Victor Appleton was once a well-liked writer within the twentieth century, yet Victor was once no longer a unmarried person. as a substitute, that identify was once used as a pseudonym by way of the Stratemeyer Syndicate to place out the preferred Tom Swift series.

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I might prefer to cross, do not misunderstand me, yet i cannot move at present. it's out of the query. in case you wait a yr, or perhaps six months−−−−" "No, it truly is most unlikely to attend, Tom," declared Professor Bumper. "Is it so very important then to rush? " requested Mr. Damon. "You didn't point out that to me, Professor Bumper. " "No, i didn't have time. there are such a lot of ends to my issues. yet, Tom speedy, you just needs to move! " "I cannot, my pricey professor, a lot as I should still wish to. " "But, Tom, examine it! " cried Mr. Damon, who was once as a lot excited as was once the little bald− headed scientist. "You by no means observed such an idol of gold as this. what is its identify? " and he regarded questioningly on the professor. "Quitzel the idol is called," provided Professor Bumper. "And it truly is alleged to be in a buried urban named Kurzon, someplace within the Sierra de Merendon variety of mountains, within the neighborhood of the Copan valley. Copan is a urban, or even we will locate it just a city once we get there, and it's not faraway from the borders of Guatemala. "Tom, if i may convey you the translations i've got made from the traditional records, pertaining to this idol and the fantastic urban over which it stored safeguard, i am definite you'll include us. " "Please do not tempt me," Tom stated with amusing. "I'm in basic terms too nervous to head, and if it wasn't for the stabilizer i would be with you in a minute. But−−−− good, you will have to get alongside with no me. might be i will subscribe to you later. " "What's this in regards to the idol conserving safeguard over the traditional urban? " requested Ned, for he used to be drawn to unusual tales. "It seems," defined the professor, "that within the early days there has been a wierd race of individuals, inhabiting significant the US, with a slightly excessive civilization, in simple terms lines of which remained while the Spaniards got here. bankruptcy IV. FENIMORE BEECHER eleven Tom fast within the Land of Wonders "But those strains, and such hieroglyphics, or, to be extra precise pictographs, as i've been in a position to decipher from the previous files, inform of 1 nation, or even it used to be just a urban, over which this nice golden idol of Quitzel presided. "There is in a few of these papers an outline of the idol, which isn't precisely a attractiveness, judged from smooth criteria. however the major truth is that it's made up of stable gold, and should weigh at any place from one to 2 plenty. " "Two lots of gold! " cried New Newton. "Why, in that case it might be worth−−−−" and he fell to doing a sum in psychological mathematics. "I am no longer so desirous about the financial price of the statue as i'm approximately its antiquity," went on Professor Bumper. "There are different statues during this buried urban of Kurzon, and notwithstanding they won't be so worthwhile they're going to supply me a wealth of fabric for my learn paintings. " "How have you learnt there are different statues? " requested Mr. Damon. "Because my files inform me so. It was once as the humans made different idols, in competition, because it have been, to Quitzel, that their urban or kingdom used to be destroyed. a minimum of that's the legend. Quitzel, so the tale is going, desired to be the manager god, and whilst identical to a rival was once manage within the temple close to him, he toppled over in anger, and a part of the temple went with him, the total position being buried in ruins.

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