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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 History Lesson Arthur C. Clarke 1949 Better Publications Inc. No one could remember when the tribe had begun its long journey. The land of great rolling plains that had been its first home For many years Shann and his people had been fleeing through a country of low hills and sparkling lakes, and now the mount Shann wondered if the glaciers could climb the mountains ahead, and within his heart he dared to kindle a little flame of hope It took weeks to discover a pass through which the tribe and the animals could travel. When midsummer came, they had camp The summer was waning when Shann took his two sons and went ahead to explore the way. For three days they climbed, an Shann felt himself trembling, and not with cold, as they walked toward the little pyramid of stones. His sons had fallen behind. To east and west, the wall of mountains curved away as if embracing the land beneath. Below lay endless miles of undulating Then Shann lifted his eyes to the south, and saw the doom of all his hopes. For there at the edge of the world glimmered that There was no way forward. Through all the years of flight, the glaciers from the south had been advancing to meet them. Soo Southern glaciers did not reach the mountains until a generation later. In that last summer the sons of Shann carried the sacre No one understood the treasures now. They were from a past too distant for the understanding of any man alive. Their origins Once, all these pitiful relics had been treasured for some good reason, and now they had become sacred though their meanin The old books were placed reverently in the little crypt that had been made to receive them. There followed a motley collection All these treasures were carefully stowed away in their resting place. Then came three more relics, the most sacred of all beca The first was a strangely shaped piece of metal, showing the coloration of intense heat. It was, in its way, the most pathetic of Auxiliary Igniter from Starboard Jet Spaceship "Morning Star" Earth-Moon, A.D. 1985 Next followed another miracle of the ancient science-a sphere of transparent plastic with strangely shaped pieces of metal imb Last of all was a flat, circular tin, wide in comparison with its depth. It was heavily sealed, and rattled when shaken. The tribal The work was finished. The two men rolled the stones back into place and slowly began to descend the mountainside. Even tThe work was finished....
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