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Smith and the Pharaohs, And Other Tales

By Haggard, Henry Rider

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Title: Smith and the Pharaohs, And Other Tales  
Author: Haggard, Henry Rider
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Language: English
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Author?s Note: On several previous occasions it has happened to this writer of romance to be justified of his romances by facts of startling similarity, subsequently brought to light and to his knowledge. In this tale occurs an instance of the sort, a ?double-barrelled? instance indeed, that to him seems sufficiently curious to be worthy of telling. The People of the Mist of his adventure story worship a sacred crocodile to which they make sacrifice, but in the original draft of the book this crocodile was a snake?/monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens/. A friend of the writer, an African explorer of great experience who read that draft, suggested that the snake was altogether too unprecedented and impossible. Accordingly, also at his suggestion, a crocodile was substituted. Scarcely was this change effected, however, when Mr. R. T. Coryndon, the slayer of almost the last white rhinoceros, published in the /African Review/ of February 17, 1894, an account of a huge and terrific serpent said to exist in the D

 

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