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Nat crept under the protecting shelter of the overhanging rock as Hal came flying down the slippery surface above, followed by a. rattling shower of snow and ice, the ad-vance gua:rd of the huge avalanche which was thundering down behind.


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Fame and Fortune Weekly STORIES OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY Imued Weekl11-By Subacrip t ion l!l.50 per year. Entered according to Act of Congreu, i n the year 1911, in the office of the Librarian of Congreu, Waahngton, D C., blf Frank Tousey, Publisher, U Union Square, New York. No. 287. NEW YORK, MARCH 31, 1911. PRICE 5 CENTS. CAST AW A Y IN ICELAND OB, THE TREASURE OF THE CRATER By A SELFMADE MAN CHAPTER I. TAKEN OFF .A.N ICEBERG "Gee! It's cold up in these latitudes," said Nat Vickers to his two companions, Hal Holland and Joe Marsh, who stood on either side of him at the bulwark of the New Bedford whaler, Dan Tucker. "Bet your life it is," nodded Joe. "I hardly dare talk for fear my breath will freeze." "No danger of that, Joe/' laughed Hal. "It's warm enough to make a hole in the air." "I don't see any hole," grinned Joe. "Wait till we get nearer the pole and then maybe you'll see lots of them." "Say, how far north are we, anyway?" asked Joe. "Close to the 65th parallel. We've just entered Denmark Strait." "I thought we were still in the Atlantic "No, we entered the Strait two hours ago." "How do you know? You were never here before." "I heard the mate report the fact to Captain Waldron awhile ago." "But I thought the Atlantic "was our fishing ground?" "So it is, but the captain has his reasons for going fur ther north." "That's a mighty big iceberg yonder," said Nat, point ing. "The biggest we've seen so far." "It's a corker for fair," said Joe. "I'd hate to have it topple over on this vessel. That would be the end of the cruise." "I see something moving on the side of it," said Nat. "Probably a polar bear," said Hal. "No, it isn't a polar bear. Those animals move on all ours. This seems to be moving upright. It can't be a man, do you think?" "Hardly. Unless his vessel is on the other side o f the berg." "Rather a dangerous place to moor a craft, I should say." "Ob, I don't know. The water is too cold up here for the base of the berg to melt to any great extent, so there fan't much danger of it losing its balance and going over." "Say, Hal, you stand well with the skipper and the mate Go and borrow the glass and let us see what is moving on that berg," said Nat Hal had no objection. The captain was in the cabin, talking with his daughter Jessie, whom he had, at her earnest soli t itation, brought with him on this trip into the frozen North, but the mate was walking up and down the roof of the poop, or top of the cabin. Hal went to the first officer and said : Mr. Flint, may I borrow your glass. There's something moving around on yonder iceberg that Nat, Joe and I would like to get a closer look at. It doesn't appear to be an animal, as well as we can make out with the naked eye." "Whereabouts?" asked the mate, stopping in bis walk. Hal pointed and the mate put the glass to his eye and focussed the animated object. "By George! It's a man!" he exclaimed, in a tone of surprise. "Is it really a man?" cried Hal. "Take a squint and see for yourself." Hal did so, and saw that the figure was really a man.


-2 CAST A WAY IN ICELAND. "He can't be a castawaj on that cold spot, can he?" said directions and fastened securely together; while on the out Hal. "I should think he'd freeze to death in no time." side she was in parts covered with a double, and even a "Well, I don't see any vessel about," replied the mate. treble planking, besides other thick pieces, which served to "I must tell the captain." ward off the blows from the parts most likely to receive "There may be a vesse l hidden by the berg," said Hal. them. 1 "Not unlikely; but I tl1ink it is our duty to find out, for But all this strengthening, which the art and ingenuity ihe fell0w might have gone afloat on that wl::.ite lnass." of man has devised, is of little avail against the mighty "EYer heard of such a case a.'' asked Hal, as the mate power of the ice, if the vessel should unhappily be caught moved away. between two converging floes. "Oh, yes. More than one." The Dan Tucker's ma'sts were lower than in a common \1.7bile the mate was away, Hal, forgetful of the curisailing vessel, and her sails were smaller, and cut in differ osity of his two friends, stood and looked at the lone figure ent shape, the courses, or lower sails decreasing downward, on the berg. / so as to be worked with slight strength. "Rey, Hal, fetch the glass," sang out Joe. This was a matter of some importance, as when all.the Hal didn't hear him, for he saw that the figure was doing boats were away together in chase of three or four something. men alone remained on board to take care of the brig. Apparently he was waving something in the air-signalThe cruise had been fairly successful, for the crew had ing, for help. with a will, as all were anxious to get through and "I guess the man is a castaway after all," thought Hal. return to warmer latitudes. lust then the captain and the mate came on the poop During the last two weeks the captain had been working together. the vessel farther north than the fishing ground where "He's signaling to us, Captain Waldron," said Hal. they had done so well. The skipper took the glass and looked. The result was that only two had been chased and A,t that juncture another person was added to the group captured during that ttme, and many of the men were in the person of the captain's daughter beginning to grumble at what they considered a foolish She went close to Hal who was a particular favorite change of base. with her '!.'he sixtieth parallel was as far north as the men cared "Is there really a man on that iceberg?" she asked the to go, anyway. boy. Every degree higher meant about 75 miles :farther from "Yes, Miss Jessie, and he's making signs to us. That home. shows he's afloat on the berg, and wants to be taken off," I Already the captain had worked the vessel 400 miles replied Hal. 1 north of the regula:i: crui s ing ground, and the crew sur"Poor fellow. We'll rescue him, of course," she mised that he had some other object in view than the com Captain Waldron ordered the brig to be headed for the pletion of his cargo. iceberg, and the helmsman followed his directions, while 1'he gl'llmbling increased, for the inen maintained that the watch on deck putled the yards around a bit to meet the they had shipped to catch whales where whales were most new course. numerous, and not to hunt for the North Pole, though they The iceberg on which the man was marooned was not the! did not suppose for a moment that the skipper had any only one in sight. such end in view. Bergs of all sizes surrounded the brig, making careful At the moment the brig was approaching the iceberg on steering necessary 1 which a man could now be easily seen with the naked eye, All along the border of Denmark Strait were to be seen the watch below were holding an exciting argument over wide fields of ice that extended out for some distance from the course of the brig. the main shore The poor fellow, whoever he was, conhnued to wave a Beyond, OJ?. either side, the coast of Greenland on the blanket occasionally, thoui]i he could not help seeing that one hand, and Iceland on the other, stretched away in two be had been and that his rescue was assured great white plains as fa1 as the eye could reach-cold, At length Captain Waldron ordered the brig to be hove and inhospitable. to and a boat lowered and manned to be sent to the berg. The only sounds that broke the silence of that frigid zone The second mate, a surly and unpleasant man, was or wcre the creaking of the stiff ropes in the blo.cks and the dered to go in her. conversation of those on board the brig He picked the boat's crew, and among others Hal Hol; '!.'he vessel had sailed to the North Atlantic to gather a land was called upon to get in, the boy obeying against his cargo of whale oil. grain, for there was no love lost between him and the second The Dan Tucker, though great care and expense had been officer be towed upon her, was not a handsome looking craft. "Push off," shouted the second mate, whose name was She was dirty and oily-looking from stem to stern, and Mark Noakes, and the bowman shoved the boat clear of her sails were daik from the smoke of the trying out kettles, the brig. which stood amidships, near the mainmast. In another moment the crew of six were pulling in a She was a stout craft, tl1ough, for a whaler, in order to I steady way for the berg. withstand the shock of the ice, is strengthened inside, both j The marooned one came down close to the water so as to at the stem and ster:a, by stout timbers placed in various be ready to step in when the boat came up.


, r CAST A WAY IN ICELAND. Only the mate, who was steering, could see him, and note his looks as they drew near. '!'hat he was an ortlinary foremast hand one could see with half an eye. 1 Only his face, which was as brown as a berry, was ex posed, the rest of his body being well protected from the freezing atmosphere, in the habiliments o:f the :forecastle in frigid latitudes. The boat slid up alongside of the floe around the base of the berg, and the bowman caught a grip in the ice with his boat-hook. "Step aboard, my man," said the mate, in his surly way, and the stranger lost no time in accepting the invitation. He took the spare seat near the officer, with his powerful back toward the men, and the mate gave the word to start back :for the brig. "Well, how came you on that berg?" asked Noakes, with a keen look at the man. "Got carried away from your ship, I suppose, by accident. Here, take a drink of this. You must need it," and he handed the chap a flask of brandy. The stranger accepted the flask, uncorked it, smelt of it and then put it to his lips. Half the contents of the flask gurgled down his throat before he took it :from his lips. Then he smacked his mouth together, drew his hairy sleeve across it, and spoke for the first time, in a hoarse tone, sodeep that it seemed to come all the way up from his capacious boots. "That there is prime stuff, sir, and it goes right to the spot. I ain't seen nothin' like it since me and the old hooker, with all on board, parted company nigh on six months ago, and she went plumb to the bottom like a corpse with a fifty pound shot attached to its legs." "What!" exclaimed the mate, loud enough for all hands to hear. "Do you mean to say you've been six months on that berg? That's a--" "I ain't been nowhere else that I know of," interrupted the stranger;with a solemn wink, as though he were taking his Bible oath to the statement. "Look here, my man, you can't palm off any fok's'l yarns on me," said Noakes, with a frown. "Six months, indeed! Six days would have been a long time." "You haven't such a thing as a chaw o' terbacker in your clothes, have you?" asked the stranger, with another solemn wink. "I ain't had a chew since yesterday mornin', and my mouth feels strange without sometbin' in it." "No, I haven't," growled the mate. "You shaJl have some tobacco when we get you aboard." "What might be the name of your hooker? I see she's a whalin' brig," asked the rescued man. "The Dan Tucker." "And what might you be doin' so far north? I ain't seen no whales durin' the six months I was on the berg. "What's your name, and the vessel you slipped your moorings :from?" asked Noakes, disregarding the man's question. "My name?" replied the stranger, with a solemn 'Wink. "I'll allow I have one. The last time I writ it was on the ship's articles, and they are at the bottom of this here Basin, with a dozen or more of my shipmates to keep 'em company along with the skipper and the rest of the officers, while I've been sailin' up and down this blamed place for six whole-" "I asked you your name?" roared Noakes. "Jest so; I heard you. You don't need to use no speakin' trumpet in this here latitude. I heard that old hooker of yours comin' afore she hove in sight, two hours or more ago. I said to myself, 'Here's a--' The mate uttered a coarse imprecation and glared at the stranger. The chap favored him with another solemn wink. "My name is William Blaine, but .I'm usually called Bill, which I like better." 1 "And the name of. your vessel?" "The Oliver Hobbs, Jolin Dobbs, master; Ed'ard LobbE first mate, and Thomas Nobbs, second officer. The carpen ter's name was--" Mark Noakes looked hot under the collar. "Where did your craft hail from?" he said. "Sag Harbor, Long Island." "How came she to be lost? Nipped by the ice?" The stranger shook his head with another solemn wink. "It's too long a story to tell on an empty stomach." The mate smiled gi;_imly. "What have you lived on since you've been marooned on the berg?" "I'll allow that a six months' diet of seal, fish. and sich is rather' t,iresome, and makes a chap long for a bite of salt horse for a change," and the stranger gave another solemn wink. ,, "My man, I advise you not to try to work that six months yarn on the skipper when you get aboard, for he won't stand for it," growled Noakes. The only answer the stranger gave was another one of his peculiar winks, and then the boat ran alongside of the brig, and the marooned sailor was presently on the deck of the Dan Tucker, looking around with the air of a man perfectly at hoi;ne. CHAPTER II. A NARROW SHAVE. At the railing, running across the brea k of the poop, stood Captain Waldron, his daughter, and chief mat e Flint, looking down at the man, who seemed in no wise done up by bis experience on the iceberg. The natural inference was that he had not been the re long, in spite of his ass. ertion that he had been sailing up and dowI). Denmark Gtrait, a pretty considerable body o:f water in its way, for six whole months living on "seal, fish and sich." "Come, my man, step forward to the poop. The cap'n is waiting to question you. See that you give him no npn sense," said the second mate, taking him by the arm and leading him aft. Noakes walked him up one of the side ladders and brought him before the captain, the chief mate, and Miss Waldron. Bill Blaine seemed not in the least abashed, and winked I


CAST AW A Y IN ICELAND solemnly at the trio, saying not a word, but waiting to be questioned "What's your name, my man; your ship, and how came yon on the iceberg?" asked Captain Waldron} in a bluff but friendly tone "Name, Bill Blaine; ship, the Oliver Hobbs; Dobbs, mas ter. How I came on the berg ain't to be told in a minute, and I'd like to have some grub first, if it's all the to you,'' replied the rescued sailor. "You shall. have a meal at once. It is close on to the time when the men take their dinner. Hal,'' to the hero of this story, "take Blaine for'ard and tell the cook to serve him with as much as he can eat," said Captain Waldron. "I suppose you're hungry?" said Hal, leading the man away. "Well, my hearty, if you'd been livin' six months on seal, fish and sich you'd feel hungry, too, for a square meal," replied Blaine. "So you claim to have been on that berg SL\: months?" said Hal, looking at him pretty hard. "Every minute of it, and I'll allow it warn't rlo cinch "And you had nothing but raw food all that time?" "Wrong, my hearty; I cooked my victuals." "Cooked them?" cried the astonished lad. "How?" "With a fire, of course." "How did you make a fire? Where did you get the wood?" "I'll allow there warn't no trees growin' on that berg, though I've seen stranger things in my time. I made the fire of driftwood, and I lit it with a burnin' glass." "Oh!" exclaimed Hal, dubiously. "How did you man age when the sun wasn't out?" "Easy enough. I cooked enough at a time to last me several days." "How did you catch the seals and the fish?" "When the berg turned over and carried the ship to the top of it, which was the beginnin' of the tr9uble, it carried quite a supply of fish up with it in a sort of hollow pool, where they swam around and kept quite fresh while I was on it. As for the seal, they came from the mainland on cakes of ice occasionally, and I lay for 'em and finished 'em afore they knew what was goin' to happen,'' replied the res cued one, with a solemn wink. "Well, of all the liars," thought Hal, "this chap certainly takj'!s the cake." They had reached the galley by this time and Hal gave directions to the cook, a burly negro named Pete, to provide the marooned man with a liberal supply of grub. Leaving him there Hal rejoined his two friends. "Say, Hal, who is the chap, and how came he on the berg?" asked Nat. "A sailor by the name of Bill Blaine, who claims to be the sole survivor of a lost vessel called the Oliver Hobbs, of Sag Harbor, Long Island. ; .'How long was he on the berg?" asked Joe. "How long do you think?" "Not very long, from his looks-maybe two or three days." "He says six months," replied Hal. "Six months! Get out How could he live six months on an iceberg?" "He lived pretty well, according to his own account, except that his diet was limited to cooked seal and fish." "How did he cook it?" Hal explained "That's pretty good," said Nat. "How did he keep from freezing? Have a fire all the time? I should think he would have melted the berg all away in six months." "How could he keep a fire going on a solid cake of ice?" foterjected Joe. "As the ice melted the water would put it out, wouldn't it?" "Don't ask me such conundrums. I don't believe a word of the fellow's tale. It's too improbable. He said the be ginning of his trouble was when the iceberg turned over and carried the vessel to the top of it. What do you think of that for a g ood, healthy lie?" "Gee! He's a beaut. Why didn't you ask him to point out the ship? If the berg carried .it up when it turned o ver it w o u l d be up there now, in plain view." He told the mate in the boat that the ship went down with all hands but himself," said Hal. "If she went down she couldn't have gone up. A good liar always tries to stick to one story, otherwise he soon queers himself,?' said Nat. "He's a good liar all right," said Hal, "but not a consistent one." "Well, you know what sailors are when they spin a yarn,'' said Joe. "Everything goes with them." "He probably is the survivor of some vessel that was recently smashed in the ice-maybe between two bergs,'' said Hal. "I don't see why he doesn't tell a straight story. Lying won't gain him any sympathy." "Now that he's aboard the captain will make his useful," said Joe. "He's a strong, hearty looking chap, and looks able to pull an oar with the smartest man on the brig. I'd just as soon he'd take my place in the second mate's boat as not. I don't cotton to Mr Noakes for sour apples." "I'ni glad that I'm in the first mate's watch," said Nat. "He's a decent kin9of officer. He can run things without indulging in a lot of profanity. If it wasn't for the pres ence of Miss Waldron aboard, I'm thinking the second mate would break out oftener than he does." "He's bad enough, particularly at night," said Hal. "He makes a dead set at me more than half the time. I don't know why, for I don't make any breaks He seems to have soured on me. Several times I thought he was going to down me with a belaying pin; but I guess he knows better than to do it. "He is aware that Captain Waldron wouldn't stand for it,'' saiq Nat. "Say, have you any idea why we are sailing so far north?" asked Joe. "No, I have not. I asked Miss Jennie, but all she would say was that her father had something in view." 4 "Well, the crew are growling like Sam Hill over it." "I know they are, and I dare say they are looking for the brig to come about and steer south at any moment," said Hal. "I'd like to know how much further north we're going,'' said Joe. "I can feel it growing colder every minute." "You only imagine so; but it certainly is mi1ch colder \lp here than on o u r regular cruising ground."


t CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. "I hope the skipper isn't thinking of stealing a march on sailin' tJe top of the water this minute instead of lying the North Pole," grinned Nat. hundred fathom below." "No fear of that," said Hal. "It's my opinion that we .How came she to anchor to it?" asked J o e won't go much further than this Strait, though I haven't "It wa. s this way," replied the sailor, with another wink the least idea as to the captain's plans." "We had a professor aboard who was after specimens They were now summoned to the mid day meal. "Specimens of what?" 'rhe stranger, Bill Blaine, having filled up to his heart's "Anythin' out of the common, as snowdrops, which content, had withdrawn to the starboard bulwark, and was he put in bottles full of spirits; spelldiffers leaning it, with a big quid in his mouth, chewing away "What in thunder are spelldiffers ?" asked Hal, looking with evident enjoym1mt. hard at Blaine The crew, not yet having made his acquaintance, eyed "Spelldiffers are a kind of fish without eyes found on him curiously, for his remarks in the boat, overheard by bergs," replied the sailor with a wink. "You dig a hole the rowers, had been circulated around, the impression on the shady side of a wall of ice and sprinkle some fine which prevailed was that he was either it'Iittle off his base, terbacker around the edge, and if there are any spelldiffers or had lied deliberately, when he asserted that he had bee1\: there they come out after a chaw, and then you can catch six months on the berg. 'em Naturally the men talked about th i s unexpected add itio n The boy11 gave a gasp. to their numbers, and they wondered what s ort of c h ap he "Well, one mornin' we sighted the berg you took me off, really was. and the professor said to the skipper that he wanted to land They also talked in no cheerful vein of the continued on it to)ook for a spelldiffer, or somethin' else out of the northward course of the brig, the object of which they ord'nary," continued Blaine. "Instead of sending the pro could not understand, for the captain had apparently ceased fessor in a boat the cap'n steered 'longside the berg and to look out for whales, which were clearly scarce where they made fast with a couple of kedge anchors and cables. The were fluke of the kedge was stuck into a hole made on purpose The icebergs seemed to be growing thicker; and so to hold it, and there we floated along with the berg, as if of them were a menace to the vessel. it was a big steam-tug About the time the men finished their dinner the look out The sailor stopped to spit overboard. in the crow's nest, which important contrivance was at the "The professor went ashore and was soon busy lookin' top of the maintopgallant masthead, and was a sort of for spelldiffers, and I was carryin' the auger and a paper sentry-box, or deep tub, formed of laths and canvas, with a of fine terbacker. We didn't have much success, and I was seat in it, and a movable screen, working on an iron rod, gettin' tired of the job of follerin' him around and borin' so that it could instantly be brought around on the weather holes that amounted to nothin', for nary a spelldiffer side, reported two mighty icebergs in the brig's course, not showed his nose I considered it a waste of good terbacker, more than half a mile apart. though I'll allow I was curious to see what kind of thing Owing to the wind and the current the brig would be a spelldiffer was. obliged to pass between the two bergs, as it was not pos Blaine paused again to expectorate. sible to clear either to port or starboard "Then you never saw a spelldiffer ?" grinned Joe. There was not much likelihood of the bei:gs topp l ing over The sailor winked his eye solemnly at the boy. on the brig, but as the pair of giants were setting toward "No, but J've seen more curious things than that in each other, the peril lay in the vessel being caught between knockin' around the world," he said. their bases and crushed into splinters Joe punched Nat in the ribs, and the latter chuckled The captain came on the deck and examined the bergs broadly. through his glass. 1 The castaway looked at him suspiciously for a moment The entire crew, with the exception of the three boys, and then went on. gathered on the top of the half-deck, or forecastle, and "Suddenly I noticed that the berg h ad tilted to the fixed their attention on the situation. loo'ard," he said "I called the professor's attention to Not one but was more or less nervous, and the comments the fact and said we'd better go back to the vessel, for there on the captain for carrying them so far north would have was no tellin' what might happen. The professor guessed made his ears burn if there was any truth in the old supe:r;I waf! right, and back -we went We found the base of the stition berg had lifted a little, but not much. N ollody aboard had Hal walked over beside Bill Blaine, and his friends ac-noticed it at any rate. The professor thought it was a companied him. shame to stop huntin' for a specimen, so he told me to bore "You ought to be familiar with icebergs," said Hal to a hole in the flat ice about fifty foot from the ship, for he the strange sailor. "What do yob. think of our chances had an iclea that he might find a spellcliffer there instead of passing between those two fellows?" of in the walls. I bored the hole, but the auger wouldn t Blaine squirted a stream of overboard and then come out like it done afore. I grippscl the handle tight and favored the three boys with a solemn wink. was about to pull with a 11 my might, when--" _, "I dunno, but I'll say this, the Oliver Hobbs was in: sevThe boys were so deeply interested in the derelict's yarn eral wuss scrapes than this and pulled through. If she 1 that they forgot to notice that the brig had entered the hadn't anchored to that there berg I came off she'd been narrow passage between the two icebergs.


6 CAST AWAY IN ICELAND I Suddenly a fearful cracking sound shattered the Arctic' berg shivered from stem to sl e rn, an

CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. The sky was clear and bright, the sun scarcely disappear ing at all, for it was the season of continuous day. The brig's course had been altered and she was heading shoreward The lookout had reported an Esquimau vi.llage, built un der the shelter of what appeared to be a hill, and for some reason the captain had decided to communicate with the natives. Suddenly the man in the crow's nest announced a whale close at hand. Luckily the first mate's boat was near at hand, and dash ing to the scene, the swimmers were soon picked up. Flint had lost the whale he went alter, and so ther e was nothing for him to do but return to the brig with the skip per and his men. The second mate's boat was more than a mile away, and her crew had apparently made a capture. The captain asked the lookout if the whale which had got away from him, and put his boat out of business, was in sight. "Dead, lying on its side, off yender," the man in the crow's nest. This occasioned some excitement, and there was a rush on the part of the crew for the port bulwark. A few minutes later two others were sighted and the The vessel was worked down to the carcass, and it was excitement increased. taken possession of. The .first and second mates' boats were launched and An hour later the second mate's boat, with a small whale manned with their usual crews. in tow, the brig, c ame together. Nat was attached to Flint's boat, Joe to Noakes', while The prize was carefully secured on the other side of the vessel. Hal belonged to the captain's boat, which did not get off until the others had gone some distance. The brig's crew were then piped to their belated supper. Bill Blaine and four of the crew remained on board to After that the watch below turned in. handle the vessel, which was in charge of the brig's car'fhe other watch brought the vessel to within a short dispenter, who was a capable seaman. tance of the ice barrier which extended out fron;J. the shore The first whale sighted had disappeared, and the mates' proper. boats went after the other two, which were at some dis-It was now nine p. m., but as bright as day, the sun be-tance. ing plainly in sight, low down on the horizon. The first whale, a big fellow, came up in a different place, Work was over till the morrow, when a fire would be and the captain started for him lighted under each of the trying-out kettles, and the whales The crew pulled a long, steady stroke, for all were well I be cut up, one at a time, and their blubber' reduced drilled in the business, and the boat rapidly approached the 0 01 leviathan. 'l'he men were m better humor this evening than they The harpooner stood in the bow with his instrument had been for a week back. readv for action. The two captured whales would almost complete their the cargo or oiJ, and they figured that the skipper would have "Gently-no noise," warned skipper as they drew no further excuse for working to the north. near the whale. "Rest on your oars. Now-sharp!" This was the signal for the haTpooner to act, and he did with promptitude, skill and vigor. Raising his arm, he darted the sharp, barbed weapon straight at the whale. The harpoon hit its mark and was deeply imbec1c1ed in the flesh. At once the wounded creature struck the sea furiously with its tail and plunged. The whale soon >J and darted away. The cord was rapidly uncoiled from the tub in whicl1 it was carried, an

8 CAST AW A Y IN ICELAND. dezvous for the natives to sell their seal skins and other merchandise. A nurnper of Esquimaux, with sleds drawn by dogs, were out at the edge of the ice watching the brig, and they saw the approaching boat. Leaving Nat and Joe in charge of the boat, Captain Wal dron and Hal were driven to the residence of the governor, who lived in the best habitation in the village, though that wasn't saying much for it. He was a native, but spoke very fair English. The captain introduced himself as the master of the American whaler, Dan Tucker, from New Bedford, and the governor said he was glad to see him. He informed Captain Waldron that the name of the village was Uppernavik, and that he was !ery proud to be the boss of the place. He further said that an English clergyman lived there and conducted a school. The captain then mentioned the object his visit, which was to learn, if possible, something about a missing whaling bark called the John Brown, which belonged to the firm that owned the Dan Tucker. This vessel had left New Bedford for the North Atlantic over two years before, and had failed to return home in due course, and nothing had been heard from her. The owners feared the vessel had been lost in the ice, but hoped such was not the case, for her captain was a very capable man. Under the impression that she might have taken refuge in some bay or inlet, and there remained locked up, as it were, by the surrounding ice during the long, dark Arctic winter, the owners had instructed Captain Waldron to pros ecute a search for her. In the event that he round no trace of her he was to try and l e arn whether she was Jost or abandoned, and, in that case, what had become of the officers and crew. Thus, in listening to Captain Waldron's interview with the governor, Hal began to understand why the brig had been sailed so far north. The captain had learned that the John Brown was spoken b_v another whaler in Denmark Strait toward the end 0 the preceding summer, and he hoped by going there himself to Eecure some tidings either of her or the officers and crew in case the vessel had been wrecked by the ice. The governor could give him no information on the sub ject, but told him that he had heard of a vessel having been cau ght in the ice some distance to the north and aban doned. It might be the vessel he was looking for, or it might not. "When did you get that news?" asked Captain Waldron. "Me got news 'bout t'ree or four months ago," replied the governor, after a mental calculation of the time. "Three or four months ago! Who brought it to you?" "Misque." "Who is Misque ?" "Esquimau man." "How did he learn about the abandoned vessel?" "He up dat way. Seen ship in ice. Went aboard. No body there. All goo.e." "He must have seen the name of the vessel," said the captain eagerly. "Don't you remember it?" The governor shook his head. "You talk to Misque. He tell you everyt'ing." "Where is he ?" "He come to village two t'ree day ago. Me send for him." "I wish you would. If that was the John Brown, the captain, ofijcers and crew must have started on foot to make th e ir way to the southward. It's a wonder they haven't reached this village." "P'raps no come this way," said the governor "I should think they would have followed the coast." "No easy to walk. Much 'portant dat you have sled and dog." "That's true enough, I guess." "No have guide easy to lose way." The captain admitted that fact, too. Misque was sent for, and he turned up in the course of half an hour, while the governor was treating Captain Wal dron and Hal to such simple refreshments as his establish ment afforded. The Esquimau was short and squat, not more than four feet seven inches high, with rubicund face of the shape of a full moon, and black hair falling over his shoulders He was a fair type of a native Icelander. He was a great traveler, knew' the northern part of the i s land like a book, and having mixed a great deal with white men, could make himself understood in several lan guages, but more particularly in English. The governor told him why he had been sent for, and then introduced him to Captain Waldron. "You were up north some months ago, I understand, and came upon a vessel abandoned in a creek," said the cap tain ":Yes," replied the Esquimau. "A whaler." ''Sure of that, eh?" replied the shipper, eagerly. "Yes. I saw many barrels of oil in her hold. She had three masts, but the hind one had no cross pieces-yards. Had long pieces sticking out at b ack, with sail fold e d up." "A bark said Captain Waldron almost satisfied that h e had struck the right trail. "You saw her name, didn't y ou?" Misque shook his head. "It must have been on her bows and also on her stern." The Esquimau said he had not taken any notice of it. At least, he did not remember doing so. The captain was much disappointed. He counted on the Esquimau supplying this important clue. He a s k e d Misque to pescribe the craft as accurately as he c ould, and the man did s o to the best of his ability. The description, however, would have fitted a score of other barks that were or had been in those waters. "The name of the vessel I am looking for is th e John Brown s aid the captain. "Doe sn't that refresh your memory?" Misque had to admit that it did not, but he said he had brought a book and a sealed lett e r away from the vessel. He bad found therri J ying on th e cabin table. "Where are they?" asked Captain Waldron, eagerly. i


I CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 9 The Esquimau said be had left them with a man he ing at the signature of the writer, like a person stunned stopped with in the village. by some terrible revelation. He would go and get them right away. At last he folded it up and put it carefully away in an "Good!" cried the captain. "They will probably throw inner pocket, and turned his attention to the log book. light on the subject. I He ran the leaves over rapidly till he came to a certain Accordingly, Misque went away to get the important ar-, part, which he read carefully, and then seemed to consider ticles. what he had read. While he was gone the governor took Captain Waldron Then he hurried over the leaves again till he reached and Hal for a short stroll about the village of scattered another place at which he stopped, and from there on gave huts. the pages more or less attention. They went as far as the school-house, a fair-sized one-While he was thus engaged Hal and the clergyman exstory hut built of the same thick material out of which the hausted the subject of the school, and began .to talk about ordinary dwellings were constructed, and like them arched Iceland, and particularly the country around about that on top in dome form, with a hole in the center to the locality. 1 smoke of a fire built within escape. Hal learned a whole lot about that extensive island, for Here they found the English clergyman, to whom the the clergyman had lived many years on it, and was governor introduced them. thor oughly familiar with it. He was a man of modest appearance, who, with his god "It consists in great part of lofty mountains, many of wife, had devoted their lives to the mental and moral imwhich are active volcanoes. Only certain level districts provement of the little community, and their efforts had along the coasts are inhabited, or capable of cultivation," met' with encouraging success. said the clergyman. He was delighted fo. see a couple of English-speaking "I suppose the biggest part of the island will never people, and after a short talk insisted on taking them amount to anything, then?" replied Hal. around to his hut to make them acquainted with his wife. 1 "It is not likely to, for nature has raised an impassab e The governor remained at the school to keep the scholars d barrier to'progress, in the shape of rugged tracts of in subjection, and his importance produced the necessary lava and ice-fields. The inhabitants are largely depend efiect. ent on hunting and fishing." When Captain Waldron, Hal and the clergyman returned to the school-house, they found Misque there with the let ter and the log book of the abandoned craft. The captain took both eagerly. Opening the book, the first words he f.ead were: "Log Book of the American bark, John Brown, Josiah Matthews, New Bedford, Mass. Grigsby & Co., owners." "Found-at last!" exclaimed Captain Waldron, in a tone of satisfaction. CHAPTER V. THE TREASURE CHEST. "You will pardon me a few minutes," said the captain to the clergyman. 1 "Certainly, sir," replied the dominie. "Be seated at my table," and he signed to the governor, who rose and walked to the door, where he engaged in a conversatiop. with Misque. Captain Waldron, before looking further into the log book, opened the letter, which was not sealed, and began to read. He had not proceeded far before he uttered a startled ejaculation, which, however, did not attract the attention of either Hal or the clergyman who were about the school, and the progress made by the funny looking little Esquimaux. The letter was a iong one and took the captain more than a quarter of an hour _to finish, his manner showing great agitation toward the close. f When be reached the end he sat for some moments star"What do the Icelanders hunt besides seals and polar bears, and maybe whales?" "Sea-fowl are abundant at this season of the year, and are largely killed. The walrus and several species of seal are abundant. The whale and cod fisheries are of s.pecial importance." "I should think you'd get tired of living in this out-of the-way spot-where you have no daily paper to keep you in touch with what is going on in the world." "I am perfectly contented with the place and the work Heaven has selected me to perform," replied the clergy man in a mild tone. "Then yc:iu intend to remain here indefinitely?" "I have no idea of making any change at present," he replied. Hal glanced at the captail( and saw that he was still en gaged with the log book. Then he saw a curious looking piece of glistening metal hanging behind the chair. "What is that?" he asked the clergyman, pointing at it. "A piece of ore found by an Esquimau in an extinct crater up the coast," was the reply. "A curious story at taches to it." "Yes?" said Hal, in some curiosity. The native who found and brought that piece of ore to me declared that he saw a chest of gold coins in a hole there which he was unable to reach because he had no rope, or other means of lowering himself down to it." "A chest of gold coins!" exclaimed Hal, much astonished. "Yes, a seaman's chest." "Do you believe that?" "I think the man must have seen such a thing, though he


/. 10 "" CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. may have mistaken the nature of its contents, for he is a thoroughly reliable fellow." "Why didn't you get him to take you to the spot? Such a thing as a chest full of money is worth investigating." "I could not very well go _on such an expedition, and be sides, I have no particular use for money in quantity." "You could return to civilization with it and live like a nob." The clergyman shook his head. "Such a prospect does not appeal to me. Rather would I remain here and minister to the welfare of the simple inhabitants who appreciate what I andmy wife do for them. Believe me, there is no greater happiness than to eel that you are filling a niche in the universe which would miss you were you to drop out." "I suppose the native told the governor, or some of his friends, abo' ut what he saw, didn't he?" "Yes; an expedition was organized to recover the chest and its C,ntents." "And it was recovered, I suppose, ancl made the party rich-that is, if it was really a chest of money?" "It was not recovered," replied the clergyman. "Why not?" "Because the was unable to find the spot in the crater from which he caught a view 0 the treasure chest "If he hunteq 19ng enough I should think he would have found it. How big is the crater?" of some size I have been told, and dangerous to go down into. H one lost his footing it would mean death, for the depth of the opening is unknown." "How far up the coast is this crater?" asked Hal. "Sixty-t>r seventy miles, I believe. "Is it hard to reach?" "Although very high, and standing out as a landmark, distinguishable at a considerable distance, it is not bard to reach from the east. The approaches, however, are cov ered with snow and ice, and I should imagine it would be difficult to get near it for that reason by any one not accus tomed to the country. The Esquimaux can go most any where without being deterred by obstacles that would daunt a white stranger "I suppose it is not near any inhabited place?" "There is a village close by, close to the shore." "What is the name of the village?" "Tamasak." "Do yon know I should like to have a try for that treas ure," said Hal. The clergyman smiled. "Impossible," he said, mildly. "If Guilik could not find it again how could you, even suitably accompanied, hope to reach it?" "We Americans can accomplish a whole lot when we put our minds to it," said Hal. "However, it isn't likely I'll the chance for a look in, for I am not an independent person. I am attached to the brig in whish I came here, and where she goes I have to go. I hardly think Captain Waldron would all in with a..ny proposition I might make him on the subject. A chest of gold coins has its attrac tions, but the skipper wouldn't care to embark on a wild goose chase after it." The clergyman clearly agreed with him. At that juncture Captain Waldron closed the log book, and, calling Hal, handed it to him. "We will return to the brig now," he said. "But first I wish to have t talk with the Esquimau." He went to the door and called Misque aside Their conversation was short and then the man went away. Captain Wal dron and Hal bade theclergyman good-by, and, accompanied by the g o vernor, started back through the village They parted with the boss of the village at the door of his habitation and continued on. The brig was in plain view, bl1t a short distance off shore, with the ci:ew working like busy bees along her port side on the bocly of the big whale, and on her deck, from which rose a heavy cloud 0 black smoke from the trying out kettles. "Hal," said the captain, in a solemn way, you've been talking with that chap we took off the iceberg What do you think 0 him?" "I tbipk he's the biggest liar under the sun, and a mighty hard case to boot," replied the boy, promptly. "A liar-how?" Hal told the captain the story Rill Blaine had related to him and his two friends soon after he was brought aboard. "Did he give you the same yarn, sir?" asked the boy. "He did not. He could hardly expect me to believe such a thing as that. He told me that he belonged to a Nor wegian sealer named the Nykoping. That he and two companions left the vessel one morning on a polar bear hunt, were overtaken by a s_now storm and were unable to find their way back to the bark. They wandered about for seYeral days and finally reached the shore By that time they were nearly dead with hunger and exhaustion Climb ing a tall projecting cape of ice to make observations as a-...., last resort, his two companions lost their balance and slid down into a crevasse, disappear i ng from view Whi l e try ing to make out where they had gone he fell into another pal't 0 the crevasse and s l id into a kind of cave, wl1ere he found a cache 0 provisions After satiEliyinO' his hunO'er 0 b he tned to crawl out with the view of finding his friends, but the feat was impossible. He remained there all throucrh the winter months and well up to the present part of rner, when the cape of ice in some way became detached from the shore, resolved itself into an iceberg and went afloat. He was now able to get out of the cave and walk about the berg. He floated around for a considerable time and hacl just exhausted the l ast of the provisions when hove in sight He signaled was taken off for which blessing he was truly thankful," said Captain \valdron. 1 "That's a more reasonable story than the one he O'ave us, but I doubt i it is the exact truth," said Hal. 0 "I have my doubts, too," said the captain, solemnly. '.'Now I want you to try and pump him if you can manage lt. Be cat ul, for I fear he is a bad character, and what ever he lets drop inform me about Try to discover if be bas ever been a cook." "I heard him tell Pete this morning that he could knock spots out of him at making coffee," said Hal. "Ile saic1 that?" cr i ed Captain Wal d ro n


CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 11 "Yes and he wanted the cook to let him fry his own bacon. He said he could do it a whole lot better The captain remained silent during the rest of the walk to the place where they took a sled, offered by an Esquimau, and were carried out to where the boat lay. "You were away some time," said Nat to Hal. "What sort of place is the village?" "Nothing to brag about We met the governor, or boss of the hamlet, and also a clergyman, who tuns a school, and his wife," replied Hal. A few lusty strokes soon brought the boat under the bri g 's port quarter, and the captain, followed by the boys, stepped on board. "Hal," said the skipper, "follow me into the cabin." They found Jessie reading beside the stove She gave the boy a winsome smile and put down her book, expecting to exchange a few words with him. In this she was disappointed, for her father took Hal straight into his s tate-room and carefully shut the door, turning the key in it, to the boy's surprise. "Hal, for a Peason which I deem very important, I am going to take you into my confidence," he began, in a tone that gave the lad an idea that something out of the usual was on the tapis. "You have doubtless gathered from what you have heard during our visit to the village that the rea s on why I have sailed so far north of our regular whaling ground was to learn intelligence about the mi.ssing bark, John Brown. I was instructed to do this by the owners, Grigsby & Co., to whom the vessel belongs, in case I obtained no tidings of her in the ordinary way." The captain paused and took the letter out of his pocket. He held it in his hand while he went on. "The log book you brought aboard, and this letter, came ,. from the John Brown, brought to the village by Misque, the Esquimau. You understand that?" "Yes, sir." "The letter, which I want you to read, for a particular reason tells a horrible story. While you are reading it I will take the book and go into the cabin. I will return in a short time, and then we will have a talk." Thus s peaking, Captain Waldron handed Hal the letter, picked up the book--; and left the state-room. CHAPTER VI. .A. '.l'.A.LE OF HORROR. The letter was addressed: "To any shipmaster or other per s on who speaks English," and ran as follows: the sole s urvivor of the ship Esmeralda Tavistock, ma s ter, bound from Cardiff, in Wales, for St. Johns, New Bruns wick, which he says went down in a heavy gale with all hands saving himself. "This fiend in human form proved unmanageable from the first and on one occa s ion had to be put in irons for wounding the cook with his sheath knife. He was sub sequently released, on promi s ing to behav e himself, though Captain Matthews intended turning him over to the author. ities when we got back to \port. H e did behave after a fa s h ion, but his conduct was 'never sati s factory. In the light of what ultimately happened it seem s clear that the scoun drel meditated revenge, and was onl y biding his time. That time came weeks later, when the bark was obliged to seek winter quarters in this creek to avoid utter destruction from the fast -forming ice which cut off our escape from these Arctic waters. "We had been two weeks in the creek, completely sur rouJ:lded by the ice, which, owing to the narrowne s s of the anchorage ground, could not accumulate sufficient force to injure the stanch timbers of the bark, when the cook was taken ill. He was not in a dan g erou s wa y but was inca pacitated from atteriBing to his duty In this emergenc y the captain called for a volunteer cook, and Steve Williams was the first who responded. The captain did not regard his application with much favor, but the man ass ured him that he was a good cook, and, after some he s itation Cap tain Matthews consented to give him a trial. To the sur pris e of all hands he demon strate d unusual abilit y in the galley, and was allowed to fill the cook' s shoes fo.r the time being. Naturally he was allowed to have the run of the v ess el s s tore-room, and the re in an e vil moment, the vil lain di s covered a package of arsenic which poi s on was u s ed to keep down the large cockroaches which infested the ves sel. "On Christmas Day the captain proposed to give all hands a blow-off, in hono:rt of the day, not that tl).ere was any turkey or other kind of fowl in si g ht. Williams was direct e d to spread himself, and he promised to prepaT e a s near an approach to a plum pudding a s the re s ources of the craft permitted. He cooked t he pudding two b e fore, and exhibited it with apparent pride. It certainly looked good, and he was complimented over the result. For the fir s t time sin ce he came on board the g ho s t of a grin re s ted on his features, and as he had behaved unusuall y g;ood s ince he took charge of the galley, the unpleasant f e el ings that all hands had entertained toward him were miti. gated, and the hand of good fellowship was extend e d to him, as seemed to be about the right sentiment for Chri s tmas time. "Chris tmas Day opened as dark as a six months' polar night can make it around the sixtys eventh parallel, and "This will inform the world that the whaler, John there wer e snow flurries all morning. Dinner was set for Brown, owned by Grigsby & Co., of New B e dford, Mass., four o'clock. Two hours before that time several polar U. S. A., li as been abandoned here, with her cargo of sperm bear s made their appearance on the ice, and I proposed to oil, by the survivors of a tragedy, in which the master, the first mate that we take our rifles and try and capture Josiah Matthews; first mate, David Ogden; carpenter, Walt one. Had he fallen in with my proposition his life would Becker, and able seamen Parker, Mudgett, Boone, Taylor have been spared. He declined to leave the bark because and Hobson lost their lives at the hands of a revengeful he preferred to read in the cabin to engaging in a bear hunt, scoundrel named Steve Williams, whom we picked up ;i.t with its possible dangers, so being bent on the expedition, I sea, a month back, in an open boat, and who claimed to J?e I looked around for another companion or two.


l12 CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. "I found them in the chief harpooner and two of the foremast hands. At the last moment a young apprentice we had aboard joined us, and the five of us started for the bears. The animals did not show fight, as we expected they would, but led us quite a chase. We soon lost sight of the bark, but we had our bearings and did not fear that we would have any great difficulty in getting back. Two hours liassed unnoticed in the excitement of the chase, and at last we wounded one of the bears and closed in on him. At that moment it began to snow, and we hastened to make short work of the bear. He was not an proposition when brought to bay, and by the time we finally mastered him we were in the midst of a blinding snowstorm "We had to abandon our prize and make tracks for oark. This was no longer an easy job, for the air had grown thick and black, and the prominent landmark on which we relied was hidden from us entirely, so that by no amount of guesswork could we determine in which direction it lay. However, we made the best of a bad job, and tried to re trace our steps. We succeeded very badly, indeed, for after plodding on for miles we failed to get sight of the lights we knew the captain would display for our benefit. "To make a long story short we had to admit that we were lost, and we took shelter in an ice cave as the best refuge at hand to wait for the storm to blow over, which looked unlikely till morning. It was hard luck to lose our Christmas dinner, or rather the piece de resistance-the plum pudding, for which our mouths had watered, and never more so than at that moment when we were far removed from it. If we had only known how lucky we were in missing it; but we didn't, you know. That knowledge came later on, and it quite took the starch out of us. "We passed that long night as best we could, huddled to gether for warmth, and along toward the time when morn ing would have broken in lower latitudes the storm eased up and finally quit altogether. The sky remained as dark as ever, for the snow clouds still hung threateningly above the landscape, as if uncertain whether to begin operations all over again or not. In that state of affairs it was quite impossible for us to get a sight of the land rffark on which we relied to find our way back to the consequently we did not deem it wise to leave our shelter yet awhile. "It seemed to us that half a day passed away before the air lightened. Then we looked around for the landmark. We saw what appeared to be it miles away in the distance. Apparently we had wandered a long way out of the right direction. We were mighty hungry by this time, and we started toward the landmark at as fast a clip as the snow would permit of, which, you may believe, was not very rapid. Not one of us showed any tendency to lag, though we had a tough tramp ahead of us. In the course of an hour or so we recognized the landmark beyond any doubt, and that encouraged us greatly. "Well, it was darkening up again, which meant that another polar day was drawing to its close, when we came in sight of the bark. The sight of her inspired a cheer, although we were awfully fagged out by that time: It was like coming in sight of one's home port after a long cruise in foreign waters. We pegged away with the remains of our strength, and at last we reached the vessel, and wearily clambered up the icy ladder, covered with snow, which showed the tracks of a single pair of heavy boots. I noticed that these tracks led away out on the ice in the direction of the Basin, but their significance did not then strike me. "To our surprise there wasn't a light fore or aft, neither in the galley nor on the masts, where, now that it was quite dark again, we looked to see lights hung as a guide to us lost ones. Moreover, the vessel was as silent as the grave, something most unusual. When I remarked the strange ness of it, the apprentice said that maybe all hands had gone off in parties searching for us. It was singular that I had not thought of so reasonable a thing, and so I agreed that that was the cause of the silence and the absence of lights. I started for the cabin and my companions for the fok's'l. When we had thawed out a bit we intended to forage in the pantry for something to eat. The cabin was as dark as the fabled caves of Erebus, an,d as cold as any house could be without a fire, for the big stove had gone almost out, which fact gave me the idea that the captain and chief mate, with the hands, must have started out early on the hunt for us, probably right after the storm stopped. "The cold did not bother me so much, as my blood was in circulation after the long walk, so the first thing I did was to strike a match to light the lamp which swung above the table. The table was covered with dishes, on which lay fragments of food, to my mind the remain s of an early din ner before t.he start was made. The door of the captain's state-room stood ajar, and so did the chief mate's, but this only showed seeming haste on the par t of the occupants. "After lighting the lamp I turned to the stove, intending to start it up, when my four companions of the hunt came dashing in on me with a look of horror on their faces I shall never forget. The chief harpooner opened his mouth to say something, but no sound came forth. The four stopped and stared at me like men who suffered from a terrible shock. I regarded them with surprise. 'What's the matter?' I asked. 'You look as if you had seen a ghost.' "'Oh, lord!' gasped the harpooner. 'Worse than that, sir; someth ing awful has happened.' 'What has happened?' I asked, curiously, perhaps lightly, for I was far from suspecting the terrible calamity that overshadowed the bark. 'All hands are stark dead in the fok's'l,' replied the harpooner, with a groan, as the horror of the sight he and his companions had witnessed came over him again. 'What nonsense are you talking?' I exclaimed, almost angrily, for I could see no sense in such a declaration. "'No nonsense, sir, as Heaven is my judge,' he replied solemnly. 'Go and see for yourself. Every man jack of them is stiff and stark, as though they had been struck down of a sudden with the plague.' "I stared at the man. He was clearly in dead earnest, and the looks of the other three were on a par with his own. I was dumfounded. I could not believe such an absurd declaration. Yet neither could I understand what had given these men the ide a voiced by the harpooner. The easiest and quickest way to settle the matter was to go into the fok's'l myself and sec what hacl given rise to the men's fright. I was so satisfied that the captain, the chief mate 4


CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 13 and the crew were out hunting for us that the idea of .nd -"'Y o u Steve Williams?' said the harpooner. in g any c orp ses in the fok' s l was the last thing in my mind. "I nodded. 'He' s not in the fok's'l; nor in the galley ; 'Is the s lush lamp lighted?' I asked the harpooner neither is he in the pantry,' I said. 'He must have le .ft the 'It is, s ir, but it's very dim; better take a lantern.' bark.' "I went into the pantry and took d own t.he l antern that 'Why shoi.ild he be the only .one t o get away?' hung there l'ighted it, and, followed by the three men and "I shrugged my shoulders. I to o stunned by the the apprenti ce, s tarted across the snow-covered deck, which wholesale tragedy t o reason the matter out at that m o ment. I noticed showed the tracks of but a few b oots, and walked While the men were muttering together, and the apprentice through the door into the spac e under the half -dec k I he l d stood by with a look of awe on his face, I started on again. up the lantern and looked ar o und. T h e o the rs, apparently I went .rst t o the niate's door and loo ked in. I saw what loath to come in, g athered about the entrance; The sight I was expecting the chief mate lying motionless in his that m e t my s tartl ed eyes fairly par a lyzed me. T h e harberth. I felt that it was useless to g o in and look at him. pooner h a d t o ld nothing bu.t the truth. In the bunks and I knew he was dead, jus t as I felt convinced that the cap on the floo r, in every kind of attitude with dist or ted c o un tain was also dead in his s tate-room. So I closed the door tenances, lay the rest of the cr ew-dead. and entered the captain's room. The lamp was burning in "One look was enough to convince me that not o ne of the bracket Captain Matth ews was seated in a chair bethem h a d the breath of life in him. side a s mall desk to which he had apparentl y dragged him 'Good H e aven!' I exclaimed 'What does this mean?' self with a great effort from his bunk. A s heet of note "I looked each one over, including the invalid c ook, who paper lay on the desk, and a pencil was held in the rigid lay in hi s bunk. All of the crew, except the f our who had fingers of the corpse I picked up the paper, for I saw been out with me, were ther e No, I was wrong. One man there was writing on it. I read what the dying man had who b e longed there was missing-Steve Williams. Had he written with .his last conscious effort I felt my hair dse e s cap e d the fate whic h in some inexp1icable way had beunder my hat as I comprehended the fearful truth. This fa ll e n the oth e r s ? Then I thou ght of the galley, which is what it said : 'The plum pudding was loaded with ar2e loo k ed a s s ilent and deserted as the rest o f the vessel. He nic, and every soul aboard, with the exception of the mur must be in there, and dead too. derer, is poi s oned All will die, if they are not already "I w a lk ed out of the fok's'l in a dazed s tate and my dead. Steve Williams ha"B done thi s He has m u r--' companion s followe d me over to the galley. Throwing "'l'here is no u s e of prolon g ing this narrative. I did not open th e d o or I flas h e d the li g ht in, fully expecting to see expect to say so much about it when I started in, but the the cor pse of th e ac ting cook in there. But no such grue s tory seemed to write itself. 1We buri e d the captain, Mr some si ght greet e d m y e y e s Williams wasn't there. It Ogden, the carpenter, and the c rew in the snow-all side was with a feeling of reli e f that I turned away from the by side in a row, and as we did it the harpooner cursed galley; but th e next instant my heart went cold with the Steve W ill iams, and swore he'd have his life if they ever s udd e n thought-wha t about fli.e c aptain the chief mate met. an d th e carp e nter? Where were they? I had not seen a "We have stayed by the bark till the polar summer has s i g n o f th e m s ince I came aboard come around again -we couldn't do oth e rwi s e What has 'Com e with me,' I s aid hoarsely to my companions, and become of Williams we know not neither do we care. If he I mad e s trai ght for the cabin again, resolved to kn o w the had come back we would have given him a s hort shift for w o r s t at once. hi s life. Wherever he w ent w e know t h a t he carried a good "As we passed through the passage I s topped and opened supply of provi s ions with him-enough to last him a long the door of the carpenter's Holding the lantern time, with economy. abov e my head I looked in. The carpenter lay curled up in "We have held several council s tog ether and we are sat hi s bunk. I called him by name but he never moved. I isfied that we cannot move the bark out of the creek The s tepped in and looked at him. He was dead as a coffin nail. chance of rescue here is too remote for us to pin our hope I mu s t have looked like a ghos t when I walked out, for the to it. We cannot bear the idea of s pending another dreary four looke d at me with fri g htened eyes. They seemed to winter in this place and so, with three month s more of dayu nd ers tand what I had seen and the knowledge that we light before us, we have dec ided to abandon the vessel and five had returned to a charnel ship was almost too much make our way south, expecting within a month, t o strike for them. 11 h f t t 'H d d t I d h 11 t some vi age, w ence we cart s ecure means o ransp0 r ation e s ea oo, .sai m a o ow one. t rt th t t 'th 1 t' 'A 'th d h f t d th h o a po a wi connec us wi civi iza ion n e cap n an c ie ma e-sai e arpoone r 'Don't,' I said, leaning up against the wall of the pas I leave this letter, with the bark's log book, s? that if sage and s taring through into the silent cabin brightly the vessel is found the cause of her abandonment m a sea li g hted by the lamp. state may be full! understood As it is not at all 'Every one is dead,' s aid the harpo o ner in a fierce way, certam that we will survive the tramp we. are about to as thou g h he cons ider e d it a persona l affront that all on dertake, though we are encouraged to that we will, boar d s hould die while we five wer e l ost i n the snow and I request that the per sons who find thi s l ette r and the log d a rkness. book will, after reading the former, tran s mit both to the 'No,' I replied, in a li stless tone, 'one man is not acowners, Messrs. Grig sby & Co., New Bedford, Mass., count e d fo'r.' U S. A., as soon as circum s tances will permit / four looked at each other an d then at me "HowARD HOYT, Seco nd Mate


14 CAST A WAY IN ICELAND. CHAPTER VIL I UNDER ORDERS. Hal read the letter from start to finish with the same mterest he would have shown in a thrilling chapter of some book of :fiction. It was not till he reached the writer's signature that he began tq realizelthat what he had just read was no fiction, hut a horrible fact. "Great Scott!" he muttered. "What a scoundrel! To poison the captain, chief mate and most of the crew of the vessel which picked him up at sea, thereby saving his ras cally life. I wonder where he went to after committing that fearful crime? The writer of the letter says he took a lot of provisions with him, so I suppose he sneaked down the coast to the first village, and there got an Esquimau to guide him to.some port where he could escape from the island. W &ll, he's had six or more months to get away in, if he didn't get into trouble and turn up his toes." Hal reread some parts of the letter while waiting for the captain to return. Sudden ly he gave a kind of gasp and looked up. "What if this man, who calls himself Bill Blaine, whom we took off of the iceberg yesterday, should prove tobe the murderer alluded to in this letter?''" he said to himself. "By thunder! I believe he is the same fellow. He hasn't given a square explanation of how he came to be on the berg. The yarn he spun Joe, Nat and me was too absurd for a reasonable person to credit. The idea of a vessel being lifted up a hundred feet in the air out of the water by the turning over of the berg, and then meeting her fate by sliding down in another direction, while Blaine saved him self by hanging on to the handle of an auger driven into the ice. And then the reason he gave for the vessel an choring herself to the berg_:_that there was a professor aboard who wanted to hunt in the ice for a blind fish, called a spelldiffer, that was to be caught by boring a hole in the ice and sprinkling fine tobacco around the edge of the hole. I wonde,r if the rascal took us chaps for blamed fools to swallow such rot?" Hel ; s reflections were interrupted by the retum of the captain. "Well, you've read thfil letter," said the skipper. "Yes, sir; and I never l'ead a more horrible story," re plied the boy. "Does it suggest anything to your "Yes, sir It has given rise to a strong suspicion that the man we took off the berg yesterday, and who says his name is Bill Blaine, is really the Steve Williams mentioned in the letter as the murderer of the captain, chief mate, and most of the crew of the bark John Brown,'! said Hal. "That is exactly what I suspect myself," said Captain Waldron. "The fellow has a wicked look, and the story he told me to account for his presence on the berg seems highly improbable." "It certainly does, though it's not near so bad as the yarn he gave me and my friends. I wonder why he told two different stories? He ought to have had sense enough to make np a reasonable one and stick to it." "Some men make fools of themselves under any circumstances," said the captain. "A criminal usually invites his own undoing through some mistake, the significance of which he does not realize at the time." "Well, sir, what are you going to do about this man?" "I can do nothing as yet. I have taken you into my confidence with the view of using you as a bait. I want you to try and trap him." _, "I'm ready to do anything you propose, but I'm afraid I'll have my work cut out. He's a ti5'klish fellow to monkey with. If he should suspect what I am driving at--" "You mustn't give him any re:;ison to suspect. He can't have any idea that we have any knowledge of the that happened on board the John Brown last Christmas, nearly eight months ago." "He knows that the second mate and four of the crew escaped the fate he had prepared for all." "It is not unlikely that he believes they perished in the snowstorm, for they did not regain the bark for hours after the storm ceased, and it is pretty certain that the murderer did not leave the vessel, with his bag of provisions, until he was certain the storm was over for good. In any event he does not count on suspicion resting on him, though he is trying to hide his real identity, which is a natural thing for him to do." "You want me to try and :find out if he really is Steve Williams?" "Yes. The most important link will be to establish the fact that he is a capable cook." "I wouldn't like to take the risk of eating anything he cooked. We have arsenic aboard to feed cockroaches with." "He would scarcely try to repeat such a trick without some powerful motive." "If he gets the i dea in his head that he is under suspi cion that will be motive enough." "He mustn't get that idea: You must be very cautious in your efforts to trap him. You mustn't drop a hint of what you learned from that letter to anybody, particularly your friends. They would be sure to canvass the subject between themselves, and with you, and the rascal might hear the talk, I do not intend to tell my officers at present. Only you and I now possess the terrible secret, unless the second mate of the bark and the hands who escaped the tragedy have reached civilization. I fear they have not, else we should have heard from them at the village. The place is not over 15 miles from the creek where the John Brown lies abandoned, and surely they ought to have covered that distance in the time which has elapsed since they left the vessel." "The clergyman told me that there is another village about seventy miles up the coast," said Hal. / "I know. Misque told me about it. He passed through it going and coming when he last went north. It was on this trip he discovered the bark abandoned in the creek. He found no trace of the survivors along his route, nor at that village, so it if they missed the shore line, wandered off into the interior, and ultimately perished," said the captain. "That would be rough if they did after their lucky escape from the poison plot. Maybe they returned to th!:l bark and are there now."


CAS'l1 AW A Y IN ICELAND. 15 "I hardly think so. However, I intend to sail up to the creek and see if I can get the vessel out. I expect to send out an expedition to look for the survivors, I have ar ranged with Misque to bring sleds and dogs aboard the brig. He and another Esquimau will go along." "If this Bill Blaine is really Steve Williams, as I feel convinced he is, he may try to skip when he learns where we are going." "I'll not announce our destination until we have got un der way, and maybe not then, unless the crew show dis satisfaction over the course we are following." "I think it is likely they will, sir, for they've been kicking ever since we left our regular whaling grounds The capture of the two whales yesterday afternoon put them in better humor, because they count on the brig turning south ward after the blubber has been tried out," said Hal. "They have no real right to be disaffected. They signed for the cruise without reference to the fishing-grounds. I can take the brig as far north as my judgment dictates without consulting anybody. I am the maste:i; of this ship, and my authority aboard is supreme If any man starts to make trouble he is liable to be put in irons and kept there till he promises to behave." The rattle of dishes in the cabin showed that the man who performed the general duties of steward was getting ready to serve dinner. The captain, having said all he had to say for the pres ent to E;al, told him to go forward and get his d'inner, which at that moment was being handed out t'o the crew. "And remember, not a word about the John.Brown," he concluded. "Keep your eye on Blaine. Get into conver sation with him whenever you can and take note of any slip he may make. When you have anything to report, come aft, and we will to this room, the privacy of we can depend on." .__ "All right, sir. I will do my best. It won't be my fault if I fail to show Bill Blaine up in bis true colors." Hal left the captain's state -room and went forward, where he was just in time to get his share of the rations ,the cook was serving out to the men. CHAPTER VIII. SYMPTOMS OF MUTINY. "How are you yourself?" replied Joe. "You find this place better than the iceberg, don't you?" "I'l'l allow that I do, shipmate," returned the derelict; "but all things considered the berg warn't so bad. .After livin' six months on it I kind'r got used to it. At any rate I've been in wuss places in my time." "So you rea.lly were six months on that berg?" said Joe, who didn't believe any such thing. "Are you sure you don't mean weeks or days?" "I mean what I said-months. I might have been six years on it if you folks hadn't seen me and took me off." "Six years! How would you have lived so long as that, on spel ldiffers ?" / "Never you mind, shipmate. I kin live where other per sons turn up their toes. When you':ve knocked 'round the world as I have you'll understand lots more ithan you clo now." ''I suppose you've learned to do a great many things since you took to the sea?" said Hal, in an off-hand way. ":rll allow I have," replied the sailor. "I heard you tell the cook this morning that you could make better coffee than what he served out to us. I guess you didn't mean that." "I did mean it, for I kin do it," said Blaine with some energy in his tone. "Do you call that muddy lookiri' stuff he served out to us coffee?" "I don't know what else it is. A man who can beat Pete making coffee must be a mighty good cook." "I kin cook better'n any nigger that stands in two shoes," said Blaine. "Oh, I say, don't give us anything like that." you believe it?" roared the sailor, with an un pleasant look. "You aren't a ship's cook, are you? I thought you were a regular foremast hand." "I'm a regular A. B., but I kin cook first-class, too." "Ever serve as cook aboard ship?" "Mebbe I have and mebbe I haven't," Blaine, with a wary grin. "That's not a convincing answer. guess you didn't." "You kin guess what you please If I get a chance I'll show you chaps what I kin do in the galley." "If we should need a cook I'll tell the cap'n to call on you,'' laughed Hal, satisfied now that Bill Blaine and the rascally Steve Williams were one and the same person. That afternoon Hal was statjoned with his two friends at the trying-out pots, and dirty work it was, as he well knew from previous experience. "What have you been doing with yourself since you came However, he wasn't a lad to complain at what be couldn't aboard?" asked Nat, as the three b9ys sat on the floor of the avoid. forecastle and began to eat their dinner. He took things as they came, and the best of them. "Helping the skipper in the cabin," replied Hal, in a His good nature and readiness to make himself useful at careless way. anything had long since made him a favorite with the men, "You had a snap then,'' said Joe. "Nat and I have been and they did not resent the fact that he stood on such fa tending the kettle, and deuced dirty, smoky work it is. miliar terms with tl:ie captain. Your turn will come this afternoon, I guess, if your work is All knew that his father had been the captain of a whaler over in the cabin." in his time, and a life-long friend of Captain Waldron's, so At that moment, Bill Blaine, who didn't seem to get on it was no more than natural that the skipper of the Dan very well with the men, slouched over and sat down near Tucker should take an interest in the stalwart, plucky boy, them. 1 I who, on account of adverse circumstances, had been com "How are you, my hearties?" he said. pelled to get out into the world and earn his own living,. I


16 CAST AW A Y IN ICELAND. ------and had elected to before the mast with his father's Work on both days was continued well into the night old frieJ;J.d. hours, in order to finish as soon as possible. The only person aboard who had taken a dislike to him, As the sun did not drop below the horizon at any time, and made no bones about showing it, was the second mate, they had all the light wanted to push the job throgh. Mark Noakes. The second "krang" was sent adrift, and nothing reNoakes was a \ capable officer, but not an agreeable man. He had no respect for a foremast hand, and was accus tomed to treat them pretty much as some overseers did the negro on the Southern plantations before the Civil War. On board the Dan Tucker he had to haul in his horns somewhat, for Captain Waldron was opposed to brutality, but nevertheless he carried matters as far as he dared, and the men hated him accordingly. Next morning Captain Waldron went ashore again, and he took the boys with him as before. I On this occasion Hal remained in the boat so that Nat and Joe could have a chance to see the village, and stretch their legs on the dry land. mained but to finish the trying-out, and this was continued all night, attended to by each watch in turn. 1 After breakfast next morning the fires were allowed to go out, the deck cleaned up as well as could be, and things resumed their former aspect. Boats were -&mt to bring off the two Esquimaux and the dogs and sleds. This occasioned the crew much surprise, for they could not understand the meaning of it. That they didn't approve of it was evident. It indicated that the brig was bound further north, with a land expedition in prospect. When sail was set, and the vessel pointed her nose up the coast, the men began to kick in earnest, but they confined their dissatisfaction among themselves. Hal was interv iewed by several of the men, who thought he might know what the sk ipper was up to, but he declared that he was as much in the dark about the matter as they The captain's business was with Misque this time, to see if he would be ready to embark early on the following morn ing, when he proposed to resume his course northward. Misque reported that be would be ready, and introduced the Esquimau, who(Was to accompany him, whose name was Guilik. were. As it happened this was the native who alleged he had This was not the truth, but the boy had his orders, and he had to obey them. seen the chest of gold money in a hole or underground cave Hal noticed that Bill Blaine showed some uneasiness of the crater near the village of. Tamask. The fact that be failed to find the place again, when he when he saw that the vessel was not gorn.g south, as he had a d t b t t k. f calcu lated on. gm e a par y en on a mg possess10n o it, cast a strong doubt on his story, but he still adhered to his original dee. The fellow circulated a:ound among the crew and added laration, and insi s ted that the treasure was there. I his howl tel the general discontent. To help matters along he r eported that the ICe was very The captam and the two boys remamed a couple of hours th k f rth tl th St 't d th t 't t' th d h' h t' H 1 d h' lf t ic u er nor 1 m e ra1 an a i was con in, m e v1 age, urmg w ic ime a amuse imse ryll b 1 d t h ld 'tl tl E h th d ua Y rea nng up un er the warmth of the sun and commg mg o o a pow-wow wi 1 le < sqmmaux w o ga ere t th tl 1 t tl a f tl t f tl t t d t h' oge er agam m o ler p aces. a le e ge o 1e ICe, mos o 1em m eres e m wa c mg E k th t h -J 't' f ff th k th t b d tl b veryone new a sue a conc11 10n o a ans was a e wor a was gomg on a oar 1e ng. t l 0 tl t t th 1 th b t t k grea menace to a vesse, which stood a good chance of ben 1eir re urn o e vesse e oys were pu o wor ht b t tl k ttl 1. th h 1 d b t mg caug etween floes and crushed. a 1e e es agarn., re ievmg e men w o 1a een s ationed there The crew reasoned that not only would their lives be Th b .b 1 h db th b d d d f 't bl b endan ered, but if the brig went to the bottom the cargo e ig w a e a y is time een enu e o i s u ld b l t d th ld b 1 :fi l ff b tl fi d t 1 t ff d 1 tl tl h 1 b wou e os an ey wou e arge nancia su erers, e{ an a so cu 0 an as Y le w a e one in common with the officers and owners. cu ou 0 1 s mou The latter might be able to stand this, but the crew did For the information of the reader we will state that the not feel as if they could, nor did they consider it a fair whalebone is placed in two rows in the mouth, and is used risk for them to epcounter. instead of teeth, to masticate the food, and to catch the Besides, they strong ly objected to being obliged to pass minute animals floating in the water on which the whale the long winter in those latitudes. feels. Blaine agreed with everything they said, and kept on Ten or twelve feet is the average size of this bone. adding fuel to the flame of discontent by making out things The men were now busy at work on the small whale on in the worst possible light. the other side of the brig. He insisted that he ought to be regarded as good author The huge mass wa.s turned round and round by the kentity, for he had come down the coast himself on the iceberg, tackle, so that the whole coat of fat could be removed. and he considered himself mighty _lucky in getting out of The carcass of the big whale, which the whalers called his predicament. i the "krang," was cast adrift, and it floated away, the birds Although the men did not cotton to Blaine, for he was and sharks making a hearty meal off of it. not a person to invite confidence, they readily listened to Sometimes when the tackles are removed the carcass his arguments, since they fitted in so well with their own sinks, and the fi:sh at the bottom are alone the better for it. sentiments, and the result was the feeling in the fotecastle Captain Waldron calculated that the big whale would net against the captain's plans grew quite intense. the brig $2,500, while the one would foot up beSo much so, indeed, that Hal believed it to be his duty tween $1,500 and $2,000. to report the state of affairs to the chief mate.


CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 11' As a foremast hand himself he did not like to take sides against his companions, every man Jack of whom treated him well, but he felt they were going beyond the limit of their rights, and that they appeared to be ripe for trouble. Knowing the captain's object, which he regarded as both just and humane, he was naturally satisfied with the ves sel's course. By reporting the state of things in the forecastle he thought the captain would deem it wise to explain his plans to the crew, and appeal to their feelings to pull with him instead of against discipline. The day passed, however, without anything happening out of the way. The men had little to do, and this gave them more time to gather below and vent their feelings on the subject uppermost in their thoughts. Bill Blaine showed himself to be a regular "sea lawyer," and was obtaining a considerable ascendency in the coun cil. It looked to the boys that if he got full control there would be something doing, and nothing good could be ex pected of him. CHAPTER IX. BLAINE BREAKS OUT. When Captain Waldron came on deck in the morning, in his thick pilot jacket and fur cap, with huge ear-flaps, the first thing he did was to look at the sky. The weather, which had been fine for a week or more, had changed during the night, and the firmament was obs cured by banks of heavy clouds. Before he came up the skipper had looked at the ther mometer, but it did not indicate any sudden change, though it had dropped a little. "What do you think of the weather, Mr. Noakes?" he asked the second mate. "Looks kind of doubtful to me, sir," replied the officer. "The thermometer does not show any pronounced change." "I dare say things will clear up after awhile." "I hope so." "The men appear to be very sullen this morning, sir. I fear trouble from them." "Trouble, eh? Have any of them expressed dissatisfac tion to you?" "No, sir; but their feelings are plainly to be seen in their faces and actions. They appear to be opposed to going farther north." "Who is the captain of this ship?" "You are, sir." "Very good. I propose to take the brig where I choose. I am merely carrying out certain instructions I received from the owners. You can tell the men that if they should speak to you on the subpect, to refer them to me." "I think that chap we took off the iceberg is fomenting trouble." Captain Waldron was not surprised to hear this. He had already been warned by Hal of Blaine's attitude and tactics, and was prepared to put the fellow in irons at the first evidence of insubordination on his part. "I know," replied the captain "He has been telling the men tl'Ult if the brig goes much further north she'll be caught and crushed in the ice, or at the best we will be cut off by floes and obliged to winter in this region." "There is always the chance of such a thing happening at the close of summer." "I look for another month of fine weather and clear water." The second mate, who privately sympathized with the sentiment felt by the men, made no reply. He was just as eager as they were to see the brig's nose pointed to the south Hal was at the wheel. The captain walked ove:f to him. "Anything to report, Hal?" he asked, in a low tone. "Yes, sir I'm afraid matters are coming to a head in the fok's'l, sir. The crew intend to send a delegation to you this morning to inform you that they object to going further north." "They do, eh?" replied Captain Waldron, grimly. "They will ask you why the two Esquimaux, the sleds and the dogs are aboard." "What else?" "If your explanation is not satisfactory to them they propose to insist that you put the Esquimaux and their property ashore and alter the brig's course to the south." "Insist, eh ?" "If you refuse to fall in with their wishes there is some talk of locking you in your state -room and compelling the officer on duty to turn the brig's head about." "Rank mutiny, by thunder!" exclaimed the captain angrily. "I suppose Blain e is at the bottom of all this?" "He is. He has worked the men into a nasty humor." "Do they recognize him as their leader?" "No, I don't think they do, for he's not popular with them. Still, he has obtained qt\ite an ascendency in the fok's'l since we resumed our way north." "TJrn scoundrel I shall put him in irons at the first excuse." The captain walked up and down the weather side of the poop, and it was plain he was not a little disturbed by the news Hal had told him. Presently the brig's bell was struck eight til:nes, indi cating the end of the morning watch. The chief mate came on deck and the second mate went below. One of the crew came aft to relieve Hal at the wheel. Just then the steward stuck his head up the companion ladder and called the skipper to breakfast. As Hai went forward he noticed a thickening of the at mosphere in the northeast, which soon developed into a sea fog. This, with the other impediments in the shape of ice bergs and :floating blocks of ice, made navigation more than ordinarily difficult, and these conditions, you may well believe, did not add to the good nature of the crew. At breakfast the men were much disturbed by the fre-


.. 18' CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. quent unpleasant tumping of floating blocks of ice against the kig's side. Sometimes the shock was so heavy as to shake the vessel :from keel to truck. "You see, my hearties, what you have to expect if we keep on,'' said Blaine, looking around the forecastle; you'll get it wuss and more of it." "Well, it's understood that a delegation is to wait on the cap'n this mornin' sometime to express our feelin's," said a sailor named Butler. "We might just as well decide now who's goin' to face the music." "I s'pose you'll .be one, and do the talkin'," said another hand. "And maybe Blaine is anxious to get on the :firin' line, too." "It ain t my place to chip in," replied Blaine. "I ain't a reg'lar member of the crew, not havin' signed articles." "You've been doin' a whole lot of talkin' just the same," said another. "It was you proposed the delegation." "What if I did? I done it for the good of the crew, didn't I?" "Well, it's my opinion you ought to take 1he lead." "Tryin' to crawl out yourself," sneered Blaine, in an ugly way. "Don't you go makin' insinervations ag'in me or I'll knock the daylight out'r you," roared the other, whose name was Ryan. "What's that? You knock the daylights out'r me? I could lick two like you and not know I was doin' anythin'," cried Blaine. As the words left hi s mouth Ryan flung his plate, which took Blaine in the face. That ruffian was on his feet in a moment with his caseknife in his hand. He flung him s elf so quickly on Ryan that the man no chance to save himself, and he would have been stabbed but for the pre s ence of mind and pluck of Hal. The boy darted at Blaine and seized the wrist of the hand .that held the knife. Blaine turned on Hal with a terrible imprecation and struck him in the :face with hi s left fist. Hal maintained bis grip, however, and Nat and flew to hi s ass i s tance. As the other two laid hold of Blaine, Ryan got on 11is feet and kicked the knife out of the derelict's hands. The re s t of the crew, resenting Blaine s murderous tac seized him, and battered him badly before they Jet up on him. H e stag gered out of the forecastle, muttering dark thre a ts, and made his way to a bucket full of water that st o o d bes ide the galley. He nev e r looked more villainous than he did at that mo m e nt, with blood running down hi s face from the scalp and oth e r wound s inflicted by the crew. Bba'king hi s fist at the door of the forecastle, he swore to have re v enge on all concerned, but more particularly on Hal, who had balked him in his attempt on Ryan's life. Then he began to wash the blood from his countenanc e .and his wounds. In the meantime Ryan thanked Hal for saving his life and also Nat and Joe !or chipplltg in at the critical mo ment. The t of the crew also complimented Hal on bis nervy c onduct, and there was no doubt but he had risen many d e grees in their estimation. They denounced Blaine as a ruffianly rascal and swore to have nothing to do with him in the future. After breakfast they resumed the discus s ion of the sub ject uppermost in their minds and finally Butler, Ryan and another sailor agreed to wait upon the captain and state their grievance. As the fog was now pretty thick, and things were very misty on deck, they decided to wait until the weather cleared somewhat. The captain when he came on deck again ordered the brig hove to until the fog passed away. The thumping of the floating ice continued at inter vals, but it was not so bad as while the vessel was making headway. It was not till after dinner had been served out and eaten that the fog lifted and the was seen again w a :fairly clear sky. Then the delegation walked aft, followed at a distance by the rest of the crew, and Hal was sent into the cabin to ask the skipper to come out. Captain Waldron .,.after learning from the boy what he might expect, appeared at the pa s sage door and confronted the men. "Well," be said, "what have you to say to me?" "Me, Ryan and Davis have been app'inted a committee to say a few words on a mater that concern s all hands s aid Butler, acting spokesman. "Say them, then," replied the captain, quietly. "You see, sir, the hold s nearly full," continued Butler. "A whale or two more will fill the rest of the barrels, and then we expect you'll make all sai} for home. While we allow there's whale 'r' ound here we' d take 'em further s outh. We don't see no sens e in you keepin to the north like you'r e doin'. We old s alts know that you' re takin' chances of bein' caught in the frost, and then we'd b e obliged to stay ice-bound all wint e r which ain't no plea sant pro s pect, s eein' that we've been nearly two years away from port up to the present, and we're anxious to get borne and see our :families ag'in. So, sir, we re s pectfully ask of you to 'bout ship and get back into less dangerous water." "Have you got through?" asked Captain Waldron. "That depends on your ans er, sir." "Well, m y answer is that I am the ma s ter of this bdg, and that when I see fit to turn her bead outh I will do so. I have a very important rea son for keeping to our pre sent course, and so I propose to do so. You men will plea s e remember that you shipped for the cruise, and not for an y particular des tination. Whe n we have reached the point I arn aiming at, and have performed the duty that re s ts on my s houlder s we will turn our faces south, but not till i then. That's all I have to say on the subject," Sll,id the s kipper, in a resolute tone. The delegation looked at each other and seemed at a loss how to proceed. Finally Butler said: "P'raps you'll give us an idee bow much further north you are expectin' to go?" "Maybe 100 miles, maybe more; I can't tell you exactly."


! CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. i19 The answer didn't hit the delegation favorably. imprisonment when they came within the jurisdiction 0 f an The rest of the crew heard the captain's words, and a American marine court," said Hal. "At any rate, I murmur of disapproval rose from their ranks. warned the captain about it, so they are not likely to catch "P'raps you'll tell us why you took the two Esquimaux, him napping." the dogs and the sleds aboard at the village below," said "Well, my watch is mighty angry over the captain's Butler. fusal to turn back," said Nat. "And I dare say the mem"You'll find out in due time," replied Captain Waldron. hers of your watch are just as much put out, for all hands, "We want to find out now," shouted a voice among the' ourselves excepted, are in the same boat. By the way, crew. where is Blaine?" "You have my answer," returned the s:kipper. "Mr. "I couldn't tell you," replied Hal. "I haven't seen him Noakes," to the mate who was standing at the rail above, since the scrap." "put the brig on her course again." "We'll have to watch out that he doesn't get back at us, With those words he turned around and walked back you, particularly," said Nat. "He's a bad rooster." through the pasasge to the cabin "You don't know how bad he is," said Hal, in a signifi The delegation rejoined the crew, and all except cant tone. 1 the watch on deck, re-entered the forecastle in an ugly "I think we all had a pretty good illustration of what frame of mind. he is capable of. He would certainly have knifed Ryan, and probably killed him, but for you. Has tl\e affair been CHAPTER X. BLAINE UP TO MISCHIEF. The brig was put on her course, the watch working in a dogged and reluctant way. Hal and Joe, who were in the second mate's complement, were the only ones to go about their work with their cus tomary cheerfulness. It only took a short pull on the braces to work the yards around in the right position to 1 meet the wind as the helms man shifted the rudder in conlormity with the maneuver, and within a couple of minutes the brig was once more ploughing her way northward with a fresh breeze in her favor. "There'll be trouble over this before long," said Joe to Hal, as they backed up against the s unny side of the gal ley. "I'm afraid so," replied Hal. "Captain Waldron might have explained his intentions to the men, and won them over, but he considered that beneath his dignity as com mander. It is the crew's duty to obey without question." "The crew, ourselves excepted, aren't looking at it in that light," said Joe. "Here comes Nat." Nat Vickers came over to where they were standing. "The men put me out 0 the fok's'l," he said. "They did?" exclaimed Hal. "What for?" "Because they didn't want me to hear what they said.'' "0 course. They're not taking it very cheerfully." "I suppose not. It hits them hard. They might just as well grin and bear it, for there's no use 0 them kicking against a stone wall. The captain knows his own business, and the crew doesn't count in it," said Hal. "I'm thinking there's going to be trouble, for the men are in a savage mood." "It will be foolish or the men to break out. The law is all in favor 0 the skipper, and they will only get them selves in trouble if they refuse to do their duty. Last night I heard them figure on locking Captain Waldron in his state -room and making whl.c,hEJver mate was on duty change the course 0 the brig to the south. 'rhat would be an act of mutiny, and would render all taking part in it liabl e to reported to the captain?" "I guess not. I'll tell him the circumstances at the first chance I have. He will probably have the rascal put in irons," said Hal. "He ought to be put where he can't do any more harm. He's sure to make some trouble if he is allmyed to go arc9unc1. No telliJ?.g but he might use his knife again, and with better effect." Navigat ion grew worse as they proceeded. The Strait was full of :floating ice, through which: tlie brig had to push her way. Late in the afternoon the carpenter reported a leak in the forward hold, and he and his assistant went down to fix it up. One of the outer planks had b een sprung, and the end had damaged an inner on(i!, which let in the water. The crew learned about it and another confenmce was called. Hal was summoned and directed to tell the chief mate that they would refuse to obey further orders unless the brig was headed south. The boy carried the message to Mr. Flint, and he imme diately reported the fact to the captain. The skipper came on the poop and called the crew aft. The state of things was serious and he decided to tell the crew the object he had in view in working north. So he made a short speech in which he stated that he had orders to look for the bark John Brown, owned by the firm to which the Dan Tucker belonged, and her officers and crew. He was careful not to let out a hint of the tragedy he had learned through the letter. He said he had received reliable information that the vessel had been abandoned in a creek about 150 miles north of the village they had just left. As she was nearly full of oil he intended to try and pull her out into open water, and sail her down the coast to a port in Iceland, where s1ie would be s afe till a crew / was sent to take <'harge of her and sai l her home. -It was ;ilso hi s purpose to send out an expedition to try ana find the offi(;cTs ancl crew tha t had been compelled to aban don hr, ana from whom nothing had been heard. Having made this explanation, he hoped the crew would


20 CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. see things in the right light and go about their duty as cheerfully as hP.retofore they had done. The men received the statement in silence. The captain' s words evidently made an impression on them, though they showed a reluct&nce to fall in with his views. Hal and his two friends tried to influence the by shouting "Three clfeers for Captain Waldron I" A feeble response only was elicited. "Now you understand that I do not mean to go south ju s t yet," said the captain. "J; do not mean to desert our friends, while there is a possibility of saving them; so return to your duty." "How do you know they're alive?'' asked Butler. "I don't know, but as long as I don't know they are dead it is my duty to hunt for them," replied Captain Waldron. "If you go huntin' for them we'll be caught in the ice ourselves, and then we'll be as bad off as they were afore they l ef t the bark," said Butler. "We have a month before us of clear water." "'1'his looks like it, doesn't it?" replied the sailor, wavi ng his arm towa1'd the hundreds of piece s of ice floating all around the brig. "Bill Blaine says we will surely get st uck if we go further north." "Bill Bl aine is not a good authority on the subject." "Re ought to be, for he s ays he came from there." "Well, I've expla ined the sit uation to you, and I can't do any more," sai d the captain. "You're bound by law to obey ord e rs until the cn1ise i s ended. If you refuse to do your duty you can be punished for it, and that wouldn't be plea sant for you." The crew walked away and gathered in gro ups, canvassing the captain's plans. The y finall y came to the conclusion to hold off for a day or two and see how thing s went. They reco gn ized tliat it would be a serious matter to refuse to work the brig. It woulcl, not onl y render them lia ble to puni s hment, but it would endanger the vessel, the cargo and their own lives. As the case stood they were on the horns of a dilemma, and they wis h ed they had put their feet down immediately after the last two whales were captured. Bill Blaine hadn't been seen for s everal hours, and the boys wondered where he h a d taken himself to. "He ought to be look e d up," said Hal. "He may be up to some mischief, and he is capable of doing a lot of in jur \ ." "W11at c ould lfe do?" ask e d Joe. "It is hard to s 'ay jus t what the rascal might attempt. He is down on the crew now and he wouldn't hesitate to take revenge on t!iem, even if he had go afloat on another iceberg." "He isn't in the fok's'l, as far as I have noticed," said Nat; "and I don't see him anywhere around deck. He cer tainly wouldn't dare venture into the cabin. He is prob abl y curled up in one of the boats." "Let's look for him," sugges ted Hal. "He might st ick one of u s with his knife if we butted in on him," said Joe. "We must watch out that he doesn't," eaid Hal. They looked into each of the boats in turn, but found no trace of the ruffian. By that time the cook called the crew to get their sup per. "He'll come after his grub," said Nat, "for it isn't likely he'll care te go hungry." Nat was right. They saw Blaine issue from a dark corner of the fore castle, where he had been stowed away behind a heavy beam, put in to support that part of the vessel. He got his rations and ate his supper on deck near the door of the galley After that he put his pipe in his mouth, leaned over the port bulwark and started to smoke. He belonged to the seconcl. mate's watch, but had not been on duty that afternoon. If the mate missed him he made no remark, and the re s t of the watch didn't care. The second mate's watch went on duty again for a two hour spell after supper. This was called the second dog watch, from 6 to 8 o'clock.' Blaine remained at the bulwark smoking, while Hal and Joe stood near ithe galley. The boys kept their eyes on him, but he never moved except once when he was required to lay hold of a brace to help swing one of the yards around. When the other watch came on deck at eight he entered the forecastle with the others and s ought his bunk. Hal fell asleep as soon as he lay down, but an unpleasant dream awoke him about ten o'clock. He turned over and lay with hi s face out. The daylight that prevailed all night shone in through the door and lighted. up the forecastle better than a lamp would have done. 'r As the boy's eyes roved around he saw a figure, which he recognized as Blaine's, kneeling beside a trap in the deck which communicated with the forepart of the hold. Hal saw him lift the trap, look caut iou s l y around; and then descend into the depths, pulling the trap down after him. "He's up to mischief," was the boy's thought. He jumped up and aroused Joe, who slept near him. "What's the matter?" asked Joe, sleepily. "Get up and '11 tell you." Joe sat up and stared at him. "What's the trouble? It isn't time to go on du.ty again, is it? didn't hear the bell," he said. "No. I want to you about Blaine." "Blaine I What about him?" asked Joe, now wide awake. "He's gone into the hold through the fok's'l trap." "The dickens he has What business has he down there?" "None that's honest. He's up to some deviltry, I'll swear. I wouldn't be surprised if he intende d to set the bri g on fire. If she once got a start s he'd burn like tinder with her timbers so soaked with oil." "Notify the cap'n." "I want you to go aft and tell the chief mate, who is on duty." ;


OAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 21 "And you-what are yo-u going to do?" "Follow the rascal, and prevent him from getting his work in." Joe pulled on his pants, coat and boots and started. Hal glided to the trap, opened it and looked 4own. All was dark as the ace 0 spades down in the hold. To go down there he felt was running a great risk 0 meeting with a thrust from Blaine's knife in the dark, but he was a brave and resolute boy, and did not hesitate on that account. Leaving the trap open, down he went by the ladder, which was nailed in place. At the bottom he crouched down and looked around. He heard a noise many yards away, close to the bulkhead: From the sound Blaine appeared to be engaged ripping a plank out 0 place. "He's trying to make his way into the main hold where the oil barrels are,'' thought the boy. Presently a match flared up and Hal saw that two planks had been taken out 0 the bulkhead, leaving a space large enough or a man to crawl through. Holding the match in his fingers Blaine shoved one 0 his legs through the opening. The rest 0 his body was following when he dropped the match and it went out. Hal saw that not a moment was to be lost, so he sprang forward and seized the rascal by the arm, pinning him in the opening. CHAPTER XI. HAL SIGHTS THE JOHN BROWN. The fellow uttered an imprecation, and struggled to free himself, but he did not succeed, in spite 0 his strength. "What are you doing here, Bill Blaine?" demanded Hal. "Ha It is you, is it?" cried the sailor, recognizing his voice. "Yes." "You've been spyin' on me, blast you!" "No, but I woke up and saw you slip through the trap. You had no business in the hold, so I followed you to see what you were up to.'' "Let go my arm or it will be worse for you." "Not much. What game are you up to?" "None of yor blamed business." "I'm making it my business." "I'll fix you in a moment." Hal knew the rascal was feeling for his knife with his left hand. It was a critical moment or the boy. At this juncture there came the sound of men's feet on the plan.king above, and presently a lantern was fl.ashed down into the hold. "Where are you, Hal?" asked Mr. Flint's voice. "Here, sir. I've got the fellow, but he's trying to use his knife on me," replied the young sailor. The chief mate lost no time in sliding down the ladder, and he was followed by several of the watch, with Joe coming in the rear. The fl.ash o:f the mate's lantern revealed Blaine in the \ act of making a drive at Hal with his knife, but in rather an awkward way. The boy caught his wrist and held on, and the ruffian could do nothing. The maite shoved the lantern in his face. "What are you doing in the hold at this hour?" asked Mr. Flint. "Drop that knife, you rascal." Blaine dropped it, for he couldn't help himself. He made no answer; however, to the officer's question. "Here, pull that chap back through the bulkhead,'' said Mr. Flint to the men. Two of them reached for the rascal, and then Hal let go and got out of the way. Blaine was not handled very gently, and the sailors soon landed him in the forward part of the hold, which was a sort of dunnage room, filled with rope, sails, and a hun dred nautical articles. The mate saw that the two missing boards, which lay close by, hacl>neen ripped out of position. Of course, Blaine must have done it in order to make a passageway for himself. "What was your object in trying to get into the main hold?" he asked the man, but Blaine maintained a dogged silence. He had no excuse to offer, and so he said nothing. "Take him out of this," ordered Mr. Blaine was ordered up the ladder, and he went. He was marched aft and the mate locked him up tem porarily in a spare room adjoining the carpenter's quarters off the passage, until the captain passed upon his case. Hal and Joe turned in again and slept until they were aroused at midnight by eight bells. In the morning the captain was informed of Blaine's no. cturnal wanderings. He went forward) stepped down into the dunnage room and looked at the damage done by the rascal. Hal stated the facts of the case to him, and on top of that spoke about the attempt Blaine made on Ryan's life at noon the day "That matter should have been reported to me at once," said Captain Waldron. "I thought be got enough from the crew," replied Hal. "They half killed him." "He isn't a man to take chances with," replied the skip per. He returned aft and ordered the ruffian brought before him \ Blaine had no excuse or defence to offer, so Captain Waldron bad him put in irons and: confined in the dunnage room. Two days passed and then Misque pointed to a distant mountain with a round top which he said was where the village 0 Tamask was situated near its base. "How far from that is the creek. where the bark is held in the ice?" asked Captain Waldron. "About eighty mile up the coast." Hal was deeply interested in that mountain, for he knew it wa-s thQ crater where the chest of gold was hidden. H(i l1ad found out tkaot; tlil othe-r Esquimall. was the chap


22 CAST AWAY IN ICELAND -::=::================-===================== who had seen the treasure and re;orted it, and then failed I "I mean to talk to father about it. Maybe I can interest to find it again. him." He was unable to talk with Gui1ik, because the man had "I think it is doubtful. He doesn't want to hang around a very limited knowledge of English, so he got Misque to this neighborhood any longer than he can help. The men act as interpreter. are liable to break out again on the least excuse. They are In that way he got the whole -0f Guilik's story, and a all afraid of getting caught in the gathering ice and being general idea of where the Esquimau had seen the sea chest. compelled to winter in this region. We can't count on free Guilik declared his readiness to make another attempt water for more than a month, and it is quite possible that io loc ate the place if he was paid something for doing it. navigation may begin to close up in less time than that. Hal would gladly have made it worth his while, if the As there is no telling how long the land expedition may c han c e presented itself for himself and his friends to make take, you we have no time to fool away." t llc t rip, but the re was very little likelihood of it. They Teturned to the shelteT of the cabin, and shoTtly Tha t afternoon he got permis s ion to call on Jessie Walafterward Hal returned to duty on deck. dron for a little while in the cabin. They passed Crater Mountain, as Hal called it, during 'l' his was a privilege often accorded him, chiefly to the evening, the big landmark standing about twelve miles amuse the girl's idle moments, for she liked Hal's company away. Y c ry much indeed, and would have spent more time in his It was impossible to make out the village at that dissoci e t y if the brig's discipline had permitted it. tance, and the coast 'looked and barren of all life. "You remember I told you about the treasure of the Next morning the brig encountered a big field of ice, crat e r don't you?" Hal s aid to her on this occbsion. and they were obliged to run some miles out of their course Yes," she an swered. in order to skirt it. Well, the brig is in sight of the crater now. 1 It't; about This looked like a harbinger of coming winter, though it twenty miles .away to the nor'east." wasn't really, for it had been there all through summer. "Is it?" she exclaimed witfi interest. "Let's go on the The sight of it offered the crew another excuse to raise poop and look at it." a howl. Accordingly, they made their way up the companion ladAnother deputation waited on Captain Waldron and exdcr, and standing on the roof of the cabin, near the skypressed to him the views of the crew to the effect that they light, Hal pointed out the distant mountain to her. didn't believe it was of any use to go on with the plan of "Do you really believe there "is a chest of gold in that trying to find either the John Brown or her officers and crater?" she asked, almost eagerly. crew. "Well, I have only the word of the Esquimau for it, but Even if they reached the bark the men felt satisfied that I believe he told the truth. I have been talking to him she could not be brought out of the creek, and the chances about it, with the aid of Misque as interpreter, and he ad then were likely that the brig would be caught and held in heres to his story." the same fix during the long winter i;nonths. "Why, is the man on board the brig?" As for the officers and crew, if they had deserted the "Sure he is. You know your father hired two Esquibark, as the Esquimau said they had, they were either maux-Misque and another. He's the other." dead by that time or had reached a port and were on their "How singular that he should be the one to come along way home with us!" They believed their contention was a good one, and they "Perhaps but that fact doesn't count for much: He's wanted the captain to turn around and sail the brig back. not carried along to guide us to the crater, but to dnve one In reply, Captain Waldron s aid that they were now with oJ' th e s l e d s on the expedition your father intends to send in sixty or seventy miles of their destination, that they o ut after the survivors._ of the John Brown." s till might expect three or four weeks of good weather, and "Don t you think it would be worth the trouble to visit that he couldn't think of going back on his orders. t h e c rat e r on the chance of finding that chest of gold?" He was going to keep straight on for the creek, or for a I do but I have no say in the matter." point as close as he could get to it, and that's all there was you spoken to my father about the treasure?" to it. "I have, but he doesn't take any stock in it. He told Again the men felt helpless to carry their point without i t \m s rather absurd that a sea chest full of gold com resorting to downright mutiny, and though they felt sulky d1onld be hidden in such a place." enough to do most anything, the lack of a resolute leader "But the people who owned it might have had reason for prevented them from making any hostile demonstration. 4 t a kin g it there.'/ The captain found to his satisfaction that the water to "Yes ; but it's a wonder the y didn't go back and get it." the north of the ice field was quite open and free from "Pro babl y they were never able to do so." :floating obs tructions, and the brig made good headwa y dur"'l'h at s tand s to reason if the treasure chest i s actually ing the next two days. the re." The skipper figured that they were now in the vicinity of "I think father ought to make an att'empt to find it. A the creek, and the watcher in the crow's nest had orders to che s t full oJ' g old mu s t amount to a great deal oJ' money keep a sharp lookout along shore for the masts of a vessel. "I'd be. willing to spend a month looking for such a Hal, having excellent eyesight, alternated with Butler thing," s aid Hal. in the lookout barrel. I


CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 23 Captain Waldron. promised a $10 gold-piece to the watcher who first caught sight of the John Brown Both Hal and Butler were eager to win the prize, though the boy did not care s& much for the money as for the honor of winning it, and making the captain's heart glad. The brig sailed steadily on, as close in shore as it was 'deemed prudent to take her. n was during the middle watch, from midnight till four in the morning, when Hal was on duty in the crow's nest, that he discovered the spars and masts of a vessel in the near distance. Instead of singing out word he waited to make sure, and then made his way to the deck, which was against regula tions, and rushed into the cabin to arouse the captain and tell him the news personally. The door of the captain's room was s1ighlly ajar, and he saw a dim light burning inside. He supposed that the skipper had got up for some reason, and, dispensing with the fonnality of knocking, he pu shed open the door and hurried in The sight that met his eyes caused him to stop and utter a gasp. The captain lay asleep in his berth, and, bending over him, with knife upraised in the act of striking a murderous blow, stood Bill Blaine, who was supposed to be confined in the dunnage hold under the forecast l e CHAPTER XII. TAKING POSSESSION OF THE .ABANDONED BARK With a cry of alarm, which awoke Captain Waldron, Hal sprang on Blaine and seized the arm that 1'eld the knife. With a terrible imprecation Blaine turned on the boy. The weapon fell from bis fingers and then he and Hal engaged in a desperate struggle for the mastery. The captain looked at the swaying figures for a moment in astonishment, and then jumped out of his berth. Blaine's strength was fast overcoming the boy when the captain, recognizing both of them, and knowing something was wrong, gripped hold of the rascal, and that turned the tide in Hal's favor "What's the meaning of this?" asked Captain Waldron. "Who let that fellow out of the hold where he was con fined?" "I couldn't tell you, sir; but you've had a mighty narrow shave for your life. I caught him bending over you, in the act of stabbing you with that knife lying on tl1e .floor." "The infernal scoundrel!" exclaimed the skipper, aghast at the boy's words. "Run on deck and send the mate and a couple of the watch down here. I'll hold him until the men come." Hal rushed up the companion ladder to the poop and told Noakes to get down into the captain's state -room as soon as he could. 1 He then shouted to two of the watch to come into the cabin He was there to meet them when they appeared, and he led them to the captain's room, where the mate had already gone, and was helping the skipper hold on to the scoun drelly Blaine. Th e fellow was soon rendered helpless, when he subsid1:;d into dogged silence. "I must find out how that rascal got out of the hold," said Captain Waldron. "I don't see how he could have done so without help. Take him outside and tie him to the :inainmast till I've made the investigatitm When 'the watch heard of Blaine's attempt on the cap tain's life they were so hot against the fellow that they wanted to hang him then and there without the tro1i:bie of a trial. Captain Waldron thanked Hal in a grateful way for sav ing his life, and asked him by what fortunate circum s tanc e he happened to c ome on the scene at such a critical moment "I came to tell you that I've sighted a vessel :in shore which I guess is the John Brown for she's clearly a bark," replied Hal. "Good!" cried the skipper, in a tone of satisfaction. "I will dress and go on deck at once. Return to the crow's nest and keep eyes on the vessel." Hal obeyed. When Captain Waldron came on the poop he sang out to the boy'. "Where away is the bark?" "Two points off the starboard bow, sir." The skipper gave the man at the wheel directions, and then calling the second mate, and two hands, they went forward and entered the forecastle with a lantern. Going down into the hold, an examination showed that the irons which had secured Blaine must have been de fective, for they were broken in such a manner as to re lease the prisoner. It showed that the fellow possessed great strength and perseverence. A fresh set of irons we:i;e got out and Blaine w _as returned to his prison and secured once more. / The captain then joined Hal in the crow's nest to get a look at the distant vessel, now not more than a mile away. He was satisfied himself that it was the John Brown, and he was mighty well pleased that the northern limit of their trip was probably reached. The water was fairly close in and the trend of the creek was soon made out, which fact further satisfied Captain Waldron that the vessel was the bark he was in search of. As the sun now hung very low on the horizon, for l he summer season was drawing to a it was not so li ght in the early morning hours as formerly. The brig was hove fo atld the captain ordered a boat fowered. With only Hal and Joe for the boat 's crew, the skipper made for the shore. They found the ice thin and much broken up and ere able to get under the stern of the bark, where foey easily made out her name, the John Brown Hal sprang on board first and made the boat fast, and then Joe and the captain followed. The vessel was clearly deserted, and they soon saw she had beeR visited by Esquimamr, probably from the village


24 CAST AW A Y IN ICELAND. of Tamask, where Misque had spread the news of her presence and condition, and she had been cleaned out of everything worth carrying off that could easily have been handled by the natives. She secured by a cable and heavy anchor, and the captain saw that it would not be a difficult matter to get her out with the force he had at his command. After getting the bark off into clear water be to organize two expeditions, one. under command of the chief mate, with Misque for guide, and the other under the second mate, with Guilik for guide, and send hem by different routes down the coast looking for traces of the second mate of the bark and the three men and the appren tice who were with him. The Esquimaux were to be instructed to work their way to Tamasak, where, in the meantime, the captain in tended to take the John Brown and anchor to await their coming with, or without, news of the survivors of the bark. After looking the John Brown over as well as circum stances permitted, the captain and the boys returned to the brig, just as the bell announced the change of the watch at four o'clock. Although the captain gave out no inform!ltion then, the sailors surmised that the brig had reached the point the captain had been aiming for, and as there seemed to be no immediate danger of the ice closing in a.round them, they recovered tlieir customary spirits, and looked for a speedy return south. With the coming of morning the air grew lighter and the fact that each sled was to be accompanied by a first class guide, and the distance to be traveled being not much over 100 miles, the trips were looked upon as a kind of picnic, and all the bands were eager for a spel. l on shore. Each mate made his own selections, and they picked out the strongest men aboard. That left the boys out of it, and they were rather disap pointed. Provisions were prepared for the trip, and done up in portable packages in the customary Arctic manner. Breakfast was served out an hour earlier than usual on the following morning. Then the sleds and dogs were taken asb0re. In an hour eveflything was ready for the departure over the snow-clad plain, and orders were given to proceed. The captain then divided his crew in equal portions, and sent one part aboard of the John Brown, under command of the brig's carpenter, with Hal as his assistant in authority. At Hal's request Nat and Joe were allowed to change to the bark, and the boys were happy to be together. Both vessels then made sail and turned their bows toward the south. CHAPTER XIII. .I CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. the first mate's watch made out the spars of the John Everything went well during the first twenty-four hours, Brown from the deck. I then the weather changed with a suddenness entirely unThe sight confirmed their expectations, and when all expected. hands came together for breakfast the men were in a jolly First a dense fog came over the surface of the Strait, and mood, and their exuberant feelings expressed themselves shut the two vessels out from the sight of each other. in divers bits of horse play and a flow of witticism: This lasted partly through the-night and then the wind Captain Waldron lost no time in setting about the work came on from the northeast and blew the fog away. of getting the abandoned bark out of the creek. Hal, who was standing on the poop, in charge of the The wind was strong enough for the vessel to come watch, looked around for the brig and found she was more around and sail out under her own canvas, in spite of the than two miles ahead. broken ice which hemmed her in at her anchorage. From then on the wind increased until an icy gale was Part of the brig's crew, including the three boys, were shrieking through the cordage of the bark. sent aboard of her under command of the chief mate. The water froze almost as fast as it struck the sails and In half an hour they got the anchor aboard and catted, cordage, making the sheets difficult to handle, and the and then all sail was made in order to get the full benefit deck a regular skating pond, on which the small crew were of the breeze. continually slipping when they moved about. The chief trouble was getting her under headway. The carpenter came on deck to take charge, and all This was finally accomplished, after the rest of the brig's hands were called on duty. crew had broken up the ice, which had become packed The John Brown flew through the water like a greyaround her bows, and for some yards about her. hound, following the course -0f the Dan Tucker, which -As soon as she got momentum on her the rest of the ice craft, being better handled, outstripped them in the mad crumbled when her forefoot ploughed into it, and in the race, and soon gained a lead of four miles, which increased course of anothtr hour she was sailing through compara-as time went by. tively free water. To make matters worse, a heavy and blinding snowstorm. By noon she was hove to close to the Dan Tucker. came on, which proved as bad as' the late fog. 1 The rest of the day was occupied in putting her in However, the carpenter made the best of his trying job, shape, and arranging the final details of the two land ex-and he hoped to pull through all right. peditions, were to start first thing in the morning. Unfortunately a large chun'k of floating ice was driven Only two members of the crew were to accompany each with great force against the rudder, putting it out of comofficer and the guide, as more were considered unnecessary. mission to a considerable extent. Volunteers were called for, and half of the crew, includThereafter it was all blind sailing, and things went from ing the boys, wanted to take part in the expeditions, for bad to worse.


CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. 25 Along toward morning the lookout heard a dull roar above the howl of the gale. His experie nced ear recognized it as the sound of break ers, and he s houted down "Breakers ahead!" The vessel was driven on at such a speed that almost befor the words were out of his mouth she struck on the shore, and by a sing ular accident was driven straight up between two towering rocks that s upported her in an up right position. The waves broke in notes of thunder against her stem, but that was the only part of her exposed to the sea. With the coming of morning the storm blew out, and the snow vanished like magic, leaving the air clear. The breaking up. of the clouds let the sun shine at inter vals, and then the people aboar saw that they had been cast away on the c oast of Iceland, right under the shadow of Crater Mountain, with the village of Tamasak in sight a mile away. A crowd of Icelanders and Esquimaux came down to view the strande d vessel, but they were not permitted to come on board. The carpenter examined the bark as well as circum stances permitted, and he said be believed she was still perfectly seaworthy, or would be after her rudder had been repaired. The day passed and still the brig did not sho w up. "Say, Hal," said Nat, toward evening. ."Here's a chance for us to m,ake a trip up the mountain and see if we can discover that chest of treasure. What do you say to my proposition?" "I have been figuring on it myself, and was going to propose it to you chaps." "We're on," said Joe. "Let's start in the morning." "All right. After supper we'll go to the village and try to find a guide who i s acquainted with the crater." The others agreed to tha1, and in due time they repaired to the village and found an Esquimau who was willing to guide them for a sma ll consideration. The lads made their preparations for the adventure that night, and after breakfast next morning they stepped on shore fully equipped for the trip. Each carried a bag full of eatables, a hatchet to chop away any ice obstacles they mjght meet with, and a long, thin line wound around their waists. They found the guide awaiting them with four short poles, provided with iron points, three of which he dis tributed among them. He, too, had a strong, thin line wound around his middle. No time was wasted in making a s tart, and the guide led the way by a route s o easy that the boys looked on the climb as a c inch. So they continued on behind the guide, who scarcely said The Esquimau, however, his way, and he naturally selected the best that could be picked out. Before attempting the final stage, Hal called a halt for refreshments, and as the native had brought his own pro vender, all were provided for, and sat down on the hard snow to fill up and rest, though none of them felt particu larly tired so far. In half an hour they resumed theit way, and it was now real climbing. Aftl'!r much labor they reached the edge of the crat er, and they found it an awesome-looking place. Strung together with the ropes they proceeded to circle the top of the crater, the guide leading and cautioning them by motions where to step. In this way they went half around the edge of the pit till they came to a point where the descent on the out s ide appeared comparatively easy. In fifteen minutes Hal gave the signal to start down. He sa id they were right above the place where Guilik had struck the cave. They had proceeded about a third way down the moun tain, by a new route from the one they had taken up, and the boys had seen nothing that even remotely looked like the mouth of a cave, when a peculiar rumbling sounded behind them. The E squ imau turned with a startled look and glanced upward. "Something i s wrong," cried Hal. "By George, the top of the crater seems to be moving-moving down. It must be a snow slide that is coming. If it catches us here our name s will be mud. Chase yourselves, fellows-follow the guide." "Gee exclaimed Joe, making a spr ing. He stepped on a piece of ice and lost his balance. Nat reach e d forward to save him. He caught Joe by the arm, but the effort took him off his balance, too, and both he and Joe left the path and started down a smooth incline. At that moment the s tartled Hal was struck in the back of the feet by a big rolling chunk of ice, and he was sent sliding after his friends. Joe sudde nl y disappeared over the edge of a break. He lighted on a bank of hard snow which broke his fall, and he scrambled under the l edge and into an opening close by ju st as Nat shot down on the snow bank. Nat crept under the prot ecting shelter of the overhang ing rock as Hal came flying down the s lippery surface above, followed by a rattling shower of snow and ice, the advance guard of the huge avalanche which was thundering down behind. CHAPTER XIV. a word to them, which was just as well, for his English I CONCLUSION. was so bad they could hardly make out what he was driving at. Hal hit the snow bank with a thud, and added the imN oon found them nearly at the top, but here their real pres s ion of his body to those of the others. difficulties begp.n, for the crater itself expanded in a broken Nat reached out his hand to him and yanked him in unand precipitous wall encircling the entire summit. der cover. But for the guide they would have been at a loss how to Finally the huge bank of snow s hot over and dropped proceed with safety. like a cataract before their eyes.


26 CAST AWAY IN ICELAND. -=-=-=-=-=================-:--:-=-=-=-=-= The snow was over in a few minutes, but it was one the boys never forgot. Then the boys looked around them. "Why, this is a kind of cave," said Hal. "Maybe it's the one we're looking for. It would be great if it was I'm going to crawl in and look around.'' After going a few yards he came to a break and could go no further. Looking down he found himself gazing into a small cave li gh ted by a jagged opening above Tn the center of it was a sea chest, the cover thrown back, and the interior apparently filled with gold coins, while :much of the m o ney was scattered outside "Eureka!" shouted Hal, and his friends, looking down, j oinecl in the shou t "We have ropes," 'sa i d Nat. "We'll lower you: down there." In a few minutes Hal was in the cave dipping up the coins with his hands. The rope was secured to a projecting rock and Nat and Joe joined Hal. After looking at the treasure for awhile they started to explore the next cave, and that led them to a third, and thence to a fourth and :fifth, all formed out of a peculiar kind of brittle rock. At last they came to an opening like a window, beyond which all was pitch dark. Hal clambered up and peered through, but could see n o thing. Suddenly he heard the sound of voices talking in the English tongue below him "N 01y that our provisions are all gone we won't last much longer, Mr. Hoyt," said a voice "Hoyt!" thought Hal, as the name sounded familiar. "Why that was the name signed to the letter detailing the tragedy of the John Brown. Maybe the survivors the captain is looking for are cooped up here. Hello, be low!" he shouted. 1 "Who's there?" "Is Howard Hoyt, second mate of the John Brown, down there?" asked Hal. "Yes, yes; you are friends. In Heaven's name, save us!" "We are three boys belonging to the whaler, Dan Tucker. We found your bark and are looking for you. We'll save you, bet your life How came you in that spot?" "We took shelter from a snowstorm four months ago, ancl were sMit in by an avalanche of ice which we couldn't break through. We didn't know there was a hole up where you are, or we might have escapecl through it. We found a cache of foocl here, or we would have starved long ago. The prov i ions are now exhausted and we expected nothing but death in a clay or two." "I'll send you down a line, and you can crawl up one by one," said Hal. Tn a short time the five survivors of the John Brown stood in tbe cave where the boys were, and r

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; FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. f 29 THE FAIR CASTAWAY. By Kit Clyde The good ship Waverly, homeward bound from Japan, was becalmed in mid-ocean "What land did you say that was, Captain Lane?" asked young Percy, the second mate, pointing to a wild, picturesque looking island lying less than a league and a half off the lee bow. "One of the Society group. By my chart that should be Morley Island. Let's see, you said you touched there for water the year before last, when you were on the Atlas, did you not, Jack?" "Ay, ay, sir," replied the old tar, quickly; "and a lively time we had, too. We seed the prettiest girl there that ever lived. But Lord! she was as wild as a gull." "A beautiful girl on that island?" cried Oscar Perley, in credulously. "Ay, ay, Mister Perley. And I'll bet my sou'wester again' my head she was none of the black-and-tan natives, either. We wanted to go back and look for her again, but the old skipper wouldn't believe us, nor say but she was an Indian girl." "Captain Lane, am more determined to go ashore than ever," exclaimed the mate, in a fever of excitement. "What do you say, Clarence?" h.e asked, turning to the supercargo, a good-looking young man of two-and-twenty. "I am with you. We can get back before the breeze comes up." "Oh, yes; I'll warrant you are both dying to go!" muttered old Captain Lane. "Just say there is a pretty girl on that island, and all the sea-lions in seven seas couldn't keep you. Well, you had my consent before, and I shall not withdraw' it. But look sharp for the savages there and return the minute I sound the trumpet, if you don't before." In less than fifteen minutes the young officers, accompanied by four sailors, were fairly flying over the water towards the island. Touching upon the sandy beach, they drew up their boat in a cove nearly hidden by overhanging trees and started inland. "If we wish to see the girl we have got to be pretty sly, for she's a wild one," declared Jack. "Then we must be on our lookout for the natives, too, for they're as beastly set as you ever saw." After an hour's weary tramp, however, 'they were beginning to think they should have to return to the ship in disappoint ment, when, as they paused for a moment to gaze out upon the sea, the tone of some one sweetly singing was wafted to their ears. When they had listened until the song was finished tured with the melody, Clarence exclaimed, joyously: "It must be she!" "Yes; and she must be a fairy to sing like that. boys, let's go down there. But, for your life, don't her." en rapCome, disturb Advancing cautiously, until they gained the line of thick shrubbery that skirted the beach, they parted the foliage, to behold the loveliest vision their gaze had ever met. Standing in the shallow water, that laughed and played at her delicately-formed feet and ankles in high glee, while she was engaged in fastening her waving mass of golden hair, which fell far down her waist, into pretty braids, was a beauti ful maiden of scarcely sixteen summers. Her form, habited in a well-fitting garb made of the inner bark of the sea island willow, was faultless, and her features were perfect in their outlines, while the purity of her complexion seemed only enhanced by the slightly-bronzed hue that a life of exposure to a tropical sun had given it. "Isn't she beautiful!" exclaimed Oscar, lost in admiration. "Yes," whispered the supercargo, in reply, equally fascinated with her appearance. "But see, she is going to sing again." Again the air was filled with the sweet notes of her song, and until the last sound had died away the entranced listeners did not dare to even breathe aloud for fear of breaking the magic spell. "There is no Indian blood in her veins!" declared Oscar, slowly, as she ended her song, and they continued to gaze upon her in rapt wonder. "Her features and the tone of her speech are American." "You are right, Oscar," whispered Clarence. "And, look! she wears a chain and locket which tells that she has not always been here." His companions started with renewed surprise as they dis covered a gold chain and locket suspended from her neck. "I would give a year of my life to know the mystery of her existence here!" exclaimed the mate, impetuously. "I am going to speak to her." Suiting the action to the words, he stepped lightly forward, and addressed her in a clear voice. But, as the first sound fell from his lips, she turned in alarm, and catching sight of him fled like a frightened gazelle. Seeing that it was vain to think of overtaking her, they could only watch her out of sight with looks of wonder. "We must find lier, boys," declared the excited mate, and his words were h eartily seconded by the supercargo. The others were nothing loath to join in the wild chase. Away clnshed the sailors on the course of the fugitive maid, but finally they were forced to abandon the search as a fruitle s s one. Hark! nt that moment, high and clear over the mile or more of intcrY ening sea came the clarion note of the captain's trumpet. "We mus t return to the ship now, but I am determined the Waverley shall not leave these waters till we know more of that-" "Hough-ough-on!" broke in a wild, discordant yell upon the mate's speech. Thi half a hundred furious natives rushed towards them from every quarter. Six against fifty in an open fight. The sailors were brave men, but in less time than we could describe it. they were hurled to the earth and overpowered. Instead of putting them to death tlien and there, however, the savages bore them away with exultaut cries. Finally a valley, teeming with tropical growth, was reached, and the prisoners saw the rude huts under the cocoanut trees that comprised the home of their captors. Here they were met by a motley throng of old men, women and children, who crowded around with anxious gaze, and anon uttered startling yells. But our friends looked in vain for the island nymph. The triumphant savages bore them forward to the center of the glade, into the presence of an old, weazen-faced native, seated squat upon the ground in front of the largest wigwam. At sight of the captives, he gave an exclamation of delight, and sluggishly gaining his feet, passed slowly around them, his snakish eyes gleaming maliciously. After he had satisfied his curiosity, a long consultation was held between him and the leader of the captors, wholly unin telligible to our friends, though they knew from the violent gestures made no good was boded them. Briefly told, at .its conclusion three of the savages seized Oscar and led him to a huge cocoanut tree, where he was compelled to stand upright against its trunk'. (Continued on pape 32)


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J I 32 FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. ( Oontinu. ed from page 29) Clarence and Jack were then placed one on each side of him, when three spearsmen with their rude weapons were stationed a short distance off, ready to send the instru)llents through their bodies. A treble sacrifice was intended. The doomed men looked in vain for mere/ among the swarthy visages before them, and their lips moved in prayer. Then they closed their eyes in hoi-ror as the savage execu tioners raised their weapons. At this critical juncture a sharp cry was uttered, and looking up the whites saw the beautiful maiden rushing towards them. She did not pause until she reached their side, when she placed herself in front of Oscar, and waved her hand frantically to the spearsmen. The old chief came forward with an angry frown, and ordered her to stand aside, but, with flashing eyes, she met him unflinchingly. "Warana no warrior to kill helpless white face!" she cried, in broken English. "See, they like Star Singer much. She no let Warana kill!" Maddened by her de fiance, the chief commanded his followers to take her away. Her shapely foot stamped the ground impetuously, as she cried: "Warana touch Star Singer an. d she kill quick. She no sing more for Warana." Evidently the chief did not care t.o lose her, for he hesitated in his designs. It is doubtful if the heroic girl could have rescued the captive sailors, but she had saved their lives by delaying the execu tion. Wild shout9 rung on the air, and a body of the Waverley's crew rushed into the valley. Panic seized the frightened natives, and the whites won a bloodless victory. "The captain thought you were in trouble and sent us to you." "And with this brave girl you have saved our lives," said the young mate, warmly grasping his brother officer's hand. The wonder of the seamen at beholding the fair timid maid can be well imagined. "You must go with us," said Oscar, clasping her hand. lilbe trembled violently, and her gaze hardly left the sight of the terrified natives, huddled together in a group not far off, but without a word she yielded, seeming to feel that she was a captive. It was many days before she mingled freely with her new found friends and even then, at times, the old spirit of uneasiness would steal over her. In that time Oscar and Clarence learned to love her dearly and the sometime friends gradually felt a gulf widening be tween them. Finally the mate could bear the suspense no longer, and he resolved to know his fate. As yet, she had allowed no one to touch the locket she wore. As Oscar told the story of his love, hpwever, he pleaded again that he might examine it, when at last she consented. Pressing a spring it flew open, disclosing the portraits of a man and woman. As the gaze met the pictures, -the mate uttered a cry of surprise. "My father and mother!" he exclaimed. "Can it be possible you are my sister, who was lost at sea twelve years ago in the ship Velveen, bound for the Islands, in charge of Uncle Jabez Waring? She ]}ever was heard after passing the Horn and we never knew where she was lost, but here is a clew." "Writing in there," said the girl, and taking the locket from his hand she pressed out one of the miniatures, and there lay a bit of paper yellowed with age, which she handed to Oscar. He read aloud: "The wearer of this is Captain Osgood Perley's daughter. She and I have been castaways upon this island from the ship Velveen. The natives have doomed me to die. I pray whoever may find her will bear her to her parents, now in. the Sandwich Jslands, or there learn their whereabouts. "Jabez Perley." "It is true," cried themate. "My sister, my long-lost sister." And he clasped the surprised maid in his arms. Clarence appeared upon the scene with looks of amazement. "Congratulate me, old boy," cried Oscar, excitedly. 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The moccasin is usually cock of the walk and na,turally makes a meal pt!. the rattlesnake, but the little yellow and black striped king snake whips both of these and all other species. My attention was attracted by the cries of the negroes,, and hastening to the spot I found a king snake coiled around an enormous black reptile strangling his breath out. The negroes stated that both had been awakened from the same log, where they had hibernated during the winter, by the warm sun, and the king immediately drove out the black fellow and chased him about one hundred yards. I wanted to see a renewal of the combat and fair play, and had the combatants separated. The black started to run away, but the king seized him by the tail with his mouth and instantly coiled about the black and took him by the throat. He tightened his cords and held on to the black's throat, occaffionally smelling of the black's mouth to ascertain if it breathed. Not less exciting was a combat I witnessed at .Pensacola navy yard between a porpoise and a shark. The porpoise was not over six feet long and the shark was three times that length. The porpoise chased the shark for several miles in a circle not over four hundred yards in diameter. Both animals made terrific leaps out of the water, and at every approach the shark struck desperately at the porpoise with his tail. At last the shark wearied a little and dimin ished his speed accordingly. With incredible speed the por poise dashed ahead, dove under the big tyrant, and crushed in the shark's neck with its heavy jaw. The shark rolled over clead and !oated away with th> tide.


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Fre d the l <'aker; or, The Success of a Young Street Merchant. 258 "Hack Number Hixby"; or, The Boy Who Was Up Lo the Minute. (A The L a d l 'rom 'Frisco; or, l'uslling the "Big Bonanza." A Wall Wall Street Story) Stree t Sto1 y. 259 A Young Barnum; or. Striking It Rich in the Show Business. 227 Tbe Lure of Gold ; or, The Treasure of Coffin Rock. 2 6 O 'l'he Brotherhood of Gold; or. A Daring \Vall Street Game. 228 Mone y Maker Mack; or, 'l'he Boy Wbo Smashed a Wall Street 2 61 Ed. the Boy; or, His Own Route to Fortune. "Ring." 262 'l'he Stolen llonds; or, How Wall Street Will Made His Mark. 229 ::IIlsslug for a Year; or, Making a Fortune in Diamonds. 2 6 3 A Favorite of Fate; or, Arter the Head Hunters' T1easure. 230 Phil the Plunger; or, A Nervy Boy's Game of Chance. A Wall 26t Master of the :Market, or, '.l'he Boy Who Cornered the Stock. (A Story S t r ee t Story. of Wall Street) 231 Samso n the Boy Blacksmith ; or, From Anvil to Fortune. 265 Landing on His Feet: or, The rtucklest Boy In tbe 2 3 2 H o b' s Big Hisk: or, 'fbe Chanc e 'l'hat Came But Once. 266 $50,000 from a Nickel : o r Tbe Roy Who \\'as Lucky m Stocks. 233 S trande d in the Gold Fields; or, The Treasure of Van Diemen's 267 Born Lucky; or, From Miner to l\lllllonaire L and. 268 Hal Holman' s Tip; or, S cooping the Wall Street Market. (A Wall 269 A Boy of Business; or, Liustllng !or tlle Dollars. 234 "Old .\lystery," tbe Broker; or, Playing a Daring Game. 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