The Land That Time Forgot

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Neanderthal man possessed a language.
She has learned to speak it, and so have I, to some extent. It was
he--his name he says is Am, or Ahm--who told us that this country is
called Caspak. When we asked him how far it extended, he waved both
arms about his head in an all-including gesture which took in,
apparently, the entire universe. He is more tractable now, and we are
going to release him, for he has assured us that he will not permit his
fellows to harm us. He calls us Galus and says that in a short time he
will be a Galu. It is not quite clear to us what he means. He says
that there are many Galus north of us, and that as soon as he becomes
one he will go and live with them.

Ahm went out to hunt with us yesterday and was much impressed by the
ease with which our rifles brought down antelopes and deer. We have
been living upon the fat of the land, Ahm having shown us the edible
fruits, tubers and herbs, and twice a week we go out after fresh meat.
A certain proportion of this we dry and store away, for we do not know
what may come. Our drying process is really smoking. We have also
dried a large quantity of two varieties of cereal which grow wild a few
miles south of us. One of these is a giant Indian maize--a lofty
perennial often fifty and sixty feet in height, with ears the size of
a man's body and kernels as large as your fist. We have had to
construct a second store house for the great quantity of this that we
have gathered.

September 3, 1916: Three months ago today the torpedo from the U-33
started me from the peaceful deck of the American liner upon the
strange voyage which has ended here in Caspak. We have settled down to
an acceptance of our fate, for all are convinced that none of us will
ever see the outer world again. Ahm's repeated assertions that there
are human beings like ourselves in Caspak have roused the men to a keen
desire for exploration. I sent out one party last week under Bradley.
Ahm, who is now free to go and come as he wishes, accompanied them.
They marched about twenty-five miles due west, encountering many
terrible beasts and reptiles and not a few manlike creatures whom Ahm
sent away. Here is Bradley's report of the expedition:


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