Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his submarine wonder the "Dart."

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Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his submarine wonder the "Dart."

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Lost in the Great Atlantic Valley; or, Frank Reade, Jr., and his submarine wonder the "Dart."
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Senarens, Luis, 1863-1939
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N Late s t and Bes t S t orie s are Published in Library. ""TO 84 { c o L } FRANK TOUSEY. Punr,rsmm, 3! & 36 NoaTu MooRE STREET. NEw Yoar.: { Jt t iCE } Vol IV .&.-. MP ETE New York, July 6, 1894. ISSUED '.VU:EKLY. 5 CENTS. 0 Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the yeu1 189!, by FRANK TOUSEY, in the o.{fice of the Lib1a.ian of Conuess, at Washington, D. C. Lost in Great Atlantic Valley; o ... Frank Read e Jr., and His Sub marine Wonder the "Dart." By "" 'l'he y oung inventor swung his a x o ver his head and made a slashing blow at the monster's head. I t struck the enormous hawk-like bea,k and slashe d off part of it. Quick as thought Frank repeated the blow.


.. \ 2 LOST IN THE GREAT ATLAN'f!C VALLEY. The subscription Price of tbe FlUNK R EADE LIBR ARY by the year i s $2.50: $ 1.2 5 per s ix months, p os t-paid. Address FRANJii:: TOU SEY, PUBLISHER, 34 and 3 6 North Moor e Street, New York. Box 2730. LOST IN THE GREAT ATLANTIC VALLEY; OR, Franlr Jr., and His Submarine Wonder the "Dart." By "NONAME, Author of "Frank Reade, Jr.' s New Electric Air-Ship the Zephyr," etc." CHAPTER I. WHIC H INTRODUCES OUR CHARACTERS AND THE SUBMARINE BOAT, READE9TOWN, U. S. A., is a smart, flourishing little city upon a certain river which runs down to the sea, and it owes founding and success to a family of wonderful inventors by the name of Reade. Frank Reade, Jr., the latest representative of the wonderful fam. ily is a youug man whose name Is a household wor(l the world over. He is the inventor of so many wonderful machines for traveling in the air, under water, or anywhere else that the people of this great country wete uy no mMns greatly surprised at the announcement which one day went forth that the young inventor had perfected a new submarine boat, and in conJunction with a famous scientist wa. s about to make a trip of exploration tilrougtl the great Atlantic valley, wtlich is under the sea. But tltey were interested if not surprised, and everybody was agog to know just whe n the expedition was to start. And all the people would await with great interest the outcome of tltis new allll wonderful ent e rprise. Some predicted a calamity. It did not seem an easy matter to remain under water in a subma rine boat for days and weeks, living npon arti!i.cial air and deprived of heaven's light. But those who knew Frank Reade, Jr., bad no doubt of his success. Particularly Prof. Von Bulow, the distinguished German scientist, who was to accompany Frank. This gentleman was very enthusiastic over the enterprise. He bad dined with the young inventor in Ute cabin of the "Dart," and had spent some 1lours in its trial trip under the surface of the river at R e adestown. The refore tle was ready to vouch for its efficiency and practicability. "I\. will take my chances,'' lie said witlt his broad smile; "it will be no danger, I am very well assured." The professor was e s pecially anxious to atndy pltenomena of the deep sea and also the topography of tbe Atlantic Valley. All that was known of tltis mighty depression had been gained by deep sea soundings. Certain specimens of its bottom had been brought up by the lead. Various forms or an:mallife unknown to science bad : uus been dis covered. But it wr.s only guess work after all. Here tlowever, was a migh ty opportunity to explore tile ocean depths literally. In his great machine shops at Readestown, Frank constructed the Dart. Every detail of its drauglttir.g and plans bad been made by him in ltis secret moclel room. The machinists had done the work onder his directions. In tuis manner the fa.mous Dart was built. In shape it was not unlilie the model of a pleasure yacht. There was a hull of thinly rolled but strongest steel. It was pro vided with dead eye windows or convenient number, water tight and provided with slitles. Above the hull was an outer deck provided with a guard rail whieh extended from stem to stern. Tilen above this deck was a cylindrical body with windows of tongh est plate glass and doors in its ends. Ttl is was the cabin of ttle Dart, and it was divided into varion'il com 1 part ments which we will deacribe separately. In the middle of ttle cabm cylinder was a section of strongest plate glass so that the travelers in the cabin were in constant view of the sea and its depttls. Two masts rose lore nild aft, and forward was a pilot-house where were the nautical apparatus and the steering genr as well as ttle elec tric key boara. For the prop11Iling and lighting power of the Dart was furnished by electricity. Over pilot-house was a most peowerful electric search light." With this the bottom of the waa made as plain as broad day light and wns a mighty advantage. This is a meager description ot the exterior of tlte Dart. The in terior was magnificent beyond description. Frank ltad spared no expense in the fittings of the Dart, so that it was a veritable lloatiug palace. The tirst cabin was richly furnished: the second cabin containel! half a dozen tine state-rooms. Beyond wns the dining cabin, nntl then one came to the cook's galley. Below decks however, was the region of wood&r and mystery. Here was ali the won(lerful and secret electrical machinery. Also the might;r automatic reservoirs by which the Dart was made to sink or rise nt the will of the inventor. Forward was the chemtcal room, where in tanks was stored the compressed air, and also manufactured the same with whicll tile trav elers wer'=! enabled to live ueneath the ocean surface Tubes went to every part of tbe cabin with tb1s chemical product, and there was alse an apparatus for consuming tlte vitiated air or gases. So that the air supply was al wuys of .the purest and best.. Truly, tbe submarine Dart was a wondrful product of the inventor's skill and ingenuity. Few, however, could appreciate it more folly than Prof. Von Bulow wbo was fairly captivated with it. "It is a most wonderful thing,'' he declared earnestly. "Tbere is nothing in tlte kaiser's land like it. You Americans are a wonderfal ptlople." Frank was besieged with hundreds of applications for various pur poses. Hosts of cranks applied for permission to accompany him. Some letters were beseeching, some threateniug. One mildly insane woman wanted him to recover her son from tile clut('bes of an octopus. Another asked that her husband might be bronght back from the realm of old NeptmA. But one applicant nt least received consideraticm at Frank's ltands. He was a bearcleu sen captain, who told of the sinking of a pirate ship in a certain latitude wi.h a vast treasure aboard. Here was a reasonable request, and Frank agreed to look for it. He tool' the b earings as given him by Captain Bell and said: "if possible I will find your sunken treasure. H ma y be though that time aod the action of the tides have buried it so deep that I will not be able to reclaim it.'' I tltink not, sir!" said Captain Bell, eagerly. It occurred, to be sure, forty )'ears but I ttlinl' it is upon a reef not so very far be neath the surface!" Then Captain Bell went on to tell the story of the lost treasure. "I was quite a young man, then,'' be said, "and was in the navy, as captain of a small sloop-oJ-war, called tbe Utopia. "Reports wera coming in thick ami fast of Captain Longboats, the pirate, who was so ventureMome as to within one hundred miles of New Yori' City in quest of a prize. "Hts snip, the Vestal Virgin, odd name for a pirate, was a last satler, and the most of our war vessels could not keep in sight of her. 'ihll pirate captain's real name nobody could learn, but he was called Captain from the immensely long boots which he wore nt all times. But there w:as 11 suspicion In the navy tlepartment that he was really Isaac Van Dorn, once a captain in the service, wbo had become disgruntled on accou,nt of a reprimand from a superior officer, and sought revenge apon the government by startieg out upou a tour of piracy. Well, the Secretary of the Navy selected me and the Utopia to go in chase of the pirate. Just at Lbis time there came a report that an English steamer had been overtlauled, and a million dollars in American "Old bad been seized by Longboats. "This settled the question. I was at once in receipt of sailing or ders. We Annapolis one bright day, and soiling down tlte river, soon reached the open sea.


LOST JN 'I' HE GREA'l' ATLANTIC VALLEY. 8 I bad nothing to guide me but my nose. I follDwed it, however, for five hundred miles out to sen, and in the direction of Bermllda. "My plan was not to attempt 10 overhaul the Vestal Virgin. 1 causad the Utopia to be up like a merchant vessel. The gun ports were closed and paintetl, and everything warlike al:lout her was concealed. Then I lay in the track of foreign going vessels for weeks. My game workea. "It was some while bel ore the pirate showed np; but she did eventually, and bore down upon us. "We made a show of running away, but she overhauletl us like tbe wind. We did not have any trouble in letting her overtake us." "She sent some hot shot across our bows and we hove to. We were all ready for a fight. "Behind our high bulwarks crouched our men all ready for board ing. The false ports could be knocked out in ten seconds, and an in stant broadside given from ten guns. "Nearer drew the Vestal Virgin; when 9he was a hundr e d yurcls dis tant Longboots himself :.tppe:ued Jc the shrouds. I spoke to one of my men: "Piclc that villain off! Let it !Je tile signal for the broadside. "The order went Every man was really. The gunner I bad spoken to was a dead shot. "He tired and Longbnots dropped to the deck. Then open flew our ports and we sent solid shot into her hull. "She wtJnt down instantly. We bad just 1ime to get away from tlle vortex. Only one of her men was saved. "He made a clean breast of all, and declared that there was fully 11 million and a half in treasure a'Joard ttle Vestal Virgin. We bad some thoughts then of recovering it. "But the soundings were too deep. No diver could live ut that depth. We turned our course homeward. And this is bow it comes that the Vestal Virgin and her mighty treasure lies at the bottom of the sea." Frank had been deeply interested in this recital. As Captain Bell finished be said: "I will make every endeavor be sure to recover that treasure. II I do, a fair share of it is yours!" Captain Bell gripped Frank's hand. "1 hope you will succeed!" he said, "and I feel quite sure you will!" Then Frank showed the co.ptain over the submarine boat. He was deligt:ted. "Upon my word, skipper!" he cried. "I'm an old sea dog and reckoned never to leave the surface or the ocean while iu life. But i'd give a good deal to take this vy'age with you.'' Frank was thoughtful a moment. He bad taken a great liking to Captain Bell. Do vou mean thatf" he asked. With all my heart!" replied the old skipper, eagerly. And if I don't work and earn my passage you can put me oft at the first. porL. Shall I go with you!'' "Yes!" replied Frank. "You may!" CHAPTER II. THE EXPEDITION S TARTS. Tms made of Captain Bell a happy man. "I'll 2:0 and tell my wife at once!" be cr; ed. "When do we sail?" "In one week from to-da!7." Good 1 I'll report for daty Goollluck till I see you again." And the bluft' captain was gone. Frank ball two valuable men in his employ who traveled with him the world over. One was a negro, black as a coal and jolly as could be. He re joiced in the name of Pomp, nothing more. The other was an Irishman, as full of native wit as a nut is of meat. His name \l>as Barney O'Shea. Barney and Pomp were almost us Iamons as their young master and his inventions. They were the warmest or friends, and yet to bear them talk one would have felt assured they were enemies, for they were fond of rail ing at each other in a m0ck seriouR way. lf Barney could play a practical joke upon his colored colleague be was happy and Pomp seldom !ailed to retaliate in kind. Really they were tbe life of aHy exploring expedition, and for faiUb ful service and devotion Frank could hardly have replaced them. They were anticipating the submarine voyage with a great deal or relish. Golly!" cri e d Pomp. "l'se jes' gwine to be tickled to deff to git to trabbliog once mo'. l'se bin home long enough, dis chile hab!" "Begorra, I'm wii yez, naygur!" cried Barney, bluntly. "lt ain't often we two una agree, but bfl me sow! it's united we stband on tllnt, sor .. "It am y()' fault, I'lsh, d!lt we don' agree on everyfing!" declared Pomp, solemnly. How do yez make that out?'' "Yo' don' take mah wo'd fo' a cent.'' Begorra, I'd hate to take yoursilf fer cried Barney, joc. ularly. Sh:ue I'd kape t!Je cint.'' Pomp scratched his woolly Yo' link dat am berry fnnny." It's not so funny as yez are." Yah, yah! am dat so?" Didn't I tell yez?" Don' yo' git too gay wif we, chile. Dar am jes' sand enough in rnah wool fo' to take de conceit out ob yo'.'' "Bejabers, I'll go soak me head if I had sand in me hair," said Barney, contemptuously, "take a shampoo, nr.ygurl" "Yo' am gettin' sassy!" On me worrud, I'm tbe only gmtleman on yer list av acquaint ances, an' bekase I tell ye yer faults it proves me your friend." Pomp scratched his bead again. Then he looked at Barney and Barney loo{ed o.t him. Barney be gan to edge away and Pomp lowered his head. Look out fo' yo'sef!" '' Knpe away from me, yez black npe!" But Pomp made a dive for the Celt. Barney let out with both his They struck the darky's bead like battering ram&. Bnt they mi!!:hL as well have IJeen directed toward a stone post. They glanced oft that bard surface with the greatest of ease. Th2n Pomp's head took Barney in the ribs. The next moment the Celt was counting stars in a bewildermg fir mament. He recovered just in time to grap[Jle with his assailant. Then followed a genuine old fashioned wrestling mntcb. The two jokers rolled ever and over upou the ground pounding and thumping each other until one or the other bad enough. Frank Reade, Jr., at once began to put the Dart in lor her great trip. Stores enough to last for a period of many months were placed aboard. Every part of her mechanism was carefully examined and tested to make sure that it was 1111 right. Three days before the appointed Lime for sailing Captain Bell and Prof. Von Bulow appeared in town. They bad arranged their aftairs and were all in readiness for the ex pedition. They were certainly the envied ones of a large coterie. To take a trip 11cross tile Atlantic valley in a submarine boat was certainly no light privilege. The captain panicularly was in excellent spirits. "We are sure to reclaim that million and a ha:f of treasure," he declared, confidently. It will be a big hanl.'' Von Bulow was promising a hundred diflerent scientific societies specimens from the bed or the sea. It will be a big benefit to the world of science," he declared. Ab, my souH I w11l make great fame!'' Barney and Pomp were anticipating exciting adventures in the deep sea, nnll Frank was reftecring upor> the success of his new invention, Thus all bad some cherished plan or motive in v1sw. While tile people of tbe country waited expectantly for the day or departure. It came at last. Tile Dart rested in a large tank in the yard of the machine works. From this taok a wide and deep canal was locked tw1ce into the river. The went aboard exactly nt noon. Frank bad the moor lllgs cast oft and the Dart entered the canal . She glided through the locks gracefully and appeared in the river. And now for the first time she w.vs exposed to the view of the people. The banks were thronged and a great cheer went up as the ne1v invention appear>Jd. BanliB played and cannon fired salutes. The party of explorers remained on deck long enough to return the 88lutes. Then a great cry went up from tbe crowd. "Sink her! Sink her!" Frank knew that tile people wanted a demonstration of the Dart's capabilities. And be was willing to gratify them, He went into the pilot-house and the others went into the cabin. Then Frank pulled the steel lever which opened the reservoir. Water displaced the compressed air. Gracefully the Dart settled beneath the surface. Frank pressed a key and the electric lights blazed forth. The bed of the river was as plainly reve.aled as in daylight. For some while the Dart remained under the surface. Then it re appeared once more. The people were satisl:ied. The air was rent with cheers, and 1t was a triumphal parting which the submarine travelers received. Then the Dart ghded away upon her course. Down the river with great speed abe went. In due cour3e of time she reacbetl the open sen. 'fhe great trip through the Atlantic Vniley was begun. For some days the Dart stood strmght out to sen. Frank had made his course by tlle best ot the snbmari!le cbnrt s. He i1o.tl now reached what be believed to be the en trance to the Great Valley under the sea. This was at the beginning or the southeast branch of tLe Gulf Stream. The submarine course would extend to within a lew hundred miles of the Azores and then southerly, finally terminating at Ber muda. All this vast space was a mighty depressi<,n, known as the Great Valley. It has ever been a mystery to sailors and geographers from early times Ancient chronicles spealc or au old time continent and nation of people due west from the coast or Spain. As thiS continent does not exist to-day, it has been believed that it bad sunk by some mighty process of nature centuries ago.


4 LOS'l' IN THE GREAT .ATLANTIC VALLEY. There are plenty of mythical tales of the sunl>en world and its won ders now lying under the sea. That the keels of our modern ocean greyhounds may daily pass over a sunken world, is by no means improbahle. Perhaps some day our own American Continent may be relegated to a like fate. Let us hope that it will not come in our day. But it can lw seen that Prof. Von Bulow looked forward with im mense interest to the oossible revelatiOns in store. He had already pictured out citi!la and palaces, valleys and towns, forests and mouutuios under the sea. Not until he was assured that he was at the entrance to the great Atlant;c valley did Frank make preparations to descend. Then he made d!lep soundings 11110 becoming satistied that he had reached the right point, the descent waa made. The travelers took a final walk on deck, and then t3e coors were berm etically closed. Fmnk stepped into the pilot-house ana pulled the reservoir valve. Instantly the Dart began to settle. Down she went w1tb a graceful plunge. Tllere was a peculiar jolt ing, jarring motion as she displaced tbe water . Then tbe electric ligbts llasiled forth. 1.'1Jo8e on l.10ard bebeld a wonderful Big!lt. About tht>m were tbe wonders of the sea. Tile bed of the ocean Jay below, replete with aquatic hfe and growth. Tllll el!lctric glare extended many hundred feet in a!l directions. 1.'he Dart rested upon a small coral reef. 1.'be wllitest of sand lay spread between the clumps of sea plaLts. Tbere were grottoes and cavernous depths, miniature forests and castles of coral. In all were specimens of curious submarine life. Shell and other !ish were "very where. Huge species of ray, sunfish, shark and octopus roved about. The lights of the submarine boat seemed to draw them from all quarters. 'l'bey came with fish curiosity up to the very windows of tbe boat, anc seemed anxious to etlect an entrance. Tbis gave Prot. Von Bulow a much d!'s1red opportunity. He studied them to bis heart's content wl.Jile tile Dart remained on the reef. Captain Bell was also interested, and he and the professor became quite warm friends. Frau!-. was busy regulating the machinery of the boat preparatory to diving into the greaL valley. In the submarine outfit was a number or diving suits of a pattem invented by Frank Reade, Jr. Tney consisted of a helmet, with a reservoir of ample dimensions fasLened upon the back, and which was supplied with air by a chemi cal generator, while the bad a1r escaped by a valv" in tl.Je top of tbe helmet. Upon the helmet was also placed a small electric lamp, but of great power of penetration. With heavy weights upon tbeir feet the wearers of this ingenious diving suit, llaviug cot to depeuu upon cord or life line could remain at great and for a long period under the sea. It was proposed with Frank's permission to use the diving suits tl.Jat Captain Bell and the professor sl.Jould don Lbese suits and take a walk upon the sandy bed of the sen. Certainly, you can take the suits," enid Frank. Only be care ful or sllarksl" We will do that!" replied the captain. "I hardly think we need fear them with a good ax and kulfe." Barney brougbt up the from the lower cabin and he and Pomp helped the two explorers to don them. Soon they were equipped and ready for tlle departure from the in terior of the submarine !>oat. Both were eager nnd excited. CHAPTER III. ADVENTURES OF THE CAPTAIN AND THE PROFESSOR. FRANK had some misgivings as to the pohcy or allowing these two inexperienced men to leave the Dart. So he caused Barney to place one or the suits within easy reach so that in case or need he could easily doo it aud go to their aid. The two d1vers were all equipped, and all t .hat was now necessary was for them to leav., tile Dart. Tbis did not seem such a very easy thmg to do. lt would seem tl.Jat to open a door or w1odow tor exit would be to instantly llood the interior of tl.Je boat. And so it would have. Frank :1ad provided for this conungeucy, however, in the construc tion of Ll.Je boat. A door opened from the cabin into a vestibn!e. Entering this the divers closf'd tbe door behind them and opened a valve wllich flooded the vestibule. Then tbey opened the outer door w1tb impunity and walked out oa deck. The return to the cauin was affected by eoteriug the vest1uule, closmg the outer door and turning anotber valve which expelled Lhe water by pneumauc pressure. 1.'ben they could safely enter the cabin. Tllis was only one of the simplest of tl.Je many wonderful deVlces with which tbe Dart was provided. Once out on deck the d1vers experienced queer sensations for a mo ment. The pressure of the water for a time made them blilll! and dizzy. But they soon recovered and weat over the Dan's rail. 1.'hey stooll upon tbe bed of tile ocean. 1 t was a wonderful retlec tion. About were all the wonders heretofore denied the sight of man. Truly this was no ordinary experience. Forgetting himselr Bell attern pled to speak to the profess or. But tbe la:ter of course could not Llear him. It was only by putting their helmets together tbat they were abl e to converse and then with difficulty. They walked in the pathway of light from the boat. Looking back through the plate glass windows tbey easily see tbe interior of tl!e Dart. Both divers now began to enjoy looking for specimens and exploring the sullmarioe recesses. While Captain Bllll was nvt a scientist, he was nevertheless pleased to reader aid to tbe professor. Thus they kept on, gradually workmg furtber aad further away from the subrnarme boat, until tinally they reaciled the shadows which 10dicated tbe limit of searchlight. Beyond all was pitchy blacl;oess, for it was into tbe unknown deptlts of tbe great Atlaatic valley. Captain Bell put Ius helmet close to tbe professor's and shouted: Is it safe to 1!0 further?" "I thiul not," replied Von Dulow. "We had better turn back." Bot even us be said this he saw a queer species of fish slowly make its way i o to a coral cave near. "I must have tbat fellow!" he exclaimed excitedly. "He is a new variety." Without a of possible peril, the professor darted in pursuit. Into the cavern he went. Bell stood and !poked after him somew!Jat douutfully. '!'be sea captain did not reckon uut that Van Bulow was amply capable of taking care or himself, though really be regarded it as a tritle risl;y. The professor turned aa angle in the cavern and was out of sight. The captain was a trifle weary with tbe exertion of climhing over tbe slippery piles of seaweed, and did not follow. He waiLed what seemed t" him an ioterminallle while. The professor did not come out of tbe cave. Whew!" exclaimed tbe old sea captain finally. "Dash my tim bers llut I'm afeard he's come to harm. The more the captain poadered over the matter the deeper became his alarm. At length he decided to go in quest of his companion. He entP.red the cave an9, turued its angle just as the professor ha d done. Only a straage sense of intuitioa and a swift downward glance savea tile captain's life at that moment. He saw a deeJ> aad yawning abyss at his feet. For a moment he was overcome with grisly horror. He saw bow easy it was for any one to unwittingly walk into tbat deatil hole. Tbe light on his helmet partly displaced the gloom. Bat unless one looked down he would be sure tQ walk over the edge. That poor Von Bulow had done this tllere was no maaner of reason to dcubt. For a momP.nt the captam stood transfixed. It was a lerrillle reali zation. What was to be tlonll! It was some time before his nerves were steady enough to enaule him to advance to the verge noll peer over. But all down below was as black as Erebus. Forgetting himself, tbe captain tried to shout dowo into the abyss, but no answer ('arne back, of course. Was Von Bulow forever losL? Was he buried beneath that coral reef, uever to be seen again by human eyest It was terrible! The captain's hraio began to work ia devising 80me new scheme for rescue, but it was in vain. He leaned far over the verge. Hal was he dreaming or was his eyesight true! Was not that a star of light far down there in the blackness? He it was. Doubtless it was the electric upon Von Bulow's helmet. But it was visible only a llrief moment. Then 'disappeared. Tile captain leaned yet further over the verge. Unfonunate move. Suddenly and without warning he lost his bal ance. Over tbe edge like a !lash he went. Down into tlle abyss he sank; but it was not like falliag through air. He alighted without any serious jar upo.n a bed of sand fully lifty feet below. He was at the bottom of tbe p1t. The llelmet light made visible objects near at hand. 1.'be captain recovered IJimself and looked nbouk him. He saw white walls of coral and long cavernous passages leading in all directions. He was really in the heart of the coral reef. But he looked in vain for tbe professor. Von Bulow was not ia sight. Was the professor dead? Had he become the vicllm of some sub marine monster! The captain did not believe this. He proceeded to examine critically the bed of sand upon which he rested.


LOST IN THE GREAT ATLANTIC VALLEY. 5 There were the marks of footprints and the part i mpress of a man 's form. Von Bulow had fallen here But he had also arisen tor the footprints here led into one of the passages. Filled with excitement Bell proceeded to follow them. He was soon deep in the paRsage. And us be pressed on he shw a flickering light in the far distance. Suchlenly the light ceased to move but remainell stationary. Bell lmew what it meant full well. Tile professor had turned and saw the captain following him. lie was waiti!lg for him. Bell overtook his colleague. 'lhe two divera fairly embraced in their joy. l thought you were lo3t," cried Bell. I gave you up for dead!" "Then you fell into the same trap!" ''Yes!' My soul! How terrible our position is!" Yes, it is had!" We must get out of here or die. Do you believe it possible to do so?" Captain Bell shrugged his shoulders. "We have only to Lry!' he suid. "You nre right!'' "Shall we not follow this passage to the end? It may yot have an upward trend." "You are right!" So they set forth ad own the passage under the coral reef. It set!med ages that they v;anlow at the monster's bead. It struck the enormous ba wk-like beak and slashed off part. of it. Quicl' as thought Frank repeated tile blow. The monster writhed and made an effort to encircle Frank wit.h an other of its l"ug arms. Bmt the young Inventor this time buried the ax to the bead in tbe creature's cat-like eye. This was the telling stroke. It penetrated the braiu, and the octopus straightened 10 death throes. The lJatLle was over. Baruey and Pomp were watching the contest from one of the win dows of the submarine boat. "Golly!" cried Pomp, cutting a ptgeon wing. ".Marse Frank am done fixed dat critter fo' suah !" Bejabers, whin Mistber Frank goes fer to do a thing, be does tt up in ilegant shape!" declared Barney. Yo' am nght, l'isll!'' Prof. V Jn Bulow was extricated from the embrace of the octopus and all returned to the boat. The adventures detailed by the captain and the professor were thrilling, in:leed, and the others listened to them with interest. "It will ba hardly safe to repeat that sort of l bing!" sa1d Frank; "'the next time you gentlemen go out on an explorir::g tour I think that one of us who is more experienced in that sort of thing had better go with you." We shall not demur!" said Capt:tin Bell with a laugh. "I am afraid we are hardly qualified to face sncb risks." After Frar.k had concluded. his inspection or the machinery it was clecided to at once continue the journey into tba Atlantic Valley. So the machinery was put in motwo and the boat clove into the dark depths to be lost from the world for many months. Tlte search-light showed all about for a great distance as plam as day. But the boat passed over immense depths where all was

.. 6 L OST IN 'l'HB ATLANTIC VALLEY. "Exactly." The thoagbt that they were really in a mighty submarine gold mine was a most thrilling one. However, the professor bad other points to gain now so he left the gold vein and began some further expioration of the submarine cave. This extended an unknown distan c e into the bowels of the earth. The party did not venture to go too far beyond the rays of the s earch lrgbt. Tllere would ue great danger of getting lost in the labyrintir of pas sages, and certainly there would be no pleasure in this. In view of the experiences of Lhe professor and the captain this was an issue to be avoided. However they carried the exploration as far as seemed sale This was a numuer of hundred yards hom the submarine boat, and they hat! begun to think of returning Barney stumbled upon an exciting adven lure. Suddenly he espied a cnrious looking round body lying close to the wall or the c avern, and extenuing out of sigllt into dark depths. Tile Celt was nothing if not curious. It looked like a strange formution of some aquatic growth, and un thinkingly Barney jabbed the point of his knife IUto it. 1'he result was thrilling. The round body instantly contracted and then rebounded, tbr.:>wing Barney !Jack ward with great force And then out of the darkness of a cav ern passage carne a great tlat head with horrid jaws. It -.vas a species of sea serpent. The h u ge coils were thrashing the water of the cavern furiously, and the divers stood for a moment par alyzed witb terror. The sea serpent was undoubtedly the habitue of tbe ocean cavern. He seemed also disposed to resent this invasion upon his chosen tel' ritory. The situation waa critical. Frank saw at once that quick action must ue made, or serious con sequences would be the result. The young inventor, therefore, at once signaled to the others to fol low liirn, anu began a retreat for the DurL. But the sea serpeuL was following, and was certain to overtake them. But the result of the serpent's attack was indeed gratifying. And he also saw what he believed to be h i s Drawing his knife he started aftl'r the monster It was lying half dormant upon tile fioor of the cavern from the s hock which it had received. But as Frank ran toward tt.e Dart be saw Barne y coming towar.d !Jim. Barney fairly embraced his young master, as he cried placing his helmet c lose to Frank: Ocb llone, Mister Frank, au' I tlrought it was kilt entoirely ye was:'' "I bad a close call,'' replied Frank, "but where is tile captain?" "Shure, he's safe aboard, sir." "Good! Now, Barney, we've got to kill that monster some way." The Celt looked at tile dormant serpent a moment, and then swung his ax aloft, saying: "Shure, an' it's wid yez I am, Misther Frank. Say the wurrud an' I'll go up on this side av him an cut his head off "Let me take your ax," said Frank, resolutely. Barney compiled and drew his knife. Frank made a motion for him to follow. Tile serpent was quickly recovering from his stu[>or. Frank s a w that ther e was no time to lose, and at once made a uold attack. When near the monster's bead he rushed forward. The serpent reared its lrorrible jaws and oeemed about to strike Frank; !Jut the young inventor struck first. The keen blade of tbe ax swung around and took the serpent ful l i a tlrejaw. It was a telling blow. It fairly !!!iced away a part of the monstei's jaw and filled the water with blood. Again Frank swuug the ax aloft. Barney attacked the body of the serpeut, trying to cut the huge coil in two. 'l'be attack was a success. Again Frank's ax struck the serpent full in tile neck, cutting a hu g e gash Then the maddened reptile made a savage hlow at Frank. It just missed him oy a narrow margin and proved tile end of tlre struggl'e Already Frank felt the creature right behind him. l And he turned to see those irorrid jaws wide open above him. H they should strike him, do u btless it would be a death IJiow. Frank saw bis opportunity and gave the reptile a ulow which al most com]l l etely severed its head from its uocy. 'l'he monster's huge coils went writlring and twisting into the depths of the cavern. So Frauk quickly dodged aud made a blow at the monster with his ax. It missed the mark, and the uext moment the creature'a jaws were tight over Frank. It was a horr i ble mom e nt. Only the young inveutor:s rare presence of mind saved him then. Quick as a !last. he drove the axe into the serpent's jaws and down its throat. 'fben he was 'hnrleli half senseless to the tloor of the cavern. Tile ax disappeared down tbl' serpent's throat instantly. It was undouutedly not averse to a diet of tile sort, for it did not seem to affect his snakeship. But Frau k was for the nouce safe. He bad been nurle

LOST IN 'l'HE GREAT ATLANTIC VALLEY. -========================================================== I hope so!" Preparations were now made to go out and inspect the submarine wreck. This fell t o the lot of Frank, Von Bulow and tile captain. Barney anti Pomp remained behind. 'l'hey were very quickly equipped for the expedition; armed with axes and sawa and such tools as were deemed necessary, they left tile Dart. It was an easy matter to climb over the kelp strewn rocks until the sunl;en vessel was reached. It lay half U[>On its side, and its port rail was nearly on a level with a &rift of hard, w bite sanll. This made it an matter for the expioters to reach the deck. 'l'hey simply walked up to the slope and climbeti over the rail. In the glare of the electric light, the deck was seen to oe in a state ef wild disorder. Rotting spars and heaps of debns covered it from stem to atern. It was eas y to see that the ves&el had passed throgh a terril.Jle ex )terience at sea. The storm which Ju.d sent it to tile bottom must laave been a f e arful one. It required no further examination to satisfy tile party that this was JtOt the treasure ship. Captain Bell saw at once that it was not the Vestal Virgin, and putting his helmet close to l!'rank's, shouted; This is not the ship!" lt looks like a merchantman!" replied Frank. "It ls.'' Moreover it was never sent to the bottom l.Jy allotted guns. It went tlown in a fearlul storm Without a doubt. But the Virgin must have gone down in this vicinity.'' .. Yes.'' We will probably find her not far from here." "Well," said Frank, doul.Jtfully, is it worth while to explore this hulk' Sile probably did not carry money!" Von Bulow, however, was in favor of exploring the sunken mer chantman. For curiosity, if nothing else!" he declared, "I'm quite anx ious." "Very well!" agreed Frank. "Jt shnll be so!" W1th which the young inventor crossed the deck. He reached the companionway which led into the cauin. This was closed, but a blow wnh :u1 ax forced it in. The stairs winch led down into the cal.Jm were crumbling with decay. Frank led the way down. The light upon his helmet was sufficiently bright to reveal objects I.Jelow quite plainly. Von Bulow and the captain followed. All stood at the foot of the companion ladder. The cabin was in a fearful state of dissolution. The elegant furnisbings were all rotten and Ill shreds, and even the cabin tal.Jie was shredded by sea worms. But the explorers dtd not pause here long. They pass e d through and mto the forward cabin. Here was the long mess tai.Jle, and upon it were disbes and eating utensils, just as tile meal bad been served, which waH the last ever eaten on board the ship. Frank took up one of the plates. In the china was the imperistable mark usually placed upon all sbips ware with the name: "Ship 'l'empest, Baltimore." This was all LlJat, could be learned of the identity of the vessel or of its mission. Yet iL was reasonablll to suppose that sbe was a mer chantman. Little more of interest was found aboard her. A fflw skeletons of the members of the crew and some corroded This \Vas all of value. 'l'he party retraced their steps to the deck. Frank qras the first to spring up out or the companion-way, and as he did so he was given a startling shock. Until now the wreck had been flooded with a brilliant light from the search-light of the Dart. But this was no longer so. All was the darkness of the ocean depths about. Nothing could be seen beyontl the slight radius made by tile light on their helmets. The Dart bad left the111. What did it mean! For a moment the explorers were appalled with this most startling realization. Left at the bottom or tl.Je ocean, upon a sunken wreck. There was no possil.Jie way or evoJr reaching the surface. TIJat is unless the Dart should return where it had gone, and why it sbould bave left them in tllis m-.nner was a mystery. Frank knew that Barney and Pomp would not leave the vicinity for any light reason. "Somet111ng has happened!" he exclaimed in "The Dart lias met with a mishap "My God!" exclaimed Von Bulow, "then we are lost!" "What could have happened?" asked Bell in horror. Their three helmets were close togetLer at tbis moment. The only logical cvnclusiou that Frank could arrive at was Lbat the Dart bad rece:ved some fearfl shocK and bad gone to the surface. If this was the case it would perl.iaps shortly return. But t.he one horrifying thought which oppressed Fran!> was that possihly Barney and Pomp would Jose their bearings and would not be able to find the three divers. CHAPTER VI. IMPRISONED IN A WRECK. IN this case their fate was certainly sea!ed. Lost at the bottQm of the sea; lost in the great Atlantic valley. Whnt an awful tbwg to consider. Frank knew, IJowever, that tlley coulcl stay death for a uumber o f days. There was eno,Jgh material in the generators to keep them alive that length of time. But if the Dart should not return in that interval tbey were truly lost. It was some while beforE.> any one ventured to speak again. Then Bell saio, desperately: How far is it to the land?" "Fully a thousand miles in any direction," replied Frank. We can hardly walk then?" "No, 1 tbink not." "Is there any possibility of the Dart's returning?" "We can <'nly hope that it will. Our only way is to wait here." Von Bulow sat down upon the rail of lhe sunken vess el, Captain Bell paced tbfl deck, Frank tried to pierce the gloom of the ocean tlepths for some sign of the Dart. And now, at this critical moment, a new and thrilling peril confronted the trio. Suddenly Frltnk saw a long, sinuous body flash through the water some fifty feet distant. He saw its outlines and its shining silver scales, anl at once recognized a deadly foe. "A sword fish!" he muttered Then he made a motion of warning to the otbers. 'l'hey leapett out of the way, but were not a. moment too soon. The huge fish, with its keen lance of sharpest bone, bad made a dive for them. As it dodged past him Frank struck at it with his ax. The blow nearly severed one of the fins of the huge fish and a cloud of blood spurted into tile water. But instantly the swordfish turned and came again to the attack. And uow the critical moment had come. In those depths the swordfish was a fearful foe. ll h'l should stril;e any one of the party with his lance, it would mean instant death. The monster seemed savagely aggressive as well. On it came at fearful speed and accuracy s traight at Fran!' Reade, Jr. The young inye1otor waited until the fish had almost reaclied him; tl.ten quick as a l:lash he dodgell under it. And as be did so he threw up llis right band, clutching tbe k:Jife with tile point upward. By the sheerest or good lucl> the knife struck the fish and r!pped its abdomen open to a great length. 'l'his settled the contest. Tile fish's eutrails dropped out, an do this. Indeed, they remained above the deck, beseiging the party quite ef fectually. Thll position was by no mean a pleasant one. "Well,'' cried l!'rauk, as t!Jey put their helmets together, "I don't see but that we are obliged to stay here whether we will or no." That's so!" agreed B e ll. 1 wisb the beastly critters woald clear out." Von Bulow was getting depressed. The most of us better make our peace with t:he Almighty!" be de clared. We shall never get out of tbis scrape!" And tlrere the three divars were held imprisoned in the cabin of the sunken ship, while a rescue seemed indePd a hopeless thing. But let us return to the Dart, and learn th fate wbicb bad over. ta!!:l'n it. Barney and Pomp were faithful and reliable servants. They were well familiar with the workings of tile craft, and no ordinary accident could have troublecl them long. But the accident which befell tne Dart was not an ordinarv one. Left aboard the boat, Barney and Pomp fell to skylarkil:tg. 't'hey were as full of fun as a nut is of meat. After railing each other for a while they got to wrestling, Hi, dar, chile, don' yo' put yo' han's on me!" cned Pomp as Bar ney closed with him. "If yo' does yo' shuah 'nutf get de wuss oo iL!" "Begorra, I'll have the best av yez or me name's not O'Shea!" cried Barney hilariously. "Shure I'll niver be downed by a naygurl" "Cll'llr away dar, l'isbl" B11t Barney was in for a /


s LOS'l' IN 'l'HB GH.EAT ATLANTIC VALL.EY. "Whurroo!" he cried. "Here's at yez!" Then they went madly whirling about the cabin in a lively tussle. It was hard to say which had the best of It was certainly a lively contest and lwnors ware even until suddenly Barney tripped over a rug. '!'ben down went Pomp's beml, and plump into the Calt's stomach it went. Barney went down, and Pomp was on top of him. The darky hung r o his man like a leech. Ki, dart Yo' am not in it wif dis chile!" he shrieked. "Yo' am Ilea t, l'ish !" Divil a bit!" screeched Barney. "I'll have yez off yet!" Bnt just at that moment, something lmppenerelict were in by no meaus a cheerful or agreeable frame of mind. The sword fish would yet l>ersist in hovering above the deck. They were apparently hoping that their would-I.Je victims would come out. But they did not. Hours passed slowly by. Captain Bell sank clown upon the rotting stairs, anrl went to sleep. 1 But Frank ancl the professor l<m ed to lind a grave at the hot:cm or the sea. But this danger had passed ancl rescue was at band. Their joy cannot be fully imnginecl nor exprEssed. Captain Bell was so overcome by it that be danced a hornpipe on the rotten deck or the old hulk. Just as soon as the hulk came within the raditis or the searchlight's glare Barney had it. It was the work of but o. very few moments !or the Celt to change course of th" Dart. He bore clown for the hulk with all speed. As they drew nearer, the trio of divers were seen on the deck. "Glory fo' goodness!" cri!ld Barney, wildly. We am jeS gwine fo' to sabe dose chillnns, !'ish, suah's yo' bo'n.'' Barney whistled a jig and Pomp stood on his bead with glee. "We shall live?" cried Captain Bell. We will find the Vir5in next and then tile great treasure is ours.'' Soon the Dart came to a stop not fifty yards away.


LOST IN 'l'HE GRE.A.T ATLANTIC VALLEY. 9 The party l e f t the wreck and quickly clambered aboard the sub marine boat. Once more safely in the cabiu or the Dart, joy 11nd mutual congratulations followed. Barney told his story and Frank spoke warm words o f co-mmenda tion or his course. "You did just rig ht!" he dec lared, "the Dart is all right. I can see notlling the matter with her." "Theu let us continue the search for the pirate ship!" said Captain Bell. "Which we will do!'' declared Fmnk. But first were had and all took a few hours of sleep. Much recuperateu the journey was continued some wbilll later. The Dart went on an exploring tour now iu the vicinity of the sunken wreck. In all directions the search for the Virgin was made. And fortune favored the searchers. S undenly the wreck was siglltt.d. It had been difficult to find for the fact t!Jnt the shifting sands had nearly covered the bull. The many years which bad elapsed had caused the masts and rigg ing to fall and partly decay. But Captain Bell declare(] it his confident belief that it was the Vir gin. "I know her by Lhe outline of her bow, and her figgerhead," he declared, that's the old pimte fe.r sure!" At once the Dart was anchored near the treasure ship. All became excitement, for it was indeed a thrilling thing to think that th ey were about to investigate a wrecl< with perhaps millions in gold aboard. As before Ba rne y and Pomp were to remain on board the Dart while tte oUJers did the Soo n tlley were all in reacliness, and Frank lead the way. They left the Dart, and crossed the intervening distan ce without any mishap. Captain Bell made signs that his belief that this was the Virgin was conflrmeJ when they reached the rail of L l1e sunken vessel, This was c er tainly encouraging, and all claml>ered aboar11 bad said, while in the beat of action. Therefore many of h e r fiendish crew had gone down with her. But their bodies were or course much consumed with the action of the water and of marine animals A brief inspection or the er. They took as much of the coin with them as they could carry and started to return to the Dart. It was their inter:tion to return later and make regular trips until it had been all transported aboard the Dart, Leaving the sunl,en pirate they had soon reached the Dart. Going aboarcl they were met by Barney and Pomp. The two jok ers were wildly enthusiastic over the find. "Begorra, it'll make the whole av us millionaires," cried Barney. "Shure I'll wear a diamond in me shirt now as big as a cart wheel!" "I done link dis chile git married!" declared Pomp. "Marri ed?" declared Barney. "Shure is it a Mormon are! Phwat's the mattber wid your prisint woife?" "She don't agree to agree wif me!" declared Pomp, succinctly. And the only point we'sa sartaiu sure agreed on is not to agree fo' to live togeduer any mo' !" "Oh, yez hnve a divorce, eb!" Pomp looked scornful. Wha' fo' I want a divorce!" he retorted. "Don' yo' fink cullud people am mo' spectable dan dat?" But begorra, the law wud make yez support her!" ''Golly, I don' beliebe it. Dis chile hab got all he kin do to sup po't bisse'f. No, sah! I jist go down to Kyarline an' I lind jes' de most likely cullud gal I kin find dar. Den I say : Chloe, yo' jest hitch bo9aes wif dis chile au I make yo' wear diamonds. See! Law sakes, chile! Money catch de best ob dem." "Beorra, it's a bigamist ye'd I.Je!" declared Barney contemptuous ly. "If yez do naye:ur, I'll cut yez acquaintance." "Suit yo'sef, sah," declared Pomp, "but at ween you an' me, I don' beliebe eider one ob us will leave Marse Frank right away." "Yez are roight there!'' cried Barney. "Shure we'll shtick to Mia ther Frank for all av ther foine gold!" Plans were at once made to transport the treasure to the Dart. But an incident now transpired to put a stop to the entire proJect, Tbis happening was a most startling and uulooked for one.


10 LOS'l' IN 'rHE .A'l'LANTIC V .ALLEY. Suddenly the .Qart received a shock which seemetl to fairly hoist it a dozen feet from the bottom of the sea. Everybody on board wer" thr<>wn from their feet. Then followed a distant rumble and a vibrating motion which lasted for full a minute. In some way tue shock bad disconnected the lever, and the electric lights were extinguished. All was darkness aboard the submarino boat. For a few moments a literal panic reigned. Frank Reade, Jr., was the to recover. He ran into the pilot-bouse and quickly produced hgilt. By this time the others bad recovered. "For the love of Heaven what has happened?" gasped Von Bulow. "Wo have heen run into by a whale!" averred Captain Bell. But Frank shook his bead. No!" he said, it is worsethan that!" The young inventor knew well enough what the trouble was. "Well, what was it?" asked Von Bulow, rubbing his bruised shins. "An earthquake!" replied Frank, calmly. An earthquake!" "Yes!'' Mercy on us! is it possible?'' "You shall see!" Frank quickly repaired the slight damage to tile electric light apparatus. Then he turned on the search-light. The region about was plainly illuminated, and It was seen that a great change had taken place in the bed of the ocean. In places it had been upheaved by the mighty forces of Nature and vast ravilies were created. All gazed in the direction of the treasure-ship, and gave a start or surprise and dismay. "My God! What bas become of it!'' gasped Van Bulow. Captain Bell looked aghast. It has gone!'' "Disappeared!" Not a trace remains.'' 'l'iJIS was true. The Vestal V1rgin bact, vanished as completely as if transported bodily to .another Nphere. Only a mound of sand remained where it had been. "Great Jericho!" exclaimed Captain Bell, in horror. What has become of it?" "Golly! I don e fink dat it hab been blowed to pieces!" declaretl Pomp. Bejabers, maybe it's buried!" said Barney, at a venture. Yes," rephell Frank, "It has been buried by tbe earthquake. No doubt the great rllvulsioo of Nature's forces has covered it many feet deep with sand." "And the treasure-" hegao Von Bulow. ls gone!" groaced Bell. For a time there was a painful silence. All stood looking at each other with dismay depicted upon their faces. Bell was uow compler .ely disgusted. "It's only a sample of my dad-gasted luck," he declared. "Every time I get a fortune within my grasp it is whisked away!" "Hard luck!" said Frank. "Perraps we can dig down to the wreck!'' ventured Von Bulow. But Fraolt shook his head. I'm afraid the pirates' gold will never do any human being any good," be declared; "it's buried forever!" Captain Bell was completely overwhelmed. He was so confident from the first of reclaiming the treasure, that it wns a terrible disappointment. But Frank srud, cheerily: "Don't get downcast, captain. Perhaps we may find another treas ore ship somewhere iu the Atlantic valley.'' Bell's face brightened. "Do you think so!" he asked. "It is not at all 1mpoS'Sible." But the caotaio shook his head. "I! we do; he said, "I would have no just claim upotz 1t. It would be yours!" "You shall havd your share!'' declared Frank; "so cheer up, man!'' 'I' he captain became a little more cheerful. Von Bulow on the whole did not care greatly. But Frank yielded to Bell's desire to first inspect the spot where the pirate ship was buried. There was a lingering hope in t!Je captain's mind that the treasure might yet be reached. So Frank and Bell put on diving suits, and went out to examine the locality. The work accomplished by the earthquake was marvelous. It seemed as if the whole bed of the ocean had undergone a trans formation. Great ridges and hills were rnisei!, aeep valleys created, and count less forms of fish and marine lire lay dead upon the white sands. Truly, it bad been a tllrrible actiOn of Nature's forces. Tile Vestal Jilrgio .had seen1,ed to literally sink into the shifting sands which now were hrgh over her. It was a wonder that the Dart bad not been buried also. But she bad upon a more rocky ao:l solid foundation. Bell was wholly satisfied that the treasure could never be recovered. "I give it up!" he declared. "Let us go back!" They were soon aboard the Dart again. Frank took his beariOJ:B as well as he could, was not exactly sure whether he was half through the valley or not. It was, however, decided to go on and explore the valley thorough ly. Then they would make for the English Channel and pay a visit to London and the 'l'hames. The spirits of all rev1ved greatly. The Dart once more shot forward on her way. A good outlook was kept for suiJ.ken vessels. "We will search every one of them we lind," declared Frank, "there certainly are vast treasures under the sea, and we are not brilliant if we do not Jiud them." This revived Bell's hopes greatly and he was once more glib and gay. For miles, however, the Dart now sailed on over unknown depths into which it was not safe to descend. These were tb" lowermost depths of the great deep where the pres sure would be so great that a huge ship suukeo there woulJ be crush ed into a shapeless mass. But it was not likely that many interesting things would be found down there even if the Dart was able to go. So none were much disappointed. The sea soon began to change again. The water assumed a peculiar olive tint, and Frank, who bad studied the phenomena, said: "We are coming to a submarine forest. You shall see!'' His prediction proved correct. Soon the tops of trees were seen far below. A.t least they looked like trees, with branches, foliage :tnd all, but Frank said: It is a queer coral formation. A very common miatake is made by divers who consider them petrified." Von Bulow was deeply interested in the submarine forest. But soon a new scene spread before their view. It was such a scene as none of them bad ever seen beiore. One and all gave expression to startled cries of interest and wonder ment, and Frauk slackened speed. CHAPTER XI. THE SUNKEN CITY. "A CITY under the seal" cned Prof. Von Bulow. "Wonderful thing!" All gazed upon what C6rtainly seemed to be a mighty city, buil t upon a plain. Mighty buildings lined wide streets, which trave rsed the plain 111 every direction. There were minarets and spires, domes and obelisks and huge public squares with giant statuary. The city, buildings, and all were as white as driven snow. It was a most bewildering sight. But all was as quiet and deserted as the tomb. It was a city without people. Fraq,J> brought the Dart to a stop, and all gazed upon the scene for a time with deepest interest, "The lost Atlantis!" declared Prof. Von Bulow. "It is not a myth after all.'' "Do you suppose there is any treasure in the place," asked Captain Bell, with sudoeo inspiration. All laughed at tilis, and Frank said: "Bell, you will yet gain the r e putation of treasure bunter.'' "That is what I am," acknowledged the captain. "l have been hustling for a fortune all my life. 1 mean to have it before I di<' if l have luck.'' "Which I hope you will.'' "I shall not up trywg.'' "Well," said Von Bulow Wistfully, "are we to pay a viait or explora I tion to that cny or not?" "l think we Will," replied Frank I shall sa1l the Dart down into that large square in the center. It looks like a central powt." "So it is!" cried the scientist joyfully. "Oh, whM a splendid oppertuoity to ad vance exploration now!" No time was lost. The Dart was allowed to sail down into the large square in the bean of the sunken city. Here it was securely anchored, and the explorers were now brough t in close proximity to the buildings. And these were of a wonderful style of architecture, and their white color did not arise from the nature of the stone employed, but, as was now seen, owing to a thick formation of coral which encrusted all It was a of great beauty and nil gazed upon it spellbonud. But Von Bulow was anxious to begin worK at once. So after arrangements bad been hastily concluded tl:;e party donned diving suits and set out for a walk ahout town.'' Only one was left aboa

' LOST IN THE GREA.'l' A.TLA.NTIC VALLEY. 11 its streets were thronged with busy people and all was life and activ ity. Truly it was a wonderful thing to think of. But that such a state of affaird ditl really once exist there was no doubt. Across tile paved square the explorers walketl. Before them swam beautilcl vari-colored flsiJ. At their feet crept crabs and shell fish or a strange and beautiful variety. Before them was a mighty building which seemed to bave been once a palace or temple. "Let us explore that," said Von Bulow in signs. The others nodued au acquiescence. Frank anti Barney armetl with axe s led the WDY into the temple. Tiley passed through a high arched door. It was a mammoth bull with high pillars of stone whicll they now stood in. There was a e;randeur about the lofty structure winch remintled one of the Roman temples in Italy. This hall bad evidently been some sort or a public auditorium or council chamber. At the lower end was a dais of stone anti upou It was a high chair or throne of the same material. But all articles of furniture or decoration whicl! l!ave been maue of wood or the metals were goue. Undoubtedly the worm of decay had long since eaten them up. Neither were there any skeletons or like rema.ius of l!umun beings to be found. When it was remembered that this city was perl!aps twenty centu ries old tl!is was not to be wondered at. Passing tbrongh the temple the explorers came to a spacious courL, beyond wilicil was a peristyle. Whoever the inhabitants of the ancien! city had been they were certainly a people of gifts aud much geutus. This was evident iu tile construction acd architecture of tl::e city. It was a maguiticent monument to their grea.t talents nod although buried under the sea many leagues would yet exist through all time. Boyond the court the explorers came to a miguty marble pavetl basin, which bad evidemly been a bath or a large lake. From one part of the sunken city to anotber tbe divers wandered. Upon every hand new sigllts were seen new wonders unfoltled. Upon one buiidiug was a marine growth greatly resembling Enghsh ivy. It had a most beautiful effect. Every building bad 1ts colony of submarine creatures. There were all manner of ruinllow hoed !ish, aud monster eels like huge serpents wriggling in the saud. But thus far notiling had been encountered of a dangerous size and character. For miles the explorers walked in the glare of tile search-ligl!t, which QUite illuminated the whole city. At length, however, it was decided to return. Von Bulow was higl!ly delighted with the result of the expedition. He llad recovered many valuable specimens aoll was in higll feather. Bot Captain Bell wa8 disappointed. There had been no s1gu o! a treasure about the sunken city. lf gold had ever existed there time and tbe water had consumed it beyond a doubt. Without mishap the party reached the Dart in safety. Pomp bad a rousing ilearty meal ready for them, of which all par took with avidity. Then tiley fell to discussing the situation. "It is ostalllished now beyond all doubt," said Von Bulow, "that this part of the Atlantic was once a continent above the sea!" "'!'bat seems certain!" agreed Frank, "aml it was undoubtedly in habited l>y a most powerful nalloul" "But though we may see this evidence of their handiwork we do not lwow how tl!ey may have loo!i:ell !" "I imagine that they resembled the ancient Greeks," said Oaptam Bell, "though I have no particular reason for that idea.'' "There was an old tradition among Mediterranean sailors that to the west of the coast of Spain was a great continent known as Atlantis, and inbnbitecl by a powerful and intelligent race of people.'' "Tllen 1t was no myth but the truth," crietl Von Bulow. We have intleed foo[d the lost Atlantis.'' Be not so sure,'' said Frank. "Why!" "The continent may have been only an island and this is possibly the only c1ty upon it.'' All retlectecl that this might be true. Tl!us the discussion progressetl for some time, no definite conclu sion being reached. At length it was decid!>d to leave the sunken city and proceed on tile way to the end of tbe valley. Accord : ngly Frank WAUl into the pilot-house and startert the Dart. '!'he submarine boat Jloatell away over the housetops and soon left the sunken city behind. As the Dart went on now many traces of a once powerful civilizatiOn were to be seen. There were many buildings wilich might have been country houses or farms once. Also there were actually seen traces bf roads and paths and many otber things to prove that this had been a nation above the surface. For many miles tl!is sort of thing continuetl. Then the Dart came once more to a wild and desolate expanse of sand. It extended many miles. Frank beld the Dart down for a close run over this. He hopecl then to reach a point in the Atlantic Valley which wa3 merely an island in the midst of the vast water. On the chart the island was known under the name or Gull Isln!ld. Here Frank hat! tbougbt of going to the surface for a brief time. For hours the submarine boat ran on at full speed. 'l'he bed of tbe sea here afl'orded no new features for study, and v,,., Bulow had no desire to stop. So the Dart kept on until at length the end of the plain was reached. Then there came a rocky and rough region entirely ditrerent from that which Frank had expected. "How is this!" he exclaimed in surprise. "Where ia Gulllslaud?" Once more he examir : ed tbe chart. As near as Frank could reckon, he ought to be JUSt at the spot where Gull Island should be. But insteatl the water seemed deeper here than anywhere else. There surely was no sign of an island. or course, it was not possible to tal\e bearings In the usual way, be ing so far under the sea. "B!>jnbers, it's otl' our course we are, Frank!" said Barney. "I'm afraid you are right, Barney!" agreed the young inventor. "What shall we do about it?" "Go to the surface anti make sure where we are!" said Yon Bulow. ''It won't clo any of us harm to take look at the sky and the outer air!" "You are right,'' said Frank, with sudden de::ision. "We'll do it!" With which, the young mventor went into the pilothouse and opened wide tile pneumatic valve, wllich expelled the water from tile tank. Tilts should cause the Dart to at ouce rise to the surface. But it did not. It arose twenty feet or more, and then stopped with a jar. Frank was dumfounded. What did it mean? Again he opened the valve. But it. was of no use. The boat would not go up a single peg fur ther. Here was a dilemma. CHAP'l'ER X. BURIED Ul

, 12 LOST IN THE GREAT .ATLANTIC VALLEY. With their b e arings lost he knew not what direc:i o n to take to reach the upwanl slope ol the shore of some island or continent! If til is could be don e there would be a chance escape as they could leave the Dart and in their dJving-suits stand a good chance of reacbiog land. BuL the quest for the land must be a random one. In such a v ast space they migilt cruise about for months possibly for a life time without chancing to reach a shore. Ev e ry possible expec lient to reach the upper air was considered by F r ank. But he could think of nuld be of little use to gain the s urface and have no ship there to pick you up, or b e out of sight of land. I am afraid you would come down !or a permanent thing." Pomp loolied aomewhat aggrieved, at wbicb Barney began to jolly him. "Begorra yez :ue a jan ius, naygur!" he cried, hilariously. "Shure yez take the cake! That's a fowe plan yez have!'' Pomp was angry "Sbut up, yo' no 'count I'isllman!" he cried indignantly. "Yo' amn't got no plan f o to propose at all!" "Bejabers I'd rather not have, thin to put out the loikes av that," roaretl Barney. It's a foine brain yez have!" Pomp made a dive for Barney, but the Celt dodged hlm. Th ero would have been a lively ruction between the two, however, but lor Frank who checked them. "Hold on!" he cried. "None of that just now. We have too many serious matters on band just now." So the two jokers refmined from any more of this sort of thing. All returned to the cabin. Bell was exceedingly uneasy. l think we made a mistake in coming on this expedition," he said. "We have sacrificed our Jives anti gained nothing!" You cannot say that," s aid Van Bulow. "I have gained many valuable discoveries for science.'' Which science will n e ver get.'' "Yet, if I die now, I shall not feel that I have thrown my life away." "I don't s e e bow you regard it in that light. My wife told me I would meet disaster. I hac! ought to have stayed at home." u Shure ye llad ought to," said Barney, bluntly. You don't mean to insult me?" flashed the "Bejabers, thot would be impossible!" What do you mean?'' But Fran!;: put an end to the jar quickly. Tut, tut!" he cried. "Don't me hear anything of that kind. 'L' his is a poor time for quarreling!" "I am sure!" said Von Bulo;.v. "I think we are for the emergency before us!" "So do 1,'' said Frank, "the chances for our own escape are very good!'' "About one in a million," said Bell, sarcastically. At least we can preserve life for a good long period aboard the Dart,'' s a id Von Bulow. "We have provisions enough for a year; ell, Frank?" "I tllink so,'' agreed the young inventor. "And much longer if we economize." "But we could never live a year in these close quarters on this arti Jicial air," growled Bell. This was the real horror of their situation. It was not at all unlikely that the chemicals would give out before many weeks. It was liable L O g1ve out at any time, and then a horrible death by asphyxiation must be the result. Truly this was a dreadful thmg to contemplate. But Frank compressed his lips tightly and went reso l utely into tbe pilot-hOUStl. As nearly as he was able to plan it, be started the Dart in what he believed was a direct course out or the valley The b oat onward through the water like an arrow. l\liles were covered, but yet there was no inGhcation that they were apprcaching a coast. l A week passed thus. It was a penod of anxiety, of mental worriment and of almost de span. Heretofore no thought had been given to the cl1 emical gen e rators, for bad tbey fulled it was always known that a supply of fresh air could be obtained by almost instantly rising to th'l surface. But now that it seemed certain that the boat could not rise, all de pended upon tlie efficiency of the generators. Thus far they bad evincP.d uo signs of giving ou t Yet tllere was Li.lf dreadful uncertainty. In every other respect except that of buoyancy the Dart se e med aE seaworthy aa ever. She made rapicl.speed through the limitless waste of water and her engines worked to perfection. But it did not seem possible that the v e 8sel could long proceed with out coming to land in some dir e ction. Yet there was the fatal possibility of traveling about in a mighty circle for an indefinite time. The keenest outlook was kept and the spirits of all aboard tbe Dart were much in the same channel. There was the s ame s t rained, anxious feeling, the dreadful sens e of uncertainty tbe h o rror of imp e nding death in an awful form. Barney was constantly at the wheelm the pilot house, ke e ping tllc keenest sort of an outlook. And on e day there was seeu to b e a sudd e n clln nge in the color o f the sea w a ter. All n o ticed it with a thrill and a grea.t cry went up. "We aro coming to land!" The p e culiar hue and many s ignifican t changes in t h e character of the ocean be(! would seem to indicate tllis to be a cer t ain fact. At once all became excitement. Eveyhody crowded to tl1e windows and kept an o utlook for-what they llardly knew, unless it might be some certain indication of lan<.t. S uddenly the Dart came to a stop. She was facing a succession of ascending reefs. Furthe r progress in that ::lirection was barred. But all were conlident. "I tell you we are close to land!" cried Von Bulow. "We have only to ascend those re efs to reach it," declared Bell. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not so sanguine. "We shall see," be said. "Put out the n nchors." Barney and Pomp hastened to do this. Tbe Dart rested upon t!Je verge of one of the reefs. Then preparations were quickly made for leaving the Da1t. Tbe diving suits were quickly on hand and all were soon in readi ness. CHAPTER Xf. ON T H E REEF NoT one of the party but felt quite conlident that they would soon stand on terra !irma nbove the sea. There was every indication that land was before them. Be jabers I hope it's a civilized land we'll find an' divil a canni bal," said Barney. I've no taste f e r bein' ate up in mishtake fer a lobster as soon as iver l cum out av the watber!" "Golly! dey would ueber eat yo' fo' dat, I'Isb!'' grunted Pomp. Ise dead ob dat!" Shure they'd run fer their loives if iver they see you cuming out av the say!'' But there waa no time for argument so it was dropped for the time being and all made ready The Dart 'Nas securely anchored, and then lots were drawn to see who should remain aboard. As chance hall it it fell to the lot ol Captain Bell. The terrified captain turned white as a corpse and groaned aloud. Barney saw this and said: "Shure aor, yez kin go along with the rist. I'll stbay!" And so the cowardly captain was relieved in a measure of his fears. But the respect of the others for him was greatly diminishetl. However, Frank bad arranged it so that the one left aboard the Dart should not bll cut off from communication with the others. He carried a small spool of thin wire and a battery. As he would proceed, this could be paal out and with a small ticker a message could he easily sent to the Dart. This was a certain way of informing Barney when they should reach the land, and also the Celt could easier gain tbe shore by simply fol lowing up tlle wire. The search light's g l are was thrown as far us possible up over the reefs so that the course c ould be easilv seen. If the shore was successfully reachEd and it was not far distant, all of tile valuable effects of the Dart could tllus be sa vet!. At last all was ready ancl then the party tbe ancllore But at length they saw what they believed was the light of day above. Then the reels began to assume a smoother character. There wns a regular motaon to tba waves, which was a certainty that they were nearing tbe surface. Frank Reade, Jr., and Pomp were in the advance.


.. LOST IN 'l'HE GREA'l' VALLEY. ]3 Indeed, they would have reached the surface much quicker but for the necessity of constantly turning to look out for the two older men. 'fuey came along more slowly. ln fact, Bell was hardly able to climb the reefs. But after awhile the motion of tile water became such that they were able pl .. inly to realize that the sul'fape was but a few feet above. Frank was the first to emerge from the water. His bead came above the surface suddenly. He looked about. 'l'he scene which met ilis gaze was far different from what he had expected. There was no long line of coast, no inviting shore with tropical fo liage and higil clill's of stoue. Naught but the dreary, I.Joundless tossing waste uf waters was to be seen as far as the eye could raach. The reef cropped up just iligh enough so that the lightest waves combed over it. Frauk crawled upon it and stood in several Inches of water. It was a fugitive reef in the midst of tbe ocean. Just this uud notiling more. So far as an asylum or means of rescue to the explorers this was out of the question. It would not he even sa!e for tilem to remain upon the reef long. For a still gale was threatening and tiley could haraly hope to clirg to tile reef witilout llarm. Not a sail was in sigllt. Neitiler was tilere much likelil10od that this was In tile path of sailing vessels else it would have bsen marked with a buoy. All drew themselves out of the water aud stood for a time upon tte submerged reef looking blankly ai ound. They removed tbeir llelmets, and for the first time in many weeks took a breath of pure air. Well, this is not just what we expected, is it?" said Frank. "Well, llardly," growled Bell. "l tell you luc:. is against me!" "Against you?" usked Yon Bulow. ., Yes!" Wl:y you more than the rest of us?" It's harder for me." "Well," said the scientist, emphatically, "I can't agree with you. Take my ad1ice, Bell. Tllink of yourself nod you will be more cheerful." 'l'be cuptain did not see tit to reply to this shot, which was a telling and deserved one. "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, as he looked ubout, "I don't fink we cud swim across dat stretch berry easy." "No,' I think not," agreed Frank. "ll is a little too vast." Tllen the situation was discussetl. "I don't see that we have gained anything by this discoYery," said Yon Bulow. "Have we!" Not a thing,'' agree(\ Frank. We are no better otr than before." But very little." Do you think there is any possibility of hailing a passing vessel!" Tllere is perhaps in time. It may be a lifetime though." Then we !lad tatter return to the Dart and mako another try!" "Yes.'' Hold on," said Bell, I object to tba.t.'' Ob, you do?" "lea.'' What plan have you to propose!" "Stay rigllt here and look for a passing ship. Set a signal. If we go back to the bottom of the sea we'll never find laud again.'' But we must take tile chances.'' "They are against us." Yet, I think they are tbe best.'' Captain Bell demurred, but the majority were with Frnnk R11ade, Jr .. and they ruled. lt was decided to return at once to the Dart. Then they would go again in quest of land. I feel sure we shall succeed!" Frank, it is only a question o! time.'' "I shall not go," said Bell, obdurately. "You may if you choose!" What!" cried Frank, in surprise, you mean to remain here!'' ''Yea.'' All looked astonished. That will be suicide!" Then you will be responsible for my life!" Frank looked at Yon Bulow and the latter winked. Come on, friends," he said, we wisll you lucl, captain, no doubt you will succeed in hailing a ship!" Yon Bulow proceederl to adjust his helmet. Tile otllers did the same and slid under the water. Half way down tile reef Yon Bulow pressed Frank's arm. 'file young inventor looked back. Bell was just behind. The captam's httle game of hlu!I did not work for a cent. Every body was onto his ways after that. Very soon the glare of tile search-light was seen below. Frank had signaled Barnej several times and knew tllat all was well. Vary soon the party came in sight of the Dart. Then they safely reached tJe vestibule and were soon in the cabin after some t!lrilling expenences Another discussion was held as to what it was now best to uo. Frank settled it by going into the pilot house and bncl\ing thEe> Dart of!' the Til en he started to make a circuit of tile reef. Suddenly, ns the boat was gliding smoothly along, an objeet loomed up iu the gloem. The search-light was brought to bear upon it it was seen to he. a sunken buik. No dou!>t it ilad fallen victim to the treacherous reef. A suliken vessel!" cried Yon Bulow. Here, Bell, here's a chanceto get your treasure." The captain was now all eagerness. Hurrah!" he cried, that so!" Frank brougllt the Dart to a stop. "Golly, l\Iarse Frank!" exclaimed Pomp, in surprise, "am yo' gwine to visit dat wreck?" "Yes,'' replied Frank. What fo', sah!'' "To satisfy Captain Bell.'' '' But fo' goodness' sake, sah, if dar was any treasure on bo'll yo' cudn't take it away wif yo' I" But Frank's word waa law; the Dart was anchored. "Barney,'' he said, "you and the captain may go. LooK for the captain!" "All rigllt, sor!" Captain Bell waR elated. He had a queer sort of mania for treasure hunting, and he forgot all about tile perils lately threatening in this desire. Barney was not loth to go. The Celt was inordinately fond of and her" was a chance to distinguish himself. So he put on ilis divmg suit, and with Captain Bell left the Dart. They soon reaclled the wreck and clambered aboard. She was evidently some sort of a trading vessel, and had not been many months under the water. Her rigging and spars were strewn about the deck. There was every indication t!JaL sile had gone down in a storm and by striking on the reef. BarnAy put ilis helmet close to Bell'R, and cried: ''Shure phwat do ye think av it now, me frintl?'' "I don't know hardly! ' Bell. "It looks to me as if she wail a trarler." sor." "But there may be treasure aboard her all the same." "Yez are roiglit!" "Wa will take a good look." "I'm wid yf.'z.'' ''Let us go down into the cabin.'' "Lead ou, sor!" Tllis Bell proceedetl t.o do. He led the way to the hatch and theu began to descend the stairs. All llad been dark in tile cabin, hut the ligllts on tlleir helmets displaced the gloom. And as they reached the bottom stair and tlleir helmet lights illum ined the place, a horrible sight was revealed. 'fhe cabin seemed literally filled with dead bodies. CHAPTER XII. A FEARFUL S I TUATION. THESE W{'re hloate

LOST IN 'l'HE GREA'l' ATLANTIC VALLEY. "Yes!" Begorra let's go there!" "We will!'' With which Bell opener to J;eep out the iurusbing waters. And as Bell pulled tbe door open he came face to face Lbis ghnltly object which Jloatea toward him. The cat>tilin g a ve a yell and bolt e d to the other end of the cabin. There he crouched tremblingl y for a few moment s But he finally recovered himself sufficienlly to see that the corpse baj no: followed him. lie also saw that it had not the power to do so. The grip of its fingers upon the knob held it. 1'11is renewed Bell's courage. The dead man was undoubtedly the captain of the brig. He made a motion to Burney, who came near.'' We are fools!" be sa1d. "These dead people can't burt us!" "Arrah, but it's the looks av tbim!" declared Barney. 11 Hang the lool;s! They can't ldll. Let us go into the cabin." I'm agreeahltl sor." There ls no doubt but that he is the captain of tl:is ship.'' 11 Yis, sor." "Theu if there is any treasure aboard it IS in his cabin." I believe yez With this Bell hesitated no longer. He boldly arose and approach ed the open door. The corpse swung towards him, and ha hesitated a moment. But he quickly recovered and summoned up enough courage to push it aside. Then he entered the compartment. The captain's cabiu was richly furnished, and in one corner was a hug e steil safe. As luck llad it, this appeared to be open. Bell advanced, and peered in. And as he did so, he gave a gasping cry which brought Barney to the spot. "Look!" he cried, it is gold!'' 'l'bere were a number of small whi'te piled upon the floor of the safe. Upon each of tbestl was a figure or value. Bell took up one of these aud opened it. A heap of shining coin 1 rolled oot upon the floor. 1'hey were Arnerlcan eaglis. Upon the bag wua the mark, five hun dred dollars. What a find!" gasped B e ll. There are ftrlly lwo hundred of these bags; at least one huntlret! thousand dollars in gold. That is not equal to the treasure of the Vestal Virgin, but it will do " Begorra, I should say so! agreed the Celt. ''It will make me rich af ter a f air division,'' declar eti l eli. "We must get it aboard the Dart at once!" "I'm wid yez!" crieQ Barney, ns be shouldered a coupl e of the bags. Will yez carry ns much?" I will! cried Bell; lead on, and never mind the dead men.'' It was a trying ordeal to po.ss through the next cabin with 1ts com pl ement of grinning corpses. But the two treasure bunters did so, and they reached the deck in safety. The glare of the was full upon thern, and those on board the Dart were wniting for them to appeJt.r. Wilen they did come in sight, they were seen bearing the bags or gold. "Hurrah!" cri e d Von Bulow. "Bell has got his treasure;!" 11 You're right," agre ed Frank. "Bu. what good will it do him !'' 11 No good he can get iL ashore, which is not likely." Barney and Bell now came has tily toward the Dart. A moment later they were in the v e stibule. Tt.e water was expelled, and then t!Jey staggered into the cabin. They droppe t l th e ir precious load upon tte floor of the cabin, and removed their helmets quickly. "Well," cried Frank, "you made a rich find!" 11 You're rig ht, we did!" cried Bell, with great j 1bilauce. "There ia more lt>ft there-fully one hundred thousand dollars, and we want to rig op some way to get it.'' That will be ensy!" said Frank. Wbat!'' exclaimed Von Bulow, disappointedly. "Shall we waste th e Lime?" n ell turned angrily. It is a large treasure!" he said. "I am going to get it and take o\. a s horel'' ' I hope you will!" said Von Bulow, dubiously. Fra-nk and Pomp now put on diviog.suits and went with Barney and Bell 'aboard t h e brig. They soon succeeded in conveying the one hundred bags aboard the Dart. 'l'hen the gold was all poured out In a heap and counted. There was fully one hundred thousand dollars. It was a rich lind. Bell occupied himself in counting tbe gold and replacing it in the ba!!s. Tlleo the Dart once more went on its way. The reef was left far behind. Days passed and tlle Dart stHI kept on her swift course. Still there was no sign of land. The situation bad become a hundred fold more serions. Every mo. meot matters were becoming mor e complicatell. In the first place the water supply bad given out. Thll experiment of freshening salt water was tried. But it bad a sickish taste and set all to violent.ly retching. It did not seem to at all answer the purpose. 'l.'heo the chemical g-enerators began to show signs of failiQg. The appalling truth was presented to tbe submarine tlavelers that every moment was drawing rapidly to tbe eud. Their lives would be out short very speedily unless laud was reach ed at no very distant time. B1lll was in a fearful state of mind. He bad earned and well merited the euphonious name o( kicker,'' and in many ways excited the ire of tbe others. 11 There's one thine; about 1t, Bell," said Von Bulow, severely, nothing is to be gained by your chronic faultfinding. We shall get out of the woods no soon er.'' I suppose I lack your sublime philosophy which enables you to meet fate with supreme illlliflereoc e," sneered Bell. "l'm not a kicker anyway!" averred Von Bulow. Witb which sentiment all the others heartily agreed. Frank meanwhile was busily trying tB .find some way lout of the di lemma. The young inventor studied plan aftet" f.llan but without hitting upon anything at all favorable. At length be came in from the chemical room oue day with a white face. Shure what is it, sor!'' asked Barney, with alarm. We have but a few more hours to live," said Frank, with aghast-ly smile. 11 Yez mean it?" "I do!" The fllarless Irishman scratched his head coolly, and said: Faith an' I don't think we'd bettber tell the others!" Ah, but that would not be r1ght.'' "Shure H that Captain Bell knows av it he'll have a fit.'' Nevertheless it must be done!" said Frank. Call all into the cabin." All rolght, sor!" Barney went away to obey orders. A short while later all were congregated in the cabin and Frank tolu them the exact truth. Contrary to the general expectation Captain Bell was singularly silent. Aft e r a while he came to Frank and said: Do you give up all hope ? 11 I fear so," said Frank. "I don't." "What do you mean!" I think we are very near land at thia moment." I see no indication of it," said Frank. 11 Then you are blind, I have seen many. How long will our diving generntors last?" 11 Well charged, twenty-four boora!" 11 Let us get them ready and when the Dart's generators fr.il us let us l e ave her and strike out!" It was the most forlorn hope that Frank had ever beard of but be saw at once that iL was the only one. 11 TJat will be our d e n lie r r e ss01t." he said; 11 we will certainly accept lt!" CHAPTER XIII. THE END. STILL the Dart kept on her course. Frank looked in vain for the signs of land described by Captain Bell. To him they did not exist. He bad no means :>f knowing at what depth tbev were. But he kuew that their situation was hourly growing more critical. Then Prof. Von Bulo"'' came to him. Until now the scientist had held his pluck; but now bis face was ghastty white. 11 Frank," he said, we must make our peace with Goa, I suppose?" I feat so." "I have a request to make." "Well!" 11 If you should succeed in reaching borne alive tell my wife that I sent her my love in my dying breath." Frank took the scieotisc's band. Of course 1 would do that,'' be said; bot lhere is no more chance for me to reach home safely than for you." "I understand," said Von Bulow, sadly, "but it is a comfort Lo me." "Then I will promise!'' said Frank. Just at this mom.eot came the climax. Barney came rushing into the cabin wHh face ns pale as cl:alk. "Misther Frank," be cried, chemical generator has failed to worruk, an' the air is all going, sort" At once active measures were taken to meet the end. The helmets were hurriedly brought and donned.


LOS'l' IN THE GREAT A'l'LANTIC VALLEY. 15 It was none too soon, for the air in the cabin was quickly ec.; hausted. Then the Dart came to a stop, for it was useless to attempt to run it without the aid of the pneumatic engine. The Dart was securely anchored ami then, as lightly equipped as possible tlie explorers set forth upon their apparently helpless quest for land. On and on they wandered. What seemed like an interminabl e period elapsed. Still there was no sign of land. Yon Bulow had begun to give out. All the others were more or less affected; nt length the scientist sank down helpless. .. The others grouped themselves by him. They were unanimously re solved not to leave him. Death was what they awaited. But at. the eleventh hour rescue came. Soddenly Barney sprung up with a sharp cry. It was not heard by the others, but his action was seen He pointed to an o bject not many feet away and advanci n g toward them. It was a man in a diver's costu me, with life -line and ro p e. He came toward them with astonishment. Futting his helmet to Frank's be sh ou ted : "Who are you?'' We a r e the crew of the submarine boat Dartt" And Frank to l d his story to which the diver liPtened with amaze ment. "And I am John Frisbie, of. the Thames Diving Comp any," said the d1ver. "1 am down here lookmg for the brig Enterpr ise sunk here t .wo weeks ago." VVhat part of the sea is this?" asked Frank. "We are in the English channel." What folio w e d needs but a few 1'1 o rds to relate Frank and the others were safely drawn up and aboard the English tug FortunP. A few days later they were safe in London. The great submarine expedition was at au end. All bands returned to America. Frank Reade, J r. and Barney and Pomp went back to Readestown. Frank at occe b-:Jgan work upon a new invention Captain Bell recovered his gold coin by diving for it, but the Dar t was never raised, anrl to-day sleeps at the bottom of the English Channel And this dear reader brings to a propitious end our story o! sub marine adventure . LTHE END ] MULLIGAN'S BOARDING HOUSE. By "BRICKTOP." Profusely illustrated by THOMAS WoRTH. This book illustrates the Comic side of Life, full of funny Ad ventures and Novel Situations, abounding in Jokes and Original Sayings Price 10 cents. For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipt of price Address FR 1\.NK T OUSEY, Publisher, P 0. Box 2730. 34 & 3 6 North Moore S t New York. TO EUROPE BY MISTAKE. By "BRICKTOP." Telling all about how it happened. Containinz twelv e illustrations by the great comic artist, 'rHOMAS WoRTH. Price 10 cents For sale by all newsdealers, or we will send it to you upon re ceipe of price. Address FRANK TOUSEY., Publisher, P. 0. 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Jr.'s ETectric Cyclone: or, 'l'hrllling Ad-67 Young Latst DocJge; or, The Keen Detective'u. ventures in No Man's Land. Part 11. Greatest Huse. 66 The Sunken Pirate; or. Frank Reade, Jr., in Search o r 68 Yonng Slenth atnd the Female Smuggler; or, Workine, a 'l're&Sore at the Bottom of the Sea. For UncJe Sam.'' 67 Frank Reade. Jr .. and His Electric Air-Boat; or, Hunt-69 Young Sleuth's Lightning Ch&llge&; 'l'he Gold Brick 68 Jr, Among the 70 t_he Owls or Owl Mountain; or, The-Cowboys \Vith bis New Electric Oa.ru van. Gboets t1f Blue Rh'ia:e Tavern. 69 From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful 1'rip of Frank 71 Yonng Sleutha La.st Round; or, The Keeu Deteotive'tt Reade, Jr., Wit.h His Latest Air-Ship. Best Knock-Out. 70 Frank Reade. Jr. and His J!.1ectric Prnirie Schooner; 72 Young Sleuth's or, Sharp Work Amcng Sharp 71 the Lakes; 73 Seven Signs; or, The Keen Detective's. or. A Journey Through Africa by Water. lthrkPd 'J'rail. 72 the Ivory 14 on the Stage; or, An Act .Not on the73 Six Weekts in the Olouds: or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s An 75 Younll Sleuth at Monte Carlo; or, The Crime of the. 74 or, Around the 76 and the Man with the 'l'attooed A.rw; or,. Globe in 'fhirty Days. Tracking Missing Millions. 75 Frank Reade, Jr .. and His Ft,.ng Ice Ship; or, 77 Young :Sleuth 1n D emi/oh n City; or, Waltzine WitDriven Adrift in the Frozen Sky. Jiam's Dancin.z Schoo 76 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Sea Engine; or, 78 Young :S1eutll in or, Saving a Young American Hun tin,; for a Sunken Diamond Mine. from the !'rison Mines. 77 Frank Reade, Jr. I Lxploring a Submaraine .l\1ou!ltnin; 79 Young Sleuth Almost Kuocked Out; or, Nel! Blondm s or, Lost at the Bottom of the Sea. Desperate Game. 78 Frank Reade. Jr.'s Electric Buckboard: or, l'bnlhng 80 Sleuth and Billy the K1d Number Two; or, The Adventures in North Australia. tlidden Ranch of the Panbandie. 79 Frank Reade. 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