The underground sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s subterranean cruise in his submarine boat

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The underground sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s subterranean cruise in his submarine boat

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test and Best Stories are Published in Enteed as Seoond Class Matte at the New York, N. Y., Post O.Dwe, October 5, 1892. No. 112. { COl'llPIITI} FRANK 'l'OUSEY, PUBLISHER, 3! & 36 NOR'l'H MOORE SrREE'r, NEW YORK. { J'JtiCE } ' New York, July 26, 1895. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 Vol. v. Enteed according to the Act of Cong es.<, in the 11eur 1895, by PRANK TOUSEY', in the office of the Liba ian of C07tfl7' ess, at Washington, D. C. THE UNDEBGBOUND SEA or, Frank Subterra- nean Cru1se 1n His Sub' marine Boat. By '"'" Quick as a flash the young inventor acted. He rushed forward, and with his hatchet dealt the creature a blow just back of the head. It was well directed and given with great force.

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2 THE UNDERGROUND SEA. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $L25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730 THE UNDERGROUND SEA' ; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Subterranean Cruise in His Submarine Boat. A MARVELOUS STOBY OF STRANGE ADVENTURE. By "NONAME," Author of "To the End of the Earth in an Air-Ship; "Lost in the Great Undertow," "The Chase of a Comet," From Tropic to Tropic," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE CAPTAIN'S STORY.; I "MEBBE you don't believe it, skipper, as sartin as my name is I Captain Dan Robbin!!, it'a the troth, I've sailed the sea fer nigh ont.o forLy years, l.Jeen master of a sailing vessel fer thirty-11 ve, and I Know what l'm talkin' about. Belay me, it l don't!" And captain Dan emphasized his declaration by bringmg his right flat forcibly down into the palm or his left hand. Then he hitched up his trousers anll spat out a huge chew of to bacco. He always did this when excited. Frank Realle, Jr., coulll not help but smile at the old man's eagerness. "So yon are pretty sura of all that, Uncle Daniel!" be asked. '' It I ain't, then I'm not D11.n thet's all, mate!'' But I have never heard any such wonderful ph1Jnomenon spoken of in any work of science or geography.'' "Don't keer if ye neve1 did. I hev, and I've seen it! Durn these hies and scientttlc charts! HI was going to sail fer Cniny tomon er, I'll trust to the currents and trade winds an' my own nose, and get there-thet's my davy!" Frar.k Reade, Jr., the young inventor, seated at a table in his pri vate office in Readestown, gazed searchingly at the old sea captain who sat opposile to him. Captain Rohl>ins had called upon him for a certain purpose, and that purpote is or interest to \he reader. The captain hall reau a startling report in a newspaper, that Frank Reade, Jr., had mvented a new submarine boat. What?" gasped the old salt. 11 A boat that I< in travel under water! Well, I'll be keelhauled! They'll have ships sail in' in the clouds yitl" Then an idea occurred to the captain. He was well acquainted with Frank Reade, Jr., and losing no time, set out for a visit to him. What the object of this important visit was we shall soon see. It was certainly nn unusuni one. H seemed that Captain Daniel was, ten years previously, master of a sealing in the Behring Sea. Driven by a storm to the Kamtchatka shore, they sought reful!;e in what appeared to be a fiord, or protected bay, among the high cliffs. Not until they were well into the bay did they notice a tr .. mendous current which was toward the land. It was too strong for a tide, and moreover, t!Je tide should have been at ehb. It was not long before they ma.le the startling discovery that the current ran unrler the face of the cliff with great power. There was not space in height for tllo ship to sail but as the captain declared to Frank: I make my reckoning that the sea nuder the land there, perhaps to the center of the earth for aught we may know. What sort of place it may bel can't say, but I know that there's only one kind of a craft in the world that can go there, and that's a bout what kin sail under water. That's the long of it, mnte, and nil or it." It is to say that Frank Reade, Jr., was deevly interested. He had been studying up some sort of a wonderful cruise for his submarine boat, and here certainly \-as something worthy of his met. tle. He hl).d no reasons for doubting the old captain's word. Then you really believe In the exis t ence of such a tiling as an un-derground sea, Captniu Robbins?" he asked. The ski!Jper nollded vigoroasly. 11 I do," he said. If your premise ia true iL is a wonderful discovery. In all the rec ords I have never tonnd any account of an unlleraround sea.'' Well, in my opinion there is one," declared the captain, confi dently. 11 It bas pr_oved that large reservoirs or fresh water exist deep nuder ground, sa1d Frank. 11 They are frequently tapped for artesian wells. But that a large sea should exist there seems wonuerfulin deed. I am more than interested; 1 am resolveu to look into this matter with you, Captain Robbins." The old skipper d .. nced a hornpipe. "Great whalebones!" be cried, "that's the sort of reckon ing I hke. We'll jibe, and I'll bet my cargo on it! Hooray for a trip to the sea!" Lik_e the report or the contemplated project spread abroad. The ht1ie _c1ty of Reauestown nod the couttry abouL was in a state of grPat excltPment. project was discussed in all circles, and particularly by sci entiUc men. 1 The question of the possible existence or such a thing as an un dergrouod sea was much mooted. But Captain Daniel was cock sure. Rendestown was located upon the banks of a naviaable river which ran down to the sea. o The machine works of Frank Reade, Jr., were connected with this river by means of n canal nnd a lock. In lhe yard was n large tank or reservoir of water, and in this floated the suhmnrine boat. Fronk Reade, Jr., hnd spent much time and stady iu tlle construc tion of the wontlerful craft. It had been a long time before be had succeeded in mastering all the necessary details ot the n"w invention. Indeed lew believed that triumph would reward his efforts. It was universally regarded as impossible to devililll a craft which could travel under water. 11 How is he to govern it!'' asked one man, skeptically. 11 It mny be easy enough to propel it back and forth, but bow will he mak e it sink and rise to the surface aL his plenBure!" Frank had easily mastered this problem, By means of a reservoir, calculated 10 maintain the equilibrium of the boat at any depth this was nccompliRhed. As water was talten into the reservoir the boat begt1n to slnk. A system of hydraulic pressure and valves enabled the reservoir to. be emptied very quickly, and as it amptied the natural buoyllncy of the ooat carried it up wurd.

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THE UNDERGROl"ND SEA. 3 The method or propulsion under water was the same as on the sur f a c e by means of a pair of screw propellers. But the greatest oustacle to overcome was the question of air for. submarine voyagers. '! 'h is was indf the boat. Captain Daniel R o bllins, the m u n who knew just whereabouts on the coast of Knmtcl111tka the entrance to the sea waa located. Barney O Shea, a shock-hendecl, ready-witted Irasbman, who had been long a favorite employee or Frank's, and who was a skilled me chanic. Pomp, a diminutive but lively negro, who was a compatriot or Barney's, and who could not be excelled in the culinary lint!. Four peOJ>le therefore the party was to contain. Applications by the hundreds were received, but Frank said: Four of us will accomplish more than fourteen. I shall not en large the party." "Which is correct, mate," agreed Captain Dnniel. "I admire your cecision." The Search wns finnlly completely equipped and ready for the start. When the day came and ste g lidPd down the canal into the river, a .great crowd sawtber off and cheered her to the echo. In clue tlme she reached the ocean. Frank at once eet the course soutllwanl for Cape Horn, .vbich it was necessary to round. Barn e y and Pomp w e re right in their element, and could hardly control tht!ir e xutlerant f e elings. Golly I lmt l'se j a s' consum e d wH curiosity fo' to see dat ar cnder grounu s ea,'' cried Pomp; "does yo' s'pose dar am nny whales in dnt nr plac e l'ish?" Begorrn., y es will hnve n folne chance to foind out, naygur,'' re plied Baruey Sllure if there is it's moighty little swimming yez will do." "Golly! yo' nm ri g ht dar, l'ish," agreed Pomp. "I amn't no Jo nnh, on' yo' kin bet yo' life on Sler the secrets of the key board. This learned, Frank allowed him to half tbe Lime manipulate the boat while Barney was pot at o t her duties. When the bad reached a point some miles southeast of Mar tinique Frank pro(losed paying a trip to the bed of the ocean. Thus far they had sail e d on the surt u ce f<>r the fact that the boat could sa!l f astAr there than beneath the waes. But Frank reckoned that the bed ol the ocean at this point would be int e resting ground to explore. So it w:. s decided to descend. All went iRlO the cabin. Frank touch e d a which caused all the doors and windows to hermetically close and se'hl themselves. Then be opened the reservoir Vf.lve. There was a rushing sound of water, and then the boat began to settle. Down very gracefully she went beneath tbe surface. The light of day wtmt out. But Frank touched another spring and a flood of electric light illu mined ev e rything. The rays shot fur out into the dark waters, showing the darting forms of peculiar t<> the surface. Down, down sank the .IJout. It se emed as If she was sinking an interminable ways. Then sud denly the bottom of the sea came into view. It unfolded to the view of the submarine travelers like a new and strange country of unexpl o red sort. A forest of seaweeds l o oked like some mighty jungle In whicll lurked the s trangest and m ost rapacious of monsters. A mighty clifl or stone with incrustations or coral had tbe appearnDI.le of the g a teway to a submarine hades. Wonderful indeed were th e eights heh eld in the de e p sea. The submarine boat rested upon a bed of pure white sand which was Interspersed with rare and beautiful shells. All these things were taken in by the voyagers with deepest inter est al!d not a little womlerment. ''By hookey!" I'Xcluirned Captain Donie!. "I'd never have belitJVed that it was so pooty as all this in the deep seal An J only think bow f e w the re are know on't or hev Reen iLl'' "You are right," agreed Frank, wonders beneath the ocean must full. v equul those on land." "Be gorra, tt luks as if wan cud walk out there just the same as if it was air inatid av wather," said Barney. Gully! I liuk yo' wud berry soon fin' out de diffrunce!'' declared l"on.p. "Yet it is by no means impossible to walk out there with comparative safety,'' declared Frank; "at least I can do it.'' "You can!'' e xclaimed Daniel, with a half Incredulous air. replied Frank Qllielly. Captain Dan stared. Yet he was not prepared to believe but that anything was possible for ibis wonderful man who could invent a boat which wou!d sail un::ler water. Hang me fer a harpooner, btit I kain't see qow you can do tba mate!"

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THE UNDERGROUND SEA. "Well, I can," declared Frank; "but I should have to pub on a div!ng suit ol my own lovenuon." "Ob!" The skipper drew a long !Jreatb. Yet be could hardly see that this was very logical. How co11ld the air lines and the air pump be n.an aged on board l he subrnarme boat? Frank llrought one of the di ving suits out. It WD!I._ quickly seen now how the y could he used. They were a new inve ntion o'i"Franl.:'s, and mch dilierent from the ordinary diving suat. They consasted of rubber suit, helmet, and in plnc e of the hie line there w a s up o n tlte diver's back a chemical g e n erator and reservoir. Tbis generated pure air upon the same principal as that which was used aboard the I.Joat. An automatic arrangement kept up the circulation so that there was always pur e a tr in the r eserv oir. It was a wond e r ful invention Witll It one could travel anywhere In safety the bed of the sea for an extended period Captain Dame! wns delighted with the diving suit and was ions to test i t. But Frank s11id: We will try it later.'' Bot just at moment Barney turned the search light to the right of the cliff. This revealed a long stretch of sand and a black objeet in the foruground. "A wreck!" cried Frank. A frigate, as I'm a sinner," cried Captain D a niel. Some old time war vessel, I'll bet my grog." It was indeed a vessel of the olden type, and might laid a ho ndred years or more in tho s e sands. It was well covert?d with sea weeds and the drirt of time so that only by its shape woul d it have b e en known as a vessel. Our submariue VO} were of cour s e at once interested. The old skipper lookAd inquaringly at Frank, saying: 1'hose old frigates sometimes carried a ilenp of treasure!'' Frank was sil enL n mom e nt. Barney nod Pomp were waiting for ordera. Just the kind to ault them cam e "Lilt the boat twenty feet or more Barney," comm'lnded Frank. ''Lay near e r to the wreck. Let us take o lit tle b ette r look at her.'' With alacri t y the Celt spra n g to obey the ord er. The submarine boat was shifLAd a g rnin nearer :o the wreck. All then were enabl e d to s ee thnt in l.le r day she had been a noble craft. Her open ports still showed the outlines or the cann o n muzzles frowning forth as they might have in many a !turd sea Frank went to a lock A r and took out n c o upl e or the diving !uits. "AU right, Captn111 R o b bans!' he s a id, "if you want to take a walk over to the old hulk put on this sui t.'' The captain was d elig hted and made !10 delay in complying. Burney and Pomp WPre to remain and guard the submarine boat in Lbe meanwhile. But they did not !Iemar. Captain Dan was certa in th n t they would find chests of gold aboard the frigate. But Frank was not so sanguine. They entered a small vestibule betwl!en the cabin and the deck. The doors were cl osPd and a vaiye opened. The vestibule filled with water. Then the two divers opened the deck door anti went out into the seo. It was a queer feeling which the old captain experienced for a few moments, caused by the pres sure or the water. But he soon became accustomed to it. Then the two div e rs clamber e d down from the deck and set out for the frigate acroas the white sands of tile ocean 11oor. CHAPTER III. A. C O LLIS ION. BuT before they reached their deslinatipn quite an exciting incident occurred. Frank was in the l e nd and the old captain was not f a r b e hind. AU was exce e dingly light ami pluin in th e gl a re or the s e archhgllt. Suddenly C a ptuin Daniel beheld a terrif ying spectacle. From the Jungle or sea growth some distance to his right be saw a strange monster dart r o rth. It was h a lt fish, halt cr a b and had terrible cntlike eyes with a bale ful glare fixed full np o n him. Moreover the huge cre n ture had started without doubt for the cap tain with the c e a tnm idea or m a kio g him a victim. "Great whales I" cried C a plr.in Daniel reaching for his hatchet, "I don't want to get too farni h u w ith that CUS9!" It was ussl e ss to shout to Frank Reade, Jr. The only wnv the div ers could make themselvea !1eanl under water was by placing their helmets cloae together aDubtless the scene or many a battle between tbe Yankees and the British.'' "There ought to be some gold aboard her. All frigates carry more or l e ss.'' We will look for it.'' The cabin w a s t horoughly explored, but nothing or any value be yond a few coins was round. And indtled s e nrcll as they would the two divers were unable to locate any treasure. Th!!re was but one conclusion to draw. Eatber sh e canieli no money or else she bad been looted before she sank. 'fhe latte r assumpd o n was the most lil\ely. However this was, nothing remained or the crew, not even the sem blanca of a s k e leton. Time and the uction of the water had long since obliterated all. They ha d now been absent some wbile from the submarine boat. So Frank made si11;ns that it was time to return. The old skipp e r reluctantly l eft the wreck. was his hohhy t o find an ocean treasure. But this attempt bad certawly proved rutile. Til e y were s oon on the ocean floor once more and on their way to the S earch. Barney an d Pomp were at observation window watch ing for their r e turn. Reaching the deck of the submarine boat they quickly clambered aboard. 'l'hey were in the v e stibule with both doors clo s ed. Frank then pressed a valve which f o rced the from the vesti bule by pneumatic pre ssure. Then they removed their diving suits and entered the catlin. Barney and Pomp welcomed them with delight. Goll y Mars Frankl'' cried tbe darky, "I done fo't yo' was done

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/ 'l'HE UNDERGROUND SEA. 5 fo' when dat ar big monster got aftah yo'! Dat was a berry narrow escape!" Indeed it was!" agreed Frank. done fqr tbat Lime." men. Much the better way would be to pretend to accede, and then trust to some stratagem or trick to Oti.t"it them. I Captain Daniel WllB So he said: ."Very well, captain. Yon shall look over onr boat!" I thoul{ht so myself!'' said the old skipper. "I owe you my life, mate, and I'll repay the dellt som11 time be sure.'' lt is nothing!'' replied Frank. "I am only too glad to have been able to save you." Barney r.t Frank's order now pressed the reservoir lever. Good-bye to the deep sea," cried Frank:. Everybody rushed to the olJservation window 118 the Search went swiftly upward through the watgr, Up and up she wer.t. Suddeuly there was a terrific sboclr. Everybody was prostrated, anu ror a moment stunned. Then the light o! day was all about. Frank was the first to regain his feet and lleheld an astonishing spectacle. They were ulongside a atrange looking vessel. It was black hulled, rakish and of schooner lJuilll. Its rail was thronged with darkfeatnred, angrylooking men. Frank saw that the strange vessel also curried a number of guns. For a moment the young i nventor was at a loss to understand the situation. Then it da.,ned upon him. He threw open the pilothouae door and sprung to the lever. But he was too late. The schoonermeu had already CllSt heavy cables ovt.r the bow and stern or the submarine boat. She was held Frank saw that no ordinary effort could break theue. So be adopt ed another move. "Great whales!" giiBped Captain Daniel, who bad now recovered. What's all this, mate!" "We are alongside a Brazilian privateer," declared Frank; "evi dently she belongs to the insurgent side and--" 'l'bunder and guDi;!" roared the captain. She's no right to bold us up on the !.ligh seaa" "Whether she bns or not,'' replied Frank; "we are held up!" Show 'em our llag. Confound the blockheads!" "I fear that will do little good,'' said Frank. They are little bet ter than piro.ttwed the lloat's log, its marine license and oUter papers to prove that it was an Amer1can vessel Captain Garlitta, which was the privateersman's name, appeared well satisfied that the Search was an boat. He bowed politely and accepte<1 all of Frank's statements suavely. Then he went on deck again wilh Frank. He took a sweeping survey of the craft an(l a plain light or admira tion shone in his eyes. He turned to Fruuk and said again in Spanish: Did not Senor tell me this was a submuriue boat!" I did," replied Frauk. And she will travel below the surface as well as upon it!" Frank uoddeu. "Per Dios!" exclaimed Garlitta. "What n fine addition she would be to our navy. With her we could blow np every one of the oppoaing navy. Pardon, senor!" Gulitta turned niJ(t placed a hand on Frank's shoulder. Well," said Frank. "What will yon sell your submarine boat for?" Sell it!'' ex-claimed Frank. Si, seuo1! Onr government will give you valuable bonds to a large amount for it. With )OUr b oat we can win victory. Is not that a great dealT" Frauk was aghast. He realized at once the true seriousness or the situation. He made haste to make reply at once. Senor Gnrlilta, I will never sell my boat. I do not intend that it shall ever be used for purposes or war." The Spar;iard's lJrow darkened. "Carombu!'' he exclaimeo. "We will charter it then. Cannot you see? We need your lloat to give us victory!'' That is not the point,'' replied Frank. "America stands neutral in the Brazilian war. We will not lend aid to either side. This is an America:! craft. It cannot li,!!'ht for either side!" Garlitta gave an impatient exclamation and then took a turn up and down the deck. Frank stood regarding bim coldly. The young inventor read his game, but was not exactly prepared for meeting it. Sull:lenly Gurlitta turned. "Then you positively refuse to sell or charter your boat !" be naked. I do!'' replie::l Fronk. A man with a spPaking trumpet, was already at the sr.booner's rail. "'I' ben!" cried the Spaniard, "I must forcibly seize it in the in are terest or our cause. Lieutenant-call the marme&-" Frank at once opened the cabin door and st.epped out. "Buenos, senor," came the hail ir: Spanish. Wt.at craft you, and where in the name or the Virgin did you come from!'' This is the submarine boat Search," replied Frank. What craft Is that?" This is the Gonzalez, privateer of the Republic of Brazil," was the reply, "and we call upon you to surrender as a prisoner or war!" CHA-PTER IV. "Hold!" Frank white nnd angry racqd the Spaniard with clenched bands. His blood was up. "What foolery Is this !" he cried, forcibly; "dare to curry out such an infamous proj ect and you will bang for it. You have no rigt.t to detain this lJoat even for oue moment. I warn you to re turn to the deck or your ship and cast oil your grappliugs or it will be the worse for you." THE PRIVATEER OUTWITTED. FRANK was astonished at this curt and abrupt declaration. Surrender!" he repeate cl. For a moment the privateer captain quailed before !<'rank's wrath. But he was n reckless fellow, and was in for troullle. Yes, surrender, Senor Capituinc. You see, we have you at our mercy. Four guns are already trained upon you." Frank graw angry. But he replied coolly: Are you not a bit previous? What do you take this bout fort" He was determined to corry his point regardless .of consequences. He knew that he was committing an act of piracy upon the high seas, but he llelieved hA could fScnpe punishment. Bow would the truth ever be known! He would take good care that none of the crew of the submarine boat should Ever tell it. So he shrugged his shoulders nnd whipped out h1s sword. Some infernal torpedo craft in the employ or our foes," wus the Senor Capitaine!" he saul, "this is one of the necessities or war. This is an We need your boat. You will not sell it or charter it. Therefore we reply. "You cannot evade us." "Well, you are muchly mistaken,'' replied Frank. American craft. You meddle with us at your peril!" Madre l>ios! An American!" "Yes." The privateer captain looked as if he was disposed not to believe this. He hesitated a 'moment, and then said: I am c o ming nlloard.'' All right,'' replied Frank; but I warn you not to meddle with ns, or yon will get your ,government into trouble.'' The privatear captain's men bad placed a gangway betwean the two vessels. Down upon this they now clambered. A moment more and the privateer captain with lieveral of his men sprang upon th& deck of the submarine boat. carried drawn swords, and matters looked troublous Dut Barney and Pomp stood just inside the cabiu door with Win c'lleaters. must take il." "You will never do that!" declared Frank, grimly. "How so, senor!" "You shall see!" "Pardon. You are under arrest." "Not yet!" Frauk leped back suddenly through the cabin door. The Spanish privateersmen were Ieapi11g down onto the deck. GarHtta and several of his men tried to stop Frank. But they were too late. The young inveutor sprung into the pilot-house. He pressed an electric button, ani! every window and door wns hermetically sealed. are you going to do, Frank?" asked Captain Daniel. "You will Hee?" replied the young inventor, grimly. "Dang me for a mossback!" said the old sldpper, "but I never liked a Spaniard. They're a lot of sbarks! Shull we give 'em a broadside, Frank!'' "Golly, Marse Fronk," cried Pomp, who was with Barney at the cno i n windows. Open de window an' we jes' gib dem bot abot If you nre truly yo' bPt." Frank: stood coolly with folded arms, waiting for the lnvnders to act. The privateer captain bowed with extrav11gant politeness to Frank and saic!: "Pardon, senor! We must look over your s!up. No!" replied Frnnk, I have a better scheme. I'm going to slide them oll the Search's deck h ke a heap or fiiesl'' Am11ricans, as vou say, we shnll apolo2:ize.'' "Then you will not accept my word!'' said Frank. The privateer captain shrugged his shoulders and indistinct comment. Frank said no more. muttered some As be spoke be pressed the reservoir lever. Be kept his word. .He knew that there was little use In j In the excitement or boarding the Search, the privateer gunner resisting the demands of these had left their guns,

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6 THE UNDERGROUND SEA. It was Frank's chance. He knew that twenty feet under the water, the cannon shot could do the Searcb no harm. Down went the submarine boat. Her grappling ropes held her and prevented her from going to tbe bottom at once. But as she plung"''' beneath the water, Garlitta and his men were left flollling like corks in the water. So astonished were the privateers by the sudden move, that all they could do was flound e r about and half dr:>wn. Indeed, they might have drowned, hall it not been for the gangway to which th e y now swam. What was more, the weight and force of the submarine boat draw ing upon the grappling lines, threatened to !!wamp the privateer. There was not a moment to lose, and the crew of the Spanish ship were obliged to cut aw1Y the lines to save their ship. Thus freed from the grappling lines, the Search went downalmost to the bottom. Then Frank ran her a mile or more under water before venturing to the surface. When they diu come up the Spanish ship was seen far away across the wate ry waste. .A. puff or smoke and a distant boom betokened the anger of Garlitta, !:lut the shot never r e ached them. Hooray!" cried Captain Daniel, exuberantly. We mt>t the ene my and gave them a cool slip. Dung my liggerheact was seen at once. The Spanish privateer was left belliod so rapidly that she was soon but a speck on the horizon. Then darkness shut uown, and that was the last seen or ber. That evening in the cabin Frank aud Captain Daniel held a long l:Onfab over the underground sea and its possible extent. The old captain clung to his belief that it extended under a good part of Asia. But Frank was skllptical. "I hope that you will not be disappointed, Captain Dan," he said, "but I fear yonr underground sea will prove but a curious inroad of no ocean current under a high clitl.'' The old cap tam said grimly: "Keep we!l Utl with tue wind, mate, We'll see when we finish tbia vyage what we'll see!'' CHAPTER V. lN THE U NDERG ROUND SEA. To attempt to depict the details of the long voyage around Cape Horn into the Pacitlc would require too much ttme and Hpace. Suffice it to say that the Sanrch urrived there in due time, and set a northward cour s e for the upper Pacitlc. .Across the Equntor lor the second ume the Search sailed. 'l'here were many inducements to stop at island ports on the way. Tbe te!llptation was strong, but the explorers kept their one pur pose in view and did not dev i ate. To lind und the underground SP.a was the purpose. Frank knew tile capacity of the delicate electric t>nglnes, nnd knew that it was limited. He knew that such a long trip must necessarily create much wear and tear. It was hard tv likely sbe would be able tll go another trip even il she successfu!ly withstood this one. So be was anxious to reach the coast of Kamtchatka as quickly as possii.Jle. In this desire Captain Daniel was a partner. Hang my forelocld" he cried, excitedly, as he consulted the chart one day, "it's great progress we are making, Frank'; We shall soon be in thP. Kamtcbutkn curren1." "Progress should be rapid then." "You're me hearty! We'll just slide right down into Behring Sea and then for the entrance to tl:.e underground sea." Everybody was now on the qui vive. As days passed, and It became a question of hours, the suspense was intense. 'fhe great barren coast line of Kamtchatka was visible on the horizon. Captain Daniel was at the wheel now, all the time studying the they were makinl! These waters werE! lam1!lar to him, for many a voyage bad he put on thll sealing grounds. submarine boat stood in nearer and nearer to the coast. Captain Daniel sighted two great cone-shaped rocks, and cried ex ultantly: "There she is! Well I remember the big rocks. Thoy are a gateway. We sail between them into the finest and biggest harbor you ever saw'." Frank was interested. .A.s the Search drew nearer now to the entrance to the underground sea be went into the bow and attentively watched the current. It was eusy to see that it ran in toward the \Jig bay. So strong wae it that its motion could be easily felt as it carried th e Search along. The huge gntl!way to the harbor was a curiosity in itself. The waters rushed rapidly through a deep channel between th e two great domes of solid rock. Beyond was tile expanse or the harbor. Here the current was very perceptible. The boat allot forward as if in the grip of some mighty power, as indeed it was. Straight across t'Je mighty \Jay or surging water the submarme boat was carried at a I!:OOd rate or speed. Then Captain Dani e l point e d straight ahead on !I cried: There are the hlg cliffs. The water runs unller them. Now, mate, shall we in on the current or do ye want to look about a bit first?'' Reverse tile engines,'' said Frank, let us take a look at the cliffs first.'' Tbis seemed the wisest and best move to make. Frank had no idea of running blindly into a dangerous maelstrom or too strong a current which might dash the boat to pieces. So the submarme boat wn11 kept steady and against the current while It drew nearer the ciitrs. It did not require much study for Frank to discover that in one re spect Cuptuin Dnnit>l was right. There wa8 certainly a large body of water flowing under the cliff. How far it extended could not bt> seen but Frank judged ti.Jat it must be many miles. .After somewhile be said: Captain Daniel, I am more than ever inclined to believe that yon are partly right." I thought so," said the old skipper rubbing his hands briskly. I knew you would come to my terms. 1 tell ye, mate, there's a big sea under there!" Frank stepped into the pilot house. He placed biB band on the keyboard. "Well, if there Is we will soon be sailing in it." What are ye going to dor naked the skipper. "I am going down," said Frank. To the botto10 T" "Yes." The next moment there was a jolting and sliding motion catsed by the strong force or the current as boat went down. The electric lights !lashed up. The bottom coulu be seen fathoms below ant! showed drifted banks of sand caused by the powerful current in its passal!e under the cliff. allowed the submarine boat now to be carried along In the current at iLs will. Every moment it sped furl her and further underground. They were surely entering the underground sea. It was an exciting experience. Hours slowly paased. Sttll the bout kept on at the same steady rate or speed. But Frank after awhile noticed that this was decreasing in a steady manner. The current was growing more slack. .After a time it became hard ly perc e ptible. Then he s e t the rays Ill the search-light flashing through the depths. The bottom of the underground sea was not unlike that of the ocean itself. There were the same class or marine plants of curious fish and plant lire. Corulahonntled. But what Frank was most interested in was the question as to what was overhead. Were they in a mighty subterranean chamber of the earth's center, a rocky dome ahove? Or did the water !Ill ils undergrouQd cavern to repletion? Frank waw determineu to know this. So he let the submsrine boat mount upward. Up, up it slowly went. Suddenly there was a division or the waters and Frank cried: We are on the surface!" This wns seen to be true. All rushed Lo the observation windows. What they beheld was really wonderful. They regard e d it spellbound. The underground sea lay placidly upon every hand. .A.s far as the rays ol the search-light could extend this was un bounded. But overhead, at hP.ight9, was u rocky dome. Thtl underground sea in reality tht mightiest ol earth's cavern9, a hollow center in the earth, in which water round tile same level as the OCAan. That there was an outlet as well as the inlet, there was no doubt. The roof of the mighty cavern hung dark and sullen overhead. The searchli!!ht swept aJnng its surface. 01 course Cupt.ain Daniel wus V<'ry triumphant. "I told ye so," he cried. "I knew ye'd find it! Now, what do ye of my yal n, messmuter Captain Daniel, you were right," agreed Frank. .And this is the

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THE UNDERGROUND SEA. I 7 greatest discovery of tills century. An underground seal It is a Thus matters were when a crop of incidents came along in swift dertul thine; to think of!" succession to change the face or matters. "Golly I" exclaimed Pomp. "Am dis de center ob de earth, Pomp one day was on the forward deck when he spied a dark object llnrse Frank!" out upon the of the water. "Indeed it would pass for that,'' agreed the young inventor; "it I "Golly!" he muttered. "What am dat? It looks like a boat." ia as near that much talked of locality as human beings will ever I "A boat:" exclaimed Barney. Share, yez are dbramin', nay. get, I am thinking." gur." Bejallers, do yez 'spose there are any inhabitants In this part Don' yo' be so snah, l'ish. I tell yo' it am somelln berry much of the world?" asked Barney. like one!" "I hardly think there is, unless they are amphibious," replied Pomp was Frank. "l can see no land.'' Burney turned the search-light full upon the object. It was a drift" But for all that, mate, we may lind some!" declared Captain log boat. Two oars lay across the thwarts. Daniel. Frauk and the captain came tumbling out of the cabin at the sum-'' Indee11" exclaimed Frank. "Do you really fancy that there is mons. such, Captain Robl.Jinsr The submarine boat was run alongside, and the dory, fot such it The old skipper shifted his quid. was, was picl,ed up. "I don't know why there shouldn't be," he replie::l; "about every It had nothing in it to explain its presence on the underground sea. corner of the earth is iu!Jabited by some sort of u race of !Iaman But Frank found upon the rowlocks the stamp or a San Francisco beings. It wouldn't be so very strange tr this place proved no excepmanufacturer. tioo.'' The name upon the boat's thwart was ".Ariel.'' "Indeed that sounds logical,'' agreed Frank. "Well, we will keep 'l'bis was all. our eyes open and trust to luck. It would be the capping of o. grand But Frank bad a!ready formad his hypothesis. achievement if we should discover a new race or peopie down bP.rel" "This is some yacht's boat," he declared. ".And was probably Golly!'' cried Pomp, as be stood on his bead, dat would jes' be brought in here !rom the ocean by a strong current.'' fun enoff.'' How long do ye reckon sue's been flouting here!" asked Cuptuin "Begorra, we wud be a reglar lot of Christopher Columbuses!" Daniel. shouted Barney. 'l'hen he and Pomp closet! lor 11 friendly wrestle. Not many weeks," replied Frank. She may have been in the The sul.Jmnriue boat sped on over Underground Sea. water a mouth.'' .A good lookout was kept on every band. The searchlight was sent But her crew--'' In every direction. Frank shook his head. It was speedily found that they were o.lloat upon no small body of That is Cine of the puzzles which may never be aolved!'' he said, water. it Is u mystery of the sea I" Two days passed, and the submarine boat must have sailed rullv "They are probably in Davy Jcnes' locker." two hundred miles in the wonderful Underground Sea. It may bel" The waters were always as smooth us glass. The boat was placed on the deck of the Search. But Frank bad a They could have been navigated by the lightest canoe. The Search rniot belief to which be clung. was as buoyant on the surface as a cockle shell. This was tho.t possibly the craft to which the boat belonged might It was not until the third day or their entrance un
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8 1'HE UNDERGROUND SEA. a mystery. But we had given up all hope of ever seeing the outside worU or fellow creatures again." "Keep your craft steady and we will come alongside." "'Ay, ayl" 'fhe search-light showed the Marguerite to be a hanB'lERRANEA.N CONTINENT. THE young yachtsman paused a moment to clear his throat. '!'hen he went oc:: "It was a long while before we discovered that daylight was not to come, and that we Wilre in sume underground basin of wutPr. "The yacht also lay at the mercy ol a current and could not be navigated. At first the crew were too much surllrisetl to act. "Tben whw they round that the yacht could not be navigated they decided to take to the boat nnd trust to good fortune in finding their way out again into tl:e open sea. "Muriel and I, however, decided to remain on board the yacht. And here we are. This is my story." For a moment after young Floyd finished there was a dead silence. Then Frank pointed to an object on the deck of the Search. "You Ray your crew left the yncl.tt in a boat!'' "Yes." replied Floyd. Was toe yncht'e name on itt" Ariel, yes!" "Is that the bont?'' With an exclamation the yoang yachtsman went forward and examined the IJoat. "Yes!" be said in sheer amazoment, "but how came It here!" "Well," Frank, "we found it adrift nod picked it up!" Was nobody aboard!" Not a soul.'' Floyd gave a gasping cry. Wl.tat can tbat mean!" be cried. "Where are the crew! Can It be that tlley are "I cannot answer tllat question," replied Frank, "but it certainly looks very strange." "It is a mystery," averred Floyd. There wus no present solution of the mystery available. So for the time the matter wus dropped. Frank invited Floyd aut! Muriel ab:>ard the Searcb, and Pomp pre pared a stunninl! meal. Arter this was out of the way, Frank said: "What do you propose to do, Mr. Floyd? Will you remain aboard your yacht!" The young yachtsmnn gave a start. I see no other altemative, he snid. "Unless I can make an agreement wtth JOU to come aboard your boat. I presume you will not care to accept us as passengers." "I don't know about that," said Frank slowly. "Indeed I see no other alteruative for you.'' "You llon't mean it:" cried Floyd excitedly. "Will yQu really takll ns, then! Oh, we shall never forget your kindness!" Indeed we shatl not!" suid Muriel. "What do you take me lor!" sa1d FranK:, grulfiy, "do yon think I would allow you to remain ai.Joard that yacllt from which you could never escape! The yacl.tt cannot be navigated. The sub marine boat can. Of course we are not sure of tluding our way out or this nodergrouod sea, but I think we stand a better sbow than your yacht. "Or course you dol" cried Floyd excitedly, "tbie is a kind act, Mr. Reade!" "You will probably be obliged to say good-bye to your yacht for ever!'' "I cannot help that. Our lives demand it." That Is true. U you have anything on the yacht which you wish to preservll, brmg It aboard. We shalt cut loose as soon as possible." 'l'neu your visit to this place is solely lor the purpose or explora tion!" "Yea: "And you were enabled to see the place by which you entered! What was it like!'' "We bud to enter under water," replied Frank. "You could not have come In by the same entrance." "Theo ther11 must be more than one method of entering this un dergroot!d seat" There may be a dozen means of eutrance and exit. For the latter we will search later." "1 am sutistied.'' The two castaways hastily transferred their effects to the Search. Then Ute l.tandsome yacht was cut loose to flout perhaps to the end of its career upon the I.Josom or the underground Rea. The Search, with ita new passengers, glided away over the dark surface of the sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the crew of the yacht was however uppermost iu the minds or all. On my word, I believe tlJey all jumped overboard," affirmed Cap tain Daniel. What would impel them to do that?" asked Frank. The skippllr scrutched his head. "Give iL up, mate," he said. "It's powerful queer anyway.'' "1 ngree with you," said Frank. "But I hnve a theory." That's the kind or talk. What do you call it, shipmate!" Tllere is no indication that the bout capsized or that the crew were violently thrown out.'' "No,.'' Now perhaps they round a landing place somewhere. They may have got out upon it, neglected to fasten the hoat, and it drifted away.'' The skipper was tboughlfnl. "Meblle he agreed; but how does it happen that tile boat is found so near the yacht! There's no land in sight as yet." Frank cuultl make no answer to this. All be could say was: "Well, we'll see about it." Nevertheless, he clung to his fancy that somewhere in the underground sea lunscued lovers, were in joyous spirits. It had indeed bPen u close cull fur them. There was now a chance that they migllt escape !rom their under ground prison and see home nunt and curiosity. \Vhut tu the oame of Jonah is that!'' asked Captain Daniel in

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THE UNDERGROUND SEA. g mystillcation. a curious looking thing us ever I saw. Are we gittin down to the infernal regions!'' "H so, tben we had uetter be making our pence," said Frank with a laugh, llut it l o oks to me like a subterranean lire!" "Perhaps it is some underground volcano or a sea or lire!" ven tured Floyd. '"Indeed that is a logical surmise!" agreed Frank. "We will BOI.ln discover the trutl!.'' "' But will you dare to venture so near the place!" "Why not!" But-if it is an acti re volcano or anythiog of the sort will there not be some rial> in going too near!" I do not intend to take any undue risk," declared Frank, but at the same time I mean to explore that region if 1 can. Send her along faster, Burney!" "All roigl!t, sor!" It is to say that every voyager deeply was on deck. Every moment the apparent llamas drew nearer and more vis ible. It seemed ua if the whole sea WiiS one flaming mass. The light shot up in great tongues or npparent !lame to the roof or the cavern. On went the Search, even to the very verge of the burning sea. 'l'ben the phenomenon was explained. The apparent fire was nothing more nor less than the creation or some powerful phosphoric agent by a nur. urul process. This was disseminated through tbtl waters and gave them the ap pearance or being consumed by lire. The light was a pow!'rlul oue, anl made obJects as p l ain as in day. The submarine boat glided out upon the blazing sea which now lay upon ev9ry hand. It was a strange spectacle and an odd experience. Certainly cone in the party bad ever seen its like. They gazed upon it spell-bodnd for a time. Then followed a tliscussion as to whether the phenomenon was caused by chemical agents in the air or the water. Captain Daniel maintained that both contributed to the visible end guinetl, and all finally agreed with him. lt was certainly a mugnili cent sight. The underground sea of lire!'' cried Floyd; "truly this is some. thing more tllan one rends about in a story lJookl" "I believe we are the llrst human beings to see it," said Frank. Which is certainly an honor!" "It IS at least a distinction." You are right." The Searcb sailed on over the burning sea lor a while. It seemed a rehef to have all so light alJout them. They sat on deck and chattetl gayly. For some boors they enjoyed tile voyage over tbe sea of fire. Tbeu Barney sudtlenly cried: "Begorra, .Misther Frank, there's an end av this place!" The Celt pointed to a dark liue whicll bull suddenly risen in the distance. Frank cried: "The end of the illuminated sea! That is the dark sea again!" But Cap:ain Daniel cried: "Land, ye lubbers! I tell ye it's land! Hooray! !!'here's land in tbe unueground sea nfter all!'' "On my word!'' t>xclaimed Floyd, "It looks like a "We'll see,'' said Frank. He strode to the se&rch-light and turned it on. The intense glare of the electric light told the tale. It certninly wus land. A coast line in the underground sea. There was the shore upon which washed the waters and clitfs beyond. The \"Oyagers were much excited. One thongllt was in the mit:ds of all. Were there strange people in this strange part or the world? Was it, like the upper world, in habitedf Only an exploration could tell. CHAPTER VIII. STRANGE DISCOVERIES. NEARER every moment drew the aabmurine boat to the strange con tinent underground Pomp wns sent forward with a sounding line. But he rt!ported good depths until the Search was within a hundred yards or the coast. The electrtc hght was all the while kept upon it in a full blaze. The was or course barren and tlevoid or vegetation. Wllether thi9 was true also of the interior, only time could tell. All were anxious to lund. There were some small portable bouts aboard the Search, but there was also the Ariel's bout, which was a good siz e d one. Jnto this Frnnk, Captain Daniel BarnPy and Floyd got. It was arranged tbut Pomp and Muriel should lor the while remain on board. Then the boat wa! pulled away for the subterranean shore. IL was soon high on the sands. All were armed, though. There was no sign of a foe. Yet it was deem elf safer. The subterranean continent was ns light as day, for the glare from the phosphoric sen extended to the cavern roof so far alJove. Up the cliff tbe explorers climbed. When they reached the summit a curious view was spread before them. As far as the eye coultl reach all was a desolated waste of sand and stone. There was little veget:lllon beyond fungus growths and slimy weeds. The former were curiouR in eize and sbupe. Some of them took the form or trees, anu grew to the height of ten feet or more. In places there were perfect forests or these. But living creatures did not seEm to abound on the subterranean land. Nor was there any sign of human lJeing4. The explorers went on !rom one point to another, looking lor signs or human or animal life. It was not until they bud traversed fully a mile th -at they received any sort of a clew. 'l'ben sUddenly Floyd who was in the lead came to an abrupt bait and grasped Fru1.k's arm. "1ti e rcy alive!" he cried. "What horrible thing is that!" "'I' he sea serpP.nt!" Beyond doubt!'' "Look out lor him!" "He is very dangerous!" 'l'hese the excited cries given by Frank and Floyd. But Captain Daniel cocked his rille, and shouted: "Give him a broadside quick, or he'll be aboard of ue!'' "Begorra it's the divii" an' he's afther us!" cried Barney wildly. The object of all this excitement was truly a very strange looking creature. 1 It lay extended over full seventy feet of the aubteranean soil and his scales shone like silver. In appearance be wua not unlike a monster python with the excep tion that his body was !latter and less rotund. Also the creature's head was broad an
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' 10 THE UNDERGROUND SE.A. Floyd was in favor of skinning the serpent, but it was soon found that this would be a long and hnrxamined them closer and then cried: "Begorra, here's the fut-prmts av some wan!'' he cried. Foot-prints!" ejvculated Floyd. In a moment all were by the Celt's side. It. was then seen that he spoke the truth. There in the sand were human foot-prints. It was a most startling revelation. It would see:n to esta!llish the undeniable fact that the subterranean continent was really mbabited. The root-prints led along the beach and were or four peraons. All were bare rooted and their feet were of nor:nal size, exactly like those of the ordinary human But this was but a slight clew or guide as to the real character of the strange natives. Tiley might be giants for all that. At once the explorers were consumed with a feverish interest and desire to see what the subterranean natives looked like and how they lived. They llad now been absent from the subn1arine boat over an hour. All excbanged glances. "How is it!" cried Floyd. "Sball we go on or back?" "Let us go on, cried Captain Daniel, who was always slow to abandon an enterprise. 41 Begorra, so I say!" declared Barney. All eyes were upoc Frank. The young inventor hAsitated. "It may be that we will get into trouble,'' he said. "Stop and think of that. These natives may be very hostile." "We don't care for that!'' cried Floyd "Come on, Mr. Reade. We have weapons to defend ourselves with." Frank yielded. Tue party at once set out rapidly for the Interior, following the trail through the sands. It led from the sea and through a deep cut in sandstone cllftil. For a time it was hard to follow it clearly, but the end was much nearer than they fancied. Beyond the cut there was spread to v1ew a broad plateau wi'h high cliffs back of it. Here was a spectacle that gave all a tremendous thrill. For a mo ment they stood spellbound. There, before them, revealed in all its entirety, wu a city, which occupied nearly the whole plateau. There were long Oat-roofed buildings of sandstone, with long ave noes nod streats and broad squares. The city of the subterranean people," cried Floyd, finally. What a wonderful sight!" "This Is the spectacle of a lifetime," cried Flre in a mig hty colleCLion or ruins. The builthngs were crumbling to decay, and fungus was over flvery thln!l'. Curious liz rds and toads were in every crevice. Certainly this was a death city. could be likened to nothing else. The explorers passed on along the deserted streets. Nothing remamed to attest the character or its former inhabitants; yet the footprints they had followed led down to this city. Whut did It meanT Were there a few survivors residing in the place yet? If so what bad become or the vast population which must ha.ve existed here once? Had they round an outlet and migrated to the world above? Or, as wus more prohallie, had wurrare or a pestilence cut them off! These were hard qnAstions to answer. But while ruminating npon these possibilities and probabilities an Incident occnrred which clP.ured up the mystP.ry. Suddenly Barr.ey pick eel up an ohject and PXClnimed: "Begorra, phwat is this! Shure, it luks loike a knife!" It was a sailor's clup knife. At once the interest o! all was aroused. Burney passed the knife to Frank, who, io turn, showed it to Floyd. The youn!!' yachtsman gave a great start. "On my word," he cried, tllat is Jack Marvin's knife. He one or our crew!" He then pointed to the initials cut in the horn handle. This was a literul revel!Llion. It literally put :l new face on matters. Frank looked at Floyd, ami the same thought was in the mind of each. What l!o you think of it!" usl.;ed H1e young inventor. It looks to me as if we were following the trail of 011r own men," replied Floyd. I believe that Is true." That the footprints they had been tracing were those of the missing crew or the yacht there would eeem to be lit tle doubt. This then terminated all hopes of finding survivors of the extinct race of subterranean peoplt>. That tbey had perished long ago with their city taere was no doubt. It could all be seen plainly enough uow. The crew or the yacht had pulled in the boat us far na the subterra nean land. Tbey bad gone ashore, and the boat bad in some manuer been wusaed away l>y tbe tide and carri e d in a current to the spot where the submarine voyagers had founu it. They were therefore doubtless somewhere in hiding in the subter ranean city. It was in order to search for them. Not one in the party but was eager to do that. "I don't know as I have room for all bauds aboard the submarine boat." said Frank, "but we'll try it." So the search was begun for the castaways. Shots were fired and other menus employed to tbeir attention. Bot ull tbis seemed or little use. No reply came back. Tbrough the streets or the city the explorers rapidly made their way. But search as they would no trace of the missing crew could be round. What did it meanr Had they left the ruir.s and wandered away to some other spot! It wns not impossible. "If they are in this city or ruins they are in hiding," declared Floyd, "or they would certainly answer us.'' "It would seem so," agreeu Frauk. "Yet it may be that they pre fer to remain by themselves.'' Floyd was angry. If that is the case," be said, It would almost be proper to lilt them go to their doum." "Not so bad os that," said Frank. ''We must noL forget that they are human beings, you know.'' Yet they showed themselves almost devoid or humanity." That ls true, but for all that we must try ar:d rescue them." So the search was continued. It enuej in a tragic discovery, which terminated all hope for tha castaways. One or the streets led the party on until they came to a tremendous heap or stone and debris in tbe middle or the atreet. It was easy to at once see the cause or this. "Hello!" cried Frank; "here is a building that hM collapsed!" "That is true," cried Floyd, "and it looks recent.'' It Ia rec e nt.'' Do you supp(}s-" He ceased speaking. At that moment, with Frank Reade, Jr., he caught sight or nn object which nearly froze his blood. It projected from beneath a heap of the stone. It required but a glance to recognize the white upstretched arm or a mnn. In a moment Floyd was pulling away the stones and mortar from the buried man. A glance wns enough, however. It could be easify and plainly seen that he was !lead. "IL is Marvin!" declared Floyd, with instant recognition. "On my word that was a bard death.'' Don't you suppose the others are under thnt heap of ruins also?" asked Frank. I dare say.'' Shall we look for them?" "Yes!" Jn less than an hour the four bodies were recovered. It was easy to see bow they had lost their lives. Walking along the street, without warning the old rnin had fallen. or course it buried the luckless sailors and was their end forever. It lllus a end for them, and made a
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THE UNDERGROUND SEA. n So they set out uron their return to the submarine boat. In a short while they came to the spot where the huge serpent's re mains were. Tllis recalled the thrilling episode of a short wbi!e previous. It was not far from here to the spol where tb&y had come ashore from the Search. As they reached the verge of the chll all looked for the searchlight of the boat. But its ruys were ::10 longer visible. But even this excited no feeling of alarm, and it was not until they bnd reached a spot from when;:e they could see the expanse of water that the fearful chill came over them. Their first impulse was to sweep the sea closely for a sight of the Search. But they were unrewarde(l. It was not visil.Jle anywhere. "Where is the l.Jo11t?" cried Floyd. Then all stood statue-like in silence for some moments. This was broken by Frank, who said hollowly: "My soull she is gone!" "Gone!" echoed Captain Daniel. "Begorra, phwat is Lhe meaning av thatt" cried Barney. "Shure the naygur wud mver go fer any common thing!" "That is right," cried Frauk, "something unusual must have bllP penell.'' "Perhaps she is under the surface,'' ventured Floyd. "What would she he there lor!'' asked Frank. There was no solution of the mystery apparent. A fearful gloom spread over the explot era. hnd become ol the Search! That Pomp h11d proven recreant to his trust was not to be believed. That something had occurred to remove the boat which it was beyond his power to control was most certain. Had she gone down for !!:Ood! Had some current carried her away to another part or the sea! Or-what! In vain the explorers cogitated over the matter. They never came anywhere near a proper solution of the profound mystery. It was slmp!y an appalling fact which confronted them, viz: submarine bllat was gone. Worda cannoL express the true force of the realization. There they were upon the mystic subterranean continent in the very bowels of the oarth, doomed to remam there perhaps forever. Doomed perhaps to end their existence in that terrible underground world, away from Lhe beautiful sunlight and the free air of God's own Was it not horriule to think oft No wonder ghastly pnllor overspread the faces of all. No wonder that their hearts grew cold, tho boat with Muriel, the darky kept a faithful watch of the shore of the subterranean continent. Muriel remained also at the observation window continuously, keepa constant watch for the return of her lover and the others. Time went on. They did not appear. "Golly! dey am makin' a berry long stay,'' averred Pomp. "Indeed I thl:.k so,'' agreed Muriel. "Can anything have bappenedr' "I don't fink so," replied Pomp. "Yo' may be suah Marse Frank be bruug 'EOm froo all rigllt." But what seemed ages to the watchers passed by. They were get ting weary with the vigil. So inteut were they upon this one purpose that Pomp quite forgot to keep a wn tcb in any other direction. This resulted in a startling and unexpected incident, culminating in a disaster which eolln, it was seen, would not be easy to repair. 'fbe first intimation of any trouble was when tile boat suddenly began to rock. "Golly! wha' makes datr gasped Pomp, springing to his feet. "Kain't be no gale comin' up yere." He spruug to the vilot l:ouse and looked aft. The sight which he beheld chilled his l.Jlood. Mass y sakea ali bel" he cried, we'se in fo' it now." 'Illen he started for the automatic capstan to bani up the anchor. Bat hefore he hnd fully encceeded there came a tremendous shock, and the boat nearly stood on her beam ends. The cause of this Pomp bad seen at a glance. Through the waters or the underground sea, a monster whale had suddenly come tearing along. Its ol.Jjective point was the submarine boat and that it meant for it annihilation was moPt certain. Muriel was thrown down violently with the shPzk of the collision. The whale struck tile boat square under the stern and nearly turne:l it over in his passage under. Pomp Qaw that it was necessary to make quick action. He knew from the motion that tlle anchor ci.Jain was broken; then he reached for the key board. He prassed the motor key. The boat shot forward swiftly. But not quickly enough to avoid anojher attack of the whale. This time the monster struck the craft lull amidships. Tllere V'as a temfic crash, a rattling of the machinery, and it seem ed for d time as if the boat most go to pieces. But fortunately it recovered, righted, and sped away upon a new track. This Lime it eluded the whale. Pomp manipulated the rudder with the sole view of eluding the huge roe. He knew that a lew such terriole attacks must result in the total The dnmp malodorous air wns extremely opprt>ssive. Surely there demolishing or thll boat. could be no health in living among all the dampness and fungi. A fearful gro11n burst from the lips of Chester Floyd. "My Goul'' he eaid. "What shall we do?' "We have got n bo11t, messmates," said Captain Daniel, "1 reck on we might try and lind our way out of tliB condemned hole.'' "Tt:at would be enid Frank, "starvation would be almost sure to overtake ns tlrst. We might wander lor years with out finding an outlet to tbis almost limitless underground sea.'' It was therefore neressary to at once get beyond its reach. But to the darky's horror, tho rudder would not respond. The savage attack of the whale in the stern bad in some way twiat ed the chain. The l.Joat was speeding like the wind straight out to sea. '!;his was directly away from the subterranean continent. And this, of c o urse, Pomp wanted Lo avoid. He kllew how necesary it was not to get too far from the spot where his companions had hnded, else be might not be able to find it again. He looked back. The wbal11 was speeding along in the Wilke of the submarine boat. POMP's PREDICAMENT. Suddenly it dipped aiHI went down. NoT one In the pnrty but felt the force of Frank's words most Out of sight in a twinkling it went. Pomp saw a chance to dodge forcibly. tbe huge foe. They knew well enough the utter hopelessness or their position. He placed his hand upon the motor lever to check the speed of the To be sure they might p11t out 'in the small row-boat, but it boat. He pressed it hard. would s e em snler to remain on the land. ThA boat did not seem to at all slacken its speed. Astounded, the There was oue hope to which all clung, and this was that Pomp dar key gasped: would yet show np with the Search. Wha' am de mattnht" His inexplicable ahsence, however, had a most dEOpressing etl'ect. In vain be tried to make the lever work. Each time it refused flatly However, FrunK Reude, Jr .. seemed equal to any eme1ge ncy. tu do so. He at once began searching for the means of snstaiuing life. The truth was apparent. He began to dig m the sands of the shore uu:l found a species of The shoe!{ of the whale's attack bad disarranged the electrical rnashell fish quite pnlatnble. chinery iN some way. Tha submarine boat could not be stopped until '!'here were also ftsh contiguous to the shore which could be enthis was in some wny regulated. snared or totted. Pomp was for a moment transfixed with horror. So that altogether there was some chance for the supporting of He saw the terrible possibilities of the predicament. bumnn life. Springs of cold water were plenty in the clifls. Every moment the subterranean continent was sliding rapidly out This action upon Franl;'s part bad the effect of arousing of view. the from their lethargy. Straight out into the subterranean sea the boat was speeding like Well,'' said Floyd finally, with a deep breath, "I suppose we hav e the wind. got to do the best vre con." For a moment the darky was completely nonplused. He was trem.. Correct, mate!" cried old Captain Dilniel; that's the kind or or bling like nn nspen. ders I like.'' "Massy sakes! wha' will be de end ob dis!" he gasped. Yez kin bet yez won't be shtnck while yez have Misther Frank Through his brain tlasbeli the ready nnswAr. The subterranean wid yez!" cried Barney. Shure he'll foind a wny out av this scrape continent would be lost to view, and eventually tile Search would run :Jit.'' intO tte farthermost Willi Of tile CaVPrn. "I have no doubt that he will," cried Floyd cheerily. 11 We must .But that it would have to traverse m!lny miles to do this Pomp not for!!et that we have a famous inventor in our midst." knew. He snw, therefore. that his one and only hope lay in regulat But Frank said modestly: ing the mncltinPry, if It was willtin h1s power to do so. I trust thnt you will not depend too largely upon me, friends. He !roped that it was. Muriel shared hie hopes. But I shall certainly do all I can to get us out of this scrape." Both were thorongl!IY alive t'> the PXig;Pncies of the case, and So in somewhat improved spirits the ndventurera went to work to I knew that all depended UIJun their coolnPss and nerve. remedy their position as much as poss;bie. Muriel was no ordinary girl. In an extremity like the present she But in the meanwhile what of Pomp and his charge? Left aboard was as cool and courageous as the strougest man,

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12 THE UNDERGROUND SEA. Pomp's first hope was to free the rudder of the twist in its chain. This done, the lloat couhl be guided and the continent always kept in view. He went out on deck and lowered himsell over the stern. He made a quick and accurate examination of the rudder. 'l'hen he Degan work. To get at the twist in the chain it was necessary to unbolt a section of the s t ern plates. This was slow and laborious work and at tiines the plucky darky was half submerged in the sea. Yet he kept at it. Muriel t.lill her part. She kept up on deck and maintained a good watch or the sea through which tbey were so rapidly cleaving tbeir way. For hours Pomp worked desperately. With feelings almost akin to despair, both he and Muriel saw the coast of the subterranean continent fade completely from view. Naugllt was around them 'Jut the entire subterran e an sea. They had now crossed the border of the pho sphorescent sea, ancl were in the midnight pall of darkness wbich hung over tbe main sea. But the search-light made a patbway of radiance ahead showing where they were going. I1 was along this pathway that Muriel sent her gaze, never alloll'ing it to wander. Suddenly as she was thus engaged a thrill of horror seized her. "Pomp!" she cried, "for the love of heaven come quick! We are going full upon shore!" "Golly fo' glory! Mussy sakes!" gasped the darky. "Yo' don' say sol Dat kuin't nebber ba!" There was but one desperate,, thought uppermost in Pomp s mind. This was to save the boat. He instantly reached up and knotted a rope about his waist. Then down into the water he slid. It was alongside the rudder that he slid. He grasped one corner of tbe huge steel blade. Then be twisted hill leg uroun d the chain. This gave him a leverage and he used it well. With all his strength he pulled on the blade, It woulJ seem to require the power
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THE UNDERGROUND 13 Of course it was necessary to get the boat off the reef. :aut was not the very first prime move to 1lnd the other voyagers if possible! With their assistance there would be more certainty of getting aOoat again. Pomp was scratching his wool and trying to think or some way out or the scrape. Muriel turned and said: "That looks like the spot whllre they went ashore, don't it, Pomp!" "Yes, missy." 1 "How far is it down lheret" ".Mebbe a mih." lluriel changed her voice. "Pomp!" she said reHolutely, "I want you to stay by the boat. I am going down there." "Yo' gwine down dere!" gasped the darky. "Yes!, But-wba' fo', missy!" "I am goin2; to !lull our lost companions if I can!" Pomp whistled a tuoment. "1 donA nnk d ere am tl l.>ettah plan, missy!" be snid, "Indeed!" exclaimed Muriel. What is it!'' "Dis chile go down dere fo' yo'. Jes' yo' stay abo'd de boat an' watch lings. Dat be de safes' way!" :Muriel rellected a moment. 'l'hen very wisely she concluded that it would be Lite best to adopt Pomp's plan. So she said: You are right, Pomp. That is the best way. I will remain here and awa1t your return," The darky was ple11sed. He hastily prepared io go upon his er rand. It seemed the best move. To be sure Muriel would be left aboard the boat alone, but. there was no appurent great rtsk in this There were nrms aboard and abe knew how to handle a riOe. Pomp glided over the side and into the wnter. It was but a litlle swim to tile shore, and he reached it in safety. He started at once for the spot where it was believed the e:xp:orers bad landed. He ran on rapidly. At th!s rnpid pace he bad soon covered mile. He was now beneath the clil1's. And as bo turned an angle a dark form stood in his path. For a moment neithiH' spoke. Then Pomp gave yell: Hi, hi! it am Marse Frank. :areas de Lor', I bah roun' yo,' at las'." Pomp!" cried Frank, for be it was, "hello, friends! we are saved. We are saved!" With loud cries of joy the other explorers were instantly upon the spot. In their exuberance they fairly embraced the darky. It was like a gloriou!l transition from the grim shadow of Death to the glorious sunlight or Life. CHAPTER XII. WHICH ENDS THE TA.LE. THE reunited voyagers hastily recited their experiences, but when Pomp iuformed them of the position of the submarine boat, tllere was some dismiLY 111111 fear. "Let us go ttither at once," cried Frank. "We must spare no pains to get the boat alloat!" "What if she uever lloats muttert>d Floyd. "We won't accept that assumption," saitl Frank. So all started for tbe rowbo4t. It was quickly 10 the water and be ing pulled toward the strnnr the reef, This time, though, Frank carne!! a long cotl of wtre aml a cylinder. The cylinder was a dynamite cartridge, though none knew it b1m. He handled it carefullv. Frank selected a place directly onder the rock upon which the keel rested. Here wns a cavity, and in it be placed a cartridge. lle connected the wire with it. Then he directed Barney to take it back to the deck. The Celt obeyed. A few moments later Frank followed him. When he reached the deck be connected the wire witiJ tile dynamos. Now it dnwoPd upon the others what bis purpose wall. "Jericho!" exclaimed Copta10 Daniel; "is that aaf!l, Frank!" "Whether it h or not,'' replied Frank, "it is our only hope. Unless we can gPL the boat off the reef she might as well be sunk." "Trust to luck!'' cried Floyd. "I have fuilb in Mr. Reade." Golly, dat am wbar yo' am right!" declared Pomp. All was now ready. IL wns a critical moment. If the explosion should rent the bull of the boat, then the (ate of the voyagers would be settled forever. 'l'hey would L e doomed to apeud their lives in the terrible depths o( the Rul.>terur.ean world. This wus r e ally akin to death so it can be understood laow really criucaltlle situulion was. All were upon the qui vin of expectation. At the cho&el.l moment Frank pressed tile electric button. The result wns quickly npparent. There w11s a sudden shock, a muffied roar. The water boiled and henved, the boat pitched and leaped forward. Then it glided away a hundred yards over tile bosom of tlle sen. It wns oil the But-was the attempt a success? This could not yet be told. Frank rusb"d into the holtl. He placed his ear to the lower steel plntin!?;. He listened long and earnestly. He full well that if there was a brenk in the sheathing or plating or the bull that it would become instantly npparent in the gar gling of water. Snell a sound would indicate that the boat wa1 sinking. question would then l>e senled once nnd for nil. It would then be in order to get ashore the quicke1t poaaible way, for tbe boat would sink. But the gurgling sound did not occur. The submarine boat floated for an hour as buoyant as ever. did not settle in the water n fraction of au loeb. The joy \ or all was Intense. "'l'hat is good!'' cried Floyd, delightedly, she ia good for a long cru1se yet." 1 think she will take us out of here nod safely home!" said Frank. Have you all hnd enough of underground life?'' Aye!" was the vociferous reply. Then we will start for home this very mom eat," declared the young inventer. It wus b\lt a moment's work to set the engines goir.g. Fra11 k set the course as best be could nod allowed it to go forward at full speed. The subterranean continent faded from view. Tllen they passed he yond the line of tbe phosphoresc ent sen. It wns now groping in the dark for a way out of the underground sen. But fortune smiled upon them. Two weeks of futile wandering in dnrk depth! were experienc e
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THE UNDERGROUND SEA. Among the happiest of all were t e two lovers, Floyd and Muriel. It was a time for rejoiciug. Bot the exit which the Search made was by no means the same by which she had entered. It was doubtl the opening by which the yacht bad made Its en trance. When the submarine boat shoqout;into the open sea,.the sun was high in a cloudless sky. 'l'he spirits of all were on a keen edge. The collet of Kamtchatka extended as far as the eye could. But no human habitation was visible. Our explorers ball no desire to tarry longer in this wretched and desolat.e part of the world. It was associated with too many grewsome incidents and dread disasters to hold any charm. So cour&e was at once set for home. It was decided to stop at San 'Francisco. This would permit Floyd and Muriel to reach their home and friends. It is needless to say t.bat they were grateful to Frank Reade, Jr. "We owe you our lives and our happiness, Mr. Reade," said Muriel fervently. "We shall never forget it." "1 assure you has been a great joy to me to serve you," replied Frank gallantly. Muriel blusht>d prettily. It Is safe to say that all her life she held Frank in esteem. For days tbe I!Jlbmarlne boat kept on its way to San Francisco. It was safe to say that hnlf the distance had been covered when the final catastrophe of this eventful trip had its occurrence. Frank bad noticed for some moments a peculiar heavy rolling motion in the ves9el. The sea was not a choppy or rough one. On the contrary, it was almost becalmed. Bot yet the boat acted strangely. Barney had noticej the same fact and came to Frank. Beo-orra, sor, she don't sail as fast as she has been, sor!" see about it," said Frank, with a sodden chilling fear. The.n be hastily sprang down into the hold. He listeneu awhile most attentively. When he upon deck again, his race was deadly pale. He touched the alarm gong. In reaponse all rushed out on deck. It needed not a second glance at Frank's face to apprise them that some thing was "My friends,'' enid the young inventor, Impressively, "I we have to face the most serious diaaster that has overtaken us yet.'' ..., "Speak up, Frank!" said Floyd hastily. "Don't be afraid to tell us. What is it! Are we--" "We are sinking fast!" For a moment silence of the most deadly, oppressive description prevailed. Then Captain Daniel said: Messmates, let us meet our fate like men. Davy Jones' locker ain't the worst place to lie! Can notlung be done, Frauk?" "We can take to the boat,''.said Frank, "but we are hundreds of miles from land, and the chance of being picked up by a vessel is remote." "Well," said Floyd, finally, "If we must give up the ship, let us perpetuate our lives as long as we can. It will be no worse to go do1vn In the rowboat than aboard.the ship." This was true. Pick up snell effects as you can carry and need,'' said Fra(\k. "Launch the boat at once!" Barney and Porn;> hastened to obey the command. The boat was quickly in the water. The Search was settling fast. The water had reached her machin ery, and she lny helplessly water-logged. It was but a momeut's work for the voyagers to embark. They were able to pull scarcely a hundred yards away when the Search went down. Down Into ocean depths, never to be raised again. For a time what seemed like an awfoi pall settled down upon the castaways. All sat gloomily in the bottom of the boat. No elrort was made to row. It was useless. All that could be done was to drift and trust to luck in meellng a ship or reaching land. The first would send them to the bottom. Their livea hung upon the slenderest thread yet. Darkness settled down. After a time exhausted nature yielded and they slept. Something woke Frank. be never knew what. But starting up suddenly he saw lig!Jts 11asblng before him. He heard a hoarse voice say: I "Avast there, starboard watch. Hold your lantern. 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Jr . tlnd Hie E lectric Coach; or, 'l'he Search for the Isle o f Diamonds. Part I 59 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Klectric Uoaell: or, The Sea,ch for the Isle of Diamonds. Part Jl, 60 Frauk Reade, Jr. and His Magnetic G-un-Carriage; 61 or, Lost In the Land of Urimson :Sno'". Part. I. 62 Frank Rende ,Jr.'s E lectric Ice Boat; o r, Lost i n the I.a.nd of Ur i ml!on Sno.v .Part IJ. 63 Frank Reade. Jr. and His En of the Clouds: or, Chased Around tbe World in tbe ;Sky. 64: Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electnc Qyclous; or, Thrilling Ad t"entures in No Land .Part. I 65 Reade. Jr.'s Electric Cycloue; o r 'l'brilling ventures in No Man's Land. Part li. 66 The Su n ken Pirate; or. li"runk Reade, Jr., in Search or a. T reasure P.t tile Bottom of the Sea.. 67 Fra.nk Reade, Jr .. and Hi8 Electric Air-Boat; or, Hunt-68 Jr, Among the (Jowboys New Etect.ric Oaruvan. 69 of Frank 70 :Frank Reade, and HiH .hlectric Prairie Schoo n er; 71 of the 72 the Ivory Hunters With His New .h;lectric Wagon. 73 Six Weeks in tbe Clouds; or . F'rank Rende, Jr.'s Air Shiv. the 'J'hund erbclt of the Skies. 74 Frank Reade. Jr. s Ji lectric Air Rucer; or, Around the Globe in Thirty Days. 76 Fra.uk Reade, Jr. and His Flying Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift in the Frozen Sky. 7ti l frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Se& Engine; or, Jluntiug for A Sunken Diamond Miue 77 Frank Reade, Jr. Kxploring a. Submarnine Mountuin; or, Los-. at t.lle Botoom of the f:ieK.. 78 Frank Reade, Jr.'s E lectric Bncl{boa.rd: or, l'bri lling Adventures in Nflrth Aus traliK.. 79 Sea Serpent; or. 80 ]'rank 'Reade. Jr."s Uesert Explorer; or, The Underground Oit y of t.he Sallarn. 81 .Part I. 82 Fra11k Reade, Jr. s New Electric Air-Ship, the "ZeFrom Norl.ll to South Around the Glol..le. 83 Across the Frozen Sea; ort Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Snow Uutter. 84 Lost in tbe Great Atlantic Valley: o r, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Submarine Wl)nder, tile .. Dnrt ... 85 Reade, Jr., and His New Electric Air-Ship, the .. Eclivse;" or, Fikhting the Obineee Pirates. Part I. 86 87 Frank Re!lde, Jr.'s or the Prairie; or, Fighting the Apaches in the J'ar 88 Under tne Amazon for a. l 'housaud Miles; or. Frank H.ea.de, Jr.'r Won derruiTri,,. 89 Frank Re&de, Jr.'s Search for the :5ilt"er Wbnle; or, Under ti.Je Ocean in tbe E lectric'' Dolphin." 90 Frank Ue: 1de, Jr.'s CAtamaran of the Air; 01", Wild and Wonderful Adventures lD Australia. 91 Frank Reade, Jr.' :Search For a Lost Man in His Lat est Air Wonder. 92 }frank Reade, Jr. In Central India; or. The Search For the Lost :Silvants. 93 Re&de Jr.'s Wonderful 94 Over the Andes With Frank Reade, Jr., io His Ne\v or, Wild A4tventnres in Peru. 95 Frank Reade, Jr.'s 'Vhirlwind; or, 'l'be l\IJ'St&ry of the liidden Canyon. 96 Under tbe Yellow Sea; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the (.lava of Peurls With His New :Submarine Oruiser. 97 Aronud the Horizon for l'en Thousand l\files; or. Frank Re&de, Jr.'s Wonderful 'l'rip W ith Hts Air Ship. 98 Frank .l{.ende, Jr.'e: "Sky Scraper;" or, North and Sou1 h Around the World 99 or, Frank 100 From Ooaflt to Uonst; or, Frank Reade Jr. s Trip Across AfriciL in H i s Electric 11 Boomerang." 101 Frn.nk Reade, Jr. and Hie Electric Cu.r; or, Out\\'it-102 tba 1\loon; or, Frank Reade, Jr. ' Great Trip With His New Air-Ship, tbe "Scud." 103 100 l\1iles Below the Surfac e of the Sen.: or, The MAr velons 'L'rip or Frank Reade, Jr.'s Hard-Shell" Submarine Hoa.t. 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frn.nk Reade, .Jr.'s Thrill ing Search for a Lost Gold Claim With Hi3 New New W 105 Around tile Arctic Circle: or, Frllnk Reade, Jr.'s Most Famous 'l"rip With His tbe 'Orbit." 106 H.eade, Jr.'s Submar-1 07 From th"' Nile to the Ni$ter: or, Frnnk Reade, Jr )4os t in the Soudan With His" Overland Omnibus.'' 108 'l'b e Chase of a. Comet; or, li'ra.nk Reade Jr.'s liost Trip Witll His .New Air-Sbip the 109 Lost. in tbe Great Undertow: or, Franlr Reade, Jr.'s Snb:narine Oroise 1n the Gulf f:itleaw B y t h e a u thor o f Y oung Sleuth. Price 5 Cents. No. 61 52 House ltlyetery; o r Mur53 Young :Sleuth Under the Docks of New Yorki or, T h e H.i\l'er the Keen Detective. M Yout>g n.nd the Mysterious Doctor; or, A cul Student's Dark Plot. 55 You.ng Sleulb and the Rial Bank Breakers; or. f h e Keen Detective' s Girl Decoy. 56 Young Sleoth" s Flub Light; or, The Dark Mystery of a Wddding Eve. 57 Young ard tl:le Murder in t.he Stat.e -Room; o r, A My s tery of tne Ocean. 58 Young Sleuth' s Long Trail; or, 'fhe Keen D etective .After the Jamel! Boys. 69 Young ::,Jeuth's Terrible Dilemma; or, O n e Chance i n One Hundred. 60 Youog Sleuth and Murder at the Masked Ball; o r Fiahting t.lle Leaeue ot" the ::,even Demons. 61 Young Sleuth"& Big Contract; or, lll9auiog O u t the 62 or, 'l' h e !t 'allile D etective's Vil-l ainy. 63 Young Sleuth' s Terrible Test; "or, Won at the Riek o f Lire. 64 Younrc Sleut.lJ and the Man With the Diamond Eye. 65 Youl6g tsleuth Accused; o,, Held tor Anot.ber s Urime. Grell test H u1:1e. 68 Yonng S leuth ttn d the Femal e fsmuggler; or, Workin g For" U11cle Satm ."' 69 Yonng Sleutll' s Lightning Obanges; C'r, 'l'be Gold B rick Ga.ne'l'nken In. 70 Sleuth and the Owls ot Owl M ountain; o r I T h e 71 The Keen Detective' Best Knock-Out. '12 Young Sleuth' s :Sharps; or, Sharp Wo r k .Among Sharp Crooks. 73 Young Sleuth's :Seven Signs; or, The Keen Detec tive's. ltlnkPd Trail. 74 YofiftfM.SJeutll OD the St.age; or, An Act .Not. o n the 75 Young S l euLh at 1\:lont.e ()arlo; or, The Orime o f the Casino. '16 Yonng :Sleuth and the Man with the l 'a.ttooed .A.rn1 ; or,. 77 Ci\y; or, Waltzing William's Oaucing School. '18 Young :Sleuth in t;iberi; or, Sa.viog a Youn American from the l"1ison Mines. 79 Young Sleuth Almost KnO<:ked o r, Nell Blondin s Desperate Gnme. 80 Young :ShmLb n.ud Billy the Kid Number 'two; or, Tbe Hidden RAnch of the Panb111.ndi e 81 Young t;leutb"8 1\la.ster or, The Lady DetecMnuy :P.iasks. 82 : M:nrdered iu a Mask; or, Youn&' Sleuth at the Freneb Ball: 83 Youog Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen Detective a n d the Bomb-'l' browera. 84 Young S l e uth and tlle Italian Brigand&: o r 1.'be K eenDetective & Grentest Rescue. 85 nnd a Dead Maus Secret; or, T h e M.esI&Ke in tlle Unndle ot a Dagger. 86 Young Decoyed; or. '!'be 'Voman of Fire. 87 Young :SleuLb and the ltuna"An.y <.:ircna Boys; or. F ollowing a Pair of Wihl York Lads. 8 Young ::Sleuth at Atlantic City; or, 'I'll a Great Seaside Mystery. 89 Young Sleuth, the Detective in Chicago; or, Unravel in.c n .My-stery 90 'fhe MAn in the Safe; or, Young tileuth as a llank Detuctive. 91 Youoaf:ileuth and the Phantom Detective; :>r, 1'h& 'l,ra1l of the Dead. 92 Young :Sleuth n.nd the Girl in the Mask; Ol'. The Lad7 Monte Cristo of Baltimore. 93 Young and Lhe Unrsican Knife.'J.'hr o we r : or. l 'I.Je Mystery of the .Murdered Actress. 94 Young Sleuth and the Unshisr"s Crime; or, The Evi dertce nf a Deatl Witne8s. 95 Young Sleuth in the 'l'oils; or, The Death Traps o f N"w York 96 Yo ung :Sleuth n.nd the Miser's Ghost; o r, A Hunt For Hidden Money. 9'1 Young S leuth as n Dead Game Sport; or, 'l'be Keen Detective s ltuse for 110,000. Young Sleurh and the Gypsies' Gold; or, The PackageMarked." Z." gg Youne S leuth and roliy Pete, the Sharper King; or, 'l'lle Keen Det.Pctive's LotterJ GAm e. 100 Young i n tlJe ot New York; or, Keen W01 k from Broadway to tbe Bowery 101 Younll :Sleuth and the M1td Bell .Ringer; o r, !'beSecret of the Olrl {)burch '!'owe r 102 Y Gung :Sleut.b's Unknown; or. The Man who Oame Bebind. 103 Yonng f)Ieutb' s Great Swamp Search; or, The lfiss ... G irl of Everglade. 104. Young Sleutli and the Mad Doctor; or, The Seveu Paisoned Powder s. 105 Young Sleuth's l:Sig Bluff; or, S imple SrLIIie'sl\1iesion. 106 Young Sleuth's Great Contract; or, l'be Keen D e tective's Oouble 107 Younll Sleuth' Night Wa.tch; or, 'J'he Keen Detectiy& Guarding .Millions 108 Sleuth and the Mystery of the Dark Room; or, The Crime of the Photocrapb Gallery. 109 Young Sleuth and the Gol d bbip Robbery; or, ing Hold Orooks on an Ocean :Ste amer. 110 and the Great Mine .lttystery; or, Mur dered Unaer Ground. 111 Young Sleuth and tbe Runaway Heiress; or, A Gi rt. Wortb Millions Alllone-Dee"erate Orooks 112 Young Sleuth and the Haunted Mill; or, The Phan toJD Mystery of Dark Dell. All t h e above libraries are f o r sale by all n ewsdea l ers in the United States and C anada, or sent to y ou r address postpai d, on receipt o f price. Address P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


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