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By W. E. Johns

A lifeless murmur, like far away thunder, reached their ears and taken Biggles to his toes with a hurry. 'What is it?' he gasped.-At the 1st sound Dickpa had leapt for the flashlight. 'Quick,' he snapped, because the flooring of the cave sagged sickeningly. 'Get out - it's an earthquake! Ah - stop!' he screamed. a trip to Biggles' uncle, Dickpa, lands Biggles, Algy and mechanic Smyth in a perilous experience searching for an old Inca treasure hoard.

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No, i'm going to go,' lower back Biggles decisively. 'I'm the lightest. i'm going to rope myself up back, and you'll brace your self to take the tension of my fall in case I slip or the stairs holiday down. i'm going to let you know what it really is like as i'm going, after which you'll be aware of what to anticipate. ' with out extra ado, he fixed the rope tightly approximately his waist and, seizing a projecting crag, swung himself outwards and up. He was once misplaced to sight immediately, and a brief silence undefined. a section of rock bounced down, struck the lip of the cave, and bounded away into house; instinctively Algy listened for it to strike the ground, however it may need fallen right into a bottomless pit for all of the noise it made. 'Hullo, there! ' got here Biggles's voice from what appeared to be an outstanding distance away. 'Can you listen me? ' 'Can — you — pay attention — me — you — listen — me — listen — me,' rang the echoes, changing into fainter and fainter within the distance. Dickpa cupped his arms round his mouth. 'Yes! ' he spoke back. 'Yes—yes—yes,' got here the echoes. 'Dash these echoes,' tousled Algy. 'They supply me the creeps. ' 'Listen,' got here Biggles's voice back. 'I'm on the finish of the rope. permit it move. you could follow-it's really secure- yet do not glance down. Come one by one, simply because there's a few free rock approximately and somebody may perhaps get a crack at the head. convey the haversacks and what instruments you could. ' 'I'm coming! ' shouted Algy, and rose to his ft. His face was once relatively light as he seized the crag, swung outwards, and reached along with his toes for the ground step of the dizzy stairway. Following Biggles's directions, he didn't glance down, yet saved his eyes mounted upwards. initially he may in simple terms see a protracted, curving line of steps that disappeared opposed to the skyline above a rounded dome, of rock, yet because it fixed better he observed that it ended in a large open house, with a wide pyramid-shaped hill past. Biggles was once sitting very easily on a wide sq. stone on the finish of the stairway. Algy joined him breathlessly. 'By the bones of Icarus,' he muttered, 'I might be what the newspapers describe as a birdman, yet i am no steeple-jack; i would not move down that course for whatever. ' Biggles grinned. 'Nor I,' he acknowledged, 'not if a dozen Attaboys' treasures have been on the bottom'; after which, elevating his voice, 'Come on, the following! ' he known as. shortly Smyth's head seemed above the pinnacle of the rock and the mechanic threw himself down with a sigh of aid. 'Blimey,' he murmured, 'what's our ceiling* at this online game? we have a piece an excessive amount of altitude for my liking, and the earlier we throttle again and lose slightly it the higher I might be happy. ' * the pinnacle top to which a airplane can fly. Biggles laughed. 'You're no longer the one one,' he stated. 'Come on, Dickpa. ' Dickpa, together with his haversack held in his tooth, clambered over the forehead of the cliff and sank down beside them. 'You have been moaning for the blue sky a short while in the past, Biggles. good, you can now see it-all of it,' he saw, taking a look round on the scene of great grandeur. 'Hullo, what are you sitting on? ' he went on fast, noticing the rock on which Biggles used to be seated.

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