Ĉe la koro de la tero

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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ni eble ne povus
samtempe fari reale kaj dauxre utilan servon al la homaro de
Pelucidaro. Auxskultu, mi lernis multajn mirindajn aferojn el cxi tiu
arkivo de la maharoj. Por ke vi gxuste taksu mian planon, mi koncize
skizos la historion de tiu specio.

"Iam la maskloj estis cxiopovaj, sed antaux multaj epokoj la inoj
poiome igxis la mastroj. Dum la sekvantaj epokoj ne okazis
rimarkindaj sxangxoj cxe la mahara specio. Gxi dauxre progresis sub
la inteligenta kaj benoricxa regado de la damoj. La scienco progresis
per pasxegoj. Tio validas aparte pri la sciencoj, kiujn ni nomas
biologio kaj euxgeniko. Fine, iu sciencistino anoncis, ke sxi
eltrovis metodon por fekundigi ovojn kemie post ilia demeto--cxiuj
veraj reptiliojn, kiel vi scias, naskigxas el ovoj.

"Kio okazis? Tuj oni ne plu bezonis masklojn, cxar la specio ne plu
dependis de ili. Pasis pliaj epokoj gxis la nuntempo, en kiu ni
trovas specion, kiu konsistas nur el inoj. Sed jen la grava afero.
Nur unu mahara popolo tenas la sekreton pri tiu kemia formulo. Gxi
estas en la urbo Futra, kaj se mi ne serioze eraras, gxi trovigxas
laux mia jugxo bazita sur via priskribo de la keloj, kiujn vi
trapasis hodiaux, en la kelo de cxi tiu konstruajxo.

"Pro du kialoj ili forkasxas gxin kaj jxaluze gardas gxin. Unue, cxar
la vivo mem de la maharoj dependas de gxi, kaj due, cxar kiam gxi
estas publika proprajxo, kiel en la komenco, tiel multaj
eksperimentadis je gxi, ke la dangxero de trologxateco farigxis tre
serioza.

"David, se ni povus fugxi kaj samtempe kunporti kun ni tiun gravegan
sekreton, kian servon ni plenumus per tio por la homaro de
Pelucidaro!" La nura penso preskaux superfortis min. Ja estus ni la
duopo, kiuj metus la homojn de la interna mondo en ilian lauxrajtan
lokon inter la kreitajxoj. Nur la sagotoj barus ilian vojon al
absoluta supereco, kaj mi opiniis, ke preskaux certe la sagotoj
sxuldas sian tutan potencon al la pli granda inteligenteco de la
maharoj--mi ne povis kredi, ke tiuj gorilecaj bestoj intelekte
superas la pelucidaran homaron.

"Perry!" mi diris ekscitite, "Vi kaj mi savos tutan mondon! Kune, ni
gvidos la homajn gentojn el la mallumo de nescio en la lumon de
progreso kaj civilizo. Ni transportos ilin per unu pasxo el la
sxtonepoko en la dudekan jarcenton. La nura penso pri tio estas
absolute fabeleca."

"David," diris la maljunulo, "Mi kredas, ke Dio sendis nin cxi tien
gxuste por tiu celo--estos la laboro de mia vivo instrui al ili Lian
mesagxon--konduki ilin al la lumo de Lia indulgo, dum ni edukos
iliajn korojn kaj manojn por vivo en kulturo kaj civilizo."

"Vi pravas, Perry," mi diris,

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