The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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that we were prisoners before we
realized what had happened. That night we were held under a strong
guard just outside the eastern wall of the city, and the next morning
were started upon a long march toward the east.

Our captors were not unkind to us, and treated the women prisoners with
respect. We marched for many days--so many that I lost count of
them--and at last we came to another city--a Chinese city this
time--which stands upon the site of ancient Moscow.

It is only a small frontier city, but it is well built and well kept.
Here a large military force is maintained, and here also, is a terminus
of the railroad that crosses modern China to the Pacific.

There was every evidence of a high civilization in all that we saw
within the city, which, in connection with the humane treatment that
had been accorded all prisoners upon the long and tiresome march,
encouraged me to hope that I might appeal to some high officer here for
the treatment which my rank and birth merited.

We could converse with our captors only through the medium of
interpreters who spoke both Chinese and Abyssinian. But there were
many of these, and shortly after we reached the city I persuaded one of
them to carry a verbal message to the officer who had commanded the
troops during the return from New Gondar, asking that I might be given
a hearing by some high official.

The reply to my request was a summons to appear before the officer to
whom I had addressed my appeal. A sergeant came for me along with the
interpreter, and I managed to obtain his permission to let Victory
accompany me--I had never left her alone with the prisoners since we
had been captured.

To my delight I found that the officer into whose presence we were
conducted spoke Abyssinian fluently. He was astounded when I told him
that I was a Pan-American. Unlike all others whom I had spoken with
since my arrival in Europe, he was well acquainted with ancient
history--was familiar with twentieth century conditions in Pan-America,
and after putting a half dozen questions to me was satisfied that I
spoke the truth.

When I told him that Victory was Queen of England he showed little
surprise, telling me that in their recent explorations in ancient
Russia they had found many descendants of the old nobility and royalty.

He immediately set aside a comfortable house for us, furnished us with
servants and with money, and in other ways showed us every attention
and kindness.

He

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