The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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a coward. If I could help you I should
gladly do so. But I am only queen--the vehicle that has helped carry
down, unsullied, the royal blood from the days when Grabritin was a
mighty country."

The old queen's words had a noticeable effect upon the mob of curious
savages which surrounded me. The moment they discovered that the old
queen was friendly to me and that I had rescued her daughter they
commenced to accord me a more friendly interest, and I heard many words
spoken in my behalf, and demands were made that I not be harmed.

But now Buckingham interfered. He had no intention of being robbed of
his prey. Blustering and storming, he ordered the people back to their
huts, at the same time directing two of his warriors to confine me in a
dugout in one of the trenches close to his own shelter.

Here they threw me upon the ground, binding my ankles together and
trussing them up to my wrists behind. There they left me, lying upon
my stomach--a most uncomfortable and strained position, to which was
added the pain where the cords cut into my flesh.

Just a few days ago my mind had been filled with the anticipation of
the friendly welcome I should find among the cultured Englishmen of
London. Today I should be sitting in the place of honor at the banquet
board of one of London's most exclusive clubs, feted and lionized.

The actuality! Here I lay, bound hand and foot, doubtless almost upon
the very site of a part of ancient London, yet all about me was a
primeval wilderness, and I was a captive of half-naked wild men.

I wondered what had become of Delcarte and Taylor and Snider. Would
they search for me? They could never find me, I feared, yet if they
did, what could they accomplish against this horde of savage warriors?

Would that I could warn them. I thought of the girl--doubtless she
could get word to them, but how was I to communicate with her? Would
she come to see me before I was killed? It seemed incredible that she
should not make some slight attempt to befriend me; yet, as I recalled,
she had made no effort to speak with me after we had reached the
village. She had hastened to her mother the moment she had been
liberated. Though she had returned with the old queen, she had not
spoken to me, even then. I began to

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