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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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was on a strange sight that
the king and Ricardo looked
down from the Flying Horse.
Beneath them lay the City
. of Manoa, filling with its
golden battlements anil
temples a hollow of the
mountains. Here were
palaces all carved over with
faces of men and beasts, and
with twisted patterns of serpents.
The city walls were built of huge square stones, and among the groves towered pyramids, on which the people did service to their gods. From every temple top came the roar of beaten drums, great drums of serpentskin.
But, in the centre of the chief square of the town, was gathered a wild crowd of men in shining copper armour and helmets of gold and glittering dresses of feathers. Among them ran about priests with hideous masks,
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