A Classic Reprint from AMAZING STORIES, October, 1930
The MAN who SAW
By EDMOND HAMILTON
Jean de Marselait, Inquisitor
Extraordinary of the
King of France, raised his head
from the parchments that littered
the crude desk at which he
sat. His glance shifted along the
long stone-walled, torchlit room
to the file of mail-clad soldiers
who stood like steel statues by its
door. A word from him and two
of them sprang forward.
"You may bring in the prisoner,"
The two disappeared through
the door, and in moments there
came a clang of opening bolts
and grating of heavy hinges from
somewhere in the building. Then
the clang of the returning soldiers,
and they entered the room
with another man between them
whose hands were fettered.
Illustrated by MOREY
He was a straight
figure, and was
dressed in drab tunic
and hose. His dark
hair was long and
straight, and his
face held a dreaming
different from the
battered visages of
the soldiers or the
changeless mask of
the Inquisitor. The
latter regarded the
prisoner for a moment, and then
lifted one of the parchments
from before him and read from
it in a smooth, clear voice.
"Henri Lothiere, apothecary's
assistant of Paris," he read, "is
charged in this year of our lord
one thousand four hundred and
forty-four with offending against
God and the king by committing
the crime of sorcery."
The prisoner spoke for the first
time, his voice low but steady. "I
am no sorcerer, sire."
Jean de Marselait read calmly
on from the parchment. "It is
stated by many witnesses that
for long that part of Paris, called
Nanley by some, has been troubled
by works of the devil. Ever
and anon great claps of thunder
have been heard issuing from an
open field there without visible
cause. They were evidently
caused by a sorcerer of power
since even exorcists could not
"It is attested by many that
the accused, Henri Lothiere, did
in spite of the known diabolical
nature of the thing, spend much
time at the field in question. It is
also attested that the said Henri
Lothiere did state that in his
opinion the thunderclaps were
not of diabolical origin, and that
if they were studied, their cause
might be discovered.
"It being suspected from this
that Henri Lothiere was himself
the sorcerer causing the thunderclaps,
he was watched and on
the third day of June was seen to
go in the early morning to the
unholy spot with certain instruments.
There he was observed
going through strange and diabolical
conjurations, when there
came suddenly another thunderclap
and the said Henri Lothiere
did vanish entirely from view in
that moment. This fact is attested
beyond all doubt.
"The news spreading, many
hundreds watched around the
field during that day. Upon that
night before midnight, another
thunderclap was heard and the
said Henri Lothiere was seen by
these hundreds to appear at the
field's center as swiftly and as
strangely as he had vanished.
The fear-stricken hundreds
around the field heard him tell
them how, by diabolical power,
he had gone for hundreds of
years into the future, a thing
surely possible only to the devil
and his minions, and heard him
tell other blasphemies before
they seized him and brought him
to the Inquisitor of the King,
praying that he be burned and
his work of sorcery thus halted.
"Therefore, Henri Lothiere,
since you were seen to vanish and
to reappear as only the servants
of the evil one might do, and
were heard by many to utter the
blasphemies mentioned, I must
adjudge you a sorcerer with the
penalty of death by fire. If anything
there be that you can advance
in palliation of your black
offense, however, you may now
do so before final sentence is
passed upon you."
Jean de Marselait laid down
the parchment, and raised his
eyes to the prisoner. The latter
looked round him quickly for a
moment, a half-glimpsed panic
for an instant in his eyes, then
seemed to steady.
"Sire, I cannot change the sentence
you will pass upon me," he
said quietly, "yet do I wish well
to relate once, what happened to
me and what I saw. Is it permitted
me to tell that from first
The Inquisitor's head bent,
and Henri Lothiere spoke, his
voice gaining in strength and
fervor as he continued.
"Sire, I, Henri Lothiere, am
no sorcerer but a simple
apothecary's assistant. It was always
my nature, from earliest
youth, to desire to delve into
matters unknown to men; the
secrets of the earth and sea and
sky, the knowledge hidden from
us. I knew well that this was
wicked, that the Church teaches
all we need to know and that
heaven frowns when we pry into
its mysteries, but so strong was
my desire to know, that many
times I concerned myself with
"I had sought to know the nature
of the lightning, and the
manner of flight of the birds, and
the way in which fishes are able
to live beneath the waters, and
the mystery of the stars. So
when these thunderclaps began
to be heard in the part of Paris in
which I lived, I did not fear them
so much as my neighbors. I was
eager to learn only what was
causing them, for it seemed to
me that their cause might be
"So I began to go to that field
from which they issued, to study
them. I waited in it and twice I
heard the great thunderclaps
myself. I thought they came from
near the field's center, and I studied
that place. But I could see
nothing there that was causing
them. I dug in the ground, I
looked up for hours into the sky,
but there was nothing. And still,
at intervals, the thunderclaps
"I still kept going to the field,
though I knew that many of my
neighbors whispered that I was
engaged in sorcery. Upon that
morning of the third day of June,
it had occurred to me to take certain
instruments, such as loadstones,
to the field, to see whether
anything might be learned
with them. I went, a few superstitious
ones following me at a
distance. I reached the field's
center, and started the examinations
I had planned. Then came
suddenly another thunderclap
and with it I passed from the
sight of those who had followed
and were watching, vanished
"Sire, I cannot well describe
what happened in that moment. I
heard the thunderclap come as
though from all the air around
me, stunning my ears with its
terrible burst of sound. And at
the same moment that I heard it,
I was buffeted as though by awful
winds and seemed falling
downward through terrific
depths. Then through the hellish
uproar, I felt myself bumping
upon a hard surface, and the
sounds quickly ceased from
"I had involuntarily closed my
eyes at the great thunderclap,
but now, slowly, I opened them.
I looked around me, first in stupefaction,
and then in growing
amazement. For I was not in that
familiar field at all, sire, that I
had been in a moment before. I
was in a room, lying upon its
floor, and it was such a room as
I had never seen before.
"Its walls were smooth and
white and gleaming. There were
windows in the walls, and they
were closed with sheets of glass
so smooth and clear that one
seemed looking through a clear
opening rather than through
glass. The floor was of stone,
smooth and seamless as though
carven from one great rock, yet
seeming not, in some way, to be
stone at all. There was a great
circle of smooth metal inset in it,
and it was on it that I was lying.
"All around the room were
many great things the like of
which I had never seen. Some
seemed of black metal, seemed
contrivances or machines of some
sort. Black cords of wire connected
them to each other and
from part of them came a humming
sound that did not stop.
Others had glass tubes fixed on
the front of them, and there were
square black plates on which
were many shining little handles
"There was a sound of voices,
and I turned to find that two men
were bending over me. They were
men like myself, yet they were at
the same time like no men I had
ever met! One was white-bearded
and the other plump and bare
of face. Neither of them wore
cloak or tunic or hose. Instead
they wore loose and straight-hanging
garments of cloth.
"They were both greatly excited,
it seemed, and were talking
to each other as they bent over
me. I caught a word or two of
their speech in a moment, and
found it was French they were
talking. But it was not the
French I knew, being so strange
and with so many new words as
to be almost a different language.
I could understand the drift,
though, of what they were saying.
"'We have succeeded!' the
plump one was shouting excitedly.
'We've brought someone
through at last!'
"'They will never believe it,'
the other replied. 'They'll say it
"'Nonsense!' cried the first.
'We can do it again, Rastin; we
can show them before their own
"They bent toward me, seeing
me staring at them.
"'Where are you from?' shouted
the plump-faced one. 'What
time—what year—what century?'
"'He doesn't understand, Thicourt,'
muttered the white-bearded
one. 'What year is this now,
my friend?' he asked me.
"I found voice to answer.
'Surely, sirs, whoever you be,
you know that this is the year
fourteen hundred and forty-four,'
"That set them off again into a
babble of excited talk, of which
I could make out only a word
here and there. They lifted me
up, seeing how sick and weak I
felt, and seated me in a strange,
but very comfortable chair. I
felt dazed. The two were still
talking excitedly, but finally the
white-bearded one, Rastin, turned
to me. He spoke to me, very slowly,
so that I understood him
clearly, and he asked me my
name. I told him.
"'Henri Lothiere,' he repeated.
'Well, Henri, you must try to
understand. You are not now in
the year 1444. You are five hundred
years in the future, or what
would seem to you the future.
This is the year 1944.'
"'And Rastin and I have
jerked you out of your own time
across five solid centuries,' said
the other, grinning.
"I looked from one to the other.
'Messieurs,' I pleaded, and
Rastin shook his head.
"'He does not believe,' he said
to the other. Then to me, 'Where
were you just before you found
yourself here, Henri?' he asked.
"'In a field at the outskirts of
Paris,' I said.
"'Well, look from that window
and see if you still believe yourself
in your 15th-century Paris.'
"I went to the window. I looked
out. Mother of God, what a
sight before my eyes! The familiar
gray little houses, the open
fields behind them, the saunterers
in the dirt streets—all these
were gone and it was a new and
terrible city that lay about me!
Its broad streets were of stone
and great buildings of many levels
rose on either side of them.
Great numbers of people, dressed
like the two beside me, moved in
the streets and also strange vehicles
or carriages, undrawn by
horse or ox, that rushed to and
fro at undreamed-of speed! I
staggered back to the chair.
"'You believe now, Henri?'
asked the whitebeard, Rastin,
kindly enough, and I nodded
weakly. My brain was whirling.
"He pointed to the circle of
metal on the floor and the machines
around the room. 'Those
are what we used to jerk you
from your own time to this one,'
"'But how, sirs?' I asked. 'For
the love of God, how is it that
you can take me from one time to
another? Have ye become gods
"'Neither the one nor the other,
Henri,' he answered. 'We are
simply scientists, physicists—men
who want to know as much
as man can know and who spend
our lives in seeking knowledge.'
"I felt my confidence returning.
These were men such as I
had dreamed might some day be.
'But what can you do with time?'
I asked. 'Is not time a thing unalterable,
"Both shook their heads. 'No,
Henri, it is not. But lately have
our men of science found that
"They went on to tell me of
things that I could not understand.
It seemed they were telling
that their men of knowledge had
found time to be a mere measurement,
or dimension, just as
length or breadth or thickness.
They mentioned names with reverence
that I had never heard—Einstein
and De Sitter and Lorentz.
I was in a maze at their
"They said that just as men
use force to move or rotate matter
from one point along the
three known measurements to
another, so might matter be rotated
from one point in time, the
fourth measurement, to another,
if the right force were used.
They said that their machines
produced that force and applied
it to the metal circle from five
hundred years before to this
time of theirs.
"They had tried it many times,
they said, but nothing had been
on the spot at that time and they
had rotated nothing but the air
above it from the one time to the
other, and the reverse. I told
them of the thunderclaps that
had been heard at the spot in the
field and that had made me curious.
They said that they had
been caused by the changing of
the air above the spot from the
one time to the other in their
trials. I could not understand
"They said then that I had
happened to be on the spot when
they had again turned on their
force and so had been rotated out
of my own time into theirs. They
said that they had always hoped
to get someone living from a distant
time in that way, since such
a man would be a proof to all the
other men of knowledge of what
they had been able to do.
"I could not comprehend, and
they saw and told me not to fear.
I was not fearful, but excited at
the things that I saw around me.
I asked of those things and Rastin
and Thicourt laughed and
explained some of them to me as
best they could. Much they said
that I did not understand but my
eyes saw marvels in that room of
which I had never dreamed.
"They showed me a thing like
a small glass bottle with wires
inside, and then told me to touch
a button beneath it. I did so and
the bottle shone with a brilliant
light exceeding that of scores of
candles. I shrank back, but they
laughed, and when Rastin
touched the button again, the
light in the glass thing vanished.
I saw that there were many of
these things in the ceiling.
"They showed me also a rounded
black object of metal with a
wheel at the end. A belt ran
around the wheel and around
smaller wheels connected to
many machines. They touched a
lever on this object and a sound
of humming came from it and
the wheel turned very fast, turning
all the machines with the
belt. It turned faster than any
man could ever have turned it,
yet when they touched the lever
again, its turning ceased. They
said that it was the power of the
lightning in the skies that they
used to make the light and to
turn that wheel!
"My brain reeled at the wonders
that they showed. One took
an instrument from the table
that he held to his face, saying
that he would summon the other
scientists or men of knowledge
to see their experiment that
night. He spoke into the instrument
as though to different men,
and let me hear voices from it
answering him! They said that
the men who answered were
leagues separated from him!
"I could not believe—and yet
somehow I did believe! I was
half-dazed with wonder and yet
excited too. The white-bearded
man, Rastin, saw that, and encouraged
me. Then they brought
a small box with an opening and
placed a black disk on the box,
and set it turning in some way.
A woman's voice came from the
opening of the box, singing. I
shuddered when they told me
that the woman was one who had
died years before. Could the dead
"How can I describe what I
saw there? Another box or
cabinet there was, with an opening
also. I thought it was like
that from which I had heard the
dead woman singing, but they
said it was different. They
touched buttons on it and a
voice came from it speaking in a
tongue I knew not. They said
that the man was speaking thousands
of leagues from us, in a
strange land across the uncrossed
western ocean, yet he
seemed speaking by my side!
"They saw how dazed I was by
these things, and gave me wine.
At that I took heart, for wine, at
least, was as it had always been.
"'You will want to see Paris—the
Paris of our time, Henri?'
"'But it is different—terrible—'
"'We'll take you,' Thicourt
said, 'but first your clothes—'
"He got a long light coat that
they had me put on, that covered
my tunic and hose, and a hat of
grotesque round shape that they
put on my head. They led me
then out of the building and into
"I gazed astoundedly along
that street. It had a raised walk
at either side, on which many
hundreds of people moved to and
fro, all dressed in as strange a
fashion. Many, like Rastin and
Thicourt, seemed of gentle blood,
yet, in spite of this, they did not
wear a sword or even a dagger.
There were no knights or squires,
or priests or peasants. All
seemed dressed much the same.
"Small lads ran to and fro
selling what seemed sheets of
very thin white parchment, many
times folded and covered with
lettering. Rastin said that these
had written in them all things
that had happened through all
the world, even but hours before.
I said that to write even one of
these sheets would take a clerk
many days, but they said that
the writing was done in some
way very quickly by machines.
"In the broad stone street between
the two raised walks were
rushing back and forth the
strange vehicles I had seen from
the window. There was no animal
pulling or pushing any one
of them, yet they never halted
their swift rush, and carried
many people at unthinkable
speed. Sometimes those who
walked stepped before the rushing
vehicles, and then from them
came terrible warning snarls or
moans that made the walkers
"One of the vehicles stood at
the walk's edge before us, and we
entered it and sat side by side on
a soft leather seat. Thicourt sat
behind a wheel on a post, with
levers beside him. He touched
these and a humming sound
came from somewhere in the vehicle
and then it too began to
rush forward. Faster and faster
along the street it went, yet
neither of them seemed afraid.
"Many thousands of these vehicles
were moving swiftly
through the streets about us. We
passed on, between great buildings
and along wider streets, my
eyes and ears numbed by what I
saw about me. Then the buildings
grew smaller, after we had
gone for miles through them, and
we were passing through the
city's outskirts. I could not believe,
hardly, that it was Paris in
which I was.
"We came to a great flat and
open field outside the city and
there Thicourt stopped and we
got out of the vehicle. There were
big buildings at the field's end,
and I saw other vehicles rolling
out of them across the field, ones
different from any I had yet
seen, with flat winglike projections
on either side. They rolled
out over the field very fast and
then I cried out as I saw them
rising from the ground into the
air. Mother of God, they were
flying! The men in them were
"Rastin and Thicourt took me
forward to the great buildings.
They spoke to men there and one
brought forward one of the
winged cars. Rastin told me to
get in, and though I was terribly
afraid, there was too terrible a
fascination that drew me in.
Thicourt and Rastin entered after
me, and we sat in seats with
the other man. He had before him
levers and buttons, while at the
car's front was a great thing like
a double-oar or paddle. A loud
roaring came and that double-blade
began to whirl so swiftly
that I could not see it. Then the
car rolled swiftly forward, bumping
on the ground, and then
ceased to bump. I looked down,
then shuddered. The ground was
already far beneath! I too, was
flying in the air!
"We swept upward at terrible
speed that increased steadily.
The thunder of the car was terrific,
and, as the man at the levers
changed their position, we curved
around and over downward and
upward as though birds. Rastin
tried to explain to me how the
car flew, but it was all too wonderful,
and I could not understand.
I only knew that a wild
thrilling excitement held me, and
that it were worth life and death
to fly thus, if but for once, as I
had always dreamed that men
might some day do.
"Higher and higher we went.
The earth lay far beneath and I
saw now that Paris was indeed a
mighty city, its vast mass of
buildings stretching away almost
to the horizons below us. A mighty
city of the future that it had
been given my eyes to look on!
"There were other winged cars
darting to and fro in the air
about us, and they said that
many of these were starting or
finishing journeys of hundreds
of leagues in the air. Then I
cried out as I saw a great shape
coming nearer us in the air. It
was many rods in length, tapering
to a point at both ends, a
vast ship sailing in the air!
There were great cabins on its
lower part and in them we
glimpsed people gazing out, coming
and going inside, dancing
even! They told me that vast
ships of the air like this sailed
to and fro for thousands of
leagues with hundreds inside
"The huge vessel of the air
passed us and then our winged
car began to descend. It circled
smoothly down to the field like a
swooping bird, and, when we
landed there, Rastin and Thicourt
led me back to the ground-vehicle.
It was late afternoon by
then, the sun sinking westward,
and darkness had descended by
the time we rolled back into the
"But in that city was not darkness!
Lights were everywhere in
it, flashing brilliant lights that
shone from its mighty buildings
and that blinked and burned and
ran like water in great symbols
upon the buildings above the
streets. Their glare was like that
of day! We stopped before a great
building into which Rastin and
Thicourt led me.
"It was vast inside and in it
were many people in rows on
rows of seats. I thought it a
cathedral at first but saw soon
that it was not. The wall at one
end of it, toward which all in it
were gazing, had on it pictures
of people, great in size, and those
pictures were moving as though
themselves alive! And they were
talking one to another, too, as
though with living voices! I
trembled. What magic!
"With Rastin and Thicourt in
seats beside me, I watched the
pictures enthralled. It was like
looking through a great window
into strange worlds. I saw the
sea, seemingly tossing and roaring
there before me, and then
saw on it a ship, a vast ship of
size incredible, without sails or
oars, holding thousands of people.
I seemed on that ship as I
watched, seemed moving forward
with it. They told me it was sailing
over the western ocean that
never men had crossed. I feared!
"Then another scene, land appearing
from the ship. A great
statue, upholding a torch, and
we on the ship seemed passing
beneath it. They said that the
ship was approaching a city, the
city of New York, but mists hid
all before us. Then suddenly the
mists before the ship cleared and
there before me seemed the city.
"Mother of God, what a city!
Climbing range on range of
great mountain-like buildings
that aspired up as though to
scale heaven itself! Far beneath
narrow streets pierced through
them and in the picture we
seemed to land from the ship, to
go through those streets of the
city. It was an incredible city of
madness! The streets and ways
were mere chasms between the
sky-toppling buildings! People—people—people—millions
millions of them rushed through
the endless streets. Countless
ground-vehicles rushed to and
fro also, and other different ones
that roared above the streets and
still others below them!
"Winged flying-cars and great
airships were sailing to and fro
over the titanic city, and in the
waters around it great ships of
the sea and smaller ships were
coming as man never dreamed of
surely, that reached out from the
mighty city on all sides. And
with the coming of darkness, the
city blazed with living light!
"The pictures changed,
showed other mighty cities,
though none so terrible as that
one. It showed great mechanisms
that appalled me. Giant metal
things that scooped in an instant
from the earth as much as a man
might dig in days. Vast things
that poured molten metal from
them like water. Others that
lifted loads that hundreds of men
and oxen could not have stirred.
"They showed men of knowledge
like Rastin and Thicourt beside
me. Some were healers,
working miraculous cures in a
way that I could not understand.
Others were gazing through
giant tubes at the stars, and the
pictures showed what they saw,
showed that all of the stars were
great suns like our sun, and that
our sun was greater than earth,
that earth moved around it instead
of the reverse! How could
such things be, I wondered. Yet
they said that it was so, that
earth was round like an apple,
and that with other earths like
it, the planets, moved round the
sun. I heard, but could scarce understand.
"At last Rastin and Thicourt
led me out of that place of living
pictures and to their ground-vehicle.
We went again through
the streets to their building,
where first I had found myself.
As we went I saw that none challenged
my right to go, nor asked
who was my lord. And Rastin
said that none now had lords,
but that all were lord, king and
priest and noble, having no more
power than any in the land. Each
man was his own master! It was
what I had hardly dared to hope
for, in my own time, and this, I
thought, was greatest of all the
marvels they had shown me!
"We entered again their building
but Rastin and Thicourt took
me first to another room than
the one in which I had found myself.
They said that their men of
knowledge were gathered there to
hear of their feat, and to have it
proved to them.
"'You would not be afraid to
return to your own time, Henri?'
asked Rastin, and I shook my
"'I want to return to it,' I told
them. 'I want to tell my people
there what I have seen—what the
future is that they must strive
"'But if they should not believe
you?' Thicourt asked.
"'Still I must go—must tell
them,' I said.
"Rastin grasped my hand.
'You are a man, Henri,' he said.
Then, throwing aside the cloak
and hat I had worn outside, they
went with me down to the big
white-walled room where first I
had found myself.
"It was lit brightly now by
many of the shining glass things
on ceiling and walls, and in it
were many men. They all stared
strangely at me and at my
clothes, and talked excitedly so
fast that I could not understand.
Rastin began to address them.
"He seemed explaining how
he had brought me from my own
time to his. He used many terms
and words that I could not understand,
and phrases, and I could
understand but little. I heard
again the names of Einstein and
De Sitter that I had heard before,
repeated frequently by these men
as they disputed with Rastin and
Thicourt. They seemed disputing
"One big man was saying, 'Impossible!
I tell you, Rastin, you
have faked this fellow!'
"Rastin smiled. 'You don't believe
that Thicourt and I
brought him here from his own
time across five centuries?'
"A chorus of excited negatives
answered him. He had me
stand up and speak to them.
They asked me many questions,
part of which I could not understand.
I told them of my life, and
of the city of my own time, and
of king and priest and noble, and
of many simple things that they
seemed quite ignorant of. Some
appeared to believe me but others
did not, and again their dispute
"'There is a way to settle the
argument, gentlemen,' said Rastin
"'How?' all cried.
"'Thicourt and I brought
Henri across five centuries by rotating
the time-dimensions at
this spot,' he said. 'Suppose we
reverse that rotation and send
him back before your eyes—would
that be proof?'
"They all said that it would.
Rastin turned to me. 'Stand on
the metal circle, Henri,' he said.
I did so.
"All were watching very closely.
Thicourt did something quickly
with the levers and buttons of
the mechanisms in the room. They
began to hum, and blue light
came from the glass tubes on
some. All were quiet, watching
me as I stood there on the circle
of metal. I met Rastin's eyes and
something in me made me call
goodbye to him. He waved his
hand and smiled. Thicourt
pressed more buttons and the
hum of the mechanisms grew
louder. Then he reached toward
another lever. All in the room
were tense and I was tense.
"Then I saw Thicourt's arm
move as he turned one of the
"A terrific clap of thunder
seemed to break around me, and
as I closed my eyes before its
shock, I felt myself whirling
around and falling at the same
time as though into a maelstrom,
just as I had done before. The
awful falling sensation ceased in
a moment and the sound subsided.
I opened my eyes. I was on
the ground at the center of the
familiar field from which I had
vanished hours before, upon the
morning of that day. It was night
now, though, for that day I had
spent five hundred years in the
"There were many people
gathered around the field, fearful,
and they screamed and some
fled when I appeared in the thunderclap.
I went toward those who
remained. My mind was full of
things I had seen and I wanted
to tell them of these things. I
wanted to tell them how they
must work ever toward that future
time of wonder.
"But they did not listen. Before
I had spoken minutes to them
they cried out on me as a sorcerer
and a blasphemer, and
seized me and brought me here to
the Inquisitor, to you, sire. And
to you, sire, I have told the truth
in all things. I know that in doing
so I have set the seal of my
own fate, and that only a sorcerer
would ever tell such a tale, yet
despite that I am glad. Glad that
I have told one at least of this
time of what I saw five centuries
in the future. Glad that I saw!
Glad that I saw the things that
someday, sometime, must come
It was a week later that they
burned Henri Lothiere. Jean
de Marselait, lifting his gaze
from his endless parchment accusation
and examens on that
afternoon, looked out through
the window at a thick curl of black
smoke going up from the distant
"Strange, that one," he mused.
"A sorcerer, of course, but such
a one as I had never heard
before. I wonder," he half-whispered,
"was there any truth
in that wild tale of his? The future—who
can say—what men
There was silence in the room
as he brooded for a moment, and
then he shook himself as one ridding
himself of absurd speculations.
"But tush—enough of these
crazy fancies. They will have me
for a sorcerer if I yield to these
wild fancies and visions of the
And bending again with his
pen to the parchment before him,
he went gravely on with his work.
This etext was produced from Amazing Stories February 1961,
first published in Amazing Stories October 1930. Extensive research did
not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this
publication was renewed.