The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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in conversation with von Schoenvorts late at night upon
two separate occasions--after each of which some great damage was found
done us in the morning. I didn't want to doubt you; but I carried all
the responsibility of the lives of these men, of the safety of the
ship, of your life and mine. I had to watch you, and I had to put you
on your guard against a repetition of your madness."

She was looking at me now with those great eyes of hers, very wide and

"Who told you that I spoke with Baron von Schoenvorts at night, or any
other time?" she asked.

"I cannot tell you, Lys," I replied, "but it came to me from two
different sources."

"Then two men have lied," she asserted without heat. "I have not
spoken to Baron von Schoenvorts other than in your presence when first
we came aboard the U-33. And please, when you address me, remember
that to others than my intimates I am Miss La Rue."

Did you ever get slapped in the face when you least expected it? No?
Well, then you do not know how I felt at that moment. I could feel the
hot, red flush surging up my neck, across my cheeks, over my ears,
clear to my scalp. And it made me love her all the more; it made me
swear inwardly a thousand solemn oaths that I would win her.

[1] Late in July, 1916, an item in the shipping news mentioned a
Swedish sailing vessel, Balmen, Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona, sunk by a
German raider sometime in June. A single survivor in an open boat was
picked up off the Cape Verde Islands, in a dying condition. He expired
without giving any details.

Chapter 4

For several days things went along in about the same course. I took our
position every morning with my crude sextant; but the results were
always most unsatisfactory. They always showed a considerable westing
when I knew that we had been sailing due north. I blamed my crude
instrument, and kept on. Then one afternoon the girl came to me.

"Pardon me," she said, "but were I you, I should watch this man
Benson--especially when he is in charge." I asked her what she meant,
thinking I could see the influence of von Schoenvorts raising a
suspicion against one of my most trusted men.

"If you will note the boat's course a half-hour after Benson goes on
duty," she said, "you will know what I mean, and you will

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