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Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan

New York: Harper and Brothers, 1848

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the yard, and thence into the kitchen, when a wom- an engaged in cooking ran out, leaving her vessels boiling over the fire. I superintended her cooking, and dried my damp clothes, determined to avoid having anything to do with the operation ; but, for- tunately for me and Mr. Catherwood's knife, Doctor Cabot considered that it was not advisable to am- putate. It was ten days since the accident hap- pened, and the wound seemed to be healing. Doc- tor Cabot ascribed the lad's preservation to the sound and healthy state of the blood, arising from the sim- ple diet of the Indian.

At this place we determined to separate ; Mr. Catherwood to go on direct to Peto, a day and a half's journey distant, and lie by a few days to re- cruit, while Doctor Cabot and I made a retrograde and circuitous movement to the village of Mani. While speaking of our intention, a by-stander, Don Joaquin Sais, a gentleman of the village, told us of ruins on his hacienda of Saccacal, eight leagues distant by a milpa road, and said that if we would wait a day, he would accompany us to visit them; but as we could not, he gave us a letter to the ma- jor domo.

Early the next morning Doctor Cabot and I set out with Albino and a single Indian, the latter car- rying a petaquilla and hammocks. We left the vil- lage by the running stream, and rode for some time along a deep gully made by the great body of water which rushes through it in the rainy season. At

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