The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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his cudgel above his head. The others followed him,
and in a minute we should have been overwhelmed. I gave the order to
fire, and at the first volley six of them went down, including the
Neanderthal man. The others hesitated a moment and then broke for the
trees, some running nimbly among the branches, while others lost
themselves to us between the boles. Both von Schoenvorts and I noticed
that at least two of the higher, manlike types took to the trees quite
as nimbly as the apes, while others that more nearly approached man in
carriage and appearance sought safety upon the ground with the gorillas.

An examination disclosed that five of our erstwhile opponents were dead
and the sixth, the Neanderthal man, was but slightly wounded, a bullet
having glanced from his thick skull, stunning him. We decided to take
him with us to camp, and by means of belts we managed to secure his
hands behind his back and place a leash around his neck before he
regained consciousness. We then retraced our steps for our meat being
convinced by our own experience that those aboard the U-33 had been
able to frighten off this party with a single shell--but when we came
to where we had left the deer it had disappeared.

On the return journey Whitely and I preceded the rest of the party by
about a hundred yards in the hope of getting another shot at something
edible, for we were all greatly disgusted and disappointed by the loss
of our venison. Whitely and I advanced very cautiously, and not having
the whole party with us, we fared better than on the journey out,
bagging two large antelope not a half-mile from the harbor; so with our
game and our prisoner we made a cheerful return to the boat, where we
found that all were safe. On the shore a little north of where we lay
there were the corpses of twenty of the wild creatures who had attacked
Bradley and his party in our absence, and the rest of whom we had met
and scattered a few minutes later.

We felt that we had taught these wild ape-men a lesson and that because
of it we would be safer in the future--at least safer from them; but we
decided not to abate our carefulness one whit, feeling that this new
world was filled with terrors still unknown to us; nor were we wrong.

The following morning we commenced work upon our camp, Bradley, Olson,
von Schoenvorts, Miss La Rue, and

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