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Six weeks in the great whirlpool, or, Strange adventures in a submarine boat
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"Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in r;I'his Library. No 46 { } FRANK TOUSEY. PunT.lsrnm, 3! & 36 NORTH MooRE S'!'REET, NEw YORK, COMPLETE, New York, August 5, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { J'JtJCE } Vol. II 5 CIGN1.'ll. Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the veur 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D C:: SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL; OR, STRANGE ADVENTURES IN A SUBMARINE BOAT .. By "NON AME.

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2 SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. / The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid, Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. SIX WEEKS. IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL: OR, ADVENTURES IN1l BOAT. I By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for a Sunken Ship," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Chase Through the Clouds," etc. CHAPTER I. THE )fYSTERIOUEl LOSS OF THE NAUTILUS, ,...:rHE tine ship Nautilus, owned by a wealthy New York firm, had -reailed from Liverpool for New York in mid-winter, and had failed to reach port when expected. Weeks passed into months, and all hopea of ever seeing the over due vessel were abandoned. Her loss was a great blow to the sbiptJing firm. More than that, many a sad heart waited in vain lor the safe home coming of friends and dear ones who bad taken passage aboard her. 'l'hey were destined in all belief never to see them again alive, The newspapers published an account or the loRs of thll Nautilus. The one conclusion was arrived at that she had gone down in a storm, with all on board. Ol course, this was a natural acceptance, but it !lid not satisfy one of the members or the firm, Mr. Walter Hay
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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 3 Upon the walls were hung various curious models and drawings. The very atmosphere of the room savoretl of inventiV& genius. The shipowner sank into a chair. In a few moments a door opened, and a young man of striking ap pearance came in. He was tall and rather slender, with a wonderful type of features, handsome yet resolute in their cast. H:s head was of wonderful formation, showing great mental force. The light in !lis eyes was deep and serious, though when his. face was lit up by a smile their expression was dazzling. In the largest crowd Frank Reade, Jr., would have been noticeable. 'here was that about him wbicll greatly distinguished him from other men. Hayden experienced a peculiar sense o! awe for a moment, but this quickly vanished as the young inventor extended his hand pleasantly. "I am tiE!Iightetl to see you, sir. Pray accept a seat." Hayden complied at once. "'l'he object of my visit, Mr. Reade," he said, without delay or hes itation, 11 is to confer with you upon a subject of the utmost import ance to our firm." IIndeetl!" saitl Frank. "In what manner can I serve you?'' "First, M me tell you of a heavy loss whica we incurretl not long since.'' Very well!" It was the failure to return to port or one or our best ships, the She bas been overdue six months." From what port?" askell Frank, with some interest. Ltverpooll" Was abe not spoken by any vessel!" She has never been seen or beard from smce leaving the English coast." Slle is probably at the bottom of the sea." "It may bepo. Yet myself and my partner have dared to hope that she is atill afloat somewhere upon the ocean." Frank Reade, Jr., was silent for a moment. He appeared to. be doing Borne thinking upon the subject. When finally he raised his head, he said slowly: My dea, sir, I do not desire to eay anything to depress your hopes, but I much fear that they are illusive.'' Hayden changed his position and at once adopted argument. Will you kindly listen a few reasons lor our apparently foolish belief!" he asked, Intently. "I will." And I am not encroucbiug upon your valuable time?" Proceed! I shall be interested!" This settled the question. Hayden at once continued: Tbe Nautilus is not the first vessel much the same course, to disappear in tpis mysterious manner. Not least trace of any such has been round. The usual conclusion has been that they have foundered at sea.'' Frank inclined his bead. I realize the force of that assertion," be said. Now, myself and my partner have deeply studied the matter, and we have come to the conclusion that such an hypothesis is not wtwlly correct.'' '' Ah!" Of course we recognize the North Atlantic as a stormy and roug!:t ocean, but has no destroyer of commerce equal to the South Pacific typhoon or hurricane. Yet more vessels are lost mysteriously than In any other part of the maritime world.'' CHAPTER II. THE GREo\T WHIRLPOOL DISCUSSED. "Is it not because more vessels travel the seas between here and Europe?" asked Frank, casually. ''I beliete'not. I have l:>een aboard our ships in the rougl1est of North Atlantic storms. T.hey bnve always gallantly weathered them.'' "What then do you believe is the real cause of this mysterious dis appearance of ships?'' "Now we near the real point of this discussion. My partner and I have dJscussed the matter thoroughly. First I will ask you a question.'' "Well!'' "You have doubtless beard or the great whirlpool!'' Frank Reade, Jr., gave a start. I have," be replied. An inkling of the other's meaning began to dawn upon him. "I believe,'' resumed Haytlen, thar. many or the vessels wbi'ch so mysteriously disappear at ega really are caught in the waters or that mighty maelstrom.'' "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, with deep interest. I must admit that there is logic in your remarks. But is not the course of Atlantic vessels generally far removed from the locality of the whirlpool?" "Not more than seven or hundred miles. A protracted storm might drive a vessel right into the current of the "That may be. But how about this great whirlpool? you ever seen it, and does it really exist? I believe there are many sailors who aiscredit its existence, or at least its power to hold a ship in its "Its existence is an undisputed fact," said Hayden. "I have seen its outer current. and know that many ships have disappeared in it.'' "And you believe that the Nautilus is in its clutchesf" I "I am not sure of that. It is only a theory." "It may. be well based,'' said Frank, thoughtfully, "but may I ask, in what manner can I assist you iu determinwg the problem?" Hay<;\en changed his position. He gazed straight at Frank, and said; "Mr, Reade, I understand that you are the inventor of a submarine boat?" Frank returned his gaze. "I am,"tbe replied, quietly. 11 Is it really a fact that you are able to travel anywhere under the ocean with it?" "It is." Hayden rose from his seat. That 1s w:mderlul!'' he declared. I can scarcely coucei ve of its possibility.'' ''It is not only a possibility, but a fact," replied Frank. "Wonderful! IndeeJc-I-that. is-well, ltJt us not IJeat about the bueh nny further," cried the merchant, bluntly. "The object of my vistt, Mr. Reade, .I may as well tell you flatly, is to endeavor to induce yon to aid us w!th your submarine boat in determinmg the fate of the Nautilus.'' Frank was silent for a moment. The two men stood lacing each other. Each thoroughly unllerstoo
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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. aboard the Plunger. Just heave a hawser over the end of the wharf, and run out a plank." In an instant the two men started to obey. "A'right, sal!," said the negro. "Beo-orra, we will, sor,'' replied the Irishman in a rich brogue. Tl!e bawser was quic:kly thrown, and in the act Barney contrived to splash a buckel of water into Pomp's face. "Wha' to' yo' do dat, yo' fooll'isiJ.manl" cried the incensed datky. "Begorra, ft's only a second baptism fer yezl" 011id therCelt. "I brek yo' head to dat, !'ish!" "Yez ain't able.'' The tw:> servitors were continually hazing each other, with the odds in favor of neither. It was likely that they would have now ir.dnlged in a genuine ruction had it not been for Frank Reade, Jr. "Hold on there, you rascals?" he cried, sharply. No skylarking now, or I'll discharge both of you." The two jokers subsided. Hayden followed Frank aboard the vessel. They crossed the deck and entered the vestibule Fra nk explained the mechanism of this. When under water," he said, "it we wanted to go outside, we hQve only to enter vestibule from the cabin and close the door. 'l 'hen admit the water from the outside and walk out. In entering the outside is shut, and the water is forced out of the vestibule by pneumatic pressure." We have improved diving suits, which we wear at such a time," he added, by way of explanation. "Wonderful!" was all tb.at Hayden could say. .. l' 'rank led the way into the center turret. Here was quite a spacious apartment, richly furnished, and con taining library, cases of'books, and shelves, upon which rested nau tical and scientific instruments. Maps and charts lay upon a table. "'l'his is the captain's room!" said Frank. Just above tbia in the upper turret and reached lly a ladder was the pilot-house and compass. P a ssing from this, tlui two men went into thl) main cabin, half or 11 hich was below water line. This was spacious and magnillcently furnished. Several fine sta t erooms adjoined it. Then aft Into the smaller turret they went. Here the visitor beheld a wonderful sight, namely all the electrical machinery which gave the its mothe power. Everything was nicely adjusted and skillfully arranged, the result or an immense amount of brain work. Then for ward Frank led his visitor to the forward turret. Here was the vast chamber or reservoir, by means of which the Plunger ro!e and sank. By the opening of various slides this was instantly filled with water which enabled the vessel to siuk. { The ejection or the water by sliding partitions operated by power ful pneum atic pressure createu the necessary air-chamber to make the Plunger spring again to the surface as light as a cork. This completed the rounds or the submarine boat. Hayden was vastly pleased, though upon one point he was yet somewhat mystified. How Is it that you obtain air for breath purposes?" he asked. Frank stepped to the cabin partition and indicated ot!e or hundreds of little valves. These are fed by chemically prepared oxygen, fresh and pure," he replied. The air in the Plunger is never in danger of being vitiat ed, as a complete circulation is kept up by these.'' On deck: once more, Hayden was shown a powerful search-light, capable of throwing a flash of light fiye miles. Then once more on the pier the two men raced each other. "Well," said Frank, "what do you think of the Plungerr Hayden drew a deep breath. "I have not words with which to express my admiration," he declared. Frank was pleased. "l consider the Plunger the crowning triumph of my life," he said. "You are a wonderful man." Frank laughed at this. "No fiattery," he sail!. "That is sincere. Oh, now I can only express my one hope!" "I can guess what that is," said Frank, with sudden "And we may as well -come to the point at once, Mr. Hayden.'' The ship owner's face lengthened. "I have just put the Plunger into commission," continued Frank, and was intending to take some sort of a deep sea trip. Indeed, I can see nothing that offers more or interest or inducement than to agree to your proposition, and undertake to find the lost Nautilus in the Great Whirlpool.'' A wild cry of joy escaped Hayden's lips. He C!lnght Frank's hand impulsively. "God bless you!" he cried. "I have just one more favor to ask." And that--" "May I accompany you on board the Plunger on that trip?" "I see no reason wby you, may not," replied the young inventor. CHAPTER III. T H E D E T E C T I V E A HAPPIER man than Hayden at that momont it would have been dimcult to imagine. He fairly embraced Frank in his eager joy. Then he did a fuolish thing. He went at once a&d telegraphed Hitchcock the joyful news. The latter in his excitement spread the report. In a jiffy the newspapers bad it, and it went all over the continent. The subject was up.on everybody's tongue and everybody was interested. T .wo or three column articles upon the terrors or the maelstrom Avere eagerly read by the public. The result or this in at least one instance led to beneficial results. There had been one important reason for learning the fate of th e Nautilus. In the Tombs prison there languished a young man charged with the awful crime of murder. The evidence seemed all against him, but yet many believed in his Innocence. Hardly a day after the report of the proposed trip of the Nautilus had spread a man called at Frank Reade, Jr.'s bouse. His card read: ALLAN PINKHAM, Chief of Detectives." Frank of course gave him an audience. 1 "I will be brief, Mr. Reade," said the visitor. "You can s1e by my card that I am a tletecti ve.'' "1 can,'' replied Frank. "In what manner can I serve you?" "I will endeavor to show you. I am surf} that you are a fair-minge d man and would like to see justice done." Frank bowed his head. That is true,'' he replied. Good! I understand that you are about to go in q nest of the lost ship, the Nautilus?'' "lam!" Then let me tell you a story, upon listening to which I am sur e you will accord your sympathy." "Proceed!" "One evening, not more than a year ago, two young men occupied the same room in a certam lodging house in the crty of New York Both were clerks in mercantile houses. They were \"arm friends until one fatal night thj!Y quarreled over a game of poker. Albert Dodge, one or them, accused Charles Haynes, the other of cheating. "It was to Haynes an ur.just accusation, and they parted in result was that Haynes removed ilia effects to anotller part of the city, and from that moment terms of friendship ceased. Six months passed. Haynes was regular at his work, and in all this ti!De had seer1 nothing whatever of his former room-mate. But one evening, going borne from work, he had reached th e corner of the Bowery and a street near the Cooper Union, wbeu be heard a groan. He and was thrilled to see the form of a man lying in the gutter. Many a person would have shrank from touching t)}e unfortunate believing no doubt that he was some drunken wretch, perhaps the victim of a con sickness. But Charles Haynes was a youth o! tender heart, and be could not bear to tbinn k or a human be in!! in such a p1ight. "'Be is probably sick!' he exclaiiiied, solicitously. 'Where is there an officer? Let some one call an ambulance.' "But, an unusual thing for such a well frequented thoroughfare, no officer or other person was in sight. "What was to be d one? "-Again the man groaned. This was enough for Havnes. At once he stepped Into the gutter. 'What is the matter, friend?' he asked, kindly. 'Are you sick or hurt?' "Then be lifted the unfortunate's head up in the light. As be did so he was given a. stunning shock. The features were familiar to him. 'My God!' he gasped. It is Albert Dodge! What has happened your The injured man made a spasmodic effort to speak aloud. But his tongue failed him. "He could only whisper: Charlie, is it you? Oh, I have been terribly used! I am dying! "'God forbid!' cried Charlie, in horror. 'Old friend, tell me how did it happen?' '1-do not know. My strength is-going fast. Hold up my head. So! oh, \Jharlie, I am sorry I quareled with vou!' Don't mention that, Albert!" replied impulsive Charlie. 'I was too quick!' And I was wrong. You did not cheat. It was a mistake, bot I was too proud to own it.' 'Let bygones be!' said Charles, tell me how did you come here? t Why, there is blood upon your race and-all over you. My God! the wound upon your head!' "'Yes-and a knife thrust in the back or my neck. I am going to die, Charley. A thug did it I thir.k. Be came up behind me, struck me down, riiled my pockets and fled.' 'My God! that is awful!' cried Charles Hayne!!, wildly. 'Bear up, Albert, I will call the police 'i:Lnd an ambulance. Oh, you must live-' But the friend's sympathetic appeal was in vain.

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SIX WEEKS IN THE GRE.A.T WHIRLPOOL. 5 "Albert Dodge died in that moment in his friend's arms. With horror and grief Charles was about to arise when his hand came in contacL with the handle of the cruel knire yet buried in Dodge's neck. "Some impulse prompted him with awful horror to pull it out. "The blade came out, and the lllood spurted over his hand and sleeve. He arose to his feet with his band clasping the hilt. "Fatal move! At that moment two offi'cers and three civilians came down in the glare of the light. "They 11aw him standing there with the knife in his hand. Blood was upon him, and he was convicted of murder then and there, though before God as innocent as an nnllom babe." The detective ceal!ed speaking for a moment. Frn.nk Reade, Jr., hat! been listening with intense horror and in terest. "M.r God!'' he gasped, that is terrible. Is there no way to prove bim innocent?" "No way; save to find the real murderer." "Cannot that be done?'' "Ah, there is the point! I think that it has been done!" "Good! then the young man will t>e cleared.'' The detective shook his heaJ. "I fear not.'' "But why?'' "Now I draw near the object or my visit. CharlesHaynes has been tried and convicted of the murder of Albert Dodge. It proved that he bad previously quarreled with Dodge, and this showed the motive." "Well!'' "He is Du"'W awaiting his execution, which must take place in two months, unless the real murderer is found." "Is it not possible--'' "Wait! Not but a few days before the Failing of the NMtilus, I received word from a colleague, Sam Ilall, of .scotland Yard, that he had a man in band, by the name of Black Hilly Benton, whom be believed was the murderer of Albert Dodge. He expected to get a confession, and if be succeeded he would come to America with it at once. Black Billy was on his death bed." "And did Hall get the confession!" asked Frank. "I believe that be did, for I learn that be was one of the cabin p as sengers of the ill-fated Nautilus. If the ship has gone down then his body must be with her, and be bas no doubt the necessary evidence with which t o clear Cllarles Haynes. This is my story." The detective ceased speaking. Frank Reade, Jr., drew a long breath. "Well!" be exclaimed, "I am much interested in this affair, .Mr. Pmkham, I can assure you. I think 1 understand now why you have come to see me." "You are going in "quest of the Nautilus?" "Yes.'' Then I have a request to make." "Well?" "If it is within your power; procure from Hall, or from his body, the papers necessary to clear poor Haynes." Frank held out his hand. The detective gripped it. ., "I have always declared in favor of justice and fair play,'' he declared. "I will certainly heed your wislles." I thank you." Both men arose. Pinkham walked to the door. At the threshold he paused. "I shall await with anxiety word from you," he said. "You can address me at the Tombs prison." "Very well," replied Frank. "I hope to favorable news." "Good-day!" The door closed, and Allan Pinkham, detective, was gone. Frank was about to touch a bell push button when there was a hght rap on the door. J Come in!'' he said. The door opened. A man stood upon the threshold. He was certainly a peculiar looking individual. Frank gazed hard at him. He was about sixty years of age, with white hair and beard, and wore immense goggl!ls. His dress was slouchy; a1_1d he>vore a broad-brimmed bat. Yet there was an atr about him whtch betokened him a man of learning. "Well,'' said the youpg inventor, with a grim smile of recognition, "it is you, Prof. Bookworm. What can I do for you?" The professor bowed low. "Good-day, Mr. Reade," he enid, in a queer, piping voica. "I, have come to see you upon an important matter." What is it!" "The Geographical and Submarine Research Societies have appoint ed me to confer with you upon the qaestion of my accompanying you upon your trip to the maelstrom in tbe interests of science!' CHAPTER IV. UNDER WAl'. THE professor took off his goggles and wiped them coolly. Frank Rende, Jr., arose and went to a shelf in a corner and took down a book. He consulted it a moment, and thea said: "Barney and Pomp will accompany me, also Mr. Hayden." "Hayden? Who is be!" asked Bookworm, sharply. "He is the owner of the Na1\_tiiils." "Tile dickens you say! Is nobody else going?" ''No.' "Then why cannot I go!" "Let me see your cn!Ltentials." Prof. Bookworm pulled a great pile of documents from his pocket. Here they are," be seid. Frauk glanced over them. He saw that it was true that the Submarine Research SoCiety had indeed indorsed the scientist. An impulse caused him t o reply: Very well, Bookworm. In the interests of science I shall accept you." The aged scientist gave a !rasping cry of joy. He would have embraced Fral!k if he had been allowed. "God bless you, for a whole-!Jearted man!" he cried, happily. "Ah, this will be a great thing for science!" Frank now touched thtl push !Jntton. A bell tinkled in the shop beyond. In a few moments Barney came in. > "What will yez have, Mist her Frank?" he asked, in his rich hrpgue Barney, I want you and Pomp to put the Plunger nil in readiness for a prompt start for the whirlpool. You know what is needed." All roigbt, sor!" / The Celt ducked his head and went out. Then Frank turned to Bookworm. Are you ready to go?'' "All my wordly belongings are in that green bag," admitted the professor. "I may say, air, that I am.'' ''Very good!'' Frank walked out of the yard and down the street. He t:;nme to a telegra ph office, wllere be wrote the following ais patch: "WALTER HAYDEN-HAYDRN & HITCHCOCK, New York City:" The Plunger will he ready to start Tl!ursday at noon. Be sure to be on band. FRANK READE, JR.'' In an hour an answer came back: FRANK READE, JR., Readestown, U. S. A. :-I shall leave for youi place to-night. 1 am sure of success. W ALTEll HAYDEN.'' True to his word, Hayden appeared at the appointed time. Exactly ar. n_oon, Thursday, the Plunger was ready, and her pas sengers were on board. It was a critical moment. 'l'he submarine boat was about to begin its remarkable visit to the Great Whirpool. A large crowd had assembled to see the vessel off. There was cheering and waving of flags the Plunger moved out of the basin and into the river. Tbe mighty trip was begun, and soon the Plunger left Readestown behind. Down the broad river she went, and in due course came to the sea. Evarybody on board was in. high spirits. Frank did not at once send the Plunger to the bottom, but held her out to sea. Very little of her could be seen above the water as she moved along except her flags and tbe turrets. But, meeting a war vessel, a salute was firer!, the other evidently fancying that she was a torpedo boat or something of the sort. A gooa lau"h was at of the man-of-war. Then Frank" slowed the engines and went to the indicator connected with the sounding lines, and found that they were in water barely twenty fathoms deep. Satisfiad that tne Plunger 'would stand a much greater pressure than that, Frank eried: "All hands below! I am going to send her down.'' Everybody scrambled for quarters below. Either in the cabin or the pilot-house they sougbt safety. Frank touched a spring which caused every hatch and outer _door to hermetically close. This also turned on the oxygen generator. ( Then he pressed another key, which threw open the reservoir tubes. In a twinkling it was tilled and the Plunger began to sink. Down she went steadily. At any stage Frank could have checked her and proceeded on his way under water. But he was desirous of descending to the bottom. So he allowed her to go down. In a few moments there was a slight ehock and all motion ceased. All bad been pitchy darkness. But now Frank pressed another lever, which turned on tbe electric lights, For a moment all were dazzled. Then looking through the heavy plate glasa windows they beheld most wonderful sights. 1 They were at the bottom of the sea. Strange and wonderful w a s tbe scene spread bafore them. Frank bad sent the powerful rays of tile search-light through the waters far and wide. The bottom of the ocean here consisted of wide sand-bars and huge kelp strewn rocks. '-'l'here were ocean caves and reefs of coral of various colors, all sorts of strange marine plants.

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6 SIX WEEKS IN THE ,_ _ Fishes of every size, hue and descripti?n swam about leisurely. They came up the windows trace of fear, and bumped quite socially agamst the glass With tbe!r noses. Ever and anon a huge shark or a lordly dolplun would fia,h by. 'rhen tl.Jere would be a scurryiug of smaller hordes of fis?. To escape the capacious maws of tlletr foes seemed the one a1m of their existence. h" lf h t t Prof. Bookworm was almost beside 1mse w1t exc1 emen . He walked up and down excitedly, made hundreds of notes m .a voluminous book. d F k Then suddenly acting upon he rushe apon ran : "Oh, my dear boy, he cried, e x mtedly, "tl.J ere IS a rare_ spemmen or coral that I wan t very badly. Cannot some one put a dtvmg suit and get it!'' Frank looked at the scientist mscrutably. "Pshaw!" he cried. "Don't you kuow better than that, man? That shark will srely have you.'' . "The sha rk!" said Bookworm, incredulously lookmg out m.o the water. h As Iqck had it, a huge shark at that momebt llashed by t e W.!_?-db" He wa s a monster, and his k een jaws of shining teeth an IS I Jio-btning quickness were plainly to be seen. . "Prof. B o okworm dropped his note-book and his sandy ha1r fmrly stood on end. ' Shades of Nineveh!" he gasped. "What in the name of Nero was that?" ,. Why, it was a shark,'' laughed Frank, "the water is alive with them here!'' "You don't meari it!" "Yes, I do! If there were not so many of them we would venture out. But it is not sale." "By no means!'' agreed the horrified professor, "but that specimen of coral would be worth a bundred dollars to our society.'' "Never mind!" said Frank, "we shall find more and better!" -' I doubt it!" After some little time spent in this place, and after all had become accustomed to remaining under water, Fra:nk said: "Well, let us stay here no longer, I thtnk we had better go on.'' Walter Hayden bad beeo" impatiently walking tb.e cabin. He had no thoughts for anytb i og else than the maleasan_. mmdentB. Within five hundred miles of the Great Whirlpool 1t would not seem a difficult thma to very shortly re11ch it. The Plunget was capable or easily making one hundred miles p e r day untler water. And when they were quite near the whirlpool Frank concluded that it would be just as well to travel on the surface. So be sent the .Plunger up from the depths, and the submanne voy ao-ers once more traveled in tbe hgbt ol day. 0Tbe oxygen generators were given a xest, and the hermetically sealed doors or tbe boat were opened. This admittea the first breath of real air furnished by Nature that they bad bad in two weeks. All scrambled lor tl.Je deck, and it truly seemed _good to once more have the sunlio-ht and the world spread before their gv.ze. The of the sea is a very wonderful and a very stran11e place!" declared Walter Hayden, "but I should not care to remam there ahvays." Frank had been studying tl.Je horizon closely with a glass. He now gave a sharp exclamation. Hayden, who was near !Jim, l;leard it. What is it, Frank?'' he aeked. The younoinventor handed him the glass. "Do von a sail away off yonder?" be asked. The you noship owner took the glass and stuuied the distanL object "Yes,'' b.;' said, "it is certainly a white sail." There is a ship off there." "Yes." "Do you know what that means?" I really do not.'' How far off is it!" Twenty miles." It is further.'' Pe 5 baps so. Call it thirty, then. Is not that too far?" "It Is all of that," declared Frank, positively. ou cannot it with the nakect eye, and that is good eviaence.'' Indeed, you are right." "Well, now to the point. If that ship) is thirty miles it i s then right in the outer circle of the Great Whirlpool!" Hayden was astonished. "Do vou mean to say that we are as near to the whirlpool as that? he g aspee!. "1 dol" / Anrl yonder--but I cannot believe it!" "You shall very soon Sef>." "And-do you think it can be possible tlrat that ship is t he Nauti lus?" No," replied Frank, with a laugh "It is not at all likely that is. The Nautilus would te deeper in tb& maelstrom." "Let n 1 1 go forward quickly." "We will." The speed of the Plunger was increased. Every moment they drew nearer to the ship. Soon the Plunger began to take on a peculiar motion. l'ben it did not require a keen eye to see a > strange action of the wat e rs. They did not seem to rise an :I fall in tossing waves in the ordinary manner. But there was a peculiar swelling motion and a swashing sort of current. A light object, such as a cork, thrown overboard would r e cede r apidly to. the W<'stward "Do you see that!" cried Frank, triumphantly. .We are now in the outer and insidious sweep or the malestrom." "You don't mean it!" exclaimed Hayden, in amazement. "Yes, I do. Watch the motion or the water an d you will see that peculiar whirling motion. It is a powerful current and would carry us on, growing faster all the while until at length the final vor t ex would be reached." So the malestrom is really a fact?'' said Hayden, in deep wonder ment. "Well, I am badly heat. I can see how a sniling \ressel could get caught in this powerful tide and un!avored by strong wiuds be unable to get out of it until in the swifter current."

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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. Prof. Bookworm stood near. He bad been studying the phenomenon himself very closely. It is certainly a woL&derful uction of Nature's forces,'' declared. "Truly tile vessel so unfortunate as to get into the clutches of this monster is doomed." No uoullt tllen,'' said Hayden, "ruany a good ship bus gone to her dooru 10 this current. Of course," replied Frank "Well, my friends, let us see if we cannot hail yonder sllip." A signal !lag was run up on the maiumaot of the Plunger. At tiret the distant vessel did not see it. Then she answered. A white !lag tluttered at her must head. She was seen to heave to. The Plung&r once shot forward toward her. Frank Reade, Jr., stood on tho maiu deck, and as the Plunger drew neurer he saw that the vessel was one of tile merchant build. She bad beim vainly tacking and trying to get out of the clutches of the powerful current. \t it seemed to hold her, and all efforts were in vain. All the Plunger drew nearer the rail of the vessel was seen to be througed with sailors. Frank allowed the Plunger to approach within BpE!aking distance. Theu he weiJt out on deck. Boat ahoy!'' carne tile hail from the ship's desk. Ahoy!" replied Frank. What Crjlft is that?" "The Plunger, submarine boat." Submarine boat!" "Yes." What in the name of Neptune is that? Some new fangled gov erument torpedo boat, I suppose!'' No," replied Frank, the Plunger is just wllat I tell you, a sub marine boat. What ship is that!'' "'l'he Sachem of Portland, Maine, U. S. A." What is your trouble?" Jat is what we don't know. w., are in some kind of an ocean current an:! llave been fighting against it for four days now but can't get one way nor t'other.'' / Do you know what this current means!" "No." You are in the outer circle of the Great Whirlpool.'' A great cry of llorror and dismay came from the deck of the Sach em. You don't say so!" "Yes, I do!" "Then we'll never get out of it. They say a ship once in the clutches of the maelstrom can never escape." "It may be so! However, I am going to try to save you.'' Are not you in the same box?" "Not exactly. Mv boat is run by electric power and we are not yet so deep in the current but that we can overcome it." A shout of joy went up from the deck of the Sachem. This was evidently pleasing news to them. Frank now allowed the Plunger to run up quite close to the side of the ship. The captain, a tall beo:rded fellow, stood by the rail. He descended to the Plunger's deck and shook hands with Frank. He gave his name as Andrew Clar.K, and seemed to be a genial good-temrered fellow. He was wonderstruck with the Plunger and its appointments. "Well, I never!" be exclaimed in sheer amazement. "1 never seen a craft like this one afore. And you mean to sey that she will travel under water as well as above!n "Yes," replied Frank. I '' Bow can it be?" I will show vou.'' With which Frank proceeded to show the fellow the workings of the Plunger in detail. To say that he was interested would be a mild statement of the truth. While below in the cabin Frank suddenly pressed a key whicb rapg an alarm gong. Instantly those on deck rushed int'o the cabin. 1 Then Frank pressed another key which closed the hermetically sealed doors of the boat. Then the Plunger began to sink. For a moment all was darkness. Captain Clark was panic-stricken. be rqared. We are sinking!" "That is all right!" crietl Frank: "Do not fear.'' Then the electric lights fiashE.>d forth. There was a gentle shock, and the Plunger rested on the bottom of the ocean. The plate glass windows were relieved of their shutters, and l a good view of the ocean bed could be bad. It was certainlv a wondrous scene. Captain Clark had never seen the like of it before. : He gazed upon it with amazement akin to awe. "Then we are really at the bottom of the ocean?" he asked. "Yes," replied Frank. "We are fullllfty fathoms from the Sill' face.'' "Thunder and guns! Where do we the air we breathe?" Frank explained the use of the geperators. The captain listened attentively ami then said: "Enough! just take me to the surface once more. Really, sir, you are the most wonderful man in the world and you have the most won derful boat!'' Frank laughed aod pressed the lever which caused the reservoir to elo e. Instantly the Plunger began to ascend. Wben she reached tbe surface she was a hundred yards distant from the Sacuem. The Plunger haa been under the water but about teo minutes. CHAPTER VI. OUT Of THE MAELSTROM. YET the crew of the Sachem were in panic-stricken state. It bad seemed to them as if the vessel bad sank for good. They were not aware of the fact tllat she could sink and rise at pleasure. They had believed their captain lost for a certainty. Now, however, when the Plunger leaped up to viev! again, they were much excited and surprised. Moreover. wsen the crew of the Plunger all appeared on deck, Cap tain Clark with them, they were even more amazed. Indeed, eo badly rattled was the captain of the Suchem, that he could hardly recover himeel! enough to thank Frank for his kind ofl'er to tow them out of the maelstrom's current. "And what, may I ask is yonr errancl !u these waters!'' he asked Frank with curiosity. "I am looking for a ship supposed to be lost in this current," replied Frank. "It is tl1e Nautilus, of Naw York." The Nautilus!" replied Captain Clarll:. Why, I saw that sh1p iu Liverpool six months ago!" "Did exclaimed Bay1len, with Interest. "Tllen you h1ve met Captain Pitcher?" "I know him well!" A lengthy conversa tion followed. Captain Clark was ab)e to throw much light upon the possible fate of the Nautilus. I agree with you," said Clark, "that it is hardly likely that the Nautilus was wrecked or lost at sea.'' She was a stanch vessel." " Certainly. There is no doubt that she is now somewhere in this accursed current." Indeed 1 believe it.'' "Captain Pltcher and I really had talk about taking this course home." "Ah, you did?" "Ye&." "That is enough!" cried Hayden, eagerly. "I will stake my life then tllat tile Nautilus is in tb' e current of the whirlpool!'' We are certainly very glad to avail ourselves of your otier to tow us out into tile open sea." 1 "We are glad to assist you.' As quickly as possible a tow line was laid. The Plunger; though a light cra ft was a powerful one. It easily towed the merchant ship. For a good twenty miles the heavy current was battled with. Then the Sachem lay over to the westward safe beyond the reach of the deadly maelstorm. Salutes were exchanged, and the Sachem and the Plunger parted company. The Plunger went back into the current of the great whirlpool. All was excitement. Hayden was the most indefatigable of all in the quest for a sail. He had a firm belief that the Nautilus was yet drifting in the cur Jent of the whirlpool. .. As for the deadly vortex mto which the ships are finally sucked,' he declared, "I do not believe in it. It is my opinion that the sbip in the clutches of the maelstorm floats on until the crew die of star vation and the rotting timbers finally sink!" Well!'' said Frank, positively, we will determine all that to a certainty before we return I certainly hope so." Have no fears on that score." Do you believe that the Plunger will be able to ovE>rcome tbe Inner currents of the whirlpool?'' We will proceed caution and ascertain thnt fact.'' I And the navigator proceeded on this plan. There was no doubt but that the wllirlpool was a most powerfu:l current. What caused it was an eternal mystery. In vain Prof. Bookworm tried to fathom it. H e was obliged to acknowledge himself beaten upon every point Tllere was occurring every moment incidents of great interest. was such a 'reflex action of the strange current, that objects once in its grasp seemed to Jose their own power of volition. Bits of wreckage, totten floating chests, and broken oars were encountered -at intervals All were in the same direction, which was pretty good evidence that they were in the maelstr9m's current. How many years they had heen driftmg thus it was hard to say. Deeper into the current the Plunger now boldly went. And at every step it seemed to grow more powerful until Barney and Pomp and even Frank himself became somewhat alarmed.

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8 SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE GREA'r WHIRliPOOL. Bnt Hayden and Prof. Bookworm were not at all concerned. 'fhe former.:S desire to Jearn the fate or the Nautilus overruled all else. The latter was so deeply interested tn matters of science thl)L fear did not enter into his being. For several days the Plunger thus plowed through the current. Then one night a strange phenomenon was witnessE>d. Barney and Pomp were in the habit of dividmg the watch. One remained on deck the first half of the night and the latter the othe r half. This enabled one or the other to needful sleep. U pon tbe night in it was Pomp's watch. ) Burney was to relieve him at midnight. It wns a powerful dark night, and the search-light's glare easily showed a pathway of light for a mlltl ahead. 'l'be course had been set and the wheel was lashed by Pomp, who, for some reason or other, was fearfully Never b e fore in his life bact the darky been guilty of the crime of sleeping at his post. But he could no more overcome the sensation now than nothing a t all. He was obliged to succumb, and before he knew it, hia eenses had left him. His hea1 dropped upon his breast and he began to snore. While t he Plunger went on through the nigbt with increased speed. 01 course, there was little danger of meeting ships in these waters. Ir they were encountered, they would doubtless be floating w.cecks or hulks. But a collision with one of these would be most dangerous. It was realiy a moat perilous trhing for Pomp to do. But the d a rky was wholly a victim of the overpowering influence. He slept soundly. luck would have it, however, the Plunger encountered no obstacle. She sailed on evenly in a slightly heaving sea. Tile midnight hour drew nearer. Still Pomp slept. Barney at tbe appointed hour was awakened by an elect.ric alarm signal. He crawled out of his bunk and hastily dressed himself. "Arrah, an' it wud be foine to shlape tile rist av the noite!" he muttered, "but the naygur must have a chance!" So the conscientious Celt crept up the cabin stairs and into the p tlot-house. And there to his astonishment he saw Pomp fast asleep. "Tare an' 'ounds!" he gasped, "if the naygur ain't ashlape. Well, I niver! Shure, it's the fust toime!" Barney's first impulse was to arouse the darky. But second tbought infiuencod him differently. ''Be j abers, an' wudn't Mistber Frank be mad!" be muttered. "I've a moind to c all him up. But, shure, it wudn't be fair." Tllen a brilliant idea occurred to the Celt. 'The mischievous element in his nature asserted itselr_ Begorra, it's a rare good chance for some fun!" muttered. On me wurrud I'll do it!'' Chuckling to himself Barney went to the elect'ric table and connect ed a piece of wire with a disk. This he placed close against the sole of one of Pomp's fee\. Then be connected the wire with an electric switch on the tablll. He let on the current gradually until it began to work upon' the nerv:es or the foot. Pomp began to mutter in his sleep and moved a trifle. Then B a rney shut off the current. The darky became calm. As soon as he was satisfied that Pomp was deep enough in sleep, Barney repeated the operation. Then he would chuckle in wildest glee. Shure, It'll be bad dreams he'll be afther !lavina!'' he muttered. "I'll give him a bit o' ":-Certainly Pomp did not enjoy his sleep after that. The more be muttered and tossed, the more Barney lau"'hed. But a turning of tables was at band:' "' All this while, the Plunger had been drifting OQ in ita own manner Suddenly Barney glanced out or the pilot-bouse window. And as be did so be an awful wild shri9k of terror. There in the darkness be beheld an awful sight. A 6ismantled ship of huge proportions loomed up not fifty feet f rom the Plunger. It was a battered, storrndriven old wreck of a vessel, whose type was that of the past century. And at the port-holes and at the rails were ghastly skeleton forms of men. In daylight this might not have had any effect upon Barney. But in the night the ship and its skeleton crew were all ablaze with a strang e unearthly light. All the superstitious terror or tbe Irishman wasaroused. He certainly believed at the moment that some incarnate spectncle was upon him. Och mnrther! Shure it's the work of the devil!" he yelled. Saint Father pre serve us! It's kilt we'll be. An' Ink at the fearful loight an' ther awful dead corpnses. Howly Mither defiud us now!" Pomp was i!Jstantly wakened. He sprung up out or his chair with a wild yell. His first sight was that of the luminous driftin"' wreck. To say which was the most terrified, the Celt or the darky, would be indeed difficult. Both were badly struck. What made the matter worse, as there was no guiding hanll at thP. Plunger's wheel, she now shot forward and alongside the wreck. Some or the rigging became entangled, and tile two vessels were inextricably fouled. It was a terrifying moment to the two servitors. CHAPTER VII. THE LOG OF THE PARADOX. BoTH Barney and Pomp ou .ght to have been lamiliar with the pecu lillr properties of phosphorus in rotting wood iu certain parts of the ocean. But their superstition was more overruling than their good sense. The luminous ship was to them something most unearthly. Words cannot describe their terror. Leaving everything, they fled shriekrng down into the cabin. 01 course everybody on board the Plunger was aroused. Frank Reade, Jr., came tumbling out of his bunk. Professor Bookworm and Hayden were also -aroused. li'rank made a dash for the deck, fully anticipating some fearful calamity. For a moment, as he sa tv bow affairs were, he stood spellhound. He experienced no terror, for be comprehended the srtuation at a glance. But the luminous ship and its ghastly freight WllS to him an object of the deepest \'I'Onderment. "Well, I'll be hanged!" he muttered. We have run alongside of a curioaiLv now.W !Jat is all this!" It was iiow time for Huyden and Bookworm to put in their appearance. They were equ:1lly as amazed as ].'rank at the apparition. Great guns!" gasped Hayden,. What do you call it, Frank!" "Phosphorus!" answered Professor Bookworm, as Frank hesita-ted, "truly a strange but not uncommon phenomenon. I have known many a ship in the Iudian Ocean to be ablaze with it, but never befor;e in this part of the world." It is very curious!" What an anCient type of ship!" No doubt 'she bas been drifting in the whirlpt.ol for fifty years or more.'' "What a fearful fate for her crew." Frank sprung into the pilot-bouse and coming out again turned on the search-light folly. Its fearful glare plainly revealed every detail intthe focus. Dismantled and ruined, yet wonderfully prestlrved by the salt air was everything. At a number of the open ports, as i! vainly watching for a sail, were skeletots. By tl)e rail and in v-arious attitudes about the deck were others. It was a ghastly aocl awful sight. To tlie voyagers it was intimation of dreadful watching, despair and hopelessness finally merged in death. 1 "My God!'' gasped Hayden, with llorror. What an awful fate for the poor wretches!" "Awful, indeed!" or what nationality were the crew!" The bnllianey of the electric light dispelled the luminous phospho rus, and every detail was as plain as day. Ali were interested in the drifting and its deep mystery. Frank at onco proceeded to go aboard toe wreck. The Plunger's fastenings to the hulk were made The latter seeme:l to be yet quitij seaworthy, and, indeed, in no danger of Hayden and Pomp followed Frank aboard the death ship. A strange scAne, indeed, It was which 'met their gaze. / The broad decks of the anCient vessel W<'re covered with shells and sea drift, as it must have been deposited there in time of storm, for doui.Jtlesa th.e waves rolled over the entire vessel. It was a wonder indeed that so much was in its place. But the skeletons were seen to be ir.complete, and such of them as remained seemed to have been held in place by somewhat rotten lash ings. Grim an,d ghastly indeed was the The main mast vyas broken short off about ten feet above the deck. But examining it Frank found a dull silver plate which had an in scription upon it. Thus it read: "THE PARADOX, "Built 1720, Ltverpool. ''An English ship!" cried Frank. "It cannot be possible that she has sailed these seas ever since." "It does not follow!" saict Hayden. "She may have been in s erv ice a hundred years previous." That is true,'' agreed Frank. "Those old time vessels were cap able of sailing the seas even two centuries without going to decay They don't. build such ships now.'' "I dare say this ship has been rerigged many times since then.'' Without doubt.'' But Frank was desirous of visiting the cabins. 'l'bere he believed be should find evidence of the character of the ship and her crew. Also or the object and of the cr-uise.

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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREA'l' WHIRLPOOL. 9 So he looked for the companionway. It was just a little aft of the mainmast. Descending tl::e rotten stairs he entered cabin. Fortunately the search-light's glare came in through the open ports, making all liB light as day. The sight revealPd was a thrilling one. Upon a cooc:h lay the skeleton of a man. At a table above which hung a cabin lamp were the skeletons or two others. Upon the table were charts, a sextant and a quadrant. All were remarkably well preserved. It showed that the ma&ters or the ship bad been in vain trying to locate their position. Tl!at they had fa1led to do so was evident. lt was a sad thought. Frank went to :be table and examined the charts. The lines an
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-...I-10 SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE GREAT The depth here seemed very great, and E'rank looked at the pres -sure gauge 'with some alarm. I The Plunger was especially constructed to stand a large pressure. But she could not stand above a certain point. She would then be crushed Hke an eg-g shell. The pressure of the water at that awful depth was something tre menr die in the attempt. CHAPTER IX. I THE DISTANT' LIGHT. THE brave Celt !oat no time iii starting for the nearest port-hole. They were broad and would easily admit of the passage of his body. \_ Ha crept through one and as the electric lig'hts illumined the place he beheld what was really a terrible scene The entire hold of the ship seemed to be occupie:l with the hideous body of some strange sea-mor;ster. The like of this be hall never 8('60 before. lt was something of the c)J.aracter .of the giant cuttle-fish. Seeking a home in the horct of the ship it bad evidently lived ther e and fattened upon victims decoyed iot.o the place until it was like a crah in its shell, being unahlfl to get out. The creature bad evidently reckoned the tbree divers as fat prey and bad fastened upon them. Its long arms were about Pomp and Fran k, and it was vainly try ing tb draw tl;om into its capacious maw. But it had evillently reckoned without a host. The divers were making a most determined resistance. This they were enabled to do with their keen a.ll:es. Blow after blow was dealt the long tentacles of the fish until t
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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 11 form and that in accordance witil tile mighty current of the maelstrom." 'l'hero was certainly logic in Fran It's theory. Prof. Bookworm asserted it as his positive belief that it was true. 'l'here is no doubt but that you lmve solveJ. the question, Mr. Reade,'' be declared. I shall write many articles upon this for the Sclentitic World, and your name shall .be mentioned.'' "You overwhelm me," said Frank, modestly. "1 do not deserve anything of tho sort.'' It is your just due,'' insisted the generous professor. It was now, however, decided to retum to tlle surface. It was believed that the Nautilus would be found afloat. "I unly trust that we may succeed in finding her,'' declared Hayden. We will, if we have to scour every corner of the Whirlpool!'' snld Frank. So the Plunger was sent to the surface. It was an early morning hour when she emerged once more into the air. The sea was like glass, and not an object of any kind was in view. For an entire day the Plunger sailed on tbus. It was noticed that the further to the east they went the stronger grew the current. The reason for this Frank divined was that they were rapidly draw ing nJlarer to the main center or vortex of the revolving body of water. This was undoubtedly true But as darkness came on once more the sky began to assume a peculiar leaden hue. Everybody watched it with curiosity. "What do you make of it, Frank!" asked Hayden, anxiously. "Well," replied the young mventor. "It is my candid opinion that it indicates a storm!'! Whew! it will be a hard one!" I fear so!" "II the Nautllus is derelict it may carry her down!" It is p6ssible!" Hayden anxiously searched the horizon. "Oh, if abe would only come in sight now!'' he muttered, "what a happy thing it would be!" Fate decrees otberwise!" "True. Yet this storm will hardly break before mor, ningl" "No!" "Then there is hope 'that we may come up with her in the night." Certainly." It was Pomp's first watch that nigbt. Hayden could not sleep. He remained on deck witb Pomp until a late hour. Ever and anon he scoured the sea ns best he could by the light of the electric search-light'and a night glasR. Hours passed, and finally Barney came on duty. Still Hayden would not retire. "Something tells me," he declared, "that the Nautilus will come witilin the range of our vision to night.'' "Begorra, I hope that 8ame," declared Barney, earnestly, "if only fer yez own sake, me good sor." 1 "Thank you, Barney," replied Hayden. Tben be gave a start. He sprang up to his feet with an excited cry: "Ah," he shouted, do you see tbnt star of light yonder? '3ee! See! It is a ship's lantern as I live!'' Sure enough, far away in the distant gloom there was a mere speck of light. It was too dull to be a real star, and was hardly discernible. It must have been a great distance from tbe Plunger. Barney was at once "Look!" cried Hayden, excitedly. "Can you not see it, Barney?'' Shure, sor, an' I can that!" replied the Celt. ' 'It IS a ship's lantern. I tell you it is on board the Nautilus. I knew we should come up with her to-night.'' "Shure, sor, be aisy," remonstrated Barney, "an' if ye can't be aisy be as aisy as ye kin.'' But Hayden: bad already sprung to the SParchl.ight. He quickly turned it in the direction of the distant light, Across the sea even to the horizon line shot the brilliant pathway of dazzling light. Then Hayden placed his powerful night-glass to his eyes. He coula see tbe light no longer, for the electric glare killed it. Bot low on the sea line he saw a black object. It was hardly visible, but yet it was tqere, and he felt sure that it was the Nautilus. Of course, 1t might be some other vessel adrift in the great whirl pool. But he would not accept that belief. Sound the alarm, Barney!" be cried; "bring everybody on deck. We must take action at once!" Hayden cast a fearful gaze abovfi!. The sky was black and cloud-hung, and in zenith there was a rumbling of far distant thundpr. Barney sounded the gong, and in a lew moments everybody was on deck. Some excitement reigned. Matters were quickly explained. Tile Pranger was at once put under full speed Everybody was upon the qui vive. Every moment the distant ship drew nearer to view. Now her hull could be plainly seen in outline against the sky beyond. Soon, even her stumps of masts could be distinguished. The search-lig bt revealed all ti.Jis, Hayden was the most excited of any. He walked the deck excitedly. "We must overtake her!" be cried. "H the storm comes, she will go down!., Overhead the dull thunder was boommg, there was a soughing wind which played ceaselessly across the bosom of the tossing st:a. On, faster and faster, went the Plunger. She gained every moment upon the floating bulk. Now there seemed to be no doubt that she was the Nautilus. Sailors were seen upon her deck. One of t!:em leaned over the rail and shouted through a spenl;ing trumpet: "Aboy! What craft is that?" The words, seeming a thousand miles away, reached the hearing of bose on the deck of the Plunger. Then Frank Reade, Jr., replied: is the Plunger, submarine boat, Frank Reade, Jr., master. you?" There was a n\oment's lull in the wind, then the reply came bact;: "This is the ship Nautilus, from New York, Captain Pitcher.'' 1CHAPTER 1 A D R I F T, THE excitement by-tilis reply can hardly be expressed in words. Hayden fairly danced with joy. Run alongside, Frank,'' he cried, Get them off as quickly as possible.'' Tilis Frank intended to do. But he never was able to do so. At that moment there came a terrific gust of wind. The Nautilus heeled over, a mountainous wave burled the two ves sels apart, then the very pandemonium of the burst. It was with the utmost difficulty that the crew of the Plunger got back into tile cabin. The Plunger seemed standing on end. Water ru!lhed over her in tons nnd she w:>nld surely have gone down had it not been for promptly closing the hermetically sealed doors. But it was impossible to penetrate the storm with the searchlight or even tell where they were. All that could be done was to hold on and keep the Plunger from becoming a hopeless wreck. Frank would have gone to the boy.om with her, but for his fears that some of the crew of the Nautilus might be washed overboard, and need to be picked up. Haycten was frantic. He was positive that the Nautilus was lost. She will founder, I tell you!'' he declared. She can never out ride this storm.'' However, she could be given no possible relief. All that the crew of tile Plunger corlld do, was to look out for themselves, and trust to luck. Tile storm ruged with terrible fury. It seemed as i! the llood gates of Heaven were opened. Blinding literally tilled the air in a ilheet of water, and the waves ran mountain high. But the Plunger, unhampered by rigging, rode them like a duck. It could not be even guessed what was the fate of the Nautilus. It was feared ,by all that she would certainly founder, and, inu e e tl, there was good reason for this. Ever and anon across the inky blackne!ls of the night there would cboot a lightning flash positively dazzling in i\8 brilliancy. But the storm could not last forever. After some hours of duration the sky began to clear, the rain ceased falling. The wind subsided and tbe waves rolled only in long regular bil lows. The cabin were now opened and all came out on deck. The sear.ch-ligbt's glare again went out across the tossing water8. But no twinkling star o! light was seen. No ship's hull was on tbe broad waste. It seemed that the storm must have separated the two vessels by a wide distance. Hayden was frantic. "I tell you we have lost her," he declared. She is at t!1e bottom of the saa and all those valuable lives are lost." Well, if she is at the bottom of the sea," declared Frank Reade, resolutely, "or anywhere adrift upon its surface we will surely lind her.'' What goqd will_ it do, if she is at the bottom of the sea and her crew dead!" asked HaydeiL "It will do some good,'' maintained Frank. "We shall fin!! the documents necessary to clear Charles Haynes." You are right. That will certainly pay lor the etfort." Tbis seemed to calm Hayden greatly. He said littlll( more upon the subject, but to watch the sea. '.lt seemed a long while before daylight finally came.

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12 SIX WEEKS IN 'l'HE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. But when it once more dispelled the ,darkness, and the sea subsided to almost a dead calm, felt better. The Plunger now plowed along at a rapid speed. Suddenly Hayden gave a sharp cry. y What is tile matter?" asked Frank, rushing to his side. "Look yonder!" Hayden prufiered him the glass. Frank took it and for awhile studied a small object out upon the wide smooth waste. What do you make of it!" asked Hayden after a moment. I can hardly say,'' said FranK, slowly. Yet it looks 1;0 me like a m a n cli n gi ng to a drifting spar." Ah, so it ur name is on our pay rolla. Say, my f e llow, can you tell us of the Nautilus?" The sailor passed a h and across bis brow. "I mt1ke free to say that she is safe an' slick)n Davy Jones' locker afore now " T h en sh e has gone down?" She was broached w au' fillin' when a big wave took me over," r eplied Br o wn, truthfully. H ayd e n groaneq. T h en or course she is at the bottom or the' seal'' he declared. "And the evidence n e cessary to clear Char It-s Haynes," eaid Frank. The sailor Brown was closely c a techised in regard to the Scotlau<1 Y a rd detective Sam Hall. H e rememb e r e d th e d etective well and described him fully. But b e could not say what his fate h a d been 1 reckon h e' s along with the others at t .he bottom, he declared. H ayd e n wa s i n d es pair. Wus this true? Was Brown tile sole survivor of that fearful wreck? In his de spair he turned to Fra nk. What is to be done?" he asked, helplessly. "I see but one thing," rephed the young inventor. "And t h a t?'' "Is to m ake a search for the sunken wreclc of the Nautilus." It will be like looking for a needle in a hn.ysttlck." Y es.'' , How unfortunate that we could not have met the Nautilus a few hours sooner. I rt-gret the loas of Captain Pitcher. He was an a ole mtln and a valuable captain." Th a t is true." Poor fellow! But do you think it possible to find wreck?" " Let us do so then at. once. We can at least find his bodv." It was with difficulty that the Plunger was turned against the cur rent o r the maelstrom. Still tile powerful electric engines gradually overeame the pressure. Brown, the sailor or course could give no very intelligible idea or the exact sinking place of the Nautilus. He had drifted ever since clinging to the spar. Frank estimated the rapidity of the current in a rough manner. This WfS made easier in tile fact that during the storm the wind had been a gainst zt. It was e stimated that Brown had drifted and bud been blown by the w i nd and current some twenty miles in the time in whicl! be had been i n the water. / The ship had doubtless gone down at about the time he was thrown overboard. Therefore it. was safe enough to reckon tllat the ship -could be found by returnwg twenty or more miles. --.. The Plunger was turned against the powerfui current. It was slow progress. But gradually t h e little craft overcame the tremendous resistance Sh e covered th e distance in something less than szx hours. Tbeu Frank took his bearings carefully. "I believe the N a utilus went down about here," he declared. Heaven grant your surmise may be true," declared Hayden. Then the reservoir was opened and the Plunger began to sink. Down she went rapidly. Eight, ten, twenty, fifty fathoms the indicator registered. In one hundred and forty fathoms the submarine boat touched bot tom. Then the searchlight'e rays were sent everywhere over the bed pf the sea. The scene was not unlike that of many anotber locality they had visited. There were beds of shifting saul kelp-strewn rocks and reefs, fis!Jes of various kinds, and other strange sights. But there was no sign of a wreck. Vainly the search-light's rays were sent into every corner. Not a sign of the Nautilus could be seen. But F!ank Reade, Jr., was not discouraged. He had by no means hoped for such good h1ck us at once stumbhng upon the wreck. He expected a long search and was prepared for it. 'l'lle Plunger now begr.n to grope its "uy about tbe ocean bed. Being elevated a few feet it could easily travel about with careful watch for obstructions. Some time was thus spent. Several miles were covered in this manner. Then suddenly Frank Reade, Jr., who wadin the pilot-house gave a load cry of excitement. In an instant everybody rushed to the spot. Hayden was foremost. Well, Mr. Reade;'' he declared. "What is the trouble?" "As I live!'' replied Frank, seriously, "I believe I can see the wreck of the Nautilus this moment.'' "Wbe.re?" Just look yonder!" \ QHAPTER XI. A SUBMARINE SEARCH, FRANK pointed away through the water to the extremity of the searcbligl!t's rays. The sight revealed was a most thrilling one. Certainly the hull of a ship could be seen resting in a. bank or sand. It might not be the Nautilus. Mauy a rotting bulk lay under the maelstrom's current. But Frank clang to the hope that it was the object of thl!ir quest. Hayden felt confident. The Plunger was sent forward at rapid speed. The distance was soon covered. And now as they drew near it WllS seen beyond all doubt that the wreck was that of the Nautilus. A portion of her side was stove in and she liad parted seams fore No doubt her sinking had been sudden and terrifying to the crew . The Plunger was brought to a stop twenty feet from the wreck Tile electric lights sent a flood of radiance over the ship, making all as plain as day. All was excitement aboard the Plunger. Frank had finally decided to allow Hayden to accompany him this time. The diving suits were brought out. It was decided that only these two men should visit the wreck. "If possible we must find the body of Hull, the detective," said Frank. Certninly.'' We ought to be able to do that." If we can only get possession of the deposition papers we are all rio-ht.'' ":, At any rate, Mr. Hayden, you have satisfied in regard to the mystery of your slup's fate.'' Yes," replied the young ship owner; that is a very important point gained, and I am glad of it.. No more of my ships will be lost in the maelstrom, be snre." I hope not.'' No captam of mine shall ever come so far nortb again.'' By this time tbei;wo men were ready for their helmets. They were adjustetl an
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SIX WEEKS IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. IS From a corner there suddenly shot forth a nearly naked human form. Its arms were exter;ded stiff and rigid in death. The moving of the currents brought the corpse up u _ntil it came in contact with the divers. The terri11e sight, the corpse's bloated face, hideous, straining eyeballs, all made a scene of horror calculated to daunt the bravest of men. Frank was the coolest. Hayden recoiled as the corpse touched him and drifted back. 'l'b.en through the water fioated other They came from every direction, even the open door or the cabin beyond. A few yet Jay upon the Jloor, ot anchored to the ceiling. But these same half dozen iu number would persist in following the divers about. Alter the first chill an snake whatever. Indeed, it was only a giant eel of a species which live only at great depths in the ocean. They are a species which rarely come to the surface. Those well informed on the subject connect the fabled sea serpent seen by so many veracious sea captains with a specimen of this deep sea monster, Frank had no idea whatever of the giant eel's disposition. It might attaclt the boat, and again it might nC't. Doubts upon t.his score, however, were qnickly set.tled, The eel's sinuous folds glided down the steep. Then suddenly it paused. "It's broad head, with its wide mouth bristling with fine teeth, was raised high in the water. It seemed to be studying the Plunger intently. For a few moments it remained in this It was a time of suspense for the voyagers. But suddenly it changed its position, and seemed to hover_ for a moment over an obje_ct in the sand. Then the voyagers were rewarded with a thrilling sight. It was one calculated to try the strongest nerves. Down weiit the eel's jaws. When it uplifted its head, it was seen to bold an object in them. As the voyagers saw what this was, they were almo!t petrified with horror and amazement. "My God! Do you see that!" What Is it?" "It-isI tell you it is a man!" Certainly it was the corpse of a human being which the eel held in its capacious jaws. One moment it IHild tbe dead man aloft. Then with a gulping motion it disappeared entire down the mon ster's After swallowing It, it buried its bead in the sand and remained motionless. This was probably the method it employed of digl!stion . For some moments tbe witnesses of thi'l scene stood transfixed willl horror. Then Hnyden turned a livid race to Did you eee that?" ''Yes." What do you think!" I hardly know.'' "Well, upon mv word, I believe tbal was either Pitcher or Hall." It may be so." # l That they ehouhi conclude that this was the truth seemed a very reasonable hypothesis. But Hayden was not satisfied. "If that is Hall," he said, "why can we not recover the body?" Frank looked surprised. ... ...... t

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SIX WEEKS JN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. "The eel has swallowed it," he said. Trtte, but he has not mutilated or digested it." "No.,. 'l'hen why not recover the body?" "You mean to kill the eeL and cut it open?'' "'Yes." Fran I> studied tbe m:mster's position a moment. That is not going to be an easy matter!" he declared. "What can we do then?" i The young inventor seemed to rece,i've a sudden inspiration. "l have an idea!" he cried. "On the whole you are nght, Hay1l.en. We must kill the eel." causad the Plunger to draw tack a distance of a hundred yards from the eel. / Then he procured three heavy and very slmrp axes. "Barney and Pomp," be said, I am going out there to -try and kill the eel. If you want tJ go with me you may. It will be a dan .,.erous undertaking and may cost us our lives. You have the choice." "' Only one moment aid the two servitors hesitate. Botil were intensely afraid or the reptile tribe. To them the eel was the equivalent of a huge snake But the coveted opportuniLy to go with their master upon an un-dertaking, no matter JJow hazanlou3 prevailed. "Be.,.ona. l'm wid yez to the death, Misther Frank." "I jes' gwine wif yo' an' n6 mistake, Marse Frank.'' This it. In vain Hayden pleaded for permission to go. rr he had gone, 01:e of the others would have been obliged to stay behind. Frank preferred to have his, two faithful with him. Hayden and Brown and Prof. were to ;emain behin. d. The professor advanced and latd a hand on Franks arm. "Mr. Reade!" he said "Well?" "Setence demands that you recover at least tbe skull if not the en-tire skeleton of that mJnster." You shall have the skull!" replied Frank, eDfnestly. In a few moments .the three adventurersjhad ilonned the diving armor. Then armed with axes they left the Plung6r. To attaclc li monster eel fully one hundred feet in length in one hundred and forty fathoms depth of water was by no means a lig!lt undertaking. The weapons which they were to use were certainly primitive. But the habit the eel bad or burying its head in the sand to aid digestiOn, Frank believed was favorable. Jt wonld enable them to approach the monster unseen. Then perhaps a lucky blow upon the neck might disintegrate the spinal c olumn and kill tl!e monster. H so, the battle would be quiCkly won. Leaving the Plunger the three men boldly approached the giant. Tb0se on board the Plunger watched them intently. It was a thrilling moment. 1 But the eel suddenly moved. However, 1t was only to bury its bead more deeply. Its gulh;t could be seen in its distension and the act of digesting its morsel ol food Nearer theJhree divers drew to the eel. He evidently did not note their approach. If he did, be did not pay any hetld to it. Now they stood over the monster. The narrow part of its body near the head was the point Frapk de-sired to strike. He motioned to Barney and Pomp. All raised their axes. There was a moment of hesitation. Then down they came. Twice rose and fell, !l.!LCh time being buried to the shoulder in the monster's hard flesh. The effect was tl!nlling. Up from the sand came the eel's head with the first blow. Bnt it quickly fell. 'L'he second blow had certainly cut the vertebra. The head fell but the huge body ros'e in terrible contort. iooe. A fearful wave llfted the three assailants ft:om their feet. They were hurled with frightful force agaicst a reef. Here, however, they clung desperately, while tile terrific commotion in the water thre atened to kill tlrem with the force of the concussion against' their helmets. 'l'!)e result wouhl have been serious. certainly, if the eel had not had its contortions quieted t>y loss of blood. Coiled in great heaps, it lay in adeath 8tupor. The Plunger had been tossed rather roughly about, but no harm was done. It was certainly a moment for mutual congratulations. 'l'he monster eel was dead, and the three P.lucky assailants escaped unhurt, save a few bruises. All threP now rusl)ed forward and cut the \ ee\'s bead completely off. Barney carried it to the Plunger's deck for preservation, the re-quest of Prof. Bookworm. Those on board the Plunger were delighted at the result. They clapped their bands and shouted with gtoat applause. But the three divers, of course, could not l!e:tr them, though they could see them through the Plunger's plattl glass Wi!!_dows. Frank now produced a sharp knife and proceeded to dissect the eel. This wus no easy task. Its flesh was extremely bard and its skin very tough. However, after so_ me ellort he managed to rip open a part of its throat, and soon had reached the apex or the stomach. Here a startling sight was revealed. A man's leg came to view. Then another leg and the entire body dropped out. There were other things iu the eel's belly, such as large fishes and crabs. But Frank did not examine further. As the corpse fell out upon the he hastily surveyed it. 'l'heo he experienced a thrill of disappoint1nent most keen. It was that of a middle-aged man, tall and strong built. But he bad on the habiliments or a sailor, and evidently was a man of the lowest class. Frank was disappointed. It had been a futile quest, for tllis was not the body or Hall, the detective CHAPTER Xllf. F 0 U N D -T fl E E N D FRANK READE, Jr., was more disappointed than words can tell. He was positive that the man swallowed by the shark was either Pitcher or Hall, the detective It was neither. That the mao was one or the crew of the Nautilus as washed from the deck there was no doubt. Frank motioned to Barney and Pomp, aml the return to the deck or the Plunger was made. No sooner had they passed through the vestibule than those in the cabin surrounded them. Frank removed his helmet. He saw Hayden's questioning gaze. He shook his bead. "No," he said, it was neither of them.'' Haydon was plainly disappointed. "Yon don't mean itl" ne exclaimed. "Well, that is too bad. What shall ws do?" "Continue the search/' It is useless.'' "I think so myself." "Let us return home." 1t was plain that Hayden had given up all hope. But the quest was pursued for several days longer. Then was unanimously agreed that all had been done that was possible. There was no other way but to return home. So the Plunger rose to the surface and began the long battle with Lhe current of tbe maelstrom. Several times the crew almost gave up in despair in their efforts to get out of the current. Ev.en while they were yet in it a startling incident occurred. Hayden had a great habit of still studying the sea with a glass One day be saw an object far to windward. I tell you, Frank," he declared, "it is a mass of wreckage, and there are two men upon it.'' Tkis created a tremendous exciten)ent. At once the Plunger was beaded for the distant object. As they drew nearer it.became certain that there were two men up-on the drifting pile. Signals were exchanged, and when within one hundred yards of the castaways a wild cry burst from Hayden's lips. "God be praised!" be shouted. ''It is Pilcher and Hall." Ten minutes later the two survivors of the Nautilus were safely aboard. Their explanation was simple. Washed overboard they had for four days, without !oo or drink, clung to this mass of wreckage. Drifting thus in the maelstrom their fate had seemed sealed. But hoping against fate they had bravely clung there. The joy of all was most intense. The surprise of the castaways at the appearance of the Plunger was great. When they learned that their rescuers bad visite
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