Lost in the great undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine cruise in the Gulf Stream

Lost in the great undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine cruise in the Gulf Stream

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Lost in the great undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s submarine cruise in the Gulf Stream
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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P .. N oname's" Lates t and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No.l09. {COMPLETE } FH.ANK TOUSEY. PTRLISAER, 3! & 36 NORTH MOORE STREET, NEW YORK. { ) ltiCE } New York, June 14, 1 895 ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Vol. V. Ente1ed acc01dino to the Act of Cono ess in the yeur 1895, by FilA NT{ 7'0US/1;V, in the o(Tice of the Libarian of Con(]ress, at Washinoton, D. C Lost in the Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Cruise in. the Gulf Stream. By '"'" NON.AME.'' If Frank could h ave made himself heard he would have shouted: "Hang on bravely! I am coming to help you." Forward he sprung and attacked the monster on the other hand. It was a lively stiuggle which followed. Two of the monster' s tentacles were savered and its beak smashed before it yielded


\ 2 LOST IN THE GREAT UNDElfl'OW. The subscription price of t h e FRANK R E A:OE LIBR ARY b y the year i s $ 2.50; $1.25 per six m o n t h s, pos t p a id. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW; OR, frtank Reade, Jrr.'s Grruise in the Gulf Strream. The Story of a, Wonderful Exploit. By 0 NONAME," Author of "The Chase of a Comet," "Around the Arctic Circle," etc., etc., etc. CB.tPTER J. PROFESSOR PURINTON'S HOBBY, OF course the is aware that the mighty ocean is not without i! current and unnertow, perhllpS more sluggish but nevertheless more powerful than of any known river in the world. An empty bottle dropped at sea may tmvel in ocean currents from one part of the world to another for twenty years, or perhaps forever. 1'he great salt water of the Earth is far from being a pas s ive body. Scientists for many years have mnde a close study of the ocean cur rents, with the r11sult that most of them nre quite well known nod mapped out on charts. But certainly no devotee or geographical pursuits could have been more zealous in the pursuit of this line of stuqy (han James Purinton, A. B. A. M., Professor of Sciences at the great American Institute in Washington. Professor Purinton had traveled the globe over in these currents, s t udying their phases and variations with every sort of an instrument known to It seemed us if be could possib1y have no to learn, Yet he said: "The one aim of my life is to travel over the Gulf Stream curre:1t in a submarine boat. I am sure that it is the one current responsible for tbe Great Undertow.'' "The Great Ur.dertow!'' asked a fl'iend in surprise. "Does such a thing exist in the ocean?'' "Does it?" exclaimed the professor in surprise. "Certainly it does!'' "What do you mean by the Great Undertow?'' "I mean a tremendously swift and powerful circular current caust.d by the meeting or a number or powerful currents a thousand fathom8 beneath the surface. This makes a deep sea current or undertow which we do not feel on the surface, but which is nevertheless power enough to clutch all sinking objects and whirl them on in its em brace for thousands or miles." Wonderful! Have yon positive evidence that such a tbing ex ists!" Wby, certainly. Every scientist knows that it is the reason that soundings cannot be taken in many parts or the ocean. The plummet is unable to descend through tbe nndertqw." "It must be a very powerful thing theii.'' "It is. Indeed, I have ilo doubt that in its whirl there are wrecks of ships which bave been hustled on through submarine depths for many yeurs. You can now undllrstand wby 1 should like to puy a visit to those lower parts or tlle sea." "Indeed, yes. What a strange spectacle it would be. But you speak or a su'bmarine boat. Why do yotl not charter tbe new one wllich has j oat btlen built.'' The professor gave a start. A new submurine boat!" he gasped. "I have never heard or that. Do yon mean it!" "I do!" Then-the question or submarine navigation has been solved!" "Yes!" \ "By whom?" "Rend tbiA, then you w!ll understand all.P Purinton s friend banded him a newspaper, and the professor with varietl emotions read as follows: Th. e Latest Triumph of our Great American Inventor, Frank R e ade, Jr. This tiuHl is not an air-s!1ip, or an e lectric horse, but a submurine boat. In this, Mr. Reade proposes to trael under every ocean on the glqbe. It is hurd to describe the bene tits and valuabl'e information to be thca gained. Tlle which i8 tbe name Mr. Reade has given his boat, Is a marvelo!lS afia1r. We have not the necessary details of its construc tion yet in our hands, but we hope to prevail upon Mr .Reade to show them to us at an early any, when we shull be pleased to render them to the reader. In the meantime we trust that Mr. Reac! e will lind u grand triumph awaiting his deep sea trial of his new invention, which is certainiy !be most wonderful on the globe," ]'or a moment after reading this astounding bit of news, the pro fessor was dumfounded, Wben be recoverej himself it was like one coming out of a dream. May I retain tllis paper!'' he asked in an ubstract way. "Certainly!" Tllen the scientist seemed to lapse into a cnriJus spell of thought. The result w as t hat he rather abruptly and unceremoniously left hill friend, nor did he pause until he was alone in his own retired den. Tben for a time he was like an insane person. FHr a time he would pore (JVer a lot or cllarts. Then he would read the newspaper article afrt>sb. Finally he sat clown to a table and wrote fllverisbly. This is wbat emunated from his pen: MR. FRANK READE, JR Reudestown. "DEAR SIR:-1 see by the Daily News Chronicle to-duy, that you are the perfector or n submarine bout. The unnouncement if true is t() me like the or a prayer. For forty years I have mude the suhject of ocean currents and the Great Undertow a close stu

LOS'l' IN 'l'HE GREA'l' UNDERTOW. 3 One was a negro, and dimiuutiVtl, with kinky wool and shin ing rows of ivories. He was known as Pomp and was a faithful servant of the young inventor's. He bad been in his employ many years. S o also bad the otler, who was a sturdy Uelt with a etock of red hair, a broad mug, aud a fund of Irish wit which it was hurd to equ al. His name wus Burnfly O'Sh e a. Barney an d Pomp were mucll d e voted to their young master, who tllought a's much of them. They were just now enga g e d in stud y ing the charts and maps, and Frank, after some evident p e rpl ex ity, said: "I don t see what better WP. can do than to plun g e right into tile Atlantic and sat! strai g ht a cross to the coast of Portugal.'' Begorra, Misther Frank, we'll see a good lot av the deep say in that way, to be sure," agreed B a rney. G o lly you' s e j es' right dar!" averred Pomp; it woold jes' be a good, long trip I done r e ckon." I only wis h we had some objP.ct in view," declared Frank. I don't lik e the idea or sailing a r o und aimlessl y.'' Barney scratched his head. Bejab e rs, th e r e's small chance to rescue any one drowned at the bottom av the say! he declared. "We tuight go llun t in' fo' do sea s e rp ent," decl a red Pomp. B efore Frank c oH.ld m a k e any comprehensive answer to these sug g .. stiu[}8 came a jingle at the electric b ell. Tile youn g inventor reached forth and t ouclled an electric button. This opened the yard gate. And from tlle office window a t e legraph boy was seen walking acrose the yare!. He had an envelope in his band, and entering he placed it on the desk. Tel e gratn for F rank Reade, Jr.,'' be said. Frank picked up the message, a01.! read itJ't'hus: Have sent yon letter concerning trip through ocean currents. Please answer by wire. Am in suspense, Yours, "JAM E S P URINTON." Frank was in hourly receipt of such messages !'rom cranks, and about to throw tllis down as only another or thfl same kind wllen the bell rang again, atl'l this time the ma1l carrier appeared. He placed a sp e cial delivery letter on the desk, and Frank saw that it was dated at Was,lling ton, and bore ,the heading or the American Institute. Ordinarily he would have cast it aside like scores of otller epistles whicc he believed w e re wriWm by scientific cranks. Bu t some motive imp elle

r -.... 4 LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW. Barney dumped it into a basket and hid It in the engine-"oorn. At a favorahle moment he snealted into Pomp's state-room and coiled it up between the sbeets. And there the eel remained until the time came for the darky to re tirtl. Unsuspectingly Pomp leupe

LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW. 5 Two of the monster's tentacles were severed and its beak smashed before it yielded. Then the two divers released themselves aud rlltreated from the hold of the sunken wreck. They gripped bands outside with mute joy. Then once more they started for the submanne boat. Barney and Pomp from the observation window of the boat had partly seen the affair. Golly!" gasped the darky, dat am jes' a berry close call fo' Marse Purinton. I done fo't de debbil hab him." "Bejabers he'd niver kape him av he got him," declared Barney. Shure he'd niver be smart enough." "1 done fink yo' am right, honey. Hi dar! See honey, dey am coming back to dt1 boat." Then both beheld a sight winch set their chattering teeth on edge. Frank and tile professor had really started to return to the sub marine boat. But before they had covered halt the distance there occurred a ca tastrophe which seemed likely to cost them their lives. There was a terrilic commo,ion in the water and around the sunken wreck there suddenly darted a na1f dozen monster fish of the shark species. The difference was, however, that these fish were not compelled to turn upon their backs 'Jefore selzmg their prey. They evidently saw in the two d1vers au excellent chance whet their ravenous appetites. Frank was the first to see the danger. He was quick to act. He knew well the penaltv or being overtaken by thesll monsters. Yet it was impossibh. to bPaL them to the boat. Any one of them had jaws large enough to bite the divers in two. Bot Frank was as usual ready and quick of resource. He made what was, undllr the circumstances, tl:e best possible move. Thitl was to throw bimselt fiat upon his face and poll the professor down with him. The huge fishes, missing their aim, passed over the prostrate men. But it was a close call. That they would return to the attack Frank knew. His helmet was close to the professor's, and be took advantage of the oppbrtunity to shout: "They will come back. When they do turn on your back and don't let them pick vou up with their jaws. You have your ax?" "Yes," replied Purinton. "1 will do as you say." The huge fish made a semicircle, and now came back to the attack. They were clOSb to the bottom now. The two divers were in deadly peril. But all this while Barpey and Pomp bad not been idle. CHAPTER IV. MATTERS OF A VISIONARY SORT, THE huge fish tbis time meant to secure their human prey. They darted along the bottom with wide open jaws. Had either Frank or tbe professor remained icanlmate they would surely have been picl

r 6 LOST IN 'l'HE GREAT UNDERTOW. "Begorra, Misther Frank," Barney venturec! to say once, "it's sorry I'd toe fer the purfesser if be shouldn't foind that undertow." "Indeed, yes," agreea Frank. "And a fool's errand fer us, sor." ' Oh, never mind that," said Frank lightly. "We might as well be doing this as anything. We are llaving our submarine just the same." So it was certain that the disappointment would come harder upon the professor than anybody Plse. But oue day he astonished all by into the cabin with the starLling declaration: ln six hours' time we shall be in the Great Undertow. For a moment intense sibmce reigned. Neither Frank Reaue, Jr., nor Burney nor Pomp knew what to say. They could not doubt the scientist's sincerity. 'l'!Je boat at the moment was gliding along smoothly through a calm sea. There was not the least appearance or anything like a swift cur-rent. That the undertow should be so near at band seerued incredi\>le. Ineredulity shone in the eyes of Barney and Pomp. But Frank was disposed to humor the whim of the scientist, and said: Then we bad better prepare lor rough work.'1 Yes,'' said the professor, earnestly, for i'n so powerful a cur rent JOU will have your bands full to keep out or the way of the floating wre<:ks and other debris which is hurried along hy the under tow.'' Frank winced a little at this seemingly strong declaration, but said sternly to Barrley and l'omp who were giggling: "Be oil, you rascals, and make everything ship-shape. You hear what the professor says." Barney turned a hand-spring and Pomp cut a s!Jutll.e. Away they went to obey orders. Then Frank turned to the professor. So we shall be in the Undertow very soon," be said, quietly. Yes," replied the scientist. "In about six hours, as I reckon it.'' How do you make the reckoning!" The scientist threw a chart upon the table. He' placed a finger upon that point in the mJddle AUantic wi:.ere the big ocean currents di verge. 'l'here is the starting point of the great Undertow,!' be declared. "At our preaent rate of speed we shall be there in just si1i:: hours.'' CHAPTER V. IN THE UNDER'roW. "THIS is what you bnse your calculations on," said Frank quietly. Bot it is not all.'' "Ah!" Come with me, and I think I can demonstrate to your satisfaction thnt I am right." I shall be pleased.'' The Professor led the way into the observation tower. He pointed to the ocean bed and said: "Lool< sharp and you will eaAily see that the sand and the rocks as w"'ll as the general formation or the ocean bed shows an inclination to drift one way. "Look at that bank of sand. See those scattered bowlders. Even tbe marine plants bentl all in one direction.'' Frank wad surprised to note that this was a fact. "On my word!" be cried. "You are right, professor." A light of triumpil shone in the old man's eyes. His voice trembled as be went on:' "I knew you would admit that. Now shall I explain it? 'rhis is a section in the verge of the undertow. At some di > tunt day the great deep sea maels t rom included this very tract in its course. That ac counts fN the drifted or driven appearance of the sea bottom." Frank saw the point. He became inst antly interested. After all there might be more in this hobhy of the aged scientist's than be bad ever t!Jought of. He mused a moment and then said: And ) ou think we shall in a few hours be in the undertow?'' "I do." The professor spol\e emphatically: Frank went into the cabin. He at once set Barney and Pomp about making things sbip-sbape. He bad accepted ProfessJr Purin ton's theory as a fact. The Jlrolessor hung out in the observing tower. could in duce him to leave this. An hour passed. A great cuauge had come. The color of the sea had changed to a murky hue. The boat had a peculiar vibration. It seemed carried forward more by the force of the current than the engines. Another hour passed. The vibrations hatt increasad. And now if one placed his ear atten tively to the ptlot-ilouae wmdow, he could bear plainly a distant pecu liar reverb e ration. "We ure certainly approaching something," Frank mused. "Wbeth er an undPrtow or a sulJmarine geyser I know not.'' The professor was jnloilant. "We will soon he there,'' he declared. "Keep your weather-eye open It will be lively.'' Three hours now passed. The fourth dri!ted by without much change. But the fifth hour brought a matPriai change. The submarine boat traveled above a vast and current swept sandy plain. Not a sign of marine vegetation was there. The plain looked as if it bad been swept by a nEw broom. Yet the curr!lnt was not so Ytrong However, a distant sullen roar carried out the professor's declara tions in full. It was the peculiar swish and boom of a heavy current. Every moment now there waa adlluced fresll evidence that they were nearing the great undertow. Purinton was b a state of great excitement. Suddenly the boat be gan to sway and rock. Frank saw that the current was moving her along with it in spite of the engines. We are in the verege or tbe undertow," cried the professor exci t edly. "Do you fear fur your boat, Mr. Reade?" "Not a bit," replied Frank. "Let her run with the current, Bar ney." All roight, sor.'' And this waa done. Every moment this current grew swifter. Tile submarine boaS was soon traveling like a railroad train. The bottom seemed like a sand swept surface where nothing could find a resting place, being bustled and jostled op by the insatiable current. AnJ swifter the Octopus !lew on as they now got deeper and dePper into the current. And the boat was not alone the victim of that resistless surge 'l'he professor was dancing a jig for very joy in the observation tower. "Look-look!'' he cried. "Didn't I tell you? The Great Undertow carnes everyth:ng before it!'' Tile object was a beup of rottentimbers, which had become water logged and would have rested upon the bottom but for the force of the current. As it was, they were whirled on to keep up the endless course unLil decay should finally dissipate them into fragments. Many and curious were the objects which the undertow held in its clutch. One wa a dead whale, which raced alongside the boat for a good ways. Another wa. s a chicken coop from the deck or some ship. And thousands of miscellaneous articles were speeding on in the tow. One object telling its trag!c story was a dilapidated and storm riven raft or ship's timbers. To the stump of a mast was bound a limp human form. After it came a stovably employed in some carrying trade. That she had foundered in a gale seemed certain. The scientist be came imloued with a daring idea. This was to go aoaard the drifLing ship. Once his mind was made up no or

LOST IN THE Gl-tEAT UNDERTOW. ''But--'' "Wlmtf" 1 "Have you consi d ered the risk!" "I think I have," r e plied the professor. "I am willing to assume 1 it. Frank whislled softly. "If you really mean it--" he began. "I dol "That s ettlest it. Which one of you will go with the professor?" Both B a rn e y and Pomp were eager, I.Jut Pu.rinton selected Pomp. Then the diving suits were brought out. They w e re donned b y the two venl urous men, and then they pro cee d ed to leave the cabin. Passi n g into the Yestibule they eme rged upon the deck. Th e y were obli g ed to cllng w ell to the rail to avoid b e ing swept into the depths. But b y dint of some effort they kept their places ull ri,ght. The next th i ng, howev e r, was to puss over to the dec!;. of t .hil wreck. This was no easy matter. However, afte r sever a l efforts, they finally succeeded. '1'hey disappeared over the rail, und tllis wus tile last seen or. them by Frank anu Burn ey. The professor and Pomp crept across the deck of the sunkAn steamer to ller muin hatch Here they were protected by the corner of the hurricane deck-house and the smoke funnel. They rested here a bit. Purinton placed his helmet close to Pomp's und shouted : Are you all right?" "Yas, sub!'' replied the c:>on. All right, let us explore the cabin." The door leading into the upper cabin was gone, and there was some indication of the storm's damage, !Jut the two explorers passed e a sily into the cabin. nere they were more at ease, for there was no powerful current to face. Th e electric lamps on thtlir helmet made all quite plain in the place. 'l'lie interior of the cabin was similar to that of all ocean steamers. The furniture was of \he standard pattern. of it was in u wreclted state, or course, and debris was scat tered fr)m one end or the ship to the other. There was every indica tion that the steamer had made a noble lJattle agaiust the elements before succumbing anyway. CHAPTER VI. ABANDONED IN THF. UNDERTOW. POMP was interested in affairs in the dining salon and galley. He nppropri:Ltell several urticles which suited !Jis fancy. But the professor made his way toward the purser's office. It occurred to him to try and find the vessel's log II possible and also see if s3e bad any money In her safe. II in gold, it was doubtless intact. 'l'he scientist was at once deeply interested in this matter. S o he pushed on until he reached the door or the purser's room. He placed hi9 band on the knob. It would not yield. The do1.1r was lock ed. Th!l professor tried to force it, but in vain. Then he knelt down ancl probed the l;eyhole. The key was on the inside. Like a flush a comprehension of all burst upon him. 'l'be purser had locl;etl !limself in his room, and had gone down witlt the ship. Whe ther this was intentional or not conld not be told. It was pro bable, however, that th e purs e r had retired, and when the ship went d o w n bud b een asl eep allll had perished thus. The pro f e ss o r knew that th e re was no other way but to find out by forcin!!: t he door. So h e vut h rs strength to it an tl tried to force it. Failing in this, be began to bauer it was Ius sh o rt-handl e d ax. In this way he bad soon brooen th e lock. Then it was an easy matter to open the door. The sight which met his gaze was a thrilling one. The purs e r h a d indeed peri s h e d in his bunk. It was pos s ible that he llad nev e r known the cause or h1s death. He l a y like one in a deep slumber. Near by was his desk and the ship's safe. Fortunately the door of this was open. The scientict drew a over the race or the dead man. Then he went to the desk and turned tile leaves or a great book there. It was the purser's log. The l nst entry was made the very last night of the purser's stay on earth. It r e ad thus: "May lOth 1 8-. Tuesday, 6 p. m. "Gale still blowing hard. Barometer stormy. Temperature 44 degrees Fahrenheit. Ship labors heavily. Thore is som e danger that she may open a seam, but Cupton Clifton says thab she will ride it out. Heaven pray she may. "Al:DREY COMERFORD, Purser of the steamer Ame rican Flag.'' This was the last entry on the pursuer's log. Previous entr'es showed ;that the steamer had battled with the storm for many days. She was a tramp and carried merchandise for the Azores. But the gal e blew her many hundred miles out or her course. It was a tragic matter to reflect upon, and the professor did not care to linger long in the stateroom. He went to the safe und took u llasty look at its contents. 'l'here were mar.y packages of greenbacks stowed away there, proba bly repr esentiug thOU9un!ls Of dollars. But tile moment they were touched they melted, so that it was a treasure very like fairy's gold. In oue of the small compartments Purinton found about one thou sand dollars in gold. 'J'his he took. Then he left the purger's room and closed the door behind him. Pomp emerged from tile galley at the same moment. The professor made signs that be wail ready to return to Octo pus. Pomp acquiesced. Thlly started fot the deck. They emerged from the companionway just in time to behold a horrible truth. The Octopus was gone. It was no longer beside the wreck. It was not even in sight. The awful truth was forced upon the two men. The submarine boat ha1l taken leave or them in a very sudden and unexpected man ner. The grapplings had broken, but-the question they asked them selves was: wily did not the submarine IJoat again run alongside the wreck! \V by had they been left to their fate? But Purinton understood well. He knew that it was impossible to control the Octopus in such a sea. It bad been compelled to draw away. But what a terrible realization to the alJandoned men. Abandoned on a wreck at the bottom of the sea! What more aw ful rate could be conceived? Of course the chemical generators would continue for months, but that was not the question. How could they sustain life without eating! It was of course 11atly impossible. A borrii.Jie death by starvation it was which stared them in the Pomp d l ew close and "Golly, Marse Purinton, we are sho' enuff done fo' !", My soul, it seems sol" gasped the distraugat scieqtisf. I am afraid we shall never be able to get back to the Octopus. For her to attempt to lind us in this terrible undertow would be like looking for a neadle in a haystack. "Golly, I done believe yo' am right." The situation was certainly an awful one, and the two poor victims went whirling along in the undertow; deserted, nbandor:ed, lost tile !Jottom or the sea. Would tley find an escape from their dreadful predicament! It seemed out of the question. Barney aod Frank, on the deck of the Ocotopus, saw the professor and Pomp disappear over the rail or the wrecked steamer. Then a misgiving struck the young inventor. "Mercy!" he exclaimed. "Why did I let them go! I should hnve known better. What if we should break away--" Before he could tintah his sentence tLut very calamity occurred. A warning yell came from Barney. Look out, Misther Frank 1 Shure, the other l>oat is after leaving us!" 'rhif! was true beyond all manner or doubt. There had been a slight shock. a quiver ; and then the two boats parted. The American Flag drifted rapidly away, and b1d fair to be soon lost to sight. And, indeed, that '{ery thing did happen While Frank was bring ing the Octopus allovt to give bor chase a dark portien of the swift current hid her from view. Frank Reade, Jr., knew that the lives of Pomp and Prof. Purinton wer e depending on him. He knew that no efl'ort must be spared to find the wreck before H could g e t too far away into the undertow. So be pressed on all speed and tri e d to follow the wreck. But some inexplicable division of the curt'ent here bntlled him. It carried the Octopus in one direction and the wreck in another. In less time than it takes to \.ell it tile wreck and its two abandoned victimes were lost. Frank and B a rney were wild with horror and despair, Yet were apparently powerless. Frank tried every device of which he could think to overtake the wreck. But the submarine boat was powerless to stem the under low. It was horled on at the same frightful speed, while other wrecks now began to appear to confuse the desperate searchers. However, these were barks and sloops, all sailing vessels, while the American Flag was a steamer. Lost in the great under tow! This was the position of Prof. Purinton and Pomp. Barney exclaimed: Be jubers, Mister Frank, it's a sorry day they iver left tlte Octooos. Shure, I'm sorry tt:at the naygur went wid him. If he wunteu to go so foolhardy loike be ought to have gone alone!" I believe yon are right, Barney!" Frank. "I am sorry I let him go." "Och hone, an' it's loike brothers we have been for wailed Barney. "Shure he bad a hlack sl\in hut u whoite heart." "We won't give them up yet," said Frank, resolutely. But it seemed as if this was a futile boast. Tbe submarine bout seemed wholly in the grip or the powerful cur rent, which nothing could stem. -


I I I , f LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW. But Frank sent bt>r aiJead at full speed, and never ceased to keep a keen lookout. On and on in the great undertow the Octopus ran tl10a. But days nod nights pussed, and no sign or the wreck was seen. It seP.med certnin that they must give her up. But Frank Reade, Jr . set his teeth hard, nod mentally declared: "If it takes forever, I will find the wreck. I will never leave the great undertow until I have succeeded." ,And the young inventor meant just what he said. He would surely spend his lire in the ocean depths in the effort to find the lost men. Burney kept constantly in the pilot house, keeping watch incessant ly. While he siept Frank took his place. And thus the que'St went on. As the Octopus was now whirled onward through the undertow tiJe curre:IL seemed to grow less swift. At first Frank was at n loss to understand this. "What does it n'iean, Barney?" he asked. "Shure, sor, I'm after thinking we are getting out av it," declared the Celt. "Out of it!" "Yis, sorl" "That's queer!" muttflted Frank, "how can that be? Does the unoertow finally come to an end! I had an idea was a circular end less mealatrom. '' "Begorra, Frank, ita out aY it we are going anyway!" Frank was puzzled. Every moment .he current now grew less swift. It was a matter or but a few hours when the submarine boat was in comparatively smooth water. This was curious enough. One thing was certain. They had run completely outor the great CHAPTER VII. A BAD COLLISION. THE Octopus was in comparatively smooth water. The thunuer anti vibration of the undertow could be still felt, and 1 after some study it dawned upon Frank all of a sudden tl!at he was a I bit stupid. They were out of the undertow, or course. But this did not naturally follow that they had reached its termina t ion. They had simply struck ;nto a little aide current. and ran out side the whirl of waters. To get back would be simply necessary to change the course of the boat. Tbat was all. FranK communicated this fact to Barney, The Celt agreed with him. "Begorra, I think we'd betther knpe along in the edge a bit, sor," said Bnruey. "Mebbe the wreck is afther coming out the same." Frank saw the logic of this at once, and replied: "I guess you are right, Barney. We will follow out that plan "All roight, sor!" So the submarine boat kept alo'lg at a moderate speed just in the verge of the undertow. Suddenly Barney gave a great Y I of terror. A black object shot atl!wart 1 he bow or the boat. What follwed fflr the next few moments was to Frank and Barney like a blank. It seemed as If the boat was going all to pieces. Something heavy and powerful lind it in its grasp, and it seeml)d as if it was being torn to pieces. Franll: and Barney wate tossed and burled about like puppets. They were unable to keep their feet even for a moment. Objects in the cabin went flying about. The propeller buzzed, the macl!ioery wl izzed furiously the electric lights flushed and burned out, and all was total darkness. Frank Reade, Jr., at that moment believed firmly that the end hall come. He could see nothing ahead hut certain death. Some terrible power had tbe boat in its gr1p. lt seemed bound to destroy it. Finally Frank landed against a door frame, and clutching it was able to remain stationary. Then suddenly Lhe boat was motionless. It was upon the bottom, as it was easy to realize. "On me wurrud," gasped Barney, as he crawled out of a tangled heap in a corner, "I belnve I'm nigh kilt. I niver had sich a shakin' up afore in all me !o1fe. Are we's drownded, Misther Frankl" Frank, in spite of the pain of his bruises, replied: "No, I thtnk not, Barney!" "Sure, if this is purgatory, it's a mighty dark place. I'd as lief be out av it once fer all." "Well, have no fears, Barney,'' replied Frank. "It is the cabin of the Octopus, and we are yet alive. But, heavens, how near death we may be!" "Phwnt's the matt her with the loights?" "The shocll: mu&t have broken the current. Try and find the switch, Barney. You are near the pilot-house." All right, sor!" The Celt fumbled around and felt his way into the pilot house. There was an auxiliary battery for that room, and he called it into play. In a flash the pilot house was Iii. Fmok crawled in beside Bar ney. The light was not powerftil enough to see far ahead of the boat, but they could distinguish a dark mass against the bows. "Shure, I can't make out phwat that is, Misther Frank," declared Barney, but I'm av the opinion that we sthruck a big ledge av rock." "Maybe so," agreed Frank, "but let us see how badly the macbioery is injured." To Frank's surprise the propeller was still going. The machinery seemed uninjured, but it probably would not remain long in that conditjoo unless it was checked at once. So he shut off tbe dynamos. Then he tried the lighting circuit. Tbis was broken, but it required only a :nomeot to lind tbe broker: wire. Frank mended it with a simple twist. Then he pressed the key and instantly all the lights were ablnze. The search-light threw its rays ahead, and the astounding cause of all the trouble was seen by Frank and Barney. "Mither av Moses!" gaspe< the Celt. "By Jupiter!'' exclaimed Frank. There before them was the ponderous body of a huge whale. It was the monster which had shot in front of the boat, and the Octopus had driven its ram into the monster's body. It was easy to see that all the terrific commotion had been caused by the death struggles of tbe cetacean. It bud been a close call for the submarine boat. But for tbe fact that the ram had struck a vital part. It would sure ly have been destroyed by the furious antics of the whale. B11t tbe blow proving fatal had very shortly put an end to the mon ster's struggles. And thvre it lay at the bottom of the sea, with the ram of the Octo pus so lirmly imbedded in iLs carcass that the boa:. could not move. Here was a situation. Was there power enough in the machinery to draw the ram out? Frank made the trial. The dynamos l10zzed. All available speed was put on. But in vain. The boat's ram was firmly wedged. It woulq not yield. Frank ex changed glances with Barney. The C elt scratched his head in very perplexity. "Be Mttber Maguire's goat!" he exclaimed ruefully, "it's de .nd sthuck we are, Misther Frankl'' "So it seems!" agreed Frank. "How will we get clear, Barney!" "Shure sor, it's yesllr is the foine invintor." "Yes!" admitted Frnok, "but therll are some things past inven tion. It looks ae if thll bow of the boat was lodged in the whale's vertebrae." "I'll agree wid yez, sor, though divil a bit do I know p!lwat that is!" "It's his back bono," replied Frank. There is certainly one thing we can do." "Ph wat's that, "We can cut our way out of the whale'g lubber. Perhaps it is the best way, unless--" Well, sor!" "We try a dyoamtte cartridge." Barney ducked and scraped. "Shure, I'm afther thin kin' that's the aisiest way,'' he said. "Yes,'' agreed Frank, "nod perhaps we will try it. But first let us see how badly boat Is strained." "Yis, sor!" Frank now went below and made a criLical examination of the hull and all the pnrts of the boat. He saw that a few of tbe standards were a trifle started, and there was a dent in the plating. But no seam had parted, nor was there a leak, so he felt So far as could b .. seen, the boat would stand a loog cruise yet. The re wns r:o immediate for alarm. Bnt the escape had been a narrow one. Frank went back to the pilot-house aiid once more studied the position of the whale. This satisfied him that it would be safe to try dislodging the boat by mea11s of dynamite. So he went into the cabin and brought out a cartridge. Barney was eager place It under the whale so be put on his d:v iog-suit. Then he left t.he cabin and made his way forward along the bow sprit. The cartridge was thrust deep in the sand under the whale's body. A wire connected it with a battery on board. Barney returned to the cabin. '!'hen Frank pressed the key. In an instant. there was a terrific shock. Water literally boiled around the boat. The dynamite did its worl;: well. But tbe shock had thrown the valve of the reservoir over. In a m:. mmt the pneumaLic pressure emptied the chamber and the boat shot upward. Up it went like a rocket. Up and up through countless fathoms to the surface. It burst up int!b the light of day like a cork. The boundless ocean lay upon all sides. With dismay Frank sought to open the reservoir valve. lt would not work. For the first time during the voyage the submarine boat refused to


LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW. sink. It was <'ertnin that its mechanism was deranged by the shock of the explosion. "Be Paddy's poipe!'' exclaimed Burney, "it's a foine scrape we're in now, Misther Frankl'' Frank admitted this. It was truly a dreadful reflection that they were nonble to return to the bottom and to the rescue of the two men lost in the undertow. For a moment Frank was appalled. What if the damage to the boat was such that they could not return to the depths again? IL would be a certainty tbeo that Pomp and the professor's fate was forever sealed. It was 1111 awful thought. Frank nigh held his breath with the horror of the tt.ing. But he would not yield to such a fear. He was about to go below and investigate when Barney, who was in the pilot house, cried: Sbnre, sor, there's v ship bearing down upon us, an' she looks loike to run over us!" Frank sprung to the observation tower. He saw at once that Barney's declaration was true. A rakish look ing craft was bearing directly down for the submarine boat. What was more, it was a suspicious looking craft. She was of Spanish build, and her rail was thronged with dark featured and desperate looking men. Frank regarded the advancing ship for some moments with sus picion. The impulse was upon him to run away from the strange vessel. But at that moment a puff or SIROka came from her rail and there was a distant boom. A solid shot w11nt skipping over the waves just before tbe Octopus' bow. This was rather o startling development. CHAPTER VIII. THE PIRA'I'E, THE Spanish vessel was armed. \Vhnt did it mean? Was sbe a government ship? This suspicion was the next moment dispelled in rather a startling manner. Suddenly 'o111.l without warning the run a flag up to her mnstbend. It was a black flag. Frank gave a gasp of amazement. "A ':IInck flag," he muttered, ''and in these modern times. Whz.t does it mean!" But the fact was not to be disputed. The vessel was a pirate, as was beyond all doubt. or course It would have been madness to have disregarded the sum mons to lay to. The pirate could, with one well-directed llhot, send the submariue boat to bottom forev6r. It would be much safer nod better to temporize with the villains and perhaps depend upon some stratE>gy to outwit them. So be allowed the Octopus to lay to while the Spanish pirate drew nearer. It seemed to Frank as if be had been transported back to the days of Captain Kidd nod the buccaneers. For certainly hore was a genome old time pirate ship. The cre w which crowded the rail were all armed with cutlasses and carbines, and were about as tough a set of men aa ever trod a ship's planks. J'n the shrouds was a powerful-framed, black-featured fellow who shouted stentoriously: "Ahoy! what r.ra!t is tbnt?" "The submarine boat Octopus," replied Frank. "Wbnt ship is that!" The Donna Isabella, free lance. I urn Captain Murillo, her commander. You are our prize!" Y @U are a pirate!" ''Yes!" "Well, how much money do you want?'' shouted Frank. "You want a fair ransom!" "Ransom!" retorted the pirate captain, "we want you and your ship, nod that is what we have got." Frank saw that it was of no use to try and trent with the villains. Oh, how he longed for n gun. He regretted now that he hnd not fitted the boat with one. The pirate vessel had hove to and a boat was being lowered. "Be jnbers!" muttered Barney, darkly, seizing a rifle, "if yez only say the worrud, Misther Frank. divil a bit nearer will they come." "No!" cried Frank, "that will not do. They have the drop on ns. It would be folly and would only result disastrously for us." "I've a moind to tbry it fer luck," muttered Barney. But he did rot. The pirates' boat, manned by a number of stout ruffiuns, draw rap idly nearer the Octopus. In a few moments It was alongside. In the bow was Captain Murillo himself. He leaped onto the deck of tbe Octopus and about him with wonderment. "Your craft is a small one, senor," he declared. "Where are your crew?" "We are all," replied Frank. "Only two of you!" exclaimed the astonished Spaniard. "Diablo! how do you come in this part of the world!" "We are here us you see,'' re!'lied Frank. "We came here in this boat." "A more curious craft 1 never saw; 1 am interested, senor. What sort of a boat is it!" "It is a submarine boat," replied Frank. "Pardon, senor." I "It travels under water," replier! Frank in explanation. The pir11te captain looked stupidly incredulous. I "Under water!" lle muttered. "Ah, that Is Impossible!" "It is trne," replied Frank. "And you would not have caught ns had not our machinery been a bit out of order. We w.ould now be at the bottom of the sen." "I have never beard of a boat that can travel under water'' de clared Murillo. "Are you in the employ of your government!" "No;" and Frank proceeded to tell him the story of tlJe ::ruise 11od of the accident to the Octopus. The Spauisb captain listened like one in a daze. He could hardly believe it even then. But Frai!k offered to take him into the cabin and show him all the workings of tbe craft. The pirate captain complied, and Frank showed him through the cabins, and flually int, o the engine room. This was just what he wanted. He requested Murillo to take hold of a wire which was connected with the dynamos. Jlfurillo complied. 'l'he next moment he was sorry. He could not let go. Carambo! Saints defend!" he howled. "Release me! I am tor tured! Curses on you, treacherous Americanol" But Frank bad no idea of releasing the villain. Instead, he went to the hatchway, keeving out of sight, and played a clever ruse. Imitating Murillo's Yoice, he shouted in Spanish: "Murillo stays with the Yankee captain to dinner. Go back to the Isabella, trim sail, stand off a mile, and wait for sign all" The pirate lieutenant got tbe order. He never dreame:i but that it came from his chief. Murillo, held by the live wire, in the engineroom cursing and raving, but be could not be beard, for a heavy door was between. The Isabella's lieut .enant proceeded to carry out the orders exactly. Back to thl' piratB ship he was rowed. Then the babella stood away from the Octopus a mile or two. It was Frank's victory. He had the pirate captain a prisoner in his power. l\loreover, he bad the statt of the Isabella and could easily bent her to the horizon. Barney was elated. "Begorra, an' didn't we foot thim!" he cried, excitedly. "Shure, an' it's a regular picnic we 'ave had!" Meanwhile, Murillo was raving nod threatening. Frank went up to him coolly, and said: "Don't forget that you are in my power, Murillo, and that I could kill you if I chose. So be a liLLie more civil and less blasphemous." "Begorral" cried B2.rney, a little later. I reckon there's not rnany but would have hung the Yilyun afore ,his. Mistber Frank, yez are too merciful to tbim !'' "I don't waut the scamp's life," said Frank, "but be must not try any of his black games on met" The Octopus could sail ahead fast enough even if it cou!ti not sink. So Frank went into the pilot bouse and put on all speed, Away shot the Octopus leaving tbe pirate vessel belJind. And there it continued to remain. While the submarine boat was rapidly beyond pursuit. What the conclusion of tbe pirates were was never known. Whether they eventually tumbled to the situation it was not easy to say. But the Donna Isabella was soon left far out or sight. Then night came on and the certainty or the escape of the Octopus was nssnred. Words cuo hardly describe the iutense rage and discomfiture of the pirate Captain Murillo. lie raved and cursed but all in vain. Frank and Barney securely bound him and placed him in one of tile state-rooms, locking the door. Tltey knew that he wns a desperate fellow, and they could nfl'ord to take no cbances with him. Darkness had settled down, but this made no difl'erence aboard the Octopus. The electric lights made all plain as day, nod tbe two meot went to work at once. Fronk began to ov11rbaul t he reservoir machinery. For a time he was oppressed with n terrible fear. This was that the maclunery was so badly out of gear that they would be obliged to return to Rendestown before being able to re pair it. But after boors or:resenrcb he emerged with n hopeful smile-Bar ney saw it and cried: Begorra, Misther Frank, yez 11re going to be able to foix it!" Yes,'' replied the you:Jg Inventor, "I think I shall-we will very soon be able to start back to the undertow.'' Barney turned a Hip-llap. "Hooray!" he cried. "Shure that's a cure for the blues. We'll roind thim now fer a We'll try it!" moditled Frank. A few hours later Frank had so far repaired the bout that abe was eas'ly able to descend. He lost no time, but his course back to tbe spot where he bad just gained the surface after th.e collision with the giant whale. For hours t!le submarine boat plowed the waves. 'lhen in the darkness Burney saw a distant light. Misthe Fronk!" be cried.


10 LOS'l' IN THE GREA'l' UNDERTOW. Well?'' shouted Frnnk. Shure I belave tilat's the av that p1rote ship!" F'rank sprang to tile search-ligilt and sent its rays flashing across tbe water. It was the Donna Isabella. There was the distant boom ol a cannon shot. Then Frank pressed the reservoir valve. He was not especially afraid of being bit by the shot, but this was near the spot where they had left tile undertow. Down sank the Octopus. That was tile last seen of the Isabella. As the Octopus descended very soon the force or the unuertow was felt. The boat began to speed faster than the action of her engines. Soon the Jlasil ligilt showed the llottom and also tile body of the great cur rent. As Frank was desirous of getting right into the underte>w he made no effort to stay the course of the Octopus. It was once more flying with railroad speed through the great cur rent. Heaps of debris and drifting hulks we::t spinning past. It was a repetitiOn of all that they had seen. But where in all this chaos was the American Flag and its two pasWould they ever be found? Fmnk was not hopeful. He realizea full well what an undertaking it was. Indeed it was al most like searching for a needle in a haystack. Yet the young inventor did not yield. He was willing to devote a !He-time to the quest. CHAPTER IX. FOUND AT LAST! ALL this while, it might be truthfully said, that the pirate captain :Munllo was raving below decks like a caged lion. His temper was something most frightful to behold. lie was more like a beast than a human lleing. Bejabers, I'm thin kin' it's crazy he is,'' muttered Burney. "Shure, it's a strait jacket he ought to have!" Frank only smiled grimly. He will get tired or that," he declared. Give him time." A constant outlook was kept for the wreck. Either Barney or Frank was constantly in the pilot house; but yet no sign of it appeared. And in all those hundreds of miles of drift It did indeed seem in credible that they would find the wreck in allfe time. Two days the submarine boat kept on its course. There was constant danger of & collision with some other drifting body, or of being capsized ):Jy the opposing forces of the current. But nothing of the kind happened, very fortunately. As Frank had predicted, Murillo came to his senses. The villain round that he gained nothing whatever by his furious actions, so he stthsided and became sullen and moody. Frank kept closer watch of him now, for be knew that this was the most dangerous phase. The wretch was evidently plotting to the best or his to es cape. This did not seem easy. Thus a week drifted by. Food and drink was given the prisoner regularly. Frank intended to deliver him up to the law at the 1irst port after the rescue of tile professor and Pomp. Of course Murillo knew that this was the purpose of his captors, and it into the cabin they went. Then a mocking laugh was heard and the clang of a closing door. A r11oment more and all beheld what was really a thrilling state of affairs. The pilot house door was closed and locked. The pirate captain had rushed in and closed it behind him. It was or strongest steel and not easily forced. What was more the villain had secured a rille and held it at the transom. "Buck you accursed do!!sl" he cried in Spanish. "I will have the life of the first man who advances nearer!" Of course this brought all to a halt. Not one of the party was so foolhardy as to throw away his life. Great Cresur!" exclaimed the professor, the wretch has got the best of us. He has captured our Citadel. This was true. The pilot house of course held the electric key board and all the ouachinery for operating the boat. It was not llkely tllat Mnrillo understood these, but this only made the matter worse. Barney had lushecl the wheel to join Ill the search for Murillo. It would have beel! better bud he remained in the pilot house. For il dill not seem that there was anything to prevent the Octopus from colliding with some drifting wreck. Of course such a catastro phe would mP.an ruin and death. So it may be understood that all in the party were aghast at the situation. Professor Purinton had really spoken the truth. The villain Mu rillo did ho4J the citadel. As to what use he would make of it remained to be seen. He ap parently intended to hold it. Frank was for a moment appalled. The boat was ftying at terrific speed through the current. An idea occurred to him, and he ventured to say: Senor Murillo!" he spoke in Spanish. I would speak with you!" A shower or was the reply. "Your life depends." More curses. "The safely or all of us and the boat depends. You are in the l


LOST IN THE GRE..l.T l."NDER'l'OW. 11 pilot bouse. You do not understand !he mecbanism of the boat. She will certainly collide and drO'YD us all. Lidten to rtJndonl" What have I to do wit.hl it!'' returned the pirat.e captain. There is no other course for me.'' Yes there is!" We will stand aside and let you seek any other part of the boat. We will call it a truce." The villain laughed scornfully. "'l'hink you Murillo is a fool!'' he cried. I am not to be so easily entrn pped !" "It is not a trap." I do not ask your word.'' Listen to reason. Some one must guide the boat or we sllall be wrecked." "Och, hone! phwat a fool I was fer Iavin' t.he wheel!" wailed Burney. The situation began to dawn upon the pirate captain. But yet he was not satidied. He plainly distrusted the Americans. He feared to come out. "Yet you are a prisoner where you are!" declared Fran!;. Why l>e so obdurata, Murillo!" But the controversy come to an end tben and there, and Murillo the obstinate was brought to a proper realization of Frank's meanil(g. Pomp chanced to glance out of the observation window. A w1ld cry of horror escaped him. "Glory, Marse Frank. we'se gwine fo' suab to run into a big rock. I rs matle her vibrate like a reed in a gale of wind. But she was fixed immovably in the rocky cleft. Not even the force of tlte waters coul::l dislocate her. Massy Lordy!" gasped Pomp, as be scrambled to his feet, "we mus' hab sprung a leak lint \ime. We'se all gwine to kingdom come!'' No, I think not," said Frank, stea,lily, we are aground, but I don't. believe we are stove!'' "Begorra, there's no watber yet," cried Barney. This was good news. Bnt on t.he other hand, what a desperate outlook. The submarine bout was wedged in a reef at the bottom or the sen. Perhaps she could never be floated again. Perhaps if an attempt were successrully made to get her oil the reef, she might expose a seam, !ill and sink. They would all be drowned like rats in a trap. It was a horrible reflection. Frank passed a hand across his brow and tried to collect his scat tered senses. I At tbi9 juncture Bnrnt>y had gone up to tht> glass window of the pilot house and looked in. Be saw Murillo senseless on the floor. "Begorra, Misther Frank!" be cried, "here's our chance. Shure the spulpeen is done fer!" Frank saw the situation at a glance. Also he was not slow 1.0 grasp the opportunity. Quick as a flash he cried: !()pen Lite window, Barney! Lively before be comes to! Bind him hand and foot!'' "Yez bet 1 will!'' Barney presed a spring, which cansed the pilot house window to fly open. Th11n he sprung in. Pomp passed him some rcpe. It was but a moment's work t.o bind the aut.hor of their troubles. Murillo had just begun to come to. He cursed roundly as he renliZt>d thtLt he was again in limbo. But. this did not help him or the &ituation. He glared sullenly at Frank and said: "Now you can see, you fool, to what a strait you have brought us. But for your folly we would not. be where we are now." "We will die togethe1 then," gritted the Spaniard. That i& poor conso!ation for you," said Frank. "You have run the boat onto a rock, and probably sacriticed all our lives. What. I ought to do is to take your worthless life for it!" Murillo would not reply. He lapsed into a sullen indifference and dogged silence. But the professor had already begun to study the position of the boat. "I'm afraid she'll never float again, Frankl" he said. "Perhaps no:.!" admitted the young inventor. Frank went tJelow first to examinl' the hull. He discovered now what an advantage the long bow of .the Octowus. It had enabled her to slide far up on the rock, without breaking into the main compartments or the boat. That the bow was badly smashed there was no doubt. Bt1t. this would not necessarily imply a fat.al mishap to tile boat .. S!1e might float all right yet. He cmwlelt far up into the shell of the bow. l;le made sure that there was no puncture of the shell. It was badlv jammed but was all. Then be returned to the cabin. There was a hopeful light ill his eJeS which cheered all. "I think we shall float again all right," he said. "Indeed," cried the professor. "How will we gel off this rock?" "I'll show you." Then Frank called for a diving suit. It was brought. He put it on. Then he went out on deck. It was bard for one to keep his feet against the swift current, but he succeeded. Ha crept along the bow of the boat until he reached the reef. Here the force of the current was broken. It did not take him long to size up the position of the boat and the chances for get.t.ing her off the ledge. He su w thu.t there was no possible scheme of leverage that would do It. To dislodge the boat by some sudden shock was the only plan. This could only be done with an explosion. Dy' namite judiciQusly used might do it . So Frank WPnt slowly back into the cabin. As he removed Ilia helmet nil crowded about lnm eagerly. "Well, Frankl" cried the professor, eagerly. "What is the chance?'' "I think it is good!" replied the young inventor, "Yon do?" "Yes!'' This was received joyfully. How will you effect it!'' By means of dynamite IN Is there not a ,great. risk r There is some!" Barney at once in obedience to Frank's order brought a cartridge from the magazine. Frank took it and a coil of wire. Once more be left tho cabin. Once again he crept along the bow of the submarine boat. Then he made an extended examination of the reef. This resulted in the discovery of a deep orifice far beneath the bow of tbe boat. In this Frank placed the cartridge. The position was such that he believed the shock would throw the bow of the boat upward and out of its Light position. The wire was attached to the cartridge and Frank returned to the cabin unwinding it. as Le went. Once in the cabin it was but a moment's work connect it. with a battery. Then all was made ready for the exploRion. When it came there was a tremendous upheaval or the reef. For a moment it seemed as if the Octopus would be destroyed. It rocked and swayed violently. At the same moment Frank re versed the en,gines. The ver.r thin,g he had hopl'd for happened. The boat responded to ita screw ami shot back rnpic!ly from the reef. It was dislodged. Tiley were freed from another most deadly peril. Words can hardly descrihl' the situation. So elated were all that they sent up n great cheer. Murillo below decl;s beard it and gnashed his Ieeth furiously. But ttis did no harm. The submarine boat was once more afloat. So far as utility went she was as well off as ever. But her lines of beauty were somewhat marred as the shape of her bow attested. However, the l!ubmarine voyagers were too keenly overjoyed with the escape from their predicament to mind such a little thing as thiS. Once more the Octopus sped on her submarine course. But this t.ime it is safe to say that the pilot-bouse was not deserted, and a good watch was also I

12 LOST lN 'l'RE GREAT UNDERTOW. The Professor gave a start. That is a logical reasoning," he exclaimed. "IL is well worth entertaining. We will look into it." Day by day now the curreut grew swifter and apparently short11r. It certmnly look eel as if some :teflnitP termination might be looked for. In the bold Murillo still moped in his captivity. His presence on board was repugnant to all. But it was a case of sheer necessity. There was uo possible way or getting rid of him that seemed at all practicable. To throw him overboard might perhaps lle a much deserved fate and well rid the earth of a monster. But none of the party cared to be so inhuman as to takP the life wantonly even of such a villain. Meanwhile Murillo's appPtite was goocl and be did not become any less of a in the bauds of his captors. To the contrary his cunning brain waM continually at work devising some for turnwg the tnbles on them. As n result ha soon wns able to hit upon a scheme which nigh re sulred disastrously !or nil on board. Had the villain succeeded in his gntne, it would bnve the end of all, and the deep sen would have held the trngic event forever nu inviolable secret. Murillo was a dangerous wretch and It would have bPen better for the submnrine voyagers had they never set eyes upon him. CHAPTER XI. MURILLO BEC OMES FRACTJOUS, MuRILLO had in some WD contrived to secrete a small knife in his stateroom. With tt.is he had sawed away at one of the bars which held the door until he hnd nearly severed it. Tile Octopus wns flying nt her usunl rate or speed through the undercurrent when mgllt came, and all prepnred to turn in lor much needell sleep. It was generally customnry for Barney and Pomp to remain at the wheel. They alternated positions, one serving tlle first part ol the night, and the other the last. Pomp bad served his watch, and the chronometer marked the hour ol two, when he pressed the electric alarm which called Bar ney. 'l'be Celt came tumbling out quickly enough. Are yez there naygur?" bb cried, cheerily. Don' yo' see dat I am, sah!" retorted Pomp. Whurroo! How do yez expict any wan to see yez a!ther dark!" Tllls made Pomp mad. He bristled up at once. Does yo' mean dat fo' an insult, yo' no 'count I'ish?'' he asked. "Begorra it's only the truth," asseverated Barney. 11 Yo' look out fo' yo'sef. I don' allow nobody insult me dat way." "Begorra, I'm not afraid.'' And Barney leered insolently at the darky. This was more than Po:n1> could stand. He shook his woolly head and made a dash at bis tormentor. Barney acted none too soon. The darky was lighthing-like. But he was not quick enough in this instance. The Celt moved aside just in the nick of time. The result was that Pomp came full tilt in collision with the doorjamb. It would have brained an ordmary man with ease. It did really stagger the darky a little. But lie drew back recover ing himself quickly. Then he let out a roar like a mad bull. But Barney had acted in the meanwhile. Nearby was a shelf upon which was piled a heap of sail cloth. Barney yanked somE' of this down and spread it out over the darky'a face and shoulders. For a moment it confused Pomp and gave Barney the desired op portunity ol getting at close quarters. Then followed a struggle whicll batHes description. Barney grabbed Pomp exactly around the middle. They went waltzing out into the cabin. The y upset chairs and the table, and tipped things over generally until Barney had got Pomp all tangled up in the sail. 'l'ben he went scampering away to the pilot house and locked the door behind him. The fun was ended. Pomp couhl not get at him. He was obliged to be content with standing outside the door and making hideous grimaces at his tor mentor. "I'll habit eben wil yo' to-morrow, yo' I'ishman!" he erred. 11 Yez will il yez have luck," said Barney, imperturbably. Pomp looked nE!'if he would have liked to smash the glasa and get at Barney. But he did not. Instead be did what was the best and most sensible thing. He quietly went off to bed and to sleep. When he was sure t,he coast was clear, Barney unlocked thb door and came ot..t into the cabin. He quickly set things at rights so that Frank Rende, Jr., woul:l suspect nothing when he should come down in the morning. Then he went back to the wheel. The submarine boat was making lively time through the water. Barney saw some dangerous objuct ahead and was trying to avoid it. In doing so be became unaware of the fact that a dark panther-like form was sneaking across the cabin. It was Murillo. The villain bud once more matle a desperate break for liberty. This time he seen!ed likely to be more successful than before. His form was bent double, great cords were standing olt in his neck, null his eyes glittered like diamonds. He was a murd&rous object at that moment. Tbat lle meant to attack Barney was certain, and the Celt seemed all unaware of the purpose. But a kind fairy warned Barney just In time. Over the wheel and against the roof of the pilot house was a small mirror. In it one could see all In his rear quite plainly. Barney bad been intensely looking out of the window. Some im pulse cow prompted him to glance up into the mirror above him. The sight which there met his gaze nigh drove the blood from his veins. He saw that fierce, hideouH face and crour.hing form. He saw the knife in the would-be murderer's grusp. For a moment be was spel!bound. Jt was like the horrible fa3cination which holds one immovable when threatened hy poisonous serpent. What should he do? His bands relaxed their grip on the spokes of the wheel. His eyes were glued upon the mirror. He saw the assnssin creeping cat-like upon him. Merciful Heaven! Must he be struck it weot like a rocket. Up and up and suddenly emerge:l upon the surface like a cork. Darkness was over the sua. The noi'Se and in the pilot bouse had not beeri heard by the sluepers somewhat singularly. But the shock which sent the boat to the surface brought them out of tl!eir bunks instantly Mercy on us! what bas happened!" cried the professor. Frank Reade, Jr., leaped into his trousers. Then be rushed out into the cabin. A glance was enough. He saw the two struggling forms in the pilot house. He recognized Murillo and Barney, and cried: "Help, friends! The Spaniard has loose again!" "Golly!" screamed Pomp, "he am killin' de Irishman. Lem me mab bands on him."


LOST IN THE GREAT UNDERTOW. 13 And into the pilot house sprang the darky. He was upon tbe Span iard like a panther. Beneath attack the villain was obliged to succumb. He was borne down and securely bound. lt was an exciting moment. Then Barney gave his account of the affAir. It could in no wise be construed us his fault. Tbere was .cause for mutual congratulations, in whlcil all in du!ged. Tben Murillo was addressed tJy Frank. You iultuman bound!" be declared. "You meant to tal;e this man's life!" I did," admitted the wretch, ami if I had succeeded I would have J;i!iecl all of you!'' lL could uow l>e easily seen what a narrow escape it llnd been tor the voyagers. It caused them all a shiver. 1'ake bim back down-stairs!'' commanded Frank. H we ever reach a port I will turn him over to the law." You will never do that, senor," gritted Murillo. Wny not?" a&ked Frank. "You shall see," was all tbe reply the villain would make. CHAPTER XII. WHIC H IS THE END. THE light of day was fain tly showing in the There was no more sleep for the voyagers that night. So Frank did not B H nd the boat back into the depths, but opening the cabin door all went out on deck. It seemed good to get a whill' or nature's ozone. The "oyagers bad all grown a tritld pale with their deep sea seclusion. What shall we do?" asked Frnnk of the professor, have you had enough of t1le Undertow?'' The sCientist was tbouglttlul a moment. We have not solved its ending," he said. ... We do not -know where its termination is!" That is true!'' I wiail we were r.ble to." I thinlt we are,'' declared Frank, if you say the word, back we will go to the depths!" "No," said the professor with sudden decision. "I have had enougil. I don't care if I never see t!Je Undertow again. I say let us go home!" Baruey gave a cheer and Pomp danced a double shu11e. nat am jes' wbn' I say r cried the dnrky, "home am de bery bes' place artah all." So it silall be then!" cried Frank. Let the course be north ward, Barney." 'l'he Celt obeyed. Tile spirits of all uow arose. They were homeward bound, and it was a joyful reflection. Every mile made by the boat now was taking them so much nearer home. Daylight was close at band. Frank had not tal,en his bearings since beginning the cruise. This he now proceedec! to do. When tile sun was at high noon he made tile reckoning and de clared: We are on the thirtieth parallel of north latitude, and directly in the rr.iddle of the North Atlantic O:ean!" "And if we proceed due eaot,'' said the professor, "where would it bring os?" To St. Augustine on the Florida coast.'' "'l'bat wquld haruly be where we want to strike." "No; I am going to proceed northward for ten degrees, and then sail ar and the structure or the bull is weakening. She is apt to go to the bottom any time." Thi! appalling declaration held all speechless Cor awhile. Golly!" muttered Pomp, "dat would be bery bad indeed. It am a long way to swim asho'." Be jabers yez are roight, an' the walkm' is not. good, commflnted Barney. This is a serious matter," said Frank, sternly, and the jokers sub sidod. But what was to be done! Frank could see but one plan and that was to keep a lookout for a sail. It was evidant t!Jnt iL was going to be necessary to auandon the ooat before many days. In some way the news reached Murillo. It bad a curious efi'ect. upon him. He b egan to whine and whimper and beg for his life. "Don't send me to tbe bottom with her, senors!" he cried. "I beg of you spare my life!" "Dhry up, yez coward,'' cried Barney contemptuously, "if yez did go down, it wud be no more than yez rici;Jy deserve!" "Dat am right,'' cried Po111p, "hanging am none too good fo' such as him." Every day fresh evidence of the giving out of tbe Octop\ls was ad ducetl. Her mac':inery ran erratically and she made laborious prog1eas through the water. And what was very odd was the fact that no sail appeared on t!Je horizon within hailing llisLance This seemed strange, for all parts of the Atlantic are generally filled with s ailing r.raft. It se!lmed as if fate had decreed against the Octopus and her p l ucky little crew. To add to the seriousness or the situation, tile horizon began to darlten and signs of a storm appeared. That it was likely to be a bard one was certain. Tbe sen began to roll in huge billows. This was fatal to the hopes of the Octopus. It was plain that she could never hope to outride the storm, to send her to the bottom and wait for the storm to pass over was impossible, for the reservoir gear was broken. It was a bard outlook. The voyagers were stumped. What was to be done? The small boats aboard tbe Octopus were of no service. Frank in vain signaled lor a sail. Then be said in sheer desperation: There is only one hope Cor us." What is that?" as!>ed Purinton. "A raft!'' Ail exchanged glances. "Wonk! lt live tbrough such a storm?" asked the professor. 1 "It could not sink. Certainly the submarine boat cannot live. All will oepem\ upon whether we can cling to the raft or not.'' There certainly was no alternative. Work was begun at once. They worked like beavers. In a few hours they were able to launch the framework of the raft. Heavy timbers us could be ta&en from the Octopus were used. These were spiked and lashed togetber. Then a bulwark was erect ed to keep off as much as pcssible the waves. A j11ry mast and sail was rigged to keep her steady. Then provis ions in kegs were taken and lashed 1 o the raft. Before nightfall it was all ready to be launched, and this was none too soon either. Tbe storm was close at hand and the sea running heavy. Indeed, tbe voyagers had ditHculty in getting aboard. In the ex-citement tbey quite forgot Murillo. Barney suddenly exclaimed: Shure, Misther Frank. will yez let the pirat'l drown?" Murillo!" exclaime(( Frank. "He must be taken off!" This was not a pleasant thing to consider. The of having the villain on the raft with them was by no menus a pleasant one. But there seemed no other course unless the villain was left to drown. But Frank went below stairs and said: "Murillo, we are gomg to leave the boat. You may go with us upon one condition:" "Jesu pity, senor! Do not leave me here to perisil!" I will not H you will agree to wbat I say!" "Anything, senor!" We want to know whether we can trust you or not. We are going aboard a raft. You will oe given the use of your hands an

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Young l:::lleutb and the Bunco Sharps; or, The Keen Detectne's '" iuniug Hand. 45 onug Sleuth an4 the Bryant Park Mystery; or, 'I he Queen of tba Queer In New York. 46 A 50 to 1 Sbot; or, You.nK fSieut b as a Jockey. 47 Yfmug S leuth nud the Express Robbers; or, Ferretioa Out a Mystery ot l ,hA Uailway. 48 Won by a Neck; or, :Sleuth's Best Race. 49 A Strllhtltt. 'l'ip; or, Young :SleutlJ at tbe American .Uerhy 50 At l.ong Odds; or, Young Sleuth's Lightning Finish, st 62 Yonng and tbe Opttrn. House Mystery; or, Mur .. deretl Bebmd tbe :Scenes 53 Young Sleuth Under the Docks of Ne\v York; or, 'J'he H.iver Thieves -.od t.he Keen Dete ctive. M Sleuth and the My Bterious Oocto ; or, A Medi cnl Student's Dark Plot. 05 Yonng Sleuth nod the RiYal Bank :Breakers; or, 'fhe Keen Girl Decoy. 56 Yc.oung Sleuth' s lllaall Light; or, TUe Dark lissterJ of a Eve. 57 Y'ounSleuth &lld tbe Murder in the State-Room; or, A :Mystery of tne Ucenn. 58 Young Sleuth's Trail; or, The Keen Detective After the Boys. 59 Young :,Jeotb s Tenible Dllemwa.; or, One Chance in One Hundred. 60 and tht" Murrler at the Ma.sked Ball; or, Fi.:btir.g tlle LE'ague ot U1e :::,even Demons. 61 YouJg Sleut.h s Big Uoutract.; or, Ul.3auing Out tbe Thugs ot Baltimore 62 Youag Sleuth Betrnyed; or, .!false Detective's Vil l&iny. 6S YouDg Sleuth's Terrible 'l'est; or, Won at the Risk of Life. 64: You.n-'1: SleuU1 tlle .M.an With the Diamond Eye. 65 YouJ.Jg81eulh Accused; o, Held tor Another a U.rime, 66 Younc t:i1eutb's Lost Link: or, Findin" Lost 67 Lust Dodge; or, The Keen Detectivee Grente.st H use. 68 Sleuth und the fsruuggler; or, For Uuele Sum . 69 Youne-Sleuth' s Lightning Changes; (\r, '!'he Gold Br1ck Gaol' 'l'aken In. 70 Youn& Sleuth H.ml the Owls or Owl .Mountain; or, The GbO&tfi tl Blue Ridge 'ravern. 71 Young Sleuth' s LMt. Round; e!", The Keen Detective'd Best Knock -Out. 72 Y JUD& Sleuth'if or. Work Amcng Sharp Urooks. 73 SleuU1's :Seven Signs; or. 'J'be Keen Detective'& MnrkPti 'l'rnil. 74 Young :S1eutl.J on tbe :Stage; or, An Act on the Bills. 75 YounJr Sleuth at 'Monte Carlo; or, The Crime of the (::.&.sino. 76 You.Bg ant the Man witll tbe 'J'attooed Arm; or, 7'l City; or, Waltzing Willia.m'8 llaaoillg Scllool. 78 Young bileutb iD or, Saving a Yl)ung .American fro111 \be l'risou Mines. 79 lou.ne Sleat.b Almost Kaocked Out; or, Nell Blondin' Desperate Ga.m.e. 89 YounJt IShntl.b allC .Billy the Kid Number 'fwo; or, The Hidden Ranub ()f Panhaadle. 81 Yeung 81eatk's lia.ster Stroke; or. The Lady Detective's .1\11\Jly Mlt.sks. 82 Murdered in a Ma.ek; or, You11g Sleuth d the French 83 Young S1entb in Paris; or, The Keen Detecti'le and t.he 84. You.ng Sleuth and the Italian Brigands: or, 1'he Keeo Detective s Greuteet Rescue. 85 Young Sleuth a Dead .Mans Secret;. or, The Mea s-tUe:e in tbe Han.Qie ot a 86 Young Sleuth or, Tl1e Woman or ]'ire. 87 You.n. Sleuth and tBe lturut\\ay Uirons lloys; or, Fola Pnir af Wild New York l-flds. 88 Young :Sleuth at Atila.n\ic Uit .y; or, 'I' he Great !Seaside MysWlry. 89 Young the Detective ill Cllicago; or, Unravelilli:' u Myat&ry. 00 1'Ae Mr.n in the Safe; or, Youug Sleuth aa a lla.nk D$Leetive 91 Yeung Sleuth and the Phantom Detective; or, 'l'be Trai l of llo Dead. 92 Young ISieulb n.ud tho Girl in tllolll&sk; or, 'l'be Lady .M.o.at.e (l"risW, of .Maltimore. 93 Yollnll Sleuth aad \be Oorsican KniieThrower: or, .rae Mystery of tbe Murtiered Actress. 94 Young Slentb aRd tbe Orime; or, The Evi et a. Dead WitneSA. 95 \'ouag Sleuth in the '!'oil.!; or, The Death Traps of New York. 96 Yott.Jtg :::Sienth and tlle 1\:liser's Ghost; or, A Hunt For Hid deB .M:o.ney. 97 \' eu.ae SleuLll & f a Dead Game Sport; or, 1'be Keen 9H Gold; or, The Package M&rkad Z.'' 99 YQn&& Slautb. a.ad. roHey Pet.e, the Sharper King; or, 100 3-:'Y.ork; or, Keen W wk from roadil way t.he Bowery. 101 Yeuc SleaiA and t-be Mft.ti Bell .Ringer; or, Th& l>eont of tile Old OhlU'cll '!'ower. 102 Youn' Sleutk's UD.known; or, 'rhe Man who Oame Beliliui. All above libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to y our address, p o st-p a id, on rece i p t ol p rice Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 38 North Moore Street, hw York.


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