Pow, pow, pow went the long rifles of the company of Guardsman, pow, pow! As the shots put to rest a many Spanish sailors that had the nerve to stand and try to fire back at the best European soldates of their time. Pow, pow as more shots hit more men. “We surrender came a shout from the jungle”! I know that voice, but it could not be him thousands of miles away from here and in another life that voice saved my life many a time in Italy.
“Is that you I shouted out over the gun fire” “Tes, it me Kliff your Hussar Rick, came the shout back”! Don’t shut mon ami please we had enough. Rick said”. The Spanish have run off and all that is left is my men Kliff”. Mon ami Rick how have you been what on earth are you doing here I asked”?
Rick said that he was part of the expedition to save the French people trapped on the main island in Port de Prince. A Polish legion was sent to help the native regiment that was garrison at Port de Prince. When they arrived, the French had arrested all the native troops and had them surrender their arms. The French at that time were paranoid about everything. The slaves had at that time conquered most of the island and had killed or hung all the Spanish and French landowners. When Rick said they were ordered to kill all the native soldates a whole regiment of fifteen hundred men. After they killed the native soldates his men refused to follow any more of the French orders and mutinied staling ships and anything to get off that hell hole. He said that many ran to the hills and established their own colony. Others like themselves went into practice piracy. Rick told me that in the last days that I was in Italy that an Austrian Captain was captured by the name of Bearson and said that he was in a unit that was to capture some French Mulattoes who stole the Kings Gold. Well I knew only one Colored man that had that many balls to steal the Emperor of the Austrian Empire’s gold and it was Captaine Kliff Sent of the 13th Hussars. “Yea it was me, I cannot lie to you Rick. But it’s not with me it is still in Italy. And if I ever get out of what I am into that is my retirement for life as the Count. Let me ask you a question about Port De Prince was there army staff there also. “Yes, he replied” Was there a certain noble man name Count De Everman “? “Well yes there was with his own retainers.” he replied! I thought to myself that snake has followed me all the way here I wonder where he is now! “In Fact, he was one of the first to command that the natives be killed.” said Rick. That snake in the grass, will his hate grow by killing innocent people! I know that he’s not after the gold for the Emperor of Austria he’s after it to enrich himself. He will lie and cheat and deceive anyone and everyone just to find me and that gold. Sooner or later I knew that Evermond would catch up to Joh and the others living on El Capitaine’s island but how was I to warn them. I have no ship to sail that far and we are here fighting over Mayan Gold. I must get this gold first then buy me a ship in the western isles. I need loyal men to do that, can I count on these men that I am with, can I count on Rick? First thing first let’s get the Mayan gold forward my hardies forward! We ran as fast and straight as we could knowing that when day light comes so do the flies. Killing as many other pirates that were after the same thing, they were no match against the trained Guardsman one line of ten down on their knees firing while the other waited their turn. In no time Our men the Guardsman and Rick’s Poles wiped out all the other pirates that were guarding the cave where the Mayan gold was. When we enter the cave and lit some fires all we saw was not gold, but boxes of jewelry made of gold! What were we going to do with a King’s ransom of Jewelry? “I know!” said one of the former slaves “we can get them slaves that lived here to smith the gold down to bars like they got.” he said. “What’s your name boy?” asked the leader. His name was Rose the men called him Rosy. My name is Paul said the Black man. “Ok Paul where are these ex-slaves of this here plantation. Well I bet they took a boat east to the mainland.” “I be hog tied!” said Rosy they slip right by us and fooled us into believing that there were gold bars here and not a bunch of rings and such.
Were we disappointed nay, we had what we came for and only a large Spanish Gallen could carry all this gold Jewelry? As morning was slowly approaching the flies were busy biting the men that were still outside the cover of pitch darkness of the cave. It was feeding time for not only the flies, but the bats that woke up were ready to eat the early morning flies, it was a war of the small things now .We just hid in the cover of the cave as the others also ran into the cave running away from the bites of these savage insects. Some of the men had large bites that had maggots developing in them that had to be removed. We just had to wait till it was pitch dark outside before we started to the slops that brought us to this God forbidden place. The day was as terrifying like a storm at sea, all you could hear was the sound of a trillion flies flying around trying to escape the black death of the bats. You would not walk around out here because of the lice and ticks that lived in the sand. The slaves that lived here most have had feet made from leather to endure the harshness of the environment. The planters all wore protection over their face. The only thing that was growing was the sugar cane, tall wide fields of the cane. The many slaves that it took to maintain this vast forest of sugar cane. Also, the money that was made by the wealth of this crop. The flies didn’t go near the fields just the borders of the vast fields of tall stocks of cane. So, I was thinking if you were in the field you were save from the bites of the flies. Then it came to me that there was one that loved the sweat of humans and it was that blood sucking mosquitoes. There were black clouds over the fields, this place is hell on earth if there ever was. What pleasure was here we could not see? The course of the Mayan gold was on this island for sure, I was wondering would we be taking that course with us once we left, I would have nothing to do with that gold.
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