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By Victor Appleton

American boys' fiction less than pseudonym utilized by the Stratemeyer Syndicate who produced Tom quick sequence, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, Dave Fearless and so on.

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They mentioned those and different concerns as they moved quickly directly to search for a way of get away. in truth to speak appeared to lead them to much less gloomy and unhappy, they usually attempted to maintain their spirits. For a number of hours they searched eagerly for a few technique of getting out of the underground urban. They went to the farthest limits of it, and located it to be a number of miles in diameter, yet finally they got here to stable partitions of stone which reached from roof to ceiling, and there has been no approach out. they discovered that the underground urban used to be precisely like an overturned bowl, or an Esquimo ice hut, hole inside of, and with a tunnel resulting in itbut all lower than the skin of the earth. the town were hollowed out of stable rock, and there has been yet a method in or out, and that used to be closed through the seamless stone. "There's no need looking any longer," declared Tom, while, weary and footsore, that they had accomplished a circuit of the outer circumference of the town, "the rock passage is our in simple terms wish. " "And that is no desire in any respect! " declared Ned. "Yes, we needs to try and elevate that stone slab, orbreak it! " cried Tom desperately. "Come on. " "Wait a bit," urged Mr. Damon. "Bless my dinner plate! yet i am hungry. We introduced a few nutrients alongside, and my suggestion to you is to devour and sustain our energy. we are going to desire it. " "By golly gracious, that is so! " declared eliminate. "I'll git de eatin's. " bankruptcy XXIII. "IS IT A RESCUE? " seventy six Tom rapid within the urban of Gold thankfully there has been a goodly provide, and, moving into one the homes they ate off a desk of strong gold, and rancid dishes of the dear, yellow steel. but they might have given it allyes, even the gold of their dirigible balloonfor an opportunity for freedom. "I ask yourself what grew to become of the chaps who used to dwell the following? " mused Ned as he complete the particularly frugal meal. "Oh, they most likely diedfrom a pandemic perhaps, or there can have been a battle, or the folks could have risen in insurrection and killed them off," recommended Tom grimly. "But then there needs to be a few remainssome mummies or skeletons or whatever. " "I wager each left this underground cityevery soul. " instructed Mr. Damon, "and then they grew to become at the river and left it. I is just not stunned yet what we're the first folks to set foot right here in millions of years. " "And WE may well remain the following for one thousand years," anticipated Tom. "Oh, reliable land a' massy; doan't say dat! " cried get rid of. "Why we are going to all be lifeless ob hunger in dat time. " "Before then, I guess," muttered Tom. "I ponder whether there is any water during this gap? " "We'll desire itsoon," remarked Ned, taking a look at the scanty provide that they had introduced in with them. "Let's have a hunt for it. " "Let Rad do this, whereas we paintings at the stone gate," proposed the younger inventor. "Rad, chase off and spot when you can locate a few water. " whereas the coloured guy was once long past, Tom, Ned and Mr. Damon went again to the stone gate. To assault it with no instruments, or a few strong blasting powder appeared lifeless, yet their case was once determined they usually knew they have to do anything. "We'll attempt chipping away the stone on the base," advised Tom.

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