The weird island: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange submarine search for a deep sea wonder.

The weird island: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange submarine search for a deep sea wonder.

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The weird island: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange submarine search for a deep sea wonder.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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0 a=--.......--N Lates t and Bes t Stories are Published in This Library. N 0 138 {coMPLETE} FRANK TousEY. P[Tm,IsRER, 3! & 36 MooRE S'l REE'r, NEw YoRK. { JJncE } Vol VI New York, July 24, 1896. IssuED WEEKLY. 5 C JCN'l'!l. Entered accm dino to the Act of Congress, in the year 1896, by FRANK '1'0 USEY, in the o_{!ice of the Lib1 arian of Congress, at Washington, IJ. C Tho Weird Is loud: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Submarine Search for a Deep Sea Wonder. B y "NON AME." The only chance Frank c o u l d see w a s the e y e He accordingiv cried : "Try a s hot a t his eye, capta in, and I will d o the s ame," "Ay ay, mate!" replied the skipper, loqttaciousl y. "Here' s for a .try.". With w!J.ich he raised his rifle and fired. Evidently the shot was not a success, for the saur1an d1d not st1r.


/ / THE WEIRD ISLAND. The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY b y year i s $ 2 .50; $1.25 per six months, pos t paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, P uBLIS HER,34 and 36 Nor t h Moore S t reet, New York. Box 2730. THE WEIRD ISLAND; OR, Reade, Search for Su.bmariTle Jr.'s, Strange a Deep Sea A STORY OF THE SOUTH SEA. By "NONAME," Author of "The Lost Ca.ravan," "The Sunken Isthmus," "Across the Earth," "Along the Orinoco,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. T .HE CAPT AIN'S !'T ORY. I AIN'T pertickerly superstitious myself, F rank, but as true as you live I believe that air island was haunted by spirits or sich like," said Captain Cook, os he adjusted bra suspenders and shifted a quid of to bncco. Frank Reade, Jr., indulged in a hearty laugh. "Haunted!' be cried "Well, I alw a ys thought you a man of rare courage and practical sense, Captain Cook. And yet you have come to me with au out and out ghost story.'' "Humph!" exclaim11d the old sailor, with a shrug of his broad shoulders. ''If you would jest visit t het Weird Island once you'd likely share some of my views. I kin tell you that I'm no chicken either, but there's sornethin' mighty que e r about it all.'' "Where is this wonderful isle!" asked Frank, w1tb something like interest. Captain Cook slowly drew from an inner pocket of his reefer a long oiled package. This be untied and spread out upon the table, quite a good-sized chart with map and d111.gram. He put his linger upon a black cro ss on a line of coast, and said: "Thar's whar the Nettie went ashore in the night. We turned out and swam for our As good luck had it six of us escaped alive. Here is the cliff where we found a cavern in which we managed to Jive all right enough for eigM months. The fuat seven months was all right enough, but the&eigbth month was a nightmare for all of us, an' I wouldn't go through it agio fer all ther gold 1het's on that isle.'' What!" exclaimed Frank. Then there was gold on the isle!'' "Gold! Wall, yew kin bet In every ledge of rock It cropped out In jaggej lines. The very sands glistened with it. Tbar was heaps of it." Frank Reade, Jr., was now interested in real earnest. He looked the maps over again and again. They were cleverly draw -n. Every headland, bay and break in the coast wns faithfully given. The interior of the island was rough and hilly as depicted. After some careful study, the young inventor exclaimed: Where is this isle, captainf' The old sailor placed a finger upon some figures in the lower cor ner. Thus they read: Latitude 42 deg. 6 min. south; longitude 63 deg. 7 min. 10 sec. west, approximately. Make course nearly west from Santiago." "In the South Pacific,'' said the young Inventor; the region or Cannibals and eornl reefs." "Jest so, mate," replied the captain, loquaciously; "and the per tlest seas in the world fer anything bot a sailing craft.'' Why so!'' asked Frank. Steam beats sails Lhar, mate, on account of the c11lms." Oh, I see. Well,'' said the young mventor, in a sort of solilOld, and yet it is either haunted or posses sed of some weird characteristics.'' Exact! !' !" agreed the old salt, an

THE WEIRD ISLAND. 3 what n e w project to undertake with your new submarine boat. Now, if y ew want a hard nut to crack, jest yew steer down thar in tber South Seas an' look up ther Weird Island. Mebbevyou'll git some fun outen it." Frank looked bard at the captain. "I do not care to go on 1\ fool's errand," he said; do you mean every word you say? This is no pleasant yarn.'' "My 'davy on it,'' said the captain, vigorously; "do ye think I'd lie to yeT" "Tuat setlles it," cried the young inventor. ''I am going to take your word for it and explore the myst e ries of the Weird ldlaud! "Bang me f e r a harpoontJr," cried tne old captain, "if I was ten years youn g er I'd go with ye!" Frank Reade, Jr., the young inventor, is too well known to need an introduction. At the moment he was sitting in his p r ivate office with tha captain at the great machwe in Readesto wn. Be had ju at completed his n e w submarine boat the E el," and with Barney and Pomp, his faithlullellow trav e lers, had bee n for days s tudying up some obje ctive point or excuse lor a cruise, whe n by the chance old C a ptain Cook bad dropped in to mak e a friendly call. That the captain's story was a strong one seemed certain to Frank. Yet Cook appeared sinc e re. In any eveut Frank had decided to undertake the cruise. "In any case, be thought, it will be a:. trip to the S outh Sea and I might as well undertake that as anything." The captain turned o ver the charts an d ma p to Frank, and a little while l a t e r as h e was taking his leave, be eja culated: Dash me, Frank, but if 1 wasn't sech un old useless hulk I'd go along with ye!" "In spit e ol the little rea demons and the ghastly peculiarities of the Weird Isl a nd," laughed Frank. "Ay, that I would," said the captain, stoutl y "lor to tell the truth I've more t han half suspected since t.he n t hat ther gold had au thin' to dew with them sp e rrits. That's my 'pinyun. Do ye understand!'' A light broke across Frank's mind. Be drew a deep breath. "I think I do," he said slowly .' "And in that case we might as well go prepared lor things corporeal us well as spiritual." Alter the captain took his leave, Frank arose and paced the floor ror some time. Be was thus eugaglld when there came a light tap at the door, and the next moment a shock of red hair and a comical Irish mug appeared in the crevice. Shure, Misther Frank, axln' yure pardon fer the intrusion, sor, but phwat will yez do wid all av thim packages that cum to-day, sor?'' "They are stores ror the Eel, Barney," replied Frank. "See that they are stored away in the bold of the vessel, and-wait a moment." All right, sor." Where is Pomp?'' The naygur is roight here, sor. In th e doorway there appeared a black lace and woolly head. They were embellished with rolling eyes and white shining ivories. l'se right yere, Marse Frank. Wha' am yo' ordabs, sabT'' "Come m here, both of you!" The order was obeyed. "Now," said Frank, with something like sternness. "I want to tell you that I have made up my mind where to go with the submarine boat." Y is, sor!,. ,. A'rigllt, sahl'' "We are going to the Sooth Seas." Barney turned a hand-spring and Pomp cut a pigeon-wing. "A'right, Marse Frank. l'se done glad to hear nat sah!" "Begorra, it's 9bwelled up w1d delight I am, so r!" All right," said Frank, c1.1rtly. Now you know what must be cone. The Eel must be in the best possible Bhllpe lor a cruise within a week. See that nothing is left undone!'' All roight, sor!" "Yo' kin be t we will." "All' right Now you may go!" Th e two comical fellows duck e d and bowed and scraped, anu then vanished through the doorway to carry out the orders given them. CHAPTER II. DESCRIBES THE EEL. "BE me sow!, naygur cried Barney, as they scrambled out into the oig yard, it's glad I am to be afther leavin' Readestown fer a who!le!" "I should fink yo' would lo' de sake ob yo' creditors; said Pomp, with a tinl!;e of misch i evousness. In an instant the C<'s dander was np. Bejabers av yures don't sind the sheriff alther yez, ve may count yesilt lucky," h(> retorted. "I allns pays mab debts, sab," replied Pomp. "I don't owe no man a dollar dat I kaln't pay." Shure that's bekase nobody in Readestown wud thrust yez fer a cint," flnitred Barney. "If dat am so, it am bekiiSe I'se seen in yo' company so often," averred Pomp, lrackly. Be me sowl it's betther than yures onyway." "Hub! dat ain't sayin' much fo' I don' purteud to be anyfing mob dan a culled gemmen anyway, whlle yo' puts on mob airs dan a turkey cock!" Barney turned around and began to roll up his sleeves. "Shure, that's an insult!" he aputtereiJ. "The O'Sheas always prided thimsllves on wipin' out sich a thing as that, an' I'm to defind me honor!" "Den yo' cums pretty near to delendiu' nuffin'," said Pomp eaeily. "Wba' am yo' gwine to do, !'ish?" "Bejubers, I'm goin' to make yez apologize, naygur, fer yer in sult!'' declared the Celt wih atrected bravado. The coon's eyes glistened. "Keep of!', sab!" he said warningly. "I don't allow nobody to tri fie wif me, sah !" "Bejabers, I'll be the exciption thin!" cried Barney, squaring away. Lnk out fer yesilf!" With which he made a bill: at Pomp. This was too much lor the darky. Pomp dodged and, lowering his b end like a ram, h e charged at the C e lt. Had he struck him with the force of that c!Jarge B a rney would have felt it. But the Celt moved to one side jusL in the nick or t ime. Pomp went bang against a stootJ post back of the Iri shman. S uch a ternble crack on tbe bead would have kille d an ordinar y man, but the ne g ro's skull is proverbially bard. Pomp re eled for a moment, but quickly recovered, and shaking h i s head like a mad bull, turned lor another attack. Barney burst into a paroxyRm of laughter. In fact, so deeply plunged was he i n the fit that he was for a mo ment unguarded. Fatal moment! Pomp came at him again like a whirlwind. Barney tried to clinch but in vain. The darky's head struck biro full in the abdomen, and be went down lik e a thousand ol bricks. For a moment the Celt rolled gaaping and overcome on the ground. Pump bad turned a complete somersault over him. "Bowly murtberl" wailed the C elt; "it's kilt I am, bad cess to yez fer a murtberin' omadhounl" Huh! I reckon yo' got 011ff, sah?" "Divil a bit,'' retorted Barney, scramblin({ up. And they went at it again tooth and nail. Not until each was wholl y exhausted did t.bey desist. Then they hastened away to do Frank's bidding. Wh1le they were the best of friends, each was fond of nagging and teasing the other. It generally resulted in a scuflle or a wrestle or a good-uatured sort. The lower end of the big yard terminated in a wall ol brick. In this there was a broad gate. Beyoncl was another even larger yard, and in the center ol th1s was a tank or basin of water. This was broad and deep, and connected wi: h a narrow canal and lock which led down into the river below. In the center ol this basin there floated the submarine boat. It di < l not pres e nt a very imposing appearance, for two-thirds of its hull was submerged. But such of it ns appeared above the surface, showed a long cigar shaped hull, with a square cabin rising above the rn1led steel deck. Above the cabin was a dome with dead-eye windowe. The Eel was cons t ructed throughout of toughest steel. It was nicely bal a nced and of symmetrical proportions as was necessary lor a deep s e a boat. 'l here wns n pilot house forward just over the long steel ram and a powerful search-light rested upon the upper deck. But it was the interior of the submarine boat which must claim at t e ntion and admiration. Frank had spared no pains to make it luxurious and convenient. There w e re a number of compartments and cabins each with its spe cific purpose. The main cabin was above the deck and was finely equipped. Off !rom it were the staterooms and berths and bevond them wr.s a charming little dinlngsaloon with a galley connected. This wns Pomp's domicile. The pilot house was equipped with all the necessary nautical instru menta and charts. It also con t ained the electric key hoard by which the en"'ines were operated and the steering apparatus. There were great of solid plate glass tlirougb which the pilot could look in all directions. Then there were the electric enginqs and dynamos in the bold which furnished the motive power ol the craft. These were a marvel of the inventor's skill, and were operated by a storage system which was his secre:. Then there was the oxygen generator, a huge tank of chemicals by means of which the boat was furnished with cool and pure mr. This wns conducted ill pipes to all parts ol the boat, and connected with it was a device for destroying the foul air as fast as it was manu factured. With this apparatus, the submarine boat could remain indefinitely under water without danger of sufiocation by any or the crew. But the device lor sinking aud raising the boat wns the most in genious. This consisted of a huge air-chamber next the keel. By means of pneumatic pressure it could be cleared ol water in a few seconds, which would send the boat to the surface like a cork. To sink the boat it was only necessary to open a valve and instantly flood the air chamber. Such wss the Eel, the new submarine boat, an d Frank Reade, Jr.'s


THE WEIRD ISLAND. moiL wonderful invention. She was without a parallel anywhere on tlle earth. The more Frank Reade, Jr., pondered over Captain Cook's narrative of the Weird Island, the more fascinated he became with the project. He lost no time in getting everytbing in readiness. Tbe submarine boat was thoroughly equipped. People knew tbat the Eel was about to set out upon a great voyage to some far part of the earth. But to just wbaL purt tbey did not know. The secret rested between the four, Frank Reade, Jr., Barney, and Pomp and Captain Cook. Thus matters were, and the day arranged for departure was close at hand, when suddenly Captain Cook, dressed up spick and span in a new sailor's appeared at the office door. Barney showed him in promptly, and Frank gripped his hand warmly. I am glad to see you, captain," he declared, heartily. "I havll been looking for yon for some time.'' The old salt hitcbed up his duck trousers and replied: "Hang me high, mate, I couldn't keep away. I've taken a new lease or youth." Frank smiled. "What do you mean?" "I'm goin' tew try one more v'yage and then go into ordir:ary. I'm up here Lo sign ship's papers." "What-'' began Frank. "Yas. I'm goin' tew sign with yon skipper fer that deep sea cruise. help It! The sperrit moves me. 'l'ben agin I've a heap of curi os1ty tew see what you'll dew out there on that island!" said nothing for a moment. This was not altogether a sur prise. But he was wondering what the old skipper could be thinking of to unrtertake 'lt his age or life such an arduous feat. It was chances against his ever home alive. Altogether Frank wus deeply averse to assuming the responsibility. But he saw the captain was In earnest. And there was no refusing him. So he swiftly decided to make the best of the situation, and said: "Good for you, Cook! We shall be glad or your company, but __ .. Eh!" ejaculated the captain. "What's yer reckoning, lad?" "Have yoa fully considered the matter?" "Every darned bit!" "But-the ghosts and_;-" "Ain't a hit areard of 'em so long's I'm with yew on this boat. I kin fee) dead S'lfe.'' "It's a long voyage with manv chances." The old salt shrugged his shoulders and then arose. "I've been takin' chances all my life, mate. Howsumdever, if ye don't want my company, I alr:'t sayin' no more." "Oh. I assure you, we should be delighted," declared Frank. "I was only considering your welfare and comfort.'' "Don't ye n we will now change the scene of our story to the stormy Reas of Cape Horn. Here among the storm-tossed craft, which were trying to weather that rough promontory, was the small but seaworthy Eel. Of course, it would have been easy for Frank to have sent the Eel to the bottom and thus have avoided Lhe rouah winds and waves. But all were in fa't'or of continuing on the surface for various reasons or sentiment. Thus far the voyage had been a glorious success. Captain Cook had proved himself a hero and a helper. He was al moat always in the pilot-house, and his familiarity these seas was of great advantage. Nearly all the way the Eel had traveled on the surface, as greater SJieed could be made thar: under t!Je water. No incident of a serious sort had transpired. I They would soon, with good fortune, be in the South Pacific, and all were looking forward to this With anticipation and interest. Pitching in the rough Horn waters, the Eel slowly crept along to the westward. The day was a dark and dreary one, the sky being overcast and a chill wind blowing out of the icy south. Captain Cook was at the wheel. Pomp was cooking and Barney was on deck, while Frank waR in his cabin, when the Celt chanced to siabt a distant sail. Wjth that habit instinctive w the ocean traveler, be raised his glass and !ell to dtudying it. It was visible only at intervals as they rose from the trough of tile sea. But as he gazed, Barney suddenly became conscious of a surprising fact. A small flag hung ut the mast beau. "Be me sow!," he muttered, "that Inks moightily loike a signal av diaturess. I wondher if it can be?" The Celt hesitated a moment, then went to the pilot-house door. "Shure, Cool,," be cried, "wud yez be alther comiug out here an' taking a luk at yondber ship! Shure, I think she's in thrubble, sor!', "Ay-aye, lad!" Cook laghed the steering gear and came out on deck. The glass was tendered him by Barney. For some moments he s&rutinized the distant craft. At this moMent Frank came on deck. What's t!Je matter?" he asked. "It looks tew me as if abe was flyin' a signal for help," replied the captain in hie nasal voice. "What do ye say to bearin' down on her, akipper?'' "Very good," agreed Frank. "We would be less than human to refuse her aid." Cook entered the pilot house and changed the course of the Eel. She bore away swiftly to the southward. The distant sh1p also ch:.nged ita course, apparently to approach its deliverer. The Lwo drew nearer. [t could be seen then tbat the s!J1p was laboring heavily and made scant headway, though sbe had every sui! bent. There wus no mis taking tile cause of her trouble. She was leaking. Whether she would keep up until the Eel could reacb her was a. question. Tllere was another sertous quest ion. The Eel was a small boat. Tllere might be il score or more In the crew of the ship. Could taey all find aafe quarters aboard the Eelr Even 1f they did, wbat course could be tben pursued? Either the Eel must look about for the possillle cllance of embarking tbe rescued crew upon some other vessel or take them to some seaport the nearest of wbicb would be the Chilian coast. '!'his would mean delay and some sacrifice of stores. But Frank only weighed this matter a moment. It was enough to know that human life was in danger and duty de manded that they go to the reacue without qnestion. So the Eel bore down with a:l speed. Our adventurers were much excitt.d as well as interested. But now that the ship's crew saw a chance for rescue they must have relaxed their efforts at the pumps. This proved a fatal move. The ship was seen to suddenly settle in the water and Her crew were like flies in tbe rigging. "Heaven help them!" cried Frank, wlldly. "She is going down!" "Crowd on speed!" shouted the captain. "We may get tbere!" Begorra, it's too late!'' cried Barney. Och hone, it's all up wid thim!" Boats were seen potting ont from the ship's !ide. Two of these were swamped; one got clear. On shot the Eel. But Lhere was not time. The end came quickly. With a lurch the ship settled stern llrst. A great wave ran up over her quarter; then her bows went up into the air. Witb a groan our adventurers saw all tbis. Tbey were powerless to avert the awful catastropbe. Tbe next moment a great column of water shot up into \he air. The ship laid over, and went down like a rocket, apparently with all on board. Horrnr unspeakable oppressed the submarine voyagers. With cold sweat upon his brow, Frank averted his lace. A few moments later the submarine boat ran over the spot where the ship bad last been seen. There were beups or floating debris and rigging, but no sign of human lif e was seen at once. "All are lost, I reckon!'' cried Cook, that is hard luck, mal ea.'' Indeed 1t is!" agreed Frank. But Barney gave a cry "Bejabers there's a boat an' a man on it, sor!" Sure enough, distant a few hundred yards was an overturned boat and acrosg it lay the figure of a man. Whether be was alive or not could only be guessed. But it was determined to pick bim up. So the submarine boat bore down in that direction. It was not long before it was alongPide t!Je boat. The man had just streDgth enough to make a sign with his hand. Then Barney leaned over the thwarts and passina a rope under his sboulders quickly drew him aboard. .., He was seen to be a type or foreigner, undoubtedly a Spaniard. He was dressed like a Cbilian. His f e atures were shrewd and indicated a man of great force and possibly a sharp temper, characteristic of hiH race.


... -'l'HE WEIRD ISLAND. i He fainted immediately upon being Jrawu aboard, and ae Frank was trying to reYive him wtth brandy, he noticed that btH batr was matted with gore. At once be saw the fellow was undoubtedly badly wounded. "rake him into the cabin," be said, "he must have treatment." Barney and Pomp carried the unfortunate man into the cabin. Then : Frank and the captain examiued the wound. "He is d.>omed!" said the young Inventor, solemnly, "that is a fatal wound. He will hardly come out of his swoon. The skull is fractured and the brain ruptureJ." For a time a sense of regret and horror was upon all. Frank's preaictlon came true. This one survivor of the doomed ship did not long survive. He lived but a few hours. Late that evening be drew his last breath, never having once become conscious to explain the fate of his ship. Then an examination of his person was made, This resulted in a number of startling discoveries. In an inner pocket there were papers proving him the first mate of the Santiago, coa.s,ing vessel of the Cbilian merchant marine. His name was plainly written: Raoul Carrero, Mate of the Santiago.'' She was a Cbilian vessel," conclnded Frank. "Yes, yew kin see the chap is a Gringo!" declared Cook, "but bey there! what's thatf' Upoo the back of a packet of Spanish letters were a number of fig urea and a nautical reckoning. 1'he prominent one read: Isle Bonito., Latitude, 4:1 degrees, 9 minutes, sooth longitude, 6 degrees, 7 minutes west." For a moment Frank and the captain gazed at each other dum founded. Each rtJad conllicting deductions in the other's face. The inscription was in Spanish, but easily interpreted. For a moment neither could speak. Then Frank said: That Is our island!" "Right," al!reed Cook, "tbar's only one thing to make out from this. It's sarlin this 'ere Gringo knew the latitude or the Weird Island.'' Frank inclined his bead. "In that event--'' / The gold--" There was no need to say more. Each understood t.he other. What more plausible than that this Chilian vessel bad either been to the isle for gold or was going thither? But how untimely her fate! If her cargo really consisted of the precious meta!, it was long since burled in the aea and beyond the reach of ordinary mortals. But Captain Cook took a turn up and down the deck, Then be said: "I don't believe but thet they was on their way tew the isle, Frank. If not, what war they doing away off down here in this part of the world?" They were on the wrong tack to reach latitude 42 degrees,'' said Frank. Jest so. But they mought hev bin blowed down byar by a storm or sotl:An' or ernuther.'' Frank was bound to admit the possibility of this. At any rate, be knew the proper way to settle the question. The body of the dead Chilian was hastily prepared for burial. Bar ney and Pomp rolled it up In a blanket and carried it to the rail, A heavy weight inside the wrapping carried it to the bottom, Then Frank went into the pilot-house. "All in!" be shouted; "I'm going to the bottom!" "Eh?" exclaimed Cook. "Sure enough! We can then find out what hae b e come of the Gringo's ship!'' "That is my plan," said Frank, succinctly. "To me it seercs the best plan. We will know wther there is any gold aboard or not.'' A moment later the Eel was below the surface. She did not touch the bottom, but went down within sight of it. The bed of the ocean here was very sandy and unlike the floor of the South AtlanLic or Pacillc, being nearly destitute of marine plants. The Eel made her way along slowly, and the search-light's rays were emploved in locating the sunken ship. They were soon successful. CHAPTER IV. UNDER THE SEA, AFTER traveling a wide ra

6 THE WEIRD ISLAND. It seemed certain that Carrero knew of the latitude of \he isle whether he had ever visited it or knew its true character or not. lo this puzzled frame of 111ind Frank started to return to the Eel. But the diving expedition was not to be devoid or incident, As be emerge:i from the port hole witll Barney a queer thing hap pened. The bull of the ship began to reel and suddenly pitched fur ther over upon its side. This lowered the port and an avalanche of sand swept down upon the two divers. Barney slid dowu in it to his neck and Frank was wedged against the ship's hull up to his arm-pits. There they were, struggling to (>Xtrlcate themselves. Barney was unaole to do this, but Frailk might have succeeded, but at t!Jat mo ment a new and terrible peril presented itself. Around the s!Jip's hull there glided a sea monster the like of which they bad never seen. Its proportions were gigantic and hideous in the extreme, being a cross between a crab and an octopus. Straight for the two divers the creature came. Barney made a frantic eflort to extricate himself. Frank did the same and succeeded in freeing his arm and graspmg his nx, which he wore at his belt. The creature directed its first at tack at him. This was fortunate for Barney. Frank braced himself for a terrible struggle. He awuug his ax alort and waited for a good chance at the monster. It camoe. When It was within a few yards be let the ax fall. It cleft its way half through one of the creature's arms, The water boiled and hissed violently. For an instant the monster recoiled. Then it returned to the at tack. A half dozen times Frank beat back. But he could not seem to inflict a mortal burt. Moreover hie strength was fast going. It seemed as if there couhl be but one outcome to the fight when rescue came. Suddenly a dark object shot forward. It struck the monster full and fair and swept it from its bold. The next moment it was crushed against the side of the wreck. Then the two divers saw a huge black body over them. It was easy to recognize it. as the bull of the Eel. Pomp and the captain bad seen the nwful peril of their companions from the pilot house. "Masey Lordyl" cried Pomp. "Marse Frank an' de l'isbman am done gwine to git killed l'' Great Jeremiah!" cried Captain Cook, aghast. That will never do, mate! We must go Lew help 'em!" "Golly! How's we gwine to do dat? I see! Yo' stay yere, an' I puts on mah divio' suit an' goes out dar!" Pomp flew to carry this plnn into execution. He bad donned the helmet and actually emerged upon the deck, whet\ the ClLptain worked his grand coup. He sprang into the pilot bouse and instantly swung the lever back. The boat rose a rew feet from the sands. Then the captain drove it forward, aiming at the sea monster with the boat's ram. The game worked well. The ram swept the creature nside like a fly and crushed it. The lives of Frank and Barney were saved. Pomp sprung down with a spade, and instantly began to dig them out. In a few moments he bad liberated them. Then they scrambled onto the Eel's deck. It is needless to aay that they were exuberantly joyous. Once in the cabin, Barney aud Pomp danced a break-down. After aome moments of this, however, Cook asked Frank: How dld ye make it?" "There's no cargo aboard that Blip," replied Frank. The captain looked stunned. "No "No!'' "What do ye mean! Not of any kind?" Exactly!" The captain whistled slowly. "That's queer; did ye lind her log!" "No, that was missing; neither were there any papers that would have given us a clew." Cook was thoughtful a JIIOment. "It's mighty queer," be finnlly soliloquized. "I don't understand it, unless she was on her way to ther isle." CHAPTER V. LAND, HOI "I DON'T believe that," snid Frank, with confidence, she was too far off the course." That's so; but what do ye think? Haln't ye no Idea at am "Yes," replied the young inventor. I think that the Santiago's master and crew were never In the secret or the Weird Isle at all. I believe that Raoul Carrero kept that to himselr." The cnptain's f11ce clouded. Well, but bow did he get that nautical reckoning!" The two men looked keenly at each other. Here was the real problem. An nnswer was not at band. Finally Frank said: We shall have to let that go for what it is worth. Perhaps when we reach the Weird Isle we may find an explanation." Yes," agreed the old snit. But it settles one thing." "WbnU" We are not the only people that know of the existence of this ere island or gold." "Very true!" "So-we bad better git thar as soon as possible." Thal we will!" Frank stepped into the pilot-house and opened the lever. The sub marine boat oegan to rise. Uv she went to the surface. It was a starlit night1 However, it was easy to set the boat's course and away she sped t() the westward. As all were weary Barney was left at tile wlleel, and tile oti.Jers turned in. They slept long and soundly. Pomp relieved Barney just before daybreak. For days the submarine boat held its westward course along the fortieth parallel. One day Captnin Cook made a reckoning. "The isle ougbter be in sight within forty-eight llours," be said. "She's jest a trifle ter nortb'ard of us!" The boat's course was changed. Not an hour had elupsell when Barney, who was at the wheel, cried: "Land bo!" "Ay, ay I" cried Cnptain Cook, rushing on deck. "Whereaway, me hearty!" But be needed no glass to see it. There on the western horizon was the low-lying black line. It was a coast, and that of an isle as could be plainly seen. Every moment it grew plainer. Is it our isle!" asked Frnnk. "Wall,'' said the captain, "if it is, then I'm dead off my reckonin'. It's much as four degrees south of whar it wad when I Vidited it last." This was surprising indeed. But the captain rejomed: "Howsurudever, our reckoning afore might not have been jest cor rect. We'll call It tht way, anyway.'' Steadily ti.Je ship bore down upou tropical isle. In a few hours the submarine voyagers lay off the a bore. The captain declared that it did not look at all familiar. He scanned it with some disappointment. I reckon it's another isle,'' he said, bot I kin tell fer sure arter we. land.'' "That we will proceed to do tit once," said Frank. The Eel crept cautiously along among the reefs until a deep little harbor was found. Jnto this it made its way. -As near the shore as possillle the anchor was dropped. Then Frank got out a small, portablll boat. .. Come, cnptain," be said; "let us go ashore on a httle exploring tour." I'm wita you, mate. But here's a pointer." "What!" "Ye'd better j?;O armed." "or course. We will each take a Winchester. Little red demons and spooks can be fought with nothing better, and Frank laughed. The captain smiled grimly. Ye mny laugh onten the other corner of your mouth yit," he said, metaphorically. "Be me sow!, Mistber Frank,'' said Barney, "av yez no use fer me?'' "You ere to stay here with Pomp and defend the Eel,'' replied Frank. Disappointment was plainly depicted In the Celt's face, but be said nothing. A few moments Frank and the captain put out for the shore. Pulling the bont high up on the simds, tha captain snid: "Let us climb tbnt high cliff, mate. I reckon we kin see the rest of the isle from there, an' I kin tell whether it's the right place or not." "All right," agreed Frank. So they began to climb the cliff. It was a rough path and cost them some exertion. But finally the summit was reached and they stood for a moment looking far out to sea. Not a sail dotted the vast expanse anywhere. Then they turned in ttJe other direction nnd looked over the island. It was a remarknble scene spread to their view. Far in the distance were mo. untain peaks. One of these faintly smoking suggest.ed a volcano. This settled one fact in Frank's mind in to the geology of the isle. Color was lent to the assumption that gold existed there. For coral isles are always devoid of minerals. The creation of the coml insect rising from the sea in gradual process. little is found in their composition save sana and shells or possibly I!Uano. But the Weird Island was undoubtedly of volcanic origin. Minerals were therefore hkely to be fonnd. Between thoir position and the distant peaks there lay vast rorAsts of palms and mangroves, jungles of cane and brake. To the south, contiguous to the shore, was a long level plain of green turf Northwur.:l was a rocky, rugged district. The captain gnzed long and studiously at the scene. Finally Frank said: "Well, captnin, what do you think of It is the same isle," he said. "Yes?" "Onlv--" "Wbai.T"


THE WEIRD ISLAND. '1 time I was here. J The haunted basin!" laughed Frank, "by all mean s let us got there at once, I'm anxious to see it." "That volcano was not in operation the last Thet's a bit queer to me.'' "I can't see bow it c&n be," sait! but look! tbar's the ridge dividin' this plain from ther 1 "Yes and no. If the submarine gets Into this basin by O!'enharnted basin!" log the outlet, she is stranded.''


8 THE WEIRD ISLAND. The captam nodded. S ure as four bells," be agreed, but there's no other way I kin see to empty ther basin." "We ll," suid Frank, slowly, "I am going to sail up the channel in her anyway." "Good fer you!" First, however, let us make a trip aroun lake. It had been an exciting episode, lmt it was not the last they were to experience that !lay. However, tliev rounded the lake and were once more at their start ing point. They had satisfied that the lake had no visible outlet. "Unless that channel which we passed can connect with it," said Frank, it bas no outlet." "Tbet outlet can't be seen." "That is true. Do you think this water is on a level with that In the channel!'' "Pre tty nigh it." ( "Then you mGy depend upon it there is a connection." "In which case--'' "We must go back and do some submarine exploring," said Frank; b efore we go any furtbet I wuut to solve the mystery of this lake." "Correct!" agreed the captain. "An' I believe ye kin do it, mate. So here we go." They set out for the shore on their return to the Eel. Rapidly they made their way oYer the grassy plain. Soon they reacbe:.I the long ridge below which lay the channel or creek. Here they paused to again exami11e it. Tllen Frank became convinced that there was a connection between it and the lake. He was at once deeply interested in the affair. '' We shall lind something interestmg I know in exploring this channel,'' he said, "I believe it is the key to the mystery of tl::e isi and." I hope ye're right, skipper," declared the captain. Very soon now they reached the shore. llere they found their boat high and dry. It was buL a moment's work to put it into the surf and soon they W9re on their way back to the Eel. Barney and Pomp bad been waiting anxiously for their appearance and were delighted at their safe return. me sowl, it yez hadn't av come back soon I should have gone afther yez fer fear something bad happened yezl" declared the Celt. "Well, your fears are at an end now!'' laughed !<'rank, but we've lively work before us.'' The young inventor went at once into the pilot-bonAe and started the boat ahead. He kept along in the cover or the cliffs keeping a sharp eye out for the reefs. In this manner they bad soon the mouth of the channel. Here the water was found amply deep enoagll to allow the boat to en ter. The Eel shot into the channel and at once started to follow its course. Pomp, in the bow, t.ook soundmgs. Stendily tl:e Eel made its way the channel. It was not long before it had entered the basin and reached the mouth or the cavern. The rest of its course, if it extended further, was underground. The submarine boat sailed into the cavern. But the cavern roof quickly carne down t:> the surfa.r.e of the water, und it became necessary for the Eel to travel under water. However, this was enough. The boat sank until within sight or the bottom. The searchlight showed the cavern walls for some distance ahead. And, as it slowly groped its way through the underground passage, Frank and the captain studied the situation. Suudenly tbe young in ventor exclaimed: Do you notice anything peculiar anout those walls, captain!" Eb!" exclaimed the old sailor. They look pretty clean cut, ehr' They look like the work of human hands. I can almost see the drill holes and the marks or the picks. Can they have been cut by mao!'' The captain drew o breath. It mought be," he muttered. There's no tellin'. Jt's certain that they look that wsy." Eh! What's tbis!" Frank came to a sudden stop. The boat was held steady In Its po. sition. There was canse for his surprise. To the right another passage diverged from this one. A little ways further on another dei1ected to the left. Which one or these passages, if any, led into the lake! Was it that any of them dtd! Was it not possible that the entire island was honeycombed, and was perhaps a mere shell! All sorts of curious thoughts flashed through Frank's mind. A dozen hypotheses presented themselves to him. But which of them might be correct? What course was it best to pursue! He decided to Onally keep the etraight course, and if possible trust to luck in reaching the lake. At least he must not turn back until he had solved the mystery. So the Eel kept straight on. As lt procl!eded, other passages of a similar kind were noted. Frank was upon the alert and let nothing escape his gaze. At length he called Cook to him. and said: I am sure that these galleries were never made by nature!" The captain stared at him. "Well, mate, you may be right," be said, "but how do you account for their being made by human bejngs! What would they build 'em for, anyway?"


r THE WEIRD ISLAND. 9 Frank his head. I "We sballle rn in course or time," be said. And thus the matter dropped. The Eel kept on, and now Frank was confronted ith an astonishing fact. It was lull time should be in the lake. Certainly they bad traveled a sufficient istance. Bot yet the blank lis of the passage were upon either hand. In fact, they seemed in tel micable. Ar:d this fact puzzle Frank not a little. Still he kept on, Another hour passed. Yet they were in the passage. Certainly it must be 1\ roundabout wa to the Jake, efse they should be there long since. Could It be possible that Rey bad taken the wrong passage! Ought they to have turned off into QPe of the other galleries! .-\ chill of apprehension settl d down upon. tlie young inventor. It seemed certainly true. He was so impressed with the fact that he impulsively brought the Eel to a stop. Cook came rushing Into the pilot-bouse. What's the matter, skipper!" Lie cried. What's happened!'' "Nothing," replied Frank, quietly, "only l'nr: a little pu1zled to know where we are. Can you tellt" Tlie captain stared at Frank, and his face blanched. "We ought to be in the lake." Certainly we ougbU" Bot we ain't!" "No!" Where are we!'' There was no reply to this query. For some mo. ments silence reigned. Then Frank finally arose. He began to reverse tlie electric engines. The boat moved back wards. Where are ye going!" asked the captain. I am going Liack tlie way we came," said Frank. I am satisfied that we can never reach the lake by this route.'' Cook drew a breath of relief. "That's a good plan, mate,'' be said, we're better off out of here!" "So I think!" The submarine boat receded slowly down the passage. For hours it kept on its backward course. By Funk's calculation it was time that they should emerge. And they did emerge, but not into the open air. Instead it was Into a small circular chamber. From this passages extended In all directions. Frank shot off tbe engines and gazed appalled at the scene. My soul!" be gasped. We are lost!" "Lost!" echoed Cook. Bnrney and Pomp came fearfully in. The same awful realization rested cloud-like upon all. Words cannot express the sensations of our submarine voyager iL at that moment. Lost in that awful labyrinth! What a horrible thought! What was to be done! Of course they were not as yet anywhere near starvation. There were supplies aboard for months. But would even that length of time enable them to lind their way out! If it did not then thev were doomed to a fearful fate. The Eel would be their coffin, the underground passage their tomb. Discussion elicited no clear idea as to wbat course it was best to pursnf'. They were completely dumfounded. The Eel rested in the little cavern chamber for boors. Frank weot into his cabin and gave himself up to a study of the dilemma. He was never so perplexlld in his life. Alter some pours utter exhaustion

I 10 THE WEIRD ISLAND. But the mystery was intensified in that very moment. For a sound came to the ears or both which gave them a queer thrill. It was a dull, regular sound, and metallic in its ring. There was no mistaking its character. S omebody's domg some drilling near here," declared Frank. That is tbe sound or drill and sledge." The captain s face was white. He clutched Frank's arm. "Let's go back!" he whined. Go back!'' echoed Frank. "Yes!" What for!" "I tell ye the devil is in it. We'll be in heaps of trouble if we stay her e!" Frank_ stared at his companion. He could not understand such .. You ma y go back!' he said, quietly, "hut if yon do aend Barney out her e to j o i n me. I'm going to know what this means The captain took a brace. Fra nk walked cautiously along the bed of the lake basin The sounds of the sledge and drill became less audible. He paused. I t is evidently not out here!" he muttered, and then going back placed his ear against the cavern wall, He could hear it plainer. This th e matter in his opinion. The drilling was going oc In some one of the passages. What did it mean! Who were the mysterious passage diggers, and why were they thus tJndermining the island! Wby should they flood the passages at Inter vnls, and where did they go whtle they were flooded! All these queries came to Frank most forcibly. None or them were very easy to answer. or course the mysterious diggers were human beings. He would not listen for a moment to Cook's hair-brained theories. But who were they! Island natives or civilized beings! He was determined to lind out. Frank's curiosity was thoroughly aroused. He was not the one to brook opposition or suffer discouragement. He made his way along the passage wall, listening and trying to locate the miners. But the further he went the fainter grew the sounds. .At no point were they so audible as right at. this spot. Allowing this where were the unknown miners! They must be in the near vicinity. After much study Frank changed his tactics. He proceeded to carefully explore the floor of lhe basin. His pur pose in this he did not explain to the captain, "'ho watched him some what curiously. Frank went nearly around the basin then he cro ssed it. Finally be returned to the spot where Cook was waiting, and there was a comprehensive light in his eyes. "Well," Interrogated 1.he captain ; "what have ye found out!" Much," replied Frank. "I think I understand the character of this work now." "Ye do!" "Yes:' "Wbat is ItT'' It's my belief th 'at these passages .,lqg in the island, are all the work of human beings, very much 1>-llm'ln and insatiate in their lust for gold." The captain's eyes opened. "Ye think they're gold miners!" l do!" "Well, they kin find it here." Surely. This enL!re basin bas been excavated by them and the gold bearing quartz taken out. Probably it has found itR way to a atamp mill. The captain was a few m oments, then he sa id: 11 Wall, that don't account fer the lit t le red demons.' Frank gave an exclamation of impatience. "Pshaw! be said; "that was all your imngintion, Cook." The captain bristled up. Not sot : be said with asperity. "There were my sbipmatPs too, ye remember. What of them!'' 11 Well, we will drop that preposterous story," said Frank wearily; 11 let us confine ourselves to fnctil as we find them. That is the best plan. One thing is sure; this whole island is overrun with gold seek ers Whether they are white or native, I can't say." "Can ye tell me what they do with their gold!'' asked the cap tain incredulously. "Whar do they crush their quarts and extract the metal!" The Island bas not given up its secrets yet," sai d Frank. "When it doe s we may know all. One thing is sore; I intend to know them before I attempt to return home.'' With which remark he retnr ped to the piW!sag;e. CHAPTER IL THE ERUPTIO" 1 WALL," grnm bled the captain, it'" all right enough to talk:, but kin yew tell me bow we're enr golug to return home with the sub marine boat lost in Lhla hole!'' "We most. fin<\ our way <>ut il'ith her,'' said Frank. "We can ens ru.u out into the li>Jte." 2lo'!f w1li ye git o>ut or the lake!" asked the captain 11 Blow oar way out with dynamite, if no other way otl"ers.'' Cook said no more He saw that he was dealing with a master spirit, and a mind superior to his own. In a few moments they had reached the submarine boat, and were warmly met by Barney and Pomp. "Och hone, Misther Frank," cried the Celt; "howiver shall we be aftber gittin' out av tbis place at all, at all!'' Golly, Marse Frank, I done bop" yo' nin' gwf ne to stay yere berry long!" 1 "Not any longer than I can help," said Frank; "so possess your souls in patience, all of you. I think we shall lind a way out when the right time comes. One thing is sure-we cannot carry the submarine boat out in our arms." So the matter dropped. Pomp busied himself getting a meal, and Barney web t back to work on the electric engines. All partook of Pomp's culinary efforts wnh avidity. They had hardly been disposed of when a curious sound was heard. It was a gentle swish-swash of water. All sprung np and rushed ont on deck. The truth was seen. The labyrinth was tilling up again. Already the water was over the ke e l or the subm:.rine boat. Frank hastened to close tba boat up. He was now in hearty apirtts. "We shall be all right now," he declared. "We can easily tlnd our way into the lake." It required some boors for the labyrinth to fill up. But after a time tbe Eel was able to float. It was then but a few moments' work to thread the passage t o the lake. Here she rose to the surface. But night had fallen and an Egyptian darkness rested over all. The search-light's rays went dancing across the surface of the lake. It did not seem as if nnythin g could be accomplished until daylight should come. But at that moment a strange thing occurred. Far in the distance across the waters a strange sound was heard. It was a shrill, eerie cry, which went quavering among the hills like the wail of a lost spirit. "Jericho!" exclaimed the captain. What dew yew call that!" "Ugh!'' exclaimed Frank, with a shiver; "that was an unpleasant sound!" The search-light traveled in that direction. The wall of the moon tain was seen and the shore of the l&ke. But this was all. Nothing was seen or beard alter that or unusual sort. But the in cldeut was not forgotten. Frank could not help but associate It with the mysterious workers of the underground mines. Truly this was an Island or mystery:The night passed 11lowly and without further incident. When daylight came the lake lay smooth and tra:;quil about them. It was bard to imagine that they had ever been in the strange lnbyrlntlr.Tbe Eel traveled slowly around the little body of water. But no outlet was presented. They were some distance from the ocean. How to reach this, even by the way they bad come, was a conundrum. It did not seem a possible Cent. Frank was not a little non plused. He even bad thought of running the boat ashore and constructing a slutcewny !rom the lake to tbe sen to float It thither. Or, perhaps to make a sliding railway of greased logs. Many wild plans came to him. But be did not at once decide upon any. He was content to wait an!) watch Cor new developments. These seemed to be promised at an early boor. Nothing was to be seen or heard or the mysterious occupants or the isle, but their power might be !elt at any time. Frank a n d the captain discussed the situation even more thorough ly. They did not, of course, agree on all points. The captain stlll clung to his fnilh in the supernatural. Frank pooh poohed it. Thus half the day passed. Then soddenly n new factor in the prob lem appeared. Nature took a band in the ga)lle. Nor did she make half way work of It either. A sudden distant boom was followed by a trembling CJ( the earth. It sounded like the roar or distant -artillery on a battlefield. Begorrn, phwat's that!" cried 'Barney. "Shure I belave it's a sea-foight." Golly! whaj, ships wnd be jest mnkin' a fight in dis paht ob de world!'' asked Pomp, incredulously. Mebbe they re pirates, yez ignoramus!" retorted Barney. Hub!" sniffed Pomp. I reckon dat dey ain't no pirates nohow nowadays. Dey am all banged long agq!" That's all yez know about it. Shure, phwat av the Chinayse pirates an' ther Malaya, ter be shurel" "Dey ueber git down in dis yere paht ob de world," said Pomp, in credulously, "kaint fool dis chile. But It am somefin. Jest hear de likes ob dat!" "Ocb, hone! It's an airthquake!" Indeed this latter assumption or Barney's seemed the most likely. That It was an earthquake might be true. The lake swE>lled and rose in great tidal waves. The mountain seemed to reel and the sky darkened 1 Then with a terrific report, as if the world was rent asunder, the I


THE WEIRD ISLAND. 11 top or the great mountain seemed to split, and great columns I'( flame a thousand feet high shot up. Flame and smoke and aslles rose to a frightful height. 'l'lus phenom enon explained all. The mountain was in a state of volcanic eruption. This was evi dently a periodic event. The sight was something grand a1lll awful, and certainly one never to be forgotten. Dazed, and not a litLle terror stricken, the submarine voyagers watched the scene. They realized now their fatal mistake in having attempted to enter the lake. They wished themselves well out to sea. Great clouds of ashes now began falling. Down tlle mountain slope came terrible boiling currents of lava. Tbese swept away sections of the forest and all water in the course iz;to hissing bursta of steam. And still the terrible eruption kept on. The lava even ran into the lake, but not in sufficient quantity to do serious harm. The cloud which overhung the mountain toj) so overshadowed the Jake, that it was almost like night upon ita surface. What the end would be only our friends could divine. They conjured up ,,n sorts of terrible things. There was the possibility that the Island might become sundered by tile nwful convulsion, or sink into the seas. Again the molten from the volcano might spread over it and destroy every vestige of animal or vegetable lifP. All these possibilities were dreadful to tbinlc upon, but fortunately for our rrieod9 none of them came to pass. But other things did. Suddenly they noticed a startling fact. I say," cried the captam. What's the matter with the lake, mates!'' "It's amking,'' cried Frank, mercy on us! What if the water leaves the basin dry and the volcano fills it up with red hot Java." Then our gqpsli is cooked," cried the captain. Yon are rigli t !" It was true that the Jake was falling. It was settling rapidly, the water going no one knew whither. No explanation of the phenomenon could at the moment be vouch safed. It was enough to consider it a fact. The lake was fast disappearing. The submarine boat retreated to its farthest corner 11nd there was left and dry. In a short while the bo!J of the lake was dry again. There was nothing for our voyagers to do but to await the result. This they did. It was tedious work, but after a time the eruption partly elaJ:&ed, and the shower of falling qshes stopped. Then our friends drew a good breath of fresh air. It was a great relief to them, for they were dry and with the awful dust. I For two days the submarine boat remained In the dry bed of the lake before any new development. Then thrilling events came thick nod fast. Frnnk and Bnrney chafed at the inactivity of their position. They could stand it no longer. Tbe captain was lame with an attack: of rheumatism. "Come, Barney," said the young inventor, we'll grrln notbing by lying about here. Let us g;et out and see what we can do." "I'm wid yez, sor!'' cried the Celt. "Yez kin count on me, sor!" "I know it," said Frank. We must make some sort of a movewe shall die here." In a few moments both were on deck and equipped for their expedi tion. They weut well armed. Good luck to ye!'' declared the captain. I hope ye'll learn a way out of this accursed hole." We will or we'll not C(lme back," said Frank, resolutely. Sliding d.1wn from the deck, the two adventurers were soon on their way along the edge of the basin. Frank was determined to carry out a new plan. This was to visit the channel below where they !lad first entered the labyrinth. He was determined to learn 1f tlois was the point where tbe iuUux of water was stopped, and by what method it was done. He believed that it was not the work of' nature, but of'man. Per haps some clew to the character of the island dwellers could be gained. Full of these things, Frank set forth, followed by Barney. They were not long in making the1r way down to tbe channel. From Ulia point exciting events were in store for them. CHAPTER X. DOOMED TO DIJ'l. AFTER some time Frank and Barney reached the channel and the mouth of the labyrinth. Here they &aw that it was also as dry as the basin of the lake. What did it mean? The wnter had certainly !lowed in from the ocean. Either the ocean bad receded or a barrier had It the latter, then it must be found between the entrar.ce to the labyrinth and the coast. Frank set out along the channel to settle this fact. They rollowed lt patiently to almost ita end. Then, not a hundred yards from the sea, they came upon the bar rier. This consisted of wooden gates rising upward from the bed of the channel. They were operated by means of huge le-..ers hidden in the jungle on either side. Certainly this proved the agency of man, and shrewd man as well. Well, I'm beat," exclaimed Frunk; "this explains a part o! the mystery!" "Be me aowl, it's very aiRy to see," declared Barney, but ph were does tbtl watber on the other snide to!" That is easy to see," declared Frank, "in the bed of the basin there 1s an underground stream, which carries all water rapidly out or the bas10 and the labyrinth. It soon drains it." ., Begorra, howiver did yez see that!" cried Burney; admiringly. "It was easy t'o see," replied Frank. Well thin, f.ohwat shall we do with these gates! Open thim and let wather in to till up the lake again?" Frank hesitated. On my word," he declared, that is not a bad plan at all. I have half a mind to adopt it." Bejabera, I'd do it!" But second thought told Frank than this. There were otller things to be solved. In the first place, what wns the object of the unknown miners in so often flooding the laby rinth and basin? This point Frank wished to learn. What he did propose was this. Barney, I believe it will pay us tp hide here and wait for the strange people who open and abut this gate to appear. We can then get a" Bight at them and SAe what they loqk like." Barney hesitated but did not demur. All right, sort" he agreed. SoQJe while they hovered about the spot. But no living being ap peared. Then Frank became restless. After awhile be sauntered down to the sandy shore near by. It was then tllat be received an electrical start. For there In the sands he saw the print of men's feet. There was also the mark of a boat's keel in the sand. ln9tinctlvely Frank gazed out to sea. Then he gave a. gasping cry: Look I" be almost screamed, "do you see it, Barney? It i9 a ship!,. Sure enough, standing out from the isle aud not two miles distant was a ship much of the pattern of the Santiago. Words can hary bad ceased work, so that possiule visitors to the isle might not discover traces or operations. All was now as plain to Frank as a printed book. He no longer doubted the captain's storitls of demons and ghostly sights. These probably had been devised by the cunning miners to frightem the superstitious sailors away. Frank drew a deep breath. "Well," he muttered, "in that case, I don't know t.hat we have any right here after all. The isle and the gold is theirs by right or prior discovery. But I should like to meet some of these shrewd fellows." words had hardly left his lips when Barney clutched his arm. "Och hone, Misther Frank," he exclaimed, in terror. "Shure, it'l in a scrape we are now, sor." What do you mean?'' asked Frank, in surprise. Then he saw the cause of Barney's exclamation. For a. moment the young inventor was disconcerted. Back of them was au irregular line of bowlders. Behind these were standing a halt-dozen masked men. Each held a carbine, wl1ich covered the two explorers. Buenos Senors," said a lil.'ht. mocking voice in Spanish, to what do we owe the honor or this visit!'' Fortunatllly Frank understood Spanish and he replied: "Jesu! take away your g11ns, senors!'' One of the Spaniards stepped out into view. He was a tall, finelybuilt man, with bold, resolute featnres. "Not until you lay your arms down!" he said. "You are prisonera, senors!" "We submit,'' said Frank:. "We ask only fair treatment.'' The other laughed. "All intruders on the i@le of receive that," he said; "or course the love at treasure baa brought you here." No," replied Frank; "simply curiosity; my friend, the capt aim here, baa visited this isle before." The Spaniard gave a start. "Oh! be has been here before!" Si senor!"


.... 12 'l'HE WEIRD ISLAND. When was that!" Cook told the story of his visit, The Spaniard listened intently. 'Then he said: "For a matter or form I must detain you aa prisoners for a short while, senors. You will kindly submit." There was no help for it. Resistance would be madness. Frank and Barney were obliged to yield. The other masked man advanced and took their weapons. Then they were marched away acrose the IRie. They left the lake on the left and after a long climb finally reached the base of the volcano. Here they followed a torturous path until passing between high walls or rock they came into a little pock eL in the hills. Here were a number of rude atone cabins. Scattered about were lleapa of mining tools. This was evidently the rendezvous of the miners. Barney and Frank were led into one of the stone huts and the door was barred upon them. Thus left as prisonertl they could do naught but gaze out of the bar red windows and watch the island miners. A score of them _were gathered in the center of the place, and they aeemed to be holding an excited confab. This lasted a long time. Then one .or them came to the door of the hut, and said: "Prepare yourselves, senors! Make your prayers, for it is decreed that von must die!" "What!'' cried Frank with horror. "You will not murder us! What have we done to harm you!" "Our secret!" was the reply. "No outsider c11n become possessed of a knowledge of the Golden and live!" cried Frank wildly, "you will not murder us! We llave done you no harm! Yon,. secret is safe with us!" A mocking laugh was the only reply. Barney and Frank stared at eacb. other In awful horror. It was a fearful realization. What could they do! Was tb.ere no way of escape! Better bad it been for them if tb.ey had resisted in the tlrat place and died atrug gllng for their II vee. But after a Lime the door opened and a man entered. It was the &all man who had captured them. He bowen politely. "Buenos, senors," he said. "I have come to hear your story.'' "Good!'' said Frank. "I thought yon could not be so inhuman as to take our lives without a trial." But the other shook his head solemnly. "It is the law of our company," he said. "No one can discover our secrets and go away to tell of it.'' But we hav9 no such intention,'' began Frank. A deprecatory wave of the hand interrupted him. Tell me your story, senor, Why did ,vou come here!" "Purely frOII) curiosity,'' replied Frank. Al'.ld then he gave an account of the captain's story, dod bow they had decided to visit the Weird Island. The Spaniard's face lit up a triHe, and he said: Then you did not know that we had secret mines here!" "No .. He appeared relieved. But yet the hardened, merciless light was in l!is eyes. Frank saw this, and What do yon propose to do with us!" The others lips tightened. "I am very sory for you,'' he said. Yon were unfortunate in .... eoming here. The law of our coo:pany is inexorable.'' And you intend to take our lives!" asked Frank quietly. "I am afraid our people will demand that, senor!" Frank said no more. But his fertile brain was busy. Was there no 1Jay or escape! He thought of Pomp and the captain. But they seemed helpless in \he lalie basin. The next move of the secret miners would doubtless be to capture them and the Eel. In that event the worst would have happened. The Inventor was desperate. Suddenly, however, his captor looked keenly at him, and asked: "You spoke of a ship foundered in Cape Horn waters. What was .h11r name!'' "The replied Frank. The Spaniard gave a mighty cry and leaped to his feet. He trem bled like an aspen while his face was denthly white. Jesa pity!" he screamed, "did yon say Santiago, senor!'' "Yes!" replied Frank. wonderingly. "And-her master-did you see any of the crew alive or did all }llrieh!" I "We picked up one IJ)an and tr!Pd to !>ring him to life. But it was impossible. He died very soon after.'' "D1d he say nothing about the ship! Give yon no explanation!'' CHAPTER Xf. A REVELATION. No!" replied Frank, something like an inkling of the other's mean illg dawning upon him, but we found papers on his person giving lila name, and--" His name!" Si, eenor!" The other bent down with working pallid features and groaned: 1 "Tea me-quick! What was it!" Raoul de Carrero!" The Spaniard gave an awful cry and reeled back to the door. For a few moments be was in a paroxysm of distress. That .is why we did not hear from her,'' be cried; then the San tiag o is lost and Raoul my brother is dead-dead! And all owing to this accursed gold. Curse it! Curse it, I say. I want no more ol1t.'' For some moments he raved incoherently. Then a time he became calm. He sat lor some time eying the prisoners vacantly. Then he arous ed and said: "Pardon me, senors; it was a great blow. Let me explain. You have brought me dire news. Tbe Santiago was our best ship, and on her way from Madrid, where abe had carried gold to deposit in the Bank of Spain. Raoul Carrero was my brother. I am Jose Carrero. I was to have sailed with him upon his return, and we would have left this accursed isle forever! Had yo saved his life, I would have spared yours.'' He arose with these words and passed out of the hut. Frank and Barney exchanged glances. This was a revelation. "That explains the connection of Raoul Carrero with tllis isle," said Frank. Shure enough, sor.' "The mystery is all out now. The Weird Island is divested of its weirdness. But we are In a bad scrape.'' "That's the truth on it, aor,'' agreed the Celt. But we moigbt as well die foightin', an' ave yez say the worrud, we'll make a break for it.'' Neither h11d been bound. The door of the hut was partly open. But men were 1in the pocket, and armed guards were at the en trance. Frank saw at once that it would be an act of utter folly. So he shook his head. We will gain nothing by that," he said, "it will be better to wait. Perhaps Carrero may relent.'' So they sat d?wn upon a wooden bench and awaited results. Prt!& ently a tile of armed men approached. The hut door was opened and the men entered. One of them made a motion to the prisoners to folio'\'. Tiley did so and soon were:crossing the pocket to the far side. They were here placed with their baeks to the cliff wall. Four of the men with carbines faced them. Then Frank saw that the death order was to be carried out. A horrible wave of d'espnir swept over him. He tried to cry oat, but his tongue rattled dryly in his mouth. "God help us!" he groaned, inwardly, "this is the end!" The four men bad raised their carbines. A moment more and the fate of the prisoners would have been sealed. But at that moment a loud cry caused them to halt. From one of the huts a man bounded forth. It was Carrero! He came up angrily. "What is this!" he cried. "Would yon shoot these men!" By your orders," said the leader of the carbineers. "ButI countermand them. Take the men back to the hut. I am not ready-! must have more time.'' The carbineers dropped their weapons to their sides. 1-'hen Frank ancl Barney were marched back to their former quarters. "Just as I thought," whispered the young inventor; "he has re len ted.'' An hour passed. Then the door of the hut opened and Carrero entered. He addressed them civilly, saying: "Pardon me, senors, for detaining you her11. Yon are strangers to me, and I was not sure I could trust you.'' "We mean yon no harm,'' said F.rank, "and if yon assassinate us, our blood wlll be upon your head.'' Carrero bowed. I do not wish it," be enid. I am satisfied of your honesty. It matters not me now, for I shall leave the Isle of Gold forever. You were kind to my dying brother Raoul. For that I am grateful. Free, dom is yours." He opened the door nf the hut. Frank and Barney walked out. "You may return to your boat," continued Carrero, "and yoa will not be mo!este4. But I advise you to remain no longer here.'' "We have no desire to do that," replied Frank; "bad we known this island was claimed or In possession of another, we would not have encroached here.'' "I believe you," said Carrero, with a profound bow. Frank and Barney passed out of the little mountain pocket. They were soon on their way to the lake basin. As they reached it they saw the Eel yet resting upon the sand bar where they had left it. Pomp and the captain come out on deck as they approached. "Hang me high!" roared the old sailor; "we thought the demons had got ye!" "And so they did," replied Frank. The captain's eyes opened wide. Eh!" he eJaculated. That is the truth," declared Frank. With that be a narrative of their experiences. The captain and Pomp listened in amazement, The mystery of the Weird Island was solved at last. The captain'& superstitious fancies were obliterated.


---I THE WEIRD ISLAND. 13 I I "Now, I've had all of this place I want," declared Frank. "I am in favor of getting to sea at once. We can cruise awhile among the archipelagoes II we choose." "Good," cried the captain; "I'm with ye heart an' hand, skipp er! Let's get out of this bole!" Bejabers, that don't look to me to be so dretrul aisy ,'' said Barney. And all were bound to admit that this true. How were they to get had from Lbe lake basin to the sea! While considering this problem, Frank suddenly heard a distant hail. He looked up and saw Jose Carrero on the !edgy shore of the "Peace to von, senor," be cried. "May I come aboard and have a talk!" "Certainly," replied Fran!!:. In a few moments the lithe Spaniard came down over the rail and and atoo d on deck. He gazed wonderingly about him. So this is the wonderful craft which can ani! under the sea!" he asked. It ia," replied Frank. All, it is wonderfull We thought we had drowned yo:J like rats in a trap when you entered our mine. But you came up in the lake without any trouble or l!arm." "It did us no harm," replied Frank. "This 'is n submarine craft." Yes; but I have business to do with you, senor. I have talked with my men. I am desirous or leaving the isle. I have sickened of it. But my men are mutinous. They will not go." "lndeedl" I have offered them the alternative. They decided to stay nod work the mine until our ship, the Donna Maria, returns. ln the mea:1while I shall die here. Wllitber will you sail, senor?'' We w1ll cruise a liLtle among the islands of the Pacific, and then sail for borne." "Ab, will you not change that plan? Land me first in Sant iago, and I will pay you a large sum.'' Frank gazed at the Spaniard and saw the eager light in his Be hesitated but a moment. Then he sa1d: "I do not wllnt your money, Senor. I will be glad to gratify your request and land you in Chili free or charge." Carrero fairly emhraced Frank. "BuL first of all," said the young inventor, "1 wish to ask you bow we will get out ol this infernal place!'' Tbe Spaniard looked surprised. Return the way you cauie," he,. said. But it is the worst labyrinth I ever attempted to solve," said Frank. Carrero nodded his bead. "I see," be cried. I will help you! I know every passage. can guide yon safely out.'' "Very good," said Frank, "bot we cannot travel without water." Carrero looked at the dry basin of the lake and shrugged his shoul ders. He !eape"d over the ra1l. I will bring water here quickly," be said. I need bot to open the gates below here!" And he disappeared in the direction of the gates. Frank turned and gripped bands with the captain. "We're out of a good scrape," he said. "We are sure to escape from here, and I, for oue, have had enough of the Weird Isln nd." "So have I," agreed the captain. A cry from Barney at this moment drew their attention. The Celt pointed across the basin. Shure, do yez see that, sor?" A score of armed men were descending Into the basin from the oth er si:le. They were pressing hastily toward the boat. The were tbe companions of Carrero, tho secret miners. This it was easy enough to see. But what was their errand! Mercy!" cried Frauk in horror. They will be drowned when the waters c ome into the basin! Shout to them! Warn them of their parill" "Ye're right!" cried the captain. "Heigbo tbar, ye landlubbers, sheer otr for higher land!" "The water!" cried Frank. "You will be drowned! Go backgo bacl>!" To the amazement of all the miners came on. They answered the warning with a yell of derision, al;ld even tired a shot or tw.o at the party on the Eel's deck. "Great Scott!" exclaimed Frank, they mean to attack us! Get under cover or you'll get bit!" All retreated into the cabin. They bad scarcely done so when a dis tant rumble was heard, and water came pouring out of the passages. Down into the basin it swept in a llood. The miners paused aghast and then fled for their lives. But they had been half way across the place and they could not escape the clutch of the water. It swept down upon them and eD'Ieloped them. Frank let the Eel drift in that awful curreut and the voyagers were on deck to try and rescue any or the wretches possiille. But they might as well have spared their pains. Not onb of them escaped from the vortex. In a very short space or time the basin filled, and beneath the placid water11 were a score of dead men. The horror of the affair was beyond description. It could be defined strictly as the fault of none but the miners them selves. bad revolted against the plAn or their leader Carrero, Their purpOS(> in attacking our voyagers was a murderous one, for they yet upheld the principle of allowing no one pessessed or the secret of the mines to leave the isle alive. Bota terriiJie stroke or fate bad overtaken them. It was iodeeil too dreadful to think upon. A few moments later Carrero appeared upon the other shore. He shouted and waved his arms in signal to the voyagers. Jlrank sent the Eel quickly across and took him a':>oard. "Now, senor," cried the Spaniurd, "we are ready to make the open sea. The gates are open and the course clear." And your men are all dead at the bottom of this lake!" said Frank. Carrero gave an start. What!" be ga11ped. The story was quickly told. Strong man that be was, th e horror of the thing was too mncb for Carrero. He gave a dull groan and fell in a dead faint. CHAPTER XII. WHICH IS THE END. CARRERO was brought out of his faint with difficulty. When he did finally recover he groaned: "Ob, to think that it was by my band that they were destroyed!" "You forget," said Frank, that by so doing you saved our lives. They were coming to destroy us. It was all an accident anyway, and you were not directly responsible.'' This reassured Carrero much, and he recovered himself in a measure. But be said: "Let us get away from this accursed isle as a1 possible. I cannot bear to remain here!" We will do so," agreed Fran k. He was about to open the tank lever and sink the boat when a ter rific boom sunuded from the mountain. Then up into the sky shot a mighty column of llama and smoke. It was an awful spectacle. Another eruption!" exclaimed Frank, "if it Is as bad as the last our stay here will not be of the safest.'' "You are right!'' agreed Carrero; "let ue go, a eoor; let us go before another catastrophe overtakes us!" Frank gave one farewell glance at the tlaming mountain. Then be pressed the lever open. Instantly the suiJmarine boat went down. The search-light showed the bed of the lake basin. Frank steered for the cavernous opening to the mine. Into this the bout glided. Soon they were in the depths of the labyrinth. l Carrero bent over the rail in the pilot-bouse and studied the pass age walls. But they looked vastly ditferent to him in the water. However, he gave directions in a terse and hoarse voice. The boat glidtJd on. Barney was at the wheel. Time passed on. Twenty, thirty minutes elapsed. An hour passed -Then Carrero was silent. A vexed light shone in his eyes. Frank, who bad been watching him narrowly, said: How is It, senor!" "lt is very strange," replied the Spaniard. "I don't understand it. We should have emerged long since!" The passages are very confusing." "True! they look di!lerent under water. Ab, caramba, we are out!" Even as be spoke the walls of the passage ceased. They were in open water at last, With a cry of joy Carrero sprung up. Frank touched the tank valve and the boat leaped upward. U p she went to the surface like a shot. The voyagers looked to see walls of the channel which led to tte sea. But they were instead rewarded with an astounding surprise. "Perdieul" ejaculated Carrero. "W\1 are fools!" The submarine boat floated upon the waters of the lake again. They bad pursued an exasperating course and had simply returned to the very spot th .ey bad started from. Words cannot express their dismay. What was more au awful danger yawned over them. The volcano seemed in a terrible series of convulsions. It was reeling and l'Ocking with the awful violence of the eruptions. The waters of the lake wer(> already boiling with the red bot lava which llowed in an awful stream into it. To remain on the lake much longer mast have been to court death. Fearful meteors were shooting down into the waters any one -of which mighl sink the boat. "Bejabers, we'd betther e:et out av this," cried Barney. Av we sbtay here any it's kilt we'll be." looked at uarrero. ;, What shall we do?" be said. "We can save our lives by desert ing the boat and cutting across country to the coast. Or we can try the labyrinth again.'' We must try it again," said the Spaniard, desperately. "I will lind the way out this time." All right.'' Down went the Eel agllin. Once more they entered the mine. Bnt this time it was under different circumstances. The water was in terrific commotion and the walls of the passage were violently shaken.


I 'l'HE WEIRD ISLAND. Frank was quite pale. A terrible fear assailed him. He saw the same thing in the captain's face. "An earthquake." muttered ohe old sailor. "What if it closes up these passages? We're lost, shipmates!" There was no donbt but that the Island waa in the throes of nn enrthquake. Frank now regretted that they hnd left the lnke. The horror of being hemmed in those subterranenn passages was awfok What a living totnl>! What a dreadful fate! On-on I" gasped Carrero. It is our only hope. Here, turn to the right. I know this passage. Oh, Mnry, have mercy!" The exclamation was well wnrranted. Suddenly the walls of the passage b e gnn to crumble. B a rney shut off the speed instantly. He r was not a moment too soon. The wall shut down in front of the submarine boat. It was blocked up. They could go no further in that direction. l!'or a moment the w h ite f a ced Toyagers could do naught but gaze at e ach otller. Then Fra nk took t he wheel He reversed t he en g ines and sent the boat back through the pas 1a,2:e. On it crept until it came out into anotLer gallery. Then he s t arted the Eel dowri this. 1 1 Where are you g o ing, senor?" asked Carrero, honrsely. "I can hardly tell," said Frank, calmly. "Tam going at random. U Providence brings us out or tbis we may be tllnnkful. If not we nre lost Intently now all atared ahead down the passage. The search Jight's glare was powerful. On crept the Eel S uddenly it began to rock and pitch violently. Then n surging of waters by it caused all to look ballind. Frank threw the search J igbt's ray s back. The wall in their rear had fallen. ltetreat was cut off. It was now time for despair. At what moment they might be hemmed in now they could only guess. Death had its grim clutch upon them. With bated breath all watched the cavern ahead S uddenly Carrero clu t ched Frank's arm wildly. "I know this spot," he enid, it is not far from the channel ot exit. We may come out yet!" Wild yearning hope sprung up m the bosoms of all. Steadily on ward crept the submarine boat. The earthquake had relaxed its fierce ce:ned not half its size. It was apparently being rapidly reduced to a tithe of its former size. Awful black clouds or smoke and aehes obscured the sun. It was really as if the world was coming to an end Fearful de pression was upon the spirits of all. "Come. let us out of this," cried Carrero, "the isle is going to pieces. We shall go with lt." Frank needed no further bidding; he sent the Eel ahead down the channel with all speed. That r:m to tbe sen was quickly mude, but as they came to the surf line, a strange state of afl'airs was revealed. The wuter was almost over the high clifis. New bays and great reaches inland were formed. "What can that mean?" cried Frank, in surprise. "Is it a tidal wave?" "That is almost always the accompaniment or an earthquake," agreed Carrero, "but look, senor, It s e ems to be a p11rmanent rise!" "Aye," cried the captain, an' it's risin' higher all the time, mates!" This was true, but b e fore the Eel bad shot out through the surf, the truth dawned upon Frank. He gave a startling cry. "My soul," he cried, "I have itl" What's that, mate!" Why we are fools! Don't you see! The isle is S inking!" exclaimed Carrero. Begorra that's the way or it," cried Barney; it's go in' to the bottom!" "Golly! won't de water put out dem tires in great shape!'' said Pomp, ga z ing up at the blazing mountain. "The best thing we can do is to get to a safe distance at once," said Frank; "then we can enjoy the fireworks at our leisure." "Right!" cried Carrero. What a plunge it will be! It is, though, no uncommon th!Dg for these S outh Sea islands to disap pear in this manner." "By no means," agreed Frank. The submarine boat now shot like an arrow out to sea. It was soon far beyond danger. ll'hen it put about and lay to, for all were curious to see the end or the Weird Island. But to the surprise or all, by nightfall the eruption became lePs, and the sea fell into a dead calm. The Eel even ventured up to the shore. But fully one-third of tha isle was under water. "Perhaps no more will si11k, '' ventured Carrero. But Captain Cook took exceptions. "Don't ye fret," he said; "this is only a lull. Ye'll see what ye'll Bile by tar-morrow." / The old captain's prediction was verified. ,By morning the worst eruption of all aegan. During the nig!Jt tile great roaring column of flame shone against the wedtern sky. But by daybreak the mountain was again in fearful throes. It was a scene during that day which bafiied description. By night fall only the volcanic mountain itsell was above water. It vomited tire and steam furiously, but as Barney put it, died bard." The next day, however, thA end came. The water entered the crater and there was a series of awful un earthly explosions. 'l idal waves ran in all directions. These were only avoided by the submarine boat's going to the bot;om. When the explosions ceased und the sea grew quiet the end had come. The Weird Island had ceased to be. The gold, which was so prominent an element In its composition must there remain until possibly at some future time another volcanic disturbance may u(Jheave the isle again. The submarine boat at once headed for the Chilian coast. Santiago was reached in due time and here Jose Carrero took leave or hill new made friend8. He offered a large sum in payment, bot Frank would n o t take it. The Eel and !Jer party visited t!Je Archipelagoes and returned home by the way of the Cape of Good Hope, ba>ing thus circumnav igated the globe. FTank and Barney and Pomp returned to Readestown with the Eel. The captain returned to his own home well satisfied with this, his last cruise to the S outll Seas in quest of the Weird Island. With which explanation the author will regretfully take his leave. 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