Carson tells Latour about a white trader named Zeb Orchard. Orchard is a recluse, but Latour arranges a stay with him to learn more about Indian customs and ceremonies. Orchard belittles Indian customs, but Latour confesses that the Indians' veneration of customs and traditions is similar to the Catholic faith. Latour and Jacinto travel to meet Padre Antonio Jose Martinez, the elderly priest of Taos. Informed by Kit Carson that all white men were distrusted in Taos, Latour also learns that Martinez is widely regarded as the instigator of an Indian revolt that resulted in the murder of more than a dozen white men, including the territorial governor. Seven Indians were hanged for the murder, but Martinez was never indicted. Instead, he convinced the Indians to sign over their worldly possessions to him before they were executed, resulting in Martinez becoming one of the wealthiest men in New Mexico. Among the first things Latour learns upon meeting Martinez is that he has fathered children.
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