Under the equator from Ecuador to Borneo; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage

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Under the equator from Ecuador to Borneo; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage

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Under the equator from Ecuador to Borneo; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage
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and Best Stories are Published in This J ...... ibrary. Entend as Sef!ond Class Matter at\ the J \VEKKLY. 5 J Enteedacc01dino to the Act of Cono ress, in the yea1'1895, by F.fiANK it the o(Tice of the Librarian of Congress, nt IJ. C Under tho E uotor FROM ECUADOR TO BORNEO; or, Frank U.eade, Jr.'s Greatest Submarine Voyage. By NONAME." 'l'be skeletons all sat erect as in life, and just as death had overtaken them. What was more, they 'had. all crossed the right hand across the table as if th7ir last act in life was a mutual oath. It was a stnking scene.

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2 UNDER THE EQUATOR. Th e su bs cription Price o f t b e F RANK READ E LIBRARY by t h e y ear i s $2.50: $ 1.25 per s ix m o n t h s, post paid. Addre ss FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLI S H ER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Under the Equator F'rom Ecuador to OR, fPank aeade, Jtr.'s .Gtreatest .Submatrine Voyage. By II NONAME," Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Sky Scraper,'" "Under the Yellow Sea," "Frank Reade, Jr.'s Prairie Whirl wind; or, T.lle Mystery ot the Hidden Canyon," etc., etc. CHAPTER J. J'RANK. READE, JR., AT HOME, WH4-T will your trip be with your new submarine boat, Frankr' The speaker was Clifford Carlton, a young member of the Sclentlllc S chool. At the moment be was talking wrtb Frank Reade, Jr., the world's moat famous inventor, who scarcely needs an introduction to the reader. They were standing In the yard of Frank's machine shops in Reade&' town, that miniature city which had been 'he birth place of genera t ions of tbe Reaues. It was true that Frank Reade, Jr., bad invented a submarine boat. 'l 'he of deep water navigation bad been solved and now \he faiJlous young was about to take an under ocean trip wit h tlie submat ine Clipper. Not until now bad be declared what his intentions were. He replied to Carlton briefly! I am going to follow the equator half way round the earth, or as f a r as It traverses the deep sea.'' Carlton ooave a sharp exclamation. Good 111 he exclaimed, excitedly; "that wiil be wonderful indeed! The equator traverses some of the most wonderful parts of the ocean. What a voyage that will be!'' I hope that it will prove instructive and entertaining,'' replied Frank. It certainly will. From what point will you make the start?" "I '!ball follow the equator through the Pacific/ declared Frank. "It strikes the ocean upon the coast of Ecuador; thence to Borneo It is almost an unbroken expanse or sea and a voyage of thousands of miles." I am more t h an ordinarily interested in this project," C litlord. When will you start?" Within three days." The young scientist gave a start. "So soonr he exclaimed. "Ob, I bad hoped-but-pardon n:e l I dare not tell you my dearest wish." 1 Frank g ave his companion a keen look and then smiled grimly. He knew well what was upon the other's mind. "Spea k right out," he sald with a laugh. "You can!t any more t han mee t with disappointment." "True!' cried Clifford. Well, of course you know what it means to me to hove the privilege which you will enjoy of seeiog .that won derful portion of the deep sea, There is no use in be a -ting about the bush. Flatl y Frank, I would give years of my life go with you upon th i s submarine cruise!" Frank seemed in a thocgbtful mood for some moments : Then he said: "We ll, we have not made any special arrangement for carrfing a p assenger aboard the Clipper. There are three pf us-myself and my t w o &ervonts, Barney an d Pomp.'' I will gladly pay whatever you choose for my passage,' / cried Clifford, eagerly. "Not a bit of it," exclaimed Frank, generously. "You are very welcome to accompany us on our trip. I will a stateropm is made ready for you at once.'' The young scie ntist could not express bia delight in words. He fairly embr a ced l!'rank. I wlll endeavor to repay you some time,'' he cried. "Not at all,'' said Frank, peremptorily. But now, do not forget _that we start in three days. Can you be ready ?'' "Yes; in less time." "Very Be on band, then, the day we sail.'' I will! Clifford Carlton hastened away with the joyful news to his school mates and the professor in the Scientific School. It was, certainly, a privilege which should make tnem all envious. Frank passed f:om the yard into another which was protected by a high wall and gates. In the center of this yard, : ll'hich covered more than an acre, was a deep tank or basin tlJled wit l 1 water. In this tank the famous new invent ion-the submarin e boat. Not much of it could be s een above the water. But enough was visible to determine its suape, which was nearly that of a cigar. The bull was made of closely Jointed bands of toughest and lightest steel. The keel furnished sufficient ballast in solid lead to keep h e r lev e l. J In each side of the hull were three windows of sections of heavies t plate glass, protected by an almost invisible blind of steel mesb es. From these observation windows much could be seen of the ocean bed and its wonders. Upon the top of this cigar-shaped hull was a long dome-sbnped cabin; also this was surrounded by the outer deck, which could only be used while the boat was on the surface. In the cabin dome were circular windows. Forward wa.s a pilot bouse, with the steering gear and electric keyboard for tbe operating or the Over the pilot-bouse was a powerful electric search-light, specially constructed for deep s e a wurk. Two light masts, fore and aft, were employed to keep the boat steady. The interior of the Submarine Clipp e r was a wonder-land. Richly furnished and adornect with costly fittings, It was a floating palace. Aft was the reserfoir or tank which was used for depressmg or ele vating the boat. This was done by simply admitting a rush of sea water acd sin king the boat. Upon rising a pneumatic pressur e forced the water from the chamber ant.l. would s e nd the \Joat to the surface like a cork. The engines were run by powerful dynamos. A twin-screw pro peller gave the craft propulsion. A chemical generator of great. copaclty kept the cahins constantly supplied with fresh oxygen.-and consumed the carbonic acid gas as soon as it was formed. With this meager description of the Submarine Clipper we will take the read e r on to thrilling incidents of this s t ory The trip under the Equator, as by Frank Reade i Jr., truly held w o nderful possibilities. To make the entire circumference of the earth In this woy was im possible for1the Equator crossed the contin e nt of south America and Africa, where, of course, r:o submarine boat conld lravel. S o Frank marked out a definite and possible course, whic3 ex t end ed from Ecuador, by cutting around a number of l'mall islands to Borneo. Thrs distance was almost, t r not qu 1 te, half the circumference of the earth. At least, it was a tremendous voyage in a straight line, and would take the voyagers through the seas of Oceania, the most Chl\rming part or the Middle Pacific Ocean

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UNDER TEE EQUATOR. 3 There were parts or the Pacific where the sea would be miles in depth. or course the boat could not descend to these depths on account of the trernendous universal pressure. But these regions were in small proportion. Frank had carefully planned the whole affair. The trip around Ute Horn would !>e made on the surface, na the Clipper could trayel faster in that way. 'l'llen a small harbor on the coast of Ecuador named Pechuco wus the point selected to start from. Frank advanced to the edge of the basin. A small bridge or planks extended to the deck of the Clipper. As the young inventor advanced a man leaped out of the pilothouse and pulled off his cap showing a shock of red hair. Shure, Misther Frank, and is it mesilf yez are lookin' fort'' "Yes, Barney, and Pomp alsot' repUed Frank. "The naygur is it, sort Shure, I'll call htm!" The man was an Irishman, beyond all peradventure. But be waa Frank Reade, Jr.'s trusty friend and servant and possessed of as t10e a heart as ever bflat in human breast. Barney O'Shea, for this was his name, rushed to tbe door and about ed: "Pomp, me hearty! Are yez there?" "Wba' yo' want, I'ish!" came back the reply. "Divil a bit, but MiAbter Frank wants yez." A darky black as coal came tumbling up out or tbe cabin. He dnckea and scraped Frank. "Barney and Pomp," said the young inventor, "1 have decided when to start upon t3e new trip!" Both servitors looked delighted. "Yez don't m ean It, sor!" "Golly! amn't dat line?" Pomp cut a pigeon wing nod Barney turned a handspring. "Yt>s," continued Frank, "it will be in three days, and I want you to have everything in readiness. Do you understand!" "Yo' can bet we does!" "Begorra it'll be so!" Both were about to dart away when Frank said sharply: "Hold on!" I "Yas, sah." "I'rJQ not done with you yet;" A'right, sab.'' I beg yez pardon, sor." "There will be no extra man in our crew on this trip.'' "An extra man is it sor! Shure we kin do all the worruK.'' "You don't nnderstand, This man is a passenger. He is going wit h us to subserve the ends of scieuca.'' Barney and Pomp listened resl!sctfully. Ot course they could not demur. .. Now I want you to hnve n stateroom all ready for him. Calculate upon enough ext:ra provisions, Pomp. In fact, reckon upon nn extra man in the party.'' Pomp ducked his head. A'rigbt, snb!" he said. "I'se gwine to cook fo' jes' as many as yo' says I'se bound to obey ordera, sah !" "Very good!" said Frank, "let me see bow well you will do it." Barney and Pomp were about to return to the cabin when a st rt lingthing occurred. There wns a sudden terrific explosion, the outer wall of tbe yard went into tbe air in fragments full n h.mdred feet. Frank Reade, Jr., wns con&cious or the fact that the earth was rocking beneath bis feet, and then became insensible. CHAPTER II. THE G REAT TRIP I S BEGUN. BARNEY and Pomp, on the deck of the submarine boat, bad come out of the explosion unscathed. Both were burled into the of the tank, nod this was probably wbnt saved them. A terrible scene of wreck and ruin it wns which both beheld wlien they came to the o;urface and the dust bad cleared a triUe. /!.. fearful explosion had taken place. 'l'be outer wall and the corner of oce of tbe shops was a heap of ruins. Heaps of dqbris lay everywhere. Much had fallen Into the tank. The Clipper bnd not escaped. Her pilot-house was IJadly dented, and some of the handrail was from her deck. The fact that she sat so low in the water was what h!ld saved her from destruction. "Mither av Moses!" gasped Barney, as be crawled out of the tank. "Pbwat the divil is the matther! Is it sthruck by loightning we areT" "Golly! I done fought I was trowed ober de moon!" Exclaimed Pomp. Dripping wet but uubnrmed: they climbed out of the tnok; tluin they saw Frank lying i mconscious. .. With a wild, solicitous cry, Barney was quickly by Frank's side. "Ocb bone! Misther Frank is killed entoirely!'' be cried. "Bad cess to the omadhoun that did it!" But Frank moved and opened bis eyes; he was only stunned nod not at !ill injured bodily. A cry of joy escaped Barney's lips, and be dashed water in Frank's face. The young inventor was quickly himself agulo. The neise of the explosion had of course attracted people from all quarters in the vicinity. People come rushing in from the street, the workmen from the shops and a sort or panic reigned. But Frank Reade, Jr., was now on his feet and quickly straigbtened matters oul.. In the confusion he was cool and calm as need be. Policemen were q:Jlckly at work trying to fin d n solution of the mystery, and it was quickly found. In the debris tbere was fouod tbe body of a mnn frightfully mangled. He was .at once recognized as the author of nll the trouble. His l)nme was David Vane, and he was a noted Anarchist, .who im agined that it was his duty to destroy tbe iron worlis or Frank Reade, Jr. It was indeed a fortunate thing that nobody but the projector of the infamous scheme himself bad been killed. The orowd ctispered after a time and the affair terminated. But Fr11nk Reade, Jr., caused the break in I be wall to be quickly boarded in, and this kept out the persistent crowd or who were anxious to inspect the submarine boat. The Clipper's injuries were quickly repaired, and there waa therefore no delay in the arrangements for the start upon the great cruise. At length the day came, Everything was in ship-sbapr. order. From the morning train Clifford Carlton alighted. He had made all preparations to go upon the famous trip. The tank in which the submarine bo11t rested wns connecttd with a canal lending through locks down into tbe river, which in turn led to the sea. Into this canal tlie boat was floated : Frank nod Clifford Carltoll stood on the deck, Bnrnev was in tbe pilot-llouse, nnd Pomp below. Fronk bad left the machine works in charge of a competent fore mnn. All the employees bid good-bye to the voyagers with n cheer. This was taken up outside the yard by a host of excited people, who were wailing for a glimpse of the famous submnr.ine wonder. As the Clipper glided down into the river, it wns seen that its banklil were lined with people. A great about went up. Tbus the Clipper left Readestown .arnid great enthusiasm. Tbe voy agers stood on deck unLit a bend in the river hiq the town from view. The great trip was begun. How would it terminate or what adventures tbe future held in store for them, of course the voyagen bad no means of knowing. But they were setting forth with stout hearts and conlllleoce in the Clipper. This was half the battle. The journl)y down the river to the sea wns devoid or incident. In due time it was reached. Then the Clipper began her voyage in earneat. Cleaving her way through the bea _vy rollers, she made good speed to the southward Frank did not intend to stop at any port, or to abate the speed of the Clipper until after Cape Horn was rolir.ded I)Dd Ecuador wns reached. This part or the voyage was long and tedious. The Clipper was an extremely fast snller, but ye' It was a long willie ere the Straits or came into view, arid (he passage from t)le Atlantic to the Pacillc quickly made. Arouod Adelaide Island, and strnigbt to tbe north, the Clipper held its course. Smooth seas were now encountered nod 11. milder climate. The Clipper maje fast time. One day the coast of Ecuador was sighted. Frank took his bear logs and found that they were hardly two hundred miles from Pe cbuco. Tbe next day the Clipper entered the little harbor and dropped au chor. It was a relief indeed to get a good and near view or the land. There were a few vessels of the trading type tn the harbor. These regarded the submarine boat with wonder. Frank went ashore for a few bours, and interviewed the gov ern or of the little town. Quite a number of the natives came down td the shore to a look at the strange vessel. Dozens of canoes and light craft throngt>d about the Clipper and Barney and Pomp, both or wbom understood Spanish, bad a good time chaffing the natives. T ,he Clipper was given a thorough underhauling here, for it was imperative tbat she should be in exc e llent trim. She would travel a good ways the sut:face and any defect in her me0bnnisrn would be fatal indeed to the voyagers. Her machinery was overbauled, tested nnd oiled. The chemical generator was charged afresh, nod then all was declared ir: Two days sufficed for this. On the morning or the third Frank came on deck and announced that the start was to be made. Barney and Pomp rushed into the pilot house with Frank. Clif ford wentti'nto the cabin and to one of tbe big observation windows. Frank took his bearings carefully and set his course. This would lirst extend through the Gnlopngos Islands. Then there would be a clear course for hu!ldreds of miles into the archipelagoes of the Central Pncillc. Frank placed his hand upoc the electric key-board. He pressed the lever, which closed and_ hermetically sealed every door around the boat. Then with tbe prow of the Clipper pointing to tbe westward, he pressed tbe lever which opened the valves of the big reservoir.

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4 UNDER THE EQUATOR. There was a alight shock, a rumbling noise, tlle Clipp e r trE'mble d slightly, and then, with a rusll, went out of the s igllt of day. Down to the bottom of the seu., iu sixty fathoms of water, went the submarine boat The transition for a moment maf til\! incubus?" "That is a serieus question!'' Cliff ord, who had come upon th e scene. But it be done!' declar.ed Frank "or the monster will thra sh us all to piec e stt' The huge lish w a s beating the water fur i ously with his tail. This twisted and wrenched the Clipper most s e riousl y For a time the voyagers wer e in a desperat e sMait. '],'hen Frank Reade, Jr.'s inv e ntive genius ca.ne to the rescu e ; I think I have a n idea!" he cri ed. Phwat is it, sor?'' cried Barney. "Go down into the lower cabin and bring up the diving suits commanded FI' n nk. "You w1ll find them in a locker down ther e.'' "Diving suits!'' exclmmQd Cliflo r d. "Would you dare venture out th e re, Frank?" Why, certainly!" you should get in the vortex made by the mon ste r 's tail you would stand a chance to be ov'e 1 come!" "I shall have to _risk that," sard Frank. "Something mus t be done to save the boat.'' But wha t will you tJe able to do after you get out there! I shall first kill the !ish." "K1ll him!" "Ye s!" '' Will not that be difficult! He is such a mons ter it would tak e a good while to cut your way Into a vitnl part." "That is not my plan,'' declarell Frunk. I wtll show you ver y quic l \ly how I shall do that," I am much interested," declare :I tbe youn g scientist. Barney bad now produced the diving suit, which was of Frank's own invention, and truly a wonderful aflair. In general it resembled the ordinary diver s suit, but the life-line a n d air-pump wa9 dtsplaced by a chemical reservoir wlticb t h e diver was able to carry upon his bacK. This furnished tile purest of o x ygen for hours, and enabled the diver to travel about unimpedE:d by a multiplicity of lines. Frunk proceeded to don the suit. Barney attempted a protest. Shure, Misther Frank," he crjed, yez should l e t me go. If any thing should happen to yez, phwat the divil wud the rist uv U9 d o?'' 1 thank yotJ f()r your kindly solicitude,'' said Frank, with a laugh, but tlo not fear. I shall not be harmed.'' 'l 'lui young inventor was now ready to leave the boat. What was done must certainly be done quickly for the fish was floundering about most furiously. 'l'uer e was momentary danger that the clipper would break in two or suffer some other fatal injury. Frank entered the vestibule which led out upon the deck. He carried a wire witb him which was connected wttll the dynamos and bud a steel painted lance auuclted to its end. Once in the vestibule, Fr nk arranged the wire through a small aperture in the door provided with a vahe. Tlten be closed the door into the cabin and stood alone in the vestibule. \ It was but a moment's work to press a valve and the vestibule was filled with water. Opening the outer door, Frank walked saf ely out on deck ; He was oblig e d to cling to the rail as he worked his way forward, so violently did the boat rock. Tbose in the cabin watched him anxiously. Upon his success th e safety of all depended. Frank carried the lance in hie hand and worked his way along unt1l he was near the fish's head. The creature was making viOlent eflorts to free itself from ram, but was unable to do so. Frank waited until he was dormant again. Then he poised the lance very carefully. Taking accurat e aim he launched it at the lish. It struck him right back of tbe gills, and was driven deep into the flesh. The pain of the wound caused bim to renew his thrashing&. The violent rocking of the boat threw Frank from bis feet but he quickly recovered his balance. He bad given Barney directions what to do before leaving the cabin. The Celt saw that It was his opportunity. He pressed the electric key and sent t he current into the wire. The efl" ect was instantaneous. As the fearful shock was transmitted from the imbedded lance t o the fish's viLals, it gave a convulsive throe and lay quite still. Volt after volt was sent coursing over the wire. Tbe deadly work was most complete. The danger to the submarine boat was averted. But it yet remained a prisoner, the weight of the body or the fish impaled upon the ram anc!10ring it most eflectually. There was no way but to cut the ram "out of the llsh's body. This was no light work. But Frank went to work at 1t pluckily. Seeing th a t he was making slow progress, Barney volunteered, and went out to as. slst him. Freed of its incubus the submarine boat was now alile to go ahead once more. Fr!lnk and Barney returned to the cabin safely. It was a fortunate escape for the Clipper. There was good r e a son for mutual co!lgratulation. "On my word!" exclaimed Clifl"ord. "I was sure that w e woul d not escape destruclion. That was a v e r y pow e rful ftsb!" "Inde ed it w as!'! agreed Frank. We es caped The Clipper now went booming on its way once more It w a s really an enjoyable s e ns a tion to trav e l unde r water in t ha't way. Perh aps the one who enjoyed it the most w a s Cliffo r d Ca rl t o n "H is like a wonderrul dream I'' he declared truly this i s the ex perience of a lifetime!" For a n Q tber da y the Clipper kept on at even speed. L ong sandy plains were tra vers ed, d e ep valleys among hig h hill s thr e aded and tremendous abysRes crossed. All s orts an1 m a nner of lishes and other denizens o f t h e d e ep were aeon. Ther e wer e coral caves, shining grottoe s, blue caverns and all m a n .. ner of wonderful spe clacles A s Fra nk had predicted, the fur t her they ad v anced into t h e Central P acific th e more wonderful the bed of Lhe sea be c ame. When Carlton chanced to se e some speci a ll y beautiful speci men

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. 'I UNDER 'l'HE EQUATOR. 5 per was at once stopped. "My God! b e excl a imed, "It is a traveling quicksand!" for which he felt a desire he bad only to s peak to Frank anti tte It also gave him a fearful chill. S ome one of the p arty would don a diving suit and go out and re He alone was familiar with the nature of tuese curi ons deep sea cover tt. phenomena. In this way the voung scientist was rapidly adding t o his collection. 1 Certain powerful undercurrP-nts meet, and roll up in volume Of course this made him immensely happy. In fact be was in a I huge masses 6f shiftmg saud WQich are sometimes carried many miles transport of keen enjoyment. to another part of the sea. For d a ys things thus progressed most evenly. There they may m e et some obstacle to break or cut their volu'lle Ther e was no t rouble with tb a mechanism of the bo a t. and they will instantly settle about this object frequently burymg it The electric generator furnished the be s t and the purest of air _for many feet deep. t ile craft. These treacherous shoals or movable islands are frequently formed, ';he _engme worked like a charm: a positive menace to the mariner. boat IS the most wou, i erful of allmventtons, Frankl declarWith awful horwr Frank salt that the submarine was directly ed the young "its equa l was n e ver in the path of the shirting sands. "I am afratd you are stretcbmg that a llttle! sa1d Frank wJlb a "My God!" he groan e d. "We are likely to find an eternnl tomb.'' "A_ re not!" . .. WI.Jat is that?" g a sped Carlton. "Will it engulf us!" 'Not a btt of tt. The Clipper ts a mighty trmmph of genms. Yes!" reJllittd Frank, unless the current Is sutnciently strong to Frank who was e xtremely modest, withdrew before he co.uld b e carry it over us." made subject to any more compliments. Though he hull Appalled anll for a time speech less the voyagers watched the o o r eason. to doubt the others swcer1ty. proach of th e seeming deuti.J. Thus for days the Clipp e r kept on. Nearer every mome nt the rolling cloud of sands came But. thrlllihg w e r e in Frank could see no way to break the deadly advance: It Is said tt>at calamities n e ver come smgly. The truth of thts met-A cannon shot fired into it would llave done it, just as a wateraphor was soon demonstrated. spout is annihilated. 1'he Clipper day was smoothly across a sandy plain, But do this was impossible, for they bad no cannon. To get out when suddenly 1t came to an tnstact stop. . of the way of the cloud was impossible also. So Rudden was the stop, that It was percepttbly felt m every part or 1 When the machinery had given out it bad pot a check upon the t be boa t pneumatic engine aa well os the electric engine; the boat could not Frank who was in the cabin, rushed out to the pilot-bouse. ue sent to the surfatle. "What is the he cried, rushing up to Barney. There certainly no way but to meet their fnte and trust in The Celt was mystltlell. Providence. Shure, sor, the divil a bit can I tell!'' be cried, but the boat came to a quick sthop, sor, an' all so sudden that it nearly put me t roo der window, sor!" Frank looked out or the window and saw tile boat rested upon the sandy bed of the plain. CHAPTER IV. BURIED I N A S AND D RIFT, THEN an inkling of the truth llawned upon Frank. I have it!" be Cried. Some pr1rt of the machinery h a s given out! Begorra, I'm of that moind mesilf!" agreed Barney. Shure, sor it cud be nothio g else!" You struck nothing!" Di vil a thin!!, sor !" How far were you from the bottom when the shock came?" About twenty feet sor." "Then It must be that the machinery has given out," declared F rank .. :I will see to it." At t his moment Pomp came upon the scene. I done bear snap in de engine room, Marse Frankl'' he cried. Then I will lind i t cried Frank. He rushed rlown into the engine room. He quickly saw what was t he matter. One or the journals had become displaced aqd the machinery was clogged b y this. It was an unfortunate break and would require some time for efficient repair. Frank's face grew long "What is the matter?" cried Carlton, as he came tumbling down t he stairway. "The worst has happened!" declared Frank. "Now our machin e ry has gone back on us!" Is it a brenk which cannot be repaired?" asked Cur! ton, aghast "Oh, no, but it will delay us some while Perhaps two days!" Yet it can be repaired "Oh, yes!" Well," cr ied th e scientist, cheerf.ully, let us be thankful that it is no worse. If J can help you, Frank, call on me." "I may need your help!" said the dismayed inventor, but I will l e t you know later." Frank threw oft' his coat anq at once began work. Barney who waa a skille d machinist helped him Pomp remainetl. i n the pilo t h ouse with Carlton to guard against a n y possible danger. For hotrs Franlt and Barney worked on the broken journal. Then an inc i d e nt occurred to break up the work for a time. Indeed it was a dis aster which thr e atened the destruction of the boat. Pomp anti Carlton, in the pilot boose, first saw it. The searc hlight lit up the sea for many yards ahead. Objects were q uite plain. S uddenly what looked like a black wall came slowly surging into view. Jt was coming straight down upon t he Clipper. Pomp stared at the strange manifestation and crie d : Golly saltes wba'ebber am dat ling I'd like to know!" Mercy on us!" exclaimed Carlton: it is coming right down upon us "Marse F rank!" yelled Pomp ; "fo' de lub ob H e bben come q uiclt! Frank heard the call of alarm, and he and B a rney left their work at o nce. U p the sta irway to the pilot house they sprung. A glance told Frank the truth The next moment the sifting sands were whirling about the Clipper. They revolved about it like a wiodmg sheet. It was seemingly a deep sea snow storm. Over the dck and into the crevices sifted the whirling sand. Deeper it became and higher it rose over the windows. S oon the glass of the obaervation w i ndows wns blocked with one wall of saud. It was a loose, light stuff, but nevertheless of sutncient tenacity to cling to the submarine boat and bury it. Nothing could be seen from ti.Je windows. The creaking of the deck told of the ponderous weight upon it. It wn.s a horrible rellectioo. With starting eyeballs the voyagers sat and stared blankly at each other. No one could a piau, none could vouchsafe 11 word of hope. Wbnt was to be done! God help us!" said Carlton, hollowly. "Are we never to see the light of day again!'' it s buried intoire!y we are!" cried Barney. "Shure, we'll oiver be able to dig our wr.y out av this!" "Golly, an' I done fo'got to say mah prayers!" groaned Pomp. Is tbere co chance for us, Frank!" exclaimed Carlton, Lensely. "Yes,'' replied the young inventor, "but it is a scant one." Ah, whut is It!" Some tim e, perhaps in a few hours, not for centuries, the currents may meet again in t ins spot and whirl all thi3 sand away to another spot. We wilt emerge from our deep sen grave then." "And not until then? .. I fear not! Is there no way!" 1 see none!" Carlton groaned in horror This is awful!'' be cried. Let us see if we at least cannot ?ig our way out of this bank!" What good would do! We would then be many fathoms from the surface, nod perhaps (!f miles from any island.'' This was t rue as all knew. For a time great despondency oppressed all. Then Frank Reade, J r., who was always plucky, ci.Jeere:l them up w i th an anoounce111ent. "I am "'Oiccr to try and break m y way out ot this drift," he de clared ? As as we get the repaired, I will apply the force to the reservoir. the pumping out of the water will cnus'l the boat to lighten nod break its way through with the a i d of the propeller.'' "Hurrah!" cried Carlton, let us try that by all menus?'' At once work was r e sumed on the machinery by Frank and Barney. It was calculated that. they could extst aboard the Clippllr for a year with good care. The cbetnical generators would last iodelloitely anrl t)le stores were in p!ent .y. So a ltogether all felt more hopeful. Why, I believe we could dig the boat out in th11t time!" declnre d Clifford. W e make a good trial!" agreed Frank ; "it depends upon the depth of sand over iJs!'' I don't believe it is over a few feet!" Ab, it may be two hundred!" In that event we are forever lost!'' At least we will nut give up yet!" cried Frank. Withm twenty-four hours Frank and Barney had replaced the journ nl and straightened out the machinert. The reservoir was full of water Frank started the pneumatic pump.

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r ... 6 UNDEP. THE EQUATOR. It was of tremendous power, and in a few moments the escaping l Will you not go around it?'' be asked. watAr bacl made a literal tunnel in the sand. "No!" replied Frank. "I am going to the s urface antl make an This seemed easily displaced, and was evidently not pacs:ed very examiuation of this island. may toe one which is noL on record." solid. This was a welcome announcement to the young scientist. This fact gave Frank m ucb hope. But the fact yet remained after He saw the opportunity to make further research, and so he for a. much pumping that the buoyany of the boat was not sutlichmt to raise t{me forgot the thrilling incidents which had occurred. it nn inch In the sand. Up the sutmariue rise went the Clipper slowly. It was necessary It was anchored for good apparently. Once more the spirits of the to nse greaLcare. submarine voyagers were depressed. For there stood in the way bnge reeks, clltls and many other ou But as before Frank Reade, Jr., came to tlie rescue in his cheerful stacles, which the I.Joat might strike at any unguarded moment. manner. But it did not, and sudtleuly the electric light began to grow pale. W:e are not beat yet!" he said. "I have another plan!'' "Here we go!" cried Frank. What is asked Clifford. "Up into the light of day shot the submarine boat. It was quite a First I want to see if we. can tunnel through this drift!" said the remarkable transition for the voyagers. young inventor, ".then I can judge whether my new plan will work or A wonderlul scene it was which was spread to view. not.'' The suhmarine boat rolled in the ground swell of a b i1y. Directly A tunnel, eh?" cried Carlton. Give me a spade. I am with m the facEt was tile islanu, which was a literal gil ln. you I" The ligllt of day wns extremely welcome to the voyagers after tlJeir There were shovels aboard the Clipper. All of the voyagers donned long period at the bottom or the deep. their diving suits. They crowded out upon the deck and all engaged in a critical surThen Frank opened the vestibule door and went out. vey of the shore before them. As he had hoped, the snnd wa3 very loosely packed nbout the boat. The isle was of the character quite common in that part of the Pa-In digging the tunnel, the superfluous sand was trodden solidly under citic. this ieaYing n sutlicent passage. It was tropical, and waving palms and jungle growth were plainly But before long the difficulty of this plan was quickly made mani visible from the deck of the Clipper. fest. There wus a tJahny fragrance in the air, which was delightful, and 'l'he sand tunnel would cave in and threatened the burial of tile the spirits of all felt the good eflect. projectors. What was to be done! "Is it not splendid!" cried the scier.tist, "how I will t>njoyputting Discomfited, Frank returned to the cabin of the Clipper; But even my foot on land again!" in that moment a new idea occurred to him. It looks hke a sizable island!" declared Frank. I wonder what Water could be drawn from the sands by suction nnd Frank dug a it is called on the chart?" well just oft' the deck of the Clipper. Shnll we not go a@hore!" asked Clifl'ord. Into this be placed a hose connected with the pneumatic reservoir "You and Barney may go now il you choose. I am going first to pumps. t.ake my bearings. I want to learn wbe, ther I have greatly departed Setting the pumps at work, he was much gratified to lind that he from the line of the Equator or not." had tilt'! magic combination. "All right!" cried Clitl'on! joyou sly. Are you ready, Harney!" The volume of, water from the hose was powerful, for the pumps were Begorra, yez may be sure av that!" cried the Celt readily "I'm capable of tremendous pressure. wid yez ivery toimel'' Tbis directed against tile sand bed began to rapidly disintegrate it. Pomp looked eager but did not demur. Frank said: As fast as the water was pumped from the well in Lhe sand, it ran Wait awhile, Pomp; we will have our time Inter! Probably we into it again. will have to go ashore and pnll them out of a scr:1pe anyway." This made the deslrahle circulation and was most etl'ective. The young inventor's words were prophetic, as after events proved Gradually a large cavity began to form about the submarine boat. There were aboard the submarine boat a number of light And the upper pressure of the sand being relieved, the boat began for landing purposes a}Jd just such a cantingency ns the present. :.:radually to rise from its bed. Sand tilled in unlierit and macle a firm One or these was brought out ond launched from the deck. dupport. Clifford and Barney were armed with rifles and geological tools 1t was only a foOt or so at a time, but it was progress, and this was Thus equippefi, they paddlEJd to the shore. the main point. Frank proc e eded to take his observations. Gradually the boat was thus raised from its &andy grave. The result was that be found to his gratification that they were One fortunute thing was the depth wa9 not great. Only fifteen scarcely hair a league out of their feet of the sand covered the deck. Barney and Clifford bad now been absent some whil!l. This was suddenly displaced and water from above rushid down. Reaching the sbore they drew the canoe out of the water and car-It was a question now only of time. ried it far up among the clifls. Frank kept at work with the bose clearing the sand away. The sub "Now, Barney!" said Clifford, "let us begin our explorations. marine boat kept rising. Had we not better strike right Into the interior!" Suddenly it made a leap upward. It cleared the d e posit or sand and Begorra, sor!" cried the Celt, "that is for yez to decide. But if would have gone up many fathoms to the surface. I war axed fer my opinion I should think it would be b ettbe r to go But Frank opened the reservoir and filled it once more w1th water. along the shore for a ways!" I The Clipper remained suspended in the ocean currAnt once again. "Ab, and what would be the special advantage of that!" The shifting sands bad all settled in a compact mass. "Shure, 8or, we cud Ink for SOII,!e high cliff to cloimb an' fu'st get But they were cheated of their prey. Tile 11uhmnrine bad a v1ew av the island, sor. Then we cn < t tell if tbere war any canmtbrown off the deadly yoke. bals or the Ioikes av thim, which we moight axidintlv stburnble upon Therol were yet tons of sand on the deck and it filled all crevices. in any other way. Suit yesilf, sorl'' But Frank did not attempt to clean this otl by any lnborious process. Clifford perceived the logic of the Celt's reasoning at once He knew that the quick passage of the boat through the water He exclaimed: would wash it clean enough. You are right, Barney. We will follow your ideas!" Carlton and Barney and Pomp were overjoyed at their release from So they set out along the shore. Passing around bend, the subthe sands. mnrine boat passed from sight. A new lease of life!" cried Clifford; thanks to your clever work, Clifford found new wonders upon every hand as he passed along Frank, we still live!" He discovered beautiful nnd rare shell fish in the sands, and wonder" And I have a strong belief that we shall make under the ful mineral evid e nces in the clitl's. Equator with comf>lete success!" declared Frank; "if we 'do not I "This island is geologically rich," he declared. "This is indeed a shall be very much disappointed." treat, to be enabled to explbre it." CHAPTER V. THE. 1'ROPICAL ISLE. Begorra, I'm aftbllr hoping there is no c a nnibals on it," said Barney, with a shrug or his shoulders. No time was wasted in the VIcinity. The "Ab,'' exclai!'(led Cl)fl'ord, "it seems to me you stand much in fear of gentry." submarine boat was Bejabers, there's good raison for it," averred Barney. "They be quickly put under way. None of the crew had any special desire to linger in the vicinity. So the ClipJ)er shot away once more upon her course. But were following each other ln swift succession. Suddenly Frank, wllo was in the piiot.bouse, gave a great cry. "What is It!" ask ed Carlton, as he rushed In upon Frank. 1 "Look!" cried .the young inventor, "do you see anything un usual?" "My soul!" exclaimed Cli!Iord. "We are going up a mountain." So it eeems!" said Frank, but the truth is, we have come to land!" "To land?'' We are nearing the shores probably (,If an island. We shnll encounter many such before we reach Borneo!" It is needless to say that young Carlton was interested. I the di1ilsl Shure, I've no inclinat ion to be roasted and ate up aloive!" '' Nor I, for that matter,'' replied Clifford, Iaugliing at Barney' s earnestness, "but we will hope that nothing of the kind will occur." Shure, I hope not, sor!" They were now approaching a high eminence, which formed a part or the precipitous clifl. Barney exclaimed: "Phwy not climb that, sor?" All right!" agreed Clifford; "let it be so!" So Barney led the wt.y up the ateep ascent. The further up they went the wider and grander was the view. Clifl' ord was spell-boom! at its mighty scope. He was more than anxious to reach the summit. This was soon accomplished. And there, below the VO\Vagers, was spread the interior or the i s lan .I in its entirety.

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UNDER THE EQUATOR. 7 n was a wonderful spread of landscape peculiar to a tropical region. There were plains and mountains, rivers and creeks, and small hikes. Deep jnngles an caused him to exclaim: "Cannibals! Can it beT" Across au opening or clearing opoo Ute bank of a. river a number of human forms were seen to pass. They were half naked and beyond doubt savages. All carrred javelins, and one or them bad a goat slung over his shoulder which seemed evidence that tboy had been on a hunt. Whether they were cannibals or not it was not easy to say. But Barney called attention to one startling fact. Sbilre, sort'' he cried Wud yez see that man io the middla av them wid his bands tied behind him. Shure they'll ate him aloivel" It was true that in the file there marched a. mal\, witb his arms bound and evid-ontly a prisoner. At that distance bis appearance was not unlike that of the othera. "My soul! it can't be a white man, can it?" gasped Clifford. "I think not, sor," rejoined Barney," it's wan av their own koind!" Clifl ord bad forgotten all else in his newly awakened interest in the cannibals' captive. The thought that Barney's premise mighJ; be correct, and that these were really cannibals, fillad bit! soul with horror. The possibility that the prisoner might, indeed, suffer so terrible a fate nearly resolved him to go to his rescue. After solll,e moments' study of the situation, he exclaimed: "I think it is horrible, Barney!" Begorra, so do I, sor!" "We ought not to stand idly by and see a human being suffer such a horrible rater Barney rubbed his hands gleefully at the prospect of lively work. Shure, sor, I'm wid yezl" he cried. "If yez say the worrud, I'll go aown wid ye7. an' make a foight fer to save him!" "A Ia Robinson Crosoe and man Friday!" laughed Clifford. "All right, Barney, let us do it." They noted tbe Cnly there came a visible break in the shore line. "Shure there's the mouth ay the river!" cried Barney. "We'll soon be there!" They redoobled their exertions for lear that the cannibals would socceejallers, there they are now!" The two explorers leaped behina a clump of palms just in the nick or time. Around a tend and into the little bay shot a canoe load of the cannibals. Oth'.!rs followed and soon all were In sight. They made directly for tqe former scene of their orgies Bejabers, they're coming roigltt here!" cried Barney. Let them come,'' said Clifiord, tensely. Stalwart, b!ack-skined fellows \hey were and hideoosly tattooed. As they S\'1 ayed at the paddles they mdulged in a strange, weird chant which resounded curiously upon the air. Straight for the burnt stalies they came and drove their canoes far up on the shore. Then they leaped out and the explorers got a near view_..of t!Jem. They were a full score in number. And now the prioner stepued out on the be .. ch. At sight of him Barney nod Clifford gave a mighty start. "Ye Gods!" gasped Chflord, "it white man!" "Mitber of Mary!" ejaculated the Celt, "lltat is th r ue sor," Tall and erect was the prisoner, with a complexion burued deeply lly the tropic suns. His features were regular and inlellgent. As near as Clifford could judge, he was a type of seaman. Perhaps a castaway. liis race showed lines or suflering and anxiety, yet his bearing was calm, as befitted a brave man going to his death. The leader of the cannibals, a powerful, evil visaged brute, gave some guttural orders to his lollowers. The prisoner turned his haggard face toward the wretc!:t and cried: "You dirty dog! Perhaps you think I'm going to make good meat for yel By tber big whales, I'll choke ye if I can, as sure as my name la Bill Brace!'' Cliflord knew now for a certainty bat the prisoner was a seaman. Barney I" he whuopered, we must save his life!" "Begorra, I'm wid yez!" repli"d the Celt. "How shall we do it!" "Oor repeaters are good for halt that. crew or barbarians before tbev could close on us. Let us pick oor men!" This W9-8 done. By time the cannibals had led their victim, Bill Brace, to the stake and, were bmding him to lt. "Now!" whispered Clifford. Both rilies spoke. Crack-ackl Crack! Crack-ackl As fast as the repeaters could be worked the bullets were poured into the savage borde. They began to drop right and left. They saw nothing of their as sailants but a cloud of powder smoke. Consternation seized them and they incontinently beat a retreat, sending a fiight of javelins into the palm clump, however, one or which cut its way through Barney's sleeve. Tt,e rescoed sailor was io a paroxysm of delight. "That's it, friends! Keelhaul 'em!" he shoott)d. "Don't give 'em a chance. Thank God! ye've come jast in time to save my ltfe. Whoorayl" "You are right, we have, friend," cried Clifford, as he ran out and cot the fellow's bonds. "It was a close pinch for you!" Bill Brace danced a hornpipe, so delighted was he. Great whales!" he eried, how did ye glt here and where did ye come from? Why, I don't think any other white men have visited thi9 island for half a century!" I "We came here in a submarine boat,"replied Clifford. Bill Brace looked mystified. Blow me if I don't know every craft from a cat-bead to a foil rig

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. 8 UNDER 'l'HE EQUATOR. ged clipper.' but I never beard of that kiuJ of a ship before! Say it lJ agin, mate!'' A submarine boat," replied Clilford, is one which tmvels under the water." Bill Brace scratched hie bead l had a dream t'uther night," he said, powerfully like this. I wonde r if I'm dreaming agin!'' "No!" replied Clifford, decidedly. "I will prove it all to you, and y ou will understand later. Bur may I ask how you came here!" Sartin!" replied Bill. "I drifted here!" Drifted?'' "Exactly! Yon sec our ship was t!1e LucHle, brig of Philadelphia, bounll for the Cook Islands and Oceania ports. We struck a typhoon and all her masts went by the hoard. We tried to cut 'em away but couldn't, and every man bad to shift lively for his life. The Lucille turned over all of a sudden and went down. "I was the only man on board lucky enough to get clear of the vortex. I swam until I found a spar. Then I drilted for twenty hours, and tlnally came to this island. I fell into the hands of the natives, of course. They have kept me for eight weeks tryiog to fr.t me so that I would make good eating. You came up just io time to fool them." CHAPTER V.II. THE CORAL DEPTHS. BILL BRACE's story was told m a straightforward, candid way. There was no reason for diebelieviog it. We are very glad to have be e n able to rescue you," snid Clifford. It will not he safe for you to remain longer on thesa islands." Jericho!" gasped the sailor, "don't tell me that you don't intend to ship me aboard your craft! I'm a first-class sen man, and am will ing to be put a!IYIYhere from the f<>'castle the maintop.'' "Unfortunately," laughed Cliff ord, "we have neitller forecastle nor maintop on board our sbip." Brace looked astonished. "Great wbales!" be ejacillatet!, t' what kind or a craft is your n! I'm mighty curua to see it!" ,. ''And see it you shall," declared Clifford, "but JUSt now I think we na:l oetter make sure of our safety.'' The sailor gave a start. Right!'' he cried. I reckon there's another bigger gang com ing down behind thill one. We had better git right out an' take no chances!" Come Barney!'' cried Cljfford. We have got to get back to the Clipper ns qfllCk: as we caur' Harney, who had been banging away at the retreating cannibals, cried: All right, sort Then as h e turned about, he beheld a sight which gave him a might)( I thrill. At the top of his lungs he yelled: "Luk out there, Misther Clifford! JI'bey're .comiug like divils behind yczl'' Clifford and Brace turned and bebeld an a8tounding sight. A tremendous force of the cannibals were corning along the beach. Retreat was cut off' in, that direction. What was to he done! To go in the opposite direction was impossible, for the mouth of the river intervened. To go Into the interior of the ialand, where they might get los t, would be ex t reme folly. The puddles were wielded with all speed u n til beyond the range of the poisoned darts and javelina of tile foe. The submarine boat came into the mouth of the ri\ er to meet the canoe. The result was, that Barney, Clifford and Brace all climbed safely aboard. The sailor of course reg-arded the Clipper with amazement. But tbere was no time for special commmt just then. Once on board the Clipper or course the cannibals could be defied. Indeed they ball already retreated into the interior or tbe island. Then mutual explanations followed. Bill Brace told his story again, and all were deeply interested. He appear e d to be a bluff, good-hearted type or sailor. Frank at once welcomed him aboard the submarine boat. I don't see how I can do otherwise than take you along with us Mr. Brace!" he said. I certainly will not put you back into th e hnnds or the cannibals.'' All of which I appreciate, skipper!" Bill, doffing his cap. "l'!l try an' even up my passag"Ye'll never ask Bill Brace to obey orders. He's allu8 ready whe n they cum!" S o it came about in this peculiar manner that thfl crew of the Clipper was thus augmented by o ne. But on the whole nothing was to be loat by it. An extra man was really needed aboard the Clipper. There was more than enough w ork lor Baruey and Pomp and Bill .Brace's services were extre mely welcome; he was a sea man. Once more the submarin e Clipp e r was on her deep water voyage. The island so oddly discovered was so on forgotten in the train of e xciti ng which foliowed so quickly. It was, of conroe; a positive marvel to Bill Brace how the Clipper C9uld sail under the Rea. But he soon became accustomed to the new order of things and W()rked in very quickly to become a first-class mun. Indeed he developed many startling traits which made warm friends or the other voyagers. By the gho s t of Mother Carey!" cried Brace, "I lil;e this craft and her skipper right well and I would like to mak e a regular berth aboard her!' The Clipper now entered seas which differed somewhat from those througb which she had been sailing. Most won<}erful scenes were of hourly There were great forests of vari-colored coral and at times it liieerned as if this wonderful productiOn of the marine insect bad t a ken al most human shape in the d e pths below. Thus far, somewhat singularly, not a single sunken vessel had been a ncoun tered. Now, however, the first was discovered. Pomp had that honor. Passing a dark valley, Pomp was in the pilot-house, and saw ebadowy outlines at his rigbt which at once excited his cu r iosity. "Dnt am berry queer he muttered. "It looks ro all de world jes' like a sunken ship. Maybe It am; I done fink I take a good IQOk at 1t.'' With which the darkey turned the full force of the search light in that direcUon. This showed that his flrst.premise was correct. There was rev e aled in the brilliant light a dismantl e d vessel of a type not now seen up o n the higu seas. It was incrusted thickly with coral from bull to topma9ts! This was br i lliant in the light of the electric.seurch-ligbt. What a beautiful sight!'' cried Clifford, enraptured. 11 It looks like a phantom vessel!" "Stop the boat, Pomp!" cried Frank. 11 Let's take a look at her." Mercy on us!" gasped Clifford; we are lost!" Two could not hope to hold at bay such a tremendous force The situation was a desperate one. "A'right, eah!" cried t!1e darky. Whl\t e ver was done most be done quicl\ly. This was evident. Belay me!" gasped Bill Brac e "I'm beat out now! We're in fer a squall, shipmate! But at t his last moment the crack of firearms was heard. Sevdr a l ef the savage crew fell. The n all eyes wer a turned upon a craft wbich had just rounded the point of land and came into the bay. It was the Clipper. Th e joy or the three cornered m e n can hardl y be described. Hoony!" cried B a rney, S hur e iL's the Clipper an' Mist her F ranld'' W e are saved!" cried Clifford, joyfully. Frank is right on time!" The report Qf the i r rilles, a few moments b e f o r e had been beard by Frank and Pomp. Alarmed at thmr long absence, Frank had started the Clipper slowly along the shore Hea ring t h e t itle shots, he knew there was trouble, and at once put on all speed It was lucky that he had done this. The least bit of a delay longer w o uld have sealed the fate of the three on shore. The lire from the submarine boat, and a counter fire from the three me!i on shore, caused a panic among the cannibals Tt;ey basitated, and came to a halt ivas the desired chance. river bank the other cannibals had left their canoes. 1 but a moment's work for Clifford to spring into one or these, others followed. 'l'h e submarine boat carne to a stop not twen t y yards from the sunken ship. All crowded to the observation wind ows. Upon my word," cried Frank, she is an old S panish galleon, and must haTe la i d here for two centuries." "Yes," agreed Clifford, "it has been nearly as long as that siqce vessels or that type cruis e d in these seas." "Me ssmates," said Bill Broce, e x citedly, "there's treasure aboard that bhip, an' you can bet on it!" Th. e Spamsh ships all carried lar!!'e treasure,'' agreed Clifford. "What say you, Frank! S h all we--" "WhatT" "Explore the old wreck?" "Of cours e!" cried the yQ.ung inven t or, readily "Bring up the div ing snits, Bamey." All roight, sar!'' Barney dove down below after the diving apparatus. He soon came up with it. He brought up three suits "It lays between you and Pomp which shall go wit h us," said Fra nk to Barn ey. ''I done fink it am mah chaince now,'' cried Pomp. "Begorra, Misth e r Frank has small use fer th e loikes av yez," cried Barney contemptuously. Just the same, Pomp was elected to go with the explorers. Bar ney was disppointed, but too sensible to demur. He and Bill Brace were thus left to guard the Clipper until the re turn of the explorers. 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UNDER THE 9 Attired in the diving suits, they soon had emerged upon the deck and were directing tl,leir footsteps toward the galleon. As they neared the ancient ship they saw that bell mouthed cannon yet gaped from jts port-boles, and npun the forward deck thare was also a large swivel gun. All was deeply incrusted with coral which made it difficult to tell J ust whe ther these guns were of brass or iron. mentally noted that the sunken craft carried a good many for a 'trading galleon. But in those eJlrly days he remembered that the ancient chronicles cr<'Liited all sea-going vessels with an Pirates were plentiful, and the vt>ssel sailing the high seas without guns and a good stout-hearted crew was apt to !are rather bard. It was not difficult work to cross the intervening distancll to the sunken vessel. & Frank was the first to reach it. The sand had drifted up almost to a l e v e l with one of the ports so that it was not difficult to clamber abo a rd. Soon they were upon the deck of the ancient vessel. A curious scene it was, indeed, which met their gaze and held them for a time spell-bound. CIB. PTER VIII. THE SUNKEN OAL[JmN. O F course but little could I.Je seen of the details of the vessel, so deeply was it incrusted with coral. But the masts with the rigging were easily delineated, and the gang way with the boats on their davits w e re complete. And this fact was a suggestion in Doubtless the ship had gone down before the boats could possillly be lowered, which would seem to show that the vessel bad been rid dled with shot. It was not to be expected that any vestige of her crew could be f ound remaining. But as the divers passed forward all came to a sudden startled halt. There, half reclining against till! rail, were the outlines of a human skeleton. Time, the action of the water, 11nd the work of the coral insects had preserved it in outline if not in exact composition. It was quite useless f<>r the to attempt conversation under the water. Not unless the helmets Wt>re placed close together could they make t hemselves be!lrd. But they could easily employ signs to convey their thoughts, and d i ll so. Leaving the encrusted skeleton in the spot where it had for so many years remained intact, the voyagers passed on forward. The entrance to the forecastle was found. But the planking was ro t ten, so that they did not venture into it. They turned and retraced their steps aft. This soon brought to the main companionway, which led to th e gun deck. Th e se stairs were fairly sound and they descended. The scene upon the gun deck was va ly dlllerent from that of the Here the timbers bad escaped the preserving influence of the coral i nsect. They were with a coating of slime and submnrine moss, whi ch made it dillicult for the e xplorers to keep on their feet, Great festoons of submarine weeds hung from the timbers, and made one think of going into a literal sea cavern. LitUe tishes swam out and scurrietl away like mischievous elfs. A h uge eel slid ou t of one of t he open ports. Wit h some difficulty the explorers made their way across the gun deck or the sunken vessel. '!'he old time carronades were in their places. But little else was to be found of the armament. The action of the water and time had doubtless consumed all. F rank led the w a y with some difficulty along the slippery flooring until the door of the forward cabin was reached. It yielded to his touch, for the lock bali h _,ng since rusted out. Frank puabed the door in. The scene which met the gaze of the explorers was a thrilling one. Th e light of t he elec t ric lamps on thtJir helmets made all quite plain. The cabin was richly furnished with antique oaken tables chairs and couches which bad onc e doubtl e ss boasted a costly upholstery. As the cabin bad been clos e d up, the coral insects and the subma rine plants bad not been able to encroach upon it. Of course deca y bad placed iis work upon the appointments, yet it w n s very much the same as when the ship had gone down so long ago. A gre a t table stood in the center of the cabin. U p on thi s W!lS a globe sextant, quadrant, compass, still intnct and a numb e r of m e tal frames for charts, the latter having rotted away. The re were als o the metal bindings of books, various metal knick knacks and the cabin laiPp. Also across one end of the table lay three rusted swords, with bandle!il or Ivory and gold. But the s ight which claimed the attention of all, was a ghastly one. About the cabin table there were four chairs. In each was a connected skeleton. 'rile Hesb bad not entirely d is integrated the and joints but bad shriveled and perhaps been preserved to an extent by the action uf the salipe parts of the water. I However this was, the skeletons all sat erect as in iife, and just as death bad overtaken them. What was more, they had all crossed the right hand across the table as if their last act in life was a mutual oath. lt was a striking scene. What the nature of that compact and what the last words upon the lips of the drowned men only God could tell. It was a deep, awful mystery of the sea depths. It would nevllr be known on earth. Neur the cabin stairs the prostrate skeleton of a man wr.s fod. It was very likely that of a servant who bad attem'Jlled to make his I For some moments the three divers stood silently gazing upon the strange scene. Then Frank advanced and touched one of the skeletons. It was as rigi.d as steel. Upon the table lay a pile of gohl coins. These were intact, for the water can have no effect upon this precious metal. Frank picked one of these up ar.d looked at the data. It marked the yt>ar 1670. This 'was milled more than two hundred years previous '\'he galleon had bejln long under the sea. Clifford put his helmet close to Frank's now, and cried: Do you think there IS treasure aboard this ship!" It is possible!" replied Frank. At least we will search for it." "It would hardly be in this cabin, I think!' : No, these old galleons always bad a treasure chamber in the bold. Let us look thither." All right! Will you lead the way!" "Yes." With this Frank passed through the cabin and into the after cabin. H e re a fearful scene was witnessed. Full half a hundred skeletons in various positions were here gatb ered. It was evidence of the sodden sinking of the boat. And as Frank passed through this cabin be came to the stairs lead down into the bold. These were well preserved. Indeed, the deeper one got_ into the old vessel the better preserved it was found to be. Upon this lower deck, or the bold, as it was called was the powder magazine .an
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, 10 UNDER THE But just aa they did so, a dark mass came shooting down from above. It came so unexpected and so sudden, that there was n..l avoiding it. It struck the bow of the Clipper and careened the vessel over. There was terrible comm_otion in the water for a time. CHAPTER IX. A VIC TIM OF THE T PHOON So sudden had this catastrophe come upon the submarine that they were completely taken by surprise and off their guard. Pomp and Frank were hurled to the deck. Clifford was already in the vestibule. "Begorra, there's the divil to pay!" screamed Barney. "Shure, it's achored we are au' by a sunken ship!" As the water cleared an astounding sight was revealed. Across the submarine boat's ram lay the bulk of a .small schooner rigged boat. It had lateen sails and was evidently a Malay craft. The astonishment of the submarine voyagers could hardly be imagined in words. The boat was followed by articles or a lighter character, and which sank more slowly. Among these were several drowned men. They were half naked and of the Malay type. The truth could be divined at once that there had been a typhoon on the surface, and t!le light craft had foundered. Clitlord rushed out and putting his helmet against Frank's, shouted: "What do you think of it, Frank?" "There is a wreck!" Ought we not to try and rescue some of the crew?" '' Ah, I fear none ol them are alive when they reach the bottom. It is very deep here." "But shall we not make sure of that!" "It would do no harm." "Come along then!'' ClitJ'ord and Frank went over the side abd Pomp followed them. In a moment they gained the side of one of the Malays But !le was dead beyond all peradventure. Inde ed, of tbe dozen found not one showed signs of lite. The Malay boat was badly shattered. Her masts were blown out of her arrd she was split from s tem to stern. But wha t concerned Frank very mucll was the f a c t that she lay exactly across the Clipper's bow. It was necessary, or course, to dislodge her before tile snllma1 ine boat could proceed. At first this s e emed like a seri o us problem. B q t Frank carefully e xamined the position of both boats and made su r e that the Clipper wa s not d a maged. Its m e tal ram was ben t a trifl e but that was all. Then Frank went aboard the Malay craft. lt was loaded with barrels of oil. The M alay& had been upon some sort of a'whalin g voyage ; and were doubtless returning to Mala ysia with a goodly supply when so sud denly overtaken by disaster and death. Frank went carefully over tbe boat, and speedily decided upon what was the best move to b e made. It would necessit a te some hard work, but it was tile safest and best move. He communicated I t to the otllers. 1 "It ls simpl y to shift th e cargo," he by rolling s ome of the bnrrels ov e r to the port side; sue will list so th a t tbe ram will be abl e to extricate itself." If there is hard work of t hat kin
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UNDER '1'HE EQUATOR. 11 "I'm a sculpin, myself, tllat I didn't see it," critld Bill Brace "But I reckoned the wheelsman would know." ".Recriminations are of no avail now," declared Frank. "First of all, let us see what sort of a place this is we have S!ruck." "Golly, dat am de bee' tlng I done fink!'' cried Pomp. "All right!'' said Clifford, lightly. Who will be first ashore!" "Wait!" cried Frank. Let us divide the party, aud we must all go well armed.'' "Correct, mates!" cried Bill Brace. "l'll. take a blunderbuss, my self.'' Pomp brought out firearms for all. He was to remain aboard the uoat and defend it. It was an easy matter to leap from the Clipper's deck down npon the sands. Along the beach the party started. So hot was it that th'IY were nearly wilted. Thtly lu1.d been traYeling in the equable temperature of the deep sea for so long that they now felt the transition severely. Indeed, Clitlord was nearly overcome. It became necessary for all t o peel" almost to the bare skin. Along the shore they trudged for a full mile. There seemed no direct way of gaioiog the interior of the isle. Thus far the clitl's haLl been all too precipitous to climb. But cow they came to a wide and deep pass. A river flowed down through this to tbtl sea. But tlJere was plenty of room to keep along tho banks of this. And now, as tile party turned their steps into the Interior ot the isle they were rewarded with a scene of great natural beauty. TlJe forests which came down to the river's edge were of a splendid dPscription, hi gil arched and primeval. 'l'be tops of the trees were so interlaced with with branches and vines that a soft and somiler light always reigned under tl em. lt was like wall;ing through the arches of some mighty cathedral. And or animal a::Jd bird li(e there was a uurfeit. Brilliantly plumaged birds flew through the foliage, leo:!rng it color; monkeys chattered on ti.Je wide.spreadiog limbs, and ran screa1niog away at the approach of the invaders. It was a wonderful scene, and interested the voyagers Of course it was all old to Bill Brace, who was constantly on the lookout for cannibals. "Keep your weather eye open, mates," he declared. "We're apt to run agio 'em any minute." But the four men, armed with repeaters, felt that they could stand a show against a n army wl:o bad no weapons but those available at short range. Do you believe this island is inhabited!" asked Clifford In course it is mate! Every one of these archipelagoes has tribett of natives in .'em. This island like enougl! is only one of a whol9 group!'' Tlle words were l.Jarely out of Bill s mouth when a startling thiqg occnrred. 1 Su1.1deoly a peculiar drumming noise filled the air. From behind trees, stumps and stones, and even out of hollow logs swarmed a legion of naked natives. They were armed with the deadly bl(\W pipe&, so commonly used in the South Seas. For a moment Frank Reade Jr., fancied that they were to be at tacked. But a second glance sliowed that thtl islanders were not bosttle. 'l'hey -nil swarmed forward with arms uplifted in token or amit.y. They were friendly Gisposed. Brace came near precipitating matters. He flung his rtll.e to his shoulder, but Frank cried: "Hold! don't tire! they are our (riends!" It was well known that certain of the island tribes were good friends to the white men, and were a lways eager to trade with them. Tbis was evidently one of those tribes, as Frank realized with joy. The young i'nventor held up his arms in reply, and went quickly forward to meet their chief, a tall, handsome fellow, who CafDe for ward with a pleaseot smile. To Frauk's surprise he addressed him in English. Great mis s ionary w e lcome!" he said. Ooloo glad he come: Why!'' exclaimed Frank, in surprise, where did you learn our tongue?" The native chief laughed with evident pleasure. Mister Francis, be live here with us. He a great missionary! He teach Ool.oo how talk your way!" Frank's face lit up. He understood all now. Indeed!'' he cried. Is the missionary here now!" "No," 11lplied Ooloo. "He gone to other island. Come back some time." Then Frank learned to his great gratification that the islanders were converts to Christianfty and well along on the road to civilization. Ooloo's people were a splendid set or natives, and grace ful, and geueros to a fault. In a few moments they were on the warmest or terms with the whites. Well, I'm keel hmJ!ed!" ex claimed BtU Brace, in amazement. "I didn't believe there was anything but cannibals in these islands!" Ooloo'il villn!!,'e was not far distant, and the voyagers accepted an invitation to go tbitlu;r. Here they fonnd that part of the nnUves lived in huts of palm branch and .straw tha ch. But the of them had substimtiallittle houses of stone and mortar with wide verandas which the missionary had taught them to butld. A royal reception was given the voyagers. Uoloo caused a couple of goats to be tilled and roasted in their style. Then bananas and aloes, dates and other tropical _fruits with fish made a rep'\st really most toothsome. The voyagers enjoyed tle change of fare Immensely and were deeply gratilie
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r .... 12 UNDEH THE EQUATOR. Can't pull boat off!" be auld, lieJectelily, berry sorry! P'raps Mr. Francis, Missionary, can. Ho come to-mortow!" Frank smiled at this implicit confidence in the ability of the mis,slonary to perform this great wonder. No doubt they vent-rated him .as o ne nllle to perform most any miracle. Bow do yo. u expect Mr. !francis can do it? : asl\ed Frank, with in te rl!st. 'l'he chiel replied eagerly: He ask God to do it. He refuse nothing if he be asked by Mr. F rancis!" Frank saw readily enough the misapplication of the missionary's !l.euching. But be deemed it unwise to attempt to correct the simple 11a1ive. Well, '' said Clifford, coming to Frank's siue now, "what are, we going to do! It looks kind of dubious, don't it!" Yes agreed Fran!\. "I think however, we will lind a way out' I of the difficulty." But it was evident that nothing more couhl be done that day. Darkness was thickly setting down and the natives now roUred to the higher sands. But thev did not return to their village Insteat(. they built II res upon tue clifts and seemed inclined to spend the night there. They reveled In the wondrous radiance or the powerful search light, which they were utterly unuble to understand. Thus night passed. With the going down of the sun the air became cooler and the voy. agers all slept w ell. When morning came all were early astir. The morning me a l had hardly been ipdulged in when the chief Ooloo came excitedly aboard. Mr. Francis, he comtngl'' he cried. Be pull boat ofl"for y:>ul" Frank at once went out on deck. A white s ailed craft was coming along the coast. It was a small s l oop. As it anchored a ehort ways from shora a small boat put oft' and soon came a:!hore. It contained besides two native oa;smen a couple of white men. One o! tbQI!e was attired in the somber black garb of tile Christian minister. The other wore the gold laced uniform of the navy. They s ee med tope regarding tho stranded boat with not a little o! surprise. Oo loo ran to greet them, and began in his broken English to exp lain matters to them. A t once they came along the beach, a!l(l Frank stepped down from the deck to meet them. Good-morning to you my friend I" cried th mtsswnary, in a benrtv way. I see that you und your craft Is in sore trouble.'' You are right, sir!" replied Frank. this 1\Ir. Francts?" lt i s !" "I heard your praises sung by Ooloo here; I am glad to meet you. I am an American, Frank Reane, Jr., of Readestown, and t his i s my submarine boat the Clipper. At an inopportune moment w e were stra nded here, as you can see!'' "Indeed, Mr. Rend e I arn glad to meAt you!" replied thfJ mission ary. Th i s is my friend, Captain Purinton, to the U. S. ship Pawnee! ., Pleased to meet Mr. Reade!'' replied the naval officer politely. I believe the name is quite familiar to mel' "Indt>edl" said Fra nk, wrth pleasure. "Are you not the inventor!" I am an inventor!" "I remember thr.t the Navy Department tried to buy from you the s ecret of your submarine boat long ago!'' "Yes!" replied Frank, "that is correct But I would not sell it f o r t he purpo s es of wa r !'' "Yet you are sufficiently patriotic to realize that the secret would b e of great value to the United States in case of war with a foreign nation!" "If my was in jeopardy," replied Frank, I would not hesi tate to build them all the submarine boats they wante(l, But until t hen I pre fer to keep the secret! The captain laughed "I can see your point I" he said, and you may be justi5.ed. ever, yon and I will not quarrel upon that point!" "II.ow /. I "I should hope not!" said Frank, warmly. "Well, Mr. Reade!'' said the missionary, earnestly, "in what way can we help you O)lt of your trouble?" "You are very J(ind," replied Frank. "II you know any way to draw me off this shoal you will confer the greatest favor upon me." Captain Purinton looked critically at the submarine boat, Why, that is a light cralt!" he said. "The Pawnee ought to be a ble to draw that off!'' gave an eager e x clamation. What is your ship,'' he 1tsked, sail or steam!" S te a m," replied the captain. 111 it near here?" Not a dozen miles, In a harbor of the adjoining island.'' "If yon would be so good as to try it," declared Frank:, "I feel s ure that you could draw us off with two cables anyway." ''I have thE! cables," replied the captain, "and it shall be done. hope for success.,. This was jo y ful news indeed for tho voyagers. Fmnk took Francis and the captain aboard and a general introuac tiori followed. Then Frank took his visitors ovtr the boat, which pleased them greatly. Indeed," (!aclared Captain Purinton, I would be tempted to give up my commissiOn aboard the Pawnee to captain a crult like tlliS.'' It was decided to m a ke the effort with the Pawnee to draw the sub marine boat from the shoal ut once. The captain and the native sailors went back aboard Mr. Francis' sloop and returned to the wnr ship. lt was early in the aft!)rnoon when a whistle was heard, and all saw the Pawnee steaming majestically aloug to a position oft shore. When arrived at what was deemed a gooll position the cables were sent out in the steamer's small boats. The ruarines were soon alor.gsiJe, and had fastened them to the Clipper's bow. This done, the signal was given It was a crilical moment, There were many who feared that the big cables would snap like strings before the strain But they did not. There was a terrific tension. The huge cables stretched and then stood taut. For an instant they seemed to remain tlll;JS. It was the crisis. Either something must yield or they muat break. The suspense was intense. Suddenly the submarine boat waR seen to move Slowly it slid sea ward, but every moment the strain became less. Wild cheers went up. It became at once apparent that the day was saved. The submarine boat would lloat once more. Steadily the stanch Pawnee drew seaward. Now the release of the Clipper was certain. A few moments, and she was once more alloat. It was a moment or joy. The cables were cast off and taken up. Frank started the electric engines. He sailed straight for the Pawnee and soon was ulongside. Flag sah;ites were llXChangf;ld and the Pawnee llred a broadside ere returning to her anchorage. Frank s!:wuted his thanks to Captain Purinton from the quarterdeck or bridge of the Clipper. Then he sent. a message ash o re for Missionary Francis and with presents for Ooloo in one of the native canoes which crowded about the Clipper. Once more tile Chpper was ready to proceed on her crttise to far away Bortleo. Straight out to sea the submarine boat sailed. Then Frnnk pressed the reservoir lever. Down abe went again to the bottom of the sea. The island with its green verdure, the sky wit b its banks of cloud!> vanished as if by magic. Down agmn int o the (lepths the Clipper. Tht> most thrilling incident of tl1e voyage had terminated. But. m?re. thrilling ones were in store. Time was to bring tlrem to pass 10 1ts own way. Through coral forests, over rugged valleys, across sanei)t. Many isl d nds were encountered, bat all were passed around safely The submarine boat kllpt clos ely to its course. Life a'loard the Clipper had pleasant routine and did not s e em to grow teliwus. : There was always plenty of diversion for Clifford in looking at the wonder s of the from the observation windows. Barney and Pomp often furnished the best or amusement for the company with banjo and violin. Thei witty jokes and sayings also were muchly enjoyed. 'l'hus t h e time passed a nd every day the submarine boa.' drew nearer aud near er to its destination, wild' Borneo. CHAPTER XII. WHICH I S TIJE END OF THE 1 >\LE 0!'1E day Frank sent the Clipper to the take T o bts surprise they came up in sight of land. It a long and rugged coast and lay to the south of them. "Upon my word!'' he cried. "We must be further on our way thaq I had dreame1l of.'' What land do you believe that to be, Frank?" asked Clifford. "If I were to express my conviction it is the coast of New Guinea!'' New Guinea!" gasped Cliftord. Why, we must then be near the end of our journey?" We are very near it. From here to Borneo we must make a d e tour, however, the Isle of Celebes. We w .ill ,go to the notth through the Celebean Sea and strike Borneo by way or I. n bnan!" "Weill" saiu tho3 young scientist, drawing a dee p breath, "of course I am gratified with the success or our trip. Yet I am loth to see it come to an end!'' Frank laughed. "Be not s o sure that vou have seen its end yet," he declar e d. You know we h!lve got to go

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UNDER 'l'H:M 13 "Ail! bow will you go from Back over tile same route!" "By no means," replied Frank. lf' oothing occurs to prevent I shall keep on homeward urou.nd the Cape of Good Hope.'' Making a literal circuit of the globe!" Exaclly." The young scientist was deligbtec!. I need only say that all this is the happiest experience of my life!" be 1 am glad of that!'' said Frank. I hope that you ore well sat isfied." I shall remember you as my greatest IJenefactor!" declared Clif ford. Frank proceeded to take his l.Jeariogs. To his great satisfaction he found that his surmise was correct. The coust line visi!Jle to the southward was indeed that of the isle of New Guinea. There were plenty of evid1mcss visible that they were in the region of Oceania. Lateen sailed crafts, piragues and all JLamner of native vessels wer& visible on the horizon. For a ways the Clipper sailed on the surface and a good look at these could IJe had. But as soon Frank bad finished his observations he sent the Clipper to the bottom agatu. In no place here was the sen of great depth. All was shining saud with beautiful shell fish and submarine plants. Not since leaving Ecuador bad so charming a part of the sea been encountered. It would have been a delight to have remained long in these en trancing depths. But Frank was anxious to reach his destination so be sent the Clipper along. Darting through the depths there were times when the tight craft raced for many yards with giant sharks. These were plentiful, and indeed were the bane of the depths. tiJls reason no diving expedition was ventured upon, though Clifl'ord eaw many charming specimen11 that be yearned for. But all things must haYe an end, and that of the Clipper's voyage ca .me suddenly anti almost ended in a uagedy. One day Frank announced that they were in the Celebean sea. "The west coast of Borneo Is not twenty miles from us, he said. "We shall now silil northward and round Labnan, to th> city or towu of Borneo.'' The words had hardly left Frank's lips, when a pistol-liRe rtport was Instantly everybody sprung up. What was that!" cried Clift' ord. "We've struck suthin', mate!'' cried Bill Brace. But Frank Reade, Jr., started at once for the engine room. Before he could reach it be knew that there wus some accident to the machinery. The boat was sbol)ting upward with alarming !peed. Tl;rilled .with dread up prehensiOn, Frank down into the en gine-room. He saw the truth at a glance. One or \he electric shafts had snapped. This had clo!!ed the water out of the reservoir ond causemprehensihle. Clifi' ord staggered to the observation win
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