The galleon's gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search.

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The galleon's gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search.

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The galleon's gold; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search.
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. Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. No. 116. { COI'IIPLET E } FRANK TOUSEY. P11m .unnm. 3! &; 36 NOH'l'H MOORE STREE' r NEW YORK. { J 'ltiCE } New York, September 2 0 1895. ISSUED wmmLY. v Vol. v. Ent eed accmding to the Act of C onuess, in the yeur 1895, by FRANK 'l'OUSE'fT, in the 0{/'!ce of the Lib,.aoian of Cmtg reps, at IVashington, D C THE GALLEON'S GOLD; or, Frank Deep By 1010 Reade, Jr.'s Sea Search. And in its sickening glare the scene which was enli.cted w a s enough to freeze the blood in the veins of any ordinary man. "My soul!' he gasped. and he threw up his arms. From every corner ot t.be cabin there rushed toward him ghastly stiffened human bodies, corpses of men who had been dead for two centuries. Could he believe his senses.

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/ / 2 THE GALLEON'S GOLD. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. THE GALLEON'S GOLD; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea Search. A Submarine Story of the Sunken Buccaneers. By "NONAME," Author ot "The Mysterious Mirage," "The Und11rground Sea," "To the End of the Earth in an Air-Ship," "Lost in the Great l!ndertow," "The Chase of a Comet," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE SUNKEN TREASURE, THE clipper ship Ac.relian, one of the few survivors or the old West India trade, had sighted Sandy Hook. and was making New York harbor after a Jemarkuble voyage from Belize. Captain Hartley, her master, was eagerly watching the approaches to the harbor with his deck glass. By his side stood a man or distinguished appearance. He was tall, sinewy, and would have been considered handsome were it not for the yellow bue of skin which all travelers in tropical climes are bound to acquire. Cecil Clifford bad traveled the world over. His hobby was archre ology, and as be was a mac. or large means and a member or many bistol'ical and scientillc societies, he was able to pursue his researches to any extent. He was the only passenger aboard the Aurelian, and was return ing to New York from Honduras with a thrilling prpose in view. What this purpose was only be and Captain llartley knew. I only hope thaL Mr. l'arkP.r received our cable from Havana, and will be at the wharf to meet us," remarked Captain Hartley. So do I," agreed Clifiord. Is it not possible that be will come down to meet us in a tug!" The captain shook his bead with a wry face. "Humph!" he said; "you do not know Gilbert Parker. He is the most penurious man in America. Do you think be would put out the money to employ a tug? Depen
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THE GALLEON'S GOLD. 3 I, Don Cristobal Mendoza, am thrown into this dungeon to starve by the heatben, curses upon them! Curses upon the fortune which placed me in their power. Here lam doomed to die, while my ship, the Donna Veneta, lies fathoms deep in the ocean, off this cursed coast, with all my great fortune aboard. "Woe is tbe day I left sunny Spain with my princely holdings, to set up a kingdom in this land of deception nod disappointment. Bur ; ied at the bottom or the sea is my noble ship nod millions of pesos, while I am to die in this fearful bole. Jesu pity! Save my Sl)ull' "Then followed a diagram which was rudely drawn to show the soot where the Donna Veneta went down. The whole coast map of Hon duras was shown, and so comprehensive was it that a skipper ramiliar with the waters should be u ble to sail directly to it. No latitude or longitude waa giveu, only approximate distances, bot this was deemed enough.'' The diagram was brielly discussed. All the while Parker had lis teneu witb a cat like gleam In his eyes. "Weil, Mr. Parker,'' said Hartley, tlnally, "what do you think or it! Is not that treasure worth recovering!" Recovering?" exclulmed the miser, squeakily; "bow can It be re coverert! How can you recovt>r anything from such a depth in the sea as that!'' Pshaw! There are hundreds or divers who will go down to the wreck." If they can find it.'' "You are incredulous!" What do you want of me? Is this your reason for calling me out here at such tro uble and expense?" cried the miser, angrily. What a bit of moouslune! You are a fool, Hartley. I gav& you credit for more sense. What folly to think that you could recover such a treas ure. Why, it i3 absurd-very absurd, sir!" For a moment Hartley's face was black Hot worus were on his tongue, but he only said, in a steely way: Then you have no faith in this project!" "None whatever!'' You will not lend the Aurelian to this scheme on promise of an equal division? "Never!" Tile miser spoke decidedly; Hartly arose quickly to his feet. He was very r e solute and very angry. "Then, Mr. Parker," be said; '' vou may look for a new captain. I am out of your employ this moment." Parker gave a violent start. Wha t !" he cried, "have I not always paid you well!" N e ver without reluctance.'' Then you m ean to leave met'' "I do." I "What will you do! You have no sl:ip nor enouuh of money to carry out your hare-brained enterprise.'' "' But my friend, Mr. Clifford, bas,'' repliAd Hartley, coolly. The miser turnt>d and regarded Clifford almost insolently. "Yes," said the traveler, with assumed nonchalance. "You have chosen to throw away your golden opportunity, Mr. Parker. We are not sorry, however, to exclude you from our enterprise. It is true that I have money enough to build, buy or charter any kind of a ves sel we m .ay to accomplish our purpose.'' The miser looked keenly at Clifford and then stammered: But-1-I will reconsider--" "No JOU won't.'' said Clifford emphatically. "We are alone in tllis enterprise, sir. You are excluded!" The miser said no more. But be chuckled much under his breath. The Aurelian few hours later was at her wharf. Then Captain Hartley and the distinguished traveler took their leave of the ves sel. The captain took the port-folio in "Vhich he had kept the copy of Don Cristobal s story, amon g other effects. Both proceeded nt once to a hotel. Neither were disconcerted by the decision of Purker. "The Aurelian is a good vessel," snid Hartley, "but there are others, Cliflord. I am not sorry to leavs the old curmud.,.eon out of it.,, ,.. "Nor I,'' agreed Cli!Iord; "but now, my dear friend, let us at once get down t() business." Hartley,'' he said, Come with me.'' The manner of the great traveller impressed the captain. He looked up in surprise and asked: "Wheref' "I am going to Readestown.'' "To R e ndestown!" ''Ye s.'' "What for!" "To see Frank Reade, Jr." "What--" "Ask no queations until we get there. Then you will understand all. Come along!" Hartley knew :was no use in trying to argue the point. It was nlwnvs best to give Clifford bis own way. So he fOllowed him. Readestowo was a neat tittle town on a river lending down to the sea. Jt wns chiefly noted for the family of great inventors, tile Reades who had founded the place. Frank Reade, Jr., himself sat in his private office at tho machine works looking over some plans. He. was a handsome youth, with a certain bearing which dis tmgUisbed lnm wherever be went. Suddenly the door opene!l and a woolly head appeared in the space between the door am\ the frame, A negro, black as a coal and with gleaming ivories stood there Well, Pomp,'' said Frank, loGkinu up "what is iU" Snub, sab, two gentlemen as wa;ts to see yo sal:.. Dey won' llke no, sah I" Frank took_the cards banded him and glanced at the names. JogEPH HARTLEY. } "CECIL CLIFFORD. New York City. I don't know them, said. "What is their business?'' B e rry important, sah, so dey say. Kain't tell no mo'." Show them in." A'rlght, sah.'' Pomp disappeared, but be had no sooner vanished than a shock or red hair and a genial Irish mug appeared in the spot 1he had left. Shure, Mlsther Frank, Ivery !lit av the sthores is aboard the boat sor." Go?d for you, Barney O'Shea!" replied the young inventor. Ev erytlung is then in reaainesa for the start." "Yis, sor." "Very well, will do." The red hair and grinning mug then vanished. Baruey and Pomp were Frank Reade, Jr.'s faithful body servants. They had been long ID hls enaploy Steps were beard outside a few moments later, and two men entered. Captain Hartley and Cecil Clifford shook hands with Fmnk Reade, Jr. In a very few moments they were the warmest of friends so in stinctive was the sympathetic tie between kindred solls. We understand you tune perfected a submarine boat Mr Reade" said Clifford. ' That is true,'' replied Frank, "That is a wonderrul triumph. We congratulate you." "'l'hank you." Do you !ntend starting for a deep sea cruise very sooa !" "In a very few days." "Have you an ohjecL in view beyond simple exploration?" "Nothing special." Clifford and the captain exchanged glances. Then the former said: Will you kindly listen to a little story we have to tell, Mr. Reade!'' "Wllh ple asure replie d Frank. Then Clifiord detailed the story of the Donna Veneta and her treas ure. As l te dwelt upon the story of the sunken galleon's gold, Frank grew Interested. For some moments after Clillord finished his story be was thought ful. Then he said: "So Gilbert Parker would not lend his ship Aureiian to such an enterprise!" "No," said Clitford. Which shows hts folly. Gentlemen, what if I propose to place the submarine boat Dolphin at your rlisposal!" CHAP'l'ER II. Clitlo rd and Ila rtley sprang forward, and each grasped a hand of THE YOUNG INVENTOR, the young inventor. CLIFFORD's plan was to buy diviug.sults, and at once look up men "Hurrah! You have saved the day!" cried Clifford. "We knew used to descending Into the greatest depths of the sea. that you would look with favor on our plans I" But these were not ensily round. Neither were they at once suc-"Only think of having a submarine boat at our disposal cried cessfol in finding the right sort or a sailing craft. Hartley. "Success is assured!" While thus somewhat perplexed a curious incident occurred whieh "Well, g e ntlemen, I am decided,'' said Frank. "We will all go completely changed thPir plans. aboard the Dolphm in search of the galleon's gold. The start shall be Clifford chanced to pick up a newspaper and read a large heading: made at once, and old Parker will find out what a colossal old ass he "A WONDERFUL INvENTION! is.'' Hartley and Clifford cheered vociferously. Bot Frank pulled chairs ''Frank Reade, Jr., the young inventor, once more to the fore. This up to the table, and said: it a famous submarine boat w!tich is a complete success, and "Where is your plan or diagram?" With which the wonderful young man mtends to sail around the world Hart .ley pulled out the portfolio and opened it he spread some undt>r The prablem of deep sea solved. The naval papers on the table. and marme world In general much Interested. Thev were quickly examined and then all three men looked at More followed of a descriptive nature, and Clifford read every line. each other blankly. Tben be drew a deep breath. I "Jericho!" gasped Bartley, Where are the diagrams, Cecilf" He arose and put on his hat. 'l'he.)' ought to be here!" I

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w THE GALLEON'S GOLD. But they are noll" Clifford and Hartley were aghast. "What has become or them?" he gasped, weakly. "My soul, Hart ley, you don't !Jelieve that have IJe&n stolen!" exclaimed the captain, In a hollow voice. That is their fate Cecil, we ore ruined meu !" Frank g anc"d from one to tile other. Who could have stolen them!" he asked. "We do not know." To whom else have you shown them!" To no one-except--" Clifford and Hartley stared at each other. Then both gasped in the same breath: "Gilbert P aker!" "The old hound! rejoined Hartley, hotly. "Would he dare do such a villainbus thing!" I believe him capable of anything," said Cecil. I know be is an old villain Bnrtley took several turns up and down the room. We can prove nothing, he said or course he will deny it. Again, perhaps we have lost them, What shall we Can you not repeat that diagram from memory, Cecil!" In answer, the tr .. v e ler sat down, and after some time drew crude lines upon puper. "1'his is u s near as I can remember It," he said, "but I lose much valuable d e t a il.' What could have prompted us to attempt to take Parker into the scheme at all cri e d Hartley, with self anger. "I might h ave known that be would try to figure it all iuto his own coffers. What a bull we do ? "There is only one thing," said llrnnk, arising. "And that!" We will accept this diagram and scour every foot or the Honduras Gulf. We shall have an advantage in tile submarine boat.'' "Right!" crie t l Clifford, in a transport of joy. "There is a solution of all! We will Mr. Parker at his own game! Mr. Reatle we owe all to you." "That is cried Frank. "I am with you body and soul! But enoagh! Would you not like to take a look at the Dolpbiut" D e lighted!" both cried "Come on thPn!" Frank l e d the way through high gates Into an Inner yard In the center of this was a deep bastn or tunic of water. It was conr.ected with tbe river several hundred yards below, by means of a canal and a lock. In tbl! cent e r of the tar.k 11oated the submar i ne boat. It was a wonderful specimen of seacraft. The two newcomers gaz ed at it spellbound. In shape the Dolphin was long and rakish and her lines Indicated spllf'd. Her hull was of plates of steel. Her main deck was roofed over entirely, giving her an odd appear ance as she lay there in the water. In this roof was au enormous plateglass skylight and any number of deadeyes. These were wholly for purpos"s of ohservo.tion from the interior of tbe boat. There was a !urge observatihr. window :mel conning tower upon each side of the vessel ahout midships A pilot house with a conical dome ant.! heavy glass windows was forward. There was an outer deck or platform to the width of six feet which extended all around the vessel and was protected by a guard-rail. The Dolphin had three steel masts and a long bowsprit with rig1 ging or steel ropes. Those were more for the of the craft than practical use She bad twin screws which were driven by powerful electric en on a peculiar storage plan wbicb was wholly the invention of Frank Reade, Jr. So light and clean cut was the Dolphin that abe could make a famous rate of speed even under water. Tlle interior of the boat was palatially furnished. Every com tort and C ( Dvenience known to science was there From the pilot-house to the engine.room, salons, state-rooms, magazine and all were comple t e. There was also the huge pneumatic reservoir or tank for the sinking or rising of the boat. Tllis was done b y simply admitting or expelling water. Also the clu mical generator with its tnhes extending to every part of tlte boat for the furnishiag or pnre air while under water. Alto getller the submarine boat was a marvel. CHAPTER III. THE BOTTOM 01" T H E SEA. B ARNEY and Pomp bad faithfully made every preparation for the submarine cruise. Stores sufficient to lnst two years were aboard the boat, She wns in apple pte order, her dynamos b e itig ready to start at an instant's notice. Slle rocked lightly In the tank, and as Hartley and Clifford went aboard or her they were ent(msed. By the l,{re:.t whale!" cried tl:e captain, "she's the neatest sea craft I have ever seen." "A lloating palace!'' declared Cllfiord. "Mr. Reade, this ill no ordinary invention.'' "Well," Frank, "she quite excels anything I have yet manufactured, I admit. Yet I think I can excel her merits." Hartley looked incredulous. It does not seem possible," he said. "And yet I cannot dis pute you, Mr. Reade. I tiJink anything is quite possible for you.'' Frank bowed modestly at this compliment Tllen they all repaired to the office again. A day was agreed upon for the start, and allliands were to be ready at that time. It wus believed that the Donna Venet a could be found even without the important diagram left by Don Cristobal. As she wall a su!Jmarine bout, this see ned plausible enough. "At any rate," declared Clifford, "if we can do no better, we cni. go into the interior of Honduras and look up the record in the ruin agnin." "But if Parker abstracte
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THE GALLEON'S GOLD. They were of thousands of shapes, colors, and varieties. Some of them were so IargA as to threaten the safety of the boat. Bot fortunately these lerge ones were great cowards, and kept at a safll ditance from the boat. Frank turned on tile search-light and sent its rays shooting down into the depths. As yet the bottom could not be seen. "Are we down to the canter of the earth!'' cried Hartley; "it must be an depth heret" I see nothing of the bottom yet," cried Clifford. "Can the little bout the strain, Frank?'' The young inventor knit his brows. Why, I think so," he said, but yet looked noxious, for the Dolphin was creaking and groaning somewhat; "the bottom must be near. Ah, there, I cun see it!" And a wonderful sight it wns which burst upon the view ol nil at thnt moment. The bottom of the se11. Tiley were sure nt that moment that they were the only human beings who had ever beheld it ut that depth. It was ltke a view into another und strange world. -To adequately describe it would be qtite impossible. There were forests of marine phiiii S, some or them gigantic in size, cavernous recesses, the lurktng place ol strange sea monsters, and corul reels deeply submerged in sand. The Dolpbin sailed ofer tbis wonderful scene, while the voyagers took it all in spellbound. "II the Veneta is sunk in such a se11 ns this," declared Clifford, "it will be difficult enough to get at her on account of ti.Je marine r;rowth." "You nre right," agreed HarLley. What do you think ol i\, Frank?'' Well," said the young inventor, after some thought, "I hardly believ& that the sea which the is buried in is of the same sort as this. Wh1le the Gulf of Honduras is undoubtedly rich in murine growth, yet I believe that there are gres.ter tracts ol sandy plain and coral reef. Let us hope to lind the Veneta in such." "Amen!" cried Clifford. "We will accept no other belie! nny way!" 'l'he Dolphin kept on for miles sailing over the forest ol murine growth. Had the voyagers felt the inclination there would have been no open epace for a safe descent. For to risk a descent among the tangled fibres and branches of the ; marine plants would be worse than folly. Powerful as the Dolphin was she might not be able to extricate herself. For hoard the submarine boat kAjJI on In this way. Burney was at tho helm. wlule Frank nod H11rtley and Clifford sat in the cabin anti discus$ed the suhjAct of locating the Veneta. Barney kept his hand on the Dolphin's wheel and a sharp lookout out or the window at the same time. Pomp hntl bAeD nt worl; in the gnlley. He hnd finished his cooking anti for a moment stood looking out of his window at the cunous sights wi.Jicb seemed to pass in review be fore him. Suddenly he heard BarnAy in the pilothonse above calling him. "Shure, oaygur, an' ph were is the heart nv yez! Can yez bear to see me sthnrve, yez ill-manneretl :oon yez!'' "Huh!" gruntetl Pomp. "Why t!idu' yo' say yo' was hungry!" "BPjnbers, yez hnve only to Ink Ill mP to see that." "Yo' am right dar, I'sh; wha' fo' to ent!" Shu're I'll take it in liquitl form il yez doa't moind." "Yo' want some consomme, "Dlvil a bit! Yez know pilaL's best to wnrrnm the cockles av me hE>art.'' Pomp chuckled. I done fink I uodnhstan' yo'," he snid. "I brung yo' up some dreckly." Pomp reached down behind the flour bin and brought forth from tbe darkness a blncl> bottle. The label on It read: Gootl Bourbon Whisky. Now everybody knows the Irishman's wea'mess; the Englishman Imbibes ale, the Gt>rmnn drinks heer, the F1euchman sips wine, the American hrancly, hut the true bred Celt despises all of these anti turns to whisky. Pomp poured a good dose ol tbe pure article into a small flask; then be diu somethmg elsA. CHAPTER IV. A CATASTROPHE. THE two Wl're warm friends, but ever addicted to the playing ol jokes upon each other. Some'.imes one I! ad the better of it, and some times the other. Pomp saw what he believerl nn elegant opport.noity to square some p11st grievances with his friend. "Golly, I t!cne tix dut chiiH!'' he chuckled. "He laike whisky, do he! Massy Lordy, I gih him tie K<>eley CurP!" With which, still he ren!'hHd up nnd took down a small bag ol ground re!l dust and seeds, and which was marked "Ground Red Peppers.'' "Golly!'' chuckled the darky, "he done link somefln' got him fo' snah!'' Into the flask he put a liberal quantity ol the ground peppers. Then be touched his tougue to the compound. The touch fairly lifted him olr his feet. A swallow wauld seem suffi cient to send n man up 111 amolr!" "Yo' holtl yo' patience jes' a bit till I put dis bread in de oven!" replied Pomp. "l'se c0in'.'' Then he picked up the llnsk nod sprang up the stairs. Barney took it !rom his eagerly. it's a gir.t!Pmon yez are!" cried Barney, "yez know well enufl phwat I need." With which the Celt threw the llnsk to his lips. Pomp stooJ eagerly waiting lor the explosion. Gurgle, gargle went the liquor down his throat. The dnrky Could he his senses! 1'be Celt slowly aud deliberately drained tile flask. Then he laid it down and sahl: Bjallers, thkt tastes like some whisky I once got in Donnybrook!" he sail!. It'e fairly aloivel'' Pomp gave a gasp. Then he pickelt up the flask and looked nt Barney, like one in a dream. His eyes fairly rolled in the1r sockets, Btuney looked at him lu surprise. "Phwut the divil ails yez!'' he cried. "Shure are yez sick!" N -no, snb ' rPplied the dazed coon, but-did yo' drink all dnt whisky roiltht down an'--" "Phwnt the llivil did yez me to do! Did yez want a sip yersill!" "N-no, saul" spluttered the coon, "but-but--" He snid no more, but made his way liown the stairs slowly to the galley. There he scratched his woolly pate and muttered: On mull wo'd I oeber heard oh sich a mouf an' stummick as dat l'ishman hub got. I done fink he make a good men! on window glass nnytime he leellalke it." But Barney had tasted the most fiery of liquors too many times to mind a little tking like this. He knew !rom the taste that the dnrky had doctored the liquor nnd he suspected what it wns. So he chuckled to himself. Begorra, the coon thought he had me solid thnt toime. But fer n luct he got badly lefl, fer divil a bit do I rnoiud a little loire in lbe crather." But Burney laid it up against the darky just the sao.e, and muttered: I'll foix him fer itl'' While Pomp sai
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THE GALLEON'S GOLD. be freed from her position on the ledge, their fate would be too dreadful for contt!mplntion. Doomed to die of starvation at the bottom of the sea. It was a dren to his aid. At any cost he must try and save him. So be drew his ax from his girdle and made a leap forward. In the meanwhile, Clifl'ord had been fighting all that was in his power. He wielded his ax with desperate energy. He struck blow after blow at the huge tentacle which held him so firmly. Each blow threatened to sever it. But even as success was crowning his elforts, out darted another arm and encircled !Jim. This was surely drawing him into the orifice, when Frank came to the rescue. The young inventor dealt a terrific blow at the tentacle. It partly severed it. Another huge arm came stealing out and Frank dealt. it a blow also. Clilford was too exhausted to do more. But Frank threw an arm about him, and denliug the tentacle a severing blow drew his frie::d quickly out or reach. Nothing more was seen ol the octopus. It did not emerge from its den, but a dense cloud ol black finid did and it so clouded the water Frank was obliged to drag Clif ford some distance away. The latter recovered quickly. Frank put his helmet close and shouted: "Are you all ri_gbt!" "Yes!" replied Clilford, "it was a close call!" "Indeed it wus!" But lor you, I should have lost my life[" Frank made signs to return to the Dolpbin, bnt Clifford felt suf ticient curiosity to ask: "How about tbe boat?" Tbere is but one way to get her ofl the reel.'' And tbut--" J will explain when we get buck to tne boat.'' "All right!" In a few moments thay reached the rail. To their surprise they saw Barney In the vestibule all in his diver's suit. The brave Celt had seen their distress and wus coming to the!!' rescue. llegorrn, Misther Frank 1" he cried, when the two divers were once more safely aboard. I thought it was the end nv yez. May the Howly Vurgin be praised, yez are all rolg;bt an' sale!" "Well, 1 thought 011r friend, Clitrord, was surely done for,'' said Frank, "but by the best of good fortune he is still with us.'' Which happy fact I owe to Mr. Reade," declared Clilford. "I shall never forget it.'' The matter was dropped now, however, for another important one. The question as to the fate of the Dolphin was now brought up, Frank was t.boughtlul for some while, and fiually said: Wait until to-morrow. Then I will be able to decide.'' That night lew in the party slept very soundly; at an early hour Pomp bad a steaming breakfr.st ready. All were rather sober as they sat around the table. Well,'' said Frank, "it we are doomed to spend the rest ol our days at the bottom of the sen, we can count upon extending our spun of lite to a limit of ubout two years." "How do you make that exact calculotion?'' asked Captain Hart ley. "'Ihere are just stores enough on board to last two years," replied Frank. After they are gone?" Frank lnnghed nervously. "'l'wo years is a good long while in which to make up our minds what to do. Perbaps before that time we may bit upon a good scheme.'' Let us hope so," said Clifford; ' but we should like to hear of your scheme of yesterday, Frank.'' By all !lJeans!" cried Hartley. "Huh! ueber you mind," cried Pomp. "Marse Frank he ueber get stuck. He fin' some way out ob any kin' ob a acmpe." Bejabers, that's aoight!'' averred Barney. After some retlection and much persuasion Frank divulged the plan which had occurrP.d to him. "It Ia a simple one," he said; "it consists merely of digging a. mine under the boat and trying to dislodge her with dynamite.'' "Hurrah!'' cried Clifl"ord. "What could be better!" "So say I!'' snil Hartley. But Frank shook his head slowly. "There are many risks involved," he Paid. "We must consider th& poaslb : lity ol the Dolpllin springing a leak, or of tbe dynamite strain lug her timbers.'' But-how can ahe spring n leak!" "Her timbers or plates may be already started, and dislodging her-may start the leak in an inatunt." The laces or all fell. "Is there any certainty of such being the case!'' asked Hartley. "No certainty," replied Frank, "only a possibility, and a very strong one at that.'' "Then it is narrowed down to a question of expediency, whether it Is better to risk instnnt death, or the more lingerj.ug fate of two years under the deep sea.''

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,, THE GALLEON'S GOLD. 7 CHAPTER VI. "Exactly," a g reed Frank. "If we explode the dynamite now tile I boat may fill and sink in ten miotl4.es. Tllere Is the chance." "Humph I" said Hartley. "H we have got to die, it may as well be PARKER'S DEEP GAME. now as two year& from now.'' <.1 So had all ueen in the question of saving the Dolphin that Frank glanced around the little circle inquiringly: 1' tbey were unconscious or otller tluugs transpiring near them. What do lh!l rest or you sayt" be asked. Shall we accept the All uunotlced, a full rigged ship had come bearing down upon them chance!" from the north. Put it to ballot,'' said Hartley. It bad been not a half mile distant when they came to the surface, "Agreed!" but they had uot looked in that direction or noticed it. Cliflord made out some b a llots and handed them around. The} were It was now not tilt y yards from the Dolpllln and bearing directly I marked and thrown on the table. down upon the submarino !:loat. 1L looked as if there was a deliberate H artle'' counted them. purpose to run the boat down. His face wore an indescribable expression as he looked up and Fmnk Reade sprung into tlle pilot-house and switched the propeller said: valve, at the same moment turning the rudder sharp about. "The qu e stion is settled. The ballot IS unanimous." The engines responded instantly and the Dolphin switched obout, In favor ol--" not an iOstant too soon. "The dynamite," The big ship's hull just grazed her stern. It was certainly a very Frank Read e Jr., arose from his chair. He was very cool and steady close call. as he s aid to Barney: lntlignaotly Frank threw open the pilot-house win dow, and shouted: "Bring up the metal canisters from the hold. Rig a wire with "Ahoy, there, do you mean to run us down!" tbe battery. 'l'llen procure picks and spades, put on your suits, you Only a mumbling reply came back ns the ship swept on. Men were and Pomp, and come with me." seen in her chains and at her after rail. Pomp went for the picks and spades. In a few moments all was The ship lay over to the wind and showed ber stern. Instinctivein readiness. ly all looked for the name. Frank, with Barney and Pomp, donned diving suits. And b e fore this could be seen, C a ptain Hartley, who bad been Then they went out ou deck, and a little later were at the -keel of staring at the vessel, cried: the boat. Soul or old Neptune! It is the Aurelian, motes!" Frank directed the digging of the mine. The announcement was like a dynamite bomb to the otbers. The coral was easily preked away, but the ledge rock required drill "The Aurelianl'' gasped Clifford. lng and split'.iug. "Are you sure of it?" cried Frank, eagerly. Slowly but surely the mine was made. All that day the work went "Of course 1 an\; don't you suppose 1 would know my own sl:lp in on. any part of the worldr' cried Hartley, indignantly. It was noon of the succeeding day, however, before It was finished. "You ought to," agreed Frank, "and your assertion is proved, for Then the cartridges were placed. there is the name!" Great bales, made of soft burlap filled with sand, were placed under This was true. the keel and over the dynamite, to act as a cushion and reduce the Upon the stern of the passing vessel was the name, "Aurelian." shock. That she was Gilbert Parker's ship was a dead certainty. Then the wires were connected, and the three divers went aboard That she llad meant to run the sullmarine boat down was also a Dolpllin. sure thing. lt was an atrocious purpose and mtlde Frank's blood They rem.:>ved their diving suibs, and Frank faced Clifiord and Hart boil. ley, who were pale and somewhat e xcited. The mean wretch!" he cried, angrily, be c e rtainly meallt to Now that the critical moment had come, each really shrank from run us down." the mighty risk. Yet n e ither could be called a cuward. "Tllat be did!" cried Hartley, "that Is just like old Parker.'' Well?'' said Hartley. They
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8 'l'HE GALLEONs GOLD. A day!'' Ae the submarine boat came rusaing down, they 11larmed, There was a dn!:lious silence, bnL Frank showed himself at the pilot-bouse windows, and made con Then the Aureliun will reach the Gulf or Honduras first. Per. ciliatory gestures. !laps she may even recover 1 he treasure." 'l'he submarine hoat came to a halt not ten yard! from the divers. "Let her, if she cun," suhl Frunk, "it will not be such an easy > No sign of the Donna Veneta's wreck was visible anywhere. matter for her. She Will buve to eend down dirers and make munv "Get on a diving snit, Barney," cried Frank. "Go out and ask preparations which will take up time. We Will get there about as them what they are doing here." soon as she does, I think." All roigbt, sor!" Work was at once begun upon the twisted tubes, Barney 11\lsteced to obey orders. But before be could leave the Barney and Pomp brought all the necessary tools down into the bout, the aivers gave the signal and were pulled up rapidly to the place and operatious commenced. surfacA, they progressed, Frnnk found that the joh was not to be as Frank instantly reversed the tank lever. The Dolphin began to rise. difficult as he had imagined. Where are you going, Frank?" asked Clitlord in surprise. ..... The tuhes were uncoupled nod straightened, and the valves read" To the jnst ed. But it required fourteen hours or hard work. What for!" In the meanwlnle the Anrelinn was long out or sight and well on "I want to see whether these men are from the Anrelian or not." her way into the Gulf of Honduras. She must surely reach the sunk"Good!" en gnlleon before the Dolphin. The Dolphin sprung up out or the deep sen. All was daylight and Fate seems to play a very important band in this matter," said the sun was well up toward the meridian. Clifford. With all our accident! Is a wonder that wo are able to A \"esse! lay to not one hundred yards distar.t. There wPre a group reach Honduras at all." or men Jenning over her r11il and apparenLiy hauling up sorr.etbing on That is true ," ag. reed Erank, but let us hope that we shall meAt lines. with !IO more." 'rhese of course were the divers. A moment later they were pulled "Amen!" safely over the rail. The tank was now once more in working order. In other respects Frank instantly sailed nearer the Aurelian, for Hhe it was, and made the Dolphin was all right. Once again slle set out for the continuance .of her voyage. In response a man appeared in the shrouds. He was at once reDnrkness was now over the sen. Yet the submarine boat, with her cognized. It was Gilbert Parker. powerful search-light was enable:! to make lolly as good time as in "'l'ltere is the old chap himself!" cried Cecil. daylight. "Let us see what be has to say," said Frank, as be stepped out on lt was in the afternoon or the next day that Frank announced that the deck. they had passed through the Yucatan Cllannel and were rtJally in the It was but n moment s work to answer the bail of Parker. The Gulf of Honduras. latter's words were pitchAd in a snarling key. Once more the diagram as prepared !rom memory by Clifford was What do you want!" consulted. "We want to have a talk with you!" cried Frank. "Come over in Sailing by this for hours the Dolphin kept on. a small boat. You will be sale!" It was evPning when they r eached the locality where the Donna "I have no business that I wish to transact with yon.'' Veneta was supposed to have sunk. "Ah, but it may be to yo:.r interest to talk wittl us," returned "'l'his IS the spot as near as I c an locate it," said Clifford. Frank. "You had better grant us an rnterfiew." "If that is true,'' said Frank, "we have outwitted Purker, for the A snarling unintelligible reply hack. 'l'hen a boat put out Aurelinn ia certainly not in vicinit y." from ttle Aurelian's side and was rowed swiftly alongside the Dol-It was true that no vessel was in sight. The Aurelian must have phin. gone upon the wrong tack. d d k b d d b b T Wllat will we tlo!'' asked Captain Hartl ey; .. shall we wait until Gilbert Parker an a ar rowe man stoo m t e ow. hey stllpped out on the Dolphin's tain Warren,'' said Parker, with a peculiar emlle, as he ex" Even in daylight we should have to use the search-light," said Clifford, eagerly. .. Suppose we examine it now, Fran I!" changed salutes and i10trodnced his companion, "he is the present .. 811iling master or the Aurelinn." "All rigllt, agreed the young inventor. "All be ready for the deThen he turned abruptly to Frank, and said: scent." ThE> doors and windows were quickly and hermetically closed. Then What are you doing here!" Mle Dolphin plunged b e neath the surface. Fran'gazed lteenly at the old rascal for a moment and then reDown she went for several hundred fathoms before the bottom was plied with deliberalllln: We are in search of the sunken j!"Slleon Donna Veneta. What seen. Then a sandy plain lay before them. "1'hot is good!" cyied Frank, "It will be ensier to find the Dilnna Veneta than il the bottom was covered with weeds.'' "True,'' agreed Clifford. [ hope we will not be in discover ing her.'' All bands now posted themselves at the windows. The flashed everywhere across tlle enndy plain while the boat moved slow ly ahout in the quest. All manner of curious objects were encountered. Sometimes a huge projecting led!!;e or rock would be mistaken lor the wreck. And thus the search went on slowly and syate!llatically. Results were not far distant. CHAPTER VII. A PARLEY. FoR the of the night the quest was kept up. It wos morning befortJ anything worthy or nol!l WB discovered. Then Frank m the pilot-bouse llaslliog the light into the far depths gave a start. 'l'he object whicll met hls gaze was certainly one well worthy or at tention atHI intPrest. He saw several forms groping about at the bast> or a small reef. He knew at once from their shnp" that tiJey were not marine animals. "On my word!'' he criAol, "here's a go!" In a momt>nt Clifford and Hartley were by his side. [ What is itf" cried the latter. "Look!" Frank pointed to the distant objects. A startled exclnn:ation burst from 1 he lips or hoth men. "Well I'm heat!" gasped Clifford, "they are human beings." "Divers!" exclnimenen," Frnnk put on more speed. "Well, h" enid, shortly, "let us run down and interviPW them!" "c .. rrPct," criPd Clifford. We will ask a bit or nn exnlnnut.ion.'' The divPrS wPre apparPntly astonished at the sudden radiance or the search hght. They stood In a group waiting for developments. arA you here lor!" Parker's gaze shifted, but yet he managed to make reply: We are here for the same purpose.'' Do you think your coarse has been an honorable one?'' asked Frank, cnttingly. 'l'o the victor belongs the spoils!" was the evasive bot bold r,_ ply. "How did you know where to look for the galleon!" "Did I not see the '' Did you not steal il1" Do you me. m to insult me''' snnppAd Parker, angrily. "I" mean to apeak plainly and truthfully to yon," said Frank, firm ly; "the diagram disappeared that very night Lhnt it waa shown to you!'' "Very substantial evidence ol my guilt," sneered Par:.er; "did anyone see me tnlte it!" "It mal.ters not whether anJone saw yon tnke it or not,'' declared Frank, "the fact remains that yon knew w!JAre to look for the sunken galleon, and yon could not have done so without some moJil!lS or guidance.'' Parker grinned Impudently. Well,'' Ire said. "have I not as good a to the gold as you?'' No," replied Frank, "the gold belongs righl fully to Mr. Clifford, who discovered the records of its existAr.ce. You prove yourself a tb1e! by your underhand metho
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THE GALLEON'S GOLD. Parker stood a moment the perRonificntlon of rage and hatred. Tllen he shook his fist at Frank's retreatiug form, and hissed: We shall see! Gilllert Parker n ever fails. Beware!'' With which he turned nnd stepped into his own l.loat. He was rowed back to lhe Aurelino. Frau k in the pilot-house closed the doors, and then pressed the leve r which cauH ed the D o lphin to sink. Down she settled rapidly until finally [she rested upon the sandy bottom or the s e a. Now," he said "we will proceed to search for the Donna V eneta." Hit is our good fortune to find the gnllAon's gold, is there not that we may have trouble with Parker?" asked Clifford, "I don't see how h e can troulll e usr said Frank. We are out of his way nod can keer so. If I were so inclined I could sink his ship DOW.'' "It would be a ml!rcy!'' declared Hartley. I have no grudge agaiust the ship. It is only the own e r!" Wait!" said Frau k, decidedly. You will see that his late will yet overtake him. I have never seen it fail. Rascality Is bound to meet its just reward!" Preparatious were made lor renewing the search for the galleon. As full two hun11red years bad elapsml since she had gone to the bottom, It wae likely that she was somewhat in tbfl sand. This drifting for Lwo ceutunes over her bull might indeed have comcovered her up. 'lhe only way, therefo make sure of her diacoverv was to search fo:: some part or her or bull, which mtgbt yet r.roject itself above the san:l, or at least the findwg of some object which might guide as to h"r exaet location. To be sure this seemed somewhat like looking for a needle In a hay stack, but yet the search was carried on. and Cltfford were to accompany Frank. Pomp and Hartley were to mauipulate the searchlight aboard the Dolphin. Aud thus the quest b egan. Donning their diving suits, the three eearchers left the Dolphin. They mtLde thear way over the sumly Uoor. It wus a close and careful search which they proceeded to make. And alter wandering some distance from the Dolphin, Frank made .the first important discovery. He saw an oiJject wedged in a projecting spur of coral. He cated and examined it. It was the hilt or a sword. But little was left of the ivory grip, but the steel and !(Old frame was intact. In nn instant Barney nod Clttl"ord were by his side. They placed their helmtts tognther and Clifford shouted: "You have made a discovery of value, Frank." "Yes, I think I have," replied the young inventor. "Perhaps the ship is right under us at this moment!" "I think it would be Willi to dig down a bit and see what is beneath us," snld Frank. "Whurrool Here thin!'' cried Burney thrusting his spade in to the sand. He turne d 1111 a spade ful. Then his spade struck something solid. An object was brought to view! It was sr atiooary What is itT" asked Clifl"ord. Frank bent. down and examined it. Then be arose and said; "It is the stump of a ship's m : st. On my word, frieuda, 1 believe t he gulleou lies burled beneath us." CHAPTER VIII. A DIVERS' BATTLE. BARNEY cut a caper in the sand, and Clifford fairly embraced Frank. "Hurrah!" he cried. "Success is bound to be ours!" It looKs like it l " II the gallt>on is under us, we have only to dig down to her deck l evel and then tiud our way iuto her cabin." "Just sol'' "Bow is the sand?" "Judging from thtJ size of the mast and the point at which she is broken otl; I 3 hould say ttnL more than four or live feet.'' "Why, it will t a ke no time to dig down that far.'' I t ought n o t to.'' "Here goes!'' C!l! Having a spade al H o,Clifforcl began toc:ig with Barney. In a very few moments th blades struck 8 on'letbiog soil(!. 'lbe saud was scraped away, and boards were rtlllenled. "Th e ship's deck!'' cried Chti'crd, hulC insane with glee. "Hurrah! Now we hnve hit itl" Quickly they cleared a space or everal feet. To the surprise of all \he timbers s e emed 1 > well preserved and sound as ever. That. is cried Frank, a lapse of two centuries. There muaL be som., element in the water here!" Indee d I tltooght myself," declare ( \ Clifford; it seems to be more bnoyunt and of a dl uerent q u ality from ordinary sen wa t er. Also there is a peculiar suhstance in tlte sand which is uncommon!" An 11ffort would have been at once made to cut a section of tile deck away had it not been for un incident quite unforeseen. They were just at the angle of quit! n high reef. Aronncl this suddenly five men appeared iu divmgsuita with ropes aad life lines. They were the Aurelian divers. Each one carried a heavy ax and & spade. They paused at sight of the three divers from the Dolphin. For a moment not a move wo. s made by either party. Then Olilford leaned forward anu shouted to Frank: "Tht>y are Parker's men!" "Yes!" What do you think their game Ia! Will they trouble us!" I am sure of it, ir they think we have discovered the galleon.,. "They most know that we have.' Y es.'' "Look! They, ore menacing us! What shall we do!" Tit ere is bu t one thing to do," declared Frank, grittily. Wtt must ourselves at all hazards!" The live divers from tlte Aurelian were handicapped somewhat more than thtJir rivals on account of the lire lines. But this diu not deter them from makmg a threatening move just the same. 'l'hey advanced with excited gestures. The foremost, Frank fancied, wns Parker him s elf. -1 young inventor was not a little disturbed as to what the outcome of th11 affair would be. 11 blows were resorted to, then there mnst be loss or li!e. This was something which Frank always deprecate d. He could not endure the thought of destroying these men, though they m .ant to destroy him. It was nn easy matter to cut their life lines nod terminate their extstence in a brief moment. And yet the h o r::or of the thing held him enthralled. The divers advnoce d threateningly, evidently confident that they could drive away the three men with their superior numbers. But litis was not so easy. Frank nod his companions stood aidA by side. Do not strike unl e ss we are really nttacked," he declared, "thea. do not take tbelr lives if you can help it." The loremoet of the Aureliun's men made n dive at Frank. The young inventor !lodged and strucK the fellow over the helmet WILli the tlat end of his ax. The shock lail him out senseless; but another followed him 'l'ttis one struck Ctltford to his knees. But Barney was quick to tbe rescue and saved t he explorPr's life A quick blow from the Celt's spade dashed the diver over senseleu. The other three drew back. It was now even up, BarnP.y was spoiling lor a fight. Be Rhook his ax and rushed tow11rd the three divers. But at that moment one of them appareqtly became and ou tho dnuger line. In an instant they were twirled upwards and out of sight. The insensible ones ulso went. For a moment our divers stood spellbound. Then they placed their helmets together and Clifford shouted: "Hurrah! a Yictory for ns!" They evid e ntly got more than they bargained for," said Frank. Begorra, it's a moighty lucky thing fer them that they wenL!,. cried Barney. Shure I wud soon have laid thim all out the spalpeens!" They certainly were noL over well gifted with pluck," agreed Frank. But I urn sure thnt we are not do n e with tbH m yeti" So am 11" agreed Cliflord; "old Parker is a literal blood-hound. He will never leave a scent.'' "Be jal>ers, let thim cum agio if they want to!'' cried Barney. "Sllure, I'm in fer thryio' to get into the buried ship agnio.'' That's right!" cried Frnok. "We must not abandon that scheme. Let ns be u t work I'' They picked up their spades and once more set heartily nt worll:. So swiftly did Barney and Clifford throw sand t bat it was not long bef nre o large space ou the gallon's deck had been cleared. Then a closed butch was revealed. Barney put his spade under it. and quickly pried it open. Some" stairs desceuded into the cabin below. Frank placed bis helmet against Clifford's and shouted: I will descend first. It will be b etter for only one or us to ex plore the galleon at a time. Tile Aureliau's men may return at any time Clifford snw the of this, and said: You are right. We will bold guard here." Frank put a foot on the cabin stairs, He descended quickly and entered tltll cabin. As he
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10 THE GALLEON'S GOLD. How was it that they had been so well preserved! Was it the action of the water, or the fact that they had for so long been closed up in that cabin! Que old fellow in a gold laced coat ned with long, flowing hair and beard came rushing toward Frank. But even as the young inventor pushed him aside the coat crumbled and one arm drop!Jed away. 'llhe intiux of fresh water from above was beginning to tell. It could be easily seen that tbe of the bodies for such a wonderful p e riod of time was due wholly to a certain ele ment in the water, and the !net tbnt they had heen closely bottled up in the cabin. These men had, two centuries before, sailed the waters of the Hon duras Gull and left their homes in sunny Spain to seek an El Dorado In tbe New W orhl. And this had been their end. It was a wonderful thing to ponder upon. Frank stood spellbound. While the ghastly forme, contorted and twisted into every pos sible ahape, went sailing about the cabin. Some of them had already begun to fall into dissolution. The ulti mate end of all was nasured. But Frank soon regained bis composure. His momentary dread of the corpses passed away, and he now be thought himself of looking for the galleon's gold. That was really the Donna Veneta he felt assured. Afler some moments he steeled his nerves and essayed to cross the cabin. Horrors! The h1deons corpses came rushing about him, striking him and brushing by in unwelcome contact. For an instant, overcoma with the horro!" of the moment, Frank struck flut right and left jghting the corpses away. Thus he bad made his way hal( across the cabin floor when a strange thing happened There was a sullden terrific shock, he was hurled upon his face, and for a lew seconds was stunned. When he came to be regained his feet and started for the cabin stairs. His one thoul!ht was that so)Detbing t e rrible had happened. To lind out what this was !rom Barney and Clifford was his lirst purpose. He sprung np the stairs but came to a sudden halt. His progress was barred. His head struck the hatch above. It was closed. For a moment Frank was astounded. Then he essayed to lift the hatch. He pressed his weight against It time and again. Bnt each time it refused to yield. WHAT did It mean! CHAPTER IX. ?HE GALLEON'S GOLD. He tried to clear his befogged mind and think cl e arly on the subject, but the result was that he was always more perplexed. He pound e d on the batch, and would have shouted to Barney and Cllflord had he been sure that they would bear him. II they were still outside, they certainly must be aware that the hatch was closed. Why, then did they not lift it? Why should they for so long allow it to remain closed? Then a chilling thought came to Frank. He gns1>ed anti sank down upon the cabin stairs. My soull Can it be possible!'' he muttered. Am I buried alive!" He r e membered the explosion or shock which had flung him upon his face! Wilat did it menu! Had something happenbd above to seal the fate of his friends as well ns his own! Yet he could not imagine what that happening could be. I will not believe it," he muttered. I will wait. They will yet come to my rescue.'' Time passed slowly enough. Yet the rescue did not come. However, Frnnk did not give up home and fresh interest was arous ed in his mind in the galleon's gold. Why waste my time," he thought, II an y thing bas happened they will dig me out in good time. I am i not afraid of that." With which consoling reflection, he set to lind the galleon's gold. Once more he started across the thP cabin floor. He gained a door on the opposite side and pushed against it. It opened und he walked in. .Again the hideous corpses attacked him. But he heeded them not. Into a second cabin he passed. One happy state of affairs he noticed. There were no dead bodies ln the plac e He closed the door carefully behind him; then he looked about the place. It was evidently the captain's cabin; everything was in a remark able state of preservation. He passed along to the captain's table. The sextant, quadrant box, compass and globe were yet there; but the charts and maps and all papers had dissolved. This was to be BS the true history or the Donna Veneta ..might never be known. But Frank was looking for tbe galleon's gold. He opened the xt was the gunroom with many stanlls of small arms of the ancient tirelock pattern. "Well," wutterell the young inventor, after all this, "where iR princely fortune of gold which is suppos!'d to be contained iu this \es sel! Surely it must be hid away in some secret part of the ship, 1! it exists at all.'' And yet be saw no reason for doubting its existence. He remem bered that the treasure rooms ahoard these old galleons were gen erally secret chambers. Io that case he must look for such; with which recollection he began examining partitions and bulkheads. It seemed more logical to him that the treasure chamber should be contiguous to the captain's room. So be went thither. And examining the wainscoting thoroughly, be round that there existed QUite a large space between that and the main ca!>in. "I see," be muttered; "this is where tbe treasure room is located. But now how can entrance to it be obtained?'' This was a question, but Frank fell to closely searching the sur rae
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'l'HE GALLEON'S GOLD. Ii Imprisoned forever in that sunken vessel with the corpses of two I Meanwhile what o! the Dolphin anu Pomp and Hartley! hundrad year9 ago lor companions! At the moment that the torpedo exploded, Pomp was adjusting the Truly it wus an awful situation! What could be do! search-light, noli Hunley was watching the operations of his friends Frank Reade, Jr., was a brave young man. But in spite of this, he In digging for the galleon. wa11 almost unnerved by the reflection. 'l'bey have found it, Pomp," he cried; and Frank has gone down The temptaf ion was strong upon him to end the affair then and into it." there. Why make the end a lingering one? "Golly! I done hope nutfin ba!)pen to him d cwn dere!" cried the All sorts of trag-ic fancies forced themselves upon him. coon. "l'se drefl'ul areur Dolphin was picked up as if it was a bubble, and hurled through blade. the waters most violently. CHAPTER X. WHAT BECAME OF THE DOLPHIN. BTJT what or the Others! What bad happened? Barney and Clitl ord were vigil at the opening to the hatch way. They were waiting eagerly lor word from Frank Reade, Jr. All of a sudden there was a blinding flash of brightest light, an awful roar and a shock. Both men were lifted as if by a catapult and whirled away in surg ing masses of water. They bad inatmctive &ense enough to cling to each other through all. It seemed an interminable length of time that they were tossed and burled and carried through the water. Then they sunk and once more felt the bed of the ocean beneath them. 'l'hey lay upon the sands for some little while. Then the waters grew calm about them and they recovered themselves. They sat up and looked about. The locality did not greatly difler from the one they bad left. It was the same expanse of sand and coral reel. Their helmet lights made a :imited circle of radiance about them. Beyond that all was darkness. Well,'' exclalmed Cliflord, placing his helmet age.inst Barney's, what does this mean?" Shure, sor, it beats me. I'm afther thinkin' sometbin' blew upl" "Oh, yes, tllere was an explosion." Shure, sor !'' "But whnt was it?" "I'm sthuck, sort" Could It have been tbe Dolphiof' Barney shook his lwnd. "I'll niver believe that, Ror. No, it's my opm1on that thim omad!Jouns av the Aurelian had the inathrumentality av it all." Clifford gave a start. "I have ttl'' be cried. Pwbat, sor!" It. Ia the work of Parker. He dropped a torpedo down upon us. It's a wond e r that it dill not kill us. If his nim bad been true we should now be dead!" The Ct>lt looked his horror. "Shure, an' phwnt av it sthruck the Dolphin!" I do not think it fell in that locality," declared Clifford, though I have no doubt the Dolpnin felt the shock somewhat." Then Barney a wild start. But shure, sor, it's fools we are to be here an' leave Misther Frunlc ph were he is." "That Is right," agreed Clifford. "We must go and look for him." Witb whtch they got upon their feet and looked about them. Nothing was to be seen of the Dolphin or her search-light. All was gloom about them. But beyond the circle of their helmet lamps Clifford saw a white reef. It looked familiar to him. The sunken galleon is on the other side of that," be said; the shock of the explosion carried us Oler here.'" "All roight, sorl'' cri ed Barney, with alacrity. So they set out for the reef. Below was a sandy plain, they fGocled they could sAe the excuvation over the galleon's d"'ck. But when they reached tile spot, it was not there. Nor was there at all familiar in surroundings. "Well," muttered Clifford. "I can't say that I like this. Let us look on further." And tbls they proceeded to do. From one spot to another they wandered. But each grew Jess fa miliar the more strongly impressed the fact upon them that they were lost. Lost at the hottom of the seal Hundreds of fathoms from the surface in very mid-ocean. What. an awful reflection. It held the two men aghast. Nothing but despair and death hung over Lhem like a grirn pall. It seemed as' if it would never cease whirling, when there was a crash and a shock. Then Pomp found bimsel! standing on his bead in a corner of the cabiu, and Hartley was jammed into another cor ner. It was some moments before either recovered breath enough to speak. 'l'hen suddenly tbe electric lights were paled !>y the light of day. Both glanced through the windows, nod saw that they were on the surface or the sea. 'l'be Aurelian was seen some distance away. Jemlnnl'' exclaimed Hartley, as he gained his feet, "what on earth happened to us! ' Golly, dat am jes' wha' I was tlnkin'l" cried Pomp. Then rubbing their bruises, they looked about to see what harm had been done. But the boat was apparently uninjured, and floated lightly on the rolling waves. But certainly something had happened to bring the boat to the sur face in such u startling manner. What this was Hartley tried to think. Then all came to him. "By the north star!" he cried, "t!Jat was a torpedo those rascals exploded, thinking to annihilate us!" "A topedol" exclaimed Pomp. "Den it am berry lucky dat we wn9 not blowed up!" Indeed it was!'' exclaimed Hart.ley. "I wish I had a gun; I'd sink their infernal craft!'' Hi, dar-look out!" yelled Pomp. "Dey hnb got a gun ro suah!" A puff of smoke leaped from the side of the Aurelian. There was a distant boom, and a shot passed not a foot above the vessel's rail. The aim was not so close as it would be next time, and Hartley knew it. "Look out, Pomp!" he cried, "they mean to sink us! Send her to the bottom ogaiu !" "Golly, dat am jes' wha' I wlll dol" cried the darky. He sprung to the key board. He swung the tank lever about. But the bout did not sink. The darky was astounded. A ahade of dismay crept acroas his race. "Fo' de Inn's sake!" be muttered. "Wba' am de matt.uh? Am anytlng bruk?" "Mercy on us!" crieu Hartley; "don't say that, Pomp! What will become of Frank and the othera?" It was a fearful rellection. Boom! Another shot came within an inch of taking away the bow of the submarine boat .. "They are a set of pirates and murderers!" cried Hartley, angrily; "show them no mercy!'' "Massy Lordy! It don' look as if we was gwine fo' to hab de chancel' declared the coon. "Well, don't expose the boat any longer to the shots. We must at least get out of here!" Yo' am right, sah! Yer goes!'' The coon put on speed nod sped beyond range or the Aurelian's gun. Tben Pomp applied himself to the all important mattter o! re pairing the boat. Pomp was not as thorough mechanic as Barney, yet he knew something or the mechanism o! the Dolphin. He worked zealously. He found eventually that the shock bad dislodged a piece of steel plating in the bulkhead, which had fallen Into the cogs of the tank trucks and so obstructed them. To remove this was a matter of no little effort and ttme. It required six hours of nctive work to pat the damaged trucks back into good shape. All this wbile the Aureliao had been sending down divers as Hartley saw through his glass. Whether they bad discovered the treasure or not wo.s a question. It they had, then there must hnve been some sort of o.u encounter, and Pomp and Hartley reared for the safety of their friends. Pomp worked like n Trojan to get the boat into working order again, for be knew the importance of at once going to the rescue or the lost ones.

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12 'l'HE GALLEON'S GOLD. But of a sudden the Aurelian seemed w be pulling up anchor and I They stepped inside, and as Frank bad done before them, carefully getting ready to soil way. ex a mined everything. The cause of this move was lor a time a mystery to Pomp and Frank bad closed the door to the treasure vaua; they Hartley. did not l!ud this. But the captain chanced to glance at the horizon, and cried: But they came up to the captain's
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THE GOLD. 13 "It most bel" cried Hartley, hopefully, "it cn.n be nothing else." "Yo' am ri!!'ht!" "Turn tbe ienrchlight onto it!'' No time was lost in this. A sharp cry or joy llurst from the lips ol each. The distant Jlgure or a man was Heeu. Hurrah!" cr ed Hartley, by the North Star if that isn't ooe of OIH ;nen. We shall save him!" Golly! dat am good luck!'' cried Pomp, joyfully. It was the tnrniug of the search light full upon them that had cn.used n.nd Clifl' ord such n. thrill of surprise n.s was depleted at the close of a precedwg chapter. When the remote chance or n reunion wn.s fully considered this could be deemed nothing e!Jort of miraculous. The submarine voyagers certainly had good ren.son to congratD late tl!emselveH. The submarine bon.t now bore down npon thil two lost voyagers. l'bn.nk God, Bnruey, we are saved!'' cried Clilford, joyfully : "fate is witb us!" "Begorrn., we'll be on deck yet, be tho sowl n.v Pn.t Murphy!'' cried Bn.roey. Shore, It's a l.Jit av luck fer us!" N earer drew sullmarlne boat. In n. short while it loomed up near at haul!. Then the two lost men clambered n.bon.rd. They were quickly in the cabin, and were fairly emhrnced by Pomp and :Mutual congratulations lollowed n.nd then n.ll was lolly explained. Alter both stories were told, Barney cried: "Begorra, phwn.t do yez Lhml> hn.s to Frank Rende, Jr.!" "Golly, I done Jlok yo' ought to know de mos' n.bout dati" cried Pomp. "Be me sow!, we left him in the cn.bin av the sunken ship!" All looked at each other. Then he mast lie there yeLl'' said Clitlord. "or course," n.greod He.rtley. "God grant no harm bn.s come to Lim!'' "1 cannot see why it should," said Clifford. "At least our best move is to !!!O right llack there and lind him. There is no doubt but thnL we s!Je.ll lluu him ull right, unless--'' The sume thought crossed the mjmls of all In thn.t moment. They remembered the Aureliun s men n.nd the opportunity th e y bad. If they bud come upon Frank n.nd made him n. prisoher, there was no telling what the villain Parker might do with him. "Golly!'' cried Po:np, "If cey hall .tone Marse Frank any hn.rm dey bettab suy dere prn.yers, fo' liey will pay fo' it n.s snob as I is a bo'n niggn.h.'' "'fllat Is right, Pomp," declared Clilford. We are nil with you to a mao. It shall be so. But we will continue to hope that he is n.ll right." Down inLo the cabin Hartley went. He pushed \be Jloating bodies aside, He passed from one part of the ship to another. There were marks or a former visit plain enough. Bu t object of his quest-Frank Reade, Jr.-could not be round. There was no trace of him to be found anywhere. 'l'o the reader this will seem strange, us we left him securely bound and the batciles closed by the departing divers of the Aurella.n, CHAPTER XII. WHICH ENDS THE :rALE. FRANK READE, JR., lt-ft hound band and loot upon the Jloor of the maiD cabiu or Lbe Donna Veneta, wus in by no means a happy frame ol mind. He was always clear grit and never given to despair. 1 Yet at tb!Lt morneut his case looked black and hopeless enough, He lay for somewuile after the departure of his captors without mailing a move ol any kind. The other occupants of the cabin were i:espectful enough Occllsion ally one of the dead buccaneerR would lazily change his position, or catching n. current, float across the catlin. At such times the young inventtr conld not avoid a chill of horror so ghost!} and supernatuml did the buccaneers look, Some time elaps ed. It a e emed an age to Frank. He speculat e d upon his chnnceP in a metho'dical sort of way ani! gave htmself up to somewhat morbid reflection. After all, his worst fn.te could only b e death, It must come to him sometime. Drowning was, after all, not the worst form. the suicidul mania. threatened him. Especially was this tbe cn.se when he reckoned the hopelessness or his position. After a time, however, reaction w a s bound to set in, Life uever s e emed to have a more rosy hue. It would seem n. tran siti o n into pn.radise to reach the upper world. With t!Jis cn.me a desperate sort of h11pe. Why not make a supr eme ellort! It coulll do no worse thn.n fail. Once his mind was made up there was no fn.lteriog. Be bel!an work on his bonds. He writhed and twieted for while. The water bud swollen the ropes, but it had also weakened the strands, Be rolled over and over until he reached the door of the captain's c.1bin. Here his gaze fell nplln an obj ect which gave him a thrill. It was an n.x. It had lleen dropped there by one of the divers; at once Frank saw ( bis opportunity. He rolled over to it in such a mn.nner as to press his boads n.gainst its keen edge. "Yas, sn.h!" J Agn.in l lld again he pressed the cords against the keen blade; At once prepern.tlons were made for resuming the search for the one by one tbe strands snapped. aunken Finally the lust one was cut; Frn.nk experienced a thrill It woe not so very difficult to locate her. 'l'he rest wus en.sy. Bearings wore obtained ami then the Dolphin sailed down for the He hnd the use or his hands now, and with the blnde of the ax. he spot, As she drew nearer the reef nothing was seen o! the Aurelin.n's cut the other bonds. diver&. He scrambled to his feet a free man; for a moment he was unde But trnces of their visit were discovered. chled how to n.ct. In the sand there were sp1utes and oth e r tools left by them. This His impulae was to get out of the cn.bin of the galleon ; but how would seem to be evidence that they meant to return. could this be do ne! "On ne worrud as a gintlemn.n," cried Bn.rney. "I beln.ve they've The hatch ball t.J11en battened down by the AurelinD's d i vers when done hnrrum to .Mist hllr Frnnk." they weut away. Could be hope to brenk it open! "Let us hope we will Hnd him in the gnlleon's en. bin," said Clifford. H e could at lenst try. Anchor the hoat, boys." He tbe stairs and dealt the batch a. blow. Joy i t yie lded The Doluhin was quickly set down und anchored. Then lots were and with a gren.t effort he forced 1t open, drawn to see who wus to he tbb favored ones to visit the gnlleon. He pushed awuy the sn.nd n.nd emerged at last from t he prison It fell to Hartley n.nd Pomp. This seemed just enough as they be hn.d occupied so long. had previ o nslv remn.ine d ahoard the D o lphin. He 11xamiuell his genern.tor. "Ail r ight," cneu Clifford. "I Jlud no fn.ult. Only bring Frn.nk There were c!Jemicals enough in it to last lnll forty-eight hours with you." longer. "Golly! we done do
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/ 14 THE 9ALLEON'S GOLD. He entered the vestibu!e and exhausted it of water. Then he re moved his helmet and stepped into the cabin. The effect was startling. Cliflord sat by a table looking over some maps. Barney was engaged in the pilot bouse. Clifford starte:l up with a gasping cry: "Heaven preserve us!" be shouted, "it is Frank Reade, Jr" Frank was wildly embraced by 'loth. "Be the sow! av Put Murphy's cow, I'm happy onct more," cried Barney, turning somersaults across the cabin. "But-how on earth did ;tou get here, Frank!" cried Clifford. "We had given you up." "I have had quite au experience," said Frank, with a 11mile, "but where are the others!" They art! in th,e cabin of the galleon." But-what bas become of the Aurelian ?'' "Driven away by a. gale. The coast is clear. Before she ca.n return we can recover the Donna Veneta's treasute and be off.'' "You are right." Then Frank told his story. Clitferd was more than delighted when he learned of the amount of the galleon's treasure. ''We will cheat olm, By C. Stanfield Hicl,s. Pnce 10 cents. For sale br all newsdealers In the United Stntes and Canada, or eent to any addreBs, postage free, on receipt of price. Address Fmnk Tousey, publisher, 34 ani 36 North .Jd:ooJe Street, New York. 2730. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LANTERN. Containingadescrip tion of the lantern, together with its history a.nd invention, Also full directions for its use and for painting slides. Handsomely illustrated, by John Allen. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, postpaid, on receipt of price. Address Frank 'l'ousey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York, Box 2730, HOW TO DO TRICKS NUMBERS-Showing many curi-ous tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. And erson. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. For eale by all news dealers in the United States, or we will send it to you by mail, postage free, upon receipt of theprice. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box2730. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over 300 interesting puzzles and conundrums with key to same. A complete book. Fu,lly illustrated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent, post-paid, upon receipt of the price. Ad dress Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore St., New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO MAKE MAGIC TOYS-Containing full directions for making Magic Toys and devices of many kinds. By A. Ander son. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all news dealers, or sent, post-paid by mail, upon receipt of price. Ad dress Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND-Containing over fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or sent post-paid, upon receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York. P. 0. Box 2730. HOW TO FENCE.-dontaining full instruction for fencing and the use of the broadsword; also instrction in archery. Descbbed with twenty-one practical illustmtions, giving the best positions in fenc ing. A compltlte book. Price 10 cent>!. For sale by allQewsdealers in the United Stutes and Canada, or sent to your address, post on receipt of price. Address FranK Tousey, publisher, 34 !Uld liU North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730.

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