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The Red One - Jack London

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The Red One by Jack London

THE RED ONE


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The Red One
The Hussy
Like Argus of the Ancient Times
The Princess

STORY:  THE RED ONE

THERE it was!  The abrupt liberation of sound!  As he timed it with
his watch, Bassett likened it to the trump of an archangel.  Walls
of cities, he meditated, might well fall down before so vast and
compelling a summons.  For the thousandth time vainly he tried to
analyse the tone-quality of that enormous peal that dominated the
land far into the strong-holds of the surrounding tribes.  The
mountain gorge which was its source rang to the rising tide of it
until it brimmed over and flooded earth and sky and air.  With the
wantonness of a sick man's fancy, he likened it to the mighty cry
of some Titan of the Elder World vexed with misery or wrath.
Higher and higher it arose, challenging and demanding in such
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