pertains to the mystery of death, since it is a new birth, 
and the heaven-born stone signifies that the newly 
released ego is immaculate. In other words, that its 
birth into the body and contact with material life have 
left no stain upon its intrinsic purity. 

Before this shrine Yermah ordered a purple veil of 
Akaza to be placed. Skulls and cross-bones in white 
were painted upon this, to show that he was master of 
the living as well as of the dead. The queen of odors, 
jasmine, which corresponds to G in alt, or equilibrium, 
filled the perfumed lamp suspended in the center of the 
shrine; while ewers of oil, containing citron, lemon, 
orange-peel, verbena, and rose, sat on either side. 

The Azes recognized the octaves of odor, and offered 
the higher grade to age; while the lower, consisting of 
almond, heliotrope, vanilla, clematis, and neroli, were 
placed in ewers on the altar opposite, as a sacrifice to 
youth. Musically, these correspond to the lower bass 
and upper treble clefs. 

On a square base of onyx fose a pyramid and obelisk 
of prismatic glass at each side of the northern niche. 
The pyramid was composed of glass squares, ingeniously 
piled up, and the obelisk was of round balls of glass, 
beginning with twelve, and ending with one. Several 
lighted candles placed behind them gave a bewildering 
effect of color through the crystal. The niche itself 
ended in a sharp triangle, and contained a blue enamel 
swastika, which is a four-armed cross, revolving, and is 
familiarly known to-day as the Keys of Saint Peter. 
Astronomically, it is the sign Aquarius, which is Janus, 
or Saint Peter, while Pisces is the swastika in his hand. 
It is correlated to the spiral movements in nature every- 



258 YERMAH THE DORADO 

where, and its hieroglyph is a dragqn, serpent meander, 
or two rivers of fire. Three marble steps led to this 
altar, and there was a constant stream of people praying 
before it. They entered barefooted, and silently threw 
themselves on the floor before the altars. The swastika 
not only indicated the time, but also the unsettled con- 
dition, and they implored continually: — 

* * O Thou who art master of all motion, hold thou the 
earth fast in the hollow of thy hand! Grant that it may 
no longer be swayed in its orbit, but may go in peace, 
freed from evil influence. Hear and answer, we beseech 
thee!^' 

Rising at daybreak, the whole populace made their 
ablutions with scrupulous care, and dressed themselves 
in spotless white. They waited in vain for a glimpse of 
the rising sun, and then betook themselves to the house- 
tops. Turning with infinite yearning to the north, they 
cried out: 

* * Spirit of the lost ones, come quickly, since thou art 
expected!*' 

This curious practice was kept up at this yearly festival 
until the time of the conquest of Mexico. All the native 
races of America believed with the Norsemen that hell 
was situated in the north, doubdess in memory of the 
overwhelming destruction of the great Ice Age. Esoter- 
ically, ice is spiritual fire. 

Re-entering their houses, they took their canapas,* 
which were the same as the Roman titular deities, and 
hastened to a great funeral pyre already smoking in front 
of the Temple of Saturn. Since fire was the substance 
of the sun, and since the sun's ray was the medium 
through which Deity contacted the earth, the worshipers 
did not venture near it without prostrating themselves, 
kissing the earth, and making manifestations of abase- 
ment. Then they made low obeisances to the four 
cardinal points, and threw cassia, cinnamon, sweet 
calamus, and myrrh into the flames. Braving the heat, 
they held the canapas in the smoke until the figures 
warmed perceptibly, then wrapped them in linen scorched 
by the fire, and ran back to their houses. It was no 

* Lares and penates. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 259 

longer possible to summon them to the temples by ring- 
ing the big bell on top of the observatory, as the tower 
still lay in ruins; so they waited for the trumpet-call. 
Incense, which exudes from incisions and dries as a gum 
from arbor thurifera, was burned on the sacrificial altars, 
and a pot-pourri of resinous gums was carried in the 
hand, in alabaster or jeweled boxes, along with palm 
branches, which indicated a new period of manifestation 
of matter — the Palm Sunday of modem churches. 

A procession issued from the western gate of the 
Temple of the Sun, in the center of Tlamco. First came 
a troop of warrior-priests, with spears held upright and 
garlanded with roses. The next was Yermah, robed in 
cloth of gold, with a white linen mantle over his shoulder. 
His head was bared, and he had submitted to tonsure as 
a sacred observance. The Azes considered the human 
head a magnet, having a natural electrical, irregular circle, 
moving in the path of the sun. The os-frontis, sinciput, 
and OS-sublime are the positive pole, while the occiput 
is the negative. In his right hand was a lotus-headed 
scepter, an emblem of religious dominion; while in his 
left hand was a sword constructed in the form of a cross, 
with three pommels, or two crescents for guards. It had 
been newly consecrated by being thrust into a fire made 
of laurel and cypress woods, after which it was wiped and 
polished with the ashes and wrapped in a linen cloth. 

Behind the Dorado were one hundred youths, dressed 
to represent the four seasons; and after them came Imos, 
the high -priest, in green robes and tiara, borne on a litter 
by twelve priests, representing the sun in one of its 
zodiacal houses. Following, walked the Virgin of the 
Sun, Oahspe, who was to be offered up in sacrifice, as a 
solemn atonement for the people. This did not involve 
the horrible rites of later superstition, because she did 
not represent death to the physical, but the death of 
transgression and new birth into righteousness. 

Back of her were one hundred vestals, dressed in white 
and crowned with myrtle. After them came boys and 
girls to the number of three hundred and sixty-five, each 
representing the sun and moon in their daily procession. 
Last were five hundred warrior-priests clad in black, with 



26o YERMAH THE DORADO 

white crosses on their backs and breasts. They wound 
slowly around the serpentine avenue and up the winding 
path to the temple, chanting a hymn as they walked. 
Filing in, they stood ranged in rows on each side of the 
hall, and in the gray morning light their Voices mingled 
with melodious strains of harps, flutes, and lyres. The 
music rose grandly, floating through the dim aisles and 
out into the crowded spaces before the entrance. There 
were no lights on the altars, and the congregation moved 
like specters in the semi-darkness. 

Imos knelt in the center before the veil which inclosed 
the figure of the ever-youthful Virgin. On his right side 
knelt Yermah, and on his left was Oahspe.' A hush fell 
over the people, the music ceased, and all waited with 
bated breath to see if divine help would be vouchsafed 
them. Suddenly, through a rift in the clouds, shone 
a resplendent sun-ray, which flooded the figures and 
statue with a golden light. The tense, strained, fearful 
looks relaxed, and a long sigh of relief escaped their lips, 
while an electric thrill ran through the crowd, and many 
of them wept unrestrainedly. 

The gates of the inclosure swung open, and Imos stood 
within them facing the sun. Then Yermah took Oahspe 
by the hand, and led her to Imos, who made a sign 
of hierarchal blessing and poured a few drops of olive 
oil over her hair. The high-priest stepped back, and 
placing his right hand over his heart, held his left up to 
the figure of Maia, the Cosmic Virgin, and proclaimed in 
a loud voice: ** It is consummated! " 

There was a moment's silence. The sunshine faded 
firom the golden hair of Oahspe, and a light, made by no 
mortal hands, flickered around the statue, illuminating 
the whole niche. 

** In thy strength and wisdom, O Father-Mother, join 
thou the heavens above and the earth below ! * ' cried the 
people in response. Again the music swelled through 
the temple, and the warrior-priests made use of their long 
spears to light the lamps and candles. 

Yermah received the three-handled silver cup of humili- 
ation from the high -priest Imos and partook of its bitter 
contents. From him it passed to Oahspe, then to Orondo, 






YERMAH THE DORADO 261 

Setos, Alcamayn, Ildiko, Rahula, Cezardis, Ben Hu 
Barabe, and Alcyesta, and then on to every man and 
woman in the temple. 

The priests composed and arranged the music used in 
the temples; and now a choir chanted a funeral text from 
their sacred books, referring to the sinking in earlier 
cataclysms of the continents of Ruta and Daitya, which 
extended into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. 
These continents included the Azores, the Cape Verde 
and Grand Canary Islands, while the peaks of TenerifFe 
are all that is left of Poseidon's kingdom. The latter, 
an island three hundred and fifty miles long and two hun- 
dred miles wide, contained the crystallization of ancient 
civilization, and had colonies in the four quarters of the 
globe. The history of this race is written in the public 
works of the ancient kingdoms; in their bridges crossing 
great rivers and swamps; in the highways leveling mighty 
mountains and uplifting plains; in the matchless gardens 
and aqueducts; in the beauty and splendor of the cities; 
in fabulous treasures of gold and silver; and, more than 
all, in the grandeur of the mighty pyramids, temples, and 
obelisks erected and dedicated to the glorification of a 
Supreme Being. It was also written in the provident 
laws of the nation — in its civil but progressive life, its 
happiness, and its calm, delightful view of the world. 

The priests chanted: — 

**The end of the Etherean column that extended to 
Kinevat, on the borders of the vortex of the earth, was 
made fast by the pressure of thy wide heavens. 

* * And the vortex closed in from the extreme, and lo, 
the earth was broken ! ' ' 

The people looked at each other and shuddered. 
They understood the significance of Orion's Belt, and 
also knew that the three hills overlooking the Golden 
Gate, where the waters had lately rushed through, typi- 
fied one end of the Bridge of Kinevat. Some among 
them knew that this referred to initiation, but it was 
generally supposed that the mystery had reference to 
death. 

A low, plaintive wail from the instruments, and a chill 
seized the audience. 



262 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * A mighty continent was cut loose from its fasten- 
ings/' sang the bass voices. **The fires of the earth 
' came forth in flames and clouds and loud roarings." 

** And the land rocked to and fro like a ship at sea," 
chimed in the tenors. 

** Again the vortex of the earth closed in on all sides," 
they all sang together. **By great pressure the land 
sank beneath the waters to rise no more. Sank to rise 
no more," they repreated three times. Then, after an 
impressive pause: **The corporeans all went down to 
death!" 

The wails and cries of the mourners drowned the 
mu3ic. In the midst of the exercise Yermah was 
invested with a purple robe and the pointed hat of a 
hierophant, while Imos took position in the northern 
niche, in front of the swastika. When quiet was restored 
he knelt with the entire congregation, and after a long 
and fervent supplication, rose and hung a broken heart 
of rubies on a little gold hook in the center of the 
revolving cross. 

*' Sacred to thy memory, O Atlantis! 
Fit semblance of our grief for thee, Poseidon! 
Reminder of our transition hence to Kinevat, — 
The bridge between us and eternity! " 

chanted the entire congregation, making genuflections 
continuously. Yermah found his way to the platform, 
and as Imos gave the hierarchal blessing he handed the 
Dorado a parchment scroll, as thick as the finger, ninety 
feet long, and one foot wide, which the latter slowly 
unrolled and read: — 

BUNDLE OF WONDERFUL THINGS.* 

The Great King of the Dazzling Face, the chief of 
all the Yellow Faces, was sad, seeing the sins of the 
Black Faces. He sent his air- vehicles to all his brother 
chiefs with highest men within, saying: — 

"Prepare! Arise, ye men of the Good Law, and 
cross the land while dry! The Lords of the Storm are 
approaching. Their chariots are nearing the land. 
She is doomed, and they have to descend with her. 
The nether Lords of the Fires [gnomes and fire ele- 
mentals] are preparing their magic- worked weapons. 

*H. P. Blavatsky, in "Secret Doctrine." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 265 

"But the Lords of the Dark Eye are stronger than 
these elementals, and they are the slaves of the mighty 
ones. They are versed in Astra. Come and use yours. 
Let every Lord of the Dazzling Face cause the vehicles 
of every Lord of the Dark Face to come into his hands, 
lest any should by this means escape from the waters; 
avoid the rod of the four elements, and save this 
wicked people. 

*' May every Yellow Face send sleep from himself to 
every Black Face. May even they be free from pain. 
May every man who is true to the Solar Gods bind 
every man under the Lunar Gods, lest he should suffer 
or escape his destiny. And may every Yellow Face 
offer his life-water to the speaking animal watching 
beside the Black Face. Let him not awaken his 
master. . . . The hour has struck — the black night is 
ready. . . . Let their destiny be accomplished. We 
are the servants of the Great Four. . . . May the King 
of Light return." 

The Great King fell upon his dazzling face and wept 
. . . When the kings assembled, the waters had 
already moved. . . . The natives had now crossed the 
dry lands. They were beyond the water-mark. Their 
kings reached them in their vehicles, and led them on 
to the lands of fire and metal [east and north]. . . . 
Stars and meteors showered on the lands of the Black 
Faces, but they slept. . . . The nether Lords waited 
for orders; but they came not, for their masters slept. 
. . . The waters rose and covered the valleys from one 
end of the earth to the other. High lancfs remained 
dry. . . . There dwelt those who escaped — the men of 
the Yellow Faces and of the Straight Eye . 

When the Lords of the Dark Faces awoke, they 
bethought them of the vehicles, in order to escape from 
the rising waters, but they were gone. Some of the 
more powerful of the Dark Faces awoke first, and pur- 
sued those \yho had spoiled tiiem. Many of the faint- 
hearted perished on their way. The pursuers, whose 
heads and chests soared high above the water, chased 
them. Finally the rising waves reached them, and 
they perished to the last man. The soil sank under 
their feet, and the earth ingulfed those who had des- 
ecrated her. . . . 

When Yermah ceased speaking, he crossed over to the 
southern altar and laid a small wreath of jasmine on 
Akaza's veil, saying: — 

**Thou hast quashed the wiU-o* -the-wisp of doubtful 
spirits. Thou hast crossed the Bridge of Kinevat, and 
art come into bliss." 



264 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The congregation followed his example, and for the 
remainder of the day they made offerings upon the dif- 
ferent altars, and deposited palms in the eastern niche; on 
the north, cypress and aloes; on the south, quantities of 
white flowers; while about the entrance they strewed 
branches of weeping-willow. 

The sun went down on absolute silence. Every animal 
was either muzzled or shut up in a dark place. There 
was not a light in the city, nor did a human being speak 
above a whisper. Just before midnight they retired, with- 
out breaking fast during the whole twenty-four hours. In 
the dead watches of the night they communed silently 
with the hordes of disembodied entities who had crossed 
the bridge or balance which connects mind with soul. 

Kinevat is the great key which unlocks the mystery 
of life, and has hundreds of variants in mythology. The 
clavicle of Solomon says: ** Now will I present to thee 
the key of the kingdom of spirits.'* It is the same as 
that o f the mysterious numbers of Jesirah (Osiris). It is 
the ** Three commands Three by means of Three." 

Here we have man (a triad) controlling nature (a triad) 
by means of his will (a triad). When the neophyte 
reaches the chasm which separates the sphere of mentality 
in the material world from the sphere of psychic percep- 
tion, in which he finds himself when his body is asleep, 
he feels the need of a hierophant to give a means of 
connecting the two. In the ancient mysteries this hiero- 
phant is shown as a female, but is in reality a man in 
woman's robes, indicating that all initiates have the per- 
fect balance of mental and psychic attributes. 

In their planetary aspects, these are Jupiter, the mental, 
and Uranus, the psychic, balanced on Saturn, or reflective 
reasoning. It is a mistake to suppose that the person- 
ality originates thought. The sphere called mind merely 
reflects the thought of the One Universal Mind, or the 
minds around it, as the earth reflects the light of the 
sun. It is quite as ridiculous to talk about the ego Jeaving 
the body at death as it would be to suppose that the sun 
is actually in the earth because this planet lives by its rays. 
The spirit never is in the body; therefore, it has neither 



'c^'^ or T.'. 



YERMAH THE r)iairAI?<^^- - /-i 265 



birth nor death. It vivifies and ccSrtae^MS^eifJr, as the 



sun does the earth. 

The violet rays of the aura, which corresponds to 
Uranus, are weak and distorted in ordinary individuals; 
and as these are the only means of communication with 
the Holy Pneuma, which gives the elixir of life, they must 
be intensified. So Bacchus, Osiris, or the planet Uranus, 
is unified to the mind, or aura, and vital force is gen- 
erated. 

But force without a substratum to work on is lost. This 
substratum is the bread of Ceres, which mingled with the 
wine of Bacchus, produces vitality. Its vibrations are a 
golden yellow (prana) ; and when purple and gold mix, 
harmony results. Here we have the three weapons by 
which the Three command the Three. They are the 
Harieta, Charities, or Graces — Faith, Hope, and Love; 
or, more correctly, Will, Aspiration, and Harmony. 

Horatius and his two companions keeping the bridge 
is an allegory of the will of the hierophant harmonizing 
the aura of the neophyte, so that the psychic sense is made 
clear to the understanding. The three heroes command 
the three enemies by means of three weapons. These 
weapons are the three golden apples which Hercules was 
required to procure from the Garden of Hesperides. In 
order to do this, he must relieve Atlas of his burden — 
the world. 

Now, who is Atlas? He is the astral magnetic tie which 
holds matter to matter — the minute astral duality which, 
rapidly revolving, makes itself evident to the material 
senses. The hieroglyph of this is a serpent on a pole, 
which Moses, the hierophant, sets up in the astral wilder- 
ness, in order that the neophyte may be cured of the ser- 
pent's bite, which in the fourth labor is the eagle devouring 
the liver of Prometheus. The bites of the small serpents 
(discordant astral vibrations) are merged into the harmo- 
nious vibrations of the great serpent, Isis, or I H V H, 
the Word, who is thus made manifest as prana, or the 
bread of life. 

Horatius is Arusha, or Joshua. He in turn is I H S V H ; 
that is, the I H and V H, a duality and astral substance, 
balanced on S, generally shown as a tree of life springing 



266 YERMAH THE DORADO 

out of a mount, which represents mind. Hercules carry- 
ing the world means that the neophyte must, learn to con- 
trol the magnetic tie binding the mentality and soul to 
matter. This can be done only by cultivating the graces 
of Will, Aspiration, and Harmony. In other words, it is 
to keep the mind undisturbed by emotion and passion. 
Without this harmony established, it is useless to study 
the occult. 

Discordant vibrations produce hatred, fear, and envy, 
the diabolical inversion of the three graces — Satan, who 
is H V S H I (Avitchi), the hell of the Hindus. Arusha 
reversed is Ahsura, the demons who warred with the 
gods, or Devas. 

The pentagram was called by the Greeks health, or 
harmony. To the Kabalists it is the five points of attrac- 
tion which, through the five physical senses, gives man 
that perception of soul which we call psychometry — the 
sixth sense. It is Atlas supporting the earth, also 
Prometheus bound to the rock. But when Hercules, the 
neophyte or candidate for initiation, approaches him, he 
is reversed, and all is discord. By I H V H, the key of 
life, or discriminative knowledge, he turns Atlas around, 
and harmony results. Then the candidate can cross 
Kinevat, Nineveh, Minerva, Guinevere of the legends of 
King Arthur — the Way of Life. This is the bridge of 
Manas, or mind, destined to unite in the perfected 
individual the upward surging forces of the animal king- 
dom with the downward cycling spirit of the Divine. 

Astronomically, this bridge is Orion, and the three 
graces, or apples, are the stars in his belt. To loosen 
the bands of Orion, is the same as to take the place of 
the crucified Redeemer (Prometheus). It is to identify 
oneself with the One Primeval Creative Thought. This 
is why Yermah prayed before the statue of Orion. It 
was the lares and penates of laqua — a something on 
which he could concentrate his thought forces. The 
statue also personated his higher self in the abstract, or 
the godhood in man. 



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CHAPTER XXII 

THE legend of Humoo, or the Lost Arrow, now asso- 
ciated with the Giant's Thumb, one of the wonders of 
the Yosemite Valley, had its origin in the building of the 
enormous arrow-head in a triangular plateau, two thou- 
sand feet above the level of the sea, in the ribbon-like 
convolutions of the San Bernardino Mountains, about six 
miles from the little village bearing the same name. The 
Mexican hero, Santa Ana, is immortalized in the name 
of the valley stretching southward to the peaks of 
Temescal, where tin and other ore of value was being 
formed in nature's laboratory, as Yermah and his men 
fashioned the arrow-head* which should serve as a 
memorial stone, an arrow-head burial for the lost Monbas 
tribes. A circle intersecting Las Papas, in Tlamco, and 
including the North Dome, in the Yosemite, and the 
arrow-head, is exactly one fifth the diameter of the moon. 
The dual reference to the mind and to people, always 
ascribed to the influence of the moon, here found 
adequate expression in this giant monument. It com- 
memorated the loss of a continent, the extinction of a 
race, and also pictured the mental anguish of the surviv- 
ing nations. The arrow, typical of thought, was com- 
posed of disintegrated white quartz on light gray granite, 
and it stands out bold and white against a dark back- 
ground of entirely different soil. Short white grass and 
weeds cover the arrow-head proper, while dark shrub- 
bery and trees mark the surrounding country. So per- 
fect is its contour, so elevated its situation, it can be 
descried from every part of the valley, and is plainly 
visible at a distance of thirty miles. Westward Santa 

* Sixteen hundred Egyptian feet long by five hundred feet wide. 



268 YERMAH THE DORADO 

Catalina Island had but recently appeared, and although 
eighty miles away, it still smoked and rocked, animated 
by the hidden forces which called it into being. So 
cunningly was the soil mixed for the molding of the 
arrow, that the ages since have not caused it to diminish, 
nor can it be made to support vegetation of a larger 
growth, or of a species common to its surroundings. 

The flint points downward, and at its base is a cluster 
of twenty medicinal springs, famous for their curative 
powers. The blue coast line rises out of the purple mists 
in the distance like spectral silhouettes, and there are 
deep canons in the rugged mountains in the immediate 
vicinity, carrying ice-cold streams in close proximity to the 
steam and sulphurous vapors issuing from the boiling 
springs dotting the narrow pass below. 

Yermah did wisely to bring his men south — for the 
northern mountains were still shaking and spitting black 
vomit over the valleys at their base. The heat was still 
too fierce for rain, although the moisture-laden breezes 
were sucked in from the ocean in perfect hurricanes. 
Lying well south, inland, and sheltered by a mountain 
range, the San Bernardino Valley afforded shelter for 
distressed man and beast. It was here, and while waiting 
for seed-time, that the arrow-head was outlined so strangely 
on the mountain side. 

Much that is curious in Indian lore clings to this spot. 
Like a pillar of fire, the arrow is said to have guided their 
forefathers to this place, where it finally rested. Evil has 
been put to flight more than once here, and its location 
was revealed to the present proprietor in a dream years 
before weakened lungs drove him to seek a mild health- 
giving retreat. The Azes' judges drew the death-circle 
and square over the breast of the condemned with an 
arrow, and this is why the arrow-head burial was given 
Keroecia and her followers. The Festival of Humiliation 
began a period of mourning which was continuous and 
fervid until this curious monument was completed and 
dedicated. 

While Yermah was away from Tlamco, Orondo served 
in his stead, much to the annoyance of Setos, who was as 



YERMAH THE DORADO 269 

busy as a mole in the dark, stirring up sedition, and 
adding to the general unrest and suspicion everywhere 
manifest. The high-priest Imos, at the suggestion of 
Setos, openly charged that the Brotherhood of the White 
Star were to blame for the destruction of Atlantis. Some 
solemn vow had been broken, and Deity was mortally 
offended. This gave pestiferous, meddlesome Setos a 
grand opportunity, and he instituted a severe and rigor- 
ous investigation into the conduct of all public affairs; 
also into the lives of every man and woman in Tlamco. 
No one escaped; nor was any situation sacred to the 
inquisitors, who in the name of religion did not hesitate 
to go to any length. 

Setos did not dare to openly accuse Yermah of break- 
ing a vow made to the Ineffable One. He refrained from 
fixing this unpardonable sin on any other person, and by 
innuendo and insinuation managed to strengthen every 
breath of discontent inherent in the unusual conditions 
arising from a mixture of races, habits, and modes of 
thought. He urged Yermah to give all refugees asylum 
in Tlamco, knowing that enforced idleness and nameless 
dread opened the mind for seditious propaganda. Both 
he and Imos insisted strenuously that some one had sinned 
against Divinity. This made each one distrustful and 
suspicious, and in their anxiety to clear themselves many 
an . overt act or word was let loose to strengthen the 
intangible something which hovered in the air. None 
pretended to name it; nor was there anything but the 
most circumspect language indulged in before Orondo. 
Setos knew better than to show his hand. He was con- 
tent at present in merely discrediting the Dorado. As to 
his future plans- — time would prove them. 

Yermah felt rather than saw the change, but he was 
above indulging in personal grief. He had already con- 
secrated his life to his fellows, so that work was the 
one thing which absorbed and interested him. He saw 
that planting must be confined to the southern part of the 
country, since steady <lownpours marked the spring and 
early summer months. He also knew it would require 
his best endeavors to procure food for the ensuing year. 
Reports from the Valley of the Mississippi stated that 



270 YERMAH THE DORADO 

heavy floods had prevailed for months, caused by the pre- 
ponderance of hot air blown over the Rocky Mountains 
and condensed into rainfall early in the season. The win- 
ter months set in with unparalleled rigor, and the spring 
found that whole country under one solid sheet of ice. 

Many of the inhabitants had fled to the south. The 
exodus to Mexico was in full tide, which caused the mys- 
terious white race, the Toltecs or the Mayas, to leave their 
mounds and earthworks, their canals and busy centers, 
their cities and civilization, to puzzle the antiquarian in 
later ages. Mother Earth still moaned and sighed under 
the impulse of subterranean fire, while the surface froze 
stiff in the accumulation of waters and low temperature. 
Man, ever the creature of circumstance, was still panic- 
stricken, oppressed by dismal forebodings, all his settled 
faiths rudely shaken, and himself an easy prey to cunning 
and unscrupulous design. 

Setos flattered himself that he managed the situation 
very cleverly when he said to every one he met: — 

* * It is rumored that our grand servitor intends to 
marry. Traditional law and custom forbid him remain- 
ing in supreme control more than a year without giving 
promise of succession.'* 

To which his auditor invariably gave tongue with 
speculation as to whom his choice could fall upon. 

" Property and descent are traced through the female 
side; therefore, he should espouse Ildiko," said the high- 
priest Imos. **It is better that pure Atlantian blood 
should be continued in power." 

Flattering things were said to and of Ildiko, until her 
silly head was in a whirl, and she began to take on grand 
and important airs. She snubbed Alcamayn unmercifully, 
not because she really disliked him, but to be perverse, 
especially when her woman's wit discovered that Rahula 
cherished hopes of supplanting her in her father's affec- 
tion. Like many a child, she had no intention of cheering 
her father's declining years; nor was she unselfish enough 
to allow any one else to do it. She would marry, of 
course, and would place herself to the best possible 
advantage, thanks to her father's influence and position; 
but gratitude to him or any one else was entirely foreign 



YERMAH THE DORADO 271 

to her thoughts. She secretly hated Rahula, because the 
latter had been like a mother to her; and it gave her 
keen delight to thwart Rahula' s scheme to marry her to 
Alcamayn. She was not only dazzled by the prospect of 
occupying laqua, but she knew that this would disappoint 
and hurt a woman to whom she was much obligated. 

As is often the case, Yermah, the most interested man 
of them all, was the last to hear the gossip. At first he 
took no notice. But one day Imos asked him pointedly : — 

** Wilt thou comply with the demands of the people ? " 

** If thou wilt name thy wish, I will answer thee truly," 
answered Yermah. 

It was in the Temple of the Sun, near the noon hour, 
and the audience chamber was full of people, Yermah 
presiding. 

** If thou art to be the head of this commonwealth, a 
helpmeet becomes thy station. Ildiko, daughter of Setos, 
thy councilor, is of pure blood and comely. Her heirs 
would be acceptable as future rulers." 

Yermah seemed to shrivel and grow small as the words 
reached him. He unconsciously assumed an attitude of 
defense, mechanically passed his hand over his ashen 
face, and said in a low voice: — 

* * Let this cup pass from me ! ' ' 

Instantly there was tremendous excitement, and'Setos's 
small pig-eyes emitted a dangerous gleam. 

* * So he refuses the only chance he has to reign in 
peace. So be it! I — -Setos — will make it cost him his 
position. ' ' 

In the hubbub and confusion, Yermah beckoned to 
Orondo, and the two stood in earnest converse for a few 
moments. Finally the Dorado held up his hand for 
silence. 

** By the will of our beloved Akaza, I am made his 
successor as hierophant in the exalted Brotherhood. The 
vow of my boyhood still binds me, and my heart lies 
buried in the lava flow of the north. My fellows and 
brothers, will ye not release me from civic service. The 
dead have laid imperative commands upon me." 

'*It is our duty to obey the * Voice of the Silence,' " 
quickly responded Imos, knowing that reverence for the 



272 YERMAH THE DORADO 

dead, and for their commands and wishes, was an article 
of faith with the Azes, and one which Atlantian rulers had 
always respected. 

* * He will be hierophant only, * * muttered Setos. ' ' Good ! 
His order forbids resort to force, and in case of necessity 
he can be expelled. It is well to resign what thou art in 
imminent danger of losing." There was an angry scowl 
on Setos' s red face, and his lips curled scornfully. 

Yermah stood with bowed head, and when he attempted 
to speak his voice was shaken with emotion. 

**A sense of gratitude unmans me! I have no wash 
but to serve ye well. In resigning civic honors I desire 
to name Orondo as my successor." The Dorado turned 
to Orondo, and giving him his hand, drew him forward, 
as his astonished auditors recovered their presence of 
mind and began to cheer. Both men, deadly pale, faced 
about side by side and bowed gravely. 

**The fair and gentle Ildiko will find a good husband 
in Orondo, and the Azes a servitor worthy of their fullest 
confidence. Will ye have it so ? " 

''Haille! haille! haille!" The well-known shout of 
triumph had something of the heartiness of the olden 
times. 

**Does this arrangement please thee, Setos?" asked 
Yermah kindly, taking the hand of Setos in both his 
own, and reading his countenance closely. 

* * Since thou wilt no longer serve, Orondo is my second 
choice, ' * stammered Setos politely, if not sincerely. 

* * And wilt thou have me for thy son ? ' ' asked Orondo 
simply, but without a shade of animation. 

The substitution of men was not so rapid as to prevent 
Setos from realizing the advantage to himself; so he 
answered readily and with heartiness: — 

*' No man could desire a better or more worthy son. 
Come with me to Ildiko. ' * 

There were several degrees of dignity added to Setos 
as he linked his arm in Orondo' s and passed out of the 
building. 

The crowd manifested some curiosity, which Setos 
noted out of the comer of his eye as they went by. If 
he had failed to win all he had played for, he had at least 



YERMAH THE DORADO 273 

accomplished something. Gratified ambition sent a glow 
of satisfaction through him, which made him feel quite 
amiable toward Yermah, despite his innate jealousy and 
determination to either rule or ruin him. 

Three months intervened between the betrothal 
announcement, immediately after Ildiko*s consent was 
obtained, and the beginning of the wedding festival, 
which lasted thirty days. This brought the actual con- 
summation down to the time in October when the sun and 
moon were in conjunction. Those were happy days for 
Ildiko, who was in a flutter of excitement from morning 
until night over the preparation of her trousseau. 
Everything necessary for her comfort was furnished in 
sets of twelve. There were exquisitely ornamented terra- 
cotta jars provided for each of her dresses, which were 
placed in a row around the walls of her room, much 
more suggestive of tea than wardrobe. For the cere- 
mony in the Temple of Venus there was a creation of 
vivid yellow, wrought in heavy bands of silk embroidery 
and tawny gold. The veil to match was of the finest 
yellow gauze, worked with floss and glitter until it was 
like a cobweb with the sun shining through it. The 
material of the gown was of that rare, fine texture writers 
are always drawing through a finger-ring. In the 
voluminous skirt at least twenty yards of gossamer silk 
had been used, but the effect was soft, clinging, and 
graceful in the extreme. The waist was like an Eton 
jacket, too short to reach the skirt, and having half- 
length sleeves. The substitute for material at the waist 
line was a broad girdle of jewels. Orondo himself super- 
intended the making of this article. It would be his 
privilege to unclasp it on the nuptial night and hang it 
outside the bridal chamber, as a pledge of his wife's 
honor. It was not a straight band, but broadened over 
the hips, and was sacred to Venus, the love planet. 

The second of the bridal robes was of scarlet satin, 
almost covered with gold-thread embroidery, in which 
precious stones were skillfully imbedded. With it was 
provided a red gauze veil edged with gold fringe. Both 
gowns were fashioned alike, except that the red skirt 



274 YERMAH THE DORADO 

was narrower, and finished in a long train edged with 
peacock feathers, which hung as a mande from the 
shoulders. 

As soon as the city was decorated, and dunng the 
entire thirty days' preliminary festivities, Ildiko wore 
simple white destitute of ornament. She did not appear 
in public, except in going to and from the Temple of 
Venus, where she greeted the rising sun every morning 
and offered special prayers on behalf of her new duties. 
Orondo made similar supplication at the same hdur in 
the Temple of Mars. Though not a demonstrative man, 
he was careful to observe all the niceties of his position. 
When with Ildiko his countenance bespoke contentment; 
and at some of her witty sallies his face would light up 
with a rare smile. She was all bustie and excitement, 
and made heavy demands upon her bridesman, Yermah. 
She was neither resentful nor malicious, and when he 
took her hand, and begged her to forgive him because 
of his seeming disloyalty, her sympathies went out to 
him, and she impulsively told him that she honored his 
choice. She loved Keroecia too, she said, and hoped 
that this mutual affection would prove a strong bond 
between them. 

Setos was in his glory. He swelled around the city, 
and assumed a dictatorial manner in the council cham- 
bers, which was good-naturedly tolerated, and he was 
also allowed to indulge himself in several flights of fancy 
not strictly in accordance with facts. With his thumbs 
in his arm-holes and his conical hat set well back on his 
head, he unbosomed himself to Rahula, whose adroit 
flattery now fell upon very willing ears. He was 
paternal and patronizing to Alcamayn, who was gaUed 
almost beyond endurance by what he fancied were the 
pitying glances of his fellows. . 

Alcamayn angrily told himself that he was not m love 
with Ildiko; but he was keenly sensible of the fact that 
a bachelor was not only taxed, but looked down upon. 
He knew there was no chance for promotion so long as 
he remained single; but his own vanity and Rahula s 
insidious teaching made him hold himself entirely aloot 
from alliance with any but a pure-blooded Atlantian. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 275 

His share in the preparations was wholly perfunctory, a 
situation not lost upon Orondo, whose delicacy deterred 
him from seeking advice on the nuptial ring and girdle. 
Alcamayn himself was keenly alert on these very 
points. When he purposely wandered in where the 
workmen were putting on the finishing touches, he was 
so exasperated that he could with difficulty restrain him- 
self Day by day his irritation grew, fanned by injudi- 
cious remarks, insinuations, and exaggerated reports of 
Orondo* s devotion. Divining something of this, Ildiko 
often inquired concerning him, and sent many messages 
by Rahula. Now that she was having her own way, she 
was very amiable to the other woman. Rahula' s sad 
face, and what Ildiko imagined Alcamayn must suffer, 
added to her own high spirits. To be envied by a less 
fortunate fellow -creature is by no means a displeasing 
thought to the favored of what the world calls success. 
So it was that shallow-brained, selfish Ildiko enjoyed 
being the center of attraction, and accepted as justly her 
due the thousand and one courtesies the time and situa- 
tion showered upon her. Not even a vague suspicion of 
her lover's former attachment crossed her mind. 

Northeast from the center of Tlamco was the Temple 
of Venus, set apart for marriage and all domestic affairs. 
It was here that the vestal virgins lived, and taught the 
young children. It was an oval-shaped structure, with 
rows of pillars inside, supporting a convex-domed roof of 
colored glass. The pillars were ornamented elaborately 
with stucco, rainbow-tinted, each one showing a solid 
color. The interstices between were mirrors with beaten 
copper frames placed over the glass itself The tessel- 
lated floor was of black marble, the vessels of exquisitely 
hammered silver, while the altars were of onyx on copper 
bases. Passion-flowers, gillyflowers, and hollyhocks, 
emblems of fecundity, were employed in the decorations 
of the temple for the wedding. Ivy, meaning fidelity; 
grasses, showing submission; heliotrope, for devotion; 
syringa and roses, for love, were freely intertwined about 
the pillars and altars. 

On Friday, the day of love and marriage, no blood 



276 YERMAH THE DORADO 

was allowed to be shed for food. At the wedding the 
vestments of Imos and his assistants were of azure, their 
ornaments of polished copper, their head garlands of 
white and red roses, and they carried myrtle and olive 
branches. Apple-green and pale rose were the colors of 
the canopy placed in the southern niche, under which 
the ceremony took place. It was an open, flaring 
triangle, with a lamp in the apex, having the pedestal of 
iron, the joint of brass, the bowl of silver, and the center 
of gold. It had two arms, composed of three metals 
interlaced in such a manner as to leave a triple conduit 
for oil. There were nine wicks; three in the middle, 
and three in each arm. The lower rim of the pedestal 
represented a serpent, while the globe was large and 
double, having compartments filled with colored waters 
and perfumed so that the air was cool and fragrant. The 
lamp was on a revolving standard of polished wood, and 
at its base were three smoking incense-jars of burnished 
bronze. 

Early on the morning of the wedding a brilliant 
pageant formed in front of Setos's house and marched 
through the principal streets. It consisted of long lines 
of conveyances, beasts of burden, and tamanes, loaded 
with presents for the bride, and also carrying her belong- 
ings to laqua. First went the jewel-bearers, armed to the 
teeth, escorted by cavalrymen, brandishing broadswords 
and performing many feats of horsemanship and skill. 
This was followed by a cavalcade of burros, laden with 
scented jars and baskets containing the trousseau, which 
had kept half of Tlamco industriously occupied for three 
months. The presents came from the military, naval, and 
civil guilds, from the priesthood, from the vestals, and 
from the children and the aged. Poets walked in front 
of them reciting odes, and the musicians performed spe- 
cial compositions in honor of the occasion. 

As soon as the procession turned into the beautifully 
decorated avenue leading to laqua, the populace hastened 
to the Temple of Venus. It was also the signal for Oron- 
do, with Setos on one side and Hanabusa on the other, to 
issue from the eastern entrance. His warrior dress of 
white kid was rich in golden bosses, bands, and fringes. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 277 

Over his shoulders hung the green feather mantle of his 
rank, held in place by shoulder medallions of brilliants. 
On his head was a tall liberty cap of white kid, trimmed 
with gold lace, and having three ostrich tips in the apex. 
He doffed his head- covering at the temple door, exposing 
a simple gold band over his hair. 

Setos and Hanabusa wore a silver and green combina- 
tion, ornate with cock's feathers and embroidery. They 
carried large bouquets of roses, and supported the sword 
and shield of the bridegroom. Behind them, in single 
file, carrying a jeweled lantern in each hand, came Alca- 
mayn, Ben Hu Barabe, Cezardis, and twenty-two young 
officers of the highest rank, in full regimentals, followed 
by the representative men of Tlamco, with the priesthood 
and councilors of state in the lead. Their wives stood in 
line in front of Setos' s house, waiting to perform the same 
service for Ildiko. 

* * Blessed be he that cometh ! ' ' shouted the people in 
the streets. 

** Blessed indeed is he!" responded Orondo's escort. 

*'Haille! haille! haille!" they all shouted together. 
Then the same formula was repeated. 

The first greeting and exchange brought Ildiko to the 
door. She glanced about her half-fearfully, and seemed 
in need of Yermah's supporting arm. In addition to the 
yellow robe already described, she wore a mantle of yellow 
brocaded with silver and gold, which swept the ground far 
behind her. For the last time in her life would she be 
permitted to wear her hair flowing, and its gold band, an 
exact duplicate of the one Orondo wore, was the only 
ornament, save a crown of white lilies, attesting her purity 
of heart. Strand after strand of pearls wound around 
her neck; bangles and bracelets dangled at her slender 
wrists; but her small white hands were uncovered, and her 
fingers unadorned. 

Yermah wore pale blue cloth embroidered with silver 
stars and bands, and a blue liberty cap, with silver lace 
and white ostrich tips. His mantle was of simple white 
silk without ornament. From his left arm swung a large 
reticule of silver cloth crusted with turquoise, containing 
the yellow gauze wedding- veil. 



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Supporting the train of the bride's mantle came Rahula, 
in a purple robe exquisitely worked with a pattern of 
leaves in pale metallic green, outlined in delicately frosted 
silver. The jacket was lined with green, and the under- 
vest was a mass of silver and jewels. Beside her was 
Alcvesta, in a lavender robe. Iridescent bead embroi- 
deries, set with amethysts, and copper ornaments in 
quaint symbolic design, such as the Monbas were wont to 
employ, made a pleasing contrast to the rows of vestals 
and priestesses in pure white. 

Two fierce-looking fencers led the way, followed by 
hundreds of children, who scattered roses along the path- 
way, or accepted some of the nuts and small cakes given 
out by the bride's order on all the thoroughfares. 

A delegation of priests barred the entrance and stopped 
Orondo on the threshold. As soon as Ildiko joined him, 
he purchased an ear of corn of Setos, handing him an 
eagle-quill of gold. Turning to Ildiko he said: — 
**Dost thou wish to be mother of my household? '' 
* * Yes, ' ' she answered, and proceeded to buy a similar 
ear of corn from Yermah, paying the same price for it. 
Then she turned to Orondo and asked: — 

*' Hast thou the wish to be father of my household ? " 
** Yes," he asservated solemnly. Taking the ear of 
corn he had purchased, he handed it to her, saying: — 
** Where love and harmony dwell, I am master.'* 
She gave him her purchase as she replied: — 
** Where thou art master, I am mistress." 
Both began to twist roses and myrtle and olive branches 
into a garland wrapped with gold and silver wires, as 
a symbol of their blending lives. Still weaving, they 
advanced slowly down the aisle, and paused before the 
canopy, while harps and voices blended in a bridal hymn. 
Setos stood beside Orondo, while Yermah supported 
Ildiko. When the music ceased the priests and vestals 
chanted in unison: — 

**We give thee myriads of years. Like the moon 
advancing to the full; like the sun ascending to the 
heavens; like the everlasting southern hills; like the 
luxuriance of the fir and cypress — never waning, never 
failing; — may such be thy succeeding lines." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 279 

**Oo — m! Oo — m! Oo — m!'' murmured the four at 
the altar. 

'^Orondo, servant of the Most High/' said Imos im- 
pressively, * * art thou in any way related to this maiden 
by ties of blood, intimate or remote ? ' ' 

*'The silken cords of affection are all that bind me 
here.'' 

* ' Dost thou swear this by the sacred fire on the altar 
before thee ? ' ' 

** I do," said Orondo firmly. 

When the high -priest had asked the same questions 
and received the same responses from Ildiko, he con- 
tinued: ** Orondo, on thy honor as a man, is the solemn 
covenant thou art about to make voluntary on thy part? " 

*4tis." 

Ildiko gave the same assurance. 

Imos handed Orondo the marriage-ring, which was so 
large he could slip it over his right hand and then clasp 
Ildiko' s easily. It was a broad band of silver set with 
turquoise, lapis lazuli, and beryl. 

*' In the name of the Trinity, I command thee, Orondo, 
and thee, Ildiko, to join right hands and seal thy promise 
of fidelity with a kiss." 

As they obeyed, Yermah, Setos, and Imos covered 
them with the gauze veil, murmuring blessings in the 
name of the three divine attributes. The Dorado knelt 
before the bridegroom, saying: — 

' * Orondo, my beloved, I give unto thee this damsel 
adorned with jewels and protected by the Lord of Crea- 
tures. ' ' 

^^ So be it." 

Setos knelt beside Yermah and said in a tremulous 
voice: — 

** Orondo, beloved, I give to thee my only begotten, 
to be thine honor and thy wife; to keep thy keys and 
share with thee thy joys and sorrows. ' ' 

**Let them be trampled upon and confounded who 
maliciously endeavor to create ill-will between us," an- 
swered Orondo, loud enough to be heard throughout the 
temple. 

Rahula involuntarily gave Alcamayn an apprehensive 



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glance. That young man stared straight ahead of him 
with blood-shot eyes and a dull, half-foolish expression. 
He did not seem to hear Imos when he said : — 

**By the power vested in me, I unite and bind thee, 
Orondo, and thee, Ildiko, one to the other. . Live ye in 
peace." 

Lifting their veil he anointed their foreheads and wrists 
with unguent. Then he carefully drew a gold thread from 
the bride* s mantle and another from the groom* s, and tied 
them together. He handed the knot to Ildiko, saying: — 

** Be this always a sign of indissoluble union.** 

Picking up a sprig of ivy, he bound it across Orondo* s 
forehead, adding: — 

** Be this a similar token unto thee.'* 

Receiving a cup of mead from the hands of an assist- 
ant, he blessed it, drank of it, and passed the libation to 
the newly married couple. After Ildiko took a sip, she 
threw the cup on the floor, and as she did so every 
unmarried man in the temple followed her example by 
dashing into pieces a porcelain, glass, or pottery vessel, 
as a signal of renunciation. 

They filed out of the temple to the music of harps and 
flutes, and there was an eager wish to witness the leave- 
taking as the bride and bridegroom formally separated at 
the door and returned to their respective homes until 
nightfall, when the bride would enter laqua in state, and 
the * * matrimonial coronation * ' would take place. 

** Impatience lends wings to my desire, Ildiko,*' whis- 
pered Orondo. **I long for thee incessandy. Come 
quickly. * ' 

* ' Only this poor body is absent from thy side, Orondo. 
Thy wish is but an echo of my thought.** 

* ' From meridian to sunset is a lifetime in the history 
of love," said Orondo, as he glanced at the imclouded 
sun overhead. ** Oh, misery! that I must leave thee! ** 

*'Thou art a flattering and indulgent husband,** re- 
sponded Ildiko, smiling up into his face aflectionately. 
He stood uncovered, and waited for her to pass on; then 
turned ever and anon on his way back to laqua, waving 
l:is hand to her, until she reached her father's house. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 281 

The lanterns, banners, and flags flapped lazily in the 
breeze or sunned themselves listlessly. There was a 
grand naval demonstration on the bay, an exchange of 
shots by the mangonels in the forts, and ^ review of 
troops on parade-ground. The citizens young and old 
made various senseless noises in their exuberance of 
spirits, while the council of state went into session 
immediately to await the announcement of the formal 
resignation of Yermah and the taking of the oath of 
oflice by Orondo. 

It was not without a sinking heart that Yermah had 
given up his old habits of life. It cost him many pangs 
to abandon his quarters; and for days he had that house- 
less, homeless feeling inseparable from removal to new 
surroundings. Orondo pleaded long and earnestly that 
he would still reside at laqua. The Dorado steadily 
refused. He would content himself with the unpre- 
tentious quarters of Akaza in the Temple of Neptune. 
With his own hands he took an inventory of all things 
pertaining to his oflice, the jewels, the horses, trappings, 
and chariots. He removed nothing except his personal 
effects, and, as a wedding present, he gave Orondo his 
last state mantle — the one he had worn on Keroecia's 
birthday. Orondo still had the garment on his shoul- 
ders, and would wear it in the Hall of Embassadors, 
when he solemnly pledged his life and sacred honor to 
the service of the Azes. 

Later in the day there was feasting and rejoicing in all 
the community houses, the institiitions and barracks, as 
well as in the homes. Enthroned under a canopy of 
scarlet, Ildiko sat out the afternoon, surrounded by her 
family and friends. It was her formal leave-taking of 
girlhood days, and her eyes filled with tears as she slowly 
passed from one room to another. She yielded to a fit 
of weeping when she reached the door of her own room, 
and saw that in her absence it had been denuded of all 
her possessions. 

**Oh, my father! '* she cried, *'is it possible that thou 
wilt turn me out of thy heart as well as thy house ? " 

She threw herself across the foot of her bed, and 
sobbed convulsively. Rahula brought her father, and by 



282 YERMAH THE DORADO 

a sign motioned the others to leave them. Setos gave 
her a grateful look as she closed the door, but it was a 
long time before he could speak. He sat helpless until 
Ildiko could get command of her overwrought nerves, 
and then he soothed and quieted her as best he could. 
Rahul^ returned presently with a sleeping potion, but 
the bride refused to drink it. 

**Let me remember every hour of this day,'* she 
pleaded, and so had her way. 

As the sun went down she arose, and performed anew 
her ablutions, and prayed with fervor and abandon. 
Then she arrayed herself in scarlet, and wound herself 
up in the voluminous red veil with as much skill and 
ingenuity as possible, so that her husband might find it 
difficult to see her face, since it was his task to unwind it 
as soon as she had crossed the threshold of laqua. 
With the appearance of the evening star, came the state 
chariot drawn by four spirited bays, ready to carry her 
to her new home. The whole city seemed to be alive 
with torches and lanterns, which rivaled the brilliant 
illumination overhead, as Ildiko, accompanied by Yermah 
and her father, stepped into the vehicle. The marines 
led them through a long line of military, while the popu- 
lace ran alongside, singing bridal songs and shouting 
good wishes into her ears. Little cakes, nuts, and bou- 
quets were thrown from the chariot as souvenirs, while 
the blare of trumpets added to the general noise and 
confusion. 

All the notables of Tlamco were assembled at laqua to 
welcome the bride. A very timid, frightened little 
morsel of humanity she was, as Orondo carried her into 
the house. She had intended to make a great show of 
resistance when he attempted to remove her veil; but 
she was so dazed that she lost all presence of mind, and 
actually helped him. With grave, sweet tenderness, 
Orondo freed her from entanglement, and led her in 
triumph to the dais prepared for them, where for the 
next two hours they received congratulations. When 
divested of their mantles, the bride and groom led the 
dancing, and with it Ildiko' s spirits rose. It was her 
privilege to challenge any swain in the company, and 



YERMAH THE DORADO 283 

he was obliged to follow her through the maze of whirl- 
ing dancers until he should succeed in capturing the 
illusive veil she occasionally tossed at him. As soon as 
the formal change was danced with Orondo, she threw 
the veil over Alcamayn's shoulder. He was a splendid 
dancer, and she knew he would give her ample oppor- 
tunity to display her own skill. Round and round they 
went — he in hot pursuit, she alert to provoke and yet 
escape him. At last, panting with exertion, she suffered 
him to touch the gauze, and then the dancers rushed 
away to get something to drink and recover their breath. 
No precaution was taken to prevent drunkenness, be- 
cause it was considered a crime punishable with death if 
harm came to any one through excess of this kind. 

The high-priest Imos first proposed and drank the 
health of the bride and groom. Then came Hanabusa, 
who did the same for the navy; Setos performed a sim- 
ilar office for the army; Alcamayn toasted them on behalf 
of the civil authorities; Ben Hu Barabe for the lost and 
loved ones; Cezardis for the stranger within the gates; 
after which friends of each saluted and offered a libation 
to their future. Abstemious by nature, Orondo did little 
more than touch the various liquors with his lips, but 
Ildiko quenched thirst freely, and soon the heat and 
excitement began to tell on her. 

Nothing escaped the eagle eye of Alcamayn. Ildiko 
had sought to appease him by a show of preference in 
selecting him to dance, but he resented it as a mean 
attempt on her part to parade his humiliation. Before 
coming into the ballroom, he had taken a copious drink 
of hemp and opium, and had purposely selected the wine 
of maguey (mescal) for his toast. Now this fiery liquid 
mounted to his infuriated brain, and he was positive that 
every one in the room was thinking how badly he had 
been treated, and secretly deriding him for not seeking 
revenge. Revenge! That was it! But he had come 
prepared. Red and white lines mingled with the pock- 
marks, and his misshapen body seemed to writhe like a 
snake under the goad of his malicious thoughts. He 
was growing noisy and boisterous; so much so that his 



284 YERMAH THE DORADO 

companions tried to prevent him from approaching the 
bride, but he angrily refused to heed them. 

**Come on!'* he loudly proclaimed. **She is a dis- 
carded love of mine, who adores me yet. Come on, and 
I will prove her! She shall give me her wedding-ring — 
the one Orondo made with his own hands!" 

Several young officers, Ben Hu Barabe, Hanabusa, 
Yermah, and Cezardis closed in around him, but he broke 
away from their restraint and boldly bantered Ildiko for 
an exchange of rings. He had the face of a fiend, as he 
said: — 

* * Wilt thou not, for old times' sake, give me one of 
thy little rings in return for one of mine ? Choose among 
these," he continued, holding up a hand loaded with 
beautiful gems, quaintly set. 

She looked at him unsteadily, simpered foolishly, and 
was about to make some maudlin reply, when Orondo, 
white with anger, whispered to her: — 

* * Make the exchange quickly. Thou art under obser- 
vation." 

Startled by his tone, and only half-comprehending the 
situation, Ildiko slipped off her wedding-ring, a flat silver 
band covered with an intricate gold interlaced filigree. 
Without looking at it, she handed it to Alcamayn, receiv- 
ing from him a diamond marquise for her little finger. 

** What did I tell thee! " cried the hunchback triumph- 
antly. **Thou knowst the pledge that goes with this? 
Poor Orondo! I envy thee not!" He turned, with a 
sneer on his ugly face, just as Orondo, who had risen, 
made a pass at him with his sword. The weapon went 
wide of the mark, but the outraged husband lurched for- 
ward, and fell heavily to the floor, before the horrified 
spectators could ofler assistance. Yermah raised the fallen 
head, and as he did so blood spurted from the half-open 
mouth. Orondo groaned and shivered. His breath came 
in one stertorous gasp, and all was still. 

** It is death!" cried Yermah in alarm, ** death, sudden 
and terrible! My poor friend!" he repeated, as Setos 
leaned over and peered into the ashen countenance. 
Hanabusa hustled Alcamayn roughly, but held him in a 
viselike grip. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 285 

**Thou art a murderer," he exclaimed, " and must 
answer well for this! Thou art my prisoner! '* 

The high priest Imos assisted Yermah to lift the dead 
man, and Setos stood near Ildiko. She was still toying 
with Alcamayn's ring, and giggling hideously to herself, 
utterly unconscious of the tragedy being enacted before 
her. Rahula fluttered between the two principals. She 
could not comprehend what had happened, and began to 
shriek hysterically when iron bands were placed on Alca- 
mayn's neck and wrists. The panic-stricken guests 
departed hurriedly, while the military surrounded the 
house, and no one was allowed to enter under any pretext 
whatever. All eye-witnesses were put under oath, and an 
armed guard soon filled the room. Ildiko was kept under 
surveillance, and Setos found his movements closely 
watched. The news went through the city like wild-fire, 
and the excitement kept the streets alive all night, while 
the death-watchers sat with the linen-swathed body of 
Orondo. 



286 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XXIII 

THE ** Tribunals of God,'* as the courts of justice were 
called, convened in the Temple of Mars, situated two 
thousand feet northwest from the center of the city. At 
present the location is covered by a prosaic water-tank, a 
useful but not ornamental feature of Golden Gate Park. 
It was here that the highest courts assembled four times a 
year to hear and judge the most important criminal cases. 
There were twelve judges and eighty jurors, who were 
seated in a semicircle facing the south, where sapphire 
tablets in gold plates set forth the ten great laws of the 
land. In front of them were two blocks of stone, on 
which the accuser and the accused stood. Outside this 
were seats for the jurisconsults, hedged in by a wall of 
solid masonry, always guarded. 

The building itself was square, with each comer exactly 
on a cardinal point, and finished with square towers, from 
the tops of which the decisions were announced at sunset. 
The size of the temple was one three-hundred-thousandths 
of the diameter of Mars. Outside the walled inclosure 
were quarters for the jurisconsults and their families, also 
for students and instructors. A long subterranean pas- 
sage, dimly lighted, led to the chambers for solitary 
confinement, and it was from the cement -covered arches 
overhead that criminals under death -sentence were exe- 
cuted, by being hung by the heels. Dull gray walls, ceil- 
ings, and floors greeted the eye everywhere, while leather 
and iron fittings added to the gloom and depression. 
Over the door of the main entrance was the inscription — 
^''The wise employment of punishmeyit is the best meafis 
of teaching the lower animals: Man learns only by 
experieyice^ which is a i^aried form of punishment.^^ 



YERMAH THE DORADO 287 

The awning over the head of the presiding judge was a 
splendid woollen tapestry, representing the '* Judgment 
of Hirach," and underneath was the inscription, — ^^The 
misfortune of the criminal is that he makes a bad bar- 
gain : He gives so much for so little, ^^ 

As hierophant and past grand servitor, it wasYermah's 
duty to preside at Alcamayn's trial. His official robe for 
this occasion was flame-colored, with belt, bracelet, and 
thumb-ring of steel set with amethysts, while on his head 
was a steel-pointed iron crown. 

The extreme gravity of the case hastened the proceed- 
ings, which were concluded on the following Tuesday — 
Mars*s day. Under ordinary circumstances it would have 
been considered a monstrous thing to appeal with such 
haste to an extraordinary tribunal; but the diversity of 
frictional causes underlying the main issue made it expe- 
dient to act with vigor and promptitude. 

The people themselves claimed the right to punish 
crimes of peculiar gravity or of exalted personages. Since 
it pertained to their servitor, they were the ones most 
grievously wronged, and they clamored loudly for the life- 
blood of Alcamayn. 

His preliminary examination began early on Saturday 
morning. Hanabusa brought him before a naval court- 
martial and accused him of murdering their commander- 
in-chief. His life should be forfeited to the state because 
of high treason, inasmuch as he had made it impossible 
to maintain traditional relations with other nations, by 
removing the only man of consecrated blood capable of 
carrying out the solemn covenants. It was Hanabusa' s 
duty, as accuser, to present the findings of this tribunal to 
Yermah for final consideration. 

The high-priest Imos received similar instruction later 
in the day, when the warrior- priests, without a dissenting 
voice, found Alcamayn guilty of sin against the Holy 
Pneuma, because, by curtailing Orondo's physical life, 
he had cut the ego's earth experience short, thus doom- 
ing his victim to early reincarnation. Death, incurring a 
similar fate, was but just retribution. 

Setos, as head of the army, suflfered greatly. His 



288 YERMAH THE DORADO 

brother officers felt that he was entitled to vengeance, and 
were not slow in deciding by court-martial that death 
should be meted out to the slayer of the military head of 
the nation. Setos must stand as an accuser when the 
final trial began. In his own selfish way, he was attached 
to Ildiko; but he could have killed her with his own hands 
for having placed him in such a difficult position. He 
had no pity for her blighted prospects. He was enraged 
against her, because he knew that no man would offer her 
marriage again — that she must live in perpetual disgrace. 
Pity her? Not he! Had she not dashed his ambition at 
the very moment of fulfillment ? Was his incipient great- 
ness always to be subservient to inferiors ? Was he never 
to have the opportunity to show what was in his heart ? 

Poor Ildiko! Frivolous feather-brain that she was, 
many a sympathizing glance fell upon the closed windows 
of her bridal chamber. She was not allowed to return 
home again. So in hideous mockery she paced the floor 
of this room, sick to death of its luxury, and hating the 
sight of her wedding finery. Yermah found her lying 
prostrate, twisting her hands in and out of her disheveled 
hair; and when he gently raised her and spoke kindly to 
her, she broke into a fit of hysterical laughter, infinitely 
sadder than tears. She had the curses of her father still 
ringing in her ears, and remorse held such carnival that 
blows would have been easier to bear. 

* * Beat, curse, and abuse me, Yermah, or I shall go 
raving mad! Don't even look at me kindly! I cannot 
endure it! " 

Yermah feigned not to hear her. * * Where is Rahula ? ' ' 
he asked, in an ordinary tone. * * Hast thou seen her ? ' ' 
** No. She must be with Alcamayn." 

* * That were not possible. He is in solitary confine- 
ment, and is allowed to see no one. She is probably 
occupied with his defense. ' ' 

** Is there, dost thou think, any hope for him ? I have 
loved him from early childhood — more than I did Oron- 
do,*' she said simply. ** Canst thou not plead for him ?" 

Even with her tear-stained, grief-distorted face^ she was 
attractive and winning. 



VERMAH THE DORADO 289 

**A11 that is possible will I gladly do, for both thy 
sakes." 

The Dorado talked long and eamestiy with her, know- 
ing that words would be a harmless safety-valve for her 
tortured mind, and when he left her she was compara- 
tively calm. 

He was as good as his word. In the Temple of the 
Sun, on the following day, he made an eloquent plea for 
compensation for Ildiko, since Alcamayn had stolen away 
her senses by drugging the wine she drank in honor of 
the state. The councilors by vote exculpated her from 
all blame in Orondo's death, and allowed her the living 
usually given the widow of a grand servitor. It was a 
foregone conclusion that they would fix the death penalty 
on Alcamayn for depriving the Azes of their rightful 
ruler. 

The unit of ancient society was the community or gens; 
of modern society, the -individual. Since the first ten 
great laws were compiled and graven on tablets of stone, 
there have been several material civilizations; but instead 
of civilization expanding the law, the law has limited 
civilization. The Egyptians thought their laws were 
given them by Menes, the Greek Hermes; the Hindus 
believed that Menes received his laws direct from Krishna. 
The Lacedaemonians claimed that ApoUyon inspired 
Lycurgus to write them wise and just laws for their- 
guidance. Many branches of the Aryan race look to 
Zothraustes as the man to whom the Good Spirit com- 
municated the first rules of government. The Toltecs 
say it was Mexi; the Quiches ascribe it to Votan; while 
through the Jews we claim Moses as the great law-giver. 
But from whatever source, the main rules are the same, 
and in none is property held to be of greater value than 
human life. The precepts of Christianity do not contra- 
dict this teaching, but actual practice is quite another 
matter. The legislation known as labor laws would be 
hard to explain were precept and practical Christian civili- 
zation the same thing. 

The first step inspired by selfishness was to substitute 
the family for the tribe, making it a corporation sole, so 



290 YERMAH THE DORADO 

that co-ownership was the original law of property.* In 
Yermah*s day no one could forfeit or transfer his rights, 
and all holdings went back to the community at death. 
Personal property was interred with the body, in order to 
destroy the magnetic attraction which would still hold the 
astral man to the earth, especially to his familiar haunts. 

There was no law of crimes, no criminal jurisprudence 
such as we have to-day. But the community had the 
right to compel the wrong-doer to compound for injuries 
inflicted. The state undertook to mete out punishment 
the same as an individual would do under similar circum- 
stances. When speedily caught, a criminal was sure to 
suffer severely. If apprehended a year later, the penalty 
was as much lighter as the fictitious anger of the state 
was supposed to be cooler. 

The trial of Alcamayn was a proceeding wholly extra- 
ordinary, irregular, and independent of set rules and fixed 
conditions. Yermah sat with the council of state, and 
was deputed by them to represent the civic interests in 
the final judgment. Equity was supposed to flow from 
the conscience of the servitor. He alone could pronounce 
the death sentence, after the judges and jurors had passed 
upon the case. He asked Ben Hu Barabe, the civil chief 
and law -giver of the Monbas, to personate him in the 
commonwealth. The four preliminary trials were before 
the assembly of the tribes, represented by Ben Hu Barabe; 
the tribunal of God, represented by Imos; the assembly 
of one hundred, represented by Setos; and the laws of 
nations, represented by Hanabusa. They were the four 
accusers, who appeared before Yermah and demanded 
the forfeit of Alcamayn' s life, when the final sitting began 
at sunrise. In addition to the twelve judges and eighty 
jurors, there were as many more students, who stood 
behind their elders, and in this way learned to practice in 
the courts, after they had graduated from the universities. 

With an iron collar around his neck, to which three 
chains were attached, held by a soldier on each side and 
one behind him, Alcamayn was led before the bar. He 

* Co-ownership of property necessitated the institution of civil marriage, in 
order to define inheritance. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 291 

was dressed in black, with a black iron crown on his 
head shaped like an inverted pentagram. The high-priest 
Imos preceded him, carrying a rod of iron in his hand. 
Stationing himself at the left of the prisoner, he waited 
Yermah's question: — 

* * Why comest thou here, Imos ? ' * 

** To claim the life of this man,*' touching Alcamayn 
with the rod, then laying hold of him. The prisoner 
made a show of resistance, until Yermah bade them relax 
their hold. 

^* Alcamayn, what means thy interference ?'' 
**I crave the right to establish and prove my inno- 
cence,'* answered the accused in an unsteady voice. 

* * May the life within me be forfeit, if there be no justice 
in my cause." Imos spoke with incisive emphasis. 

** If this man merit not death, take thou vengeance on 
me," said Ben Hu Barabe, standing beside Imos. 

**The same dread fate await me too, if there be reason 
for merciful judgment here." Hanabusa spoke with delib- 
eration, as he joined the other accusers. 

**Woe is me!/' said Setos unsteadily. **But me and 
mine would be forever accursed if we hindered justice. I 
am here to claim the life of Alcamayn, and to stake my 
own on the demand." 

He did not look at the jeweler, and it seemed difficult 
for him to stand, while the accused said in a low voice: — 

* ' May I be early deprived of physical life in four suc- 
ceeding incarnations, if I be not innocent of this charge." 

**Thou standest in a perilous position, Alcamayn," 
continued Yermah. * * Weigh thy words well. ' ' 

** Had my days four times their natural span, I would 
risk them without fear." 

There was no bravado in Alcamayn's tone or manner. 
He feared the worst, and there was a hungry, desperate 
expectancy in every glance. The days had gone over his 
head like years. Being stripped of finery, with hair 
cropped short and face clean shaven, his winglike ears 
stood out from his head, and the hawk face showed the 
cunning and courage of a cornered rat. His supreme 
egotism stood him in good stead now, but the inner man 
had no compunction for what he had done. He was 



292 YERMAH THE DORADO 

appalled at the unexpected death of Orondo, never having 
counted on such an outcome. But what criminal ever 
does look forward to being caught and overwhelmed with 
his own guilt ? He had gotten even with his tormentors, 
and he was secretly glad of it. If it had only been 
Ildiko who had died instead of Orondo, he would have 
been entirely satisfied; and as it was, persuaded himself 
that he was innocent of any wrong-doing. He hated 
Orondo, but that was justifiable, since his rival's success 
had been a prime cause of humiliation. 

The prisoner was seated on a revolving stool, and 
made to face each judge and juror while the questions 
and responses were being given. The shamans who con- 
ducted the autopsy on the body of Orondo gave minute 
particulars as to the cause of death. They found the walls 
of the heart very thin and badly ruptured. Violent action 
of the organ was the immediate cause, and there was many 
a bitter tilt and many searching questions as to what had 
given rise to this action. 

One of the most damaging circumstances against Alca- 
mayn was his own soberness compared with Ildiko' s 
sudden intoxication. He reluctantly admitted that he 
had gone to the wedding meditating revenge, and had 
deliberately carried it out at the first opportunity. The 
accused did not deny that he was actuated by a petty, 
mean jealousy, although he scorned the insinuation of 
loving Ildiko. His deformity told against him greatly, 
because of the belief that the body was but an outward 
expression of the inner man. 

Each of the four accusers took his turn in examining 
the testimony, analyzing the motives, inquiring carefully 
into extenuating circumstances; and the judges and jurors 
were equally divided for and against. The arguments 
continued all day, but at sundown the .decision had been 
reached. There was no prerogative of pardon. The 
commonwealth had the right to interfere directly and by 
isolated acts, to avenge itself on the author of the evil 
which it had suffered* 

** Alcamayn, hast thou aught to say which can delay 
the judgment about to be meted out to thee? " 

Yermah spoke perfunctorily. The strain was telling 



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on them all; and Alcamayn, more dead than alive, 
answered mechanically : — 

*^ I have none!" 

** Alcamayn, face thy accusers.'' 

The condemned man dragged himself to his feet, and 
stared doggedly ahead of him. 

** Alcamayn, never more canst thou be heard in thine 
own behalf. I charge thee, as death must soon be thy 
portion, speak the truth. Art thou guilty? " 

The stillness was intense. Every man waited to see if 
he would imperil his immortal soul by withholding the 
truth. The prisoner felt this. He knew what a shock 
he could give them, and the leading passion was strong 
upon him. 

** I am innocent!" he answered defiantly. 

Trouble did not soften him. On the contrary, he 
grew bitter and vindictive as he realized his desperate 
straits. 

Yermah picked up an iron-headed arrow, as the guard 
brought the prisoner forward. Leaning toward him, he 
drew a circle over Alcamayn' s heart, and then made a 
square around it with the arrow. This was the death 
sentence. 

**May the Father of Justice and Mercy claim the 
divine within thee, Alcamayn ! ' ' 

The doomed man merely bowed his head. 

**Let Saturn's day witness the carrying out of this 
decree. Away with him I ' ' 

Yermah felt the words more keenly than the man to 
whom he had spoken them. Alcamayn' s thin upper lip 
curled in a sardonic smile, which did not leave his face 
while the badge of death, a square of iron with a white 
enamel circle in the center, was being fastened to his 
breast. 

He was kept in solitary confinement; and once the 
door of his cell closed upon him, he gave way to a frenzy 
of despair, during which he butted his head against the 
wall with such violence that the guards were obliged to 
chain him down to the cement floor. Frantic hysteria 
closed his throat and threatened strangulation, and when 
his teeth were pried open, he shut them on his tongue 



294 YERMAH THE DORADO 

with such force as to nearly sever the end. Shamans 
worked with him all night, but nothing save physical 
exhaustion quieted him. Under sentence of death he 
was allowed to receive any consolation possible. There 
were no restrictions placed upon the visit of friends, the 
only regulation being a complete and thorough search 
before and after the visit of both prisoner and caller. 

Long before it was light, Rahula came. She was 
nearly distracted by his shrieks and groans, but she tried 
to show a brave face. He was sinking into a drowse, and 
she did not know whether he recognized her or not. She 
brought him some ripe persimmons, and occupied herself 
in trying to make him comfortable. To her surprise 
he awoke hungry, and did full justice to the appetizing 
meal she had prepared for him. There was no objection 
to her providing his food, but the authorities insisted 
that she should partake of it freely. So it happened that 
she furtiished and ate all meals with him. Many and 
long were the confidential talks they had, and on more 
than one occasion Rahula committed to picture-writing 
things that he told her. Nothing escaped her tightly 
closed lips, nor did she utter a word of complaint. She 
was surly and defiant when questioned, but made no 
resistance even at the last moment. 

On Friday morning, Ildiko, pale and agitated, knocked 
timidly at the outer gate, and begged to see Alcamayn. 
He received her quietly, but there was not a shade of 
pity for her broken fortunes. Her face was drawn and 
pinched, and she looked childishly helpless while the 
search went on. Once in the cell she tried to speak 
cheerfully to her childhood friend, but she could not pre- 
vent a revulsion of feeling when she saw the perfumed 
dandy shorn of all his splendor; his long, thin neck and 
big ears grated upon her senses unpleasantly. How was 
it ever possible that she loved him ? She began to shrewd- 
ly suspect that it was remorse and not aflfection which 
prompted her feelings. She had never practiced self- 
restraint, and had always given voice to every passing 
emotion. What she said was true at the time it was 
spoken, or, at least, she thought it was. 

Alcamayn huddled over in a comer opposite, unable 



YERMAH THE DORADO 295 

to control his repugnance, and instinctively sharing 
something of the revulsion of feeling going on in Ildiko. 
Wholly surprised and half-frightened at herself, Ildiko 
arose to take leave. She tried to feel very sad, but 
instead of the passionate tears and protest of undying 
love, she gulped down a dry sob, extended a cold, damp 
hand, and in a queer little voice, said with painful articu- 
lation : — 

*' May Infinity hover over and guard thee! ** 

** May Justice find and abide with thee! '' he answered, 
ignoring her proffered hand. 

He held her eye unflinchingly until she reached the 
door, to which she made a halting journey, hoping that 
he would say some kind word in farewell. This was 
balm to his revolted feelings, and he had a grim sort of 
satisfaction in knowing that she had sued for his good 
will, and had been repulsed. It was one way to revenge 
himself upon her choice of another for a husband. He 
really cherished no ill will toward Orondo now. She was 
the one he hated, and he would leave her his dying curses. 

The last hour of his life was spent with Yermah, who 
did all in his power to sustain him through the anticipa- 
tion of the coming ordeal. Imos prepared the spiced 
and tinctured wine, which Alcamayn was obliged to sip 
through a straw. This was done to produce drowsiness; 
and when he was fully under its influence, a white powder 
having the quality of cocaine was sprinkled upon his face 
to deaden pain. His under-garments were of chamois- 
skin, over which was a loose robe of coarse cloth made 
from the beaten fiber of nettle. A hideous mask was 
put over his face, to show that his lower self would be 
disguised in animal form in its next incarnation. Ben Hu 
Barabe and Hanabusa laid him gently on the floor, giving 
directions to the soldiers and sailors as to the number of 
cords which should bind his body. When securely 
pinioned they sewed him up in another layer of coarse 
cloth, and then placed him on a litter. This they carried 
up to the second floor, where by stout cords they tied 
his feet to the arch in front of his cell. The body was 
held upright on a trap-door, and allowed to fall full 
length, striking the head upon the floor. 



296 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * May all who thus invert good be compelled to die 
head downward ! * ' said Imos solemnly, as the trap-door 
closed, and the executioners stood facing each other 
blankly. 

Three hours later the soldiers and sailors cut the body 
down, and transferred it in a sitting position to a basket 
made of cane. Great care was taken to preserve a 
semblance of lifelike proportions in the outlines of the 
basket, to enable his spirit to manifest easily at some 
future time. Four lusty tamanes shouldered the basket, 
and the little procession filed out of the temple inclos- 
ure. Men, women, and children turned their backs as it 
passed, and there was no one to receive the body when it 
was delivered to the priest at the judgment hall of 
Hirach. Early next morning Imos announced in the 
Temple of the Sun that Alcamayn's body had been 
refused burial. Then the citizens went to the hall, and 
carried the remains down to Land's End, near Point 
Lobos; and when the strongest ebb tide was at its full, 
they cast it into the sea. At this point the current runs 
at the rate of from three to four knots an hour, and they 
knew that when once washed out to the north, the body 
could never return again to Golden Gate Bay. The 
continuous barkings and roarings of the now extinct sea- 
cows which congregated on the rocks in that vicinity 
were supposed by the populace to be the wails and 
lamentations of the unfortunate dead whose bodies had 
been literally condemned as food for the fishes. 



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CHAPTER XXIV 

THE Azes believed that every part of a man's body had 
a counterpart in the world of matter. At the moment 
of dissolution the individual ego was thought to be re- 
united to the Absolute, if Will, which is the real body of 
the ego, or spirit, is free from Desire. If bound by these 
ties, it must reincarnate again, and it is possible to sink so 
low in the scale that the life principle will contact the 
animal kingdom. They did not practice cremation of 
the dead, because they did not think it right to skip all 
of the intervening purgations, or reincarnations, by pro- 
jecting the ego back into the Absolute at once. They 
embalmed their honored dead and mummified their 
bodies, in order that the individuality might be preserved, 
so that in the next incarnation memory might function on 
the physical plane. 

There are excellent examples of this practice found in 
the catacombs, where the Egyptian descendants of Atlantis 
employed the same burial rites. Their so-called * ' Book 
of the Dead ' ' pertains entirely to initiation, or the finding 
of the Perfect Way in this life; and the well-known por- 
tions of it found with mummies are simply certificates of 
initiation. 

It is a curious fact in psychology that, so long as the 
physical body is preserved, the astral counterpart cannot 
disintegrate; and as memory is a function of the astral 
man, these Egyptian adepts expect to take up their life 
work again with a full and complete knowledge of the 
past. The negative magnetic laws govern the astral and 
psychic qualities of man, while the positive electric cur- 
rents control the physical. Time and space have no 
influence over the former conditions — facts which were 
well known to primitive civilizations. 




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The papakoo, or cemetery, was a terraced range of 
hills, south of Mountain Lake, then called the River of 
Mystery, which still lies between Golden Gate Park and 
the ocean on the north. It is much shrunken in propor- 
tions and depth, though retaining the same oblong outline. 
The hills form a natural divide between the Park and 
Sutro Heights, and then as now jutted into the ocean at 
their northern extremity. 

For six weeks the embalmers were engaged with the 
body of Orondo, and when they had finished, it was com- 
pletely mummified. They put salt on his breast, as an 
emblem of immortality, and a gold gorget around his 
neck, with the inscription: '^ O Hidden Beijig! turn thy 
face toward the body of thy so7i/^^ The corpse w^as 
wrapped in fine linen bandelettes, and a Saint Andrew's 
cross of copper was laid over the region of the heart out- 
side the enveloping swathes. 

In the northwestern portion of the city, at the upper 
end of the lake, and nine thousand feet from the center 
of Tlamco, was the Temple of Uranus, where dwelt the 
priesthood who had charge of the dead. This mound had 
a circular earth vallum seven hundred feet in diameter, 
which is one three-hundred-thousandths of the diameter 
of the planet Uranus. It was here that Orondo' s body 
was prepared for burial, and it was from this place that 
the funeral cortege embarked. While it was being rowed 
across the lake, the mourners scattered rushes on its 
smooth surface as a sacrifice and peace-offering. Yermah, 
Setos, Imos, and Hanabusa rowed the funeral barge; 
and when it landed at the opposite end, they lifted the 
mummy onto the car standing ready to receive it. All 
that was mortal of Orondo was laid in a bed of aloe, yew, 
cypress, weeping-willow, rosemary, and yellow marigolds, 
while over him was spread the fated mantle given him by 
Yermah. On top of this was the sword, helmet, and 
shield of the deceased. 

A long line of soldiers, with reversed spears, whose 
pennants trailed in the dust, marched before the car up a 
long line of mastodon-headed sphinxes, to the judgment 
hall of Hirach, where the deceased would be tried for the 
deeds done in the body. Four coal-black horses, with 



YERMAH THE DORADO 290 

nodding plumes and silver trappings, drew the car, which 
was attended by six priestesses dressed in white, who 
chanted to the dolorous accompaniment of harps, flutes, 
and lyres: — 

^*0 Maker of the material world! Thou Holy One! 
whither shall we bring, where shall we lay, the bodies of 
our dead ? ' ' 

Behind the car came Yermah, Setos, Imos, and Hana- 
busa, followed by civic deputations, priests and priestesses, 
and a great concourse of people. 

The judgment hall stood on the south side of Moun- 
tain Lake, near the Golden Gate, which corresponds to 
the Norse Gingungagap, or the gulf separating the home 
of mortals on the south from Lime Point, or the center 
of spirit, on the north side of the newly made straits. 
The Azes called the rock itself Gharepo. The hall was 
at the exact center of a huge pentagram, the apex of 
which was on the rock Gharepo, the east foot on the 
north peak of Las Papas, and the west in the ocean, near 
the Cliff House shore. The feet of Hirach were corre- 
lated to those of the pentagram. He was stepping from 
the ocean to the mountain, signifying the evolution of the 
ego from the astral universe into the material world. He 
is the Amen of Revelation, who had **one foot on the 
sea and one on solid land," etc. 

The circle surrounding him described the orbit of Mars, 
which corresponds to the body of Desire. The sixth 
labor crushes this principle, but in so doing opens the 
path for the initiate to measure the proportions of the 
cosmos, and properly adjust them one to the other. Mars 
is the planetary phase of the Red Dragon, the eating of 
whose heart forms the means by which Sigierd, the Norse 
hero, attained wisdom. The heart is triple, emblematic 
of the three cardinal virtues, Will, Aspiration, and Har- 
mony, and their common center, the spirit, or ego, was 
in the middle of the judgment hall. This edifice was 
very like the Temple of Edfou, in Egypt. It was five 
hundred and sixty feet from the obelisks in front to the 
extreme rear. From tlie center of the holy of holies were 
struck the distances of the four inner planets; hence it 
not only showed the three radii of the earth, but the three 



300 YERMAH THE DORADO 

phases of Hermes, or Wisdom, and the ego in the three 
worlds, which in this instance was the higher personality 
sitting in judgment on the deeds done in the body. The 
relative size of the earth was represented by the tip of the 
devotee's fore-finger as he entered the western door and 
held up his hand in adoration and salutation to the Deity. 

The building was shaped like a cross, and was sur- 
mounted by tall spires. Over the entrance was an 
entablature propped by two lotus capitals. Above this 
was a frieze with the hieroglyphs of Truth, Fire, and 
Light, surrounded by twelve symbolical groups. Between 
the sixth and seventh, a figure knelt and stretched out his 
arms above the two sacred eyes, symbolizing the north 
and south, and alluding to the diurnal motion of the sun, 
which is an implicit promise of resurrection. At the ends 
of the emblematic row was another figure, poising a pair 
of balances. 

In the western arm of the cross was a throne, sur- 
mounted by a canopy representing the Tree of Life. The 
golden fleece hung in the branches, and in the center Was 
the lamb immeshed in a nimbus. This corresponds to 
the Agni of the Hindu, the Agnus Dei of the Catholic, the 
Lamb of God of the Bible. 

Seated on the throne was Hirach, a priest from the 
Temple of Neptune, whose face was hidden by a green 
mask. On his head was a tall conical hat made of alter- 
nating stripes of red and green, and the same combination 
of color was observable in his costume. The mantle was 
green, the tunic red, while the arms and legs were covered 
with striped cloth, as he sat with arms crossed over his 
breast. In his right hand was a crook, while in his left 
was a flail. On his breast was a Saint Andrew's cross of 
lead, with the monogram XP, and a trefoil of ivy over 
his brow. Hirach, or Conscious Life, personated the 
higher self of the dead man, and it was his office to weigh 
the thoughts, words, and deeds of Orondo against the 
image of Truth. On each side of him stood a priestess, 
representing the two phases of truth. One held a lily in 
her hand, to show that she stood for truth in action, while 
the other held the quill of an eagle, signifying that she 
was truth in thought itself. They were clothed in trailing 



YERMAH THE DORADO 301 

white draperies, and their hands were crossed over their 
breasts. The sleeves came only to the elbow, but were 
long and wide, like those worn by Japanese women. Only 
the throat was revealed at the neck, and there was a 
peculiar allegorical girdle around their waists. These 
figures were known as Ma. When we call our mothers 
* * Ma, ' ' we are addressing them as the Principle of Truth 
— a singularly fitting name; since the mother is the literal 
image of truth to the child, until he is old enough to 
discover it by reasoning processes. 

Osiris, the spirit within the earth, draws every soul to 
him with a crook, and repulses it with a flail. 

The ceremony about to be enacted quaintly set forth 
the trials by the law of causation, or experience, under- 
gone by the individual in the process of being drawn into 
and thrown out of earth life. It was an enactment of the 
tragedy within each human heart. 

On a square lectern in front of Hirach was a huge 
parchment scroll, tied with seven seals. By an ingenious 
arrangement, the lectern was also a support for a pair of 
balances. On the left side was a gold vase containing the 
heart of Orondo, which was soon to be weighed against 
a small image of Truth, on the right scale. Between 
Hirach and the altar of offerings sat four intercessors, or 
associate judges, representing the material body, the astral 
body, soul, and spirit. They were dressed in black, gray, 
purple, and green. 

The official mourners, selected from each of the socie- 
ties, and from the army, navy, and priesthood, made 
offerings to the four elements in nature corresponding to 
the four attributes of man. That to earth was a bunch of 
bearded wheat; that to water, a pond-lily; that to air, a 
white dove; while that to fire was a chalice of bergamot 
and benzoin ignited. The fires in the sacred urns in the 
burial service were, used, in order that the god-principle 
present in fire might find the individual body it once 
inhabited. After being consecrated and blessed, the 
offerings were brought forward by men dressed in blue, 
and laid upon the altar in their proper succession. 

Along the outer wall, in a semicircle, were seated the 
forty- two assessors who were to try this novel case. They 



302 YERMAH THE DORADO 

wore cloth-of-gold robes, and had a golden feather of 
Truth in the headbands over their closely curled hair, to 
show that they represented mental traits, and correspond- 
ed to the forty- two phrenological organs of the brain. 
They were divided into three groups, distinguishable by 
the color of their mantles. The first typified the psychic 
attributes, and pertained to the front of the'cerebrum ; the 
mental to the middle part of the head; while the material 
stood for the cerebellum. The problem of perfect life is 
solved by the even balance of these parts of the brain 
with the corresponding worlds of cosmic essence. 

In step with the slow funeral dirge, the warrior-priests 
filed into the judgment hall and formed a long line down 
the center. The bier was removed from the car and 
carried between rows of warriors, who presented arms 
and saluted as it passed. When the remains were placed 
between the altar of oflferings and the lectern, the priest- 
esses knelt on each side, followed by the official mourners. 

Every eye was turned anxiously toward the Left-Hand 
Path, as the second entrance was called. Any citizen who 
had been wronged by the deceased in his lifetime, had a 
right to come into the temple and accuse him. There 
had been murmurings and ominous shakings of the head, 
but no one seemed to be able to make definite statements. 
Suddenly the door was flung open, and Rahula came in 
with an angry scowl on her face. She had on the mantle 
and red cap of the accuser of souls, and back of her was 
a numerous following, also dressed in red. Every face 
whitened, and there was a tense, apprehensive feeling 
everywhere. 

Yermah and Setos supported Ildiko, who rushed for- 
ward and threw herself at the foot of the bier. She was 
completely shrouded in black. On her head was a round 
wreath of black ivy, having a crown and long pennant of 
white guaze in the back. Her close-cropped hair was 
still better concealed by a broad band of the gauze which 
fastened to the wreath and came down under the chin, 
hiding the ears. Ben Hu Barabe and Alcyesta stood near 
Ildiko, ready to offer assistance and sympathy, while 
Hanabusa supported Setos. Oahspe, the Sun Virgin, 
enveloped in black, and wearing a gold mask for unknow- 



YERMAH THE DORADO 303 

able Deity, broke the seal and unrolled the parchment. 
As she did so, Imos prepared to record the verdict. 
Flinging his arms out on either side, he exclaimed : — 

" I give glory to Hirach, lord of the essences, living 
in truth! I have come to thee, bringing to thee truth. 
Where art thy attendant gods ? Grant that I may be 
w^ith them in thy company. '^ 

A deep, guttural voice behind the mask answered: — 

* ' Peace will not abide vidi thee until thou hast over- 
thrown thine enemies." 

From out the phalanx on the right Yermah stepped 
forward and lifted a determined face, pale as the linen 
smock he wore. Bringing his hands together high over 
his head, he said: — 

*' Homage to thee, O Master of Truth ! I come tow- 
ard thee! I am here to contemplate thy splendor! " 

* ' Give thy tongue truthful license, but speak no evil 
of the dead." 

Repeating the sign of asservation, the Dorado be- 
gan:— 

'* Great and mighty Hirach, thou knowst that the 
gloom of the tomb is but the cradle of the sun. Before 
thee lies a pure, unsullied soul. Orondo had the three 
cardinal virtues of piety, because he loved God, loved 
virtue, and loved man. He gave bread to the hungry, 
water to the thirsty, garments to the naked. He who 
perceives him says he comes in peace. May he enter 
into rest praised, may he go out beloved, for there is no 
more fault or evil in him. Save him, protect him, for 
his mouth is clean and his hands are pure. He was free 
from the oppression of the widow and the fatherless. 
There was not by his fault either a fearful, or poor, or 
suffering, or wretched one. He did not cause any one 
to weep.* He ." 

Rahula, who had been growing more and more excited, 
rushed to Yermah' s side, and throwing her hands up 
wildly, cried out: — 

*' Hirach, thou who art mirrored in truth, palsy the 
tongue departing from thy formula! Orondo merits not 
an honored place in the Vale of Peace. The fishes yearn 

* Egyptian Book of the Dead. 



304 YERMAH THE DORADO 

for his body. He lived not in truth, nor walked in the 
ways acceptable to the gods of magic and mystery.** 

What more she would have said was drowned in a 
chorus of protest from the warrior-priests. The mourners 
added their supplications, and the priestesses murmured, 
**Oo— m! Oo— m! Oo— m!'* 

Without noticing the interruption, Yermah completed 
his sentence. 

**Orondo did no evil. Nothing can be produced 
against him. He committed no violence, nor did he 
torment any heart. No one was by him treacherously 
killed.** 

''Hear him, O just powers! This man stands here and 
claims to be a vehicle for truth! How darest thou say 
that Orondo caused no man to be treacherously killed? 
On both thy heads lies the curse of Alcamayn*s death. 
Robbed of his own by Orondo, and done to death by 
thee! Thou art a mighty representative in the Hall of 
the Two Truths. Hear me, Yermah! a mother's curse 
is on thee ! Thou art a doomed man ! ' ' 

*' A mother's curse! " said Yermah in a whisper, shar- 
ing the consternation around him. A curse in his time 
was a thing of fearful import. The intemperance of her 
speech showed the uncontrollable rage of Rahula. 

' * Yes, ' ' she screamed ; ' ' a mother' s curse ! Alcamayn 
was my first and only born. Oh, there is no need of thy 
horrid looks ! He never knew the relationship. Because 
of thy spiritual father, Akaza, thou hast a heritage of my 
hate. But for him I should have claimed my son." 

Seeming to realize that temper had carried her too far, 
Rahula tried to repair what she had already said. Setos 
made a threatening gesture toward her, while every one 
looked at his neighbor and said in an undertone: — 

* ' She is a black magician. Akaza was obliged to take 
her child away from her.** 

Her attendants hissed angrily and stamped with their 
feet to prevent Yermah from being heard. He realized 
that the demonstration w-as against himself personally, 
and was appalled at the virulence of the attack, but went 
bravely on. 

** Orondo afflicted no one; neither did he commit 



YERMAH THE DORADO 305 

perfidy He was never an accuser, and was only angry 
when there was just cause " 

'* Thou art a monstrous liar! He had just cause to be 
angry with thee, who enticed his first love away, and 
repaid him with another man's choice.'' 

Crossing over to him and shaking her finger in his face 
defiantly, Rahula fairly shrieked: — 

**Thou hast imperiled thy immortal soul! Dearly shalt 
thou pay for thine own perfidy! I dare tell thee to thy 
face, thou art guilty of the unpardonable sin! Thou who 
wert coward enough to compel thy dead friend to marry 
this poor misguided creature lying at thy feet! For this 
cause my Alcamayn died in dishonor! " 

The warri'or-priests clanked their swords angrily, and 
the smoldering disloyalty was like a tinder-box to the 
furious gestures and acts ' of the factions. Setos grabbed 
Rahula by the arm and shook her violently before she 
would heed him. 

** Hast thou no sense of decency, Rahula? Cease thy 
upbraidings, else wilt thou ruin all ! ' ' 

She quailed before his determined look and was silent. 

Shaking like a leaf and wounded to the death in his 
tenderest parts, Yermah once more essayed to speak. 
Finding that he could not command his voice, he turned 
appealingly to the musicians, who responded with a 
funeral air. When they had finished, Yermah, with tears 
coursing down his cheeks, which he made no effort to 
conceal, said: — 

*'Hirach, as I expect to stand face to face with thee 
finally, hear me! In that I love Orondo well, conscience 
doth acquit me of evil intent toward him. Whatever 
service he rendered me was a pleasure to him, and was of 
his own choosing. That he preferred duty to success, is 
one more reason why his bones should be interred with 
the blessed. There was no guile in him. He was as 
tender as a woman, as simple as a child, and faithful unto 
death. The heart weighing even in the scales of Truth 
was burst in twain by the sorrows which oppressed his 
high courage. Struck down in the flower of manhood, 
hurled through the Gates of Light by unseemly circum- 
stance, Orondo, the soul of honor, merits the rite of conse- 



3o6 YERMAH THE DORADO 

cration. Hear, Hirach, as thou wouldst in turn be heard, 
and grant as thine own hope of future reward may prompt 
thee!'' 

The non-resistance and manliness of Yermah did not 
fail to appeal to a people equitable in temper and given 
to just decision. The waves of feeling which surged 
through the temple made him aware of this, though the 
sounds were almost inaudible. Every one waited in 
dread suspense for Rahula's final plea. She was still 
laboring under ill -suppressed excitement, and resentment 
blazed anew as she spoke. 

** Hirach, thou who art unshaken by emotion or desire, 
hear and give heed! Orondo was ever the craven tool of 
him who stands here in his defense. He sought more to 
obey his master than the will of the gods. Once again 
I beseech thee, give his body to the fishes! '* 

**No! no! no!*' burst from the lips of the mourners, 
the priestesses, and the warrior-priests, augmented by the 
intercessors too. 

Yermah stood with his hands clasped and head bowed 
low. His dejection and silence angered Rahula still more, 
because she instinctively felt that he was right, and that 
she could not provoke him into a show of resistance. She 
hated him for the sympathy he had unconsciously 
aroused. 

** Finally, I demand this body of thee, Hirach! Bloody 
deeds shall follow thy refusal. Never canst thou make it 
right to bless this man, while Alcamayn's shade is doomed 
to wander through myriad years because of him. I charge 
thee to weigh and consider thy decision ! ' ' 

Hirach, using the flail for a baton, waved for silence. 
Then the two intercessors, earth and water, arose and 
pointed to the left. Thus far the decision was against 
Orondo. The kneeling figures arose and joined the war- 
rior-priests in supplication. The remaining intercessors, 
air and fire, stood and pointed to the right. With bated 
breath they waited for Hirach' s action. In an impressive 
silence he arose and pointed to the right. 

**Haille! haille! haille!" cried the people, in a sponta- 
neous outburst, which a sense of decorum quickly quelled. 

**Let the heart of Orondo be given back to him. Let 



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him go into the Hall of Mystery by the Right-Hand 
Path,'* read Imos in a sonorous voice. 

As soon as the verdict was announced, the funeral 
cortege formed as it came, and filed out of the temple. 
Rahula and her followers departed to the left, with their 
arms crossed before their faces, and their heads drooping 
under the knowledge of defeat. 

A granite sarcophagus was placed at the entrance of 
the long tunnel-like tomb, cut deep into the side of the 
mountain. Here were deposited all of the personal belong- 
ings of Orondo, sealed up in curious-shaped ollas and bas- 
kets. After the body was placed in the tomb, these were 
laid around it, and the whole securely sealed. The stone- 
cutters of Tlamco, who acknowledged Orondo as their 
leader, did exquisite work on the receptacle and its 
walled inclosure. A never-dying perfume-lamp of wrought 
bronze was suspended over the head, which was laid to 
the west. The granite doors were hermetically closed, 
and Orondo was finally left to sleep with the justified. 



3o8 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XXV 

^^T^HOU knowst, Imos, how I execrate the memory of 

1 Akaza,'* said Setos, as the two sat in conference, at 
the high-priest's house, a fortnight after Orondo's burial. 

'*So do I. How often has he come between the 
sacred hierarchy of the mother church and their rights. 
He made no pretext of being orthodox, and was always 
intent upon the spirit rather than on the ritual practice 
of our faith. By his will Yermah is made hierophant, 
and I, who have served a lifetime, am cast aside with 
scant courtesy." 

Imos was a man advanced in years, having a broad, 
high forehead, aquiline nose, square-cut eyebrows, and 
thin, finely compressed lips. His bald head, protruding 
like the knob of a knee, revealed a combative and tyran- 
nical disposition. Setos had much ado to conceal a grin 
of satisfaction, as the high-priest bared his secret ambi- 
tion. He was unusually affable as he answered: — 

*^Thou art shamefully ill-used, but I am thy brother in 
misfortune. When war devastated Atlantis, Akaza stood 
continually before the rabble, out-tonguing them in de- 
mands. The powers of right were on our side; but in 
the third day's battle he turned the tide of victory by his 
infernal enchantments. Our gallant spearsmen were 
advancing two deep, when he charged them with three 
bodies of cavalry. 'It is Akaza!' cried our leader, 
Poseidon. * The traitor comes to certain death. ' Some 
say that bolts from a mangonel struck through our ranks; 
others that he cut off the spear-heads. Of this I know 
not. Poseidon rode at him in mortal combat, but fell 
uninjured at Akaza' s feet. Failing to kill him, he was 
obliged to give the Dorado as hostage. Ichanor, the 



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war-chief of Poseidon, was compelled to surrender his 
son Orondo. By this means the schemer contrived to 
gam supremacy in Atlantis and all her dependencies. So 
long as he lived oppression hung over me. Thou mayst 
judge what love I bear his successor.'* 

The two men gave each other a searching glance, 
which said as plainly as words, ** How shall we be rid of 
him?'' 

**We must be masters of caution," said the wily 
priest. 

'* Suspicion abides not with Yermah, and he knows 
nothing of black art." 

A loud rapping at the front door and hurrying feet 
along the passage-way caused both to rise and listen 
intently. Simultaneously with the permit to enter, came 
Cezardis, flushed and in breathless haste. 

** Exigency compels the waiving of ceremony," said 
he. ' ' A great concourse are in the theater listening to 
Rahula's arraignment of Yermah. By a cunningly con- 
trived tragedy, called 'The Lost Soul,' she scores him 
without mercy, and has given utterance to all that Alca- 
mayn confided to her concerning the Dorado having 
concealed his divinity in a ruby which he sent to the high- 
priestess Keroecia. He broke his vow, and was blas- 
pheming violently when the swift and terrible punishment 
came. Alcamayn heard his awful words, but feared even 
to repeat them, lest we be doomed to suffer again. Ra- 
hula has inflamed the populace against him, and they are 
running through the streets shouting, 'Down with the 
apostate Yermah ! He has committed unpardonable sin 
against the Ineffable! He shall no longer rule Tlamco! ' 
Dost thou not hear the bugle-calls ? Signals are flashing 
from the forts, and the whole city is in uproar." 

Many extraneous sounds bore out this testimony; but 
neither auditor evinced surprise, though both showed 
concern. 

* ' So, ' ' said Setos presently, * * the prophecy concerning 
the lost planet is come true. A great and momentous 
change is upon us." 

** Hast thou not heard the Blessed Books read in the 
temples?" 



3IO YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Thou shouldst remember that I have been in the 
house of enemies. It "would have been unsafe for me. 
. . . Wilt thou refresh early recollections now and hur- 
riedly?*' So far as he was capable, Setos was devout, 
and was always comforted by the rumble of long words. 
Imos had a voice which fitted him for such an occasion, 
and he was much pleased to have the opportunity to use 
it. With the proper degree of solemnity, he crossed to 
the east side of the room, where the books lay, and then 
making three profound genuflections, he began reading 
promptly: — 

In the beginning the Great Spirit, surnamed Cohe- 
sion, breathed into chaotic disorder the fire of life. 
Verily, it grew to mighty proportions. It had two arms 
dividing the Supernal from the light of this world, 
which is darkness to the ones reposing in the sunshine 
of eternal peace. So vast was the chasm yawning be- 
tween Spirit and Matter, that no mortal crossed the 
void for a million years. Then the twilight changed 
into morning, and there arose from the Celestial Shore 
an Archangel strong and mighty. 

Hirach was his name. May it evermore be blessed! 

And a great voice was heard in the expanse like 
unto the sound of a trumpet, saying: — 

* ' Who is able to cross the chasm, to give to souls 
unborn the Key? To open the Book to them that 
therein they may read the Way of Life?'* 

And the bodiless and formless ones sounded the 
-^olian harps, and sang: — 

" Hirach is his name! Thrice blessed is he — Hirach 
of two thi^eefold wings, encircling heaven, earth, and 
the vast ocean! He alone is great; he is able to cross 
the vast abyss.'* 

Then Hirach called unto himself a great Red Dragon, 
whose name was Mara — for he shall deceive the 
nations, and they shall war one with another. He who 
sat on the Dragon was calm and silent. His lofty, god- 
like brow was wrapped in the golden splendor of the 
morning sun. Over the deep chasm which divides 
mortals from the highest thrones swirled the Red 
Dragon, and the worlds trembled and feared. 

And the mountains from before whose eyes the 
clouds had vanished said to the stars shining in the 
majesty of their being: "Who is the terrible Red 
Dragon, and whose splendor anointeth the brow of him 
sitting thereon?" 

The stars answered: "From infinity to infinity we 



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roll in our courses; ages on ages have spent themselves 
in our existence, yet we remember not when the Red 
Dragon rose into life; neither can we comprehend the 
splendor on the brow of him who sitteth thereon." 

Now as the Dragon gyrated in his course, his fiery 
breath caused new suns to spring into existence, and 
new planets rolled in their orbits around them, peopled 
with living beings. Then the Dragon exalted himself 
in pride, and puffed out his cheeks, saying: — 

'* Behold the glorious suns which I have created, to 
give light and life to all creatures, that they may praise 
me and give me glory for that which I have done." 

Then he who sat on the head of the Dragon, clothed 
in splendor, rose and smote the ugly beast, whose 
death-agony dashed into pieces the beautiful planet 
circling between Mars and Jupiter, thus forever des- 
troying the equilibrium between War and Justice. The 
souls thereon were drawn into the vortex of the earth. 
With his two tails he laid hold of Mars and Venus, 
seeking to destroy them also; but Hirach raised the 
great two-edged sword in his hands and cleft asunder 
the tails of the Dragon. He cut the body into five 
pieces, which fell to earth, and the Dragon was no 
more. 

'*Such,'' said Imos, **is the account of the Red 
Dragon. It is said that the chain of hills which circle 
round Tlamco are the remains of his body. Yonder hill 
to the east is his skull, and is called Calvu. It is further- 
more stated that Hirach shall at the end of the cycle 
come from a cavern beneath it. Akaza — curses be his 
portion! — says that the great initiates formed Hotara 
(Lone Mountain) and Loutan (Round Top), the eyes of 
the Dragon, seventy thousand years ago, as a memorial 
to their wisdom. He says that the Blessed Story is an 
allegory. He, a viler apostate than his pupil, claimed 
that he would come again, as Hirach incarnate, to break 
the power of the black brotherhood. '* 

** Rather let us exterminate the last remnant of them, 
and give their bodies to the fishes! '' was his companion's 
intemperate rejoinder. 

* * Face thy duty resolutely, and may victory be on thy 
side!" said Imos piously, as Setos hurried out of the 
house. 

*' He who holds our destiny, plans all things well. 
May thy hopes find fruition also! " 



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• Setos knew that his seditious work in the army was 
ready to bear fruit, but he was gratified that Rahula had 
provoked the outburst. She had been in a frenzy of 
rage since her defeat in the judgment hall, and this was 
her revenge. He would take advantage of it and be 
made grand servitor of the Azes. 

The theater stood on a sloping hill seven thousand feet 
southeast of Lone Mountain. It faced the south, so that 
the spectators were shielded from the north wind. They 
had a commanding view of the bay and islands in the 
foreground and the tawny leonine hills in the distance. 
The edifice was a semicircle, four hundred and forty feet 
across, provided with thirty tiers of seats, and would 
accommodate many thousand people. It was an earth 
embankment fitted with stone seats and a cement floor, 
with an open roof, supported by stout poles. An arch 
under the right wing marked the entrance to the stage, 
and led to subterranean dressing-rooms. There was 
small provision for artificial setting, the beauty of natural 
scenery being deemed sufficient. 

**Haille! haille! haille, Setos! sent to deliver us from 
peril! *' cried a company of soldiers who were escorting 
Rahula home from the theater. 

*' Haille, Setos! chief of the Turghati — men loyal to 
the true faith of Atlantis ! ' * exclaimed Rahula, whose dis- 
ordered dress, sparkling eyes, and flushed cheeks bespoke 
her excitement. When she approached Setos, she was 
trembling violently, but every sense was on the alert. 

**Thouwhoart the man of destiny, come with me," 
she continued. *' I will tell thee all that has happened." 

* ' Rahula, the silver-tongued, is thy worthy forerunner, 
as Mercury is of the sun. Go with her, and then come 
to the observatory. Thy presence will put heart into the 
wavering ones, who are even now in consultation. Thou 
mayst depend upon us." 

They were in a noisy, unruly crowd, but Setos under- 
stood that the soldiers would hold them in check. He 
followed Rahula indoors. Acting on the impulse of the 
moment, Setos drew Rahula to him and kissed her 
passionately. If he had been blind before, he certainly 



YERMAH THE DORADO 313 

knew now, and he suddenly realized that she was necessary 
to hi is success. 

''Thou art worthy of my best love/' he said, **and 
thou shalt command it. Open thy heart to me.*' 

*' Thou hast surprised its secret, and made me forget 
our danger. Death were not unwelcome in this guise,'* 
she murmured, nestling down closer in his arms. 

* ' Thy lips must pay forfeit for speech once more, and 
then thy sweet voice must quell this inward tumult I 
could drowse like a sleepy god in thy embrace." 

**Duty stern and uncompromising faces us, and we 
must not yield to other influences, ' ' said Rahula, slipping 
out of his arms. '*The die is cast, and thou must not 
falter or linger in sweet dalliance." 

' ' Words of wisdom ever fall from thy lips, Rahula. 
Thy well -chosen words sober me again. What dost thou 
know?" 

She held both his hands to her breast, and looked at 
him steadfastly. 

*' I am aware that discontent has been flourishing like a 
poisonous weed in Tlamco. It needed but a spark to fan 
it to a blaze, and I have produced that spark. It is in 
the suspicion that Yermah is an accursed and a lost soul. 
Thou knowst the tradition concerning other calamities in 
the dim ages. Fan this flame judiciously, and thou wilt 
sit in the seat of power." 

He would have strained her to his breast again, but 
she eluded him. She was certain of her hold on him 
now, and was anxious to strengthen it. 

'*Thou canst not be sure of unqualified support," she 
went on. *' If thou canst not silence Yermah' s adher- 
ents in argument, then must thou resort to arms." 

* * Thou art my love, and a wise counselor, ' ' he answered, 
still actuated by gratitude and what he had called love. 
**Go thou to the Camp of Mars, and I will be guided by 
thee," he added, aiding her in the readjustment of her 
mantle. 

War was undertaken for religious purposes — never for 
conquest, — which accounted for the methods used in 
stirring up sedition in Tlamco. The object in conquering 



314 YERMAH THE DORADO 

an outside power was to civilize it; and if captives re- 
fused to accept hospitable treatment, they were scattered 
throughout the country, man for man, and kept under 
surveillance until reconciled to their positions. No con- 
fiscation of property was allowed, and after taking the 
oath of allegiance, they were returned to their homes. 

Setos found Imos and ten generals laboring with Hana- 
busa and Ben Hu Barabe, who were loyal to Yermah. 
They made earnest and eloquent pleas in his behalf; but 
finding themselves powerless, withdrew and prepared to 
defend the city against inevitable attack. 

It was a semicircular bay, five thousand feet across, 
which brought the water to Montgomery Street up to the 
days of 'forty-nine. From a line parallel with Market 
Street, but a little to the north, was a grand canal one 
thousand feet wide, a mile in length, and deep enough to 
accommodate all the commerce of Tlamco. It terminat- 
ed in a basin near the junction of Van Ness Avenue and 
Market Street, where a circular port of entry was strongly 
fortified. Leading from this was a wide avenue, which 
ended in another circular building, half a mile nearer 
Lone Mountain, and in a direct line with it. This was, in 
modern parlance, a bonded warehouse, and was amply 
protected. The port of entry was in the center of a circle 
which included Telegraph Hill, Lone Mounrain, and the 
Potrero hills, all of which were formidable fortifications 
and were exactly one hundred and twenty degrees apart 
Rincon Hill, south and directly opposite Telegraph Hill, 
guarded the entrance to the canal, while Goat Island, on 
the east, lined with its center. 

A hostile fleet sailing around Telegraph Hill would be 
under fire from these forts, and as they came into the canal 
an assault could be made on them from the ramparts and 
battlements of Nob Hill. If they approached the port of 
entry, they would be in range of the mangonel batteries 
at East Temple, Alamo Hill, and the Temple of Venus, 
which also shielded the bonded warehouse and the main, 
or eastern, avenue to the city. On the top of the hill, in 
the present Catholic Cemetery, was another fortification, 
guarding the approaches to the observatory, which had 
a complete system of defense in itself. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 315 

South of the Potrero Hill fort was a harbor for the bal- 
sas. It is now a broad marsh intersected by Islais Creek. 
A curved canal separated two fortified hills and turned 
west to within the radius of the Camp of Mars, which was 
a circle six thousand five hundred and sixty feet in diam- 
eter, including Bernal Heights, also closely guarded, 
being the naval constructive station and encampment. It 
was one four-thousandths of the diameter of the planet 
Mars, which was then the guardian of sailors, as the name 
indicates. 

On the west side of the camp, a road ran south, parallel 
with what is now Valencia Street, direct to the port of 
entry. This was the only approach from the south, and 
was well guarded by the armored hills, where the grana- 
ries and storehouses were located. Much of the food 
supply came by this route.* 

Due west of Bernal Heights is a companion hill, which 
was garrisoned and used as a signal -station, being on a 
line with Mount Olympus and Lone Mountain. The sig- 
nal-tower was so constructed that a flash-light from Lone 
Mountain was seen close beside that on Mount Olympus, 
and from the high observatory tower news could be flashed 
to all the outlying stations. The center of the port of 
entry lined exactly with Telegraph Hill. By this means 
a message could be sent from Hanabusa's quarters to 
Mount Olympus and Lone Mountain direct, and thence 
to the port of entry and Telegraph Hill, thus making it 
easy to command the entire situation. 

The cavalry camp lay close to laqua, west of Lone 
Mountain, while the infantry grounds were east. From 
these points were trained catapults, loaded with highly 
explosive lead cylinders filled with sharp spikes. Mixed 
with the spikes were balls containing a stifling, overpow- 
ering, deadly smell, which were exploded in the air, to 
shower the inhabitants, barracks, and forts. 

Setos saw with the eye of a military genius the advan- 
tages to himself of a sudden attack, and as a politician he 
felt the danger of remaining inactive in such treacherous 
times. Suddenly, with a long, hissing screech, four rockets 
shot into the sky from the signal-stations, electrifying 



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some, but prostrating the spirits of those who loved law 
and order. Instantly the soldiers rushed pell-mell into 
the streets, and confusion seized the populace, who ran 
about aimlessly, and looked into each other's faces with 
half-averted eyes, like members of a family who are deter- 
mined to punish one another, but not severely. 

Around what is now known as Potrero Point came a 
fleet of thirty balsas, with the blades of the rowers flash- 
ing in the sunlight as they rocked and glided over the 
choppy waves of the bay. Rowing swiftly to the Rincon 
Hill fort, they embarked a strong force of infantry who 
were still loyal to Yermah. 

Ponderous mangonels capable of throwing darts twenty 
feet long, shod with bronze points and securely lashed to 
the shaft with strips of bull's-hide, sumiounted each fort. 
This formidable weapon carried a distance of several 
thousand feet with sufficient force to penetrate the side of 
a stoutly built balsa. 

On the poop of the foremost galley stood Hanabusa, in 
full armor, with a black plume in his helmet, while beside 
him was Ben Hu Barabe. They were both tall and 
powerful men, and the grim, determined expression on 
their faces augured ill for the insurgents. Soon their 
balsas were gliding over the smooth waters of the semi- 
circular entrance to the canal and making directly for it. 

** Beware the bolt!" shouted Ben Hu Barabe, and 
every man threw himself under the stout oaken seats of 
the oarsmen, as a murderous missile rose high in the air 
from the Nob Hill fort, and fell with a crash on the stone 
coping of the canal, sending a shower of splinters over 
the men. 

* * There is little fear of danger here, ^ ' said Hanabusa, 
**as the east fort is still in our possession. It stands 
midway between the gangway and basin at the end of the 
canal, and forms the strategic key to the operations to- 
day. Yermah will lead a force between that fortress and 
the granaries, as if ready to fall upon the city, whilst we, 
with our noisy drums and trumpets, draw the rebels north 
of the canal, to repulse our feigned attack." 

'* Wilt thou forgive me for asking if this is thine own 
or Yermah' s plan?'* 



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** It is the Dorado's instruction. He is proving to be 
a worthy disciple of the great tactician, Akaza, who never 
failed to gain a victory. See! They are warned of our 
approach. ' * 

As Yermah had predicted, the revolted troops, not 
being commanded by a general skilled in strategy, had 
signaled to the forts around the city for re-enforcements, 
and turned toward the canal to repulse the invaders. A 
rocket was sent up from East Temple, signaling the 
troops to disembark south of the canal. Seeing this, the 
insurgents swept around the basin to engage in a close- 
range combat and overwhelm Hanabusa and Ben Hu 
Barabe by superior numbers. Before they could execute 
this maneuver, the glittering ranks of Yermah' s own 
household troops marched through the pass between Las 
Papas and the Mission hills, south of East Temple, with a 
company of cavalrymen bringing up the rear. The two 
columns marched side by side, but separate, that on the 
right charging the insurgents on the right flank. .There 
were about three thousand men hemmed in between 
themselves and Hanabusa' s command. Finding they 
were cut off from the main body, the rebels made a des- 
perate and gallant defense, but were obliged to surrender, 
with half their force either killed, wounded, or made 
captive. 

Simultaneously, the main column under Yermah wheeled 
toward the observatory, driving their enemies before them 
with great slaughter. The Dorado's guard swept over 
the rising ground between the center of the city and the 
observatory in a solid phalanx nine deep. Behind them 
came detachments from the fleet at the head of the canal, 
who harassed the stragglers and completed the general 
rout. Archers and swordsmen, cutlass and javelin wield - 
ers excelled each other in feats of generous daring, while 
shield clanked against shield, and spearsmen tilted against 
spearsmen, in the shock and clamor of fratricidal warfare. 
Underneath all their apparent fury was a fraternal, con- 
ciliatory spirit, causing the insurgents to make only a 
half-hearted fight against their hereditary leader. They 
were oppressed by a secret fear that his soul was perjured; 
but this did not overcome their inherent loyalty. 



3i8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Down with the Mazaleels! '' urged Setos, now in the 
thick of the fight. ** Spare not a single apostate! If thou 
art true-hearted Turghatis, stand by the old beliefs.'* 

He spurred his horse into the fray, shouting: — 

** Mazaleel! Mazaleel! Mazaleel! Who loves a Maza- 
leel?" 

** Kill! slay! burn! Fire every building! Do duty 
with torch and sword!" hoarsely x:ommanded Imos, see- 
ing that the lines about the observatory trenches were 
wavering. ** Who will help me cut a way through to the 
canal?" 

Urged forward by his example and words, a body of 
warrior-priests threw themselves against Hanabusa's flank, 
and succeeded in driving him to the water's edge. Many 
of the sailors tried to re-embark, but the fleet was fired, 
and a swift and terrible conflict ensued. 

In the mean time Yermah had stormed the eastern 
entrance to the observatory, which finally yielded, and he 
rode in under the mocking inscription, * * Peace and Good 
Will toward Men'' 

" The victory is ours! " he cried, sheathing his sword, 
and surveying the Temple of Venus on his left, appar- 
ently deserted. *' Take a dozen cavalrymen," said he to 
an aide, ' * and ascertain if the vestals are safe. If so, we 
will send a strong guard to prevent further disorder, and 
then retreat; for it is not seemly to fight our brethren." 

As rapidly as possible, reconnoitering parties were dis- 
patched to ascertain the damage done and to have the 
killed and wounded cared for. The revolted troops were 
ordered back to quarters, and Setos was seized and 
brought before Yermah. 

''Back into thy houses under penalty of arrest!" 
shouted the mounted patrol, as they galloped through the 
streets, and rode down the turbulent mob. 

Soon the cry went up: ''Setos is in chains! Run for 
thy life!" sending the crowd flying in every direction, 
until even the stout-hearted seemed paralyzed by the 
result, and the defeated ones slunk away to their homes, 
like- children caught in an act of disobedience. They were 
secretly humiliated and ashamed, none of that generation 
having ever been guilty of insurrection, and they stood 



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aghast at the carnage and slaughter. The shamans and 
priestesses ministered to the wounded and dying, and 
many heart-rending scenes were enacted on the spot 
where some turbulent spirit had received its quietus. 

The market-place and temple walls were closely guarded, 
and by nightfall comparative order reigned in the city 
itself, though heavy firing from the forts told of the strife 
along the banks of the canal. Imos, aided by a band of 
fanatic warrior- priests, was doing all in his power to destroy 
the fleet. Hanabusa was retreating slowly with his shat- 
tered forces, but every inch of the ground was being 
stubbornly contested. As darkness came on, the balsas 
slipped by unobserved, and Hanabusa steered for the 
Camp of Mars with less than half of his original numbers. 
The battering-rams and catapults had done dreadful 
work on the feebly defended Camp of Mars. Here the 
water-gates of the canal had been opened by a band of 
marauding insurgents, under cover of the darkness, and 
the rising tide flooded the whole plain. Imos marched 
rapidly across the peninsula, keeping well out of range of 
the mangonels, and was in possession of the camp when 
Hanabusa arrived. Ben Hu Barabe engaged the warrior- 
priests in a hand-to-hand struggle, while Hanabusa 
hastened to the signal tower only to find it dismantled. 
There being no way to inform Yermah of his desperate 
straits, he rushed back to his house, and hurriedly securing 
things necessary for flight, joined in the unequal contest 
Ben Hu Barabe and a handful of men kept up at the 
water's edge. In the uncertain light he could see only 
three seaworthy balsas, and into these his followers 
scrambled, and pulling Ben Hu Barabe aboard, put to sea, 
closely pursued by the leaky, disabled, or badly manned 
balsas which had already been captured by the enemy. 

On the heels of Hanabusa' s flight came a company of 
cavalrymen, sent by Yermah, who dashed into camp with 
drawn sabers and boldly demanded the surrender of 
Imos. Realizing that he was completely surrounded and 
that resistance was useless, the high-priest suffered himself 
to be put on horseback and carried back to laqua. Upon 
arriving there he was brought before Yermah, in company 
with Setos. 



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320 YERMAH THE DORADO 

** Why hast thou made war upon me, Setos? " 

* * Because the Azes deem thee unfit to rule them, was 
the blunt answer. 

** I have no desire for temporal power. Hadst thou 
confided thy ambition to me, I would have aided thee.^* 

* * Thou hast mistaken me. I am only an instrument 
in the hands of Providence for the deliverance of Tlamco,'* 
answered Setos, in his best temple-service manner. 

**Thou art incapable of delivering thyself, much less 
Tlamco. But I desire thee to become grand servitor. 
Art thou willing to accept its full import? *' 

Setos could scarcely believe his ears. Was the Dorado 
speaking from choice, or was he sore beset, and capitu- 
lating on the best possible terms ? 

** What dost thou mean by the full import ? " 

' * The law dost require thee to marry. Thou mayst 
not demand the oath of allegiance without a consort. 
Atlantis no longer exists, and thou must be responsible for 
the succession.'' 

Setos opened his eyes wide in astonishment when the 
real nature of the situation dawned upon him and he 
realized that fear had nothing to do with Yermah's abdica- 
tion. As soon as he could recover himself, he answered :— 

** I am willing to fulfill thy conditions. ' ' 

** Not my conditions, but the law from time imme- 
morial," corrected the Dorado, with a frown. ** Rahula 
has long been thy willing handmaid. Wilt thou espouse 
her?" 

**Yes." 

*'And to-night?" 

** Yes; but canst thou say so much for her ? " 

' ' She shall answer for herself, as she is already under 
this roof. And while the tamanes conduct her here, wilt 
thou tell me, Imos, why thou, too, art in bloody array 
against me? " 

Encouraged by Setos' s success, Imos answered boldly: 

'* Because thou art a lost soul, and art unworthy to 
succeed Akaza.** 

**For his sake must I endure persecution. But thou 
art rash in attempting to defy the Brotherhood. Thou 
art enslaved by forbidden ambition." Yermah's voice 



YERMAH THE DORADO 321 

quivered with suppressed anger, and his eyes blazed 
scornfully, but he kept himself under control. Catching 
Rahula's eye as she entered, he said with cutting em- 
phasis : — 

* * Every soul is lost on the downward spiral, and can 
only regain its original position by a long and painful 
succession of incarnations. Desire is the prison-house .of 
the ego." 

Rahula stood abashed, uncertain how much Yermah 
knew, and just what his speech implied. An uncomfort- 
able and awkward silence followed, which Setos finally 
broke by stepping forward and taking her by the hand. 
Then he asked with gentleness: — 

** Art thou willing to share the perils of office with me ? 
Yermah wishes to make me servitor of the Azes." 

* * My heart acknowledges no other master, and my 
happiness is indissolubly linked with thy fortunes. I am 
willing to serve thee.'* She spoke in a low voice, while 
a flush of triumph overspread her countenance. She was 
almost as much surprised as Setos had been. 

* * Name thy witnesses, and let Imos hear thy marriage 
vows at once. Reasons of state compel haste.*' 

All three hated him, but they obeyed with alacrity, 
nevertheless. 

* * I will administer the oath of office at sunrise, and at 
meridian thou must be ready to receive the allegiance of 
Tlamco,'* said Yermah later, before leaving for the Temple 
of Neptune. He had not lived at laqua since Orondo's 
death. 



322 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XXVI 

SETOS could not in decency refuse the Dorado an armed 
escort. But there was treachery in the very air, and 
Yermah did not retire when he found himself alone and 
safe inside the temple walls. He could hear Oghi howl- 
ing dismally in the stable inclosure, and in the intense 
stillness he heard Cibolo pawing the ground and snorting 
as if some one were prowling on the outside. Opening 
his door cautiously, he peeped into the long, empty 
aisles, dim and shadowy in the faint light flickering from 
the lamps overhead. None of his senses relaxed vigil- 
ance, as he pressed his ear close to the floor and listened 
intently. 

He had not long to wait before he heard a grating 
sound, as if some heavy body was being pushed through 
the north gate. Returning to his room he hastily tied 
the leathern pouches around his waist containing the 
relics of Keroecia and Akaza. He grasped his sword 
and came back to the door, and was horrified to find a 
catapult being dragged into position almost against it. 
Recognizing Imos, it flashed over him that the high 
priest had seized upon Setos's nuptial night to make 
himself hierophant; but his blood ran cold when he 
thought of the helplessness of the recluses around him. 
Fear and distrust counseled against apprising Setos of 
the situation, and his own loyal guards were fast asleep, 
believing him safe at laqua. His heart almost stopped 
its beating when he comprehended that his enemies were 
attempting to slip the bolts and chains of the door. 

Something caused him to turn his head in an opposite 
direction, and there he saw an apparition of Keroecia, 
luminous and perfect in outline. He could only hold the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 323 

image a moment; but she smiled, and beckoned to him 
as she flitted through the doorway. Instinct bade him 
follow her. It was his blood that was thirsted for, and 
none of the other inmates would be disturbed, he thought, 
as he ran along the aisle. While he was unbolting the 
door, a projectile from the catapult shivered the northern 
entrance with a crash that rocked and shook the whole 
structure. The aisles filled immediately with half-awak- 
ened monks, but their voices were silenced by an explo- 
sion against the opposite wall, which sent the spikes 
flying in every direction and felled them with stifling and 
deadly odors. 

Yermah could never remember how he managed to 
reach Cibolo^s stall. This sagacious animal fairly helped 
get into his trappings, and Oghi had already buried his 
teeth in the back of a miscreant slipping up to the half- 
opened door through which Yermah had passed. The 
ocelot darted out of the inclosure ahead of Yermah, all 
the tiger instincts in him aroused and ready to attack the 
first thing in sight. He rolled over and over with his 
victim, marking and maiming him for life. The man*s 
cries brought assistance; but neither arrows nor sword 
thrusts dispatched his assailant until several persons had 
been wounded. 

The Dorado found all the wall entrances locked from 
the outside, which accounted for the absence of guards 
at the doors. Escape was only possible through the 
north gate, and there more than a dozen warrior-priests 
were waiting for him. Man and beast knew there was 
desperate work before them, but they were nerved for 
the encounter. As he dashed past Oghi, Yermah saw 
with a sinking heart that the poor creature was writhing 
in its death agony. Cibolo laid back his ears, and tried 
to take a piece out of the arm put forward to seize his 
bridle. When he found he could not break the ranks at 
the open gate, he wheeled and kicked at them viciously. 
Yermah reined him back, and charged again, using his 
sword arm constantly. A spear-point pierced the upper 
part of Cibolo' s neck, causing him to squeal shrilly, while 
an arrow went through the flesh of Yermah' s left arm 
near the shoulder, breaking the point on his armor. A 



324 YERMAH THE DORADO 

well-directed blow felled his antagonist, and horse and 
rider cleared the open space at a bound. 

The Dorado rode straight to the west into a redwood 
forest, long since submerged. Covered with dust and 
faint from exhaustion and loss of blood, with broken 
armor and disordered dress, he struggled on toward 
Tlamco's Tower of Refuge, situated on an artificial hill 
south of the Alms House. 

Upon arrival there, he found the citadel filled with 
women and children, who had fled from Tlamco during 
the day, and among them were Ildiko and Alcyesta. 
He only took time to bind up his own and Cibolo's 
wounds before making his way through Visitacion Valley 
to the bay, where Alcyesta told him Hanabusa and Ben 
Hu Barabe were expecting him. 

**The Turghati have sworn to kill thee,'' she con- 
tinued, * * and it were not safe for thee or thy followers to 
remain even in the tower.*' 

'* Before daylight this place will be surrounded," 
added the keeper gravely. **They will suspect thy 
hiding-place. Shouldst thou surrender and stand trial, 
thou knowst beforehand what the verdict will be." 

*'Be advised by me," pleaded Alcyesta. **For this 
purpose am I come." 

*' Ample provision has been made," urged the keeper. 
** Go thou quickly. I fear for thy safety." 

Seeing that Ildiko prepared to accompany them, he 
turned to her, saying: ^ — 

** Why art thou here? Thy father has married Rahula, 
and will be proclaimed grand servitor in a few hours." 

** I know all thou sayst. But dost thou think I would 
be allowed to live in laqua ? If so, thou knowst neither 
Setos nor Rahula." 

' * What is thy purpose ? ' ' 

**To go with thee and thy followers. Do not, I be- 
seech thee, turn me away, since I should be left to perish 
miserably." 

** That is thy probable fate with me." 

** So be it." 

Seeing that she was not to be dissuaded, he ofTered no 
further objection. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 325 

The bay extended down to Monterey at that time — 
Monterey, the quaint old Spanish town, where the first 
American flag was unfurled on this coast. Hanabusa 
had managed to pick up six other balsas loaded with 
provisions and manned by stout rowers whose fealty was 
unquestioned. When this little remnant of Atlantians 
and Monbas reached the sea through Monterey Bay, they 
were the last of the Mazaleels — a term of derision applied 
to them by conservative Azes. Mazaleel was simply 
another name for half-breed, and for ages after was a 
despised epithet. 

Steadily and in secret, before there was light enough 
to betray their movements, the conspirators wheeled the 
catapult back to the parade-grounds near the observa- 
tory. Thinking that Yermah would return to the 
temple, they securely closed every door and window. 
None of the monks ever awoke from their first insensi- 
bility. Imos ordered the stable-doors to be left open 
and the north gate ajar, so that Yermah' s absence might 
be discovered by some passer-by, but took good care to 
be at home when the news flew over Tlamco. He was 
the first to suggest that the Dorado's flight was to con- 
ceal a crime, and was properly shocked and horrified 
when the facts were made known. 

With a pretematurally long face and proper unction, he 
went to Setos, and oflered to officiate in Yermah' s stead. 

Setos was genuinely surprised, but not displeased over 
the turn of affairs, and readily agreed with Imos that the 
temple should be razed and never rebuilt. He had 
always opposed the White Brotherhood, and could see 
them exterminated without any regret. 

It was rather an imposing procession that filed out of 
laqua at noon, and marched over the rising ground, 
lately a scene of bloodshed, to the Temple of the Sun, 
where Setos and Rahula were to receive the fealty of 
Tlamco. Each male adult brought earth in a square jar 
and water in a deep disc for an oath-offering. Unclasp- 
ing a pair of interlaced bracelets, the citizen placed his 
right hand flat upon one band, and detaching the other, 
carried it to his forehead, saying: — 



326 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * Name I thee to witness, I make loyal oath by two 
rings. So help me Almighty God! " 

This formula was repeated thousands of times in the 
next three days, and then, in response to a general proc- 
lamation, the soldiers and citizens assembled to give burial 
to the slain. These were interred in a large circle at the 
base of Mount Olympus, with their heads turned inward. 
Setos's first public work as servitor was to erect a tall 
shaft, with four fire-altars at the base, on the cardinal 
points, on which sacrifice was offered to the ** Martyrs of 
the Lost Soul," as the dead in this conflict were subse- 
quently termed. 

Beginning at the northern side of East Avenue, and 
circling in a radius of three thousand and ninety feet to 
the same side of West Avenue, was a set of pillars sup- 
porting a crenellated wall three feet high, along which 
was a sentry-path, used for police observation in the resi- 
dence part of the city. This crescent gave the distance 
of the lost planet from the center of Tlamco, Mount 
Olympus being in the same radiation. It was indicated 
again from Las Papas to Lime Point, and also from Lone 
Mountain to the artificial sugar-loaf surmounted by the 
Tower of Refuge, south of Blue Mountain, and between 
Las Papas and Round Top. The gilded domes on the 
Temple of the Sun were the five-pointed star in the cen- 
ter of the crescent, a device which anciently figured as 
the lost planet — the present star and crescent of the 
Turkish Empire. 

A planet runs through its grand period of life from a 
formless nebula to a globe, which solidifies into a planet 
with or without satellites. It is involution so long as the 
planet is in process of formation; but when matter begins 
to manifest, the first step in evolution is taken, which goes 
on from protoplasm to man. Then conies the blooming- 
time, when this flower of space will scatter its seeds, as did 
the huge planet once revolving between Jupiter and Mars. 
It was larger than the former and shone more brightly, 
having a bluish white light, resembling the flame of water- 
gas rising from a casting of molten iron or steel. Where 
once was unity, light, and power, we have now a confused 



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YERMAH THE Vyi^^^Ll^-^ ' 327 

mass of asteroids moving in eccentric orbits. This was 
not merely the experience of a planet, but was a tragedy 
of the solar system ; and in it the extremity of individual- 
ism finds exemplification. The mind of humanity is 
broken and divided in a corresponding manner. Both 
represent the fluid side of nature, and are correlated to 
the soul on the downward spiral. 

There are many myths illustrating this idea, not the 
least interesting of which is the Jewish version of Cain 
and Abel, also the descent of Lucifer (or light) into the 
bottomless pit (or darkness). Among the Greeks it was 
Phrixos and Helle, who made their escape from Colchis 
on the back of the Golden Fleece. Helle fell off into the 
sea, which is the personality reincarnating, while Phrixos 
is the ego itself. In like manner, the Assyrians had Du- 
zu; the Phoenicians, Adonis; and the Norsemen, Baldur. 
The Egyptians plainly say that birth is a fall into dark- 
ness, while death is a return to light. The nether world 
with them always refers to present existence. 

Every soul is for a time lost; that is to say, it is mysti- 
fied by the illusion of material life, and fails to find the 
clue which will lead it out of the Maze of Daedalus, or the 
physical plane, where it is obsessed by the Minotaur of 
Desire. Knowledge gained by experience is the forbid- 
den fruit so quaintly told of in the legend of the Garden 
of Eden. We widen the circle of experience, by repeated 
incarnation, into a psychic circle, thus attaining spiritual 
life by a process of evolution. These two circles are 
Alpha and Omega — the beginning and the end, — the 
twin cosmic serpents which Hermes locks on his cadu- 
ceus. A hierophant, or Hermes Trismegistus, has by 
harmonious living united these spheres of existence while 
still in the material body. The doctrine of transmigration 
of souls gives offense merely because it outrages man's 
vanity and selfishness. No one claims that the ego con- 
tacts through the animal kingdom, but the soul of desire 
may. When the latter does so, it is lost, until brought 
back on the upward spiral by aspiration and harmony, 
where it becomes one with Divinity. 



328 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Alcyesta, hast thou the silver casket safe?'* asked 
Ben Hu Barabe, as soon as they were comfortably afloat. 

^*Yes." 

** Give it tome." 

He leaned forward eager to take it, but she held back, 
saying: — 

** Dost thou remember the injunction to loosen the 
eagles in time of peril and follow their lead?" 

** Yes. I have freed both birds. Dost thou not hear 
the cowardly gulls screeching with fright because of their 
presence ? ' ' 

** Then thou hadst best confide thy secret.'' 

** Yermah, wilt thou hear me?" 

** If it is to accuse thyself, no." 

' * It is to give into thy hands a message from Akaza, 
and to impart to thee the manner of its coming." 

** Speak," said Yermah in a whisper. 

** Before the awful time of wrath, a pair of golden 
eagles trained in falconry were intrusted to me by our 
beloved high-priestess, who intended them to be thy 
companions in the chase. She also gave me a ring set 
with diamonds, which I carried safely until I met Akaza 
after we left our battered balsa. I should never have 
known how or when the ring and birds left me, had I not 
received this from the hierophant." 

He handed over a tiny silver locket taken from the 
casket in Alcyesta's hand. Yermah pressed the spring 
and revealed a ring, large enough for his thuqib, having 
a fine silk tissue evenly fitting its broad band. 

** Before removing its contents hear me fully," said Ben 
Hu Bafabe. "The locket was made fast in a leather 
pouch, which was securely tied to the wing next the body 
of one eagle. Here is the parchment slipped in beside 
it." 

Yermah reached out his hand, but Ben Hu Barabe 
retained it. 

**Thou canst not read without more light. Hold a 
lantern close by," he ordered. When the tamane obeyed 
he gave Yermah the writing. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 329 

Beloved:— The eagle shall lead thee into strange 
lands. 

Never again wilt thou be separated from Yermah. 

Withhold from him all knowledge of the birds until 
such time as thou shalt find him in great danger. Then 
loosen and follow thy guides. 

Akaza. 

The Dorado was so astonished that he laid the parch- 
ment on his knee'and made no further effort to examine 
the tissue message for himself. 

*' Well do I remember how anxious Keroecia was about 
this ring. She went every day to superintend its mak- 
ing." 

Alcyesta*s words roused Yermah. Unrolling the tissue, 
he saw a finely traced map, with a few lines written on 
the margin: — 

Yermah, beloved of the Brotherhood: — Follow 
the way marked out before thee. 

When one bird hovers in the air while the other sits 
on a rock with cactus flowering at its base, halt thou 
and receive thy future task from him who was appointed 
to aid thee. 

Go willingly. Thou hast no further mission in Tlamco. 

Fear not. I have been before thee, and am with 
thee even unto the end of time. 

Akaza. 

The eagles led them southward by sea for many days 
after leaving Monterey Bay, but on coming ashore they 
traveled inland until they reached the pueblos of the Colo- 
rado. Here they were evidently expected by the Brother- 
hood, who reprovisioned and sent them forward. 

*'Thou art the forerunners of an exodus which will 
strip this fair land of the white race for ages to come. 
Ice imprisons every vestige of life to the north, and the 
seeds of total destruction are already planted in the 
Llama city. Whither thou goest we, too, will follow. 
Peace be thy portion!*' said the high-priest in adieu. 

It would not have been a very difficult journey down 
the singularly even plateau stretching from the Colorado 
to Anahuac, had it not been for the dread scourge of 
waters flooding the plains and settling in the deep cup 



330 YERMAH THE DORADO 

pow known as Tezcuco Lake. Nature's tropic prodigal- 
ity had done much to hide the ugly scars earned in a life 
and- death struggle between the raging waterways and 
still smoking mountain peaks muttering curses to the 
clouds. It looked as if the earth in trembling fright had 
shaken everything down, ready for the receding waves to 
wash into the sea. 

Forty long, weary days the little party pushed ahead. 
Cibolo, the gallant, was as resolute and brave as any man 
among them; but even the eagles seemed to lose their 
bearings occasionally, and then Yermah called aloud to 
Akaza. 

*' Make me to know thy wishes. Humbly and obedi- 
ently will I follow them." 

Instantly Cibolo' s ears would go forward, and with a 
start he would shy at a dim, hazy outline directly in front 
of him. First it took the form of Akaza, then gradually 
changed into the beatific countenance of Keroecia. In 
the beginning only Yermah could discern them, but 
before the journey was over every member of the party 
saw and recognized them. 

**Thou art under divine guidance," they said to Yer- 
mah, and held him in higher esteem than ever. 

On the last day the eagles circled in the air, screaming 
uneasily, and refusing to go forward. 

* ' We must be near the place, ' ' they said 'to each other 
in awe-stricken whispers. 

* * Dost thou not see the rock and the flowering cactus ? ' ' 

** One eagle sits and the other circles " 

*' O thou seen and unseen powers! search our hearts, 
that thou mayst know all our gratitude," cried the 
Dorado, falling to his knees, and then prostrating himself 
on the ground, an act which was quickly imitated by his 
comrades. 

*'I am Gautama," said a voice. And when Yermah 
looked up, a man old as Akaza stood making the hiero- 
phant sign of blessing over him. *'Rise and receive 
from me word from thy beloved teacher. Fear me not; 
these hands have guided thy puny baby footsteps, and 
now thou must lend thy strength to me. We have some 
days yet before thou art at rest. ' ' 



YERMAH THE DORADO 331 

They were near the ancient site of Tenochtitlan,* then 
a dreary waste of water, with its first city ingulfed, but 
to have rebirth again and again until the present time. 
Gautama was accompanied by two of the Brotherhood 
and some tamanes, amply provided with food and fresh 
raiment, which they gave to the travelers. 

**Thou art the last admitted, and art the youngest 
initiate," Gautama said to Yermah later. '* But thine is 
a special mission. When once in Cholula, I will tell 
thee all. Thou art anxiously awaited." 

They went into camp for the rest of the day, but re- 
sumed travel shortly after sunrise the next morning. 

The holy city of Cholula did not exist in those days. 
There was nothing on the plain but the splendid ' ' Me- 
mento for Generations," built by the men of Atlantis, 
whose descendants were gathered into the hungry maw 
of the sea. It is twice the length of the Pyramid of 
Cheops, but not nearly so high. A long circular stair- 
way led to its top, an acre in surface, supporting a teo- 
calli, which was the. last temple of the Brotherhood of 
the White Star built in America. Nothing could be 
more grand than the view from the top of this pyramid. 
Toward the west stretches the bold barrier of porphy- 
ritic rock which nature has reared around the valley of 
Mexico, with huge Popocatapetl and Iztaccthualt stand- 
ing like two colossal sentinels guarding the entrance to 
the enchanted regions. In Mexican cosmogony, one is 
masculine and the other feminine, and they bore the same 
relation in later times that Las Papas did to Tlamco. 
Locally, they were the breasts, while the pyramid was the 
navel of the Cosmic Virgin. The Omphalos of the 
Greeks, the Mecca of the Mahometans, and the Tez- 
cuco of the Aztecs had the same meaning. Also the 
beautiful myth of Alcyone, the dimmest star in the 
Pleiades, who lost luster because of her love for a mortal. 
The Arabic word "Alcyone" means the center, or cone, 
the spiritual apex around which the sun and all the 
sidereal galaxy are circling. In a material sense, the 
sun is the navel of the world; esoterically, Alcoyne is. 

* City of Mexico. 



332 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The word ** pyramid ** means a place of fire, while Palai, 
or Pele, of the Hawaiians, is the spirit of the volcano 
center, or precipice of fire, as a pyramid was often called. 

The two mountains, or breasts, were twenty thousand 
and nineteen thousand Egyptian feet above the level of 
the sea. They were the Adam Kadmon and Eve of the 
Kabalists; namely, the masculine potency and the fem- 
inine passivity of all which is generated in nature, giving 
all things their proportion. Acting on this principle, the 
ancient sculptors down to and including Phidias, fixed 
the respective heights of man and woman as twenty and 
nineteen palms of one-third of a foot each, up to the 
organs of causality and comparison, at the roots of the 
hair on the forehead. Comparison with causality on each 
side is the psychometric eye - the Cyclopean third eye, 
scouted by the would-be wise. Comparison is feminine; 
causality is masculine. The union of these forms the 
true vision of the soul, which, developed to its fullest 
capacity, gives that mysterious faculty of psychic percep- 
tion, comparison, and deduction beyond the intellectual 
comprehension of ordinary men, and marks the adept. 

It was this transcendent power which the Pyramid of 
Cholula, built to the east of these two volcanoes, symbol- 
ized. Farther in the same direction lies Orizaba, corre- 
lated to the macrocosm, of which the Pyramid of Cholula 
was the microcosm. Orizaba equals the height of Popo- 
catapetl, signifying that the adept manifesting energy on 
the subjective plane is equal in function to the Cosmic 
Mind. In this capacity the initiate is Quetzcoatl, who, 
like Osiris, Krishna, etc., was black — that is, the unknow- 
able and mysterious in God. This is why Quetzcoatl is 
always shown with a black face, although he was called 
the Fair God. He belonged to the white race, and was 
the Aztec Yermah. 

The antediluvians, the men who invented architecture, 
used the human form, the pyramid, the pentagram, and 
the interlaced triangles as a basis of measure and form. 
The pyramid and pentagram denoted the cone, or center, 
of sacred fire; the interlaced triangles were the balance 
of spirit and matter; while the obelisk was intended to 
show the purified nature of man. The pillar of fire of 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 333 

Jacob was an obelisk. So was Stonehenge, Ellora, the 
Babel towers of Central America, Babylon, and Judea, 
the gigantic ruins over all Tartary and India, and the 
totem-pole of the Eskimo — even the tombstones have the 
same common and grand origin. That the obelisk every- 
where outside of Egypt became a sign of the phallus does 
not alter its primal significance nor militate against it. 

The pyramid was often called the * * Pillar of the 
Cosmos,'' because it is the ideal form of the principle of 
stability, and cannot be assailed by either of the four 
elements. Its tapering form guards it from destruction 
by earthquake, nor can it be overturned; and it is pro- 
bably the only fireproof structure in the world. The 
immense base and weight render it secure from floods; 
nor can the wind get sufficient purchase to do any 
damage. Even the insidious encroachments of Time 
itself are baffled and outwitted by this cunningly con- 
structed pile. It is also a perfect instrument for esti- 
mating the weight of the earth, and is an excellent 
astronomical observatory. In its central chamber, the 
temperature never varies. 

Does any one believe this is the result of chance? 
Will any part of to-day's civilization survive the same 
flight of years? Posterity has no claims on us which 
individualism— the god of the age — will respect; nor 
will it require a cataclysm to destroy the works of to- 
day on any plane. Science and invention make many 
discoveries, but our mental flights fall far short of the 
ancients in the discernment of the basic principles of 
philosophy. In religion we have lost the meaning of the 
simplest symbols, and do not know where to credit the 
principles and precepts we profess to believe and practice. 

Gautama led the travelers on by the west, while far 
away to the east was seen the conical head of Orizaba, 
soaring high into the clouds. Near by was the barren 
though beautifully shaped Malinche Sierra, casting broad 
shadows over the plains of Tlaxcala. At their feet lay the 
Pyramid of Cholula, reposing in gardens in the fairest por- 
tion of the plateau of Puebla. 

**Thou seest but a remnant of former glory," said 
Gautama. ** We, too, have bowed to the chastening rod. 



334 YERMAH THE DORADO v 

Only such as climbed the long flight of steps to the top 
of the pillar escaped destruction. Thou, too, art able to 
bear witness ? ' ' 

It was like probing an old wound, but Yermah an- 
swered bravely: — 

** The lash found my tender parts, but I am learning to 
be content. ' ' 

** It is to assist thee in this endeavor that I am come. 
When once thou art ascended to the teocalli heights, 
thou mayst not again return until thou art fully prepared. 
Thy next labor is to quash doubtful inspiration. Thou 
art still leaning on thy earth loves, when thou art com- 
manded to have but one ideal " 

*' I stand face to face with inner consciousness, and hear 
the still small voice." 

** He hears the bells, but he does not know where they 
hang, ' ' said the priests of the Brotherhood, smiling at each 
other. 

** Seclusion in rarefied atmosphere, where the whole 
basin of the earth has been purified, will give peace be- 
yond thy present capacity for understanding," returned 
Gautama. 

* ' Thy will be done ! ' ' responded Yermah. 

''Thou art a doer of penance, and must be able to say 
literally, 'Thy will be done! ' " 

They were nearing the pyramid, where they were met 
by a delegation of priests, who crowned them with gar- 
lands, and conducted them up the first flight of steps. On 
the truncated face of the terrace was the inscription: — 

BEFORE THE LIGHT WAS OBSCURED 

THIS MEMENTO FOR GENERATIONS 

WAS BUILT BY SERPENT KINGS: 

THEY WERE SCATTERED OVER THE EARTH 

TO CARRY TRUTH AND WISDOM: 

THEY WILL COME AGAIN 

TO RECEIVE THE TREASURES 

HIDDEN IN MY BOWELS: 

ALL MEN WILL SPEAK AND HEAR 

THE I AM I 



YERMAH THE DORADO 335 

Here they were given refreshments and allowed to rest, 
but reached the top in time to see the sunset. 

Esoterically, the sun is the great Archangel Michael, 
who defeats Satan, Saturn, or Time. He tramples the 
serpent head of matter and guards the Way to Immortal- 
ity with tongues like flaming swords. 

Next morning Yermah called his little band of faithful 
adherents together, and told them that he had received 
Akaza's final commands. 

**It imposes upon me seclusion in this spot. There is 
work for me here,'' he said, with an odd smile. *'The 
temple requires a central spire, and I shall build and cover 
it with pure gold. Go thou all to the valley, and make thy 
life apart from me. I love thee well and need thee sadly, 
but even this feeling must be merged into the universal.'' 

** What wilt thou have me do?" asked Hanabusa. 

* ' Go thou and build a balsa capable of riding the storm 
and stress of an angry sea. In twenty lunations more 
thou must be prepared to go voyaging with me. ' ' 

** To what task dost thou appoint me ? " It was Ben 
Hu Barabe who spoke. 

**Go thou amongst thy fellows and teach them the arts 
of peace. Show them how to coax back fertility to the 
denuded soil, and build up civil power, until I call thee." 

* * Hast thou no thought of me ? ' ' asked Ildiko. 

* * The Brotherhood will guard thee until such time as a 
new Temple of Venus shall arise on this fair plain. Seek 
thou knowledge diligently, that thou mayst be able to 
teach the virgins committed to thy care. When thou art 
separated from thy beloved Alcyesta, thou wilt be con- 
ducted to a refuge in this teocalli, where other women are 
waiting to return to their homes." 

Seeing that she made a brave effort to keep back tears, 
he added gently ; — 

' ' Be not downcast. The first days of loneliness will 
find me near thee. Shouldst thou need, call, and I will 
come straightway." 

To Alcyesta he said, covering her hand with both his 
own, and holding it close to his breast: — 

''Promise if thine unborn shall be of thy sex, thou wilt 
name her Keroecia?" 



336 YERMAH THE DORADO 

*' I promise," she said, **and if it should be a son, wilt 
thou give him thy name ? ' ' 

* ' I will be to thy son what Akaza was to me, but thou 
must call him Gautamozin. In after years he will under- 
stand the significance of this command/* 



YERMAH THE DORADO 337 



CHAPTER XXVII 

THEY followed his bidding, and for one year he was a 
recluse, giving himself up to solitary meditation, save 
when Gautama came to converse with him. In that time 
he developed rectitude of judgment, correct appreciation, 
breadth of view, and all-roundness of perception, habitu- 
ally associated with a well-balanced mind. He had 
marvelous sensibility, an exquisite capacity for feeling, 
vibrating to and stirred by the faintest touch, remaining 
steadfast in his purpose, because he saw things in their 
proper proportion and estimated them at their real value. 
Possessed of discrimination, he perceived the relative 
permanency of all that had befallen him. Measuring all 
by the standard of the Eternal, he was not swept out of 
equilibrium by any temporary or illusive appearance. ' 

Exaggeration, over-coloring, all that savored of unreal- 
ity or falsehood, was absolutely foreign to his nature. He 
was no cold abstraction, too self-absorbed to think and 
feel deeply, but was strong in the love that gives, equally 
joyful though he who received knows not the source, or 
repaid with injury or scorn. This quality showed itself 
in many ways. In quick and ready sympathy, in alert- 
ness to see and watchfulness to note the needs of the hour. 
In the constant, instinctive attitude of mind which spon- 
taneously saw and felt every opportunity to give, whether 
service or sympathy, silence or speech, presence or 
absence, — in short, utter forgetfulness of self 

When he began to mingle freely with the Brotherhood, 
it was astonishing how quickly he was made aware of all 
that was transpiring, not only in the pueblo of Cholula, 
but also among outside colonies. There was never a day 
when some pligrim did not climb the zigzag stairways to 



r 

338 YERMAH THE DORADO 

see and receive advice from him. No attention was paid 
to their comings and goings, and it was not thought 
peculiar when a stranger approached and asked for him. 

** Cezardis, why hast thou left Tlamco? '' asked Yermah 
in surprise, as he embraced his visitor. 

**I am come to request thee to return. Thou hast 
many devoted friends there who mourn thy absence.*' 

** Is not Setos master of the councilmen ? '' 

*' Yes; and he has most grievously taxed and outraged 
the Azes.'* 

** I am not surprised,*' said Yermah calmly. ** He is 
by nature fiery and imperious, combative and bloodthirsty. 
The restraining influence of Saturn held him in check for 
a while, but now it will add malefic tendencies.'* 

** Of late, he has been trying to bring about chemical 
affinities, investigating secret laws, and dabbling in the 
knowledge forbidden an earthy mortal. He overeats, 
and sends in haste for a shaman and priest, while all 
Tlamco waits; for he will allow no business transacted 
when he is sick. Fully half our time is spent in the 
temples praying for him. We have no choice, as he is the 
self-appointed guardian of our morals, and compels attend- 
ance. ' ' 

Cezardis* s words, looks, and actions betrayed his 
feelings. 

** How about Imos ? ** 

** Because he allowed Setos to espouse Oahspe the 
vestal, he is given unlimited power, which he uses to 
advance his own interests.** 

* * Dost thou say Setos has another wife ? ' I gave him 
Rahula.** 

*' So thou didst. But she has borne him no heir; and 
on this pretext, Setos has two instead of one wife, and 
makes it lawful for any man to do the same. * * 

** Poor hot-tempered Rahula! How does she bear the 
new affliction ? * * 

** She has obliterated her own individuality until she 
is a mere echo whom Setos values no more than mats 
under his feet. ' ' 

Yermah sent Cezardis away for rest and refreshment 
before giving an answer, when he was again urged to 






YERMAH THE DORADO 339 

return to Tlamco. As soon as he was alone his mind 
reverted to its normal condition, and he was entirely dis- 
passionate in his reply. 

*'I cannot comply with thy wishes, Cezardis," he said. 
* * Not that I dread the conflict inevitable with the over- 
throw of Setos. I have another and more difficult battle 
to fight.*' 

' * I have made oath not to return without thee, and I 
will not. The whole country is preparing to follow thee 
south, and thou art the only one capable of holding them 
back.'* 

** Nothing can stay the exodus. It is the breaking up 
of old lines. A new dispensation is beginning, and the 
present order must pass forever.'* 

* ' Wilt thou let me serve thee ? I would have come 
with thee in the beginning, had I known." 

He was aware that Yermah could not refuse to accept 
his offer. It was an immemorial custom for one man to 
voluntarily serve another, and the servant's was the hon- 
ored position. The Dorado smiled as he said: — 

* * Thou wilt be the last to make this offer. The genera- 
tions following will reverse our beliefs and practices. Go 
thou to Ben Hu Barabe, and tell him to give Hanabusa 
leave to stcJtk his balsa with food and raiment for five 
men. See to it that there is plenty, for thou art of the 
company." 

Yermah worked incessantly for several days making a 
llama of silver, as an emblem of suffering innocence. Its 
belly was a golden sunburst, and it was seated upon the 
back of an eagle, rescuing a rabbit from the fangs of a 
serpent, representing the unequal conflict between good 
and evil, but the serpent being obliged to give up its 
prey, showed that good finally triumphed. There were 
eight altars in the temple; and at sunset on the last day 
of his stay he placed the llama on the one facing the east. 
Simultaneously with this act Gautama headed a proces- 
sion at the base of the pyramid, which slowly climbed to 
the top. They performed a sacrifice on each of the four 
terraces, and did not reach the temple until midnight. 
Yermah was alone in the great, dark structure, intently 
watching the constellation of the Pleiades. As Alcyone 



340 YERMAH THE DORADO 

approached the zenith, he sprang forward with a glad cry, 
and vigorously swinging a copper hammer, made the 
sparks fly from a granite block. The venerable Gautama 
held the cotton, and carefully nursed the sparks into a 
blaze. As the light streamed up toward the heavens, 
shouts of joy and triumph burst forth — for once more the 
children of men received a direct ray from the spiritual 
sun. 

Carriers with torches lighted at the blazing beacon ran 
in every direction, carrying the cheering element to every 
part of the country. Long before sunrise it was brighten- 
ing the altars and hearthstones everywhere. Yermah 
sent up orisons from the eastern altar, and then took an 
affectionate farewell of the priests in attendance, but be- 
fore beginning to descend he gazed long at the matchless 
scenery below. Soft spring verdure lay everywhere, and 
he drew courage and inspiration from the fact that the 
lowlier forms of creation neither sulked nor held back 
because the elements had been remorselessly cruel to 
them. Wherever there was enough soil to support plant 
life, flowers and grasses put forth, and all nature was 
making a brave effort to swing back into harmony. Gau- 
tama walked with him, and so did an unseen host led by 
Akaza and Keroecia. The Dorado wore all the insignia 
of his office. He had a cloth-of-gold robe, and a pale 
violet mantle. On his head was a liberty cap of the same 
color, crested with jewels. There were jeweled sandals 
upon his feet, and he was equipped with sword and 
shield, but carried a caduceus of silver running through a 
circle, which was a gold serpent with its tail in its mouth. 

At the foot of the pyramid he found Alcyesta and her 
infant son waiting for his blessing. Beside her was 
Ildiko, in the white robes of a high -priestess, surrounded 
by the few vestals possible to the devoted remnant. Ben 
Hu Barabe, Hanabusa, and Cezardis were ready to 
accompany him. 

Taking a handful of salt and holding the baby up to 
the sun with the left hand, he cried : — 

** By right of initiation, I name thee Gautamozin, and 
by the power of adeptship endow thee with Brotherhood 
inheritance. Thou shalt have a long line; but the last 



VERMAH THE DORADO 341 

of thy name shall be as I am, a sacrifice to another order 
of being. ' ' 

As he ceased speaking, he sprinkled salt over the 
child's face, and at this juncture a tamane approached 
leading Cibolo. With his disengaged arm Yermah drew 
the horse's head down until his nose touched the baby's 
soft cheek, and when he had tasted a morsel of the salt, 
his master laid his face close to the horse's jaw, and said 
softly: — 

*'Thou wilt be a good and faithful friend to Gauta- 
mozin, as thou hast been to me? Thine shall be a name 
to conjure with, as thy love and obedience has been 
worthy of example. Farewell, my comrade! Thy days 
shall be as the sunny hours." 

From his breast he drew out the little locket containing 
Keroecia's ring. Taking Alcyesta's hand, he silently 
slipped it on her finger, while unchecked tears coursed 
down her cheeks. Turning to Ildiko, he handed her the 
locket. Facing them all, he said: — 

" Be of good cheer! A long era of peace and pros- 
perity is for thee and thine. Thou art saved from the 
floods for a divine purpose. Let this knowledge be thy 
secret refuge, lest thou be tempted to depart from the 
way." 

At the water s edge he embraced and blessed each one. 

** Grieve not for me. In the fullness of time I will 
come again. ' ' 

The young men went out on flower-laden rafts, with 
him, and cast gold and emeralds into the sea in his 
honor. The stone of promise signified renewal after the 
cataclysm, and he was El Dorado, the *' golden -hearted." 
The men on the raft strained their vision to catch a last 
glimpse of the balsa, as it was known that he was going 
away for purification, and they believed implicitly that he 
would come again. It was not long before the people 
on shore began the weary watch for his return, which 
makes Cortez's conquest of later days so pathetic and 
pitiful. The heart aches with the memory of Cholula 
sacked and burned by the treachery and cruelty of the 
Conquistadors, after its inhabitants had sent Cortez a 
helmet filled with gold nuggets, because they saw with 



342 VERM AH THE DORADO 

surprise that he whom they mistook for their Fair God, 
valued this metal. The gold itself, thrown up in the 
days of the earth agony, lay untouched for centuries, 
but every precept of the ' * golden one ' ' * was cherished 
as priceless gifts over all the Americas. They had differ- 
ent local versions of him, where they built pyramids and 
teocallis in his honor, sculptured his sayings in enduring 
granite, repeated his exploits in poetry and song, until 
finally his name and fame excited the cupidity of the 
European adventurers who sought the Golden Fleece in 
crusades and voyages of discovery. The American ver- 
sion of the Argonauts' expedition for the golden apples, 
under Columbus, began in violence and ended in crime. 
Greed nerved the secular arm, while thirst for temporal 
power inflamed the bigots, and allayed the wrath of the 
Inquisition. All that saved Pizarro the Infamous was 
his promise to convert the heathen. Otherwise, his would 
have been the work of the Devil! Converting the 
heathen is a favorite pretext with Christian freebooters; 
so it is no wonder that the brigands swarmed into 
Bogota, when they heard of the Priest of the Sun, who 
went about covered with powdered gold. Tradition had 
it that he anointed himself every morning with fragrant 
gum, which fixed and held the metal until he was like a 
solid statue. One shudders to think what the result 
would have been had they found him. Father Oveido f 
says naively: '*I do not believe that any of those who 
took part in this expedition would have taken so much 
trouble to get into Paradise.'' 

But the search for the fabled El Dorado did not end 
here. Like a veritable will-o'-the-wisp, it led some into 
the fever-infested swamps of the Orinoco, in South 
America,! and finally induced Coronado to push north- 
ward into California, after he had nearly perished in the 

* All the heroes and ideal men of primitive times were sun-gods. Buddha 
was the shining one, Zoroaster {zoe, light; find aster, star) was called the glit- 
tering one. The Son of Man came clothed in the glory of the sun When the 
padres attempted to t<each the natives of America the story of Jesus, they 
exclaimed. " El Dorado ! " Such at least is the Spanish translation of what they 
called their own spiritual leader. 

t History of the Conquest of Mexico. 

X The real El Dorado is a lodge of adepts living on one of the highest peaks 
of the Andes. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 343 

desert sands of the Colorado. He pounced down upon 
the Zuni pueblo, and tried hard to persuade himself that 
he had found the land of Quivira, though he vainly tried 
to locate the seven cities of Cibolo. For this failure, 
Pizarro recalled him in disgrace. The more illusive the 
El Dorado, the more men tried to find it. Half of them 
did not know whether it was a man, a city, or a fabulous 
country — nor did they care. All the variants of the 
myth said that there were immense quantities of gold 
wherever it was; and they passed the seven cities of 
Cibolo, Mayapan, Palenque, Uxmal, Chiken Itza, Cholula, 
Tenochtitlan, and Tlamco, with never a thought of their 
hidden wealth of learning. Tlamco was the red ruin, the 
Chichiltic (calli) so often heard of — **the red houses'* 
of the Spanish romances, just as the magic words El 
Dorado attracted another band of gold -seekers, who have 
made the name and the country their very own. In their 
wake are the forerunners of the men and women who 
will make California * a great center of occult knowledge 
— the alchemical gold, corresponding to her mineral 
wealth. 

**The land! the land! O my beloved country! how 
art thou humbled by misfortune! I know not thy deso- 
late bosom ! ' ' cried Yermah, springing ashore upon the 
island of Teneriffe, the mountain peak of Poseidon's 
kingdom, his lost Atlantis. **I kiss thy blackened and 
charred face! Thou mother of the white race! thou 
source of all learning! grant that thy dependencies may 
not forget and deny thee." 

Gautama, too, had prostrated himself, while a stifled, 
smothered feeling kept him silent. For a time Yermah 
forgot that the three bronzed men who stood looking at 
the shepherds gathered about the shore, were not Atlan- 
tians. It seemed doubtful what kind of reception they 
were to receive, until Yermah called to the natives in their 
own tongue. 

* Esoteric students eveiywhere understand that California is one of the occult 
eyes of the world, because it still retains the majijnelisni of prehistoric times, 
never having been visited by the ice aces or flood, and only in recent geologic 
reckoning being partially purtfied by fire. Its Sanscrit name is /Ta/i (time) and 
puma (fulfillment). 



344 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Our Dorado! Come to us out of the sea!*' they 
shouted ahnost beside themselves with joy. **0 thou 
blessed one! dost thou see the scourge laid upon us? Thy 
father, Poseidon, and all thy countrymen, save us poor 
Guanches, are perished. Evil days have fallen on Majo- 
rata. Dost thou not see the new mountain choking and 
filling her wide-open mouth ? Tell us how thou art come. ' ' 

* ' Thy servant brother, Hanabusa, skilled in sailcraft, is 
my deliverer." 

"The sun and stars lent countenance to our venture,'* 
said he, "save when obscured by a passing shadow. 
Then the corposant ran in balls and spirals from sheet to 
sheet, and we could not fail." 

"I am of theMonbas," said Ben Hu Barabe, "far to 
the west, and am brother to thee in sorrow. The de- 
structive power of the Divine took all my people." 

"And I am of the Mazamas," said Cezardis, coming 
forward. * * My country lies under sheets of ice mountains 
high, and no living thing is there." 

"Misfortune is known in the land of Mexi, whence I 
come," said Gautama. "Flood and fire hidden in the 
earth made us tremble for days lest we should all perish. ' ' 

"The Azes, too, " Hanabusa was not allowed to 

finish his sentence. 

"Thou art of our blood!" exclaimed the Guanches in 
a breath. ' * Never again shalt thou depart from us. Thou 
wert with the Dorado ? ' ' 

"From the beginning," he answered. 

These Guanches were great, splendid specimens of 
manhood, the remote forefathers of the warriors who, five 
hundred years ago, held their European conquerors at 
biy for more than a hundred years — never more than a 
h mdful of men at any time. First the fierce and ruthless 
Normans, then the Portuguese, and lastly Spain, laid a 
destroying hand on the brave Guanches; and now there 
is but Htde more than their goats left of the surviving 
Atlantians. These animals are of a Vandyke brown, with 
long, twisted horns, venerable beards, and hair lengthen- 
ing almost to a lion's mane. 

Teneriffe was the Island of the Blessed of the Hindus, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 345 

the Elysian Fields of the Greel^s, and the Tlapallapan of 
the Aztecs. The Greeks had their Hermes; the Norse- 
men, Ymer; the Egyptians, Kema; all words correlated 
to and having the same significance as Yermah,* which 
means the Divine Germ incarnate. As El Dorado, his love 
nature was typified, but he transmuted passion and became 
a god among men. He was Votan to the Quiches, Wodin 
to the Tuetons, and Odin to the Scandinavians. To the 
Mayas he was Kukulcan; and to the Peruvians he was 
Manco-capac, — all types of the same character, and 
emanations from the same civilizing source. 

The next morning the Guanches made a part of the 
company which gave escort to Yermah, as he essayed 
climbing the still smoking peak. After they passed the 
line of vegetation there was naught to be seen save a sea 
of red rocks and thirsty yellow pumice. The scorching 
sun and blue, unvaried sky condemned everything far 
and near to barrenness and desolation forever. Climbing 
higher, there was no solid rock, no soft earth — nothing 
but black stones, piled one upon the other so loosely that 
under the crenellated edge of the sky-line were frequent 
glimpses of daylight. It was not necessary for the 
Guanches to explain that a marvelous bombardment of 
the heavens had but recently taken place; that the 
wrenching and heaving when the crater of eruption was 
active had cracked the cooling and hardening surface 
repeatedly, sending masses of cinders and stones rattling 
down only to be caught and piled one over another 
fathoms deep. The granular lava had crystals of white 
felspar mixed up in it, like chopped straw, which were 
formed into spherical shells, veined, curved, and frothy. 
Under the varying effects of pressure, the still pasty mass 
was rolling, falling, and crystallizing in grotesque cascades. 

In some places the trade-winds had hardened them into 
wild, dreamlike faces, while some were the pictures of 
contending beasts. Yermah could hear them grinding 
and crushing in low snarls and growls as they rolled heav- 

♦Yermo and Yermina are diminutives and corruptions ot Guillermo, the 
Spanish for William, and are in common use among the natives of Mexico and 
the neighboring states. 



346 YERMAH THE DORADO 

ily downward. Many times these writhing and twisting 
forms threatened to remain forever suspended in midair. 
The Dorado imagined that he recognized some of the 
effigies, and was made dizzy and seasick by their ceaseless 
progression in a community of pain. How inexpressibly 
varied were the colors, bathed in the brilliant light of a 
vertical tropical sun, undimmed by impurities of the lower 
atmosphere ! 

The tired and thirsty party halted at the Guajara 
Springs near the spectral Lunar Rocks of the Canadas, 
standing like white teeth newly cast from a granite mouth 
opened wide enough to admit a tongue of lava thousands 
of feet higher in air. These grayish white spikes line the 
" Road of the Guanche Kings,'' where the crater of ele- 
vation sticks out its ragged and torn lips, eternal witnesses 
to one of nature's most stupendous debauches. 

Yermah groaned in spirit as he looked across the dreary 
waste, and he mourned unfeignedly for his lost people. It 
seemed to need this grand, harmonious outburst of unseen 
forces to give voice to the wild and passionate utterances 
seeking vent in his heart. . . . Nature speaks to each 
soul alone, and no mortal may interfere with the com- 
munion. 

In taking a tender farewell of his comrades, Yermah 
appointed the life work of each loyal heart; nor had he 
the least doubt of their faithful obedience. 

* * Go thou to Memphis, Gautama, and tell them the task 
is finished." 

'^Mayst thou be eternally at one with the Divine!" 

**And thou, Cezardis, journey on beyond Memphis, 
until thou art come to Ilassa. Find Kadmon, and tell 
him all is well. ' ' 

"And thou, Yermah, wilt thou not come with me?" 
asked Ben Hu Barabe. 

" No; thou must teach Gautamozin in my stead. He 
will learn truth from the Brotherhood. Farewell, beloved ! 
I will return, but not now." 

"Thou art come to thine own, Hanabusa," he con- 
tinued. " Stay thou here with the despoiled." 

He kissed each one on their brows and cheeks, mumur- 
ing affectionate words of encouragement and farewell. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 347 

** Go now to the sea level. I am come to the end of 
my journey, and would fain be alone. ' ' 

It was difficult for him to persuade the Guanches to 
leave him. 

* * Thou wilt see me again, " he promised, ' * but at 
another time.'' 

They turned again and again, kissing their hands to 
him as long as he was in sight. 

Weary and exhausted, he slept soundly until the first 
faint streak of dawn sat down in the lowest place on the 
horizon, while a long glade of zodiacal light shot up 
amongst the stars of Orion and Taurus. Yermah knew 
how to interpret this heavenly sign. Gradually a reddish 
hue appeared, and as soon as the lonely watcher compre- 
hended its meaning the zodiacal light faded, and golden 
yellow gradually overcame and drove out the red tinge, 
now grown to Vermillion. The cold region of gray at its 
upper limit blushed a rosy pink as the first point of the 
solar disc leaped from behind a horizon of ocean and 
clouds.* 

The Dorado performed ablutions with marked care, 
dressed himself in fresh white linen, and before the sun 
was an hour old was picking his way to the higher regions. 
In the wild malpais world around him there was not a 
precipice, nor flat, nor patch of smooth or soft surface — 
not a plant, not a bird, not even an insect. Finally a 
bright spot of fire appeared in the malpais, then a length- 
ening red and smoking line, widening and growing deeper 
as it flowed down the mountain side. Nothing but the 
extreme high altitude made the heat bearable. Occasion- 
ally a fresh tongue of fire shot up from the fountain 
head, and the whole mass of fluid lava and scoria felt the 
impulse. Alternate cascades of fire and dross thundered 
precipitately against the lower slopes. 

The tense and elastic vapors in their struggles for free- 
dom here made one collective heave to gain the light of 
day, as the Island of Atlantis slowly settled down on the 
bed of the ocean, and the crater of eruption came up like 
a huge lava bubble. During this process the cold atmo- 
sphere did effective work on the outside. The mass was 

* Chas. Piazzl Smyth, at Teueriffe. 



348 YiiRMAH THE DORADO 

hidebound with hardening stone; but the violence of the 
heated gases made a grievous rent in the wrinkled coating, 
thus causing the mountain to shake as with ague. Finally 
the internal pressure being too great, the massive shell 
was shattered into a thousand pieces. Not once, but 
many times, has this battle between heated gases and cold 
air taken place in the years since then, as the extinct 
craters amply testify, before the pent-up, unruly spirits of 
the mountain finally escaped. 

Prior to reaching his destination, Yermah discovered a 
lava figure resembling Keroecia, kneeling with her hands 
joined in prayer, and appearing to have a heavy mantle 
thrown over her shoulders. This effigy is still one of the 
many fantastic shapes pointing the way to the Ice Cavern 
— that wondrous sepulcher of the Dorado. It was not 
then an ice-cold spring banked with snow, in the midst 
of desolation, but was a vent where three conical mouths 
of the volcano flared open from different quarters, and 
hardened there in a dome-shaped elevation. Lying to 
the south is a particularly large mass of scoria turned 
upside down, which has been used from time immemorial 
by the Guanches as a place to pack and make up their 
parcels of cavern snow before venturing to carry it under 
a vertical sun, thirty miles to the capital below. 

It was nightfall when Yermah reached this spot, where 
he found the pentagram mentioned in Akaza's will. 
Nature had made it for him of whitish felspar on the 
western side of the scoria table. Certain that he had 
been guided aright, he sat down to await the appearance 
of Venus in the eastern horizon. Astronomers call it 
lateral refraction when a star oscillates and makes images 
in the heated atmosphere; but to Yermah it had a dif- 
ferent significance. He first saw Venus seven degrees 
high, apparently motionless. The planet oscillated up 
and down, then horizontally, outlining a Maltese cross — 
the primordial sign of matter.* Finally, it rose perpen- 
dicularly, descended sideways at an angle, and returned 
to the spot whence it started, completing a triangle — 
the universal emblem of spirit. 

* Yon Humboldt, at Teneriflfe. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 349 

While he sat on the rock lost in reverie, the sub-con- 
scious man made its final peace with cosmic law. His 
entire life passed before him in successive events when he 
knew that here was the end; but with this realization he 
leaned confidently upon the Divine. Under the impulse 
of utter helplessness, he arose and kissed his hand rever- 
ently to the evening star — a practice taught him in the 
nursery. As a child it was his first act of adoration 
before his tongue learned to fashion appropriate speech 
or his mind to comprehend veneration. In this supreme 
moment, he turned back to that time insistently. 

Finally he knelt, and lifting up his arms as if to em- 
brace a heavenly ray, kissed the air as if it were the 
raiment of God. Turning his face up to the sky, he 
closed his eyes in silent prayer. Rising, he approached 
the mouth of the crater or cavern, which faces north. 
He could hear the angry, hissing roar of subterranean 
fires, and the scorching flames licked out at him as he 
fed them his belongings one by one. But a short time 
previous he had passed his thirty-third birthday, and 
now stood ready for self-immolation in the prime and 
glory of vigorous manhood. He had the illumined face 
of a saint, and was uplifted by that spirit which sustained 
martyrs in the after years. Even his fair young body 
seemed to be spiritualized. 

**0 Thou Ineffable One! Thou Spirit of Fire! Take 
that which is thine! Lap thy purifying tongue about 
me, and leave no dross! " 

The desolation about him was the veritable home of 
black despair. Of what use was it to cry out to the 
deadly calm of the rarefied air, whose appalling stillness 
crushed and strangled the physical until his body was 
hateful to him. Coming nearer he looked down into the 
white heat of the pink-throated cavern. 

**0 thou Sacred Fire! thy kiss was welcome to her 
sweet lips! Feast thou on mine! " 

With the fervor of an enthusiast, he rushed forward 
over the ragged malpais impeding his way, and flung 
himself headlong into the chasm. 

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** May all who thus invert good be compelled to die 
head downward!" said Imos solemnly, as the trap-door 
closed, and the executioners stood facing each other 
blankly. 

Three hours later the soldiers and sailors cut the body 
down, and transferred it in a sitting position to a basket 
made of cane. Great care was taken to preserve a 
semblance of lifelike proportions in the outlines of the 
basket, to enable his spirit to manifest easily at some 
future time. Four lusty tamanes shouldered the basket, 
and the little procession filed out of the temple inclos- 
ure. Men, women, and children turned their backs as it 
passed, and there was no one to receive the body when it 
was delivered to the priest at the judgment hall of 
Hirach. Early next morning Imos announced in the 
Temple of the Sun that Alcamayn*s body had been 
refused burial. Then the citizens went to the hall, and 
carried the remains down to Land's End, near Point 
Lobos; and when the strongest ebb tide was at its full, 
they cast it into the sea. At this point the current runs 
at the rate of from three to four knots an hour, and they 
knew that when once washed out to the north, the body 
could never return again to Golden Gate Bay. The 
continuous barkings and roarings of the now extinct sea- 
cows which congregated on the rocks in that vicinity 
were supposed by the populace to be the wails and 
lamentations of the unfortunate dead whose bodies had 
been literally condemned as food for the fishes. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 297 



CHAPTER XXIV 

THE Azes believed that every part of a man's body had 
a counterpart in the world of matter. At the moment 
of dissolution the individual ego was thought to be re- 
united to the Absolute, if Will, which is the real body of 
the ego, or spirit, is free from Desire. If bound by these 
ties, it must reincarnate again, and it is possible to sink so 
low in the scale that the life principle will contact the 
animal kingdom. They did not practice cremation of 
the dead, because they did not think it right to skip all 
of the intervening purgations, or reincarnations, by pro- 
jecting the ego back into the Absolute at once. They 
embalmed their honored dead and mummified their 
bodies, in order that the individuality might be preserved, 
so that in the next incarnation memory might function on 
the physical plane. 

There are excellent examples of this practice found in 
the catacombs, where the Egyptian descendants of Atlantis 
employed the same burial rites. Their so-called ' ' Book 
of the Dead" pertains entirely to initiation, or the finding 
of the Perfect Way in this life; and the well-known por- 
tions of it found with mummies are simply certificates of 
initiation. 

It is a curious fact in psychology that, so long as the 
physical body is preserved, the astral counterpart cannot 
disintegrate; and as memory is a function of the astral 
man, these Egyptian adepts expect to take up their life 
work again with a full and complete knowledge of the 
past. The negative magnetic laws govern the astral and 
psychic qualities of man, while the positive electric cur- 
rents control the physical. Time and space have no 
influence over the former conditions — facts which were 
well known to primitive civilizations. 




29S YERMAH THE DORADO 

The papakoo, or cemetery, was a terraced range of 
hills, south of Mountain Lake, then called the River of 
Mystery, which still lies between Golden Gate Park and 
the ocean on the north. It is much shrunken in propor- 
tions and depth, though retaining the same oblong outline. 
The hills form a natural divide between the Park and 
Sutro Heights, and then as now jutted into the ocean at 
their northern extremity. 

For six weeks the embalmers were engaged with the 
body of Orondo, and when they had finished, it was com- 
pletely mummified. They put salt on his breast, as an 
emblem of immortality, and a gold gorget around his 
neck, with the inscription: '* O Hidden Being! turn thy 
face toward the body of thy son!^^ The corpse was 
wrapped in fine linen bandelettes, and a Saint Andrew's 
cross of copper was laid over the region of the heart out- 
side the enveloping swathes. 

In the northwestern portion of the city, at the upper 
end of the lake, and nine thousand feet from the center 
of Tlamco, was the Temple of Uranus, where dwelt the 
priesthood who had charge of the dead. This mound had 
a circular earth vallum seven hundred feet in diameter, 
which is one three-hundred-thousandths of the diameter 
of the planet Uranus. It was here that Orondo' s body 
was prepared for burial, and it was from this place that 
the funeral cortege embarked. While it was being rowed 
across the lake, the mourners scattered rushes on its 
smooth surface as a sacrifice and peace-oflfering. Yermah, 
Setos, Imos, and Hanabusa rowed the funeral barge; 
and when it landed at the opposite end, they lifted the 
mummy onto the car standing ready to receive it. All 
that was mortal of Orondo was laid in a bed of aloe, yew, 
cypress, weeping-willow, rosemary, and yellow marigolds, 
while over him was spread the fated mantle given him by 
Yermah. On top of this was the sword, helmet, and 
shield of the deceased. 

A long line of soldiers, with reversed spears, whose 
pennants trailed in the dust, marched before the car up a 
long line of mastodon-headed sphinxes, to the judgment 
hall of Hirach, where the deceased would be tried for the 
deeds done in the body. Four coal-black horses, with 



YERMAH THE DORADO 290 

nodding plumes and silver trappings, drew the car, which 
was attended by six priestesses dressed in white, who 
chanted to the dolorous accompaniment of harps, flutes, 
and lyres: — 

**0 Maker of the material world! Thou Holy One! 
whither shall we bring, where shall we lay, the bodies of 
our dead ? ' ' 

Behind the car came Yermah, Setos, Imos, and Hana- 
busa, followed by civic deputations, priests and priestesses, 
and a great concourse of people. 

The judgment hall stood on the south side of Moun- 
tain Lake, near the Golden Gate, which corresponds to 
the Norse Gingungagap, or the gulf separating the home 
of mortals on the south from Lime Point, or the center 
of spirit, on the north side of the newly made straits. 
The Azes called the rock itself Gharepo. The hall was 
at the exact center of a huge pentagram, the apex of 
which was on the rock Gharepo, the east foot on the 
north peak of Las Papas, and the west in the ocean, near 
the Clifl" House shore. The feet of Hirach were corre- 
lated to those of the pentagram. He was stepping from 
the ocean to the mountain, signifying the evolution of the 
ego from the astral universe into the material world. He 
is the Amen of Revelation, who had **one foot on the 
sea and one on solid land," etc. 

The circle surrounding him described the orbit of Mars, 
which corresponds to the body of Desire. The sixth 
labor crushes this principle, but in so doing opens the 
path for the initiate to measure the proportions of the 
cosmos, and properly adjust them one to the other. Mars 
is the planetary phase of the Red Dragon, the eating of 
whose heart forms the means by which Sigierd, the Norse 
hero, attained wisdom. The heart is triple, emblematic 
of the three cardinal virtues. Will, Aspiration, and Har- 
mony, and their common center, the spirit, or ego, was 
in the middle of the judgment hall. This edifice was 
very like the Temple of Edfou, in Egypt. It was five 
hundred and sixty feet from the obelisks in front to the 
extreme rear. From the center of the holy of holies were 
struck the distances of the four inner planets; hence it 
not only showed the three radii of the earth, but the three 



300 YERMAH THE DORADO 

phases of Hermes, or Wisdom, and the ego in the three 
worlds, which in this instance was the higher personality 
sitting in judgment on the deeds done in the body. The 
relative size of the earth was represented by the tip of the 
devotee's fore-finger as he entered the western door and 
held up his hand in adoration and salutation to the Deity. 

The building was shaped like a cross, and was sur- 
mounted by tall spires. Over the entrance was an 
entablature propped by two lotus capitals. Above this 
was a frieze with the hieroglyphs of Truth, Fire, and 
Light, surrounded by twelve symbolical groups. Between 
the sixth and seventh, a figure knelt and stretched out his 
arms above the two sacred eyes, symbolizing the north 
and south, and alluding to the diurnal motion of the sun, 
which is an implicit promise of resurrection. At the ends 
of the emblematic row was another figure, poising a pair 
of balances. 

In the western arm of the cross was a throne, sur- 
mounted by a canopy representing the Tree of Life. The 
golden fleece hung in the branches, and in the center was 
the lamb immeshed in a nimbus. This corresponds to 
the Agni of the Hindu, the Agnus Dei of the Catholic, the 
Lamb of God of the Bible. 

Seated on the throne was Hirach, a priest from the 
Temple of Neptune, whose face was hidden by a green 
mask. On his head was a tall conical hat made of alter- 
nating stripes of red and green, and the same combination 
of color was observable in his costume. The mantle was 
green, the tunic red, while the arms and legs were covered 
with striped cloth, as he sat with arms crossed over his 
breast. In his right hand was a crook, while in his left 
was a flail. On his breast was a Saint Andrew's cross of 
lead, with the monogram XP, and a trefoil of ivy over 
his brow. Hirach, or Conscious Life, personated the 
higher self of the dead man, and it was his office to weigh 
the thoughts, words, and deeds of Orondo against the 
image of Truth. On each side of him stood a priestess, 
representing the two phases of truth. One held a lily in 
her hand, to show that she stood for truth in action, while 
the other held the quill of an eagle, signifying that she 
was truth in thought itself. They were clothed in trailing 



YERxMAH THE DORADO 301 

white draperies, and their hands were crossed over their 
breasts. The sleeves came only to the elbow, but were 
long and wide, like those worn by Japanese women. Only 
the throat was revealed at the neck, and there was a 
peculiar allegorical girdle around their waists. These 
figures were known as Ma. When we call our mothers 
' * Ma, ' ' we are addressing them as the Principle of Truth 
— a singularly fitting name; since the mother is the literal 
image of truth to the child, until he is old enough to 
discover it by reasoning processes. 

Osiris, the spirit within the earth, draws every soul to 
him with a crook, and repulses it with a flail. 

The ceremony about to be enacted quaintly set forth 
the trials by the law of causation, or experience, under- 
gone by the individual in the process of being drawn into 
and thrown out of earth life. It was an enactment of the 
tragedy within each human heart. 

On a square lectern in front of Hirach was a huge 
parchment scroll, tied with seven seals. By an ingenious 
arrangement, the lectern was also a support for a pair of 
balances. On the left side was a gold vase containing the 
heart of Orondo, which was soon to be weighed against 
a small image of Truth, on the right scale. Between 
Hirach and the altar of offerings sat four intercessors, or 
associate judges, representing the material body, the astral 
body, soul, and spirit. They were dressed in black, gray, 
purple, and green. 

The official mourners, selected from each of the socie- 
ties, and from the army, navy, and priesthood, made 
offerings to the four elements in nature corresponding to 
the four attributes of man. That to earth was a bunch of 
bearded wheat; that to water, a pond-lily; that to air, a 
white dove; while that to fire was a chalice of bergamot 
and benzoin ignited. The fires in the sacred urns in the 
burial service were, used, in order that the god-principle 
present in fire might find the individual body it once 
inhabited. After being consecrated and blessed, the 
oflferings were brought forward by men dressed in blue, 
and laid upon the altar in their proper succession. 

Along the outer wall, in a semicircle, were seated the 
forty-two assessors who were to try this novel case. They 



302 YERMAH THE DORADO 

wore cloth-of-gold robes, and had a golden feather of 
Truth in the headbands over their closely curled hair, to 
show that they represented mental traits, and correspond- 
ed to the forty-two phrenological organs of the brain. 
They were divided into three groups, distinguishable by 
the color of their mantles. The first typified the psychic 
attributes, and pertained to the front of the'cerebrum ; the 
mental to the middle part of the head; while the material 
stood for the cerebellum. The problem of perfect life is 
solved by the even balance of these parts of the brain 
with the corresponding worlds of cosmic essence. 

In step with the slow funeral dirge, the warrior-priests 
filed into the judgment hall and formed a long line down 
the center. The bier was removed from the car and 
carried between rows of warriors, who presented arms 
and saluted as it passed. When the remains were placed 
between the altar of offerings and the lectern, the priest- 
esses knelt on each side, followed by the official mourners. 

Every eye was turned anxiously toward the Left- Hand 
Path, as the second entrance was called. Any citizen who 
had been wronged by the deceased in his lifetime, had a 
right to come into the temple and accuse him. There 
had been murmurings and ominous shakings of the head, 
but no one seemed to be able to make definite statements. 
Suddenly the door was flung open, and Rahula came in 
with an angry scowl on her face. She had on the mantle 
and red cap of the accuser of souls, and back of her was 
a numerous following, also dressed in red. Every face 
whitened, and there was a tense, apprehensive feeling 
everywhere. 

Yermah and Setos supported Ildiko, who rushed for- 
ward and threw herself at the foot of the bier. She was 
completely shrouded in black. On her head was a round 
wreath of black ivy, having a crown and long pennant of 
white guaze in the back. Her close- cropped hair was 
still better concealed by a broad band of the gauze which 
fastened to the wreath and came down under the chin, 
hiding the ears. Ben Hu Barabe and Alcyesta stood near 
Ildiko, ready to offer assistance and sympathy, while 
Hanabusa supported Setos. Oahspe, the Sun Virgin, 
enveloped in black, and wearing a gold mask for unknow- 



YERMAH THE DORADO 303 

able Deity, broke the seal and unrolled the parchment. 
As she did so, Imos prepared to record the verdict. 
Flinging his arms out on either side, he exclaimed : — 

** I give glory to Hirach, lord of the essences, living 
in truth! I have come to thee, bringing to thee truth. 
Where art thy attendant gods ? Grant that I may be 
wjih them in thy company.'' 

A deep, guttural voice behind the mask answered: — 

* ' Peace will not abide ^ith thee until thou hast over- 
thrown thine enemies." 

From out the phalanx on the right Yermah stepped 
forward and lifted a determined face, pale as the linen 
smock he wore. Bringing his hands together high over 
his head, he said: — 

* * Homage to thee, O Master of Truth ! I come tow- 
ard thee! I am here to contemplate thy splendor! " 

* * Give thy tongue truthful license, but speak no evil 
of the dead. ' ' 

Repeating the sign of asservation, the Dorado be- 
gan:— 

** Great and mighty Hirach, thou knowst that the 
gloom of the tomb is but the cradle of the sun. Before 
thee lies a pure, unsullied soul. Orondo had the three 
cardinal virtues of piety, because he loved God, loved 
virtue, and loved man. He gave bread to the hungry, 
water to the thirsty, garments to the naked. He who 
perceives him says he comes in peace. May he enter 
into rest praised, may he go out beloved, for there is no 
more fault or evil in him. Save him, protect him, for 
his mouth is clean and his hands are pure. He was free 
from the oppression of the widow and the fatherless. 
There was not by his fault either a fearful, or poor, or 
suffering, or wretched one. He did not cause any one 
to weep.* He ." 

Rahula, who had been growing more and more excited, 
rushed to Yermah' s side, and throwing her hands up 
wildly, cried out: — 

"Hirach, thou who art mirrored in truth, palsy the 
tongue departing from thy formula! Orondo merits not 
an honored place in the Vale of Peace. The fishes yearn 

* Egyptian Book of the Dead. 



304 YERMAH THE DORADO 

for his body. He lived not in truth, nor walked in the 
ways acceptable to the gods of magic and mystery.** 

What more she would have said was drowned in a 
chorus of protest from the warrior-priests. The mourners 
added their supplications, and the priestesses murmured, 
**Oo— m! Oo— m! Oo— m!'* 

Without noticing the interruption, Yermah completed 
his sentence. 

**Orondo did no evil. Nothing can be produced 
against him. He committed no violence, nor did he 
torment any heart. No one was by him treacherously 
killed.'* 

**Hear him, O just powers! This man stands here and 
claims to be a vehicle for truth ! How darest thou say 
that Orondo caused no man to be treacherously killed? 
On both thy heads lies the curse of Alcamayn's death. 
Robbed of his own by Orondo, and done to death by 
thee! Thou art a mighty representative in the Hall of 
the Two Truths. Hear me, Yermah! a mother's curse 
is on thee! Thou art a doomed man!" 

'* A mother's curse! " said Yermah in a whisper, shar- 
ing the consternation around him. A curse in his time 
was a thing of fearful import. The intemperance of her 
speech showed the uncontrollable rage of Rahula. 

* * Yes, ' ' she screamed ; * * a mother' s curse ! Alcamayn 
was my first and only born. Oh, there is no need of thy 
horrid looks ! He never knew the relationship. Because 
of thy spiritual father, Akaza, thou hast a heritage of my 
hate. But for him I should have claimed my son.** 

Seeming to realize that temper had carried her too far, 
Rahula tried to repair what she had already said. Setos 
made a threatening gesture toward her, while every one 
looked at his neighbor and said in an undertone: — 

* ' She is a black magician. Akaza was obliged to take 
her child away from her.** 

Her attendants hissed angrily and stamped with their 
feet to prevent Yermah from being heard. He realized 
that the demonstration was against himself personally, 
and was appalled at the virulence of the attack, but went 
bravely on. 

** Orondo afflicted no one; neither did he commit 



YERMAH THE DORADO 305 

perfidy He was never an accuser, and was only angry 
when there was just cause " 

'* Thou art a monstrous liar! He had just cause to be 
angry with thee, who enticed his first love away, and 
repaid him with another man's choice/' 

Crossing over to him and shaking her finger in his face 
defiantly, Rahula fairly shrieked: — 

* * Thou hast imperiled thy immortal soul ! Dearly shalt 
thou pay for thine own perfidy! I dare tell thee to thy 
face, thou art guilty of the unpardonable sin! Thou who 
wert coward enough to compel thy dead friend to marry 
this poor misguided creature lying at thy feet! For this 
cause my Alcamayn died in dishonor! " 

The warri'or- priests clanked their swords angrily, and 
the smoldering disloyalty was like a tinder-box to the 
furious gestures and acts* of the factions. Setos grabbed 
Rahula by the arm and shook her violently before she 
would heed him. 

* * Hast thou no sense of decency, Rahula ? Cease thy 
upbraidings, else wilt thou ruin all ! * * 

She quailed before his determined look and was silent. 

Shaking like a leaf and wounded to the death in his 
tenderest parts, Yermah once more essayed to speak. 
Finding that he could not command his voice, he turned 
appealingly to the musicians, who responded with a 
funeral air. When they had finished, Yermah, with tears 
coursing down his cheeks, which he made no eflfort to 
conceal, said: — 

* * Hirach, as I expect to stand face to face with thee 
finally, hear me! In that I love Orondo well, conscience 
doth acquit me of evil intent toward him. Whatever 
service he rendered me was a pleasure to him, and was of 
his own choosing. That he preferred duty to success, is 
one more reason why his bones should be interred with 
the blessed. There was no guile in him. He was as 
tender as a woman, as simple as a child, and faithful unto 
death. The heart weighing even in the scales of Truth 
was burst in twain by the sorrows which oppressed his 
high courage. Struck down in the flower of manhood, 
hurled through the Gates of Light by unseemly circum- 
stance, Orondo, the soul of honor, merits the rite of conse- 



3o6 YERMAH THE DORADO 

cration. Hear, Hirach, as thou wouldst in turn be heard, 
and grant as thine own hope of future reward may prompt 
thee!*' 

The non-resistance and manliness of Yermah did not 
fail to appeal to a people equitable in temper and given 
to just decision. The waves of feeling which surged 
through the temple made him aware of this, though the 
sounds were almost inaudible. Every one waited in 
dread suspense for Rahula's final plea. She was still 
laboring under ill-suppressed excitement, and resentment 
blazed anew as she spoke. 

'* Hirach, thou who art unshaken by emotion or desire, 
hear and give heed ! Orondo was ever the craven tool of 
him who stands here in his defense. He sought more to 
obey his master than the will of the gods. Once again 
I beseech thee, give his body to the fishes! '* 

**No! no! no!*' burst from the lips of the mourners, 
the priestesses, and the warrior-priests, augmented by the 
intercessors too. 

Yermah stood with his hands clasped and head bowed 
low. His dejection and silence angered Rahula still more, 
because she instinctively felt that he was right, and that 
she could not provoke him into a show of resistance. She 
hated him for the sympathy he had unconsciously 
aroused. 

'* Finally, I demand this body of thee, Hirach! Bloody 
deeds shall follow thy refusal. Never canst thou make it 
right to bless this man, while Alcamayn*s shade is doomed 
to wander through myriad years because of him. I charge 
thee to weigh and consider thy decision ! * ' 

Hirach, using the flail for a baton, waved for silence. 
Then the two intercessors, earth and water, arose and 
pointed to the left. Thus far the decision was against 
Orondo. The kneeling figures arose and joined the war- 
rior-priests in supplication. The remaining intercessors, 
air and fire, stood and pointed to the right. With bated 
breath they waited for Hirach' s action. In an impressive 
silence he arose and pointed to the right. 

**Haille! haille! haille!'' cried the people, in a sponta- 
neous outburst, which a sense of decorum quickly quelled. 

**Let the heart of Orondo be given back to him. Let 



YERMAH THE DORADO 307 

him go into the Hall of Mystery by the Right-Hand 
Path,'' read Imos in a sonorous voice. 

As soon as the verdict was announced, the funeral 
cortege formed as it came, and filed out of the temple. 
Rahula and her followers departed to the left, with their 
arms crossed before their faces, and their heads drooping 
under the knowledge of defeat. 

A granite sarcophagus was placed at the entrance of 
the long tunnel-like tomb, cut deep into the side of the 
mountain. Here were deposited all of the personal belong- 
ings of Orondo, sealed up in curious-shaped ollas and bas- 
kets. After the body was placed in the tomb, these were 
laid around it, and the whole securely sealed. The stone- 
cutters of Tlamco, who acknowledged Orondo as their 
leader, did exquisite work on the receptacle and its 
walled inclosure. A never-dying perfume-lamp of wrought 
bronze was suspended over the head, which was laid to 
the west. The granite doors were hermetically closed, 
and Orondo was finally left to sleep with the justified. 



3o8 YERMAH THE DORADO 



CHAPTER XXV 

^^'T'hou knowst, Imos, how I execrate the memory of 

1 Akaza, ' ' said Setos, as the two sat in conference, at 
the high-priest's house, a fortnight after Orondo's burial 

**So do I. How often has he come between the 
sacred hierarchy of the mother church and their rights. 
He made no pretext of being orthodox, and was always 
intent upon the spirit rather than on the ritual practice 
of our faith. By his will Yermah is made hierophant, 
and I, who have served a lifetime, am cast aside with 
scant courtesy." 

Imos was a man advanced in years, having a broad, 
high forehead, aquiline nose, square-cut eyebrows, and 
thin, finely compressed lips. His bald head, protruding 
like the knob of a knee, revealed a combative and tyran- 
nical disposition. Setos had much ado to conceal a grin 
of satisfaction, as the high-priest bared his secret ambi- 
tion. He was unusually affable as he answered: — 

** Thou art shamefully ill-used, but I am thy brother in 
misfortune. When war devastated Atlantis, Akaza stood 
continually before the rabble, out-tonguing them in de- 
mands. The powers of right were on our side; but in 
the third day's battle he turned the tide of victory by his 
infernal enchantments. Our gallant spearsmen were 
advancing two deep, when he charged them with three 
bodies of cavalry. * It is Akaza!' cried our leader, 
Poseidon. * The traitor comes to certain death. ' Some 
say that bolts from a mangonel struck through our ranks ; 
others that he cut off the spear-heads. Of this I know 
not. Poseidon rode at him in mortal combat, but fell 
uninjured at Akaza' s feet. Failing to kill him, he was 
obliged to give the Dorado as hostage. Ichanor, the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 309 

war-chief of Poseidon, was compelled to surrender his 
son Orondo. By this means the schemer contrived to 
gam supremacy in Atlantis and all her dependencies. So 
long as he lived oppression hung over me. Thou mayst 
judge what love I bear his successor.'* 

The two men gave each other a searching glance, 
which said as plainly as words, ** How shall we be rid of 
him?'' 

**We must be masters of caution," said the wily 
priest. 

** Suspicion abides not with Yermah, and he knows 
nothing of black art." 

A loud rapping at the front door and hurrying feet 
along the passage-way caused both to rise and listen 
intently. Simultaneously with the permit to enter, came 
Cezardis, flushed and in breathless haste. 

** Exigency compels the waiving of ceremony," said 
he. * ' A great concourse are in the theater listening to 
Rahula's arraignment of Yermah. By a cunningly con- 
trived tragedy, called * The Lost Soul, ' she scores him 
without mercy, and has given utterance to all that Alca- 
mayn confided to her concerning the Dorado having 
concealed his divinity in a ruby which he sent to the high- 
priestess Keroecia. He broke his vow, and was blas- 
pheming violently when the swift and terrible punishment 
came. Alcamayn heard his awful words, but feared even 
to repeat them, lest we be doomed to suffer again. Ra- 
hula has inflamed the populace against him, and they are 
running through the streets shouting, *Down with the 
apostate Yermah! He has committed unpardonable sin 
against the Ineffable! He shall no longer rule Tlamco! ' 
Dost thou not hear the bugle-calls ? Signals are flashing 
from the forts, and the whole city is in uproar." 

Many extraneous sounds bore out this testimony; but 
neither auditor evinced surprise, though both showed 
concern. 

** So," said Setos presently, '*the prophecy concerning 
the lost planet is come true. A great and momentous 
change is upon us." 

** Hast thou not heard the Blessed Books read in the 
temples?" 



3IO YERMAH THE DORADO 

*'Thou shouldst remember that I have been in the 
house of enemies. It would have been unsafe for me. 
. . . Wilt thou refresh early recollections now and hur- 
riedly?'' So far as he was capable, Setos was devout, 
and was always comforted by the rumble of long words. 
Imos had a voice which fitted him for such an occasion, 
and he was much pleased to have the opportunity to use 
it. With the proper degree of solemnity, he crossed to 
the east side of the room, where the books lay, and then 
making three profound genuflections, he began reading 
promptly: — 

In the beginning the Great Spirit, surnamed Cohe- 
sion, breathed into chaotic disorder the fire of life. 
Verily, it grew to mighty proportions. It had two arms 
dividing the Supernal from the light of this world, 
which is darkness to the ones reposing in the sunshine 
of eternal peace. So vast was the chasm yawning be- 
tween Spirit and Matter, that no mortal crossed the 
void for a million years. Then the twilight changed 
into morning, and there arose from the Celestial Shore 
an Archangel strong and mighty. 

Hirach was his name. May it evermore be blessed! 

And a great voice was heard in the expanse like 
unto the sound of a trumpet, saying: — 

*'Who is able to cross the chasm, to give to souls 
unborn the Key? To open the Book to them that 
therein they may read the Way of Life?" 

And the bodiless and formless ones sounded the 
^olian harps, and sang: — 

" Hirach is his name! Thrice blessed is he — Hirach 
of two thi^eefold wings, encircling heaven, earth, and 
the vast ocean! He alone is great; he is able to cross 
the vast abyss." 

Then Hirach called unto himself a great Red Dragon, 
whose name was Mara — for he shall deceive the 
nations, and they shall war one with another. He who 
sat on the Dragon was calm and silent. His lofty, god- 
like brow was wrapped in the golden splendor of the 
moming sun. Over the deep chasm which divides 
mortals from the highest thrones swirled the Red 
Dragon, and the worlds trembled and feared. 

And the mountains from before whose eyes the 
clouds had vanished said to the stars shining in the 
majesty of their being: "Who is the terrible Red 
Dragon, and whose splendor anointeth the brow of him 
sitting thereon?" 

The stars answered: "From infinity to infinity we 



YERMAH THE DORADO 311 

roll in our courses; ages on ages have spent themselves 
in our existence, yet we remember not when the Red 
Dragon rose into life; neither can we comprehend the 
splendor on the brow of him who sitteth thereon." 

Now as the Dragon g>'rated in his course, his fiery 
breath caused new suns to spring into existence, and 
new planets rolled in their orbits around them, peopled 
with living beings. Then the Dragon exalted himself 
in pride, and puffed out his cheeks, saying: — 

"Behold the glorious suns which I have created, to 
give light and life to all creatures, that they may praise 
me and give me glory for that which I have done." 

Then he who sat on the head of the Dragon, clothed 
in splendor, rose and smote the ugly beast, whose 
death-agony dashed into pieces the beautiful planet 
circling between Mars and Jupiter, thus forever des- 
troying the equilibrium between War and Justice. The 
souls thereon were drawn into the vortex of the earth. 
With his two tails he laid hold of Mars and Venus, 
seeking to destroy them also; but Hirach raised the 
great two-edged sword in his hands and cleft asunder 
the tails of the Dragon. He cut the body into five 
pieces, which fell to earth, and the Dragon was no 
more. 

**Such,'^ said Imos, **is the account of the Red 
Dragon. It is said that the chain of hills which circle 
round Tlamco are the remains of his body. Yonder hill 
to the east is his skull, and is called Calvu. It is further- 
more stated that Hirach shall at the end of the cycle 
come from a cavern beneath it Akaza — curses be his 
portion! — says that the great initiates formed Hotara 
(Lone Mountain) and Loutan (Round Top), the eyes of 
the Dragon, seventy thousand years ago, as a memorial 
to their wisdom. He says that the Blessed Story is an 
allegory. He, a viler apostate than his pupil, claimed 
that he would come again, as Hirach incarnate, to break 
the power of the black brotherhood.*' 

** Rather let us exterminate the last remnant of them, 
and give their bodies to the fishes! *' was his companion's 
intemperate rejoinder. 

* * Face thy duty resolutely, and may victory be on thy 
side! " said Imos piously, as Setos hurried out of the 
house. 

** He who holds our destiny, plans all things well. 
May thy hopes find fruition also! " 



312 YERMAH THE DORADO 

• Setos knew that his seditious work in the army was 
ready to bear fruit, but he was gratified that Rahula had 
provoked the outburst. She had been in a frenzy of 
rage since her defeat in the judgment hall, and this was 
her revenge. He would take advantage of it and be 
made grand servitor of the Azes. 

The theater stood on a sloping hill seven thousand feet 
southeast of Lone Mountain. It faced the south, so that 
the spectators were shielded from the north wind. They 
had a commanding view of the bay and islands in the 
foreground and the tawny leonine hills in the distance. 
The edifice was a semicircle, four hundred and forty feet 
across, provided with thirty tiers of seats, and would 
accommodate many thousand people. It was an earth 
embankment fitted with stone seats and a cement floor, 
with an open roof, supported by stout poles. An arch 
under the right wing marked the entrance to the stage, 
and led to subterranean dressing-rooms. There was 
small provision for artificial setting, the beauty of natural 
scenery being deemed sufficient. 

**Haille! haille! haille, Setos! sent to deliver us from 
peril! '' cried a company of soldiers who were escorting 
Rahula home from the theater. 

* * Haille, Setos ! chief of the Turghati — men loyal to 
the true faith of Atlantis ! ' ' exclaimed Rahula, whose dis- 
ordered dress, sparkling eyes, and flushed cheeks bespoke 
her excitement. When she approached Setos, she was 
trembling violently, but every sense was on the alert. 

**Thou who art the man of destiny, come with me,*' 
she continued. ** I will tell thee all that has happened.'* 

** Rahula, the silver-tongued, is thy worthy forerunner, 
as Mercury is of the sun. Go with her, and then come 
to the observatory. Thy presence will put heart into the 
wavering ones, who are even now in consultation. Thou 
mayst depend upon us." 

They were in a noisy, unruly crowd, but Setos under- 
stood that the soldiers would hold them in check. He 
followed Rahula indoors. Acting on the impulse of the 
moment, Setos drew Rahula to him and kissed her 
passionately. If he had been blind before, he certainly 



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knew now, and he suddenly realized that she was necessary 
to his success. 

'*Thou art worthy of my best love/* he said, **and 
thou shalt command it Open thy heart to me/' 

"Thou hast surprised its secret, and made me forget 
our danger. Death were not unwelcome in this guise/' 
she murmured, nestling down closer in his arms. 

* ' Thy lips must pay forfeit for speech once more, and 
then thy sweet voice must quell this inward tumult. I 
could drowse like a sleepy god in thy embrace.*' 

**Duty stern and uncompromising faces us, and we 
must not yield to other influences, ' ' said Rahula, slipping 
out of his arms. '* The die is cast, and thou must not 
falter or linger in sweet dalliance. ' ' 

* ' Words of wisdom ever fall from thy lips, Rahula. 
Thy well-chosen words sober me again. What dost thou 
know?" 

She held both his hands to her breast, and looked at 
him steadfastly. 

* * I am aware that discontent has been flourishing like a 
poisonous weed in Tlamco. It needed but a spark to fan 
it to a blaze, and I have produced that spark. It is in 
the suspicion that Yermah is an accursed and a lost soul. 
Thou knowst the tradition concerning other calamities in 
the dim ages. Fan this flame judiciously, and thou wilt 
sit in the seat of power. ' ' 

He would have strained her to his breast again, but 
she eluded him. She was certain of her hold on him 
now, and was anxious to strengthen it. 

*'Thou canst not be sure of unqualified support," she 
went on. *' If thou canst not silence Yermah' s adher- 
ents in argument, then must thou resort to arms." 

* ' Thou art my love, and a wise counselor," he answered, 
still actuated by gratitude and what he had called love. 
**Go thou to the Camp of Mars, and I will be guided by 
thee," he added, aiding her in the readjustment of her 
mantle. 

War was undertaken for religious purposes— never for 
conquest, — which accounted for the methods used in 
stirring up sedition in Tlamco. The object in conquering 



314 YERMAH THE DORADO 

an outside power was to civilize it; and if captives re- 
fused to accept hospitable treatment, they were scattered 
throughout the country, man for man, and kept under 
surveillance until reconciled to their positions. No con- 
fiscation of property was allowed, and after taking the 
oath of allegiance, they were returned to their homes. 

Setos found Imos and ten generals laboring with Hana- 
busa and Ben Hu Barabe, who were loyal to Yermah. 
They made earnest and eloquent pleas in his behalf; but 
finding themselves powerless, withdrew and prepared to 
defend the city against inevitable attack. 

It was a semicircular bay, five thousand feet across, 
which brought the water to Montgomery Street up to the 
days of 'forty-nine. From a line parallel with Market 
wStreet, but a little to the north, was a grand canal one 
thousand feet wide, a mile in length, and deep enough to 
accommodate all the commerce of Tlamco. It terminat- 
ed in a basin near the junction of Van Ness Avenue and 
Market Street, where a circular port of entry was strongly 
fortified. Leading from this was a wide avenue, which 
ended in another circular building, half a mile nearer 
Lone Mountain, and in a direct line with it. This was, in 
modern parlance, a bonded warehouse, and was amply 
protected. The port of entry was in the center of a circle 
which included Telegraph Hill, Lone Mounrain, and the 
Potrero hills, all of which were formidable fortifications 
and were exactly one hundred and twenty degrees apart 
Rincon Hill, south and directly opposite Telegraph Hill, 
guarded the entrance to the canal, while Goat Island, on 
the east, lined with its center. 

A hostile fleet sailing around Telegraph Hill would be 
under fire from these forts, and as they came into the canal 
an assault could be made on them from the ramparts and 
battlements of Nob Hill. If they approached the port of 
entry, they would be in range of the mangonel batteries 
at East Temple, Alamo Hill, and the Temple of Venus, 
which also shielded the bonded warehouse and the main, 
or eastern, avenue to the city. On the top of the hill, in 
the present Catholic Cemetery, was another fortification, 
guarding the approaches to the observatory, which had 
a complete system of defense in itself. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 515 

South of the Potrero Hill fort was a harbor for the bal- 
sas. It is now a broad marsh intersected by Islais Creek. 
A curved canal separated two fortified hills and turned 
west to within the radius of the Camp of Mars, which was 
a circle six thousand five hundred and sixty feet in diam- 
eter, including Bernal Heights, also closely guarded, 
being the naval constructive station and encampment. It 
was one four-thousandths of the diameter of the planet 
Mars, which was then the guardian of sailors, as the name 
indicates. 

On the west side of the camp, a road ran south, parallel 
with what is now Valencia Street, direct to the port of 
entry. This was the only approach from the south, and 
was well guarded by the armored hills, where the grana- 
ries and storehouses were located. Much of the food 
supply came by this route.* 

Due west of Bernal Heights is a companion hill, which 
was garrisoned and used as a signal -station, being on a 
line with Mount Olympus and Lone Mountain. The sig- 
nal-tower was so constructed that a flash-Hght from Lone 
Mountain was seen close beside that on Mount Olympus, 
and from the high observatory tower news could be flashed 
to all the outlying stations. The center of the port of 
entry lined exactly with Telegraph Hill. By this means 
a message could be sent from Hanabusa's quarters to 
Mount Olympus and Lone Mountain direct, and thence 
to the port of entry and Telegraph Hill, thus making it 
easy to command the entire situation. 

The cavalry camp lay close to laqua, west of Lone 
Mountain, while the infantry grounds were east. From 
these points were trained catapults, loaded with highly 
explosive lead cylinders filled with sharp spikes. Mixed 
with the spikes were balls containing a stifling, overpow- 
ering, deadly smell, which were exploded in the air, to 
shower the inhabitants, barracks, and forts. 

Setos saw with the eye of a military genius the advan- 
tages to himself of a sudden attack, and as a politician he 
felt the danger of remaining inactive in such treacherous 
times. Suddenly, with a long, hissing screech, four rockets 
shot into the sky from the signal -stations, electrifying 



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some, but prostrating the spirits of those who loved law 
and order. Instantly the soldiers rushed pell-mell into 
the streets, and confusion seized the populace, who ran 
about aimlessly, and looked into each other's faces with 
half-averted eyes, like members of a family who are deter- 
mined to punish one another, but not severely. 

Around what is now known as Potrero Point came a 
fleet of thirty balsas, with the blades of the rowers flash- 
ing in the sunlight as they rocked and glided over the 
choppy waves of the bay. Rowing swiftly to die Rincon 
Hill fort, they embarked a strong force of infantry who 
were still loyal to Yermah. 

Ponderous mangonels capable of throwing darts twenty 
feet long, shod with bronze points and securely lashed to 
the shaft with strips of buirs-hide, surmounted each fort. 
This formidable weapon carried a distance of several 
thousand feet with sufficient force to penetrate the side of 
a stoutly built balsa. 

On the poop of the foremost galley stood Hanabusa, in 
full armor, with a black plume in his helmet, while beside 
him was Ben Hu Barabe. They were both tall and 
powerful men, and the grim, determined expression on 
their faces augured ill for the insurgents. Soon their 
balsas were gliding over the smooth waters of the semi- 
circular entrance to the canal and making directly for it. 

** Beware the bolt!" shouted Ben Hu Barabe, and 
every man threw himself under the stout oaken seats of 
the oarsmen, as a murderous missile rose high in the air 
from the Nob Hill fort, and fell with a crash on the stone 
coping of the canal, sending a shower of splinters over 
the men. 

** There is little fear of danger here," said Hanabusa, 
' * as the east fort is still in our possession. It stands 
midway between the gangway and basin at the end of the 
canal, and forms the strategic key to the operations to- 
day. Yermah will lead a force between that fortress and 
the granaries, as if ready to fall upon the city, whilst we, 
with our noisy drums and trumpets, draw the rebels north 
of the canal, to repulse our feigned attack." 

** Wilt thou forgive me for asking if this is thine own 
or Yermah^ s plan?" 



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** It is the Dorado's instruction. He is proving to be 
a worthy disciple of the great tactician, Akaza, who never 
failed to gain a victory. See! They are warned of our 
approach. ' * 

As Yermah had predicted, the revolted troops, not 
being commanded by a general skilled in strategy, had 
signaled to the forts around the city for re-enforcements, 
and turned toward the canal to repulse the invaders. A 
rocket was sent up from East Temple, signaling the 
troops to disembark south of the canal. Seeing this, the 
insurgents swept around the basin to engage in a close- 
range combat and overwhelm Hanabusa and Ben Hu 
Barabe by superior numbers. Before they could execute 
this maneuver, the glittering ranks of Yermah' s own 
household troops marched through the pass between Las 
Papas and the Mission hills, south of East Temple, with a 
company of cavalrymen bringing up the rear. The two 
columns marched side by side, but separate, that on the 
right charging the insurgents on the right flank. .There 
were about three thousand men hemmed in between 
themselves and Hanabusa' s command. Finding they 
were cut off from the main body, the rebels made a des- 
perate and gallant defense, but were obliged to surrender, 
with half their force either killed, wounded, or made 
captive. 

Simultaneously, the main column under Yermah wheeled 
toward the observatory, driving their enemies before them 
with great slaughter. The Dorado's guard swept over 
the rising ground between the center of the city and the 
observatory in a solid phalanx nine deep. Behind them 
came detachments from the fleet at the head of the canal, 
who harassed the stragglers and completed the general 
rout. Archers and swordsmen, cutlass and javelin wield- 
ers excelled each other in feats of generous daring, while 
shield clanked against shield, and spearsmen tilted against 
spearsmen, in the shock and clamor of fratricidal warfare. 
Underneath all their apparent fury was a fraternal, con- 
ciliatory spirit, causing the insurgents to make only a 
half-hearted fight against their hereditary leader. They 
were oppressed by a secret fear that his soul was perjured; 
but this did not overcome their inherent loyalty. 



3i8 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Down with the Mazaleels! '' urged Setos, now in the 
thick of the fight. ** Spare not a single apostate! If thou 
art true-hearted Turghatis, stand by the old beliefs." 

He spurred his horse into the fray, shouting: — 

** Mazaleel! Mazaleel! Mazaleel! Who loves a Maza- 
leel?" 

** Kill! slay! burn! Fire every building! Do duty 
with torch and sword!" hoarsely -commanded Imos, see- 
ing that the lines about the observatory trenches were 
wavering. ** Who will help me cut a way through to the 
canal?" 

Urged forward by his example and words, a body of 
warrior-priests threw themselves against Hanabusa's flank, 
and succeeded in driving him to the water's edge. Many 
of the sailors tried to re-embark, but the fleet was fired, 
and a swift and terrible conflict ensued. 

In the mean time Yermah had stormed the eastern 
entrance to the observatory, which finally yielded, and he 
rode in under the mocking inscription, ** Peace and Good 
Will toward Men, ' ' 

*'The victory is ours!" he cried, sheathing his sword, 
and surveying the Temple of Venus on his left, appar- 
ently deserted. ** Take a dozen cavalrymen," said he to 
an aide, ** and ascertain if the vestals are safe. If so, we 
will send a strong guard to prevent further disorder, and 
then retreat; for it is not seemly to fight our brethren." 

As rapidly as possible, reconnoitering parties were dis- 
patched to ascertain the damage done and to have the 
killed and wounded cared for. The revolted troops were 
ordered back to quarters, and Setos was seized and 
brought before Yermah. 

**Back into thy houses under penalty of arrest!" 
shouted the mounted patrol, as they galloped through the 
streets, and rode down the turbulent mob. 

Soon the cry went up : * * Setos is in chains ! Run for 
thy life!" sending the crowd flying in every direction, 
until even the stout-hearted seemed paralyzed by the 
result, and the defeated ones slunk away to their homes, 
like- children caught in an act of disobedience. They were 
secretly humiliated and ashamed, none of that generation 
having ever been guilty of insurrection, and they stood 



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aghast at the carnage and slaughter. The shamans and 
priestesses ministered to the wounded and dying, and 
many heart-rending scenes were enacted on the spot 
where some turbulent spirit had received its quietus. 

The market-place and temple walls were closely guarded, 
and by nightfall comparative order reigned in the city 
itself, though heavy firing from the forts told of the strife 
along the banks of the canal. Imos, aided by a band of 
fanatic warrior-priests, was doing all in his power to destroy 
the fleet. Hanabusa was retreating slowly with his shat- 
tered forces, but every inch of the ground was being 
stubbornly contested. As darkness came on, the balsas 
slipped by unobserved, and Hanabusa steered for the 
Camp of Mars with less than half of his original numbers. 
The battering-rams and catapults had done dreadful 
work on the feebly defended Camp of Mars. Here the 
water-gates of the canal had been opened by a band of 
marauding insurgents, under cover of the darkness, and 
the rising tide flooded the whole plain. Imos marched 
rapidly across the peninsula, keeping well out of range of 
the mangonels, and was in possession of the camp when 
Hanabusa arrived. Ben Hu Barabe engaged the warrior- 
priests in a hand-to-hand struggle, while Hanabusa 
hastened to the signal tower only to find it dismantled. 
There being no way to inform Yermah of his desperate 
straits, he rushed back to his house, and hurriedly securing 
things necessary for flight, joined in the unequal contest 
Ben Hu Barabe and a handful of men kept up at the 
water's edge. In the uncertain light he could see only 
three seaworthy balsas, and into these his followers 
scrambled, and pulling Ben Hu Barabe aboard, put to sea, 
closely pursued by the leaky, disabled, or badly manned 
balsas which had already been captured by the enemy. 

On the heels of Hanabusa' s flight came a company of 
cavalrymen, sent by Yermah, who dashed into camp with 
drawn sabers and boldly demanded the surrender of 
Imos. Realizing that he was completely surrounded and 
that resistance was useless, the high-priest suffered himself 
to be put on horseback and carried back to laqua. Upon 
arriving there he was brought before Yermah, in company 
with Setos. 



320 YERMAH THE DORADO 

** Why hast thou made war upon me, Setos? " 

* ' Because the Azes deem thee unfit to rule them, was 
the blunt answer. 

** I have no desire for temporal power. Hadst thou 
confided thy ambition to me, I would have aided thee. * * 

* ' Thou hast mistaken me. I am only an instrument 
in the hands of Providence for the deliverance of Tlamco,** 
answered Setos, in his best temple-service manner. 

**Thou art incapable of delivering thyself, much less 
Tiamco. But I desire thee to become grand servitor. 
Art thou willing to accept its full import? ** 

Setos could scarcely believe his ears. Was the Dorado 
speaking from choice, or was he sore beset, and capitu- 
lating on the best possible terms ? 

** What dost thou mean by the full import ? " 

* * The law dost require thee to marry. Thou mayst 
not demand the oath of allegiance without a consort. 
Atlantis no longer exists, and thou must be responsible for 
the succession.'* 

Setos opened his eyes wide in astonishment when the 
real nature of the situation dawned upon him and he 
realized that fear had nothing to do with Yermah's abdica- 
tion. As soon as he could recover himself, he answered:- - 

** I am willing to fulfill thy conditions.'* 

** Not my conditions, but the law from time imme- 
morial," corrected the Dorado, with a frown. ** Rahula 
has long been thy willing handmaid. Wilt thou espouse 
her?" 

'*Yes." 

** And to-night?" 

*' Yes; but canst thou say so much for her ? " 

* ' She shall answer for herself, as she is already under 
this roof. And while the tamanes conduct her here, wilt 
thou tell me, Imos, why thou, too, art in bloody array 
against me? " 

Encouraged by Setos' s success, Imos answered boldly: 

** Because thou art a lost soul, and art unworthy to 
succeed Akaza." 

**For his sake must I endure persecution. But thou 
art rash in attempting to defy the Brotherhood. Thou 
art enslaved by forbidden ambition." Yermah's voice 



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quivered with suppressed anger, and his eyes blazed 
scornfully, but he kept himself under control. Catching 
Rahula's eye as she entered, he said with cutting em- 
phasis: — 

* * Every soul is lost on the downward spiral, and can 
only regain its original position by a long and painful 
succession of incarnations. Desire is the prison-house of 
the ego.'* 

Rahula stood abashed, uncertain how much Yermah 
knew, and just what his speech implied. An uncomfort- 
able and awkward silence followed, which Setos finally 
broke by stepping forward and taking her by the hand. 
Then he asked with gentleness: — 

* * Art thou willing to share the perils of office with me ? 
Yermah wishes to make me servitor of the Azes.*' 

** My heart acknowledges no other master, and my 
happiness is indissolubly linked with thy fortunes. I am 
willing to serve thee.'' She spoke in a low voice, while 
a flush of triumph overspread her countenance. She was 
almost as much surprised as Setos had been. 

** Name thy witnesses, and let Imos hear thy marriage 
vows at once. Reasons of state compel haste." 

All three hated him, but they obeyed with alacrity, 
nevertheless. 

** I will administer the oath of office at sunrise, and at 
meridian thou must be ready to receive the allegiance of 
Tlamco," said Yermah later, before leaving for the Temple 
of Neptune. He had not lived at laqua since Orondo's 
death. 



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CHAPTER XXVI 

SETOS could not in decency refuse the Dorado an armed 
escort. But there was treachery in the very air, and 
Yermah did not retire when he found himself alone and 
safe inside the temple walls. He could hear Oghi howl- 
ing dismally in the stable inclosure, and in the intense 
stillness he heard Cibolo pawing the ground and snorting 
as if some one were prowling on the outside. Opening 
his door cautiously, he peeped into the long, empty 
aisles, dim and shadowy in the faint light flickering from 
the lamps overhead. None of his senses relaxed vigil- 
ance, as he pressed his ear close to the floor and listened 
intently. 

He had not long to wait before he heard a grating 
sound, as if some heavy body was being pushed through 
the north gate. Returning to his room he hastily tied 
the leathern pouches around his waist containing the 
relics of Keroecia and Akaza. He grasped his sword 
and came back to the door, and was horrified to find a 
catapult being dragged into position almost against it. 
Recognizing Imos, it flashed over him that the high 
priest had seized upon Setos's nuptial night to make 
himself hierophant; but his blood ran cold when he 
thought of the helplessness of the recluses around him. 
Fear and distrust counseled against apprising Setos of 
the situation, and his own loyal guards were fast asleep, 
believing him safe at laqua. His heart almost stopped 
its beating when he comprehended that his enemies were 
attempting to slip the bolts and chains of the door. 

Something caused him to turn his head in an opposite 
direction, and there he saw an apparition of Keroecia, 
luminous and perfect in outline. He could only hold the 



YERMAH THE DORADO 323 

image a moment; but she smiled, and beckoned to him 
as she flitted through the doorway. Instinct bade him 
follow her. It was his blood that was thirsted for, and 
none of the other inmates would be disturbed, he thought, 
as he ran along the aisle. While he was unbolting the 
door, a projectile from the catapult shivered the northern 
entrance with a crash that rocked and shook the whole 
structure. The aisles filled immediately with half-awak- 
ened monks, but their voices were silenced by an explo- 
sion against the opposite wall, which sent the spikes 
flying in every direction and felled them with stifling and 
deadly odors. 

Yermah could never remember how he managed to 
reach Cibolo^s stall. This sagacious animal fairly helped 
get into his trappings, and Oghi had already buried his 
teeth in the back of a miscreant slipping up to the half- 
opened door through which Yermah had passed. The 
ocelot darted out of the inclosure ahead of Yermah, all 
the tiger instincts in him aroused and ready to attack the 
first thing in sight. He rolled over and over with his 
victim, marking and maiming him for life. The man's 
cries brought assistance; but neither arrows nor sword 
thrusts dispatched his assailant until several persons had 
been wounded. 

The Dorado found all the wall entrances locked from 
the outside, which accounted for the absence of guards 
at the doors. Escape was only possible through the 
north gate, and there more than a dozen warrior-priests 
were waiting for him. Man and beast knew there was 
desperate work before them, but they were nerved for 
the encounter. As he dashed past Oghi, Yermah saw 
with a sinking heart that the poor creature was writhing 
in its death agony. Cibolo laid back his ears, and tried 
to take a piece out of the arm put forward to seize his 
bridle. When he found he could not break the ranks at 
the open gate, he wheeled and kicked at them viciously. 
Yermah reined him back, and charged again, using his 
sword arm constantly. A spear-point pierced the upper 
part of Cibolo' s neck, causing him to squeal shrilly, while 
an arrow went through the flesh of Yennah's left arm 
near the shoulder, breaking the point on his armor. A 



326 YERMAH THE DORADO 

* * Name I thee to witness, I make loyal oath by two 
rings. So help me Almighty God! " 

This formula was repeated thousands of times in the 
next three days, and then, in response to a general proc- 
lamation, the soldiers and citizens assembled to give burial 
to the slain. These were interred in a large circle at the 
base of Mount Olympus, with their heads turned inward. 
Setos's first public work as servitor was to erect a tall 
shaft, with four fire-altars at the base, on the cardinal 
points, on which sacrifice was offered to the * ' Martyrs of 
the Lost Soul, ' ' as the dead in this conflict were subse- 
quently termed. 

Beginning at the northern side of East Avenue, and 
circling in a radius of three thousand and ninety feet to 
the same side of West Avenue, was a set of pillars sup- 
porting a crenellated wall three feet high, along which 
was a sentry -path, used for police observation in the resi- 
dence part of the city. This crescent gave the distance 
of the lost planet from the center of Tlamco, Mount 
Olympus being in the same radiation. It was indicated 
again from Las Papas to Lime Point, and also from Lone 
Mountain to the artificial sugar-loaf surmounted by the 
Tower of Refuge, south of Blue Mountain, and between 
Las Papas and Round Top. The gilded domes on the 
Temple of the Sun were the five-pointed star in the cen- 
ter of the crescent, a device which anciently figured as 
the lost planet — the present star and crescent of the 
Turkish Empire. 

A planet runs through its grand period of life from a 
formless nebula to a globe, which solidifies into a planet 
with or without satellites. It is involution so long as the 
planet is in process of formation; but when matter begins 
to manifest, the first step in evolution is taken, which goes 
on from protoplasm to man. Then comes the blooming- 
time, when this flower of space will scatter its seeds, as did 
the huge planet once revolving between Jupiter and Mars. 
It was larger than the former and shone more brightly, 
having a bluish white light, resembling the flame of water- 
gas rising from a casting of molten iron or steel. Where 
once was unity, light, and power, we have now a confused 






YERMAH THE DO^i^^^^ ' 327 

mass of asteroids moving in eccentric orbits. This was 
not merely the experience of a planet, but was a tragedy 
of the solar system ; and in it the extremity of individual- 
ism finds exemplification. The mind of humanity is 
broken and divided in a corresponding manner. Both 
represent the fluid side of nature, and are correlated to 
the soul on the downward spiral. 

There are many myths illustrating this idea, not the 
least interesting of which is the Jewish version of Cain 
and Abel, also the descent of Lucifer (or light) into the 
bottomless pit (or darkness). Among the Greeks it was 
Phrixos and Helle, who made their escape from Colchis 
on the back of the Golden Fleece. Helle fell off into the 
sea, which is the personality reincarnating, while Phrixos 
is the ego itself In like manner, the Assyrians had Du- 
zu; the Phoenicians, Adonis; and the Norsemen, Baldur. 
The Egyptians plainly say that birth is a fall into dark- 
ness, while death is a return to light. The nether world 
with them always refers to present existence. 

Every soul is for a time lost; that is to say, it is mysti- 
fied by the illusion of material life, and fails to find the 
clue which will lead it out of the Maze of Daedalus, or the 
physical plane, where it is obsessed by the Minotaur of 
Desire. Knowledge gained by experience is the forbid- 
den fruit so quaintly told of in the legend of the Garden 
of Eden. We widen the circle of experience, by repeated 
incarnation, into a psychic circle, thus attaining spiritual 
life by a process of evolution. These two circles are 
Alpha and Omega — the beginning and the end, — the 
twin cosmic serpents which Hermes locks on his cadu- 
ceus. A hierophant, or Hermes Trismegistus, has by 
harmonious living united these spheres of existence while 
still in the material body. The doctrine of transmigration 
of souls gives offense merely because it outrages man's 
vanity and selfishness. No one claims that the ego con- 
tacts through the animal kingdom, but the soul of desire 
may. When the latter does so, it is lost, until brought 
back on the upward spiral by aspiration and harmony, 
where it becomes one with Divinity. 



328 YERMAH THE DORADO 

**Alcyesta, hast thou the silver casket safe?'^ asked 
Ben Hu Barabe, as soon as they were comfortably afloat. 

''Yes." 

''Give it tome." 

He leaned forward eager to take it, but she held back, 
saying: — 

" Dost thou remember the injunction to loosen the 
eagles in time of peril and follow their lead?" 

" Yes. I have freed both birds. Dost thou not hear 
the cowardly gulls screeching with fright because of their 
presence ? ' ' 

" Then thou hadst best confide thy secret." 

" Yermah, wilt thou hear me?" 

"If it is to accuse thyself, no." 

"It is to give into thy hands a message from Akaza, 
and to impart to thee the manner of its coming." 

' ' Speak, ' ' said Yermah in a whisper. 

" Before the awful time of wrath, a pair of golden 
eagles trained in falconry were intrusted to me by our 
beloved high -priestess, who intended them to be thy 
companions in the chase. She also gave me a ring set 
with diamonds, which I carried safely until I met Akaza 
after we left our battered balsa. I should never have 
known how or when the ring and birds left me, had I not 
received this from the hierophant." 

He handed over a tiny silver locket taken from the 
casket in Alcyesta's hand. Yermah pressed the spring 
and revealed a ring, large enough for his thurpb, having 
a fine silk tissue evenly fitting its broad band. 

" Before removing its contents hear me fully," said Ben 
Hu Barabe. "The locket was made fast in a leather 
pouch, which was securely tied to the wing next the body 
of one eagle. Here is the parchment slipped in beside 
it." 

Yermah reached out his hand, but Ben Hu Barabe 
retained it. 

"Thou canst not read without more light. Hold a 
lantern close by," he ordered. When the tamane obeyed 
he gave Yermah the writing. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 329 

Beloved:— The eagle shall lead thee into strange 
lands. 

Never again wilt thou be separated from Yermah. 

Withhold from him all knowledge of the birds until 
such time as thou shalt find him in great danger. Then 
loosen and follow thy guides. 

Akaza. 

The Dorado was so astonished that he laid the parch- 
ment on his knee 'and made no further effort to examine 
the tissue message for himself. 

** Well do I remember how anxious Keroecia was about 
this ring. She went every day to superintend its mak- 
mg. 

Alcyesta' swords roused Yermah. Unrolling the tissue, 
he saw a finely traced map, with a few lines written on 
the margin: — 

Yermah, beloved of the Brotherhood: — Follow 
the way marked out before thee. 

When one bird hovers in the air while the other sits 
on a rock with cactus flowering at its base, halt thou 
and receive thy future task from him who was appointed 
to aid thee. 

Go willingly. Thou hast no further mission in Tlamco. 

Fear not. I have been before thee, and am with 
thee even unto the end of time. 

Akaza. 

The eagles led them southward by sea for many days 
after leaving Monterey Bay, but on coming ashore they 
traveled inland until they reached the pueblos of the Colo- 
rado. Here they were evidently expected by the Brother- 
hood, who reprovisioned and sent them forward. 

*'Thou art the forerunners of an exodus which will 
strip this fair land of the white race for ages to come. 
Ice imprisons every vestige of life to the north, and the 
seeds of total destruction are already planted in the 
Llama city. Whither thou goest we, too, will follow. 
Peace be thy portion ! * ' said the high-priest in adieu. 

It would not have been a very difficult journey down 
the singularly even plateau stretching from the Colorado 
to Anahuac, had it not been for the dread scourge of 
waters flooding the plains and settling in the deep cup 



330 YERMAH THE DORADO 

pow known as Tezcuco Lake. Nature's tropic prodigal- 
ity had done much to hide the ugly scars earned in a life 
and* death struggle between the raging waterways and 
still smoking mountain peaks muttering curses to the 
clouds. It looked as if the earth in trembling fright had 
shaken everything down, ready for the receding waves to 
wash into the sea. 

Forty long, weary days the little party pushed ahead. 
Cibolo, the gallant, was as resolute and brave as any man 
among them; but even the eagles seemed to lose their 
bearings occasionally, and then Yermah called aloud to 
Akaza. 

*' Make me to know thy wishes. Humbly and obedi- 
ently will I follow them." 

Instantly Cibolo' s ears would go forward, and with a 
start he would shy at a dim, hazy outline directly in front 
of him. First it took the form of Akaza, then gradually 
changed into the beatific countenance of Keroecia. In 
the beginning only Yermah could discern them, but 
before the journey was over every member of the party 
saw and recognized them. 

**Thou art under divine guidance," they said to Yer- 
mah, and held him in higher esteem than ever. 

On the last day the eagles circled in the air, screaming 
uneasily, and refusing to go forward. 

** We must be near the place," they said 'to each other 
in awe-stricken whispers. 

* ' Dost thou not see the rock and the flowering cactus ? ' ' 

" One eagle sits and the other circles " 

** O thou seen and unseen powers! search our hearts, 
that thou mayst know all our gratitude," cried the 
Dorado, falling to his knees, and then prostrating himself 
on the ground, an act which was quickly imitated by his 
comrades. 

'* I am Gautama, " said a voice. And when Yermah 
looked up, a man old as Akaza stood making the hiero- 
phant sign of blessing over him. ''Rise and receive 
from me word from thy beloved teacher. Fear me not; 
these hands have guided thy puny baby footsteps, and 
now thou must lend thy strength to me. We have some 
days yet before thou art at rest." 



YERMAH THE DORADO 331 

They were near the ancient site of Tenochtitlan,* then 
a dreary waste of water, with its first city ingulfed, but 
to have rebirth again and again until the present time. 
Gautama was accompanied by two of the Brotherhood 
and some tamanes, amply provided with food and fresh 
raiment, which they gave to the travelers. 

**Thou art the last admitted, and art the youngest 
initiate," Gautama said to Yermah later. ** But thine is 
a special mission. When once in Cholula, I will tell 
thee all. Thou art anxiously awaited.'' 

They went into camp for the rest of the day, but re- 
sumed travel shortly after sunrise the next morning. 

The holy city of Cholula did not exist in those days. 
There was nothing on the plain but the splendid * ' Me- 
mento for Generations," built by the men of Atlantis, 
whose descendants were gathered into the hungry maw 
of the sea. It is twice the length of the Pyramid of 
Cheops, but not nearly so high. A long circular stair- 
way led to its top, an acre in surface, supporting a teo- 
calli, which was the. last temple of the Brotherhood of 
the White Star built in America. Nothing could be 
more grand than the view from the top of this pyramid. 
Toward the west stretches the bold barrier of porphy- 
ritic rock which nature has reared around the valley of 
Mexico, with huge Popocatapeti and Iztaccthualt stand- 
ing like two colossal sentinels guarding the entrance to 
the enchanted regions. In Mexican cosmogony, one is 
masculine and the other feminine, and they bore the same 
relation in later times that Las Papas did to Tlamco. 
Locally, they were the breasts, while the pyramid was the 
navel of the Cosmic Virgin. The Omphalos of the 
Greeks, the Mecca of the Mahometans, and the Tez- 
cuco of the Aztecs had the same meaning. Also the 
beautiful myth of Alcyone, the dimmest star in the 
Pleiades, who lost luster because of her love for a mortal. 
The Arabic word '* Alcyone" means the center, or cone, 
the spiritual apex around which the sun and all the 
sidereal galaxy are circling. In a material sense, the 
sun is the navel of the world; esoterically, Alcoyne is. 

* City of Mexico. 



332 YERMAH THE DORADO 

The word ** pyramid '' means a place of fire, while Palai, 
or Pele, of the Hawaiians, is the spirit of the volcano 
center, or precipice of fire, as a pyramid was often called. 

The two mountains, or breasts, were twenty thousand 
and nineteen thousand Egyptian feet above the level of 
the sea. They were the Adam Kadmon and Eve of the 
Kabalists; namely, the masculine potency and the fem- 
inine passivity of all which is generated in nature, giving 
all things their proportion. Acting on this principle, the 
ancient sculptors down to and including Phidias, fixed 
the respective heights of man and woman as twenty and 
nineteen palms of one-third of a foot each, up to the 
organs of causality and comparison, at the roots of the 
hair on the forehead. Comparison with causality on each 
side is the psychometric eye — the Cyclopean third eye, 
scouted by the would-be wise. Comparison is feminine; 
causality is masculine. The union of these forms the 
true vision of the soul, which, developed to its fullest 
capacity, gives that mysterious faculty of psychic percep- 
tion, comparison, and deduction beyond the intellectual 
comprehension of ordinary men, and marks the adept. 

It was this transcendent power which the Pyramid of 
Cholula, built to the east of these two volcanoes, symbol- 
ized. Farther in the same direction lies Orizaba, corre- 
lated to the macrocosm, of which the Pyramid of Cholula 
was the microcosm. Orizaba equals the height of Popo- 
catapetl, signifying that the adept manifesting energy on 
the subjective plane is equal in function to the Cosmic 
Mind. In this capacity the initiate is Quetzcoatl, who, 
like Osiris, Krishna, etc., was black — that is, the unknow- 
able and mysterious in God. This is why Quetzcoatl is 
always shown with a black face, although he was called 
the Fair God. He belonged to the white race, and was 
the Aztec Yermah. 

The antediluvians, the men who invented architecture, 
used the human form, the pyramid, the pentagram, and 
the interlaced triangles as a basis of measure and form. 
The pyramid and pentagram denoted the cone, or center, 
of sacred fire; the interlaced triangles were the balance 
of spirit and matter; while the obelisk was intended to 
show the purified nature of man. The pillar of fire of 



YERMAH THE DORADO 333 

Jacob was an obelisk. So was Stonehenge, EUora, the 
Babel towers of Central America, Babylon, and Judea, 
the gigantic ruins over all Tartary and India, and the 
totem-pole of the Eskimo — even the tombstones have the 
same common and grand origin. That the obelisk every- 
where outside of Egypt became a sign of the phallus does 
not alter its primal significance nor militate against it. 

The pyramid was often called the * * Pillar of the 
Cosmos,** because it is the ideal form of the principle of 
stability, and cannot be assailed by either of the four 
elements. Its tapering form guards it from destruction 
by earthquake, nor can it be overturned ; and it is pro- 
bably the only fireproof structure in the world. The 
immense base and weight render it secure from floods; 
nor can the wind get sufficient purchase to do any 
damage. Even the insidious encroachments of Time 
itself are baffled and outwitted by this cunningly con- 
structed pile. It is also a perfect instrument for esti- 
mating the weight of the earth, and is an excellent 
astronomical observatory. In its central chamber, the 
temperature never varies. 

Does any one believe this is the result of chance ? 
Will any part of to-day's civilization survive the same 
flight of years? Posterity has no claims on us which 
individualism— the god of the age — will respect; nor 
will it require a cataclysm to destroy the works of to- 
day on any plane. Science and invention make many 
discoveries, but our mental flights fall far short of the 
ancients in the discernment of the basic principles of 
philosophy. In religion we have lost the meaning of the 
simplest symbols, and do not know where to credit the 
principles and precepts we profess to believe and practice. 

Gautama led the travelers on by the west, while far 
away to the east was seen the conical head of Orizaba, 
soaring high into the clouds. Near by was the barren 
though beautifully shaped Malinche Sierra, casting broad 
shadows over the plains of Tlaxcala. At their feet lay the 
Pyramid of Cholula, reposing in gardens in the fairest por- 
tion of the plateau of Puebla. 

*'Thou seest but a remnant of former glory," said 
Gautama. ** We, too, have bowed to the chastening rod. 



334 YERMAH THE DORADO ^ 

Only such as climbed the long flight of steps to the top 
of the pillar escaped destruction. Thou, too, art able to 
bear witness ? ' ' 

It was like probing an old wound, but Yermah an- 
swered bravely : — 

** The lash found my tender parts, but I am learning to 
be content." 

** It is to assist thee in this endeavor that I am come. 
When once thou art ascended to the teocalli heights, 
thou mayst not again return until thou art fully prepared. 
Thy next labor is to quash doubtful inspiration. Thou 
art still leaning on thy earth loves, when thou art com- 
manded to have but one ideal ' ' 

* * I stand face to face with inner consciousness, and hear 
the still small voice." 

* ' He hears the bells, but he does not know where they 
hang, ' ' said the priests of the Brotherhood, smiling at each 
other. 

** Seclusion in rarefied atmosphere, where the whole 
basin of the earth has been purified, will give peace be- 
yond thy present capacity for understanding," returned 
Gautama. 

*'Thy will be done! " responded Yermah. 

* * Thou art a doer of penance, and must be able to say 
literally, ' Thy will be done! ' " 

They were nearing the pyramid, where they were met 
by a delegation of priests, who crowned them with gar- 
lands, and conducted them up the first flight of steps. On 
the truncated face of the terrace was the inscription: — 

BEFORE THE LIGHT WAS OBSCURED 

THIS MEMENTO FOR GENERATIONS 

WAS BUILT BY SERPENT KINGS: 

THEY WERE SCATTERED OVER THE EARTH 

TO CARRY TRUTH AND WISDOM: 

THEY WILL COME AGAIN 

TO RECEIVE THE TREASURES 

HIDDEN IN MY BOWELS: 

ALL MEN WILL SPEAK AND HEAR 

THE I AM I 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 335 

Here they were given refreshments and allowed to rest, 
but reached the top in time to see the sunset. 

Esoterically, the sun is the great Archangel Michael, 
who defeats Satan, Saturn, or Time. He tramples the 
serpent head of matter and guards the Way to Immortal- 
ity with tongues like flaming swords. 

Next morning Yermah called his little band of faithful 
adherents together, and told them that he had received 
Akaza's final commands. 

'*It imposes upon me seclusion in this spot. There is 
work for me here," he said, with an odd smile. **The 
temple requires a central spire, and I shall build and cover 
it with pure gold. Go thou all to the valley, and make thy 
life apart from me. I love thee well and need thee sadly, 
but even this feeling must be merged into the universal." 

** What wilt thou have me do?" asked Hanabusa. 

* ' Go thou and build a balsa capable of riding the storm 
and stress of an angry sea. In twenty lunations more 
thou must be prepared to go voyaging with me." 

* * To what task dost thou appoint me ? " It was Ben 
Hu Barabe who spoke. 

* * Go thou amongst thy fellows and teach them the arts 
of peace. Show them how to coax back fertility to the 
denuded soil, and build up civil power, until I call thee." 

* * Hast thou no thought of me ? ' ^ asked Ildiko. 

* * The Brotherhood will guard thee until such time as a 
new Temple of Venus shall arise on this fair plain. Seek 
thou knowledge diligently, that thou mayst be able to 
teach the virgins committed to thy care. When thou art 
separated from thy beloved Alcyesta, thou wilt be con- 
ducted to a refuge in this teocalli, where other women are 
waiting to return to their homes." 

Seeing that she made a brave effort to keep back tears, 
he added gently: — 

**Be not downcast. The first days of loneliness will 
find me near thee. Shouldst thou need, call, and I will 
come straightway." 

To Alcyesta he said, covering her hand with both his 
own, and holding it close to his breast : — 

''Promise if thine unborn shall be of thy sex, thou wilt 
name her Keroecia?" 



336 YERMAH THE DORADO 

** I promise/' she said, "and if it should be a son, wilt 
thou give him thy name? " 

* * I will be to thy son what Akaza was to me, but thou 
must call him Gautamozin. In after years he will under- 
stand the significance of this command/' 



YERMAH THE DORADO 337 



CHAPTER XXVII 

THEY followed his bidding, and for one year he was a 
recluse, giving himself up to solitary meditation, save 
when Gautama came to converse with him. In that time 
he developed rectitude of judgment, correct ^appreciation, 
breadth of view, and all-roundness of perception, habitu- 
ally associated with a well-balanced mind. He had 
marvelous sensibility, an exquisite capacity for feeling, 
vibrating to and stirred by the faintest touch, remaining 
steadfast in his purpose, because he saw things 4n their 
proper proportion and estimated them at their real value. 
Possessed of discrimination, he perceived the relative 
permanency of all that had befallen him. Measuring all 
by the standard of the Eternal, he was not swept out of 
equilibrium by any temporary or illusive appearance.' 

Exaggeration, over-coloring, all that savored of unreal- 
ity or falsehood, was absolutely foreign to his nature. He 
was no cold abstraction, too self-absorbed to think and 
feel deeply, but was strong in the love that gives, equally 
joyful though he who received knows not the source, or 
repaid with injury or scorn. This quality showed itself 
in many ways. In quick and ready sympathy, in alert- 
ness to see and watchfulness to note the needs of the hour. 
In the constant, instinctive attitude of mind which spon- 
taneously saw and felt every opportunity to give, whether 
service or sympathy, silence or speech, presence or 
absence, — in short, utter forgetfulness of self. 

When he began to mingle freely with the Brotherhood, 
it was astonishing how quickly he was made aware of all 
that was transpiring, not only in the pueblo of Cholula, 
but also among outside colonies. There was never a day 
when some pligrim did not climb the zigzag stairways to 



338 YERMAH THE DORADO 

see and receive advice from him. No attention was paid 
to their comings and goings, and it was not thought 
peculiar when a stranger approached and asked for him. 

" Cezardis, why hast thou left Tlamco?^* asked Yermah 
in surprise, as he embraced his visitor. 

*4 am come to request thee to return. Thou hast 
many devoted friends there who mourn thy absence.'* 

** Is not Setos master of the councilmen ? '* 

** Yes; and he has most grievously taxed and outraged 
the Azes.*' 

** I am not surprised,*' said Yermah calmly. " He is 
by nature fiery and imperious, combative and bloodthirsty. 
The restraining influence of Saturn held him in check for 
a while, but now it will add malefic tendencies." 

** Of late, he has been tr)dng to bring about chemical 
affinities, investigating secret laws, and dabbling in the 
knowledge forbidden an earthy mortal. He overeats, 
and sends in haste for a shaman and priest, while all 
Tlamco waits; for he will allow no business transacted 
when he is sick. Fully half our time is spent in the 
temples praying for him. We have no choice, as he is the 
self-appointed guardian of our morals, and compels attend- 
ance." 

Cezardis' s words, looks, and actions betrayed his 
feelings. 

** How about Imos ? " 

** Because he allowed Setos to espouse Oahspe the 
vestal, he is given unlimited power, which he uses to 
advance his own interests." 

* * Dost thou say Setos has another wife ? " I gave him 
Rahula." 

**So thou didst. But she has borne him no heir; and 
on this pretext, Setos has two instead of one wife, and 
makes it lawful for any man to do the same. ' ' 

** Poor hot-tempered Rahula! How does she bear the 
new affliction ? ' ' 

* * She has obliterated her own individuality until she 
is a mere echo whom Setos values no more than mats 
under his feet. ' ' 

Yermah sent Cezardis away for rest and refreshment 
before giving an answer, when he was again urged to 



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YERMAH THE DORADO 339 

return to TIamco. As soon as he was alone his mind 
reverted to its normal condition, and he was entirely dis- 
passionate in his reply. 

** I cannot comply with thy wishes, Cezardis," he said. 
** Not that I dread the conflict inevitable with the over- 
throw of Setos. I have another and more difficult battle 
to fight.'* 

**I have made oath not to return without thee, and I 
will not. The whole country is preparing to follow thee 
south, and thou art the only one capable of holding them 
back.'' 

** Nothing can stay the exodus. It is the breaking up 
of old lines. A new dispensation is beginning, and the 
present order must pass forever." 

* * Wilt thou let me serve thee ? I would have come 
with thee in the beginning, had I known." 

He was aware that Yermah could not refuse to accept 
his offer. It was an immemorial custom for one man to 
voluntarily serve another, and the servant's was the hon- 
ored position. The Dorado smiled as he said: — 

* * Thou wilt be the last to make this offer. The genera- 
tions following will reverse our beliefs and practices. Go 
thou to Ben Hu Barabe, and tell him to give Hanabusa 
leave to stcfck his balsa with food and raiment for five 
men. See to it that there is plenty, for thou art of the 
company." 

Yermah worked incessantly for several days making a 
llama of silver, as an emblem of suffering innocence. Its 
belly was a golden sunburst, and it was seated upon the 
back of an eagle, rescuing a rabbit from the fangs of a 
serpent, representing the unequal conflict between good 
and evil, but the serpent being obliged to give up its 
prey, showed that good finally triumphed. There were 
eight altars in the temple; and at sunset on the last day 
of his stay he placed the llama on the one facing the east. 
Simultaneously with this act Gautama headed a proces- 
sion at the base of the pyramid, which slowly climbed to 
the top. They performed a sacrifice on each of the four 
terraces, and did not reach the temple until midnight. 
Yermah was alone in the great, dark structure, intently 
watching the constellation of the Pleiades. As Alcyone 



340 YERMAH THE DORADO 

approached the zenith, he sprang forward with a glad cry, 
and vigorously swinging a copper hammer, made the 
sparks fly from a granite block. The venerable Gautama 
held the cotton, and carefully nursed the sparks into a 
blaze. As the light streamed up toward the heavens, 
shouts of joy and triumph burst forth — for once more the 
children of men received a direct ray from the spiritual 
sun. 

Carriers with torches lighted at the blazing beacon ran 
in every direction, carrying the cheering element to every 
part of the country. Long before sunrise it was brighten- 
ing the altars and hearthstones everywhere. Yermah 
sent up orisons from the eastern altar, and then took an 
affectionate farewell of the priests in attendance, but be- 
fore beginning to descend he gazed long at the matchless 
scenery below. Soft spring verdure lay everywhere, and 
he drew courage and inspiration from the fact that the 
lowlier forms of creation neither sulked nor held back 
because the elements had been remorselessly cruel to 
them. Wherever there was enough soil to support plant 
life, flowers and grasses put forth, and all nature was 
making a brave effort to swing back into harmony. Gau- 
tama walked with him, and so did an unseen host led by 
Akaza and Keroecia. The Dorado wore all the insignia 
of his office. He had a cloth-of-gold robe, and a pale 
violet mantle. On his head was a liberty cap of the same 
color, crested with jewels. There were jeweled sandals 
upon his feet, and he was equipped with sword and 
shield, but carried a caduceus of silver running through a 
circle, which was a gold serpent with its tail in its mouth. 

At the foot of the pyramid he found Alcyesta and her 
infant son waiting for his blessing. Beside her was 
Ildiko, in the white robes of a high -priestess, surrounded 
by the few vestals possible to the devoted remnant. Ben 
Hu Barabe, Hanabusa, and Cezardis were ready to 
accompany him. 

Taking a handful of salt and holding the baby up to 
the sun with the left hand, he cried : — 

* * By right of initiation, I name thee Gautamozin, and 
by the power of adeptship endow thee with Brotherhood 
inheritance. Thou shalt have a long line; but the last 



VERMAH THE DORADO ^t 

of thy name shall be as I am, a sacrifice to another order 
of being." 

As he ceased speaking, he sprinkled salt over the 
child's face, and at this juncture a tamane approached 
leading Cibolo. With his disengaged arm Yermah drew 
the horse's head down until his nose touched the baby's 
soft cheek, and when he had tasted a morsel of the salt, 
his master laid his face close to the horse's jaw, and said 
softly: — 

**Thou wilt be a good and faithful friend to Gauta- 
mozin, as thou hast been to me ? Thine shall be a name 
to conjure with, as thy love and obedience has been 
worthy of example. Farewell, my comrade! Thy days 
shall be as the sunny hours." 

From his breast he drew out the little locket containing 
Keroecia's ring. Taking Alcyesta's hand, he silently 
slipped it on her finger, while unchecked tears coursed 
down her cheeks. Turning to Ildiko, he handed her the 
locket. Facing them all, he said: — 

'*Be of good cheer! A long era of peace and pros- 
perity is for thee and thine. Thou art saved from the 
floods for a divine purpose. Let this knowledge be thy 
secret refuge, lest thou be tempted to depart from the 
way." 

At the water s edge he embraced and blessed each one. 

''Grieve not for me. In the fullness of time I will 
come again." 

The young men went out on flower-laden rafts, with 
him, and cast gold and emeralds into the sea in his 
honor. The stone of promise signified renewal after the 
cataclysm, and he was El Dorado, the *' golden-hearted. " 
The men on the raft strained their vision to catch a last 
glimpse of the balsa, as it was known that he was going 
away for purification, and they believed implicitly that he 
would come again. It was not long before the people 
on shore began the weary watch for his return, which 
makes Cortez's conquest of later days so pathetic and 
pitiful. The heart aches with the meftiory of Cholula 
sacked and burned by the treachery and cruelty of the 
Conquistadors, after its inhabitants had sent Cortez a 
helmet filled with gold nuggets, because they saw with 



342 YERMAH THE DORADO 

surprise that he whom they mistook for their Fair God, 
valued this metal. The gold itself, thrown up in the 
days of the earth agony, lay untouched for centuries, 
but every precept of the ' ' golden one ' ' * was cherished 
as priceless gifts over all the Americas. They had differ- 
ent local versions of him, where they built pyramids and 
teocallis in his honor, sculptured his sayings in enduring 
granite, repeated his exploits in poetry and song, until 
finally his name and fame excited the cupidity of the 
European adventurers who sought the Golden Fleece in 
crusades and voyages of discovery. The American ver- 
sion of the Argonauts' expedition for the golden apples, 
under Columbus, began in violence and ended in crime. 
Greed nerved the secular arm, while thirst for temporal 
power inflamed the bigots, and allayed the wrath of the 
Inquisition. All that saved Pizarro the Infamous was 
his promise to convert the heathen. Otherwise, his would 
have been the work of the Devil! Converting the 
heathen is a favorite pretext with Christian freebooters; 
so it is no wonder that the brigands swarmed into 
Bogota, when they heard of the Priest of the Sun, who 
went about covered with powdered gold. Tradition had 
it that he anointed himself every morning with fragrant 
gum, which fixed and held the metal until he was like a 
solid statue. One shudders to think what the result 
would have been had they found him. Father Oveido f 
says naively: *'I do not believe that any of those who 
took part in this expedition would have taken so much 
trouble to get into Paradise.'' 

But the search for the fabled El Dorado did not end 
here. Like a veritable will-o'-the-wisp, it led some into 
the fever-infested swamps of the Orinoco, in South 
America,! and finally induced Coronado to push north- 
ward into California, after he had nearly perished in the 

♦All the heroes and ideal men of primitive limes were sun-gods. Buddha 
was the shining one, Zoroaster {zoe, light; ^nd aster, star) was called the glit- 
tering one. The Son of Man came clothed in the glory of the sun When the 
padres attempted to teach the natives of America the story of Jesus, they 
exclaimed, " Kl Dorado ! " Such at least is the Spanish translation of what they 
called their own spiritual leader. 

t History of the Conquest of Mexico. 

X The real El Dorado is a lodge of adepts living on one of the highest peaks 
of the Andes. 



YERxMAH THE DORADO 343 

desert sands of the Colorado. He pounced down upon 
the Zuni pueblo, and tried hard to persuade himself that 
he had found the land of Quivira, though he vainly tried 
to locate the seven cities of Cibolo. For this failure, 
Pizarro recalled him in disgrace. The more illusive the 
El Dorado, the more men tried to find it. Half of them 
did not know whether it was a man, a city, or a fabulous 
country — nor did they care. All the variants of the 
myth said that there were immense quantities of gold 
wherever it was; and they passed the seven cities of 
Cibolo, Mayapan, Palenque, Uxmal, Chiken Itza, Cholula, 
Tenochtitlan, and Tlamco, with never a thought of their 
hidden wealth of learning. Tlamco was the red ruin, the 
Chichiltic (calli) so often heard of — "the red houses'* 
of the Spanish romances, just as the magic words El 
Dorado attracted another band of gold-seekers, who have 
made the name and the country their very own. In their 
wake are the forerunners of the men and women who 
will make California * a great center of occult knowledge 
— the alchemical gold, corresponding to her mineral 
wealth. 

**The land! the land! O my beloved country! how 
art thou humbled by misfortune! I know not thy deso- 
late bosom I ' ' cried Yermah, springing ashore upon the 
island of Teneriffe, the mountain peak of Poseidon's 
kingdom, his lost Atlantis. '*I kiss thy blackened and 
charred face! Thou mother of the white race! thou 
source of all learning! grant that thy dependencies may 
not forget and deny thee.** 

Gautama, too, had prostrated himself, while a stifled, 
smothered feeling kept him silent. For a time Yermah 
forgot that the three bronzed men who stood looking at 
the shepherds gathered about the shore, were not Atlan- 
tians. It seemed doubtful what kind of reception they 
were to receive, until Yermah called to the natives in their 
own tongue. 

* Esoteric students everywhere understand that California is one of the occult 
eyes of the world, because it still retains the magnetism of prehistoric times, 
never having been visited by the ice ages or flood, and only in recent geologic 
reckoning being partially purified by fire. Its Sanscrit name is A^a/r (time) and 
puma (fulfillment). 



344 YERMAH THE DORADO 

''Our Dorado! Come to us out of the sea!" they 
shouted almost beside themselves with joy. ** O thou 
blessed one ! dost thou see the scourge laid upon us ? Thy 
father, Poseidon, and all thy countrymen, save us poor 
Guanches, are perished. Evil days have fallen on Majo- 
rata. Dost thou not see the new mountain choking and 
filling her wide-open mouth ? Tell us how thou art come.'' 

' ' Thy servant brother, Hanabusa, skilled in sailcraft, is 
my deliverer." 

**The sun and stars lent countenance to our venture," 
said he, **save when obscured by a passing shadow. 
Then the corposant ran in balls and spirals from sheet to 
sheet, and we could not fail." 

*'I am of theMonbas," said Ben Hu Barabe, ''far to 
the west, and am brother to thee in sorrow. The de- 
structive power of the Divine took all my people." 

'*And I am of the Mazamas," said Cezardis, coming 
forward. ' * My country lies under sheets of ice mountains 
high, and no living thing is there." 

** Misfortune is known in the land of Mexi, whence I 
come," said Gautama. ** Flood and fire hidden in the 
earth made us tremble for days lest we should all perish. 

'*The Azes, too, " Hanabusa was not allowed to 

finish his sentence. 

*'Thou art of our blood!" exclaimed the Guanches in 
a breath. ' ' Never again shalt thou depart from us. Thou 
wert with the Dorado ? ' ' 

**From the beginning," he answered. 

These Guanches were great, splendid specimens of 
manhood, the remote forefathers of the warriors who, five 
hundred years ago, held their European conquerors at 
bay for more than a hundred years — never more than a 
h mdful of men at any time. First the fierce and ruthless 
Normans, then the Portuguese, and lastly Spain, laid a 
destroying hand on the brave Guanches; and now there 
is but little more than their goats left of the surviving 
Atlantians. These animals are of a Vandyke brown, with 
long, twisted horns, venerable beards, and hair lengthen- 
ing almost to a lion's mane. 

Teneriffe was the Island of the Blessed of the Hindus, 



YERMAH THE DORADO 345 

the Elysian Fields of the Greelcs, and the Tlapallapan of 
the Aztecs. The Greeks had their Hermes; the Norse- 
men, Ymer; the Egyptians, Kema; all words correlated 
to and havmg the same significance as Yermah,* which 
means the Divine Germ incarnate. As El Dorado, his love 
nature was typified, but he transmuted passion and became 
a god among men. He was Votan to the Quiches, Wodin 
to the Tuetons, and Odin to the Scandinavians. To the 
Mayas he was Kukulcan; and to the Peruvians he was 
Manco-capac, — all types of the same character, and 
emanations from the same civilizing source. 

The next morning the Guanches made a part of the 
company which gave escort to Yermah, as he essayed 
climbing the still smoking peak. After they passed the 
line of vegetation there was naught to be seen save a sea 
of red rocks and thirsty yellow pumice. The scorching 
sun and blue, unvaried sky condemned everything far 
and near to barrenness and desolation forever. Climbing 
higher, there was no solid rock, no soft earth — nothing 
but black stones, piled one upon the other so loosely that 
under the crenellated edge of the sky-line were frequent 
glimpses of daylight. It was not necessary for the 
Guanches to explain that a marvelous bombardment of 
the heavens had but recently taken place; that the 
wrenching and heaving when the crater of eruption was 
active had cracked the cooling and hardening surface 
repeatedly, sending masses of cinders and stones rattling 
down only to be caught and piled one over another 
fathoms deep. The granular lava had crystals of white 
felspar mixed up in it, like chopped straw, which were 
formed into spherical shells, veined, curved, and frothy. 
Under the varying effects of pressure, the still pasty mass 
was rolling, falling, and crystallizing in grotesque cascades. 

In some places the trade-winds had hardened them into 
wild, dreamlike faces, while some were the pictures of 
contending beasts. Yermah could hear them grinding 
and crushing in low snarls and growls as they rolled heav- 

♦Yermo and Yermina are diminutives and corruptions of Guillermo, the 
Spanish for William, and are in common use among tne natives of Mexico and. 
the neighboring states. 



346 YERMAH THE DORADO 

ily downward. Many times these writhing and twisting 
forms threatened to remain forever suspended in midair. 
The Dorado imagined that he recognized some of the 
effigies, and was made dizzy and seasick by their ceaseless 
progression in a community of pain. How inexpressibly 
varied were the colors, bathed in the brilliant light of a 
vertical tropical sun, undimmed by impurities of the lower 
atmosphere! 

The tired and thirsty party halted at the Guajara 
Springs near the spectral Lunar Rocks of the Canadas, 
standing like white teeth newly cast from a granite mouth 
opened wide enough to admit a tongue of lava thousands 
of feet higher in air. These grayish white spikes line the 
'* Road of the Guanche Kings,*' where the crater of ele- 
vation sticks out its ragged and torn lips, eternal witnesses 
to one of nature's most stupendous debauches. 

Yermah groaned in spirit as he looked across the dreary 
waste, and he mourned unfeignedly for his lost people. It 
seemed to need this grand, harmonious outburst of unseen 
forces to give voice to the wild and passionate utterances 
seeking vent in his heart. . . . Nature speaks to each 
soul alone, and no mortal may interfere with the com- 
munion. 

In taking a tender farewell of his comrades, Yermah 
appointed the life work of each loyal heart; nor had he 
the least doubt of their faithful obedience. 

* * Go thou to Memphis, Gautama, and tell them the task 
is finished. ' ' 

**Mayst thou be eternally at one with the Divine!" 

**And thou, Cezardis, journey on beyond Memphis, 
until thou art come to Ilassa. Find Kadmon, and tell 
him all is well." 

*'And thou, Yermah, wilt thou not come with me?" 
asked Ben Hu Barabe. 

*' No; thou must teach Gautamozin in my stead. He 
will learn truth from the Brotherhood. Farewell, beloved I 
I will return, but not now." 

**Thou art come to thine own, Hanabusa," he con- 
tinued. * * Stay thou here with the despoiled. ' ' 

He kissed each one on their brows and cheeks, mumur- 
ing affectionate words of encouragement and farewell. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 347 

** Go now to the sea level. I am come to the end of 
my journey, and would fain be alone." 

It was difficult for him to persuade the Guanches to 
leave him. 

**Thou wilt see me again," he promised, *'but at 
another time." 

They turned again and again, kissing their hands to 
him as long as he was in sight. 

Weary and exhausted, he slept soundly until the first 
faint streak of dawn sat down in the lowest place on the 
horizon, while a long glade of zodiacal light shot up 
amongst the stars of Orion and Taurus. Yermah knew 
how to interpret this heavenly sign. Gradually a reddish 
hue appeared, and as soon as the lonely watcher compre- 
hended its meaning the zodiacal light faded, and golden 
yellow gradually overcame and drove out the red tinge, 
now grown to vermillion. The cold region of gray at its 
upper limit blushed a rosy pink as the first point of the 
solar disc leaped from behind a horizon of ocean and 
clouds.* 

The Dorado performed ablutions with marked care, 
dressed himself in fresh white linen, and before the sun 
was an hour old was picking his way to the higher regions. 
In the wild malpais world around him there was not a 
precipice, nor flat, nor patch of smooth or soft surface — 
not a plant, not a bird, not even an insect. Finally a 
bright spot of fire appeared in the malpais, then a length- 
ening red and smoking line, widening and growing deeper 
as it flowed down the mountain side. Nothing but the 
extreme high altitude made the heat bearable. Occasion- 
ally a fresh tongue of fire shot up from the fountain 
head, and the whole mass of fluid lava and scoria felt the 
impulse. Alternate cascades of fire and dross thundered 
precipitately against the lower slopes. 

The tense and elastic vapors in their struggles for free- 
dom here made one collective heave to gain the light of 
day, as the Island of Atlantis slowly settled down on the 
bed of the ocean, and the crater of eruption came up like 
a huge lava bubble. During this process the cold atmo- 
sphere did effective work on the outside. The mass was 

* Chas. Piazzi Smyth, at Teneriflfe. 



348 YERMAH THE DORADO 

hidebound with hardening stone; but the violence of the 
heated gases made a grievous rent in the wrinkled coating, 
thus causing the mountain to shake as with ague. Finally 
the internal pressure being too great, the massive shell 
was shattered into a thousand pieces. Not once, but 
many times, has this battle between heated gases and cold 
air taken place in the years since then, as the extinct 
craters amply testify, before the pent-up, unruly spirits of 
the mountain finally escaped. 

Prior to reaching his destination, Yermah discovered a 
lava figure resembling Keroecia, kneeling with her hands 
joined in prayer, and appearing to have a heavy mantle 
thrown over her shoulders. This effigy is still one of the 
many fantastic shapes pointing the way to the Ice Cavern 
— that wondrous sepulcher of the Dorado. It was not 
then an ice-cold spring banked with snow, in the midst 
of desolation, but was a vent where three conical mouths 
of the volcano flared open from different quarters, and 
hardened there in a dome-shaped elevation. Lying to 
the south is a particularly large mass of scoria turned 
upside down, which has been used from time immemorial 
by the Guanches as a place to pack and make up their 
parcels of cavern snow before venturing to carry it under 
a vertical sun, thirty miles to the capital below. 

It was nightfall when Yermah reached this spot, where 
he found the pentagram mentioned in Akaza's will. 
Nature had made it for him of whitish felspar on the 
western side of the scoria table. Certain that he had 
been guided aright, he sat down to await the appearance 
of Venus in the eastern horizon. Astronomers call it 
lateral refraction when a star oscillates and makes images 
in the heated atmosphere; but to Yermah it had a dif- 
ferent significance. He first saw Venus seven degrees 
high, apparently motionless. The planet oscillated up 
and down, then horizontally, outlining a Maltese cross — 
the primordial sign of matter.* Finally, it rose perpen- 
dicularly, descended sideways at an angle, and returned 
to the spot whence it started, completing a triangle — 
the universal emblem of spirit. 

* Von Humboldt, at Teneriflfe. 



YERMAH THE DORADO 349 

While he sat on the rock lost in reverie, the sub-con- 
scious man made its final peace with cosmic law. His 
entire life passed before him in successive events when he 
knew that here was tbe end; but with this realization he 
leaned confidently upon the Divine. Under the impulse 
of utter helplessness, he arose and kissed his hand rever- 
ently to the evening star — a practice taught him in the 
nursery. As a child it was his first act of adoration 
before his tongue learned to fashion appropriate speech 
or his mind to comprehend veneration. In this supreme 
moment, he turned back to that time insistently. 

Finally he knelt, and lifting up his arms as if to em- 
brace a heavenly ray, kissed the air as if it were the 
raiment of God. Turning his face up to the sky, he 
closed his eyes in silent prayer. Rising, he approached 
the mouth of the crater or cavern, which faces north. 
He could hear the angry, hissing roar of subterranean 
fires, and the scorching flames licked out at him as he 
fed them his belongings one by one. But a short time 
previous he had passed his thirty- third birthday, and 
now stood ready for self-immolation in the prime and 
glory of vigorous manhood. He had the illumined face 
of a saint, and was uplifted by that spirit which sustained 
martyrs in the after years. Even his fair young body 
seemed to be spiritualized. 

** O Thou Ineffable One! Thou Spirit of Fire! Take 
that which is thine! Lap thy purifying tongue about 
me, and leave no dross! " 

The desolation about him was the veritable home of 
black despair. Of what use was it to cry out to the 
deadly calm of the rarefied air, whose appalling stillness 
crushed and strangled the physical until his body was 
hateful to him. Coming nearer he looked down into the 
white heat of the pink-throated cavern. 

*^0 thou Sacred Fire! thy kiss was welcome to her 
sweet lips! Feast thou on mine! " 

With the fervor of an enthusiast, he rushed forward 
over the ragged malpais impeding his way, and flung 
himself headlong into the chasm. 

** Keroecia, my beloved! receive thy twin spirit." 



350 YERMAH THE DORADO 

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time that she was out of the body! 

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