The magic island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea trip of mystery.

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2 THE MAGIC ISLaND. 'fhe >;ubscriotion price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50; $1.25 per six months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. THE MAGIC ISLAND; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S DEEP SEA TRIP OF MYSTERY. THE STORY OF A SUBMARINE CRUISE. By "NONAME," Author of "Iu the Black Zone," "The Unknown Sea," "Over the Steppes,'' etc., etc. CHAPTER I. BAM SIN'S STORY. IT requires but a few words to introduce to the reader, Frank Reade, Jr., and his two devoted followers, Barney and Pomp. The former we have heard of as the greatest of living inventors. The pretty little city or ;Readostowu was where. he lived and had lnR wonderful machine works and made his famous mvenllons. Among these were the Air-sh!p, the Steam T1Lily-Ho, and now rumor had gone forth that he bad just. the or _all wonders the Submarine Bout. A descr1rt1on of this latter wvent10u wllich is' to figure largely in our story we will give later on. For the presPn t we will give a few incidents leading directly up to the plot of our story. Barney and Pomp, Frank's devoted henchmen, were one day wan dering along a street in Readestown. As usual, they were chaffing e ach other in a good-natured way. Be me sowl, nagur, av your feet wor any larger they'd be no chance on this sidewalk for me," declared Barney, mischievou&ly, ae Pomp accidently struck his foot with his own, and nearly tripped him. "Huh! Yo' kin cast all de retleekshuns on mah feet dat yo' wants to" sniffed Pomp, "but dar's one ling, dey ain' like yo' bead one bit." .. Eh!" excl ai med Barney, at once wide awake. Phwat's that yez say! Why, I'd loike to ask!" Bekase they don't swell!" Burney made a good natured bifi at the darky, who nearly went into an open bulkhead. There might have been a little scrap over the matter then and there, but suddenly Bnrney whistled. Hould on, naygur, there's a cop on that corner, an' he'd bate the l' to lib anywhere near dat place. Ain' got a partikle ob likin' Co' gbostises!" Samee here!" cried Sam. "but. mebby Mistler Rende he tin' on tee nllee 'boot gbostee. Chinee Emperor be payee big s!um-h11ap monee, kill ghostees an' catchee allee samee!" Pomp began to fathom the Chinaman's meaning. "Oh, I see," he exclaimed, slowly. "Yo' mean dat dem ghostises mebbe am real live ghostises, an' dat Marse Frank mebbe cud gib dem


THE MAGIC ISLAND. a a chaince to leave dat island, or lln' out anyway wba' am de mystery eb de place!" "Yep, yeppee!" cried Sam, excitedly, "de mistlee, dat am it, de mistlee, heap big mistlee.'' "Well, I done speak to Marse Frank 'bout datto-night,'' agreed the ickin' up wid a Chineser an' a naygur. Shure it's not very respict abl e company fer a gintlemon loike him." B u t for all that, Barney was not averse to hearing the whole story later on fro m Pomp, who relented long enough to tell him. The Celt was delighted with the prospect of so long a deep sea trip with the Electric Mole, and the two jokers at once set about in get ting everything in readine1s. The Mole was stored in a large building with a high trussed root. It had not yet been launched. Great doors opened iuto a deep tank of water, which was connec P.d by a canal and a series or locks with the river, not far below. As soon as the submarine boat was launched the voyagers would go on board, and the start would be maae from this Yery spot. So it was necessary to place the stores all aboard at once, and it was Barney's and Pomp's duty to have all in readiness. And while they are

/ THE MAGIC ISLAND. berry rich, I ill Huol!' il'a :lfu, he gleat pirate chi Ell catcbee Sum one day and burnee up snip, killee all sailors, Sam swim, getee way in boat, savee neck. Gettee k11lee sure if Hung Ta Mu cntchee him!" Do you think Hung Ta Mu is yet roving in the China Seat' asked Frank. Sam vigorously nodded. Ob yessee, he hub charmed life. Debbil standee wif Hung. Big monee otJered for him bend. No killee Hung. He too muchee magic an' debbil:" Something like a suspicion of the truth crossed Franl's mind. Do you think Hung Ta Mu bas anything to .do with the peculiar phenomena of the magic Island!" he aeked. Sam shook his head. "Not so," he replied, "Hung Ta Mu he heap fraidee too. Neher fin' bim near Magic Island. Mo likee magic!'' "Hum!'' muset1 Frank. "We shall see. I think a little different, Sam. However, we will wait until we get to the island." II wns not long before the submarine boat emerged !rom the river and entered the sea. Thus far she had sailed on the surface, and in fact Frank proposed to keep on the surface during most of the journey, for he could dail so much faster. Once in the China Sea he proposed to do some deep seP. exploring. As Frank desired to follow the most direct course to China, be made a straight course for the Strait of Gibraltar. The trip across the Atlantic in almost a straight lilie, was devoid of any especially exciting incident The little submarine boat proved extremely sea worthy, and rode the waves like a cork. Her engines were also found capable of devel oping great speed. QUite a number of vessels, steamers and ships of all nations spoke her going over, and in nearly every case she was taken for a Govern ment vessel, or the torpedo or dynamite class. Barney and Pomp were in high spirits, for they liked nothing better than to be on the move. As for Sam Sin, he was at once voted Lhe prince of cooks, and, indeeecl, outdid himself as chef. Thus a propitious start upon the great enterprise was made. But the future held many uncertainties. But when the last head sea was met, and the great rock of Gibraltar loomed up on their lee, the voyagers felt u aense or delight. They were soon passing under the guns of the greatest fortress in tile world. In the Mediterranean they met witll seas and a vastly dif ferent character or sailing craft. The rakish Moor, the picturesque ltoliab and lumbering Turkish vessel were th e common sort of craft. It would have been eaay to have enjoyed a variety of scenes hy stopping at Tunis, Naples, Crete or Alexandria. But Frank wa9 making a through trip, and did not care to do this. So the Mc.le kept steadily on to Port Said, and soon entered the SuPJI Canal. The pasang-e of the Canal brought them into the Red Sea, and now the Orient began to loom np near Ill hand. In due course the Mole reached Aden, and bearing away from Cape Guardafio, beaded for Ceylon. They were now in the Indian Ocean. 'l'he usual route from Europe to China, is via Cape of Good Hope, and.nortb of the Tropic of Capricorn during the Northeast Monsoon. South of that line during the Southwest Monsoon. But Frank Reade, Jr. had no occasion to bold the elements in any kind of respect. The Mole could defy the worst tempest by simply traveling under water. So he launched boldly into the Indian Ocean, setting tile elements at defiance. Had the Mole been a surface craft, be would have paid dearly for his temerity,. for tbey had been hardly three day s out from A:! en, and were nearing Ceylon, when one morning Barney came dashing into the cabin and called for Frank. Shure, sor,'' be cned, "Jt luka as if the enrtb an' tber sky are com in' fiat together, sor. I niver seen the loikes!" Frank at once rushed out on deck. The sight which be beheld ap palled h1m. He could hardly credit his eyesight, and could not help a thrill of terror. CHAPTER III. THE TYPHOON, SAM SIN was walking up and dowa wringing his bands and muttering in a maudlin sort of way. It was evident that to him 'he situation presented of great danger, An d such a strange and awesome spectacle Frank was willing to admi t he had never before beheld. Barney's assumpti!Jn t!mt sky and ocean were likely to come to g e th er see med not out of reason, Great rolling m ass e s of smol

I 'l'HE MAGIC ISLAND. 5 'l'his was seen to be true. Down deep in tue trougll of the sea, there was a vesRel, half :1pon bar side and bard pressed. The steamer!" cried Frank. My soul, she w ill never outride this storm!'' The prediction se e me d likely to be verified the next moment, when she was completely s ubmerged But a second Iuter abe came up like a cork, and went racing up the next mountainous wave. The submarine bout was chasing after her, and Frank could see plainly the peril of a colli si on. He bad half made up ll! s mind to sink the Mole, when disaster overtook the stea mer. How it all happened it was not easy to say. But suddenly the Belle of the Clyde rolled heavily upon her side, swung around twice, and then went down. It was a sigh t, for our voyagers knew that iu that brief moment hundreds {)f lives went out, eve n as the tlame of a c a ndle They were swept from existence all in one fatal s e cond. Friends at borne would watch in vain for tlleir coming. For a moment F ran k felt sick o nd f aint, B a rn ey anti Pomp shiv e r e d, and eveu Sam Sin t ur ned his g aze aw ay. In moment they came Rear sharing the same fate For the s ulJmarine boat s udd enly whirl e d an ( went about. S h e might have fou nde red in a moment more, but Frank pressed the tank lever. 'l'be next moment she was beneath tbe wav es aud going to the bot. tom a'll fast us Bile could; but she wns sat e unlike tbe steam e r. Wlmrrco!" cried Burney Sbure it's a wful stborms t h e y do have iu these says. Ou me wurrud I'd uiver care to be a sailor au' take me cU.Unc es loike that.'' Hull, we'se jes' as apt to' to gtt drowuded ours e l\es!" sniffed Pomp. 1 Phwat's that yez say, naygu r Shure ain't we undher the say now, an' we ain't drowmted?'' "Yah, but s'pose dere come a leak in de Mole, or meboe we smashe s a bole in her. Wha' yo' fink den, sub! I reckon we a m doue to' jt>s' de same." Barney could not refute the logic of this, nor d id be attempt to. He merely grunted a;;d wallied away Sin put hiij tongue in his cheek and grin n e d at Pomp. It pleased bim to see anyone get the best of the Celt. MeanwhiltJ ball aont the Mole t h rough bundreds of f athoms to the bottom. A wonrful scene was r evealed. When the Mole went unt.ler wate t Frank had presse d a button, and i n an iQstuut she was abluze With electric lights. The bo : tom of the' sea, tber e fore, was probably fot the first time ex posed to light A wonderful was revea l ed. 'l'he bed of the Indbn ocean is replete witu many wonders T11e countless varieties of sea gruss, the bet.utilul shells and c ora l f o rma tions were simply beyond description There were :,:real reaches of whitP sand bordered with marine p l a n ts of tbe most wonderful species. Denizens or the deep swam right and l eft as the hoat descended amonj!' them Fronk turned on the search light and i ts ray s showed the sunk e n steamer. She lay on her side on a reef of c<>r:.d. Of course nothing could be done for her or her ill fated crew. Tloeir fate was forever senlect. But tl } e s ubmariue voyagers gazed w i th strange emotions upon this ill-fated vessel. Many and sad were t .he tbougbts Wbicb crossed th e ir minds. No attempt was made to "isit, or even draw nearer to the wreck. It was the Jmpulsfl of all t o leave it to its deep se a grav e Frank turned the Mole about a nd beatled her away upon the course they bad been following whe n on the surface. She could not travel quite so last under th e water, but yet she 111ade !nirly good time. At that depth the mo tio n o t the storm could not be felt. But Frank fancied thnt it would not last for long a nyway. So furioas a storm seldom bas long sway. Its very fury precludes such a thing, and it soon spends it s Iore e For two hou rs the submarine boat Kept on under the surface. Then Frank decided t o g o up. He closed the l ever on the switch board, and Instantly the pneumatic 'pressure emptied the tank and the boat shot upward. CHAPTER IV. THE MAGIC ISLAND. WHEN tbe Mole rose mto the air once more, the scene pr!lsented was a vastly diff eren t one. The sea was a s smooth as but it was night, and in place o[ j t he sun a ball moon rode in t3 e heavens. The storm bad pas sed. The voyagers wer e g lad enough to e m e rg'! on deck aud broathe the balmy air onee more. It seeme : l a r elief. The depression incident upon tile l oss of LhEI 'teamer soon passey is over." Until n Jute hour r.JI sat up on deck enjoying the bPau t ilul scene. Barney brought out his IriRh Iiddle and Pomp his banjo, and they ph\ yell nnd sang i D a jolly fashion. I Finally nil retired save Barley, who was on watch the first half of tbe uigbt, to be relieved later hy Pomp. The Mole made ewi!t prog ress in tlle smooth sea. 'l'be next day, as Frank predicted, they sighted the island or Cey lon. The bad passed greatly to the south, and were obliged to bear more to the northward in order to make the Bay of Bengal. Thence to the Malny Peninsulll and through the Strnitd of Malacca, and they woull be in the Cniua Sen. Frank had no idea or stopping anywhere on the way, so Ceylon was lett upon the horiz<>n, a long, irregular coast. But the sea on all bands was dotted with curious sailing craft. 'l'lle dhow or the In:lian, the proa ot the Malay, and the junk of the Chinese were everywhere met. Occasionally a European vessel was se Bn, usually a steamer or cruis er. In olden times a voyage across these seas upon a ship or the line was tlttt>ndell with no li tie risk, for everywhere the wily pirate lay in wait. Many a noble craft had !allen a prey to tbese bounds or the sen. Even at the preaent day piracy among the Chinese abd is common, they seldom venturing, however, to attack a craft. Sam q in exciteuly recounted many thrilling incidents connected wtth the lite of a Cbineee merchant-captain. He wus !amilinr wHb these seas, having, as be declared, satled every toot of th e m as master or a junk. The little su'Jmarice boat excited no little curiosity among the vessels which were met, and once or twice she was signaled and spoken by Chinese war vessels Sam alwuya conducted the colloquy, anJ the display of the Amer ican flag se!tled all doubts; so the Mole was unmolested. 'l'be voyagers, however, bad not the sligbtest rear of an attack. They would, ind eed, ratller hav e welc o m e d it, for the Mole could have played hiOe and seP k with s uch cumb e rsome foes. across the Bay of B e ngal the little craft sped. One d a y land wns sighted dead ahead. Some exciteu .ent was creat ed, for all knew that it must be no other than the northern point of S umatra. But as no incident worthy or noLe occurred during the passage of the .1\iulacca Straits, we will pass on to find the Mole one day safely sailing tlie wat ers or the Cnina Se a. 'l be great voyage bud been made and the Magic Island was in the n ear future. At l east so Sam Sin ueclared. Tbe Chinese captuin now took charg e of the helm and begnn to lay the course. At firs t be was a trtfie puzzled by the American me t hods or navigation, but tinnily laid the course out northeast or the Latima I s l ands For two days the Mole sailed siowly onward. Numbt>rless Islan d s were pnssed, but Sam selected none of them. He described th e Ma:,:ic Island a s being far from any oth e rs. Just as the sun WAS sin below the yellow waters o f th'l China Sen on the second day, the first of u series or tllrilling incidents occur red. Until now Frank had b ee n a trifle skeptical as regart led the exist ence of the l\fagtc Island. But Sum Sin suOdeuly appeared in the pilot bouse door and beckoned to him. In a moment Frank was by his Bide. The Chinaman was PXCited. Slee!'' be exclaimed, ho11.rsely, big slee light, heap big guns go. Chinee pirate lightee ten-ship. Me tellee you!" And the Mongolian pointed far out over the yellow waste or waters. Frank saw on the distant horizon two vessels side by side. He saw occasionally a sharp tlasb of light leap from their sides and heard a faint boom, which was proof that they were engaged in a sea '' By Jove!" he exclaimed, something is going on over there. You are rtght, Sam." Yepp ee! Me alee dat quickee! I tellee you Cbinee pirate, &ure!" Barney and Pomp beard the excited declaration and cnme rnsbing in. Frank was not long in making up his mind what to do. The Mole wa1 started at once with full speed for the scene. She rapidly drew near the two vessels. And as she did so it could be plainly seen that n bot fight was In Oue ot tbe vessels was a common merchant jun!i, though she carried 'gnus, and the other was a rakish sraft of Mongolian type, !lying a black flag at her mastttead. Sam Sin was wildly excited. It am Hung Ta Mul" he cried, "he big pirate, sailee in dis alee, IJe sinkee ':Jig ebip bellee quick!" "Not il we can help it," cned Frank, "put on ail speed, Bar ney!'' All roight, sort'' 'l'he Mole literally flew through the water. Bat the two ships were a good ways off. Long before the submarine boat could cut down tile distance, the fight was over. The great merchant junk wns on her side. The blnck: forms of the pirates were seen on her decks looting her and massacrt>ing her crew. Still Frank sent the Mole ahead but in vain. The sun had aet and the gloom or night wae at band. ro complete the episode, the junk went down, and the pirate' ves. sel's satls f:llled at:d she bore rapidly away, not having seen diminutive pursuer. But the Mole would have overhauled her tor all that, had it not been for a great bank or tog which rolled in between them and shut her from view. This terminated tlle affair.


I .. 6 THE MAGIC ISLAND. Frank regretted that be could not have nrrived in time to have ar rested the tragedy. Bat btl was now perfectly satlstied as to Sam Sin's sincerity. The search-light was brought into requisition, and !or the night the quest was kept up. But in vain. Wily Hung Ta Mu bad made e;ood his escape. Sam Sin intimated that he had a rend ezvo us in the Palayan Islar.ds, where be had llktlly gone to dispose or his spoils. But Frank bad peculiar ideas of his "How far from here is the Magic Island!" he asked. Sam Sin reckoned on his fingers. "Vallee near," be replied. "Mabbe we siee i by morning allee samee!" "Good!'' cried Frank. I would J:ke to see it at once.'' Nothing more could be done, or course, until daylight. So after nwbile much needed sleep sought. But the next morning all were on deck early. Sam Siu with triumph pointed to a distant curious object on the horizon. It look ed !or all tile world like a sugar loaf hat sitting in the water. But the Chinaman declared: "Dat am de Mngic Island, slee? Soon be dere, velly quickee." Nearer the Mole drew to the object of thair quest in tills part or the world. And as now the coast line began to unfold itself, the augur lour object was seen to be a high mountain peak, which rose from tbe center of the island. Truly the island looked its reputAd character, and no place could have seemingly better deserved the title it bore of the Mag1c Island. Its shores were rocky and broken into great lines ot cliffs. There were numberless coves and bays among the lines of reef, and it seem ed an admirable biding place for a pirate veesel. In these deep harbors a pirate craft could lurk unseen, and at a favorable moment easily pounce upon a passing vessel. Everything about the isle suggested mystery and weirdness. Its very approach was forbidding to a stranger on account of the interla cing line of reefs and the multifarious channels. Certainly uo largll vessel or war could ever have passed those reefs, ali placing the island beyond the comfortable range of big guns. But the littl e Mole could pass among them with immunity. F'rauk sailed along the coast for som e ways, however, studying it closely before venturing to pass through the reefs. As far as could be seen no lmmau being was upon the island. Sam Sin gave a detailed account of the many efforts made to set,ill upon th e ieland, depicting the thrilling experiences or those who made the attempt. No tly it,'' he declared vigorously. "Debbillib dere. No gettee way ulibe!" "Humph!" said Frank, slowly, "that is the belief of your people. We will unmask tbls duvil before we get tbrongh." Sam Sin rubbed his hands with the keenest of delight. Allee lite!" be cried. Melican man am de one to doee it. Wishee luckee!" Franlt cntecbiserl the Mongolian closely as to the phenomena of the island. Sam Sm told many wonclerful things which Wt>re Munchauseu like. Beliee queer!" he declared. "Walkee long on island, see mao, you &peakee him,. he no dere. Big h1rds flyee ali 'lound bootee headee. Whist! Whew! no birdee dere. Allee queer, bellee queer!" "Yes, 1 should say so!" said Frank, dryly. I should like to get a look at some or those wonderful birds and men!" Sam rubb6d his hands gleefully. H" Melican mar: no 'fraidee. Heap lots ob pluckee. Killee debbil. Makee island free. Heaps ob gold dere. Make eberybody belly rich!'' "Gold!" exclaimed Frank, "how do you know that., Sam?" "Oh, l o t s ob Chi nee men comee here to dig. Neller go way ali be. Dat allee seen ob dem. Debbil kill quickee." CHAPTER V. .A. CURIOUS APPARiriON. FRANK was now thoroughly resolved to solve the mystery of the isl and. He was imensely interested. He had drawn strong conclusions as to the mystery. The most forcible one was that then was some strong connection between the phenomena and Hung Ta Mu, the pirate. The phenomena was, of course some hocus pocus or jugglery, for which the Chinese are famous. He was resolved to lay it bare. Frank passed many spots where a light vessel like the pirate could easily pass in between the reefs and find anchorage in deep bays, protected from the view of the open sen by high cliffs and beacllauds. He s t udied the entire outline of this side of the island carefully and made mental notes. He would much have liked to explore the other side of the island, too, but dicl not deem it expedient jast now. Thus half a day was passed. The Mole lay off the reels and Frank formulated his plans. First olf," be said, I am going to pay a visit to the island, just as if we were strangers, and bad never seen it before.'' Sam Sin looked dubious. Bellee riskee," he declared. Mob be you bettee be careful.'' I Begorra, I'm not afraid av any Cbinayser pirate on the race '" the airth," declared Barney, in a b!ustering way. "Av yez say the wurrud, Mlstber Frank, .I'm wid yez all over.'' "Golly, yo' kin reckon dis chile in too, sah!" cried Pomp. But Frank held up his band. I can't take both of you with me,'' he declared. Barney, yoa and I and Sam Sin will go, and, Pomp, you will look after the Mole until we return.'' Pomp did not demur. He knew that Frank's word was law. More over, somebody mast of necessity stay with the submarine boat. So preparations were quick!}' made. The Mole carried a light dory, and this was put off, and armed te the teeth, the three explorers entered it. Sam Sin was a trifle pale, but dead game all the same. lie did otler to back out. The boat was rowed rapidly through the surf and made the beach a point just under a frowning cliff. The adventurers stepped out and stood at last ou the shores of tbe Magic Island. Frank was the tirst to set ioot upon the land. He looked about him curiously but keenly. As far as the eye could reach tbe sandy shore extended at the base of tbe mighty cliffs, which were broken here and there by entrances to inlnnd bays. As nothing c:ould be seen of the interior or tbe island from this point, it was decided best to climb tbfl clill or some high point fro111 which a vi e w could bfl bad. It was no easy task to find a way up the cliff. Finally, however, Barney locatell a route and by dint of bard climbint; it was scaled. The adventurers stood upon the highest part of the cliff and looked upon a strange scene. The interior of tbo island was before them. To the northward was the sugar loof mountain of which mention has been made before. At its base was a mighty lagoon or basin of water, probably conn ected with the outer sea 'Jy some sort of a strait or pas sage. To the southward was a rolling country overgrown with persimmon and the varioJs wil!l growth peculiar to those latitudes. In this diree tion the explorers turned thoir steps. But in all respects the weird character of the island was main tained. Tbe trees seemed gnarled and twisted Into fantastic shapes. The rocks were grotesque, and in mnny cases assumed the forms of animals and even human lieings. Surely, there was ample excuse for the superstitious dread in which the Chinese held the A dread something lingered in tl!e very air. "Ugh!" exclaimed Barney, "it's a loikely place fer ghosts, an' av they were anything but Cbinayser ghosts, shure it's afraid I'd be me silf. '' "Mebbe yo' be 'flaid yPt, Ilisbeeman,'' said with a twi.nkle in his slant eyes. Lots ob brave men, heap big men, gettee 'fluid ob what dey alee here." Keep on your guard then, Barney,'' laughed Frank. "Aha! What have we herer He paused before a ledge of rocks. And surely, there in the smooth surface of the rock, there were footprints. What was more, they were t!Je prints or a cloven hoof. Frank knelt down and examined the curious tracks. TJ!e rock was a species of sandstone. The prints might have been made b) imman bauds, but they bad not that appearance. "Slee," whispered Sam, eagerly, "de debbil bab walked ober dat rockee. He leab him footprints in dat stone!'' Barney's red hair began to rise a bit. He stored at the rocks. Begorra, it was aitber the divil or a goat," he muttered. "Shure, I'm not afther which!" At this, both Frank and Sam Sin laughed. Well,'' said Frank, with a glance at his belt, "If the Magic in habitant of this island can leave his footprints in solid rock like that, he will be truly a hard one for us to handle.'' Sam Sin was trembling all over. :::." Melican man better go backee," he whispered; debbil gettee us sure." Frank laughed lightly. Pshaw!'' he said, "it must take something besides footprints to frighten me now, I tell yon!'' They pa6se!l on into a little clump or mangroves. Here a new speci men of the natural wonders of the place occnrred. A tall shaft of sandstone stood in their path. It might have passej for an ancient obelisk, but from its side and fully tea feet above the ba9e there gushed forth a stream of water. This was unlike anytJVng Frank had ever seen, bat was easily ex plained in natural causes. There was a powerful spring under the obelisk fed by a higher elevation. The pressure had worn 11way the inteiior of the stone and resulted in a r;atural fountain. But the adventurer.s bad hardly finished their inspection or this woa der, when Barney gripped Frank's arm. "Sufleriu' Moses!" be gasped. Wud yez Ink at the dead min en to loifel" Upon a llat-topped elevation just to the right-there bad soddenly appeared two human forms. They were walking along with averted faces apparently engrossed in thought. The clothing they wore was like the shronds used !or the deud. They hardly seemed to wulk but to glide.


THE MAGIC ISLAND. 7 And at this moment as the adventurers were gazing intently at them, they suddenly turned their faces. Barney and Sam Sin with yells of terror abrunk back. Even Frank was startled. The faces or dead mea could not have been more hideous, mora uncanny and unreal. The expression and ghoslly color wns fright ful. Frank had gazed steadfastly at the two beings. He was cool and collected, and thought only of fathoming their character. But even f!.S be looked, they were no longer there. They bad vanished as if tmt thin smoke or fading mist. They were instantly gone from sight. What did or could It meanT Then the young inventor found Barney and Sam Sin at his side. "Fer the love av biven, Mistber Frank," whispered Barney; "shure we'd better go back, sort'' "Muchee debbil here, gettee way quick or heap killee us!" declared Sam. Nonsense!" exclaimed Frank; don't be fools. This is all hocus pocus. Clever trickery. The work of rogues. You shall see that I will fix them." He unslung his rifle and started to scale the incline. Both Barney ami the Mongolian were now ashamed and followed him, But when Frank reached the top of the eminence the two strange beings were not in sight. Nor was any sign of them to be found any where. Tile young inventor looked in vain for foptprinls and tried to fathom the mystery or their sudden disappearance. But all in vain. He was, however, quite nnduunted. Well," he muttered, "it is very strange. But there is, of course, a logical explanation. That we must look for?" "Begorra I'm afraid we'll niver foind it, Misther Frank," began Barney. Tbe young inventor turned upon him. If you are afraid to go further," he said, sharply, "you can go back to the boat as quickly as you please. 1 will come back later." This sil enced both terrified fellows, for they were asllamed to ac knowledge their cowardice further. Nor was it exactly cowardice, for short of the supernatural, Barney feared notlling. Frank, however, was not disposed to be reclcless. He knew that there was more or les s peril in their present position. 'l.'bey might be surrounded by deadly foes. He bad, however, as be believed fatbomed the meaning of the phe nomena of the island. In bis opinion some shrewd ;t ricksters an(] rogues, possibly Hung Ta Mu and his gang of pirates, had a secret rendezvous here, ami de pend!Jd upon these supernatural exhibi\ions to frighten away any set tlers that might seek to make the isle their borne. Frank was determmed to solve the mystery. But he knew well enougb the risk of his present position and was on the lookout for a trap. If this hypothesis was correct there W!IS no doubt great risk in re maining l ong upon the isle, for it would be an easy matter for tile enemy to s..hoot tbem from ambush, and tbeir fate woui,J never be known. Howe..,.er, he proceeded to descend the other side of the slope when suddenly Shm Sin clutched Frank's arm. "Stoppee h ere, Mistler Reade," he cried, excitedly. "Whatee blackee man do wHout us, slee?'' He pointed seaward wllere a rakisb craft was seen standing in to ward tbe l and At once Frank came to a startled halt. He saw tbat Sam was right. Pomp would be placed in a most uncomfortable.position if the black craft should discover the presence of the submarine boat. That the ship was the pirate vessel of Hun:.:: Ta Mu be felt very certain. ln fact the black llag couJj be seen at the peak. CHAPTER VI. UNDER THF. REEFS. IT required hardly a moment for Frank to make up his mind wbat to do. He acted quickly. He knew that all dl'pended upon ret.urning at once to the Mole in the Quickest possible time. So the three explorers set on:. at a rapid pace for the clifi. It was easier going down than coming up, and they were soon upon the sancs. It was but a moment's work to leap into the dory and pull ofi' to tbe submarine boat, anchor;;

8 THE MAGIC ISLAND. But still the boat kept on what seemed an interminat.le distance. Frank had begun to grow anxious when suddenly the paasuge ceased, and he knew that they were in tbe open sea again. or course they most be inside the reefs, so he gave the word to Bar ney, who sent the boat to the surface. But, as all was so intensely dark, 1t was impossible to tell where they were. However, Frank felt sure tbat tbey were in a sare harbor, ror the swell of the s e a was not felt here, and accordmgly tile anchor wns dropped. As the day bad been full of exciting incidents all were tired and gla(l enough to retire. So, with tile exception of Barney, all tnroe tl ln 'l'he Celt sat on deck until a late hour; tlten be went into the pilot bonae. At two o'clock he was reliev e d by Pomp. 'l'he darky, 10 order to keep awake, took to p.1cing the deck. Barney had been below a full hour, when the coon received a shock of sur prise. From the darkness be plainly heard the murmur of voices. They -came across the water clea rly. Dat am oerry queer," he mutte red. "Wondab wha' it can meanT l'se a good mind to c all Marse Frank." But on second thougbt, be decided not to do this. By Frank's orders the re wer e no aboard the Mole. She lay a black and silent object on the dark water. The night was so still that s o und might travel a !!'OOd ways. Pomp reckoned that the voices were distan t several hundred yards. He coultl not distinguish very plainly the words, but was snre that they were not English. It am some ob c\em pirates," he muttered. "l'se j es' a good mind fo' to call Marse Frankl" But presently the voices died out. Then Pomp was glad that be Jla r l not call e d Frank. Time wore on. Then lbe darkness began to wear away and the heavens to lig h t up. Objects about became plainer. And as Pom(> studied them, a startling discovery came to him. H e g ave a little :,:asp of amazement. "Fo' de Ian's sake! I believe dat <\m dat old pirate ship!" Distant in the g loom, not a great ways, be could see a hnge black <>bject. The spars and lateen sails were dimly visible. 'ftJis was enough for Pomp. Io a mom ent he bad llown down into the cabin a11d awakened Frank. The young inventor came bnatily on deck. He was a stonished. 'l hey w er11 not two hundrad yards from the pirate vessel. What was more, Frank could see that they were c omp let ely surrounded by l und. Li k e a Das h a full comprehension of everything came to him. Th e y ball passed aoder a part of ttJe island as well as the reef, and by this snbterranenn method bad come out into the lagoon in the cente r of the island. It was all eas y enough to see n ow, but what puzzled Fra nk was bow the pirate ship had come there. Certainly it could not be by the same .paesa11:e. Yet there she was, qnite intact. There mast have been a way t hrough the reel known only to Hung Ta Mo. But the young inventor had no desire as yet to be spotted by the pirate s so he closed the doors and windows and the Mole to the bottom. By this time Barney and Sam Sin were aroused. The situation was explained to them, and the Celt cried: "Shure, Misther Frank, an' phwat good will it do us to be sthayin' 4own he r e!" "That is so," agreed Frank. And what is more, I have no in of doing so. There is no r eason why we cannot do a lit.le ocletective work by walking ashore." CHAPTER VII. ON THE M AGIC I SLAN D. BARNEY scratched his bead, and looked his wonderment as did the .others. Walk ashore is it, sor!" he asked. "Yes.'' S hure, aor, axio' yore pardon, but how will yez be afther doin' that!" I'll explain to you," sa1d Frank, if you and Pomr will go aft to fny store room and bring me a black trunk which you'll find there.'' "All roight, sor!" Away went tl;e two jokers pell mell. In a few moments tbey re t urned with the trunk. Frank produced a key and opened it, saying: Here is the wherewithal to walk aAhore, os you will agree." A nd be held up to their gaze a curious shaped helmet and a small t auk connected witb it by rubber tubes and many straps. Share, aor it's a diver's suit," declared Barney. "Yes!" replied Frank. "And no like any you ever saw before. It ja of the portable kind, or to be plain it requires no life line or airpump." Golly! dat am jes' one ob your inventions, Marse Frankl" declar-ed Pomp. Yes, it is a verv simple one, too. This tank contains some chem tcals, with which air is generated and ctrculated through the h e lmet. The generator ean be strapped on the back and by donning the bel met-presto! you can go anywhere under sea." Barney and Pomp could help a cheer and even Sam Sin grinned. "Thin all yez have to do is to put one av these suits on an walk ashore,'' declared Barney. "Yes," replied Frank. "And you and I are the two to do it." "Shnre I'm yure moo, sorl" cried the Celt, delightedly. All right!" Frank gave orders to Pomp and Sam Sin. Then he and Barney put on the diving suits. the water was not deep and it was barely a hundred yards tQ the shore the feat was not a difficult one. Leadiug from the cabin was a small vestibule. This had two doors. one opening into the cabin and one on deck. Frank nod Barney stepped into this and closed cabin door. Then Frank pressed a small valve. In an instant the vestibule was tlooded witb water. Then they open ed the deck door and emerged. In a lew moments they accustomed to the pressure. Then they slid down from the deck and set out r.;cross the bell of the lagoon. With the heavy leaden shoes, progress was not rapid but steady. The land trenued upward. After what seemed an interminable leugtlf of time, the light of day shone down upon tllem and they emetged from the water. It was just under an overhanging bank, anti they could not be seen from the deck of the pirate junk; but they were able to see all that was going on there. Crouching down in their cover, Frank and Barney watched the pirate vess e l wtth great interest. Ita decks were thronged with the most villainous habitues of the slums of Canton or Hor.g Kong, cutthroats and yellow rascals or the deepest dye. Bouts lay alongside, and Frank c o uld s ee the coolies at work trans porting bundles and bales of the looted cargo from the hold of the On the shore, other coolies were carrying these up a small emi ln e nce into a persimmon grove, where Liley were lost to sight. All doubt was settled iu Frank's mind now. or course, the island was a pirate 's and rendezvous, and Hang Ta Mu was respousillle for the myst e rious things seen nod heard. 'l'he atrocious scoundrel,'' thought Frank, "he is certainly a Mongo lian Captain Kidll. How graciously he would slit our throats from ea r to ear if he c o uld catch us." Be me sow!, Mistber Frank,'' whispered Barney, "it will oiver do to let thim get a luk at us, sor!" That's right,'' agre ed Frank, but I am anxious to get a nearer look nt them." "Ph wat is that, a or!" "I want Li) see where they put that cargo which they are carrying up the bill there." tihure, s or, how kin we iver get up there widoot bein' seenr [don't lmow," said Franl1, but we mu s t do it.'' He removed his helmet, 11od Barney did li11ewise. They were armed only witl1 keen knives and short axes. Leaving the helmets under the banl1, they crept into the cover or !1small clamp of bushes Through these they made their way cautiously. In a few moments they bar! reached n ridge of laud behind which tftey were perfectly secure from the observation of those iu the pirate b&.nd. 'l'his enabled them to press on at a rapid gait lor some ways. Then Frank came to a halt. "Ah!n be exclaimed: "it is just as I thought. Do you see that!" Whist!'' exclaimed Barney. "I kin see it uisy enough." A high section of tbe sugar loaf mountain here presented a broad and smooth cliff. In this tbere was plainly visible a wide mouthed cavern. Into this the coolies were streaming with their loads and oat !12'ain It was no doubt the secret or the pirates. With curiosity and interest the two udventurers watched the 11ceoe, Suddenly Barney clutched Frank's arm. Be me sow I!" he gasped; did yez see that, sor!'' What!" naked Frank, in surprise. Shure, sor, if I'm not bloind, It's a windbow in the cliff, car, an' there's a white handkerchief waving from it." Barney pointed and at that moment Frank saw tbe cause or the Celt's excitement. By Jove!'' he exclaim eLl; "that's true enough!'' High up in the face of the cliff he saw an oblong niche. In this tht>re fluttered a bit of white. It was withdrawn and Frank saw for a moment a white face which was too delicate in feature for that of a man. It was a woman, and she had seen and was signaling tbem. Tbe yonng inventor was astonished. What wna more, it evidently w n a not a Chinese. woman, bnt appar ently a European. There was no doubt b.IL that she was a cap tive. It was easy to understand bow Hung Ta Mu could capture some trading; ship from America or Europe, and alter killing her crew make a captive of the only fern ale on board. IL was an discovery. It is needless to say that Frank's ideas of chivalry were at onee aroused. Here was an extra incentive ror breaking up gang or pirates.


THE MAGIO ISLAND. "By the justice, yo11 are right, Barney,'' be exclaimed, it is a woman captive, and as I live, I tJelil.'ve sue is a white woman, perhaps an American Begorra, that's a blasted shame, sor, to see her shut up there an' niver a wan to l!elp hPr!" "We will give her help," declared Frank. "She rpust be rescued!" He now answered the signal made by the captive, and was please\\ to see that this was under stood. At once he was interested. Bot bow he was to give auccor to the imprisoned fe.11ale was a ques tion. He pondered the matter for &orne wliile, until au incit!ent occur red to, tor the time, divert his mind. A loud shout reached their ears, and both turned to t.ebold an astounding sight. Down an incline, not a fifth of a mile distant, a half dozen armed pirates came at full speed. Their gestures were angry aud threat ening. Frank at once saw that they were betrayed, and their position was one of deadly danger. He started at once toward th& lagoon. Qn1ck, Barney!" he cried. "We must get out of here at once! Our lives dep e nd upon it!" "Begorra, it's good sprinters they'll be to catch us!'' cried the Celt; they'll niver do that!" But this boast seemed indeed an idle one, for the pirates were seen to take a cut which seemed likely to bead the two adventur ers ofl. It was lin exciting race to the edge of the lagoon. The pirates gained upon tliem, and bullets IJegan to fly thick and fast a!Jout the two fugiti -VE's. By some miracle, however, they were not struck. The next moment they l eaped to the sando and crept under the bank. At that moment, probably the purmers felt sure of corn er ing them. But in a !lash Frank bad donned his helmet, and Barney did like wise. Thll next mGmeut they slid into the water. At a deptll ol Len feet, where no ritle bullet could have reached them, they pauseu. l'hrough thl translucent water they could see the shore and all other object& qa1te plainly, though they could not be seeu themselv<>s. saw the pirates rush down to the b ank ar.d look every where tor the fugitives. To their astonishmen t they could not be found. Tile expression of theit laces was very plain and most terrible to see. The most Villainous tiJat Frant; and Barney bud ever seen. "Be jaiJers," reflected the Celt, it's glad I am to get out av their clut ches. But it's a heap of we've given thim, to be sure. 'l'he y'll niver foind us that way." With interest Frank ami Barney watched the rascals. 'l'hey were much But .liually one or them followed the f o otprints of the divers to the water's edge. This told thA story. They indulged in excited gesticulations and motions. It was evi dent that they wfre puzzled. How had the fugitives e8caped by entering the water! They could not have swum the lagoon! This was plainly their re tsoning. There seemed but one conclusion for them to reach. Ani\ it was upparent that they tinnily adoped it. This was thnt the fugitives haa chosen drowning as n late to fall ing into the handR rf their pursuers. Apparently satisfied on thiil point th e y gave over t!1e ') n est Frank and Barney could not help a tlmll of seJr congratulation at this. They bad truly toolell the villains in most excellent fashion. CHAPTER VIII. LOS'I' UNDER WATER. FRANK was now c:;uite undecided how to act. He did not want to return to the .Mole yet. He was anxiouR to formulate and in fact execute some plan lor the rescue of the woman captive in the stronghold of Hung Ta Mo. But he was completely at a loss how to do it. Of course his only methoJ wns to invade the cavern, but how was this to be done, while the l egio n of coolies were going in and out! It was likely also that a strong guard would be posted lllere. How could this be e vaded! Again, even if the rescuers succeeded in all this, the Interior of tl!e cavern would probably be a labyrinth not easy to trace. Discovery would mean certain death. All these things w ent whirliug through Frank's mind. Finally be placed his helmet close to Barney's and shouted. In this way they could make each other hear. Suppose we move along a ways further to wl:ere they are unload ing the junlt!" he cried. All roigbt, sor!" agreed the Celt. Perhaps we can flnd some plan for getting into the stronghold or giving the womo:n prisoner help." I'm wid yez, s orl" So Frank led the way n lonl! under the watt>r, taking care to keep far enough from the surface that they would not be seen. Gradually they worked their way nearer to the junk. ThPy were soon between the vessel nnd the shore, and they could eee the small boats pass over their heads. But this change o f position s1 agested no new idea or plan. It cer tainly would not pay to go ashore here, for they would only be betray themselves nod gain nothing So Frank llnally concluded to go back to the submarine boat and talk the matter over with Sum Sin. Perhaps the shrewd witted Chinaman could auggest a plan; Frank comrnumcnted this plan to Barney. The Celt nodded his head in acquiescence, and they at once slid into dee1Jer water. On the helmet of each there was a small incnn<:escent lamp, fed by a battery within the helmet. By the light of theBe they were enabled to pick t3eir way The bed of the lagoon, however, was quite free from weeds, or anything to interfere with their progress. They bad little trouble in making their way. But alter traveling some distance, Frank was surprised that they did not reach the boat. He did not once think of the possibility of losmg his way. But this was now speedily proved not only possible bnt likely. They searcbe(l In vain tor the submarine boat. Both were sure that they had taken the right course, and most find it. But it did not appear. Here was a pretty mess. Finally Frank placed his helmet to Barney's and shouted: .. We have either lo!t our way or the boat ltns Be me sow I!" cried Barney, "it's the latter thin, for I'm shore we tuk the roigbt way!" I thought so. Again, what would make Pomp change the posi tlon or the Mole!'' "Shure, sor, he'd niver do it; we've only lost our way, sor, wbln I cum to think nv it." What sbr.ll we do!" "I kin think nv but wan thing, sor." "Ali!" "We might go back an' begin over agin, sor." "Right!" cried Frank. "Strange I never thought of that. We'll do it."' W1tb this thl.'y started back for the shore. But now again they met with a surprise. For after a long spell or traveling they did not reach it. They were unable to lind it. What. could it mean? Astonished, the two divers came to a full stop. The situation seemed desperate. There was but one conclus ion. They were lost. "Begorra!'' exclaimed Barney, "we'll niver foind the boat or anythin' else this way! Ph were are wE>, Misther Frank!" "At the bottom of the lagoon." "To be shore, s:>r, but ph were is that, may I ask?'' Frank could not help a laugh. "It seems to have been in the center of the Magic Isiand,'' be shouted, "but on my word I believe it is the bottom of the sea! We are somewhere-! don't know where!' Pliwnt will we do? Shure it's goners we are av we don't get out av this!" "We might drop our heavy shoes of lead ami go to the surface." "Wucl do us any good, sor!'' "No. WI.' could not get back to the submarine boat that way. The only thing that I can see tor us to do, is to roam about until we really lind the shore or the Mole." "All r01ght, sor! So it is!" Witb this they resumed their random quest But it is easy to imngine what this meant. With nothing to guide them they migbt walk about for days and perhaps forever without find ing a trace of the boat. But as they were situated now there was no other recouree. They must continue the random quest. So on they pacldled untilsucldenly.both came to a stop impressed with a curious fact They were traveling between two walls of coral. These bad sud denly converged and became visible. How long this bad been neither was able to guess. But the tact startled them. Great Scott!" exclaimed Frank. Where on earth are we! Can it be we have passed out or the lagoon and are among the reefs!'" "Begorra, I have a plan," said Barney. "What-is it!" Shure, sor, here is a long rope I brought wid me thinking we might nade it. It ia not very heavy, but mighty strong, an' it's Cully two hundred feet long." "Well!'' I'll put it about me waist and slip off me lead sboea._and go up to the surface. Then ye kin pull me down an' I'll know pbwere we are." "Bravo!" cried Frank, "that is a clever idea, Barney!" Shure, I thought so, sor." Whqre is your rope!'' Here, Ror." The Celt drew the coil from about his belt. It was very small, lwrcll v larger tban cord as he bad said, but it was of silk and very strong. He at once proceec'ied to carry out his plan. Frank took bold of the cord, and Barney kicked oil his shoes. In stantly he shot upward. U11 he went out or sight.


.. 10 THE MAGIC ISLAND. Some moments elapsed and the rope did not pay out. Frank was somewhat mystilied. What can be the matter?" he muttered. Something is wrong." But at that moment he received signal from Barney to pull him down. Two or three quick pulls brought the Celt into sight. "That's queer," thought Frank. "I was sure the surface wns fur-ther away than that." . Barney quicldy regamed hts leaden shoes and hts equthbrmm. Then he placed !.is helmet to Frank's. "How is it!" asked the inventor. "I thought it was fully one hundred feet to the surface." "Shure, sor, I've niver been near the surface at all, at all!" "Not to the surface!" "No, sor!" "Where, then, may I ask?" "Be jabers, a f e w seconds afther leaving here, instid av com in' into the open air, shore I run me bead agio a hard nck, sor." "A rock?" "The roof of this cavern, Mistber :Frank, for shore there's rock above us as well as on the so ides av us, sor." Frank was astoucded. "A cavern!" he ejaculated. "Well, that is indeed. To think that we should have wandered into a cavern." "Well, sor, tllat's the truth av it, an' bowiver will we git out av it?" "Simply retmce our steps." ':" The Celt made a curious gesture. That's not aisy !" be declared. Ou me worrutl, I kaiu't rem em ber wbicb way we came into the place!'' Frank was staggered. He looked about him. There was not a single object in si g ht by which be could claim remembrance of the way they haj come into tbe cavern. He bent dowt) to look for their footprints. But the shifting under. tow had compl e tely obliterated thtJse. Aghast, be stood f o r a moment unable to act. He began to realize truly how utterly and wholly they were lost. By the justice!" be muttered, "we are truly in tor it, Burney, the chances are a thousand to one against our ever getting out of this place!" That's throe enough, sorl" For some while they discussed the situation and tried to arrive at some sort or a conclusion. But finally they took that direction whiclt they believed they had come from. Frank coald easily see bow fatal a mistake might be. The cavern mtgbt lead a labyrinthine coarse under the isle. These islands of coral formation were nearly all completely honeycombed. Already both divers began to feel the lirst pa.ugs of hunger. The horrors of a d .. ath iu that place palled upon .!! rank. But he was clear grit. He would not give up. He set his teeth lirmly and pressed on. He could go a reasonable distance in this direction, uud if it did not leud them out the way they came they could about. Of cours e there a chance that other passages existed into which they might be misled. But he Cen apprised of anything wrong for a whtle longer bad it not been for un un!ooked for incident. Suddenly the hoat gave a lurcb and nearly upset two on their stools. Pomp leaped np. Golly!" he exclaimed, "wha' de debbil was dat!" Someling hittee boat, tippee me, ober belles quick!" declared Sam Sin. "Yo' am right, ealll Somefin' ron agio de bout. Mebbe Marse Frank cum back!" "Allee lite! We go up in cabin an' sleet'' "A'right," cried Pomp, "here go es, fo' somelin' am wrong l'se suat!" So up into the cabin they rushed. Pomp looked out of the cabm window and gave an exclamation of ustontsbment and dismay. "Fo' de Ian's sakes!" he cried. '' Where am we at?'' "Golleel" cried Sam Sin, adopting Pomp's swear word; "we alloe op alongee big rock! No knowee bow gettee here!'' "To be snab Ah ejaculated Pomp; "an' where am dis rock! Don't remember no rock anywberes near us. Does yo'!" "Nope," replied tbe Mongolian; "me alee no rocKee afore. Heap funny bow it comee here." "I should say so!" exclaimed Pomp, and then be began to study the situation. This resulted in a new conclusion. "I have it fo' a rae.," he finally exc!ttimed, serwusly; "dat rock neber cum here ob itself. We done cJm to de rock." This was a pbilc.sophical c onclusion. Sam Sin did not gainsay it. But it did not settle onH problem. How did the submarine boat change its position so radically! To be sure it had not been anchored, but it hardly looked reasonable that it could drift so far and again, what would cause it to dri!t! It was curious that its motion had not been noticed before. Pomp weig bed all these things shrewdly. Tbe one fact remained that the boat I.Jad 1rtfted all the same. It was easy enough to a@sume I hat a powerful undertow had come on, and picking the boat up perhaps carried it a mile or more until the rock formed sufficient object to check further progress. As this became plain to Pomp, another fact ol more importance also became evident. What or Frank and Barney? They would certainly S)On be returning to the boat. If they found it gone serious consequences rntghl be engendered. So Pomp decided to go back at once to the spot ti.Jey had left. He at once reversed engines. The submarine boat bucked away from the rock, and for some while continued to travel backwards. But now Pomp was troubled. There was uo ol.Jject or mark by which he could idl!ntify the spot they had !ell. The bottom of the lagoon all looked the same. Neither did he have any way of knowing bow far the' boat had drifted. Massy Lordy, dis am dreflul," he ejaculated. "Marse Frank, he kill me fo' dis! I jes' oughtn't to hub lef de pilot house!" Sam Sin could say nothing; but be could understand the situation and was troubled. I was somewhat curious that neither thought of goinglto the surface to locate their position. This would have solved the riddle at once. Now the trntb was the undertow had curried the boat &teatthily along for a distance of fully a m1le. Tltis was far out into the lagoon. And in backing the engines. Pomp had sent the boat off at a tan gent so that this fully explaiued why Frank and Barney did not lind the craft. Pomp ran the boat back the distance be reckoned was right and halted; then he sent the search light in every direction. But time passed and the two divers did not return. The darky was beside himself wtth earful app r ehension. He pace ed up and down like a caged wild beast. Sam Sin watched biro stolitlly. Wha' am I gwine so do!" wailed the faithful fellow, "shure Marse Frank, be ueber lin' dis bout. Mebbe he get lost, too, and uebber lin' his way out." "Blackee man, no usee walkee dat way!" declared Sam Sin. Wha' yo' say!" asked Pomp, an gtily. Wha' are yo' talkin' about. sah T'' "Blackee man heapforgettee. Me tellee how Hndee out 'boot white men ullee samee.'' Well wba' don' yo' tell den, yo' yaller no'count Chines!" crleci Pomp, angrily. Wba' am de WilY anyhow!" "Me telleo quick!" Well, how yo' do it!" Jes' ser.dee boat up pee to top of water," replied the Mongolian. Mebbe white men be on shore. Tellee where Melican man go shore anyhow." Pomp gave a wild start. "Fo' de Inn's sake!'' be gasped. Wha' dido' Ah fink ob dat befo'? I jes' do dat dis berry moment fo' euah. Yo' am amuhter dan me, .Mistah Sin!" "Yeppee! me knowee somefiing somee time!" replied Sam proudly. "Yo' does fo' a suttin' rae'," declared Pomp. Then be rushed into the pilot-bouse. lt was but a moment's work to send the submarine boat to the surface, And in doing so Pomp forgot all about the junk. Now, as fate had It, the bout bud been very nearly under tbe piraLe vess.Al. So that as she leaped np out of the water the Mole's ram shot up into the rudder rigging of the junk. There was a ernsb and a rattling of many chains. Astonished Pomp gave one startled look at the black hull frowning over him. Then be reversed the &ngines. The propeller beat the water into a roam. No use! The submarine boat would not budge.


'rHE MAGIC ISLAND. 11 Her prow was fully and fairly in the anclwr chains. She was hopelessly a Pomp could have fainted with horror. "Massy sakes, we am struck!" be wailed. '' Wila' didn't I fink ob dat ole ship, anyway! Wha' Marse Frank say now?" The effect of this startling incident upon the pirates was curious. The crash and the noise or the Mole's propeller brought hundreds of them to the ship's rail. There they saw what looked like a torpedo boat entanl!led in the rigging of the rudder of their cumbersome craft. The effect baffles description. Of course there was treme ndous excitement and a wide-spread alarm. They came hom all quarters. And among them, or cour se, came Hung Ta Mu, a tall, magnifi cently handsome Chinese, with a go..l'tee and long mustache. The hallel of tongues was hushed as he nJilpeared. In an instant he took in the situation. He was not slow to act. He gave quick and sharp orders. In down upon the submarme boat's deck there leaped half a hundred armed men. They came thundering at the cabin door. Pomp was nearly pro11trated with the force of the catastrophe. He could only gasp and stutter. Sam Sin was the coolest. He said: "Hung Ta Mu hallbee us now. We must rua kee bes' oh it. Open door lettee in, sal.Jee our necks S l ee!" "Mah wo'd on it, Marse Frank u e ber forgib dis chile," wailed Pomp. But he could see that it was folly to ofier re sistlmCP, The best and shrewdest pl a n was to surrender at once. So the cabin door was opened to prevent its being forced. Instantly the pirates rushed in. They would have cut Pomp and Sam Si n d own at once, but for the tlmnl! e ring voice of Hung 'l'a Mu. By the orders of the pirate they were therefore made prisoners and securely bound Then the excitement knew no bounds. The Chinese would h av e looted the sub marins boat then and there, but for Hung Ta Mu. He came down upon the decll: or the little boat aud entered the cabin. Wt1en he entered, his followers all went out like sheep. The n the famous Mongolian pirate confronted his prisoners. He glowered upon them in his characteristic way for some while. He looked Pomp over carefully, and then seeing that S am Sin was one of his conn try man, addressed him. or course Sam Sin understood well the langu a ge be used. The laundryman was wily enongb. t o no w seek to make the best of the situation. So he prostrated himself, saying supplicatingly in the Chinese tongue: "Oh, great Monarch of the Se as-Ruler of the Waves a nd Master of Magic-most noble lord and master, thy senant salu tes thee and begs thy precious mercv !" Hung Ta Mu's lip curled. "Rise, slave!" he commanded, with the air of a viceroy, or other high potentate. '' Answer me these questions truly or you die by the sword!" I am thy slave," replied Sam Sin. Hung Ta Mu gave a comprehensive look abont the cabin and de manded: Who is the captain or this vessel, and where is be! Whence comest thou!" Sam Sin was for a moment a t a loss bow to answer. CHAP TER X. A CLEVER GAME THB shrewd laundryman was pl aying a desperate game. He knew full well the peoat ty were he c aught in a lie. Yet to tell t he absolute truth would be fatal. Now if the r e Is one nationality on the face or th e enrth which is capable of the most skillful of deception, the Chinese. Nothing can equal them for absolute chil d ish simplicity and candor masking treachery and deceit. So that Sam Sin's position was a desperate one. He knew that Hung Ta Mu was looking him through and through. That to be caught in the slightest of prevarications meant "oil" with your bead." But Sam S in, d espite this, took the most desperate chance. "Oh, most noble master of t he sea," he replied, "I will answer thy question in truth." "It will save thy head, dog!" "Most merciful of kings,'' replied Sam Sin, "know thou that this pretty vessel is the pleasure boat of a noble American-, who travels nuder the sea--" "Hung Ta drew his yataghan. "What is that thou sayest?'' be thundered. Sam Sin prostrated himself. He swore by all tbe s a cred g ods of the Chinese that he spoke the truth and would prove i t. "Thou shalt s ee for thyself,'' he declared, "that this boat will travel un de r the sea. Th o u shalt ride upon it to the depths unex plored by the divers, where ther e are mighty pearls as large as apples, and secret palac es o f the deep sea gods. All this, most noble master, I swear by Confuclns is the sacred truth.'' Hung Ta Mu looked about him again. He was pleased with the appearance of the Mole and its rich furnishings. IIHis vaulty was tickled and bis cupiuuy excited. The tale or Sam Sin seemed to him a bit strong, but if not from the bottom of the sea, where else had the boat come from! If Sam Sin's story was true, and he had really capturetl a boat which would sa1l under the sea, where then would be the limit to his powers! Would be not be the greatest or nil living Chinamen? Slave," he said, sternly, "if thou bast told me the truth, I will make of the a prmce. If thou liest, thou shalt be fearfully dealt with. Where is thy master and the captain of this pretty craft!" Sam Sin made another sal a am. At the bottom or the sea, noble sir!" be replied. What!" exclaimed Hung Ta Mu, again half unsheathing his blade. 1 With this Sam Sin undertook to explain to his highness, the pirate, just bow Frank nod Barney bad been able to don helmet!! and walk abou t on the bed of the sea. Hung T a Mu liatened with intertJst. Next he followed Sam's lead over tbe vessel. As well as he could the Chinaman explained the mechanism or th e submarine boat. Hung Ta Mu hong UJ>On every word. At first be wns suspicious. But Sam was so plausible and so honest th a t he was half convinced. He understood nothing or the principle s or electricity, and ascribed the electric dynamos to the curiou s magic of the captain or this won derful craft. It only ex cited his vanity the more. He was at once possePsed with a mighty ambition to become mast e r ol this magic as w e ll. His eyes shone like fire balls. What a mighty prize he had captured? What a wonderful thing was revealed to bilflf A great resolution at once seized him. He placed the qlade or his yatagban at Sam Sin's t!Jroat. It was keen enough to shave the incipi en t beard from, his chin. Dog! be said sternly. Hung Ta Mu thee life if thou wilt swear allegiance to him! Thou shalt show bim bow to make this boat descend to the depths of the seu, and shall serve him faithfully! Stand free!" One dextrous slash of the blade and Sam Sin's bonds were cut. The wily laundryman protested earnestly his gratitude, then said: "Nollie master, thou shalt be taken to the most wonderful depths, but th y slave is only the slave or the black man and cooks for him his food, but !mows not the sailing of the boat. The black man will sail it for thee.'' "Say you so!" said Hung Ta Mu leniently. "Well, he shall have his head too." With which be struck ofl' Pomp's bonds. The darky bad taken his cue from Sam In a few swJt spoken words in English. But now Sam again prostrated himself a nd explained that the boat was wedged in the anchor chains of the junk. Hung Ta Mu saw that this was true, and, going ont on deck, gave orders to his men to fre e the boat from the ch a ins. Half a hundred stout pirates were at once at work upon the task. From tbe cabin window Sam and Pomp watched like hawks. They were looking for a chanc e to turn tbe tables on their captor. Should he remain on d e ck a moment after the boat was freed suc cess would be theirs, for it would require but a moment l o r them to press the button which would hermetically seal the boat and send her to the bot tom. Then Hung Ta Mu and his associates might swim for their lives. But as chance had it, the pirate captain came back into the cabin. He bad just entered, when the boat was freed from her eocumber aoce. Sam Sin gave the signal to Pomp, who was at the keyboard. Like a llosh every door and window closed. The boat gave a quick plunge and went down. \ The or pirates on her deck, were brushed off into tbe water like !lies. Hung Ta Mu was -the only pirate on boar(}. Simultaneous with the sinking of the boH, the electric lights Jlasbed !orth. For a moment Hung Ta Mu was startled. His keen blade leaped from its sheath, but Sam Sin was prostrated before him. "It was thy orders, most noble ruler,'' he declared. We are thy slaves, and thou art en tb:y way to the famous wonders of the bidden sea." In an instant, Hung Ta Mu's manner change:!. He rushed to the window and looked ou t J:ie saw already the while coral reels below. Pomp was sending the boat ahead at full speed. It was a bewildering moment tbe pirate chief. But he was cbarme!l. He drelt' himself up with swelling bosom. He was now master of things beneath as well as above the s ea. Io what respect was the ernperor greater than be! He strutted about the boat in his consequential way, All the wh1le Pomp and Sam Sin were quietly sawing wood. They knew that they bad accomplished a great triumph Tiley wer e alone with Hung Ta Mu. Tbey were two and be was one. Practica lly he was their prisoner. But they did not care to havli a drawn combat with him. He was a powerful man, and his sword wus very keen. It would be better to overcome him by strategy, and that tbe to shrewd fellows were capable or this there was little doubt. 1 I


1 2 TllE .MAGIC ISLAND. 'l'hey allo w e d B u ng 1'a Mu to revel in his fancied triutuph for some while Meanwhile they wer e bu sy d e veloping plans. At an unobserved mom e n t Pomp conv e yed a wire from the pilot ho!lse to a c h ai r at th e s alon t a ble which bad a steel frame. H11 made t h e co n n ect i o n s k illfully, and then connecte d the wires with the dyn a m os, put t i ng on a stop key in the pilot bouse. Meanwhile Sam Sin h ad been b usy in th e galley. Be now c a me up wttu a smoldng r e pa s t and s one bottles or rare wine. These he placed adro ill y upon the t a bl e and prostrated him s elf before the chair w h ich P,omp b a d doc t ored so The ruse worked to a ch a rm. Ta Mu en t e re d in t o th e s p irit or the affair, and seated himself pompously. Be p o ure d out s omtJ or t h e wine and raised the glass to his lip s. That was all. Sam Sin made a quick m o tio n w ith his band. Pomp caught it and pressed the button Bu11g Ta Mu o ne fierce l eap a nd b ung limp and unconscious over tbe arm or the c hai r. The current bad do n e its work. Pomp ha d not turned it on with sufficient strength to kill but sim ply t o stun. With extreme delight the two v i c t o ri o us s chemers rush e d f o rward. Pomp turued a tlip flap a n d Sa m Sin went through a curious Chinese dance. Lor'sa m a ssy I" cri e d t he overjoye d coon, wba' M a r s e Frank say now! Golly we'se Jes' c au!,:bt de ole c h a p bis s e 'f. Mucbee bil!: sing!" c ried Sam delig htedly. C a tc b ee pirate, makee us allee ri c h tak e e t o P e k in. E mperor mak ee us all ee noble men ., But no time was l os t in s e cur i ng t h e i r p r ize, f o r e hould the g i ant pirate regain his senses he mig h t mak e i t warm for Liis captors y e t The first move wa s to disarm th e ir p r i s oner. The dr&aliful yataghan was tak en fro m him and a brace of Chinese pistols. The captu red pirate w or e a n imm e n se a mount of J e welry of fabulous value, Ilia linger s bein g c o v e r ed wit h rin gs bat these were not touched. Hung Ta arms were bound be h i n d him nn

'l'HE MAGIC ISLAND. 13 "Eh?" exclaimed Frank. "Sllure, sor, I dou't llelave a hit av it. Do yez moind the dampness av this place? On me worrud I it's in some cavern we are." Frank crept to the wall of 1 .he c.iti and examintttl il carefully. Then h e drew a deep breath. Barney, you're right," be declared, we are In a cavern." Shure thin,'' declared the Celt, we're jist as bad off as iver we w or!'' Frank clutched the Celt's arm.," he said. "we are in the loaf mountain and the stronghold of Bung Ta Mu." The C elt gave a start. "Be gorra, Misthllr Frank, that's phwere we are to he shure," he cried, i t 's l o ikely Wll'll se e some a v thim com in' this way afore long.'' "I ho p e that will prove true." agreed Frank, "so for the present let u s remain h e re until we get a bit rested. Ugh! bow chilly it is!'' S hure sor, there's wan way t o war rum the inner craytber, '' lie clartld Barney All, how is that?" \Yid a bit of 'baccy au' a poipe." "By Jove, that is right!" agreed Frank. A capital idea!'' From unaer his rubber suit Harney had produced a plug of tobacco, a Lind e e n aud matches intact. S hure it's here at your sarvice, sor, ''be said. Not a bit of it, thank you," said Frank, refusing the generous or fer; l have a cigar.'' .And m two minutes the two exhausted mlln were solacing tbem selvea with a smoke. Alter tlnishiug this they felt I;IUCh rested, and arising. Frank led the way along the !edgy shore. Sudueuly he came to a stop. Far in the distance he saw a dull glow of light. Ee watched it in tentlv. "Do you see that, Barney!" he whispered. We have, indeell, found onr way into Bung Ta Mu's strougholll." B e gorra, ye're roight." The two explorers were now all intent upon the task before them. This was to approach as near as possible to the den of pirat11s. S

THE )JAGIC ISLAND. They bad certainly solved the mystery of the Mal!iC Island, had reB cued the fair captive and made a prisoner of Hung Ta Mu. Sam Sin w a s in a transport or keenest delight. "Dis makee big m an oh Sam Sin," be cried. "Emperor reward him, you s l ee. Makee big monee. Stlay in him own countlee now!" "Then you won't return to America with U3, Sam!'' asked Frank. "Nope! Me ricbee nu!I now," replied the laundryman. "Emper or makea me big man!" t Well, I'm g lad or that," declared Frank, but now the question is, what is to be done!" Quite a long consultation was held. The result was that it was de cifl ell to leave thfl Magic Island at once. The M o le would proceed at once to Hong Kong. Here Sam Sin could take charge or the distln!!:uished prisoner, Hung Ta Mu, and reap whatever reward from his capture that be was able t o Thorpe would be restored to her friends, and then the Mole would start upon her return voyag e All this was ar. once decided. But before leaving the lagoon, Frank bad decided to give one blow at tbe pirates. He sailed under the big junk and fixed a torpedo to her bottom. 'l'h e n paying out a quarter of a mile of wire, he sent the Mole to the surface. TbA scene presented was a thrilling one. The shore and the decks were olive with the excited pirates. The non-return of their chief from Lbe deep sea expedition, had alarmed them greatly. It was to them qu i te patent that "foreign devils" bad carried him away forllver. Ju one sense tbey were right. When the submarine h "at emerged from the depths of the lagoon, Frank touched the electric button. There was a tremendous upheaval of water about the big junk. Then she setLied quickly, and the coolies, like flies, began to leap from her decks. In less than ten minutes she was restingupon the bottom or the lagoon. Her (:liratical career was at an end There was no need of remaining longer on the Magic Island. It was better to leave the punishment o! the rest of the pirates to the Chinese government. It was easy to !ind the circuitous channel leading out o! the lagoon. Soon the submarine boat was at sea. Straight across the China Sea her c ourse was laid. The happiest person on board was Agnes Thorpe. Her rate had once looked hopeless to her. HHr gratitude to Frank Reade, Jr., was of the deepest kind. Bnt poor Sam Sin was cheated of his greatest triumph, One day Hong Ta Mu came out of his ravings long enough to be ration10l and sent for Sam Sin. "I am thy prisoner, dog!" be said. What wilt thou do with me!" "Nothing, eire," replied Sam, with an obeisance, "that is the will or thy master, the Son of the World, our Emerpor." "So you will take me to the Emperor!" I will, sire." "Know thou what will be my fate!" "I can guess,'' replied Sam suavely. "I shall lose my head. That will profit thee little. Why d01t thou seek my life! I'll with thee and reward thee in ten times what thou wilt receive from the Emperor." Sam Sin rubbed his bands. "But the honor,'' be said, and the subject dropped, Bot Hung :ra Mn bad no intention or facing tile Emperor pr a tribunal of Ice. The next morning when Sal!l went to the prisoner's cell be found a corpse. In 80me adroit manner Hung Ta Mn bad imbibed a Chinese poison, and thus thwartetl justice. But Sam Sin was not to be defeated. He tl:e body, and when Hong Kong was reached set out with 1t to Pekin. And be met with success. The Emperor sent a war-ship to tile Magic Island and exterminated the pirates, Hung Ta Mn's reign on the sAn ended. And Sam Sin was made a nobleman of the first class, and ever after ward dwelt in Jlowery ease. Agnes Thorpe was restored to the arms of her family and her lover in Hong Kong most happily. Frank Rende, Jr., was given a great reception there. But he did not tarry long in Chinn. 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The magic island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea trip of mystery.

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The magic island; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea trip of mystery.
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Frank Reade library.
Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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New York
Frank Tousey
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I No. 144. { FRANK Tousmv. PtrBr.IsRRR. 3! & 36 MooRE s,nER'r, NEw Y oRK. { J n .ICE } Vol VI New York, October 16, 1896. Iss01D \VEEKLY. 5 Entered acc ording to t h e Act of Cong 1 ess, in the ye

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