Tales_Sebastian

Tales_Sebastian - , I"~ lage that was nearby, and...

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lage that was nearby, and there the~£ ~ounds were dressed; that same night they returned to thIS CIty, and on the follow- ing day told Dona Francisca the whole story. The lady, very glad to have been avenged, thanked them sincerely and then told it all to her mother, who was so astonished that she did not know what to do. Dona Francisca then dispatched a message to Captain Don Luis de Villasirga, sending him the letter of the dead Triesta, his servant, and recounting everything that had happened without departing one jot from the truth. She also begged him to return to Lima and marry another, for she felt that she was now unworthy of his honor. When the gentleman received this message (which reached him in Arequipa), he was moved to pity by the case and sent a letter consoling her and offering her his hand; but Dona Francisca refused and again implored him to return to Lima. This he did, and she remained in this city, grieving over her misfortUne. Ten years later she departed this life, having occupied those years in works of merit, receiving the sacraments often and carrying out many works of charity among the poor. ? .;.- , I"~ 1677 . Sebastian and His Golden Spurs April, 1677, Sebastian del Canto y Cerro, a poor man burdened with debts and with a wife and chil- dren, and despairing because he had no means of supporting them, determined to go one night (which was Easter eve) to the Mountain and enter one of the rich mines unbeknownst to its owner in order to extract some ore with which to satisfy his needs:The ancients were quite right in giving necessity the name "golden spurs," for the harsh impediment of poverty (as Alciatus calls it) clips the wings and hampers the progress of necessity; and since its spur is so indispensable it is no wonder that men over- come all obstacles and place their lives in manifest danger because of it. This poor man, then, put his plan into effect and at about eight o'clock that night, relying on the little knowledge he had of the paths within those very large workings, entered them through a hole far distant from the mouth of the mine, for he knew that it was guarded. Having descended into the mine with great difficulty, he began to walk through it (not knowing where he was) in search of some vein or cutting where ore could be extracted; having walked for a long time, he came to a certain chamber where he stumbled over an I,l obstruction and in his fall put out his candle. Poor Sebastian was left in that terrible la. .byrinth filled with terror, for he had unwisely failed to bring cinder, steel, or flint to make a light, a precaution that every Spaniard takes when he enters these deep mines for just such an eventuality. This also happened to me and Bartolome Cotamito, mining supervisor for the chief of mines Antonio Lopez de Quiroga, in the great shaft
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