Under the Yellow Sea: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the Cave of Pearls with his new submarine cruiser


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Under the Yellow Sea: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the Cave of Pearls with his new submarine cruiser

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Under the Yellow Sea: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the Cave of Pearls with his new submarine cruiser
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, N oname's" Latest and Best Stories are .Published in This Library. Enteed as Second Class Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post Office, October 5, 1892. 'To 96 { } FRANK TousEY. Pmn,tsRER, 3t &. 36 NoR'l'H MooRE sra-EE'r, Na:w YoRK. { JnJcE } Vol IV .&.,_ COMPLETE. New York, December 14, 1894. ISSUED WEEKLY. l'i Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 189!, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.(Jice of the Libraian of Conl!ress, at Washington, D. C. Under the Yellow Sen: OR, Hy NON.AME." Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search For the Cave of Pearls With His New Sub marine Cruiser. Swift as a flash it came straight for Frank. But the young inventor nimbly dodged. The big fish passed between him and Sam Bagnall. Its sword would have struck Barney, fiad not the Celt been quick as lightning. He dodged iust in time. But Frank on one side and-sam on the other, gave the fish a fearful blow with the knives.

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2 UNDER 'l'HE YELLOW SEA. 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. the "fell ow Sea; \ { \ i OR, Frank .Reade, Jr.'s Search For the Cave of Pearls With His New Submarine Cruiser. By "NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Prairie Whirlwind; or. rna Mystery ot the Hidden Canyon. etc etc. CHAPTER I. SAM BAGNALL'S I "I TELL you, Frauk, there's millions in it. You see the water is too deep there for the native divers, and there Is no doubt but that the Cave of Pearls under the Yellow Sea is no myth but an actual reality." Sam Bagnall, a close friend and admirer of America's distinguished young inventor, uttered the above words. Frank Rende, Jr., drew a deep breath and seemed for a mome11t the victim or powerful emotions. At the moment the two men wt>re in t!Je office of the machine work's in Readestown, where Frank Reade, Jr., constructed all his fan:;ous He had just completed a IJeW submarine boat, whicli was in Itself clear proof that submarine was quite possible. Sam Bagnall, traveler and adventurer, "ho had tro:l almost every nation on the globe, had heard of the construction or Diver" and had at once started for Rentlestown post haste. He possessed what be believed was the certain key to a sure for tune. While traveling in the Yellow Sea aboard a Chinese junk some Gi ers were oue day encounterell. They wera tloating about iu sampaus, tl:.ough many miles !rom the lund, engaged in diving for pearls. lt seemed that in this part of the Yellow Sea there were great shal low tracts which were rich in priceless pearls. But long usage or the grounds had well exhausted the precious But this it was said was simply for the reason that the divers could nat go down into greater depths, where tbt-y yet existed in plenty. Report wa& rife among the divers or a wonderful cave undt>r this part of the sea which was rich with pearls. In vain the native divers had triell to reach it. It seemed that the precious wealth was destined to remain forever in those depths, and so Bagnall cooclude!i until be bearll of Frank Reade, Jr.'s latest invention. "A submarine boat!'' be cried. "Pshaw! that is just the thing. We bare a certain means of recovering the treasure.'' So he at once start'!d for Readestown, and thus we find him now closeted with Franlt Reade, Jr. !like your plan !irst rate,'' Frank said finall) I can seP no reason why we should not make our trip in the Diver under the Yel low Sen.'' Bagnall was delighted. .. Then it is settled?" he cried, as he jumped up. "I will consider tba matter more fully and let you know." "I leave for New York to night.'' "Very well!" said Frank. "I will wire you within forty-eight hours!" The famous explorer arose. I am so sure that you will go,'' he said, "that I shall at once make all prPparatious. But-I have never seen your famous lnven tiou!" You shall see it!" cried Frank. heartily. "Ar:d you are the first outsider to hsJ>ect it. Come this way!" The .i:ieade Macl!ine Works covered a number of acres. It was :Ji. vitled up well" into various der-artments. Tboere was a l>1rge yard, walled in from the view of the street. Leaving the office Frank and his visitor crossellhis. They came t'l a gate in a yet wall. Frank pressed a spring and this opgned at once. They passed into another yard, in the center of which was a large basin or tank tilled with water. In the center of this llonted a strange-looking craft. It was the submarine !Joat. As viewed now, but liLLie or it could ue seen about the surface. The hull was long anti rnkish looking. The back or top of the' structure was a rouuding shell of steel, looking for all the world liKe a whale lying dormant. But in thid expanse of curving steel there were windows rurnishad with thick bull's-eye glass, and a pilot house with heavy protected front. Also, there was a narrow deck provided with a band rail, and l wo slight masts rose In the air. Such was tee exterior of the su!>marine boat. The interior merits a more extended \lescription. Bagnall stOOl\ upon the edge of the tank ar.d stared at the Diver. Well. I'll be euchrell !'' he exclaimed, "it looks like a sub marine ooat to he-sure!" Do you think so!'' asked Frank, with a laugh. "Wlly, I should say so!" "Come aboard and I will show you sometliing, more?" A plnnk with a rope rail led out to the boat. Across this the two men now malle their way. Reaciliog the deck of the D:rer Frank went forward to the pilot house, He opened a small steel door ami almost instantly a loud voice cried: Howld on, there! Who the divil are yez, an' have yez any roight here!" "All right, Barney," cried Frank "What are you doing, you rascal?'' A specimen qf the Celt had appeared and was now scraping and bowing uefo1e llis yllung master. Barney O'Sbea hal! ueen in the employ of Frank Reade for munv years and wus a valued and trusty man. "Shure, an' it's you is it, Mistber Frank?" cried the failllful fellow. I was afraid it was some skulkin' crank think in' as how he'd blow up the craft. Tllere's many prowlin' around. Pl11vat am I doin', do yez ask! To be sbure, I'm swapin' the afther cabin!'' All right, Barney,'' replied Frank, "this is our friend, Mr. Bagnall, and I am going to show l .1im over the boat.'' All roi"ht sorl" By the"w;y, where is Ponip!" The Celt grinned. Is It the naygur, sor?" he cried. Shure he's acourin' up things in the galley this minnit1 sorl'' "Good enough!" crieu Fronk. "Have nil in good shape to sail at a day's notice, Barney.'' I will, sor." Now, fnend Bagnall," cried Frank, ''let me show you how the Diver is regulated." They descended spiral stairs to tlle cabin. Here a wonderful scene was revealed. 'l'be interior uf the suumarine wonder far outsllone the PXlel ior. Tl1e long cabin was spread to their view. It was narrow nnd necessarily low between decks, but its cabinet work was of the richest mahogany. No expense had been spared by Frank to make of this a t!oatmg palace. He had well. There were richly upholstered seats, chair11 and divans. Articles of' virtu upon heautiful shelves, works or art and of science. l '.

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UNDER THE YELLOW SEA. 3 Book sl:lelves with rare volumes, and in fact all the comforts or a millionaire's dwelling. Next came the dining saloon acd this was most beautifnlly fur nished. Rich cut-glass and silver adorned the swinging racks and dresser. Bagnall took u I this in like one in a dream. Fral)k led the way next into the compartment where were located the staterooms. These were six in number, and WPre nicely fitted up. Next they en tered the gun room or armory. Here were rlfies, shntguns, stands or small arms, cases of cart ridges, lances harpoons, axes, knives, and all the necessary articles of offense and defense for sncb a trip. Wonderful, I must say," cried Bagnall, "but look here, Frank.'' "Well!" "Can you usA these weapone under water! You know a bullet will go but a few feet from the muzzle or a gun?" Frank smiled. "You know I have uvercome that," he said; projectiles used in these guns are not i.Jullets.'' "Not bullets? "No!" Fraok held up a slender article, which looked almost needle like in its proportions. It was some eighteen inches long, but very slender. That!" exclaimed Bagnall. "Yes!'' replied Frank, "that is the projectile. That will overcome the resistance of the water.'' "But-pshaw! Can those needles be sent with sufficient force to penetrate anytlung under water?" "It is not necessary!" replied Frank. "Ah?'' They are hollow, and very lightly charged with dynamite. The moment one of them strikes an object, a small needle in the end is Hhoved back which explodes a tiny p ercn@sion cap. Then the needle is blown to nothing by the force of the dynamite. Such a shock, un der the water, w1ll knock a whale senseless, even if it does not kill him.'' Bagnall was intensely interested. He examined the new projectile carefully, and then cried: "Frank Reade, Jr. your are a brick. That is a wonderful thing. What is there that your inventive genius cannot devise? Why there is a fortune in that. You could sell the aecret to the government, ami reap a big thing.'' Ah, but that I do not care to do," said Frank. "I would not sell any warlike invention to a govemment. There are cruel devices enough in existence now for the taking of human life!" Bag noll looked wonderingly at Frank, and rejoined: "You nre not at all like the avtlrage mnn. '!'hat is an uncommon sentiment.'' Perhaps so,'' laughed Frank, "but every man to bis o"n crotch ets, you know.'' "Ob, yes!" agreed Bagnall. They now pas se d into the magazine, and then into the galley wh11re Pomp was putting things to rights. Bagnall tbongbt be bad n ever seen a smarter looking negro. Pomp scrap e d and bowed io tis comical way, and cried: Fo' de Lor', Marse F:anl,, yo' jest take dis chile all unawares, but yo' am berry welcome, sail, jes' de same!'' CHAPTER II. A DESCRIPTION OF THE DIVER. FRANK introduced Bagnall to Pomp, nod the two were at once You must have everything all shipsbape for leaving Readestown at an early day, Pomp!" declared Frank. "Law sakes, sah!'' declared the
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UNDER THE YELLOW SEA. "By all means,'' cned Bagnall. "You ougllt to do that!" Step inside. then." Both stepped into the pilot-house. Burney was at the wheel. "Barney," s aid Frank, press lever Numller 3," Barney did so. Tbis had the effect or hermetically sealing every door and window on board the Diver. Then Frank pressed the lever which opened the reservoirs. Instant ly the boat sank. The watclling crowd on the shore saw the submarine boat vanish. It was a wonderful sight, and nil watclled with suspense to see it come up again. Its course under water was clearly marked by tbe glare or the ele ctric lights. 1'hose on board the Diver experienced not the slightest incon veinence from being under water. The oxy11:en generators furnished the passengers tile best and the sweetest or air. It was indeed a novelty to 'Sam Bagnall, and he was beside himself with interest and excitement. Frank did not allow the boat to remain under the surface long: It came up a few hundred yards from where it went down, and as it sprang dripping from \he depths, deafening cileers greeted it. Once a11:ain Frank and Sam appeared on deck. 1'1Jeu the boat gliz! It's a sunken ship!'' "A sunken ship!" exclaim e d B a gnall. Instantly he sprang Ul> tlle spiral stairs, and into the pilot-bouse. He saw the distant object at once. I t is a sunken wreck!" he criad. Some unfortunate victim of ocean's storms." True," replied Frank. From this distance she looks like a merchant vessel. S hall we go over and take a look at her!" "Oh, that Will be splendid!" cried Sam, eagerly. Frank at once pressell the r e servoir valve softly She arose a few feet from ttJe bottom and sailed slowly nearer to the wreck. 'I'be sunken vessel lay well upon its side, and its hull and rigging were badly shatt e red. No doubt It was tbe victim of a terrible storm. The Diver settled down quite t:ear to the wreck. Theu the search-light sbowed it up as plain as day. Every detail of the b u!l was revealed and a thrilling sight was ac corded the submarine voya
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UNDER THE YELLOW SEA. 5 Bring out the diving-suits, Barney!" All roight, sor!" and B :.mey disappeared with alacrity, Bagnall shrugged his shoulders. Ugh!" he exc!airned. "I don't know as I dare go out there, Frank, I feel a bit shaky." 'Ihe young inventor luughed. "You'll soon get over tllat!" he said. "You had better go!'' Barney produclld the suits at this( moment. Frank proceeded to don one, saying: "I tbinl you can go with us, Barney, l'omp will keep us supplie:l with air." All roigbt, sor!" cried the Celt, with delight. This at once enthused Bagnall. All right!" he cried. "I am going, too." "That is right!" cried Frank "I'll see that no harm comes to von!'' In a few moments 1111 three were equipped for tile trip to tile wreck. Pomp was an Interested spectator. "it be mall turn nex' time," he said. "Yo' needn't put on sich a.irs, yo' good fo' nuffin l'Ishmnn." Barney made a grimace at the darky by way of reply. Then all was ready. lt was necessary to elevate the Diver about forty feet so that there could be plenty of play for the hie lines. The manner of leaving the Diver was by means of an ingenously constructed vestibule. This had two doors; one leading into the cabm and the other on deck. In these doors were apertures for the life lines. The helmets were not adjusted until the divers were in the vestibulll. This was then tilled with water by a valve and opening the outer door the divers walked out. Frank led the way. It was a new experience for Bagnall and for a moment he felt faint and giddy, The pressure of the water made fearful noises in his ears, but after a few moments he overcame this. He followed Frank and Barney to the rope ladder which Jell down from the boat's deck. Down this all three climbed aild were aoon upon the sands below. 'l'here they stood for a moment. "Well,'' cried Bagnall, "here we are; now for the fun!" To his surprise the others did not answer him. Then he suddenly recollected that very likely they did not hear him. Under water, it would be necessary for them to put the helmets close together in order :o be beard. Indeed at this moment Frank placed his helmet to Sam's, and shouted: Are yon all right?" "Yes,'' replied Sam. "Is this the only way 1 can make you bear?" "Yes!" That is very strange. What way shall we go now?" "Keep close behind me and you shall see. I will lead the way.'' And this Frank proceeded to do. CHAPTER IV. THE SUNKEN TREASURE. 'BARNEY bad proceeded some distance toward the wreck. Bagnall followed Frank, and in this manner the distance to t he wreck was accomplished. No Incident of special interest transpired on the way. The fishes swarmed about the divers in curious schools, and it being a new experience to Bagnall at times, he was really alarmed, as some of them were exceedingl y large. Reaching the wreck, Baruey proceeded to clamber into one of the electric light from above made all quite plain in the vicinity. Frunk and B:1gnall followed Ba r r ey, and all three were now upon the main d e ck of the vessel. Even as they entered the open port, Frank saw a uismnntle ; l gun, r.ot but a few feet back. At onc e he put his h e lmet close to Sum's and elwuted: Upon my word, this vessel carried an armaceot. She looks to me like an old time type of !)irate vessel." "You don't mean it!" exclaim e d Sam, at once interested and de lighted. "Perhaps there is treasure aboard.'' so.'' "Will it not pay to search for it!" "OIJ yes.'' Frank proceeded to adjust liis life lines to permit or invading the vessel further, as did the others. Then leading the way, the young inventor passed along the main or gun deck to the cabin statrs. Light shone in at the catlin windows !rom the electnc radiance without. Objects were fairly visible, and a strange sight was revealed. The explorers stood spell-bound. Along a bunch at one side of the cabin, sat six grinning skeletons, just as t11ey had given up tbeir lives in the sinking of the ship. At a cabin table sat two otbers, and upon the lloor were a couple more. It was a l(haslly sight. Bnt upon the table was a large iron chest, atd overturned before it, was a heap or coins. It required but a moment's to show Frank that they were gold doubloons and roubles. It was a large treasure. The three divers put their helmets together. 1 Begorra, we've sthruck it rich, haven't we?'' cried Bnrney. / You are right!'' shouted Frank. "They "ere evidently having a division or their spoils when the ship went down!" What do you suppose sent it to tbe bottom!" naked Bagnall. "That mqy forever remain a mystery," replied Frank. "Perhaps a storm, but more likely a solid shot from some cruiser.'' "Mercy! If that is all gold in that heap it will enrich ns!'' cried Sam, excitedly. "Certainly!" replied Frank. We will devise some way to get it back to the Diver!" "Begorra, I cum prepared for that, sor!" cHed Barney. "You did!" That 1 did, sor.'' And the Celt prod;;ced a large leather bag, into which be proceeded to rake a lot of the coin. lt was tilled, however. The balance of the treasure Frank placed in the chest cover, nod and Sam carried it while lsarney Jogged on behind with the bag. They returned to the gun deck. Here Frank saiu: Shall we go back to the Diver, or shall we explore furtberr Sam quickly replied: Suppose we leave the treasure here and look further through the wre.,k, we ctm return and get it when we choose!" "Ou, certainly! So the gold coins were left at the port by which they had entered. Then Fran. k led the way back to the cabin. To the forecastle and the magflzine the divers went. Dozens of skeletons were found. It seemed as if the ship must have foundered very suudenly, for many or the viclims were seen to have been ;n the act of accomplish ing eome duty. They seemed to have been taken unawares by the ter rible death which had so swiftly rushed upon tht>m. With more than ordinary Interest the explorers viewed the ghastly scenes. That the vesael seemed to have been a pirate was certain. She carried eight carronades and a swivel gun on the forward deck. The tlmbP.rs had rotted, and this beavv piece of ordnance had fallen through into the hold Heaps o! rusted swords and small carbines and blunderbusses were seen; but. nothing more of value was round. It seemed that Frank had hit upon the truth in the suggestion that tlley bad been in the act or dividing the treasure when death descended upon the1n. Thera wus no way o! learning the name or the ship, but 1t seem ed certain that she belonged to a period of buccanneering fully two centuries prev1ous. Again the divers put their helmets together, and Frank shouted: Shall we retarn now!'' I am agreeable!'' replied Sam. BtJgorra, I've hud enuff!" cried Barney. So Frank led the way back to the open port by which they had en tered. A few moments later carrying the treasure they were travel ing ns rapidly lis possible towards the rope ladder. Suddenly J;Jarney threw himself in front of Frank. He droppe
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. 6 UNDER THE YELLOW SEA. I The result was of impo.rtnnce. Blood spurted from the wounds and the monster fish took a shoot upwards, lashing the water into a whirl pool. The three divers sank down to avoid being swept from their feet. Every instant "Frank expected the big to come in clo9e contact witll his life line and break it. But luckily he did not. Whether the big fish went to the surface or not was never known. Pomp on boar,! the Diver saw his body sboct up by. 'l'ller., just as the divers were recovering themselves, Sam placed his helmet close to Frank's and shouted: "Look out! He's comiog down!" This was tru. Looking upward the heavy body of the fish was seen to come tumbling down. Down it came to the white sands below. Then it was at once seen to be dead. The deadly knives had done their work. The great peril was re moved. A hasty look at the monster was indulged in. Then Frank gave the pull on his line lor Pomp to descend with the Diver. Down came the sub!l')arine boat and rested on the sands. Barney appeared at the pilot house window. lt was now an easy matter for the divers to go aboard. Barney drnggell the !Jag of doubloons into the vestilmle, and Frank and Sum followed with the chest cover. 'l'hen the outer door closed, the pumps freed the vestibule of water and the three adventurers took otl' their diving suits. Into the cabin they went, and POIJlP greeted them joyfully. 1 The darlst. On came the monster full speed. When he struck the point of the ram-well, everybody knew that something had happened There waa a terrillc shock, the Diver quJvered like an aspen, then began to heel over. "Sink her, Barney!" cried Fmnk, who bad been hurled down the stairway by the concussion. Let her go to the bottom, quick!'' The Celt had been at Frank's shoulder all while. He had also been burled to the floor of the pilot-house. But he was instantly upon his feet and rushed to the key board. Quick as a flash, be pressed the reservoir lever. The Diver sank and lay half upon its side. That was a trial moment for 1ts staunchness, for the whale impaled upon the ram was thrashing furiously and threatening the boat with destruction. But this wns only for a moment. The huge monster suddenly ceased its violent actions, and lay inac tive upon the bottom of the ocean: lt was dead. The ram had penetrated a vital part to the depth of fully ten feet. The great battle was over. Tile voyagers had now recovered, and all rushed to the observation windows. Whew," cried Sam Bagnall. if we are going to run up against such snags as that right along, I think we had better keep on the sur face.'' "He is a monster!" declared Frank. "I never saw a bigger whale." Begorra,it's lucky he didn't sthrike the !Joat broalisi
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/ UNDER 'l'HE YELLOW SEA. Pomp was singing merrily: Down in ole Kyarline, Dis darky's gwine to go, Back to de ole plantation, Once mob--" Bang-clatter-clash! Pomp had droppeli his skillet, drowning the last st:.uza. "Bress mah soul, dat am a berry bud sign,'' be sputtered, de las' time 1 dropped mah skillet, 1 done l!eard dat mall uncle in Kyar line who's gwil:e fo' to leave me all fortune, bad done got lucked by a mew!, but didn't die. Mebbe I bear now be !Jab died an' l e!' his money to somtl good fo' nutliu' nigger, an' I gets lelt. Jes',mah lucb;." Barney grinned and rubbed hiS sides "Begorra, ye'll thinks it's ba!! luck yez are bavin'," he muttered. "I'll foix ye, yez blac l 1 son av a gun." Tile Celt crept up the back stairs over the galley. Here the cl!imney arose just al:love a jog in the deck. It was pro tected by a patem tlauge, so tl!at even wren under the water, the smoke could be out Barney understoud the mechanism of this well. By pulling out a little pin tl!e !lange would drop, and there-well we sllall see. Barney pulled out tile pin. Pomp was in the a ct of bending over the tire pot, a; Barney saw by looking down through a tiny aperture. It was the moment for actiOn. Barney dre w the pin. Instantly the pneumatic draught was re versed. Down the chimney' came a fearful gust of smoke and sout, and took Pomp fuJi in tl!e face. Mouth, nose, ears and hair, were tii:ed ivicb the fearful black soot. Tl!e dark y was fairly knocked over with tl!e force or the Lbiug. lt was a territlc dose. Spluttering and gasping, he regained his feet. But it was some momen:s before h e could see anything. Then, after digging tile soot out of his eyes, he saw himself in a glass near. Mercy on us! he was a sight indeea. Of course tbe black did not show on his ebony skin, but his white apron and nifty colored shirt were a sight to bebvld. Moreover, his wbole row of dellctous pies upon the table near were literally buried in soot. i"or a moment the darky gazed aghast upon this catastrophe. Of cours e be never once dreamed of the true cause of it. He bad r;o idea tbat tbe miscllievions Celt above had slipp9lt the pin lHICk' in its place and was now rolling over, convulsed with laughter. Begorra, I've turned the tallies on the naygur this toime!" he mut tered, in great glee. "He'llniver git aveu wid IJ!Il fP.r tbat." CHAPTER VI. THE HURRICANE. INDEED this would seem a nillicult thing for Porn)> to do. "Mab goodness!" gasped the dtsmayeLI darky; '.' wba' ebber did git into dat ar Si.ove! I nebbet see it do dat afo'." Once more he approached the s t ove cautiously. It was dra\\ing us nicely as ever, and the fire was glowing llnely. Evidently it had again resumed its normal condition. Pomp scratched some of the soot out of his wool. Tl!en he doff e:l his apron, an' fink yo' am!" BeJabers, wan wudn't nade to be consbumed wid smartneas to match yez,'' Barney. Huh, yo' tiuk yo' play vo' nasty tricks on me, an' don' git found out '' Pbwat's that yez say? Yez are off yer base, nnygur! What IVi deuce have yez got tbat I've iver played any nasty trick on yez?'' Yo' ball lleen in mall kitchen an' done covered eberyfing obcr wit soot!" "Phwat?" roared Barney. "Don't yez dare say I've been in yure kitchen!" "Yar,don' yo' say yo' habn't? Dar am de smut en yo' feet, an yo' footprints am on de kitcben floor." Barney gave a startled glance at his feet. In a moment he saw be was betrayed. Tile telltale expression on his face remoYed tbe last ray or doubt in Pomp's mind. Seeing tbat the joke was out Barney was nnuble to re3train his laughter. He fairly roared witb merriment, which outburst or course only enraged Pomp. "Begorra, I'm square wid yez fer ould times!'' roared the Celt. "That's tbe tolme I turned the tables on yez lJedad!'' This was as far as the Celt got in his exultation. Tlle next moment be was at his victim's mercy. ...-. Pomp lowered hi9 head and came at Barney. The onslaugllt was so suddtm, tbat tbe Celt had no time to prepare (or it. The darky's head took him full in tbe slomacb and he went over like a ten-pin. He saw stars for a moment and the bre:lth was knocked out of him. The darky was upon him instantly, and would have pummeled him well, but at tbis moment an autboritative voice came down the stairs. Barney and Pomp,. on deck:" It was Frank calling tbem. Instantly fori,(Otten was all else in the call to duty. They went fly ing up the cabin stairs. On dec!( Frank and Sam had suddenly noted a strange yellow cloud rising into the zenith from the southwest. They well knew what it meant. "Mercy on us, Frank," cried Sum, "that looks like a hurricane!'' "That's just what it is," agreed the young iuventor, in alarin, "and a hurricane in these regions means something!" What shall we do?" "I'll provide for that." As soon as Barney and Pomp came on deck: they at once saw and comprehemted the peril. Lordy, Marse Frank!'' cried Pomp, in alarm, "wba'ebber we gwlce to do!" "Begorra, that sthorm wod br.;ak tte Diver all to pieces!" cried Barney. "We'll see about that," said Frank; "clear the deck!" Everythir.g portable on the deck was taken into tbe cabin. Frank bel
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, 8 UNDElt THE YELLOW SEA. They were not a moment too soon, for the hurricane burst above I "Now the best we can do with you," s aid Frank, "is to Jrop you them with terrible fury. at St. Helena." The Diver did noL descend entirely to the bottom of the sea. Tbut will do.'' S!Je forged ahead some lifr. y fathoms und e r the surface. At this "You can get passage to some home port from there.'' depth the rough uctiou of the waves was but slightly felt. Certainly.'' For fully hart an hour Frank held the barometer in his hand, and Two days later, after fast sailing, one day Barney sighted St. Ifelthen be said: en a. "The storm is over, Barney. Let her go up." The little islar.d where the famous Napoleon was so l'lng exilell was The order was obeyed, and the next moment the submarine bl)at approached not without some curtous feelings. leaped out into the air aga in. 'l'!1e little harbor of J!WIIestown was nnd the Diver an The sun was ebining brightty over the tossing sea. chored. To the westward could be seen the bank of receding storm clouds. A message was sent to the commandant, who replied in welcome The storm had been a violent one as could be seen. terms Then Fran I and Sum went ashore with the two men. # When the submarine boat bad gone down, there was no sign of a Leave was taken or Peters and Jones here, They speedily secured sail upon the horizon. passage home. I But now as the submarine voyagers emerged on deck, Sam BagFrank and Sam visited Longwood and Napoleon's tomb and then nail cried: returned to the Diver. "Look! mercy on us, there is a dismantled ship!" Once more the little submarine boat was under way, bound for the This was true. Cape or Good Hope. Driven before the gale a noble ship had bl)en stripped of masts and For days the southward course was held. Tben FrAnk stood in for rigging, and floated a ainkiog wreck upon t_he sea. the Cape, wllich was the southern extremity of tb
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UNDER THE YELLOW SEA. 9 Hours slipped lly thu8. marine growth. On over wonderful sights the boat sailed. I which rose perhaps a foot high and extended into the depths of some The voyagers were never tired of sitting by the observation win This ridge seemed like a ridge of sand laid up nicely by the action of dows and studying the scene below. \, opposing current s. It was certainly grand beyond all description. 'l'be darky never dreamed thaL there was anything under it. After awhile Sam crietl: Suddenly and just as Pomp was about to put his hand upon it, it "Now we come to the pearl banks. We sb&ll soon be looking began to move. for the cave of pearls." "Golly!" gasped tbedarky, with bulging eyes bacl of his helmet Of course all were endowed with fresh interest. glass. "Wha' de debbil am datT" Now the coral formation began tb eease and once again the clear, The ridge of sand was motionless again. The darky viewed curi white sand be!!:an to show. onsly. Suddenly Burney cried: "I jes' wondah if d tr am anyfing undab dat heap ob sar.
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