Below the Sahara: or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring an underground river, with his submarine boat.

Below the Sahara: or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring an underground river, with his submarine boat.

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Below the Sahara: or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring an underground river, with his submarine boat.
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1ed as Second Ulctss 1lfatte1 at the Xew Yo1k, N. Y., Post OUtce, Octobe1 5, 1892. 'R.To 147 {coMPLETE} FHANK TOUSEY. Punr,,snreR. 3i & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREE'r, NEw YoRK. { neE } Vol VI .&.,. New York, November 27, 1896. IssUED WEEKLY. 5 CJCNTB. Entered acco1dino to the Act of C011'ess, in the yeu1 1896, b11 FilA NT( TO lJSWfT, in the o.(Jlce of the Lib1a1'ian of Conoress, at IVashinoton, D. C. Bulow tho Soh oro: or, Frank Reade, Jr., Exploring an Underground River, With His Submarine Boat. By "NONAME.'' Horrified, Frank sprang to his side. "My sonll" he cried. "What is the trouble, Brosseau P 'Yon are hurt P"' "r-m juat a bit faint--1'11 be all right soon!" declared the savant. "It is only a flesh wonndl" "A wound!'' ejaculated Frank. Than sometb ing hiaaed paat his ear.


2 BELOW THE SAHARA. The subscription 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. BELOW THE SAHARA; OR, Frank Rea de. Jr., Exploring an Underground River, With H i s Submarine Boat. A MARVE LOUS STORY O F THE GBEAT DESERT. By '' NONAME," Author ot "In White Latitudes," "The Lost Navigators," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. THB FRENCH BYN!IICATE. ONE day, Frank Reade, Jr., the distinguished young inventor, who scarcelv needs an introduction to the render, so world-wide is his fame, received a cablegram from Paris, Yin London, which gave him a great surprise, and was the means of his tpon a series of adventures, the like of which probably human beir.g has never ex perienctod. When be received the cablegram, he bad just put the stores aboard his new submarine boat, the "Venture," with the view of starting at once upon a deop sea trip. For he had long since solved the wonderful problem of submarine navigation and perfected a deep sea boat in which he could remain tor an ln!lellnite time at the bottom of the sea. The cablegram, however, bad the result or completely changing his plans as we shall see. it read: "No. 14 RUE DE MONTMARTRE, PARIS. Jmm, 17th 18" FRANK READE. JR., READESTOWN, U. 8. A.-The l<'rencb Govern ment at the instigation of the Egyptian department has granted a charter to the Great Sahara Exploration and Colonization Company, of Paris, France. Capital, fifty million francs. The mouth of no underground river which empties into the Niger bas beeu discovered and it is believed that by tapping this at certain intervals, a system of can be established which will redeem nearly the eutire dPS ert and make of It the prod nctive nod fertile region on earth. Our representative With lull power to act, .Monsieur Pierre Brosseau is at this moment on board the La Gascoyne en route to New York to confer wltb you in regard to the possibility of chartering your subma rlne boat and your personal services for a thorough exploration of this underground river. We hope to be able to enlist your sympathy and support, and any favors you may confer upon M. Brosseau will be duly appreciated oy your bnmole servants, Respectfully the unrJersigned, "M. HONORE LA CHATILLOII', "M. Huoo LA VoNTANIE, "M. GASPARD DE M. BERTRAND LEGRAND. j Board of Control nod Honor9ble Commissioners of the Great Sa 1 barn Exploration and Colonization Company of PariM, France. (PosrsoRIPT).-Mr. Brosseau alwuld arrive in New York by the 22nd, in the morning." It Ia hardly necessary to say tbnt Frank Reade, Jr., wne not only interested but surprised ns he reud this message from a foreign land. He waa surprised that the honorable commissioners of tt.e French company abould consider seriously such an appnrantly hair brained scheme. He was ioterested 1teeao1e the exploration of no under-I ground river would afford him just the element of adventure and risk which be was looking for. "An unaerground river below the Sahara." he "That will afford plenty of acope, I vow! I can see no better way than to udopt the acheme-at least, I will have a serious talk witlr M. Bros senu when be arrives." So be touched a bell, and the next moment a diminutive darky ap peared in the door of the private office. He grinned and ducked his bend, anying: l'se beab, sab. Wha' kin dis chile do for you, Marse Frank'" Pomp," said the young inventor, sharply, where is Barney!" He am jes' outside, sah.'' Tell him to come in with you.'' A'rigbt, sah!'' The coon disappeared. In n lew moments, however, he reappeared, and behind him came a sturdy son of tile Emerald Isle, with a shock of brick red hair. and chock lull of fun. These two or companions were Frank Reade, Jr.'s most trusted servants. They had accompanied him upon all his great ex peditions to all parts or the world. Two livelier, jollier rascals. the sun never shone upon. "At yer snrvice, sorl'' exclaimed Barney, scraping profoQodly, "the naygur said yez sent fer me, Mtsther Frank?" "That is true, Barney," replied the young Inventor, "I have some thing to tell you, both of you!'' They ducked their heads. Our projected trip to the coral isles of the Pacillc will, I lear, have to be given up." Barney gasped and Pomp a sneeze. Shure, sor, that's too badl" Golly! dat am dretfull" "Hold on!" said Frank, wilh a smile. "I have r.ot abandonei that project without the prospect of a better onel" Instantly their faces lit up. "Shure, Jllisther Frank, I'll belave that yez know phwat's best!" "I hope so!'' rejoined Frank; "the new project is a one." With this be read them the French cablegram and explained the project to them. They listened with wonderment nod interest. "Now," concluded Frank, "if I can make all arrangements salis fact ory with the Frenchmen, we will take that trip below the Sahara. It will anything we have heretofore undertaken!" "Golly I'' exclaimed Pomp, standing on his bead in Lhe doorway. "Whurrool" ejaculated Bnruey, turning a flip-flap right there on the spot. "None of that skylarking :you rnscalsl" cried Frank, "be off with. you and see that you have the boat in ship-shape order. Leave noth log undone." And away they scur r ied. Before the 22d arrived the Venture was in tine condition l or Ule


BELOW '!'HE SAHARA. 3 cruise. Frank bad studied up all the mapa and charts cr the Sahara, and fancied be could locate the spot even where the subterranean river entered the Niger. Frlink had wired a friend in New York to meet Brosseau at the wharf and place him aboard a train for Readestown. He would arrive sometime that evening. Frank's carriage was at the depot, and when the distinguished savant alighted he was driven at once to Frank's palatial residence. Here the dinner table was spread and he was received cordially. M. Brossellu was a tnal, finelooklng type or the Parisian, with ur bane manners and faultless dress. In a few moments be was fast friends with the young inventor. Luter In the evening they repaired to the library and discussed the Sahara project at run length. The result was that when M. Brosseau retired Frank took hla hand, and said: ''You may cable your people in the morning that we shall start within the week for the mouth of the Niger, or the west coast of Africa." Brosseau was delighted, and no doubt slept happily that night. The next morning he sent the cablegram. Then be want down to the machine works with Frank to take a look at the wonderful submarine boat. This rested in a tank, or large basin In the grellt yard or the works. This was connected wiLh a lock and gates Into a canal which led down to the river below which was navigable to the sea. Upon construction the Venture bad been launched into the tank and there it fioated, walling for the disposition of its owner. Frank led his vieitor aboard the Venture by menr.s of a gangway, and lhen proceeded to describe it while M. Brosseau listened with the deepest of interest. You will see,'' said the young inventor, "tbat the model of the Venture is not unlike that or that class of warship called a monitor. Tbere Is no great depth or hold and the bRam is wide. This ts intend ed to assure the ship's steadiness and seaworthiness while nnc:Jer wnter." l have never seen a vessel of tbis model before, M. Reade," said tbe Parisian. "Well, it is not a common type," continued F'rank; "the hull or the Venture is or thin but strong steel. It is essentially water tight in all parts, the doors and windows to the cabins having tlanges of rubber which hermetically close and seal the vessel. Amidships is the turret or round cabin with windows looking all ways. You will notice the bell moutbed receivers over this turret. 'l'hey extend to the great tank in the hold, from wbich the water is ex pelled by pneumatic pressure when it is desired to raise the boat from the ocean Also on the forward part or the turret is an obser vation tower witb plate glass windows all around it. "This curious turtle sbaped structure in the stern with the tubes in it, Is to accelerate the &inking of the boat when tbe lower valve in the tank is open and the boat Is under water. It admits water to the tank to sink or raise the boat, or in other words to gauge or regulate its altitude while under water. Without It the boat would eitber go straigbt to the bottom or else to the surface. "The mechanism of the Venture! Electricity of course, consist ing or powerful dynamos fed by a system of storage of which I have tbe secret. 'l'be engiuo anc:J dynamo room is in the forward hoi.J under the pilot bouse. In the pilot house is an electric key board by means of which an operator can regulnre the boat at his pleasure. Over the pilot house yon wlll see a powerful electric search l1ght especially designed for penetrating great distaocP.s under water. "Now for the interior of tile boat.. There are all necessary com partments for eating, cooking, stores and machinery. Five persons can find comfortable state-rooms aboard the Venture. Bow do we manage to Hod sufficient air while under water for an extended t1meT Easy enough! Here Is our chemical generator which, filled with tbe necessary chemicals, can generate enough pure air, tlls seminated in tubes throughout tbe ship to support human life an in deHnite length ot time. Yes, the Venture can maintain a fair rate of speed under water. She is lowered or raised by the filllr.g or discharg Ing of the great tank which extends along her keel. This is the sub marine boat in all its parts." "I am and charmed," declared M. Brosseau, eulogistic ally; "it is the prince or nil inventions, and no one but an Amerlcno genius could have brougbt it to such a rlegree of perfection." CHAP'l'ER li. HO! FOR TUE SAHAR.A! FRANi: smiled at the efrusiveoess of M. Brosseau's decision, so cbar acterlstic of a polite Frenchman. 'l'hen they sat down nt a tn91e in lhe cabin and began to study a number of charts. Brosseau 'Was thoroughly familiar with the Sahara region and quite able to give all directions as to how to reach the mouth of the under ground river. He hnd explored parts or the Niger country which he declnrett had never before been visited hy a white man. "The Niger," he declared, "is hke no other river in the world for diversity of scenery and variety or At one time It fiows through deep walled canyons and over grent rapids. At an other time it is completely lost in n labynntb of marshes and lowlands where it is almost impossible to tlud the true channel. Also these regions are peculiarly deadly to human life." "We must gourd against tbnt," said Frank. "Yes, or lose our lives. In tbls wonderful river there Ia one leland, that or Jimballa which is 220 miles long." Whew!'' exclaimed Frank, tbere is no equal to that." "You are right. Now beyond this island of Jimbnlla we wlll find the tributary which followed up for n !etr hundred miles finds il8 source In the subterranean regions of the Great Sahara." '' Is the Niger nnvlgnhle to this apotT" aske.J Frank. "I think it ts! We may encounter some IIWi!t channels, but in a aubmarme boat we ought to find our way tbrougb tbem." "No donut!" "I canQot tell you more of the Niger until we enter it. The delta Is in the Gulf of Guinea, and between tbe Bights of Benlm and Blafia or in latitude 5 deg. 30 min. north. We shall experience some diffi cuhy at the delta, as tbere are many false cbanoels. But we will succeec:J despite that." I think so," agreed Frank, though be had begun to see how dilll cuit an enterprise he bad embarked ln. However, be was not tbe one to falter nt an obstacle or hindrance of any kind, so be agreed to all of M. Brosseau's suggestions, and the plans were at length fully completed. Barney and Pomp meanwhile had lost no time in getting the stores aboard nod fulfilling tbeir part of the programme. So tbat one day the submarine boat and Its voyages were all read)' for the etnrt. Of course reports of the enterprise had gone abroad, and great throngs of people gathered about the river banks to see the start. It was 11 bea11tlfnl June

I 4 BELOW THE SAHARA. "Or at least made the spoils of a half dozen European monarchies," said Frank. M. Brosseau smileil. "You have the true American spirit,'' he said. "I ssppose you would incite a revolution and make or it all one grand republic." "And that is just what it will be some day," declared Frank. "It can never be governed by so many heads. It would cr ea: e internal strife and discord, I am in sympathy with the Boers, who, if they urea bit eccentric, are inclined to tight for their freehold and their rights." M. Brosseau laughed heartily. "I admire you Yankees for your cando r and your pluck," he said, and then dropped the subject. Into the Gulf of Guinea the submarine boat ma d e its way. All were upon the qui vive now for it was a straight course to the delta of the Niger, nod a day at the most must bring them to it. None of the voyagers ever forgot that first view of the great delta. The mighty tracts of marsh, jungles antl stretches of w avi ng palms nil made a scene of desolate wildness s ucb as it is hard to conceive the like of. And now began the real difficulty of finding the true channel of the river. Leagues of winding lagoons and straits were passed through ere at Frank felt convinced that he was in the true Niger. The current was so extremely sluggish that it was very difficult to tell the true course. But finally all believed that they had struck at last the right channel. It required fully two days of careful exploration to pass through the Niger delta. Then the true river was spread to view. And the wilrlernes9 at periods give way to great s tre t ches or savan nas with rice!ields and plantations of Immense proportions. No efl' ort was made to communicate with or make the acquaint ance of the natives on the river banks. Tlle submarine boat, as rapidly as possible, sailed on up the Niger. At every turn new scenery unfolded itsel!, and the seaboard was gradually left behind. M. Brosseau paced tile deck, and scanned the shores with the keen est of interest. This was noL the first time be had traveled ov e r this part of the Niger, so that the scenes about were qmte familiar to him. More over, iL was the delight of his heart that he was every moment drawing nearer to the mouth of the underground river, which he now saw the possibility of exploring. Volumes might be written descriptive of that sail of the Niger, the limited space of tllis narrative will not admit of more than notice while we pass on to scenes and incidents of a more character. weeks the Venture threaded its way through swamps and Ja. goons, channels and lakes, somettmes of immense width, through rocky canyons, over swift rapids, where the little boat was hurd put to it to ascend, and under the overhanging of mighty forestB. Our adventurers spent nllariy ali of their time on deck, sleeping the hot tropical nights in hammocks while the Venture swung at anchor in midstream. I At times great shoals of crocodiles were met, and huge water snakes of enormous size crossed the bow of the boat to give the voyagers a chill. I In tree tops beautiful plumaged birds and chattering monkeys thronged. The tiger sometimes was seen crouching in the depths of a jungle, and the elepha n t and wild deer came down to slake their thirst In the waters of the river. The lion's roar was often heard, and at night the hyena and the wolf made things l:iideous with their howls. These and tbousantls of other features peculiar to the tropics were encountered. But the first really exciting incident did not occur until the Venture had reachetl a point far up in the heart of the Soudan, CHAPTER III. TBR COURSE OF THE NIGER, FAR up where the river takes that great bend into Timbuctoo, which is called the Knee, one day the Venture emerged from a high walled canyon to see spread before the view u mighty lake caused by the widening of the river. Miles of low country were flooded thus, and the appearance was that of a vast inland sea. The hour was near noon; the sun beat down with tropical ferocity. Barney was in the pilot house and the Qther voyagers were stretched out upon the deck under white awnings, trying to escape the intense heat. On emerging from the canyon, Barnay began to use a sounding de vice which automatically registered the deptll of the stream on a dial in the pilot bouse. In order to do this he was oblige<) to slaeken sueed. Just to the right was a vast growth or sedge and swamp grass; deep in t.his there lurked a half hundred deadly foes. Eight long canoes were in the tali grass and In each were a hall dozen savage blacks armed w ith javelins and clubs. Their glistening eyes were fixed upon the slowly moving boat. At au early hour that morning they had seen the Venture enter the canyon from a height of land near by. The river here took an acute angle. They were lying in ambush for what they considered legitimate prey, Whether they would bag it or not remained to be seen. I 0 The Venture was proceeding slowly and no one thought of looking aft or apprehended danger from that quarter. Barney was engaged in locating the channel. Sa that the eight ligt.t canoes were not obsened when they shot out of the sedgy grass and crept up silently behind the submarine boat. Dusky hands gripped the rear rail of the Venture, black lithe forma went over it and sprung upon the after deck. Not until nearly a score of the blacks had thus boarded the Venture did the voyagers become aware of their deadly peril. The warning first came through M Brosseau, who arose from his hammock to go into the cabin. His astonishment and horror were to be described as he gazed aft. "Sacral" he exclaimed in r. low, tense voice. "On your lives, friends, we are nttacketl !" What!" ejaculated Frank, upon hie feat in a moment. Then be too beheld the astounding spectacle. But no time must be lost. It was necessary to act and instant ly. With horrid yells the black crew made a rush forward. Brosseau bad already reached the cabin door, Frank leaped into the pilot house, ami Pomp went down the batctJway into the engine room, clos ing the steel trap after him. Ali was done in the of an eye, but it was not a moment too soon. The keen javelins rattled against the doors and windows and the nex t moment the black horde were trying to force their way into the cabin. Tlley certainly had possession of the deck. But this did not, by any means, mean the capture of the boat. In vain they tried to force their way into the cabin ar:d the pilot house. The steel doors resisted them. While the voyagers had now recovered their se : f-possession, and wEJre able to take measures to overcome their assailants. Yet this did not relieve the situation of some risk. Hau the blacks been able to force a window or door in that moment the result might have been serious. But luckily they did not. And while M. Brosseau was desperately wondering llow they were to meet the emergency, Frank was at Barney's shoulder. "How deep is the channel!" he asked. Thirty feet, sor." "Not deep enough. Put on speed,'' commanded the young inven tor. The n he watched the sounding dial eagerly, while the boat swiftly rnu mto deeper water. Frank's purpose was obvious. If be could reach the deeper wnte1 in season, all woulJ be saved. If the blacks forced a wmt.low or door before then, ali would be lost. Forty-forty-five feet! the dial registered. Then fifty was recorded. This would leave the tops of the masts oat of water, bat these could be lowered by an automatic device. "Now!" said the young inventor, "I think we can shake them off!" Barney prllssed the tank lever, 'l'be next moment the boat began to settle. Down it went with a plunge. The were left like flies floundering in the of water. Being perfect swimmers of course they did not drown. But there were crocodiles in plenty in that water and before they were able to scramble into their canoes a numbE'r of them fell victims to the saurians. When the Venture, went down of course it was into dark depths. But not for long. Frank touched an electric button and In a moment the interior of the air-ship was abi nze with light. From the windows of the Venture all could look out into the depths of the river and see objects quite plainly within a wide ra dius. Hurra-h!" cried M. Brosseau, delightedly. "We gave them a surprise, I'll wurrantt "You are right," agreed Frank, "and no doubt it u;as a surprise." I suppose, however, none of them are likely to drown." They need fear only the crocodiles." And at that moment Pomp pointed through the cabin window, cry ing : Golly! Dere am one ob dem gwine to make a fat meal fo' de reJ;til11s.'' 1 A monster was seen darting away into the depths with one of the blacks in his jaws. The eight was a fearful one. The Venture continued on fer some ways under water. Then Frank ordered Barney to go again to surface. The Venture leaped up into daylight. This time it w11s seen that they were well out Into the lake, and the canoes: were but specks In the distance. The decks were quickly dried by the fierce rays of the sun, and the Venture was enabled to continue on her way as quietly as if nothing had happened. But, despite this, there had been a moment when the situa t ion wa1 critical. Now, the incident was over, the voyagers were buoyant in spirits, and on the whole relished the spice of the affair. Yet it was decided safest, henceforth, to proceed with more caution. All that day they sailed the great lake. At nightfall the shores began to contract, and they anchored for the night in a narrow gorge, Brosse11n was much excited.


BELOW THE SAHARA. 6 "We have made grand progress,'' he declared. "I think by to morrow noon, we will rgach the mouth of the 8ahara river." This announcement created some excitement and much interest. Burney and Pomp were delighted. And as Brosseau had predicted, the next day the Venture divllrged from the true channel of the Niger, and entered a tributary which ex tended to the northeast. And now tlle country began instantly to undergo a change. Tlley were in fact already in the Soudan and must 111 a lew days at furthest come to the sands of the Great Sahara. But Brosseau said: We sllall touch tlle verge of the Great Desert only. Under a high hill of gramte called the Talna Mount tlle river from its sub terranean course. We shall then enter upon our trip below the Saba rut" But the rank vegetation of the tropics was no longer present. There were barren plains, rocky ravines, with only clumps of palms here and there as an oasis. Everytlling pointed to the approach to the Great Desert. Animal lite was rarely seen, but a number ol times wildly clad horse men were seen galloping across the plains, and wllen questioned the French savant would sllrug his shoulders, aud say: We do not want acquaintance. Tlley are worse than the Bedouins, and to fall into their clutches would only mean robbery and death." "I have heard that the lower verge of the desert is infested with fierce tribes or bandits and barbarians," said Frank. "Are they al ways nomadic!" By no means!" replied Brosseau. Some of them are organized Into commanities and have built walled cities, from wllich they make a business ol sallying forth and scouring the entire desert for prey. Any caravan or traveling party is at any moment liable to an attack from them." Ugh!" exclaimed the young inventor, the Government of the Soudan, or at least of Egypt, ought to take measures to exterminate tile wretches!'' "Ab, that would not be easy. They are well fortified and are very hard to defeat. It would be impossiblu for an army to sut;sist in this barren region, and only a large army could hope to give them fair battle.'' "Then they are almost unassailablet" "Just so. But so rar as you and I are. concerned, we are content to let them alona. Tiley will some day eat each other up." "Ab, but will they not interfere with your project of colonizing the Sahara!" As soon as we can establish our system or irrigation and reclaim tile desert we cr.n support men enough to hold them at bay and event ually exterminate them. Oh, we apprehend that they will give us much trouble.'' The words had hardly dropped from his lips when he gave a sharp cry of pain and blood allot from his neck and he reeled and sank part ly to his knees. Horrified Frank sprang to his side. "My soul!'' he cried. What is the trouble, Brosseau! You are hurt!" l-am just a bit faint-I'll be all right soon!" declared the sa vont, it is only a flesh wound!" "A wound!'' ejaculated Frank. Then something hissed past his ear. Then there was a thud against the steel door of the cabin and a lend bullet splashed over its surface. Iu nn instant Frank realized the truth. They were being fired upon from the shore and at such a distance that the report C(lnid only be faintly heard in the face of the wind. It was a moment of peril. CHAPTER IV. IN THE UNDERGROUND RIVER. OF course Frank's first impulse was to drag the wounded savant to a place of safety. But already Barney had come to his assist ance. "Shure it's some av thim barbarians over ferninst that cliff, sort" he cried. "Shure they ave foine line on the deck!" "Then we must get under covel'. Heigho! they shoot like liends, don't they!'' exclaimed Frank, as a bullet cat away a part of his aleeve. Before they reached the pilot house Barney had received a shot through his cop and a small flesh wound in the arm. But in the pilot bouse they were safe, and could now locate their foes. They were a group of the desert robbers upon a high cliff, distant some two hundred yarde. It was a miracle that their bullets had done no greater harm. Brosseau was found to be only slightly wounded, the bullet hav ing inflicted a alight gash In the muscles of the neck, notluqg more. A bandage was applied and he was all right, and as he declared, ready for retaliation. M ea nwhile the Arabs on the river bank had been occupied in fir log a perfect fusillade of bullets at the Venture. or course they could do no llarm. Burney and Pomp had secured their rifles, and were eager to open a return fire. But, after some consideration, Frank said: On the whole, I think we would do well not to answer their fire." Why not, Monsieur Rende!" asked Brosseau, in surprise. Well, we could gain nothing by it. They cnn do us no harm, I and it would mean only a needless expenditure of ammunition and sacrifice ol human lite. I am always averse to needlessly taking humau life.'! But we ought to teach them a lesson." We shall llave opportunity for that when we get to close quar ters some time. But they would not prollt by any lesson we might read them now." Tile savant put down hia rifle. "On the whole you are right, Monsieur Reade!" he declared; "there is no need of taking human life except in selfllefenae.'' So the Venture did not retaliate upon the foe as she might have clone, but sailed on past the cliff and out of range, and it was at thiS that, turn lUg a bend in the stream, a high hill loomed up jWI m lront. An excfamation escaped Brosseau's lips. At last!" he cried; It is the hi!! of Talna!" It is!" cried Frank, eagerly; "then we must soon enter the sub terranean river!" "Just so!" agreed tbe savant. "So far our expedition is a succeso!'' "But It is not yet begun!" cried Frank. "True enougil!" As they drew nearer now to the hi!! of Talon, all were much on the .. qui vive. Bend alter bend ol the winding stream was rounded, and yet the hill seemed as far away ever. It was two hours later that the Venture came to the base of the hill. Here they came into a wide lagoon, the water of which was as blue nod transparent as the sky. This was raced on the north by a high smooth wall of rock. In this there was a high arched cavern. Out or this rolled the sluggish current ol the Sahara river. As the voyagers gazed into the depths of the black mouthed cavern they felt a queer thrill, partly ol dread, partly ol vague From whence came this mighty volume of water! From what un known cllambers ol the earth, and what was beyond that grim en trance! Was it the threshold of an unknown world, a region never before visited by man! Who could tell what wonders might lie beyond? Tbe Venture crept nearer to the entrance. Then Frank turned ou the search-light and sent its rays fullmto the dark depths. They showe!l the black wa!!s or the cavern arch. and a hundred yards farther on, a blank wall of rock. This was an abrupt angle In the passage. Wllat was beyond, could only be d.!termined by entering, Venture ahead. "Takeyour last look at the sky for a long while," cried there's no telling when we may come out ol here.'' Involuntarily all obeyed, and the next moment they were in the dnrk cavern. On glided the Venture and turned the anl{le. This only allowed another beyond, and this being turned, showed another, and so on through the depths of the cavern. For hours tile Venture crept on, deeper and deeper Into the bowels or the earth. Thus far there had been plenty of space between the surface of the water and the roof ol the cavern, but suddenly the roof of the cavern begun to lower. Tills reminded Frank that it would be well to ship tile two masts, which was done, they being lowered to the deck. As they proceeded, the root of the cavern seemed to constantly lOWer. Finally there were but a few feet between it and the roof of the cabin. Frank gave the signal. "We sllall have to travel :mder water now," he declared; "it is lucky for us that we have a submarwe boat else we could go no fur tiler!" Barney sank the boat, and tbe voyagers now for the first time saw the bed or the underground river. It was not eo easy picking way along under water, for the cur rent was at times very powerful, and it required all the strength of the engines to drive the b(lat nheud. This, of course, made progress slow. The only way of reelwning the hours of sunset and Run rise now, of course, was by means ol the chronometer. For fully three days the submarine boat groped its way through the passage. This began to wax as well as monotonous, and M. Broaseau declared: It is very strange that we do not meet with some change. Is there no subterranean chamber or cavity anywhere on tile course of this river!'' We hllve traveled one hun :Ired miles," declared Frank, and if we were to encounter such a change it is full time.'' "I haY('! noted cne peculiar fact." "What!'' "Tlle force and volume of the water bas not decreased a particle." Tbnt is true.'' It is easy to see what that implies!" That it is a big river and that we are yet a good ways from its source.'' "Just so!" "Well," declared Frank, vigorously, "we will follow it to its source if It takes a lifetime. Once undertaken we will not abandon a project.'' I am glad that is your resolution, Mr. Reade. But indeed I can not but believe that we will ere long reach some part ol the river which will enable us to again go to the surface!" There is no doubt of tllat!" \


6 BELOW 'l'BE SAHARA. "Ahl" Both men gave a violent etnrt. Barney from the pilot house shouted down Into the cabin: "Shure, Misther Frank, wud yez cum bare qoiGk!" Both Frank nod Brosseau, with ou leap, bounded into the pilot boose. A strange glare of ligi.Jt blinded them. "What Is it, Bcrneyf' cried Fmnk. "Shore, sor, it's molghty llard to tell, but I should say It was a foire undber the water.'' "A tiro!" cried Frank. Then be and Brosseau rushed to the window nod sllaued their eyes. An astounding scene met their gaze. They bad emerged at last from tbe tedious channel passage. They could see tbat ti.Jey were in some large body of water, probably an un derground lake or sea. But the surprising thing wns the !net that to the right there was a broad Inca or stone, and against it there blaze.d a dazzling light. The senrchligbt was far away into the depti.Js or the lake, but Frank, neverti.Jeless, shut it off to make sure tbat it was not tbe cause of the illumination. But It was easy to see that it was not, for the agajnst the wall ,JVas now more powerful than ever. It covered a epaciO' of many square yArds, and wns as if the rock was luminous. "That is queer!" declared Brosseau. "What do you make of it, Monsieur Reade! It cannot be real lire." "Ct>rtninly not,'' replied Frank. "We will get nearer." Barney edged the boat 11earer to the rock. Jt was now seen that the light was emittnnt and yet constant. Brosseau gave a cry. "I see it now!" he shouted; "It is pboaphornsl" "Phosphorus!" exclaimed Frank. "Yes, tbe precipitation is very powerful. In that rock there are all the necessary chemicals to make tbe peculiar ligbt." "But the water, sor!" asked Barney. "Pshaw!'' exclaimed the savant; "it Is the water which brings out the phosphorescence. I doubt U you would see the rock as luminous if it were not lor the water." It was truly a curious freak of nature. The voyagers regarded it for aome while with interest. But other wonders now claimed their attention. The submarine was turned away. The force or the river current was not now lelt at all. So the Ven ture easily glided on her way through the waters ot tile underground search-light was DOW used to its full limit. Tile fur depths or were brougllt to scrutiny. proposed to first explore the b6d ol the lake. Then they to the surface, for he believed that tbe cavern chamber was ed and far aboTe the surface or the water. bed or the lake seemed to consist of bard gravel and there was no sign of aquattc growth, and but few llsh, these being small. But as the boat crept on over the sandy floor, Brosseau suddenly exclaim ed: Wait, Monsieur Reade, I believe I hnve made a discovery!'' "All!'' exclaimed Frank. "What may it be!" As near aa I can guess there is a section of very even stone pave ment under us, monsieur!" Stone pavement!" Yes, Monsieur Reade,'' declared the Frenchman, somewhat excit edly. "And what is of greater importance is the likelihood t!lat it could only have been laid by human hands.'' CHAPTER V. THE SUBTERRANEAN ISLE. Tars moE't astonishing declaration or Brosseau's gave Frank a genu Ine shock. For a moment lle knew not wbat to say. ::; Not until tile Frenchman bad spoken again impatiently did here. cover himself. "If you please, monsieur, I wouhl like to investigate, if yon will kindly stop the boat!" "Most certainly!" declared Frank, coming out or his spell; "you gave me a great surprise. Brosseau!" Then he motioned to Barney wbo brought the boat to a dead stop. Tben It was lowered and rested on the bottom. Tbe aearcll-ligbt was focused upon the bed or the lake contiguous to the submarine boat. An astonishing discovery was tile result. For a certain fact a line or stone pavement existed just under the boat. It extended far into the distance, was about forty feet in width and seemed to have been once used as a street or road. Here was an astounding discovery. It was plain thBt none bnt human hands could have laid thnt pavement. In this case a startling fact was proved. This part or the subterranean river had once been above water. It bad even afforded a home for human beings. These facts were undeniable. But on the other band, were these unknown beings cavern dwell ers, an underground race who had never seen the light or the son? Or had this part or the cavern once been above ground and on tbll level of the Upper Sahara? Ali these questions presented them selves. A hnrder problem it was indeed hard to lmogine. Brosseau wns a man of science and or wide knowledge, but he owned himself puz. sled. It is beyond my ken," he declared. It excePds all the won-' I r ders I have ever discovered. Bot le& us look on further. We may lind an explanation." The Venture was raised a lew feet and went ahead slowly. The paved roadway was followeu carefully and subjected to the closest kind or a scrutiny. It extenaeu lor a long ways under the underground lake. Then suddenly our voyagers became aware of a startling fact. They had all the while been ascending, nnd now, to their amaze. ment, actually came up from the depths or the luke to its surface What was m:>re, tba roadway did the snme, anrl on unknown area or land lay before the discoverers, under the high roof of tile mighty cavern. This island in the subterranean lake, for such It seemed to be, was of considerable proportions. Acd as the search-light tlasbed across it, another startling fact wns revealed. This was tbnt there w11re ruins of ancient buildings upon the Isle. Here was indeed a discovery. "By jove,'' Frank, we have indeed hit upon a wonder ful discovery! This is proof or the existence at one time of a subter ranean race of people." "I discredit that," said Brosseau. "Wl111t,'' exclaimed Frank, in surprise, "in face or all this evidence!" Brosseau nodded. "I do not beliGve that an underground race would have raised sncb buildings,'' he declared. "In the tlrst place they never need book. Jt would never be known. The air of t,he subterranean isle was damp and oppressive. It nf !ectad the two explorers not a little, and finally it was deemed advisa able to return to the Venture. But just us t!ey bad decided upon this move a startling thing hap pened. Soddenly and without a moment's warning they were in otter darkness. Frank clutched Brosseau's arm.


BELOW 'l' H E SAHARA. 'l What is that!" be ejaculated. Can y ou s eer "Not a \lung!" What bas happened T" The search-light bas become extingui s hed That l eaves us in tbb dark!" "True!" cried Frank, but the boat a nd her lig hts m y l!oul! We are lost, Brosseau. Sumetlling has c ert a inly happen e d to the llo atl For a moment the two m e n w er e b o rror s t rnck as t his poss i bility dawned upon them It certainly meant their doom it s uch wa3 t he ca se. But th e y clung to hope. "The light may h av e b ecom e extm gu isbe d tempo r a ril y," s aid Frank; "or course Barney and Pomp w o u l d not go off aud leave u s here. It will Hash up again soo u .'' But Brosseau wns mcredulous I don't beli e v e i t," he saiu, with n shrug; '"d t d you h e n r an y t h i n g like a mufile u explosion when the light ceased!" "I have a faint remembrance," said Frank, "bu t what could ha v e ex ploded on board the Veut ureT'' Ob, a hundred things may h av e happened. Who c a n tem H ave you anything lill:e an ide a or the point s o r the comp as s!" Yes,'' repli e d Frank "I nm now f a c ing the spot whertl the light was last seen. H we c an k e ep a straight c ours e we can r-each the gang plank-that is--" "What!" "If the boat is yet t!Jere. Each drew a deep brt!ath B u t it was n o t ime for s q ueamishness They knew that their lives depended o n the s ucc e s s or the i r undertak ing. Should they fail to reac h the gang p l a nk o r lind i t gone then they m ight face a fearfu l f ate. The isle would be their to m h Nor would thei r fate be long def er red for there was n othing on the isle upon which human beings could subsist. Straight on they ke pt, feehog their way in t h e pitchy dar k ness It was u tedious and fear lui c limb. Bot they kep t on nod soon ni te r c la m be rin g over some roc k s, Bros seau sail!: "Tbnnk IJeaveo! I ca n r e e l the w ate r Mon si e ur Rea de. We have rea ched the sho r e!" "Then sbo u tl" said F r a nk. Burney and Pomp should hear us." A nd sh o ut they did, w aki n g t h e e c h o e s or the glloulisb place. But no answer c ame. N othin g c ould b e se e n or b e ard. All was the sile n ce o f the t o mb. The two men were dazed. What did it mea n What ba d bappeoed to t h e Ven t ur e W!Jere had It gone a n d what ba d b ecome or B a rney an d Pomp! F r ank never had known them t o f ail him b e f o re. Certnin l y they had neve r left in t h e submari n e boat or their own volition. Frank knew thi s. Something had undou b ted l y b e f a llen t he craft. But what coul d it beT This was the s eriou s q u esti o n Heaowhlle the two men sat u pon the roc k s by t h e wat erside, wait log and hoping to see th e lights or the Ve n t u re once more. And tn add t o the h orro r o f their s i t u a tion an appalling discovery was made. The water io the lak e was risi n g. Every moment it eoc roach e d upo n the shores or the subt e rranean isle. It bid fair to complete l y swamp it. In thaL case what o r th e two explorer s 1 It would mean a fearful d e ath b y Steadily the wate r ro se. F r ank an d his compani v n were oblige d to keep constantly changing their positions A n d h i gher y et the wat er run F rank begun to get anxious. It was really a fear ful thing to die like this, p owerl e s s t o aver.t t he awful fate. CHAPTE R VI. BARNEY A N D POMP II\ A QUANDA RY. B u T what happened to the Venture, a n d why h a d she t aken h er sudden and mysterious departure! This i s n o d oubt t h e problem which most interests the r e ader nt this juo c t u re After Frank ami Brosseau had depa r t .. d B u rne y an d Pomp w e re left to the perfor m ance o l a numbe r o f quit e arduous d utie s Pomp was in the cooking galley and Barn e y in the eng ine r oom. After a time the Celt thought be wouiJ j ust run dow n nod s e e the coon lor a few m o ments, and p e rhaps a cc e p t an i n v itation to sample s ome of his cooking, which was always pnr Hi how yo' is, Marse B a rney? crie d the coon p l e a sa ntl y as the Celt appeared. "I done C 'ot yo' wud show up lifo' lon g," An' Jlhoy did y e z think that, nnygur!" naked B u rney. "Ah done reckon yo' git a bit hungry an' h all t o tin' s o m efing to ea t Help yo's e'f to dem c r ullers ol>t!r dere il yo' likes dem, un' dere a m a lilt ob bran d y in

8 BELOW 'l'ilE S.AH.AR.A. The mystery was explained. Bat the dilemma was not yet relieved. The engines were not power ful enough to draw the boat out of this heap or debris, for tile propel ler itself was covered up. Meanwhile, what mast be the sensation of Frank and Mr. Brosseau, left in utter darkness upon the subterranean isle? How were they to know the fate of tile Venture? All these tlllngs occurred to Barney. The Celt was never in a state or greater perplexity or uncertainty. Pomp now appeared and they discussed the situation. It was not an easy problem to solve. "There's jist wan thi&g about it," declared tile Celt, finally. We must get worrud to Mlsther Frank in some way or other, an' a wanst. We niver kin get tile bO

BELOW THE SAHARA. and through a hundred different sandy valleys, what a change there weald be. The would then truly be made to bloom like a rose." "There is logic in your theory," Frank; ":hope you Will succeed. All! what is this?'' Frank pressed back the electric lever nod brought the Venture to a full stop. There was abundant reason for this. It could be seen that the riTer here separated into two diU'erent cho.nuels. This was the tlrst time tbut such a thing hud been encountered. It meant either that the river here divided itself abo11t an island, or that this was a meeting or two rivers-one tributary to the oth er. The problem for our voyagers to solve was o.s to which course they should take. It was a positive conundrum. "Which shall it t>e, Brosseau?" asked Frank; "it shall be for you to deciae." "lndlled, I cannot say," replied the Frenchman. "Certainly the course to the right looks as good as that to the left." Tbeu let us try the right," cried Frank. "We can do uo more 1hnn experiment at any rate." "Very li:;OOd, M. Reade!" So the submarine boat went to the right. The current now be came much stronger. In fact it required all the power or the engines to stem it. It ran with almost race-horse speed. For two days the Venture struggled on against this adverse current and all the while under water, for the stream quite filled the under ground p age. Then, on the third day after having traveled seventy miles as Frank reckoned it, they came into a more sluggish current, and knew that tlley were upon higher ground. .M. Brosseau was in the observation tower, where he chanced to make a discovery. Far 11bead be saw a gleam of light, for they were now traveling on the or the river. He instantly shouted: "Moo Dieul Come quick, M. Reade. I have a discovery!'' Prank sprung into the tower at once. Brosseau pointed thruugh tile plate glass windows. Do you see?" be said. Frank gave a mighty start. Daylight!" he exclaimed. Qui, monsieur!'' We are coming out of the subterranean river!" That is the truth, moosieur. We shall soon behold the light of clay once more." It can hardly be said that any in the party regretted this. It would certainly be a grand relief as well as a delight to see the light or day once more. So the spirits of the voyagers were high, and Frank cried: Put on all speed, Barney. Let us get there as quickly as pos aible.'' CHAPTER VIII. THE OASIS. BuT Barney neede<\ no further incentive. He taxed the dynamos to their utmost. And the Venture sped forward with great speed. Every moment the patch or daylight grew !urger. "Be me sowl!" cried the Celt, "it will be loike a glimpse av Paraelise to see the sun on the sky wnost more. Pbwat do yez say, nay !UrT" "Golly, l'se ob de same 'pinyon, chile," declared the coon. "I jes' lalk fo' to put mah rut on de solid yarth once mo'." "Well, I'll !lgree tbat you Rhall have a chance," declared Frank, "If we find that we are In a safe locality." This was joyful anticipation for Barney and Pomp. And ou raced the Venture. As the opening was approached a vista beyond opened to the gaze of tl)e voyagers. There was a broa!l expanse or water showing a lake, or widening of the river, at least. The shore, dimly distant, showed a line or waving palms. "An oasis, beyond a doubt," declared M. Brosseau; "but we shnll soon see." And this proved a fact. The submarine boat suddenly shot out into OJ>en air and the scene spread before the voyagers for n moment blind ed t hem. The Soudan sun beat down bot and pitiless upon the lagoon or basin of water, which was surrounded upon all sides by grassy slopes and green palms. The glare of light it was which blinded the voyagers. But this was soon overcome. Then looked about them with deep Interest. That this was an oasis or water bole in the mighty desert there was no doubt. The fringe of palms about it bid the great sea of sand from Tlew at that momeo:. Brosseau was eager and excited. He took In all tha points or the compass and began to enlarge upon the possibilities of irrigating canals being built out from this very OBIIiS. "Millions of acres CMl be 1looded by these subterranean rivers," be deelared. "l am now !letter satislled than ever of the practicabtllty of the scheme. By the way, M. Reade, I should much enjoy belnr set ashore by and by. I would like to take a look at the deaert." "Your wish shall be gratified,'' replied' Frank; "and 1111 soon as you please." Well, I suppose the sooner the better." "Vary well!" The Venture was steered in nearer the shore. Then a gangplank was thrown out and touched the sands. The Venture drew so little water that this was always easy to ac complish, and saved the launching of a boat. First,'' said Frank, we had better make sure that the onais bas no other occupants. If we were spied t,y a troop of Beduoins now, they might make it disagreeable for us." "Yon are right," agreed the savant; "it is well to proceed with care." So Frank and Barney, armed with rilles went ashore first. They took a look through the palm grove. There was plenty or evtdence or Tlsitntions to the oasis. There were remams or former camps and the debris of a caravan, hnt nothing more. No living being other than themselves was visible. This settled tbe matter. The submarine boat was safe at Its anchorage, so even Pomp came ashore. Then exploration of the oasis was made. There were marks to show that this was a common stopping place Cor desert travelers. Many a caravan bud sla:ted its thirst in tbis pool, beyond a doubt. lL was nice and cool under the shade of the palms and by the water. But just heyond the frluge of green, the mighty expanse or glistening sand extended as far as the eye could reach. It was a mighty spectacle, and showed what an enormous part or the earth's surface Wall thus rendered of no use to man or benet. "But It shall be reclaimed," declared Brosseau, enthusiastically. "You shall see. France will have a mighty empire here yeti" "Well," said Frank, "as well as I can Hgure it, we have traveled a long ways under this waste or sand. We must be well into the heart of the desert." "Yes," agreed Brosseau, "and our theory of tbe ramification of these rivers below the Sahara, is proven correct." "Is that ail, then, that our mission calls for7" asked Frank. "By no means. We have not yet been able to judge the extent. Moreover, we most determine the best spot for perverting the main channel of the great Sahara Rlvtrl" That will be a bit dimcult, won't it?'' asked Frank. I think nQt, with the aid or the submarine boat self." I hope we shall be able to accomplish all purposes." I have no doubt of ill" Barney and Pomp bad been gathering dates from the palma otherwise enjoying tbemtelves. ln fact, the voyagers bad been so deeply engrossed In this part of the oasis that they bad given no thought to nny other part of it. And so it happt>oed that they dla not see a body or horsemen com ing up on the other side out of the desert. They were fierce-looking and their hawk-like visages were sunburned almost to Ethiopian blackness, while their horses staggered in their gallop. They were armed to the teeth, and were plainly a lawless crew of Bedouin plunderers, in quest or prey. Though tbev were also unaware or the presence or others in the oasis. So that they rode down to the edge or the pool to water their horses before they became aware or the fact. Tllen they saw the Ve::tlure lloatlng near the opposite shore. Por a moment tbe Bedouins rubbed their eyes in sheer amnaement. They could not believe their sight. What could a boat or such proportions be doing In tbis lonely hg oon of the oasis? Moreover, how could it have got there! By tbe soul of Allah!" <1uoth the lender, Mahmood Ali, as be pull ed his black beard. "Am I dreaming, or is it a truth!"' I s<>e the some as tbysell, sire,'' said his confrere, S!!leiman Bara k!, as he shaded his eyes. "It is a floating craft like uuto those we see in the Nile or the Red "Allah defend us!" resumed the Bedouin chief. See you any sign or mou about her, Suleiman, brother!" "Not so," replied the other Arab. "It may be the mirage-yet, no! It Is too near. Ah! the boat bas come up from tbe depths or the earth through the lost river which feeds this oasis, Airel'' The sheik smote the jeweled hilt of his sword. Right, noble brother," he replied; that is the story. It 11 the 1lontlng home of some prince or a people strange to us, and who may live under the earth. What say you!"' The noble sheik has the perception and second sight or a great prophet," replied Suleimnn. What shall be his next orders?'' Sheik Mahmoud drew himself up proudly, and his eye tlnshed with the tire of a true conqueror. There is nothing in the which does not belong to the Be.

10 BELOW 'l'llE SAHARA. The Arabs quickly made a circuit or the lagoon. They drew rein by t!Je plank which led to the deck or the Venture. It was an undoubted surprise to them to meet with no resistr.nca or to encounter no person. For a moment the sheik was puzzled. He dismounted from his horse and approached the plank. Sulei man w as quickly by his side. There seems to be nobody wlLhiu this strange boat, noble broth er," be said. Right, Sheik," replied Suliem nn, it is likely that they are all ashore, perhaps in @Ome other part or th e oaais." The suggestion seemed to give the sheik an Inspiration. He turned and shouted: "Hyder, you and a dozen of good men scour the palm grove. Bring ail you lind to me alive. Do not slay them, or it will cost you your life!" I hear, noble sheik l" Away sped the deputation, and Sheik Mahmoud begun to cross the plank. He wns quickly on the deck or tbe Venture. A score or his mea were with him. A more villainous looking crew could not be imagined. The sheik opened the cabin door and passed in. The result was to im a most startling surprise. The cabin richly furnished, and to him seemed a palace. He looked about him with glittering eyes. Where was the good Genii which had put this prize into his grasp? With the unction o r the true Arab he proceeded to take possession of l!ia pr1ze. His men would have ransacked the boat, but be forbade it sternly. "This is given Mahmoud by Allah for his palace!" be declared. "In it we shall sail to those regions in the center or the eartt where the skies are of jasper an d the mountains of onyx and pearl. Great is Allah I Noble is the Sheik Mahmoud!'' The servile followers bowed to the deck. And thus the noble Mah moud took possession or the Venture. And while ail this was going on the unsuspecting real owners of the craft were still at the ver ge of the t.lesert listening to M. Brosseau's visions or a reclaimed Sahara. Better it would have been for them indeed if they bad left at least one or their party aboard the submarine boat. The failure to Jo so had resulted seriously. Brosseau was in th e middle of a grand peroration when a startling thiQg occurred Suudeoly the thud of horses' hoofs burst upon their bearing, and through the palms there came riding a troop or Bedouins. llasbing smmeters and ready gnus they came in a half circle off retreat to the lagoon. For a moment the voyagers were startled to act. 'fben Barney cried: "Murtherl they're at ween us an' the Venture, sorl Phwat shall we do! Shure it's a foight we'll have!" We are lost!" gasJJed Brosseau. "Steady!" cried Frank, comm andingly; "don't tire a shot without my orders! Let us see first what these fellowu want!" The Bedouins had drawn rein ana Hyder, their leader, was making a salaam over his saddle. CHAPrER IX. MAHMOUD ALI GETS A DUCKING. FRANK bad acquired a smattering of the Arable language during a sojourn at one time m the city of Damascus. Therefore be managed to partly understand the worJs of the Bedouin lieuleoant. "In the name of Sheik Mahmoud, I call upon you to surrender. It is the will or Allah!" was the substnuce of Hyder's demand. Frank gathered this much and then made reply: Who is Sheik Mabmoudf" The chosen of Allah, prince of the sun and lord or the desert,'' replied Hyder, granuiloquently; "throw thyself upon his most gra cious mercy, noble sire!" "Zounds!" cried Frank, angrily, "give my throat to an assassin's knife. I warn you not to interfere with us. We have the Sultan's ukase, nod he will have your bead if you trouble us!" Hyder only grinned. "The Sultan is a good way s from here,'' be said; "be rules not the Bedouin!" "Well," cried Frank boldly, "you shall not block our path! Be off and tell your sheik that we will not accept terms!" But Hyder sat statue-like on his horse. There was a grim smile on his lips. "My master's commauds I must obey In the name or Allah I" he said. "I nm told to bring you to Mahmcud alive!'' Frank saw that argument was out of the question. The fellow was qui t e unreasonable. What was to he done! He realized the gravity or the situation; in fact, that it was most desperate. He was anxious to get back to the Venture immetliately. A chill came over him as it occurred that possibly the rascally crew had taken possession of the Venture. "My soul!" he exclai med as he turned to BroRseau, "I believe we are ruined! We ought not to have left the Venture unguard ed!'' "Do you believe that it is now in their possessi'>n, M. Reade!" "I fear so." "Then we are lost!" That looks to be the truth. However, we can make a light--" "Against such odds! It would be madness. We might kill a few of them but they would sweep as out or existence like chaff." This was true as Frank could plainly see. The guns of the Bedcuins already covered them. Certainly the situation was most desperate; what could be done? Frank weighed the question slowly. Hytler had grown impatient and spoke to two of his men who dis mounted ana advanced. Frnnk turned to his companions, and .said: "There are only two things left for us to do; sell our lives or sur render! Which is bestf' "Begorra, I'd loike to give them wan good shot onyway," de clared Barney; "they'll be afther killin' us iutoirely in the end!" "Golly! I got mah eye on one ob dem debhils," declared Pomp. Oh, it we only bad cover," groaned Frank, but we are wholly at their mercy. Only the sands of the desert are about us!" "That is true," said Brosseau gravely, and on the wi:..ole I believe it is best to surrender!" "You do?" Oui, monsieur!" Why do you thiuk so!" .. There is the only bare chance for me. We will DO doubt be tak en before this sheik. He may g1ve us our freedom. At any rate we may get a chance to turn tho tables oo him." Frank drew a deep breath. Brosseau!' be said. You are right. We will surrender!" So Frank held up bi8 band to Hyder and said in '.lroken Arabic: If we surrender, Effendi, what are your I can make none, sire," replied the Bedouin, but my master the sheik is a merci!ui mao. You need not rear him.'' Frank bowed and said: Then we will surrender!" Etfendi is wise!" In a few seconds their arms were taken away from them and tJe. tween gourds they were marched away through the oasi8. When they came to the shores of the lagoon Liley saw that the sub marine boat was in the posse3sion of the motley crew. : Frank smiled grimly. "That will do them little good," he rellected. "They could never operate the machinery." But yet they m1gbt destroy it as well as the crew, as he well knew. This was the exigency to be feared. But the young inventor's was busy revolving a t!trategic plan. It only some opportunity would now offer itself, bow quickly be would be able to turn the tables. The best that could be done now, however, was to cling to hope. And this he never abandoned. The pr1souers were taken over the plank aboard the Venture. Here the situation savored a little or the comical. The Sheik bad installet.l himself in the cabin, upon an improvised throne, in the shape of a plush easy cliair. His lieutenants were grouped about him like the court favorites of a king. And the prisoners were recei vetl as if they were vassals or some mighty dignitary, whose wor

BELOW THE SAHARA. 11 for him under one of the awnings But his sec ur ity was a fancie d one. For in the pilot bouse Frank Reat:e, Jr., was c h uc kling a t his sue cess in having so skillfully duped th e wily Arab. He h e l d i t i n h i s power at this moment to at once rid himself o f his capto r s One of tho Arabs ball gone into the cab i n alte r so methin g for sheik. When he emer g ed, this pla c ed nil of the r a scall y gang on deck. laughed outr ight a s b e th e k e y which cl o se d the w i n dows and doors. Jt was not to be snpposed that S h eik M ahmoud knew that tlle Venture was a suhmariue boat. "Safe!" muttered Frank "Now take a swim, all o f you!" With which he opened the tank va!vtl. The r e was a rush of w ate r -th e boat swayed and went down. E very Arau, Mahmoud Ali and his throne, all were s w ept ovcr bonr<1 like c hatf. The tran aitiOtl must have been a startling and IDexp licabl e o n e t o them. They llount!cred in the deep water of tile lagoon noll such as managed to gain the shore, saw the Venture a moment I nte r reap p ea r nod glide away into the upper cavern from whenc e I ssu e d th e w aters of the lagoon. And this was the last they saw or it Sheik Mahmoud's brief dream of grande u r wus diss i pa te d ull in one brief aud startling moment. For our voyagers it was a m o s t fortunat e esc a)le Thei r c a ptor was one fully capable of behead i ng L b e m all upou impul s e so the y were lucky to be out of his r e a c h BarnAy wo.s s o deligllt e d tlla t be s t o o d on his head, nod Pomp likewise. "Bejabers, I thought w e wor f o o d f er t h e b uzzards thin," be cried. "Shure, iL' s a bad l o t they wort'' Yo' am right, chile! I d o n e fo't dis chile s g oose w a s cooked fo' a suttin' rae '. "It was a close call," laughed Aud yet we f ooled them easily eoougll in the end. "We all owe our live s to y ou, M ons i e u r R e a d e d e c l ared Brosseau. "I had given up a!! for lost!' "It never pays t o do t ha t," sai d Fra n k. I kne w that we would be all right when be appoint e d m e t o s ail th e craft.'' "Be jabers, it's th e lust w as h som e a v tl. i m h ove bad f e r one whoile,'' declared B a rney "or that I m m o i ghty sur e But the submarine h oa t had now e n t ered o nce mor e upon her sob terrao e an voyage. It wns n e c ebsar y t o once more make use of the electric lights The river paesaae n o w g r ew n arrower a nd soon t h e boat was be tween narrow walls. But aft e r some hour s t rav e l t h r ough t h is sort of passage, they once more expanded, and tlna!!y the V enture glided into what soemed to be a nother s u bter r a n ean lake This covered an a r e a o r many acres, and it was somewhila before the Venture came to it s end Then onc e mor e th e v oyagers were in the river. CHAPTER X STRANDED. FoR day s the Ve nture g li d e d on w a rd throu g h the subterranean rivllr without any materia l c h a n g e or inc i d en t w o rth y of note. The exp!orntton thu s far ha d pr ove d a succe s s b e yond Brosseau's sanguine expectatio ns Yet h e Lia d n ever onc e thought of turn ing back He had a resolute desire t o p enetrate to th e ver y source of t h e Sa barn rio;er. Where this c ould be h e r.oold not e v en hazar d a guess. The immense volume or water had n o t dec reased a pa r t ic le. It still !lowed on as r e sistlessly a s ever 'I:h ere must be some immens e re ser v oir s o mewh e r e in t he hear t of tbe des ert,'' declared Frank; its supply seems ioexbaust ilJie." And what a curious thing that beneath such an ar i d reg i on th ere should be so much water," said Brosseau. It i s 9nly another arg o meut in favor of reclaiming the Sah a ra." "In which I hope you will succeed," said Frank ; "though it looks to me like a mighty project." Days passed into a w e ek. S t ill t h e source of t h e Sahara River seemed as far awny as eve r But one morning, or the beginning of a n ew d ay, for d a y was only known by tbe chrocom e ter, th e re cam e a c h a nge A gain Bar ney spi e d light ahead. Once more there seemed a likelihood or spend ing some t ime i n t he air. The voyagers were not sorry. The cavern arch en l arged greatly as they t r ave l ed o n J t w as full fifty feet in the clear when suddenly dnylight shed i ts rad i ance about the boat. As soon as the voyagers become acc ustomed to th e lig h t tbey saw that the expanse of 1\ mighty inland sea was about th em. Astonish e d beyond m e asure, Brosse au ga sell upon the spec \ acle. "Mon Dieu!" he ex c laimed "this is o n n o m u p of t h e Sa hnro! Are we in another world, M onsieur Reade!" Well, this Is a s u rpris e rep lie d F rank ; th e re is certainly no record of the exis t e nce o f such a bod y of water in t hts part nf the wor l d!" Only the so u th e rn coa s t of t his mig h t y sea could be seen. Every where else land was ou t o f e ight A dim haze lik e \hat o f t h e oc e an h un g upon the hortzon. Certain ly this great inl a n d sea m ust co ver hundr e d s o f squ a r e miles. He r e was indeed a mighty lllsMvery Ther e w a s no r e cord of such I a body or water in any history or upon any chart. This moat be no e xplored territory. However our voyagers were not sorry to acc ept it as such. To them belonged J.lill honor or llret discovery. The Venture let! on into the unknown sea. Then Frank sugges t ed that bearings be taken. "1 h ave some curiosity to know just whe r e we are," be declared. 11 Good!" crted M. Brosseau, 11 that is to b e of." So Frank brought out his instruments and began to rnnke his reck oning. Sornewhiie later he announced. "We are almost upon the twe n t i e th purallel of Nor t h Latitude and in th e very heart of the Sa hara.'' "Then there is no human h a bitation within man y hun d reds or miles!" "None." "Goosert there is no twilight. So it was ot once dark. The haze seemed to resolve itself Into mist, whicll hung over the great lake, making a most profound blackness. Even the sqarch.Jight could p e oetrnte it but a short ways, so that Frank decided to anchor and wait for the break of day. As the air wns excee d ingly damp the voyagers did not sit out late upon the deck and retired eorly. Pomp wo.s left on watch. The darky p a ced the deck until a couple of boors past midn i gh t w h e n he was relieved by Barney. The Cel t several tlmea w e n t to the r ail an d looke d over i nto the water, He saw its glistening surface as he suppose d and look ed for nothing more. But one f act impressed him curiousl y For some reason or other the boat had cense J to sway and rock with the motion or the l u k e To be sure this motion had been a gentle one, y et it was perce p t ble. But it had ceased. "Bejabers, the say is mo!gbty calm," muttered the Celt, and then dismissed the matter from his mibd. The hours and toward moruing tbe mist b egan to lift. Tbe Celt saw a white glistening expanse about him. "Be me sow I how quare the wath e r looks!" he mnttereu and rubbed his eves. Then he went to the rail. One g lance w o e euougb. A loud shout p e aie t from his lips. It was like a trumpet call. "Tare an 'ounds! he screame d Phwat t h e divil h as done all t his! S th e re's no wather to be se e n a t all-at all! H t s l oud c r y had aroused F rank, w ho, howev e r, ha d been just abou L t o c o me on deck. The young inventor suddenly appe a red on the sc ene. W hat i s the matter, Barney? he cried. S hore, sor, yez kin see fer y esilf.'' Fra nk gav e a start of amaze!llen t "On my woru,'' he e xcloimeu, that is Ine x plicable. What ho.s happ ened?'' He rubbed bls e y es and looked again and again There was no denying the fact; his sight did not d e c e i v e him. The lake waa g one! In i t s place w a s a vast exp a ns e or drippin g sand, rapidly turnin g to powder in the hea te:l rays o f t h e sun. Th e lake had myst e riousl y van ished. T h e submarine boat reate \ in t he midst of this expanse, whi ch ex ten d ed as far a s the Aye coul d r each on either hand. For a moment Frank cou!j not believe bis sens e s. It seemed to him t h a t it must be all a s t range dream. He tried to arouse himse l f from it. But the stern reality was there. The lake was gone, un c i th e y were stranded in the midst of the grea t Sahara. At this moment Frank beard a gurgling exclamation at his shoulder. He turned to s e e Brosseau gazing wildly about him. Js it true!'" gasped the savant; "do I see aright!" "You dol'' replied Frank; "the big lske iR gone!'' And w e are stranded!" "Yes!" \


12 BELOW 'l'HE SAHARA. For a few moments Brosseau walked up and down th e dec k lik e o n e under the in!luence of a sp ell. Finally, howev er be became more c o m posed and tben appr o acbed Frank What do you make of it?" he a s ked, w l tb s s t rl\Me burning lig h t in his eyes. "Simply wbat we can see decla re d th e young inven tor; "the lake bas subsided sud lert us!" "But-the cn.use?" "That we can only guess at, Probabl y it escaped by th e givin g way of some obstacle, mayb e a r i dg e o f land or some underground pas sage." Will it return?" Frank shook his head I doubt it," h e said. "Why?'' Well, as near as I ca n re c kon t h i s l a k e w a s nothing but an over flow anyway. Some landslide may hav e c h ecked the river cha n nel and diverted the water s until a new outl e t was found or the old chan nel was cleared/' This was logical. Brosseau saw It and gro an ed. Then our proje c t Is r u ined!" h e declared We can never get the boat back to the ri v er I "I see no way t o d o itt'' repli e d F r a nk In that case-what!" We must stay here!" And never get b ack t o o u r home a nd frien d s I will not say th a t. My pla n i s to w a it a reasonable length of time for the lake t o r e turn, if so b e it is t ransient If It (!oea not re turn then we most abandon the boa t an d try t o ma k e our way across the desert as best w e can." Brosseau shook his head in a dismal way. "We can never do it," he said "Why not?" "I know what trave l is In this awful wilderness of sand. Wi! should perisb. Only til e hardiest of m en, l o ng u sed to I t c an travel across the Saham, and then only with fleet horRe s or c a mels." Frank kn e w as well as Bross e au th e t e rrible d e s p eration o f their position. He kne w that the cllan ces were powerfully aga inst them. Too late he rPgretted havi n g left th e ri v er c hann el. T b is w a s the very worst calamity which coul d ha v e IJef alle n th em. In the face of it all h e woul d have b een justifie d i n giving way t o utter and absolute despair. But be did not. His was not that sort o r a di sposi ti o n H e p a c e d the deck trying to study up a plan Stranded in the Great Sahara: He knew the i r s u p ply of water was limited. It could be a question of but a few days a nyway. But perhaps the lake woul d ret u rn To til is hope tile voyagers clung as tbeir abeet an c hor. CHAPTER XI. ONCE MORE UNDERGROUND. THE sun by noon had dried the sands to the c ons i stenc y of powder. What was more a l o n g l o w lyi n g clouel o f ye llo w had appeared in the southwest. Brosseau shivered as he looked at it "Do you know what Lilat means M o nsi eur R eade ? he asked. "What!'' "If the wind veers m o re into the s out h it m a y come h e re. The deadly simoon or bot air storm. W e will ei t h e r be stifl e d or buried in sand." "Ugb!" exclaimed Frank. "Au d ye t y ou b e lieve t hat this region is tile best part of the world!" Not at present, b u t after r eclamatio n r eplied t.h e s cienti st. The p oasll>ility of being overtake n b y the s a n d storm w a s another bugbear for our voyagers. Frank had considered a hundred p l ana. B ut none of t hem had seemed to him feasible. It would b e a great blow to him t o b e ob liged t o lea v e t h e submar ine boat in the desert It repre sented muc h of val ue to him. .But there seemed no way of tran spor t ing i t t o the water side. He had thought of enlisting a tra i n o f elepha n t s or camels to drag It thither. But to secure these animal s was e vide ntly out of t h e q uest i on. More than that it was doubtful if the boat would not open a l!eam or spring a leak in being dragged such a dista nce. The more he thought about the matt er the mor e conv i nced F rank became that the Sahara 11xpedition had re ached i t s end. The outlook was exceedingly poor f o r t h e m t o ge t o ut of the scrape even with their lives. If tlley cou l d s u cceed i n d oing this th e y would be lucky. So he decided at once that it w o uld b e i m pera t ively necessary to abandon the boat. He called tile others into the cabin a n d a g enera l conf e r e nc e was held. There could be but one result It was decided to ad opt Frank's p iau. A ccor d i n gly pre parations were made to abandon the Ve n ture It w as a g l oomy outloo k and all felt consequent depression o f s pirit s. But tbey were prevented f rom leaving the V e nture a s soon as they expe c ted by the sim o on, which se e m e d certain now to come their way. 'I he long, yell o w c l oud ha d crept up to the zeni th and the I J s un. Then a long line of whl t e like the foam crest of a tornado at sea, came sweeping across the desert sands. By Jove!" exclaimed Frank, "we are going to get a bowler!" Only one thing saved t he voyagers f rom the awful deatll blast.. The submarine boat could be sealed hermet i c ally, and the cbemical gener ators furnished plent y of good, pure a ir. But for this the y would have been stilled as thousands of others had perished before. But tbe great blast or powdery sand sifted a shroud about the boat until iL was nearlv buried. The storm las ted but a short while, but in that time it was safe to s a y t hat many a desert traveler-many a caravan passed out of ex Ist e nce. The submarine voyag e rs considered themselves lucky to have ed capenr. I trust that m a y be possible," sai d Bro s seau. I am anxious t:4 report to our syndicate in P a ris. We shall end ea vor t o make reparation to you for the loes of y our submarina boat, M. Reade." By no means!' said F rank. I do not expect that. The loss 1 mine." But It was in our interest. If you had not come into the Niger country you would not have lost your boat." "But I as s umed L he risk,'' d eclared Fran k ask no indem nity. I migh t have lost the boat in any"o t her part of the worl d You are in no way responsible." Y e t I. am sore our synd i cate will feel morally guilty if they do not make reparation," But Frank protes ted that he would receive nothing of the kind. There were many goo d and sufficient reasons for his decision. .But b y this lime the lwo bo a ts had reached t he mouth of the on derg r ound river. Oue plunge, and the light of day was Jeft behind them. There was no alternative now. They could not go back. But as well die in the underground channel as in the sands of the S ahara. It could only be deatb in auy case.


I BELOW 'l'HE SAHARA. 18 But Frank clung to hope. He knew that the current alone must eventually take them out of the llark depths. It wus only a question of subs stence until such time. And he could s&e no reason why the provisions should not bold out. There wus ueed of one thing, and this was to keep the boats always in the current. If they should collide with any spur of rock jutting from the walls of the passage there was always danger of capsizing. This was per/ Frank had brought an electric lantern and storage battery from the submarine boat. Thia was placed in the bow. Either Barney or Pomp were always at the rudder. In this way ac cident was guarded against. In sluggish parts of the stream the paddles were used. Thus the downward jouruey was made. And still on through the cavern puRsages the boat ran. Days passed into weeks. The had been in darkness, relieved only by the one elec tric lantern, for so long that they had grown cllulky white, 11nd felt weak and debilitated. Brosseau even bad quite a serious ill spell, and all felt depressed by the damp atmosphere and "It seems to me," said Frank, one day, "that we ought to be some where near that oasis and the lagoon where we gave Mahmoud Ali his bath.'' "Indeed, that is true," agreed Brosseau. "When we get there I shall feel as if the worst or the journey is over." "From there to the Niger we should make the run in a week. The current Is very swift--'' And once in the "Homo!" It was a magic word and revived the drooping spirits of all. But it had one bad efiect. It caused Burney who was at the tiller to, for a moment, forget his nerve. He lost his grip on the handle, but for an instant. A catas trophe f oll owed. Unknown to the voyagers a rock approached the surface juet hllre. Hall Burney kept his original course he might have run safely by it. But he veered just enough, and the bow of the boat striking tbe rock swung about, the current whirled the otll e r end against the opposite wall or the passage anll-pres to! All were in un Instant in the water, The bout turned upside down, and stores and all went to the bottom. 'l'he other boat broke its hold uud went Hushing down the current and out of sight. The four voyagers were ia the current swimming for their lives.. Only u miracle see med likely to sav11 them. A worse disaster could hardly have befallen them. Both boats were going pell-mell beyond their reach. What was to save them! Frank swam by Brosseau's side. Luckily the Frenchman was a water dog Barney and Pomp were adepts and could not be drowned. The Celt gave u shout: "Shure I'm goin' down the stream arther t.he boatel" he cried, If I catch t bim I'll cum back I'' 'We might as well all do that!" cried Frank, "let the current i ake you Come on all!" The order was obeyed. It was easy to lloat in the swift current. But what was to be the enll or it all! They could not hope to lloat forever in that current. Strength and human resistance must give out sometime. And then, what! All depended upon overtaking the boatA. But though they d rift ed on for what seemed an in terminable distance not a sign of them was seen. CHAPTER XII. THE CARAVAN-THE END. AGAIN it seemed as U death in ils most grisly awful form was about to fold its dread pinions about the voyagers. What could they hope for swimming in that shoreless underground river? ro escape! It seemed hardly likely. Already despair had begun to full upon the drifting men, when Bur ney gave a loud joyful cry. '' Begorra we're saved!" he yelled. A glimmer of light burst upon the view of all. The swift realization came with it. "Heaven be praised,'' said Frank, fervently, "it is the lagoon!" "Tile lagoon!" screamed Brosseau. "We are saved!" Desperately they swum now. Every moment the circle of light be came larger. Then they drifted out finally Into the open air. The daylight was blinding but It was grateful. The still calm wat ers of the lagoon with its circle of green palms was like a glimpse of Paradise. Words fail to express the sensatio:Js of the voyagers. It did not take them long to crawl out on the sands, where they eunk down exhausted. The air was close and atllllng, the sun a fierce llall of fire. But they were safe, and once more in the light of day. Thia was eoogll to know for the present. For some while all lay in the sands recovering strength and reason. Baruey was the first to recover. The Celt saw the towboat intact with ils load of provisions out In the lagoon. "BeJubers," he exclaimed; "I'm afther thinklu' it wud be well to bricg that ashore.'' So he plunged in and swam out, and drew the boat ashore. This revived the spirits of all. They had lost the larger boat, but this one with the most or the stores, including their riDes and ammunition, was sparerl them. This was a matter for consolation. As they were wet to the skin ond much exhausted, It wns decided to remain in the oasis nntil recuperated. Their clothes soon dried in the son, aotl after a bit of something to eat and drink, all felt re fre shed. '!his was the familiar spot where they hnd defeated Mohruoud Ali and his Bedouins anll the circumstances were recalled with some in terest. I wonder if : my of the wretches are lurking about here now!" ventured Brosseau. That is highly improbable!" said Frank, there would be little likelihood or their expecting to ever see us agaiu. The Bedouins never stay long in one plucel" Ugll !'' exclaimed the Frenchman. I dread going bock Into that underground river again!" We have the alternative!" "Whutr The desert.'' How far do you reckon It would be to travel from here to the ccast!" Perhaps llfteen hundred miles!" Brosseau shook his head. Ah I" he said, "it is out of the question. The best thing we cau do is to drift on down to the Niger.'' "Unless we could find some safe method of crossing the desert to some friendly Arab town in the interior. There is the city of Wnrno but a few hundred miles distant. Thence we could travel with caravans down to the slave coast.'' "Let us start for Warno at once!" cried Bros,eau, eagerly. Ah, I fear It would be hardly practicable!" "Why notr Between here and that city are many tribes of hostile Arabs. We could never get there without u powerful bodyguard.'' That dlsiJoses of that then," said Brosseau, with a sigh of disappointment. Well, wllat shall we dof Start at once?" Let us take a look about the oasis llrst." Anll fall into the clutches of Bedouins agaiuf" 1 hardly think there ie any danger or that,'' said Frank, out we w!ll keep our eyes open!" I am agreeable!" Taking their riOes witll them Frank and Brosseau sauntered through the oasis. It wus deserted beyond a doubt save by their party. But just as they reached Its eastern verge both gave an exclamation of surprise. The sight which met their gaze was a surprising one. Out on the glisteumg santls, and extending as far as the eye could reach was a train or horses, elephanu, camels and men. All glittered with llne silks and silver and gilt. The trappings of the bettsts were all or the finest sort. While alongside the train rode armed detachments of solders. It was hke a vision. "A caravan!" ejaculated Broeseau. It is that," agreed Frank. What a monster!" And a ricll, one!" "I should say so; it have come from some far end of the des ert, perhaps from Coiro! They are coming to this oasial'' Where do you think they ore bounur Frank and Brosseau glances. The same thoughts ran in the mind or each. They cannot be foes to .u&," declared Frank. "By no means," enid Brosseau. ".We eun join their train and travel on with them to some point of "It will be .:!low.'' True-but sure." Back to the lagoon they went. The matter was laid before Barney and Pomp. "l'se ready to do jes' "l'lha' Marse Frank says am beet," declared Pomp. "Bejabers, the same here,'' declared Barney. "Very well,'' auld Frank, "we will have a talk with the leader of the caravan. A few moments later the advance guard or the caravan entered the oasis. They were surpr1sed to llnd our !ldventurers there, but were friendly, and Frank learned Lhut the leader or the caravan was a rich merchant uumed Ali Sphir. He rode up Iuter on his powerful Arabian charger. He was a man of strong personality but cordial manners. The result was that horses were readily purchased, and our yoyagers became a part of the caravan. Warno was the destination of the caraYan. This suit'*' Frank to a certainty. There were a thou&and souls In the earann and as many be&Y\Iy


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