THE PEARL OF THE ORIENT.
to a treaty of peace, providing it could be carried out according to Cebuan ideas of ratification. This was to draw blood from the breast of each man, and from as many natives, one to drink that of the other.
The condition was accepted by Magellan, and the ceremony denominated by the Spaniards as Facto cle sangre, or " brotherhood of blood," completed, they proceeded to disembark. A hut was then erected on the shore, when the impressive scene of mass followed. Looking on with awe, the king and his men accepted the baptism, and swore allegiance to Spain. All of this but slightly understood by the natives, Spanish rule at once began.
Upon learning that their new subjects were at war with the inhabitants of another island, called Magtan, Magellan offered himself and men as allies, seeing further visions of conquest, and it might be of riches. His offer was gladly accepted ; but at the first skirmish with the enemy Magellan was mortally wounded by a poisoned arrow on the 25th of April, 1521, when the allied forces retreated in disorder.
Thus miserably perished, at the very zenith ofThus miserably perished, at the very zenith of