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FRANK READE :a2:A..Gr.A.2::J::N'"E. CONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, S E A AND I N THE AI& IBBued Weekly-By Subscription $2 50 yer year. Entered as Second Class Matter at New York, N. Y., Post Office, Entered according to Act of Congre88 in the year 1902, in the ojfice of the Lib1 arian of CongreBB, Washington, D. C by Frank Tomey, 24 Union Square, New York. No.5. NEW Y ORK NOVEMBER 28, 1902. Price 5 Cents. Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent". s OR, er D -THE SEARCH F.OR SUNKEN COLD. Bv "NONAME." CHAPTER I. THE SE.A. SERPENT. 'u Upon a bright September day there appeared in the Larbor of Charleston, South Carolina, in the year 18-, a of such peculiar build and strange as to inJlaim the attention and excite the curiosity of the crews all the other craft there anchored. in Sailors crowded into the rigging bf their ships, captains k rought their glasses to bear upon the n v :;comer, and some was occasioned. "What in the na m e o f Davy Jones do ye call it?" cried nl When opposite the man of war she dipped ber colors and let go with a salute from a gun in the bow. It was a haval salute, too. The puff of smoke from the muzzle was followed by a projectile striking the water not three hundred yards dis tant, and instantly a oolumn of water rose sixty feet into the air. "Gimcracks!" gasped the commander. "She carries a pnepmatic gun!" The warship answered the salute T h en the newcomer glided by not one hundred yards d i s ta n t Everything upon her decks could be plainly seen ne b l uff Jack Tar on board a United States man of-war. n. ''I'll make my 'davy it's not like anything I've ever seen Bu t there was no cre.y of bluejackets lounging over the :ooil or swinging in the shrouds, for shrouds she had none 1 "Right ye are, me hearty," rejoined a companion. Only two men were visible, one being a negro, dressed 1 For all that it's a r ight snug lookin' craft. Mebbe she's in a natty naval uniform and standi.ng by the rail; the other new English dynamite boat." "More likely it's the big English racing yacht come over race fer ther America's cup." These and a hundred other surmises were indulged in. But straight u p the harbor came the unknown craft. was an Irishman, with brick red hair, who stood near the pilot-house. Both had flags and waved them. Amidships was a staff, upon which floated a l arge whi te flag, with a blue border.
2 ..... NK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." And now those on board the warship could read the folturning, by means of a strong pump, the chamber would be lowing words: quickly emptied. This enabled him to go safely in or o-qt "Frank Reade, Jr." of the submarine boat when it was und e r water. Upon the bow of the craft was this legend, in gilt letters: To describe in detail the d e li c at e and beautiful mechan" Sea S e rpent.'' ism of thi s part of the c raft would tak e up much s pace. In an instant all on board the warship understood the Therefore, we will not wear y the read e r with it. situation and recognized the new craft. In the stern of the b o a t was anoth e r dome, which was "Yot on e of them but had heard of Frank Reade, J;r., the provided with machinery to operate the s lides of a vast world famou s inventor, and his marvelous submarine boats. air-chamb e r in the c e nter of the hull and which was the The y saw at once that this was not a dynamite boat, a means of sinking or raising th e boat. c ruiser nor a monitor, or any s ort of a war craft. This was s imply done by admittin g wat e r t o the cham-It was s imply a submarine boat, its peculiar shape ber when it would instantly s ink. To li f t the boat to th e wa-s all in keeping with its name, Sea Serpent. surface was to expel the again b y l? e an s of a powerful In s hape it was long and narrow, with a sinuous slope slide operated by a powerful el e ctric e ngine. of hull fore and u.ft. We hav e des cribed the Sea Serpent a s she appeared :float-Th e bow was curved and serpentine in contour, with a heavy ram. The hull was made of the finest steel. The deck s 1re r c narrow and s teel plated. In the hull vpon eithe r si d e w e r e dt\fld-eye windows ext e nding the full l e ng t h of the c raft. Th e cabin was a long round-roofed structure of steel ing upon the waters of Charleston Bay. .we will leave the des cription the wond erful s ubmarine boat's engines and h e r inte rior f o r anoth e r page, and first introduce the character s of our story and a few important incidents. The S e a Serp ent g lided by the Unite d States warshi with s teel band s ove r it like the boiler of a locomotive. like h e r v e ritable name s ake in e a se and grace of move In the forward e nd were two large square windows, with ment. th e t hickest of plate glass, calculated to stand the hardest i s Frank R e ad e Jr.'s craft sure enough f" cri k ind of u sage. one of th e office r s of the war s hip. "Is n t s h e a dand y?' a } .. long t h e s id e w ere square windows of the same plate "You are ri ght," ag reed a broth e r office r. "The Unit glaos. State s G overnment oug h t to buy h e r for a s ubmar i n e tor l'bctic were fitted "ith metal slides, which could be let pedo boat. d own at will. "Can' t do it!" B elow these w e re two rows of dead-eyes. These admitted ]Jicnty oi light into the cabin. "Why?" "Because young Reade won't sell h e r. H e an aver Above th e cabin was a dome-shaped pilot-house, with wins ion to an y of hi s invention s b eing 11sed f o r purposes o dow s up o n all sides. A deck ran along the roof of the war. They _are secr e t s of h is, a nd as h e ha s plenty o u: bin l e ading from the pilot-house fore and aft in the mon e y h e does not car e to par t w ith the m." of a steamer's bridge. A metal ladd e r l e d up eith e r side to the bridge. All was cleverly rail e d in with brass. On the forward part of the cabin's dome was a powerful "Ah, that. i s it, e h ? "Yes. You h ave h e ard of him befo re, haven t y ou?" "W !=!11, yes." "You. know h e lives i n a beau ti ful li t tl e c it y c all searchlight, calculated to throw a good ways under water. Readestown. His fath e r was an inven t or b e f o r e hi This was an important adjunct. 'l'hey hav e larg e ma c hin e s hop s the r e for the manufa c tu For1yard of the cabin was a dome-shaped structure, which s olely of Frank's inv e ntions. H e i s a young handso was over the electrical engine-room, and was intended a; and talented fellow. I once had the plea sure of an intr a vestibule or means of leaving or entering the Sea Serduction to him.'' pent while it was under water. "Indeed I" Inside was a circular chamber which, when in the dome, "I shall not s oon forget it. I e s teemed it an honor, fo was empty, but as it revolved toward the opim door inyou feel at once as if you stood in the presence of geniu stantly filled with water. whe n you stand b e fore him.'' So that when the diver had once stepped into the chamber "I sho uld beli eve that.'' he would quickly find himself in the water or, upon re"No w you see t hat n e gro and Irishman on the deck?"
'FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 3 "Yes." He was tall and lanky, with sharp, cadaverous features, "Well, they are his two servants and his traveling com-and keen, shrewd, twinkling eyes of gray. paniom, and the only crew he has on boa. rd the Sea SerHis yellow hair fell down carrotty-like upon his shouldpent." "You don't mean it?" ers. He wore a pointed chin whisker and carried a luxuri ous quid of tobacco in one cheek. ''Yes; I do." His garments were of the eccentric pattern, to say the "But, how can he operate so large a boat with so few least. men?" His coat was of the swallow-tail pattern, and of blue "Easy enough. Everything is done by wonderful elec-broadcloth, but faded and worn. Brass buttons ador,ned it. tric appliances. One man can sit up there in that pilot-.A vest of variegated pattern and long-striped trousers as house, and by touching different keys or levers, make the tened underneath, cowhide boots with straps, complrted the boat do anything he wishes." outfit. "Wonderful!" He carried a carpetbag of the old-fashioned kind, and "Well, you may be sure it is. Indeed, that darky and an umbrella which would have served for a tent. Hibernian are almost as celebrated as their master. The He cast a contemptuous glance at Barney and Pomp, names of Barney a nd Pomp are inseparably connected with "ho him the wink. that of Frank Reade, Jr." The two servitors of Frank Reade, Jr., were as fun-loving Indeed, the captain of the warship, for he it was, seemed rogues as ever the sun shone on. ;very enthusiastic over the wonderful invention. "Golly!" muttered Pomp, treading unnecessarily hard Barney, the Irishman, as the Sea Serpent glided by, upon Barney's toe, "if we don' hab some fun wif dat chile, over the rail, and shouted: den I ain' a nigger, dat am all." "Hooray fer the United States!" "Be jabers, yez are roight we will," whispered Barney. "Rah-rah !" replied the marines. "Whist, now, n' wud yez luk at the sthoyle av him?" a "Hooray fo' Frank Reade, Jr.!" yelled Pomp, They, both jolly rascals, chuckled with suppressed glee ''propos. and satisfaction. ( "Rah-rah-rah !" yelled the marines. r Barney leaned f'urther over the rail and put all his irength into a belching cry: "Hooray fer ould Oireland !" The effect was tremendous. 'rhe marines, nine-tenths of r hom were of Irish extraction, yelled themselves hoarse. o hen the S e a fired another shot with her electric o uns, and passed on. J:Ialf a mile beyond a tugboat came gliding out and ran p a signal flag. Instantly the Sea Serpent came about and dropped an hor : CHAPTER II. GREENBUSH AND HIS MS. The tall, blond young man walked straight up to Frank Reade, Jr., and extended his hand. ".Ah, Mr. Reade, you see I am right on hand by appoint ment." "I am glad to see you, Mr. Jack Wallis." "And here is my friend, Mr. Hank Greenbush, of Scilly-'I!he tug ran alongside and several of the sailors made ville, N. H. Mr. Greenbush has served one term in the tr A tall, handsome young man, with a distinguished air, :n epped out from the pilot-house upon the Sea Serpenh L' ridge. He was no other than Frank Reade, Jr. Then from the tugboat there came aboard two men. One was tall and good looking, with light hair and comEo lexion. iu l His companion was as comical a looking specimen qf umanity as ever one set eyes upon. Barney and Pomp exchanged twinkling, mischievous tlances as they saw him. Granite State Legislature, and his distinguishing mark is a bill which he successfully railroaded through the House for the establishing of guide boards upon all public highways in his State. Mr. Greenbush is honored by your hospita.lity :" "Mr. Greenbush is veryv welcome," said Frank, catching the roguish twinkle in young Wallis' eye. "Glad to meet you, sir!" Hank dropped his carpetbag and crushed Frank Reade, Jr.'s hand almost to a pulp in his horny paw. "Gol durned glad tew mae yure acquaintance, Mister
4 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." Reade," he said, nas ally. "Go s h blow me f e r a cantan kerous yaller dawg if yew ain't got a fine kind of a boat yer tew be sure!" "Yes," said Frank, extricating his hand with a grimace. "1 think the Sea S e rpent i s a s good a thing for the kind as floats." "Jerusha an h emlock boughs! I should say so." He swept a keen, critical glance about. Then, diving deep into his pocket, he brought up a mammoth hunk of plug tobacco. "Durn my socks, have a chew?" "No, thanks," said Frank, polit e ly. "I don't chew. But come into the cabin, gentlemen, and we will talk busi ness." "That is agreeable cried young Jack Wallis "Come I on, Hank, you old hayseed!" I Greenbush was tugging at a mouthful of the plug, but he followed the others, only pau s ing at the threshold to look back and give Barney and Pomp, who were laughing at him, a glowering look. Frank led the way into the cabin. Upon a table lay a pile of charts and papers and some nautical instruments. Jack Wallis scratched his head "I never heard of your equal," he said, positively, "there is no conundrum too great for you to tackle. Nothing too difficult for you to solve. "You are too effusive in your conclusions," said Frank, modestly. "I mean every one of them They now passed into the staterooms. Luxurious bunks were here, provided with all the acces sories of a toilet. Beyond were Barney and Pomp's rooms, and then came the dining-cabin and the galley or cook room. Beyond these were the engine-room s Below all was the reservoir or s inkin g Into th engine -room they passed. Here were powerful dynamo s operated b y a n e w chemica storage system, which was a secret of Frank Reade Jr.'s. The delicate electrical machinery was a s ource of grea wonderment. Jus t forward of thi s wer e the two gun s upon e ither s id of the boat s hull. There were nothing more nor less than two long, hea Frank was about to indicate chair s to his visitors. s teel pne umati c tubes, with e lectric conn e ctions, and throw But young Wallis looked about him admiringly and ing a projectil e of s peci a ll y prepar e d by Fran said: "Upon my word, Frank, before we begin bus iness I would like to take a look over your boat." "With pleasure," said Frank, readily. "Come this Reade, Jr. Young Walli s was dazed b y all thi s exhibition of inv e tive genius. He was c hatting with Frank Reade, Jr., when suddenl way." from the e ngin e -room th e r e came a terrific crash and aye The two visitors were shown the cabin, which was fur-o agony. nished with the sumptuou sness of a king's palace. Rich furniture, fine carpets, costly tapestries and gilt trimmings made the place look beautiful indeed. "What' s up?" gas p e d Walli s Both rushed into the chamber. The sight which met their gaze was a most astonishin There were shelves of rare and valuable books set in the one. walls. Costly chandeliers with electric globes were plenty. There, in a paralyz e d h e ap in the corner, lay Hank Gree And at intervals there was a queer-shaped silver piece bus h. He pulled himself together like a jumping-jac like the mouth of a bell projecting frwn the wall. and with the mos t a s toni s hed expression upon his face th Seeing Wallis looking inquiringly at these, Frank said: one could imagine. "I will explain those: When under water, of cbur se, we "Jerusha hot cake s !" he gas ped, "I'd like hev ye would very quickly exhaust our supply of air. Now, I have tell me haow in durnation I fell down that way?" the secret of the chemical manufacture of pure air which "Fell down!" exclaimed Wallis "Was that what y comes into the cabin in great quantities through these did? Why, we thought the boat had been struck by tubes." cannon ball?" "Wonderful!" exclaimed Walli s, "but what becomes of But Frank Reade, Jr., gues sed the truth at once. the vitiated air?" "Did you come in contact with any of the machinery. "It naturally goes up to the ceiling Then at intervals he asked. there are small electric lobes, with little air s ponges, which absorb and consume the impure air as fast as it comes in contact with it." "What dew yew say?" asked Hank, ruefully. "Did you put your hands on any part of the machinery. "Gal blast it! What harm cud thet dew, anyway?"
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." "I reckon that I kin tell yew purty quick," he said, hitchBut 'tain't goin'." ing at his trousers. "Yew see, thar was Melindy Ann MeThat don't ml.tke any difference. Certain parts of it Gee, she wuz second cousin tew my Aunt Jemima's step charged with electricity. What did you put your mother, an' she married a Potts, an' Potts he was a half pointed to one of the highly polished discs. and Wallis looked at each other, and then roared as first looked foolish, and then angry. Wall, gosh durned if I kin see anything so very funny thet," he declared. Why, that disc is charged with electricity!" cried Wal Oh, you're a greeny, you are!" H;cuu''"""" glared at the two laughing men a moment, then his anger got the best of him. Gol blasted if the condemned thing wull sting me agin !" catching up a heavy hammer near. made terrific blow at the disc. A cry of horror frolll Frank's lips. He expected to see it shattered brother to my own father's nephew, an' he was cousin of a f<:ller named Jones. Waal, people thought it warn't safe fer me tew marry Jerusha because we wuz so mighty close related, they say thar ain't luck at all in rellytives a-marry ing. But I loved Jerusha, an' we went an' got hitched Hank paused a moment to get breath. Frank and Wallis looked aghast. "Look here, Green!" said Wallis, abruptly. "What re lation were you then to your wife Jerusha?" "What relashin wuz I tew my wife Jerusha?" "Yes." Hank looked pityingly at the other. "Why, I wuz jest a-tellin' ye," he satd. "Thar wuz :Jielindy Ann McGee, she wuz second cousin tei my Aunt Jemima's stepmother, an' she married a Pott&--" it stood the blow, and the current rushing into the "Hold on!" broke in Wallis. "Don't go over it again. of the hammer gave Hank Greenbush another shock What I want to know is, what relation was your wife to you lifted him up and deposited him this time mbre before you were married?" than before in the corner. sit still and make no remarks whateer. quickly exami_ned the disc, and seeing that it was he shut a steel scren down over the was a narrow escape," he declared. "We would been obliged to abandon our trip for awhile if that had broken." 1 "Eh ?" "".allis looked desperate. "You heard what I said." Hank's eyes twinkled. "rain 't no proper question tew ask a man," he said "Of coorse she wuz my best gal." Frank Reade, Jr., almost rolled out of his chair with laughter at this, and \Vallis collapsed. all for that greenhorn's temper!" cried Wallis an"Next," he said, turning to Frank. "Come, get up, you greeny, and get out of here!" The young inventor recovered, and then adjusted the Greenbush was a very much abashed man as he matter by saying: to his feet. "Well, we won't go closely into the matter of relationhad nothing to say, and meekly followed the others ship; the question is, Hank, where did you get these papers ?" ow," said Frank Reade, Jr., sitting down to a table; Hank drew a deep breath. proceed to business." "Waal, tew cum tew ther p'int, them papers hcv been d !" cried Wallis. "Come, Greenbush, we want in our family ever since the days of Paul Jones an ther story and your papers." Bon Homme Richard, b'gosh! Uy gran'father's brother right, fellers," said the countryman, drawing a was acquainted with a midshipman on bo'ard of thet ship, bundle of manuscript from his pocket. an' he give them tcw my gran'fatlrer. We've hed 'em ever it is, an' if yew kin read ther blamed stuff yew kin since. I'll be gol .blasted if I kin tell yew any better than than I kin, b'gosh !" did you get it?" asked Frank, briefly, as he the ancient paperg out upon the table. ejected a quid from his mouth into the nearest thet!" "That is good enough, Hank!" declared li'r-11nk. "Let us read the papers." Frank studied over the almost illegible chirography for some moments, and then went on to reud:
6 FRAXK J H.'S 'SEA SERP KN'l'.'' "ON Bo.ARD THE BoN HoMME Rrcn.AUD, 17th July, "It will make us all rich. \Ve are ;;ure to succeed. 18-: Latitude, 10 degs. 20 mins. south; longitude, 140 Greenbush, you are a lucky man, and it was a fort degs. 7 mins. west. Fired into a pirate ship and sunk it day for you when you brought me thatMS." with all hands on board. The pirate was commanded by a "B'gosh, I allus knew it wud amount tew somethi cut -throat Italian, Luigi V espasio. No quarter was given. said Hank, going for his tobacco plug again. "At four bells the masthead watch gave warning of a sail. "So, this is the whole story," said Frank Reade, All hands were called to quarters, and Commander Jones "and this, friend Wallis, is why you wanted me to meet held the Richard down for a distant sea fight. at this place?" "Two ships were fighting desperately. One was evi"It is," replied Jack. "I felt sure that you would ag dently a pirate, and the other a fine packet ship. Before to undertake this mission." we reached the spot the packet went down and was seen no "It offers me diversion and of a remunerative kind," s more. Only one of her crew was rescued. Frank. "He was the purser, David Medina, a Portuguese. He "Then you will go?" told the awful story of the fate of the Donna Isabella, one "Yes." Jf the finest Spanish traders that ever sailed the sea. Jack Wallis executed a triumphant dance. Hank Gr "The Isabella carried a vast treasure from the Incas bush grinned. Mines of Peru, and was going across the Pacific. to A us"How soon will we be able to Frank?" asked yo1 tralia, and thence to The treasure aboard the IsaWallis. bella was estimated at several million dollars. But it is "I see no reason why we cannot start at once." now burie! in the sea. "Good!" "There was much talk on the Bon Homme Richard of "The Sea Serpent is equipped for a long cruise, sending down divers. But this was abandoned, and a storm plenty of provisions and stores. Are you ready?" coming up were were obliged to leave. But there the treas"I can be in an hour's time, or as soon as my luggage ure lies to this day. Hank's can be brought from the shore." "To raise it ought not to be a hard job. It does not lie "Send for it at once." in deep water, and the bottom is coral in forma tion. Whether it :will ever be found or not is hard guess ing. This is the log of the ship Richard, written cor rectly by "W ILLI.AM V .ANCE, Seaman." Here the journal closed, and as Frank ceased reading a silence fell upon all. One moment Frank held the parchment critically in his hand. Then he said : "I will." This ended the coniao. It was all settled that the Sea Serpent should go in q of the sunken gold This meant a long cruise to the South Pacific, and wh no doubt, would be attended with no end of thrilling ad tures. As young Wallis appeared on deck preparatory to g ashore, a small tug approached the Sea Serpent. \ Upon the bow of the boat there stood a tall, dark"Really, Wallis, this does not seem a fraud. The paper tured man. seems authentic enough, and I see no reason why we should not believe it." He had a note-book in his hand, and was writing i As the tug was about to come alongside, Frank Re "Good!" cried Wallis, with joy-flushed face. you would look at it this way, Mr. Reade." "I thought J d r cr1e : "Yes. I believe it is a true story, and I see no reason why we cannot find the wreck of the Isabella, and even at this late day recover the sunken gold from the ocean depths. At least, we will try." CHAPTER III. THE REPORTER'S VISIT. All cheered Frank Reade, Jr.'s last declaration. Jack Wallis was especially pleased, and cried: "Barney, allow nobody to come aboard!" "All roight, sor," replied the Celt, as he sprang forw Frank at once guessed the man to be some sort of a n paper reporter, who was anxious to get aboard and rna report for his paper. The young inventor disliked notoriety all th" This was why he commanded Barney to prevE-nt stranger from coming aboard. Barney was never delinquent. The Celt at once rushed to the rail, and shouted:
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT.'' Whist there! Kape away from here or it'll be the for yez. Bad luck to ye fer yez impudence!" the tug glided close up to the Sea Serpent until not feet separated them Frank hesitated a moment. Then relaxing his grimness a bit, he sa-id: "Very welL You may take a br.ief look
FRAXK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." "Did you think that, Barney?" "t:Hmre an' I did, sor I thought the same." Barney shook his head knowingly. "Divil a bit av a newspaper reporter was he. Ther's me sister Cordalier's own son as is reportin' fer the New Yorruk Howler an' Growler, an' shurc he's nuthin' loike him at all. D.ivil a bit av it." Frank looked quizzically at Barney. The Celt was tapping his kinky red locks. "Did yez luk at the hair av him, Misther Frank? Shure Sea Serpent observed a small boat which was rowed 1 quite close to the rail of the Sea Serpent. Three men were in the boat. They were darkly muffied, and one of them carried som: thing, which he affixed to the rail of the submarine boat. Then one of the men at the oars vhispered softly: "All right, Wesley?" "Yes." "Is it good and firm?" "It is." "Let out the wi.re. \ it was ivery bit false. Divil a reporter was he!" While the boat was rowed away one of the men in the Frank drew a deep breath. stern began to pay out a light wire, which seemed to ex" I agree with you, Barney," he said, "but what does the tend to the hull of the Sea Serpent. fellow want here?" "Shure, an' I don't know, sor." Frank went about his duties, but for the next hour he could think of little else but the bogus reporter. Barney and Pomp were both satisfied that he was a fraud. But what mystified Frank was what his purpo e was in CHAPTER IV. THE EXPLOSION. visiting the Sea Serpent. Barney was working away assiduously in the pilot-house "Phwat did he do all the toime yez were showing him when a bright thought came to him. J about, naygur ?" asked Barney. "I-Ie jes' took in eberyting an' wrote it down in a book," replied the darky. Frank kept a sharp watch for the return of Wallis and Greenbush, for he was anxious to leave at once. But the two hours pas ed, and even a third. Barney and Pomp, while the best of friends, wen fl Q I way's playing practical jokes upon each other. 4 j: Sometimes one came out victorious and jubilant, 1 sometimes the other. r However it was, both enjoyed the fun immensely. Pomp bad a few days before given Barney a cold shower It was now quite dusk. bath while in his bunk by means of a hose nozzle, so placed But at this point the tug was seen approaching in the in an open port by his bunk, that the Celt had fancied. jt distance. sprang from the heavy sea, and only discovered his mis In due time it ranged alongside, but no Wallis or Greentake when he got up to shut the port. bush made their appearance. Instead the pilot handed Frank a letter. Breaking the seal, he read : "DE.A.R MR. READE: I am unavoidably detained until. morning. I will then be on hand at an early hour. gretti n g the delay, I am, "Yours always, Be-"J .A. OK W .A.LLIS. Frank was disappointed, but there was nothing else to do but to make the best of it. Darkness settled down thick and fast. Frank sat up in the cabin until a late hour, engaged in writing. Barney was in the pilot-house cleaning up the brasses and Pomp was in the galley making bread. Barnt.:!y had not forgotten this. It. had long been rankling in his bosom, and he was de termined to, if possible, get square with his tormentor Now a brilliant idea came into his head, and he was de-termined to put it into execution. He instantly dropped his scouring material and proceeded to execute his plans. These were somewhat elabor ate. The Celt grinned 'all over his face as he reflected upon the surprise party he would give his colleague. "Be jabers, it'll be a good wan on him," he muttered "Shure, it'll be a number av days, I reckon, afore iver be' l thry any more roasts on me!" Barney knew that Pomp, like all of his class, was snpel' stitious and mightily afraid of ghosts. To work upon the darky's superstitious fears was no While engaged thus, none in the cabin or on board the the wicked Celt's design.
FRAN:i READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 9 Quickly Barney went into the chemical and rk. He proceeded to first cover his faoo with white chalk. The result was natural enough. The dark'}''s body would not pass all the way through. He stopped just at his waist, and to get further was a en he rubbed in some phosphoric oil, an invention of sheer impossibility. ank Reade, Jr.'s, which had the peculiar property of Had he been able to get through the window it would ng intensely luminous in the dark. have been to fall into the sea. beets were procured and covered with the same. Thus But he did not mind this, for he could swim like a fish ired, Barney looked like an incarnation from Hades, or But there he stuck, fast in the window. All his efforts disembodied spirit from some ghoul-haunted graveto get through were vain. It was too much for Barney. d. Forgetting his ghostly propensities and qualities he gave he chemical room was connected with the galley by a way to uproarious laughter. He ran forward and began to claw the darky's legs. n this passage was the electric meter by which Barney This convulsed Pomp, who was sure that his end had come w that he could turn off the light in that part of the and that the bad spirit had him. t. Sure until he heard Barney's shrieks of laughter. ""-ll was ready Then like a flash the truth dawned upon him. He was he Celt stepped out into the passage and instantly shut the maddest darky on earth with that revelation. the current from the galley illuminators. "Golly fo' glory! I done kill dat I'ishman !" he gritted. f course the place was instantly shrouded in darkness. He began now to work his way back through the deadhe result was that Pomp began to yell furiously at the eye. But Barney was not yet through with him. of his voice: It was too exoollent an opportunity, and the Celt, seiz'Who done turn off dat light? Hi, dar, yo' fool I' ishing a strip of board, began to belabor the darky's hinder n l If dat am yo', jes' turn dat on again, or I put a part in right royal fashion. d on yo' Hear mah gentle voice?" 'Be jabers, I hear it!" chuckled Barney. For half a minute Pomp suffered. Then out from the dead-eye, like a cork from a chamThen he lowered his voice to his boots, and let out a pagne bottle he popped, with disheveled appearance and blood in his eye. omp was coming out of the galley. Barney was by no means a bog. He had enough, and e was groping his way along when s uddenly he came was content now to -abandon the field the quickest possible e to face with the ghostly apparition. way. nd a ghostly one it truly was. Shrieking with laughter, he ran out into the corridor, n the darkriess the phosphorus shone like the evanescent tearing off his ghastly apparel as he went. 'S of a monster ignis fatuus. The darky halted. But, quick as he was, Pomp was after him. The darky arney let out a hideous overtook him and clinched with him. he effect was fearfuL A yell like that of a lost spirit One moment they swayed in the struggle. How it led from the throat of the terrified darky. would have terminated it is impossible to say. 'Massy Lordy! Golly, golly sakes alibe !" he shrieked But at that moment there was a sudden, terrific explo'se done got mah call, an' dis am de end ob Pomp. Oh, sion. stab Ghosteses, don' take dis chile yit, fo' de Lor's sake 'It was a roar like that of thunder, and the Sea Serpent 't tech me. I do anyfin' fo' yo' if yo' jes' lemme lib!" 'Boo-oo -oo !" said Barney, in sepulcb.ral tones. omp nearly had a fit. n the frenzy of the moment he made a backward leap o the galley. He had no thought but that of escape. Just over the cooking table there was a dead-eye win This was open, and Pomp made a bolt for it. It was quite a respectable sized orifioo,. but Pomp was ost as broad he was long. seemed being rent to pieces. The two rollicking servitors were tumbled end over end. When they regained their feet forgotten was everything else in the thrilling exigencies of the moment. Frank Reade, Jr., had been hurled across the stateroom by the shock. When he recovered he rushed out upon deck. The Sea Serpent was rolling in a tossing. heaving sea of waters. Frank rushed to the rail and looked over.
. / JO FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." He saw the side of the boat was a dented, and that The three looked at each other. a section of the railing was gone. Then Frank nodded his head. What did it mean? "We will spoil their game!" he declared. "The Had there been a collision? Had they been run down? Serpent is going to the South Pacific, and they cannot o But if so, the other vessel was not in view. Had it vent it." sunk? It was not much work to repair the damage done to But something hanging over a portion of the dismantled boat. railing caught Frank's eye. The railing was not a prime necessity at this part of He went forward and p:cked it up. boat. A little paint would cover the blackened spot, It was a wire. the dent had not resulted in any cracking of the steel Instantly a premonition of the truth flashed across the ing. young inventor. He was ihtensely But it certainly had been a very narrow escape for He rushed to the pilot-house and turned on the search Sea Serpent. light. For the rest of the night all remained awake. Over the decks it traveled, and then out upon the surface vals Barney kept the searchlight playing across the of the sea and to the shore a half mile distant. But the would-be wreckers did not make another And there he saw, drawn up on the sands, a boat, while ance. a number of men were running toward the woods beyond. Frank instantly understood all. It had been a diabolical attempt to blow up the Sea Ser pent with dynamite. The attempt had by ra. re good fortune. Frank's horror was only exceeded by his surprise Who were the destroyer s and what was their purpose. Barney and Pomp were now on deck. The night wore away and mor.o.ing came. high in air when a tugboat was seen approaching the Serpent. As it drew nearer Frank saw Wallis and the bow. A few moments later the tug ran alongside. The two me,n leaped out, and the first words of W were: "Here I am, Frank, according to your instructions A quick examination was made of the boat's hull. ":M:y instructions!" exclaimed Frank; "have It was dented and somewhat blackened, and some of the gotten that you were to be on hand yesterday railing was blown away. But this was all. The Sea Serpent and its crew had miraculously escaped a watery grave. For a time Frank was very angry. He was strongly inclined to send a dynamite shell after the villtflns, but he finally decided not to do so. "Begorra, I thdught the divil meant us no good when he came to the Sea Serpent to-day," averred Barney. Frank's face darkened. to make the start?" Wallis looked astonished. "I believed that was the arrangement until I got note I" ":M:y note?" "Yes." Frank looked surprised. "What note?" he asked, coolly. Young Wallis dove deep in his pocket and resurrected "There is no doubt but that he is the rascal," he deenvelope. clared. "But what on' earth was his purpose?" He handed this to Frank. "Golly I done fink dar am somefin' wrong," said Pomp. "Mebbe some one hab faun' out jes' whar de Sea Serpent am gwine, an' dey jes' wants to try an' stop it." Frapk Reade, Jr., stopped short in his walk up and down the deck. "By gracious, Pomp, I believe you're right!" he cried. CHAPTER V. ON THE EQUATOR. "And, now I come to think of it I will wager that there Before he even broke the seal Frank Reade, Jr., was some sort of a scheme to keep Wallis from coming on stood all. board last night." The note which Wallis had received at the "Begorra, that's just the whole av it!" shouted Barney. Hotel shortly after his
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 11 "ON BOARD THE SEA SERPENT. On account of certain arrangements ve to make, do not come out to the Sea Serpent before o'clock to-morrow morning. Be on hand then. "Yours ever, "FRANK READE, JR." Frank drew the bogus letter from his pocket and handed to Wallis. "Did you write that?" he asked. Wallis read it. "No he said, in astonishment. "Neither did I write this." "They are both forgeries!" "Yes." The two young men stood looking at each other for some "I don't understand it," he said. "You will understand better when I tell you that an has been made to blow up this ship." A great cry escaped Jack's lips. He turned excitedly to "Hank!" he cried, "I'll bet it's the work of that fellow roomed next to us at the hotel. He heard our plans, am confident, for we were not aware that we could be in the next room, or that anybody was there, until heard him moving about." "B'gosh t'almighty, yew're right!" cried Hank, with ".That was the chap, sure ly," continued Jack. "He the only one who could have gained any knowledge of our plans." "IVhat is his game?" asked Frank. "It is easy to see.'' "Of course." I "He overheard us, and has, no doubt, got the bearings down. His game is to get in before us. He ex to do this by blowing up the Sea Serpent." The logic of this conclusion was apparent to all. It created no little excitement "Well," said Frank Reade, Jr., coolly, "the scound rel Then Frank Reade went into the pilot-house and set the electrical machinery at work. Out to sea the Sea Serpent put with all speed. She was as fast as a ghost, and the way she cleaved her way through the rollers was a caution to her namesake. Soon land faded from sight. Frank had decided that the nearest way to reach the latitude in question was by way of Cape Horn. So the Sea Serpent kept on her way southward. One beautiful day she crossed the Equator. The sea was like glass, one of those calms peculiar to those latitudes being prevalent. Barney and Pomp were below, Hank Greenbush was sit ting by the rail whittling a stick, and Frank and Jack were in the cabin discussing charts, when an unlooked for thing occurred The sky began to wax exceedingly yellow and hazy. Greenbush noted this with soine curiosity, but being un familiar with the phenomena of equatorial storms did not give the matter mucll thought. Thicker grew the haze until the sun was obscured, and a dull, low rumbling like distant thunder came from the horizon. Then it occurred to the Y ankce that a storm was coming. "Jemima pancakes!" he gasped, "I never seen such a lookin' sky in my life. B'gosh, I think I'd better tell ther cap' en." But it was at this moment that Frank Reade, Jr., and Wallis came on deck. A single glance at the sky told both of them the truth "Gosh all hemlock cried Hank. "What do yew call it, cap'en ?" "A typhoon!" almost shrieked Frank. Then he started for the pilot-house. But beforr he reached it the Sea Serpent was in the jaws of the storm. Great mountainous waves came rolling over the sea with racehorse speed, and swept completely over the Sea Ser pent. Hank and Wallis gained the cabin just in time. But Frank Reade, Jr., was half way to the pilot-house. 'Had it not been for a stanchion bolt in the deck to which in his purpose. I don't know who he is, nor what he clung, he would surely have been swept overboard. is, but I can see no possible way that he can do us any But he hung to this with grim resolution until the first now. We need give him no further thought." blow of the typhoon was passed. "No," agreed Jack, "let the matter drop. As soon as There was an instant's lull, and the boat was caught high get our luggage aboard we are ready to go, Frank." upoh a great wave. right!" The time was brief, but in that moment Frank reached The tug's men put the traps of the two passengers aboard., the pilot-house.
12 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA Barney was clinging to the wheel, it taking all his strength to keep the boat steady. In a moment Frank was by his side. "Wonderful," he cried; "how easy it seems to there upon those sands, and yet it is impossible." "Not so," said Frank. "It is not only possible, but "Begorra, Misther Frank!" cried the Celt, "it luks as if easy." we'd go down for shure !" looked up in surprise. "That is our only salvation," cried Frank; "turn the "What do you mean?" he asked. tank lever, quick!" "Do yez mean to sink the boat, sor ?" "Yes ; of course." Barney saw the point at once, which was to descend below the rough water, and thus escape the fury of the storm. Of course it was a capital idea, and sure to wo:t;k. The lever was turned, the tank instantly filled, and the submarine boat went down. The turning of the lever in opening the tank also closed every air-tight hatch and means of egress to the deck. But in spite of this quite a lot of water had dashed down Frank pointed to a che s t in the corner. "In that are three suits of diving armor," he said. are my own invention, and the w eare r c arrie s upon his a reservoir of pure air, whi c h is con stantly being by the use of chemi c al s jus t ove r the reservoir. With feet safety you could r e m ain out there for hours.:' "Do you mean it?" ga s p e d Wallis. "I do." "It is wonderful, indeed." "Prese ntly, if you we will take a little trip "I would b e delight ed." the cabin stairs. This, however, did not do much damage. After making a few arra ngem cnt, 1 F r:m k p r oceetlc<.l Down went the submarine boat quickly. Some motion carry out his plan. was felt under the surface, but it gradually decreased. Then Frank opened the valves from the chemical tank which supplied the boat with oxygen. 'l'wo of the suits wer e tak e n out o f th e ches t anu reservoirs :filled with new che mi cak Then each donned a s uit, and Frank l e d the w a y to The Sea Serpent soon had descended to a great depth. safety vestibule, as it was c alled, forward. Scarcely any of the storm's motion could be felt now. Into this the two divers s tepped All had been total darkness for some moments, but Frank Frank touched a spring and it beg an to r e volv e A s now turned on the electric lights. did so, it also :filled with wat e r. He turned on the searchlight and sent its rays flashing through the d e pths. Manelous s ights were re v ealed. Huge fishes were seen s currying about wildly as the light burst upon them. The submarine boat was now within twenty feet of the bottom. Frank was agreeabl.y surprised. It is generally the case that the sea attains great depths at the equator. But this evidently was a shallow part. Frank allowed the Sea Serpent to descend until it rested upon the bottom. The scene now baffled description. The searchlight made the ocean bed as plain as day. There were vast areas of white sand, with beautiful shells scattered about. Cliffs and crags of coral were towering in heights over the sand, and these were hung with beautiful sea plants. The colors of the coral in the electric light were beauti ful beyond description The voyagers on board the Sea Serpent regarded the scene with interest Wallis and Hank, particularly, were interested, the former being unable to restrain his enthusiasm. When the chamber had r e volv e d a certain di s tance, opened a door, and the two diver s s t e pped out upon deck. It was a s ensation, inuc ed, to W' alli s but he became accustomed to it. His e nthusiasm was without bound s leaped about in an ecsta s y of delight. Leaving the Sea Serpent the two diver s walked a some distance in the glare of the searc hlight' s pathway. Almost to the extreme edg e of thi s they went, when Wallis suddenly halted and made an excited gesture. Frank gazed in the direction indicated. He saw a startling sight There, buried in the and, was an ancient wreck. The two divers surveyed it a moment, and then Wallis made signs to go and examine it. Frank was not anxious, yet acced e d to the request. They approached the wreck without any thought of dan ger. It was that of a merchant ship of the la s t century, with hull crumbling in the water and fast going to decay. Upon the stern was a name wl1ich, a s n ear as Frank could make ont, was "Helina Christiania."
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 13 She was evidently a Swedish craft, and had gone down in a. hurricane. By placing his helmet close to Frank's, Wallis wa's able to shout: "Some poor souls bade good-by to life and its joys and cares when that ship went down." "Quite likely!" replied Frank. "Shall we go aboard?" "As you say." Wallis made a move toward the ship. Suddenly a thrill ing thing occurred. From one of the ports there uddenly darted forth an like form which clutched Wallis. In an instant the folds closed about him, and t
14 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." "Nothing." "Let us return then." "All right." They climbed out of the port and stood once more upon the bed of the ocean. Charleston Hotel, reaching the loc ality of the sunken first. "All right. If he get s ther e fir s t l e t him have it," dared Wallis. "I don't see how h e i s going to g e t a ship to go there with, and how he can recover the gold with the They could see the glare of the Sea Serpent s searchlight ordinary divers." in the distance. They made their way toward it. "We won't worry about it," said Frank, shrugging bi, Soon they could see ahead through the glass windows of s hould e rs. "There i s nothing like making the best of the submarine boat. things." There were Barney and Pomp and Hank Greenbush It y;a s decided to r eturn to the s urfa c e at once. w aiting anxiously for their return. :; \Va s s afe to assume that the s torm was over, and all Reaching the rail of the Sea Serpent th e y clambered upon w : .. .2 be safe. -the deck. Then they entered the turret and Frank pressed the spring. At once it b egan to r ,evolve. As it did so the water was forced out, and when the vestibule was reached every parti cle had been pumped out. Quickly the divers removed their suit s Then, s tepping into the vestibule Frank opened a door, and they passed into che cabin. Barney met Frank eagerly. Lic cordingly this was done. A calm sea was found, and no trace of the s torm, save a distant receding cloud. The s ubmarin e boat was put under slight s p e ed, such as the crippled machinery would bear. The n Frank Reade, Jr., and Barn e y and Pomp dl' their coats and went to work. Like beavers th e y toiled for a time. M e anwhil e th e Sea Serpent drifted on. As Frank Reade, Jr., predicted, the job of repairing the "Och hone, Misther Frank!" he cried. "It's bad news machinery was a long one. But there was no oth e r way I liave fer yez !" but to submit. "What is it?" asked Frank, sharply. "Shure, if yez will come wid me I ll show yez." Frank suffeTed himself to be led down into the engine:room. Barney explained quickly that the fine electrical machin ery was deranged, and that until it could be repaired the Sea Serpent could not possibly make ten miles per day. This was most disheartening intelligence, Frank could not express his dismay in words. For days the Sea Serpent drift e d on idl y Week s passed before finally the task was compl e ted. But at length the work was done, and the laborer s re s ted from their toils. The machinery was once more all right and e verything was in readiness for a quick trip Frank now entered the pilot-hou s e and set the cour s e of the Sea Serpent for Cape Horn. In due course the rough wat e r s of this locality was "This is too bad!" he d e clar ed. "Of course if I had reached. the boat at Readestown I could soon fix it. But to at-It was a glorious day f o r th e voyag e r s whe n at l e ngth thl' tempt to do it here will take at least weeks." tranquil Pacific was reached. "That is unfortunate. It will d e lay us greatly," said Frank took his bearings when five days around Cape \Vallis. Horn, and found that they were not above two thousand "Delay us! I should say so. t wppen for the price of the boat." I wouldn't have had it miles from the h nestinAtion. "How do you reckon that it happened?" "It mus t have been the storm, and possibly the effects Four days later they began to e ncounter some of tl1e many small islands which dot the South Pacific. Lanca ster Reef was sighted, and th e n gradually they bevf that blow ihat Hank gave it with the axe." gan to enter the Great Ar c hipelago. Hower c r there was no cour s e left but to make the best Every day now they were drawing nearer to their deo of it. tination. f f the Spa Serp ent was dela yed six weeks it meant much. Ali were exceedingly enthu s iastic, nnd the time c ould not One ancl all thought of the poss ibility of Webley Hawpa s s quickly enough. kins, which the name of the Yillain who had tried to Qne day the S e a Serpent th e tropic of Capricorn, up the Sea Herpe nt, as Hank Ilad learn e d at the and they were now well into the warm seas.
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 15 .\. few days later the Austral Isles were sighted, and now He knew their treachery, and that ther.e was need of canFrank began to take more accurate bearings. tion. Once more he repeated his command in Portuguese: 'l'he search for the sunken gold 1vas now begun in real "Stand off!" earnest. Thus far they had !'ighted but few crafts. But now, while making a small coral atol, Barney, who was the bow watch, cried: "Sail ho! Shure, Misther Frank, phwhat koind av a craft is it?" CHAPTER VII. FATE OF THE PROA. This question might well be asked. Every eye was But the oarsmen of the proa did not cease rowing, and turned in that direction, and sharp exclamations followed. the swarthy captain made reply: The sail was quadrangle-shaped and the craft long, low "Be not afraid, Tuan (master). We are friends. We and rakish. Instantly Frank Reade, Jr., recognized its character, and he replied: "It is a Malay vessel." Jack Wallis gave a start. only want trade." "Well, we don't want it," replied Frank, sternly. "Keep off, I say But his words were wasted. The next moment the proa ran alongf\ide the Sea. Serpent, "Then it is a pirate!" he cried. and in a twinkling a score of swarthy Malays sprang over ''It may be," said Frank, studying the distant craft with the rail. his glass. Grappling irons were thrown out, and in an instant the The proa, for such it was, seemed to be making directly Malays threw off their nwsks. for the Sea Serpent. Creeses flashed from under their cloaks, and with cries As it did not fly the black flag and had no eterna l apthey rushed toward the cabin. pearance of piratical sort, Frank could not assume an agAll this while Frank had been inactive. gressive attitude. But he hpt a sharp eye on the Malay vessel. "\Yhy, she i;; hailing us!" cried Wallis, in 'J'his was true. A tflll, swarthy fellow, m picturesque costume, stood l ; pon the quartC'rdcek of the proa, and shouted something in, <1 strange tongue. Frank could not understand it, but appeared on bridge of the Sea Serpent, and shouted back: "Can't you talk English? I don't know your Ianguage?" The fellow answered in Portuguese, which fortunately Frank understood. "What ship are you?" "This is the Sea Serpent. Who are you .?" "We are traders. We have opium and rice. come aboard Let us Wallis bad caught a spirit of alarm. "Frank!" he cried, wildly. boat up to them?" "Arc you going to give the "Keep cool," replied the young inventor. tend to knuckle to them the least particle." "But they are boarding us." "That is all right." "How can you say that?" "I don't in"Keep cool and you will see!" replied the young inventor; earnestly. "I'm sure I cannot see your purpose!'' "Well, you will, presently!" Over the rail poured the Malay!'. Half a hundred wer" en the Sea Serpent's deck. That was what Frank had been waiting for. The time for action had come. He pressed a spring ;which caused all the doors and win dows of the Sea Serpent to hermetically close. "Stand off!" commanded Frank, sternly. Then he puJled open the lever which opened the air The proa had darted forward, and seemed about to chamber. come alongside in spite of all. Frank saw a.t a glance Water poured in and the Sea Serpent began lo sink. danger. The waist of the proa was filled with villainous-looking men. There was no doubt in the young inventor's mind that they were pirates. Down she went, and the proa would have gone too had not the grappling irons broken. The whole half hundred pirates were instantly strug gling in the water.
16 Fll,\ :'\ K HK\DE, ,Jlt'S 'SEA SERPENT." Many were drowned, but some managed to get abo;trd the "Yes,'' agreed Frank. "But we blew his ship all to proa, which began to scud away toward the distant island. pieces." The astonishment of the Malays to see the submarine boat disappear in that inexplicable manner must have been great. Evidently they believed the sinking accidental. But when the Sea Serpent suddenly reappeared, not two hundred yards distant, their amazement increased to terror. Wallis, who had been so alarmed, now laughed at his alarm. "What a fool I was he crieti. "Of course, you had the However, no further time was wasted in the vicinity. As the Sea Serpent rounded the island, however, all were suDprised to see a number of the Malay proas in a small bay or harbor. They did not venture to attack the Sea Serpent. Frank, however, studied them with interest. "Well, this is queer I" he muttered. "It must be a rendezvous for them." "That is about so," said Wallis. best of them, Frank." However, the young inventor could see no good reason "Well, rather," said the young inventor, grimly. "Now, for attacking the pirates, so the Sea Serpent kept on. I hate to take human life, but these fellows are the scum cf the earth." "That is so." "lt is a ble8sing to humanity at large to destroy them." "Certainly." Various other islands were now encountered. Some of them were plainly inhabited by natives, but there was no sign of white men. Frank troubled none of them, and kept his bearings for the reef where the sunken gold was to be found. "I believe I'll do it." Frank went forward to the gun deck. The young inventor now began to grow more deeply in He trained one terested in the project. o.f the pneumatic guns, and pressed the electric key. As they hourly drew nearer to the spot the spirits of There was a quick recoil. A distant roar and an enor all rose, and much excitement prevailed. mous explosion. A column of water rose fifty feet in the At length Frank announced that they ought to sight the air. When it subsided not a vestige was to be seen of the doomed proa, save a small heap of wreckage. The voyagers all rushed on deck with their glasses. They studied the sea for some sign of any survivors. A few were seen momentarily on the surface, but quickly disappeared, with the exception of one man. This one was seen to be vigorously the shore. reef the next day. An hour later a terrific storm came up. It was a genuine South Sea hurricane. An ordinary ship would have fared hard in its grasp. But the Sea Serpent had only to sink below the surface and thus escape it. For several hours the storm raged. It was morning of another day before the Sea Serpent The proa had run quite near to the shore of the island; was able to proceed. and the pirate was making his best efforts to reach it. The sea yet ran high, but gradually grew more calmer, "Upon my word!" cried Wallis, in surprise, "l believe until ncar noon they lay off the shore of an island. it is the priate captain." Then Pomp, who was on deck, rai ed the cry: "Begorra, that's who it is," cried Barney. "Shure, wud yez give him a shot, Fr?nk ?" The fello'v was within rifle shot, but Frank could not bear to think of that. "No," he said, with compassion. "If the fellow can escape let him do so." The voyagers watched the swimmer with interest. He actually succeeded in reaching the shore, and climbed out upon a shelf of rock. There he s tood erect, and in a seeming frenzy of rage "Wreck ahoy! Jes' come up yer as quick as yo' kin, Marse Frank." "What is the matter?" cried Frank, tumbling out on deck. "Look fo' yo'se'f, sah." Frank did look in the direction indicated. He was dumbfounded. There, high upon a treacherous reef, not half a mile from the shore of a tropical isle, was the hull of a fine steam yacht. made mad gesticulations at the submarine boat. The vessel had apparently been driven there by the recent "That is hardly good taste," said Wallis. "We just storm, and was a hopeless wreck. sparrd his 1 if c." The yacht resembled closely the pleasure craft of a
FRAN"K READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT.'' 17 althy American, save that she was large and carried sev-1 rifled guns. "Great Heavens!" cried the young inventor, "she is a ck. Are any of the crew alive?" "Suah, sah, 1 don' see none ob dem nowhar," replied omp. "Begorra, maybe they are in the cabin," cried Barney. "That is logic!" cried Wallis. "!fail her, Frank." This was done. But no reply was accorded the hail. Here was a mystery. What did it mean? Frank looked about sharply for the yacht's log. This was f01md intact in a niche in the cabin partition. Opening the pages, Frank read what was an astounding revelation io all. Under date of three months past was the following: "To-night we made an attempt to blow up the Sea Ser pent, but it failed. I,n some way we must beat her to the latitude in which the sunken gold lies. Wesley Hawkes is the discoverer of the mighty secret "Occupying a room at the Charleston Hotel, next to that Had all the crew gone down in that awful storm? There occupied by two men named Greenbush and Wallis, he heard as no doubt but that this looked to be a lamentable fact. However, Frank Reade, Jr., was not satisfied with this. For aught they knew there might be some of the crew in he cabin in an exhausted condition. Unable to answer the hail they might perish there. There seemed but one course to pursue. This to "sit the yacht. As it was hardly safe for the Sea Serpent to approach near to the reef a small boat was put out. Into this there got Barney and Frank and Jack Wallis. They rowed quickly .to the side of the yacht. Frank went over the rail, and Wallis followed. The name on the yacht's bow was "Penguin," S. Y. C., harleston, S. C. "What do the letters mean?" asked Wallis, in surprise. "S. Y. C.?" exclaimed Frank. "Why, Southern Yacht Club, of course. This boat is one of the club fleet." "What is she doing away down here?" Then both paused and looked keenly at each other. The same thought was in the minds of both. "By jove!" gasped Wallis, "do you see any significance in it, Frank?" "It looks queer," agreed the young inventor. "It may not be so." "I will bet my life on it." "Let us wait." the great secret of the bidden wealth and its location. "We know that the wealth belongs no more to them than to us. The one who reaches it first shall claim it law fully. "There we are decided to beat them, and for this pur-pose I take my fast yacht, the Penguin. It is not known that I, Harold Chester, of the rich Chester family, of Charleston, st:;tnds upon the brink of financial ruin. But such is the case) and if I can only secure this sunken treas ure I may reclaim my social standing and position. This I shall hope to do." Frank read all this, which was much in explanation of what had occurred in the past. Then he went on with the rest of the log: cHAPTER VIII. THE MALAY TOWN. There was much data as to weather observations: and the usual routine of tlie voyage. Frank passed hurriedly over this. He then came to the end of the log where the most interLashed to a broken stump of a mast was a dead seama n. esting entry of all was made. Two more dead bodies were found upon the deck. One of the boats was. stove in and the other was gone. "We have been driven upon a reef by a storm. A coral There were appearances that the survivors had hastily island lies near. It looks as if the Penguin is doomed un-taken their departure from the yacht. less we can get her off. "They may have got safely to shore," said Frank. "Let "Two hours later: The Penguin is going to pieces us look in the cabin." Only four of us are left alive. Wesley Hawkes, myself and All were willing to do this. two seamen. We are just about to leave the God Down the cabin stairs they went. Everything was uphave mercy on us." ide down, but no sign of the former occupants was to be Here the log ended.
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FRANKNIC JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 19 Th e voyagers exchanged surprised and startled glances. a large crowd of 1\lalay fighting men came out of th e "Upon my word!" cried "It it a Malay settleforest. ent." "Look!" cried Wallis, with a sharp cry, "there are our "A sort of pirates' stronghold," muttered Frank. men!" ey have a fort erected there." "That is so." "Begorra, there must be a thousand or more av thim !vin' there!" cried Barney. "Oh, yes," agreed Frank. "That intensifies the im ortance of our getting hold of the sunken gold as quickly possible." "That is so," agreed Wallis, "but I have a proposition." "What is it?" Sure enough, prisoners in the midst of the Malays, were four white men. Two of them our adventurers easily recognized as Hawkes and Chester, and the others as seamen. They had fallen into the hands of the Malays. This was not a fate to be much desired, as all knew. The South Sea Malay is a robber and a cut-throat by nature. If they were not put to death the prisoners would be a!-. most sure to be put into the galley as s laves. ''Now that we have come this far it is too bad to turn The prisoners were instantly surrounded by a vast mob ack withouL knowing more of the pirates and their strong of the Malays. old. I move that we make a little scouting trip up around "That is the end of them," said Wallis, "there is no danllat quar.ter." ''All right," agreed Frank with alacrity. 1}' ideas exactly." No time was wasted. "You have Cautiously the: three adventurers made their way through he undergrc?wth. All manner of curious birds were scared from the bushes, nd at times a rabbit or some small animal would scurry a st. But no sign of human life was encountered until they ad reached a spot quite near to the Malay town. Here the utmost caution was employed. A small eminence near was selected as a point Q ook, and to this they crept. Here a wide view of the place could be had. And it was a wonderful sight. outThe :Jfalay town was quite respectable in size, with many cores of huts made from leaves of the plantain and palm But tho fort, quite a substantial structure, was made of tone, and several cannon were mounted upon it. The sandy beach was strewn with boah;, ann in the barDar were a whole fleet of proas and many-oareil prohus. The town presented a picturesque, ann in many respects, appearance. ger of their interfering with us now." "Be jabers, that's thrue," said Barney. "Indeed, I feel sorry for them exclaimed Frank. "I don't know but that we ought to try and rescue them." "Misplaced pity!" declared Wallis, earnestly; 11they would turn around and cut our throats for it." "You may be right," agreed l!'rank, "but look, now." Suddenly, as if owing to some exp lan ation, the bonds of the prisoners were cut, and they werf? seen to mingle in a friendly manner with the Malay The tall, dark chief, or head man of the tribe seemed to have been the cause of this. The Sea Serpent's crew werr amazed. "How do you explain that?" asked W in mystifica tion. "There is only one way!" declared Frnnk Jr., "and that is simply that the y have in some manner affiliat ed with the Malays." Wallis turned an.d gave Frank a penetrating gaze. "You are right!" he cried. "Probably to his life, Hawkes has told them of the sunken gold." "It looks probable." "Then--" "We must go back to the Sea Sl'rprnt." "Wait!" said suddenly l1e dutchcd Frank's The bright colors worn by the Malay women sho ne rearm. "Look at that!" plendent in the tropical sun. The young inventor lookfd in the rlirrction indicated by The picturesque natives themselves lounged about the the other. oars of the hutf'. He saw the white sail,: of a suddenly appear in the Suddenly a great stir was created. offing. It was plainly a merchant vessel. Into the village there came 9ounding a number of Malays, Around a headland it glided and came in full view of excited cries and gesticulationR. the Malay town. 'l'hcn there was beating of drums ancl blowing of horns, 'rhe result was electrifying.
2Q FRANK RE.\DE, JR.'S ''SEA The ship's master and crew were probably looking for a harbor, not dreaming that the island wasa nest of pirates. But coming so suddenly upon the unse e n danger," the re sult was thrilling. Instantly every l\Ialay proa in the harbor began to swing about, and a booining shot went out from the fort. CHAPTER IX. ON A SUmfARINE REEF. 'l'he Malays plainly intended to attack the merchant ship. lt looked like a great fat prize dropped right into their very
FRANK READE, JR. S "SEA SERPENT." 21 ''I'm glad ye've got back. We wuz go in' tew swim ashore an' take a look arter ye in harf a jiffy more." Everybody laughed at this. But Frank Reade, Jr., had only thoughts for busine::;s. "Golly, I warn't worried not a little bit," declared Pomp. He was anxious to begin work at once. "I jes' know Marse Frank, he take care ob hisse'f an' cum back jes' when he get ready." An account was given of their experience on shore. Then plans were discussed. "I'm mightily in favor of first finding the sunken gold," said Wallis, "and then giving it to the Malays afterward.'' "They have sunk an American ship, and must be pun ished," said Frank, grimly. "However, I believe you're right, Jack. We will first look for the sunken gold." And so it was decided. The point where the ancient treasure ship was sunk, as llear as could be guessed at by the chart, was at a point three miles di5tant. "Do you see anything of the wreck?" he asked, as he turned the searchlight in every direction. EverybodY. looked everywhere, but nothing could cer tainly be seen of it. However some of the crags or cliffs of coral might hide it, as Frank knew. Satisfied that it was not in the near vicinity, Frank went back to the pilot-house. His plan now was to begin a system of exploration of the ocean bed. This he went to work at in the manner he deemed best. The Sea Serpent was elevated to a height of t"Yenty or thirty feet from the bottom of the sea. At once the Sea Serpent proceeded thither. Then it went forward at slow speed, while Barney kept As near as the place was located. The!). Frank the searchlight at work exploring every nook and corner. pressed the lever, which caused the submarine boat to sink. This was certainly a prime good idea, and seemed likely At the same moment he connected the cabin with the to work well. chemical air-chamber. But an unforeseen calamity suddenly overtook them. So intent were the voyagers in the quest for the treasure Frank pressed a spring which caused the slide from every ship that Frank at times narrowly avoided collision with the Down went the Sea Serpent. window to fly back and flood the ocean depths with the electric light. He had not taken the precaution to make soundings, therefore he could only guess at the depth. But he did not imagine it was more than two hundred feet, and in this he was right. Down went the submarine boat. Barney, who was forward, suddenly shouted to Frank: "Be jabers, I kin see the l::iottom av the sea!" high, combing coral reefs. Suddenly a cry pealed from Barney's lips: "Och hone, Misther Frank! Wud yez luk at the loikes av that?" Frank did look, and fancied that he saw the outlines of a ship in the distance. But before he could make sure of this there was a terrific collision, a shock, and everybody was thrown down. The Sea Serpent was quiveri:ug like an aspen as Frank At once Frank closed the chamber into which th. e water was pouring, and the Sea Serpent gently settled down upon regained his feet. the sand. He sprang to the lever which controlled the rising of the The searchlight's glare penetrated far and near through boat, and turned it. the clear waters. But it would not work. A wonderful scene was revealed. There were reefs of coral of various colors. Ocean caves and grottoes, cliffs and peaks, valleys and glens. In and out of these flashed beautiful fish of all colors and many shapes. It was like a submarine Paradise. The reason for it was plainly seen. The Sea Serpent had run bow on into a mass of soft coral. There it was, wedged a dozen feet in the white mass. No amount of pressure from the electric engines would ca_use the Sea Serpent to back off. She was there almost immovably wedged. It was a hard "Oh, to be a merman and live in this beautiful submarine situation. world!" cried Wallis; with inspiration. Two hundred feet under water and held down by tons of "Gosh all Peter!" exclaimed Hank Greenbush, staring the coral the outlook was indeed tough. at the scene. "I never seen anythin' so purty at a circus." "Be jabers, that's a good deal for a hayseed to admit," rejoined Barney. The voyagers looked at each other completely aghast. "Heavens!" exclaimed Wallis, "we are surely done for this time. We will never get out of here alive."
r 22 PRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT.'' "It will be all right if the shell of the Sea Serpent is "It may have. As I say, there are chances. But not punctured," said Frank Reade, Jr. are slim." "The shell punctured ? Wallis walked up and down. "Yes." "How are we to know our fate?" he asked, finally. "What is the result of that?" "We will know it very quickly if the Sea Serpent's head The boat would fill with water and! we woulq lie drowned is drawn out from that mass of coral." like rats in a-trap." "My God!" exclaimed Wallis, aghast. "You don't mean that?" "Yes; I do." "But the boat does not seem to be filling." "Ah but can't you see that he is wedged into the coral? No water can get into the boat as yet, for the coral would prevent it." "Ah l I can see it now." "When the boat is free from the coral the aperture would be exposed, the boat would fill and that would be the end!" All were pallid and terrified. Hank Greenbush was the coolest of all. "Gol dm:ned if I believe in stayin' down yer then," he said. "How are you going to get up?" asked Wallis. "Where are them 'ere things yew walk out in ther water with?" "You mean the diving suits?" "W aal, Y.es." "What use are they?" "Why, dang it, man, kain't yew walk ashore in 'em?" Everybody s miled at this. But no one felt hilariou s "There is only one thing to do," said Frank, finally, "and upon that depends the lives of all of us." "And what is that?" asked Wallis, with deep amriety. CHAPTER X. 1'IIE SU'NKEN GOLD. :J!'rank Heade, Jr., was not slow in making his reply. "Can that be done?" "What I Remove the mass of coral from her bow?" "Yes." "Of course it can." "How?" Frank Reade, Jr., looked quizzically at his interlocutor. "That is a very simple matter," he said. "I can place a very small dynamite cartridge in there and shake the reef into a thousand pieces. It is very fragile stuff." "But would not the shock injure the Sea Serpent." "Not the least particle." "Then let us waste no time I" said Wallis, feverishly. "I am anxious to know our fate at once." "All right," said Frank; "but first I will--" He did not finish his speech. At this moment a sharp cry came from Barney. The Celt had been working the searc hlight, and, in ex ploring the ocean depths with it, had made an astonishing discovery. Distant not six hundred feet from the reef in which the Sea Serpent was stuck was what looked like another reef. But as Barney had st udied its white outlines, he saw, with amazement, that they were those of a ship. There it was true to life and complete-hull, masts and rigging. It was a bark of the old style. "Begorra, wud yez come here an' take a luk at this!" he cried. In a moment Frank was by his side. "What is it, Barney?" "Shure, an' it luks much loike a ship, sor." Frank held the searchlight upon the object. Then he saw what was certainly a s unken sbip, thickly : ncrusted with coral. "Hurrah!" he cried. "It i s the treasure ship. It is "There i s just this chance," he said, "the s hell may not found at last." be punctur ed." "Is it likely?" asked Wallis. "It is a s lim chance." The excitement created by this declaration was intense. Forgotten was everything else for the moment, even the position of the Sea Serpent. "So I should say." "Good!" cried Wallis, excitedly. "There is no doubt "That the Serpent should -dive h e r nose so deep into but that we have found it, Frank." a coral mass as all that without puncturing the hull, does not seem at all likely." "Yet the ram may have cleared the way." "No doubt at all." "Success is ours!" Barney and Pomp quickly brought out the diving suits.
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SE"\. SERPEN'I'.'' 23 It was decided not to attempt to the Sea Serpent I Old shoe buckles, ruAy daggers and swords, and various ntil after a visit had been paid to the wreck. articles of iron and brass. It was arranged further that Wallis and Frank should Also a few gold coins were picked up. But the explor'sit the wreck first. ers did not pause long here. The others were to remain aboard the Sea Serpent. They passed on and into the magazine. This was most disappointing to Barney and Pomp, who A pile of blackened stuff which had onQe been gunpow-were anxious to accompany thejr young master. der was there. Over this they went and then came to a But like the faithful servants they were, they did not door which had iron bars before it. Jemur. Upon the planks before it lay the skeleton of a man with Equipped in their diving suits, Frank and Wallis left the the steel hanclle of a halbert yet in his bony fingers. Sea Serpent. It was rough work climbing over the coral reef. But the glare of the searchlight showed them the way, nd they k ept bravely on After q,while they drew near to the coral-incrusted ship. It lay half buried in the shifting sands. Hull and spars, and even many of the ropes remained in their original position, though all were thickly incrusted with coraL It was not a difficult job to climb on deck. The hatchway was open, and as the explorers drew near to it several large fish darted out of it. Reaching the elge of the hatch they cautiously knelt down and peered into the hold. The darkness was in a measllre dispelled by the electric lights on their helmets. The interior of the cabin was plainly seen. The coral insects had failed to get in their work there. The woodwork was not much decayed, and, indeed, all was in a remarkable state of preservation considering the length of time it had been under water. Frank placed his helmet close to that of Wallis', and shouted: "Shall we go down?" "Yes." "Look out for rotten planks." "All right!" With this Frank swung over the edge and dropped down through the hatch. Wallis followed him. They were now in the cabin of the treasure ship That this was indeed the Isabella, they had as yet no proof, but they felt reasonably sure of it. Passing through the cabin, Frank opened a door, which fell from its rusted hinges. Upon the :floor of the cabin beyond was a ghastly sight Both explorers paused. Frank placed his helmet against Wallis', and shouted : "The treasure is here if anywhere!" "Yes." "This is the skeleton of the guard, evidently, who was placed here to defend it." "To be sure." Frank advanced and touched one of the iron bars. It crumbled to dust. It was easy to push the rotten door in. Beyond was a small, square room. It had not a window in it. And there, piled one upon another, were a number of metal chests. But even as Frank attempted to lift the cover it crum bled. In the chest there lay revealed a great mass of gold coin. Doubloons and guineas were piled up. in heaps. It was certain that they were gold, for the action of time and the water had not destroyed their tissue. They were as clean and hard as the day they were minted. The sunken gold was found. The mighty treasure lay before them. Wallis was so overcome that he was obliged to sit down. Frank counted the chests, and made an e,:timate of the amount of the treasure. Then he placed his helmet against that of Wallis', and shouted: "We have found it!" "Yes." "The ne:8.t thing is to get it aboard the Sea Serpent." "How. can we do that?" "I will show you." Frank took a handful of the coin, and then led the way back to the hatch. There, in plain view, was a heap of whitened skeletons, A few moments more and they were both on deck. the remains of the poor victims of the shipwreck. The Sea Serpent could be seen in the distance wedged in Various other imperishable articles were scattered about the coral reef. I "'" I
24 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." Prank knew that it was necessary to first release the sub ma r ine boat before attempting to remove the treasure. B y bringing the Sea Serpent alongside the wreck it would be an easy matter to transfer the gold W ith this plan outlined in his mind, he set out for the Sea Serpent It was a rough climb, but the two explorers finally made it. They r eached the submarine boat, and quickly went on b o ard Barney and Pomp and Hank Greenbush had been wait ing anxiously for their return, and were delighted to see the m W a llis threw down some of the gold upon the "If I do," said !rank, h o pef u lly, t h e re is a c h ance for us." "But if you do not?" T he youn g inve n tor shook his head dubious l y CHAPTER XL OUTW ITTED B Y THE MALAYS. "I hardly know," h e said. "It barely possible that we may be able to patch the break, and thus safely." "Heaven pray rt may be so!" said Wallis, devoutly. "I shall hope for it. cabin table, and in response Hank's query, cried: Frank Reade, Jr., now entered the hold, followed "Treasure! Well, I should say so! There are barrels Pomp and Barney. of those beauties over there on that wreck. It is only in It did not require a great while for the young inventor orde r now for i1s to bring them over here." Hank picked up one of the coins and examined it closely. to discover that his worst feaxs were realized. A sharp edge o the coral had punctured the shell of the Sea Serpent. H e was the most tickled Yankee o n earth, and muttered: It was enough of a breach to make extremely dangerom "Gosh all blazes I reckon I k i n buy Squire Pilkins' the attempt to remove the vessel. fa r m an' marry Sally Sty les an' settle down right handsome l i k e Whoop-la!" H e gave a sudden yell and executed an Indian war dance. Barntly and Pomp applauded vigorously and cheered him l oudly. I The ::;pirits of all on board the Sea Serpent were n o w high. But Frank Reade, Jr., realizoo well the seriousness of t h eir position, and a lso that no time was to be lost. He at once called to Barney and P omp. "A'right, Marse Frank!" "Phwat will yez have, sor ?" I want you to come with me!" said Frank, peremptorily; "bring a light Frank led the way down into As long as it remained in Hs present position there wa little danger of the water coming in. But if it should be moYed or the coral dislodged from it the leak would be sprung There 'vas no doubt that this would certainly be fatal. The Sea Serpent would never be able to rise to the sur face. It was a horrible thought. But Frank Reade, Jr.'s brain was of the rarely inventive sort. His genius was not of the kind to be easily bafficcl. He had not studied upon the matter long before he hit 1;pon a plan. He returned to the hold and thence to the cabin. For hours, with the aid of Barney and Pomp he worked at putting a huge patch over the break. Finally it was finished. The two servitors obeyed. the hold of the ship He then looked carefully about for another leak. But "What are you going to do, Frank?" asked Wallis, with luckily no such a thing was to be found. interest. There was nothing now to bar the safe removal of the "Well;'' replied the young inventor, slowly, "I am going coral from the vessel's deck. t o make an effort to learn i possible if the shell of the Sea Frank had decided upon a plan to successfully accomS erpent is damaged." plish this, when a most startling thing occurred "How can you do that?" Barney had been in the pilot house, and was amusing "Simply by crawling through it, which I can do, even himselt with flashing the searchlight through the water. up to ram itself." "Good!" cried Wallis, joyfully. tact --" He turned it upon the treasure ship and was astounded at "If you find it inwhat he saw there. He could hardly l;lelieve his senses.
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPEN':C." Yet certainly there, plainly visible, were three men in ving suits of the ordinary kind. The life lines could be plainly seen. It was a tremendous depth for divers of that kind, and arney wondered at this. But l:le reflected that the divers were probably Malays, ho were capable of almost any hard ship in the water. The Malay divers had been working diligently. It evident that the pressure was too great for them, and that thy could not stay much longer under water. Frank Reade, Jr., was olliy hoping that they would r e main where they were until he could reach them. But the rascals did not seem disposed to do this. They were obliged to depend upon the precarious rubber The divers seemed to be engaged in removing something life-line for their air. The Sea Serpent divers needed rom the bull of the treasure ship. neither cord nor rubber tube. "Be me sowl! 'Tare an' 'ounds !" gasped Barney, for a Therefore they would certainly have the advantage in a moment paralyzed, "it's afther makin' off wid the gold battle. that they be!" The Malays evidently realized this, and chose to adopt This was a fact. discretion as the very better part of valor. As soon as the Celt could collect his scattered senses he So, as their dreaded foes came rushing up they took an raised an outcry. upward flight. Instantly everybody came rushing into the pilot-house. When Frank and Barney and Wallis reached the treasure The Celt had only to point to the treasure ship for the ship, the :Malays were beyqnd reach. situation to be at once understood. Frank put his helmet close to that of Wallis, and The sensations of Frank Reade, Jr., and Wallis, can be shouted: imagined. "By Jupiter!" cried Wallis, angrily, "it's the dogs of Malays, and they mean to try and carry off the treasure!" "It certainly looks that way!" agreed Frank, -coolly. "And they are succeedipg. See that?" At this moment a huge black object attached to a line, went up through the water and out of sight. For a moment, Frank Reade, Jr., was too paralyzed by the discovery to move. Then the problem presented itself as to what move he should make. "They have beaten us!" "Yes." "But I hope they have not taken the treasure t" "I fear they have." Frank and Wallis climbed down into the hold. Banney remained on guard. It required but a few brief glances for Frank and Wallis to read the disheartening truth. The Malays had really discovered the treasure and car ried it away. Only a small bag of the doubloons was left, worth 9nly "Upon my word!" h e exclaimed, "I don't know what to a few thousand dolla.rs. do. Just now the Sea Serpent is hors du combat!" The anger and disappointment of Frank and Wallis was "But something must be done to prevent those wretches iar greater than words can express. from lugging off our treasure," cried Wallis. "Yes,'' agreed Frank, making quick action, "we'll stop that. Come Barney and Pomp, bring out the diving suits!" These were quickly produced. "Get into one, Barney commanded Frank, "and you, too, Wallis!" "But what are you going to do?" asked Wallis. "You shall see. I mean, of course, to prevent their game!" "Then we shall have to attark them in these suits?" "Yes," replied Frank. "Good!" cried the excited young treasure hunter. "We will give them fun." There was no immediate way of pursuing the thieves. First of all it was to release the Sea Serpent. The chagrin of our friends at the certain conviction that Wesley Hawkes and his gang had forestalled them cannot be expressed in words. Wallis was furious. He raved up and down the treasure ship's deck, and shook his :fist impotently at the oes above. But this could avail them no good. The only move left now was to release the Sea Serpent, let her rise to the surface and give chase to the pirates. It was the only move left. Frank saw it, and was not slow to adopt it. "Ready all!" he made sign with his hands. "Back to Axes were taken for weapons, and the three divers left the Sea Serpent.!" the Sea Serpent. And back to the Sea Serpent th.ey went post-h1;1ste.
26 FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." Once more on board the bag of coin which was all that was secured of the great treasure, was opened. The sight of it just whetted the appetite for more. It was claimed that the treasure gold lawfully belonged "Right cried Frank Reade, Jr. ; "and that we do." None on board the Sea Serpent but were of this was no doubt but that Hawkes and his pirate "' m"..-.,.. to them, and that.in taking it the Malays had committed gloating over their ill-gotten gains, had theft. Malay fort "The gold belongs to us," said Frank Reade, Jr., firmly, "and if we live to reach the surface we will have it." "Good!" cried Wallis. "We must recover the gold at all costs." "And we will do it," said Frank, grimly. But the question now was as to how the Sea Oerpent was to be released from the coral reef. Thither then it was in order to go. So the Sea Serpent's head was turned toward the island. Very soon the submarine boat was just off the coast, and in a short while would be in sight of the Malay town. Frank was busy preparing the gun s for deadly work. "You are going to give them a les son, Frank?" asked Wallis. "I am going to blow them all fr9m the face of the earth!" declared the young inventor, resolutely. But Frank Reade, Jr., was possessed of an inventive inThis was a question of no slight importance tellect. He was not of the kind to be easily baflied. Therefore, it was not long before he got to work. Donning the diving suit s Barney and Pomp went out with hawsers and drills. It was easy work enough to drill holes in the soft coral. When a hole bad been drilled two feet into the reef, Prank put in a charge of dynamite. Then he had all stand by, and Barney and Pom_p re turned aboard the Sea Serpent. As soon as this was done, Frank pressed the electric but ton which was to fire the dynamite. He did so, and the result was most gratifying. The pneumatic gun s were made ready, and other matters about the Sea Serpent put in ship-shape order. Then Frank entered the pilot-house and held the marine boat at full speed straight for the Malay harbor. -CHAPTER XII. AWFUL DISASTER. Frank Reade, Jr., was deadl y in e arn e st in his declara tion that he would blow the Malay pirates from the face of the earth. His ire, and his sense of veng e anc e a s well, was aroused by his knowledge of the awful fate of the merchantman A few of these continued to rest upon the Sea Serpent. which he had witnessed The dynamite exploded with a gentle shock, and the coral aside in large fragments. But Barney and Pomp went out and removed them by hand The submarine boat was now free. Frank Reade, Jr., was not the one to waste time. He knew t hat it was necessary to at once get in pursuit of the pirates. "They are pirates and cut-throats," he declared ; "there is no reason in the world why they s hould be s hown any mercy "In that you ar e ri ght," agreed Walli s "It i s no s in to th e m root and branch." So he gave the lever a twist which sent the Sea Serpent to the surface. "And that I inte nd to do, d e clar e d Frank, firmly. Very qu!ckly now the Sea Serp ent rounded the point of Up it went, and in a few moments daylight was about the island and came into th e harbor. them. There were, howe ver, but hal:f the number of proa s there Frank threw open the doors and the dead-eye windows, that had been. and admitted the pure air of nature into the boat. It was a relief simply to be resurrected from those tomb like depth s of the sea. Where the others had gone it was not easy at that mo' ment to guess. But Frank held the Sea Serpent s traight into th e har Instintively the crew of the Sea S e rpent felt this, and inbor dulged in a hearty cheer. The appearance of the dread e d foe had now been noted "Now," cried Wallis, "we must find the pirates and reby the crews of the proas. claim the sunken gold, which is really ours." Instantly there was a scattering.
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." 27 J.'rank was about to open fire, when he was restrained by "I can blow you and your fleet and your town from the incident face of the earth. Now I call upon you to surrender. If One of the proas advanced directly toward t'lle Sea Seryou do not, woe be to you!" nt, and a white flag was conspicuously displayed. The Malay laughed contemptuously. Then suddenly "Hold on, Frank!" cried Wallis, "it is a truce." "All 1ight," replied the young inventor, "what do they "Let us find out." "\Ye cannot waste time." "That is true. It may be that they want to surrender." However, the Sea Serpent was brought to, and the proa as allowed to draw near. A Malay of villainous features stood in bow. He spoke in Portuguese : "What does Tuan (master) want in this isle? He does ot want trade ?" "No," replied Frank, in the same tongue, "I don't want trade. I want to know what you have done with those chests of gold which you stole from the hold of a ship sunk off the reef there?" the figure of another appeared by his side. He was a white man, and was almost instantly recog-nized. "Wesley Hawkes!" gasped Frank. "Shoot the wretch hissed \\r allis. But Frank said coolly : "Wait a bit." Then the young inventor gave a hail: "Hello, Hawkes!" "Hello," replied the villain. "You have turned pirate, eh ?" "You can see!" "I admire the gang you are in!" "That is cheap talk!" "Here is something which is not," returned Frank. "I hold in my hands the power to blow you from the face of the Ah, you forget! Sunken gold belongs to the finder 1" earth. If you do not surrender in three minutes I shall "But we are the finders!" "Impossible!" I" "No." "We have the gold!" "You stole it from us 1" "That is wrong. We did not trouble you at all. Our divers brought up the gold. If you did not get it it was your fault." proceed to do so, and the earth would be well rid of you!" The villain laughed contemptuously "Surrender!" he cried, scornfully, "why, we are a hun-dred to your one!" "Ah, but ,you are not armed as I am!" "Try us and see!" "Last warning, Wesley Hawkes. I advise you to make your peace with God!" "You are partly right," agreed Frank, "but we first "But you can't fire into a flag of tr.uce ?" found the gold. Moreover, the secret of its presence here "No; nor do I intend to. I would like to ask one ques-was stolen by a miserable wretch of our nationality, who tion." is now in league with you." "Does Tuan mean the two white men now with us?" "Yes.'' "They are our friends!" "Friends!" sneered Frank. "They are villains of the depeest dye." "Will you surrender?" Frank was astounded. "Surrender?" he repeated. "Yes," the Malay, pompously. "We have six ships to your one. There is nq hope for you!" Frank laughed scornfully. "Well?" "Where is the sunken gold?" A scornful, triumphant laugh came from the villain's lips. "That is beyond your reach!" he retorted. "One mor e !" cried Frank. "Who is answerable for the souls of those poor wretches who went down with the mer chant ship a short while ago?" In spite of his hardihood tho villain winced at this. "I had nothing to do with that," he declared. "You know w hat l\Ialays are!" "Yes; I know what they are," retorted Frank, "under "So that is your game!" he cried. "Well, it won't work. the control of such, an arch villain as you are." We will die, but we will never surrender!" "Then you must die!" "Hark ye, Malay!" "I hear." "Spare your insults!" cried IIa,rkcs, haughtily; "the in terview is ended. We shall retire to a point just back of yonder proas, and then you may have an opportunity to learn the weight of Wesley Hawkes' vc:hgeance !"
28 FRANK READE_, JR. s "SEA SERPENT." With this implied threat the Mala y proa made away. "Golly o' glory, Marse Frank!" screamed the Frank was relieved when it was gone. "Wp.d yo' jes' look at de likes ob dat?" "Well!" cried Wallis, "what is the order now, Frank?" The dull haze in the atmosphere had increased "Wait a reasonable length o time for that' flag o truce and now there was a s ullen, distant roar. to return. Then we will blow every one o those proas from The water in the bay began to heave violently. the face o the earth." "All right!" Suddenly Frank glanced at the sky. He gave a peculiar start. It was covered with a light yellow haze. What did it mean? Was it to be another hurricane? However, knew that he had nothing to fear with the submarine boat. So he turned hi s attention to the Malays. He went forward and loaded each pne umatic gun Upon the r eturn o Hawkes the Malays had seemed to be seized with a frenzy, and made the air hideous with their yells. The proas all started forward now for Sea Serpent. Frank could not help a laugh. "Poor fools," h e muttered; "they don't know what the y are doing." He trained the pneumatic gun upon the nearest proa. Then he pressed the electric key. There was a recoil, a hiss, and the projectile went on its way. It struc k the pro a fair and s quar e with an unearthly roar. In an instant the water rose in a mighty column When it fell nothing was to be seen of the proa. "Heaven s what vengeance cri e d Wallis, with awe. "They will never want to meddle with the Sea Serpent again," s aid Frank, grimly. Yet the proa s were coming again to the attack. Once more Frank trained the gun. This time it was upon the proa in which h e saw Hawkes. "This rid s the earth o a monster," h e muttered. There was a flas h and a roar. Another o the proas was gone. This second bolt o d eath had its effect upon the Malays. They mu s t have seen the utter, sheer folly of attempting to do battle with so powerful an adversary. As with one conse'nt, they turned to flee. Frank's hand was once' more upon the lever. But he hesitated. It was always a matter of aversion with him to take hu rr:an life, even as miserable as that of a Malay. But at this moment a thrilling cry came from the deck. It was the voice o Pomp. shore the ground was rocking and tossing in billows. A terrific gust of wind, almost tornado like, swept the coast In an instant Frank realized the awful It was one o those mighty convulsions of naT.lll'P--T.n' earthquake, and Frank had but to turn a backward to see its awful accompaniment-the tidal wave. The young inventor s tood for a moment with horror. "My God! What will become o u s ?" came through clenched teeth. In that flash o tim e Frank beheld awful sights. He saw the proa s ove rturned and the Malay village into a :rpighty crevice. Then the S e a S e rp ent was pic k e d up by the tidal and whirled and c arried through darkness and huge bodi e s of wat er. It was in the grasp of the awful tidal wave. All clung to th e n e ar est s tationar y thing. over, round and round th e s ubm arine boat seemed to whirling. Instl.nctively, howe ver, Frank had pre s s e d the l e v e r closed the doors a nd window s Suddenly the end came. There was a jar, a g rindin g s ho c k a jolt, a b e llowin g waters in cataract and the boat was s tationary. So confused, s o dazed and bruised w e r e the that for some moments th e y could not recover themselve s When they did Frank raised hi s h e ad to feel s pray ing all over him. He looked up to see the blue sky above through a cloud o spray which waves out s id e were throwing over a huge break in the cabin roo. It s e en in that awful moment that the S e a Serpent was a complet e a hopele s s wreck. From stem to s t e rn s h e was twi s t e d and r ent and torn Water filled her hold, and every movable article aboard was broken. CHAPTER XIII. THE END. With a might y e ffort Frank R e ade, Jr., pull e d himself tog e ther. The ::tppalling fact was hard upon him that the Sea S e r pent was wrecked.
FRANK READE, JR.'S "SEA SERPENT." He crawled up through the ragged rent in the roof and it hadn't been for that wretch of a Hawkes we would have ked about him. it now and be on our way home." It was an awful scene. The sky was clear, the yellow haze was gone, and the sea lled in gentle, undulating billows. But the smiling island just now so green and lovelyat of it? It was not there. Perhaps an acre of jagged coral reef was all that was of it. 1 '"Golly, dat am a fac' !" agreed Pomp. "Be jabers, it's only a streak of hard luck, that's phwat it is!" declared Barney. But it was not meant that our adventurers should perish upon that miserable reef in the South Pacific. One day a white sail appeared upon the horizon. It drew nearer and was signaled. The castaways were taken on board the Nipsic, one of Uncle Sam's Pacific S cruisers. And perched high upon this was the wreck of the ea rpent. They were safely conveyed to Honolulu, from whence The submarine boat, as Frank saw at a glance, was far steamer passage was secured to San Francisco. yond repair. But little was saved from the wreck of the Sea Serpent. It was an awful moment. "1Iy God! We are done for this time, Frank!" It was Walli s who had climbed out and stood by his e. They exchanged glances. "It look s like it," said Frank. "The Sea Serpent is beyond savi ng." "Yes." "And-the sun ken gold--" Frank turned burning, hollow eyes upon his companion. is manner was almost frenzied, as he said: ''Don't speak to me of the cursed stuff. It is sunk for cr. Let it stay there." "But how will we ever get back to America?" asked allis. "There i s a chance that som'e passing ship may pick us If not, we will hav e to stay here and die." "We have provisions?'' "Yes; for quite a long time." "Then let us cling to hope." But that hope seemed long deferred, indeed, as time asscd, and yet no sign of a friendly sail appeared. Weeks drifted by. Life upon that barren reef was al ost unbearable. It seemed at times as if the adventurers would yield to adness Many times the impulse was upon them to leap nto the sea. "I am .done with sunke n treasures," said Wallis, bitterly. 'Hank Greenbush, it was an unlucky day for us all when ou found that fatal MS Only a few thousand dollars of the sunke n gold was brought back, and the. magnificent work Frank Reade:. Jr.'s genius, the submarine Sea Serpent, was left a hopeless wreck in the South Pacific. There it probably lies to this day. It would have been folly to attempt to reclaim it. But Frank announced his intention of going at once to work upon a new invention. "It shall eclipse all others," he declared, in a deter mined manner. The voyagers were all glad enough to set foot once more on American soil. Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp, returned to Reades town. Hank Greenbush went back to his native Vermont, cured of all desire to ever go in quest of sunken gold again. Jack Wallis went to New York and entered s uccessfully into business. With his rare gifts he will soon amass a for tune, which, if not easily earned, will be just as permanent as would the sunlten gold of the South Pacific. And with this, dear reader, let us write THE END: The next number ( 6) of the "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine" will contain anoth er thrilling s tory, entitled "FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC TERROR, 'THE THUNDERER'; OR, THE SEARCH FOR THE TAR TAR'S CAPTIVE." SPBCL\. L NOTICE: All back numbers of this weeJ
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