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H. G. Wells - Aepyornis Island

H. G. Wells - Aepyornis Island

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Published by Marco Bolognini
A short story about the extinct Elephant bird.
A short story about the extinct Elephant bird.

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Published by: Marco Bolognini on May 27, 2012
Copyright:Public Domain

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Aepyornis Island
H. G. Wells
 
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The man with the scarred face leant over the table andlooked at my bundle.'Orchids?' he asked.'A few,' I said.'Cypripediums,' he said.'Chiefly,' said I.'Anything new? I thought not. I did these islands twenty-five--twenty-seven years ago. If you find anything new here-- well, it's brand new. I didn't leave much.''I'm not a collector,' said I.'I was young then,' he went on. 'Lord! how I used to fly round.' He seemed to take my measure. 'I was in the EastIndies two years and in Brazil seven. Then I went toMadagascar.''I know a few explorers by name,' I said, anticipating a yarn. 'Whom did you collect for?''Dawsons. I wonder if you've heard the name of Butcherever?''Butcher--Butcher?' The name seemed vaguely present inmy memory; then I recalled Butcher v. Dawson. 'Why!' said I,'you are the man who sued them for four years' salary--gotcast away on a desert island...''Your servant,' said the man with the scar, bowing. 'Funny case, wasn't it? Here was me, making a little fortune on that

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