The isle of hearts, or, Frank Reade, Jr., in a strange sea with his submarine boat

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The isle of hearts, or, Frank Reade, Jr., in a strange sea with his submarine boat

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.Published in Ente,.ed as Second Glass Matter at the Neto Yor k N. Y ., Post ODtce, Octobe,. 5, 1892. O o 187 0 { COMPLETE,} FRANK TOUSEY. Pcrnr,1saER, 29 WEs1 26t h STREET, NE w YORK. { 1 1t1cE } Vol VIII New York, June 10, 1898. ISSUED Sll:MIMONTHLY 5 CENTS. Entered accordi?
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2 'l'HE ISLE OF REA The subscription price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year i s $2.50; $ TOUSEY, PuBLISHEih 29 West. 26th Street, six months post paid. Address FRANK York. The Isle Of earts \ I OR, Frank Ree.de, Jr., in a With His Submarine Boat. Sea B y "NONAME," Autho r ot "'l'he L ost Oasis,'' "In the Gran Chaco," "The Sinking Star," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. A WONDERFUL FIND. "Oc:::. durn them steers," exclaimed Jed Hankins us he dropped the pl w handles and went forward to adjust the neck-yoke for the sixth ti e in as many minutes. I'll be gittin' gosh-tired mad pooty soou, nd then I'll give 'em the durndest wallopin' they ever did have. Wboa, hist, thnr!" The neck-yoke fixed, big Yankee JeJt, and thence north by the capes of Greenland, coming to two ta11\moun tnins, the whereof none like them are found. Here we sailed into some strange sea of very white water with land to the no i th o! reddish clitis.

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'l'HE ISLE OF HEARTS. 3 (Here followed many pages or detailed description and nautical ob servations o! no great value, save to a mariner.) On the 12th day we came to a strange archipelago o! many isles. These were witb wild cliffs and very black sands, and all were sbaped much like a bee.rt. The whereof being so strange we were minded so to call them tbe lsles of Hearts. We here lauded, and saw much gold in the cliffs, tbe which we could not claim, as no hammer could break It. And a burricaoe blowing us away, we lell by mischance our mate and niue of our crew, men and women, on the isles, and saw them not again, for the reason thfot we could not agam find the isles. Much gold is in these Isles of Hearts, and tbe secret whereof onr skipper will keep ,that we may some day return and carry it away. Whereof this record ia the only direction for the finding of the isles, and whereof we do guard it as with our lives. God give me courage to once more find the said isles and recov& the gold. Whereof we set our names. Dudley Austin, Captain. Albion Brown, Seconu Mate. And eighteen snrvivors of the ship's company and passengers, men and women, God eave Merry England." This was tbe valuable part o! tbe vellum's record. Polonius read it slowly and to tbe easy uuder111auding of Hankins, wbo listened like one wbo first bears the wondrous tales o! the Arabian Nights. Whew!" exclaimed Jed, alter the professor had finished. "Do you s'pose tbat's all true, Polonius?'' I see no reason to doubt it," replied the school-teacher. "The Isles of Hearts," exclaimed Jed, rellectively. "And they say they're covered with gold. That it. Lo'>k byar, Polo nius." Jed's manner was Tbe school-teacher looked alarmed. "Well, Jed!" I want to impress one thing on yure mind." "Eb?" "Yew ain't to breathe a word or tbis tQ a livin' soul. Do yew understand!" Polonius stared. I understand.'' Now I'll tell yew. I'm goiu' to !ind thet Isle o! Hearts an' thet gold. I reckon when I do, Melindy Curtis won't turn up her pooty nose at me auy more-eh?" "I should say i::ot," replied Polonius vaguely. "But--" "What?" "You are not a s11-ilor, Jed. How are you going to make tbat t rip?" "Gosh h ang it, I'll show yew. I ain't a sailor, but I kin hire sailors, an' I'm gwiue to mortgage my !arm to do it.'' "Don't. do it, Jed.'' "Why not?" I am afraid you will never be able to poy oil' the mortgage.'' "Yew are, eb! Wall, ii I don't, they kin have the farm. But don't yew fret. Tbis 'ere thing wns all to be. I believe things is ordered jest as they air to be, an:t the Supreme Power put this iu my woy. I'm the legal owner of all that gold, a!11 of them Isles of Hearts, fer that matter. It's been sent to me, an' J'd be a durn fool not to take it. Naow yew mark my word, Polonius,-l'm coming back to this tnowu with tbet gold. "They dew say that United States is like to annex Hawyee an' like enough Cuba, and tb e t Russia an' England air talkin' about an rlexin' Chinn. This 'ere a unexing busin e ss is somebaow gettin' to be quite a fad, an' dang my buttons if I don't annex the Isles or Hearts, naow that they're thrown rigbt at me! Did yew ever know Jed Han kins tew he behind tber times? Not a bit or it, an' the next tbing yew'll heor or, Po!onius, I'll be writin' yew a letter with a diamond tipped pen on a gold-lined sheet of writin' paper, au' the monogram or the Haukinses on tbe top of it. Whew! Won't Melindy Curtis look up a bit! Butter won't melt in her mouth till ,she's mine. Heiirho! What dew yew any about it, Polonius!'' The school-teacher looked up with mild reproof in his blue eyes. : "J think you o.re un!lnly exciting yoursi;i!f, Jed_ Hankins," he said, calmly. Without a wotd farther Jed took his hat and went home. CHAPTER II. JED MAKES UP HIS KIND. OF course in sucb a email community as Hawkville, the particu lars of Jed Hankins' find was known to every man, woman, boy and p:irl in just one hour and forty-fiTe minutes. And when the last denizen heard the story, be learned that Jed bad just dug up a box of gold coin and the title of an island in the South Pacific which ex ported one millioc dollars' worth o! e;uauo per year, which most astounding bit or news s11t Hawkvil!e by the ears. Such a mild sample of the magmfying power o! village gossip. ( Jed himself was at first surprised by being codgratalated upon bis ownereb1p of guano, and was asked what sort of gold coins he bad found, and were they voluable to the coin collector, and so fortb. At first Jed denounced the coward. Then be grew very angry, and I wound up by refusing to answer any questions at all. The wbicb gave the goasips only more latitude !or work. I But Jell lost no time in carrying out his plans. His mind was fully "sot" on the discovery of the Isle of Hearts. Like all Yankees he was ingenuous aud fertile in expedients. Now Jed woe a great reader. He haunted tbe village library at all times, and was a regular subscriber for many current newspapers. So he was far from being an uninformed man. He procured maps of Greenland a11d the North Sea, and spent many night hours in studying them. He found also in the vellum manuscript other d:.ta which aided him greatly in locating the pos sili!e entrance \o the strange sea. Finally he became so coufijeat of bis clew that he felt sure tbat be could direct a sea-captain bow to sail right to the spot. And now otber difficulties began to suggest themselves to Jed. What sort of a craft could he charter! It must have a captain and a crew. What sort or men would they be? He could not keep from them the object of his trip. He knew enough or human nature to be willing to distrust the ordi nary r6ugb class or sailors, whose cupidity would su10ly be excited by the discovery of gold. They would surely assume the rigbt to a large sbare, and perhaps seek to claim it all. 1 In the event of trouble he would be only one against many, arid the question o! redress, or fair play, wonld be very remote indeed. As Jed pondered these matters over, he began to see tbe real difficulties of bis project. But it did not in the least alter bis de termination. While in tbi3 dilemma a sudden way out of his dJtllculties dawned upon him. Gosh han g it!'' be exclaimed, springing up, why didn't I think or that before!'' He sat down to a table and consulted a tile or newspapers. In one of them, of a few days previous, be found the following: "FRAN-K READE, JR.'S LATEST INVENTION! .. THK NEW SUBMARINE BOAT. Mr. Frank Reade, Jr., the wonderful young inventor, whose fame is world wide, has just completed his new submarine boat., and it is a marvel of ingenious devices. The writer o! this took a slight trip into watery depths aboard it only the other day, and enjoyed a novel experience. Mr. Reade bas planned to take a deep sea trip to some \ distant part.i>f lhe world before long." Jed read this over several times. Then he did a heap of thinking. It seemed to him that here was a method by which he mighL gain his ends. He knew Frank Reade, Jr., by repute. Indeed, Reades town, the home of the young inventor, was not fur distant from Hawkvil!e. He reflected that Frank Reade, Jr., was a wealthy man. He could be trusteli with the secret, certainly farther than auy sea captain or ship's crew. But could be be induced to undertake the trip! Jed believed tbnt he could, "Gosh all hemlock!" he exclaimed, as he leaped up; "that settles it. l'll jest take the keers and go up tew Readestown, an' see Mr'. R e nde and hev it settled. If be won't dew it,i wlty l'.11 know it, tbat'a all." Jed was a man o! action. It took him but a short while to pack h to put in the allimportant vellum. He consulted a time-table, and found that a trai!Nl@arted in twenly minutes. This would give bim just time to reach the Station. Be hurried away with long, loping strides. As he went the Tillage street heads were craned out o! windows, and the etartl1ng report went out tbat Jed bad been called to bis i&land to look alter his interest in guano shipments. In due time the train rolled into Readestown and Jed alighted. It was easy for him to find his way to Frank Reade, Jr.'s machine shops, aud thither he went. At the go.Le he was met by a stumpy little coon blacker than stove polish. "Yo' wants to see Marse Frank, eb!" said tile coon, looking him over critically. Hebbe yo' kin tell dis chile wba' yo' want to see him fo'!'' "Not by a jugful!" said Jed. "Yew jest carry my name up an' tell him it's a very importa1rt biznesa!" "Hub!" sniffed Pomp. 'Specs yo' ain' oae ob dem cranks wha' comes here fo' to bother Marse l!'rank! I take yo' name up if yo' tell me wba' yo' want to see him lo'." Jed laid down his grip and spat upon hie hands. "Look hyer, nigger!" he said, angrily; "don't yew undertake fer to call me a crauk! I'll make dough or yew in jest a min .mt and a quarter. Air yew goin' tew take my uame up tew Mister Reade!" There might have been trouble in a few moments, but at tbis junc lure a pleasant-toned voice was heard in the yard beyond. Who.t is the matter, Pomp! What means the uproar!'' Golly!" cried the coon, bere am a big jay links he's gwine to lick dis chile. Hull! he' kain't lick a postage stamp!''

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THE ISLE OF HEARTS. Yew jest try it oil an' see," bluffed Jed. "l'sc done ready.'' Hold on!" said Frank Reade, Jr., himself, stepping out into view. "We won't have any trouble just yet. What is your business with me, air!'' Jed 11aw a tall, finely-built and handsome young fellow. This was Frank Reade, Jr., the inv1mtor. Wall,'' said the countryman, scratching bis head r e l!.ectiv'lly, it's a mighty impor1ant business, yew kin be sure. I don't keer to state U afore this sassy nigger." .. Pomp made a grimace, but Frank said: "Pomp, you may retire." A' right, sah !" The coon turned a !lipllup, rolled his eyes at Jed and vani11hed from sight. The countryman drew a breath of relief. Wall, I'm durned glad he's gone," he said, candidly. "Naow we kin talk. I've got a heap to tell ye!'' And without reserve Jed went on to tell bis story entire. He de scribed tbe finding of the irop chest and tl:e reading of the manu script by Professor Polonins. At first Frank listened idly, but soon he grew intensely interested. "Naow," saitl Jed in finishing, "I've a heap of faith in yew, au' I feel sure yew'll use me well. I'm willin' to dew what's right. Will yon help me ter find thet air Isle of Heurts with yure submarine !>oat?" Let me see the manuscript, said Frank. Jed unhesitatingly complied. Frank looked it over and examined the material closely. His face, however, was inscrutable, but he said: Jed Hankins, are you willing to trust me!" "Eh!'' stammered the ccmntryman. ''Trust ye! Why, earlin." "Then let me take this manuscript until to-morrow. I will return it to you safely then." For a moment Jed looked penetratingly into Frank's eyes. Then he thrust out one band and said: "Yew kin bet I'll trust yew. I never saw a man with your eyes thet wasn't as honest as a gold dollar. Just kee1> that manuscript as long as ye please. Only I hope ye'll decide to come to my terms." "That I will answer to-morrow," said Frank, with a smile. "Come here to-morrow, and Pomp shall receive you with betler grace. Wuit a moment, please." Frank pressecl an button in the gateway. The next mo ment the clatter of feet was beard, and the coon, Pomp, al!a i n ap peared from the yord. But this time behind him came a redhairetl, comical little Irishman. Both glared at Jetl, but FranK said: Barney and Pomp, I wiah to introduce you to a friend of mine Mr. Jed HanKins. Remember that he is always welcome here." f All roight, sor!" crietl Barney, with a mechanical movement of bis bulldog jaw. .. "Didn't know
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THE ISLE OF HEARTS. 5 with a slight of mischief. It depends on her, not me. Shall I make it collect!'' Eh?'' Shall we collect the pay at the other endf' What other end!" Excuse me, but you do not understand. Shall I collect the pay for this mess11ge or the party to whom it is sent!'' Haow in time air yew goin' tew dew that? Ain't she twenty-live miles away?'' asked Jed. Do you wish to pny for the message or do you wish her to pay for it?" aeke
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6 THE ISLE OF H E ARTS. smarte r than I am. Shure I niver susp ecte d a n y t hing in the way, au' me eye ro1ght out this windy all the toime. But as tllrue as y e live, I belave we've run o nto an iceberg!" Onto an iceberg!" e j a culated Frank. Then ours i s a hopeless case. S tand aside and let me look!" Frank went to the window and peered out. The boat, save for a sligh tly perceptible motion, was perlectly sti ll. He could see that there was no water ahead. Indeed it looked like tumbled heaps of ice as far as he c ould s ee He tlashed the search-light here and there. Everywhere was ice in heaps. "Well!" he muttered. "Here is a pretty scrape. We have certainly stranded ourselves upon a berg." "Phwat will we do, sor!'' asked Barne y anxiously. It is not easy to say yet. But we cEtrtainly can make no e:trort to get off until morning." All went out on deck and looked about. But it was so dark that it was impossible to estimate the seriousness or their po s ition. 'l'he sea yet lapped the stern of their boat. But she had slid the whole length of her keel upon the ice. Enough could be deuirmined, however, to settle the fact that theirs had been a fortunate eecape. The boat had struck a part of the iceberg q .. ite level with the sea. If it had run bow onto the side of the berg or any high surface, the boat would have been demolish"d at once, and all would have gone to the bottom. "Which shows that we are in luck!" cried Frank. "We shall be able to 11:et off all right to-morrow, I think." Frank' s greatest !ear was damage to the keel or the shell of the boat. Should the latter receive the slightest puncture, she would be ruined as a submarine boat. But he was sanguine that nothing so serious had hap!Jeneq. Daylight came at last. With its lirAt gleams the voyagers were .out on deck. Soon their position was thoroughly understood. They had slid bow up on some pack ice, which was moored in u little cove or bay in the monster berg. All around them rose great glittering pinnacles and peaks of shining ice. It was a scene never to be forgotten. Far up between the cathedr al like spires of transparent material the early rays of the rising sun played like liquid tire. Day by day tins monster from the frozen zoae was drifting south ward. Hour by boar its glittering spires were growing less, succumb ing to the moist air and the gentle heat of warmer clim es. Long before it wonld reach tue Middle Atlantic it would hardly be a semblauce of its mighty self. Already streams were coursing down its ides. Frank suddenly caught eight of a moving o bject far up in the icy eights. He called th e attention of the oth e r s to it. At first it was difficult to distinguish, b e ing of the same whi te color as the berg. But presently Barney cried: Bejabers, it's a white bear! Get your gun, nnygur!" "Golly, a Polar bear!" excla i med Pomp, e x citedly. "Fo' de Inn's sake, dat am jes' our pie. Yo' wait, an' we'll jes hab a bit ob a bear hunt." Barney looked inquiring at Frank. Tue youngittventor langbed and said: ... His pelt would look good at the cabin door. Well, be spry aboul it, for we must i;et the Grampus atloat again at once." Barney and Pomp lost no time in getting ready. Soon they were on deck wi. th their ritlee and all e!J.uipped ror tbe bunt. Jed watched them with inter e st. "Yez had betther cum along, too, greenhorn," said B a rney j e s t lngly. Shure yez may te tile wan to bag tbe game!" Not by a long shot!'' replied Jed. I haiu't got no hankerin' for ba'rs. I kin hunt coons or squirrels with any man, but I don't know a dod-ratted tbmg about ba'rs," All l a ughed at this frank admission. The n B a rney and Pomp clambered over the rail nod started on bear hn11t. It was no easy matter to find th e ir way over the treacherous ice. But they proceeded with caution and soon reached the bas e of the heights. The bear conld be seen far above, nod Barney dP.cidAd to risk a shot at him. "Bejabers, it's a long thry," he said but i t may count. Here goes!" Up went hie ritle, and he took quick aim. The report crashed loodly among the icy peaks. Then a star.tling thing happened. It seemed as if Barney's shot bad been a dead one. The big brute. came sliding and tumbling in a heap down tbe icy height. He fell tbe base of tbe height. It seemed as if the fall alone should have killed him. Pomp gave a yell of delight, nod rushed forward to be ti: e lirst one to put a knife to the beast's line skin. But a startling and unexpected t)li ng happe11ed. The coon had barely reached the monster's side when it seemed to rise as if by magic, and before Pomp could escape i L threw its powerful arms about him. Only presence of mind saved the coon at that moment. Quick as a tlash he thrus t bis knife down the beast's t hroat. W i th this awful gag ic his windpipe the bear could do h t s jaws. I But the powerful claws migh t disembowel a f o e t hough, a s fortnne had it, the p ain or the knife tnrust &o blin ded t h e bear t h a t he re lax e d bis hold npon Pomp and thrust b o th p aws into h i s mouth. Then be d anced around the ice tloe like a mad b e ar. Pomp, however, now grabbed his ritle and emptied it into the beast's b o dy. Another shot from Barney it its quietu s Bot h hunters indulged in a shout of triump h They !Jad bagged big game and were jnstitled in feeling gay over it. But the b e ar'e pelt must be removed, and time was precious. Bot h hunters went to work at once. It. was not long before the white fur was nearly removed. They were laughing and jesting in high glee when an unlook e d !or thing happened. The distant crack or a rifle was heard, and then a faint shout.. At once Barney sprang up. "Phwat's that?" he .cried "Shure I think it's a s i gnal from Misth e r Frank.'' Golly! Dat am jes' it." From the position tbey were in they could not see tbe subm;irine boat. Barney, however, mounted an ice cake, and then the scene which he behelJ made his blood grow chill. CHAPTER V. A N I GHT o,-; THE I CEBERG PoKP was almost instantly by"Barn 6 y s side. What they saw was indeed thrilling. Tbe ice field had divided from the b e rg, and a great gulf o! water was every moment separating them. This was carry10g Barney and Pompawa y from the Grampus and their friends "Howiy mlther!" t>jaculated the Celt, in dismay, "it's in a scrape w e are now! Phw a t shall we do!" Frank an.! Jed Hankins were seen on the d e ck making signals to them. were answered. Then Frank brought out a megaphone and shouted: Hang on where you are! We'll come llack lor you! We shall soon be clear or the ice we are on now!" "All roigbt, Misther Frank!" shouted Barn e y. "We'll howld on till the end av the worruld av yez sny so!" Then turniog to Pomp. "It's all roigbt, naygur. Mistber Frank is comin' back afther us." I se done glad ob datl" said P o mp. "Hai n't no hankerin' t o stay on yere any 1011ger den l'se obl e eged to." W e moigb. as well finish up skiunin' ti.let bear!" "A'right, 1'1sb! I'se wif yo!" So uack they went and removed the pelt from the bear. Tl1en t!Jey b e came aware of a sta rtling event. S omething damp and blanket like was creeping down upon Tiley looked into the offing and were startle d lt was a dense fog which bad suddenly shut down over the berg. They could hardly see their hllntls before them. Whurroo!" cril'd Barney, "shure, I don' t loike the looks av this Ken yez see anything av Misther Frank!" No, sab !"cried Pomp, with consterna t ion. "An' yo' kin bet we wo11-'t see him agen till dis yere fog hits." Despondent feelings now seized the two cas tawa ys, They shouted into the fog, but all in vain. No answ e r came back. II Frank was within hearing it W"Uld see m certain that he would answer. But it was certain he was far bey ond hearing. Barney and Pomp now bad no means of knowing the true state of affairs. The submarine boat might be at be bot tom of the sea for aught they knew. There was nothing to do, however but to indulge in patie nt wait ing So they eat down upon the bear's pelt and stared blindly into the log. A long time passed. It seemed as if months bad drifted by. At l e ngth the log began to dispel. A gentle breeze fanned it away int o the atmosphere. The outlinPs or the berg came out plainly, and then the surface of the sea and the sky. Barney and Pomp loo ked e agerly for some sign or the submarine boat. But it was not to be seen. It had vanished as completely as i f the sea had swallowed it up, which might, indeed, have been the case for aught they knew. Some1.hi11g like despair now began to settle down upon them. It seemed a hop e less outlook. Tbe berg drifted on hour after hour. They kept an eager watch of the sea, but the did not come. At last night fell and hunger ceme upon them. The air was also cold and they were not warmly clad, Tbe dampness which shut down was moat intense. For a l ong while the two castawa y s sat upon the ice pinnacle, straining their gu.11e into the gloom for some t1ign of the Grampus. 1 But at laet exhaustion asserted itself and t hey fell off to sle e p. How long they slept they knew not, but they wereawakeued in a start Jing manner. I But what of the Had she really foundere d gone down wit h h e r two occupan t s ? Bow had sne so mysterivusiy van ished?

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THE ISLE OF HEAR'l'S. All the s e quenlioos may bl! easily answered. B e fore the shutting d own or the fug the driftrng ice uou which the boat rested bud car ried her a great distance from the berg. All this wlnle Frank had been devisinga skiltrul plan to launch her, and thus enable them to go to the aid or Barney and Pomp. But this be round no easy task. The boat's keel was deeply imbedded in the ice. It could not be dislodged in any easy manner. He hardly dared w use au explosive, at least not in the vicinity ol the boat. Then the log came, and for hours not a glimpse of anything be yond the radius ol a few feet was to be had. It was a most discour aging outlook. When the fog lilted a change came. The Ice floe seemed to go all to pieces. It cracked here and there into small sections. Theo a great crack came beneath the v ry kePl of the boat, and abe slid into the water wiLh a mighty splash. It was a thrilling moment for Frank and Jed. "Hoorah!'' cried the countryman, wildly. "We're free, anyway, Mister Reade! Gosh dang it, we've got our liberty! Let ther eagle scream!" It was certainly a pleasant contemplation that the boat, unharmed, once more rode the water intact. Frank lost no time in looking for the berg. The log bad lifted, but, to his flismay, the berg was not to be s"6n, However, Frank did not doubt but that it could be found again easy enough. So he set a course, which was a half circle, anJ should bring them, sooner or later, in sight of tlJe berg. Tue Grampus kept on until darkness shut down. Theo the was employed. Jed made himsell vastly useful, and in fact was learning many of the ropes about the boat. This allied Frank greatly. But it was long after midnight when the search-light traversing the sea showed a white-walled castle to the north. It was a berg, and the Grampus made for it. As they drew nearer Frank was convinced that the berg was the very one he was in quest or. So at the moment when he made the small ice-bound bay and sent the search-light's rays everywhere, Barney and Pomp were sound asleep. It aid not take long to wake them up, however. The glare of the search-light apprised them ol the true affairs, and they were not slow in answering the signals made. It wns I\ joyful moment for all when they finally got back once more snfely nboard the Grampus. Barney was thoughtful enough not to leave the bear skin behind kim. But they had enough of bear hunting for a time. As they reflected whnt their fate might have been, left on the iceberg, they could not repress a shiver. "Begorra, I'll niver tbry that thrick agin,'' declared Barney, "At any rate, not wldout makin' shure ttat the b oat is tied to us both." "We have reason to feel very tbnnklul that the affair wns no worse.'' declared Frank. In future we will surely use greater care." "Gosh all hemlock!'' put in Jed; "I thought yew war doin' some thing mighty foolish, but I didn't hev any idea yew would git intew sech a bnd scrape!" This ended the affair, and it was a wholesome lesson for the navi gators. The rest ol the trip to Cape Farewell they bad no inclination to visit passing icebergs. And one day, in the chill gray sky of the north. they saw a great black headland. Frank looked at bis chart nnd declared: It is Cape Farewell, of the Dutch. The real Cape Farewell is fur -tber to the east." "How do yew make that out!" naked Jed. "Accordin!!'. tew my jography Cape Farewell is jest in one place. Thar ab't no two on 'em as I knows ol on tiler coast of Greenland." "Well, your geogri!phy was 11 limited one, thm," said Frank. There nre, plainly spen'l:i _n!!:, two Cape Farewells on the coast of Greenland. One of them is claimed by the early Dut ch explorers as the true ene, and it nppeared on the earlier charts. But they were in error." "I don't wonder!" said Jed, sententiously. "I never 11een a Dutch man get a thlnii: right yet." "Oh, we must not lorgPt that the Dutch once had the most powerful nnvy on the sens,'' snid Frur.k. Her Van Tromp was an ad miral whoee peer has hardly existed since." "Well, melJbe so," the loquaciouslv. "I reckon yew know more about natural history thnn I do. I'll 'low you're right." Barney and Pomp did not have much to say about their bear hnnt. Jed, like all Yankees, wns fond or jokes, and liked to jolly them about it. This dise:runtled them. and they got tor,ether and a!(reed to play such a joke on the Yankee thnt he would he forever wi!Hng to let them alone. It took them a long while, however, to evolve it. Finally a brillinnt idea cnme to Barney. There was but one hindrance to its complete success, and this wns the possibi(ity of Frank Re1111e, Jr., becoming of it. Barney and Pomp knew that Jea kept the precious vellum manu script in his state-room, :ind guarded It as his lire. Moreover, he had alwaya a haunting !car that they would be overtaken tJy a pirate some day and the valuable manuscript stolen, and their throe.ts all cut in the Of course Frank had !1J.ughed boisterously when Jed firat intimated such a pflssil>ility to him. "Nonsense, Jed," he said, "There are no pirates on the seas, nor have there been such for a hundred years or more. Don't lose any sleep on that account. Besides, they couldn't catch us, for we could go below the surface and keep out or their way.'' This temporarily reassured J ed, yet every time a anil was sighted be was bound to watch it with the deepest ol interest for fear it might really be the dreaded pirate, so stroog was the idt:a in his brain. Now, the plan ol the two jokers was substantially to make up as pirates and steal into Jed's state-room at night and hold him up. With pistols at his head, he would, of course, giye up the manuscript, which I they would keep until the joke was explode:.!. \ It was a brilliant s cheme, and there seemed but one risk, and this was that Frank Rende, Jr., might get onto 1t. His atateroom, however, was some distance removed from Jed's, and, unless the uproar was very great, he might not hear it. At any rate, Barney and Pomp decided to undertake the exploit. They at once formulated their plan. They ensconced themselves in a corner ol the forward bohl to talk matters over and settle the details. Anll this resulted in a most un fortunate thing for them. What this was events were to CHAPTER VI. TU:&NING THE TABLES. IT chanced that Jed had an errand into the hold at about that time. When the Yankee came aboard the boat be had smuggled a susicious looking brown jug in bis luggage, This be had concenlell in the hold. It contained apple-jack, of which Jed was very food. He knew that if Barney and Pomp dreamed or its presence abonrd it would not long be in existence. Moreover, he was not sure that Fru.nk Reade, Jr., would permit such a contraband article as cargo. So he was very particular to keep it in a secret place, and only at unobserved times would he descend to wet hie whistle. On this oc.caeion be hnd just indulged hie surreptitious thirst when he heard Barney and Pomp drop into the hold. Instantly he sank down behind IL pile of water casks. Here be was in the deepest gloom. His first impression was that the two j;'lkers had spotted him, and were about to make a descent unon him. But events soon undeceived \ -. Barney and Pomp aquntted down on the other side or the casks, and then ensued a conversation which w,as irdeed a revelation to the Yankee, ( He took it in with open eurs and many a silent chuckle. I tell yo' we jes' skeer de life out ob dat countryman," asserted Pomp. "Yo' see if we don't. We done mek him fink bis las' hour hab come." "Bejabers, yez kin bet on that," agreed B a rn ey. "Now, yez ondherstand the pla11s, do yez?" We am to make up as pirntes, yo' say!'' Yis, and reglar Cnptniti Blackbeards, too. Shure, we'll frighten the loile out nv him." "We am to make him gib up dat manuscript!" "Shure!" "Golly! won't we gib him a good dose dis time!" "Not on your necktie," chuckled Jed to himself. "Yer neighbor is right outer tlnit leetle job." Barney nod Pomp then elaborated their plan. Jed snt very still and took it all in, After a while the two plotters went b'lck to the deck. It was a long while. however, before Jed ventured out or the bold. The Yankee appeared on deck in his usual unconcerned manner. Barney and Pom1> winked anll c!Juckled. But they kuew not the wh0le L ruth. Jed did not throw any barri e r in the way or their plans. Bat he went on secretly makiog his own. Now, Jed, unknown to n11y one on board, hnd talents or bis own, He bad one exceedingly rare accomplishn J ent. He was a ventril oqnist. He had not as yet betrayed this !act to the others. So he felt sale in making it a concomitant in his counter plot against Barney nod Pomp. When evening came the Grampus was making easy progreYs in an almost calm sea. It was an easy matter to lash her helm and let her 1 ru her own course. Frank, as luck hall it, retired early, He was very tired, and at once yielded to deep slumber. This suited the plans of the h seemed as if everything was going tlJeir way. Jed unnounced liiB intention also or retiring early. I'm dratted tired,'' he declared, with a yawn. "I hope thar won't be no racket to wake me up to-night.'' 11 Not anless some ob dem pirates come along," snid Pomp, appr"l benaive\y. 11 We nm iu jes' de right pabt ob de ocean fo' dem.'' 11 Hey?" exclaimed Jed. 11 II yewtsee their ship a-comiu', jes' call me, will yer? I want tew be awake, yew bet."

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8 THE ISLE OF HE.ARTS. "We will, &or," said Barney, sLifliog a laugh. With this Jed slid down to bis etate-room. The two jokers remained OD deck to slap each Other OD the shoulder and to Chuckle and laugh immoderately. "Ob, he am dead easy!" said Pomp, with hilarity. 11 I neber seen a bigger snap in mah life!" "Wburroo! We won't do a thing to him!" cried Barney. Several times they crept down to the sta1e-room door anil listened All was the silence of tomb in Jed's room. He was apparently fast asleep. It seemed as if the coast was clear. It was really Barney's first watch. Pomp to relieve ; him after midnight. Bat the coon did not retire at all. The two jokers aat in the pilot-house waiting for the right moment to come. 'l'hey could look out on the moonlit 1ea and see that the course or the boat was clenr. At last it struck tbe hour or mid.night. This wns the lime decided upon for action. Aud work begun at once. From various quarters there were produced the most villainous make-ups that the eye ever rested upon. A huge musk covered Pomp's faee, ao thut he would not be reccgnized as a negro. Barney wore black wluskers and Jong black hair, and made his face up with great red blotches and pimples. Thea he donned a red jacket, velvet breeches, heavy boots, and stuck aa arsenal of weapons in his belt. This, with a broad-brimmed hat, made of him the worst looking type or pirate eye ever rested upon. There was only one hindrance, and this was his brogue. This could not be disguised. But Barne y felt sore that in bis terror Hankins would never nutice this. Pomp was not to speak. The gnme was to enter the state-room with a dark lantern and flash it in Jed's race. If this did not wake him, a piece of ice placed on bis windpipe with a knife held before his eyes, would surely do it. Thee was to dem:m:l the vellum manuscript on pain of in etant deatb. It would, no doubt, be tremblingly delivered up, and Hankins would be adjured not to leave bis bunk until oaylig!Jt, unless he wanted to die. It was a clever game, very cleverly arranged. But like many others or its kind, the powder was destined to llaeh in the pan. Finally, fully equipped, the two crept down to Jed's room. Barney placed his hand upon the knob and silently opened the human bein' eber made dem." Do yez tbink Hankrns wud slape in a harnted room?" "Don' know un!Un' about it. All I kin say ta dat in my 'piayun -dere arn a ghosLis In derel" "Divil a said Barn'3y, stubbornly. 11 Shure I'm goin' in an' see, anyway." The Celt pulled out his lantern an:l drew back the slide. He sent the rays into the couch. Jed Jay in bed with his head covered up. He wns certainly to nil appearances oblivious of everything about him. Tile opportumty could not be better. "Come!'' said Barney, beckoning to Pomp. "Now's the toime." The darkey gathered all his courage and followed Barney into the room. But they came to nn instant halt. A nameles1, indescribable white figure stood in one corner. It's face was a hideous monstrosity. Fire seemed to play in its nostrils, and it writbed like one 10 the agonies of the bottomless pit. A series of sepulchral groans belched from it, and they J#rere -certainly blood-curdling enough. This capped the climax. Barney gave a yell, and dropping the lantern, lied for the upper wi if all the furies were after him. l'omp was <:_nickly after tum. They did not pause until they bad reached the pilothouse. Two more terrified jokers one could not imagine. Wild horses could not have dragge:I them dow!I to Jed's state-room again that night. "I tell yez the {livll bas got. him." cried Barney, breathlessly. He eat there in the corner wid hra horns an' bis hoofs, an' bad cess w him, he meant to have ns, tool" "Golly!" ejaculated Pomp, "I reckon we won't see no mo' ob dat countryman. Suah, de debbil bab got him." All night long they sat cowering and trembling in the pilot-house. Yet they did not dare to give the alarm to Frank. Morning came at last, and Frank came up oa deck. He was surprised to see both Barney and Pomp on watch. 1 "liow is this, Pomp?" be asked. Did you relieve Barney Inst night!'' "Saab nuff, sab," replied the coon; "but we couldn't sleep, so we jes' set up togedder, sah." Frank accepted the explanation as reasonable, and dismissed the matter from bis mind. Bat Barney and Pomp were in dire distress. Wha' ebber we say when dat countryman done come out of his state-room!" asked Pomp. "Suab, we kn.int 'splauify dat?" Bejabers, we'll tell him the truth thin that we henrd groans down there an' goin' down to eee pbwat it moight mean, sbure we see the divil hisself." "Dat am so!" But a few moments later the two jokers were electrified to see Jed himself very leisurely stroll out on deck, anti going into the bow of the boat, sit down, and nonchalantly light bis pipe. They staretl at him as if at an apparition. Barney's mouth was wide open, and Pomp's eyes as big as moons. gasped the coon "Wha' do yo' make ob dat, I'ish?" "Bejabers, it's very quare," eaid Barney, ecratching bis bead. "It must he that he's the clivil himself, an' we're jist a couple of red-bot jays, naygur. Shure, yez kin see how it is now!" The two jokers exchanged glances, ar.d then each felt decidedly like kicking himself. They tried no more practical jokes on Jed, the countryman. CHAPTER VII. T!IE STRANGE !;EA.. THE Grampus rounded Cape Farewell, and now stood up along the P.ilstern coast of Greenland. All were agreed that it was now time to keep a sharp looko11t for the two needles of rock which guarded the entrance to the st.range sea. '!'ravel now was only made in the daytime, and the closest watch was kept upon the coast. Thus day after da)' passed. Fortunately it was the region of summer for Greenland, and this mndo; it easier to pursue the research, for the cold wus not intensP. Bays anct inlets, and even the months of rivers were explored. The in s tructions of the mantiscripL were closely followed. l:lut after a long period of fruitless search, the voyagers began to'wax discoi;ragea. Jed, however, had complete fallb in the story or the strange sea. "We'll find it ylt," he declared. "You'll see that we wm. Then we will all get rich right otl." Frank could not help n laugh. "That seems to be your purpose in locating the Isles of Hearts," lie said. You do not attach much value to the geograpbical advantage discovered!'' "I'm tbil!kin' or tbet gold," said Jed, frankly. An' wl1en I see it I'll be the jolliest chap on earth yew kin bet. Tbet's wbat I'm after." l certainly hope you will not be disnppointed," said Frank. "Thnt would be too bad. Yon do not think rt possible that the story told in the manuscript can be a chimera?" Not a durned bit!" said Jed, doggedly. Frank had begun to grow skeptical. Yet he was willing to humor Jed's to the fullest extent. And this proved a wise nod fortunate thing. Two days Inter Barney cnme dashing into tbe cnbin. Shure, Misther Frank!'' he cried, thim two needles av rocks are all in view. sor. I reckon we've found th\m !" Frank and Jed sprung to tbeir feet. The C(IUatryman's face wag lohstPr red with excitement. At last!" be exclaimed. Darn my buttons, I knew it woald come I'' Out on deck they rushed. Sure enough, far up the line of coa st, two tall obelisks of stone stood. As the submarine boat drew ne' arer it was seen that these were the work of cature, and not of. man. They were simply shafts of stone rising rrom the rocky fringe of the shore. They were exactly as described in tbe ancient manuscript. That they really marked the entrance to the strange sea tl;ere was little douut. Rapidly now the submarine boat drew nearer to tbem. It was a ti me. of suspense for all. From the sea, however, t.be closest observer could not make affidavit that 11 passage existed between the obelisks. It was v.s if the sb?re in continuation. But as the Grampus drew down closely upon tire obelisks now it could he seen that a pnEm1ge did really exist. It was an oblique channel between the two points. Into this the Grampus glided. The channel opened up quickly, and then the s L range sea lay berore the eye.

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THE ISLE OF HEARTS. 9 I It was a most remarkable spectacle, as witnessed by the voyagers. To t!Je west, as far as the eye could r.iach, was the boundle191expanse or white waters. Thi s led Frank to exclaim: "' On my word, I believe this is a fresh water sea." Durned if it uin't a diflrunt color from the salt water;" declared Jed. And yet it conn e cts with the sea!" However, they were not yet deep enough into the strnnge sea to determine whether it was fresh or salt water. So the question was dro1>ped for the time. As tbe inner shores of the strange sea now were revealed, they w e re s e en to be of a crimson hue. There were g r eat cliffs of red r o ck and stretches of red sand. The vegetation was extrlfmely scurce, only a few stunted shrubs being seen here and there. No sign of animal life was seen save a few flocks of sea fowl. Yet there might be human habitations back from tlie coast. Right into the depths of the White Sea, as th e ne'\'flY discovered body of water wa1 called, the Grampas sailed. The voyagers were constantly on deck with glasses scannin g its surface. We will explore its surface tlrst," suid Frank. Then we will make submarine explorations." Begorra, it' s a foine body of wather, anyway!" cried Barney. "But I don't 1P.e no shore beyant." "U it covers the area I think it does," declared Frank, "we may out of sight or land many days." "Golly!" cri e d Pomp, "I don' see no icebergs, anJ it ain't so cold in yere as it am in de op e n sea." "You are right,'' agree d Frank. "And that goes far to prove the theory of many scientists that there are parts of the interior or Green land of ver y moderate climute." "Haow dew yew accoant fer that?" asked Jed, eagerly. There are several ways," replied Frank. In tbe first place, vol canic influences would attect t3e soil and the water of ohe streams and lakes. Tile atmospuer e would necessarily feel the heat radiating from auch a large area and only the most extreme of cold could even temporarily d_leplace it." Then yew reckon there are volcanoes heraabouts!" "Some of the largest volcanoes in the world e x ist in Greenland!" declared Frank. .. In fact, the entire continent is lar g ely or volcanic construction. There Is every reason to believe that it was onco a region of great beauty and fertility.'' "Gosh!" exclaim e d Jed, vew don't say! Whar did all this snow an' ic e we hea r about cum from?" Nataral ch a nges of clime through mighty ages 1 have turned Greenland from a continent or smilin)! vegetation to 't barren ice bound waste. But Arctic explorers will tell you or deep valleys in Its center, surrounded hy volcanoe3 where nature smilt>s as rreah to-day as she ever did. It is even said that some of tllese valleys are inhabi t ed." I Jed listened with open month. All t hese Chinge were wonderful revelations to him. He asked no more questions. The Grampus sailed on. Land soon disappeared from view. Only tile broad snrface or the sea was about them. Tile manuscrip t had declared that the ship of the first discoverers had sailed lour days to the west?ard before the discovery of the Isles of Hearts. In thM case Frank reckoned that In another day tile Grampus ought to -co!!e in sight of these isles, for she ought to sail as far in two days as the old lumbering sllips did rn four. All t hat night the submarine boat k ept on at a steady rate of speed acros s the strnnge sen. The senrch-ligbt made a radiant path for Iler to f ollow. The n ext morning Frank was on deck early w1lh his glass. As he stood o n the bridge Barney suddenly approached him. S hure, .Mistber Frank,'' be cried, "we' re not the only navigators i n thi s sen." "What!" exclaimed Frank, In surprise. What do you mean?'' If yez will look yonder, sor, there is a steamer ferninst the horiz o n." A s t eamer?" Yis, sor. Don't yez see the sm o ke?" Frank looked in the direction indicated !Jy BaruPy an d saw, sure enough, a black column of smoke. It certainly did look like the trail from a steamer' 1 1 funnel. At once the young inventor ordered the course of the Grampus changed. He held down at full speed for the smoke. Soon the distant steamer seemed hull down against the sky. Then it assumed tre111en1io as proportions. N o w tile truth of the matter dawned upon Frf.Dk. It was a coast line Ire saw, and not a steamer. The smoke came from the paak of one of Greenland's many volcanoes. 'l' h e coast now unfolded iteelf for n great distance to the north. peaks were seen contrasting with green slopes. Frank drew neur enough to get a good view of the coust, and then chang e d his course to the southwest. Again the land faded Crom view, and only the limitless sea extended to the horizon. it was not many bours before a loud hail came from Barney: Land ho!'.!. In a moment Frnnk was in the conning tower. Whereaway?" he "Two points olf the bow, sor." This was troe A distant, somber line was visible, but it was easy to see thnt it w a s only a small island. 1 However, this was just what Frank hnd been looking for. That it was one of the Isles or Hearts be felt sure. As for Jed, be was beside himself with excitement and anticipa tion. He danced a hornpipe on tile upper deck, and played a jig witli hie jewsharp. All speed was now pot on and very soon the island appeared quite close at hand. Ils appeurance was most striking. The red sand and stone or which it was composed made it look like a ruby in a white setting. This for a moment gave doubt to Frank. "If I remember rightly," he said, "the manuscript vellum spoke of the isles as composed or black sand. Thi@ seems to be of a reddisb hue.'' Bt jingo that's so I" ejaculnted Jed. Don't s'pose they made a mistake, do ye! I a cousiu who knew a fellow that was color blind." I hardly think those ancient explorers were all color blind,'' said Frank, with a smile. But tbey may have overlooked one or the isles. However, we will soon be a1'1e to investigate. Nearer the Grampus now drew to the Isles of Hearts. For 1uch Frank bad no doubt they were. Tile other members of the archipelago soon appeared to view. Frank did not seek a landing upon the first one. It was the smal lest of them all, and its shores were very precipitoos, Some stunted vegetatton grew upon the clifls. Tile Grampu9 now entered a channel between the various islands, and a singular fact was noted. Not one or them was of a subsoil similar to the other. Upon one the sand and cliffs were crimson ; on another it was yeilow, and an other black, nnd so on through the gum ut of colors Tile largest of the islands, with its black sand aad clifis, seemed to contain tile most life giving elements, for it was covered with the thickest or vegeta Lion, spruces, pines, beeches and larches. This was, no doubt, the Isle of Hearts, spoken or by the early voy agers. Upon this Frank was
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, lO THE ISLE OF HEARTS. bad carefully chiseled out each isle. What was more, other features seemed Lo show the ancient presence of men. In fact, Frank recollected that the old chronicle spoke of the leaving by mischance on the isles of some of the crew, men aad women. I Wbu11roo!" cried Burney. What if we had tl!e Grampus here now! Shure we could sail arounrl tilis lake!" We will have it here yet if possible," said Frank. Both Jed and Barney turned in surprise, In that case doubtless the isles bad been for a time the abode of human beings. Whether they had left descendants or not remained to be seen, but it was very likely that they had not. Doubtless all bad perished long since. However, Frank was determined to if possible discover the fate nf these castaways, Jed, however, was in quest of the gold so fluently alluded to by the ancient logkeeper. Thoe far no eviuence of it had been seen. But the black sands were a characteristic of gold producing locali ties, and there might be plenty of the precious ore in the vicinity, That remained to he seen. For the present, Frank was interested wholly in the general topog raphy of the isles anrl their natural history. Tue discovery or gold to him, was only incidental. Bnrney was on the lookout for game, or, a possible foe. Io other words he was the scout of the party. After making a mental map of the archipelago, Frank proceeded to descend from the cliff into the interior or the isle. Progress was not difficult, for there was little underbrush. It was an easv matter to thread the mazes of the forests. Far in the interior or the isle Frank bad sighted an immense basin, or what looked to be the crater or a volcano 1001? extinct. Its sides were lligh and precipitous and broken with huge lava blocks He was desirous of visiting this as he believed it would furnish ev ider.ce of the origin of lhe isles. He announc6d this fact to Barney and Jed. Both were eager to try the trip. So they at once set out. It was adjudged to be fully live miles to the crater. Down iuto tbe larch forests they plunged. There was no evidence that snow ever visited thesP. isles, despite their high altitude. The climate seemed of the most salubrious sort. In fact, Jed exclaimed. B'gosb, I kinder like this place and if tbar was only some people byar darned if I wottl<)n't stay hyar ther rest or my life." "I don't blame you, Jed!" agreed Frank. "I am or the opinion that the climate is of the linest on earth. But I fear oue would be lonesome." Begorra, rer all we know there may be some ,p eople about here," said Barney. Shure, Wf> haven't seeu all yet." "Let us hope tl.iey will prove friendly," said Frank. Or at least--" He never finished the sentence. At that moment all were brought to a startled bait. The eause or this was a sufficient one. From some unknown quarter there arose a strange groan and wail, like that of a person !Ii awful agony. It seemerl to till the air about aud came from what quarter they could not tell. Ae it sl.iook the air with chilling cadence and was wafted away upon the breeze, the trio of explorers stood spellbound. Frank looked startled and astonished. Jed looked fearful and open mouthed, hut Barney was as white ae a sheet, and his teeth chattered like castanets. Bowly murther!" he gasped. Il's come for me this time. It's the banshee's call." "Gosh-a'-mighty!" ejaculated Jed. "The chap that got oft' that groan must be pooty sick!" The words had barely left his lips when the strange sound was re peated. This time it was louder and more spasmodic. Barney was down npou his knees. Greater terrer never shone in any one's face. "Mither or Mary, presurve us!" be wailed. "Oh, for a dhrop av bQly watber to dbrive the demon away. Saint Path rick delind us!" Nonsense, Barney," eaid Frank, sternly. Get up on your feet. No human bemg ever uttered that noise." Shure, sor, I'm not afther sayin' it was a human bein', sir. Shure, the banshee is niver flesh an' blood." Let's have done with such nonsense," cried Frank. There ie no such thing ae a banshee, nor did any spirit or ghost or ever make that noise." Barney looked iucredulous. Sbnre, Mistber Frank," he asked, tremblingly, "phwat did make it, sor?" "You may be sure that we shall soon !Ind ou1. It is caused by some natural phenomena on the isle. I have heard ol the rush of air through great caverns making a similar noise." Barney crept to his feet, but he was not wholly reass11recl. However, the noise did not occur again, and the party went on their way. 'l'he five miles to the crater were covered in Iese than two hours. Fra11k was the first to climb its sides. And as he reached 1te edge he was greeted with an astonishing spectacle. The entire basin, fully a mile in diameter, was lilied wit!! wat11r. It was a placid Jake whicb !llled the extinct crater. 'fhat t!Je water was the same ae that or the White Sea was plain, and Frank realized that the island was thus almost an atoll, for this lagoon was doubtless filled by subterranean channels. It was an interesting and curious discovery, and added to the 'I peculiar features of the isle. It led the young inventor to believe that there were yet other discoveries of a remarkable character to be made Hew will yez do that!" I have a theorv," said Frank, "that there are huge subterranean channels under tl.iis island, perhaps under all these islands, and that they connect with this basin or crater. Sbure, yez may be roight!" "I mean to !ind out wben we get back to the Grampus. We will take a little submarine voyage of discovery!" Wburroo!" cried Barney. "Let's go back now, 1 thin!" "Gosh dang it!" ejaculated Jed, "yew fellers kin go. Yew rergit thet I mortgaged my farm tew git hy11r, dependin' on ftndin' a fortune in gold, an' that ere mortgage has got to be paid otI!" "Hold your horses!" said Frank, coolly. "We will see that you have lair play, Jed, never !ear. That mortgage shall be paid off, all right. But lirst we must explore these isles, and know just Liow tog() to work?" "Then yew think thar's gold here?" asked Jej, eagerly. "Certainly, auy amount ol it. We will !ind that in due time. Now, don't get impatient; and leave things to me. I wi)l bring t hings out right." "It's a bargain!" cried Jed, impulsively. "Go right ahead. I'll stick by yew!'' Sl.iure, an' 1hall we go back to the Grampus now!" asked Barney. "At once," replied Frank. "Obi What is that?" Suddenly the waters in the basin began to heave and roll, and in the center a jet or water sprung firty feet in the air. Then followed the same strange wailing and gr".>aning, and the waters became calm again. Frank watched the phenomena with eagerness. All was now ex plained. Barney and Jed also seemed to grasp the idea. Tua former recovered from his terror. "Howly smoke!" he gasped. "Phwat a noise the wather makes!" "Now vou can see said Frank, with 11 smile, that it is the water which makes that noise, and not a banshee." Barney looked creRtfallen. Frank went on to explain the phenom enon. Somewhere in the bowels of the earth," he said, there is a quantity of gas which at intervals is forcibly expelled from the crater. In its passage it mukes a queer noise, and also in forcing its way tl.irough fthe water. Now that we have found the explanation of this, Jet us return to the Grampus, as the hour is 111te." CHAPTER IX. T H E FATE OF THE THE party or explorers at onCP. set out upon the return to the .Gram pus. They decided to take a difierent route on the return. And this led to other surprising discoveries. The first of these set tleu an important question. As they emerged upon a little plateau Barney surldenly gave a cry of surprise: Look!" he cried. are the people." it's a number or houses. But phwere "Houses !" exclaimed Jed. B'gosh that's so." Frank saw that Burney w11s right. At the far eud ol the plateau there were to be seen a number of structures or stone. They were of rude construction and long since fallen to ruin. But they could ha'l"e been made only by human bands and at once settled the question of the occupation or the isle by human beings. Were tl.iey the white castaways or some tribe or native people! This couhl only oe settled by an exrtoration of the ruins. So \he explorers approached them with all haste, They reached the first habitation. It was made of blocks of stone rudely plastered together. The roof had been made of logs aod earth, but this had long since rotted away. There was no indication that any human being had dwelt in the place for many years. The voy11gers crossed the threshold of the rude domicile and looked into what had once been its intArior. It was only a beap t of d11bris now. There were the remains visible of a rucle oven and a stone bench. No tensile or any kind were found, no relics which would give a clew to the identity ol these dwellers long passed away. From one hut to another they went. Fiually only one remained. But ae they were approaching it Frank noted a symmetrical row of stones a short distance away. "Ab!" he cried. "Here is a clew!" In a few moments they !lad reacl.ied the rude burying ground. There were ten graves in all. Each had a tablet of stone, and on each was rudely cut the names or those there buried. It was easy for our ad venturers to read them. The first in the row seemed the oldeat. Thus it was inscribed: HENRI BODINE, Died 1 692. Aged 71."

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THE ISLE OF H E ARTS. 11 He was d oubtless the .fir s t of t h e c asta ways to pass awa y B e side him re s ted his wife, who died two y ears la1er. Th e s ucce e ding graves c o vered a period of fif t y y ears, showing that for over bat! .a century the c as t a ways bad p e opled the isle Chil d ren tlll'd come to t hem nlso but sin g ularl y enough, all bad d ied, so that there was no perp e tuation. But th e se t e n gra ves did not represent all the members of the colo n y Somebody must have cove re d u the last g rave. He m ight have been the last man. What b ad become of him? Had be al s o died on the 'isle, or bad he made his escape and returned to civilization.! There was no evidence that Ile ditt not lla7e com panions. But this wa-e a question which soon found answer. Entering the last ilut, 'it wns round in a better state or preservation than the others. In one conner a bunk made of stone slabs wne seen. On this was traced the ha.rely Tisil>le of a skelet on. Over it, on .t he stone w:iH o f the hut was sc rat ched: "JO H N "liJO A. D. Ye L as t M un. B o mNE, SoN oF HE1>RI Welco m e DeuL h.'' B u DINE. It was a tiragic an d thrilliug o bituary and epita ph combined. Tbe explorers ga.zed upon it silently. R e ver e ntly they removed tbeir :hats. It was a impressive thing to think of. That this w a s the l a s t surviv o r in this little world of the castaways, and that he bad di e d without a ministering b a nd to give him comfort! What the pall upon his mind must heve been, wha t tbe dreary loneliness, tbe In.ck o f companionship must have b een to him, not even the bumun raucy contd picture. Silently the thre e adv e nturers turned from the hut. ':l.'tiere w a s nothing they could do. Not e nou g h was left or the remams to warrant consignment to a pro p er grave. But in the open air Jed said: "Jerush a Jimcr!\ck s l Thet was a to11gh thing f e r thet poor chap! I'm durned sorry fer him. ' Begorra, it was a hard f ate," d e cl a red B a rney. Shure, an' niver 81 good father to absolve his sins!" The fate of Urn cas taways mentioned in the vellom manuscript was now known. It was i tragic one. But th e e xplorers soon found their attention claimed by new and exciting incidents. Tbey started out again on their return to the Gra mpus. lt wus not long now before th e y came to the cliffs and saw the submarine boat lying in th e little bay below. Frank made a signal t o Pomp, who it. Th e n n il descended t o the shore and preparec l to l!,O aboari.l the Gra mpus. Soon they were safely on deck. The i ncid e nts o f the expedition were narrate:.! to Pomp. The dnrky was inlere st ed, and egp e cially was he plea s ed with the idea of t h e subm nr111e expedition "Golly !" he d eclared, "dat am jes' de proper caper. I d o ne hope we h a b some 'sperience undah de wnt ah. Dis far i t bnb been o n de surface." "Begorrn, it am loikely to be a hot P x p e rience," cried Barne) ; "Sbnre it's into a llooded volcano w e 're ufther g oing." "Yo' don't say dutT" said Pomp. "Yis, I do!" "Golly! l hope we won't git int o no bot watah, fer shuah?" "It won't be the first toime f e r th e l o ikes av ye!" "Hu!1! y ou'8e a berr y fanny young man, y ou is. Look out yo' don't git so sh a rp dat yo' cuts yo' s e'f!'' Jupiter:" h e e x claimed. rnea11?" "We are traveling fast. What does that He knew that there was not much steam on and that the submar i ne b oat wns goin g slowly so far as its machin e ry w n s r e sponsible. But the mystery was soon @olved. He b egan to study the current outside and soon reached the con clusion that the boat was in a powerful undertow, and was bein" carri e d swiftly bll knew uot whe re. Before he had time to reverse the engines the climax came. S uddenly and without warning a great deep sea cavern yawned b e. fore them, anti into it the boat sped. Overhead was a roof of whitest cor al, nnd th e walls and lloor wer e of the same. Frank knew that tb e y were being sucked into some un known lepth at lri1thlful spe e d. Fearful of a collision with som e part of the passage he shut off speed entirely. But he might as well have spared himself the trouble The current w.as more powerful than the machinery, and the Gram pus wae utterly unable to ste m it . Yet she dal not come to hnrm On she rushed at top speed. Where wns she going? Frank could no L imagine. But he hung to the wheel and kept a watch ahead. Thee she continued to speed on for what seemed a long time. Then the end came. 'fhe roof and walls of the cavern vanished. They were again in open waLer, and in a. few moments it became apparent that she was out or the curre nt. / She rested almott motionless, and below her was a rocky bottom cut into deep fissares. Frank felt a thrill. Can it be that we have come into the crater!" he naked with amaz e ment. "In that case, we hnve :>een fairly hurled into it." "Shure, eor," cried Barney, be a. good idea, sor to take u small tbrip to the surface, an' be afther seeing phwere w e are?" It is the plan," rephecl Frank. Up we go!" He touched the tank valve, and the bout began to ri se. Up s he went steadily. Tllen suddenly the surface wae brolrnn. She rose i nto daylight, and the submarine voyagers rushed to the windows Tbe scene th e y beheld was to them a. surprisin g one. About them were smooth water and high walls or j;oggo d rock. One gl :1nce was enough. '!'hey were in the crater. Whurroo!" cried Barney, "we've done it, Misther Frank. Here we are!,, "You are right, Barney!" But there was a cloud on Frank's face. One terrible question confronted hi;n. 1 Ttey tad entered the crater easily enou g h. But could they l e ave I t nt will? Certainly not through the passage by which they had just entered. In the event of inability to find a passage out of the cr a ter, their position wne serious, indeed. They would be obli ge d to stay there for life. All hope o! esc a pe would be remov eo. It was a s erious moment, and there was little wonder that Frank beth looked anll felt s e rious. --'"-CHA P T E R X. W H ERE! S hure there's no dnne; e r av that wid sicb a hard bead as the loikes THE strange ohenumena of th e crater had no doubt caused the av yesilf to take the ed g e off m e !" retorted Burney unceremonious transposition of submarine ltoat. The two jokers looked at 1>ar.h other hard and it seem e d for a few It established the !act that a d eep did connect it with the momen t s as ii they were really bound to have a ruc t ion. But at this open sea. Also that a vessel could puss through tbis underground 1 moment Frank call e d them. channel provided i t was of the size and build of J,he Grampus. "Get nil ready!" he c r ied. "We're going to take tlie plung e!" However, they were in the crater lake, and there was nothing to do Goeh-amighty!" excl n imetl Jed. "l th'ink I'll g it intew tiler callin, but to make the best of it. fer one plunge a
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12. THE ISLE O.F HEARTS. the orifice just in time to receive the force of an eruption. This would likely he fatal to the boat. So the vonng inventor 1>roceeded with gre:it caution. Along the bed of the crater he crept with great care, until suddenly a deep yawning pit showed in front of the boat. Along the verge of this the Grampus slowly crept. The voyagers all held their breaths, for they well knew the risk they were incurring. At any moment they might i;ece1ve a blow Frank sent the rays or the search-light deep into the orifice. But 1t, or course, could not to the bottom. When it wa1 reflected that thi1 might extend for miles into the interior of the earth the senses were palled. Indeed it was a gigantic r e flection. Arounll the orifice the submarine boat made its way. Suddenly a strang.-i and ominous vibration was felt. Like a Hash Frank whirled the boat about and shot off at a tangent. He was none too qmck. When hardly one hundred yards bad been covered the eruption came. The water boi!Pd about the Grampus as in a caldron. The boat was whirled and tossed about like a toy. Suddenly it seemed to cease its !!"yrutions and shoot ahead like a meteor. Then the submarfoe voyagers beheld an appalling fact. L9oking out of th& observation windows, they s'u.w the walls and roof of a nar row passage agnio about them. "Great Jeremiah!" cried Jed; "we're in titer tu.ocel agin, an' makin' fer tber open sea." Whurrool" cried Barney. Phwat do yez say to that, Mistber Frank!" "Reverse the engineR!" cried the young inventor. "If we sLrike anything at this fearfal speed, we shall be dashed to pieces!" "All roight, sor!" Barney obeyed the order. But he might as well have tried to put reins upon the wind. The boat did not in the least abate its headlong course. On it sped like a rocket. It seemed a miracle that there was no collision with the walls or the passage. Around sharp corners and through narrow passages the boat sped. On aod on, faster und raster. The voyagers cpuld only hold on and stare down the passage ahead, made plain by the search-light. It seemed to them as if ruin was certain to come upon them. W!rnt would be the end of it all! Where would they stop! Were they going into the bowels of the earth? Wh1Jre? These were the queries that found shape in their brains. They could only wait for q1e answer. An boor passed. Theo suddenly thel'e came a change. The speed of the boat abated. She answered the revolutions or her screw, and the submarine travelers noiv saw that the walls of the pa88age were no longer about them. They were again in open water. Frank touched the tank lever and the boat sprung upward. Again she broke tbe surface, and again they saw the light of day abou t them. But this time they were in the open sea. It lay about them in one great expanse. To the norLh was a high coast line ex tending east and west as far as the eye could reach. But tbe Isles of Hearts were not to be seen. To the south lay only the broad unbroken sea. Astonished beyond measnre, the voyagers gazed about them. Then Frank exclaimed: Where are we nowt'' Shure sor, phwere are we!" cried Barney, in perplexity. I niver saw that shore before!" "Golly, I done reckon we'se gone right clean froo de earf'" declared Pomp. But Jed stared about him with blank dismay. "Dern my socks," he groaned, "whar are thP.m islands gone! It's just as I thought. We've lost 'em and all tber gold, tAw," "Nonsense!" said Frank, impatiently. "Don't be foolish! We will tind them again. Change the course of the boat to the south, Bar ney." "All right, sor The Celt obeyed the command, and the boat came about. The course was made right out to sen. The Grampus ran on at full speed until all land had faded from view. For hours it kept on thus. It now became apparent that they could no( have traveled all this distance underground. The isles were certainly notr in this direction. Again the course was changed to the west. Arter going a reasonable distance in that direction, Frank brought the boat about in a long, RweE>ping circle. After many hours of this sort of sailing, the high red cliffs to the north showed ngnin. They had come right back to the point of beginning. One apparent fact dawned upou the voyagers now. They were certainly lost. They bad not the slightest idea where they were. It was a curious hit or ledgerdemain which puzzled them. Wall, by jingo!'' ejaculated Jed, "kin yew tell me whar we ar .. ? It don't look tew me as if we war anywhar near them What dew yew say?" It looks very strange," said Frank, completely mystified. "Drop anchor, Barney. We will stav here until to-morrow." Nightfall wns at hand. There was no use in continuing the QUFSt until another day sllou!d come. I However, tbe yoyagers were safe and the boat was intact. For this tlJey had reason to be thankful. Jed bemoaned the loss of the gold, but Frank said: 1'hat is a very small matter to take to heart, and we will see that you are not a loser. It is easy at any time to find a fo1 tune under the sea with the submarine l:>0at. So have no fear." This silenced the Yankee. The party now enjoyed better spirits. They had good reason for mutual congratulations. Their escape had been very narrow. Horrible indeed would have been. their position had the submarine boat become wedged in the paasage, or had it. struck an obstruction. Their fate wo11ld never have been known to the end of time. Aa it was, they were safe on the surface of the strange sea. God's blue sky was above them, and freedom was about them. This was much to be grateful for. The night passed quickly enough. Alltwere exhausted, and as there was not the slightest fear that a foe might be lurking about, no watch was kept. However, at an early hour the next day all were astir. It was Frank's purpose to go ashore and gain some height of land from which he could, if possible, locate their position. He was much puzzled to know just where they were. So, Porn bad served a good breakfast, be said: Barcey, get out the small boat. We will go ashore!" The Celt turned a handspring. All roight, sort" he cried. "It's mesilf as is wid yez!" It did not take him long to get out the boat. Ot course, Jed was also anxious to go with them. They were not !mt a few bun:lred yards from the shore. It was not a long pull. Soon tho boat ran up on the snnds and they leaped out. Barney drew the boat up under the cliff, Then they skirted the cliff for a ways until it was f(!und ea!!a'_,6( ascent. Up it they climbed. / Not until they reached the very summit was an extende Frank bad 110 doubt. But what an immense distance they must have been carri e d. For rar to the north 011 the horizon, he saw a few smnll dots which he reckoned were the Isles of Hearls. Under the sea, anti under this neck of land they had been carried. It was almost past belief. Whew!" he exclaimed, "we must have traveled fast. This is indeed a region of mystery, at least so far as submarine travel is con cerned." / "Begqrra!" cried Barney, scratching his head, "I'm af t h thinkiu' we'd betther kape on the srface, Misther Fra nk!" I think we had!" agreed the young inventor "But the question is now, how are we goingto get back Lo the Isles of Hearts?" "Jiminy!" ejaculated Jed. '' Dew yew think we kin dew thet, Mis ter Reade!" "We'll try It!" said Frank. "I see no reason why we cannot, ii we can only Hnd a And this was certainly the mnin obstacle. CHAPTER XI. BA CJL TO THE I S LES. ; As far as the eye could reach there was no connection between the two seas. But Frank had no doubt but that by sailing far eno11gh to the weed such would be fonnd. Be, did not care to risk any more underground passages. S o they returned to the boat and the course was set in that direction Until the sun was high in the zenith the boat kept on. Then suddenly the cliffs ran down to a point, and arour:d this the Grampus sailed. They were again in the While Sea, but yet far from the Isle of Hearts. However, all speed was put on. The submarine boat ran with great swiftness. In a few hours Barney, who was on watch, cried: "Lant! ho!" Everybody looked eastward, and saw a black speck on the horizon. That it was the island there was no doubt. Every moment now it drew nearer and became plainer. Jed could hardly restrain his excitement, and was aR delighted as 11 child with-a new toy. Be walked the deck and studied the distant land closely. Frank smiled, and\aid: lt looks as if you would get your gold after all, Jed." "Gosh dang it, I ain't afraid but I will. I wouldn't keer s3 much, HI hadn't mortgaged the form an' said 80 much obou t it, thet it would give thet Melindy Curtis a chance tew laugh at me."

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THE ISLE OF HEARTS. 13 All laughed at this. "Don't rear," cried Frank. "You shall have a chanc<.i yet to laugh at nil the Hawkville people." Nearer they drew to the Archipelago now. Frank sailed in among tbe islands and studied each with his glass. Finally he said: "I have done my work. Now let us get that gold for Jed and then we'll start for home." This was a joyful announcement. Barney and Pomp hastened to execute the order. Up from the hold of the Grampus there were brought mining tools of the most approved kind. These were classified and placed in the small boat. "We will anchor very near the shore," said Frank, "and as fast ae we secure the ore we will bring it aboard. Tll;B ,.lVill not be difficult for I can see millions of it 10 that \Jl'ack snn,t." I Jed was in high leather. He was everywh.ere at all times. He was eager for work of any kind. It was not long before the mining party was ready Then the boat put out for the shore. When the keel struck the sands the miners leaped out. Frank's knowledge of gold mining was now of value to them. He located the claims which he thought would pan out the richest. Then work wns begun. There was plenty of water to ;wash the ore with and chemicals to separate 1t from the useless matter. In a short while all the machines were at work. Frank's prediction in i:egard to the ore bearing qualities of the region proved correct. The sands were weighted with the precious metal. And in the couri: 3 of the washings some very tine nuggets were --1 ... Jll-tlnd. Barney carefcily separated the piles of gold dust and Pomp tieil it up in hage. Fra1:k anI Jtid worked the cradle machini>s. Tilus n week drifted by Any number of canvas sacks of gold were s:ored away a1ioard tile "Well," suid Frank one day, "are you satisfied now, Jell! We have put six hundred dollars' worth of gold aboard. Is not tl1:ot a large enou:zh fortune?" T11" countryman's eyes danc6d. \Vhv, lhet'll buy thH hull township or Huwkville," he declared. or course it will. Are you not content?" !11 course 1 am, an' derued ready to o hum. But look hyer!" Well? "I ain't agoin' tew take all this 'ere goJd, yew kin bet!" "Well," said Fmnk, "to pay for our tabor, I'll make this prnposi on. Fifty thousand can go to Barney and fifty ,thousaud to Pomp. will take one hundred thousand, and you sllall have the balance." Yew ain't keepin' protesteu Jed. "We're keeping all we want, and that is enough. Fo,ir hundred 1ousand !s all you will need, and it will make of you the richest man 1 Hawkville." "In course it will," cried Jed. "I'm tickled tew death! Whew! Wor.'t Melintly cum to terms now pooty quick!" "I should say she would!" sain the channel was entered. The adventurers took their last look o.t the White Seo.. A few mo menta late: the walls or the pdssage abut it from view, and the stormy waters of the North Atlantic showed allead. Oot into the green sea ran the Grampus. As far as the eye could reach icebergs dotted it. Suddenly Frank gave a great start and ehooted to Barney: Bring me my long range glo.ss. Hurry up!" Barney vanished in the cabin. When he c11me out he had glass. Frank took it and leveled it at a distant berg. Then he exclaimEld: "Change the course four points, Barney. It is just as I thought. That Is not a part of the berg!" The berg at which Frank had been looking was lour points off the bow. It looked at that distance io the naked eye as if a ship's pennallt Hoat1og from one of its peaks. And closer leiok at it with a glass revealed an astonishing fact. One of the white sides of the berg was really the sail of a ship, and the
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'l'HE ISLE OF HEARTS. He lay back panting on the pillow. The girl, Marie, crouched on the other side of the couch. She watched Frank with a strange intensity. It was not long before steps were beard on the stairs. Barney and Jed entbred They brought light food and drink. Very Hparingly this was admin istered to the starving ones. For hours the good sumarilane worked over the unfortunate skrpper a 9 d his daughter. After a while both sank to sleep. 'l'hey awoke a few hours later, refresbed and hung ry. Plenty of food was now them. For !lours tbe submarine boat lay alongside, and Pomp taxed his a kill as a cook. The recovery o! the two survivors was quick. Tha skipper was soon able to get upon his fee t. New vigor ran in his veins, the blood came back, and color mounted to his cheeks. It would oe only a question of time to reswre his fieeb. Then he told bis srory, whic:i waR already very well known. He was the master or the ship the Vulcan, whaler from Prince town, U. S. A. Nipped in the ice eight months previous, they bud run slrnrt of provisions. In the bleaK ice field no subsistence could be found. One by one the sailors died, and soon only himseH and Marie, his daughter, were left. Neither would have survived another twenty four hollrs. "We owe our lives to you," be said, gratefully. Vie shall not forget. Heaven will reward you!" We are human," said Frank. "We would not refuse aid to suffering fellow beings, and we ask no pay." 'fbe girl, Marie, quickly recovered. Sbe speedily developed Joyous spirits. To be sure, her father's ship was lost, and tbe crew had perisbed, leaving a dreadful memory. But that reconciliation to grief wbich a merciful Provi dence sends us bad become hers. Jed seemed to at once become inler.ested in the captain's daughter. He was a great, awkward C9nntryman, but Marie made warm friends with him, and they were often together, This soon became noticeable. The Grampus was well off Cape Farewell one day, when Bamey turned to Pomp, and said: "Shure, do yez know I think the coantryman an' thet captain's daughter are sure to make a go av it. The big galoot can't kape away from her." "Golly! don' know as I blames him ., fo' suab! If I was a fine young white fellah now, I'djes' go in an' cut. him out, suah's lOu'se bo'u." "&umph!" was Barney's reply. But he ma:le use of the hint conveyed by the coon. He seized every opportunity to !idle up to the pretty Marie. Jed noticed this and it made him scowl. Alarie would not hilve been feminine if she haG negle:ted the oppor tunity for a little coquetry. 'l'l!is made life miserable for Jed. But on e day Barney came down into the galley where Pomp wus with a long face and a lugubrious whistle. The coun looked at him shrewdly. Wha' am de mattah wif yo', l'lsb!" be asked. "Yo' looks as if yo' had !ell down and put yo' foot in yo' face." "Humph!" sniffed Barney. "My cake is all dough now, naygur. Shure it's the marble heart I've been afther gettin'." The marble heart?" exclaimed Pomp, in affected surprise. W!Jo eber was so unkind as to use so kind a gemmen as yo'tclat way!" Jest as if yez didn't know. 'l'he pooty little colleen Lo be allure!" Pomp dropped his cooking ladle. "Yo' don't say!'' he exclaimed with arn;is akimbo. Who am de pig in de poke!" Shure lt'e that country jay that don't know a cock-tuil from the ind av the woruhl." Hum!" was all Pomp could say. Then he fell to beating up pastry with al! !Jis might. Barney looked as azure as a blue-bottle lly. flut it didn't do any good. Jed certainly had the call, and Barney wns left out or it entirely. Finally Pomp a desperate effort to explain the defectl'on. "Golly!" he said; "do yo' know I link she must bah been told by som ? one dat yo' haid a wife in America." What!" crillll Barney, leaping to bis feet. "Jest yez wait until I foinll me traducer! Mis\her Pomp, I name yez as my second." "l'se yo' 'possum," said Pomp. "Wait till I raca the scoundllrel!" cried Barney, tragically. "Wait for me return!" And away he dashed for the deck. Pomp crept up to the top of the companito ladder and listened. Wha t he witnessed was not specially tragic. By the after rail of the Gram pas sat Jed and Marie. They were leaning over the rail and t h P Yankee's long legs were sprawled half way across the deck. Barney hall the deck and stood still. He surveyed the elephantine proportions of bis rival and perhaps saw that after all gan1e was up. Ev e n if he in thrashing Jed, which was doubtful, it mieht only prejudice Marie against him. Very wisely tllerefore be abandoned lhll i s aue ._ Be turned back to the companionway and nt that moment caught si;rht _or Pomp's griuning Dhiz. Then 1t dawned upon him that the coon was jollying him. This an l!tlred 1 he Celt, and he proceeded to vent bis spleen upon the coon, whose llghLing weight he had often tested, Failing to see any other a.vailable object at hand, he snatched off his shoe, a heavy br<>gan, and hurled it at Pomp. The aim was deadly. The shoe rarromed off the coon's head like a shot from a duck's back. The blow would have brained a white man. But Pomp only ducked and cried, with a uurst of laughter: "Try it agaiu, l'ish! Yo' ain't no goodl Re, he, be! Did yo" evab get left? You'se a big stilt!:', yo' is!" Begorra, we'll see!" cried the Celt, dashing dow n the ladder. "No man iver calle:l me a big etlrnff an' lived to boast av it!" But Pomp had gained thll gulley threshol:l, and he picked up the flour scoop. As B&rney attempted to rush in he got the while contl!n.ts full in the face. h filled his eyes, nose and lbroat, and. strangled him. He retreated in hot haste, and the gulley door slammed in his face He could not gel.Alt the coou to wreak vengeance upon him n&w. So he did the dtost graceful thing he could, under ,be circumstauees which was LO retire Lo his stute-roorn aud wash up. 1:he voyage hoir.e across the Atlantic w.as without any thriUing rnc1dent. Captain Benton grew hearty and well before SL. Johns was,reaehed, which was the point where he wished t.o .. dii!& mhark, for !dlace was where the owners or tile Vulcan resiW!d. Maria grew rosy and buxom again. To be sure, her father had 1011t his all on th.& sea, save a .fllw thousands in a Halifax bank. But the owr;ers oL the Vulcan would recover their insurance, and Captair; Benton was resolved lo leav.e the 9ea. He had a penchant for mercantile lil'e,, and was decided to enter upon it in St. Johns, N. B. I've sailed the seas all my life,,'" he said. I've beeu sb-ip.wrecked in the Carolines and nigh eaten by cannibals, last experience in the Arctic has been enough for me. Henceforth f am. a laud t>ird." "For which 1 am very glad, father,'' 9aid Marie. .... You kno.w"'" my interests have all been ashore!" I presume there will be a Q-ouble reasoo for that. n0.w," said the. doting mischievously. Marie blushed and would n-Ot reply. B1.t silence iB oft-times morQ expressive than words. I It was a happy crowd which stood on the deck of< the submariue bout as she entered Halifax harbor. From ther& Be11tons weue to lake the cars for St. Johus. They went ashore, and .Jed was the last to say farewell. He shook hands in his hulking way wi'f._ Skipper Benton. Rut when he tucned to Murie tears swam iu his big, blue eyes. "Gosh dang my buttons!'? be crlell. "We might as well out. with it, gal. If I thought I warn't tew see yew agib I'd die right bere, bust me if I wouldn't.!' Sh!" said Marie, with scarlet lace. What. are you saying!" "I don't keer a darn!" cried blunt Jed. .. I'd jest as so-00 ther whole world would know it, an' I'm not goin' to cover it up any longer, outlier. Begosh, boys, this ere leetle gal is goin' to he my wife. Who are ye is big enuff tew stand an' say 1t kaia't be s<>!" JE>d looked !It Barney as he made tllis belligerent announcement. But the Celt faded into the background. The gauntlet was not picked up. There was a stupefied @ilence for some moments. Then Frank advanced with a smile and said: Miss Benton, I must congratulate you upon the wisdom of your choice. Your husban1\ is not only a modern Crcesus, but a strong armed protector as well. I wish you joy!" Marie blushingly bowed: "l thank you!" But Jed fairly threw his arms about Frank and lifted hlm like a straw. "Gosh dang it. I allus knew yew was my friend," be roared. !.I'll never fergit Frank Reade, Jr." ..Look here," said Cnptain Benton with mock seriousneas, I am the most interested party here and I have not been consulted yet. Sir!" (urning to Jed sternly, "when you bargain for a craft, whether it be schooner, sloop or brig, be sure you open negotiations with the owner!" Jed nigh collapsed at this. For a moment he took the matter seri ously. Ile looked pitifully at Marie. But the young girl laughed and said: "Can't you see he's only joking, Jed." "Whoop-la!" cried the irrepressible Yankee. "If tbaL's the case, I'll do bizness with the owner now. Haow much dew yew ask fer this tinest, trimmestr1eged, little craft afloat on life's sea, sir?" This was a flight in poetical fancy which none hail believed Jed capable of. Everybody applauded, but Captain Benton still affected seriousne"s, and suid: Well, I have always reckoned her as worth, at least, one hundred thousand dollars---" "In gold!" interrupted Jed. "Cheap enough at half the price, an' yEw shall have e\'ery goldurned of it an' more." "Don't talk foolish, Jed,'' aaid Marie. "You might offer father a home with us on the farm--" "On tber farm! Haw-haw-haw!" and Jed roared with laughter. Then sobering down he offered his hand to Captain Renton. l beg yure pardon r be said. Perhaps I'< better tell you, or something which you do not know, an' which I'm glad ti1at Marie didn't know, fer I'm sure she's takin' me for myself alone. An' that's worth a got'ld i;leal for me. Captain Benton, I kin make yore leetle gal one of ther happiest ladies in ther land, fer I have got four hun,

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\ THE ISLE thouRand dollars in gold or u,iy own. Mister Reade here will swear to it." Marie gave a little scream and clung to her father. Captain Ben ton turned pale. "I trust there Is no jesting here," he said. "My word on it," said.fed, earnestly. "Marie, do ye love me any the less for it?" Then the story of JeJ's find and the consequent events was told. Captain Benton was stunned. He was entirely taken by surprise. But Jed's honest, whQle-souled words soon put bim at bis ease. Marie was a bit more sby, but Jed only thoul!hl tbe more or her for it. It was arranged that the wedding should take place within / a month. Captain Benton accepLed Jed's offer Lo enter upon a business as part ner with him. or course the report of Jed's return and his luck convul8ed Hawk ville. The tbird day after his arrival home he received a daintily perfumed epistle. OF HEARTS. I 15 "DEAR JED:-I, or course, dili!!.her, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO BECOME A BOWLER-A complete manual of bowling. Containing full instructions for playing all the standard Ameri can nnd German games, together with rules and systems of sporting in use by the principal clubs in the United1 States. By Bartholomew Batterson, Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent tdi your address, postage free, on receipt of the price. Address Frank 'l'ousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS-Containing valuable information regarding the collecting and arranging of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers1in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE HAND-Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, or the secret of palmistry, Also the secret of telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY-Containing full in structions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuaLion and composition; together with specimen let ters. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tousey, publisher,.29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO BECOME A CONJURER-Containing tricks with Dom inoes, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing 36 illustra tions, By A. Anderson. Price 10 cents. Address Frank Tou sey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS-Containing complete in structions for perfoi;ming over sixty Mechanical 'fricks. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it by mail, postage free, upon re ceipt of price. Address Frank Tousey, Publisher, :l9 Wel!t 26th Street, New York. HOW TO BECOME A NAV A'L CADET-Complete instructions of how to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Academy. Also containing the course of instructions, descriptions of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a boy should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Compiled ana written by Lu Senarens, Author of How to Be come a West Point Military Cadet." Price 10 cents. For sale by every newsdealer in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your addres11, post-paid, on receipt of the p_rice. Ad dress Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADETContaining full explanations how to gain admittarlce, cour8' of Study, Examinations, Staff of Officers, Pos t Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy sh9uld know to become a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Senarens, Au thor of "How to Become a Naval Cadet." Price 10 cent3, For sale by every newsdealer in the United States and Canada, or will be sent to your address, post-paid, on receipt of the price. Address Frank Tousey, publisher, 29 West 26th Street, New York.

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