Exerting his renovated powers to their utmost, he was yet filling the arches of the cave with long and full tones, when a yell burst into the air without, that instantly stilled
his pious strains, choking his voice suddenly, as though his heart had literally bounded into the passage of his throat.
There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled
the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood- pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
A word from the leader of the party stilled
their clamor, and we proceeded at a trot across the plaza to the entrance of as magnificent an edifice as mortal eye has rested upon.