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2 .A.FLO.A.'l' IN A SUNKEN FOREST. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Acid.Jss FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Afloat in a Sunken Forest; OR, WITH FRANK READE, JR., ON A SUBMARINE CRUISE. A WILD STORY OP THE DEEP SEA. By "NONAME," Author ot "Latitude 90," "Beyond the Gold Coast," "Six Sunken Pirates,"" Lost in a Comet's Tail," "Astray in the Salvas; or, The Wild Experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, in South America With the Electric Cab," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE GREAT LAND SINK. UPON a certain morning in June, the Transatlantic Cable Jlasbed a strange and startling report across the sea to the American terminus. The press or the country instantly issued special editions with a start ling heading: "Enormous Tidal Wave reported ofl' the coast or Mozambique. Ter rific Convulsions or Nature. Fifty square miles or country sink imo the sea, carrying hundreds or human lives to an unknown depth. Ter rible earthquake ltiocks felt all along tte Alricun coast. The wonder of a century. Six nativll VIllages and the city of Mendoka are fathoms deep in the great laqd sink. The valuable forests or dye woods, the property of American speculators, are covered to the depth ol ball a mile with water. The greatest earthly revulsion on rE'cord." Thus, in substance, the report was given. It was a thnlling event. Not only were scientists, geographers and travelers interested in the -a.ffair, but the world at large. 'l'u--think that an area fifty miles square should be suddenly swal lowed Up by the sea, with its human population, habitations and all else, was a startling thing. No such thing was on record since the disappearance ol the continent or Atlantis. It sounded veritably like a !able itself. But there were many who knew that it was true. Every cablegram report only confirmed the story. To be sure there \\ere cases on record of small volcanic islands in Uie Pacltic in a night, but that a generous slice o! the coast of Africa should so singularly sink into the sea, was thrilling indeed. Instinctively every one thought or their own land, and those in proximity to tl:e sea could not help but reflect upon tbe possibility of such an occurrence on their own shores. But among the terribly suspense stricken ones, were those who bad friends or relatives in the distant African clime. To them the news came with a sickening lear. Captain Jared Hardin!!' was a wealthy importer of mahogany and costly woods with an office in Pearl street, New York City. One thousand acres owned by the tlrm o! Harding & Co. were upon this sunken territory. And in that very forest whioh the sea bad reclaimed, the captain's only son, Walter Harding, was supposed to have been at work at the time ol the culmination of the tidal wave. The captain was in a fearful state or mind, and lor a time there was extreme fear that be might lose his rea.eon. He raved wildly over the fate or his belov ed son, and declared his intention or going in quest or h1s body, He changed his plan, however, upon the friends, and Instead, olfered an immense reward for the rooovery of t.he body. But there was one person who positively refused to believe that Walter Harding was dead. This wa& his sweetheart, Miss Meta Benton, who from the first confidently declared that her lover was alive, and would some day come home all right. Such is strength of woman's faith. The reward ofiered by Mr. Harding attracted the attention ol one person wbo at the present day occupies a unique and prominent position in the eyes or the world. 'rhis individual was no other than a talented and famous young invent-or named Frank Reade, Jr. In his home in the lovely city of Readestown Frank Reade, Jr., had read o! the whole afl'air with tingling veins and a thrill o! sympathy. My soul, that is dreadful!" he declared. I don't see how young Harding could escape dtath. The agonized father would no doubt be very glad to get even his body." He was thougbt!ul for some moments, and then, as if talking to an other person, went on: Thls matter should be o! great in to science. That a slice o! the Alri..:an coast should thus so strangely sink into the sea is cer tainly wonderful and perhaps significant as warning us of a series ol changes possible in the terrestrial lace ol the globe. Ah!" He gave a start just as there came a little rap on the door. Come in!'' exclaimed the young inventor, without rising. The door opened. A curious looking old fellow with twinkling eyes and hair and beard of snow white stooL! on the threshold. HtJllo!" exclaimed Frank, with a pleasant ring in his voice, "it's my dear friend Dr. Vaneyke." At your service, young man," said the distinguished savant, with a low bow. I am glad to find you well." Thank you! And yourself--'' Quite well!" "That is good! Just from the Smithsonian, I supposer "Well, yes. I have come to Readestown to see you upon an im portant project." "Always a project,'' laughed Frank. "What is it this time? Not a trip to Mars I hope!" "Not while so much of interest confines me to this sphere," replied the Professor o! Science. He placed his tile upon a stand and then seated himself opposite Frank. There was a keen in his eyes as be said: You have read or that tidal wave otr Mozambique?'' Frank gave a start. .,
AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. 3 "So that's the lay!'' he exclaimed. "Yes, I was much interested In it." "I am glad or that. I have to say that I am also interested in it." "That Is good!" "Only think! Vast fortunes were buried In that great sink." "That is true," ar,reed Frank, "but I did not IoBEI any there. Were you eo unfortunate?' "Not at all!" replied the doctor, wiping his specs, "but I am or the opinion that much can be found there ol material value to science. That is il one could-er-coold-well--" "Well, wbatf' "Proceed thither in the proper way and properly equipped.'' "Ah I how would that bef' / Under the sea with a submarine boat. I might as well come to the point, Frank. I hear that you bava just completed your new craft." "My submarine boat?" repeated Frank. "Yes, it is quite finish e d and r11ady for a cruise.'' Dr. Vaney ke drew a deep breath "I thought so. Now-say t!Je word, Frank.'' "What?" Will yon go to Mozambique with your submarine boat or not! Only think! Science will receive such a benefit as she never knew be fore, and you-well, there are treasures in the sunken forest whiGh may belong to the man who can reclaim them." The doctor eagerly placed o. hand on Frank's knee. There was no uoubt bot that he was greatly in earnest. Ttis pleased Frank much. What do I want of the treasures!" he asked, carelessly. I am rich enough.'' "Butthey furnish motive. You are going to take a deep sea cruise anyway!" "Yes, the Sea Crab is all equipped f o r that purpose." "Then why not givtl ear to my pra yer and make it a cruise to Mo zambi q ne. I am sure I will find a way to repay you," pleaded the doc tor. Before Frank could reply the door opened, and a comical looking red-ba1 r ed lris!Jman stood on 'the threshold. "Shure sor," he said, "it's a lady caller to see yez." "Barney," began Frank, but before he could say more his fair visi tor ente red. She was a young and slender girl, richly dressed, and in an appar ent state of much distraction. Though she managed to smile and bow p l e asantly to Frank and the doctor. Is this Mr. Reade?" she asked in a sweet voice. It is! replied Franlr. Are you the gentleman who is reported to have invented and built a submarine boat!" Bo t h Frank and the doctor gave a great stare or surprise. Yes!" replied Frank, wonderingly What cao I do for you!" "First I must tell you my name," she said, ::llffldently. "I am Meta B e nton. The young man to whom I was engaged to be married, Mr. Walter Herding, was supposed to be in that forest when it sank be neath the waves.' "I have read that account," said Frank. pleasantly. "Now, everybody believes that Walter lies dead somewhere in that sunkan for est; at least everybody but me. sure that he is alive!" Tears stood In the beautiful young girl's eyes, and her manner was Tery earnest. It could hardly have failed to touch a heart of stone. My dear young lady," said l
AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. submarine boat. Frank had led the way through a vestibule door into the cabin. The malo deck, under the dome-shaped skylight, was really a'grand salon, with rare and costly appointments. It was tit for the abode of a prince. Frank led the way from one richly furnished cabin and compart ment to another. The doctor and Meta were charmed. Meta selected a state-room about amidships, with a large observa tion window through which she could at all times watc'h the bed of the ocean. And at this wmdow I am sure I shall spend the most or my time," she said. The pilot-bouse was next visited and this was a place or interest. Here were the electric key boards which regulated the mecuauism and the machinerv or the boat. The Sea Crab was operated by means or powerful electric engines, propelled by a system of storage which was a secret of Frank's. The method of sinking and raising the boat was by means of a large tank in the lower hold. This was worketl by means of pressure. As the valves opened and admitted water instantly to the tank, the boat sank. It could be held in suspension if desired by regulating tlle quantity of water taken in. To raise the boat it was necessary simply to exhaust this tank by means or pneumatic pressure. The doctor was somewhat curious to know how tbe voyagers were supplied with air while under the water. Frank pointed to numerous little valves which studded the cornices of the Do you see those?'' be said; "they connect with a number ol tubes through which fresh air is impelled constantly, thus keeping up a perpetual circulation. This air comes from the tank of a chemical generator, which has the facult y of manufacturing pure air and at the same Lime destroying all poi9ooous gases. Thus you see there is no of suffocation while under water." "Wonderful!" cried tbe savant, "and you carry a large store of supplies aboard?" Enough for a year's cruise." I cuD see nothing to prevent your cruising around the world on der water." "There is nothing to prevent." This explained the logical mechanism and appointments of the sub marin e boat quite clearly. They dill not overlook th& minor departments, such as the armory where the weapons of all kinds were Kept in stands, uor the c heery mess room and comfortable galley presided over by the darkyPornp. When the doctor and Meta finished their inspection of the Sea Crab they were deeply impressed. The most wonderful invenLion of modern times!" declared the doctor. "That is true," affirmed Meta. Well," sa1d Frank, modestly, "one cannot construct one like it without having mastered two o: my secrets." "And they--" Are first, the chemical which is generated into pure oxygen; sec ond, tlJe system o f electric storage by which Lhe boat is impelled.'' "Pshaw!" said Lhe doctor. "Should any one guess the secrets and even equal your boat, you would have added anoth er impossible and unrivaled-! might say invention-to your list before they could say Jack Robinson!'' Frank laughed. "You give me too much credit, doctor," he said. "Not a nit of it." By this time they had reached the outer gate. The doctor gripped hand in partmg, and Meta madE" a modest bow. "Remember the Sea Crab will sail to-morrow at two," said Frank. '' We will be on hand." I expect there will be much excitement ov&r the affair. Every body Is auxious to see the boat start. We shall proceed down the river to the ocean." And then--" Across the Atlantic to Teneriffe, thence south to the Cape of Good Hope nn warmest of friends, though slightly addicted to the playing of practical jokes upon each other. As soon as they heard of Frank's proposed trip to the sunken forest they were delighted. "I'se mighty glad oh it," declared the darky. "Got dretrul tired ob stayin' round home all de time. Wba' yo' say fo' yo'sef, I'ish!" "Begorra, I'm afther bein' glad mesilf," declared the Celt. "Shure, it's fond av wild adventure I am." "Yah, yo' am a berry brave man yo' am, sab. I reckelmember dat when Marse Frank took us lion huntio' in Afnca. Aftah de lion roar ed once didn't see yo' no mo-he, he, bel" Phwat's that yez say, yez blackguard?" crie:l Barney, angrily. "Shure, yez don't mane to insult me!'' "I'se jes' tellin' yo' a bit ob story, a hH,'' said Pomp, suavely. Begorra, there's a heap av it, I'm tbiokin', an' av yez don't be keerful, yez will git me roiled up." Pomp sniffed contemptuously. "Huh,'' he exclaimed; yo' kain't scare dis chile one lily bit. If yo' wants to take excepsbuns to mab remarks, yo' kin do so." Barney glared at the darky, and the latter returned the glare. For a moment they faced each other silently. Then Barney spat on his hands, and Pomp shook his head like a mad bull. Look out fer yersilf, naygur!" "Clar de track, chile!" Til en Barney made a biff at Pomp. The !aLter dodged, and lower log bis bead, made a rush at the Celt. Barney dodged, and tbe darky's head crashed against the brick wall of the machine shop. It would have brained a white man. "Haw, haw, haw!" roared the Celt, taking the black man in the ribs. "Yez got. left that toime!" Ki yi!'' snarled Pomp, and made another rush for the Celt. This time Barney was not quick enough. Tbe darky's bullet head struck him in the abdomen wit h the force or a catapult. "Ouch! Murther!" yelled the Celt, and down be went. The coon went over him and tbeo they grappled. A lively wrestle followed It was nip and tuck for awhil e It was hard to say which really held the advantage, or how the con test would have terminated bad it been allowed to go on. But at that moment a bell clanged and workmen began to pour out or the shops. In a moment the two jokers were npon their feet. "Golly! I done fo'got all 'bout Marse Frank's ord ah s fo' to put dot case ob goods ab'ord de Sea Crab," cried Pomp, in dismay. "Now yez are in fer it, na)gur," taunted Burney, Kaio't do it alone to salle mah life,'' s&id the dismayed coon. Burney threw a band spring. "Come ou yez hig lump av cbarcoal!" be cried. "Shure I'll return good fer evil au' help yezl" Clar' fo' goodness! Does yo' mean dat, chile!" Av coorse I does!" DPn on muh wo'd yo' ain' so bad as yo' looks!'' Burney made a crack at his c olleague for this ambiguous remark, but Pomp turned a. flip-flap and dodged out of tile way. Away tbey went to do Frank's biddmg. They found the young in ventor abcard the Sea Crab busily engaged bimseH in making prepa rations. Until a late hour that night all hands were busy getting the sub marine boat ready for sea. The next morning saw all in readiness. Tbe hour for the start was not far distant. In spite of the fact that but little time had elapsed since Frank's decision tbe news of tlJe projected tr ip bud gone iortb like wildfire. The newdpapers seized it with avidity, and all the country the report spread and was read with interest by everybody. As a result trains brought an influx or curious people to Reades town to see the submarine boat make the start upon the WOQderful voyage. They lined the river banks and crowded about the machine works. At the appointed hour, Dr. Vaneyke an
AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. W can tra\-el under 1 and why not?" This is a submarine the storm.'' of course!" the savant. Why did I not think of t will you not travel beneath the surface some .. I am quite willinu to make a test of the Sea Crab's powers in th'at Hue. What say yo(; al r we take a little trip to the bottom rig4t here!" "Good!" cried the "I should be deligh ure," said Meta. All riaht. Let us ir to the cabin then," said Frank. '! his request was comp ie with. Thtln Frank stepped iato the.pilot bouse. He touched an electric button wlllch hermetically closed every door and window. Then be pressed another which set the chemical oxygen generator at work. Next he pulled open a lever wlliclt connected with the mechanism of the tank in the hold. The result was inRtant and startling. The Sen Crab settled in the waves. Down she went with a plunge. The last the voyagers saw or the surface was some excited tisbermen in a boat near who were waving their bands confident tbat the Sea Crab had foundered. For an instant all was pitchy darkness. There was a falling, jolt ing sensation. Then Frank pressed a valve upon which be already had a finger. The result was sublime. In an instant tbe whole interior of the boat was ablaze witb light. The waters were illumined for yards about, and a wonderful scene was revealed. Hosts of strange fish were scurrying here and there, evidently startled at the sudden appearance of tbis unknown monster. Everybody was at the observation window, 10tent upon watch10g for the bottom. Tuis they were rapidly approaching, but yet it seemed a good while before it came view. A wonderful spectacle it was. To attempt a description in minute detail would require a volume. There were forests of seaweed, coral caverns peopled with strange monsters, and long reaches of white sand strewn with shells. Upon this sand Frank allowed the bout to descend. It rested gent ly upon the bed of the sea. Then all proceeded to spend a long while taking in the wonders about them. Do you know how far we are from the surface?'' asked Frank nfter 1 a while. How farf' asked the doctl7t. Half a mile." This announcement created a wild sensation. To think that they were a half mile below the surface of the sea was strange enough. It engendered a query as to whether they migh r see the eur!ace again. But Frank laughed at this. Why, of course," he declared, "I could reach the surface now ID a few minutes if I desired. The boat would rl like a crab." The lights of the were sufll.cieot for a radius of some yards about. But Frank was desirious or a more extended view, so be pressed the search-light lever. This sent a pathway of radiance for several hun red yards through the water. All to follow this pathway wit.h their eyes. Now the focus tlashed over a dense growth of marine plants, and then rested npon a cliff or projection of rock rising from the sands. Steadily Frank moved the focus along, nntil suddenly a startl:ng object claimed the attention of all. A sunken ship!'' cried the doctor. It was truly the sunken bull of a large ship which lay there half buried in the sanjs, It became an instant object or interest. After a moment Frank said: It looks to me like a sunken warship. Would you like to go aboard of her!'' CHAPTER IV. ABOARD A SUNKEN W ARSHIP. .ALL turned in surprise at this announcement. "Go aboard of bert" exclaimed Dr. Vaneyke; "do you mean that, Frank?'' "Why certainly," raplied the young Inventor. It could be seen that he was really serious. So the doctor asked again: But-bow would that be possible!" "Easy enough!" said Frank. "We will simply drop down along side of the hull and then 1 will show you how to go aboard!" I should be pleased to see how you are going to do it," said lhe doctor, bait Frank stepped Into tlie pilot-house, and pressmg a lever, raised the boat a few feet from tile bottom. Then he propelled it slowly toward the hull. Fairly alongside Frank let the Crab rest on the bottom At this short range a good view or the sunken sllip cculd be had. It was seen that she wag of the old corvette type, such as were used in days. For aught the submarine voyagers knew, abe might be one of Paul Jones' famous vessels Her bull was rotten and half covered with marine plants. bad drifted half up to her shattered ports, through which sever al rusty cannon yet gaped. Little was left of her masts and rigging. Dr. Vnneyke was much excited over the pr..1spect of paying a visit aboard of bet. Yet he see bow it could be possible to leave the Sea Frank lljtSured !lim that it was not only possible, but an easy mat ter. "Barney," said the young inventor, "bring up those cases of div ers' suits from the hold." "Divers' suits!" exclaimed the doctor. "Do you think it will be safe to venture in a diving suit!" "And why not!" "Tile pressure-will it not crush us? You know this Is a lower depth than any diver ever ventured." "Psbaw!" said Frank. "You meau a pipe arrd line diver. My diving suits are not of that kind. The reason why a diver dependant upon a surface pump caunot go down deep is IJD acc'o'Unt of the ditliculty of driving sufficient air down to him to resist the pressure. But my diving suits are helmets merely with a heavy metal generator almost inexiJaus.ible and cupa!Jle or standing a hundred times the pressure of an ordinary diving suit." The doctor was astonished. "On my word!" lie d e clared "I see the point. It is the same method of furnishing uir which you employ aboard this boat." "Just sol'' "I am incredulous no longer. You are too deep for me, young man." Barney now appeared with the cases containing the auits. These consisted as Frank declared simply or helmets and \ank generators co.rried upon the shoulders. Meta had been watching matters with deep interest. '' I wish that I were a man," she smd, I would go with you." I wish yon were," suid Frank, but I fear it would be too rough an experience for you." "I will content myself with guarding the boat until you return," she said with a smile. "Very good," said Frank. "We will appoint you anu Pilmp as guar!iiaus. Barney, I think you may go with us." "All roigl!t, sor," cried the Celt, delightedly. With which he proceeded to instantly don one of the diving suits. Dr. Vaneyke followed his example, and Frank came next. They stood thus equipped for the submarine excursion. But an in teresting question uow suggested Itself to the doctor. How were they to emerge from the cabin into the sea without let licg a flood or water into the cabin! Frank quickly settled this. He opened a door into a vestibule. Into this all passed. Then be closed the door hebind them hermetically. The next thing was to touch a valve which instantlv flooded the ves tibule with water. Frank then opened an outer door and walked out on deck. This was an Ingenious method Jf leaving the boat while she was un der water. To return, the water was exhausted simply by means of a pneumat lc pressure. Certainly the submarine boat was a wonderful triumph of genius. Upon tb.e deck the three divers waited a moment to become accua tomed to the motion or the sea. Then Frank clambered over the rail and stood upon the whit;, sands. The others followed him and then they proceeded to make 'hl'ir way across to the sunken vessel. From the observation window Meta and Pomp could watch them with ease. Jt was an easv matter to walk right up the sandy slope to the open ports of the vessel. Frank pushed his way one of these. Upon each diver's helmet, there was br1lllant so that it was an easv matter to see tbe1r way ID the vessel's mtenor. They were evidently on the gun deck. It was a strange and motley scene which met their gaze. strewn upon every hand were the remains of the catastrophe which had overlaken the ship. Scattered skeletons of the crew who died at their guns, heaps of cannon balls, pieces or rotted muskAts, and rusty cutlasses. Beside a heap of nondescript articles, all this was seen at the first glance. Frank placad his helmet close to the doctor's, and shouted: Doubtless it was quite a battle." I should say so,'; agreed the savant. The poor fellows went down true to their duty." "Begorra," exclaimed Barney, "there was a heap av tbim by the appearance.'' "Yes." agreed the doctor, but how ara we to know their nation ality? Can this have been an American vessel?" We will find it out/' declared Frank. Her name must be upon some part or the ship or her "Just so;' said Vaneyke. "Lend the way, Frank. We will !ol low." Throuoob the place they now slowly made their way. It was difll cult to p'Ut a foot down anywhere without stepping on a skeleton.
6 A.FLOA'l' IN A SUNKEN FOREST. Suddenly Fran!t pautred before one ot the cannon which lay upon its I The frigate had been quite thoroughly explored now. rotting trucks, dismounted by an enemy's shot. divers found the1r way to the upper deck. He bent over the muzzle and rubbed away some of the ruat and enThis was strewn with rotten wreckage and silt and seaweed. crustations. The light of the submarme boat made all quiJ.e plain now. As he bad fancled upon the upper surface of the gun he found a Frank had suggested that they return to the Sea Crab, when a raised inscription. Thus it read: thrilling adventure befell them. "Number 14 Gun. H. M. Ship Hector A. D. 1780." was at the rail or. the sunken ":essel when be felt the com" ', mot1on of the water over b1s head. be glanced up and '',;t'hat tells the story, sa1d Frank. She was a Bnt1sh war fngbeheld 311 astounding spectacle. ate. . A mighty serpent form hung 111 a sinuous length there, and a ter, "You are right, cr1ed Vaneyke, as be also traced the mscr1pt10D. rific mouth with sharp and glittering te'eth was wide open and di "And she was a royal ontl in her day." rected the Celt. "But she met her match 1n some Yankee vessel." "It could have been no other foe in these waters." "No." "Now If we only knew the name of the victorious ship we would have succeeded in gathering quite a valuable bit of history from the depths of the sea." "1 fear that will not be possible," said Frank. see she ha s laid so long under water that it would be difficult to find any part of her log, or any other record." "I fear so,'' agreed the doctor; "however, we may make a bit of a search." or course!" They now made their way forward. In the bow of the ship was a large swivel gun. This was also dismounted. There was nothing more to be gained in the exploration of the gun deck, so the party turned their footsteps downward into the hold. The first cabin they entered was the m ain cabin. Here the scene was one of decay and showed that disorder and confusion had once reigned there. The long dining or mess table of the officers was strewn with silvor plate and broken glassware and china. There were shattered panels and splintered tables, showing that some of the enemy's cannon balls bad entered this cabin. Passing through this, the explorers now entered the captam's cabin, a3 was evidenced by the nautical instruments and stands of books. These latter, however, were soake:l to a pulp, and all traces of the printer's mk had long since vanished from them. The same w1th oil the ship's papers and log-book; so that no clew as to the nature of the Hector's cruise could be learned. Down into the bold the quest continued. Here were the stores and supplies or the ship. Here were casks of wine, no doubt well preserved, as if they bad been safely stowed in a comfortablA cellar. "On my word," said Frank, I've ha l f a minrt to transport one of these ca sks to the Sea Crab. Their age would make tile wine par ex cellence." "Indeed, I should be ple a sed to B!lmpl!! it,'' declared the doctor, ":b:J.t it would be troubleso::ne to get it there.'' So the idea was abandoned. But Barney, who bad been doing a little exploring on his own ac count, now maGe a discovery. He kicked at a huge chest which looked as if i t might have once be longed to a seaman. The wood was so rotten that it gave way and th e chest crumllled to piecos. But from the receptacle there rushed a !lood of round obje cts, some of them shiny yellow. In an instant the Celt saw that be bad made a wonderful discovery. It was a treasure chest. The round otje cts were coins of gold and silver. They represented a large sum. Probably, fearing capture, the cap tain of the Hector had ordered its treasure concealed In the hold. And there it had remained safely all these many years, beneath the surface of the sea. CHAPTER V. OFF THE COAST OF MOZA MBIQUE THERE it had remained securely enough. Only to be rediscovered by Barney O'Shea, the submarine voyager. That the Hector's money represented a large sum, there w a s nt, doubt. Frank and the doctor were quickly aiding Barney to sort the coins. On my honor,'' cried the doctor, "the Hector must have carried fully one hundred thousand dollars.'' "No doubt of It," replied Frank, "but unfortunately tbe most of this money Is silver." "Well-what of t hat!" Silver is not lso valuable as gold, of conrse. More than that, these silver coins are of very little valu e for the action of time and water has so corroded them that they are good for liltle. The gold coins are all right.'' This was found to be true. Bnt alas. The gold made a pitiable small heap beside the corroded silver. However, the find was worth several thousand dollars, and Barney was well satisfied. He had a leathern sack which he had brought for the purpose of sacuring pretty shells. Into this he placed the gold. Barney acted none too quick. '' Mither presarve us!" be gasped, the divil is aftber me!" He dropped over the rail head first and rolled down the sand heap into an open part of the vessel. This was the saving of his life. The huge sea monster's jaws struck the rail of the vessel and crush ed it. There was a terrific motion of the water and Dr. Vaneyke and Frank were swept from the vessel's deck. They clutched each other as they went over the rail and Frank, with his helmet close to the doctor's, criec:l: On my word, doctor, we are lost if that creaLure gets his eyes on usl'' "Make for the Sea Crab!" But Barney--" I think he is in the ship and out of the creature's reach. Quick! we c a n rescue him lu: er!'' Frank needed no further impuls e Both men made for the rail of the Sea Crab. Over it th e y piled and Into tbe The next moment with helmets removed they were in tbe cabm. They were met by Pomp and Meta much excit ed. "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried the darky. "Wbar' am dat l'ishman!" "Oh, 1 hope that awful monster did not get him!" cried M et a. "No. We believe he is safa in the hold of Ll>e ship," cried Dr. Van eyke; "but look out! Mercy on us, Frank! The creature is coming for the boat!" The next moment there was a terrific shock, a rattle and crash an d everyone was thrown down. Tlle sea monster bad struck the boat full force. Only one thing saved the Sea Crab at that moment. The shock threw open the tank lever. In an instant it was evar.uat ed and the boat sprung upwards. W/leu the dazed and bruised voyagers recovered thomselves, day light was about them and they looked out upon the surfac e of th e se a Pomp instantly sprung into the pilot-house and checked the spee d of the boat. "Fo' de Ian's sake, Marse Frank!" be said, "somtln hea v y s t ruck dis 'ere boat dat t "You are right, cri e d tbe doct o r "but we are not;badly burt." "I am all right," said Meta, pluckily, "but what of Barney!" All e x changed startled glanc es. It was certainly a tbnlling thing to think of that the brave Celt was at that moment half a mile below them at the bottom of the sea. It was likely that he was all safe despite this fact, though there was the chance of falling at any moment into some deadly trap. "Barney Is in the sunken ship," said Vaneyke. "We must go back after him, declared Frank. '' We shall risk another encounter with the sea monster." "That not. Ills our duty to go back!" "Oh, certalnly. I am not at all opposed ton," declared the doc tor, but can we successfully cope with creatur e! I shall try it," said Frank. He stepped into the pilot-house and reversed the tani> 'lever. In stantly the boat sank. Down it went to the bottom of the sea aga in. Tlle search light was employed and again the sunken wreck was lo cated But fortunately nothing was seen of the sea monster. It bad ev i dently given up the battle and d e parted. As the submarine boat approached the sunk e n wreck a man w a s seen to emerge from one of the port holes and make tlXcited gesticu lations. It was Barney beyond a doubt. The Celt a moment later was clambering over tbe rail and soon was in the Sea Crab's cabin. It was a fortunate escape for all, and Frank sent the boat once more to the surface. "This is enough of deep sea exploring until we reach the Sunken Forest," he declared; that must he the theater of our efforts here after: This plensed Meta exceedingly and all were satisfied. So the Sea Crab kept on its surface courae for many day9. It was a long trip across the br o aa Atlantic, past the Azores to Teneriffe, and then down the African coast. But time conquers all things, an d eventually the S ea Crab reach ed the waters of the Cape of Good Hope. All were now upon the q u i vive, as it really seemed as if they had already reached the scene of action, though as a matter of fact Mozambique was yet a long ways oiL Tiley W!Jre now in tbe course of many pa s sing vessels and these were of all nationalities. But tbe little submarintl !.Joat kept stead ily on.
I AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. 7 To dwell upon the incidents of the voyage would be tedious. To be sure the weather was not 11t all ti,Jnes propitious. Sometimes they encountered gales and heavy But these hindered the Sea Crab but little, for Frank had but to send her a short distance below the surface to overcome any danger of hard usage. After due time the little Sea Crab rounded the Cape aud sped up Mozambique Channel. The island of Madagascar was upon one side, and the continent of Africa on the other. Tbey were now drawing rapillly nearer to the scene or the grea..t sink. One day Frank came on deck with a glass and said: We are not ten miles from our destination." A sharp cry broke from Meta's lips Ob, can it be trne!" she cried; that is joyful news to me!" "Take a look yonder," saiti Frank handing her the glass. "And you can see the coast of Mozambique. We are now standing in to wards it." Meta complied and her face alternately flushed and paled. My dream_!" she murmured. Ob, if it should come true!" Nearer the Sea Crab drew to the ragged coast line. At that mo ment they were aO()Ve the sunken forest H was Frank's purpose to run in as far as the shore and then en deavor to learn if possible if Walter Harding was among any surviv ors to be round there. Thts was in deference to Meta, who was all anticipation and eager ness. He bad secretly no hope at all of finding Harding alive., but said quietly to the doctor: She must be satisfied first. Then we will undertake to explore the Sunken Forest." Ali right, Frank,'' agreed the savant. "I am quite agreeable." So the Sea Crab made for tile coast of Mozarabique. A curious scene was there Witnessed. Where the verge of tile big sink was t ere were great quantities of drift, of fallen trees, great cliffs cut in twain by the action of the water and ali the appearances incidental to a vast tidal wave. "By Cicero!'' exclaimed Vaneyke, that revulsion of Nature's forces kicked up muss enough, didn't it? The coast looks as if a cy clone bad swept it." "You are right,'' agreed Frank, "but the action of the sea will soon remove those traces. All will be a gravelly beach and breakers as before." And future generations may forget that there was ever a slice of the African continent reclaimed by the sea at this point.'' "Just so!" The submarine boat coasted along the shore for some mlles. Meta was on deck with a glass studying t!Je shore. Suddenly she turned and beckoned excitedly to Frank. Come quictd" she said there are people on that cliff yonder!" Frank saw tbat thiR was true. Upon a cliff or the bro">V of an eminence, the base of which wus washed by the sea, tL1ere were a few rude habitations. lnstantly the young inventor cried: Turn her inshore, Barney. Run up as near as you cau." All roight, sor!'' cried the Celt cheerily. The Sea Crab ran in close to the sh:>re and then anchored. Frank got out a small boat. Already people from the encampment bad come tiown to the shore to welcome the newcomers. CHAPTER VI. IN THE SUNKEN FOREST. FRANK saw that the} were white men, and posaibl' Americans. So he did not hesitate to hail them. "Ahoy the shore!" he shouted. Ahoy the ship!" came back the bail. What camp is that!'' "Camp Preservation," was the reply, "and we are survivors o! the big land sink:'' Then you are the people I am looking for!" cried Frank. "I will come ashore!" "All right!" The young inventor sprang into the boat with the doctor and Bar ney, They rowed for the ebore. The little boat passed safely through the breakers and ran op onto the beacll. Then they leaped out and met the castaway party race to face. "My name is Carl Watkins," said the spokesman of tile party. "I am from America.'' "Good!" cried Frank, "then we are countrymen. My name is Frank Reade, Jr., and that craft out there is m}' submarine boat.'' .,. A submarine boat!" ''Yes." "Has that problem been solved?" "It has." "That is wonderful," said Watkins, with earne@tness. "And I daresay the news of this ternllle affair bas drawn you to this part or the world.'' "It bas," replied Frank, "but exploration was not my only mo. tive.'' "Ah!'' Our chief errand is to learn the fate of Walter Harding, whose father owned large interests in the sunken forest.'' "Walter Harding!" exclaimed Watkins, with a sad intonation. Ah, I fear you will hear bad news." "Is-is be a vic tim!" Walter was in the heart of the forest with a gang of rubber men,'' said Watkins. "We have beard nothing of him since. He could no possibly have escaped.'' Frank and the doctor exc!Janged glances. How you escape?" asked the young inventor. "Oil, we were upon that part of the sink wllicb went down slowly. We were enabled to build a raft and launch it. Upon it we drifted here and made a safe landing. The spot we left, however, is now fatbome deep in the sea.'' Ab !'' exclaimed .1! rank. Why could not young Harding have escaped in the same manner!" Watkins shook his lleati. "I hardly believe it possible," he said slowly, that part of the forest went down in a second of time." Frank turned to tile doctor. "It will be no pleasant matter to break the truth to Meta," be said. .Jo "That is true," said the doctor, but we can Ctlrtainly do no more .. "Absolutely nothing. By the way, Mr. Watkins, whut are your circumstances! Are you all well supplied with provisions!'' "Amply, sir!" replied Watkins. We can ask for no more. We are waiting lor a couple of black guides, to start at once for May. nougb, a town on the coast, perhaps one hundred miles below here. We shall there join a new colony just striking into the heart of Africa." '' Good! I wish you success." Thank you.'' Then there is nothing I can do to aid or benefit you!'' "Nothing at all." Then I wish you success and a hearty farewell." Farewell to you!" Back to the lJoat the voyagers rowed. It was Frank's unpleasan t duty to breaK the truth to MilLO.. To his surprise the yot.ng girl was unmoved, and simply aaid: "Then if I cannot have him alive I muBt lind his body." "That may be a difficult thing to do under the sea," said Frank; "however, we will try it." I wish you would. God will bless you for being so kind to me.' Frank bowed and went into tile pilot house. The Sea Crab ran out to sea four or five miles. Tllen Frank sent her beneath the surface. Down she sank. All pressed to the observation windows, anxwus to see the bottom. Suddenly Barney cried: Begorra, tuere it is! Shure I kin see a molgbty lot av big trees.' This was true. Beneath them was the sunken forest. There were the IJuge mahog any and eucalyptus. The foliage was yet dense and green. Down sank the boat. Frank saw an opening in the foliage and let the boat sink down tbrough this. Down it went and now the green carpet was seen below. The Sea Crab rested upon it and beneath the mighty arches of tile sunkE>n forest. With sensations difficult to describe, the voyagers realized this. The searchlight's rays went c;uiveriog tllrough the dark recesdes. All manner of fish and deep sea creatures swarmed where once hn man beings hau trod, wild beasts had roamed, and the sunlight of Heaven bad played bide ; and seek in the dense foliage. It was a stupendous t.hing to tllink or, but instinctively all thought of the fate of those who had been in the forest at the time or the great convulsion. "It will be imJ,__ .., ,," l to find Harding's body," said Vaneyke to Frank. I doubt-if anyoody could nfJW be found in tui8 forest, after all this opportunity given tish and sea monsters to devour them." That is true," agreed Frank, "but I have not the heart to tell that young girl such n thing.'' Of cours e not.'' "We can look for the body just the same.'' "Yes.'' Tbe Sea Crab was sent forward at a moderate paoe through the forest arches. Upon all sides a watch was kept for some sign or human being or habitation. Suddenly Barney clutched Frank's arm. Wud yez look there, sor!" he cried. Frank looked in the direction indicated. What he SllW gave him a peculiar thrill. There among the trees was a hut made of bark, boughs, and a net work of vines. Jt W!lS such a habitation as the ru\.lber men used, "That is certainly a human habitation,'' Frank declared. "Stop the boat-we must examine it.'' Frank knew it was possible that the body of Walter Harding might be found in just such a place. He was decided to explore the hut.
8 AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. The boat was stopped, and rested on the bed of the sea. Then tlHl diving were out. Meta was pale but calm, ant! stood by the observation window watchmg the hut. Frank and Barney lert the toat to visit the hut. The doctor did not accompany them this time, lor some U\lknown reason. Quicldy the two <.livers made their way to the hut. Frank forced the door in. 'l'he result was thrilling. Instantly from the cabin a hideous apparition floated. It was the stiffened and bloated body of a man. The current of water brought the body straight townrtl Barney. The Celt gave one terrified glance at t!le object of horror and theu ltlt out a yell which, however, could not IJe heard by any IJut himself aml started pell-mell for the Sea Crab. Of course, this was the worst thing that he could do. Naurally the suction drew the ghastly corpse after Barney, and the frightful Bpbctacle of a dead man chasing one alive was witnessed. Tile Celt reached the rail of the boat before he recovered himself. The body went sailing and gyrating over his head. Tnen the Celt realized how foolish he had been. There was an ele. ment of superstition in his nature, but il was not strong enough to make him blir.d to reason. He knew, of course, that a dead man could do him no possible harm, and recovering from the horror of tlle moment was qmckly himself again. The body now sank passively to the dec!< of the submarine boat. By this time Frank had reached the spot, and placing his helmet close to Barney's, laughingly cried: Did you think the Old Nick was after you, Barney?" '' Begorra I did that,'' declared the Celt, sbeevishly; I was niver more in me loife!" Frank climbed over t.be rail and approached the body. It essayed to float away from him. But he caught it and held it firmly. Then he stuJied the bloated features. But it was ea8y to see that the dead man was not Walter Hanling. He was a very much older man. Satislilld of this, Frank let the corpse float away in a current, and it vanished among the trees of the Sunken Forest. Of course, the three occupants of the Sea Crab's cabin had seen all this, and Meta's eyes were dila.ted with horror. But she drew a '>reath of relief when she learned that the body was not that of her lover. Frank and Barney now retur.1ed to the hut. The door being open now, Frank entered. It was dark in the place but his helmet lamp lit it up well. 'l'he hut had evidently been the abode of quite a party of the rubher men. It contained a number of bunks, a talJle, some chairs and a lew tools such as the forest men used. The single occupant of the cabin bad evidently been instantly over come by tile tidal wave and was drowned like a rat in a trap. There seemed to be nothing here to give a clew to the fate of Hart.l iog, save a journal or note book which lay upon the table. Frank bad not time to examine its contents but put it in his pocket. He thought now of returning to the snbmarine boat and turned to announce this intention to Barney. He experienced a startled shock, for the Celt had in some sudden and unaccountable manner disap peared. What dit.l it mean! CHAPTER VII. THE SUNKEN CITY. FRANK could take his oath that the Celt had but a moment before been standing at his very sh'Julder. But be was not there now. The young inventor stepped to the door of the hut. His first thought was that Barney might have started to return to the Sea Crab. But he was not in sight neither in nor out or the but. Astounded, Frank was for a moment at a loss what to d!;: "That is vary queer!'' he muttered. "W .;"-" G.ni'bnve happened to him! where has he gone?" i He proceedell to make a search of the vicinity, even venturing into the dense forest a abort ways. But not a trace of the Celt could be found. However, Frank would not accept any supposition that harm had come to him. ''He will turn up yet all right," he assured himself; "he has taken a little tour of investigation on his own account." Feeline: sure of this Frank decided to return to the boat. He had in his possession the note book found in the hut, Possibly it might contain memoranda which would clear the mystery of Walter Harding's fate. So he made his way back to the Sea Crab. As he entered the cabin Dr. Vaneyke cried: Where is Barney!'' "I don't know,'' replied Frank. "He took sudden leave of me while in the hut. I think he will turn np all right enough in due time." Then he produced the water-soaked note book, and placing it on the table, carefully turned the soaked leaves. The action or the water had not as yet obliterated the ink marks or writing, and Frank was able to rend its contents. It prov"d to be n journal anll account book kept by Jason Fulle overseer of the Harding company. The main part of its contents were various transactions in tigurE's with the accounts of tbe native employees. in the latter part ol the book was an entry which at once threw a great light upon mat t ers. Thus the entry rend: Ye8terday we were honored with a visit from Mr. Walter Hard ing of the tirm. He is a very pleasant young man, and has gone on to the western part of the forest to see the mahogany cutters. He will stop here again upon his return.'' As Frank read this entry, for a moment silence reigned. Then the men looked up, and were amazed at the liglat in Meta's eyes. The young girl had become wholly transformed. "Her pale cheeks were lluehed, her eyes shone like stars, and she sait1 in a tense voice: "I knew it! My dream will certainly come true. Walter was on his way to the western forest. 'l'hat was in the direction or safety." "But he may have been overtaken,'' ve:1tured Frank. You forget that all the survivors were in that part of the forest. Dtd not the survivors we saw state that the land that section set tled slowly, giving them a chance to es;:ape?" "They did." Why then is it not logical that Walter should have fared as we111" It was evident that she was much excited. Frank arose and took her burning band. "My dent \ girl," he said, "It is my earnest prayer that Waltet" Harding lias escaped. But do not become over confldent, and trust. in Heaven's mercy.'' "I understand you," said Meta with a low bow. "Rest assured that I shall not give way to false hopes. Whatever I shall leave all to my God." "Well spoken,'' said Frnnl<. "But where on earth is Barney?'' Anxiously the young inventor went to the observation window. The Celt had not yet shown up. This was strange, and warranted a startling fear. Frank tile hut intently for a few moments and then ex claimed: Something is wrong! I must know what it is!'' So he entered the vestii:'ule again to leave the boat. Dr. Vaneyke came forward quickly, saying: "Wait, Frank, I want to go with yon." "Very well!" agreed the young inventor. "Yon must make baste!" The doctor lost no time in donning a helmet and then be and Frank were soon in tile sea. To tbe but they made their way quickly. Entering it they saw at once that it was empty. Barney was not there But Frank saw now what he had seen before, and this was a small aperture which seemed to lead into another room. In an instant the thought occnrre1 to Frank that possibly the Celt bad ent11red this place and something might have befallen him there. So he instantly pressed forward to tile aperture. It was jnst large enough to admit the body of a man. Frank put bead and shoulders and looked about him. It was a startling sight which met his gaze. A heavy section of the roof bad fallen; in fact, the whole heavy trunk of a tree, and there beneath It lay the motionless form of a man. It was Barney. It required but a glance for Frank to see how it all happened. It needed but a moment lor him to act. He sprung into the ipner room, and applied his strength to the tree trunk. It lay across Barney's hips. What the pressure was, and whether bones were broken or not, Frank could not tell. It was enough for him to know that the Celt must have instant help. He applied all his strength to the tree trunk, but could not. lirt it. Ana to think that I have suffered him to Jig here all this time without assistance," be muttered, reproachfully; "it is terrible!'' Dr. Vaneyke was close be!Jind Frank. He also took in the situa tion at a glance, and wa& quick to act He sprung to the young inventor's assistance. With their united strength the tree was li !ted a trifle. To the ineffable joy of both Barney moved. He slowly and painfully crawled out from under the tree. Then let ting their heavy burden drop, the other two divers fell down and fairly embraced the Celt with joy, while Frank placed his helmet close to Barney's and shouted: Are you all right, Barney?'' Be I'm not so nisy kilt,'' replied the plucky Celt. "I'm a bit lame in the legs, hut shura I'm worth two dead min yet." "Good for you!" cried Frank, joyfully. "Now let us help you back to the boat.'' Frank and the doctor with some effort succeeded in getting the Celt upon his feet once more. Then supporting him they returned aboard tbe Sea Crab. Barney's injury, however, proved to be nothing permar:ent, and in a few hours he was quite himself again. But it had been a close call lor him. Pinned down as he bad been by the heavy tree, be had utterly unable to help himself. Frank now sent the Sea Crab forward through the arches of the forest.
AFLOA'l' IN A SUNKEN FOREST. 9 He knew that Meta was desirous of continuing the search for Walter Harding along th e coast. But now that they were in the sunken for est, Frank reckoned it a good opportunity to llrst do a bit of exploring. 'l'he native city of Mendoka was somewhere buriPd In this vicinity. This had been peopled by several tl!ousand of tl!e Mozambique natives. But Mendoka was also a trading post, and many Americans had found quarters there. Frank was des irous or explormg this place. So the Sea Crab threaded its way through the forest. It was a curious scene spread every band. There wer e the trees and ve1 dnre as fresh as though far above the s urface. Through their branches troops of monkeys had gamboled, colonies of birds had nested, and beasts of prey had lurked beneath til em. But all was now silence where onc e had been the bu s y hum or life. 'l'lle d e vouring s e a h a d obliterated all the livin g cre atures which d e p e nded upon nir for subsist e nc e But it had supplanted thes e with tinny deniz ens of all shapes and c o lors. The searchlight was kept bu!!f penetrating the d a rk recesses in front. Tlle forest seemed to grow dens e r as they proc eeded. Suddenly Pomp, wi.Jo was doing a turn at the keybo a rd, cried: "Golly, Marse Frank, I done tink w e are comin' s o mewbar, sail!" Ell!" e xclaimed Frank, going to the pilot hou s e window "What is it? On my wor:l, we have reac h ed the city of Mend oka at last." A glance down the pathwa y made by ti.Je searchligl!t showed a won derful scene. TI.Jere was a high stockade or poles and reeds after the faehion of all n ative towns, and beyond the conical thatched rools of the native dwellings. All showed up as natural as life, but there was no warder at the gate-no armed guard with keen a s sagais at the stockaue. Bot right in the gateway lay a noudescrtpt heap of human forms. They were in every imaginable position, just as they had been stricken down by the grim death angel. The voyagers gazed upon the scene with varied emotions. "Great Apollo!'' exclaimed Vaneyke with a shiver, "the terrible fate which overtook Pompeii could not l!ave been worse than this." "Yon are right," agreed Frank. "lt is a dreadful scene. These pr,ople were doubtless trying to tlee from the onrushing waters." "Yea, but they were overtaken and drowned.'' "Only think of tile hundreds beyond the gates, who were stricken down in all positions.'' It was indeed a ghastly retlection. But the submarine boat sailed over the gate and along the main street of the town. The scene thus revealed was of the most awful and heart rending description CHAPTER VIII. THE JRONWOOD TREE. BUT few people could have escaped alive from the doomed city of M.endoka. This was certa!n. S uch as had, doubtless were carried away upon the crest of the tidal wav e only to be drowned l ater. The streets, the doorways and the windows of the huts were occu pied w ith dead bodies ofthe poor victims. It w as evident that the de scent ol Death was as unexpected and on look e d for as could well be i magined. It wns a sickening spectacle and Meta placed her bands before her eyes to shut it out. None of the party cared t o g a ze upon it long antl Frank sailed the Sea Crab over the scene of h orror as qu .;kly as possible. When it was loft behind nil felt better. Ugh!" exclaimed the doct or, "I never care to gaze upon such a scene as tbnt ngam. It was harrowing." Indeed It was!" agreed Frank, it is hardly likely that we shall ever see its equal again," Begorra it must have been a dreadlultoime to the poor sowla!" cried Barney. "Shore, they bad moigbty little toime to get ready fer purgatory." Golly! I done fink dey fought ob any ting at all!" cried Pomp; don' believe dat dey had time f.o' dat." "It was dreaaful, .. said Meta, ahudderingly: there was no chance for escape!'' The Sea Crab sailed on now over a level tract of open country. Bot before long the ar!lhes of the sunken forest again showed up be fore them. Into them the submarine boat once more glided. Beneath the overhanging treetops the boat aped on, the search light making a pathway of radiance ahead. Frank was at the wheel when the doctor approached him. I suppose the young lady is very anxious to begin the search for :roong Harding i s she not?'' he ask ed. I daresay,'' said Then why not gratify her desire! I am satisfiM. I have seen 6nougb of the sunken forest.'' You are satisfied!" Yes. I can see that this wonderful phenomena was doe to some inner convulsion of the earth's I have seen all that I think necessary for ti1e of science. Now let us defer to the young lady.'' It shall be as you say,'' said Frank, in acquiescence. I really think it our first duty to learn the fate of Harding, if possible. Then perhaps we can return to a further exploration of the forest.'' .. Just so." Very well; I will acquaint her with this decision, if yon saf so." "Just so.'' Frank went at once to Meta and told her of this. She was over joyed. "I am sure we shall tind him," she said. My dream will surely come true." I trust that it may," decl a red Frank. The submarine boat, at this moment, was in the deepest part of tbe Sunken Forest. It was impossible to rise to the surface from here on account of the overhanging tree tops, so Frank was obliged to keep on onder the forest arches, until a convenient spot was reached. This led to an incident which came near resulting in a catastrophe. The S e a Crab was sailing under the spreading high branches of an eucalyptus, when suddenly a wild cry broke from Barney. Shure, it's fallin' on us, Mistber Frank!" he cried; "it's kilt we'll be!" Then there w a s a shock, and for an instant it seemed as if the Sea Crab was going to pieces. "Mercy on us!" cried Dr. Vaneyke; "what has happened!" Tile submarine boat had come to a dead stop. Barney, in the pilot house, had been hurled from his feet. All rushed instinctively to the window and looked out. The sight which they beheld, wus not one calculated to increase their courage or hopes. The Sea Crab had been brought to an absolute standstill by the weight of a falling tree, which iay right across her bow. Tbe bowsprit was crushed, aDLI one of the masts bad gone by the !:loa rd. It looked as If her hull had also suffered a crusi.Jing, and Frank looked to see the water rushing into the cabin. But fortunately this was not the case. The aluminum shell was badly bent in, but not perforated, and she was yet water proof. This wu.s the salvation of the crew. Had the hull been punctured ti.Jey must have been drowned like rats in a trap. Bot the situation, as it was, was serious enough. "By Jove!" exclaimed Frank, "we will have no closer call than this! A litlle more and we could now be making our peace with Heaven!" "You are right," agreed the doctor, "it was a narrow shave. But--'' "What!" The situation as it is, is bad enough. Can we free ourselves!" "We most!" said Frank, grimly. As it Is now we aeern to be very securely pinned down." That is true, but we can cut away the tree.'' "Of course! We ought to waste no time about it." We will not!" Frank called Barney and Pomp, quickly saying: Get axes, both of yon. Will you remain on board to guard the keyboard, doctor!" Certainly!" replied the savant. Barney and Pomp hastened to obey the command. In a very abort time they were equipped in their diving-suits with axes and ready for duty. Frank joined them, and the three divers left the cabin. In a few moments they were at the bow of the boat. It could be seen that the tree lay right across the bow, but not with its full weight. Had this been the case the hull would have been crushed into a pulp. The branches and limbs of the forest monarch bad prevented the tree from falling fairly upon the ground. These partly upheld the trunk. But yet the weight was sufficient to hold the boat firmly. Nor would any ordinary force remove it. Frank saw this a glance and he said, placing his helmet to Bar ney's: There's only one way, and that Is to cot the tree in two.'' "Shure that's so, sor!" declared Celt, but avin thin it's go in' to he moie;h:y hard worruk to cut into that koind av wood.'' With which the CE>lt raised his axe aloft and dealt the trunk a tre mendous blow. The result was curious enough. It was as if be bad struck a rock. The keen edge of the axe turned in an Instant, and the bark of the tree only was abattered. Frank wns utterly dumbfounded. For mercv's sakes," be declared, "what kind of wood is that!" Bejabers i'm afther thin kin' it's not wood at all, sor," declared the Celt, as be looked at the frayed blade of his ax. I am inclined to agree with you," said Frank. Can it be llg nom vitae?" He lifted his own ax and dealt the tree a blow in the same spot. The bark flew and also a chip from the ax blade. "On my word!" exclaimed the astonished young inventor. "Who ever saw the likes of that!'' Then he bent over the tree and examined it. He saw that it wns of a species which he had never seen or heard of before. I The trunk was as solid as a rock and would plainly resist any or dinary blow of a steel blade. Frank saw that it was utterly useless to attack it with an ax.
10 AFLO AT IN A SUNKEN FOREST What was to be done? Pomp essayed to do some chopping. But he instantly ruined his ax. The three astonished men exchanged glances. Then they put their helmets top;ether. "It's no use," said Frank. "We can't make any impression on the tree with these tools." "Begorra, yez are roight, sor," agreed Barney. "Shure I'm afther thinkin' it's iron an' not wood." "It may be a species of iron-wood tree,'' said Frank. "I have hear d or the existence or such a Cree, but this is the first specimen I have ever seen." "Golly!'' exclaimed Pomp, "Ide doctor will jes' want a lily piece fo' a specimen fo' sbnah!" "You're right, Pomp,'' said Frank. "Well, the moat important question is, how are we going to release the boat from this predicument!., "Shure, sor, we kin blow up the blasted tree intoirely," cried Bar ney; thry the dynamite, @Or!" No," said Frank:, that. would endanger the boat. But perhaps a saw would work. Pomp, will you go back to the cabin and briug up a whip saw, which is in the boldt" "Yns, sah!" Away went the darky, while Frank and Barney waited. Pomp returned presently with the saw. Then work was begun. For minutes Barney and Pomp on opposite sides of the tree trunks tried to make the saw cut hut in vain. lG seemed to make no impression whatever upon the hard substance of the tree trnak. The teeth bent and broke like cheese, and in o. few moments the saw was ruined. The attempt was a failure Frank was aghast. Here was truly a prellicament. What wo.s to be done! How was tl:e tree trunk to be removed! The affair ho.d begun to assume alreo.dy a very serious aspect. It seemed as if it could yield to no ordinary means. Then Frank thought of Barney's suggestion or the use of dynamite But he feared to employ so deadly an agent, for much harm might be done the boat. Tile situation was indeed most serious. CHAPTER IX. RELEASED-THE STRANGE VESSEL. THE young inventor was deeply puzzled. But he was not the one to yield to an obstacle. He was bound to surmount it in some way. He was not long in devising an expedient. Ilis inventorial genius came now iuto play. He did nbt return to the cabin, but said to his companions: Barney and Pomp, I want you to go back to the bold of the boat and bring me out some spades and picks for all of us." The two servitors looked astonished but instantly obeyed. In a few moments they returned with the required tools, and then Frank said: "My plan Is to dig away the sand under the bow of the boat. As she settles the weigltt of the tree trunk will be taken from her, for the limbs of the tree w.ill prevent its sinking further. In an instant Barney and Pomp saw the logic of this plan. The sands were light and easily scooped up, and it was not so great a task to contemplate. '' Begorra, Misther Frank!'' cried Barney, "I'd niver have thought or that, sort" Frank laughed. Well, it seems the only way out of the difficulty. But I am with you, so ll!t us to work." "Golly! I'se wid yo', h o oey!'' cried Pomp. All three now eet valiantly to work. From the observation window the doctor and Meta watched them. The sand was thrown up in heaps around the keel of the Sea Crab. It was slow work, but every shovellul counted, and gradually the boat settled in the cav1ty. The trees' pressure less and less. It was plain that Frank's plan was bound to succeed. At this juncture the doctor came out with his helmet on to secure a specimen of the curious ironwood tree. He examined it carefully from roots to top and found not a brenk in it It bad fallen from its own weight and tha loosening of its roots by the water. The branches, such as bad broken, were snapped off liKe pipe stems. The foliage was brittle and lik'l shavings of steel. In fact, it was one of the most curious of growths that Dr. Vaneyke had ever seen upon the earth's surfuce. "The trunk of this tree, transported to America, would be thousands cf dollars as a curiosity," he declared, "I have never heard of one in existence like it." Nor I,'' a greed Frank; "but it would be impossible to transpot it to America." "I daresay. H o wever, I shall secure all the specimens I can," and the savant did so. Frank with Barney and Pomp had succeeded iu making quite an excavation under the bow or the Sea Crab. The young inventor only desisted when be saw that the hull or the boat was clear of tlte tree trunk, Then all went hastily on board. It did not take long to back the Crab away from the c ause of its temporary imprisonment. Then Frank went out on deck to see tl1e extent or the damage. became necessary to cut away the shattered bowsprit and the foremast but this did not iu o.'Dy way affect the seawortltiness of tile bout. The dent In the hull was of miuor importance, aD(\ otherwise the Sea Cro.b was all right. This was a matter for mutual congratulo.tion. Tbe escape had in deed been a narrow one. Once more the Sea Crab went on her way under the forest arches. Frank was looking for an opportunity to get clear of the overhang ing treetops, but the forest really seemed to grow dP.oser all tue while. "Well, is there. no end to it!" muttered the youug inventor impa tiently. On my word, I bali eve we shall have to turn back.'" It seems strange that we do not come to o. clearing,'' said the doctor with surprise. We cannot keep forever wandering in this sunken forest." The search.ligbt's rays were constantly employed looking for a way out of the fore st. But none appeared at once. On and on for hours the boat sailed thus. Then all waxed intensely weary, and remembered that it had been a long while since they bad indulg e d in necessary sleep. The doctor gave ont entirely and retired to his bunk. "Well,'' said Frank, tinally, we must answer to the demand of nature, which seems to be sleep. We certainly can go no further at present." "Do not on my account, I beg of you,'' said Meta. "(am myself compelled to seek rest.'' "Very well. Lower the boat, Bnroey, and let go the anchors. Here is a good place to lay to." All roigbt, sor.'' So the submarine boat came to a etop, and the anchors were put out. Then the weary voyagers slept. For fully twelve hours the Sea Crab lav at her moorings. Pom p kept sleepy watch in the pilot bouae half this time and Barney th e other half. Nothing befell the boat or crew io that period. It is needless to say that all were refreshed. At the expiration of the twelve hours, however, Frank was astir and the boat was once agaiu on her way. Pomp prepared a delicious breakfast, after which tha voyagers felt ready for anything. And now: to add to the good turn which affairs had taken, the search-light showed a clearing ahead. "Good!" cried Frank. "Now we can soon reach the aur!ace." On sailed the Sea Crab until suddenly the forest terminated. The boat passed over a rocky bluff. Far below were sands and huge bowlders. Beyond was a forest of seaweed. "Wby,'' cried the doctor, "we have reached the limit or the sunk en forest. This Is the original shore.'' "You are right," declared Frank, "this is the old coast line." "Beyond any doubt; we bave come a good ways under water." Yes, but now for the surface.'' Frank touched the tank lever, up shot the boat. Up aud up sbe went rapidly until suddenly she cleft the surface o.nd the light of day was about. Far upon every hand as the eye could reach, stretched the smooth expanse of the Indian Ocean. Distant upon the horizon was a white sail. The coast line could not be seen, but Frank turned the bow of the Sea Crab in its direction. For a long time it ran rapidly to the westward; then Barney gave the loud cry: "Land bo, sor!" The coast was dimly in view; every momllnt It became plainer. There remained now for the voyagers to do but to stJarch for Harding. To learn his fate Wfl.S the prime object. Whl'ther he could succeed in this or not Frank bad no means or knowing. He could only try. It was the secret fear that all must come to naught. He really be lieved that young Harding was at the hottom of the sea. But of course there yet remained the possibility that he had escaped the flood and like the survivors they bau found on the cliffs, had suc ceeded in drifting ashore. Soon the Sea Crab was again within bailing distance of the shore. They were not far from the stopping place of a short while before. But the survivors, who at. that time had R camp on the cliff, were not there now. Tney had probably set out lor the small sea some miles belo'V, and beyond the line of the great sink. Along the shore the boat slowly sailed. Suddenly, as they approached a long headland, R moving white ob ject was seen over the tree tops. It was a vessel's sail.
AFLOAT IN A. SUNKEN FOREST.: 11 "A ship!'' cried tile doctor. What can it beT Probably some vessel.'' But further comment could be ma.ie, the vessel sailed around the headland and came into full view. Instantly Meta gave a short, quick gasp. That is the ship I" she cried; "that is the one!" Frank turned in surprise. What do you mean!'' he asked; "have you seen it before?" "Yes, yes!" she cried, excitedly; "In my arearn!" The other voyagers looked astonished. This, if true, was a strange coincident. Would the dream come true? The young girl was leaning eagerly over the rail, and exclaiming: Yes, yes, that is the sbip, and he ia aboard; I know he is. He is in need of help. Those are bad men, wicked villains, and he is in their p?werl Ob, God, help me to rescue him I" So earnest and sincere were the young girl's emotions, that Frank was deeply impressed, "There must be something in it," be said, to the doctor. "We must take a closer look at that ship.'' "Sbfl certainly bas a rakish look," said the savant. "Yes!" ngreeu Frank, "she is beyond doubt a Malay, and those fellows are ali a class of pirates you know. Ab, she is making for us!" This was true. The Malay vessel was laying over to the wind and driving down to ward the Sea Crab, Frank was not anxious to make too close an acquaintance with the villainous looking craft. He knew Willi the risk of this. The Malay, in the prese11ce of a superior power, is a docile citizen. But when he holds the superior power-then look out for him. The submarine boat wno doubtless taken by the Malays for a amnii c oasting yacht, and consequently easy prey. Down the rakish vessel swooped, but Frank was not the one to be taken oft his guard by any menus. CHAPTER X. THE M A LAYS, INSTANTLY Frank pressed the motor lever and the Sea Cralt ran off at right angles with the greatest of ease. The Malay bad to jibe a!Jout. When she did this Frank again veered at right angles. The Malay might as well h ave tried to catch no elusive will o'-tbe wisp. Tile little electric boat could dodge her with the greatest of ease. All the while Frank was studying his opponent closely. After some time or mr.neuvering thus the .Malay vessel lay to and a fiag was run up which evidently signified a desire for a parley. They want to talk with us," said the doctor. Will you favor them, Frank?" Well, yes!" agreed the young inventor. "I can see no harm in that. Let us see what they have to say," S o hA allowed the S e a Crab to lay at a respectable distance off the Malay's bows. He ran up an answering flag to the maintop of the Crab. Then the Malays answered in an unexpected manner. A boat put out from the schooner and rowed toward the submarine boat. It held six occupants. Four of these were oarsmen. The fifth was a helmsman, and the sixth evidently a spokesman, lor be stood in the bow. Frank stepped out on tbe deck as the boat came up. All in the Sea Crab's party thought they had never seen so villainous a set of rogues as these Malays. They were dressed in their native garb, with huge hoops of gold in their ears. Thev were armed to the teeth. "Ue:b!" exclaimed the doctor. "I would not care to meet those fellows in a lonely spot after dark." "Nor 1," agreed Frank. "Truly they are a bard looking crowd." The boat came up to within easy speaking distance. Then the dark skinned wretch in the bow cried in his native tongue: Who are you!" Frank made a sign that he did not understand, and then the fellow, who seemed to be something or a linguist, reiterated his question iu Portuguese. This was more comprehensive to Frank, and he replied: We are Americans. Who are you?" "Honest fishermen!" was the reply. "You look like it.'' "What say?" came back quickly. '' I say that you look like fishermen of dead men's purses," replied Frank, with asperity. "Do nil fis hermen carry knives and pistols!" "Ah, we fear pirates,'' was the reply. "we must look out for t!Jeml'' "That is just our position," replied Frank, coolly. "But I want to ask you a question. Have you seen anytiJing of a survivor of the tidal wave, a young man of our nationality!" "I am sure these are the men whom I saw in my dream," sail\ Meta, intensely. "Walter is in their power, be sure of it." "We will certainly ascertain if be Is," said Frank, "and if your surmise is correct be &ball be rescuP.d.'' "God help us to save him from these wretches,'' breathed the young girl, earnestly. The question put by Frank seemed to startle and somewhat dis concert the Malays. For n moment they made no answer to Frank's query. They seem ed to exchange comments, and when the reply did come it was equivo cal. "We do not understand you. If you will let us come aboard we will talk with you." Frank took a moment to think. He, however, had no idea of ac cedillg to this reques;. He divined the purpose of the rascals, which was simply to get a view of the interior of the vessel and the size of its crew. If I should allow them to come aboard," IJe said, I believe I would put every one of the dogs in irons. I would like to know for a fact if Walter Harding is aboard their boat." Oh, I am sure he is!" cried Meta, earnestly. Then a s t artling thing occurred. A loud commotion was heard on board the Malay vessel. The crack of fire-arms ose upon the air. Ins t antly every eye was upon the pirate ship. The Malays in the boat turned as well. It was n thrilling sight which all beheld. Out upon the vessel's bowsprit there ran a half-naked form. Even at t.hnt distance it could be seen that he was a white man. The crack of the lire-arms could plainly be heard as the Malay crew fired at him. Whether be was struck by any of the bullets or not, it was not easy to guess. But the next moment he bad leap e d into the sea. A wild scream of terror burst from Meta's lips: "Oh, it is Walter!" she cried. "Save him! Save him! they will kill him.'' "Great ben ns!" exclaimed the doct01, "I believe she is right, Frank." Frank said not a word but sprang to the key board. Iu a moment the submarine boat was on its way to the spot where the escaped pusoner was struggling in the water. Barney and Pomp rushed to get their Wincbesters. "Begorra, we'll give the black divils a surproise," cried the Celt. "Golly! dat we will,'' reJoined Pomp. But startling incidents now came piling on. The Malay small boat turned and was also makiug for the prisoner in the water. Meta was frantic and ran up and down the deck wringing her hnnu s wildly. "Ob. save him, save him! she screamed. Frank was putting on all speed. He knew the necessity of quick action. The thwarts of the Malay vessel were lined with men firing at the swimming man, hut for some miraculous reason they could not bit him. This was fortunate, indeecl. Frank's purpose was to put the Sea Crab between him and their fire, then he could pick the swimmer up ea s ily. But an unforeseen thing at that moment occurred. The young inventor thus far had been unaware of the existence or anythlDg but small arms aboard the schooner. Now, however, be was startled to see the muzzle of a cannon thrust over the vessel. It was a miserable nfi' nir, but yet might do much harm at that range. And before be could m:lke action to dodge a shot it came. Fire leaped from the muzzle of tile gun. The next moment Frank was hurled from the pilot-bouse down into the cabin. There was an awful rending crash. A great gaping bole was toro in the pilot-house, and the key board was dashed to pieces. The cannon ball bad passed clear through, and spent itself in the sea. Words cannot describe the effect or this catastrophe upon all. The boat wns running at full speed and was almost instantly out of 1 range, Frank quickly bounded mto the pilot house again bot it was to be rewarded with a dismaying fact. The keyboard was wrecked. The engine@ were running at full speed. The boat would be miles out to sed before the screw could be checked. while the unfortunate prisoner struggling in tile water seemed now wholly at the mercy of the :Malays. Meta did not faint. But cold and white with horror, abe clung to the rail praying for her lover's hfe, And while Frank and Barney were trying to lind the tangled electric wires by which only the machinery could be stopped, Doctor Vaneyke was watclling with intensity the escaping man's efforts for life and liberty. He was now trying madly to reach the shore. Every huge ingoing wave helped to hurl him nearer. But the Ma lay small boat was gaining upon t.im. If it should overtake him his lire would doubtless be the forfeit. And every moment those who could have given him aid were being canied further and further out to sen. Nearer the shore the swimming man was carried. Meta and tha tloctor were intent upon watching him. Soddenly the savant gave a great cry. HurraiJ!" be shouted, be has made it nil right.'' "Heaven be praised!" murmured Meta, fervently.
12 AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. It was true that the fugitive bad r e ached the shore. He was seen to stagger out of the surf and run quickly up the face or the cliff. One momenL be was visible at the summit and then he vanished into the dense forest For tbe moment he seemed safe. But his escape seemed by no means a certain lhing,,for the foe were hot after him. The Malays drove their boat ashore and climbed the cliff in pursuit. This was all that could be seen. "God help him to elude them," c : ied the doc tor, fervently, and Meta said, softly, "Amen!" Meanwhile, Frank and Barney and Pomp bad been lively nt work on the tangled wires of the key board. There was need of haste. 'fhe damage done by the cannon ball quite serious. It was certain that efficient repairs could not be made save by tnk ing the boat home to the Rendestown shops. ThisJwas a dampening realization. For the boat could cert ainly not go beneath the surface again until the gap in her pilot-bouse wall should be closed. However, Barney and Frank tinally succeeded in making new con nections with the tangled wires, ami the machinery was stopped. A temporary key board was arranged and thE'n the Sea Cmb, no longer a submarine boat, turned in her course to go back the scene of trouble. CHAPTER Xl. TO THE RESCUE. RAPIDLY the Sen Crab sped on the return course. As she neared the Malay vessel an astounding discovery was made. The pirate vessel was badly listed to starboard, and she seemed to be unable to answer to her tilling sails. The truth burst upon Frank in an instant. "Hurrah!" he cried. "We will beat them now!" What!" the doctor. "Don't you see! She is on a reef." "On a reef!" cried the savant. You are right, Frank. That is surely a bad show for her." "Well, I should say so. All! fear is that confounded cannon of hers." "Will you attempt to fight her!" By no means. She i1 well tl!sposed of My purpose now Is to go ashore at once and pursue those rascals who are after Harding." "Oh, Heaven will help you!" cried Meta. "Do go-you will suc ceed!" We will try!" said Frank, resolutely. "Make for that of land yooder, Barney!" All roigbt, sor!'' The submarine voyagers had now nothing apparently to fear from the pirates. Tile Sea Crab wns quickly oil' the point of land indicated by Frank, and then the young inventor quickly named his plans. Barney and Pomp, you are to go ashore with me!" he said. "Doctor, I will leave the boat and Miss Benton in( your care!'' "They will be safe I" said the doctor, gallantly. Very quickly a boat was launcbed and tbe three rescuers en tered it. They were armed to the teeth, and quickly pulled ashore. Frank took one look at the Malay vessel. He saw that it had not changed its position, and exclaimed exult antly: "The sea is coming up, and will very soon dispose of that evil craft. Come on, boys; there is work before us now!" "Golly, I'se wif yo', Marse Frankl" cried Pomp. Begorra, the same here!" cried Barney, leaping out into the surf. They quickly drew the boat up out or the way of the rolling break ers. Then they started up the cliff. They followed the footsteps of the Malays as far as the edge of the forest. Here they were lost. Frank hesitated a momeot. It was not easy now to tell just what course to take. Of course it w as all guess work. But to lose time was fatal, so he plunged into the forest. Barney and Pomp followed him. Through the dense undergrowth they:lforced their way for a time. 'l'heo Frank paused. It is not going to be easy to overtake them in this way," he de clare d. Listen for some sounds to guide us." Shure, sor, I heard one then,'' cried Barney ., "You did?" "Yis, sorl" Where!" askeEl Frank, excitedly. Barney pointed westward. Then he fell upon his face and placed his ear to the lf.round. Whist, sort' be cried. "Shure I kin hear tbim again, sor!'' Frank also bent tiown and listened. Faintly to his ears came the distant sound of voices. He bad no doubt but that it was the Malay pursuers. Tl confirmation came in the shape of a distant pistol shot. Begorra, maybe have shot him, sor !" cried Barney, excitedlv. "No, no!" cried Frank. "We will not believe that. Follow mel" On into the forest they now ran at full speed. And every moment the sound or the voices became near. Finall y the trees cleared and they came out into an open space. "All!" cried Frank, drawing bncl< the hammer of his rifle, there are the wretches." With which he drew sudden quick aim and polled the trigger. His aim was correct. A distant yell or pain was heard, and the young inventor said, grimly: One of the murderers has expiated his crime s!'' "Begorra, give me a so1ght at thim!" cried B arney, excitedly. But be and Pomp could get no sight at the Malays. They had dis appear e d in the undergrowth. Frank now knew that a cri sis was at hand. All depended upon sharp work ir: the bush now. He wns sallsfied perfectly well of one thing. This was that the Malays hnd not as yet captured the fugitive. If be was still at large he must know from this allot succor was near and ought to be guided thereby. But it was now In order to look out for the Malays. They were sharp bush lighters as Frank knew, for be had once spent a year in tbe isles of Malaysia. We must not let them get the start or us!" be whispered. "Neith er will it be safe to travel We must s epa rate." "Sllure, sor, I'm wid yez," said Barney. "All right. You go to the left, Barney and Pomp to the right. I will go directly ahead. Our si gna l will be tile cry or the night-hawk. Remember this wtll be like stalking Indians in tile wild west." The two servitors needed no further biduing. They bad spent a season with Frank in the West years before, an d knew well what he meant. This experience was of great benefit to all, pitted against the Malays as they now were. The copper skinned natives or the Ori ent were stealthy and wary to an intense degree. Frank knew well what he had to contend with. The killing of one of their number by a foe from behind, had ma terially changed the tactics o! tl!e Malays. 'l'hey at once turned their attention to this new adversary and for the time Harding was rid of his pursuers. Frank was in the most perilous position, he had to advance straight toward the foe, wbile Barney and Pomp were enabled to make a detour. However, the young inventor threw himself Jlat upon his face and wormed his way through the dense growth like a snake. In this manner be kept on for some distance. And all the while he was on the lookout for the foe. At sight of one be was ready to sboot. Dut the Malays seemed to have suddenly melted away into nothing ness. The most eternal of silence reigned in the forest glade. But FranK I;ept on in his insidious manner, and soon was rewarded in his efl'orts, Directly at right angles he saw one of the foe crouch ed at the foot of a tree. The fellow's back was towanl him. It. was an excellent chance to rid the earth of one of the monsters, But just as the young inventor was about to lift his rifle he paused. Eis very heing was froze with awful horror. There, not two yard s from hie elbow, was one of the deadliest foes of that wild region. Coiled up in a horrible slimy heap, was a monstrous African puff adder, more deadly poisooous than the cobra or the rattlesn ake. Its hideous bead was erect, its malevolent eyes were blazing with fury. Frank saw that he was almost certain to be struck. There was but a brief second or tune in which to make up his mind. What should he do! If he tired at the Maloy, the serpent would strike. It would be sell ing his life for another. If again ; be tired at the snake to save his life, why would not the jeapordy be the same! His position would be revealed to tbA Malays. Never was human being placed in a more dreadful or uncertain position. He was wholly at a loss to know what to do. And every moment was fraught with Jeadly import. It would not do to waste time. Frank's mind was half made up to destroy the serpent. He was about to turn his rifle upon the crea tore when a startling thing oc correct. Out of the underbrush there ehot a long, bare white arm. In the muscular hand was a powerful club. Quick as a stroke of a Vulcan that club decended upon the back of the puff adder. There was a tremendous hiss and the reptile writhed in a barmle9s, helpless heap. Its vertebrae was undoubtedly broken by sudden powerful, swift blow. All was silent and efl'ective too. Then Frank saw a white face appear in the fbrns. was that or a youth, handsome hut pale "Sh!" be whispered. "It is you who are trying to save me. I am Walter Harding. Did you not CGrue from the small yacht in the bay!" "I did," replied Frank. "And we have come all the way from America to rescue you."
.AFLOAT IN .A SUNKEN FOREST. 13 I From America!" whispered the astomslled youtu. Ob, you eard of the land sink? My father sent you?" "No," replied Frank, "the girl you love--" "Metaf' "Yes, she is aboard the Sea Crab now. She came to find you dead or alive. Thank Heaven you are alive!" The young fellow seemed overcome with emotion. God bless her," be exclaimed, that is just like her heroic iittle self. And you, s1r-your kindness shall be repaid if we live to get out or this place.'' We are iu danger most deadly," said Frank. "Yes,lthese Malays are a bad lot. I escaped before the tidal wa'l"e by ,!!;ettin!C alloat on a small raft. But these wretches picked me up as I was drifting about and have held me for a ransJm." "Au!" exclaimed Frank, "it is fortunate for you that you were not at Mendoka.'' "Mercy! Was the city buried?" Fatboms deep, and all the inhabitants are dead at the bottom of the sea." "That is dreadful! The people of Mendoka were worthy people. But-aid they have heard us!" The Malay ut the foot of the tree must ba"e heard their sibilant whispering, !or be turned like a llasb. But it was his death knell. Frank knew the importance of quick action. Like a llash he acted. Up went the rille to his shoulder. The rille spoke sharply. Pierced to tl.Je vitaiP the wretch threw up his arms and fell over back wards. "Quick!" gasped Walter, "there is no time to lose!" He dragged Franl;: after him through the undergrowth. But at that moment another rille shot was beard. "Bad cess to yez!" cried a hearty, Irish voice. "Shure, yez haven't the good grit to stband yez but yez must run away like cowards.'' ThPn Frank and Walter saw the three remaining Malays running for the1r lives into the forest. The battla in the bush was over. The Malays were certainly dereated. Quickly our friends gathered in the verge of the forest, and Frank suit!: Well, what shall we do now! Ought we not to return at once to toe Cruu ? '' l'm of that moine!, sor," cried an' the sooner the bet tiler, sor." I believe it is the proper course," said Walter. "Certainly I be glad to meet the girl who thought enougl.J of me to come into tblS far part of the world to sav e my life.'' "Yon ought to appreciate her spirit," said Frank. "And I do," replied Walter. "How much I can never fully con vey to you.'' ::>o the party set out for the shore. It did not take them long to burst through the small strip of forest and reach it. ,. But as they came out upon the cliff nnd looked down unon the waters of tl.Je bay the scene that met their gaze was ontl for which they were altogether unprepared. CHAPTER XII. WHICH IS THE SND. LEFT aboard the submarine boat, Dr. Vaneyke and Meta watched the three rescuers as they scaled the cliff and vaniahed from sight. Meta was in a state of much mental excitement. Oh, I am sure they will save him!" abe kept saying earnestly; fortune will favor them.'' "Let us hope so," said the doctor encouragingly. "He is a brave fellow anyway. He will not give up without a struggle. What a DO ble effort be made to reach the shore!" He will not be easily taken!" she said with llashing eyes "Indeed, no!" declared the doctor. But," with a eudden thought, ''what if--" "What!' she asked sharply, turning upon him. "Well, that is,'' stammered the doctor," it is not likely, you know, but what If it was not really Mr. Harding. You know we have not got a close look at him." "You forget,'' she said with asperity "it could be no!lody else. Has not all this happened in accordance with my. dream! And did not my dream tell me that I was to lind Walter here?" The good doctor was dumfounded. "Well," he said stupidly, "Dreams are wonderful things. 'l'hey do sometimes cQme true I have heard. Yet-really I beg your par don, Miss Benton, I mean well, but do not base your hopes upon the -the supposit ,ion you know-the shock of disappointment. 1 am au old medical man and I can telllyou it would not be good for your system." "I understand you," she said mildly. "And I thank you just the same. But your fears are all unwarranted. You :may be sure it is Walter.'' "Well I hope eo," said the doctor earnestly. "And that they will succeed in rescuing him. Cicero! What is that!'' The savant gave a mighty start. Both gazed upon a spectacle at that moment which tilled them with consternation. When Frank had started for the shore the pirate vessel was appar ently safely stuck upon a reef. Certainly the young inventor had never reckoned upon her getting alloat again. But the spectacle which the two guardians of the Sea Crab witness ed, was the pirate ship trimming her sails and making a direct course for them. Sue bad in some miraculous manner got off the reef and was aOoat once more. What was more, she i!:tenued to make another attack upon the sub marine boat. UFor a moment Dr. Vaneyke was aghast. Great Hannibal, help us!'' he gasped. What can we do, sis? She is booDe what we can do!" Of course we'll try it.'' Into the pilot bouse they rusht>d. The labyrinthine network o! wires was, however, to them a Chinese puzzle. Great Joppa!" declared the doctor, "we never can do anything with them at all!" We must try,'' said Meta. And she began to experiment. The result was that instead or makIng the motor connections she opened the tank valve. The boat began to sink. "Stop! we shall be drowned!" 1\ried Vaneyke wildly. Meta quickly closed the valves and saved the day, But every mo ment the Malay ve6selwas drawing down upon them. "Heaven help us!" groaned tha young girl. "We are lost if we fall into their hands. What shall we do?'' "We must not fall into their hands!" cried the doctor, "there is one way out of the dilemma.'' What is it?'' "We must abandon the Sea Crab.'' What? leave tbe boa to them?" "Yos!" 01!, but Frank Reade, Jr., would never forgive us.'' Better lose the boat than fall into tl.Jeir clutches also. There is no other course. The re is a boat ir; the hold. I will launch it and we will make a run for \lie shore!" Meta gave a cry of horror. Boom! Crash-ash! A cannon hall struck tl.Je hull of the Sea Crab. It tore a great gap iog hole in her side. Through this water began to pour. It at once L settled the question as to what they should do. The Sea Crab wus bound to sink. There was no saving her now. It was a. prime necessity to leave her. Tbe doctor hesitated no longer. Down into tl.Je cabin he spruug. He quickly dropped the portable boat out onto the deck. AnQther cannon ball passed into the bold of the Sea Crab. She was a doomed craft. Never more would Frank Reade, J1 's., wonderful Invention sail the surface or the deep sea. She was beyond repair, beyond salvation. Her perpetual gmve was to be the Indian Ocean. Dr. Vaoeyke lost no time in launching the boat. Meta stepped into it, and the doctor rollowed. Let me help you row," said the young girl, taking an oar. I am1used to boats." I Together they pulled n way for the shore. Bnllled yells came from the deck of the Malay vessel. Sllots were tired after them. But the Malay guns were not of an improved make, and they could not bit the fugitives at that distance. A boat put out from the 1\Ialav vessel to head them off. But Meta and the doctor pulled heroically, and soon distanced their pursuers. It was a long way to the shore. But as they drew near Meta chanced to glance over her shoulder and gave a startled cry. "Why, look!" she cried. They are wailing for us on the beach." The doctor looked. "Great Hannibal!" he exclaimed; "so they are! And there is your good friend safe and sound. Miss Benton, I congratulnt\1 you." Meta's face was crimson. But the light in her eyes was of heaven born joy. Nearer the shore they drew. And it was this scene which Frank and his companions bad seen upon coming out of the African forest: The Malay vessel in the offing atloa.t once more, the Sea Crall just going down, and the small boat pulllng for the shore. I "My soul!" exclaimed Frank, is the end of the Crab. Who ever tl.Jougbt the ship would get off reef?''
14 AFLOAT IN A SUNKEN FOREST. Why dido'& dey put out to sea fo' goodness sakeT" asked Pomp, aghast. "You forget," said Frank, "the keyboard was gone, and of course they could not tell bow to start the engines. Well, it can't be helped." "Bejabers, it's a shame!" declared Barney. We ought to be thankful to think that human !He has been spared!'' said Frank. "The doctor and Meta have lost their lives. That; would have been a much worse catastrophe." Mr. Reade!'' said Harding; wringing Frank's hand, you shall be well paid for your boat. You gave it up to save me, and I'll make it right." Not a bit of it!'' said Frank, carelessly. "I can build another and perhaps a better one. I don't care a fig now. Let it go!" At this moment Dr. Vaneyke and Meta rowed through the surf. Barney and Pomp pulled their boat high up on the sands. Then a glad scene followed. Meta Benton and her true lover, Walter Harding met. The others reverently turned tbeil beads from so sacred a scene. It was certainly brave work upon the young girl's part. Walter Harding could well know the worth of the prize be had won. It was certain that the Sea Crab was done for. The baffied Malays did not attempt to come ashore. They bung off the coast for somewhile and then put out to sea. A discussiOn was now held as to the proper course to pursue. Their position wail not one of the m ost flattering kind. They were cast away upon the shore of the African continent and some distance from any civili3ed town. However, it was decided to travel slowly along the coast until the first settlement was reached. There they would try to get convey ance by ox team to the nearest seaport and thence lind a sailing ves sel which might be bound for Cape Town. Thence. they intended to sailed for America. I have nothing to stay in Africa for no':V," said Waite forest lauds are at the of the sea. However, we poor but that we can begtn anew somewhere else!" But you have promised me that you will not come to Africa again,'' said Meta. "I will keep my promise," said Walter with a laugh. "America is field enough for me." No mishap befell the party, and in due time they reached a small coast settlement. Here some friendly Portuguese furnished them with oxen, and they set out for the south. For days they traveled on slovtly tbrougb a wild region. Then one day they to..a little Mozambique seaport. Here they found a coast schooner lor Cape Town. The voyage to Cape Town was made in due time. Then an English steamer was taken to Liver ool. Thence they voyaged home by a New York steamer, and a happy party tbey were when America's shores burst upon their view. In New York, Harding and Meta took leave of the others. The parting was an affecting one, and Frank Reade, Jr., was over whelmed with the gratitude or the two lovers. or course we will not mar the happy ending this story by assert ing that Meta nod Walter did D'>t marry. They did, and live happily in New York today. The doctor went back to Washington with a great fund or knowl edge regarding tbe deep sea. He will write a scientific book on the subject some day. F'rauk Rende, Jr., went back to Readestown to begin work upon a uew invention. Barney and Pomp are there with him now. Perhaps we shall bear from them all again soon. Witll this happy announcement let us say adieu. [THE El!D.) "Usef-u..1 a:n.d 'I:n.str1..1ctive HOW TO MAKE A MAGlC LANTERN. Containing a descrip 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 Alle n. 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 Tousey, Publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box Z730. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS-Containing complete in structions for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. 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