Under the equator, or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage

Under the equator, or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage

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Under the equator, or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s greatest submarine voyage
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FRANK READE "Y' C ONTAINING STORIES OF ADV E NTURES O N LAND, SEA. AND IN THE Affi. -Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. .Application made for Second Class entry at the New York, N, Y Post Ojftce Entered according to .A.ct of CongreBB in the year 1904, in the ojftce of the Lib.-arian of Congres1, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union Squ

2 UNDER THE EQUA fUK. "So soon? he exclaimed.. "Oh, I hlld hoped-but-pa r don me! I dare not tell you my dearest wish Frank gav e his c ompanion a keen look and the n s miled g rimly. He knew w e ll what was upon the other' s mind. ...... But epou g h was vis ibl e to d e termine its shape which wa s nearly that of a c igar The hltll w a s made o f close l y jointe d b a nd s of toughe s t and lighte s t s t eel. The keel furnis h ed suffic i ent b a lla s t i n Speak right h e sa.id with a laug li. "You ca n t any s olid lead to k e ep h e r l e v el. mor e than meet with di s appointment." In each s ide of the hull w e r e t h ree winao w s of sec tion s "True!" cried Clifford. "We ll, of cours e yoo know whait of heaviest plate gl aes, protect ed b y a n almost i nvi s ible i t mean s to m e to have the privil ege whi c h y ou will enjoy blind of s te e l meshes. of s eeing that wpnderful portion of the deep '! here i s From these o b se rvati o n wi ndo w s m uch coul d be :;een of no use in beating about the bus h Flatly, Frank I would the ocean b e d and its wond ers. give year s of m y life to g o wit l 1 y ou upon this s ubmarin e Upon the top of this cigar-s h ape d hull wa s a l ong d ome cruise! sh'aped c abin ; al s o thi s was surr ound e d b y the oute r deck, Fr3.nk seem ed i n a thougl}tful mood for some mom e nts. which could onl y b e u sed whil e the b o a t o n t h e surface. '!' hen he said : In the c abin dom e w e r e circ ul a r windows. Forwar d w as a pilot-hou se, w ith the steering gear and e lectriC keyboa r d Well, w e h ave I).Ot mad e an y R pecial arrange m ent for for the operating o f the m a chine r y e;arrying a passe n ge r a b oard the C lipp e r The r e are three of us-myself a n d m y two se r vants, BarneY. and Pomp. "I will gladl y p ay whatever you choose for m y pa ss age, cried Clifford eag e rly "Not a bi t of it," excl aime d Frank, g e nerou s ly. You are very welcom e to acc ompan y u s on our trip. I will s e e that a s tateroom i s made ready for you at once." The y oung scienti s t c ould not expr e ss his delight in words. H e fairly embr ace d Frank. 'fl will end e avor to repa y y ou Rome time, he cried "Not at all," sa i d Frank, peremptoril y f "But now 'do not forget that we start in three days. Can you be ready? "Yes j in le ss time." V cr y good :Be on hand then, the da y .we sa il. I Over the pilot-hou se w as a powerful e lectric sea r c hli ght, s pecially construc t e d for d eep sea .work. Two light mas te for e and a f t WP.r e e mployed to keep t h e boat steady The interio r the st. bm arine C li pper was a wonde rl a nd. Riq_hly furnished and adorn e d w ith costl y fitti n gs, i t was a floating pala ce. Aft was the r ese r v oi r o r t ank whi c h was for depress ing or ele vating the boa t. This was don e by s impl y admitti n g a rush o f sea w a t e r and s inking the boat. Upon ris in g a p n euma t ic p ressurr, forced the wat e r from the c ham be r a n d would se nd t h e b o a t to tli e surface lik e a c ork The engin es w e r e run b y p o w erful d y n a mos. A twin s crew propeller gave the pro pul s io n I will! A chemical gene r ator of great c ap acity k ept the c abin_s C lifford Carlton hast e ned awa y with the joyful news to con stantly suppli e d with fresh .oxygen, an d c on s u med tl ie hi s s choolmate s and the professor in the &i.entifi c School. It was c ertainl y a pri v ileg e whi c h should make them all envious Frank passed from the yard into another w_hich was tected by a high wall and gates. In the centre of thi s yard whi c h c overed tnore than an carbonic a cid g a s a s s oon a s it was formed With this meagre description of the submari n e Cl ipp e r we will take the r e ad e r on to thrilling inc ident s of this story The trip unde r the equator as propos ed by Frank Reade, .:fr., truly h e ld wond erful possibiliti es. I To make the entire circumfe r e n c e o f the earth in this way acre, wa s a deep tank or basin :filleil with \\liter was impo ss ible, for the equator c ro sse d the continent of In this tank floated the famous new inveition-the sq.b. South Americ a and Afric a wh e re, of cour se, no submarine marine boat boat could travel. Not much 1o f it could b e s een above the water. So Frank marke d out a d e finite and po s sibl e c ourse,


UNDER THE EQUATOR. 3 which extended from Ecuador by cutting around a number of small islands to Borneo. "Yes," co;ntinued Frank, "it, will be in three days, and I want you to have everything in readiness. Do you underThis distance was almost if not quite, half the circumstand?" ference of the earth. "Yo' can bet we does!" "Begorra it'll be so At least, it was a tremendous voyage in a straight. line, and would take the voyager s through the seas of Oceania, the most charming part of the Middle Pacific Ocean. Both were about to dart away w:hen Frank said sharply: There were parts of the Pacific where the sea would be, miles in depth. "Hold on !" "Yas, sah. "I'm not done w1ith you yet." "A'right, sah_" "I beg yez pardon, sor." Of course the boat could not descend to these depths on account of the tremendous lllliversal pressure. But these regions w e r e in small proportion. Frank had carefully planned the whole affair. The trip "There will be an extra man in our crew on this "An extra man is it, sor? Shure we kin do all the around the Horn would be made on the surface, as the wdrruk." Clipper could travel faster in that way. You don't :understand. This man i s a passeng e r. He Then a small harbor on the coas t of E c uador named is going with us to subs e rve the ends of science. Pechuco was the point selected to sta ; t from. Barney arld 1'imp listened respectfnlly. Of course they Frank advanced to the edge of the basin. A s mall bridge could not of planks extended to the deck of the Clipper "Now I waat you to have a stateroom all ready for him. As the young inventor advanced a nian leaped out of the Calculate upon enough extra provisions, Pomp. [n fact, pilot-house and pulled off his cap, showing a shock of red reckon upon an extra man in the party." hair. Pomp ducked his head. Shure Mis ther Frank, and is it mesilf yez are lookin "A'right, sah !" he said. "l'se gwine to cook to' jes' as for?" many as yo' says.. l ':3e bound to obey orders, sah !' " Yes, Barney, a n d Pomp al so!" replied Frank. Very good !" said Frank, ni...e see how well you will do it." The naygur is it, sor ? Shure, I'll call him!" Barney and Pomp were about The man was an Irishman, beyond all peradventure Eut when a startling thing occurred. to return to the cabin ,, he was Frank Jr.' s trusty friend and servant, and possessed of as true a heart as ever beat in human breast. There was sudden terrific explosion, the outer wall of the yard went into the air in fragments full a hundred Barney O Shea, for this was hi s name rus hed to the door and shouted : feet. Frank Jr., was conscfous of the fact that the Pomp me hArty Are yez there? " Wha yo' want, I'ish ?" came back the reply. earth was rocking beneath his feet, and then became in"Divil a bit but Misther Frank wants yez." A darky black as coal came up out of the cabin. He ducked and scraped before Frank. Barney and Pomp ,' said the young inventor, "I have decided when to start upon the new trip." Both servitors looked delighted. sensible. CHAPTER II. 'fHE GREAT TRIP IS BEGUN . ) ,J.>' I "Yez don t mean it, sor Barney and Pomp, on the deck of the submarine boat "Golly! amn't dat fine?" had come the explosion unscathed. Pomp cut a pigeon wing and Barney turned a handBoth were burled into the water of the tank, and this spring. was probably lf'hat saved them. I


= UNDER THE EQUATOR. -A terrible scene of wreck and ruin it was willch both be-It was indeed a i,hing that nobody but the held when they came to the surface and the dust had cleared projector of the infamous scheme himself had been killed. a trifle. The crowd dis persed after a time and the affair termiA fearful explosion had taken place. nated. The outer wall and the corner of one of the shops was a But Frank Reade, Jr., caused the break in the wall to heap of ruins. be quickly boarded in, and this kept out the persistent erowd Heaps of debris lay everywhere. Much had fallen into of sightseers who were anxious to inspect the submarine the tank. The Clipper had not escaved. boat. Her pilot house was badly dented, and some of the handThe Clipper's injurie s were quickly repaireO-, and there rail was missing from the deck. was therefore no delay in the arrangemeni;s for the start The fact that she i:iat so low in the water was what had the great cruise. saved her from destruction. "Mither av Moses!" gasped Barney, as he crawled out of the tank. "Phwat the divil is the matther? Is it sthruck by loightning we are ?" "Golly! I done fought I was trowed ober de exclaiIDed Pomp. At length the day came Everything was in ship-shape order. From the morning train Clifford Carlton alighted. He had made all to go upon the famous trip. The tank in which the submarine boat re s ted was con nected with a canal leading through the locks down into the Dripping wet but unharmed, they climbed out of the river which in turn led to the sea. tank; then they saw Frank lying unconscious. Into tfiis canal the boat was floated. Frank and Clifford With a wild, solicitous cry Barney was quickly by Frank's Carlton s tood on the deck, Barney was in the pilot-house, side. and Pomp below. "Och hone! Misther Frank is killed entoirely I" he cried. ''Bad cess to the omadhoun that did it !" Frank had left the machine works in charge of a com petent foreman. All the employee s bade good-by to the But Frank moved and opened his eyes; fortunately be voyagers with a cheer. wa. s pnly stunned and not at all injured bodily This was taken up outside the yard by a host of excited A. cry of joy escaped Barney 's lips, and h e da s hed water tf,, p eople, who were waiting for a glimpse of the famous subin Frank's face. The young inventor was qui .ckly_ himself marine wonder . agajij.., .. A s the Clip:per glided down into the river, it was seen The noise of the explosion had of course attracted people from all 9-uarters in the vicinity. that its banks were lined with people. A great shout went up. People came rushing 'in from the street, the workmen Thus the Clipper left R eades town amid great enthu si from the shops, and a sort oi"panic reigned. asm. The voyagers stooil on deck until aliend in the river But Frank Reade, Jr., was now on his feet and quickly hid the town from view. straightened matters out. -Int:he confusion he was cool and calm 'as need be. The great trip was begun. How it would terminate or what the future Policemen were quickly at work trying to :find a f th. t d t kl f d held in store for them, of course the voyager s had no means o e mys ery, an i was qmc y oun In the debris there was found the body of a man of knowing. fully mangled He was at once recognized as the author of _;But they were setting forth with stout he. arts and eon:fiall the trouble. dence in the Clipper. This was half the battle. His name was David Vane and he was a noted The journey down the river to the sea wa:s devoid of ) who imagined that it was his.duty to destroy the iron works i incident. In due time it was reached. Qf Frank Reade, Jr. [ Then the Clipper began her voyage in earnest. Cleaving


UNDER THE EQUATOR. her way through the heavy rollers, she made good speed to the southward. Frank took his bearing!:! carefully and set his course. This would first exterid through the Galopagos Islands. Frank did not intend to stop at any port, or to abate the Then there would be a clear course for hundreds of miles s peed of the Clipper until after Cape Horn was rounded and into the archipelagos of the Central Pacific. Ecuador was reached. Frank placed his hand upon the electric keyboard. This part of the voyage .was long and tedious. He pressed. the lever, which closed and hermetically The Clipper was an extremely fast sailer, but yet it wat> sealed every door about :fue boat. a long while ere the Straits of Magellan came into view, Then with the prow of the Clipper pointing to the east and the passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific was ward, he pre ssed the lever which opened the valves of the quickly made. big reservoir. Around Adelaide Island, and straight to the north, the There was a s light shock, a rumbling noise, the Clipper Clipper held its course. trembled s lightly, and then, with a ru s h, w ent out of the Smooth sea s were now encountered and a milder climate. s i ght of d ay. Th e Clipper made fast time. Down to the bottom o f the s e a in thirty fathoms of One day the coas t of Ecuador was sighted. Frank took wat e r w ent the subma rine boat. hi s bearings and found that they were hardly two hundred The tran s ition for a moment made everything dark mile s from Pechuco. a board the C lipp e r. The next day the Clipper entered the little harbor and But Fran k in s tantl y pressed an e l e ctric button and ever y dropp e d anchor. It was a relief indeed to get a good and e lectric light aboa rd was abla z e n e ar view of the land. It was a s if they had been s uddenly tran s ferred to fairyTh e r e were a few vessels of the trading type in the harland. bor. These r e garded the submarine boat with wonder. Th e y oung sci e nti s t Clifford Carlto n, was completely Frank w ent ashore for a few hours, and e v e n interviewed s p e llbound. He pressed c lose to the obs ervation window, the gove rnor of the little town. s tud y ing every wonde rful t hin g w hich hi s gaze could s elect. Quite a numb e r of the natives came down to the shore to "It i s gr a nd! he crie d ecst a ticall y Th e re i s nothing take a look at the s trange vessel. abov e these d e pths or on l a nd w hi c h can with Dozens of canoes a nd light craft thronged about the Clipth e m at all. ;'ij .. -: per and Barney a nd Pomp, both of whom und e r s tood Sp a n Indeed it i s a beautiful s i ght," agreed ]i"'rank, ''hh fjon i s h had a good time chaffing the native s The Clipper was giv e n a thorough ove rhauling here, for it was imperative that she should be in exce llent trim. w ill sec g rand e r b e for e tqe voyage i s ove r. "Oh, thi s i s worth half m y lif e c ried Clifford. The Clipper res t e d for a moment upon the bed of pure, She would travel a good ways unde r the s urface and any white s and s tudd e d with c oral growth. d e fect in her mechanism would be fatal indeed to the voy-agers. He r machinery was overhauled, tested and oiled. The Then it ro s e to a h e i ght o f some twenty feet above the o c ean bed and shot forward. It required cons tant c a r e and a s harp watch iri. the pilotchemical generator was afresh, and then all was h o u s e to s ail the s ubmarin e boat. declared in readiness. Huge bowlders, or coral reef s at any moment might loom Two days sufficed for this. On the morning of the third up in its path. Frank came on deck and announced that the start was to The s e it was necessary to evade, by going around be made. or over them. Barney and Pomp rus hed into the pilot-house with Then the leviathan fis h or great :oea mons ter would essay Frank. Clifford went into the cabin and to one of the big an attack upon the Clipper observation window.,s. It was necessary to avoid a collis ion with these, though


6 UNDER THE EQUA'fOR. once Barney nearly wreeked the boat by an unavoidable incident. Frank stilggeted the pilot-house. The sight which met his gaze there was an astounding :Frank and Clifford stood by one of the ob_servation winofie. dows. Pomp was in the cooking galley. Suddenly Barney felt his hair literally rise on ePd. He was approaching the face of a huge coral reef. Glancing forward through the plate glass wjndows, he saw the cause oi' the mischief at once. T}J.e ram of the boat had literally impaled the huge fish. I:u. its face yawned a deep-mouthed cavern. As the sub-It was desperately striving to get away, but this seemed matine boat shot before this, a huge fish of the whale speimpossible. c:ie;; darted out. It was directly in the path of the Clipper. There was no avoiding a collision. Barney jammed the propeller lever back, but the momen tum of the boat carried it forward. There was a terrific shock. Everything aboard the boat went tumbling and crashing in every direction. Frank and Clifford went sailing over chairs and table. Pomp clove head first into his flour barrel. When he came up gasping, he was nearer a white man than he had. ever hoped to be 'l'herP was the momentary danger that the Clipper would be overturned, or at least badly damaged against the reef. But what was to be done? "Begorra, Misther Frank cried the stupefied Celt, "I thrifld ivery way I cud to git out av the crather's way, but I cudn 't do it, sor !" "You did well enough, Barney!" cried Frank, "but the question is how are we going to get rid of the incubus?-" "That is a serious question!" cried Clifford, who had come upon the f:cene. "But it must be done!" declared Frank, "or the monster "Golly fo' glory !" he gasped. "Wha' hab happened? will thrash us all to Dat fool I'ishman hab jes' gone an' wrecked dis ar boat as The huge fish was beating the water furiously with his suah as snuff!" tail. This twisted and wrenched the Clipper seriously. I !;\ bl' CHAPTER III. I, STRANGELY ANCHORED. "Goodness!" exclaimed Clifford, as he pulled himself out of a) corner with an aching collar bone. "What on earth happened, 'Frank?" The_ young inventor w as crawling out from an entangle ment with the ta:ble legs. Pora time the voyagers were in a desperate strait. Then F1ank Reade, Jr.'s inventive genius came to the rescue. "I think I have an idea!" he cried. "Phwat is it, sor ?"cried Barney. "Go down into the lower cabin and bring up the diving suits," commanded Frank. "You will find them in a locker down there." "Diving suits!" exclaimed Clifford. "'Would you dare venture out there, Frank?" "Why,.certainly." "But--if you should get in the vortex made by the mon"We've struck something," "Barney, are you there?" he replied with an effort. ster's tail you would stand a chance to be overcome !" "Shure, an' phwat's lift of me !" came back the distant reply. "Wh.at's happened?" shouted Fra,nk. "Shure there's the divil to pay !" This was certainly probable, the electric boat was rock-ing and gyratiJ?.g furiously. ., "I sha!l have to risk that," said Frank. Something must be done to save the boat." "But what will you be able to do after you get out there?" "I shall first kill the fish." "Kill him?" "Yes."


UNDER THE EQUATOR. '1 "Will not that be diffic\llt? He is such a. monster it would take a goo,d while to cut your way into a vital part." "That is nqt my plan," decl&red Frank. "I will show you very quickly how I shall do that." ''I am much interested,"'declared the young &cie,ntist. Barney had now produced the diving suit, whioh was The creature was :inaking violent efforts to free itself from the ram, but was unable to do so. Frank until he was 1lormant again. Then he the lance very carefully. Taking accurat e aim he launched it at the fish. It struck him right back of the giils, and was driven deep of Frank's own invention, and truly a wonderful affair, into the flesh. The pain of the wound caused him to renew In general, it resembled the ordinary diver's suit, b"Q.t the his thrashings. life-line and air-pump was displaced by a chemical reser voir which the diver was able to carry upon his back. This furnished the purest of oxygen for hours, and en abled the diver t-0 travel about unimpeded by a multiplicity of lines. .... Frank proceeded to don the suit.' Barney attempted a protest. 'fhe vjolent ,rocking of the boat threw Frank from his feet, but he quickly recovered his balance. He had given Barney directions what to do before leav ing the cabin. The Celt saw that it was his opportunity. He pressed the electric key and sent the current into tli c wire. The effect was instantan eous As the fe1Jirful shock was transmitted from the imbedded "ShlU'e, Misther Frank," he cried, "yez should let me lance to the fish' s vitals, it gave a convulsive throe ;nd lay go. If anything should happen to yez, phwat the divil wud the rist av us do?" quite still. "I thank you for you kindly solicitude/' said Frank, with a laugh, "but do not fear. I shall not be harmed." The young inventor was now ready to leave the boat. What was to be done must be done quickly, for the fish was floundering about most furiously. Volt after volt was sent coursing over the wire. deadly work was most complete. The The present dangel' to the submarine boat was averted. But it yet remained a prisoner, the weight of the of the fish impaled upon the ram anchoring it most effectually. There no way but to cut the ram out of the fish s There was momentary danger that the Clipper would body. This was no light work. break in two suffer some other fatal injury. But Frank went to work at it pluckily. Seeing that he Frank entered the vestibule which led out upoil the deck. was making slow progress, Barney volunteered, and went He carried a wire with him which was connected with out t.o assist him. the dynamos, and had a steel pointed lance attached t.o its end. Once in the vestibule, Frank arranged the wire through a small aperture in the door provided with a valve. Then he closed the door into the cabin and stood alone in the vestibule. It was but a moment's work to press a valve and the vesti bule was filled with water. Opening the outer door, Frank walked safely out on { He was obliged to cling to the rail as he worked his way :forward, so violently did the bo:tt 'rock. Those in the cabin watched him anxiously. Upon Iris success the safety of all depended 1 FraDk carried the lance in his hand and worked his way along until he was near the fish's head. I Freed of its incubus the submarine boat was now able to go ahead once moTe. Frank and Barney returned to the cabin safely. It was a fortunate escape for the 9lipper. There was good reason for mutual congratulation. "On my word!" exclaimed Clifford. "I was sure that we would not escape destruction. That was a very powerful fish." "Indeed it was!" agreed Frank. "We escaped luckily." The Clipper now went booming on its way once more. It' wasreally an enjoyable to travel under water in 'that way. Perhaps the one who enjoyed it the most was Clifford Carlton, "It is like a wonderful dream!" he declared; "truly this is the experience of a lifetime."


8 UNDER THE EQUA'l'OR. For another day the Clipper on at even speed. Frank, who was in the cabin, rushed out to the pilotLong sandy plains were traversed, deep valleys among house. high hills threaded and tremendous abysses crossed. "What is the matter?" he cried, rushing up to Barney. All sorts and manner of queer :fishes and other denizens The Celt was mystified. of the deep were seen. "Shure, sor, the divil a bit I tell!" he cried, "but the There were coral caves, shining grottoes, blue caverns, and all manner of wonderful spectacles. boat came to a quick st}?.op, sor, an 'all so sudden that it nearly put me troo der window, sor !" As Fratik had predicted, the further they advanced into Frank looked out of the window and saw that the boat the Central Pacific the more wonderful the bed of the sea upon the sandy bed of the plain. became. When Carlton saw some specially beautiful specimen for which he felt a desire he had only to speak to Frank and the Clipper was at once stopped. Some one of the party would don a diving suit and go out and recover it. In this way the young scientist was rapidly adding to his collection. bf course this made him immensely happy. In fact, he was in a transport of keen enjoyment. For days things thus progressed most evenly. There was no trouble witli the of the boat. CHAP'TER IV. BURIED IN A SAND DRIFT. Then an inkling of the truth dawned upon Frank. "I have it I'' he cried. "Some part of the machinery has given out!" "Begorra, I'm of that moind mesilf I" agreed Barney. The electric generator furnished the best and the purest "Shure, sor, it eud be nothing else!" of air for the craft. The electric engine worked like a charm. "This boat is the most wonderful of all inventio!ls, "" \(Ji ... Frank!" declared the young scientist; "its equal was never made!" "I am afraid you are stretching that a little," said Frank with a laugh. "Are you not?" "Not a bit o! it. The Clipper is a mighty triumph of "You struck nothing?" "Div:il a thing, sor !" "How far were you from the bottom when the shock came?" "About twenty feet, sor." "Then it must be that the machinery has given declared Frank. "I will see to it." At this moment Pomp came upon the scene. genius." "I done hear some:fi.n' snap in de engine room, Marse Frank, who was extremely modest, withdrew before he Frank 1 he -cried. could be made subject to any more such effusive compli"Then I will find it!" cried Frank. Though he had no reason to doubt the other's sinHe rushed down into the engine-room. He quickly saw cerity. what was the matter. Thus for days the Clipper kept on. One of the journals had become displaCed and the ma-But thrilling adventures were in store. chinery was clogged by this. It was an unfortunate break It is said that calamities never come singly. The truth and would require some time for efficient repair. of thi8 metaphor was soon demonstrated. The Clipper one day was running smoothly across a sandy plain, when suddenly it came to an instant stop. So sudden was the stop that it was perc?ptibly felt in every part of the boat. Frank's face grew long. I "What is matter?" crie

UNDER THE EQUATOR. 9 "Is it a break which cannot be repaired?" asked Carlton, aghast. "Oh, no, but it will delay us eome while. Perhaps two days!" "Yet it can be repaired ?t' "Oh, yes!" "Well," cried the scientist, cheerfully, "let us be thank ful that it is no worse. If. I can help you, Frank, call on me." "I may need your help!" said the dismayed inventor, but I will let you know later." There they may meet some obstacle to break or cut their volume, and they will instantly s ettle about this object, frequently burying it many fee t dee p These treacherous shoals or movable island s are fre quently formeU, a pos itive menace to the mariner. With awful horror Fra nk saw that the submarine boat was directly in the path of the shifting sands "My God!" he groaned. "We are likely to find an eter nal tomb." "What i s that?" gasped Carlton. "Will e ngulf us?" "Yes !" replied :b"'rank, "unle s s the c urrent is sufficiently Frank threw off his coat and at once began strong to carry it over us." Barney, who was a skilled machinist, helped him. Pomp Appalled and for a time speechless the voyager s watched remained in the pilot-house with Carlton to guard against the of the seeming death any possible danger. Nearer every moment the rolling cloud of sands came. For hours Frank and Barney worked on the broken Frank could see no way to break the deadly advance. 1 journal. 1 Then an accident occurred to break up the work for a time. Indeed, it was a disaster which threatened the de s truction of the boat. A cannon shot fired into it would have done it, jus t a s a waterspout is annihilated. But to do this was impossible, for they bad no cannon. To get out of the way of the cloud was impossible also. When machinery had given out it had put a check Pomp and Carlton, in the pilot-house, first saw it. T h upon the pneumatic engine as w ell as the elec. trio engine, he searchlig t lit up the sea for many yards ahead. Objects were quite plain. Suddenly what looked like a black wall came slowly surg in g into view. It was coming straight down. upon the Clipper. Pomp stared at the strange manifestation and cried: "Golly sakes, wha'ebber am dat fing I'd like to know?" the boat could not be sent to the surface. 'l'here was certainly no way but to meet their fate and trust in Providence. .The next moment the shifting sands were whirli:Jg about 1 ihe Clipper. They revolved about it like a winding sheet. It was "Mercy on u s !" exclaimed Carlton; "it is coming right s eemingly a deep-sea snow storm. down upon us!" Over the deck and into the crevices sifted the whirling "Marse Frank!" yelled Pomp; "fo' de lub ob Hebben sand. come quick!" Deeper it became and higher it rose over the windows. Frank heard the call of alarm, and he and Barney left Soon the glaE>s of the observation windows was blocked with their work at once. one wall of sand. Up the stairway to the pMot-house they sprang. glance told Frank the truth. A It was a loose, light stuff, but nevertheless of sufficient tenacity to cling to the submarine boat and bury it. It also gave him a fearful chill. Nothing could be seen from the windows. The creaking "My God!" he exclaimed, is a traveling quicksand!" of the dcl!k told of the ponderous weight upon it. He alone was familiar with the nature of these curious deep sea phenomena. Certain powerful undercurrents meet, and roll up in their I I volume huge masses of shifting sand which are sometimes . cal'l'ied many miles to another part of the sea . It was a horrible reflection. With starting eyeballs the voyagers sat and stared blank ly at each other. No one could venture a plan, none could vouchsafe a word of hope. What was to be done?


10 UNDER THE EQUATOR "God help us!" said Carlton, hollowly. to see the light of day again?" "Are \ve never I "Begorra, it's buried intoirely we are!" cried Barney. "Shure, we'll niver be able to dig om way #out av this!" "Goliy, I done fo'got to say mah prayers !h groaned Pomp. "Is there no chance for us, Frank?" exclaimed Carlton, tensely. "Yes,'' replied the young inventor, "but it is a scant one." "Ah, what is it?" "Why, I believe we could dig the boat out in that time! deClared Clifford. "We might make a g0od trial!" agreed Frank; "it depends upon the depth of sand over us." "I don't believe it is over a few feet!" "Ah, it may be two hundred!" "In that event we a.re forever lost "At least we wi.J.l not give up yet!" cried Frank. Within twenty-four hours Frank and Barney had replaced the journal and straightened out the machinery. The reservoir was full of water. "Some time, perhaps in a few hours, perhaps not for Frank started the pneumati c pump. centuries, the cur.rents may meet agaip in this spot and It was of tremendous power antl in a few moments the whirl all this sand away to another spot. We will emerge escaping watet had made a literal tunnel in the sand. from our deep sea grave then." And not until then ?" I fear not." "Is there no way?" "I see none This seemed easily displaced, and was evidently not packed very solid. This fact gave Frank much hope. But the fact yet re mained after much pumping that the buoyanc y of the bqat 'was not sufficient to raise it an inch in the sand. Carlton groaned in horror. "This is awful!" he cried It was anchored for good apparefitly. Once more th e "Let us see if we at least spir its of the s1tbtnarine voyagers were depressed. cannot dig our way out of this bak !" Btit as before Frahk Reade, Jr., came to the rescue in hi s "What good would that do? We would then he many cheerful manner. fathoms from the surface, and perhaps hundreds of from any island." I This was th1e, a s all knew. "We are not beat yet!" he said. "I have another plan." "What is it?" asked Clifford. "First to see if we can tunnel through this drift!" For i time great

UNDER THE EQUATOR. 11 Wat e r could be d1: awn from the s ands by suction and A new lease of lie cried Clifford; "thanks to your I !'r ank dug a well jus t off the deck 0 the Clipp e r. clever work Frank, we s till live! In thi s h e pl a c e d a hos e connected with the pneumatic And I have a strong belief that w e shall make this trip re servoir pump s und e r th e Equator with compl e t e s uccess!" declared Frank; Setting th e pump s a t work, he was mu c h gratifi e d to fin

12 UNDER T HE EQUATOR. other obstacles, which the boat might strike at any unBarney and Clifford had now been absent some whiie. guarded moment. Reaclllng the sho re they drew the canoe out of the water But it did not and suddenly the electric light began to and carried it far up among the cliffs. grow pale. "Here we go!" cried Frank. Up into the light o.f day shot the submarine boat. It was quite a remarkable transition .foJ> the voyagers. A wonderful scene it was which was s pread to Yiew. The submarine boat rolled in the ground swell of a bay. "Now, Barne y said Clifford, "let us begin our explora tions. Had we not better s trike right into the interior?" "Begorra, sor cried the Celt, "that is for yez to decide. But if I war axecl fer my opinion I s hould think it would be better to g? along the shore for a way s !" "AJ1, and what would be th e special advantage of that?" Directly in the face the island, which was a litera l gem. "Shure, sor w e cud luk for some high cliff to cloimb an' The light of day was e::rtremely welcome to voyagers fust get a view av the island, sor. Then we_ cud tell i after their long pe!iod at the bot tom of the sea there war any cannibals or the loikes av thim which wt! They crowd0d out upon the. deck and all engaged in a moight axidintly sthumble upon in any other way. Suit critical survey of the shore befor e them. I The isle was of the character quite common in that part of the Pacific. It was tropical, and waving palms and jungle growth were plainly visible from the deck of the Glipper. \ There was a balmy fragrance in the air, which was delightful, and the spirits of all felt t4e good e ffect. "Is it not splendid!" cried the scie nti sti "how I will enyesilf, sor !" Clifford perceived the logic of the Celt 's reasoning at once. Jle exclaimed : "You are right, Barney. We will follow your ideas!" So they set out along the shore. Passing around a bend, the submarine boat passed from sight. Clifford found new wonders upon every hand as he passed joy putting my foot on land again." "It looks like a sizable island!" declared Frank. along. He discovered beautiful and rare shell fish in the "I wonder what it is called on the chart?" sands, ancl wonderful mineral evidences in the cliffs. "This island is geologically rich," he declared. "This is indeed a treat, to be enabled to explore it. "}:ou and Barney may go now if yo\l choose. I am going "Begorra, I'm afther hoping there is no cannibals on it," first to take my bearings. I want to learn whether I have "Shall .we not go ashore?" asked Clifford. said Barney with a shrug of his shoulders. greatly departed from the line of the Equator or not." "Ah," exclaimed Clifford, "it seems to me you stand "All right!" cried Clifford joyously. "Are' you ready; much in fear of those gentry." Barney.?" ' .there's good raison for it," averred Barney . Begorra, yez may be sure av that!" cried the Celt read" They be the divils Shure, I've no inclination to be ily . "I'm wid yez ivery toime !" roasted and ate up aloive !" Pomp looked eager but did not demur. Frank said: "Wait awhile, Pomp; we will have our tim e later! Prob-"Nor I, for that matter," replied Clifford, laughing at ably we will have to go ashor e and pull them out of a scrape, Barney' s earnestness, "but we will hope that nothing of the anyway." The young inventor's words were prophetic, as after events proved. There were aboard the submarine boat a number of light canoes for landing purposes and j;ist such a contingency as the present. kind will occ nr." "Shure, I hop e not, sor They were now approaching a high eminence, which formed a part of the cliff. Barney exclaimed : "Phwy not climb that, sor ?" One of these was brought out and launched from the "All right agreed Clifford; "let it be so." deck. So Barney led the way up the steep ascent. The further Clifford and Barney were armed with rifles and geolog-up they went the wider and grander was the view. ical tools. -. Clifford wai; spellbound at its mighty scope. He was Thus equipped, -they paddled to the shore. )nore than anxious to rea c h the summit. 'Frank proceeded to take his observations. This was soon accomplished. The result was that he found. to his gratification that And there, below the voyagers, was spread the interior of they were scarcely halfa league out of: their course. t he i s land in its entirety.


UNDER THE EQUATOR. 13 I I It ;was a wonderful spread of landscape peculiar to a Acrpss an opening or clearing upon the bank of t river a tropical region. number of human forms were seen t.o pass. There were plains and mountains, rivers and creeks, and They were half naked and beyond doubt savages. small lakes. Deep jungles and wild forests. All carried javelins, and one of them had a goat slung .fo short, a diversity of .scenery, such as it would have over his shoulder which seemed evidence that they had been difficult to find under other circumstances, or in any other part of the world. Clifford gazed upon it spellbound. "The flora of this island is something wonderful I" he finally eja culated. "What of its But this seemed complete also. The branches of the trees and the air held a variety of beautiful birds, whose gay plumage and rippling songs were most enlivening. A cougar was seen upon a distant tree trunk. Small goats fed upon a hillside near. Rabbits were in the brush. Truly this was a wonderf)ll island. "What an island Eden!" cried Clifford; "strange if all / these wonders are not presided over by man I" Thus far no sign of a human being had been seen. But now from above P,istant tree tops a column of smoke was seen ascending high in air. \ "A foire !" cried Barney. "Shure; sor, the island is in habited I" I The young scientist gazed at the distant smoke as if he were loath to believe this. "From what other cause can that smoke arise?" he mut tered. "It must be in very truth that this gem of an island is the abode of favored human beings." 0HAPTER VI. THE CASTAWAY. The smoke certainly seeme1d to support the theory that the island was inhabited. been on a hunt. Whether they were cannibals or not it was not easy to say. But Barney called to one startling fact. "Shure, sor !"he cried. "Wud yez see that man in the middle av them wid his hands tied behind Shure they'll ate him aloi.ve !" It was true that in the file there marched a man with his arms bound and evidently a prisoner. At that distance his appearance .was not unlike that of the others. "My soul I it can't be a white man, can it?" gasped Clifford. "I think not, Sor,'! rejoined Barney, "it's wan av their own koind !" Clifford had forgotten all else 'in his newly awakened in-. . terest in the cannibals' captive. The thought that Barney's premise might be correct, and that these were really cannibals, filled his soul with horror. The possibility that the prisoner might, indeed, suffer so terrible a fate nearly resolved him to go to his rescue. After some moments' study of the situation, he ex claimed; "I think it is horribie, Barney!" "Begorra, so do I, sor !" "We ought not to stand idly by and see a human biing suffer such a horrible fate." .'.';.;&:. Barney rubbed his hands gleefully at the prospect of lively work. "Shure, sor, I'm wid yez I" he cried. "If yez say the wurrud, I'll go down wid yez an' make a foight fer to save him!" "A la Robinson and man Friday!" laughed Clif ford. "All right, Barney, let us do They noted the course taken by the cannibals. They marched down to the bank of the river, anP, proThere could be no volcano upon that flat tract of forest ceeded to embark in canoes. land. The smoke could not arise from any easily explll;ined Down the river toward the sea they :floated in these. natural cause. It now became a question as to what their destination "Begorra, I towld yez so!" cried Barney, wildly. "Wud _was to be; and how to intercept them. yez luk at that, sor? Shure, it's the cannibals!" They were proceeding down the river. To attempt to cut Barney's exclamation seemed not at all far fetched. them off by through the intervening stretch wood The sight which caught Clifford'.s gaze caused him to exand jungle seemed an utter impossibility. claim: "Cannibals Can it be?" "What shall we do, Barney," exclaimed Clifford, in a quandary. "T.Iiey are evidently coming down to the shore."


14 UNDER THE EQUATOR. "Thin, sor, Pm afther thinkin' the best thing w e kin do is to cut along 1Jie shore sor, an h e ad thim off." I "I think you are right," agreed Clifford. "If w e do not s ucceed in doing th a t w e can, at lea s t, follow up the riv e r until we find them." No time was to be los t. Down the cliff they s crambled, Soon they were upon the s hore below. The mouth oo the river could not 0e far distant. The y hastened along the sands with all speed. Suddenly thEfe eame a visible break in the shore line. Shure there's the mouth av the river!" cried Barne y "We' ll soon be there!" They redoubkld their for fear that the cannibals w ould s ucceed in reaching the point first But when tooy reached the shore of the little bay made by the river the canoes were not y et in sight. But turning a little angle in the bank they came upon a mos t astounding scene. 1 they re coming roight here!" cried Barney. "Let them come," s aid Clifford tensely. S t a lwart black-s kinned fellows they were a!1d hid eous l y tattoo ed. A s they s wayed at th e pa ddles they indulged in -a stra n ge, weird chant whic h re s ounded c uriou s ly upon the air Straight for the burnt stakes they came and drove their canoes far up on the s hore. Then they leaped out and th e explor e r s got a n ear v iew o f them They were a full scor e in numb er And now the prisoner" s tepp e d out on the beach At sight of him Barney and Clifford gave a might y s tar t "Ye Gods!" gasped Clifford "it i s a white man! " Mither of Mar y l e jaculated th e Celt, that is thrue, sor." Tall and erect was the pri sone r with a c ompl e xion burn ed deeply by the tropic 1 s uns. His features were -regular and int e llige nt. As n e ar as Clifford could judge, he was a type o f seaman. Perhap s a / For a moment both were tao o v ercome with Jiprror to c astawa y ' make much coonment. There in the s ands w e r e a number of driven stsi,kes They were charred and bla.clrnned, and there w e re a shes a ll about them. But in these a s hes w ere th'e obje p ts which gave them s uch horror The y were human bones. His fa c e showed line s o f s ufferin g and anxiety, yet hi s bearing was calm, a s befitt e d a brav e m a n g oing i to hi s death The l e ader of the cannib a ls, a powe rful e vil-visa ged brute, gave some guttural ord e r s to hi s followers The pris oner turned hi s hagg a rd f ace towar d the w r e t c h The disintegrated s k e l etons o f m a n y human b e ings w ere and cri ed:&cattered about th e vic ini ty. T11e truth was easi l y s e e n The natives o f th e b e autiful isle were ill deed ''-' t, a nd these were t h e r e main s of aome o f t heir v ictim s You dirty dog Perhap s you think I'm g oin g to make good meat for ye! B y th e r big whales, I'll choke ye i f I c an,. a s s ure a s m y nam e is Bill Bra c e Clifford k n e w now for a certai n ty t h at the p ri soner w as a Mither presarv e u s !" : cried Barney with a shiver ; "it's s eaman. a hard-lukin s o i ght. I felt s ure they were cannibals; I "Barn ey!" h e whis per e d "we hrns t save his l ife wud have taken m e oath "Begorra I'm wid yez r e plied th e Celt. How s h a ll W e ll, you gue ssed aright!" said Clifford with_, fearful we do it?" repugnance at the scene spread before him; "it i s a most horrible thing 1 I get a line dr "'wn on tho s e chaps, I'll c ure them of their fiendish appetite." "Bejabers, that 's the koind of talk I loike !H cried Bar ney.. I think w e' d b J tth e r hoid e here behind these threes, s or until the y come along. "Yes, if they come to thi s s pot." there they are now! . The two explorers leaped behind a clttmp of palms ju s t i n the nick of time. Around a bend and into the bay shot a canoe of the cannibals. "Our rep_eate r s a r e good for h alf t h a t c r e w of barbaria n s before they could clos e on u s L et u s pic k our m e n !" Thi s was don e B y thi s tiine the c annibal s had le d their v i c tim B i ll Brace, to the s tak e a nd w e r e him to it. "Now! whispered Clifford. Both rifles spoke Crack-II.Ck! Crack! Crack-ack As fast a s the repeater s could be worked the bull e t s were poured into the savag e horde. They began to drop right and left. The y saw nothing o f Others followed and soon all were in sight Thej: rnade their assailants but a cloud of powder smoke., directly for the former scene of their orgies. Consternation seized them apd they incontinently boot a


UNDER THE ) EQUATOR 1 5 retreat s ending a :flight of javelins iuto the palm clump, howe v e r on e of which cut its way through Barney s s leeve. The rescued s ailor was in a paroxy s m of delight. "That' s it, friends! Keelhaul em!" h e s houted. Don t Clifford "It will,,not b e safe for you to rem a i n ltni g er on these i s lands. ''J e richo!" gasp e d the s a i lor don t tell me that you don t intend to s hip me aboard y our c r aft! I 'rti a g ive 'e m a c han c e Thank God! y e 've come jest in time t o s eaman, and am willing t,o be put fthy where frofii the fo' s ave m y life. Whoora y !" castle to the. maintop." You are right, w e have, friend," cried Clifford a s h e "Unfortunately," laughed Clifford "we have neith e r ran out an d cut the f e llow's bond s "It was a clo s e pin c h forec as tl e nor maintop on board our ship.;, for y ou Brac e looked astonished. B ill Brace dan c ed a hornpipe s o delighted was he "Grea t whale s !" he ej a culat ed, "what kind of a craft i s "Gr ea t w h a le s h e c r ie d "how did y e git h e r e and wher e your'n? I'm mi ghty cums to see it!" d id ye c ome from ? Why, I don t think any oth e r whit e men have v i site d this i s l and for half a c entury " W e c.am e h e r e i n a s ubmarin e boat, repli e d C lifford. Bili Brace look e d mystifi e d Blow m e i f I don t kn o w ever y cra f t from a ca t-h e ad to a full-rigg e d clipp e r but I n e ver hear d of t hat kind of a "And see i t y ou s hall," Clifford "but jus t now I th.ink '\v e ha' d b ette r m a ke sure t>f our s afet y.; The sa ilor gave a start. Righ t h e cr ied. I r e ckon there s another bigger g an g c oming down this one. W a i had better git right out an' no chimc(f! !" ship befor e Say i t a.gain mate !" 1 "Come Barney.! cried Clifford. "We have got to get "A s ubmarine boa t," r e pli e d C lifford i s one which t ravel s un

16 UNDER THE EQUA'.I'OR. The joy o f the three cornered men can hardly be described. "Hooray I cried B arney. "Shure, it's the Clipp e r an Misther Frank!" "We are saved!" cried Clifford, joyfully "Frank is right on time The report of their rifles, a few moments before, had bee n heard by Frank and Pomp. Alarmed at their long absence, Frank had started the Clipper slowly along the shore. Hearing the rifle s hots, he knew there was trouble and at once put on all speed . It was lucky that he had done this. The leasttbit of a delay lon ger would have sealed the fate of the three on sh ore. So it came about in thi s pe c uliar manner that the cr e w of the Clipper was thus augmented by on e But on the whole nothing was to be lost by it. An extra m a n was r e ally needed aboard the Clipper. There was more than enough work for Barne y and Pomp, and B ill Brace 's services were extremely welcome; he was a thorough seaman. Once more the subm a rin e Clipper was on her deep water voyage. The island s o 0ddly di scove red was soon forgott e n in the train of e xcitin g inc id e nts which followed s o quickly. It was, of course a pos itive marvel to Bill Brac e how the Clipper could sail under the sea. But he soon bec ame a c customed to the new order of things and worked in very quickly to bec ome a fir s t-class The hot fire from the submarine boat and a counter fire man from the three men on shore, caused a panic among the I ndeed he developed many s tartling traits which mad e canniba ls. / warm friends of the other voyagers. They hesitat ed, and came to a halt. It was the desired chance. Upon the river bank the other cannibals had left their can oes. It was but a moment 's work for Clifford to spring into one of these, and the others followed. The paddles were wielded with all speed until beyond the r a n ge of the poisoned darts and javelins of the foe. The submarine boat came into the mouth of the river to meet the canoe. The result was that Barney, Clifford and Brace all climbed safely aboard. \ The sailor of course regarded the Clipper with amazement. But there was no time for special comment just then. Once on board the Clipp e r of cour s e the c annibals could be defied Indeed they had already retreated into the in terior of the island Then mutual explanations followed Bill B race told his story again, and all were deeply in terested. He appeared to be a bluff, good-hearted type of sailor. Frank at once welcomed him aboard the submarine boat. "I don't see how I can do otherwise than take you along with us, Mr Brace," he said "I certainly will n ot put you back into the hands of the cannibals." "All of which I appreciate, skipper!" replied Bill doffing his cap. "I'll try an' even up my passage. Ye ll never a s k Bill B race to obey orders. He's allus ready when they c u m "By the ghost of Mother Carey!" cried Brace "I like this ere craft and her skipper ri ght well and I would like to make a regular berth aboard her The Clipper now entered seas which differed somewha t from through which she had been sailing. Most wonderful scene s were of hourl y o c currence. There were great forests of vari-color e d coral, and at times it seemed as if this wonderful production of the ma insect had taken almost human shape in the depths below. T hus far, somewhat singularly, not a single sunken vess el hail been encountered. Now, however, the first was discovered. Pomp had that h o nor. Passing through a dark valley, Pomp was in the pilot house, and saw shadQwy outlines at his right which at once excited his curiosity "Dat am queer," he muttered. "It look s fo' all de world jes' like a sunken ship. Maybe it am; I done fink I take a good look at it." With which the darky turned the full force of the search light in that direction. This showed that his ftrst premise was right. The r e was revealed in the brilliant light a di s mantled vessel of a type not now seen upon the high seas. It was encrusted thickl y with coral from hull to top masts Thi s was brilliant in the light of the electric searchlight. "What a bea utiful sight!" cried Clifford, e n raptured. "It J o o ks like a pha n tom vessel!"


UNDER THE EQUATOR. "Stop the boat, Pomp !" cried Frank. look at her." "Let's take a It was not difficult work to cross the intervening dis ta.I).ce to the sunken vessel. "A'right, sah !" cried the darky. Frank was the first to reach it." The sand had drifted The submarine boat came to a stop not twenty yards up almost to a level with one of the ports, so that it was from the sunken ship. All crowded to the observation winnot difficult to clamber aboard. dows. ''Upon my word," cried Frank, "she is an old Spanish galleon, and must have laid there for two centuries." "Yes," agreed Clifford, "it has been nearly as long as that since vessels of that type cruised in these seas." "Messmates," cried Bill Brace, excitedly, "there's treas ure aboard that ship, an' you can bet on it!" "The Spanish ships all carried large treasure," agreed Clifford: "What say you, Frank? Shall we-" "Wliat?" "Explore the old, wreck?" "Of course!" cried the young inventor, readily. "Bring up the diving suits, Barney." "All roight, sor." Barney dove down beiow after the diving apparatus. He soon came up with it. He b'rouglit up three suits. I "It lays between you and Pomp which shall go with us," said Frank to Barney. "I done fink it am mah chaince now," cried Pomp. "Begorra, Misther Frank has small use fer the loikes av yez," cried Barney, contemptuously. Just the same, Po!fip was selected to go with the ex-plorers. Barney was disappointed, but too sensible to demur. Soon they w&re upon the deck of the ancient vessel. A curious scene it was; indeed, which met their i3-Ze and held them for a time spell-bound. CHAPTER VIII. THE SUNKEN GALLEON. O:f course but little could be seen of the details of the vessel, so deeply was it encrusted with coral. But the masts with the rigging were easily delineated, and the gangway with the boats o n their davits were com plete. And this fact was a suggestion in itself. Doubtless the ship' had gone dow. n before the boats could possibly be lowered, which would seem to show that the vessel had been riddled with shot. It was not to be expected that any vestige of her crew could be found remaining . But as the divers passed forward all came to a sudden startled halt. There, half reclining against the rail, were the i outlines He and Bill Brace were thus left to guard the Clipper of a human skeleton. ii.In ... : ' until the return of the explorers. Time, the action of the water, and the work of tlie coral Frank, Clifford and Pomp soon were ready to leave the insects had preserved it in outline if not in exact com-cabin. Attired in the diving suits, they soon had emerged upon the deck and were directing their footsteps toward the galleon. As they neared the ancient ship they saw that bell mouthed cannon yet gaped from its port-holes, and upon the forward deck there was also a large swivel gun. All was deeply encrusted wi.th coral, which made it diffi-position. It was quite useless for the explorers to attempt conver sation under the water'. Not unless the helmets were placed close together could they make themselves heard. But they could easily employ signs to convey their thoughts, and did so. ... Leaving the skeleton in the spot where it had cult to tell just whether these guns were of brass or iron. for so many years remained intact, the voyagers passed on Frank noted that the sunken craft carried a forward. good many guns for a trading galleon. But in those early days he remembered that the ancient chronicles credited all sea-going vessels with an armament. Pirates were plentiful, and the vessel sailing the high seas without guns and a good stout-hearted crew was apt to fare rather hard. ) ,. The entrance to the forecastle was found. But the planking was rotteri, sothey did not venture 'into it. They turned and retraced their steps aft. This soon brought them to the main companionway, which led to the gun deck. These stairs were fairly sound, and they descended.


18 UNDER THE EQUATOR. The scene upo;i the g un d eck was v a s tl y iliff e r ent from that of the upper deck. . He r e th e t imb e r s had escap e d the preser v in g influ e nce of t h e c-oral insect. / They w e r e cove r e d with a c oating of and s ubm a rine moss, which m ade it d ifficult for the explor e r s t o keep o n th eir feet. Great fe s toon s o f s ubmarine weeds hung from the timThe skell:ltons sat erect a s in lite, jus t a s death had overtaken What w a s more the y had all c rossed t h e right hand across the table, as i f their la s t aet in lie was a mutual oath -' It was a s trikin g scene. What the natu r e of th a t c ompact and what the la s t word s up._on the lip s of th e drown e d m e n onl y God c ould t e ll. It was a deep awful myst e r y o f t h e sea d e pth s It would b d a n e ver b e known o n ea rth. er s an ma e on e o f going into a lite ral sea cavern Little fis hes s wam out and s curri e d away lik e mis c hiev-N ear the cabin s t airs th e prostrate sk e l e ton o f a m a n ous elfs. A huge eel s lid out of one o f the ope n ports. 'ra s found with some difficult y the e xplor e r s mad e th e ir way a c ross It was ver y lik e l y that of a serv ant w ho h a d _att e m p ted the gun deck of the s unken vessel. to make hi s escap e 'rhe old-time carronades were in their places. But littl e Fo r som e mom ents the th ree dive r s s tood sile n t l y g a z in g else was to be found o f the armam e nt. upon the s trange scene. The a c tion of th e water and time had doubtless eons umed 'l' h e n F rank ad vanced a n d t o u c hed o n e o f the s k e l eto ns. all. l t w a s a s rig id a s s t eel. Frank led the way with some difficulty along the s lipper y th e tabl e lay a pil e of gold coin s These w er e inftooring until th e door of the forward cabin was reached . tac t for the water c an hav e n o effect upon thi s pre c iou s It y ielded to his touch for the loc k had long s ince ru s ted m e tal. out. FJ: ank pic k e d ,one of these up a nd looke d a t the ela t e Frank pushed the door in The s'cen e whic h m e t the rt marked th e year 1670 ga:lle of the explorers was a thrilling \ one. Thi s was mill e d mor e tha n two hu nd r e d years previo11s. The light of the electric lamp s on their h elme t s mad e a ll The galleon had been long under sea. quite plain. Clifford put his helm e t close to F r a nk 's now, and criel1: The cabin was richly :furni s hed with antique oak e n t ables, "Do yo think th e r e is tre a s ure aboard thi s ship ?" chairs and couches, y hich had once doubtl e s s boas ted a "It i s r e pli e d Frank. "At lea s t will s earch c ostly upholstery. for it." As tlie cabin had been closed up, the coral in s ect s and th e "It would b e in thi s c abin I think. s nbmarine plants had not b e en abl e to e ncroa c h upon i t. i N o these olcl g alleon s a lwa yr h a d a chamb e r Of cour s e had placed its work upon th e appoin t i n th e hold L e t u s look thith e r. ments, yet it; was very much the sam e a s when the s hip h a d gone down so long ago. 1 A great table stood in the centre of the c a bin All r i ght! Will y ou l e ad the way ?" Ye s With thi s Frank p asse d throu g h the cabin and into th e Upon this was a s extant, quadrant, compa ss, still afte r c abin Her e a scene was witne s sed. intact, and a number of metal frames for charts the latte r J.<"'ull half a hundr e d s kel e ton s in various positions were having rotted away There were also the met a l bindings of bOoks, various metal knick knacks and th e c abin lamp. lier e g ath e red. It was e vid e nce of th e s udden sinking of the boat. And a s Frank passed throu g h thi s cabin he came to the Also across one end o f the table three ri;isted sword s s tair s leading clown into the hold with handle!! of ivory and gold. But the sight which claimed the attention of all was a ghastly one These were well pre serveO.. !ndeed the deeper one got into the old vessel the better pre s erv e d it was found to be. About the cabin table there were four chairs. Upon this deck or the hold as it was called was In each was a c.onnectoo skeleton The flesh had not en-the powde r magazin e and storerooms. tirely disintegrated t he bo.nes a nd joints but had shriveled The magazine was w e ll filled with powde r and evidentl y and perhaps been to an ext ent b y the action of th e had been in use when the s hip sank. saline parts of th e w a t e r For two s k e l e ton s w e r e found a t the w ell in the act of


--UNDER THK J!lQUA'fOR: 19 hoisting cani s t e r s of rowd c r. Anoth e r s k e l e ton was i n the magaZine. This caused a deal of s harp s tud y Perhaps the s hip was in a ct ion," h e mutte red And yet why did s o man y p e ri s h in the c abins?" But as the y passed forward from the magazine the swa s h of the outer sea was felt. Begorra ther e they ar, e !" he c ried., Shure, they have the trea s ure b e tween thim, too!" "Hang m e fer a harpooner, but y e re right mate!" cried Brace'. "It's a quick trip and a safe one!" I A few mom ents later and' the thre e divers c1ambered upon the d eck of the s ubmarine' boat. I But jus t a s the y did so, a dark mass came shooting down from above Then a hug e apertur e was r e v ea led in the ship 's s ide . ''fhis was plainl y made b y a sqlicl s hot and had bee n the It cam e s o unexp e ct e d a n d s o s udden that there was no cause of the s inkin g of the vessel. B y mean s o f s igns the explorer s agre e d upon this At the extreme e nd o f the hol d Frank c am e up o n an iron door. It was se t firml y in the o a k e n frame, and in its da y had been almo s t imp e rviou s to attack. But the youn g inv e ntor easily kick e d it from its i;us t y hinges now. A wonderful s cene was r e veal ed, There wer e hu ge chests piled one u p on anoth e r. These were of v ariou s kind s of metal. Excitedly the explorer s now fell to bre a king the s e open. They were for the time buoy ed up with the belief that e a c h one of the che s ts held h e ap s of gold. But the fir s t che s t was e mpty. Six of them proved in I s uccession to be th'e same. avoiding it. It s truck the bow of the Clipper and Ct',reeneCJ the vessel o v er. Ther e w as terribl e c ommotion in the wat e r foia t;.ma. CHAP'l'ER IX. A VICTIM OF THE TYPHOON. So s udden had this c atastrophe come upon the submarine voyager s that they were completely taken by surprise and off their guard Frank and Pomp were hurled to the deck. Clifford was Then th e s ev@th was found :filied to the brim with coin. alread y in the ves tibule But ala s rt was neither gold nor s ilver but c opp e r and "Begorra, there 's tJ1e divil to pa y screamed Barney. brass. The, coins were Spani s h and all ofJow denomina"Shure, it's ire are a n b y a s unken ship! ' tion. As the wat e r cleared an a s tounding sight was revealed A c ross th e s ubmarine boat 's ram la y the hulk of a small However, their e ffort s w e r e not to go altog e ther unreward e d boat. It h a d lateen sails and was evidently The very s mallest c hest o f a ll yi e lded and was 'found to c ontain a h e ap o f g old doubloon s and ducat s But this w a s th e ex t e n t o f the gall e on 's trea sure a Mala y craft. Th"e a s toni s hm ent of the s ubmarin e voyagers could hard-l y b e imagined in word s The boat wa s followed b y article s of a lighte r c haracter, Frank estimated it at a bout ten thou s and dollar s in and which s ank mor e slowly: A merican mone y Not a vas t tre asure, but for all that not despicable. It was all pla c ed in the s mall est c hest a nd then in signs F rank announ c ed his to return t o th e Clipper. The oth e r s w e r e e xtre mel y a g ree able. So th e c hest w as carrie d between th em to th e upp e r deck of the gall eon. Here the location of the s ubmarine boat was e a s ily see n It was but a moment's work to s lid e down from the deck of the galleon to the of the s ea They all starte g for th e Clipper. Barne y and Bill Brace had been waiting expectantly for their return. At the observation windows they c ould be seen now, and a jig in his delight Amon g w e r e several drowned men. They half naked and of the Mal ay t y p e The truth col,lld b e divined at once that there ha _q. been a t y phoon raging on the surface, and the light craft had found e r ed. .. 'r Clifford rus h e d out, and puttin g hi s helmet against Frank' s s houted: "WJiat do you think of it, Fr,ank ? "There is a wreck. "Ought we not to try and rescue some of the crew ? "Ah, I fear none of them are alive when they reach the bottom. It is very deep here "But shall we not make sure of thJtt?" "It would do no harm." "Come along then!"


20 UNDE R THE EQUATOR. Clifford and Fra'nk went over the side and Pomp followed. them. In a moment they gained the side of one of the Malays. But he was dead beyond all peradventure. Indeed, of the dozen found not one showed signs of life. The Malay boat was badly shattered. "Yes!" replied Frank, "put on all the power you can." It taxed the dynamos a little, but with a steady pull the ram was extricated at last. Now that the submari.IJ,e boat was free and all were safe in the cabin again, mutual congratulations. followed. "What shall we do now, Frank?" asked Clifford . Her masts were blown out of her and she was split from "I am going to the surface to learn what it was sunk the stem to stern. But what concerned Frank very much was Malay boat," declared Frank. the fact that she lay exactly across the Clipper's bow.. With which he pressed the reservoir lever. Up shot the It was necessary, of course, to dislodge her before the Clipper. submarine boat could proceed. It seemed a long way to the surface, as indeed it was. At first this like a serious problem. But F,rank When the Clipper leaped up into the light of day all rushed carefully examtned the position of both boats, and made to the windows. sure that the Clipper was not damaged. They were upon a calm and placid sea. Its metal ram was bent a trifle, but that was all. High overhead hung the sun like a ball of fire. Far in Then went aboard Mafay craft. It was loaded the was seen a receding yellow cloud. with barrels of oil. The Malays had been upon some sort of a whaling voyage, and were doubtless returning to Malaysia with a goodly sup ply when so suddenly overtaken by disaster and death. Frank '!ent carefully over the boat, and speedily decided upon what was the best move to be made. It would necessitate some hard work, but it was the saf est and best move. He communicated it to the others. "It is simply to shift the cargo," he said, .. by rolling some of the barrels over to .the port side; she will list so that the ram will be able to extricate itself." "II tliitre is hard work of that kind to be done," cried Clifford, "why not call upon Brace, the sailor? He ought to be give us a big lift." !"agreed Frank. "Will you go back and get him, Pomp?" This was the tornad

UNDER THE EQUATOR. 21 Wh e n this s tartling !act did d awn upon him it was too late. Suddenl y the s ubmarin e boat t o be in s h allow water. The electric light s began to pal e and Frank s hout ed: "Hi, Barney, wher e are you taking u s ?" 1 "Beg orra, I don't know, s or !" c ri e d the Celt, i n dis may. H e spra n g to the l e v e r to rev e rse t h e s peed o f th e pr o p e ll e rs; but it was t o o l ate The C l ip p e r s udd e nl y s hot up into dayli g h t. D ea d a h ead to the h orro r of a ll was a coas t. B e for e th e mom e ntum of th e Clipp e r c ould b e i n the s lightest d egree c h e cked it had run far up on a s and y beac h The shoc k thre w everybody down and rattled thing s gen erall y aboard the s ubmarine boa t And, the r e la y the s ubmarine boat high and partl y dr y on the sa nd s Word s c annot express the di s ma y of all. Frank R e ad e Jr., was th e fir;;t to recove r. H<.: ru s hed into the pilot-house and took s wift observa tion s of th eir pos ition. It was not e n c ouraging. "Ye gods !" h e gas p e d "it don t look now a s if w e s hould ever reach Borneo." "Run a s hore, b y Jericho! cri e d Bill Brace, in di s may. The r e w e r e mighty cliff s of basalt, broken with tlu ough whic h trickle d little s tream s Hi g h above the cliff s waved palms, a nd trailing vine s hun g ove r the e dg e It was no doubt one o f the tropical i s le s s o common in thi s part o f the world. H was certainl y unfortunate that it ha p p e n e d to he in th e path o f the Clipp e r The sun b e a t down hot and s ultry. The air was ,lltifling. Altogeth e r the outl o o k was di s ma y in g "It don t look to me, Frank a s if w e w e r e going to g e t o u t o f t hi s scrap e v e r y e a s il y," v entux e d C lifford. P e rhap s not s aid the y oung inventor, c ooll y W e ll i f w e have to l eave the Clipper here, we shall s urel y have to count our trip from Ecuador to Borneo a failure. CHAPTER X. THE FRIEN DLY ISLAND. "Which i s an abs olut e shame!" declared the s cienti s t . It seems too bad th a t some of u s did not see jus t where the boat was going " W e ll this i s a tough go and no mistake." "Begorra, phwat a fool I \Vas groaned Barney. "Shure "I' m sculpin myself, that I didn' t see it,' cried Bill Brace. But I reckone d th e whee l s man would know." it's all m e own f;mlt Misther Frank." Recrimin a tion s a r e of no ava il now,'' dec lared Frank. "Not quite, Barne y replied the young inv entor; the ris e ha s b e en s o g r a dual that it would hav e deceive d an y "Firs t of all,_ l e t u s see what s ort of a place this is have s tru ck." body!" "You take it remarkably cool, Frank," declared Clifford. r "Golly dat am d e bes' fing I done fink Pomp_. __ All right! said Clifford, lightl y . "Who will be. first "The r e i s no bett e r way to do," replied the y oung inven a s hore ? tor, lugubriou s ly. "Is the r e an y pro s pect o f getting h e r off a gain?" "I hop e so. The spirit s of a ll r e vived a s Frank took s u c h a chee rful view of the s ituati o n. The forward quart e r of the boat was high and dr y The water line came aft and submerged only a part of the d eck. It was easy enough to emerge from the pilot-house into the open air. Thi s the voyagers. did. "Wait cried }[rank. "Let u s di vidc th e party, and we mu st all go w e n armed "C orrect, m a te s c ried Bill Brac e "I'll take a blunder buss, mys e lf." Pomp br o ught out fir e arms for all. H e was to remain a board the boat and d e fend it. It was an e a s y matter to leap from th e Clipper s deck down upon the sands. Along the beach the party started So bot was it that Th' e pos ition of the submarine boat was s een to be almo s t they were n early wilted. a perman ent one They had been traveling in the equabl e t e mperature of To all exc ept Frank, it did not seem an e a s y thing to eve r : the deep sea for so long thit n o w felt th e transition dislodge her. severely. Hut the young inventor see med to feel certain of r it. S o this caused all to fee l hopeful. The coast lin e was a rough and picturesque one. Inde ed Cliff o rd was n e arl y ove r come H became neces s ary for all to peel almost to the bare s kin. Along i h e s hor e they trud g ed for a full


22 UNDER THJ)J EQUATOR. There s eemed no direct way of gaining the int e rior of the isle. Thus far the c liffs bad been all too precipitou s to climb. But now they came to a wide and deep pass. A river fl.owed down through this to thl:l s ea. But there was plenty of room to keep along the banks of this. And now, as the party turne d their step s into the in terior of the isle they were rewarded with a s cene of great natural beauty. I The fore s ts which came down to the river' s edge were of a splendid description, high arched and prim e val. The tops of the trees were so interlaced with branches and vines that a s oft and sombre light alway s reigned under them It was like walking through th e arche s of some mighty cathedral. And of animal and bird life theie was a s ur feit. :Brilliantly plumaged bird s flew through the foliage lend ing it color ; monkeys chatte red on the wid e -spreading limbs, and ran screaming away at the approach of the in vaders. "Hold! don t fire! are our friends!" It was well known that of the island tribe s w e r e good friend s to the white m e n and w e r e always e ager t o trade with them This was evidentl y one o f those t ribes, as Frank r e aliz ed with joy. The young in v entor held up hi s arm s in reply, and w ent quickly forward to mee t th eir c hief a tall hand some f el low, who came forward with a plea s ant smil e To Frank's s urprise h e a ddressed him in English Gre a t mi s sionar y w e lcome! h e s aid "Ooloo glad h e come!" "Why!" exclaimed Frank, in s urprise, "whe r e did you learn our tongue? 'rhe native chi ef laughed wit h e vident plea sure Mister Franci s he liv e here with u s He a. great mis sionary! H e teach Ooloo bow talk your way! Frank's face lit up. He understood all now. "Indeed!" he c ried "Is the missionary here now? "No," r e pli e d Ooloo. He g one to other island : Come back some time. Then Frank l e arned to hi s great gratification tha t th e islander s were converts to Christianity and w e ll along on Of course it was all old to Bill Brace, who was constantly the road to civilization. It was a wonderful s c e ne., and intere s ted the voyag e rs much. on the lookout for c annibals. H Koop your weather eye open mates, he declared. We're apt to run agin 'em a.ny minute." Ooloo' s peopl e w e re a splend'id set o f native s hand some and graceful and generous to a fault. In a few mome n ts the y were on the warmest of t e rm s the white s But the four men armed with repeaters, felt tha t they could s tand a show against an arm : who had no wea.pona but' t.lio8e av&ilable at short rang e "Well, I'm k ee l haul e d! exclaimed Bill Bra ce, in amaz e "Do you believe this i s land is inhabited? a$ked ment. "I didn t b e lieve th e re was anjthing bui cannibal s f ord. in these islands 1'1 "In; c ourse it i s mate! Every one of a.rchipelagoes has tribes of natives in em. This islai.id lik e enoi\gh is Ooloo's village was not far di stant, and the voy ager s a c c epted an invitation to go thith e r. Her e they found that p a r t o f the n atives li v ed in huts. The words were barely out of Bill's mouth when a starof palm branch and s traw thatch tling thing occurred. But the majorit y of th e m had substa ntial littl e house s oi' only one of ll whole group Sulidenl y a peculiar drumming noise filled th e air. From behind trees, s tump s and s tones, and even out of hollow log s s warm e d a l e gion of naked natives. They were armed with the deadly blow pipes, s o c6m monly used in the Soutli Seas. s tone and mortar with wide v e randa s whic h the niissionary had taught them to build. _A royal reception wa s giv e n the voyagers. Ooloo c au sed a couple of goat s to b e k i ll e d a nd roas t e d in their style. Then banana s and aloes and oth e r For a moment Frank Reade Jr., fancied that they were tropical fruits with fish made a repast most ooothsome to be attack e d But a s e c ond glance showe d that the The voy ager s e njo yed the change of fare immeneely and islanders wer e not hostile were deeply gratified. They all s warm e d forward with arm s uplift e d in t o k e n of amity. They were friendly disposed. Bill Brace c ame near precipitating ,matte rs. H e flung his rifle to his shoulder, but Frank cried : Frank mad e the chief a pre s ent of a hand s ome cla s p lrnife, and his wife a gift of a geld ring These thing s delighted the natives greatly After that th e voy ager s could own isle if the y chose.


UNDER THE EQUATOR. 23 After a while, however, the day began to wane, and Clifford said: "Frank, had we not better begin to think of getting back to the Clipper?" "Yes," agreed the young inventor, "we will go at onceY Again Frank thanked Ooloo, and then told him of their catastrophe and the position of the Clipper. The native king was at once interested and c ried:.. nothing I take heap lot of my men and pull big ciinoe off!" For a moment th e possibility of this thing occurred to Frank. Then he saw its impo s sibility. I am that is not possible, Ooloo," he s aid to the native ruler. "It i s a very' heavy boat." "Never tnind," c ried the native, eagerly, "we try." Frank could interpose no reasonable objection to this h.'ind offer and accordingly Ooloo caused a drum to beat1 'l'he hlitives swarmed abottt, but only Ooloo veilblted to come aboard. Frank was pleased to show hitn entirely over the sub marine boat and explaih its mechattishi to him. The chief was as well M delighted. Barney and Pomp and :aill Briwe ineanwhile h11d been striking up the bes t of acquaihtance s with the natives from the deck. Oclloo made a critical examination of the positiotl of the submarine boat and then said: "We try ha1' d to make yot1 float; don t get afrald. J "If you can cried Frank "I will make you a handsome present. ' Ooloo's eyes shone with delight "You see I" he said He turned and mad e a ges ture to his followers. At once they in a, body and began to lift Otl tlrn bow and stern of the boat. c alling his men together. Powerful fellows they were1 and it actually seemed for In a few moments s everal hundred of them were thronged a time as if they did really c arry the ):>oat forward some a bout their king. ways. Ooloo addressed them excitedly, and they answered him But yet it resisted their bes t efforts, refusing to leave itr with cheers in their own tongue. bed of mud. Some ran to fetch ropes, others brought large canoes, c arrying them upon their heads. "Begorra, perhaps they kin do phwat they s ay, Mister Frank," declared Ba!ney. "That's right, cried Bill Brace. "There s a heap of 'e m to do the pulling l" CHAPTER XI. / 'fHE WAR SHIP. I! "That is very true" agreed Frank. "There is sufficient : ,.. force to pull the boat all over the island but to pull it off It seemed a pity that the well meant efforts of. the nas hore is another thing!" tives were so abortive. All saw the logic of this, y et eve n Frank himself had After a numbel' of futile efforts the chief desisted, shaksome hope. ing his head in disappointment. The immense concourse now set out for the spot where '(Try canoes I" he s aid. the Clipper was ( Fully a hundred of the canoe s were at once afloat. Fro m Pomp saw them coming from afar and was greatly each a rope was fastened to the Clipper. alarmed. But this attempt to draw th e Clipper off was a moat ig-At fir s t he did not see his friend s in the van and fancied nominious and complete failure. it a mighty crowd of f-oes to come to attack the Clipper. The disappointment of Ooloo coul _c"j not be H e He brought a huge pile of cartridges up into the cabin almost wept. and loaded all the Winchesters on boatd. But finally be came to the rail of the Clipper and ad"l jis' gib dem de hottest kind ob a reception," he de, mitted his inability to do it. clared excitedly, "dey be berry glad fo' to let dis chile "Can't pull boat off!" he said, dejectedly, "berry sorry l alone!" P'raps Mr. Francis, Missionary, can. He comes tomorBut fortunately before the plucky darky drew a line on row I" any of the party he recognized his friends, and at once comprehended the situation. Then he rushed out on deck waving ;flis Frank and the others were quickly aboard the Clipper. Frank s miled at this implicit co_ nfid .ence in the a"bility of the missionary to perform this great wonder. No doubt they venerated'. him as one able to perform i:oat any miracle.


24 UNDER THE EQUATOR. "Row do you expec t Mr Francis can do it?" asked Frank, with interest. The chie f r e plied eagerly: "It i s !" I have heard your praises sung by Ooloo here. I am glad to meet you. I am an American Frank Reade, Jr., "He ask God to do it. He refuse nothing if he b e asked of R e adestown, and this is my s ubmarin e boat the Clipby Mr Franc i s !" per. A t an inopportun e moment w e were s tranded here, a s Frank saw r e adil y e nough the mi s application of th e mi s you can see!" s ionary' s tea c hing. But he deemed it unwise to atte mpt to "Indeed, Mr. Reade, I am glad to mee t you!" r e plied the c orrect the s imple n a tive. "Well," sa id Clifford, coming to Frank 's s id e now, "what are we going to It looks of dubious, don t it?" "Yes," agreed Frank "I think, howe ver, w e will find a way out of the difficulty." Bu t it was evident tha t nothing more could be done that day. Darkness was thi c kly s et t ing down and the native s now retired to th e higher s and s missionary. "This i s my friend, Captain Purinton of th e U. S. s hip Pawnee!" "Pleased to meet Mr. Reade replied the naval officer politely. I believe the name is quite familiar to me!" "Indeed!" s aid Frank, with plea s re . "Are you not the inventor?" "I am an inventor!" "I r e m embe r that the Navy Department trie d to buy from you t he s ecr e t of your s ubmarine boat long ago!" But they did not r eturn to their village. "Yes !" r e plied Frank, "that i s corre c t. But I would Instead, they built fire s upon the cliff s and seemed innot s ell it for the purposes of war!" clined to spend the night there. "Yet you are s ufficiently patriotic to realize that the They reveled in the wondrou s radianc e of the powerful s ecret would be of great value to the Unit e d States in cas e sear c hlight, which the y were utterl y un able to understand. of war wit h a foreign nation?" 'l' hus the night passed. "If my country was in jeopardy replied Frank, "I With the going down of t h e s un th e air became c o oler and would not he s itate to build them all the s ubmarine boats the voyagers all s lept well. they wanted. But until t h e n I prefer to keep the secret! When morning came all were early astir. The captain laugh' e d 'fhe morning meal had hardl y bee n indulged in when I can see your point!" he said, "and you may be justithe chief Ooloo came excitedly aboard. fied. Howeve r you and I quarrel upon that "Mr: Francis he coming! he cried He pull boat off point!" for you!" "I should hope not!" said Frank, warmly. Frank at once wen.tout on deck. "Well Mr. Reade!" said the missionar y earnestly, "in A white sailed craft was coming along the coast. It was what way can we help you out of your trouble?" a s mall sloop. "You are kind/' replied Frank. "If you know an y A s it anchor e d a short ways from shore a small boat put way to draw m e off thi s s hoal you will c onf e r the greate st off and soon c ame ashore. favor upon me." It contained besides two native oarsmen a eoupl e of Captain Purinton looked critically at the submarine boat white m en. One of these was attire d in the sombre black g a rb the Christian mini s ter. "Why that is a light craft! he saI. of ought to b e able to draw that off!" "The Pawnee 1 _othe r w ore th e gold lac e d uniform of the navy. The y see m e d to b e r e garding the s tranded boat with not a little of s urpri se. Ooloo ran to greet them, and began in his broken English to explain matters to them. At once came along the beach and Frank stepped down from the .deck to meet them. "Good morning t o you, m y friend!" cried the in a hearty way. "I see that you and your craft are in sore trouble." Frank gav e an eager exclamation . "What is y our snip," he asked "sail or steam?" "Steam replie<;l the captain. "Is it near here?" "Not a dozen miles, in a harbor of the adjoining island." "If you would b e s o good as to try it, declared Frank, "I feel sure that you could draw us off with two cables anyway." "I have the cables," replied the captain "and it shall be done. I hope for succes s." This was joyful news indeed for the voyagers "You are right, sir!" replied Frank. "Is this Mr. Frank Francis and the captain aboard and a general Francis?" introduction followed.


UNDER THE EQUATOR. 25 Then Frank took his visitors over the submarine boat, which pleased them greatly. "Indeed," qeclared Captain Purinton, "I would be tempted to give up my commision aboard the Pawnee to captain a craft like this." I It was decided to make the effort with the Pawnee to draw the submarine boat from the shoal at once. The captain and the native sailors went back aboard Mr. Francis' sloop and returned to the war ship. It was early in the afternoon when a whistle was heard, and all saw the Pawnee steaming majestically along to a Down she went again to the bottom of the sea. The island with its green verdure, the sky with its banks of clouds vanished as if by magic. Down again into the depths went the Clipper. The most thrilling incident of the voyage had termin ated. But more thrilling ones were in store. Time was to bring them to pass in its own way. Through coral forests, over rugged valleys, sandy plains the Clipper sped on. Days passed into weeks. position off shore. There was no danger of again running aground. The When arrived at what was deemed a good position the keenest of a watch was kept. cables were c sent out in the steamer's small boats. Many islands were encountered, but all were passed The marines were soon alongside, and had fastened them around safel_Y The submarine boat kept closely to its to the Clipper's bow. course. This done, the signal was given. Life aboard the Clipper had its pleasant routine and did It was a critical moment. not seem to grow tedious. There were many who feared that the big cables would There was always plenty of diversion for Clfford in look snap like strings before the strain. ing at the wonders of the deep :f/om the observation win But they did not. dows. There was a terrific tension. The huge cables stretched Barney a nd Pomp often furnished the best of amuseand then stood taut. For a.n instant they seemed to rement for the company with banjo and violin. thus. Their witty jokes and also were mu ch enjoyed. It was the crisis. Either something must yield or they Thus the time passed and every day the submarine boat must break. The suspense was intense. Suddenly the submarine boat was seen to move. Slowly it slid seaward, but every moment the strain became less. Wild cheers went up. Tt became at once apparent that the day was saved. .The submarine boat would float once more. Steadily the stanch Pawnee drew seaward. Now the re lease of the Clipper was certain. A few moments, and she was once more afloat. It was a moment of great joy. 'The cables were cast off and taken up. Frank started the electric engines. He sailed straight for the Pawnee and soon was alongdrew nearer a;i:id nearer to its destination, wild Borneo . l': CHAPTER XII. WHICH IS THE END OF THE TALE. One day Frank sent the Clipper to the surface to take bearings. To his surprise they came up in sight of land. It was a long a:nd rugged coast and lay to the south of them. side. "Upon my word!" he cried. "We must be further on Flag salutes were exchanged and the Pawnee fired a our way than I had dreamed of." ,._ broadside ere returning to her anchorage. Frank shouted his thanks to Captain Purinton from the quarterdeck or bridge of the Clipper. Then he sent a message ashore for Missionary Francis and with presents for Ooloo in one of the native canoes which crowded about the Qlipper. Once more th_ e Clipper was ready to proceed on her cruise "What land do you believe that to be, Frank?" asked Clifford. "If I were to express my conviction it is the coast of New Guinea." "New Guinea!" gasped Clifford. be near the end of our journey?" "Why, we must then "We are very near it. From here to Borneo we must to fiir-away Borneo. Straight out to sea the submarine boat sailed. make a detour, however, around the Isle of Celebes. We Then will go to the north through the Celebean Sea and strike pressed the reservoir lever. Borneo by way of Labnan !"


26 UNDER THE EQUA TOR. "Well!" said the scientist, a deep breath, But all things must have an end, and that of the Cli p" of c ourse I a m gratified with the success o f oi1r trip Yet per s voyage eame suddenly and almo s t ended in a trag e dy. I am loath to see it come to an end!" One d a y Frank a nnounced th!!.t they were in the Celebean Frank laughed. sea. "Be nQt so &Ure that you ha,ve seen end yet/' de"The wes t eoast of Borneo is not twenty. miles from u s," clared. "You know we have got t6 go home." he said. "We shall now sail northw a rd and round Labnan "Ahl how will you go from Borneo? Back over the same to th e c ity or town of Borneo route?" The words had hardly left Frank s lips when a pistol-lik e "By no meims replied FraJli. "lf nothing o c cur s to prevent I s hall keep on homeward around the Cape of Good Hope." "Making a li te ral c ircuit of the globe I" Exa c tl y." The y oung s cientist was delighted. I need onl y flllY that all thi s is th e happie s t experienc e of m y life!" he declared. glad of that! s aid Frank. ' I hop e that you a re well s ati s fied." report was heard. Instantl y everybody s pr a ng up. What was that?" c ri e d C lifl'ord. "We' v e s truck s uthin ', mate!" cried Bill Brace. But Frank R.eade, Jr., s tarted at once for the engi n e room. Befor e he could r each it he knew that th e re was some aecident to th e mac hiner y Th e b oat was s hootin g upw ard with alarming s peed Thrill e d w ith d r ead a ppr e hension darted down i nto the e ngine room. H e saw the t ruth a t a glance. I s hall remember you a s my greate s t benefactor !:' deOne of the electri c s haf ts b a d sn apped. Thi s had closed clared Clifford. the water out o f the reservoir and cau sed the boa t to come F rank proceeded to take his bearing s To his great s atis-to a stop. faction he found that hi s s urmise was c orrect. It was the worst possible s ort o f a mishap, a nd extremel y The coastline to the southward w a s indeed that o f diffic ult to repair. t h e isle of New Guinea In fa c t it seemed irreparabl e O f c our s e i f Frank h ad Th e re were plent y o f e vide n c e s vis ibl e that t hey w e re in the resources o f his machine shops at hand he could, n o t h e region of Oceania doubt effect this. L a teen-sailed craf t, pirogue s and all mann e r o f n a tive ressels were visible on the horizon. .B..,.6r a ways the Olipper s ailed on th e s urfac e a good look at these could be had. He stood for a moment agha s t Clifford and Barne y were now by hi s side "ls it serious, Frank?" B e gorra, it' s busted intoirely we ar e cried th e Colt, in But as soon as Frank had fuiish e d his obs ervations he dismay. "An' shure there s a b i g storm c oming up,. Mis thor sent the Clipper to the bottom again. Prank!" In no place here was the sea of great depth "A big storm ?" gasped Frank A ll was ahining sand with beautiful Jlhell fieh and sub"Yis, sor !" m a rine plants. "Then .we are lost unless we can get ashore?" g roaned N ot since leav,ing Ecuador had so channg a part of the the young inventor; "we mu s t do s omething des perat e sea been encountered. Witli this Frank tushed on deck. ) t would have been a delight to have remained long in t he.se : entrancing depths. The truth was before him Score s of craft were making for the protec-But Frank was anxiou s to reach his so he tion of a littl e bay near sent the Clipper along If the submarine boat could have reached the protectio n Dartfog through the translucent depth s there were times of that, all would have been well. when the light craft raced for ma,ny yards with giapt shark s But it lay like a log in the trou g h o f th e !!ea. Th e r e was These were plentiful and indeed were the bane of the no possible way to propel it. was to b e done? 41 For this re ason no div i ng expedition was ventiued upon, The horizon was overhun g with a might y yellow p all, ,, t I I \ Clifford saw man y c harming specime n s that h e which was racing up to the z e nith yearned for Frank und e r stood th e c haract e r o f th e sto rm w ell. 1 It was


UNDER 'l'HE EQUA'l'OR. 27 one peculiar to those latitudes and the light boat could not ho}:le to live in it. What was to be done. Again the agonizing query fl.ashed through Frank's brain. For once in his life he was at a loss for a plan . Clifford s taggered to the observation windo\v and looked out. "Hi!" he eried. "Would you it, we are -on land)'' "On lahd !" All r\lshed to the window. The scene which they beheld There was certainly only one course to pursue 1'.0 save the was one without a parellel. lives of all on board And even this was likely to fail. The Clipper lay high and dry upon a smnll eminence. This was to set the Clipper's rudder and run her before Below was a stretch of green slope fullJ half a mile to the the gale straight ashore blue rolling sea in the distance. If she succeeded in beaching herself out of reach of the The country presented a woe-begone appearance waves all on board could at least manage to get ashore. Wreckage, and even huge chunks of coral, heap s of sa'\}tl This would be something. If the boat could not be sa'Ved and dead fish lay about everywhere. certainly the next proper thing to look out for was selfWhatever the tidal wave had caught in its course was preservation. brought high and dry on.shore. Frank communicat e d this plan to th e other s The submarine boat was terribly battered and damaged It met with instant approval. beyond all possible hope of repair. "It's our only salvation, !" crie d Bill Brace. "I'll Slowly and sadly the voyagers descended from the deck hold the helm if y e s ay s o! a.nd took a mournful survey of the region into which they earer th e s torm was ilra wing ever y moment. had been cast. The spec tllclc was a l'host frightful one. A great wall of What it held for them they could not guess. Possibly watel' many feet high was rushing out of the horizon. savage foes, or deadly reptiles, or man-eating beasts. Bill Brace needed not a second glance to s hriek: "This is rather a hard ending of our voyage," said Olif. "My God, messmates it's a tidal wave !'1 ford, ''but if we could only reach a friendly seaport now, "A tidal wave!" gasped Clifford. "Then we are all we cquld at least pay our passage home." doomed!" "Right," cried Frank. "We have at least the pirate "Don't say that!" cried :'rank Stand firm all !" gold .. The next moment the advance wave the Clipper. "And that may partly reimburse you for your sad loss," What followed was never distinctly remembered by any said Clifford, with renewed spirits. on board. Just at this moment a party of armed men were seen apThere was ii fearful spell of chaos, of whirling and twistproaching. That 1 they were 'Europeans was pour adventurers felt no 1'ear. mg rending. Of fearfu] crashing and leaping through space. Bill Brace attempted to cling to the boat s helm. But she was past minding it. On and on she was hurled I j n the darkness and horror. Ten thou s and thunders dazed the brains of all. Would the end never come ? Why was death s o slow ? The s e were the thoughts which fl.ashed across the minds of the voyagers. But just the end came. There was a terrific crash, all were hurled into insensi bility, and then--then there was a void. Frank Reade, Jr., was the first to recover. He c rept out from under a heap of debris . As he did so, Barney near him began to revive. ln a few moments all the voyagers, bruised and sore were upon their As they cam,_e nearer they hailed the castaways irH< "Who are you?" Frank .shouted. "We are officers of the British North BorJ}eo Company!" was the reply. "Do not fear, for we are friends." Very quick\y the British colonists were on the spot, and explanations and introductions quickly followed. The colonists were antonished and interested by Frank's account of the cruise from Ecuador. "lt is only a mile to our settlement," said one of the officers. "An English steamer will sail from here for 'Melbourne next week. There you can get plenty of vessels bound for San Francis-co." There was no way but-to abandon the Clipper All articles of value were taken from her and shipped aboard the British steamer Swan, for ;Melbourne . The great feet. None had s uffered fatal injury. crnise of the submarine boat waa at an end. But there was sunlight all about them. The transition was so sudden and astounding as tci be almost incompre-In due eourse the Swan reached Melbourne, ahd passage '. ' hensible. home was procured by the voyagerr,;.


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ISSUED WEEKLY LAT.EST ISSUES: 180 The B r a d y s and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the Fortune-Teller. 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb Gang. 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; Fighting the Fakirs In 'Frisc o 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling for Millions In the Hub 184 The Brady s o n Blizzard Island ; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves of Ca p e Nome. : 185 The Brady s in the Black Hills; or, Their Case In North Dakota. 186 T h e B radys and Faro Frank"; or, A Hot Case In the Gold 187 The Bradys and the "Rube"; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; o r Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys In the Oil Country ; or, The Mystery of the Giant G usher 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar; or, The Worst Crook of All. 191 The Bradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs of Chica g o. 192 The Bra dys and the Seven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found In the Barn. 193 The Bradys In Mexico ; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure H ouse. 194 The Bradys at Black Run ; or, Trailing the Coiners of Candle Cree k. 195 The Bradys Among the Bulls and Bears; or, Working tlae in Wall Street. 196 The Bra dys and the King; or, Working for the Bank of England. 197 The Bradys a n d the Duke's Diamonds ; or, The Mystery of the Yacht. 198 The Bradyp and the Bed Rock Mystery; or, Working In the Black Hills . 199 The Bradys and the Card Crooks; or, Working on an Ocean Liner. 2 0 0 The Bradys and "John Smith"; or, The Man Without a Name. 201 The B radys and the Manhunters; or, Down In the Dismal Swamp. 202 The Bradys and the H igh Ro c k Mystery ; or, The Secret ofthe Seven Steps. 203 The Bradys at the Block House ; or, Rustling the Rustlers on the Frontier. 204 The Ilradys In Baxter Street ; or, The House Without a Door. 205 T h e Bradys Midnight Call ; or, The Mystery of Harlem H eights. 206 The Brady s Behind the Bars; or, Working on Blackwells Island. 207 The Bradys and the Brewer's Bonds; or, Working on a Wall Street Case. 208 The Brady s on the Bowery ; or, The Search for a Missing G!rl. 209 Tb!) 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For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent -to '.An1J PB.ARK TOUSEY, Publishe.r, 221 The Bradys and the Texas o1I King; or, S eeking a Clew In the Southwest. 222 The Bradys and the Night H awk; or, N e w York at Midnight. 223 The Bradys In the Bad Lands; or, Hot work In South Dakota. 224 The Bradys at Breakneck Hall ; or, The Mysterious House on the Harlem. 225 and the Fire Marshal; or, Hot Work In Horners-226 The Bradys and the '.l.'hree Sheriffs; or, Doing a Turn in Tennessee. 227 The Bradys and the Opium Smuggler s ; or, A Hot Trail on the Pacific Coast. 228 The Bradys' Boomerang; or, Shaking Up the Wall Street Wire Tappers. 229 The Bradys Among the Roc kies; or, Working Away Out West. 230 The Bradys and Judge Lynch ; or, After the Arkansa s Terror. 231 The Bradys and the Bagg Boys; or, Hustling in the Black Hills. 232 The Bradys and Captain Bangs; or, The Myst e r y o f a Mississippi Steamer. 233 The Bradys in Maiden Lane; or, Tracking the Diamond C r ooks. 234 The Bradys and Wells-Fargo Case; or, The Mystery of t h e Mon tana Mail. 235 The Bradys and "Bowery Bill" ; or, The C r o oks o f Coo n All e y 236 The Bradys at Bushel Bend; or, Smoking Out the Chi n e s e Smug. glers. 237 The Bradys and the Mes senger Boy ; or, The A. 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T Mystery. 238 The Bradys and the Wire Gang; or, The Great Race-Track Swindle. 239 The Bradys Among the Mormons; OT Secret Work In Salt Lake City. 240 The Bradys and "Fancy Frank" ; or, The Ve lvet qang of Flood Bar. 241 The Bradys at Battle Clltt; or, Chase d Up t h e Grand Canyon. 242 The Bradys and "Mustang Mike" ; or, The Man Wit h the Branded !land. 243 The Bradys at Gold Hill ; or, The Mystery of the Man from Montana. 244 The Bradys and Pilgrim P ete; o r The Tough Sports o f T error Gulch. 245 The Bradys and the Black Eagle Express ; or, The Fate of the Frisco E 'lyer. 246 The Bradys and Hl-Lo-Jak; or, D ark D ee dit In Chinatow n 217 The Bradys and the Texas Range rs; or, R ounding up t h e G r een Goods Fakirs. 248 The Bradys and "Simple Sue ; or, The K eno Quee n of Sawdust City. 249 The Bradys and the Wall Street Wizard; or, the Cas h T hat Did Not Come 250 The Bradys and Cigarette Charlie ; or, the Smoothe s t C r ook In the World. 251 The Bradys at Bandit Gulch; or, From Wall Street to the Far West. 252 The Bradys In the Foot-Hills; or, T h e Blue Band of Hard Luc k Gulch. 253 The Bradys and Brady the Banker ; or, The Secret of the Old Santa Fe Trail. 254 The Bradys' Graveyard Clue; or, D ealing s W ith D octor D eath. 255 The Bradys and "Lonely Luke" ; o r The Hard Gang of Hardscrabble. 256 The Bradys and Tombstone Tom ; or, A Hurry Call from Arizona. 25'.l' The Bradys' Backwoods Trail ; or, Landing the Log Rollers s Gang. 258 The Ilradys and .Joe Jlnger" ; or, The Clew In the Convict Camp. 259 The Bradys at Madman's Ro ost ; or, A Clew from the G olde n G ate. 260 The Bradys and the Border Band ; or, Six Weeks' Work Al ong the Line. 261 The Bradys in Sample ClliF ; or, The Gang of the Silve r Seven. 262 The Bradys' Mott Street Mystery ; or, The Case of Mrs. Ching Chow. 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