Out of Time's Abyss

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...Out of Time's Abyss


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




Chapter I

This is the tale of Bradley after he left...

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...monster and bolted for the nearest tree;
and then the bear charged. He charged straight...

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...cave bear--the monstrous
thing that should have been extinct ages before--ran for it and fired
even as...

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...had features with just a shade more of the human cast about
them. Then there...

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...jabbering with much laughter,
loud and boisterous. "No," shouted one, "you will not harm us,...

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...again in
an almost inaudible voice. "Holy Mother protect us--it's a banshee!"

Bradley, always cool almost...

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... It had big round eyes that looked all cold and
dead, and its cheeks were...

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...them all, the five
men tensed into sudden rigidity.

Above the nocturnal diapason of the teeming jungle...

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...be gained by retracing their steps
along the base of the cliffs he decided to strike...

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...when the water was brought, threw a cupful in the man's
face. Slowly Tippet regained...

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...to augment. To add further to their gloom, their way led
through a dense forest,...

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...it. He was afraid to fire for fear of hitting the man,
and so it...

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...ain't
humanlike. There ain't no such thing an' never was."

"Bullets don't kill ghosts," said Bradley,...

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...they crossed them only after
an encounter with the tribe that inhabited the numerous caves which
pitted...

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...was killed by a saber-tooth
tiger--September 13, 1916. Beneath a jarrah tree on the stony...

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...covered a front leg, and as the tail snapped
aloft, fired. With a hideous roar...

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...that into the mind
of neither entered the thought or the temptation to desert his
companion--they would...

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...the parapet and soon answering shouts were rising from
within Fort Dinosaur. A moment later...

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...a man who, while taking every
precaution against possible danger, permitted no gloomy forebodings to
weigh down...

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...is always loath to accept aught beyond its own little experience,
would not permit him to...

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...dived for Bradley. It was a harrowing experience, but soon
over, and once again the...

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...ceiling of the room which
was about thirty feet square, or roughly square, being irregular in
shape,...

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...but hideous.
It could not have been termed a smile, and what emotion it registered
the Englishman...

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...a level lower than
that upon which they had landed earlier in the morning. By...

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...city and if there were other cities like this upon the
island.

Slowly he descended the ladder...

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...the rapidity with which they attempted to bolt
their food, they often lost it all. ...

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...of paper-making. Could it be that such grotesque beings
represented the high culture of the...

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...sanctuary for him, since the stern laws of the Wieroos forbade
altercations within such walls. ...

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...from the top of the ladder to the doorway,
and Bradley had almost reached his goal...

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...in the face, he
thought of his precious ammunition. "Can't waste it," he thought; and
slipping...

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...the chest for the body of the
Wieroo, Bradley turned to seek another means of concealing...

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...to secure the door
against intruders.

As Bradley stood flattened against the wall waiting for the Wieroo...

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...you are not of this frightful
city, for I have been here for almost ten moons,...

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...Speaks for Luata has chosen you for himself.
Today you go to his temple--" the Wieroo...

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...but the first one went reeling backward against his
fellows from the blow to the chin...

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...human skulls that Bradley had noted earlier in the
day and another and much larger edifice...

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...huddled mass that might have been almost
anything from a bundle of rags to a dead...

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...a hollow
groan. Bradley felt his hair rise upon his head. He struggled with
the...

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...upon the floor. He saw it
move and slowly raise itself to its hands and...

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...reverted to his plaintive mumbling for
food and recurrence to the statement that there was a...

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...by degrees to Bo-lu, Sto-lu,
Band-lu, Kro-lu and finally Galu. And in each stage countless...

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...for him to
visualize the scheme, it appeared simpler. In fact, it seemed even
less difficult...

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...sleep."

"Do the reptiles come up the river into the city?" asked Bradley.

"The water is too...

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...An-Tak.
"Oh, Luata! And now I am too weak to go. Take me with...

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...in which he might learn these things,
and that was to lower himself into the stream....

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... His fingers feeling
through the darkness came in contact with something cold and
clammy--they passed to...

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...the bright daylight, Bradley
surveyed what lay beyond. A short distance before him a large...

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...he saw the banks of the stream
float slowly past; he heard a sudden wail upon...

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...It stopped. There was no
chance on earth that it would not discover what he...

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...fifty feet from the river level. Here he discovered a
door already ajar opening into...

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...across his throat.

"He shall not hear," returned the first Wieroo as, with a powerful
motion of...

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...severed and I shall be
cast into the River of Death, for thus it happens even...

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...he smile when he was
dead?"

Bradley laughed aloud. "I thought we English were supposed to...

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...murderers--known murderers. All Wieroos are murderers. When
they have committed a certain number of...

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...he had at any time since he had
been captured by the Wieroo, for there appeared...

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...and the party, now reduced to Bradley
and five Wieroos, was ushered across the threshold into...

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...of its swords above its head.

"Who are you to make terms for Him Who Speaks...

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...may hear
it. Lean close--I will whisper it into your ear."

He moved forward and stepped...

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...the
sides of the shaft were clotted thick with a dried, dark brown
substance that the Englishman...

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...the river," he replied; "but first I must go back to the Blue Place
of Seven...

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...of the room and approached
the rags. Stooping he lifted a corner of them. ...

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...the
scale of evolution. The Wieroo developed the first cos-ata-lu but they
were always male--never could...

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...of falling water, which
increased in volume as they moved forward until at last it filled...

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...they heard something
descending the ladder from above. They hoped that it would continue on
down...

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...the killing of Him Who Speaks for Luata," whispered
the girl. "Soon they will spread...

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...she
soon had the work completed, and the two stepped out upon the roof, to
all intent...

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...dawn they took shelter in a thicket beside the stream. At no
time did they...

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...intended to share it, so that he was
at last forced to permit her to come...

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...her announcement of her love
for An-Tak.

He took a step toward her. A fierce yearning...

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...what
may have happened to them."

"I want you to be happy," she said quite simply;...

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...up the man saw a
white-robed Wieroo circling slowly above him. That he had been
discovered...

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...upon them
threatening them with instant death if they did not
surrender--promising them their freedom if they...

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...feared might bring disaster to his
plans for escape--the huge, winged reptilia that are so numerous...

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...did not
see the shadow of sorrow that crossed her countenance. When he raised
his eyes...

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...volley of German oaths and expletives among which he
heard Englische schweinhunde repeated several times. ...

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...his men turned to see a half-naked white man holding their leader
securely from behind and...

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...and urging their comrades to surrender and join with the English
against the tyranny of von...

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...a volley
of invective. They turned in time to see the man running toward von
Schoenvorts...

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...the night of
September 14th when he had disappeared so mysteriously from the camp
upon the plateau....

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...of life they were
being greeted by thousands of voracious mouths as fish and reptiles of
many...

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... You
are going back to my own country to be my wife. Tell me...

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...are you and from whence do you
come?" he asked; and then Co-Tan gave a little,...

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...asked Bradley. "I thought ours was the only
party of men from the outer world...

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...and they will think me an ingrate; but I can't
waste my life here when there...

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