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The Mammoth Man, by George langford, Sr., illustrated by Earnest Fuhr

First published in the American Boy magazine, Volume 23, issue numbers 4 through 7, February through May, 1922. This digitized version edited by GL,III in 2010.

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LONG, LONG AGES AGO, thousands of years before the times that our histories record, the earth was inhabited by strange creatures—giant animals, primitive men with hairy bodies, rough weapons and homes in mountain caves.  The story of those long past ages is told by the remains that have been found buried deep in the earth - crude weapons, the bones of strange animals, many of which are unknown in the world of today, and skeletons of human beings.  Among these is "The Boy of Le Moustier," found near Le Moustier in the Dordogne region of Southwestern France, with bones of the Mammoth and the Hairy Rhinoceros and other prehistoric animals.  It is the skeleton of a young man with the low forehead, massive eye-ridges and chinless jaw, known by this time as characteristics of a primitive people, the Mousterians, last of the ancient Neanderthal race whose time on earth may have dated back to two hundred thousand years or more before the time of Christ.  Down through the ages the remains of this boy had lain there until the skeleton was unearthed about twelve years ago [1908 - GL,III,ed.] The head was resting upon a pile of flint flakes and a fine flint hand-ax was near the right hand.  What a fascinating story The Boy of Moustier could tell us to-day if those crumbling bones could come to life—a story of strange, far-away centuries!  But even the crumbling bones themselves and the remains of the cave homes and weapons are mute historians they tell part of the story of the ancient people who inhabited prehistoric western Europe.  From these strange things, Mr. Langford has woven a strange tale—a wonderfully thrilling story that will take you back to ancient days and peoples.  Besides making it an exciting story, Mr. Langford has carefully based it on facts that anthropologists have discovered by the remains in the earth.  He tells only the things that could have happened in the days of cave men—a story that "The Boy of Le Moustier" might tell us!


THOUSANDS of years before the times that histories record, the earth was inhabited by giant animals, primitive men with hairy bodies, rough weapons and homes in mountain caves.  THE MAMMOTH MAN is a story of those ancient days.  It tells of a fierce tribe of man-eating cave men who live in the gloomy recesses of Castillo, in Northern Spain, ruled by Totan, their giant hetman.  It tells also of a race of brave, clear-eyed hunters who dwell in the pleasant valley of the Vezere River in Northern France, ruled by Pic, the revered "Mammoth Man" and maker of fine flints for weapons marvelous to other primitive people.  It tells of Hairi, the mammoth, and Wulli, the woolly rhinoceros
—faithful friends of Pic, and of Kutnar, his son.  Gonch, the Muskman, a crafty schemer of the Castilian tribe, travels to the valley to capture the maker of wonderful flints, gaining hospitality with pretense of friendship.  Caught spying, he is ordered away. Gonch also incurs the enmity of Hairi and Wulli by a cowardly attack when Hairi is caught in a bog.  Because Kutnar also knows the secret of making the sharp flints, Gonch on leaving the valley lures the boy away with him by means of lies.  Pic, discovering their tracks, starts in pursuit astride Hairi, the mammoth. ...
Totan, the hetman.
Strong, young hunters.
Pic the flint-knapper.
The ways of the valley.
The arm of the mammoth man.
Off with the muskman.
In the cave of Grun Waugh.
Wulli hard at work.
Terrors of the mountains.
News of Kutnar.
The Cave of Castillo.
Kutnar the hunter.
Kutnar the weapon maker.
Under the cave.
The valley of the Ebro.
A mystery explained.
Pic and the Castilian horde.
"The hyena man must die."