The sunken isthmus: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Yucatan Channel, with his new submarine yacht the "Sea Diver."

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The sunken isthmus: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Yucatan Channel, with his new submarine yacht the "Sea Diver."

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The sunken isthmus: or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Yucatan Channel, with his new submarine yacht the "Sea Diver."
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Lates t and Best Stories are Published in No 135 {COMPLETE } FRANK TOUSEY. PPnLISRER, 3! & 36 Nonru MoonE STREET Nll'w YoRK { rnr c E } Vol. VL New York, J une 12, 1896. lSSUI
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THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. The subscription price of tbe F RANK READE LIB RARY b y the year i s $2.50; $1.25 per s ix months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore S t reet, N e w York. Box 2730. THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS; OR, WITH PBANX BEADE, J&., IN THE YUCATAN CHAlfliEL, WITH HIS NEW SUBMABINE YACHT THE "SEA DIVER." By u 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. I laughed out loud and slyly tapped his forehead. Finally the chair W HICH IS INTRODUCTORY. man Said: BY looking at any comprehensive map it can be readily seen that "Really, Mr. Wade, you must allow that is quite a remarkable upon the western end of the island of Cuba there is a cape known as assertion. what can you expect to vlst this-thiB imagin.. San Antonio. ary sunken ISthmus! Opposite it and upon the eastern extremity of mystic Yucatan is Wade'a eyes flashed. Cape Catoche. Between two points of land lies body of Imaginary if you will," he said, "I shall conduct my investiga water which connects the Gulf or Mexico with the Caribbean Sea and tiona with a.submurine boat." known as the Yucatan Channel. There was a great stir in the assemblage. Even Professor Bellamy Mr. Wilbur Wade, the distinguished archreolol!ist, .geologist, natoforgot to interject his s a rcasm. ralist, and scientist in general, bad start! ad his associates c>f the In a submarine bou t," repeated the chairman; does such a craft World's Geographical Society by a positire anove the surface!'' "One moment," said Wade, politely. You must remember that "If an isthmus did e xist in that locality," s aid Wade, logically, ther e is nothing improbable i n any hypo t hes i s you have named. If I "there must h ave been habitati o ns upon it. Probabl y I shall find am not able to prove mys e lf right, you are not abl e to prove .that the ruins of a VIllag e town or city or remains of forests or craters, or sunken isthmus never e x isted. I leave it in all fairness to our fellow riv e r b e ds. The re will be plenty of evidence if there ever was an members." i s thmus." T )le re wa s a sli g ht murmur of approval; but th e re was yet incredulity. Wade went to New York from Washington on the night train. As How do y ou ex pect to prov e that there was once an isthmus b e be was whirled awa y upon tile fast e x press be felt that he bad really twe e n Cape S an Antonio and C a pe m a y I ask, Mr. Wade!" gained a g reat victory. spoke the ch a irman. "I sil e nced that old hard skull, Brown e muttered, wit h keen Mr. Wade drew hinoself up. satisfac t ion. "And he d e served it." By the only possible method," h e replied. I shall visit it." I know the render will agree with Wade In this. Tbat night be The scientists all looked surprised. Professor Bellamy actually consumed in getting back to bis Manhattan__home. \

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I THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. Tf1e next dn:Y be pncked his effects nod sinrted for Rendestown. Deep down in the henrt of lovely hills upon a river navigni.Jle to the seB wo.s the beautiful little city of Readestown. A number of generations of Reo.des ,had lived there, o.nd nil ilad been inventors. But Frank Reade, Jr., the handsome young scion of the race bad proved the most famous of all. The fact was everything he took hold of succeeded. It was bound to go'' and a snap and vim chnracteristic of the young American. In undertaking the construction or a submarine boat Frank had upon that which hall been an enigma to t..housa;r1ds of inventors, But his marvelous ingenuity won the day and be triumphed, The Se& Diver was conceived, outlined, chartered and built. Then she was t e sted and proved au unqualified success. In her outline the Sea Diver wns long, slender and cylivdrlcal In the shape ol her hull. TbiA rested upon a de e p keel to insure stead iness, which wo.s o. highly imp ortant matter. The boll ol the submarine boat was or plates of steel closely riveted. Above the cigar-shaped bull there was tu:. open tleck extending !rom stm to stern. In tile center of the deck rose the dome with the skylight and great window. Under this wo.s the luxuriously appointed co.bin. Just forward of this dome was the pilot-house, o. smaller dome with heavy plo.te glass windows. Here, the steersrr.an could direct the course of the boat and operate the electric key board which directed the vessel's engines, for the motive power of the Sea Diver was elec trici t y furnished by a wonderful storage system. Aft there arose a square structure with bull's-eye windows, with a railed quarter deck above it. This was called the aner cabin and here were the sto.te-rooms living quarters of the submarine trav elers. Oa this quarter deck there was a powerful seo.rch-light cnpable of a reach of fully two miles. The interior of the Sea Diver IBcked nothing in the way of equip meot and appointment. There "'ere supplies ol nil kinds aboard for a cruise 9( two yeo.rs. .AmiGships and under the big dome were the wonderful electric en gines, by means of which pow11r was furnished lor nil the mechanism of t .be boat, In the pilot bouse was the electric key board. Here were the vari 0:1s httle huttona and bro.ss levers by menus of which the dc.ors and windows could be hermetico.lly sealed, tile huge to.nk tilled with water instantly for the sinking of the boo.t, or again for raising it Ly the ex pulsion of the water with a pneumatic pressure. Thus the boat could be made to sink or rise at any des1red depth. To go forward or bo.ck o.t the pressure of a batton. As wonderful as anything was the system of circulation by means of chemically mnde oxygen. Under the pilot house there was placed a generator which was capo.ble of manufacturing pure oxygen and also of attro.cting and destroying the bad air or go.ses as fast a1 they wer e created. Little pipes and open valves extended to every part of the boat through whicb the oxygen was continually disseminated, so tbat the submarine boo.t might remain o.n iudetinate time under water and the voyagers could be sure of breathing pure o.ir o.ll the while. In fact, not a deto.il was lacking to make the Sen Diver a safe ves sel, o. comfortable home, nod a symmetrical beautiful craft. I t was true that Frank Reade, Jr., bo.d done his best to perfect the new submarine boat. That be had been successful it was eo.sy enough to see. Nobody hnd more confidence in him than his friend, Mr. Wilbur Wade. The scientist was ready to .. mbo.rk upon a voyage to any po.rt of the submarine world without cousidering for o. moment the possible perils olsuch o. thing. He we.s a firm believer in the practicability of submarine no.vigation, and the seaworthiness of the new boat. CHAPTER H. IN WHICH THE PROJECT IS UNDERTaKEN. MR. WADE reached Rendestown in due time. He proceeded at once to a hotel nod ate an early breakfast. Then he cnlled a co.rriage and rode down to the machine shops of Frnr.K Rende, Jr. At that early hour be did not feel certain of meet ing the young inventor. But at the gate there was o. sawedoff, comical, little dnrky, who scraped nud bowed and said: Yns, sah, I done reckon Marse Frank been lookin' fo' yo' to' two days, sub. He am in his office, so.b! Show yo' in, or does yo' know de way!" "I know the way, Pomp,'' so.id Wade, alighting from his carriage. "I'll lind him." Across the machine shop yard he went rapidly. He was about to enter a small brick building by a half open door when a man came out. He was a genuine type or Iri s hman with comical mug, do.ocing blue eye H and a shock of red hair. He stopped o.t sight of Mr. Wade and exclaimed: Begorra, o.nd I belo.ve that is the gintlemnn bimselr. Top av the day to ve, sor. Is yer name Misther Wade, sor!" It is, replied t be scientist. And you are Barney!" Yis, sor, an' I was jist on tbe way to tbe tillygraph office wid a message from Misther Frank for yez, sor. Shure there'll be no use av sindin' it now.'' Then he was about to wire me!" "Yis, sor." "Well, I must have kept him wo.iting,'' declared Wo.de. "I go right in and see him," That's roight, sor.'' Wade passed t hrough a narrow ho.llway nod entered o. square, high celled room bong with curious looking charts and diagrams. A large table was also covered with the so.me. At this so.t a handsome young man with o. rare type of intellectual features, o.nd the u1r which belongs to a brainy man. Wo.de!" be exclaimed, putting out his band. "I was just going to wire you.'' So I learn," cried tbe scitntist. "I am more than sorry if I have delayed you." "Tho.t is all right. You are quite ready for the start!'' "Yes." "Good! The Sea Diver IS all equipped, and lies out there in the tank. All we have to do is to go aboard, run her down the ennui to the river, and be off." For the Sunkeu Isthumus!" "Just so!'' If it exists." At nny rate, we shall have a submarine voyage. But there is good reason to believe that it exists." "So I believe, though my fellow members or the World's Society are a bit incredulous. We ho.d quite an argument at tbe last session." "Ah!" But when I informed them that I wo.s going to visit the spot in a real submarine boat, they thought I was daft or goue mad, until I men tioned y<'ur name. That was like magic." Frank laughed. Do they know me!'' he asked. Indeed yes, as the in veu tor of the air ship. That settled a large measure of doubt in their minda right off. Then there were those who desired to share our fort ones.'' This amused Frank muchly. No doubt of it, he laughed; "they began to see the elements of success in your project. You cau afi'ord to snub them well, whether the is discovered or not.'' "Well," said Wade, with a thrill or pleasure in his voice, ''I look fm ward wlth the keenest or pleo.sure to exploring the waters of the Yucatan cbo.unel. I am in cJmptete readiness to start." "Very good," said Frank; we will go on board to-night nod start with the early morning light. The Sea Diver lies in the tank all reo.dy. Shall we take a look at herr "With pleasure!" replied Wade, They left the office nod crossed the yard to a gate. Passing through this another and lo.rger yard was seen. In the center of this was a large basin or Lo.nk of water. And in it fioated the new submarine boat. The tank wo.s connected by a series of locks with a canal which led down to the river. It wo.s thus au easy mo.tter to sail direct from the factory yard for any part or the world. Frank and Wade went on board the submarine boat. The latter picked out his stateroom and made otller necessary arrangements. Then he said: I will go back to the hotel, Frank, and get my trunks. Then I will take up my quarters permanently aboard the Sea Diver." "Very good!" agreed Frank. We will sail at an early hour in the morning.'' .After Wade had gone Frank called Barney and Pomp. He told these two servttors of his purpose, and added: You must be all10 readiness. There must be no delay." All roightl" cried Barney, as he ducked his bead and threw a handspring; it's mesilf as w1ll he there, sor.'' Golly, dis chile ueber miss de chance, Marse Frank,"' cried Pomp, cutting u double shuflle. These two comical characters had been associated with all the thrilling experiences of Frank Reade, Jr., in his world wide trav els. Barney and Pomp were his faithful companions, and be would hardly have been o.ble to Jill their places. Barney was an expert engineer and electrician, and Pomp was the prince of cooks and a generally handy man. They were excellent company, and Frank never felt at a loss for entertainment while in their company. He could ill have spared Barney and Pomp. Barney and Pomp were the best of friends in all things, but each wo.s ns full or fun as a nut IS of meat. Consequently there was nothing they enjoyed more than a rough and tumble wrestle or the p!o.ying of a pro.ctical joke. If ho.lf the things they said to each other could have been taken seriously, th a re would have been good ground for a duel at most any time. But they knew better. So there were to be four people in the crew of the SGa Dh er. Be sides Barney Pomp, there were Frank Reade, Jr., and Wilbur Wade. All were on board the boat that night nod all was in readiness for the early start. It is so.fe to eay that none in the party slept much that night. Barney and Pomp were first astir. As they mo.de things ship shape and breakfast was announced bv Pomp, Frank o.nd Wade came tumbling out. Then after a light meal Frank went into the pilot house.

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THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. There were men on band to open the locks and the boat was locked down lrato the canal. Thence it glided on down into the river. It was an .. asy matter for Frank to place Ills llnger upon an electric button and direct the course of the boat wherE> he chose. When they emerged into the river they were surprised to see a great throng upon the river banks. 'fbousands of people were there gathered to get a look at the new submarine boat. They chePrHd vociferously as the Sea Diver appeared. Down the river the submarine IJoat glided. Soon Re11destown was left hehino. Other towns were passed and in due course tile nver witleued and the open sea wall spread to their The great submarine cruise was really lJegun. Out Into the Atlantic the Sea Diver ran. Frank still kept her to the surface. For be knew that she could travel faster and easier there. There would be deep sea traveling later on. The course of the Diver was set for tile Gulf of Mexico. Land faded quickly from view, and soon only the boundless expanse of the salt sea was on every band. Tile llorizon was at times dotted with sails, and once one of the vessels in passing spoke the Sea Diver. For two days the submarine boat kept her southward course. Then one morning as the vo)agers tumbled out on deck Frank noted that the wind was in the east and was beginning to kick up a nasty sen, The little boat rode the water like a corK. There was no question as to her sea wortl.iness. But great lowenng cloude overhung the sky and pattering drops \)f rain fell. Distant nssels were seen scudding untler bare poles. "It's my opinion," saitl Wade, who was something of a sailor, til at we are going to have a big blow. I agree with you,'' said Fmnk. Bowever r 1 reckon the Diver is well able to cope with any snch a storm." Indeetl, yes,'' said Frank; if it gets too rough on the surface we can take a trip below.'' "Sure enough; we would never feel the storm there." It is hardly likely. Heighol What is thaU On my word I be lteve those are signaili of distress!" Frank pointed to a distant vessel which the appearance of a large schooner yacht. There was no doubt but that the signal of dis trees was at her masthead. She's in trouble, surely," cried Wad e. Can She have struck aleak!" she's carrying too much sail fer the loikes av this bret>ze," cried Barney. Shure it's crazy they are." This was true. The schooner carried every rag of canvas. This was plainly a reckless thing. It looked as if the crew were panic stricllew the stanch little boat out of the water. Enormous seas were hurrying and crashing over her deck. Frank had ordered all into the cabin and the doors ami windows were closed hermetically. But the shock of the storm threatened to dash the little craft to pieces. Frank saw tbe poesibility of much damage being done so he cried: "Stand by the er:gines, Barney, I am going to senu the bo!lot down." Frank pressed an electric button. In a moment the Sea Diver sank below the surface. Down she aettled and for a moment all was darkness aboard her. Then Frank pressed a small button. In a moment every electric light aboard was in full blast. A \'lOD derful scene was spread t<1 view. The depth of the sea at this point was not more tban one hundred and llfty fathoms, so that the voyagers very quickly came In sight of the bottom. Unlike the bed of the Pacific or the Indian Oceans, the Atlantic is mostly devoid of coral reefs or reaches of white sand. There was a vast area of mud and slime, with some few marine plants spread to view. Huge sepentlike eels wriggled througll this, and myriads of dark hued fish scurried away rapidly. : The scene was a somber and by no means attractive one. Wade was a much impressed. Pshaw," be exclaimed, in sheer disappointment, "so this is the home of tile mermaid and the charm or the deep sea, of which we reao such alluring accounts! Ugh! What a disillusion!" Ab, but this is not a type or deep sea regiona," replied Frank. This is a dirty part of the ALlan tic, but b e fore we return I Lhink yon will see some beautiful sights. We shallllnd it diff e rent in the Car r! bean." I hope eo," replied tbe scientist, with disgust. Certainly this is a horrible ccnception of deepsea life, hut I car:not help tllinking of that vessel. Do you suppose she weathering tla" storm!" It is a question,'' replied Frank. Slle was in very bad shape. However, let ns hope t!Jat abe will." Amen to that. Is there no tiling we can do to give her aid?" "I fear not, at least until the storm abates." "She may be at the hot tom by that time. "That is possible. If alloat no wever, she will be crippled and sorely in need of aid.'' The Sea. Diver did not rest upoo the muddy bottom, but was held in auspension about twenty feet from it. Frunk's purpose was to return to the surface as quickly as possible after th& abating of the storm. Alter an hour bad passed it was ventured to ascend. Frank took tile wheel of the Diver and held her steady. Up she went. !:ioon she felt the motion of the sea's surface. It was not rough and Frank concluded that the hurricane had passed. So he let the Divur leap up into daylight. Tile electric lights were shut off at the same moment. Eage rly the voyagers swept the rolling expanse with theit eyes Not a sign of the echoouer or any other vessel could he seeo. "She has gone to the bottom," IZaspetl Wade;" her fate is sealed!' So it seemed. Frank procured his glass and scanned the vast ex pause. Be closed it tinnily, saying: She has either gone down, or else the storm has blown her be yond our range or vision." "Do )OU believe the latter poasible!" asked Wade. "It is very likely." "I don't know why It Is," said the scientist, "but I am migttily ir:terested in that vessel. I would like to know her fate for a cer"Indeed!" exclaimed Frank, with some surprise. Why more in terested in her than any other craft we might meet!" "I can hardly tell," replied Wade, but it is a certain fact that I am. I' have some sort of a curious feeling that our career is in some manner intertwined with h e rs." Frank could not resiRt a laugh. "Moonshine!" he said. "Your imagination is getting the best o f you, Mr. Wade." The scientist shook his head. It may be all non&ense," he said, but we sha!Lsee.'' The sea was yet a trilla rougb. The hurric a ne had swept away beyond the horizon, and was quite out of sight. 1 The Sea Diver once more stood a-.ray on ller course. In a littte while matters had assumed t.lle usual routine. Burney was at wort< slushing the deck to get rid of the a ccumqla tion gained by tbe boat's submersiOn. The re were heaps of seaweed great masses of jelly llsh, and other forms of marine life. Pomp was in the galley p r eparing a smoking repast. Be hao open ed a window to admit air, and Barney chanced to pass near it. It was au Ill moment for the Celt. I Pomp had mixed some dough for bread a short whll\) before, and now had discovered that the yeast was unfit for bee, and the bread, as a result, was spoiled. This put the darky out of temper "I don' see wha' was de mattah wif dat ar he grumbled. Kain't seem to do nuffin" wif it. Dere am all dat dough spi'led. It meks me berry mad. W
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'IHE SUNKEN / ISTHMUS. 'l'he Celt scrambled to his feet. His mop was at one end of the 'storm bas taken away our fore-yard, and we want to strike some deck and his pail of suds at the other. set which carries a spare one." "Tare au' bounds!'' be roared ns be put up his bands and felt the "Are you m distress in any other way!" asked Frank. mass of soft dough, not knowing what it was, "it's me brams they've "No." knocked out av me! Howly Murtber! it's kilt I am! It's kilt I am!'' "Well, then, we cannot help yon. We wish you success and goodThen be chanced to uncover one eye and saw Pomp in a paroxysm night.'' at the ,g alley window. He glancerJ down at his band, which was full "Wait!'' shouted the captain of the schooner, "don't leave us yet. of dough. I am interested in your statement about your craft. I will send off a Well, the transition was brief. A madder Irishman, old Neptuna boat to bring you aboard. Perhaps I can tell you something of innever bore upon his heaving bosom. terest.'' With angry hands Barney tried to claw the dough from his mop of Frank was surprised. red hair. Of courae it <:nly clung the "What do you mean!" be asked. He manag _ed to get biB eyes clear and biB ear, then be made the a1r "I will explain later. Look for our boat!" blue about h1m. Frank hesitated a moment. Then be turned to Wilbur Wade. Howly shmoke, but I'll have the heart av YPZ fer that!" roared, What can he d e sire to see us about!" be asked; "is it worth "yez black-skmned ape yez! Have at yezt I'll tache ye to msult a while to wait and ascertainf' gintlemon!" "Ob by all means!" cried Wade "don't you remember what be Hi-hi-bit Massy Lordyl" bowled Pomp, "dat am de berry said! He is also bound for the Channell" funniest flng!" "That is so!" exclaimed Frank with sudden recollection. Yez thin k It funny, Barney. "Well, yez won't think "I tell you, this schooner is in some way b;>und to become in that way wino I get Wid yez! votved in our pwject. Some strange has told me that.'' "Ho-ho-ho! ln-111-hJ!" "It is quite a coincidence," muttered Frank. "Yet I cannot see Pwhat do yez ,mane by me thot way! roared Barney, how his trip to the channel can in any way affect us." >trymg to claw the aougb out of h1s ha1r.. "We shall see. I would like to go aboard the schooner with you How yo' fink I know yo' was gwme to get h1tf" Cfled Pomp. Frank." Wha' yo' git in
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'l'HE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. Why-I-I-bad not though& much about tllat," stammered Ab, yes you have. It is not usual for people go armed in these times. The days of Morgan, the rover, and Kidd, the bucca near, are long past; yet we are seen emulating them." Frank and Wade were speechless. They could do nothing but stare at the speaker. He smiled in his saturnine way. "Fear not," he said, in h1s cool, almost impudent manner. "I ban not entrapped you. Nor decoyed you on board thiH yacht for any nefari!JUS purpose. Your statement that you were the possessor of a submarme boat has interested me, and I bave a remarkable proposi tion to make. But first to my story. "I am a native of Sicily, though an American by extraction, that is I was born in that island, of Yankee parents. I was some years ago the possessor of a large fortune, but Monte Carlo and a fast life soon dissipated it. I bad a half br.:>ther, by name Alfonso, my father having married a Spanish lady. Wa were never good friends. We quarreled at every avaiiatJie opportunity. Despite this, Alfonso came to me when we were both penniless and begging for alms in Naples. He wus a roue, was Alfonso, but had no bead for scheming. He assured me that he was on the track of a fortune. He produced a tin box containing an ancient chart which bad been an heirloom in his mother's family. It was a map of an isle in the sea and described the location of a buried treasure upon that isle. Millions in Peruvian gold had been burled there by a b11ccaneering ancestor. But alas! the latitude and longitude was so obscurely marked that it could not be deciphered. If there was any way to make that out, then the location of the treasure might be established and a fortune l'eaped. Alfonso had great faith in my sagacity, and deemed it possible that I might ac complish what others had failed to do. So he brought the charts to me. And he was right. I puzzled over the figures for a long time. Then I experimented with chemicals. I at length found a certain one which, by soaking the vellum raised the obliterated ligures and malie them perceptible to the eye. By studying the map, I learned that tbe gold was lmried upon the Isle of Mona, in tbe Channel or Yucatan. We were hall Insane with our But lor a time it seemed as if It would avail us uaugbt. "To reach the isle we must have a ship and a crew of sworn and trusted men. For a long time we were in a quandary. But at length we found Signor Barboni, a merchant of Palermo, who lent us h1s as sistance. A small ship was litted out secretly and we sail!)d, nine men of us, A)[onso and Barboni. In due course we reached Mona. We landed at once and began to search lor tile treasure. And here was our grand mistake. "We bad traced our way into rocky a cavern. Digging in the sond, we had, as we believed, almost reached the gold. An earthen bit of pottery waa thrown out and a coin louud, when a reverse came. "Suddenly there descended upon us a hundred or more savage Ca ribs. A terrilic battle ensaed. "We were not effectively armed, and the odds were tremendous. My brother Alfonso was brained by one of the savages. Signor Bar boni was the next victim. We fought our way to the surf, and only three of us, covered with wounds, reached the 8hip. "We spread sails to get away from the accurs e d place. A calm was on the sea, however, and there we lay until nightfall. Then a terril.lle thing happened.'' CHAPTER V. A BOLD ESCAPE PooLB paused a moment huskily. He arose and took down a de canter ant.l glasses. He filled them and offered them to his visitors. They sipped the wine. Ht! took a copious draught and then went on: Somewhat curiously the Carilla did not come out to our boat to attaclc us. It they had we must have yielded easily. But we soon learned the reason why. They were treasure mad. With our picks and shovels they bad dug up the gold and were light ing over it !lice wolves. As darkness began to abut down the sea began to a strange motion. A ly interested. 'F,hen," continued Poole, "we bad bard work to save the ship, but we mli.de out to live through the vortex, and having fa1r weather worked the ship into the port of Havana. Here we sold her and returned to Paris. I separated from my com panions. Monte Carlo drew me into ita grip once more, and one night tl.le devil aided me and I broke the bllnk. "My lirat late was to succumb to the treasure fever. I bought this yacht, and fitted it out with a view to making a lighting vess e l of it. This time I was bound to bave m e ans of defense in case of attack. My men are picked and trusty. They are all bound to me by the most powerful of oaths. I have every sort or dtvwg apparatus aboard. In this manner I have hoped to recover the treasure. This is my story.'' Neither Frank nor Wade spoke. There was silence for a moment. Then Poole said in a metallic v01ce: If you have a submarine boat it will be or more service to me than to you. How will you trade it for tllis yacht! Name your pricei'' Frank met the other's gaze steadily, and replied: I do not care to exchange!" Poole's face grew livid. His lland instinctively went to his l:lelt. He said: "Oh. I can see your game. You will easily recover the treasure yourself of which I have told you. But I may as well tell yon now that game will n\lt work. You cannot leave this cabin alive unless you come to terms!" It was a turilling moment. Wade's face paled. But Frank was cool as aA icicle. "That is a strong statement," he said. 11 Only a pirate would make it." As you please," said Poole, carelessly, I claim the treasure, and it shall be mine!" "For all of me yon can claim It, and recover it," saie aorrv.'' Frank took ste.p forward. The fellow raised one of his pistols. Quick as lightning Frank grabbed his wrist and then with a do'l'n right blow of his other hand, dashed the other pistol from his grip. At the same moment he drew back and hurled the villain from the door. It was done in the twmkling of an eye. Poole himself was astounded at the eaee with which Frank ac complished this. His murderous spirit at once llamed up. "Curse yon!" he biased. "I'll bave your life for t He wrenched his hand free and raised the pistol left biro. But like

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THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. 7 a flash Wade brought his list down upon the villain's hand acd dashed tlle weapon to the floor. Then tbe sci e ntist proved thM be could fight as as solve geo gral)bical problems. With a leap like a panther he had clutched Poo1e's windpipe. Frank came to his aid, and together they bore the villain to the cabm Jloor. He could make nv outcry, and, furious though he was, could not act. Oould he have made an outcry, or a signal or alarm, in less time than it lakes to tell it he would have had assistance which would have turned the tables. But Frank and Wade were already determined upon their plan of action. They knew well that if they allowed their prisoner to make an outcry their fate would be sealed. So while Wade held the IJelplestl villain by the throat Frank ror:ced a gag Into his mouth. Then he hastily tied l11a arms and legs with some cord which he round in Lhe cabin. Thus plac e d hors-du-combat the wretch was left. Frank and Wade very coolly stepped out or the cabin and closed the door behind them. A moment later they were on deck. Two armed men of the crew stood at the gangway. But neither Frank nor Wade aftecLed to notice them, and descended to tlle boat. "Row us back!" said Frank authoritatively to the oarsmen. "Ay, ay, sir!'' was the reply, and they bent to their work. A few later Frank and Wade were on board the Sea Diver. Tlle bad barely gained the deck when an uproar was heard on board the schooner. "They have found him!" exclaimed Wade. "What shall we do, Frank!" "Put on all speed, Barney!" cried Frank. "Steer due \West!'' "All roight, sor." The submarine boat ahot forward. But just at that moment a jet or fiamlfshot from the side of the schooner, and a heavy boom smote upon the air. A ::ann on ball just the stern of the Sea Diver. "Egad!'' cried Wade, "that won't do, Frankl If that bad struck us fair we would have gone to the bottom to stay!'' "Right," cried !''rank, Douse the lights, Barney. Veer !o the soutb." All was done in the twinkling or an eye. The Diver was In instant darkness, and was running away like a flash on another course, While the piratical schooner kept up a random lire in an opposite direction. But toe game bad slipped them. "Hurrah!" cried Wade, jubilantly, "didn't we give them a good slip. Serves the rascal right.'' Aye," replied Frank ; be was more than a rogue, that fellow I" We may see him again." If we do, we will not place in the lion's mouth again.'' "You are right." It was true that their destination was the same, that is, the Yucatan Channel but forewarned IS forearmed, and the voyagers were not to be decolived in the character of Hardy Poole now. B e gorra, it's bad to the omadhouns," cried Barney. Av we only had a dynamite gun wid us now, we'd be able to settle their account feriver!" CHAPTER VI. THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. THE submarine boat ran on until the li,!rhts of the 9chooner were lost below the horizon. When daylight came there was naught but a clear between them. "We are in the waters or the Gulf or Mexico," said Frank, with some satisfaction. "Cuba is on our lee." This caused sll a thrill of excitement. It was not a long run to t.he extremity of the ever faithful isle," and then the channel of Yucatan would be reached. Frnnk reckoned that they would make it eas1ly by the next noon. The Meta would be certainly a day longer, covering the same dis tance. That the schooner would really visit the locality, Frank had every reason to believe. But be anticipated no trouble in keeping out of her way. Steadily onward the Sea Diver ran. At length land was sighted to the south west. "The isle of Cuba,'' cried Wade. No," said Frank, "Cuba JB farther to the east. Those are some little cays which lay off the coast. We must bear off a little to the west." At this moment Barney sighted a sail. It was a coast lugger and carried some trading natives from Honduras. They signaled the Diver in a careless sort of way and then scurried otr to the eastward. "They are afraid of us,'' cried Wade. Frank laughed. "Doubtless they think us a government boat or war vessel," he said; their trade be of an illicit kind.'' However this was, the lugger certainly got out of the way very rapidly. She was soon lost to view. They were now well into the Yucatan channel. Wilbur Wade was a very busy man. He was hurriedly making his reckoning and drawing his lines ror exploration. The Sea Diver sailed slowly westward the while. Al length she came to a stop. It was at this point ttat the quest was to begin. If there was really such a thing in existence as the Sunken Isthmus this was certainly the locality to look for it. "I have been thinking about that sunken isle of Mona," said Wade. "Why might it not have been a part of the isthmus!" "Very likely," agreed Frank. "We may be directly over it now." "Ehl" exclaimed Wade, with a start. "And if we should come across the treasure--" The two men looked at each other. "I don't see why it would not be lawfully ours as well as Poole's," said Frank. "Yet, I have no hankering for it.'' "Still, we might rescue It from the sea. Certainly if Poole gets it he will make no good use of it. It would be a mercy to cheat !Jim out of it. Yet we gave him our ontb--" "Pshaw!" said Frank, "that dues not count. It was not binding after what followed." "That is true. However, I don't believe there is a very great chance of our finding any treasure. Let it stay down there with the drowned Caribs. Doubtless it is accursed gold." "I am agreeable." Down settled the boat. The electric lights fiasbed forth, and now a remarkable scene was presented to the view of the voyagers. In that one moment of strained gaze it was seen that the hypothesis or the Sunken Isthmus was a thrilling truth. It was an exciting fact. Below tttem tbe searchlight showed a deep defile between rocky hills. And upon the aides of those hills there were lea ftess trees, with arms, and branches, and trunks us naturul a8 life. 'l'be wonderful chemical acuou of the water in these seas bad doubt less caused a species or petrefaction. Astounded, the voyagers gazed upon the wonderful spectacle. Walle was right in his element. 1 His bobby, his pet theory bad found verification. It only needed more PXtensive research to establish the fact of the complete isthmus. I For there was of course, always the chance tllnt this might be a part of the sunken island of Mona. But Wade would not credit this. "It is the isthmus," be declared; "of t!Jat I am very sure. Now, to locate its consts and contour. This can only be doue by following it.'' So the Diver sailed slowly on, H being an easy matter to trace the line of the sunken shore. "Which way shall wo go 'first," asked Frank, "to Cape San An tonio or to Cupe Catoche!" "To the last," replied Wade, "then we'll come back and make a sure thing or the lines." Over \he deep detilos and rocky Leights the submarine boat sailed slowly on. The seach-ligiJt was kept at work, fiasbing hither and thither, and every new object of interest was carefully studied. "Soon tlle topography of the sunken isthmus began to change. The rocky hills slopel gradually away into a plain. Here the Diver descended very close to the bed or the sea, and Wade outlined quite distinctly tbe original coast. The sinking of the earth's crust, which bad resulted in this submer sion of tbe Isthmus, was nc.t to be easily explained. Some internal revolution was "\"ery likely responsible for it. Now," cried Wade, after some careful study, "let us change our course to the south; I would like to lmow the exact width of the isth mus.'' The Diver's course was cbangP.d accordingly, For four hours it sailed over the deep sea plain.' Then indications were plainly seen which told that tbis wns the southern extremity of the isthmus. Fi!ty miles," announced Frank, as l:e consulted the gauge; "that is the breadth of the isthmus at this point." "It is probablf the average breadth," Wade, "although it is not impossible but that it may have been wider in some other localiities." The course was now changed to the east. It was not a great dis tance to the Cuban coast. Half a day's steady deep sea sal!ing showed the usual of the surface, aud Frank brought the Diver to a stop just over a jagged reef or coral. '!'here were great reaches of sand before them which trended up wards. That they ultimately rose above the surface in the form of a beach there was no doubt. "We have reached the end of the _isthmus," declared i'rank, "or at least that end which once joined the Cuban Isle." "To make sure or it," said Wade, "suppose we rise to the sur race." Frank touched the tank lever and the boat sprung upward. Tbe next moment it was above the 'l!urface. But all was darkness upon the sea. The hour was 4 A. M. and the sun had not yet colored the east. But Frank turned on the search;light and sbowqd the cliffs distant not quite a half mile. That it was the Cuban isle there could be little doubt. However, to make sure, the Diver lay to off the coast until day. break. Tben bearings were taken. A small pearl fishing sloop passed near. Wade hailed it and learned for a fact that the coast was that or Cuba. Then be Let us back to the deep sea. I ask only to follow the isthmus

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I 8 THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. to the peninsuln of Yucatan. All doubt will then be settled. My friend, Bellamy Brown, will then be very willing to admit hts error.'' "He will if be Is not pig-beaded," said Frank. He was about to touch the tank lever when Barney, from the deck, gave a sudden sharp cry: Wburroo, Misther Frank!" be shouted, "shure, it's a sail off to windward!" "A snil!" Frank and Wade gnzed in that direction. Then both gave a violent start. A small schooner was seen bearing down upon the Diver. Wade's eyes dilated. It is the Meta,'' be exclaimed, tbey are mnking for us." This was the truth. Hnrdy Poole's piratical schooner it was, nod they bad the submarine boat. She was bearing down rapidly with all sails set. Frank: and hts (lompanions watched the schooner with some curiosity. But Frank knew that it would never do for the scho.lner to come within cannon shot. One ball striking the submarine boat would be likely to ruin her. I So be ran up a signal flag or defiance. It was seen by Poole, and a cannon was fired in reply. Then the voyagers skipped into the cabin, and Frank sent the Diver to the l>ottom. Westward now over sunken isthmus her prow was turned. For boors she kept on. Toward night the place where they bad first descended was ed. Here a slop waa made. Thus far the trip was a glowlug success. No serious mishap bad marred the project. But could the submarine voyagers have read the future they would have experienced not a little of fear nod dread apprehension. Thrilli!lg events were in store. So far there hnd been discovered no indication or logical evidence or the possible existence or iubabitants on the isthmus in former days. Wade was not a little disappointed. But when be remembered that there was yet a goodly di&tlnce be tween them and the Yucatan coaat he did not altogether lose faith. All were somewhat exhausted with the i::;cidents of the past forty nours so they were glad enough to tur-n in, Barney being left on guard to be relieved by Pomp later in the night. Barney wns completely exllausted himsel! and in spite of his effort!! to the contrary, fell asleep at his post. He was far ndtlt, "phwat the divil hapIn the meantime the Meta was rapidly coming down upon them. penedt'' Frank shivered as be thought of this. 1 At that moment Frank and Pomp and Wndecnme rushing in. He regretted now tbnt be had not at once set about repai rlng the "For mercy's sakes what struck us, Barney?" cried the young inmachinery the night before. But it was of no use to cry over spilled ventor. What's \be matter!" milk. Shure, sor-1-tbat is-it must have been an airtbquake, sort" Something must be done, and that at once. "More likely an avalanche," declared Wade. "Heighol' bow came Wade came into the pilot-honse'white as chalk. we on the surface!" "They menu to sink us!" be gasped; they have just tlred a shot Golly, look at dnt key bo'dl" ejaculated Pomp. across our stern. When they get our range they will certainly bit us!" ::Frank gazed at Bnrney. "Run up a signal," replied Frank, hastily. "Yon must temporize "What was the cause of this, sir!" be asked, sternly. "Why don't with them. Partly accede to their terms. Anvthing to gain lime." you spank!" And Frank began work at once upon the key board. Wade took: Poor Bnrney! 1 the tip and rushed out on deck. Cold sweat stood out upon his brow. He knew that he bad been The Heta was now within easy cannon shot. She wns training her guilty or a serious misdemeanor. A culpnl>le act or negligence. gun again when Wade ran up a flag.

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THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. 9 It Implied a parley, and at once the Meta answered it. Bagol'ra, I only wish we bad our electhric gun wid us!'' cried Barney. o l bnre we'd jist play wid thim, yez kin be But Wade'knew well that their only hope was a sllrewd game or policy. Be wlent back to the pilot-house. Bow much time do you want, Frank?" he asked. "At least two hours!" replied \be young inventor. "Send Barney here to me." Barney came and together \bey worked at repairing the keyboard. went back to the deck. The Meta had signaled again. Wade answered tbls. 'l'hen the schooner drew within bailing distance. Wade had resolved upon a during and diplomatic move. "Ahoy, the Diver!" came across the wat.1r in Poole's voice. "Ahoy, the Metn!" replied Wade. "Yuu signaled us for a parleyr ., Yes.'' "Well, what is it!" "We hnve considered your terms," replied Wade. "Send a boat over and I'll come over and tall> with you.'' There was a thrill of exultation in Poole's voice as he replied: "I tllought you would reach a sensible decision. I will send a boat.'' A few moments later a boat put off from the schooner. Wade went into the cabin. His purpose wns wholly to gain time. It required fi(Leen minutes for the boat to erose the intervening distance. Then Wade kept them waiting at the gangway fifteen minutes. When be appeared he managed to squander some. time getting into the bout. Then it required full twenty minutes to pull back to the schooner against the strong wind. Nearly an hour was thus consumed. Mounting to the deck Wade met Poole politely. But be did not fail t o see the cunning and treacherous light in the villain's eye. Where is Mr. Reade!" asked the treasure bunter, in surprisP, "He is indisposed and bas authorized me to act in his place," said Wade; wincing a little at this white lie. It seemed to satisfy Poole, however. Come into the cabin," be said. Walle hllsurely followed him. Be affected a desire to smoke and profftJred Poole a cigar. Some time was thus consumed, and fully a qu11rter of an hour was passed before Poole was able to say: Well, have you decided to come to my terms?" "We have talked the maller all over," said Wade, shrewdly; "and we have decided to accept your as the truth, though you will pardon me if I say that this was not the case when we first beard you tell it.'' The villain looked astonished. CHAPTER VIII. THE VILLAIN OUTWITTED. Onl" be ejaculated. Then yoJ didn't believe mef' "Of course you wil11wderstand," said Wade, diplomf.tically, "that such a. story from tile lips of a stranger looked a bit large. We must be excused for a bit or incredulity.'' The villain's race lit up. But you believe lt nowt'' he aRked. It looks more plausillle," admitted Wade. We are prepared to accept it as true." I am glaU you ba'l'e come to your senses.'' growled the villain. I haven't any bard feelings against you, though it was pretty hard usage you gave me on boord my own vessel.'' We acted, os we believed, In self defense.'' "Well, I reckon so. However, we'll let bygones be bygones. In regard to this offer of mine-do you accept itT Oue fifth of the gold be yours for the recovP.ry or it.'' "Do you reckon that a fair share?" asked Wade, diplomatically. The villain swore horribly. Why is it not!" be cried. "I am sure that yon could g!Jt no bet-ter terms from anyone. It will make you all rich enough." Wade feigned avarice. "I think we ought to have half," he said. Poole uttered a frightful oath. "Well, you'll never get hal! I'' be cried, "nor nobody else." Then after a. moments thougbt: "Well, I'll do a little better. I'll give you one fourth.'' Wade took a. notebook from b1s pocket and wrote this down all in serious fashion. "Now," be said, "for other terms. You are to show us the place, and we are to dive for the gold!" Poole rubbed his hands. "Yes, yes!" he said briskly, "but there is a. stipulation.'' QhT" "You must allow me and two or my men to go down with yon whilst the gold is being taken up!" Wade jotted this down. : What else?'' he asKed. "That's all. But what are you domgr I am making a report to present to Mr. Reade. I will give him these \erma an:l retnrn with an answer, as quickly as possible. Have no apprehension. He will be quite likely to accept the terms.'' Poole looked annoyed. "l thought you came prepared to accept tbemt" he said. "No, sir!" replied Wade, decisively. ".Mr. Reade is the master of the submarine bout." And you are his envoy?'' ''Yes!'' Tell him to come himself next time. I don't feel like being trilled with. Be quick as you can about the answer!" "I will report at once!'' r e plied Wade, with a manner which belled his words; "have another cigar." "No i confound your cigars.'' "Sir!'' Excuse me, but I am nervous over this situation. Bring me an answer as quick as you can!'' Wade pretended to hurry to the gnngway. Tten be got into th e boat. Be bad been forty minutes aboard the schooner. 'l'he men bettt to their oars and rowed to tbe gangway of tbe Diver. Wade turned to th em, and sni
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10 THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. Just sol" The spectacle presented to the view or the voyagers was a remark able one. There in the heart or the rolling country was unmistakably the walls and housetops, streeta and squares or a city. But the streets were silent, the windows and doors deserted and kelp and Jebris clung to all. It was a murvelous spectacle. Wbnt curious rellections might be drawn from this spectacle! Here was once a thickly populated center. In these dismal streets a people thronged, here trade llourished and society held sway: What manner or people the lost inhabitants were could only be im agined. But that they were well nigh the mark or civilization was certain. In one fell hour their great muss or human souls had been swept into eternity. The waters had rushed remorselessly over all, and in the mad vor tex life bali counted for naught. What trag6dies were there enacted upon this spot! What moments of horror preceded the dread event! Instinctively these thougllts came to all, as they gazE>d upon the sunken city. Perhaps Wastibule and close t.he cabin door. Then by turning a valve the vestibule would till with water. It waa easy then to open the outer door and walk out. The return was accomplished mucli the same, though the pressure of a lever set force pump at wcrk and cleared the water from the Yestibule in quick time. Frank and Wade entered the vestibule, and a few moments later were out on the vessel's deck. They clambered down the side and stood upon the pavement or the sunken city. It was a strange sensation. Probably no other men living could boast or the same experience. Dow!! the street or the sunken city they walked. It required Wade some little time to get used to the pressure, he being inexperienced. But soon he bad overcome tbe unpleasant sensation and was quite himself again. 'fogether they strolled along the thoroughfare. There was no conversation, for one could not have heard the other speak at that depth. Moreover, the helmets deadened the sound. But conversntion could be carried on by placing the two helmets closely together and shouting. This was only resorted to in cases of necessity. The ouildings of the sunken city were of two stories only and not at all pretentious, like the ruins of Pulenque. But there was one higher arched structure just back from the street which claimed their attention. There was a quantity or curious carving and scroll work in its front. Frank concluded that it must be either a palace or a temple. He was determined to ascertain. Motioning to Wade he entered the place. The scientist was not slow to follow hlm. Each wore upon his helmet a small electric globe. This made ob jects plain in tbe place. AR \bey passed through the great portico it w;\s easy to see at once what sort of a place it was. For a moment they were spell-bound. It was unquestionably a temple. In front of them was a broad dais of stone. Upon this there rested a gigantic and grotesque image, It was plainly un idol. The ancient inhabitants of the sunken city were i.ben idolators. This fact was settled. The idol was fu!l fifteen feet iu height, and in shape was a cross be tween a sphynx and a satyr. Its eyes were of some brilliant stoce. Around the temple were other idols of various sizes. Each bad Its dais, and I here were the worn hollows in the stone made by the knees of kneeling thousands. Frank placed his helmet close to Wade's and shouted: "Is this discovery or value to you!" "Much!" rephed he scientist; "it establishes the fact of idolatry, and also that these people were much like the Aztecs and worshiped the same gods. There are the idols Quetzal and Quetzelcoatl They are Aztec;go:is." "That is certainly a gteat point," replied Frank. "Yonder I can see some hieroglyphics on a stone. IB it possible to read them!" I am not familiar enough with Aztec cryptography,'' said Wade. "I shall not attempt it." But unotber discovery was made. Before the large idol was a broad and richly carved altar. Below it was a pit for the reception of the blood of the victims. The two explorers gazed upon this grewsome object witli a thrill. Many a poor wretch lias gone his doom on that stony surface," declared Fruuk. What barbarity!" "True!'' agreed Wade; .. tlie ancient ideas of sacrifice were some thing simply cavuge!" No small object of any kind or metal could be round. Every ves tige or any material but stone had been absorbed by time and the water. So Wade could lind no other specimen to take with him but a small idol which he placed in his pocket. I shall keep this for a talisman," he declared. Perhaps it will bring me good luck!" "I believe I will do the same," Paid Frank; "so here goes!" He also took one or the idols. Then they left the temple. Once out upon the street uguin they began to look for anotlier object or interest. This soon turned up. Passing through a or peristyle they came out into a large court in the center or which was a large basin. Here no doubt a fountain bod once played. This court had no doubt once been the scen6 of magnificence. There was every indication or it. Statues of the nude adorned its circle. These were hardly to be compared with Grectan sculpture, but they represented a very good knowledge of the art. I Instinctively both men pictured the place as it might once have been, Flowering trees and shrubs, noble palms and trailing vines bad once made the spot beautiful. The sunlight had once in upon these alabaater walls witb their setting of beautiful green. It had given light to a gay assem. b!age or dark skinned people and fell upon the state throne or the king. For this stood at one end or the court just as It must have stood in those old days. It wns a great chair or carven stone with a canopy over it, or at least the frame where the canopy had once been. But nothing was left of nil this magnificence but the bare walls. These alone were imperishable. Only their marble sides and columns remained. All else was dust. "This is probably tlie king's palace," said Frank, "don't you think so!" "Yes," agreed Wade. "I tell you these were no ordinary people. I believe you!" But they did not conduct their research much further. There were chambers beyonJ the whole interior or the sunken pa lace. But the two explorers bad seen enough. Frank began to wonder if all was well aboard the Diver, and as for Wade, his head ached to bursting. So Frank said: "Have you gone far enough, Wade?'' The scientist nodded his bead. "Yes," he said, "I am sati11lled. Let us go back!'' Frank was glad to lend the way out again into the street. They then turned their footsteps toward the submarine boat. Barney and Pomp were waiting for them. Straight to the gangway they came. ._ In a few moments they were safe In the cabin once more. The trip had been a success. But Wade was still looking ahead, and was anxious to continue on his way along the isthmus. So the Diver arose and headed for awhile over the sunken city; then it left it behind. The presence or the sunken city settled a number or facts. It was true beyond peradventure that there bad once been an isthmus be tween Capes San Antonio and Catoche. Jt was also certain that there bad once dwelt upon it a race of peo

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THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. 11 pie of intelligence. That the sea hat! wiped all out of existence l and Wade !lad begun to make preparations to remove it when a wna cerLam. atartling thing happened. -::;;;;; Watle studied the matter thoroughly and moat scientifically. So he 1 Suddenly into the cavern there flashed a light. Astonished the two said to Frank: divers turned. Two forma were at the entrance. 1 have seen en? ugh; let us go along." It required but a glance to see that they were divers. Moreover, "All right," agreed Frank; "a due westward course is sure to they wore the common diving suit hampered with life lines anq cords. bring us to Yucatan.'' In an instant the truth burst upon Frank and Wade. "Very true," agreed Wade, "but above all things go well armed They were beyond doubt members ol the crew of the Meta. Indeed and prepared for I feel sure that we have not seen the la.at Poole himself doubtless was one of them, of that schooner!'' Frank and Wade placed their helmets together tightly. The young inventor could not help a laugh at Wade's earnestness. "By Jove!" cried the young inventor; "we're in a scrape now!" "Tllat is your bugbear," be said. "How are they going to injure "You're right, Frank! I believe one of them is Poole himself." us at this depth in the sea! They have only the very crudest of diving "ThP.re is little doubt of it." suits. "What shall we do!'' I don't know," replied Wade, "but I cannot help a feeling of that "T11ere is no way but to face them." sort. I believe we have not seen the last or Poole!'' "Will it be safe! Will they not attack us!" "It is a little curious that we have not as yet come to the sunken "It iN likely. But I can see no way to evade them," isle," said Frank; "that I must regard as only a small part of tile "Thlln we must defend ourselves!" isthmus which did not sink in the tirst earthqualte," "Just so. Our chances are as good as theirs and we have an ad" Beyond a doubt," agreed Wade. "In that case we shall certainly vantage in having no life lines to bother us Come along! We might come across it." as well meet them half way!" We will keep a lookout. It should be in about this lat l tnde." Poole and his men, for there were now four of the divers in the cav-The course they were pursuing was along the northern shore of the ern, bad caught sight of Frank and Wade. isthmus. It was easy to follow its conformation. It could be easily seen from their actions that they were frantic As Frank had declared, they could not be far from the sunken isle and would present a hostile front. But Frank and Wade gripped the of Mona. Acd, indeed, a few hours later they came. upon precipitous handles of their axes and marched steadily on. bluffs and fore'Bts of decaying trees. In a few moments they were quite near the other divers. One of Tile island was beneath tbllm. There was no doubt of-this. The them was recognized as Poole in spite of !lis diving suit. voyagers were alive with the keenest of interest. The villain was the personification of fur y He swung his ax aloft Orl!inarily there would have been but a scant desire to search for and made a rush at Frank. the buried treasure. But their experience with Wade had aroused His c ompanions did the same. It was fortunate for our friends their interest. that they did not c ome to close quarters. They evaded the attack, FranK had a strong inclination to visit the scene of the treasure for they could move more easily. hunt. So ileld the Diver closely along the island shore. Frank's purpose was to get out of the cavern. He knew that if It was remembered that Poole had d scribed the gold cave as upon they were hemmed in there their rote would be sealed. the northern shore. attacked by the Caribs be and his comSo he motioned Wade to follow him, and parrying Poole's attack, panions had escaped in their boat, so it could not have been rar from hurled one of his foes bock, and with a swift rush gained the object. the surf to the cave. Wade came close behind him. IL should therefore he easy to find. Barney and Pomp were espe Once outside the cavern the danger was over. The rascals could cially on the lookout. follow them but a limited ways. CHAPTER X. AT THE TREASURE CAVE. SLOwr.Y and steadily the diver crept along the shore of the sunken island. The voyagers were on the qui vive. "Perhaps Poole is there before us,'' said Wade, be bas had plenty of time.'' But Frank was incredulous. "I don't believe it," he euid. "It would take him a long while to locate the exact spot. Hello! What is that?" dark objecL loomed up before the gaze of the voyagers. It re quired but a moment's scrutiny to make it out as the hull of a sunken vessel. It lay upon the shore of the sunken isle and might have foundered at the time or the earthquake. She was a small schooner of the coast tradingclass. _; The submarine boat sailed near to her and the searchlight was focllsed upon her. But there s eemed no goo
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12 THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. directly in front of them. But Lhey were in the midst or an impene I cursed by fate. Let them overhaul us, curse them! We will give trable fog. them all the tight they 'waQt.'' No object could be seen ten yards away. It was a discouraging Then he weM back to the cabin and began to gloat over the predicament. treasure. He picked up one of tbe coins and scraped away the rust "Well!" ejaculated Wade; "here is a pretty bow-do-ye-do! What and molrl. Then be snapped his eyes. is to be done!'' How was this! I reckon we bettah wait fo' de fog to lift, sab!" suggested Pomp. It was white metal instead of yellow-silver instead of gold! Be jailers, it may be a good wbolle at that!" averred Barney. If all tha bulk of coin was silver, its value was but small; if of "Ot, I think not," satd Wade. What shall it be, Frank?" gold, it woold be immense. Quite a difference. He dropped the "We will lay to for a abort wllile," said the young inventor; coin with a grunt. "there can be no harm in that." He pickea up another and scratched its surface. It was also ail-So the Diver continued to rock upon the swelling surface of the ver. sea, while the. voyagers at times tried to pierce the log with their Another and another. Then a sickening sensation came over him, eyes. aud he smiled in a ghastly way. Perhaps an hour bad passed thus when a curious thing happen"Silver!" he hissed. "Can all of them be such! Is there no goldf' ed. Out or the fog there came plainly to the hearing of all, voices He kept at his work. It soon became apparant to him that this raised in laughter and jest. was a terrible fact. He sauk in a chair with distorted features and They seemed but a few yards away, and startled, the submarine bursting veins. voyagers instinctively looked, with the expectation of seeing a vesFor a moment he was 'lpoplectic. Then great curses rolled !rom his sel bear down upon them out of the log. lips. He suuck the table with his cleuched hand. But none appeared. Tlley have beaten me," he hissed; they have taken the gold and One moment the voices appeared to sound in one quarter, and left me the silver! Curse them! they have beaten me, but the eud 1s then they would change to another, even sounding dtrectly over not yet!" head. He was too unreasonable to consider the aituatton logically. He "Begorra that's quare," cried Barney; "shure they're niver iu could accept but one conclusion and this was that the submarine the same place at all, at all. They must be thraveling around us, agers bad taken gold and outwitted him. -an' divil a bit do I loike it! Shure It's a sorry place fer banshees, Why did I allow them to escape me! he gritted. "!should have but on me loire it may be that same!" killed them alii They were in my po'l'er! Fool! Fool!" "Nonsense!'' said Frank, sharply, "it Is a common enough pbeno He raved like ::& maniac in his impotent wrath, frothed at the moutll Ylllenon, and due to the fog." and might have really yielded to apoplexy or some otller fit had not an "Right," cried Wade; "somewhere near us, a ship is anchored, iuterrupti<>n come and her crew are douhtless'wbiling away the time In games and pleas'l'he dis ant boom or a gun was beard. l'oole turned a ghastly pal ure. A peculiar condition of the atmosphere brings their voices lor.
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THE SUNKEN IS1 'HMUS. 13 more went into the forward cabin. Then the lieutenant himself with two gourds entered the ma!o cabin. Poola rollnwell them, expostulating, but it was of no use. The was thoroughly searched. Of course the silver coins were discovereu, and also the fact made clear that the vessel carried arms. By Carriero's orders every gun W!\8 seized and brought out on deck. Then the chest or treasure was also taken. A bol4t waa sent b11ck to the Santa Marie, and the captain, Don Azatu, was brougflt ofi: Be was a fiery bewhiskered little fellow. Without wuste of lime a court or inquiry was inaugurated on the Meta's deck. The decision, based upon the evidt>nce, was quickly rendered. The Meta had been captured in Cuban waters carrying an armament. Certainly this was suspicious, and warrente:l her lD being contlemned as a filibastering craft. In vain Poole protested. The Spani@h officers only smiled and discredited his statements. He kept getting mudder and madder. Finally he yelled: Get oil the decK of my schooner, tbe whole parcel of you! If you don't I'll kill you!" Grabbing an 1ron bar he knocked the nearest marine sensele ss. Don Azata shouted fiery orders and Poole was quickly overpowerea. The Spauisb blood was now up. The little Spau1sb captain's face blazed. A rope was brought. It was decided to bang tbe cnptuin of the Meta at his own yard-arm. But at this critical moment the captain's eyes fell upon the chest of coins; at once he became mterested. He fell to examining them. Tben he catechise Is no more to be found there." Do you think so, senor? There must lla gold where this was found. This is llut silver.'' A sudden swift thoo)!;ht !lashed across Poole s brain. He had abandoned all hopes or the treasure. BuL he thirsted for revllnge. And here seemed a chance oll'ere
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14 THE SUNKEN ISTHMUS. "Throw them overbo a rd!'' he yelled. "Dead men tell no tales! The submarine boat iii o urs!" But Azata was cooler, and said: "Not yet s e nor. There is time enough for th a t. We may need them to t e ll us where the gold is. Search the craft!" Poole led t he marines exultantly into the Diver s cabin. The sub marine bda t was thoroughly ransacked but of course no gold was fou nd Poole was furious, and Azt\ta was crestfallen. The Sp a nish captain b e gan to have suspicions that he w a s the vic tim of a hoa x. Where is the geld, senor?" be asked, of Barn e y and Pomp, in crude Eng l i sh. There i s n o ne on bo ard, sor,'' r e plied B a rne y and then the Celt tol d the w h ole s t or y of t h e quest for the treasure E v en Poole began to see his error. Aft e r all his supposition that the gold was on board the Diver appe ared to be founded up o n t he mos t chimerical of evidence. Indeed, there was not slightest thing to warr ant the assumption. Don Azata's f a ce hardened. He turned' upon Poole savagely. "Yo u have d e cei v ed me," be said, with true Spanish temper. "You are a l ying d og!" "I a m no worse than you!" r e torted Poole. "You have commit ted a piratical act in bo arding this vessel.'' Don Az ata folded his arn :s. "My purpose was to demand the gold in the name of the King of Spain, he said; "I act in his name. I will have no more to do with y ou! U nbind the prisoners!" Barney and Pomp were set free. The y were not a little astoni s hed at this action of the Spaniard. But Don Azata bad his reason and a good one for the act. S teadily bearing in toward the coast he saw a huge white hulled steamer. It required but a glance to recognize one of Uncle Sam's white squadron. The tables were turned. Meanwhile a small boat bad left the shore and was coming rnpidly up. In a few moments more it was alongside and Frank and Wade sprung aboard. This put a new face on matters. The of the Diver took in the situation with a sweeping glance. His ey e flashed angrily, What is this, sir?" he demanded of Don Azata. What right have you to board this boat in my absence!" The Spanish caplain bowed to the d eck. "Is this Captain Rearte!" be asked. It is,'' replied Frank. I "I am honored, most noble senor. You willoccept my explana tion and apolo gy. This lying in d icuting the cowering Poole, told me that you were or piratical character, and bad seized upon a buried treasure, which, found in the domain of the good King of Spain, by every right belongs to him. He induced me to commit thi s outrage, for which my government tenders abject apology." Frank turned his l!;aze upon Poole. You scoundrel!'' he exclaimed. We took none of that burit>d treasure. You rec?vered all or it. So you have sought to make trouble for us, sir! W ell, your effort bas proved a boomerang. Do you see yonder vessel? That is one of our cruisers, and I shall signal her, and turn you over to her officers to be dealt with ac cording to your just d eserts." Poole was ghastly pale, and trembled like an aepen. "Have mercy!" he whineu The Spanish officer bowed to the deck again, and made a move to the gangway. Adios, Senor Capitan," he said. "I know in thll largeness of yoar heart you hnve pardoned me." Frank smiled grimly and made no reply. H4l allowed the Spaniards to depart. A few momflnts later the Santa :Marie was scampering lor the Isl e of CutJa with al1 speed. But Poole bad no thought of surrendermg himself Lo the mercies of a naval tribunal. He gave a sudden mad yell and ran along the deck "Stop uim!" cried Frank. But it was too late. Witb one wild plunge he went ove r the rail. He waR a strong swim m e r and went for the shore. Barney would bave pursued him in the boat. But Frank said: "No, let him go. He wlll never trouble us again, and we are well rid of him." "Corre ct!" agreed Wade, "that is by all means the best course.'' Whether the Villain ever reached th e shore or not was never known. Nor was the fat e of the Meta ever le a rned. Wade always bad grave doubts. Sharks were plentifu l off Cape Ca; toche. The white cruiser was not signaled. Instead the Diver raised her anchor and set out for Belize. Tbis did not terminate the trip either. Our voyagers crossed to Jamaica and visited other of the Leeward Islands. Finally, however, they tnrued homeward. The voyage home was a stormy one. When at lenl!'th the Diver entered the river leading to Readestown, she was pretty badly racked and strained. "I'm afraid Bhe'll not e:o another cruise, Frank,'' said Wade. "I'll not ask be'r to," declared the young inventor. "She has done enough. She has well repaid me." Their arrival in Readestown was the means of a grand ovation. The whole city turnea out to do them honor. Wilbur Wade was very happy. He had brought home complete maps and charts o( the sunken isthmuR and many valuable specimens. He was the only member of tl:e American Society that visited the deep sea and witnessed its wonders. He had therefore reasons for feeling proud. He had the satisfaction of attending the next meeting of the Ameri can SoCiety and proving his claims in regard to the Sunken Isthmus, to the utter and discomfiture of the fractious Bellamy Brown. And this was a happy triumph. Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp are yet in Readestown. or course the young inventor is not idle. But what hts next invention will be we are not as yet prepared to say. Only time will tell. But one thing is sure. None or our adventurers in this tale of the Sunken Isthmus will
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Followioa: in the F.oot:.stellS of His Dd. Part 11, by Peter Pad 131 Three ot Us; or, Hustling for Boodle aod Fun. Part I. by Tom Teaser 132 Three of Us; or, Hustling for Boodle and .Fun. t>art 1 I. by rom Teaser 133 Out .For Fun; or Six Months With a :Show oy Peter Pad 134 Diok Dao k, Lbe Boss of the Town, by 'l'om Teaser 135 'l'he Sbortys Doing Europe; or, On a Grand '!'oar for Po.rt 1, by &m Smiley 136 The Short1s Doing lnrope; or, On a Grand 'J'our for Part II. by Sam :Smiley 137 Aunt Maria; or, She Thought She Kne"' It AU, by Sam !:)miley 138 lllnldoon In Chicago; or, The Solid MAn at tbe World's Fair, b7 'l'om Tenser .By N oname. Price 5 Cents. No. 81 Part I. 82 Fra11k Reade, Jr. a New Electric Air-Ship, the .. Ze From NorLb to South Around the Globe. 83 Across the Frozen. Sea; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric :Snow Out.t.er. 84 Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley: or, Frank Reade, Jr. and His Snbmarine \VI)nder, the" Durt. 86 86 87 Fro.nk Reade, Jr.'s fllipper of tbe Prairie; or, Figbt.ing the Apaches in the J'ar :Southnest. 88 tne Amn.zon tor a l 'housand Miles; or, Frank 89 the Siher Whule; or. Under the Ocean in tbe E leotrio '' Dolpbin ." 90 Frank He1\de, Jr.'s Oa.tu.ma.ran of tbe Air; or, Wild and \Vonderful Adveutnree tn ISorth Australia. 91 Frank Reade, Jr.'s ::;ea.roh l fo r a Lost .l\lau in His Latest Air Wonder. 92 Frank< Reade, Jr., In Oentral India; or, The Search For the Lost ::>avant&. 93 Reade Jr.'s Wonderful 94 Over the Andes With Frank Reade, Jr., in His New Air-t)bip; or, Wild Atlventures in Pero. 95 Reade. Jr.' s Prairift Whirlwind; or, 'l'be Mrstt!ry of the liidden Canyon. 96 Under tbe Yellow Sea; or. Frank Reade. Jr.'e :Search for the Oave of Peurls \Vit.h Hie New :Submarine Oruiser. 97 Around the Horizon for 'l'en Thonsand Miles; or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 'l'rjp With H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank Reade, Jr. 'e "'Sky Scra.pe"i" or, North and Sou 1 h Around the World, 99 or, Frank 100 From Coast to or, Frank R6ade Jr.'s Trip Across Africa in His .Electric" Boomerang.'' 101 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Ca.r; o r, ting a Desperate GM.n2'. 102 Lost in tbe Mountains of the Moon; or, Frank Reade. Trip With His New AirShip, the 103 100 Miles Below the Snrface of the Sen.; or, The Mar Yelons 'l'rip of .Frank Reade, Jr. 'a Hard-Shell" Submarine .Boat 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, FrAnk Reade, Jr.'s 'J'hrill ing Sea.rcb for A Lost Gold Olaim With His New Ne,., Wugoo. 105 Around the Arctio Circle: or, Frnn'k: Reade, Jr.'s .Most 'l'rhJ Witb His the" Orbit." 106 Reade. Jr.'s Submar::-107 108 .. .lflasll 109 Lost iu the Great Undertow; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Ornise m the G ulf :St.l'e&m. 110 From '1'rop10 to rropic; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Latest 111 an Air-Ship; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Great Mid-Air Flight. 112 Tbe Underground Sea; or. Frank Rea.de, Jr.'aSnbterranean Cruise in His ;:,ubmarine Hoat. l13 The Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr. s Desert Search for a Secret Oity with His New Overland Ohaise. 114 The Electric Island: or, ) frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for tbe Greatest Wonder on Earth. \ Vith His AirShip, tbe "Fli"bt." 115 or, 116 The Gal1eon's Gold; or, :Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep :Sea Search. 117 Nth\: Antipodes. 118 Frn.nlc Reade, Jr.'s G reatest Flying Machine; or, Fi.czhting the Terror of the Ooast. 119 On the G reat Meridian With Frnnk Reade. Jr., In His A 'l'wenty-lrive 'l'bousand Mile 120 Under the India.Q Ocean Wi t h Frank Reade, Jr.; or, A Cruise in a Submarine Boat. 121 Astray in tbe Selvashor, The Wild Experiences of Pomp, in South 122 Los t in a Comet's Tail; or, Frank Reade, Jr:s Strange .n.dventure Wtth His New Air-Sbip. 123 Six Sunken Pir11.tee:; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Marvelous Adventures in the Deep Sea. 124. Beyond the Gold Coast: or, l fn.nk Reft.de, 1Jr.'s Overland Trip With His Electric Phaeton. 125 Latitude 90: or, Frank Rde, Jr.'s Most Wonderful 126 Forest; or, With Frank Reade, Jr, on a Submarine Oruise. 127 Across tbe Desert of Fire: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s 128 Jr.'s Uistance Fli2'ht 'Witb His New Air-Ship. 129 The Coral Labyrinth; o r Lod With Frank Reade, Jr in a. Deep Sea Cave. 130 A long tl.J.e Orinoco; or, With lfra.nk Reade, Jr. in Venezuela. 131 Reade, Jr.'s La.test Trip 132 1,000 Fathoms Deep; or, With Frank Reade, Jr., in the Sea. of Gold. Price 5 Cents. No. 75 Young Sleuth at Monte Carlo; or, The Orime of the Oa.aino. 76 Young Sleuth and the Man with the Tattooed .Arm; Tracking Missing Millions. 77 Yonog m Demijohn City; or, Waltzing Wil .... 78 Or, Saving a Young Americaa. from the l riaoo Mines. 79 Young Sleulh Almost Knoeked Out; or, Nell Blondin'& Desperate Gtt.me. 80 Two; or, Tbe 81 Young Sleutb"s Maater Stroke; or, The Lady Detective's .1\lnny Masks. 82 iu a Mask; or, Young Sleuth nt tbe l!, r eocb. 83 Young Sleuth in Paris; or, The Keen Detective a:nd tbe Bomb-Throwers. 84 Young Sleuth and tbe Italian Brigands: or, The Keen Deteotives Grentest Rescue. 81i Young f::Ueuth nnd a Dead Mana Secret; or, 'he Message in tlte Handle o f a Dagge r 86 Young Sleutb Decoyed; or, 'rbe Woman of Fire. 87 Young Sleuth and the ltunauay Uircus Boys; or, F ol lowing a Pair of Wild New York l.3ds. 88 Young at Atlantic City; or, The Great Seaside. Mystery 89 Young :Sleuth. the Detective in Chicago; or, Unravel-90 Safe; or, Young Sleuth aa a llank Detective. 91 Young l:ileuth And tbe Phantom Detecti,e; or, 1'h& '11rail of the Dead. 92 Young fsleutb and tbe Girl in the Mask; or. 'fhe Ladg Monte Uristo of Ualt.imore. 93 Young S l entb and \be Uorsion. n Knife--Thrower: or, 'l'be lf.ystery o f the Murdered Actress. 94 Young Sleuth and the Ouhiars Crime; or, The Evi dence of a Dead Witness. 95 Young :Sleuth in the 'l'oils; or, The Dea.tb Traps o f New York. 96 Young :Sleuth u.nd the Miser's Ghost: or, A Hunt For Hidden .Money. 97 Young Sleuth as n Dead Game Sport; or, 'l'he Keeo. Detectives Ruse for $10,000 9M Young :Sieutb a nd the Gyps ies' Gold; or, The Pt.ckag& :Ma.rked "Z.'' 99 Yonn& :Sleuth and rollny Pete, the Sharper King; or, 'l'be Keen Det, Pctive's Lottery Ganae. 100 S leuth in tbe ot New York; or, KeeD Work from Broad way to t be Howery. 101 Young :Sleuth and tbe Mnd Bell Ringer; or, 'l'b& t:;ecret of the Old Olmrch l 'ower. 102 Young :Sleuth's t:nknown; or, 'l'be Man who Came Behind. 103 Young bleutb's Great Swamp Search; or, The Miss Girl of Everglade 10. Young Sleuth and the Mad Doctor; or, The Sttveo. Paisoned Powders. 105 Yonng Sleuth' Big Bluff: or. Simple Satlie's Mi ss i o n 106 or, l'be Keen ne:. 107 Young Sleuth'i! Night \Vatcb; or, 'J'he Keen Detectiveo. Guarding .Millions. 108 Room;. 109 Young K.nd the Gold Robbery; or, lleat. ing .Uold U rooks on an Oceau :Steam e r. 110 Young Sleuth 11.nd tbe Great Mine .Mystery; or, Mur dered Unaer Ground. 111 Young Sleuth and the Runawa..r Heiress; or, A Gir ) Wortb l\1illion8 A \IIOng Desver&te Urooks ll2 Young Sleuth und the Haunted MiiJ; or, The Phan tom Mystery of Dark Dell. 113 kad rrramp; ,or, Dia-lU Yonng an5 the Masked Ha-ther of Atlantic City; or, The Mystery of a Crime of the Surf. 115 nnd the Mad .Artist; or, 'l'he Orime o f 116 Young !Sleuth's Hest Find; or, The Secret of the Iron> Obest. 117 Young Sleuth's J..n.dy or, The Keen Detect ive's Beautiful Spy. l18 Young :Sleuth and a Wolf in Clothing; or,. J19 DetectiVe'& Street !loy Pard. 120 Prince; or, Neck t,o. 121 Young Sleuth and the .Mysterious Model; or, 'l'he' Secret of n M ordered Artist. 122 Your.g Sleuth aoc.J the Lady Phrsiciao; or, 'l'be Mys tery of the Poiliooed Cup. 123 Young :Sleuth and the Actor's Strage or, The Murder Before t.be }i'oot.lighta. 124 Young :Sieutb and the Madhouse Mystery; or, Tb& .Mystic :Sign of 7 125 Young Sleutb and the Mystery or the Mill on t h & ltarah: or, 'fhe Jndiau Dootor's Dark Plot 126 Young :Sleuth and tbe Feruule Snake Ubarmer; or,. 'l'he Handcuffed Man of the Iron .Room. 127 or, The Queen 128 Young Sleuth and Lost Mr. Me4way; or, the Hand1 129 Copper Mine Mystery; or, The Detective's Ole'" 130 Young Sleuth ll.nd thi SlAves of the Silver Dagf!ier; or, 'l'he Mfotery of tbe New Aladdin. 131 Sharp; or, Des-!32 Smasber; or .. 133 Fence of the Bowery; or,. 134. Young Sleuth and tbe Faul Poatage or, Mur-dered by 1\t&il. 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