Six days under Havana Harbor, or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Secret Service work for Uncle Sam

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Six days under Havana Harbor, or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Secret Service work for Uncle Sam
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{ OOMPLETl!l.} I FUA.NK usKY. P(Ynr. rsmi:a, 29 WES'l 26th S 1 R11:1tr. YORI>. New April 15, lssu1m SlllllUMON!iLl'. Ente1ed acco1ding to the A.ct of Congress, in the 11e1r b11 7'0USEY, i" of!lce of j.\e ..;b1arian of Connre ss, at 1Vashinoton, n. C SIX DAYS utnder Havana Harbor: or, 'ratk Reade, Jr.'s Secret Service ork For Uncle Sam. BY .. NONAME." f was necessarily slow, but a bile they reache d th1-11ide of the wreck. On the way tMy cut'the wire w hich the nose o ibuster had But Frank picked up the fo ll 'lwed i t to Ile wreck.


2 SIX D I The subscription price of the FRANK READE RARY by the_Xear i TOUSEY: PuBLISHER, 29 w 011t A.ddrell8 FRANK ( I ) / \ I / /"Six Days Under Harbor; OR; Fran Read Jr. 's Secret Service Work I For Uncle San. ,.,,. I B / 1NONAME" Author of "The Sacred ea," ''The Circuit of Cancer," "In the Tun.Jras," "'.rhe SilvetS ea," etc., etc. I. AN IMPOR1'AN,' MISSION. THE state of affairs bad lono-dem:ided that the government of the Uniled SLatee should acquai1ft itsel more wllh lhe condition of the defenses of tbe har-!>.,.. AL Hnvaqi, Cuba. War was threatening with Spain .Jnd the ... i'i:hortun ate Cubans, long gr::iund into the st by the iee11 e ...... - wakened the sympathies.of the entire,:1v1hzed. world. EverytblL" h,.<1 been done by tn"J'resident.>f the Umted States, tn a temperaLe';',.,fd pacific manner, to l:lt'mg abrlt a pea<'.eable of Cnba1.. .war, which bad annihilated ., many mtlhons of Ameri can mterests m ":-'-!l"._er faithful isle of itself a gaunt, griz zly phantom of very tbre.9,uld of the land bf freedom. Knowing that their win, it was natural that the Cuban insurgents should decline to yiell and retnrn to the yoke. Proud, and stung to the qtUck hy bJr defeats, Spain regarded every conciliatory move made by tie Stutes as a shrewd device to win the island from her. Tbs sbresentative of the Navy Departmeo as present. Ei>r .m-tibu the discussion was warm. All sort or plans were con and re">t.ted. At t i mes the ubate became perpl_!lE.iog, and evfo acrimonious. But no de!lnite action ould be agreed ueon. <.. { Suddenly the n;ra1 1-n:eg tor lain." I will de f en

, There was a light Lap aL the uoor. Ford s liu I.tack lll e bolt and opened it. Two men dressed in naval uniform entered. One was tall and darkly handsome, with a daelling air and a hlase smile. Tbte waa Ensign Clark. Tlle otber wns young and rather plain looking, bot with a fearless, stern gaze. Such was Lieutenant Alfred May. lutrodnctions were quickly in order. Ensign Clark was 11e jolly and open as a freehearted naval officer could wish, and seemed to dispel at once any possible suspicion. Ford watched Swinton narrowly, but the detective seldom glanced at the suspected man, and bis face was sphinx like. The conclave was quickly got down to business. The diacuseion was resumed. When asked for bis opinion, Clark said, reckle8sly: "My opinion is that toleration with Spain is a mistakii. We should send war ships there instantly, anu let our divers locate the mines. II the S paniards residt, put out torpedo nets and bombard M o rro Castl e Bring them to their senses with a whoop." For a moment after this ardent declaration tltere was silence. Swin ton se e med not to have heard it But Ford said in a somewhat irri t ated manner: "That is not the government's policy. We are here to devise a s ecret method of of that harbor. Hue anybody a sugges tion to make!" I have!" said Lieutenant May, tersely. "Your All eye s were turned upon the grave-faced young officer. u Yes." "Plea se name it," said Swinton, with a strange light in hie ferret eyes "I have a friend who bas perfected a submarine boat, with which I am absolut e l y sure Havan a Harbor can be secretly explored." This quiet statement created a most intense sensa t ion. Every eye was upon the serious (ace of May. Swiulon half closed Ins eyes, and i t could not b e told where bis g a ze was center ed. Ford _loo ked approval, bot Clark a little start, and then affected a careless skepticism. "Submarine boats, thus far, have proved dismal failure8," he said. "I can assure you that tins one i s a success." "That is what we want," aaid Ford. "Who is tbe in v entor!" "Frank R e ade, Jr., of Readestown." S winton opened his eyes wide and looked at the speaker. "Why!" he exclaimed, "that is the youn g man who invented the air ship and other wonderful things! I have always believed him the t..l:rninlest inventor in this country." Be is a talented man," declared Ford. He is also a loyal American and offers the servicas of hie boat, himselC and hie two faith ful men Cree to the government." "I will communicate with the secretary at an early hour to-morrow morning," said Ford, arising. Five minutes later the meeting was dissolved. The naval officers from bis inventions. 'I here \ were few parts of the world to which he had not journeyed in some of h'.ls inventions. He seldom took with him other traveling com panions th111n Barney, the Irishman, and Pomp, the negro. These were''.tWO faithful followers long in hie senice, and deeply attached to him. Frank just completed his new submarine boat, tl:e Filibuster. He bud contemplut 'ed a trip to the West Indies, wllen one day a quiet gentleman, with a reticent manner, called upon him. They were closeted ror a long time. After he had departed Frank Reade, Jr., touched a bell, which sun:moned Barney and Pomp. "Now, yon two rascals," he said, with mock severity, "there is work ahead for you. How near ready is tho Filibuster for a cruise?" Barney scraped, and Pomp ducked bis woolly head. "It am mos' ready, suhl" cried the coon. "Begorra, tbar's but little more to be done," declared Barney. "Av yez say tile worrud, we can have II all ready in twinty four hours, aor.'' "Good!" cried Frank, "That is the way I like to bear you talk. I want you to rush things ond get all in readiness to start at the earltest possible moment." "Whurroo! cried Bnrney. "Golly!" ejaculated Pomp. "Now be oft with you!" Away they ec1lmpered. Jolly jokers they were, both or them, acd I as fond of a good time as one could imagine. Frank turned to a pile or drawings on his table. One of these was marked Filibuster, aud gave in outline a de scription of the submarine boat. As thus revealed the Filibuster was seen to be a remarkable craft. Sbe was patterned something after the type or a government cruisllr, and wasbuilt of steel Crom to stern, Crom keelson to masthea.d. Designed to travel either upon or under the surface, as the naviga tor might choose, her construction was radically ditfereDL Crom the ordinary craft. Her timbers were more strongly stayed, andher proportions more "'1111111 ccrefully considered, for the deep sea pressure was a factor of most serious consideration. Bot Frank had provided for tlVtiry contingency, and the boat was so built thnt she could descend to a great depth. Her deck woe or steel and provided with skylights. Forward was a high conning tower and pilot ho,1se. Underneath this a light dyna mite gnn was placed, the invention of Frank Reade, Jr., and a most powerful weapon. There were three of those guns, two in the after tower and one lor ward. So Lhe Filibuster was almost a war vessel. Indeed, Uncle Sam had no vessel in his navy capable of accomplish ing greater disaster than this submarlnt> boat with its three dynamite guns. Tbe cabin occupied the section amidships, and the second cabin and store chambers were aft. The cabins were furnished very richly. 1 In the hold were plenty of stores for a Jong voyage. In every re. epect the Filibuster was Cully. equipped. ( Tbe powtir or smking and rising wne controlled by large tanks for ward and astern, which filled or were emptied by means oi pneumatic pressure. The boat could be gauged to remain suspended at any

SIX DA "'S UNDER HAVANA morning to come so that the appointment co11lcl be kept wiLb the Tornado. But when daylight came the government cutter was not on band. Other cralt passed in and out by the little submarine boat without giving It Sf)eciul notice. "That Is peculiar," said Frank, with surprise. "I am sure I read the cipher right. We are on tim11.'' IL was idle to assume that the government had repented or its agree ment, and bad decided not to keep the appointment. was radlca!ly wrong. What this was our submarine voyagers could not even guess. Franlt even ventured up into Lhe mouth of New York harbor. But not a sign of the Tornado was to be seen. In the Narrows a great Spanish war ship was just making her an chor and preparing to pa s s out to sea. A small boat was seen to sud denly approach her. It was a small steam yacht, and it seemed in great haste to reach the war Bllip. Frank studied the veasel with a glass and read her name: Vizcaya! "Ab!" muttered the young inventor, "that is the vessel expected here so long from Mudrld. She is evidently going to make a short stay in this port.'' The gang ladder of the Vizcaya was down, and as the little yacht ranged alongsicle, 11everal men went up her side and onto the deck. 'l'hen the yacht bore away, the big war ship freed her moorings, emoke poured from hPr funnels, and she moved out s1led. Apother touch and the Fihbuster i11sla11tly sank. Them was not a second to spare. The de a dly torpedo fairly grazed the top or lhe cabin as it passed over the submarine hoat. Where it went to beyond was ntred loudly and trlumhantly. Frank was overjoyed with their good fortune. But he was yet in a quandary what to 110. But as lte allowed tile Filibuster to drift back to the ou:er wa t ers, Barney suddenly cried: "Wlturroo, Misther Frankl '!'here comes another or the spalpeens! Scuttle tltim, sor, afore Lh"Y get too near!'' But Frank saw that the small white launch, with i:s brass trim mings, carried tile llag of the naval commodore, and knew t ha t she was a friend. He the signal made. The next moment the launc h Petrel was alongside. Upon her deck stood a number of uniformed olficers. 'l'he reader bas seen them before, Ensign Jamee Clark, Lieut enants May and Ford and Detective Swinton with four or his men were at the rail. "Ahoy!" shouted Ford, excitedly. "Is that Mr. Frank Rea 1 le, Jr.?" "It is!" replied Frank. What are you d<>ing here?" Frauk wus ustouiRbed. Why should y,m ask that?" he said. "I am here in obed i ence t o your cipher message. Where is the cutter Tornado!" "Tee Tornado is in the South Pacific," resur n ed Ford. "It i s plain that we are all tbe victims of a conspiracy. That ciher cli;:atcil was a forgery." "A forgery!" exclaimed Frank. How can that be poss i ble! The cipher was the same as given me by you!" "Ah!" said Swinton, in a whisper to Ford; "did I eot tell you so? Who could have given away the key to Lhe cipher?" Ford could not rAply, He was nearly dumfounded. Some mysterious things had trans pi red. But the lit tle luunch came alongside ana the 1111.val officers came aboard aud shook hands with Frank. "There must he a misunderstanding eomewbere," said Frank. "Your dis patch told me to meet you here." Ford looked at Swinton. "My dispatch." he said, was to the efiect that we would meet you in Readeetown last night.'' When did you send it?" '' Yi;sterduy." I was not there to receive it.'' So we learne d when we went down to board the Filibuster at Reades t own," suid Ford. "From your forem:m we were able t o learn tbat you had sailed !or Sandy Hook to meet the Tornado. We h ave come her11 post haste, for we reared treachery." And there has been treachery," said, "o! the most ap proved Spanish kind.'' With this Frank told them of his experience with the torpedo boat. They cheer e d when they learned that it was sunk. "But the th e mselves!" cried Swinton. "If we cou l d catch them, then we could solve the myster y." "'l'hey have gone lllJhore ov e r there.'' "'l'hen we will be nfter them," cried the detective. What puzzles me, thoul?h, ''said Ford, "is how our intent i ons to visit Ht\vana, and tile secret of the cipher leaked out. Is there a traitor among us?" All looked ut Ford. None were more earnest than Clu rk. "II there is, be will ba11g himself with his own rope," he sai d Swint.on scowle1l 1md turned nuout. Frank saw at onc e that thing was wrong. Bot he kept his counsel. were quickly made. Swinton and his men went ashore to give chnse to thA Spanish plot ters. Cl11rk, May nnd Ford remained on board the Filibuster,! Then Ford told Frank all. He t Gld

\ SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA HARBOR. 5 "You can't know bow dazed we were when we learn e d that you h a d gone t o ke e p this a1>poi11tmeot," he said. We k1;ew then that our plans had Ileen betrayed and gave you up for lost." "Do you think the Spanish omcers are apprised of our intention?" asked Frank. "I do!" "It is v e ry strange. Your confab must have been overheard." It i s p ossible, but the "Ahl" Frank whistled slowly and Ford smothered a cough. Clark was np p roaching and now joined in the conversation. "It will make little difference," be ea;cl, g libly. "Havana will n e ver know anyway just when we enter the harbor She cannot see us and of course, will know nothing about it." By this time the F1hbuster was far out to sen, Frank now spoke or the Vizcaya. Clark seemed to be gre!ltly in tere s ted and asked many quP.stioos about the boarding of the war ship by unknown passengers "Did you see a woman am : rng them?" he asked eagerly. .. Not that I remember of," r e plied Frank. "Ahl Well, no matter. Th e r e is a very shrewd Spanish woman on spy :luty in tl;e United States now. Doubtless those who boarded th e war ship were spies g o ing back to H a vana. Too bad yon did not sink them all." "I bad no right to molest them," Frank. Certnioiy not! But oh, if it was only a till'e of war, how easy it would have been to have blown the keel of that Vizcaya out." "You are getting blood hungry," said Frank, w i th a laugh. My blood boils when I think or the affronts our people have stood from t11 ose ignorant Spaniards They deserve a "They will get one fuet enough. I hope that Swinton will catch the r a scal s But I f ear be will not.'' Clark strolled away again, and Ford whispered: Does that fellow loolt or act like a spy Frank wae amaze d "By no means!" he said: Well, that IS what our great detective, S w inton, thinks, anyway. You know ther e is a reason why bis interest ought to be with Spain." W ha t i s tbe reason!" H e has a Spanish wile in Havana!'' , Now you speak of it, said Fra nk, slowly, the fellow does look a counterfeit. Very likely Ile 1s tbe snake in thb grass.'' I cannot believe it. Clark seems such a manly, nobl e fellow." "We will not judge bim.'' "Very t rue? But S winton says that Clark had form e d a friendly nlliance with a woman whom he half belfoves is the ori g in a l woman spv o n ce in the employ of Weyler. You mark that just now he asked v e ry an xi ously if there wns a woman in party which boarJell the Vizca ya." "You are right,'' said Frank. t.honghUnlly. ' if this Cla rk was un d er the least sh n dow or suspicion h e should not have been put upon ihis commission.'' "Jn one sense you are right. But the Se cretary or the N avy named Clark befor e any suspicion :iros e and he wns a valuable man as being familiar with S pani s h life. 1t would have h een foolish to have n lieved him from du t y on the commi s sion after his a.ppoint meo t as be can be more closely watched now than as if be were at liherty/' C HAPTER IV. A S TRAN G E ACCIDENT. FRA!' K READE, Ja., Jelt strangely uneasy. It wns not a reassuring thing to rellect upon, that they were hound upon a perilous secrtt mission with a traitor in their midst. and the prob11b11ity that the Spamsb government hacl already b e en put upon its guard. This wa s fa c init odd s which were hy no means eusily

6 SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA HARBOR. I "You are a liar!" he gritted. If you are a man you will resent this!" Straight out from May's shoulder went a direct blow. Tlle next instant the villain went down like a felled ox. He was quickly up, but in an instant Frank had him by tbe atms. He would have run hie assailant tbrongh with hie sword hut foll this. Madly be fumed and fought for a few moments. But be was quickly bonnd and then rendered !tors du combat. Finding that he was helpless be ceased hie raving and became calm and cynical. Not a word was spoken to him by bis accnsers. But Frank called Barney and Pomp. "Take this fellow below,'' be said, with sharp command. Plac e him in state-room five, and see to it that he does not escape." Clark was Jed below. Frank turned oJ?h," said Forre wires, but the destruction of their own vessel. S o the Filibust e r fairly crept a long the harbor bottom. Everyone or the voyagers struin e d his P yes to, ii possible, locate-I\ sunken mine. Just their exact location in t be harbor they could only gu e ss. That they w e re fairly in the m o uth or the harbor, tbOU;!;h, Frank felt snre. It was reasonable to suppo s e that they must soon llnd elec t ric wire s S udd enly Barney pressed the lever which the boat to a sto p. A dark, shapeless object was lisible jnst ah e ad. K eeuly i t wus scrutioizeu. What do you make of it!" asked Lieutenant Muy. l t is a rock,'' declared Ford. Draw nearer slowly, Barney.'' Tbe Celt obeyed. Frank then focused the light upon the stranire object. Then the outlines or a vessel half buried in the sands were seen. "A sunken wreck!" ejaculated Ford. All Jrew a t;reath of relief. "T!Jat is just what it is,'' agreed May. Soine unfortunate vessel, perhaps the VICtim or a sndden leak." 'l'he harbor no doubt is loll or such derelicts!" "1:bat may explain it,''. Frank, gravely. "Yet ships rarely slak m harbors to remam mtnct. Usually the hulk is up to remove the possible ohstruction which it may be.'' "Tbat is true!" agr.eed Ford. "But surely you do not think i t is placed here by designf' "Draw a trifle nearer, Barney commanded the youna inventor. Slowly the submarine boat approached the sunken It was well that care was uee1I. For the nose of tl1A Fihbuster suddenly struck aorainst a slen

SIX DAYS UXDER HA.VANA HARBOR. 'l "rhat we must," agreed Frank. "Buo now you may understand that this derelict vessel was sunk here by design.'' "Yoo are rlgbt. IL is probably a mina in itself." "Tbat may be, but I regard it as a sort or radiating point for elec tric wires. H the trutb was known, I will wager tbere is a buoy on the surface to indicate its I ley. It was tantamount to an invitation for trouble, for Pomp oon sldered it privileged ground. On the other hane right.'' Tilat ts true enough; at any rate, if we cut the wires it will be enough." Certainly." But bow are we going to do that?'' I will show you." Frank opened a locker in the cabin, and took from it several divers' helmets. These were supplemented witl1 knapsacks, strapped to the back. In each one of these lrnupsacks there was a chemical generator, which furnished air to tile helm e t for an inde!inite length or time. Who will put on a diver's suit?" asked Frank. I shall cu it for one!" ".A. diver's suit!" exclaimed Ford. Where is your air-pump and life line?" "Such a thing is not used!" replied Frank, and then be explninein of the derelict. Down into the cabin they went, following the wire. Frank Reade, Jr., led the way. Tbey beheld an astonishing spectacle in the cabin. CHAPTER VI. BARNEY AND POMP BAV'E SOME FUN. BARNEY and Pomp were left alone aboard tl!e submarine boat for the tlrst For a long time their animal spirits had been penl-up, until now l this golden opportunity was otlered to relax them. or course, they were interested in the mystery of the sunken ves sel, but they knew it would be some while before the divers would re turn. In the meanwhi111, the chance alJor:led for skylarking was too good to lose sight of. And they embraced It. It was an unusual thing for Barney to inva le Pomp's cooking gal But on this occasion Barney lit a cigarette aud strolled lightly and boldly down into the galley. Pomp was some choice canned meat, and was not in the very best sort of a humor. If there was one thing he bated, it was the odor of a cignreLtP. "De man wha' will smoke one ob dem little paper lings aiu' no kind ob a man!" he declared. He am jes' a big stuff, an yo' kin write it in yo' hat." It was like waving a red flag before a mad bull then for Barney to appear thus. The coon gave him a cold stare and a sniff But the Celt wore a-provoking smile. "I thought I'd cum down an' see yez, naygur," be said, cheerfully. "Won't yez have a smoke?" He thrust a pnckage of the offensive cigarettes up under Pomp's nose. For a moment the coon seemed convulsed With an ague fit. But it was only wrath that upset him. "Kerchoo! Whish! Choo! Wha' yo' tryin' to do, Pish ? Yo' know I kain't bear de smell ob

8 SIX DAYS UNDEH. I;JAVANA HARBOR. ================================================================== Every can was opened and the dynamite scattered. T11en they pro c:eeded to take a look over the ship. She was of ancient build, and had probably rested in tile harbor for over one hundred years. Her timber! were falling to decay. She wae of the old-fashioned galley type, and carrie1! quite a numher of old-fa.sbioned guns. On the snrface she woul,i have been a veritable curiosity. After examining the derelict thoronghly, the explorers ret\lrnecl to the deck. And now a great surprise awaited them. J!lst as they were about to go over the rail, somettJing came sliding clown through the water over their beads. The next momeut a man's ligure lunded on the deck. He was dressed in the ordinary diver's suit, with life line und all. He carried an electric light upon hie helmet, and as he struck the deck he looked about him with amazement. He was evideut!y duzed at eight of the unknown divers. For a moment he seemed about to signal for a recall to the surface. But just then four other divers came sliding down. This seemed to reassure him, and he mude startled gestures to his companions. Lieutenant Ford placed his helmet against Frnnk's and shouted: We are betrayed! Our game is up." "By no means!" replied Frank. "Tbey can r they crept, and soon reached a number uf submerg e d topedoes. These wer" suspended just h11lf wav between the surface an d the hottom of the harbor IJy means of an air chamber. They were o[ the Hoe.ting putte rn, so-called, and unlike any that the naval otficers had ever sten IJe[ore. May and Ford ex11mine. And the two jokers, consumed with joy, bounded away to don their i diving helmets and start out upon their PXpe'.lition. It did not tuke them long to l;".Ot ready. (


SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA HARBOR. Soon they were equipped and eutered the vestibule. To them it was a great treat. Frank bail given them e;\ plicit directions where to go. These they carefully heeded. Once iu the waters of the harbor, they looked for and found the guiding wire as directed by Frank. Followinl! this, they could not help but eventually reach the shore. Whea they drew themselves out of tl.18 water, however, all was silvery \ m'Joalight about them. it did not take them long to remove their helmets. "Wburroo!" cried the Celt, as he drank ia the balmy air, "shore, iL's a foine snap we have, naygnr!" "Golly, yo' kin jes' bet, honey! We am in de tropics dis lime!'' Barney turned a Hip-Hap in the soft sunds, und Porn did the same. They tam bled arouud on the beach for a while. Thm the CPlt said: Shure, 1''1 lcike to take a look at the ferninst that cliff!" Wha' yo' say if we do, chile?'' "Misther Frank mebbe wouldn't loike it!" "Buh! don' believe Ile would keer a cent ii we didn' git into no otrubb le." Kin yez kape out av thrubble yesil!, naygur?" A:s well as yo'." "Thi n it's over the cliff we'll go. We'll boide these di\'in' helmets in the cliff here an' be off!" This th e y did, and soon they bad climbed the ascent. The moon light all as bright almost as day. They could see canebrakes far beyond. In the foreground was a curious little hut. Il'or a while the two jokers were content to gaze upon this scene. The n curiosity aguln began to assert. itself, and they discussed the feasibility of a trip of discovery as far as the hut. They became imbued with a mad to investigate this. "Begorra, I'll risk it av yez will," declared Lhe C e lt. "Yo k in bet I will!" "It l ooks to me as If the but was uninhabited, anyway,'' declared Barney "Suu h nnfi, aabl Wha' yo' say!" ''Go an!'' Toge t her they set out for the hut. They had soon covered the in terveniog cistance. AR they approached, all seemed silent and dark in the hut. But when w ithin a few pace s of it, a faint gleam of light showed ti1rough t he curtamed window. H ol'fly smoke," whispered Barney, clutching Pomp's sleeve, "some wan is in there!" Golly! Wha' yo' link?" "Bejabers, .I'm gain' to risk wnn look, anyway!" Th Celt applie d Ina eye to the crack in the curtain. He could see the e inte ri o r or the hut. It s rude ly furnished. A small fire-place was llanKed wilh pill's o f fago ts. A table sat against the wall, with a bottle and glasses on i t . Two chairs were drawn up to it. A couch with heavy blankets 01: !it wa s near. No p erson was in the cahin. All this was revealed in the light of a rude lantern hung from the ceiling It m ight' be the habitation of some negro canebrnker, or possibly one of the rural clase of Cubans. Barney took in oil the details. Then his gaze rested upon the bottle. It was 11 auspici o us, long necke d bottle, and be recognized its character. "Be jabers there's no wan at home," be declared. But they've t ieen koind enuff to lave a hit av a nip av comfort to any sthray visi tor. It's civil people live here, nnygllr." G o lly! I ailus done heal! dat de Cubans war a mos' 'spltable cln9s ob people." Y e z did, eh?" u Yah.'' Th a t settles it thin. I'll take ynre worrud fer it, taygur, an' it's a dhrive at that aame hospitality I'll be aftber t.bryln'." CHAPTER VIII. T H E AFFAIR IN T H E HUT. WITH this Barney applied bis shoulder to the door. It opened and at once. 'l 'he two jokers passed in, closing the door alter them. Barney t ook a cautious look aroun1l first. Then he kicked up the coals in the Ore, wnrmed himsel! a hit, nnd out !or the bottle. Be applied his nose to the atop. iper. "Whisky av I know it," he declared, and"the next moment poured some of tile llery liquid down bis throat. Pomp snatched it from him. "Golly I don' be a big hog !'' he puffed. "Gib ye>' frien' a chaince.'" The two jokers did not drnin the bottle, for that would not have been polite. But they satisfied their thirst quite hherally. The hot fluid warmed their vitals nnd loosened their tongues. They sat down by the tire and toasted their shine. "Shure we'll wait here fer the gintlemanly proprietor to return, au' thin 11 ebbe he'll foiad us sometbln' better. At laist we kin be afther thanklu' him, be token." "A'right, l'ish!" agreed Pomp. "We hub got anoder boor fo' to git back to de Filibuster." Shure, there's plinLy av toime.'' Teo minutes pas8ed. Barney had been assailed with another temptation to take another drink. But before ht> coultl yield to it a curious eound was heard. The galloping o! horses smote upon the air and the distant crack of guns. It was a regular fusillnde as if a battle was in pro:i;ress. In a moment alarm most direful s e ized the two jokers. Bamey turned deadly pale. while nothing showed of Pomp's eyfls but the whites. "Bowly l\iur t ller!" gasped the Celt. "The bloody .Spaniards are cor11 i 1 1 .'' "We am done fo'!" groaned Pomp. "Wha' will Marse Frank aav?" "Shnre, we must git out av this!'' "We kaio'L!" This was proven trne by 11 glanco out at the wiudow. Dark forms were swarming towurd the cabin. FJr a moment the two terrilled jokers ran about the hut like raLs in a trap. Then suddenly Barne y spied some rafters, nnd a small, straw-tilled Jolt.. "Up there1 he gasped. "Hide in the straw, naygur, an' may the di vii take yez if yez mnke a noise." It required but an i n stallL for them to draw themselves up the loft. 'l'he next moment the door of the hut burs t open. Two man, dressed in the i,raudy Spanish uniform, burst Into the circle or firelight. They were officers of the Spn niah urmy. One or them grasped the bot tle Oil the table and took a dr.aught. Th e other threw oft l11s sword and c ast hwisPlf .upon Lhe couch. They 9po:.e in Spanish, whicli Barney and Pomp could not under stand. Bn L it ueedej not words to c onvince the two watchers that these men h o d be e n here before. 'l'he startling truth was npp11rent. The hut was an outpost or r endezvous !or a Spanis h coastguard. By the purest of chance tbe two j okers had SlUtnbled into it without being seen. They were now In a scrape such as they by no mPans relished Should they be discoverel l it w ou.Jd be indeed difficul t for them to PXplain their position, to the suti8fuction of their captors. Knowing the Spanish hulretl of Americans, it was doubtful H thPy would escape with th ei r lives., In any event nothing short of' M orro Cnstle would be their fate. So iL is n e edle s s to any that they kept dark and shady indeed in their hiding place. It bel!oovetl them to look for the first avenue or escnpe. Outside they coultl hear the tramp of horses and th" jP sts or the Spar.ieh soltliHrs. It would be imposs ible to leave the huL as yet. 'l'he two officers remuined in tl1e hut. One of them seated !Jimself at the table and wrote in a note book !or some whilo. The other dropped off in to a cound sleep on the conch. Th us an hour drifte d by. "Golly," wliiapered Pomp, "we ought to be back abo'd de Filibuster now! Mebbe Marse Frank won' gill it to us!" Howly mit.her! Don't spake av it!" At this juncture, however, the d<>or of the hut was sndflenly flung open. Loud voice s were h Pard, and into the hut came lour Spanish soldiers, lending a bnre-headed and bnre-footed wretch, who was streaked with blood, and whose right arm hung powerless by his side. Both officers sprung up and an excited scene followed, As near as the two watchers in the loft could 11enae the situation, the poor fellow was an unrortunato; Cohan caught In the canebralrn, an\i whose sympathies were not with Spain. Also a tell-tale paper was round on hie person, which at once decidP.'1 bis fate. Without ceremony he was stood up against the cabin door. and a bullet fired through his hf'art. Then his body was dra:i;ged like offal rrom the t:nt, This made Barney ancl Pomp fairly crawl with horror. But yet they WPre powerless to inte r !erP. Probably a whole rPgtment or soldiers were about the but. What would 1t avail them to interfere in hehalf"or"the unforLunate wretch? Certainly nothing. Alter tbls, 1 he two helrl a hurried consultation captured pnper. Then th"Y buckled on their swortle. Golly!'' whispered Pomp. "Dey am goin' away agin. be our chance.'' Be jahers, thnt's so!" The outlook now became brighter. It was plain that the Spanis officers were going to leave the 1 u1 . One or Lbem went np 11ncl kicked out the embers or the fire. Th othP.r !!:ave a Jood order to the soldiers without, and they were hear mounti!!g their horses. I Then the lanLern wae tuken down rrom the hook and extinguish The offic e rs went out, slumming the hut door after them.


r 10 SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA HARBOR. A later the sound of the galloping hoofs died out iu the distance. All wus silent in the bot aud about it. 'l'he coast seemed cleur, yet our two a venturers descended with all caution. 0Tbey crept to the door and opened 1t eoflly. The interval between the hut and the cliff was clear and bright in the moonlight. They crept outside and listened in the shadow of tile lint. Apparently none of tbe Spaniards had remained bebiud. Decision wus quickly made. Now, chile," suid Pomp, drawing a deer breath. "8h:iw what yo' am good fo'." Straight, ror th e cliff the two jokers dashed. They ran like deer until they reached the shore. Whether they were pur@ued or seen they did not know or care. In lees time than it takes to tell it thtiy had clasped on their belmet s and took to tbe water. Down under thd surfa ce they plunged, nod soon saw the light or the submarine boat before them. Words cannot d epict t he relief with winch they went over the rail and aboard the Filibuster once more. Frank and t he oth e rs were found asle e p but th11y were soon astir, for Frank was anxious to lose no time aml two or three hours' sleep at an Interval was all Lbat was decided up o n. It wus a thrilling story whicll Burney and Pomp told. It was listened to with espemal interest by th e two naval officers. Then, of course, Frank read the ventures9me jokers a lesson. A new start in quest of other mines was now made. Tile Filibuster crept cautiously away over the harbor bottom. For some while, she cruised allout beford a new discovery was made. 'l'ben a strange and thnlling serie s of events occurret!. Frank now reckoned that they were well into tbe inner harbor. T h e docks and l11e streets or H avana C'>Uld not be far distant. Suddenly, Barney brought the submariue boat to a slop. Whishtl" he cried. "Phwat's that on ahead av us?" What is It?" asked Frauk, coming into the pilot house. Shure, sor, it looks loike a broight loight." "A light!" cried Lieutenant l<' oru. What sort or a lightf' "By Jove! That Is very strange," e xclaimed Frank. What could make a light as powerful as that under water!" Another submarine bout?" "Or divers?" "No!" suid Frank, positively. "It can be neither. We will ionvestigate." 'l'he sunmarine boat came to a stop. Tt.en Frank again brought out the diving helmets. B11rney and Pomp!" he said, "you will remain aboard the Fili bu s ter until we returu. Ready gentlemen." In a few moments Frack went over the rail accompanied by the two )iPUtsnanLS. Tht>y approached the strange light which made a peculiar halo in the water. As Liley drew nearer, to their surprise they saw that it came from an aperture in the harbor bottom The light glinted upward. SLeadily th e y approached this aperture. Then they l.Jehelu an astounding spectaclP. They looked 1 lown through heavy s ections of glass into a stone passage below. A gainst the wall or tilis passage hung an electric lamp. In au instant tl!e Lrutb llashed upon Frank. He remembered that it was an aoci ent l e gend that Hav1rna Har. bor was unuermined wit h passages leading from tlle city to Morro Castle and otbeF points. This was doubtless one of tbose secret passages. For a moment a powerful desire was upon him to explore this pas saite. But an e ntrance could not tJe made. He knew that it would donbtless carry them to the for t s. He re fleeted that in time of war, the destructi o n of the glas8 would flood the mines and render them uselesa. Bot he resisted an impulse to do It now. He imagined that these passages were more for the secret trans portation or troops than for Lbe purpose or blowing up the harhur. They were secret means of communica t ion between the forte, nothing more Therefore 1 bey were not or such great importance. So he said: "We wi!l not molest th em. No t hing is to be gained. However, we will tuke the and keep the record in case of future need!'' "Right!" agreed Ford. "We are not yet at war with Spain!" The lin11 or thelpassage was followed for some l!istauce. But it could not he seen that there were any more lighted outlets like thi s What it had been constructed for was for a time a puzzle. Tben Ford exclaimed: "If I remember right, a sort of Martello Tower used to stand out here in the harbor, with a light upon it, ostensibly for mariners to light their way into ,be harbor. But very likely it was meant for an entrance to the passages." "Jost it!" exclaimed May. "There is the explanation no doubt!" "Well," exclaimed Frarik, "I cannot believe ll1at we sllall find any torpaused one moment in the pilot house LO mak e sure that the coast was clear. He knew that if he did harm to tlie boat whi!A she wai; under waler, his life as well as those of the others would pa. v for it. So he refrained from this. His plan of escape wns quickly made. Be bad care fully studied the keyboard and the mechanism or the boat once l.Jefore. Therefore, IL was no clifficult task for him to act with surety. Advanci11g carefully be selected the key which lie believed would close the tan ks, and pressed it. The result was not what be expected. It was not the right key. It set the alarm gong going at a furious rate; a curse escaped the lips of the s1>Y ancl bd pressed the next button. This proved to be the right one. The boat instantly shot upward to the surface. She came up like a. cork in the middle of the harbor, and not far distant rrom a namller or vessels. Bar11ey and Pomp met each other in a rush u.p the cabin stairs. Fo' de Ian's sake, chile, wha' am de mattah?" gasped the coon. "Heiabers, I don't know," declared the Celt. Sometin'R wrong!" Shure, yez ar.e roigbt." Then a terrific crnsh was heard, and the electric lights went out. Only the moonlii.:ht glinted througll the windows of the boat. Barney had nearly reached the pilot house door, when a dark form was hurled against him, and he went down in a heap. The callin door llew -open, and the unknown rushed out on deck. There was a splash in the water, and then all waA silent. I Barney regained his feet and rushed out upon the deck. Not a sign of any person could be seen. Back he dashed into the pilot house, There werQ el)lnll electric


SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA HAHBOR. 11 amps ind.ipeodeot of the main dynamos. Barney turned on one o these. The sceoe revealed was one past description. It showed the vandal's band. Tbe key-board was a wreck. In leaving tbe pilot house, the villain, Clark, to evade any pursuit, bad seized an iron bar r.nd smashed the board to fragments. While Lbe damage was not permaoent still it was vexing, and would take some time to repair. Had all this occurred in daylight, the fate of tile Filibuster would have been sealed. But none or the ships in tbe harbor had seemed to notice sudden and mysterious appearance of the Filibuster or her character. Therefore, she was for the nonce safe. But Barney dashed down to Clark's state-room, and at once found a ready explanat10n of all. Tile Celt was excited beyond measure. It was his impulse to give chase to Clark, who was, no doubt, swimming for the shore, with tile imminent risk of being caught by a shark. But Barney realize:! that the most important thing now was to return at ooce and rescue Frank and the two uaval officers. He went back to the pilot house. Pomp now Ullllerstood matters as well as he did. "Golly!" gasped the coon. "Dat was j e s' de mos' reckless ling I eber did hear oo. Whoeller fink da: arnery cuss wud eber git Otlt ob dat state-room dat a'way?" Bejabers, it's a surprise ter me," declared Barney; an' I'm aft her tbiokin' it'll be more av a one to Mis th er Frank!" "Suah null!" They now weot rapidly to work trying to classify the wires and get the submarine boat to again aoswer to the electric current. It was round, however, to be no light task. All the while, the Filibuster was drif,ing down towards tbe Spanish war ships. "Golly!" muttered Pomp. "Ir dey should jes' take a notion fo' to turn a search-light on us it 'ud jea' be all ;ip wid us, yo' bet!" "Bejabera ti.lot's so!" agreed Barney. I must git these wires straightened out, or else drop an anchor." And all tile while daylight was of course approaching. Barney worked like a Trojan. Very rapidly he got the wires classified, and put a key to ench, irrespective of any key-board, which could be improvised later. At last he hit upon the wife which connected with the tack and at once sunk the boat. He already secured the propeller wire and the search-llght connection. 'l'hese he turned on and the quest for Erank and the two lieutenants began. Round and round the submarine boat sailed. But yet not a trnce of the mis9ing men, Barney was discomfited. "Be me sowll" he cried; "it's a bad thing to lose thim. Shure, II they go ashore it's into the Spaniards' hands they mav fnll." "Golly! WA mus' find dem if it takes a week," declared Pomp. So the quest went on. As a matter or fact, Barney had hit upon the wrong locality. In the drifting about the harbor he had lost his correct bearings. So the locality he was exploring was in quite nuother part of the harbor. It was therefore not to be wondered at that no trace was found of the missing men. "Be me sow!!" cried the Celt, finally, "they must have gone ashore. Phwat shall we do?" It was indeed a serious problem. To ap11Par on the surface in with the Filibuster would be fatal. If the lost divers had gone ashore, how were they LO rejoin the submari11e boat? It was no easy problem for Barney to solve. CHAPTER X. ON SHORE. BARNEY was completely In a quantlal'y. How could he comm\mi cate with Frank and the naval lieutenants, if they !lad really gooe ashore? Again, Clark, the escaped prisoner, would carry information to the Spaniards, and doubtless, toriiedoes would dropped in all parts of tbe harbor to drive tho sutimarine invader out. In that case Barney have to put to SAa. Be would nt least not know what move to make until Frank should rejoin the bont. Finally he decided to searctJ for the lighed gallery, and there settle down and wait for something to turn up. Meanwhile, Frank and the lieutenants ball waited for the return of the snhmariue boat from the surface, until they were sure that some thing ha:l happened or a serious nature. "The game is up," declared Ford. "Something has happened. Probal1ly the boot has been captured." "I cannot believe it!" said Fr:ink. Barney and Pomp are very reliable, :in1! also very shrewd. Tlley would exhaust every resource before being captured." Yet there can be no other reasonable theory." Frank was forced to ndmtt this. So fiually he said: "Very well. We will go ashore. At lenst we can see Crom there whether the boaL is on the surface or nut." "So we can!" Accordingly they set out for the shore. It was easy to tell where this was from the trend of the hartior lmttorn. But it was a loog, hard climb. At times they were half buried in filthy mud, and raised such a commotion, that it was necessary to wait until the water settled before being able to go further. But after a long while, they finally succeeded in reaching tile shore. Tbey emerged upon a strip of sandy beach, back of which were ructe cottages of fishermen and watermen. The darkness was tllat just before the dawn and they were not observed. 'l'hey removed their helmets and bid them ID the water a few feet from the shore where lhey could easily recover them, if needed. Then they strolled along the sand until they were beyond the point where was human habitation. They sought a niche in the cliff as a hiding place, and waited for the rapidly coming daylight to g ive them a eight of the sea. 'l'hey had not loog to wait. Swiftly the sky lit up, and soou the faded Crom the race or the water. 'l'hey could see across the harbor. But no veasel was in sight, which answered the description of the Filibuster. 'l'here were the Spanish war ships and !(Un-boats, and many other vessels, smull and large, but none among them compared with the submarine boat. The adventurers stared. That is queer!" said Frank. "What bas llecome of Iler?" exclnimPd May. "If she wus captured, she ought to be alongside some of tile Spanish war ships." "l should say so!" "Perbaps," said Frank, with sudden thought, "Barney aud Pomp have fixed her machinery, and gone back under the surface to look for us?" 'l'be thing looked plausible. "We came away too soon," declarecl Ford. "Let us go hack. Our jig is up if wa do not Rucceerl in again getting aboard the Filibuster." I fear the game is up, anyway," declared May, despondently. By no m.ians," cried Fraok. "If the boat is all right aod again under t .j1e surface, Barney and Pomp will leave no atone unturned to find us!'' "Then we had better go back!" "By all means!'' So back they started for tha water's edge. But just i.s they came out of the niche, a man stepped out or a crevice a short distance above. Re stopped instantly, face lo face with them. His fnce was white and haggard, his manner that of exhaustion, and his clothes dripping with water. For a moment the submarine voyagers stared at the fellow. Then a great cry escaped Ford's lips. 'By the justice!" he cried. "It is Ensign Clark!" "Clark!" gasped May, as he started forward. "So It is. What are you doing here, man! Where is the Filibuster ? "Forever su11k, I hope!" groaned the traitor. "Star.d fro m my way! I am desperate and not to be retaken!" One question," cried Frank. "How did you come here!" By my own strategy,'' retorted the villain. "Does that answer you?" "Ah, now I understnud," cried the young inventor. '"You are the chap who caused the Filibuster to go to the surface. You must have then leaJled overboard and swam ashore!" "As you choose!" said Clark, coldly. "I am en t itled to my liberty. When I get back to the United States I meau to have you all hauled over the coals for entrappinJ?: me and trying to saddle t: charge upon me or which I am innocent." "Liar!" cried Ford, forcibly. "You intend to go at once into the city and see the woman with whom you conspiring, and whom I believe to be your wife." Clark's face wus livid. "'l'ake care." he gritted. I have been insulted too often." Ir tbe truth insults you, theu you have," said May, coldly. But I don't believe it is policy for us to let you go to Havana." Clark's hpli curled. What can you do to prevent it!'' he asked. We can hoh! you here, and semi for our consul." No consul on earth can save you, for you are already known to the Spanish Government as treacherous wire cutters and mine de stroyers. You can be trPated only as criminals and suffer lhe highest punishment, which is death." "Ha!" cried Ford. "Now yo11 have cut your fingers. Bow do you know that the Spanish Government knows or us and our mi e1on here! You are the only man tn earth besides them who can claim to know this." "Betrayed!" said May, sternly. Clark's face turned black as a thundn cloud. For a moment hie hand eougllt for a weapon, and hie eyes tlashP.d fires of batred. "Quick to judge, are you not!" he gritted. As a matter I have my information from you!" "From us!" "Yes, for it is you who have asserted positively that the Spanish Gol'ernment knew the details of secret trip into this harbor." Frank laughed lightly. "That is a very tlimsy subterfuge, Clnrk," he said. "You cannot wear the mask longn. We know you a8 n printed book. You


12 SIX DAYS UNDER HA.VA.NA HARBOR. may as well show your true hand. But, back to the United States with us you are going!" "Not alive!" "We shall seel" back on peril or vour life." FranK and the two lieutenants bud closed in upon the villain. lu another moment he would have been a prisoner. But just at this1 moment a shrill whistle was heard. Upon the shore ah ove. there apprnred a number of Spanish soldiers. They carried no carbines but were armed with short swords and r e volvers. Tbey recognized those below as Americans at once. Noting their wet and bedraggled appearance, they at once regarded t hem wit h suspicion. "Carisst mo!" cried the captain. "Fihbusten or spies! Stand and surremierl" Down the shore ran the soldiers. Frank and the two lieutenants acted with the quickness of thought. They whirled about and started like deerhouuds down the beach. The Spaniards yelled frantically for them to come back. Then fired after thE-m, but their shots wild. Then the soldiers pounced upon Clark. To their surprise he offered DO resistance, but said ia Spanish: "Captain General Blanco will pay a big reward for the arrest or those Yankee spies! After them!" "But you," cried the Spanish captain; "wbooare yoa? Were you not with them?" As a prisoner." "'lour name?" Ensign tJlurk of the U. S. navy." Ho! Tbeu you are an enemy to Bpnln !" "Not much!" cried Clark, forcibl y O u the contrary I am in the emp loy of your govarm e ut as a spy." The Spanish captain looked at him penetr a tingly. "Your papers?" be asked. Take me before Captain General Blanco, and you shall have them: It shall be done." Clark remained in charge of two of the S panish soldiers, while the ot h ers set out in pursui t of the thre e tlee ia g Ame rican s But they might aa well have tried to catch the south wind. Frank an c J his companions ball now reached the spot where their helm e ts wer e concealed. They knew that the best thing they could do was to get off Spanish soil th e quickest pos sihle w ay. S o the y dived i:i the water for the helmets. It required but a mom P nt's time to put tbem on. Y e t they were none t o o s oon The Sp a nish soldi e rs bad kept up a cons tant fire and the bullets sp e d around them like bail, Also, uati ves had begun to rush out or tb e houses near. These latter the y did not fear as they were Cubans. But they waited no t to fraterniz e with th em, hut plunged al once into the water. In a few m omeu t s L b ey were sate enough from the shots of t be S paniards. Down into the harbor d e ptbs"th e y went Aud as they did so, suddenly Ford clutched Frank's arm and shouted : "I see the search-li g ht of the E ilibuster.'' "You do?" eja culated Fruuk. "Yes." Ford pointed away through the1dnrk waters. 'rheu a common cry went up. All saw a gl eam of white light. That it was the searchligbt of the submarine boat there was not the least particle of doubt. Without a moment's hesi'.ation all started for it. And before long it had become so plain that by shading the oye3 the hull or the Filibust e r could be seen. Barney an d Pomp st.anding in the p1lot-house window, suddenly caught sight or the three forms staggering toward them. CHAPTER XI. THE TORPEDO EXPLO SIONS. THE joy of all at the safe re t urn of the adventurers to the Filibuster can h a rt.lly be expressed in words. They embraced each otbtJr with the most profuse of joy nod ecstasy. To be sure the prisoner Clark was gone but Lieutenant Ford said: "Le t him go. His fate will be none too krnd!" That is true!" criell May. He is forever ostracized from his own people!" And the Spaniards are not the most loyal of friends. They may go back on him yet," declared Frank. Barney and Pomp were delirious with delight at the fortunate out. come or the affair. "Shure, Mistber Frank," crlec Barney, "we reckoned not to see The submarine defenses or Havana Harbor were now well known. A good report could be made to t!ie Secretary of the Navy. It was, therefore, diicided not to remain longer in thil harbor, but to return borne at once. So the submarine boat was turned about and heaaed oat of tile harbor. While Frank waa engaged in picking a way out through the entan!!; ling wires and nmong the mines, Ford and May went into the cuuiu and begnn work on u map o! the harbor bottom. Much of vnlue had been le11rneulle?" cried Ford.


SIX D.A YS US DER HA VAN.A HARBOR. 13 snot my work," answered the young iuven:or. ot your work?" By no means!" "How did it happen?" "The torpedo must have sprung the tank le\er. Look and see, Burney. Ir so, sink the boat qu1ckl}, or we will staml lhe risk or a shot from the Vizcaya or some other ship." All roigtll, sor!" 'l'he Celt sprung into the pilot honsP. In a momen he returned. "Shure, sor," lle cried, "the electhric con:Jectiun 's a!ther being broken in toirely. Most.Ioikely it was the torpedo, sor." 'l't.e voyagers were aghast. "Mercy on us," crieJ Ford. "Then we are lost." "Dou't say that!" cried Muy. Frank went into the pilot house to satisfy himself. He saw that the delicate a11tomatic work of tile tank machrnery was badly disjointed. It had closed and exhausted the tank, thereby sending the bout to the surface. The position was one of the most extreme peril, and not yet had they raced its like. It called for immediate and dPcisive clio11. Already gun,; were booming from fort aud ships und sig11al flags were llyiug. The small last sailing yachts began to bear down upon the Filibuster. "By Jupiter!" exclaimed Ford. "This i9 getting warm for ils." It is tight or surrender," cried May. "Never 'he latter,'' said 'Frank, grimly. "The necessity for th11t is pst. We will die, but never surreuder!" "Correc1 !" cried Ford. "lt would be death t.o surrender!" Frau K weut to the key-board. He tu rued 011 full bead of electricity and made a course out of LIJe hurhor. The way in which the submarine lJoat sped down l:etween the co11verging of Spuu ish yachts was a cautiou. 8i1e rau liile a ghost. And now the small guns of the yachts opened fire. TL. e balls 111111 shells went hissing through the water hotly. It was a moment of immment peril. Should one of th011e missiles strike the boo.t, t!;en all would he up, if it struck a vital part. This must be guarded against as fur as possible. IL was lik e ly tho.t the Spaniards M that moment wero eluted and folt confident or capturing the Filibuster. Frank saw that somelhing lJe done at once to ward this off. He hauster or some insurgent vessel. CHAPTER XII. WHICH IS THE END. ALL this while the two lieutenants ns WPll as Frank Reade, Jr., were co11sideri11g thH fAasilJility of a1t escape westward. It would not enulilP. them to 111uke the port or New York from whence tbey had sailed. But they could, perhapa, gain mouth of the Mississippi river, where the Spanish would not dare follow. '!'l ien at New Orleans, or eveu at St. Louis, they could diseru11ark. To do thia, however, it was to run more to the north. This would enatilu the gun-boat to give mor e direct chaee. But Frank uo longer feared her. He believed he could outsail her on the levet, and put on all speed. Gradually the Filibus ler kept edging off to tho norlhwarcl. Fifty miles was run in quick lime. The Spanish gun-l>out was 1oow seen to be hnll downward on the horizon. The little )'acht only held on in the chase. FrunK might )Jave turued aoout acd anniui!atetl all or them with hi.; electric guns. Bot he realized that this was not a time o! war. Moreover, his mission to Cuba had been a secret one, and to maktt a battle on ti.le high seas would he to make it public to the world. So he contented himself with givin!-( the yachts a stern chase. Durkness was corning on, and then IL would be an easy matter to give them the slip. "I will miud the wheel, llir. Reade, if you wish to make repairs on the tank," 6aid Forti. That will \Je of 110 use," declared the young inventor. The two lieutenunts gave a start. Why?" tbey asked. "The shell or our boat is perforated by a ball." 'l'his wus unknown to any but Frank. All were amazed. Where is tlle shot bole?" asked Ford. In the bow, about a foot above the water's li n e!" "Then we must he Luking w11ter?" Some splashes in. There is an inch or t\\O ir. t!le hold." "Tlien the value or the Filibuster for a snbm11rine l>oat is forever destroyed," said May. I fear so," declared Frank. "I do not think shP. will he worth repairing when we'get home. Ir we only get home sa[ely in her, it will he all I shall ask." v "Tbe government will make yon whole." "l shall not ask that," repli11d Frank. "She is my propArty, and I cam" to Cuba at my own risk." All went forward and examined the shot hole. Barr:.ey was lowered over the bow rail, and stopped it op partially with some material. In case of a storm the risk would be great. Otherwise the boat could go a long distance without much trouble. Nightfall wus now rapidly cor.iing on. 'l'he electric lights were not used, for they wished to elude lite pursuers. As chance had it, tile sky was overcast and the sea waB dark. 'l'his was in the favor of the fugitives. All Lhat Frank and Barney remained in the pilot-house of tile submarine boat. They watchell the horizon as far as they could see, Frank changed tlwir course far to the nortll. When daylight came not one or the boats was in sight. It was plain that tbey had alJandoned the clrnse. It was a matter ol great relier to the voyagers. "N:iw," said Frank Reade, Jr., "we could tarn about and hug the American coast on the return around the Florida Pe'mus,ula to New York. But I hardly think it adviilable." Nor I!" agreed lliay. "The boat might encounter a storm when we would all be lil;e!y to go to the. bottom !or good." What do you suggest?" asked F'ord "We will go to the delta o! the Mississippi and disembark at New Orl<>.ans. You gentlemen can go on to Washington with your report, anti Barney and Pomp and I will return to Readestow11," "Very good!" agreed Ford "Your plan is all right, Mr. Reade!' Then you agree to iL!" "By all means!" }frank held the Filibueter still to the north warll. He had now decided to take his bearings so us to locate the mouth of tile Mis sissippi. Bm at this juncturP, Burney called his attention to the barometer. Shure, sor," he said. It looks loike a storm." The night had been cloudy, and tue sky was now ola:ik and beavy. De<'p thunder muttered in tile west. Frank looked anxious. . "If the s t orm is a J1eavy one, we may not ride it out," )1e said. How fur is it to the American coast?" asked Ford. "I do not know!" .. Ought we not to strikA for it?" Certainly, hut I !ear we shall uever reach it." Thia was 110 ominous declaration. What shall we do?" i If tbe worst comes, I have several small boats aboard, which we cnn Ambark in. They are non-sintrnb!e, and we might out live tbe storm in them." "'!'hut 1s hopeful," declared Ford. We will not borrow trouble, t.owPver, 1;otil it comes.'' A \'ery good plan!" EVPl'I' moment now tl.Je storm '1rew nearer. The sea began to run dnrk 11lul heavy. The Fililmstt

14 \ .SIX DAYS UNDER HAVANA Ii.ARBOR. ( Frank proceedHrl to get the boats, which were or rubber and held We ivill see the captain and tell hirn all. Lhree meu each, i11 r ) atliness. They were lashed together. until we are safely around .Key West." Then they were held at the rnil iu readiness. Will he do it?" The bea now ran tremendously high. Rain and wind came driving "He Is a loyal American. It will be his duty." in from the west. "But the passengers--" Hea\ily the boat pitched. Soon the storm became a hurricane. "They will be easily led to believe that we left the :easel after dark Then the Filibuste"'s seams began to open, and wat.iir p@ared in at aud were transf e rred to another ship." ever y jo i nt. However, Frank'd plan did not become T 11e tim e for action had arrived. 'l'hat afternoon the lookout sighted a vessel on the port bow. It Further delay woulll be.f a tal. I was one of Uncle Sam's white crulsers. Frank an'1 his companions gathered up all their portatla effects and The captain of the Apache had been taken into the confidence or secured them as well as they co11ld about their persons. the Then they went to the rail to embark in the rubber boats. It He was an old naval officer, and as Frank had, a loyal Amer! l was no light task. can. He at once fell in with tlie plan suggeste

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