Jack Wright and his electric Sea Ghost, or, A strange under water journey

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Jack Wright and his electric Sea Ghost, or, A strange under water journey
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Pluck and luck
Cap't. Tho's. H. Wilson
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Frank Tousey
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.pLUCJ< LUCJ<. Complete Stories of Adventure. lBBued Weekiy-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Olaes Matter at the New York, N. Y. Pod Otrfce, November 7 1898. Ente r e d according to Act of Oonurcss i n the y ear 1903, i n the office of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0 by Frank Tousey, 24 Unton Square, New York. No. 282. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 28, 1903. Price 5 Cents. JACK WRIGHT !ND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST OR, A Strange Under Journey. By "NON AME." CHAPTER I. A MYSTERY OF TllE OCEAN. Not many years ago the daily newspapers were discussing one of the strangest themes that ever. agitated a1;1d mystified the public. It was the probability of a sea ghost existing in the At lantic Ocean in the form of a spectral craft of peculiar de sign. The captains, crew and passengers of numerous vessels that passed a section of the coast extending from Cape Henlopen to Nantucket Island solemnly declared that they had seen the phantom craft during their passage up or down the coast. At first doubting individuals asc ribed the matter to super stition, optical delusions, overwrought Imaginations, and, in fact downright lies. Evidence of the fact kept coming in, however, and with each report the excitement increased, for the descriptions given by reliable unprejudiced and practical witnesses tallied exactly regarding the ghostly looks and singular movements of the strange boat. Consequently it was admitted that there was something in the mystery, although nobody could give a common-sense explanation of it. Among the numerous places into which this startling re port was carried was a slnall fisher village on the coast named Wrightstown, which was located at the head of a beautiful bay. The place was named after an inventor of submarine boats, who had since died and left behind him an orphan son to whom he had bequeathed a wonderful talent for inventing strange marvels. Jack Wright was a dashing boy with dark hair, fiashing black eyes, a symmetrical and muscular figure, and a disposi tion remarkable for its goodness and indomitable courage. He lived in a very handsome dwelling, with an old sailor and a fat Dutch boy for companions, for Jack had accumu lated a .princely fortune by the use of his inventions. A creek that came in from the bay bordered the foot of his garden, and upon its shore he had erected a great workshop, wherein his wonderful inventions were created. In the afternoon of a summer day the boy sa.t upon the broad piazza in front of his house, wnen a newsboy came along with his newspaper, and opening out the sheet, the first Item his glance fell upon was a prominently headed article, couched as follows: "THE SE\ GHOST. "Further Particulars About he Apparition-Wonderful Escape of 'a. Ship's Ci:ew From Contact With It-No Explanation yet of the Mystery. "The ship, Yankee Sally, of 11500 tons burden, laden with a mixed cargo, and bound from Galveston to New York, in com mand of Captain Ben Bunker, and a crew of ten men, reached port this morning. "To a reporter the captain said the'Y had encountered fair weather from the time his ship cleared at Galveston, until she entered the Harbor of New York. He is also willing to swear that neither he nor his crew drink intoxicants, and will vouch for the fact that every one on his vessel saw the Sea Ghost last night. "The captain's story is substantially as follows: The sea was clear and moonlit when his craft was passing the high lands of New Jersey, and, when the Sandy Hook lightship was upon his port, he saw the sea open, athwart his course, and up from the depths there arose a most singular-looking vessel. It was not more than one mile distant, and had a white, misty, and transparent appearance from bow to stern, that stamped it with a weird and uncanny fiavor: It re mained in sight perfectly motionless for a few seconds, and then suddenly vanished again, much as if the sea swallowed it up. Every one was filled with wonder and alarm at this peculiar manifestation, and at first imagined they had not seen the spectral craft. "Their doitbts were soon set at rest, for a few moments afterV(ards the mysterious craft suddenly appeared again, directly in front of the Yankee Sally, and as the ship was making ten knots with all sails set the terrified crew were sure a collision with the ghostly boat was inevitable. The ship rushed toward the Sea Ghost, but just as she reached it, the white object vanished like magic and was not seen again. As Captain Bunker made his report without knowing that other similar reports had been made to the port authorities,


Y 2 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. and swears that he never heard of the phantom ship before he saw it, it is evident that he told the truth. His description, like all others of the boat, are very vague. In substance it is like this: She seemed fo be about one hundred and fifty feet in length, with a slanting bow and long, overhanging stern, while the de c k was crowned by a turret fore and aft, and a long house in the midship section joining the turrets. This description, and her singula,r actions, accord with the reports made by others who have seen her. But unfortunately no so lution of the mystery has yet been made." When Jack Wright fin is hed reading the aforegoing article, which was much like other reports he had perused, a thought ful expression flitted over his clear-cut face, and he muttered, softly: "This mysterious boat seems to have created a terrific amount of excitement. I wonder if Tim and Fritz have heard of it yet?" The two p eop le he referred to were the sailor and fat boy who resided at his house, and the comment had scarcely passed his lips when they came up the street, arm in arm. There was a striking contract between these two individ uals, for Tim Topstay, the old sailor, was a tall, thin__ man in sailor's costume, and had a glass eye and a wooden leg his weatherbeaten. face was framed in a sandy beard," and he was celebrated as a good navigator, a tremendous liar, a,_nd a large consumer of plug tobacco. Fritz Schneider, on the contrary, was a little, fat Dutch boy, with a big stomach and a squat figure arrayed in a suit that he brought with him from the fatherland. He had yellow hair, a smooth, fat fact, bulging and watery blue eyes, and a strong proclivity for fighting, cooking, and accordeon playing, with which he coupled an expertness as an electrician, and had as fearless a nature as Tim possessed. The old sailor had been a fr.nd of Jack' s father in the navy, and had left Sailors' Snug Harbor to go and live with the young inventor, while Fritz had been picked up in the village in a destitute condition by the boy, and was given a home with Jaclr. Both of these individuals always accompanied the young in ventor in his perilous voyages for fun, money, and adventures in the past, and sharing in the profits, had become very rich. As they came in at the front gate, the old sailor. waved a long envelope in his hand, and appr9aching Jack, he cried: "Ahoy, there, my hearty, I've stopped at ther post-office an' shipped a letter for yf!, wot's werry likely from ther gover'ment." "Very likely a reply to my letter an offer of $50,-000 to put my new boat in commission for the navy, and wipe out of existence the gang of wreckers who are infesting the Jersey coast," said the boy, taking the letter from his friend and opening it. Shiminey Christmas, don't dot vas pulley if dot go mm is sions ve vas got alretty?" chuckled Fritz. "A long dimes it vas dot some cruises ve didn'd dook for dot gofermends, und sooner as miss dot shob, I vun hundert tollars vould lose. mineselluf." Jack Wright's boats had frequently been utilized by the gov ernment J)efore, as they were particularly adapted to warfare. A remorseless gang of wreckers had for some time been ravaging the coast of New Jersey, i;tnd as most of the govern ment's boats were otherwise engaged when a demand for pro tection came from the ship owners of the United Statls, the authorities 'had made an effort to impress Jack and one of his wonderful boats into its service. He was asked to exterminate the lawless wreckers, and having agreed to do so, he now found that he had received the authority of a commission to proceed, and details of what he was to do. This fact he communicated to his friends, and they were delighted at the prospect of a cruise hunting down the wreck ers. The boy had invented a new submarine boat, which was spe cially qualified for the work in consideration, and it pleased him to find that he could put it to practical use. As soon as the boy had imparted the contents of the letter to his companions, he picked up his newspaper with che in tention of speaking to them about the phantom ship, when he was suddenly interrupted 1n a most startling manner. A furious uproar arose in the street, in front of the house, and glancing up, the young inventor saw the people who were passing scatter right and left in the wildest alarm. "Horse run away!" was the shout that arose in many voices. "Stop him, or the man will get killed!" came another cry. Electrified by the cry, ;rack rushed down to the street, and saw a saddle-horse come flying towards him, with starting eyes, distended nostrils, and flying mane and tale. The beast was maddened with fright apparently. A young man had been riding it, but in trying to dismount, one foot had been caught in the stirrup, and he was dragged along, with head and on the ground, beside the beast. Every step the horse took the poor fellow was bumped, torn and bruised, and he then had relapsed into unconscious ness. No one dared to stop the beast and save the man's life un til saw it, and then the boy muttered: "I'll stop that horse if it kills me!" He waited until the thundering hoofs were close to him, and then, with a panther-like spring, he reached the bridle, and grasped it at the bit ring with one hand. CHAPTER II. THE FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE. A shout arose from the people in the street who witnesed Jack Wright's daring feat, and they saw the plunging horse drag the boy along some distance and then swerve to one side. The young inventor hung on grimly to the bridle, and the flying hoofs of the brute struck him several times, but failed to force him to relax his grip, until he brought the beast to a pause. Seeming to realize that it hJd met its master, the horse finally came to a stop, and a tremendous cheer arose from the relieved spectators as the boy hastened to release the sense less man from his perilous position. Up rushed a crowd, surounding them, and while an excit ed babel of voices arose from all sides, one of the men held the panting and sweating beast, while a couple more picked up the senseless man. "Hurrah for Jack Wright!" yelled someone in the crowd "Hurrah! hurrah! hurrah!" cheered everyone. The boy bowed his acknowledgments. He then addressed his admirers with the question: "Are any of you acquainted with this poor fellow?" No one seemed to know who the man was, and several remarked that even the horse was strange to the village. Finding that the rider was friendless, the boy said to those who held him, as they stood as if undecided how to act: "Carry him into my house, gentlemen. Someone get a doctor!" While a willing lad ran off to summon a physician, the in jured man was taken into Jack's house and laid_ upon a sofa in the parlor. In a comparatively short space of time a doctor arrived, and


JACK WTIIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 3 .__...,, when he went in to see the patient, Jack's coachman took charge of the runaway horse and stalled it in the boy's hand some stable. The doctor examined the stranger and revived him. He had' no serious injury, but was somewhat cut and bruised hatred, rivalry, and enmity. One night I entered the captain's stateroom, and asked his daughter's hand in marriage. He flew in a rage and refused, saying he would permit no man to have her. We quarreled, and he drew a pistol on me Unfor tunately I uttered a threat to get even with him, and a by the rough treatment he underwent. sailor heard it. I meant to square accounts by eloping with Dressing his wounds and leaving him revived, the doctor Fanny. A different interpretation was afterwards put on soon took his departure. The stranger was a slender and delicate-looking young man, with a light mustache and brown hair, sharp, sunburned fea tures, and wore a costume like that of a ship's officer. He had a haunted look in his gray eyes, and a nervous and frightened look about him that was absolutely painful to see. Springing to his feet, upo n his recovery, he glanced at Jack, Tim, and Fritz with a terrified look on his lacerated face, and gasped: 1 "The horse! Where Js it?" "Do not alarm yourself," said Jack, quietly. "Where am I?" demanded the stranger, uneasily. "In my house. I saved you from the runaway." "Ah! Now I remember. I was approaching a town-the horse took fright at a passing locomotive--he ran away-I lost my grip on the bridle r!lin-attempted to dismount-fell -my foot caught-and I was dragged along by one leg, when my senses left me He covered his face with his hands for a moment, and when he removed them there was a haggard, woeful look d elineated there. "You are a stranger in Wrightstown, I infer," said Jack. "I am," answered the stranger, gloomily. "In fact, I'm an outcast." <,1 "What do you mean by that?" queried Jack, in some surprise. For a few moments the stranger fixed a searching glance of his piercing eyes upon the young inventor and seemed to be studying him. "I think I can trust you," he muttered. "You have an honest face. I am grateful to you for saving my life-very. My story is a strange one I am a vic ti19 of circum' stances. Perhaps you may not believe me Anyway it will relieve my mind if I confide in someone. My name is Howard -Harry Howard, and I am a ship's surgeon by profession, liv ing in New York. I was one of the crew of the wooden steamer: Lady Violet, but I am now atfugitive from the law, with a ;price upon my head, and a .gang of detectives trying to hound me down on a charge of murder!" my words. The mate, profiti n g by my experience, wisely refrained from asking the captain's consent. A storm aros e when we were one day from port. The vessel sprung a lea k, and the crew deserted in the boats, leaving the captain, m a t e, Fanny and I on board the steamer. She did not go down, as she carried a cargo of lumber in between decks, and it floated her. In the midst of the storm Fanny was in the c abin, and we three men were on deck. I heard Driggs have angry words with Captain Forrest, and as a flash of lightning darted across the sky, I saw the mate draw his sheath knife. It was a handsome weapon, prei;;ented to him by a friend, and had his name engraved on the silver handle. He plunged it into the captain's heart, and leaving the deadly blade sticking in the corpse, he dragge d the body over to one of the staterooms on deck, flung it inside, and closed the door Then he went down a companionway. I rushed over tq the state room and opening it, knelt down and examined the body to see if it were alive. "While s ngaged the treacherous mate came up with Fanny, and carrying a lantern, he pointed at me, and I heard him shout: 'He swore to get even with your father. See! Howard has murdered him!' "Oh, how those words yet ring in my ears and sear my brain! The horrified girl believed me guilty. She fainted ere I could protest, and I sprang to her side lifted her ten derly in my arms and as f was carrying her away toward the cabin, I saw the mat e lock the body in the stateroqm again and fling the key overboard. "A short time afterwards a passing steamer rescued us. The first thing Driggs did was to accuse me of murdering the captain. Believing me gullty, Fanny corroborated him. I was locked up I saw through the mat e's schem e He wan t ed to make me pay the penalty o f his crime. He wanted to lower me in Fanny's_estimation so he could win h e r himself. "Soon after we left the Lady Violet she sank in the Gulf Stream till her deck-house was flush with the top of the s e a and was drifted off, a dangerous derelict for ships to encoun ter. "Buried under the water lies the proof of Driggs' crimi-nality, floating at the mercy of the elements out of my reach, Harry Howard paused a m oment and glanced at his listeners unless I could show the captain's body with the mate's knife, to see what effect his words had upon them, and Jack ex-as evidence of my innocence and his criminality, no one claimed: would beli eve I 'didn't murder Captain Forrest. Everyone was startled by this confession. "You are criminating yourself by that confession, sir!" "Not in the least," replied the stranger, earnestly. "I am accused of killing a man whom I never injured, yet the cir cumstances were so strongly against me, that I can never hope to vindicate myself." "You are placed in a trying position," said Jack, pityingly. "Perhaps the case may not be so desperate as you imagine, Mr. Howard." The doctor shook his head hopelessly. He had no faith in human ability to clear him. "Cheering and comforting as your words are, Mr.--" "Jack Wright." "Mr. Wright, then, I see n o salvation." "The affair must then be dreadful." "Suffice it I was brought to New York, tried for the crime, and committed to await the action of the grand jury. The sailor who heard me threaten the captain had been saved, and was there to condemn me. "Anyway, as I saw no hope of escape I resolved-to break jail and gtlt away. Aided by my mother, I last night accom plished the feat successfully; and, as she had a saddle horse and some money ready for me I left the city and came this far, pursued, no doubt, by the officers of the law. Harry Howard paused. Evidently he trusted Jack to thus betray himself. His remarkable story was finished and it relieved his mind wonderfully. Jack and his friends felt sorry for the poor fellow. "Let me explain it," said Harry Howard, grimly. "You will "You are to be pitied," compassionately s .aid the young then agree that there isn't much hope for me. On our home-inventor, "and I think I can offer you a chance to vindicate ward trip, aboard the Lady Violet both Tom Driggs, the first yourself." mate, and I fell in love with Fanny Forres t the captain's I "You can?" eagerly asked the young physician, flashing a daughter. The girl favored me. It aroused Drigg's bitterest quick look at him.


I L JACK AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. "It is one chance in a million." "No matter what it is, I will gladly accept it." "Then come with me on a cruise I am about to take in an under-water boat I have invented, and we may run across the derelict, when we can, perhaps, secure .the evidence of your innocence," Electrified by this offer, Harry Howard sprang to his feet. Tears gushed from his eyes, and grasping Jack's hand, he cried emotionally: "God bless you! Fate threw me in your way. You inspire me with hope, which I never felt since my trouble began. I will go with you, and may Heaven grant that we meet with the wreck." At that moment there came a furious ring at the doorbell. A servant's angry voice was heard expostulating in the hall. "Bad cess ter yez fer two onmannerly divils!" she cried, shrilly. "Don't be aft!ier rushin' inter a man's house that way! Shure, it's announced forst yez should be, or me master won't like it at all, at all! "We want to see Jack Wright at once," gruffly replied a man. "We've just come in on the police patrol boat Black Bird from New York, and. we've heard that a fellow we are after rode in town on horse back, was hurt, and was carried in here. "An' what if he wuz?" sharply demanded the girl. / "Well, if he is we'll arrest him, for he is an escaped mur-derer we are after." Harry Howard turned as pale as death, and staggered ba k in dismay. "They are detectives who have been following me!" he groaned. "I am lost-lost!" CHAPTER III. BAFFLING THE DETEOTIVES. Jack was very much startled, for he heard the patter of footsteps in the hall, and springing toward the trembling fugitive, he caught Howard by the arm and swung him be hind the doorway portieres. His prompt action screened the man from observation, for the next instant two very eager-looking individuals rather suddenly ran into the .parlor and confronted the boy, Tim, and Fritz. Both were stylishly dressed, and rather flashy in appear ance. With a look of haughty indignation on his face, Jack turned upon the newcomers and demanded, with extreme asperity: "What do you mean by forcing an entrance into my house this way?" The two detectives, for such they were, abruptly exchanged glances of deep significance, and one oi plied coolly: paused, them re-"But I am aware that it is necessary for you to have a search warrant, to authorize you to trespass upon my prem ises, exclaimed Jack, curtly. "Since you are not so armed, I want you to clear out of here just as fast as you can go." A crestfallen look overspread the faces of the two minions of the law, and they flashed a glum look at each other. The most brazen of the two expostulated, however, in in jured tones: "Now, say, young fellow," he began, "this isn't any way to act, interfering with officers in the discharge of their duty, understand, and I don't like it nohow. A dozen of us fellows were sent out on his trail. We heard he was headed for Wrightstown, and came up in the boat. Some people in the street described the fellow whose horse ran away with him, and we ki;iow he's our man, and we want him-understand.' Now, if he's in here, produce him, or we'll make it hot for you." "That is quite sufficient," interposed Jack, coldly. "There's the dOOt'-gO "I'll be blamed if I will," stubbornly said the brassy detec tive. "I'm not going to budge a step out of this house until I Jay my paws on that jay, understand, and if you don't like it you can lump it."' "In that case I'll have you fired out!" said the boy, frown ing, and turning to 'l'im and Fritz, he added: "March those fellows into the street, and if they kick up a muss have them arrested." : ne chagrined detectives saw that Jack would brook no trifling.' t's quit! said the one who had not spoken before. ;;e 1plucked his companion by the sleeve, and before the sai l or :thd Dutch boy could reach them they passed out, one of i.h" Jl swearing at the boy, and the other exclaiming vio lently: "You're a mean little duffer to come between a criminal and an officer in the discharge of his duty, understand. We'll get a warrant, and when we come back we'll turn your shebang inside out." Angrih s'amming the door after them, they went out. Night had fallen by this time, and lights were flashing up all over the village, but none was lit in the parlor, in order to keep tJ. e movements of the occupants hidden from the view of passing people who could look in at the windows. "Baffled!" exclaimed Jack, triumphantly. "Saved from prison!" Harry Howard muttered grate\ully, as he emerged. "Ay, but they'll tack back, an' foul yer," said Tim. "Ach, ve needn'd led 'em in alretty," averred Fritz, vehe mently. "So soon dot vun ouf dem fools der dQor obens. I hit him by der kopf mit a glub, und his prains oudt knock me vonct." "A plan has suggested itself to me, by which you can very easily escape your pursuers, and send them off on the wrong track," said Jack. "t will put on your suit. Tim can order the coachman to havi> your horse in readiness at the gate, and I'll mount and lead the officers off on a wild goose chase under "Oh, don't get uppish about it, young fellow; we ain't the impression that they are in pursuit of you." going to steal your house, or break your furniture. We're here "Good!" eagerly assented the fugitive; "but they may shoot on business,. understand; and we ain't stopping on the rules at you." of politeness, unde,rstand. There's a jay -escaped from jail "I can guard against that," said Jack promptly, "by first put in New York. We've been told that you are sheltering him ting on a metal suit of aluminum armor, which is perfectly here, and we want him-understand." bullet proof. While I am gone Fritz will lead you out to "Have you got a search warrant with you?" demanded Jack, the lighthouse standing yonder upon the headland of the coldly. bay, and there you will find a safe hiding place with the "Lor', no! We don't stop on such trifles as them, underkeeper of the light. In two days I will be ready to start on my stand. All's we've got is a warrant for his arre&t. That cruise, and will provide everything necessary for your comfort. covers the ground, understand. If he's in here, just show him When the boat reaches the headland, you can put off in a skitT up, and we'll snap the nippers on him, and save you expense of for her, we will take you on board, and you will then be safe boarding and lodging him, understand." from further molestation."


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 5 "Excellent!" said Howard, delightedly. "Begin." Tim went out to have the horse in readiness, Jack put on a metal suit, exchanged clothing with the physician, and Fritz went to the window, and saw one of the detectives watching the house while the other one went to get the warrant. A few minutes afterwards everything was in readiness, and by that time the talkative officer was seen approaching with the legal authority, and a look of determination in his actions. ''Now's my time, boys! Get ready!" said Jack. He went out the side door, and passed swiftly across the lawn to the gate where the saddle horse stood in readiness, and in the gloom the suit he wore made him somewhat re semble Howard. The lynx-eyed detectives saw him at once. Instantly they came after the boy at a run, yelling: "There he goes now!" Away ran Jack, and reaching the horse, he mounted. "Halt!" roared the second detective. "Halt where you are!" Jack waved his hand defiantly, and rode away with the two officers running on in hot pursuit. The moment the two detectives were gone, Fritz hastened from the house by the front door with Harry Howard, brought him undetected to the lighthouse, and making arrangements with the keeper of the light, he left the doctor there in se curity. Jack drove the horse like the wind out upon a country road, and -as the moon was just rising and shedding lts red glow down, the bOy'E!aw his pursuers draw their revolvers. A moment afterwards two sharp reports rang out, and one of the bullets-struck 1JJ.e boy squarely in the back. The armor he wore was certainly proof against bullets, however, as the leaden messenger glanced off without doing him any harm whatever . Along the road thundered the horse, the men keeping up the pursuit, despite the fact that they were rapidly being dis tanced, and the exciting chase continued. A woods leading over to the creek loomed up ahead, and just as the horse dashed into it the detectives fired again. This time they shot at the horse. It fell dead under the boy. He alighted with great agility, and rushed off into the woods, while the detectives, uttering a yell of delight, came running ahead at full speed, sure now of capturing him. Not far away from where Jack was stood an old boat house on the embankment of the creek, in which dwelt an old man who rented his skiffs to anyone who wanted to row or fish. Heading for it, Jack reached the house. Here he took off Howard's clothes, and hid them under an old oar box, after which he unceremoniously untied one of the skiffs in which laid a pair of oars, and getting in he took off his suit of armor and rolled it up in a bundle. Laying it under the thwarts he seized the oars and rowed downstream toward his own grounds about a mile away. But half of this distance had been covered when Jack heard a crashing in the bushes lining the edge of the stream, and a moment afterwards the two detectives appeared. They stood glaring down at Jack a few moments in great surprise, and then one of them cried: "By thunder, it's Jack Wright!" "What the deuce is he doing here?" "I'll find out. Say-you-stop-understand!" "What do you want now?" coolly asked Jack, pausing. "I want ta know what brought you up here?" "Begging your pardon for brevity, it's none of your business." "Don't get sassy now, young fellow, we're onto you, understand!" "I fail to catch your meaning." "Well, I see through your plan to help that convict. He was to double on us here, and you was to carry him down stream in that boat." "Is that so? You're a good guesser, but you'd better guess again!" "You'd better get out of this," growled the detective, mor tified by the boy's cool indifference to him. "If we catch you aiding or abetting that convict ta escape we'll pull you in, too, understand." "I have no desire to stay here listening to your gassing." "Come on," grumbled the other detective, impatiently. "While we are wasting time our bird may fly the coop." "Remember, we'll keep an eye on you, young fellow, understand." "You'd better keep both on me if you want to win this game of hide-and-go-to-seek!" softly muttered Jack. He rowed leisurely away doww the creek, leaving the two detectives beating about in the woods in search of a man who was not there, and finally reached bis workshop. Close by the big brick building there was a flight of marble stairs leading down from the top of the stone walled embank ment, and tying the boat to a ring bolt mortised in the wall, the boy shipped the oars and gathered up his suit of armor He then ascended the stairs, walked over to the house, anc going into his library he found Tim and Fritz there laughin1 heartily over the success of their. work to baffie the officers. CHAPTER IV. THE SEA. GHOST EXPOSED. On the afternoon of the second day after the aforegoing events occurred, Jack Wright's new submarine boat was thor oughly equipped for a: long journey, and nothing remained to be done but to start. The boy and his friends had been working hard to perfect this strange vessel after a model the young inventor had de vised, and having finished the boat, she had ,been tested and tried so that all faults in her construction might be detected and repaired. She was now as near perfect as it was possible to make her, and well satisfied that she could perform the work he had undertaken, Jack left the workshop clad in a white duck suit and cap, and returned to the house. There he found a Government official in the reception-room who had come on from the naval department in Washington with his final instructions. "Your orders," said the caUer, as he gave Jack some docu ments, "are to cruise along the coast for a space of three months in quest of the wreckers, and if you encounter their ships or rendezvous, you are to capture or kill them, as the. gang must be broken up." "In which section of the coast have their worst depreda tions been made?" queried Jack, as he put the papers in his pocket. "From Cape May to Atlantic City. The course they adopt is usually to raise false beacons along the highlands, leaving the outlying bars in gloom, upon which passing v essels are lured. Sometimes the coast guards have succeeded in rescuing the crews. But before the vessels are floated again it has been found that the wreckers hale swooped down upon them in their boats and plundered them." "Do you know who the wreckers are, or the name of their I ship?"


6 JACK WRIGHT A D HIS ELEOTIHO SEA GHOST. :..===========-===-::.=-=-=-=-=------------------=-=-_ _-_---------------------"No. All I can find out ls that they have a craft that Is fu r-signal flags and nautical instruments; upon the wall were nished with sails and a propeller besides. Consequently she arranged a series of small boxes with dials in front, connected can navigate in all sorts of weather. Her crew is very large to insulated copper wires; beneath them there hung a number and well armed. The ship also carries guns. That they are of meteorological Instruments of a peculiar design adapted fearless ruffians is shown by their daring rascalities. It reto use under water, and several racks held up a number of mains for you to wipe them out." "And I have just the sort of a craft to do it," grimly said Jack. "I have frequently heard of your marvelous boats," said the man, "and I would like very much to see this one." "We are all ready to depart now," said Jack. "If you will excuse me a few minutes, I will settle my affairs here and take you on board. You can then run down to New York with us." "Nothing would gratify me more," said the man from Wash-ington. Jack then left the reception room It did not take him long to finish what he had to do. He then led his guest out. As they crossed the garden the official suddenly said: "I forgot for a moment one of the most important subjects I had to mention to you, Mr. Wright, in connection with my mission here." arms, binoculars, etc. The room was carpeted and furnished with settees, chairs,, and rugs. From the back of the tower a long, oval-topped deck-house ran aft, with four windows and a door on each side, above them a row of bull's-eyes, and the roof was filled with several valves, and a glass cupola in ,the center in which glared a circle of powerful electric lights. This deck-house terminated in a round tower aft, which was pierced by a of gun-ports that could be closed by shutters that worked by automatic springs, sealing up the apertures tightly when in disuse. A staircase ran to the tgp of it from the deck at one side There was but little else upon the oval deck, save a capstan up forward, a short hand rail in the bow, an anchor fastene to each of the projecting catheads, stanchions along the scup pers and several trap-doors _and deadlights in the deck plates Below the water line the boat presented a most curious a "To what do you allude, sir?" the young inventor inquired. pearance. "The Sea Ghost." She was flat-bottomed, and being divided into two longi!u" Ah, indeed!" dinal sections, the lower part, shaped concavely amidships, "The Secretary of the Navy wants you to make an effort tapered at each end to sharp points, the bow receding and th to discover what foundation there is in the story and report stern projecting several feet beyond the upper stern, wit to him." a rudder on the end. "Oh, that can be done very easily," assured Jack, opening Two great grooves were cut along the cross section of th the do.or of his workshop and leading his caller in. "Seebottom, each containing a propeller of great size and strength, there's my boat." while another exactly like them was set in the top of the lower "Great heavens!" gasped the gentleman, recoilipg with a hull. startled look upon his face, as he eyed the boat floating in A metal post ran down from the overhanging stern to the a flooded basin in the floor of the building, that was surround-lower hull on which a horizontal screw was fastened to ac ed by a metal platform and opened into the creek by two celerate the downward, or upward movement of the boat un massive doors in the end. der water, for the three other wheels were merely driving "You are startled," laughed Jack. "I have cause to be." screws. In the sides forward of the lower hull were two water "Why?" doors for giving egress to the crew Into the sea when sub '"Be cause your boat is the Sea Ghost!" merged, while along the sides aft were water-valves for ship "Yes you are right, laughed Jack. "This is really the ping or letting off ballast. ship about which everybody i s so much excited. While test Everything was made of the silvery white aluminum. ing and trying her, she startled everyone who saw her to such From the cupola on the midship deck-house, from the bull's an extent, that I resolved to keep up the mystery about her eyes along the sides from the lamps in the pilot-house, an identity." I out of the dead-lights that showed along the runs, ther "A wi s e resolution, commented the official. now the most blinding glare of electric lights tha "It was for the reason that I can use her with better ad-1 contained a force of thousands of candle power, and !igl!tin vantage against the wrecke rs, who now will fear her. It reup the white vessel all over, lent it a weird and ghostly as mains for you to maintai n the utmost secrecy of her identity." [ pect. "You can depend upon me keeping silent, Mr. Wright." It was no wonder that the strange looking craft had bee "Then come aboard and I will show you what a sea-ghost dubbed a sea-ghost, for she was so named, and her appear is like." I ance was most spectral to the greatest degree. The vessel was, in truth, a most singular-looking craft, and The official from Washington followed Jack over a gang-it was no wonder that she had made herself famous as a plank to the deck of the vessel, and there saw Tim and Frit phantom. clad in white duck suits, working about the various parts o She was about 150 feet long, twenty foot beam, and ten the boat. foot draught, built of silvery white, thick aluminum plates, Saying a few words to his friends, the boy went into th and shaped from the water-line upward much like most pilot-house with the officer and passing through a door in bac cruisers in the hull. I entered a stateroom that contained half a dozen berths, ad A turret, with half its front made of heavy plate 1 joining which there was a combined kitchen and' cabin, fur glass crowned the forward deck, with a small railed deck on I nished completely and magnificently. 1 top, above which arose a small, portable flag-pole in back, the The following chamber was a bare room lined with metal turret being pierced by doors and used for exit into the sea; in back of it was a storeroo The inside of this turret formed large room, and the for water and food, the next apartment contained an assort windows were furnished with sliding shutters of metal to: ment of diving apparatus, tools, duplicate parts of the boa hermetically enclose the glass. 1 and other necessities while in the after turret stood a swive Through these glasses could be seen a steering wheel, a gun of the pneumatic, magazine type, and a large stock o compass binnacle, a rack containing numerous maps, charts, arms and ammunition.


JACK WTIIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. A staircase in the cabin led down below, where the boat as divided into three compartments, those in the bow and tern being great air reservoirs, and the midship section con-ining a dynamo and oil engine, a peculiar machine for orking the boat by electricity, and hundreds of accumulator ars of storage battery from which there ran a network of "Do you see those valves in the ceiling?" "Yes. What about them?" "When I turn this lever, marked W, it starts the injectors working, anQ. fresh air is pumped up through the reservoirs and distributed through the boat, while those other valves in the floor carry the air which is used up off into the sea in ires up to the pUot-house, from whence all working parts of bubbles." he boat were controlled by a series of levers on a switch"You must carry plenty of air .in the reservoirs?" oard set in the wall near the wheel. "It is compressed into them hydraulically, so that the There was an immense water chamber for ballast occupying amount is considerably more than the bulk were it expanded," wo-thirds of the lower hold, designed to submerge the boat, explained Jack. hile the after part was honey-combed with spiral pipes, and "What is it that causes the boat to sink down?" ir and water pumps, injectors, air-purifiers, and automatic alves. As soon as Jack had shown the officer these complicated onders, which but few besides himself could have under tood, they returned to the pilot-house, and saw a monkey nd a parrot there, which were owned respe ctively by Tim nd Fritz, who had once captured their pets in Africa. The mooring lines had been cast off, some of Jack's work en pulled in the gangplank, and the creek doors had been wung open. "Everything is ready. We wm start," said Jack. He manned the wheel, and turning one of the levers on the witchboard, he put the machinery in motion, and as the crews revolved, the boat glided out ot the shop into the reek, and ran down toward Wrightstown bay. CHAPTER V. OHASED BY THE POLICE PATROL BOAT. The gloom of night had fallen upon the earth when the Sea host ran out into the creek, and all the lights were put out, s Jack had no desire to have anyone see1 his boat at that ime. He was bent upon a secret mission, and meant to keep is movements screened as much as possible until his object as attained, after which it mattered little who knew about he boat. Before the Sea Ghost reached the bay, he turned to the "There is only one method of gaining that result. To de scend I pull this lever marked C. It opens the water valves and causes the sea to. enter the lower hold. At the same time the pumps compress the air, which is distributed th._rough the water chambers into the reservoirs. By compres$.ing the volume of air into a small compass, the weight of water overcomes the buoyancy of the air. Then the boat sinks. When she has gone to any desired depth I stop the influx of water, and her descent is checked at any depth I want to attain." "And to rise?" -"' "W4y, I merely reverse the table. That is to say, I start the pump lever marked with letter P. The water is emptied from the hold in any quantity I wish to lose; the buoyancy of the compressed air in the reservoirs assumes its func tions, and up we go to the to.P of the sea, or to any desired altitude." "Can you navigate under water easily?" "Just as well as upon the surface. The horizontal screw at the stern is spun, and that curves the stern 1down and the bow up at the angle, graded according to the rapidity of the revolutions; by reversing the screw the stern comes up and the bow slants down. You can realize what the effect is when the driving screws are then started." "Wonderfully ingenious." "I've got a number of cute little inventions with me of my own make, which I intend to utilize during this trip, said Jack. "Ah, here's Tim!" The old sailor came stumping in at this juncture with a beam in his good eye, and taking a bite of navy plug, he gave a hitch at his baggy white pants, saluted, and said; overnment official, and pointing ahead at SOl}le boats, he "All ready, Jack; she kin go down." aid: The boy inventor lost no time in submerging the boat, and "We must conceal our movements from those people who without the least sound she sunk gradually, until the water re moving about the bay in those sailboats and skiffs. I closed over her turrets and. the densest gloom surrounded m going to submerge the Sea Ghost." them. "But why such secrecy now?" asked the man, in surprise. Jack then started the glow of an incandescent light, and "You will see in a little while. No, I may as well tell glancing up at the dial of one of the gauges he watched the ou now. In yonder lighthouse there is a man who, for a otent reason, wishes to avoid observation. I have, for an ther good reason, offered to take him on this cruise with me. needle go around until H reached a figure registering depth at twenty feet. He then stopped her descent and sent her ahead. their e are to pick him up when we reach the headland." "Oh," said the other, with a perplexed look upon his "Tim!" cried the boy, turning to the old sailor. The Sea Ghost plunged on as straight as an arrow, and, face. assured that no one on the s,urface could now distinguish them, the boy started every one of his electric lights. "Ay, ay, my lad! was the cheery response. "Are all the doors and windows closed for a descent?" "No, but I'll fix 'em in one minute," replied Tim, stump g away. A tremendous glow burst out from the boat and radiated all around her, illuminating the dense waters a great distance. Of all Jack Wright's singular inventions he never had one carrying so much, and such strong lights as this one. "Fritz, how were the battery connections?" Gloomy as the water was in the distance it was now as "I dit look me dem ofer all mine selluf, und dey all ri'ght bfight as \f bathed in a glow of rare sunlight in the immediate as." vicinage of the Sea Ghost, "Are you quite sure it will be safe to go under?" queried e official. "Positive," replied Jack. "I have tested the boat so fre uently that there can be no mistake about it, sir. "But how are we to breathe when the air in this room is sed up?" A cry of amazement burst from the lips of Jack's guest. "Wonderful! Wonderful!" he cried. "Look, Wright, look!" "This sight is no novelty to us," laughed the boy, who enjoyed the excitement and wonder of the man. Peering out the glass front of the pilot-house, theGovern ment official stared ,ahead with all his might.


8 JACK WRIO-HT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GH O ST. Attracted by the light, thousands of fishes from an inch to five yards in length of all kinds and appearances came glid ing through the pale green fluid toward the boat. Magnified by the water, their staring eye s glared like balls o f fire, and as the electric glow fell upon their gleaming scales they flashed back scores of brilliant colors beautiful to see. Tangled vines shot up from the bottom, among the moving and interlacing tendrils of which there squirmed the most re pulsive water snakes and eels. Here and there the rugged crests of black, slimy ro cks crop p ed out o f the gloom, crusted with myriads of barnacles, cov ered with crabs, mussels, queer-looking bugs, and patched here and there with beautiful mosses and tufts of sea grass. An animated forest of gigantic eel grass thirty feet in length was gone through, over which floated the soft, pulpy J:>odies of various kinds of jelly fish, and passing on to level plains' of sticky mud and rolling hills of gritty white sand, the Sea Ghost encountered myriads of denizens of the deep, that filled the mind of the eager spectator with the liveliest i nterest. In this manner the beautiful bay was crossed and the boat d rew near the opening in the headland, upon the left hand side of which there arose the stately lighthouse Jack had caused to be erected within the walls of which poor Harry H o warll had taken refuge. Assured that his boat was then free from observation, Jack pulled the pump lever and the ballast was forced out of the Sea Ghost, and she rapidly arose toward the surface. The official turned away from the window, uttering a re gretful sigh, for the scenes he had been watch\ng had absorbed all his interest. "That was the most wonderful sight I ever witnessed!" he exclaimed "Lordy, is that so?" queried Tim, with a grin. "Why, that ain't nuthin', sir." "Probably not to you, but it's a good deal to me. "I've sighted stranger scenes on ther surface. "It is utterly imp o ssible Tell me what 1th ere is more won derful than this. "Why, bless yer .heart, when I wuz in ther navy, aboard o' ther ole frigate Wabash, said Tim, we wuz a-lyin at anchor off the coast o' Chiny, an' ther night set in dark an' gloomy. All at once ther sky busted open, an' it begun ter rain shootin' stars. Down they dropped inter ther sea all aroun' us, an' sot ther water a-bilin' till it steamed. Up came hundreds o biled fishes, an' ther cook laid in enough for a week's rations. Her crew lit thar pipes wi' them stars, an' ther lights on board was put out, an' we sot on deck a-readin' by their blazin'. Pretty soon, as ther went along we came to a point about two miles east o' ther Sandy Hook lightship, an'--" "Hold on!" interposed the officer, entreatingly. "That will do "Wo t! D on't yer believe me?'' queried Tim, in injured t o nes "No Didn't y ou say the ship was anchored off the Chinese coast? Then how in thunder did you sail along off the New Jersey coast of America? Why wasn't your ship set afireand, c o nfound it, why wasn't you .killed?" Tim gave a guilty start, for he saw that his yarn didn t hang together very well, owing to his forgetfulness of details. "Le' me explain?" he pleaded, in a desperate effort to gll out of the pickle. Before he could do so, liowever, Fritz seized an qld accor de o n he was accustomed to playing, and began to grind out a mournful tune. Tim stopped, gnashed his teeth, and glared at the Dutch boy fierce l y f o r he abominated this instrument, and it always got h i m angry t o hear it. Belay thar, yer lubber!" he yelled, "or I'll smash that thing ter pieces." The fat boy chuckled, and continued to tease the old sailo With a roar Tim made a dash for Fritz. But before a row could ensue, the Sea Ghost shot out the surface of the sea, and Jack uttered a startled cr1 pointed ahead. Great heavens, see there!" he cried. "The police patr boat, Blackbird and as I live, there are the two detectiv aboard of her, and they are pursuing a rowboat with Har Howard and the lighthouse keeper in it." The black steamboat was rapidly bearing down upo n t lighthouse keeper's skiff, which the two men were r o wi away with all their might. CHAPTER VI. OFF AFTER THE WRECKERS. It was very evident to Jack that the two detectives h a remained lurking around Wrightstown in search of the d o tor, although they bad not come near the boy's house to loo for him. Moreover, he saw that they must have been departing i the police patrol boat, when they had iun across the skiff i which Harry Howard had been waiting for the Sea Ghost appear and pick him up at the time,Jack had appointed t meet him the re. It was an unfortunate combination of circumstances The skiff was about half a mile from land, the BJack B' was not more than one yards behind her, and th Sea Ghost was an equal distance behind the police boat. It therefore looked as if the d e tectives would overhaul th fugitive b e fore Jack could reach him to lend his assistance. Stili the young inventor did not despair. He was too full of plu c k and ambition to give way to fear "I'm going to make a dash for that skiff!" he exclaimed, soon as he s aw the situation, a nd he pulled one of the levers You can't reach it before the other boat," doubtingly sai the official, who although ignorant of the circumstances o the case, realized that Jack designed to' rescue one of th skiff s occupants. "That rema'.ins to be seen the boy answered, as his boa rapidly inc r e ased speed and swiftly o verhauled the Blac Bird. "How fast can she travel?" "Forty knots an hour." "And the Black Bird?" "She isn't making over fifteen." Tim and Fritz had ceased hostilities, and as the Dutch Bo glanced ahead and saw the Sea Ghost swfft_1y creeping up t the police boat, a broad grin overspread his face, and h roared: "Donner und blitzen! Ve vin!" "Hurrah!" cried Tim, "we're a-passin' ther lubbers!" Like a streak of lightning the submarine boat shot by police steamer just as it arrived within fifty yards o f skiff. A shout arose from the men on the Black Bird, as saw the silent and swift phantom boat go sho oting by. "The Sea Ghost!" yelled a dozen voices A moment afterwards the pilot of the police b oat turne his craft off at au angle, and Fritz rushed out o n deck. "Howard! he cried. "Yes!" came the doctor's glad voice. "Catch dis rope!" "Let it come


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 9 'e.'fwhiz!1 went a coil of stout maniia line across the skiff, as e Sea Ghost dashed along within a yard of .the lighthouse lo eper's boat, and the physician caught it. On went the underwater boat like a race horse dragging e skiff along astern, and the lighthouse keeper made the pe fast to the painter, when Fritz hauled in on it. As soon as the skiff reached the side of the Sea Ghost, the tr ung doctor shook hands with the lightho11se keeper, and, iv< "shing him a hearty goodby, he got aboard of the boat. II'l The tow line was then cast off. a youth of such extraordinary intelligence as to invent such a marvelous craft." He then took his departure, wondering what the mystery was surrounding Harry Howard, and the young inventor sunk his boat beneath the water and run her out to sea. It was midnight when they reached the ocean's heaving waters, and Jack divided his crew into two watches, with Tim and Fritz in one, and himself and Harry in the other. "We will run down the coast sunk till half the turrets are buried and show no lights," planned the boy. "You can Leaving the skiff drifting astern, the Sea Ghost opened th e headland, and passed out upon the sea, all aglow. up keep on an easy power of amperes, Tim, and our first course will be to head for the rendezvous of the wreckers. Incidentally we can keep a continued lookout for any signs of the Lady Violet, and try to get Howard out of his scrape if Observing that Harry Howard had been rescued by the rew of the mysterious craft, the pilot of the police patrol oat started his vessel after her. Under a full head of steam, the Black Bird raced out on he ocean, and went flying after the Sea Ghost. Fritz led the rescued man inside and introduced him to he official, and the young inventor turned to him with a mile. "You came near falling into their hands again," he re "but I was a little too quick for them a second one burst out laughing over their success, and oward said: "You still keep me under a life-long obligation. I thought was lost. We rowed with all our strength. It was all up ith us but the shouting when you appeared. I didn't know his was your boat until the lighthouse keeper told me so." "Ther blamed land sharks is atackin' arter us." "Fools!" contemptuously cried the young inventor. "I'll ut a nd to their pursuit; bolt the door, Fritz." As soon as t e fat Uoy dtcl: s-o Jaclt sunk his boat, and as it disappeared under the sea so rapidly that the crew of the Black Bird could not, at the distance they were away, see just exactly what became of her, they reluctantly abandoned the pursuit and were forced into the genera! superstitious be lief that the craft was supernatural. The Sea Ghost descended to a depth of thirty-two feet ere Jack brought her to a pause, and then drove her ahead. Their strange position excited Harry Howard's curiosity as much as it had the government official, and he and the latter individuals spent most of .their time at the window, staring out at the submarine scenes they were passing. The boat ran down the Long Island coast within a league of the outlying sandbars, and finally reached the entrance to New York harbor, up into which Jack turned her. Here the bottom was sandy in places and muddy in others, the powerful tides havini;worn the configuration of the bot tom into the most uneven outlines. From the point of Coney Island out across the channel the bottom slanted downward, and showed a depth of over a mile at one spot-this awful channel having no doubt been ex cavated by the strong currents eddying around there. Having extinguished his lights, Jack ran his boat up to the surface and heading her for the Battery he rari up to one of the nearest docks, parted with the government official, and that gentleman went highiy pleased with his trip. "You have had a practical demonstration of what my boat can do," said Jack, when he shook hands with him, "and now when you return to Washington you can properly explain to the secretary of the navy what my chances of success shall be if I happen to fall in with the coast wreckers." "Mr. Wright," was the earnest reply, "I have not the slightest doubt but what you will accomplish what you have undertaken to do, and shall take great pleasure in giving the secretary an account of the boat, My own impression of the Sea Ghost is that she's the most wonderful craft in tire world, and I appreciate the honor of my acquaintance with we can." "Ay, ay," assented Tim, with a nod. "If the wreck of the Lady Violet was caught in the Gulf Stream in this vicinage she would be drifted along at the rate of about three miles an hour," said the boy, thoughtfully, "and it would carry her out on the ocean, and possi bly across to Europe. On the other hand, if she got out of the stream and still floats, she would go knocking about at the mercy of the wind and tide, and heaven only knows what would become of her then." "In that case," said Harry, anxiously, "we have some hope of finding her yet if she has remained in the Gulf Stream, for it is an easy matter to trace the course of this strange current through the sea, wherever it goes, isn't it?" "Very easy," assented Jack, and after some further discussion of the matter, he and Harry turned in, leaving Tim and Fritz on duty. The old sailor held the wheel and drove the Sea Ghost along submerged till there was only enough of the glass front of the pilot house above the water to give him a view of the top of the sea. Fritz felt full of mischief that night, and as Tim dared not leave the wheel to interfere with him, he amused himself by blackguarding .the old sailor until he was furious, and then bombarded him with a dozen wet sponges which he had found in a locker. In the midst of it the monkey and parrot came in. The bird was a big handsome creature named Bismarck, which Fritz had taught to talk outrageously and very slang ily. Whiskers, as the old sailor had named the little red, howling monkey, was also a cunning rascal, full of tricks which he learned fr.-0m the old sailor, and naturally as mischievous as most monkers are. The moment Fritz saw them, he incited his bird to attack the monkey, and with a harsh, grating screech Bismarck flew at Whiskers and buried its beak in the monkey's tail. A howl escaped Tim's pet, and it grabbed the bird as quick as a flash by one of its claws into which it sunk its teeth. The next moment a terrific :fight began between the two, during which the night air was made hideous with monkey howls and parrot's oaths, while the air was filled with flying fur and feathers. CHAPTER VII. SAVING A nISTUESSED VESSEL. On the following night the Sea Ghost was plowing her way along the New Jersey coast, not far from Delaware bay, still almost buried under the water, and the sky above as black as ink. Jack stood at the wheel, and, turning his glance upon the


10 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. barometer, he saw that the mercury had made a fall of half an in c h within an hom;. "We are going to have a heavy storm pretty soon Tim," he observed "Ay, ther weather looks as foul as ever I see it," returned the old sailor. "See how riley the sea has become, and how the white caps are rolling." "Onless we goes clear ter ther surface or deep e r down inter Davy Jones' locker, ther w a ves ll soon git a-heavin' so high it won't be no ways comfor'ble aridin' .whar we is now," said Tim, in dubious tones. "Hold on! What's that? A ro cket, by jingo!" The boy pointed off to the leeward at a bright streak of fire that suddenly shot up from the sea into the gloomy sky. It was followed by several more in quick su c cession, and with an anxious and troubled look on his face, the boy ex claimed: "A signal of distress, Tim "Ay, ay, an' pretty close on ther lee too." "Tim, we had better run over there and find out what it means?" Heave ahe ad, my hearty. I reckon ye know what we is. "Close upon the stamping grounds of the wreckers of the coast." "Then I reckon as we'd better keep our weather eye on ther craft as sent that signal up was the old man's signi:(j. cant warning. Jack shared in his friend's suspicions and steered the boat .south by west, and a few moments afterwards the faint, du ll report of firearms reached their ears, coming from the direction in which they had seen the ro ckets shoot skyward. They listened and Jack shook his head. "The minute guns of an imperiled ship!" he exclaimed. "Blow me, but that proves as we're on ther right tack, Jack." Call Fritz and Howard to quarters, old follow. The sailor seized a gong string and vigorously jerked it, when a clang of alarm rang through the S e a Gho s t, and a few mom ents afterwards the doctor and the fat boy rushed in from the cabin in which they had been eating a mess. By the time matters were expl ained to the m the boat had made such rapid headway to the leeward that Jack heard the r u mble of bre a kers on the starboard quarter. There are some dangerous bars running along this shore," h e remarked, as he changed the course of the bo a t "Why d idn't you light _up?" asked How a rd. "No. My s u s picions a re aroused If any of w r ec kers .whom we are in search of wer e to see us coming, the y would take care .to keep out of the way." Boom! Boom! cam e the dull roaring of the minute guns, much nearer now, by which they knew that they were draw i n g closer to the obje ct of their searc h. Fritz had take n up his po sition at the window with a night gl a ss to his eye, and he cried excitedly: "Lights ahet!" "Where away?" asked Jack. "Off to der leeward." Can you make out whe re they jtre?" "Id looks like a ship on a bar. Upon a nearer approach the boy s a w the glow of several lanterns, and then obs e rved several more moving lights to the windward of those that were stationary. He slackened the speed of his boat, a:dd a few moments afterwards the breeze bore to his ears the shouts of men, and the reports of firearms from wh e re the stationary lights were. "There's no use of us hoping to learn in gloom. I've got to start the lights. Stand by for busiilow now, boys." nt.s He then turned the electric light lever, and the nexttigh stant a blinding glow fl.ashed up all around the boat. l'he Jack sent the Sea Ghost to t ,he surface. m t The water was vividly lit up for a great distancaea'i around, and they saw a large sailing vessel with a sm$.nkE stack on deck, lying hauled to, a cable's length ahead. y Several boats were leaving her, filled with men, and '\IPOID being rowed toward a schooner which laid listed to one i'WE upon a bar half a mile off shore. ck. Upon the schooner's deck a fight was going on until the f'Do Ghost so suddenly appeared and startled every one. md The bow of the ship with the smokestack was marked w"In the name Night Hawk. "D1 Everything was plainly revealed in the glare of the elect"W lights, and as Jack's glance wandered off further to the 1'111? ward, he beheld a tall tripod, formed of tree trunks, rail"Sl on a small sandbar, a 1 lantern swinging from its apex in fuy moaning wind. n The sight of this device caused the boy to start. !hie "Wreckers!" he exclaimed, as the truth fl.ashed across !'ou mind. ').ID It was very evident that the schooner had been lured L the outlying bar by the false beacon ]and the fact of t1 1 ship's crew rowing over to the stranded schooner and attac gl! ing her, sufficed to show Jack what the character of the m1 S was. oa His words startled all his friends. nd But they now took in the whole situation, and realized hohg stood. F Their fir s t impulse was to arm themselves. "Tim, take the wneel!" exclaimeCIJaclr. The old sailor complied and the boy went out on deck a ig saw the ship's company leave the schooner and row back Pl their craft, uttering cries of affright at the Sea Gh ost. "Schooner ahoy!" hailed the boy. "Ahoy there!" came the reply. "What is the matter here?" n: "We have run aground on a bar. "Do you need any assistance?" w "Only to reel the wreckers of that ship." "Did they attack you?" J: "Ay, and they have wounded several of my crew." E "How came you to run ashore?" "Yonder false beacon deceived me into thinking I was be tween the bar and the main. Those wreckers must have put it there." "I shall call them to account for this. Fling me a stern line." A line fastened to a hawser was thrown to Jack, as Tim had caused the Sea Ghost to drift as close as possible to the bar. The boy hauled the hawser in, made it to a stanchion : aft, and running up forward, he cried to Tim: "Steer due east, and put on full power." "Ay, ay! East'ard she goes!" was the reply. "See if we can haul the schooner afloat." "How about them 'ere wreckers? They'N a-steamin' away." "We can easily overhaul them. Let her go, Tim!" 'rhe Sea Ghost swung around and started off until the hawser became taut, when she suddenly came to a pause. She tugged and strained, and Jack, having gone aft again, leaned over the taffrail and eagerly watched the stranded schooner. For a moment the tenacious clutch of the sand upon her It was very evident to Jack that there was trouble of some l keel caused her to resist the pull, but as there was an enor-kind or other going on over there, and he exclaimed: mous force brought to bear upon her she began to slip.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 11 lowly but surely she slid back into the sea, and a few mots afterwards she was hauled afloat again, aild a cheer of ight burst from her crew. he moment she was afloat the Sea Ghost pulled her far pm the bar into deep water, and Jack cast off the hawser. eaving the schooner adrift, and heedless of the grateful nks of her crew, Jack hastened back to the pilot house. y the time the ship had disappeared from sight in the om beyond the rays of the powerful electric lights. 'We have succeeded. The schooner is off the bar!" said ck. 'Donner vetter But dot wreckers vas gone!" cried Fritz, nd I tought dot ve a fight mlt 'em might haf hat alretty." "In which direction did she go?" queried the boy, eagerly. "Due east'ard said Tim, resigning the wheel to Jack. "Well we'll soon overhaul her, boys. Did you notice her ll ?" "She a gombination ship und steamer vas, said Fritz. "Yes; and her appearance tallies exactly with the descrip n I received from the government official of the vessel hich had been haunting these waters so long and disas ously. That boat is our prey, boys, and now I know my me, I'll catch her yet." Leaving the lights glaring, he sent the Sea Ghost flying the direction taken by the fugitive, and they presently ghted her. Sending Tim into the after gun turret, the boy drove his oat up to within one hundred yards of the wreckers' craft, d saw a score of her crew leaning over the bulwarks starg back at the Sea Ghost. Prominent among them was a rough clad man with a fiery ed beard. "Great heaven, cried Howard, upon

12 JACK WlUGHT .\:N"]) JJIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. Upon seeing this, Jack put out the light, closed the panel, the boat, and the boy could see and, rushing upstairs, he glanced at the depth dial. that held him. It registered twenty feet. He took the bared end of the insulated wire from whif This depth was attained in fifteen m inutes. the electric current was running Into the water and jabbed Losing no time talking, the boy h, Jte ned back into the into the soft, pulpy flesh of the great feeler. storeroom and rapidly put on a diving s nit maJe of aluminum The result produced was magical. scales that fit his body like a glove There came a terrific muscular contraction. The aluminum helmet was furnished with an incandescent Then the arm re laxed and began to squirm and lamp and reflector on top and a metal cylinder containing the lash the water all around the boy spasmodically. battery that supplied it and enough compressed air to last For one moment Jack breathed easier, and he was juj several hours was secured to the back of 1,he suit. about to loosen himself and 'hasten away when suddenly tlil Weighting himself and taking a rope an trlc lamp, and reflecting its rays upon the opening, tb.e boy A shudder of horror passed over Jack, for he was utterd: screwed the cap over the aperture, stopping; the waters in-helpless. n fiux. u Then he climbed up to the (leek and hauled up his rope. By this time the descent of the boat stopped, and she iloat ed like some strange sea monster in a depth of fifty feet. Jack stood for a moment watching the effect of his work. "She seems to be all right now, he muttered. "She don't go down any further, consequently she isn't shipping any CHAPTER IX. ADRIFT UNDER THE SEA. more water. So far, so gobd. But how are we to get upon "Och, Himmel! Vas iss dot?" the surface again? It can't be done till we lighten the 1 oat It was Fritz who uttered this startled rema1'k. by pumping out the water she has shippe

.TACK WIU GHT .AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 13 nt, and there ascertained that the influx of water had 1 when I wuz in the navy, my ship-ther frigate Wabash-wuz sed. a-cruisin' in ther West lndys. One bright summer day out or the time beinethe y were safe. here was enough air in the reservoirs to last them five s, and by the expiration of that time the boy expected to e his boat upon the surface again. e joined his friends and explained the situation. 'It is useless to remain here," he remarked, in conclusion. here is according to Lawry's chart of the Atlantic, a depth probably 2,800 feet beneath us. A submarine plateau ex ds to the north, the east, and a little to the east of New ndland terminating in the latitude of New York in an ruptly steep shore along the escarpment of which flows the If Stream." i "Suppose we run in nearer to shore then, whic h will bring e keel of our boat closer to the bottom," sugge s ted Howard. "An excellent plan, and we will follow it," coincid e d Jack. The Sea Ghost was thereupon h e ad e d for the westward, d a lookout was maintained whil e the ele ctric lights in the polas were turned to reflect down into the ab y ss below. In this manner the boat went ahead, and in due c ourse of e the bottom of the sea was discerned athwart their urse. The boy brought his boat to a pause and examined the bat showed a pressure of 81 centimeters; the hydromete r rked 86 degrees the inside thermometer 70, and the oute one 42. he sea pressure gauge gave a depth of 61 feet and the air uge 16, 000 atmospheres or enough for fiv e d ays for the ur, as e ach one only consum e d 32 feet an hour. atisfled the watch was di v ided and J ack and Fritz turned leaving Tim and th.e doctor on duty. Supplied by Jack with a ll the comforts he need e d, Harry oward, like the rest, w a s now clad in a whi te du ck suit, d, lighting a cigar, he sat down near the window and need out. He never tired staring at the manifold wonders of the ep and glanced r eflectiv e ly at the sea weed drifting past, e waving vegetation that hung suspended with its roots ove ground the fish that came and went like gho sts and e peculiar form a tion of the sand and ro ck s living plant-like imals and numb erle ss she ll-fi s h strewn a round. "How calm, quiet and p e aceful it is down here compared th the raging storm that is passing ov e r the surface," he marked finally, breaking the monotonous silence and :ea.cg Tim. The old sailor gave a start and quietly rubbed his good eye, r he had been relapsing into doze. With commendable quick wit how eve r Tim presented his ass eye toward his companion to gi v e the impression that e was very wide awake, as that particular eye always was aring open with an animated expression when Tim was eeping or waking. "Ay, now," assented Tim, repressing a yawn, "but yer ever should judge by appearances o' ther as I've found ut." "To what deceptive look of the oce'an do you allude?" que ed Howard, wishing to engage Tim in conversation to pass way the Ume and preve .nt himself getting sleepy "Why," replied the old salt, with some animation, "d'ye e this wooden peg?" "Quite plainly. What about it?" "How d'yer s pose I lost it?" "I haven t the remotest idta. "Trustin' ter ther loo k s o' ther o cea n." comes one o' ther naval cadets in tights, an' sea he, 'I'll race yer a-swimmin aroun' ther wessel,' ses he Now I took a powerful pride in my swimmin', and blowed about it so much to my messmates I didn't dare to refuse 'I'll go yer,' ses I. Then I stripped. Ther youngster laughed, an' dived over board wi' a sp1a sh, an' I follered. But blast my timbers if I'd been in ther water more'n a minute when up comes a shark an' swum fer ther lad He gave a yell, an' swam fer his life. I s een as h e wuz a-goner onless I helped him, so arter him I went, an' overhaulin' ther shark, wot should I do but grab it by one o' its flippers an' holdin' it fast, I prevented it swim min' arte r ther boy." The doctor shot a quick glance of surprise at Tim. But the old fellow never flinched, and went on glibly. "Thar I wuz a-hanging ter ther lubber's tail--" "Flipper, you said, reminded Howard gravely I mean flipper," hastily corrected Tim, "an' ther young lady awam. fer ther dock as fast as she could go when--" "Didn't you say jt was a naval cadet from the man-of-war?" Ay now so I did, come ter think o' it," admitted Tim, trying to recall the threads of his narrative. "Ther cadet swum fer the frigate an' my messmates hauled him aboard. But thar I wuz left stabbin' ther sword fish, an'--" "You said it was a shark, Tim, and if ,YOU was naked, where did you get the weapon to stab it?" asked Howard, in surprise. Say now my hearty, if you're a goin' to interrup' a cove that way every minute, how'll I ever spin my yarn?" Tim growled "I am a-goin ter gi' ye no details, I ain't. I said it wiw a swo r d-fish in the start, a n tha t settles it. Now, I'll j!st finish up by a te llin' yer tha t while I held ther lubber so's he couldn't swim away, that ere boy wot I saved aimed one o' ther forty-pound guns at it from ther spar deck o' the r ship an' fired at ther fish wot blowed it inter mince meat." "While you held it for him?" "Ay, an' wot's more when I swum back ter ther ship an' got aboard, ther surgeon didn t even find a scratch on my body." "But you started in by saying you lost your leg in that adventure, mildly suggested Harry Howard. Tim's face lengthened considerably for he had forgotten that, too. waal, we'll let it pass," he grumbled, cause by interruptin' my yarn yer drove all ther facks outer my flggerhead, an' a feller can't tell no sort. of a story if he's interfered with that way." The doctor smiled, but wisely held his peace. "He's a terrible old liar," was his mental reservation, though. Returning his attention to the scene outside, he finished his cigar and observed that the boat was drifting with the current, and had now drawn near an immense wreck. It was a monster iron steamship, with a hole stove in her stern from being run down by some other craft recently. She laid keeled over upon her sid e in the midst of a great jungle, a nd pointing at her, the doctor said: "See that wreck, Tim?" "Ay, an a recent one. too." "Do you notice how we are drifting up to it?" "Ter be sure. I reckon we '/1 better drop anchor." He turned to one of the levers and pulled it, this action drawing a wire that connected with the huge sister-hooks that held the anchor on the port up to the catheads, "You don't say so! How did it, h a pp en?" and the hook open ed. "I'll tell yer gravely replied the old sailor, taking a fresh Down sunk the anchor, and, catching, held the boat ,hew of tobacco and l eaning upon the wheel. "It happened tionary.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. "Why did you anchor here, Tim?" the doctor asked, watch-return with some tools, with which to get the metal bar Jll., ing him. wanted. "So's we won't drift inter deep water again, an' beside I In the meantime the young inventor found an emi: wanter go aboard o' that wreck an' inspect her." water-tight water cask floating in the storeroom, and, secie ing a long, light chain, firmly to it by one end, he faste the other end to a ring-bolt in the steamer's deck. He then sent the cask up to the surface, there to float a.I CHAPTER X. buoy, to mark the spot where the steamer had gone down. "She only lies in sixty feet of water," he muttered, "a MEETING THE scHOOLSHIP. when I return home I can apprise her owners of the fact, that they can recover her. The buoy will i;nark her After breakfast on the following morning Jack, Howard and tion." Tim put on their diving suits, armed themselves, and leaving Tim and Howard returned with the tools, and they all wd Fritz on guard in the Sea Ghost, they sallied out to inspect down in the engine-room, and set to work upon the bar. la the wreck. They spent several hours of hard work upon it before tlf The submarine boat was floating within ten feet of the managed to get it away from the machinery, and it was I shell-strewn bottom of the aquatic jungle, and they dropped heavy that they were forced to rig to hoist it up 1 an accommodation ladder over the side and descended. deck. I' On the Sea Ghost the electrJc lights still burned brightly, The bar was finally gotten aboard of the Sea Ghost h and showed them their surroundings, while by glancing up-into the engine-room, when our friends dismounted the b ward they could see that the sunshine of a clear day upon ken one, and, preparing the one they had picked ap, the top of the sea was streaming down, lighting the water. secured it to the pumps. t Everything combined to let them see plainly, and they The whole day was thus occupied. { walked over to the big steamer and saw that she was named But when Jack tried it the bar worked like a charm. n the Rosamond, of Boston, and was a recent wreck. The broken bar was flung overboard, the water was t There were numerous dangling ropes from the broken rigpumped out of the Sea Ghost's hold, and she arose to ging hanging over the side, and by the help of these they surface of the sea and floated within two leagues of the la managed to pull themselves on board, despite their heavy The doors and windows were flung open by the joyous if weights: mates of the boat, and a flood of moonlight streamed do../ This buoyancy of the water is easily accounted for, as a from the starry sky upon them once more. pound of coal will not weigh more than three or four ounces The broken pipe was then mended, and the valve in the sea. cap was taken off. ki Upon reaching the slanting deck, the three adventurers Close by floated the buoy Jack had sent up, and the bdl crept up to the deckhouse, passed into the saloon, went down marked down the bearings of the place and started his bot the stairs into the si,.:i.cious cabin, and found most of its away on her cruise in quest of the wreckers. furniture floating up at the white and gold ceiling. They saw the tripod where the false beacon had been han Everything was racked, wrecked and disordered, there was ing, but the light was out, and they saw the bar upon whi not a whole pane of glass left in the ship, some of the parti-the luckless vessel had run, but the schooner was gone a-rf. tions and bulkheads were torn to pieces, the floors were bro-not another craft was In sight. n ken in places, and everything was bent and twisted out of "We will go up the coast again," said Jack, grimly, "for shape shall not rest until I have run down the Night Hawk, if I ha\ Dispersing, with their helmet lamps blazing, Howard and to cross the ocean to do it!" 1; Tim each followed the gangways to examine the rooms, and The Sea Ghost was accordingly headed northward agai1 Jack made his way down into the flooded engine-room and the rigid discipline of a man-of-war kept up, a looko Most of the machinery was intact, and he carefully looked I being posted continually. t over the different parts and found a bar which he could easily At sundown an American frigate was sighted coming b convert into a shaft for the Sea Ghost's broken pump and from the east, and they soon made her out to be the school mend it. ship St. Mary's, returning from a cruise in the Mediterranea! The boy was delighted with his discovery. where she had been all summer. "There's a way out of my dilemma at last!" he muttered. Jack was going to submerge his boat to avoid observatioi Returning to the cabin, he found Tim and the doctor there, but unfortunately for this plan his boat was sighted, and and, resorting to the deaf and dumb alphabet, he explained it aroused the curiosity of the frigate's crew, they what he found. boy to haul to, and he reluctantly obeyed. "I've done nearly as well," replied the doctor, when he When the training ship reached the Sea Ghost a quar finished. boat was lowered, six sailor boys tumbled in, followed by t "What did you flncl ?" queried Jack, the same way. commander, and the boat was rowed over to the submari "The specie room, and it contains several boxes of gold." craft. "Good! We will carry It aboard of the Sea Ghost." Jack met the commander respectfully, and in answer to "And I," gestured Tim, "found a lot of dead bodies." surprised questions the boy gave him an account of his b "Where?" queried Jack. and his mission, and a tour of Inspection followed. '"In the steerage, floating about the room. As soon as I The commander was delighted, thanked the boy warm opened the door the fishes swam in and began to devour for his courtesy and was about to depart, when Jack ask them." him: The others shuddered. "Have you ever heard of the wreckers of the Jersey coast Led by Howard, they proceeded to. the ship's treasure room, I "Frequently," was the reply. ''Barnegat was once a gre and there found several small heavy boxes, which they carried] resort for them." up on deck and dropped overboard. "But the Night Hawk, I think, is new in the business." The old sailor and the doctor then left the steamer and "Night Hawk, did you say? Is she the wreckers' craft. carried them aboard of the Sea Ghost, with instructions to "Yes, sir."


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. "A large ship, furnished with sails and steam?" "Exactly so. You are familiar with her description, sir." l ''Confound it, I spoke that craft two days ago crossing ean by following the Gulf Stream," cried the commander, chagrined tones. "Had I known the character of her crew would have seized upon her. Instead, I thought they were 1Pry polite persons and wished them God-speed on their way p Europe." "They fooled you, sir." "So they did, blame my stupidity, and now they must be undreds of miles away on their course, and almost beyond our reach." "Since I am convinced of their guilt," said Jack,. '"and you ave apprised me of the course they have taken, as my yessel 1111.n make twice the speed theirs can, I may overhaul them in long run and mean to make the effort." "Well said, my ,..ad. I admire your pluck." "Those rascals," replied Jack, earnestly, "have had ample roof that our government is at last aroused to action against heID:, and have fled at the first note of warning. That is tvident. However, I have proof of their guilt. I will fetch hem back. Moreover, I am in search of the derelict of the teamer Lady Violet, which I have reason to believe is floating n the Gulf Stream toward Europe. By following this current can kill two birds with one stone." The com .mander laughed, shook bands with Jack and de parted, his sailor boys rowing him back to the St. Mary's, !Which thereupon departed for New York, while Jack went eastward. His gallant craft soon struck the dark waters of the mys J.erlous Gulf Stream that were plainly outlined against the lighter hue of the sparkling ocean through which it flowed, and ; plunging into the warm current, Jack sunk bis boat. 1 "We will run along under the water," said the boy, "to avoid meeting ships, and wasting time answering idle ques Jtions. Moreover, we can then see better in our search for Lady Violet. I'm glad after all that I met the St. Mary's. for without the information her commander gave us we would never have known where to look for the Night Hawk." Down went the boat under the dark water, and the boy grasped the lever to reverse it, when they were submerged to the turret tops, so as to keep the Sea Ghost at that depth. Unfortunately a strong current suddenly lurched the boat and gave Jack a jerk, when there sounded a sharp snap and the lever broke off in bis hand close to the bolt. It was impossible to stop the descent of the !;>oat now with the lever until the damage was repaired, and down she went, plunging into the depths, while a cry of alarm pealed from her crew. CHAPTER XI. DlUGGED INTO A STRANGE SUBMARINE CAYE. The Sea Ghost was embarked upon a strange under-water journey now, and the four inmates of the boat glanced a:t each other, wondering what the result would be. A powerful current had caught the boat, and was then drag ging her swiflly along under the Gulf Stream as she kept descending, and Jack fastened his glance on the depth ter. "How far down can she go without destruction?" asked Howard. Probably five hundred feet, but no more," replied Jack. "You kno'l_V what water pressure is? At that depth she would have to stand a compression of five hundred and sev enteen and one-half pounds to the square inch. Imagine the number of square inches of surface presented by a boat one hundred and fifty feet long by twenty feet beam and eighteen feet depth." "Oh, Lord!" gasped Tim, "ain't thar no way ter stop her?" "No, but we can modify her descent till we fix the lever." "Vhy yer don't do id den?" reproachfully asked Fritz. Jack started the, pumps going, and they emptied out about half as much volume of water as came in. By this means the speed of her descent was checked. "I am g;oing to see what the horizontal propeller will do for us now," said Jack, and he turned the last lever on the board. The next moment the propeller revolved from left to right, forcing the stern down and' sending the bow up at a slant. As the driving screws were going, the Sea Ghost curved upward for a moment and our friends imagined she would run to the surface again. However, in this they were disappoi_nted, for the powerful current that had hold of the boat dragged her down again, stern foremost, and she sank to a greater depth than before. "It is useless here," said Jack, in disgust, as he stopped the screw. "The current is stronger than the propeller." "Can you mend the broken lever?" asked the doctor, anxiously. "Yes, but it will take an hour or more to do it, and in the meantime what is to become of the boat, l'd like to know?" Elvery one began to feel uncomfortable. "Gief me dot lefers and I fix dot vile you der poat said Fritz. Jack did so, and while the fat boy hurried away to repair the bar, the boy turned his attention to the management of the boat. He glanced at the water gauge again. It now registered a depth of one hundred and five feet, and he turned on the spray of quick-lime and potash mixed with water to purify the air of the carbonic acid gas thrown off from their breathing. The reason Jack had his exhaust valves for vitiated air in the floor was because the carbonic acid from their breathing was so much heavier than atmospheric air that it naturally sank. to the bottom of the boat by its own weight to escape. The running water attracted it and carried it off, as water and carbonic gas unite together like spirits and water, and do not stay separate like water and oil will, Fifty feet further went the boat. Tim now drew all the shutters over the windows to protect them from breakage, for they were at the greatest depth a diver can descend to in an ordinary suit without perishing. Outside they could s e e through the second panes of glass set in the shutters that.. the water had begun to change color. The surface always presents a reflected blue mingled with white light. and as the water of the sea so rapidly absorbs the rays of light at no degree of depth it becomes opaque, while deeper down it appears of the color reflected from the bottom. Jack had, turned on all the electric lights, as the color of the Gulf stream seems to be darker than the rest of the sea, but the lights did not illumine the warm water as brilliantly here as it did in other parts of the sea. From the storeroom came the sound of the hammer Fritz was plying as he worked away with all his might at the lever. The boat continued to descend, and the indicator marked 253 feet. By this time an oppressive feeling in the COI)fined air began to visibly affect the inmates of the boat, as it was slow work to accustom themselves to the changed condition of the atmosphere. They grew faint and dizzy, their temples throbbed, their ars rang, their sight became strained and blurred, their


16 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELEQTRIC SEA GHOST. nerves tingled, a weight seemed to press on their lungs, and dentally penetrated, probably gave the stream its east'1ona i they gasped for air. flow. b.ey l These physiological conditions did not last long, however, '!'he Sea Ghost had scarcely penetrated this enormous as Jack modified the pressure by starting a flow of the outern, when Jack suddenly became aware that the warm watacuj aide water through some pipes running through the boat. of the stream and its encasement in the cavern had gillie i i The air had been growing hot under the pressure they had creation to a singular vegetation and form of animal II rui been getting. into, for under only a pressure of fifteen atmos-that were never before known to the sight of mankind. to pheres, or 480 feet depth of water, sulphurated hydrogen is Everything grew to a gigantic size, the fishes were enc fac liquefied mous, and the colors were of the most singularly brillill' in The circulation of the outside water through the boat rap-ever seen. rlon idly cooled off the air and our friends recovered. They were in a submarine world of wonders. ras Harry Howard peered out one of the windows and recoiled. "Look out!" he cried, excitedly. "Wh'at's the matter?" demanded Jack. "We are rushing straight toward a cliff!" Scarcely had the boys observed this when Fritz returnctac bearing the lever in his hand, repaired, and he cried, dy: "Here she vas, Shack, und now ve soon oudt of dis driJ bo bles got!" utel r can't stop her!" said Jack, reversing the screws. "I'm afraid not, Fritz," said the young inventor, gravely, to us!,, he took the lever and began to adjust it in its position. "'\\t s rushed to orie are entombed under the ocean and we may never get out nt 1 "Then we are lost! ;' "No! No! See there-a tunnel ahead of Jack pointed out, and Tim and the doctor of the windows and glared into the sea. The boat had been dashing headlong at a rough cliff that arose from the bottom, and they now observed that she was caught in a mass of driftweed and other things that were be ing drawn swiftly into a yawning opening. It was very evident that this tunnel caused the swift cur rent that caught them, for the next moment the boat was sucked into the opening and swept rapidly along. At first they proceeded with extreme velocity, against which the reversed screws were perfectly powerless; but gradually, as they proceeded, this force diminished, and after a quarter of an hour the boat went along quite sluggishly. The gauge now indicated a depth of 290 feet, and to Jack'.s surprise he saw that the descent of the boat for some reason here alive." CHAPTER XII. BATTLE WITH A SEA GIANT. tw at rin :k 1 sud tly; e 11 r s The lever was reset into its place after a little work, alt" the pumps were stopped, when the boat sunk to the bottot v a few feet below and settled on a bed of crimson sand. ar Jack saw that the gauge indicated a depth now of 200 fetis from the surface of the sea, and the outside thermomete:di gave a temperature of 80 degrees while the one inside regiswi tered 70 in consequenc.:i of the water circulating through th was stopped, which indicated that the ballast pipes must pipes and other reservoirs for cooling. have been so choked up that the water could not enter as fast "The lever works all right now," said the young inventol as it was pumped out. "but the pipes are clogged up and we cannot use them This was but a poor consolation, however, for the tempo rary stoppage might give way at any moment and leave them as bad off as they were before. Still it gave them n;iore time to repair the broken lever. The radiation of the electric lights showed Jack that they were in a rocky passage which had n'arrowed down to a height of about thirty feet and a width of twenty yards. they are cleared." "What's der matter mit gain' oudt und glean dem ?" sug fii gested Fritz. g "All right. Get out two diving suits and you can go wiueo me. Don't forget some weapons. This place is filled with thl>P biggest fish I ever saw in my life. Tim, you guard the boat.c In a few moments the Dutch' boy had the suits in readiness s It was too small to turn the boat around to retrace their and they put them on and left the boat. course; moreover, the boy was satisfied that there was no Alighting alongside, the two divers approached the endn possibility of the Sea Ghost forcing its way through the awful of the water pipes, which were screened by wire sieves, anQ current at the entrance to the tunnel, even if he did manage saw that the interstices had become clogged with slimy se&,< to turn her around and send her baok. There was but one course to follow, and that was to go ahead. He had no fear of the depth they were in. His diving suits were gauged to stand a depth of 300 feet, if they wanted to leave the boat, and they were not as deep as that. weeds. s They quickly cleaned them out and then glanced around a the sea monsters that came floating from all directions toward the Sea Ghost, attracted by her brilliant lights. l At the first movement made by the boy divers these fish} some of which were over seventy-five feet in length, with ,;; proportionment girth, swam timidly away. l Below the boat about five feet he saw the bottom of the They only remained at a short distance, however from tunnel, and prese!ltly he observed that it began to slope upwhich they eyed the boat, as they switched their tails ancl ward gradually, so that to prevent his wheels striking he had moved their fins, keeping themselves in suspension. l to start the horizontal propeller and force the Sea Ghost to Any one of these deep sea monsters looked as if they migh ascend to a height of a few feet further as they advanced. devour the divers in one mouthful. The walls of the passage were worn as smooth as glass by "If these are the sizes of ordinary fish here," muttere the continued flow of the water for ages, and he therefore had Jack, as watched them, "to what size must any whale de no fear of his boat striking any projections. velop in this strange place?" Within fifteen minutes the passage gradually began to get Sea cabbages festooned the crimson sand that grew to th higher and broaden out into a mammoth cavern, and soon size 'of small houses; vines trailed over the ground wit afterwards they floated in a sluggish current in a submarine stems as big :around as a man's thigh, and leaves sever cave that rivaled the great terrestrial cave of Kentucky. yards wide; mosses and lichens covered the rocks deeta The top plateau was hollow, and the water pouring into the I enough to bury a boy in, and a great forest of trees were vast series of passages and caverns which he had so acci, seen off at one side with a girth as great as the California


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 17 onarchs, the tops so high from the bed of the cavern ey were lost to sight a hundred feet above. ough a phenomena of the ocean, there was nothing at aculous in the matter, as the temperature of the water e isolation of the place from contrary currents and ruinous conditions permitted everything there to deto an extraordinary size. fact of these gigantic growths of animal and vegetable in deep seas has frequently been shOWI\ by the hauls lonese and other fishermen. as evidently dangerous for a diver to expose himself to tacks of these leviathans of the deep, Jack thought, as wed his singular surroundings, and he started back for dder to get upon the boat. boy did not design to remain there any longer than tely necessary, as they had planned to raise the boat ahead to find au outlet from the cavern. t such an exit etjsted there was no doubt, for as the t ran the place, it had to go out again somewhere. where? t was a question which they could only discover by ring the place, and the sooner it was done the better. k had not taken two steps forward, however, when he suddenly startled by a terrific commotion in the sand ly in front of him, and he recoiled. red sand was so violently stirred up that It filled the surrounding the boy like a cloud. a few moments everything became obscured from the view, and he began to retreat, when an enormous lob arose from its burial place in the sand. Is creature, like the rest in the cavern, was of an ex dinary size, and measured at least ten feet long. was armed with two great nippers, and before the starboy could get out of its way the creature shoF one of toward Jack, and with a fearful snap the white-knobby caught him by the stomach and back. was held so fast that he could not budge an inch, and ved the great protruding eyes of the monster roll out, fix a glare upon him that was far from pleasant, while great whip-like feelers projecting from over its eyes ed and uncoiled all around him. parently only satisfied with what it seized, the pugnaci creature now grasped the boy with its other pincer, which serrated and a great deal more powerful than the knobbed e next moment, using its powerful tail-fin, It sprang ugh the water toward a hole in an adjacent heap of rocks, hlch it lived, carrying Jack along with It. claws-four on each side-were armed with saw-like and as It moved along through the brine they rasped scraped gratingly against the boy's metal suit. !though the creature had a vise-like grip on the boy, his ng armor protected him from g etting hurt, but he feared t the beast might break his glass visor, let in the water, drown him if the pincers caught it. he movements of the giant lobster were so rapid that it carried Jack a dozen yards away before Fritz saw what happened, and observed its blufsh-black body. orrified to see the peril Jack was in the Dutch boy .went er him as rapidly as the density of the water would per t, but he could not possibly have overtaken the creature a long run, had it not paused at its hole in the rocks. he moment it saw Fritz coming it darted into the aperture th the young inventor, and doubled itself up as the hole s only large enough to admit its body and Jack's. nveloped entirely by the creat1:1re, Jack now felt it try to tear him apart with its pincers, and although it nched his limbs owing to the flexible joints of the suit, did no damage. By this time Fritz b ame gliding up to the hole, and quick to observe his prese1ce, the lobster cunningly laid quiet in the evident expectation of avoiding being seen. The Dutch boy was armlld with a pneumatic revolver of Jack' s invention, capable of firing ten shots. The projectiles fired from this weapon were long conical bullets, hollowed out inside and the hole filled with a high explosive powder called horrorite, covered at the base with white wax. Fritz saw that the creature might do the young inventor some serious, if not fatal, injury, if he were left long enough in its power, and he aimed his ];Jistol close to its hard shell. Then he pulled the trigger. Driven into the lobster's body the ball exploded there with the force of a bombshell, and half of the monster's back was torn to fragments and precipitated from its den . The boy was not injured, as Fritz had taken care to fire at that part of the creature farthest removed from him. A convulsive movement of the nippers followed, and then they relaxed, the young inventor tore his body free, and the next instant Fritz pulled him out of the rocky aperture. The lobster V(as killed outright, and the explosion had frightened away all the fishes that had been hovering around. "Was you hurt?" pantomimed the Dutch boy. "Not in the least," replied Jack, the same way. "Let us back to the Sea Ghost go." "All right, come on." Leading the way back to his own boat, Jack boarded her, followed by his friend, and going inside they took off their suits. Going into the pilot-house, the boy said to Tim: You can start her off now, old fellow as we have cleared the water pipes and the boat ought to work all right." ":W-ot's our course, queried the old sailor, nodding. Follow the current as near as you can." "Ay ay said Tim, and raising the boat ten feet, he sent her ahead. "What was the trouble outside?" queried Howard, curiously. Jack explained what had happened and then took up his position at one of the windows to keep a lookout. Bathed in an effulgent electric halo, the Sea Ghost glided ahead over the enormous aquatic vegetation ttmong the most peculiarly shaped fishes, and finally ran among some rocks. She did not proce ed far, however, when Jack was almost blinded by a terrific flash of fire suddenly flying up through the water ahead of the boat. It died away as as it appeared however, and was succeeded by an appalling report, and a rumbling roar that shook the sea to its very foundations. The Sea Ghost was rocked and shaken like an aspen, and the next moment she was struck in a hundred places by a bombardment or rocks and stones. "Stop the boat!" shrieked Jack, recoiling from the win dow. "Wot's the matter out there?" tremulously asked Tim. "A submarine earthquake or volcano!" gasped the boy. Filled with dread, the olci sailor brought the boat to a pause. CHAPTER XIII. : .!!CAUGHT IN A QUAGMIBE. For a moment Jack could apprehend nothing but inevitable destruction for the Sea Ghost, and he shouted : "Back water! Back water, on your life, Tim." "Ay, ay," replied the old sailor, reversing the lever.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. Fritz and Harry Howard stood lookilg on with pallid fac e s the y finally discovered whether they were to get out or n for they did not know how near they to the submarine Upon leaving the region of the earthquake, they ran o earthquake or volcano, which had just tartled them. a most singular-looking desert of sand. The Sea Ghost was not broken, fort ately, by the fierce In some places it contained patches of bright crimson sa bombardment of stones and ro cks blown up ahead of her, in in other places, yellow, gray, blue, green, pink, and black. the great cave under the Gulf Stream, bl.\t was badly dented. It resembled a most curiously wrought carpet spread o She glided back among the black ro ck&i among which she beneath them of a singular design, arid the moment Jae had been going, and th.e fusillade of ston,es stopped, as the glance fell upon it he saw that this peculiar effect was fr up-cropping rocks screened her from the bombardments. some internal disturbance at some past period of the bed Here she came to a pause. the sea. The commotion in the water continued for some time be"At the time of the great earthquake which nearly fore a lull came, and by that time the boy realiz e d that the strayed the city of Charleston," said Harry Howard, "t disturbance, whatever its cause was must have ended. vessel upon which I was surgeon was in the bay of that ci Perhaps they could go ahead with the current again that I went. ashore after the shock, and was shown an effect ve ran through the mammoth caves of gigantic plants and monmuch similar to this outside of the city. Several springs sters. different colored sands like these gushed up from holes At any rate, the boy was anxious to go on, as the boat the gr_ound." was now all right, and they had been submerged half a Down in this profound depth where the light of day ne night. penetrated, it seemed strange to the inmates of the boat t By that tiJile it must have been d aylight above the sea. the fish swimming around them should shine so brillian Jack was sure there was an exit somewhere ahead which even when out of the influence of the electri c lights. he could reach by following the current. Mor e over, gloomy as their surroundings were: they co "Drive her ahead, Tim! he exclaimed presently. "If we see clearly enough, for they made light for themselves. stay here five days our air. supply will give out." They were phosphores c ent. "Is it safe yet, lad?" All around the Sea Ghost the light which they produ "Yes. The disturbance has subsided. We mu s t reach the changed rapidly from a reddish to a greenish color at cer surface, and go on across the Atlantic after the fu g itive intervals the darkness was illuminated by radiant points wrecker$ on board the Night Hawk, which the commander ning into starry feathers, and so great was the number t of the St. Mary's told us was following the Gulf Stre am. Re they appeared like metallic dis c s heated to whiteness. member they have two days' start of u s with s t eam and sails Here and there they formed beautiful bouquets, made in their favor. Besides, we ca n t find the floating d e relict of glittering points; again they consisted of myri ads of the Lady Violet down here, to p rove Harry Howard's innoglobular and elongated meteors of burning and flash

JACK WIUGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 19 shoving the mighty reeds aside as if they were nothing, forced her way along for over an hour, Jack keeping his ds upon the wheel and keeping her steered eastward. he jungle seemed to be interminable. It was chiefly inhabited by ferocious sticklebacks that yed like cannibals upon other venturesome fishes that n fell into their voracious maws, whlle down along the und there were thousands of fighting crabs of prodigious creeping along through the roots. When the Sea Ghost finally emerged from the great jungle e ran over a stretch that was barren of fishes and vegeta The ground was as black as ink. Here l'ack resolved to stop for awhile and find out how current ran, as he had lost it, and figure the best way to ceed. He accordingly took on ballast and lowered the boat. She sank down ten feet and touched the ground. But the boat kept on sinking. The black ground was composed of sticky mud, and the boat nk down in it until she was half buried before the boy scovered the danger she was in. Jack then hastily tried to raise her, but she would not dge. The mud tenaciously clung to her and held her down in a selike grip, out of which she did not have the power to CHAPTER XIV. AGROUND IN A CIRCULAR POOL. "The boat is sinking in a bed of soft mud!" shouted Jack, he found his efforts to raise the Sea Ghost unavailing. "Good Lord! Pump out ther ballast, so's ther air'll lift er!" cried Tim. "I've done so already, but the mud has got such a tight hold n her she won't arise," said Jack, in dismayed tones. "Shiminy Christmas, den she vas sinkin' by her own ight?" gasped Fritz, as he peered out the window. "It once she gets buried in it," muttered the doctor, "I'm id we will never emerge alive." Jack pondered for a moment. He turned their situation over in his mind. It was very evident that the tenacity of the ooze would have be broken in order to give the air a chance to assert its tural buoyancy and lift the boat. But how was this to be done? One plan suggested itself to the boy, and he resolved to it, and as there was no time to lose, as every moment w them sinking deeper and deeper, he cried: Sea Ghost and connecting the copper wire to one erni of it, they retreafGd withjn the water chamber. All the windows had been covered by the shutters by this time, and the deck of the boat was rapidly going under, when Jack conneql;ed the electric wire' he carried with his battery. The next instant there followed a tremendous upheaval of the mud, dying the water as black as ink, and the boat gave a sudden lurch and shot up in the water, Within 'the pilot-house Tim stood ready, braced for the shock, and ready to counteract the movements of the boat. As soon as he found the Sea Ghost flying upward he in stantly pulled one of the ballai;i.t levers, and water poured into the hold, weighting the boat so that the speed of her up ward fiight was diminished. A fearful force had upheaved her, however, and she did not pause until the top of the cavern was reached. Here she struck the top of her pilothouse with a bang that made the old sailor imagine for a moment that it was going to break in upon his heaci. The railing surrounding the small hurricane deck on top of the pilot-house and the small flag pole, were smashed to pieces by the contact. A rebound followed. The boat rapidly began to drop. She was like ly to sink deeper in the mud .than she had been be f ore if once she went down into it again. But Tim did not lose his presence of mind. He had heard Jack telling his companions how he intended to blow the mud away from around the boat, and as the old sailor anticipated just what had happened, he was ready and equal to the emergency. No sooner did he find the boat sinking again when he start ed the pumps at full speed, emptying out the water he had shipped and this gave the buoyancy fair play. The downward plunge was resisted. Before the boat could reach to the bottom again she came to a gradual paus e and then began to ascend. Equal to the occasion, Tim now regulated her height to suit himself, and bringng her. to an even keel about twenty feet from the bottom he started her ahead. She rushed along rapidly for a quarter of a mile, and finally left the discolored water far behind and came out upon a deep hollow in whi c h a swift current was circling around. By that time Jack and his friends had returned inside of the boat, and had taken off their diving suits. They into the pilot-house. "Horroar!" yelled Tim, with a grin. "We're free!" "My plan certainly was successful," said Jack, smilingly, "but I am not sure that the explosion did not injure the hull. Fritz, will you make an examination of her?" "Yah vohl replied the Dutch boy, starting of!'. "For goodness sake, where are we now?" queried Howard, peering out. "Come--Fritz-Howard! Follow me--quick!" "In a circular current, atackin' aroun' a holler," said "What now?" questioned the doctor, as they hurried after Tim, "an' we wouldn't a-been here if it wasn't for my good management." "Each of us must ::iut on a diving suit and go out on deck. "I give you credit for meeting the emergency with judg lay a train of my explosive compound in the mud around ment, said Jac k boat and discharge it. There's a chance to blow the stuff "Gosh a'mighty, that wuzn't nuthin'," loftily replied Tim, ay from around the Sea Ghost, and thus release her enough as .he rolled his good eye upon the doctor and took a chew give her natural buoyancy a chance to raise her." of plug. I reckerlect when I wuz in ther navy, ther old With this understanding they rapidly put on their suits, frigate Wabash had floated over a enemy's mine in ther bay d securing some of the powder, a long piece of rubber o' Portsmouth. At any minute she might hit a torpedo an' bing, and an insulated copper wire, they went out on the get blowed ter glory. Wot did I do? 'I'll save ther frigate, k, which .was now flush with the muddy surface. messmates,' ses I. 'Go ahead, Tim,' answered ther comma Here, between them, they filled the tube with the powder, dore. So I launched a boat an' I took two men an' a swivel the water did not affect it, and then began to lay it in the gun an' rowed ahead o' ther ship. Every time I see a tor marine quagmire all around the boat. I pedo I fired at it an' blowed it up. In this way I cleared a Within a few minutes they had the tube surrounding the passage out ter sea for ther raft, an' she--;-"


20 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. "You said it was the Wabash," corrected Howard. "Ay, now. That wuz a slip o' ther tongue when I ses raft jlst now," hastily said Tim. "Waal, when she got ut on ther sea. ther enemy opened fire on me from Fortress Monroe. Ther frigate had got carried along by a gale o wind afo.re she could pick me up. Thar I wuz all alone in that boat, an' ther enemy's cannon balls a-flyin' aroun' my 1igger head like rain--" "You said you had two men with you," cried the doctor, sharply. "So I did," assented Tim, recalling the fact to mind, "but ther lubbers had got their heads blowed off by them cannon balls, and that left me alone, didn't it?" And a triumphant grin overspread Tim's rugged face. "Well?" impatiently asked Howard. "Several o' them shots nigh hit me. But I rowed on, a-dodgin' 'em as fast as I could, an' pretty soon-" "Oh, come off!" "Don't interrup' me," growled Tim. her hull inflicted by the shower of stones, and the crus railing and flagpole of the hurricane deck, no new damage seen . Jack had been troubled by the fear that his boat had s tained more injury than he dared admit to his friends, now his alarm had dissipated, and with the assurance t she was yet in first-class condition for continuing her stra underwater journey, he signaled to Fritz: "We need have no cause for alarm. She is as stanch. seaworthy as ever she was. I am satisfied." "Let us this place explore already then," replied the boy. Just then Harry Howard touched attention, and pointing ofl'. in the direction from whence t came at a mass of debris that drifted in a steady str from there and whirled around with the current, he spel out: "We have not lost all trace of the current yet that were followting. Watch that drift. It shows where the c "Sure, Mike!" rent flows. Observe it advancing here. At this point it g "Can't yon stow yer jawin'-tackle, doctor?" around in a circle, owing to the shape of this hollow bas '"r didn't say a word," asserted Howard. Now, when the winding of the circle is ended, where d "Ha, ha, ha! You're a liar!" chuckled the same hoarse it flow?" voice which had spoken before, and glaring across the room "In a case like that," replied Jack, using the deaf and du Tim saw Bismark standing on a chair, ruffling up his feathalphabet, "the current cannot shoot off at an angle with ers. circle. It must either go up or down from the axis "Blast that' 'ere bird," growled Tim, shaking his fist at it. the rotoscope. The ground under this whirl is solid. H "Ther lubber talk.a so like a human critter as ter fool a the current must fly upward, and when out o{ the influence cove. If I git my flippers on It I'll twist its neck." the circle, dart off in some direction." "Vell, I guess no, also," remarked Fritz, coming in just "I agree with you," assented Howard. then from his tour of inspection. "Ouf dot barrots you make "Den ve der poat vill haf to lift to go on," Fritz spell foolishness mid, I wit bleasure vill knock dot odder eyes The debris floating in the circle was going around oudt ouf you alretty vonct, und dop.'d you forgot id neider, around them, and gravitating to the bottom Dimody Dopshdays." reached the middle of the axis. His report now interrupted all further remark. In this manner an immense mass of drift had been He said he could not find the least damage done to the boaf posited in a mound, in the middle of the basin, upon whl by the explosion, although he examined her all over. tons of sand was strewn. Everyone was rejoiced to hear this good report, and Tim Molluscs, barnacles, and weed covered everything to whl slackened the speed of the boat, and Jet the current carry her they could attach themselves in such profusion that eve around in its vast circles, thing presented a most singular appearance, It was very evident that the boat had lost trace of the The rotary motion of the water precluded the possibility main current flowing through the by following which animate or inanimate objects living in that vicinage, a they hoped to find an exit. the sand was occasionally stirred up in clouds that blur In cas e they could not find it again they were lost. the brine s o densely that the powerful lights of our frien Jack glanced out the windo)ll', and to his surprise he saw helmet lamps failed to penetrate it at times. that the great hollow basin underneath the boat was filled The gaunt skeletons of ships protruded from the bottom. with the wrecks of many ships, and the general water-logged Water-logged timbers were strewn arourid, interming debris which had been carried into the caverns from the with broken chains, rusty iron-work, and great anchors. outer sea by the currents. Casks filled with sand and water projected from amid "You had better lower the boat on the hard white sand bewreckage, over which floateq pieces of frayed rotten ro low us, Tim," said the boy. "I am anxious to study this and here and there reposed the different parts of vari place, and make a personal examination of the outside shell of ships. the boat to see what the damage was." Howard and Fritz offered to accompany him again, and as he was glad to have them, they went out with him. Tim lowered the Sea Ghost upon a firm, sandy bottom, among the debris, and a few minutes afterward Jack and.his companions were clad in their diving suits, and left the boat. Yet everything was bestrewn with sand. Among these relics, which had, of course, been washed in the powerful submarine currents, the boy found the stern a great freight ship upon which the lettering remained int designating it to be a craft which had mysteriously disapp ed and never was heard of again. among the wreckage. By the time the trio had finished their examination o A moment later they left the Sea Ghost, and strode ofl'. two hours had passed by, and glancing back at the CHAPTER XV. THE BIGGEST FOE YET. Ghost from over the pilot-house windows of which Tim withdrawn the shutters, they saw the old sailor sitting o chair playing with the monkey. The lights from the wonderful boat penetrated the gloo water to a great distance, and being assured that they co very easily discern them as a beacon, Jack gestured: "Fritz, I want you to go ahead to the right, and see if The three divers made a most minute examination of the current we have got to follow branches ofl'. from the cir outer shell of the Sea Ghost, but beyond finding the dents in Make a quarter circle and then return to the boat."


.JACK WRIGHT AND HIS SE1 GHOST. 11 Yah," motioned the fat boy, and he glided away. "Howard," continued the young inventor to the doctor, ou go off to the left and do as I told Fritz. I will then race my way to where the current runs into this circle. this manner we can establish the fact of our need to go ve to look for the course we are to follow." The doctor had been intently watching Jack's fingers while was spelling out Fritz's directions, and knowing what was d, he signified assent, and complied with his orders. Jack then returned past the boat, to the direction from ence they had come, and took up his search on the outer of the vast whirl of brine. The moment he got beyond the influence of the whirlpool found that Harry Howard had made no mistake in say that the current they had been following and the whirl re one current, and he was satisfied. It was very evident that every gallon of water that passed ough the mammoth caves had to undergo the whirl be e it continued on its way. Satisfied with this, .the boy strode back towar.d the boat, en suddenly the gloom seemed to take on an animate m at one side, and resolved itself into a great monster. Jack paused and riveted his glance upon it attentively, en it came gliding into the sheen of light reflected from electric lights, and a cry of surprise escaped him. A turtle! he gasped. ,. ut such a leviathan! t was enormous-the largest he ever saw or heard of. t was one of the species called hawk's-bill, but of such an His weapons were useless against such a thick, hard shell as it was armored with; he could not move as rapidly as the reptile, and the formidable size and strength of its jaws made the boy fear for the ability of his armor to withstand a bite from the creature. Jack saw Tim watching him. He gestured to the old sailor for help. Continuing on toward the boat, with the great turtle swim ming after him and fast overtaking him, the boy soon reach ed the accommodation ladder 'and mounted it. He was yet a dozen feet in advace of his foe, and saw that the turtle, from repeated defeats, was now more determined than ever to overhaul and snap at him. Reaching the deck, Jack looked for Tim again, but the sailor had disappeared from the window. Across the deck started the boy, but he had not taken two steps when the turtle came after him. To try a new maneuver the boy faced it, unbuckled and dropped his shoe weights raupidly, and sprang forward jm as his foe reached him, and his body safely passed its head. But its jawed closed upon his foot, and he fell prone upon its back, when the creature swam off with him. CHAPTER XVI. THE LIGHT OF DAY. ormal size that it must have weighed at least two tons. Despite every effort to release himself, Jack found it .was runk turtles usually attain half that weight, and they are utterly impossible to wrench his foot away !rom the turtle. nerally supposed to be the largest in creation. He glanced back at the boat, and saw Tim come out on deck, The variety of this creature was the kind from which clad in a diving suit, to lend his assistance; but he was too toise shell" jewelry is made, the shell being heart-shaped late. tes pointing backward and overlapping each other. As the hawk-bill swam away with Jack the boy withdrew Long ago in ancient Rome, the carapaces of these shells a kriife from his belt and cut and gashed at the' turtle's head, re used as cradles and bath-tubs for children, and shields for the pressure of its jaws upon his foot was very painful, warriors. despite the strength of the armor. "ke all other living creatures entombed in these caves, For several m9ments the wounds seemed to make but little creature had attained a tremendous size. impression, but as soon as they were felt, the turtle suddenly t moved rapidly toward Jack with its oar-shaped legs, withdrew its head and neck into its shell. d catching sight of his glittering armor, came to a pause. It did not relax its grip on Jack's foot, however, and its Fastening the glance of its dull, expressionless eyes upon action would have broken the boy's leg, had he n .ot slid down boy, it surveyed him for a moment, and then, before to the edge of the shell and fallen to the ground. k fairly realized its threatening intention, it suddenly The turtle had stopped swimming now, and sunk to the t toward him and spread open its huge mouth. sand. War!" muttered Jack, and he flung himself prostrate. There it laid with its head and claws drawn into its armor, e saw the turtle's parrot-like beak snap together over his and the boy laid Oil his back, utterly unable to help him' and saw the reptile fly past like an arrow. self. continued o n for some distance, and upon finding that At this juncture Fritz suddenly appeared, and seeing what I &ad missed the boy it turned its tail like a rudder, ceased was occurring, he drew a pistol and hastened up to the ling with its right-side legs, violently swam with its boy. side legs, and craning its head and neck around, it turn Fritz knew ve .ry well that nothing short of a cannon ball in a circle and aimed straight at Jack again. could have pierced the strong armor of the turtle, and, there e next instant it began to swim violently. fore, did not waste any valuable time trying to injure the turopelled like a pilE'-driver, it darted straight at the young tle in that manner. The fat boy had another point in view. entor again, and just as its beak came within a foot of He reached the place where Jack laid, and seeing the tur-body, the J?oy ducked to one side. tle's beak still clutching the young inventors foot, he aimed ctive though Jack might have ordinarily been out of the his pistol between the two shells, and fired several shots. ent he was then in, he soon discovered that his heavy Exploding within the monster's body, the bullets created an hts, metal suit, the resisting water, and his shoe weights effect that was magical upon the situation. e detrimental to rapid movements. Out shot the turtle's head and claws. e beak of the turtle missed him again, it is true, but the Jack was released. t of its shell struck him a blow on the shoulder with the With part of its body blown out of its armor, the turtle of a cannon ball, and knocked him down. swam away and disappeared in the gloom. went the giant turtle, again passing over his body, Fritz helped Jack to his feet, but the young inventor's foot as soon as the boy recovered his wits he arose, and seeing was so badly wrenched that he could scarcely stand upon it. enemy turning again he ran for the boat. The Dulch boy assisted him back to the boat, and getting e saw that he was no match "for his foe. him inside, they found that his ankle was sprained.


\ UGHT I 22 JACK WR=:;=i' AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. It was carefully doctored, and Jack exclaimed: he raised it until it was out of the influence of "By Jove, it's lucky I didn't lose the foot entirely." motion. "Himmel! vasn'd I mad dot de durdles avay vas got midHis prediction was now proved correct, for a swift curre oudt even dot I kill it," grumbled Fritz regretfully. was found flowing away to the eastward, and letting t "Where's Harry Howard?" boat drift into it, the current carried her swiftly away. "I didn't vas seen him yet." A cliff loomed up ahead, and in the escarpment a large a "Did you 'find out anything?" rugged opening was seen, into which the Sea Ghost was c "Dere don't vas a pranch gurrend." ried. "I think my plan to ascend was right, after all." It was a round tunnel that wound up in a zig-zag mann "Dash me, lad," said Tim, "if I'd a-got a shot at that ere for a distance of over two hundred miles, and they followed turkle wi' one o' ther guns in ther after turret, I'd a-hushed slowly along without accident, dining at regular interva it." Half an hour passed by. Nothing was seen of the doctor, and our friends became uneasy. "I'll bet he has lost himself," said Jack, limping over to the wheel, "and I'm going to start off in search of him." "Better wait awhile longer, my hearty," advised Tim. ";Ie shbuld have been here as soon as Fritz." "'1 tink so, neider," coincided the "Dutch boy, nodding. "Then I'll start. He may be in trouble and need us, boys." And with no further remark, Jack started the boat off and headed her in the direction which Howard had taken. They reached the outer circuit of the current, presently, and searched all over for the missing man without avail. An houf slipped by. "He hasn't got more than enough air left in his cylinder to last him an hour longer," said Jack gravely. "If we don't find him before it's used up he will be asphyxiated." "Holdt on! Shtob der poat a leedle!" cried Fritz just then in excited tones. "What's the matter now?" demanded Jack, complying with sleeping as the watch was changed, and the next day dawn There was no difl'erence for them between day and nig though, in that fearful gloom, and they took special care the lights, for if they should have given out it would ha rendered them helpless. When the following day dawned upon the sea above the mates of the boat were awakened by a terrific uproar in pilot-house, and when Jack, Howard, and Tim rushed up i the turret tl'1ey heard Fritz yell excitedly: "Go for him, you son-ouf-asea-gooks, Bull der tail oud him! Vhitskers, you pandy-legged galoots, leaf go dot b rot's neck. Holy Moses, vot's der medder mit yer, Bismarc Vhy yer don't scratch der map ouf Shermany all ofer faces?" There were high jinks to pay in the room. The monkey and parrot were fighting furiously, and gled with the doleful howls of Whiskers every time he go scratch and the ear-splitting shrieks of Bismarck every ti he got a bite arose the voice of Fritz exciting them on. .Always hating each other, the bird and beast fought such rage now that the place was full of fur and feathers, a the combatants were covered with wounds and glory. alacrity. "For goodness sake stop the row," cried Jack as he dr "Looker ower dere!" responded the fat boy, pointing out the the monkey into a locker and the parrot back in the s window. "Great heaven, it's the doctor hesieged by fishes." A strange and terrible sight now met their view. Only fifty feet away they saw a school of what might have peen mackerel at least a yard in length. They were swarming in a bunch around the doctor, so that only an occasional glimpse of him could be caught through the squirming mass. There were thousands up on thousands of these fishes gath ered in a ball as big as a house around the man, every one of the creatures desperately striving to get in at him. Of course, they could do hiJ?l no bodily harm, but it was very clear that such a dense mass ]!lrevented the doctor moving as he wished to, and there had been every prospect of these voracious fish pinning him there so lO!fg that his supply of air would become exhausted and cause his death. They had already been surrounding and attacking him ever since he Jett Fritz, and being of a persevering nature, they would very likely have remained an indefinite period had the Sea Ghost not appeared just at this crisis. Jack flashed a steady stream of light upon the wriggling mass of mackerel, and sent the boat fiying toward them. Fritz had on his diving suit, and hastened out. The fish darted away, and the doctor obtained a 'momentary respite, and hurried to the boat. Fritz assisted him on board, and they then passed inside, took off tp.eir diving suits, and joining Jack and Tim, the doctor said: "Did you ever see anything like that before?" "They didn't hurt you, did they?" laughed the young in ventor. "No, but they were trying hard to devour me." The boy found that the doctor had not seen any continu ance of the current, and driving the boat into the whirlpool room. "Ach, vot did yer vant to spoil der circus for?" asked F as a broad grin overspread his face. "I vos bet ten do! against mineselluf dot Bismarck vould knock dot mon oudt." "Well, it was time for us to turn out anyway. Where we?" "Yust oudt ouf dot dunnle going," replied Fritz. "Everything all right?" asked Jack, looking out dow. the "Fer sure, Mike," grinned Fritz, "only dot Dim's mo vas half ouf ids dail got chewed off alretty ... Jack saw that the boat was emerging into another ca in which water was bubbling and gushing up from many marine ice-cold springs from the bottom that soon cha the temperature of the boat at least twenty degrees. The water was lighter, and he saw a strange change in color of the marine plants distributed around the place. He knew that they were very sensi'Qle to the action of I and are of different colors according to the depth at w they grow. These plants are divided into three prevaillng sections, green living near the surface, floating and found in I quantities in t-\J.e grassy seas, the red are in small depth rocks near coasts., and brown which constitute the part of submarine forests grow at greater depths. In this cavern the vegetation was red. No sooner was this distinguished by Jack when a dull gleamed ahead in the gloom, and he cried excitedly : "See there-a streak of light-an avenue of escape!" "Tim, drive the boat surfaceward." "Ay, ay, my lad!" The old sailor seized the lever and pulled it, but t blank astonishment of everybody the boat failed to ascen


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 23 CHAPTER XVII. THE END OF THE OAVE. It was very evident that some accident had occurred to vent the Sea Ghost from rising, and Jack sent Fritz and e doctor flying to different parts of the boat, while he went another, in an effort to discover what had happened to her. Tim, in the meantime, had brought the Sea Ghost to a use and saw, by peering ahead, that the current they ere in had now taken an upward swing at an abrupt angle. lt evidently poured out of an opening overhead, through hich the faint ray of light slanted down on the boat. Fully half an hour was spent examining the boat fi1om one d to the other, yet the searchers could not find anything oken. Jack was very much perplexed. He returned to the pilot-house with his two companions. "Puzzling as it may be," said he, "we can't find a break nvhere." "Wot perwents ther boat arisin', then?" queried Tim. "All dot machineries in good order vas," said Fritz, em hatically. "Nor could I find anything wrong about the hull," added "You can depend that I made a critical examination of the tteries," Jack chimed in, "and I found them perfectly inct." Completely at a loss to understand the cause of the trouble, iey turned the matter over in their minds) and were about discuss it again, when suddenly all the lights went out. Utter gloom now filled the boat. Venting cries of amazement, the four stared around in the rkness that suddenly enveloped everything, and Jack ex imed: "Mercy! what caused that?" "Were the batteries all right?" asked the doctor. "Positively. I made a special examination of them," an ered Jack. \ The electric fan wheels had been busily buzzing on the II, and a moment afterward they began to slacken speed d after awhile stopped revolving altogether. "Everything seems to be giving away!" exclaimed Jack in rm. "Yet the pumps, the lights, and the fan-wheels are all dependent of each other. I am sure the batteries are all ht, and as the three things divide their power from them, ere can be but one solution to this mystery." "To what do you allude! questioned Howard, nervously. "The wires." "How so?" "Every controlling wire of the various parts of this boat gathered into one bunch, and this bunch runs up from ow the floor, and is brought into this room, from which Int they are carrlQd to the switchboard, and branched off the levers." "Vell?" demanded Fritz, impatiently, as he knew this aldy. "It is my opinion that the trouble lies in the wires." "How is we a-goin' ter prove it without no lights?" growled m. Before Jack could vouchsafe a reply, a most unearthly othered yell pealed through the turret. t startled every one so that it made them jump. "What's that?" demanded Jack. "Not me, my hearty," from Tim. "Und me, neider, ., from Fritz. I didn't utter a syllable," from Howard. Nor did I," began Jack, when "W-o-w! Ho-0-0-0-0!" came the yell ag1in. This time it was louder than before, and so intense, pathetic, and full of misery, that it sounded like a man screaming in the stresf! of some unbearable pain. it was followed by a volley of other cries. "Whiskers-ther monkey! shouted Tim, recognizing the voice. And so it was, but they could not locate where it was. The cries continued, and as an idea flashed across Jack's mind, he suddenly cried to his friends: "Why, he's in the closet where I looked him after separating him from the parrot, with whom he was fighting." "Dot settled it, den," said Fritz, struck by an idea. "What now?" demanded the boy. "Vhy-gief me a match, und I show you vot." Tim handed the Dutch boy a lucifer and he groped his way to the closet door, guided hither by the prolonged howls of the monkey, and finding it finally, he unfastened it, flung it open, and out sprang Whiskers. He scampered away. There was scarcely any need of the match. The closet was blazing with electric spkrks, snapping, crackling, and flying from the ends of three wires, which the monkey had somehow broken in two. Here was the key to the puzzling mystery at last. The wires came up bunched thrO'lgh the closet from below, and Whiskers had broken three of them, when the elec tricity leaked out, burned and scared the monkey into a stunned condiiion, and when he recovered he began to ho wl. "Dere vas der cause of dot droubles!" triumphantly cried Fritz, pointing at the flying blue sparks. "A leetle more, und dot ring-tailed son-ouf-a-sea-gooks vould der Sea Ghosts on fire haf seted! Now you see, don'd you?" "Fritz, you're a jewel?" cried Jack. "Get me a pair of rub ber gloves, and two pairs of pliers. In five minutes I will have those live wires repaired, and we will have power, light and air again from the fans! "Dot was easier done as said," growled Fritz, as he groped his way to the to comply. He soon returned with the tools, however. Jack thereupon put the gloves on his hands to insulate them and make joints on the wires. As soon as the light wire was jo ined the incandescent lamps flared up, when the fan wheel wire was connected the little brass propellers affixed to the walls began to fiy around buz zingly, and the wire set the pumps throbbing. "Hurrah!" cried the doctor, delightedly, as the boat began to arise. "Fritz is an electrician-every bit of him!" "Dere vas vun brincible mit electricity," said the fat boy, tickled at this praise. "Und dot is i:I' a elecdric machines don't vork, for sure dere someding der medder mit it vas." "We're a-nearin' ther surface, lad," said Tim, eyeing the water-gauge dial with his good optic. "See thar?" "The registers mark a depth of twenty-five feet,!' said Jack. "And here's the opening at-last!" exclaimed Howard. The boat had reached the place through which the light of day slanted, and they were all upon the tiptoe of intense ex pectation, when the boat .paused. The opening was a long slot in the roof of the cavern. It was too narrow to let the boat pass through! A cry of intense disappointment pealed from every lip. "Baffied!" cried Jack. The rest made no reply. They were too disappointed to speak. For several minutes the most intense silence prevaUed in the Sea Ghost, and then several sighs were heard emanatin 1 from the lips of the rest Of her crew. e, / With blank faces, and a downcast feeling at heart,


24 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. glanced piteously a.,t each other, and Tim stopped the expul sion of water from the. reservoir and cried bitterly: "There's no escape for us yet, my lads. "Ach Gott! vot luck groaned Fritz. "Perhaps," sugge s ted Harry Howard in chagrined tones "if we were to follow this slot it might lead us to an opening wide enough for the boat to get through." This ray of hope was eagerly ac c epted by all Jack turned to the old sailor, nodded, and said: "Lower her a few feet, Tim, and try it. Shipping a small enough quantity of brine to carry the boat down ten feet from -the rocky roof of the water c avern Tim pulled the lever to start the Sea Ghost ahead slowly. She kept within plain view of the opening as she went along, and in this manner covered several miles wh e n they saw that the slot, instead of widening, had grown narrower and narrower, until at last it became a mere crack. After this daylight vanished entirely. The feelings of Jack and his friends were of the most hop e less kind now, for they found as they pro ce eded that the water ahead of the boat was utterly tideless and still. It seemed to indicate that there was no outlet ahead and coming to a wall obstructing their course, the boat paused at the extreme end of the water cavern They could go no further ahead. As soon as Jack ascertained this he said: "Turn the boat, and run back to the opening Tim. "I can't, my lad. We're in sich a narrow tunnel now thar ain't room enough ter turn ther Sea Gho s t around. "Very well-run her backwards then. "Sta'rn'ards she goes," replied Tim, suiting the action to his words. Vot you vas goin' ter do now, Shack? queried Fi;itz. ti ''Force our way out of here, resolute ly said the boy. "By what means ?" asked Howard, in surprise. "You will see in a few minutes. CHAPTER XVIII. UTILIZING THE GUNS. In the course of a very short space of time the Sea Ghost reached the slot in the roof of the great c av ern, and Jack put on a diving suit, procured a long rod and having given Tim some directions, he passed out on the de ck alone. The boat now arose until its towers grazed the op e ning, and Jack ascended the stairs to the top of the after turret. From here he began to carefully m easure the thicknes s of the wall of the roof, and studied the kind of stone it was composed of. These thicknesses varied every way from five to t e n fee t and the stone of which the cavern roof was form e d h e f ound to be one of the hardest that grew under the s e a. In this manner he secured a number of m easurements but in no place found the thickness to be less than five fe:t. Indeed, this only occurred in one spot, and h e had v ery c are fully located it, and when his examination was all com pleted he went up to the pilot-house winqow and signale d Tim to run the boat back to that particular spot. It was reached after some delay, and the boa t pau se d un der it, when the boy passed inside again. Having unscrewed his visor, Jack said to his friend s : "This is the place where we must c omm e nce op e rations, fat the wall above for a distance of ten yards is no more than five feet thick, and I can see daylight above and shells below." "Why, how can you see below, as it's over a hundred an A fifty feet?" demanded the doctor inc redulously. "My dear fellow, shells are distinctly visible in some par of the Arctic at a depth of 4 '60 feet replied Jack and 940 feet is still of sufficient intensity to permit objects to th seen dimly. This also applies to the West Indies. Absolut darkness only prevails 1,000 feet down, or about one-tenth o the average depth of the seas and the rays of the moon pen trate 40 feet. So why shouldn' t I s e e shells only 100 fee down?" The doctor said no more, and Jack passed into the after turret, and presently shouted through a sp e aking-tube: "Start the boat ahead about eighty-eight feet, Tim." "Ay, ay came the sailor's reply The Sea Ghost glided forward the required distance when she came to a pause the boy opened the breec h of one of the guns, thrust in a long brass cylinder, and locked it again. Within this cartridge there was a leaden bullet of the bomb pattern, filled with the young inventor's high explosive. He then capped the muzzle of the weapon and turning a crapk, caused it to glide forward and protrude through a split rubber disc set in the port hole, until it reached a ring of felt encircling the gun barrel, which prevented the ingress of water. The boy peered through a glass-covered loophole and sight ed the gun to bear upon the stony roof at the edge of the slot. He then fired the gun. No d etonation ensued-only a thud. But as soon as the proje ctile struc k the rocks it burst, anf the effe ct of the impact c ould be felt in the boat. There was a flash a t e rrific bubbling in the water, and thed a shower of flying stone which had been blown off. When the agitation of the water subsided the boat had r8" coiled fully fifty feet, but the powerful electric light showe4 plainly that the destructive shot had torn out an immense piece of the stone ov erhead. A smile of s atisfaction c rossed Jack s face. "Just two more suc h shots will tear a breech open plenty large enough to give us egress," he muttered. Then he loaded another shot, and roared up to Tim to re turn the boat to where she had recoiled from. As soon as this was done Jack fired again, and more of the stone was blown away. At this juncture Harry Howard sauntered in. "What are you doing, Jack?" he asked in surprise. Blowing a hole in the roof to get through," the boy re-plied. "Good! Can I assist you?" No. I'm almost through." A moment later a third shot was discharged, and there fol lowed a tremendous upheaval of stone a s it fle w through the bre ech and left an opening fully thirty feet wide. A faint che e r came through the tube from Tim and Fritz. The way to the open sea was open! Send her up!" yelled Jack. "Hold fas'I:.! answered Tim. "All right! "Here she goes! And as the stern horizontal screw spun around, Jack and the doctor the guns to keep their balance for the stern o f the boat went down until she laid at an erect angle, and shot upward. Straight as an arrow dashed the gallant boat for the open ing, and she pass e d through it, grazing the sides. Up she flashed, and so great was her force that when llhe reached the surface of the sea she sprang half her length from the water and fell with a bang.


JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. 25 rA. shower of spray splashed up all around her. them!" hurriedly cried Jack. "Start her off for the steamer irr'he horizontal screw was stopped, and when she settled instead, Tim, and we will soon find out what the trouble is ;wn upon the sea on an even keel again, Jack and his com-with them." lllions cried with one accord: The old sailor nodded, and sent the Sea Ghost flying to" Saved!" ward the other vessel. It was not expected so soon. The joy they all felt defies description. But they were soon recalled to a sense of their surroundlgs by Jack, who had flung open the windows. CHAPTER XIX. "A steamship," was his cry. "Where? Where?" asked 'the rest. They rushed to the windows and peered out. It was then later in the afternoon, for the sun was setting nd not ten yards away there floated an enormous line in the lSY swell, heading for the east. Upon her upper decks a crowd of otncers, sailors, and pasmgers were crowded along the railing, looking down upon boat, which had made such a wonderful appearance to bem from beneath the sea. The halo of electric lights lent a weird aspect to Jack's boat, nd she called forth exclamations of the most intense astonsllment from the spectators upon the steamer. Under ordinaty circumstances Jack would have tried to on ceal his singular craft from view by submerging her as oon as he beheld the steamer; but now he was so glad to get npon the surface again he did not feel at all disposed to go nnder at once so she floated on the surface. Scores of people were staring down at her. At first they imagined that she was some great deep sea 1n.onster, but as soon as Tim shut ofl' the electric lights, and I-hey caught sight of the crew of human beings clad in white tluck suits upon her, they realized that she was a submarine !Craft of some sort. "Ship ahoy!" yelled the captain of the steamer presently. "Steamer ahoy!" replied Jack, going out on deck. "What craft is that?" "The Sea Ghost, of Wrightstown." "Where are you bound for?" "Acros s the Atlantic." "Didn't you come up from under the sea?" "Ay, ay, sir." '"Then that is a submarine boat?" "It is." "Who commands her?" "I do." d who are you?" "Jack Wright." ACROSS THE OCEAN. "Ahoy, there! What's the trouble?" "We have run down a wreck." "Did you injure your craft any?" "No, but the passengers were frightened." "Where is the wreck?" "Floating under the water half a fathom." "A derelict?" "Yes." I This dialogue passed between Jack and the steamship cap tain as the Sea Ghost dashed up to the big vessel. Upon finding that the steamer was uninjured, Jack went inside, closed the doors and windows, and submerging his boat, he turned on the electric lights, illuminating the water. Hardly hajl this been done when he saw the wreck which the steamer had struck floating in the water a cable's length distant. She was buried about five feet from the surface, and was a large wooden steamer bearing the name of the Lady Violet. "Great Lord!" cried Harry Howard, as he observed her name. "It's the craft we are searching for!" exclaimed Jack, sud denly. There was no mistak13 about it being the vessel the doctor had been wrecked on, and he eagerly cried: "Wright! Wright! My salvation is at hand." "This is the work of Providence!" exclaimed the young inventor. Oh who expected such as this?" cried Howard, de lightedly. "I'll run the Sea Ghost over to her. "Yes, yes. We can board her now, burst in the door of the stateroom, and I'll show you the evidence of Tom Driggs' crime." "Confound it, give us an account of yourself." "I have given you all I intend to, captain." The boy laughed at the perplexity of the other, "The very fact of that rascal being in league with the wreckers is quite sufficient to c onvict him, anyway," said Jack. "And if it should ever prove to be our good fortune to fall in with the Night Hawk and capture him, there will be no and re-trouble to convict the rascal, Harry Howard." turned inside, leaving the crew and passengers on the steamer The Sea Ghost ran up to the drifting wreck and Jack and wondering who and what he was, where he came from, and Harry put on their diving suits, went out on deck, and made where he was bound for, what sort of a boat the Sea Ghost fast to it. was-and, in fact, a thousand similar puzzling questions. As soon as the hawsers held the two boats together, Tim had taken their bearings as near as he could by the boy and the doctor, armed with an ax, crossed over on the sun, and figured out their latitude and longitude. steamer's deck. It was then discovered that they were nearly a thousand She had not been damaged much by her voyage under the miles out at sea from Cape Hatteras. sea in the current of the warm Gulf Stream, and crossing her "Submerge the boat Tim," said the boy. "The longer we deck with the light of the Sea GP.ost blazing upon her, they remain upon the surface the more we will arouse the curiosity reached the upper staterooms. of those people, and--" Going along these and examining the numbers over the "Hull on dere!" interposed Fritz, warningly. doors the doctor presently came to a pause in front of one "Wot now?" queried Tim with his hand on the lever. and spelled: "Someding vas habben by dot steame rs. "Here is the room." He pointed ahead, and they heard the alarmed cries of the Jack raised his heavy-headed, short-handled ax, and rapid it passengers and crew, saw them hurrying to and fro across the rained a shower of blows upon the door, with the result ope, deck, and saw the steamer haul to. it flew open, revealing a flooded room. "Don't submerge her! Something has gone wrong with Within this apartment there floated the bloated cor J


26 JACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. -==================== ====:=:::=== = ==---------Captain Robert Forrest near the ceiling, and' Jack drew it down. A most repulsive sight was presented to his view, but he .stifled his sickening s e nsations, and saw that there was a silver-handled sheath knife buried in the bosom of the corpse. Jack withdrew the we apon and l e t the body float away. Upon the haft of the knife he saw the name of Tom Driggs engraved. Satisfied with his scrutiny the boy handed the blade to Howard. "Here is the proof of your innocence," he gestured. "Thank God you are a witness to the fac t returned the doctor. "Ay, and willing to swear to what I have seen in court." "There is more we can do here, Jack." "In that case I will blow up the derelict." The boy fastene d a bomb with a wire attached to the wreck, and driving his vessel a way exploded the bomb blowing the wreck to pieces. Soon afterwards the Sea Ghost arose to the surface. In the gathering gloom of night they saw the big steamer fast disappearing in the distance, and then sat down to sup per. Fritz remained on duty while they were eating. "The question now, said Jac k, "has r educ ed itself to find ing the Night H awk, and making a captive of her." "Dash my top lights if that ain' t easier said than done, Tim remarked. We don't know where ter look fer her, lad." "Very true," assented the boy "but as she can't be more than four hundre d miles ahead of us, if she is crossing the Atlantic, I am pd$itive we can her if she is now following the r egular b eaten course of trans-Atlantic vessels." "How do you figure that out?" questioned the doctor. "In this way," replie d Jac k. "That craft don' t make much more than fift ee n knots, and this one can go forty-a gain of twenty-five knots an hour. In twenty-four hours we gain 600 miles. Con sequently we ought to overhaul them pretty rapidly." "That's so," a s s ente d the doctor. The y a ros e from the tabl!l now, Jack's sprained ankle feel ing almost well and went u p into the pilot-house to Fritz. Jack the n put his boat under full '!lpeed. Tim bus i ed himself bandaging up his mo nkey's burns, Fritz went to get his suppe r, and Jac k put out an the lights except one in the cabin. Harry Howard had gone into the latter compartment, and taking out the boxes of gold whic h they had taken ,from the wrecked steamer he opened them. The boxes were filled with specie to the amount of $100,000, but it was with a feeling of disappointment that the docto r realized that when they reached home, and the Boston ship owners were notified of the whereabouts of the wreck, they would have to turn this princely fortune over to them. \ Having r eplaced the gold in a locker, Howard returned to I the pilot-house where he found Jack in charge of the wheel, and the boat flying past the steamer which had collided with the Lady Violet. ..._ told the yo ,ung inventor what the result of his investlga n and when he finished Jack remarked, dryly: .....

JACK WRIGHT AND IIIS ELECTRIC SEA GllOST. 2'l' the Dutch boy rushed to the railing, and covering the antinous crew with their weapons, the young inventor shoutback there, or we'll fire!" rought to a realization of their peril, the crew recoiled. 0pown into the forecastle with you!" screamed Jack, as he eat his friends sprang over the bulwarl!:s upon the 'brig's ,k. lttering cries of alarm, the drunken crew hastened to obey. 1town into the forecastle they scampered, and the moment 'Y disappeared the captain dashed forward, and closing the obnpanionway, he locked them down in their quarters. edThank Heaven, we were just in time!" he cried. a/leantime the brave girl had faced the newcomers. Iler face turned as white as snow when she beheld the docn and gasping for breath, and her eyes distended, she reeled tk. "Harry!" she gasped hoarsely. Fanny!" cried the doctor, eagerly. He sprang toward her with outstretched arms. But she recovered her self-possession instantly, and bring!! him to pause, by a motion of her hand, she cried: "Stop! You have escaped from prison, I see!" A pained expression crossed the .doctor's face, a deep flush h terspread his features, and he hung his head. "I am escaped prisoner," he muttered. The girl drew herself up haughtily. "And you forget," she cried bitterly, "that you are my ther's murderer. You dare to address me this way. Oh, "I am afraid to rt;,ain on this ship with those desperate ruffians any longer. Will you take me for a passenger?" "But they are lodrnd up and harmless now," repli

/ 28 .TACK WRIGHT AND HIS ELECTRIC SEA GHOST. to the end of which was a suction cup, and as soon as Jack "All right," assented the fat boy, walking away. raised the Sea Ghost within arm's reach'of the ship's hull he "Howard, put on a diving suit and bring Fritz anothe pressed the sucked against the planks. like the one he had." It adhered to the Night Hawk so firml y that nothing but "Very well," was the reply as the doctor hurried off. loosening the valve would have liberated it. "Tim-hello! Hello, Tim." an This being done, Jack pumped out the ballast, and the boat "AJ', ay! tow suddenly arose from the sea alongside of the ship. "The first chance you get fire a shot at the rudder of i\hO Fritz fastened the other end of the line to a ring bolt in the Night Hawk and blow it off." Well, deck. "I'll try to, my lad." tel Flinging open one of the windows, Jack hailed the ship Fritz now got the end of the line around the capstan, with: using one of the bars to turn it. he soon had the Sea G "Night Hawk, ahoy!" drawn up close to the ship's hull. His unexpected hail caused a sensation. By that time Harry Howard joined him with the e Every one on the deck had .. seen that there was not another rope, and the fat boy secured it, and opening the valve e craft in sight, and upon observing the submarine boat sud-the first s ucker he uncoupled it from the ship. denly rise up from the depths, the sight startled them very Jack now signaled him to approach, and when he was n much. enough the young inventor motioned: Rushing to the bulwarks, they glanced down at the boat. "Try to get the entangled line unfastened from the sere Chief among 'them was Tom Driggs his naval cap bearing "But I under the boat to do so must go," spelled Fritz. the word "Captain" in gilt braid. "It can't be helped. Howard will assist you." It was therefore very evident that. he had succeeded to the "All tight. I do the best I can already." command of the ship by some means, and as soon as he beheld Fritz went away and made his preparations, and the bo the boat he recognized her. swung around and was towed along by the Night Hawk. "The Sea Ghost!" he cried, in startled tones. Tim did not get a chance to get in a shot yet, and a sho "Haul to!" shouted Jack, authoritatively. time afterward between Fritz and Harry the line was dise hi "What for?" tangled from the propeller and coiled up. o "I wish to board you." As so on as the boat was manageable, Jack swung her off a "We want no strangers here." an angle with the Night Hawk, and shouted: "You know I've chased you across the ocean, retorted Jack, "Now's your chance, Tim!" "and I don't intend to return without you." "Here she goes!" came the reply. "Keep off!" warned the man hissingly as he caught sight of The next moment a shot flew from the gun, and so true wa Harry Howard. "To board this craft means death!" it aimed that it struck the rudder. ''I'll risk it," said Jack. Away went the wood in a thousand pieces, and the Nighta The wrecker turned to his men and yelled to them to rep el Hawk $Wung up into the wind badly crippled. boarders, when like magic every one drew a J:listol and fired She was now unable to proceed, and almost wholly at Jack' at the crew of the Sea Ghost, Jack just having time to close mercy, as she coul d not navigate. the blinds of the window when a rain of bullets rattled The boy stopped the Sea Ghost, and both vessels drifted against the metallic boat in various places. along for awhile, when Jack signaled to Fritz to take off the Fritz stood the fire like a metallic statue. cup sucker again, as the line was no longer needed. Scores of the bullets struck his armor, but failed to pierce The Dutch boy and the doctor then came inside, and the it, and he drew a pistol and returned the fire. young inven1or sent his boat to the surface once more. Jack pressed the signal button. She laid but a cable's length from the Night Hawk, and the "Tim!" shouted Jack, through a speaking tube. crew of the ship were hastily furling sails. "Ay, ay!" came the reply. As soon as the Sea Ghost arose from the depths, an ex" Sweep her decks! cited babel of voices arose from the crew of the wrecker, and Out went one of the guns, and a shot was discharged. thE!y ceased working. It struck the taffrail of the ship and burst with a terrible An interval of silence passed by, during which the sea explosion, knocking the woodwork flying in all directions. Ghost drifted along near the wrecker, with their guns pointed A yell from the crew of the Night Hawk greeted the shot, toward each other. for severl:!-1 of the miscreants were wounded by the flying missiles. The next moment a battery of masked guns were shown at the ports of the ship, but before any of them could be fired, the boy sunk his boat In sheer rage the wreckers discharged several shots at the water where the Sea Ghost went down, but none of them sti:uck the boat, as she had gone straight under the Night Hawk out of the way: Unfortunately, the line became twisted around the axis of one of the propellers of the submarine boat, and to Jack's disgust he found that he would have to stop her machinery to save it from being broken. The moment this was done the line became taut, and the Sea Ghost was dragged along by it backwards. It r .etarded the speed of the Night Hawk, however and as Fritz came rushing across the deck to the pilot-house window Jack signa!ed out to )lim: "Haul in on the line till we fasten another. Then un couple the first one from her hull. CHAPTER XXII. CONCLUSION. As the two vessels drifted along, broadside to broadside, and none of them showing any open hostilities, the crew of the Night Hawk crouched down behind the bulwarks. Jack kept a sharp watch upon the wrecker. He knew that one shot from his gun could blow her out of existence, and he resolved to await action on the part of his enemies before he wantonly would sacrifice their lives. For some time nothing occurred. Then Tom Driggs appeared and approached the bulwarks with a flag of truce in his hands, and yelled: "We'll surrender!" Jack did not reply at once. He turned to Fritz and Howard.


JACK WRIGHT AND ms ELECTRIC SEA HOST. 19 lctory!" he exclaimed. "An almost bloodless battle!" "And when you, om Driggs, are convicted in my stead," himiney Christmas, vot luck!" said Fritz, as if he recontinued the doctrf, "she has promised to become my wife." ted it. This crushing b w told on the culprit. hat are you going to do about it?" asked Howard. ttianacle the whole gang, strip their ship of her c anvas, tow her back across the herring-pond," replied Jack. hoy, there! impatiently yelled Driggs. Well?" calmly asked Jack. I tell you we surrender." Let your men come aboard one by one, every two min 1 right," was the surly reply. award, bring up one of the chain handcuffs." referred to a long chain on which were a score of les and when the doctor brought it he stationed Fritz Howard at th0e side door, and as fast as the crew of the ht Hawk came aboard they were fastened by the wrists. this manner the whole crew left the ship. om Driggs was the last one to leave the vessel. e was secured hand and foot. Now pJJt them aboard of their craft!" said Jack. "No, no!" cried Driggs in alarm. Don t do that.'' "Why not?" sharply asked the boy. "Because I have fired the powder magazine to destroy the ip, and thus conceal any ,proof you might find aboard of her convict us in the courts." "Rascal!" cried Jack. Fearing injury to his boat, he sent her flying away as fast she could go, and she had scarc ely gained a distance of alf a mile from the Night Hawk when she was blown up. "Take those prisoners into the water chamber, said Jack. Tim and Fritz attended to this part of the programme, and soon as the sullen rascals were disposed of the man who urdered Captain Forrest stood before Jack and Harry How d, crushed and humiliated. "You have lost the game," said the boy. "Ah, but only on account of your superior power." "Blowing up your craft won't save you from conviction, for here is ample evidence of the fact that you ai.:e guilty." No doubt; yet the worst evidence is gone. "Ah! Perhaps you may remember this doctor?" "Harry Howard? Yes-the murderer of his captain-a rascal whom I convicted. He must have broken from jail to be here with you--" "Hold! You perjured yourself to convict this innocent man of a crime yo'u yourself committed." "Never!" "Look at this!" Jack held up the knife taken from the corpse. As soon as Driggs' eyes fell upon it he gave a guilty start and stepped forwar, d, taken off his guard for a moment. "My knife!" he cried. "Ay! We found the floating wreck of the ;Lady Violet, and I myself drew this weapon froa the bosom of your victim." "Great heavens! I'm exposed!" "Miss Forrest, do you hear that admission of guilt?" cried Jack, to the murdered captain's daughter, who had just come in and heard the foregoing dialogue. "Pitiful Heaven!" cried the girl, in horror. Now she knew for a certainty how she had wronged her unfortunate lover, and it made her feel very bad. The captain of the wreckers started violently upon hear ing her voice, wheeled around, and turned as pale as death when he so unexpectedly saw her there. "Fanny Forrest!" he cried, tremulously. "Yes, and I now know how guilty you are!" "I am lost!" groaned the wretched man. "And she believes in my innocence!" exclaimed Harry. "With all my heart!" asserted Fanny. "Take the vipe away, Tim," said Jack. Delighted over his success, Jack steered his boat back across the Atlan c. An uneventful /journey followed, and in due course of time the gallant Set:host arrived in New York, and the prisoners were set ashor and put in jail. Fanny For st had inherited a large fQrtune from her father, and c9uld have gone ashore and lived in comfort and luxury, but &he preferred to remain aboard of the Sea Ghost until her cr&ise was completed. The boy sent word to Boston to the former owners of the wrecked steamer, to put them in possession of the location of th ir craft, but to his surprise, he learned that the com pany had gone out of existence. result was that the gold reverted to the finders, and it ws evenly divided among the four. The Sea Ghost then continued her cruise down the coast, and remained away two months, fulfilling her contract, but nothing more was ever seen of<' any wreckers in that vicinage ever afterward. From this the boy inferred that the crew of the Night Hawk were the sole guilty parties, and when the time of his cruise expl.red Jack returned home. From here he made his report to the authorities, and upon the conviction of his prisoners he received the promised re ward. This he also divided up among the four. Harry Howard and Fanny Forrest were duly married in a pretty church in Wrightstown soon afterward, and Jack and his friends witnessed the ceremony. Then all hands proceeded to New York, and putting Harry Howard s case in the hands of a prominent lawyer, the crime with which he was charged was fastened upon Tom Driggs. But Driggs did .not live to suffer the penalty of his crime for after writing a confession of his guilt, the unhappy wretch committed suicide in his cell. His companions the crew of the Night Hawk, were sen tenced to a long term of imprisonment for their many mis deeds. Jack, his friends, and Harry, and his wife then went back to Wrightstown. The doctor had purchased a home in the pretty village, an

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