1000 fathoms deep: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold.

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1000 fathoms deep: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold.

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1000 fathoms deep: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold.
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Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Libraryo Ente1ed acc01dino to the Act of Conoress, in the vear 1896, by FRANK 'l'OUSEY, in the o.{fice of the Libarian of Conoress, at Washinoton, D. C. 1,000 FATHOMS DE EP: By JSON.AME." or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea of Gold. Barney and Pomp instantly rushed out on deck and to stern. The seamen heaved the hawser down upon the deck of the Canoe and it was made fast. Away glided the submarine boat and her tow. 'l'hey were none to soon.

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a 2 1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. The eubscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730 1,000 FATHOMS DEEP;. OR, WITH FRANK READE, JR., IN. THE SEA OF GOLD. A STRANGE STORY OF A SUBMARINE CRUISE. By "NONAME," Author of "Across the Earth, "Along the Orinoco," "The Coral Labyrinth," "Over Two Continents," "Across the Desert of Fire," etc., etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THE REPORTER'S STORY. THE report had gone forth that Frank Reade, Jr., the lamous young inventor, whom every one has heard of, had tluished his new submarine boat. Newspaper men besieged the great machine shops in Roodestown in the endeavor to get a Kodak picture, or at least a description of the new boat. But Barney and Pomp, the two trusty colleagues or Frank, held the gate val:antly, and batHed all attempts or this sort. If there was one thing Frank Reade, Jr., disliked it was publicity. It was quite usele'ls to remind him that he had made or himself a pub lic character by drawing attention of the world to himsell, and that it was a debt be owed the people at large to furnish tile newNpapers with the details or his affairs. He would not accept tbis reasoning, though in spite of all his best efforts his fame would increase, and the world would still marvel at the wouderful triumphs which he achieved. Not satisfied with having mastered the art of flying in the air, he must needs overcome the problem of submarine navigation. This he bad done long since with unqualified success, but his last submarine boat bad been lost, as hns been described to the reader in a previous story. So be bad constructed a new boat. or all the army of reporters who besieged the machine works, only one succeeded in getting l.J{j yond the gates. One day a tall, athletic fellow, with shrewd eyes and a sharpness of manner which might have done credit to a Hawkabaw, presented himeAlf carelessly at the gate. "My card," he said, handing the paste':loard to Pomp, the colored genius, who was gate-keeper. "Please send it to Mr. I will wait here.'' Pomp gave the fellow a critical glance. He bad met every subler fuge of the reportorial besiegers, but none or them !lad approached him as yet in this mann er. It was so ofl'.band and clever-like that be really could not take otlense, So he deigned to glance at the name on the card. Thus it read: "MR. IRVING L. COOLEDGE, "With the American World." "Humph!'' muttere.:l the darky. Then be returned the card with a crusty reply: "Mistah Reade, sah, is not to be interviewed to-day, sahl" "Oh, but yon are mistaken, sir, I have nut asked for an interview," replied the shrewd reporter. Pomp opened his eyes. "Yo' wants to git a look at de new boat, sah! Well, I jes' gibs yo' a pint. She am gwioe to sail nex' week, an' yo' be here den an' yo' kin see her start, sail!" "Yon are quite mistaken," replied Mr. Cooledge, blandly. "My 1 errancl concerns Mr: Reade personally, sir, quite personally, in fact, so. You w1ll do me a favor by sending In that card and you will also earn a good cigar.'' Coolly the audacious reporter took a cigar from his case and tend ered it to Pomp. Something in the fellow's manner impressed the darky. Up ,to this moment he bad not scrupled to turn away all applicants summarily, But Cooledge's manner was so very persuasive that Pomp felt hall in eli ned to yield So he finally said: I knows berry well dat Marse Frank won' see yo', sah, bnt any bow I does yo' de favor to send in dis yere card.'' "Very kind of you," said Cooledge as be scratched a match; "have a Pomp, however, refused the cigar with some dignity. This though did not disturb the newspaper representative in the least. 'l'he card was sent In by a messenger. Io three minutes he return ed, saying: Mr. Reade will see Mr. Cooledge at once in his office. "Thank you!" said the reporter with a smile and a friendly nod to Pomp, as he passed through the gate. The darl>y scratched his black wool and rollell his eyes. "Well. I neber!" be ejaculaled. "Now dat man am suab a repo'tab an' Marse Frank done gib me o'dahs fo' to keep sich like out. Wha' de debbil do it mean! None ob mab bizness nohow!" In order to explain Frank's 1 eadiness to see this particular reporter it will be necessary to retrograde a trifle in our story. Two days previous Frank bad received a letter, signed by this very same man, and which contained some marvelous subject matter. To make matters more comprehensive let us read the letter in full. It was dated at New York City, in the office of the American World: "MR. FRANK RBADE, JR. "Respected sir: I take the liberty to write you upon a subJect which I know to be possessed of such elements of strange and en grossing sort, that it will be positively sure to claim )'Our intense in terest.'' Having thus led up to Frank's curiosity, the Phrewd writer continued: l will relate, with as much brevity ns possible, an incident w!Jicb bA!ell me in my capucity as news gutberer for the World. I !:ad gathered n report of a 'longsboremen'o riot on West street, and went t!Jither to get the particulars. On one of the wbarvPs I met :1 strange genius, an old salt, who had just returned from a voyage to Chinese ports, and from his lips I gathered as strange a as ever was heard. "That this is true I reel well assured In fact, I have the man to appear and tell his story over again at any time I may wish. "Jack Kane was his name. The ship in which he one day sailed (rom New York, was called lhe Henrietta, Captain A.biel Snow. She

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1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. 3 carried out a cargo of m!lchinery and cotton stutl's, ana was to bring I borne tea and knick-knacks. The voyage to Hong Kong was very propitious. There some trading was done, but as the tea cargo would not be ready for a I month yet, Captain Snow seized an opportunity to visit Yokohama I and Yeddo on the coast of Japan. He secured a cargo wbicil was I profitable and sailed. "But when well into the Kamtchatka current, and but a few hun dred m1les from Yokohama, a typhoon descended with terrible fury. For two daJS the Henrietta ran no;thward, half the time nigh on her beam ends. "Not untll the ship was almoEt a hopeless wreck did the storm cease. Then she had only a mizzen mast standing. Where they really were none on board could guess. .The compass refused to work and no accurate bearings could be taken. "B01t Captain Snow figured roughly that they were drifting into the Behring Sea. It seemed incredible that they had been driven that mighty distance, but time proved it true. "Six days the Henrietta made vain efforts to work her way south ward. Wind an1l tide were against her, and she drifted finally between two points of land into a sea which must be adjacent to the southern coast of Tchantcki, and which I .10ubt has ever been explored by man. "Into this strange sea she drifted and here the current was lost. The water of this sea was dead. Moreover 1t was of a strange tnr)!."id yellow with glistening particles constantly boiling to the sur face. The supercargo, who was a chemist, became at once interested and drew up a bucket of the water for examination. He applied a chemical test, and made the astounding <.iiacovery that the yellow water beld line dust-like particles of gold in solution. For a. time Jack Kane declares that the captain and crew were crazed with the mighty discovery. The supercargo declared that it was only oecesea.ry to draw the sea water on board and it to a chemical analysis to obtam pure gold, enough to buy the kingdoms of the world, to make the yellow article the most common of all commodities. The effect or this can be imagined. The crew became visionary idiots. They laid subtle schemes and crafty plana. 'l'he ship's hold should be filled with the extracted mE>tal, and t!Jey would market it in Eurppe. Then they would return for more, keeping the secret of the location of this Sea of Gold to themselves. Howells, the supercargo, explained the phenomenon of the pres ence of gold in tt.e water in a logical manner. He pretended tlmt great ocean springs seut fine clouds of gold-freighted sand up from the center of the earth to be held constantly in solution in the ever boiling waters. The bed of this sea he reasoned must be rich in gold dust impregnated Ill the sands. A more stupendous discovery cannot be Imagined or conceived. Of course every mother's son aboard the Henrietta was more tbau in terested in the new project. All went to work lil'e heroes drawing the water aboard while the chemist was to extract the precious dust. But suddenly a terrible cry went up. The ship had sprung a terrible leak. "She was sinking fast. There was no time to lose. For a short while the crew were paralyzed with the horror of the thing. But life Is dearer than gold and the boats were qu1ckly lowered. Therd was I.Jarely time to get adrilt. The Henrietta went to the bot tom of the Sea of Gold. "But Captain Stone cried: There are more sbips in the world! We will come back in auother aud reap the fortune we must now for the time relinquish!" So thAy bent to the oars and pulled lnto the open sea, trustlng to be picked up by some whaler. But the provisions ran out and starvation threatened. In the night the boats became separated. A storm came up. Only one boat'9 crew survived, and that was the captain's cutter, which was picked up by a Chinese junk and carried to Shanghai. There the captain died of the cholera. The sea men sickened of the experience, and regarding the Sea of Gold as ac cursed, abandoned all plans of returning to it. "All shipped aboard various crafts, and Jack Kane linally found his way back to New York. This is the wonderful st.ory of the Sea of Gold as he told it to me. It may be only a sai10r's yarn, but he swears sacredly to its truth. If it is true, what subject can be of greater interest to the whole world?" After reading this wonderful letter, Frank was decided upon giving the writer a welcome and1ence, for he was deeply interested. CllAPTER II. PLANS ARE rORMULATED, WE may thus understand bow Mr. Irving L. Cooledge, the smart re porter, gained an entr11nce to the macl.iine works where bis colleagues had so signally failed. As he entered Frank Reade, Jr.'s private office the two men faced each other for a moment in silence. Each was taking a mental inventory of the other. It was appar ently satisfactory, for each smiled, and Frank indicated a chair, saying: "I am glad to meet you, Mr. Cooledge. Please be seated." "Thanl' you," said the newspaper man. "You or course digested my letter!" Frank lili:ed the brevity or this introduction of the subject, and re plied: "I did." "1 am curious to know how you regard it!" I will tell you. It may be a tigmenL or that sailor's powerful imagination. Or--" "Pardon me. He makes very solemn declaration that it is true." Sailors are gre\t romancers." "But Jack Kane has a truthful appearance, I assure yon. He offers to prove It by leading an excursion thither.'' Is he sme that he can do this?" 1'bere is nothing sure in life. But he Is willing to try." "It seems strange that this Sea of Gold bas not been discovered by other navig'ltors, being in whaliug parts." Oh, it may be possible that other vessels have sailed right through it without the captains suspecuug the nature of the yellow matter in the water.'' That is reasonable," agreed Frank, somewhat convinced, bot again, why have you selected me as your coulidant in tllis wonderful story!" Oh, but you are the man above all others equipped lor such an expedition. You have a submarme boat. It would not be necessary to extract the gold from the water in that case, as it could be taken in its richest deposit from the bed of the sea." Frank's eyes flashed. The inspiration of the thing bad seized him. "I have anotaer theory to account lor the nondiscovery of the Sea of Gold heretor.,re," said Cooledge, "this wns advanced by Jack Kane himself." Ah, what is itt" It is possible that the deep sen disturbance at that point which brings the gold dust in solution to the surface is periodical." That may be true!" "I can see nothing Illogical in the narrative as rendered by Jack Kane." Frank arose and paced tbe floor a moment. Then be turned and said: Were any soundings taken in this Sea of "Yes,'' replied Cooledge, readily, "the ocean floor seemed to be of a remarkable even character, 1t being exactly one thousand fath oms deep wherever a soanding was taken." That is favorablG," replied Frank. "Egad! Your story bas caught me, friend Cooledge. Where is this man Kane! Can you bring bim here?" In forty-eight hours." Do so then by all means, and we will discuss the matter seriously. If all is as you say-mind, I make llO promises-we may tind a way to visit the SPa of Gold.'' "Hurrah!" cried Cooledge, leaping up. "You are a progressivd man! I knew you would grasp the plan, Mr. RPade. Let us work together heart, soul ami hand. I will wire Jack Kane at once.'' "One moment," said Franlc. "Where are you etoppiug?" At the Readestown Hotel." "Do me the honor to dine with me this evening. You are my guest.'' I accept the honor with thanks,'' replied the reporter profoundly. Until then, I will wish you adieu," Wl!l;ln Irving L. C:JOledg'l walked out of the machine shop gate that day, he was in a state of bliss. He had not seen the submarine boat, nor could he send his publishers a Rtory regarding its character. But after wiring Jack Kane with true reportorial euterprise, he sent a modest squib to the World as follows: Frank ReadP, Jr. is reported to be in collaboration with Irving L. Cooledge, tl.ie of the World, upon a trip to the North Pacific, for research and exploration aboard Mr. Reade's new sub marine boat. Mr. Cooledge will furnish the World exclusive details of this projected enterprise." As this was dispatched, tbe smart reporter buttone:i up his coat ful somely and muttered with, p'lrhaps, a pardonable thrill of exulta tion: Won't my brother journalists be green with envy when tliey read that. But when .they learn that it is true what then-oil, what then!'' Cooledge may, perhaps, be excused a modest bit of quiet exulta tion. It is in the nature of man to take delight in a victory. That evening he dined with Frank. Before he left for his hotel they were the warmest of fnends, and fuily consigned to the project of visiting the Sea of Gold. Why, if the story is true," declared Frank, "and we find gold in such it will revolutionize the world.'' "Just so!" agreed tbe reporter; "and I have faith in Jack Kane." It did not' take Jack Kane long to get out to Readestown. He was closetP.d with Frank and Cooledge and subjected t:> a lung and trying examination. But he allowed no equivocation In any de tail. "Hang me fer a scnlvin'l" be cried, finally, "ye ought to be satis fied with the word or an honest man, mates! Go along with old Jack an' he'll prove it, by Mother Carey's chickens!" That S'lUles it,'' cried Frank, we shall start at ouce. Come aboard the Deep Slla Canoe and look her over." Frank led the way to the interior yard of the works. Here was a deep tank or basin of water with a cannl which locked down into the big river below. In this tank floated the new invention. Old Jack and Cooledge gazed at it with wondering eyes.

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1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. .. Great whales!'" ejaculated the ohl salt, "she looks like a Turkish gallAy without sails. How does abe fill the wmd!" "You forget," reminded Cooledge, "abe is a submarine boat and has no use for sails "Oh, In course," admitted the old sailor. "I never thought or that, mate." But It dis or his opponent as pure luck. This time he would sbow bim a thing or two. Tile game opened. The bystanders were now intently interested. Several lightning like moves were made. Both men now had their forces in the middle of the board. But old Jack had the move on Barney. The Celt rolled hi& eyes. I thought yez didn't know how to play this ameY" he cried. Shure yez have the best av me agio.'' I can reef and hand better, sir,'' replied old Jack, "but squar& away and till your sails. It's a clear course!" Clear fer yez, but not fer me." "Golly!" snilfe
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1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. This was enough for Barney, "Shure he'd niver give yea man.'' he flashed. "Yez ivudn't be in it fer a minit, and I'll bate my hat agio yures that I'm roight." 1 take yo' on dnt, sab," cried Pomp. "Will yo' play me a gamA, sab!" I reckon so, mate,'' replied the old salt. "Any number ye want." Barney arose nod Pomp took his place. The darky led out boldly, and by good luck got the move or his oppon e nt. Kane had thus far played in a car e less manner. Now he leaned for ward and studied the situation a moment. Tbeo he made a couple or quick moves. Barney began to grin. "Begorrn, he has ye beat now, nnygur," be roared. "Phwat did I tell yez." "Don' yo' fret, snh!" sniffed Pomp ne be shot out with his king row. Knne promptly made three exchanges, aud then literally swept the IJoard. The g ame was over. Fot a moment the dnrky's eyes were like moons. "Well, I nel.Jer :lid!" be e jaculatell. "Ph wat did I tell yez?'' roared Barney in a paroxysm. Frank and Coole dge also laughed heartily. "You are quite a player, Jack.'' said the smart reporter nonchal antly; "don't you want another victim! With submtssion, sir,'' replied the old suit. "I can hand and reef b ett e r than l can play checkers. Those landlubbers gave me good openings." "Begorra, I didn't do it av me own free will," declared Barney. "No, sub," chim e d in Pomp. Coole<1ge winked at Frank and seated himself opposite Kane. Old Jack took a fresll chew or tobacco. Then the game went on. This time the shrewd old sailor found his match, It would he im possible to describe the game without the aid or !.liagrnms. But it was a great game. For a tLme it was douhtful which would win. llorty.five minutes w e re required to play it out. Then the reporter won by a dazzling move. You are a master at the game, Jack,'' he said coolly, as he arose and lit a cigar. You gnve me a hard pinch.'' "Douse me for a shud!'' ejaculated old Jack. You are the best man I ever played against!" "Compliment versus compliment," laughed Frank. ''Each or you bas missed his vo:Jation.'' How soT'' asked Cooledge. They say that a g.Jod checker player shouiJ be a good general. You should be in the army." "Pshaw!" exclnimecl the reporter, contemptuously; "I don t be liuve a word of that. One of the most noted generals I ever met could not bent a child at the game.'' So engrossed were all in the games that little heed had been given to other t!Jing3. Frank now chanced to glance seaward. A great cry escaped his l i ps. "A coral isle," he cried, "port the helm, Barney, or we'll be on the reef!" Aye, aye, sort" The head of the submarine boat swung nbont. Barney saw an open ing in the reef and sent the Canoe through Lt. This brought them into a deep, and beautiful lagoon with water as placid and blue as a nort!Jerly sky. At once it was seen that the little isle was an atoll. A strip of sandy bench encircled the lagoon, and back or it palms rose with refreshing greenness. It was a relief to the eye to gaze up on the shore. In general appearance tile atoll did not differ from hundreds of such isles in the Paci!ic. But a number of questions mstiuctively present ed themselves to the voyagers. Wus the iele Inhabited! Had it ever been v!Rited by white men before? Might not it be the home of cnnnibalsT Was it upon any c!J
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6 1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. So Frank started the submarine boat ahead. It was not very easy work picking their way through tile coral reefs. But it was safer smling under the water than on the surface. So gradually the boat w"rked her way among the reefs. After what seemed an lntermina':lle space, Frank said: We ought t-' be somewhere near the Roxanna. l belitJve I will send the boat to the surface and see.'' Up sprung the Canoe and burst mto daylight to give the voyagers, as well as the crew or the Roxanna, a surprise. The captain and his men were watching the lower headland of the atoll for some sign of the Canoe when, to their amazement, it leaped up from the sea depths almost under their ship's quarters. Captain Phillips gave a sharp oath and start of amasement, and the Aeamen were for a moment seized with superstitious fear. But Frank Reade, Jr., and Cooleuge almost instantly appeared on deck and bailed tbem. "Glad to make your acquaintance, captain," cried l!rank, with a salute. "I am Frank Read Po, Jr., master of th1s submarme "EbT blO'IJ me bard!" roared the Yankee captain. "I'll swear I'm not m a dream, but it looked just now as if yon had come up out of the depths of the sea.'' And so we did," replied Frank. "Eh, w-wbat?'' sputtererl the astounded skipper. "What do ye mean by that? Scuttle me, if I can understand." "Oil," laughed Frank, "I do not wonder at your surprise. I should have told you that this is a submarine boat, and built for the purpose of sailing under the sea as well as upon it." "Great tlggerheadsl Ye don't mean it!" ejaculated Phillips. I've heard 'em talk about the or such a thing but it's tbe first time I ever saw it dooel A submarine boat! Wall, I'll be keel-hauled! How l\O you make it work!" The two crafts were now so near together that they could almost shake hands across the gnp. Frank proceeded to describe the work ings of the submarine boat as best be couls about. Great seas ran mountains high. The hawser bad been cast ofl' be tween the two vessels now, for fear that 'It bey might be dashed to get her. But the Roxanna was out of harm's way. The increasing breeze tilled her sails, and she held ber head up well. For some while the sea was badly broken. Then gradually it cal me
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l,OCO FATHOMS DEEP. '1 "I believe you!" &aid Frank. But wlly dwell upon that rapid tl1ght ncross the North Paclllc. Suf !ice it to say that it was devoid of incident of any great interest. And one day the western end of the Aleutian Arcbipt>lago was sigbted. Then old Jack kept his word. He took the wheel and set his course directly west to the Kamtschat ka P e ninsula. The run across was made in a few dnys, and one morning land broke Into view. Then the old salt altered his course to the nortb ward and every day took fresh observations. On the twentieth le to offer a logical explanation. For a time Frank was deeply plunged m thought. "If the fogwould only lift," he finally declared, "we might solve the mystery.'' "1M it so important?" asked the impatient reporter. "Why not g1ve up some Lime to gold hunting and w.ait for the fog to dissipate.'' Very well,'' agreed Frank, we will go back to the depths. Let her go down, Barney." The Celt pressed the tank lever and the boat sank again. Once more she rested upon the sands of the Sea of Gold. 1'be current which seemlld to carry tbe golden
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l,ooo FATHOMS DEEP. As Frank bad hoped, the fog bad lirted, and was all about them. All eyes were turned westward. And there upon the horizon a faint, dark line was seen. "Hurrah!" cried Cooledge, "there is the land we have been look ing !or! It is probably Kamtschatka." "Ye're right, mate," declared Jack Kane; "but if I may make free, mates, I don't see the logic or your reckoning." Frank and Cooledge looked astonished. "Eh?" exclaimed the latter. "What are you driving at, Jack?'' "Easy, mates! Ye are expecting to lind a big river coming out of Kamtscbatka!" "Yea." "1 reckon ye'll never lind it.'' This surprising announcement was received by Frank and Cooledge in sheer amazement. It was some momants before Frank ventured to say: "Why do you doubt the possibility of such a river, Jack?" The old sailor ahifted his quid. "Well," be said, slowly, "my reasons are slick and clear. I've coasted the hull length or Kamtachatko an' I never saw the mouth or a river yet big enough to make a current clean acrose this ere sea." "Is it not possible, though, that such a river might exist!" asked Frank, "'and m!ghL have escaped your notice!" "It mought be so, mates," replied the old seaman, "but 'tain't hardly likely. Leastwise I've never heerd any record of it." "Well," said Frank, llnally, you may be right, Jack. But it looks to me that our only way to discover the truth is to pursue our present course and trust in Providence.'' Old Jack lounged awuy without further argument. His declaration had stag!J:ered Frank and Cooledge deapite their conliUence. Some time was spent in studying the distant coast line and the expanse of sea intervening. 'l'ben Frank declared: At any rate we can do no better than to follow up that under cul'reut. I believe it is our only way to solve the mystery." So do I!" agreed the reporter. So the Canoe was again sent to the bottom. Once more it pro ceeded to follow up the currou t. As the b9d or the ocean was quito smooth and the uniform depth was oue thousand fathoms the Canoe was enabled to proceed at a li\'ely rate or speed. As it proceeded, one striking fact was noted. The current became ev('ry moment stronger. This was evidence that they must be approaching the fountain bead or mouth or the presumed river. ]'rauk had bait a mind to go to the surface again. But he did not. Barney was at tbe key-board. Suddenly he gave a loud shout of wildest alarm and brought tile boat to a dead stop. He was just in time to avert a catastroplle. CHAPTER VII. A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT, Tnu which had caused Barney to bring the boat to such a sudden stop was a thrilling sight. Suddenly there seemed to shut down from above and directly In front of tbe boat a wall of jagged weed strewn rock. 'l'his made a high roof overbead and extended far into the distance. The boat was directly under this. At her present altitude her decks would have certainly been scrl!ped and a bole might have been made in them. This would have proved futal to all on \)(lard. "Begorra, ph were are we!" shouted the Celt. "Phwat do yez say to thi11, Mistber Frank?" Fraok hud gained the Celt's side and his surprise can hardly be de picted in words. "Grant Scott!" he ejaculated. "You stopped just in time, Barney. We have run into a deep sea cave!" A cave?" cried Co.oledge, in amazement. How did it happen? But-we are yet io the current." All glanced at the dial. Then the river is u submarine stre&m," declared Frank. It comes out or tllis cavern.'' This !act seemed established beyond all dispute. The astonished voyagers exchanged glances. Jack Kane was right. The deep sea current in the Sea of Gold did not come from any Knmtscbntka river, at least not that was on the surface. 'l'o say that all were surprised would be a mild statement. More than this they were deeply interested. "It Is an underground river," said Cooledge, with conviction. "I believe that we are at this moment under the main peninsula of Kamt schatka." Where then can be its source!" asked Frank. Perhaps it e:xtends all the way under tbe peninsula into the Sea or Ok!Jotsk on the other side." It wus an astounding rellection. Truly they were entering upon a mo11t marvel us discovery. The theory was not at all improbable. Frank Reade, Jr., said with deep resolution: However that is we are in for it, and I mean to follow this mys terious river to its source.'' "Good for you, l!'rank," cried Cooledge; "only to think of a trip under the Peninsula of Kamtschatka! Who will believe our story when we return to civihzationT" We can only give them our word," laughed Frank; few would ever be able to disprove it." Frank lowered the Canoe a safe distance from the cavern roo! and started ahead ouce more. The cavern was both wide and deep enough for the Canoe to travel in safety. For hours the craft kept on. Barney was obliged to be contiuually on the alert, for fear the boat might collide with the walls or occasional pillars which were encolln tered. But no accidents of this sort luckily occurre!.l. Whut by the chronometer was a day and a night passed. The Canoe was yet following the mysterious current through the earth. They had doubtless traveled a hundred miles in tllis manner. Then there came a change. or a sudden the cavern roof receded upward and the electric lights grew paler. Baruev gave a about. "Irfisther Frank!'' be cried, "shore it's out av the cavern we are!" What!" cried Frank, ic surprise, springing into the pilot-bouse. "Tllat can't be!" cried Coole
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1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. ed to gathllr heaps of the stuff. They were loth to doubt its nature. But Frank rtltllrned speedily and had his acids witll him. He spread some of the ore in a plate and applied the tests. Cooledge and Kane watched him with deadly Interest. After a mo ment Frank looked up. He could see that both were intensely pale. Well!" asked the reporter, huskily. "What do you make it, Frank!" "Give us the broadside, mate," declared Kane. "What's the reckoning!" Wall," said Frank, deliberately, "I am very sorry to disappoint you, but our treasure trip is, after all, a base aud hollow decep tion." What!" screamed the reporter, wildly. I don't believe it! I tell you it is gold! It must be gold! Your teat is at fault." Do you think so?" said Frar:k, calmly. Then let me convince you. l will test it again. See! here is a gold coin. Notice how the acid acts upon it." Cooledge grew calm, and watched Frank's second test carefully. Then be stood in sil e nce for some moments. He passed the y e llow stuff through his hands longingly. "Only fools' gold!'' he mutterect; "and so much of it here! Con found it! I'd ought to have known Itt It would be impossible to lind so much gold in one heap Well, our dream of fortune is gone." "Perhaps not said Frank, What do yon meant" This deposit bas turned out worthless. I have heard it said that g old is found in the mountains of Kamtschatk #. Perhaps it may ex ist somewhere within our reach." "Pe,rhaps," said the reporter, moodily, "but bar(lly likely. The Sea of Gold was a hallucination after all. Well, Jack K a ne, what have you got to say for yourself! It is you who got us off away up here." The old salt was dumfounded. "I make free to say that-that I don't make it out,'' he stammered. "Our skipper called it gold, nod did all the crew. Hang rna lligh! it looks a heap like it." "Yes," said Frank. You are very excusable for being deceived, Jack. But then we have had a good voyage of exploration anyway." "We shall have to let it go nt that,'' declared Cooledge. "A!tPr all, gold would do me little good. I'm such a spendthrift. It is judt as well. I shall still stick by uewspaper work." "And I can ship afore the mast again, lads,'' declared old Jack. Everybody knows a @eamun's money stays by him." Then we are nll satisfied,'' said Frank. And that being the case I have a proposition to make." This declaration created a genome thrlll of interest. CHAPTER VIII. THE CHINESE PIRATES. EvEN Barney and Pomp were interested in this assertion or Frank's. The young inventor was thoughtful a moment, then continued: "Of course we are all disappointed that the Sea or Gold has turned out to be a deception. But there IS much trAasure under the sea and on our way home we should be able to lind some of it. Perhaps we can establish a fortune for each one of the crew. In other wonts, as this voyage of discovery bas not turned out as we expected, suppose we organize a treasure hunt." For a moment a dead silence reigned. Then Cooledge hurst forth: "Frank Rende, Jr., you are the best fellow on earth! What a e;old en promise that is! We shall be sure to lind some sunken galleon in this mighty Pacific, and our reverses may after all become the best of fortune." "Hooray!'' shouted Jack Kane, wildly;" thet's the bestconrse we've steered by yet! We'll be sore to lind our fortunes yet, an' by Mcther Carey's chickens, if this old hulk e;ets safely back to port again, I'll tie up alongside some trim female craft an' settle down fer life! So help me Neptune!" "Be jabers Misther Frank niver got left yit!" affirmed Barney, positively. "Golly, yo' kin bet we'll lind dat gold afo' we gila back to Readec town!'' declared Pomp, cutting a shufll.e. "So you all embrace the idea," said Frank. "Then let us back aboard the Canoe and take our leave of this place as quickly as possible.'' No second bidding was necessary. All bad seen enough of Kamtschatka. They were very willing to leave and never set eyes upon it again. In a few moments they were aboard the boat once more. It cast free or the shore and drifted out into the current. Cooledge t o ok one regretful look at the yellow glistening banks and then went into the cabin. Tile Canoe made quick timtl down the river to the place where it suddenly vanished under the mountain wall. Then the Canoe went beneath the surface and was a moment later speeding through the cavern on its way to the open sea. The run back into the Sea of Gold wns quickly made. The cavern entrance was cleared, and Frank decided to ride to the surface. He pressed the tank lever and the boat leaped upwards. Up she burst into the open sunlight once more. The voyagers saw the rugged coast to the westward some miles, the open sea to the east and south. But on the ot her band and distant not a hundred yards waa a strange looking craft. She was a cross between a Chinese junk and a Malay proa. Her la teen sails were tilled, and she was standing directly down for the Canoe. Look out, Frankl" cried Cooledge, warningly; she'll be onto us!" Frank shot the Canoe forward like a lias b. We're out of her course now,'' he said. "Hail her, Barney! See what nationality she is!'' "All roight, eor," replied Barney. "Frank," cried the reporter, in alarm, "I don't like the looks of that craft! She Looks piratical!" "flaptaih Ktdd is dead,'' retorted Frank, with a laugh. "Hail her, Barney!" The Celt's voice rang out, but at this mo.uent Jack Kane rushed in. "For Heaven's sake, skipper,'' he cried, wildly, sin I; your boat! She is a Chinese pirate, as true as I live! She's training a guo on us now! Quick!" But in that inftant the dread c a tastrophe came. There was a dull boom, and something crashed througn the pilot-house window, and striking the key board, paslied out through tile pilot house wall. It wus a solid shot, and in that instant the sullmarine boat was reo dered unnavigable. She could not be made to sink or even steered. She !ioated upon the water like a log, helpless and useless. With horror the voyagers stood for a moment inactive in the pilot house. Then another shot from the pirate's cannon followed. It went wide, however. Frank remembered now that the coast of Kamtschatko. was a hiding place for Chinese pirates which infested those seus. They were the most blood-thirsty and relentless or barbarians. We are lost!" be ejaculated with white lips. .'To fall into their hands is tleath!" muttered Cooledge. "By my anchor!" cried Jack Kane, rolling up his sleeve&, "stand ay to repel boarders! They must never take us alive! We'll die on t!Je poop deck." "Right!" cried Frank, arousing himself, "get your riftes, all. We must not yield." Baruey and Pomp bad already procured their Wiochesters. The pirates, evidently fr.ncying t.!Jat they had disabled their prize, were now down to claim it. At the swival gun, the only piece of ordnance the JUnk carried, stood the gunner. Frank saw this and criecl: We have more to fear from thut guo than aught else. Cover it, Barney and Pomp, and let no man approach It to tire it." The two fuitbful fellows cheered, and Barney shot the gunner in his tracks. A cry of rage came from the pirates, and they tire with amall arms. Another or their number sprung forward to train the gun once more. But he dropped io his tracks. Burney and Pomp concentrated their fire upon this spot. So bot was it that the cannon could not bt> used. By this time Jack Kane and Cooledge bad procured rUles. Frank went to work to detach the wires from the smashed keyboard. He wag mainly in quest of the steering key, and also that govern ing the engines. It would not do to sink the boat until the breach in ller pilot-bouse was repaired. The junk had ranged alongside, and was disposed to board the smaller craft. But so hot a tire came from the Winchesters, that the crew thronging the rail fell like sheep. Our defenders were protect .ed by the steel walls or the cabin. Tbt>y llred through loopholes in the cabm side. From what could be seen of the pirn.tes they were the worst looking lot o! humanity that one could well imagine. To fall into their clutches would be like dropping among wolves. 'J'be battlll DOW rnged fiercely. But no harm was thus far done our defenders. The pirate loss was, however, quite considerable. So furious were the rascals that they were unable to use their can non or to board the tantalizing little craft which had seemed so easy a prize that they made the air blue with Chinese oaths. Savagely they tired volleys at the Canoe. But the steel walls turn ed the bullets aside. Then the tlendish idea occurred to turn the junk's prow upon the Canoe and run her down. Round came the unwieldy junk. Her sails tilted before the wind. But just at this moment Frank bad made tile connections between th!l key .\IOard and lhe electric engines. Quick as thought be set the in motion. She glided away from the junk like a Hash. In a few moments she was fully LWO hun dred yards to leeward. The JUnk was in pursuit and again tiring her cannon. But the little Canoe ran away from her with the greatest or ease. The cannon shots nil fell short. In lea& than twenty minutes the ptrntes had abandoned the chase. The submarine voyagers were safe once more. "Ugh!" exclaimed Cooledge with a deep breath, "that is what I call n close shave. I would not have dropped into the hands of those rascnls for a good deal.'' "We are in lucK, certainly," agreed Frank, "1t is luck that I was able to disentangle those wires in time.'' Is the inJury a permanent onef .. asked the reporter in alarm. Not at ail," replied Frank. I can arrange 11 new keyboard quite

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10 I,ooo FATHOMS DEEP. easily. The pilot-house wall needs to be patched and the glass reJ "Yes, but we may congratulate ourselves that we escaped with our placed. We sball be all r1ght again then.'' lives.'' Frank lost no time in carrying out these repairs. Tbe Canoe quickly "Indeed that is true. But have you any plan to suo-o-est?" left the piratical junk out of sight and that danger was dispose() of. "We must first examiue the break in the tank and see At night tbe Canoe lay to in a calm sea. The next day Frank com if it cannot be repairod," said Frank. pleted the t'e;:airs and the Canoe was all right again. "Begorra, bowiver will we get the wather out av the cabin!" cried They had not yet come within sight of the eDLraoce to the Golden Barney. Sea; but the boat was now able to push forward a little faster. "That will be easy," declared. Fmnk. "One of us will go out by Af1er awhile two distinct points of land were seen. Between them and hy ADd close the door and window. Then we can pump the water 1 was the strait or channel by which they had entered the sea. out." 1 The bad in one sense proved a disappointment, though "Go ou\!" exclaimed Cooledge, "bow can that be done?'' not a fa1lure. "With diving-suits" said Frank The Sea of Gold hacl discovered and explored, even "Diving-suits?'' to Its very TIJ.e consisted m the fact that the "Certainly! 1 will arrange that all right enough. Now, Barney, yellow dust held 10 solution Ill ltlj waters was not gold dust. take vour search lamp and come with me Our were therefore prevented from reaping the mighty All roi g ht, sorl" fonuoe wbuil l they had expected aud hoped for; but they had not as The Celt oheye<.l instructions and followed Frank Into the tank yet become discouraged. room. The young inventor came out an hour later with a grave Not by any means. face 1'he opportunity was before them of a treasure hunt at the bottom of tbe mighty Pacific. That it must yield valuable fruit there seemed Cooledge met him anxiously at the door. little doubt. How is it, Frank!" be asked; "is the very serious?'' "Begorra, it's not sorry I am to leave this part of the wurruld!'' de "I'm 11fra1d it is,'' repliecl Frank evasively. "We will do the \!est clared Barney. Shure it's a moighty forlorn and desolate Iukin' we can to get her to the surface again." place anyway!" "The best we can!'' ejaculated the reporter with ashen face. "Is "Massy Lordy, yo's right dar, chile," declared Pomp, "I reckon there any doubt about it?" de Atlantic Ocean am good eoufl to' rnA!" inclined his bead. "Avast there, my hearties!" cried old Jack, "there's no water on "A slight doubt." the globe so fine as the Pacific. Wait till ye get below the Tropic of "Mercy! then we must perish here at the bottom of this accursed Cancer. It's an earthly paradise among them islands." seal God help us!" Suure, if that's so,'' cried Barney, .. let us be afther gittin there "Pshaw!" said Frank impatiently, "there is no use in giving way at wsnst." to despair. Come, Barney, you and Pomp must go out with me and and Cooledge had been busy in the cabin discussing the outclose the cabin doors.'' look for the future. "All roigbt, sort'' Suddenly and without a mornenL's warmog the submarine boat "l'se wid yo', Marse Frank.'' gave a lurch and went beneath the surface. In a few moments the two jokers bad produced three curious look T11e cabm door and one window was open and water rushed like an ing diving helmets. avalanche through them. In an instant the cabin was filled and in They were connected with what looked to be a huge knapsack. the awful darkness and confusion all seemed truly lost! This was placed upon the diver's back. "Where is your air-pump and life lines?" cried Cooledge. "Can CHAPTER IX. BURIED ONE THOUSAND FA1'HOl!S DEEP, ONLY Frank Reade, Jr.'s ready presence of mind saved the day. l'lle your.g inventor bad been sitting at a table opposite Cooledgll. TIHl cabin door and a window was opeu. 1'he others, Barney and Pomp and Jack Kane,lwere in the pilot house. Barney felt the boat give a peculiar thrill and lurch, and it seemed to reel from stem to stern. For one iwift instant the Celt fancied that they bad struck a rock. Then a sharp cry pealed from his lips: "Be me sow!, it's sinkin' we are." Even in that moment the boat went under the waves. The three occupants of the pilot.house saw the water come surgmg Into the cabm. "Mither presarve us, it's lost we are!" yelled Barney. Then be pressed the lever which should have closed the canto door and win dow But the pressure of the water was too great. The door was held open. Pomp bad presence of mind enough to shut the pilot-house door. Then Burney pressed the tank lever to raise tbe boat if possible. But it wonh.t not work. This explaice:l all. It was out of order. Meanwllile Frank and Cooledge in the cabin would have been drowned like rats in a trap had it not been for Frank's presence of mind. Quick as a flash the young inventor sprang up. This way, Cooledge!" be shouted. Quicl>, for your lire!" The reporter ueeded no second bidding. He leaped over the table. Frank !lung open a door leading into the inner cabin. The water was to their knees as they passed through. But fortunat ely the door opened into the cabin so that the pressure of the water helped them close it. They were saved. Water to the extent of fully a hogsbrad full had rushed into the in ner part of the boat. But it did litlle damage. The cabin, however, as well us the tank was full to the top, and the submarine boat sank in one thousand fathoms of water. It rested in a forest or seaweed which presented gloomy and forLidding depths to the voyages, through the plate glass wmdows. The searcb.light was turned on by Barney. The next moment Frank was in the pilot house. "For tbe love of heaven what bas happened, Barney?" he cried. What bas brought all this about?" Shure, aor, the tank lever won't worruk. It's my opinion that it's broken, sor." Jack and I keep them all goillg, think you!'' "There is no such thing,'' replied Frank. "They are not necessary." Not necessary?" "No." "How do you make that out?" "Do you this?" said Frank, placing his hand on the knapsack & "Well, this contains a chemical generator and reservoir. It. munu factures ami circulates n1r in the helmet of the -diver just us it is cir culated on board tbis boat. There is a valve in the top of the !Jelrnet to let the bad air escape in to the water." By jove!" exclaimed Cooledge, that is wonderful. Then yoa are able to travel anywhere unhampered!" "Just so.'' "But how long will this supply of chemicals last!" "0b, a long while. For days and even weeks, ahould the diver survive starvation.'' By this time Barney and Pomp were equipped. Frank put on his own helmet and then the trio were ready for leaving the boat. Fortunately there was also a door and vestibule leading out of the pilot house, and by means of this they left the interior of tbe boat. Cooledge and Jack Kane watched them with Interest. Along the deck they crept as soon as they bad got accustomed tG the pressure, which was tremendous at that depth, and could not baye been sustamed but for tbe peculiar construction of the helmets. They soon reached the cabin door. Tbis was easily closed and so was the window. Then they started to returu to the pilot-bouse, But Barney met with a mishap. Some action of the undertow caused the boat to lurch a trifle. The Celt lost his balance and wen l over rail. Of course the fall was nothing, as he simply drifted down into the forest of seaweed some yards away. But this was not all. In the forest of submarine plants there lurked a monster, wbicll seemed a cross between a whale and an octopus. In an instant a long coil shot out and. encircled the Celt's body. Tbe others bnd only just a fleeting glimpse of creature, as Bar ney was drawn out of sight in the seaweed. Then Frank gave a gasp. iog cry of horror. Pomp was so overcome that be clung to the rail or the boat fol" support. Ob, Massy Lordy !" he cried; "dat Irishman am done fo' now fo' suah. Oh, Marse Frank, wha' am we gwine to do?" But of course Franlt could not hear this appeal. It would have been necessary to blive put their helmets close together. Frank put his hand to the lever. His face pression, assumed u grave ex But the young inventor made a. comprehensive gesture to the darky "Is the situation serious?" asked Cooledge, anxiously. "Serious enough," said Frank. We are anchored fast in one tbo:Jsand fathoms of water." "Jehu! shall we not be able to get to the surface again!" We shali hope so." "This is a caln1nity." and sprang over the rail. Into the seaweed forest Frank daJ:ten In parsuit. Be baJ. an ax, which was slung at his belt, and with this uplifted be ran on. Pomp was close behind him. Meanwhile Barney was having lively work. The Celt was not llis posea to yield wil bout a struggle

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1,000 FA'l'HOMS DEEP. 11 He also carried a short handled, keen bladed ax. With this he hacked at the sinewy arm whicl.l encircled him. The water wus reddened with blood, and a furious commotion en sued. Barney could see a pair of cat like eyes and a voracious muw, and he knew that all depended ou keeping clear of this. He had nearly seve1ed tlle arm whicll held him, when another shot forth and wound about him. ThiS covered his head noel threatened to crush his helmet. It also blocked his vision. F 'or a moment he fancied that his fate was certainly sealed. He felt himself being drawn toward the ravenous jaws. He fought desperately, but was unable to avert his fate. He grew weaker, and an awful horror seized him. Was he to die thus? He made one more desperate struggle. Then he felt the arm relax nod it fell away. He saw a dark f o rm beside him, and felt himself b e ing dragl?;ed in an opposite direction. At that same moment a voice reached his ears. Keep up, Bnrne:y, we are here to help you." "Misther Frnnk!" cried the Celt. Frank and Pomp had reached the spot just in time. Barney was not a yard from the monster's jaws when they reaciJed striking
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12 1,000 FA'l'HOMS DEEP. Pomp in tbR pilot boose bud been instructed by Frank when to turu I "Help me to bear down on this Jlange," said Fmnk. "I want all on the current, anest ob dem ebery time'!'' "On my word I believe you, Pomp," declared Cooledge; "he Is certainly a wonderful man!" "Knin't beat him fo' suah." In a few moments Frau)!; and Barney were back again safe and souud in the cabin. Cooledge gripped the young inventor's hand, and cried: "That beat anything that I ever saw or beard of in my life! If you asked me Cor a plan for getting rid of that monster I could not have given you one!" "Pshaw!'' said Frank, modestly, "it was simple enough!" The incidents or the past few hours had been exciting enough for the most fastidious, as nil were bound to admit. None bud for some while partaken of rood and the inner man now asserting himself, Pomp hastened to ttle galley and got up an appe tizing meal. All Celt better after this, and a general dtscussion upon the outlook wne indulged in. "Do you think you can locate the second obstruction to the tank vnlve, Frank!" asked Cooleclge. "I hope! sol" Will you try it right uway!" ''Yes." II you succeed I suppose we shall have no trouble in going ahead ouoe more all right!" "Certainly!" '!'he possibility or locating the trouble and its nature were discussed. Then Frank arose, and said: "Come, Barney, let us go down under the tank once more. I sus pect the trouble is in the pneumatic valve which will not work.'' I'm wid yez, sort" Down below therefore they went once more. This time Frank was determined not to come up until he had locat ed the trouble. He crawled under the tank and, began work. The supporting hnr and rint which he had replaced were yet In position. But Frank saw through a glass window that the valve was still open aud the pneumatic tube did not work. For fully an hour tile young studied the situation. Then be 1 .be source of the trouble. Between the two flanges of the valve there was an object. It was pressed so tighly in there that the valve was absolutely wedged and most immovable. What the object was and how it came there remained to be learned, The question now was how to remove it. lor it. 'rllere Is no sleap for me to-night," he declared. "I will hold the helm while the rest ol you sleep. We can be lifty miles r. om here be fore morning." And so it w11s decided. The tired voyagers were glad enough to close their eyes in slumber. Frank held the Canoe on its southern course until daylight. The Sen of Gold wus now left fat behind. As far us it was con cerned, the object of the enterprise was gained and the project at an end. The Sea of Gold had proved a delusion and a snare. But all looked forward to a new project. Southward for two weeks the submarine boat held itt way. This brought the voyagers to the verge of Oceania and down to the Tro!JiC of Cancer. 'l'lley were now In the midst of the coral isles ol the Pacific. Every day they were sighted at ail poh:ts of the compass. But Frank did uot otler to make 11 stop at any of these. He kept on until lar south ol Honolulu. Neither did he stop here as be bad intended. I want to get into those waters once traveled so extensively by the old Spanisll galleons," he declared. They seldom traveled uorth of the Equator, and almost always on a line wtth Peru." "Ye're right, skipper," cri8ll old Jack Kane, "th11t's jest the size of it. took fer 'em on that line, a nywhere from the Navigator Isles eastward.'' So the Canoe kept on among the various archipelagoes until well on to the equatorial line. Then Frank made a course He sailed on until lund was sighted, and a l'eference to tile charts showed it to be the Marquesns Isles. From there to the const of Peru it was open water. "Here," said Frank, is our point ol This the track or most of that trading compuny of Spanish navigators. From here to the coast of Peru we will sail under water." Down sunk the Canoe by Frank's order. They were not yet out of sight of the Islands of Mnrqueeas. The water was ol great depth, but the submarine boat was built to stnncl auy pressure, so she went down until the bottom came into view. Then Cooledge gave n great sturt and a shout. "Frank," be cried, "what a fate! There is a sunken gatleon now!" Frank sprung to the window. "You don't say!" be exclaimed, In keen surprise. "On my word I believe you are right!" There were certainly the outtines of a sunken vessel. 1\ was covered with a great growth of seaweed, and partly buried in the sand. Its rotting timbers bad fallen in, and left great gaping holes in the ancient hull. That it was really an old time galleon, could be seen by its shape and crumbling proportions. What a strange chance that the voy agers should have happened right upon it at first. The submarine boat was al:owell to rest upon the bottom of the sea. The galleon was distant not twenty yards. "Get ready for exploration!" cried Frank. "Bring out the diving slicl sails! Will you go with us, Mr. Cooledge?'' "You may bet that I will!'' cried the reporter; "that is, if you will permit me to." Frank crept up and bore his weight upon one of the flanges. It would not move. Then be tri e d the other. It movecl a trifle and the cbject which formed the obstruction down a peg. Frank renclled up and triad to grasp it. But it eluded his grasp. He turned and motioned to Barney. "Come here,'' he said; "I want your help." "All roight, sor.'' r "Why, certainly." Frank and Barney and Cooledge were selected us the party to ex-

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l,ooo FATHOMS DEEP. 13 plora the galleon. Pomp and Jack Kane were .o remain in charge of the Canoe. They were speedily equipped, and ]Pft the cabin of the submarine boat. It was a new experience for Cooledge, and nis head buzzed a trill e. But be quickly recovered and followed Frank nod Barney. Tiley bad sol'n reached the ancient hulk. It was easy to see tbat tllis galleon bud once been a proud sight upon the seas. But a storm, or perhaps the solid shot or some En ghsh privateer, bud sent her to the botwm. Up a bank of sand the 6Xplorers walked to a aperture in her side. Each wore a bright electric globe on his neirnet. So it was easy to see objects in the dark interior of the wrecked vessel. But in venturing into the sunken ship's bold, it was necessary to proc'eed carefully lest Lhe rattling planks might let them down. Little was left of the cargo or the fated ship. Time and the ele ments of the deep sen had eradicated much, A few crumbling remains of casks and box e s littered the hold. No sign of hurno.n bones was left, though undoubtedly the crew went down with Lhe ship. Nigh two hundred years in those dark sea depths bad left but the shell or the old vessel. But our voyagers went on their tour of discovery. They passed through the bold and found some rotting stairs lead ing p into the cabin. With the exercise or due care they made their way up these. The cabin or the galleon p'resented a dreary sight. 'l'he beautiful furnishings which it must once have had were all crumbled to dust and ruH : long ago. The remains or a table and chairs lay in a moulderiug heap. Some metallic articles among these were picked up and nt once as vessels or silver. These were preserved as of value. From the cabin they went o the berth deck, and thence to the magazine. A heap or black stuff there might once have been pow der. The voyagers pushed on into anotb b r small chamber. This bad an iron door, which was now crumbling from its hinges. "The treasure chamber," Frank Barney pushed the iron door aside, and Frank and Cooledge followed him. Here were a of amnii iron chests. They were rusty, an:l crumbled at the touch. As tbe rusted iron fell aside there dropped into view heaps of round objects, flat upon the surface. They were black and hideous, bat a swift invEstigation showed that they were gold. CHAPTER XII. WillC'H IS THE E ND, THE action of sea water has no effect upon gold. It retains its character indetlnitely, while other metals full to dust. 'l 'be heaps of gold coins in the crnmbling iron cheats consist e d or ducats nod doubloons and other foreign coins, and represented a lit eral fortune. To express the sensations of the reporter Cooledge in words would be fiatly impossible. He was beside himself with joy. He dipped his bands Into the heap or coins and turned them over. His joy was of a delirious kind. Frank and Barney were matter-of-fact. It was not the t\rst experience of the kind for them. Frank bent down, and shouted: Are you sntiatled ?" "More than satisfied," cried the delighted scribe. "Why it is an immense treasure-enough to enrich us all." The question now is bow to get It aboard the Canoe," said Frank. We will have to go back for some sort or a receptacle." "Do you go back and I will remain here,'' sbouted the reporter; I will brenk open all these cbeatsl" "All right," agreed Frank. So be and Barney went back to the Canoe. In a few moments they were in the cnbm. Old Jack Kane now Insisted upon also returning with them, so a diving suit was procured for him. Bags were taken for the carry ing of the gold. When the three divers reached the bold of the gnlleon, Cooledge had ali the chests opened and the gold lay In a huge heap on the rot ten planks, It was gathered up and placed in the bags Then it was carried safely to the submarine boat. The treasure hunt bad been a success. This atoned richly for the failure they bad made in the Sea of Gold. Once more in the cabin of the Canoe, and with all the gnlleon'f! t..ransure safely recovered, Cooledge and Kane were frantic with deligbt. "I reckon this is my last v'yage," cried old Jack. "I'll tie up to the dock now and go into ordinary. I've had enough of the sea." By Jove, I can now buy up the Squagtown Advertiser and be my own editor," cried Cooiedge. "that will suit mel Hooray! We're rich-rich!" Barney turned a handspring and Pomp cut a double shuffle. Frank even whistled a jolly tune. "Well,'' be cried, finally, "what shall the word be, boys!'' Homeward bound!" cried Cooledge. "Have you all bad enough of the deep sea!" Aye, ayA, sir," cried Kane. .. You bet," shouted Cooledge. Barney and Pomp nodded vigorously. Frank laughed, and said: Well, homewarJ bound it is. Here goes for Rendestown, U.S. A." He pressed the tank lever and the boat shot up to tbe !!Urface. Due east Frank set the course. The voyagers in the highest or spirits all came out on d11ck and in duiged In gay conversation. Cooledge and old Jack were never tired of telling of J;heir plans for the future. And so the days sped by, and the submarine boat made a rapid run for the coast of Peru. Frank had of making the port of Callao, but lindiug that he was nearer Valpniraiso, Chili, he changed his course. The rnu to Valpniraiso was a qu1cl; and smooth one. Frank's rea son for putting in here wao thnt they were sadly in need or sup. plies. As the submarine boat appeared in the harbor she attracte d much nttenion. Many believed her a dynnmiLe cruiser sent thither by Uncle Sam. As it chanced relations between Chili and the United States were somewhat strained at the time. Frank and Cooledge went ashore and cnll!ld upon tha United States Consul. It was while they were absent thus tt.nt a very peculiar thing hap pened to those left aboard tbe Canoe. Barney was vn deck chatting with old Jack, when a little steam launch with a number of officers ou board came dashing up. She carried a small brass cannon and her crew was armed. This fact gave Barney and old Jack a bit or surprise. "Great whales!" ejaculated the old salt. JS the meaning of that! They're af ter us!" "Begorra 1 believe yez are roigbt," declared Barney in surprise. "I wish Mistber Frnnk was here now." "Ahoy!'' came a hail iu Spanish from the launch. "What craft is thnU" It chanced \hat old Jack knew the Gringo language well. So he replied: Tlle submarine boat, .DeP.p Sea Canoe, or the U. S. of America. What's your business with us?'' We at"e coming aboard," was the tart reply. "You will lower your gangway. We must inspect you." "Shiver my timbers!'' roared the old salt. "Our skipper is ashore. Do you think we are filibusters?" "We have no time for explunutions,'' was the rough reply; "throw out your gang ladder, or we'll tire upon you I" "You are a set or impudent dogs!" roared old Jack. "You've no right to board this vessel." Throw out your gangway," was the relentless reply. Or you will take the conseqn.,nces." Old Jack turned to Barney: "By my head!" he growled. "I hate to knuckle to them Gringos. But they'll no doubt make trouble for us. What do ye say?" t. "Be jabers, I'll go down an' hide the bags of gold," declared Bar ney. "Yez had bettber put out the ladder, an' 1'11 be back direci.ly." "That's t be right reckoning, mate. I'll hold the deck till ye come hack. Now ye white livered Spanish dogs, ye come aboard or tbie craft only to answer to the U. S. Government for it.'' A scornful laugh was the reply. Then the launcli lowered a boat. Into it stepped an officer and tile of armed Cbilian marines. In a moment tbey were clambermg upon the deck of the canoe. Barney and Pomp came puffing out of the cabin. Tbey had hidden the gold. Old Jack was holding the deck and arguing with Lieutenant Al varez, as tbe Chilinn gave his IJame. Jack explained the natu1'e or the Canoe and its mission here, but the Cbllinn officer looked incred ulous. He apparently fancied that the submarine boat was some deadly war vessel sent by Uncle Sam to blow up the harbor of Valpairaiso. Impressed with the idea that be bad made an important capture the lieutenant was exceedingly officious. But when after searching the boat be found no munitions or war he was crestfallen, and inclined to fear that he had mude a mistake! But be decided to bold tbe Canoe until the captain or rather Frank Rende, Jr., should return. The swarthy lieutenant clanked his pond erous sword and showed his white teeth. The U. S. have no very kindly feeling towards us just now," be said. "We must take no chances. The Yankees are very tricky." "Do yez think so!" cried Barney nudgmg Jack. "Well yez ought to see the Oirish." Then be and old Jack laughed uproariouely. This angered Alvarez but what could be do? At this moment, however, the boat of the Canoe was seen coming over the waters of the b:>y. There was another man in it besides Frank and Cooledge. 'l'bey were quickly alongside and sprang on deck. That they were astonished at the state of affairs they beheld goes without saying, "Barney!'' exclaimed Frank, "what does this mean!" Shure, sor, ye'll have to ax that black whiskered ape at the gang-way, sor-him wid the big sword." He bas run In on us and boarded us without a good cause!'' cried old Jack, indignantly. "HI only had a dozen good lads of the old navy with cutlasses we'd mighty quick give tbem tbe run."

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14 1,000 FATHOMS DEEP. "Bad cess to them!" put in Burney. "What does this mean, sir?" said Fran I>, sternly, as he faced the Chilian officer. Are you tJ::e captain of this craft!" asked the lieuteonut, pomp ously. I am her owner," replied Frank. Th e n I bold you under arrest on suspicion of plotting against the Chilian Governm!!nt." Frank's e yes tlusbed. .. I'll trouble you to leave the deck of my he said. Your suspicions are such as could come from none but an unmitigated ass! You are persona non grata! Go!" The Chilian officer showed his teeth, but the man who had been with Frank and Coo ledge, now came forward and said: "I am the U. S. Consul. My word establishes the character of this vessel. This is enough for yo u to know!" The Chilian officer hesitated. This angered the consul, and he pointed to a distant warship. "'l'here is the United States ship Yorktown," be said, "and. Fight ing Bob Evans is in commandt You know him well. If I am com veiled to cull upon him, it will be a sorry mess for you!" Tllis hint was enough. The Gringo lieutenant backed down the gangway a scowl. He was soon on board his launch, wtich steamed away. The impudence of the wretches!" cried the consul, angrily; I wish almost that the U. S. would give the&e fellows a lesson! They deserve it!" Frank showed the consul ovar the Deep Sea Canoe and entertained him at dinner. 'l'he next day the Canoe weighed anchor, aad having taken her supplies aboard sailed out of tile harbor. She was now really homeward bound. We need not detail the incidents of that voyage home. Suffice it to say thaL of an exciting sort occurred. All was propiticus and t he Deep Sea Canoe entered the river nnd one morning lay at anchor b e fore Reo.destown. 1'.> depict the excitement created by the return of the submarine voyagers would be difficult. Tile. whole town turned out en masse. The news spread rapidly over the country. Cooledge, tlle reporter, was perhaps the happiest man in the uni verse. bud returned with a fortune. Tlle Deep Sea Canoe had, however, suffered much from the long trip. Indeed, Frank declared that she would hardly be able to go another cruise. "It is too bad!" declared Cooledge with regret. "You will miss her, Frank. What will you do?" "Pshaw!'' said the young mventor with a light laugh. "I'll build one to heat her." Barney and Pomp were indeed overjoyed to get back to Reades town. Old Jack Kane declared llis intention of making his home in the smart little city. -"I've had enough of the sea,'' he declared. "I'm nothing bat an old hulk, and iL's tlme I put in for life." Coo!edge could not tlnd words to express his gratitude to Frank. You may rest assured,'' be said, "I shall never forget it. You have made a man of me." Cooledge went back to NPw York in a Jew days. He quicldy turn ed his gold into good notes. His next move was to buy the Squagtown AdvertisAr. Six months later Frank received his wedding cards. He had lmier ed upon life in good earnest. Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp are just now in Reades town, It is said that the young 10 ventor is at work on a new in ven tion. What this is we may some day be able to tell. Frank is inclined to be reticent in snell matters. We have carried the reader across the great Pacific to the wonder ful but delusive Sea of Gold, and throng!! tbe depths of the sea. We have depicted the thrilling adventures of the erew of the Deep Sea Ca noe, and brought them safely home. This ends, therefore, all matter of interest in our tale, so we will until some future day wish the indulgent reader a kind adieu. (THE ENO,] "Use:t-u1 an. d. I::n.s-tr-u..c-ti ve :Books. BOW TO RAISE budS, P03LTRY, PIGEONS AND ltABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illustrated. .By Ira Dr o fraw. Price 10 cents. 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For sale by all newsdealers, or sent to your address, postage free, on receipt ot 10 cents Frank Tol1.'3ey. publisher, 34 and 36 North Moore streef1 New York. Box 2730,

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