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Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1848

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part of the dry season, and when this fails the wells appear, and continue the supply until the rains come on again.

Leaving this, we continued again upon a plain Albino had not come up with us, and passing through one Indian rancho, we came to another, in which were many paths, and we were at a loss which to take. The men were all away, and we were obli- ged to chase the women into their very huts to ask directions. At the last hut we cornered two, who were weaving cotton, and came upon them with our great effort in the Maya language, 'Tush y am beŚ" " Is this the way toŚ" adding Yakatzib, the name of the rancho at which we were told there were ruins. We had acquired great facility in asking this question, but if the answer went beyond " yes" or " no," or an indication with the hand, as was the case on this occasion, it was entirely beyond our at- tainments. The women gave us a very long, and probably a very civil answer, but we could not un- derstand a word of it ; and finding it impossible to bring them to monosyllables, we asked for a draught of water and rode on.

When we had gone some distance beyond the rancho, it occurred to us that this might be Yakat- zib itself, and we turned back. Before reaching it, however, we turned off into a grove of large or- ange trees at one side of the road, dismounted, and tied our horses under the shade to wait for Albino. The trees were loaded and the ground covered with

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