Frank Reade, Jr., exploring a submarine mountain; or, Lost at the bottom of the sea.

Frank Reade, Jr., exploring a submarine mountain; or, Lost at the bottom of the sea.

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Frank Reade, Jr., exploring a submarine mountain; or, Lost at the bottom of the sea.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Containing Stories of Adventures on Land ,Sea & in the Air. seeking refuge in some building; but before a roof tra,p could be found the crab waa upon them. One of its olaws seized Barney by the leg. The Celt fell, &Iid went under the monster.


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__.. AS' RANK READE O NTAINING STORIES OF ADVEN T U RES O N LAND S E A AND IN THE AIR. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New Y01k, N. Y., Post Office. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1903 in the ojfice of the Libarian of Congrese, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squa1e, Neto York. ;r No. 29. NEW YORK, MAY 15, 1,903. Price 5 Cents. h Reade, Jr., Exploring a Submarine Mountain; \' I D A T li OR, LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA. CHAP'i'ER I. 'rHE NEW SUBM:ARTNE BOAT. By NO NAM E ---.. rine mountain. The di s tance from its s ummit to its base at the bottom of the sea is fully thirty-eight thousand feet in altitude." "How do you know that ?" i "Hum! You think and Erebuh and Popocat"From deep sea, barometrica1 measurement." Frank Reade, J r:, was at once interested etl and Mont Blanc and other peaks I might menti?n, gh mountains, but I can tell you there is a mountain !l.der the seas higher than them all." "And whe r e is this wonderful submarine mountain?" he asked. "Can you tell me that?" t Prof. Giles Mayhew adjusted hi s eyeg lasses and glared "Why, certainly;" replied Prof. Mayhew. "It is in the I er their rims at Frank Reade Jr., the famous young ingreat Pacific Valley, extending from the Aleutian Isles on ntor whose fame is world wide. the north to the Sandwich I s land s The two men at the moment were in the library of the "You mean the valley extends that distance?" Scientifi c Society, of Prof. Mayhew was "Yes." "Whereabouts in this valley do you reckon this suQmarine "Your remark i s anomalous!" said Frank; "the high est mountain is?" untain in the world under the sea?" 1 About thre e thousand mile s from Honolulu, northeast. -"That is what I said." Ah, me! I wish that it was possible to explore that moun tain, for it is b e lieved to hav e once above the sea and "How do you make that out?" i


I FRAKK READE, JR. EXPLORING A SUBMAR[NE 3 But though the line" 1re r c the re, the breadth of b e am and of keel were greate r This, of course, was for s teadiness. Above the howeve r, th e c hara c t e r of the boat was entire ly diff e rA cabin o f thin but tough s teel extended from the bow "You believe it?" Of c ourse I d o but-" "What?" "Are you reall y in e arnest whe n y ou s ay that you will r e ally tak e me along with you in expl&atron of ,that Submarin e Mountain?" "Why of course I am." The professor turne d away to hide a powerful wave of p s t h e r e was an a r c h e d o p e ping passing from on e emotion which swept over him He was an overjoyed man. to t h e ot h e r a nd a s li g h t deck b ui lt out and guarded a han d r ail. rward and above th e cabin was a pilot-house, cylindri-The cabin i tself was pos esse d of a dome roof with d e ad w indow s In the center of the roof w a f a powerful e lecsear chlig h t, oper ated f r o m b elow. T w o f o r e a nd af t ; w e r e intend e d to s t eady the boat, h e n trave lin g on th e surface. W l This i s a mea g e r account o f th e exterior of the SUIIl/.lrine t. CHAPTER II. U N DER THE SEA. Of c oure e the ne'Ys got aboard that Frank Reade, J r., had inv e nted a s ubmarin e boat. A s a result the s hop s were beseiged by. an army of re porter s and s ightseers. T he interior was a r e v e lation c r a nk s sent beseeching and thre atening l e tters. One ank l e d th e way into th e c abin. This was furni s hed f h mi s guid e d individual offered a million dollars or t e use a palace. 'rhe r e w e r e s moking-room s, a drawing room lib ra r y, state rqom s and dining s alon ';['he n bey ond 'Vas th e gun room and the magazine. B e and forward was th e e ngin e -room, where were the :wonele c t ric e ngines. Thi s inte rest e d the professor the and 11lso the huge a i td ai r c ompressor whi c h e nabled the boat to ris e s ink b y t h e s impl e m e thod o f taking in water and then it out o f th e reservoir with th e compr e ssed air. qu estion o f s u s tai ning lif e und e r th e wat e r had bee n r pro v i d ed f or. In variou s par ts of the vessel w e re huge trumpet mouthed valve s These connected with a: ch e mical air chamber, the air o f t h e boat con s tantl y passing over the chem was r eturne d from impuritie s and as replete with oxyg e n a s was neces sary Life could be s u s tain e d und e r water an indefi n ite period as long a s th e chemi c al s s hould last. Prof ess or Giles May h e w ex a mined eve ry d e tail carefully The n he gripped Frank's hand and s ilently walked out on Not until they wer e ashore did he s peak "Frank, y ou have done it. You are the most remarkable in the world to -day." 'That i s putting it a littl e s trong, Professor!" said with a s mil e Your s ubmarine boat is a wonder." of the boat in blowing up the British navy. Some mos t r e dicu:lous proposal s were made But all these communications went into the basket. Frank was not a fool. He had extra guard estab li s hed, and hurri edly made preparation s for the start. governm ent sent a repr e sentativ e to view the boat, and an offer was mad e for the secret, but Frank said: "I do not approve of war or its horrible e ngines. I don't wis h my inv e ntion to e ver b e turne d to s uch a purpose. For that r e ason and the good of humanity at large i prefer to keep m y s e cret." "But think of its value," protested the agent. "That may be. But money is no obje ct to me at all. government has enough to defend its e lf with now." "You are not patriotic." The "Just th e s am e I am not lending myself to the inve n tion of engine s o{ d e struction If the s e cret of my boat was to be u sed by the governm ent for th e rescue of human life or the betterment of human kind, I would present it to them." And h e re the s ubj ect dropped. The agent went away dis comfited. Th e day of the start for Tortoi s e cam e It was not alto gether a pro!Jitious day The skies of w e r e cloud y and overhung, and there were mut t erin gs of a s torm. But thi s did not affect the sailipg of the s ubmarine boat. So at the appoint e d hour all was announced in readiness -


4 FRANK READE, JR.,-EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. A mighty throng gathered upon the stone walled banks of tl}e canal. At the right moment the gates of the reservoir were opened. The water came surging out and brought upon its flood the famous craft. mighty cheer went up from thousands of tlll'oat;;. Frank Reade, Jr., appeared for a moment upon the deck waving the American flag. Then the Tortoise glided out into the canal. For a few moments she was visible on the surface of the water in her trimness of outline. Then s uddenly a great cry went up from the crowd. "Look! Down she goes!" This was true. With a mighty plunge the submarine boat went down beneath the waters of the canal. It was as if she had sunk from sight forever. Some moments elapsed. vV:hen a sufficient depth had been reached in his esf tion Frank shut the valve. This held the boat in suspension. Frank now put the propeller in motion. The Tortoise shot forward through the water. The effect was indescribable Contrary to general opinion, the deep sea is not a mu intangible waste of dense water. It was as clear as air, and the electric searchlight pelled the gloom, so thnt the s ubmarin e navigators could objects half a mile ahead. The bed of the ocean lay below them a hundred fee more. And a wonderful sight it was To attempt to describe all the various and beaut' forms of submar in e life would be impossible. There strange aquatic plants, curious shells, huge sea mons vari-colored fish, coral reefs, forests and hills. Then another mighty yell went up. Some hundred yards All these various things passed kaleidoscope-like be:ll down the stream there was see!l a dark object rising from the the vision of the voyagers. liquid depths. The bars were removed from the cabin windows and "She is coming up!' Pro. Mayhew speechless with wonder. Up into the light of day she shot, shaking the water "If I were to die to-morrow!" he declared. "I wo-8 duck-like from her back. 'I'he Tortoise was a success. count my life well lost for this mighty privilege." A short distance below she ran into the river. "We are in the edge of the Gulf Stream now," declal! The party were off for the Atlantic Ocean. The start Frank. "Wait until we get down tothe Equator." "What then?" was a s uccess. The incidents of the voyage were to be thrilling indeed. "We will encounter a species of fish and plant life whi The voyage down the river was devoid of any thrilling inlives in suspension." R cide nt. All the way to the ocean the Tortoise sailed upon "In s usp ension?" r the surface. "Yes, so deep ai:e the waters there. There are In due time the Atiantic was reached. Frank ran well of these various forms of life which could not exist at thtl out' to sea and then set his course. depths. Indeed the submarine boat could not safely desc Straight through the Atlantic to Cape San Roque, South to those depths.'' America, he drew the first line. "The nearest and most direct way for us, and in fact the only feasible route, is around Cape Horn. It will take a "I understand. The pressure would be too great." "Exactly." "But this suspended plant and fish life-where does good while to make the trip, but on the way we shall meet get nutrition?" with many wonderful scenes!" "Ah, not more than a third of the submari ne plants "Right you are!" cried Mayhew. "We shall. explore a their subsistence from the soil," replied Frank. good part of the waters of the world." "You think not?" r Everybody was in high spirits. "I know it: The ocean is full of organisms which S\1 When well off the coast Frank went into the pilot-house plants feed upon. Their specific gravity holds them and pressed a lever. This shut and sealed hermetically every door and window of the boat. Then he opened the reservoir valve. The air was automatically compressed into the various cylinders, and the water rushed int6 the reservoir. The boat instantly sank. they an!. Those plants could not sink deeper." "Wonderful!" "So far as the illusion goes, you would never know that you were traveiing over the ocean bed just the sam here: Drop a heavy object, however, and it goes crashl through to greater d epths."


FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A "I shall be glad to view that interesting phenomenon!" aid Prof. Mayhew. "I sha ll make a report of it to our soiety." "It will be good material." At that moment th ere was a sudden shock. Both men were thrown from their feet. Thing s in the a abin rattled about furiously. "Mercy on u s What was that?" gasped the professor. "We str uck something!" s "I should say so Barney was in the pilot-house. Frank sprang thither. "What was the matter?" he asked. "Shure, sor, it was only a big shark got plumb in ay of ther boat," declared Barney. f Did we hit him?" e "Shure, we cut him in two loike a bit av cheese, sor.'? eJ Frank laughed, as did the prolessor. ''It would bC well for sharks and s uch like to of our way," d e clared Frank. "I wouldn't like to e ncoun t er a whale, though.'' \ w That would be bad." I "Well, rather But I have s harpened the ram of the boat u that it would cut lik e a razor.'' For the r:est of the day the s ubmarine boat k e pt on. r 1 Two days passed, and Frank reckoned that they were omewhere in vicinity of the Bermudas "Will we stop there?" asked Mayhew. "We will not stop, unless necessary, until we reach the Pacific," declared Frank. "I intend there to make the isle lf Juan de Fernandez We will go on s hore and visit th e ajcenes of the famous Robinson Crusoe. It will rest the en and I may have to do a little repairing on them." e i "That will be grand," replied the profes s or, enthusia s "Count me on that ever y time.'' The next day, as the professor was at his post, he gave n udden, sharp cry s "Frank!" The young inventor was in the gun-room. He heard the tartled cry and at once rushed out. "What?" he cried. "Come here-quick!" u Frank rushed to the window. The professor pointed to a black object in the distant glare of the searchlight. "A s unken ship !" Such indeed it was. 1 1 The professor looked eagerly at Frank. "Would it be too much to ask?" be said. e ri} "Do you wish to visit it?" Mayhew nodded in reply. :1 Frank shouted to Barney:-" Barney, check the propeller and stand down for that sunken wreck. The profe ssor want s to see it." "All right, s or." The submarine boat now drew rapidly n ear the wreck. The voyagers saw that it was a full-rigged ship. But the masts were brok en, the rigging and sails rotted, and the hull had begun to fall apali. That is had been the victim of a s torm seemed possible 1,1ntil the electric boat drew alongside. Then Frank point e d to somP gaping holes in the side, and said: "Those are shot holes. She was s unk by a privateer or a pirate." At once all were inter este d in the .sunken s hip. The professor studied the hull intently. "I wis h we could ransack her," h e finally said. "We cnn.'' The professor looked astounded. "What do you mean?" he asked. "Just what I say. If you wish to visit her decks you shall do so." Prof. Mayhew could hardly believe his senses. CHAPTER III. ON BOARD THE SUNKEN SHIP. "You are not joking, Frank?" "Of course not." "And you really mean it?" "Why, certainly.'' "But--" "Well, what?" "Row on earth arc you going to do it, I'd like to know?" "Why, simply put on diving suits." "Oh !" The profes sor drew a deep breath. "But won' t that be risky?" "Not a bit ." "If the life lines should-" "But I don't use lif e lines. These diving suits are my own peculiar invention, and you can travel safely for hours anywhere under the s ea.'' "iVell, I s hould like to see them.'' "Romp!" said Frank, per emp torily, "go below and bring up thre e of the diving suits. We will visit the wreck. Bar ney, you are to remain here until we r(!turn." The order was obeyed. I


Ti1e, submarine boat was allowed to rest on the bed of the ocean, about :fifty feet from the wreck. The interim was all a surface of s mooth white sand, apd excellent f ooting. Frank now exhibited the diving suits whic h were his own invention. They were wonderful in des ign. A helmet simply :fitted over head and s houlders. Upon th e back th ere was a large c y lindri c al reservoir and a c h e mi c al apparatu s for th e c ir c ulation and manufa c hue of fresh air s imilar to that e mploy e d in the boat. Heavy w eights were plac e d upon the feet; the diver was then equipped. With the s e s uits on, the three explorer s proce e d e d to l eave the boat. Thi s was done in an original and peculiar manner. In the side of the b o a t was buil t a vestibule. Into thi s the diver s s tepp e d a nd shut a h e rm e ti c all y se al e d door The n the y s impl y ope n e d a n out e r door a llow e d the ves tibule to fill with w a t e r a nd walk e d out o n deck. \ They the n climb e d ove r th e side and s tood upon th e b e d of the ocean. To cross the inte rvenin g di s tance to the wrec k was a n ea s y job: Each carri e d at hi s belt s tout lines, a hat c h e t and a pike But .Frank did not h ear until their helm e ts w e r e toge Then h e h e ard t h e professor say : 'Do you think there i s any danger of s harks attac u s ?" "Certainly," replied Frank. "The re don't s eem to be any in sight." No. But one might appear any time. It is well to on guard." "All ri g ht. Aft e r thi s th e professor k e p t a g ood lookout for the d e ly sea mon sters Frank proceeded cautiou s ly a c ross th e dec k to the rotti s tair s whi c h led down into the c abin. Here he b e ckoned the oth e rs to follow him H e tou c h e d a little spring, and a n e l ec tric light flas h in a s mall globe upon the top o f his h elme t. Xhi s dis p e lle.d the gloom in t h e comp a nionway. Fra slowly mad e his way down th e s t airs. The c abin was at once lit up. The w a t e r was a t r cloud y a s the of the div e r s ril e d it, but yet e v e ry olJ j ect c ould be plainl y seen. The r e was the cabin tabl e and upon it w e r e a numb{) of halfeate n pewter mug s and a. s ilv e r fltJgon. crnn ble d to powd e r at the m e re touch. These were for pra cti c al use. C hair s w e r e at the tabl e and in one o f these was a s k e l Frank R e ad e Jr., led the way. Pomp was clast> b e hind ton a lmo s t r e duc e d to nothingness. him and the professor in the rear. A s they dr e w n ear th e hulk it w a s seen that s h e was a 1ar g e craft of th e c lipp e r patte rn. In h e r day s he mu s t have b e en a fine s hip. The hull of the s hip was cov e r e d with 'seaweecl and aquatic growth. With difficulty a lin e was passed ove r th e rail and all clambered up to t h e deck. Some of th e timber s b a d rotte d away, and the re w e re gaping ap e rture s in the deck. It was necessary to use g r eat c ar e t h a t they did not fall through one of these. As the y ove r the rail a vast number of fis h darted out of th e dark d epths some of them of the most prodigious size The only way that one of the divers could communicate with the other was by placing their h e lmet s close together and shouting very loudly. Even then it was a faint whisper and not easily under stood. But the professor, who wis hed to try the e xperim ent, drew near Frank, and spoke. He shouted loudly. The f urni s hin gs of the c abin w e r e gone, havin g sue c umbed t o the effect s of tim e and the wat e r. Passin g through this cabin, the e xplor e r s r e a c h e d the f o11 ward hold and h e r e they cam e to a closed door. A touch howe v e r, caused it t o fa11 to pieces. Passing into tho compartm ent beyond whic h h a d n eithe t window nor d eadeye a horribl e s i g h t was reveal ed. Six crumblin g sk e l e ton s la y upon t h e floor with c ha int encompassing them. The truth was pl a in They w e r e prison e r s a board t h s hip, and had bee n l eft to drown in the c abin lik e r a t s in a trap. It was a horrible sight to con te mpl a t e With a shiveJ the diver s passed from the s p ot. Forward s till furthe r the y c am e t o th e main d eck, an here were sev e ral untruc k e d c annon a n c l mor e s k e l e ton s Moldering weapon s lay about and th e r e was eve ry evi d e uce tha t a :fie r ce :fight had t a k e n p lace. In the lower hold w e re provi s ion s and s tore s, of cour long s inc e gone to decay. There was nothing of value to be found for the a c tion o water and time had destroyed all.


FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. No log, of course, was preserved to tell the dread story /of the ship's fate. This might only be guessed at. It was safe to It was certain to be a fight to the end, for the shark would never give up the battle until killed. There was no other way but to attempt the killing of the wever, that she had been a merchant vessel, and had monster. been looted and sank by either a pirate or a privateer. What her nationality it was not even possible to learu. ot the slightest clew was to be had. If there had been a name upon her hull it was obliterated. The name and story of the ship's must forever remain 'rhe professor secured several strange specimens of shE'llfrom the cabin walls to repay him for his visit. 'rhen started to return to the submarine boat. Climbing the stairway, they once more came out on eleele The glare of the submarine boat's searchlight flooded the deck and the vicinity. Objects were plainly visible, far and Pomp was for the nonce safe. But the shark had aimed his course for Frank and the professor. So lightning-like were the fish's motions that they were nearly taken off their guard. They had just time to see the long, dark body shooting like a thunderbolt down upon them from above. The white belly of the shark gleamed for a bare inst-ant in the glare of the electric Then Frank bent low and just missed the reeking jaws. Up went the knife, and a. large rent was torn in the monster's side. Reel blod'd suffused the waters, and the shark apparently was convulsed, for it vanished, threshing the water into a And just as they reached the rail, the contingel_lcy which whirl. Frank motioned to the prOfessor, and both dropped over Up from the lower depths there suddenly darted a monthe rail. body. It flashed around them like a meteor. bel "The shark!" gasped the professor, instinctively feeling for l1is ax. Then he saw the wide-open jaws swooping clown upon Pomp. The shark had turned upon his back, and meant to swallow the darky if he could. There was not a moment to lose. The professor yelled, but his voice did not go beyond his helmet. The next moment the shark struck Pomp. It had intended to seize the negro in its powerful jaws. Had it succeeded it would have been the end of Pomp. But as fortune had it the darky at that moment saw the body bearing down up01,1 him. He had not time to more than drop in his tracks. The lower jaw, or, rather, the upper one or snout of the shark, struck Pomp between the shoulders. Over the rail he went like a flash. The shark darted past the professor and Frank, prostrating botli. Pomp fell into the soft sands under the vessel's hull. He was unhurt, but badly frightened. However, he leaped to his feet and looked for his companions. The shark had shot a hundred yards away, leaving a whirling wake, but it now turned and shot upward. The divers knew that this was merely to prepare for an other downward attack, and there was a possibility that this Frank seized the ship's rail with one hand and drew a long knife. The professor did the same. rrhey found Pomp just 1tbout to climb up again. Putting their helmets together Frank said: "I think I struck a vital part. If so he will not return." "Pray Heaven you have!" cried the profeseor. will be a fortunate escape for us." "Golly, Marse Frank shouted Pomp. "I done fink we bettah go back to de Tortoise." "And we will," replied Frank; "but let us wait here a short while for the sake of safety.'' rrhis was clone. 'rhey crouched for a time under the huil of the sunken vessel. But the shark did not come back. There was no doubt but that Frank's strolw had proveJ fatal and he was killed This was good news. 'l'hc three divers now returned in .safety to the Tortoise. Barney greeted them eagerly. It was their first tJ'ip under the sea in the new diving suits. On the whole it had been a success. The journey was now resumed, and once m01.e the Tor toise went shooting through the water. CHAPTER IV. ON ROBINSON CRUSOE'S ISLAND. The days passed and still the Tortoise kept on her southern course under the sea.


s READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Many wonders were seen by the voyagers, many stra n ge l "There it is!" cried Pro.f. Mayhew, pointing to t sights which would :fill volumes north Mighty submarine v M leys were traversed, terrible abysses A mere speck upon the horizon it sc.-emed. But the su crossed, coral reefs and forests, sunken wrecks, strange sea marine boat quickly covered the intervening distance. monsters, and many other things too numerous 'by far to Soon the rocky cliffs and waving palms came into view. a mention. 'l'hen the Tortoise anchored in a little bay There was a powerful fascination in this species of marine travel for Prof. Mayhew. The old man would sit for hours by the great observation windows of the Tortoise, and never tire of the many sights which, kaleidoscope-like, flashed before his vision. It was very seldom that Frank allowed the Tortoise to rise to the surface, and then it was only for the purpose of getting bearings. One day he announced that they were in Cape Horn watel'l:'. But this might have been known by the fact that the water was much colder than any they had yet encountered It became necessary to make use of the elechic heaters, which kept an even temperature aboard the Tortoise. The character of the marine life now changed very mate rially. Whales and seals and fishes peculiar to Arctic wa ters were encountered. The bed of the ocean here was very rocky indeed. It was hard to :find even a good spot the kelp and jagged rocks for the Tortoise to rest when a halt was made. But in due course the Cape was rounded and the subma rine voyagers were in the South Pacific Frank now set his course for the i s le of Juan de Fernan dez. The run northward was through calm water s and was quickly made. One morning Frank walk e d into the pilot-house, s aying: It was an easy matter to get out a small boat and paddl to the shore. Pomp was left aboard the Tortoise. t Frank and the professor and Barney went ashore. Th < stood upon the shore of the famed island home of Robins Crusoe, the most famous of castaways. A rock near bore the name of Alexander Selkirk. e There were a few inhabitants upon t4e isle For a smal sum a representative of these showed the party to Crusoe' j Cave, the lookout hill, and other places connected with t life of the recluse. 1 It was all very interesting, and the party were well repaid Prof. Mayhew particularly was gratified. He made notes most profusely. After a time, however, they returned to the Tortoise. Frank now proceeded to busy himelf with the repairin of the engines and general ove rhauling. He found some of the bearing s badly worn. It had bee11 a long, hard trip, and this was not at all to be wondered a Two days the Tortoise lay off the i s land of Juan F e r nandez. Water was brought from t.he shore, and the engines wcr l car e fully overhauled. Then Frank cried:. "Now for the North Pac ific valley and the submarine mountain. There is work ahead for u s now." "I am glad to hear that said Prof. Ma y h e w enthui\i "Let her go to the surface, Barney We must be near astically. ".:} ready for it." Fernandez." "Shure, s or, an' I reckon we are," cried the Celt, heart ily. "Shure, sor, the bed of the ocean begins to show it." This was tn1e. It was easy to tell when land was near from the change in the color and motion of the water as well. Barney pressed the lever which opened the pneumatic valves. The reservoir was quickly forced up, the water being expelled, and the boat went to the' surface like a cork. As the Tortoise sprang dripping from the ocean depths and rested upon the surface sunlight was all about. The calm surface of the Pacific was visible beneath a cloudless sky. It was early in the day. The searchlight's rays were at once dispe n sed wit h. T h e n all instinctively looked for the island. The Tortoise, shortly after le a ving Juan d e F ernando went beneath the surface. Frank s et hi s cour se, and th long 'voyage was begun. 'l'he ocean for some distance was exceedingl y shallow But it grad u ally deepened a s they approached the equato No incident of more than passing inte rest occurred unt' ( they were off the Walker I s land s about ten degrees north latitude.' Here the submarine boat came upon a curious formatim of the ocean bed. It really seemed as if s ome mighty continent had sunl the depths and buried a vast civilie;ation. There were appearances of roads, of paved thoroughfar and walls, a s well a s divi s ion s of land. But al of cou rse was to a l arge ext

F R ANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SU B MARINE MOUNTAIN. 9 ried Barney, in amazement. "Shure, it luks as if some av archroology," cried the professor, wildly. "A lost world! A o omadhauns moight be down there nQw." sunken Atlantis!" "A nation under the sea!" cried Pro:f'. Mayhew. "How All now waited with interest to reach the proximity of su!:J,Wonderful and romantic that would be!" ihe sunken city. The Tortoise had soon approached within "I don' fink yo' will fin any ob dem people alibe jes' d e a few h1mdred feet of the walls. arne," averred Pomp with a grin; "dey am putty de ad afo' is, I reckon !" "But we are certainly passing over a region once inllab ited," averred the professor, positively. "Frank, why not The

FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. And as they did, to Frank and the professor there oc-Be y ond this was another bas in, which must have been .rurted many startlin g thought s lake 'l'hat th e los t p e opl e w e r e navigators was certa How many c enturies had elapsed since these streets for here were built piers and quays of s tone. were thronged with an intelligent people or these silent Cro ss ing this into anoth e r squar e they had started to houses inhabited? It was a wonderful thing to contem-turn to the Tortoise when another e xciting incident be plate, and made an impression on all. them CHAPTER V. THE GIANT CRAB. Suddenly Barney gav e a leap toward Frank, waving arms in alarm. But the young inv entor had seen the approaching pe almo s t a s quickly a s he had. J Down th e street the re c am e a stra n ge sea mon s t e r. It w \ of the cr a b s p e cie s but had long e r l e gs, was c apabl e of gre s p e ed, and had a tre m e ndous beak and fie rce eyes. I :E It w as of g i ant size and its ye llow armor gli t t e r e d in th That the former inhabitants of the sunke n city had been e l ec tric light mos t strang ely. p g no ordinary people there was little doubt. The extent of their c ity, the aTchitecture of their hou ses, Straight for the three divel"s it cam e 'rhat it r egard11 the m a s its prey see m e d morall y c e rtain. was all evidence that th e y w e r e to a high degree ci v ilized. At once the di vers starte d in r etrea t. But one and all, with th eir unknown mann e r s and heir speech and their per s on ality, the y had pass e d away The sea had s wallow e d the m up Their fate was only one of its many might y and s trange s ecrets It would n e v e r b e giv e n up. ].'or a long way th e party wand e r e d down the stree t. Then they came to a bro a d pav e d squaTe It was like walking on adamant to c ross its paving of incru s ted coral. No tangle of seawe ed, no litter of k e lp was ther e here. Ever y building, e v e r y d e tail was a s plain and bold in relief a s if ehi se l e d from th e whitest marble. Truly it was wond erful! Had the diver s been able to talk with e a c h oth e r, many were the expression s of a pproval the y would have exchang ed. This pav e d s quar e was full y two a c res in e xtent. Upon all s id e s rose high t e mpl e -lik e structures But wh e ther they had originall y been places of wor ship it was not eas y to s ay. I Ex.changing s ign s with his c Qmpanions, Frank essa yed to enter on e of these buildings. He mounted the s t e p s and pas::;ed through a bro a d por tico. Beyond thi s n e s aw a mighty, high ar c hed c hamber In the center of thi s was a basin which look e d a s if it might have been a pool or bath. But ther e w e re no object s of v ertu or any movable thing to be found. No trace of the los t race. Doubtless time, the action of the water and of c ora l in s ects had long sinc e destroy e d th eir r e m a in s Naught was l eft 'but the city and its wall s of e t e rn a l white. After thoroughly e x ploring the t e mple the divers left it upon another s treet. Here the y dis cove red a wonderful p e ri s tyle. But the sea m o n s t e r was gaining up o n the m m e nt. I Fra nk, glancing ove r his s hould e r Eaw that they certain to b e ovCTtak e n 'The crab was not fift y y ard s in their r e ar. t.ois e was a quarte r of a mile awa y So Frank, who was in advance,' s et t he e xample for tl oth e r s b y darting into a doorwa y Barney and th e professor f ollow e d him t They w e r e in a s mall buildin g, but the c rab c o uld no I purs u e the m furthe r for its bod y was large to g e t in ther door. But took up a pos iti o n at t h e doo r and seem e d di s pose to wait patientl y until its prey c am e out H e re was indeed a s ituation. The di v er s w e r e now in a qu a ndary. How were they to ge t bac k to t h e s ub1narin e boat? It w as a probl e m of no light ort. l tiv e geniu s soon hit upon a plan. B Placing his h e lm e t close to the prof ess or's h e shout e d : Ja "We mus t mak e our w ay bac k ove r th.e roofs. P e rhap T we can do that." 'W "You are right," r e pli e d the sci e nti s t. "That i s our b e T hope.'r 1 ce "If not, w e mu s t give the mon s t e r battle Of cour s e w B might in g etting the best of him in the end but }. might do u s great injury before th e n "The s afest was is the best "I think so." So it was decided to try the house-tops. tyg E a s J So These were flil a f


. FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 1l fter the ancient fashion Stairs were found leading up n v ard. I ?nee up o n the roof, it was e a s y work to cross from one to Thi s was done, and th e party w e r e making rapid progr ess, hen s udd enly a strange move ment of th e water caused 1 em to loo k b ack. 'l'h e c rab in som e mann e r divin e d t h eir purpose, and wa:, r oming aga in in close pursuit. The y wer e not as ye t half -way to the Tortoise. Wha t w as to be don e ? It was a s tartling question. Frank had tl1ought of \).gain seeking refug e in some buildg, but befor e a r o o f-tra p c ould b e found, the c rab was upon There was the Tortoi s e all s afe and sound, and Pomp was seen in the obs ervation window. 'fhe dark y saw them approa c hing, and ran to fill the ves tibule with wat e r. The diver s e ntere d it a moment later. 'fhe n t h e oute r door was clos ed and the pump put to work. In a few moment s the water was expelled from the vestibul e, and they ente red the boat 's cabin. They qui c kly removed their h e lm e ts and were glad to d r a w a br e ath of pure air. The n their ex perience s were d iscussed. M y s oul! I thought our tim e h arl come !" cried Prof. Ma y h ew. "That giant crab meant u s f o r hi s prey!" fBut .he did not g e t u s," said Frank. Bejaber s h e nigh had the forcep s on me!" cr'ied Barn ey. "That's so." One o f it s c laws seized B arney b y th e leg. "Golly, but wouldn t h e j es' hab had a, mighty tough Th e Cel t fell aJ;lJl w ent upd e r the mon s ter It seeme d m e al if h e had got y o ', I'is h s aid Pomp badgeringly mom ent as if t h e brave Iris hman 's fate was sealed. Bu t h e m a d e a savage blow at his foe with his knife It struck the c rab in the lower part of its jaw and sent a r ream o f mil'Ky l i quid out into the wat e r. In a mom ent the wat e r was s o cloud e d wit! thi s that not r 1 e in th e party could see a foot in a n y direction. and the professor w e re the ne x t moment al s o in [ e crab's clutches. I The n followed a fight s uch as non e of the m e v e r forgot. t was deadly a nd desperate. 0 It was a b attle i n the d a rk, lite rall y s peaking. Its periLs \i re multif a rious. For the pun cturing of the air re s er v oir s of the helmet s e the divingsuits m eant d eath to th e diver s "Don't yez give me none av yez guff naygur !"cried Bar ney. "Shure if h e'd taken a tas te av y e the blackne s s wud a blinded him foriver. "Huh! I don' fink I be s uch a fool a s to let him Yez cudn't help yer s ilf "Dat's wha' yo' say. I don' fink no crab in dese watahs c an catch m e." Shure, they d b e fool s if they med the thry," retort e d Barn ey. And s o with th e u s ual amount of c h e ap talk and badger ing the two comi c al f ellows w ent below. Pomp soon had a s t e amin g and tooth some meal read,y, of whi c h all wer e mor e than willin g to partake. B-arney did not forg e t the word s of the darky, and h e Awar e of this, eac h f ought with desp e ration ble nd e d with mentall y re s olv e d to get s quar e with him for a number of rror. All they c ould do was to strik e out at r a ndom. pa s t grievances. But Frank s ucceed e d in sev e ring on e of the c rab 's c law s "Be jaber s I'll fix matt e r s for him s o that h e 'll niver want t h a bl o w o f h is ax. Barney was und erne ath thrusting I t o thry anoth e r thrick on m e," ave rred the C e lt, confid e ntly. ght and l eft with hi s h...Uife Barne y went about his s cheme in a very s y s tematic man' n And it was l eft for him to s trik e the d eath blow. n e r. B y a s troke o f luck h e reached a vital p i nt of the crab ';;; atom y The mon s t e r re e l e d and fell over dead. p Then each of the diver s crawled out unhurt s ave for a w bruises. It had been a narrow escape. The milky cloud in th e water disappeared, and they were ce more abl e to see their way But the excessiv e effort had bee n a great tax upon the In clearing out the r ese rvoir the day before he had come across a que e r kind of water spid e r or deep sea crab, which had some of th e propensities of the electric eel. Contact with this peculiar little s hell-fi s h gave one a stinging pain like that of the common s tinging nettle found in every pa s ture in Ame rica. This little c reatur e Barn e y had c a refull y bottled up. ygen g e nerators. "Bejabe r s !" he c hu c kled. "I'll fix his nib;, now. Each e x peri e nc e d a strange faintness, and kn e w that it Shure he ll niver luk cross-eyed at m e ag 'in." s necessar y to get back to th e Tortoise at once. Pomp n e ver s u s p e cted a joke. Thus far during the voySo they starte d r a pidl y for the c ity wall. The y reached l age the y had e njoy e d p erfe ct harmony. The darky was a a f e w mome nts later and p:issed out. constrained to believe that it would continue.


I 12 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. But right here was where he made his mistake .. There was a very larges ized surprise in s tore for him. While Pomp was cooking the dinn e r, Barney crept down into the darky 's stateroom. Here he placed the crab between the sheets of Pomp's "Dat's a'right, I'ish. A clear conscience am boun e b to do dat." "Begorra, I'm afrai4 yez ain't clear, thin," mu Barney, as he went into the pilot-house. I Pomp's stateroom was b eside Barney's, and both bunk, and just where tl\e darky's toes must rest when he just forward of the engine-room. It was easy for Bar should stretch out. hear every move made there. The n the C elt went above stairs and about his duties. He heard Pomp throw off his heavy shoes and then into his bunk The Celt st raightened up One, two, three minute s pa ssed The darky rna e ffort to straighten out in his bunk. CHAPTER VI. The next moment there pealed upon the air a yell A SERIOUS MISHAP. was tenible in its exquisite thrill of agony. Anothe followed, and then into the cabin raced a nud But Barney could not keep a straight face that evening. He chuckled and laughed in hi s sleeve, and nigh betrayed himself to Pomp several times. But yet the darky suspected nothing. The Tortoise had left the white city and was shooting northward toward Hawaii. Frank hoped the next day to get into the 'i' ropic of Cancer. From thence it would not be a long run fo the vicinity of the Sandwich Islands. Above them he hoped to make frantic darky. Up and down he went like a raving maniac "Massy sakes alibe I'se killed! I'se bit by a tar I'se a dead coon! Oh, Lawa,' sabe dis chile!" The awful racket brought Frank and Mayhew in es cabin in their night clothes, but Barney could there. The Celt was rolling around upon the floor of the Ul house convulsed with laugh ter, which he could not restvn "What on earth is the matte r you black rascal ?!' Fde cried, angrily : h the North Pacific Valley. "Oh, Mar s e Frank!" screamed the coon; "I'se The Tortoise was sta nding up to her work well, and had kill e d fo' suah proved a stanch little vessel. The dinner was partaken of, and much enjoyed by the Tortoise's crew. Then all repaired to the cabin. Barney brought out fiddle and played some rillicking Iris h jigs. Pomp produced his banjo and sang some plantation meloUies with fine and humorous effect. Then somewhile later all turned in. It was Pomp 's first watch. Barney slept the sleep of the just until Then he aroused and went to Pomp. "Killed?" "Yes, sa h." "Nonsense You're all right." "No, no, sah! I'se g.vine to die pres e ntl y tarantler. I'se jes' gwine to commence putty soonl n dance till I jes' dances mahself to d eaf !" "Don't be a fool! There are no tarantulas aboar I or boat. Where was it?" "In !'flab bunk sah." "Did you see it?" "No, sah-but I felt it. Di s chile he knows de bi h "I done fink yo' am right

FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAilf 13 _;he bunk was overhauled and the crab found. Pomp's But he listened for the gurgling of water, and was rees stuck out like saucers. lieved at its absence. But the situation was serious enough,, "Massy sakes!" he cried. "Am dat wha' it was? Fo' for all that. Lawd, I done fo't it was a tar antler." The Tortoise was wedged in the rocks, and whether it e "But the mystery is, how did it come there?" said Frank, th a wink at the professor. "Barney!" 1 The Celt came soberly out of the :(Jilot-house. But as he w the expression of Pomp's countenance hP. could contain self no longer. He burst into a perfect roar of laughter. In fact he coulo. contain himself. Pomp 's eyes blazed with wrath. could ever be extricated or not was a question. Frank turned the searchlight upon the rocks and scanned them closely. He saw that the ram was wedged solidly in the chasm. He reversed the electric engines. But still the boat did not move. It was not in their power to extricate it. "Mercy What will become of us if the boat is not ex"It was jes' de work ob dat nasty I'ishman I" he cried. tricated ?" askea Mayhew. r darse Frank, he done dat, fo' suah." Jl'rank waited until Pomp had finished berating Barney e 1n he said ster nly : ( Barney, a re you guilty of this tr)ck?" I'Is it guilty av that, sor, yez wud have me say?" l "Yes." 1 "Yis, sor." r 11 Then you put this crab in Pomp' s bunk, did you?" ] I "' 'I did, sor." r Barn ey now hung his head, for he never liked to be repri .. :nded by Frank. He was duly ashamed. "We sha ll die!" r eplied Frank. "What a horrible fate!" "It is certainly terrible." loo ks as though we were upon the. side o{ a.. mountain." "So we are." "Listen I" A strange and ominous sou nd now came to the hearing of all. It was like the distant rumble of an earthquake." It was repeated at intervals. "What is it?" asked Mayhew. :'I hardly know how to punish you," said Frank, sternly, "I cannot say," replied Frank. "It may be a s ubmarine At I may say I do not like such jokes. Don't it occur volcano." 0 !frank would have read Barney a lecture then and there, th .. at that moment a startling thing happened. (l' fhere was a terrific crash, all articles lying loose in th!! J n were flung about, and the voyagers themselves were pwn upon their faces. tfay hew and Fr,ank were the first to regain their feet. :For the love of Heaven! what was that?" cried the pro:. ;or, wildly. But Frank knew well what it was. e was quick to act. e heard the whirring of the dynamos, the click of the ellor shaft, and felt a peculiar vibration of the boat. The Tortois e had come to a sudden stop. Frank sprang into the pilot-house. He saw at once what s the trouble. In the brief moment that all had been absent from the ot-house the boat had been running at random. "A submarine volcano?" "Yes. "Wonder of wonders I" cried the professor, for the mo ment forgetting their peril. "We must see it before we go home." "Very. likely we sha ll if we can only break away from here," said Frank. "But that don't look very encour aging just now." "To be sure it does not." "Golly, Marse Frank," cried Pomp, "am dar no way we'se gwine fo' to git out ob dis fix?" "We sha ll see." Frank ordered the diving-suits brought up. Donning one he went out on deck. He went to the extreme end of the vessel's bow and ex amined the ram. He saw that it was not badly damaged, but that it was firmly held by the collapse of a section of the ledge. And it had run. its ram between the stone sides of a Frank studied the situation a moment. Then he weit untain chasm, which had loomed up in its path. There back to the cabin. was tightly wedged. "Well?" asked Mayhew, after h e bad removed his helmet. The situation was by no means a pleasant one. Frank "What do you think of our chance s Frank?" fl.a d no means of knowin g just how much damage was done. "I must say that I do not think them of the best


,;.; 14 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORl NG A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. "You don 't?" "No." "Then we are lost!'' "Not yet I shall make an effort to dislodge that rock with dynamite. It is all a matter of luck. If it falls the right way, we shall slide off all right. If it falls the other way, it is sure to crush the boat." "Let us pray, then, that it will fall the right way.'' "Amen to that.'' Frank now took a couple of dynamite cartridges. These he placed under the ledge, connecting them with a wir e from the dynamos. him to study it a moment. In doing so he placed his against the plate glass of the observation: window. It was very hot. "Frank!" he shouted. "I have iL !" "Well?" "The sea i s hot! We are in boiling water! We w ec cooked alive if we stay here!" ,. "Great heavens!" exclaimed Frank. "Of course th Pl ternal fires of the volcano account for this." But as Prof. Mayhew had s aid, they were in deadly of being cooked alive in the cabin of the Tortois e It necessary to at once get out of that clement. ... The current was turned on. But which way should the y go? Frank opened the l There was a shock, an upheaval of the ledge, the water wide, and the Tortoise shot forward. surged about the s ubmarine boat furiously. As luck had it, the submarine boat quickly reached c It seemed for a moment as if the tons of rock were cerwaters. Here she cruised about for awhile. tain to fall upon the vessel. But nothing could be seen of the submarine volcano. But they did not. And this was as near as the party were able to get The heavy ma s s mis sed the hull by an inch. Then the They simply felt its influence but could not see its e engines were reversed and the Tortoise slid off the rocks. Barney and Pomp made a mutual vow to perpetrate no more jokes upon each other the remainder of the voyage There was no more sleep that night for the voyagers. Great interest was now excited in the submarine volcano near which they were. The Tortoise at once proceeded slow ly in the direction of the thunderous sounds. Suddenly the air in cabin began to grow oppressive. The party fairly gasped for breath, and were almos pros trated. Horror seized them all. "What on earth is the matter?" cried Mayhew. "I pray that the generators have not got out of order," tions. Finally Frank set his co1ir e away from it to the no ward. Soon they were out of h e aring of the rumb sound. For several days the Tortoise forged on its way thro the deep seas, still keeping to the northward. And one morning Frank d e clared : "We are at this moment just off the island of Hawaii.'P "Good!" cried Prof. Mayhew; "then we ought soon in the North Pacific Valley "It is possible that we shall be before to morrow ni "I shall be glad of that. I am anxious to reach the exclaimed Frank. "If so our oxygen is shut off, and we marine mountain." u will all stifle befor e we can get the surface." But just at that moment a great cry came from Bar Frank rushed through the cabin to the small room in who was in the pilot-house. which were the oxygen generators Then the Tortoise came to a s udden halt. "Mercy on u s What is the matter?'> cried the profe ,-hobbling away forward. B11t Frank passed him. "Shure, Misther Frank, its clean into the cinter a e CHA PTER VII. airth we are!" c1:ied Barney. And indeed it seemed as if the Celt was right. POMP'S DISAPPEAUANOE. For, glancing out of the pilot-house windows, the v gers saw in the glare of the ele ctric light that above In this terrible exigency it was but natural to suppose and on each side were the roof and walls of a cavern. that these impottant life-sustaining machines were out of What was more, all were of the brightest red coral. order was a wondrously beautiful sight. to' 0 But as Frank reached the. generator he saw that it was in tact and was faithfully at work. But already the professor had solved the mystery. The peculiar appearance of the water outside had caused The sudden lowering of the roof had prevented the "h toise going deeper into the cavern. Just in time Barney had seen it and checked the lj 11 else she would have l ost her masts.


4 FRANK READE, JR. EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 15 How the Celt had allow e d the s ubm a rin e boat t o run into The mon s t e r now h a d him in its a wful c lutches. For place h e could not imagin e a mom ent P o mp believed himself lost. But h e h a d don e s o and the y wer e in the heart of a He was in sta ntl y whi s k e d out of s ight through a hole in I the w all of the coral cav e So wondrously beautiful was the scene that Prof. Mayhew H e f elt the embrac e of the mon s t e r about him Then the ,. sen s ation of b e iug dragged away to its lair. "Oh Frank, l e t u s rest here awhile. I would much like Ins tin c tiv e l y in hi s terror Pomp began to use his ax. procure s ome o f tho se wond e rful s pe c im e n s of c oral. H e dealt h ea v y blows a t hi s foe "Yo u s hall," r e pli e d Frank. W e w ill explor e th e cav e." At fir s t these see m e d to have no effe ct. But jus t as the Thi s d e light ed Pomp f or it was hi s turn t o l eave the deadl y coil o.f the mon s t e r 's t e ntacles w e re cru s hing the B arney was willing however. life out of him, he s u c ceeded in severing one of them. "Be j a b e r s, I give yez fair warnin' t o luk out for the The w a t e r w a s d e nsel y impr e gnated with the mons t e r's c rabs," h e c ri ed. "Shure, th ey' ll nivcr l e t the loikes blood. Bu t P o mp k ept on la y ing a bout him. yez off." D o n y o fre t bout di s c hile s niff e d Pomp. "Dar ain't c rab g win c f o t o c otch him." The div in g-suits w e r e d o nn e d a nd t h e n the thre e div e r s the boa t They w e r e soon up on t h e floor o f t h e cav e rn. was a dazzli n g l y bea u t i ful s i ght whic h was spread b e t h e i r eyes. The cavern ar c hes o f vari'egate d cor a l ext e nd e d a s far a s eye c ould r e a ch. Whethe r 1 m y sea mons t e r inh a bited or not was a question. H o wever the party wand e r e d on, the pro fess or s ecurin g beauti f ul spec im e ns. Deep in t h e of the coral c ave, whe r e the rays of the t could not pe netr ate, a ll w a s ink y b lackn ess the h e lm et li g h ts partl y d i s p e lled this, a ncl t h e p arty w a nd e rin g o n e ncoun tering new w o nd e r s at eve r y s tep. I Pomp was the :firs t on e to e n counte r a mis h a p Thi s was a bout in a v e r y peculi a r fashion. d nrk y was a trifle in ad v ance o f his c omp a nion s and peerin g about saw a strange-loo kin g object seemingly imin t h e w a ll o f th e cav e rn. Frank and th e professor were not able to come to his r e li e f, for the y r e ally dicl not know what had b ecome o him. H e had v ani s h e d s o s uddenly and un e xpect edly that they w e r e t a k e n who ll y b y s urprise._ The professor mad e startle d s ign s to Frank. "What ha s become of Pomp?" h e a s k e d thi' s manner. "I don t know," replied Fra nk. "What can it mean?" The;n they began to search for th e dark y But they c ould find no trace of him. 'rhe y \Yere indeed alarm ed. It was a complete my s tery to th em. Tim e passed and Pomp did not s how up. Afte r a long while it occurre d to Frank that possibl y the darky h a d re turn e d to the Tortoise. So he dec id ed to r eturn thith e r ,at once. Thi s the y did. Barney m e t the m at t h e vestibul e As soon a s Frank c ould r emove his h e lm e t h e a s k ed: "Where is Pomp?" Barn ey's eyes ope n e d wide. "The n aygur, s or ? Shure, I've not seen him at all." "You hav e n 't?" "No, s or. darky, upon t h e impulse of the mom ent, put out hi s Frank t u r n e d in conste rnati o n to the professor, whose and to u ched it, fancyin g it r;om e st rang e s pecies of face was p a l e a nd s tartled imb edde d t h e re. "Some thin g ha s h a pp e n e d t o Pomp I" It was smooth ancl g li s t e nin g lik e a iuby, but it yie ld e d to touc h .. Golly, mnssy !" thou ght th e clai"ky, "clat am a queer Wl1oop! Fo' d e Lor', I 'se in f o' it!" was a peculi a r hissin g s ound in the cavern, a moof the a ppa re n t Wflll o f the c ave, and two long wrigarms s h o t o u t and e nvelope d Pomp truth flas h e d a c ror;s th e d a rky' s mind in an in s tant. "That i s c ertain, a g reed May h ew. "What c an it b e? "I r e all y c a nn ot imagine. I certainly hope no harm has b e fall e n him." Fra nk pi c k e d up his h e lm e t and put it on again His face wore a resolut e expression. "Whe r e a r e y ou going?" a s k e d Mayh e w : "I am g oing to find him. I s hall n o t l eave thi s cavern whic h h e had s upposed a j e w e l or preciou s s ton e until I l e arn his fate. Pomp i s too v aluabl e a man to really the eyeball of a s ea mon ster of the cuttl efish Barney, with a light of eagerness in his eyes, now stepped forward.


16 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. "Och, Misther Frank he exclaimed eagerly; "shure an' wud yez be afther lettin' me go wid yez ?" Frank looked at the professor 'I'he scientist nodded his head, saying: "I am quite willing Barney can be of more service to He was not disposed to give up and die without a s gle He fought madly for his life, laying about him Ius with his ax .. The keen bladed weapon cut through the shell of 1011." monster crab like cheese. Off came one leg after The Celt with d e light hast e ned to put on th e diving-suit. 'rhe mons t e r tri e d to get the darky into it s horrid beak. Frank and Barney were about to leave the vestibule, when But Pomp avoided this. He s truck savage blows at a startling thing occurred. Suddenly there was a dull trem with the ax. bling, a fearful Yibration, and the wal1s of the coral cave seemed tumbling in. The Tortoise was given a fearful shock, and Frank heard the lever flew open. With horror he tried to reach the But the next moment the boat s hot backward and out of the coral cave, while the reservoir being clear(!d, it began rise with the rapidity of thought. Up it \vent through the hundreds of fathoms of water like a cork coming to the surface. The result was 1:l1al: the sea monster very quickly began relax its hold. The wat e r was s uffused with blood. Then the giant crab lay quite still; it was dead. 'l'he victory was Pomp' s, and a more delighted could hardly be imagined. "Golly!" he muttered. "I'se je s' glad fo' to git out dat ar' scrape. I done fo't fo' a time dat dis chile was gone coon Pomp now pulled himself togeth e r and.crawled a w In that brief instant Frank Reade Jr., had realized what from the crab. it all meant. There had been an earthquake under the sea All the while that the s truggle had been going on and the had narrowly escaped annihilation. monster had been dragging him deeper and deeper into t a Only a miracle had saved the from But cavern. the horrible thought came to all which Prof. Mayhew exThe gJare of the lamp 011 hi s helmet s howed him the pressed. cinity quite plainly. "What of Pomp?" But he was at a loss to know what dir ect ion to take to 'cc Arrah! an' it's all up wid ther naygur !" wailed Barney. turn to his friends. ll There had been no trail l eft upon the cavern floor I guide liim. However, Pomp s truck out in the directit e "Shure, its a broth av a lad he was, too, an' to think he sbould die in s ich a manner!" "Heavens!" exclaimed Frank. "We cannot give Pomp up in this manner! must be saved!" "Bejaber s l et's go back down there an' niver come up till we foind him, dead or alive!" cried Barney. from which he be1ieved he had come. He kept on at a rapid pace. Through one passage afte1 another he went. Then Frank at once s prang into the pilot-house. became -conscious of a: dampening fact. He was resolved to follow out Barney's suggestion. The "Golly fo' glory!" he muttered. "I'se d one lost earthquake was over, andprobably would not recur. There suah !" was little danger now. There was no disputing this fact. So he pressed the lever and filled the reservoir. He was lost. Down sank the Tortoise. .1 Lost in a coral cave at the bottom of the sea! Down she went until once more the bottom of the 'sea e normity of the reflection was upon him. was seen beneath them. He knew that the chemical reservoir upon his back m The:r:t Frank steadied the boat by pressing the lever, and become exhausted in a few hours. it rested securely once more upon the sands CHAPTER VIII. POMP'S ADVENTURES. But what o Pomp? This would mean death by suffocation or drowning. was an awful thing to contemplate With brain almost bursting Pomp make use of his reasoning powers. He tried in every way to remember the points of the We left him battling with the sea monster in the depths pass. But there was no way, for there was nothing to of the coral cave. Pomp was a plucky fellow. him. I


.I.E, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 17 The only thing the despairing darky could do was to wan on at random. Thi s hu did for some time. Then becoming fatigued, he sank tremblingly down upon "Fo' de Lor', dis chile am ruined!" h e moaned. I'se gwine to die fo' suah,! Bress de Lor', I'se allus been a servent ob de Lor'." Then he began to pray, for Pomp was qu-ite a : religious This seemed to brace him up wonderfully. Then swift upon this came another horrible thought. The Tortoise had been in the cave. Was it there now crushed or forever confined, and its inmates dead? Pomp's wool fairly stood on His teeth chattered. "Massy sakes!" he gasped, "dat am fo' suah de end ob Marse Fran_k an' all de r est. An' dat means tribulation fo' dis chile, too." This was true. If the Tortoise were crushed, how was he ever to sec the ljght of day again? Hundreds of miles from land, under the <;leep Paciflc, with but a few hours of lif e in the chemical reservoir left "Sho', dar!" he muttered, finally. "Wha' am I gwine to to him, certainly Pomp's predicament was a most awful one. by stayin' here? I done fink I might jes' as well keep It. would have caused even the bravest of men to grow goin' somewhar." faint-hearted a nd hopeless. which sensible reflection he arose and went on The darky looked for the glare of the searchlight ... ,,,"u'".ll the cavern arches. But it had disappeared. I For some time Pomp wal)dered on. How was he to know that the Tortoise had gone to the Suddenly he came out of the coral cave entirely and saw surface? b e d of the sea once more before him. A bright idea struck him. He could but believe that it was cr ushed in the coral cave. he was determined to find the wreck of the ''I done fink I kin climb around ober dis oder side ob de Tortoise, if nothing else. ve," he muttered "An' mebbe I kin fin' de Tortoise, or d e searchlight." At that moment ho saw a distant faint streak of light up through th e water Instantly the darky saw that he had located the Tortoise a great cry of joy peal e d from his lips. "De good Lor' hab jes' answered mah prayer!" he mut. "I's e gwine fo' suah to fin' de boat!" Ins tantly Pomp s et out for the di stant s treak of light. But just as he was drawing near it an astonishing thing There was a sudden vibrating roar, a trembling of the Pomp fell, and it seemed as if the weight of tons After a time he reached what was the mouth of the cave by which they had entered. To his surprise he found this intact. The had done no damage here. He also found footprints in the sand to prove that this IYas the spot where the Tortoise had been. .But the submarine boat was gone! Pomp was puzzled. What did it mean? "Wha' on airth am dat boat gone to?" he muttered. "Suah 'nuff, dey wouldn't go off an' leave dis chile!" Then another horrible suggested itself to Pomp. Perhaps his friends had given him up for dead. A cold sweat broke out all over him. Pomp sank down I'se done being crushed to death!" he now, utterly hopeless and overcome. "Wha' am all ob dis?" It was lucky for Pomp that he was not in the coral cave "Oh, Lor', sa be dis chile!" he wailed. "I'se suah 'nuff gwine to die now! Whateber shall I do? Lor' sabe me!" Time passed. It seemed an eternity to Pomp. A drowsi It would certainly have been the end ofhim. The disness came over him. He yielded to it, and sinking down, _.,,,."'"Tl''" lasted but a few seconds, however. s lept. Then all became calm again. This would have been the sleep o! death but for a fortuThe darky scrambled to his feet. nate incident. He could sec that the bed of the sea had changed someand Barney, upon leaving the Tortoise, had starte d in the direction which they believed would even tually School's of frightened fish were s hooting here and there, bring them to the mouth of the coral cave. the darky realized what had happened. But they were unable to get the exact bearings. "I done fink it was an earthquake!" he muttered. "Golly, For a long time they wandered on at random. Then fortcoral cave am all crushed in!" unately the y struck upon the right track.


FRANK READE, J.R. EXPLORING A SUBMARINE Barney s udd e nly s pied som e trac k s in the sand. These There were cliff s and crags a n d prec i pices and P"'''"""" h e to the mouth of the c ave but all w ere pure whit e in c olor And h e r e h e came upon Pomp's s le eping form The It w as not easy to at o n ce understand what thi s t1arky la y qu ite motionl ess, and both Frank and Barney be-was of whi c h the whit e vall ey was f ormed. liev e d him d e ad The y that the c h emic al r e servoir had given out, and that the darky, if not d e ad wa s d yi ng Frank motion e d to Barney, and they pic k e d Pomp up bodil y Of c ours e this woke the darky. Pomp sprang up, and s eeing who they w ere, rus hed upon th e m in the wilde s t joy. 'l'hi s was mutual, and the meeting b e tw ee n the thre e div e r s wa s a joy ou s one. ']' hey f a irly embra. ce d e ach oth e r. But it wa. u seless to carry on a c onv e r sa tion there. Frank moti o n e d the othe l' s to r eturn to the Toftois e This move was at once e xecuted. It was e a s y enough to find t h e b oat by m e an s o f the e lectric li g ht. The n w ent a board to find the professor anxi o usl y a wai t in g the m It was a happ y d e nou e m ent of a t i rilling affair. Pomp told hi s s tory, which was heard with inte rest. He wa s quite th e h e ro of the hour. The n, a s all were hungry and fat i g ued a good dinner was pre p a red of which they partook h e artily. F l'a nk d ec id e d to r e main w h e r e they were for the night, that they mi ght g e t mu c h-need e d s leep. This w as don e and all s l e p t soundly for eight hours The n t hey w e r e once m o r e astir a n d t he 'l'ortoise w ent on its w ay. Thus far the s ubmarin e voy a ge had been r e plete with t hrillin g i n c id e n ts e nou g h t o s ati s f y the mo s t fa s tidiou s "I But the r e w e r e e Y e n mor e e x c i lin g episodes in s tore for all. Frank a nnounced a da y late r that they w e re n ear the entra n c e t o t h e North Pac ifi c Valley. W e s hall find d epths th ere, h e declared "to whi c h it w ill be i{,1poss ibl c for us to descend ''I am anxi o u s to r e a c h and explor e th e s ubmarine mo;," declare d Prof. Mayh ew. "It will not b e man y day s b e fore you will have that priv ilege d e clar e d Frank. "I am glad to hear that." But tha t ver y afte rnoon a marve lou s sight wa s beheld. The Tortoise s uddenl y came upon it. The e lectri c sear c hli g h t threw its rays many yards ahe ad, and Barney, who was a t the wheel s udd e nly caught sight ol' a n a stounding spectacle. 'rhcy w e r e jus t about entering a depression or valley whic h was a s white a s driv e n s now. But Frank Reade, Jr., b eing ca lled at once d e clar ed: "It is marble of the mo s t ma g nificent quality. Only t of it, a valley of marble!" CHAPTER IX. THE SUB M A R INE "Wonderful!" cri e d :Mayh ew. "It i s r e all y a v all ey marbl e unde r the s ea." 'rhis was the A s the T orto i se d r i fte d on this beautiful val1ey of whi te, the effect was g r a nd Upo n e i t h e r s id e rose m i g hty h eights for feet, and eve r ywhe r e w a s t h e same spotless white rock. Even the fis h that s w a m in thi s enc h a nted valley a nd crab s and oth e r s h eiT fis h w ere white. Beyond all expressio n w as the won derful sce n e To atte mp t a n a d e qu a t e d escr i ptio n of i t w oul d b e i m s ibl e The e l ect ri c li ght :flas h ed f r o m cl iff to c rag w i t h da f zling brilliance. The voyagers gazed u pon t h e scene spe l b ound. h o W ell!" ex cl ai m e d P r o f M ayhe w I have neYer anything t o e qual thi s It i s s ublime "Certainly it surpasses a ll s i ghts w e have see n thus far! s aid Frank You ar e right." "But look!" Frank point e d to a cliff. above The other looked thith e r a n d l e nce. The r e u po n t hat h igh w hite cliff was t h e snow -whiifil s t atue of a w o man. 1 Sp e llbou p d the v o yage r s gazed. o "A s t atue !" g a s p e d th e invento r. J "Goll y ex cl a im ed Pomp; "whoebc r m ade it-I'd to know?" J "Mebbe this vall e y was abo ve t h e sea once s a me \ coral city, bejaber s !" cri e d B arney No d e clar e d Frank, po s i tive ly. T?at is a marvelo r thing, but the hand of man never c u t that statue A freak of nature ?" "Yes." Tl1is was seen to be a fact.


FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. 19 side of the block of marble, and this side bore no re -It was necessar y to be constantly on the alert, for the what e ver to a s tatue. lea st depression might have been fatal. It was with general reli e f therefore that the next day one. All were Frank received word from Barney, who was at the helm, to admit thi s that there was ground vis ibl e beneath them. On up the marbl e valley the Tortoise now s ped. Frank at once went :forward and studied the situation N e w wonde r s flas hed b y upon e ver y h i md. But at l e ngth 'rhe bed of the oce an her e was ri s ing rapidly in some white marbl e b eg an to dis app e ar, a nd they came to plac e s with sheer descent. open sea once more. It did not take th e young inventor long to decide that A n e w wond e r now app e are d however. they had at last reach e d the submarine mountain. Thi s was t h e s h a p e of a limitless plain of s and like unto 'rhis announcement caused a cheer, and Prof. Mayhew was him s elf much delighted. For hour s the Tort o ise traveled over this. Then gradu-It b e came n e cessary now to partly empty the reservoi r the land began to s ink and to be broken up into rough so that the Tortoi s e might ascend the s ubm arine slope. and hills. Higher and higher they went, until suddenly the top of "Hurrah!" cri e d Frank. "We are in the North Pac ific !1 "Good!" cried Prof. Mayhew. "Now for the mountairi the sea!" "We will r e a c h it b y tomorrow ,if nothin g breaks '; A p e culiar c hang e was now noticed 'The Tortoise no s lid alon g w i th her easy noiseless motion. She c 1 : eak e d and g roaned and vibrated tre mendously. was cons tantl y at th e wheel. "What does that m ean?" asked the professor. "The bed the ocean i s full y a hundre d feet below us." "That is true," r e pli e d Frank. "But for the last few r s w e ha v e been rapidl y goin g d eeper." "Ah, t h e n w e ar e b e ginning to feel the pressure of the "That i s jus t it. Presently we s hall cease to see the bed "What if w e s hould attempt to kee p it in sight?" the mountain was reached. It was itself half a mile under the sea, so that the mighty depths of the great valley can be imagined. Prof. Mayhew's plan was to re s t the 1'ortoise on the sum mit of the submarine mountain. Then in their diving-suits they might exp lor e its summit and descend its side s as far as possible. The professor expected secure many valuab l e spec imen s and al s o to establish its existence and the size of the moun tain beyond a ll doubt. Such a report to the Scientific Society, based upon the reliable evidence he had to offer, would make his everlasting fame and fortune. It can therefore be eas ily understood why the professor was in. s u ch high spirits. The searchlight was employed to take a look at the viciii ity. "We would b e c ru s h e d lik e an e g g s hell. The pressur e The summit of the s ubmarine mountain was broken into these plat e g lass window s now i s something tremenhuge bowlders, deep pit s and cha sms. How e v e r r hop e that we s hall soon reach the mounThere was every indication that it had been an act-It was true t h a t th e Tortoi s e had rea c h e d the greate;t depth to whi c h it was s afe for her to descend. A few feet deep e r and she would have been unable to the pres sure As Frank h a d pr e di c ted, the bed of the sea soon disap from vi ew. So great was th e d e pth now that Frank found it neces to a s cend a hundred feet or more. The Tortoise a h e avil y ive volcano. The Tortoise re s ted fairl y upon the verge of what seemed to be the crater. "We ll professor cried Frank: ""what are your plans?" "First of a ll let u s explore the c rater. : "Yon believt! that the best move, then?" "Yes." "Very good! I will accompany you then. Barney and Pomp, we sha ll leave you aboard the Tortoise thi s tim e." "All right sor," r e plied Barney. "But we shall take a small c oil of wire with us, and a The run t h e famou s North Pacific Valley was one s'aund er If you hear a signal from one of u s you must the voyag e r s did not s oon forget. be ready to come to our relief."


20 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNT All{. "A'right, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "I'll jest do dat "Why?" he asked. mahse'f." "We are upon a thin crust of lava which has undou "Will yez ?" sputtered Barney. "That remains to be congealed here in ages past by the action of the water seen, me gossoon !" "Well, don't quarrel over it!" cried : Frank. "It may be a serious emergency and no time for quarreling." "Yez may be sure wan av us will be on hand, Misther Frank." "You kin jes' bet on dat !" "All right," replied Frank. "Now, profe ssor !" "Well?" "Are you ready?" "Aye, or at least I shall be as soon as I get my helmet on." Then l et us be off." The two explorers hastily donned their diving-suits. The reservoirs were freshly stocked with chemicals. Then they were ready to go. "Well, and what of it?" "Why, only think! We do not know what depths are neath us. Suppose it should give way!" Frank experienced a chill. He reached down and tapped the lava crust with his It had a startling effect, to be sure. A small sect ion of it caved in, leaving an Frank saw that the crust was not more than two thick. ( The enormity of the risk was at once apparent to him. He arose and addressed the professor once more. "Had we not better go back?" "Go back?" "Y cs." The professor smiled at this thought. He raised his Entering the vestibule, the valve was turned and it filled and shouted: with water. A few moments later both were out on deck: "It is as far to return as to go straight acroes the Barney had been instructed to follow them with the We must trust in Providence." searchlight as long as possible. "And go ahead?" This he proceeded to do. "Yes." The two divers made their way over the slippery ledges with some difficulty. Each carried at his waist a long and strong of steel rope--an invention of Frank's. This was to be used in scaling cliffs or precipices, or ln any case of emergency. Down into the crater the two explorers crept. Frank carried the signal wire, which thread-like, upon a spool. This he unwound as he went on. There seemed no danger from sea monsters or huge fish of any kind. To all appearances there were none in those waters. Yet this, of course, was hard to tell. Some hole in the rocks, some deep Sa cavern might be their hiding place. But the two explorers gave no thouglit to anything of this kind. "All right," declared Frank. "I ain ready. Lead on." The words had scarcely left his lip s when a most thing happened all in the twinkling of an eye. CHAPTER X. INTO THE ABYSS. The very thing the two explorers dreaded came to The lava crust suddenly began to bend and sway. Their weight upon it was no doubt responsible for "My God!" cried Frank. "We are surely going down "For your life; run!" cried Mayhew. Of course neither heard the words of the other. They were all engrossed in the project before them. And were too far apart. But that mattered not so they kept boldly ana patiently on. Each saw the proper move to make, and made it. After a time they reached the inner verge of the crater. Here it was a smoother surface. Trav eling became much easier. What seemed like a mighty crust of lava occupied the center of the crater. Suddenly, as they were crossing this, Mayhew halted. He put his helmet close to Frank's and shouted: "Do you know I believe we are in deadly danger?" Frank was astonished. The impulse was to get away from that dangerous But each acted upon a different plan. Frank took a backward leap toward the Tortoise. instinctively realized that this was the safest thing. He knew that this part of the lava crust had been Prof Mayhew did not do this. He sprang and toward the opposite side of the crater. Fatal move! f


:.J FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SU B .hARINE MOU N T AIN. 11 It tran s pired that the lava crust grew thinner ever y step in that direction. It now crashed beneath hi:zn a n d w ent out of sig ht. All was d o n e in a twinkl i ng Fra n k stoo d ag ha s t. B e for e h i m yawne d a mi g hty abyss. H e had no m e an s knowin g h o w deep it mi g ht be. But it was cer t a in that down into these awful d e pth s pro fessor h a d f a ll en. F o r th e moment Frank for g ot about p e r sona l p e ril. Keep up May h ew!" h e s h oute d forg e ttin g that the .,.,.,.,,.,",,,.,.,. could not h e ar him. "Don' t give up; we' ll sav e Bu t o f c ourse an s w e r came back If t h e professor had s hout e d Fra nk would not h ave For a m o m ent th e y oun g inventor was motionless. The n h e c r e pt to the e dge of t h e a byss. It was useless to s o h e flash e d hi s h e lm e t li ght down in t o t h e plac e Then Frank braced hi mself. The professor made a sign al "All right!" mutt e red F rank. Th e professor s wung off the l e dge He swun g acros s the abyss and hung over the verge. Frank h un g o n to the lin e lik e grim d e ath. He began to draw up o n it. Steadily he pull e d h is fri e nd up to th e edg e of the l ava c ru st. Then the r e wa_s a c run c hing, vibrating motion. The c ru s t was b The w e ight was too great. Even at that moment Frank could have saved h i mself. I It would only hav e been n e c e ssary for h im to have dr op-p e d the rope and s prang back. That w ould ha v e l e t h is fri e nd down into the depths. Frank could not do t h is He was d e t e rmin e d to die with the pr o fessor He would risk and e v e n give his life i n the attempt to save him. Th e n e xt moment there was a commotion in t h e water. The cru s t gave way! Wh e n h e w ent illhroug h the lava c ru st, th e pro fessor h a d Down w ent both men i nto the abyss! nct ivel y clut c h e d at the w ate r Down, down, they went swift l y Thi s hi s h a nd s in c onta ct w i th a s pur of rock. Had it been air th e y w ere fa lling through at t h a t height H e s lipp e d and s l i d alon g this for a m o m e nt, and the n it would hav e been certain death to i t. H ere he was s u s p e nd e d It was a pe a k of roc k whi c h rose in the middl e of th e and was one of the s upports of the lava crust. B eneat h hi m he k new was a f e arful e.byss. Fo r a u g h t h e knew i t might lead to the c e nter of the It w a s fortun a t e for the professor tha t h e was in water The former s ubst a nce was s o b uoyant that h e was e na to hang to hi s pos i t i o n The n s udd e nl y Frank's hel m e t b l e nd ed with his o w n For the y fell ni g h a thousand feet This was t h e d e pth of the crater s main shaft. The y were in the heart of mountain. When they s tru c k terra firma o nce more, they saw b y th e light of their l amps that the y were in a mighty arch e d cav ern chamb e r Thi s no dou bt had once been a tremendo u s reserv o i r for the s torage of vas t quantitie s of lava which seet hed and boil e d in its underground home The fall h a d not injured them, for a fall through wate r is nev e r injuriou s They w e r e unharm e d But t h eir position was s o meth in g Insti n ct ivel y the p rofessor turned a nd saw Frank upon terribl e to c ont e mplat e ot h e r verge. H e kne w th a t it was impo ssib.le to speak to bu t h e m a d e a s ignal. The n the young invento r un c oiled the rope at his wais t. was a t e x p er t at throwin g the lariat. H a d i t been i n th e a ir h e c ould e a s ily have thrown it But throwin g a r o p e und e r w ate r i s anoth e r matte r. However t h e weight o f the rope was an important item h is favor. A f te r sever a l t r i al s Frank m a n a g e d to make t h e mark. professor c lu tc h e d the noose. It was but a f e w mo .. work to s lip it over hi s s houlders :May hew put hi s h elme t clos e to Fran k s "Frank, w e ar e in for it!" "So it seems .'' "We will never get out of h ere." "We mus t try ." "What is the u s e? We are i n t h e cen te r o f the moun tain!" "We ll allow that We c an get o u t i f we try." "Do you b e lieve that?" "I do.'' "But how?" "See!" Frank held up the s pool e l e ctric wire which con necte d


FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. with the Tortoise. This he had retained, andit had "But he never can pull u s out of here and escape wound itself all the way down. ing in himself, said the professor Frank instantly drew a sounder from his He put "I don't believe he will try it." it unto the wire and sent a message to the Tortoise. "What then?" "Barney, we are at the bottom of the crater. The lava crust gave way and let u s down. You must get us out. Get a long line. Come down to the crater and let it down to u s." Barney caught the message, and it acted upon him like an electric shock. "We must climb up Frank had guessed Barney's purpose. And s ur e enough a short while later came the signal Barney made several short pulls on the rope Fortunately the professor, in youth, had been a sailor It was not therefore difficult for him to pull himself on the rope As for Frank, he was a born athlete, Mither presarve us!" he cried. "Shure, Misther Frank could have made twice the di s tance. and the professor air in throuble. Do sthay here, gur, an' I'll be afther goin' down to their help." Pomp did noted.emur. "Golly, I' ish!" he cried, excitedly, "yo' mus' get dem out ob dat fo' suah. But jes' yo' look out yo' don' get in yo'sef." "Begorra yez needn't worry about that!" Barney hpstily donned his diving-suit. Then he procured a huge coil of rope and set ot't for the crater. The searchlight. made all as plain as day. He had no trouble in finding his way to the mouth of It was not long, therefore, before the rofessor was the crust above, safe and sound. He at once made a signal to Frank, who began the Up went the young inventor until he finally stood the crater's crust again. The professor had joined Barney, and Frank hastened do likewise. They put their helmets together. "We owe our lives to you, Barney! said Frank. ure, sor, I m glad yez are out a v it cried the lighted Celt. "Shure I was afeard it was the end av ye." the crater. "You are right. Everything is all right aboard the Barney got down upon s tomach and crept to the edge toise, Barney?" of the crust. There was great peril in this, for the crust "Yis, sor." might yield at any moment. "Very well. Suppose you return and we w ill .. -v ... ......... But he kept his pos ition, and drew himseLf out over the our explorations We will try and keep out of edge until he c ould loo k down into the abyss. now." Far, far below he s a w a faint star of light. It was the helmet l i ghts of the two divers. Barney knew this. The Celt saw that they were at a great depth. He at once began to revolve in his mind a plan for their rescue. Slowly he began to lower the end of the rope. Down it slid, until after a time he felt a slight twitch "All right, sor." "It was lucky that you took that wire along," professor. "I think that we had better keep it with u s." This was true. The two div ers doubtless would have got out of the crater if it had not been for the graphic signal to Barney. Frank took pains, therefore, to take the wire along upon it, and knew that it was in the hands of one of the him this time, also. Barney went back to the Tortoise. divers. Then the Celt crept cautiously back from the verge. Then the two exp lor ers started down the mountain They speedily found this a more arduous task than He knew the precarious nature of it, and that it could not had imagined. New and dearlly perils confronted be expected to. bear a great weight. and it was destined to be some while before they His plan was the best possible and this was to carry the see the Tortoise again. other end of the rope beyond the verge of the crater, and secure it firmly to a of rock. "Begorra now they must come up av thimsilves !"he clared. "Shure, it'll be a long wan, but it's the only way." Meanwhile at the bottom of the pit, Frank and the pro fessor had welcomed the rope joyfully Already they saw rescue at hand. CHAPTER XI. THE FATE OF FR..o\.NK READE, JR. Down into the darkness of the awful ocean depths, and the professor bravely 'Climbed.


F RANK READE, JR., EXP LOR I NG A SUBMARINE MOUNTA I N. 13 They were soon beyond the rays of the searchlight. It was no light work climbing over the rough stones and lders. At times they came to precipitous depths where ayhew leaped back just in ti me. H e was not a mo ment too soon. The huge mass by h im l ike a thunde rb o lt. greatest of care had to be exercised. Down the mQu.ntain side it went and out of s i g h t i n the Prof. Mayhew's dearest hope was to descend as far as dark depths in a flash ble into the ocean's depths. In its folds it carried Frank Reade, Jr. To w hat depth s ;;.:;3 anxious to learn the exact altitude, so to speak, "@r to what awful depth could only be guessed. the submarine mountain. Also its extent and peculiariAghast the professor stood for a moment i n active of formation. "Oh, my God!" he cried. "Frank is gone! W h a t s h all Other parts of the ocean bed quite well known to I do? What shall I do?" This particular part of the ocean was unex I \ For some wh1le the explorers kept on, the professor makcareful note of everything in his mind. Along the base of a high cliff they were wol'ldng their y, when the rst incident of a series At first he thought of rushing back to the Tortoise f01 help. But he reflected in that moment that it would be f olly. Acting upon second impulse he started down the s l o p e afto Frank. t From that moment began the terrible disasters w hi e h crowded thick and fast upon the explorers. As the profe sor stumbled on down the slope he encoun Frank was slightly in advance when he saw a peculiar t8reil huge masses of the jelly-like substance. ahead. Every moment he expected to come upon Frank's m an-Hanging over the verge of the cliff was a strange forma which looked for all the world like snow. gled body. Rut as he went on he did not find it. Then came t h e It was a perfect crystal formation as seen at a distance. crowning sense of horror alld ucspair. in the helmet lights Frank thought he had never He came suddenly to the verge of a mighty abyss. What ih depths were the professor did not know He put his helmet close to Mayhew's and shouted: "What is it?" "I cannot replied the scientist. the likes before." "Nor I." "It looks like snow." "I have never "Yes, but that could not be. in t h ese warm waters." "Certainly not." "Let us investigate." Frank stepped boldly forward, and putting his hand up, the formation. In that moment J1e saw what it It was a jelly-lilce substance, with a frothy matter over A peculiar species of submarine fungi, no doubt. even as the young inventor examined it he saw the of its growth and its unstable position upon the thought came to him that if it should fall he would That Frank had been carried down into this h e had no doubt. He stood half-fainting upon the spot. Oh, if he could only But this was imposs i b le. What should he do? What could he do? In his extremity and agony of spirit, the profess or l e aned over the verge of the precipice and tried to flash hi s h e lmet light clown into the depths. Then he drew a line from his belt and lowered it over th e verge. Down it went, but it failed to touch bottom. T he d epth I' of the abyss was something fearful to contem pl ate. What was to be done? The professor was frantic. "Oh, my God!" he wailed again. "What sh all I do?" But in a few moments he became calmer. In a reasoning mood he decided to return to the 'rortoise. At least the submarine boat could descend into the a byss which he was unable to do. With this reflection the professor at once started f or t he At once he instinctively made a move to summit. It was a long, hard climb. How he got there he never knew. But he remem b e r ed climbing aboard the boat and crawling into the vesti bul e a mighty avalanche the m ass began to slide. Like and shutting the door afte r h i m Frank was involved in it, and we.nt out of sight. Then he fainted.


24 FRANK' READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Barn e y and Pomp had see n him c oming. They waite d Ev e ry man on board belie v ed at that mom ent that for him to e nter the cabin. w e re going to the bottom. But when h e failed t o appear Barney cried.: It seem e d impossibl e for the Tortoise to escape "Shure, an phwat i s the matter? I don t see Mi sthe r crus h ed. Frank at all, at all!" And c ru s h e d s h e was; but ver y f o r tunate l y i t w a s "Golly!" ga s p e d Pomp. "Yo' don' s'pose anyfing hab p ar t a djoining the reser v oir The hull s p li t a n d the happ e ned to him?" "Begorra, I'll see !" Barney sprang to the door of the ves tibule and look e d in through a s mall glass window He saw the professor lying on the floor of the vestibule. 'Shure an it's kilt he is!" h e yelled pump valve, naygur !" Pomp instantly turned the valve The water ru s h e d out of the vestibule. "Turn on the Barney thre w open the door, and rushing in, picked the profcesor up bodily. H e brought him qui c kl y into the cabin and r emove d his helmet. As he did so Mayh e w r e vived ru s h e d in. F ortunate l y the wall of .the c abin r e ma i n e d in t act. lives of the exp lor e r s wer e s p a r ed. But th e s hock s prun g the r ese rvoir valve o u t of place th a t it c oul d not b e set back. I Ins t antly t h e c ompressed air exp e ll e d w ate r and Tortoise b e gan to rise t o the surf a c e Those on board powerless to pre vent this. U p up s h e w ent, mor e s lowl y tha n ordinar y on of the wat e r in h e r hold B arney and P o mp ru s h e d to t h e reser voir valve to h e r upward speed. But it was t o o late They c ould turn t "Begorra, phwat s hall w e do?" cri e d B arney, "Shure, an' the r e's Mi sther F r an k at t h e b otto m His pallid face and horrified m a nner gav e the c u e t o Barsa y ney and Pomp. Indeed it was a n a wful m o m en t ; but t h e wor st was "Shure, ph w e r e' s Mi sthe r Frank?" cri e d the C e lt. come. "Speak up loike a man." Straig h t t o the smface went t h e Tortoise. "My God, I f ear h e i s d e ad! f ee bly gas ped the known to t h e explor e rs, a fearfu l te m pest was in fessor. the re. "Dead' No--no!" c ri e d Barney, Don't y e z dare t ell me that; I know b e tther. And as the T o r toise spran g up o u t o f t h e sea it was to picke d up b y th e mi g h, t y waves a n d hurl e d u p o n h er Golly fo' glory M a rs e Frank ain d ead. H e c ain t b e e nds dead!" wailed Pomp. "We mu s t sa b e him! With tills the professor recover e d suffic i e ntly to t e ll his s tory. Barney and Pomp made quick action / They i n s tantly sprung into the pilot-house The Tortoise was almo s t instantly on its way down the mountain s ide. The profes s or pointed out the wa y Down to th e very verge of the aby s s w ent the s ubmarine boat. But at this juncture there came a terrible catastrophe. The first warning was a sudden, voilent rocking of the boat. The n Barney to g lance up jus t as the boat be gan to settle into the aby ss. He was convulsed with horror at the sight which met Ev e rythin g in t h e cabin wen t helt e rskelte r mates w e r e hurl e d f r o m t h eir feet and tosse d lik e It was utterly impossibl e t o get to the wheel and i o s t e ad y the boat. Driven on before the gale h e r engines flying s peed, the Tortoise ran lik e li ghtmng until the re was s uddeB awful r e nding c rash and water rushed cabin. CHAPTER XII. ON THE ATOLL. his gaz e Down ove r the precipice came a huge bowlder. Words cannot e xpress t h e horror of tho se d n board In some way it had become dislodg e d from the summit. ill-f a t e d Tor loise, or a dequ a t e l y d e pi c t t h e s ituation. The submarin e boat was directly in its line. There was no time to dodge or e vade it. The s truck the verge of the cliff, bounded out and s truck the Tortoise full in the after hull. That s h e was a wreck was certain. It was eve ry man for hims elf All were in the wat er,. Barney was a strong "w''"u"and struck out blindly.



26 FRANK READE, JR., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. With such. a damp e nin g con v i c tion the re was little won -Whe n he came to a stop h e was b e neath a vast der that the castaw a y s w e r e downcast: of the fun gi. H e l ay quit e s till for a t im e But a very important matter for cons id e ra t ion was a s upH e c ould br e ath e freely, an d n ot even brui sed. l ply of food. ., colle cte d h is thou ghts an d th e n m ad e action. A f e w case s of provision s had was hed a s h o r e from t h e It w as a n easy m atte r to p art t h e j e ll y l i k e mass and wr eck, but they were of the s ort whic h the sea wat e r would hi s way out of it. :spoil a n d not pa l atable now. Howev er i t speedil y became appar e n t that the y could .not starve upon the isl e T h e r e wer e p l enty of gam e bird s and animal s a nd the s ands of the shore w e re full of s hell -fis h Some cla m s were d u g up and they r e gal e d the mselves upon t his sort of far e A fire was built in the crevice of the cliff and P r of. Mayhe w c r ied : "Well, boys, if we m u st s tay upon this i s l e l e t u s m a k e the best of it. Wh e n h e h a d g ot clear of it h e looke d a bou t him. By the light of hi s helmet lamp h e saw that h e was at base of a mighty high cliff. "What will the professor think ? h e mused. s ignal some way tha t I'm all ri ght. But h e could see nothing above H e wait e d for a of the professor 's li ght. But it cam e not. H e was now s a t i sfie d that h e mak e an atte mpt to ge t to th e top of the cliff without aid. Thi s h e found to b e impossible. However, h e was at th e bot tom o f a d efile and he "Hooray!" cri e d Barney. '' Slmre, t h at's phw at I say foll o w this until p.e f ound a way to climb up n;te si l f B edad we' ll not s htarve, I'm a fth e r thinkin So h e ke p t on in this mann e r ; b u t the cliff s till "Golly, I je s' fink w e b e ttah s a b e some ob d e fings from no m e an s o f a s c e n t de wr eck!" declar e d Pomp How e v e r, the oppo s it e s id e o f t h e d efile was eas ily "Ri ght agr eed Mayh e w "We' ll do i t." cend ed. Frank c onc e ived the idea of ascendin g this With which all w ent t o w ork r ecla iming e verything from s ignalin g across. the wr e ck that was a vai l able. But as h e kept on climbin g upward, h e becam e a Of cou rse they did not k now how long they might have e v e r y mom ent that lie. was climbin g a mountain. lo stay upon the i s l e What did it mean? It was best to proceed a s if t hey inte nd e d to s t ay the re Had h e become turn e d around or confused and w as for a l ong time really asc e nding th e s ubmarin e mountain ? So eve ry effort was mad e t o est abli s h the mselves com-The mor e h e r eflect e d tJ.pon t hi s, t he b ette r sa ti sfie d fortabl y in th eir i s l a nd home became th a t it was the trut h Half the day passed thu s, whe n s udd e nly a s Barney was crqssing the beach, h e was e l ect rifi e d b y a di stant s ound. av mercy!" h e g a s p ed. "Phwat was that?" It was u nmi s takabl y the distant h ello of a human voice But h e k ept on m a nfully. But it seem e d an climb. Tim e and again h e was oblig e d to pau se and rest. he kept on Hour s passed. All t hi s tim e, thou g h Frank did not M e anwhil e what of the fat e of Fra nk Reade .Jr.? Carize it, h e had been en circ lin g the main c ave or p e ak of ri e d down b y the awful aval a nch e of j e ll y it. would s eem a s s ubmarin e mountain and w as gra duall y approaching if l1e had gone to his d e ath. atoll above But fate had not s o decr eed it. For hour s h e k ept on, and s udd e nl y became aware of To be sur e h e was canie d down the mighty steep and startling fact even over into the abyss. Above him the re was a fearful roar like thunder E n veloped a s he was in th e mass of fun g i h e knew not d e afenin g, and h e felt the wa te r in motion hi wh ere b e was b eing car r ied and coul d not see a thing. "Mercy he muttered "This is queer! I am very ne


F RA N K R EA DE, JR. EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUN T A IN. 17 I?" and that is the thunder of a s torm Where I Frank gain e d the inner b e ach of the ato ll. H e was c ompl e t e ly e xhau s t e d and s ank down. H e r e aliz e d unmi s takabl y that h e was lo s t. To find his way b a c k to t h e Tortoi se now h e kn e w was imfssib le. His pulse throbbed hotl y and his head s wam. H e s ank down upon a rock o n u s h e c ri e d "Wha t a m I t o d o? They w ill ver find m e 1 The s i t uati o n was o n e calc ul a t e d t o t e rro r t o the outest heart. Frank, h o w e v e r recov e r e d him s r "The r e i s only o n e thing to do, h e mutte r e d, "and th a.t p .. 1 to m a k e the best of it." Thi s was certainl y a plu c k y resolu t ion. Frank prou: t o carry it out. H e decide d to g o up a s n e ar the s u rface a s possibl e H e In the wes t ern sky the sun was stru gg lin g to g e t throu g h th e storm cioud s Bu t t hey clos ed ang ril y over it, and th e s torm raged fie r c er than ever Frank littl e dre a m e d at that momel?-t that upon the oppo si t e s id e of th e i s l e hi s fri e nds were cas t awa y If h e had, it i s s af e to s a y that h e would qui ckly join e d them. Indeed h e b e li e v e d them at t h e bott om of the sea and was wond e rin g how h e e v e r c ould r e joi n t h e m But darknE'ss was at hand, and h e kne w h e could do no t h ing mor e that H e r emove d his h e lmet. When t h e m orni ng cam e the sun s h o n e bright and clear arose and wn!ke d a long the beac h H e w and e r ed, v e ady s u s p ecte d th at t h e top o f the mountain was an i s la r o und f or some tim e t r y ing to find a way across the is l e od. But it WJl S a long t im e b e for e h e could manage to get U p and st ill u p h e w e nt. through the n et work of vines and fol iage. As h e did s o th e lig h t of d ay g rew plain e r and h e s udF i nall y h e w ent bac k to the channe l beach and afte r a l ml y li f t e d his gaze and di stinc tl y saw the s k y thro u g h t h e w a lk of some miles cam e to the out e r s h o re. I ll1 hin g wat e r s above. H e re h e arrived about noon. He was resolved to m a k e a H e was far e n o u g h b e l o w the surface not to fee l wholly circuit of the i sle. e effect of the s t o rm The b e d o f the ocean h e r e was v e r y \nay and ascende d graduall y F rank becam e 'certa in that th e r e was an i s l and a bove. H e c ould plainl y h e ar the thund e r o f th e waves upon e s and y b e a c h .... B u t J1ow was h e to g e t o u t of th e h e aving wate r and gain \e s hor e? H e could not have k ept hi s feet a mom ent in eir embrace. But thi s diffic ulty was s udd e nly obv iat ed. As he wand e r e d on, h e s udd e nly discove r e d th e b e d of t t e chann e l whi c h led into t h e calmer water s of th e atoll. Pollowi ng thi s rapidl y ove r vas t beds o f c oral and s and, came into th e still w a t e r s of the little inclose<1 bay, or Joll. 1 It was but a mom ent's work to e m e rge from t h1s. I I CHAPTER XIII. THE END. So h e k ept al o ng the beach a t a sharp wa lk. Sudd enly a s h e was c lambering over some rock s he b e held a n as tounding s ight. Dead ahead h e saw three men trying to pull some thin g out of the surf At once h e s houted. And it was this loud h e ll o that h ad a ttrac ted Barney's atte ntion The effect was thrilli ng The C e lt gave a y e ll fit to wake t h e d e ad. "Whurroo !" h e screamed "Shure, i t's Mi sthe r Frank, aloive an' w ell!" The profe s sor was s o dumfou n ded that he could not a c t. B u t, Barne y and Pomp w e r e r u s h i n g toward Fra nk, and soon w e re fondl y and wildly e mbracing him. "Golly fo' goodness!" screamed Pomp "I'se done gl a d dat we' s e a ll tog e d e r once mo' !" I nd ee d thi s was t h e gen e r a l s e n ti m e n t. E x p erie nces w e r e rexchang ed, and then the q u estion a rose a s to wh at it was a t o ll is p r oper l y a coral i s le in the shape of a ring, .bes t to do. th a charu1el c onnectin g it s watE'r s with the outer sea. I Fran]( was in a. q u an d ary. e


28 FRANK READE, J R., EXPLORING A SUBMARINE MOUNTAIN. Naturally h e felt bad at the loss of the but I H e had lost hi s v aluabl e pap e r s and s p e cim e n s t said, pluc kily : wr e c k of the Torto ise, bu t h i s .wor d was tak e n by his fello Neve r m i nd. It c oul d n t be h e lpect I'll bui1d a bette r scienti s ts, and he becam e t h e lion o f the soc iety one n cxi t im e." A n d t hu s ende d t h e expl o r ation of tho s u bmarin e mou E v e n as t hey w e r e discussing th e problem B arney l e ap e d tain It h a d resulted rath e r di s a s t r o u s ly, b u t F r a n k Read to his feet wildl y : Jr. was n ot di sc ou rage d fo r he at o nce wen t to wor k up o "A ship! A ship!" a n e w inventio n t h e acco unt of w h ic h we will re la te in C This was true. Around a h ea dland o the atoll 1;he re s tor y ,.. 0 THE END. l s wung into vie w a full-rig ge d s hip The s hout s of th e c a s taw ays wer e h e ard a nd a boat put out. The y were taken aboard tJ1e Gold e n Gate, bound for H a waii. Three {veek s lilt e r they w e r e sa f e l y land e d in Ron-o l ulu. A ste am e r t h e nce was tak e n for S an Franci sco. The voy ager s wer e warml y w e lcom e d home. I Frank Reade, Jr. Barney. and P o mp w ent at once to Readestown, Pro Mayhew went hom e t o New .York. ''HAPPY ---v Read ADRIF T I N AFRICA; OR, F RANK READ O JR., AMONG THE I VO R Y HUNT E R S W ITH HI NEW ELECTRIC W AG@N," w h ic h w ill b e the iT b e r (30) of "Frank R e ad e Weekl y Magazin e 5 T 6 T _L__ 7 T T SPECIA L NOTICE: A ll b ack n u mbe r s o this wee k are a l ways in p r int. If y o u c annot obtain the m from a 1 T n e w s deal e r sen d t h e pric e i n mon e y o r pos tag e s t a mp s 'i :j mail to F RANK T OUSEY, PUBLISHER 2 4 UNIO S QU ARE, NEW YO RK, and you w ill r e cei v e t h e cop i 6 T y ou ord e r b y m ai l. 1 DAYS. '' t 8 i 1 '1' ;l2 T 3 T 4 T The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Publishe d -ISSUED EVERY FRID' A Y:T 0 T HAPPY DAYS" is a l arge 16-page p aper containing Interestin k Storie s Poems, Sketches, Comic Jo k e s, Answers to Co rr es p o n dents, an d ma n y other brigpt features. Its Authors a nd A rti s ts have a 3 na ti o na l reputation. No a m ount of money is spared to make this weekly the best published. 4 T 5 T A New Story Begins Every Week in .. Happy Days." PUT TO-DAY! A WILL AND A WAY; OR, Ben Blunt Made His Fortune. By J G. BRADLEY. Begins in No. 450 of "HAPPY DAYS" Issued May 15, 1903. PRICE 5 CENTS F or sal e b y all or will be sent to an y addr e s s on r e ceipt o f price b y FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 2 4 Unio n N e w York. 6 T


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SECRET SERVlCE OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. ai Ir PBICE 5 CTS. 32 PAGES. COLOBED COVEBS. ISSUED WEEKL'Ii LATEST ISSUES: 139 The Bradys In the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street Mystery. 140 The Bradys and the Rail Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the Shopping District. 142 The Bradys and the Broker ; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the Lost Ranche ; or, The Strange Case In Texas. 145 The Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. 146 The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook In New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective ; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. l.48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stolen Million. 19 The Bradys at Cripple Creek ; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men." 0 The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after Dark. 1 The. Bradys In Five Points; or, The Skeleton In the Cellar. 152 Fan lloy, the Opium Queen ; or, The Bradys and the Chinese Smugglers. JJ)3 The Bradys' Boy Pupil ; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. :ai4 The Bradys In the Jaws of Death; or, 'l'rapplng the Wire Tap 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Million l the Hub. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves Cape Nome. 185 The Bradys In the Black Hllls; or, Their Case In North Dako 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank"; or, A Hot Case In the Gol ai Mines. e1 187 The Bradys and the "Rube"; or, Tracking the Confidence Mea. d 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys in the Oil Country; or, The Mystery of the Giant lll Gusher. o. 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar; or, The Worst Crook of AU. 191 The Bradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs o e Chicago. 1i 192 The Bradys and the Seven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found o In the Barn. jo 193 The Bradys In Mexico; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure. Honse. 194 The Bradys at Black Run ; or, Trailing the Coiners of Candle rE Creek. 195 The Bradys Among the Bulls and Bears; or, Working the Wlrea In Wall Street. o 106 The Bradys and the King; or, Working for the Bank of England. i l 07 The Bradys and the Duke's Diamonds; or, The Mystery of the 0 pers. 155 The Bradys 156 The Bradys Thieves. 198 and the Typewriter ; or, The Olllce Boy's Secret. and the Bandit King; or, Chasing the Mountain 199 Ya cht. e and the Bed Roc k Mystery; or, Working In the Black 1 The Bradys and the Card Crooks; or, Working on an Ocean Liner. 0 The Bradys and "John Smith"; or, The Man Without a Name. 1 The Bradys and the Manhunters; or, Down In the Dismal Swamp. The Bradys and the High Rock Mystery ; or, The Secret of the : r 157 The Bradys and Chinatown. the Drug Slaves; o't, The Yellow Demons of 158 The Bradys and the Anarchist Queen ; or, Running Down the "Reds 159 The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks ; or, The Mystery of Room 44. 160 The Bradys and the Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work In the Har bor. 1&1 The Bradys. and the House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night's Work. 162 The Bradys' Winning Game ; or, Playing Against the Gamblers. 163 The Bradys and the Mall Thieves; or, The Man In the Bag. 164 The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found In the River. 165 The Bradys after the Grafters ; or, The Mystery In the Cab. 166 The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, tne Great Case In Missouri. 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown; or, The Mysterious Case In So clety. 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned Envelope. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Blll; or, The Diamond Thieves of Malden Lane. 170 The Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The Clew In Chinatown. 171 The Bradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light Harness Gang. 172 The Bradys and the Black Doctor; or, The Secret of the Old Vault. 173 The Rradys and the Girl In Grey; or, The Queen of the Crooks. 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshln&s; or, Away Down In Tennesl!ee 176 The Bradys In Bad town ; or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. 177 The Bradys In the Klondike; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work In the Slums. 179 The Bradys and the "Hlghbinders"; or, The Hot Case In Chinatown. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the Fortune-Teller. 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; oz:, Tracking the Dea:f and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs In 'Frisco. 200 201 202 Seven Steps. n 203 The Bradys at the Block House ; or, Rustling the Rustlers on the c Frontier. 'l 204 The Bradys In Baxter Street ; or, The House Without a Door. E 205 The Bradys Midnight Call ; or, The Mystery of Harle m Height!!' I 206 The Bradys Behind the Bars; or, Working on Blackwells Island. 207 The Bradys attd the Brewer's Bonds; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 1 208 The Bradys on the Bowery ; or, The Search for a Missing Girl. 'I' 209 The Bradys l).nd the Pawnbroker ; or, A Very Mysterious Case. 1 210 The Bradys and the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the Mint. 211 The Bradys at Bonanza Bay; or, Working on a Million Dollar I 212 The Bradys and the Black Riders ; or, The Mysterious Murder Wildtown. 1 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; or, Working With Washington s Crooks. 214 The Bradys and the Man from Nowhere; or, Their Very Hardest Case 215 The Bradys .and "No. 99"; or, The Search for a Mad Million aire. 216 The Bradys at Ballln' s Bay ; or, The Trail Which Led to the Arc tic. 217 The Bradys and Glm Lee; or, Working a Clew in Chinatown. 218 ThJio!'J.a?ys and the "Yegg" Men ; or, Seeking a Clew on the 219 The Bradys and the Blind Banker; or, Ferretting out the Wall Street Thieves. 1 t 220 The Bradys and the Black Cat; or, Working Among the Card Crooks of Chicago. I 2 21 The Bradys and the Texas Oil King; or, Seeking a Clew in the South west. 222 The Bradye and the Night Hawk; or, New York at Midnight. 2 23 The Bradysln the Bad Lands; or, Hot Work in South Dakota. 2 24 The Bradys at Breakneck Hall; or, The Mysterious House on the Har lem. 225 The Bradys and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work in Hornersville. 2 26 'l'he Bradys and the Three Sherift's; or, Doing a Turn in Tennessee. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, bY. FB.A.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our libraries, and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and 1111 tn the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by 1'8turn mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MO:lSEY. ............................................ ....................................................... 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THE STAG. THE Bo;ys OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE un..--vuntaining a great variety of the latest jokes used by the end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wnnrlrfnl little book. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER ing a varied asso,rtiJ?ent of stump Negro, Dutch Also end mens JOkes. Just the thmg for home amuse amateur shows. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE Be dances No. 5, HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A complete guide to lov & and maJTiage, giving sensible advice, rules and etiquettfJ to be ohseneu, with many curious and interesting things not gelt known No. 17 HOW '1'0 DRESS.-Containing full instruction in th,, art of dressing and appearing wel-l at home and abroad giving the selertions of colors, material. and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW '1'0 BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of tn,. brightest and most valuable little books Pver g i ven to the world! Everybody wishes to know how to b ec ome beautiful, both male ar.o female. The secret is simple, and almost cost l ess Read this bOOt"' and be convin ce d how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7 HOW '1'0 KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated containing full instruc tions for tbe management and training of th< canary, mockingbird, bobolink. blackbird, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS. POt'LTRY, PIGEONS Ar X! RABBITS.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomel y ili a;, trate d. By Ira Drofraw. No 40. HOW TO l\IAKFJ AND SET TRAPS.-Including hi nilr on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bird Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. HarringtOl' K eene. No. 50. HOW 'rO STUFF BIRDS AND AND!ALS.-"--' valuable book. giving instructions in collecting, p r eparh)g, mountWl and preserving birds, animals and insects. 1\'o. 54. HOW '1'0 KEEP AND l\fANAGE PETS.-Giving com r p lete information as to the manner and method of rai sing, keepi n taming, breed ing, and managing all kinds of pets ; also giving f : !nstructi ons for cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-ei p !llu stratJO ns, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind e pnblished. MISCELLANEOUS. No 8. HOW TO BJWOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful and structive book. giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e il perimeqts in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKEJ CANDY.-A complete hand-book f making all kinds of candy, ice-cream syrups, essences, etc., etc. No 19 .-FRANK 'l'OUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANOlt TABLES, POCKET COMPANION AND GUIDE.-Giving thr official distances on all the railroads of the United States anll Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, bact; fares in the princ ipal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makii!IP' it one of the most complete and handy books published No. 38. HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DO{)'T(JR.-A wo:r derful book. containing useful and practical information in treatment of ordinary diseases ard ailments common to eve r)/ family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general COil! plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Ciro taining valuable information regarding the collecting and arrangill\1< of stamps and coins. Handsomely illustrated. Ko. 58. HOW TO B.E A 01d King the world-known d etective Ih wh1ch he lays down some and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventur:( and experiences of well-known detectives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A ing u sef ul information r ega rding the Camera and how to work also how to make Photographic Magic .Lantern Slides and otll!lli Transparencies flandsomely illustrated. By 'Captain W. De '&-' Abney. No 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILIT:Al!i,)' CADET.-Containing full explanations how to. gain course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers P() : Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Department, and all a boy sho u r { know to be a Cadet. Compiled anrl written by Lu Senarens. autln of "How to Becom!' a Naval Cadet." No. 63. HOW TO A NAVAL CADET.-Complete lr. structions of bow to gain admission to the Annapolis NaTl\J Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descripti 1!: of grounds and buildings. historical sketch. and everything a should know to become .an officer in the United States Navy. CO piled and writt<'n by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Becomoll ( West Point MilitaJ'Y Cadet." many s tandard r eadings PRICE 10 Address FRANK EACH. O R 3 F O R 25 CENTS. TOUSEY, P u blishe r 2 4 Union Square, New York.


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