The Lost Continent

By Edgar Rice Burroughs

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told me that he would telegraph his emperor at once, and the result
was that we were presently commanded to repair to Peking and present
ourselves before the ruler.

We made the journey in a comfortable railway carriage, through a
country which, as we traveled farther toward the east, showed
increasing evidence of prosperity and wealth.

At the imperial court we were received with great kindness, the emperor
being most inquisitive about the state of modern Pan-America. He told
me that while he personally deplored the existence of the strict
regulations which had raised a barrier between the east and the west,
he had felt, as had his predecessors, that recognition of the wishes of
the great Pan-American federation would be most conducive to the
continued peace of the world.

His empire includes all of Asia, and the islands of the Pacific as far
east as 175dW. The empire of Japan no longer exists, having been
conquered and absorbed by China over a hundred years ago. The
Philippines are well administered, and constitute one of the most
progressive colonies of the Chinese empire.

The emperor told me that the building of this great empire and the
spreading of enlightenment among its diversified and savage peoples had
required all the best efforts of nearly two hundred years. Upon his
accession to the throne he had found the labor well nigh perfected and
had turned his attention to the reclamation of Europe.

His ambition is to wrest it from the hands of the blacks, and then to
attempt the work of elevating its fallen peoples to the high estate
from which the Great War precipitated them.

I asked him who was victorious in that war, and he shook his head sadly
as he replied:

"Pan-America, perhaps, and China, with the blacks of Abyssinia," he
said. "Those who did not fight were the only ones to reap any of the
rewards that are supposed to belong to victory. The combatants reaped
naught but annihilation. You have seen--better than any man you must
realize that there was no victory for any nation embroiled in that
frightful war."

"When did it end?" I asked him.

Again he shook his head. "It has not ended yet. There has never been
a formal peace declared in Europe. After a while there were none left
to make peace, and the rude tribes which sprang from the survivors
continued to fight among themselves because they knew no better
condition of society. War razed the works of man--war and pestilence
razed man. God give that there shall never

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