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Frank Reade, Jr.'s search for the sea serpent; or, Six thousand miles under the sea
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Latest and Best Stories .are Published in This Library. No 79 {coMPLETE} FRANK TOUSEY. PusLisHER, 3t & 36 NoRTH MooRE STREET, NEw YoRK. { rRIVE } Vol IV New York, May 4., 1894.. ISSUED WEEKLY. 5 VEN'I'S, 0 Entere;d according to the Act of Congress, in the year 189i, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at D. c. Frank Reade, Jr.'s SEARCH FOR THE SEA SERPENT; OR, SIX THOUSAN[)' MILES UNDER THE SEA. By "NONA.ME." Frank led 'the way into the yard. They saw in its center a huge tank or basin of water. It wa' s connected with the waters of a canal just beyond by a lock. In the center of this. basin was the object which at once claimed their attention. This was the Ferret.


r 2 ,FH,ANK READE, JR. 'S SEARCH FOR THE SEA. SERPENT. The subscription Price of the FRANK READE LIBRARY by the year is $2.50: $1,25 per six months, post-paid. Address FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 36 North Moore Street, New York. Box 2730. \ Frank Reade, Jr.'s Search for the Sea Serpent; O R SIX THOUSAND M ILES UNDER THE S E A An Exciting Story of the Wonderful Submarine Boat the By "NONAME," Autho.r of Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes,'' Frank Reade; Jr., and His Electric Prairie Schooner," From Zone to Zone," '.rhe Black Range," etc., etc. CHAPTER I. CAPTAIN CROWELL'S STORY. "WELL, how they do cling to tiJat oU chestnut Here is a lengthy article on the S!la serpent in the News. Mercy on us! Can't the reporters find material enough without resorting to such stale mat ter?" Howard Mayne tossed the paper aside lmpatiflnt l y after making this speech. His friend, Jack Clyde, picked it up. At the moment tiJey were in tl.le main reading room of tl.le Bohth mian Club. Both were yourig men, relined and atflicted witl.l wealth "Ah, who bas been unwinding an improbable yarn now?" laughed Jack as be Ecanned the columns "Hello, that's queer!" "What!" "Why, the old captain who tells this story, Captain Jeremy Crowell, of Hyannis, Massachusetts, is my own uncle." Howard Mayns gape(! at his fneiid as iflhe thought him crazy. "Your uncle?" "Yes." "And be swe;1ra be bas seen the sea serpent? Wet!, old pal, go to his assistance at once. Fetch him Tighl down to Bloomingdale be fore he violent Jack Clyde did not smile. Indeed he frowned instead, and strik, iog a match, lit a Spanish cheroot. Then he sank into a chair, and cocking his feet upon the corner of the table, did !lot speak again until be bad read the art.icle throt;lgb Howard Mayne watcbell him half idly the while. His curiosity was just a bit aroused, and he was anxious to see bow his friend would Lulie the news. In aubstance the article was worded thus: "Captain Jeremy Crowell; of Hyannis, tells a wonderful story of the famous sea serpent. The captain is an honest and reliable man, and does not even drink grog "Ue owns the fine schooner Marguerite, and makes regular trips to the Banks, fishing for cod. When well off the coast of Nova Scotb, the lookout one aay called Land ho!' Capta i n Jeremy went to in spect what looked !ike a long ridge of black reef rising out of tile water. To his surprise he discovered that the object was movable and in fact, alive, und was amazed to see the leviathan proportions of the sea serpent of fab l ed fame making off at railroad speed through tbe water. ''The sn ake was fully two hundred feet in length according to Captai n Crowell. He soon distanced the schooner and was out 01 sight. 'I he captain's story is h acked up oy every member of the crew and is beyond a doubt correct The Elxisteuce of the wonderful sea ser. pent is thus proven a fact beyond all manner pf doubt.'' Jack finished reading the article a n d puffed away at his cheroot. Then he s uddenly blurted out: Well, that is the truth!" f Howard Mayne looked his amazement. What!'' he gas ped. "You don't mean to say that you "believe that cock and bull story?' "Pardon me!" said Jack, with dignity "My uncle is a thoroughly trutuful man. The story is surely true.'' Mayne whis tled s l owly. "Coul d not you r uncle be m i8taken?" "I hardly think so I have no dou b t he is right. I acc ept m y u ncle's word." "Well," muttered Mayne, a s be r ose from his seat, "I d o n' t wish to dispu t e you r u ncle s w ord bot the sea se rp ent is a pretty e trong story to swallo w you kn ow. Yet it o f cou r se is not a l togetb&r improt>able. I m ove that weorganize a p ar ty t o bunt d o w n this monster of the briny deep." Mayne had spoken jestingly. To his amazement his friend said coolly: "All right! I am with Mayne was staggered. "Did you think I meant it!" Wbv certainly!'' "And you really mean it?'' "I Mayne drew a deep breath, and sank again into his chair. Well, I never!" he exclaimed. "That beats me. Come now, I'll bluff just as bard as you do. I'll dare you to go with me in quest of the Sea Serplmt!" Jack Clyde turned and looked his friend squarely in the face. That will be diversion for us. I will accept your challenge!" :Mayne could hardly believe his senses. Certainly Clyde was in earnest. But-how do you propose to do it?" he asked. Get your uncle's schooner?" No; employ a submarine boat!" A submarine boat?" u Yes." "Whew! Who ever beard of such a thing? Who owns so famous -a craft?" "A friend of mine." Do you mean it?" "Yes!''' Who is he!'' Reade, Jr., the inventor or tile wonderful air-ship, the Steam Mao, and many other wonderful tlllngs. You have beard of . Indeed I have!" said Mayne in amazement. "Is it true that be has really invented a snbmarme boat!" "Every word or it." Howard Mayne's whole manner changed. The mention of the name of Frank Reade, Jr., at once put a new face on matters. He began to see that t ,!Je scbeme was a most plausible one With a submarine boat, tbe quest for the sea serpent might be advantage ously if not successfully pursued. "Jack!" he exclaimed, "I am with you. We will do it." Then it is settled:" ''But--" "What?" "-Are you sure you can interest Mr. Frank Reade, Jr., in the affair'" '' s"ure of it! I know it. He wrote me only the other day about t!le Ferret, his new invention, and spoke then or taking a submarine voyage as soon as he could gain some object for such.'' Howard Mayne became at once excited. He arose and pa c ed the floor vigorously with his bands in his pock!ltS. of leisure that he was, idleness bad palled upon him, and he was atfliCted with constant ennui. This new project aroused his whole being, and be saw before him a c ertain opportunity for the dispelling of that terrible atfliction, Adventure and excitement were pleasant things for Mayne to con template. In this he was like biB frie n d Clyde. The two chums at once el.'tered int o the spirit or the undertaking, w.itb all the zest of youthful minds It was de c ided first to communicate with Frank Reade, Jr. This was don e by te l egraph Thus C l yde worded the m e ssage : "FRANK READE, JR., Readestown: Will you go in quest of the Sea Serpe n t wit h y our su bm a rine b o at? I have got on t r a ck or it Answe r JACK CLYDE," "Bohemian Clu b, New York City."


I FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH .I!'OR 'I' HE SEA SERPEN'l'. s An answer to this was anxiously awaited. Of course, if Frank Reade, Jr., declined, tile aflair was ended. It was lloped tllat he would no. t. It was a later hour when the answe r came. It found tile two young club men engaged in formulatmg plans. Jack Clyde llastily broke the seal of the message and read: F RIEND CLYDE :-I am for anything whic;h will contribute so greatly to the wterests of science. Come up to Readestown and see me. We will talk it over. Yours ever, FRANK READE, JR." "Hurrah!" cried Jack, flourishing the missive. "I knew that he would accept the terms. Frank Reade. Jr. is wide awake and progressive. Now Howard, let us go up to Readestown at once." A night train took them out of the Grand Central depot. In due time they were in Readestown. It was in the latter oart of the day and they were met by one of Frank's carriages and dnven at once to the workshops. Readestown was a smart driving It bad been founde1 by an ancestor of l.he young inv entor's. Here was established the workshops where Frank turu, "but a question!" "Well!'' Of course you will allow us to accompany you?" "I had decided that way.'' said Frank with an inclination of his head, there are just five of us. Harney and Pomp, you two gentle men nod myself. 'l'hat sllould he a sufficient to operate the sub marine boat!" "Give us our duties and we will attend to them faitllfully!" cried . "Your duties will be slight!" replied Frank, "the boat can be easily operated by one mae. The motive power is electricity, and every part of the machinery is controlh;d from the pllot house by means of an electric key-board!'' Wonderful! How I would like to be on board at this moment!" "Perhaps you would like to take a look at ller:?" said Frank. "I assure you I would be delighted." "Come this way!" Frank arose and led the way through the draughting room. 1'he two club tnen followed him. They passed aut into the yard. This time it was another 1>'art of the yard, however, and tlley saw in ils c enter a tank of basin of water. It was connected with the waters of a canal just lJeyond by a lock. In the center of this basin was the obj ect wuich at once claimed their attention. This was the Ferret. The su brnari!ie boat was certainly a remarkable craft. Its lines were most !Jeculiar, l;leing long, tapering and slender. The bow was ornamentt>d with a sharp and powerful ram. Two masts, lore and aft, arose from iLs deck. 'l'he deck itself was guarded by hnnd railR. 'l'lle main part of the deck was occupied by a huge dome-like cabin with a conical slJaped cupola. There were heavy windo"s of plate glasa in th e dome, and a bal cony with a platform and guard rails. Circular dead-eye window s extended around the middle of the dome whil e j ust below were square windows. Forward was a pilot-boose with plate glass windows of enormous thickness. Over it was a search-light. The whol e structure was of thinly rolled, but durable and strong steel. Through the dome extende d the air-chambe rs, by wllicu the ve ssel was enabled to elevate and sink in the water. l'llis was done by taking in a huge volume of water into the tank to sink her, :..nd expelling it pneumatic pressure to raise her to the surface. Of course the system of air supply aboard the vessel was similar to that of all submarine VJlSSels, and depended wholly upon the working or a chemical apparatus in tbe cabin which renewed the vitiated air by replacing it witll pure oxygen. As long as th1s coula continue the vessel could remuin unde r water and the crew could survive 'l'his is a meager description of the outward appearance of the Ferret . Crossing a plank, they now entered the cabrn of the vessel. Her e a wonderful sight met th!lir It was lilte l'Otering a miu iature palace. The interior of the cabin was furnished in the most luxurious manner. There were all manner of expensive adornments, rich drapery, curios, cabinets of rare books, and many other things. It was a place of delight. The visitors their pleasure in terms of rapture. Then they passed on into the dining saloon aud then to tile state. roomL Beyond these, they came to the most interesting sight of all-tile engine room. Here were tb. e electric engines which operated the. boat. '!'hey were a wonderful' sigllt. Passing amQng dynamo@ Frank explained each detail in a com prehensive manner. Maey were the curious and unheard of devicPs employed aboard the Ferret. Then the huge elevating tank was visiteu; next tile chemical room where were the huge cylinders which manufactured air and sent it coursing by means of valves all througll the boat when H was under water. It would require a volume to detail all the wonders of the submarine boat, so we will ask the reader's indulgence and pass on to inci-dents of the story. After tho inspection of tile Ferret tile party returned to the draught iog room. Clyde and Mayne expressed their admiration of th11 boat in glowing terms. Then Frank said:


FRANK READE, JR. s SEARCH FOR THE SEA SERPEN'l'. Well, now the question is, when shall we start on this famous We are ready whenever you are, Mr. Reade,'' said Mayne. "I have been ready for a good while," sah.l Frank. "Suppos e we put it three d&ys from now?" " 'l'hat is agreeable." Then it is settled!" We will be here ready for the start in three days. I suppose we shall start from here '' Oh, yes. You see this ba s in is uy a canal with the river. We can easily float down to the sea." And then--" We will steer straight for t!Je locality where the sea se rpent was last seen." This closed the interview. Clyde and Mayne took the next train back to New York. It was too good a thing to keep. They were at once attacked by newspaper sharps, and fell easy victims. The result was that the press or the country was soon teemmg with the project. Everybody was inter ested lt will be a famous thing if tl.ley actually c a pture the sea s er pent,'' cried one man, but I doubt its existence.'' This was where the rub came. 'l'bere were few people who believed in the existence of the serpent. Many consid ered it a fool's errand. But the name of Frank Reade, Jr., a strong endorsement for the enterprise A largtl number believed in it. And now Frank was flooded with letters from cranks. An owner of a dime mu seum wrote him offering a mighty sum for the skin of the sea serpent, or failing in this for the exlullition of his submarine boat. Of course Frank heeded none of these. He hurriedly prepared for the departure. Of course the news got down to Hyannis to the ears of old Captain Crowell. At once the captain wrote his nephew. Jack was glad to get the letter, for It gave a detailed description of the serpent and the exact latitude aq.d longitude whtlre it was S'een. "I hope ye'll have success, lad!" \vrote the old captain. "An' I be lieve ye will for ye was alios a smart lad!'' "Very kind of uncle, I'm sure ,' lau ghed Jack. "I'll do my best." But the next morning Howard .Mayne came across a peculiar paragraph in the paper. Thus it read: "AQother sea captain sees the famous sea serpent. This time it i s off Bar Harbor, Maine. Captain Dennis llaynes, or the brig America, reports sighting the sea serpent in the vicin1ty of Bar Harbor yesterday. His uescription of it tallies with that of Captain Crowell." Well!" cried Jack, laughing, "if we only burry up there's no doubt but that we shall lind his suakeshtp. He certainly appears to be in those waters.'' "Right!" cried Howard. "I feel sure we'll succeed." "So uo I!" The tlvo clubmen were dined that night by their brother members of the Bohemian Club. They were the lJeroes of the hour. The sang froid and pluck with which they undertook the enterprise charmed their fellow club members, and the best of wishes went with thAm, The next morning they were en route for RAadestown. The Ferret lay in the waters of the canal ready for them they arrived there A mighty crowd composed or all classes had gathered to see the start. At the a(>pointed hour the voyagers went on board. 'l'hey were che ered by the crowd as they did so. Then Frank Reada, Jr. gave oraers to Barney who was in the pilothouse. Start the capstan Up with the llnchor, Barney." The automatic and electric capstan drew the anchor from its mud dy depths. The Ferret's engines began to work. The passengers stood on deck waving a f arewell. Barney held the wheel and the submarine vessel went gliding on its way down the stream. Down the canal it quickly went and from thence into tile river. The view of Readestown from bere was complete. The river banks and the house tops were crowded with excited p eo ple. This showed plainly how mighty was the public in t erest in the un dertaking All those people will scan tlte daily papers for news of us,'' said Frank, their interest is great, is it not?'' Inde ed, you are right!'' replied Jac!<:, "I hope we will succee ll." It we bag the Sea Serpent,'' said Howard Mayne, our fame is made!" 'l'he Ferret glided on down the river leavin g Readestown far behiud In dne course the sea was reached. The mighty euterprise was well begun and thrilling incidents were in store. CHAPTER I!f. THE SINKING SlllP. OuT into the open sea the Ferret glided. When well out to sea, Frank said: Now we will take a farewell of the surface.'' we going downT" asked Jack. Y es. Quick orders were given Pomp to clear t!!e d t ck of all portable arti-cle d Then all went into the dome. The doors when closed were hermetically sealed In(leed, each had a vesti bule, occupied by pn eumatic pressure, which would of itself be sufficient to keep the water out. Barney pressed the pneumatic l e v er. Instantly the varves opentJd and the tank began to fill. Down set tled the submari n e boat gracefully. Down to the bottom ol'.the sea it went. The depth was fifty fathoms and the pressure was therefore slight. The bed or the ocean herG presented the usual appearance peculiar to the North American coast. There were tangled forests of seawe ed huge ledges of rock, plains of sand, aud ruany forms of !ish life. The boat was allowed to rest on the bottom but a moment, how ever; then Frank went to the pilot house. He took charge of the keyboard, and turning on the search-light, sent its rays far ahead. 'l'his made the course clear, and the submarine boat was able to glide swiftly and safely through tile water at but a few feet from the bottom; Tile e lectric lights or the boat made the bed of the ocean visible in ev e ry direc:wn for a great ways In this manner the Ferret continued on her submarine voyage. Many and were the sights beheld by the voyagers. Huge sea monsters fled into deep and dark caverns orvanished into the gloom beyond. Wrecks of sunken ships and reefs of coral submarine bills nnd val leys and many other features were passed by. Frank bad laid his course straight for Mount Desert, which is off the coast of Maine. This was where the sea s e rpent had heen last seen, If be yet lin gered in that vicinity the chance was good that the Ferret would tinli him. It was a novel sensation to Jack and Howard to tr(lvel nnrler wat e r in such a Life on board the Fllr ret was peculiarly fascinating. It was a treat to sit by the plate glass windows and view the wond e rs of the sea. And one day a strange and thrilling scene was encoun t ered. The boat came to a migllty plain of pearly white ijand. There wa s no kelp or weed of any kind to obstruct its smoothness. And here, in a small area, there lay the white bones of a score o r human beings In variqus a t titudes they lay. The rotting keel of a row-boat tol d the story. "Foundered at sea!" was Frank's verdict. "Probably they a t tempted to l eave the ship in a life-boat and were swamped.'' "And all lie here in a cmumor; grave!" cried Jack; how dreadful it is to tllink of!" "Who do you suppose they were in life!" a s ked Mayne, abstractedly. "That will never b e known!'' replied Frank Reade, Jr.; there is not enough of their efi'ects left to decide that!" That is so!" Begorra, it Inks to me as if there was a name on the stara av th e boat!" cried Barney. And it does to me!" agreed Jack. 'l'he submarine boat had been brought to a stop and was driftin!! over the spot. Pomp rushed to n side window and thr11w the glare or an electric lamp full upon the rotting boat's stern. This enabled all to read plainly the name: Esther Liverpool!" "Englishmen!'' cried Jack. "Probably an English vessel.""No doubt!" agreed Frank, "but they are all beyond our ani!" Buried in one hundred fathoms!" "Yes!" Frnnk sent the boat away from the and no one was sorry. For so me while the Ferret kept or. even ly. Then the lirst of a series of incidents occurred. Suddenly the boat began to pitch violently. There seemed a fearful commotion in tho water. Everybody rushed to the windows. And there in the glare or the e l ectric lights an awful sight was SP.en. A tremendous dnrk body was com in;; swiftly down through the water. It looked like a mountain, but Frank saw the outlines of n ship's hull. At once be threw back the electric switch and stopp e d the Ferret. "A siriking ship!" he cried. "My God! how bor rible!" Excited cries broke from the oth ers Th e ship might have crushed the Ferret had it gone much fur ther. Down it settled creating fearful commotion. The voyagers watched th e s c ene horror-struck. "A sinking ship!" "Her crew must be drownin g!" "lily God! can we not help them?" "Too late!" cried Frank. "We could never reach them in time But-hrin!! up the diving suits, Barney." The Celt !lew to obey. Yet all could not help but see that it was too late. Already those on board were lie:!d. "There must bP. an awful storm overhead!" said Frank, this ves se hns founder ed! "She is an American vessel!' cri ell Frank. "See her tlag.''


FRANK READE, JR.' S SEARCH FOR 'rHE SEA SERPENT. 5 The doomed ship's flag yet hu ng at, her yard. I1 was easy to rec o gnize the stars t.nd stripes. And now numbers or her crew could be seeu lashed In the rigging. So me of them were even yet gasping. But they could not be suveu. Ther'e was not sufficient time to do thiS. However, Frank donned the diving suit brought him by Barney. The Celt got into the other one. '!'Iiese w e re his own invention, and portable, r e quiring no life line or aii -pump. Upon the back of the diver was a chemical air reser\"oir, where the oxygen was manufae.tured and sent into the helmet by un automatic t '!'his e nabled the diver to travel about anywhere for hours as freely us if upon dry land. When they had got mto their diving suits, Frank and Barney en tered the vestibule by which they were to leave the submarine boat. TUis bad a door opening out upon the deck. By closing' the door le ading Into the cabin, the vestibule could be filled with water, and t he diver could walk out. . Upon l'llturning, all that was necessary was to close the outer door, and turn a valve whicl1 forced the W!lter out by pneumatic pressure. Then the diver could remove hiR helmet and safely enter the cabin. Frank and Barney passed out upon the deck. Those in the cabin watched them throu g h tile IJlate glass ClirLbmg down from the Ferret's deck, the two divers st. arte

.. 6 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEA.RCH FOR 'l'HE SEA. SERPEN'l'. But though the Ferret cruised aiJout for a week Uiider the sea not a sign or the monster was found. It waa then decided to proceed directly to the Grand Banks oil' the coast of Newfoundland. \ Accordingly course was set in that direction at once. For a long time thP. Ferret sailed on throilgil the darb: waters of the North Atlantic. I The bed of the ocean here did not prtsent tho se Interesting features found in tropical seas. 1 There were no coral reefs, sponge beds and beautiful aquatic plants as in those seas. Instead, all was gloomy and dark and uninviting. There were un canny depths, valleyQ black as midnight, black ooze and mud, and giant bowlders. Whales and seals took the place of sharks and cuttlefish. The water was icy cold. Oue day Frank announced that they were upon the fishing banks. were made aware of this fact b} several times encountering the deep sea lines and nets of the fishermen. What a surorise it would have been for the fishermen if the Ferret had suddenly-popped up out of the sea before them. But more serious matters were ic. band, and Frank had no thought of taking all this trouble for so slight recompense; so the Ferret went on its way, and the fishermen were none the wiser. Still to the northward the Ferret kept. Diligently the sea was searched. Really it i's about like looking for a needle in a haystack," finally concluded Howard Mayne. "1 daresay we are very foolish." "Don't say that," said Frank. "You are getting a deep sea cruise with the chance of at any moment running upon the aerpent. We may cruise here for a life time without finding him, but on the other hand we may find him before an hour!" "Let us hope for the latter chance," cried Jack. Clyde. We are having some fun anvway." Oh, I'm not finding any fault," put in Howard, quickly. Barney and Pomp were in the hapl>iest of moods. Barney especially was chuckling in h1s sleeve at a good joke he had put up on Pomp. rhe darky was supreme ruler in his kitchen or galley, and 'woe be tide the invader or the meddler. Barney was fond of abstracting choice doughnuts from Pomp's larder on the sly. It. was a long time before the darky could account .for their mysterious disappearance. When be did discover the cause, be set about curing the thief in a most original manner. .. This consisted or infusing in several decoy cakes, a mixture of tinc ture of jalap. This terrible sickish dose madtl Barney deadly sick, and be experienced grMt (:ifficalty in overcoming a disposition to constantly retch. It cured his appetite for stolen doughnuts completely. But be swore an inner and fearful oath of vengeance. He was determined to get square with Pomp in some way. It was not long before bis lively inventive genius hit upon a plan. Over the door or the galley, while on watch one night, he managed to suspend a ba"" of flour, and arranged it so cleverly that any one opening the door from the outside, would receive the full benefit of it over his person. When Bamey called Pomp for the morning watch, he turned in and slept for a few hours, as tbough his was not heavily burdened with guilt. But he t(lok care to be awake early and ready for the fun. Promptly at the hour of five, Pomp began his duties in the galley. This morning was no exception. But when he through the cabin Barney was skulkin g behind him with a grin upon b1s broad mug as bright as an Italian sunset. Pomp reached the door of the g alley. He was grea t for talking to himself, and now as he saw the door closed he began to jaw. Howebber did dat do' git close!" he mut te red. Dat am berry queer. I jes' spec' dat no 'count l'ishman bub j es' been foolin' round here agin. I reclwn I bettab gib him anodal! dose-be, he, be!" Barney held onto his sid e s to suppress his .lt wns altogether too funny. Tbe darky's band was now upon the door-knob. He opened the door and-Whew-whlsh-whang-bang! Ugh-ouch-huh-murder!'' Out into the cabin reeled the astounde1! E.thiopian. Words can hardly describe his appearance. His complexion naturally was bhick us ebony. It was now as white as driven snow. If Pomp had ever experienced a desire for change of color, it was now gratifi e d most literally. The !lour had covered him from head to foot, and hung in a chok ing cloud about him. He puffed and wheezed and sneezed furiously before h e was able to speak a word. Then he b ega n to see tbe point of the joke Digging the !lour out of nose, ears and mouth, he made a dive for Barney, whom be chanced to see at that moment. Fo' de Lor' I done kill yo' fo' dis, !'ish!'' be yelled. "Yo' nebber fool dis cllile data agio!'' Barney was so convulsed with laughter that he could hardly con trol himsell. But he managed to geL out of Pomp's way. Rushing into the pilot house he banged the door and locked it. The llarky tried to force it bpt could not. Th e run. pus brought the sleepers from their staterooms, and they came rushing out in amazement at th e sight Pomp presented. For m ercy 'a sake, Pomp, what ails you?" cried Frank Reade, Jr., half in anger. CHAPT ER V. A FIGHT WITII A WIJALE, "IT am dat no count, l'ishman," cried Pomp, wildly. "He j es' play one ob his sassy \ricks on me! Lor sakes, if dis chile cud i!JS' Jay his baud s on him now--" "Well, w ell, e nough of this sort of joking!" cried Frank, ang rily. I don't lik e it!" Pomp at once subsided. Barney unlock ed the pilot-bouse door. "Begorra, Mistber Frank!" h e said meeklr. "I cudn't help but git square with tbe 'o madboun." "What dill you have to get sqnare with him for! " Shure he nigh poisoned me a time back by puttin' somethin' in his d o ughnuts." Well, you must quit this sort of fooling! ' cried Frank. "It can not end in any good results." The two jokers were abou t to slink away much abashed, when a. startling thmg haP.pened. Suddenly and without warning there was a terrific shock, aud every man was thrown from his feet. It was for a moment as if the vessel was going to pieces. "Heavens!" cried Howard Mayne, the fint to scramble to his f eet. What on earth was t hat?" "We've struck a rock!" cried Jack. But t11is was disproved for the sbip was hamming along on an even kooL "An earthquake!" But it remained for Frank Reade, Jr., to discover the real meamng of the shock. He rushed into the pilot-house and a startling sight met his gaze. There, not fifty yards distant was a leviathan body moving toward the Ferret at lightning speed. It was a monster whale of the sperm species. Its j11ws were wid& open and it seemed certain to cru' sb the boat to !ragmen ts. Straight for the Ferret it carne. Quick as a !lash Frank pressed the rising lever. 'l'he whale struck the boat amidship. Had it been full an9 fair it must have been smashed. But as Frank pressed the lever the boat upward. As a result the whale dove nuder it, the keel scraping 1ts long back. Up shot the Ferret and to the surface in a calm sea. U!> came the whale a hun dr e d yards distac.t and spouted. The monster swam around the boat, apparently inclined lo maka another attack. Look out for him!'' cried :Y:ayne. "He will sink us." Begorra, it's a had Iuk in' crather he is!" cried Barney. "In here, every one or you!" cried Frank. "I'll fix him!" Into the pilot bouse all sprang. In one corner was a platform with glass under it. This was design. ed expressly for such exigencies as the present. Upon this platform all stood. Then Frank quickly connect e d a couple of wires with the key board. Pressing a key, the circuit was made ; and the full force of the cur. rent went through the steel hull of the boat. Should the whale come in contact with it now io was likely that il. would not v e nture to do so again. But the monster could see in the submarine boat only a rival occupant of the deep sea. Suddenly bead on it made a rush for the boat. "Look out!" cried Frank. "Prepa re for the shock.'' All clung to the glass platform. To fall t his meant deatb. JC was a most critical moment. On came the whale like an engine of destruction. The next moment the collision came. The whal e struk the boat. It was half lifted out of the water, but the steel sides resisted. And the current passed through the whale killing it in quickest possible manner. It lloated on the top of the water. Frank instantty shut off th e current. "Victory!" he cried. All cheere:i and then rushed out on deck to take a look at the mon ster which llonted alongside. It was a reli e f to all to for the first time in many weeks breathe the air. "Is be not a monster!'' cried Howard Mayne. "He is!" agr ee d Jack. ''aBegorra, it's nigb as big as the Ferret, he is!" averred Barney. "Tbere is some oil in his carcass, I'lL warrant," said Frank. "IL's a pity we have not room aboard for it." "And must it go to waste!" "It looks like it." "Oh, if we could only sight som!J whaling vessel now!" Instinctively all looked around. A great cry broke from their lips. "A ship!'' "Hurrah!"


FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'l'HE SEA SERPEN'l'. Certainly, out on the horizon there was plainly vistble a ship. It was bearing down towards them. Frank went into the cabin for his glass. When he came out he stud ied the distant vessel. Frank bad beckoned to those on deck and they had sprang into the cabin. Barney had sprung the lever at a signal from Frank. Down went the submarine boat to the bottom of the sea. Then he said: "On my word it is a whaling vessel!" "How do you know that!" asked Howaru Mayne. "Don't you see the t.Jlack smoke from her funnels!" LiKe any steamer!" "She is not a steamer. That smoke is not coal or wood smoke. You cannot mistake its volume and color. It is oil." "Then the smoke comes from her trying fumaces?" asked Howard. "Exactly!" The whaler had evidently sighted them for as she drew nearer a signal flag was sent up. Frank answered it, and then the fired a sml).ll cannon. Nearer she drew every moment. It could be seen tbat she was an American vessel. As all on board the Ferret were anxlous to accost tbe whalers, the submarine boat was allowed to lay alongside the dead whale. Soon the slup tacked and showed her broadsicle lying to not more than a hundred yards distaUL. Then came the hail: "Ahoy!" "Ahoy the sbip!" cried Frank. Wllat craft is that?" "The Fera-et, submarine IJoat from Rendestown, U, S. A." There was a pause: then Frank shouted: What sbip is that?" "The Priscil1a from New Bedford, out for whales." "Well, lower a boat and come over. \Vtl've a prize here for you." "Ay, ay!" The next moment a boat put out from the Priscill.a's side. She car ried four seamen and the captain and mate. As the boat dre w nearer, the captain was seen to be a tall, bearded man. He saluted as he sprang onto the Ferret's deck, and gripped hands with Frank. "I am Captain Benson." I am Frank Reade, J r.'' When wt1 sighted you we fancied we had Rtruck an enormous whale. The o! your craft gave us the idea.'' "Exactlr, but I can assure you we are not in that class." "Yet you seam to be having good success. That is a beauty lying alongside." "Ah, but you mistake,'' said Frank. "We are not whalers." Not whalers?" "No.'' The captain looked amazed. "May I be permitted to ask what you are then!'' "We are simply navigators of the submarine sea and in quest of the Sea SerJ!ent.'' Captain Benson looked at Fmnk as if he fancied him gone crazy. He did not speak for a moment. "Thunder and guns!" be finally gasped. I hope I'm not dream" It is a reality!'' In quest of the Sea Serpent?" "Yes." "Do you mean it!" Of course I do.'' "Well,'' laughed Benson, good naturedly, ''that's a kind of a foo:s errand, is it not?" "I think not. We are going to make a good search.'' "I certainly hope you'll have luck!" We hope to.'' "Yes, but you spoke of this being a submarine boat!" Certainly!" "You don't mean it!" "Yes I do.'' The captain whistled softly and then turned toward the rail. Well, good luck to ye,'' he said. "I'm going bacl and think this over, I'm not sure whether I'm drunk or dreaming." "Wait!" said Frank. "I'll prove to you all J say!'' "You will?" "Yes.'' "All right!" "Come into the cabin.'' Captain Benson followed .F'rank into the Ferret's cabin. He gazed about him in amazement. "Well, I vum!" he exclaimed. "You've got things pretty nice here'" "We intend to be comfortable!" said Frank, "but come into the engine room!" "The engine room!" exclaimed the whaler's captain. "Does this craft go by steam?" "No!" replied Frank. "It goes by electricity!" "You don't mean it?'' I'll show you!'' The whaler's captain followed Frank about the vessel completely dumfouno ed at what he saw. "Well, this beats me!" he said, "but hi-hi! we're going clown!" There was a rush of waters-a lunge and the craft clitl go down. "Don't have any fear, captain," said Frank, w"ith a laugh; "you won't be harmed." Thunder a nd guns!" ejaculated Benson, in constf'rnation; dG you mean to say that we can rise again!" "Certainly!" Ami this boat can travel under or above the water?" Just so!'' "But how in the name of Neptune do you get air to bleat he?" Frank explained this at length. Great Moses!" gasped the whaler's I never heard the likes of tl)ia before. Wlly, my crew up above will reckon we're in Davy JJnes' locker!'' "And so you are,'' langhed Frank, t>ut not for keeps/' "Wu!L I own up 10 being heat; but I'm glad to know you're an Amencu.n, for you're the smartest young man I ever met!" CHAPTER VI. THE SEA SERPENT. THis overwhelming compliment somewh!lt confused Frank, but he took it gracefuliy and rephed: "I simply let my ivorl\s speak for themselves." ".Well, by Jupiter! they speak well!" The old captain went to tlle glass windows and looked out. He had sailed the sea's surface for forty years, but tllis was the tirst time that be had ever seen its bidden depths. Frank explained many curious things to lum. Then he madl a signal to Barney. Tbe Ferret tegan to ris&. Up it went quickly and steadily. A moment later and it was above> Lhe surface. There, not fifty feet distant, was the body of the 'i'lhale. .Just .IJa. yond was the row.boat, making for the ship. As the Ferret roee from the depths the astonished saifors quit row ing ami gave a yell. Pomp opened the cabin door and Captain Benson rushed out oo decl\. "Heigho, you blockheads!" he roared. "Come back! I've been down to see old Davy and back again!" This command was not to be disobey ed ancl, or course, the boat'$ crew returned. "Well, sk1pper, I wish ye luck,'' said Benson," shaking Frank's hand; "but I wouldn't change crafts with ye, tliough yours may lJa tbe best. I'd rather sail above the seas tban under." "The saroe to you," replied Frank,. "and I hope you may get some good oil outof that whale.'' Tbe captain looked amazed. "It's yours," he said. To the contrary; it is yours," said Frank. Accept it wnb our compliments." Benson was so astol!isl)ed tbat for a moment he not speak. Finally be blurted ont: I'll pay ye well fer it!'' No, you won't," said Frank, decidedly. Why not?" "I don't want your money. You are entirely welcome.'' But before the captain could again utter bis tllanks a loud cry came from the ship. Whale ho! There she spouts!" For the moment Captain Benson forgot that he was not on the deck of his own ship, and shouted: Where awar?'' "Dead-to-windward!'' came the reply. All eyes were turned in that direction. Upon the surface of the sea, not a mile distant, \VaS seen a moving black hody. Indeed, there seemed to be several of them, appearing and reap pearing. "A achool of whales!" cried one of the men in tile boat, "and they are swimming in single file!" "No, they ain't!" roared the captain. "It is no such thing! I !;now a whale when I see it!" Every eye was upon the distant monst-er of the deep. "What is it thcil!" "It ain't a whale, and I'll take my oathL'' The excitement was intense. Then suddenly up from the water was reared a great head. An enormous pair of jaws, with glistening teeth, was seen. Frank Reade, Jr., sprung to the pilot-house, crying: "The Sea Serpent! At last!" The most fearful of excitement ensued. Captain Benson leaped into his own boat. The Ferret was sent full speed toward the great monster. Like a dart the submarine boat raced through the water. But the Sea Serpent seemed to move faster. It receded away from ber with ease. I Frank crowded on full speed. Suddenly the monster seemed to slacken its speed and come almost tQ a stop.


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE 8EA SERPENT. Its huge proportions lay upon the surface extending for a fanulous leugth. It seemed certa:nly three hundred feet in its entirety. "Merciful powers!" gasped Bowarcl Mayne: What a monster!'' "Shall we dare tackle it?'' asked J ::ck Clyde. fif. "One blow of the electric rain should stupefy it," replied Frank. If I can only get near enough to strike it.'' This was the provision Frank had made for the annihilation of the s e rpent. He had connected the steel ram of the boat with the dynamos in such a way that a blow from it would give an all-powerful shock. In this way be hoped to co nq!Jer the sea serpent. With ordinary wPapons it; would havil been folly to tackle such a monster in the open sea. . The weight of its folds, a blow on its enormous head or tail would have crushed the su'Jmarine boat like an eggshell. Frank Knew this full well. The whale ship and Captain Benson's boat were mere specks on the horizon. They were not seen agam: The sea serpent lay quite inactive upon the surface. Its head was beneatli the water. When a hun

.FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SEA SERPENT. 9 It seemed a certainty tlmt he must be buried in tlle crushing tons of ice wllicll bad collapsed with tlle But Pomp would not listen to this. The darky had an idea. "Dat ar berg jes' tip upside down!" he declare(\. I done fink Marse Frank mebbe carriea under by uat!" The idlm was ins t antly embraced by the others. Upon my word Pomp may be right!" cried Howard. "'l'llat is so!" agreed Jack. "Let us investigate!'' Tlle Ferret was allowed to once more go under tlle surface. And tllis was what saved Frank's life. The electric searchligllt could not l!elp but reveal him in his preca rious 'l'he Ferret ran close up under tl!e berg. Tl!en Barney put on a divir:g suit and went out on !leek. It was the work or but a few moments to rescue Frank from his po sition of peril, He sank down upon the deck or the boat somewhat exhaustell. Barney picked !Jim up and carried him into tl!e cabin. In a few moments Frank was l!imself again. 'l'here was indeed good cause fvr rejoicing that the mishap bad not been worse. It was certainly a narrow escape for Frank. But we got off tlle berg!" cned Howard Mayne. That is one good tlliug." We will try in future to steer clear of icabergs," said Fmnk. "But we have lost the sea serpent!" cried Jack. That is so," agreed Frank, IJut we will find llim again if we have to go to the North Pole!" Which would not be a bad idea anyway!" cried Jack, excitedly. To the North Pole onder the ice!" What an idea!" put in Howard Mayne. "Would that be possi ble, Frank!'' "Oh, certainly," replieu the young inventor; "it is quite possible." What a great achieverr:eut it would be!" It may be t.he sea serpent willleud us thl)re yet.'' "ls 1 here any likelihood or that?" Why, yes, if he does not turn about and come toward us, or if we do not overtake him," declared Frank. It was evident that Howard and Tack wet'll much enthused with the Idea 1Jf traveling to the North Pole under the fields of ice. Indeed, it did look a tempting proj ect and plausillle as well. But Frank would not think of deviating fro.u his original mtention of first capturing tile sea serpent. 'l'he fog still hung thick and heavy oxer tlle sea. To av:oid tlle possibility or meeting wtth a berg, the boa\ was allow ed to travel under water. To the northward t!.Ie Ferret kept all the while. The search-light was constantly employed to catch a glimi,se, if possible, of the sea serpent. But the monster seemed to have given them the slip in some man n er. Still the Ferret kept on. They were now salling through a very deep part of the ocean. Frank estimated that they were off tlle north coast of Newfound. l aud. "Ir Wd k.,ep on at this rate," he declared, "it will not be long be fore we shall enter the Arctic Ocean. I would not be surprised if tbe serpent bad gone straight for northern waters." "All right!" cried Howard, joyfully. "We do not object to going e ven to the Pole itself!" It is possible that Wfl may get there yet," said Frank. "I shall follow the SE)rpent until I find him again!" But how do you know that he is still on his way to the Pole?'' a skeu Jack. "He may have turned off in another direction." That is true," agreed Frank, llut his course from the first has been due north. I have only tllat theory to depend upon. It is all tJ. matter or chance." Which I hope may be lucky!" "So do I!'' But the Ferret was now m seas where icebergs were very abundant. As their lower part was mucb larger than that auove the enrface, very' often they nearly touched the bottom. J. was necessary keep a sharp lookout in order to avoid running i ntv one of these obstructiOI!S, which would have been indeed fatal to the Ferret. Still to the north the submarine boat kept until well into Davis Straits. Here Frank came to a stop, undecided what to do. It was a ran dom quest, certainly. He bad no idea whatever as to what direction to take now. The sea serpent might have gone on beneath the frozen waters of the Arctic even to the North Pole. On the other hand it could easily have changed its course and gone b ack i nto warmer waters. It was certainly not an easy matter to decjde. An incident oc curred, however, wllich settled the que&tion Barney, who was in the pilot house, had bee!! tlashing the electric light througlt the black depths. Soddenly to the left he caught eight of what seemed like a shadowy form outlined against the inky blackness. to sinuously, and at titst the Celt was unable Then a mighty cry escaped him. "Misther Frank! Och, l\fisther Frank!" ' What's the matter!'' cried Frank, rushing from the cabin. S hure, sor, it's the say serpent!" The sea serpent!" _r The cry went up from tl!e lips of all. Then they rushed into the pilot-bouse. Barney flashed the search-light in the direction in which he bad previously, and all caught a glimpse of that monster sinuous form. It was the sea serpent beyond all manner of doubt. 'l'he exCitement was intense. Frank Reade, Jr., sprang to the keyboard and sent the submarine boat in pursuit. Through the water flashed the boat. Now it was quite near the sea serpent. Tile monster appeared to be ger::;tly swimming in a current and was making very slow progress. Frank headed the Ferret directly for that huge body. His hand was upon the lever which was intended to electrify the ram. The boar shot forward rapidly. Should it strike the sea serpent tl!e electric shock would probably kill it. Straight down for tlle monster went the boat. on board caught his breath and hong on. ''Look :mt!" shouted Frank, warningly. "Now it comes!" The prow of the ram was razor-like iu its keenness. The next mo ment there was a grinding, powerful &hock. What followed seemed aft.,rwurds to all like a vague unreality. It seemed as if the Ferret was picked up by giant hands and llurled a fearful distance through the water. Everything en board was turned topsyturvy, and no person was able to keep his feet. When tlle commotion subsidlld daylight was all about, and they saw that the Ferret rested upon the surface of an angry tossing sea. Frank Reade, Jr., was the first to recover himself. He was simply astounded at tlle turn atl'uirs bad taken. It required some time for him to collect his scattered senses and get anything like a comprehension of the situation. CHAPTER VII. THE OPEN POLAR SEA. WHAT's the matter, Frankt'' asked Howar!)..Mnyne, rushing into the pilot l!ouse. What bas happened?'' "'l'h11t's what I can't understand," replied Frank. Did we strike the sea serl?eut!" "Yes." Tllen he is dead!" That remains to be seen." But how came we on the surface?" Frank examined the keybeard, and then made answer: "Probably the shock threw open the switch," be said. "Yes-you can see how it was done." Then all the tnmbling about came from rising to the surface!'' ."Very likely." Well, I wonder H we really did kill the sea serpent!" We Will soon find out." Frank was about to send the boat to the bottom again when a loud cry came from Barney. '' '3l!ure Mistller Fmnk !" he cried. "Well?'' shouted Frank. It's the say serpent, sor. Jist Ink off to the west, sor." Instantly all eyes were turned in that direction. There, far out upon tbe surface of the was seen a long, undulating black body. It was the sea serpent. Frank was C\umfounded. Wbat did it mean? He was sure that the ram hall slruck thE> body of the monster. Indeed, the water was snfi'used with blood and there were red marks upon the forward deck. Doutless the keen edge or the ram had cut a terrible gash in tlle monster's bod y ; but it had not proved fatal. Why bad not the electric shock killed the leviathan of tte deep ? This was what puzzled Frank. "It's mighty queer,'' be muttered. "What can it mean?" This caused !Jim to pause for a moment to examine the electric con nections. The idea occurred to him that they might not have be e n perfect. This resulted in a discovery whicll explained all. It was true that the electric connection had not been complete. A fallen wire from another part of the boat had crossed and changed the circuit so that the current had been perverted from the ram. The sea serpent had received no shock whatever from tlle ram. The attempt to kill him bad proved abortive. Frank was deeply chagrined. He knew that it was of no use to attack the serpent again until this break had been repaired. So he commissioned Barney to watch the sea serpent an

10 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SEA. SERPENT. IL was evid ent tlmt they were in frigid latitudes, though the air in tbe Ferret was quite warm. The plate glass windows were, however, frosted heavily, and a pow. erful bead wind stayed the cours tlio f the Ferret very materially. All were extremely curious to note what action the sea serpent would make upon reaching the line of ice. Begorril., he may take it into his head to go right on over it,'' cried Barney. "Humph! I done fink he go under,'' said Pomp, "or mebbe he turn around and come back!" "If be does that we will have him!'' said Frank. "And the ram shall n9t fail to work this time, e1ther." 'l'he wound inflicted upon the serpent by the steel ram did not seem to hinder his movements in the least. He kept on steadily until the edge of the ice pack was reached. Then suddenly be disappeared be .neath the water. One. moment his monster tail was seen in tbe air "He bas gone un(ler!" cried Frank. "We must gc> a! .ter him!" At the same moment be pressed the reservoir lever. Down sank the Ferret. When beneath the surface a safe distance Frank sent the boat ahead at full speed. Soon the electric light reflected upon t-he ice above, an:! they knew that they were under the pack ice. But the sea serpent was not in sight. For hours the chase kept up, but yet no trace of him was seen. Once m.ore it was a futile quest. Twice they had attacked his snakeship and twice he bad escaped. It might be twenty years before they would get anotller s.uch au op. portunity. But Frank clung to hope. He knew that he was upon the saurian's track. He believed that the beast was bound direct for the North P ole. He decided to go as far in that cti'rection as possible. It was quit& a novelty to travel anuer the ice this way. Howarc;l Mayne and Jack Clyde were perfectly carried away with the idea. To them it was a treat. "We shall make all our club friends in New York envious!" cried Jack. "'!'here's Major Poke, who has traveled O\"er India, Sam Welles, the Amazon explorer, and Prof. Muchly, the Australian sa. vact. They will be green with envy." "Well, I've no doubt there IS much gratification in that," laughed Frank, but as for me, I wish only to capture the Sea Serpent." And I feel sure we shall do it!" "I hope so!" By the way--" "Well!" Is there such a thing as an open Polar Sea?" asked Jack, eager ly. "Of course!" replied Frank. A}l that part of the ocean contign ousto the Pole is an open sea!" "Free of ice and Certainly.'' But is tbis known for a fact?" persisted, the inc redulous young man. "It is quite well establisbed," replied Frank, "indeed there are ex plorers wtJo claim that. there is a nation of people there, a famo us con tin en t wbere birds and beasts and reptiles not pjlculiar to out land are found!'' Wonderful! Per!Japs we can establish it for a fact!" We will try to!" "Good for you, Frank. Do you !'now I have quite an idea!" "What is it?" "You know that the sea serpent may be even now on its way to its natqral haunts. Perhaps its real home Is in those Arctic seas, and there may be more of its kind there.'' "Quite au idea!" laughed Frank .. "It may be true!'' So it was with much interest and no little excitement that Howard. and Jack looked forward to their coming into the open -Polar Sea. Thus far they had traveled almost wholly under frozen seas. The water was chill indeed, and it was necess :i ry to keep the electric heater in blast. But every day lessened the distance to the Pole. Up Davis Straits and finally into the Arctic the submarine boat traveled. far nothing more bad been seen of the Sea Serpent. But Frank felt very sure that the destination of the monster was the open Polar Sea. He felt confident of finding him there. Tbere were times when it was difficult for tbe boat to proceed, so little water was there between the ice and the bed of the sea. The Arctic Ocean is a very shallow body of water, and in mauy places it is frozen solid, the ice lieing many fathoms thick. Bot a pas sage was generallv found, and the Ferret kept on bearing to the north. The days passed, and still the Ferret kept feeling its way along. H gave one a curious thrill to reflect that they were far below the frozen wilds, where so many heroic Arctic explorers and so many gal !ant ships had met tbeir fate. It was like going into a tomb and closing the door after one, to find that it had locked itself, and there was little chance to get ont. But still all were in fairly good spirits. Barney and Pomp's wit did much to enliven the situation. All depeQded upon the sut>tle machinery of the Ferret. H it should fail, they would be helpless, indeed, buried beneath frozen seas. Frank had only one peculiar dread. As t tey neared the magnetic Pole, he was rather in fear that the disturbing influences might affect the batteries and dynamos. Deprived ol a propelling force, the Ferret could never hope to make its way out of the terrible depths. So the young inventor proceeded with all due caution. But the magnetic pole is not the North Pole, and soon it was passed, ami they '.>egan to recede from it. One day Frank Reade, Jr., mad e the startling am:ouncement: We are in the open Polar Sea!'' This created tremendous excitement. "You don't me>1n it!" cried Howard Mayne. "Why not give a look at the open air again, Frank?" "Oh, do, by all mean s!" cried Jack. "I mean to!" replied Frank. So he reversed the electric levers, and the boat leaped into the up per waters. Up; up it went. They W!lre at a greater depth than they bad been before for a good while. Suddenly the boat leaped into the atr. She shook the water from her steel dome like a ddck from its back, and lay there upon the smooth water glistening in the radiance of the sixth months sun of toe Arctic summer. 'fo the surpise of all, the air was fresh and balmy like that of June at home. It was not at all like the Arctic chill. Howard Mayne lost no time in walk)ng out on r .he deck. The oth11rs followed. "How do you account for this, Frank?'' he asked. "This is the Arctic summer," replied the young inventor. "Again we are under the intluences of the Arctic Polar continent, where it is perpetual summer." "Perpetual summer!" "Even so. Quite an anomaly, is it not a region of perpetual sum mer surrounded by a region of perpetual winter?" "J should say so.'' "lt is true.'' "How do you account for it?" Frank pointed to the horizon. "Look there!" he said. All looked and saw a distant shadowy line o.t white. "Those are the frozen regions," be said. "Now look there." He pointed to the opposite ho,rizon. There all saw a long black line, and at intervals columns or smoke ascending. It was the Polar conLinen t-tbe region or everlasting volcanos. CHAPTER IX. THE GIANT BEAR. "You see the volcanoes!" said Frank. "They explain this warmth in atmosphere. We are near tile of internal fires which gives us this wont.lerful region of beat amongst all tile cold." It was a wonderful thing to consider. Howard Mayne and Jack' Clyde were deeply interested. And now that we are here," cried ;Howard, "why may we not visit the Polar Continent?" There is no reason why we may not,'' replied Frank. "Good!" First, however, let us do a little exploring for the sea serpent." "This is undoui.Jtedly his home!" cried Jack Clyde. "This warm basin lD the Arctic never visited by man is just the locality for him." "That is true," agreed Frank. "Now let us find him if we can.'' All agreed to this. But oefore the 'Ferret could be sent to the bot-tom again an astounding thing occurred. Suddenly the Ferret began to rock and pitch tremen

FRANK READE, JR.' S SEARCH FOR 'HE SEA SERPEN1'. H There was good reason for mutual congratuln.tions. These came in order, and then Frank R e ade, Jr., cried: "But we are wasting time here. Let u s act at once!" What shall we do?" asked Howard Mayne. Pursue the serpent of course!'' FraQl< sprang into the pilot house n.nd set the electric engines at work. But they might n.s well have tried to pursue a will-o'the-wisp. The Sea S e rp ent was out of sgllt, and all tbey kuew of his disappearance wn.s tbat he lln.d been going to tl!e Frank allowed tbe Ferret to race on at full spe ed. Every momen t now tll e y were nearing tbe volcanic continent. lt lay to the north, and were proceeding to tl.Hl west. Bnt wheeit became apparent thu.t they WAre not gmng to be able to over the Sea Serpent, Frank yielded to Howard and Jack's wishes to make a landing on the Arctic continent. The Ferret was run up close to the shore of n. little bay. Tbe try could be seeu at close range. and a remarkable scene it presented. Not one in the party had ever seen such beautiful green verdure as here exist ed. "Bed ad, it's the rale Irish green!'' cried Barney. A small boat put out from the Ferret, and Frank, with Howard and Jack went ashore. They wereall delightod with the Arctic country. "By Jove, there's nothing to equal tllis in the world!" declared Jack. "Look at that distant line or mountains! See how wonderfully beautiful they are iB their outline!" "And that valley!" crie c l Jack. "Really I wonder if there are no human beings in this strange land?' "There is a tradition titat it is inllabited," said Frank, "and that the inhabitants are descendants of some harlly Norse warriors." "Wouldn't it be tine if we could only find them!" "I dcio't know about that. They are doubtless very savage fellows!" "Ah, yes, no doubt! Well, I wonder if animals inhabit these wilds!" But the question was answered at that very moment. They wer!l approaching a mountain whose slopes were covered with a thick growth o'f firs. Suddenly from among these and out upon a crag stepped a giant animal. "Merc:rul powers! What is it! An elephant!" gasped Jack. "A bear!" But it was not the common species of Polar bear which is always as white as the eternal snows. Its color "Was jet b!ILck, and its size was nearly douule thqt of tbe white bea r, and even larger tbau "01<1 Epuraim or tile Rocky Mount ain grizzly. That it was a savage and terrihle monstP.r to meet there wad no doubt. At sight or tile men below it uttered a ternble r oar. "By gracious!" exclaimed Howard Mayne. "I don't care about a near acquaintance!" "Nor I!" said FranJ

. .. 12 FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR 'fHE SE SERPENT. When they returnej Frank hoisted the anchor of the submarine boat.! gantic in circumference. Yet they were as light and lissome in ac ' Now for new scenes," he cried. "We will visit this continent tion as though not so ponderously heavy. agam at some future time!" 1 The risk which Frank took in app oaching the serpent so closely Howard c.r Jack did not demur. They were perfectly willipg tore 1 was no slight one. sume the quest for the Sea I II; would seem as it the monster could easily at any moment turn to the westward the submarine boat went. Frank believed I and with a single blow demolish the submarine uout. that the Sea Serpent had as heretofore kept a straight course. j But Frank kept the ram constantly charged with electricity, and "Perhaps the monster will keep straight on through tbe Behrir.g depended wholly upon its effectiveness. StraiL," he declared. "H so we may yet get into the Pacific." In vain the engines or tbe Ji:erret were taxed to their utmost ca" And go hnH round the world!" cried Howard. That would be pacity. gran :I!" . The distance between it and the serpent could not be appreciauly Part of the time the Ferret traveled under the water and part or the overcome. Indeed, before long it became apparent that tlle monster while on the surface. was gaining. In this manner the open sea was crossed in about three days and They were now nearing the ice field rapidly. '!'be cold wo.s increasnights. ing bitterly. Then once more the wbite line of the frozen reawn showed on the Mercy on us!" criell Howar-d Mayne. We shall never be able horizon. Frank was in a quandary wbat to do. 0 to chap.:: II he went straight on through Behrings Straits be had no way of .. It _l.Joks like 1tf J!rank. . knowing but that the sea serpent haC! lingered in the Arctic basin. Bepbers, 1 km fa:ax the beast! cned Barney packmg up What should he do? Should he &top and continue his quest Curtller has r1fle. Hb drew a1m and tired. in the open sea! But to the surprise of all, the bullet was see n to lift the scales slightOn the other hand, if the serpent had gone on and into the Behring ly on monster's back. It had glanced oil. Sea then be would be wastin"" time by remainina in the open Polar Its bide was bullet proof at that range. sea: 0 "' Begorra wud yez luk at the loikes av that?'' cried Barney. n:was some while be(ore Frank could quite make up his mind. Shure a bard ould skin he bas to be sore!" And again, as before, he was led to do so by a singular It was ev1dent the career of the Sea Serpent could not be Jack Clyde was the first witness of it. brought to an end m that manner. . Tne boat was forging along at full speed, and every moIndeed, before any further move could 'Je made, the monster disapment approaching nearer the ice barrier. peared beneath the waves. Suddenly there was a tremendous commotion in the water n.Jt a at. once shouted: mile dii:II!D.nt from the Ferret. Allms1de! Close the doors! Great columns of white spray went flying into the air. This order was quickly obeyed. Then down saok the submarine A couple or huge bodies were seen thrashing about there appar-boat to the bottolll or the oc ean. ently engaged in a deadly combat. But sea serpent had disappeared. Nothing wllatever could be "Two whales!" cried Jack. "They a::e having a fight." seen of 1t. . His cry brought all out on deck. Ipstantly the course of the Ferret Frank, however, kept a atrmgb1 course under the water. The depth was changed to approach the scene. was greater here than at any part of the northern seas which they had It was apparently a battle of giants. struC?k yet. . Words can bardly describe the scene. The water was lashed in hil Still the submarme boat kept on 1ts course. Frank telt certam that locks of foam for a hundred yards about the contestants. the sea serpent's course would be direcdy under the frozen seas to But as they drew nearer to the scene Frank Reade Jr. made a Behring Straits. startling discovery. ' In this event no ?oubt t!1e chase wouU be carried the Pacific. "Hurrah!'' he shouted. "We're on the riht track!'' He was not sorry for th1s, for the thought or travelmg under the "Right track!" exclaimed Howard Mayne."' "What do yod meau?" hundreds or of ice was indeed an Unpleasant one. . "Just what I say Those are not two whales fighting, but one How long It would take to reach tbe open seas of BehnngRStruns whale and tbe sea serper.t.'' could not very well be estimated. "The sea serpent!" Frank, however! hoped that two weeks would do it. The Ferret There was no disputing the fact; this waa certainly true. was of qu.1te good speed um\er the surface. . The monster and a large sperm whale were enaao-ed in a deadly But tbrtlhng epasodes were near at band, and tbe1r tnp under the combat. 0 o frozen Arctic was cles. tined to be one long remembered. The coils of the serpent could be seen to be wound complete! y about the whale, and its huge bead was working in the Wtlter like a battering ram. The wllale was making a valiant fight, anj for a time it waa d oullt ful which would win. It was not safe for the Ferret to approach very near to the combat ants. The sea was c burned into waves of great height; the battle was a fast and furious one. But it was too terrific to last long. Sudaenly the two contestauts disappeared beneath the waves. The sea boiled and tossed over the spot where they bad gone dowri. All on board the Ferret looked to see them come up again; but after a time Frank said: "Lower the boat, Bamey, and we'll see what" is going on down there.'' But Howard Mayne said: "No, see!'' Up to the surface there came suddenly a huge, blacl;: body. It lay dormant upon the water. It was the whale, dead. The sea serpent had been victorious. All on bo ard the Ferret were deeply impressed with the result. Bot even whale they were reflecting upon it a cry went up: There is tbe seapent!" II gazed in the direct ion indicated. There, dead to the westward and making a rapid course for the ice fields was tba sea serpent. The monster's bead was high out ot the water, and it was traveling witt great speed. "i;luick!" shouted Frank, "let us puraue it. If we could only over take i:, I think this time we could end the fellow's career!" Baruey sprang into the pilot-bouse and sent the boat ahead at full speed. Across tl::.e waters it raced. And, indeed, it. seemed to gain rapidly on .the serpent. Every moment it drew nearer. The monster was f!Wimming leis urely and did not seem to heed its pursuer. But when wi thin one hundred yards of the serpent, the submarine boat could not seem to get nearer. Although put to its lull speed, the Ferret yet maintained the same distance. 'l'bis gave those on board an excellent chance to study the sea serpent. His leviathan folds wriggling through the wate;, were simply giAfter many tet\ious days sailing Frank reckoned that they were no t' more than live hundred miles north of Point Barrow. This was encouraging. CHAPTER XI. THE BERG GAVERN. Tms distance should certainly be covered easily In four In that event a W'lek sbould see them in Behrings Strait!!. They were no IV near the end of the ice floes, and Frank hoped to very quickly reach daylight. All bud grown extremely weary of traveling through the darkened waters and gloomy depths. Fish of all kinds were in some plac e s quite abundant. In shallow wu,ters seals and walrusses were often seen beneath the surface. But as yet, no trace or the sea-serpent. On the thud day, a thrilling incident came ne a r terminating the career of the submarine boat and the voyagers as well. Frank was forward in the pilot-bouse when he saw an immene narwhal steering straight for the boat. The lish was a monster of its species. What was mor e it was not alone. Back of it were others, in fact a perfect scbool. They were all ing toward the submarine boat with th e appurent intenti on of strill: ing it. Frank knew well what such a contingency as this would mean. The uarwh al of the Arctic is a beavy lisb, second to the whale, and is provided with a powerful lance or so-called sworll upon the extrem ity or his bead. A blow from this bas been know u to pierce the timbers of a ship. Fran: knew the danger of an encounter with so many of these pow erful fish. It meant probable annihilation of th e boat. With an exclamation of horror, he to the swit::h-board. Quick as a llasb be pressed the eleva.ting key. "l'be pneumatic valves quickly forced the wa ter out or the reservoirs and the boat sprang upward. The move was executed not a moment too soon. 'l'be fish passed directly under the Ferret. Indeed the commotion rocked the boat viol e ntly. But this was not the end or it all. In its upward career, the Ferret struck the ice above. The water was more shallow than Frank bad reckoned upou But fortunately it was a thin coating, and really covered a basin in the interiOl" of a mighty moun tam or berg of puck ICe.


FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SEA SERPENT. J3. The Ferret stot up into tins basin like a cork,:breakiug the thin ice. At t!Je same moment its engines forced the boat forward and it shot witb full force betweeu opposing cnl,es of ice and wedged there. It was driven clean out of t!Je water upon a s!Jelf of t!Je herg, and to add to the catastrophe an immense cake fell down fro m above and lodged across the bows. 1'hus the Ferret was pinioned in the heart of the hollow berg. All bad been done in the twiuklig of au eye. the most astonislled person in the crowd was B11rney who b11tl been in dome regulating the searcu-lighl. For he had fancied that he ball been the Clluse of the sudden rise of the boat bY changing the circuit or throwing open a switcb. "Begorra, phwat the devil is wrong!'' be yelled, excitedly, tumbling down from his perciJ. "Och, Misther Frank!" But at that moment he saw Franl' iu the engine-room, and under stood all, and tile young inventor was alone responsible for the cllange of base .. Shure, Mistber Fmnk, and phwat'a the matter?" he cried. Don't ask me yet, Baruey !'' replied Frank. "I tried to get out of tlle way of a school of narwhal, aud ilad no idea we were so uear tile surface!" Everybody now was on baud. lt required !Jut a glance to take in the true situation. It certainly was a most startling one. Golly! I done fink we am aucllored now, Marse Frank!'' cried Pomp. Where on earth are we?" cried Howard Mayne. "Are wa yet under the sea?" Indeed it required a second glance to determine through the misty glass whether Liley were yet In water or In air. But a few moments served to settle this fact beyond all dispute. Then the question arose as to what. ought to he done. Frank opened the door and stepped out upon deck. He examined the position of the boat, and made a startling declara tion: We are under a moving berg!" be declared. "Look at tbe cur rent iu \he basin which will tell you." All looked at tlle blacft: water in tlle basin and saw that it was moving. .. You are rigllt, Frank!'' cried Howard Mayne. "This berg is moving.'' "What is more, we are in a fearful dangerous position." "Daugerousr' "Yes; we are in imminent danger of being crushed into.atoms at any moment." How is that!" asked Howard Mayne. "Look up and you will see." Far above in tile arches of the berg cavern huge masses or ice, tons upon tons, were seen banging in a most precarious position, seem iugly waiting but a sllg!Jt encouragement to fall. If they should fall it would mean a collapse of the berg and the c .. vern would tumble in. The result of such a conti.;gency, so far as the submarine boat concerned, can be imagined. It would be crushed like an eggshell. Every moment the berg was drifting into warmer watllrs, whicb simply meant that it was approachiug nearer to dissolution. Tbe position of the Ferret, thArefore, was an awful one. The voyagers were aghast. What was to be done? This question was stamped upon every fa.:e. Instinctively all looked toward Frank Reade Jr. He was the genius or the crowd, and to him they looked for a meth od of deliverance. And Frank's mind was not idle. He bad been very busy endeavor ing to formulate a plan or deliverance. He saw that. it was not going to l.Je easy to do this. But for the uauger of the falling ice, it would be easy enougb to_ dislodge the Fer. ret from position with dynamite. But the shock of the explosion wonhi be fatal. There was no doubt of this. 1'he cold on the deck was intense. All repaired to the cabin and a conference was held. After some discussion Frank enid: "I believe there is but one thing for us to do. We must all take pikes and axes and dig the Ferret out of the trap bodily." Correct!" cried Howard Mayne. But how long will it take to do thnt?" "I cannot_ssy. It will depend upon our capabilities fo( cutting ice!'' That settles it!" cried Jack Clyde. Let us not waste a moment but at once go to work." This sentiment was echoed by the otpers. Picks and axes were fur nish eel and everyone went out on aeck. Each knew that while workingthere be was under the shadow of death. The ice above fall at any moment and crush him to deatll. But ali worked resolutely and bravely. At times small fragments falling from above would till them with consternation. Once a falling block weighing tons struck in the waters of the bas in. The reverberation was fearful and it seemed as if the whole berg was about to tumble. But it did uot. Gradually the ice was cleared from the bow of the Ferret. In course of time and with much effort this was accomplished. the question of getting the boat back into tlle water arose. This was no light undertaking. But( nevert!Jeless a channel was dug down to the water's edge. 1'hen a cable was drawn about a spur of ice upon the opposite side of the basin. Frank set the electric engines at work. Slowly and surely the boat slid down the improvised icy ways. It neared the water rapidly. Suddenly it slid into the basin. Then cheers went up. The voyagers quickly scrambled aboard. There was really no time to lo8e. A creaking and straining of the ice roof was ominous. Frank threw back the key on the switchboacd, and the Ferret sank. It was not a moment too soon. 'rhere was :. terrible commotion above, an earthquaKe-like sbock. The berg bad tumbled in. Had the boat been in tte cavern at that it would have been crushed to atoms, It was the narrowest kind of an escape. Five m inutes more and the fat.e of the Ferret and its crew would have been, sealed forever. Down to the bottom Frank. went. Matters were quickly put to rights, and the Fenet went on its way. A day Inter and they were well ou t frOI\1 under ,the ice. It was a joyful rellectlon to ali. Straight down toward Point Barrow, the northernmost part of Alaska, the submarine boat beld its course. As yet, since leaving the open Polar sea, no sign of the sea serpent had been seen. Frank however was yet. sanguine of coming up with his snakesbip. He was very resolute in his purpose to b:.g the big game. We shall find him in the Straits," be declared, or at the fartllest in the basin of Behring's Sea Succeeding events proved that his conviction was based correctly: The Ferret had passed into the Straits and was making slow work against a head wind, when Pomp, who was on lookout, a ves sel far to the eastward. Marse Frank, it jes' look like to me as if dey was in trubble!" cried the darky. Wha' yo' fink?" Frank procured his glass and studied the distant vessel. "You are right, Pomp!" he cried, finally, "they are in trouble." "What sort of craft is it, Frank!" ask.ed Howard Mayne. "I would not be surprised if it was a sealer!" replied Fran I<; but she is in trouble and we must go to her!" At once the course of the snbmarintl boat was changed and held down for the distant ship. It required some time to cross the intervening miles. But Frank signaled tha distant vessel and received an answer. There was no doubt but that she was in distress. Frank answered that he would assist her. Finally the submafine boat came within bailing distance of the ship which it was now seen was aground. 1'he sea was smooth and she had not as yet received any damage. But, of course, it was impos.sible to tell when this might happen. A high sea would sweep over her deck& and break ber up. Frank went out on deck and bailed the ship: Ahov!" be shouted. Ahoy!" came back. What vessel is that?" "The Utopia from Seattle, engaged in catching se(\_ls!" was the reply. CH .\:PTER XII. THE BAND BAR-END OF THE SEA SERPENT. JusT Ull I thought," said !'rank, turning to his companions. "She is a sealer." 1 '!ben be shouted: Wbat is your distress?" "We're aground on a bar," replied the captain of the Utopia. "We ran into shallow water without knowing it." Tllis was no unusual occurrence in tlle Behring Sea, as Frank knew well. Vessels very often run aground in these waters. There were auy number of shallow spots where sand and mud controlled by wind and current made a bar. 'l'he Utopia bad been most unfortunate. The capt:llb bad tried every means in his power to draw his sllip off. But be had failed in thi6. The sight of the Ferret, however, bad inspired the crew with hope. But they regarded tlle submarine boat with surprise. I say!" shouted c11ptain, "wlmt aort of a craft is that!" "It is a submarine boat,'' replied Frank. A submarine boat?'' "Yes!" "Thunder and guns! You don't mean to say that you can travel under water!" "Yes, I do,'' replied Frank. "Who are vou?'' "I am Frai1k Reade, Jr." "Never heard tell on ye. I am Mose Gilson of Seattle, captain of this ship!" (I I am glad to meet you, Mr. Gilson. I am corning over to see you!'' All right!'' Frank put out a boat, aml Barney entered it with bun. They at once rowed over to the si.Jip


1? FRANK READE, J-R.'S SEARCH :i!'OR 'l'HE SEA SERPEN'l'. Up onto the deck they The captain was a burly six r What seemed like a huge tidal wave rolled over the bar. It picked W!Lh a long sweep of . . the Utopia 1;\lld the Ferret up like corks and carried them yards away. Durned glad to meet ye! be smd, heartily gnppwg Frank's hand. The Utopia was completely swept oll the bar. The wind cauabt "l reckon ye're a man by the lobks of ye." her sails, and sbe be<>an to till away. 0 "Thanks," replied Franlt, brusquely. "Now, Captain Gilson, w!Jat 'ro the tops sprang her men. Rattling cheer after clJeer went up. can .(do to help you?" "Stop at Seattle an' see us!" shont.!d blntr Gilson. "I !Jope ye'll "Nothing, unless you can get me ofi' this bar!" catch the sea serpent.'' "I think I can do it." Frank waved his arms in reply, and t hen sprang to the pilot-house. "You do?" He set his course at once for the distant Aleutiau Islands. Yes." 'l'he Ferret raced across the sea like a All that day the Good for you, friend; I like your speech." que o t was kept up. "Have \rOll much of a on board?" In anu out among t!Je islands went the little craft, now above water, "Three thousand seal!\!> me; I sa.y, cap'en, how are you goin' to now beloiV it. get us off this mud anyway?" But yet not a trace of the sea serpent could be founu. "Simply blow a hole m the bar with a llynamite cartridge.'' "I'm afraid we've lost trace of bin1," said Fmnk, finally. "Prob-" Dynamite?" ably he bas gone south, or perhaps out into the Pacific and toward "Yes.'' Hawaii." But the ship--" "Don't abandon hope!" said Howard Mayne, encouragingly. 1 "Don't you fear; it shall not be harmed, I 'llill promise you." "I do not intend to. Yet there is little chance I fear!" "-"Well, sit, if you kin lt of it.'' This was done slowly and sadly


T FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH FOR THE SE.A SERPENT. 15 Not one In the party but bad a heavy heart. IL was hard indeed to The skin and skeleton of the serpent were very finely preserved. witness the wreck of tbe Ferret. Then one morning the castaways a?;oke to hear a cannon shot. It is a confou-nded shame!" cried Howard Mayne, forcibly. "Why A vessel ofl shore had seen their signal. could we not bave eeet: that rock!'' A boat put off and the first person to step out of it was Captain Never mind!" said Frank, we captured the Sea Sllrpent!" Gilson, of the Utopia. "But wbat good will that do us! We can never get it borne!'' His amazement was great. "Oh, I think we cant" Well, I vow," he cried in surprise. "What does all this mean! How!" Shipwrecked!" "It will drift ashore. We can then remove its skin and preserve "That Is. the size of It," replied Frank. "Can you take us aboard its hones!" your ship?" "Correct!" cried Jack Clyde; "qut is there any chance of getting Can I!" blurted the big captain . "Wall, I knew I'd git a chance home!" to pay ye back!" "Oh, yes!'' replied Frank. "Some Olent Indian will take JlS to the All were taken on board the Utopia. Some weeks later they were mainland or a sealing will pass this way!" in 8eattle. I hope so!" From thence they went to San Francisco. The news of !heir return I know it!" spread through the country. This reassured au: When the boat reached thtl shore all sprang It created great excitement a11d interest. Crowds rushed to the out. wharf to see lhem land. The first move was to make a fire and dry their clothes. Then But Frank and Barney and Pomp went .at once to Readestown. darkness came. Howard Mayne and Jack Clyde went !>ack' to New York, where The isle was rather a barren spot but the castaways made themselves thby were at once installed as the lions of the Bohemian Club. at home and were quite comfortable lor the night. 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Jr.'s E lectric Oyc lone; or, Thrilling Ad68 Yoang Sleuth 11.nd the Female S muggler; or, Working ventures in No Man's Land. II. For Uncle Sa.m.'' 66 The s unken Pirate; or. Fra.nk Reade, .Jr., in Search of 69 Young Sleutb'a Lightning Changes: or, 'l'he Gold B rick a. Treasure a.t the Bottom of the Sea. Gan2' 'l'aken In. 67 Frank Reade' Jr .. and HiR E lectric Ait -Boat; or, Hunt70 Young Sleuth and the Owls of Owll\lountain; or, The 68 Jr, Among the 71 The Keen Detective'!$ Oowboys With his New Electric Carnvan. Best KnockOut. 69 From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful Trip of Frank 72 Young Sleuth's Sha.rps; or, Sharp Work Shar p Reade, Jr., With His Latest Air-Ship. Crooks. '10 Frank Reade, Jr. and His Rlectric Prairie Schooner; 73 Younc Sleuth's :SeTen or, The Kee n Detective' s or, the Mexican Horse Thieves. Marked '!'rail. 71 theLa.kes; 74 on the Stage; or, An Act .Not on the 72 Arift in Afri ca; or. Fr11.nk Reade. Jr., Among the lory 75 Sleuth at A'Ionte Carlo; or, The Crime of th& 73 Jr.'s Air76 and the Man with the A.rm : or, Ship. the Thunderbolt of the Skies. Trackinc Mis8ing Million s. 74 Air Racer; o r Around the 77 C ity; or, Waltzing WiJ 7 5 Frank Reade, Yr . and His Flying Ice Ship; or, 78 Y oung S lentb in Siberia; or, Saving & Young Ame rican Driven .Adrift in the Frozen Sky from tbe ..,rison Mines. 76 Frank Reade, J r .. and His 1 !:1ectric Sea Engine; or, 79 Young S leuth Almost Knocked Out; o r Nell Blondin's Hun for a Sunken Diamond Mine. Desperate 77 1\lountllin; 80 Two: or, The All theabove libraries are for sale by all newsdealers in the United States and Canada, or sent to your address, post-paid, on r eceipt of price. Address . P. 0. Box 2730. FRANK TOUSEY Publisher 34 & 36 North Moore Street, New York.


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