The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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the continent? All
gone--only I remain. I promised his majesty, and when he returns he
will find that I was true to my trust, for I shall be awaiting him.
God save the King!"

That was all. This brave and forever nameless officer died nobly at
his post--true to his country and his king. It was the Death, no
doubt, that took him.

Some of the entries had been dated. From the few legible letters and
figures which remained I judge the end came some time in August, 1937,
but of that I am not at all certain.

The diary has cleared up at least one mystery that had puzzled me not a
little, and now I am surprised that I had not guessed its solution
myself--the presence of African and Asiatic beasts in England.

Acclimated by years of confinement in the zoological gardens, they were
fitted to resume in England the wild existence for which nature had
intended them, and once free, had evidently bred prolifically, in
marked contrast to the captive exotics of twentieth century
Pan-America, which had gradually become fewer until extinction occurred
some time during the twenty-first century.

The palace, if such it was, lay not far from the banks of the Thames.
The room in which we were imprisoned overlooked the river, and I
determined to attempt to escape in this direction.

To descend through the palace was out of the question, but outside we
could discover no lions. The stems of the ivy which clambered upward
past the window of the room were as large around as my arm. I knew
that they would support our weight, and as we could gain nothing by
remaining longer in the palace, I decided to descend by way of the ivy
and follow along down the river in the direction of the launch.

Naturally I was much handicapped by the presence of the girl. But I
could not abandon her, though I had no idea what I should do with her
after rejoining my companions. That she would prove a burden and an
embarrassment I was certain, but she had made it equally plain to me
that she would never return to her people to mate with Buckingham.

I owed my life to her, and, all other considerations aside, that was
sufficient demand upon my gratitude and my honor to necessitate my
suffering every inconvenience in her service. Too, she was queen of
England. But, by far the most potent argument in her favor, she was a
woman in distress--and a young and very

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