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FIGHT TO THE DEATH WITH A SEA VAMPIRE
FAMOUS COMBAT OF MAN AND MONSTER
- This is the story of a fight, to. the
death, with a sea vampire, the cold,
bloodless, boneless, fieshless, flabby
creature which wraps itself about a
human being and draws the life blood
out, inch by inch, slowly and silently,
until the last drop is gone. It is the
famous combat in Victor Hugo's
"Toilers of the Sea," retold.
The scene of this terrible conflict
was a deep-sea cavern. The hero
was Gilliat, a great, strong, fearless
man, who woukrdare everything and
Gilliat was exploring in the dark
recesses of .this watery cavern, when
he suddenly felt himself seized by
A strange, Indescribable horror
Some living thing; thin, rough, flat,
slimy, cold, jelly-like, had twisted it
self around- his arm. Its pressure
grew tight like the pulling of a cord!
In a moment a long, spiral arm
darted out toward his chest Another
passed around his elbow and reached
almost to his shoulder.
A sharp point, almost like a knife,
touched his armpit.
A moment later a second long,
leather-like, cold, slimy form started
out of the crevice in the rock; crept
over his skin and finally wound itself
around him. Numberless flat, round
ed points that seemed like small
mouths, about to drink his blood,
crept on his skin.
A third long, cord-like shape felt
its way about his body and then
coiled itself tightly around his ribs.
He pushed and turned. But the
more he moved, the greater the ac
tivity 'bf the monster.
A fourth and a fifth long, slimy
band twined around him and all be
longed, evidently, to the same center.
All at once, as Gilliat strained his
eyes to see, a large, round, flattened,
hideous mass made its appearance
from beneath the rock- In the mid
dle of the horrible substance there