Obrázky stránek
PDF
ePub

GRAN FABRICA NACIONAL DE TABACOS

La Flor del Istmo.

La mejor y la mas grande que hasta hoy se ha establecido en Panamá.

Los Cigarros, Picaduras y Cigarrillos elaborados en esta Fábrica, son del
MEJOR MATERIAL que se cosecha en las vegas de Chiriquí y Bubi,
Todos deben probar el tabaco de Panamá que es tan bueno

como el extranjero que viene á la República.
Protejer á las Industrias Nacionales, es protejerse uno á sí mismo.
E, MORRIS y Cía.

AVENIDA CENTRAL, NUMERO 307 FUMEN NUESTROS PRODUCTOS Ó NO FUMEN.

TELEFONO 20.

Arrival of the Buccaneers.

Capt. Morgan, who knew very well all the avenues of this city, as also all the neighboring coasts arrived in the dusk of the evening at the place called Puerto de Naos, distant ten leagues toward the west of Porto Bello. Being come to this place, they mounted the river in their ships, as far as another harbour called Puerto Pontin; where they came to an anchor. Here they put themselves immediately into boats and canoes, leaving only a few men to keep them and conduct them the next day to the port. About midnight they came to a certain place called Estera longa Lemos, where they all went on shore, and marched by land to the first posts of the city. They had in their company a certain Englishman, who had been formerly a prisoner in those parts, and who served them for a guide. To him, and three or four more, they gave commission to take the sentry, if possible, or kill him

NOW

were

upon the place. But they laid hands on him and apprehended him with such cunning, that he had no time to give warı ing with his musket, or make any other noise. Thus they brought him, with his hands bound, to Captain Morgan, who asked him: Hou things went in the city, and what forces they had: with many other circumstances, which he was desirous to know. After every question, they made him a thousand menaces to kill him, in caso he declared not the truth. Thus they began to advance towards the city, carrying always the said sentry bound before them. Having marched about one-quarter of a league, they came to the castle that is near the city, which presently they surrounded, so that no person could get either in or out of the said fortress.

Being thus posted under the walls of the castle, Capt. Morgan conimanded the sentry whom they had taken prisoner, to speak to those that within, charging them to surrender, and give themselves up to his discretion; otherwise they should be all cut to pieces,

to pieces, without giving quarter to any one. But they would hearken to none of these threats, beginning instantly to fire; which gave notice to the city and this was suddenly alarmed. Yet

, notwithstanding, although the Governor and soldiers of the said castle made as great resistance

as could

be performed, they were constrained to surrender to the Pirates. These no sooner had taken the castle, than they resolved to be as good as their words, in putting the Spaniards to the sword, thereby to strike a terror into the rest of the city. Hereupon, having shut up all the soldiers and officers as prisoners into one room, they instantly set fire to the powder (whereof they found great quantity), and blew up the whole castle into the air, with all the Spaniards that were within. This being done, they pursued the course of their victory, falling upon the city, which as yet was not in order to receive them. Many of the inhabitants cast their precious jewels and moneys into wells and cisterns, or hid them in other places underground, to.

as

re

excuse, as much as were possible, their being totally robbed. One party of the Pirates being assigned to this purpose, ran immediately to the cloisters, and took

many ligious men and women as they could find. The Governor of the city not being able to rally the citizens, through the huge confusion of the town retired to one of the castles remaining, and thence began to fire incessantly at the Pirates. But these were not in the least negligent either to assault him or defend themselves with all the courage imaginable. Thus it was observable that, amidst the horror of the assault, they made very few shots in vain. For aiming with great dexterity at the mouths of the guns, the Spaniards were certain to lose one or two men every time they charged each gun anew.

Assault on the Castle.

noon.

of

The assault of this castle where the Governor was, continued very furious on both sides, from break of day until

Yea, about this time of the day the case was very dubious which party should conquer or be conquered. At last the Pirates, perceivi:g they had lost many men and as yet advanced but little towards the gaining either this, or the other castles remaining, thought to make use fireballs, which they threw with their hands, designing, if possible, to

to burn the doors of the castle. But going about to put this into execution, the Spaniards from the wall let fall great quantities of stones and earthen pots full of powder and other combustible matter, which forced them to desist from that attempt. Capt. Morgan seeing this generous defence made by the Spaniards, began to despair of the whole success of the enterprise. Hereupon, many faint and calm meditations into his mind; neither could he determine which way to turn himself in that straitness of affairs. Being involved in these thoughts, he was suddenly animated to continue the assault by seeing the English colours put forth at one of the lesser castles,

came

[blocks in formation]

No. 44, Fifth Sizeet, above the "Delouónico Cafe"

fronting on Cathedral Park.

new

or

then entered by his men, of whom he presently after spied a troop that came to him, proclaiming victory with loud shouts of joy. This instantly put him upon resolutions of making new efforts to take the rest of the castles that stood out against him; especially seeing the chief citizens were fled to them, and had conveyed thither great part of their riches, with all the plate belonging to the churches, and other things dedicated to divine service.

To this effect, therefore, he ordered ten twelve ladders to be made in all possible haste, so broad that three or four men at once might ascend by them. These being finished, he commanded all the religious men and women whom he had taken prisoners to fix them against the walls of the castle.

This much he had beforehand threatened the Governor to perform, in case he delivered

But his answer was: He would never surrender himself alive. Capt. Morgan was much persuaded that the Governor would not employ his

his utmost forces,

not the castle.

a

seeing religious women and ecclesiastical persons, exposed in the front of the soldiers to the greatest dangers. Thus the ladders, as I have said, were put into the hands of religious persons of both sexes; and these were forced, at the head of the companies, to raise and apply them to the walls. But Capt. Morgan was fully deceived in his judgment of this design. For the Governor, who acted like brave and courageous soldier, refused not, in performance of his duty, to use his utmost endeavours to destroy whoever came near the walls The religious men and women ceased not to cry to him and to beg of him by all the Saints of Heaven that he would deliver the castle, and hereby spare both his and their own lives.

But nothing could prevail with the obstivacy and fierceness that had possessed the Governor's mind. Thus many of the religious men and nuns were killed before they could fix the ladders. Which at last being done, though with great loss of the said religious people, the Pirates mounted them in great numbers, and with no less valour; having fireballs in their hands, and earthen pots full of powder. All which things, being now at the top of the walls, they kindled and cast in among the Spaniards.

Refused Quarter Despite Wife's Tears.

This effort of the Pirates was very great; insomuch as the Spaniards could no longer resist nor defend the castle, which was now entered. Hereupon they all threw down their arms, and craved quarter for their lives. Only the Governor of the city would admit or crave no mercy, but rather killed many of the Pirates with his own hands, and not a few of his own soldiers, because they did not stand to their arms. And although the Pirates asked him if he would have quarter, yet he constantly answered: By no means: I had rather die a valiant soldier than be hanged as a coward. They endeavoured, as much as they could, to take him prisoner.

But he defended himself so

« PředchozíPokračovat »