Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice

Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s new electric submarine boat "The Explorer;" or, To the North Pole under the ice
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. Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. 17. {coMPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 & 36 NORTH MOORE S rREET, NEW YORK. New York, January 14, 1893. ISSUED WEEKLY. { JJnoE } Vol. I 5 CENT!!. Entered lU!Cording to the Act of Congress, in the yeu1 1893, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at JVashington, D. C. FRANK NEW ELECTRIO SUBMARINE BOAT THE EXPLORER;" OR,-TO THE NORTH POLE UNDER THE ICE. By


.... 2 READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER.' 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, New York. Box 2730. OR, To the North Pole Under the Ice. By ''NONAME," Author of ''Frank Reade and His Steam Team," ''Frank Reade Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE NEW INVENTION. A REPORT bad gained extensive circulation that Frank Reade, Jr., of Readestown, U. S. A., had brought out a new invention. This rumor spread far and wide and created tremendous excitement. Everybody to-day Is deeply Interested in the marvelous mechanical productions of this young prince or Invention. The son of Frank Reade, himself a noted Inventor, Frank Reade, Jr., came honestly by his talent. Almost a boy in years, the young Inventor occupies a place in the annals or fame much to be envied by any of our progressive American youths. Tall, handsome and be was a conspicuous figure anywhere, and always popular. Readestown was a handsome little town, merging into a city, nod founded by the senior Reade. Here Frank Rende, Jr., hat' established his shops and machine works for the special construction of his inventions. But as the opening lines of our story intimates, Frank Readt>, Jr., had proquced a DIIW invention. Yielding to inquiry, Frank Reade vouchsafed the information that it was not like any previous inventions The Man, the Steam Horse, the electric air-ship bad all played their parts, but this time Frank bad decided upon a. radical departure from all previous efforts. And Is it true, Mr. Reade,'' asked n. neighbor and friend, that. you will Barney n.ud Pomp with you upon this projected new triP of yours?" It is,'' replied Frank with a smile; indeed, I could ill alford to spare two such faithful fellows!" As it bn.ppeneJ. the parties mentioned stood by and within hear ing. One was a powerful black, short and sturdy, with a genial counte nn.nce. The other was n. genuine full bred Celt with broad mug and s!Jrewd twinKling blue eyes, anu hair ns red as the glow of an. autumn sun set. Begorrn., I know well !iisther Fra11k wud niver lave me at home I" cried Barney, witb a comical grimace; there's the nn.ygur, shore it mie:ht oe him!" "Don' yo' Jlattn.h yo'sel, yo big chu,np!'' retucned Ponip, po litely. "1 jes' reckon Marse Frank pay mo' 'tention to me dan be el>er do fo' yo'." Whurrool Wud ye hear tber Afr!kn.n talk!" cried Barney, derisive ly. Shure, ye'd think Mistber Frank cudn't invint widout him!" I jes' reckon dn.t de man whn.' invented yo' ueber did no mo' wo'k!" retorted Pomp. "To be sbure av that, naygur,'' replied Barney, "'twas so good an' foine a job he niver cud bettber 1t!" Everybody laughed at this. Barney and Pomp were always digging at each otlier, though really the warmest of Mends. Well, Frank,'' continued tbe neighoor, when will you reveal to your fri.eiHlsttbe nature of your new invention!" Na'w," replie(l .Frank, with a. smile. "Indeed?" I mean it.'' The neighbor was surprised. "Who.'t may it be, then? A new kind or llying machine!" Nb," replied Frank, quietly; "it is di!l'erent from that. It ia nothing more thau a submarine llon.t.'' You don t mean it!" ''Yes.'' Where will ytJn with a submarine boat?" To the North Pole!'' Un1ler wuter?" Exactly; as yet nobody bas succeeded in reaching that coveted point. Now I propose to attempt it in a novel manner. If I cannot get there over the ice, I shall go there under it." His listener was aslOunded. "Whew!" be exclaimed, wit h a deep whistle "that beats mel" 1 "If you will step this way I will be glad to allow you the new boat!" "or course I will!" Tbe nelgbllor, whose name was Alexander Harmon, followed Frank through the IJig gate. Across the llroad yard they went to the high arched door of a long brick building or store house. thre1y opeu these doors. Harmon beheld a won1erful s1ght. There upon stocKs 'was the submarine hon.t. In all his life Harmon had never seen the like. He had been a sea captain once himself and knew the lines of a boat well. But he had never seen anything more beautiful than this. "Upon my word, Frank!" he exclaimed, you have outaone yourself!" "I think the ExplQ,rPr is built on good lines!" said Frank, modestly. "You are just right.'' Tbe Explorer which was the name given the submarine boat was a long, cylinurical craft with a sheer-pointed iJow, carrying a huge steel ram on the entl shaped like a knife. The hull is of solid steel,'' said Frank, !Jut though strong and tough, not too heavy." The suomn.rine vessel tapered off in the stern to the shape or n. fish. while upon the shelving deck or whale like back were tins or plates or steel. The tina keep the boat steady under water," saill l!'rank. A platform, with n. railing extended along each side of the craft, with a gangln.duer lending up to the hurricane deck and pilot-house which was upon the vessel s bow. Here n. search-light was placed. "Step into the pilot-house," said Frank, "n.ri!l I will endeavor to explain to you how the lloat's machinery works.'' Harmon at once complied. Frank closell the door behind him. They were i!l a sort ol vestinule made of plates of steel, with n. curious shaped pump and lines of bose visible. Whan the boat is sullmerged," said Frank, explanatively. and we wish to go out upon deck, we 8imply from the pilot-house in to the vestibule, closing the doors. The water is 'then let in, n.ud we open the and walk out. When we come in, we enter this bole, close the door and the water is pumped out. Then we can go back Into the pilot-house safely.'' Harmon looked n.stomshed. """ Ah, yes!" he cried; but please explain how you can wnlk out on the deck while the boat is under water.'' Frank "There are diving suits,'' he said, ;>ointing to several hanging up. "We put those on. The knapsack on the back is the storage reser voir for chemically manufactured air, which keeps us supplied for hours under water." They passed now into the pilot-house:


FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMd.RINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." Here were the steering apparatus anu tbtl nautical insoruments common to all vessels. The trimmings and fittings of the boat were superb. From the pilot-house they dtlllceudeu into cabin. This was a long compartment elegantly furuisl:.ed with the finest of appointments. State-rooms adjoined and electric lights were upon every hand. A door Jed out into a vestibule as from tbe pilot-bouse anu thence to the raileu platforms. Bull's-eye wiullowil were seven in number on each side of the vessel But bow do you make the vessel swkf' asked Harmon. Frnnk led the way down into the vessel's hold. Here are the dynamo rooms!" he said. All the electrical ma chinery is here. Just aft there are large chambers which we till with water wllen we wish to sink, and when we wieb to rise the water is expelled in a few seconds by the action or compressed air." A few minor points were explained by Frank, and then the inspection ended. "Wonderful indeed!'' agreed Hnrmon, as they finally emerged into the yard once more. I have never seen or beard of its like. It is all ready to launcb, I suppcse?" Perfectly.'' Just back of the building was a deep basin of water, connected with the river by a canal. Large doors could be thrown open and tile Explorer quickly launch ed upon the waters of the basin. When will you make yoqr start' for the North Pole?" asked Har mon. To-morrow,'' replied Frank; the launch wm occur nine o'clock!" All Readestown w 11 be present!" I shall be pleased!" All!" said Harmon, with sigh, that recalls to my mind, Frank, that barely live years ago, my braye boy Roger met his fate in that awful icy waste. May I aak of you a favorr "Certainly!" Ir you can lind his bones there will you bring them home to his sorrow-stricken father!" or course I wi!l!" God ble811 you!" Frank kDAw Alexander llarmon had set his life upon his hand some son Roger. He knew well the story of the lad's fate He hau gone to the Arctic on a two years' whaling cruise with hl!i uncle Ezra Barton in the ship $olituire. One day while out in the whale boat with four of the sailors Roger Harmon had !oat the ship. A fog shutting down prevented his finding his way back. That was tile seen or Roger Harmon and his companions. All efl"orts were or no a vail. Five years hull passed. He bad not returned and his father had given him up. Frank knew this story&well. "Let me give you 3 rny of hope, Mr. Harmon,'' he said, with feeling. "I may be ahle to lind your son alive!" But the old man shook his bead. He did not credit that. Five years hav e gone!" he said. ".A.h, but that is nothing," declared Frank. "In that mighty un explored wild e rne s s be nug-ht be ten years in getting back to civiliza tion.'' Far and near had spread the report that the Explorer was to be launched upon the following uay. At the appointed hQur a great crowd was on hand. only companions and crew on board the Explorer were Barney and Pomp. He took a fond farewell of his wife and stepped upon the deck of the submarine ship. 'l'hen he gave n sign to tbe workmen. CHAPTER II. NORl'IIW ARD BOUND. THE stays were knocked :.way and the suhmariue boat shot down the ways. Into the waters of the bnsin she plunged and floated. A llandsome craft she was, revealed to the gaze of the Interested specto.tors. Cannon boomed and the people cheered. It was a great day for Readestown. Frank waved the U. S. flag aud Barney In the pilot-house set the course of tile Explorer out into the river. \ First, however, the Explorer wns allowed to plunge beneath the waters as an experiment and an exhibition. She was a success iu every or view. Down the river she glided, and soon left Rentlestown far behind. The courae to the sea was uneventful, and we will pass over a lapse of time to find the Explorer forg i n g along at a rapid rate ot speed through the Atlantic off Lhe coast of Newfoundland. ,.... Harney managed affairs in the rilot-bouse. Frank looked after the chemical air supply reservoirs and the elec trical apparatus. Pomp, ol course, was the masLel of the culinary department. But tbe darky was well quanlied in other branches, and was ever ready to relieve Barney or Frank either. The Explorer was a fast sailor, and cut her way the waves at the rate or twenty knots an hour. Many Rliling craft were encountered, and all were Bb6mingly amazed at stght of the curious boat. Oue day a terrific storm came up. 'l'he waves ran mountain high, and the wind blew terrifically. An ordinary would have had enough to el!a. "it is u Spani8h ship!" thought Frnnk. "She will be worth ex ploring." He clambered upon the deck. The hatch was open and Frank saw crumbling stairs leading dowu luto the cabin. Pomp followed Frank as he descended into tile place. Their la01ps il!uminuted the cabin, which was seen tQ be luxuriously furuislled. But this was in the etyle of a century past. furniture and appointments the cabin were remarkably well preserved. But there was no stgu of human remains to seen anywhere. In the lapse of time. however, since the vessel had been consigned to this resting place the remains of the doomed crew could have been utterly effaced. '!'here was no doubt that this was the case. Pomp picked up a rust eaten fragment of a sword handle from the cabin table. A few pieces of money also lay thereon.


FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELE.cpUc SUBMARINE BOA'l' "'l'HE EXPLORER." They were gold doubloons and perfectly well preserved. Passing through the cabin, Frans: went into L!1e galley. From lhere be went foq_vnrd through what was evidently the l Desdemona. Then they set upon me and threw me overboard. This is how I happen to be here just now!" ship's Frank Rende, Jr., lisleneil to this thrilling narrative with the deepmagazine. Here he pushed open a door, the locks or which had rusted. A square compartment was seen, and a number of steel and brass boxesJay p:tcd one upon the other. This was the treasure chamber of the ship. It required but a slight blow with tile ax to batter off the lid of the first box. Fl'llnk had looked for a heap of gold nod silver. But the chest wns empty. Likewise was the next. Only one out of the whole containf;ld anything, and this was half full or gold coins. ., It contained perhaps four or five thousand dollnrl! worth of gold coin. However, this was better than nothing. While it could not be said that a grent treasure bud been found, yet Frank was well sntislied. Nothing more of vnlue was found aboard the ship. The young inventor, with Pomp's aid, carried the chest of gold out of the hull. It was quite a heavy lift, but they succeedej in currying it to the platform on the side of the Explorer, when n startling thing happened. Suddenly Pomp made a frantic gesture. At the same moment Frank saw a dark object coming through tbe water from above. As it dropped upon the bottom and mto t)\e full glare of the search light, the young inventor was astounded. It was a human being. A man in sailor's garb It wns. He was gasping nod apparently drowning before their eyes. My God!" thought Frank, with horror. He must be snved!" With the young inventor to think was to act .. He leaped down upon the sands nod rushed to the man's side. In a twinkling, with Pomp's aid, he was carried over the rail and into the vestibule. Frank pulled the compressed air valve and the water was quickly pumped out of the compartment. The man lay limp nod heiplt>ss In Frp.nk's arms. He was apparently dend. But the young inventor knew that prompt action might save him. .Accordingly he adopted every known method for bringing the victim to. With Pomp's aid the fellow was worketl over until Frnnk detected a beat in the heart and brought u sigh 'from tbe white lips. Golly, wo'se gwine to fetch him out ob it, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, excitedly. They took occasion now to remove their diving suits. Then the half drowned man was put into a warm bunk, and in half an hour was able to tell his story. He opened his eyes and looked about, somewhat dazed at his surroundings. W-where am I!'' he in a bewildered way. "You're all right, my friend," cned Frank. "You're on board the Explorer, a 'submarine boat.'' Thunder!" gasped the aston!Ehed sailor. Did you pull me out oC th11 water!" "Yes." "Bot I thought I went down!" You did go down. We picked you np from the bottom." The sailor looked astonished. :Se was recovering quickly. In a few moments he was able to rise. "You don't mean to tell me that we're on the bottom of the ocean this minute!'' '' That is true.'' est interest. "Then they menrt to murder y"ou!" he said. "Certainly they did!'' "Tbnt is po;st belief! "But it is true nevertheless!" Your cousins are scoundrels!" That Is what they are!" They will probably tell your uncle thnt you accldentnll) fell over board." "J11st so! But, by hookey, I'm yet alive !lnd I'll make things hot for them, or my name ain't Mntt Williams!" Well," said Frank, heartily, "I hope you will, and I'll certainly help you all in my power." "Will you!" cried Williams, eagerly. "Yes." "I'll never forget your kindness:" "Oh, that is all right!" Williams looked about him and then rubbed his eyes. "1 feel as If I was in a dream," be cried. "AU this looks very un real to me. A submarine '.>oat! It is a wonderful tlnng, truly," Then he accompanied Frank about the Explorer ou a tour of in spection. He was highly delighteu with :what he saw. I'll tell you what, Mr. Rende," be cried. "I'll let uncle's money go to the dogs if you will only let me accompany you on your won derful trip to the Arctic." Frank laughed pleasantly. That wool!) not be profitable for either of us,'' be enid. I ad vise you to go home and face those wl10 h1ne wronged you. Do not spare them." But how am I to get home?'' I will take you there.'' "You will?" "Yes. We are not far from St. Johns now, nre wef' "Not so very; perhaps fifty miles.'' ''Well, I will have you there before morning Frank now joined Barney and Pomp and the treasure rescued from the Spanish vessel was brought aboard. Then Frank touched the spring w11ich connected with the pumps. The water began to rush from the air chambers, and the Explorer began to rise to the surface. Once upon the surface Frank consulted the chart and set the course f<>r St. Johns. "I'll tell you what, Williams,'' he said, "We will overtake the yacht and you can be on hand to meet your cousins when they land.'' "Good enougbl'' cried the Newfoundlauder, excitedly. Away through the water at a tremendously rapid pace flew the Explorer. The rat-e or speed attained was so mething terrific. Wtlllnms was delighted. He spent the most of his time out upon the !leek watching the sea line ahead. Many vessels were met nod passed. But the Desdemona was not seen until the shori!B of Newfoundland c:une into view. Then suddenly W!llinms pointed to the north and cned: "There she is! I know her rig!'' Sure enough, in the far distance could be seen the sails of r. fine yacht snlling to the westward. It was the Desdemona and she WllS making a fnst course. But the Explo'rer passetl her far to the south and abe was soon left a great distance behind. Williams was overjoyed. "Won't I turn the tables on the rascals when we reach St. Johns!" A more astonished person was never seen. bnll's-eylls and looked out He went to one of the he cried, excitedly; "this 1s too good for anything.'' "Well, I'll take my 'davy!" be cried. "You weren't born to be Matt Wi!Hnms, and that's spre. Who'd ever have dreamed or a thing like this?" Then he saw the inquiring faces of his rescuers, and enid: "Well, friends, I suppose you would like my story. I will tell it to IOU, and you will agree that it is n queer one.'' With this, Matt Williams dropped into a chair. CHAPTER III. THWARTING A GANG OF VILLAINS. BARNEY and Pomp and Frank Rende, ir., sat opposite. 'l'hey were much interested. They could see now that Williams though a sailor was a handsome and well-bred man. 1 He told his story In a succinct and interesting wny. "I belong in St. Johna," be said, explanatively. "I liVIt .. wilh JAY, uncle, Peter Dnvtson, a very wealthy man. There are thre11 coqsilis i of us-myself, Pete Clifford and Jim Mason. '.. "Now my uncle don't like .Peta.nor Jim very well, ports them on account of the relnttonslnp. .. "In some way Pete and Jim learned that Uncle Peter )lllt1.,m.n(le' n will and left the lllOSt of his property to me. This made ii,Jy;llll!lSiDS I very. angry. : "Tiley became determined that I should not have the money'. So they planned to get me out with them upon my uncle's yacht, thll Nearer drew the coast line. Now the harbor w as entered and the town could be seen. At this point Frank went up to Williams and "Suppose we put you ashore upon that point of land. You can find your way home nil right enougt, can't you!" "Certniniyl" replied Williams; "but won't you stop in the town for awhtle?'' I think not." I would like to have you meet my uncle. He would be glad to entertain my dear friend.'' I t11ank you!" replied Frank, sincerely, but I have no doubt you will see wherein tt would be inadvisable for me to stop. I have a long voyage to make; my stores are limited and !ll.Y lif!!e.'' "Enough!" cried Wilhams; "then I will thank Y b trfr.\'m the bottom of my heart.'' ., . "That is all rl"'ht!" "I only wish tbere was some way In could express my gratitude.'' That Is nothing.'' The Explorer was run for the point of land. Then Frank put overboard a small boat and Barney and Pomp set their passenger ashore. Returning to the Explorer nil wavfld Williams a farewell. Then Frank rnis8ll the lever and set the Explorer under speed once more. What was the result of all this th<:y never knew It was lair to assume, however, L;1 nr Williams confronted his rascal-


FRANK READE Jlt.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMARINE BOAT '"l'HE EXPLORER." ly cousin s in St. Johns, ami consigned th e m to the punishment or the Jaw. This i ittl e episo Je hau sufficed in a great measure to break the monotony of the trip. Onc e mor e the Explo rer w1_1s northward bound. During th e voyage Barney and Pomp had been in high f ea ther. It was ncedleRs to say that their spirits were of the kind tllat are seldom depr essed J Oue day Barney, feeling particularl y mischievous, planned a clever pracucal joke upon Pomp The two faithful followers, while mutually the best of friends, were ever playing jokes upon each other. Barney played tile violin and Pomp the banjo. 'l:he Celt had a rich baritone voice and sung with quaint melody many Irish ballads. The darky bad '' .. repertoire of plantation acts that were unsurpas s ed. '. They were far to the northward and the Explorer was keeping a steady course, when one day Pomp, as be was silting iu tile pilot house, picked up his banjo and began to vamp upon it: Way down upon de Swanee Far, far away--" Howld on wid yer racket!" yelled Barney putting his bead in at the door. Pwbat are yez afther givin us, anyway?" "Jes' yo' go on an' min' yo' own bizness, I'ish," retorted Pomp. "Bejabers, I will, av yez wilt quit tbrowin' chestnuts at us." "Hub! don' yo' talk!" ." Begorra, av are goin' to sing give us something new lolke tins: Och, Patbrick, have yez peard 'l' he tale that's goin' round, The shamrock is forbid by Jaw To grow on Irish ground. Shure, 'tis the mo11t dejected-counthry That I have ever seen, For they're baugin' men and women for The weariu' or the green. Oh, the wearin' of tiler green; they're Tbe bal ad came to 8. sudden and untimely end. Pomp picked up a waste rag corered with oil. It struck Barney tlat between the eyes and nearly floored him. The Celt picked bimsell up to bear Pomp singing with great eclat: "Cbes'nuts, ches'nnts, nice au' hot, Jumpio' in de roBBtin' pot. Bit him hard an'--" Barney let out a roar that drowned the concluding stanza and tumbled down into the cabin. Bat he bad not left the tleld yet. Not much. That genialsoo or Erin's Isle was not to be beaten so eBBily. A darmg plan had come into his bend and he }>roceeded to exe cute it. He bad noticed that Pomp sat In au iron chair In the pilot-bouse. This was with his back to the staircase which led dowu into the dy namo room. Barney very quietly sneaked down the back stairs and into the dy namo room. He procured a long coil or wire and connected it with one of the huge batteries. Donning insolatmg gloves he carried the wire stealthily up tile stair!J-.until he crouched behind Pomp. Tile darky wae vamping and singing away in boisterous fashio:l. The hall the wire ready antl quickly gave 1t a twist around one or the iron legs or the chair. The rilsult was tremendous. Pomp let out a yell that could have been heard a mile away He grabbed the chair nod that sealed his fate. He c ould not Jet go. Yelle burst from bis lips and he Indulged in the wildest of contortiCJlls. For a full minute he gave way to these sensations while the current IBBted. "Help! help! rae done killed. Jes' sabe dis chile! De good Lor' hab mnssv on me!" Like a veritable contortionist was the paralyzed darky. But his agony could not last forever. II is mad efforts to release himself caused the chair to breaJ.\ free from the wire. Pomp was upon his feet and tQ. bear the mad peals or laughter from Barney below stairs, IT! Sf ''!:tJ:; l'' To the Celt it was the funniest;, he .... bad ,,y ,et played on the darky. .. ; -._, "Begorrn, I got square wid yez that toim!l, naygur!l' he ronred. Pomp was angry, but far too crestfallen to himself, It bad simply been a case of turn about for hitting Barney with the swab. "I gits squar wid dat I'isbmau if I has to try a yeah!" he muttered. Eut he dill not try it then, for be saw Frt.nk Renee, Jr1 coming across the deck. CHAPTER IV. A YI SI'f 'fO .]CEBERG. FRANK came to the door of the pilot-hou se with an eager expr e ssion upon his faee. -"Com e out here, Barney and Pomp," be said. "We ar e pretty n ear the Arctic regwns n ow.' "A'1ight, snh! cried Pom1>, as he tumbled out of th e pilot-houRe. Bnrue v followed him. There 'was no doubt but that they were gett:ng into the cold lnli tudes, for the air was keen and biting. Also to the northward there was visible a fleet of white iceber"'B. It was a b ea utiful sight. -o The vo} ngers gazed upon it for a while, when an idea suddenly oc curr e d to Frank. "By Jove!" he exclaimed. "I'd like nothing better than to visit yonder berg. It would be well worth the wt.ile.'' "Begorra, I'm wid ye, Mistber Frank!" cried B:m::ey. "Huh! d o n yo' llattah yo'self, !'ish. I done reckCJu Marse Frank take me along wid him.'' We will see about that!'' !laid Frank. "-Head for that big berg yoncter, Barney.'' All roiaht sor .t Barney :enL to the switchboard, and set the Explorer's course for the distant berg. Rapidly the berg drew nearer. It was one of enormous size, seeming fully a half mile in length; It was broken up into pinnacles and mighty peaks or cleat, shining ice. Truly in lbe sunlight It made a beautHul Frank and Barn e y went below and donned fur suits. Pomp was ready to do the same as they werl! now In latitudes sur, ficiently cold for that. _It had been decided that Pomp was to remain aboard the Explorer. F'rank and Barney were armed with rilles and carried axes In their belts. They also : carried steel-tipped poles lor climbing the ice cliffs. Thus equipped tbey left the submarine boat. Tbls was done by running the boat close to a shelf of the berg, upon which the two explorers stepped. "We will soon return,'' said Frank to P.>mp. "Keep a lookout for us.'' J A'right, sab!'' replied the :larky. Then Frank and Barney struck into a crevice of the cliff, through which they climbed to heights !lbove. This brought them, to their surprise, to the mouth of a wonderful cavern, which seemed to extend down into the heart or the berg, how far they knew not. Wonderful!" cried Frank, excitedly. "I have ne:ver seen anything more beautiful, Barney!" "Shure, eor, there's nothlD'I!hort av Oireland Jolke this!" conceded "What a tremendous cavern!" "Av sorl" ui>'on my word, It looks somewhat na if something or somebody bai Inhabited it." Frank made this statemtlllt in all seriousness. It certainly did look as if the cavern had been inhabited by some animal, or even human beings. There seemed to be a well beaten path over the icy surface. Thia extended into the cavern an indefinite ways. Frank was now He was determined to follow it. Accordingly he thrust some fresh cartridges into the breech of his rille and l!tarted into the cavern. Barney followed him. For some ways they kept on. The path WBB plain and well worn. But as yet nothing had been seen of animal or human being. The cavern was now enlarging into mighty arched chambers. It was as light as day under those beautiful arches of ice, and tru\y a sight beautiful beyond description. TIJe ice assume:! all sorts or fantastic shapes, aod the roof of t!1e migt1ty cavern seemed supported by huge pillars. -"This is like a trip to Fnirylandl"'t:r.ied Frank, rapturously. But suddenly Barrley clutched 'him by the arm. The Celt's race showP.U te rror. "Shure, whativer is that!" Frank felt a tbriiLor alarm : A strange shoc'k through Uie berg. Thil was followed! by a distant terrible boom like thunder. For a moment It seemed as il the berg wna coming to pieces. There seemed good cause for terror. .. The two explorers were much alarmed. nut the sQuud died QU,t, and ali wnl,,agl\iD tra. nqnll .. Och hone, 1 1 h&frgh t the berg was cftber. gorn' to smash ,!". cried Barney. "Shure, sor, I reckon we'd better get out av here at wanst, sor!'' j.J. ;' 1 ,... j : "Oh, no, I it' e'a ll' i!afe enough now,'' !faid Frank, lightly. "It was only the qreakillg .oft' of some distant part of the ber.fC. Let us go on once mor el/ IJ!ll _J,;,,, ,, .... With tbis the :roul)g inve!Jtor took a step forward.-But in tbnt felf something beneath Ills feet, and heard a warning erJ'from Barney. :.!" .. It was an awful cry or terror, and the young inventor made a desperate spring forward.


6 FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." This was JUSt in time. He gained n firm rootlngllnd ttirned about with a thrill of bon:or to witness an awful sight. A tremendous hollow after blow upon bruin's skull. The situation was a desperate Me for Frank Reade, Jr. CHAPTER V. IN A BAD FIX. PoMP, left alone on board the Explorer, was for a r e exceec!ingly lonesome and given to ennui. The darky would much have preferred to bave been with Frank upon the berg despite the perils. But he was nt:ver the one to grumble, however, at his master's orders. Frank's word was always law with him and in this respect Pomp was an excellent servant. Time passed and he did not bear of Ilia companions. Not a rifie shot came to his hearing to relieve his suspense. 1 I done fink It am easy fo' folks to get lost on dat big iceberg," be muttered. dat am why dey don' come back no mo'.'' The dari>Y waxed uneasy. Minutes seem6l1 to him increased in length ten times. Still he continued m the same state of suspense. "It am dretrul curus!" after awhile. I don' seem fo' to undabstan' it at all.'' Pomp walked the deck and kept a watch of the berg. The Explorer lay In a small bay, and was surrounded upon three sides by' blgh mighty pinnacles and clitia of ice. Tiring alter awhile of watching for the non-returning absenteee Pomp went below He started a tire in his electric range and proceeded to cook some food. "I reckon dey'll be a ':lit hungry when dey gets back!" he mut tered. "I jes' fink Marse Frank will want sutlln to eat!" The darky was thus employed when a territ!c thing happened. Pomp's Hrst Intimation of anything wrong was a tremendous roar like a burst or thunder. This caused the Explorer to nearly stand on end, and Pomp was tumbled upon his head Gollv fo' glory!" the ast.ounded darky. "What ebber hab happeneil no'! Fo' de Lor's sakes, dis chile done bellebe de wort' am gone to smash!'' The Explorer was pitching and tumbling about violently, and seemed In imminent danger of being totally wrecked. As soon as be could recover himself, Pomp started for the deck. As be emerged from the cabin, an nstoundmg sight met his gaze. Pomp stood with mouth agape and eyes distended. "Fo' de good Lor's sake!" he gasped. "What am all dis!" All around him and over him wall ice, in a great canopy. Not a sign of the sea or sky was to be had. The Explorer was In the cen:er of a vast, high arched ice chamber, resting upon an inclosed lake, the waters of which were subsiding, after a spell of fearful commotion. The darky was 11.truck dumb. He was wholly at a loss to understand the transformation. "Golly fo' glory, jiminy Christmas eracky, golly fo' gosh!" burst forth the rattled African. "Am dis chile in a dream, or am I a fo' suah loonatick!" Pomp could not have sworn to either asseveration at that moment. It was some moments before he fully recovered himself. Then gradually an explanation of the atrair began to creep over hlm. I jes' fink I see it all now!" he muttered. De top or de berg bab jest broke on an' keeled right ober and covered dis chilo up.'' Pomp bad hit it right. This was the correct explanation. The berg bad toppled ove1 or, at least, this section of it had, and in such a manner as to inclose the Explorer In a hollow cbami.Jer. This was the distant rumble and commotion beard by Barney and Frank as described in a previous chapter. It was certainly a remarkable incident. The Explorer was now in a peculiar position. Had she been a sorface boat it would certainly have looked as though she was doomed. For there was no visible outlet from the place. But there was a chance thtlt by going to the bottom she would !>e able to find her way out from beneath the berg. But an awful chill now struck Pomp as he thought of Frank and Barney. "Mas8 y sakes!'' muttered the horrified darky. "Wherebber am dem chillun ru jes' like fo' to kuow." There could be no more logical conclusion to the darky than tba'l they had succumbed to death. "Dat am a drefful ting!'' he muttered. "What am dis chile to do!" It was certainly a S9rions qu11stion. But Pomp was a plucky clarky, and after the first shock was over be practically settled down to business. He knew that the emergency demander] C:espernte measures. "Derus' ting fo' dis chile to :to, I reckon," he muttered, "am to git out from undnh dis yer berg jea' as quick as ebber I can." Accorctingly Pomp went into the pilot-house. He illl<1 first looked for an outlet through the berg. This .lid not seem to exist. or this Pomp turned the air-chamber lever. In a moment the boat began to sink very rapidly.


FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMARINE BOAT "THE EXPLORER." Down it went until it tonchP.d the of t!Je ocean. Then Pomp turned on _the search light. The electric glare penetrat e d the black waters in every direction. Pomp saw that the Explorer-l'ested upon the bed of the sea. Rocks and and sea plantS-lVere all about. But the darky also saw mighty furrows freshly made ic the mud and earth of the bottom. About were various silver-like plllars and columns of ice wedged bard in the earth. Like a !lash the truth dawned upon the startled darky. The iceberg hnd run agroun:i, and this, no doubt, bad caused it to shatter ii.self. In this case the berg would no doubt remain statlouarif for a long time. It was a thrilling position. The darky bad a dubious feeltngnow a1Juot his chances of making his way into the outer sea. Unless an openicg large enough to admit of the passage of the Ex plorer was found this would be an impossibility. It was a horrible chance to contemplate. But the darky dl<1 not give up hope. Be began at once to cautiously move thl! submarine boat about. In vain he looked for an outlet from beneath the berg. None seemed exist. Pomp felt desperate. It looked as if the fate of the Explorer and its party was sealed. The darky, .ln his desperation, began t.o count the chances of makIng a run Into the "!ails of ice which blocked his passage. It seemed to him the only way to get out of his present predica ment. The Explorer's ram was n powerful one, and well calculated to cut its way t!.lrough nny field of ice. The darky, in his desperate state of mind, failed to foresee any diS astrous consequences. It only occurred to him as extremely necessary to get out of the Ice trap. Accordingly he selected a wall of lee beyond which he believed .Jay the open sea. Then drawing the Explorer back full forty feet, Pomp set the ram for the ice wall. The next moment the impact came. Jt wns tremendous, considering the distance allowed for mo:nentum. For a moment Pomp thought the world was coming to an end. Tbe ram drove a gre!l.t hole mto the Ice wall, and gave the berg a shock, which seemed for a moment terrible in its results. Tons of ice fell to the bed of the sea, the berg shifted its position full live feet, tearing up the bed of the ocean. It was nil over in n. moment. But Pomp was horrified at the position lu which he had been left. The Explorer was imbedded beneath a mighty cake of ice, which lay with crushing weight across the bow Only the wond(lrful strength of the steel shell had resisted the pressure and saved the boat from destruction. The darky was nearly pro3tra1ed with the shock. It seemed as if his doom had overtaken him. Could he have turned pale, tt no tloubt would have been a vast relief to him nt that moment. But he quickly recovered. He was in a bad scmpe, and now the idea was to pull out of it. Fo' de law's sake!'' mut tered the dazed darky, "I done llnk I ou?ht to know bettah dnn do._t,.., Ob co'se de ice would fall an' It am jes a libin' wondnh dat dis chlre amu't burled alibe!" Indeed he wps not so sure but that he was already. Pomp started the electric engines. But they would not move the submarine boat a peg. There it lay wedged beneath the ice with full twenty fathoms or water above. Again at any moment the berg was apt to shift its position and crush the boat like un eggshell. Pomp saw hrs deadly peril, and his face an expression of fear ful horror and anxiety. Fo' de Lor's sake what will become of Marse Frank now!" he wailed. I'Me 'lone got into a fix I can't git out ob very well!" The t!arky was frantic. In vain he tried to conjure up a plan for extricating the boat. And at the last moment, what seemed like a forlorn hope came to him. He dashed down into the hold. When he came n[> be carried a couple of jnck-sciews of very fine steel and great lifting power. "I done fix dnt big hunk ob ice now!" he muttered. He quickly donned his diving suit. Then he took the jack-screws and went into the vestibule. It was but !1 moment's work to let on the water, and after the chamber bud tilled be P.merged upon deck. Pomp descended to the bed or the ocean and approached the block of lee. But, as he did Ro, what seemed like a huge mound of earth before him began to move. Up It went, and the water began to move violently. Then Pomp saw the wide jaws of a monster !Ish. ln an instant a thrill of horror came over him. It was a hn!:(e species of the sperm whale, and a blow from one of I its nukes would kill him instantly. CHAPTER VI. LOST IN AN I C EBERG. Bur what of Barney? Had a cruel fate draggell him down to an awful death In the crevasse? As fortune would have it, be was spared. But it was a ciOStl call. Barney's senoatlons as he felt himself falling were not of the pleas an test. He made a valiant effort to save himself, but failed. Down he shot. H:>w far be fell be had no means of knowing. The descent W!IS extremely winding, circuitous and abrupt. He was bumped and jolted and nigh rendered unconscious. Only the thickness of his fur suit saved him from serious hurts. When he came to a stop he wns up to the neck in a huge pile of About him were mighty walls or ice and a great basin of water, which he instantly judged to be a part or the sea, but quickly discovered his mistake. He was fur below the level of the sea. And the water was dripping from the berg inclosed in a basin impervious to any connection the waters of the ocean. Bad it been, the entire chamber would have been tilled with watt.>r. And Barney O'Shea would have beau a dead Irisl'oman. The Celt picked himself up. "Bejubers, .Phwativer has happened to me nowr he cried. "Shure, it's nigh kilt ram." He rubbed his bruiRes ruefully. But he could not help congratulating himself upon his e1cape from what might have been an awful death. "Shure it'R down into the cinter av the berg I've fell," be muttered. "Phwereiver is Misther ll'rank anywayr Then be opened his lungs. Yell after yell he sent up. But only tbe dull echoes answered. Frank was too fur distant for the sound to reach him. Alter a time Barney desisted. It was lmpossiule to return the way that l!e came. Tbli! he discovered quickly. But what was to be done? Be had no desire or intention or remaining where he wae. A change of base was at once neceasary and desirable. "Shure it' a no use I am in sthnyin' arounrt here,'' he muttered. "I'll be arther crawling out av this place." He began to look around. The waters of the basin were at his feet. He made his way around the basin. This brought him to a remarkable spectacle. He came in cloHe proximity to a clear and transparent wall of ice Objects beyond it were as plainly visible as could be. Be experienced a thrill as h(l saw that this was only a remarkable sort of window throu!!;h which he could look out into the waters of the ocean. The waters of the sea were clear, and he could see the bottom plainly. It was a most wonderful sight Barney saw various sea animals and fishes upon the bed of the sea. Jt was an awful thing to think of. Only the clear, transpprent wall or Ice separated the chamber of the berg from the waters of the ocean. Barney shivered as he rellected upon the possibility of that wall or ice breaking through and in the waters or the sea. It would mean death to him. This made the Celt feel a bit uncomfortable, and be began at once to look about for a way out of the plnc"e. By the best of good fortune he discovered an upward pusage and at once took it. It led upwards, through various passages, and at times Barney had to cut nicbea in the ice to clamber up by. But he kept at work. He retlected that it was his only chance for life. He ball not the slightest idea as to where It would bring him or where he would come o:It. But he kept on jnl!t the aame. Up, up be went. Suddenly it began to grow lighter, and Barney felt a breath of air. It gave him renewed and he went on. Soon he cnught a gleam or daylight far aboYe. Be knew then th(lt he was coming to the open air. Where he would come out he could not guess. But the questton found speedy answer. In another moment the blue sky was above him, and he was drinking in the sea breeze. Up he went over a wall of ice, and the horizon burst upon hill view. But he was amazed at his position. He was far up on the top of the mighty berg. AI far ns he could see all was n vast berg-studded sea. An immense platform of ice extended far to the northern end of the berg. Barney fancied that he might see the submarine boat from th1s position. But though he leoned far over the Ice c\ills and closely scrutinized the line, he could-see no sign of the Explorer. /


8 FRANK READE JH .'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBl\L\RIKE llOA'r "THE EXPLORER.., -It was not in sight. But Barney refl e cted that it migbt be upou t.he other side or the berg, and aL once staned thi t her. But he found that It was quite impos s ible for him to reach th e r e The berg upon thi s side was nothin g but a ma s s of pinnacl e s and needle-pointeu sr wbich efrectually precluded anything like progress. B e jabers, it's all surrounded I am," wailed l:l&rney. Shure, I 'll niver see Misther Frank and tbe Explorer again!'' Despair now seized th e Celt. But yet he kept wandering about. And as chance hall it this brought him to a passage which seemed to leatl down again into the c e uter or the ber g In his bewild e rment Barnt>y took it. This proved his salvation. It looked more like the passage by which he had entered the IJerg with Frank, and. he kept on. Suduenly he heard strange sounds. He came to a halt. They were in the far distance. Yet tht! Irishm a n could distinguish them quite plainly. They consisted or hoarse growls and snarling cries like an angry beast "Begorra,. that's funny!" muttered Barney. Phwativer is goin' on'" Then he heard what soundej like a disLant human cry of distress. That was enough Cor Barney. "Bejabers, I believe that is Frank!'' he cried "Shure I'd never be stay in' here at all, at all." Away aped Barney. Every moment the soundS became plainer. Then he came upon an astounding In the center or the cavern chamber was a mao wrapped In the embrace of a huge bear. Barney recognized the victim at once. It WJlS Frank Reade, Jr. Wh11rroo! Hold up, Misther Frankl" cried the Celt, excitedly. Shure, I'll be afther savin' yez!'' "H6lp! narney!" cried Frank, feebly. The IJear was certainly getting the best or the young inventor. There is no doubt but that he would have succumbed if it ball not heen Cor Barney's arrival. The Celt was overjoyed to he able to strike a blow for his master. All through hie experiences he had kept possession of his rille. He now ran up to the bear and placed tpe muzzle against his heart. Barney pulled the trigger. The battle was finished. The bear rolled over lnatantly dead. Frank, overjoyed, staggered to Barney's side. "Thank God! you were not killed after all, Barney.'' "Shure, I came near to it, sor, b11t not so near as you." Let as l!:et away from thts accursed place at once. Let us go back to tbe Explorer." "All right, sort" They started upon the return. But somehow none or the passges seemed the same. The further they went the more bewildered they became. "Shure, sor, it's lost I am lntoirely!" cried Barney. Arrab, an' it was a bad toime that we iver came aboard this accursed berg!'' You are right!'' cried Frank. "It Is a lesson to us. But I never had any Idea before that anybody could ever get so completely lost on an Iceberg.'' Shure, sor, it l!oems to be a very simple matther." So it does / Barney. But this looks like the right path. Let us take it and see where it will go to." "All right, sort" Along this new corridor the two lost explorers went But the further they went the more confused they became. The reasons Cor this were obvious. They were not aware or the splitting up or the berg, and conse quently did not understanu it. Bot this was the real reason. The paths by which they had come had beell closed by this evolution. But they kept on at random. This finally brought them into a mighty cavern r.hamber wbolly arched over with ice. A narrow shelf existed around the verge or a huge inland sea, or blisin, rather. Frank Reade, Jr., stopped and looked keenly about him. Then a chill struck him. An inkling or the trath came to him. Heavens!" he gasped. "I thiuk I can understand !t now!" "Phwat, sor?" "The berg has collapsed on the side we entered by, and we are Im prisoned by the change!'' "Shure, sor, ye don't mean it!" "Yes, I do." Barney was astounded. Then-a light broke upon him. "Shore, an' I believe ye're right." "or course I am," said Frank. "My God! it is too awful to think ofl" "But, sor--" "Whatr'. The two explorers looked at each other. Ench read in the race of the other what was in the mind or each. Ph were is the Explorer?" A shade or horror cam e over Frat:k's itamlsome face. All! tl1at wus an awful question. Where was the Explorer Was it still safely ridiug the sea outsille, or was it sunk beneath the tons ami thOU3auus of lOllS Of falling ice? Frank rArnembered the shocl;: he hall felt while in tlle berg. But even as they stool! there in their uncerLainty, a strange thing happened before their eyes. There was a mighty commotion or the waters in the basin. CHAPTER VII. T H E CAIRN. PoMP's position was one or awful peril. The huge whale was makfor him lilw an avalanche. It was uot lik ely tbat the monster was intending to assail him. It simply happened that Pomp was in the cetacea1:'s way. Tile uarky dropped the jack-screws, completely overcome with terror. "Massy sakes ali be!" he "D1s chile am lost!'' Pomp imagined that the wllale intended to eat him up. But such was not the casfl, Indeed it was doubtful if the monster even saw the darky. But this di.d not lessen th.J danger, however. The whale came straight Cor Pomp. The durky fell flat upon Ilia lace in the hopes of dodging the monster. In this he was successful. The whale passed ov e r him and made straight at the Explorer. He strnck the submarme boat Cull force, and the shock was tremenPomp had tried to regain his feet, but was knocked down again. The whale recoiled from its attack upon tilt! Explo er and started upon a new course. Away he went out or Si!!;ht in the water. Pomp was relieYed when he was gone. It was a narrow escape. Once more he picked up the jack-screws and started ror the ice. Reaching it, Pomp very quickly set the ecrews beneath the block of Ice and began ta rai them. Slowly the vast hotly or ice began to up. Pomp's plan was a success. In a very few moments the submarine boat waa sufficiently releaaed. Then Pomp went back aboard the Explorer. It was the work of llut a few momenta to back thl' Explorer out from its position and Cree it. Then Pomp quickly set the pumps going In tile air-chamber, and the Explorer sprang up to the surface. It was at this moment, as we bnve seen at the close or the preceding chapter, that the two explorers, Frank and Barney, reached the verge or the basin. The com motlon in the waters was nothing more nor lesa than the Explorer rising to the surface. As the submarine boat sprang above the surface, Frank and Barney were fairly electritled. It was a moat unlooked-Cor proceelling. They could hardly believe their senses. A great cry went up from the two lost explorers. shouted Barney. It's the Explorer aa shore as I'm a Tipperary man, Misther Frank.'' "The Exploter!" g.usped Frank; tiut bow on earth did It come here!" This was a conundrum. Yet' there it was. They certainly believe their own In the pilot-hou&e P<'mp was seen with his diving suit yet on. The darky c:mnced at that moment also to hia friends. The effect upon him was magical. A great cry went up from his lips and he came tumbling out upon the deck. "Fo' d11 good Lor', am dat yo', Marse Frank?" be cried. "Hooray! Dis am 'de happiest hour ob mah life!" "All roight, naygur!" yelled Barney. "We're jist aa glad to see yez. But llowlver do yez think "fe kin come aboard that ltoat, any how?" "A'right; jes' yo' wait one moment!" cried Pomp "tse gwine Co' to tlx d:.t a'right very soon!" Into the pilot-house he rushed. 1 n a few moments he had run the bont up alongside the shelf or ice. Barney and Frank easily stepped aboard then. Thnl wns n joyous to be sore. Explanations quickly followed, and then the eeri'>nB qoeatioD pre-sented its91C as to how they were to get out into the open sea again. Th!s "'as J' question or no mean sort. But Frank' asked'P'<'mp: Did you try e r verv available point under' the water!" "No, sah!" replied the darky. "Dar am some dlreckahuns I dido' take." ''Well, let us try that, then!" said Frank. "It may be n dernter 1essort, but we must do something." .Dat am a fac', Marse Frank!" D'own went the submarine boat once more tv the bottom or the ocean. i


FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBM.ARI:NE BOA'!' '''THE EXPLORER." 9 As luck had it this it landed directly in front of a deep caven: ous passage. Frank felt confident that this ')VOuid take them out into the ocean. Accordingly he started the Bxplorer through the passage. As they Wl)nt on, this seemed to widen and deepen. Verv soon began to leave the ice walls behind. A great hope sprang up in Frank's breast. "Hurrah!" he cried. "I believo we are out of the wilderness!'' "Dat am joyful!" cried Pomp. Whurrool" s!Jouted Barney. In a few momenttt more Frank felt assused that tbey were in the open sea. He gave the lever a turn and set the pumps going. T!Je Explorer rose t<;> the surface. Frank's joyful hopes were realized. They were in t!Je open sea. The berg was a hundred yards to the eastward. There it was grounded, ami there they left it. This was all tlle experience of t!Je sort tllaL Frank Reade, Jr., cared for. "No more visits to icebergs!" he cried. "Tbat is quite enough for me." Straight to the northward now they kept. The coast of Greenland lay to the east. Up the straits the Explor er went until Smith's Sound was reached. 1'his was full of ice. But by using the ExplOrer's ram, very good progress was made. Immense blocks of 1ce were shattered aud fields of 1<'-e broken by the wonderful ram of the Explorer. No incident of thrilling sort occurred until one day when they were besieged by ice olf a small island. Frank bad thought of lowering the Explorer and under the ice field, when an incident caused him to change his mina. Upon the shores of tbe island a strange object was seen. It Wll!l a barrel mounted upon a long pole. At once Frank was interested. He concluded at once that 1t must mark a cairn where some for mer Arctic traveler!! had visited. The young explorer was at once possesstld of a desire to invest! gate. Accordingly he said to Pomp: "Come on, Pomp, let visit the shore. Thi9 time you may go with me." Pomp gave a yell of delight and cut a joyous caper. "A'rigil.t, Marse Frank." Barney did not demur. He had hnd his turn and was quite willing to remain aboard the submarine boat. Frank and Pomp were soon quite ready for tbe expedition. It was easy to reach the shore over the lee cakes. After quite a lively climb they finally reached tbl' s!Jore of the isl and. Frank !'dvanced to a pile of rock, above wbicb was the barrel. It was truly a cairn. Opening the barrel, Frank took out a small tablet of slate, upon which was cut the followmg In rude letters: -"Here lie the bodies of Jim Peters, Andy Hardy and Mike Walsh, of the crew or the brig Solitaire. in a fog, six of us are cast adrift in the Arctic without food and with a limited supply of ammunl tion and wea. pons. Tluee of us are left-Sam :ij:atcb, Dick Davey and koger Harmon. We are going from here to a settlement twenty miles east, whence we hope to reach a Greenland port, and thence home:-May God befp us!" Amen!" said Frank, !lncerely. He knew that one of the survivors was Roger Harmon. He experienced a thrill. How overjoyed old Alex Harmon would be if I should 11nd hia boy here!" be exclaimed. It is not that he may be found in some Esquimau settlement. I shall try." Frank wns desirous of seeing what was beyond the island. So he climbed to the cliff above 11nd looked eastward. He saw beyond the isle a nan'ow strait an1 a long stretch of what looked )ike the mainlnnd of a continent. "Golly, Marse Frankl" exclaimed Pomp, "dat looks a bit like a big stretch ob land ober dar." That Is certainly what it Is," n!!:reed Frank. Does yo' s'pose lt am Inhabited!" From the distance came the faiut sound ot hallooing. Frank said nothing hut pressed on. They passed through the defile, and carne o ut in view of a broa1l intervale leading down to the sea. At a spot h:.tlf way down from this, a lo1:g column of smoke was as cending into the air. But not a of a human being was in sight. Frank and Pomp went down to the spot, and found only a pile of halflmrned sticks. But these wertJ all the signs of an Esquimau, altbongh none ol the latter were iu sight. But as they stood there, from the bill above came a loud hulloo. Looking up, the, two explorers were astounded to see fully a dozen dog tea-ms comfng down over the snow wastes. Upon eoch sledge was an EsqUiman, and Frank knew enough from f?rmer visi\S lo t!Jis region of the colors worn by the tribes that this was a band of hostiles. Instantly he threw back the of his rifle. CHAPTER VIII. A FIGII'r WITH THE ESQUIMAUX, THE Eaquimaux were lashing their dogs to furious speed as they came on le to go around the island. "I hardly know," replied the young inventor. But wbat is tbat 'l'he Esquimaux would easily cut them of!', and a tight at close over yonder bill-is It not smoke!" The darky looked in the 'direction indicated. Both saw a column of smoke rising into the air. At once Frank's curiosity was aroused. "It must be a camp," he cried. "And yet what human beings could exist here!" He was thinking intently of the Solitaire's party, and did not think of such a thing as Esqulmaux. Frank decided to investigate the distant smoke. .Accordingly, accompanied by Pomp, lui set out for the distant hill. Before reaching it, they were to pass through a narrow pass. Just as they reached an I'Xcited cry went up from Pomp. "Whatebber was dat, .Marse Frank?" "What!" Jes' yo' JisLen!" quarters was to be by nll means avoided. The Esquimaux now were advancing to the attack. Where they had nil come from so suddenly was n mystery. There seemed fully one hundred of them. They came over thcl ridges and through the defiles in n solid body. There was no way but to retreat before them. Tbis meant to the shores of the islaM, then out upon the ice pack, and, perhnps, to tbe mainland. Frank and Pomp fell buck before tbe Esqulmaux. But they continued to dispute e'Very inch of They fired steadily and with telling effect, dropping many of the foe. But still the Esquimaux came on. They hurled their javelins and arrows, and some of them narrowly missed the two white men. -But they managed to succlliSfully dodge them.



FRANK l.lEADE JH .'S NEW ELECTRIC BOAT ''THE EXPLORER." 11 The y c o uld look throngh the lmll' s.eye windows upon either side and watch the mighty panorama. This was must iuterestlng to Harmon especially. "I don't understand how you can make a course!" he said. .. Easy enough!'' replied Frank. I simply go by the chart as given of the sea's surface.'' Ah! but has any accurate chart been yet mailc of these waters!" I shall go by the chart or former explorers as rar as I can.'' ".A:nd what then?" I shall then feel m;y way." But will you not fear getting lost!" I know of no reason why I should,'' replled Frank. "I have heard that there are certain localities here where the needle of the compass becomes demagnetized.'' I lllll to s cour the Arctic Ocean and reach the Pole," crieil Frank, earnestly, "if 1 have to pr.Jceed as Jason did when be invaded the L abyrinth-mark my course with a thread." "Well, 1 hope you will succeed," said Roger, earnestly. I do not fear but that I shall," sai The Explorer was brought to a hnlt. Drawing as near to the wreck as It was safe the search-light was turned upon the old hulk. It cou!d be very readily seen that the vessel hail been lost by being nipped In the ice, Her s1des were crushed in and parts of cargo :were lying about. The wreck was deeply covered with silt and sea-weeds and evi dently had ileen In \he water many years. What sort of a craft would you cull it, Mr. Reade! asked Rog er. I hardly know,'' replied Frank. I imagine, however, that she ia a lost whaler.'' "I don't agree with you,'' said Roger. "Her shape, ns near ns can see, is more that or a revenue cotter or government yacht.'' We will soon find out,'' declared Frank. "How!'' By goir..g aboard!'' Going exciaimed Roger, in amazement. That Is what I said!" I heard, but yon forget that we are under water!" "1 forget nothing cf the kind!'' rPplied Frank. "I am going aboard that ship and you m11y go too il you would like." CHAPTER X. UNDER THE IC'E BARRIER. RoGER wae astounded Go aboard with your he exclaimeil. "Yes." "You don't me6n it!'' "Yes, I do.'' But perhaps you cnn explain how I can accomplish that rent!" "In a patent diving suit of mine!" "Oh!" The young man drew a deep breath. "How many more wonderful inventions hnve you got, Mr. Reader he asked. "You are the wonder of the age.' c "Come with mel" cried Frank, phlegmatic11lly. He led Roger into the vestibule. Here the diving suits bung. .\.re you at all used to being under water!" he asked. "Well, I am a good swimmer!" replied Roger. "Ahl but clo you think you could stand the pressure?" "I don't see why." ''All right!'' Frank took down from the hook one of the suits. Put this on,'' he Roger at once obeyed. In a few moments they were arrayed in tiJe suite. Then Frank shouted to Barney: Keep the searchlight well on to the hulk, Barney!" "Ay, ny, sort'' replied the Celt. Frank then opened the valve nnd proceeded to till the vestibule with water. This accomplished, he opened the outer door and walked out on deck. Roger followed him. Frank walked along the railed platform nod threw over the gnl1g ladder. Down thiR they climbed all(\ started fot the h alk. Frank reached it first nnd at n breach in the siile. It seemed large enough lor him ( ( through. The electric light on his helmet illuJDinv, ted the Interior or the vessel. Frank saw the m11i0 deck strewn with barrels, boxes, nnd old lumbei. He at once passed through and wns in the vessel. Roger followed him slowly. As yet there had been nothing discovered which would lead to the idenuflcatiun of the vessel. But as !Je was crossing the main deck on his way to the cabin Frank cnme upon n ghastly sight. Flat upon the deck lay the grinning skull and bones of a man. Frank stepped over them and reached the cabin door. He passed throngh. The cabin showed that it had been !uxoriously furnished. Upon the walls hung a variety of nauticnl instruments, and 11lso a variety or !lre-arms Theae wera nenrly consumed with rust. There were several paintings, but the canVBs had rotted through, and little cralls plnye c l hide nn!l seek in the corners of the frames. But upon the cabin table lay a long telescope 11nd a brass.bonnd chest. This Frnnk knew was such as the log-book of a sbip is usually kept in. At the table was a chair. In the sent of th!s was a heap o( bones. The skull lay face up. E vidently a mnn had sat nt the table when the ship went down. There was no doubt in Frank's mind but that this was the shiD of some exploring party.


12 FRAN K READE JR.'S NEW ELECT RIC S UBMARINE .BOAT "TH E EXPLOR ER. He knew t hat t h e l a titude was sucll as is r a r ely attempt e d by til e wlmle r or or dina r y shil> F r a n k picK e d up th e box and tri ed the l o ck. 'l'ime h ad ruste, be took his own life. DEcEMBER 15Ta.-This has been a of suCering, or mad freaks, and of horror. Benton, the mate, went insane, and for an hour we had all we could do to prevent his cutting his throat. Poor fellow! The end is near. DECEMBER 20TH.-Another Wetlk:has dragged by. Yesterd a y ponr O'Byrne died. His body yet lies on the main deck. I am the only survivor. Ye gods! This stark solitude will drive me mad yet. I think I shall try to make a trip across the ice and join a \Jand of EsqutmauL Once to-day the ship heaved and seemed likely to go down The journal ended here. / Frank did not go back further In book for more parLiculars. He bad already learned the most that It was necessary for him to. He knew the name of the ship and the mission of the crew, which was to lind the North Pole. It was only cne more instance or the folly of fitting out Arctic ex peditions with woojen ships. This was only one of the many rotting hulks which Jay at the bottom of the Arctic. Frank pu' bls helmet close to Roger's and shouted: "Well. have you seen enough?'' "Yes," replied Roger, Sad fate for them." You are right." We will look through the ship a litt!e, and then go baejc to the Explorer." "All right." Frank led the way up the caoin stairs and onto the upper deck. Everything betokened utter desolation and decay. 'l'bere WDS nothing of value worth carrying away. The scene was one moat depri!Bsing to the mind, and Frank turned from It with a sense of sickness most Intense. He clambered down the ship's side and was once more !lJIOU the bell of the ocean. In a rew moments with Roger by bls side, be reached the Explorer. Entering the vestibule Fra nk turned the pump valve and pumped the water out of the compartment. Then be removed his diving suit. Roger did likewise. The young man was enthusiastic. "Wond'erful experience!'' he cried; "truly I am a fortunate man to have been given the opportunity." Frnnk gave Barney directions to go ahead. Then he went back to the cabin. The Expl<.rer once more went on its submarine course. Frank drew out a number of charts and spread them upon the table. Roger bent over them with him. "Cnn you tell bow fnr we nre from the Pole now, Mr. Reade?" be asked. I think I cnn," replied Frnnk. We ate not more thac three J>nndred miles, to my reckoning." Three hundred miles?" "Yes.'' Ab l then wa ought to be near the open sea!'' "We should be in twelve hours." How have you lnld your conrser Follow this line! said Frank by Bntlln's Bny, through Smith s Sound and straight up through a dee1> and wide channel, which has doubtless been for nges \Jiocked with ic e And which has ueen the real barrier to reaching the Pole!" "Exactly!" "I shall look forward eagerly to the hour when we shall enter the open sea!" "Well, in twelve hours I shall make the attempt to do so.' "Good!" A short while l(!ter all bad retired except Barney. He was at the wheel. In six hours he would be relieved br Pomp. A nd while t h e v o y age r s sle pt the submarine b oat wa s ma k i ng r a pid pro g r e s s throu g h th e Arc t ic sea : In six h o ur s all w ere ag ain astir. This was a s muc h s l eep as the y seem e d to ca r e f o r T bel r p ositio n a t the b otto m o f the>oce an did not se e m c ond u c ive to sl e ep. A s for Rop;er, h e w a s too ex cit e d to r est f gr l o n g. Time pa ssed v ery rap i dly on \Jo ard the E xpl o r er. 'fh e r e was a-lways some n e w inci de nt o c c urri ng o f sta rtlin g inter est. The t w elve h o urs hall pa s s e d an d Ftu n k bega n t o mak e olise rvati ons H e t h rew thf' gl a r e of th e sea rchlight u p war ds T h e wat e rs were pi e rc e d f o r :!> l o n g distauco, but y e t i t c o u l d not be seen whe th e r ice was O\'e r them or not. Frank 1i"nally turned the pump valve and the boat began to slowly rise. Up it went. In a few mome n ts the water seemed to lighten. Then Frank cried: ''Hurrah! We h ave come t o open wate r!" This t hat the Explorer bad safely made the wonder-ful passage unJer the ice barrier :was gratilyiog enough. Cheers were given The next moment like a cork tlie E x plorer popped to t he surf a c e The scene to view was a wond11rful and enchantin g one. They w e r e upon the \Joso m o f a w ide a nd tranquil s ea In the diatance far to the eastward there was a faint lin e of white This was the r e gion of ice. The air was less keen, and ,seemed to be getting milder as. t h e y went on. __ Flocks of geese were flying overhead, and the doubt was se t tl e d thM they were r e ally in the open Polar S e a. From all ages there had come u tra d ition or the existence of this sea. It bad been fur, bermore claime:l \Jy reput a ble men that here was a small continent where the ::limnte was n:illl and equable the year round. also existed -or the presence of a wonderful race in this out-of-the-wa y part or the world Whether this was true or not, subsequent adventures in the open Polar Sea were i.lestinect to show. CHAPTER XI. IN THE OPEN POLAR SEA FRANK survey11d the scheme about him with interest. He paced the deck for some while, and t!Jen weut below. When he came on deck again he had a ship's glass. With this he sty died the horizon for some time. Roger J;Iarmon finally joined birr.. Well, Mr. Reade ; said, ypur prophecy bas come true!" It &!lema so!" This is really the open Polar Sea." Yes.'' There is no gref!.ter wonder on earth.' Well, that is so.'' That there should be such a sea as this in the midst of a vast region of ice is simply wonderful!" "It.. is, indeed." How do you explain it?'' "Well, I think there are volcanic causes to explain it," said Franli::t the inner fires of the earth come very near to .the surface.' "That Ia certainly an ap t explanation. Ah, what is thatf" Roger pointed to a long, low llne upon the horizon. Frank picked up his glass. He studied the line a moment. 'J.'hen he lowered the glass. It is land!" he said. The interest of all w a s at once aroused. .That land was in si tdtt there was no doubt. The voy agers felt much as Columbus most have when he discovered the N e w World. They were Lhe. discoverers of a DllW continent. They were the only known white men who bad ever sailed th e se waters. When the land \Vas reached, they would be the only one s wlio had ever set foot upon it. What a story to rel a te when once they should return home! The spirits 9f all w e re high. The Explorer, being now upon the surface, could sail at a tremendous tate of speed. L ike a meteor the \Joat shCit through the wat e r. Graduolly the distant continent begnn to ris e up O!)t of t he wate r It was not long hefortl rocky cliffs could be s e en, and above th e m tall troes nnd waving shrubs. The Explorer every momer.t drew nearer and now the la;Jd was in plain v i ew. The air was now so mild thnt the voyagers.. felt constrained to remove many of their fur garments. There was not a particle or Ice or snow to be se en. The waves rolled in breakers upon th e white sands of the shore. It was a ueauliful sight and one which lmpre > sed them. Of course all w e re to go ashore. But Barney and Pom1> w e re Instructed to stay ahoard the Exprorer. "We will go ashore tlrst," said Frank, "th e n if w e can find a g ood harbor we will sink the Explorer and all walk ashore in our diving suits.''


FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC BOAT "'l'HE EXPLORER." 13 This met with great favor anJ settled the ftJars of Barney and Porn!> The small boat was got out and Frank and Roger entered it. They quickly rowed ashore. Drawing the bnnt upnn tlle sands they proceeded to climb the clitrs. A wonderful view was to be obtained from tbem. It was a land fertile ancl diversilied by yallevs and hills. As far as the eye could reach the land extended. All was luxuriant foliage and thrifty growth. The trees and shrubs were or ldnds not common in sou\hern countries. Frank gazed upon the scene with wonderment. "I am satislieu that tlut out of the harbor. now saw through tbe purpose of Frank Reade, Jr. ron are making for tlae river,'' he said. ''Yes.'' Good enough!'' Along tire coast the Explorer ran. Then when the mouth of tho river was reached it turned .its sharp prow Into it. Bnrney and Pomp now saw the plan. 1'hey were in ecstnaies. S oon the boat was gliding along between high woodeu banks. The river was a. broad o.nd powerful stream. It moved on witll resistless current, and its assured Frank thnt the land was indeed a continent. The river was replete with fish, and huge salmon were so thick that it wonld have been easy to spear any number of them from tlle deck. On went the Explorer. As tlley left th6 sea a wonderful stretch of country was unfolded before them. Suddenly, as the boat was gliding around a bend, Barney beheld a thrillinl!: sight .. In a distant clump of reeds by the shore stood a wonderful-looking object. It was a bini, bnt such as the likes of which our exp lorers llacl never seen before. To all appearence it was an auk, but of a most gignntic size. The birtl seemed to be feetting upon the reet!s in the marsh. It wn& fully four feet high with a body as larg e as at> ostrich. "Whurroo! phwat the lli'!.il do yez call that anyway?" cried Barney, wildly. All viewed the bird m surprisM. As they drew nearer, the giant auk made otr with strides of tre me:nuou8 sort. Soon it hat! disnppear

14 FRANK READE JR.'S NEW ELECTRIC SUBMARINE BOAT '"fHE EXPLORER." A conviction dawned upon him. "It is not a camp-lire!'' lfe declared; "that is full fifty milea off and I believe it to be a volcano.'' 'fbis was the most likely solution of the phenomenon, and was accepted by all. Two miles further on a likely place was found to land. Frank's plan to land safely was a unique one. The boat was run up near the shore in sutllciently deep water and sunk. / After it bact gone below the surface nothing could be seen of it, tur ret and all beinghidden. Should any or the savages come along in the meantime, they woul

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