The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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Camp of the
Lions has places of stone where the beasts lair, but there are no
people in the Camp of the Lions. Who would dare go there!" And she
shuddered.

"The Camp of the Lions," I repeated. "And where is that, and what?"

"It is there," she said, pointing up the river toward the west. "I
have seen it from a great distance, but I have never been there. We
are much afraid of the lions, for this is their country, and they are
angry that man has come to live here.

"Far away there," and she pointed toward the south-west, "is the land
of tigers, which is even worse than this, the land of the lions, for
the tigers are more numerous than the lions and hungrier for human
flesh. There were tigers here long ago, but both the lions and the men
set upon them and drove them off."

"Where did these savage beasts come from?" I asked.

"Oh," she replied, "they have been here always. It is their country."

"Do they not kill and eat your people?" I asked.

"Often, when we meet them by accident, and we are too few to slay them,
or when one goes too close to their camp. But seldom do they hunt us,
for they find what food they need among the deer and wild cattle, and,
too, we make them gifts, for are we not intruders in their country?
Really we live upon good terms with them, though I should not care to
meet one were there not many spears in my party."

"I should like to visit this Camp of the Lions," I said.

"Oh, no, you must not!" cried the girl. "That would be terrible. They
would eat you." For a moment, then, she seemed lost in thought, but
presently she turned upon me with: "You must go now, for any minute
Buckingham may come in search of me. Long since should they have
learned that I am gone from the camp--they watch over me very
closely--and they will set out after me. Go! I shall wait here until
they come in search of me."

"No," I told her. "I'll not leave you alone in a land infested by
lions and other wild beasts. If you won't let me go as far as your
camp with you, then I'll wait here until they come in search of you."

"Please go!" she begged. "You have saved me, and I would save you, but
nothing will save

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