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Wed Apr 05 04:13:44 2017 1 Project Gutenberg’s The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds, by Francis Flagg This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds Author: Francis Flagg Release Date: December 12, 2007 [EBook #23831] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE SEED OF THE TOC-TOC BIRDS *** Produced by Greg Weeks and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http:--www.pgdp.net Transcriber’s Note: This e-text was produced from -Astounding Stories-, January, 1932.
Extensive research did not reveal any evidence that the U.S.
copyright on this publication was renewed. [Illustration: _His clutching hands closed on something small and hard._] The Seed of the Toc-Toc Birds By Francis Flagg [Sidenote: Little did Prof.
Reubens suspect what his atom-tampering would set loose upon the world.] Talbot had been working that day, far up in the Catalinas, looking over some mining prospects for his company, and was returning to the Mountain View Hotel in Oracle when, from the mouth of an abandoned shaft some distance back of that town, he saw a strange object emerge. -Hello,- he said to Manuel, his young Mexican assistant, -what the devil can that be?- Manuel crossed himself swiftly. -Dios!- he exclaimed, -but it is a queer bird, seor.- Queer, it certainly was, and of a species Talbot had never before laid eyes on.
The bird stood on the crumbling rim of the mining shaft and Wed Apr 05 04:13:44 2017 2 regarded him with golden eyes.
Its body was as large as that of a buzzard, and its head had a flat, reptilian look, unpleasant to see. Nor was that the only odd thing.
The feathers glittered metallically, like blued copper, and a streak of glistening silver outlined both wings. Marvelin...





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