The coral labyrinth; or, Lost with Frank Reade, Jr., in a deep sea cave.

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and Best Stories are Published in Ente1ed as Second Glass Jlfatter at the Kew York, N. Y., Post OOtee, Octobe1 5, 1892. No. 129. { COl\I PLETI!: } .h'RANK TOUSEY. P!rBT.lSHER, 3! & 36 NOR'l'H MOOHH: STHEH:'r, NEW YORK. { J 'ltiCE } :\ew York, March 20, 1896. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 C ICNTS, Vol. V. Ente1ed acc01dino to the Act of Conoress, in the yem 1896, by FR.4.NK 'L'O USEY, in the o_(flce of the Librarian of Congress, at TVashinoton, D. C. THE CORAL. LABYRINTH; or, Lost With Frank Bea.de, Jr., in a. Deep Sea. Cave. N"ON AM E." As the Fin ran alongside, the c astaway was seen t o be a young and striking ly handsome fellow. He was halt naked and was chnging to the crow' s nest of a ship's mast. Ahoy!" shoute d Frank. "Do you want a lineP"

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I THE C ORAL LABYRIN'l'H. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six monbhs post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. The Coral Labyrinth; OR, Lost With Frank Reade Jr., Deep Sea Cave In a THE .STORY OF A SVBMARINE VOYAGE. By "NONAME," Author of "The Coral Labyrinth," "Over Two Continents," "Across the Desert of Fire," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. WHICH INTRODUCES OUR CHARACTERS. THERE's many a wonderful thing onder the sen, mates," declared old Jack Grogan, as be gave his duck trousera a bitch, "and il I was going to take a cruise down there, I'd make a bitch for the South Pacific. It ain't so infernal deep ns tber other oceans, an' the water Is clear, nn' ngin ther e nre more wonderful things to be round there!" With which the old sailor ejPcted his quid of tobncco, nnrl seating himself upon an empty box continued: "I've been on twenty-eight cruises on all oceans, and in every ltind of a craft, !rom a Malay proa to a ship or the line, an' I kin tell you a sailor's life ain't all poetry. I was with Farragut at Mobile Bay, too. Yt>t I hanker fer one more voyage. I don't care if it's under tber sea this time. I'm williu' to sign my papers fer tbet kind or a cruise any time." "Begorra, I'm shure ye're jist the man Mistber Frank wants," de clared Barney O'Shea, knocking the ashes out or his du1nd giv Ing of red hair a shake. "Shure, if it's to yer moind, Jack, I'll spake that same to him fer yez!" ... Do it, mate, an' 1'11 make it up to ye," cried Grogan, eagerly. "Golly, I done heerd dat Marse Frank am gwme to start on de deep sea cruise right away!'' declared Pomp, a diminutive but comi cal darky, "de submarine boat am all ready." "Blow me fer a lubber!" cried Grogan, "let h1m name the day and I'll have my kit aboard and a11 tidy. Jack Grogan never failed his skipper yet." 'l'bis trio or quaint characters were at the moment congregated in one corner ol the yard of the great machine worl:s at Readesiown. These works were the property of Fran:. Rende, Jr., the famous young Inventor, ol whom everybody has heard, and whose inventions have long since made his fame nnXtPnded here from tern to stern, s o that light was admitted easily when the bout w a s o n t!Je s u rface The main deck was nearly all occupied by the shell or fieh-shaped structure In which were the cabins of the craft A narrow with a guard rail extended fore and aft upon bot h sides. The lront, 6nd of the shell eoutnined the pilot house, whic h was pro vided with powerful tb1ck glass wmtlows. O v er this pilot bonae there wus placed a senrcb-light of tremendous power. Amidships in the shell on each side, port and starboard, were two huge-observation windows. While the bont was under water, thosa in the cabin c ould thus be constantly in view o l the sea depths Upon the roof or t h e shell or cabin, there was a buge movable steel fin, calculated to steady the boat while taking a submarine plunae. This was painted a. brilliant crimson, and to this the c raft owed its name. Next to the pilot bouse was a d o or and vestibul e which c ould be hermetically sealed. While under water, air was furnished the voyagers by means of pipes and tubes placed about the -wa lls of th e cabin, whic h c o nstant ly disseminated pure oxygen from a chemical generator placed in the

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THE CORAL LABY H.INTH. 3 dynamo room. This invention possessed the double power of destroying poisonous gases and manufacturing and circulating fresh So that those on board the Red Fin were sure to be furmsbed wth air fully as good as that upon the surface, no matte r how deep they might go under the sea. Bvery obstacle to sale and submarine navigation Fr.ank: bad met and mastered. The interi<>r of the Red Fin contained cabins, staterooms, engine room, storerooms, galley for cooking and other necessary compart ments. These were all elegantly famished and fully ec;uipped. The RPd Fin's stores bad even been placed aboard and she was ready lor a long voyage. But up to this momellt Frank bad been somewhat in a quandary as to where be should go. To be sure the oceans of tile world afforded no lack of field, but to decide upon these was th e problem. Once he bad thought of a long trip under Arctic frozen seas. But an incident occurred wllich finally decided him. One day Barney cnme dtfiitlently into the drau!;hting room, and lf yez please, sor, there's a gintleman bas senZ in his card "Ell?" exclaimed Frank; "I urn very busy just now. Is the lei low of any importance, Baroev?'' The Celt stammered and scraped and bowed, and finally managed to articulate: "Well, sor, I think I'd see h1m an' have a talk wid him." Frank took tho card. This was the inscription on it: "MISTER JAKK GROWGAN, "Bees X mark." Frank smiled broadly. Why, it's Grogan!" be exclaimed. What the mischief is all this nonsense! Wby didn't he come without the formality of a card!'' Well, sor," stammered Barney, be's that anxious to see yez that he thought yez wud see him the quicker fer that." Frank saw the logic of this ruse at once, and could not help a laugh. He laid down his pen, and said: Wby, of course, I'll see him. Send him right in, Barney!" The Celt disappeared, and it hardly seemed a moment when the old sailor himself appeared on tbe threshold. He shambled into the room in a diffident manner, but Frank quickly put him at ease, by saying: Sit down, Grogan. I am to see you. What can I do for you?, The tar hitched at his trousers, and tben sank into a chair on the opposite side of the table. "' Begging your pardon, skipper, for bein' so free and easy,'' said Grogan in his blunt way, but there's no half way at.ont old Jack, and I'll te:l ve right out what I've come for. I want to sign articles to go with ye on yer new cruise under water. I'll chalk my name down right here, an' wait orders If ye say so." Frank could not have been more astonished. Indeed, for a few mo ments he was at a loss what to say. But in that short space of time he read the heart of the old sailor. He saw that this wus Grogan's bluff way of making known the dear est desire of hts heart. He bad never entertained a thought of taking Grogan with him. Indeed, he was dtsposed on the instant to regard it as hardly feasi ble. But in that moment he saw the effect a refusal would have upon the faithful old fellow, and his warm heart was near melting. "Well," be said alter an interval. "You have quite taken me by surprise, Grogan. Have you fully considered what such an under taking means !or a man of your ageT" The old tar touched his cap. "I've decided to make one more v'yage, cap'en!" be said. "And it's with you I want to ship!" Frank pretended to fuss with some papers while be tried to decide the question upon its merits. Then it occurred to him that Grogan could make himself very bandy about thu boat. This settled it. He held out his hand. "Give me your bana, Jack," he said, "there's no need of signing any papers. My word is my bonll." "Then ye'll take me!'' asked Jack, eagerly. "Yes!'' "Hang me fer a harpooner!" said tbe old salt, heartily. "Ye'll not have cause to be sorry.'' And the prediction was verified aa Frank bad afterCIIUBe to recall. CHAPTER II. BOUND FOR THE PACIFIC. OF course Barney and Pomp were delighted when they learned the truth from the old satlor's lips. Atrab, l knew it well!" said Barney. "Shure Misther Frank wud niver refuse the loikes av yez!" "Golly! maybe yo' won't keer so much 'bout goin' when yo' hab been nndah watab a lilly while,'' ventured Pomp. Blow me hard!" cried Jack, "' I never croaked on my 'davy yet, an' I'll stand by it till Davy Jones calls me into his locker." Frank bad set Thursday for the day of satling. He bad finally decided upon his point of destination. In this he had been influenced by old Jack. To the Pacific they were to go. This meant a long cruise around Cape Horn. But this could be safely made, for the Ret1 Fin was an extremely seaworthy and stanch boat. When Thursday morning came a large crowd lined the river banks to see the boat start. All preparations bad been carefully ma
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4 THE CORAL LABYRINTH. With which Jack off the lashing and seized the spokPB of the wheel. I One day Frank eaill: We are one hunlired miles east of Snn Roque and live de grees below tht! Equator. Tile barometer indicMes a disturbance of He glanced over the bow or the boat which was skimming along at a lively nod the next moment his face turned chall up to the zenith with the copper coloreli sky. "A storm!" he Whew! what uo you think of it. Jack!" Grogan gave a quick glance at the horizon and sbrul!;ged his sboui ders. "It'll be more than a storm!" he declared, "it's a regulllr hurri cane. We'd better lay by close hauled until after it "It will not affuct us much," said Frank, "save perhaps to delay us just a lritle for we can go under the surface and avoid it all." "'l'hat's so skipper,'' cried Jack, "the storm on the surface ne\'el" troubles the deep water," Willi be ulther sindin' the boat .town thin, eor?" cried "No!" replied Frank, "let me take the wheel, Barney. I have a curiosity to see the approach of this storm, and to. see bow the Fin would work in a bit of wintl." "ThPre's no better way to find out, sir," anid Grogan, eagerly, "but I'm sure sl!e'd rille it out like a bird. But this is uo ordinary storm I make free to say. It will send ma!ly a good ship to the bottom.'' "Yonder Is a sail,'' said Frank, "she looks like a ship of the line." "A Yankee brig I'll take my davy," cried Jack. "Ye can tPII that by tile way she stanlis up. But It's time they pulled in their main and mizzP.o sails." I should think so!'' agreed Frank. "Can it be that tlie,t realizetheir danger." "I should say not, skipper.'' "Ought we not to warn them?" "As ye like, sir." The idea grew upon Frank. Certainly if the crew of the distant schooner did not apprec1ate their peril then they ought to be warned or it. "I almost believe it's my daty,'' muttered tha young inventor; "how far off is she, Jack!'' "I should say five miles or under, sir," replied the old sailor, mensuring the t:istance with his eye. "And how far off is the storm!" "About forty or fifty minutes I would make it." 1"Then there is time enough," cri e d Frank;" these Equatorial hur ricanes strike swiftly and are soon spent, are they not, Jack?" "You are right, sir." "That settles it.'' cried Frnnk, "about ship and Jet us warn those fools. They will certainly go to the if they don't take in sail." Away sped the submarine boat toward the schooner. She stood up like a church steeple in her full complement of sails. The crew of the Fin were intensely interested. They watched the schooner with the best glasses on board. But the hurricane was gathering force, not a sail on the schooner's masts was touched. She seemed to llant defiance to the god of storms. "Great Scott!" exclaimecl Frank, while a cold sweat broke out upon him, "they positively cannot realize their uanger. They really have hardly time now to reef all that canvas." ."They're a pack of fools," growled Grogan. What s the meaning of that, mates!" "Or else-hey! Suddenly, and as if by magic, the strange schooner disappeared. Swept from sight ill the twinkling of an eye. Astounded, the voyagers gaze d at the spot where she had been and then at each other. What the deuce--" began Frank. "Begorra, she's alther sin kin'," crie tbe eastward a stnrtiing sight met their gaze. There was the schooner, just as tall and aa full of sail as ever, Bnt she bad in the twinkling of an eve changed her position fully half a mile. Well, I'm blowed!" ejaculated Grogan; "how did she get over there? Are we crooked in our eyes!" .On my word," said Frank, "it 1s very queer. It must have been ao op11cal delusion. But the storm is coming. Why don't they take in snll?'' Frank put on more speed and sent the Fin ahead. l J I I I

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THE. CORAL LABYRINTH. 5 But though miles were covered, the brig kept just as far away. Slle was not gaiued on in the least. Well, I'll be hanged!" cried .Tack Grogan. ''She must be a fast sailer to give us such a soug and dance. Why don't she lay to a little and wait f9r us!" v greed Frank, "but have you noticed one fact, Jack!" What is that!'' "Well, iOJ the first place, we have been chasing her long enough to have come up with her, but we are no nearer tban ever.'' Tbe sailor's eyes bulged. "Great wbalebones," be e jaculated, "you're right, skipper!" Then the old salt regarded the distant vessel for some Lime with great intentness. It was true tbat the submarine boat did not gain upon ber a particlo. What was more, everything about the distant vessel was most per.uli"r, in fa.:t unreal Superstition is always a co111ponent part of every sailor's nature. Jacli Grogan was no exception. 1\!ter a time he walked over to Frank, and in a mysterious way, .said: I reckon, skipper, we'd better lay a new tack," Wbat!" exclv.imed Frank. "Give up the chase!'' The sailor nodded. "Well," said Frank, in surprise; "I don't feel like doing that. What ate your reusons !or such a move?" She's no cruft we can ever overhaul," Grogan, positively, there's many a poor sldpper bas been led into a death trap by that ship. I mak" Rure she's like the Flying Dutchman." Frank saw tbe point. He read tbe sailor's mind at once and could hardly restrain a laugh. Ps8aw!" be satd, "that is all not:seme, Jack. If that schoouer is not a realit y it is uot or ghostly character, be At least we'll find out what she's made ol!" The words bad barely left Frank's lips, when a distant dull booming was heard. The hurricane was coming. ,. And yet the scbooner had uot taken a reel. If the gale should strike her, what would save her! Surely uo earthly power. "Heavens!" exclaimed Frank, "what can h&r be thinking of? Are they insane?" Barney put ou fresh speed, but at that moment a solution or the whole mystery transpired. Suddenly all were astounded to see the schooner rise apparently from the sea. She darted up into the sky. She was visillle in a dis taut, faint mist some points above the horizon. 'fhen she vanished. "Great gunwales!" ejaculated Jack, with chattering teeth; what did I tell ) 'e, mates!'' Yes,'' said Frank, with a deep breath o! relief, I can see and undt>rstuud It ullnow. She is no ldn of the Flying Dutcbman, It wuA only a very vivid and wonderful mirage." Such Indeed it was. Frank knew that the schooner was many miles away from that en dangered locality. At no point is till! phenomena of the mirage more common or more disunct than iu Equatorial seas. He was relieved ti.Joat it was after all but an optical delusion. Hull the schooner been in reality overtaken by tbe hurricaue he would in deed have felt bad. But be doubted not that she was in distant wa ters, and out or the path of the tempest. But now tbat the mirage had disappeared, the attention of all was claimed by the oncoming storm. The sky was overcast with au ominous yellow haze. It was almost otter dnkness on the face of the sea. The distant of the storm could be plainly heard. It was sweeping everything before it in its path. Suddenly Jack Grogan cried: Here abe comes, mates! SLand by for lashing s!'' The sight now beheld by all was most ominous. A great wall of white was rushing acrose tho sea. In a few moments it would have reached the spot where the Red Fin was. Had the submarine boat auempted to meet the shock of a collision witb that terrific tidal wave, it might have antlered serious injury. But this was by no means necessary, and Frank did not intend .o risk it. CHAPTER IV. TilE CASTAWAY, THE young inventor knew that tbe Red Fin w as undoubtedly capa ble o! outriding the storm. She was stanch and impervious to a possible leak. But her ma chinery was delicate, nud would be subjected to severe tension. Besides the voyagerd tbemselves would have notbiug whatever to gain !rom such an experience. So Frank decided to avo1d the contest. Accordingly he stepped into the pilot-housl' and touched an electric button. In an instant every door and window on board the Fin was securely and hermetically sealed. 'Ihen he touched another button. ln a twinkling the various electric lights of the wonderful craft were ablaze. Lastly he tun;ed the switch which opened the big tanl\ be low decks. Instantly it filled and the boat setUed beneath the surface. Down she sank. Tbe storm and its terrors was beyond sight, sound, or effect. Down into a new world the went. Tnis was the deep sea world, and a marvelous one it was, too. The llottom suduenly came into view, and Frank coosnlted the gauge and calmly said: We are n mile from the sur! ace." Think of it, dear reader! One mile of sea water over one's ileac!! All that mighty volume that considerable distance bP.tween one ucd daylight, the air, tbe upper world, wllere God's creatures evjoyed the blessings or a marvelous existeuce. It was a stupendous tlliug to tuink o!. But yet our voyagers gave it little heed. '!,'bey were almost instantly interested in the deep sea life which was all about them. They bact settled down upon a coral s t rewn bank of whilest sand. On une hand was a mighty forest of murine growtb. On the otber was a desert of sand. And in the marinl' forest there lurked all kinds or queer creatures eager to entice victims !rom the outer sea into thetr maws. All man ner of curious lish o! vanous colors swum in the open waters. In tbe sanlls were huuureds or species of shellfish. "There', a ship's cable," cried Jack, r;ointing ton huge coil !Jail buried iu the saud. But when the cable suduenly became lively and resolved itself into a monstar eel and swam away tile sailor was astounded. Barney aud Pomp were also immensely interested in the sights about thHm. One could sit in the main cabin and through the great observation windows on either baud he could witness many wouderful sights. At ti1nes fish came up to the glass and tried to enter, stnking their noses with much force. But tlley were always haftled. Frank had allowed the boat rest in the saud, and as he looked at the chronometer said: We will stay here thirtytlve minutes. The typhoon ought to be over lly that time hadn't it Jack!" "It will nl'ver last longer, sir," replied tlte old salt; "those storms come quickly aud are soon over.'' But the minutes sped by so swiftly, and there was so much to study in the !ranalucent depths, tbat an hour had passed before the return to the surface was made. Then the voyagers found the sea srnootll, the sky clear, and the sun shining bnghtly once more. The hurricane had passed. Fur olf in the east, a doll line of yellow was all that remained visi ble or it. A ligbt breeze rippled the sea, and once more the of tlle ,Fin was set to the southward. The course was now direct to Cape Horn waters. Thence into the Paci!ic. But the storm bad not passed wttbout bringing its exciting inci :lent. Suddenly Barney, who was ilt the wheel, cried: "Begorra, Misther Frank, tbertJ's a man out yender, clingin' to a !louting bit av wreck, sor!" What?'' cried Frank with sodden interest rushing into the pilot bouse. WherH is he, Barney!" Squ:nt yer eye ont that way, sor." But Frank suw thut the Celt was right. About a quarter of a mile jistant n dark mass tloated on the beaving waves. As it rose at regular Intervals out of the trough of the BAa, a man could be seen clinging to it. What was more, be was waving bls bands to attraCt attention. "Great whales!" exclaimed Jack Grogan, ''it's a castaway, mates." "Right enough!" cried Frank. "Run clown to pick him up, Barney. Come ou, Jack! Get a line from tbe hold and we'll try and g .. t him aboard." Aye, aye, sorl" replied the old s : ,Jt. Baroey headed the Fin for the lioating mass I'! wrecknge. It took but a few moments to r.over the distance. As the Flo ra'D alongside, the castawny was seen to be a young and strikingly handsome fellow. He was hall naked and was clinging to the crow's nest of a ship's mast. "Ahoy!" shouted Frank. Do you want a line?'' "Well, I shoulOk abOut hnn and exclaim in

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6 THE CORAL LABYRIN'fH. Well, I'm bentf What kind or a craft is this-a government tor pedo boat or a new kind of cruiser!" Wrong, sir!" replied Fmnk, readily, "this boat belongs to '!le, and I am not in government service. She is the Red Fin, submanne boat, and I am Frank Reade, Jr., of Readestown, U S. A." "Jemimf\1" exclaimed the youth, "are you Frank Reade, Jr. f I have teard of you and your wonderful inventions. I am in luck to have fallen in with you." Do you think so!" said Fradk, with a smile. Wait until you are better acquainted before making a decision." "I'll risk it," cried the castaway, "but, pardon mel Al low me to introduce myself. I am Howell Bond, or Pblladelpbiu, U. S. A. I was owner of a stanch yacht, the Ailanthus, aboard which I was making a voyage to an Island on the Tropic of I car ried a crew or eight men, and bad on board lour profesawnal divers with their outfits." Div e rs !' exclaimed Frank. "Yea!'' "But what--" It is a long story, and you will admit a thrilling one when you bear it," said Howell Bond, "but tlr8t give me a littl e something to allay my faintness of stomach, if you can. And then I'll tell you a tale which will interest you." "A thousand pardons, Mr. Bond!" cried Frank. "I was very Come into the cabin!'' Pomp hastened to prepare au appetizing repast for tl!e Wuile be was eating Bond told the story of the yacht's loss. We saw the storm coming," he said; "and my Bldpper, Captain Benham got all in readiness to scud before it. But the very first blast tore out the main-mast. The Ailanthus careened, water rushed into her cabin and we were unable to right her. I never saw one or my companions afterwards. Wheo the yacht wtmt down I was drifting away from her banging to a small life raft. But that got water-log ged and I came across that hamper on which you found me, and here I am." "Do you think any of your companions could have survived?'' ask ed Frank. "Not one of them!" said Rowell positively: "they were all swept overboard before I went nod they were drowned. Be s11re or that!" The young master of the Ailanthus finished his meal and then don ned a suit of clothes given him by Frank. He felt much better. A little later he came on deck and JOined Frank. "Now,'' be said; "I suppose you are anxious to know my story and what I was going to that isle in the Pacific with a crew of lour di vera for!" "I should be very glad to bear it," said Frank. I. confess that I am interested!" Ab!" cried the youth eagerly, perhaps yon will be interested to give me a little help in my pr o j e ct!" "F1rst I must hear what it is!" said Franlt circumspectly. "'Certainly!" Bonu drew a paper from his pocket and spread it open before Frank. It was a copy of a Philadelph i a Daily. Read that!" be said ters.,ly, indicating a news item, with quite a amount of display beading. Thus Fra[Jk read: A Hard Blow For Forger Bond! A report from Santiago that the ship, Verona, by which evid e nce was expected to establish hie innocence, bas gone down in the Pacific by striking a re e f off the coast of one of tbe Austral Islands. Nearly everybody in Philadelphia is famillar with the case of Mason Bond, one time President of the Popular Bank. Bond was pre vious to bia downfall one of the most tru s ted and wealthiest holders of pulllic trusts in this city. But one day a forged note was found in bank papP.re by one of the directors. It contained Bond's indorse ment in his own handwriting. The worthy president was una'Jle to explain the indorsement on the notA, and promptly disclaimed it. This led to a careful auditing or the bank's accounts which revealed startling facts. Nearly two bun dred thousand dollars' worth of forged paper was found, all beanng Bond'd endorsement. The bank president denied the endorsements llatly, and experts were callell in to testify. They declared that the forged names and the endorsement were written by the same person. Bond was arrested and tried for forgery and misappropriation of the bank's funds. He was convicted and is serving a long sentence in the pemtentiary. "So stoutly did he maintam innocence, that many o! his friends have believed him and sought to find absolute proof. His son Howell, has worked mdefatigably and employed a detect:ve to track a former cashier, Allan Dane, to New Zealand, whither be ball gone after having resigned his position a few months previous. Whetber Dane was the forger or will never be known, lor the ship Verona, aboard which he was returmng to America in the custody of Jerry Denton, detective, foundered off the Austral Isles and went to the bottom with all on board. "Howell Bond baR a letter from Denton, written from New Zea land, in which be declares that Dane had made a full confession of the forgery, clearing Mason Bond, and tba t the forger had agreed to come back to Philadelphia and make a clean breast of it. Both detective and forger w1th the evidence, however, went to t!le bottom of the sea with the Ill fated ship. "So it looks as if Mason Bond must spend the rest of his life in prison, tbongh is said that his son, Howell will sail for the Austral Isles with his yacht Ailanthus and a crew of divers to try and res urrect the lost evidence. The outcome will be awaited with interest." CHAPTER V. ON A REEF. FRANK read this somewhat lengthy and detailed account with the greatest or interest. When he bad finished be looked up and saw Howell's eyes llxed in tently upon him. Well,'' said the young Philadelphian, "now you understancl all. Am I entitled to your interest if not sympathy!" To both,'' enid Frank warmly, But--'' "What!" Do you know for a fact that Denton and his man went down on board th e Verona?" I have tis letter that they were to sail from New Zealand aboard her." "There may be a slip there," said Frank, "out allowing that they are at the boHom of the ocean. Suppose you lind their bodies. Will that be sufficient evidence!'' Howell turned a trille pale. "I am in hopes," he said, "that Denton had a written confession about his person. If that could be found--" "Would it be in proper shape to read or identify? I must say the chances are slim.'' "Well," said Howell, "fate bas been against me. But I thought it the least I could do for my father. It has been our drowning straw.'' "You have done right," said Frank, decisively, "though as you say, you have bad hard luck. But l think I can help you." O!J, but will yon?'' cried Howell eagerly. "I cannot refuse you," said Frank, generously. "At least, we will visit the wreck ol the Verona.'' "That is alii ask!" It shall be done!" Oh, I can never repay von.'' "1 do not ask fer pay," said Frank, "I am glad to do you the favor." "And it is the greatest favor you could do me," cried Howell, joy' fully. "I care now for the loss of my yacht. Why, with this submarine boat it will be the easiest thing in the world to visit the sunken ship." "lt will indeed!" Howell could hardly realize his extreme good luck. It all seems too good," be cried. Then his face lengthened, bot by the way! How can we go aboard without diving apparatus!" Frank smiled at this, "Do you lhink I am so poorly equipped?" he said. "You may be sure that I have plenty of diving-suits.'' "Good!'' What is more they are of a better pattern thnn those employed by your divers. They are not dependent npon a lifeline and air-pump, They are provided with portable chemical generators, just as the air we l.lrenthe in this cabin while under water is supplied to us. With such a diving-suit you are untrammeled with pipes and linea and can remain under the surface indelinitely;' "Grand,'' cried Howell, excitedly. "You are a wonderful man, Mr. Rende." Thus a new incentive was added to the cruise of the Red Fin in the waters or the Pacific. All were intensely i[Jterested in Howell Bord's case. Tbe Red Fin was pushed a bead at fnll speed. passed, and Cape Horn seas drew rapidly nearer. PtJrhaps the most anxious one in the crew was Howell himself. Yet be enjoyed the cruise aboard the Red Flo thoroughly. He was never tired of mspecting the electric machinery, or of admiring the wond e rful craft and its appointments. If this boat were my property,'' he said, "I should consider my self tbe most favored man In the world. H is a marvel." "You're right, mate," declared Jack Grogan, who hr..d taken a shine to the youth. And there is not another like it on the high seas." The voyage was by no means monotonol!s. While in the warm Equatorial seas much t ime was spent on deck of evenings. Barney;was pos s essed of a genuine Irish Iiddle and knew well bow to play it. Po111p had a banjo, and he was a comical singer of plantation songs. Jack Grogan always bad a wonderful salt yarn to tell. And Frank and Howell t1ecame addicted to chess, both being crack players. So that none couh1 complain of dull moments or lack of di version. Ships were met, and in some cases saluted, but no incident of note occurred until one day land was They were now in cold, rough seas, and no one could go on deck without au overcoat. Fran!( consulted his chart.

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THE CORAL LABYRINTH. '1 "We !lave made the Falkland Islands," he said. "We shall soon be in the South Pacific." What will the cours9 be?'' asked Howell, eagerly. "Shull we go outside the Cape or try the Straits or l\lagellan !'' "The nearest way i;! the best,' declared Frank. "Jack Grogan here has been through tile l\lugellan waters nUll knows the chau uels well." Right, skipper!" cried the old sailor. I'll take the wheel wilen we get tilere." "Steer due west, Barney," said Frank. We ought to be in the Straits in six ilonrs." The next day at noon the submarine boat stood off from Deso lation Island into the Sontil Pacific. Tile Austral Isles were he!ow tile twentieth degree of south !uti tude, and right on the tropic of Capricorn. The direct course t.ilen was to the nortil-west, and this was taken. At once a change in the sea was noticed. The waves were less violent, the wind steadier, and even the at. mospilere more balmy. This was a relief from the tempestuous ex perience or a week past. The Red Fin struck boldly out into the broad waste of th e Pa They were invading a part of the sea seldom sailed by ships, lor the regular course from the islands and archipelagoes was generally due east to Santiago, and thence south to the Horn. But tbls rrect, for it was in the afternoon of Thursday Lbat the real Austral lsles came in sight. It was the signal for a hearty cbeer, in which all joined. The Red Fin cruised ou tile shores of a number of tbem until Friday morning. Then the lcc ality where the Verona baful an examination as possible. This satisfied him that the boat bad merely slid up ontO" a big reef and was lodged there. Then be went hack and tried tbe engines to see if there was power enough in tbem pull her off. But tbis effort failed. Matters now resolved themselves into a problem. 'l.'be chief feature or this was, bow to get the boat off the This it certainly was necessary to do and at once or the first souther would smash her all to pieces. The fact tbat the Red Fm was a submarine boat wus of no benefit to her wbateveJ in tbis pre
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THE CORAL LABYRINTH. Frank led tlJe way to the hull of tbe sunken sbip. He climbed easi ly up the side and stood on deck. Barney followed !Jim and Howell came next. The sight presented to the divers was such as might have been ex pected. There was a tangled heap of wreckage and matted rigging. But no sign of a humf\n body. Frank made signs to the others and approached the companionway. This led down into the cabin. The critical moment come for Howell Bond. Each or the divers carried a small electric lamp on the brow of their helmets, so that the darkness lJelow decks was olspelled. Down the cabin stairs tbey went; a moment more and they bad reached the door of tbe main salon. It was closed. Frnnk turned the knob and entered, but in spite of his cool nerve, he shrank lJack for a moment. The cabin was tillerboar:l when the vessel sank. lt was a reflection to Howllll. Every state room was thoroughly searched, but not even the faint est shadow of evidence in the bebalf of Mas on Bond could be found. Howell drew a deep sigh; it was a bitter disappointment to lam. Hours were spent aboard the sunken ship, but finally Frank touclted Howell Bond on the arm. "Your pardon,'' be said, "but I think we had better return aboard the Fin. Your men are not aboard tbis ship. They must have sailed bv another.'' "No, not" declared Howell, positively, "they were aboard this ship. But being on deck with tbe crew they lost their lives wht>n the sbip foundered. Tlle sharks have probably taken them." Well, there may be logic in your theory, Bond. But thllrll Is a chance they have escaped.'' "Edcapedl'' The one word burst almost Jiercely from Howell's lips. It was one mad, wild avenue or !.tope. But the next moment it vanished. "No,'' he rejoined, that could not be. We should hare heard from thPm if tbey had escaped. I tell you tbey have long been food for sharks." No other tbeory would be accept e d by the youth. After the return to the Fm when all were once more in tbe cubiu he gave way to bitter grtef. I tell you Fate is against my father," he cried, there is no hope for him this side tlte grave. The one man whose confession would llave saved him is dead, and that, or course, ends it. I only wish I could die myself." CHAPTER VII. IN THE L ABYRINTH. OF course all felt sorry for young Bond. But nothing conla be said or done to console him. The questton now arose as to what it was beilt to do next. Don't mind me," said Howell earnestly. "Go ahead with your deep sea explorations. It cannot all ect me or my hopes now." So Frank and Grogr,n decided to explore a coral cave, tbe broad mouth or which yawned near. Tt;e submarine boat's prow was turned into this, and now a most thrillln,tt experience was begun. Into the coral cavern the boat easily made its wny. I The human Imagination can hardly picture tile real beauties ami of that deep sea cave. It is utterly beyond description. The Fin sailed under r:reat arches of glittering coral of all hues, which shone resplendent in the glare of the electric ligllt. Even Howell Bond repressed his sorrow to admire the scene. At every turn it only increased in grandeur. The submarine boat sailed through magnificent palace balls. under peristyles and pagodas, domes and arches. lt was like a trip t hrougtl fairyland. And indeed so engrossed did they become in the that no one tbougllt of keeptng account of the course pursued. It was labyrintltiue and it occurred to none that it would not be easy to find the way out into the open sea again. For hours the exploration of tlte coral cave went on. "On my word!'' cried Frank; "do you suppose this cavern can ex tend to the center of the earth?'' ' We have come a good ways already," said Howell; "had we not better proceed with more of caution?" "Barney," said Frank, "have you marked our course?" Divil a bit," admttted the Celt. However, none doubted but that it would be easy enough to find a way out of the cave. Tiring of the labyrinth after a while Frank turned the boat's bow about. They now proceeded upon what they believed was the proper way out of the coral cave. For somewhile the Fin kept on. But all the while the cavern arches seemed to deepen and no open sea appeared. Frank Jlashed the search-ligltt down all the ditiereot passages of the labyrinth and finally cried: "SLOp her, Barney!" The Celt brou,gbt the boat to a standstill. Grogan, who had been at the observation window touched llia hat respectfully and said to Frank: Shure, skipper. I think we're off the reckoning." "Yc.u are right, Jack," agreed the young inventor, "our position is a serious one. Unlesa we can lind that extt from this cave our fate is sealed." 'l'he submarine voyagers looked at each other's white featurt>s and questhming eyes. What!" exclaimed Howell. "You d6 not inti:nate that there is a possibility or such a thing, Mr. Reade!'' Frank nodded his head. I fear our situation is moat serious.'' It's bad enough," said Grogan, shaking Ilia head. Barney sc1atclled Ills head in a puzzled way. Be jabers, Misther Frank," he cried, it wud be lolke being burl ed aloive. An' divil a trail we've made to show us tile way out.'' No.'' said Frank, the Fin bas left no trail. II we lied our way out it must be by chance.'' Then I should think the best thing we cun do is to keep on the move," said Howell, "for at any moment chance may take us out or this trap." Easy, mate," interposed Grogan; it might be ta kin' us a hun dred miles deeper as well.'' "You are both right," said Frank. "Yet In lieu of a better plan, I think perbaps Howell's suggestion might be the uest to adopt, Yet we will proceed wit!t our eyes open lor a loophole.'' The Fin now moved forward slowly, and the best of lookouts for an outlet was kept. But L o mutter in what direction they turned, they seemed further and further from the point where they had entered the cave. It was a veritable labyrinlh. A random senrch was all that could be made. But the new wonders of the coral cave unlolded at every turn could not belp but mterest the voyagers. It is a marvelous scene,'' decluretl Howell Bond with admiration; if it were upon the surface of the earth lind accesstble to visitors, it wouid be deemed the wonder of the world.'' ''You are right," agreed Frank, "but just at presnt its attractiveness 1s lost upon me. It would be greater if I only knew a possible way out or here." The young inventor could not help but regret the motive which had led him to enter tile place. At least he was inclmed to IJI11me himself severely for his neglect to mark his course. It would haVH been easy to have done this with a Rle nder coil or electric wire, U 'eJ as Jasan did his twine when in quest of the Minotaur in the labynnth of Crete. Tbis would have enabled the voyagers to have easily found their way out. this point had been neglected. But exciting incirlents were close at hand to clnim tbe attention or the voyagers acd divert their thoughts from the exigency of >eing lost. Thus far t'Jere had been visible little signs of fish life in the caV ern. Tbere were a few scllools of small tlsb resembling porgy, but nothlnrger. Jack Grogan was more observant upon points or this kind tllan the others, and remarked this fact. "It's mighty queer he soltloquizP.d. "I don't see what has be come o{ the bream and other Jlsh. Do ye s'pose thar's suthin' as eats 'em up!" "Eh!" exclaimed Howell. "Do you mean some submarine mon. s t er? existence of such might explain the scarcity of fish in this cavern, as they wonl
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THE CORAL LABYRINTH. eyes peeled. We'll be apt to run across his lordsbip afore Wt> ruu many more knots on this course.'' Everybody laughed at the old salt 's earnestness. But near events turned the laugh upon them. Suddenly the Fin shot out into a broad chamber. It was of im mense dimensiOns, and its roof was fully a hundred feet high and supported by mighty columns of a material lvhich resembled jaspe r and emerald. "Eureka!" exclaimed H o well Bond, in admiration, "here is th e great banquet ball of the deep sen What a mighty chamlJ.,r it is!" "Ay!'' cried Grogan, in startled tones, "and there's the royal prince .imseH. Port yer wheel there, pilot.'' Burney saw the peril and brought the wheel hard a-port. It was none too soon. For across the chamber from a dark niche there shot a leviathiun form with open j a ws straight for the Fin. Had that huge body attock the submarine boat full force it would co doubt IJnve crushed it. As i', was tbe. glancing blow along the sid e was a shock suffici ent to knock all from their feet. T t e cavern monster Lad been but vaguely seen, yet it was plain that he was of a species not classilled by tbe disciples of pisciculture. Indeed, it seemed to partake more of the character of a hippopoto mus, without l e gs, than auytbing else. It bad a mouth of enormous and adorned with savage rows of teeth. One sweep of its rr.igbty tail would make the water in the cavern chamber boil. The submarine boat bad come around most abruptly. The cave monster had shot past it. Frank Reade, Jr., knew that it would be madness to risk another ()nslauglit or the leviathan foe. So be hastily sprung to the wheel, no..! started the boat into ona of the std e passages. Through this it ran like uo arrow, hut Bond gave a cry of alarm. "It is after us!'' he cried; "it will certainly us!" And indeed the nstoundec voyagers were able to see that the mon ster we.s really alter them. It was tearing along through the passage at railroad speed. Frank knew well the peo11lty would be if they were The Fin would b e crushed. There seemed but oue thing to do and this was to put on all speed. But it cool<.! oe seen that the cave monster was gaining. We're going to be overtaken,'' said Howell Bond, with white !nee; iL'e all up with us, Frank." The young inventor tiid not answer, but a grim smile played across ilia race. He called to Barney. Come here and take the wneel,'' he said; "keep up all speed unless you see an obstacle ahead.'' All rolght, sor.'' What are you going to do!" asked Bond, with interest. "I will presently sbow you," was ar.tbiguous reply. Then be went below. Down Into the !::old he went. Hera in the very stl'rn of the boat and over tbe propeller abaft there was a nice little room with windows looking do.wn into the bed of the sea. This had been desie;ned by Frank for the purpose of picking up shells or anv other desired articles from the bottom of the ocean with having i o leave the boat. '!'he method was very ingenious, and consisted of a hell shaped ,;lohe in which one could stnr.d upright. This globe could in stantly be made llirtight by closing its entrance. Then a slide in the hull o! the boat was pulled opom. The water prevented from coming Into the globe by the resistance of air forced into the globe, much on the. principle of the old time diving bell. It was thPn easy to put one's arm down through the trap and pick up any ohject htl chose. Frank had entered the globe and held In his band a small square package, to which was attached a quantity of small steel He meusured the distance between sea monster and the Fm. Then he quickly dropped the r;ucknge overboard. CHAPTER VIII. OUT OF DANGER-THE LABYRINTH CURRE:ST THE package Frank dropped contained dynamite. The wire was connected with the dynamos. His purpose was to kill the cave mon S tPr hy a timereath or reli ef. Well," said Howell, "I'm glad he's oat of the way. That was a close call lor us!" "It he'd ever bit the ship full an' fair he'd made it tremble," declared Grogan. I reckon we'd been really to turn into Davy Jones' locker!" Th ere is no rvation window and sa1d: "I am beginning to get anxious, Barney. They ought to have returned before this." "Shure. sor, yez kin trust Misther Frank," said the Celt, confi deutly; "it's loikely that they are Iukin' hard fer a place to git out av this eternnlluiJyrinth.'' "Golly, don' yo' fret 'bout Marse Frank," put [ n Pomp. "He am a berry hard man to bent. D e y come around a'right ylt!" Bu t Bnnd was far from heing reassured. He was willing to credit Frank with unusual inventi\'e powers, but he did not by any means oelieve him omnipotent. Another half hour passed Then two hours bad drifted by. Still no sign of the absent explorers. Bond could stand it no longllr. He arose and paced the cabin. Finally he stopped, a:Jd said for cibly: I tell you there's something wrong; something has happened to those fellows be sure!" Barney had now to think this way himself. Pomp's eyea were big ns saucers. "Does yo' really 'spose dat am a luc't'' the dnrky gasped.

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10 THE CORAL LABYRINTH. "Bejabers, it Inks bad," agreed Barney. "Shure, phawt ought we to do, Misther Bond! I'm afLher thinkin' we ought to go alther thim!" "Certainly!" cried Bond excitedly. They are certainly in troable or they would have returned b e f o re this." "Begorra thin!" crietl Barney; "I'm wid yez. We'll put on some divin suits an' go alther thim !'' "Agreed!" cried Howell. Who shall be tbe ones to go?" All exchanged glances. "I'll go fer wan!" said Barnl!y. "Yo' b etter Iemme go too,' said Pomp. But Howell put up his hand. "Hold on!" he said. We can't all go, and ir anyone is to stay b e hind It ought to be a man famili a r with tbe machin('ry of the boa t." Yez are roigbt," cried Barney; begorra, naygur, it' e fer y ez to stay!"' Pomp was inclined to demur a little, but finally gave in all right. This settled the question Barney and Howell donned th eir diving suits. They were now all ready for the ques t. But an iden occurred to Bond "Hold on!" be aaid. "We don't want to get into the same scrape that they are in. When we go into crevice we want to be sure w" can find our way buck!" He went into the pilot-house and secured a coil of very fine wire. He also secured a telegraphic key and repeater, for use under water, tile invention of Frank Reade, Jr. "Now," be said, we can communicate with Pomp any time. We shall be sure of getting back safely." "Bejabers, yez are a man av !trains yesilll" said Barney, with ad miration; lade on an' I'll folly y e z!" They went into Lbe vestibule and closed the coor. A few moments later they were on deck. Then tbey descended to the tloor the cavern and started for the crevice. .Bond carefully unwound the w1re as be wen t on. A lew moments later they squeezed tbP.ir way through the crevice. They were in a narrow pasdage between high walls. They followed this for what seemed an interminable distance. Then with a thrill of horror Bond chanced to glance down at his feet. He grasped Barney's arm and drew him back just in time. There yawned a deep abyss, which might lead t:l the center of the earth lor they knew. Another moment and they would have been over tile verge. The full in Itself might not have been so frightful, for a fall under water is more or less broken. But the question of getting out of the abyss was to be considered. They could safely reckon upon a narrow escape. B o nd put his helmet close to Barn ey"s and shouted: Thi s is a clos e call for us; do y o u suppose Frank and Grogan walked into this pit!" It was a horrible thought. Bejabers I don't know,'' replied tile C e lt. Shure i t looks loike it.,, "Hso--" Be me sow! they're down there, dend or alive.'' "I pray they ar9 alive,'' said Bond, fervently, but bow shall we find out. We cannot make them hear." Here was a pt oblem. But Bond was fast proving himself a man of Inventive laculttes. "Hold on!" be said. He severed the wire which he held in his bands and connected the telegraph key and repeater to it. Tllen be connected it with the bat tery he had and called up Pomp. Are you ali right!" he said in the Morse alphabet. "Yes," was the reply. Then Bond made a brief account of the discovery of the abyss and their fears. Pomp expressed a hope that they would succ eed, and then bond drew from a pocket a small incandesent tube. 'l'bis be connected with the 'Wire and the battery, making a liabt stronger than the one he carried on his helmet. 0 He next threw himself flat upon tile verge of the abvss. There was a black depth below. He once thonght he saw the twinkle of a light in the darkness. But it must have been an optical dei:Ision. He proceeded to lower his electric lamp down into the darkness. Down it slid rapidly. He saw the wall of rock dark and slimy. The water was stagnant, and finally ha reached the end of his coil of wire. '!'here was no bot tom. CHAPTER IX. BOND TRIES HIS HAND AT DEEP SEA BLAS TING. IN that instant one llorrifying thought alone came to Bonll. This was that his companions were forever lust. "Tiley are dead!" be thought. And yet lie would not abandon hope. He turned to Barney and said: I w1sh I lind a rope long enough. I'll go down there.'' But the Celt sllook his llead. Shure, sor, if Misther Frank an' Grogan have fallen down there tllin it's the end av thim.'' And this conclusion begau -to force itself slowly upon young Bond Be grew sick at heart. "Yet he would not abandon the spot until he bad made as thorough an exa mination as was In his power. This satis!letl hun. He turned to .Barney and said: I am satislied. They are beyond our aid. Let us go back.'' Slowly and sadlv th e y gathered up the wire and instruments and went back to \he submarine boat. Pomp met them at the vesttbule door. Shure i t 's ali up wid thim,'' announced Burney gloomily, as he entered, "an' I'm afther tllinkin' i :'ll soon be all up w11l us.' Sho! yo' don say dat, ' said Pomp in dismay. "Neher yo' be tO() suah. Marse Frank he m u y turn up yet." "I am afraid we have se e n the last or them," declared Bond; "but. we have ourselves to look out for. Wllat move shall we make!'' Here was another prolllem. '!'here was a natural aversion to leaving tbll spot lor fear that Frank and Grogan m1ght return. Certainly it was necessary to remain a reasonable leng:h oi time So the voyagers settled themselves down to a period of waiting. Time passed on leaden wings. The crevice was constantly kept watch of. But yet the missing men did cot appear. "I don't care what anybody says," cried Bond, forcibly, "it was a piece olno!lsense the way they went off anyway. There was every thing to lose unci nothing to gain. It was an ill judged act.'' .Barney and Pomp did not like tllis attack upon the good sens& of tlleir master, but they said notbwg. And thus the hours drag ged on. After a while it became morally certain Lllat the two men were not going to return. A whole day had passed. They certainly would not have voluntnrily remained away so long. Wilen it became finally assured, beyond a doubt, that the missing men were likely nerer to return, it was decided to leave the spot and seek a way out of the labyrinth. But an idea bad come Into Bond's head while they had been waJt He gave it serious we1ght now. This was the r('asibility of bhJwing their way out of the coral laby rinth with dynamite. or course, there was a great risk to be incurred and a possibility or failure. It was a chance which they must accept. He studied the current of water wt.tcb tlowed tllr
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THE CORAL LABYRINTH. 11 Th e w ater was so churned that nothing could be seen bey ond th e windows. Then the submarine boat ri g hted, the water cl e ared, and i t w a s seen, wit h a spasm of relief by the voyagers, that the cave1 n had not fallen in. But where the crevice had been there was an enormous c avity, inti> which the Fin could easily s ail. "Hurrah!" cried Bond. I told you we would hit it! No harm done eit her. Now il that route only takes us into the open sea we shall l.le all right." But Barney aud Pomp shook their h eads mournfully. Golly, we jea' kain t go w a y an' leave Ma1se Frank llehind," said Pomp. D ivil a bit," agreed B a rney. J3ond was astonished, Why," b e e x claimed, are you not satisfied that they are beyond our aid!" How y o' make dat out sah? asked Pomp, bluntly. Why, did n o t Barney and 1 follow them to the verge of the pit In to which they fell! What bett e r proof could we have! They ars pas aid 1 tell you!" "BeJ a hers that may be throe," said Barney astutely, "but there's many u slip, as they :.nd on me worrud, sor, I would like to see Miat.ber d t ad body afore 11eave him behindt, sort" Bond saw tbe purpose of the two faithful fellows This was an ex ample of noble devoti on. "Why certainly!" he hastened to say ; "be sure that if there is the least doub t as to the fate of Frank and Grogan I am willing :o w ait hare an) length of time. Nobody can lle more anxious for their safe return than 1!" We believe yez, sor," said Barney, "an' we'll sthand by yez uolil we know for shore if Misther Frank is dead or not." That settles it," agreed Bond, but are we going to make sure or that!'' This was a problem. Barney nor Pomp either could not 11asily solve it. The darky was reflective for a few moments, and then said: "I jes' tell yo' wha' we do. We jes' stay yere t lll we bears from Marse Frank." Begorra, that's it!" agreed Barney. Bond could not help a smil6. "Why, I see what you fellows are up to be cried. "You are not willing to for a moment accept the possibility that Frank will not return." Barne y and Pomp looked confused but did not answer. That was certainly the truth. They bad become endowed with such supreme confidence in their young master that they could not for a moment reconcile any other belief bot that he would return. Bond was nonplused. He saw tha t it was or no use to attempt an argument with the two devoted servants. H e d e cided upon a dillerent move. He adopted diplomacy. He w a s anxious to explore the new passage opened up by the dyna mite and see if it really did lead out into the open sea. Bot would Barney and Pomp oe agreeable He broached the matter to them. "Let's eail in thAre a little ways," he pleaded. "We need not get lost for we can put out a wire to show us a way !Jack. We will re turn after a bit of e x ploration. F i nally Barney and Pomp agreed. The Fin sailed slowly in against the curr ent As the boat went on the passage widened. The search-light was thrown out and for a long way ahead every object was visible. It was easy to see that the sea c a vern here was much different from that part which they had been traversin g for so long. The roof was higher and was less of the coral incrustations. What did it meant Were they coming :1poo a change of scene? Bond firmly believed it. He was confident that they were goin g to come out right into the open sea. He manipulated the searcliliglit with this in vieiV. And suddenly a great cry escaped his lips. "Eureka!'' he shouted, "here is the true exit from the cavern. See! there is no roof above us!" It was a moment of mos t mtense excitement. The three voyagers could hardly contain themselves. Bond would have sent the boat to tbs eurface at once to make sore of their location. Bot Barney and Pomp demurred at this. "Bt>gorra, now we must loind ){istber Frank, dead or aloive!'' cried Barney; "if we do thiu we'll com here an' go up to the surface, bot dlvil a bit before.'' CHAPTER X. THE C A STAWAYS, Bur meanwhile what had been the fate ol Frank and Grogan? Had they gone to th e ir death? Leaving the Fin, \hey had entered the crevice in the coral wall as we have seen. I Bot not by the i nme route as that used by Bond and Barney. The cleft in the coral cliff was of peculiar formation. There were really two passages converging at this point. I In entering the crevice, by turning to the left, one entered the pas-1 sage leaaing to the precipice and pit which Bond and Barney visited, The other passage would never be suspected. I But turning to the right, Frank and Grogan bad averted a f e arful late possibly, and entered upou a vastly ditl'erent train of incidents. Tlie passage which they entered seemed to trend upward. They fol lowed It for some while Tten Frank placed his helmet close beside Grogan's and shout ed: Whe re can tte end of this passage be! It seems intermina ble." Yond e r is a turn, mate," said the cld salt ; "it ought to tell us som e thing new." Toward the turn the y rapidly went. This brought them out into what seemed to be an immense cavern chamber with a bed of the whitest sand for a floor. What was peculiar was that the roof seemed so high up that it could not be discerned through the dark waters. Neither Frank uor Grogan suspected the troth that there was no roof. They were out or the coral labyrinth in reality. They wander e d on over the sandy waste. And what seemed pe culiar to Frank wos the fact that they seemed to be continually ris ing. He could not h11lp but mention this to Grogan. What do you think, Jack!" be said. "Are we nearing the surf ace?" The old salt bad been intently regarding a bit ol marine plant be had picked up, and now made answer: S kipper, I don't want to surprise ye, but there's something very peculiar about this plant. It and certain form8 of fish lite ye see around here are only found in shallow watllr and near the shore." Frank looked a\ the other intently. "Which would indicate that we are near a shore and the surface?'' he asked. Just so,'' replied Grogan. "Keep your weather eye open." Frank was willing to admit that all this was very unusual. Bot he never attached any real significance to it and what happened in the next few moments was a revelation. f:iurldenly Grogan stopped and clutched his arm. Look up," he shouted. "Great dolphins! What d'ye think of that, mate?" Frank looked up and beheld a most astpunding sight There through not more than twenty feut or clearest water he saw the sky with tleecy clouds and the sun ehining warmly. _. For a moment so astouoded was he that be could not speak or act. Great Scott!" he finall y ejaculated, We areaL the surface and out or labyrinth.'' "Just so," cried old Jack "Come on, Frank, let us t ake one breath of upp e r air afore we go bac k ." "But!' exclaimed Frank; "you thiuk we are on the shore of an island?" In course, skipper. Jest f o llow this bank of sand far enough and you'll come right np onto the beach of a coral isle.'' "Come on then!" cried Frank, "I am going to prove your words!" Up the sandy slope tbey sprang, Every moment they drew nearer the ijUrface. Then they emerged from the water. A row or palms and tropical shrubs were before them. Long beac;hes of white sand r e lieved by the intense green of the foliage. A great mirror-like basin of water it was which they bad just emerged from. Far across it upon the other shore was a narrow passage leading out into the sea. Frank saw at onse where they were. They were upon the shores of the lagoon which formed the interior of the atols, or coral isle. The labyrinth th e n had led them completely onder the isle and brought them out in the lagoon. It was a curious fact. They took otr their helmets and retreated to the shade of a clump of palms, for the son was hot. Well," said Frank, "here we are upon the surface.'' "You' re right, mate." Bot the questiOn arises-how are we going to get the Red Fin up here! She certainly cannot come np through the passage by which we came." That's clear enough, skipper," agreed the sailor, Have you any plan to suggestr Grogan was thoughtful. "We might blow the passage open, I reckon," he enid. Ah," exclaimed Frank with inspiration, ; I never thought of that. It would be a likely plan. I have plenty of dynamite.'' But ye'd have to look out that ye didn't blow the all allou t the ship and bury it.' "To be sore agreed Frank, "but I thin k we could look out for that. Your plan is a good one Grogan. We will try it." "I'm with ye, mate.'' Let us hasten back as quickly as possible. The others must be anxious about us." They stepped out of the clomp of palms. But just ns they did so a voice sounded in their rear. Pardon gentlemen but are yon water nympt.bs or really hum an being s ? If the latter wait and let us make your acquaintance.''

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12 TEE CORd.L LAB YRIN'l'H. Astounded beyond measure, Frank and the old sailor turned about. TtJis to be confronted by two men wlJoee nppearancll indicated that Lbey must oe castaways. Their clothing was almost in sbreds, their hair disheveled and their skin sunburned frightfully. Yet it was .easy to see that tlJey were CIVilized lleings. Whnlebones an' Eskimos!" gasped Grogan. "What on earth is L"'lis! Castaways are yeT" The four men stood and looked at each other critically. Tben Frank spok o : All o w me to answer your question, mr fl'iend. We are not water 11.\'lllflbs, hut human oeings, and ver.)' practical onea at that, being of Yankee birth.'' "Well, so am I a Yankee," cried one of the men. "Our ship went ack now to blow my way up here wllh dynamite." Whew!" exclaimed Denton, will \hat not be riaky?'' Possibly, hut the case culls for desperate mtJasures. Come on, Jack! Now, gentlemen, we will say au revoir. When we come back we will slJow you tbe submarine boat." "We will live in tlJat anLicipation,'' cried the detective. ]!'rank and Grogan put on their helmets nml waded into the water. Tbey were soon under the surface. Down tile sandy slopes they went. Not unt,ii they had traveled some dtstance did a startling lear come to Frank. Confound it!'' be cried. What is the matter, mate!" ICsked the sailor. "Now we are in a scrape!" "Eb! How so!" "Can we lind the entrance by which we emerged! I have not the slightest idea where it is." Hjlre was a problem at once. Tiley saw their mistake in not hav ing marked the course. "Well, I'll I.Je keel-hauled," ejaculated Grogan. "l never tlJonght or losing it. What can we do, skipper?'' Frank was willing to admit tlJat hll did not know. "On my word," he muttered. ''I am in a quandary. I see noth ing !Jere which looks familiar." Both men were puzzled. They wandered on for hours over the sands witlJout finding the entrance to tbe labyrinth. Tins wna an appalling situation. Suppose they could not lind their way back to the submarine boat ever! What wouhl be the fate of Bond, Barney and Pomp! The lJorrible retleclion was more tlJnn Frauk conid bear. He pur sued the quest until so exhausted tilat ile finally sank down over come. My soul!" ile cried, "this is the most fatal move we hnvo yet made. Wilnt can we do! Ob, we must llud our way back aome ilow!'' That does cot look possible, mate,'' declared the old salt. "It's like !ooking lor a bubble in tile oceuul'' However, they wandered on again until suddenly they fvund them selves above the surface again. It was night and the starry canopy above twinkled merrily. Both men wflre utterly exbausted. It was impossible lor them to travel further witilout rest. So tlJey crawled up on the sandy beach and went to sleep. Wilen Liley awoke it was nearly noon. They at or;ce put on tileir ilelmets aDl! slid back into the lagoon. But just as they did so a dull, muffled roar was beard, and a vibrat iug of the eartlJ like a varitnule earthquake. What is that!" exclaimed Frank '' I reckon it's some kind of an earthquake, messmate," a.nswered Groaau. Move lively now if Yll're goio' with me." Into the deep water they slid and l be search went ou. Had the two diverd at that moment kt:own the real cause of that muffied shock they would have been surprised and perhaps have chang ed their tactics somewhet. As it was they continued to search the bed of the lagoon for the en trance to the lubyriutb. And it was moro by accident that tbey linally found it. Grogan chanced to look up and saw a rocky roof over them. He clutcheJ Frank's arm at once, and placing his helmet against Frank's shouted: Ahoy, mate! We've found it at last." Eh!" PXClairned Frank, looking up. ny Jove, you're right, Gro.,.anl" rt'li !tardly necessary to say that the two divers were glad. They hastened on, and soon dtings began to l
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THE LABYRINTH. 13 "Eels and salamande rs!" ejaculate d Grogan, that beats any t hiug I ev e r beard of! Why, mate th!Jy'll nev e r get out of here ali v e!" No!'' groaned Fmnk in disma y "What folly for t!Jem to l eave this spot I'' For somewbile, overwhelmed with the force of the whole thing, the two men sat hop eles sly down in the sand. But the more Frauk ponder e d upon the enbject the better sati s lie d he became that the luckless R e d Fin anu its voyagers were lost. In this case, tbey might as well return to the atoll and trust in some chauce or their getting out of th e labyr i nt!J, Certainly be ami Grogan could do no good by remaining h e re. To attempt to pursue the lloa.t thro u g h the labyrinth wns wholly im pra cticable. S o Frank arose and sai::l: "Come, Jack., let us go back." "Ay-ay, Hkipper," replied the old salt, "it's an unlucky cruise, eb ? "Yes," replied Frank. "very unfortunate.'' They turned back Into the crevice, and this time, as chance ba'd it, they turned to the left instead of to the right. This brought them into the passage explored by Bond and Barney, and which led to the brow or the precipice. They proceeded slowly, and it was the merest chance which en abled Frank to see the chasm just In time to avoili falling Into it. He clutched Grogan's arm. "Egad! Look out, Jack!" he crietl "What is this! Where are we!'' The two divers stood aghast at the sight or the chasm. What did It meanT This bad not been in their path before. Had the earthquake opened It in th e ir absence! But reHeetion showed the impossibility of this. "Scnlpins an' sunfish!" ejaculated the old sailor, "if we'd walked off there, mate, :t woulu have hll!'n the end or us.'' "Indeed it would,'' ngret>d Frank, "but I do not rememb e r this chasm. We must be in the wrong passage.'' The two div!'rs were eugrossed with one horrible thought at that moment. What if th e y bad lost their way again in this horrible labyrinth! What if they never regained itT Must the y meet suc11 an awful emiT For death would come sooner or later to seal their fate. lustiuctively they grasped bands. E asy Jack,'' said Frank, somewhat in a quiver; ''we mu s t lind ou r way ou L of here. Let us be very c a reful in r etracing our Rteps." FranK looked lor their footprints as well as he could, and iu this manner they made their way back to the mouth ol the crevice. H e re they d iscovered the caus e or their mistake. 'l'he two passag e s c o nverging from the right and the lert were care fully loc a te d This tim e they took the oppoijite pas s age. Proceeding with great caution they were soon once again in the bed of the lagoon. It was with a sense of relief that !.hey felt thems e lves approaching the bench or the atoll once morl', They ca:ne out or the wat e r to find all sunlight about them. Jt was very near the spot where they bad first appeared and Frank wns not surprised to see two m!ln rnnning along the beach toward3 them and hear voices bailing them. The two men were the detective, nod Dane the forger. As they came up t.hey were full of eager queries. But to all Frank could only shake bi3 bead, nnd say: "1 am very sprry. We have been unsuccessfol.'' "What!" exclaimed Denton. "You don't mean to say that you could not lind your submarine boat!'' Frank inclined his head "But bow do you account for that!" "I am unable to," said Frank, "save upon the premise that they got tired wait ing for us and went off on their own b o ok." Dl'nton w a s aatounded. "I dou't se e why they s hould do that," be cried; "aren't your men supposed to otley ord e r s!'' "Well," said Frank, "they may have been justified. Perhaps they maue s e arch for us, and finding as they b e lieved that we were lost be yond recall, they bad given us up entirely," "That is unfortunate!" said the detective with bitter disappoint ment. Well, it makes castaways of us all upon this lonely isl e!" That is true!" agreed Frank. And what is worse, the prospect for getting taken oH' by a pas sing v e ssel is not of the brightest!" Old Jack Grogan bad been strolling along the sands while this conversation was g oing on. He sudllenly paused and begnn to inspect an object in the sand. Then be tu rued and motion e d to the others. "Come here, mates!" be cried. What have you round, Jack!" cried Frank. Come here an' I'll show ye." All Oocke 1 l to tbe spot. There deep in the yielding sand were enor mous footprints. Tbey were those of a human being, a bare foot of enormous size. A peculiar mark lay alOlli!Side the big toe. "That mark,'' said Grogan, "is made by a ring worn in the toe. There's no use trying to fool ourselves, mates. There's cannibals about here.'' Cannibals!'' ejaculated Denton, while nlllookeu aghast. "Ju!t sol" "Not the real article?" "Yes, the real article," atflrm e d the old sailor. "I knows 'em from A to Z, for I came nigh being Onyed alive by 'em onct. Keep yer weather eye open.'' Well," said Frank, "this adds a new feature to the outlook. We are not well armed to meet gang or man-eaters. "Well, you bet not,'' declared Jack, earnestly; "it would be a sick and sorry time fer us. These islanders are bad, fer they carry pois oned darts.'' Denton gave a wild cry of terror and his fac e turned chalky white. He pointed to a distant headland in the lagoon. All looked in that direction and beheld a thrilling spectacle. Around the headland there was b eing !Jropelled a long wur canoe. In it were fully a score of native islanders. CHAPTER XII. EXOITING ADV E N TURE S-THE END. "THE cannibals are coming!" yelled Denton. ."Get under cover, qmckl" All Instantly sprung into the shade or the palm trees. They f elt re lieved when certain lhut they bad not been seen. But the war canoe was coming straight for the spot where they were. What should they do! This was th e question which passed !rom lip to lip. For a few moments all were in a quandary. Dane bod thought of starting across the arm of the atoll and seeking safety on the other shore. But Frank said: We will gain nothing by retreat. Let us remain right here In tb& cover or this thick et. 11. iq possible that they will pass right by us, and we shall not be in half so much danger of discovery.'' Right!" cr!('(t Denton. We will ad opt your move, Mr. Rende.'' So all crouched down in the cover or the dwarf palms. Meanwhile the caunillnls bad set up a que er, chanting song to the motion of th eir Across the lng;oon they came rapidly nnd toward the very spot whllre our adveneurers were crouching. This seemed a very queer coincidence. On came the w11r canoe until right in the surf. Then it was run up onto the sands and the occupnnts l e aped out. Powerful savages they \\ere, with immense muscles nod breadth of clwsts. They pulled the canoe far up on t.be sands and then took from it a species of large turtle, yet alive. Sev e ral or the savages collecttld sticltR anrl leaves and made a lire in the sands. "By the bornspoonl" said D e nton, "they mean to stay here, don't they! ' Probably they have come ashore to cook the turtle," suggested Frank. "You are right. But how they'd like to spit one of us over that lire!" None iu the party now thought of retreat. with Interest they watched the natives. In a few moments they had turned the turtle over into the fire and were cooking it alive in its own shell This wns no unusual procedure it being the usual way of cook ing turtle. But the qu>er actions of the nativeP, their speech and outlandish appe&raoce were matters of in to our voyagers. While the turtle was cooking', t hey suddenly joined bands an1l begr.n an outlandish dance about the fire. All the while a strange and some discordant chant was kept up. 'l'his was indulged in at intervals, on til the fish was cooked. Then down they squalled about the lire and the meal wns begun. With their shell knives they dug out the interior of tile turtle shell. There SPemed to be no part or the meat, intestines and all, but ?il!at was considered lit food. In an incr e dible s hort space nothing was left or the turtle but its shell and a few minor bones. The n they arose, patted their stom a chs In a satisfied manner, and indulged in another dance. Then the older memb e rs of the party stre tched themselves out in the sand for an after dinner nap. The others started on a tour of ex ploration along the shore. Luckily none went in the direction of the biding place of the cast aw a ys; so our adventurers k>pt low. "Now c o m e s the rub," whis pered Denton. "If they don't see us they will probably go away just as they came.'' "I hope that will come true,'' said Frank. But at this moment a chill of horror strack our friends. A loud, blood curd ling yell went up from the exploring blacks. They hnd discovered in the sands. "Our tracks!" ejaculated Frank. "We are lost!" Let DB hoof ont of I his!" "Look out lor the poisoned darts!" But lor the cool head or Frank Reade, Jr., a panic would have ensued. That they were discovered there wns no

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THE CORAL LABYRIN'l'H. But Frank put up his band. Hold on!" he said in a hoarse whisper. They may not track us here. At best we had better wait and see what they do.'' "But will it not be too late then?" asked Denton. "It will be too late anyway,'' said Frank. "We cannot hope to escape tbern upon the limited'conflnes of this little atoll." "Right, shipmates!" said Grogan. "I'll stand by the skipper!'' "All right!" agreed Denton. "I am willing!" As for Dane be hall no other choice. The blacks were much excit ed. They examined the footprints and indulged in all kinds of fantastic action and wild talk. Ob, I wish I had a gun,'' said Denton, how I'd like to scatter that crowd of carrion birds." "Our weapons of defense are rat limited," said Frank. "You're right. WIJat on earth could we use! Only clubs and their poison darts--'' "Don't ye fear them," said Grogan, "they'll never use 'em on us, for they won't want to spile our meat. With poison in our blood we'd not be very good eating.'' It was plain that the savages were elated with the discovery that there were white men on the ialaud. Their province now was to ef fect their capture. They indulged in a long wrangle and once came to b l ows. But the controversy was finally settled and then work begun. Two of them begun to follow the trail. Of course it cvuld lead only to tbe thicket where our friends were concealed. Matters looked squally. Frank and his companions braced themselves for the struggle \1Fhich they knew was to come. The odds were vastly agamst them. But they were resolved to sell their lives as dearly as possible. There was no other course. Straight toward their hiding place came the two dark skinl!ed sleuth hountls. But as they reached the verge of the palm thicket a great on tcry arose. There was a tremendous commotion in the placid waters of the Up from its depths there had sprung a moaster form. Bot it was not a whale or other sea monster as might have bello at first supposed. It was-the submarine boat. "The Red Fin I" gasped Frank. Jack, look. Can we be dream ing?'' Great sculpins l exclaimed Jack; it is the Red Fin." The effect of the appearance of the sub marine boat upon the canni bals was most startling. They seemed to have noJurther thought of the trail on the bench. They gave out loud, excited cries, and made qaick actwn. In a twmkllng the war canoe was In the surf, and they were pad dling toward the submarine boat. That they intended to attack it was seen. This was enough for our adventurers. 'rhey leaped out of their thicket and ran wildly down to the surf line shouting and waving their arms to attract the attention of those aboard the Red Fin if possible. or course they succeeded. The astonishment 'I Bond and Barney and Pomp can hardly be imagined. Alter waiting what seemed an interminable time in the labyrinth, Barney finally yielded to Bond's arguments and decided to go to thuld not trouble you further, Mr. Rende.'' "Pshaw!" said Frank. "I am going to take you right home to America. I have finished my cruise." It has been a wonderful one." "Indee d yes, and tlmlling as well. That experience in the c oral labyrinth we shall none of us forget." "You are right.'' So the next day the Red Fin crossed the reef out of the lagoon and stood out to sea. She followed the paralled to Santiago. There a short stay was made. Then the journey around the Horn was once mor e begun. Tempestuous seas were met, and at all times it was necessary to sail under water. But the voyage proved successful for all that. A short stop was made at Rio and at Trinidad. Then a clear run was made to New York. Once inside of Sandy Hook, all on board turned out in holiday at tire. The deck was polished, fiaga displayed, and the Red Fin \vent into port with due pomp and ceremony. Leaving Howell, Denton and Dane here, Frank returned to Ren1es town with the Fin. And thus ended the deep sea cruise. 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No. 75 Frank Reade, Jr and His :Flying Ice Ship; or, Driven Adrift in the Frozen Sky. 76 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Sea Engine: or, Hunting for a Sunken Diamond .Mine. 77 :b""rank Reade, Jr. a Submurnine Mou:ttuin; or, Lost. at tbe Bottom o f the Sea. 78 FraBk Reade, Jr.'s Electric Buckboard: or, 'l'brilling Adventures in Nf'lrth Australia. 79 Serpent; or, ::Six 80 Reade, Jr.'s Desert or, The Under ground Oity of the Sahara. 81 Part I. 82 Frank Reade, Jr. s New Electrio Air-Ship, the. Ze From Nortb to South Around tbe Globe. 83 Across the Frozen Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr. s Electric Snow Uutter. 84 Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley: or, Frank Reade, Jr. and His Submarine Wllnder, the u Dnrt." 85 !!'rank Reade, Jr. and Hia New Electric Air-Ship, the ''Eclipse;" or, Fighting the Chinese Pi rates. 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Jr.'s Search for the Cave of Pearls With His New Submarine Cruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for 'J'en Thousand Miles ; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 'l'rip With H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank Keade, Jr.'s "Sky Scraper;" or, North and Sou1h AroUnd the World. 99 !4-.rnnk 100 From Ooast to Ooast; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s 'l'rip Across Africa. in His Electric u Boomerang." 101 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Car; or, Out\lit-102 the :Moon; or, Frank Reade. Jr. Great Trip With His New Air-Ship, tbe "Scud." 103 100 Miles Below the Surface of the Sen: or, The Mnr 'rrip of Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Hard-Shell" Submarine Boat 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frank Reade, Jt.'s Thrilling Sea.rch for a Lost Gold Claim With Hi3 New New hlectric 105 Around tbe Arctic Ci rcle: or, Frnnk Reade, Jr.'s Most Famous Trip With His Air-Ship, the .. Orbit." 106 Under l t our Oceans; or, J f ra.nk H.ea.de, Jr.'A Submar ine Chase of a" Sea. D evil." 107 108 "Iflash." 109 Lost in tbe Great Undertow: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Cruise m the Gulf Stream. 110 From 'l'ropio to 'rropic; or, !! ... rank Reade. Jr.'s Lateat Ill an, Air-Ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Gre&t Mid-Air Flight . 112 The Underground Sea; o r Frank Reade, Jr.'s SubterranAan Cruise in Hi s Submarine Boat. 113 TIJe Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert Search for a Secret Oity with His New Overland Obaise. 114 The Electric Island: or, lf'u.nk Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Greatest Wonder on Earth With His Air-Ship, the" Fli"ht." 115 .!!'or Six Weeki Buried in a Dee p Sea Cave; or, Reade, Jr.'s Great :SuUmarine Search. 116 'l'be Galleon's Gold; or, Frank Jteade, Jr.'s Deep Sea. Search. 117 Antipodes. 118 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Greatest Flying Machine; or, ll'iR"hting the 1'error of the Coast 119 On the Great Meridian 'Vitb Fr11nk Reade, Jr., In His New Air-Ship; or, A 'l'wenty-Five 'l'housand 1\lile 'l'rip in l\1 id-Air. 120 Under tbe Indian Ocean With Frank Reade, Jr.; or, A Cruiae in a Submarine Boat. 121 America With the Electric Cab 122 Lost in a. Comet's Tail; or. Frank Reade, Jr. s Strange Adventure Wath His New Air-Ship. 123 8ix Sunken Piratee; or, Frank Reade. Jr.'sl\farve Jous Adventures in the Deep Sea. 124 Beyond the Gold Coast; or, l! .. rank Rende, tlr.'s Over land Trip With His b:lectric Phaeton. 125 Latitude 90: or, Frank Rea.de, Jr.'s Most Wonderful l\.1id.Air Fli.Rht. 126 Afloat in a Sunken Forest: or, Wit. h Frank Reade, Jr., on a Subniarine Oruise. 127 Across the Desert of Fire: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Marvelous Trip to a Strange Oountry. By the author of "Young Sleuth. Price 5 Cents. No. 70 Young Sleuth and the Owl s of Owl Mountain or Gbosts cf Blue Ridge Tavern. ' 71 Round; or, 'fhe Keen DeteeLive d 72 :Sharps; or. Sharp work Amcog Shllrp 73 Signs; or, The Keen 74 YoNftf s .Sleuth on the Stage; or, An Act Not on th& 75 Sleulh at 1\fonte ()arlo; or, The Crime of tb& Casino. 76 Yonng Sleuth and the Man witb tbe 'l'attooed Arm or 'l'racking Mi ssing Millions. ,. 77 Demi/"oh n Cit,y; or, Waltzing Wil-ham a Schoo 78 Saving a Y'>ung Americao 79 Young Sleuth Almost Knocked Out; or, Nell Blondin's 80 tbe Kid Number 'fwo or Th& \ ttidden Ranch of t.he Panbandie. ' 81 tStroke; or. 'l'be Lady Detec\ .. 82 in a l\ln.sk; or, Young fSieutb nt the 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen Detective and the Bomb-1'browers. 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian Brigands: or, The Keeo Detectives Grentest Rescue. 85 Young and a Dead Mans Secret; or, TheMessaae m tbe Hnndle ot a Dagger. 86 Young Sleuth Decoyed; or, The \Voman of Fire. 87 H o ys; or, Fol-88 Yonng :Sleuth at Atlantic Oity; or, 'l'J.e Great8ettsid& Mystery. 89 t)leuth, fbe Detective in Chicago; or, Unrn.vel-00 Safe; or, Young f:ileuth as a llank Detective. 91 the Phantom Detectiv8: :>r, l'he> 92 the Mask; or, 'I'he Lady 93 Young Sleuth and $.he Uorsican Knife-'l'brower or l'be Mystery of the Murdered A ctr etis. 94 Ol"ime; or, ']'be ]J:vi95 in tbe J'oils; or, J'be Death Traps o f 96 Young :Sleuth and the Miser's Ghost; or, A Hunt I or Hidden Money. 97 Young Sleuth a.s a Dearl Game Sport; or, 'l'he Keeu Detectives H.use for $10,000. 9H the Gypsies Gold; or, The Paclag& 99 King; or, 100 Youog S leuth in the ot New York or Keen Work from Broadway to tbe Howery 1 0 1 or, 'l'b& 102 Young :Sleuth's l:'"nknown; or, 'fbe Man ,,.ho Cam& Behind. 103 Swamp Search; or,1'he Miss-104 Mad Doctor; or, The Seveo 105 Youne Sleutb's tlig Bluff; or, Simple Sallie's l\li ssin n 106 Yonujjt Sleuth's Great Contract; or, 'J'be Keen De: tecttve's Uoubl e 107 Young Sleuth's Night Watch; or, 'J'be Keen Detect.iv& Guarding Millions. 108 Young and the l\fystery of the Dark Room: or, The Cnme of the Photograph Gallery 109 Y or. lleat-110 Great Mine Mystery; or, Mur-lll Young Slenth and the Runaway H airess; or, A Girl Wortb Millions A1nong Desvera.te {)rooks 112 Youn.R: Sleuth nnd the Haunted Mill; or,.The Phantom Mystery of Dark Dell. 113 S l e u t h and the Millionaire rramp; or, Diamonds Under Rags. 114 Young Sleuth n.nd the Masked Udber of Atlantic Qity; or, The Mystery of a Crime of the Surf. 115 and the Mad Artist; or, The Crime of 116 Young :Sleuth's Heat Find; or. The Secret of the Iron Chest. 117 Young Sleuth's or, Tbe Keen DetectUS Wolf in Sheep's Clothing or, the Prince of Impost.orfl. 119 Young Sleuth's Boy Pupil; or, 'l'ba Keen Detecttve's Street Boy Pard 1 120 Prince; or, Neck to 121 Model; or, 'l'he 121 Your:g Sleuth and the Lady Physician; or, The Mys-tery of the Poiso!led Cup. 123 Young Sleuth and the Actor's Strange Crime; or, The Murder Before t.be Footlights. 124 Young Sleuth and the Madhouse Mystery; or, The :Mystic Sign of 7 125 on tbe 126 You rig Sleuth and the Snake Charmer; or, 'he Handcuffed l\fan of the Iron Room. 1 2 7 or, The Queen 128 Young Sleuth n.nd Lost Mr. Medway; or, the Hand 129 Copper Mine Mystery; or, The Detecttve's Underground Clew. All the above libraries are for sale by all n ewsdealers in the United States and Canatl.a, o r sent to yo u r address, post paid, on receipt of price. Address P. 0 Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 34 & 36 North Moore Streat, New York.

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