Frank Reade, Jr., exploring a submarine mountain; or, Lost at the bottom of the sea

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and Best Stories are Published in Ente1ed as Second Class JIIatte at the Ne10 York, N. Y., Post 0./!lce Octobe 5, 1892. No. 77. { COIII PLETE.} FRANK 'l'OUSEY. Pum,,saa:R, 3! & 36 NoRTH MooRa: STRa:a:T, NEw YoRK. { r n i c & } Vol. III New York, April 7, 1894. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 C JCNT!!. Entered ax;cording to the A.ct of Congress, in the yeur 189!, by FRANK 1'0USEY', in the o.f!ice of the Lib1arian of Cong1ess, at Washington, D C Frank Beane, Jr., Explotting a Submattine lY!ountain; ott; LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. By, "NONA.ME."

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( I FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. The subscription Price of FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street. Box 2730. Frank Reade, Jr., a Submarine Mountain; OR, LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes," "Frank.Reade, Jr., and His Electric Prairie Schooner," From Zone to Zone," '.rhe Black Range," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE NEW SUBMARINE BOAT, "HuM! You think Everest and Erebus and Popocalepetl and Mont Blanc and other 1 might mention, high mountaius, but I can tell you there i& a dlountam under the sea Uglier than .them all." Prof. Giles Mayhew adjusted his eyeglasstlS aud glared over their r\ms at Frank Reade, Jr., the famous young in\entor wt:oae fame 1s world wide. The two men at the moment were in the library or the Readestown Scientific Society of which Prof. Mayhew was president. "Your remark is anomalous!" Bald Frank; "the highest mountain in the world under the sea?" "Tbat is what I said." How do you make that out?" "Easy enough. lt is simply higher than the mountains I have named!" 1 But we are accustomed to measure our mountains from the level of tba sea. According to that status your mountain is no mountain at ull.'' "Yes it is!" declared the professor, "but it is a submarine mount ain. The distance from its summit to its base at the bottOm of tile sea is fully thirty-eight thousand feet in altitude!" How do vou know that!" "From deep sea, barometrical measurement." Fran I< Reade, Jr., was at once interested. "And where is this wondP.rful submarine mountain!" he asked. "Can you to31l me "Why certainly,'' replied Prof. Mayhew. "It is in the great Pncillc Valley, extending from the Ah.utian Isles on the north to the Sand wich Islands southwast." "You mean tile valley extends that distance?'' ''Yes." "Whereabouts in ,!.his valley do you reckon this submarine mount ain ist" "About threo thousand miles from Honolulu, northeast. Ah, me! I wish that it was possible to explore that mountain, for it is believed to have once been above the sea and part of a large continent.'' "And perhaps inbaoited bv man." "Certamly. It is not at all unreasonable. But alas! we have as yet not solved the subject of submarine navigation." "Yes, we have." "What!" The professor turned an astonished glance upon Frank. The young inventor smiiAd and replied: "The problem is solved." "Wbat do you mean?" "Just what I say. ,.The problem of submarine navigat!on is solved." The professor looked'as if he believed Frank crazy. Who has solved it?'' "I have." u You?" "Yes!'' Prof. Mayhew pulled his white beard a moment and there was a slight quiver about his mouth. Don't joke with me, Frank," be said, it is a serious matter." "I am not joking," said Frank, earnestly. "I mean everv word I say. I have invented a boat which will travel under the sea!" "I know you are a wonderful fellow, but that seems like an improbable yarn.'' "I will prove it to you." "How?" I will show you the boat!" Show it to me?" gasped the professor. "Yes, it is all completed in my shop at present. I have been long at work upon the problem!" This was too much for the professor. He gave a gasp and sank in to a chair. actually had to fail him to revive him. "Am I dreaming?" muttered the professor, as he recovered self. "No. I I.Jelive I am in my right mmd. Frank, I want see that new invention." "And you shall. Just come with me!" The profe8sor left the library of the Scientillc Society with Frank. A moment later tlley were in the Readestown was a little gem o f a city. It bad been founasin to be constructed, in which lie intended to try his submarine boat. With the professor by his side the shops were "sOon reached. At the gate tlley were met by a short; diminutive and comical look ing negro. "Hello, Pomp!" cried Frank, cheerily. Is Barney hereabouU.!" "I done fink be am, sah. LeAstwise, he was a moment a"'o jest try in' fo' to stick pins in dis chile on de slv.'' o Barney and Pomp were practical JOkers ancl constantly hecloring each ot!Jer. The words had l:iarelfleft Pomp's lips when a stentorian voice came from behind a pile of iron pipe near. 1 "Shure, Misther Frank, it's here I am. An' il yez will mek that l nay_gur trow away tbe brick he's thryiu' ter murtber me wid, I'll be wid yez.'' Pine and bricks, eh!" exclaimed Fr11nk, smiling nt the professor. "Up to your old tricks! wen, lay aside your joking now; I have a serious matter on hand.'' Pomp dropped the brick which he had been holding b'ehind him, and Barney, reassred, came forth from his concealment. "Barney," said Frank, peremptorily, "'I want your services.'' sor." The Celt made a comical bow. I wish to show this gentleman the Electric Tortoise. Come with us." Barney followed Frank and the professor across the yard. But at the other end be turned and made defiant grimaces at Pomp. The three men now into a high-arched building. Upon every hand were large patterns and parts of models for iron working. Beyond this building they emerged into a sort of wide area, the center of which was a huge basin. This was connected with the canal by a lock gate. Moored close by the bank of this hasm was the submarine boat. The professor gazed at it with deep interest. He saw at once that tt was a craft constructed after an unusual pattern. As it lay there at its moorings, be saw .that its shape was somethina like that or a fast yacht of the most approved type. But though the lines were there, the breadth of beam and depth of keel were greater. This, of course, was necessary for steadiness Above the rail, how ever, the character of the boat was entirely ditl'arent. A cabin of thin but tough steel extended from the bow almost to the stern. In t his were plate glass windows protected by screens, Amidships thP.re was an arched opening, passing from one rail to the other, and a slight deck built out and guarded by a band-rail. -.

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, \ \ l -\ :r'RANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Forward and above the cabin, was a cylindrical in form, with a dome roof. 'l'be cabin itself was possessed of a dome roof, with dead-eye win dows. In the center o! the roof was a powerful electric searcb-ligllt, operated from below. Two masts, fore and aft, were intended to steady tile boat,. when traveling on the surface. This is a meager account of the exterior of tile submarine boat. 'l'he interior was a revelation. Frank led the way into the cabin. This was furnished like a pal ace. 'l'tere were smoking rooms, a drawing room, small library, state-roomfl dining salon. Then beyond was t!.Je gun room and the magazin&. B e low nnd forward was the engine room, where were the wonderful electric en gines. This interested tlle1 professor the most, and also the huge reservoir and air compressor w.hich e:mbled the boat to rise or sink by the Eim ple method of taking1 in water and then forcing it out of the reservoir "'it h the com pres sell air. Tile question of sustaining life under the water had been ingeniously provided lor. In various parts of the vessel were }Juge trumpet mouthed n.ir valves. These connected with a chertlcal air chamber, where the air of the boat constantly passing over the chemicals was returned freed from impurities and as replete with goo c l oxrgen as was necessary. Life could be sustained under water au indefinite period, or as long as the chemicals should last. Professor Giles AfJiyhew examined every detail carefully. Then he gripped 1!'rank's hand and silently walked out on deck. Not until they were aslwre did be speak. Then he said: "Frank, you have done it. You are the most remarkable man in the world to -day." "That is putting it a little strong, Professor!" said Frank, with a smile. "But I mean it. Your submarine !Joat is a wonder." "You believe it?" "Of course I do, but--" "Wha t! '' "Are you really in earnest when you say that you will really take me along with you in the exploration of tb<>t Submarine Mountain." "Wbv of course I am!'' The turned away to bide a powerful wave of emotion which swept over him. He was an overjoyed man. CHAPTER II. UNDER THE SEA. OF course the news got abroad that Frank Reade, Jr., hrul invented a submarine boat. As a result the shops were besieged by an army of reporters and sightsee rs. Cranks sent beseeching and threatening letters. One misguided individual otlered a million dollarf! for tile use of the boat in blowing up the British navy. Some most ridiculous proposals were made. But all communications went into the waste basket. Frank was not a fool. He hall an extra guard established, and bur riedly made preparations for the start. The government sent a repreoentative to view tl)e boat, and an offer was noade for the secret, but Frank said: "I do not approve of war or its horrible engines. I uon't wish my invention to ever be turned to such a purpose. For that reason and the good of humanity at largel prefer to keep my secret." "But think of its value," protestetl tha agent. "That may be. But money is no object to me at all. The govern ment has enough to defend itsel! with now." You are patriotic!" Just the same I am not lending myselt to the invention or engines ()f destruction. If the s ecret of my boat was to be used by the government for the rescue of human life, or the betterment of human kind, I would present it to them." And here the subject dropped. The agent went away d.iscomfited. The day for the start of the .'J'ortoise came. It was not altogether a propilwus day. The skies were cloudy and overhung, and th ere were of a storm. But this did not atlect the sailing of the submarine boat So at the appointed hour all was announced in readiness. A mighty throng gathered upou tho stone wailea banks of the canal. At the right mom ent the gate's of the reservoir were opened. The water came surging out and brought upon its flood tb" famous oraft. A mighty che e r went up from thousands of throats. Frank Reade, Jr., appeared lor a moment on the deck waving the American tlag. Then the Tortoise glided out into tbe canal. \ For a few moments sbe was visible on the surface of the water in be r trimness of outline. l'heu suddenly a great cry went up from the crowd: "Look! down she goes!" This was true. With a mighty plunge Lhe S!!bmarine boat went down beneatb the waters of the car.al. It was as if she had sunk from sight forever. Some moments elapsed. Then another mighty yell went up. Some hundred yards down the stream there was seen a dark object rising from the liquid depths. "She is coming up!" Up into the lill:ht of clay she shot, shaking the water duck-like from her back. The Tortoise was a success. A short below she ran into the river. The party were off for the Atlantic Ocean. The start was a suc ce ss Tbe incidents of tbe voyage were to be thrilling indeed. Th e voyage down the river was devoid of any thrilling incident. All the way to t he ocean the Tortoise sailed upon the surface. In cluetime the Atlantic was reached. Frank ran well out to sea ar.d then set his course. Straight through tlre Atlantic to Cape San Roque, South America, he drew the first line. "The nearest and most direct way for us and in fact the only feas ible route is around Cape Horn. It will take a good while to make tbe trip, but on the way we shall meet with many wonderful scenes!" "Right you are!" cried Prof. Giles. We shall explore a good part of the waters of tbe world!" Everybody was in high spirits. When well otl the coast Frank went into the pilot house a:1d press eel a,lever. This shut and seal e d hermetically every door and window of the boat. Then he opened the reservoir valve. 'l'he air was automatically compressed into the various cylinders, and the war. er rushed into the reservoir. The boat instant!) sank. When a sufficient depth had been reached in his estimation Frank shut the vulve. This held tile boat in suspension. Frank new put the propeller in motion The Tortois e shot forward through the water. The effect was indescribable. Contrary to gen e ral opinion the deep sea is not a muddy intangillle waste of den se water. It was as clear as nir, and the electric se a rch light dispelled the gloom, so that the submarine navigators could see objects half a mile ahead. 'l'he bed of the ocean lay below them a hundred or more. And a wonderful sight it was. To attempt to describe all the various and beau tibl forms of sub marine life would be impossible. There w ere str;urge aquatic plants, curious shells, huge sea monsters, vari-colored fish, coral reefs, cities, forests and bills. All these various things passed kaleidoscope like before the vision of the voyagers. The bars were removed from tl:ie cabin windows and here Prof. Giles sat speechless with wond er. "If I were to die to-morrow!'' he declared. "I would count my life well lost for this mighty privilege." "We are in the edge of the Gulf Stream now!" declared Frank. "Wait until we get down to the Equator." "What then?" "We will encounter a species of fish and plant life which lives in suspension." In sus pensior; !" "Yes, so deep are the waters there. There are many of these vari ous forms or life could not exrst at tlioRe deptlls. Jndelld, the sub marine bvat could not descend safely to those depths." I understand. Tbe pressure would be too great. "Exactly.'' But this suspended plant and fish life-where does it get nutri tion?'' Ah, not more than a third of the submarine plants get their sub sistence from the soil," replied Frank. "You think not!" I know it. The oeean is full of organisms which such plants feed upon. Their specific gravity holds them where they are. Those plants could not sin I deeper.'' '' Wonderl!ll!" "So far as the illusion goes. You would never know but that you were traveling over tbe oce a n bed just the same as here. Drop u. heavy object, bowever, and it goes craslling through to grealer depths." I shall be glad to view that interesting phenomenon!" said Prof. Giles. I shall make a report of it to our society.'' Jt will be good material." At that moment there was a sudden shock. Both men were thrown from their feet. Things m the cabin rattled about furiously. Mercy on us! was that?'' gasped the profeosor. We struck something!" I should say so!" Barney was in the pilot-house. Frank sprang thither. What was the matter!'' he asked. "Shure, sor, it was only a big shark got plumb in ther way or tiler / boat declared Barney. "Did we hit him?" Shure, we cut him in two loike a piece av cheese, sor.'' Frank laughed, as did the professor. "It would ue well for sharks and such like to keep out of our way," declared Frank. I wouldn't like to encounter a whale though.'' That would he bad." "Well,rather. But I have sharpened the ram of the boat so that it would cut like a razor." For the rest of the !iay the submarine boat kept on.

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4 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Two days passed, and Frank reckoned that they were somewhere in the vicinity of the Bermudas. Will we stop there!" asked Mayhew. "We will not stop unless necessary, until we reach the Pacific," declared Frank. I intent! there to make the isle of Juan de Fer nandez. We will go ou shore and visit the scenes of th e famous Ron iuson Crusoe. lt will rest tile engines, and I may llave to do a iittle on them." "That will be grand!" cried the professor, enthusiastically. "Count me in on that every time." The next day, the professor was at llis post, be a sudden, sharp cry. "Frank!" Tile young inventor was in the gun room. He heard the startl d cry and at once rushed out. WllaU" be cried. "Come here quick!'' Frank rushed to the window. The prof e s s or pointed to a huge black object in tne distant glare of the search-light. "A sunlten ship!'' Such indeed it wns. The professor looked engerly at Ft anlt "Would it be too much to ask?" be said. "Do you want to visit it!" Mayhew nodded in reply. Fronk shouted to Barney: "Barney, check the propeller and stand down for that sunken wreck. The profe s sor wants to see it." "All right, sor." The submarine boat now drew rapidly near the wreck. 'l'he "oyagers saw that it was a Cull rigged s!Jip. But the masts were broken, tile rigging and sails rotted, and the bull had begun to filii apart. That it had been the victim of a storm seemed possillle until the electric lloat drew alongside. Tlleu FranK pointed to some gaping holes in th e side and said: "Those are shot holes. She was sunk by a privateer or a pir ate." At once all wer e interested in the sunken ship. The professor stuched the hull intently. "I wish we could ransack her," be fiually said. "We cnn." The professor looked astounded. "Wtmt do you mean?" h e cri ed. "Just what I say. If you wish to vis it h e r decks you shall do s o." Prof. Mayhew could hardly believe ltiR se nse s CHAPT E R III. O N B OAR D TH E S U NKEN SUJP. "You are n ot jol t in g Frank!" Of c o urs e "And you really menu it!" Why certainly." "But--" "Well, what?" How on earth are you going to do it, I'd like to know?" "Why, simply put ou divingtmits." "Ob!" The professor drew a de e p breath. But won't that be risky?" ."Nut a bit." If the life linea should--" "But I don't use life lines. These diving suits are my own pecu liar invention, and you can travel aar e ly for hours anywhere under the sea." "Well, I should like to see them. "Pomp," said Frauk, p e remptorily, go '.lei ow and bring up three of the diving snits. We will visit the wreck. Barney, you are to remain llere until we return." The order was obeyed. Tile sul.lmatine boat was allowed to rest on the bed ,df the ocean, about fifty feet from the wreck. 'l'he interim was all a surface of smooth white sand, and excellent footing. Frank now exbillited the diving-suits which were his own invention. They were wonderful in design. A helmet simply fitted over head and shoulders. Upon the back there was strapped a Iorge cylindrica! reservoir and a chemical appar atus for the circula t ion and manufacture of fresh air similar to that employ e d in the boat Heavy weights were placed upon the feet; the diver was then equip ped. With these suits on, the three explorers proceeded to leave the boat. This was done in an original and peculiar manner. In the sid e of the boat was lluilt a vesttllul e Into this the divers stepped and shut a hermetically sealed door. Then they simply openeo.i an outer door, allowed the v e stibule to till wit h water and walked out on deck. They then climbed over the side and stooa upon the bed or the ocean To cross the intervening distance to the wreck was an easy job. Each carried at his belt s!Out lines, a hatchet and a pike. Tllese were for practical use. Frank Reade, Jr. led the way. Pomp was close behind him and the Professor in the rear. As tt.ey drew near the hulk it was seen that she was a large craft or the clipper pattern. In her day she must have be e n a tine ship. The hull of the ship was covered with seaweed and aquatic growth. With diffiulty a line was passed over the rail and all clambered up t(} tll e deck. Some of tile timbers had rotted away !l.nd there were gaping aperture s in the deck. It was necessary to use great care that they did not fall through one of these. And as they clambered over the rail a vast number of flsh darted out of the dar!{ d e pths, some of them or moat prodigtous size. The only way that one of the divers coulu commut>icate with the other was by placing their helmets together and shouting very loudly. Even then it was a faint whisper and not ea&ily understood. But the professor who wished to try tile experiment drew near Frank and spoke. H& shouted loudly. But Frank did not hear until their helmets were together. Then he heard the professor say: Do you think there is any danger of sharks attacking us!" Certainly! replied Franll:. 'l'l;ere don't seem to be any in sight!" "No, uut one migllt appear any time. It is well to b., ou guard!" "All right." After this the professor kept a good lookout for the aeadly sea. monsters. Frank proceeded cautiously across the deck to the rottin g stairs which led down intCJ tile cabin. H e re he heclwned to i.he others to follow him. Be touch e d a little spring and au electric ligllt flashed iu a small globe upon tba top of his helmet. This di S (lelled the gloom in the companionway. Frank slowly ma c le hi s way down th e stairs. rhe cabin was e.t once lit up. The water was a tritls olo ndy as th e motion of the divers riled it, bu t yet every obj ect could lie plainly seen. The re was the cabin table, and npou it were a numll e r of h alf eate n pewt e r mugs aull a silver flagon. The s e crumbled to powder at the m e re touch. Chairs were at the table and in one of these was a skeleton, almost r e duc e d to nothingness. The furni s hings of the cabin were gon e having succurn bed t o the efle ct s or tim e and th e water. Pass ing through this cabin the explorers reach e d the forwar d hol d an<.! h e re th e y cam e to a closed d G o r. A touch, howe v e r caused it to fall to pie ces Passing into th e c o mp a rtment be y ond, wbicll bad neither w i n d o w or de a d e ye a llo r r ibl e s i gh t \\as rev ealed. S i x crumllliug s k el e tons lay upon tile floor with chains encom p assi ng them. l'h e truth was pla in; they were priMone rs aboar d the ship, an d ha d llee n l eft to drown i n the cabin hke rats in a trap. It w as n borri b \ e sight to contemplate. With a shiver the div e r s passed from the spot Forward s till further they c ame to th e main deck, and here were> several untrucked cannon and more skel e tons. Moldering w e apons lay and there was every evidence that a. fierce fight h a d taken place. In the lower hold were provisions and stor1es, or course long sine& gone to decay. There was nothing or value to be round, for the action of water ana time had destroy e d all. No log, o! course, was preserved to tell the dread story of the ship's fate. This might only be gu e ssed at. It waR safe to assume, however, that abe bad been a merchant vessel, and had either been looted and sunk by a pir a te or a privateer. What her nationality, it was not even possible to learn. Not the slightest clew was to be bacl. 1f there bad beet! :vname upon her bull it was obliterated. The name and story of the ship's fate must forever remain a mystery. The prof e ssor secured several strange specimens of shell tidb from the cabin walls to repay him for his visit. Then all started to retum to the submarine boat. Climbing the stairway, they once more came out on deck. The glare of the submarine boat's search-light flooded the cleck .. and the vicinity. Objects were plainly visibl e far and near. And just as they reached the rail, the contingency which Prof. hew dreaded came. Up fro m the low e r depths there suddenly dartect a monstrous Lody It tlashed around them like a meteor. "'l'he shark!" gasped the professor, instinctiv ely for ax Then be s a w the wide open swooping down upon Pomp. The shart;: had turned upon his back, and meant to swallow the darky if he. I coulll. There was not a moment to lose. The professor yell ed, but bis voice did not go beyond his helmet. The next moment tbe shark strucll: Pomp. It had Intended to seize tile negro in powerful jaws. Had it sueceeded, it would have bee. n the end of Pomp. But as fortune had it, the darky at that moment saw the huge body bearing down upon him. He had not time to more than drop in his tracks. I

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FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUN'l.'AIN. The lower jaw, or rather the upper one or snout of the shark, struck Pomp between t!Je shoulders. Over the rail be went like a flash. The shark fias!Jed past the pro fessor and Frank, prostrating bot!J. Pomp fell into the soft sands under the vessel's hull. He was unhurt but lmdly frightened However, he leaped to his feet and looketl for his companions. The shark bad shot a !Jundred yar.ds away, leaving a w!Jil'iing wake, but it now turned and shot upward. 1'he divers knew that this was merely to prepnre for another down wart! attack, ami there was a possibility that this ture it might suc ceed. Frank seized the ship's rail with one band and drew a long knHe. The oro lessor did the same. It was certain to be a fight to the end, tor the shark would never give up the battle until killed. There was no other way but to attempt the killing of the m'lnster. Pomp was for the noncfl safe. But the shark bad aimed his course for Frank nnd the professor. So JigbLning-lik e were the fish s motions that thlly were nearly taken off their guard. They had just time to see a long dark body shooting like a thunder bolt down upon them from above. The white belly of the shark gleamed for a bare instant in the glare of the electric Jigh t. Then Frank bent low down and just missed the reeking jaws. Up went the knife, and a large rent was torn in the monster's side. Red blood sufi'used the waters, and the shark ap!Jiarently was convulsed, for 1t vanished, threshing the water into a whirl. Frank motioned to the professor, and both dropped over Lbe rail. They found Pomp just aboct to climb up again. Putting their belmets together, Franl' cried: "I think l struck a vit!!l part. If so he will not return." "Pray Heaven you have!" cried the professor. "It will be a for tunate escape for us." "Golly, .Marse Frank," shouted Pomp, "I done fink we bettah go back to de Tortoise." "And we will,'' replied Frank; but let us wait here a short while for the sake of safety." This was done. They crouched for n time under the hull of the sun ken vessel. But the shn1 k did not come back. There was no doubt but that Frank's stroke bad proved fatal and he was killed. This was good news. The three divers now returned iu safety to the Tortoise. Barney greeted them eagerly. It wns their first trip under the sen in the new diving suits. On the whole it had been a success. The journey was now resumed and once more the Tortoise went through the water. CHAPTER IV. ON ROBINSON CRUSOE'S ISLAND. THE days passed nud still the Tortoise kept on her southern course unde r the sea. .Many wonders were seen by the voyagers, mnny strange sights which would till volJ.mes. Mighty submarine valleys were traversed, terrible abysses crossed, coral reefs and forests, sunken wrecks, strange sen monsters, and many other things too numerous by far to mention. There was a powerful fascination in this species of l:!ubmarine travel for Prof. Mavbew. The old man SiL for hours by the great observation windows of the Tortoise and never Lire of the many sights which, kaleidoscope like, Jlashej before his vision. It was very seldom that Frank allowed the Tortoise tQ rise to the surface, and then it was only for the purpose of getting bearings. One day be announced that they were in Cape Horn waters. But this might have been known by the fact that the water was much colcler than any they had yet encountored. It became necessary to make uRe of the elect1ic beaters, which kept an even tempemture aboard the Tortoise. The character of the marine life now changed very materially. Whales and seals anJ tiehes peculiar to ArctiC waters were encoun tered. The bed of the ocean here was very rocky indeed. It was hard to find even a good spot among the kelp and jagged rocks for the Tor t oise to rest wben a halt was made. But in due course the Cape was rounded and the submar;ne voy agers were in the South Pacific. Frank now s e t his course for the isle of Juan de The run nor t hward was through calm waters and was quickly mad e One m orning F'rank walked into the pilot house, saying: "Le t her go to the surface, Barney. We must be near Fernandez!" S hure, sor, an' I reckon we are," cried the;Celt heartily. "Shore, sor, the bed of the ocean begins to show it!'' This was true. It was eaey to tell when land was near from the change In the color and motion of the water as well. Barn e y pressed the lever which opened the pneumatic valves. The reservoir was quickly forced up, the water being expelled, and the boat went to the surface like a cork. As the Tortoise sprung dripping from the ocean depths and rested upou the surface sunlight was all about. The calm surface of the Pacific was visible beneath a cloudless sky. It was early in the day. The search-light's rays were at once dispensed with. Then all ln stincti vely looked for the ishmd. "1'here it is!" crie<.l Prof .Mayhew,) pointing to the north. A mere npon the horizon it seemed. But the submarine boat quickly covered the intervening distance. Soon the rocky cliffs and waving palms came into view. Then the 1'ortoise anchored In a little bay. IL was an easy matter to get out a small boat and paddle to the ehore. Pomp was left aboard the Tortoise. Frank and the professor and Barney went ashore. They stood upon the shore or the famed island home of Robinson Crusoe, the most famous or castaways. A rock near bore the name of Alexander Selkirk. There were a few inhabitants upon the isle. For a small sum a representative of tbes" showed the party to Crusoe's Cave, the look out bill, and other places connected with the life of the recluse. It was all very interesting ana the party were well repaHl. Prof .Mayhew pa. rtic'blarly was gratified. He made note!! most pro fusely. After a time, however, they returned to the Tortois('. Frank now proceeded to busy himself with the repairing of the en gines and general overhauling. He found some of the bearings badly worn. It had been a long, hard trip,,anll this was not at all to be wondered at. Two days the Tortoise lay off the island of Juan Fernandez. Water was brought from the shore and the engines were carefully overhauled. Then Frnnk cried: "Now for the North Pacific valley and the submarine mountain. There is work ahead for us now." I am glad to hear that, ' cried Prof. Mayhew, enthusiastically. I am ready for it.'' 'l'he Tortoise shortly after leaving Junn de Fernandez went beneath the surface. Frank set his course and the long voyage was begun. The ocean for some distance was exceedingly shallow. But it gradually deepened as they approachelrthe equator. No incident of more than passing interest occurred until tbPy were ofl' the Walker Islands, about ten degrees north latitude. Here the submarine boat came upon 11 curious formation of the ocean bed. It really seemed as if some mighty continent had sunk into the depths and buried a vast civilization. 'fbere were appearanc e s of roads, of paved and crum bling walls as well as divisions of land. But all of course was to a large extent covered with sea weeds. Bejabers, I should think it was a sunken counthry!" cried Barney in amazement. Shure it luks as if some av the omadhouns moight be down there now!" A nation under the sea!" cried Prof. Mayhew. "How wonderful and romantic that would bel' 1 I don' fink yo' will tin' any ob dem people alibe jes' de sa01e!" averred Pomp with a grin; dey am pooty dead afo' l11s I reckon.'' "But we are certainly passing over n. region 0nce inhabited!'' aver red the professor, positively. Frank, why not go down a ways and take a look nt the situation!" "Why, certainly, if you desire to!" agreed Frank. So the Tort oise was allowed to sink until within twen t y feet of the bottom. It was here necessary to proceed more cautiously for fear of striking some obstruction. Barney turned on the searchligbt and sent its rays several hundred yards ahead into the darkness. The result was astonishing. Tbe CelL fairly gaspee for breath, and then shouted: "Murtha, murtha, Misther Frank, wull yez cum here quick! Shure it's a city we have in front av us!" "A city?" ''Yis, sor." Fran!' and the professor sprung to tbP. pilot-houso window. 1'he scene revealed ahead was certainly a wonderful one. A city under the sea it certainly was, with domes, and spires and walls of purest white. It was a mest aazzling spectacle. The voyagers looked at it with the sensations of those in a dream. For a time they could hardly believe their senses. "A city under the seal" gaspe d Frank. "Yes,'' averre c l Mayhew. \Ve cannot deny that." "So it s eems." "Be j a bers, it Inks as natberal as loife, an' remoinds me av DuiJlin," saicl Barney, with sincerity. "Golly, it done mal>e me fink ob Richmond, Vorgeenia!" added PQmp. But) how on earth did it come here at the bottom of the sea? Have we discovored an amphibious race or men!" Perhaps we have locate c l the horne of the mermen and mermaids of 01ythology," said l\'Iayhew. I see no sign of life!'' Except those beautiful rainbow fish." "You ure right.'' "No, Frank, it is a sunkan city. This is an island or possib(f a continent which once was allove the surface!"

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.. FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUB.\URINE MOUNTAIN. I believe you are righL!'' I What a marvelous discovery tnis is for the benllfit of archreology," cried the professor, wildly. "A lost world, a sunken Atlantis." All now waited witll interest to reach the proximity of the sunken I city. The 1'ortoise had B<>on approached within a few hundred feet of J the walls. Then Frank shut off the propellers. j He lowered thll boat until it reached the bottom. Then he de clared: "We will t>xplore that city!" Of course the others were delighted. It was now Pomp's turu to guard the Yubmanue boat But be did not clemur. The were brought out and clonned. Every preparation was made for a careful eearcl! of the sunken city. Then the explorers left the Tortoise. They crossed kelp-strewn rocks until they were at the wall of tile sunken city. The search-light made all in the vicinity as plain as day. More over, each one of the explorers wor e upon his helmet a small electric lamp. This enabled them to proceed with the greatest cf ease. As they reached the wall of the city Mayhew touch e d it with his band and mut tered to hims eH: "Upon my word, it is coral!" This was true. To all outward appearance the white walls were coral. But the pro fessor struck them a sharp blo w with hie ax. This cau se d the coral to f a ll in huge cakes. Beneath was the surface or a kind o f sandstone. 1'ite c oral was au outward coating or incru s tation, and gaye the city il.a pure white appearance. 1'his was very strilnng By signs the professor convoyed his discovery to the others. 1'1!e wall of the city at this juncture was altogether too high to s cale without the a:d of a ladder. It was ueci
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\ \ I FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUN'l'AIN. 7 They quickly removed their helmets, and were glad to draw a breath of pure air. Then experiencei were discussed. "My soul, I thought our time baa c c me!" cried Prof. Mayhew. That giant crab meant us for his prey.'' "But be did not get us," said Frank. BeJU:bers, he nigh had the forceps on me!" cried Barney. That's so.'' "Golly, but wouldn't be jes' hab bad a mighty tough meal if be had got yo'; l'ish!" said Pomp, badgeringly. \ "Don't yez give me none av yez gdff, naygur!" cried Barney. / "Shure if he'd taken a taste av ye the blackness wud av blinded him ferlver.'' "Huh! I don' fink I be sech a fool as to let him." "Yez cudn't help yers e l!." "DaL's wha' yo' say. I don' fink no crab in ilese watahs can cotcb me." "Shure they'd be fools if they metl the try," re t orted Barney. And so, with their usual amount of cheap talk and badgering, the two comical fellows went below. Pomp soon had a steaming and toothsome meal ready of which all were more than willing to partake. Barney did not forget the words of the clarky and he mentally re solved to get square him for a number of past grievances. "Bejabers, I'll fix matthers fer him so tlmt he'll niver waot to t!1ry another thrick on m e," averred the Celt, confidently. Barney went about his scheme in a very systematic manner. In clearing out the reservoir the duy before be bad come across a queer kind of.wat .er spider or deep sea crab, which had some of the propensities of the electric eel. Contact with this peculiar little shell-flsh gave one a stinging pain like that of the common stinging nettle found in every pasture in America. This little creature Barney had carefully bottled up. Bejabers," he chuckled, "I'll fix his nil.Jbs now. Shure he'll niver Ink cross-eyed at me !" Pomp never suspected a joke. Thus far during the voyage they bad enjoyed perfect harmony. The darky was constrained to beEeve that it would continue. But right here was where he made his mistake. There was a very large-sized surprise m store for him. While Pomp was cooking the dinner, Barney crept down into the darky"s state.room. Here be placed the crab between the sheets of Pomp's bunk, and just where the darky's toes must rest when be should stretch out. Then the Celt went above stairs and abont his duties. CHAPTER VI. A SERIOU S MISHAP, BUT Barney could not a straig!1t face that evening ...He chuckled and laughed in his sleeve and nigh betrayed himself to Pomp several Limes. But yet the darky suspected nothing. The Tortoise bad lett the white cit.y and was shooting northward toward Hawaii. Frank hoped the nex day to get into the Tropic uf Cancer. From thence it would not be a long run to the vicinity of the Sand wich !viands. Above them he hoped Lo make tile North Pacific Valley. .The Tortoise was standing up to her worlt well, and bad proved a stanch little vessel. The dinner was partaken of and much enjoyed by the Tortoise's crew. Then all repaired to the cabin. Barney brought out his tiadle and played some rollicking Irish jigs. Pomp produced his banjo and sang some plantation melodie3 witli tine and humorous effect. Then somewhile all turned in. It was Pomp's first watcli. Barney slept the sleep of the just un til midnight. Then be aroused and went to relieve Pomp. "I done link yo' am right on time to-night, chile," said the darky, as Barney appeared. "Wha' am de meaniu' ob dat!" Barney did not tell the real reason for tliis. He only grinned, and Paid: Begorra, yez bad niver ought t o kick at the loikes av that." "Ain' gwine to. chile," retorted Pomp. "So long! I'se gwine fo' to git some sleep " I hope yez will have pleasant dreams," said Barney, with irony. "Dat's a'right, l'ish. A clear conscience am bound In' to do ! Yon ;re nll right!" "No, no sah! l'se gwine to die presently, I'ae bit by a tarantler. I'se jes' gwine to commence pooty soon, an' aance till I jes' dances mah'sef to death!" "Don't be a fool! There are no tarantulas aboard this boatt Where was it?" mah bunk, sab!" "Did you see it?'' "No, aab-but I felt it. Dis chile he de bite ob de tarantler ehery time!" "Well, where did it bite you?" On mah toe, sab !" Pomp held up the wounded member; but Frank could see no swell ing or evidence of a wound. "Pshaw! You are not burt!" he cried, angrily. 'Don't be foolish I shall have to the spider to believe it!" He am in mnh bunk, sah!" "Well, let us find him!" Frank and the professor at once -;v,nt to Pomp's statoroom. The bunk was overhauled and the crab found. Pomp's eyes stqck out like saucers. Massy sakes!" be cried. "Am dat wha' it was? Fo' de Lor' I done fo't it was a tarantler!" But the mystery is, how did ib come there!'' said Frank, with a wink at the professor. "Baruey!" Tlle Celt came soberly out of the pilot-bouse. But as h e saw the expression of Pomp's countenance he could con1ain hlmself no longer: He burst into a perfect roar of laughter. In fact he could not con tain bimself. Pomp's eyes blazed with wrath. "lt was jes' de wo'k ob clat nasty l'ishmun !" he cried. Marse Franl\, he done dat, fo' suah!" Frank waited until Pomp had finished berating Barney, t.ben be said sternly: Burney, are you guilty of this trick?" "Is it of that, sor, yez wud have me say?" "Yes!" "Yis, sor!" "'l' ben you put this crab into Pomp's buuk, did you?" I did, sor!" Barney no IV bung his head for he never liked to be reprimanded by Frank. He was duly ashamed. "I hardly know how to punish you," Ra,id Frank, sternly, "bot I may say that I do not like sucil jokes. Don't let it occur again!" Frank would have read Barney a lecttlre then and there, but at that moment a startling thing happened. There was a terrific crash, all articles lying loose in the cabin were flung about, and the voyagers themselves were thrown upon tbeir faces. Mayhew and Frank wAre the first to regain their feet. "Fur the love of Heaven, was that?" cried the professor wildly. But Frank knew well what it was. He was quick \tO act. He bellrd the whirring of the dyn:.mos, the click of the propeller shaft and felt a peculiar vibiation of the boat. 'l'he 'l'ortoiee bad come to a sudden stop. Frank sprang into the pilot-bouse. He saw at once what wus the trouble. In the brief moment that all had been absent from the pilot-bouse, the boat baarctlligut upon the rocks and 8canned them closely. He saw that the ram was wedged solidly in the cbaam. He reversed the Alectric engines. \ But st:ll the boat did not move. It was not in their power to extri it. What will become of us if the boat is not extricated!" asked Mayhew. 1 We shall .:lie!" replied Frank. a horrible fate!" It is certainly terrible.'; But'-it looks as though we were upon the side or a. mountain. "So we arel"

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8 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Listen!" A strange and ominous sound now came to the hearing of all. lL was like the distant rumble of an eart!Jquake. It was repeated at intervals. What is it?" asked Mayhew. "I canoot snyl" replied Frank. "It may be a submurine volcano." A submarine volcano!'' "Yes." ) Wonder of wond,.rs!'' cried tile professor, for the moment forget ting their peril. We must aee it before we go horne!" Very likely we s!Jall if we cun only brAak away from here," sniLI Frank, "but that don't look very encouraging just now." "To be sure it does not!" "Golly, Marse Frank," cried Pomp, "am dar no way we'se gwine ro to git out ob d1s fix!'' "We shall see!" Frank ordered the divingsuits brought up. Donning one he went out on deck. He went to the extreme end of the vessel's bow and examined the ram. He saw that it was not b!ldly damaged but tllat it wus firmly held ty the Mil apse of a section of the ledge. Frank studie
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, I FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 9 So he decided to return thither at once. Til is they did. Barney met them at tl:e vestibule. As soon as Frank cou!LI remove his helmet, be asked: Where is Pomp?"' Barney's eyes opened witlo. The naygur, sor? Shure, I've not se\)n him at all." "You haven't?" -'No, sor!" Frank turn&d in consternation to the professor, whose face was pale and startled. Something has happened to Pomp.'' That is certain,'' agreed Mayhew. What can it be!'' "I really cannot imagine. I certainly hope no harm has befallen bim.'' Frank picked up his helmet and ptit it on again. His face wore a resolute expression. Where are you going?" asked Mayhew. I am going to find him. I shall not leave this cavern until I Jearn flis fate. Pomp is too valuable a man to lose." Barney with a ligi.t of eagerness in his eyes now stepped forward. Och, Misther Frank!'' he exclaimed, eagerly, "shure an' wuu yez be afther Jettin' me go wid yez?" Frank looked at the professor. The scientist nodded h1s head, saying: "I am quite willing. Barney can be of more service to you!" The Celt with delight hastened to put on the diving suit. In a few moments he was all ready. Frank and Barney were about to leave the vestibule when a start Ung thiug occurred. Suddenly there was a dull trembling, a fearful vibration, and the walls or the coral cave seemed tumbling in. The Tortoise was given a fearful shock, and Frank heard the reser voir lever lly opeu. Vith horror he triod to reach the pilot house. But the next moment the boat shot backward and out of the coral cave, while the reserVOir being cleared, it began to rise with the m pidity of thought. . Up it went through the hundreds of fathoms of water like a cork coming to the surface. In that brief instant Frank Reade, Jr., had realized what it all meant. There had been an earthquake under the sea and the l!aosed to give up and d1e a struggle. He fought madly for his life, laying about him lustily with his ax. The leeu bladed weapon cut through the shell of the monster crab l ike cheese. Oti came one leg after another. The monster tried to get the dnrky into its horrid beak. But Pomp avoided this. He struck sava!);e IJ!ows at it with the ax. The result was that tiJe sea monster very quicldy began to relax its bold. 'l'he water was suffused with blood. Then the giant crab lay quite still; it was dead. The victory was Pomps, and a more delighted darky could hardly be imagineu. "Golly!'' he muttered. "I'se J!lS' glad fo' to git out ob dat ar scrape. I done fo't fo' a time dat die chile was a gone coon." Pomp now pullecl himself tegether and crawled away from the crab. All the while that the struggle bad been going on tile munster had been dragging him deeper and deeper into the cavern. The glare of the lamp on his helmet showed him the vicinity q'bite plainly. But he was at a Joss to !mow what direction to take to return to Ins friends. There had been no trail left upon the cavern tlo0r to guide him, However, pomp struck out in tile direction from which he believeu be had come. He kept on at a rapid pace. Through one passage after anotl.;er he went. Then he became conscious of a dampening fact. "Golly fo' glory!" he rnutteretL "l'se done li)St fo' suah." There was no disputing this fact. He was lost! Lost in a coral cave at the bottom of the sea. The full enorm ity uf the rellection was upon him. He l1new that the chemical reservoir upon his back must !Jecome exhausted in a few hours. This would mean
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* 10 .FRANK READE: JR., EXPLORING A SrBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Time passed. It seemed au eternity to Pomp. A drowsiness came over him. He yielded to it and sinking down slept. This would have been the sleep or death but for a fortunate inci dent. Frank and Barney upon leaving the Tortoise had started in the di rection which they believed would eventually bring them to the mouth of the coral cave. But they wert> unable to get the exact bearings. For a long time they wandered on at random. Then fortunately they struck upon the nght track. Barney suddenly spied some tracks in the sand. These he followed to the mouth of the cave. And here he came upon Pomp's sleeping form. The durky lay quite motionless, acd both Frank and Batney believed ltim dead. 'l'hey imaginecltbat the chemical reservoir bud given out, and that the darky, if not deacl, was dyin!!;. Frank motionecl to Barney and they picked Pomp up bodily. Of course this woke the clarky. Pomp sprung up, and seeing who they were, rushed upon them in 'll'ildest joy. This was mutual, and the meeting between the three divers was a joyous one, They fairly embraced each other. But it was useless to carry on a con versution there. Frank 111 o tioned the others to return to the Tortoise. This move was at once executetl. It was easy enough to find the boat by means of tlle electric light. Then they went aboard, to find the professor anxiously awaiting them. It was a happy denouement of a thrilling alftdr. Pomp told his story whicil was heard with interest. lie wad quite the hero of the hour. Then, us nil were hungry and fatigued, a good dinner was prep11red of wh1ch they partook heartily. Frank decidld to remain where they were for the night, that they might get much needed sleep. This was done, and all slept soundly for eight hours. Then they were ones more astir and the Tortoise went on its way. Thus far the submarine voyage had been replete with thrillmg in cidents enough to satisfy the most fastidious. But there were even more exciting episodes in store for all. Frank announcecl a clay later that they were near the entrance to the North Pacific valley. shall lind clepths there," he cleclared, "to which it will be im possible for us to tieRcend." "I am anxious to reach noel explore the submarine mountain," de clared Prof. Mayhew. "lt will not be many days before you will have that privilege," cle clared Franl<. 1 am glad to hear that." But that very afternoon a marvelous sight was beheld. The Tor toise suddenly came upon it. The electric search-light threw its rays many yards ahead and Bar ney, who was at the wheel, suddenly caughL s1ght of an astounding spectacle. They were just about entering a depression or valley which was as white as driven snow. There were clifis ancl crags and precipices and plateaus, but all were j)Ure white in color. It was not easy to at once what this material was of which the white valley was formed. But Frank Reade, Jr., being called at once declared: It is marble and of the most magnificent quality. Only t ink of it, a valley of marble.'' CHAPTER IX. THE SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. WONDERFUL!" cried lltayhew. "It is really a marble valley un der the seu.'' This was the truth. As the Tortoise driftecl on through this beau tiful valley of white the effect was grand Upon either side rose mighty heights for hundreds of feet, and everywhere was the same spotless white rock. Even the fish that swam in this enchantecl valley and the crabs and other shell fish were white. Beyond all expression was the wonderful scene. 'l'o attempt an adequate description of it would be impossible. The electric light flashed from cllfi' to crag with dazzling brilliance. The voyagers gazecl upon the scene spellt>ound. Well," exclaimed Prof. Mayhew, "I have never seen anything to equal this! It is sublime!" Certainly it surpasses all sights we have seen thus far!" said Frank. 1' ou are right.'' "But look!" Fmnl pomted to a cliff above. 'l'he otbers looked thither and for a moment all was silence. There upon that high white cliff wns the snow white statue of a won:an, Spellbound the voyagers gazed. "A statue!" gasped the professor. Golly!" exclaimed Pomp. iVIIoebber macle itI'd like to know?" "Mebbe this valley wus above the sea once same as coral ctty !Jejabers!" cried Barney. No," declared Frank, positively, that is a marvelous thing, but the hand of man never cut that statue!" A freak of Nature?" "Yes!" This was seen to be a fact. They were now upon the other ?ide of the block or marble, and this side bure no resemblance whatever to a statue. The illusion was easily seen. But it had certainly been a remarkable one. All were willing to ad mit this. On up the marble valley the Tortoise now sped. New wonders Hashed hy upon every hand. But at length the white marble began to ang they came to the open sea one& more. A new wonder now appeared, however. 1 This was in the shape of an illimitless plain of sand like onto the Desert of Sahara. For hours the Tortoise traveled over this. Then graclually the land began to sink and to be broken up into valleys and hills. "Hurrah!'' cried Frank. "We are in the North Pacific Valley." "Good!'' cried Prof. Mavhew. "Now lor the mountain nuder tit& seal" We will reach it by to-morrow if nothing breaks!" A peculiar change was now not1ced. The Tortoise no looger slid along with her easy noiseless motion. She creaked and groaned and vibrated tremendously. Frank was constantly at the wheel. What does that mean?" asked tlie professor. "'l'he bed or th& ocean is fully a hundred feet below us." That is true." replied Frank, but for the last few hours we have been rapidly going deeper." "Ah, then we are beginning to feel the pressure of the water?" "That is just it. Presently we shall cease to s<>e the bed of the sea." "What if we shoulcl attempt to keep it in sight?" We woolcl be <;rushed like an egg-shell. 'l'he pressure upon thes& plate glass windows now is something tremendous. However, I hope that we shall soon reach the mountain." It was true that the Tortoise hull ranched the greatest pos>i!JI& clepth to whicb it was safe for her to descend. A few feet deeper, and she would have been unable to resist th& pressuJ;e. As Fmuk hacl preclicted, the bed of the sea soon disappmred from view. So great was the clepth now, Frank found it necessary to cend a hundred feet or more. The Tortoise labored heavily. Thus the submarine boat kept on. 'l'he run across the famous North Pacific Valley was one which the voyagers did not soon forj!:et. 1 t was necessary to be constantly on the alert for the least depress ion might have been rata!. It was with general relief therefore that next day Frank received word from Barney who was at wheel, thut thera was ground visi ble beneath them. Frank at once went forward and studied the situation. 'l'he bed or the ocean here was risin g rapi
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, FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 11 Will yE>z?'' sputtered Barney. That remains to be seen, me <>'OSSOOn." " "Well, don't quarrel over it!'' cried Frank. "It may be a serious emergency and uo time for quarreling." "Yez may be sure wan av us will be on hand, Misther Frank.'' "Yo' kin jes' bet on dat!" 1 "All right," replied Frank. "Now, professor!" "Well?" Are you ready?" "Av, or at least I shall be as soon as I get my helmet on." Then let us be The two explorers ha9tily donue d their diving suits. The reser voirs were freshly stocked wttb cl!emicals. '!'hen they were reacly to go. Eutermg the the valve was turntld and it. tilled with water. A few moments later both were out on dectc Barney bad been instructed to follow them witli the search-light as long as possible. 'l'his be proceeded do. The two divers made their way over the slippery ledges with some difficulty. Each carried at his waist a long and stroug line of steel ropean invention of Frank's. Tloi s was to be used in scaling cliffs or precipices, or in a uy case of emergency. Down into the crater the two explorers crept. Frank carried the signal wtre, which was thread like, upon a spool. This he unwound as he went on. There seemed no danger from sea monsters or huge fish ot any kind. To all appearances there were none such in those waters. Yet, this, of course, was hard to tell. Some hole in the rock9, some deep sea cavern might 'Je their hiding-place But the two explorers gave no thought to anything of ti.Jis kind. Tl;ey were all engroaBed in the project before tilen:f. ADll dO they kepL boldly and patiently on. After a time they reached the inner verge of the crater. Hare it was smoother surface. Traveling became much eas1er. What seemed like a mighty crust of lava occupied the center of the crater. Suddenly, as they were crossing t llis, Mayhew halte,l. He put his helmet close to Frank's, and shouted: Do you know I believe we are in deadly danger." Frank was astonished. 1 Why!" he asked. "We ara upon a thin crust of Java which has undoubtedly con gealed here in ages past by the action of the water.'' Well, and what of that?" "Wby, only think! We do not know what depths are beneath us. Suppose it s hould give way?" Frank experienced a chtll. He reached down and tapped the lava crust with his axe. It bad a startling e!Iect to be su re. A small section of it caved in leaving an aperture. Fmnk saw that tile crust was not more than two inches tllicl,. The enormity of the risk was at once apparent to him. He arose and addressed tbe proieasor once more. "Had we not better go back?'' "Go back?" "Yes!" Tlle professor smiled at this thought. He raised his voice, and shouted: It is as far to return as to go straight across tile crater. "We must trust in Providence!" And go ahead!" "Yes!" "All right," declared Frank. "I am ready. Lead on!" The words bad barely left iais lips when a most terrible thing hap pened all in the 1 winkling of an eye. CHAPTER X. INTO THE ABYSS. TnE very thing the two explorers dreaded came to pass. Tile Java crust suddenly began to bend aud sway. Their upon it l was no do11bt responsible for this. "My God!" cried Frank. "We arl) surely going down!" "For your life; run!" cried Mayhew. Of course neither heart! the words of the other. They were too far apart. Btt that mattered not. Each saw the proper move to mal\e and mada it. 'l'he impulse was to get away from that dangerous spot. But each acted upon a difierent plan. Frank took a backward leap toward the Tortoise. He instinctively realized that this was tbe safest thing. He knew that this part of the lava crust had been tried. But Prof. Mayhew did not do tl.us. He spang forward and towarcl the opposite 'Side of the crater. Fatal move! It transpired that the lava crust grew thinner every step takep in that clirection. It now crashed b61leath him and he went out of sight. All was done in a twinkling. Fraok aghast. Before him yawned 11. migbtv nhyss. He had no means of !mowing bow deep it might bE>. But It was certain that down into these awful deptl.ts the professor haLl fallen. For the moment Frank forgot about person al peril. "Keep up, Mayhew!" he shouted, forgetting that the professor could not hear him. ci' Don't give up! We'll save you!" But of course no answer came back. If the professor had shouted, Frank would not have heard him. For a moment the young inventor was motionless. Then be crept to rhe edge of the abyss. It was useless to listen, so he flashed hiB helinet light down into the place. To his joy he saw Mayhew. When went down through the Java crust, the p,rofessor had in stinctivlliY clutched at the water. This brought his bands in contact with a spur of rock. He slipped and slid along this for a moment, and then hung to it. Here he was SU\Ipended. It was a peak of rocli: which rose in the middle of the crater, and was one of the supports of the lava crust. Fortune was with Mayhew. Beneath him he knew wns a fearful abyss. For aught he knew it might lead to the center of the earth. It was fortunate for the professor that he was in water instead of air. The former substance was so bnoyant that he was ennoled to haug to his position. 'l'hen suddenly Frank's helmet light blended his own. Instinctively the professor turned and saw Frank upon the other verge. He knew that it wns impossible to speak to him, bur : he made a signal. I This Frank answered. Then the young inventor uncoiled the rope at his waist. He was an expert at throwing a lariat. Had it been in tlle air, he could easily have thrown it over Mayhew's shoulders. But throwing a rope 1111der water ia another matter. However, the weight 91 the rope was au important item in hi!! favor. AfLer several trials Frank managed to make it reach the mark. The professor clutched the noose. It was but a few work to sltp it. over his shoulders. Then Fran!' braced himself. 'fhe professor made a signal. All right!" muttered Frank. The professor swung off the ledge. He swung across the abyss, and hung over the verge. Frank bung on to the line like grim death. He began to draw up ou it. Steadily he pulled his friend up to the edge of the lava crust. Then there was a crumbling vibrating motion. The crust was bend ing. The weight was too great. Even at tbat moment Frank could have saved himself. It would only have lJeen necessary for him to have dropped tho rope nnd sprang back. That would have let !.tis down into the deoths. Frank could not do this. He was determined to die with the professor. He would risk and even give his life in the atLernpt to save him. The next moment there was a co pmwtion in the water. 'l'ue crust gave way. Down went both mP.n into the abyss. Down, down they went swiftly. llad it been air they were falling through at that height 't would have been certain death. For they fell :Jigh a thousand feet. This was the depth of the crater's main shaft. They were in the heart of the mountain. When they struck terra firma once more, they saw by the light or th11ir laml>B that they were in a migbty high arcbell chamber. TL.i9 no doubt bad once been a tremendous reseryoil for the stor age of the vast quantities of lava which seethed and boiled in ita un derground home. The fall bad not injured them, for a fall through water is never .in jurious. They were unharmed. But their position was somethi.ng terrible to contemplate. . ){ayhew put his helmet close to Frank's. "Fran!{, we are in for it.". "So it seems." "We will never get out of here.'' "We must try." "Wl.mt is tbe use. We are in the center of tbe mountain." "Well, allow that. We can get out 1f we try." "Do you believe that!" "1 do.'' ".Sot how?" "See!, Frank held up the spool of e lectric wire which connected with the Tortoise. Th is he had retained, and it had uuwouud Itself all the way down. Frank: instantly drew a sounder from his belt: He put it onto the wire and sent a message to the 1'ortotse. "Barney, we.are at the bottom of the crater. 'fhe lava crust !!ave way and let us down. You mu8t get us out. Get a long !me. Corne tlowu to the crater and let it down to us.'' Barney caught the and it acted upon him lil'e an electric shock.

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12 l<'RANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Mither presnrve us!" b e cried. Sh ure, Mistller Frank and the professor air ic trullle. Do yez stuay !Jere, nnygur, an' I'll be aftber goin' down to tlleir help!" Pomp did not demur. "Golly, I'Ish!" he cried, excitedly, "yo' mu, get dem out ob dat fo' sunb. But jes' yo' look out yo' don' get in yo'sef." Begorrn, yez needn't worry about that!" Barney llastily donned his diving suit. Then be procured a huge coil of rope and set out for the crater. Tue search-light made all as plain as day. He bad no troui.Jle in 5ndmg his way to the mouth or the crater. Barney got down upon his stomach and crept to the edg;e of the crust. Tbere was great peril in this, for the crust' might yield at any moment. But he kept his position, and drew himself out over the edge until he could look uown into the abyss. Far, far below, te saw a faint star of light. It was the belrnet ligbts of tile two divers. Barney knew The Celt saw that tbey were at a great deptb. He at once began to revolve in his mind a plan !or tl1eir rescue. Slowly be began to lowet the end of his rope. Down it slid, until aftllr a time he felt a slight twitch upon it, and knew that it was in the grasp of the divers. Then the Celt crept cautiously back from tile verge He knew the precarious pature of it, and it could not be ex pected to bear a great weight. His pian was the best possible, and tllis wns to carry tbe other end uf the rope beyond tile verge of tbe crater, and secure it firmly to a crag of rock. "Begorra, now they must cloimb up av thimsilve s!" he declaretl. "Shure it'll be a long on,e, but it's the only way.'' Meanwhile, at the bottom of the ptt Frank and the professor had welcomed the rope joyfully. Already they saw rescue at hand. But be never can pull us up out of here and escape breaking in himself,'' said the professor. "I don't IJelieve he will try it.'' What then!'' We must climb up ourselves." Frank had guessed Barney's purpose. And sure enough, a abort wh1ie later came the signal: Barney made several short pulls upon the rope. Fortunately tbe professor, in youth, had been a sailor. It was not therefore difficult for him to pull himself up on the rope. As f o r Frank, he was a born atbiete, and could have made twice the distance. It was not long therefore before tile professor was upon tile crust above safe and sounu He at once made a signal to Frank, who b e g a n tile ascent. Up went the young inventor until he finally stood upon the crater's cru s t again 'he professor had joined Barney, and Frank hastened to do likewise. They put their helmets together. We owe our lives to you, Barney,'' sai
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' . FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 13 His pallid face and borritled manner gave the cue to Barney and 1 "Merciful Heaven!" gasped the professor, hollowly. Only think Pomp. / of poor Frank!" "Shure, ph were's Misther Frankt' cried the Celt. "Speak up A wail of agony escaped Barney. loike a man." We cannot go to his rescue!" "My God, I fear he is dead!" feebly gasped the professor. "Ocb, murtberl the dear koind mastber is gone! Oh worra! worra! "Dead! No-no!" cried Barney, excitedly. "Don't yez dare tell it's awful!" bowled Barney, in agony of spirit. me that; I know tJetth e r They were both so overco'me that tt required some time for them to "Golly fo' Marse Frank nin' dead. He cain't be ceain went h e lter skelter. The inmates w e re But, about upon all hands w a s t he boundless oc e an. hurletl from their f e et, and tossed like puppets. The re was no other lan
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14 FRANK REA.DE JR. EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. To be sure, he was carrie d down the mighty steep ami even over into the a byss. Enveloped as he was in the mass of fungi he kni'W not where he \va s being carried, nor could he s e e a thing. When he came to a stop be was beneath a vast amount of the fungi. lie lay quite still for a time. He could breathe freely and was not even bruised. He collected hi s thoughts and then made action. It was an easy manner to ;>art the jelly-like mass and find his way out of it. When h e had got clear of it he looked about him. By the light of his helmet lamp he saw that be was at the bas e of a mighty high clifl. To ascend this would be impossible Yet be knew be must have fall e n over that clift Wb!\t will the professor think!" he mused, ''I ought to signal him in some way I'm all ri g ht.'' But he could see nothing above. He waited for a glimpse of the professor's light. But it came not. He was now satisfied that be must make an at tempt to get at tbe top of the clitl witbout aid. 'l'biR he found to be impos s ible. However, h e was at the bouom of a defile, and he might follow tbis until be found a w a y to climb up. So he kept on in tbis manner; but tbe cliff still offered no means of ascent. However, the opposite side of the detne was easUy ascended Frnnk conceived the idtla of a sc e nding this and s i g naling across. But as he kept on climbing upward, be became aware every mo ment that be was climbing a mountain. What did it mean? Had be become tnrr.ed around or confused, and was be really as c e nding the submarir.e mountain? The more he reflected upon this, the better satisfi e d he became that it was the truth. So he kept on manfully. Hut it seemed an eternal climb. Time and again be was obliged to pause and rest. SLill he kept on. Hours passed. All this whil e though Frank did not realize it, h e had been encircling the main cave or peak of the submarine r.nount. am, and was gradually approaching the nt0ll above. For hours he kept on, and sudl1enly llecame aware of a startling fact. Above him there was a fearful roar like thunder. it was deafening, a11d he f elt the water in motion about bim. "Mercy!" he muttered, "that is queer! I am very nea.t the surface and that is the thunder of a storm. Where am I?" He realized unmistakably that he was lost. To find his way back to the 'l!.ortoise now he knew was impossible. His pulse tbr,obbed hotly and his head swam. He sank down upon a rock. Mercy on me!" be cried "what am I to do? They will never find me!" 'l'l.Je situation was one calculated to strike terror to the stoutest heart. Frank however recovered himself. There is only one thing to !!o!" be muttered, "and that is to make the best of it.'' This was certainly a plucky resolution. Frank praceP.ded to carry it out. He decided to go up as near the surface as possible. He already suspected that the top of the mountain waR an island. Up and still up he went. As he did so, the light or day e:rew plainer, and he suddeniy lifted his gaze and distinctly saw the sky through the lashing waters above. He was far enough below the surface not to f e el wholly the etlect of the storm. Tbe bed of the ocean here was very sandy and ascended gradually. Frank became certain that there was an island above. He could plainly he a r the thunder of the waves upon the sandy beach. But how was he to get out of heaving waters and gain the shore? He couid not have kept bis feet a mom ent in their embrace. B11t this difficulty was suddenly obviated. As he waoctered on, b e s uddenly discovered the bed of the cha11uel which led into the calmer waters of the utoll. Following this rapidity over vast beds of coral and sand, into the st ill waters of the little inclosed b ay, or atol. It was but a moment's 'work to emerge from .this. CHAPTER XIII. THE END, AN atoll is properly a coral isle in the shape of a ring, with a chan nel connectine: its inner waters with the outer seu. Frank gained the inner beach of the atoll. He was completely ex hausted, and sank down. In the western sky tbe sun was struggling to get through the storm clouds. But they closed angrily over it, and the storm raged fiercer than ever. Frank little dreamed at tbat moment tbat upon the oppoEite side of the isle his friendl!e cast away. It he had, it is s o say tbnt he would quickly have joined them. Instead, be belle d them at the bottom of tbe sea, and was won nering how he ever could rejoin them. But darkness was at hand, an
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