Jack Wright and his electric torpedo ram, or, The sunken city of the Atlantic

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JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELEC'rIUC TORPEDO RAM. 23 Spitfire was fifty yards i.way from the schooner then, e boy swung he; around, aimed her at the big schoone.i;. t-$11 power, and away she went. .. The crew of the Goblin Girl attested that they saw her inlltion by uttering a wild yell. ead rushed the ram, sending up a shower of spray at her with an awful crash she struck tb.e schooner amid lpa, and the wood flew in showers. e Goblin Girl was knocked back a. dozen yards. ery one upon her deck was knocked sprawling, and as reversed the lever, and the recoil of the boat dragged m free, he saw that a second gaping hole had been ven through her planking. e weedy water gushed into it. et she did not sink, and the ram retired. scene of intense confusion J:\,ad ensued among her crew, el chorus of cries they uttered raising a din. Jack flung open a window. "Will you surrender, or shall we destroy you?" he yelled. "Yqu can never sink us!" came the defiant reply. "But I can usemy guns." "And so can "Obstinate rascals," muttered the boy. A moment afterward a second shot roared from one of e guns upon the but the gunner was so nervous d excited that he aimeq poorly, and the ball only grazed the p of the pi-lot-house. But there were huge air-tight in the hull, w hich buoyed the vessel up against the water she shipped. They next examined her cargo. Just as he suspected, it consisted of a miscellaneous assort ment of goods, bearing the shipping marks of different vessels Like the parcels in the craft ,he caught off Wrightstown. It was therefore very evident that the contents of the ves sels had been pillaged by piracy as one of his captives confessed. Thirty prisoners had been taken from the vessel. She was furnished with a complete plant for diving was provisioned for a long cruise, and was fully armed. In all, the boy considered that he had made a most important capture, and satisfying himself that the vessel could be sailed back to port in safety, should it become necessary to do so, he had every one of his forty-three prisoner fastened in the schooner's cabin, so they woqld not burden the Spit fire. A hawser was then made fast to .her and rove to the ram. Jack then started his boat off with the prize in tow. It was late in the afternoon, and as he stood sWlnging the wheel, Tim entered the pilot-house, and asked him: "Wot are ye a-goin' ter do wi' her, jack. "Keep her in tow, and scour this sea for the rest of the gang. If I had an opportunity of getting rid of her, I would do so. In place of such a chance I intend to use her battery in conjunction with my own in case we either of the other two vessels." "She'll be a terrible hindrance in case we fouls any o; "What are you doing this for?" queried Redyard, in sur-ther other crafts," said Tim. .. 'Spose yer wants ter sink or se. "I hope you ain't afraid of their guns?" J. swung the Spitfire around and ran off to a distance two miles from the schooner. run?" "Bless you, no! laughed the );>oy, as he brought his boat a pause. "We were at too close quarters: I'm going to "We would have to part company her L my turret gun on him at long range." He then went up into the conning tower. The crew of the schooner : by this time had slipped their nchors, raised their sails, and began firing their guns at the ltflre, but she was so far distant that they failed hit her. Jack began to operate his gun against the schooner, and red several shots at her. Three of the projectiles struck the Goblin Girl. The first one carried away her mainmast, the second tore hole in her hull, and the hird raked her deck destroying uch of the woodwork and many of her crew. Before Jack could discharge his weapon again he saw his nemles raise a flag of truce, and the two quarter boats were wered and filled with all her crew. The schooner was abandoned. Both boats bearmg white flags, were then pulled rapidly to ard the Spitfire and soon arrived alongside. "Well?" queried Jack, from the conning tower. "We surrender to save our lives." "Good! Let each man come aboard singly." This was done. )\s fast as they boarded the Spitfire they were bound hand nd foot by Tim and Fritz. Jacl: had gained the victory. He then drove his boat back to the abandoned schooner. CHAPTER XVIII. A LEAK. An examination of Jack's prize showed him that there were two enormous holes stove in the hull by the ram and anther made by the ball from the gun. Any one of them would have sufficed to sink her. An' wot? queried Tim, as the boy suddenly paused. "Hold on! Isn t that a sail I see, off to the southward there?" ''Aye, now, so it is, an' it's a warship too my lad." "You are Tim," said the. boy applying a glass to his eye and scanning the distant sail. "What splendid sight you have got .in that old optic of yours." "They say that when a feller loses llis starboard squintin' tackle, its strength goes inter ther one on ther port side, which gives a lubber ther adwantage o' double sight." Jack saw that the vessel was a man-of-war, but of what nation he could not yet make out. "She's heading for the northwest, he remarked, "and she's a big steam cruiser, ;making at least fourteen knots.,, "Gimme ther glass; mebbe I kin make her out." Jack handed it over, and after a brief survey, Tim said: .. A Yankee by thunder! "How do you know?" "I know by ther cut of her Half an hour passed by, and they kept watclling the stranger. At the expiration of that time Jack exclaimed: "You are not mistaken. I see her flag-the stars and stripes." "Must be homeward bound from Europe." "Very likely. Her appearance is a Godsend to us, though." "How's that?" "Why, we can get rid of our prize and prisoners." "Ah, I see. Yer mean ter saddle 'em on ther frigate." "Exactly. That will give us more freedom for a ction." "Then head fer her, an' we'll meet her, my lad." Jack nodded, and changing the boat's course, he bore down upon the frigate and rapidly approached her. Within a.n hour they were close together when the boy sig naled the frigate to haul to.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS. ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. He then had a portable rowboat he carried launched, and Tim rowed him over to the gunboat As soon as Jack gained her deck, he met the commander, who cordially saluted him and asked why he was stopped. "I am in the employ of the governmen t and my papers show for what purpose, said Jack, presenting the do c u ments. The naval officer became more cordial, and said: ''I am homeward bound from a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, and am glad I met you. Is that a prize you have got there? I hope I can serve you." "She is a prize, sir," replied the boy, 'and there are fortythree prisoners aboard of her." "You are lucky." "I am sadly handicapped, though, for by being burdened The sea rose and a deep gloom settled down. Then the storm broke. As the Spitfire was roughly handled. by the .warring ments, Jack resolved to bury her under the sea out of rea the storm, until it had blown over. "We can accomplish nothing on the surface in such a he said to his friends, as the boat was rolled and pit about, "and in the comparative quiet of the bottom of sea we will be in a place of safety." "Don't you intend to return to the sunken city?" a Redyard anxiously. .. 'l'bere are such fabulous treasures yet that we can have for the taking, it's a pity to go off the trifling amount of it which we have secured.'' .. I will return there wh e n the government work is the boy replied 'for we cannot burden our craft with this craft and crew, it is hard for m e t o maneuver if it becomes necessary to maneuver her properly." around and hunt down the other two vessels. I there"Very true! I did not think of that." fore like to have you take them to port for me. Jack turned the pump lever, compressing the air into I shall do so with pleasure. end chambers, when a violent shriek arose. Jack was delighted. It sounded like a shrill steamboat whistle, and as the This unexpected good fortune surprised him. began to descend, there came a bubbling and gurgling sou A desultory conversation then ensu e d about the torpedo "Good heavens!" muttered Jack, as the truth dawned u ram, and her exploits and capabilities. his mind. "The air is escaping from one of the reservoi Then the prisoners were transferred to the frigate, and and we won t be able to ascend if it all leaks out." the captive schooner was taken in tow The others were very much startled. Jack made out a report of the capture and giving it to the captain, he thanked him, and they parted. It was a great relief to the boy to get rid of these encumbrances, and he started his boat away, and cried: "There won't be any bother for us now, boys." "When I wuz in ther navy--" began Tim. "Rats!" interposed Bismarck gravely. "We had a prizQ. ship in tow," continued Tim. "Shut up! persisted the parrot. "An' a big storm arose, when--" "Hey!" screamed the parrot. "Take a tumble, will you?" This was more than Tim's patience could tand and he uttered a roar, like an enraged bull and tushed for the bird. He stood on a chair. Tim picked up a rifle and aimed a blow at Bismarck. Bang! came the weapon down toward the parrot' s head when Fritz jerked the chair away, and encountering nothing but thin air, down came the rifle on Tim's good shin. He yelled and flew up in the air. "I'm killed!" he bellowed. "Ach vhy didn'd yer knock yerselluf into doot-bicks?" grin ned Fritz. "Sliut up, yer Dutch lubber, or I'll keel haul yer. "Der next dime yer pedder put in a goot eye ter see straight." Jack grasped the pump lever and reversed it, and th stopped the influx of water into the ballast room. CHAPTER XIX. THE TWO SCHOONERS. By the time Jack ha._d reversed his pump lever the Spit was entirely submerged beneath the angry water. The boy had to act rapidly to save his vessel from a m serious fatality by starting the pumps to empty her again the water she had shipped. As soon as this water was forced out of her she went the stormy surface again, and the whistling sound continu until the compressed air was aUowed to expan,d again. Then it stopped. I She fioated on the surface all right. Jack went below in a diving suit, and entered the reservoir from whence the wind was escaping u:p forwa It was furnished with electric lights, and when the b turned them on he e xp osed a compartment through whi ran coil after coil of large pipes, through which the sea wat automatically flowed all the time. As compressed air heats at a high pressure by this arran ment, it can be kept in its normal condition. "Say, Fritz, yer better git measured, if yer don't stow He searched around for a long time before he found t yer jawin'-tackle." leak, and then discovered that it came from a crack in one "Measured! Fer vot?" the hull plates where a cannon ball had hit the boat. "Yer coffin. I'll lay yer out!" His experienced eyes showed him plainly that there w "Vot? You? Go vay! Go vay Dim. Yer don't vhas such no way of rectifying the evil except by inserting a new plat a pad man like yer vhas dry t e r make pelieve alretty. Vait, but it was utterly impossible to do so in such a rough' se und I show yer someding." way, and they therefore could not submerge. He caught Tim by' the nose and gave it a twist. Returning to his companions Jack explained the troubl In a moment the old sailor was in a spasm, and the Dutch and they lay tossing on the surface all night long at t boy rushed out of the door with a vise-like grip on the old mercy of the gale. sailor's proboscis, and pulled him f!rom the room. Two days of this sort of treatment followed before t Jack and the diver paid but little heed to the row, but gale abated, the sky cleared, and the seas went down, an started the boat off on her hunt for the two vessels. when the afternoon sun shone down they had been driv They had a long and tiresome search ahead of them, for pany miles from where t.he sunken city lay. two weeks passed uneventfully by, not even a ship appear-Jack was in the dining room, partaking of the excelle ing. meal Fritz had prepared, and Tim and Redyard were wi At the expiration of that time a ,chal)ge came in the form him, chatting over their situation, when the Dutch b of a threatening sky and heavy gales. suddenly called:


JACK WRIGHT .AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 25 Sail ho! Sail ho!" he!" cried arising. "Where away?" Two sails ho! Two sails ho! -roared Fritz. Yes. What do you make them out to be?" Donner vetter Tree sails ho! Tree sails ho! Wot a sailor!" scoffed Tim. Und shiminey Christmas, fellers dey're a-fightin'!" yelled p jumped every one, and out on deck they ran. rdly more than a away to the eastward there a large, ship, flying along with all sails set, by two black schooners. of these latter vessels were exact fac-s1m1les of the 1 Jack had captured, and the boy exclaimed: true as I live, boys, they are. the very crafts we are r, and the beggars are attacking yonder ship." I oh, if we only had the leaky air-chamber fixed now so could tackle them under water!" said the diver, regret "We are placed at a dii;iadvantage." Nevertheless, I am going to the rescue of that ship! ex med Jack determinedly. "Fritz, put on full power and s see if we can't overhaul them." All right," replied the fat boy complying. .. They are a-headin' ter ther south'ard," said Tim, taking hew. We'll soon qverhaul tliem," said Jack confidently. "Did yer vhas goin' ter ram dem?" queried Fritz. If it becomes necessary." Den come insite vhen ve vhas near by dem." .. Aye, aye, lad! A moment afterward the turret gun roared, and a shot flew over the water at the most distant craft. Despite the fact of Tim having but one eye, he was a magnificent gunner, and the ball struck its mark. It landed upon the bulwark of the schooner and burst there, tearing the woodwork to pieces, dismantled a gun, the flying iron seriously injuring some of the and con siderable of the deck planking was torn up. for Tim!,. exclaimed Redyard, who was peering out through one of the portholes. "He's a good shot!" The strange ship had been passed and left astern, where she hauled up into the wind, and her crew watched thb progress of the fight. On dashed the ram, and before the crew of the 1irst vesse i could wear ship to get in the use of her starboard guns the terrible ram struck her. There came an ear-splitting crash as the projection plungeCJ through the schooner's planking, tearing a hole in her sid e and both vessels separated. For a moment a furious uproar arose among the crew or the vessel that was struck, for the sea water was pouring into her rapidly Then the Spitfire charged again. An awful shock followea, and the schooner was almost cut in two. "If that don't scuttle her it will be strange," said Jack. She don't could sink," said Fritz in disgust. "Why not?" demanded Jack. (, he Spitfire wient rapidly through the grassy sea, and ap ached to within half a mile of the three vessels before the wr. betokened by any sign that she was seen. .. 'Cause she haf air-dighd gompardments alretty." "It seems so. I'll hail her captain." The boy opened one of the loopholes, and then yelled: ; I f In the meantime, the two schooners had rapidly overhauled ship, as they were the faster sailers, and opened fire upon r with the guns they carried. She was badly pounded by the time the rascals on the ooners saw the ram, and their actions conclusively proved .Jack what their vocation was. "There can't be any doubt of their being pirates," said e boy. "See how well armed they are and how they have ttered that ship." Schooner ahoy!" A volley of abuse was all the reply he received. "Surrender, and we'll save your lives!" continued Jack. Another chorus of expletives was hurle d at him. "Then refuse, and I'll blow you up," said the boy. "Blow, and-.-" But Jack did not wait to hear the rest of the defiance. He slammed the loophole shut, and ordered Fritz to drive the Spitfire away, and it was done. The boy then aimed the airgun: As soon as he had done this he pulled the le ver, and the rs sky high!" said Tim. "I'll man ther turret gun." "All right, old fellow; but don't fire till I tell you to,,, said long torpedo shot from the muzzle into the sea. "Then thar's no excuse fer us if we don't blow ther lubck, as he passed inside. with the. diver. It was set to run two feet under water at great velocity The ram was then prepared for battle. steering itself toward the schooner. Every window was covered with the metal shutters, and a rge locomotive torpedo was inserted in the pneumatic gun readiness for use. The crews of the schooners were pointing at the Spitfire d evidently knew what she was, for all hostilities against e 1 fugitive sb.ip ceased, and the schooners were maneuvered encounter the ram. Jack saw through the loopholes that both vessels were furshed with guns of heavy calibre, and he was about to rect Fritz to slacken speed when there came a report from ch vessel. Two shots had been fired at the ram. With a loud hum, they flew over the water, and while the st one dropped short of its mark, the other one flew clear er the boat. "Dey fire at us," excitedly said Fritz .. That's evidence that they know us,'' replied Jack. "Vhich vun I aim for?" A moment after it struck the water it vanished, but a ruffie upon the surface showed Jack its course. Along it went like a serpent upon its errand of destruction, and it soon reached the schooner. The moment it touched her it exploded. There was a heavy charge in the torpedo, a report that could be heard for miles around. And the schooner was blown to pieces. and there came It seemed as if its own powder magazine had burst, so complete was the destruction, and as the vessel disappeared in a mass of flying debris, a few of its crew were left swim1 ming in the sea. CHAPTER XX. A GOVERNMENT CONTRACT FINISHED. "The nearest. It's only a quarter of a mile away." "Hello, thar!" came Tim's voice through the tupe. "Will The moment the crew of the second schooner saw the fate fire?" "Give the furthest schooner a shot. us." I which had overtaken their consort, they to pour n They are going to fire heavy fire at the ram. I Several of these shots struck her.


Fortunately for the Spitfire she was not hit in a vital spot, and her hull and skeleton were constructed to resist a pounding of that kind, for no serious damage was done by any of the shots. "I would stop and pick up the survivors of the wreck," exclaimed Jack angrily, "if it wasn't for those shots. We have no time to lose in cliarity now. They won't permit it. An unlucky shot might do us great damage. Let us follow that fellow at once and put an end to his barking." "How about another shot at that lubber's locker, Jack?" Tim called down through the tube just then. "Can you reach him at long range?" "Aye, if I kin git a square elevation o' ther gun." "Then let her rip!" "Aye, aye, lad!" By this time the other schooner was a mile away, as the Spitfire had been hauled to, and the other had been running along as fast as she could go. Tim was confident, however. He had his gun loaded and fired it, but just then the motion of the sea caused the Spitfire to dip, spoiling Tim's aim, and the shot fell short. Tim was furious. More especially as another shot from the fugitive just then grazed the top of the conning tower. ''I'll hit him ther next time or bust!" he growled, as he prepared the gun for action. This time the old sea-dog made due allowance for the swell of the sea, and firing the second shot, he soon had the satisfaction of seeing it carry away the schooner's after deck. That their firing for a while. A better shot could scarcely have been fired," said Jack, after calling up the tube to Tim to cease hostilities. "Vhy don'd yer chase him mit a dorpedo?" queried Fritz. "The water between the schooner and this boat isn't as clear of the drift weed as it was when I sent out the other o.ne," replied Jack, but I can try it, as it has a powerful propeller, and may be able to force its way up to the schoon er. Get one, Redyard." The diver nodded and retired to the arsenal. "Don'd I vhas pedder follow dot schooner?" asked Fritz. "All der vhile vot ve stay oursellufs here, son-ohf-a-sea run deir sellufs avay from us alretty, und soon ve don'd been able to catch 'em." "Go ahead after I send the torpedo out," answered Jack. "But if you keep her stationary until then, i can work the pneumatic gun to better advantage." "Yust as you blease." Redy'ard soon returned with the projectile, and they opened the breech of the gun and placed it in. Jack then aimed for the schooner, and fired. CTRIC TORPEDO RAM. "See! Your impression is wrong." The torpedo had struck against the floating debris bfi from the schooner and exploded ere reaching the vessel. A roar and a terrible upheaval of water and weeds follow then there came the faint sound of a yell of derision fr the ocean outlaws upon the schooner, upon seeing the fail of the torpedo to do its work. "Failed!" said Redyard, in disgust. "I feared it," answered Jack. '' Ach! I could haf done pedder mineselluf," Fritz growl "I think not," said Jack. "Put on power and run her do We can do better at closer range in this dense, weedy s Fritz turned the starting lever, the enormous wheel s around, covered with weed, and away went the ram. It soon became evident that she was fast bearing do upon the fugitive, and a lively chase ensued, as the schoon helmsman was an expert navigator, and took advantage every favorable point to keep ahead of the Spitfire. Despite every effort on the part of the schooner's er however, they were no match for Jack and his boat, wete soon overhauled. Then the rascals commenced to bombard the ram with guns again, and Tim returned the fire. Up to the present ti_ me the ram had escaped any serio damo.ge from these shots, but Jack feared that an unhrc shot might at any moment strike his boat and disable h "Keep right on, Fritz," he exclaimed, "but work her stay plumb astern of the schooner as much as possil;lle, by that means we can escape a direct shot and thus save o selves." The Dutch boy did as he was told. Jack then asked Redyard to fetch in another torpedo, a when it arrived, he very carefully adjusted its working par and the gun reservoir was filled with iron. He then the torpedo and locked the b\eech. The Spitfire dashed ahead, and soon arrived within spea ing distance of the schooner, when Jack saw that she carri a large crew of desperate and well-armed ruffians, who we then trying to drag one of the guns to the taffrail to bear the ram. Fritz had maneuvered the boat so adroitly thus far und Jack's instructions, that the rascals had not beet!' able to g in another shot at her, on account of their guns being moun ed at the port and starboard. The boy was merciful. "I'll give them a chance for their lives," he remarked. "It's wasted sympathy," remarked Redyard. "Perhaps. Anyway, I'll do it." He then hailed the crew of the schooner. "I hold your lives in my hands," he shouted to them, "a He had graded the cigar-shaped cylinder to run along the am empowered by the American government to capture top of the sea, as it would }here me .et with less resistance kill you. Give in peacefully, and you will have no troubl from the weed, and they therefore had a chance to clearly discern all its movements. The torpedo landed on the sea eight hundred yards away from the boat, dove down, and coming up again i't started off on its trip with its propellers rapidly revolving, leaving a clearly defined trail through the dark green drift. They watched its movements closely, and saw it force its way through the weed easily enough, although the speed at which it was graded to travel at was somewhat re tarded. Along ran the torpedo, and an eagerly anxious look over spread the faces of the watchers, as they saw it draw rapidly near the schooner. "She vhas a goner!" triumphantly cried Fritz. "Wait-don't be too sure! admonished Jack quietly. "Yah! But see how straight she vhas go for id." Resist, and you die." Death before capture!" yelled the captain. "So be it," said Jack. He fired the torpedo just as they brought their gun bear upon the Spitfire, and it rushed at the schooner. They were so close to their target there was no missing. Boom! roared the explosive Its point had touched the schooner's rudder post, and th ensuing explosion shook the sea. The vessel was half torn to pieces, only the forward portlo of her remaining adrift, with some of her crew clinging it, for the rest perished. "That ends them," said Jack. "Good! Shall we pick up the rest?" queried the diver. "Y. es. They will afford substantial proof that we have a complished the work we set out to do."


JAf'K WHIGH'r AND HIS ELEO'fiUC 'l'ORPEDO RAM. 27 There were but half a dozen of the wretches saved from the "Look at that," said the boy, calculating the distance with reek ere it sank forever. I his eye. "The tops of these rocks come to within five feet Jack then closely examined his boat, and found that she had of the tops at low tide. What a menace to passing ships. I ffered no damage beyond the cracked plate and some pretty : wouldn't be surprised if the vessel we just encountered was ard bangs. 11 wrecked by striking on the jagged top of them." She bravely withstood her punishment," said the boy. 'Let '"Any ship crossing the ocean is of twice the draught nec-1s get to work upon her, and when she is in proper condition essary to reach them," remarked Redyard, "'and they lie here we will return to the sunken city, for our work here is I unseen, unexpected, a menace to every passing vessel." done." "My plan is to blast them," said Jack. Th!JY began operations, and in the course of a few hours the "Dot vhas goot," said Frttz. "How you commence al>oat was in as good condition as ever. retty?" They did not go near the ship they saved, but, with their "We can go to the base and-plant a torpedo there which isoners safely bound, they went beneath the sea again. can be discharged by electricity." Thy boat them descended to the bottom again, himself In a diving suit. The boy then took several elongated brass cylinders heavCHAPTER XXL ily charged with horrorite, and a coil of wire, left the boat, and planted the explosives in crevices. THE GIANT OF THE DEEP. A cruise under water followed, and when day broke upon he earth again the Spitfire reached the suburbs of the sunken city and quietly rested on the bottom. Our friends had a good rest and a tasteful brealtfast down mong the fishes, and then the boat was sent off on a tour f inspection of the sunken city under Tim's direction. They found the strange city to be of great dimensions. 'It must have had a population of half a million souls," aid Jack by the time a circuit of the place had been com leted, "and in that case it is very evident that tb.e island was mmensely large." so. I inferred from the old paper," said Redyard.r" These eople were evidently in an advanced of civilization or isolated savages. Look at their dwellings and the exquis te workmanship of their arts. Their tools and utensils were f a primitive pattern, yet they have accomplished wonders in he way of living." "I observe," said Jack, "that our first landing place was he quarter devoted to the dignitaries of the place, for there ll the wealth is accumulated. In these smaller houses of he lesser lights there is no sign of such wealth. It therefore ehooves us to go back to the center of the city to accumuate our horde. He then attached his insulated wires ran them to the boat, and signaled Tim to back away to a safe distance, aftet which the Dutch boy connected the battery with the wire and sent a current through it. A muffled report followed. The sea was agitated violently, an enormous mass of sand was stirred up blurring the water, and they saw by the searchlight that the rocks were shattere d and fell. "We have done a d ee d of charity. Passing ships are under a debt of obligation to us for which we will never be thanked," said Jack to himself, "for no one will eve r be like ly to hear about the way we destroyed that column." He remained outside, coiling in the wire and signaled to Tim to drive the boat across the city. From his position in the Jack kept up a survey of the houses and streets they passed over and observed that this section of the place was in ruins. It looked as if some great calamity, such as a violent earth quake had visited the spot, for many of the houses had fallen down, leaving nothing but piles of masonry half buried in the sand, to mark the spots where they stood. Within a short time the Spitfire arrive d at the great plaza where she had first landed, surrounding which were the large public buildings wherein they had seen so much ornamentation of tarnished gold. "There's a singular curiosity," said Redyard. Here the boat paused and a!ig'hted. He pointed off to the left. .Fritz then came out, attired in his diving suit, and joming It was a wrecked ship which had come down from the sur Jack, they descended from the boat into the street and headce, and now rested on its keel upon the roof of one of the ed for an immense building standing on the western side of ouses. the square looking like a palace. Covered with weeds, slime, plants and barnacles, it was "We must keep close together, spelled Jack, in the deaf ery evident that the wreck had been in its present position and dumb alphabet, "for I have found this sea to be so full of or a long time. hostile denizens, that it is absolutely dangerous to travel Fishes were swimming in and out and all around It, the around without a companion to help you in case of an atubmarine currents streamed out the broken ends of rotten rd.age, and a gaping fissure in the side showed where the tal accident had occured to the vessel that sent her to the ttom. As the Spitfire was passing around the eastern side of the ity she encounted an immense conical pyrmaid of rocks that ot their jagged summits up high in the water toward the rface. There was something about the formation of them that atacted Jack's attention, and he said to Tim: "Stop the boat and follow up these shafts toward the sur ce. They ascend so high that they must go pretty near to tack. Here's the entrance-come in." .There was a large portico ahead of them, and when Tim saw whi:e they were going, he turned the glare of the searchlight upon the doorway. It had the effect of illuminating the interior. But just as they were going in a school of thousands of fishes that lived within the portals of the great house, became frightened at their sudden appearance there, and came swim ming toward them in a mass. The two boy divers were overwhelmed and knocked down by the enormous mass of fish, but as soon as the scaly objects passed they arose, and resumed their advance. e surface of the sea." The old sailor complied. Up, up went the boat, following the jagged me within a few feet of the top. Here they ended. rocks until Passing into a huge square courtyard, in which there were mounds and hilloi:ks of sand, they saw that there were insh.e numerable 'apartments opening onto it on all sides, and they j passed through one of them. They were in an immense chamber, the roof of which waLJ-


28 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC 'rORPEDO RAM. supported by great carved stone pillars, while all around the walls stood massive stone pedestals, each one of which sustained a square stone box, the lids of which were closed. "What a strange room! spelled Fritz. "Looks like a treasure chamber," answered Jack. ''Do you think these boxes contain moneY:?" ''Not money, but probably ingots of gold." "Help me lift up one of the lids." "Try this one first." Jack had selected the most likely looking one near him, and they took hold of the cover between them. It was made of solid stone and raised hard, but as soon as they got it up and flung it to the floor they eagerly peered into the box. With cries of dismay recoiled. The box contained a mummy! It was water-soaked and hideous to look upon, and their fond delusion of finding the crypt filled with wealth was rudely banished, and left them disgusted. "We struck a graveyard!" motioned Fritz. No doubt these are the remains of the rulers of the people who dwelt here, replied Jack. .! Come on." They passed into the next room. It looked like a sanctuary, and the adjoining chamber proved to be a great arena with a ring in the center, and seats surrounding it for spectators. As they stood regarding it, there came a terrific commotion in tlfe water overhead, and an e :wrmous body appeared. It was a whale of the species whose gullet was large enough to swallow a man, and of a disposition as ugly and hostile as that of a ravenous shark. The monster was so unexpected and actually out of the or dinary latitude of its usual haunts, that the two boys were amazed and began to retreat. Unfortunately the intense glitter of their metallic suits had the tendency to attract the different fish toward them, as a blue fish will run after a shiner hook. The moment they moved the whale observed them, and sent its enormous body straight toward the two boys, who, in their haste to escape, tripped over the seats, and rolling down an aisle fell into the closed arena. CHAPTER XXIL CONtlLUSION. When Jack and Frltz got upon their feet they saw that they were caught in a trap from which it would be hard to escape, for the arena was surrounded by a wall ten feet high. The entrance to it was all choked up with sand. The whale had gone by when they fell, and lost sight of them for a moment, upon observing which Jack nudged Fritz, and hastily spelled : Jesting them, for the weapons with which they were would have been perfectly to defend themselves a the monster, destructive as they were ordinarily. As soon as the boys were perfectly sure that the crea was gone, they got upon their feet again . "Is the coast clear?" queried Fritz. I can't see any signs of it," replied Jack. How .are we to get out of here?" "Have to climb Jt. Come over here." Jack led him over to the wall, and motioning him to s with his back against it, the young inventor climbed Fritz's body and caught hold of the top. The Dutch boy got from under him. While Jack hung there by his hands, Fritz climbed up h body and, reaching the top, he helped the boy to get up. An inspection of the other rooms followed, and they d covered one apartment in which there was a most lavish play of golden ornaments. They were easily carried to the boat and stowed on boa whereupon :i;tedyard was impressed to their aid, and the th carried everything valuable to the Spitfire upon which th could get their hands. The day passed away, and night came before they desist from their labors, tired and Doffing their suits, the,y sat down to supper. "It will only take one more day to secure all the gold o boat will carry," said Jack, during the course of the 1me "We can then leave here. 1 'By heavens, there's a vast treasure scattered about do here! said Redyard. "We will have a fortune to divide wh all this stuff is sold, Wright." "I s"pose ye thinks as this are wonderful, don't yer, Re yard?" queried Tin;i, pityingly; but I don't. "You don't?" No." "Then what do you consider wonderful?" "When I wuz quartermaster o' ther ole frigate Wabash, said Tim, "we runned down a pirate named Bloodybon blow ed his schooner ter pieces and raided his den, but foun nuthin'. 1 Then we sailed away. A year arterwards I g leave, an' veered back ter ther cave, an' a-tackin' aroun' i thar I found Bloody bones' treasure." "Good for you!" said Redyard, approvingly. "Thar wuz ten kegs o' diamonds, forty bar'l o rubies, sl hogsheads o pearls, an' four tons o' gold." "The deuce!" muttered Redyard, realizing that it was lie. "Waal, sir," said Tim, "I went an' got a ship, carted 'em aboard, sailed away, an' sold 'em." "You ought to be a billionaire, then." "No sich luck fer me as that," said Tim, shaking his head. "Why-how's that?" "It didn't do me no good." "Why-did you lose it?" "Aye-that I did." "Bury yourself in the sand." "How?" "What for?" queried the fat boy "Card-playing." "So it can't see "It must have been a stiff game." Jack set the example, and soon was covered with the sand, "I reckon it was, fer--" lying fiat on his back, and Fritz did likewise. But Tim expanded no further, for Fritz had his old ac They only left their visors uncovered and as their shiny cordeon ready and cut in on him just then with a aoleful suits were hidden from the view of the whale, and the bull's-tune, and as Tim hated the instrument he wanted to murder eyes of their lamps were covered, they were not seen. the Dutch boy right away. But they could dimly discern the leviathan swimming He chased Fritz out of the dining room, and Jack and the around above in quest of them, and the giant fish at one time diver continued ffieir supper in peace. glided over them so close as to graze them. A few hours later the watch was divided, they turned in, Then it disappeared and the lonesome night passed away. Both remained quiet for some time,,after. Next morning all hands were up early, and after breakfast ,They felt intense ly relieved over its departure without mo-the hunt for treasure was resumed.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 2 9 T h ey worked hard, and by nightfall finished their work, for the S p itfire was laden with as much of the precious metal as she could conveniently carry. On the followi n g morning our friends left the sunken city, and traveled along t o the westward a whole day under Redyard then took leave of the boy inventor and his friends, and returned to England a rich man. The Spitfire w a s then driven back to Wrightstown and returned to Jack's shop, where she w a s stoxed away. The 1young inventor, his t w o friends, and the ,Parrot and water monkey returned to Jack's beautiful home. When n i ght fell again they arose to the top of the waves There were, how e ver, 'other adventures in store for them, andt f ound themselves out of the grassy sea. for Jack's native genius soon asserted itse(f again, and he F air weather now attended them, and the rest of the jour-began the construction of a marvelous w ond e r with the asney homeward was made on the surface. The t orped o ram had accomplished her purpose, and had no call to remain any longer in the Sargasso. l A pleasant journey followed, and she passed over the At1 !antic, heading for New York. I In due course of time she safely made port, and ran up to sistance of his friends. For a time, though, we must leave them, as it will soon be our province to show Jack's new invention, and as our tale is concluded, we must bring it to THE END. the navy yard in Brooklyn, from whence Jack made his re-port to the authorities at Washington regarding the success of Read "THE RIVAL SCHOOLS; OR FIGHTING FOR THE h i s trip. CHAMPIONSHIP," by Allyn Draper, whi c h will be the next number (263) of "Pluck and Luck. His -prisoners were landed and imprisoned with the ones w ho m he had sent ahead by the man-of-war and the ones he had incarcerated at Wrightstown. The two schooners were also confiscated. The boy s evidence convi cted the men of piracy and they s u ffered the penalty of the their crimes. Jack then receive d the promised r eward, and divided it in f our equal shares among himself and his companions. When the gold was sold an enormous sum of money was realized from it, and this was also divided among them. SPECIAL NOTICE: All b ack numb e r s of t hi s weekl y are alway s in print. If you c annot obt a in t h e m from an y n e w s dealer, send th e price i n m o ney or pos tage s tamp s by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, P UBLISHER,. 24 UNION SQUARE NEW YORK a nd you will r e c eive the copies you ord e r by r eturn mail. "HAPPY_ DAYS." The Best Illustrated Weekly E]"V:E:Fl. "'Y" Sto:ry Paper P u blished. :I:SS"CJ":E:O F"':R.ID .A. "'Y'. 61HAPPY DAYS" i s a large 16-page paper containing Interesting Storie s Po e ms, Sketches, Comic Stories, Jokes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright f e atures. Its Author s and Artists have a national reputation. No amount of 'money is spared to mak e weekly t e bes t published A New Story .. Begins Every Week in Ha.ppy Da.y s." OUT TO-DAY! OUT TO-DAY! Jack Wright's "Sky-Scraper' Or, After the Lost Balloonists, By "NONAME," BeVns in No. 453 of HAPPY DAYS, Issued June 5 PRICE 5 CENTS. For Sitle by all Newsd ealers, or w ill be sen t to any addre s s on the receipt of priee by !'BANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa.re New York.


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. A. Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. ftese stories a.re based on actual facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their livts for the sake of helping a.long the gallant ca.use of Independence. t:very number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, Jound in a beautiful colored cover. t 1 LATEST ISSUES: 48 The J,lberty Boys' Setback ; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. 49 The Liberty Boys In Toryville ; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 50 The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Liberty. fit The f,lberty Boys' Triumph; or,Beating the Redcoats at 'heir Own Gs.me. 52 The r,lberty Boys' Scare ; or, A Miss as Good as. a Mlle. 153 The Liberty Boys' Danger ; or, Foes on All Sides. 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Redcoats Roughshod. 67 The Liberty Boys' Battle for Life ; or, The Hardest Struggle of All. 68 The Liberty Bors' Lost or, The Trap That Dld Not Work. 69 The Liberty Boys "Jonah'1 ; or, The Youth Who "Queered/' 70 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting the British. 1 The Liberty Boys Lured ; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 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Not Afraid of Anything. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March ; or, The Move that Puzzled the British. 98 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem Heights. 99 The Liberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Great 100 The Liberty Boys' Big Risk ; or, Ready to Take Chances. 101 The Liberty Boys Drag-Net ; or, Hauling the Redcoats In. 102 The Liberty Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. 103 Boys' Lucky Blunder ; or, The Mistake that Helped 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 106 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" : or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman"; or, A Lively Lad from Dublin. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Look-ing For. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure ; or, A Lucky Find. 110 The Liberty Boys In Trouble ; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee ; or, A Great Day for the Great Cause. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn?" 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible Hard-ships. 114 The Llbe1ty Boys Missing; or, Lost in the Swamps. 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How They Won It. 116 The Liberty Boys Deceived ; or, Tricked but Not Beaten. 117 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 118 The Liberty Boys' Dead-Shots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 119 The Liberty Boys' League ; or, The Country Boys Who Helped. 120 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick ; or, How the Redcoats were Fooled. 121 The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot In the Enemy's Country. 122 The Liberty Boys In the Saddle; or, Lively Work tor Liberty' s Cause. 123 The Liberty Boys' Bonanza ; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. 124 The Liberty Boys at Saratoga ; or, The Surrender of Burgoyne. 125 The Liberty Boys and "Old Put.'; or, The Escape at Horseneck. 126 The Lioorty Boys' Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. 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Jack Wright and his electric torpedo ram, or, The sunken city of the Atlantic
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PLUCJ< LUCJ<. Complete. Stories of Adventure. 1uued Weekl11-Bv Subscription $2.50 per 11ear. l!Jntered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Po1t Office, Novp,mber 7, 1898. Entered ,according to .ii.at of OongrcB!J in the year 190J, in the office of the Librarian of OongreBB, Wa.Mngton, D. 0., b11 Frank 24 Un on Square, New York. No. 262. NEW YORK, JUNE 10, 1903. Price 5 Cents. Jack Wright and His Electric Torpedo Ram The Sunken City .of the By ''NONAME." CHAPTER I. THE BOY, THE BOAT AND HIS FRIENDS. The young inventor was an orphan, but he had two stanch friends residing with him in the elegant mansion in which he dwelt. Fritz Schneider was one, a youth a trifle older than Jack, Not many years ago, the metropolitan newspapers began short, fat, yellow-haired and blue-eyed, an expert electrician, to publish accounts of the attacks of a peculiar-looking craft a good cook, of a pugnacious nature, and a player on the upon different vessels crossing the Atlantic, without any accordeon. provocation. He had been picked up destitute, by Jack fa the village The object of this hostility was not apparent; as vessels of but by going with the young inventor on his adventurous all nationalities suffered alike, no apparent attempt at piracy trips he had amassed an enormous fortune the utmost was reported as being made upon them, and the aggressive fame, and a parrot named Bismarck, which he had taught vessel was never encountered in the same place twice. to talk. According to different reports, the boundaries of these at1:he young inventor s other companion was a glass-eyed, tacks were between the parallels of 20 and 35 degrees north, wooden-legged old liar named Tim Topstay who had been in and between the meridians of 30 and 60 degrees west. the navy witfi Jack's father, and proved to be a skilled navl-Embraced within the area of this comparatively still water, gator, a large consumer of rum and tobacco and a true-, which was of an elliptical shape, was the Sargasso sea, so hearted friend. called on account of the quantity of weed, drift and wreckage Like the Dutch boy, his voyages with Jack had brought floating about the surface. him wealth, renown, and a howling monkey named WhiskVarious dllscriptions of the fighting craft were giv:en, most ers, which he had taught numerous tricks, and a violent of them agreeing that she was a huge, schooner-rigged hatred of Fritz's parrot. vessel, with several heavy guns, a large crew, and her hull At the time alluded to Jack Wright had been experiment apparently so much ballasted that her decks were flush with ing with torpedoes by building a submarine boat capable of the water. projecting a shell while under water, and blowing up a vesAn appeal was made to the American government for sel on the surface that might be located from an inch to protection by the ship owners whose vessels had been bomfive miles from his boat. barded, but unfortunately the navy was crippled for want of The boat was, strictly speaking a naval vessel for she sufficient vessels for its own ordinary requirements at that was built of thick plates of aluminum, had a motive power time. run by electricity, of forty knots an hour, and carried a rapid It therefore became necessary to impress an equipped vessel fire gun in a revolving turret on top of her deckhouse. into the service of the navY, and, as there was a person who Her length was exactly one hundred feet from the enormhad just the kind of craft required, who had on other ocous screw aft to the elongated diamond-shaped projection casions worked for the government, negotiations were at once forward, through which ran the pneumatic torpedo tube, and begun with him for the use o.f his vessels. her beam and depth were :fifteen feet. He was a boy inventor of submarine boats, named Jack The ram simply consisted of the tube, with four powerful Wright, and, although not yet old enough to vote, he had I metal leaves, as sharp on the edges as razors, and capable made himself very wealthy and greatly celebrated by the use of withstanding a terrific shock without breaking from the of his contrivances. contact. This remarkable boy resided in a thriving :fisher village at She was furnished with a strong searchlight, and was Uthe head of a bay running in from the Atlantic, called lumlned by electric lights, the deck-house was divided into Wrightstown, in honor of his father, from whom Jack, inherit-compartments for steering and living, a trap gave access to ed bis talent for inventing. the upper deck, and her hull was modelled after the cutter


2 JACK WRIGHT ANL HIS ELECTRIC TORPEJJ t y pe of vessels, with a sharp bow, and a long, overhanging gun-turret, while beneath it was a trap-door, leading down stern.f below which Fritz ascended when he found himself in the The Spitfir e as the e le ctric torpedo ram was named, then l a id in a flood e d basin, in a large bric k workshop a t the foot of J ac k s garde n, beside which a cree k flow e d in from the b ay. J ac k and his friends were on board of boat, stowing away a large quantity of White head L a y Sims and Brennan torpedoe s in the boat's m a gazine, and assorting a number of outrigge r drifting and towing explosives as he was intent up o n e xp erimenting in the bay w ith them. The boy wa s a fine looking, dark-eyed and dark-haired f e llow with a courage ous disposition, a g e n e rous heart and good judgment, and his athletic figur e was clad in a handsome yachting c ostume. Fritz and Tim, how ever, were not so fastidious, as the fat boy wore a suiiits u c h as he might h a ve used in his native land, and the sandy-bearded old sailor had on a nautical garb, much the wors e for wear The afternoon sun was d eclining on a pleasant May day, and slanting through the windows o n Jack's latest inven-bo a t s engin e room. It was illuminated by electric lights. The compartment was small, and contained a complicated machine several water and air pumps, a dynamo, oil engine and a rack containing a large number of cells of battery. The Spitfire was run by this storage battery, the cells being replenished when necessary by the dynamo, which in turn was operated by a small, but powerful oil engine. Fritz made a careful examination of the batteries, and them by their wires, after which he called up a speaking tube to Jack that everything was in order. He then bolted down a trap in the floor and went upstairs. This trap led down into three compartments below. The two end ones were air reservoirs, and the middle one a water compartment, for when they desired to submerge the boat the pumps compressed the air from the middle room into the two end compartments, and water was let into the center chamber in qantities sufficient to overcome the buoyancy of the air. tion, and it m a de the Spitfir e' s polish e d me t a l work gl eam like In orde r to ascend the water was pumped out, and the burnis h e d gold. air was allowed to expand into the midship compartment "There will be a big crowd do w n to the b a y to w atch us again. blowin g up t h e old ship hulks I bought to experiment on," When Fritz reached the pilot-house he saw that Tim had said the boy with a smile, a s they finish e d their work, "and cast off the shore lines, the workmen had opened the creek I the r e for e want to have e v erything trim and t aut on my door and Jack had hold of the wheel and had turned one of new craft, boys. the levers. Ay ay, my hearty!" c he erily repli e d Tim, blinking his huge propeller began to whirl, the ma-solitar y good eye a n d taking a ch e w of navy plug, "an' if yer chmery down below and boat glided out. of finds any Of these 'e r e to r p e does any b etter'n the ones wot I the shop mto the creek, her ram cuttmg through the brme you invente d f e r t h e r ai r -gun, aboard o' the r s a ssy Spitfire with a loud hiss. h e r e, I s'pos e you ll adopt 'e m won't yer?" C erta inly I will bu t I doubt if there will b e any better, for I have f o und that the gun-c o tton and d ynamite with which they are l oade d is not s o pow e r f ul an e x plOsi ve as the Horrorite I invent ed Yet the navie s of all c iviliz ation still use the ol d-fashio n ed meth o d and swear by these Whitehead loco-motive t orped o es. Fritz?" I s t h e machinery in g ood working order, N eiu! Shi miney Ch r i stmas, vot you tink? I vork me here and fix me d e m batterie s all toge dd e r?" qu e r i ed the Dutc h b o y "Yust v ait und v h il e d e m d e r e h a w sers vhas 1gastin' off u n d d e r vorkmens d e r g r i c k doors vhas obenin' I go m e d ow n by der badd e r y roo m u n d put m e dos e cells in serie s by d e r c o n necting wires alretty." Jac k nodd e d gav e the ol d sailor in struc tiom,; to c a s t off the shore line s and c alle d to one o f his mechani cs to open the cree k doors. H e the n pas sed through a door .into the pilot-house Fritz. It was a w e dg e shape room with s mall, square heavy plate gl ass windows set i n steel fra m es, ov e r which metallic shutters could be drawn, and conta ined a whe el, a compass and nume rou s p ec uli a r l ooki= g r e gi s ters, gauges, and meteorological instruments h a n ging on the w a lls. B e sid e the whee l the r e s tood a poli s h e d mahogany switchboard, on whi c h w ere arrang ed a serie s of evers made of brasP with rubb e r handles for insulation, and numerous plates, p l ugs, binding posts and c over e d copp e r wires for controllin g the pro pe ll e r pum ps air r e s ervoirs, lights, guns and m achinery. I n back of this room the r e w a s a stateroom, .following w h ich were a di n i n g room, kitc hen, magazine, and storeroo m while the extreme end compartment was used for g oi n g i n and ou t un der w a t e r. E ac h ro o m contai ne d two circular port-holes, the glass c over ed by wire n etting. From t h e magaz i ne a spiral metal staircase led up into the Down the creek into the bay ran the torpedo boat, and her cre w obs e rved that the shores of the water. were lined by scores of people from the vill a ge and all over the adjacent country, who had come down to watch the young inventor's experiments, for the Wrightstown local pape r had apprised them of the event. Out in the middle of the bay there w ere three old ships which the boy had purchased to experiment upon and he r a n his boat toward them when a cheer broke, from the spec tators. A portable flag pole had be e n s e t on the boat, and in re sponse to the acclamations of the popula c e Tim and Fritz ran the Stars and Stripes up the pole as the boat dasbed over the bay. CHAPTER II, EXPERIMENTING WITH GUNS AND ROAT. The Spitfire ran along with a swift, easy motion, her big propeller leaving a broad wake of foam astern, her well lubricated machinery moving like clockwork and her indicators registering everything she did to the minutest fraction. She answered her helm with speed and promptness, and when the boy had mane uvered her about the beautiful bay from the old village wharf to the lighthouse at the headland, he sent her flying over to the side where it was densely wooded Bringing her to a pause half a mile from the row of hulks and facing the rocky shore on the opposite side of the bay, Jack maneuve red her ram to bear on the middle ship. The butt of the pneumatic gun, the air reservoir of which was on top of the b a rrel outside, projected into the pilothouse, in front of the wheel.


rr JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 3 It consisted of a powerful metal tube the same length as works, and you, Tim, can go up in the turret, draw in the gun the torpedoes to be used, the rear end being closed with an and close up the ports." air-tight door, and having a valve-lever, by pulling which The old sailor stumped away up the spiral staircase, while the compressed air was instantaneously admitted into the Fritz waddled down below, and as soon as they called through cylinder, forcing the torpedo out at a pressure of 2,000 pounds the speaking tubes to the boy that everything was in readiness on the square inch, thereby causing a high velocity. he turned a switch and caused the air injectors to operate. Obeying _Jacli:'s instructions, Tim brought one of the tor-By means of tubing a steady supply was brought up from the pedoes from the magazine, and opening the gun door, the reservoirs for them to breathe while submerged. boy inserted it. 1 As soon as this was done Jack started an automatlc spray It was twelve feet long by ten inches in diameter, the of potash and quicklime to keep the air purified, for the lungs cross-section being circular in shape, and tapering to a point throw off carbonic acid gas, which left the boat by two valves at each end. in the roof. It was regulated to travel submerged five hundred feet under water, at a uniform speed of twenty-four knots, for six hundred yards, and in the event of its not striking its mark at the end of its range, it would automatically sink. The torpedo was divided into several compartments, the foremost being charged with fifty pounds of Jack's explosive compound, called Horrorite, which was fired on the torpedo striking its mark. On impact, the point of a needle in the end was forced into a detonator. 1 Compressed air in a second compartment actuated a small three-cylinder engine which drove two propellers in the tail, operating in opposite directions; while a third, or balance chambei', contained a mechanism to work two exterior rudders on each side of the tail, to keep the torpedo at a uniform depth during Its run. There were horizontal and vertical fins attached to it for other purposes. Suffice it that when Jack had gauged the pneumatic gun and pulled 'open the valve, there came a terrific thud of es caping air, and a loud howl as the projectile/shot out and plunged into the water. Jack saw it sink to its gauged depth, and watching the furrow it made on top of the water, he saw it travel along submerged until it reached the boat he aimed at. 1'here sound!ld a terrible explosion as the torpedo struck, and the ship was ?lown to fragments and hurled high in the air. A cheer burst from the spectators on shore. "So much for my invention," said Jack, in satisfied tones, "with enough force, and twice the quantity of horrorlte stored in that torpedo, I could blow the whole village of Wrightstown to pieces. And now to try the others. Get me I a Whitehead, Fritz." When the boy fired this locomotive it merely tore a hole in one of the boats, and failed to sink her. The boy then tried a Lay torpedo on the same mark.' It was a cylinder charged with an explosive, its motive power being carbonic acid gas, generated in the usual way, and as only a small portion of the cylinder was visible, two rods marked its position. It could be started, stopped and steered by means of an electric cable, which it paid out as it traveled, controlled by Jack's batteries. This thing finished the work begun by the Whitehead by tearing such a hole in the hulk that she filled up and sank. It took a Sims, an Ericsson and a Brennan torpedo to destroy the remaining boat. and when a man in a rowboat bFought the news ashore that none of the torpedoes had acted as well as the one Jack invented, a salvo of cheers burst from every throat to congratulate the young inventor. Jack waved bis cap to his friends on shore, and calling Tim and Fritz into the pilothouse he closlld the doors and windows. .. I'm going to send her under water to try her powers of endurance and the usefulness of my guns now, boys," said the boy brietly. "Fritz, go down below and see bow the machinery He then started the pumps, and when the air was all compressed into the two end chambers he turned another lever which let the sea water into the midship chamber, and the Spit Fire began to gradually sink. The more water she shipped the deeper she went. The frame upon which the boat was built was in the extreme, for there was a pressure of 8 1-2 pounds o the square Inch, pressing her every twenty feet she descended. As her entire exterior presented thousands of inches to bear that squeezing, it may be judged that the resistance of the boat bad to be extraordinary to withstand it 200 feet below, where the pressure would be 47 pounds on the square inch. The boy allowed the boat to go down to a depth of fifty feet, and then bringing her to a pause he started her screw. She glided ahead through the gloom rapidly. Jack turned two more of the levers. Instantly a brilliaRt glow gushed from the electric Incandescent lights, and streaming out the circular windows they form ed a mellow halo around the boat. The gleam of the searchlight was started, and a shaft of 90,000 candle power was flung out, cutting through the gloom like a razor, and illuminating the murky water for a long distance ahead of the Spitfire. A strange submarine scene met Jack's view, but be was so accustomed to it that it now did not strike the wonderment to bis soul that it did in the beginning of his career. Myriads of fishes of various sizes and kinds were gliding through the dense water, and when the glare of tb.e electric light struck their glistening scales, they radiated every color of the rainbow. Great masses of water-logged wood; fores(s of sea weed, waving blades of eel grass, and black slimy rocks were to be seen on all sides, while armies of different crustaceans moved silently among them, their baleful round orbs glaring like fire at the boat as it passed them by. The Spitfire made as good progress beneath :the water she did upon the surface, and Tim came down and joined the young inventor, asking: "How does she work, my lad?" "Beautifully; you see, I profited by past experiences, Tim." "Aye, aye, an' I'm glad ter hear ther news. "Have you found the turret to be perfectly water-tight?,. "Not a particle comes in. It's a-leakln' In back thar inter ther messroom, but ye kin easy stop that by a-seeln' to it at once. Leavin' a leak unfixed is werry bad btlsiness as I know by a adventure what happened ter me when I wuz a-cruisin' aboard o' ther ole frigate Wabash, in ther navy--" "For heaven's sake, Tim, don't spin any yarns now." ".Aye, but this one's a hummer;'' persisted Tim, expanding over it. Jack uttered a weary sigh, a\d resigned himself to his fate. "It happened this way," said Tim, gloating fiendishly at his victim. ""One dark night ther frigate struck a rock and sprung a leak. I went below with a lantern and seed as tber garboard streaks had opened. Report!n' wot I found, ther commander said ter le' it be till ther next day. But in ther night


4. J A CK WRIGH'r AND HIS i t kept a-gittin' w i d e r and wid e r and wider, and ther sea kept a-comin' in f as t e r and fa ster, and ther pumps couldn t git ahead o ther influx. At last w e g a ve up pumpin', all hopes o' savin' the ship d esarted us a nd w e began to git the r boats re ady--" I suppose the frigate sank then?" "Lor', no! Jl'er j!J;t a s we wuz goin' t e r launc h ther quarte r boats, ther blasted w a t e r b e g a n t e r s w e ll ther s eams tergether again till they wuz a s tight as a drum, and ther wessel wuz s aved." A look of d i sgu s t c ro s s e d Jac k s face. Tell that to t h e marines!" h e e x c laim e d I can' t swallow it." ,./,,,. ELECTRIC 'rORPEDO RAM. A shout arose from the spectators upon seeing her, but none of them knew what an accident she had met with. The boy flung open one of the windows, and the fresh air revived them, after which he started the screw, and drove the boat rapidly back to his shop. As soon as they got the Spitfire into the great brick building, the workmen were called tackles were put onto the boat, and she was hoisted up from the basin upon some ways. Here an examination of the damage was made, and they saw that although badly wrenched she could easily be repaired. It showed Jack her weaknesses better_ than any other test c ould have done, and the other defects detected by Tim and Fritz were noted, examined and a course of repairing settled 'Wot! Don t yer b lieve m e? demanded Tim, in injured upon. ton es Dis astrous as the trial had proven, the boy benefitted by D ec idedly no t! A h -what's that-rocks?" it s o much that most of the faults in the boat was disclosed J ac k s star tl ed tones a rou sed T im, a nd h e gl a r e d out the to him, and he was thus enabled to rectify his errors. window, wh e n h e saw a mass of r o cks cropping UP a head They w e re ca ll ed the D ev il 's Jaw's Ro c k s, and the boa t w as plu nging straight towar d t h e m wh e n th e boy observ e d that t {nJess h e s t ee r ed h e r around in du e ti m e s h e woul d smash into the m U n f o rtunatel y he saw that this was i m pos s ible, as the r o c k s s p rea d ou t o n either s id e like the arms of a c h a ir surrounding the bo a t o n three sides c ompl ete ly. The n ex t best thing Jack c ould do was t o stop the boat. He g r a sped t h e l ever to re v e r se i t s o th e Spitfir e w ould b ac k water, whe n t o h i s a larm t h e bolt a t t h e joint, w hi c h h a d a fla w in it, snapp ed i n two and r e nd e r ed the us e l ess. 0 r ush e d t h e ram, a nd a m inute afte r wa rd e r e a nything c ould b e dop e to avoid the catastr ophe, she struc k the r o cks with a crash. C H A PTER III. TUE DIVER'S STRANGE PROPOSITION T h e sho ck o f t he i mpa c t w a s so vi ol ent t hat Jac k and Tim w e re flung to t h e floor, and they h e ard Fritz utte r a ye ll do w n be low A bevy of n e wspaper repdrters came flocking to the house to learn the result o ll the boy's experiment, and he gave them a brie f explanation. "What the boat most requires said Jack to his friends, whe n they were both alone in the boy's library, "is considerably mor e strength in the bows and four bobstays stiffened with turn buckles. running from the flow to the ram fins . They will hold her as stiff as a board. Of course she isn't expecterl to ram through ston e walls but she may encounter substances hard e nough to giv e considerable r esistance. Ha' y e d ec id e d upon ther c lass o' torpedoes ter be used? .. aske d Tim. "My own make are the most powerful and destructive," answered Jack. Den you vos ox cept dot goferment' s offer? queried Fritz c uriously. I have alrea dy written to the S ecreta r y of the Navy stating that I will utilize the Spitfire in an e ffort to exterminate the myste riou s ship that infests the Sargasso S e a attacking the passing vessels ," replied J ac k "and h e wrote me that a reward of $75 000 will b e paid for t h e ac complishment of the work and added that he will have me invested with the proper authority to work for the n a vy." Good!" ejaculate d Tim delightedly. "I'm just itchin' ter git this ere ole hulk inter a ctive service agin. An that reminds The boat rebound ed from t h e r o cks. p lunged a t the m again, me o' a le etle incident wot happene d when I wuz aboard o' drive n b y the wh ee l a nd remaining the r e, s h e came to a ther ole frigate-" pau se But before Tim could get any further with his yarn Fritz H e r ram was b ent by the terrifi c blow and the r e were sev -'seized an old ac c ordeon, upon whi c h h e was wont to play, and e ral o f the huge rivets a t the seam torn ou t, where the ram much to Tim' s rage p.e began to grind out a doleful med-joine d the ley upon it. A moment afterwa; ds the se a water began to rapidly gush The ancient sailor hated the instrument intensely, and he in. Partially recovering Jac k sprang to his feet and seeing the boat badly leaking, he rus h e d b ac k into the store-room, which was filled with di v ingsuits, tool s, and duplicate parts of various things, and h e the r e p r o c ured a bolt. Returning to the pilothou se, followed by Frit z who was wildly a sking wha t the m atte r w as, h e set to work upon the disabled lever, and put in the n e w bolt. By that time there w ere s e v eral fee t of water in the pilot house, and the air was getting so c ompress e d that the three gasped for breath, and suff e red a suffo cating sensation. In a. few words J a ck explMned the trouble. "We must reach the su'l'face," he gasped "To remain here fl ve mim1t e s longer m eans suffocation and the loss of the boat. Here! I'll try to r a ise h e r to the surface. He had the lever repaired b y this time, and pulling it ba c k k e stopped the propeller rev e rsed it, a nd as the ram backed aoway from the rocks he started the pumps: The water was rapidly emptied out of her, and she arose to the surface in a sadly battered cond ition. uttered a roar and made a rush for the Dutc h boy swearing that he would demolish the instrumel)t if he got hold of it. Fritz, however, adroitly dodg e d out of his way, and picking the monkey, Whiskers, \Ip from a chair upon which it sat, keenly blinking at them, he l e t the red howl e r fiy at Tim. Furious over such rough treatment, the monkey let out a yell and burying its teeth in Tim' s ear and its fists in his beard, it chattered and pulled and bit him like a demon. A terrific uproar ensued the old sailor raving and stoNning like a pirate, the fat boy chuckling with delight, and Jack vainly shouting to restore order. 1 n the midst of the row Fritz' s green parrot, Bismarck, came waddling into the room harshly whistling to himself, and the moment Tim's solitary e ye fell upon the bird he fired a chair at it. Unfortunately Fritz was in the way and caught the missile on the shins, when several yards of expletives ripped in mix ed lingoes from his lips, and he danced a fantastic Highland; fling. "Donner und blitzen! he roared, screwing his face up l


JACK WRIGHT AND ms ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 5 a knot and shaking his fist at Tim, threateningly. "For vot you vos dry to murter me? Ach, Gott, you proke me mine leg alretty. Vill some vun hand me a growbar till I baralyze dpt oldt son ouf a sea gooks?" He made a rush for Tim, and they clinched. Thereupon Whiskers made a leap for Bismarck, and while Tim and Fritz were struggling on the floor the parrot and monkey began a tussle under the table. In the midst of the riot a pervant entered the room. "A gentleman in the parlor to see you, Mr. Wright," she announced. Upon hearing this remark, hostilities between Tim and Fritz was suspended, and the boy left the library. Crossing the hall, the boy passed into the magnificent drawing room and observed a man sitting there awaiting hi 'm. He was a lanky individual, clad in a sombre suit of black, a choker collar around his neck, a high silk hat, and a cane in his hand; his angular, bony face was clean shaven, and he wore his long gray hair combed straight back from his high, narrow forehead. He fastened a melancholy look upon the boy with his hol low eyes, and without a i;mile on his dark, grim face he arose and bowed. "Jack Wright, I presume?" he asked, in deep, bass tones. "At your service, sir. Whom have I the pleasure of address ing?" asked Jack. "My name is Roger Redyard, answered the stranger, "and I am a diver by profession and hail from Whitstable, England, which is, as you know, a great House-of-Call for divers all its inhabitants having been divers from generation to generation there." "And the object of your call upon me? queried Jack curiously. "Having heard of you at Whitstable, I have come over the ocean expressly to see you," replied Roger Redyard earnestly, "to solicit your co-operation in carrying out a project which I have had in view for many years p ast. It is to embark on a cruise to the North Atlantic in one of your wonderful submarine boats in search of a sunken city." "A sunken city in the Atlantic? echoed Jack, very much surprised. ceeded to the ownership of the old homestead in course of time, and accidentally found the parchment record. Impressed by it!i veracity, a year ago I visited the grassy sea, and dove down to test the truth of the story. But the depth to the pot tom far exceeded the one hundred and fltty feet to which I descended. Yet by the electric light I carried, I saw the tow ers and walls of a ruined, ancient city below where I hung, and it satisfied me that the old parchment story was a true narrative." "Strange!" said Jack. "Did any one else know about it?" "To be sure; every one of the men upon the vessel I employed." Have you got the parchment with you?" "Yes; and here it is," said the diver, handing it over. "Leave it with me and return to-morrow," said Jack. "I am going to the grassy sea on a government mission, al;ld if my friends pin their faith on your story, we may take you along and investigate it." "You will share a vast fortune if you do so," said Roger Redyard, and a few minutes afterwards he too:{ his departure. CHAPTER IV. A BOATLOAD OF RUFFIANS. While Jack and his two friends were at work the next day repairing the electric torpedo boat the young inventor ex plained to them what the purport of Roger Redyard's call had been. They we.re very much surprised at the news, and both agreed that it would be an excellent plan to Impress the diver into their service and test the truth of his story when they reached the grassy sea on their cruise to subdue the craft that was then causing so much annoyance to the American merchant marine. "Thar's one thing cert!ng," said Tim refl ec tively, "an' that are as four men can manage the Spitfire fl. good deal easier'n three men, an' ther lubber would c ome in mighty handy." "You must not lose track of another fact," replied Jack in quiet tones "He may be an impostor, for I did not ask him for any references as to h'is character." "Maybe he only mit us vishes to go so dot he could stole some ouf your ideas how vun ohf dese poats to built," sug gested Fritz. "Or perhaps he is a crank," said the boy. "You both know that my inventions keep me flootled with letters from crack-brained people all over the country, who advice "I have heard of them," the boy replied; "but which of upon impossible flying machines who sqggest the most out these places have you designed to visit, and why do you rageous plans for overland motors, who ask questions I "Exactly," replied the diver. "There is nothing strange in wbat I say, as there are null\erous such places. Take, for ex ample, the ancient city of in the Strait of Gibraltar, Algesiias, in the bay of the same strait, Belon, three leagues west of T.arifa and the cities of Bactes, Cales, Helice, Bura, Lycadia, Sorca, in the Moluccas, and over two hundred cities of Friesland and Zealand. These eruptions of the sea are all due to earthquakes, you know." wish to do so?" wouldn't answer, suggest plans I wouldn't follow, and, in "None of the cities I have mentioned interest me," promptshort, pester the life out of me. If I didn't keep a good girl ly replied the diver. "The place I refer to lies buried under at the door I'd soon be overrun by all sorts of cranks, beg the Sargasso Sea." gars, peddlers, and Heaven only knows what not. Yet the "Indeed! Are you sure of this?" replied the boy interestedgirl seemed to have confidence enough in this man to admit ly. him." "Positive of it. In the time of my great grandfather there "Pervidin', then, as everything's 0. K., we ll take him?" was an island densely populated arising above the sea where "All right, Tim; and now the Spitfire is finished." the drift now floats, and it was a rich race, whose dwellings She was so well repaired that it see;med impossible for her were molded from the purest gold ore, of which part of the to sustain any damage, and Fritz remarked, glancing at the island was composed. This ancestor of mine was shipwrecked ram: and cast away among the strange race, and there saw the "If ve vhas to dot crassy sea gone ve found dem knifes on abundant wealth of the isle. He escaped and years afterward der ram vill be yust vot ve v,ant to cut troo dem sea veeds." there was a volcanic disturbance, reported, and the waves swalThe supper bell rang just then, and the workmen to lowed up this island and its inhabitants." launch the boat, Jack and his friends entered the house "Well?" queried Jack, as the diver paused. It was afterwards found that the Spitfire did not leak a A record of the fact was made by my grandparent, and drop, her engines worked properly, and she was now stronger the paper was put away and never referred to again. I than ever


6 JACK WRIGHT .\.ND HIS ELEO'l'RIC TORPEDO H.\M. Night fell upon the village, and the mail came in, bringing "What do you mean by that?" asked the boy. Jack a bulky letter from Washington, containing a Letter of "Mean? Why, it has suddenly occurred to me that I may Marque, thorough instructions, atid a map of his course. have a solution of the reason for that strange schooner's That settled the boy's business with the government, and attacks!" excitedly replied the diver. he merely wrote an acknowledgment of the letter, and "Can it be possible? And what is your impression?" stated that he would start for the Sargasso within a fort-''Why, don't you recollect, when I told you my story of night. the sunken city of the Atlantic, I answered you that the entwe He had hardly completed this letter when two men called, crew of the shtp I employed were aware of the fact that the and the boy was summoned into the reception room. sunken city contained a vast treasure?" To his surprise he saw that one of them was a very wealthy "Yes, I recollect that you said answered Jack. and much respected steamship owner of New York. 'Then, what is more likely than that these men, or some "Mr. Grant!" he exclaimed, smilingly, as he advanced and of at least, imbued with a thirst to secure some of that shook hands with the old gentleman. "This is an unex-gold, have sailed a ship there and are the very ones who pected pleasure, I assure you. Welcome to Wrightstown." are committing the assaults you mention?" "The fact is, my dear boy,'' smilingly replied the old gen''I' uon't see why they should act that way," said Mr. tleman, in warm tones, "I've been called upon by my old Grant. friend here--" "Don't you? Well, I do. They must naturally be suspi" Ah!" said Jack, recognizing the steamship owner's comcious of every craft that draws near them, fearing a piratical panion to be the diver who c;alled the day previously. "Mr. attac}!: to wrest from them what gold they might have secured Redyard-yes, I remember him. He was here yesterday. Be by dredging, grapneling or dragging. On the other hand, they ,i:;eated gentlemen." may want to frighten passing vessels away, to hide their "As I was saying, continued Mr. Grant, taking a chair, work, or, again, there may be several parties after the gold, "this chap I have known intimately from his infancy. He and the one who arrived there first, suspecting every apis a most honest and sincere man, and having told me what proaching craft may be his rival, he probably drives them has brought him here, I have given in to his urging and away." came up here to recommend him; as he fears you might not "Any of those reasons sound plausible," said Jeck musgive credence to his integrity, coming to you as he did, a ingly. "At any rate, we can easily ascertain the object of total stranger." the ocean outlaws when we encounter them." "I am very glad to hear you say this, Mr. Grant," said Soon afterwards the ship owner and the diver took their the boy earnestly, '"as it banishes any doubts f' might have departure, and Jack joined Tim and Fritz out in the workhad of him, and proves that his story, wonderful though it shop and explained to them what had occurred. is, deserves consideration." You see,., said he, in conclusion, "all our doubts of Roger "I'd. stake my life on Redyard's veracity!" emphatically Redyard are now settled, for the man who vouched for bim is declared Mr. Grant, "and I consider that you will gain an a reliable p e rson whom I highly esteem. enormous fortune if you were to follow out his plan to reach "Dot seddles id, den Dim," said Fritz, with a broad grin. the sunken city of the Atlantic." I vhas got a wictlm at last dot you can stuff mit your "There could be but little extra effort in doing so," said lies. Jack, "for I have just concluded an agreement with the I Vast, thar, yer lubber; don t yer git too personal!" growlgovernment to undertake the extermination of the vessel ed the ancient mariner, with a scowl. "Them what hears ther I I . cruising upon the waters under which this sunken city lies." yarns spms gams a heap more o' practical infe'rmation "What! Have you been chosen "for this task?" than you has." 1 "Yes, sir; and 1 sail in a fortnight." Jack and his friends then made a close examination of the "Thank Heaven for (that, for none of my steamships was boat, and having seeh 1i.iat she was once more in first rate among the victims of that rascals, and as r have the greatest condition, they made out a list of requirements for their, voy confidence in your ability, I feel certain that we will soon be age to the Sargasso and left the shop. rid of that accursed scourge, who has made ocean travel il The night had closed dark and storm threatening, and as terror to passengers, and b1'ought a loss of thousands of dol-the three passed the great brick building to return to the lars upon the American ship owners." house, the boy lleard the hissing sound' of whispers coming "You are now satisfied of my veracity, r hope, Mr. Wright?" from the direction of the creek, and he came to a sudden queried Roger Redyard in earnest tones. pause. Hold on!" he muttered. "What was that-men' s voices?" 'Perfectly," replied the boy in open candor, "and if you will join us here in a week we will be ready to start and carry you with us. We can arrange a contract for this matter then, to share among four the proceeds bf any result we may me .et with, and you can aid us in the management of our boat, and give us the benefit of your as a prac tical diver. How does that suit '.I'" "Excellent! Splendid!" replied Redyard delightedly "I shall be on hand at the stipulated time prepared for the trip, and I pledge you sir, you will find me a valuable acquisition to your party. But what ship is this I heard you speaking of as haunting the Sargasso sea and making itself so obnoxious to passing vessels?" Jack explained the matter to him. Redyard pondered deeply a few minutes, and then therEl' suddenly flashed a startled look over his dark face. "By heavens, it can't be possible!" he suddenly cried, pounding the table with his fist and springing to his feet with such an unexpected movement as to startle Jack. "Aye, I reckon it wuz assented Tim softly. "Und dere vhas der sount ohf oars, whispered Fritz. With their suspicions aroused the three dropped down upon their hands and knees, and crept a c ross the lawn among the trees toward the stone bulkhead of the creek. There was !Ibroad flight of marble stairs leading down from the grounds to the water, and when they reached the top of them and over they beheld a large skiff filled with men gliding in from the bay. They carried a ship's lantern, and by its light Jack saw that they were as ruffianly a looking gang as ever he had seen. CHAPTER V TRAPPED. The men in the rowboat had ceased conversing, and quietly pulled their boat up to one of the ring-bolts in the wall, to which they tied the painter.


JACK WRIGHT AND B.1.., TORPEDO RAM. All except one of debarked upon the stairs, and Jack and his companions thereupon retreated behind the trees, from which point of espionage they watcheq the strangers. Effectually concealed in the denser gloom under the foliage, they saw the men gather in a group, and heard one of them say: f "This must be the place, boys. Now for our plan of action. Let me see-there are ten of you; quite sufficient to overpower the young inventor. I will go to the front door, ring for admission, and when I have got. Jack .Wright in conversation, you all must be rea,iy to rush in and overpower him. Remember, though, to make no noise and to do him no injury. We must carry him away bodily to our cra"lt in the ._bay and ship him out of the country before he has time to start upon his cruise. Should he make that trip tci the Sargasso Sea it would prove fatal to our projects. We must prevent it at all hitzards in order to save ourselves." ""How do you know that he has been commissioned by the American !J'(lvernment to go on the cruise?" one of the men asked. "Because the spy whom we had 'watching Roger Redyard in Europe learned' that the diver designed to come here to procure the assistance of Jack Wright to visit the sunken city, and when we 1eft the Sargasso, upon my r.eceipt of this information, and reached New York, I there read in the news paper that this boy inventor was empowered as a privateer to exterminate the ship of the Sargasso for a reward of $75,000. Now that you all know just how the case stands, you can realize how important it is that we stop this expe dition, and I shall look for your strongest efforts to carry out my scheme." "Aye, aye! Depend upon us!" cried the rest unanimously. Then, as noiselessly as possible, the whole gang proceed e d toward the house, and with a puzzled look upon his face, which his friends did not see in the gloom, Jack whispere9: rn Heaven's name what is the secret governing those wretches who are ravaging the Sargasso?" "Blast my timbers if I kin understan' it!" Tim replied. "Donner vetter, Shack!" said Fritz excitedly, "don't dese mens vhas some ouf der grew ouf dot ships vot ve vhas going after by der crassy sea alretty vonct?" rt seems so. They must be desperately anxious to prevent every one from getting near them to discover or interrupt their mysterious operations, to get to this excess." "'Wot re ye a-goin' ter do about it, lad?" "I'm going to trap these rascals, and when they are in my power, if it is within the bounds of possibility, I am going to wring a confession of what prompts their motive from them. "Ach hurry ub, den," eagerly said. Fritz, frtripping off his jacket, in anxious anticipation of a fight. "I vhas gedding rusty for vant ouf breakin' somepody's neck, und der sooner as ve kills dose rascals, so much der petter I vhas bleased mineselluf." "Hold on, Fritz," interposed Jack, detaining the intrepid Dutch boy, as he started to rush after their enemies. "Not so fast, my boy. I want to take those villains by surprise. We have got an advantage and must retain it." He hastily gave his friends some instructions, and while they were hastening away toward the workshop, the boy went ahead to the house. "Strange," he muttered, "how those men, isolated upon a ship in the Atlantic Ocean, should have heard all about our movements, and now come here to interfere with us. The most powerful incentive must be prompting them." Jack passed into the house by a side door, and a servant soon announced that there was a gentleman in the parlor. "Show him into the library here," said Jack quietly. He then whistled through a speaking tube on the wall. "Well?" came the reply in Tim's voice. "You'll find me in the library," said Jack. He dropped the tube just as the girl ushered in his caller, and casting a swift, searching glance upon the man, Jack saw that he was a tall young fellow, attired in the blue uni form and cap of a naval officer. He had light hair, blue eyes, a sun-burned face, and a sharp nose, and looked like anything b'ut the ruffian Jack had mentally pictured him. He returned Jack,'s searching stare with interest a moment, as if sizing up the 'kind of a person he had to deal with and then, making a poli.te bow, he asked pleasant tones:' "Have I the honor of addressing Mr. Jack Wright'?" "That is my name, sir," said Jack. "Be seated." The boy pushed a hap.dsomely upholstered arm-chair up to the man, and he sat down in it with his hands upon the arms. Scarcely was he seated, however, when from within the padding of the chair several strong, curved steel bands shot out on all sides, and clasping the man around the neck, chest and stomach, rigidly held him where he sat! This mechanical device was an arrangement of Jack's invention, and took the man so by surprise that he uttered a startled exclamation, and made a auick effort to get up. It was utterly impossible for ,him to do so, however, for al though his arms and legs were not pinioned, his head and trunk were held as if in a vise, the weight of his body, in sitting down having .set a hidden mechanism in motion that caused the steel bands to seize the man tightly in the manner described. "Heavens!" he gasped, turning as pale as death upon finding himself rendered helpless. "What does this mean, sir?" "What is your business with me? queried Jack coolly. "Business? Why-but say-don't you see how I'm caught?" "Of course," the boy, with a nod. "You can't budge an inch." "This is the result of design, and not an accident, th.en?" "Decidedly. Now tell me what you want." "But this is outrageous. Release me at once." "That is not answering my question," said Jack. "I have called upon business. This a nice way to treat a caller." "State what your business with me is." "Not until you release me fro m this trap." "Impossible! Impossible, sir!" "Why liave you played this trick upon me?" "Simply to hold you at my mercy." "Evidently so, but what actuated you?" '"To prevent you earring out your designs upon me." "Ha! Then you know--" "I am aware that you came here to abduct me." "Exposed, by thunder!" "The trouble .;,.ith your scheme was that you explained it in my hearing." "Do you mean to" say that you were in the yard just now?" "I was; and seeing you and your men land, I heard all YO\l said." "Now I understand the situation, confound it!" cried the man, "but I am not lost yet, as you ;will find out." He drew a whistle from his pocket and blew a shrill blast when like magic his men appeared at the windows and fling ing them open they rushed into the library. "We're eicposed! I'm caught!" cried the man furiously. "Go for him, and then release me boys." men rushed for Jack, when the boy sprang to the wall and pushed upon a press button, signaling to his friends in the shop The next moment Jack drew a revolver from his pocket and facing his foes, he leveled it at them, and cried: "Stop where you are, or I'll fire!"


8 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS 1!.LEOTRIC TORPEDO RAM. There was a ring to his voice that brought them to an Ir resolute halt, and they gazed askance at their leader. ''Fire upon him!" the latter individual gasped. "The case is desperate. If foiled, we must escape. Charge on him!" The men attempted to obey, when Jack's self-cocking revol ver began to bark, and several of the rascals fell. Jack marched his prisoners to the jail, where he was joined by the local magistrate, who committed them upon hearing a recital of Jack's complaint against them. Despite every effort to draw a confession from them, not one of the rascals wo'uld say a word to condemn himself. Realizing that they must have come from some vessel in the bay, as soon as they were incarcerated Jack drew Tim and Furious now, they began to rave and swear, as they came Fritz aside, and confided his suspicions to them. to a pause again, and the next momerlt every one of them ''We had better scour the water," remarked the boy, "and if who carried a weapon produced it. they have got a vessel qut there, we can capture her and Upon seeing that he would get riddled with bullets Jack perhaps gather in the rest of .. this treacherous crew." suddenly held up his hand, and cried: "Aye, lad, an' if they are some o ther lubbers wot we're "Don't fire! It will only make matters worse." a-goin' after ter ther Sargasso," said Tim, "when we gits ter "Surrender and release me then!" exclaimed the prisoner. that 'ere sea we won't ha' so many ter fight." The boy seemed to hesitate. "Den ve petter tooken der Spitfires," suggested Fritz, unil. He shot a glance at the window. ve den could see vetter she all righd vhas or not after dot "No," he replied, "I can't d9 that." smashes oup vot she hat alretty." "Then I'll have you killed and escape, anyway." .. A good suggestion," assented Jack. "We can kill two birds "That is impossible. Look around you, and observe that the first one to move hand or foot will fall dead in his tracks." As Jack spoke, he made a sweeping gesture around the room, and the men opposing him followed his motion with their eyes, and giving to a chorus of cries, they lowered their weapons, and buddied In a group with blanched faces. For, led by Tim and Fritz, a hundred of Jack's workmen, armed with pistols and rifles had come crowding into every; doorway and window, and were then aiming their weapons at the gang, as if about to shoot them down. "We are lost-lost!" groaned Jack's prisoner, despair ingly. CHAPTER VI. A GRAND SUCCESS. With an expression of triumph on his face, Jack glanced around at the men who had designed to do him so much in jury, and then demanded sternly of them: "Will you submit to capture, or shall I order my men to pour in a volley that will destroy every one of you?" "Don't shoot! Don't shoot!" hoarsely cried the men. "Then fling down your weapons and throw up your hands." "Yes, yes!" resounded from every lip. And the next moment the whole subdued crowd were at the boy's mercy, wearing a most crestfallen air. "Tim! Fritz! Come in here with a rope and bind them!" cried Jack. The sailor and Dutch boy complied, and wjthin a few min utes they had the whole gang tied together, and their leader out of the chair among them. "We will lock them up in the village jail now," said Jack, when everything was in readiness for departure. "You,'' he added, addressing his workmen, "can form in two files, one on each side of them. Shoot them down if they attempt to escape while you are guarding them on the way to the jail." With this arrangement, the boy marched his prisoners from the room, and when they were outside the workmen formed files on each side, and they started for the jail. A crowd was attracted in the street, which rapidly grew in. numbers, and among them there appeared the man who had been left in the creek to guard the boat. He saw what had befallen his companions, and with a frightened look upon his face he hastened away, returned to the ship they had come from, which lay at anchor in the bay, and apprising the remainder of the crew what had happened, they at once hoisted anchor, raised the sails and fied. with one stone, as the saying goes, by so They thereupon hastened back to the shop, boarded the ram, and Jack sent her down the creek and out upon the bay, while Tim and Fritz went below to see how everything was working after repairing her. The boy started the searchlight, and swept the water in all directions with It, but saw no strange vessel. He then ran the Spitfire up to a craft, with the crew of which he was acquainted. She was anchored off the old wooden pier among a flotilla of fishing smacks belonging to the occupants of the vine covered cottages lining the shore. There were some of the men upon her deck, and as the torpedo boat ran up to her, the boy hailed the crew. "Hulloa, Jack! yelled the captain, appearing at the bul wark. "What's wanted now?" "Have you seen a strange craft in here to-night, captaln ?" "Aye-a large schooner called the Deer. She sent a boat's crew ashore an hour ago. "What has become of her?" "Set sail -ten minutes before you appeared, and left the bay." "By jingo, they've taken warning!" muttered Jack. "Anything gone wrong?" queried the skipper. "Yes-I'm after her!" replied Jack. "They are outlaws!" The captain whistled with surprise. Before he could say anything else the ram glided away. Jack yelled down the tubes to his friends what he heard, and Tim came stumping up into the pilot-house. "Shall we pursue her?" queried the boy. "LQrdy, she can't be far ahead o' us!" replied Tim. "Then I'll do it. Go down and tell Fritz." Away dashed the boat for the headland, and rushing out upon the dark sea with her searchlight blazing far ahead, Jack turned her to the southward. She had come from New York he knew by what he heard her captain say, and he therefore inferred that she would return to the same place. In this the boy made no error, for within quarter of an hour the searchlight suddenly fell upon a schooner under run sail ahead, and directing a glass at her the boy made out the name "Deer" upon her stern. Tim and Fritz came in just then. "There she is now," said Jack, pointing ahead. "Sailin' fer all she's worth, too!" remarked Tim. "I vhas some pad news for you got," said Fritz. "Has the Spitfire shown any defect?" "Nein. Dis poat vhas all right, but vhen ve vhas exberi mendin' ve used oup all der dorbedoes, und now ve don't got nodings but rifies und bistols to depend on."


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 9 A frown of annoyance crossed Jack' s brow. "This is a sorry plight to be placed in," he exclaimed. "Without such arms, he continued 'we cannot very well overcome our enemies on yonder boat, for they must realize tllat we are in pursuit of them by this time, and if they are armed with guns, they will doubtless open fire upon us. 'Lor'! Wot's ter be did, then?" "We might ram their craft and sink her." "Dere don't vhas some odder way," said Fritz. "Then here goes to hail her! Turning one of the levers, Jack drove the boat ahead till was close to the flying vessel, and then yelled:. "Schooner ahoy!" "Ahoy!" came the reply. ''Haul to!" ''What for?" ''Arrest!" "'Never!,, 'Refuse, and I'll your craft." "We'll fire a gun if you get too near." "Stand by, boys! cried Jack. "I'll charge her. He saw the Deer's cr e w trimming a swivel gun to bear upon them, and putting o n. full speed he steered the Spitfire to aim straight at the run of the schooner on the after port side. Away shot the submarine boat like a streak of lightning, the water whistling where the keen blades of the ram gashed through it, as her enormous \ropeller flew around. She reached the Deer like a cyclone. Crash! Bang! went the ram into the schooner. The harsh sound of splintering planks rang above the swash of the sea, and was followed by a yell from the crew There were not many men on the vessel. Never expecting such an attack, they were very much amazed. A huge hole was stove in the hull of the vessel through which the water pour e d in torrents, and the Deer swung up in the wind, while the Spitfire recoiled. The shock of her ram had done no injury to her now as it was so firmly braced, and\ Jack saw what damage he had done with intense satisfaction His boat had acted precisely as be wished her to. The blades of the ram were so arranged that when the gun barrel, which constituted the ram, struck the vessel, they caused the Spitfire to recoil spontaneously. "Will you give in now and I'll save your craft from going down!" shouted Jack to the dismayed fugitives. "Yes, yes!" was the frantic reply. The Spitfire ran alongside of the fast-sinking schooner, and, obeying Jack's order, a hawser was flung to Tim, who had gone out on deck, and the sailor made it fast to a stanchion. Then the men on the rammed vessel boarded the torpedo boat and were locked up in the storeroom. Jack saw that by quick work he could tow the Deer into Wrightstown Bay before she went down. Accordingly he put speed upon his boat, and turning her up the coast, she started off pulling the schooner after her. The captured boat was sunk to her scuppers by the time she reached the town, and Jack ran her alongside of the deck, to which she was fastened sq she could not sink. The news had spread among the villagers that Jack had gone alter the boat belonging to the men who tried to abduct him, and there was a large crowd to meet them on the dock. CHAPTER VII AWAY FOB THE SARGASSO. Upon Incarcerating his prisoners, Jack telegraphed to Roger Redyard to come up from New York at once. On the following morning the boy s house, when Jack had transpired, a n d said: the diver pre sented himself at gave him an account of what "The reason why I sent for you was to see if you could recognize any of the prisoners." "I'll tell you as s on as I set ey e s on them." Follow me to the jail, then." "I know nothing about the Deer ," said Redyard, as they went out together and proceeded to the prison. A short time afterward they reached the jail and were ush ered into the cell department, when the ringleader of the prisoners was shown to Redyard. Every one of the crew of the ship were strangers to him, but as soon as he beheld the captain, he criM: "By thunder, it's Luke Dudley! The prisoner started and turned pale upon yard. You recognize this man, then?" queried Jack. seeing Red"Aye! He is one of the men I employed on the craft I used at the time I went diving for the treasure of the sunken city." "Then your surmise was correct." "It's evident that those men are following my example : and the cause of all their villainy upon the Sargasso is a greedy desire to retain control of the .treasure without any interference." "In that case," said Jack, "they must have met with some encouragement. It is likl!lY they've fished up some of the treasure, else they would not stay there and make an effort to drive away every approaching vessel with their guns. Ques tion this man, anyway." "You may as well confess now as later in the court, Dud ley," said Redyard to the prisoner. Will you own up what it was that brought you to Sargasso? " I don't mind telling you replied the prisoner for I sup pose you will find out all about it any w ay later on There were four officers on your craft when you went prospecting for the sunken city, as you may recoll ect--" "Yes, yes, go op.!" impatiently said Redyard. "We met and agreed to purchase four vessels to carry on the work y ou seemed to have abandoned, whereupon the crc,w diviC.e d itself into several factions with the idea in view. W e warned them that if we met any of their vessel'S on the S a r gasso while we were there we would drive them off with o u r guns. A bitter quarrel ensued. We separated, each party swearing it would carry out its resolve. We purchased four schooners looking very much alike, and with alterations and paint strengthened the resemblance so as to individuali z e ourselves from other vessels--" "Ah! Then there were four instead of one schooner?" "Yes; my vessel, the Deer, was one of them. The old crew fitted out several vessels and went to the Sargasso, and we have been busy ever since driving them away." "How was it you fired on vessels that were in no way con cerned in the matter?" "It was the result of accid ent rather than design, as we imagined that every craft that approached was one of our enemies, except in the case of steamships." "I don't wholly believe that," said Redyard "In fact, I am confident that you had 1 some ulterior motive in view. Anyway, didn t you me et with some success in getting at the gold?" "We dragged up some house ornaments, and in one instance a small golden idol," hesitatingly replied the prisoner. "I thought you had some encouragement." He questioned the man at some length further, but could gain but very little more information, as the prisoner fil''Adenly took it into his head to keep still Jack and Redyard then left the prison.


10 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. It was very evident to the young inventor that he had a large and dangerous clique of desperate men to contend against upon his voyage-men whOI, having a wealth of gold in view would bitterly resent having it wrested from them. "Judging by the large crew carried by the Deer," said Jack, "there must be a large number o men among the remaining three ships, and if they are a lawless \set, it is plain that we will have a hard of it with them." In the afternoon he had the men indicted for what they had done, and their vessel was searched for proof against them, when the startling discovery was made that she carried amongst her cargo a miscellaneous lot of goods bearing the shipping mark. of several different vessels. Upon an inquiry into this matter, it was ascertained that the ships upon which the goods had been sent had never reac hed their destinations. By this it was readily inferred that the hostile vessels that haunted the Sarg;uiso were not merely peaceful treasurehunters, but added the hideous crime of piracy to their work. Of course this had to be proven; but every circumstance had such a suspicious look that there was not much doubt about it in Jack's mind. Roger R edyard resolved to remain in Wrightstown now and accepted Jack' s invitation to stop at the boy's house. He was therefore enabled to lend his assistance at fitting out the Spitfir e for h e r cruise, and thus make himself familiar with the peculiar boat. The work was pushed forward vigorously, now that their enemies were disposed of temporarily, and at the end of a week the boat was ready At the stipulated time monkey and parrot with The sea was as smooth for service. our friends embarked, taking the them, and left Wrightstow n. as a sheet of glass, every one was in high spirits, and the boat worked like clockwork. "She's a light looking weapon,,. said Jack, "and one ma can train, elevate and manage her, yet she throws a fifty pound shell with a muzzle velocity of 2,500 a second and I use a smokeless powder that can send an armor-piercin shell through two calibres of steel at close range." "Are you marksman enough to hit that whale from here?" "I hav e had some practic e a t gunnery, r e plied the boy and might be able to do it, but 'it' s a long shot at a small mark. I'll try it, however, as I have never used this gun before." He opened the breech and shoved in a cartri_ dge the door, and took careful aim at the whale Then he fired the shot. A deafening roar pealed from the gun. Not an atom of smoke followed it. clqsetl With a scream, the projectile shot from the muzzle and went roaring over the waves towards the whale. Jack eagerly peered out the gun port with the diver, and saw the shell go flying straight towards its mark. It struck the whale. There followed a tremendous upheaval of water and the tom fragments of the whale, and a moment afterwards all that remained of the leviathan floated fifelessly upon the sea. CHAPTER VIII. A DOZEN CASTAWAYS. Two days after the success of ihe turret gun was assured by trying it on the whale, the Spitfire came in sight of her destination, and Fritz, who was at the wheel des cried a distant small sail. Jack laid his course straight for the grassy sea as possible, He viewetl it for a long while, and then uttered the cr) and on the morning of the second day out from port he was of : suddenly aroused from his slumbers by hearing. a tremendous 'Sail-ho! Sail-ho!" commotio n out in the pilot-house. The rest were finishing their luncheon in the cabin. He hastily arose, dressed himself, and went out. They came rushing up forward into the pilot-hous e as soon Tim was at the wheel, and Fritz and Redyard were on as they heard the Dutch boy's voice. deck. "It' s a fioatin' bar'l, I tell ye!" Tim was shouting. "Got oudt! the Dutch boy answered. I told yer id vhas a log "You are both mistaken. It's a whale!" said Redyard. "Where is it?" queried Jack, running out on deck. "Off to the leeward, there," replied Redyard, pointing. Jack scanned the large dark object floating in the sea very carefully about half a league distant. He soon saw that Redyard was right. "It is a whale, for it's spouting n9 ,w," he remarked, as he eyed the j e t of vapor flung up by the leviathan. "It's a little out of its latitude," remarked Redyard, "but I suppose they often get down this way." "Where away?" demanded Jack: glancing out. "Straight ahet ouf der Spitfires, replied Fritz. "Did you make her out?" asked Jack, seeing the distant sail. "Shiminey _Christmas, no. I can't look fife miles avay." ''Let me have the glass, said Jack, taking it from him. He leveled it at the distant white sail and presently said: "Why, boys, it's a ship's quarter boat, loaded with men." "That's strange, my lad," remarked Tim wonderingly. "And they are signaling to us," added Jack, presently. "Castaways from some wreck, I s'pose," comm ented Tim. "Steer for them, and we'll find out who they are," said Jack, "for the jury-mast and torn sail they carry will not "What a fine shot it would make," remarked am going up in the conning tower and try my inch, rapid-fire gun. Come along. Redyard." Jack. "I bring them to us in a hurry." new five The fat boy nodded, and Tim turned to Redyard, and reFollowed by the diver Jack mounted the spiral staircase and entered the round-top cupola in which the gun was mounted. This turret revolved by machinery, and was perforated by a large number of plate glass, round windows. The gun was capable of firing five rounds in seventeen sec onds, primed brass cartridge cases and shells being loaded together, and a system of breech mechanism allowing great marked: "A-seein' them 'ar poor fellers in that boat reminds me o' ther time I wuz wrecked by a iceberg on ther coast o' Afriky." "Icebergs around Africa?" skeptically echoed Redyard. "Aye, now; it sounds queer, don't it, but you'll soon see how true it wuz. I wuz ther fust mate o' ther tradin' ship Sally Ann Tee, an' we'd taken a cargo o' ivory an' diamonds from--" rapidity of opening and closing. Hydraulic cylinders ch ecked the recoil and a powerful spring returned the gun most instantaneously. "A cargo of diamonds? For heaven's sake, who was the in twelve inches, millionaire who owned them?" to the battery al-.. I mean we had a cigar box full of 'em among ther cargo." "Oh-that's different."


JACK HT AND HIS EJ.;ECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. .. Ter perceed," grufily said Tim, who to have yarns interl'upted with doubting comments, "it wuz durln' ther middle watch o' a werry dark, night. Indeed, it wuz so dark a feller couldn't see his :(lipper athwart his squintin'-tackfo. I wuz on duty, an' thei; ship wuz a-driftin' north by west in a powerful gale o' wind, along ther Guinea coast, all sails reefed, an'--" "For the Lord's sake," impatiently said Redyard, "why 'l\on.t you get down to facts? We don't care about your de tails." Tim gave a grunt, took a chew, and growled: "I do not understand your meaning ed?" No-scuttled." "By whom?" "Pirates." "Where?" "In this sea." "Tell me how it happened." Was \ou ship wreck"We are the crew ol' the ship Boston Betty, and were on our way to Liver,Pool when we were attacked by a large black schoon e r with decks flush with the sea, called the Gob"Well, if yer ain't pertickler, I'll veer ahead, my hearty. lin Girl--" We run afoul o' a i<;eberg, an' stove a llole in ther bow. Ther "Ah!" interposed J!\Ck. "The gold cH.vers!" ship went down, an' we only had time ter crowd inter one Every one shared in this suspicion. boai ter save our lives. We didn't dare ter land, an' as we "Do you know anything about the pirates?" asked the looked at each other's pale faces--" man in surprised tones. "Say," dryly remarked Redyard, "you just said it was ''We have come here to exterminate them," replied Jack. such p, dark night you couldn't see your hand before your "By Jove! You don't say! That's queer. Anyway, they face. Now, how in thunder could you see that it was an iceplundered our craft, took us prisoners, and scuttled the ship. berg you struck-how could you see the shore was half a mile We discovered while aboard that they were intent findaway-how could you count just forty men in such dense ing some fabulous golden city underneath the Sargasso, and gloom-how could you see that your faces were so pale, they subjected us to all sorts of cruelties, so that we resolved and--' to escape. One night we managed to get out of the. hold un "'Avast, thar, interposed Tim grimly. "I'i;n doin' as yer seen, and finding that quarter boat towing asterq, we got axed me-givin' yer facts, as ye don't care fer details." away in it." Redyard burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter. ''Five days ago?" "That's one on me," he remarked. "Tim, you've got the best of the argument. But as the castaways are so clos e that you ca 't (thank Heaven) continue your yarn just n 0w, we will leave the rest to be told at some future time." "Y-er will be lucky if ye hears it!" replied Tim. I gin erally tells 'em ter people wot enjoys 'em, an' as you're' so flap-doodled critical, I ain't a-goin' ter bother wi' yer no more." "For which I am truly grateful," muttered Redyard. Jack had iaken the wheel from Fritz. By this time the Spitfire had arrived within half a mile of the quarter boat, and Jack could see with the naked eye that the occupants were frantically signaling to him. Presently he heard their voices calling: Ship ahoy! "Help! Help!" "Save us! save us!" The submarine boat was steered straight for the boat, and soon reached its dozen occupants, when Jack left the wheel in Tim's hands and ran out on deck with Fritz. A line was flung to the in the boat, and making it fast to their cockle shell, they were hauled al

JO .RAM. "No," replied Jack in surprise, "but since you have sighted struction, we have circumvented yo11r pJ4ns by a good st her we will run over to her and give her these passengers." tegic move, and rendered you powerless at our mercy.' The vessel was at least five miles away in the Sargasso, These words fell like a knell upon Jack's ears. and when the Spitfire ran toward her, under Jack' s direcHe glanced at his friends. tlon, the efficacy of the knife blades on the ram was shown They all stood with pallid faces of chagrin, by the way they cut through the del).se drift weed. j raised up over their heads, and their enemies An ordinary vessel would have found it l urd woJ.i( to sail them. rapidly through the Sargasso, but it did no t lnder the ram. Jack pulled two of the levers around on the switeh-board, In half an hour they drew near the vessel, and saw it was and the electric lights flared up while the pumps began .ti a schooner. work. Jack leveled a glass at her. '"What are you doing there?" growled the man. To his amazement, he observed that she as the Goblin "If you value your life you won't interfere with me." Girl. "The boat's sinkin'!" yelled one of the men, rushing for CHAPTER IX. CAUGHT UNDER THE SEA. By heavens, boys there' s the ship we are after now!" cried Jack. Tim, Fritz and Redyard dashed into the pilothouse, and peering out the windows, saw the big black schooner. She stood luffed up In the wind, and her crew were crowded along the rail, gesturing toward the torpedo boat. Our friends took one look at her, and then Tim closed the doors and windows, making everything secure agfiinst a pos sible encounter. This had hardly been done when the castaways came .filing in from the dining room and saw the ship. There she is now!" exclaimed their spokesman. She has been sailing toward us," Jack remarked, with a laugh, "and little suspected who we were." ; "On the contrary," replied the castaway, "her <; .. '1tain knows all about your craft and who you are." Oh yes! He had spies watching this m .. '1 Redyard, I believe so I presutne he got posted in that way. ". "Exactly so," the castaway answered. "I ha'' got here," he added, withdraw.ing a revolver from his poclrnt, "a weapon which carries seven shots, and each one of my 'Companions are armed in exactly the same way, do you see?" "Small arms are of no use to us now,., answered Jack. "Each bullet in these pistols is as good as a man's life." Yes, so they are, in expert hands." Every one ot us are dead shots. "Are you?" the door. "Don't alarm yourself," said Jack. "You can't get out. This boat can navigate under water. Leave the door alone. you fool! It's caught with a spring lock. A look of fear crossed the faces of the strangers, as the Spitfire buried herself forty-two feet under the surface ):>efore coming to a pause, and their leader yelled: Say, stop her! Send her to the surface!" Jack did not lose his coolness for a moment, and a smile crossed his face, as he remarked: "I turned the tables upon you!" "Send the boat up, I tell you! gasped the man. He and his companions were not accustomed to going under the sea, and their situation alarmed them. "Do you see those levers?" questioned Jack, imitating the manner the bearded man assumed, and he pointed out the switchboard, and the rascal replied : "Yes. What of it7 "If I turn one of them I can shut off the infiux of air from the reservoirs, and every one of us will smother." "Don't do that, on your life! "We might as well die of asphyxiation as by your pistol bullets, consequently we ain't afraid. There's one cha ,ce, though." "What do you mean? "Drop your weapons, and surrender yourselves prisoners.. and I won't shut off the air; refuse, and we will all smother." 'Good heavens!" "C hoose! The man was in a quandary. He had been certain of the ascendency over Jack, and now found it difficult to submit to being coerced into defeat. ''I'll kill you and work the levers myself! he yelled. "Stand back! Take care! Touch them at your peril!" cried Jack warningly. "Turn the wrong one and the boat ''And if you and your friends do not instantly hold up your hands in token of submission, we will kill you." I might sink to the bed of the ocean, and get crushed to a pulp by the weight of the seas over her. Turn another, and you the will charge the vessel with an electric current strong enough i to roast us to death. You are in danger, man! I "What-us?" gasped Jack in startled tones. "Yes-you!" emphatically replied the castaway. And the next moment Jack and his fri ends found twelve men all aiming their weapons at them! "Treachery!" exclaimed Jack. "Obey, or die!" sternly cried the man. The demeanor of the whole crowd had now changed from their former unhappy bearing to an insolent air of harsh tyranny that was simply startling. It was evident they had been acting a part. "Explain this outrage!" exclaimed Jack hotly. "I will We sighted your craft before you saw our schooner." Ah! You are part of the schooner's crew?" "We .are. Agreeing upon the role we ;Played, we took to I 1 one of the quarter boats, and sent the schooner flying away under full sail. You were so busy with us you failed to no tice her." "And now?"' l "Realizing. by your talk that you have overcome the man l we sent to abduct you, and are determined upon our de-Taking warning, the man paused in horror. He saw that Jack had him. "I'll show you that I am not trifling!" cried Jack. He closed the air valve, and in a few minutes the atmosphere within the turret became so vitiated that they could hardly breathe. "Don't murder us-I yield!" roared the man. He turned to his men and told them that it were better to give in than to die like rats in a trap. To this they all agreed and lowered their weapons. and Jack turned on the air supply again, kept his hand on the lever, and addressing Tim, he said: "Take their weapons away from them and bind them all hand and foot. I shall retain my hold upon this lever, and at the first sign of revolt I'll cut off the air SUP!llY tm we all perish. Remember, I'm desperate, and I'll employ desperate methods to win, or die."


The stern ring to the boy's tones convinced the men that he eant every word he uttered, and seeing that resistance was tterly useless, they dropped their weapons. Fritz and Tim were experts at knot making, and securing trong lines they tied the men as Jack directed. As soon as the men were secured so that escape was utter Y impossible, they were secured separately to the walls of ne of the rooms, and there were left to their fate. "Victory!" exclaimed Jack delightedly. ''Hurrah! Hurrah! Hurrah!" yelled his companions. "What actors!" exclaimed Tim. He saw that they were completely choked up with sea weed. In order to make them work properly it was necessary to get this. weed out and prevent the entrlfllce of any more, "Dot vos vun mistakes Shack made himselluf," muttered Fritz ruefully. "He oughter know dot de suctions v)las carry in dot veeds in dose Sargasso Sea, und cover der mout' ouf dem pipes mit nodding alretty." He called up to the boy, explaining the trouble, and Jack came down and saw how the pumps were choked. "How dot oe fixed now? queried Fritz blankly. "Who would have thought they were deceiving us?" said edyard. "We must put caps over the supply pipes," said the boy, after a moment's consideration, "and when the pumps -are Und I fix me dot peautiful subber! cleaned out, we had better rivet screens over the mouths of sooner vould to der picks haf gief it al-the pipes outside." "Donner vetter roaned Fritz. "I etty." "They certainly had a very cunningly arranged plan," said ack. "It Is very evident that they recognized us a great ays off, and expected to win on that deal, but they were de eated without much trouble after all." They had cause to congratulate themselves, for the men hey had overcome had them almost at their mercy when ack's timely wit had saved them from ruination. The boat then lay buried in the densest masses of drifting eed, through which it was impossible to see a yard ahead ith any certainty, despite the intense penetrating glare of he searchlight. Having disimssed the situation for some time, the boy sud enly remembered the schooner upon the surface. "Let us ascend to the top he remarked. "The villains pon the Goblin Girl have seen us sink down and will doubt ess suspect that their cunning plan to outwit us has failed. hey will then very likely crack on all their canvas and try o get away before we get upon the surface again to go for em." "Aye, lad, an' I warrant yer as it won t occupy much time er get ther rest o' her crew whar our prfsoners is," chuckled Im, rolling his good eye knowingly. Assured that he could easily overtake the schooner, Jack ulled the lever to start the pumps forcing the water ballast ut of the boat. But the pumps failed to respond. Instead of operating, after several spasmodic throbs they eased, and Jack hastily reversed the lever for fear of breakng them by their own motive power. "There's something the matter!" exclaimed the boy "Don'd she vould go ub?" queried Fritz, aghast. "Not an inch! Run down an& examine the machinery,'' eplied Jack. "Confound the luck! Just when 'Ye want the oat to act promptly she fails and the schooner may escape." "I hope we will get out of this alive,'' muttered Redyard. CHAPTER X. THE ATLANTIC CABLE. The Dutch boy went down below and made a critical ex amination of the peculiar machinery, but found everything In ftret-class order, and then turned his attention to the pumps. They were of the centrifugal type, which are best applied when raising large quantities of water through low lifts, and dispense with valves. Within the casings were wheels that att\tined a rotary mo tion by connection with the engines, forming a whirlpool in tile boxes, and as these boxes and the supply pipes were fur wtth glass plates by which the Interiors could be ex iat11ti. Fritz glanced In. "Den ve got to put on dose difing suits und go oursellufs oud on deck?" "There is no other way to do It. You and I can fix It, Fritz." They put on their diving suits of metal, with knapsacks on their backs, containing their air supply, and arming themselves with pneumatic pistols and spring knives of Jack's in vention'. they took what. tools and articles they needed, told their companions what they intended doing and passed into the end compartment. The chamber was divided in two Closing their visors, they turned on their air valves, and started the electric lights in the lamps tliat were fastened on top of their h elmets, the currents of which came from elec tric batteries they had inside of their air reservoirs The chamber they occupied was 1it up by electric lights. a s they were the only kind that will burn under water. Then passing through a water-tight door into the other half of the compartment, Jack pulled a lever, and water was let into the room from the sea, filling it up. As soon as this was done, the sea door was opened and they stepped out on deck among the water, weeds and fishes. They had a code of signals arranged in the de a f and dumb alphabet for conversing, and thereby were enabled to converse. Fritz had a rope with him and tying one end of it to the railing, he made a slip-noose in the other end, y.rhlch Jack fastened around his waist. The Dutch boy then lowered the young inventor over the side until Jack arrived opposite the pump holes, when he. signaled his companion to 'stop his descent. Having a bag slung over his shoulder containing all he needed for the work, Jack began his task and capped the mouth of the pump tubes. Fritz then went over to the pilot-house window, where Tim was insid e and there found a press-button. It was attached to an e ie ctric bell, and by pressing the button and ringing the bell like a telegraphic alphabet the Dutch boy spelled out the sentence to Tiin of: "Go down, open pumps, clean them out and fasten them up again. The old sailor nodded assent, and went away. In half an hour he returne d and signaled that he had com plied, whereupon Fritz returned a nd s ignaled to Jack that it was done. The boy then un c apped the tubes a nd boring ho l es. He riveted the scre ens over them to keep out the weed, while Tim clinched the rivets on the inside. Having completed one side Jack climbed up the rope to tlle deck and fixed the other sid e in the s a me way. The boat was then in good wqrking order. Fritz stood at the rail waiting for Jack to signal him to haul up, but the time passed by and no signal came


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. An hour went by and still no signal came. The Dutch boy became restless and impatient. "I'll pull him up, anyvay," muttered Fritz. He seized the and gave it a tug. To his amazement, it was so light that he knew in a moment that Jack was not on the end of it. How had the boy become detached from it? Where had he so mysteriously disappeared to? Dismayed and nervous, Fritz drew the rope :otll up, and peering through his glass visor at the en!i of it, he saw that t4e rope had been severed with a knife. Jack must have fallen down into the abyss'ilelow. I "Ach, gracious! Ain't dot lucky? I t'ought he go dow t'ousand feets." "Did ther boat sink wertical? '' "Yust a leedle bit dot way." "Then we will ha' ter drift aroun' fer him." "Mebbe he see dose llghtses." "He will, if he's anywhar near." Around went the Spitfire under easy power, describing tuous windings and numerous circles, the Dutch boy Redyard posted at the windows on either side, keeping eager lookout for the boy . They covered every foot of the ground in a radius of h A thrill of horror passed over Fritz. a mile, and saw no sign of the missing boy'. What was the depth under the boat? .A long chain of vegetation lay in the boat's way, and T Perhaps 12,000 1eet, as they were close upon what is drove her straight towards it. charted the Grassy Sea middle ground, forming an immense Her ram-blades struck it, and there came a strong resi valley. ance, and then a terrific shock, as the keen knives cut it At such a fearful depth with the enormous water pressure two. there might be pressing on the bottom, if Jack had gone to A cry of alarm pealed from Fritz. the sea's bed he would die in a few minutes. "Ach, Gott! Vot you do?" he cried to Tim. "Do yer s His body would be crushed as if by a hydraulic machine. id?" 1 Fritz realized this. "What now?" demanded the old sailor in dismay. He rushed into the water chamber and closed the door. turned a lever on the wall, and the pumps emptied the room of the water it contained. Then he opened the other door, passed through, closed it, and opening his he rushed into the boat's rooms. "Shack's lost!" he yelled frantically. "Holy Moses! roared Tim. "Wot's tl;l.er matter?" "You have cut the Atlantic cable in two," exclaimed Re yard. It was a fact, for the long chain of vegetation great telegraph line, and they !lad severed it. covered t "He trop off ouf der line." CHAPTER XI. "Lordy! Lordy! Down inter ther sea?" "Vhere else he could trop, you bi ck fools?" DISOOVERED AT LAST. "Thunderation! How d'8P is it here?" "Ve don't vhas got der soundings." The Spitfire came to a pause and settled down upon t "'rhen down goes ther ram arter him." ridge beside the Atlantic cable, which her ram had severed. And so saying Tim stumped hastily into the pilot-house, There laid the reat like some monster sea serpen and starting the pumps, which now worked properly, he took covered with barnacles and vegetation, above the water w In more water, and the Spitfire began to sink. I dark with the clouds of the floating seaweed, and aroun Down, down she went through the dense weeds towards the them a strange scene. bottom as gallons of water poured into her ballast chamber, Since the pumps had been cleaned and their feed pi and she finally attained a depth of thirty feet further when mouths were covered with netting to keep out the weeds, th Fritz, who was peering out the window, yelled: worked all right. "Stob her, Tim!" "Wot now?" queried the sailor. "Dere is a bi ck ridge below us." Fritz yet had on his diving suit. "Shack down dis ridge must. haf fallen," he exclaime "Dot don't vhas more as dirty-two feetses fall, anyhow, efen if ve didn'd vhas found him in our searches puddy .gwic "Aye, now I see it." Tim pushed back the lever and the boat paused. I am so sure as never vhas dot he down here somewhere i At this depth she had gotten belqw the floating weeds, and lalretty. was in clear, dark water, through which her searchlight cut "It is evident he didn't fall into the valley," said Redyar like a knife, showing their surroundings. the diver, "and such a fall as he had couldn't have hu The drift floated like a cloud above them. him." Below there was a long. ridge of sand and stone which ex tended in a line for a long distance east and west. The form of the bottom of the ocean resembles that of the land, being made up of valleys, mountains, plateaus, ridges, plains, hills, encarpments and other figures. The Atlantic cable was laid across the submarine table land to which they now descended, and as the boat floated a few feet above it, they saw that it was covered with aquatic plants of all kinds. "Aye, but where is he?" muttered Tim. "Wot cut ther lin wot he wuz a-hangin' ter? It looked as if a knife done it?'' No one could answer this question. They could not go to the surface until they found Jack, evel if the ship of the Sargasso escaped them overhead. The dozen imprisoned castaways in the other room wer frightened over their position buried under the sea, and wer loudly clamoring. But the three in the pilot-house paid no heed to them. The afternoon sun was declining, but at the depth the tor It now became apparent that if Jack had fallen upon this pedo ram then lay, the sun's rays made no difference. ridge he had not far to descend. "I go me oudt," said Fritz, "und see vetter dot gable can Buoyed up by the air in his knapsack, he would have de-rebaired vonct; ve don't could leaf it dis vay." scended much easier and slower than if he had fallen through j "Wait!,. said Redyard. as his glance fell upon a telegrap the air, and had very likely landed uninjured. I key sounder and relay upon a board that stood upon a she But where? "I've got a plan to propose to you." They began to search for him. "Yell?" queried Fritz, pausing. "He couldn't a-been hurt, arter all," said Tim. "If you will make a joint between the broken ends of t


I JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM:. 15 able and bring me a wire in here, as I understand how to perate an instrument, I will sent a message to the United tates, explaining the cause of the trouble." The rest were delighted with this proposal, for if they wuld not repair the cable themselves they could show the !owners or It where the break was located. Fritz produced some tools and copper wire. He then went out and made a joint, which made a complete circuit again, and then secured the wire to a stationary binding post upon the outside of the boat's hull. From this post, on the inside, the diver strung two wires to the Instrument and at once called up an operator. The reply came from New Foundland. "The cable is broken," telegraphed Redyard. "Yes, so we have found," came the reply. you?" "Who are "Crew of the submarine boat, Spitfire. We are under the sea." "How strange! Where are you located?" Redyard gave their latitude and longitude, and then added: "We will endeavor to rep'll.ir the cable and buoy the spot." "Do so by all means, so we can afterwards examine it." "Don't cut the cable out; we may speak to you soon." "It has caused a serious delay in our business." "If possible, we will join all the wires and insulate the point within an hour. Then we'll send up a buoy painted white-a keg." "Anchor it to the spot so it won't drift." "We will secure it to the cable." "How came the cable to break?" Redyard did not choose to answer this question for very obvious reasons, and replied evasively: "I cannot tell you. We will do all we can for you." "It will be greatly appreciated," came the reply. Fritz now came in, and when Redyard explained what the dia logue consisted of, he said: ".I oxamine me dot gables, und I tink me dot I can fix it." He procured everything needful, and going out again, 'he set to work, and in half an hour had a good joint made. It was tested by the operators on both continents, and found to be as good as ever. Then the Dutch boy bound a heavy insulation of rubber around It, and taking a white keg, he fastened a wire line to it, and as it was air-tight, it ascended through the weeds to "That's so." Tim glanced at the air-gauge speculatively. I don't reckon as ther supply as we ve got on han' 'll do us more'n two hours longer, said h e an' if we don't find Jack in that 'ere space o' time, why, we'll ha' ter go aloft ter git in a new supply, d yer see? "How long will Jack' s supply in his knapsack last him?" "We calkerlates on five hours. "Three have passed since he disappeared." "Aye, an' he's only got two hours' breathin' spell left." "That's bad! He will smother if we don't find him soon." "Sure! Tnat's just wot's a-skeerin' me now." The diver detached the telegraph instrument from the wall, and replaced it on the shelf from which he got it, while Tim continued to steer the boat around. '' 'Tain't often as a feller kin hold his breaih half an hour .. said Tim reflectively, "yet I've seen it did longer'n that under water. Aye--l've seen a man not breathe fer hours-" "Hold on! Hold on, there!" interposed Redyard. "If you are going to lie, don't try to stuff a diver like me with any such yarns as that, Tim, for I know how long a man can live without breathing under water, as I've had years of experience in the business, and ain't to be fooled." "Avast thar, my hearty," said Tim coolly. "I ain't a-tellin' no lies at all. I tell yet I've seen men under water wot didn't breathe in hours, an'--" "I'll teach this old liar a lesson!" muttered Redyard, in exasperation. "Stop! he added, as he pulled a roll of bills from his pocket, and waved them under Tim's nose. "I can stand a lie that I don't understand, but I'll willing to bet you this wad against a dollar bill that no man can hold his breath more than five minutes." "I hates ter see yer a-losin' yer money, my hearty," said Tim, as he fished a dollar out and slapped it down on the table, "but I'll go yer if I git busted. How much have yer?'' "Just fifty dollars." "Plant it whar I kin reach it." "All right. Now prov;e it." And so saying Redyard laid his money down on Tim's. "Ther man I seen holdin' his breath fer hours wuz dead," said Tim, with a broad grin, as he grabbed the stakes. "Sold!" gasped Redyard, in disgust. "I thought you was going to make up a big lie, as you generally do." th<op of the sea. "Ain't I won?" He fastened the other end of the line to the cable, so the "The money is yours." telegraph people would know just where to look for the "I reckon as yer won't doubt my yarns so much in the break, and then went upon the deck and detached the wire future now," chuckled Tim, as he pocketed the money and from the binding post. took a chew. Signaling that it was all right, he added to Tim: "You can start the boat." .. Ain't y ou coming in?" asked the sailor. "No. I'll stay out on deck for a while," answered Fritz. "All right. Look out for Y)ffirself." Tim raised the boat a few feet, and she glided away through the waving green plants, the dark gray mollusks and count less fishes of all sizes and kinds. Her search for Jack was resumed. Around and around she went in all directions, and Tim turned to the diver and said in troubled tones: "With them 'ere dozen men wot we captured a-tryin' ter fool us on board our supply o' air '11 soon give out 'cause they're consumin' it all ther time. Ye see, we calkerlates aa thar's jlst so many cubic feet o' atmosphere compressed Inter our reserv'y ter last four men a certain length o' time. No, when thar's a dozen extree, why, ther air gits used up r, an' ther length o' time we kin stay submerged is ed In perportlon." "You're a regular old swindler!". growled the diver. Just then there came a terrific thump against window, and they looked up in surprise, ana saw Fritz standing there glaring in at them through his and making excited ges-tures. The next instant he spelled out with the bell signal: "I see Jack!" "Where? queried Tim alertly, with his fingers. "Off to the port side. Look!" The Dutch boy pointed away to the left, and e two fol lowed with their glances the he indicated. "Jerusalem, the golden!" gasped Tim in alarm. "His life is in danger! Go to his assistance!" cried Red yard. And they had good cause for their dismay. About fifty yards away stood the boy inventar, fiercely struggling for his life in the writhing arms of an immense calmar.


16 JACK WRIGHT AND ms ELEC'I'RIC TORPEDO RAM. CHAPTER XII. THE RUNAW AY RAM. J ac k stood in the mid s t o f a dens e submarine jungle in the r ays of t he searchlight, clad in his glittering diving suit, a nd w iel ding a s p r ing kni fe against. the calmar. This monste r o f the d e ep was much larger than a devil fish, having an e long a t e d body with serpent-like arms sur-It was n most vengeful creature. Jack and Fritz prepared their knives for use. These weapons were made so that the blades were bu in the handles; but upon being released, by touching a spri they could be made to fly out with great rapidity. Thus the resletance of the water against an arm makin blow was overcome, and the same result attaineQ. Jack now went off to the left, and Fritz to the right, wi the calmar between them, and the creature paused as if decided which one of the two to attack. rounding its horrible h e ad whi c h w e re writhing about Jack's Neither of the two boys removed their glance from it. body. Presently It fixed upon Jack for its victim. and with Upon seeing Jack's danger Fritz sprang from the deck of swift motion it started for him, when Fritz rushed for it. the ram to the s a ndy ground and rushe d toward the imperiled boy. After a search of n early four hours for him his friends did not inte nd t o see him kill e d when the y found him B y this t ime night had s ettled upon the sea, and the ship rava ging those waters had e vidently disappeared long leaving twe lv e of her numb e r prison ers on the Spitfir e Our fri e nd s had no time to lose. Their air s uppl y was fast becoming exhausted It' s Jack, sure enough! said Rog e r Redyard. Thar g o es Fri tz to his aid! muttered Tim, stopping the bo a t. The Dut c h boy soon reac hed his friend armed with a knife and f earles sly attacke d the c almar. F i nding anothe r foe to conte nd with, the fish flung one of its tentacles toward the Dutch boy and the cup-like sucker at the e n d fastened itself to Fritz's armor. A coil of the lwrithing arm was twisted around the boy s neck and with both boy s clutched in a tight embrac e the monste r sudde nl y started a way. Nearby t h e r e was a ro cky cavern into which it dragged them, both boy s making the most desperate effort s to liber a te t he m se l ve s from its c lutches. J ack's a rm s h ad b een bound by the wrapp ing feeler of the cr eature, b u t he now tor e himself lo se. With on e sla s h of his knife he gashed otI the tentacle that held him and re c oiled several paces. By tha t time the calmar had drawn Fritz up to its jelly like body when the Dutch boy b e gan to hack it with his knife cutting it to pieces. Spasmodically recoiling the calm a r gpt back in the farthest extremity. of the cav ern, a:nd the r e began to twist and squirm with pain, its long arms d ashing through the water wildly as it roll e d about on the ground Jack g r a s ped Fritz by the arm and started to leave the cav ern with him, when suddenly they felt a terrific commo tion. It was as if a pow e rful current of water had swel't into the cavern for they w e r e s ent r e eling back with the most violent force, and w e re slamm e d again s t the wall. A mom ent a f t e rw a r d s a ma s s of sand, swept up from the bottom of the sea ca m e gu shing through the entrance of the cavern a nd w hil e mu c h of it pour e d inside, the rest effe ctually chok e d up t he op ening. The t w o boys wer e thus une x pect e dl y fast e ned into the place with the calmar, which now had c om e to a pause and had fastened its sull e n eyes upon them in one corner. A s soon at the y re c ov e red themse l v es they saw how they were situated and Jack sp e lled ulth his fingers: we are badly f aste n e d in now ." can't we dig our way out?" answered Fritz in the same way. "Yes, It this b east don t kill us first. Look out! It's c om ing for us now. T he calmar wa s slowly c r ee ping toward them, and the t w o boy s saw that It had determin e d to attack them. This seemed to divert its attention. Both boys then attacked it with cyclonic vim, and it t fright al\1d attempted to retreat, but ere it had gone ten ya they killed it, and left it mangled on the ground. He is beyond doing any harm now!" motioned Jack. Then let's get out of here, responded Fritz. They then attacked the choked opening, and began to d the sand away with their hand11, but It occupied fully hour to bore their way out. Upon escaping from the cave the first thing they saw we the lights of the Spitfire, and then they observed the 1} urea of Tim and Redyard clad in diving suits, around as If in search of them. Hastening toward the anxK>us couple, they met. Great was the sailor and diver's delight to see them for they feared that some serious accid ent had befallen the as they had been missing from sight for so long. How did your line get cut, anyway?" aske d Fritz, in th deaf and dumb alphabet. "We gave you up for lost." "When I finished cleaning the pump feed pipes and pu ting the netting over them, motioned Jack, explanatoril I was attacked by a stinging ray, and drawing my knife made a pass at it, and the edge of the blade gashed my su port rope severed it, and down I fell "Was you injured?' spelled Redy _ar-0.. ."Not in the least,'' replied Jack. They started back for the S p itfire and when they arri in front of the pilot-house they saw through the glass win dows that Whiskers and Bismarck were fighting. The monkey was the parrot around the room fast as it could go, when Bismarck suddenly flew on the wh and alighted on the rim. Whiskers, was not to be cheated out of his prey, howeve for he made a flying leap from a chair, and just as his ou stretched paws were ready to fasten upon the bird, Bismarc fluttered his wings and flew away The bird landed upon the handle of one of the levers o the switchboard wJth such a shock that the lever was turned It started the big wheel at full speed The boat was then floating within a few feet of the bottom and had just room enough to clear It. A way dashed the boat like a racehorse. Good heavens! muttered Jack. There ls no one aboar to hold her." He rushed for the Spitfire and missed her. For a moment it seemed as If she would get away, and th rest stood watching her, half paralyzed with surprise. Just as she slipped from Jack's hand, however, a rop became uncoiled, and streaming out from her deck, Jack mad a leap for It. He caught it. The rope slipped through his fingers rapidly, but he tight ened his grip, and it jerked him from his feet when he w dragged along the ground after the boat. In this manner the Spitfire and the boy disappeared i


JACK WRIGHT AND IIIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO RAM. 17 the gloom ahead, leaving Tim, Fritz and Redyard standing glaring after them in utter astonishment. Several minutes passed by before they recovered. Then they turned excitedly toward each other, and Tim motioned: "'The boat has gone over the ridge into the valley, with Jack hanging onto the end of the rope." "Should he fan, or the rope become detached, he is lost," spelled Redyard, "and we can't do anything to help him." It's lucky that he caught the line at all, motioned If he succeeds in getting aboard of the boat he may be able to save her from loss or destruction." "The parrot started her, didn t it?" queried Tim Alighted on the lever after the monkey chased it," an swered Fritz. "What a strange accident! remarked the diver. "We are left in a dangerous plight now," Tim spelled. ''Should we move away from here, it will make matters ten times worse," said the diver, "for U Jack recovers the boat, he w!ll try to find us, and our combined lights w1ll make a better beacon for him to guide himself by than they would be were we separated. wRemember," cautioned Fritz, "that we have only got enough air in our reservoj,gi and aboard of the boat to last about an hour longer. If the supply gives out before Jack's return, both he and we will perish." This startling reminder of their danger staring them in the face made them all shudder and feel uncomfortable, and they began to speculate over the boy's chances of getting the qoat and finding them in that intense gloom. There were very slim. chances of them coming out of their trouble alive", and they knew it, too. I OHAPTER XIII. THE SUNKEN CITY OF THE ATLANTIO. Clinging to the trailing rope, and dragged along over the ground after the runaway boat, Jack suddenly saw the Spit fire go flying from the plateau, and float away over the ocean valley. Down he sank, hanging far below the boat, as he was drawn swiftly along after it, and peering down he could see nothing but intense gloom. Her crew had taken advantage of the submersion of the Spitfire to make her escape, and now nothing but miles upon miles of weed-grown sea met their gaze. "Our quest for that schooner has only just begun, said Jack. "If we fall in with her two consorts we will know them by their close resemblance to this one we just lost. Nothing can be done now, boys, so we may as well divide the watch and turn in. The suggestion was followed. On the following morning the boat was far into the grassy sea, and there was not a sail in sight anywhere. After breakfast Redyard r emarked : As near as I can judge by our location now, we must be as near to the sunken city as we can get, and I propose that we make a descent and examine the place." "I am satisfied to go down," replied Jack. To what depth can the boat d e scend? "Five hundred feet in safety. "That' s more than twice the necessary distance." Get everything ready, boys." As soon as the boat was prepared for her dive, Redyard asked: "Is it possible to leave the boat at a great depth, Wright?" "We can travel around in the diving-suits with impunity at three hundred feet." That is twice the depth a man can go in an ordinary suit" You must remember how my suits are made of metal, and braced inside to resist the pressure, whereas the ordinary suits consist of mere rubber with copper helmets, which don't protect your heart, lungs and kidneys from the pres sure. Moreover, the mode of respiration I use is far superior to the old-fashioned pumps and tubes. In a word, RedYatd, the sensation at a great depth in one of my suits is mudh the same as if you was in an ordinary diving-bell. You will soon find this out. The boat then descended through the weed. It was here denser than on the margin of the Sargasso, for it was filled with all sorts of floating debris. Upon penetrating a depth of seventy feet the boat passed into clear water, and a white glare came up from the bot tom. This was the effect of the sand. Down, down she went still further, and Jack kept his glance fixed intently upon the registers. There were miles of depth below him,. Were he to relax his grip and fa11, he When they )Darked 180 feet he glanced out and saw the would not sur-bottom. vive five minutes, and a shudder convulsed him as he thought of it. 'The sooner I get aboard the boat, the better, he tllought, and he thereuilon began to work his way, hand over hand, toward it, with the greatest difficulty for the flight of the boat put an immense pressure against him. He finally reached the deck. Grasping the rail, and pulling himself aboard, he rushed to the sea-door, and gained the interior of the boat. Whiskers and Bismarck lay in separate corners of the cabin, exhausted from their fight The boy shook his finger at them for causing all this mis chief, and hastening into the pilot-house, he stopped the flight of the boat, and took off his diving suit. Jack observed that the Spitfire had been traveling in al most a straight line from the plateau, and observing by the compass that the bow pointed due south, he started her for the north. In a short space of time the ridge came in sight, and after a brief search he found his friends, who came aboard. The boy then sent the boat to the surface. Nothing was to be seen of the Goblin Girl. A cry of astonishment escaped his lips "Look! Look!" he exclaimed excitedly, as he pointed out the window. "There lies the sunken city of the Atlantic!" Every one came crowding around, and eagerly peered out. The boat was hovering over a spectral city. Below her there arose in the glare of the electric lights the shadowy towers, domes, spires and minarets of a city that lay half buried in a mass of sand. There were hundreds of houses and other buildings of a peculiar style of architecture not unlike that of ancient Egypt. All these edifices were cqnstructed of stone and a mortar upon which the sea did not seem to have any visible effect. The great carved columns handsome cornices and mas sive masonry were garnished with metal arabesques, placques and embossed reliefs which the h ad corroded, but the experienced eyes of Jack told him that they were made of solid gold The boat descended into the middle of what seemed to be a great public square surrounded by the largest and handsomest of the houses, and came to a pause between four great 1 obelisks of stone covered with strange hieroglyphics.


l\ JAOK WRIGHT AND HIS ELEO'rRIC TORPEDO IlAM Millions of fishes of all kinds were the only living i nhabit1 turned to the right, pass e d through a door and entered a hug I ants of this weird city, and they went In and out of the door s r oom. and windows of the houses, over the roofs and through the It had once been a banqueting hall, for it contained a metal wide streets at will. table and chairs, cov e red with dishe s of gold and pottery, bur-Every one on the Spitfir e was astonished. "Strange, wond e r f ul beautiful! cried Jack. "Thar' s millio n s in gold here! Tim muttered. 'Hully Ch e e g a sp e d Fritz. "Vot vill ve do mit all dot golt? "You see that my story has foundation in fact, said Red-yard. "An\ you saw this wond erful city b efore?" Aye, but at a distance. I dare d not venture nearer." "There is every token here of a high civilization having ied in sand. Around this table there were strewn the grinning skulls and white bones of scores of people who had occupied the room at the time the isl and sank beneath the sea. CHAPTER XIV. THE BALL OF GOLD. existed although the p e riod is remote wh e n this strange ocean Jack led the way tl:\rough the grim death chamber, sunk isle flourished above the Atlantic." knee-beep in the yielding sand, his friends fallowing after. '"Th e y were a wonderful race, according to the record my Across the great hall was another mighty chamber, which ancestor l eft," assente d the div e r "and here is abundant was utterly devoid of furniture, but contained a great altar eviden c e of such b eing the c ase." I of solid metal, upon which there rested an immense globe of '"You will find a p eculiarity among the most isolated and the same material. sava g e t r ibes," said Jack. : u they have access to precious Jack examined this strange object closely. s to nes or m e t a ls their instinct invariably causes them to He then turned to his friends and spelled with his fingers: make ornaments of them. I have seen evidences of this among other nations. 'If the c r e ws of the schooners have fished up any of these treasures," r e plied the div er, ''their e fforts have been so wonderfull::r. rewarde d that I do not wonder at their desperate boldness at remaining here in the face of every danger that threatens them. But wha t are we to do now?" f "Venture out and explore the place. "With all my heart." "Tim, you can go a lon g, but Fritz had better remain to guard the boat. She lies in a good position. It seems to be the center of the city, s o she may as well remain here." The Dutcli boy was disappointed at being obliged to re-main behi n d and Tim was delighted to go out. Donning their diving suits, they left the Spitfire. Myriads of fish and plants abounded on all sides, the most unexpected for ms appeared-there, apparently a plant! forming a minature tree growing on a wall, its branches verdure. less, yet strange ly enough, flowers of the most brilliant colors sprang from their extremities. There was a motion to the petals, causing a tiny current flowing toward them, when the minute creatures drifted in it, and they floated into the mouths of the zoantharla, or animal flower, serving it for food. "Look! gasped Jack, recoiling for an instant. Two hideous eyes were sparkling in the sandy bottom at him. It was a living form, like a huge \eat, which detached Itself from the ground and undulatingly arose, after stirring up around itself a cloud of sand. It was merely a turbot-white on one side of its fiat body antl on the other. It had, at an alarm, hidde n itself from an approaching enemy. The three divers approached an open door in the nearest building. Within the entrance there seemed to be a bundle of ser pents in violent !'tgitation, twining and writhing, and then suddenly launching themse lves out precipitately at a creature with a beak and glaring eyes. The serpent-like mass was a cuttle-fish. The hideous monster rushed towards it, and a fight seemed probable. But no! The cuttle-fish vomited a black poison fogging the water all around, and its enemy swam away. The approach of the divers sent the devil-fish off in the opposite direction, and Jack passed through the door, followed by the rest, their helmet lanterns blazing. He found himself within a vast hallway, and thence he "The people of this city must have been sun worshipers." "You are right, answered Redyard. "The paper I found said so." n And is this the figger head they prayed to?" spelled Tim. He pointed at the great globe, and Jack nodded affirmatively. "It is, apparently, solid gold," spelled the boy. "Let's get it aboard the boat," replied Tim. They pushed and rolled it from the pedestal 'to the fioor its fall mak'ing an abrasion by which they saw that it was solid gold. It was fully three feet in diameter, and so heavy that it took the four to roll it across the floor through the sand. After a hard tussle they managed to g e t the ball beside the boat, when tackles were rigged, and it board and stowed awa'Y. "It must have weighed five hundred pounds," later, in the cabin hoisted on said Jack, "Should we get to civilization;" remarked Tim, opening the visor of his helmet, "thar's a fortune in it fer each on us. I reckerlect when I wuz in ther navy, durin' a ingage-ment, our cannon balls gave out, and everything else wot we could load in a gun. Ther enemy's ship wuz approachin' all o' her guns dismantled. One shot from our guns 'd give us ther battle. Whar ter git shot fer ther gun we didn't know." "Is this o 'ne of your yarns?" demanded Redyard severely. "Lord, no; yer kin read the account in any history o' ther war," replied Tim. "Thar stood our craft, ter continer my story, an' no one knowed wot ter do till a idee struck me. I went among all ther ossifers an' crew an' ast 'em fer thar gold an' silver watches an' chains. Then I rammed 'em in ther gun, an' fired it. Ther heat o' ther powder melted them 'ere timepieces an' thar chains as they left ther muzzle, an' ther rotary motion they had from gittin' fired formed 'em into a big cannon ball, wot struck ther enemy's weasel, an' stove a hole in her hull. She filled up an' sunk, an'--" But Tim stopped short in the middle of his narrative as he l suddenly found himself without an audience. The formation of the cannon ball was too much for them. Seeing that they had left the Spitfire, the old sailor muttered his anger and stumped out after them as fast as he could go. Jack returned to the building from whence they had taken the ball of gold and began to explore the rest of the building. Most of the houses were but one story high, but each one was spread out over a large tract of ground.


JACK WRIGfrr AND HIS ELECTRIC roRPEDO RAM. The divers passed from the hall into a large apartment, at one end of which was raised dais under a large canopy, with a settee of curious workmanship standing upon it. Ranged in rows in front of it were numerous metal benches, from which they inferred that the place had once been the council room of the natives who had inhabited this place. Jack pointed at the chair on the dais. .. It is gold! he spelled. "Shall I take it to the boat? : queried Redyard. Yes-it' you can carry it. The diver made the attempt, but could not lift it. Tim went to his assistance, however and between the two they carried it slowl:y and laboriously from the building. "It must have been the throne of the ruler of this place," muttered Jack, as he walked ahead alone. The bo:l' passed into a large armory, the walls of which were hung with various kinds of strange-looking weapons and going out into the large courtyard he ca me upon a number of immense skeletons strewn among the sand. They bore a close resemblance to the remains of elephants, but of this Jack was not sure, as he could not understand how the aborigines of this isolated island could transport such enormous cr eatures from the mainland. A large, arched doorway gave Jack egress to the street, and he went out and passed through a wide avenue. It was lined by rows of enormous trees which long ago had died, leaving their sentinel like trunks standing so de cayed that but slight exertion was required to break them and push them over. Each side of the street was lined by quaint-looking stone houses with enormous and windows, but in nearly every instance the roofs were gon e This was evidently due to the a ction of the water, as there was not a remnant of woodwork to b e found in any of the interiors doors or windows It was impossible to distinguish much, '.!.S there was sucl:l a large quantity of sand cov ering ev erything. Jack saw, however, that the wealth of the place was very much exaggerated, as only the finest houses had any of the golden ornamentations, and as there were not a great many of these it was fair to presume tha t the pre cious metal had only been used by the chief dignitaries of the city. Not one of the poorer class of houses was \hus embel lished. It was followed by half a dozen more immens e fishes, and the boy saw that the forerunn e r was a pilot-fish, while the ones in pursuit were great white sharks. These monsters measured oV"er thirty feet in length, their bodies being grayish-brown abov.e and whitish below. Furnished with ten rows of teeth in their huge mouths, and being of a bold, ravenous disposition, these white sharks were well known to be the most dreaded cannibals in the vast depths of the sea, as they were capable of easily devouring a full-grown man! Jack had frequently seen angel-fish, hammer-heads, sail fish fox sharks, and blue basking and Greenland sharks, but he had never before encountered one of the white tribe. That these were the worst and largest of all there could be no doubt, and a shudder passed over him when he saw the tiny pilot-fish lead them toward him. It might have been bad enough to encounter one of them at a time, but when it came to half a dozen, the young in ventor wished he was safe inside the Spitfire. He was armed with a knife and pistol. The sharks saw him at once, and fastened their oblique, glassy ey e s upon him with a look that him no good. The next moment they all made a dash for Jack. He saw them coming for him on all sides, and observed them roll over upon their back s as their mouths were under their' projecting snouts, and they had to turn thus in order to get hold of him with their teeth. Down dropped the boy flat on his back He acted so promptly that the monsters missed him, and he saw their jaws come together with a terrible snap. Over his prostrate figure they shot with lightning speed gilding away in all directions again. With great rapidity Jack drew his p\J.eumatic pistol, and aiming it at the leviathans, h e fired They had gathered in a group around him again. There came a thud and a swish as the ball shot toward them, and the moment the bullet struck one of the sharks and exploded within its body A large chunk of flesh was torn from its belly, and a stream of blood flowing from the wound began to rapidly dye the surrounding water crimson. He followed the street he was in for some distance, and CHAPTER XV. found that the city w a s laid out in perfect angles. In some places the h ouses were totally ruined as if the THE STRANGE DIVER. place had been riven by an earthquake. There were house;:i wrec ked and to the ground, others Redyard and Tim carried the golden chair aboard of the were1 split in fragments, leaving a pox;tion of their walls submarine boat, and stowed it away, when they heard the standing; the fronts, sides or backs were knocked out of not I voice of the Dutch boy yell frantically: a few, and in pla c es only a few slimy stones remained to "Hey, tellers! Hey, vellers!" show that houses had existed there. { "What' s gone wrong? shouted Redyard, whose visor was Unlike other sunken cities which Jack had seen during his open. other voyages under the sea, this one was not surrounded "Shiminey Christmas! Coom here vunct! by a wall, for when he reached the end of the street, he saw "He's in trouble!" exclaimed the diver what might once have been a dense ttm9er land stretching Both he and Tim haste ned up forward into the pilot-house. away before him., Fritz stood by the window glaring out at the boat's prow The boy retraced his steps. "Lordy, wot ails yer, anyway?" demanded the old sailor. It was evident that his boat had descended in the middle of "Ach, vot you gall dot tings by der outside?" queried of the settlement, and right in the midst of the principal Fritz, pointing through the window. "I Vh!J.S shtood me buildings of the place. here effer since you vented avay, und I see me dot ting down If they were to gather any treasure from the sunken troo der vater coom like dot sea-serbends alretty, und dere city, it must be done at the place where they alighted. it go mit funniest motions undil it reach idselluf dot poat, He saw the brilliant lights of the Spitfire gleaming straight I vhen she stob herselluf, und keep a hoistin' und a-j erkin' und ahead in the dist a nce and hastene d toward them. if she avay don t go puddy gwick, she d e r poat vill ubs et But half way of the distance back had been covered when vonct." out from a huge doorway beside the boy there glided a small, I Tim and Redyard glanced out the window. lithe body of a whitish color. I A long black obiect had come down through the water a1


l;i\J AND HIS ELEC'fRIC 1.' 0RPEDO RAM. the end of the ram, where it was then caught in the muzzle of the pneumatic tube. "It's ther sea serpent, by golly! ejaculated Tim. "Nonsense!" replied the diver. "1'here' s no such thing!" "Ye s, there is! averred Tim stoutly. "Thar' s them in this 'ere world as don't sotno belief on the m 'ere things, but as seein's believin', I oughter know something about it. "Do you mean to say that you have seen the sea s erpent?" Aye, now, an' not so many y ears ago, neither." I don't believe it, m 1 less y ou were drunk and saw snakes." "Will ye let me conwince yer?" 'Drive ahead-I'll defy you to do it, though." "Donner wetter!" growled Fritz. Vhy some addenshuns you don'd bay to dot ding oudt by der endt ouf der poat alretty ?" "Don't worry about that," replied the diver. It will keep. I know what it is Now prove your story, Tim!" "Then yer thinks as thar' s one o our enemy's schoone a-floatin" about above us, a-grapneling fer ther treasure?" old sailor qu'estioned, with a surprised look. "Exactly. I wish Wright was here. We'd go up." "Whar is ther lad, anyway?" I saw his helmet light going through yonder street, suppose he has gone on exploring." Then I reckon as we' d better set sail in his wake, as thar' no tellin' wot danger he may git in, an' how much he need our help." All right-go ahead." They closed their visors and left the Spitfire. Far ahead they could just distinguish the faint glow of Jack' s helmet lamp, looking like a will-o-the-wisp in the gloom beyond where the rays of the searchlight struck. "He must have seen .a good deal of the city," spelled the div r. The old sailor nodded and began: Aye, replied Tim. But why is h e standing there in one I wuz sailin' in ther Chiny Sea, an' ther moon arose, when spot, then dodging around" so quic k for? Don't you notice ther lookout reported as thar wuz a bar' l o apples a-floatin' his light?" athwart our course. A minute arterwards we saw as it wuz "It looks queer. Hurry along." ther head o a big sarpint, wot had its body sunken. I offered "Are you armed in case of trouble?" ter kill it, an' rowe d out to the r lubber alone, as every one "I've got a pistol." was ter go armed wi' a axe. Whe n I reached it, the "And I a knife. blamed thing hissed and spit at me, but I up wi' my gun an' They scanned the feathery leaves, the long, waving blad_es fired at it, plunkin' it atwe en ther eyes It dove down an of sea grass as they went along, and saw that the houses were came up ag'in. Then I fired a second shot." c o vered by mosses, lichens, barnacle s and shells. ''You just s a id you was only armed with an ax, said Every step they took through the sand stirred it up in clouds, Redyard. and thousands of fish flashed b e fore their visors above their Aye but I found a rifle in ther boat. Didn't explain heads, on either side and underneath the m that." There were enormous conger eels, gigantic crabs, ugl:r 'No, you didn' t. tunny fish schools of mackere l tremendous swarms of lob"Waal, tha t s jist how it h a ppened. Ther second shot sters, and of star and jelly fish around them. made ther sarp!nt squirm, a n it flung one o its folds aroun' I In places the street was. so interlaced with tangled shrubme, pulle.Q. me out o the r boat, an' bega n ter squeeze ther bery that they had to force their way through it, when up life out 0 my body. I'd a -died only f e r one thing." 1 from the midst of the aquatic bushes there arose the most ''What saved you?" sarc a stically asked Redyard. villainous looking sea urchins, cov e red .with prickly spines, .. I took a saw, and b e g a n to cut off its h ea d ... replie d Tim and settled down on the adjacent sands hke black nuts. blandly. 'It's backbone wuz s o tough, though, a ll the teeth I They had not gone yards in this manner when they fn ther s a w wuz broken so I took ther bac k o the r s a w an' came to a building with a tremendous steeple of stone, and strappin' it on boat, 1 put an edge on it, an'--" I peering' through the open doorway they beheld a large pyra" Kille d it, eh?" d eman d e d the diver. "If you didn' t you mid inside, on the top of which there rested a huge, ungainly should have picked up an ax and done it, for the sea is full 'i stone idol. of carpenter' s tools, and there was nothing to hinde r you My It was rudely carved in the form of a squatting man, attired dear Tim, I don' t doubt your story in the least. i in robes and a steeple crown cap. "Why don t yer?" qu e ri e d the old sailor. Y e r neve r do 1 This ugly object was almost buried in slime and weeds believ e me. covered with creeping creatures, and was highly embellished "The r eason I believ e y ou is be cause I saw y ou kill that with plates of tarnished metal. snake myse lf In fac t, I've got its skin stuff e d now and c arry I As they stood eagerly regarding it, a buge block of stone it in m y watc hc h ain po c k e t But, come, l e t's s u s p end our I became detached from the apex of the steeple, and fell so close talk a fe w moments, and s top this shaking." to them that they narrowly escaped g etting killed. Tim glare d at him in s il e n ce a moment, not knowing wha t Recoiling, they gla nced up. to say, and the div e r asked him: And to their utte r astonishment the y beheld by the search" C a n y ou fire the pneuma ti c gun?" light, a diver perched on the top of the steeple, with an elec Aye, a y e," r e pli e d Tim, recov ering himself by an effort tric lamp in his hands, while from his body there arose sur Then load h e r up and blaz e aw a y as I want to see if w e faceward an air-hose and life-line. 1 can knoc k the h ead off this sea s erpent... He had evidently come down from a ship, and a quick The bo a t was bobbing and shaking viol ently, and the old glance around verified this sus pi cion on the part of Redyard t sailor put a projectile in the gun, lock e d the breec h up, and and Tim, as they saw nearby the anchor rope of a vessel s opened the water-valve. caught in the masonry of a house. v He then discharge d it b y pulling the lev e r "He must have come from the ship that grapneled the There a shoc k a nd a r ec oil and they saw the dark Spitfire, the diver motioned Tim. I wish w e could catch object ahea d with the end blown off sud de n l y begin to him." P writhe, twist and s quirm. 'Let' s s ee if there isn' t some way to get up there inside "Holy Moses! Vot vhas i d anyvay ? ' d emanded Fritz. the building," the old sailor suggested, and he hobbled into A wire rope with a grapne l in the end, one of the flukes the temple. of which caught in the m uz z l e of the g u n ," said the diver. A short search revealed a flight of stone steps. l "But from vhe r e it coom?" They mounted them, and reaching a landing, continued up bJ "Some boat on the surface, I suspect." a. secont fii.gltt a and a fourth.


s In fact, these stairs, winding against the walls of the tern"Has anything occurred during my absence?" e, finally led them straight up into the turret, and they "Yah! Dere vhas a poat oop ower us vot sendt down a esently came in sight of the top, where the diver clung, crapple. It by di\r mout' ouf der ram catch idself, und Ret-hlch was open. yarqt plo' id off mit a shots. How you make oudt?" The apex had fallen off. "I had a fight with some white sharks, but favored by Redyard was in advance, and when he reached the summit good luck I escaped them uninjured. Do you know where suddenly went through the opening and seized the startled the sailor and diver have gone to?" ; ver. "Yell, I see dem go in by dot bick house alretty ower A terrific struggle began between them, and Redyard pulled dere." e man through the opening upon the landing, when Tim "Let us steer the boat over to the house. I think we can ent to the diver's aid. explore this city much better with the Spitfire than we can afoot." CHAPTER XVI. CAPTURING A DIVER. Jack kept a keen glance fastened upon the shark he had ot, and saw that the wound he inflicted was a fatal one. The monster writhed about, sc _attered the rest for a moment its spasmodic struggles, and finally died. It had hardly ceased living when the rest of the voracious eatures became maddened by the scent of its blood in the ater, and darting at it, they tore its body to pieces and evoured it. While they were so engaged, Jack glanced around in arch of an avenue of escape, but saw that he could not go n yards ere those horrible man-eaters would be after him. The Dutch boy assented to this, and Jack caused his boat to rise a few feet from the ground and started her ahead. In this manner they proceeded toward the templi\. "What an immense building this is," remarked Jack, as he critically surveyed it. The architecture is simply grand for the work of ancient savages." "I tink so neider." "What a high turret it has got!" "I don't could see der top ouf id. "Then I'll direct the searchlight on it." Jack turned the blinding rays upon the building along the base. Fritz had been striving to make out the top of the turret. Suddenly he grasped Jack's arm excitedly and pointed up. "Shiminey Christmas, Shack! Vot you call dot?" he gasped. "What do you mean? asked the startled boy. In such a case he could not escape alive. "Look oop dere vunct." Torn by two of them, he could not have escaped death. He pointed to the top of the turret. His glance fell upon a doorway close by, and he sprang for Jack glanced upward and started with surprise. and passed through into the ri,iined building. "Lights--moving lights!" he exclaimed. A slab of stone had fallen obliquely against the wall, and "Fer sure! Vat make dem dere?" e boy jammed himself in between the opening. "Perhaps I' can see with the light. No sooner had he begun to move the glittering suit in The boy flung the rays up through the murky water, and hich he was clad when two. of the sharks started for him. the next moment a thrilling scene met their view. They came like thunderbolts, but he lodged himself between On top of the turret stood the strange 'diveT holding the he wall and the rock before they could reach him. body of Redyard over his head, as if about to hurl the diver Between the wall and slab there was just room enough f6r down from the top of the turret to the street below. im to squeeze his body, and the sharks managed to poke in The sudden flash of light in his e yes half blinded him, eir snouts, but the bigness of their heads barred them out . and caused him to recoil, faltering in his determination. 1 Here Jack crouched in comparative safety. I This respite probabty saved Redyard's life, for before the The rest of the man-eaters had finished devouring their stranger could carry }out his tragic Tim suddenly lain companion, and only half gorged, came and joined their appeared and wrested Redyard from his clutches. wo companions in an effort to reach the boy. A struggle began b e tween them. He saw his advantage, and aiming his pistol he fi,red sev-Jack set the pumps working furiously and the Spitfire ral shots at them. rapidly ascended toward the desperate men. True to their mark sped the explosive bullets, and as each In one minute she reached them and paused in her ascent. ne penetrated a shark the most fearful devastation was Then she glided toward the struggling men and paused reated among them. beside them, by which time Jack had rushed out on deck. Four of the monsters were wounded. The boat 'lay against the masonry, and the boy inventor They swam around in their agony dyeing the water crimson reached over and seized hold of the strange diver, pulled him Ith their blood, and the fifth one fled precipitately. bodily upon the deck of the Spitfire and Reclyard and Tim One of the terrible creatures buried its teeth in one of its 1 followed him upon which the struggle was renewed. omp.nnlons and refused to let go when it died Jack found his hands full with the man, who was a large They remained fastened together thus, and fell to the sandy and heavily built fellow of the greatest strength and utmost ttom, where they lay lifeless. I pluck. Another of them was so badly mangled it could scarcely All three of them got at him. im, but the other, despite its fearfu1 injuries, did not show He was flung upon the deck and overpowered. ny signs of succumbing. He jerked at his life-line signaling his friends above to haul "I'll give you another pill," muttered Jack, I him up, and a strain at once came upon the line. He took deliberat e aim at it and sent a ball into its head I Jack whipped out his knife and cut the life-line. at .blew it to fragments. He knew that this would only be a temporary relief from Jack then emerged from his cover and hastened back to the the strain coming from above. as the friends of the diver t, which he quickly boarded. would next begin to haul in on the air-hose. He found Fritz in the pilot-house and opened his visor. Consequently the boy dragged the diver toward the sea "Where are Tim and Redyard?" he asked. door aft, and just as they were about to push the man in, "Dey yuat gone oudt," replied the Dutch boy. there came a terrific tug at the hose.


22 JAOK' WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC TORPEDO .RAM. The diver was pulled out of their hands. "Resistance will cost many of your crew their lives." Out on the deck he rolled and then he began to ascend. "So will capture." rJack made a leap and with one slash he cut the air-tube, i. As the man said this he sprang to one of his guns, when the diver fell drowning to the d e ck. with no further parley he aimed it at the Spitfire and fir1 Into the water chamber he was pulled in a twinkling, and A loud report followed, and a shot came flying toward they got him inside of the boat before he could smothe-. ram, and struck the deck at the stern. Opening his visor to give him air, they unscrewed his cop-The submarine boat was knocked over on her beam E per helmet while he was reviving, and stripped him of his but her powerful plates resisted the shot, which after in diving suit, when they saw that'.'he was a full-bearded man of ing a deep dent, gl a nced off and fell into the sea forty with a very ugly face. "We cannot compromise without a fight,. muttered J By the time the man recovered they had him bound hand He saw the crew of the schooner preparing another and foot, and he gaz e d around at his surroundings with an for use, and not wishing to offer his boat as a passive ta1 expression of intense amazemenit upon his face. "Thunde r! he gasped. "Where am I?" "A prisoner in a submarine boat, replied Jack. "Jack Wright' s boat?" "Exactly." "That settles it, then!" "What craft did you come from?" "The Goblin Girl. W e .were trolling for treasure." .. Is she anchored overhead?" YeS. "Then we will go up and capture her." A startle d look o f di smay over the man' s face. "Oh, Lord! What trouble! he gasped How came you to come down? "I'm a diver," r e pli e d the strange r "and w a n t ed to reac h the sunken c ity. I didn't dare go to the b o ttom, though, for I had already gone s o d e ep I was half se n se l ess for a while .. ' You h a d all your s enses \Vhen Tim and I attac ked you ," grimly said R e dyard for y ou flung my friend down a flight Of $ lairs in t-;tre and easily lifte d m e to lturl m e from f l ', the turret. "._ "Your attac k r e vived me, and as I a m a v e r y i;itrong man and w as given additional strength b y m y de s p eration, I might have escaped you if this boat hadn' t come up jus t then." Jack qu estione d the di ve r c los e l y about the Goblin Girl and the n passe d the pilot-house. He sent the torpedo ram flying toward the surface, and she presently em e rged from the sea within a short distance of the very s chooner Jack had come in quest of to the Sargasso Sea. CHAPTER XVII. A BATTLE WITH OUNS. The sun was shining down upon the grassy sea when the submarine boat emerge d from the drift, covered with weed the boy ran inside and dosed the blinds of metal. He then grasped a wheel and pulled a lever. With all the speed generated that she' was capable of, Spitfire dashed

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