Under the Amazon for a thousand miles; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful trip

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Under the Amazon for a thousand miles; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful trip

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Under the Amazon for a thousand miles; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s wonderful trip
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-' \ 1 Latest-and Best Stories are Published in This Library.o Ente1ed as Second Class 1latte r a t t he Ne10 Yor k, N Y Post O.f!ice, Ootobe1 5, 1892. No. 88. { co!IIPLETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Pt,n L tsaEn, 3! & 36 N o R'l'n sr nEE r. NEw YoRrr. { l'RICE } Vol IV New York, A ugust 24, 1 89!. ISSUED WEEK LY. 5 CENTS, Enteed acc01ding t o the Act of Conunss, in t he yea 189!, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the L ib a ian of Cong r ess, a t Washington, D. C. Under the Amazon Fc>r a Thousand 1vfiles; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S WONDERFUL TRIP. By '' NONAME." The monster came toward him with serpent-like movement. Its massive jaws opened not a foot, from Frank's head before he recovered sufficiently to act. Then quic k a s a fl ash he whirled the E:een bladed pike high over his head and taking cool aim drove it full force down the monster's throat. I

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p r UNDER 'L'HE AMAZON. \ The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months 2os t-paid, Address FRANK TOU .SEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 273 0 \ I Under the Amazon for a Thousand OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful Trip. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade-, Jr., and His New Electric Air-Ship the 'Eclipse,''' etc. CHAPTER I. THE NEW SUBMARIN E BOAT, "A SUBMARINE boat!" exclaimed Prof. A\I'XlS Smythe of Washing ton, as he held up his hnnds in amazement. Well, I never, wb&t will you strike ne x t, Frank Reade, Jr., Not content with the Steam Man, the Electric Horses and the Electric Air-ship you have now cap ped the climax and invented a submarine boat." "That is the truth replied Frank Reade, Jr., with a modest smile. "Well, well, I must see this new and wonderful "Yon shall." Pro!. Smythe, a tall patric i an old gentleman with a gray beard, was one of tbe most distin g uished savants of the day. Frank Reade, Jr., who stood by him was a remarkable type of young man. Tall, straight and handsome, be possessed of a type of features which betokened intellect or the highest order. At the moment thl'y were in the office or the extensive shops in R e adestown where Frank Reade, Jr., constructed all of his famous inventions. Smythe bad read a reportorial account in the newspapers o! Frank Read e .Jr., and his new invention At once the learned savant had started for Readestowu with a pur po s e in view. He at once sought for and obtaiced an audience with Frank and thus we find him at the opening or our story. Frank Reade, Jr., arose from his chair alter the remark recorded above and touched an etec t ric button. A moment lnter-4-he door flew open and n diminutive and comical looking negro stood upon the threshold. Pc; unp, you black rascal, Pro!. Smythe wants to take a look at the Search." "A'right, Marse Frankl" replied the darky ,' ducking his head. "I jes' go an' find dat I'isb loafer an' we hab tiugs ready d'reckly." Where is Barney!" asked Frank. "Dnnno, sah. De las' time I done see dat good-fo'-nuffin be was stearin' !o' a bar-room on de co'nah. I Jes' go an' fin' him!" "Be quick about It!" said Frank, sharply. "I must say that I don't like this sort of thing at all. If either one of you--" Begorra, don't yez behAve a woi'rud that black imp av the divil says, so>r!'' cried a treble voice angrily, and a short, broad-shouldered Irishman appeared on the scenes. He had been dozing upon a bench just outside, and the conversation had awakened him. He was a comical specimen of humanity. His bead was adorned With a shock of red hair and his mug was as broad and smiling as a ten acr e field In the sunlight. Barney and Pomp were old and trusted sel'Tilnts of Frank Reade, Jr. They always accompanied him upon his famous trips around the world. Thev were much devoted to their young master. "Yez hwe bin Joying about me an/ I'll 'ave the loife av yez!'' blustered Barney as be laced Pomp. ''Glory fo' massy!" gasped nigger "How eber I knows whar you'se am! Nobody kin ever tell dat. Yo' jes turns up when yo' feels like. Don' yo' glt gay wi! me, !'ish, or I dune brek yo' in two." Begorra, yez niver cud spell able!" cried Barney, angrily. Yez are a sooty son av a sea cook, an' I'll 'ave the ears av yez if yez don't be more civil." .... Hold on there!" cr i ed Frank Reade, Jr., sharply. Let us have none of that. This is llO Lime lor skylark i ng. Be oil, both of you, and g et the bout i n readiness at once. Lively!'' "All rig ht, sah!'' said Pomp. Yis, sor!" exclaimed Barney. And away the two comical characters went to execute their bid ding They were the warm est p f friends and much attache<} to each other, though fond or playing practical jokes upon each other. Frank would hardly have been able to get along without their ser vices, or com pany either, for they were the life or any occasion. "Ha, hal" laughed Prof. Smythe. "Are those the sort of employ ees you have, Frank! Why, I haven't seen their like outside of a comic story book." I could hardly dispense with their services." Is that so!'' "It is." 'fhen they do not allow their skylarking interfere with their du ties!" Not at all "You are fortunate. Altogether Frank Reade Jr. I think yon are a wonderful man!" 'l'hank you," repliell Frank, with a blush of modesty. "You are too etfusi ve, professor.'' "Not a particle." l They sauntered about the yard until at length Barney appeared and said: "All roigbt sor. The Electric Search hr. ready, sor!'' I "Come." said Frank, taking the arm. 'l'og ethe r they crossed the yard to a high g ate in a brick wall. T h e gate swun g back ami the profess o r saw quite a large pond of water or t a nk with a I.Jroad platform all about it, In the center or the tank floated a strang looking craft. 'l'he professor stared at it .. The snbtnarine boat!'' he gasped. It is II fact then!" "A reality!" laugbel.l Frank, as he noted the professor's wonder, The impossihle has happened!" "Come and let me show it to you. We will go aboard!" As the Electric Search lay there in the water of the immense tank it was seen to be a wonderful structure. In design the bull was much like that of a pleasure yacht, though the bow had a long and sharp ram. But above the rail there was a long cabin w l tb an oval shaped roof of metal in which w e re varions wimlows heavUy guarded with plate glass and iron netting. A band rail extended along the outsida of this, and above It was a broad deck extending lore and with a band rail about it also. Forward was a pilot house with plate glass windows and over lt was a search-light of great j:ower. Practically this was about all there was to describe of the exterior of the submarine boat. Its curious and wonderful feaaures were all on the Inside. The men crossed on a plank to the deck of the Search. Pomp had opened thP bermitical cabin door In the cabin side and they passed through it. They were within the craft. The maio cabin was a revelation. It was as elegantly foroishoo as tbe rtrawing-room of a fine mansion. There were all sort of con veniencea, of appliances and comforts

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l ) UNDER THE 8 Rich furniture, loxurions drupories and costly bric-a-brac, and a library of line books. Then followed an inspection of the staterooma, of the mess or din ing cabin, the galley or kitchen, and the forward hold where were ktpt supplies nod necessary weapons and ammunition. All this the professor grew enthusiastic over. But when he descend ed to the engine room he was spell-bound. The wonderful electric engines were there, the secret of the construction being known only to Frank. Also beyond the engine room, was the reeervoir or tank, by means of which the bout was lowered or raised at will. "I have seen all this!" said tbe professor, tinnily. "I understand your theory of tlepre83iou and elevation of the l,10at. But I do not yet comprehend how you can exist under water withoat a generous supply or air." "Nor <10 we!" replied Frank. Ab, bot where can you get it?" Frank laughed. He put his baud upon a curiouslookiog valve in one of the partitions. Do you see this!" he asked. "Yas." You will notice these at intervals all through the cabin." "I do.'' valves are supplied with air from an electric generator which alsotlllbsorbs the vitiated uir as fast as it is created. No part of the boat can be kept unsupplied with the air." An electric gE>nerator!" The profeRsor scratched hfs head a moment and then started for the door which led out upon the deck. "Come," be said, "I have seen enough. I am satisfied." "Walt," said Frank. I have not yet proved the machine to you. You shall see its workings.'' I am satisfied." But Frank bad pressed a valve upon ap electric keyboard. Instant ly every door and window of the Search closed and was hermetically seal ell. 'l'hen Frank pulled open another valve. There was a sinking sensation and darkness. 'fhis latter, however, was only momentary. Electric lights liashed out upon the air of the cabin. Then there was a slight shock. Come here!" said Frank, drawing the professor to a window. "We are at the bottom of the tank." This wa s true. 'l'he professor saw the cemen\ed walls and floor of the tan!,. They wer e in twenty eight feet of water. 'fbe boat bas sunk!'' "Yes!" said Frank. "I can raise it however in a moment of time. But see bow plainly the search-light shOws under water." Wonderful!" agreed the profe s sor. "I am satisfied.'' Are you sure? ' Yea." Then we will end the inspection now.'' Frank touched a valve and the Search flew to the surface. Both men went out on the dripping decl\, and Barney and Pomp ran out the plank for them. They crossed to the platform. It is indeed very wonderful!" declared the professor, "What?" How do you expect to ever get the boat out into the deep sea?" Frank pointed to a gate at the lower end of the yard "By opening that," he said. "We pass into a canal and tbrou"'b a series of locks down to the river. Thence to th e sea." Prof. Smythe was sati9fied, yet be asked one more question: Do you think the Search capable of weathering a heavy storm at sea?'' The boat is constructed for coping with the elements in any part of the world,'' declared Frank. They walked in silence to the office at the other end of the yard. Entering Frank indicated" chair and said: Be seated, friend Smythe." The scientist obeyed. His brows were knit for a mome11t as if in thought. Then he cleared his throat. "No doubt you have wondered somewhat, Frank, what the object of my visit here is!'' Why, to see the new submarine boat." "Yes, in part. But there was yet another motive." Frank looked surprised "Indeed!" be exclaimed; "yon talk in riddles What may it The professor drew a bundle or papers from his pocket and cleared his throat. I will tell you," he said. CHAPTER JI. A NARROW ESCAPE. THE professor spread his papers out on the table. Fra!jk at once saw that one of them was a map of Brazil. He waited with some curiosity for the savant to explain his pur pose. This be was not long in doing. Placing his finger upon the map Prof. Smythe said: "You see this is a map of Brazil!" "I see," replied Frank. "Right here is the mouth of the Amazon river, wtich extends four thousand miles across the South American coctiuent." "Very true" "Now I have a story to tell you or this very same Amazon river." Prof. Smythe indicated a marked spot on the map and said: 'Right on this spot there occurred an incident of no little importance about five years ago. "Captain Paul Davis, with a numbel' of adventurous companions, paseed up to the head waters of this branch, the lea river, in canoes. They were fully a year reaching th1s point. They E>xperienced a legiOn or advvnturefil in the forest! with wild beasts and savage natives. A.t a certai? point upon the lea River they journeyed Inland, and came upon a wild region never before visited by white man. Wtile traveling through a gulch one day one of the party picked up a shining pebble. 1 It was a diamond or tremendous value. So rich a find caused all to lose their beads, and they at once abanr the Amazon In a submarine boat! brother scientists would envy him! How they would regard h1m w1th Jealous eyes!

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4 UNDER THE AMAZON. How the world would record the famous achievem e nt, and what n contribution to science would be the disc o venes be woul d m ake! Thul llatterlog himself Smythe conferred with Fra nk R e ade, Jr., a short while longer and theu departed for N e w York to complete prep arations. It had been arran ged to start on the twen tietb. of the month, allow log two weeks for all preparations. The submarine boat, with Frank Rende, Jr., Pror. &mythe nod Bar ney and Pomp on b o ard, was to proceed dowu tb e river to the sea. Then a straight course was to t.e made for the mouth of tbe Amazon. After the professor bad gone Frank called in Barney an:l Pomp. He told them of the project . They were delighted, and executed a breakdown. Pomp : m hls head. "Ki yil dat be lots ob fun!" he cried. "Dis chile amn't afraid ob 'gators nor scakes!" Beg orra, I'll lay two to one yez wod run at the forst soight av one,'' anid Barney. "Don' yo' get gay wif me, chile," threat e ned Pomp. "Bejabera, Illon't aee .. nothio' ter be a fraid of. Yez are only a dhirty naygnr!" "Golly, I hnb yo' skin fo' dat, yo' I'lsh Joafah!" declared Pomp as he made a start for Barney. "Hold on!" said Frank, authorita t ively. "None of that! There are too many for you to do just now. Go about them!" This settled the dispute. Bot Pomp made a grimace at Barney and the latter grinned con temptuonsly They were gone the next moment and Frank now went out to also bnsy himself about the preparations. Professor S mythe not keep the g o o d thing to himself. Belore he reached New York every n e w spnpnl s yndicate in the country bad the story and the country was e l e ctrifie d . It was certainly a wonderful thing to ponder on. A trip und e r th e Ama zon the most w onderful and mys t e rious river or the world was certainly no lignt pro ject. All sorts of th e ori e s were advance d by vision a ry reporters. Some averred th a t the S e a rch w o uld get s tuck in the mud and nev e r bfl able t o e xtricat e it s elf. Others that there w e re hug e serpents and marine monsters in the b1g river which woul d crush the boat, like au e gg-s h ell. Hosts or l etters r ea ched Frank tre atin g upo n th e subject. But the youn g inv e nt o r only smil e d and s aid : Littl e th e y kn o w about it. L e t them surmise all they wish!" ( Then h e coolly w ent on with his work pr e parato r y to th e start. But an inci de nt occurred wlli ch came nea r putting an end to the Whole enterpr i se. One day l!' mnk received an epistle which tend as follows: "DEA R M R READE-I am comin g to see y ou upon a subject which is of v e r y vit a l wte rest to me. I hope y ou will n o t r efuse me an au dience. "My darlmg b oy J a mes is somewh e r e in that desolate country along the Amazon. .I Ollc e heard that he was h e l d a sl a v e by a tribe of natiYes. 1f you coulll lind and help birr. y o u will win the undying gratitude of a sorrowing m o ther. Yours hopefully, MRS. SHAW." Frank's sympathy WM naturally aroused. "Cf'lrtainly, if 1 can help tbe woman I will,'' he declared. So the next day when Barney brought in a card bearing the name of Mrs. Shaw, Frank at once said: Show the lady in, The Celt heaitated. "Well!" said Frank, impatiently. Shure sor, I don't loike the looks av her. She has big veil over -her face, sor." She is a lady in distress Barney." Yis, sor, but--" "What!'' Kape yure eye open, sor." Nousense! Show her 10.'' Barney vanished. A fllw moments later the door opened and a deeply veiled lady in black walked in. She bowed, and said in a trembling tone: "It is so good of you to b e kind to an atHieted widow lady." "Indeed, madam," said Frank, kindly, I am alwa y s pleased to help those in distres s. " I know you are a philanthropist.'' "What can I do for y ou?" "You can help me much!" Pray take the chair .' 'l'he woman was drawing nearer every moment. That Instant might have been Frank's last but for a fortunat e incident. Just in tlme he s aw the Jlash of a knife under a fold of th& black dress. He acted ii:stantly. Lii.e a llnsh he kicked his chair back from under birn and pressed no electric button. There was a clangor of alarm bells. The disguised assassin now sprang toward Frank like a tiger. But the young inventor had acted just in the nick of time. He dodged the lllow with the deadly knif e and picking up an iron bar hurled it..o.t the wretch. It struck him in the shoulder and staggered him for a mowent. Before he could return to the attack into the room sprang Barney and Pomp. "Begorra, have the fiend!" cried Barney, wildly. "Shure, I knew h e w a s h e re f e r no good purpose!" "Golly gil.> it to him in de neck!'' yelled Pomp. "Yo' take him on de right, I' i s h!" Upon the m a niac the two strong fellows sprang, and a tie rce strug gle followe d But Frank took a hand and the fellow was overpowered. By this time officers had arrived nod they t.ook the fellow in charge. He fought and fr1med furiously, but did no good. He was a cunning murderer and crank who had meant to take Frank's life for some unknown reason. He was quickly incarc erate d in j ail and tire episode was over. 1 But It was a cl o se c all for Frank, and a good lookout for cranks was kept after that. The life of such a mao rur Frank Reaue, Jr., was by far too valnable to be sacriticed in such a way. CHAPTER III. EN ROU TE-THE STORM. EvERYBODY coograt'olated Frank on his narrow escape. The exp e dition und e r the Amazon would never have been consum mated and the incidents of this story not written had it not been for the failure of the crank to accomplish his purpose. l'rofO!ssor Smythe telegraphed Frank hie congratulations from New York. "DEA R FRANK.-Thnnk God the assassin's aim failed. I congrata late you. Shall be in Readestown the nineteenth. Yours eYer, "ALEXIS SMYTHE.' On the morning or the twentieth great crowds had gathered in R ea destown to se e the start of the f a mous boa t The b a nks of the river and th e c a nal w e r e lin ecl with people The S earch lion ted in the tank all rea dy for the start. The voya gers w ere all aboard. Frank g a ve his final instructions to his roreiQnn a na th e n s aid: "Ope1f the big g ates!'' Instantly this was
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. UNDER THE AMAZON. 5 'He knew that at a certain distance under the water the storm would be hardly felt. "We. willwait until it lllows ove r!'' he s a id. 'J'hen the oncomin g of t h e storm was watched. It was a grand eight. Far otf on t he horizon was a white sail. It was evident th a t the crew of the distant vessel were making ev e ry effort to get their vess e l und e r hare poles. The ship was watched with interest. "I hope she will succe e d," s a i c l Smy the, with alarm upon his face. H they do not, and tile storm tllem, they will go to the bot-torn.'' "I fear the same," said Frank. "We can do not h ing to llelp them now.'' "No.'' Nearer drew the storm every moment. Witll fearful thunder and bellow, it rushed down across the boiling sea like a messenger of death. F mnk w a ited a s long as he dared, nnd then sent the Search below the surface. Down for several hundred feet 1t sunk. The bottom was not reached, and tbe boat was held in suspension. There was only a s light motion received from the efi'ect of the storm above. When tllis had passed away, it was concluded that the storm was over. Frank then sent tlle boat quickly to the surface. The sun was shining briglltly, and the sea was as calm as befor.e the tempest. Far to the eastward it could be 11een still rnging furiously. Almost everybody at once thought of the !!hip. All eyes were on the outlook lor it, but it Stlemed to have Gisappeared. Suddenly, however, Bnrney gave a cry of horror, and pointed to the south. Look! ' be cried. "Be the sow! av Paddy the Piper, wud yez look!" All did look. It was a dreadful spectacle which they beheld. Not ball a mile upon the rolling ocean was the ship they had se e n bottom upward. It bad oe e n turned completely over, and DOIY floated a dismantled bulk. "My God!" gasped Smythe. "What bas become of the crew?" But there was little need of askmg this questiOn, That they bad gone to tbe bottom it was safe enough to assume. Yet, even as they looked, the submarine voyagers beL.eld a thrilling s pectacle. A mass of wreckage was floating beside the bulk, and upon this a single man .. was seen. He was waving his arms wildly, and evidently trying to attract tile nllention of those on board the Search As Frank saw thts, be shouted to Pomp in tbe pilot-house to bear down upon the vreck :.lt once. Pomp obeyed and tho Search set out at full speed. Soon they neared 1 the wreck. Then the man's fCeatures as well as form became quite plain. He was seen to be an odd looking c]aracter. He was plainly a type of old-fashioned Yankee farmer, with long hair, pointed beard and angular fea tures. He wore a swallowtail coat with cowhide boots and jeans pants, and a tall white hat with a bell crown. He was of course soaked, having been long in the water, and bow be came to preserve tbe hat so well, was a wonder. The Search ran op alongside the wreckage and Frank shouted: "Hello! What ship is that!" ''Hello!" replied ,the Yankee in a nasal manner, "by gosh t' Al mighty, I'm durned glad ye've cum. I w_udn't heve glv a copper cent fer my life half an hour 11.go!" "What ship is that!'' repeated Frank. "Hey? What ship!" ejaculated the sole survivor. "I reckon she's tber Mischief from Bost on fer Cape Horn. Thought I'd take a t.it of v'yage in her, and by hemlock, I wisht I'd stayed tew hum with Sary Ann.'' Everybody laughed at the qnaintness of the other s speech. "Well, I think we can get you off safely," said Frank. "Are you the sole survivor!" "Dnrned if I kin say!" replied the Yankee, "but I don't see eony body else jest naow.'' What is your name!" "My name!'' blurted the Yankee. "Air yew one of them census takers! By gosh 'tall hemlock, I don't like 'em!" "No, I'm not a census taker," replied Frank, with a laugh. "I'm the captain of this boat.'' Oh, yew a ir said the Yankee, slowly. "Wall, you've got the funniest lookin' tub thar I ever seed. But thet's neither here nor thar. I'm Peleg Perkins, from Squasbtown, New Jarsey. I was on my way tew pay a visit tew South America when this air condemned storm cum up.'' "All right," cried Frank. by to come aboard, Mr. Perkins.'' ''Then yaw are goin'tew take me aboard eh!'' "Yes." "Durn myself, tbet's the right kind of talk! I'll pay yew every go! darned cent of my passage back tew Squashtown." "No, you won't," said Frank, with a l a ugh. "I am going 1n the opposite direction from Squashtown. Come aboard!" A pla nk bad been run out to the wreckage. Peleg crossed hastily. The moment he reached the d e ck be shook hands warmly with tbe others. 1 Go! durned if I don't like tew meet gentlemen!" be declared, aqd I sbou!d say thet yew air all sich.'' "Ibope so," replied Frank. "Now let us be off." Further search of the wreckage was, on the whole, useleas. was no donbt but that Peleg was the sole survivor. He told the story of tile wreck. Tbe Mischief bad been making fast time, under all sail, when tho! &torm struck h e r Every efi'ort was made to get her un1er bare poles. But this was impossible. She was under fore and main topsails when the wind struck her full force. Instantly she was pitched upon her beam ends, and filling, would have sunk at once but for her watertight compartments. So far as Peleg knew, every member of the crew was drowned but himself. By pumpkins, I reckoned as haow I'd got my last sickness!" be declared; but when T seen yure boat a-com in' I jest plucked up a bit, you bet! But what on airth kind of a craft do yew call this anyway!" Peleg bad been intently examining the submarine lioat, and with the greatest of curiosi ty. This is a submarine b oat," said Frank. "A what?'' A submarine boat!" Pefeg scratched his bead. "I don't jest know a s beow I'm onto them new fangled terms," be declared. What dew yew call a submareen boat, anyway?'' Why it is built so that it can sail under or above said Und e r tber w a ter?'' "Ye s!'' Peleg looked skeptical. It required actual demonstration to convince him. Then his keen Yanke e mind llegan to size up the invention and be was mightily pleas e d. By gosh, yew air a cockalorum !" be s a id, patting Frank on the shoulder. I am proud to know yew. Dang my doughnuts, but I'll travel with you up ther Amazon2an' pay my passage tew.'' We have not reckoned upon an ex :ra passenger!" said Frank. "I am afr aid we sball be comp eLled to decline your generous offer.'' Peleg looked and evidently telt very bitterly disappointed. CHAPTER IV. UP THE TAPAJOS. BY pol!ywags; I can't walk ashore!" he declarecl. "What kin I do?" Stay where yon are for the present,'' said Frank. "I'll put you ashore at Georgetown British Guiana, where you can get a vessel for any part of the world." An' noebbe git wrecked agin.'' "You take chances." "By gosh! I'll work fer yew!'' declared Peleg, pulling ofi his coat. "I ain't ashamed tew dew that." Frank hesitated. A thought crossed his mind. Really they were short hand ed, and an extra man would no doubt be needed in the swift current of the Amazon. He liked the looi\ S of Peleg. It occurred to him that this man would be trusty and a good com panion for Barney and Pomp. "I will consider your offer!" said the young inventor, "in the mean while make yourself easy.'' Tbe S<>arch once more went on its way, leaving the wreck of the M1schief far behind. For several days the submarine boat encountered no new loclecame an intensely interesting one.

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6 UNDER THE AMAZON. . Floating upon the mighty turbid current of the great r i v e r, the I Thtl' r e ptile made a convulsive movement as i! in p a in. The n it startSearch continued on j ts wa y for some da y s. ed forward more t han ever. As yet they b a d nUt. penetrated far enou g h up the stream to make Pomp reached out and clutcl!d the end of a snag in the maldle or it worth while to go beneath the surface. t h e river. But when the great bay at the mouth of the Tapajos river was l'se g wine to hold de boat stiddy, Marse Smy the!'' he shouted. reached, the Search was anchored. "Jes' yo' gib it to dat chap wif all yo' might." Frank proposed to make an examination or the machinery and make Pollywogs an' gras s hoppers!'' yelled Peleg. "I kain't even hit sure that every t hmg was in good condition lor the great under-water the cus s !'' trip to the mouth of th e lea river. But now th e water serpent was clos e upon the canoe. It would nP.cessitate Lhe work of sev e ral days to do this so Prof. It was now or nev er. Prof. S m y the held his Winchester steady and Smythe decided to take a trip up the Tapajos a short distance in a fire d direc tly into the reptil e's mouth. canoe. There was an eene hiss, an almost human-like ery from the reptile, His purpose Was to coll ect botanical specimens and make a study and for a moment it was stand s till. or the fauna of the region. But the nex t ins t ant it reared higher in ttle air, and came down full Frank rlladily a g reed to let Pomp and Peleg go with him. force upon tile canoe. Barney wall to remain ai.Joard th e Seo.rch to assist Frank. That blow was it's death throe, but it was sufficient for the de-"Be careful that you do not get into trouble cautioned Frq,nk struction of the canoe "The Tapajos country is fearful wild." In an instant th e tbree explorers were in the water, guns, stores and "I am aware of tb a t," replied the prof es sor; "but I intend to keep all. It was a thrilling moment. most of the time on the water, and only go ashore to camp at night.'' All knew the horr or of risking life in the waters of the Tapujos. "Verv good! I wish yov success.' In its mud there were alligators of prodigious size which would not "I thank you.'' hesitate to dra g them untler a t once. The canoe was an nffair which the professor had designed espeThey were fully nfty yards from the shore. The overturned canoe cially for the sty le of expe d ition he was now und e rtaking. drifted beyond th e ir re a ch down the stream. It was of rubber, in various layers, with air-tight compartments. With terrible l e ar all struck out at once for the shore. It could comfortably carry four persons. There was not a moment of that terrible swim that each did not Arms and ammunition and a camping outfit was stowed aboard. expect t feel tile j aws cr a river mons t er close upon his body. Then the expedition s e t forLh. But this did not happen. The Yankee, P e leg, was more than delighted with the opportunity For some stra:w:e reason they were not molest e d by the saurians. of exploring the wilds. Like all of bls countrymen, he was lnordiuAfter a long, hard swim all crawled safely out upon the sands of ately fond of wild adventure. the river bank. The Tapajos differs from the Amazon in the fact that it flows There they lay in the bleaching sun, completely overcome. through a mountainous region free of savannabs and is broken into It was some mornents before any one or the party could speak; cataracts. then Peleg I.Jlurted f urth: It's selvas were none the less dense though, and thickly peopled "By tber Jilems' rice ; I thought I wuz gom' to be eat up sure! with animal a n d insect life. Kin yew t ell why vye wasn't!" Monkeys leaped from tree tree and ell at ted defiantly at the ex"Golly, I Jes' 'sp e cs dem 'gators didn't see ns, averred Pomp. plorers. We are c erta inly f o rtunat e,'' said Prof. S mythe. "But what Striped jaguars slou6heu awa y into the dark depths, pumas lay better is our pos iti o n now! We are in a I.Jad tix." sullenly upon overhanging branches of immense trees and birds of 'l'his was true ennu gh. gorg e ous plumag e fie w about. All their men us of defe nse were at the bottom of the river. It was a strange and fas cinatin g scene. They not a weapon of kind. All were wet to tile skin as To attempt to d e scribe all the natural wonders of the region would well. require a volume The submarine boat was many miles below them. To attempt to 'fhe river bed was fille d with heavy snags nnd roots of giant tre e s reach it by journeyiug along the shore s e emed lmp ossible. Tllese were so conc ea led I.Jer.e atl! the placid current that one bad Tile situation w as apvallin g hard work to ke e p from running the cano e upon them. Smythe was a plucky man, but now his face was ashen pale as he Peleg was pl a c!ld in tbll bow to look out for this, while Pomp and gazed at his comp a nions, ar:.d said: the professor paddleJ. I f ea r we are lost! Up the river for mile s they paddled on. Thus far the current had Ind e ed the p 6 rils which now surrounded them were certainly of tarbeen slug g ish. ribl e sort. Jaguars and pum a s swarmed in the f o rest. But now a distant roar came plainly to their ears. The river was tille d with deadly reptiles. Just how to get back to The r a pid s !" decl a red Pro f e ssor S mythe. "We shall have to car their friends was no e asy problem. ry if we go beyond them.'' Wha' am we gwine to do ? a sked Pomp, in an uncertain voice. "Is that air ther verdict, doctor!'' !IBked the Yankee of the profesBefore an answ e r could be made, a t h rilling thin g occur r e d sor. SuddenJy, aro nud a hea dland in the river, there shot a long canoe, Smythe shook his head. in whicll were a d e z e n native Irrdians "No, he replied, "I don't believe we will go beyond the I.Jase of the They were fancifully decorated, but mostly naked, and carried primifalls. We ought to secure Rpecimens enou g h this side of ther e .'' tive weapons It was a thrilling mqment. "I'm durned glo.d of thet," declared P e leg. "I wudn't risk my life in them condemned woodP. "Golly!'' declared Pomp, "some ob dem big snakes jes' eat a man CHAPTER V. up!'' TO THE RESCUE, The professor at this moment leaped up and began to paddle furl FRANK and Barnlly left aboard the submarine boat worked steadily onsly, at the same time crying: for hours. 'there was much to be done. "Give us a hand quick, Pomp, or it'll be the end of nat My God! Th e young invent o r was thoroughly overhauling the lllectrical rnado yon see that awful reptile!'' . chinery and every part of the boat. JtG'..olly fo' g lor y !" yelled Pomp. "We am gwine to kingdom come!'' No thought was g iven to au11:ht else so they were not apprised of .., ., Great hollyhock s!" screamed th 3 Yankee. "We' re busted fer any impending dang e r until later in the day. sure!'' Barney was in the pilot-house scouring up some brass work, when Peleg picked up his rille, and Pomp and the professor bent to the be felt a slight shock as if something had touched the b o at. paddles. It might have been a drifting snag or log and the Celt for a moment The cause of their alarm was apparent and fully wsrrantable. was not disposed to heed it. From a cave in the shore line a monster reptile had glided out. But some motive or presentiment caused him to step to the window fUt was a cross between a snake and a crocodile, and was a most hid-of the pilot-house anti look out. eons sight. An astounding rewarded his gaze as he did so. It's great jaws were wide open, and it was bearing down I@OD the There by the sid e of the S earch was a long canoe literally packed canoe like an av a lanche. with South American natives who were in the act of just clambering That the canoe was the object of its fury was certain. aboard. The situation was truly a thrilling one. The peril in which the exOther canoes wer e hastily coming down the river current. plor e rs were was most intense. Barney waited f o r no more. Peleg aimed at the reptile, and fired. If the bullet struck him he He let out a yell which might have awakened the dead. did not show any sign o f It. f "Misther Frank! Murtha-murtha! Shure it's attacked we are!" Prof. Smythe and Pomp were paddling fast for the shore. Bot they Ji'raok heard the call. had yet some distance to go. He instantly came tumbling out of the engine room, where he had 1 The unknown sp e cies of reptile was fully seventy feet long, with been huaily at work on the machiner y a huge body and g listening He took in the situation at a glance. It' s color was a dull green, with a yellowish belly. With head high Frank wa s qu i ck 10 act. erected it came dow n upon the I.Joat. He sprang into the pilot-house with Barney and threw open the S mythe saw at once that it was going to be impossib l e to the motor lever. InHta:litly the boat shot forward shore in time. Tbe canoe was overturned and the others left astern quickl y With this reehzation he did not wa1t longer, but dropping his padBut there were fully a half score of the savages on the deck or the die, picl1ed up his rille. Search. These with wild cries now came rushing toward th e pilotHe aimed full at the monster's thront, and tired. house.

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UNDER 'l'HE AMAZON. 7 That they meaut to loot the boat if possible was certain. Frank caught up a Winchester and shouted to Barney: "Press lever Number Four-quick! Then give it to 'em!" Lever Number Four hermetically sealed every door and window aboard the Search. Then Frank fired point blank at the blac rascals. One of them dropped. Then tho young inventor sprang to the keyboard and pressed the tank valve. Instantly the boat sank. The Indians were left floating in the water above. As the S e arch went down to the bed of the river, hungry alligators were seen rush ing to the surface. ".Bejabers, there's a fojne meal for thim up there," cried Barn ey. Shure, I hope they'll enjoy it." That every one of Lhe unlucky foe became food for the saurians was almost a certainty. The bed of tl.Je ri\er here was slime and ooze, and'Frank did not dart> to let the weight of the Search rest upon it. After a time he sent the boat to the aurface again. It came up not far from the spot where tl.Je unfortunate natives had met their fate. . Tho canoes were now a mile distant and making for the shore. They did not return to the attack. The strange evolutions of the Search bad no doubt terrified them. Begorra they tuk walking tickets aisy enough,'' declared Barney. Divil a bit they'll thruhble us agin." I believe you're right, !" Shure, sor, an' I'm afther thinkin' av the others. Pbwat if they sbould come acrost thim rapscallions!" This was a startling thought. .. I But Frank shrugged his slloulders anj said: I think th .ey will not be apt to. They have gone in an opposite di rection. Moreover they are well armed!" Barney said no more but went about his duties. It was near even ing when finrilly Frank came out upon deck and looked up the mouth of the Tapajos. It is full time that they should return,'' be thought, that is un less tl.Jey mean to camp over night." As there were no sig ns of them visible, Frank concluded that this course had been decided upon by the professor. Barney bad been on the lookout for tl.Je explorers himself, and now --approacl.Jing Fro.nk ventured to say: "Shure, sor, it's very quare phweriver they are." "Indeed it agreed Frank. "Mebbo they've cum to harrum!'' Ol.J, 1 think not!" said Frank, there is I think little likelihood of that. They have perhaps camped somewhere for the night. The pro fessor is an ardent naturalist!" Barney looked doubtful and once more swept the turbid current with his gaze. As he did so be indulged in a wild and startled cry. Shere, sor, phwativer is that? Kin yez not see?" Frank could se e and right well too. The obj ect in question Jloated upon the turgid tide of tl.Je river not one b:mdred yards away. At first one might mistake it for, one of the dr!r1 i11g snags which ob structed the river's course. But a closer look revealed it as a canoe overturned. That it was not one or the native craft was also apparent. "An ovf!rturned canoe!'' cried Frank. "My God! it is the same one tb 'ey took with them!" The young inventor's face became chalk: white and he gazed at the canoe with dilated eyeballs. Barney crossed himself and groaned. "1\lither av 1\iary! lt's kilt intoirely they all are." In that moment, Frank gave up all hope that Smythe and his com panions had escaped death. It seemed impossible that they should be into the waters of the terrible river and escape alive.'' Frank sprung into the pilot-house. Take a boat-book and draw the canoe alongside, Barney!" be commanded. Then he started the Search forward. Barney stood by the rail with the book, and as the canoe came ulongside he booked it and drew it aboard. It was sto1'e and badly battered. Blood was upon the thwarts, which bad come from the dead serpent. The contents or the light craft were, of course, at the botton of the river. ; Frank groaned as he inspected the canoe. The blood of course be reckoned as that or one or the occupan t.s. Some mooPter alligator bad no doubt pounced upon and wounded or:e of them, and this explained the presence or the re
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/ 8 UNDER 'IHE AMAZON. The bellowing of the saurians soon drowneu tte3e. Many of the poor wretches tried to make the shore. But there were at least three alligators to each victim, and one lived to get out of that terrible death pool. The Search came to the surface a hundred yards distant. It was a fearful sight wllich Frank and Barney had the opportunity of witnessing. But the young inventor could not bear it. He turned away with a shiver. Ugh!'' he exclaimed; that goes against my grain. I would not have done it if 1 bad known of any otller way to save our friends." This was true. Frank was always averse to the wluilesale taking or life. If possible he would always refrain from warfare or any kind. Yet in a case of necessity he would light to the death. 'l'he scene in the lagoon, however, qnicldy S o on silence once more r eigned over the place; the tragedy was doue. The Search now turned toward the spot on the river bank where were the three prisoners They were yet there and unharmed. A canoe load of terrified natives was making rapid way down the current. But Fran!' SlLW one yet left on the shore He this one sudueuly !lourish a battle club and rush toward the prisoners. It was doubtless his intention to kill them. For a moment Fmr.k was appalled. Then he acted. Quick as a !lash he threw open the pilot-house window and raised his rille. Crack! The bullet sped true to the mark. The wretch fell dead and the prisoners were saved. Frank now sent the Search close to the 8hore. The water was deep and it was possible to get so close that Barney was able til seize an overhanging !>ranch and swing himsell ashore. With a knife in his teeth he rushed up the bank. lt was but a moment's work to cut the bonds of the prisoners. Then n joyful reunion followed. Au interchange of exp11riences ensued and Frank listened with inter est to the story of the prisonere. "We have these Indians to fear," he said, "and they are a villain ous lot. We shall find no friendly natives above the mouth of the 'l'a pajos." All now went aboard th e Search. As there was uo reD.son for lingering longer in the vicinity, Frank started the Search back down the stream. As it was now rapidly getting dark he pressed the lev e r of the searchlight and made a pathway down the river as bright as day. By this light they were easily able to locate the snags and obstruc tions. ln fact it was almost as easy as in daylight, and soon ser ious incident the Amazon was reach.,d. Again they were anchored in the same spot. As all were much fa tigued, they retired to rest. 1 Two days later Frank concluded that he had efler.ted sufficient re pairs upon the machinery to a llow of making the under water start. This was made in the early morning ho11r, and sending the boat down to within ten feet of the bottom, Frank started her upon the long under water trip. She forge
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-UNDER THE AMAZON. 9 N ot hin g was see n of any sauriaus or other r e ptil e s in the vicini t y, But this w a s no evidence that t h e y might not at any moment turn up, so Fran k w n s1pr e paret!. He left tho Se a rch and sto od upon th e river bed. on board tlle submarin e boat were crowded at the plate glass windows, watchin g him with interest. Frank w a lked firml y and e v e nly toward the sunl(en steamer. As he drew ne a rer lle saw th a t it was heavily cover e d with silt an slime. H e could not di8tinguish the name upon tlle bow. But he could s e e e a sily enough that it was a trim built craft, a sort of s t e am plea sure yac h t. Tlla t such a craft should be found in this part of the world was cer t ainly an a s tonishing thing. But F rank did not waste time in cogitating ov e r this. He approach e d the hu!l, a nd looJ( ed for a chance to cla mller aboar d But the boat was hea vily listed the other way. Jl' rank decided that i t w o uld be e a sier to get aboard from the other side. S o he at once stnrte d around the stern of the craft. He carefu!ly drew the life line artar him. This put the sunken yacht be tween !1im and the S earch. Frank made his wa y a l o ng the sandy bottom of the river, and began t o look for a good spot to r !amber aboard tlle wrack. But before h e conlll do this an astoun d ing happened. For a moment it Jiteraly froze the blood in his veins. S uddet:ly from the bla ck waters beyond in the dir e ctiod of the reedy shor e be saw dark forms materialize. They were gigantic ill size, and one or them much nearer than the other s Frank s a w was a monster a!liga t or. He bad never seen so large a one in his life. It seemed fully thirty feet in lengti.J and had horrible jaws capable of taking I.Jim I n bodily. The monster came toward him with serpent-like movement. Its m a ssive jaws opened not a foot from Fra nk's head before be recover ed suffici e ntl y to net. Tl.ien quick as a flash he whirled the keen bladed pike high over his head and tak ing co o l aim drove it full force down the monstt:r:s throat. There w a s a convul s ive shock, alligator recoiled aml blood filled the water. The monster wounded to death, writhed backwards. But clo.>se be bind him was al'other. Frank knew that tn e re might he a score or more of the saurians in the vicinity and it was folly or him to hope to cope succ e sstnlly with t!JeQJ all. S o he did not wait to meet the of the second alligator, but clambered quickly aboard th e yacht. He drew up as much of tlle life line as he thought he would need, and then crossed the deck to the rotting companion way. By th e light of his eleciric l a ntern he could se" that it was safe for him to des c6nd, and he did so. 'l 'he electric lig bt mad e all in the cavern as plain as day. A thrilling s c e ne it was which was presented to t.I.Je young inventor. At the cabin table sat a man, now nothing but a moldering sk e leton. Hie head rested upon the table as if he had been asleep when death overtook him. Up c n the cabin tloor were four other skeletons, two men and two w omen. Frank could not help but wonder what was the meaning or their presence here in this out of the way part of the world. explorers," he thought. "'l' hey met a terrible f ate." Frank made a cursory examination or the cabin, but found noth i ng of v alue save a tin box upon the table which seemed water tight and contain e d something heavy. "Doabt!ess there is something valuable in that," thought Frank. "I will take it along with me.'' Placing the box under his arm he began t:> climb the cabin stairs. He saw no re a son for remaicing longer in the place. His iuteu tlon waa to return at once to the i::learch. But just as his head appeared above the !eve\ of the deck, that moment came near being his last. There was a ringing anap and heavy jaws nearly closed over his bead. A huge alligator had been wailing there for him to show himself. Frank was nonplused. 'l'here were tbe reptile's jaws ready to nip him when he should emerge. How could he evade therp? He Iwew th a t the alli gator would wait there an indefinite length of time for him to come out. The young inventor was a nxious to return at once to the submarine boat. He was not long without a resolve however. His position was not an easy one from which to reach his foe. Bu t he w as not slow in hit t ing upon a device. Waiting a favorable moment, he hims elf above the level of t he deck. 'J'he monster's jaws tlew op en. F o r ward flew the s llarp-blad e d pike in Frank's bands. It went through the alligator's ti.Jroat to its intestines, and instant ly killed it. It r e quired some exertion npon Frank's part to withdraw the pike; bnt he finally succ e eded, and th e n crawled out upon deck. No other monster foes seemed in the vic i mty, and Frank slid down from the yacht s deck. A moment later the electric lights of the Search were upon him, and he was hastily crossing the intervening spaoe to the boat. Barney and Pomp were a t work at the air pump. Prof. S mythe and Pel e g s a w Frank comin g and shouted joyfully to this effect: "He hus got a big box und e r his arm!" cried Prof. S mythe. P e r haps it is the l ost treasure.'' "By g osh! I reckon I'd rather be h y ar than outen thar in thet air pes k y river!" decl a red Peleg, sententiously. Tbar' s tew many alligators and snakes me!" Frank reacbe c l th e vestibule safely, and a few moments late r was out of his diving suit and s afely on board the Searcb. He quickly recounted his experier:ces to the and wonder ment of the others. "B'gosh, I knew ye'd hit onto one 'of them'gol-durned alligators afore ye got back!" declared Peleg. "Homsumdever, I'm pesky glad it didn t chaw ye up!" "So say we all of us,'' snid S mythe. ,.. Golly, Marse Frank, yo' oughter had dis chile wif yo' to help yo'," declar e d Pomp. "I tbink 1 did the wisest thing in going alone," sai1 Frank. "II tbere had been two ono of us would certainly bave been kjlled." B e j a bers, an' is it th e diamonds yez are afther carryin' around in thet box!" asked Bamey. Fra nk laughead and regarded his compBnions witb wllite face. "Oh, this is horrible!" he exclaimed; "this last page tells the whole story of their awful fate!" Then he read it aloud. CHAPTER VIII. POMP IS VIOTIMIZED. '\ THE last page of the log of the Mist read as follows: '' This is the eighth day of the terrible lever which has stricken our crew. 1, Paul Vari en, am the only one or the crew left without the fever. What is worse, a l e ak has sprung in the yacht's hull and I see no way to get her ashore, for at th i s point there are t!)rrible morasses in tervening many miles and impassable. I bave worked at tbe pumps all the morning and am completely exhausted. There is no one to help me. U n less I help soon or the water ceases coming into the hold. the yacht must sink and we shall all be buried under the Amazon. Hark! wbat is that I bear? A gurgling terrible s ound. Great God! I believe the timbers are parting, I can write no more for I feel that we are doomed. I must l ea rn the truth.'' H e re the record broke off. But this last entry was sufficient and told all that was necessary. As Frank c e as e d reading, silence reigned for some moments. All w e re horrifi e d with this account of the dreadful fate or the Mist and her party Swept from t he f a ce of the earth, their fate might nev e r have l.leen known, but for the vis it of the Search. That is a dreadful account of a tragedy!" declared i::lmythe, with a shiver. "I am sorry for the poor souls!" I B e gorra, they oughtn't to have been so risky!'' ventured Barney. Thet's all right fer yew tew say!" declared Peleg, but wh.at dew yew think of us?"

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10 "l"NDER THE AMAZON. "True!" rejoined Frank, "it is possible that we may meet with the same late, and like them be forever buried under the Amazon." But we will not accept so dismal a view of the future," ceclared the professor. "Let us get away from here!" All were not sorry to do this. There seemed something weird and ghastly about the spot. To get away was a great relief. So tllt!y left the wreck far behind, but Frank kept the Jog-book. ''It will be of value when I get home," he declared, "there are plenty of friends of these people who will doubtless want to know their fate." The Search now \7ent on slowly up the stream. Burney and Pomp thus far during tbe voyage had beeiJ> faithful in their duties, and hhd abstained much from tlleir propensity for practi cal jokes. Tllis had pleasAd Frank, who congratulated himself upon their ha ing turned over a new leaf. But in tllis conclusion he was premature. The submarine boat was well stocked with prov:sions of the ordi nary kind. But as none in the party had tasted fresh meat in many days. Prank concluded to vary the diet. He decided to tie up by the shore in some favorable locality and or ganize a hunt. He conveyed this idea to the others and it met with hearty accept ance. All were ready for it and at once preparations were made. The Search went to the surface and was found that they W'.!re be twren high wooded banks where the ground was higher and the forest tbmner. This was more to hunting successfully and at once the Search was drawn up and Q.nchored close to the shore. The river here seemed remarkably free from reptiles, and there was a clear sandy beach upon which to land. The hunting party was quickly made up. Peleg and the professor decided to remain on board the boat. This left Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp to dare tile perils of the South American wilds. They were not at all disappointed and Pomp even ventured to say: "l'se done glad dem gem mens gwine to stay to home. Dey would never ue able fo' to shoot anyfing uohow." Begorra, I'm not so sure about yersilf, naygur," said Barney. "Am dat any insinuation on mall skill as a hunter, sal!?" snifled Pomp. "Be me sow! there's no need for to insinuate, sor, not a bit. I'll Jay me loife yez couldn't hit a wood deer at ten yards!" "Huh! yo' am berry l'ish. l fink yo' cudn't hit yo'sef if yo' was to try fo' a hundred years!" "Don't yez thry to be funny!" "Yo' am de one jes' try in' dat." Beaorra I'll lay fer y e z nayo-ur'" YOoll laid oct if yo' does." my wo'd fo' dat, sah." So the two jokers went ashore with a secret. purpose to get hunk with each other. How they succeeded we shall see in due course. Frank equipp e d himself well for the hunt. He knew well that one might expect big game in those wilds. He provided himself with a rifle which threw a small explosive shell capable of doing great damage. It was his hopes to run across wood deer, a species of which were c o mmon in those parts. Their flesh was very nutritions and palatable, but they were exceedir.gly shy and cifficult to bag. Reaching the shore, Frank plunged into the deep forest. Barney and Pomp were behind him. Plenty of pheasants and other game birds flew across their path, but it was not these that Frank was in quest or. So he did not waste his ammunition upon them. But coming suddenly into a clearing, a herd of the beautiful little deer were scared up from a jungle. They were away like arrows, but 'Frank knew they would not go far. He was determined to bag one or more of them. So he said: "Barney and Pomp, you go down through the run yonder and start them up this way. Shoot if you can get a good line on them." All roight, sorl" cried Baney. And away the two jol;ers sbampered. Frank n:>w took a detour so as to catch the deer at the outlet of their run-way. Barney and Pomp for awhile kept on through the run. They came upon the deer and started them, but failed to get a shot. Then they tried still hunting. But in this they were not successful. Finally they concluqed to wait the return of Frank Reade, Jr., who was lying in ambush for the deer. Barney however, had not been idle all the while. In pushing through the bushes he had come upon a tremendous hor net's nest of a species peculiar to the tropics. They were of a species which would not sting unless roughly !landled. Barney knew this full wei!. He decided upon a daring trick. "Begorra, 1"11 spring it upon the naygur this tolme,'' he muttered. Shure, he'll think the divil has him." He detached the nest at a favorablll moment and handling it gin gerly plac e d it at the foot of a small banyon tree and covered it up with leaves. Thb hornets swarmed all about him while he was doing it, but went into the nest when Barney put it dowr.. The Celt chuckling sat down at a point near by and drew a black ftaslc from his pocket. "Here's to succiss!" he said, tipping it up and taking a draught of its contents. j Pomp ljad been nosing around throul!'h the bushes near and chanc4'fd to see Barney imbibing the" rale stufi." Now the darky had a sweet tooth as well as Barney, and his mouth watered as he observed the Celt. The bait took and Barney chuckled as he saw his Vlctim corning. How are yez, naygur?" he called. "Are yez a bit dbry?" "Yo' am a mind-reader I jes' belietle, I'ish!" declared Pomp. "'Specs' 1 am jes' auout as dry as a salt fish." "Begorra, put your suout onto this an thin tell me phwat yez think of it.'' Pomp took the flask and would have drained it, but Barney cried: "Have done wid yez. Shure it's all we have in case av snaKe bites." "Huh! dat am berry good stuff," rejoined Pomp, smacking his lips. "Begorra, there's no better. I am afraid ;ve'll not have the best av luck an this hunt, nuygur!" "Yo' am right dar. Dis chile am ao dog tired dat he kain't hardly keep hisself from fulling down.'' Be ILO sow!, there's a good sate over yender. Will yez take it an' we'll spind a few moments at our aise." Pomp bit easily. The seat indicated lJy Barney was an inviting one. He did not hesitate to take it. He sat down upon w hat he believed tcfbe a small green banking at the foot or the tree. But he was speedily undeceived. As be put his weight upon the green mass it gave way, and he went crashing down through the hornets' hive It flattened that all air out like a paper hat, but Pomp was for a mo ment too astonished to rise. "Golly fo' glory!" be gasped. Wuo ehber fought dat wouldn't hold mall weight? Ehl Ugh! Ow! Ouch!'' He saw Barney rise and dust to a safe distance, and he experienced a hundred needle like pains before he realized the situation. The hornets objected to this sort of treaunent, as they had a moral right to, and IJegan to get in their work ill deadly earnest. Murder! Help! I'm killed! Gib dis chile help!" yelled Pomp, wildly. As hecrawled out of the wreck part of the nest clung to him. A million of the maddened hornets were all about him, and giving him the most awful kind of a dose. The darky bolted into the forest yelling like a madman. Indee!l, the situation IJ.light have become extremely serious, but for an incident. These Brazilian hornets were of a large SJ>ecies, and there was a certain amount of poison in their sting. It might have settled Pomp for a certainty, as the insects swarm ed upon him. But as good luck had it, the pegro had rushed toward the river. He reached it, and plnnged into the water. It was lucky for him again that no alligators were about. The water, o! course, rid him of the stinging pests. He a!"ose after a long dive, and swam for. the Search. He clambered ahoard, and his appearance was startling. His head and face were swollen beyond recognition. Indeed, Barn&y repented his joke when he saw his companion, and at once began applying cooling lotions to help him get rid of the pain. Pomp never suspected Barney, and the C!!lt felt that for once he had got the beat of his friend and colleague. CHAPTER IX. IIEARCHING FOR THE WRECK. Bul' a short while niter Barney and Pomp returned Frank appeared on t 1e banks With a wood-deer over his shoulders. It was a beant ifullittle-crealure and furnished the juiciest of meat. He had not captured it without some thrilling experiences. After sending Barney and Pomp down through the run to drive up the deer, Frank had mada a detour through the woods to get in their path if possible. The South American forest was a wonderful depth of tangled foliage and giant trees. The tops or these met far overhea!l so densely that in most parts the light of the sun was shut out At every step new wonders were revealed. Chattering monkeys le;1ped from limb to limb and filled the air with their incessant din. Rabbits, squirrels, ground hogs and peccaries scampered into the undergrowth upon all hanGs. Everywhere animal life was present in some form or other. Game of the Pmaller variety was plentiful. Bot Frank was after larger game. He pushed on for some ways through the forest when suddenly he heard a peculiar startled cry at hts right. Turning his head he glanced down a uarrow vista and saw in the distance a thrilling sight. The cry had been almost mortal in its intensity and force. Dangling from the heavy limb of a massive tree was a monster py thon and in its coils was a victim.

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UNDER THE !AMAZON. 11 Breath and life we re being pressed out of the victim by the powPr ful folds. It was a f e nrful sight. What was more Frank saw that the victim was a human being. It was one of the Brazilian natives half naked and vainly struggl ing in an attempt to lance its deadly foe But the python had the mastery and its great head was reared aloft to strike the unfortunate man. All this Frau k s aw. He was overwhelm e d witlJ horror. What was to be done? There was no tim e to lose. Quick as a tlash be acted. What mattered i t tllough the unfortunate wretch was an Indian and a savage foe? He was n human bein g and this was enough for Frank. Quick as a tlas h he drew aim with his rille. It was a long shot and the light was bad. But as luck had it, the aim was accurate. The bullet struck the serpeut R b e ad and crushed it. The big folds relaxed, the native tumbled half senseless upon the ground, while the serpent rolled writhing in death throes away. Frank quickly reacl!ed tbe spot. The native had scrambled to his feet. But at sight of Frank his terror w a s scarcely lessened. He would have fled but that he did not have the strength. How ever, Frank matte reassuring signs. Then he ad
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12 UNDER THE Suddenly Smythe, who bad been watching the riv.Jr bed intently, cried: "I believe that is the wreck! Look and see." Frank was instantly by his side. The search-ligbt was brought to bear upon tbe p'lint in question, and tbere, imbedded in the river mud was plainly seen tbe upper deck of a boat. "Hurrall!" cried Frank, we have found it at last! Stand by, all, to uncllor the Searc b." Tbe anchors were at once dropped and th e Searcb rested alongside the sunken boat. Then preparations. were m ade to go out anu explore it. 'l'be upper deck was just above the bed of the rivet. The current had kept this wasbed clean, thooglt the companion way was somewhat blocked with deb ris. It w as now a sotrewnat serious question as to bow the feat of ran sack ing tlte wreck could be accompliall eold not possibly have got out of the way in time to havo avoided the monster's jaws. 'l'he lance penetrated the alligatorl!! eye to the brain. It dropped dead instantly and Jloated away upon the current. Those with10 the cabin bad seen all this through the plate glass windows. It was needless to say they were elated. "Ki-yi!" Pomp, "jes' look at Marse Frank fix dem 'ga t ore! Dey jes' got to git op iu de mornio;; fo' to fool him, yo' kin bet!" As good fortune bad it, these two spec mens were the only ones at that moment in tbe near vicinity. Frank saw the opport uoity and made a sign to Over the rail they went and sprung to the deck of the buried wreck. Debris choked tl!e cabin way. From far and near long dark forms were shooting to tbe spot. Tl!ere was no time Lo lose. Frank seized one of the timbers and pulled it from the companion way. A mass of silt caved in and an aperture was revealed. It was large enough to admit a man's form. This was enough. 1 Frank slid down through it. Barney followed just in time to evade ponderous jaws. They were now in the cabin of the sunken boat. However, little could be seen of the boat's timbers, so deep was the deposit of mud Botl! could hear the thump of the alligators' bodies upon the deck above. The saurians were waiting for a reappearance of their victims. Frank and Barney knew this well. Th e situation was not by any means a pleasant one. How they were to ever get out of the place aod back again to the Search was a most s e rious q uestion. However, they were now in the cabin of the sunken wreck an
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UNDER THE AMAZON. 18 Shure sor, I can't!" Thus time passed. '!'hose on board the S earch realized the situation but they seemed powerless to any aid. Great heavens!'' exclaimed Prof. Symthe, in something like a fever of anxiety. "What can we do for them? They ought to be got out of that scrape someway!" "Goliy, dat am a rae'!" declared Pomp. "But we amn'tgot no div ing suit, an' we kain't go out there without it." It remained for the ingenuity of Peleg Perkins to devise a way out or the dilemma. The Yankee hat\ been coolly studying. the situation. Now be ejec t elt a quid or tobacco from his mouth, and said: By gosll, I reckin I can git them durned critters outen thar m a hurry.'' You're the man we want," cried Prof. Smythe, "let's have your }!Inn!" Peleg took a fresh cbew. "I don't know much about tbis byar electricity," be said, "but I reck in' it ltin kick pooty hard, kain't it!'' Yes," replied the professor, but what of that?" Eh! I reckon I'd kick tben, l 'gatore all outen thar with an electric wirel" Pomp caught the idea instantly. Golly fo' jimcracksl'' he gasped, "he am hit the idee fo' snah. Nuflln' could be bettah fo' a tac'. We'se jes' gwine to do dat !lug." The darky rushed into the engine room. Itwa1 but a few moments' work for him to connect a wire 'Hitb the llynamos, while Peleg kept tbe air pump going for him. The wire was charged heavily and a clever circuit was made so that a tremendous shock could be give n. It was a force suffici ent to destroy human life. Certainly an ordin ary alligator could not help but feel it. Thus Pomp reasoned. He went in t o the pilot house. Here ttJer e was n window with a curiouR slide so arrange d that any. could be passed out of it witbout admitting tl!e wate r. Iu,leed the pressure of air on tbe interior o r tho Search was so great that just now water would hardly tJave entered anyway. The wire f ell over the rail and down up o n th e sands. Pomp on it until it crossed the bulwarks of the sunken boat. He handled the wire with rubber gloves which protected him completely. He pushed the wire on. Suddenly it came in contact with one of the 'gators. 'l.'he effect was thrillin g The r e ptile was knocl, e d completely over and lay stunned. On to the next passed the deadly wire. '!.'his creature was treated the same Another instantly followe d Tbe wire b eing stiff and strong, Pomp could manipulate it fairly well by pushing. It clear across the deck, clearing a path through the alligatllr crew. The reptiles seem e d to become imbued with terror, and bellowings of fear esca ped them. They scattered b e fore the vivid flashes of the wire which were visible even under water. Frank and Barney saw and comp'rehended the trick. It worked better than Fmnk had anticipatP on the surface. They had traveled one thousand miles under the Amazon. Now the young inventor proposed to travel on the surface. They had seen the wonders under the great river. Now they propos ed seeing the objects of interest along th e shore. And now a va s t panorama of wonderful sort opened befor e them. 'fhe mighty s elvas which grew down t:> the water's edge were peopled with all forms of animal and bird !He. E v e rywhere w e re water monsters. Some even ventured to attack the boat. But they wer e a lways worsted. In many a limpid black lagoon they battled with water pythons or giant alligators. Th ere was n e w and exciting constantly on tire tapis. Time never dragged, and the day was nev e1 de void of thrilling in cident. By night the great searchlight lit up the surface of the mighty river for n mile. This attracted great schools of !ish, which plunge d in the van of tbe boat, and cut to pi e c e s in hundreds by the revolving screw. But tbe l arger denizens or the river, the alli gators and serpents fled bef o re the unca nny lig ht, seeking the darkest depths of the river. For days the boat k ept on thus . The spirits of all in the party were glib, ani} all were keenly enjoy in g the joume y when the first of a series or excitmg incidents oc curred. Barney was in the pilot-house serving morning watch. It was just b e fore sunrise, and the boat was drifting lazily along on the current, and Barney fell to dozi .ng at tile wheel. It was a careless trick nD\l one be bad never been guilty of before. The resu1t was that the prow of the boat turned into a dark lagoon. Suddenly there was a shock. Barney awoke sulidenly in horror. The boat had come to a stop. It bad run bead on into a bank of deep mud, and there it _I The Celt quickly reversed the engines, but it was of no use. The boat would not stir. It was lirmly anchored. Dark woods were upon either hand, and great masses or vines drooped partly over the rail of the vessel. Barney was overwh elmed with remorse and terror. "Och hone! phwat bave I done!" he wailed. "Whativer will Mis ther Frank say now? Shure it's awful! The divil's luck. that I sbou!d fall asleep!" However, the mischief was done, and Barney knew there was no way but to muke the best of it. So he rang the alarm, and instantly everybody on board sprang up. Frank knew at once that something hal! happened. The lloat was stationary, and even before he reached the deck he guessed the cause ol it. He rushed out and looked about him. Tile trutil was plain. "My gocl!" be groaned, "we are aground!" Barney was wringing his hands and walking the bridge wildly. "Shure, Misther Franl\," be cried, "It's me own fault! I fell ashlape. Wud Y!JZ give me to the alligators? Do aunythiug to me yez will!" For a moment Frank's brow clouded. But he saw the sincere grief of Barney and at once f orgave him. CHAPTER XII. A FEARFU L DISA S TER. WITHOU T pausing to jaw the careless pilot !<'rank at once proceeded to examine the position of the Search. Slle had been driven quite forcibly ir.to the mass of clin ging mull. He saw at once that it would be no light work to set her fr e e, and yet he hoped to do this. All were In the task. A canoe was got out and Barney and Pomp took a callle from the windlass across to the opposite shore of t!le lagoon.

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14 UNDER THE AMAZ:ON. T his was passed about a heavy tree trunk. Then the capstan, worl1ed by electricity, b e gan to work. The Search was moved in her muddy bed. Indeed, she slid back full two inches. Frank was encouraged. Hurrah! ' h a cried. We shall retch her out yet!" The s pirits or all arose The strain upon the cable was a most tremendous one and there was the risk. But Frank m a nipulated the engines so that the strain was slow Inch by inch t he submarine boat was being drawn from her muddy !Jed wl:en a thrilltng torn of affairs rame. Suddenly there came startling sounds from the shore. Frank looked am! felt a chill. There w e re a dense number of S ontb American natives armed and bristling with hostility. At the same moment the mouth of the lagoon was literally chok ed with war c a noes each filled with warriors. It was a critical moment. "Golly fo' glory!" yelled Pomp. We'se in fo' trnbble now, Marse Frank!" "Mercy on us," gasped Smythe, "that is a bad outlook." Bot Frank acted quicttly. Into the cabin every one!" he cried, quickly, look out for pois oned darts!" The order was quickly obeyed. All knew the deadly peril of being exposed to the deadly darts need by the Ybarri Indians. These wer e propelled by a blow-pipe made of a reed and conid be thrown easily a hundred yards. The tip of the dart was saturated with a malignant poison secured from the fangs of a deadly spider found in the deep forests. The effec t of the poilion was much worse than that of the tarantula, the VICtim dying in awful agony. These dart s rained down upon the deck of the Search A moment more of delay, and sorntl one of tbe party must have !>een struck by them. Once in th e cabin, every man seir.ed his rille and opened lire upon sava g e The battle opened bri s kly, and for a time raged furiously. or course the d e fender s of the S earch had the advantage, for they were protecte(! by the ste el hull. They shot down dozen s of the foe, but this did not seem to deter the m from still coming 011 to the attack. What s b ull we do?" cried Smythe, in alarm; they are certainly t o c o me n b oard or thi s bo at." Th is was true 'I he defend e rs of the S earch could not shoot them fast enough d eter them f r om t heir onward progress. S oon th ey w ould b e aboar d At s uch clo se q uar t ers the result could not help but be spee dy. 'l'b ey mn d t s u rely b reak int? the cabin, and in that event the sequel wou! J b e sh ort a nd swift. Frank s aw tllis at once and realized the nec es sity of desperate work. It was impo ss i b l e to get the boat out of the mud in time to evade the foe. Tbi s w a s out of question . But tbe young inv e ntor had another plan in readiness. He w a s not to be so ea!!ily bai:HI.'d, and very quickly changed the face of matters. S prinl{ing into the chemical room he emerged with a wide pl a t form. Tbis ha
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UNDER THE AMAZON 15 CHAPT E R XIII. W H I CH I S THE END. "Fo R your lives, everyone!" h e sh o ut ed "the boa t is going down!" G o ing down!'' cried Smythe, appa lled. My God Do not say t hat, Frank!" It is the truth!'' "By go s h!" cried Peleg, catching up a life preserver. "I reckon we're food f e r them aerned alligators, now!" "No!" cried Frank. "We must get out one or the big rubber canoes. They are in the after cabin. Lively!'' Barney and Pomp were already after the boat. They came out with it quickly in its portable state. The water was rushing into the Search like a mill race. There was no time to lose. The pontoon was quickly unfolded and framed. Barney and Pomp l!eized paddles. It was carried to the rail which was now nearly on a level with the surface or the river. There was barely time to leap in and pu..qh off. When not one hun. dred yards fro m the Search, the big boat lurched and went down. With swimmin g eyes and sinking hearts all saw this tragic event. Frank Reade, Jr., tbe young inventor, thus saw the end of his wonderful production, the like of which did not exist on the globe. That is too bad," said S mythe, in a choking voice. "All our work Is undone. It is awful. My specim e ns are "Hemlocks au' hickories!" splutter e d P eleg "l'm duroed glad I put my diamonds in my pocket. I haln't lost them." "Nor 11" cried the professor, "but the oth e rs have!" This was true. .Frank' s as well as Barney's and Pomp's share of the g e ms were at the bottom or the river. But F rank said nothi'ng. He cared not so much for them ns he did for the loss or his pet boat. MULLIGAN'S BOARDING HOUSE. By "BRICK TOP." Pro fusely illustrated by THOMAS vVoRTH. This book illu strates the Comic side of Lite full of funny Ad v entures and Novel Situations, abounding in JokeR a nd Original Sayings. Price J O c e nts. For s a le by all n ews de a ler s or we w ill send it to y ou upon re ceipt of price Addr ess Fl-tA.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0 Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore S t., New York. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. By "BRICKTOP." Tellin g all about how it happe n e d. Containing twelve illustrations by the great comic artist, THOMAS vVORTH. Price 10 cents. J For sal e by a ll n ews d ealers or w e will send it to you upon reeeipt o f p ri ce A d d r ess FRANK TOUSEY, Pub'lsher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St. New York. JOINING 'fHE FREEMASONS. By "BRICKTOP." A humorous account of the Initiating, Pas sing, and Ra1 sing of the Candidate, together with the Grips and Signs. Fully Illustrated by THOMAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents. For s ale b y all n e wsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price Addres s FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, P. 0. Box 2730. 34 & 36 North Moore St. New York. The Search was a go o d b o a t !'' h e fin ally but s hP. is gone and ther e 's no use crying over it. I sh all now proceed to build a better one." After the whirlpool caused by th e sinking boat had subsided, the party paddled back and examined the spot to find the cause or the wreck. A sharp jagged spire or rock was found Its top was hardly a foot under the water. But its sides sloped down in the form of a shaft to the bottom two hundred feet or more. There the Search occupied her everlasting grave. For,'' s aid Frank, "it ,will never pay to rai s e her. But we" will so111e day come back here and
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