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? li, ;.; Ludenl who crowded thal parl i
, 1 rating influence of the pre ence ol large
ted an al. solute ri<?t.
"Su ' ? .-; .'. a hu Ii, and then com
| ? -...?.-. on his feet. II; appearance
? -. ? ing, and a he rai ed hi hand for
d down expectantly to give him a
ion of many prc en .' aid Profe or
- foolish and unmannerl marked
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1 .va able td address them.
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,- Summerlee wa i ;li<- chief offender,
ti ned and contritc, the matter could nol
-. I have heard tonighl imilar, bul even more
? from the person who ha ju ;1 al down. and,
con ciou . efToii of elf eflfacemenl to come down to
,:. I will endeavor to do o in order to allay
?..!.. ,i...,i.. ,.a.;,.i, ,.,.,,M rn, .il.lv nxisl in llir niiinl ol
thai ? tal level, I will endeavor to no o m oruci w
.]>? doubl which could pos ibly exi I in the min
.'. ighter and intcrruption.)
??I . . . ,i.v, audicnce that, though Profe orSummerlee,
a, il).- | oi the committee of inve tigation, ha i been pul up to
t.stillitisl whoamthereal primemoverin thi ;bu ine .
and thai ii is mainly to me thal any succe iful results musl be
ttcribt i have safcly conductcd these three gentlemen to the
ipot mentioned ami I have. a. vou have hcarrJ, convinced them
ipot i ned, and I have, a you have hcartj,
ofthe .-. uracy of my prcvioui account. We had hoped thal we
should fn ! upon our rctum thal no one was so dense as to di put.
'I have nicntion.il the Apei
racy oi ui. pruviuu: .uimm,. <.- . i
; upon our rcturn thal no one was so dense as to di pute
nclu ion . Warncd, however, by my previous experience,
. ? come withoul such proofs as may convince a reasonable
A explained by Professor Summerlee, our cameras were
ith by the Apcmen when they ransacked our camp and
negatives ruined.' (Jccrs, laughter, and 'Tell us an
?1., back.) i have mentioncd the Apemen, and
cciion ol i >.]><tI .. JJiil wnai uuici cviuchw o.." .??-.
conditiom of their escape ii wai naturally impossible to bnng
ounl of baggage; bul they had rescued Professor Sum
!.?<?? collections of butterflies and beetles, conUining many new
??.Wa thi notcvidence?' (Several voices, 'No!') 'Who said no?
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Mal observi ' 'Iu'
platform. An ii '" ' oni|ianj ol .. gigantic
negro, the two of tl ?'?.,.? betwi i n them a large, qtiare paeking
, ., , j. , .', ni|v ii t, an.l wa lowl\ i arried for
ward and ' :,ir- -v; ,,uni' ' ,"i
],,, hi tl in thi audii n< i . and cveryone wa ah orlied it: tlu |>< acle
bcfon tl '
? ? ),,,,., ,, , top of the ea e, v hi. h formed
a ijjjn , |i(i. |'. into the box, he nappi d hi fingers
. and w.-i heard from thi pn eal l? a; l ome,
thcn, pr< " . pn tty!' in a i ?? k'w voi< e. An lali r, will a
scratel ii ' mind, a n u l horrilde and loath.ic i reature
appeared from below and perehed il ell upon the side ol the ca e.
Even the unexpeeted fall i thi Duki ol Dtirham into the orchestra,
which oe'eurred al thi moment. could nol distracl the |>etrified
attcntion of the \a ' audii
??The fj. ih< en ature wa like the wilde I gargoyle thai the
imagination ol a n i di< i-al builder could have eoneeived. lt wa
maliciou . horrible, with two .mall red ey. a hrighl a |>oinl of
burnin? coal. Il long, avage mouth, which was hel?l half ojien,
wa fuj| ol a double t?-v. ol harklike leeth. lt houlder were
humped. and round them was drajicd whal aptx-arc I to lx- a faded
,,r;iv hawl. Ii wa the devil of our childh.1 in |x?rson. There
was ;i turmoil in the audience, omeone screametl, two ladics in the
froni row fell en ele from their chair . and there wa .. gencral
movement upon the platform to follow iheir chainnan into the
orchc tra. Por a moment there wa danger ol a general pamc.
"profei or Challenger threw up hi hand to till the commotion;
but the movcmcnl alarmed the creaturc lx>sidc him. lt trange
shawl suddenly unfurled, sprcad, and fluttcred a a pair ol leathery
wi,,,? j, owner grabbed at its legs; but too latc to hold it. lt
had prung from the perch and wa i circling slowly round the Queen's
Hall with a dry, leathery flapping of \U ten-foot wings, while a
putrid and insidious odor pervaded the room. The cries of the
people in the galleric , who were alarmed al the near approach of
those glowing eyes and that murdcrous bcak, excited the creaturc
to a frenzy. Pa ter and faster it flcw, beating against walls and
chandelicrs in a blind frenzy of alarm.
? 'The window! Por Hcavcn' akc, hnt that window!' roared the
profe sor from the platform, dancing and wringing hi hand. in an
aRony of apprehension. Ala ! hi warning came too latc. In a
moment the creaturc, beating and bumping along the wall like a
hugc moth within a gas shade, came upon the opening, squeczed
its hideous bulk through it. and was gonc. Professor Challenger
fell back into his chair with his face buried in his hand , while the
audience gave one long, deep sighof relief as they realized that ihe
incident was over.
THEN- oh, how shall one describc what took place then, when
the full exuberance of the majority and the full reaction of the
minority united to make one grcal wave of enthusiasm which rolled
from the back of the hall, gathering volume as it came, swept over