Frank Reade, Jr., and his torpedo boat; or, At war with the Brazilian rebels

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his torpedo boat; or, At war with the Brazilian rebels
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Contain in Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea & in the Air. S11h.

Books .Tell Yon E:verytbjng I l \ i : I t : \ A COMPLETE SET'! IsA REGULAR' ENCYCLOP.EDIA! &.:11 oook consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear t ype and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated c,de Uvst of the books are also plofusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in s uc h a simple mannet that an. child can t horoughly understand them. Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjec IHE8E ,BOOKS AlUJ FOR BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL BE SE:\''T' BY MAIL TO ANY ADORES ,B',ftOM TfiiS OFE ICE ON' RECEIPT OI" PI1ICE, TEN .EACII, Olt ANY BOOKS FOR TWENTY-FlY. flE !-l''l' S POSTAGE S'L\.MPS TAKE!\ TilE SAME AS MONEY. Addtess FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square. N.1 SPORTING. M AGIC .\v .:1. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The gr(!at book of magi c a1 ttunting and fishing guide ever publi s h e d. It contains full in -card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tric atru<:tions about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing of the day, also t L e most popular ma g i cal illusions as performed to g et'her with descriptions of game and fis4. our l ead ing magicians: eve ry boy s hould obtain a co py of tbis boa. N o. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL ANI) BUILD A BOAT. Fully as it will both am and instru ct. I ill ustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boa,t. No. 22 HOW'.rO DO SECOND SIGII'T.-IIeller's seconJ sig Full instnctions are given in this little book, together with in exp laine d by his former assistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining h atructions on swimming and riding, l:ompanion spocts to boating. the secret dialogu es were dtrried on betw een the magician and t No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, H.IDE A D DRIVE A HORSE.-boy on the stage; a l s o giving all the c odes and The on 11.. c omple t e treatise on the horse. Des c ribing the most u se ful ho1"Ses authentic ex planation of second s i g ht. lor business, the best horses for the road; also valuable recipes for No. 43. HOW TO BECOME. A 1\IAGI CIAN.-Containing t pececome strong and healthy by foll owing the instructions contained this little book. 10 HO"' TO BOX.-The art of se lf -defense made easy. Cont ai ning over thirty i llustrations of guards, blows, and the ditfernt positions of a good boxer. Every should obtain one of :hese "!Eeful and instructive books. as ;t \\'ill you h ow to box without an instructor. !!5. HOW TO BECO;\JE \ full nstrll.Ct ions for all kinds of gymnastic anu athletic exe r cises. il]mbl"8.cing thirty-five illustrations. By PtofPssor \V. 1\Ia cdonald. A. bandy and useful book. 34. HOW 'TO FENCE.-Cont aini11g full instructi on for 1encing .and the use of the broadswo:J: a loo instruction in archery. Oescribed 1vith twenty-one illustrations, giving the best positions In fencing. A comp l ete book. No. 75. 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HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em-body you wish to write to. l_Dvety young man and every yom t>racing all of the lates t and most d eceptive card tricks, wi th il-lad y in the l and shonld havP lh ts hook. tustrations. By A. Anderso n. No. 74. HOW 'l'O WRI'l'E LETTERS COHHECTLY.-Co 0 No. 77 HOW TO DO FORTY TIUCKS WITH CARDS.-taining ful_l instruction_ s for writing on almost ::tnY Containing deceptive Card T ri c k s as performed by IE>ading also rules for pun<:tuatiOn and co mpo s ttJOn; together w1tb spectm e ncl magkians. Arra n ge d fo r borne amu sement. Fully illustrated. letters. ] (Co ntinued on page 3 of co. vcr.) t


'Y' :as:.A.G-..A.2.;IN"E. ;:ONTAINING STORIES 4bF ADVENTURES O N LAN D SEA AND IN THE AIR. l ; I Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2 .50 per year. Application made for Second Class enl!y at the New York, N Y., Post Office. Ente1ed according to Act of Congress in the year 1903, in the office of the of Congress, Washington, D. C., by F1ank Tousey, U Un ion Square, New York. No. 11. NEW YORK, JANUARY 9, 1903. Price 5 Cents. rRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT ; OR, v AT WAR WITH THE BRAZILIAN REBELS By ''NONAME." D lj n 0 ic CHAPTER I. SAVED BY A BOMBSHELL. u Readestown was a very handsome little city located at the nction of two rlvers that emptied into the ocean. h< It was chiefly celebrated as the residence of a noted in :Yentor of submarine boats, :flying machines and overland d

2 READ.._ AND HIS .J:1J.JJO .bJ.&T. "Gentlemen, it was only a harmless accid ent!" he ex A cloud flew up in the air composed of dirt and stan; claimed. "}' And so saying Frank left the cheering, enthusiasti crowd, and passing through the gate he closed and locked iu Shortly afterward the crowd dispersed. u Frank strode through several spac iou s yards inclosed 1:: high brick walls, and headed toward a large deep basil[d walled in, from which a canal flowed out to one of tb "I don't believe that a little thing like that did it," said rivers. l A gate in the wall opened, and by the mellow eleetri the man in s k e pti ca l tones. "It isn't possible." "Do you want me to prove what I say?" asked Frank, in lights that illuminated the grounds Frank observed a m3ee nettled tones. come running out toward him. el "Yes. Yes. Yes!" resound ed on all sides. He was a raw-boned Irishman named Barney O'She: "Then stand back, all of you, foa; here's my opportunity who had accompanied Frank on most of the voyages lve now of not only showing you the power of this she ll, but made in his inventions. also of savi ng some of you from being gored to death!" He was a red-headed Celt, with a good-natured face, He pointed up the s treet at a wild steer. full of life, pluck and ructions as could be, and was note The beast had broken loose from one of the railroad cattle pens, and was then c harging on the crowd. Along it came, its muzzle bent to the ground, saliva drip ping from its jaws, and bellow after bellow hoarsely pealing as a liv eo/ performer on the violin. it "Be heavens, he's aloive !" he gasped, disappointedlJa when his twinkling gray eyes fell upon Frank, and he carr1t to a pause. from its throat. "Are you sorry for it, Barney?" laughed the invento A wild shout of alarm arose from the crowd, for the elecgood-naturedly. :1 tric lights with which the street was furnished plainly "I'm not," confessed Barney, w1th a broad grin, "bu e howed them the monst e r that was sweeping toward them. bedad, it's sure I wuz that yer'd blowed yersilf ter glory wi It was very evident that before many of them could get ther bomb ye carried in yer hand. Imagi ne me disa1\ out of the way, the furious beast would r eac h some, for p'intmint ter foind ye aloive." a there was a tremendous crowd choking up the street. "Room for me!" s houted Frank. He rushed swiftly through the r e treatin g crowd. In a moment he s tood alone facing the steer. The animal arriv ed within stone's throw of him. Frank then hurle d the bomb with unerring aim, and it struck the ground violently in front of the creature. Boom roar e d the explosion. There was a dazzling glare and a deafening report. "Excuse me for not giving you a chance to attend n 'I funeral," laughed Frank. "I'm sorry I'm alive, Barne S but I can't help it." ar "Faith, it's an illegant wake 've could have over yorer 1fasther Frank, me j ewel, hut niver moind-betther lu next toime." "Ha.rk! What's that yelling?" "Shure, it do b'c sounclin' a dale loike Pomp, ther na T gur." tr.f


FRANK READE, JR., .r HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 3 0 And a roar of laughter escaped Barney. ) ''Frank shot a quick, apprehensive glance at him. "Have you been playing your practical jokes upon him?" asked. v "Sorra a bit," grinned Barney. "Faith, him an me 1z roonin' pasht ther canal basin ter see what waz afther a stin', whin all av a suddint me fut shlipped from undher e, an' tuck ther coon in ther shins. An' before I could get er grip av m e finger in his wool ther black-an' -tan gorilla int head forst inter ther wather, bad cess to him, an' left t e ter go on alone." "Help l Help!" yelled Pomp's voice at this juncture. Oh, golly l I'se a dead niggah! Fo' de Lawd's sake, some p.ddy hist me out ob heah, or I'se gwine ter git drowned l shuah !" ;t "Get him out, Barne y, you rogue. You tripped him on ibrpose !" cried Frank. "I can see by your actions you're ilty." The good-natured Irishman chuckled and went to Pomp's d. th The coon was a comical-looking little fellow as black as 1k, and was swimming in the cold water of the big basin ;ri B eing to climb up the steep brick walls, he was himself afloat by swimming, and yelling lustily for elp. te' Barney shouted to him to grasp his hand, and stooping bver the edge he reached down for the coon Pomp grabbed the Irishman's big fist witih significant fervor. house on top of which stood a cupola us ed as a wheel -house. The vessel was made entire ly of tough steel plates two inches in thickness, her length being 300 feet, her beam 40 feet, and her draught twenty. As Frank and his comrades board e d her, there sud denly sounded a fearful crackling about the boat, and myr iads of blue fire balls be an to dart all over her. She was electrified The current was so strong that Barney and Pomp were shocked in consequence of their shoes being wet, while the soles of Frank's foot gear began to smoke a.nd burn. "Run for your lives!" shouted the young inventor. This warning was scarce l y necessary. Barney and Pomp were yelling with misery. "Howly mother!" howled the former; "I'm roastin' !" "Oh l ouch!" screame d the coon, dancing up and down. "Dar's pins an' needles gwine froo dis niggah like de deuce!" They rushed for the gangplank. But all of them were severely s hocked ere they reached it. From the hull the current was "grounding" in the wate r so heavily that scores of fish were killed and floated on the surface By the time Frank and his friends r eached the ground their shoes were destroyed, but they no longer felt current. "What could have happen ed to fill her with the current?" asked Frank, wonderingly, as he stood watching the glitter ing sparks flying off the boat's hull. Instead of trying to get out, however, he pulled upon it "Begorra, now I come to think av it," said Barney, ith all his might, and the next instant the mischievous scratching his red head reflectively, "ther nagur an' I wuz was caught in his own trap, for he toppled head first chargin' ther e l ecthric afore we h eered ther bomb the water with him. husht beyant in ther shtr.ate. An' I'm afther thinkin' ther "ilfurther !"he yelled, frantically. "I'm over me head!" current must hev broke'loose from ther loikes av thim an' to "Yah! yah! yah! Done cotch yo' dat time, honey!" got inter ther hull av ther boat." u ckled Pomp. o And Frank had to haul them both out with a rope. "Come on board of the Destroyer, boys," laughed Frank. sa1 !V"e've got work to do with the submarine boat to-night, ; d besides that, you both need a change of clothing." The bvat floated in the big basin. n She was a large, peculiar-looking craft, and as they arted to cross the gang plank to board her, a most singular yo ent occurred, that almost cost their lives. lu CHAPTER II. "Fo' suah," assented Pomp, decisively. "Dat mus' be de way, sah." "Unless I can get aboarcl and stop the escape of that current, the heat from it will melt the sj;eel hull like wax. "Faix, it's as much as your loife is worth to vinture in now." "Golly, don' yo' go fo' ter do it, Marse Frank." "Oh, I've got to. Besides, I won't run much risk if J insulate my body in a mbber suit," said the inventor, quick ly. "While I'm gone haul her over to the s ide of the basin by the hawser." BLOWING UP TIIE ROOKS. Leaving his friendlil pulling i:be rope, Frank rushed away na 'rhe deck of the Destroyer was almost flush with the into one of the big brick buildings. trface of the water, and was furnished with a square deck When he emerged he was clad in a rubber diving s uit


4 FRANK READE, JR., AN_._ HIS TORPEDO BOAT. which covered his head, body and extremities, while over the face there was a glass visor almost impervious to elec tricity. The Destroyer was getting very hot when he boarded her, but he unhesitatingly crossed the deck to the door at the port side. Flinging it open, he ran into a beautifully appointed cabin in which there were a number of bunks. A flight of stairs led from this room up to the cupola, while under them a spiral staircase descended int. ) the hold. The boat was furnished with incandescent lamps which now glowed brilliantly, lighting up the interior. :F'rank hastened down below. He landed in the gun room. Here a huge pneumatic gun stood. Its muzzle projected through a tubular opening in the bow, which was furnished with a spring trap that watertight when the piece was withdrawn. Above it was a bull's-eye to see ahead. This room was filled with torpedoes of one hundred times the explosive force possessed by the hand grenades. Barney and Pomp came aboard rather gingerly. "Have ye it?" queried the Celt. "She's all right replied Frank, cheerily. e 'I "Didn' I tole yo' he done do it?" demanded Pomp "Cast off those hawsers!" shouted Frank. ol "Is it to say we is goin' ?" "Yes; I want to see how she operates." "Come here, naygur, an' lind me ther loan av yer hl1 Away hastened the two to the hawsers, and casting tF off, the boat was set adrift. ) Frank quickly put her machinery in motion. e She turned around, ran down the channel, and reacl" the river, she passed out into the dark, gloomy sea. Barney and Pomp had gone inside to make an exam cr tion of the interior to see if it had been damaged bytt current. The room back of the cabin was a combined dining-r0 and kitchen, and the apartment aft of that a storerooms food, and numerous tools, and other necessary ta des. [ At the extreme end of the deck-house was a vestibulEB Should the electricity touch them or any of the other signed as an exit for the occupants of the when loaded small arms and ammunition in the magazine, the merged. vessel would have been blown into fragments. Frank did not pause here. He dashed through a door into the next room. This apartment contained the machinery for working ihe screw, besides the electric lighting plant, a dynamo, mot

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 5 When Barney and Pomp had finished their inspection, e torpedo boat had reached rough water. J 'fhey then went aloft and joined Frank in the cupola. "Shure she's as loight as a bottle, an 'she swims loike a lok," said Barney. "Have yez toimed her?" "Yes; she can make thirty knots an hour," Frank replied. "Whar yo' gwine wif her, honey?" asked Pomp, curi sly. Frank pointed up the coast. "I'm going to blow the rocks to pieces that crop up to the of the sea, and menace ships yonder," he reied. :;}"Troth, it's a dade of charity ter do that," said Barney. i'er shure an' it's only a fortnoight ago a gallant bark I ruck her nose agin thim rocks, an' sint all hands ter ther Y tom, God rist their sowls in heaven, amin." he rocks Frank designed to destroy were soon reached. I' Over them the waves were boiling and hissing in foam. mlstopping the boat, Frank turned an e l ectric current into arge powerful searchlight in the bow on deck. ts dazzling shaft lit up the waters far ahead. E e slanted the light down in the sea about the rocks. 'Then he left the wheel in Pomp's hands. Going down below with Barney, he opened the breech of e l ectric gun, thrust in a cylindrical torpedo and peeped t. er he waters were illuminated by the searc hlight. ow he saw the black, jagged rocks plainly. the gun to bear upon them, Frank pressed a key. ulThe electric current discharged the gun with a loud thud air and a tremendous bubbling outside. ,Away flew the projectile through the water like a fish di instantly the automatic mechanism of the valve closed ith a snap. ncl'he rock struck by the torpedo was blown to atoms, and eue from the sea with tons of water to a great height. One 9f the flying pieces struck the Destroyer. rJt hit one of the valves of the water chamber and smashed ,iclfn gurgled the water with a rush. settled the Destroyer like a stone when she got full >Ugh, and Frank and Barney fled up-stairs, for the coon howling like fury in the >e ate ta CHAPTER III. O:FF FOR THE WAR. ;ec, b' ortunately for the inmates of the boat all the windows doors were hermetically closed when she went down. Consequently no water leaked into the living rooms. "Wha' de.mattah?" yelled Pomp, wildly. "Fo' why we am sinkin' ?" "A piece of rock struck our hull," Frank replied. "A hole has been stove in. The br ine is entering the water chamber." "Is it shu re av that yez are?" queried Barney, anxiously. "Oh, yes," Frank. "No water is entering anywhere else." "Yo' know how deep it am yere ?" asked Pomp. "About twenty-five fathoms." "Have ye plinty air aboard?" "Enough to la st two homs," said Frank, glancing at one of the registers. "Ha! we are nearing the bottom now," He pointed out the window. The searchlight was gleaming through the brine with a foggy look, but showed up objects a great distance off. Below them was a corrugated bed of sand. It was dotted in places with kelp-strewn rocks. Seaweeds of various kinds floated with the current, myriads of .fishes swam about in the liquid depths, shells were strewn over the bottom, and a semi -gloom obscured every thing beyond the radius of the light. The bottom of the sea was a strange place. Landing upon it with a gentle shock, the foundered Destroyer heeled over upon her side. "Here we are at the bottom," said Frank. "And now to see what the damage is." He found the air getting heavy. Pulling a lev er, he opened the valve that admitted the air from the reservoirs, and then went below. Frank put on one of the metal diving suits. It was made of aluminum, a light strong metal looking like si lv er-and fitted hi s figure like a suit of tights Upon the back was a h.'l!apsack filled with compressed air, which was automatically !njected into the helmet in back of an electric lamp that rested on top. This lamp derived its current from a battery in the knap sack Having attired himself in the s uit, Frank went up into the deck-house, and going aft, he entered the vestibule. Opening a valve, he l et in the sea -water. By thus immersing himself before venturing out, he escaped the danger of s uddenly plunging into the great pres sure of an unusual depth. As soon as the chamber was full he opened the door. Stepping out on the s lanted deck, he found that his body and shoe weights h e ld him down easily. Although these weights amounted to sixty pounds in the


6 FRANK R EADE, JR., AN D H I S TORPEDO BOAT. a ir they lost threequarters of that weight under water ers av money on this boat, a n no wan w ill give yez thr J and n o w cost him only as much exertion as it would to carry chance av blowin' thim ter pieces with it." rr fifteen pounds on the surface. "Have no fear on that score," laughed Frank. "H 1 J G oin g t o the lower side of t h e deck, Fra n k l eft the boat chance comes in my way to make practical use of he r I' H e passed aro u n d t h e hu ll The e l ect ri c l am p was b lazin g It s howed him the broken valve plate. In ord e r to get to the top it was necessary to take out the br o k e n par ts a n d set i n an entirely :new valve. H e r eturne d t o the boat In the st or e room wer e vai'ious duplicate parts of the boat Passin g int o t h e vestibule and closing t h e door, Frank pull e d a lever o n the wall t hat sta r ted a p ump emptying the c o mpar t m e nt. A s soon a s it was empty he opened the storeroom door. find a means Just then the Destroyer's machinery stopped The lights were extinguished. l ( I( Having moored her our friends went home, for it had ])e gun to rain and the hour was very late. On the following morning, after breakfast, Frank the newspaper up, and passed into his den to read it. 11 The first article that attracted his attention was an ar11 count of a tremendous rebellion occurring in Brazil, r ( America t That unfort u nate country was a l ways in a broi l of o r kind or another for years past. J In this instance the rebels had been plotting to ove J throw the emperor, Dom Pedro, and institute a Calli ng B arney to aid h im, the Celt donned a diving suit, form of government to suit themselves rather than conti m f l H e r e h e procured everything he needed. a nd they both went o u t to repair the damage. In less t han a n hou r it was fixed. Fra nk t h e n passed into the turret. H e r e h e pu t1the p ump in moti o n e m pty i ng t h e wate r that had been s hip ped a n d t h e D estroyer began to float u pward. The li g h te r s h e becam e the h igher she arose Wit hin a few moments sl1e reached the surface Around swept t h e sea rc hlight in quest of the dangerous rock, bu t Fra n k now saw t h at it was gone The t o rpedo h a d blown it to pieces. "It's gone h e excla i med, in satisfied tones. "Gorramightyl" chuck led Pomp. "Yo 'specs it could s tan' dat s hot a n s tay d a r ? Marse Frank, dey ain't no sh i p dat will e b e r str ike o n d at yere rock agi n a n go down, sah, yo' kin 'p e nd on d at "Fa i t h w e have not h in' ter do, thin," said Barney. "Our w o rk i s finished L et us return to Readestown The oth e r s assen te d Frank stee red t h e boat back. A ll h a nd s were high l y p l eased with her work. as an empire, as it was then going. An army and navy had been raised. A rms and ammunition were procured. f A riot had been incited, and although the rebe l s h ad be(g dr.iven from Rio Janeiro, some had taken to t h e for est atr hills of Brazil, while others escaped to sea. 'rhey had an armed fleet of twenty ships. r IJ These vessels were bombarding the coast towns, blockar ing the harbors, and running down ships and pl u nderi r j them. r Nat only these atrocities extend to Brazilians, but a vessels of foreign nations which fell into the power of til rebel s were robbed and scuttled Those of the captured crews who could be impressed in.] the ranks of the rebels were spared, while the ones who l t fused were made to walk the plank. According to the latest report, an American trading shi] I( called the Starry Flag, had been captured r Her crew, with one exception, were ruth lessl y shot dow The one who saved him elf was the cabin boy-a youth a She hasn't got a flaw in her constructiQn," said Frank, seventeen, named Dick Davit. Y as s h e ran int o t h e b a sin T his tria l has prove n that." By joining the rebels he saved his life Am yo' gwine f a' te r use her fo' any special purpose?" tha t l'm aware of yet," replied Frank; "but if an o ppor t uni ty occu rs, I ll make a deep-sea voyage i n her, as I have a lmost n othing to do i n Readestown now. "Be d a d it's roost y I'm gittin for the want av a divar sio n s i g h e d B arney, reg r etfu ll y "Upon me sowl it's monU1s s ince I've h a d a ruct i o n or broke n a h ead Masther J!' rank, dear, it's th e r pity ind a d e tha t yer have s pint s l a thAt the first. opportunity he escaped, however and ma his way back to New Y ark, where he reported to the a thorities what had happened. The greatest indignation prevailed in tbe United Stab But our government could do nothing immediately protect the American interests i n Brazil, as a ll the ava'J abl e g u n boats i n our l imited navy wer e scattered o n t'a seas r e m o t e f rom B razil or o n ot h er business.


FRANK READE, JR., AN D HIS TORPEDO BOA T. l(Frank Reade, Jr., r ead the account with the utmost in rest. ll H e was a very patriotic young man, and it fired hi.s blood :' l earn to what indignities and crueltie& his countrymen d been subjected to by the lawless rebels. With a dark frown upon his brow he bounded to his feet, leaving the house, he telegraphed to the Secretary of )1e Navy: He was a n orphan, and had followed the sea for two years. Rather short and heavily built, attired in a sa.ilor suit, nnd having a thin, sun burned face, he was particularly noticeable for the keenness of his eyes and the happiness of his nature. vVhen the torpedo boat reached the Gulf of Mexico he had acquired a thorough knowledge of the operation of the I wish to offer my services and my new electr i c torboat, and could take his trick at managing her as well as boat to suppress the rebels of Brazil who have insulted the rest ar flag and murdered our seamen If you wish to avail 1\urself of my offer, furnish me with a letter of marque, I will depart for Rio at once to protect our American teresta here." Frank then told Barney and Pomp what he had done. As he stood thus at the wheel one afternoon Frank en tered, with a thoughtful look upon his face, and said : "Do you lmow anything about the organization o f tho rebels who have committed most of the atrocities I heard of?" "Yes, sir," promptly replied the boy. "I was among the Both were delighted with the project. rascals for a space of three months, and, therefore, easily a On the following day a reply was returned, accepting l earne d a great deal about them trank's generou offer. It furthermore stated that the American boy, Dick Davit, d offered to accompany Frank's expedition in the capac y of a pilot, and to inform him of various valuable points the rebels, their strongholds, movements, and so arth. That night a number of United States officials the oy in question came on from Washington, and held a se1fet conference with Frank, Barney and Pomp. At its conclusion the entire matterwas settled The inventor was given certain orders, he was empowered a act as if his vessel belonged to tho American Navy, and ;1dck Davit was commissioned to go with Frank. Then the officials saw the boat, and denarted satisfied. Hasty preparations were made for the voyage by our l and within twenty-four hours the Destroyer was uipped. Leave was 'taken of every one ashore who had any claim l on the affections of our friends. The n, accompanied by Dick, they departed in the torpedo -,; at for Brazi l e mbarked upon one of the most peri lous yages they had ever undertak en. a \ CHAPTER IV. t A MYSTERIOUS STEAMER. "My orders from the War D epartment are to proceed directly to Rio, and after d elivering a message to Dom Pedro, take the American Consu l and all c i t i zens and sai l o r s o f our country under my protection." "If you do, you'll be s ure to have a fight with the r e b e ls." "So much the worse for them, then. Now, how about their organization ?'1 "Why, the most formidable part of the whol e gang is aboar d of the armed fleet. They are t h e fellows who are making most of the mischief If we can wipe them off the sea, there will b e an end to the d ownright piracy they've been committing." "Very true. Under whose l eade r ship are they?" "Francisco Sol ano Lopez. "What! The ambitious dictator of Paraguay?" "Yes, sir He command s the fleet." Frank's sur prise finds ifs foundation in act ual hi s tory The man referred to was a politica l scheme r who had caused no end of war and bloodshed for the Brazilians. For severa l years the right-of-way up t h e Paraguay River to the interior of the Brazilian province of l\1:atto Grosso had been in dispute. Without any previous declaration of war, Lopez had c ap hued a Brazilian vessel in the Paraguay, and follow e d up this outrage by an armed invasion of Matto Grosso and Rio Grande in Brazil and the province of Conjentes, in the Argentine Republic a The D estroye r made rapid down the coast, and "Lopez," sai d Dick, "gathered a l arge force of Brazilian t ank found that Dick Davit was a typical American boy, r e bels about him, and conspired to overthrow the empero r a plu cky, whole-souled disposition. They were incited on by cupidity, for the a r ch sch e m e r


8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT offered to give them the wonderful diamond mine s of Bra,;il if they succeeded." It was then blowing fresh fro.m the northwest, and Cl choppy cross-sea was on that made the Destroyer rock. "Ah! now I understand the motive." "Looks like a European steamship," said Frank, pr1 "I explained this to the Secretary of War. Well, the ently. rebels gladly joined in the movement. A riot followed. "But where can she be heading on that course?" queri Dom Pedro drove them out. Once they got on the sea they Dick. became reckless. They acted like fiends. Piracy and plun der followed. Now they are sweeping the ready for any rascality for gain. Lopez encourages this. By so doing he keeps them entirely at hi mercy." "We will have a tough horde to contend with." "You may well believe so. The emperor sent out five ironclads to beat them. Two of these vessels r;turned badly "Probably for Panama." They watched her for some time longer. At the end of an hour they were a league closer togeth Frank then noticed that the Destroyer was seen, for son0 men on the steamer's deck were leveling binoculars at electric boat. After some time thus spent, the steamer changed h crippled without doing any damage. The others lie buried course and ran toward the Destroyer. deep under the ocean." "By thunder, they must have modern arms!" "Dynamit e guns, Hotchkiss guns, forty-pounder broad side batteries, needle g uns. In fact, there is scarcely a na y in the world better equipped for a hard st ruggl e than they -are." A serious look swept over Frank's face. This was more formidable than he expected. Frightful as his own weapons were, he realized that he was d estined to meet with foes that would have made the "It's a call they're a-goin' ter make us, sor," said Barne "Yes. I wonder what flag she sails under?" "Faith, she moight be a Bulgarian or a Kentucky priv teer, for all we kin tell be ther naked luck av her flagstaff)J "Ha! There goes a signal to haul to A puff of smoke and flash of fire came from the steame J deck. It was followed by the report of a gun. As the roar died away Frank stopped the Destroyer. In a short time the steamer ranged up in hailing distan< ironclad s of powerful navies hesitate. and our friends observed that her decks swarmed with "Do you know where these men are to be found?" he dark, swarthy crew. asked. Still no flag was shown. "Yes; I can pilot you to their rendezvou s." But the sta r s and bars were run up on the torpedo boa1 ":r:Iow many men are there on the ships?" pole by Pomp, and when the steamer drew closer, some OJ "As near as I could discover, one hundred on each ship." "About two thousand men all told." yelled: "That's the figure, sir." "And are their vessels armored?" "Several are; but all are very fast." "Steamers or sailing vessels ?" "Both. Five steamers, I think." Just then there came a shout from He and Pomp had been sitting out on deck, the Irishman playing hi s fiddle and the darky thumping an accompani ment to the tune on his banjo. "Sail ho !" yelled the Irishman. He had sudden ly discerned a vessel two leagues away to the southeastward, running at an angle which eventua lly would bring her athwart the course of the Destroyer. Frank peered out the window. In a moment he espied her. Picking up a telescope, he scanned the ship. She was a larg e steamer, with canvas up, and was making at lea s t fifteen knots an hour. "Ahoy, there!" ) "What do you want?" shouted Frank. "Come aboard. I wish to speak to you." "We have no quarter boats." "Oh! what sort of a craft is that?" "An e l ectric boat." e ] "The Destroyer?" I "Yes," r eplied Frank, amazed that they knew her, ft she had only just been built, and it seemed odd that any or in so remote a place as this could have heard of her alread "Captain Frank Reade, Jr., commanding?" "Yes," assented the inventor, more and more astonishe "Bound for Rio Janeiro?" "Yes," said Frank, for the third time, his amazeme increasing. "To fight the Brazilian rebels?" "Yes!" By this time the young inv ento r was the most surpri


F'RANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 9 1 c r son on th e ocean, for it was inc r e dibl e that these utter kn e w hi s vessel, himself, and his intentions. There was a momentary pause. The n the s peak e r s hout e d : "We ll, I'm g l a d you hav e admitt e d it." "Why s o?" d e mand e d Frank, c uriou s ly. "Because w e h a v e been on the l o okout for you." hav e ? For wha t r e a s on, m a y I a sk?" "On e of our agents in Was hington l e arn e d all about ou and y our inte nd e d c ruise, an d c abl e d u s the n e w s." r "Ah! So that 's h o w you l e arn e d all about u s ?" "Ex a c tl y w a s the r e ply. 1 But why ar e you s o i nt e rest e d in m e ?" ''If you will com e abo a rd I'll t e ll y ou." "I can 't. I hav e no boat, a s I told you." "Wait a m o m ent." The s peak e r turne d to one of hi s companions and said fom e thing. A s hort dial o gu e e n s u e d b etween them. rrhe n the m a n s hout e d to Frank: "Aho y the r e !" "What now ?" "Can't y ou r un a l o n gs ide?" C "No; I mig h t d a m age m y vessel in thi s choppy s ea." 1 "We will pu t out fend e r s f o r you. "I pr e f e r to r e m a in whe r e I am." "Ve ry w e ll." d ''Tell m e what you want "It i s a secr et." "I have no secr ets from m y compa nion s ." "Very well ; s ince you are s o obs tin a te, we w e r e wat c hing or you to blow you and your c ra f t t o pieces, a s this i s ran c isco Lop e z 's boat, and you ar e a bitt e r foe." A s t h e m a n spoke the s t e am e r s wun g a r o und, h e r ports ew ope n on the s tarboard s id e and in the ope ning our i e nd s saw a g rim array of bro a d s id e gun s frowning out At the breech of e a c h g un the r e s tood a man with a lockin hi s hand r eady to fir e up o n the Des troyer at the of command from the r e b e l c hi ef. o Frank u t t e r e d a cry of dis may. td He now under s tood the myst ery. 1el i s CHAPTER V. UNDER THE GULF. "All hand s ins id e--quick!" Frank gave utteran c e t o thi s s harp ord e r. At the s am e juncture h e closed th e c upola window. Barn e y and Pomp s c rambl e d ins id e with a rush. Frank pulled the l e v e r of the water chamber valves. Down settle d the Destro yer b the waves very rap idly, for the young inv e ntor h a d drawn the ape rtures wide open. A s hout of escape d the s t eame r's c rew, and t h e gunn e r s pull e d t h e lock-s tring s of their weapons. A thund e rou s r oar p e al e d out s hook the sea, but so s udd e n h a d been the descen t of the Destroy e r that the howl ing cam1on-b all s fle w her. Had Frank been a moment later in carrying out his plan, t h e s ubm arine Mat w o uld hav e been s truck. Stro n g a s s h e was, s u c h a heavy batt e ry at short range would hav e d o n e h e r the most seriou s damage. Furthe r down s he s ank in the sea. Frank had an in s trum e n t for m e a s uring h e r depth from t h e s urface of ihe sea. It was a n i nge niou s thing work e d by pressure. By d e du c ting fifteen pound s to the squar e in c h which is the pressure of the a tmo s ph e r e on the e arth and s ea, Frank calc ulat e d e i ght and one -half pound s for eve ry twe nty feet h e desc e nd ed. Fo r exampl e : Whe n the boat r e ached a d epth of twe nty f e et l1e s topp e d h e r descent by s hutting off the influx of wat e r and saw that the reg is ter re c orded twe nty-three and one -half pound s By takin g off t he fift een pound s air pressure, that left e ight and one -half pound s pressure and h e thus knew he was down tw e nt y feet. "Safe !" h e mutte r ed, sighing with r e li ef. "By jingo! Tha.t was a narrow esc ap e !" s aid Di ck. "Didn' t you recogniz e the s t e amer a s that of Lopez?" "No; for I n e v e r saw hi s flags hip b e fore "But you hav e m et him?" "Of course. But l1e was n t the man who spoke to you." "Are you sure ?" "Of c ourse. Lop e z clm't s p e ak English." "Still h e mu s t hav e been aboard." "Yes; but I didn t see him, sir." "Wha t s ort o f a l o okin g man i s Lopez?" "Short, thin, a nd w e ar s a bu s h y black beard." "We mu s t not remain her e They saw whe re we went down and m a y train their g uns to bear upon this spot." "Confound them They know all about us." "One of their s pi e s sent them the news by telegraph." "Now we can't tak e them by s urprise." "But we can run our boat under their hull, and fire tor p edoes at th em. One s hot will do to blow the m to--" "Look out!" int e rpo sed Dick, in sudd e n alarm. He had been looking out the heavy plate glas s window, and saw a white streak fly past.


JO FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. It was a cannon -ball flying down through the water from the surface of the sea. "'l'hey've commenced to do just what I feared," said Frank. He seized the machinery lever and pulled it. The bo' at's screw began to revolve, and she glided ahead without causing a ripple on the surface Frank started the e l ectr i c light s ablaze. A silvery halo extended all around the boat. 'l'oward the mrface the brine had a pale green hue in the l ight of the declining sun. 'l'his color inten s ified gradually as it descended into the profound er depths, until it looked. posi tively black. 'l'hrough the element there flashed the bodies of various kinds of d enizens of the deel?. Some fled from the boat in excessive terror, while others, becoming accustomed to it, did not hesitate to swim up to her Far below, in the gloomy abyss the tops of tropical corals rose up from the bottom, crusted with wiry sponges, shell fish, and brilliant submarine flowers. To Frank and his friends the strange, wonderful scenery of the singular marine world was no novelty, as they had been buried in the sea on other occasions. Dick, however, had never before been under the ocean, and gazed out the window in utter amazement At some distance from tl1e spot where they had ;first de-scended Frank stopped the Destroyer. I "I am going to blow that craft out of the sea/' said he. Just then Barney and Pomp rushed up. "Arrah, but its' the r shpa lpeen s thim wor !" growled the Celt in angry tones. "Faith, a mon moight as well hov an assassin shtale up behoind an' plug him in ther loi ghts av his liver wid a carvin' knoife as ter git shot at widout -

FRA K READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 11 wan to foind l Shure, it's kickin' mesilf I'll soon be .t'." I'm convinced that our wheel is bound." 0 Bad cess to it! Whoy did it happen now? If we had use av thor same, shure we could soon overhaul that dhoun, an' give him ther dacentest lickin' he iver had Didn't you notice lots of weed drifting down below?" Slathers av it." I ll go overboard and examine the screw." rank put on a diving suit. valling Pomp and Dick to aid him, they passed out on He hung down at arm's length. In an instant he collected his scattered faculties and calmly thought over the serious situation. "If I can get astride of the axis of the wheel," he pon dered, "I can free myself of these lead en w e ights. After that I can manage." He exerted all his muscles and hitched himself upward inch by inch, until his hands touched the axis. Then he seized it between the stone post and the center of the screw. He quickly hauled himself up and got astride between two of the blades of the propeller. ?ausing on the after-deck, Frank tied one end of a rope Here ho unfastened the weights on his back and breast. und his body, and handed the other end to the coon. Letting them fa ll, he began to undo the lead en soles on 'Low er me over the stern until I signal you to stop," his shoes, in the meantime keeping a good l ookout for the he. Yessah," said Pomp. "Come here, Dick, an' give me a ver went Frank the next moment. H:e hook the rope when he reached the wheel. s he expected, he found it bound with an immense coi n ill ion of seaweed which it had wound around its screw des and sha ft. o tear it away required considerable time. early an hour was spent ere the wheel was free of the shark. Away went one of the soles. He loosened the other. Before he could get it off the wheel began to revolve. Frank was dismayed; for he realized that Barney must have started the machinery to see if the screw was clear yet Before he CQuld get off the remaining shoe weight he had to grasp the blade of the and hang on. Around and around whirled the wheel, faster and faster encumbrance, and Frank realized that by this time the every moment, until it was fairly flying. The young invenlor hung on for his life. He was undergoing the most frightful torture. mer must have gained a point fifteen or twenty miles ond his reach. He was just upon the point of signaling Pomp to haul Every moment it seemed as if he would be whirled from t n up when suddenly an enormous shark shot out of the the wheel. With every revolution his body was fiercely om and made a lightning-like dive for him. whirled arolmd in the water until his brain fairly swam Over went the monster upon its back to seize him in mouth, when Frank himself aside. The -frightful creature missed him. ut its teeth caught the rope above him and severed it. Down dropped Frank like a stone. CHAPTER VI. THE 130M'B.AllDMENT OF RIO. A tremendous roaring and hissing sounded in his ears. He momentarily expected his glass visor to break from the fearful pounding it was getting, and let in the water to drown him, while if he were forced to l et go the flying wheel, if one of the blades hit him, it would cleave him like an ax. Barney had put on the power. He wanted to see if the wheel would turn yet. thrill of horror passed over Frank when he felt the Finding that it did, he chuckled and kept it going unti l he beard Pomp yell at him that Frank was off the rope. rr e part and his body sinking down. IT'he shark shot past him and vanished in the &loom. own went the young inventor and out flew his hands, h en one of them came in contact with the screw e clutched the blade. 8 n a twinkling he had hold with the other hand. is was checked. 'I\ The wheel turned with the weight of his body until the to which he clung hung beneath. Unable to bear the awful pounding any long er, and half fainting from the dreadful ordeal, Frank :r:elaxcd his hold. He was shot away into the sea. Down he sank, dragged by his weighted foot. The sudden transition partially revived him He felt himself sinking And he realized that if he were to go to a certain depth the pressure of the sea would crush him.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. With rare presence of mind he kicked off the loosened loaded sole. As soon as he was r elieved of it, he stopped sinking, and the air in hi s reservoir in the lmapsack carried him surface ward. Within a minute he floated on top. Here he quickly revived. Pomp saw him. "Barney!" yelled the coon, excitedly. "Come about dar. Uarse Frank am on de top. Whoop dar yo' looney !'ishyo' heah me?" "All right!" roared the Celt, as he turned the boat. By this time Frank felt like liimself again. He saw the boat some dist.ance off approaching him slowly. But he also observed something else that made him shudder. It was the dorsal fin of the shark between him and the boat, and the man eater was swimming toward him. Frank had a knife in his b e lt with which he had been hewing away ihe weed from the screw. "What happened to you, sir?" Frank explained. ro t The astonishment of his li steners was intense, and PoJe cried angrily: n "Dat fool Barney oughter know bettah dan ter start ,a wheel!" [a "Well, we won't grumble over what's past, as long as 1: one has been hurt," laughed Frank, good-naturedly. "11 must run aft e r that fugitive steamer, and try to capture he10 since I have r e lieved the screw of the kelp-binding." Frank w ent up in the wheel-house when he had taken c 1 his diving s uit, and told Barney what h e intended to do. t The coon went into the kitchen to cook supper, as tfe shades of night were falling on the sea. Y' Frank observed the fog bank very close by, and as he h! seen in which direction it was, soon after it swallowed t the fugitive steamer, he followed the same course Although the Destroyer made very rapid time all nigb and leaving the fog astern, opened up the South Americ1. 1 coast, the light of another day failed to show him Lop e boat. t 1 He drew it out, fastened his glance upOI). the cannibal The electric boat ran down the eastern coast of Souk fish, and waited for the attack upon which it was intent. America, and headed for the harbor of Rio Janeiro. Along it swept, its black fin cutting the brine like a dagShe pa.ssed into the port, and Frank observed that tl ger, and when it arrived a few feet of him it turned, fort was heavily garrisoned with soldiers. showing its white belly, and shot up toward him. This was the only indication of trouble he observed. 1 Frank drew his legs to the surface. This harbor was one of the mos t spacious, secure .ar Down shot his arm into the brine, and as the jaws of the beautiful in the world, an d was entered from the south. shark snapped together in the place where hi s body had On the left of the entrance rises a peak called Sugar Lo1 been, he jammed the keen, long blade into its body. Mountain, and all arouJ?-d the bay the waters were gi The imp etus with which it came carried it along, grazing by mountains and lofty hill s of every variety of picturesq Prank's stomach, and as he held the krufo rigidly, the and fantastic outline. edge gashed a frightful wound in the shark. Rio stands four miles from the entrance. The knife was torn from Frank's hall-d. Sev e n green and mound-like hills divers ified its site, ar Instantly the water was dyed crimson with the manthe white-walled and vermillion -r oofed houses clustered eater's blood, and a convulsive movement of its body swung its tail around, d e aling Frank a terrific blow. The next moment it disappeared down into the sea By the time Frank recover ed from the shock of the blow, the D estroyer glided up to him. Pomp reached over and hauled him on deck. "Golly!" yelled the delighted coon, rolling his eyes and showing hi s white teeth in a broad g1in, "I'sc got him! the intervening valleys and the eminences in lor lines. Commodious wharves and quays were built along t]ll bay, and west of the old di s trict the new city was divided the Campo de Santa Anna, an immense park, fronti which were the town hall, garrison, palace of the sen and other important buildings. The electric boat ran up to the dock and Frank we I'se got him ashore. Ani carried away with enthusiasm, he turned a handHe soon gained an audience with the empe ror, and ga spring, landed on his big feet, and did a shuffic. his l etter to that genial gentleman. Dick helped Frank to get off hi.s helmet. A private conversation followed, during which Frm "Oh, Mr. Reade, I thought you were done :for!" he cried. l earned that the rebels had gone away several days "Dick, I've hacl an experience I never wish to repeat." viously.


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 13 othing had since been seen of them. t was hoped that they had disbanded and given up the of trying to gain the supremacy. n order to rebuff them, however, a fleet of ironclads wa.s !Jlding in readiness for action further up the bay. aving spent a diplomatic and yet social hour with the ,peror who spoke English pretty well, Frank went to see American minister. 1 o this gentleman he gave certain congressional orders, mapped out a course of procedure for the future. "ight had fallen dark, and a storm was threatening, by ) time Frank finished his conference. then parted with t he consul to return to the Deyer. Screaming shells were curving through the air toward the fort, and bursting with roars that shook the sea. ( # As soon as the torpedo boat opened up the headland, Frank discerned a number of shadowy sl1ips in the offing, from the decks of which there came the continued rumble and roar of guns. "There they are now, Pomp," he said to the coon, who stood beside him in the cupola. "I'll stop their barking presently." "Fo' de lan' sake! How many ob dem am dey?" "That's hard to say in this gloom. But I can count five." "Gwine to sock 'em, sah ?" "Under water. There's my prey. See the big fellow yon der who seems to be doing so much of the firing?" "Dat sailin' vessel?" ut he had not gone far along the street when he, as as everybody else, was startled to hear a howl in the "Exactly. Here, you take the wheel. Send her down under that craft, Pomp, and get me in position to fire at moment afterwards there sounded a frightful exploher." a moment the truth flashed across Frank's mind. z The rebel ships are at the mouth of the harbor bombard the city!" he muttered in alarm. 1 everal more shells came flying toward the city hey burst ill different localities. : terrible scene of panic arose on all sides. were killed and houses destroyed by the roaring Js, crowds of screaming men, women and children were ing through the streets in a panic, and the roll of drums tooting of soldiers' bugles were heard. 0 11 was a scene of fear, panic and excitement as the ting shells came flying into the city from the sea. il ank ran like a madman for the water front to get rd the torpedo boat. CHAPTER VII. A SEA FIGHT. uThe city is bombarded All hands to quarters Make l ljY for action tnJhus cried Frank as be dashed aboard the D est royer. 1 is companions bad heard the noise of exploding shells were standing about the deck watching the city ve scramble was made for the interior of the boa.t. a few moments everybody was ready. "How deep yo' gwine down?" ot more than fifteen feet. That will be enough to cover the top. I'll go down and arrange the gun." The coon was perfectly familiar with the boat. When Frank left him, he sent her under as he was direct ed, and she glided toward the fighting ship. Frank loaded the gun, with Barney's assistance, and sending Dick aloft to have the light flashed, he peered out the bull's-eye in the bow in search of the vessel's hull. In a few moments he saw it ahead to the right. Pomp turned the boat about and brought it to a pause. Then Frank fired. The cylindrical projection flew through the water so rap idly that only a white, foamy streak was l eft behind it. In a moment more it struck the ship's hull and burst. A heavy dull boom was heard inside the boat, for water is a good conductor of sound. Then the re was seen a sudden and violent rending of the hull amid a mass of turbid water agitated into whiteness. The ship vanished. She was literally blown to fragments. Not one of her crew of rebels escaped alive. Frank reloaded the gun. "That settles her case," he remarked. "Be heavens!" said Barney, "it's the illigant boost yer afther givin' thim. Shure, they won't come down in a ga ank tarted the Destroyer down the bay under full week." d, and the ironclad anchored up the harbor got under Frank put his lips to a speaking tube. ra p a quarter of an hour the lower fortress was reached, he flash and roar of guns came from that place. "Hey, Pomp!" he called "Yes, sah," replied the coon immediately. "Send her to the surface and'" find another."


14 F RANK REA D E, JR. AND HIS TOR P EDO BOAT Orri g h t, sah! R ight away, sah And the pum p began to t hrob, throwi n g out the water from the reservoir, and the boat bega n to rise. She was knocked far over on the side from the colliE' and the ship's bowsprit rose high in the air. A chorus of yells peeled from the startled crew oi ( Wh e n s h e r e a c hed the surface the darky peered around, ship, and Frank came running up from below. and saw by the searchl ight that the rebe l ships were re-At one glance he saw what happened and shouted doWf' tre atin g ''Barney, out on deck with you and sec if we are cJ:' The te rribl e destruct i o n of one of their ships in that stra nge, m yste r i o us m llnner gave them to understand that som e a wful power was pitted against them. A s soon as the D est r oyer from the sea they knew w hat i t was, and despite the weapons they carried, they fled. A ver i tab l e panic had seized them. They feared the electric boat. Non e of them knew at what u nexpected moment she might g lide beneat h t heir hull and b low them to pieces. It imb ued them w i th an indescribable feeling of anxiou s u s p e nse. Moreover the Brazilian men-of-wa r were coming out of the bay, and now began to fire upon them. Some of the shots from the ironclads :flew over the tor pedo boat a n d :filled Pomp with alarm. L ord amassy he gasped. "Mebbe dey fink we am one ob dem yer e rebels, an' done shoot us." H e saw that they were in great peril. Locating the rebe l boats ahead, he sent the Destroyer u nde r. B y so doi ng he coul d pursue the fugitives, and at the aged." "I will lhaL," retumed the Celt, complying. Out the door he dashed, and in a moment more he a careful examination. !"rank waited uspenscfully. "Well?" he shouted. "Shure, there's a hole knocked in our so ide." "As I feared. Can it be repaired ?" "I think so. We're shipping water be ther bucket Frank glanced at the rebel ship. Her bow had been rent to pieces The head planks had been tom and splintered, and: was fast filling and settling down. Her crew had abandoned all hope of saving her, and taking to the uoats. "She's a wreck muttered Frank. "Don' spec she am a::; hard as dis yere boat!" chuc Pomp. "Nor ::;hall we have to waste a shot on her," said I Frank backed the De. troyer away from the ship, was fast sinking, and bound to go down. 'rhree of the quarter boats got safely away loaded same time keep t h e D estroyer out of sight so she wouldn't men, but the other one, while still attached to the i g et hit. Jines, was violently dashed against the ship's planks H e llo, t h ere, Pomp I What are you doing?" shouted smashed Fra nk i n f!ur prise D a r 's de ironclads gwine fo' to shoot us, sah." "Oh, I see; where ,are you taking us now?" "Aftah anudder ob de rebel ships "All right-let her go. The yelling crew were hurled into the sea. Here the ones who could swim kept afloat while the o who couldn't sank like stones It was an appalling sight The ship settled lower every moment. Th e D estroyer was swiftly shooting .ahead. Frank drove the submarine boat over to the swimn S h e r a n on for half an hour, but nothing was seen of the and they eagerly grasped ht:'r deck and clambered up. vessel s s h e was pursu in g Pomp r aised h e r aga i n. It was the n r aining and b l owing hard. A flash of lightn i ng tore across the sky. In this manner twenty of them were picked up A ll were Brazilians. Along went the Destroyer swiftly. She had not gone fifty yards from the foundering 1 A s i t s brilli a n t g leam lit up the sea, the coon observed one when it sunk forever, leaving a big eddy on the surfa of th e r e b e l s h ips bearing down upon him. Had the torpedo boat been floating over the spot the The r e was no t ime to get out of the way, for she was a l -m ight have been sucked clown with her. m ost on top of the Destroyer when Pomp saw her. 'rhis would have been extremely disastrous with thei "Murda h h e yelled, spi n ning t h e wheel aport. The torp e d o boat essayed to gli d e away, but the r e came a g rinding crash a s th e bow of the s hi p struck h er. in her side, for she might never have risen again. 1 Pomp, attac h a hose to the pump, and start it e n i n g the water the engine room!" cried Frank. D


FRANK JR., AND HIS TORPED O BOA T. 1 5 'Yessah !" replied the coon, hastening downstairs Ba:tney was called, and they got some tools, bor e d b olt "Dick, you and Barney can make prisoners of the men holes in the plates around the breec h and fin ally faste n e d deck, and we'll carry them to the city and put them in a plate over the open ing to exclude the wate r hands of the authorities." In the meantime the ironclads h ad vanishe d in pur s uit 11' Ain't you going to continue the chase, sir?" of the fugitive rebel ships that had been bombarding Rio l 'No. We are too badly disabled. I must repair the under the orders of Francisco Lopez. age. I'll leave the vessel to the mercy of the ironclads. It was then nearly midnight. ides, it's too. much of a job to hunt for those ships in s gloom, for none of them carry lights." The boy went below. e and Barney had little trouble to apprehend all men on the deck and lock them in one of the rooms. "That w.ill do t ill we reach port," said Fra nk. "Bedad, I'm wishin' we coul d have t h e r r e mainin eighteen rebel ships roon us down ther same way, l a u g h e d Barney. It had not taken them l ong to b low up one o f t h e v e ssel s By the time this was done, the water was pouring into and send other to the bottom from the collision. e interior of the boat so fast that she sat low in the sea. Finally the torpedo boat ran into. the bay. [ The coon came rushing upstairs presently. is eyes bulged, and his ebony face was convu lsed with tr. "Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord!" he groaned dismally. She quickly reached the city. The streets were thronged with peopl e and soldi e rs, as the excitement of the bombardment pad not s ubside d any, and Frank called a detachment of troops on boa rd t o get "What's the matter?" demanded Frank, in tones of anx the prisoners "Wl1y don't you start the pump? Don't you see the They formed a doubl e file from the boat t o the doc k and t is filling?" "Kain't do it, nohow." "Why not?" the prisoners were marche out between them. Closing around them, the sold iers escorted t h e m through the street to the city prison "De pump am bruck !" q"Great heavens!" gasped Frank. nder !" In a few moments the news sprea d l ike.w ildfir e thro u g h "The boat will the city that some of t h e rebe l s had b een cap t ured. very one was terribly alarmed. CHAPTER VIII. MEETING A CAPSIZED BARK. Clearly, unless something was promptly done to stop the 1 ux of the water through the hole stove in her side by the hndered ship of the rebels, the Destroyer would go down. he twenty prisoners would perish s Pomp had seen that the pump was broken, Frank rapdevised a plan of action 'Dick Davit!" he cried. 'Yes, sir," replied the boy. Take the wheel and steer for the bay." 'Wha' yo' gwine ter do?" asked Pomp. 'You and Barney must help me stop up that hol e." c e hastened below as he spoke and saw that there wer e era l feet of water down in the engine room. f it got much higher it was bound to injure the bat"Crowds of excited peop l e swarmi n g fro m a ll direc tions, and the fury of those who had suffere d f r o m the bombardment arose to the boili ng point As t hey proceeded a l ong, the c rowd in c reased a nd the ex citement a ugmen ted u nti l the r e s uddenl y r ang out wil d cries of: "Kill the villains "Tear them from t h e sol d i e r s "Down with t h e traitors "Justice Justice Missiles began to fly from the crowd The capta i n had tro u b l e to' keep his men calm. I\ Taking courage, the crowd charged on the soldi e r s It was their i n tention to gain possessi o n o f th e pri sone rs and wreak vengeance of the direst kin d upon the m O n they rushed furio u s ly. Now the sold iers t u rned and p resente d t h eir bayon e t s a t them. That brought the excited peop l e to a pa use. "Back with you !" shouted the cap t ain W e will shoot e 'es, cut off their ,source of power and leave them hel p -you down like dogs if you i n terfere wit h our dut y !" storm was raging wildly outside. [t tossed the boat like a cork. The rabb l e was intimidated. Pausing and hanging back, t hey a llowed th e soldi e r s t o march on in peace w ith their p risoners


16 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. In this manner the rebels were finally lodg ed in prison and ultimately suffered the penalty of their crimes. :Frank and his companions remained aboard the Destroy er that night, and in the morning saw one of the ironclads come in, towing two of the rebel boats astern. Both were badly battered b y A large number of pri s oner s 17ere tak e n, and when the news spread to the shore it was tl:e cause of univ e r sal rejoicing. Frank and hi s companions set to upon the dama ged plate of the Destroyer anq repaired it. The young inventor then went a s hore, and having learned what had transpired on the sea when they left it, he returned, told his friend the news, and the Destroyer left the bay It was a clea1 and beautiful day upon the water, an easy, off-l and swell rolling the sea in sweeping undulations. Frank passed out on deck vit h Dick. "The commander of the ironclad told me that they had a It made him jump. tl "Good Heaven! Did you hear that, Dick?"' he askeih. "It sounded like a human voice in the vessel." "And so it was! Hark!" Again the faint, s moth ere d shou ts wer e heard. "Help! H elp !" "Oh, Gbd! must we die here?" There were several voices calling. .,] Frank rushed inside and procured a grenade. :J 'l'his he hurl ed at the end of the floating d e r e lict. 11 It blew away a large portion of the stern of the vessta: the keel, and knocked her over at an angle. C l A chorus of cries were then h ear d plainer inside. \. A few moments afterward a man appeared, climbinga of the opening Frank had burst in the hull. 3 'l'he moment h e saw the Destroyer, he screamed in il lish: t: "Saved! Sav ed! Thi s way, messmates!" P Up came several mol'c men who had been entombed aa battle with the rebels," said he to the boy, "and after the within the wreck. two ships were captured that we saw, h e left the re st of the All hand s wore sai lor costumes. flying through the storm after the others." "I think those fellows will run for their r etreat, sir." "Whereabouts is it?" queried Frank. "Down the coast near Sagoa do Sombrio." ). "Can you guide us to the place?" "Very easi ly, as I have often been there." :Frank nodded and glanced around over the sea. A sho r t distance away he observed a large dark object floating in the water. A keene r g l ance showed him that it took on a metallic h ue. "See there he exclaimed. it's a big copper kettle, ain't it?" "Looks like it," Frank assented I The huge object was moving up and down with a slow, steady movement with every roll of the waves. Frank turned to Barney, who stood at the wheel. "Steer for that thing," he called tD the Celt. Howl y ham! An' phwat do yer call it?" It was evident at a glance that they were Americans, a hoarse cry of jo y escaped them when they saw the stroye r Barney now drove the boat close to tho wreck. E In a moment more four men had left the wreck and safe ly upon the deck of the submarine boat. "Any more?" questioned Frank. '1 "No; there were but four of us, sir." 3! ''How did you get in this terrible position?" I "Why, you see, that was the Al clipper bark Sally 1: T., of Boston, and we had a cargo of fre ight aboard, w e re bound for San Francisco1 when we were stopped by'] stea mer Chaco Boreal--" .'That's Lopez's craft," interposed Dick. "Well/' continued the sailor, "those rascal s boarclecla and b efore we r ea liz e d their game they attacked us. In\ fight eight of the crew were killed. W e four are all whoe to tell the tale. They locked us down between decks I rifled the bark. Then they stood off on their own eu "Can't you make it out from your elevation?" and began to fire at our vessel. We heard the masts go c} T he Irishman silently studied it for a few moments, and All of a sudden the vessel capsized. But she floated bot] t h en a look of i ntelligence crossed his face. "Shu re, it's ther bottom av a ship," said he. And so it was. The vessel was completely capsized. In a few moments the Destroyer reached it. upward. The air in h e r was almost exhausted when1s found us. Our experience insid e the bark was terra None of us expected to escape. But your arrival has sb f us our error." c "Here i s another example of the brutality of t' As she ran alongside, Frank was s\artled to hear a low, rebels," Frank muttered. "Now I am convinced ofe muffied yell coming apparently from within the craft. piracy you sai d they committed, Dick, it only makes me 1


0 PRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 1 7 he more eager to avenge the injury done to our country" tribe, and crabs without number were seen among the brill iant sea-pla,nts festooning the bottom. e que, tioned the men at some length further, and then ded for the coast, where he landed them. Black rocks rose from the midst of muddy pafchcs cov ered with slimy mosses and licl1ens, over which singular he torpedo boat then went on.. bugs were creeping on a contimwl hunt for food. oward the fall of night a steam r was descried ahead, All was movement. as the Destroyer rapidly overhauled h er, Dick cried: The currents stirred up the sand in places until it so 'Why, there's the Chaco Boreal now!" clouded the water that our friends could not see a :yard It's the same craft we encountered in t l :e Gulf," said ahead. hnk. Massive .ferns s hot up fifty feet from bPLl of tho e had gained such a good view of the rebel s hip that ocean and mingled with gigantic trees and grass .. could make no mistake about her. The scene was constantly changing from arid plains of 1\ daring plan to capture her suggested itself to Frank's white sand, in which laid buried the wrecks of ships, to rr 11d, and he at once called all hands inside. rocky spots of forbidding appearance that suddenly merged into places covered with the most beautiful and luxuriant e then mounted to the cupola. ere he sent the Destroyer under the sea to a depth of vegetation. ty feet, and drove her flying toward the rebel's flagship, They passed over hills and valleys, yawni ng cha m and reparations were made to carry out the plan Frank had rugged plateaux in an ever. changing light. a anged io get the steamer in their power. CHAPTER IX. It was a most wonderful region. But it was marked by a deathly silence Finally Frank caught of the steame r ahead. Her screw was rapidly revolving and churning the water to the whitest foam in its wake. STRANDED ON A SUNKEN BAR. The young inventor kept his glance upon the spin ning En; rything became very dark within the boat when she wheel intently for some moments, and then Pomp 3 k und er the sea, until Frank turned on the electric rhts. 'rhere was a trong submarine current flowing from the t which kept sending the Destroyer to the leeward '"l'ake the wheel," said he. The coon complied. Frank then went below and put on the diving s uit. Leaving the boat, he went up forward with a bombshell It thus became necessary for Frank to manage the boat in his hand, to which there were a binding post and a cup th the utmo st skill to keep l1er on her course, for he had means of eeing where the steamer was. Y To keep her located, he could only follow a direction sucl1 he felt sure he laid in. A dim glow from the electric lights fell out from the d at's ancllighted up the brine. 0 When th searchlight. poured its dazzling g low ahead of Destroyer, it revealed a peculiar scene. 1 Below the bottom was seen at the depth of less than one c drerl feet under the keel of the boat. He had a copper wire attached to the binding post. Making a motion with his hand to the darky, the boat was raised until her bow was just beneath the steamer's screw Here Frank pressed the cup s ucker to the vessel's s tern post, and the bomb was heltl fast there. Another motion of hi hand caused Pomp to s lacken the Destroyer's speed, cau sing her to fall off behind the stea mer. Frank paid out the insulated wire. When they were one hundred yards astern of the steamer, It was covered with queer coral formations. he motioned the darky a third time. Myriad s of fishes were swimming about in the liquid, He started the boat ahead at the same rate of speed at hing here and there like fireflies as the electric glow which the steamer was traveling. r anced upon their silvery scales Frank then carried the wire to a binding post on the outh Swarms of pulpy jelly-fish lazil y floateg above the boat, side of the deck-house of the De stroyer. companied by numerous nautilus and Portuguese ment -war, with long, gracef ul tentacles hanging down from f Hiir tran parent bodie like the cord-li k e roots of trees. Here h e secured it. Then he signaled Pomp once more The coon turned a switc h that flung an electric current s e Hngc mingled with the tiniest of the finny into the post to whicl{ tl1e wire was attached.


.,. 18 F R ANK HEADE, JR. AN D HIS TORPEDO BOAT. This current exploded the bomb with terrific force. It blew t h e wheel and rudder off the steamer and sent h e r stern hi gh u p in the air for a moment. Pomp stopped the torpedo boat, for the steamer had come to a s udden pause and now lay tossing helplessly upon the waves, un able t o &teer or move by her screw. Seein g t h at t h e vessel's h ull had not been injured by th e explo ion, Frank thereupon wound up the wire and Leck o n e d to Barney to come out 'rhe Irishman obeyed. H e c arried a towing hawser, to which another and more pow e r f ul s u ction c u p was Thi s they secur e d t o t h e bow of the steamer The end of the l ine was made fast t.o a ring bolt in the stern of th e D estroJer F r a nk a n d B arney then returned to the interior of the b o a t a nd tak in g off thei r diving snits, the young inventor c ri e d : "The r e! W e've rendered the steamer helpless She's at o ur m ercy W e can now tow her back to Rio with her entire c r e w a nd cargo, whether they wiSfl to go or not." "Howl y ftoy chuckled the Irishman "It's roastin' The moon and stars were. out. Oh The big steamer laid some eli behind the tor'wo boat,.ancl there was a rocky shore only haLf a mile awar r Between the steamer and shore was a string of h1nd dozen quarter boats :filleQ. with Brazilians. 'he Frank had made no error-the crew was desertinlir vessel, as they could not handle her. he It was probable that they suspected what had caused n trouble, and were intent upon aving their necks. The Destroyer had no sooner appeared than they sa'1 and set up a wild yell "You sec I'm right," said Frank. "Gosh A'mighty !"groaned Pomp "We must prevent their escape." P "How yo' gwine tor do it?" \ s "Cast off the t{)wing hawser and we'll chase her." 0 Downtairs rushed Pomp in hot haste, and as separated the Destroyer from the steamer Frank senty flying By By hard speeding he saw that he could overhaul the ai nearest the shore before her crew could land rl Past the nearest boats they flew swiftly, when the 'r thim w e ar e e n toi r e l y Niver a bit did they expect ther pants opened fire upon !,lwm with rifles and pistols. B ; loikes av this. W anst we're afther nailin' ould Lopez, ther It was impossible for the shots to penetrate the hen; gang will a chicken wid its head an' tail cut aff, steel plate ;vith which the boat was armor ed, but sever:rr d 'ye moin d ?" them crashed through the window light s B Frank assumed duty at the wheel. Paying no heed to the frantic rascal s Frank kept thee. H e sen t the b oat back toward Rio, steering by a compass strayer going until she drew up at the first boat. a dap te d to use u nder water "There's Lopez in that boat now," said Dick. n The Destroyer pulled the disabled steamer after her rap-He pointed at a short, wiry man, with a bushy b f i d ly, non e of th e c rew o f rebel s h aving seen what caused beard, who wore the uniform of a Paraguay general. T c at ast rophe, n or coul d they see what towed them. The arch schemer was watching the approach of the t An hQur passed by in this manner, and the g loom of pedo boat as calmly as if no danger menaced him 1 r n ig ht f e ll upon the sea. Perfectly unmoved, he said something to his men 'l Fra n k t u rne d the rays of the searchlight back toward calm, self-possessed tones, and they changed the bot t h e s h i p afte r awhi le, when his keen glance fell upon an course. d object in th e w ate r beside the big vessel. Frank followed suit. It was t h e b o ttom of a quarter boat. But it was very unfort u nate that he did so. Ins tantl y it occu r red to him that there was mischief 'rhere came a sudden jar-a grating-a bump and 1 goin g on. with violent suddenness the Destroyer came to a pause B y thu n d er!" h e exclaimed. "I believe the crew is Astute as a fox, Lopez had lured her upon a sunken TI 1 deser ting t h e steamer i n the quarter boats." A sarcastic, sneering laugh pealed from his thick, red "Go ll y Pomp, in startled tones. "Am dat so?" as he saw the torpedo boat stop. "Look bac k t h e r e I sn't that the bottom of a boat?" Before Frank and his companion recovered their w "Fo' s hu a h Yo' fink dey am desertin' de ship?" the boat landed. and her crew escaped. "I'm goin g t o t h e surface and sec." And Frank s t a r te d t h e p u mps, and the boat began to r ise rapidl y In a f e w moments s h e e m e rged upon the surface. "Baffled I" cried Frank, furiously. J "Arrah I Be aisy," said Barney. "There's the r res "So dey am, but how we's gwine to git afloat?" Po m p


:FRANK READ E, J R., AN D H J TORP EDO BOA T. Oh, I know a way," replied the inventor, reassuring l y tor/wo of the otl1er boats now drew near, and their crews, wa much emboldened by the sight of the torpedo boat h ded, opened fire upon her 'he bullets flew around her like hail. indow g lasses were shivered to atoms and fell jing l ing At this juncture there sou nded a trigh t ful exp l o s i o n The steamer b lew up A slow match had been l ighted in t he. powde r magazi't:>, and having reached the explosives the vessel was destrojed. Her fragments flew up in the air and a ll The sea was strewn w ith t h e debr is, whi l e all I hr: met al h e floors, and dozens of bullets flew into the interior of parts went to the bottom D estroyer in dangerous proximity to our friends. CHAPTER X FIGHTING THE BOATS' OREWS It was the resort of men 'rhey had realized that the steamer was doo med. Rather than allow her to fa ll i n to the h a nds oi t h eir enemies, they preferred to blow her u p In this design they succeeded well. "Now there's no resort for the fGllows in those 011a1 ter 'Put on your armor and fire at them from the deck, boats," grimly muttered Frank. "They can' t pass u e to rs reach land,' and must fight us, if they wish t o renst s Frank gave this order his companions dashed down hue. the storeroom, clad themselves in their metal suits, a arming themselves with pneumatic repeating rifles, lt .y passed outside. y the time they reached the deck Frank had a surprise a iting them. he submarine boat was afloat. o he carried water ballast. y pumping it out, Frank lightened h e r n ence she easily floated off the rock hen she dashed .for the nearest quarter boat arney, Pomp and Dick were out on deck and began to e As soon as the explosive bullets with which the rifles He sent the Destroyer rushing toward the nearesi 'y nt. The crew fired a perfect fusillade. It did no serious damage. And it was suddenly interrupted T h e keen prow of the torpedo boat struck the Crash went the wood. It was crushed lik e an egg s1Je11. The crew wns flung into the sea. Here they w ere utterly at Frank 's roCTcy "Come aboard!" shouted i:h 8 youn;; imcnb r to them, "You will kill us! repli"J. o ne. "No;'you shall have fair trial a s bon r e loaded began to burst upon contact with i.he boats, This assurance encouragE-d t hem bllfearful scene of carnage began. Every one boarded the low-setting deck. The rebels fired back volley after volley at the deadly trio, As fast as they came aboard, the boy, Celt a nd the t their bullets fell harmlessly against the meta l suits coon secured them and l ocked them u p wit h t h e ot h e r s rn by our friends n They were utterly invulnerable to rifle bu ll ets. o!Upo n seeing that they coul d not hurt the crew of the tor ?do boat, while they themselves were being wounded with ery shot that was returned, the rebels yelled for mercy. "Surrender, then cried Frank in Portuguese, for he tlas a good l inguist. "Surrender, or die I" "Ye Yes!" screamed the boatmen. "Fl ing down your arms!" "We will! We will!" An d they did. 1 Up to them dashed the Destroyer. I n a moment more the rascals were all taken aboard, d ha ving been handcuffed to each other, were taken inl d e The crews of the remaining four boats paused in alarm, r they saw p l ain l y that they h ad te r rib l e foes to deal with. Seeing how matters were going, the r est o f the boats crews made a desperate effort to escape. "Destroy their boats ".cried Frank. "Hurroo !" yelled Barney, who was a lways i n h is glory when fighting. "Be heavens, they' r e a ll dea d min!" "Watch the black cyclone if yo' wante r see t h e boats sink," roared Pomp, as he l et drive L o rd ob lub I i s h, yo' amn't in it wif dis yer coon. Bress m a h soul yo' see dat shot?" / "There goes one of to pieces!" c ried Di ck, excitedly, as he kept on firing. "And hang me i f a numb e r of those dagos weren't h it, too. Never mind. Give the m another." And another round was fired. The two remaining boats were destroye d Now all hands were in the water, and some wer e drown ed. 'rhe torpedo boat flew al'lead furious ly, a nd plunging in


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. ====--------========)================= among the s1rimmers, Frank gave them the alternative of co:rning aboard and submitting to arrest or having their brains blown out in the water. Every one chose th former course. The result of the proved to be succes ful for ]'rank, as he had capturce. three -fourth s of the steamer's crew alive, a lthough he had los: .... he prize vessel. As soon a s every one of the rebels w e r e imprisoned, the three fighte rs on deck abando n ed their armor. A genera 1 j ubilation ensue d. The boat hscl. been stopped and Frank joined his friends. "This iu/t so bad," he remarked, delight ed ly. "Seventy-eight plisonen;, and. only une boat missed." "It's so "l'Y I am that we're afther losin' Lopez." "Yes, b ut we'll meet the rascal again." "An d s steamaL growled Pomp, r eg retfully "Newr mind, boss, Lopez is badly crippled now." Frank took one J f the prisoners out He deaigned to gain s ome from the man. Poinf ing a revolver at the tenifiecl fcJlow's head, he said: When this was done, Frank asked: "What has become of the other ironclads?" "One of them continued on in pursuit of the fugitives do not know what has become of the other two." It was fair to presume that they were hunting for rebel ships yet, and Frank then parted with the officer. Salutes were exchanged, and while the man-of-'ll 'ar ,( 8 up the coast, the Destroyer went clown. tt A lookout was maintained for some sign of the misis, s hip, and the broken glasses were replaced by new ones. bel Nothing wa-seen of Frank's prey. er Late in the aftemoon Barney got out his fiddle and Po)ai his banjo, and seating themselves on the J1ady side of ;ar deck they struck up a lively tune, and enlivened the E ony with songs. h E tis But finally they struck a s nag. Pomp wanted to play a tune called the "Bran' }...'lil Coon," and Barney wa equally d ete rmined to play 11 Alwl 1 Mind Your Sister Jennie W1 Both were determined and both were obstinate. t "Unless you truthfully my q v estions, I intend "If yo' don' wanter do what I ay, honey, I ain' c to blow your brains out-de yc P hear?" ter play at all!" t ":For God':: s8ke, don't kill me, sir," whined the man. "Then te:i;. the rest of y our fleet is." "They have gone down the coast." "Bound for your rendezvous?" "Yes-at Lagoa do Sombrio." "And the Brazilian ironclads?" "Two of tl1em were pursuing." "Wl:!at w e re the plans of Lopez for the future?" 11None were formed since the defeat of our bombardment." 11Why were you going to your retreat?" "To reorganize and form a new expedit i on." Frank could not gain much information from the fellow, :mel finally returned him to his companions. On the following morning after mess while Pomp was at ei "Be heav en I'll go it alone, thin!" replied Barney. "No, sah I ain't gwine ter lea be yo' do it." "We'll see!" roared Barney. And he started in. e, .ll .lE t'l Bang! went the head of Pomp's banjo down on Barne re cocoanut before he had out three notes. Instead of hurting the Celt it burst the heepskin report like a pistol shot, and Pomp gave a howl of di sm: ) c A roar of laughter pealed from Barney's lips. [( He laughed o hard that he was fairly doubled up. H Whang! went the coon's boot against the hilarious CeliT anatomy lik e a spi.l e-drivcr, and with a wild whoop Barn.l was propelled forward until he landed on deck on )( face. It was Pomp's turn to laugh now. But he was not left long in the enjoyment of his for there suddenly sounded an appalling shriek in the She bore down upon the Destroyer, and Frank ran his which was instantly followed by a deafening explosion. l( the wheel, he descried a steame r coming up the coast. It ultimateiy proved to be one of the Brazilian ironclads. boat alongside under the stars and stripes It was a bombshell which had been fired from son; l( The commander appeared. where along the s hore at the boat, but it fai l ed to injure ht l( Frank gave him an account of what happened. The negro and the Iris hman instantly forgot their lit!v "I will put the prisoners in your hands," h e said in condiversion, and made a wild l'l\Sh to get inside out of elusion, ''and you can carry tliem back to Rio for I am goway. ing on in pm uit of the rebels." "An attack! An attack!" yelled Barney. "I will 9laclly av. ail myself o.f your offer," replied the Frank wa upon the alert in a moment, and peering o oll[ccr. 1 of the cupola window, he saw where the The priconcrl:l were transferred aboard the frigate. been fired from. J


JR., AND III' TORPEDO BOAT. 21 CHAPTER XL es BLOWING UP AN ENTRENCHMENT. r e shore was lined with bushes and lrccs, and seemed to t a solid front to the sea. face, as they have doubtless taken pains to conceal it, we can make no mistake once we see a channel." Barney came in just then. He cast a glance at one of the dials and remarked: "Do yer moind ther little air we have in storage?" "That's so," assented Frank. "Scarcely mor e than enough for an hour." "Faith, it's smothered we'd be if we didn't refill the re ses, however, was a mere delusion, for far beyond the s s voy." bery Frank caught sight of a ruddy fire. ervening between the fire and the trees he detected arklc of water, and realized that the shrubbery grew 0 1 andbar lying some distance off shore. rle shot had come from the bay flowing between the bar t he main, and the inventor jumped to the conclusion is enemies were in the bay or on the main. dinarily their lurking place would not have been de N by crews on passing ships. was a good refuge for people of their stamp. t Frank could see no inlet. N carefully scanned the shore with his glass. ot a break in the coast line of the bar appeared. "In deep water," Frank assented, gravely. "I we w e re under a great water pressure and our supp ly of air was consumed, we would not have buoyancy eno u gh left to r each the top." Just thrn Dick exclaimed: "There's a channe l now on the sta rboard." He pointed to a deep, wide trench running westward. Frank turned the boat into it. After a lap e of ten minutes it abruptly curved to the right. Operating the pumps a few moment he caused the boat to ris e a few feet, until half the cupola was out of water. en h e made up his mind that it was a concealed enOnce the windows were opened above the surface, Frank e, for there certainly nmst b e an opening somewhere. glanced around ll in!" he cried. "Close doors and windows." The boat was in a long and na' rrow bay. i was a signal of descent. On one side were rocky bluffs, and on the other the bar e t's safer for us under water," said Dick, meaningly es. We can't see them and they see us," Frank re} his i n't their rendezvous." o you know anything 1tbout the place?" r o, sir; if there's a bay on the other si de of the bar, ever been in it," the boy replied. ell, I intend to get in there if there's an inlet." ltll r eady, sor !" shouted Barney just then, down below. (own she goes, then Frank exclaimed, pulling the lever; and the boat began to sink. covered with dense and luxuriant vegetation. Up on the b luff s there burned a fire. Frank leveled a gl ass at it, and caught s ight of a large number of men intrenched among the rocks, while floating in the water at the base of the rocks was a ship at anchor. He now saw the inlet astern of the D estroye r, and ob served that it was a winding passage choked up with vege tation "There are several guns mounted on those h eights," he remarked to his companions '"Yet despite that I'm going to drag away yonde r ship and everybody aboard of h e r, if t a few moments she was buried until the top of her I find it will pay to do so. la was flush with the surface of the water. a ere Frank stopped her. hen h e drove her in shoreward. e was then invisible to any one who might be looking 1 er, and continued on until a harsh grating under the t warned Frank that the water was shoaling. then turned her parallel with lhe coast. e glided clown to the outhward slowly. There arc you going to?" curiously asked Dick. 0 am in search of a channel through the bar," Frank 1 ed, as he kept his glance fastened upon the bottom. though we might not discover an inlet whi l e on the He kept the boat going toward the vessel after submerg ing her, and soon reached it. Bringing the Destroyer to a pausE> on the seaward s ide of the craft, he raised her some, and going out, climb e d Ol! the ves el's deck. Not a soul was to be seen there She lay 'in the shadow of the rocks. Frank approached the cabin and peered in. It was empty. He then strode up forward. Going down the forecastle companion, he glanced around and discove-red that this place, too, was vacant.


22 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. In a word, the ship was deserted. one of them will ever trouble me again," be mut1 Satisfied of this, Frank changed his plans. "Gwine fo' ter gib 'em an udder, Marse Frank?" c As the vessel was heavily armed, he f elt confident that she Pomp. was one of the rebel sh ips. The name he saw was La Stella Returning aboard the D est royer, he mentioned the nam e to Dick. "Isn't s he one of Lopez' s vessels?" he asked. "It isn't necessary. Send her out to sea." "Under de watah, sah ?" "No. Keep her on top, Pomp." t e "Yes, sah ore And so saying, the coon steered the Destroyer towa1"3bE "Why, yes; she's the very one I was a captive on," the boy inlet. .e 1 replied. "You don't say so! Well, as she's deserted, I'm going to destroy her." "Look out for the fellows over our heads, sir." 11 One shot will suffice to put her out of existence. tak e the wheel, Pomp, ti ll I !leave her a s hot "My Lord! Whar yo' gwine tor stan', hon ey?" "You might hold her off in the middle oi the bay." Here, "Yassah," replied Pomp. "I gib yo' seventy yards range." Frank went b elow and loaded the g un. By the time this was done, Pomp had the boat off at the range in que stio n and sen t h e r to the top. 'rhe torpedo tube was yet far beneath the s urface, but Frank easi l y changed its e l evation to an angle s uited to firing about where he wished the projectile to hit. o sooner wa the vessel on top when the troops and ma rines up on tl1e bluff saw her They gave a yell and the gunners rushed to their ordnance and bega n to get it ready for usc Frank fired the shot. The proj ect ile curved upward. F l ying from the s urfac e of the bay, it flew at the ship. The vessel was hit abaft of the port cathead, and a roar peal e d out that was deafening The s hip was blown to fragments Its destruction caused the men on the bluffs to pause in horror of the destructive torpedo boat. Frank loaded and fired a second shot. Thi s pro j ectile was aimed to strike some distance above the place where the ship laid. It hit the rocks just b elow the spot where the entrenc h m ent was. A mass of broken stone and pulverized dirt :flew up in the air from the shot, and a shout came from the horrified men that could have been h eard a great distance. lrank went up on deck. He saw that many of the rebels had been injured. She soon reached it, and pushing tho tree branches triJ forced her way out to the open ocean. Here she sped away to the southward Night fell upon the sea. tl ll'I Pomp pr pared s upp er, and when it was concluded went out on deck with Barney and g lan ced at the s kf t It was very cloudy. tk A sudden flash of light in the distance caught the P attention "Hov we lightnin' bugs on the say?" he asked "Why, no," said Frank, with a smile "Shure an' there goes another wan." "To what arc you alluding, Barney?" "Luck beyant." :J.' st ll ttJ tl Tic pointed ahead, and a moment afterward the invft caught a g limpse of the flashing park oi light irP' gloom. He l eaned forward in a listening altitude A :faint report reached his ears "A shot!" he exclaimed. "What! I s it shootin' I see?" "Yes. There's trouble ahead there, Barney." i :ll "A ru ction Hurroo! Bedad, Ws a hand I'll be a takin' in it." B "Hey, Dick, put on speed there!'' e "Ay, ay, sir!" returned the young sailor. 11 He drove the Destroyer at the top o her speed, and as swiftly bore down upon the flashing lights they heard" repeated roar of g uns. a Presently they saw what was transpiring '1 A lar ge ship was attacked by twQ other vessels. The big fellow carried the American :flag, and as : as Dick caught a good view of the other two, he exclain l "Why, they are two o Lopez's boats, Mr. Reade." ]! "And they are engaged in a piratical outrage tha t 1 not go unpunished!" ringingly cried Frank. The Destroyer rushed swiftly toward the combat Th e r est were running away among the in.t:he wildand our friends saw that the Yankees were gallantly" est disorder, with no further thoughts of hostility. fending


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 23 CHAPTER XII. FIGHTING WITII GUNS. e American ship had lost her mainlnast, the spars on orcmast had been blown away, and the shots fired by r bels were badly pounding her hull. e had no guns aboard, but her gallant crew were armed rifles and pistols, and while crouching behind the bul-s, were firing volley after volley at their aggressor'S. the midst of the fray ;the Destroyer rushed up. rney and Dick manned the gun, and Frank stood b e !' the coon in the wheel-house. t shot the dazzli.:p.g searchlight upon the scene and pk shouted down t\2 tube to the Irishman: cPead ahead, Barney, five hundred yards. Fire quick!" instant afterward rojectile flew from the gun. struck the amfdships. \ t:' Lll the works above cuppers were torn away, and ... .,'\. l htful havoc was created among the rascals who swarmetl the ship: I .,,r" wild pealed from the ankee crew. he crew of the second ship no\ dirqcted their guns at 1 Destro yer, and a broadside was fired. evcral of the shots struck the torpedo boat at an angle. ne drove in her plates of steel, a hollow in the '; another dug a piece out of her stern, leaving a silvery e broad scrape, a'!ld the third tore part of the railing off deck-house. ortunately, however, her hull was not opened to l et in ater, and Frank screamed down the tube: arney, load the gun again!" en he I!Wung the boat around, and ,ben her bo.w was ented towards the ship, he stopped and steadied her:' he distance he mentally calculated to be a quarter of a elevated the angle of the gun to carry that dis ce. hen he fired the shot flew 0ver the ship. rank did not lose a moment, but steered the Destroyer ght toward theiesscl from which the shots had come. a few minutes he had the torpedo boat around at the of the ship, whore her broadside guns could do no in and runnin g up to within a cable's length, he cried: vel and fire, Barney!" he shot was dLchargcd, and it struck the ship's keel. Y en the explosion came, the vessel was lifted from ater, her frame torn asunder. Settling in the water again, she filled and sank. l\ifany of her Qrew were left. struggling in the water, but Frank did not attempt to pick them up. He sent the boat flying toward the other V'essel. As they passed the American ship, he shoU,ted: "Can you manage your craft?" "Yes," repli e d the skipper "She.will easily float." "Thei). make prisoners of the men in the water," And on went the Destroyer after the remaining boat. Overwh e lmed with fear of our friends, the crew had made j).aste to sail away, thinking they could escape thus. But they did not know how fast the torpedo boat could e avel. When they saw her swiftly bearing down upon them, they manned a swivel gun and fired back a shot at her. It crashed through the cupola window. For an instant Frank and Pomp thought they were gone, as it flew furiously between their heads, and showered a mass of splintered wood and broken glass all over them But it missed them, struck the wall .in back, tore a hole through, and fin!'llly fell into the sea astern. "Hey, Barney, I'll run chock-a -block with them!" "Shure, I'm almost me laddy-buck." Along swept the Destroyer like a race horse. she hove up to the ship, the gunner i tube. ._,..,, Not much of the ship crew was left in than a min-.. ute afterward, for littered the sea. It was a dangerous itcaused the torpedo boat to recoil with such a terrible shock "that her gear was thrown out of .orfter, and her cl.ew knocked down. A rain of debris from tJ:le-dest.J,:oyed vessel came down upon her, banging her all over, and she would have been seriously injured had not her steel plates been so and strong. Frank scrambled to his feet and looked out. "She's gop.e !" he exclaimed. Barney and Dick came rushing up-stairs, and upon see ing how matters stood, their excitement abated. Pomp had gone out to see how the had stood it. He soon returned to the interior, and going below, adjusted the gear. ( ''Ain't eben got a scratch !" he declared "I'se fixed the .,. machinery." the ship yonder," said Frank. The vessel''11-e indicated had gone on slowly with ...


24 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS rrORPEDO BOAT. littl e canvas she could carry, and reached the swimming m e n Every one of them had been picked up. The D estroyer soon r eached the s hip. Flashing her searc hli ght across her deck, Frank observed t hat tl1e c rew was busy hanging their prisoners. "Stop stringing up those men!" shouted Frank. "They a r e m y pri s oners." "That's so. But we will save you the trouble of hangin g them." "You needn't trouble yourself to do that. I'll board you. The Destroyer r a n alqng s id e of the ship, and Fra!lk made hi s way to h e r deck, where he was met by the captain. Grasping the invento r 's hand and heartily shaking it, the old f ellow began to pour out a torrent of thanks for what had been done for them. "I want no thanks," said Frank. "I am working my torpedo un der a l etter of marqu e from the United States Government in the interest of American seamen and citi zens who are j eopardized by these Brazilian rebe l s." "All the same, we a r e mighty gratef ul. "You can show your r espect, then, if ytm do as I say." "I'll do anything rea sonable you may ask." "Confine your prisoner s below, and carry them to Rio. There put them in t h e hands of the authorities with an ac count of their villainy. I ll warrant you they will get their ju st deserts. Will you do this?" "Y es--

: FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS TORPEDO BOAT. 25 A amazement escaped ;them when they saw the De stroyer tnus suddenly come up from under the river. They now realil;cd what itr was that exploded one of the torpedoes they had sunk in the stream. As soon as they saw the boat they knew what she was, for Lopez and the rest of the boat's crew who had escaped Frank s ubmerged the boat again, as h e spoke, and sent her :flying toward the nearest s hip. Here he brought her to a pause beneath its hu1l. And there he remained for fu1ly h alf an hour. Frank w ent d .own b e low wit h B amey. A large coil of insulated copper wire was pro cured, an d ashore when their steamer was destroyed had notified them a or more bombs of the kind with cup s u ckers and about this boat. binding-posts, after whi c h they put on thei r diving suits Recovering from their su rprise they began to fire at the "I'll blow up a number of the vessel s together!" said torpedo boat, and the bullets rattled all over her. Frank. "Close the shutters shouted Frank. He gave the coon some instructions, a_nd then h e and He feared the rifle bullets might pierce the other glasses. Barney went out on deck with the implements. Dick and Pomp hastily went from window to window, and drew the metal screens over them. Feeling more secur e now, Frank started the Destroyer up the river, but she had not gone far when he beheld a line One of the bombs was fasten e d to the ship, and the wire was bound to it, after which the boat was drivep to the next vessel, another bomb secure d and the wir e fro:m the first bomb was bound to it. of stone wa1ls on each embankment. In this manner a series of eleven of the ships wer e pinned Entrenched behind .these breastworks were a number of i.ogether, after which Frank took the remaining en.d of thr guns, to which the crowd was rushing. Frank stopped the boat He left the boat in the darky 's charge, and dove down below. The gun was already loaded, and he had on l y to get the rang e to fire a shot at the breastworks. The scene that followed was frightful. Pomp changed the positwn of the boat. Again the pneuma tic gun sent its destructive missile, wire to the binding-post on the deck house Having secured it he motioned to Pomp. Just as the coon was about to switch the electric cum: ut into the wire, ther,e came a tug at it. The hips had b egun to move away. The wire parte d between them som e where. Nothing could be done to prev ent it, and in tllis manner some of the vessels escape d annihilation. When the explosion car,ne, several of them wer e blown and although it miss e d its mark, it landed among the trees up. back of the wall, and destroyed many of tl1c men. These terrible s hots put the crowd to flight. By this time Barney had the window r epaired, and when Pomp called down that the rebels :fled, Frank came up sta ir s CHAPTER XIf. LOST IN THE FOG. Having accomp li shed his pu,rpose and joined his friends, be sent the boat under the water a!!"ain. u The twilight was deepening into the pa ll of night, and Ahead she glided, and a. sharp lookout was kept by the two big ironclads that came from Rio, attracted by the use of the search li ght for more torpe _does. Presently a similar arrangement was seen Frank stopped the estroyer at a safe distance from it. "Barney, drive a shot ahead to exp lode that thing," he said sound of the explosions, came steam ing up the river In ten minutes they reached the l ake, and their command E'rs observed how matters stood. They manned their guns, and starting stra ight across the lake, one in advance of the other, they opened broadsides Barney sent a shot howling ahead through the water, upon the rebels' vessels, and battered severa l of :hem to and it tore through the lines and hurst. pieces. T he torpedo was by the bursting of the projec-As quickly as possible, the s hips' c rews retaliated, and a tile, and as the way to the lake was now ope n ed, the boat terrible conflict ensued betwe e n t hem. flew ahead once more and l eft the river. The r ebe l s were caught in a trap. Frank rai sed the boat to the surface and glanced around It was impossible to maneuver their sh ip s in the little lake To his surprise he found h er in the midst of a circle of to any advantage, and they therefore made a desperate effort armed ships that were s warJfling with men. to escape to t h e open sea.


28 FRANK READE, JR., A.r D HIS TORPEDO BOA'r. There were four of t h em, all large and commodious. Into them the prisoner s w ere quickly load ed, and then each of our frie nd s took charge of a boat and rowed away. 'rhey had not gone fifty yards from th e Vera when she half arose from the water and then plunged down. She was swallowed up by the sea forev e r. "Gone!" Frank exclaimed. They headed the boats for the shore, and would have made a landing had not Barney sudden l y cried: "Sail ho Sail J1o "Where away?" hasti l y asked : Frank. "'rer ther north "It's a steamer !" He watched the oncomi n g vessel intently, half afraid that it might be another of Lopez's boats. He was soon undeceived, however, for the vessel finally resolved itself into one of Dom Pedro's ironclads. It caused our friends t h e most intense delight. They rowed toward it, and finally met the big cruiser Having been taken aboard with the prisoners, Frank and his companions e:Xplai ned what had befallen them. The commande r was d e li ghted at having Lopez and so many of the r e b e ls in his powe r. He to ld Frank that h e woul d carry them to Rio. Accordingly the ironclad was turned northward. In du e course of tim e s h e rea c hed the capital 'rhe news of Frank's capture spread like wildfire, and when our fri e nds went ashore they were given a grand ovation. The pri soners were l odged in jail. An invitation came from the emperor to Frank and his companions to call at the palace. 'rhey accepted i t, and met the American consul there. H e r e they were honored as few foreigners are. Y ou have bee n the m eans of breaking the insurrection, sir," sa id Dom Pedro to Frank. "With the capture of Lopez the r est of the rebels have became discouraged. Dispatches from the interior apprise me that the war is at an end." "I am glad to hear it," sa!d Frank. Our friends remained in Brazil only long enough to as sure themselves that hostilities had indeed ceased They then left for New York in an outward bound steamer Four days after they departed Lopez escaped from jail, succeeded in regaining his own country, and ultimately died. His companions in treason suffered the penalty of their cr imes. Frank and his companio n s reached New York in du e season, and a report was made to the government. A larg e reward had been appropriated for the inventor by the government, to be paid in case he was successful As the news of his exploit had preceded him, the money was promptly sent to Frank. But he, Barney and Pomp, were very wealthy. 'rhe sum they gained was a mere bagatelle to them. They promptly gave it all to Dick Davit, the poor sai l or boy, and he suddenly found himself enr i ched Suffice it to say that the boy embarked in business, and was so. succeessfu l that he became a wealthy man. Frank and his two friends returned to R eadesto wn. Here they were met with every demonstration of joy, and were soon installed in their old quarters. Th eir voyage had been perfectly satisfactory in every sense, but they deeply regretted the loss of the D estroye r. As a s ub stitute for her Frank began to plan out anothe r invention a short time after l1is return. It eventua ll y proved to be a most wonderful invention, and fairly eclipsed anything he had ever built in the past We have another story in readiness about the young in ventor's thrilling adventures in the new marvel, in company with Barney and Pomp. Ther efore we will part with them for awhile. THE END. Read "FIGHTING THE SLAVE HUNTERS; OR, FRANK READE, JR., IN CENTRAL AFRICA," which W e hav e nothing further to apprehend here now," the will be the next number (12) of the "Frank Re ade American con s ul added. "Mr. R eade, when vou return to J Weekly the United States, I shall take pleasure in advising our war departm ent of the valor you have shown in the defense of our interests in these water s." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly "My work was done with the sanction of our governare always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any m ent," Frank replied, "but upon my part it was purely val-newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by untary. I am therefore amenable to no one. mai l to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION This was a phase of t h e case of whic h every one was SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies ignorant. you order by r et urn mail.


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