Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the silver whale; or, Under the ocean in the electric "Dolphin"

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-. ------.. ....... Latest .and Best Stories are Published in r.rhis Library. Entend as Second Class Matter at the Nttu Yorlc, N. Y Post Q{f'LCe, October 5, 1892. ----.--No. 89. { co M P L ETE.} FRANK TOUSEY. Pcmusmm. 3! & 36 NoRTH .i\fooRE STREET NEw Y o RK. { J 'JtJCE } Vol IV New York, September 7, 1 89! ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 CEN'l'l!!, 0 Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 189!, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, ae Washington, D C FR.ANK READE, JR.'S SEAR C H FOR THE SILVER WHALE; or, Under the Ocean in the Electric "Dolphin.'' By" NONAME," Frank mo1mted the timbers ovel' the Dolphin's bow, and bea-an work with his saw. He worked away with all his might to sever the _heaviest which held the hea d of the Dolphin, It was no light task, for the tlmber was of stoutest oak, but Frank kept steadily at work.

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2 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. The subscription .Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1.25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Frank OR, Under the Ocean In the By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr., and His New Electric Air-Ship the 'Eclipse,''' etc. CHAPrER I. THE INVENTOR AND THE EXPLORER. "A SUBMARINE boat! Do you really mean it, Frank? I trust you are not becoming mentally udbalanced with tlle success of your invent ive efforts. Not content with the Electric Air Ship, you now medl tate the construction or a submarine vessel." "That Is what I said, friend Stanhope." "But-pshaw, man! Do you realize what an impossible feat that isr "I realize only that it is quite possible,'' replied the young inventor, imperturbably. And you are really In earne3t!" "As much as I ever was in my life." George Stanhope, explorer and geologist, nod a handsome, well-de veloped American, of forty years, of varied experiences, sat quite still for a moment, and studied the features of his companion. This was Frank Reade, Jr., or Readestown, U. S. A., the most man in the illventive line or the present generation. Despite his youth, be bad brought to perfection some of the most wonderful and gigantic of enterprises. At the moment the two men were sitting in t he smoking-room of the Southern Hotel in New Orlear;s, each indulging in a fragrant cigar. It was while discussing various topics or interest that the subject of the submarine boat was broached. At once Stanhope was interested and incredulous. He listened to Frank's theories for awhile, then began to express his ncredulity. And thus we find tbem arguing the matter at tbe opening of our story. "You may be in earnBSt, Frank," said the explorer, with a laugl1, but 1 think you have tacklei.l a pretty dill\cult subject. Don't you agree with me?'' Frank smiled. It is not so difl\cul\ to solve submarine navigation as aerial flight," be said, "there is enough in Nature to teach us how tbe probhim may be accomplished!" Ab, but it is impossible to always copy Nature!'' "Yet we may draw our plans from her liberal sources." In what way bas Nature assisted you in your plan of submarine navi.,.ationr .. she has given me a model!" "A model!'' "Yes!" How is tbatt" In the salt water there swims a fish called the bream, qr sunfish. He is at once the most buoyant and generally agile of lisl.i. He will furnish my model." So you propose to model your boat after a fish!" Why not! All the necessary pointe may be obtained from the fish. For instance, I shall have in my boat a syst001 of air reservoirs akin to the bladders or the tisb, for the purpose or arising or descending, as necessity may require. Fins shall preserve the equilibrium, and a screw shall furnish the motive power. What more do 1 want!" How wlll you live without oxygenr I all all have p\llnty of oxygen. I uave already devise:l a system or electric and chemical generators which destroy the poisonous gases as readily as they create pure a This will enable a perfect cir culation to be kept up aboard the craft." Stanhope drew a deep breath and knocked the ashes from his cigar. "You are too deep for me, Frank,'' be said, sententiously. "To use a slang pbrase-I am not in it I wish you success in your emu lation of Captain Nemo." "It is possible that I may fail," said the young inventor, consulting his watch, but I shall endeavor to win success." "I hope yeu may." "I have now to leave to ca t ch my train. I bid you good bye." Wait!" Stanhope seized Frank's hand. "I want to ask a favor.'' "Well!'' ' When you get ready to start your snbmarina boat will you grant me permission to accompany you on the trial trip!" Frank smiled aguin. "Have you considered the risk!" "Wbat?'' Suppose it sinlts and never rises." "Pshaw!" exclauned Stanbope; "do you think I am a soft head! Have I braved the life of the doadly jungle and the pestilential nvers of India to stand in fer.r of death in such a manner? Have I your per!l'lission !" Frank took the explorer's band. "Certainly," he said, warmly. "I shall be very glad of your com pany. I am going home now to begin work on my now venture. Wnen it is completed I will wire you to come." "'l'bat settles it!" cried Sto.ndbope. "I will live in expectation." "It may require many weeks to perfect the boat." "All rigbt. I will live in patience.'' Thus the two men purted They were kindred spirit/! though each was cust in a different mol,d. The inventor and the explorer; how fitting it was .that they should all\liate. Stanhope procee:led at once to New York where ba was to fulfill a lecture course on Africa. Frank Reade, Jr., went "Straight to Readestown, where he at once closeted himself, and for several days was hardly seen. Wben he emerged at length from his seclusion he had the plana of his new invention all perfected. All that was necessary now was to construct the boat. He at once conferred with his engineers and macbmists. The result was tllo.t a large gang of skilled workmen were quickly engaged in the construction or the Dolphin, which was the name Frank gave the craft. In some manner news of the projected boat leaked out, and it be came known all over the country tbat Frank Reade, Jr., was about tv present to the world the greatest triumph or mechanical science ever known. Of course the whole country was with interest. Frank had scores of letters asking various privileges all or wl:icb of course he refused.

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FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'l'HE SILVER WHALE. 3 The weeks passed by and progress on the Dolphin was very rlipid. In Frat:k's employ were two peculiar characters. One was a red headed Irishman of the Tipperary type named Burney O'Shea. The other was a comical darky of the old plantation species named Pomp. Pomp and Barney were Frank Reade, Jr.'s most valued servants. They had accompanied him upon all i!js travels, shared dangers, hardships and triumphs with him. They were deeply devoted to their handsome and accomplished young master, and clung to him closely. Tiley were delighted with the prospect of a deep sea cruise. Begorra, I'll make love to the boochlful mermaids an' hobnob wid old Neptune himself, bad cess to him!" cried Barney, gleefully. "Shure it'll be foine sport to go a-fisbin' fer whales an' porpuses down there, naygur!'' "Golly!" rejoined Pomp, as he threw a flipflap, "I don' fink yo' want to fish much fo' whales, sonny! Dey pull yo' ober into de water fo' suah!" How the divil will they do that, yez black ape?'' roared Barney. u Don't yez see that we're undher wather anyway?" Mebbe dat whale swallow yo' den!'' Bejabers, he cuda't swally me an' ther boat too, yez lgnyramus!" Pomp scratched his woolly head. Wha' dat yo' call me, chile?" he asker!. "Am I a lily igglylamus? I done fink dat yo' call me suffiu' else afo' I get froo' wif yo'. Ki d9.rl" And Pomp made a rush for llis colleague. Tiley closet! in a lively wrestle. While the warm\)st of friends both were addicted to the 1habit of practical joking. Each loved to play pranks upon the other. Begorra, yez haven't got the sand fer to trow me otr me feet, oay gur!" roared Barney, as they wrestled. Whurroo! Over yez gol" But as Pomp went down he brought Barney also, and thus the un equal struggle went on. 1t was tllrminated finally by the appearance of Frank Reade, Jr., on the scene. Finally the last bolt was driven, the last rivet cut, and the Dqlphin floated in the waters of the big tank, completed. Then Frank Sllnt a telegram to New York, worded thus: "DEAR STANHOPE-The Dolphin is finished. If you wish to partici pate in the trial trip, report at once. Shall expect you by Thursday sure. Please reply. Yours ever, FRANK READE, Jr." Promptly Stanhope appeared in Readestown Tt;ursdsy of that week. He went at once to the machine shops. He found Frank there awaiting him. They shook hands warmly. "You are on huml promptly," Frank said, "but I think I cau give you a great surprise." 'l'hen the submarine boat Is an accomplished fact?" "Yes.'' "I am curious to see the great wonder." "You shall have your wish gratified." They left the office and went at once out into the yard. Frank led the way to tbe tank, an immense affair with a depth o% forty feet sufficient to float a war cruiser. This tank or artificial pond was connected with a deep canal by a g a te and locks. Passing through the canal the river could be reached in a short while, and thence a coarsa was open to the sea. In t he tank floated like a cork the beautiful triumph of a mighty in ventive genius, the submarine boat. It was truly a beautiful specimen of marine architecture, thougb totally un-like the general run or sea craft. There were no sails or vidible means of propulsion. No high decks <>r bulwarks, but a hull wonderful in symmetry. The Dolphin was built much upon the lines o! the salt water bream, and was as buoyant and light as could be desired. Stanhope stood upon the edge of the tank for some while regarding the new craft with interest and wonderment. Then Frank advanced an;t said briskly: "Well, George, what do you think of it!" The explorer was silent a moment; then he said: ''It looks feasible from here.'' Frank laughed heartily. "You must come aboarJ," he said, "and then I think your doubts -will be forever set at rest upon that point. Are you quite ready?" Oh, yes," replied Stanhope. Then follow mel" CHAPTER 11. STANHOPE IS SATISFIED. FRANK READE, JR., led the way aboard the without fur ther delay. A portable platform extended the side wh!Cb was provided with a handrail. 1 Frank explained this. "You see this is provided with joints and hinges!" he said. "When the bOat gets into motion this is easily folded against the side of the boat, making the hull smooth so that It ofl'era no resistance to swift passage through the water!'' In the hull was cut a door which opened by pressure upon an elec tric sprina, Its existence might never have :been suspected at a cursory glance. The section of windows along each side wen; the same. The body or hull of the Dolphin was composed of thin plates of closely riveted together. They were tough and capable of resisting a great pressure. The hull was especially constructed for descending to great depths where the pressure was liable to be. very great. Tbe stern of the Dolphin was shaped like the broad tail or a fish. Beneath it was the rudder and screw propeller, Lateral tins served to keep the boat's equilibrium. Forward were two huge bull's-eye windows, in which were set pow erful search-lights. In general, this was a description of the exterior of the Dolphin. They now passed into the interiOr. Passing through the door, which could be hermetically sealed in an instant if necessary, they stood iu a sort of vestibule. A. door led int(} the cabin. Here Frank paused and said: "This is the vestibule. By its means one can leave the boat while it Is under "Leave the boat whlle under wat.ar!" exclaimed Stanhope in sur prise. How on earth can you do that!" Easily enough,'' replied Frank. "I have a diving suit with a storage tank and a generator connected with the helmet. By its means I can travel anywhere under the water." "A diving suit!" "Exactly." "Tllat will do; but bow can you open the door to leave the boat without flooding it!'' By means of this vestibule." Frank placed his tands upon a stop-cock; then he continued: If you wish to leave the boat, you enter the vestibule from the eabin, presuming that your diving suit is on. You close the cabin door behind you, open this valve, the vestibule tills with water. You open the outer door and walk out. When you wish to return, simply enter the vestibule, close the outer door, then press this second valve. At once the water is pumped out or the vestibule by pneumatic press ure. When It is empty you may safely enter the cabin. See the idea!" "Very simple," agreed Stanhope, "but very Lead on.'' They now passed into the cabin. This was a literal revelation. The famous explorer gazed upon the scene with the deepest of admiration. "I am captivated!" he declared. "It exceeds my most sanguine hopes. Frank, it is grand!" Tlle young inventor was much pleased with this rhapsody. ''I thought you would like itl" he said. The cabin was famished with the elegance of a fashionable salon. Expensive furnishing and draperies played their part. Along the walls of the cabin extended the tubes of the generator which supplied the boat with pore air while under water. Tlleae and the gl)nerator were exammed curiously by Stanhope. Then they passed on into Lhe living compartments of the boat ami thence into the engine room. Here was all the delicate electric machinery which furnished the m\ltive power of the boat. It was carefully inspected as well as the mechanism or the reservoirs which regulated the descent and ascent or the Dolphin. Then Frank led Stanhope to a neat little state-room with a luxu rious conch, and said: "These are your quarters, George. I trust they will suit you.'' "Well, I should say so!'' cried the explorer. "You are too kind to me, Frank. Ttus will be the greati)Bt treat of my life." "Now," said Frank, "I will demonstrate to you that the Dolphin Is a submarine boat.'' "That is all that is left to be done," said Stanhope. "You have verified everything else." When I have proved to you the ability or the boat to travel under water, then wit! you be satisfied?" Perfectly." Frank shouted to Barney who was forward in the pilot house. "Barney!" "Ay, sor 1" replied the Celt. "Press valve number ten and switch off lever six.'' All roight, sor.'' Valve ten will hermetically seul every door and window, ex plained Frank; then lever six will OlJ('n the sinking reservoir and we shall go down." "Good!" "If you are at all doubtful of the result, you shall witness the trial from t!Je shore.'' "Never!" cried Stanhope, forcibly. "I will live or die by you, Frank!" All right, George." Soddenly the ligbt in the cabin faded. There was a sinking sensa tion and all was deep gloom. Then Frank shouted: Press key four, Barney!'' The Celt obeyed. Instantly there was a flood of light in the cabin. Electric globes blazed in various quarters, and illuminated the bottom of the tank as the boat reached it. There was a genle shock, and then the window shutters slid back. A fine view of the bed or the tank was had. Stanhope gazed upon the spectacle with interest and wonderment. He as freely and regularly as ever, and the chemical air of the boat eeemel\ fully as good as that of the upper part or the world. For fully half an hour the boat remained at the bottom or the tank. The generators were a complete success

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4 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. Then Stanhop.J said: "I am satisfied, Frank, that one could live indefinitely under with your generator." "I am glad of that!" said Frank. Now I will prove to you that the Dolphin can travel onder water!" This time Frank stepped into the pilot-house, and took tbe wheel. He pressed a key, which set the propellers in motion, then the Dolphin glided forward. Round and roand the tank went the submarine bo!lt. Stanhope's last doubt was removed. He caught Frank's hands and wrung them. "Enough!" he cried; "the submarine boat is a It will be the wonder of the world. Let us be oft!" I<' or the ocean?" "Yes." But," said Frank, thoughtfully, "we ocght to have some object in view." "I have one." "You have!" "Yes!" What is it?" "Come with me and I will tell you." The Dolphin had returned to the surface and lay alongside the side of the tank. Stanhope led the way from the boat and tllence to the office. There he threw himself into a chair which was drawn up to a table. Frank seated himself opposite. Stanhope drew some papers from his pocket. He spread them out. You will see that this is a chart of the Pacific," he said. Here is a point westward from the Aleutian Isles which I have marked." Frank noted this. "Now," continued the great explorer, "I have a verv strange story to tell you of this part of the sea. "The story was given to me by Captain Barclay, of the brig Helen or San Francisco. It sounds like a fairy story, The Helen had left Calcutta six months previous and was in these waters through force of circumetances, having beta blown thither b.y. a terrific hurricane of a week's duration. This had brought them into sealing water&. As the brig bad run short of provision8, Captain Barclay decided to kill some seals for meat. Accordingly the long boat was orderet.l out. The seals were quite and it was easy to shoot them in the water and by quick work secure them before they should sink. The boat's crew were thus engaged when suddenly a thrilling thing occurred. It was a catastrophe wholly unlooked for and resulted most seri ously for at least one member of the crew. This was Albert Tucker, the first mate, who was thrown far from the boat by a sudden shock. Some heavy body struck the boat and smashed it. In an instant the crew were struggling in water. All but Tucker succeeded in getting upon the overturned long boat, anJ were rescued later by a relief party from the sbip. "Tucker's fate wus fearful. He was struggling in the water one hundred yards to leeward, and every mao on the wrecked boat could see him, when an immens11 white body rose from the water. It was a tremendous whale of the very r.nre silver or white species : It rose close to the swimming man. We Raw its huge nlouth open and then-Tucker disappeared from view. "Now the white or silver whale, SOcalled, is really a tremendous species of shark. It bas not a of oil in its carcass, and is con with the whale simply on account of its size and something of a resemblance. "Of course all that Tucker bad been swallowed by the mon ster. They feared for themselves, but the creature did not venture to attack them." Frank bad listened to the narrative with interest, but he said: "'fbat is a thrilling story. But how can we do Tucker any good now!" "We cannot, of course," replied the explorer, "but I have not told you all yet. There is an under plot." "Indeed!" ''You se ,e, Tucker was no ordinary man. A year previous be and his brother Valentine were prosperous in business in San Francisco. One day, Valentine had trouble with a book keeper in his employ and discharged him. "Albert was a bachelor, but Valentine bad a family, a happy wife and small children. "Tbe book-keeper, Alden Vance, had threatened Valentine's life, and the fact was well known that the feeling between them was not of the pleasantest. "Vance was extremely dissipated, and bad for a crony a low browed, ex-gambler, Duncan Crane. Thus matters stood, when San Francisco, one day, was startled with a fearful horror. "Valentine Tucker, going home from his business late one night, heard an awful cry of human agony from a narrow street near by. CHAPTER III. THE VOYAGE. BEGUN. VALENTINE TucKER was a man of impuls& and never hesitated when he knew that a fellow being was in distress. He rushed into the street in time to see one man fall and another akurry away in tte gloom. Feeling sure of foul play he knelt the prostrate man and felt for his heart, As he di'l so his hand closed upon the handle of a dagger. With a sense of horror not knowing why be did so, he pulled it Jrom the wound. The red blood dyed llis sleeve and arm. Before he could rise to his feet and sound t he alarm, lights ll.ash ed a!Jout him and be was in the grip of officers of the law. Caught thus apparently red-banded the crime was fastened upon hiin. There seemed no way for him to prove his Innocence. "Furthermore the fact that the dead man was Alden Vance, was decidedly against him. He was thrown into prison, tried and con victed or murder. It was an awful fatality. At once the bu>iness so prosperous de clined, and Albert was forced to retire at a beavy loss. But he was faithful to his brother. 1 He avowed his intention of proving his brother's innocence. There was no one upon whom suspicion could fall save Duncan Crane, who bad disappeared. "This fact was the s&ving of Valentine's life. In view of the possi bility that might be implicatej, the judge was lenient, and com muted the sentence of death to life imprisonment. Of course this was little better than but it gave Albert his chance. "He at ooce started upon the track of Crane. To Hawaii, to Yo kohama he tracked the wretch. "Here the real murderer was stricken with the plague, upon his death bed he made full and absolute confession. It was duly written out .and witnessed by the American Consul. Armed with this proof of his brother's innocence, Albert started fol" home. He was happy in the thought that his brother would be vindicated upon his arrival in San Francisco. But alas for his hopes. Fate had decreed that the confession should never get there. It was upon his person when devoured by tile silver whale. "Valentine yet lingers in prison; his family are starving. Now you have the whole sad story. I know yon are a Christain ant.! a phil anthropist, Frank. You will agree with me that we ought to do some thing to right this great wrong If we can." Frank bad listened to the thrilling story with deepest interest. Now he said in o puzzled "Well and good, George, but how can we do it!" Capture the silver whale.'' Capture the whale! What earthly good will that do?" We can perhaps recover the confession Frank whistled in surprise. Why, how atisnr1!'' he exclaimed It must have become ab sorbed long ago in the whale's stomach. In any event the creature has do doubt long ago been captured and destroyed." "No," snit.! Stanhope, firmly "I do not believe that. I have heart.! of the silver whale many times since. Numerous whaling captains have reported it in parts contiguous to the locality wher e poor Tucker met his fate. I believe wilh this submarine boat we can pursue and capture tbe silver whale." "Very well, but the confession--'' It was folded and kert in a metal box or r.ase which Tucker wore in his belt. It could not be absorbed, and I have seen' objecta of metal many times taken from the stornach of a whale." Frank's face lit up. So it was in a metal case?" "Yes.'' Tben there is a chance!" cried the young inventor, springing up "George, I am deeply interested. If the silver whale is yet in exist ence, we will run it down and recover the confession if possible. It at least affords us an object for our submarine voyage." "Correct!" cried Stanhope. I knew you would grasp the idea, Frank." "We will at once start for the North Pacitic. Have your effects ready!'' "They are all ready!'' declared Stanhope. "I have explored every country upon the face of the earth. Now, it is my happy privilege to explore the bed of the sea. Am I not a lucky man?" Begorra, Misther Frank," cried a rollicking voice from the yard, we have hery bit av provisions aboard, an' shore it's all ready to start we are!'' "Good!" cried Frank; "there shall be no delay on my part. We will be off at the quickest possible moment." Stanhope at once went out and telegraphed Mrs. Tucker in San Francisco. "DEAR MADAM-We start very soon in the submarine boat Dolphin for the North Pacific in quest of the wllite whale. Let us hope that we shall find the '6Vidence to clea t't your husband. Be of cheerful mind. GEORGE STANHOPE," t The remainder of the day was spent in the preparations for the start. The next morning all wns announced in readiness. The Dolphin ll.oated in the tank all ready for the start. The voyagers went aboard, and Frank gave orders for the big gates to be opened. Tbis was done, and the boat ll.oated into the canal. Here it was in plain view of the great crowd which was waiting out side to greet it with cheers. The Dolphin ll.oated down the nnal to ward the river.

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FRd.NK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. 5 Soon it was in the current of the stream, and then Frank I But a moment later there was a terrific rending shock. Every one started the electric engines to greater speed. was thrown from his feet. Tbis sent the Dolphin ahead at'a lively rate and Readestown began 'fhe DoiJ>llin came to a dead stop and for an instant all was dark to fade from view. ness. All of voyagers were up3n the main deck by the open door of the pilot house. Frank was at the wheel. "Take a last look at old Readestown," said the young inventor. CHAPTER III. "It may be your last one," THE SUNKEN WRECK-THE SHARK, Instinctively Barney and Pomp turned. THE crash had for an instant l>roken the current, but the light ' Begorra, it's the foinest spot on earth!" cried the Celt "May we quickly tlasbed up again. live to return to dear ould Radestownl" The electric eugines were whirring like a top, and seemed likely to "Golly! I done fink' dat we mus' do dat," Pomp. "Dis go to smash. But Fqmk Reade, Jr., was almost instantly upon his chile uebber gwine to leabe his bones in no odder place!" feet. "Don't yez be too shore, naygur," declared Harney, shaking his He rushed into the engine room and checked them. The screw head. "Shore it's many a close call we'll be aftller having yit, me ceased its mad and useless revolutions,. lad. There's no spindln' a year or more at the bottom av the say The Dolphin bad struck somtlthing. widout some l>it av a risk." This was certain; but fortunately no breakage or puncture of the "Yon are right, Barney," said the explorer, Stanhope, "l>ut we are bull had occurred, so tllere was no danger of death l>y drowning like going to look upon the bright side of this tlling. We shall sail the rat9 In a trap. North Pacilic, capture the silver whale, return and see old America Tbe Dolphin was motionless in her position again in safety. Mark my pr.:>pbecy." Barney polled bimselt out of a corner. Pomp crawled out of a heap "1 hope you haYe llit it right, George," laugllell Frank, "at least of furniture, and Stanhope emergt:d from a closet into which he had you are rlgtlt in looking upon the !>right side." crashed. So the sul>marine voyagers left home i11 quite a cheerful frame or I Nobody was burt, but ttlere were bruises and scratches galore. mind. However, not one but was anxious to know the cause of the catas But they little of the thrilling experiences which the nee.r tropbe. future held. Accordingly all rushed into the pilot house where Frank was focusThey had no means of guessing the terril>le perils through which sing the search light This revealed the true state or affairs at once. they were to pass. The obstruction into which .the Dolphin baJ craslled was notlling A voyage under the sea can scarce)y be attended by aught but dan more nor less than the sunken frame of a decayed vessel, half l>uried ger and risk. in the sands. Readestown was soon left out or sight. The nose of the Dolphin had become so firmly wedged in the timThe Dolphin sped on down the river current to the sea. Thus far l>ers that it was held fast. Frank bad kept the boat on the surface. "Begorra, it's stuck last we are!" cried Barney, robbing a bruised But when the open sea was reached he said: shin. "Shore, Misther Frank, we'll niver pull out av that!" "I think that lor the first thousand miles of our course we will trav"That is so, Frank!" cried Stanhope, "how can we ever el faster under water. I have studied Lbe ocean bed, and there are no ourselves!" obstructions to encounter at the proper mean elevation." "We can try!" said Frank, laconically. Then we are to start out at once with a thousand mile voyage The young inventor carefully examined the position of the submaunder water?" asked the explorer Stanhope rine boat. To his great joy, he saw that she was unhurt. Yes!" Though she was tightly wedged in tbe debris of the wreck, there "Good! I am very glad of that. There is much in the Atlantic was no visible dan;age done her. worthy or study. You will make the Pacific l>y way of Cape Horn!" Frank hardly believed it possible to withdraw her from the wreck To Stanhope's surprise Frank shook hia head.' with the aid oJ the screw alone, "No!" be said; "that is the longest route!" Yet be was constrained to make the attempt. What other is th e re!'' So he went into the engine room and started motor upon lbe By the Northwest Passage!" reverse. The screw revolved furiously, the engines were exerleli to Stanhope was survrised. the utmost. Why, man,'' he exclaimed, that has never been discovered. It But all in vain. does not exist!" The electric boat could not be drawn from her position l>y book or "Yes it does!'' averred Frank, "but it is never navigable to surface crook. The situation was dubious." vessels, owiug to its being choke.d with ice. But the Dolphin can go Stanhope looked grave. under the ice." How is it, Frank?'' be asked. Are Wtl done for?" Under the ice!" The young inver.tor laughed. "Exactly!" I think not," he said. We sballllnd a way out ol the scrape." "Wonderful!'' cried Stanhope, excitedly. "I never thought of that. "But how!" It is certainly the nearest way to the North Pacflic. We shall pass ''I cannot explain now." into Behring Sea?" AU but Frank looked serious. The young inventor did not seem in Yes!" the least pe\'turbed. 1 The Dolphin was already out of sight or land, and headed northHe went forward again, and more closely studied the position or the ward. She was a fast sailer, and rode the waves like a duck. Dolphin. Then he returned, Frank now decided to begin his submarine voyage. Be went into "Barney," he said, bring me that case from forward cabin in the pilot-!louse and pressed a lever. which are the diving snits." Instantly every door and window was hermetically sealed and the All roigbt, sor.'' electric Jiahts were turned on full force. Away went the Celt upon this errand, He presentiy returned with The Dofphin took a plunge beneath the surface. a heavy box upon bis sboulliers. Down it weot until the glare of the electric lights revealed a rare This was deposited upon the cabin floor and opened. and wonderful scene. From it Frank took-a diving suit, helmet and all. The bed of the ocean with all its wonders lay revealed. He proceeded at once to don it. There were marine plants of queer and beautiful sort, cliffs, crags "You are going to leave the boat, Frank!" asked Stanhope. and reefs of vari-colored coral, thousands of fish of all hues and "Yes.'' shapes and many other strange and marvelous things. "May I ask the privih>ge of accompanying you?" voyagers were for a trme enchained by this wonderful exbibi "If you wish," replied Frank, "but my purpose is to saw away the tion. timb ers which bold the Dolphin's nose." ParticulaHy was Stanhope enchanted, and he was anxious to pos"I can help you.'' seas some of the wonderful specimens that be saw. "Yes.'' "How can I get some of that lovely coral, Frank?"'be cried. "It At once Stanhope proceeded to don another suit. Soon both were Is a species I never saw before.'' attired, reaay to leave the boat. "There is only one way," replied Frank. Frank armed himself with an ax and saw, as did Stanhope. "And bow is that!" Then tb ey entered the vestil>nle. It quickly tilled with water, and a Simply put on a diTing suit and go out there and get them.'' moment later they were able to emerge and walk out upon the bed or Can I do that!" the ocean. Before Frank could answer a startling and terrible thing happened. Frank walked around the Dolphin and inspected its position. StanA cry of terror came from Barn 3Y hope remained upon the oppos1te side. The Celt had been in the pilot house and chanced to accidentally Then Frans: mounted the timbers over the Dolphin's bow, and be press the motive -valve. Instantly the Dolphin darted forward like an gati work with hia saw. He worked away with all his might to sever arrow. 1 the heavrest timber which held the head or the Dolphin. Barney gripped the valve and tried to abut off the current and ll was no light task, for the timber wns of stoutest oak, but Frank check the awful speed of the boat. kept steadily at work. But he was unable to do this. For some reason or other the vakte As soon as be waS' able to accustom himself to the pressure of the stuck: and would not move. water, Stanhope joined him. No llarm would have been doue had the boat been a fathom higher I Bothlal>ored for fully an hour and then the last timber was sawea, in the water, as thore was no obstacle which she could not easily have and there was no doubt but that the boat could easily lloat away from passed. 1 the wreck.

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6 FRANK READE, JR 'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. The Dolphin was saved, and the party could once more go forward upon its submarine journey. Stanhope endeavored to speak to Frank. But of course the young inventor could not hear him. Howtlver, Frank guessed from his actions that he was endeavoring to do this, so he advanced, and placing hi's helmet close to Stanhope's, shouted: Do you wish to speak to me?" The words sounded to Stanhope far, far distant, but he understood them, and replied: Is this the only way we may make ourselves und e rstood?'' "Yes." You think that the Dolphin is now able to be removed?" "Ob, yes!" J am glad of that. Shall we return to the cabin now?" yon wish to conduct some research. H so-this i& your chancel" But Stanhope replied: I think I will defer it until another time." Very well." Frank turned to clamber ;!own from the wreck. But even as he did so he caught sight of a deadly peril. This was in the form of a huge body which he puddenly saw loom up in the water not br distant. It was as he saw at once a species o! terrible shark, and a monster in size. The creature bad seen them and was moving toward them. Frank saw that there was not time to reach the cabin before the monster would be upon them. For that he meant to attack them was a moral certainty. The young inventor :;ripplld his companion's arm in warning. Stan hope saw the terrible peril. Instinctively be drew the ax from his belt and stood on his guard. The shark, with a lightning like movement described a parabola about them. Frank knew that they might expect a downward attack from the monster. As it would have to torn npon its back to seize them, the opportnn ity to strike a derensive blow would be good. And now came the attack. The shark came down from above like a thunderbolt. Those on board the Dolphin saw this and were powerless to act. "Be me sow!, it's a
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..._) I FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'fHE SILVER WHALE. 7 IL was powerfuh.t this spot, and Frank saw that something must be done or much damage woulll be done tile Dolphin. The young inventor was for a moment at a loss just what to do. Then an idea came to him. Tbey were scraping along the ice violently. Frank went below and brought np a curious-looking object. It looked like a small pomoon boat, built something after the pat tern of the Dolphin. But Stanhope recognized its nature at once. It was a light torpedo, and could be discharged from a shaft just aft the ram in the bow or the boat. A torpedo!" cried the great explorer. Are you going to use it, Frank?" "Yes!'' "But--" "What?" Is there no risk! May it not do us more harm than any one else?'' "I think not," replied the young inventor. "Tbis is a very light one and the charge I think is not strong enough. H it will dislodge the whale that is the best we may "Most certainly, but do you think it is sufficient?" "We can only try.'' Tbnt is right.: Frank went forwnrd and placecl tho torpedo in the tube. This was operated by pneumatic pressure, but the force of ex pulsion was great enough to send it a long way. Frank now fired the tube. The torpedo shot forth and struck the whale in its side. The result was i::;stantaneous. There was a shock, the Dolphin reeled and the water boiled about her. Then as it clearer! it was seen that the monster had been liter. ally tlown in Lwo pieces. The ram was almost liberated and as the air bladder or the fish was broken it now began to sink. Frank now rushed back to the cabin. Quickly be donned his diving-suit. Stanhope, seeing the risk tried to remonstrate with }lim. But Frank dirl not listen; he left the cabin and was quickly out up on the deck. \ He crept along until well out on the ram. Iu his right hand he car ried a keen hatchet. It was the work or but a few moments to cut away the section or blubber, and the boat was free. At once it began to sink. Frank crept back into the cabin safely, and into the overjoyed arms of his companions, who were indeed glad of llis success. That was a plucky thing to do, Frank," cried Stanhope. "I would never have it." But the young inventor only smiled. There are more difficult things," he declared; there was no other way!" Bnt the Dolphin had now reached the bottom again. She was un scathed by her thrilling experience. Frank now started her ahead upon her northward trip. The further north they proceeded, the more shallow grew the ocean. Many curious things were seen. One day as the was driving along at a lively rate, Barney, wbo was in the wheel house, saw an object dead ahead. As it was in the course of the boat he checked speed. Drawing nearer slowly, he focusseu the electric light and received n startlitg surprise. At once he cried: "Whurroo, Misther Frank! Wud yez cum here, sor?" Frank at once respondeu: What is it, Barney?" "Sllure, sor, H's a ship!" "A ship!" "Yis, sor. Sunken nndher the wather, sor. A rale ship, sort" At once Frank was interestecl. He gazed out through a dead-eye window, and saw that Barney was right. There, in the path of the Dolphin, was a sunken ship. It was full rigged, and bad apparently gone ature might swim those seas for years and not be encounter ed by those in quest of it, But Frank hoped for better luck. At any moment there was the chance of cqming across it. At the first opportunity Frank hoped to capture it. And thos the Dolphin cruised aimlessly about. Of course she cruised oo the surface most of the time, for here was where it was helieved the whale would be quickest seen. Every distant spouting whale was ron down, only to find that it was a common whale. At length even Stanhope began to lose courage. "We ought to get a glimpse of hia wbaleship soon," said Frank one day, after weeks of useless quest. "Is it not very strange!" "Indeed I think so!" said Stanhope. "Yet I belieye the time is near.'' I "You have good courage.'' Which is my good fortune." Indeed, that is so. An ordinary man would have given up the quest Long ago." I dare say!" But one day Barney s houted: "Sail ho!'' This cry caused a little ripple of excitement. Frank answered: A sail is it, Barney!'' Shure, sor, it is." Whereaway!" "Dead to winntly a fast sailer. Upon my word!" cried Stanhope, "she looks like one of the old time Indinnmen or tea wagonR." "You are right," agreed Frank, but it can be hardly eo. Wbat woula she be doing in tbeae waters?'' She may have been blown from her course." Begorra, mebbe she's wan av thim fast Et)glish cutters what comes around here poll<'. hing fer Ameriky'a seals," cried Barney. Stanhope gave a start. "I guess you've hit it, Barney,'' he cried. "There is little doubt of it ... Shall we hail IJer?" askr.d Frank. Stanhope besit.ated a moment If I thought we should gain any information of value," he said, I would certainly be in fl!VOr of it.'' "It shall be so; we can no more than try." Frank went to the wheel house and headed the Dolphin for the dis tant ship. Barney went to the upper rleck with a flag. The cutter was a fast sailer, but the Dolrhin easily overhauled her. The actions or the ship were very queer. She was evidently trying to l run away from the Dolphin. : For some moments Frank was puzzled. This is queer!" he exclaimed. She seems to be afraid of us."

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' ' 8 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. ' Perhaps she thinks we are some sort of an American war cruiser," ventured Stanhope. Frank saw the truth at once. Correct!" be cried. "Then our only way is to get within ball ing distance." For miles the chase went oo. The cutter spread evl'ry inch or can vas, but t bl' Dolphin overhauled her. When not one hundred yards astern of the hig ship FraRk mounted the rorwanl and hi.l!;best deck. He bad a speaking trumpet, and shouted: "Ship ahoy! What ship is that?'' The captain evidently saw tllat to attempt to run away from the fieet Dolphm was sheer folly. The rigging was crowded with Bailors. These began to reef and haul, and the ship came around to her helm. Then the captain himself appeared in the shrouds. Ahoy I" he shouted. Ahoy!" replied Frank. This is the English cutter, Southampton. Who a:re you?" "The American submarine boat, Dolphin," replied Frauk. Ship of war?" "No; a private vessel, and we are in these waters upon an impor tant errand. We seek information from you!" This announcement had al) electrical effect upon the cutter's cap tain. The announcement that the Dolphin was not a war vessel, changed the complexion or things at once. Down came the big sails of the Southampton, and the captain shouted: "Come alongside! I'm glad to meet friends iu these lonely waters. I'll help you all I can." "That's the talk!" mattered Frank. "I'll go aboard.'' "Will yez have the Dolphin's boat, sor?" asked Barney. "Yes!" replied Frank, "get it out as quick as you can!" The Celt needed no second bidding. Ile and Pomp were quickly at work. The boat was out in a jiffy. :Frank turned to Stanhope. "Do you want to go with me?'' he asked. "Yes,'' replied the ot her, eagerly. They stepped into the light craft and rowed away over tbe dancing waves. A moment later they were the gangway of the Southampton. The captain met them the bead or the stairs. He was a genial featured son of Britain. "I greet you, gentlemen!'' be said, "I am Theodore Briggs, cap tain of this ship!'' "I am ]!'rank Reade, Jr., captain or the Dolphin," replied Frank, this is my frlenrl, Mr. Stanhope.'' This formality over, the captain of the So'lthampton led the way to his cabin. "You will share my hospitality," be said. "A glass of old Ma-deira.'' The wine was good and at once established good feelings. Afer a few cursory remarks, Captain Briggs ventured to ask: In your bail, Capt!'lin Reade, you vouchsafed the statement that I could help you. I should be pleased to 1mow in what way?'' "Certain!}'," replied Frank, "but first I must tell you a strange atory." Then be r.Jcited the object o! their mission in these seas, and dwelt particularly upon the sad fate of poor Albert Tucker. Capt11in Briggs listened with the deepest of interest. When Frank had llnisbed, he said: "Your tale interests me much, Captain Reade. Perhaps I may then be or assistance to you." "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, eagerly. "I have seen this white or silver whale. It is no myth but a reality. Not twenty-four hours since it blowed not filty yards from our quarters. We tried then to harpoon it and cbas11d it for some ways. Bt4t was too wary." "Tbat information is of the utmost value to me!" cried Frank, joy fully, "for I know that the strange whale is yet ic exiStf>nce. H is hardly likely that there are two of the species in this vicinity.'' I am glad then, if I have been of service," said the captain, warmly. "Indeed you have!" Can I aid you in any other way!" "I tbank you, but I think not. I will at once start the chase for the monster. I hope to make his acquaintance soon." "I hope you will, and that I may know the result of your attempt." "You shall." Frank went on deck and was escorted to the gangway. The captain of the Southampton was a master of politeness. Bat at this moment a great cry went up: There she blows-the silver wbale1'' Instantly all eyes swept thll sea. Wbereaway!" shouted Captain Briggs. Two points to leeward!" There was no disputing the fact. There in plain view upon the sur face of the sea, its white sides gliste ning in the sunlight, was the sil ver whale. TIJe excitement on board both vessels was most intense. Tbe sailors or the Southampton excitedly filled the shrouds. For a moment Captain Briggs and Fran!\ gazed at the monster without be ing able to act or speak. Then Frank made a start for the gangway. He was about to leap down into the boat with Stanhope, when Captain Briggs placed a hand upon his arm. We will help you!" he cried. "I will lower boats, and we will capture the monster.'' "I thank you!" replied Frank, hastily; "pardon my sudden departure.'' Then he dropped into the boat beside Stanhope. Barney and Pomp, on board the Dolphin, with wonderful sagacity bad started the engines so to lessen the rowing distance. t "Quick, George!" cried Frank. "We must get back to the Dolphin as soon as possible. There is no time to Jose!" "You are right!" cried Stanhope, as be bent to his oars. The light boat literally fiew through the water. In less time than it takes to tell it, they sprang aboard :he submarine boat. Barney drew the boat aboard, and secured it. Pomp had alreaay started the Dolphin in pursuit of the whale. Frank was quickly in the pilot-house. Re grasped the wheel, and the boat shot forward like a flash. The Dolphin was a very speedy craft. The whale would have been quickly impaled on ber ram, but at that moment It seemed to take a sudden freak and dived Down it instnutly went out of sight. Fran It was for a moment cha grined. But he instantly took active measures to pursue. He pressed the reservoir vdlve and tbe Dolphin sank. Down for a hundred feet she went. Frank did not believe that the whale would dive deeper than this. With the descent ol the Dolphin Frank instantly pressed the elecvalve. Instantly the sea for a great r11dios about was illumined. Frank saw the distant form or the whale racing before the light like mad. The young inventor instantly set the pace. On through the water went the mad fiight of pursuer and pursued It was indeed hard to say which held the advantage. The whale seemed to hold its own by gyratory motions which it vms difficult for tbe Dolpbin to follow with accuracy. CHAPTER VII. 1 CHASING THE. SILVER WHALE. BuT still Frank believed that the Dolpbin was gaining. He entert-ained one fond hope. r This was that the whale would turn and show fight. He knew the inherent pugnacity or the species. But it did not. l!'or some reason or other it chose to hold its erratic cGurse. To attempt to overtake it was impossible. Frank saw this but hoped that some turn of fortune would aid him. The chase came to a termination tbougb in a peculiar way. Suddenly the whale vanished as quickly us though dispelled into mist. Frar.k fancied that it had taken a turn at right angles. He in&tantly slackened the engines. The Dolphin was coming about, when she found herself immersed in a cloud, which even the electric lights could not penetrate. Nothing could be seen in any direction. All was blackness. It was an astounding turn of affairs. Great heavens!" cried Stanhope. "What bas happened?'' The Dolphin was at a standstill, preparatory to coming about. For an instant Frank did not know what to do. Which way had the whale goner What did the sudden wave of darkness mean? Tbe answer came almost instantly, and in a startling way. Suddenly at tbe pilot-house window there loomed up a giant face, as full or deviltry and cunning as ever was seen. It had a hawk-like beak, cruel jaws, and eyes round and cat-like. Great arms, adorned with curious feelers or spongy material, completely enveloped the hull of tile boat. In tilat instant all recognized the nature of the creature. "An octopus!" screamed Stanhope. It was truly one or that monster variety of cuttlefish or octopus which inhabit the depths of the Pacific .. The black mistin the water was now easily explained. The octopus )>ossesses a bag filled witb an inky fiuid which it dispenses through the W&tei' upon the approach Of danger. Frank was lllled with horror an
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FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH l<'OR THE SILVER WliALE. 9 He Iiad soon bit upon an expedient. From tl!e engine room ha bad prccured a long coil of wire; tl!en be donnad some rubber gloves and connected tbe wires w ith the dyna moes. Enough of the current could be thus furnished to kill a dozen men. Frank bandied the wire carefully. The feelers or the octopus were pressed aga:nst the steel frame of the pilot-house. Frank made a clever circuit, throwing the current suddenly into the steel frame. The effect was electrical and fatal to the octopu8. It received the whole charge of a number of thousand At once its huge arms relaxed, and it sank back. The Dolphin was freed from its encumbrance and now could go ahead with ease. The inky cloud which had obscured the water ha
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\ \ 10 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. Of course, there was only a slight possibility that it had remained intact in the whale's e:omacb. There was the likelihood that other substances had long since cor roded and consumed it. In that case Valentine Tucker must continue to languish for the crime or which be was not guilty All that could be done would then have been done. At least the party could console themselves with this thought. Work was at once begun dissecting the stomach and intestines of the whale. It was no slight task. It was necessary to proceed with the utmost or caution ant! care. Every little shred, every cell was cnrefully looked into. But as the inspection progressed it became more and more certain that the metal case was uot among the contents of the stomach. Some foreign substances were found. A pewter cup, a knife worn dull, and whBt looked like a marling .. spike, but so consumed that it could hardly be Identified: Frank made signs of d&scouragement to Stanhope. Certainly the metal case was not among the contents or the stom. ach. It looked as if the theory and the enterprise had signally failed. The divers sat down for a moment to rest. They were deeply disappointed. Conversation was out of the question, for one could not make him self heard except when the helmets were placed close together. But as they sat there, the water current lifted a pa 'rt of the lining or the whale's stomach and de}losited it across Stanhope s knee. He was about to brush it away when something caused him to halt. Instantly he lifted the shred of flesh and membrane and passed his band over it. There, grown into the lining, was an objeet a trlfie larger than a man's band. From outward appearance it looked like a tumor growth, bot Stan hope's fingerR detected the bard substance underneath. He knew well enough that it was quite possible for 1objects to grow into tile lining even or the human f A wild, eager bope seized him. Instantly he drew the blade or his knife across the membrane. Au object slipped out. It was rusty and corroded; but in the glare of the electric light it was not bard for him to recognize its character at once. It was the metal case. Stanhope held it up with insane gestures? Frank, Barney and Pomp saw and understood. Instantly all started for the cabin of the submarine boat. They were quickly aboard, and once the diving-suits were off Stan hope fairly shouted with glee: Hurrah! we have succeeded! Here is what will save the life or Valentine Tucker! It is an act of Providence!" The corroded case lay on the cabin table. Frank looked at it. Do you believe this is the particular caset'' he asked. It is hardly likely that there is any other," replied the explorer. True, but-" "Whatf" It has been a long time exposed tD destructive agents. Perba!)s the papers inside are consumed." . Stanhope had thought of this. There was "D. light of anxiety in his eyes, but be enid: We will hope for the best. Let ns know our fate!" The hermetical sealing of the case was yet mtact, and rendered doubly so liy rust. It was quite impossible,to open it without destroying the cnse itself. But Stanhope did not hesitate to do this. He struck the metal a hard blow. Instantly the case parted. To the delight of all, & crisp folded paper rolled out. It was covered with writing, and was as intact as the day It was placed there. At the bottom of the confession was the name of Duncan Crane, and also tbat or the witnesses. The evidence was complete. Stanhope was the most delighted man in the world. He carefully gathered up the remains of the metal case and the papers, and placed them securelf away. Then he declared unclu ously: "I am ready for anything. What joy I shall bring to the sorrowing wife and stricken husband." I hardly think their pleasure will be greater thau yours,'' said Frank, with a laugh. "Very true!" agreed Stanhope; "this is the happiest achievement of my life, I can tell you!" The remains of the silver whale were left in the cavern. The Dolphin backed out and into the open sea. Then Frank touched the lever and she fiew un tD the surface. All around was tbe unbroken expanse of sea.. To the horizon line it extended almost in a dead calm. But as the voyagers went out on declt to enjoy the bracing air, Stanhope cried: "Sail hoi" Instantly all eyes swept the line between water and sky. It was easy to locate the sail just below the line. It was rising rapidly and they were evidently in the vessel's course. What the character of the craft was it was not easy as yet t o tell. But most of the party reckoned that it was the Southampton, until it had become more plainly visible. Then it was settled beyond all doubt that it was not the English cuttPr, Curiosity Impelled all to wish to learn the character of the strange vessel. So the Dolphin beaded towarq her. Every moment the two vessels drew nearer. Then Frank, who bad been s.udyiog the unknown vessel tbrQugh a glass, declared: "It lea brig of the first clas3 and she bas not yet sighted us. We are, however, directly in her course.'' "Shall we wait and sp!lak herr' asked Stanhope. I think we will!" Is it not curious that she bas not sighted us yet!'' I think not. You see our boat rests so low in the water that she would be easily overlooked." "Exactly! I have great curiosity to know what vessel this is and what her mission is in this out of the way part of the world.'' "We shall soon knc.w.'' Nearer every moment drew the unknown vessel. And now It was seen that she had sighted tbe Dolphin. This was made manifest by a gun fired from her bow. The flash of fljlme was seen and the distant boom was plainly heard. The Dolphin could not answer save by displaying a ling. This was, however, recognized. Nearer the two boats drew, anti soon the brig was in spPaking dis tance. It was seen that she floated the American flag. Her appearance was a mystery, however, for she did not have the bearing of either a. whaler or a trader. But the mystery '\Vas soon solved. Ahoy I" came from the brig. Ship ahoy!'' replied Frank. What craft are you!" The submarine boat Dolphin, of Readestown, U. S. A.'' Submarine boa.tf" "Yes!'9 "Jewhittakerl What kind of a craft may that be?'' came back the astonished query. Not for sailing under the seaT" "Yes!" replied Frank, "just for that. What ship lH'e you?" "The ship Belden. Captain Uriah Snow, from New Bedford, U.S.A!" "I am captain of this boat, the Dolphin, Frank Reade, Jr. I give yot my compliments I'' "The same to yon. Will you not come aboard?'' "Aye, aye!" Frank turned to Pomp and Barney and said: '"Get out the pontoon boat. We will pay Captain Uriah a visiL. CHAPTER IX. THE VALLEY OF PEARLS. BARNEY and Pomp were not slow in obeying this command. The pontoon was quickly out of the cabin and the air chambers filled. Then all three took seats in it. Stanhope was left aboard the Dolphin to look out for matters until theIr return. Quickly the pontoon pulled over to the gangway or the Belden. Then Frank mounted quickly to the deck where be was met by Captain Snow. Barney and Pomp were left in the boat tD chat and gas with the sailors of the big brig, and they kept their eAd up well Captain Uriah Snow was a tall, shrewd-looking man of perhaps fifty years or age. He shook Frank's hand warmly. "I am glad to meet you, Captain Reade," he said, ''pray come into the cabin.'' Thank you!" In the cabin as usual, wine and the customary civilities were in dulged in. Then Captain Snow said bluntly: "Of course, you must have some mission in this part or the world with your submarine boat, Mr. Reade?" "l have accomplished it," said Frank. "Indeed!" "Success has been mine." "You are fortunate. But what may the mission have been!" Frank as briefly as possible told or the quest for the silver whale nnd the object therefor. Snow listened with interest. "Wonderful!'' be cried, as Frank finished, "it Is wondel'ful!" Then he sprang to his feet and paced the cabin .excitedly. Frank was, of course, not a little surprised. But captain Uriah suddenly recollected himself and paused. P11rdoo me!" he exclaimed. "I was so deeply engrossed that I quite forgot myself. There is a matter upon my miD
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FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'l'HE SILVER W.tlAI;E: 11 A thousand thanks. But now let me tell you rq story. A dozen years ago I was upon the staff of a corps of naval engi neers, sent by the government to obtain soundings in these seas, and to make as accurat .. a survey as possible of the ocean bed at this point.'' Frank nodded in reply. The subject was getting more absorbing. We made soundings," continued Captain Uriah, "and came in the course of our survey across a deep valley. At every rise of the sounding shaft there were brought np with the mud indications of a deposit of pearls of priceless value as they were of the finest quality. "We became satisfied that beneath us and for a distance of a mile there extended a valley of, pearls in which tl!.ere lay a mighty fortune.'' Frank gave a start. "A valley of pearls?" be exclaimed; "that is Indeed wonderful. I am much interested, Captain Snow." "I knew that you would be. But to continne: As soon as the survey was completed of course our cutter was obliged to return homE'. "We' knew that we were leaving a mighty fortune behlnll but we could not help that, We were under orders and in the service of the United States government. Our orders bad been to make soundings and a survey noll then to report at once at San Francisco. "But, nevertheless, we took careful t:lea.rlngs, and felt surE' that we could return to the exact spot at some future day. "Bast laid plans often fail, however. Before we could reach San Francisc marine quest. Then all went aboard the Dolphin. Frank showed Captam Uriah over the boat, explaining to him its mechanism. The old captain was more than interested. He was dazed. Well, well," be exclaimed 111 a dreamy way, "I can hardly realize it all! It seems as if I must be in some other part of the world. I can not understand it." Then Frank pressed the lever which hermetically sealed doors and windows. Tbe Dolphin plunged beneath the surface. Down she went, until the electric hgbts showed the gleaming sands of the ocean bed. Then began the quest for tile valley of pea!ls. For a full day tlle Dolphin cruiser! about. Then the electric. light showed a half mile distant huge pillars of stone, sliowiog tile entrance to a submarine valley or sink. The approached tllis rapidly. Reaching the buge pillars it passepe, "I don't miud possessing a few of those gems myself." The Dolphin was allowed to rest upon the bottom. Then Frank brought out some diving suits. Captain Uriah wanted suits for himself and his men. Fortunately there were enough, and Frank did not demur. It was arranged that they should go out and gather the richest of the pearls, and that they should return as soon as tbis was done. None of the Dolphin's party decided to participate in the quest. So donning the diving suits, Captairi Uriail and !)is men left the Dolphin. \It required some little time for them to get accustomed to the pres sure of the water upon the helmets. But tiley linally overcame this and began to mine for the pearls. This was slow work and not altogetiler fruitful. While there were thousands of pearls upon the bed of the valley, only a few of them were lit to preserve. Many were imperfect, some crumbled to powder, and only one in fifty was a perfect and valuable gem. But there were all the same many rare, beautiful and valuable spec !mens, and these Captain Uriah diligently searched for. For boors the pearl miners worked and with much success. Then suddenly Captain Uriah threw up his arms and fellm a heap. Barney who was in the pilot-house saw this, and gave a yell of wild alarm. CHAPTER X. THE STORM. THE Celt knew full well what was the trouble with Captain Urinb. The pressure upon the helmet had lasted so long that faintness or syncope bad descended upon the luckless man. Tliere was danger that be would die before be could be got aboard the Dolphin, and Barney realized this. So he yelled: "Mistber Frankl Fer the love av Heaven, cum quick! Short there's the divil to pay! The captain bas bin overcome, sor!" Frank needed no second bidding. Quick as a !lash he rushed into the cabin. He sprang into a diving suit locked the helmet with a click, set the generator going, and then sprang Into the vestibule. All tllis was done witil great rapidity. Then he opened the outer door and was in the sea. 'J:be companions of Captain Uriah were staggering from the same cause. They bad been too long subjected to the pressure. Frank motioned to them to aboard the Dolphin instantly. 'l'hen be sprung to Captain Uriah's side. 'fhe captain lay partly upon his back, and Frank saw through the ilelmet window that his fe.ce was horribly distorted. The young inventor instantly pickell him up llodil y and started for the Dolphin. He reached the rail and dragged the overcome man tbe veeti bule. It was but a moment's work to close the door and expel the wate,r. Then Frank tore away the helmet clasps. Captain Uriah was like one dead. But Barney bad appeared on tile scene Instantly with a stimulant. This was administered, aod in a few moments all were overjoyed to see the old captain revive. He opened his eyes and looked about him. "It was a close call, my friend!" said Frank, cheerily, "but we've pulled you through." Captain Uriah regained a sitting posture. What happened!'' be asked, feebly. "You wers overcome," sail! Stanhope. "Overcomer" "Yes." "How did that happen?'' Why, you simply stayed out there in the water too long. The pressure was too great for a beginner like you." Captain Uriah nodded his bead slowly. 'Maybe you are right,'' be said, but why didn't it affect the others so!" "It did," replied Frank. "Tbey have come aboard also." "Uglil" exclaimed the captaitl, struggling to his feet. "I'll be all right In a little while, but the pearls--" "Are illl safe," replied Frank. "Pomp went out and got them." This was true. W bile they were reauscitnting the captain, Pomp bad gone out and brought in the sack of pearls.

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\ 12 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'l'HE SILVER WHALE . Captain Uriah was soon himseH again, and a few hours later came Into Frank's cabin. He poured Out a heap of pearls on the table, and said: "Take such of them as you w a nt, Frank.'' "I don't want an y," replied the young inventor. "I have no use for them captaio. I am a rich mao, anyway. You must keep them yourself.'' Captain Uriah looked blank. Do you mean that!'' "But what will repay you?" J ask no pay. I am pleased to have been able to serve you.'' "Well," said Captain Uriah, bringing his band down on the table with a thump, you are the biggest hearted man I ever xnew. Mark my word, before I die I'll repay you." Frank laughed. "Do not ever disturb yourself about that," he said; "it is all right. But bow much longer will we rt'main here?" "Not a minute." What! have you finished your work?" "EYery IJit. I have got all the fortune I want right here." Captain Uriah poured the pearls back into the bag. He turned to the door. Frank arose, saying: !' Then if you nre all through we will go to the surface." That. suits me." The pearl bunting expedition was over. Captain Snow was now possessed of what lle believed would make him a very wealthy man. Naturally be was happy. But he was not selfish. He intended that every member of his crew sho11ld have a fair share. Frank sent the Dolphin to the surface at once. Bot as came up out of the water into daylight, it was to reveal to the crew a thrilling state of a!Iairs. A mighty ye:low cloud hung from horizon to zenith and was sweep ing down into the east. r The sea was rough and tmpbling in long and uneven billows. A heavy wind went soughing by. A terrible storm was at hand. In fact a literal tornado threatened. Far lo the southward was a white sail. 'J.'hat it was the Belden seemed a cert ain fact. Captain Uriah view ed the situation anxiously. I hope they will get down to bare poles before thia blast!" he de clared. It is going to be a fearful one!" "It Is possible we can reach her before tile storm comes on,'' said Frank. I wish we could!" "I will try!" Frank sllouted to BRrney to put on all spee
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FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. 13 "We will call it Pearl Islanu, as it wa8 discovered so near the valley of pearls. How is LhatT" "Good!" cried Ceptain Uriah. "You baTe bit it.'' Begorra, I wodn't moind tbryin' a bit av a thramp on it mesiH,'' said Barney. Shore me legs are stili from the lack av exer'ctse on shore." "Golly! dat's right, I'ish!" cr:ed Pomp. "Rest easy!" said Frank. "You shall have the chance. Bot first I must ease Captain Snow's mind." By no means!" protested the captain, if it i9 the disposition of the party we. will visit the isle first "Not" cried Stanhope, "it is more important that we should !lnd the Belden first of all." Powerful glasses were brought Into requisition and the sea was scan ned closely, bot not the slightest speck could be seen. It waa reckoned that the Belden would be blown the northeast, so it was decided to pursue the quest in that direction. The Dolpbin beaded that way, which would carry it past the point of the island. She bad just got under headway and was leaving the isle to tbe eastward when a terrible thing occurred. There was a sudden terrible jar, a jolt and a crash. Everybody on board was thrown from his feet. The Dolphin was at a standstill. It no further explanatiOn to tell Frank Reade, Jr., the truth. He gained his feet and rushe d to the rail. The submarine boat had struck full bead upon a reef. She lay with the waves breaki:lg over her bow. How badly she was stove could not be seen. Horror was upon the features or all as tbis dreadful realization burst upon tbem. "'My God!" cried Stanhope, in awful despair. "we are lost! This is the end or the Dolphin!" A sunken reef!" groaned Captain Uriab. Frank Reade, Jr. said nothing. He was very pale but quite cool. The Dolphin rocked and groaner] some as the waves lifted her and it was evident that a heavy s e a would be most disastrous. She must be got off at once or result w,pold indeed be serious. Frank studied her position for some moments, and then said: Bring out a diving snit, Barney. I mast make an examination.'' "Do you tbink she can be got off, Frank!'' asked Stanhope. I cannot say yet!" Barney hastened to bring up tbe diving suit. Frank put it on and then tiea a rope around his waist. By means or this he was lowered down into the water. To tbe bottom he went, and at a point wbere he could see the po sition or the Dolphin well. He carried a strong electric light in his helmet. With this be cou!d see all o!>jects about quite plain. He carefully examined the position or the boat. He saw that she rested upon a section of the jagged reef. The sharp rocks had punctured her outer shell near the bow, and she was held as in a vise. Frank saw at once the futility of tryi11g to draw her ofl. Even tf the power was at band and could be employed, it would tear a terrilfle hole in her. It certainly looked as if the Dolphin was a total loss. A more disheartening reflection than this can t.ardly be imagined. Frank was quite discouraged. Hcwever, he would not give up hope. He continued his examination or tbe craft, and finally reached the conclusion tbat there was only one way in wbicb the Dolphin could be saved. It was a chance out of a bundred, but Frank decided to take it. The section of reef bad many ca vities. In the largest or these Frank believed a torpedo could be placed and exoloded, This would tear the reef to pl11ces, and doubtless dislotlge the Dol phin; btit, of course, there was the chance or blowing a bole in her and sinking her. But even if abe were safely dislodged, it was possible that the bole in her outer hull would cause her to take so much water that she would sink. All these things suggested themselves to Frank. But the young inventor was determined to act, and accortlingly sent up the signal to be drawn up. In a few moments be was again on the or the Dolphin. "Well, Frank, bow is it!" cried Stanhope. "Are we lost or not?'' The young inventor shook his bead. "I cannot say yet," be declared. He sent Barney into the cabin for a torpedo. A wire was attacbed to it, and once more Frank put on bis helmet. Again be went over the rail and down onder the keel of the Dolphin. He selected what he considered a suitable spot, and placed the tor pedo in it. Then he signaled to be drawn up again, and soon was once more on the deck of the Dolphin. Removin11; his helmet Frank satd: "I am going to explode a torped" under this boat. It may dislodge her, and it may sink her. H any oi' you fear the consequences you may go ashore "Is it the best thing to do, Frank!" asked Stanhope anxiously. "It Ia oar only chance." There was a moment of silence. Captain Uriah finally said: "l believe in sticking to the ship!'' "So do I!" cried Stanhope. "Begorra, it's mesilf will niver go ashore," snid Barney. "I reckon if de ole boat go down I jes' go down wif it," averred Pomp. 'l'he sailors from the Belden were or the same opmion. So Frank at once made connection with the dynamo. As tbe explosion would be under the !Jow, it was ceemed best to get. as far away as possible. So all went to the stern. Frank waited for a moment until the boat was steady in its rocking, then be pressed the electric key. There was a sudden shock, a muflled roar, and the Dolphin heaved and pitched violently. Then a great column of water shot up abaft her !Jows, and she was perceptibly lifted and hurled back. Hurrah!" cried Frank, with the wildest or joy. "Sbe is off the reef!" The others gave a great cheer. It was almost too good to believe. But it was tbe truth just the same. The Dolphin was ofl the reef. Frank sprung into tbe pilot-house, ana pressed \be motive lever. She back away, and answered her helm readily. For a moment the spirits or the voyagers were indeed bigb. But as a thrilling event proved, this was premature. Suddenly the Dolphin began to rock strangely, and a dull gurgling was beard under her bow. Frank ran to the companionway which led down into the bold, and hstened intently. When be turned about his face was deadly pale. "My God!" be gasped, "the Dolphin is doomed!" "What!" cried Stanhope with alarm; "is she sinking?" She is making water fast!' Consternation most profound seized the voyagers. did the future bold for them? Luckily they were near laud. But to be cast away upon a desert isle in this part of the world was by no mean,s a pleasant thing. The Dolphin was sinking beyond a
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H FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. Nightfall came, and Captain Uriah walked out on the beach sniC fing the air, and said: ''I Lell you, mates, we're going to have a blow within twelve hours." "Do you believe it, captain?'' asked Frank, anxiously. "I do.'' All eyes weraat once turned upon the Dolphin. There she lay, washed by the swell. A beautiful wreck she wu.s. It was like !lidding farewell to a dying friend. For all !mew tha the first storm wonld relegate the DoJphin to ob livion. The wind certainly was shifting into the north-east, and It looked as if Captain Uriah's prediction would come trne. All retired early that night. It was almost a sleepless night for most of the party. But toward morning a distant booming sound heard. Rain pattered upon the canvas which hung over the entrance to the cavity. The storm had come! Tue wind quickly freshened into a gale. It was barely daylight, but all arose and went out on shore. It was a thrilling sight there revealed. The waves were growing mountain like every moment. And there they broke over the wreck of the Dolphin with thun dering force. They crashed down upon the steel decks, and raged and seethed and hissed furiously about their prey. But all to no purpose. The keen nose .or the Dolphin, like that or some stranded mon ster or the sea, still held its position. But before noon the incessant waves had carried away a portion of tl1e port bulwarks. 1'lli s was t he beginning or the end. From that moment the Dolph broke up rapidly. S oon little was left of her buta few of her steel ribs; much of the wreck was washed high on the sands. It was a sad party which sat on the storm-driven shore and watched tho miserable demise of the famous submarine boat. It's too bad!" was all Stanhope could say. He bad carefully preserved the metal case containing the confession just the same. It would no doubt be a long time, however, before be coul!J make u se or it . V a lentine must languish b e hind bars for some time yet. C a ptain Uriah bad taken good care to preserve his precious bag of p e 111'IS. If he left the isle they would of course be of little value to him. But he hoped to do this. "I'll save tl:em anyway," he bad declared; "if I ever get back to civiliz a t i on the mone y will come bandy." Barney and Pomp were extremely disconsolate. The loss of the D o lphin was to them a most serious matte r. I done tell yo' we am gwine fo' to starve on dis yer old island I" affirmed Pomp, confidently. "I done feel it in mah bones!" Begorra, it s an awful place to be found dead in!" declared Bar ney ; moodily. Be me sow I, I'm that lonesome I cud cry me eyes out!" Two days slipped by. The storm bad drifted away to the eastward and was ove r. The sun once more shone out clear and bright. 'l'his revived so:newllat the drooping spiri t s of all, and Captain U rial! ilaid: S uppose we set a signal flag for the Belden to see!" It was certainly not a bad idea. So a loug pole was procuretl ; and upon it was nailed a huge square o r canvas. This could be seen far out to sea. 1 Then fagots were coll e cted with which to keep a beacon light at ni,ght. If the Belden should come anywhere in range of the island it could not fail to be attracted. But what Captain Uriah feared was that it would continue to cruise in the same limited area, and then after a disheartening period give up the quest and go back to San Francisco In that case they would be Indeed badly off. Abandoned on a desert isle! What a fearful fate! For days they climbed the cliffs and gazed seaward, hour after hour, in quest of the welcome sail. But it came not. Then a sort of grim. desp3.ir began to settle down upon all. Some of them became taciturn and morose. Finally one day Barney and Pomp came to Frank. Pomp said: If yo' pi l ase, sah, we am berry low on provisions. I done fink we hab got to lin' sometin' else to eat right away, sa h." Bejabers, it's nfther gom' bunting we'll bel" said Barney. "Right!" said Frank. "We will organize a party at once. Bring out the guns at ODC(', Barney!" The Celt was only too ready to obey. Anything which developed excite:nent was welcome, and he and Pomp wore at once in gr.y feather. They had soon procured the guns and some ammunition, and the start was made. Frank with Barney and Pomp, as the most experienced hunters, led the way. : H was the first exploration of the island that bad been made. Straight for the interior Frank pushed. As they went on the land began to rise, and grew very rocky. At length an elevation was reached from whicll a view of the whole island could be bad. It was seen to be completely barren and unproductive. 'l'here was no natural fruit of any kind-not even a berry or a plum It was a desolate waste. Truly, to be force:! to confront t.he fact that they must live the rest of their lives upon this !united bit of barrenness was hard indeed. "It makes a man feel blue," said Stanhope. "I almost wish I had stayed at home." "By my honor, I wish I bad," agreed Captain Uriah. "Poverty at home is better than riches lere." "nut we are hare!" said' Frank Reade, Jr., pluckily. "And we must make the best or it." "Oh, certainly," agreed Stanhope, readily "I am not squealing, Frank. I took my ehances and now I'll stand by 'em!" At this moment the report or a gun was heard at the edge of a small lake near. Barney had fired into a flock of ducks and bad killed three. Pres ently be came up with his prize. Begorra, it's a foine shot I med," he cried. "I thried fer one, and be me sow! hit trea or dam. Divil a bit betther cud anyone ask!'' Everybody laughed at this and then all separated for the hunt. There was no game upon the ide bnt birds. Beasts or animals of even the smallest order did not exist. But ducks and geese were quite pler.ty. A good bag of these were secured, and tber: the party returned to the camp under the chfl. A lire was built and the game roasted. A hearty meal was partaken of, and then all sat down in a circle about the fire and told stories and cracked jokes until midnight. Truly the life upon the isle was not without its bright side. How long it would last, however, it was not easy to say. Several days more passed, and nothing of note occurred. Then Barney, strolling along the beach, made a surprising discov ery. He saw imbedded.. in the sand what looked like an iron cap stan. Be began to dig around it, and found that it was truly a capstan; also he traced in the sand the outlines of a vessel's hull. It was no doutJt the wreck of a ship which had come ashore here, and sank gradually beneath the level owing to some quicksand forma tion. Barney was busy with his examination, and was about to shoot to his friends, when a thrilling thing occurred. Suddenly he felt the sand give way and sink downward. CHAPTER XIII. THE END, DowN out of sight Barney went like a flash. As It happened Pomp saw him disappear and set up a yell for help. Shure, de l'ishman am gone!'' he screamed Come quick, Marse Frankl Cum eberybody! He am done gone! Down Barney fell for several feet. When he picked himself up he was astonished. He was in the cabin of a ship. Sand and debris were heaped upon the floor, and there was little left to show that it was really the cabin of a sbjp. But such it was. The Celt picked himself up to hear a voice above: Hi, dar! Am yo' kilt, I'isb!' Divii a bit!" roared the Celt. Cum down yersill, naygur.'' But Pomp was satisfied with gazing down into the place. "Fo' de ian's sake!" be gasped; "it am de cabin ob a ship!" Begorra, that's pbwat it is!" cried Barney "Upon my word it i s, Frankl" said Stanhope, who, with the inventor, had come up just at that moment. "It is a sunken ves ael!" Deeply sunk iu the shoals!"' said Frank. Truly that is very odd.'' All crowded about the cavity in the sand. What was the name or the ship, and how long it had been in this position It was not easy to guess. But from what couhl be seen of the woodwork and the shape of the bull, it was evidently of a very antique pattern. Doubtless it had lain there burietl for a hundred years or more. What was the fate of its crew would never be known. Oblivion cov ered all. Thoughts of this kind were surging through tbe mind of Frank Reade, Jr. as be stood ttere. Who should say that thsy would not share the same fate as those castaways, and perhaps find a lonely grave upon the desert isle! strangers might come and ruminate upon their fate in precisely the same manner. It was a curious thing to ponder on. But even as they stood thus engrossed around a heaaland of the isle there swung the hull of a Rhip. Her sails filled lazily in the breeze as she rounded in the breeze to an anchorage. The rattle or her chain was the ftrst ihlng to apprise tile castaways of her presence. "Great Jericho! gasped Captain Uriah. Then he yelled at the top of Ilia lungs. "Ahoy! the Belden!''

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. FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SILVER WHALE. 15 Tt:e scene which f(Jllowed baflies description. Barney scrambled or his hole. All rushad down the water's edge insane with joy and excitement. A boat pat out from the Belden. Half an hour all with their effects were sale on board the big brig. The great voyage or the Dolphin was ended. In one sense it was -a great eucces!. The chief euds bad been gained. The loss o r th'3 Dolphin was the dampening feature. I Two months later the Belden arrived in Sao Francisc o lu:rb o r. A thankful crew disembarklld. Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, returlfed at once to Reades town, but before the y left the Golden Gate, Valentine Tucker was set free and rejoined his happy family. George Stanhope went back LO Philadelphia, his home. happy as could b e As for Captain Uriah, his valuable pearls ueLI.eU him a vast fortune. And so we write (THE END.) 'Usefu.l. a:n.d I:n.s"'tr'U.c"'ti ve :Books. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN. 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