Out of Time's Abyss

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the river," he replied; "but first I must go back to the Blue Place
of Seven Skulls and get the poor devil I left there. I'll have to wait
until after dark, though, as I cannot pass through the open stretch of
river in the temple gardens by day."

"There is another way," said the girl. "I have never seen it; but
often I have heard them speak of it--a corridor that runs beside the
river from one end of the city to the other. Through the gardens it is
below ground. If we could find an entrance to it, we could leave here
at once. It is not safe here, for they will search every inch of the
temple and the grounds."

"Come," said Bradley. "We'll have a look for it, anyway." And so
saying he approached one of the doors that opened onto the skull-paved
shelf.

They found the corridor easily, for it paralleled the river, separated
from it only by a single wall. It took them beneath the gardens and
the city, always through inky darkness. After they had reached the
other side of the gardens, Bradley counted his steps until he had
retraced as many as he had taken coming down the stream; but though
they had to grope their way along, it was a much more rapid trip than
the former.

When he thought he was about opposite the point at which he had
descended from the Blue Place of Seven Skulls, he sought and found a
doorway leading out onto the river; and then, still in the blackest
darkness, he lowered himself into the stream and felt up and down upon
the opposite side for the little shelf and the ladder. Ten yards from
where he had emerged he found them, while the girl waited upon the
opposite side.

To ascend to the secret panel was the work of but a minute. Here he
paused and listened lest a Wieroo might be visiting the prison in
search of him or the other inmate; but no sound came from the gloomy
interior. Bradley could not but muse upon the joy of the man on the
opposite side when he should drop down to him with food and a new hope
for escape. Then he opened the panel and looked into the room. The
faint light from the grating above revealed the pile of rags in one
corner; but the man lay beneath them, he made no response to Bradley's
low greeting.

The Englishman lowered himself to the floor

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