The black whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search for a lost ship.

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The black whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search for a lost ship.

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The black whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s deep sea search for a lost ship.
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.. a t I I I I Latest and are Published in No. 153. { co:ut>LETir. } FRANK TousEY. PunusRER, 3! & 36 NoRTH Moot
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p THE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. The subscription price of the F RANK READE LIBRARY by t h e y ear is $2.50; $1.25 per s ix months, post paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Stre et, New York. Box 2730. The Black Whirlpool; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea a Lost Ship. Search for A STRANGE SUBMARINE STORY. By "NONAME," Author of "The Black Mogul," ''Below the Sahara," "41White Latitudes," "The Lost Navigators," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. ABOUT TRE LOST SHIP. SYLVESTER CLARE, of the famous London firm of Clare Bros., ship owners and foreign merchants, entl'rl/d his office in Liverpool one day in a very agitated state of mind. The Liverpool office was a branch of the London house, and from !Jere operated a line of packet ships to India and China. The most valuable ship of this line was the Corsair, Captain Miles Swan, as good a sailor as ev9r trod a quarter deck. And the Corsair was already two months overdue It was the first time in the history of t!ie Liverpool branch that a 'les8el had been 80 long missing. So the gmvest fears for her safety were entertained. Owners and underwriters bad made every possible effort to get uews of her. One ship bad jn!!t reached port, and her master brought the first tidings or the missing ship. She bad spoken the Corsair in the Indian Ocean, upon the line of the Tropic of Capricorn, and on the course usually pursued by China ships during the northeast monsoon. Everything was well with the Corsair at that time; but a day later reports were beard or a terrific hurricane sweeping that part ol the sea. It was possible that the Corsair bad fallen a victim to this, or might have been disabled or blown out of her course. This was but a vague report, but yet it was something, and the anx ious ones still hoped to hear of the Corsair appearing at any moment in the harbor. But as Sylvester Clare on this day entered his office he saw in the outer room two men pacing up and down in great agitation. Clare looked at the clerk, who said: Two gentlemen very to see you, sir." Show them in at once!" The clerk opened the outer door and beckoned to them. They came into the office quickly. One was a tall, dark man, with the unmistukable stamp of the law upon him. The was a shrewd, foxy-visaged fellow. "Well, gentlemen," said Clare, brusquely. "What can I do for you?" : "I am James Moreton, sir, counsellor-at-law!'' said the tall man. Number Nine, Temple, London. This is a Scotland Yard man, Mr. Fingan. We represent the unfortunate James Menton Bliss, who is now in the Old Bailey on the charge of murder and whose trial comes off this week." Bliss!" exclaimed Mr. Clare. "Oh. I remember! be is charged with the murder of the old Earl of Manton!'' "And bas been in jail for a year awaiting trial. But he is inDO cent, sir. Aa innocent as a lamb.'' "I hope so,'' said Mr. Clare, mildly; "but what have I to do with ur much, sir," replied the lawyer, nervously. "You see your ship, tbe Corsair, is overdue. Now all our evidence to clear our client, which we sent a representativo to Hong Kong to procure, is on board that ship! Unless it arnves safely ttJe prosecution will surely convict poor Bliss, and be will die Cor a crime or which be is not guilty!" Mr. Clare s eyes openeu wide. "My soul!" tJe exclaimed; "that is terrible! You must get a stay! They cannot hang an innocent man! That would be dreadful!" "Ah, the case has been long delayed," said the lawyer, dubiously; "it must come to trial this month." "You say the man with the necessary evidence is on board the Corsair?" "Here is his letter, sent a week before by ste amer." James Moreton banded tue sheet of paper to Clare, who read: "HONG KONG, June-, 18-. "Dear Moreton: I shall be ready to sail from here In one week, and have engaged passage for next Friday aboard the ship CorRair, blund direct fer Liverpool. I could get a steamer two days later, but the Corsair will beat her at that. I have all the necessary depositions to prove the innocence of Bliss, and have sealed them up in a water tight tin box which I carry next my body day and night. I hope to reach Liverpool safe and sound and in good seaaon. "Your colleague. "ARTHUR DINGLEY,'' Sylves:er Clare was much excited upon reading this letter. There was another powerful reason for praying that the Corsair migtJt yet safely make port. "Indeed, Mr. Moreton, I am in a very much disturbed state or mind ns regards :he Corsair, yet we hope and pray to bear from her at any moment.'' "Then there is no other way to get tidings or assurance than to wait?" asked Moreton. Absolutely none!" The lawyer walked bnck and forth in an agitated manner. "If the ship has gone down," he said, Heaven pity unfortunate Bliss; the evidence would be beyond recall!" "Unless it were known where the ship went down, gentlemen,'' said Fingan, the detective, quietly. We could only guess that," said Mr. Clare. "She was last spoken on the Tropic of Cnpricorn. She may have gone down in that hurri cane a day later. A rough estimate could be made by this." "Ah, but she may have sunk in a mile depth or water," said the lawyer, despondently, "and be far beyond the reach of divers. It would be like for a needle in a haystack, unless one, indeed, bad a submarine boat." Mr. Clare gave a great start. A submarine boat!" be exclaimed. That reminds me. There is the harbor at this very moment!" The lawyer wheeled quickly. A submarine boatt" te gasped, "Yea."

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1 THE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. 3 What-where-whose craft is she?'' "I bad the honor of an introduction to the gentleman at Lloyds. He is an American, and his name is Frank Reade, Jr. His boat is the wonderful craft in the world, and can sail under water for an in definite length of time." "Ab!" cried Moreton, excitedly; "it is to America that we always look for innovations. A submarine boat! Dear me! Can we not see this Mr. Reade at once and enlist him in our causeT'' "It is possible," said Mr. Clare, consulting his watch. "In two hours be is to dine with me at the Golden Lion. If you will be there at that hour I will seeure you a meeting--" A thousand sir!" cried the lawyer. Fingan, this is our only hope. If we succeed in procuring the services of Mr. Reade and bJs submarine boat, will-will--'' "Well, sir!" said the detective, in his astute manner. "Will you accompany him on the quest for the lost ship-if she is lost! I would go, but my professional duties--" Why, of course I will do that," agreed Fingan; that should be my part." "Very good!" cried the lawyer, with delight. Mr. Clare, we are deepl y indebted to you At the hour appointed we will be at the Gold e n Lion." "Very good, sir!" said Mr. Clare, with a dignified bow. Then the lawyer and the detective departed and the ship-owner went to his work. The Golden Lion was a chop house where gentlemen of Mr. Clare's stamp were wont to lunch and dine, and meet to dis.cuss the maritime news of the day. At the appointed hour Mr. Clare entered the place. He saw a tall, fine-looking young man, in a natty, blue, yachting suit, sitting near one of the windows and gazing into the busy etreet. Approaching him, he said: Mr. Reade, this is an honor and a pleasure!" The famous young American inventor sprung to his feet. '\Vith a cheery smile he said: Ah, Mr. Clare, I am delighted. I preceded you here!" I was detained a lew moments later than 1 expected. I regret keeping you waiting." "It is nothing!" They sat down in the window and chatted lor a time. Then they went into the cafe and Mr. Clare ord e red the dinner. While it was being served the ship-owner was revolving in his mind how be was to broach the subject of the sunken or lost evidence to Frank. Finally he said: One or my !in est ships, the CorsaJr, is six weeks overdue." Frank looked up with a start. "Indeed!" he exclaimed. "You rnust be much alarmer!!'' "1 am. In fact I fear much that 1 have seen tile last of her. In fact that she has gone down in a hurricane in the Indian Ocean!" "The Indian Ocean!" exclaimed Frank, "perhaps I can aid you then!" "EhY'' gasped the ship owner. "I am going to India from here!'' said the submarine navigator "As I shall pass through the In!! ian Ocean, if you deaire, I will look lor the Corsair!'' Why I" exclaimed Clare, "that-that is more than kind.'' "I am glad to do you the favor!" "It is a great favor, I assure you. The Corsair itself is a great Joss, but of course the uncterwriters make us whole. But there is that aboard the Corsair, is very valuable, and--'' An ucusually valuable cargo, eb?" said Frank, helping himself to sherry. "Ye-es; and thereby hangs a story." "A story!" The ship owner cleared his throat. "Let me tell it to you," he said, then you will understand why I have placed so !ugh a value upon your kind offer." With this Clare detailed the whole story of Bliss' incarceration for a crime of which he was innocent. He told of the visit of Moreton and Fingan to his office, a few hours before. The young inventor listened with the greatest of interest. He set his wine glass down and said: "Why this is a matter of vital moment. Suppose the is at the bottom of the sea. The evidence is sunk beyond recall .'' "Unless," said Clare impressively, "you are kind enough to assume an interest in this affair.'' "I!" exclaimed the young inventor. "Yes; for you are the only person on earth having the power to re cover that evidence or solve the late o! the Corsair.'' CHAPTER II. THE S UBMARINE BOAT, Foa some moments Frank Reade, Jr., and Clare faced each other without speaking. Each read the other's thoughts. Finally Clare said: "I have been led to believe that you could be induced to undertake this case, Mr. Reade, for humanity's sake alone, if nothing else. Mr. Moreton and Fingai1, the detective, are to meet us here-ab, here they are now!" Frank turned and met the lawyer and the detective. In a few courteous wot ds the introduction was made. '!'hen the lawyer began his work diplomatically But Frank said brusquely: "1 have beard the whole story from Mr. Clare, sir." "Eh, well," exclaimed the lawyer nervously, "you see, I-we rec ognize your ability to help us and--" "Yes," said Frank \lluntly, "I can help yon, and I don't need any coaxmg to do it either. I can see that a human life hangs upon the recovery of this evidence. Now I am on a trip to India with my sub marine boat, and tbi& affair oflers me diversion. 1 will undertake to find the ship, if sl:ie is at the bottom ot the sea, and the tin box on the body of Arthur Dingley, but cannot promise success. The sea 1s a mighty wilderness--" "I know, I know!" cried Moreton, losing command of nimself. "You are a philanthropist, Mr. Reacte. Oh, you Americans are so and-and so right to he point, as it were-I always &dmired you as a people, and-and individually as well. Only-lor th& love of God, find that evidence!" Frank gripped the lawyer's hand. I will leave nothing undone!" h!l said. 'rhe subject then underwent long and c a reful discussion. When it was announced that Fingan bad volunteered to accompany the party, Frank gave him a swift glance and said: "How soon can you be ready, my man!" I am ready now, sir!'' "You are!" "Yes, sir A detective is always ready to be transported to any part of the earth at any moment." Frank looked keenly at the fellow now, and continued: But your traps--" They are in a cab at the door, sir. I have come pr9pared !n The young inventor looked surprised. Huw did you know that I would undertake this project!" he asked. I did not, sir,'' replied Fingan; but I thought that there was a possibility that you would, and I was resolved to be prepared. A good detective always takes time by thE> forelock!" "You will do!" laughed Frank. "Well, my boat is now at Wharf C. We will proceed there now and be rowed at to the Venture, my submarine boat. As quick as I can raise anchor we will be off." We don't wish to hasten your departure, Mr. Reade,'' said More ton, eagerly; but of course time--" "I know it all counts. You need have no fear. If I succeed in the Corsair, I will bring back the evidence. Uutil then, adieu!" Frank Reade, Jr., the American, gripped hands with Moreton and with Clare. His was the characteristic Yankee spirit. He J9J1Ln timt. in at once getting to work. - Come, my fnend," he said to Fingan. 'l'ogether they entered the ca.b, and were driven to Wharf C. A boat lay alongside the pier, and it held a single occupant. 'l'his was a comical little Irishman, who at once sprung up. Whisht, Mistber Frank. Ye're not gone long. But it's glad I am to see yez back.'' Jt was a quick dinner, Barney,'' laughed the young inventor. "Is Pomp aboard the Venture!'' He is, sor. Shure, we'd niver lave the vessel alone.'' "I should hope not. Ah, Mr. O'l:ihea, make you acquainted with Mr. Flngan.'' "Glad to !mow yez, sor," said Barney, with a sweeping bow. "And the same to you," replied tbe detective, affably. Then Barney rowed them away out among the harbor craft. As they went on Frank told the Irishman of the coo tract be bad un dertaken. Barney was delighted. The voyage to India would now be coupled with that which would furnish incident and adventure. All was just what Frank RendE>, Jr.'s two faithful companions, Barney O'Shea, the lri8hman, and Pomp, the negro, were fond of. They bad traveled in many lauds with the young inventor and his famous inventions. They were trusted, tr1ed and true. Alter threading their way for some time among the harbor craft, they came in sight of a curious-looking little craft, wbich lay at anchor somewhat out of the channel. The Venture was a model of grace and symmetry for all that it was somewhat out of the usual line. Its hull was loug and narrow and rakish. This was of steel and made capable of resisting tremendous pressure, which was necessary when the depth at which i\ must travel was con sidered. The upper part of the hull was with dead-eye windows. Above this a brass guard rail extended about the entire deck, from stem to s t ern. In the stern the dome roofed structure of a great turret rose above the deck. In this there were great circular windows of plate glass. ThEl roof of the dome was also sections of powerful glass, protected with steel frame. Just forward of this turret, which f()rmed the main cabin, was a small cabin or what mignt have been denominated the forecastle. Forward, in the bow, was a round topped structure of steel and glass, winch was the pilot bouse. Three slender masts to balance the ship were carried. They cou l d be used to spread sail if necessary when on the surface. There were many minor details which we will note in the o f the story, and turn our attention now to the interior of the boat. The main cabin was provided with water tight vestibules It was very richly furnished and was in tact, a miniature drawing r o om Here

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'l'HE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. Frank also kept the choicest of books, and even works of art and fine llric..a-IJrac. The forecastle was t.be quarters of Barney and Pomp. It was furnished and equipped to sutt the tastes of these fait hful fellows. Just forward of thi s was a room devot e d to stands of small arms and ammunition, for sometime in their travels the submarine voyagers want to go usbore perhaps on a hostile coast. Then there was the dining salo o n und th e cooking galley. B elow the pilot bouse was the engme room, where the electrlc ma chinery was placed. Above, in the pilot hnnse was a great key board with levers and push buttons to guide and regula t e the craft. Also there was a powerful search-light, cap 11ble of a distanc e nuder water. But the most wonderful thing of all was the system of nir suppl y Frank's own inv e ntion this was by means of ch e mical gen e rators placed In the hold, and from which pipes ext.ended to every part of the ship. C e rtain valves allowed the bad air to escape into the water as f ast as it accumulatPd, thus up a perf ect circulation. Thus the submarine VO)agers were enabled to rem ain und er water an ind e finite length o! lime. The boat was made to rise or sink by means of a seri e s of tanks, which lille;t by means of valves, and were emptied by pneumatic pressure Alt o gether the Venture wns a most wonderful triumph or the inven tor's genius. there was no oth e r craft on eart h like her. And she had been pla n ned and construct e d in Frnnk R e ade, Jr.'s own macbwe works in R e adestown, U. S A. Alr e ady th e young American had received flattering offe rs from many governmen 1 s for the plans of the Venture, and the secrets o! the electric storage, but Frank bad refused them all "I am not liuilding warships but pleasure vessels,'' be said; if the time shou l d ever come t1111t my country need e d the secr e t lor its defense agatnst an invading foe, it shall ha v e it. Otherwise I prefer to keep it myself." Money was of no acceptnnce to the young inventor, for he was rich enough as it was. So be held on to his secret On board the Venture, Fingan, the det ective, followed Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney. Pomp, the comical little negr:>, met them at the rail. Shure, naygur,'' cried Bnrne y boisterously, it's happy ye'll be now, for it's otl' we ure for th e Iujuu Ocean this very minit!" "Wha' am dat!" gnsped tile darky, looking at Frank. Am dat so, sub!'' .:Y-as," replied Frank, decisively. "Have everything ready as soon as possiule. Is n o t everything ship-shape?" "Aye, sah!" replied Pomp; "eberytlng am a'rigbt in mah depart ment." An' bejabers, it's that same in moine,'' declared Barney. Av yez say the worrud, Misther Frank, it's up anchor an' oft' now, sor." All right!'' cried Frank; let us get under way at once. How does that suit you Mr. Fingan?" There is nothing like prompt work," replied the detective, "and you Yankees l e ad the world on tbat." Barney and Pomp soon had the anctoreasy, and then the Venture began to drift with the tide. Frank wenl into the pilot house and started the engines. Inn few moments the Venture was speeding like an arrow out of Liverpool harbor. She was soon out in the open sea, and headed to the south. Frank's purpose was to pl'oceed direct to the Cape of Good Hope, and thence to the Indian Oce an. The submarine boat was sailing now on the surface as she could proceed faster that way. Suddenly, as they were swiftly cutting the white caps, Barney sighted two huge vessels otf to leeward which seemed to be hove to. "Shure, sor, mebbe they are in distress,'' declared Barney; "phwat do yez think sor!" "Stand over that way," said Frank; "we will signal them!" This the young inventor did. Soon they were exchanging the code, and by it Frank r e ad: "We are in d1stress. We need help!" "Lay a course lor those two vessels," Frank ordered. Fiugan had been watching them intently. Now be said: I think I cnn understand it, sir. Those v e ssels belong to the Liverpool and Dublin line of l'teamers. Something is wrong with them." "We'll soon find out!" said Frank, with determination. CHAPTER III. A SUBMARINE EXPLOIT, THE submarine boat fairly raced toward the two steamers. In a few moments Fingan bad recognized them. They are the Anglesea and the City of Limerick," be declared. It !COKB to me as if they bad divers aboard. What can it mean?'' The Venture rapidly drew nearer the two steamer's. Then it was indeed seen that they were anchored, and at their g&ngway divers were down and coming up in turns. "Ahoy!" bailed the master of the Anglesea; "what craft is that!" "The boat Venture,'' replied Frank, "Captain Reade, er Readestown, U.S. A. Who are you?" Anglesea, Captnin Cliff,'' was the reply. "We are d1vmg for 1mportant papera on t!le sunken steamer Adaline. We need a diving bell. Can we charter your vessel to go to Liverpool for iL!" Oh, that explains it,'' exclaimed Fingan. "The Adaline is one of their steamers which sprung a seam in I.Jer' planking, and went down about a week ago. Luckily the passengers were 'aken off by a pass ing schooner..'' "Well," said Frank, slowly, "I don't see how we can go back to Liverpool lor them, nor is it necessary either. Ahoy, the Anglesea!" "Ahoy!" came back the reply. "We cannot comply with your request." "Where are you bound? ' F or the Indian Ocean.'' "We will pay you w e ll.'' "I ask no pay, but if y'ln will send a couple of your officers aboard this vessel, I will guarantee to your papers for you.'' For u moment a silence, evidently that of astonishment ensued. Then the c a ptain of the Anglesea shouted': Will you repeat that stut emen t !'' "Certainly," and Frank repeated b1s declnration. There was a consultation on board tile Anglesea. Then came back: "Your statement is inexplicable. Have you divers aboard!'' "No,'' replied Frnnk; "but I have informed you once that this is a submar ino boat!'' A submarine boat?" "Yes!" There was visible excitement on the steall)er's deck. "Do you mean to say that you can travel under water!'' Even so!" repli e d Frank; "however, if you do not wish to a vall yourselves of the offer, wby, we will go along!" Oil, but we shall be glad tot" cried Cap t ain Cliff hastily. "Only you wtll pardon us for our surprise. A submarine boat is something unusnal in this part or the world!" A later 11 boat was lowered from the steamer's side and two of the office rs came aboard the Venture. One or them was Captain Cliff !Jimself. Frank received them cordially, and then the captain explnined the purpose of the diving efi'orts. "There are valuable pap e rs, belonging to tile Bank of England in the sunken steamer's cabin," be said. "We are anxious to recover them, for if we do not our company will be held responsible and will be made bankrupt." "Very well," said Frank; ''we will see what we can do," The captain looked about htm curiously. Before Frank could enter the pilot house he said: I beg your pardon, but can you relieve my curiosity before we go further! I have never se s n a submarine boat b e fore." Certainly," replied Frank, and he showed them briefiy over the Venture. Tlltty were delighted ns well as amazed. "Then Frank said: Lower the boat, Bnrney. Everybody is in the cabin." Ali roight, sor.'' The Ce!t sprnng to the keyboard. In a moment the doors were s hut aud then the Ven ture began to settle. The waters rushed over her rail, and the two officers for a lool,ed ternlled. Then there was a moment of darkness as the Venture went oeneath the waves. Barney pressed a button, however, and the next moment the cabin was fiooded with electric light. The n the search-light's glare was sent down through the wntery depths. A marvelous scene was revealed. It is not within the province or the story writer's pen to dascribe the marvels of the deep sea. 0! course, there were forests or submarine growth, grottoes and deep sea cnverns, peopled with myriads or lisb and curious monsters of all sizes. But that upon which the gaze or all wns fixed was the sunken vessel. She lay slightly listed to starboard in the arms of a reel. Divers bad reached her deck, but had been uoalile to stay long enough to enter the cabin (Jn account of the pressure. "Tl\at will not bother us!" said Frank. We can stand the pres sure nt n far greater depth.'' Ah!" exclaimed Captain Clift' ; "but how can we hope to enter the cabin "''ithout the aid or a diver?" "Easy enouglJ!" replied Frank. "I have a diving suit which will resist the pressure. You shall see!" "Indeed," PXclaimed the captain in wonderment,1 you are a genius, sir, I must say!'' In a few moments Frank bad produced two diving suits of his own invention; and indeed they did differ greatly from the ordinary as he had said. There was a helmet of the usual kind, but connected with it was a square, steel chest, worn upon the back like a knapsack. This contain ed a cbemicnl generator wbtcb supplied the divilr with air. There was no entangling life line, no impediment, and the diver could remain under water an indefinite ler.gtb of time. It gave a free dom of movement which could bart!ly be overestimated. "I nm going alter the papers," said Pt;ank, as he proceeded to don the helmet. I will tell you then exnctly where in the cabin to tlnd them," said Cliff.

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THE .nLACK WHIRLPOOL. 5 "Ah, there is no need of that," declared Frank. "You shall go witb me." "I go with you!" Certainly I" But-am I w ell enough versed in diving--" "Pshaw! You will be :.ll right. I will look out for you in any event. Put ou the suit, for we are losmg; time!" Wn!Jont furth e r ado Cliff at once complied. In a few mom e nts the two divers w e re r e ady. They "otere d th e vestibule and clos e d the cabin door b e hind th em, Tben Frank prA ssed a valve which at once flooded the v e stibule. Th e n he opened the outer door and walked out on deck. T h e cap taiu followed bim. It requiree wall>:ing on air, so buoyant did the water make them. But th e y bad soon reacherl the a ide of tbe sunken vessel. It be came now a question as .to how to get on deck. But a part of tbe re ef r o se to tte very verge of the deck, and by clambering up tbis they boarded t.he v e ssel. Thus far all was w ell. Now C a ptain Clifl' took tbe It-ad. He a d vance ( to the cabin stairs of the sunken steam e r. A myriad of small fish rushed up th e se, but tbe captain pres6ed down th e m and s o on stood iu the cabin Then he spoke t o Frank. But he speedily found tbat he was heard. He rai s ed his voice. It was of no use. The n be came along and placed his h e lmet close to Frank's. In this manner, by loud shouting, they cuuld make encv other hear. "We shall find the papers in the captain s cabin!" be said; "that is the on e beyond this!" "All rigbtl" agreed Frank, "lead the way." They pas sed into th e n ext cabin. This was the captain's Th e desk yet stood as it bad be e n left, with papers and articles, though soaked, yet intact. It did not tak e Cliff long to find what be w a nted. He found tile valuabl e papers in a tih box in the safe, the combina tion of which b e had been given. Then be rescu e d the vessel's log. On the t i p of each helmet the two divers bad a powerful el e ctric light. These were of service in the cabin, which would oth e rwise have been as dark as pitch. Captain Clift' had accomplished his ends, and now placing bis bel-met close to Frank's, shouted: "All right; I have g ot all I came for!" Then we will go back!'' I am ready!'' In a few moments they were again on deck. Though it was a great distance from the sunken vessel s rail to the sands below, they did not hesitate to drop. They sailed down as lightly as a feather, and then started for the Venture. A few moments more, and they were back in tte vestibule. Frank shut the deck door ant! turned on the valve. Instantly pressure forced the water out of the vestibule. Then the two divers entered the cabin safely. The expedition bad been a success. A more delighted man than Captain Cliff could not be imagined. "Oor company will pay you a !urge reward if yon will acc ept it, Mr. Reade," be cteclared; "this is a great service you have rendered us!'' I don't want it," replied Frank, bluntly. "Indeed, I am now upon an errand very sim1lar to this." Indeed!" With this Frailk detailed the story of the missing Corsair. Clift' listened with inter e st, and thea &aid: ''I'll wager, Mr. R e nde, that I can tell yon the fate of your ship." Fingan was now intere sted. I shall be glad to know,'' snid Frank. "Welt," said Cliff slowly, "judging from her position and the lo cality where she was last se en, I would not be afraid to wager that she is In the Block Whirlpool." The Blnck Whirlpool!" exclaimed Frank, in aurprise. Yes, that is only two hundred miles away from the Tropic. Ver:t likely she was blown thither and is even now utterly unable to es cape." CHAPTER IV. THE BLAC K W HIRLPOOL. FRANK was interested. "The Bla ck Whirlpool!" hP exclaimed. "I have beard much of it; but I n e ver supposed that it was a serious one." "Serious!'' exclaim e d Cliff in amazem e nt. "There is not another such maelstrom on earth! The Black Wbirlpool easily beats them all." "Strange that I should not have heard of it before," said Fra nk. "It is not, to my knowledge, r e corded upon any chart " Ah, that is true," replied the captain, lor a very rood reason. It bas only sprung into existence within a year or less past.'' "Ob, that explains it then!" exclaimed Frank. "I thought it strange. Have you ever visited the Whirlpool!'' "Not I ; but one o! our officers was in those waters aboaril a war ship when an Italian bark went into the Whirlpool. It was unable to beat 1ts way out, nor could the war sbip do aught Lo save it lor fear of getting into the deadly swirl itself.'' Both Frank and Fingan were much surprised. "lR it possib!A that tbe current iR so powerful that a steam vessel can make no way a g ainst i1 f" ask e d the detec t ive. That is the report," r e plied Cliff; tlie current is said at its very v e rge to exceed twenty knots an boor. It ::an loe easily distinguished from the oute r and calmer wa te r s by a great line of foam which ex t e nds (ar out of sight in both directions. The maelstrom mus t there f o re cover buudreds or miles "'l'ben anything which gets into its clutch e s must be forever swept round and round 10 that awful c ircle until the vortex is reachAd.'' "Jus t so!" repli e d Cliff. "Yo u c a n s ee IJow easy it would be for a on a dark ni g ht, or running before a gale, to be carried over the verge into the awful circle of death. I would not be at all sur prised if your missing Corsair was in the deptbs of the Black Whirl po o l." "In that cas e," said Frank, with a dubious expression, "I don't see how w e are going to be nble to render her assistance or even reacb ber if she is at the I.Jottom of the sea!" 'We can try," persist e d Fingan. "Indee d, my surmise may not be of value!" said the captain, "and she may be y e t afloat somewhere, or perbaps sutlk in some other part or the o c ean!" "I should think that the Black Whirlpool would be a great menace to navigators In tilat part of the world," declar e d Frank; "something ought to h e done to warn seamen all ov e r the wor11." ;-;Such a movement would be necessarily slow!'' declared tlle cap tain c>f the Angl e sea. "I believe that steps are rapidly being taken to that end." A short while later Captain Cliff r e turned to the Anglesea with pro fus e thanks for the service done. Then the submarinE boat again set out to the southward The more Frank pond e red upon the matter, the more certain he be came t hnt this bad been the fate or the Corsair. That such a might y spasm or n a ture had occurred in any part of the earth without having a ttracted more attention,:was to him strange enough. Certainly here was a menace to navigation un e qualled on the globe. With out mquiring into the s t range revulsi o n of N a ture which had caus e d this mighty whirlpool, Frank could.se e bow easy it might have been for the Cor s air to bav e drift e d into it. If the lost ship in the big whirpool, it s e eme d cer t ain that it was indeed lost. What aid they could give it, or in fact bow coul d ever con t rive to reach it, remained to be seen. From this moment tbe subm a rine voyagers could g ive thought or conversation to no other subject. Tbe Black Whirlpool became the all engrossing topic. The little Venture made tremendous speed on her southward way, but to the voyagers she s e emed to creep. Frank bad once half decided to take the route through the Straits of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and t be Suez Canal; but he tin ally de cided that the shortest route after all would be via Cape of Good Hope. Day after day the little craft sped on along the African coast. Frank kept fairly well into tbe shore waters, so that the Ven t ure would en counter on an av e rage smoother seas. Cape Verde was si g hted, and tben the VEnture bore into the waters of tbe Gull of Guin e a. Many Vt!ssels were met and some spoken. Then the Venture cross ed the Equator and was in southern seas. It was now a fairly straight line southeast to the Cape or Good Hope. On sailed the Venture. All things must have an end. And so tinnily th e little headland of Cape Town was sighted, and the Venture stood c>ut to round the cape. For Frank bad no intention or stopping at Cape Town His purpose was to proceed as rapidly as poss i ble to the locality of the Black Whirl pool. The larger part or the trip had been accomplished, however. Once rounded into the Indian Ocean, the Venture be g atl'to encounter calm seas, and consequently accelerated her progress. Ships now were seldom sighted. They were really out ol the beaten track, for Frank bore far to the soutb of the Tropic of Capricorn, going even below the par allel of south latitude. The lowest course pursued by ships was along the fortieth parallel. No v e ssels ventur e d below this except on rare occasions, for the air was cold and the seas tempestuous, the farther south one went. Frank knew that the Black Whirlpool was not on or above the fortieth parallel, for if eo it would be in the direct path ur China going vessels. Therefore it must -be south of the fortieth paralell, and probably be t ween that parallt!l and the Kerguelen Islands. There the seas were durk and heavy, which no doubt bad won for the maelstrom the name of the Black Whirlpool. That tbe Corsair bad been blown as fur out of her course as this, seemed at first improbable. But there was a possibility that h11r en gines had given out, or that she bad been so shattered by ttJe storm, that control of her was utterly lost. "If she has gone down in the Black Whirlpool,'' declared Frank, "I fear we shall have our labor for our pain3.''

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'I' HE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. "Perhaps," suggested Fingan, "that under the sea we might with safety invade the whirling current." I think not," differed Frank; "the current should be strouger tbe deeper it runs." It ought also to contract," argued the detective. Perhaps on the bottom we might approach nearer the vortex. Wbat is your tbeory of the vortex?'' "My theory of the whirlpool itself," said Frank, "is that a number of powerful conflicting currents here meet, and in their strife make the terrible vortex." "Well, the vortex?" Why, it strikes the bed or the sea and must be shattered, and thence be converted into deep sea currents, which shoot in all direc tions." A Yery good theory," agreed the detective, "and no doubt cor rect. But now, when we tllink of it, the Corsair sucked down in the vortex, goes to the bottom, does she noL?'' "Yes _,, Tben where does she got" As far aa powerful deep sea current may be able to carry her. I see your point. It is that the deep sea currents, going in dif ferent directions, may not have the power of those on the surface, and which make the whirlpool." "You have my idea exactly," said the C::etective, "that is my hoj:e. It may be a scant one." "Let us hope that it will be realized," declared Frank. "We will certamly do all we can to bring it about." Below the fortieth parallel, the submarine boat began to encounter black rolling seas. One morning a sail was sighted to the southward. As near as cvuld be made out, she was an Euglish trading ship, which had probably been blown out of her course in coming from Au stralia to tile Cape. Frank was determined to speak her. It occurred to him that he might g6t some news relative to the Whirlpool. So he bore down toward her and made a signal. This was answered and the two vessels rapiuly drew nearer. An hour later they were within bailing distance. Then Frank appeared on tbe turret and sllouted: "Sbip ahoy!" "Ahoy!" came back. "What ship are yon!" "The brig Rosemary, of Liverpool, England! Who are you?'' "Tbe suhmarioe boat Veoture!" All well on hoard!" "Clean hill! How are you?" All well, aQd a cargo or hides from Melbourne for London. Bon voyage!" -..._ The skipper was about to retire from the shrouds when Fraok shouted: "Ahoy-ahoy!" "Ay-ayl" "Do you know of such a thing In these waters as the Black Whirl pool!'' 'l'bere was a moment's silence. "Ay-ayl" the reply came back. "Forty miles about sou'east! Keep clear or that!" "Ay-ay, thunks!" replied Frank. Then the brig filled away northward, and the submarine boat start ed otr to the sontbeast All was now excitement. All eyes were upon the horizon. The Venture sailed on for an hour and a half. Then a loud cry came from Barney who was forward with a glass. Shure, sor, I see it. It's loike a line av breakers on a lee shore!" This was true. The great white line, formmg a semi-circle on the horizon, looked ex actly like breakers. A coast might have been beyond them. Nearer every moment the Venture Jrew to the wbirlpool. It was an impressive spectacle. Tbis was rendered duubly so by the thought that the fate of a vessel which should pass beyond that white line would be s e aled. She would be in tbe clutch of a Cyclops in the grasp of Doom, and her portion would be deatb and destruction. So the submarine voyagers gazed wtth mingleG. sensations upon the startling spectacle spread before them. CHAPTER V. A VICTIM OF THE WHIRLPOOL. FrNGAN was the first to speak. It is easy,'' he said, to see how a vessel in the night, or driven by a storm, woul d sail into the clutchea of this monster; but in day light and a fair sea, there would be little danger." "That is troe," agreed Frank. "If the Corsair got into the whirlpool, it was under some snell conditions." So I believe.'' Frank now took the wheel. He ventured as near to the dangerous circle as he dared. The little boat pitched ami tossed violently with the fury and force of the cur rent. Beyond the white foam line the waves were seen rushing furiously in one direction, madly, tnrhulently, They seemed to trend dow::J ward. Tile center o! the whirlpool was beyond the horizon, but tbe water line was so depressed that it had the appearanee of a huge bowl. The vengeful character of the hisait1g waters could be readily seen. The fate o! any craft in tbe1r clutches could oot but be realized. And even as tbe voyagers gazed upon tbe scene, suddenly Po:np shouted: "Hi-hi! dere nm a lily boat turned upside down, Marse Frank." This was true. A ship's boat, bottom upward, went sailing by in the waste of waters. Next came a heap of wreckage. This was evidence that some vessel had fallen a victim to the ter rible wbirlt:ool. What o! the crew? Who could tell? Was the ship already in tbat C::read vortex? Had she gone down to her awful fate in that final deep sea plunge. While this question was in the thoughts of all, suddenly Pomp gave :mother cry: "Fo' de ian's sakes! Dere am de ship itself!" All eyes wer e turned in the direction indicated by the darky. Sure enough, tbe dismantled hull of a ship was seen at least four miles out in the maelstrom, and being rapidly carried along by the flood. Not a sign of living being was seen aboard her. And yet tb'e dis tance and the darkness of the sea might have precluded this. For aught they knew, there might be a score ot unfortunate souls aboard tbe wreck. H so, their doom wa.< wrir ten. The submarine voyagers watched the vessel wit h a strange fascin ation. When she had drifted from view, all drew a deep br e ath, and Frank said: Her fate is sealed!" You are right," agreed Fingan; ''perhaps the Corsair ie some where in that fearful waste, drifting the same.'' "Ah, but she has more likely gone into the vortex." "It is likely Yet we have as yet no means of knowing just bow long a vessel will drift in tbis fearful current.'' That is true.'' What do you propose to do now, Mr. Reade?'' "Well," said Frank, thoughtfully, that is not an easy problem to solve. But I have an idea that it would ue well to sail along the verge of the whirlpool for a ways." Very good." So the Venture proceeded to sail along the verge o! the maelstrom. For miles they kept on. Soon darkness began to shut down. 'J'he search-light could easily locate the line of tbe maelstrom, but Frank thought It best to put to the northward for five or six miles. This he did and the Venture hove to, to wait for daylight. A raw wind llad sprung up from tbe southeast, and the sky had be come overcast There were symptoms of a gale. Frank did not experience any fears, for he knew that be had but to send the Venture to the bottom to escape the peril. He beld tbe Venture bead on to tbe gale and she held her own well. And thus the night wore on. Near midnight all turned in save Barney, who took his place at the wheel. 'I'he blackness of the night was intense. But the search-light was powerful enough to disperse the gloom for a distance or a mile in any direction. This the Irishman constantly used. And once turning it. to the nortbward, he swept it around to the east, whither the wind had shifted. A sight met his gaze which gave him a sudden, mighty thrill. For a moment he gasped and was unable to act. Then be recover ed, and, in a horrified tone, exclaimed: "Mither av Moses! Pwhat the divil are they thin kin' of!" Then he pressed a button which caused a big gong in the cabin to furiously. This was tbe alarm which was to arouse all on board, and it did its work effectually. All came tumbling out of their berths. In a moment Frank was in the pilot bouse. What is wrong, Barney?" he asked sharply. "Shure, sor, cast yer eye out tbis way," and the Celt sent the rays of the search-light shooting out over the waste of waters. Frank gave a horrified cry. "A ship!" he cned. "Sue is running before the gale and straight for the whirlpool; she does not !mow her danger!" Shure, sor, that's phwat I thought," cried Barney. If she did, shure she'd be aftber goin' another way!'' "If she keeps on she is lost," cried Frank; "we must save her! We must warn her!" Shure, sor, that's roigbt!" "Head to cross course; send up some rockets! Give her the danger signal!'' Barney and Pomp beth sprung to obey orders, Frank took the wheel, and Fingan remained beside him. Away sbot the submarine boat to cross the bow or the scudding ship. She carried an uodue amount of crmvas for such a gale. "They are mad!" exclaimed the detective. "Tbe stanchest ship in the world would hardly think of running under such a press ol sail.'' It will carry her over the line into the whirlpool in less than twenty minutes," declared Frank. "Set up the rockets, Barney!" Frank used tbe searcb-Jight with the signal code. Rockets were sent up, but tbe vessel did not change ho;r course until tbe submarine boat crossed her bow not a hundred :vards awav. Then she came up an instant into the wind, and a stentorian voice bawled: Who the devil are yon! What do you want!''

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'IHE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. 7 "You are going into danger," shouted Frank; "bear off to the north or you'll be in,o the !!;!'eat whirlpool!" A jeering laugh came btlCk. Is that all you want?'' was the reply. We know our course. I Frank sailed tbe Venture around to the stern of the sunken ship. There he allowed her to rest on the bottom. He tried in vain to locate tile name of the sunken vessel with the seurcb-light. Au Revoir!'' Listen to reason!" shouted Frank. Man, if you are such don't go madly to your doom. Death is ahead of you. The great whirl pooll Turn your course, for tbe love of God!" But no answer wat! deigned. Frank saw the truth that the skipper of the crafL felt sure of his course, and would not credit the story of a whirlpool. Doubtless he thought those on board the submarine boat either mad, or In tbe latter case be would not stop for his own safety. So on swept the ship toward the fatal line. 'l'he Venture followed swiftly, while Frank exhorted and entreaterl. But it wail all iu vain. "My soul! my soul!" be groaned. "What folly is theirs! They are going to their death." "Which is no fault of ours," said Fingan, "No!" agreed Frank, "it is the fault of that perverse blockhead of a skipper, who thinks be knows it all. There are innocent souls on board there, whom be is carrying to their death." But there was no help for'it. The Venture was now obliged to turn back, for the white line of the whirlpool wus near at band. The glare of the search-light showed the ship racing before Lhe gale. The next moment she was in the w'Jirlpool. She was seen to stagger a moment as the current. more powerful than the wind, caught her. Rud,ler was of no avail, and the two op posing forces brought her nearly beam ends to the waters. Then her mainsail belcbed forth into the breeze aud her topsails went into rib bons. In less time than it takes to tell it she was drif:ing in the maelstrom, clean of sails and in a pitiable condition. Now, too late, her skipper began to realize his mistake. Rockets went up from her deck. Frank answered them, but he could afford no aid. For an hour the lights of the doomed craft were seen. Then she vanished beyond the horizon. The submarme voyagers could not reproach themselves. They had done all in their power. It was alone the fault of the strong-beaded skipper. The gale now began to incrensP in fury, and Frank conclud e d to go beneatb the surface to escape it. So be closed the doors nod sealed the boat hermetically. Then be pressed the lever and the boat went down. The search light showed the botto m in fully three thousand feet of water. A full half mile from the surface they were! It was a rem n rkuble thing to reflect upon that half a mile of water was over their heads. Yet the nerves of all were steady. Of course the pressure upoc the boat tremendous, but she had been constructed for the purpose of standing n very mucb greater pressure. The bed of the ocean here was totally devoid of any submarine arowth. The floor of the sea was swept as clean as could be by the from the maP.Istrom, which could even here be plainly felt. 'l'his was an outward current, so there was uo riel\ in following it. How far tt.e Venture could go before tbe resistance would be too pow erful remained to be seen. Frank decided to test it, and, as there was no more sleep for any in the party that night, he sent the Venture ahead upon a voyage of discovery. CHAPTER VI. A SLIGHT MISTAKE. THEY were now directly under the outer edge of the maelstrom. And the theory of Fingan was proven correct. At tbe bottom or' the ocean the currents were all outward, owing, no doubt, to tbe pressure of the waters thrown down and out in the vortex. Jus:. how near it would be safe or possible to approach to the vor tex it was not quite clear. But Frank was determined to kuow. So the Venture pushed on resolutely against the current. It grew stronger every moment, and the sandy floor of the sea look ed as if swept by a broom. For an hour the Venture breasted the current. Then a great cry went up from Fingau, the detective. "Tbe Corsair!" It was a startling moment. All eyes rested upon tbe black hull of a sunken ship dead abend. Masts were all by the board, and ber decks were heaped with wreckage. She was exnctly the type and build of the Corsair. The search-light traversed her from stem to stern. Every detail was eagerly noted. Well,'' said Frank, "what do you think cf it, Mr. Fingan! I don't know tbe Corsair myself." It answers every description," replied the detective, tremblingly. "I don't think there \S any doubt of it. She is the Corsair." In that event our quest is ended." But we are not sure. Again, we bave not recovered the papers. We must lind the body of Dingley to do that.'' "You are right,'' agreed Frank. "We will anchor alongside tbat craft and pay her a visit." But Fingan felt extremely sure that she was the Corsair, so Frr.nk was content. Re speedily made preparations to pay her n visit. He brought out diving suits for two. One was for himself and the other for Tbey speeuily donned them and equipped themselves for the trip to the sunken ship. Besides an ax and a kuife, each carried a coil of rope. Entering the vestibule they were soon ou. side. It required four or five minutes to get used to t.be pressure, blood even streaming from Fingan's nostrils. The first unpleasant elfects over, started for the ship. It was by no means easy to reach it in that varying current, but lin ally they succeeded. Frank found a rope dangling from the cat-heads by which be ascended to the deck. Fingan followed him and they stood on the deck of the sunken ship, The detective was never more sure that it was the Corsair. Tbe deck of the sunken vessel presented a rough &pectacle. It was heaped with the debris of the fallen rigging and broken timbers c.nd spars. Slowly the two divers made t.peir way to the companion stairs. They saw no signs of dead bodies, nor, iudeed, did they expect this on the d eck For the current there would have swept tbem away long since. What if Dingley's body had also tbus? It would certainly be difficult to find the evidence in thct case. In deed it would be almost impossible. But Fingan was eager to get into the cabin. So they stumbled down the sthirs, their helmet lamps showing all clearly enough. Then they stood in the cabin. Strange to say, it contained the bodies or none of the crew or pas sengers, if there bad been such. It lool\ed as if the entire crew had rushed on deck and been swept away by the curreut. Fingan, however, pushed his way to the captain's cabin beyond. Upon a table lay th'l log book. It was water soaked, and the ink bud run so that the entries were almost illegible. But the names of the vessel and its captain were quite plam. One glance was enough and settled all doubts. Log of the Monmouth, "Captain Leslie Van Eyke, Dartmouth, England." Neither Fr,lnk nor the detective were interested further. not attempt to read the log. Tbe sunken vessel was not the Corsair and was enough. Frank proceeded to examioe tbe captain's safe ere taking their leave. There were several packages of Bank of England notes and a box of silver coins. The notes were too water soaked, but the divers took a small bag or gold sovereigns and the silver. Whether the ship had other treasure or not, they did not pause to ascertain. Buck to the deck they made their way. In a few moments they were again sliding down over the side. Jt was not long before they were aga!n in the cabin of the Venture. Barney and Pomp were delighted to welcome them safely back. Sbure, 8or, an' it wasn't tbe Corsair afther all,'' cried Barney. "Faith, that's too bad! A'll' we must look further and mebbe fare worse, sor.'' "Golly!" snitfed Pomp, "I don' see how we am gwine to fare wuss." Bej!;urra, there's a good many things a bloind man can't see," re torted Barney. "I am no mo' blin' than yo' is," retaliated Pomp. "You'se nuffin' but n no count l'isbman anyway.'' "Bejnbers, av yez cast any more reflections on me nationalitv, I'll break tbe face off' yez!" :Mebbe yo' will, cbiltl. I tell yo' to keep way from me, yo' hear!" "Come, come, you rascals!" laughed Frank; what do you mean? I thought you were glad to see us safely back!" Barney and Pomp made wry grimaces at each other, all of which augured a ruction in the near future. It might be safe to say tbat neither was serious: but they were fond of nagging each other, and winding up with a rough and tum ble They would surely have done this now but for Frank's restraining presence. But Barney was obliged to go back to the pilot house and Pomp to the galley. Then the Venture started away once mor'l upon her exploring tour. Soon, however, the current grew so strong that they could go no further in tbnt direction. Tben the boat was obliged to turn back. Another current, however, was speedily found, and Frank went off at another angle After sailing ab\)ut in this way for hours, however, lle was obliged to pause from sheer exhaustion. "Enough!" be declared. We have all overdone. Let ns seek rest for four or five hours. Then we shall be able to go to work with fresh zest!" "A capital idea!" agreed Fin gao; "why not anchor right here, Mr. Reade!" "As good a place as any!"

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8 'l'HE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. So tile boat anchored on the spot, and the voyagers sougllt their staterooms for much needed sleep. All save Barney aud Pomp. The former was on guard, the latter was awake on purpose to secure a settlement of the question or a lew bours previous. Barney suspectetl tbis and was on his guard. Be was determined not to be caught napping. So when Pomp came sauntering into the pilot house a wh1le later the Celt kept his eyes on him. The coon, however, was not the one to procrastinute. He brought tbe to a head at ance. "Yoll, J'ish," be said insinuatingly, "mebbe yo' don' fink much ob us callud foxes, eh?" Barney shifted bis quid coolly. "Yez kin paste that in yer bat av yez loike," be declared, "an' take it to yPrailf, too." Pomp tossed his head like a wild bull ready for the fray. "I kin jes' tell yo' sutlln', sah," he went on. "De cullud people am all us de superior ob any po' wllite trash--" "Whurroo!'' shouted Barney. "That'! au insult to the. Oirish people to be shure, an' l've a moind to make yez ate them wor rudsl" "Hnh!" snifl'ed Pomp. "I'se heerd dat kin' ob talk long enuff! Why don't yo' act. sah?" "Bejabe rs I will! ' cried the Celt, throwing off !JiB coat; "here's bad cess to yez fer a murtherin' blatherskite. Look out fer yersilf!" Barr.ey mad e a hili' 1\t the coon. Pomp dodged it and then they clinched. A terrific struggle followed. They rolled down the pilothouse steps and into the cabin. Th e n tbey pante d and tugged and strained, wbile neither beld the advantagE>. Now up and now down they went. It was a wonder that tbe noise tbPy made did uot wake the others. But lucidly and Fingan were too tired to wake easily. So Barney and Pomp had a clear course. Anti a.gay t ime it was wh1ch they bad. At least in their own esti mation. Others might think different. They wrestled and tugged until too tired to do aught but lie pant-ing on the c arp11ted floor. They were completely exhausted. And thus they lay, glaring at ear.h other fiercely. Will yo' 'pologize, sab?" pulled Pomp. "Shure, I'll ate me bat fur3t,'' retorted Barney. "Den you ain' had enufl?" W!tin I git enough, yez will be a candidate fer the hospital.'' And then thay went at it again, but rather feebly. But while thus a catastrophe brought them to their startled senses. Rilock shook the Venture from stem to stern. Then every went out and left the boat in total dnrkneas. was a moment. The Venture seemed be suddenly llfteJ in giant bands and hurled onward. "Massy Lordv!" gasped Pomp; "wha' am de mattab?'' Be me sow!, somethin' has bappened to the boat!" gasped Bar ney, "an' it's all our fault fer sky larkin' llere whoile we ought to have been on watch. Ah, lackaday, but Misther Frank will niver loike it at all. Shure, he'll bave tile skin av us both!" CHAPTER VII. THE DHOW, THE terrific shock which the boat received was much ss If some tre mentlons blow lwd beeu given it with a giant hammer or weapon. It fairly threw Frank Reade, Jr., out of his bunk. In a moment he was in the cabin, excitedly shouting: What is tl.le matter! What bas bappenedT" Barney had rushed into tbe pilot bouse. The Celt fumbled over the key-board for the lever whicb sllould set the ligllts going again. "Shure, sor,'' he cried, sometbin' bas run into the Venture, sor. Divil a bit do I know what it was, sort" "Well, we'll lind out!" cried Frank, angrily; "how is it you were not on duty. Ah, Pomp, you bere too? I see! You rascals have been skylarking again." "Oh, Marse Frank, I'se drefful sorry," cried Pomp, wildly. "We nehber link dere be any ling wrong. We'se de ones to blame, sah." I thon;!:ht sol Then hustle around, both o! you, and get matters to rights uguin! Turn on those lights, Barney!" Shure, sor, I'm afther thryin' to do that same, but the divil's in thim!" Frank groped his way into the pilot house. He found the electdc light lever and pressed it. The lights dill not show. Something was wrong. The boat was now quite still . But Frank was anxious to know what the situation was outside just the same. Th e sbock of the c o llision had evidently disarranged the wires. This be fAit sure. The way to remedy this was to go down to the dynamo room and renew the broken connection. But it was dangerous to go fooling around dynamos in tbe dark. So he groped around until be found 11 lantern on a shelf near. The little huUAry which operated it was in working order, so be lost no time in turning it 11n, With this he could see nothing beyond the pilot bouse window, of course, but he speedily located tt.e break In tile connections and de scended to the engine room to repair it. Tbis required but a few moments. Tllen be went buck to the pilot hous e and turned on the current. The lights llashed up again. Peering tbrougb the pilot house win dow, Frank bebeld a startling state o! thin g s. A bnge black object lay across the bow of the submarine boat. It required some moment's scrutiny to make out what it was. Why, it 1s a schooner or a v e ssel o f that size," dPclared Fingan. No,'' sail! Frank:, "it is an Indian dhow or coasting vessel. How did it ever come here!" The dhow seemed to literally lay across the bow of the Venture, but that this was not true Frank v e ry spe e dily di s cover e d. He backed the engines of the Venture. To his surprise she did not move. Why, we are anchore d!" he exclaimed. Then he turned the glare of tbe search-light full upon tbe dhow. He saw a surprising state of atlairs. The ram ol th e V enture was d e eply imbedded in the bull of tbe dLow. How had tbis been done! A few moments' reflection told Frank the truth. The dhow, carried along in the deep current bad crashed into the ram of tbe submarine boat and became impaled there. This explained tile sh o ck which had aroused all on hoard. Here was a predicament. 'rhe Venture was anchored. Her engines were certainly not powerful enough to break the con nection by backing away. What was to be clone? It was a puzzl<', Moreover, the predicament was a most serious one. How to ex tricate the ram of the submarine 'Joat was no hght question. Of course tbis must be done if they boped to continue their deep sea tru vels. Frank was in a by no means amiable frame of mind. He olamed Barney largely for his carelessness. The Celt naturally felt very con s cience-stricken. Sl!ure, M1. Frank, I'll go out there an' cut tbe ram out wid an ax, cried tile Celt. "Nonsense!" said Frank, testily. ''You could nev e r do that! But oome t bing must be don e Bring out two diving suits! You an
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THE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. 9 The two divers made no attempt to count the heap or coin, It was certain that there were thousamls of dollars in the heap. Bejabers I'll tell yez phwat we'll c.lo!" cried Baaney. We'll take it aboard the Venture and we'll count it up and divoiue it!'' "That's a"'reeablei" said Finaan here aoes1" They liftetl the and it out of the cabin or the dhow. 1t was a slow and laborious job, but they finally got it aboard the Ven ture. By this time Frank bad plared the dynamite cartridge and laid the wire. He went back to the pilot house. It was a critical moment. All depended upon tlle success of that attempt. If the cartridge, as iutendec.l, simply split the hull of the derelict, and did no damage to the ram, all woulu be well. There was the chance. Fru nk was determined to accept it. So be drew a deep breath and pressed the electric but! on. There was a tremendous shock, the Venture heaved and plunged, and the water surged so fiercely around the craft that nothing could be seen beyond the pilot house win
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10 THE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. Down abe quickly settled, until agn.in the dark valleys and coral forests came into view. Then Fingan clutched Frank's arm. I see a ship!'' he said. "A shipf" "Yes; look yonder!" Frank saw plainly now, resting upon a coral reef, a sunken vessel. Her white sails were hall set, a11d she looked just as if she was about to fill away before the wind. Certainly she bore no appearance of havmg been riddled by a storm. Frank was startled. "That ship foundered in a fair sea," he declared; "she must have sprung a leak.'' "It looks to a dead certainty like the Corsair,'' declared Fingan. "Indeed, you are right." Sail nearer and let us take a look at her." "Certainly." The Venture now sailed nearer the sunken vessel. The search light was turned run upon her. And indeed she did look strongly like the Corsair. "There should be a name on her bow," said Fingan. "Can we not get around so a<1 to talte a look at it!" "We wil1 try," agreed Frank. The submarine boat sailed around so that the search-light fell athwart the sunken ship's bow. LeLters were seen indistinctly, but at that distance they could not be deciphered. "It is the Corsair, I believe!" cried Fingan. "I will pay her a visit!" A good resting place found on the reef for the Venture. Then Fingan and Frank donned diving suits. There was no little exmtement among the party. If this should prove to be the Corsair they would soon !Jave solved the mystery of her fate. The two divers entered the vestibule and soon we.e out on the deck. Then they lowered themselves over the rail and made their way to ward the sunken ship. The intervening space was not easy to cross. The coral reef was jagged and broken, and it required some labor to make their way over it. But finally they succeeded, and came up under the stern of the sunken ship. They crept along under the huge hull until they reached the bow. Here, standing upon a spur of coral, they were able to see plainly the name just under the bowsprit. Fingan clutched Frank's arm. The letters were plain: "CORSAIR-LIVERPOOL.'' CHAPTER IX. A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT, FoR a few moments the two divers were unable to act . That they bad at last found the missing ship wns a sLrange reflection. A great many doubts were thus settled; a great many theories exploded. The Corsair, after all, had foundered of her own accord in mid ocean. She had gone down into the depths of the sen, but not into the embrace of the Black Whirlpool, as had been believed. But the fate of her crew-what of them! Had they also gone down with her, or had they made their es cape in some way! This could only be told after a search of her decks and cabins. Frau k was the first to act. He motioned to Fingnn to follow him. Thsn he proceeded to climb up by means of the anchor cable. In a few moments both men stood on the deck. The scene spread I.Jefore them was a grewsome one. All doable as to the fate of the crew were settled. There were more than a score of dead bodies scattered about the deck They lay in various positions, which could suggest no other manner of death than drown mg. Strely the ship must have gone down very suddenly to have allowed of the launching of no boat. But what made the spectacle doubly hideous was the fact that non'l of the dead n;en had a vestige of flash left upon the exposed parts of their bodies. This was dne of course to the appetite of denizens of the deep. It, however, was an unfortunate circumstance, for it made identilicatioll extremely difficult. Fiilgan recovered his nerve sufficiently to examine the bodies for the purpose of locating Dingley. Could he find the messenger's body he believed that he would be sure of the necessary evidence to clear of the charge against him. So he carefully examined nne after another of the hodies. The dress of each greatly aided him. He knew that be neeu not look for Dingley with a seaman's garb on. So be passed over quickly all that were thus attired. But presently he came to a tall mnn, dressed in civilian sty le. Has tily he efamined his person for the tin box. But it was not on him; next him, however, Jay a shorter man dress ed much the same. Neither jid he lmve the desired tin box on his per son. But there was in an inner pocket a packet of papers in an oil skm case. These the detective held up in the g l are of tbe electric light. Upon the case was th e name in printed gilt letters: "Arthur Dingley, "London, England." "Found!" gasped the detective; ''these must be the papers! This is the body of Dingley beyond a doubt! He probably changed them from the tin case to this oiled packetl" Yet, to make sure, the detective continued his search. But tl!ese two bodies were the only ones bearing the appearance of possible passengers. That the short man was Arthur Dingley, there wail no manner of doubt. Fingan did not attempt to examine the papers here. He rose and made a signal to Frank. The latter placed his helmet close to the detective's, and shouted: Have you found them!" I believe so!" What will you do now?" "Let us go back to thtl Venture and examine them." "All rie:ht!" So pres e ntly they were lowering themselves over the ship's rail. In a very short time they were:back in the cabin of the submar i ne boat. Removing their diving suits, the detective threw the oiled packet upon the cabin table. "I believe they are there," he said. "James Menton Bliss will be saved from the gallows!" l thought you expected to find the papers in a tin box?" said Frank. That was what Dingley said in his letter. But probably be changed the form of the receptacle." That looks reasonable. I am curious to know if these are indeed the right papers!" "We'll very quickly settle that," eaid the detective, producing a pocket knife. He quickly cut the tape which bound the packet and drew aside tha o:tskin cover. Several legal looking documents fell out. A glance at them caused Fingan to give a sharp gasping cry: "My soul! these are only personal deeds or real estate. 'J'hey are of value only to the owner. There is no writ of evidence or confession here.'' The detective unfolded one deed after the othE.>r. It was true. They were simply private papers of Arthur Dingley. Nothing more. There were no other papers of a legal sort. The papers of evidence to establish the innocence or Bliss were surely lacking. It was a stunning discovery. For a moment the detective stood like one dazed. Then he picked op his diving helmet. What are you going to do!" asked Frank. I am going back to the Corsair.'' What for!" To find that tin box with the important papers." "But--,. Well!'' If that was Arthur Dingley's body they were not on it." The detecti7e drew a d e ep breath. That Is so!" be said; "but there is a chance that Dingley may have left tbe papers in his or E.>lsewhere on board. Again, that may not have been Dingley's body!" This packet of papers would eeem to be prima facie evidence.'' ThM may be. But I must be sure. I musL go back and make a faithful search.'' "Ah, you are right enongh in that," agreed Frank. "I will go with you!'' Do not, if yon do not wish to." But I am interested." "Very well!" In a few moments they were again on the deck of the Corsair. This time \he detective examined the clothes or every corpse on the deck. But the tin box could not be found. Then down into the cabin he went. It was not difficult to find Arthur Dingley's stateroom. The purser's book gave the number and the steamer trunk bore his name. The detective ransacked the trunk and the stateroom. Then he went through the cabin and even the ship as best he could. "A bnman life depends," he declared. "I must leave no stone un turned." And a faithful search it was which he made. But It was one abso lutely unrewarded. The tin box nor the papers could not be found. It was a crushing blow. For hours the detective puraued his quest. He would not abandon it. He was absolutely determined to find the object of his quest. Bot be failed. Nothing rewarded his Pfforts. At length when in a stat9 of she er exhaustion, Jlrank dragged him back to the Venture. Once in the cabin of the submarine boat, the young inventor at tempted to reason with him. It's of no use, Fmgan,'' be said. It is the decree of fate. We have found the Corsair and the body of Dingley. But the papers were not to be found where he sairl they were!" ''But poor Bliss!" groaned the detective, "they will hang him, and heavens! He is an innocent man!''

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'l'HE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. 11 "That is indeed bard!" agreed Frank; "but bow can we help iL!" "We must find those papers!" We have tried!" "But we must not fail. Certainly Dingley bad them!" To gratify the detective's whim Frnnk allowed him the next day to go back and renew h1s quest. After another ball day spent thus Fingan was satisfied. Enough, be said. lam well assured that eiLI!er Dingley lied about those papers or else be lost them." "They are certainly not to be found!" agreed Frank. "Now it is for you to say what bad better be done." We can only go back borne with our sad tale," said the detective despondently. Poor Bliss! It is awful to think of the fate he must meet!" "Perhaps he can he saved yet," said Frank. "When the judge;; see the letter of Dingley and Jearn of the Corsair's fate, maybe taey will at least commute his sentence to imprisonm ent." "Ab! but that is eq uivalent to death. And now that Dingley is dead--" But cannot the lost evidence be duplicated?" Ah, no, for the self-confessed murderAr is dead and buried in In dia. His confession is lost, and the witnesses, Hindooa all, are per haps beyond all possible chance of recall. "Well, it does look like a hopeless case!'' agreed Frank. And yet you know there is always hope." "You apeak kind words of good cheer. But that does not alto gether !urnish a remedy. However, Jet us go home at once.'' It shall be as you say!" said Frank. A few momenls later a last look was taken at the Corsair. Then the submarine boat atarLe
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12 THE BLACK WHIRLPOOL. And be was hardly in a state of mind to give an accurate answer t o this as yet. The two explorers returned the V e nture. As there was little ne e d of dall y ing longer in this part of the world, Frank again beaded the submarine boat to the northward That night B a rney watched beside the sleeping c as t tlway. He did not wake until the n ext morning. Th e n just aft e r daylight be stirred, opened his and yawned. He stared at Barney curi ously, nod asked in a r a tional way: Heave hoi What's the watch, mnt e?'' Everything's snug, sor!'' replied the Celt, astutely; they've not piped for us y et!'' I'm right glad of that," replied the sailor, lan,!!;uidly; for I own I was powerful foggy in the maintop. You'r e sure the bo'suns not wllistled?" '' Quite sore, me fried," l'eplied Barney. The sailor now opened bis e yes nnd stare d nt the Celt. "Hnng me high!" he gasped. Whe n did you come aboard! I didn't know we'd an Irishman in the crew!" S bure, sor, I've bin aboard all tile toime since Iavin' Liver pooH" "Avost there, mate! I know better than that, Ell-how-wha t have we here?" Tile s e aman stared about the luxurious little stat eroom. Then he passed a hand across his brow and gasp e d: "This is not the fo'castle. It's an officer's cabin. Where the deuce am I! Is it a dream! Heigbo, my lnd, what ship is this?" "This is the submarine boat Venture, sor!" replied Barney. The sailor gave a great cry. Rigbt, mate! ' be shouted, I had forgotten. The old Corsair went d own, ay, she's at the bottom of the s ea. I remember now, drifting on that awful spar, the desert tsland, and--" He came to a pause. CHAPTER XI. THE SAILOR 'S STi>RY. IT was at this moment that the detective, Fingan, stood in the stateroom door. He had h e ard the last word s o f the castaway, and it was with a mighty effort that he controlled himself. He saw all in an instant. Th e s e aman's re a son had returned. He was himself again. S tanding there in the center of the stateroom Ernest Strange hnd covered his eye R with his band anrl w a s trying to think. "The islan d!" be muttered. "And what then-what then! Ob, I cannot remember more. It is all a blank!'' "The n y<>u have not forgotten tb A Corsair?" llBked Fingan gently. The seaman started and stared at the d e tective. "You have thY weather on me, captain," be said re s pectfully. ") don't remember you. Where am I!" "Sit down here,'' said Fingan in his most persuasive way. "Let us see if we can't have an understanding. You shipped aboard tlle Corsair?" "I did, captain." At Li'l'erpool!" ''Aye, sir.'' Now the Corsair encountered a gale off the Tropic of Capri-corn--" Asl;ing your pardon, sir-she did not.'' Tbe d e tective was astomsbed. "What!" be exclaimed; she did not encounter a gale!'' "No, sir.'' Nor did not founder in the same?" "She did not, sir; I make free to sny that." But the Corsair is at the bottom of th e sea." As lit as a Iiddle, sir, and a couple of cannon ball breaches under her water line, Jir. May the fiends fly away with them as did itl'' Had Fingan seen a ghost at that moment be could not have received a greater shock. He was unable for a moment to sp e ak. Then he g a sped: A couple of cannon balls under her water liner Aye, sir; that is what sent the C o rsair to the bottom.'' Perhaps you can mnke that clearer to me!" "I reckon, sir You see we bad just crossed the Tropic and were making good headway with free l"inds. "One morning a black sail showed over our quarter. It kept creep ing up and gave us chase. Our skipper began to g e t anxious, It's Malays to a dead certainty,' be said, 'and t hey'll wear us out in this breeze. We must make a long run and trust to a fog or a dark night to slip 'em.' That was all well nod good, but the fog or the dark night didn't come, The cursed villains crept nearer, and on the second day opened fire. They brought our mizzen down, and knocked a bole in our poop deck. Then our captam called us aft, ancl said: 'Boys, we'll lay to and give 'em a fight at close quarters. It's our only hope. If we can't llck 'em that way we're done for anyway, Get out all the weapons you can, and fight like the devil.' That we did. "The Mnlny devils came over our quarter and covered our decks with blood. They cut us down like sheep. At last, seeing I w a s the only man left I made over the cat -beads and tru!!ted to a swim for life. Luckily they didn't see me. "I saw 'em loot the ship and then fire a CJuple of shots through h e r. She went d own g randly and they sailed away to the north. I had g iven myself up for lost, "But shar k s ar c scarc e below the Tropic, an d just then a floating timb e r came my w ay. I clung to it for t hree d ays without food or drink. "Then in th e night I drifted asho r e It wa s a rocky i s land and -I can remember no more." "I can tell y o u the rest said Fing an, calmly, "but before I do let :ne as k you a question.'' "Aye skipper! ' "Was th e r A not on board the Corsair a man by the name of Arthur Diugleyf' Aye!" replied S t range, eagerly, he was goi n g back to En g land with a lot of valua b l e pap e rs : o cle a r a m a n convicted o r murder.'' Just so!" cried tte detective excitedl y Now ti.Jose p a pers, do you know wher e he carri e d them?" Aye sir, as h e often told us, next bis bod y in a tin box. He asked us all in ease of a ccident to him to loJk after ttose papers." The detective sprang up e xcit e dly. Well," he said, do you think t he pirates woul d have taken those pap e rs from his body?" It m ay lle so," replied the sailor b n t if not, sir, I make free to say they must be at the bot tom of the ocean now." On Dingley's body!" I should sa y so, s ir!" .. EnQ u gh l ' s aid Fingan, "Now let me tell you bow you came abo a rd our vess el. " I should like t o know that, skipper.'' Stran g e listened e arnestl y to the det e c t ive's narra t ive of how he was rescued fron. tile isle. Then be described the peculi a rlli e s of the Ven ture. Stra nge could hardly believe his sens es. He h a d n ever before beard of a submarine boat. "SoT was cr azy! he exclaimed. "Well, it have been my _ sickness. Bot I'm all right now, mate.'' "So yon are, Fingan, "but come i n and have some break fast and mee t Mr. Reade. Then we'll show you over the submarine boat.'' S trange bowed in a constrained way. "Saving your pres e nc e sir," he said, "I am only a poor se a man.'' "Ob, that is all right," declared the det e ctive W e don t stand on terms of equ a lity h ere. One man is as go o d as another if be is re spectable.'' With this assura n ce, S t r a n g e followe d the d et e ctive into the main cabm where Pomp h a d a smokin g re a dy To this all sat d own and s oon were upon the best o f t e rms. The s a ilor rapidl y r ecovered his spirits and his men t al equilibrium. He recounted ove r again the story of the loss o r the Cors uir and the fight wit h the pir a tes. "In truth, sir," be said to Fingan, "there is little doubt bot that the black rascals took the t i n box from the dead body af t h e passen ger.'' "But of what value could it be t.9 them ? asked the det ective. The sailor shook his head. I make free to s a y that it was none," he declared; but they might fancy some future value att ached, or again they may have de stroyed the papers or carried th e m awu y." Do you think you would know this Malay dhow if you were to see it agaiut'' asked Fingan. The sailor shook his ber.d. Ab, it is not. often they come into the Indian Ocean,'' he replied. They nre all of the same style. It would be bard t o tell as she bad no name or distinguishing mark.'' After the meal was over, Strange went forward with Barney and Pomp. While he was regaling with salty tales of t h e sea, Frank and Fingan were art holding an animated discussion. "Of course, I wish to follow up an y r ea sonable Frank was saying, I do not believe we would gain anything by returning to the Corsair!" Possibly not,'' s aid Fingan "and yet-I am anxious to leave no loophole open." I can't bl ame y ou.' "A human lire is a t s t ake," We would turn back now if I thought there was a ghost of a chance.'' Ab, but this sailor, be was more familiar with the ship. Perhaps be micrbt find it --" Ifail to s e e how his search could be greater than ours Again, be admits that Dingley carried the tin box always about his person!" 'Yes!" Very well. It is, of cour se, a pretty sure conclusion that the M a la y s confiscated that, and have e ither destroyed or carried it aw a y!" "It is all a terrible t h i ng,'' sa i d the detective, wit h k een disappoint ment, "if it were only possible to run down th e pira t e dhow, Ioree or brib e the wretches to yield up th e pap e rs.'' It w o uld be a v e ry hopeless quest,'' said Frank; the best you can do is to return t o Lond on. La y the f a cts in the case before the court, You cnn prove that Dingley was possessed of papers to prove Blis s' innocence. That the ship aboard which be was, was attacked and sunk by pirates. You have made every effort to lind the pap e rs.

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THE :BLACK WHIRLPOOL. 13 The proof that they existed should at the very least compel the judges to commute the death sentence to a term of imprisonment." All!'' groaned Fingan. "You do not know our English courtt. They are wexorable in cases of this kind." Then the blood of the prisoner will be on their beads!" Which will not help Bliss!'' "Very true!" Frank took a turn up and down the deck. Finally he came to a halt, and said: Well, Fingan, I will yield to yon. We will make what quest we can for the dhow!" The detective gave a cry of joy. "You will get your reward,'' he said ; "it is more than philan thropy, it is a Christian net, a deed wilich will be recorded to your credit in anoth e r and a better life." ".But where shall we pursue our quest?'' asked Frank. I think that such a vessel, after a successful crutse, would return to the buunts of the Malays in their own peninsula. What if we look for them theret' "Very well," agreed the younj!" inventor. '' We will sail at once for Malaysia in the Pacific. It will be a long cruis e We may not see London for many months-perhaps a "Very w ell. I urn sure that M o reton will get the case put over. They cannot bang .Bliss und e r that Ume. At least, we can try." It was startling news to Buruey and Pomp that the Venture was to enter the Pacitic upon what seemed an almost hopel ess quest. Bot they did not demur. Frank, however, addressed St range. "We will put you aboard any passing vess e l you may prefer ,'' he said, "or you may become one of the crew of this boat.'' Strange hitched up his trousers awkwarclly, and said: Well, sk ipp er, if you're s3ort a baud, I may say that I'll be glnd sign papers with you, for I like ye. Au' there's my hand on i t! So Strange turned in with Barn e y and Pomp, with whom he had already become fast friends. The submarine bOat was thus booked for the Pacific. Her course was changed and she lay a trilla northward to cross th e Tropic into smoother seas. To t ell the truth Fingan did not feel wholly at ease in the matter. He was not sure that this was after all the best move. He hall a strange feeling tbat in leaving the Indian Oce a n he wo.s leaving the game behind him. But the die was cast. He would not now change his plans, and so the Venture's course was shi!ted so that she stoo.:l away again to the eastward and toward the Pacific. CHAPTER XII. BROU GHT TO LIGHT. FoR two days the Venture held her eastward course. She bad passed the line of the Black Whirlpool and was reaching over toward the northern tip of Frank believed that a month of rapid sailing would place him in the Pacitlc and into the Maluccn Passage. Then the quest for the pirate dhow might be truthfully said to kave been begnn. It would boa dangerous game at best. The sub nn rine boat carried no guns, w!Jile many of the pirate ships were Hoatiog arsenals. Unless the Venture's crew could treat with t he Malays and secure the tin box and pape rs by means of a reward, there would be a scant show to get them by force. Of courRe the Venture could sink any v es sel alloat by placing a dy namite torpedo und e r h e r in any sen. But many vessels might be destroyed and many hundreds of lives taken thus for naught. And to actual warfare Frank had a wholesome repugnance. He positively would not indulge iu It, save in self-defense or to right a great wrong. Of courAe if be could si:tgle out the dhow which carrie.:l the stolen papers, ant.l could be sure that they were aboard and that they could be recovered in no other way, be would not hesitate a moment to sink the dhow. But It was not destined that affairs should come to this desperate pass. Nor was it meant that the Venture's keel should ever cut the wate rs of tlfe South Pacific. It cnme about : n a startling manner pne day Strange was teUiug some pretty strong sea tales when Bar ney ventured to affirm: "Bejabers, we have pirate treasure aboard this very boat, sor." Strange looked at the Celt as if to take the matter as a jo1e. But Barney was in earnest. "It's throe, I tell yez." "Dnt am right, sub!" affirmed Pomp. "l see dem when uey brou ght It ab'o'u. De l'ishman h e ah an' Mistnh Fingan." Heave away there, lads," said the sailor incredulously. "I like a yarn, but it must have a little varnish on it.'' "Yez don't loelave it, ehT'' aske1 Barney. "I beli e ve me eyes, mate!" Whurroo! Yez shall see it thin. Shure, there's Misther Fingan. The top av the mormu' to yez, sort'' "Well, Barney," said the detective, as he came up, "what favor can I do you, sir?" Shure, yez kin bear me out in me statement, sor!" "Ab, what is that?'' Barney gla nced at Strnnge. "This gintleman <:on't beluve that ye and mesilf has pirate treas ure aboard this bout, sor!" Ensy rr.ates," put in the Ballor. "I n e v e r a gentle man's word. If his honor s ays so, so it is, no' I'll figLt the fo'castle, it's so!'' Thin listen, will yez!" cried Barney, triumphantly. Fingan nodded pleasantly. Barney spoke the trutl1," he said. We d o own a chest of pirate treasure. and it is at this mom ent aboard this ship." "So I say, sir, mysell," said Strange, moat civilly "and the man who says not is a Turkish liar!" l'hiu we a1r unanymus on that point," declared Barney with much satisfaction. Bot Fiugnn went further. To settle all doubts, .Barner," be said, "and also for the sake or a little diversion, let's bring out the chest and divide up the treasure." Barney sprung to his fee t. "I'm will yez, sor," he cried, Of course the others were interested. They even went into the cabin and assisted in hringing out tile heavy chest. It wus placed just before the t urr et in a favorable spot, and then Fwgan lifted th e cover. There it was lilleli nearly to t h e brim with a profusion of coin s They were o f all metals and all nations. But copper seemed to be the preuominating metal and Strange said: If they were all of golu it would be a mighty fine argosy ye'd be carryin g home, mates!'' You are ri g ht," agreed Fingan, "but there is yet a good deal of gold and silver Here are some English soverei g n s, and some French frnncs. But these are the finest-Uncle Sam's double eagles, fre sh !rom the mint." Which mPans that one of Uncle Sam's vessels fell in. o the grip of these pirates," suid Strange. Then he ceased his gaze caught that o! the detective Fingan was looking at him in a startled manner. "Stranl!e," said the detective, In a constrained voice, "it may be only a coincidence, but a sudden thought struck me. Malay vessels seldom come Into the Indian Ocean, do the7?" "Very seldom, sir." "Now, this vessel which sunk the Corsair was a dhow, was she not!" "Aye, sir!" Fingan was like u r igid statue "Answer me," he said. "What c our se did you last see her mak-ing after sh e left tbe Corsair!" South by enst, sir." The detective turned and confronted Frank Reade, Jr., who had just come out of the tu rre t. For a moment the detective gasped for breath. Then he exploded: Frank, turn about as quick as you can! We are going right away from our game." To say that the young inventor was astounded would be a mild statement. Wwbat!" be exclaimed. "What's up now, Fingnn!'' We are going away from our game! I have the best of reasons for believing that the sunken dboiV from which we got this treasure was the very vessel which sunk the Corsair." Frank was as:ounded. What r easo n have you for that assumptionf' he asked. ''Several simple deductions. In tbe first place dhows sehlorn come into the Indian Ocean from Malaysia. Again tbe dhow which sunk the Corsair made a course direclly for the Black Whirlpool. That it was the sam e vessel from which we obtained the treasure there can be lit tle doub t. Retribution of a f earful sort qu i ckly overtook the wretches as it ought. The re is one more chance for us. We must go bacl< to tbe whirlpool. If we find the tin hox aboard that sunken dllow all will be well. If we do not, it is gone forever, and James Menton Bliss is lost." "I aru glad to do as you direct,'' said Frank; "if you say the word, we will nl.Jout s hip and go back to the Black Whirlpool." "I do say so!" "Very goo d!" We will not go to Malaysia, which I can now see would be an er rand of f olly Back to the Whirlpool, and fail or win, there I am done!" "Thnt is common sense," declared Frank, "perhaps we may find the box after all." "I shall hooe so!" Frank turned to the pilot house, but at this excit.lna moment a sharp cry carne from the lips of Stran,g e, the sailor. ., "Blow me bard!'' he cded, d a shing his band down into a heap of the c ows. "I thought I had my eye on it. There's a shilling, English I'll swear carne from the Corsair, for it was once my property." The sta.rtl ed gaze of all was turned upon Strange. He held the silver pi e ce up triumphantl y "I know it well I" be cried. "See that niche in the millina? I cut that in an idle moment. I gave this shillin,g to the steward two days before the ship went down for a bottle of brandy.'" 'rhis astounding statement for a moment overwhelmed all. The de tective's eyes glowed. "Hurrah!" be shouted "there is the positive evidence. We shall succe eu I know we shall.'' "Perhaps there is other evidence in this mates," cried) Strange.

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14 THE BLACK WHIRLP OOL. And down be went upon hi s kn ees and began overhauling the heap of coins again. He lifted them out in handfuls and began inspecting them. And deep down among them Fingan's eyes suddenly caught the gle am of another me t al. Instinctively. be reached down and p!!t his bands upon it. And then-he never forgot that mo!llent in his lif e U p from the heap or coins he drew a long, tin box. 'l'here was blood upon it-ug!y crimson stains That they came from the veins of Arthur Dingley there was no lloubt. One moment there wa s a spellbound silence. 'J' he detective pressed the spring which opened the box cover. An oil sil k packet l ay inside. He hastily undid it and read: Mortuary confession or the murder of the Earl of Manton--" The detective read no further. He swung the packet aloft and shouted: "Cheers! Cheers! We have found t he evidence! Bli ss is saved!" And the cheers were given with a will. That was a happy hour ou board the Venture. It is needl es s to say that the course of the submarine boat was changed. 1'hree days later she passed the line of the Black Whirl pool. In due course she safely made Cape Town. Here a. brief stop wa s made lor nece ss a ry repairs. But the Venture was soon again on her way along the west coast of the African continent. Once more she crossed the Gull of Guinea and sighted Cape Verde. Then in due time she passed outside the Bay of Biscay and finally iuto t he Irish Sea. When the submarine boat once' more anchored in the Mersey it was a happy moment for all. The hour was early, but Fingan instantly went ashore. He pur chased a London paper, and on the first page read: "The murderer of the Earl of Manton, James Menton Bliss, will be hanged at noon to-day. A r ep ri eve was hoped lor until last night, but it is understood that this bas been refused The couns e l for the condemned have dependea upon real or imaginary evidence arriving from India. T his was supposed to have been aboard the miss ing ship Corsair. As no evide nce has be en forthcoming, the stern decree or tl!e law must be enacted." Fingan was deadly pal l'. t "Onlr to think," he muttered, "another dav and I would !Java been to late!" He instantly rushed into a telegraph office and sent right and left. A half hour later he was on a last express train speeding for Lon don. That evening t he papers were fnll or the exploits of the subma rine voyagers and the marvelous recovery of the lost evidence. Owners and uncerwriters or the Corsair were glad to know her f ate. They held a grand reception, in which Frank Reade, Jr., w a s the honore d guest. Fiugau received a large r e w ard lor his work This, with his share of tile pirate treaoure, repaid him well. Strange, tbe s a ilor, quickly shipped again aboard another of Mr. Clare's vessels. But it is sale to say that, in all his futur e career on the high seas, he will scarce meet with stranger incidents than those wllich we bave just chronicled. Frank Reade, Jr., had had enough submarine voyaging for a while, So one morning be headed the Venture acr0ss the Atlantic. One day he entered a river which led down to the sea, and paused at t he quays of a smart little c itv called Readestown. Here was his borne and the wonderlal shops where he perfected his i n ventions. The Venture was taken out of the water and broken up, for she was too badly used up to stand another cruise. Barney and Pomp were glad to get back home again, where lor the present, with the reader's kind permission, we will take leave or them. (THE END.] "Usef-u..1 a::n..d In.st;r-u..cti ve :E3<><>ks. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS 1.'0 GENTLEi\fEN.-oontalning full dl r ecrions for writing to geutlem e u on all subjects; a l so giving sam ple letters ror introduction. Price 10 c e nts. 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Lost Man in His Lat est Air \Vonder. 92 F rank Reade, Jr., In Central India; or, The Search For the Lost Sa. Y &nts 93 The Missing Island; or, Frank Reade Jr.'s Wonderful 'J'rip Under the D ee p Sea. 94 Over the Andes With F'rank Reade, Jr., iu His New Air-Ship; or, Wild A1lventnres in Pern. 95 F rank Reade, Jr.'s Ptairi*' \Vhirlwind i or, '!'be 1\fyst b ry ot the Hidden Canyon. 96 Under the Yellow Sen.: or. Frank Rea.c1e, Jr.ts Search for the Oave of Peurls WH.b His Ne\Y :Submtt.riue Cruiser. 9'1 Around the Horizon for 'l'en Thousand l\.filee : or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Wonderful 'l'rip With H1s Air Ship. 98 Frank l<.eade, Jr.'s "Sky Scraper;" or, North nnd Oouth Around the World. 99 or, 11"ranl' 100 Ooa.qt to OoRst; or, FrAnk Reade Jr 's Trip A cross A fric1L in His 1 1ectric" Boomerang., }01 Frank Reade, .Jr . and llis Eleot,ric Oar; or, Out, \\'itting a Desperl\t.e G1Lng. By 102 Lost in the Mount.ains of the Moon; or, Frank Reade, 125 Latitude 90: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s MoatWouderfut Jr.' Great Triv With His Ne\T Ail'-Sbip, the Mill-Air Flhrht. "Scud.'' 126 Afloat in a :Sunken Forest; or, With Reade, 103 100 Miles Belo'" tbe Surface of the Sen: or, The 1\ta.rJ r on n. :Submarine Uruise. velons L 'rip or .!frank Reade, Jr.'s "Ha.rd-tibell" 12'1 Across the Desett of Fire; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submariue Boat Murvelous Trip to a. Str&ul!e Uountry. 104 Abandoned in Alaska; or, Frnnlc Reade, Jt.'s '!'brill128 Over Two Contments; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Long" ing S&arcb for a Lost Gol d Claim With Hi3 New lJista.nce With His New Air-Ship. New Wtti!On. 129 The Coral Labyriuth; or, Lost Witb Fmuk Reade, Jr . 105 Around the Arctic Ci r c le: or, Fr1mk Reade, Jr.'s iuaDeepSe&Uave. Most Famous Trip With His Air-Sbip, the "Orbit. 130 Along tLe Orinoco; or, With li 'rank Reade, Jr. in 106 Reade, Jr.'s Submar-Venezuela. 10 F h N l b N. F k R d J Reade, Jr.'s Latest'rrip 7 fn 132 1,000 Fathoms Deep: or, With Frnnk Reade, Jr .. in 108 133 Air; or, Frauk Reade, Jr.'s Trip to. ll'laslJ." the 'l'ropics. 109 Lost in the Great Unriertow: or, Frank Reade, 134: In the \\'ild Man's J ... and; or, With Frank Reade, Jr.,. Suhmllrine Ortise m the Gulf :St1eam. in the Heart of Australia. 110 From 'l'rop1c to J'ropic; or, J.o"rn.nk Reade, Jr.'s Latest 135 'J'be Sunken Jsthmus; o r, With Frank Reade. Jr., in 'l'our With His Bicyole Cl\.r. the ()bannfll Witll H1s New Subtnanne Ill To tbe U:nd of tbe E11rl.b in 11n A ir-Sbip; or, Frank Vr..cbt "Se11 Diver .. Reade, Jr.'s Great Mid-Air Flight. 1 136 The JJOst Cara:fliD: or, Frank Reade. Jr., en tbe 112 Tbe Underground or. Frank Reade, Jr.'s SubterPlains 'Vith I--I is'' Electric Racer." ra.nean Uruise in His SubnHlrine Boat. 137 'fhe Transient Lake: or. Rende, Jr.'s Adven-113 The Mysterious Mirage; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Desert tures .in a Country With His New AirSearch for a Secret Gity with His New Overland Ship, tbe Spet tre. Uhaise. 138 Tlle Weird lsil10d: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange-1U Tbe lEila.nd: or, Frllnk Reade. Jr.'s Search for Suhmnri:lA Search for a. Deep Sea \Yonder. the Wonder on Earth With His Air-SlJip, 139 'fhe Abandoned Country; O"f, l frank Reade, Jr .. Ex-the .. Flillllt." pluring 11 115 lfor Six Weelcs Buried in a Deep Sea Cave; or, 140 Over the St.eppes; or, Adrift in Asia 'Vith Frank lirank Reade, Jr.'s Great ::)ubmarine Search. Reade, Jr. 116 l'he Galleon's Gold; or,li'rank 1teade, Jr.'s Deep :Sea 141 The Unl

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