For six weeks buried in a deep sea cave; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great submarine search.

For six weeks buried in a deep sea cave; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great submarine search.

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For six weeks buried in a deep sea cave; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s great submarine search.
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N Lates t and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Entered as Second Class Matter at the New York, N Y., Pos t O.Dtce, October 5, 1892. No. 115. {COM P LETE} FRANK TOUSEY. PPDLISHIIlR, 34 & 36 NORTH MooRm S't'RIIllllT, NEW YORK { l'ltiCE } New York, September 6, 1895. Issumo WEIIlKLY. 5 CENTS. Vol. V. Entered according to the Act of Congress in the veu1 1895, by 'l'OUSEY', in the o(Tlc e o(the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, TJ. C FOB SIX WEEKS BURIED IN S UBMARINE SEARCH. or9 B y '" '" "'Begorra., here goes!" cried Barney, as he fired at the monster. The bullet struck the h ard shell ot the giant crab, but rattled oft' like a pebbl e. A dozen shots were thus fired without avail. Then Frank cried: "A1m for the eye! 'l'ake steady aim and hit it!" Thi s was no d i ffilUlt thing to do. The creature's eyes w e r e as big a a saucer plates.


2 FOR SIX WEEKS BUIUE 0 IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY b y the y ear i s $2.50; $1.25 per six months, po s t paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. For Six Weeks Buried in a Deep Sea Cave; OR, WONDERFUL .3TORY OF By "NONAME," .Author of "The Mysterious Mirage," "The Underground Sea," "To the End of the Earth in an Air-Ship," "Lost in the Great "The Chase of a Comet," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. DBSOitiBBS THE INVENTOR AND BIB INVENTION, THE new submarine boat wna all completed and lloated in the basin i n the yard of Fmnk Reaue, Jr's., machine works In Readestown. This basin or lank wns full twenty feet deep and connected with a canal which led down to tile river, which wns navigable to the seB. The "Pearl'' was the name of the new ilventlon, and It wns truly the wonder of modern Urnes. It was no ortllonry feat to have con quered the mighty probl"m of 3obmurine navigation. Frark Reatleo, Jr., Sptledlly was made aware or this. He wna fairly deluged wllh letters from all parts of the world, Some of these were from parties who t!es1red to recover sunken treas urea or locate submarine goltl mines. Others were from officials high in authority in foreign nations, otleriog fabulous prices for the secret of the boat's construction. But Frank Reade, Jr., only laughed at these oll ers. He said: "I will never sell any secret of mine to a government to be used for purpo ses of w n rfare." And in this rPsolution Frank Reade, Jr., was qoite Independent, for he was posso:lsRed of large wealth. The Pearl waa a motlel or beauty and grace. Its lines were unlike that of auy orJi nary craft, resembling some what the build of a monitor It had three turrets, which were revolving windows protected by heavy plate glass. The ma t erial of which the hull was constrocted was hardened steel thin but extremely toogh. The procesa was Known only to the iuveotOJ. A brasR guardrail ex t ended the whole length of tl;e vessel and pro tected the decks. The Pearl had been built narrow of beam and for speed. Each turret had four windows protected by plate glass, and a door opening from a vestibule. short masts arose also from the center of each Lurret. 'rbere were also large plate glass observation windows in the hull of the su!>marioe boat. From t he Interior of tlie boat by this means the bottom of the sea be kept const a ntly in view. In the forward turret w a s the pilot house with the steering gear and the electric key board, for the motive power of the Pea.rl wna elec tr: city. Perhaps at this point it might be well to take a look at the interior Of the bOat, I Tbia wns the most wonderful part of it. Stepping Into the main turret one was struck by the elegance of the furniture and furnishings. It was a amnii chamber, of course, lmt was nevertheless lltted up lit for n ki11g'e atode. Next to tht' main cabin was the dining saloon. This was admirably equippoo. Then came the staterooms, and next the pilot hous11. Undar tbe pilot house wna the electric enl!;iue room. Here were the wonderful dynnmos ami system of storage, the secret of which \\lO.II known only to Frank R ade, Jr. Bot the most wonderful thing of all was the system devised for tbe n.ising and lowering of the boat. This was done by means of tanka, which, when filled with water from valves caused the boat to Hink. When this water was expelled by the pressure of compressed air then the boat would Next was the proi.Jlem of furnishing the boat with a constnot sop. ply of fresh air. 'l'hls seemed a conundrum so far under the surface of the sea, bot Fmnk had solved it. He ha.J skiilfolly perfected a chemical generator of which I could furnish uir for all pnrts of the bonL through various tubes and vnlves. 'rills was so devised that it could also .1eatroy all the poisoo1 ous nod vapors. This eo a hied the sobmarine voyagers to travel with impunity at any depth and for any length of time. They could remain for weeks unuer the water without ill effects. We have tbos the reader a verJ incomplete account of th11 submarine boat Pearl. It would not now be amiss to Introduce the voyagers who were to tak11 the first trip In this wonderful boat. First, there was Jr., the youn:t Inventor. Then came two employees, Bnrney, an Irishman, with n fund or wit inexhaustible, ar.d Pomp, a negro, as full of fun as a nut ie of meat. Th e re was nPxt Doctor Calliope the prAsident of the American Society of Pisciculture. A very learned man, iudeeci, wns Doctor Calliope. He was tnklng the voyage for the purpose of studying marine life anti fish of the dG!'p sen. Yon are the greatl'&t benPfactor of science of modern times, Mr. Reade," enid the doctor, "only think of it. A sollmnrlne voy age and the most wooderlul opportunity to explore the ocnnn depths I'Ver known. And to think that I am the favored one. Ought I not to be happyf' I'' Indeed, doctor, I am pleased that you regard tl1e all'nlr so eothus instically," said Frank. "I hove yon will find your dearest hopes rewarded." Begorra, I hope we'll not get swallowed by any big whale down therA," sal

) FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A. DEEP SEA CAVE. 3 "Phwat's that yez say!'' he cried, excitedly. "An' phwat's the raison, pra v !" "Massy Lordy, yo' is too green fo' to set steady on his stomach. Yo' berry much worse dan u bull watermilyun." Barney shook his red mane agl!ressively. Shure that's an insult to a thrue son av the Emerald Isle!" be cried. "I'll have a full out av yez fer that!" Don' yo' trubble dis chile!'' warned Pomp. "I ain' de bit afraid ob lO'!" "Yez ain't, ell!'' roared Barney, ns he made a dive at the darky. The coon eludeli him partly but Barney caught him by the knee. Unfortunately were a little too near the tank. Barney lost his balance and went over the elige. or course be pulled Pomp after lum. And down they went spluttering and s plasbing. Both could swim like ducks, so there was no danger. Frank and the doctor watched them lauglling heartily. Tho3y scrambled out dripping, abashed, and with their ardor much cooled. They slunk away to the engine room to dry their wet clothes. It was a case or even up. Preparotwns went forward rapidly for the great under sea cruise. Workmen were buey getting the machinery into npplepie order and putting storPs ahoarli her. or cotrse the usual coteri9 of newspaper repot-ters appeared, and tried to learn all the secrets of the boat. But the yard was kept closely guarlied, and it was not easy to this. A close outlook wus ulso kept for tramps or cranks, who would not hesitate to do the bout harm. One day the Polar! Jloateli in the tank, all equipped and ready for the start. No objective point had been nnmed, no definite purpose. It was enough that they were to sail the ocean deptns aud explore its won d e rs. Dr. Calliope was right in his element. He bad cubinets and scientific Instruments carried aboard the boat tor use in the research. The atartmg hour at len!;th arrived. All was In readiness. Workmen were at the gate of the lock ready to open it. Frank, with Pomp and the doctor, stood on deck. Barney was in the pilothouse ready for the start. He waited tile word from Frank. A band played outside. Throngs of people were the river bank watting for the boat to appear At just the right moment Frank made the elg'nnl to Barney. The Celt pressed the electric key, the canal gate opened, and the boat glided into the canal. A few moments later it had traversed the distance to the river. As it emerged upon the river current tremendous cheers went up from tbe crowd. Frank and the doctor waved Jlags and .the boat mo\ed away down the river. The j!"reat cruise Wll8 begun. Barney put on all speed and Readestown was left fur behind. It was not a long run to the sea. Once in the salt water a practical test or the working powers of the boat was made. It descended to the bottom, sailed nt various elevations under water, and oLherwlse prove ,ll itsel a great triumph. But it was necessary to get many miles from land before any woners or the sea depths would be found that would be worth noting. So the Pearl put straight out for the middle of the ocean. Then it bore aouth tor equatorial s .. as. It was there that the doc ter expected to meet with the widest tleld. The submarine boat proved a fast sailer. and so it happened that i$ &eemed no great lapse or time wllen Frank Rende, Jr., came on deck one day and 11aid : "We are now In equatorial seas. What say you, Doctor Calliope! Is this a favorable spot to descemlf' Indeed, I believe it Is," agreed the doctor. Is it agreeable to _you, Frank!" Perfectly." With which Frank turned and called to Barney: Let the boat descend," he said. "All roight, sor;' replied tne Celt. Then there was a scramble by all to get Into the cabin. CHAPTER II. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. BARNEY touched a spring, which hermetically sealed every door and -window aboard the boat. Then he pressed the reservoir le'l'er. The compressed air was driv en from the tank, and the boat began to sink. Down she went rapidly, Pressing a button, the interior or the boat was set ablaze with elec tric lights. Then the great SParchlight sent its rays for hundreds or yards In every direction through the water. Down-down &ank the hont. "That is queer!" cried li'rank. "Is there no bottom here?'' The pressure on the boat now to be felt. But just as the young inventor Wll8 beginning to get really alarmed bottom was seen. And such a wonderful spectacle as it was. Barney held the boat in suspension for a few moments, looking for a suitable landing place. T11is it was uoL easy to find owing to the dense marine growth which here covered the bottom or the But tlually a spot was found upon a high rock. The bout settled down upon it. From this point of vantage the voyagers could look In ull directions and see the wonders or their positiou. 'l'o attempt to describe It all in detail would require too much space. T!lere were forests or marine plants, many or them growing fully twenty feet high; coral recesses and reefs, rock cuverns, and all hoi d some form of lisb life. Every kind or strunge fish and sea monster thronged the submarine for'lst. Dr. Calliope was right in his element. He studied them at tlrst with a powerful glass; then the desire to acquire some of the specimens was too powerful. 'l bis led hi111 to descend to the keel or the boat, where a small was arrungad. Here he could manage by au Ingenious couLrivnnce to recover specimens from the immediate viciuity. After some time spent in this manner, Frank started the boat fot a new quarter. It sailed away over the marine f:>rest at a convenient and safe height. The search-light was kept busy all the while. After awhile the topography of the ocean bed hegun to change. The marine forest was succeeued by a levol Jllain or purest white sand. Here were shells of rich and shapes and huea. They made an extremely beautiful and brilliant spectacle. Sume of these specimeus the doctor was very anxious to secure; this largely augmented his collection. For some while the boat gUlled on oYer the plain of sand without any incldllnt or great note. It was uot until toe scene began to chonge showing conglomerations of rocks, that any Incident of an exciCmg sort occurred. Tllen Pomp, who was looking out or one or the observation win dows, l!udtlenly Massy Lordyl We am gwine to be smashed snah. Look out dar, l'ilih!'' Barney, who wns in the pilot bouse, soddenly jammed the helm around. He saw the peril and was jgst in the nick or time. A monster wllnle had uove straight for the boat with jaws wide open. Had the leviathan struck the boat, it would have been the end of it. But Burney's action Just caused the whale to miss its aim. It went hy tl.e boat like an arrow oot or a bow. "Whew!" gasped the docto r, "that wus a close shave." Dook outl" cried Frank, he is coming back!" This was true. Bejnbers he'll have a race to catch uel'' cried Barney. And he put on all speed. The boat ran on like lightning and the whale pursued it. The monster overtook the boat and gave it a glancing blow on the side. ll rank saw that something desperate had got to be done. So he called all into the pilot-bouse. Euch stood upon a stool with g;nss legs, and Frank pressed a button which sent the electric current into the steel hull. The whale turned and came again lor another glnncing blow. He met with a hot reception this time, to be sure. It must ba\"e been a momentary surprise. The moment he touched the boat there was a ahock, a terrific recoil and the water bollPd hKe a caldron. '!'he whale shot oil" several ynrus from the boat nnd appeared to be in the throes of death. It quivered and struggled violently and lay upon its back. It is a death blow!" cried the doctor. What power there is in ele<:tricity," Don't be too sure of it," cried Frank, "death should be instan taneous." Begorra, he's coming to loire already," cried Barnoy. This was to be true enough for the whula slowly and convnl sively regained an upright position and then swam rapidly away. It did not renew Ita attack upon the submarine boat. There was no doubt but that it bud had all the nonsense knocked out or it, and was bound to respect its powerful antagonist. One t'1ing wus suro, it had been a Vt>ry close call for the Peart. A straight blow would have hkely its Cute. Nothing more was seen or the whale. It went out or sight and the Pearl went her wuy. Burney crowded on speed now and for some miles the boat ran fast. Then the sandy plain began to High cliffs suddenly J.ormed just ahead and as the boat passed over these n great cry went up. Great Scotti" eried Frank. "A city under the seal" "A city!" gasped the doctor. The scene spread to the view of the voyagers was like a page from a book or fuiry tales. There, down in a liltle valley was a city of whiteat stone. It gleumed like a radiant in the glare of electric lights.


FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA. OA.VE. There were high buildings, towers, domes und minarets. Brond paved streets intersected each other. A high wall or defense sur rounded the city. A city under the seal What did it mean? For a moment this puzzled the voyagers. Then they solved the mystery in a logical manner. Had this city been built by merman and mermaid or some deep sea dwellers who were or an intelligence on a par with the u pper world! But the lmprobabllity or this thought was at once apparent. There was no sign of life in the deep sea c1ty. No people were there. It was u city of death. It had doubtless been built by human bands and above the surface of the sen. But some internal commotion of the earth's crust had cnused the continent or Isle upon whtch it hntl stood to sink beneath the sea. or course, this had sealed its !ate. But what a fearful end for tbe thriving inhabitants. It was a powerful spell which for some while held the voyagtltS. Frank was the llrst to speak. "No doubt that city was built many hundred years ago!'' '' Then we are above a sunken continent," said Dr. Calliope. That is true!" "But-what wonderful stone that is of which the city is built! It leoks like coml!" It Is doubtless ordinary stone encrusted with coral,'' said Frank. The effect is beautiful!" That must have required centuries of work by the insects." "Indeed, yes I There must be little left of the city snvll these silent white builtlings." I The submarine boat now sailed down over the wonderful city, and a closer looli: at It was taken. "Jueeo lift.ed into daylight and the upper world. What waa tbe meaning of the strange phenomenon! What bad happened to place thus high and dry from the ocean depths? rue mighty tumbling waste of waters receded from the newly arisen isle, so long buried at the IJottom of the sea. Gradually tlley ceased their commotion, and the land lost its rockmotion, Then the sun began to a bsorb the water in the hollows of tbe rocks, and the sea became a dead calm. The Equatorial Sea held a new isle restored after many centuries. This became all apparent to the voyagers In abrief space of time. It required some little space, however, for them to recover equ11 nimity. Fortunately no one had been injured. Neither was the submarine boat at all Injured, though it laY' high and dry between two of the coral buildings. "By the soul of Pluto!" gasped the doctor, "we have escaped un harmed, and are the fortunate witnesses of a most remarkable phe nomenon!" "You are right!'' agreed Frank, "it is a miracle!" "Begorra, but it's hadly sthuck we are I" cried Burney. "Shure, howiver will we git out av this pick leT" "I done fink it am all a hig dream,'' averred Pomp, pinching him self to muke sure. "I kain't understand it." I don't wonder,'' said Frank, it is certainly a marveiDas freak of Dame Nature." Tbe ooat seems to be unharmed,'' declared the doctor. "Not injured In the least,'' said Frank, but--'' He madll a wry face and nil exchanged glances. "On my word,'' said the doctor, "lt looks as if we were relegated here to stay, Frank." "That will p\JL an end to our submarine exploralions.'" "Then we are castaways!'' "Sure.'' "And like Robinson Crusoe must watch vainly for a passing sail.'' "Ah; 1 fear that veSilels s e ldom come into tllese TIJt b a bod outlook for us.'' The doctor walked to the rail of the submarine boat nail looked over. Is there no way to dislodge the vessel?" be asked. Call we not launch ller Frank looked dubiously at the full two hundred yards of distance to the water' a edge, ami snid ruefully: "It does uot look very encouraging. l'Iowever, we will see what can he done.'' All now clllmbered down from the Pearl's deck. It was seen that she rested lightly between the buildinga and had no serious strain. 'l'his was certainly encouraging. The spirits of all arose. But before taking any steps towarJ launclling the lloat again, tbe curiosity of all demanded a brief tour about the new made isle. The streets of the coral city lay before them. Some of the buildings had been shattered and had fallen, but the mujorlt1ty were intact. lL wus now seen that their antiquity wns very great. They had doubtless been built many hundreds of years previously. They were two stories in height, with roof gardens and high porticos. The archit'lcture was of a style not known to eiLher the Greek or Roman school. This was evidmce that the island people were of a. race entirely separate from nny other on earth. Whether white, black, or Mongolian, it wa.s not easty to say, but the doctor after some study, 111id: It is my opinion that these people wero white of skin and well aJvnnced in civilization.'' Is it not a pity that we can llnd no other identifying marks of them!" said Frank. "Only the empty buildings and paved streets are left.'' That Is true!" How do we know whether they nn.sence of any remains. Everything has'f gone to decay but these walls, which have only beeo preaerved int!l<'L by th!l work of the ;:oral Insects.'' "It Is a pity,'' was nil Frank could any. They wandered on down the streets of the coral city. )(any strange things were seen. The city bad been the home of many strange ftah nod 111arine creat ores. These, taken 10 suddenly from their element, were ie nme cases dead or dying.


..... FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CA YE. 5 In others they were seeking to crawl back into the sea. There were huge crabs of Lbe atrungest description and colors; mighty jellyfish, Yorucious looking creatures, akin to the cuttlefish, and as Liley turned the corner of one street Frank gripped the doctor's arm. Look ontl" be cried. "Whlltf' "Danger!" "Soul-of Aristotle! I should say sol" gasped the scientist. There extentlell along the entire length of the street wus a mighty, sinuous body wbicb the voyagers were certain was the sea serpent itself. Its fearful proporlions exceeded anything they hnd ever seen before, and there was little wonder Lllat they experienced terror. "Golly!" gasped Pomp, beating a retreat. "Look out fo' dat big snake! It arn dead shuah a boa-constrictor!" , Begorra, phwat's thatf' asked Barney, in a puzz!ed manner. "Don' yo' know nutllr.', l'ish! It am a big snake daL will jea' 11queeze yo' all to pieces fo' a cent!" "Ugh!" grunted the Oelt. "The divil take him, thin! Shure I'll kape out n'ol his way!" "Nonsense!" cried the doctor impatiently. "It is no snake, you scare-crows!" "Shure, thin, pbwat the divil is it!" asked Barney. "NotbiHg but a giant eel of a species unknown and unclassified. On my word, is be not a monster, Franlif" "You are right,'' agreed the young inventor, who had been atten tively studying the creature; for an eel that beats the world.'' It sorely does!" It has the look or a and vqt, one can see by the dorsal fin and tlle gills that it is a fish. Ab, look out, everybody!" The warning was well timed. The mighty monster made a sudden spasmodic move. The result was that its huge tall crushed in the coral wall of one or the buildings. Wriggling, with a force wbll:h made the ground tremble, the giant eel got under way. This brought the doct?r to his se nses. \ Shoot!" be cried, don't let hlon get away. His skin will be worth a king's fortune for exhibition in Americn." Fortunatt>ly they bad aU provided themselves with rilles before leaving the Pearl. Shots were at once fired at the eel. But they seemed not to hinder the monster in his course even if they took etl ect, for he kept on his cumllersome way to tile sea. ,. "Look out! he will escape us!'' cried the doctor. "Aim for his head!" Be jabers I've foired at iL twicet," cried Barney, "bot divll an impression kin I make on it.'' And this sort of lock waited upon all. In spite of the rapid shots the huge monster slid down ove the half mile of sands to tbe sea. [nto tbe water be slid, making a terrific commotion, and then was out or aight in an instant. 0nly a long ridge of loam marked his diaa.ppearance. He was never seen again by any in the pnrty. 'lhe doctor was bitterly disappointed. "It it1 bard luck I" he cried. "1 would have given anything tor his skip. Imagine what a sensation it would create on exhibition In New York.'' "Indeed, tha.t Is true," agreed Frank, "bot be was a little too smart for us!" "So Indeed he was. Never mine!! we may find something just as wonderful yet," was the professor's consoling thought. CHAPTER IV. A STRANGE MONSTER. "I apprehend some hard work,'' replied Frank. "We may even have to enlist you!" "I am quite ready!" declared the savant. "Make any use ot me which you cboose!" A short while later all retired. As there were no inhabitants or perlls on the isle to be feared ap pnrently, it was not dAemea necessary to keep a watch But Barney slept in the pilot bouse, while Pomp was ensconced in the forward turret to be ready in case of a disturbance. Soon all were locked in the embrace of deepest slumber; and while they slt>pt, the wind soughed sadly across the boat's deck, the seas swnshed upon the sands of the island shore, and the moon made all like day upon tbe isle. Some hours passed. It must hnve been in one or the early morning hours that a very strange thing happened. Suddenly from tile sea, at a point just below, there emerged a strange giant form. It was a living creature, but, heavens, what a literal monster it was! Its holly was like that or an elephant, ita long giant claws could crush almost anytlling, and its greenish eyes were like the glare of lumps in the dim light. This nondescript habitant or the deep came cr'lwling out upon the islnnd ,shore. ll chnncell at that moment that Barney awoke. The moon wns shin ing !ullin his race. This might have been the cause of bis waking; but, however, it was something prompted him to glance out or the window. And the sight which met his gaze was of a sort calculated to chill the marrow in one's bonl's. Be gave a gasp of terror. av Moses!" he chattered. "Am I dhraming or am I woide awnkef" He dared to look again. There was no mistake. What he saw was a livmg reality. His teeth chattered liktJ castanets. "Phwnt thl' divil is itf' be muttered, "Shore I niver see the loikes av that afore!'' The mysterious marine monster wa& crawling out of the water upon the sands or the island. O.:ce O\Jt, it paused a moment as if to take a look at things about. Then, as if aatialied with the outlook, it began to crawl slowly toward the sut.murina boat. Burney could not help but lie where he was for some moments, ut terly uuallle to move hand or foot. Then be overcome the curious spell and bounded from his bonk. Help! foire! murtherl" be screamed. Shure, Miatiler Fraak', come quiek fer the lolfe av yez!" As it chapced Barney was near the pueb botton which operated the electric alarm gong. He touched this, which instar:tly began ringing furiously. It Is neelilesa to say that the voyagers were I.Jronght out or their slumbers. 'l'bey carne tumbling out in the greatest of excitement. Frank Rende, Jr. was the llrst on deck. Burney hud gone to line elephant rille. The ductor came close behlnll Frank and Pomp next. The sight they I.Jehelll was surely enough to fill them with terror; .. SiHldt;S or Plato!" !!'llSpell the doctor. What is that!" "Name it if you can!" cried E'rank. Tue greut saurian of the Pliocene epoch!" declared the doctor, adjusting his glasses. "No, by Jupiter, it is no saurian or reptile. It is-it is a giant crab." "A giant crab!" cried Frank, excitedly. Whoever heard or suc'll. a thing!" "Yet that Is what it is," averred the doctor, positively. "Mercy on us, this IJeate all the records or natural bisLOry or science! Who ever saw such a creature as that befortJ!" THE party continued their explorations length. of the Island at some Whatever it Is," cried Frank, wildly, it surely means harm to this boat! We have no time to lose, ud must make quick action." Then after all had grown weary and hungry was proposed to re turn to the boat. This was done. Pomp proceeded to spread himself in the setting forth or a tine re past. This was mocb appreciated and ample justice was done it by the others. Much refreshed, all sat out on deck that evening and enjoyed the balmy air which drifted across the newly mnle Me. Pomp produced his banjo an!,l Borney his fiddle. Blltween them thev furnished' rare enterraiomt>ot for a whlle. The moon hong high in 0. beautiful sky all the while. "Indeed, life on the toquator ia not the worst thing in the world,'' declared Frank Reade, Jr. "You have not seen all ita phases yet," said the doctor cautiously, "do not rnss judgment upon it until you have spent at least a year upon the enrr.h's dividing line." "No doubt that is good advice," ngreed Frank, "but so far it has been enjoyable.'' "Wba' am

6 FOR SlX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CA. VE. The shot went true to the mark, It struck the crab full in its right eye. There wall an explosion, a acattering of tluU-the eight or that eye was destroyed. This was the tlrst evidence or pain giver: by the creature. It rattled, mulle a spasmodic plunge, aud the ground shook. At the same mome11t It wil,lly clawed the air. .A cheer went up. Now hit the other eye!" cried the doctor; "then we will have him Lruly hors du-cornbut!" "All roight," cried Barney, "here's bad cess to the cratherf" Crazkl The Celt's rrlle spoke. Another cheer went up from the crowd. It was a capital shot. The eyesight of the roe was destroyed. Tbls was an advantage. But the struM:gle went no further. The crab, infuriated und frantic with pain, made a blind and mad demng rush away ut right angle&. This took it toward u. high clifl which overhung the sea. The cast aways guve chase. Bot tht.J giant crab easily ootfooted its pursuers. It went mauly to the verge of the cliff. The next moment it was over the verge. Down into the Oda It went with a terrific splash and disappeared be neath the It "as not seen again. Gathered on the ttrow cof the cliff the submarine were dis posed to congratulate themselves wiluly on the narrow escape. "Be jailers, it's lucky I woke op in toime to see the crather," cried Barney. .All agreed to this. "Well," said "it will pay us to keep a watch on deck after this. Bat I thought of no such peril!'' However, there was no more Bleep for the party that morning. They returned in the moonlight to tbe deck. Plans for getting the boat off the islund were now discussed. With the coming of dayligh\ these were eiabotated. Tiley were the result or Frank Reude Jr.'s ingenuily. The distance to the water was filii two hundred yards. To attbmpt to drag tile boat that distance through the sand was out or the question. Frank had a plan. Be wus a skilled engineer. At a glance he saw the lay of the land and just how to take ad vantage of all natural advantages. The interval to the ocean WM sloping. It also was some thing in the nuture uf a ravme. Doctor Calliop.,'s plan wns to dig a canal to the keel of the boat and lhen tloat out. But this would requira an endless umouut of work. So Frank hit upon what he woulll be au easier and plnn. Two hundred yarclll further into the interior, and at a heiJtht some feet above the level of the stranded boat, was a body of water. It lay in a deep hollow, aud had bl!en left tllere by the rise of the isle. Its natural course, were it to escape its bonds would l.Je directly down through this lower ravine in wl; icll the submarine boat was, and n. channel could be made llirectly between these lJUildingd to the sea. Frank aaw the point at once. He also discovered that a very little explosion of blnst of dynamite would set tbe imprisoned body of water free. This in its ceurse should take the submarine boat safely llown the sea. CHAPTER V. IN THE DEEP SEA CAVE. I Down In surges! The voyagers held their What woultt be the result wben they should strike the boat? Wo11ld they be dashed to pieces? It was a critical moment. All retreated into the cabin and closed the hermetically sealed doors. was at the wheel The time between the breaking of the barrier and the striking of the boat by the waters was brief. Down between tbe narrow wl.Jite walls came the fboct with frightfu l : power. It caught the submarine boat fairly under the keel. Thero was one brief instant of doubt, and then-Eureka! the sub marine boat was above the crest of the surges on its way to the sea. Down through the channel it went like a meteor. Round an :I round it was whirled, then the surges made one continuous tlood of water to the sea. The Pearl shot far out into the ocean. It wns as buoyant as a fenther, nnd soon was beyond the danger of swamping. Frank Reade, Jr.'s launching plan had been a The voy11gers were so delighted that they could not help a hearty cheer. A last look was taken at the island, then Frank ran the bont several miles out to sea, and cried: "Down she goasl Be ready alii" And down she went. Down and down into the ocean depths with a jerky motion. Now she was in sight of the An Immense samly plain was seen. Bow far It extended there Wllil no way of guessing. But now 1 he bout to act strangely. "Bow she wabbles," cried the doctor. "What is the matter, Frank?" "I am sure I was a terri tic crash, a scraping SOI!ntl, things smashing ahout In the cabin and the boat was met ion less Heavens!" criect Frank. "What is the mutter!" He switched the electric light UllWardR. A glance was enongb. No sooner ha

FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN .A DEEP SE.A C.A VE. 7 One thing be noted with satisfaction; the de<.>per into the cave I One thiAg seemed certain. They were every moment getting d.eepproceeded, the less strong grt'w the undertow. er and d e eper into the place. Soon It had ceaseu alto:,:ether. Frank co:nputed that they had come Perhaps it extended even to the very center or the earth. It a distance or llfty miles or more. tainiy looked to be a certainty tiJat none in the party would see d:lyTbis meant tiJat the deep sea cave was or tremendous depth and exlight again, tent; now that the boat was in calm water, other passages were seen They could live periJaps a year Q.board the submarine boat, that is leading from it. barring accidents. Frank suddenly brought the boat to a halt. Tllere were provisions for about tiJat lenath or time. He was never In a more distresswg predicament in his lire; what The chemical generntors ought to entlor: for an indefinite perio which was something of a rl'lief. He turned about. The eternal narrow passage sudder;ly widened, and the boat sailed It wus the In to an open underground seu, The savants face wore a expression. There a frightenTile same roclcy roof was above them, but there was surface to the ed look In his eyes as he sn1d: water and the boat ascended to it. Where are we, Frank?" It upon the surface or the strange ucder<>"ound sea the ."Mercy knows. I do noll" the young inventor, "?,ut I doors were opened and all went out on deck. "' thmk that confounded undertow carr:ed us Into a deep ser. cave! The air or the cavern was sinaulr.rly dry and warm the search" Can we get out!" light shooting in every direction s'l\owed a boundless wasie. "I cannot say!" But straight overheau at a height or several hundred feet was the The two men looked at each other blankly for some moments. roof of the rr. ighty cavern. rend the thoughts of the :>tiler. This is truly wonderful!" cried the doctor for a while In a tleep sea cuvel'' muttered tl!e doctor; it is not a pleasant his spirits. "I wonder u tbis sea is on a with the sea out thing to contemplate. But there must be an outlet else there could side!" be no undertow." "Not necessarily!" replied Frank "il it were we should know that "I am not so sore of that," said Frank, "remember that tho underwe we1 e under some areu.t body or such as a large Island or contow ceuses right hHel" tiuent " This was true. was no further circulation of the water, which "I1 ; that case why is not this cavern chamber entlrely tilled with In this purl of the cavern was In a dead culm. water?" The submarine boat. was held stalionary for awhile. Tbe search .. ,, light's rays were sent in every direction. You ought to be .enough to answer that reThere were other lending oti from the main cayern. Where piled Frank, a laugh, .it,!s probably the pressure of the a1r here they rcight lead to h was not easy to guess. prevents 1t. In fact the cavern looketl like a veritable labyrinth, with scJnt show 'll.e Bald no mo!e, hut he very thoughtful. or the party ever emerging alive. Meonwinie the submarme bout Balled on over the underground sea. ThiS terriule concinsiou was tioally arrived at after some discos Suddenly the sturthng thing. aion. the llrst to lt. gave,? great "We are burled alive!" groaned the doctor, with earnest con vicMlsther Frankl he cned. Shure, IL s a over tion, "I tell you we shs.ll never see home or friends again!" ,,, ir . "Then tlus is to be our fate," said Frank, lugubriously. "A. hgbt.,, exclauned the young lnvento 10 surpnse. "Ain' dere no way fo' to git out, gemmens!" asked Pomp. "Yas, "Shure, I don' beliebe Mnrse Frauk urn gwine fo' to git stuck yer a.' Where IS ltf . .. "Begorra, I'll wager Mlsther Frank will settle the., question!" cried even as he asked :t:rank Bnrney rl.,ht. Barney, contldeutly. '1 here certalniy was VIBlhle 10 the thstance a famt blaze or hght. H But Frunk only '-mlled sadly. hke the a. torch at distance. . "1 don't know about that," he said, !)ubiously. "I am not om nip "Bear for:!; cned Frank, We must lind out what 1t 18. otent by any means. The sltuu too is most one. liow All rOigiJt! sor . .ver, we will hope ror the best." The submarme uont accordmg!y bore down. Jor the d1stant hght, And with this, the younl.( inventor walked away, As they drew nt>arer, the seurchhgbt was ugam turned upon it. The others gazed silently utter him. The y sllll had confidence in great, crY: want up. his ability to extricate them fron their present predicament. Lan tll cned the doc t or: He will lind a way out or It," sai d 1 he doctor, contldenth Such 1t was, a rocky coast 10 that underground sea. Bejnbers, it'll be the fust to\me he was iver sthuck," declared Upon one or the chffs tho light bnrnell. Barnev "an' I've sePn hun in a wnss llx nor this!" As the boat nearer ail on board were puzzled, ns to the nature Goily, dac am so .'' Pomp. J e s' when eberythlng looks de or the strange hght. worst, Marse Frank he pull out easy enuffl" It was seen at once that It could not be the ligiJt o! a torch simply, CHAPTER VI. A MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE. for It was moc!1 IQO large for that, More likely 1t was a buntire, bnt the question arose, how could a bontlre be createl without the aid or human llands? And could it be that h11man beings occupied this un Jer gronotl world? It sPemed iucredihie. Nearer drHW th" Pearl to the strange p!lenomenon. BUT Frank Reade, Jr., had not the contldence in his ability to pull oat of this predicament tha'. the othara hall. And now the hlaze was seen to rise many feet into the air. There careful was n dull, rumbling sound, and steam formed on tiJe glass of the observation window!!, Be went Into his private cauin, and spent a long while in ibonght and study, Bot to no avniL He could see but one way-bot one method of action. "That IB curious!" cried Frauk, "We are in warm water. It ThiS was must register one hundred degrees." The air became oppressl\e In the cabin, so all remained out on deck. Bimply to kAep the boat on the go and look fur an outlet. Jf they cid not succeed in It, then their fate was senled, He at one time considt>red the feasibility of blowing up the cavern roor. But when he reflected that this might be hundreds or feet thl.:k be eould see the folly or such a move. "No," be ejuculata11 finally; " is but one way, and that Is to aearch Ul!tll an outlet is found. That sorely ought not to be difil cult.'' So he returnerl t" the pilot house and went to the keyboard. The boat moved slowly forward. Tben you have decided upon n move, Fraakf' asked the doctor. "The only fenait.le one or which I can conceive,'' replied the young inventor; we will live In hope.'' The submarine boat moved on through the recesses of the cove. On. and on It wanderP.d. But on evPry 11and there were the same forbidding wnl(s or stone encrusted wit!! marine growth. Until the boat was within a quarter of a mile of the fire the problem was unsolved. Then the mystery was explained. AboYe the clifls verge there rose a small c

5 FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. Tbe submarine boat sailed s!owly around the island. I The call seemed to come from far !!way in the gloomy part or the 'l'he doctor was much interested. Isle. It was repeated aga1o and aga1n. He proposed visitinothe island for a bit of exploration. To this I Frank kept answering. Frank could only It drew oenr and then;the voung_inventor gave a sharp So the Pearl drew as near the shore ns she dared, and cue or her I cry. boats was put over the rnil. Why, It IS Bnrney! exclaimed. The doctor, Frank and Barney" entered it. Pomp was to remnin I Even as he spoke a famthbr form allot out or the gloom; In an inaboard the Pearl. stant he Raw that It was Barney. The boat was quickly rowed to the sandy beach or the island. Then 1'he Celt came staggering up the slope and his manner was that of the voyagers leaped out. one completely e xhaus:ed. The doctor ran eagerly up tbe cliffs. The sec.rch light made a "Barney," cned Frank. on us! What bas happened to broad path or radiance across the isle. you?" In thla the adventurers could conduct their exploration as well as Begorra. Misther Frank, I niver can tell yez all. Shure, I in the light of day. remlmber ollav it." The doctor found valuable specimens and curious works or Nature 1'he Celt then detailed a strange and tltrilling experience Frank at almost every step, wh&re oeitlter Frank or Barney would th1nk or listened to it with wonderment. looking. He bad stood near one of the stone }Jillara and was watching Frank. "Bejabers, mebbe yez will foind a gold mine yet!" cried the Celt. He carelessly leaned back against the stone. Tlte next ruoment he Perhaps so!" cried the doctor. 1'uen he gave a sudden exclamawas shooting down the darkness. tlon and ran nimbly to a pile or bowlders near. Then he fell into a terrible swift current of water. Over these he leaped and disappeared from VIew. It hurled him on and on blackness, he knew not whither. Frank and Barney waited for somewhlle expecting him to reapHe was fortunately a good swimmer. Jlear. But time passt,!d by. This enabled him to keep atloat, and suddenly he shot out in to the He did not appear. open air anti mto smoother water. Soul or Plato I" exclaimed Frank, using the doctor's favorite exStriking out, he reached land, and then, guided by Frank's shouts, pression. What has be come of him, Barney T" he made his way to this spot. "Begorra, Misther Frank, mebbe we had see about it." Well,'' said Frank, after he had linished, "there is only one clear You are right." t>xplanation of your experience." Togl!ther they reacher! the bowlders and looked Cor the doctor. He Well, sor!" was not "At the base of that bowlder there must be a trap. You probably d1d Jt meanT . . fell through 1t and into the waters of an underground rjver. It caru.od searched the VJc1mty nsslduouslr. Not n trace ried you for some ways underground and tlnally into the open air.'' or lum cvuld be found. "Shure, sor, phwat I blllieve,'' declared the Celt. He had disappeared as completely as If the earth had opened and .. In that case wbat or the doctor!'' swallowed him up; and, incleed, Frank half suspected this might ltave .. Slture, sor, im afraid the poor old is drowned." happened. "Let us hope not!" cried Frank, hopefully, "first let me take a But no trap or pitfall was found. look at that bowlder.'' They looked Cor his tracks, but the ground waa too pebbly to sltow Tltis he proceeded to do. 'hem. He approached It cautiously and slightly pushed it. The trick was Frank raised h1s VOice: almost instantly explained. Hello!" As the bowlder was pushed ewayed back a ways, showing an aperAgain and again he shouted. Lure in the ground witb slippery s1des of moss and slime. I "Pbw'l!re are yez, doctherf' yelled Barney. The bowlder was so nicely balauced between two other stones, that no answer came buck. The search was continued for a wide a slight touch easily moved it, 1 radms about. .. Ahal" cried Frank "this explams the whole mystery." Well, I'm beat!" exclaimect the young Inventor. "I don't underHe !welt dowo Barney held the stone back and listened ut stand it at all. What has become or him!" tl.te oritlce Barney scratched his dubioualy. d b "It's two to one, sor, that some dl'llgon was behoind these rocks below _he hear t e gurgling of water. He 1\lso fanc1ed he could t.,. bb d h. rr"ed h m If!" see It gleammg. an JIB .,ra e lm an en 1 1 0 i'his fact settled a more Harlons question arose Frank had to laugh. "That is quite likely, Barney," be said; what a nice meal the '\,h1S the fate or the ttoctor. drngon had." \ hat was 1t. . .. Arrah I don't !mol\ fetorted the Celt. "I'm nfther tllinkin' Was he dead, drowned 10 the undEorground r1ver, or m1ght he not it'll tire jaws a bit." escaped us Barney had! But yet the disappllaranee or the doctor was 00 joking matter. He was a problem not ens1ly s olv?d ,;et 1t. was certainly in trouiile somewhere. We must find th11 nver, be sa1d. D:> you thmk Frank felt sure or this. to Barney. Again and ugaio he called his name. But yet no unswer. Y1s, replied tlte Celt, read1ly. Shure I know ivery shtep Frank walked down the slope a ways, leaving Barney standing near 0 th'ther at once tl en'" spot whe1e tbe doctor had been last seen. .. e us g I .t ,, "It is very queer!" be exclaimed. .. What was your last view or Shure do )ez belave poor docther 1s alo1ve. . hlm, Barney!" "We can only ascertam hy making _a search for lum. I_r he IS Frank as he asked this question was looking in another direction. alive he be hardly able to muke Ius way over here as qu1ckly as He was obliged to repeat it. have. But yet no answer. sor, yez are ro1ght there," declared Barney. "-I'm wid Astonished, he turned his bead to meet with a shock. Barney was yez, _sort not in sight. He had also mysteriously disappeared. Tlus setlled the matter. Barney led the way down the slope. Soon 'hey reached the border or the path or electric light. CHAPTER VII. But Frr.nk had a pocket lantern with a battery with him. Tit is he turned on and it gave light enougl: to show them their way. STRANGE EXPERIENCES. WoRDS can hardly describe the he realized the truth. On they traveled O\'er rough surface until Sll\ldenly Barney turned an angle or a cliff wall and cried: of Frank Reade, Jr., as "Shure, sor, here we are! Phwat do yez think av IL?" "Barney!" he shouted. Frank saw the lvaters or a swift r1ver rushing out from the deep mouth or a ca vern. Wbere are you!" Again and again he called. But be might as well self the troable. It wns the outlet of the underground stream, and through which have uved himBarney had pluckily swam. For the Celt did not answer. A queer chill SP.ized Frank. What terrible mystery was this! What stmnge power was there on the iale which could thus bodily transport and couceal in a second or time any human being on t11e iale! How dhl be know but that this mysteriou.s power might select him for the vlctlmf It was not at all improbable. Slowly and cant.iously he as!lended the slope. When he reached the bowlders he knelt down and made a close examin"tion or the ground. He was thus engaged when a strange sound came to his ears. It wu a distant hulloo; be at once answered it. The young Inventor sent the rnvs or hie lantern as far out over the Wllter as be could. Well," he said finally, there is no doubt but that the doctor at this point." Y i s, sor.'' "Dead or alive!'' Shure, sor." Then if we do not find him nllve, we may at least lind his body along th11 fthore somewhere." "We kin look sor. " That is right." Alon!!' the bank of the river the two aearchen went. They exam ined every eddy-every part or the shOie, and scoured the surface or the river. 1t was but a baU mile to the delta or river.


FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. 9 It was possible that the doctor's body had been carried out to 800. But Frauk still clung to the hope and belief that the eavant was yet alive. Soon they bad covered half the distance to the ocean. Then Frank turned quick as a tlash. Hello!" be cried, did you bear that, Barney?" Hear phwat, sor!" asked the Celt. "Listen!" Both listened intently. Plain to their ears came a distant faint cry. It was remote, but enougb to cause a cheer. "Hurrah!" shouted Frank, "the doctor alive!" Sbure, an' be is!" cried Barney, wild with joy. "I'm wid yez, .Mistber Frank. Led tile way, eorl'' But Frank opened his mouth and shouted at the top or his Doctor, bello! Is it you? Answer, if so!" The distant faint cry cnme back ti.gaio, a tritle louder this time. "He heard us!" cried Frank, excitedly. "Come on, Barney!" The Celt needed no secona uiddiug. Botll stuned away in thl) direction of the cry, brandishing the elec tric lantern. On they ran, guided by the distant cries. They neared the spot from whence they came. This wus at a pomt opon the seashore. Turning a corner of the cUll they came suddenly upon the object or their search. Tllere crouched in the sands was Doctor Calliope, pale and exhaust ed. The savant had done his utmost. He had dropped quite overcome with the exertion or his long swim, for he bad emerged from the underground river even as Burney bad. "Thank God!" declared the doctor, fervently. "I thought my end had come!'' "You are worth a dozen dead men, doctor," cried Frank, cheering ly; "don't lose courage a bit.'' I fiaven't yet,'' replied the doctor, warmly. Then be told his story. His purpose had been to reach the pathway or the search-light. He knew that be would then be all right, for be coul1 find the landing place easily. But the fearful exhaustion had told upon him, and be had been obliged to almost succumb. The coming or Frank and Barney was opportune Well," cried the young inventor, "have you bad enough of ex ploring this Isler Qu1te," replied the doctor. "Let us go back to the Pearl." It is needless to say that Frank ami Barney were willing; they found the Pearl's boat and quickly pulled out the Pearl. Pomp was awaiting them and bad a steaming repast In readiness. It is hardly necessary to say that they did ample justice to this; artAr which the Pearl went on her way. The island was the first land they had encountered in the under ground sea. Bot that there were more Frank felt sure. So a good lol'kout was kept. The next doy at noon, Barney tlasbed the search-light at right angles and cried, excitedly: "Land hoi Another island!" Land agnlu !"exclaimed Frank in surprise. "How do you know it is un Island, Barney!'' Begorra, I only guessed it," replied the Celt laug!lingly. "Shure it may be a continent fer all I know." "Whatever it is, I have no desire to visit It," said the doctor em phatically. "Then one experience is enough!" asked Frank with a laugh. "Iur believing that!" "Well, there are a number or reasons. First, Wd are in only one cavern chamber. Th('re may be and likely ure more or the same kind. There must be a way to reach them!" "I yield!" cried the doctor, "try anything yon desire, Frank, but __ ., "What!'' Will you not have to sink the boat agoin?" Certainly, and it may be that we shall not have another chance to reach a surface and upper air like this." That would be a pity." Indeed yes; but here goes : Frank lost no time in cnrrying out his plan. He was satisfied that they bad reached the end or the cavern. So the doors were hermetically closed, and Frank went into the pilot house. Down sank the PeaT! in the black water. It was much deeper than any one had thought. Down abe sank until Barney cried: Shure, there's the bottom, Misther Frank. Look out, sor!'' Frank held the boat in suspension; then the search-light was sent in every direction. Tile bottom or the underground sea presented a curious spectacle. It was a complete conglomeration or the roughest rocks cut Into the most tantastic shapes by the action of the water, It was like looking down upon the domain or a race or imps, Nothing like it was ever seen before. A miniature Hades," cried Frank, "truly that is a queer scene. Calliope!" "You are right," agreed the professor. "I only wish I could pho tograph it. There is no beating it for oddity." "Bejnbera it gives me a shiver,'' averred Barney, "divil a bit av it fer mel" There was no good landing place for the Pearl, so she sailed on over the curious region, Frank held the course as near to the wall of the land as possible, He looked c.;nstanlly for a subterranean channel or outlet. Tbd result was that he was soddenly rewarded. A great cry came from Burney. Shure, .Misther Frank, there is the passage yez are lookin' fer!'' It did not require a second glance for Frank to eee the trntb of this. So he cried: "Right you are, Barney. Bear down for it." The course of the Pearl was changed. In an instant she was In the deep sea passage. And a strong current spun her along like a rocket. There was no doubt but tbnt she was being hurried somewhere. But where! There was no way or guessing bow far the passage went, or what. was its end. Thetrinl was made and all the voyagers could do was to await results. They might be hastening to their doom, or as Frank hoped, on their way out Into the open oceaq. At times the walls of the passage would converge and it seemed ditlicult ror the boat to lind a way through, But still they did not narrow sutllciently lo prevent the passage al together. So the Pearl kept on. The submarine beat (ollowed tha passage for what seemed hours. Then the walls began to expand and a peculiar rocking motion waw felt, like the swell of an open body or water. "Hurrah!" cried Frank, We are coming out of the trap!" "Are we!'' cried the doctor, delightedly. "What good news." Barney danced a sund jig and Pomp stood on his head with the exuberance of the occasion. It was certain thnt they were emerging from the passage into a larger body or water. Whether this was an underground sea like the other or not, it WIIS not easy to tell as yet. Barney put on a little more speed now, and the boat dashed on. In a few moments it was in the larger body or water. Frank's orders were: "Let her go up. Barney!" "All roight, sorl" Up the boat rose steadily. But she did not emerge from the depth& as in the sea they bad JUSt left. To the contrary ,. a!ter ascending some few hundred fetst Barney jammed the lever baclr. He was just in time.


10 FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP CAVE. The next moment the boat would have crn shed against the roof of the cavern. 1'be water came up run ngauJst it. Tbere was no sur face ns in the sen they had lert. "Begorru, Mist her Frank!" cried Barney, as he flashed the search light along be rocky surface, "divil a bit n\' chance do I see to go higher!" "You acted just intima, Barney!" cried Frank, "it is a close call. If we hall collic.te!l with that rocky roof the turrets woultl have bet>n smashed." Which would have been a fatal thing for us!" ventured the doc tor. Indeed it would," agreed Frank. But what shall we co!" "Descend and proceed a ways further," said Frank, "perhaps the roof may be h1ghllr further on!'' Bnruey the command. Bnt one fact was apparent. Tbere was no doubt that they were in a mere enlargement of the cavern pussage. That in fact this was not a mighty underground sea like that they hnd left, There was some disappointment at this. But our voyagers bad long since learned to trent in a phiiCJsophicnllight. So they awaited fresh devt!lopmeots with a calmness and stoical indifference comm<>n to men used to danger. The llllSsage wider as the boat sailed on, Ever and unon Frank wonld send the rays of t!te search-light flash ing up to the roof of the cavern. But there was no change. Two days more pussed in aimless wandering in the deep sea cave. The thing was getting aecidedly monotonous, and not one in tbe party but would have welcomed a change or any kind. And it came. Suddenly the boat began to increase its speed; it seemed to fairly leap through the water. Frank, who was in the cabin, shouted to Barney: "What the deuce are you running so fast for, Barney!'' "Sbure, sor, il.'d not me tilut's afther doing it," replied Barney. Not you!" exclaimed Frank. "No, sor. Shure I have the engines all the way reversed, sor!" Frank sprang to his feet. He glanced out of the observation window and th& truth struck him all in a flash. "By Jove!" be exclaimed. "We are In another undertow!" 'l'his was certainly the truth. The submarine boat was running like a veritable meteor in the clutch of the powerful waters. lo ao instant all were intensely excited. The doctor was willl. "By the ghost of Diogeoes!" he gasped, we are going to run out of the llePp sen cave by means of another undertow!" "That would be a welcome thing," declared Frank, "Indeed it would." The boat wos now right in the full power of the undertow and running like a railr..tad train. Suddenly Baruey shot tbe flash light to the left a trille, and cried: "'Look there, sor! We are In a narrow pnssap;e agin I belave, sor!" This was seen to be true. Narrow walls to! stone were upon eitber side. Tbey were simply rllpeaLing their experience of some days pre vious. On and on lied tbe boat. Tha screw was kept busily reversing but this retarded ber speed but little. On and on! The and fear of the voyagers can hardly be In words. Each simply held his breath and prnyetl that there might be no col lision. For what seemed an interminable spnce of time the boat raced on. Then there came a sudden sbock. It seemed as if tbe boat was luted by herculean hands and hurlad through space. The sbock broke tbe electric conaections, and tbe boat was In dark ness. Every one or the voyagers wnsprostrnted by the shock. In the darkness and confusion it seemed as if tbe end or all bad come. Cries of terror pealed from their lips. ".Merciful powers!" screamed the doctor. "Wbnt bas boppened1 Is this the end-are we dead!" But this state of nO'airs did not last long. Tile confusion and din ceased, anti the submarine boat was motion leas. It was but a moment's work to restore them. The light once more shone forth in the I.Jout's cabin. This brought the otbers to their senses. Thev regained their feet. "Phwere tile divil are we!" cried Barney, confusedly. Wlla' am de mattuh!" gasped Pomp, rubbing his bruised shins. "That is a question not eusily answered just now," declare!! the doctor, "hove a hi I of patience." Frank meanwhile ball been regulating the searcbligbt. H.e now sent its rays ont into the gloom. The result was curious. A hage black body overhung the boat. It seeiioed at Orst like the brow or a The Pearl lay half imbedded in a bank of sand. But her bow was jammed under thiil frowning and body. The waters of the undertow had here tbeir limit. It was the delta or the underground stream. Beyond was still water. But at tbis point were heaps of debris and loose sand and rocks, collected and deposiled by th

FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. 11 means he wus to communicate with those on board so that the senrch light could be emvloycd to the best advantage. To Jeuve the lJont was now in order. The two submarine explorers bad donned their suits and were all in readiness. They entered the vestibule now. This was a sort of a small cham ber with two hermetically sealed doors. One opened out upon tile decl<; the other into the cabin. Entering the veatilml11, the cubin door was closed. Then Frank lightly pr .. ssed a valve. Water Oowed Into the vestibule and quickly tilled it. Then tbe cabin or deck door was opmed, and tiley walKed out on deck. To return to the cullin was fully as u01que an arrunl{ement. It cous1st.!d simply of enteriug the vestibule and closing the door tighlly. Then u rapid ucUou pump absorbed the water in tlJe vesti bule. It was then an easy matter to remove the diving suit and enter the callln safely. On the deck of the Pearl the two divers stood lor some mo ments. The doctor, being a greenhorn, was somewhat distressed by tba !earful pressure. But he soon lJecame better accustomed to this. Frank was, bow ever, an experieuct>d hunj, After some however, the doctor was able to move about with more freedom. He attempted to converse with Frank, but found this an impossillil ity. The only way either could be )Ieard was by placing their helmets close tog .. ther und shoullng. They now set out to visit the hull of the wrecked ship. Walking uloug to the bow of tUe Pearl, they slid over the rail. Frunk mude u brief examination of the pos;tlon of tha Pearl. He found that ram of the submarine boat was driven far into the timbers or the wreck. It did not look to be an easy mutter to extricate the boat, t>ut Frnnk did not attempt to study up the mattt>r just then. Tile prime olljt!Ct of the expedition was to explore the sunken hulk. The doctor now Jed the wny. Under the vessel's tilted hull they made their way until they bad reached the sheer of her !low. Tllen the doctor saw a rusted anchor chain banging down from her head. He motioned to Frnnk, and seizing it, began to climb upwards. What Frnnk woald have warned llim of, happened. The chaiu sud denly pnrteu anti the doclor fell. He fell a distance which in air would have burt him; but the buoy ancy or t::e water !untied him on his le13t lightly enough. Jemimal" he PXclaimed, forgettJDg his classics lor a moment, thai is rather suolden.'' Then he remembered that Frank could not hear him. But he made comprahensive signs to him, and Frank signaled to him to follow. The young inventor made his way t&round the bow of the ship to the other side. As tlJe bulk wag U!ted that way, the rail was nearly on a level with the llod or the sea. 'fills made 1t easy to reach up and dr4w ooesel! aboard; this both did. The deck sloped at an uncomfortable angle and was intensely slip pery. But nevertheless they managed to mnke their way along it. Tile re.ys retlected from overhead made something like a dim light. But fortunately ench wore upon his helmet a small e.Iectric lump. These were of J!reut value. The dPck or the sunken ship was or course swept clean by the action or the wnter. Only a lew rotting ropes and pulleys were clinging about the stumps of masts. The blnnncie still remained as did the But the wheel was goon. Bailly shattered in every part was the once stanch ship. Fronk reckoned from appearnncea however, that slle had not been many months In the What of tt.e f11te of her crew! Were they all drowned! Had any escaped! What was the tragic story or the sunken ship? CHAPTER X. THE OCTOPUS. Tms the two werP going to make an ellort to discover. Tho hatchPS hal PvhiAntly heen battened down, but when the vessel sank they had blown open again. It was easy lo lind the companionway which led down into the cabin. The Blairs were sound, Duwn these the two divers now slowly climbed. Their elec1rlc illumined the cabin. It was B sud and harrow ing scene which met thPir guze. It told the wllole trn;;ic story. Upon a couch were the well preserved bodies of two females. They were clasped in each others' arms. One wua fair of face and young. The other was an older woman anti probably her mother. ( The 11octor put his helmet close to Frank's und shouted: "That ill a sad sight. PI'Ohullly the captain's wife and daughter." "Very likely I" agreed Frauk. "They alone remained in the cabin when the boat went down!" "Yes!" "Probably the crt>w with their captain met death at their post like brave men, and were washed away by tile sea." 'l'his looked like a reasonable explanation, 11nd Cor want of a better one it was accepted. 'l'he two explorers passed through the cabin and its different com partments. 'l'he vessel had been handsomely equipped and the water bad not as yet destroyed all this. But yet it could never be transported from the !pot and must re maiu forever to dPcuy and moulder. Fishes had tile I>luce aud some few shell fish. These lled before the explorers. The vesdel bud evidently been in the merchant trade between America and the '3outh Pacillc. Her name was found upon a chart hanging on the cabin wall. It wus the ship "Princt>ss," Captntn Andrew Hull of Portsmo01h. l!'rank ronde a mectal note of this. 'l'bey then pastied into the for warn cuhin. But the two women were t be only members of the ship's company left al!onrd. Ali the others were missing. In the captain's cabin was a sale. The bolts bud rusted and the door was easily wrenched open. There were many papers in the SHfe, papers which might have been or vulue. But they Wf!reso water soaked and decayed as to be useless now. There was also several thoust.nll dollars in gold and silver coins, a smnll bng of und a few articles of vertu. ThPse were rareluliy picked up and in a bug. Then Frank placed his helmet. to tt..e doctor's and shouted: "Let us return)" All nght!" agreed the suvnnt It seemed certaiuly as II nothing more was to be gained by remain ing on board the ship. 8o retraced their steps to the companionway. Fro.nk bud put a foot on the lower stair when he chanced to look up. He instantly recoiled. The sight which met his gnze was sufficiently thrilling to infuse the stoutest heart with terror. The hatchway was completely tilled with a hideous, spongy mass, and two enormous caL-like eyes 1:dared down into the cullin. A horrid beak-like mootll ywnell in a hideous mauuer. It required \Jut a glance lor Frank to comprt>l:end all. The doctor was completely astounded, and managed to get word to Frank: What on earth Is it?" you see!'' asked the young Inventor in surprise. Some hCJrrid sea monster!" An octopus!" Whew! He will be down here after ns next." No, be cannot do that, for his body Is too large to get through the butch." "Thnnk our stars for that.'' "But it's just about as bud, for we are hemmed in.'' This was a startling fact. The octopus held the deck of the ship and any attempt at from any of the cabins mennt Ute drop ping into his tentacles. This would of course be a most horrible death, tor the octopus is a veritable mao eater. This was indeed a predicament. For a moment the situation looked dubious enough. On my word us a scholar," cri!!d the doetor, this iii a bad scrape for us! What can we do, Frunk!" The young Inventor was trying all the while to think or a plan. Finally he drew Ius short handled ux from his belt, and advuntas near us be dared, made a blow one of the cat eyes. But be could not safely get near enough to make the blow er fecllve. Moreover, the octopus now throat one long tentacle down Into the cuhin. This kept Frnnk out or reach. There was no other available way at hand o! the monster. The doctor leaned over and shouted: We are In a had fix, Frank!" "It looks like it." II it wns on lund now we cnuld shoot that creature.'' "It is itn(JOBsible to attack it surely," said Frank. Then an idea occurred to the young inventor. The cabin was pro vided with dend Pye windows. With a blow or his ax Frank smashed one or these. Then be tried to cruwl through it. Ordinarily be would have been able to do this, bnt with his helmet and generator it WMS impossible. He was obliged to abandon the at tempt.


12 FOR WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. It would not work. There wa& one other way and this was to cut their way out through the planking. This, however, was ns yet sound and or toughest oak. The axes made slow work on it. But the two captives kept at work until suddenly the doctor look icg up, gave a start. He dropped his ax and clutched Frank's arm; at the same time he pointed up to the hatchway. The octopus was gone. For a moment the two men looked at each other. What did it mean? Had the creature abandoned its attempt to secure them us prey? Jn that case it would be safe enough to make their exit by means of the hatchway. But yet there was a probabib risk. Frank looked at their work upon the tough oak timbers; but little progress had been made and their axes were growing dull. He was not in making np his mind. "On my word,' he cried; we will risk it. Follow me, doctor." The savant caught his gesture and was instantly by his shoulder; together they crept np the stairs. They reached the level of the hatch and peered over it. The octo pus was not in sight. Frank dill not hesitate. He swung himseH lightly upon deck and then started for the rail. The doctor followed him. Just as they reached the rail, Frank saw a number of hideous writb ing arms commg up over the other side of the ship. The octopus was returning. There was no time to lose. .As the octopus came upon that aide of the ship, the divers slid over the other side. Reaching the sands below they clutched the rail of the submarine boat. .A moment later they were in the vestibuJ11. Frank shut the door and applied the force pump. In a few seconds the vestibule was empty. The divers removed their suits quickly. By the soul of Aristotle!'' gasped tbe doctor, "did we not outwit that chap in good shape?" We did that!" agreed Frank, "but if he had stayed by the hatch he would have bothered us much." "I bnve no doubt or it." It is needless to say thnt they were warmly welcomed by Barney nod Pomp. The two jokers bad watched earnestly for them. Begorra, I knew Misther Frank wud come back if anybody cud!" cried Bnrney. Shure, it's a charmed life his is!" "Golly!" screamed Pomp, leaping up; "wha' am dat!" .All gll\nced through the observation window. It was easy enough to see what was meant. There, pressed against the steel wire which protected the glass, was the the hideous face of the octopus. The monster's treacherous eyes seemed to be taking in every part of the cabin. H's mighty tentacles were wound about the turret in a tremendous grip. Barney fancied he could hear the steel 'l'be monster is aboard of us!" cried the doctor. Is there no way to settle his case, Frank!'' "Indeed there is," said the young inventor. "I'll fix him!" He motioned for all to follow him into the pilot bouse. Then te 1Jroduced the glass stools. The rest was easy. .All stood upon these insolated stools while Frank connected the dy namos with the steel bull of the submarine bont. Then a pressure upon a small button sent a tremendous current coursing through the hull. 01 course the octopus felt it. .And so powerfull was it that the mighty monster, whose weiabt was tons, was burled bodily from the deck. "' It went writhing away and lay some yards distant upon the sands motionless. The terrific shock had actually killetl ir. "That cooked him!'' criad Lhe doctor, for once lapsing into slang, "he was not strong enough for that." The octopus was disposed or. That danger was done away with, but a more momentous quectlon now confronted the submarine travelers. CHAPTER XI. A REVULSION OF NATURE. THE doctor was the first to broach this important question. "How long are we to remam here, Fraokf' be asked. Frank replied "Perhaps forever.'' The savant was dumfounded. "You don't mean it!" be exclaimed. I am In earnest." "Is the boat as badly stuck ns all thnt?" "You may depend on it," replied Franlr. "No action of the en glues will draw her off.'' "But-can she not be cut away!" "Not easily. It would require an interminable amount of work. The wreck would have to be literally hewed to pieces." '' That is hard luck," affirmed the doctor; "is there uo other way to get freer "Yes.'' What is ltf' "The use of dynamite." The savant a violent start. Do you really mean that!" he asked. Would It be safe?'' "Not altogether, yet it is feasible. In fact, it is the only logical nod expeditious way or dislodging her." "Shall you attempt itf' Frank was sUent a moment. Then be proceeded to don his diving suit again. Where are yon goingf' I am going out to take another look at her. Then I can answer your question expliCitly." The doctor bowed gravely. I wish you success!" he said. And Frank proceeded to carry out his inspection. He went nuder the boll of the ship and carefully examined everything. He was satisfied upon one point when be returned to the cabin. It was almost eare to try the dynamite. At least I shall risk it," he said, it Is our quickest way of get ting free!'' Once more he ventured out into the sea and placed a good charge of tbe explosive io waterproof cases directly under the sunken wreck. Tbese were connected by wire with a battery. Then he returned to the cabm, It was a critical moment. If they won, t!Jen their hves were safe to pursue tbe journey; If they lost., tben their fate would be forever sealed to the world Frank made the electric coooectlous and went forward into the pilot house. All were In readiness. At o!Xactly the right moment be pressed the electric button; the re sult was most terrific. There wail a mntl1ed roar, a fearful shock and commotion. The Pearl rocked and swayere was no leak To be sure there were a number of indentations in the metal, but these were not serious. It was a successful exploit, and the' submarine boat was extricated from her critical position. The wreck bad been literally shattered. She bad broken lu two and careened ln opposite directions. But the party felt no further intere&& io her. Their spirits rose. "Now we are out of this scrape," declared Frank, perhaps our luck will change.'' I hope sol" cried the doctor, "the problem now Is how to get ouL of this mighty cavern!" "You ure rigbt!" agreed Frank. "I belleve it can be done." I am glad to hear you talk that way; it looks hopeful." Barney now started the Pearl ahead As she progressed it became evident that they were coming Into no other underground sea. All clung to the hopl! that eventually they would find an avtJnue of escape from the place. But the days passed. Weeks came and went. Every day brought some little i ncident of interest, bot no material change in their position. Que aay Frank said: To-morrow we shall have been six weeks in this deep sen cave. Unless we shall succeed ln finding our way out soon I shall give up hope." This was a good deal lor Frank Reade, Jr., to say. But he bad been impP.lled to tills by a number of dampening obser vations. He had tried to keep the Pearl on a straight course, but was flo ally satislled that after weeks of constant search thE-y bad only been sail around within a limited aron. There bad occurred nothing to warrant n belief that they would ever find a way out or the hopeless labyrinth. / This was discouraging enough, to be sure. Barney, however, was extremely hopeful. "On me worrud as a he declared, "there niver wos a way av gittin' Into a scrape but there was a way out av it. There's niver n aoor to go in but there's a door to go out. Shure we'll roind it yet.'' Frank nor the doctor took no Yery bopefnl view of the Celt's philos ophy, but they did not say anything to discouraae him, But thrilling experiences were near at baud the grand cnlmina tlon of all. This last day of the sixth week in the deep sea cave \Was a memora ble one.


FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CAVE. 13 The Pearl had been groping blindly for many days in an apparently limitless &eo. The party bad all grow& weary of the situation. A sort of grim despuir hall settled down upon them. All were thoroughly imbued with this. The wheel was held most of the time by Barney. Upon this occas aion the Celt bad laelled it !or a moment and tnt ned to consult the key board. The searcbligbt made a pathway of light for many hundred yards ahead. By this the coast seemed clear. But Barney's vision bad aot been keen enough to one startling fact. In the very path or the boat lay a wicked coral reef; it was almost invisible except to tbe sharpest kind or a scntiuy. Barney turned juat in time to see it, but too late to avert a catas trcplie. He Jammed the helm bard aport, but too late. Tber9 was a terrific shock, a grinding crash, and the boat stood still. Every one on IJoard was thrown violently down by the shock; Barney gave a wail or despuir aud horror. The next moment Frank came rnslling wildly into the pilot-house. "Mercy on Barney!" be cried. What bas happened!" Ocb, murtha, sor, an' it's me own sthupid carelessness! Shure an' it's aground we are, sor!" "Aground!'' Frank's loce cleared, for be believed that if the boot was merely aground, it would IJe au easy enough mauer to raise her by means of tho tank. He at once turned the lever. The air rushed into the tank, the boat atraiu(>d and groaned but did not rise. The truth was apparent, She bad wedged herself immovably in tbe coral reef. The situation was a serious one. Barney continually lamented bis carelessness, until Frank tired or it anz see pbwere the daylight corns !rom!" ask ed Burney, in wonderment. "Golly! I can do dati'' declared J:>omp. '' Yez can!" "Yus, sab!" Well, pbwere does it cum from!" The durky pointed to the roof or the cavern. It was seen that daylight was adm1Lted oy means of m;gbty crev ices. This was evidence that an island or large body of land was above them, and that this was no longer part of the deep sea cave. The Pearl bad been tlying at full speed over the waters of the cav el' n sea. Frank now checked her speed. After much discussion, the only hypothesis of the affair which could be reached was thut the earthquake bad burst the roof or the deep sea cavern and burled the boat througll anu into this upper sea. However, this matter was one which they saw no hope of ever aolv ing. So it was allowed to drop. 'L'be ono question now before them was as to how they were to lind their way out or this cavern and to the open world once more. It seemed to them as if they would never again venture deep sea exploration if they could only gain this end. Even the doctor had had enough. He even said: "If I can only get back to America safely I think I will stay there. I believe I 'shallllud a large enough field there.'' l "Be jabers, Readestowu is good enough for me," averred Barney, "Snub, dar's no place like home,'' put in Pomp. But Frank lauglled. "After a month at home," be said, "you will be JUIIt as anxiona to start ont upon another expedition.'' "I snppose so," laughed the doctor, "but this Is our pr8118nt mood you know, Frank.'' "Yes,'' agreed the young inventor; "I almost feel that way myself. But is there no outlet to this Infernal "It don't look like it, unless it be through those cre'fices over bead.'' This now became the main object. All had tired of submarine crniding. Six weeks In a deep sea cave had given them a genteel suftlciency. Tbe boat sailed on at a raprd rate and a good lookout was kept for an opening. But alter some hours of sailing the rock wall or the roof began to hang lower. "We are getting to the limit of the cave I believe," cried Frank. "Now, if ever, we ought to lind a way out of this place!" And If we do not--" began the doctor. "We will!" said Frank, resolutely. Rapidly the roof lowered itself now until the turrets nearly scraped against tbfl rocky surface. Then Frank filled the tank and let the bout sink for 8ome distance. The search-light showed a passage dead ahead. Into this the boat sailed. Wider grew the passage 111 they sailed on. Finally all vestige or the rock walls disappeared. Arter sb.lllng on in this fashion for some ways, Frank seut the search-light's rays up !fards. They were not refracted; it was evident that they struck the roof of no cavern. The young inventor was thrilled. On my word!" he muttered. "Cau It be possible that we are io the open sea!" The doctor beard him. He gave a quick cry. Thank God, if we are!" be cried. Why not know tbe truth, Frank!" I will!" Frank pressed the tank valve. Instantly the boat began to rise. Up she went rapidly. Up ant up. Suddenly abe through the surface, and for a moment the hearts or all stood etlll. The blue bounding 1ea was about them, tbe blae 11ty overhead.


FOR SIX WEEKS BURIED IN A DEEP SEA CA. VE. They were released from the dApths, once more restored to the beau tiful upper worhl which they now knew how .o appreciate. Instinctively a wlltl ciJeijr burst from their lips. Hurrah!" Then to tht> east they saw a long line or coast. It was broken with little bays allll indentations between high While waving palms and tropical verdure told them that they were yet upon 1 be line of the equator. Wlmt land Is thatr asked the doctor. "On my word 1 do not know!" replied Frank, "it is my opinion, however, that we have beea under that coast for tile past few hours.'' Do you think eof' "Yes, d\1 yon see that dlstnnt long ridge rising over the clitfsT I believe that Is the dome of the cavern which WH inst left." Then we have been under land part or the way!" So I believe!" "But-surPIV we must have traveled a long ways under the sea to reach land. What coast can it beT" We will try ontl lind out. Hello! What is that yonder? It looks like a small seaport." Frank brought his glass to bear upon a liLLie harbor just within the clitf. As a result he crletl: Yes, it is a seaport. Now to lind out where we are!" The submarine boat was headell for the distant town. As they neared Lhe harbor numbers of smull sailing craft were seen. One of tlwse was hailed, and stood over near tile Pearl. Frank went on thPiforward deck. Ahoy!" be shouted. The anRwer came back in an unintelligible tongue. The doctor, who was a linguist, was called. What do they sayT" asked Frank. The h11il ""B repeated. Well, I hardly know," repiiod the savant. "I should say, bow. ever, it is some outlandish di11lect Liley use. They look like Portn guese. L<>t us see if they understand Spanish.'' Accordin!!IY the doctor bailed them in Spanish. To his delight the reply came hack: We are Pnrtogoese. What are youf' "We are : .'\mericans.'' What do yon in these waters with your war-shipf' "This is not a war.sbip," replied the doctor. "It Is the submarine boat An increlnlons reply came back. Than the SllVant asked: What COilSt is that yonder!'' "Africa," was the reply. Astounded, the lookecl at eoch other. "Africa!" !r"BP"tl Frank. Why, that cannot bel We have then come a good ways onder seal" "Fullllfteen hundred miles." declared the doctor. Then he h11iled the llsherman again: "Hnw far are we from the Equator!" Evidently surprised at the queslion, the answered: "What ia wrong with your rPckoningt You are right on the Equa tor. Yonder coast is South Guinea, and that cape over there is Lo pezl'' "Enough!" exclaimed Frank, closing his glass. "It ill hard to realize that we have traveled such a distance in last six weeks.'' yon must remember that we were continually on the move, and that wo sailed rapltlly." "I bPar that In m10d,'' sa!4 Frank, but llfteen hundred miles in a deep BPa cave! That seems fncretlibiel" YAt it was true. Frcm thto point where the cavern was entered to this-Cape Lopez on the coast or Africa-was fully fifteen hundred miles. It was a marvelous thing to retlecl upon, that the party had traveled so far in such a manner, beneath the bed or the sea, and bad only by a miraculous chance seen the surface and the light of day agatn. As ali this came full force to Frank, he shivered: "Ughl'!' he declarell. "I have bad Let us go home." "Amen 1" enid the doctor. "Home, sweet home, dere am no place loike home!'' aang Pomp, tbrowwg a H11> Hap. By accillent of course, be landed on Barney's corns. The Celt gave a hyena like "Howly murtber! do yez mane to kill mel'' be shrieked. "Shure, yez blunderin' fool yez.'' "Hub! reckin it dldn' kill yo'! sniffed Pomp. Begorra I'll show yez!'' roared the Celt, making a dive for bill tormentor. But Pomp ducked his head. Look out dar, chile!" be sbonted, "I'se a drellul ole batterin' ram, I is. Look out, chile!" But Bamey wus out for blood, and was not to be checked. He Btl uek the Ethiopian full force. Or rather Pom" struck him. It required no magnifying glass to see whic!J bad the best of it. Pomp's hard skull cnught the Celt under the very last rib. It squeezed his wind, you may be sure." For a moment he rolled upon the deck gasping nod panting. In his exuber11nce, however, Pomp made a mlslake He pausell to indulge in a boisterous laugh. Wtth his head throwll !lack he was doing the act to perfection when Barney recovered. Suddenly Celt picked up a s,lab of wood and struck the darky full across the shins. Great Scutt! What a about, what a turning or tahles there was. The darky could have stood the blow on hi& head well enough. But the shin is the negro's vulnerable poh!t us nil boys know. It is hardly necessary to say that Pomp's laugh became a crescendo or wails. "Ow, yo' no count I'ishmar.," he roarPd, "yo' done killed dis chile. Fo' de good Lor, I hab yo' hnbt fo' Oat!'' "Turn about Is fair play, begorral" roared Barney; "the O'Sbeas woz uiver whirped yell'' And the Celt foliowtod up biB advantage hy grappling with his ad versary. How the utfuir would have terminated but ror an interrupt ion it is not easy to say. The luterruplloo was Frank Reade, Jr.'s voice calling from the pilot bouse: Barney, you rascal, come here!" Inslactly the two jokers broke away. Barney sped to the pilot house while Pomp went below to get some linlrneut for his alllleted shtns. Ten minutes late! the submarine boat was homewara bound. And now dear reader we most bring you gently to the end of our tale or deep sea adventure. Sutlice it to say that the submarine boat reached America in safety. She matte her way up the riYer to Readestown. The voyagers were received by a greut throng or friends. Ali were glart to 11ee home again. Dr. Calliope went back to bil:' scien:illc studies with new vim and much valuable data. He became the most eDYied man lo the prorea sion. 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