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THE JOURNEY OF CORONADO
who had charge of him during the siege,
solemnly swore that he had seen the Turk
talking with the devil in a pitcher of water,
and also that while he had him under lock
so that no one could speak to him, the Turk
had asked him what Christians had been
killed by the people at Tiguex. He told
him "nobody," and then the Turk answered:
"You lie; five Christians are dead, includ-
ing a captain." And as Cervantes knew
that he told the truth, he confessed it so as
to find out who had told him about it, and
the Turk said he knew it all by himself and
that he did not need to have anyone tell him
in order to know it. And it was on account
of this that he watched him and saw him
speaking to the devil in the pitcher, as I
While all this was going on, preparations
were being made to start from Tiguex. At
this time people came from Cibola to see the
general, and he charged them to take good
care of the Spaniards who were coming from
Seiiora with Don Pedro de Tovar. He gave
them letters to give to Don Pedro, informing
him what he ought to do and how he should
go to find the army, and that he would find
letters under the crosses which the army
would put up along the way. The army
left Tiguex on the 5th of May' and returned
to Cicuye, which, as I have said, is twenty-
' Coronado says. in his letter of October 20th, that
he started April 23d.
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Winship, George Parker. The journey of Coronado, 1540-1542, from the city of Mexico to the Grand Canon of the Colorado and the buffalo plains of Texas, Kansas and Nebraska, as told by himself and his followers, book, 1922; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth3161/m1/97/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .