The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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...The Land that Time Forgot


By

Edgar Rice Burroughs




Chapter 1

It must have been a little after three...

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...down in the sand
and opened it, and in the long twilight read the manuscript, neatly
written...

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...by a mighty volcano. We were
thrown to the decks, bruised and stunned, and then above...

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...impossible angle. Nobs braced himself with all four feet
to keep from slipping into the...

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...the enormous strain put upon it. In no other
way can I account for its...

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...parted; and one hand was raised
toward me in a mute appeal for succor. She...

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...and Germans. Tell me, please, all that happened after the ship
sank."

I told her, then,...

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...her further to thwart
the chill. But it was of no avail; as I sat...

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...seemed to me at the time
that I had lain awake for days, instead of hours....

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...the captain's bunk and get warm. They didn't
have to tell me to strip after...

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...her and took
her out on her first run."

The girl drew back from me with a...

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...that this one should fall first to an enemy bullet. I saw the
depleted gun-crew...

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...from behind and
lifted me entirely off my feet. Kick and squirm as I would,...

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...U-boat. The first thing I heard was
Nobs barking furiously; evidently he had missed me...

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...Immediately I was put in command, and the first thing I did
was to go below...

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... If she's not, we'll
sink her--eh, captain?"

"Yes, lieutenant," I replied, and it was his turn...

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...none came. Instead we continued
to submerge until the manometer registered forty feet and then I...

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...to
submerge. It was after this that our troubles commenced. One of the
Diesel engines broke...

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...watch tonight. Benson's sorter slow in the head, an' he
never puts two an' two together...

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...disappeared as did the
wireless apparatus."

Both men looked at me in amazement. "We still have...

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...of evidencing guilty knowledge of the
catastrophe.

"Who could it have been?" she cried. "The Germans...

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...to the conning tower. There sat
Benson as wide awake as could be, and the compass...

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...Hurrying to the tower, I
looked at the compass. It showed that we were holding...

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...cargo from Brazil for Spain.

I explained our circumstances to her skipper and asked for food,...

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...with the remaining eight Germans standing
guard over them.


I couldn't imagine how it had happened; but...

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...not yet
reached the level of the deck: "It's the raider, the German raider
_Geier_!"

I saw...

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...and made for the bow compartment where
the torpedo-tubes are built into the boat; here, too,...

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...aim, he might have gotten
me; but his pace made him wild, so that not a...

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...in conversation with von Schoenvorts late at night upon
two separate occasions--after each of which some...

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...understand
why he prefers a night watch. Possibly, too, you will understand some
other things that...

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...was a traitor, how could I
know that there were not other traitors among us? I...

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...I clung to the wireless mast,
while the great waves surged sometimes completely over me.

I knew...

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...diving-tank sea-cocks and roused Olson and me, and had the pumps
started to empty them."

And there...

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...we were somewhere off
the coast of Peru. The wind, which had been blowing fitfully...

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...the arrow still clung straight and
sure toward the distant cliffs.

"What do you make of it?"...

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...did, and so at the first streak of dawn I moved in again and once
more...

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...the smallness of the beach, the enormous depth of
surrounding water and the great distance at...

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...scale those perpendicular heights; there was
not a finger-hold, not a toe-hold, upon them. I...

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...much as to say "I told you so!"

"This water is warm," he announced, "and fresh!"

I...

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...pointed at
the base of the cliff ahead of us, which the receding tide was
gradually exposing...

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...the black opening in
the great cliff. It was an opening that would have admitted...

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...nerves strained
to the snapping-point every instant. After the second turn the channel
ran comparatively straight...

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...flapped
the wings of gigantic creatures such as we are taught have been extinct
throughout countless ages.

"Look!"...

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...so I turned
with my back toward her that I might be in a position to...

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...at high speed, I gave orders to reduce and moved slowly
and majestically through the plunging,...

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...sprang up the ladder and commenced chopping away at that hideous
face. The thing didn't...

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...she threw
upon the floor to me. We had a pleasant meal, with only one
unfortunate...

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...The water was quite free from reptiles, and
the vegetation upon the banks of the river...

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...here and there a small plain where we saw
animals grazing. With my glass I...

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...into the reeds and touched the shore with
the keel still clear.

My men were all armed...

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...know, in
case they accepted my suggestion, what their status would be in event
of our finding...

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...out to hunt for game
and explore inland for a short distance. Olson, von Schoenvorts,...

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...it stood erect, it sat upon its tail. Its head was
long and thick, with...

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...beast had leaped upon our kill--and then the grotesque thing
sank lifeless to the ground.

Olson and...

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...me!" I set off at a rapid run in the direction of
the harbor.

We ran...

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...his cudgel above his head. The others followed him,
and in a minute we should...

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...I having sat up half the night
discussing the matter and drawing plans. We set...

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...to strike me; but
before it descended the muzzle of my pistol was against his belly...

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...were
left alone together, for I had permitted the watch to go below for a
few minutes,...

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...with tears on her cheeks and I read in her eyes
the thanks her lips could...

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...Neanderthal man possessed a language.
She has learned to speak it, and so have I, to...

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...fifteen miles the first day, camping on the bank of a large
stream which runs southward....

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...when land carnivora
threaten us, we climb into trees, and we have learned not to fire...

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...I know not; whither my bottle will be borne I cannot even
guess; but I have...

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...love of
these three long months shattered the bonds of timidity and conviction,
and I swept her...

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...his duties in the cook-house. The others slept; but I arose
and followed by Nobs went...

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...as the noise approached apparently just
above us, and a moment later there followed a terrific...

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...in silence I shook hands with each of the
three remaining men. Even poor Nobs...

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...they still persisted in lesser
numbers. On the other hand the quantity of ruminants and...

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...in the scale of humanity, but they were a
step upward from those I had previously...

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...left a series of frightful screams and
shrieks, bellowings, roars and growls. It was the...

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...remain if
she is afraid, and we will keep her; but the he must depart."

"The he...

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...them as a barrier before the
doorway. It was too dark to do more than this....

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...watched
them from our "apartment," as Lys called it. Neither men nor women wore
any sort of...

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...and filled with
billions of tadpoles. They waded in to where the water was about...

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...drive them, I saw a fine
red deer a couple of hundred yards behind me. He...

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...dead! He had been a good man, but the personal loss was not
what affected...

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...thirty seconds to break the elbow of one of my
assailants, trip another and send him...

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...would do so tomorrow, that it was too late today and that I
might come to...

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...teeming with life. It linked the unfathomable then to the
eternal now. And yet...

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...it is locked in the bosom of
the Sphinx. Who knows? I do not.

Thinking...

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... "It is forbidden. They would kill
you. Thus far have you come--there is...

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...women must have returned from the
pool; yet as I drew near, I saw no sign...

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...ancient, reptilian forbear had clung to life and
transmitted to me through the ages the most...

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...the preceding paragraph, which I thought
would end the written record of my life upon Caprona....

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...a beast crumpled in
its tracks!

From my ledge to the base of the cliff is a...

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...the dagger in my hand. And I doubt not but that Kho
would easily have...

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...that he
never would have deserted her. With her means of protection gone, Lys
was now...