The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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"I see no one in it."

I was stripping off my clothes, and Delcarte soon followed my example.
I told Taylor to remain on shore with the clothing and rifles. He
might also serve us better there, since it would give him an
opportunity to take a shot at Snider should the man discover us and
show himself.

With powerful strokes we swam out in the path of the oncoming launch.
Being a stronger swimmer than Delcarte, I soon was far in the lead,
reaching the center of the channel just as the launch bore down upon
me. It was drifting broadside on. I seized the gunwale and raised
myself quickly, so that my chin topped the side. I expected a blow the
moment that I came within the view of the occupants, but no blow fell.

Snider lay upon his back in the bottom of the boat alone. Even before
I had clambered in and stooped above him I knew that he was dead.
Without examining him further, I ran forward to the control board and
pressed the starting button. To my relief, the mechanism
responded--the launch was uninjured. Coming about, I picked up
Delcarte. He was astounded at the sight that met his eyes, and
immediately fell to examining Snider's body for signs of life or an
explanation of the manner in which he met his death.

The fellow had been dead for hours--he was cold and still. But
Delcarte's search was not without results, for above Snider's heart was
a wound, a slit about an inch in length--such a slit as a sharp knife
would make, and in the dead fingers of one hand was clutched a strand
of long brown hair--Victory's hair was brown.

They say that dead men tell no tales, but Snider told the story of his
end as clearly as though the dead lips had parted and poured forth the
truth. The beast had attacked the girl, and she had defended her honor.

We buried Snider beside the Rhine, and no stone marks his last resting
place. Beasts do not require headstones.

Then we set out in the launch, turning her nose upstream. When I had
told Delcarte and Taylor that I intended searching for the girl,
neither had demurred.

"We had her wrong in our thoughts," said Delcarte, "and the least that
we can do in expiation is to find and rescue her."

We called her name aloud every few minutes as we motored up the river,
but, though we returned all the way to

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