The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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none came. Instead we continued
to submerge until the manometer registered forty feet and then I knew
that we were safe. Safe! I almost smiled. I had relieved Olson, who
had remained in the tower at my direction, having been a member of one
of the early British submarine crews, and therefore having some
knowledge of the business. Bradley was at my side. He looked at me
quizzically.

"What the devil are we to do?" he asked. "The merchantman will flee
us; the war-vessel will destroy us; neither will believe our colors or
give us a chance to explain. We will meet even a worse reception if we
go nosing around a British port--mines, nets and all of it. We can't
do it."

"Let's try it again when this fellow has lost the scent," I urged.
"There must come a ship that will believe us."

And try it again we did, only to be almost rammed by a huge freighter.
Later we were fired upon by a destroyer, and two merchantmen turned and
fled at our approach. For two days we cruised up and down the Channel
trying to tell some one, who would listen, that we were friends; but no
one would listen. After our encounter with the first warship I had
given instructions that a wireless message be sent out explaining our
predicament; but to my chagrin I discovered that both sending and
receiving instruments had disappeared.

"There is only one place you can go," von Schoenvorts sent word to me,
"and that is Kiel. You can't land anywhere else in these waters. If
you wish, I will take you there, and I can promise that you will be
treated well."

"There is another place we can go," I sent back my reply, "and we will
before we'll go to Germany. That place is hell."



Chapter 3

Those were anxious days, during which I had but little opportunity to
associate with Lys. I had given her the commander's room, Bradley and
I taking that of the deck-officer, while Olson and two of our best men
occupied the room ordinarily allotted to petty officers. I made Nobs'
bed down in Lys' room, for I knew she would feel less alone.

Nothing of much moment occurred for a while after we left British
waters behind us. We ran steadily along upon the surface, making good
time. The first two boats we sighted made off as fast as they could
go; and the third, a huge freighter, fired on us, forcing us

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