Raymond A. Cuthbert Comments ERB-APA #41: A Reply

Glad you are keeping up with mine and Alan's duel.  You can bet it is no where at end.  Please keep in mind that it is a friendly discussion of ERB research.  Alan is serious in his beliefs and I am serious about mine, but it is all in enjoyment and entertainment.

Now for assumptions.  Personally assumptions don't bother me in the least as long as they agree with the provided information of ERB, the author.  It is when the assumptions go against the provided information of ERB, the author, that gets me.  Let me give four quick examples.

  1. Alan Hanson said I was overly bold by suggesting the Mangani and the gorilla's were close on an evolutionary scale.  And using a gorilla's time growth to track Gazan's growth is merely assumption.  Maybe so, but every bite of information I supplied fit into the provided information of ERB, the author, without changing the presented story line once.
  2. Joe Ferrier suggested that Tarzan was thirteen and Jane fifteen when they met.  Now that is an assumption that goes against ERB, the author's, provided information.  If Joe would have used Tarzan being fifteen, as stated in The Return Of Tarzan, I could understand where he was coming from.  I can find no ERB provided evidence that suggest, or hints, that the two met so early.  Joe's assumption changes the story line as presented by ERB, the author.
  3. Alan Hanson says the lunar eclipse did not occur in Jungle Tales Of Tarzan, but was another kind of weather incident.  This is an assumption I don't personally agree with, but one I could live with.  ERB, the author's, story line is debate-ably altered, but it is at least done so with cunning, thought, and direction.
  4. Alan Hanson says that The Son Of Tarzan, is merely fiction and dose not belong in the Tarzan chronology.  Now this is an assumption that goes directly against ERB, the author's, provided information.  Alan's theory drastically changes the presented story line as told by ERB, the author.
You see Raymond.  There are two kinds of assumptions.  Assumptions that go along with ERB, the author's, provided information, and there are assumptions that go against ERB, the author's, provided information.  I will always be on the side that remains closest to ERB, the author's, provided information, and never be afraid to challenge the other.

The two Edgar Rice Burroughs' are very real. 
  1. Edgar Rice Burroughs from Chicago, Illinois.
  2. Edgar Rice Burroughs from Virginia who is John Carter's great nephew.
This is another major weakness Alan's chronology has.  It does not use Edgar Rice Burroughs, the narrator.



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