Frank Reade, Jr. and his new torpedo boat; or, At war with the Brazilian rebels

Frank Reade, Jr. and his new torpedo boat; or, At war with the Brazilian rebels

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Frank Reade, Jr. and his new torpedo boat; or, At war with the Brazilian rebels
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and Best Stories are Published in Entered as Second Class .;liatter at the Neto York, N. Y:, Post Office, October 5, 1892. {COMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. PUBLISHER, 3! & 36 NORTH MOORE SrREET, NEW YORK, 1 1 New York, 0ctober21, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. Entered according to the Act of Congress, in. the year 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D. C. Frank Jr., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT; Or, A.1.1 WAR WITH THE BRAZILIAN REBELS. B7 "NONAME."


2 FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. The subscription Price of the FRA.NK REA.DE LIBRARY by the is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Naw Torpedo Boat: en, .AT "\V AR "\VITH THE BRAZILIAN REBELS. By "NONAME,". Author of "Frank Read, Jr., With His Air Ship in Asia," "Frank Reade, Jr., in the Far West,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. SHED BY A. BOMBSHELL. was a very, h a 11dsorue little city located at the junction of two rivers that emptied into the ocean. It was chietly celeurated as the residence of a noteu inventor of sub marine boats, fiying machines, and overland engmes named Frank Reade Jr. after whos e father the bad been named. In a magnificent dwelling! u ear 'Yhicb. the great workshops foundries and machme bu1idmgs 10 which hts world-fa mous contrivances were produced. About eleven o'clock on a held up a metal IJanct-grenadA, the size or a base ball, so all could see it, and then he continued: While carrying several of them from my laboratory in the ammunitiOn room 10 the shop, out to Lhe Destroyer, as my new bout is named, Pomp let one of the grenades fn.l!, and it rolled to the e11d or thP. down a steep terrace. There it struck a stone and burst." Do you mean to say that little thing tr.ade all the noise and glare of light we just !Jeard anu saw!" domauded one of the bystanders incredulously. "Why, certainly," Frank rei)lied. How could iU" Because it is charged with a compound I have racently mvented, which bas a greater expansive force than dynamite," replied Frank, explanatorily. "1 been experimenttn;; with this material, and have loaded a number of torpedoes with it to be used in my new elec-tric air-gun aboard the boat." "I don't behave that a little Uung like that did it," said the man in skeptical tones. It pos sible." "Do you want to prove what I aayT" Frank in nettled tones. "Yes1 Yes. Ylls!" resounded on all sirtes. "Then stand back, all of you, lor here's my opportunity now of not only showing you the power or this shell, but also of saving some or you from being gored to death!" He pointed up the street at a wild steer. The beast had broken loose fr

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOA'!'. 3 Ise a dead niggah! Fo' de Lawd's sake, somebuddy bist me out oll This room was filled with torpedoes or one hundred times the exbeah, or lse gwine ter git drowndell ro sbunh!" plosive force possessed by the hand grenades. "Get him out, Barney, you rogue. Yon tripped him on pnrpose!" Should the electricity touch them or any or the other loa:letl small cried Frank. "I can see by your actions you're guilty!" arms and ammunition in the magazine, the vessel would have been The good-natured Irishman chuckled and went to Pomp's aid. blown into fragments. The coon was a comical-lookmg little fellow as black as ink, and Frank di1 uot pause here. was swimming in the cold water o! the big basin. He dasbed through a door into the next room. Being unable to climb up the steep l)nck walls, be was J;eeping This aparsment contained the machinery for working the screw himself anoat by swimmir;g, and yelling lustily for help. beside the electric lighting plaut, a dynamo, motors, water pumps, Barney shouted to him to grasp his luind, and stooping over the air pumps and innumerable cells of uattery. 4 edge he reac!Hid down for tbe coon. lL was here the trouble Jay. Pomp grab !.Jed the Irishman's big fist with sigoificnnt fervor. 'l'he chemicals In the accumulator jars bad started the current, Instead of trying to get out, however, he pulled upon it with all and a disconnected wire was pouring the electricity into the veehis might, and the noxt moment the mischievous Barney was .::aught eel's hull n> fast as it w .as generated. iu his own trap for lle toppled first into the water with !Jim. Frank saw at a glance where the trouble lay. "Murtherl" be yelled, frantically. "I'm over me bead!'' He at once seized t!Je live wire with his rubber-gloved hand and 11 Yah! yah! yah! Done cotch dat lime, honey!'' chuckled secured it to the binding poat where it uelouged. Pomp. the water outside drained tue vessel's of all the And Frank bad to be.ul them both out wlth a rope. electnc1ty that had charl(ed it. Then the two drenchea and shivering jokers solemnly shook hands The current swept into the machinery. and callecl it square. It began' to work like a clock and revolve the screw. "Come on aboard of the Destroyer, boys," laughed Frank, 11 W6've Up stairs rushed the y oong inventor to the turret. got work to do with the suhmarine boat to-night, and beaJdes that, This room w11s furnished with a steering wheel, a compass, vari-you both need a change of clothing." ous electrical instruments and a number of levers, by means of The boat tloated in .the big basin. which all parts of tbe Destroyer were controlled. She was a large, pec:Jiiar looking craft, and as they started to croRs Seizing one of these levers, Frank reversed it. the gang plan It to board her, a most singular eveut occurred. that al That threw the current from the machinery, and it stopped most cost their lives. Then the danger was over. CHAPTER II. BLOWING UP THE ROCKS. TnE deck ofthe Destroyer was almost flush with the surface of the water, and was furnished with a square deck house on top of which &tood a cupola used as !l Tbe vessel was made entirely of tough steel plate3 two inches in thickness, her length ueing 300 feet, her beam 40 feet, anti her draug!Jt twenty. As Frank and his comrades boarded her, there suddenly sounded a fearful crackling auout the boat, and myriads or ulue fire uulls began to dart all over her. She was electrified. The current was so strong that Barney nod Pomp were shocked in or their shoes being wet, wlule the soles or Frank's foot gear began to smoke and burn. "Run for your Jives!" shouted the young inventor. This warning was scarcely necessary. Barney and Pomp were yelling with misery. "liowly mother!" bowled the former, I'm roastiu'!" "011! ouch!" screamed the coon, daucing up and down. "Dar's pins an' gwine froo dis niggah like de deuce!" They roohed for the gangplank. But all of them were severely shocked ere they reached it. From the hull the current was "grounding in the water so heav Ily that scores of fish were killed and floated on the surface. .... By the time Frank and his friends reached the ground their shoes were destroyed, but they no longer felt the current. "What could have happened to till her with the current?" asked Frank, wonderingly, as he stood watching the glittering sparks flying ofl tlle boat's bull. "Begorra, now I come to think av it," said Barney, scratcl!ing his red bend reflectively, tiler nagur an' I wuz chargin'. ther electhric battheries afore we heered tber bomb busbt ueyant in tber shtrnte. An' I'm afther thinkin' ther current must hev broke loose from ther loikes nv thim an' got inter tber hullnv ther boat." "Fo' suah," assented Pomp, decisively. Dat mus' be de way, sah." Unless I can get aboard and stop the escape of that current, the heat from it will melt the steell!ulllike wax." "Fnix, it's as much as your loife is worth to vinture in now." "Golly! Doan' yo' go fo' ter tlo it, Marae Frank." O!J, I've got to. Besides I won't run much risk if I insulate my body in a rubber suit," said the inventor, quickly. "While I'm goue haul her over to the side of the basm bythe hawser." Leaving his friends pulling the rope, Jack rushed away into one or the big brick buildings. When he emerged, he was clad In a rubber diving-suit which covered his head, body and extremities, while over the face there was a glass visor almost impervious to electricity. The Destroyer was getting very hot when he boarded her, but he unhesltatiugly crossed deck to the door at the port Ride. Flingir.g it he run into a beautifnlly appointed cabin in wbich t were a number or bunks. A lligbt of stairs led from this room up to the cupola,' while under them a spiral stoircase descended into tbe hold. The boat was furnished with incandescent lamps which now glowed brilliantly, lighting up the interior. Frank hastened down below. He landed m the gun room. Here a huge pneumatic gun stood. Its muzzle projected through a tubular opening in the bow, which was furnished with a spring trap that cloeed water tight when the piece was withclrawn. Above it was a bull's eye to see ahead. Baruey ami Pomp came aboard rather gingerly. Have ye it?" queried the Celt. Slle's all right!" -replied Frank, cheerily. D1dn' I tole yo' he done do it?" demanded Pomp. Cast of! those haweers?" shouted Frank. "Js it to say we is "Yes. I want to see how she operates." "Come here, nagur, an' lind me ther loan av you're hj!lp." Away haeteneli the two to the and casting them off, the boat was set adrift. Frank quickly' put her machinery in motion. She turned around, ran dowu the canal, and reaching the river, she passed 'out into the dark gloomy sen Barney and Pomp had gone inside and 111ade an examination of the interior to see if it had been damaged by the current. The room back of tbe cabin was a combined dining-room and kitchen, and tl:.e apartment aft of that a store-room for food, water and uumerous tools, and other necessary articles. At the extreme end of t.l:e was a vestibule designed as an exit for the occupants of the boat when submerged. Everything in these apartments was intact. Having so reported to Frank, they went uelow. The battery was working the motor, the motor operated the machinery, and tho machinery revolved the screw. In b,ack of the engme room there was a compartment in which hung nurr.erous metal diving suits and other submarine essentials. Nothing was injured here. ThE-re were three more rooms, or rather reservoirs, down in the ves sel's run which were not to t>e penetrated. The ones at the bow and stern were for holding enough air, hy

4 FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. Sighting the gun to bear upon them, Frank pressed a key. The electric current discharged tile guu with a lout! tllutl of atr ami a tremendous b1tbbling outside. Away !lew the projectile through the watetlike a fish, and instantly the automatic mecllanism or the vnhe closet! it with a snap. A muffled report was beard. The rock struck by the torpedo was blown to atoms, antl rose from tile sea with tons of water to a great heigllt. Que of tile !lying pieces struck the Destroyer. It hit one or the valves of tile water chamber and smashed it. In gurgled the water wtth a rush. "Look out! We're sinl,ing!" ahouted Frank. Down settled the Destroper like a stone when she got full enough, and Frank and Barney lied up-stairs, for tile coon was howling like fury in the pilot-llouse. CHAPTER III. OFF FOR 'fllE WAR. FoRTUNATELY for the inmates of the I.Joat all the windows anurpose?" "Not that l'm of yet," repliet.l Frank, but if any opp. ortu nlty occurs, I'll make a deep sea voyage in her, as I have almost ooth ing to do in Readestown now." "Bedad, it's roosty I'm gittin' lorther want av a divarsioo," sighed Burney, re::retfully. "Upon me sow!, it's months since I've had a ructbn or broken a head. Masther Frank, dear, it's ther pity mtlade that yev have spint slathers av money ou this boat, on' no wan will give yez ther chance av blowin' thim ter pieces with it." "Have no fear on that score," l:1uglletl Frank. "If no chance comes in my way to make practical use or her, I'll find a means." Just then the Destroyer'tl maclliuery stopped. The lights were extinguished. Having moored her, our friends went home, tor it hat! begun to rain and the liour was very late. On the following morning, after breakfast, Frank took the news papet up, anti passed' into his den to read it. The first article that attracted his attention was an 11ccount of a tremendous rebellion occurring in Soutll America. That unfortunate country was always in a IJoil of one kind or an-otller tor years past. In thid inslance the rebels had been plotting to overthrow the emperor, Dom Fetlro, and institute a republican form of government to themselVt'S rather tban as an empire, as it was then An army and navy had been raised. Arms and ammunition were procured. A riot had been inCited, anti although the rebels bad been driven from Rio de Janeiro, some hat! taken to tile fotest notl hills of Brazil, while others t-scaped to sea. Tiley had an armed .tleet or twenty ships. 1'hese vesse!J were bombarding tho coast towns, blockading the harbors, and running down ships nnd them. Not only did these ntrocities extent! to Brazilians, but all vessels of foreign nations wllicll fell into the power of the ret:els were robbed and Those of the captured crews who could be impressed into the ranks of the rebels were spared, while the ones who refused were matle to walk the plilnlc. According to the latest report, an American trading ship, called tbe Starry Flag, had been captured. Her crew, With one exception, were ruthlessly shot down. Tue one who saved himself was the cabin boy-a youth of seJen teen, named Dick Davit. By JOiowg the rebels he saved his life. At the lirst opponunity he escaped, however, nod made his way back to New York:, he reported to the authoritie!l what had happened. The greatest indignation prevailed in the United States. But our government could do nothing immediately to protect the American interests in Brazil, as all the available gun-boats in our limited navy were scattereu on the seas remote from Brazil on other business. Frank Reade, Jr., read the account with the interest. He was a very patriotic young man, anti it fired his blood to learn to what indignities and cruelties his countrymen hall been subj e cted to by the lawless rebels. With a dark frown upon his brow he bounded to his feet, and leav ing the ho11se, he telegraphed the Secretary of the Navy: I wish to offer my services anti my new electnc torpedo boat to suppress the rebels of Brazil who have insulted our !lag and murdered our seamen. If you wieh to a van yoursell of my offer, furnish me with a letter of marque, and I will depart tor Rio at once to protect our American Interests there.". Frank then told Barney and Porrp what he bad done. Both were delighted with the project. On the following day a reply was returned, accepting Frank's gen erous offer. It !urtllermore stated that the American boy, Dick Davit, hat! of fered to accompany Frank's expe

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. Then, accompanied by Dick, they departed in the torpedo boat for Brazil, embarkell upon one of the most perilous voyages they baa ever undertaken. CHAPTER IV. A MYSTERIOUS STEAMER, 'l'nE Destroyer made rapid progress down the coast, and Frank fuunu that Dick Davit was a typical American !Joy, of a plucky, whole souled disposition. He wad an orphan, nod had followed tbe sea for two years Rather short ancl heavily !Juilt, attired in a sailor tlUit, and having a thin, sun-burned he was particularly noticeable for the keen ness of bls eyes and the happiness of his nature. When the torpedo boat reached the Gulf of Mexico be had acquired n tiiOrougb knowledge of the operation of the uoat, and could take h1s trick at "'anaaing her as well as the rest. As he stooct''thus at the wheel one afternoon, Frank entered, with a thoughtful look upon his face, nnd said: "Do you know anything about the organization of the rebels who bnve committed most of the ntrocities l hnve heard of?'' H Yes, sir," promptly replied ti1e boy. "I was among the rnscals for a apace of three and, therefore, easily learned a great deal allout them." "My orders from the War D e partment are to proceed directly io Hio, and after delivermg a message to Dom Ptldro,,take the American Cons11l and all citizens und sailors or our country under my protection." .. "II you do, you'll be sure to a fight with the rebels." "So much tiae worse for them, then. Now, bow about their orgal nization!" "Why, the most formidable part or the whole gang is alloard of the armed Heet. They are the fdlows who are making most of the mis chief. H we cau wipe them off the s ea, there will be au end to the downright piracy they've been committing." "Very true. Under whose leadersnip are they!" Francisco Solano Lopez." What! The ambitious dictator of Paraguay?" "Yes, sir. He commands thelleet." Frank's surprise finds its foundation in nctual tistory. The man referred to was a political schemer who had caused no end of war and IJloodsbed for the Brazilians For several yAata the right of way up the Paraguay river to the in terior ol the Brazilian province of Matto Gros80 had been in dis put e Without any rrevious declaration of war, Lopez ball captured a Brazilian vessel in the Paraguay, and rapidly followed this outrag e by an armed invasion or Matto Grosso and R1o Grande in urazil and the province of Corrientes, in the Argentine Republic. Lopez," said Dick, gathered a l a rge force of Brazilian rebels about him, and conspired to overthrow the emperor. Tuey were in cited on by cupidity for the arch schemer offered to give them tlle wonderful diamond mines of Brazil if they succeeded." "Ah! Now I understand the motive.' "I explaii1ed this to the Secretary or War. Well, the rebels glad ly joined in the movement. A riot followed. Dom Pedro drove them out. Once they got. on the sea, they became reckless. They acted like fiends. P1racy and plunder followed.Now t!Jey are sweeping the main really fo1 any rascality for gain. Lopez encourages this. By so he keeps them entirely at bis mercy.'' "We will have a tough borde to content.! with." "You may well believe so. The emperor sent out five ironclads beat them. Two of those vessels returned uadlJ crippled withou do ing any damage. The others he buried fathoms deep uuder the oce an." "By thunder, they must have modern arm8!" Dynamite guns, Hotchkiss guns. forty pounder broadside batter ies, needle guns. In fact, there is scarcely a navy in the world better equipped for a bard struggle than they are." A serious look swept over Frank's face. This was more formidable than he expected Frightful as his own weapons were, he realized that he was destined to meet with foes that would buve made tl.te ironclads of powerful nuv ies hesitatt<, Do you know where these men nre to he found?'' he asked. Yes, I can pilot you to theil rendezvous.'' How many men are there on the ships? ' As near as I could one hundred on each ship.'' "A:Jout 2,000 men all told." "That's the figure sir.'' "And are their vessels armored?'' Several are. But all are v ery fast." "Steamers or sailing vessels!" "Both. Five steamers, I think." Just then there came a shout from Burney. He and Pomp bad been sitting out on dec!;:, the Irishman playing his fiddle and the darky tllUmping an accompaniment to the tune on his banjo. Sail bo!" yelled the Irishman. He had suddenly discerned a two away to the soutl.t eastward, running at an angle which eventually would llring her ath wart the course of tile Destroyer. Frank peered out the window. In a moment he espied her. Picking up a telescope, he scanned the ship. She was a large steamer with canvas up, and was making at least fifteen knots an hour. It was then blowing fre8h from the north-west, and a choppy cross sea was on that made the Destroyer rock. "Looks like a European steamship," said Frank But where can she be headiJjg on that course?" queried Dick. Probably for Panama." They watched her for some time longer. At tbe end of an hour they were a league closer together. Frank then noticed that tbe Destroyer was seen, for s_ome men on the steamer's deck were leveling their binoculars at the elt>ctric boat. Arter some time thus spent, the steamer changed her course and ran toward the Destroyer. "It's a cull they're agoir.' ter make us, sor," said Barney. "Yea. I wonder what flag she sails under?'' Faith, she moight be a Bulgarian or a Kentucky privateer for all we kin tell be ther nuke d luck n'l> l1er ftagstull:" Hal ther11 goes a signal to haul to!'' A pufl' of smoke and fiush ol lire came from the steamer's deck. It was followed by the repvrt of a gun. As the roar died away Frank stopped the Destroyer. In a short time the steamer ranged up in hailing distance, and our fl'iends observed that her decks swarmed witb n dark, swarthy crew. Still no flag was shown. But the stars and bars were run up on the torpedo boat's pole by Pomp, and when the steamer drew closer, some one yelled: Ahoy, there!" What do vou wnnt?" sbontod Frank. "Come auoard! I wish to speak to you.'' We have no quarter IJonts.'' "Oh! what sort of craft is that?" "An electric bont.'' The Destroyer!" "Yes," replied Frank, amazed that they knew her, for she hnd only jus t been built, and it seemed odd that any one in so remote a place us this could have beard of her already. "Captain Frank Rende, Jr., commanding!" "Yes,! assented the inventor, more and more astonished. Bound for Rio Janeiro?" "Yes," said Frank f o r tile thir4, time, his amazement increasing. "To fight the Brazilian rebels? ' "Yes!" By this time the young inventor was the most surprised person on the ocean, for it was incredible that these utter strangers knew his ves11el, himself, and his intentions. There was a momentary pause. Then the speaker shouted: Well, I'm glad you ha\ e admitted it.'' "Why so?" demanded Fr a nk, curiously. "Because we have been on the lookout for you.'' "You have? For what reason, may I ask?'' "One of our agents iu Washin gton learned all about you and your intended cruise, and cabled us the news.'' "Ah! So that's how you learned ali about us!" "Exactly,'' was the reJJly. "But why are you so interested in me?" "If you will come aboard I'll tell you.'' "I can't, as I have no IJoat, I told you.'' "Wait a moment." '1'he speaker turned to one of his companions and said something. A short dialogue ensued b e tween them. Then the man shouted to Frank: "Alloy, there!'' What now?" Can't you run alongside?" N o ; I might damage my vessel in this chop sea." We will put out fenders for you.'' I prefer to remain whe).'e I am.'' "Very well." Tell me what you want.'' It is a secret.'' I have no secrets from my compnoions." ''Very well, since you ar11 so oustinate. We were watching fJr yon to blow you and your craft to' pieces, as this is Francisco Lopez's boat, and you are 11 llitter foe.'' As the man s iJOke the steamer swung around, her ports flew open on the starboard side, and in the op e ning our friends saw a g r im array of gll'lls frowning out. At the breecl.t of each 11:un there stood a mao with the lock. string In his band, ready to til'll upon the Destroyer at the word or command from the rebel chief. Frank uttered a cry of dismay. He now understood tl.te mystt>ry CHAPTER V. UNDER THE GULF, ''ALL hands inside-qUick!" Frank gave utterance to t)lis sharp ordflr At the same juncture he closed the cupola window. Barney and Pomp scramuled inside with a rush. Frank pulled tl1e leve r of the water chamber valves Down settled the Destroyer beneath the waves very rapidly, tor the young inventor had drawn the apertures wide open.


6 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. A shout or astonishment escaped the steamer's crew, and the gun ners pulled the lock strings or -their weapons. A thunderous roar pNIIed out that shook the sea, but so suduen had been the descent of the Destroyer, that the howling cannon balls llew over her. tb I> Had Frank been a moment later !n currying out Ius plan, e su -marine IJoat woulil have heen suuclt. Strong as she was, such a heavy battery at short range, would have done her the most serious damage. Further down she sunk iu the sea. Frank had an instrument for measuring her depth from the surface of the sea. It was an ingenious thing worked by . By deducting fifteen pounds to the square mch, whteh 1s the P_res sure of the atmosphere on the earth and sea, Frank calculated eight and one-half pounds for every twenty feet he descended. Fo1 example: When the boat reached a dept h of twenty feet he stoppP-d her by shutting otl' the inllux of water, and saw that the r egister recorded twenty-three and. one-half pounds. By taking off the fifteen pounds a1r pressure, that left t>Ight and one-half pounds water pressure, aQ.d he thus knew be was down twenty feet. Safe?" be muttered, Bi"'hing with relief; By jingo, that was a n"'arrow escape!" said Dick. ;, Didn't you recoanize the steamer as that of Lopez! No, for I never his llagship before." But you have met him!'' or course. But be wasn't the mau who spoke to you. Are you sure?" "or course. Lopez can't speak English." "Still he must have been aboard.'' "Yes; but I uidn't see him, sir.'' 1 '!'here were tons of gulf weed lloatmg about, which caught on tile bow of the boat in large quanti .ties. Be heavens, it's quare er.t01rely ph were she could hov garn, mut-1 tared the Irishman, iu impatient tones. Shure she must hov put 1 on shtame an' wint loike the divil for fear we'd be afther soakln' her wid wan av our torpeuies.'' At this juncture tbere came a sudden shock. lt ran tllrough the boat in a convulpive tremor. She begu.u to diminish her speed. Again the shoclt was fell. Then she stopped for a moment. Then she went abe ali a little. Thee. sbe stopped again. Barney looked scared. He stopped the machinery. "Beaorry she has a fit," he muttered. "Hey, Frank!" tbe matter with the boat!" called the inventor. "It's a case av jim-jams she's in." Have you run down anylb'ing!" ,. Sorra a thing, me jewel. Clap yer oye on ther machmery. Frank complied. He could lind no defect. The batteries were in good order. So was tile screw shaft. Yet it was evident something was wrong. But what? S1,1rely nothing inside. I?tunk pondered. Maybe the wheel is caught." Tins idea was plausible. It would catch, jar, and that way if it were. He went up to the cupola. Send IJer to the top!'' be ordered. " sort of a man is Lopez?" "Short, thin, and wears a bushy, l,Jiack beard." We must not remain here. They saw where we went I Barnev obeyed. down and When she burst from the surface nothing was seen of the steam. ship. She had vanished as completely as if she had founllered. may train their guns to bear upon this spot.'' "Confound them, they know all about us." ' One of t!air spies sent them the news by telegrnpil.'' "Now we can'L take them by surprise." "But we can run my boat unde1 their hnll.s, and lire torpedoea at them," said Frank. "One shot will do to blow tbem to--" "Look out!'' interposed D1ck, in sudden alarm. He !lad been looking out the heavy plate-glass window, and saw a white streak lly past. It was a cannon ball llying down through the water from the sur-face or the sea. "They'"e commenced to do just what I feared," said Frank. He seized the macbinery lever and pulled it. The boat' s screw began to revolve, and she glided ahead without causing a r i pple on the surface. Frank started the electric lightn ablaze. A silvery halo extended all awunc! the 'l'oward the surface the hrine had a pale green hue in the light of tho declining sun. This color intensified gradually as it descended into the pro founder depths until it looke1i positively black. Through the element there flashed the bodies of various kinds of denizens of the deep. Some lled from the boat in excessive terror, while others, becoming liccustomed to it, did not hesitate to swim up to her. Far below, in the gloomy abyss, the tops or 1ropical corals rose up from the bottom, crusted with wiry sponges, shell fish, and brilliant submarine tlowers. To Frank and his friends the strange, wonderful scenery of the sin gular marine world was no novelty, as they hall been buried in the se: L on oth"r occaeions. Dick, however, had never before been under the ocean, and gazed out the window in utter amazement. At some distance from the spot where they had first descende1 Frank stopped tLe Destroyer. "I am going to blow that craft out of the said he. Just then Barney and Pomp rushed up. "Arrah! but it's ther shpalpeens thim wort'' growled the Celt in angry tones. "Faith, a mon moight as well hov an assassin sbtale up behoind an' plug him 'in ther loights av his liver wid a carvin' knoife as ter git shot at widout warnin'!" Remember that we are not with honest enemies.'' "Thin it's their own weapons I'd foight 'em wid," said Barney, furiously. "Ph why don't yer dhrop thim a pill in ther lug, an' dbrlv tbim troo ther cloads?" "Just my intention," said Frank. "Thin howld on till I grip ther wheel, an' bejabers I'll bav yez be chune that ship an' ther locker av Davy Jones in wan minute. btl ther chronometrical clock.'' He took the management of the boat. The rest proceeded down to the gun room. Barney then began to manipulate the search-light in an attempt to locate the steamer. Along glided the Destroyer beneath the fish, ancl the glaring search-light want.lereu from pomt to pomt Ill an effort to locate the bull of the rebel ship. Quarter of an hour passed by without the light encountering the veesel, and Barney grew Frank pointed oft' to the windward, whe:-e a dense haze was rolhug up across tile sea. "She. must have fled and buried herseif in that fog,'' aaid be. "May the aould Nick tloy away wid thim!" growled Barney. "Thera I've been hun tin' fer thim loike a blood-bound, an' no wan uear ter foind! Shure It's kickin' rneself I'll soon be doin'.'' "I'm convinced that our wheel is bound." "Bad cess to it! Whoy did it happen now? If we had tber use av. ther same, shure we could soon overhaul t!lat omadboun, an' give him ther dacentest lickin' he iver had." "Didn't you notice lots of weed drilling down below!" i:ilatilers av it." "I'll go overboard and examine the screw.'' Frank put on a diving suit. Callin"' Pomp and Dick to aid him, they passed out on deck. on the after deck, Frank tied one end of a rope around his body and handed the other end to the coon. "Lower me over the stern till I signal you to stop," said be. "Yessah,'' said Pomp. "Come heah, Dick, an' gih me a han'!" Over Fmnk the next moment. He shook the rope when he reached the wheel. As he expected, he found it bound with au immense collectiOn of seaweed which it had wound around its screw blades and shaft To tear it away required considerable time. Nearly an honr was spent ere the whettl was free or the big eocum brance and Frank realized that by this time the steamer must have gained'a point fifteen or m .iles beyond his reach. He was just upon the pomt of signaling Pomp to haul h1m up when soddenly an enormous sharlt shot out of the gloom, and made a light ning-like dive for him. Over went the monster upon its back to seize !Jim in its mouth, when Frank swung himseH aside. The frightful creature missed him. But Its teeth caught the rope above him and severed it. Down !lropped Frank like a stone. CHAPTER VI. THE BOMBARDMENT OF RIO, A THRIL, L of horror passed over Frank when be felt the rope part and his body sinking down. . The shark shot past him and vanished in the gloom. Down went the young inventor an

FRANK READE, Jilt., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. 'l He quickly hauled himsel! up anll got astride lletween two or the blades of the propeller. Here he unfastened the weights on his back and breast. Letting them fall, he began to Uthlo the leaden soles on his shoes, in the meantime keeping a sharp lookout for the shark. A wny weut one of the soles. He the other. Before lle could get it. off the wheel began to revolve. Frank was dismay. ed, for he realized that Barney tuust bavo started the machinery to see if the was clear yet. Before be conld get off the remaining shoo weight he had to grasp the blade of the screw and hang on. Around anrt around whirled tho wheel faster and faster every moment, until it was fairly flying The young inventor bung on for his life. Be was undergoing the most !rightful torture. Every moment it seemed a3 if he woulfty hills of every variety of picturesque and fantastic outline. Rio stands four mtles from the entrance. .::ieven green an<\ mound hl;;e hills diversified its site, and the white walled and vermilion roofed houses clustered in the intervening val. leys and climbed the eminences in long lin s. Commodious wllarves and quays were built along ti)e bay, and weat of the old district the new city was divided by the Cam!Jo de Santa Anl)a, an im:nense park; fronting which were the townllall, garrison, palace of the senate and other important buildings. The electric boat ran up to a dock and Frank went ashore. He soon gained au audience with the emperor, and gave his letter to that genial gentleman. A private conversation followed, during which frank learned tile rebels bad away several da)' S previously. Nothing had since been seen of them. It was lloped that they had disbautleu and given up tne project of trying to gain the supremacy. In order to rebuff them, however, a fleet of ironclads was standing in readiness for action futther up the b a y. Having spent a diplomatic and yet oocial hour with the emperor, who spoke Englisb very well, Frank went to see the American minis ter. To this gentleman be gave certain congressional orders, and mapped out a course of procedure for the future. Night had fallen dark and storm threatening by the time Frank finished his conference. He then parted with the consul to return to the Destroyer! But he had not gone far along the street, when he as well as everybody else, was startled to h ear a howl in the A moment afterward there sounded a frightful explosion. In a moment the truth flas hed across Frank's mind. The rebel ships are at the mouth of the harbor bombarding the city!'' be muttered in r.larm. Several more shells came flying toward the city. 'l'hey burst in different locutions. A terrillle scene of panic arose on all sides. People were killed and houses destroyed by f .he roaring shells, crowds of screaming men, women and children were ruijb!llg through the streets ln a panic. and the roll of drums and tooting of soldi e rs' bugles were heard. All was a scene of fear, panic and excitement as the bursting shells came Hying into tne city from the sea. Franlc ran like a madmon for the water front to get aboard of the torpedo boat. CHAPTER VII. A SEA FlGH'l THE city is bombarded! All hands quarters! Make ready for action!" Thus cried Frank as be dashed aboard the D e stroyer. His companions bad heard the noise of. e xp l oding sl!ells and were standing about the deck watching the city. A scramble was made for tne interior or the boat. In a few moments everyl>ody was ready. Frank starLet! Destroyer down the bay under full speed, anti the ironclad anchored up the harbor got under way. In quarter of an hour the lower fortress was reached, and the flash and roar of guns came from the place. Screaming shells were curving through the air toward the fort, and bursting with roars that shooK the sea. As soon as the torpe clo boat opened up the headlan d Frank dis cerned a numher of shadowy ships in the offine:, from the decks of which there came the continued rumble and roar of gnn8. "There they are now, Pomp," he said to the coon, who stood beside him in the cupoln "I'll stop their barking presently. "Fo' de Ian' sake! How many ob dern am dey?" "That's hard to sav in this gloom. Bot I can count live." "Gwine ter sock 'em, sah?' "Under water. There's my prey-see the big fellow yonder who seems to be doing so much of the .tiring?" "Dat sailin' vessal!'' Exactly. Here-you talce the wheel. Send bor down under that craft, Pomp, and get me ln a position to fire at her.'' "How deep yo' gwine down!'' "No mora tban fifteen feet. That will be enough to cover the top. down and arrane:e the gun." The coon was perfectly familiar with the boat. When Frank left him, he sent her under as be was directed and she glided toward the fighting ship.


8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. Frank loaded the gun with Barney's assistance, and sending Dick aloft to Lave the light flashed, he peered out the bull'seye in the bow in search of the vessel's hull. In a few 111oments he saw it ahead to the right. Pomp tprntod the boat around aud brought it to a pause. Theu Frank tired Tile cylindrical projectile flew through the brine so rapidly that orily a white foamy streak was left behind it. In 11 moment more it struck the ship's bull and burst. A heavy dull boom was beard inside the boat, for water is a good conductor of sound. Tilen there was seen a sudden and violent rending ofthe boll amiu a mass of turbid water agitated in to whiteness. The ship ve.oished. She was literally-\>lown to fragments. Not one. of her crew of rebels escaped alive. Frank reloaded the gun. '!.'hat settles her case he remarked. "Be heavens!" said Barney, "it's the illigant yer afther givin' thim. Shure thev won't come down in a week." Frank put his iips to a speaking tuiJe. Hey, Pomp!'' he called. "Yes, sah!" replied tbe coon, immediately. Send her to the surface and tind another;" "Orright, suh-right away, said" And the pump began lo throiJ, throwing out the water from the res ervoir, and the boat began to rise. When she reached the surfacfl the darky peered around, a.nd saw by the SAarch-light that the rebel ships were retreating. The terrillle destruction of one ol thtlir ships in that strange, mys. terious m : 1nner gave them to understand that some awful power was pitted agnmst them. As soon as the Destroyer arose from the sea they knew what it was, and despite the weapons they carried they fled. A veritable panic had seized them. They fea red the electric hoat. None of them knew at what moment she might glide beneath their hull dnd IJiow them to pieces It imbued them with an indescriballie feeling or anxious suspense. Moreover, the Brazilian men-of-war were coming out of the bay, and now began to open lire upon them. Some of the shots from the ironclads flew over the torpedo boat and liliell Pomp with alarm. "Lord amassy!" he gasped. "Mebbe dP.y fink we am one ob clem yere rebels, an' !lone shoot us.'' He saw that they were iu great peril. Locating the rebel boats ahead he sent the Destroyer under. By so doing he could pursue the fugitives, and at the same time l:e e p t he Destroyer out of sig'Jt so she wouldn't get hil. "Hello, there, Pomp, what are you doing?'' shouted F.t:ank, in surprise. "Dar's de ironclads gwine fo' tcr shoot us, sa11 .'' "Oh, 1 see! Where are you taking us now?" "Aftah nnudder ob de rebel ships.'' "All right-let her go.'' The Destroyer was swiftly shooting ahead. She ran on for half an hour. but nothing was seen of the vessels she w a s pursuing. Pomp raised her again. It was then raining and blowing hard. A flash of lightning tore across the sky. As its brilliant gleam lit up tbe sen, the coon observed one of the rebel ships hearing down upon him. There was no time to out of the way, for abe was almost on top of the Destroyer when Pomp saw her. "Murdah !" be yelled, spinning the wheel aport. The torpedo boat essayed to glide away, but there came a grinding crash as the bow of the ship struck her. She was knocked far over on the side from the collision, and the ship's bowsprit rose high in the air. A chorus of yells peale d from the startled crew or the ship, and Frank came running up !rom below. At one glance he saw what happened, and ehouted down: "Barney! Out on deck with you and s e e if we are damaged." "I will that,'' returned the Celt, complyinl!'. Out the door he dashed, and in a moment more he was making a careful examination. Frank waited suspensefully. "Well?"' he shouted. "Shure, there'& a hole knocked in our soide.'' "As I reared. Can It be reoaired?" "I think so. We're shippin' wnther he ther bucketrul." Frauk glanced at the rebel ship. Her stern had been rent to pieces. Tile head planks were torn and splintered, and she was fast filling and settling down. Her crew had abandoned all hope of saving her, and were taking to the boats. a wreck!" muttergd Frank. Donn' spec' she nm as h .ard as dis y11re boat!" chuckled Pomp. Nor shall we have to waste a shot on her,'' said Dick. Frank backed the Destroyer away from the ship, for it was fast sinking, and bound to go down. Three of her quarter boats got safely away loaded with men, lot l the other one, while still attached the davit lines, was violently dashed against the ship's planks and smashed. 1'he yellinu crew were hurled in the sea. Here tbe who could swim kept afloat while the others who couldn't sunk like stcnes. It was an appalling sight. The ship settled lower every moment. Frank dmve the submarine boat over to the swimmers, and they eagerly grasped her deck and clambered Ul> Ir. this manner twenty of them were picl,ed up. All were Brazilians. Along wtmt tbe Destroyer swiftly. She bad not gone fifty yards from the foundering vessel when it sunk forever, leaving a big eddy on the surface. Had the torpedo boat been floating over the spot then, she might have !Jeen sucked down witb her. This would have been extremely disastrous with the hole in her side, for she might never have nsen again. Indeed, until the break was repaired, Frank dared not send her be neath the sea again. "Pomp, attach a hose to the pump, and start it emptying the water from the engine room!" cried Frank. "Yessahl'' replied the coon, down-stairs. "DICk :vou and Barney can make prisoners of the men on deck, and we'Ji carry them to the city, U.llli put them in the hands or the authorities." "Ain't you going to continue the chase, sir?" "No. We are too badly 1 must 1epair the I'll leave tbe vesstll to the mercy of the ironclads. Besides, it's tuo much of a job to hunt for those ships in this gloom, for none of them carry lights." The boy we:::;t below. He and Barnev bad but little trouble to apprehend all the men on the deck and lock them in one or the rooms. By the time this was done, the water was pouring into the interior of the boat so fast that she sat low in the sea. The coon came rushing up-stairs presently. His eyes buJaed, and his (:bony face w a s convulsed with fear. "Oh, Lordi"' 011, Lord!" he groaned dismally. ) "What's the matter?'' demanded Frank, in tones of anxiety. "Why don't you start the pump! Don't you see the boat is filling?'' "Kain't do it, nohow.'' "Why not?'' "De pump am brock!" "Great benvenl'' gasped Frank. "The boat will founder!'' Every one was nlarmeu. CHAPTER VIII. MEETING A CAPS lliED BARK. CLEARLY, unless somethinl{ was promptly done to stop the Influx of the water the hole stove in her side by the f'lnndered ship of the reb els, the Destroyer would go down. The twenty prisoners would perish As PJmp had seen that the pump was broken, Frank rapidly devised a plan of action. "Dick Davit!'' he cried. "Yes, sir,'' replied the boy. "Tnl;e the wheer and steer for the bay.'' "What yo' gwine ter do!" asked Pomp. "You and Barney must help me to stop up that hole." He hastened below as be spoke, and saw that there were several feet of watar down in the engine room. If it got much higher it was bound to in.iure the batteries, cut off their source of power and leave them helpless. The storm was raging wildly outside. It tossed the IJoat like a cork. Barney was called, and they got some tools, bored holt in the plates around the breech, and finally fastened a plate over the opening to exclude the water. In the meantime tne ironclads had vanished in purauit or the fugl tive rebel ships that had been bombarding Rio under the orders or Francisco Lopez. It was then nellrly midnil!ht. That will do till wa reach port," eaid Frank. Bedad, I'm wish in' we could have ther remaining elghteen rebel sbips roon us down ther Sr\me way," laughed Bnrnev. It had not taken them lo:1g to blow up one or tile vessels and send tlte other to the bottom from the collisio n. Finally the torpedo boat ran into the bay. She quickly reached tbe city. The streets were thronging with people and soldiers as the excite ment of the bombardment hacl not subsided uuy, and Frank called a detachment of troops on board to get the prisoners. They formed a double tile from the iloat to the dock, and the pris oners were marched out !Jet ween them. around them, the soldiers escorted them throu.,.h the street to the city prison. In a few moments the news spread like wild tire throuah the city that some of the reiJels had \>een captured. Crowds of excited people came swarming from all directions and the fury of those who had from the -bombardment arose to the bolling point. As they the crowd increased and the excitement augmented until there suddenly rang oul wild cries of: l


I FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. "Kill the 'l'illaiusl" 1'ear them from the soldiers." "Down with the tru.itors!" "Justice! Justice!'' Missiles began to lly from the crowd. The captain bad trouhle to keep bis men calm. Taldng courage, the crowd charged on the soldJE>rs. It was their intention to gain possession of the prisoners and wreak vengeance of the direst kind upon them. On they rushed furiously. Now the soldiers turner! and presented their bayonets at them. 1'hat brought the excited people to a pause. "Back with you!' shouted the captain. "We will shoot you down like dogs if you iu terfere with our duty!" The rabble was in limidated. Pausing and hanging buck, they allowea the soldiers to march on in peace with their !Jrisoners. In this manner the rebels were finally lodged in prison and ultl mately suffered the penalty of their crimes. Frank and biB companions rtJmained aboard the Destroyer that night, und in the morning' saw one of the Ironclads come in, towing two of the rebel boats astern. Both were badly battered up by gunshots. A large numller of prisoners were taken, and when the news spread to the shore It was the caqse of uni\'ersal rejoicing. Frank and his companions set to work upon the damaged plate of tbe:Destroyer and repaired it. The young inventor then went and having learned what bad transpired on the sea when they left it, he returned, told his friends the news, and the Destroyer left the bay. It was a clear and beautiful day upon the water, an easy ewell rolling the sea in sweeping undulations. "That's Lopez's craft!" interposed Dick. "Well," continued the sailor, "those rascals boarded us! and before we realized their game they attacked ns. In the fight etght of the crew were killed. We tour were at! who lived to tell tne tale. They locked us down between decks and rifled the bark. Then they stood 1 of!' on their ,own craft and to tire at our y'lssel. We heard the masts go over. All of a sudaeu the vessel capsized. But she floated '>ottom upwards. The air in her was almost exhausted when you fuund us. Our experience inside tbe bark was terri\Jle. None or us exr-ecteI>earo.nce, that merged Jnto places covered with the most Frank rushed inside and procured a grenade. lJenutiful and luxuriant vegetation. Tuis be hurled at the end of the floating derelict. They passed over bills and valleys, yawning chasms and rugged It blew away a large portion of the stern of the vessel at the keel, plateaux in an ever changing light. and knocked her over at an angle. It was a most wonderful r e gion. A chorus of cries were then beard plainer inside. But it was mark e d by a deathly silence. A few moments afterward a man app e ared, climbing out of the Finally Frank cau g ht sight of the steamer ahead. Frauk bad burst in the hull. Her screw_ was rapidly reYqlving and churn ing the ;vater to the The moment be saw the Destroyer, he screamed in English: whitest foam in its wake. "Saved, saved! This waJ, messmates!" The inventor kept his glance upon the spinning whe e l in Up came several more men who had been entombed alive within tently for some moments, and then called Pomp. the wreck. "Take the wbeel, ' said be. Alllmnds wore sailor costumPs. The coon complied. It was evident at a glance that they were Americans, and a hoarse Frank then went below and put on a dhing suit. crv of joy e!caped them when they saw the Destroyer. Leaving the boat, he went up forward witl.J a bomb-shell in his band, Barney now drove the boat close to the wreck. to which there.. were a antl a cup sucker. In a moment more four men had left the wreck, and stood safely He had a copper wire attached to bin d ingpost. upon the deck of the submarine boat. Making n. motion with his hand to the darky the boat was raised "Any mm;e?" questioned Frank. until her bow was just benewth the steamer's screw. "No. There were but four of us, 8ir.'' Here Frank pressed the ctp sucker to the vessel s stern post ; and "How did you get in this terrible position?" the bomb was held !as't there. "Why, you see, that was the Al clipper bark Sally Ann T., of Bos-'I Another motion of his band caused Pomp to slacken the D estroy ton, and we had a cargo of freight aboard, anti were bound for San er's speed, causing her to fall off behind the steatner. Francisco, when we were stopped by the steamer Chaco Boreal--'' Frank paid out the insulated wire.


10 FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOaT. When they were one hundred yards a9\ern or the steamer, he motioned the darky a tllir,l time. He started the boat ahead at the same rate of speed at which the steamer was traveling. Franlt then carried the wire to a binding-post on the outside of the c)eck house of the Destroyer. Here he it. 'fben he signaled Pomp orlce more. 'fhe coon turned a switch that Hung an electric current into the post to which the wire was attached. This current explodbd the b

I 1 FRANK READE, JR., .A.ND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOA'l'. 11 The two remaining boats were destroyed. Now all bands were in the water and some were drowned. Tue torpedo boat flew ahead furiously, and plunging in among the swimmers, Frank gavo them the alternative of coming aboard and submitting to arrest, or having their brains blown out in the water. Every one chose the former course Tbe result of the fray proved to be successful for Frank, as he hall captured three-fourths of the steamer's crew alive, although he bad lost the prtze vessel. As soon as every one of the rebels were imprisoned, the three Jiahters on deck abandoned their armur. 0 A aimeral jubilation et:sued. boat bad been stopped, and Frank joined hls friends. This isn't so bad," be remarkeu deliglltedly. "Seventy-eight prisoners, and only one boat load missed!" It's sorry I am that we've r alther losin' Lopez." "Yes, )3arney, I.Jut we'll meet the rascal again." "An' de steamah?" growled Pomp, regretfully. "Never mind, boys. Lopez is bauly crippled now." Frank took one of t.he prisoners out. He designed to some informatiOn from the man. Pointing a revolver at the terri!letl fellow's head, he said: Unleis you truthfully answer my questions, I intend to blow your brains out-do you hear!'' "For God's sake don't kill me, sir,'' whined the man. "Then tell me where the rest or your Oeet is." have gone down the coast." "Bound lor your rendezvous!" "Yes-at Lagon do Sombrio." "And t .he Brazilian iron-cl1:1ds!'' "1'wo of them were pursuing.'' "What were the plaos of Lopez for the futuref' ''None were formed the defeat of our bombardment.'' "Why were you going to your retreat?" 'l'o reorganize and form a new Frank could not gain mucb information from the fP.llow, and finally returned him to his companions. On the following morning after mess while Pomp was at the wheel, be descried a steamer com irig up the coast. It ultimatllly prov.,d to be one of the Brazilian iron-clads. bore dowu upon the Destroyer, and Frank ran h1s boat along-side under the stars and stripes. The commander appeared. Frank gave him an acc<>unt of what happened. I will put the prisoners in your hands,'' said he, in conclusion, and you can carry them back to Rio, for I am going on in pursuit or the rebels.'' I will gladly avail myself of your offer," replied the officer: The prisoners were transferred aboard the frigate. WbAn this was done, Frank asked: What has become of the other ironclads!" "One of them con tinned on in pursuit of the fugitives. 1 do not know wbat bas become of the other two." It was fair to presume that they were hunting for the rebel il)lips yet, and Frank tnen parted with the officer. Salutes were exchanged, and while the man-of-war went up the coast, the Destroyer went down. A lookout was maintained for some sign of the missing ship, anti the broken glasses were replaced by new ones. Nothing was seen of Fmnk's prey. Late in the afternoon Barney got out his fiddle sed Pomp his banjo, and seating themselves on the shady side of the decli. they struck up a lively tune, antl enlivened the .monotony with some songs. But finally they struck a snag. Pomp wanted to play .a tune called tile "Bran' New Coon,'' and Barney W!IB equally as determined to play" Always Mind Your Sister, Jenme. Both were determined and both were obstinate. "If yo' <,l'wanter do what I say, honey, ain't ter play at alll" "Be heavens, I'll go it alone thin!" replied Barney. "No, snb! I ain't ter leabe yo' do it.'' "We'll seel" roared Barney. "nll he started in. Bang! went the head of Pomp's babjo down on Barney's cocoanut before he bud out three notes. Instea<.l of hurting the Celt, it burst the sheepskin with a report like 11 pistol shot, and Pomp gave a howl of tlismay. A roar of laughter pealed from Barney's He langobeeen fired from somewhere along the shore at the boat, hut it failed to injure )ler. The negro ani! the Irishman instantly their little diversion, and made a wild rush to get Inside out or burin's way. "An attack-an attack!'' yelled Burney. "Golly, l'se a dead coon!" bowled Pomp. Frank was upon the alert in a moment, and peering out the cup ,ola window, he saw where the dangerous shot had been !ired from. CIIAP'l'ER XI. BLOWING U!' AN ENTRENC HMENT. 'l'HE shore was Jinel with bushes and trees, and seemetl to present a. solid front to the sea. 'l'his, however, was a mere c:elusion, for far beyond the shrubbery Frank caught sight of a ruddy lire. Intervening between the fire and the tree1l he detected the sparkle of. water, ar.d realizeu thut the shrubbery grew on a sandbar lying some distance off shore. fhe abet hud come from the bay flowing between the bar and the main, all(l the inventor jumped to the conclusion that b!s enemies were in the bay or on the main. Ordinarily tlleir lurking would not have been detected by crews on passing sh1ps. H was a gqod refuge for people of their stamp. But Frank could see no inlet . He carefully scanned the shore witli his glass. Not a break in the coast line or the bar appeared. Then he made up his mimi that it was a concealed entrance for there certainly must t:Je an opening somewhere. All m !" he cried. doors and windows!" This was a signal of desceut. "It's safer for us under wnter," said Dick, menningly. "Yes. We can't see them, and they see us," Frank replied. This isn't their rendezvou$.'' "Do you know nnything 11bout the place!" "No, eir. rr there's a bay on the other side of the bar I've never been in it, the boy rep lieu. Well, I intend tto in there if there's an inlet." All ready, sor!" shouted Barney jul!t then, do'l'n below. Down she goes then!'' Frank excluimeu, pulling the valve lev e r, and the boat began to eink. In a few moments she was buried until the top of her cupola was !lush with the surface of the wat e r. Here Frank stopped her. Then he drove bet in shoreward. Sbe was then invisible to any one who might be looking for her and continued on until 11 bnrsh grating under the keel warnetl Frank that t!le water was shoaling. He then turned her parallel with the coast. She glided down to the southwurd slowly. Where are ycu going to!" curiously asked Dick. "I am in search of a channel through the bar," Frank replied, as ho kept his glance fastened upon th11 bottom. ''Although we mi g ht not discover an Inlet while on the surface, as the y have tnken pains to conceal it, we can make no mistake once we see a channel." Barney came in just then. He cast a glance nt one of the dials and remarked: Do yer moind ther little air we have in storage.'' "That's so,'' assented Frank. Scarcely more than enough for an hour." Faith, it's smothered we'll be if we diun't refill ther resevoy." Iu deep water," Frunk assented gravely. "It we were under a great water pressure and our supply of air was consumed, we would not have buoyancy enough lefL to reach the top.'' Just theu Dick exclaimed: "There's a channel now on the starboard!'' He pointed to a deep, wide trench running westward. Frank turned the boat into it. After a lapse of ten minutes it abruptly curved to the right. Operating the pumps a few moments he caused the boat to rise a few feet until half the cupola was of water Once tlle windows were above the surface, Frank glanced around. The boat was in a long and narrow bay. On one were rocl;y blufls, and on the other t!!e bar covered with dense and luxuriant vegetation. Up on the blutfl! there burned a fire. Frank leveled a glass .at it and caught sight of a large number of men intrenched among the rocks, while floating in the water at the base of the rocks was a sbio at anchor. He now saw the inlet astem cf the Destroyer, and observed Lbat it was a winding passage choked up with vegetation. There are several guns mounted on those heights!" he remarked to his companions. "Yet despite that I'm going to drag away yendar ship and everybody aboard of her, if I lind It will pay to do so." He kept the boat going toward the vessel after submerging her, and soon reached it. Bringing the Destroyer to a pause on the seaward side of the craft, he raised her up some, and going oct, climbed on the vessel's deck. Not a soul was to be seen there. She laid in the shadow of the rocks. Frank approached the cabin and in. It was empty. He then strode up forward. down the forecastle companion, he glancetl around and dis covered that this place, too, was vacant.. In a word, the ship was deserted. Satisfletl of this, Frank changed his plans. As the vessel was heavily armed, he ,felt confident that she was one of the rebel ships. The name, he snw, was La Stella. Returning aboard the Destroyer, he mentioned the name to Dick. "Isn't she one of Lopez's 1esselsf'' he asked.


12 FRANK 1-tE.A.DE, JR., AND HIS NEW 'l'ORPEDO BOAT. "Why yes. She's the very one I was a cap1ive on,'' the boy replied You don't say so! Well, as she's deserted, I'm going to destroy her.'' Look out for the fellows over our bead>, sir.'' One shot will suffice to put her out of existence. Here, take' the wheel, Pomp, till I heave I.Jer a '"My Lord! What yo' gwine ter stan', honey?" "You might bold her off' in the middle of the bay.'' "Yassah," replied Pomp. "I gib yo' seventy yards range." Frank went below and loaded the gun. By the time was done, Pomp had the boat oft at tbe range in question, and sent her to tbe top. The torpedo tuoe was yet far bPneath the surface, hut Frank easily changed its elevation to an angle suited to 11riog about where be wish ed the projectile to hit. No sooner was the vessel on top when the troops and marines up on the bluffs saw her. They gave a yell, and the gunners rushed to their ordnance and be gan .to get ready for Frank tired shot. 'l'he projectile curved upward. Flying from the surface of the bay it flew at the ship. The vessel was hit abaft or the port cathillad, and a roar pealed out that was deafening. 'l'he ship was blown to fragments. Its destruction caused the men on the bluffs to pause in horror of the de8tructi ve torpedo boat. Frank lo a ded and fired a second shot. 'l'ilis pro jectile was aimed to sLrike some distance above the place where the ship laid. It hit the rocks just below the spot where the entrenchment was. A mass of broken stone and pulverized dirt flew up in the air from he Rhot, and a shout came from the horritied men that could bave been heard a great distance. Frank went r ;p on deck. He saw that many of the rebels had been injured. The rest w,ere rasning away among the rocks in the wildest dis order, with no further thoughts of hostility. "None of them will ever trouble me again!'' he muttered. Gwine fo' ter gill 'em an udder, Marse Frank?" called Pomp. It isn t necessary. Send her out on the sen.'' Un<.lah de watah, sah?" "No. K e ep her on top, Pomp." Y a s, sa h.'' And so saying, the coon steered the Destroyer toward the inlet. Su e soon reached it, and pushing the tree branches aside, forced her W:t) out to the opec ocean. Here she sped away to the southward. Night f ell upon tbe sea. Pomp prepared supper, and when it was concluded Frank went out on deck with Burney and glanced at tile sky. It wa3 very cloudy. A sudtlen flash of light in the distance caught the Celt's attention. "Hov we lightnin' bUI[S on ther say?" he asked. "Why, no;" said Frank, with a smile. "Shure an' there goes another wan." 'l'o what are you alluding, Barney?" Luck bey aut." He pointed ahead, and a moment afterward the Inventor caught a glimpse or the flashing spark of light in tlte gloom. He leaned forward in a listening A faint report reached his e:1rs. "A shot!" he exmaimed. "What! Is it shootin' I see?" ''Yes. There's trouiJle ahead there, Barney." A ruction! Hurroo! Bedad it's a hand I'll he alther takin in it.'' "Hey, Dick! Put on speed there!" "Ay, ay, sir!" replied the young sailor. He drove the Destroyer at the top or her speed, and as she swiftly bore down up _ou the lights they hear.:! the repeated roar of guo& Presently they saw what was transpiring. A large ship was attacked by two other vessels. The big fellow carried the American llal!, and as soon as Dick caup:ht a good view of the other two, he exclaimed: "Why, they are two of Lopez's boats, Mr. Reade." "And they are (Ugnged in piratical outrage tbaL shall nol go un pumsbedl" ringingly cried Frank. Tile Destroyer rushed towar

I FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS MEW TORPEDO BOA.'f. interests of American seamen and citize:1s who are jeopardized by Frank stopped Lh& boat. these Brazilian Pomp!" hP. s houted. All the same we are mighty grateful." The coon in person. "You can show your respect then if you do as I say." "All de windows am closed up," said be. I'll do anything reasonatJie you may as!\." j Good? I'm going to storm those batteries!" "Contine your prisoners below, and carry them to Rio. There put. I He left the boat 10 the dnrky's ;:barge, and dove down below. them in the hanlls or tile autllorities witb 1m account of their Vlllnwy. Tbe gun was already loaded, and he had only to get the range to 1'11 yon they will then get their just deserts. Will you do fire a shot at the breastworks. this!" The howling projectile bit the wall on the left hand bank anti abut Yes-of course, I will.'' tered it to fragments, blew the guns from their carriages and swept Frank then left the ship. through the ranks of the rebels. Once more aboard the Destroyer, he called his companions together, The scene that followPd was frightful. and they began operationa at Pomp changed the position of the boat. work lasted all night. Again the pneumatic gun sent its destructive missile, and altbough But when daylight came tha torpedo boat was put in good serviceIt missed its mark, it landed among the trees back of the wall, and able condition, and continued on way. destroyed many of the men. Towards nightlall they reached the vicinage of the retreat of the These terriiJie shots put the crowd to flight. rebels, and more carefully. By this time Barney had the window repaired, and when Pomp Dick finally out a small river. called down that the rellcls lied, Frank: carne up stairs. "Our course lies up that strr'lm, air,'' PB!d be to Frank. If you At one glance he saw matters stood, and 118 he wished to mask wish to reuch the rendezvous ascend that river one mile and you'll his movements from observation, he resolved to go under the river find sourself In a lake. Upon tbe borders of that place is the reuels' again. sLrongholdl If they are here. it's as much as our lives are wortll to The searcldlght was needed, however, so he procured a new glass, venture up that stream, for it is guarded by batter, ies of artillery from some carbons and some tools from the store-room, and went on top the ocean to the lake." of the cupola to lix it. "Then we will go up nuder the water," promptly suid Frank. Ha.vmg accomplished his purpose and joined his friends, he sent the He thereupon submerged the Destroyer and heading her for the bout under the water again. mouth of the dangerous river, he sent her into it. Ahead she glided, and a. sharp lookout was kept ahead by the use Iu a moment more they were speeding for the rebels' stronghold. of tbe search-light for more torpedoes. CHAPTER Xlii. THROUGH THE DA.NOEROUS RIVER. TnE Destroyer was submerged to 11 depth of tivtJ feet, and the bot tom or the river was twenty feet below her keel. Hall the distance to the lak.e was when Frank caught sight or a floating obJect ahead looking like a buoy. It tloated below the surface of the river, and seemed to be held Presently a similar arrangement was seen. Frank stopped the Destroyer at a safe d iEtance fronrit. "Barney, drive a shot ahead to explode thing," he said. Barney sent a shot howling ahead through the water, and it Lore through the lines and burst. The torpedo was Pxploued by the burstiug of the projectile, and as the way to the lake was now opened, the boat flew ahead once more, and left tbe river. Frank raised the boat to the surface and gla.IICed around. that buoy 1oat on To his surprise he found her in the midst of a circle ol armed ships t!iat were swarming with n\en. where it was by a number of anchor lines. That's queer," be commented. '' Why don't top." Maybe the anchor cable was short, and the tide rose high and covered it," suggested Dick, practically. Per hops. Then again see there-a number of lines cross our course from one side or tile river to the other. Are they only some wreckage, or were they put there to prevent the advance or vessels up the stream!'' I see them, but never heard of them before sir." They floated along the shore of a small but beautiful lake, on the shore of which there was a !ettlernent. Frank submerged the boat again, as he spoke, and sent her flying dtrectly toward t he nearest ship. Here he brought her to a pause beneath its hull. And there be remained for fully half an hour. It was fortunate he did so, for the guns began to roar on all tlie vessels, and shot after shot fired nt the water 10 every directwr.. "Well, I'm going to smash through In order to make sure or cutting the lines he lowered the boat to Had the torpedo boat been gliding about the middle of the bay one or another of the balls would certainly have hit her. within 11 few feet of the bottom. Then he drove her ahead. She struck the line with a heavy shock. It parted suddenly, and a terrific esplosion followed. The buoy bad burst to pieces above the boat. In a word, it was a submarine torpedo. The line severed by the Destroyer was put there to be broken, so that the torpedo would bursL if an enemy's ship uscended the river. Most of the force of the explosion went npwar

14 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW TORPEDO BOAT. =============:============== Frank brought the Destroyer to tile surface. She ascended in the mouth of the river. He saw the ships heading toward him to get out. lt inspired him to prevent their escape, nnd he ordered Barney to man tlHl gun, and open fire upon the oncoming ships. This order was carried out. In this manner, while the frigates were steaming ahout the_ lake pouring a destructive fire into Lhe tleet, the Destroyer planted 111 the outlet prevented the escape of any of the ships A constant roar of guns echoed among rocks on shore and re verberated far out at sea. Frank had stopped one boat, sunk another, and wns preparing for a third when three of them came rushing toward her in a bunch. B11rney-let them have it!" he sho!lted. "Shure, I can't!" came the startling reply. Why not?" Bekase ther gun won't worruk." Heavens! Has anything happened to it?'' Ther cylinder head blown out of the air-compressor.'' Frank was disgusteti.' No power coni:! be put in the gun. As it was incapable of throwing a shell, Frank determined to sink the boat and repair the damage. But a glance at the air register s!1owed him the dismaying fact that there was not enoue:h air stored to last ten minutes. It would require several liou1s to fill the reservoirs. A tight was inevitable. He shouted to all hands don their armor. '1'11en he rushed down stairs and put on his own suit. Arming all hands with ths deadly grenades, they rushe1 out on dec!' just as the bearest ship hove up to them. 'l'he marines were armed to the teeth. They were wild with desperation. Ranged along the bulwarks, they opened fire upon our friends, and the leaden bullets glanced otr the armor like raindrops. Then the grenades began to fly. Every explosion was like the roar of artillery. 'l'hey tore the woodwork to pieces and mavgled the rebels. A fdghtful diu pf shots and yells arose. Gradually a cloud of smoke Iormed over the scene. As the o ther vessels drew closer more or the bombs were flung at them, and they retre:1ted without .firing a shot. Tl.:e first vessel drifted to. shl>re a complete wreck, and thnse of her crew who lived sprang ashore, rushed into the bushes and dii appeared from view. Unfortunately for Frank, the torpedo bo!lt thus got caught on a rn ud flat., and all the power of her screw failed to dnve her from be!liDC the smashed Ship where She lay. Seeing tht> passage to tile sea unobstrnctea, the rest of the ships now made a bolt to gel oat. In this design they succeeded. One of the ironclads had her rudder smashed by a shot, and the crew was busily engaged rigging a temporary one across the lake. The other cruiser came booming along in pursuii; of tile fugitives, when Frank hailed her commander: Frigate ahoy!'' What's the trouble!'' We are aground." Can I assist you!" Yes; pull us afloat.'' Catch this hawser." A line was flung and Frank caught it. Tying the end to the Destroyer's bow, he cried: Go ahead!" All ri,.htl" And the frigate. The hawser was secured to her stern. It was no exertion for her powerful engines to pull the torpedo boat afloat, and the hawser was cast off. All the rebel boats not destroyed had got out or the bay and werb heading for the sea. The crew of the frigate had witnessed the service Frank had done them, and realized that be was tlleir friend. As soon as the DestroyEr was atloat she ran :1fter the man-of-war, .and they soon reacl .1ed the sea. Here a disappointment awaited them. The ships had all vanished in a dense fogbnnk that swept in from the ocean. Confound it, they've given us the slip!" exclaimed Frank, in tones ()[ intense disgust when he discovered this. Bad look to their mugs!" growled Ba_rney. "lt's only wan more shot I wuz afther wan tin' at thnt Lopez galoot, and thin I moight have gone to me grave wid an aisy conscience." "Befo' git sw'arin' dar," said Pomp, wisely, "wha' fo' yo' doan' line out which way dey is mos' likely ter go an' den foller dem !" "That's so,' added Dick. "And as those rogues have been so badly routed all around, what's more likely than that they've beaded for the Paraguay in order to get up into Lopez's country." "Your view is such a practical one I'm going to follow it," said Frank, steering the boat southward. "How manny av tbim spalJJeens escaped!'' asked Barney. "Nine of the ships," Frank replied. .. I do _nn spec dey gwine ter de r.orf," enid Pomp, "kase dat's whar Dom Pedro's yudder ships am." "Oh, they'll go south, without a doubt,'' said Dick. The frigate went east. '!.'hat is, straight out to sea. She was soon swallowed up lu the fog. Frank kept in hearing distance of the surf that curled up in a line of roumy llreakers along the coast. The watcll was divided, an1 tlley took turn!:! getting what sleep and rest they could, and the night passed away. Dayhght broke ovE"r the ocean, and the fog. Breakfast was partaken of, and while Dick took the wheel, Frank went out on deck, and Barney and Pomp repaired what .Iamage there had lleen done to the boat. 'l.'Ue rest>rvoirs bad been recharged with air during t11e night, and by noontime the Destroyer in good condition. As sue had been driven hard, she now drew near the great mouth of the Rio de Ia Plata. The main artery of this river was the Parana, from wbich the Para guay ran northward. Tbev passed Montevideo. A long and fruitless run up the river would have followed, but for an incident that showed they were on the wrung track. Barney had gone aft to coil up a rope, when he found Pomp dozing on the shady side of the deck. A 1 winkle shone in the Irishman's eyes when he saw tue coon dozing there, and talong u magnifying glass out of his [lOcket, he held it in the sun and shot a beam of light on Pomp's nose. As the beat intensified it began to burn the coon. A sharp twinge of pain shot t .hrough his llugle, aa a feeling as if a pin were jai:>bed into it ran through him. He sprang to his feet, uttering a wild roar. "Jerusalem de golden!'' yelled he. "Glory hullelujat! I'se a dead moke!" He danced up and down a moment, holding Ilia nose with one band and his wool with the other. Tbt>n be spied Barney laughing at him. "Yo' don" dat?" he howled. "May I dhrop a livin' coorpse if I did!" averred -the Celt. "-Gosh blame iL! Yo' kaiu't roo! dis niggah! Whoop!" And be rushed at Barney and hutted him like a goat. A yell pealed from Celt as be landed in the water astern or tbe boat, and Pomp burst into a roar of laughter at him. "Specs yo' got de wust ob d:1t!'' he chuckled. "Fling me a rope!'' yelled Barne), strikin <>ut furiously for the Destroyer. "Be heavens I can't eutcb her, ye broiled baboon!" "Swim fastah, den, yo' lazy trasb 1" Fai.r, I can't. Sbtop tber lloatl D'ye moind I'm beyant me deap!" But Pomp only grinned and let him keep on swimming. The boaL was rapidly leaving Barney far astern, and be would have had a bard time of it if a native boat h!ld not just then run up to him. He was picked. up, and the boat raced after the Destroyer. Sbe soon reached her, and Barney leaped aboard. The native boat then sailed away. Pomp expected to see tile Irishman attack him, but to his surprise, Barney paid no heed to him. Instead he made a rush for the forward deck, yelling: "Masther Frank! Come about! Begorra, we've passed ther rebels! Tbey're up ther coasht ten moilea or more.'' CHAPTER XV. CONC!,USION. IT transpired from what Barney said that a mao on the native boat that picked him up could speak English. The man declared that in coming down the coast he had seen sev eral vessels in a lagoon, the appearance of which tt>llied exactly with the description of Lopez's boats. Frank at once turned the Destroyer around and ran her up to the place in question, when a full rigged ship was sighted. She was coming out of a lagoon. As soon as Frank saw her be recognized her as a vessel upon which he had seen the rebel chief, Lopez. She was named the Santa Cruz. Barney had put a new cylinder head in the air compr011sor or the gun, and all banda now armed themselves. The ship tackea away before a stiff breeze. Away flew the De!'troyer after her like a Nemesis. When she drew closer to the fugitive a cry involuntarily pealed from Dick's lips, and pointing at t!Je ship, he said: There's Lopez aboard of that craft now!'' "Good!" cried Frank. "Perhaps we can capture the rascal." Dar amn't no mo' ships in de lagoon, Murse Frnnk.'' "Sure enough. But perhaps the otbers left before we got here." Wanst we git thtJr grip av onr tlngers on ther wind poipe nv tbat arch dlvil," added Barney, "begorra we'll have ther back IJ:me av ther war cracked in two.'' "They are making preparations to give us a hot reception," said Dick. "Better man the guns.'' Frank left the wheel in the boy's hands. He then went down-str.irs himself to attend to the 'fhe first shot he fired carried away the bowsprit or the ship, the stem from the water line upward, and all the forerigging At the same moment Frank tired, a broadside came from the ship, and a fatal shot struck the Destroyer.


J L F.RA.NK READE, JR., AND HIS NEW 'l'ORPEDO BOA'l'. liS It smashed one or the plates in the bow on the starboard side, be low the water, and the brine guslled in. Pomp had gone below nnd saw what happened. He dashed up into the grasped one of the mattrasses (rom a bunk, ann returning to the breach, stuffed it into the hole. It checked the influx of the water considerably. Still a small quantity poured in. 'l'he coon then rigged a bose to the pump, and started the pump emptying out tile lmne. then lmste&ed up-stairs and told Frank. "Do you tllmk the pump will keep her free?" he asked. "Yas, sah," replied the darky. "It done pump it out fastah dan it kin come in, Marse Frank." "Then put on your armor. I'm going to board the Vera Cruz.'' Pomp complied. Every one was thus protected. The boat was run alongside or the ship. Grapneling-irons were hove over, and our friends swarmed over upon the deck of the Vera Cruz. Here a desperate combat ensued. In ball an hour rebels surrendered. Lopez set the example. He bad been attacking Frank. Upon finding it impossillle to injure the dashing young inventor, lie Oung clown llis cot! ass, dropped upon his knee in front or Frank, and cried in his own language: The are against us. I surrender." Seeing this, the rest followed his exumpla. Tue deck was strewn with wounded men who had fallen the repeating arms wielded by our friends. It was impossible for the weapons of the rebels to pierce the metal armor of the four, and they bad consequently escaped a.ll mjury. twenty men were taken uninjurea. They were hardly bound wllen a terrific snapping sound was beard aL the side of the ship. The mattrees which Pomp bad stufled in the breech made by the gun shot had given way. In poured the sea faster than the pumps could force it out, and the Destroyer rapidly filled. The weight had burst the line of tlul grapnels. In a moment more she sunk in fifty fathoms ot water never to rise to the surface again. A cry of consternation escaped Frank. 'l'be Destroyer is lost!" was his exclamation. Just then Dick came running up from below. ""The ship is sinking!'' be shrieked. It was a fact. The water had been gusbing into her through t!le opening made by Frank's shot, and she was rapidly filling. In the excitema11t no one but the young sailor had that she was going down. Now, however, it occurred to Frank that only by the most rapid work could he hope to save their lives. "Clear away the boats!" he cried, energetically. He set the example. Down went the boats with a splash. There were lour of them, all large and commodious. Into them the prisoners were quickly loaded, and then eacli of our friends took charge of a boat and rowed away. They had not gone fifty yards fl'Om the Vera Cruz wl:en she half arose from the water aod then plunged down. She was swallowed up by the sea forever. Gone!" exclaimed Frank. They headed the boats for the shore, anu would have made :. land ing had not Barney suddenly crieJ: "Sail ho! Sail ho!" "Where away?" hastily asked Frank. "Ter tber north." "It's a steamer!'' He watched the oncommg vessel intently, half afraid that it migM be another of Lopez's boats. He was soon un:leceived, however, for the-vessel liually resolved it-irel! into one of Dom Pedro's ironclads. It caused our friends the most in tense delight. They rowed toward it, and finally met the big cruiser. Having been taken aboard with the prisontJrs, Frank and his com panions explained what bad befallen tham. The commander was delighted at having Lopez and so many or the rebels in his power. He told Frank that he would carry them to Rio. Accordingly the ironclad was turned northward In due course of time she reached the capital. The news of Frank's capture spread like wild Hre, and when our friends went ashore they were given a The prisoners were lodged in jail. An invitation came from the emperor to Frank and his companions to call at the palace. They accepted it, and met the American consul there. Here they were hvnored as few foreigners are. "You have been the means of breaking the insurreltion, sir," i3aid Dom Pedro to Frank. "Witb the capture of Lopez) the rest of the relJels nave become discouraged. Dispatches from the mterior apprise me that the war is at an end.'' "I am glad to hear it," said Frank. have nothing further to apprehend here now," the American consul added. "Mr. Reade, when you return to the United States, I shall take pleasure in a

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Around the World Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise of a SubtnlLrine Boat. a Work-ing for tlle Governmeot. -43 Lost in the of Fire; or, Across the Pampas in the Electric rurret. 44 Frank, Jr., and IIisQuoen Clipper of the Clouos, Pa.rt I. 46 Frari.k Reade, Jr., and His Queen Clipper of the Clouds, Pa.rt II. 46 Six Weeks in tbs Great Whirlpool; or, Strange Adveut.-urea in a Submarine Beat. '7 of the Air; or, Jt::a:: 60 or, The Bedouin's Captive. 51 }. .. rank Reade, Jr . and His Electric Atr; or, The Great Inventor Amon2 the Aztecs. 52 Frank Reade, Jr. u.nd His Gre hounrl of tbe Air; or, the Search for the Mountain of Gold. 53 From Pole to Pole; or, Frank1hade,Jr.'s Strange Sub marine Veyaga. M The Mystic Brand: or. Frank Reade, Jr., and HisOverla.nd Stage Upon the Staked Plains 55 Frank Reade. 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