Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent;" or, The search for sunken gold

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent;" or, The search for sunken gold

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent;" or, The search for sunken gold
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Frank Reade library.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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rl as Second Class llfatte r aJ Kt:w York, N. Y ., Post O.Jf'=-:t:=b:==:============ =::========:::tt--= ---.a: o er 5, 1892. "a.T 33 { TOUSEY, Pusr.rsrum, 3! & 36 NORTH MOORE ST'RE. =::== ========== .a.-. 0. COIIIPLE'l New York, May 6, 1893. IssuED)''!' YoRK. { } Vol. II ========:=:=J'.I r (LY. 5 Entered accord ing to the Act :_ oress, '' tlv 1893, by FR.tL.VK TOUSEY, in t he ojJlce of th' ;wtan of Congress, at l'Vashinqton, D 0. frank Re "Sea or, The Gold.

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JR.'S '' SEA SERPENT." by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-p:!{. Address FRANK o .. 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. FRANK REAl} JR:'S The OR, for "SEA Sunken By "NONAME," J ;he Clouds," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s New Electric Inventin_ the Warrior'; 01, Author of "Frank Reade, r., 1< ng the Apaches in etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. !addPr led up eitl!er side to brid"'e. All was cleverly railed 111 w1th bra ss. "' On the forward part or the cabin's a powerful search-light red in the !Jarbor or to throw a good ways under ater. 'I his was an importUPON a bright Septe.mber day ther craft or such peculiar ant adJunct. Charleston, South Carolina, m the year attention and excite Forward. or the was a dome-s ed structure which was over build and strange appearance as to clal t there anchored. the electrwal engme and w-.. tended as a vestibule or the or crews or all tEe other)hips, captains brought means of Jeavmg or entermg the Sea. ent while it was under SaJlors crowded mto the g of some excitement was water. t!Jeir to bear upon newcome, 1 Inside was a circular chamber which when he dome was emptv ...... U it?'' cried one bluff but as it revolved toward tile open door instant filled with water my 'davy it's not So that when diver had once stepped into the hamber he like anything I've ever seen quickly find himself in the wat er, or, up.on by means or a "Right ye are, me hearty," strong pump the chamber would lJe quickly empuecr This enabled it's a r1ght snug Jookin' craft. him to go safely in or out of the submarine boat whe it was under boat.'' water. "More likely it's the big race To describe in detail the delicate and beautiful mecha sm or this fer ther America's cup.'' part or tbe craft would take up much space. Therefore, v.e will not These and a hnndree plainly seen. gines and her interior for another first mtroduce the cbarwas no crew lounging over the rail or acters of our story and a few import t . ewmgmg m the shrouds, s e. lTh'i had none. The Sea Serpent glided by the u S. war-ship bl\e her veritable 011ly two men were VISibl t'tfilt.negro dressed in natty namesake in ease and "'race or naval uniform and standing te .1 t an That is li'rank Rea'de Jr s craft s\re enough!" cried one of the with brick red hair, who stoor e PI 0 008 officers of the daldyl'' Both ha.d !lags and waved tl. h fi t d 1 "' h't fi "' 0 You are right!" ag'faed a brother 1fficer. "The U. S. Govern b!Ambldshlps was a staff, upo IC oa e a ar,.e w 1 e a., WI r r a submarine1lrpedo boat.'' ue order. h' d h d f 11 Wh '" And now those on board) ars 1p rea t e wor s as o ows: y. "Frank Reade, Jr." . J:teade wo 1 her He bas an aversion to any Upon the bow or the era s the legend m g1lt letters: or mvent10ns bemg used for t rptSes ol war. They are secrets -....., "Sea S!lrpent . . of his,, and as he has plenty of mo does not care to part with In an instant all on bo) the warship understood the situatiOn . lllit.-.,.,coguized the new cr. Ali, that 18 It, eh? "' NQt One I of t bEilll but 1heard or Frank Reade, Jr., the world "Yes.You have heard of him before, ha "n't yonT" famous inventor, a-d his I(eious submarine boats. :; Well, yes." . . Tht>.f saw at once \ hat t'vas not a dynamite boat, a crmser, nor You know he h.ves m a beaqt1ful. httle l? d e stown. a momtor, or any son or of war. H1s father was an mventor before lnm. They have large ... . i P. It was simply a submar[>oat aud its peculiar shape was all in shops there for the manufacture solely of Frank's inventions. RIP1i! keeping with its name a yonog, handsome and talented fellow. I once bad the pleasure of In shape it was loua! with a sinuous slope of hull fore an introduction to him.'' and art. "' Indeed!" 'l'he bow was curved in contour with a heavy ram. I shall not s:lon forget it. I esteemed it an honor, for you feel The hull was ruude of th est steel. at once o.s if you stood iu the presecce of genius when you stand be 'l'he decks were narro d steel plated. In the hull upon either fore him.'' side were dead-eye wind extending the full length of the craft. I should believe that." The cabin was a lonf.Ound-roofer\ strnct11re of steel also, with Now, you see that negro and Irishman on the deck!" steel bands over it like boiler of a locomotive. Yes.'' In the forward end w l two large square windows with the thick" Well, they are his two servants and his traveling est of plate gltisil calcuJ r d to stand the hardest kind or and the only crew he has on board the Sea Serpent." Along the side were rflre windows or the same glass. "You don't mean it!" These were fitted wit.qetal slides which could be Jet down at will. "Yes. I do." Below these were twrows or dead-eyes. These admitted plenty of But how can he operate so large a boat with so few men!'' light into the cabir:. "Easy enough! is done by wonderful electric appli Above the cabin wa dome-shaped pilot-house with windows upon ances. One man can sit up there in that pilot house and by touch all sides. A deck ra the roof of the cabin leading from the ing different keys or levers, make the boat do anything he wishes.'' pilot-houlie fore and the shape of a steamer's bridge. Wonderful!" l

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FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA SERPEN'l'." 3 "Well, you may be sure it is. Indeed thnt d a rky and Hibernian are almost a s celebrated as their mast er. The names or Barney and Pomp a re ins eparably connected with that of Frank Reade. Jr.'' Indeed the captain or tlle war-ship for lie it was, seemed very en thusiastic ov e r the w o nderful invention. Barney the Irish man, as tlle Sea Serp ent glided IJy leaned over the rail, and shouted: Hooray f e r the United S tates! "Rah-rab!" replied the marine s Hooray Frank R e ade, Jr.!" yelled Pomp apropos. "Rah-rah-rah!" yelled the mar n es. Barn e y leaned further over the rail and put all his strength into a belching cry: Ho or a y fer ould Oireland!" The effect was tremendous. The marines nine-tenths of whom were of Irish extraction, y e lled them se lves hoa rse. Til en the Sea Serpent tired anoth e r d hot with her electric guns and passed on. H alf a mile beyond a tug boat came gliding out and ran up a sig nal flag. Instantly the Sea Serpent came about and dropped anchor Th e tug ran alongside and beverul of th e sailors made her fast. A tall handsome young man with a d1s ftnguislled air, stepped out fr o m the pilot-bouse upon the Sea S erpent's bridge. He was no other t han Frank R e ade, Jr. Then from the tug boat there came aboard two men. One w a s tall and with light hair and complexion. His companion was as comical a looking specimen of humanity as ever one set eyes upon. Barn e y and Pomp exchanged twinkling mis cbievous glances as they saw him. He was tall and lanky, with sharp, cadaverous features and keen, shrewd twinkling eyes of gray. His y e llow hair fell down carroty like upon his shoulders. He wore a pointed chin whisker and carried a luxurious quid of tobacco in one cheek, H1s garments were or the eccentric pattern, to say the least. H1s co a t was of the swallow-tail pattern, and or blue broadcloth, b ut faded and worn. Brass buttons adorned it. A vest of varie g a t ed pattern, and long striped trousers fastened underneath, cow bide boots with straps completed the outfit. He carried a carpet-bag of the old-fashioned kind, and an umbrella which would h ave served for a tent. He cast a contemptuous glance at Barney and Pomp, who tipped him the wink. The two servitors or Frank Reade, Jr., were as fun-loving rogues as e v e r th e s un shone on. "Golly!" mutte red Pomp, treading unuecessnrily hard upon Ear ney's to e if we don' hab some fun wif dat chile, clen I ain' a nigg er, dat am all." "Bejabers, y e z a re roight we will whispered Barney. Whist, now, an' wud yez luli: at the s thoyl e av him! They, both jolly rascals, chuckled with suppreased glee and satis f action CHAP'l ER II. GREENBU SH AN D HIS M S THE tall blond young man walked straight up to Frank Reade, Jr., and extended his hand. Ah, Mr. Reade, you see I am right on hand by appointment.'' "I am glall to see you, 1\fr. Jack Wnllis.' And here is my friend, Mr. Hank Greenbush, of Scillyville, N H. Mr. Greenbush has s e rved one term in the Granite State legislature, and his distingui9hing mark is a bill which he successfully railroaded through the house for the establishing of guide boards upon all pub li c ways in his 8tate. Mr. Greenbush is honored by your hospitality.'' "Mr. Greenbush is very w e lcome!" said Frank, catching the rogui s h : winkl e in young Wallis' eye. "Glatl to meet you, sir!'' Hank dr o pped his carpet-bag, and crushed Frank Reade, Jr' a hand almost to a pulp in his horny paw. "Go! durned glad tew make yure acquaintance, Mister Reade!" he said, nasally. "Gosh blow me fer a cantankerous v a lier dawg if yew ain't got a line kind of a boat yer tew be sure! ' "Yell," said Frank, extricating his hand with a grimace. "I think the Sea S erpent is as good a tl!ing for the kind as floa ts.'' "Jerusha an' hemlock ':Jougbs! I should say so,'' he swept a keen, critical glance about. Then, diving deep into his pocket, be uroug11t up a mammoth hunk of plug tobacco. "Durn my socks, have a ehew!" "No, thanks," said Frank, polit ely. "I don't chew. But come into tho3 cabin, gentlemen, and we will talk business.'' "That is a g r e eable!'' ctied young Jack Wallis. "Come on, Hank, you old h a yse e d!" Greennush was tugging at a mouthful of the plug, but he followed the others, only pausing at the threshold to look back and give Bar ney and Pomp, who were laughing at him, a glowering look. Frank led the way into the cabin. Upon a table lay a pile or charts and papers and some nautical in struments. Frank was about to indicate chairs to his visitors. But young Wallis looked about him admiringly, and said: "Upon my word, Frank, before we begin business I would like to take a look O'ier your boat." "With pl;asure," saill Frank, readily. "Come this way.'' The two visitors were shown the cabin, which was furnisher! with the sumptuousness or a !dug's palace. Rich furniture, line carp e ts, c:>stly tapestries and gilt trimmil!gs made the place look beautiful indP.ed. There were shelves or rare and valuable books set in the walls. Costly chandeliers with electric e;lobes were plenty. And at int e rvals there was a queer shaped silver piece like the mouth of a b e ll projecting from tlie wall. S eeing Wallis looking mquiringly at these. Frank said: ''I will explain those: When under w a ter, or course, we would very quickly exhaust our supply of air. Now I have tile secret of tlle chemical monufacture of pure air which comes into the cabin in "'reat quantitie s through these tubes." "' "Wonde rful! ' exclaimed Wallis, "but what becomees of the vitiated air!" "It natarally goes up to the ce1ling Then at intervals there are sm a ll electric lobes with little air sponges, which absorb and consume the impure air as fast as it comes in contact with it.'' Jack Wallis scratched his b e ad. I never bea rd or your equal," he said, positively, there is no conundrum too great for you LO tackle. Nothing too difficult for you to solve.'' "You are too effusive in your conclusions," said Frank, modestly. "I mean every one or them!'" They now passed into the state-rooms. Luxurious bunks were here provided with all the accessories of a toilet. Beyond were Barney and Pomp's rooms, and then came the diniag cabm and the galley or cook room. Beyond these were the engine-rooms. Below all was the reservoir or sinking tank. Into the engine-room they passed. Here were powerful dyr.amos operated by a new chemical storage system which was a secret of Frank Reade, Jr's. The delicate electrical machinery was a source of great wonder ment. Just forward or this were the two gnus upon either siJe of the boat's hull. These were nothing more nor les s than two long heavy steel pnen matic tubes with electric connections, and throwing a projectile of dynamite specially prepared by Frank Reade, Jr. Wallis was dazed by all exhibition of inventive genius. He was chatting with Frank Rt>acle, Jr., when suddenly from tho engine-room there carne a terrific crash and a yell of agony. What'd up ? gasped Wallis. Both rushed into the chamber. ""' The sight which met their gaze was a most astonishing one. There, in a paralyzed heap in the corner, lay Hank Greenbush. He pulled hims elf together like ajumping-jack, and with the most aston ished expression upon his face that one could imagine. "Jerusha bot cakes!'' he gasped, "I'd hke tew !Jev yew tell me bown in durnation I fell down that way?" "Fell down!" exclaimed Wallis. "Was that what you did! Why, we thought the boat bad been struck by a cannon ball?" But Frank Reade, Jr., the truth at once. "Did you come in contact with any of the machinery?'' he asked. What dew yew say!'' asked Hank, ruefully. Did you put yonr bands on any part of the machinery?'' "Gol blast it! What harm cud thet dew, anyway?" "A good cleal." But 'tain't goin'." That don't m!lke any difference. Certain parts of it are charged .,. with electricity. What rlid you put your hands ouT" Hank pointed to one of the highly polished discs. On that ar' thing,'' he saicl. Frank and Wallis looked at each 1 other and then roared with laughter. Hank at .first looked foolish and then angry. "Wall, gosh durned if I kin see anything so very funny about tbet," he declared. Why, that disc is charged with electricity!" cried Wallis. "Oh; you're a greeny, you are!" Greenbush glared at the two laughing men a moment, and !Len his anger got the b est of him. "Gol blasted If the condemned thing wull sting me agio!" he roar ed, catching up a heavy hammer near. He made a terrific blow at the disc. A cry of horror broke from Frank's lips. He expected to see it shattered and the machinery ruined. But it stood the blow, and the current ruRhing into the steel of the hammer gave Hank Greenbush another shock which lifted him up and deposited him this time more forcibly than before In the corner. It completely stunned him, and for a time1 be was satisfied to sit still and make no remarks whatever. Frank quickly examined the disc, and seeing that it was unhurt, he shut a steel screen down over the machinery. "That was a narrow escape," he declared. We would have been to abandon our tri(J for nwhile if thllt had been broken.'' "And all for that greenhorn's temper!" cried Wallis, angrily. "Come, get up, you greeny, and get out of here!" Hank Greenbush was a very much abashed man as he scrambled to his feet. He had nothing to say, and meekly followed the others into the cabin.

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4. FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." "Now," said Frank Reade, Jr., sitting down to the table, Jet us proceed to business." "Good!" cried Wallis. ''Come, Greenbush, we want your story and your papers." "All right, fellers," said the countryman, dmwing a moldy-look ing bundle or manuscript from his pocket. "Here it is, dD' if yew kin read ther l.llamed stu If yew kin do mora thau I kin, b'gosh!" "V'{here did you get it?" asked Frank tJrietly as he spread the an eioot papers out upon the table. Jilnnk ejected a quid from his mouth into the nearest cuspidor. "I reckon that I kin tell yew purty quiet
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FRANK READE JR'S "SEA SERPENT." Very well. You may take a llrief look over the boat. Pomp, show the gentleman allont. Only fifteen minutes will be allowed." A'rigllt, Marse Frana.'' And Pomp proceeded to obey orders. But Wallis looked keenly at tlle fellow, as did Hank Greenbush, and the former said: "Upon my word, Frank, he is the picture or a fellow who bad a room next to us at the Cllarlestou Hotel; all except the color of hair.'' Well, let him look about," said Frank. "I will soon get rid of him." You are the master. I will go ashore and get DY rig anti return as quickly as poseible.'' All nght.'' Wallis and Greenbush stepped into their tug, which slipped away and started lor the town. The reporter's tug now lay alongside. A abort while lalel"' Pomp and the newspaper man came on deck. He had coverall many pages of his note book, aud, udvancing to Frank, said: I want to thank you, Mr. Reade, lor your courtesy. It is a won derful craft that you !Ja ve here. "It is so considered," replied the young inventor. Then he was deeply impressed with the peculiar light in the keen, penetrating eyes of the fellow. He experienced sometlling like a chill. But tllis was increased to a sense of apprehension and wonderment lly a. starthug discovery wh1ch he now made. The fellow had turned to enter the tug alon,gside. As he did so, Frank's scrutinizing gaze caught sight ol a break in the curious yellow hair which covered bis head. In a moment he understood the situation. The fellow wore a wig. It was un astounding revelation, for it betrayed the fact that be was disguised. But for what. purpose? Frank was so startled and mystified by t!.te discovery, that heremained for some moments standing where he was, quite motionless. The fellow leaped into the tug, wavetl his baud in adieu, and was off. The young inventor was aroused by Barney, wl!o said: If yez please, Mistber Frank, it's :. quare chap that was.'' Frank turned quickly. "Did you think that, Barney?" "Shure an' I did, sor." I tllought tile same.'' Bamey sho()k his bead knowingly. "Divil a bit av a new!lpaper reporter was h!'. Thor's me sister Cordalier's own son as is reportin' fer the New Yorruk Howler an' Growler, an' shore he's nuthin' loike l!im at all. Divil a bit av it." Frank looked quizically at BdTney. 'rbe Celt was tapping his kinky red locks. "Did yez also luk at the hair of him, Misther Frank? Shure it was Ivery bit false. D1vil a reporter be!" Frunk drew a deep breath. I agree with you, Barney!" he said, but what does the fellow want here?" "Shurd, an' I don t know, sor!" Frank went about his dutiea, but for the next hour be could think or little else but tbe bogus reporter. Barney and Pomp were both satisfied that be was a fraud. But what mystified Frank was wllat his purpose was in visiting the Sea Serpent. "Phwat dill he do all the toime yez were showing him about, naygur!" asked Barney. "He jes' took i:J eberyting an' wrote it down in a. bvok!" replieu the darky. F'rank kept a sharp watch for the return of Wallis and Greenbush, for he was anxious to leave at once. But the two hours passed, anJ even a thirQ. It was now quite duak. But at tbis point the tug was seon approaching in the distance. In due time lt. ranged alongside. But no Wallis or Green bosh made their appearance. Instead the pilot handed Frank a letter. Breaking the seal, he read: DEAR MR. READE, "I am unavoidably detained until morning. I will then be on hand at an early hour. Regretting the delay, I am "Yours always, "JACK WALLia." Frank was disappointed but there was nothing else to do but to make the best of it. Darkness settled down thick an1 fast. Frank sat up in the cabin until a late hour engaged in writing. Barney was in the pilot-house cleaning up the brasses and Pomp was in the galley making bread. While engaged thus, none in the cabin or on board the Sea Ser pent observed a small boat which was rowed up quite close to tile rail of the Sea Serpent. Three men were in the boat. They were darkly muftled and one of them carried something which he affixed to the rail of the sullmarine lloat. Tben one of the men &t the oars whispered softly: "All right, Wesley?" "Yes." Is it good and firm!" It is.'' Let out the wire." While the boat was rowed away one of the men in the stern began to pay out a light wire, wnich seemed to extend to the hull of the Sea Serpent. CHAPTER IV. THE EXPLOSION, BARNEY was working awr.y assiduously in the pilot-house when a brigllt tl!ougbt came to l!im. Barney and Pomp, while the best of friends, were always playing practical jokes upon each other. Sometimes one came out victorious and jubilant and sometimes the other. However it was, both enjoyed the fun immensely. Porn p had a few days before gi van Barney a cold shower bath while in bis lJunk by means of a hose nozzle so placed 1n an open port by his bunk that tbe Celt had fancied it sprang from the heavy sea, and only discovered his mistat.e wh:>n be got up to shut tbe port. Barney had not forgotten this. It had been long rankling in his bosom, and he was dE-termined to it possible get square with his tormentor. Now a brilliant idea came into hid head, and he was determined to put it into He instantly dropped his scouring material and proceeded to exe cute bls plaus. These were somewhat elultorate. Tbe Celt grinned all over his face as he reflected upon the surprise party hll would g1ve bis colleague. "Bejabers, it'll be a good wan on him," he muttered. "Shure, it'll lte a number av days, I reckon, afore iver he'll tbry any more roasts on me!" Barney knew that Pomp, like all of his class, was superslltious and mightily afraid of ghosts. To work upon the darky's superstitious fears was uow tbe wicked Celt's design. Quickly Baney went into the chemical room and began work. He proceeded to first cover his face with white chalk. 'l'beu he rubbed in some pllosphoric oil, an invention of Frank Reade, Jr.'s, which had tile peculiar property of being intensely luminous in the dark. Sheets were procured and covered with the same. Thus attired, Barney looked like an incarnation from Hades, or the diaembodieu spirit from some ghoul-haunted graveyard. Tbe chemical room was connected with the galley by a passage. In this passage was the electric meter by wllich Barney knew that he could turn otl tbe light in tbat part of the boat. All was ready. The Celt stepped out Into the passage and instantly shut off the current !rom the galley llluminators. Of course the place was instantly shrouded ln darkness. 'l'be result was tbat Porn p began to yell furiously at tbe top of his voice. Who done turn off dat lightf Hi, dar, yo' fooll'ishman! H dat am yo', jes' turn dat on agio, or I put a head on yo'! Hear mah gen tle voice?" Bejabere, I hear it!" chuckled Barney. Then be lowered bis voice to his boots, and let out a sepulchral groan. Pomp was coming out ol the galley. He was groping his way along when be came face to face with the ghostly apparition. And a ghostly one it truly was. In the darkness the phosphorus shone like the evanescent fires of a monster ignis fatuus. The llarky halted. Barney ieL out a hideous groan. The effect was fearful. A yell like that olu lost spirit welled from the throat of the terrified dara:y. "Massy Lordy! Golly, golly sakes ali be!" he shrieked. "Ise done got mab call, an' :lis am de end oh Pomp. Oh, Mistah Ghostllses, don' take dis chile ylt, fo' de Lor's saKe don' tech me. I do anyfln' fo' yo' if yo' jes' Iemme lib!" "Boo. oo-ool" said Barney, in sepulchrul tones. Pomp nearly had a lit. In the frenzy of tbe moment he made a backward leap into the gal ley. He had no thought but that of escape. Just over the cooking tnble there was a dead-eye window. This was open, and Pomp made a bolt it. It was quite a respectable sized orifice, but Pomp was almost as broad as he was long. The result was natural enough. The darky's body '1\'0!lld not paes all the way through. He stopped just at his waist, and to get further was a sheer im possibility. Had he been able to get through the window it would have been to fall in to the sea. But he did not mind this, for ht> could swim like a flab. But there he s t uck, fast iu the window. All his efforts to get. through were vain. It was too mucb lor Barney. Forgetting his ghostly propensities and qualities he gave way to uproarious laughter. 1

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6 FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA SERPENT.'' He ran forward and began to claw the darky's legs. This convulsed Pomp, who was sure tllat his end bad come and that the batl sptrit had him. Sure until be beard Barney's shrieks or laughter. Then like a flash the truth dawned upon him. He was the maodest darky on earth with that resolution. "Golly fo' glory! I done kill dat I'isbman!" he gritted. He began now to work his way back through the dead-eye. But Barney was nor yet through with him. It was too excellent an opportunity, and the Celt, seizing a strip or board, began to belabor the darky's hinder part in right royal fash ion. For half a minute Pomp suffered. Then out from the dead eye like a cork from a champagne bottle he popped, with disheveled appearance and blood in his eye. Barney was by no means a b'lg. He bad enough and was content now to abandon the lleld the quickest possible way. Shrieking with laughter, he ran out mto the corridor, tearing off his ghastly apparel as he went. But, quick as he was, Pomp was after The darl;y overtook him and clinched with him. One moment they swayed in the struggle. How it would have ter minated it is impossible to say. But at that mornen t tllere was a sudden, terrific explosion. It was a roar like that of thunder, and t!te Sea Serpent seemed !Je ing to pieces. The two rollicking servitors were tumbled end over end. Whim they regained their feet forgotten was everything else in the thrilling exigencies of tbe moment. Frank Reade, Jr., haC! been hurled across the stateroom by the shock. When he recovered he rushed out upon deck. The Sea Serpent was rolling in a tossing, heaving sea of waters. Frank rushed to the rail and looked over. He saw the side of boat was a trifle dented, and that a section of the railing was gone. What did it mean! Had there been a collision! Bad tbey !>een run down? But if so, the other vessel was not in view. Had it sunk? But banging over a portion of the dismantled railing caught Frank's eye. He went forward and picked it up. It was a wire. Instantly a premonition of the truth flashed across the young in ventor. He was intensely excited. He rushed to t!Je pilot-house and turned on the search light. Over the decks it traveled, and then out upon the surface of the sea and to the shore a half mile didtant. And there be saw drawn up on the sand3 a boat, while a number of men were running toward the woods beyond. Frank instantly undArstood ali. It had been a diabolical attempt to blow up the Sea Serpent with dynamite. The attempt had failed by rare good fortuue. Frank's horror was only exceeded by his surprise. Who were the would-be destroyers and what was their purpose? Barney and Pomp were now on deck. A liUick examination was made of the boat's hull. It was dented and somewhat blackened, and some of the railing was blown away. But this was all. The Sea Serpent and its crew bad miraculously escaped a watery grave. For a time Frank was very angry. He was strongly inclined to send a dynamite shell after the vil lains, but he finally decided not to do so. "Begorra, I thought the divil meant us no good when he came to the Sea Serpent to-day," averred BaroAy. Frank's face darkene. Out to sea the Sea Serpent pat with all speed. She was as fast ns a ghost, and thl' way she cleaved her way through the rollers was a caution to her namesake. Soon land faded from Frank had decided that the nearest way to reach the latitude in question was by way of Cape Horn. So the Sea Serpent kept on her way southward. One beautiful day she crossed the Equator. The sen was like glass, one of those calms peculiar to those latitudes being prevalent. Barney and Pomp were helow, Hank Gaeeohush was sitt ing by the rail whittling a stick, and Frank and Jack were in the cabin discuss ingcharts, when an unlooked thing occurred. The sky began to wax exceeding:y yellow and hazy. Greenbush noted this wrth some cariositv, but being unfamiliar with the phenomena of Equatorial storms did not give the matter much thought. Thicker grew the haze until the sun was obscured, and a dull, low rumbling like distant thunder came from the h rizoo. Then it occurred to the YankAe that a storm wns coming. "Jemima pancakes!" he ::raspAd. "I never saw such a Iukin' sky in my life. B'gosh I think I'd better tell ther cap' en." But it was at t!Jis moment t!Jat Frank Reade, Jr., and Wallis came on deck. A single glance at the sky told both of them the truth. Gosh all hemlock!" cried Hank. What do yew call it, cap' eo.'' "A typhoon!" almost shrieked Frank. Then he started for the pilot-house. But before he reached it the Sea Serpent was in the jaws of the storm.

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FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA. S'ERPENT." 'T Great mountainous waves came rolling over the sea with race horse speed and swept completely over the Sea Serpent. Hank and Wallis gained the cabin just in Lime. But Frank Rllade, Jr., was half way to the pilot-house. Hail it not been for a stanchion bolt iu the deck to which he clung he would surely have bean overboard. But lie l!ung to this with grim resolution until the first blow of the typhoon was passed. !'here was au mstant lull, ar:d the boat was c a ught high upon a great wave. The time was brier, but in that moment Frank reached the pilot house. .H11rney was clinging to 'the it taking all his strength to keep the bout steady. In a moment Frank was by his side. Begorra. Misther Frank!" cried the Celt, it Inks as if we'd go down for slmre!" is our only salvation," cried Frank; turn the tauk lever, qmckl" Do yez mean to sink the bout, sor?" Yea, of course." Barney saw the point at once, which was to descend ))alow the rough water and thus escape the fury of tile storm. Of course it was a cap1tal idea and sure to work. 'l'he lever was tumed, the tank instaratly tillea, and the submarine boat went down. The turning of the lever in opening the tank also closed every air tight batch and mP.ans of egress to the deck. But in spite of this quite a lot of water had dashed down the cabin stairs. Th1s, however, did not do much dumnge. Down went the submarine boat quickly. Some moti on was felt un der the surface, but it gradually decreased. Then Frank op e ned the valves from the chemical tank which sup plied the boat with oxygen. The Sea f:lerpent soou had descended to a great depth. Scarcely 1\ny of the storm's motion could be felt now. All had been total darkness for some moments, but Frank now turned on the electric lights. He turned on the search-light and sent its rays flashing through the depths. 1 Marvelous sights were revealed. Huge lishes were seen scurrying about wildly as the light burst upon them. The submarine boat was now within twenty feet of the bottom. Frank was surprised. It is generally the case that the sea attains great depths at the equator .But this evidently was a shallow part. Frank allowed the Sea Serpent to descend until it rested upon the bottom. Tho scene now bullied description. The search-light made thEl ocean bed as plain as day. There were vast areas of white sand with beautiful shells scattered abou t Cliffs and crags of coral were in heights over the santl, and thesP. were hong with beanllfnl sea plants. The colors of the coral in the electric light were beautiful beyond description. The voya g ers on board the Sea Serpent rllghrded the scene with in terest. Wallis and Hank particularly were interested, the former being unable to restrain his enthusiasm! "Wonderful," he cried, "how ensy it seems to walk out there up on those sands and yet it is impossible." "Not so,'' said Fr<>nk. "It is not only possible, but very eo.sy." Wallis looked up in surprise. "What do you mean!" he asked. Frnnk pointed to a chest in the corner. "In that are three snits of diving armor," he said. "They are my own invention, and the wenrer carries upon his back a reservoir of pure air, which is constantly being rPplaceu by the use of chemicals just over thP. reservoir. Wit!1 perfect safety you could remain out there for hours." Do you mean It?" gasped Wullis. "I do." "It is wonderful, indeed." "Presently, if you desire, we will take a little trip out." "I would be delighted." After making a few arrangements, Frank procee went down!' Quite likely!" replied Frank. Shall we go aboard?" "As you say." Wallis made a move toward the ship. Suddenly a thrilling thing occurred From one of the ports there suddenly darted forth an eel-lil;e form which clutched Wallis. In an instant the folds closed ahout him, and he was lifted bodily and tlashed out of sight in a twinkling. Frank stood aghast, looking at tile port for a moment unable to act. He was literally paralyzed with horror, and hardly knew what move it was best to make. CHAPTER VI. AN ACCIDENT. THE disappe!!.rance of Wallis was so sudden and unexpected that Frnnk Reade, Jr., was dumfounded. When his senses did come to him it wns almost too late to net. But he could not remain idle and know that his friend had gone to such an awful fate. Horror was no wurd fer the s e nsation which oppressed him. He knew not what manner or creature had seized Wallis in his gnp. It might have been a giant cuttle !ish or octopus, that dreaded sea spider, which has been known to drag down ships to the ocean depths. Y e t the fold which had enveloped Wallis seemed more like that of a huge serpent. Frank was wholly unable to guess at its nature. But it was enough to know that his friend was m danger. Duty and honor demanded thnt he go to his rE>scue. In his belt Frank had an ax with a keen blade. This be drew out ready for use. "Beast or devil, whatever it is," he gritted, "I must give it bat tle!" With this resolution he approached the port. In an instant, and befote be had time to dodge, out darted a huge tentacle and 'folded itself about him. Swift as a flash he was swept in through the port. Into the bold of the ship Frank was carried. All had beAn pitchy darkness there !:Jut for the electric globes in the_ helmets of the divers. These lit up the hold nnd Frnnk beheld a thrilling sight. In the hold or the wreck there was a moneter of the octopus species, yet seemingly possessed of longer arms. Its huge maw was wide open and wahing for the morsel which it was striving to obtain in the person of Wallis. But the young voyager was battling with all the fury of a desperate man. He was doing his best to cut off the arm of the octopus with his ax. Frank Reade, Jr., founcl himself in precisely the same fix. He was obliged to struggle just the same. But the octopus now found thnt he had bargained for too much. It miaht have been possible to have devoured one of the victims. But of them claimed rather too much of the energy and strength of the monster. Frank made blow after blow at the powerful tentacle with his ax. The blood spurted out and colored the water profusely. Frank saw that if be coulct sever the tentacle, the chance for escape would be good. But right in the midst of the struggle his feet slipped, and he wns drawn almost to t .he monster's beak. This was a frightful predicament, and there was but one desperate thing that could be done. FranK poised his ax and brought down a terrific blow upon the monster's head. The ax crashed through bone nnd all, and lay open the creature's brain. In a moment it was writhing in a dt!ath struggle. The victory wn s won. Frank wielded the ax valiantly until tbe creature was cut all to pieces. Then both sto(Jd free. It bad been a narrow escape and a hard struggle. But they had won. Wallis put his helmet close to Frank's and shouted: "A close call. n

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8 FRANK READE JR."S SEA SERPENT.'' "You're right," replied Frank. I thought our day bad cow e." "Yes." "I do not see much use in remaining here. TherA is nothing or value on this ship." "Nothing." Let us return then "All right." They climbed out or the port and stood once more upon the !Jed of the ocean. They could see the glare or the S erpent'& search-light in the dis tance. They made their way toward it. Soon they could see aheaned for the price of the boat." How do you reckon that It did happen!'' "It must have been t!:Je storm, aud possibly the ellects or that blow that Hank gave it with the ax." However, there was no course left but to make the best of it. It the Sea Serpent was delayed six weeks it meant much. One and all thought or the possibility or Wesley Hawkins, which was the name or the villain wb.o had tried to blow up the Sea Serpent, as Hank had learned at the Cl:arlestoo Hotel, reaching the locality of the sunken gold first. "All right. It he gets there first let him have it,'' declared Wallis "I don't see bow he is going to get a ship to go there with, and bow he can recover the gold with the ordinary divers." "We won't worry about it," said Frank, shrugging his shoulders. "There Is nothing like making the best of things." It was decided to return to the surface u.t once. It was safe to assume that the storm was over and all would be l!afe. Accordingly this was done. A calm sea was found, and no trace or the storm, save a distant t:eceding yellow cloud. The submarine boat was put under slight speed, such as the crip pled machinery would bear. Then Frank R e ade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp stripped oil their coats and went to work. Like bea,ers they toiled for a time. Meanwhile, the Sea Serpent drifted on. As Frank Reade, Jr., predicted, the job of repairing the machinery was a long one. But there was no other way but to sul.Jmit. For days the Sea Serpent drifted on ialy. Weeks passed befor.J finally the task was com plated. But at length the work was done, and the laborers rested from their toils. The machinery was once more all right, and everything was in readiness lor a quick trip. Frank now en tere the pilot-house and set the course or the Sea Serpent for Cape Horn. In due course the rough waters or this locality was reached. It was a glorious day tor the voyagers, when at length the tranquil Pacific was reached. Frank took his bearing!! when five days around Cape Horn and found that they were not above two thousand miles from the1r desti nation. Four days later they to encounter some of the many small lslanda which dot tbe South Pacific. Lancaster Reef was sighted and then gradually they began to enter the Great Archipelago. Every day now they were drawing nearer to their destination. All were exceedingly enthusiastic, and the time could not pass quickly enough. One day the Sea Serpent crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, and they were now well into the warm seas. A few days later the Austral l!!les were sighted, and now Frank be gnn to take more accurate bearin g s. The search for the sunken gold was now begun in real earnest. Thus far they bad sighted but few crafts. But now, while making a so, all coral atol, Barney, who was the bow watch, "Sail-ho! Sllure, Misther Frank, phwat komd av a craft is it?" This question might well be asked. Every eye was turned iu that direction, and sharp exclamations followed. The sail was ql\jldrangleShaped and the craft long, low and rakish. Instantly Frank Reade, Jr., recognized its character, and be replied: ; It is a Malay vessel!'' Jack Wallis gave a start. "Then it iR a pirate!" he cried. "It may IJe!" said Frank, studying the distant craft with IJis glass. The proa, tor suciJ it was, seemed malting directly for the Sea Serpent. As It did not fly the l.Jlack flag and had no external appearance of piratical sort, Frank could noL assume au aggressive attitude. But he kept a sharp eye on the Malay vessel. Why, she is hailing us!"' cried Wallis, in surprise. This was true. A tall, wartby fellow in picturesque costume stood upon the quar ter-deck or the proa, and shouted something in a strange tongue. Frank could not understand it, but appeared on the bridge of the Sea Serpent, and shouted back: "Can't you :.alk Englisbf I don't know your language?'' The fellow answered iu Portuguese which fortunately Frank under stood. \ "What ship are yon?" "This is the Sea Serpent. Who are you?" "We are traders. We have opium and rice. Let us come aboard!" "Stand offl" commanded Frank, sternly. The proa had darted forward, and seemed about to come alongside in spite or all. Frank saw at a glance the danger. The waist or the proa wns filled with villainous-looking men. There was no doubt in the young inventor's mind tbl\t they were pirates. He knew their treachery, and that there was need of cauioo. Once more he repeated his command in Portuguese. "Stand off!'' CHAPTER VII. FATE OF THE PROA. BuT the oarsmen or the proa did not cease rowing, and swarthy captain made reply: "Be not afraid, Tuan, (master.) We nte friends. We only want trade!" "Well, we don't want it!'' replied Frank, "Keep oft I say!" BuL his words were wasted. The next moment the proa ran alongside the Sea Serpent, and in a twinkling a score of swarthy Malays sprang over the rail. Grappling irocs were thrown out, and in an instant the Malays threw off their rnasl;s. Creeses tlashed from under their cloaks, and with wUl cries they rushed toward the cabin. All this while Frank had been inactive. Wallis had caught a spirit or alarm. "Frankl" be cried, wildly. "Are you going to give tL J boat up to them?" "Keep cool!'' replied the inventor. "I dou 1 intend to knuckle to them the least particle!" But they are hoarding us!" "That is all right!" How can you say that?" "Keep cool and you will see!" replied the young in 'Sutor, earn estly. l'rn sure I cannot see your purposE.!" "Well, you will presently!" Over the rail poured the Malays. Half a hundred wete on the Sea Serpent's deck. This was wl.lat Frank had been wait!ng for. The time for a::tion bad come. He pressed a spring which caused all the doors anJ windows or the Sea Serpent to hermetically close. Then be pulled open the lever whict opened the air chamber. Water poured in and the Sea Serpent began to sink. Down she went, nod tbe proa would have gone too bad not the grappling irons broken. 'l'he whole half hundred pirates were instanlly struggling in the water. Many Wt:re drowned but some managed to get aboard tbe proa, wh1ch began to scull away toward the d1stant island. The astonishment of the Mala)'s to see the submarine boat dis appear iu that inexplicable manner must have beeu great. Evidently they believed the sinking accidental. But when the Sea Serpent suddenly reappeared not two hundrAd yards distant their amazement increased to terror. Wallis, who had been so, alarmed now laughed at his alarm. What a fool I Wllil!" he cried. Of course you bad the best or them, Frank.'' Well, rather," said the young inventor, grimly. "Now I bate to take human life, but these fellows are the scums or the earth.'' That is so." "It is n hlessing to humanity at large to destroy them." Certainly." 1 /

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FRANK READE JR.'S "SE.A SERPENT." 9 I believe I'll do it." Frank went forward to the gun deck. He trained one of the pnen matic guns and pressed the electric key. '!'here was a quick reco:t. A distant roar and an enormous explos ion. A column of water rose lifty feet in the air. When it suhshled not a ve s tige was to be seen of the doomed proa save a small heap of wreckage. The all rushed on deck with their glasses. 'fltey studie<.l the sea for some slgu of any survivors. .\. few were Feeu momentarily on thEI surface, b:Jt they quickly disappeared, with tile exceptwn uf one man. 'fhis one was seen to be swimming vigorously t<>ward the shore. The proa had run quite near to the shore of the island, and the pirate was making his best etlorts to reach it. Upon my word!'' cried Wallis, in surprise, "I believe it the pirate captain." "Begorra, that's who it Is!'' cried Barney. "Shure, wud yez give him a shot, Misther Frank!" Tile fellow was P-asily within rille shot, but Frank could not' bear to think of tltat. No!" be said with compassion. If the fellow can escape let him do so." 'l'he voyagers watched the swimmer with interest. He actually succeeded iu reaching the shore, aud climbed out upon a shelf of rock. There he stood erect, and in a seeming frenzy or rage made mad gesticulations at tile submariue bntly been driven there by the recent and was a hopeless wreck. Tile yacht reseml>led closely the pleasure craft or a wealthy Ameri can, save that she was large and carried several rifled guns. "Great heavens!" cried the young inventor, "she is a wreck. Are any of the crew alive?" "Suab, sab, I don' sell none ob dem nowhar," replied Pomp. "Begorra, maybe they are in the cabin," cried Barney. "That is logic!" cried Wallis. "Hail her, Frank.'' This was Jone. But no reply was accorded the hail. ltere was a mystery. What did it mean! Had all the crew gone down in that awful storm? There was no doubt but that this looked to be a lamentabla fact. However, Frank Reade, Jr., was not satisfied with this. For aught they knew there migbt be soma or the crew in tlle cabin in an exhausted condition. Unable to answer the hail they might perish there. There seemed but one course to pursue. This was to visit the yacht. As it was bardly safe for the Sea Serpent to approach so near to the reef a small boat was put out. Into this there got Barney and Frank and Jack Wallis. They rowed quickly to the side of the yacht. Frank went over the rail, and Wallis followed. The name on the yacht's bow was "Penguin," S. Y. C., Ch .. rleston, s. c. What do the letters mean?" asked Wallie, in surprise. "S. Y. C.?" exclaimed Frank. "Why Southern Yacht Club, of course. Tllis boat is one of the club fleet." '' What IS she doing away down here?'' 1'hen both paused and looked keenly at each other. The same thought was in tllll minds or both. "By Jove!" gasped Wallis, "do you see any significance in it, Frank?" It looks queer,'' agreed the young inventor. "It may not be so," "I will bet my life on 1t!" Let lis wait.'' Lashed to the broken stump or a mast was a dead seaman. Two more liead bodies wert> found upon the deck. One or the boats was stove and the other was gone. There were appearances that the survivors had hastily taken their departure from the yacht. They may have got safely to shore," said Frank. "Let us look in the cabin.'' All were willing to do this. Down the cabin stairs they went. Everything was upside down, but no sign of the former occupants was to lte seen. Frank looked al>out sharply lor the yacht's log. This was round intact in a niche in the cabin partition. Opening the pages, Frank read what was an astounding revelation to all. Under date of three months past was the following: "To-nigln we made an attempt to blow up the Sea Serpent, but it. failed. Ic some way we must beat her to the in which the sunken go!J ilea. Wesley Hawkes is the discoverer of the mighty secret. Occupying a room at the Charleston Hotel, next to that occupied by two men named Greenbush and Wallis, he heard the great secret. of the hidden wealth and its location. We know that the wealth belongs no more to the10 than to us. The one who teaches it first shall claim it lawfully. "There we are decided to beat them, and for tbis purpose I take my fast yacht, the Penguin. It is not known that I, Harold Chester, of the rich Chester family, of Charleston, stand upon the brink of financial ruin. But such is the case, and if I can only secure this sunken treasure I may reclaim my social standing and po&ition. This I shall hope to do." Frank read all this, which was much in explanation of what had occurred in the paet. Then he went on with t)Je rest or the log. CHAPTER VIII. THE MALAY TOWN. THERE was much data aR to weather observations and the usual routine of the voyage. Frank passed hurriedly Ot'er this. He then came to the end of the log where the most interesting entry of all is made. "We have been driven upon a reef by a storm. A coral island lies \ near. It looks as if the Penguin ia doomed unless we can get her off. "Two hours later: The Pengiun is going to pieces. Oaly four of us are left alive. Wesley Hawkes, myself and two seamen. We are just about to leave the yacht. God have mercy on us." Here tile log ende,d. For some moments after finishing it Frank Reade, Jr. was silent. Then Wallis said: Well, friends, it looks bad for us all, don't it? We have got to fight against those fellows!" What harm can they do u>?"asked Frank, incredulously. But Wallis shook his head. "More than any or you think of!' he declared. "That flawkes is a schemer and he will devise some method to harm us." "There is no doubt but they are now on the island." "No." "1'hen why not go ashore and have a talk with them?" "What good would it do?" "We can at least force them to abandon their hostile plans. They will surrender." But Wa!lis looked illcredulous. "I don't believe it," he said. "I have no doubt but that they will coutrive to give us a great deal of trouble if we attempt to catch them." "Then what would you advise!" "Simply that we go on and leave them to their own device." But Frank Reade, Jr., could not reconCile himself to this. The young inventor felt a strong inclination to visit the island. "I want at least to make sure tbatthey are there," he said. "Very well,'' said Wallis, yielding. "I have nothing to say. Of course you a1 e the boss
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10 FRANK READE JR.'S ''SEA SERPENT." "Take us ashore, Barney!" directed Frank. "Do you know how to take a boat through the surf!" "Shure an I do that, Misther Frank," declared the Celt. Don't yez worry a p a rticle about that now." And Barney was as good as his word. He took the lloat safely the line of surf and quickly landed his passengers safely on the island. In general outline it did not differ much from any of the a t olls. Its formation was principally of com!. arose along the shore to the height of fifty or sixty feet. Back of these were jungles and wilde, with forests of palm and ban yan, the foliage green aud beautiful. Long beaches of smooth and shell-s t rewn sand extended for miles in either direction. There was no s i g n of human lire visible. In the foliage were birds of gorgeous plumage-on the cliffs were great nnmllers of sea birds. The explorers gazed upon the scene for some moments in admira tion. Thie is a good example of the tropical isle," declared Wallis. "Is it not so, Frank?'' "Yes," agreed the young inventor, "I should say it was. But now the question confronts us-where are our people?" "Bejabers, av they landed here, there ought shure to be some soign av their footprints," declared Barney. 1s so," agreed Wallis. Let us look for them.'' And this was done. Upon the sane! swept by the tide it was of course folly to look for anything or the kind. But up the cliffs Barney suddenly found the impressions very accuratOiy made in the sands. Whurroo!'' cried. Shure, an' we'll be afther thrackm' the spa! peens yit. Wud yez luk at this ? The footprints were quickly examined. There was no doubt but that they were made by the escaping mem bers of the Penguin's crew. These w e re four in numhP-r, as seen bv the footprints. "They are Wesley Hawk es, Harold Chester and two seamen," declared Wallis. All others of the cre w have perished." "That is about the size of it,'' agre ed Frank. Shall we return to the Sea Serpent!" "Wait a bit." The footprints Jed up the clifl by means of a. narrow path. Frank proceeded to follow this until tbe summit was reached. Bar ney and Wallis followed. Here a more extenied view or the interior or the island could' be had. And as Frank swept it with his keen eye he was given a sudden start. There in a small bay at th e upper end lay a number of vessels which even at that distance he could see were Malay proaa. Full twenty or them lay anchored there, and iudP.ed, a s the young inventor continued to study the distant scene, he saw alao that the shore was dotted with huts. The voyagers exchanged surprised and startled glances. "Upon my word!" crie c l Wallis. "It is a Malay settlement.'' "A sort or pirates' stronghold,'' muttered Frank. "Look, they have a fort erected there." That is so!" "Begorra, there must be a thousand or more av thim Jivin' there!'' cried Barney. "Oh, yes!" agreed Frank. "That intensifies the importance of our getting hold of the sunken gold as quickly as posstbl e "That is sol" agreed Wallis, "but I h a ve a proposition!'' "What is it?" "Now that we have come this far it is too bad to t urn back without knowing more or the pirates anc their stronghold. I move that wo make a little scouting trip up arounli that qu a rter.'' "All right," agreed Frank with alacrity. "You have my ideas ex actly.'' No time was wasted. Cautiously the three adventurers made their way through the un dergrowth. All manner of curious birds were s cared from the bushes, and at times a rabbit or some small animal would scurry past. But no sign of human life was encountered untti they had reached a spot quite near to the Malay town. Here the utmost caution was employed. A small emin e nce near was selected as a point or outlook, and to this they crept. Here a wide view of the place could be bad. And it was a wonderful sight. The Malay town was respectable in size, with many scores of huts made leaves of tlle plan t ain and palm. But the fort, quite a subs t antial struct ure, was made of stone, and several cannon were mounted upon it. The sandy beach was strewn with boats, and in the harbor were a whole fleet or proas and many-oared prohus. The town presented a picturesque ,and in many respects beautiful appearance. The bright colors worn by the Malay women shone resplendent in the tropical sun. The picturesque tJa.tives themselves lounged about the doors of the ]>aim thatchea huts. Suddenly a great stir was created. Into the village there came bounding a number of Malays, with excite d cnes and gesticula t ions. Then there was beating of drums and blowing of horns, and a larg e crowd or Malay fighting men came out of the forest. "Look!" cried Wallis with a sharp cry, "the re are oar men! Sure enough, prisonera in the midst or the Malays were four white men. Two of th&m our adventurers eastly recognized as Hawkes and Chester, and the others as seamen They bad fallen into the hands of the Malays. This was not a fate to he much desired as all knew. The South Sea Malay is a robber and a cut-throat by na t ure. If tbey were not put to death the pris o ners would be almost sure to be put into the gallt>y as slaves. Th'l prisoners were instantly surrounded by a vast mob of the Mala ys. "That is the end of them,'' said Wallis, "there is no danger or the1r interfering with us now." Beja bera, that's ttrue!" said Barney. "Inueed, I f eel sorry for them!'' exclaimed Frank. "I don't know but that we ought to try and r es cue them!" "Misplaced pity! ' declared Walli s earn e stly, "they would turn around and cut our throats for it." You may be right," agreP-d .F' rank, 11 but look now." Suddenly, as if owmg to some explanation, the bonds of the pris oners were cut, and they were seen to mingle in a fri e ndly manner with the Malays. The tall, dark chief, or b e ad man of the tribe seemed to have been the cause of this. The S ea Serpent's cre w were amazed. "How do you explain th a t?'' aske d Wallis, in mys t ification. 11 There is only one way!" d e clared Fra nk Reade, Jr., "and that is simply t hat they have in some manner affiliat e d with t he Malays.'' Wallis turned and gave Frank a p e n etra. ing gaze. You are right!" be cried. Probably to save his life, Hawkes !las told them of the sunken gold." It looks probable.'' 11 Then--" 11 We must back to the Sea Serpent " Wait!" said Wallis, suddenly as he Frank's arm. 11 Look at that!'' The young inventor looked in the direction indicated by the othP.r. He saw the while sails of a ship suddenly appear in the offing. It was plainly a merchant vessel. Around a headland it glided and came in full view of the Malay town. The result was electrifying. The ship's master and crew were probably looking for a harbor, not dreaming that the island was a nest of pirates. But coming so suddenly upon the unseen danger, the result was thrilling. every Malay proa in the harbor began to swing about, and a booming shot went out from the fort. CHAPTER IX. ON A SUBMARINE REEF, TrrE Malays plainly int e nded to attack the merchant s hip. It looked like a great fat prize chopped right into their very arms It was certainly a strange s ituation. And those on board the merchantma!l too late saw the terrible trap into which they had dropped. Instantly the helm was put bard down, the big ship's head came about and new sails were spr e ad. But as if by some strange fatality all in that moment the wind dte d out and a dead calm ensued. There lay the ship now wholly at the m e rcy of the pirates. The oared prons could go anywhere cespil e a calm Therefore the ship was certain to become their prey. It was like a swarm of bees flockin g about a helple s s victim. Re alizing that they could not escape the merchant made prepa rations for defense. Ringing orders came from her decks, and armed men appeared at the rails. Bnt what could they hope to d<' in the face of such odus? The pirate s outnumbered t hem n hundred to one. All this while the three mP-n of the S ea Serp e nt's crew had stoo d inactive and hnlf dazed upon the hill. "Great God!" gas ped Walli s finally. "What an awful fate! They are sure to be overwh e lmed.'' It is a pack of wolves upon a bel pleas sheep." That is so.'' 11 Bejab e rs, I wish I bad wan av Lhe electhric guns here this min nit!" cried B a rney. We would soon alter thP. looks of things!" agreed Frank, grimly. "But what are we to do?" cned Wallis. "Are we to stand here idly?" "No." What shall we do?" Back to the Sea Serpent!'' But the ship may be burned to the water's edge before we can get back there!'' 11 No mattEr!" said Frank. 11 We certainly can render no aid here.'

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FRANK READE JR."S SEA SERPENT." 11 That is true!" Bejahers cum on thin!" cried Barney. I'll be the forst to lead the way!" And the Celt was as good as his word. Away he went through the jungle. Frank and Wallis followed. With all baste they crossed the island. But long before they reach-ed the shore, the din of the conflict reache::l their ears and smoke could be seen in great columns rising in the air. Gaining tile point on the cliffs from wbich they had first seen the Malay town they looked back. l A startling sigbt was revealed. The heavens were black with smoke. It could be seen that the ship had already lieen looted und was drifting away a hopeless wreck. 1 Eveu as they gazed tile lire had reached tile water line; there was a lunge and the vessel went down. l The tragedy was over. The tler:disb work was done and Frank Reade, Jr., realized this painfully. It was too late to do nnything now. No succor couiLI be rendered. The gallant sbip was beneath the waves, her crew were mnrdered and the victorious pirates were bear their illgotten spoils to the snore. In some far oft' American port owners woulLI wait in vain for the return of tbat noble teasel. Mothers, fathers, sweetbearts and wives, dear ones, all would wait aud wait witb hopes long deferred, For the ship That will never return.'' Frank Reade, Jr., Wallis and Barney, all realized this and their faces darkened. "Horriulel" gasped Wallis, "that is enough to harrow one's soul!" They shall atone for the outrage!" said Frank, grimly. I will sweep every one of tbe dogs from the face of the eurtb!'' S lowly they descended to the beach. Entering the boat they rode back to tbe Sea Serpent. Pump and Greeubush bad been waiting anxiously for them. "Wall, I'll be go! durned!" sputtered the Vermonter, "I'm glad ye've got back. We wuz goin' tew swim asbote an' take a look arter ye in barf a jitly more." "Golly, I warn't worried not a little bit," declared Pomp. "I jes' know Marse Frank, he take care ob hisser an' cum back jes' wben he get ready." An account was given of their experience on Then plans were discussed. "I'm mightily in f11vor of first finding the sunken gold!" said Wailis. And then giving it to tbe Malaya afterwards!'' "They bave sunk an American sbip, aod must be punished!" said Frank, grimly. "However, I believe you're right, Jack. We will first look for the sunken gold!" And so it was decided. The pomt where tbe ancient treasure ship was sunk, as near as could be guessed at by the cljart, was at a point three miles distant. At once the Sen Serpent proceeded thither. As near aa possible the place was located. Then Frank pressetl tbe lever, which caused the submarine boat to sink. At tbe same moment he connected the cabin with the chemical air chamber. Down went the Sea Serpent. Frank pressed a spring which c11used the slide from every win dow to fly back and flood the ocean depths With the electr1c hght. He bad not taken the precaution to make soundings, therefore could only guess at the depth. Bat be did not Imagine it was more than two hundred feet and in this he was right. Down went the submarine boat. Barney, who was forward, suddenly shouted to Frank: "Bejabers, I kin see the bottom av the sea!" At once Frank closed t he chamber into which tbe water was pouring and the Sea Serpent gently settled down upor. the sand. The search light's glare penetrated far and near through the clear waters. .,.,._ A wonderful scene was There wer!' reefs of corn! of various colors. Ocean caves and grottoes, cliffs and peaks, valleys and glens. In and out. of these flashed beautiful fish of all colors ar.d many shapes. It was like a submarine Paradise. "Oh, to be a merman and live ic th1s beautiful submarine world!" cried Wallis, with inspiration. Gosh all Peter!" exclaimed Hank Greenbush, staring at the scene. "I uever seen anyt hin' so purty at a Bejabers, that's a good deal for a hayseed to admit,'' rejoined Barney. Everybody laughed at this. But Frank Rea things yew walk out in water with?" "You n:ean the diving suits!'' "Wall, yes," Wbat use are "Why dang it, r>mn, kain't vew walk ashore in 'em?" Everybody smiled at this. But no one felt hilarious. There Is only one thing to do!" said Frank, finally, and upon that depends the lives of all of us!" "And what is tbat?'' asked Wallis, with deep anxiety. CHAPTER X. THE SUNKEN GOLD, FRANK READE, JR., was not slow in making his reply. "There is just this chance," he said, the shell may not be punctured.'' Is it likely!' asked Wallis. "It is a slim chance." "So I should say '' "'l'hat the Sea Serpent should dive her noaa so deep into n coral mass as all that puncturing the hull, does not seem at all likelv.'' "Yet the ram n.ay have cleared the way.'' 11 It may have. As I aay, there are chances. But they are slim.'' Wallis waiked up and down. "How are we to know our fate?" be asked, finally. 11 We will kn()W it very quickly it the Sea Serpent's head IS drawn out from tbat mass of coral.'' Can that be done?" 11 Wl:!atl remove the mass of coral from her bow!" "Yes.'' f Of course lt can." "How!" Frank Reade. Jr., lookP.d quizzically at his interlocutor. "'fhat is a very simple matter," be said. "I can place a very small dynamite cartridge in there and shake the reef into a thousand pieces. It is very fragile stuff.'' "But woulrl not tbe shock injure t!Je Sea Serpent." "Not the least particle.''

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12 FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." "Then let us waste no time!" said Wallis, feverishly. "I am anxious to know our fate at once." 11 All right," said Frank; but first I will--" He did not lioish his speech. At this moment a sharp cry came from Barney, The Celt had been working the search-light, and, in exploring the ocean depths with it, had maae an astounding discovery. Distant not six hundred feet from the reef in which the Sea Serpent was stuck, was what bad looked like another reef as Barney had studied its white outlines, he saw, with amaze ment, that they were those of a ship. There it was true to lire and complete-hull, masts and rigging. It was a bark of the old sf4'le. "Begorra, wud yez come here an' take a look at this!'' he cried. In a moment Frank was by his Bide. What is lt, Barney!'' "Shure an' it luks much loike a Ship, sor." Frank held the search-light upon the object. Then he saw what was certainly a sunken ship, thickly incrusted with coral. "Hurrah!" he cried. 11 It is the treasure ship. It is found at last." The excitement created by this declaration was Intense. Forgotten was everything else for the moment, even the position of the Sea Serpent. "Get out the diving suits!" cried Frank. "We'll pay a visit to the treasure ship." "Good!'' cried Wallis, excitedly. "There is no doubt but that we have found it, Franl1.'' "No doubt at all." Success is ours!" Barney and Pomp quickly brought out the diving suit : It was decided not to attempt to free the 8ea Serpel1t until after a visit had been paid to the wreck. It was arranged further that Wallis nod Frank should visit the wreck first. The others were to remain aboard the Sea Serpent. This was most disappointing to Barney and Pomp, who were anxious to accompany the1r But like the faithful servants that they were, they did not demur. Equipped in their diving suits, Frank ltnd Waliis left the Sea Serpent. It was rough work climbing over the coral reef. But the glare or the search-light showed them the way and they kept bravely oa. After awhile they drew quite near to the coral-incrusted ship. It lay half burled in the shifting sands. Hull and spars and even many of the ropes remained in their original position, though all were thickly incrusted with coral. It was not a diiDcult job to climb on deck. The hatchway was open, and as the explorer drew ne:lr to it sev eral large fish rlarted out of it. Reaching the edge of the hatch they cautiously knelt down and peered into the hold. The darkness was in a measure dispelled by the electric lights on their helmets. The Interior of the cabin was plainly seen. The coral insects d failed to get in their work there. The wood work was not much decayed, and, indeed, all was in a remarkable state of preservation considering the length or time it had been under water. Frank placed his helmet close to that of Wallis, and shouted: "Shall we go downf'' "Yes!'' "Look out for rotten planks!" "All right!'' With this Frank swung over the edge and dropped down through the batch. Wallis lollowed him. They were now in the cabin of the trea3ureship. Tbat tbis was indeed the Isabella, they had as yet no proof, but ___ tl)ey felt reasonably sure or it. / Passing through the cabin, Frank opened a door, which fell from its rusted hinges. Upon the l:loor of the cabin beyond was a ghastly sight. There, in plain view, was a heap or whitened skeletons, the remains or the poor victims of the shipwreck. Various other imperishable articles were scattered al>out. Old shoe buckles, rusty daggers and swords, aud various articles or iron and brass. Also a few gold coins were picked up. But the explorers did not pause long here. They passed on and into the magazine. A pile of blackened stuff which had once been gunpowder there. Over this they went, and then came to a door which bad iron bars before it. Upon the planks before it lay the skeleton of a man with the steel handle or a halbert yet in his bony fingers. Both explorers paused. t Frank placed his helmet against Wallis', and shouted: "The treasure is here 1f anywhere!" "Yes!" "This is the skeleton of the gu11rd, evidently, who was placed here to defend it," "To be eurel" Frank advanced and touched one of the iron bars. It crumbled to :lust. It was easy to push the rotten door in. Beyond was a small, square room. It had not a window in it. And there, piled one upon another, were a number of metal chests. But even as Frank attempted to lift the covE'r it crumbled. In the chest there lay revealed a great wass of gold c oin. Doul.Jioons and guineas we1 e piled up in heap s g was certain that they were gold, for the action of time and the water had not destroyed their tisane. They were as hard and clean as the day they were minted. The sunken gold was round. The mighty treasure lay before them. Wallis was so overcome that he was obliged to sit down. Frank counted the chests and made au estimate of the amount or the treasure. Then he placed his helmet against that or Wallis' and shouted: We have found it!" "Yes., "The next thing is to get it aboard the Sea Serpent." How can we do that!'' I will show you!" Frank took a handful of the coin and then led the way back to the hatch. A few moments more and they were both on deck. The Sea Serpent could be seen in the distance wedged in the coral reef. Frank knew that it was necessary to first release the submarine boat before attempting to remove the treasure. By bringing the Sea Serpent alongs1de the wreck it wo:Jld be an easy matter to transfer the gold. With this plan outlined in his miud, he set out for the Sea Serpent. It was a rough climb, but the the two explorers l:lnally made it. Tiley reached the submarine boat and quickly went on board. Barney and Pomp and Hank Greenbush had been waiting anxiously for their return, and wt-re delighted to see them. Wallis threw down some of the gold doubloons upon the cabin table, aud in response to Hank s query, cried: "Treasure! Well, I should say so! The re are barrels or those beauties over there on that wreck. lt is only in order now for us to them over here." Hank picked up oue or the coins and examined It closely. He was the most tickled Yankee on earth, null muttered: Gosh all blazes! I reckon I kin buy Squire Pilklus' farm an' marry Sally Styles an' settle down right handsome like. Whoop-la!'' He gave a suddell yell and executed an Indian war dance. Barney and Pomp applauded vigorously and cheered him loudly. The spirits or all on board the Sea Serpent were now high. But Frank Reade, Jr., reuli7.ed well the seriousness of their position and also that no time was to be lost. He nt once called to Bamey and Pomp. "A'right, Marse Frank!" P!lwat will yez ta\"e, sor ? " I want you to come with me!" said Frank, permptorily, bring a light!" The two servitors obeyed. Frank led the way down into the hold of the ship. What are you going to do, Frank!" asked Wallis with interest. "Well!" replied the young inventor slowly, "I am going to make an effort to learn if possible if the shell or the Sea Serpent is dam aged." How can you do that ? "Simply by through it, which I can do even up to the ram itself " Good!" cried Wallis, joyfully. "If you l:lnd it intact--" lf I do!" said Frank, hopefully, then there is a good chance for us.'' "But if you do not!'' The young inventor shook his head dubiously. CHAPTER XL OUTWITTED BY THE MALAYS. "I HARDLY know," he said. "It is barely possible that we may be able to patch the break and thus continue safely." "Heaven pray it may be so!'' said Wallis, devoutly. "I shall hope for it." Frt.nk Reade, Jr., now entered the bold followed by Pomp and Bar ney. It did not require a great while for the young inventor to discover that his worst fears were realized. A sharp edge of the coral had punctured the shell of the Sea Ser pent. It was enough of a breach to make extremely dangerous the at tempt to remove tbe vessel. As long as it remained in its present position there was little dan ger of the water coming in. But if it should be moved or the coral dislodged from it the leak would be sprung. There was no doubt that this would certainly be fatal. The Sea Serpent would never be able to rise to the surface. It was a horrible thought. But Frank Reade, Jr.'s brain was of the rarely inventive sort. His genius was not or the kind to be ea9lly baiDed. He had not studied upon the matter long before he hh upon a plan.

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FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA. SERPENT." 13 He returnsd to the bold and thence to the cabin. For hours with the aid of Burney and Pomp be worked at putting a huge patch over the break. Finally it was finished. He then looked carefully about for another leak. But luckily no such a thing was to be found. There was nothing now to bar the safe removal of the coral from the vessel's deck. Frank bad decide<:! upon a plan to successfully accomplish this, when a most startling thing occurred. Barney lind been in tha pilot-house, and was amusing himself with flashing the search light through the water. He turned it upon the treasure ship and was astounded at what be saw there. He could hardly believe his senses. Yet certainly there, plainly visible, were three men in di\'ing snits or the ordinary kln impotently at the foes above. But this could avail in no good. The only move left now was to release the Sea Serpent, let her rise to the surface and give chase to the pirates. It was the only move left. Frank: saw it and was not slow to adopt it. "Ready all!'' be made sign with his bands. "Back to the Sea Ser pent!'' And back to the Sea Serpent they went post haste. Once more on board the bag of coin which was all that was secured of the great treasure was opened. The sight of it just whetted the appetite for more. It was claimed that the treascre gold lawfully helongsd to them, and that in taldng it the Malays bad theft. "'l'he gold belongs to us," said Frank Reade, Jr., firmly, "and if we live to reach tbe surface we will have It!'' "Goocl!'' cried Wallis. "We must recover the gold at all costs." And we will do it!" said Frank, grimly. But tho question now was as to how the Sea Serpent was to be released from the coral reef. This was a question o! no slight Importance. But Frank Reade, Jr., was possessed of an inventive intellect. He was not of the kind to be easily baffled. Therefore, it was not long before he got to work. Donning the diving suits, Barney and Pomp went out with hawsers and drills. It was easy work enough to drill holes in the soft coral. When a bole had been drilled two feet into the reef, Frank put in a charge of dynamite. Then he had all stand by, and Barney and Pomp returned aboard the Sea Serpent. As soon us this was done, Frank pressed the electric button which was to lire the dynamite. He did so, and the result was most gratifying. 'l'he dynamite exploded with a gentle shock and the coral rolled aside in large fragments. A few o! these continued to rest upon tb6 Sea Serpent. But Barney and Pomp went out and removed them by hand. The submarine boat was now free. Frank Reade, Jr., was not the one to waste time. He knew that it was necessary to at once get in pursuit or the pirates. So be gave the lever a twist which sent the Sea Serpent to the sur face. Up It went, and in a few moments daylight was about them. Frank tllrew open the doors and the dead eye windows and admit ted the pure air of nature into the boat. It was a relief simply to be resurrected !rom those tomblike depths of the sen. Instioctivt>ly the crew of the Sea Serpent felt this and indulged in a hearty cheer. "Now," cried Wallis, "we must lind the pirates and reclaim the sunken gold which is really ours!" "Right!" cned Frank Reade, Jr.; "and that we will do.'' None on board the Sea Serpent but were of tllis ruiud. There was no doubt but tbat Hawkes and his pirate gang, gloating over their ill-gotten gains, bad returued to the Malay fort. Thither then it was in order to go. So the Sea Serpent's bead was turned towaru the island. Very soon the submarine boat was just oft the and in a short while would be in sight of the Malay town. Frank was busy preparing the guns lor deadly work. "You are going to give them a lesson, Frank?" asked Wallis. "I am going to blow them all from the face of the earth!" declared \he young inventor resolutely. The pneumatic guns were made ready and other matters about the Sea Serpent put in sb1p-shape order. Then Frank entered the pilot-house aud held the submarine boat at full speed for the Malay harbor. CHAPTER XII. AWFUL DISASTER. FRANK READE, JR., was deadly in earnest in his declaration tllat he would blow the Mal11y pirates from tlie race of the earth. His ire and his sense of vengeance as w.,u was aroused by his knowl edge of the awful fate of the merchantman which be had wltnesseranch." "And that I intend to do," declared Frank, firmly. Very quickly now the Sea Serpent rounded the point of the island and came into the harbor. There were, however, but half the num her of prone there that there had been. Where the others had gone It was not easy at that moment to guess. But Frank held the Sea Serpent straight into the harbor. The appearance of the dreaded foe bad now been noted by the crews or the proas. Instantly there was a scattering. Frank was about to open lire when he was restrained by an \ccident.

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14 FRANK READE JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." One of the proas advanced directly toward the Sea Serpent, and a white flag was conspicuously displayed. "Hold on, Frank!" cried Wallis. "It is a truce.'' "All r1ght," replied the young inventor. "What do they want?'' "Let us lind out." "We cannot waste time." "That Is true. It may be that they want to surrender." However, the Sea Serpent was brought to, and the proa was allowed to draw near. A Malay or villainous features stood in the bow. He spoke in Portuguese. What does Tuan (master) want in this isle? He does not want trade?" "No,'' replied Frank in the same tongue, "I don't want trade. I want to know what you have done with those -chests or gold which you stole from the hold or a ship sunk off the reef the te?" "Ah, you forget! Suuken gold belongs to the Iinder!" "But we are the finders!" "Impossible!" "No!" "We have the gold!" "You stole it from ue!" "That is wrong. We did not trouble you at all. Our divers up the gold. If you di
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FRANK READE JR.'S 'SEA SERPENT." 15 The sky was clear, e yellow haze was gone, and the SAO. rolled in .a entle, undulating_bill ws. "' But the smiling 1sl d JUSt now so green and lovely-what or 1t? It was not the Perhaps an of j1l,gged coral reef was all that was left of it. And percJied high this was the wreck of the Sea Serpent. I The suomari-ne boat, ali_ Frank saw at a glance, was far beyond re]lRir. It was an awful moment. "My God! we are done this time, Frnnk!" . rt was Wallis who bad cll mbed out and stood by hiS Side. They exchanged glances "It looll.s like it," said Frank. "The Sea Serpent is beyond saving.'' "Yes.'' "And-the sunken gold--" Frank turned burning, hollow eyes upon his companion. His man ner was almost frenzied as be said: "Don' t speak to me or the cursed Stull. It is sunk forever. Let it s tay there." ",But how will we ever get back to America?" asked Wallis. "There is a chance ttlat some passing ship may pick us up. If not, w e will have to stay here and die.'' "We have provisions!" "YI'B, for quite a long time.'' "Then let us cling to hope.'' But that hopeseemed long deferred indeed as time passed, and n o sign of a friendly sail appeared. Weeks drifted l:>y. Life upon that barren reef was almost unbearable. It seemed at times as if the adventurers would yield to madness. Many times the impulse was upon them to leap into the sea. "1 am tlone with sunken treasures," said Wallis, bitterly. "Hank G reenbush, it was an unlucky day for us all when you found that fatal MS.'' monter. "Gosh hanged if we didn't have a look at ther goltl any way.'' You're Hank!" said Frank Reade, Jr. "And if it hadn't been for that wretch of a Hawkes we would have it now and be on our way home.'' "Golly, dat am a fac'!" agreed Pomp. "Bejahers, it's only a streak of hard luck, that's phwat it is!'' de clared Barney. 1 But it was not meant that our adventurers should perish upon that miserable reef in the South Pacific. One day a white sail appeared upon the horizon. It drew nearer, and was signaled. The castaways were taken on board the Nipsic, one of Uncle Sam's Pacific cruisers. They were safely conveyed to Honolulu, from whence steamer pas sage was secured to San Francisco But little was saved from the wreck of the Sea Serpent. Only a few thousand dollars of the sunken gold was broug!1t back, and the magnificent work of Frank Reade, Jr.'s genius, tbe submarine Sea Serpent, was left a hopeless wreck in the South Pacific. There it probably lies to this day. It would have been folly to attempt to reclaim it. But !rauk_announced his intention of going at once to work upon a new mventwn. It shall eclipse all others," he declared, in a determined manner. The voyagers were glad enough to all set her, 34 and 88 Moo street. New York. I'. 0. Box 27110. JIOW TO BECOME AN !ulllnstructlon !or tne use 01 dumb-b e lls Indi a n clubs p a rallel bars horizontal bars, and various oth e r methods of developing a good, h e althy muscle; containing over sixty illu stra tions. Ev e ry boy c an b e c ome s trong and healthy by following th e ins tructions contained in this littl e book, For sale by all n e wsd ea l e rs or se nt to your addr e ss, postage free, on receipt ot 10 c e nts. Fra nk Tom-ey, P\lblisher, 34 and 36 North Moore street; New York. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY' S UNITED STATES DISTANCE '!'ABLES, POCKE'! COMPANION, AND GUIDE.-Givin g the offic ial distances on all the railr o ads of the Unite d Stat e s and Canada. Aiso, tables of distances by water to for e ign ports, hack fares in the principal cities, reports of the c e nsu s, et c., etc., making it one of the most complete and handy boo ks publish ed. Price 10 c e nts. For sale by every newsdealer. of sent to your address, postage free, on receipt of the price. Fran.IC Tousey, publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore street, New York. Boa 2'130. -t

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U Young Sleuth and the" Bad Man" From the West; or, Green Good& Men Entrapped. 25. Yoang Sleuth's Coney Island Job; or, Beating the Crooks of the Prize rung 26. Sleuth and the SandBaggers of New York; or, Running In the Silent Thugs. 27. Young Sleuth Out West; or, The Mystery of 7 x 7. 28. Young and the Race Course Plotters; or, How the Dark Horse Came m Fll'St. 29 Young Sleuth's Chicago Trick; or, Working as Three Men a t One Time 30. Young Sleuth's Baltimore Game; or, Shadowing Stolen Diamonds. Fun by the Bushel in Every Number of THE 5 CENT COMIC L;IBRARV. The Only Comic Library Published in the World. Issued Every Saturday. Each Num ber a Complete Story. Look Through Your Newsdealer' s Stoc k of This Library and Make Your Selection; The Following Are Now On Sale: No. 1. T w o D andies o f New Y ork; or, The Funny Side of Everything, by Tom Teaser 2. Cbeeky Jim, the Boy From Chicago; or, Nothing Too Good for Him, by Sam Smiley 3. 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