RANGE WALK ISlTOR
By Alejo Ayuso
The data given in these notes are taken from a diary kept by th writer.
There's no fiction added and the story is much true.
SHow the information eams in my possessiona 1y dear mother (RIP) had an
excellent retaining memory and most of what is written here was passed
to her by her mother who was twelve years of age when the vent occurred.
Sv-geB Indians from Icrxche had Orange 'alk Town as a target, periodically
invading the town and lonting everything they could get hold of, including
beef, pork, pastry, and farm products such as corn rnd berns. Our humble
and defenseless people could not stop nor had any means ol preventing
these thriving and cruel reatues from destroying their mans of livell-
. blood. We had no means of coaunnication by phone and there were no '.igh-
Ityu nor paved roads anywhere; no motor boats, no trucks, no errs and
horses were few,
Our government manged to get in touch with England who in due time 1:saed
orders to Jaiacr who sent Constabs here to protect us. The Barracks' (now
the agricultural Station) was formed, trenches were dug 12 feet deep and
a aellpaibhla bridge was built at the entrance, A amition denot and a
few old fashioned cannon were added.
Maroa Canul, leader of the Icaiche tribe, left Icciche followed by
l~hureds of his choicest warriors and one behind the others, ducklike
falion, took the trail and after tw) t1rys reached .gur Blrnca on the binks
of the bondo River, exican territory. There they built crude refts in
which they crossed the river, travelled through the nine ridge, hit near
"Clamrnon Creek", "e un in the direction of Trinided, then San Lazro
and on through the old Ban Lezaro rord crossing the now Belize Rod ne-r
Espades and eventuorly hitting Louisiana Ferm, canning ne-r the Ifeo River,
After resting overnigt, these villainous Indians now prepared themselves
for hittand-run attack against Ornnge Walk. However, word hnd rlrendy
reached the berraee And theegro constabs from Jaieaa were now posted.
around the present Esso station to Ayuao's building along Main Street.
Other enastabs were assigned prominent posts in the vicinity of Gravel
Lne and back as far as "NI Amor" RPstaurrnt on the Delize Road.
Mr. J, W. Price (Chick Castillo's gradxfrther), the District Comissioner,
Mr. Kelvin, and Mr. Franciseo Bserlante (Eloy Esealante's great grandpa)
posted themselves in appropriate spots for the defense.
With nmch shouting, Marcus Canul Crme forward, followed by at least one
hundred saw ge and murderous Indians, and launched the attack all along
the banks of New River r- frr as tne slaughter house. With the eaxeption
of a couple of "bsrquedillas", the river bank and as far as newr the pre-
sent fImacAdada Church was thickly covered with bush, and protected by
This forest, the Indians srde the attack with oldfashioned shotguns bhich
hcd to be loaded through the barrel with wad-powder BB shot, a process
too slow the the high powered "'inchester" rifles enloyed by the defenders,
Sin particular r. Frrncimeo Escalante and his assistant, his son Vicente.
Omage Walk History
by Alejo Ayuso
Daa Paneho was the hero of this battle, having barricaded the eastern
portion of the upper story of his house rnd trken a. wide window
through which he had a good view of ray approaching enemy, end baet
hit Wa' squarely.
Don Panoho fe nlante had dozens of bore of 4440 bullets at hand and
two Winchenter rifles, As soon as one of the rifles vu discharged,
the other :alr: dy lorded by his ao Vioent. Indias rell depd or
seriously injured by his mrkaHpmnMp. On 4 nearby houes (Beliz
Estate Agnwy), Mr. Price and Nr. Kelvin were also shooting doen nldian
by the headful. Late that same dry, the caswtite of the Tadirs side
were bery, rnd arWm Crnl a.de the last depeute effort trying to
breek into the vrrd rnd invade Don Pnoho' s houoe. In this iminnSt
ameat of greet danger, Mr. sea blte warned his on, 'Visente, nlease,
by no oane, and for God's sake, keep yors eluf r of the window and
load the Wineh fret. leave the telnue to me", But the shoats wMe
terrible, sam of the Indians bad lr2wdy arde their way ra far as the
foae, lnd VLm nte, just sxtese, ews sared, and seeing his dad very
Snoerw ISared his dad's warning ad rri ed his bhed F little above
the window sill and wa shot in the bead. e dropped to the floor
hboeding, rd Don Prcho's grief bed no limit at the ment, opened tie
window eajr end azoned hiaelf, firig sh after sbot at the iinding
Indims who elthW fell dead or injured. )&reu Cnol was rd end seeing
his an falling lib3 dead leoams, abouted, *Don Pancho, I ashll get
even with you. You'll have it with as face to feen. Mr. Pealante saw
his ruling towards the fence, took careful sig#, raned and fired his
Winchester rifla, the shot tearing tthmgb r little below Caml's
shoulder. Crnul dropped on the gund bleeding profusely and was picked
up by aam of the snrrounding Indins and packed and laid nrr the present
Lr lmareulda school. A crude stretcher was improised and OCal was Ild
there and carried to camp at Loutelana Fr a. His condition u aerlouas,
and the raelatinig warrors decided to toke bim hum, reaching Aegua sana
an the NsAd rn aide of the Hoado River. Camel died before reahI rlaeice.
The +aarig, the looting and the abl es were over. The Indian near
again returned to OQage '"eI1. Long after, hovrer, when Don Panche
bad beeom dust, tears Crnml*a amn ose to Orange al% and at Mr. Tibraeio
eelanate (Floy reolante's graudater) and told him, "wZo are Sm
Pancho's son, and he killed my fathers troopss C-aal, long rgo. But oe
day I hall come to Orange Walk end gej eves Don Tibby, as be was
called, took a horse whio hanging rt his office and rushed tc3ards Caml's
son, who in tun ran oat of the place a fsat as his lege could jerry
himb Up to now, nothing has been heard of C-aul's am.
THE ICACICE taTMLM
by Alejo 'yuso
weroo Carnl was a bad InUdir chief vho rnided, looted, hbuirt property,
and left our early neeastor in the greatest msry. On his last
attack in 1872, he ws amrtally injured and the raid. cam to an end.
The priest trB story coas from an eightyra ven year old gmetlsesn
vwlze father, Joma Srntos-Lpes, directly perti2ipatsd in the Taml Vnr".
In the year 1872, racoe CHul, ca manied by swe ral doan Indian
raiders, left loisLae in the diretitn of 'guaa Bams on th banks of
Rio Hnd, Mexico. Thbse taugh Indlan trvrvlad en toot for three dry
befator rsaing this bank where tbne mad a R g ft, and on Ic t amassed
the rige to Water Bank, Clrrro, Trida and San Lsaro, and them
on by the old San Lasa ro ad. pasof Ba Pedro, oarssinr the BD&ise
Road at epu4ada Ranch, A portion rabrd dou tre w P.iver bad, and
thb other Dortion, lead by l roas Caul, marobed though ppw Road
across ~anM tisabeth Park into Part Street. C -l and his fOllvers
rm ded up ehat eopl2 they fmbnd and hsld tbm prlwianrs. A ag boy,
hweer, essped, and racing no-stop to TW R four mlles distant,
gave tih alarn to Mr. Jon valtur Pries (Chich atslo grsaltthe).
Mr. Pri s as engaged in tbh anaeatuwre of bram sagrr and molasssm .
Leaving this ark aside, he called his itant tuoe Americans, rad
Mr. Jose Santos Lipes (Mr. Italio Lapes' Fnther). These armd thmselves
with Winchester rifles and riding their bcrses, rreed full sr9ed to Orange
The portion of Indiana who went though mLouIi Pu r and the Riverside
Street, Inrnt down the "flrt", a log oabin om a ed by about F dosan
negr soldier who bhrd no other liternmtIve but to jup into the Wr
Uver, croes it, and hide behind the ngmovw of Scnuhinm Iland. The
log onbin stood preaisely vwer e tt Agency of e Belize Patate and
Protac Co., Ltd. now stands. ThI other portion bowe mntioned, seeing
the four riOrB approachig, barriedly got out of the wy, and hid be-
hind piles of logood at the 1ew Rirr bea near tlh present "a
lmmenVda" School, the Prllotine eooient, and Artla' corner. Mr. Price
and his three rides took positions naer San Antonio Road, and Mr. Francico
ascBlante (lay Xecalente's gr st-graadfata ) od his youngest won,
Ticnte, took position on a window of the v r story of renalante's
reaidenoe (nov the !tfles College.) ibe Cana war vas on.
Mr. fmand co EMaalante and his yougset son, Vioente, took position at
a viadow Ma the upper story of his residence, and there had a good oonMand
of the e starn section of the road leading towards the Crthnlie Church.
Aa an Indian made an appearance, -on Pasnho aimed and shot. Vioente
had a Wnchegter rif v whichhe handed to his dnd vhws loaded, and the
unloaded rifle was handed to the son for reloading. In this naner
Br. FranCisao raeolante killed and injured arp Indlma, and Maroos Ceul
was very aed, seeing that he could not advance for~ rd. On this occesiom
)bros Cam.l expossd himself shooting, "You, Don Pannho, I wnt to wet
faes to faceSt. r. Eacalante took preutionas, At that moment, however,
his most beloved saon Yicate, raised his had a l'*tle over the vi s
*il, and a discharge blEatad his head, killing hbi thoenatly. Dpabo,
"he Zomiche Indiana
by Alejo $yawo
seelag the blood rumain on tih floor and his mon dead, as so at-
fested that be opened the win aj ar, ad shoted to Crinu, Come,
you Indire dog. I no longer car to livalt Ad so, Carmul ea a
littl el ear. Dob Pmebo took oarfti ala and sbot him through
the shoulder, felling bin mortally womded, Ibalt"s aeezy picked
up C dal and, i rolsiag a roh strtadr, earrid Mai though
Ri rwsld Strot, lat r~amn bsm. Its Prim' the to Fmoricm,
Wd Mr. LopMe, anng with tb-D atr.lt Oa-d-mr "t otber laread
thi Indlaw aoreas tte BSai Rond am tr as Pbedra a te old
San Laro Rnad. At this spot Cml got werm -nd was mloiand to to
groud aznriag after a fwr Hda e. TIh Indit chiaf wa msn dmd
and a bandfl of morning In = dia nrrmid tgo bedy to Z eOi far
burial. Slace the as aor Inadia rFds has bU ezperleimed.
HISTORY OF Y VILLAGE
by Isidro I. Caceres
. village is located about one mile south of Orange Walk Town, with
Abat one hundred and seventy five inhabitants, having a good school,
saaoerte bridge, a reservoir, and a water system. These people settled
in this village around the year 1936. The place was bushy and had an
amBudance of palm trees, and so it got its nickname, Palmer, but its
_.aM nmre is San Jose Nuevo, named after its patrol saint, and Tevo
followed because it was a new settlement for the settlers and their
patronn saint. Their old home was called San Jose Viejo, somewhere
i'itnd Gallon Jug.
K.=. y before they left, these people of San Jose Viejo hid some nsa-
ing with Mr. Brow, the manager of the Belize Estate and
iPrduoe Caopany. Mr. Bron got md with these people and grve them
fiw moths grass to leave the place with the understanding to give
thn another place to live, one which still belonged to the Belise
ftsate and Produce Comany. The Alcalde of the village then wrote a
letter to King George VI to approve the Iund given them by Mr. BrAn,
DBelde the Alcalde their were two priests who were working very hard
also for the people of San Jose Viejo. These priests were Fr. Stevenson
t:. Fr. Lena'rd S.J. A few months after the letter was written they got
s* answer from the King who approved the Irnd given near Orange 'alk Tow-,
together with a document. Before the end of the month of April 1936,
the people had left the vill; ge, leaving the majority of their things
such as tables, corn, and animals because they could not carry them in
one trip. After these people left the village, r. Brown sent his men
to barn all the houses including the church :nd school.
ame of these people that left the vll'ge went 'o Cayo because it was
closer, and the rest came to Orrnge V-lk Town where the majority of
them built their tents on a field which is now known as the barraks.
Thy lived there for a few weeks until they bad finished clearing the
site for their houses, having Mr. Maximo Peres as their Alcalde and
leader. The very first family that vent to live at San Jdoe rTevo were
the Peres and Tmul family followed by others. A few months after that
they built a school with hbe help of Pr. Stevenson and Fr. Leonard.
The government then sent a female teacher who was Miss Brooks, followed
by oher as Miss Yorke, :Mss Perdamo, *Is Rose, Mr. Palacio, Mr. Valentine,
and1Ythers. In the years gone by these neoole did not hrve a good road
itt only a narrow track where only people and horse could pass. In
those years oast they could not come to Orange Walk Town by night beeruse
the narrow track was haunted. Many of them were frightened by strange
animals as cows, pigs, and so on, where in those time cows and pigs did
not exist in Lodeiana as now.
History of my Tillage/San Jose Nuevo
In years gone b -.he people of ny vill: ge were also b ckw rd I the
mode of living, Some of them user: to sleep rnd cook auder one house,
I m used banmocks they made. They leaked chairs, tables, beds, r'cd
asny other modern facilities in life. Their amusements were dances
Sand games Their favorite game was cricket, and they were very no-stlr
tIn this. These people were r1se boekwsrd both sodrlly nd educatiorrlly.
iBt gradually their backwrrdness is disappeering. The young men of todry
i hs a different system thn thosa in the prst. They "re more social
end edneated. The majority of them at least reach the sixth eta, dard.
Som are working as teachers, others are officers of the village council,
and others are working as store keepers etc. They amse themselves with
dasning, singing, nrlying grmes as football, ocrds, checkera, etc. Nov
at present, in the willrge you ern ee progress. It has a concrete
school, a reservoir, a concrete bridge, a water system, a better road,
* ns footBall field, ard a small park which is about finished. In the
future it hopes to have a community center as plans have been made.
The village council has gotten same bricks, two pasoline lamps, and a
pick-u for the news lan of the coammity center.
A fw years ago in my village it was discovered a kind of stone which
Is believed that it fell frio the skies. Some white men were interested
in that because it was proven thrt it is somewhat like ironstone. They
carried some pieces to be examined but up to now we don't know the result.
THE TELLOW JAW SNAKE"
by AleJo Araso
.g the many stories I heard from Mother, this seems to be very unusual and I
li. to relate it for the first time hoping it will be liked by the reader,
Wijh was just three years old and soon after the midday meal, liked to spread
|0iJhe floor at the hall to sleep. The floor was a white marble floor and the
i' Uwas thatched and naturally cool.
e occasion, mother needed soap and went into the hall to fetch a bar; but
ra e saw paralyzed her movements; she saw a Yellow-Jaw snake coiled around
child's waist and luckily fast asleep. She had the impulse to tear this
ild from danger, but she quickly made up her mind to go out and beg for help.
he servant was in the yard and he was sent to fetch papa who had his business
b ha next corner. Father and Don Pancho ease running into the yard and when
saw the coiled snake around the child's belly they also were stunned and
tdA not find an immediate solution to this most embarrassing problem. Don
kofb saidsrwait and pray that the child will not be poisoned". Silently, mama,
ad and Don Pancho tin-toed back to the yardmana was crying and she was taken
rather back least the snake would awaken and bite the child.
Mer about thirty minutes, the venomous reptile uncoiled off the sleeping Polich
pd dragged itself through the front door. Discounting all dangers, mother
hpled in the hall and picked up the sleeping child and carried him into the
pa, bolting the door securely. Father immediately tonk a long stick and
M33oed the crawling snake and with several blows finished this poisonous creature,
tfr los I mobs cuenntos que of de ma madre, este parece aer el mis rare y, por
Imra ves dseeo relatarlo esperando sea del agrado de los lectores.
bilch tenf apenas trees afos do edad cuando desnues de la comida de medio-dfa
ateba tirarse a dormir en el suelo de la sala. El suelo era de tierra blanca
Ia oasa era de guano y fresca, co~a es natural...
Wna occasion, man necesitaba jab&n y fue an busca de una pieza en la sala, Lo
vi la dejo paralizada, Vio una culebra "Barba-Amarilla" enroscada alrededor
la cintura de Polich quien estaba bien dormido y -or suerte la culebra dormfa
STuvo el impulso de arrebatar a la criatura de las garras de esto venonoso
fl, pero Dimediatamente Pens6 diferente y sali al patio a pedir ayuda. Mando
_1ar a pap quien tenfa su negocio en la otra esquina, y e1 y Don Pancho, llegaron
ri a Cmiando vi4(ron la culebra enroscada en el vientre de la criatura, se
ron y lo najor que so pado n-nser as dejar este erito problena as como
Ia y salirse a pntillas al nation. Mama estaba 1lorando y fue conducdde al fo'ao
patio per temor de desnertar a la vfbora. Como a los treinta minutes, IR barbs-
desnertd, se desenroliA y arrastrandcse todo la direcidn de la nuerts
tal. Masmd, descontando todo pelioro, arr~it an brasos a PoUch v se lo
al cuarto tranoando ls nuerta con segpiridad. Pa? tomr unat vara y Con esta
dio various trancazos alsodtil ac-bandc con este rentil riieenoso.
Just a few days ago, on Easter Sunday, a fishing trip was made to Revenge on the
looked Tree road about twenty miles from toin. A cargo truck was used and because
f the loose thick sand the fishing soot was reached late that day. There. under
shade of a manchich (hardwood tree) the three men sat and ate lunch and rested
r awhile, then got a net ready and waded in the middle of the pond. Bocetoras
(rtver turtles) were saen popping out at a distance but they are very tricky and
nt one could be caught. Bass snook was abundant and by seven that evening the
Contained exactly 105 large ones which was dilided at 35 fishes each.
sn Victor, came early at home bringing us about twenty pounds of lovely bass.
tely grandma took some and cleaned it. At midday man presented the
a with a dellcary; "Sereh" a fish meal which contains coconut juice., potatoes,
young green bananas and yag I had a double serving adding some chopped cabbage
and sliced tomatoes. Mumt it's delicious
fthe weather is dry next May another excursion will be made to one of these
Which are beyond Maul- Punch-Shoal and we intend to combine fishing,
hootltg and bring a box of ripe caahew which are common in the nine ridge. This
tim, a few bocoteras are sure to be added since an experienced fisherman has
given us some tips on how to get them as you can see herer
"To catch t bhcotoras or hiocatties, the fisherman must provide himself
with a pointed machete and when going into the pond, he takes a long
pole and beats the water on both sides and proceed until he had driven
fish or turtles to the opposite bank. Don't be in a harry, let the
waters settle and then you'll observe ruts made by he fleeing bocotoras.
You are now sure that they are somewhere there. Next, step by step
press the bottom with the machete (the nond is just knee deep). When the
blade touches something solid dig it out with your hands and you have
eenght the first bocotera. The process continues in the same manner until
you have caught enough. Let me give you another tin. Ihen you have
cleaned the bocotora, mix ashes with water, let it settle. Clean the
bocotora, and wash clean, Pour the clear ash-water over it and heat for
twenty minutes. Wash properly and conk. The "creole" delight on this
food cooking it until brown adding potatoes, onions and tomatoes. Some
add a little cohane oil and is stewed. This meal goes go-d with a
big pot of rice and beans cooked in coconut "milk"(the coconut jiice).
When eating don't use a fork, use a dessert spoon or your fingers are
best the food tastes better
FOUNDATION OF YO CREEK
Mrs. Ad&lpha Cal de CrG.rei
Three frxlies founded the village of Yo-Creek-Felpe Blfnao, Juan
Jeni 0o Cal (or IEqui9vl) and Pcnosee Carcia in the year 1800.
bUs osa of To Creek was originally Jesus Mare, bat it was confused
wth another village of the srms nme in the arms district. The settlers
than kcanged the name to Yo Cree. The first syflrble, To, is a Maya
.4rd, and Creek is Eng lish word, which in Mays is be-el-a. To
Oeek oans water way. During f*a rainy season the people have to cross
.- a Locrl madebridge as the croik is high; in the dry season t is only
a brook, and people ean cross on the bridge or in the creek.
e2lipe Blanco crossed over to tis English settlement with his parent
wien young. They were Spardsh refugees from Bacelnr. They first settled
St San Estevan, bat when Pelipe Blenoo was old enough he started .rrming,
Sh joureyed from San Esteoan ta Yo Creek, which was anr jungle then,
to cut down his milpe. He liked the area for its fertile soil and the
week, and it ,'as the center of the tracks w'de by the English sett.ere
Wifthheir slarsa. As an industrous an he found it necessary to
nettle on his fara. He mtrriec Dolores Vera, end then c-ne to settle
there on the farm. They h d tio children, Caledonio Blance and Pedro
lasme. As an indstrious man he tacaee rich. He used to sell all his
ermps to the settlers and the soldiers. He used to mpke 500 cigars
daily to sell. His cattle and horses e brought from Peter Guatamala
and Tesiche. 'hen he beard (f the coming Canul he vent into the bosh
and buried his treasure and raver revealed the secret nlace to his sons.
When he died his sons tool ove: the responsibility. The two sons married
aand worked harmonioaaly together. Caledonio Blanco arrived VWlertine
AgdUlar and Pedro to Petronila Pacheco, Caledonio's wife did not stay
with him because he was a Rso.. He gave a lot of children to the
Indian dies whose parents hat. coe to settle and work for his father.
Vhen his currency was exchange. two horses witn to get it from Orange
Palk. Before they died they 'reed to bury their treasure under some
oath. that none of them would veal it to his wife or sweetheart.
b1.riiam o died last and only -he animals were left to the brstsrd
children. Caledonio was born in 1866.
Mian Jeronlmo Esquival, Anioto Mendes, nnd Juaquin Chck were captured
by the Indians at Jotauk (Hszook) four leagues from M-rtda. They
ere not killed because thr, could read and write. In five days vPwking
they reached Santa Cruz FVr, now cUllad Ccrvillo Puerto, the chief
tan of the Cruz Iniians. Tjiy witnessed the cruel death of many
Bpaniards, so they nla- ed to run aay. They got the Indien ladies to
prepare som posole ad tortillas for them. In the night they lmds
their escape. They ravelled north westward to Chicbanja which was
Bather Spanish setJlement. Arriving there they found the plrce in
lsatileno. The P, Fni.rds there had been massacred. The church was
h ll of hwman e.-etonsa They ere fearful to death that right away they
started to cor sliding. They found a track of logwood ctters, and this
blnogt the to 'he River Hondo. On their way coming frum Chichanja not
ftr fru tb R .I Hondo they aV soanthing white They were shocked to
idath thir ing th t it was an esye. Whae they saw that the thing didn't
bMaaation of Yo C-eek
ane tbsy started to go closer and closer. They saw th"t it was the
i!tati of Jesus Christ crucified in a big glass box. The Tndians were
tying to back it away from Chichrnfa Church. Being Catholics they
Ad mat leave the statue there. They had the faith that if they took
Se statue with them that God would p-otect them to reach the border
!atery. The track hroath them straight to the Rio Hondo vbere the
Fiage of Botes is now. They crossed over to Santa Crus, a village
if t h Spanish refugees. Juan Jeronim Eaquivel and Aniaeto 1endes
: Ift Juqui Chick with the statue at Santa C us. They esme to San
I tatfanio, passed a large milpa uiich is now To Creek,jasaed Orange Walk
* g sad finally reached San Eatevan. Her.J J an Jeronimo Esquivel
wa married to ManuaL Mendes pnd Aniseto to Aveline .endes. These
two ladies were sisters.
1.I seeing the prosperity in which Felipe Blano was living in To
A|ixLMrk, decided to follow him also, so he eame to settle at To Creek.
-'A be settled he g're his story of escape, and why be had changed his
waan and title from Juan Jernmim Eaquivel to Juan Cal. Cal means neck.
-its he took for a title because e hrd r sore on his neck. He had to
hage his whole namS becrus e he wa the general or officer of the
A~ipa h troop in Merida, and th' Tndinsa crossed oer to the english
attlaemnt looking for bim.
fl3f.roni a Eaquivel had four children Pt To Creek-Eatetfaa, Egenia,
I! ai.l and MoIses with CL as title, now Esquivel, their correct
~Uitte ~a got very rich also, but he buried all his trw'sure before
ie 4Wdt. I, Mrs. Adolpha Cal de Garoia, as the grnd-daughter of
Fraawiso Cal and gret granddaughter of Juan Jeronimo Esquivel.
tW.ara Cal married to Falipe Flores. They had tuo children, Bailio
t-p esm and atalia Flores who is now M. NatPelie Trumback. They were
S'ANdAht to Belise after the murder of their father at Estero Frrnro,
S:tllagm up the Rio Hondo. After the mrderers had killed Felipe
Slrea, they seardbed for his infant son Faillo. Luckily he was not
femBd in his hiding nlace. His mother quickly pushed him under a big
_pdt*A le she mrde her escape with her daughter. It is claimed that
PSA1i Plores uas a aegician. He used to alk rmong his enemies. They
| ied at him but the bullets never hrrned him. He used to mrke a round
...tp fam his home to Yucetan, r journey of more then r hundred miles.
S~tI: ife, Wstefana, was the wife of an English settler at Son 'ntonio.
I oly he told the husband thrt he liked his wife and that he was going
Ito Ths her r long with him.
LIa ,an, the husband accepted the ch,-lenge to fight for his wife.
larea laughed and hrbnded him his rifle. He told him that he would give
1i the first chance. At r distanee of five yards he told the hneabnd
to fira five shots at him, and if he failed to kill him, he would shoot
Ja," The husband agreed, but not a shot got Flores. He took the gun and
the hasbnnd one shot on the forehead; then he carried the wife.
asgar used to unmoed his gun, but the night his derth, he left it
Maded after cleaning and polishing it. Phen he vrs hailed in the
i t9, he didn't expect the enemy. As he opened his window to see who
llealin him, he was fired a shower of bullet but he didn't die
of To Creak
Ihatty. He ran for his rifle, but it was empty. The enemies
Stat he wouldn't die, then beat him with clubs til they were
Sij was dead.
saterno C1 is the grandfather of all the Caels living in To Creek
present. He rrried first to Isabel Rodrique and after her death
roiaSteo Angela ranul. He died at the age of 65 years. He was
ba Cal, Francisco's brother, is the grradfather of the Cal living
O1age Walk today.
I otler partner, Juaquin Chick, who stayed at Santa Cras with the
taB, on his last days of life, sent a message to Mr. Wnrel
ULU Rt San letonio to go and ee hia. He beged Mr. Castilla
Stld a lady to take care of him, and when dead to kindly uJry hin
~emat he offered to give the beautiful statue. Mr. Castillo
13'lld his promise. After Mr. Chok was buried the statue was
fa to San Antonio with mnuic. The hol statue ill still be found
UP. aoarah of San 'Atonic.
r elGaisal ved with his children-Isidro, Andrea, Tiente, ael
M and ellpe, at the Spanish town of Peto, not far froa S nta
or Carrillo Puerto as now it ia called. be ns suffering
igI ftae v ih was the effect of the War of Colours. 1'en he
b~ o the prosperity and eoanrity which the Spnish refugees were
Wag he too decided to leave his hume. Before he could settle at
greek, he hrd to get Mr. Felipe Blrnoo's consent. Most of his sons
kt bsek. After his death, Manual stayed at To Creek. First he
Ried to Apgpita Duran, then to Mamnuel Te. He is the father rnd
i0 thesr of all the Grrc: s living at To Creek, Fdolpha Esquivel
basal is his daughter-n-law. He was industrious, but didn't
Mper due to his heavy drinking. He promised his children to go
a with them to Peto, but his friends discouraged him. They reminded
a ct all the hnrdships they underwent.
ilae nad misery were the eftedta of the War of Colours. The Indians
inelves lpter acased over into the English settlement, harmless
I starving, and seeking employment from the Snanish settlers who
FP enjoying every freedom and prosperity.
. Inditna of the Orange UWlk District an the descendants of Toaiohe
L hidhanja (small Lngoon) Indiena. The descendants of San Jose !uero
1i fria Cuaterlap. Those of Corozal ere the descendants of Santa
at Indians. Some of the Indians were noted for witchcraft, and
*o as very good bush doctors.
t to Creek
wes only low a an -port, but after the massacre o the
at Chiehanja, the Indiana occupied it. They took vits
V the Sepnmih bcurch two state of Santa Clara, and
abmaged its ans from Ycaioch to Santa Cira,. 1heo they
iShe they eas to settle in vill.rge long the Rio Hondo.
bay. the mettlments were only logging aamp. The nmall
a Saana Clara, vose feast is elebratd annually, was
by the Indiana when they settled at Bot6a.
Starr f tohe Leand of Sea. Cl'ra
sealmd mtat they fosmd.the teo states, a biLg o sand
oas, in mrs thin lite a eam. They took tlh strtues to
-hbre th Indias stola tahe a.ay. Sb is stil the
Salat of may Indiana In the wnrioa viUlages alang 1 river
THE WONt'SS OF *GIV AIAD TAKE"
by Alejo Ayoso
licks Vapo Rub, Senna, rnson Salts, dfnatured alehol and vinegar Wre
kept in stock for e ergencle3 in the timber operation The camap
thirty two milr a fronm aiv.f1-.ttrin and to cime to town took four
riding overlnr a.i five henr-t by motcr tcPt. Tti. stor-y s true
Sdaitall n4s-I lhoe ros r s U1i wilU iwnriclnto ,Knowiry the healing properties
GIWe ann Tla:".
iorning scvercl vrreTC wr "K.-r!:r: t :--ti tlntrcr tek fTorest
tf them iuffre-d .a c(t acres te un aof h I hand while trying to
a ovwrhlnging vine vlth hia avc n. EM:b c te. !Imseaditftaly blo' oosed
^ aUe and blocd r.1vt -t'i -vis- v rU .'rll'Pr Isavens, NeIho fainted
otf ilo.-i tn.1 wwi s L ov.-r I !. t E: n i 'rl, 'he Sn.ury VLth L
"bd aie, hrfir-'i ,..tg t~hi.- r*E, in cn rcja *e roa !d .mA a *ive
L pUat, out ofrf a ob K a. it, -E .1' .t -nr rr" o- d If te center
tf ootton-l'k e -:s.r, .,ims twr. r using back t, tew
rrave the taa'4iger d iri-l 'A* oo'.ttar .'rr the pFash, S'n the
o aked Ln blh d bt It i ut v t ..' a a-Pn KI a frsli Layer of the
applied bairtaglnr the wocned t.l4 ., s'.. rr u-irinirea 'he
bldiny i nd w, IN uV_ :r' :-rl u- r'.-ni Lrrried ta oanr. The
rat end tehto'n" nond!itLon :'d raot wnE boo go-i, We qUickly
to tba n 'rd wt!*r aiile, A& hb 'tCtr.i u3 snde "iddlg a little rum
iU CivMn the fWA eat. 'h aiLrt2; :- eewd to work fast and snna
id eaye,- UKe.'ic iiarund and v OF teatt 'Alep agaitr. Vr.-ried, we carried
batha t the boat end lata t.:t av-ning ius entered Ln 'be Orange
itbe toctrr Walters wloi wxa, in nS.r'-s of .L 'horupi1tal told we
OWb o&h, VLTh YnI rSffn-sd b. w"*%- B r. I a sbaer but wha' ta the
staff ru ad orn it.?" Wihr .iAi-Lrnisd tUat T-.e atnff waV tCkerI
t calle 1Gie. rtf;' r-t,, ind Si eu-,r krLCw amore 1lburrst to rt~o
gpi, the tcator pfeile-? -lir. aA V '4fen sn! asrld, 41.7y GCod, when
to thLae of it, adi'.al acitrn.!a in vty lkwa'flrdt"
te isn also uwd tr. rtr.C! flan. uTne qtrr nf the yunr plants+ crush
it iWWo I pornd. In l0fan tin In irn r ?iah will float druggne and
tbW t ar dinner.
THE BOA CONSTRICTOR
h, by Alejo Ayuso
i y Nother was ynung she used to travel four miles from Tower Hill
.an to fetch groceries or other necessary goods. Oa one of these
which she had to foot she detected a bad sell coming from
Large tree near the bush path. Moved by curiosity, she went
it direction and there stretched on the ground ful length was
sW boa constrictor decomposing. What called her attention most
r a pair of sharp horns protruding frm the serpent' mouth. It seeded
iht it trid to gulp down he antelope and did not ake it and the
U rnsaled out bhoking the n ma to death.
.as said that boa constrictors or oulerrs" as locally called,
iaPt poiamDas yetno ons has ever tried to nrove this to be so.
Pmaraly I think a hi boa-bite mould be vorse than a bite from a
il*ldao One, while in school, I saw a buge boa coming acrors the ball
.h hus the smaps nearby. Pt first I could not determine what it vas
iti11 h serpent was at stone's throw. I called soae of my friends and
ems rushing to se what it was all about. It was soon realized thpt
V f a front of us a bir, extra long 'sovler" and a hnaky chap got a
Pi ph.e of wood and washed it an the serpent's head, yet it toppled
:~tpplsd any times before it actually got still and died. Our teacher
i Dt~ laok ad took seers l snaps of the biggest boa eer seen in Lo.ala
Sseasuring not less than 10 feet long with a diameter of s~a five
fs These serpents relish on rats which they devour avidly and in
bty. Personally I vould nt keep this snake anywhere near my yard
ly eat chickens, hbane young pigs and a big turkey tom would be just
tod bite for this giant snake.
THE MIRACULOUS BEgg GALL
lm^g was hazy and when we arrived at the loading barquedier it was
pl and the ground was wet and slippery. While trying to load a big
log one of the labourers slipped on his ruler boots and a "Give
i prickle pierce' right through his boots into the ankle. nImodiately
i~ehr next to him tried to remove his boot to free him of the prickly
--la going,the prickle splintered and a portion remained imbedded
Sthe tissues and Joe experienced so mach pain that the loading had
k ;peoded and the injured rushed to the waterside. There we poured some
g over the wound and with a sharp rasor blade made a cross and efforts
Bs to extract this trickle. Joe vas a brave an and wanted anything
rid not be removed. By this time the foot was badly swollen and
was worse. Joe had to be rushed to Orange Walk hospital for
Wehn Doctor Walters saw me be said "Another ease of Cive and Take
o esa I said, "but this time the Give and Take did not produce a cure
cry to Joe here". "y gosh", said Doctos alters, *this Give and Take
s is getting on my nerve." Joe was badtin the operating rom,
lS nd with scissors, knife and pindlaa, the Doctor made a cut, then
bat the foot was too swollen and he could not ev see the prickle.
edered a nurse to anply some sort of medicine in order so to get
Sto for a head and eqtueeu the nrickly in the morning.
xt day the wound had no signs of nrikle, the Doctor ordered more
stuff to be applied to it and all they tried for the next twenty
a no avail and as a last resort Joe was given a letter to go get
operated by Marskawsky in Belie Hospital. Joe brought the raper
I sent him hon instead. That day was Friday and beef was being
the slaughter boos, I sent one at y nephews to fetch some all
wa taken to Joe with instructions to anply it liberally on the
tied securely with a piece of linen, to rest in bed but no matter
moe pain he felt that night he was to bear it and by no means remove
until midday or so next day. Joe had a bad night, nain was un-
and when morning cam he was almost crasy with pain. His wife begged
ltand the pain a little longer and moaning tossed in his hammock for
I~e his wife brought soe broth at lunch tim she found Joe sitting
Pnbandaged and'~Le side of the bed the culprt was stiff and shiny,
abed Give and Take prickly one and a Ihlf inches in length,-had been
Mt of the ankle. Joe felt so much relief that he gulped down all
Sand for the first time in three weeks of agony asked for more soup
g down his head went to sleep the whole balance of that day and the
and when he awoke it was past ine the next morning. Feeling
he had a big breakfast of black frijoles and hot tortillas and black
y, en I met Doccor V'alters a few -,yas after le asked how Joe was fairing
.p,:teiw Hosnital and I told him Joe was now riding his bicycle around
did not go to Belize, I told him the whole story and how I got beef
bow with-in hours after applying it on the wound it formed a heed and
OpB: bath' the prickle was sqceesed out. "By gosh, I must take a
atItdy of tropical medicine as soon as I can. Did not I say that
light now is plenty backward "
THE FINE RIDGE RATTLER
by Alejo Ayuso
rOMAs were now operated in the center of Fireburn Pine Ridge
i a x to six the unmerciful sun baked you and only seasoned
ld endure it until one PM. In a. edition sand flies were thick
cas called "rodador" (roller) sucked blood until overful to
1h. ground soon after leaving a black soot on your skin.
igptt1ag up at 3:30 in the morning, light the firehearth, put
f .l1 and then fetch your budding pan and nour flour, salt, baking
ppd then lard and work the mixture into dough. Place the "comal"
Sar and was hot enough bake your "gordas" or flour cakes on it
90 time the first egrda is ready, the water has boiled and the pot
oBSh is out to fry with onion and hot pepper. All this takes
hple so that the tortillas, fried black beans and hot black coffee
H tbh "hatch" and when the belly is full, the saw, axe and machete
k* DBy this time on the east are faint signs of the aurora and the
s 'proceed on foot to do the necessarychores in the timber operations.
twas chosen to be waterman since the ponds in the vicinity were
fJ and the water tasted like old leather having decaying leaves
thet it had to be boiled and strained to be dtinkable. Naoho
War with two five gallon containers and mounted on the old
te trail to rireLurn, about ten miles away. Whenbe had
an hour, the horse stopped abruptly and flung him clean off
the horse running fast towards the river. Nacho got up and
feet away a big rattle snake was "sounding its tail in warning."
blck to camo and reported this incident. "Did the make bite the
JI lquiere. Nacho said I cannot say; I have seen a lot of snakes
iwet but this time I was so excited and frightened that I left the
rwlison right there with the empty cans." Later in the week, we
Siage establishing the work at the Fireburn barquedier and beneath
p sedars the carceas of the dead horse was found. There was a wound
a fedlock, probably caused by the snake bite.
THE GOLDEN SRIPEn
by Alejo Ayuso
I Veek was near and mohogany logs were mch in demand, the mill working
M: to finish the monthly output. On Holy Monday I personally went along
L driver of the truck and four loaders to lead and bring the logs to
ae Ridge. The weather was uncertain and the bush roads ware unervice-
l rthe least rain. At August Pine Ridge y captain was kind enough to
wvitfe and daughter at our disposal and food was or ked the previous
that early the next morning we could have a hearty breakfast and take
flth as a pile of corn cakes, fried venison, a bottle of hot peppers
My fried heans.
h th distance wa not too far, the soft sand would not allow the track
h bogging at every moment to reach a distance of twelve miles
S.mr four hours. Larvinf August Pins Ridge at 4 A.M. and arriving at
i d soot at 8 in the orinng. leading las b- hand takes time and I
a oop hours to po exploring the thick forest for gas. I left
f, took the 22 calibr rifle, a short wlchete and same water snd so
lflowd an old main pass reaching the outskirts of '- broken ridge.
a large tree, leaned the gan an the tank and waited patiently. After
ea hour, I beard a loud ahout euing fro the direction of the track
sd t could it be. Was smoMne hrt? Vas the load ready? I
walked at a fast step toards the truck and when I reached there
driver and four loaders sitting tndr a shady tree eating canned
h eM and .brad. "What happened, Sir) the driver asked. I then
tnt I distinctly heard a -oad ahout and I thought it asms from
Sbat they said none had allied and they were rur no other could
places rarely visited by mn. I took a mouthful of food, drank
and seeing that I had many hours to spare, I took the same pass
and walked briskly to reach the broken ridge and see tf I could
.B However, I was about a quarter of a mile distant from the truck
ahead of as an object which seemed to be a broken limb from
tree, but the colour was golden brown and shiny, A "goabolimbo"
thought. I looked up to see if a tree of t!is specie was there and
,t vt ery owaent the object moved zigzagging into the forest at the
Side of the path, not eing able to distinguish head or tail. This
aial turned out to be a hngh snake maybe ten or twelve feet long
btbsty inches in girth. I could not continue my way to the ridge
aUQly rushed back to the loaders, The captain who had a lot of
tie in the chicle and timber jungles of this country said that his
Sold him that snakes of tremendous sire do exist ard rarely seen
'they harbour in cool secluded places in caves and hollow trunks. The
lw, he said, could have been a "Yellow Jaw" which do grow to attain
Ias think as a noat.
S"THE S=E ING RATTLER"
by Alejo Ayuso
ibrlarson to the Yellow Jaw, the rattle snake is laes dangerous since
VFrWrf a "rattle" at the point of the tail and when disturbed usually
Noaw this rattle and forest workers are familiar with this neculiar
d slv g them time to move of danger, It is when you oarelessly stop
tlb t it attacks biting you anywhere from the chest to your feet. This
lis perfectly true and there's no fiction attached to it,
laW ting some medium sized mahogany trees one day I saw a carasaw
owg aorhead and pitching on the top branch of a ooune tree across
ita pass where 1 was hunting. I stooped down and concealed myself as
1c. old and waited for signs of this precious bird. I moat have been
Sit position for about five minutes and hearing no sound overhead I
tiWl inched my way up and looked. The carasaw was not there. When
1edi my sight I saw a big o611 of a rattle snake paoefully brving a
i.0am from the point of my boot. This heap of death was there but
F dontrated on that bird at the cohans tree I did not notice down
M 1d. I carefully tapped back and retraced inside the bushes to oxas
.imlr ards ahead. I the took the rifle atred and fired bat I was
.Eite and the ballet hit many inches above king the bullet into
trank. The poisonous nake raised its head exp eed its forked
.iad mantiled mving peacefully into the think jungle
,...irl g through narrow "pieades"one nwer heav in lad that the wild
S n-atia lota of dangers bat the mot feared one tio he snake, whether
. Jav, a rattler, a boa, or a blaak tail. But vhen yp o me close
tinr c death as in this ease, yor perspiration is cold and you are so
mli that any twig that breaks under your feet siau to be a snake. When
eWt have the luck to shoot the priced caresaw, and being almost at the
t:io death, I oould not continue my work and I retraced qm step towards
i Jhxt before hitting eamp, however, I sa a pair of Cha-chSb-la oa&a at a
y averang making love to each other, cooing and putting heads together,
fa the rifle, imed and shot. No dice, the shot hit the branch and
i~bted. Shoot tas out of the question and I vent to camp empty handed.
I' THE BARQUEDIERS OF THE YELLOW JAWS
by Alejo Ayuse
SRiver is a gentle river of clear, fresh and drinkable waters
frts the Hill Bank Ltgoon to Coroznl Bay in the Caribbean Sea,
of sao 90 miles.
thirty miles from Tower Hill on the South of Orange Walk is a
bank called Shipyard where the writer operated timber logs. The
I called, locally, a barquedier and there built rough bush shelters
an the works. About twenty tough bush worker were employed,
old methods of felling trees with axe and clearln2 overhangs with a
maiete. Road, bush ads, had to be made with axe and machete and
6 tracks had to ply these rough roads hauling mahogany lopg the
the operation was well advanced and a large pile of logs had
lalel d to the barquedier. It wVs necessary to suspend a day's ruling
the am to break the pile with the aid of goose-necks and kids. The
ws a simple one, two men get on top of the pile and push with the
the highest log which would roll down and out of the way. The
aIg is pushed ard it would roll down and so, log by log, the pile was
leaving just two layers of forty logs to scatter. I was standing
observing and warning the labourers to be very careful now that the
wlll be reached. A braggy young chap said he was not afraid to place
go eeck under the last row and so took the tboseneck and with both
pbed the tool right under a thick log. s soon as he did so, tock'.
sae the sharp sound of something hitting the log from underneath.
i yven your man, let go the tool and ran out of the way. With pre-
Iem four other laborers ase and giving the logs a rapid Jerk ahead
it a little to find not one but two yellow Jaw snakes coiled right
the ahbognny log. These men soon killed the rentiles. No, every-
hij d to move carefully dtsx and after several hours of strenons toil,
fed for sometime and then joined in again to finish the b1 lance of this
, however, only six men oame, the rblance called it a day, and they
b afrFid to meet other snakes. About an hour passed and just a few logs
gl. when Dash was almost hit on the leg by a Yellow-Jaw. He let go
h.goea-nseck sharpened a crotch and came back to destroy the creature.
ilt was that, I called them off until next day when the excitement of the
0i3ov jaws had passed over,
lr aext evening when we were cleaning the bunk to roll logs for rafting,
U uas again unfortuna e to meet a roll of yellow Jaw right under an
k butt end. So, I had to find a npme for our lowly bank and someone said,
l& is the barquedier of the Yellow-Javew,*
* TM Yellow-Jaw is a wvry poisonous snake much feared by all bush
workers. Depth is its mission,
0 i I.
STEWED "WOWLER AT THE ROOSEVELT HOTEL
I sening I was out loafing around Albert Street and tired of seeing
.arlety of good exhibited at the showcases, T drifted into a movie.
the show I walked a little distance and climbed to my room at the
t Hotel. In the bll I met a friend, -f red-bearded Englishman
I in love with the bottle. Near him sat Captain HUton h-lf
and at the extreme end sat the hotel-keeper smoking a H-vana
SI hr d Just sat when a young boy came up the steps and called
friend. The boy h:d something wrapped r nund his erm which I
took as a large pork gut with a pinkish color. My friend paid the
cents and the object mwa delivered to him who brought it nenr
ee. Don Manuel made a wry face where he asked the hotel-keeper
would permit the cook to stew the meat for him. ''ant to know what
is?" my friend said. "It's a big "wwler" (boa constrictor) which
While coming on the Land Rover from Coronal. When stewed it
at excellent food. The owner of the hotel did not like the idea to
.my snakes cooked in his kitchen, but as this gentlemen was a good
he woke up the tired hotel cook, offered an extra and with in-
l to use any discarded utensil, the pile of boa constrictor was
eoer the tabl. Coming back to the hall, a bottle of wiaky vas
and dfinks were taken oa behind the other. The stew was well under
nd the pleasart mall could be sniffed in the hall. Sliced tomatoes,
and sliced anioa were added to the boa stew and pouring the
into a large turine, hrndled the stuff like poison Pnd she took
to the tabla in the middle of the hall. My friend then poured a stiff
and gulping it down oall.d on Captsin Milton who by no was half
in his arm chair. "Hey, Cap., dinner is ready'. Cap. Milton ap.
lthe table, sat and poured a drink which he drained dry. ?y friend
biae!f a good late of the stew and putting fork rnd knife aside
each section of the boa meat cnd sonn disappeared into his belly.
Milton wrs half-tight and when be tasted the meat he said, "This
tastes fishy, I don't like it". This midnight dinner lasted about
teen tes, the bottle of whisky waa empty and another was opened to
down the snake. My friend vent to his room carrying the *-hisky
tile nd I had a few sh^tq uwi-h him. My room ias next to his and my
ts it r wrry tht night w s the -noring and nightmares to be had by him.,
et beJeve me, this nor rater took off his pants and shirt rnd nl~nv
Zoa3 ;'tn.y on bi ;-r '. anc then everything wae quiet rr.d I *s.t !-
W. When next mvrn.; T sc him (around ten) he was eciming dr".n tg'
P:'j 'f e- yes red and 'z fa1 e kind of wild. He did not stop t, +P1I -e,
.. *. 'n .es, "Can't stopl, and he rushed into thp tvilet, T i
t *!'. netatoes rnd macaroni was the calurit, I believe;.
- 3 -
"THE LONE QUA"
One Sunny Morning, I was glad to take the bush road to Fireburn and
try my luck at hunting. Cha-cha-la-cas and partridge were abundant
and before long I was fortunate to kill one of them. "Gin', a lazy
"pot" dog was ahead of me stopping often to wait for me. Other dogs
would at least penetr to a little into the forest to nose around but
Gin was a novice and on top he was too fat to waste extra energy. The
road to Fireburn was bushy and vines hung all over so that on many
eecasions my straw hat was hooked Pnd I h-d to stop to fetch it. I must
have been about tvo miles from my shelter when I reached n curb and I
Maw Gin standing in the middle road looking intently at me, "Come on
irn", I shouted, but the dog raised his head a little and again looked
at me. I could not understand him, so the dog entered (for the first
time) the bashes, made a complete circle and with an excited bark turned
his headup. "Eh," I said, "this dog's getting loco"* But I took a
better look and on the lower branch of a bay cedar a Quash with its head
between the crotch was gazing at me. I took my 16 gauge shotgun, aimed
eareftlly hitting the animal square on the head and drooped it. Gin
palled at the animal's tail for a little while and I shouldered the
qush to Fireburn not far away.
The Quash mentioned in this fact story is called "Single Quashm because
they seldom go in umbers as the smaller specie do. When I reached the
river, Tom was noting for me end he cleaned the aaisal ad weighing
the meat gave nine pounds. 'Tom, is this Quash good to eat?", I said.
Good to eat?", he said. "Just wait until I fix it up and I bet you
that you'll suck your fingers". Soon half of the Quash was being
simmered, spanish seasoning, a little garlic, onion and salt added. When
tender Tom added slices of potatoes, coco, yam and tomatoe paste. Then
he kneaded flour and the paeess of baking hot flour tortillas was soon
under way. Seated nearby I could wait no longer : nd opening the skillet
out a chuck of quash meat and tried it with the first baked "gord ",
The stew was unsurpassed and to arke it far more tasty, hot neaper sauce
was rde and brought at the rough table. When the hot tortillas were
ready, Tom took a deep enamel plate and served himself vs much meat as
the late could take and rolling the pile of "gordas" near him he attacked
the food with such gusto that my anpetite increased and we had the most
delicious dinner in our life.
Don't try to get a Single Quesh. For years hunters tried to get one for
ae and filed. These animals are rarely seen hiding between crotches
of large trees during the day. They are..lay and their exact feeding
time is not known. If it uaan't for the net dog "Gin" I could have
never written this story.
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S"PRESEXTS1I3 NT OR WHAT?"
while sitting on the r.orch of our new home at Park Street one cool
meaning I reo3llected the fine moments we h-d as a young boy of
?ten acr-oss the old residence facing this new building, Todyy, the
.ard is well establisLed with fruit trees such as coconut, mnngo,
s, g'.ava, blackberry, lemon, orange, grr'nefruit, mamey and
"tard apole, quite a nice variety, isn't it! Is the boy, the
was a good hiding piece when we olyed Hide and Seek. Some-
Strees were climbed to hide behind the branches or the neighbors
property mas trespassed. One morning I took an old wash house to
'hde behind a large barrel. The other boys combed the yrrd and could
mBt fine me, All of a sudden I had a strange feeling as if something
'as crawling to attack me from behind and I tu-ned my face and scr
Cbmthin strange but the feeling got worse and I became p-ricky, I
oon saterted to sweat and I raised ry hee.d little to see out the yard.
I sa netting but vwrt was there before, then I raised my eyes towards
~Mt door sill. Tes, right there was a coil of something brownish like
;a pi~ee oAf stout rope and I immediately re&lised that a poisoroue
.saake wae coiled. rt-ht over my hred, luckily fast asleep. I cautiously
.iased myself and i;hen I cleared the door I ran very fast into the
humse pntir.g, nd told the news to Dfi a 'blalia, a short old lady
owas a.t the time se. ding her holiday with us. The ledy took a
irooked iron rod and quickly went to the wash house. W"ind", I said,
-the snake in right oer the door." She did not pay rny attention Pnd
taking t:e ho ked rod, vigorously pulled down the snake to earth. Then
taking off her "lchancletas"*she slapped and slapped the rentile right
aber the bend unt-i it was stiff deav., ".'omen from the time of ':e are
gifted with this ktind of job," she s:id,
'Lhamncletas: leather sli-ners
'BAnQUET AT SAN LOWREO"
tytffive years ago, Ornage Walk was praeticrlly isolated from the balance
Sthe world. In those days most road were of dirt and rough, and the
white highways seen cria-crossing the country were bat distant dream.
Snly means in existence were the boats, two of them, plying from Belise
Oflng Coronal, Pueblo Nueav, Caledonia, Srn Fsteann and Orange Walk. On
of these trips, a man who I sh.ll c-U Pete sat a message announcing
ywrly trip to this district for the following week. On the next boat
e 6ae. I don't remember where e was pat for the night but I vividly
aloIct when next morning he had difficulties getting a horse big enough
Stebar his bulky weight. At Iret a big old hack was provided and the fat
IWIe was helped into the saddle. The mount rnd the obeslve chap arrived
kS Lorenzo at midday. A nearby worked held the stitrrn and the man
to come to earth. He immediately directed his footrtena to the
and sat on an old wooden bench. "Ib", he arid, I a exhausted and
kria, the foremar'a wife, came to meet the visitor but when she was near
Pd saw the creature she Flmost ran out of sight. The man's face was vet and
kioky with sent and dust, his boots were full of dry mud and the front of
Ss shirt was stained up dark, probably from articles of food dropping there
At what frightened Maria most was the mans barrel-eised paunch and his
Oag whiskers. Making 'heart' she went to the fire-hearth and filled a big
at with fried corn beef and eggs. She took a large turbine of cooked rice
hd the servant took all this to the nearby table. Tbh "lAk of hot oorn
brtillas was taken so was a mag of posole, a cooling beverage mwde with
poked corn, syrup added. Pete could wait no longer and grabbing the fried
anbeef and eggs hauled the pot neor him and with a large spoon, mouthful
after mouthful of food was gulped by this glutton. The rice went behind and
a was down, the posole was greedily gulped, In about ten minutes the table
rs cle n. "Have more grub, Mom?" he asked, MrriP turned to the hearth,
pned four tins of 12os Corn beef poured it into the skillet then added
dosean eFgs and a little lerd. The second serving of corned beef egg
rs soon ready and served. Anot her brtch of hot corn cakes was served and
a0 as another full mug of 'he cooling posole. All this food soon had the
me destiny, finding its way from the table into the greedy Mans' atarch.
hen Pete glanced Fround in the direction of the hearth, Mrria and the girl
rvant hrd vanished to hide sorpwhere lest this monster felt like devouring
Im also. ell", Pete srid, 7" think I had a good bite and can now proceed
b Douglas where I am sure to h ve a better treatment then here". He mounted
ad took the road for San Victor .nd thence to Douglas.
bnr ah~i, he could never raise money. He ate all his earnings and had
o~ble to own r few suits, a pair of broggrns and a helmet. Years Irter he
as hospitalized and the doctors found him in a serious state. Medicine was
vcn nd later m' naged to pass v small portion of tape worm, The strain was
Do much 'nd a few days afterPerds he died. At post-nortea, the doctors found
dead "serpent" in !:is stomach and when measured it ws fifty feet long. On
is eoitaph I would inscribe:
"Pete lived feeding a serpent and died feeding p serpent,.
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IHE PECARRY LUVE DIMNiR"
Once one of m7 wood cutters failed to arrive at ca~p in good hour
and night was coming fast. I instructed two men to am themselves
with hunting lamp, machete and shotgun and see what happened to
Smith. Just then the frantic braking of dogs were heard not far
from coup and I felt relieved as Smith rlwsys took to work three
7M men found the dogs at the mouth of a ear and inside this cave
ae something which only they knew what it was, Inside this leave
w. pit h dark and night had set in. By the aid of the lrap it
was discovred that several animal wer inside the cn ard ne taking
a long pole poked inside to find this pole snptched to pieces by
strong teeth. Sews l loaded shell wre discharged inside the cave
and then the hole we amplified with a wttock rid five pecoaries were
dragged out. Tied with strong imnes, the procession headed fbr crp
where these animals awre opened and cleaned. The fiv entrPils were
separated and after being properly washed at the New River baak, Higgs
took over the cooking. Others took pudding pan, flour pad other In-
gradients and mnde a big dough fr o which, l1ter, thiok flour tornillas
were baked. The peoc-ry livers, spleens, etc. were well seasoned
and stewed over brisk fire. This peccary feast was a noisy one last-
ing until midnight. Fifteen men went to sleep with stomachs eer-
filled with peccary dinner.
"THAT BIG WN"
In days gone by, the timber companies had the custom to give a weekly
option of seven rnd four (seven qts. flour, four lbs. mess nork) so
that lrbourers had rations to offer of sale at a chebp price and over
the fire hearth, you could -a several chunks of pork being smokd,
This smoked mess pork is superior in flrvor to .ny bacon or ham and
is meh used in the bean-pot.
This as a fact story about the bg nan who called once a year as an
agent collecting rents from all around the district. To go to Hill
Bank in those days was a trial. The only motor boat available was
prilvtely used A the eomnpny and gave a weekly trip to Orsage Walk
town. So, Mr. Fat Men had to hire a l' rge dorey Pnd P dorey nan to
paddle his bulk to the Hill Bank 1goon forty miles rad another twenty
miles to oross the 1'goon a distance of bout sixty miles to Hill Brnk.
If you start Pt 6a.,. and apaddle nil day long, the dnrey ra nay
arrive at Hill B nk Pt two or three the next morning, sitting in an
uncomfortable position for about twenty ours.
-hen the big bellied gentla-n arrived in tbrt logging vllr he could
not get up ard the drey man hrd to lend a hand to get him on shore.
Reed was there waiting and rfter unloading the unm's big saddle begs,
he was directed to the crude kitchen where e hest before some "boil-up'
made with a ration of pouk, four lbel 1 bunoh of bout 30 green plantains;
the juioa of two cooanutes a big yem About ten Jis; onions and seasoning.
The first portion was serobd from a lard tin of the 37 lb. sise within
five nadites one by one the green plantains and pieces of pork vent
down the 'h tch( alternating with nieces of the yam which he took with
his bare hands. Reed rnd family were standing behind the back door rnd
could not belive their eyes when the food disappeared like mrgic from
the table. Again the big dish was filled from the Irrd tin and as be-
fore, everything was gulped down first rnd in obout fifteen minutes. To
wash down the boil-up dinner, he was served with A big pot of all-spice
tea, made from the leaves of all-snice and when condensed milk and sugar
is added it's a fine drink. "Drddr-" he said*thrnks for this treat,
The boil-no was good". Reed Irter called his wife inside and said, "Liz,
take down two smoked pork ration from over the fire, out to boil onetime,
because this hog will have to eat in the morning ,"nd him not satisfied
orn go to hell*,
Vbhn Sldpyprd caw was opened, the banks of the New River were overgrow
with meds and rubbish. Hurricane "JPnet" hrd destroyed Coroal and
Chetmal, QuIntana Roo and tbe forest was littered with fallen trees
wheresmr you went. then we moved in Janu.ry, 1956, everything went right
as far as Guinea Grass, Prom there tree after tree had to be cleared with
aze Pnd after a whole day's strenous work, we manrged to get about brlf
way to or destination. ?bout twenty men quickly made P clearanee in the
fanest and made sam rough shelters called "lean-to" and after an abundant
supper Plid our tired bodies on the h .nnocks and so n were asleep.
About midnight, n light driszle started then a shower arde everybody Jump
from hamm rks, raise mosquito nets and tried to shelter as best we could
I from thU rain. The lean-to leaked brdly rnd hrving no other means of escape
we got soaked wet ind when 'he rain absided, everybody ars out and cut more
caunes leaves and forced a better roof. We again got to or hammocks to
jihp. No sooner hbd we aceaomodated on our beds than big black ants oame
bringg into our shelter oombing every bit of the ground, sides and roof.
Nothing resists these arching ants when they are passing on and we quickly
ran out of their way far from the irovised shelter. These ants when on
the moe are called "tarohing Arq" in o bime as wide -s twenty or thirty
fe gpasing or fallen trees, 3liJ ing high and leaving nothing unturned
s tbst animals of any raise moved out of their path and humas mist get out
at their way fast. When they reached a workers hat, they cover the ground
and thousands climb to the rafters. If any s riders, snakes, rats or other
aasisal harbor there, they are soon chased out. It is not known if these
bWack ants eat leaves or nials, but when they rre on the march, better move
quickly out of the way as their stings are very hurtful. So, our first night
after "Janet* was a very bad am and when morning cam, depressed as e were,
resumed the task of clearing the road to Shipyard. We eventually made our
destination, a distance from Ornge 'alk of twenty eight miles in two days
.end nights, arriving at the waterside tired Prd hungry.
Ia the morning and for mrny succeeding days, v used for comfort P place
right behind camps where some Junk iron was piled. A large bullet tzw gae
shelter and we had to visit this place when in necessity. One Sunddy morning
I heard a shot near this sane spot and I wondered who hrd killed something so
;lose to our ca s. After awhile a short old worker orne in on his nagy
sle, dismounted, said good morning and h-nded a a parel wrapped in 1 rge
een leaves. Bpen it" e srid. I did and inside was the head of p rattle
make and the "rattler" which had twelve sections. BEch section, the m.* said,
represents one year and twelve sections man that this rattler was 12 years
old. "I went to the same rlace you people use for comfort", he said, "and right
head of me I saw a large coil of rattle-snr ke where nerr the same stump you
been using and I shot it."