Under the Gulf of Guinea; or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring the sunken reef of gold with his new submarine boat.

Under the Gulf of Guinea; or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring the sunken reef of gold with his new submarine boat.

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Under the Gulf of Guinea; or, Frank Reade, Jr., exploring the sunken reef of gold with his new submarine boat.
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Noname's" Latest and Best Stories are Published in This Library. Ente1 ed as Second Class llfatter at the New Yok. N. Y Post O.Utce, Octobe 5, 1892. No. 156. {coMPLETE } FRANK TOUSEY. PPnitsrrER, 3! & 36 NoRTH STREF.T. NEw YoRK. { J'HICE } Vol VI New. York, April2, 1897. 1sSUED SH:MI-MONTHLY. 5 CJCNTS. Entered acco1ding to the Act of Congress, in the yeur 1897, by FRA.NTC TOUS!1:Y, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at TVashington, D. C. Under the Gulf of Guinea; or, Frank Reade, Jt., Exploring the Sunken Reef of Gold With His New Submarine Boat. By "NONAME." Quite accidentally Frank swung the hea. d of his ax against a corner of the reef. It shivered a fragment from this corner, and something :flashed upon Frank's gaze with dazzling brilliancy. .. Jericho!" he gasped. "What was that P" He brought the electric headlight on his helmet to bear upon the shining point. It was yellow ore which he beheld. I


2 UNDER THE GULF OF GUINEA. The subscription price of t h e FRA:\'K READE LIBRARY by the year i s $2.i50; $1.25 per s ix months. pos t paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PuBLISHER,34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. Under t h e Gulf of Guinea; OR, Frank Reade, Jr., Exploring the Sunken Reef of Gold With His New Submarine Boat. A MA R VEL OUS TALE OF THE DEEP SEA. By "NONAME," Author ot "The Silent City," "The Black Mogul," ''Below the Sahara,'' "In White Latitudes;: etc., etc. ; CHAPrER I. I was i t once made for home. But the ship was not clear of the INTRODUCING LEONIDAS CRAM o!Hng wben a cry went up that she was sinking, whereat the crew F t 1 th 1 d 1 G 1 'b n assoft'Jated w'lth tried to get tile gold and escape to the shore, it being all a scurvy 1me e an o umea Jas ee trick of theirs. atones and tradJtwns of gold and treasare. In the earliest days hardy navigators crept along the African coast to visit that fabled region, which was popularly supposed to be the entrance to a genuine El Dorado, a land of riches and luxury. What wonder tben that Leonidas Cram, Lhe distinguished scienLlst of the American school, was intensflly excited when be found a certain roll of parchment in the walls of the ruined Cathedral of the Saints at Lisbon. And this roll of parchment contained a most wonderful story of the Gull or Guinea. Now every student of geography knows well where the Gull of Guinea is. That long crescent bend in the west coast of Africa, which makes the line of the gold coast also makes the Gulf of Guinea. Exploring lu the ruins of the old cathedral, in roins since tile great. eartllquail:e, Leonidas Cram had found the strange roll of MS. It was clearly and legibly written in and Leonidas hlid no trouble whatever in reading it. He took vecy good care that the news of his discovery should not go abroad For the Portuguese, like the Spanish are jealous and selfish, and unscrupulous aa well, and it woul d be sara to reckon !bat the discover ed relic would not have long remained in Leonidas Cram's possession. Leonidas very carefully secreted the MS. about his person until he safely reached his lodgings ln the Hotel Catarina. Then in the privacy or his chamber he rend it. We will give it as be found it. The Death bed Tale of Senor, the noble Don Lopez de Medina, faithful servant of his king Dild his country, which is thfl sworn truths as given to Fr. Jose. 'l'o wit, that Don Lopez de Medma was captain of the caravel Donna Carita in her vogage to Guinea. That a certain sailor, lly name Roiz de Marina, did give the hiding place of a mighty treasure in a certain part of the Guinea Coast, which treasure had been left there by a Dutch skipper who had been hard pressed by pi rates, and bad gone back Holland lor men and arms to recover the treasure. That he, Don Ru !z, did well know of the cavern wherein the forty bags of gold were hidden, and he did offer thenceforth to convey the captain of the Carita thither with the fair promise thaL a part of the gold should be his. And this deposetb that on a certnln dav the Carita did enter the Gulf of Guinea and the certain cavern being found, the forty bags of gold were found, even as Ruiz bad promised, whereat there was much excitement among the crew, some of them becoming mutillous, and demanding a large share that they might desert and to a town down the coast nod live lives of luxury and riotons sort. But Captain Medina poold not do thia So the gold was therefore taken aboard the Carita, and sail But Captain Medina shot down six of tlie villains, and then there hove in sight a equadron of Dutch, come for their gold, whereat the crew sobered, and as the leak was u hoax and the Carita was not sinking, Captain Meuina did try to run his ship past the Dutch. But they did close in, and 11hots from their heavy canon ades, blew holes i::i the hull of the Carita, and she sunk a league oft shore. 01 all her crew but four, with Captain Medina, renchecl the shore alive. Aller divers wanderin.,.s and much hard ship, they managed to hall a friendly vessel, were taken to Gibraltar, whence they reached Lisbon safe and sound. and there to this day rests the Carita and her gold, and it is the belief or Captain Lopez that, with divers, it might yet bo. recovsred, whereat it is de e med best to send special messenger to the Holy Father at Rome to see what, if any means may be employed to recover the game for the benefit of the Chu rch, with which happy promise Don Lupez de Medina gave up his soul to God." This closed the st11tement, and as be tlnlshed reading it, Leonidas Cram drew a deep breath, nod hid eyes like stars. '' That gold probably lies to-day at the bottom of the Gulf of Guinea,'' he muttered. "In those crude days they could nev:er have recovered it; bot with our modern diving appliances-, -" He closed his lips firmly. In another week he would sail for America. He knew that it woald be the height of folly to attempt to fit out an expellition from nliy Spanish port. He would wait ontO he got to New York. There were plenty of trusty spirits in bis own country whom he could enlist in the prise. It would be e asy to fit out n small bark, and with experienced divers sail quietly into the Gulf of Guinea. The latitude and 1ongitud11 were marked on the back or the manuscript. For the next few days, Leonidas Cram was in a feverish state of mind. He curried the valuable manuscript next his body so fearful was he that it might be taken 'from him. And so it would have been had any Portuguese official learned th a t he had it in his possession. Leonidas did bot very little more r e lic hunting in Lisbon. He hailed the day that the Esmeralda sailed !rom Lisbon for New York. He was upon her deck. Not until she ws.s well into the Bay of Biscay did he !eel easy. And when she reached mid-Atlantic he was hnppy. The prospect of recovering the treasure of tile Carita was an alluring


UNDER THE GULF OF GUINEA. 3 one. Already Leonidas began to lay golden plans us to what he would do with the money. He was a young man with a not very large income. Ho bud left college two years and since then had spent much time in travel. This had enabled him to gmtify a peuchant for curio-banting. He bad a !urge collection and was constantly adding to it. But this was his last year abroad. Circumstances demanded that be at once choose some calling which would enable him to increase his income. But the llnding ar the MS. in the old cathedral had opened up new prospect!! for him. He was willing to risk all he bud in the at tern pt to recover the sunken treasure. So building golden plans for the future, Leonidas failed to count upon any possible accillent u s a bar 1 0 h1s success. Tune and tide seemed all going his way. But one night in mid-Atlantic an awful cry went through the ship. It was such a cry as can lind a parallel nowhere else. Fire! Fire!" Frantic passengers rushed for the deck. Panic-stricken sailors tl.ed from their posts and made for the boats. All was confusion and hor ror. The captain alone had self-possession. But he was impotent to stem the tide. His orders were naught. And the tlames unfought spread rapidly from stem to stern. Leon idas, pale and horror-stricken, could,only do what others did, namely, throw himself overboard with a plunk as a support. All through the long night he clung to t!Jis. Day came and he saw nothing but a white expanse about him. Not an object of any kind could he see upon it. For aught he knew all his companions had perished. And during that duy of sutrering and horror no sail came withtn bailing distance. Night cume again and found him nearly exhausted. Leonidas felt for the parchment next his body. It was there, and e. fearful wave of despair swept over him. Must he die in this awful manner! Was the gold nuder the Gulf of Guinea forever to remain there! Night once more shut down over all. Leonidas grew more and more ex!Jauste

4 UNDER 'tilE GULF OF GUINEA. to produced so remartable a vessel. It bas eclipsed all elfortll made heretofore." "Yes,'' admitted Frank modestly; "for all other attempts have faile:l. Before we reach Cape Town I will give you the experience of aalling .under water." Then Leonidas gave a start. He did not hesltnte tl) at once make his plunge. He said: Mr. Reade, I have a very important and marvelous tale to tell you." Frank gave a start of surprise and looked keenly at the other. They were at the moment in the main cabin. Indeed!" he exclaimed. I feel sure I can trust you!" Is it a secret matter!'' "or the most inviolably secret kind,'' said Leonidas, impressively; In fact it concerns a sunken treasure!" "A sunken treasure!'' Frank gave a start, and a smile half of amusement played about his lips. "Yes," cpntinued Leonidas, growing more serious. "I have the evidence of It, In fact tbe very location here lu my pocket. It is a mighty treasure, the gold of the lost Carita.'' Witb this Leonidas produced the roll or parchment from his bosom. He gave Frank a quick glance. "Do you read Spanish!" he aske:l. "Well," replied Frank, slowly, "only passably well.'' "I think then that you can read this," said Leonidas, calmly. "Let us try. I will decipher all with wbich you are not familiar.'' The manuscript was placed upon a table, and Frank ran his e)e over it. He found It comparatively easy to read. He was not a little surprised at It& contents. When he had finished be was a1lent a moment. "Wall," asked Leonidas, anxiously, "what do you think of it!" Do you believe It is authentic!'' Leor;idas was astounded. The force of the query staggered him. "Why-1-what do you mea.nt'' be stammered, "You don't doubt the genuineness of the manuscript?'' "I bave no reason to doubt it," replied Frank. "I know not where it came from, you do. If you are sure of the authenticity of this ac count, then you are indeed upon the track of a mighty fortune.'' "I am eure of it,'' criEid Leonidas. "I would wager my life!" "I wouldn't do that. But-what do you propose to dof' "I bad thought of rE'tnrning to New York and rigging out a diving outfit.'' "Pshaw! the Carita may be half a mile under water!" "That is true," agreed Leonidas, "and that is why I have laid the matter before you. Witll your submarine boat you cotild easily reclaim that gold.'' Yes," Frank. "I could easily do it, if I could find it. I think I understand you. You wish to interest me in this project.'' With a fair division l'Ssuredl" "Very gooa!'' replied Frank;" it is a promising adventure. More over, it Is on our way to Cape Town. It will trouble us but a little to rnn into the Gulf of Guinea!" So I thought!" cried Leonidas, eagerly. And--' "Enough I" said Frank, giving him tbe parchment, "it don't take long to make up my mind!'' And that is--" "Rest easy. We will go!" Words can hardly express the delight of the young scilmtlst. From that moment be recovered quickly. Be could see only the band of fate in the incident which had placed him aboard the submarine boat. It seemed to him an augury of succesa, and already be saw the Ca rita's treasure before him, and felt that he bad become a modern Crre aus. It was a golden dream, and whether it was destined to find reallza tior. or not, only time could tell. CHAPTER III. THE MOORISH PIRATE. ALL this whlle the Neptune bad been steadily forging her way southward toward the Madeira Islands. These came into view a day later. Frank reckoned that at their prasent rate of epeed they should reach the Gold Coast within ten days. A strong head wind was blowing now, however, and threatened to delay them. As the days went on Leonidas was atrorded a chance to get well acquainted with his rescuers. He was much taken with Frank Reade., Jr., whom he speedily began to regard as one of the most wonderful young men In existence. Barney, the Irishman, and Pomp, the negro, were the jorliest of souls. They were the warmest of friends, though exceedingly fond of playing practical jokeB upon each other. Leonidas q.Jickly made warm friends with them, and spent many pleasant hours 10 the galley with Pomp, or in the engine-room with Barney. "Shure, that Misther Cram is a very dacint gintleman,'' declared Bnrney. "I'm afther loikin' him well." "Golly, youse right, I'lah !" agreed Pomp. "An' I'm glad that be bas become one ob our crew.'' So with this happy state of feeling aboard the Neptune, the explorers drew every dny nearer the Gulf of Guinea. No stop was made at the Madeiras, Funcha! being left to the east ward, and now the Canaries and the mighty peale of 'l'eneri.tfe hove Into view. Two later Frank announced that they bod crossed the Tropic of Cancer, and with a glass sighted a long, black line on the eastern horizon. "That Is the west coast of the Dark Continent," he said, "and Lhat mighty headland must be Cape Blanco. We shall sight Cape Verde next." "And then-" exclaimed "We shall gradually swing around into the Gulf of Guinea." "Ah, that will be a welcome time," declared LeonUlas in a trans. port; "Lben we may expect to locate the sunken treO:sure." "If we have luck!'' I do not believe that will be denied us!" Just then Barney appeared in the door of the pilothouse. He held a glass in his band, and as Frank turned toward him, said: Shure, that's 11 quare lookin' craft out feruiust the land, sor. Did yez cast yer eye npon It?" "A craft!" exclaimed Frank. I saw nothing of the ldnd! Where is itt'' If yez will be afthE>r coming forward witb me, I'll show it to yez!'' Frank stepped forward and Barney pointed to a distnnt, dark blur against the borlzon. With his glass Frank saw that tbe Celt was right. It was a strange looking vessel. As well as could be seen at that distance, it sat low in the water, with low bulwarks and alan ting masts. Its sails were all spread. And its speed seemed phenomenal. As it glided along the horizon it was seen to be gradu&lly drawing across tbe course of the Neptun&. It is some curious coaster," declaretl FranK; "probably a Moorish vessel, perhaps a slave ship. Many of that clasa venture down tins way." Begorra," muttered Barney, "she luke to me loike as if abe was tbryin' to cut us off!" Frank a start. "Do yon think so?" be ejaculated. "I can hardly see what she can gain by doing tbat." "Shure, aor, she mebbe thinks we are some small pleasure yacht. or something av tbe koind, and manaa to give us a liard thry.'' Frank smiled grimly. "Let her try it," be muttered; "we shall see about that!" Barney put on extra speed now and altered his course. To his surprise he saw the distant Moorish vessel do the same. At once the Celt became satisfied that shE> really meant to bead off the submarine boat. That she was a pirate Barney strongly The race went on with great intensity. It was hard to tell which had the best or it. But the wind favored the distant vessel greatly, and she mode a bot. race. Finally a long headland showed in the distance. "Cape Verde!" declared Fronk. "Now let us see if our pursuer really means business. Slack speed, Barney!" The Celt obeyed, and the Neptune ran easily in the long rollers. The Moorish vessel bad crossed lier bow and now came up on the outside, not three miles away. She lay over and reduced her snil area. It was plain that she was waiting for the Neptune LO come alongside. Frank no longer had any doubt that she was a pirate. Also that. she meant to attack the Neptune. He went into thA pilot-bouse and took the wheel himself. J .. eonidas was just a bit nervous. Is there no risk, sir?" be asked. "None whatever, if they have no cannon," replied Frank; "and I don't believe tbey have. Ah, now you can see their true charac ter!'' At that moment up to the peak of the Moorish galley there ran a block llag. Her rail swarmed with an mass of men. She veered and came clumsily over toward the N e ptune. But a half mile lay between the vessels. Frank yet made no change in the course of the Neptune. Heal lowed the pirate to come nearer. Now they were within speaking distance. A fellow in the shrouds of the Moorish vessel shouted some unintelligible jargon. Nobody could understand him. "Mercy!" exclaimed Leonidas. "We never can talk that language. He must speak something different!" "It is the Moorish tongue," said Frank, "but most of these Moors understand Spanish!" So be shouted tlrst: Parlezvous Francois!" No answer. Sprecben sie Deutsche!" No answer still. Then be called: Haban ij Espanola!" Si, senor!" C!lme back the ready reply. Then in excellent Span ish: What craft is yours!" "The Americano submarine boat, the Neptune," replied Frank. "What is your business with us!'' "Lower your gangway, Americano. We must come a!Joarcl you!" Not if I know it," retorted Frank. No pirate will ever set root on the deck of the Neptune. Go on your way, and save trouble:" A jeering laugh came back.


UNDER 'l'HE GULF OF GUINEA. "Lay to, Americano. We sllall board yon flying if yon don't. You cannot escape." Frank llesi t ated a moment. He knew bow easy it would be to put on extra SJleed and run away from tile pirate. But be was not satill tied with thi s It occurred to !Jim that this wolf of'the seas should suffer destruc tion ere its fangs could rend some helpless victim. Wlly was it not his duty to se e 1 o this! He believed that it was He bad always an aversion to the taking of human life. But to send the black craft and her crew to the bot tom of tbe sea could be no crime. However, Frank was disposed to give the wretclles a chance. So be bailed them again: "Listen to what I say!" be cried. You do not know whom you are attacking. Tills is a submarine boat, and can travel under water as well as upon the surface. J can sink your vessel and sead you all down to deatb, but I will give you a Cllanc e Pull down your black flag and I will give you all time to get to tile shore before I sink your sbip. You can bave your lives!" For a mom e nt tile Moorisll )liratea were sile:Jt. Then a chorus of jeering yells came back. The black vessel swung around cearer to the eubmarine boat, and then a volley o! rille 'lulleta came rattling against the Neptune's hull. Frank saw that 't was o! no use to endeaver to treat with the wretches. They meant to desLroy the Neptune i! tlley could. So he cried: "Into the cabin everyonet Close the windows and doors, Barney! Press lever "Umber 6." It is needl e ss to say that the order was Instantly obeyed. The next mom e nt tile Neptune gave a lunge and went beneath the surface. Down she san I< in forty fathoms of water. For an instant upon go ing beneath the surface all was dark. Then pressed another lever. Tbis set the cabin and all parts of the boat ablaze with electrip lig h ls. It was a wonderful transformation. The astonishment of the pirates at the sudden sinking or the Nep tone must have been great. But to tham the sullmarine boat had gone to its doom. It was the first time that Leonidas had paid a trip to the bottom o! the ocean, and to him it was n. wonderful experience. He rushed to the observation windows and stared at the wonderful spectacle below. He saw the forests of sea weed, the dunes of sacd and grottoes of coral, each with its millions o! organisms, tts stra nge shell-fish deni zens, and the vast droves of llsh of all size! and colors. It was like a glimpse at some part or a veritable wonderland, and be gazed at it sp e llbound. As for Frank Reade, Jr., he was considering what move it was now best for him to make. It would have been an easy move for him to have affixed a torpedo to the hull of the Moortsh vessel, and to have blown lL and its crew to atoms. But again he forebore. "Perhaps when they see my power," he muttered, they may come to their senses and offer to make terms. I will give them an other trial.'' So he sent the Neptune once more to the surface. This time the Moorish pirate was seen to be a few hundred yards to leeward. But the attention of the pirates bad been claimed by another ob ject. Around a headland a small, white-saiftld craft bad crept. It was easy to see that sh e was a coast vessel from some of the small ports-perhaps from Sterra Leone-and tbat she was to become an easy victim for the pirate. In fact, the latter bad not as yet even noted the reappearance of their former would-be victim. Exciting Incidents were at band. OHAPTEZ IV. THE WAR-SHIP. THE little coaster made a lame attempt to put about. But the pirate was swooping down upon her like a vulture. The spectacle made Frank's blood boil. That's it!" be cried. Why did I not sink her at first! I might have known how it would bel'' He sprang quickly into the pilot-house. "Shure, sor!'' cried Barney, "phwat will yez do!" "Sink her!'' said Frank resolutely, as he brought the Neptune about with a quick pressure on the lever And away she scudded &fter the pirate. The latter did not see her until she was close on her quarter. Then a great yell went up. A volley of fire-armR came from ber deck, but did no harm. It must have been a great surprise to the pirates tp see their foe back from tbll deep. Certainly they betrayed consternation. Tae no"' bor e in toward the shore. The pirate was still fol lowing ber when Frank sent the Neptune down under water again. A glnnce showed Frank that he had lJeen none too soon. The pirate was almost upon the coaster. lt was like a huge black buwk swooping down upon a white dove. The scene which would follow the boarding of the coaster, could easily be imagined. Blood would run on the decks of the coaster like rain. Tile Moorish pirates seldom spared their victims. The voyagers on board the Neptune were greatly excited. None were more so than Leonidas Cram. "What do you t!Jink, E'rank!" be cried; "will the torpedo work!'' "It it does uot, tbe n woe to the crew of that coas ter," said Frank. "Their fate is eternally sealed. But here got>sl" He quickly connected the wires with the kev-board. Then he held his finger upon an electric key, ready to send the current which should explode the torpedo. It was a moment of suspense The nerves of all were on edge. Then Frank said: "Now!'' He pressed the button; what followed was thrilling in the extreme. The black ship gave a convulsive leap in the water, there was an upward column of spray, and the rending of planks. Then she swung, around with a great gaping hole in her !mil, and began to till and go down. Aud the crew, panic stricken, began leaping overboard. The water was hlack with them. How many saf ely reached the shore was never known. But the pirate ship went to the bottom. She had committed her last ollense. She would be known no more upon the Main. A grt!at che e r went up from the crew of the Neptune. It was an swered from the deck of the coast e r. Evidently the latter the submarine boat for a war vessel or a torpedo b oat of tile American navy. They set a signal flag expressing thanks and went on. Frank was not anxious 11bout cultivating their acquaintance. He had done his duty und that was enough. He now stood out from the land and again shaped the Neptune's course for the Gulf of Guinea. All bad the satisfac t ion or knowing at tllat they bad made one good stroke for humanity. Being now south of C a pe Verde, they gradg a lly bor11 to the eastward around the great bend in the coast as far as Sterra Leone. Then tlley strucl< out boldly into til e Gull or Guinea. At last the desired spot was ranched. It was now only left for them to locate the spot where the Donna Carita hall gone down. Leonidas and Frank sat up balf of one night trying to figure out the ancient plan of reckoning given by the manuscript. It was by no means an easy task, nor were they certain of success. The old fashioned metllods of reckoning latitude and longitude varied greatly from the modern. But after a long speil at it finally Frank decided upon the figures, and the submarine boat. traveled lor the spot. The next morning at daybreak she lay two miles off the Gold Coast in a choppy sea. Frank was compl e tely befogged. Accordmg to my interpretation of figures,'' be said, "the treasure-ship lies yet five miles east of here, and that would be flir inland." L e onidas was "That is hard luck!" he said. "I fear we are going to have trouble with tbat old chart." It looks to me as it we would have to depend wholly on guess work!" Of course, that mean@ n long and vague search!" '' Yes, but maybe not fruitlass!" "That remains to be seen!" Leonidas was plainly very much disappointed. He hardly lost courage, but was yet somewhat downcast. 1t they could only have located the exact spot as,per the chart, it would have made the recovery of the treasure almost a certainty. There was the po3sibility that a couple of ceuturies of drift niigbt have buried the treasure vessel in the sea sands. In this case it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack to find her. However, there was offered no altern11ti ve. Thay must either abandon the quest or go on at random. The former plan was not to be considered. So Frank was about to lower the Neptune, when suddenly Barney put up his hand and shouted: "Shure, Misther Frank, phwat do yez call that!" All &yes were turned in the direction indicated l:ty the O'llt. Around a headland a vessel had suddenly glided into view. She was a noble-looking craft, too, with great clouds of smoke puff ing from her funnels. The sun glinted upon her steel turrets and couning towers, and across the black nozzles of her powerful guns. She was a war vessel of the modern steel class. Startled lor a moment the voyagers gazed at her with interest and wonderment. A t first they looked for the Stars and Stripes, or even the English Jack at ller main. But the green and white color of her hull showed that abe was neith er American nor Englisll. The llag of Castile flew at her peak. "A Spaniard!" exclaimed Frank, as I live! I wonder what she is doing In these waters!" For a moment the voyagers exchanged startled glances. Then all looked at Leonidas. She passed directly under the hull of the pirate vessel. Frank waa able with his torpedo valve to place a bomb directly in the woode11 planks. A lance on the end of the bomb permitted this. Then away went the Neptune under the water, and paying out the I electric wire for several hundred yards. Then the submarine boa r went to the sur!act>. "0! course it baa nothing to do with us," said Frank. To the contrary. I am by no means sure that io has not," said tbe young scientist, quickly; if the government of Spain should leam


6 UNDER THE GULF OF GUINEA. that we wore here in these waters io quest ol the Carita's treasure, you may he sure she would send a vessel liere!'' How would they ever learn that you were here lor that purpose?" asked Frank, "Did you let anybody know that you bad found the manuscript!'' "Not a soul!" declared Leonidas. I know of no way by which it could be known --unlnss some spying thief was concealed in my room at Lisbon and heard me rend it, or got a look at it." "Could that have been poss1blef'' Possible, though hardly proba!Jle. However, in Spain you never know what moment an assass10 or a thief lurks at your heels." Frank drew a deep breath. Well," be said, "I think it would be well to speak this war ship and make sure whether this is her or not." And place yourself in their power!" said Leonidas, with a shrug. Ab, you do not know the Spanish people as I do. They ure a bud lot." We'll see about that,'' said Frank, grimly. "I am not so sure that they can get us in their clutches. We may be just as sharp as they are." Very well," said Leonidas, quietly; try the plan.'' The words bad barely left his lips, when there was a distant boom and a ball came cutting across the bows or the Neptune. "By Jove!" exclaimed Frank, "they are not going to st.and on ceremony, are they! They are looking lor us, or lor someone else!" "I don't know," said Leonidas, but I have a feeling that they are looking lor us!'' In that case," said Frank, it would be impolite to deny them. Give them the signal, Barney I" "Aye-ave, sort'' The signaled the war ship, which rapi,lly drew nearer. She made truly an imposing spectacle as she came alongside. The little Neptune ran right up under her quarter, for Frank knew that h e would be safer here than within the sweep or the gnus. Then the war ship's gangway was seen to be crowded with Spanish marines and olficers. One of the latter, a small but darkcomplexioned little martinet, de scended tue gangway, shouting: "Come up to the landing-! want to board yon!" however, did not see the point. He stepped out forward of the pilotbouae and answered: What rig:bt have you to boar.i us!" "'fbe right given me, sir, by the government or Spain!" replied the martinet in good English. Well, the government of the Umted States gives me the right to deny it!" replied Frank. "Are you a government vessel?" "No, sir.'' "Who are you!'' This is th" Ame rican submarine boat, Neptune, and I Am her mnster-Frnnk Read e Jr." "How many torpet!oes do you carry?" asked the Spanish officer cautiously. That question it1 impartment," replied Frank; "it is none of your b:Jsiness!" Ob, you Americans are sharp!" said the Spaniard tauntingly. "Now, as it happens, I know well who you are and what your errand Is in these waters!" CHAPTER V. THE SECRET IS OGT. could have laughed scornfully at th e Spamard, but he check ed himsell, and replied with tact: "Knowing that, what do you propose to do about it?'' The Spaniard was staggered. Diablot be' exclaimed; "yon cannot deny that you have come here to look for Spanish gold which lies undH the w iners of tb1s gull and which my government claims. You will disturb it only at your periL" Leonidas gave a gasp. "Well, I never!" he muttered; "how did they ever find that out?" Frank was silent a moment. '!hen he ask ed: "How did yon make such a remarkable discovery, my friend?" The Spanish officer laughed derisively. "The walls of Lisbon bouse have ears," he said. "Lisbon guides have keen eyes. They are laitblul to t)leir king and their country, and the story is brought to l!im." Frank saw that it was no use to conceal anything further. "Well," he said, carelessly, "what have y o u come here for! To prevent our recovering the gold?" Not so, senor, but to clai:n it in the name of Spain." "I suppose you think we will give it up!" "You will not dare refuser' What il we abandon the quest!" Tl.len we shall pursu1.1 it ourselves, lor the manuscript round by you is not the only record extant of the loss of the Carita and her gold. We have the other record taken from the government archives at Madrid. Only we warn yon to des1st in your quest, unless you agree to surrender the treasure to my government." Do you reckon this treasure belongs to your government!" We claim it." "Your claim is no better than ours, and we refuse to recognize it," replied ebarply. You will interlerll wit:h us aL your extreme peril, lor the U.S. Government protects her subjects In all parts or tbe world, and Spain would be vers game.'' With !lignity Frank re-ent e red the pilothou se, but be did not allow himself to once lose sight or the exigencies of tbe moment. He knew the treachery of the Spanish nature. He knew that at the moment no other vessel was in sight, and they were upon tbe coast or Africa, thousands or miles from America. One shot well directed from the I.Jig guns or the war-ship, would b" sufficient to settle all argument forever. The late or the Neptune BIHI her crew would never be known. The Spanish officer went sulleuly up the gangway. "Keep your eye on the deck, Barney," said Frank, keenly. "Tell me at once if anything out or the ordinary happens there." "Shore, an' J will, sor!" Leonidas, meanwhile, bad recovered !rom his stupor at the strange unveiling or his secret. He could only imagine bow it could have happened. It was no doubt the treacherous work ol his servant, Alfonso. The wretch bad carried the story to the authorities, with the hope o aet ting a rich reward. That he bad managed to get a look at the manuscript after Leonidas bad retired, there was no doubt. Why be had not stol e n iL was a mystery. However, the secret was out. The Spaniards were onto the gnme as well-yet Leonidas had yet the best of it. He bad the 11ubmarine boat enlisted in his servic e and this was cer tainly a mighty advantage. What the Spaniards c ould do to o!lset tbi3 remaine.i yet to be seen. The name upon the war ship's bow was Hidalgo. She was one or the best cruisers in the Span ish service. Meanwhile, the two vessPTs bad begun to drift apart. Once more a hail came from the Spaniard's deck. Capitan Americano, will you deliver up to Spain lourfiftbs o r the Carita's gold, should you recover it!" Not a doubloon," replied Frank, Spain is entitled to no part of it, Recover it yourselves if you want it. Tbe sea is wide. T o the finder belong its treasure.'' That cannot be denied," said Leonidas; look out, Frank. TbAy mean Leonid a s' cry was just in time. One of the turrets of the Hidalgo bad begun to slowly turn. A moment more and one of h e r guns would have covered the Nep tune. But Frank acted swiftly. He made a si g n a l to Barney, who inst11ntly swung the tank lever open. Down plunged the Neptune out or danger. Down she went to the bottom or the sea. It was fully seve q hundred feet deep at tbis point. It would have been easy lor Frank to have placed a torpedo on der the Hid G lgo, and to have blown her out of the w a t e r. Had Sp ain really been at war with the United States be migb t have don e t!Jis with a r e lish. But be refrained. Howe ver, bad any or the party been on the surface th e y would have seen the Spaniard making tracks for the open sea, lor she evidently feared the pos s ibility or tbe torpedo. Hall she in the place o f the N e ptune there is no doubt but that the treacherous deed would have been done. Bot the American does not fight that way. He believ e s m action at all Limes fair and square. The Neptline went down to with i n filty feet or the bottom. The e lectric lights showed all surrounding objects quite plainly. The bed of the ocean here was a beaotilol sight. S hells and corals of brilliant hues lay about in the glistening sands. The re were great reels or cor a l and long ridges of rock. Sudd e nly Leonidas clutched Frank's arm. Look! ' be g a sped. Down in the sbining sands there could be plainly s een the ribs and decayed keel or a ship. All e lse about it ball long since gone to de cay. The Carita!'' s ni

UNDER THE GULF OF GUINEA. 7 searcb-light's rays upon the wreck. Tl!e two divers eaclt a pick, an ax and a spade. Then they entered a vestibule and closed tbe cabin door bebind them. Frank turned a valve wliich flooded the compartment with water. Then he opened the out!lr donr and walked out on deck. At llrst Leonidas bad some difficulty in getting used to the pressure. But he finally overcame this. They left tbe Neptune anti approached the half-buried wreck. Little was left or it save tbe ribs and the lwning jaw was ready to receive him, when Frank made action. With an inward groan of horror and desperation he seized his ax and sprang to the rescue. He mad'3 a savage blow at the monster's green l:ead. It struck a hard, shell like substance whic:1 almost turned the blade or the ax. But the blow actually seemed to stun the creature. It relaxed its grip for a moment on Leonidas. Frank grasped the young scientist by the shoulder and pulled him out or danger Then he made savage blows at the sea monster. Not until he bad destroyed it did he cease. Then he turned to see Leonidas sitting up, just having recovered his sens es. He was quickly on his feet. He wn.s not injured, though it had been a narrow escape. Frank placed his bel met close to the other's ann cried: What did you wander away alone forT It IS danj!;erous.'' "I plead gUilty,'' replied Leonidas. "It was the spirit or research; but this is a lesson. Shall we go back!" Not until I have told you of a wonderful discovery I have made.'' "Yout'' "Yes." Not the Carita?" No-a treasur-e a thousand times greater!'' Leonidas starqd at Frank through his helmet window. He could not believe his senses. What could the young inventor meanT Finally he asked: What sort of a. treasure! I do not understand you." "Gold! Enough to IJuy a European kingdom. This whole reef is one sJiid mass of ore." Leonidas clutched Frank's arm. "You are je s ting?" I never jest.'' Do you mean it!" "Every word.'' "Prove what yon say." Come with me.'' Frank led the wny back through the narrow passage. When they reached the outer reef be struck the com bing with bi,; ax and knocked off ll fragment. He gave it to Leonidas. A glance was enough for the young scientist. He saw at once that it wns pure gold ore. For a moment his hair literally stood on end. "Gold!" he muttered, "it is a &ubmarine reef of gold." "Yon are right," agreed Frank, and there is enough here to buy a kingdom.'' We cnn work it," "W1th ease. We will make gold as common as copper in the mar kets or the world.'' It can be done!'' ;; Certainly!'' Leonidas was in a literal rever. He strode up and dowa the sands excitedly. He examined the particles or ore again and agaiu. Then he said, tinnily: "Let us go and tell the others. We must make some prepa ration for mining once!'' All right!" agreed Frank, "lead on!" They left the reef and started for the Neptune. It wns at this mo ment that an awful thing happened. was a sudden, dull booming, a sensation like t bat or an earth quake, and the two divers were pJcl

8 UNDER THE GULF OF GUINEA. Then Leonidas said: "Frank, how far were we from the ehore when we descended!" "About two miles!" Had we not bt!tter try and walk ashore? Can we do 1t!" "We might do it," sai(l Frank, but the chances are we never will. We have not the points of the compass." This was true. 1 1'hey might all the time be walking only further into the depths or the sea. It was only a question of time. Death faced them. As for air, that was all right. The generators would last for weeks. But starvation would prove their end. Of course bad they found food It would have been impossible to en:. it with the helll\ets on. However, neither was disposed to give up in des p air. The coast was only two miles away. Frank had a pocket compass. lie drew this out and made his coursu as well as he could. Tllen they set ont. That Barney and Pomp were frantically cruising around for them there was no doubt. There was alway a tb!l IJOBSibllity of conung ac.ross them. For hours they etumbled on over the bed of the ocean. Then Frank became satislleu that they were not nearing the shore. "We might as well :rive up," he said. But at that moment Leonidas clutched Frank's arm. "Look!" be gasped. A distant star of light was seen. Did it come from the Neptune? They pressed forward rapirlly. And as they near ed the spot, a startling scene was revealed. 'l'here were a half dozen ropes and lire lines axtending to the bottom from above. That number of divers were engaged in diggmg in the sands. "By jove," exclaimed Frank, as a comprehension of all burst upon him, "those are the Spanish divers from the deck of the Hhlalgol" "You are right,'' exclaimed Leonidas. "Do you believe they have located the Carita's gold!'' "We will soon seel" But the llivers were now seen to be much excited. They hnd caught sight nf the visitors. Their attitude at lirst was hostile, l.>ut Frank and Leonidas made signs of amity as they approached. The Spaniards had 1.1Ug deeply in the sand. But it could not be seen that they had unearthed anything. To be sure there were a few Limbers of a ship lying in the sands. Frank ventured to draw near enough to open a parley with one or them. ,; You are looking for the Carita's gold!" Si, senor." You have not found it!" A shake of tbe head. "Nor yon will not,'' replied Frank. "I don't believe it will ever be reclaimed; you might ns well abandon the quest.'' And leave it to you!" To the contrary, we will leave lt to you," said Frank, urbanely. "Only tell us the direction to take to reach the shot('," The Spaniard pointect obliquely to the right. "Go that way," he said. "Jesu pity on you before you get there!" Ie It so far!'' Not far, but you will do well not to lose your wnyl'' But Frank had set his compass, and now, with Leonidas, set out more confidently for the shore. t CHAPTER VII. ON THE CLIFF-PRISONER&. AND fortune favored the two lost divers. They climbed on for a long while over slimy rocks and weed-strewn reefs. Then they suddenly came to a limpid stretch of water silvery sands. In some way they felt that this must be contiguous to the shore. Nor were their surmises Incorrect. Snddenly, as the sand sloped, Frank's bead came above the verge of the water. He saw ti;e high, black cliffd, with their pal in clumps, or the African coast. He hastily made for the beach. Leonidas, much exhausted, followed him. Here they unscrewed their helmets and sank down somewhat ex haused. "Whew!" exclaimed the young scientist finally. "How do you feel, Frank?" Not the beet," replied the young inventor. That was a ter rific tramp." Indeed It was. My head rings like a church bell." We were certainly very fortunate to escape so luckily. In fact, it is possible that fate has been kinder to us than to Barney and Pomp," Eb!" ejaculated Leonidas, in surprise. "I fear so.'' "But why?" Well, you see, that same tidal wave which struck us must have I struck them." "But-don't you think the Nep t une would stay by her anchor-" Oh, but she was not anchored." She was not!" "No, and If the wave dashetl her against the reef, it is safe to say that she is hardly in shape ut this moment for further deep sea cruis As for Barney and Pomp, you can imagine their po s ition." I,eonidas saw that Frank's face was white and set. Tbere wus, in deed, good reason for alarm. How shall we ever know about it!" asked the young scientist, huskily. "There is only one way." '' Ah!" If the Neptune appears on the surface we shall know that she is all right and withstood the undertow; if she does not, or is never beard from again, we shall know that all is over." "That is dreadful!" e:x.cluimed Leonidas, with much agitation. "We must then keep a watch for her app e arance. Had we not better find a good high epot commanding the sea! These clitls for instance!'' "Yes," agreed Frank; is our best plan!" But if the Neptune noes ( lppet.r how will we signal ller! Will Barney andPomp think of looking here for usT" 'l'nat we mll!!t decide later," said Frank. First, let us get our pomt of vantage." "Lead on!" Tbey approached the cliff s and Frank soon found un accessible path. Up this they clamberea. It looked if this part of the coast was entirely uninhabited by human beings. What lay back of the cliHs remained yet to be seen. Up they climbed and soon bad reached a point near the summit. And here a grand view of thP. sea was had. "Look!'' cried Leonidas, there is the Spanish war ship yet bunt ing for the Carita's treasure." This was true. The Hidalgo lay off shore but a couple of miles, and it was evident that her divers were yet at work at the bottom of the sea. Whether they were meeting with success or not could only be guess ed. However this was, she continued lo remain where she was. But on all the vast expanse no other object was visible. Certainly the Neptune was nowhere to be seen. If she had indeed come to the surface she had gone down ogain, and this fact did not help our castaways in the least, nor tend to en courage them. Their position was not a cheering one. In an ordinary case they might have appealed to the Spanish crew of the Hidalgo for aid. But in view of certain circumstances this was not deemed advisable. They stood on the brow of the cliff and vainly scanned the sea in all directions. It waa quite useless to look for the Neptune there. Then they looked at each other. "By Jove!" exclaimed Leonidas, "it is a hard case for us, eh, Frank!'' How unfortunate that we did not get back aboard the Neptune before that tidal wave came." "Indeed, it was fortunate if the Neptune was not dashed to pieces on the ree!l" "That was hardly likely." "Where Is she then!" "Probably Barn('y and Pomp are cruising frantically around under water looking for us." It was a baflling outlook. After all it seemed as if there wns no other way but to remain where they were and trust to luck in signaling the Neptune should ehe appear. And now for the tlrst time they turned their gaze inland. It was a remarkable scene which they beheld. 'l'he great wild stretch of forest and jungle extended to the base of a distant range of hills. There was no sign or human habitation. That legions of wild beasts infested this intervening stretch there was not the least particle or doubt. For that matter savage tribes of blacks might also roam these wilds. Our two adventurers gazed upon the scene lor some while. Then Frank noted the sun,in the western sky. my word!" he declared. "Night will soon be upon us. I guess we shall have to spend it here, Cram!" "It looks like it!" said the young scientist, gloomily; "a streak of bard lock. Eh, Frank?" "You are right!" But we must make the best of it. This is the highest point on the cliff. Let ns make camp here!" "All right!" With this they fell to clearing a spot among the palms for a camp. It did not occur to them that they were exposed to view up on the cliff. An ineident a short while later reminded them of this. Four of the palms were lopped over with an ax and bound together with thongs. These made an admirable frame for a camp struc ture. Huge palm leaves were utilized as thatch to roof the structure. ThAn Leonidas collected fuel for a llre. Tuey had no fire-arms, and knowing the danger of an attack from wild beasts, they were sure that their only weapon or defense must be Hre. They were thus so busily engaged that neither or them noted a


UNDER 'l'HE GULF OF GUINEA. 9 surpr1smg fact. A boat had been lowered from tile Hidalgo and was I That moment the powerful undercurrent struck the Neptune. coming ashore. It wae as if giant hands had picked the boat up and hurled her onA keeneyed officer witll a glass had detected them upon the cliff. ward. How far she had been carried in the powerful current neither The Spaniards were coming ashore to investigate. ever knew. For a moment Frank and Leonidas felt a thrill or alarm. Then the But when theceurrent spent itaeJr and she came to a stop, all that scientist said. could be seen on all hands was a plain or white sand. "Pslmw! what harm can they do nsf They surely would have no '!'be reef was no longer visible. It was some while before either motive." Barney or Pomp recovered himself. "Yet I don't trust these Spaniards," said D'rank; "let us be on Then the darlach hong at the pilot-house windows, and sent the search Frank looked at Leonidas. light's rays in all directious. Both were exceedingly angry. And or a sudeten they spied a distant gleam or light. With a gasp Oh, if we were only armed," said t he young scientist. Barney put on all speed. "We are at their mercy," said Frank, aside. What could the star or light be but the helmet lamp of one of the "I fear so; we must make a bluff, though. If they take us at two lost divers? They were dead sure or it, all, it must be by force.'' "Golly!" cned Pomp, jubilantly. "I'se mighty gl&.d we'se found "Exactly." dem at Just! I done hope dat no harm hab come to dem!" The ensign again bowed profoundly, and pointed to the path. But "Shure,. I r e ckon not," said Barney, exultall'l.ly; "but yez ought to Frank shook his head. make up something warm fer thim, naygur." "H you take us from here," he said, "it must be by force." "Golly! I done reckon we bettah be suah ob our 'possums first!" Will the senor resistr Whist, away w1d yez! Av coorse it's thim !" cried Barney, angrily; "To the last." "shore, how can yez think anything differeatr The ensign unsheathed his sword; he gave quick, sharp orders to his "We'se gwine to wait an' see," sMd Pomp, obdurately. men. TIJey rushed forward. "Why, yez black freak, don't yez see there couldn't be any other As the first one came up, Frank knocked him down with his fist. koind av a loight undher watber!" Leonidas gave another a terrific black eye. Then Barney ceased speaking. For a moment he could hardly heBut the odds were too great, ond they were almost instantly placed lieve his senses. lta1'S du combat aud their arms bound behind them, For there he saw distinctly in the path or the search-light four or five Down to the boat they were led and placed in it. Words cannot exblack figures under a mass of tangled Jiues. It needed but one glance press Frank's anger. to show llim that they were divers, clad in the conventional suit, with "I protest against this outrage," he cried, 11 and you will see that life lines and a water-proof lantern. the Spanish government will pay tor it!" Not one ol them wore a diving-suit like those used by Frank and "I only obey my orders," said the ensign. Leonidas. "That is your placa, but JOUr commander is a blockhead and a rasThis was conclusive proof that the two latter were not or the cal!" party. The ensign smiled faintly bot made no reply. The boat wus now be "Mither av Moses!" gasped Barney. "Who are tbim!" rug rowed rapillly toward the Hidalgo. Golly!" cried Pomp. "I done tole yo' who dey am. Shure, it A few moments more and it was alongside. The prisoners climbed am de divers from dat Spanish s ilipl'' the gangway, and met Captain Duvar on deck. There was an evil Do yez belave it!" smile upon the dark captain's face. Of course!" Well, Senor Americanos," he sai(t, gratingly, "we meet again, Phwat are they doin'!" This time you will not defy Spain so easily!" "It am easy to see. They am looking fo' de buried gold!'' "Yes," cried Frank, "with ten-fold more force. I demand the "Begorra, yez are roigbt, naygur, and it's meaiiC is wrong. Shure, meaning or this high handed outrage!" I wondher if they have found the goold!" "Tut, tnt; go ea@y, senor," said Duvar, coolly. "It will be very "I don't see wha' dey am diggin' heah to', if dey haben't.'' easy for you to secure your liberty. All we ask of you is to deliver up "Nor I, ayther!'' replied Barney; "ji@t the same I'm goin' out an' tile Carita's manuscript wblch. belongs to Spain. You have it. U have a bit av talk wid tiliml" you do not give it up, you shall hang at the yard-arm or this ship!" Wha' yo' do dat fo', chile!" BUT what was tile Pomp! CHAPTER VIII. THE SPANISH DIVERS. rate of the submarine boat and Barney and It was very true that the tidal undertow had struck them e Ven as it hnd Frank and Leonidas. '!'hey had seen it coming some Lime before, however. Barney, in the pilot-house, was the first to see and feel it. He saw a great surging of tile seaweed forest some distance away and felt the vibration. Instiuctively he turned to look for Frank and Leonidas. But neither of them were In sight. "Howly murther!" shouted the Celt, shore there's something awful coming. Luk out fer yesiU, naygur!" 11 Yez couldn't see anything. Why, to foind out i! they have seen anything av Misther Frank and Cram, av coorse.'' "0h!" ejaculated Pomp. "Dat am a'rigbt. I done hope yo' fin' out.'' Shure, an' I will, if they don't give me the lie.'' Barney br.1ught out a diving suit and quickly donned it. Then he went on tt.e Neptune's deck. He slid down to the sands below nnd approached the divers. They had suspended work au:l regurcted Barney with npparent wonder ment. The Celt approached them boldly. He made signals to the foremost, who suspended work and stepped forward as far as his life line would permit. Then Burney placed his helmet close to his and shouted: Shure, who are yez, an' pbwat nre yez doin' here?" The fellow !!lade reply in Spanish. Now Barney had learned just


10 UNDER THE GULl<' OF GUINEA. enough or this language to be able to converse. So he at once replied: "Yez are lookin' fer sunken gold, senors? Well, yez might foind it, Po' more loikely ye'll not." Who are you, senor!" asked the diver, making n signal to his com pauions which Barney did not see. "Shure, I'm a gintlemou loike yesilf, au' thravelin' under wather fer me health, bein' as I was sunsthruck once," romanced Barney; "but will yez do me a favor!" Command me, senor.'' "No; I don't want 1.0 do that. I'll just ax yez. Have yez seen two gintlemon dressed loike me, go this way feruinst. the hour!" The diver nodded eagerly. "Si, senor.'' "Yez have, thin," cried Barney, excitedly; "and which way did they go!" "Yonder, toward the shore, senor." "A thousand thanks, and long lolte to yez," cried Barney; "shore it's a foine gintleman yez are, an' may yez foind the goold!" He turned to retrace his steps to the Neptune. But in the meanwhile some things had been going on which have interested him had be happened to have observed them. But be rlid not, nor did he even suspect treachery. However, one of the divers bad gone up in the meanwhile, nod the others had got around between him the Neptune. It was done so carelessly that even Pomp did not suspect nnytbbg until all was over. Then it was too late. As Bnrney turned, the diver with whom be bad been talking put out a foot and tripped him up. Burney fell forward, nod instnntly two or the Spnni:lrds wer'e upon him. In lt>ss times than it takes to tell It be was a prisoner. A &I rong rope went quickly around his wrists, and the next moment he was be-ing hauled rapidly upward. Of course he struggled and kicked frantically, but it wns of no use. He came up to the surf11ce, and was hauled up tbe gangway or tbe wnr-sbip. Wben Pomp saw the game or the treacherous Spaninrnt. buck aboard the Nep tune. Once in the cabin he sat down nod tried to tllink. Wbnt should be do! His position was n strange and unpleasant one. As he !'ealized tbat be was the only one or the party left, and that he was quite alone on board the Neptune, a strange sense of loneliness settled down upon him. It was sornething horrible to bear. In fact he did not see how he was going to stand it. Golly lo' glory!'' be gasped; dis chile was nebber in no sich fix as dis afore! Whn'ebber ls I gwine to do!" He surely could not hope to rescue Barney. A savage spirit or re venge was upon him, and he felt like creeping up under tl!e hull ot the Spaniard, and placing a torpedo there. But he did not dare to do this. He remembered that Barney was now on board the Spanish ship, and would be one of tbe victims. No, that plan would not do. "Oil, golly,'' groaned the poor coou; "if only Marse Frank was here r.ow! It would help dis chile out a drefful heap!" But Frank Reade, Jr., at that moment wus quite powerless to help Pomp in any way. though l:le was not so very far nwuy. And the coon was left to his own resources. How be decided upon a plan of action nod what it was, we have to leave lor another chapter. It will be in order now to return to Frank Rt>ade, Jr., and Leonidas, an11 ascertain what tbeir experiences were in the bands or the Span iards. CHAPTER IX. THE STORM. THE forcible and even savage declaration of Captain Diego Duvar. of the H1dalgo, that he would hang his prisoners at the yard-arm if they refused to to his terms, mode Frnnk douhly ungry. He faced the Spanish captain \lith eyes, and said: "It you harm a hair of our heads, Spain will pay dearly for it! Our companions nre even uow searching for us. They will know our fate, and woe to yon it the story is carried home to America!'' The Spanish captain sneered. "We know you Americans," he said. "You are all blow, but no light. 1 am only out the orders of my government. The manuscript was found on Portuguese soil and it be!oni!S to Spain, for the Carita wns a Spanish vessel. Once more I demand it!" "Your demand will not be acceded to,'' suid Frank; "iu tl.le first place we have not got the manuscript." This was true. It was at the moment lying on the cabin table of the Neptune. Leonidas knew this ulso. Captain Duvar's race changed. "You have not got it!'' be asked. "Not" Where is it?" I will not answer that question, for it Is none of your business." Duvar's Ayes flashed, You refuse!'' "I do!'' "Well, I will tell you where it is. Aboard your submarine boat. Agree to produce it and we will allow you to descend and give you your freedom." Frank snapped his fingers. is idle lor you to make threats or propositions,'' he said. "I demand my liberty as the right or an American citizen. It you refuse me, you will pay llearly lor it, I promise you." Duvnr's lace wad and set. His vengeful Spanish nature was fully aroused. He knew bow far be could go. He hall no lear or consequences. Far out on that African coast who was there to bear evidence or make an international matter of this! Ele would see tllnt nobody survived who would be able to do it. So he turned and made a motion to n file or marines. They came forward with a salute. Run out a plank and fix n line over the yard-arm. All nit for an execution.'' The order went through the ship. Files or marines came hurrying out. Some had arranged the plank, others made the rope and noose. It was not an uncommon sight aboard the Hidalgo. Death by hang ing was only an ordinary form of punishment. Besides, the Spanisb crew were only too glad to wing the AmeriCnt;s off into apace. It '!IllS a spirit of hatred. Frank exchanged glances with Leonidas. He was relieved to see that the young scientist was cool nod resolute, though a trifle pale. "I have no rigllt to throw your life away, Leonidas," said Frank; if you wish to accede to thia coward's request do so." '' Never!" replied Leonidas. I am not afraid to die!" The marines came forward to lead the prisoners to their doom. But at this moment n great shout came from the side or the ship. Up the gangway came n an!" The diver with this told of the capture of Barney. The next moment the Celt, securely bound, wus lifteLI upon the deck. Here was n situation. The astonishment of Frank and Leonidas wns scarcely greater than the excitement or the war ship's crew. Barney was left standing beside the other two prisoners while the diver rehPnrsed his story to Duvnr. "Barney!" exclaimed Frank. "Whist, sir!" exclaimed the faithful Irishman. "I niver looked to see you here.'' "Nor I to see you," returnee Frank. "What does it mean!" Shure, sor, I wint out to make fair tulk wid thim Spanish divers, an' shore they set upon me an' here I am!'' Where is Pomp!" Sale a'>ont d the Neptune, sor ." "And abe is right under us at this moment!'' "Shure I think so, sor. But they'll niver enthrnp the nnygur ... Av he knows anything he'll blow a hole in the bottom nv tllis ves sel." "Ah, but he knows we are on bourd," snid Frank. "Shure that's so,'' said Barney dismally. "Arrah, what will 1ver be tt,e ind av it all! Shure we'll niver get out nv this scrape aloive!" "Indeed, it looks dubious," agreed Frank. At least we can die like men," said Leonidas. At this moment Duvnr went forward t.o give SO !De orders to his men. It was n bit or n respite. "Now, Barney,'' asked Frank, "was the Nllptune by that tidal wave!" "Divil a bit, sor" And what have you been doing ever since!'' "Shure looking for yez, sor. We wint iverywhere--" Di

UNDER 'l'HE GULF OF GUINEA.. ll not entrap him, he will at least have no fate." valuable evidence of our r There was but one so!ULion. He had gone overboard. Whether he hall been able to adjust his helmet in time or not was a question. "You are right; we arejn a bad box." It was useless to deny thts fact. The eflecL upon the spirits of our adventurers was in g. most depress "If we could only get some word to Pomp," said Leonidas. "Can you think of no pllin! No matter bow desperate it is I am ready for it." "Shure, we moig'ilt make a break au' jump overboord," declared Barney. Av the uaygur saw us he might get us aboord." "Not practicable," said FranK. "We would drown before we could get anywhere near the vestilmle." Shure, I hate to hang from that ould yard-arm loike a stbrangled rat!" "So do I," agreed Leonidas: "as well die fighting. I am willing to make a break you all agree." Barney's bonds had been removed. All three prisoners bad full use of their limbs and arms. But Frank, who was doing a heap of tlllnk log, said: Keep cool! Something will turn upl'' Aud something did turn up. If not, then he would be drowned. Otherwise he would go safely to thtJ botLom and possibly rejoin Pomp. Frank and Leonidas prayed for the latter denouement. But they were now given little time for rumination. Down came the tornado like a million howling furies. In vain the I Hidalgo tried to hold her way. She was swept back as it she was but a ball of cotton. Every rushing mountainous wave lifted her perforce and her c nearer and nearllr to the deadly coast. Had she been ten miles out to sen she huve escaped. But ::.s it was there could bA absolutely no hope for ber. Captain Duvar saw this, and his cowardly nature asserttd itself. He rushed down into the cabin and got a lite preserver. This he donned and held himself by the rail ready to catch the tlrst wave ashore when she should strike. Thus he gave up his ship at the very outset. His officers a!!d men were working like heroes. But he clung to the rail with ghastly face and shaking limbs. Frank and Lllonidus had sought refuge in the cabin, for the declr In a lively fashion, too. Suddenly from the maintop ling hail in Spanish, to this effect: was not tenable. Tlley each donned a lite preserver and waited for came a start tile crash. "Deck, ho!" Aye, aye!" cried the deck officer, as be showed himself to the man aloft . ,.., Throw your glass to the weat, sir, and see that funnel-shaped cloud. It Is a tornado, and coming this way lively." "A tornado!" exclaimed Dnvar, as be sprang upon the bridge in alarm. He knew the peril well. There was no protected bay or inlet of any kind along this section of the coast. The .Hidalgo lay exposed in full to a tornado from that quarter. In that proximity to the shore, the peril was most deadly. There were only two methods left open. Both were exceeding ly hazardous. One was to sail straight into the teeth of the storm, and put to sea as far as possible. The other was to put out every anchor chain and trust to tt.eir strength in riding out the storm. But this was hardly a possible thing. The Hidalgo was a heavy ahip. The anchor chains would snap like strings, anri abe would go ashore. This was almost a moral certain ty. On the other band she must make at least four or five miles to sea ward to be reasonably sure of keeping off tbe shore during the tornado. For she could hardly hope to guiu or even bold her own against it, and leeway would be nee(led. All these things Duvar, who was a skillful sailor, understood. He was quick to accept the best chance. Put her to sea!'' he called to the helmsman, and sent a signal be low to put on all steam. Up carne the anchors. It took some httle time to get the ship under way. All this while the funnel-like cloud was racing nearer. Already the western skv was as blacl!: as night. The clouds bad ob scored the sun, which was just going below the horizon, anyway. Sharp and shrill the oflicers' orders went around. Captain Duvar e>timated the distance of the tornado and g-roaned. It did not look as if they could gain a mile before it would be upon them. In that case the chunces of saving the Hidalgo were very small The prisoners all this while were not idl e It is hardly necessary to say that they were considering their own chances of escape. But these were not rosy. If the Hidalgo went ashore, the chances were that they would be lost as well as the ship's crew, but Barney said: "Shure, I have me diving helmet here, I cud jist sink to the bot torn an' be all roightl'' This was true. The Spaniards had not taken his helmet or generator away from llim as yet. Tbis gave him a chance. lt was like tbe generous-heart ed Celt to turn and offer it to Frank. "Shure, sor!" be cried, "yure l oife is worth more than moine! It's betther fer yez to be saved 1" "Never!" cried Franl,. "You are kind, Barney, but I cannot nccept your offer. All is not lost yet. We may ride out the gale safely. MPanwt.ile, ) motber chance for escape may offer." The Spaniards were so absorbed in the struggle for their own safely, that they gave no further heed to the prisoners, until suddenly Duvar chanced to look down and see them. Then he paused to about to a couple of marines: "Take those prisoners below! Lock them in the after cabin!" The marines sprur.g forward to execute the order. The next mo ment a great wave rushed bodily over the ship. One of the marines went overboard. One clung to the rail and the third lay In the scuppers. As for the prisoners, Frank was knocked half senseless against the mainmast. Leonidas clung to a halyard and was all right. But Bar ney-where was be? CHAPTER X CAST ASHORE. HoRRIFIED, Frank and Leonidas looked around for him. He was gone. It was sure to come. Every moment the powerful current burled the vessel nearer and nenrer. In vain the engines worked. And high above the din rose the thunder of the Then there carne a terrific shock. 'l'be Hidalgo struck broadside on the sands. She keeled over and great mountainous waves rolled over her. Tile crew were swept from their posts and not seen again. Frank and Leonidas, in the cabin, to the overturned stair railing. They did not venture out. As long as the cabin did not fill with waLer they were safe in their prtlsent position. But bow long could they hold itT If tlley could hold 1t till the storm should abate they would be all right. Frank thought be bad never seen so savage a storm in his life before. But it was too furious to las t long. Moreover, the mountain waves rushed over the wreck so swiftly that they could not pause to enter the cabin. Anti it remained intact. As the best or fortune had it, Frank and Leonidas clung safely to the stair railing till the sea went down. Tho! tornado had not lasted an hour. But that bad been sufficient to seal the doom of the Hiualgo. ShA would never sail seas again. With her proud armament nod her arrogant, cruel captain, she was no rnore. In a short while only her bleaching ribs would be left on the shore. Whew!" exclaimed Leonidas, as he crept out or the and essa) ed to cling to the stump of the mainmast. She's higll and dry, Frank!" This was true. The water had rer.eded and left her many f eet upon the sllore. So fur as could be seen Frank and Leonidas were tiJe only living survivors. We are safe!'' cried the young inventor; "fate has done us a good turn." "You're right!" cried Leonidas; "but what of Barney?" This was an appalling qu e sUou. However, no solution could be gained at present. So they decided to go ashore. This was easy, considering that they were already practically there But they left the wreck and sprung down upon the sands. The sea wus rec e ding and fast growing pacific. The great tornado bad gone on down tile coast. Darkness was shutting rapidly down. There w a s some driftwood on the beach and Frank and Leonidas proceeded to make a !ire. Thus far they seemed to he the only survivors of the wreck. But that they ware not was proved a little later. Suddenly from the darkness ther e crept into the circle of firelight a half dozen wretch ed looking marines. "Mercy, senors!'' begg e d leader. "We crave your friendship aLd the light of your lire." . "You are welcome!" cri e d Frank, heartily; "only give us a band at bringing some more driftwood." The castaways were only too glad to nccPde to this reques t and soon a cheery fire was blazing under the clifl' shadows. Leonidas was inclined to be distrustful. "We had better keep an eye on them," he said .''I do not trust these Spaniards." "We will sleep by turns,'' said Frank. "I coald not refuse them the fire for the sake of humanity." That ts right," agreed Leonidas. The Spaniards crouched down on one side of the fire and our adven turers on the other, and thus the night wore on. Leonidas slept while Frank kept watch-at least, he did not go to sleep, though be reclined in the grateful warmth of the tire. It was evident that the Spaniards fancied !Jim nsleep, for they soon began to talk In whispers, and Frank was not slow to see that they were talking about the Americans. The young inventor's veins I "They are up to some mischief," he muttered; "this is what you get for givwg such people ktnd treatment."


12 THE GULF OF GUINEA. A h u ge billet of wood was within reach and thi s was th e o nly C HAP T E R X. wea pon F;auk could depend upon. But he was resolved to use it OUTWITTIN G A VILL AIN. if attack e d. l'he Spaniards, howenr, did not s eem disposed to make an lmI T w u s a thrillin g mome n t f or B arney ;be n be was washed from medi a te attack. After a while a couple of them slipped out of the the d e ck of the w a r ship. "ro up and vncished in the darkn e ss. H e f e lt himself picke d up by a m o u nta inous wave and c a rried high "' Where they went Frank hnd no means of knowing. They w e re in air. His bead and shoulders were f a r e nough abov e submersion, g one a tong while. When they returned several of them reclined by h o wever, to enable him to e xecute a q u ick -witted plan, t h e embers and slept. This was to clap the helme t cov e r down over his head and clasp it. N ear morning Leonidas awoke and Frank gained a couple of The moment he was carri e d und e r t he surface. h o urs' sleep. With the coming of dfLybreak all were astir. I t was a tremendous and powerful und erto w w t icll had !Jim in ita file scene viewed from the bench waa a dismal one. clutches Bu t he was in no f e ar o r drow ning n ow. The sea hall continqea its heavy rolling and pounded on the beach Down he went until tile force or the undertow ceased, and then he w it h dull boom. began to sink. l'he war-ship yet lay upon her aide in the edge of the surf. The His feet touched t h t bed of t h e ocean in perfectly still water. He sands were strewn with wreckag.e. f e lt for the button which lit the e l e ct ric lam1> in his h elme t The Spaniards now began to overhaul this. Several cas e s of proAnd now he saw that he had ali g hted upon a dune of white sand. A visions were hauled high and dry and also some cases of a rm5. colony of hug e crabs were gamboliog a!Jout ami one of them essayThen one of the Spaniards approached Frank, and said: ed to pinch the Celt s toea. Ab, Senor Americano, have yon yet decided upon a plan of action? But he kicked the creature a side, and t h en took a ment a l survey of Will you stay here and w a it for a passing ship or go on along the his position. coaat to find a settlement!" "Bejabers,'' be muttered, "that war ship is bound to go ashore, "I think we shall remain here for awhile," replied Frank; "there is bad cess to the divils av I o nly wish Misther Frank and no doubt for all of us for a long while ye1." the professor was hero wid m e n o w wid t h e ir helmets on." Tile Spaniard's brow lowered, and he mum bled an unintelligible reBut to w1sh for au impossi bilit y was folly, and Barn e y was far too ply. Then he made off in a surly manner. Frank exch a ngetl glances practical. with Leonidas. He decid e d to, if pos sible, find his w a y to the shore. It is just as I tbongbt," said the young inventor; they are al Then if the Hid a l go gro unded, he w ould be th e re to give what aid ready jealous of us, and want to drive us from this part of the 11hore." be could to his friends allouill tlle y be able to get ashore. So be at We could go," suggested Cram. once set out. "Yes,'' replied Frank, "but I don't think we had better as yet, for He took the direction which he f e lt sure wns the right one. Pomp with the Neptune, may make a show in this locality at any mo The bed of the oc ea n h e re ha:l that upwa rd shape which would indiment. I only wish I knew fnte." cate the approach to a sho re and B a rney clim bed on steadily. By this time many bodies of the drowned crew began to come He kept on until be wa s qui t e e x h austed. Fin ally he was compelled astcre. Frank and L e onidas mustered up courage to look for the Celt to halt from she e r over e xertio n among them. They were relieved at not llnding him. It seem e d as if he had been an interminable length of time in get. This gave Frank much hope. ting thus far on his journ ey. "I believe Barney is nil right," he cried; "if so, and he should "Be me s ow!!" t e muttered, s inldn g down upon n bank of sponge, rejoin the Neptune, we shall bo all right yet." it's an awful ways to the shore, I'm afLher thinking S ll'lre, I hope I "We will live in that hope," said Leonidas. "I have an ideal" haven't g one intoirel y wrong '' What!" The ter r ibl e f e ar seized him. "Let us go out t o the wreck and see if we canno.t find some pistols It was an exnsperatiug sense of his impotency, and he was almost or w e apons or some kind with which to defend ourselves in case of in despai r n eed. The Spaniards are arming "Shure, av I had any luc k at all,'' h e mutte red, "the n a ygur would "A good idea!" agreed Frank. show up now wid the Neptune." S o they made their way over the moist sands to the wreck. The As Barney sat lJpon th e s ponge a strange drowsines3 came tide was high and they were obliged to wade to their waist to reach over him. the deck. There was a crooning lullaby i n his e ars n od he was unable to resist This slanted at an angle of forty-live degrees bot with some effort Nature. the y managed to climb into the cabin. V e ry gradually he sank aw ay to sleep. Soon he was of ali There was very little water here, nod though all the fixtures were abo ut him. topsy turvy, they were in good condition. In the captain's cabin Onc6 a huge shark pas sed ove r h i m swiftl y nnd 8 0 nenr that his were f ound a brace of pistols, some boxes of cartridges and a cutlass. ,fluke n ea rly touched the Celt. But tbe cre a ture evidently did not see These wero appropriated. him. The two Americans did not look fur t her. They had found what they wanted, and started to leave the wreck. Littl e bottle-nosed fis h came wriggling up and peered in t hrough the And now occurred an incident which for a few moments came near g las s of his helmet. C ra b s peck ed away at d itle rent parts or his div bnving a very serious result. As tbe two adventurers swung down in!!Snit, and a g reat slimy e e l c oile d aroun d his ankle. from the d e ck, they came fac e to face with the six Spaniards. Bot Barn e y kne w no t hing of nil this. He sl e pt on for hours. Their faces were dark and stVollen with auger, and the foremost And w h ile he slep t a distant blaz e of ligh t lit up the deep sea. cri ed: It was a gre a t glaring path way o f radiance ami se e med to be every .. American thieves! What right have you to plunder his maje sty's moment drawmg near e r. Then its focus chan ged. ship!" The p roportions of a su b marine boat th e Nep t une, showed up. For a moment both Frank nod Leonidas wore nonplused. This N e arer it came and p aEsed by not a doze n yards away. view of the case had not occurred to them, In the window wns an anxiou s black face. It hung there .. we are not plundPring, senor, replied Fr.1.nk, with dignity ... We steadily while the sea r ch went on. B u t Barney was not seen. are all cas t aways, and what the s e n casts up ill the property of him Oh, if the Celt ha d only been nwalie t hen Iiis rescue would havll who claims it." been q uick and cert a in. The S paniard s eyes flashed Slowly the submarin e b o a t g lid ed by an d th e n was in the distant "This ship to the king of Spain,'' be snapped. .. You have was te of water. Barne y O'Sl-ten nev e r knew how nea r re s cue bad come no right to take even a peseta from it!" to him during that spell of sle ep. We have not taken a peseta," replied Frank, seeing the point at Pomp had done noth i n g but traver s e the ocean floor in the vain once, "nor one bit of any kind of money, We have simply borrowed ques t for Frank and Le o nidas. He knew that he was powerless to these pistols and this sword to protect our lives against any wild rescue B u rney. beasts which may appear on this wild coast. We will return them, if Thus far his quest bad resul te d in naught. He was completely dis you desire, to the king of Spain, when we shall have no furth e r use cournged and wholly at a los s what to do. for them.'' Bot be was det e rmined to k ee p up the qu est even if it was forever. The Spaniards looked incredulous, bot It could 9e seen that Frank's He would never abandon his y oung mast e r to such a fate. words had changed the situation He had no knowledge of the fearful t or n ado which had driven the As long as hEj, had not taken any of the money which might be Hild a go a s hore. At his d ep t h he c ould not have felt it aboard, he was ali right. Nor did he know t ha t Fran k and Leoni da s had gone ashore. The Will you swear that you have not taken a peseta from the ship?'' bare idea of such a contin gency did not come t o him until the next asked the leader of the sextette. da y "Why certainly," replied Frank; "we did not look for money, or Then a sudden t hoaght oc c urre d to him. know that there was any aboard!" "Mas sy L o rdy!" he mutt e red, l'se been ali ober dis reg ion pooty "Caramba! if you have told us the truth you may keep the pistols thorou gh. N o w mebbe dem two g e m men hnb r e ely f oun' dere way and the sword. But if we do not find the mon6y then you shall be ash or". If dat should be the cnse, l'se j es' wastin' a heap ob time hung for thi e ves." ver e Wltb which six Spaniards brushed past and Leonidas and Wlt h Pomp to think was to ac t I t is needl e ss to say that be lost clambered ahoard the ship. As the two Americana went back to their no time. lire, Leonidns said: 1 Instantly be pressed the lever nod sent the Neptune to the surface On my word, Frank, I bAiieve we had better leave here, or we He snw that he was far o u t to sea. s hall certainly have trouble with these fellows!" This surprised him, for h e bad fancied ail the while that he had been in close proximity to the s h ore.


UNDER 'l'HE GULF OF GUINEA. 13 "Massy Lordyl" he muttered, "dis am berry queer. I don' see !low !ship, did not attempt to make aggressive action. They G precip I eber cum out yerel Reckon l bettah get in nearer de land anyway!" itllte retreat. So he sent the Neptune in toward tlle shore, and us he did so, be The field was won, and with very little bloodshed "nd uo or saw a distant column of white rising from the beach. life. By this time Pomp was on the spot. He rubbed his eves. Frank and Cram sprang into tllll boat ned were quickly on their "Dnt nr looks like smoke," be muttered. "Somebody am cam pin' way to the Neptune. But the young inventor had to give 11 paning derel" shot. Then a thrill of joy shot through his frame. Who else could it be When Spain runs up against America she always gets her hanuR but tbuse for whom he was searching? full!" he cried. "The next time you tackle a Yankee be sure be's ptf So he put on extra speed, and the Neptune bore down rapidly for his guard! Stab him in the dark!" the distant column of smoke. And now Pomp saw another object iu Witb which derisive shot our fnends were done with the SpiiDiiHdl>, the foreground. In a few moments they were on board the Neptune. It lay high on the shore, and be stared at it in amazement. Then Then followed mutual explanations, and Pomp learned Barney's he studied it through a glass. for the first time. "Fo' de !au's sakes," be muttered, "dat looks lak dat Spanish warThe coon was much distressed. ship! Whar am it doin' dar!'' "Ob, massy Lordy!" he cried. "I'se done afeard dat am de las' ob 'l'oo much excited to contain himself," Pomp sent the Neptune ahead, dat I'isbman-we neber see him no mo'l" Soon he was near enough to see the wreck fully, "We will scour every part of the sea hereabouts for him!" cried And be also saw forms on the shore. At that distance he could not Frank. "I shall not be satisfied that be Is dead until I have seen his tell whether tlley were Spaniards or not. <.lead body.'' He was deeply puzzled. "Amen!" said Leonidas. "We will still cling to hope.'' Wha' etJber wrecked dat ship!" be muttered. "Dere must hub But for the moment aU were nigh exhausted, and there was a been a storm. But if dnt !'Ishman was captured and taken aboard powerful need of refreshment. Pomp knew well how to supply this. dat ship, wbere am be now7'' Then, after a hearty meal, tbe quest for Burney, the lost member of Pomp decided to rup up as near the shore as possible. the party, was begun. This be did, and the result was exciting to at least two persons on the beach. These were Frank and Leonidas. At sight of the submarine boat they rushed frantically out into the surf, making signs and s!Jouting. And Pomp saw them. He brought his glass to bear oc them and then gave a wild whoop. "M&.ssy Lordyl It am Marse Frank and Marse Cram! Whoop-la! dis am fine!" The darky sent up a signal tlag and dropped the Neptune's anchor. Then be rushed to get out a small bout. It did not take him long, and he was soon pulling for the shore. or course it left the Neptune alone. But she was safely anchored, so he barl no fears. Nearer the shore he drew. all while tbe party of Spaniards had bel'o Wlltcbing the sceue with interest. Now it occurred to them that the two Americans were about to find means of transportation from the place. As was natural, they wanted to avail themselves of the same opportuniey. So wit!lsbouts they came rushing down into the surf. Look out!" said Leonidas, sharply; they are up to some deviltry, Frankl" The leader approached Frank with much excitement, and asked: What craft is that, senor!'' The American submarine boat, Neptune," replied Frank; "she has come to take us To take us all ofl!" suggested the Spaniard. I think not!'' The Spaniard's brow contracted. I say yes, senor!'' he said, savagely. Frank saw that a crisis was at hand. It was certain that they were bound to have trouble with these rascals. Tbe young.lnventofs anger was up. Look here, you contemptible cur!'' he said, marching up to the Castilian. You have attempted to browbeat me lor the lust time. Now you know that we Americans are dead shots. Be off, everyone of you, out of range, or we will open fire upon you!'' Frank drew his pistols ns did Leonidas. It was a tableau worthy of an artist. In that moment the Spanish leader felt the power of a superior will. He knew that the American was in earnest. For a moment his frame quivered with insolent rage, (hen the treachery of his race asserted itse!r He began to cringe and bow, while with one hand behind b1m, be made a l!ign to one or his men. Had the villaic's plan succeeded, that might have been Frank Reade, Jr.'s lost moment on earth. But the villain who had been authorized to enact the cowardly game-lost command or his nerve. He raised his and fired at Frank. Then he dropped it, and wilh a howl of terror fled. For the bullet missed its mark. It r.ut a chink from Frank's collar. An inch nearer and it would have sevflred h1s jugular vein. A lightning gleam sprung from the young inventor's eyes. He acted awirter than thought. He did not fire at the m1serable wretch, who by the treacherous order had tried tO take his life. Or him he had DO fear. But he fired point blank at the scoundrel who had given the com mand be dared not ex.Jcute himselr. The Spanish leader's hand bad sped to the handle of bis pistol. But deadly aim was In Frank Reade, Jr.'s eye. He still forebore to take human life. But he withered the treacherous hand. Tile bullet struck it full and fair and shattered every bone. Dropping his weapon with a yell of maddened pain, the winged scoundrel reeled hack and sunk down upon the sands. There he writhed in agony. Another one of the party had raised his pistol to Hre, but Leonidas shattel"ed his wrist. The other Spaniards, appalled at such an exhibition ol marksman CHAPTER XII. THE END. FRANK and Leonidas aut in the pilot-bouse, discussing the incidents of the expedition. I have bad excitemAnt enough for the rest. of my life," declared the young scientist. "On my word, we have had a good many tight squeezes thus far!" Frank laughed. "You are not fond or adventure!" "Well, yes, in a moderate form, but I cannot see that we hBve yet seen the last or this afl"air," said Leonidas. "Not until we have found Barney.'' Will we succeed in finding hlm!" "I hope so.'' What are the chances!'' Frank made a wry face. I would rather not weigh them," he said. "I think a good deal of the man, and I would feel terribly grieved to be assured tllat he could not be rescueG." "Well," soi:l Leonidas, pointedly, "the main object of our cruise bas been a !lat failure.'' "Ah, what is that!" "We have not found any trace whatever or the Carita's gold." It matters not," replied Frank; we bave found a submarine mine which far exceeds it in value.'' Leonidas' eyes glistened. "Do yoc. think we can lind that reef again?" he nsked. I don't see why not.'' "Well," said tbe young scientist, with a deep breath, what is the programme! Sball we look for it after we find Barney!" Certainly." This made Leonidas happy. His mind was apparently set upon re turning from the Gold Coast with a fortune. The reef of gold made this apparently possible. Pomp hung to the pilot-bouse window, keeping the closest kind of n lookout for Barney. Thus the hours went oo, and the submarine boat covered a vast tract. And something like the futility of despair had begun to settle down npon the spirits of all. If Burney was really alive nnd at the bottom oT tbe sea, it looked as if be must there find his Certainly nothing more could be done than had already been resort ed to. But at the very eleventh hour, when h ope was almost abandoned, tbe tables turned. .. The ship sailed between two great ledges of reel. As Pomp sent the search-light's rays here and there, a sudden, hoarse cry escaped him. From the depths of a coral grotto a form reeled forth. He bad on a diver's helmet. To Pomp that form was familiar. Barney!'' be yelled. In an instant Frank and Leonidas were by his side. 'rile Neptune came to no instant halt. And the next over the rail clambered the lost Irishman, and staggered into the vestibule. A moment later he was in the cabin. Frank tore off his helmet. He was pale, and his eyes glBssy. Barney!" cried the young inventor, "thank God you are safe!" "Yis, sor!" whispered the Celt; "but I was moighty sick, sor. It'll glad I am to be wid yez waust more. Shure, 1 thought I'd niver do it.'' Pomp fell upon his colleague's shoulder, and wept and laughed in turn. Then Barney was put to bed. He was given stimulants and soon was muoh improved. It was a joyful time for all. Well!" cried Frank, "we're all together once more. Now let us not get separated again." ''Not II we can help it," said Leonidas. And I think we can. It is now in order to find the reef of gold!"


14 UNDER THE. GULF OF GUINEA. Golly, Marse Frank,' said Pomp, dare am some km' ob a big old-Cushioned ship jest over yender. 'Pears like ye' mtght want to squint yo' eye at;dat." "A sunken sbip!" cried Cram; "perhaps it is the Carita." Begorra, I'm tbryin' to tell ye," hoarsely wbiepered Barney. I'm afther tllinKin' it's the ship yez are Iukin' for. 'Shure, I wint aboard av her an' there's goold and silver to burn in one or her cabins. She's wan av thim ould Spanish ships!" "The Carita,'' shouted Leonidas, wildly. "At last! Luck is with us!" Nothing could restrain the young scientist after thrs. The sunken ship was easily located. She lay in a cleft between the reera and seemed a solid part or them, which explained possibly why abe had not been discovereu IJefore. That it was really the Carit:\ was quickly proved. Frank and Leon idas put on their divlllg armor and boarded her. It was fount! extremely dangerous work, us her timbers were very rotten and gave way beneath the slightest But they used care and manageil to descend into her callin. And here on a long table were found the bags of gold as described by the Spanish Chronicle. But there were not forty or them by any means. Ten or them were all that could be found. So rotten had the texture or the bags become that the weight or the gold had burst them, and the coin was spread upon the table. It was easy to picture llow the Spanish captain had brought out the treasure when pursued by the Dutch, eo that tbey might easily make away to the shore with it. That the remaining bags had been taken by the crew in a vain at tempt to get ashore, there was no lloubt. Tbia explained their disap pearance. However, a lar2:e fortune yet remained, and as Leonidas helped to remove it to the Neptune he was satisfied. He also possessed himaetr of di vera other relics belonging to the ship. When the job was finished, and the gold had all been transported safely to the cabin or the Neptune, the counting process hegun. And judging the treasure by its weight aud quality, Frank Reade, Jr., made the announcement: In my opinion ib worth about ninety thousand dollars. A fair fortune." "But not a million," said Leonidas. "Oh, well, you ought to be satisfied." "I am," replied the young scientist, cheerily. Now let us divide jt equally.'' "Nol" I beg parld. "It is nut my own ends," he said; "but it may be of value to know or its exact location. Some good may come or it." But. though they cruised for day11, they could not again locate the reef or gold. This seemed indeed strange. But Frank hit upon the solution. He found evidences or a submarine upheaval which satisfied him as t.> the rate of the reer. "I can tell you what became of it," he said, sagely. "The tidal wave we experienced, and which separated us for a time, was caused by an eart!)quake. Now in that convulsion the reef sunk Into the earth, and the sands or the ocean bed have covered it up, so that the reef of gold is past reclamation." Leonidas drew a deep sigh. "That is too bad," he said; "and yet it would have created strife no doubt if it had remained accessible." "Not the least doubt," said Frank-" just us the Carita's gold did. Spain has lost one of her best war allips in that inordinate greed for treasure. I say peace to :he buried as!Jeg of tile sunken reef! May it not be resurrected in our day!" Amen!" cried Leonidas. And now-what is the verdict!" Hurnei'' To America?" "Certainly." "Magic word!" Barney danced a jig, and Pomp turned a tlipfiap. Frank went to the pilot-house and set the course. Au hour Inter, the Neptune was out of sight of lanu, and givir.g the Gulf of Guinea the dus:. or spray from her flying heels. Frank did not let up Bl>eed once until they entered the harbor or Liverpool. Then while ashore he purchased a copy of a London paper. Almost the first thing his gaze rested upon was a most startling headline. Loss of a Spalllsh war-ship! 'l'he line cruiser Hidalgo wrecked on the African coast by a t'>r nado. Only six members of her crew live to tell the story!" And then followed a long and not absolutely correct story or the Hidalgo's loss, but for some reason no mentiOn was made or the sub marine voyagers or the quest for the Carita's gdld. This purt of the story had ne doubt been suppressed by the Spanish government for quite obvious reasons. Frank brought the a::count aboard and read it. "Oh, well,'' cried Leonidas, "the Spanish authorities are wise, in deed, in not mentioning the details of the affair. It would not reflect credit upon them." And so all were agree Brady the world known d_:tective. In which he lays d own s o we .;'aluable 'and sens!blo rules l v:! b e gmners, a;:rd also relates some adventures and experienoes of w e ll-known detectives. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers In tbe Unit e u States and or sent to your addr'lss, post-paid on recerpt or the prlo'l. Addr e ss Frank Tousey, publlshBl", 34 and ij North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. /


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