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Aliens Speak English  
  The skeleton men of Mercury speak English, but have a good reason for it.  

This is an early example of a good reason for this convenient trope, that aliens all over space speak English.

With lowered guns, the party retreated before the advancing skeletons only to come up before a bunch that was waiting around the angle of the tunnel. They were trapped!

"Throw down your arms!"

A harsh, metallic voice issued from the leading skeleton, and rilles clattered to the ground.


('The Mines of Haldar' by Maurice Hugi)

"Oh, God! Skeletons that can talk! Jansen croaked. "Are we mad? It is not, it cannot be real!"

"We are real, Earthmen. Look upon us, for we are the people of this world. We are the Lokstals of Lok, the Netherworld!"

"Skeletons speaking English!"

"Why not?" the leader enquired. "You Earthmen broadcast so freely, that it is simple for us to learn your uncouth language!"

From The Mines of Haldar, by Maurice G. Hugi.
Published by Scoops in 1934
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