In the great whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange adventures in a submarine boat.

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In the great whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s strange adventures in a submarine boat.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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\ 'Y" 1V.I:..A.G-..A..2:I::N'E. CONTAINING STORIES OF ADV E NTURES O N LAND SEA .AN D IN THE AIR. Issue d Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class ent?y at the New York, N. Y., Post 0./ftce. Entered according to Act of Congress in the yea 1903, in the olftce of the Libarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by F1ank Tousey, 24 Union Squa.e, New York. No 17. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 20, 1903. Price 5 Cents. IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL; OR, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Adventures in a Submarine B y ''NONAME., "How could you get word from her?" retorted Hayden. "If she has been adrift in the ocean all this while some shi p would have hailed her and we should at least have got The fine ship Nautilus, owned by a wealthy New York word from her., CHAPTER I. THE MYSTERIOUS LOSS OF THE NAUTILUS. :firm, had sailed from Liverpool for New York in mid winter, and had failed to reach port when expected. "Not necessarily," declared the senior partner. "Perhaps she has all this whil e drifted away from the tracks of passWeeks passed into months, and all hopes of ever seeing ing ships. You must remember that there are parts of the the overdue vessel were abandoned. Her loss was great blow to the shipping firm More than that, many a sad heart waited in vain for the safe home-coming of friends and dear ones who had taken passage aboard her. They were destined in all belief never to see them again North Atlanti c where one might drift about for years and never see a sail." "I doubt that." "I tell you it is not at all impossible." "Where is that locality?" alive. "Well, somewhere not so very far from the upper coast The newspapers published an account of the loss of the of Norway is the mighty maelstrom or Great Whirlpool. I Nautilus. The one conclusion arrived at was that she had gone down in a storm, with all on board. Of course, this was a natural acceptance, but it did not satisfy one of the members of the firm Mr Walter Hayden. His partner, Oliver Hitchock laughed at his theory that the N au til us might yet be afloat. can assure you that nowadays few ships go there." "Well," Hitchcock said, :finally, "then your theory is that the N au til us is somewhere in the Great Whirlpool?" "I dq not say that, but it is not impossible." "Ships have been lost in that spot." "Certainly." "Moreov e r, Captain Pitcher's course always extends quite "How can you possibly account for no word from her?" to the north: It i s not impossible, you say, that a storm asked H itchcock, skeptically. may have driven the Nautilus into the maelstrom."


IN THE GREA 'l' WHIRLPOOL. I "Now you are talking sense, Hitchcock. I wish we could can inventor, Frank Reade, Jr., of Readcstown. He has ascertain beyond a actually constructed a remarkable submarine boat in which The discussion dropped at this point and was not resumed he is able to travel anywhere under the ocean." again for some days. But it was soon very apparent that Hitchcock had become imbued \rith some of his partner's ideas. In fact, so deeply did he dch e into the of the thing that one day he came into the office, and, seat ing himself at the desk, said brusquely: "Hayden, I want to talk with you."" "All right," replied the senior member. "What about?'' "The Nautilus." "Indeed ''I have beon thinking quite serio usly upon the subject, and I have come to the conclusion that it would be by no means a bad idea to make a search for the N au til us." Hayden smiled eagerly. ''You mean visit the maelstrom?" "Yes." "l cannot believe it Read the account." Hayden took the newspaper anu read the authentic de scription of the \ronderful boat. His manner cha nged as he read. When he had completed tlw reading his face was the pic ture of and dccpco:t 'Upon, my word!" he cried, eagerly, "this is our chance Let us employ thi,; man with hi,; -ubmarine boat to search for the Nautilus." '' Ah! I am not sure that we will be able to do this!" ''Why?" "Because this Frank Reade, Jr., is a very wealthy man. richer even than we arc,. and mon<'y would be no object tn him to undertake so hazardou s an experiment." Hayden arose from his chair. "But hew will you do that?" His ace had a determined expression. '' Ah, that I cannot easily say. Of course, a sailing vessel He consulted his watch. once within the powerful current is lost. It will not do to "Frank Hitchcock!" he Faid, tersely, "I am going to take venture there with such. E,cn a steamer in the powerful the four twenty train for H.cadcstown. I shall visit Mr. waters of the vortex would be helpless." Reade and scr what I can do with him." "You are right. If the Kautilus has been thus long in Hitchcock held out his hand. the whirlpool I fear she has long since gone down." "Good for you!" he said, warmly. "I hope you will "Perhaps not. It has been said that ships have bee n for succeed!" twelve months in current fighting against it, and finally escaped with the aiel of a gale." Hope shone upon the faces of the partners. "The Nautilus is a stanch vessel." "Captain Pitcher is an able man." "Yes." Both were for some mome;nts plunged in deep thought. "But really," said Hitchcock, finally, "I think we can rescue the ship and crew." Hayden looked dubious. "I don't see how we can do it," he declared. "We must, perforce, invade the current of the maelstrom in some way. Once there, why, would we not be as powerless as the N au til us?" Hitchcock drew a newspaper from his pocket. .. I have been reading a very wonderful account here of 'rt submarine boat," he declared. Hayden gave a start. "A submarine boat?" "Yes." ''What do you mean?" ''Well, it is a very interesting account of a young Ameri-In due course of time Hayden dropped from the train in the Rcadestown station. lleadc s town was a beautiful little city, at the junction of two rivers flowing lo the sea. lt had many fine residences and here were the shops and machine works of the famous inventor. Here were constructed all the wonderful machines, which had made the name of Frank Reade Jr., famous. It was an easy matter for the visitor to find his way to the Reade works. He applied at the gate and sent in his card: MR. HAYDEN, Hitchcock & H8t'dcn, New York City. Presently the messenger returned and said : "Mr. Reade will see you. sir, in his audience room." Hayden entered the yard and c rossed to a door in a long addition to the main building. whi c h was of bri ck. Here he was ushered into a room s ome twenty eet s quare, and which was richly furnished. Upon the walls were hung various curious models and drawings. IThe very atmosphere of the room savored of in ventive genius. J


. J I IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 3 'rhe shipowner sank into a chair. In a few moments a door opened and a young man of rrhis settled the question. Hayden at once continued: striking appearanC came in. "The Nautilus is not the first vessel sailing much the I He was tall and rather s lender with a wonderful type of same course, to disappear in this mysterious manner. No!: features, handsome yet resolutr in their cast. the least trace of any such has been found. lfrhe usuul conHis head was of wonde rful formation, s ho":ing great elusion ha s been that they have foundered a t sea." mental force. The light in hi s eyes was deep and serious, Frank inclined hi s head though when his faee was lit up by a s mile their expression "I r ea lize the force of that assertion," he R aid. was dazzling. "Now, myself and my partner have deeply studied the In the lhrgest crowd Frank Reade Jr., would have bee n matter, and we hav e come to the conclusion that such an noticeable. There was that about him which greatly di s tinguished him from other men. hypoth esis i s no t wholly correct.'' "Ah !" "Of course we recognize the North Atlantic as a stormy Hayden experienced a peculiar sense of awe for a moand rough ocean, but has no destroyer of commerce equal to ment, but this quickly vanish ed as the young inventor exthe South Pacific typhoon or hurricane. Yet more vessels tended his hand pleasantly. are lost mysteriously than in an} other part of the maritime 'I am delight ed to see you, sir. Pray accept a seat." Hayden complied at once. "'The object of my visit, Mr. R eade, he said. without delay or hesHation, "is to confer with you upon a s ubjP ct nf the utmo st importance to our firm." world." CHAPTER II. THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL DI SCUSSED. "Indeed!" said Frank. "In what manner can I serve you? "Is it not because more vessels trav e l the seas between "First l et me tell you of a !wavy loss whi c h wc incurred here and Europe?'' asked Frank, casually. not long "I believe not. 'r have bee n aboard our s hip s in the rough"Very well." est of North Atlantic sto rms. They hav.e always gallantly "It was the failure to return to port of one of our best W e athered them." shi ps, the N au til us. She has been overdue six month s.'' ''Prom what port?" asked Frank, with some interest. "Liverpool." Was she not spoken by any vessel?" "What then do you believe is the real cause of this mys terious disappearance of ships?" "Now we near the real of this discussiqn. My part f\er and I have discussed the matter thoroughly. First 1 "She has nev e r been see n or heard from since leaving will ask you a question." the English coast." "She is probably at the bottom of the sea.'' "It may be so: Yet myself and my partner have dared to hope that she is still afloat somewhere upon the ocean.'' Frank Reade, Jr., was silent for a moment. H e appeared to b e doing s ome deep thinking upon the s ubject. .,,. When finally he raised his head he said, slowly: "My dear sir, I do not desire to say anything to depress "Well?" "You have doubtless h eard of the great whirlpool?" Frank Reade, Jr., gave a st art. "I have," he replied. An inkling of the other's meaning began to dawn upon him "I believe," resumed Hayden, "that many of the vessels which so mysteriously disappear at sea Peally are caught in the waters of .that mighty your hopes, but I much fear that they are illusive." "Indeed!" Frank, with deep interest. "I must Hayden changed his position and at once adopted arguadmit that there is logic in your remarks. But is not the ment. course of Atlanti c vessels generally far removed from the Will you kindly li ste n to a few reasons for our appm:locality 0f the whirlpool?" e ntly foolish belief?" he asked, intently. "Not more than seven or eight hundred miles. A pro" I will." tracted storm might drive a vessel right into the current of "And I am not encroaching upon your valuable ti111e the maelstrom.'' "Proceed. I shall be interested." "That may be. But how about this great whirlpool?


4 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. Have you ever seen it, and does it really exist? I believe tion," he replied. "I think quite likely it may be a matter there are many sailors who discredit its existence, or at deepq of interest to science, to determine the existence ana least its power to hold a ship in its midst." "Its existence is an undisputed fact," said Hayden. "l have seen its o-iher current, and know that many ships have disappeared in it." "And you believe that the N au til us is in its clutches?" the character of the maelstrom." Hayden bowed low. "I shall hope to hear from you favorably, Mr. Reade," he said. "You shall hear at an early day." "I am not sure of that. It is only a theory." "I am consumed with curiosity in regard to your sub-" It may be well based," said Frank, thoughtfully, "but marine boat." _may I ask, in what manner can I assist you in determining the problem ?n Hayden changed his position. He gazed straight at Frank and said: "Mr. Reade, I understand that you are the inventor of a submarine boat?" "Indeed!" said Frank, warmly. to take a look at her?" "Would you not like "That would be a great happiness." "Come this way." Eagerly Hayden followed Frank Reade, Jr., out of the model-room. Frank returned his gaze. Across several spacious yards, inclosed by high brick "I am," he replied, quietly. walls they passed. "Is it really a _fact that you are able to travel anywhere under the ocean with it?" "It is.'' Hayden rose from his seat. "That is wonderful he declared. "I can scarooly con-ceive of its possibility." "It is not only a possibility, but a fact," replied Frank. "Wonderful! Indeed-I-that is-well, let us not beat about the bush further!" cried the merchant, bluntly. Then they came to a large and deep basin, walled in, with a canal leading out into the big river beyond. "I have just had the Plunger put into the water," said Frank. "What do you think of her external appearance?" Hayden could not reply. He was consum e d with wonderment and deep interest. There, floating in the waters of the basin, was a craft the like of which he had never seen or heard of before. She might have been a government torpedo boat so far "The object of my visit,. Mr Reade, I may as well tell you flatly, is to endeavor to induce you to aid us with your sub-as her external appearance went marine boat in determining the fate of the N au til us." Frank was silent for a moment. The two men stood fac ing each other. Each thoroughly understood the other. Frank saw before him a man deeply interested in the carryBut her character was far different. Long and rakish in hull, she sat upon the water like a duck. Her hull was composed of lightly rolled and finest terning trade of the s .ea and anxious to know tl1e fate of his pered steel plates. missing ship .. Hayden recognized in the young inventor one who had the power to help him to gain his desires. But it was not a question to be decided so quickly. Her deck\ was hardly ten feet above the water line, and was protected by a rail which extended an' around the craft. ( In the bow or forward, was a dome-shaped turret, with I deaa-eye windows of toughest plate glass. Aft was anThe young inventor was not one to plunge headlong into other of these, precisely the same. an enterprise. There were many things first to be considered. So after a moment's mature deliberation he extended his I hand to Hayden, and said, pleasantly: "I will entertain your request, sir, and give you an early answer." Hayden grasped his hand warmly. "Thank you a thousand times he cried. "You are very kind, sir. If pay is an object, I can say--" But a warning light shone in Frank Reade, Jr.'s eyes. "I shall not perform the service for menetary remuneraAmidships was the main tower or turret, rising high above the others. In this therg was a vestibuled door or entrance, which will be described more fully later on. In this central tower there were round windows, and a series of oblong spaces covered with glass, for the purpose of ebservation by the pilot. A mast rose from the centre of each turret, with a num ber of flags flaunting in the air. The Plunger looked natty and ship-shape, externally. This Hayden admitted.


IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 5 But the most wonderful part of the invention was :>:et to be revealed to him. At this moment two men came along the pier. One was a short, diminutive negro, as black as ebony The other was a broad-shouldered Irishman, with a shock of red hair, and as comical a mug as ever was seen. Even before Frank Reade, Jr., spoke, Hayden guessed who these characters were, for they were hardly less famous than the wonderful inventor himself. "Barney and Pomp!" cried Frank, authoritatively. "I want to go aboard the Plunger. Just heave a hawser over the end of the wharf and run out a plank." In an instant the two men started to obey "A'right, sah !" said the negro. f "Begorra, we will, sor!" replied the Irishman, a rich brogue. The hawser was quickly thrown, and in the act Barney contrived to splash a bucket of water into Pomp's face. "Wha' fo' yo' do dat, yo' fool I'ishman !" cried the in censed darky. it's only a second baptism fer yez !" said the Celt. "I brek yo' head fo' dat, I'ish !" "Yez ain't able!" The two servitors were continually hazing each other, with the in favor of neither. It was likely that they would have now indulged in a genuine ruction had it not been for Frank Reade, Jr. "Hold on there, you rascals!" he cried, sharply skylarking now, or I'll discharge both of you." The two jokers subsided. Hayden followed Frank aboard the vessel. They crossed the deck and entered the vestibule. Frank explained the mechanism of this. "No "When under water," he said, "if we wanted to go out side we have only to enter this vestibule from the cabin and close the door. Then admit the water from the outside and walk out. In entering, the outside is shut and the Just above this in the upper turret and reached by a ladder was the pilot-house and compass. Passing from this the two men went into the main cabin, half of which wa& below the water line. This was spacious and magnificently furnished. Several fine staterooms adjoined it. Then after into the smaller turret they went. Here the visitor beheld a wonderful sight, namely, all the electrical machinery which gave' the vessel its motive power. Everything was nicely adjusted and skilfully arranged, the result of an immense amount of brain work. Then forward Frank led his visitor tb the forward tur ret. Here was the vast chamber or reservoir, by means of which the Plunger rose and sank. By the opening of various slides this was instantly fill e d with water which enabled the vessel to sink. The ejection of the water by s liding partitions operated by powerful pneumatic pressure created the necessary air chamber to make the Plunger spring again to the surface as light as cork. This completed the round s of the submarine boat. Hayden was vastly pleased, though upon one point he was yet somewhat mystified. I "How is it that Y?u obtain air for breathing purpoics ?" he asked. :Frank stepped to the cabin partition and indicated one of hundreds of little valves. are fed by chemically prepared oxygen, fresh and pure," he replied "The air in the Plunger is never in danger of being vitiated, a s a complete circulation is kept up by these." On deck once more, Hayden was shown a powerful search light, capable of throwing a flash of light five miles. Then once more on the pier the t.wo men faced each other. "Well," said Frank, "what do you think of the Plunger?" Hayden drew a deep breath. ) water is forced out of the vestibule by pneumatic pressure. "I have not words with which to express my admiration "We have improved diving suits which we wear at such he declared. a time," he added, by way of explanation. "Wonderful!" was all that Hayden could say. Frank led the way into the centre turret. Here was quite a spacio us apartment, richly furnished and containing a library, cases of books and she l:ves, upon which rested nautical and scientific instruments Maps and charts lay upon a table. "This is the captain's room!" sai d Frank. Frank was pleased. "I consider the Plu:oger the crowning triumph of my life," he said. "You are :;t wonderful man." Frank laughed at this. "No flattery," he said. "That is sincere. Oh, now I can only express my one hope!"


6 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. "I can guess what that is," said Frank, with sudden "And we may as well come to the point at once, Mr. Hayden." The ship owner's facp lengthrncd. "[have just put the Plunger into commission," con tinued Frank, "and was intending to take sort of a deep sea Indeed, I can sec nothing that offers more of interest or inducement than to agree to your proposition, and undertake to find the loRt Xautilu:.; in the Great Whirl pool." A wild cry of joy escaped Hayden's 1 ips. Tie caught Frank's hand impulsively. "God bless you!" he cried. "I have just one more favor to ask." ''And that--" '' .i\Iay I accompany you on board the Plunger on that ?" ''I see no reason why you may not," replied the young inventor. CJIA PTER HI. 'l'ITF. DETECTIVE. A happier man than Hayden at that moment it would have been difficult iq_ imagine. He fairly embraced Frank in his ragcr joy. Then he did a foolish thing. He went at once and tl.'legraphed Hitchcock the joyful news. The latter, in his excitement, spread the report. In a jiffy the newspapers had it, and it went all over the continent. The subject was upon eYerybody tongue and everybody was interested. Frank, of course, gave him an audience. "l will b<' brief, .i\Ir. R.eade," said the visitor. "You can sec hr my card that I am a. detective." ''1 can,'' replied Frank "In what manner can I serYc yo u?" "I will endeavor to show you. I am sure that you are -.. a fair-minded man and would like to see justice done." Frank bowed his head. "That is true,'' he replied. "Good! l understand that you are about to go in quest of the lost ship, th<' Kautilus.'' "I am.'' "Then let m; tell you a "tory, upon listening to which I am sure you will accord your "Proceed." "One evening, not more than a year ago, two young men occupied the same room in a certain lodging house in !he city of New York. I "Both were clcrkR in mercantill.' They werl.' warm iriends until one fatal nighr tlw,v qnanelrd over a gamr oi poker. "Albert Dodge, one of them, accused Charles the other, of clwating. "It was to Haynes an unjust :mel they parted in anger. "The result was that Haynes removed his effects to an other part of / the city and from that moment terms of friendsh ip ceased. "Six mo11ths passed. "Haynes was regular at his work, and in all this time had seen nothing whatever of his former room-mate. "But one evening, going home from work, he had reach&d the corner of the Bowery and a strf'et near the Cooprr Union, when he heard a groan. Two or three column articles upon the terrors of the maelstrom were eagerly read by the public. "He paused, and was thrilled to sl.'e thl.' form of a man The result of this in at least one instance led to benelying in the gutter. ficial results. "Many a person would have shrank from touching the There had been one important reason for learning the unfortunate, believing, no doubt, that he was some drunken wretch, perhaps the victim of a contagiom sickness. fate of the Nautilus. In ihc Tombs prison therr languished C;harged with the awful crime of murder. a young man "But Charles Haynes wa. s a youth of tender heart, and he could not bear to think of a human being in such a The evidence seemed all against him. but yet many plight. believed in his innocence. 'He is probably sick!' he exclaimed, solicitously. Hardly a day after the report of the proposed trip of 'Where is there an officer? Let somr one call an ambulance.,' the Plnnger had spread a man called at Frank Reade, Jr.'s "But, an unusual 4thing for such a well-frequented house. thoroughfare, no officer or other person was in sight. HiR card read: "What. was to be done? "ALJ,AN PINKHA1f Chi{lf oi DctectiYeR." "Again the man


IN rrHE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 7 rrhe detective ceased speaking for a moment. '''I' his was enough for Haynes. At once he stepped into the gutter. Frank Reade, Jr., had been listening with intense horror "'What the matter, friend?' he asked, kindly. 'Are and interest. you sick or hurtf' "My God!" he gasped, "that is terrible: Is there no "Then he lifted the unfortunate's head up in the light. ll'

8 lX THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. Both men arose. Pinkham walked to the door. At the threshold he paused. "Here they are!" he said. Frank glanced over them. He saw that it was true that the Submarine Research "I shall await with arn.:iety word from you," he said. Society had indeed indorsed the scientist. "You can address me at the Tombs., prison." An impulse caused him to reply: "Very well," replied Frank. "I hope to give favorable "Very well, Bookworm. In the interests of science I news." shall accept you." "Good-day!" The door closed and Allan Pinkham, detective, was gone. Frank was about to touch a bell push button when there wa a light rap on the door. "Come in!" he said. The door opened. A man stood upon the threshold. He was certainly a peculiar-looking individual. Frank gazed hard at him. He was about sixty years of age, with white hair and The aged seientist gave a gasping cry of joy. He \rould have embraced Frank if he had been allowed. "God bless you, for a wholehearted man!" he cried, 1 happily. "Ah, this will be a great thing for science!" Frank now touched the push button A bell tinkled in the shop beyond. In a few moments Barney came in. "What will yez have, Frank?" he asked, in his rich brogue. beard, and wore immense goggles. His dress was rather "Barney, I want you and Pomp to put the Plunger all slouchy, and he wore a broad-brimmed hat. Yet there in rtadiness for a prompt start for the whirlpool. You was an air about him which betokened him a man of learnknow what is needed." in g. said the young inventor, with a grim smile of recognition, "it is you, Professor Bookworm. What can I do for you?" The professor bowed low. ''Good-day, Mr. Reade,"' he said, in a queer, p1pmg voice. "I have come to see you upon an important matter." "What is it?" "The Geographical and Submarine Research Societies have appointed me to confer with you upon the question of my accompanying you upon your trip to the maelstrom in the interests of science." CHAPTER IV. "All roigh t, sor." The Celt ducked his head and went out. Then Frank turned to Bookworm. "Are you ready to go?" "All my worldly belongings are in that green bag," admitted the professor. "I may say, sir, that I am." "Very good Frank walked out of the yard and down the street. He came to a telegraph office, where he wrote the fol lowing dispatch: "WALTER HAYDEN-Hayden & Hitchcock, New York City: "The Plunger will be ready to start Thursday &t noon. Be sure to be on hand. FRANK READE, JR." In an hour an answer came back : UNDER WAY. "FRANK READE, JR., Readestown, U. S. A.-I shall leave The professor took off his goggles and wiped them, coolly. for your place to-night. I am sure of success. "W AJ,TER HAYDEN." Frank Reade, Jr., arose and went to a shelf in a corner and took down a book. 'He consulted it a moment, and then said: "Barney and Pomp will accompany me, also Mr. Hayden." "Hayden! Who is he?" asked Bookworm, sharply. "He is the owner of the N au til us." "The dickens you say! Is nobody else going?" "No. "Then why cannot I go?" "Let me see your credentials." Professor Bookworm pulled a great pile of documents :from his pocket. True to his word, Hayden appeared at the appointed time. Exactly at noon, Thursday, the Plunger was ready, and her passengers were on board. It was a critical moment. The submarine boat was about to begin its remarkable visit to the Great Whirlpool. A large crowd bad assembled to see the vessel off. There was cheering and waving of flags as the Plunger moved out of the basin and into the river. The mighty trip was begun, and soon the Plunger left Readestown behind.


I THE GREA'r WHIRLPOOL. 9 Down the broad river she ent, and in due course cam<; to the sea. Everybody on board was in high spirits. Frank did not at once send the Plunger to the bottom, but held her out to sea. Very little of her could be seen above the water as she moved along, except her flags and the turrets. They came up to the gla s s windows without any trace of fear, and bumped quite socially against the glass with their noses. Ever and anon a huge shark or a lordly dolphin would flash by. Then there would be a scurrying of the smaller hordes of fish. But meeting a war vessel a salute was fired, the other To escape the capacious maws of their foes seemed the evidently fancying that she was a torpedo boat or someone aim of their existence. thing of the sort. Professor Bookworm was almost beside, himself with A good laugh was had at the expense of the man-of-war. excitement. Then Frank slowed the engines and went to the indi-He walked up and down excitedly, and made hundreds of cator connected with the sounding lines and found that notes in a voluminous book. they were in water barely twenty fathoms deep. Then suddenly acting upon inspiration he rushed upon Satisfied that the Plunger would stand a much greater Frank. pressure than that, Frank cried: "All hands be1ow I am going to send her down." Everybody scrambled for quarters below. Either in the cabin or the pilot-house they sought safety. Frank touched a spring which caused every hatch and outer door to hermetically close. This also turned on the oxygen generator. Then he pressed another key, which threw open the reservoir tubes. In a twinkling it was filled and the Plunger began to sink. Down she went, steadily At ,any stage Frank could have checked her and proceeded on his way under water. But he was desirous of descending to the bottom. So he allowed her to go down. "Ol1, my dear boy he cried, excitedly, "there is a rare specimen of coral that I want very badly. Cannot some one put a diving suit on and get it?" Frank looked at the scientist inscrutably. "Pshaw!" he cried. "Don't you know better than that, man? That shark will surely have you." "ThQ shark!" said Bookworm, incredulously looking out into the water. As luck had it, a huge shark at that moment flashed by the window. He was a monster, and his keen jaws of shining teeth and his lightning quickness were plainly to be seen. Professor Bookworm dropped his note-book and his sandy hair fairly stood on end. "Shades of Nineveh!" he gasped. "What in the name of Nero was that?" In a few moments there was a slight shock and all "Why, it was a shark!" laughed Frank. "The water motion ceased. is alive with them here." All had been pitchy darkness. Bu,t now Frank pressed another lever which turned on the electric lights. For a moment all were dazzled. Then looking through the heavy plate glass windows they beheld most wonderful sights "You don't mean it!" "Yes, I do. If there were not so many of them we would venture out. But it is not safe." "By no means!" agreed the horrified professor. "But that specimen of coral would be worth a hundred dollars to our society." They were at the bottom of the sea. "Never mind," said Frank, "we shall find more and ( Strange and wonderful was the scene spread before them. better." Frank had sent the powerful rays of the searchlight "I doubt it." thro u gh the waters far and wide. After some little time spent in this place, and after all The bottom of the ocean here consisted of wide sand had become accustomed to remaining under water, Frank bar s and huge kelp strewn rocks. said: There were ocean caves and reefs of coral of various col ors all sorts of strange marine plants. Fis hes of every size, hue and description swam about le i sure l y "Well, let us sfay here no longer; I think we had better go on." Walter Hayden had been impatiently walking the cabin floor.


" / JO I\' THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. He had no thought,:; ror oonrr wr reach the whirlpool thr better.'' All on board were now eage r to reach the whirlpool. Once Frank allowrd the boat to to the ;:urfae;e and Nobody demurred, and Frank allowed tlw Plungcr to go reported that taking they were hardly five ahead. hundred miles from their destination. The-y were now traveling undrr water, and this was atThis was mcist e ncouraging, and thr spi rit s of all were trndrd by no little risk. high. 'fhen was danger of Rtriking some obRtruction, o r perThu s far the YoyagC' had been a complete success. chanc'l', of running into tlw of some-,;ubmarine rliff Thcr<' Reemecl no reason why it should not rPsnlt satisfacor mountain peak. torily to all 'l'he fopographv of thr bottom of ihr s<'a is much the Tf the Nautilus was found then this would becom<' a ceras thai of the land. 'l'hcr(' nrr mountains and hills and valleys, all ing some remarkable feaime. Many vallrys wore overgrown with vast miles of standing-S<'a some bloRsom i ngin most brilliant col orR. There were plaim of sand as a:' the Sahara. wh<'re of the most beauti fnl kinds abonml('(1. lain fact. CHAP'I'ER V. THE DRIFTING SHIP. Barney and Pomp had enjoy<'cl the voyage thus far in their own peculiar way. They were a very social pair, and nevPr at a loss for Coral caves and reefs, with rines of all shades and diversion when together. lrngths, and forests of coral trees. Indeed, ihC'ir bettNR could W<'ll afford to descend to their Indeed it would require volumes to all the wonquarters occasionally and listen to th<'ir cntNtainment. ders seen by the voyag(rs. This consiRt('cl of songR flnd dances and banjo playing Ever and anon the remains of a sunkrn sh ip would be by Pomp. seen, gone to rotting decay. We will not attempt to depict all th i s to the reader. Barney played the fiddle in true Irish sty l y and could rattle off a jig or a bflllad in true Hibel'nian style. Let us rather pnss on to the stirring incidents with u Indeed, the trip would be monotonous but for Banwy which they meL \ and Pomp," declared Hayden. "They are a concert troupe For severa l days the Plunger traYrlccl thus under the sra. entire." Stops were mack and variou s Iwovercd for "They are remarkable speci m e n s of their kind," affirmed Profe ssor Bookworm. ProfPssor Bookworm, who looked at them in the light of But after a time thr long, leYC'l plain of the Central the scie nti st and student of Atlantic was reacher! and her 1raR Y.ery rapid. There werC' fC'w rnd ion,; and the searchlight easily located thesE'. Bnt Barney and Pomp, though fond of a gay time:>, nrYC'r neglected their duties. Work first and play afterwards was evrr their motto. .. Sometimes when near the snrfare thr rays of the searc h-Frank RC'adc, Jr., was of a genial disrosition himself, and light were sent upwards through thr water and reflected never frowned upon any attempt of thE' two serv itor;; to against the dome of the sky. make things lively. Passengers on severa l different strnmcrs observed tills Thus the trip was so far attended only by pleasflnt in'l'he result was that npon tlwir arrival in port a thrillcidents. ing account was of thr peculiar phenomenon of a Within five hundrC'cl milc R of tl1e Great Whirlpool it strange light which at intervals flashed from the depths would not seem a difficult thing to very sho rtly reach it. of the sea. The Plunger was capable of easily making one hundred By some scientists it was explained as the action of a vasL bed of t hen deposited, or possibly a of luminous fi,;h, which W<'fC' known to exiRL Others suggesb?cl. smold ering fire:::, hut how these could exist under the bed of thr ocran thry did not attempt to explain. 1 miles per clay under water. And when they were quite ncar the whirlpool Frank ron cludecl that it wou lcl be j11St aR WC'll to travel on the f:m facc. So he sent the Plunger up from the de_ pths,..and the snh marinC' voyagers once more traveled in the light of day.


' IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. ll. The oxygen generators were given a. rest, and the her metically' sealed door s of the boat w ere opened. 'l'his admitted the finl t breath of r eal air furnis h e d b y nature t hat the y had had in two wee k s All scrambled f o r t h e dec k and it truly see m e d goo d to on c e more have lhc sunlight and the world spre ad befor e their gaze. "The bottom of the sea i s a v e r y w onderful and a ve r y strange place, d eclared \V alter Hay d en, "but I should not care to remain t h e r e always." Frank had b ee n study ing lh c horiz on clo se l y with a g la ss He now gave a sharp exclamation. Hayden, who wa s near him, h eard it. "What i s it, Frank?" h e a s k e d The you n g i n ve ntor handed him the glass "Do you see a. sail awa y off y ond er?" h e a s ked The young ship owner took the glass and studie d the di s t ant object. "Yes, he said, "il i s cer tainly a white sail. "'The r e is a ship off the re. "Yes." "Do you know what that means?" "'I really do not. "How far off i s it?" "Twenty miles." It i s further. ''Perhaps so. Call it thii't y, the n I s not that too far?" The sp e ed of the Plunger wa s incre a s ed. .. E-v? ry moment they dre\y n earer to the ship. Soon the Plunger began to take on a peculiar motion. The n it did not tequire a keen e ye to see a strange a cLiou of the wat e rs. The y did nol se em to rise and fall in to ssing waves in the ordinary manner. But the r e was a peculiar sw e lling mo tion and a swashing sort of current. A light object such a s a cork, thrown overboard wou l d I r e c ede rapidl y to the w estward. Do y ou se e that?" cried Frank, triumphantly "We a r e now in the oute r and insidious s w ee p of the mae l strom." "You don't m ean it!" exclaime d Hayden, in amaz e m ent. "Yes, I do. Watc h the m o tion of the water and y ou will se c that p ec u liar whirling motion. It i s a pow e r f ul curr ent and ll'ould c a r r y U on, g ro wi n g fas t e r all the whi l e until at l ength the fina l vorte x w o uld b e r eached." "So the mael strom i s really a fact?" said Hay d e n in deep wond erment. "Well, I a m badl y b e at. I can see how a sailing v esse l could get ca u ght in this pow e r ful tide and unfavore d by strong winds b e unable t o g e t out of it u ntil in the swifte r current." Profes sor Bookworm s tood n car. H e had been studying t h e phenom e n o n hims elf v e r y clo se l y. "It is certainly a wond erful a ct ion of nature's f orces, he decla.r e d "Truly the v ess d s o unfortuna t e as t o get into the clutc h es o.f this monster i s doom e d. 'No then," sa id H ay d e n m a n y a go od ship has ''It i s all of that," d e clarrcl Frank, po s itively. "You g one to h e r doom in thi s current." cannot see it with the nake d ey e, and that i s good evi"Of course, repli e d Frank. "\V e ll m y friends,.Jct u s d e n ce." sec if w e cannot h a il yond e r ship." "Indee d, you are right." "Wel1, now to the point. I \hat ship i s thirty miles di stant it is then right in the o u t e r circl e of the Great Whirlpool! Hayden was astonis hed. "Do you mean t o say that w e are a s n ear to the whirl pool as that?" h e gasp ed "I do." "And y onderb u t I cannot believ e it!" A signal flag w as run up o n the mainmas t o f the Plunger At fir s t the di sta n t v esse l did not :;ec it. The n s h e ans w e r e d. A white flag flutte r e d Q t h e r m asthea d She wa s seen to h ea v e to. The Plunger at once shot forward toward her. F r a n k Reade, Jr., s tood on the main de c k and as t h e Plunger d rew nearer h e s aw that t h e v ess el was o n e of t h e m erchant build. "You shall very s oon s ee S h e h a d be e n va in ly tac kii)g and t r y i n g to get out of th<' "An d do y ou think it c a n b e po ssible that t hat s h ip i s cl utch es of t h e pow erful current. the N a u til us?" "No," replied Frank, with a laugh. 'Ut is n ot at all likely that it is. The Nautilus woul d b e deeper in the mae l s t rom." "Let u s go forward quickly." "W c w ill B u t it seemed to hold her, and all effort s were in vai n A s the Plung e r dre w n eare r ; the rail of t h C"'vesse l was s e e n to b e thronged with sailors Frank allow e d tl1 c Plunge r to appr oac h within speaking d i stance. The n h e w ent out on ,iec k. I


----------,-----...,._._,_.. 12 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. "Boat a}toy !" cam e the hail from the ship's deck. "Ahoy!" replied Frank. "What c1'tiit is tllftt ?" "The P!unger, submarine boat "Submarin e boat?" ."Yes." To say that he was interested would be a mild statement of the truth. Whil e below in the cabin Frank s udd e nly p r essed a key which rang an alarm gong. Instantly those on deck rushed into the cabin. Then Frank pressed another key which closed the her"What in the name of Neptune is that? Some new-metically ealed doors of the boat. fangled government torpedo boat, I suppose!" Then the Plunger began to sink. "No," replied Frank, "the Plunger is just what I tell you, a submarine boat. What ship is that?" "The Sachem, of Portland, Maine, U S. A." "What is your trouble?" "That is what we don't know. We are in some kind o:f For a moment all was darknes Captain Clark was panic-stricken. "Thunder!" he roared. "We are sinking!" "Th at i s all right!" cried Frank. "Do not fear." Then the electric light s flashed forth. There was a gentle shock, and the Plunger rested on an ocean c urrent and have been fighting against it for the bottom of the ocean. four days now, but can't get one way nor t'other." "Do you know what this current means?" "No." "You are ip the outer circle of the Great Whirlpool." A great cry of horror and dismay came from the deck of the Sachem. The plate glass windows were relieved of their shutters, and a good view of the ocean bed could be had. It was certainly a wondrous scene. Captain C lark had never een the lik e of it before. He gazed upon it with amazement akin to awe. "Then we are reaHy at the bottom of the ocean?" he asked. "You don't say so!" "Yes, I do." ''Th en we'll never get out of it. "Yes," replied Frank. "We are fully fifty fathoms from They say a ship once the surface., in the clutche s of the maelstrom can never escape." "Thunder and guns! Where do we get the air we "It may be so. However, I am going to try to save you." breath?" ''Are not you in the s ame box?" ''Not exactly. 1\Iy boat i s run by elect ri c power and we are not yei so deep in th e current but that we can overcome it." Frank exp lain ed the u e of the generators. The captain li tened attentively and then said: "Enough! just take me to the surface once more Rcallr. s ir, you are the most wonderf ul man in the world and you A shout of joy went up from the deck of the Sachem have the most wonderful boat!" This was evidently pleasing news to them. Frank laughed and pressed the lever which caused the Frank now allowecl the Plunger to run up quite c lose reservoir to close. to the side of the shi p Instantly the Plunge1,. began to ascend. The captain, a tall, bearded fellow, stood by the rail. When she reached the s urface she was a hundred yards He descended to the Plunger's deck and shook hands distant from the Sachem. with Frank. The Plunger had been under the water but about ten He gave his name as Andrew C lark, and seemed to be minutes. a. genial, good-tempered fellow. He was wonder-struck with the Plunger and its appointments. "We ll, I never!" he exclaimed, in sheer amazement. "I never seen a craft like this one afore. And you m ean to say that she will travel under water as well as above?" "Yes," replied Frank. "How can it be?" "I will show ycr '' With which Frank proceeded to show the fellow the working s of the Plunger in detail. CHAPTER VI. OUT OF THE MAELSTROM. Yet the crew of the Sachem were in a panic-stricken state. It bad seemed to them a s if the vessel bad sank for good. They w e re not aware of the fact that she could sink and ris e at pl eas ure. They had believed their captain lost for a certainty. Now, however, when the Plunge r leaped up to view again, they were much excite d and s urprised


IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 13 Moreover, when the crew of the Plunger all appeared Hayden was the most indefatigable of all in the quest on deck, Captain Clark with them, they were even more for a sail. amazed. He had a firm belief that the N au til us was yet driting Indeed, so badly rattled was the captain of the Sachem in the current of the whirlpool. that he could hardly recover himself enough to thank "As for the deadly vortex into which the ships are finally Frank for his kind offer to tow them out of the maelstrom's sucked," he declared, "I do not believe in it. It is my current. opinion that the ship in the clutches of the maelstrom float "And what, may I ask, is your errand in these waters?'' he asked Frank, with curiosity. "I am looking for a ship supposed to be lost in this current," replied Frank. "It is the Nautilus, of New York." "The Nautilus!" replied Captain Clark. "Why, I saw that ship in Liverpool six monthci ago!" on until the crew die of starvation and the rotting timbers finally sink." "Well," said Frank, positively, "we will determine all that to a certainty before we return home." "I certainly hope so." "Have no fears on that score." "Do you believe that the Plunger will be able to over"Did you?" exclaimed Hayden, with interest. you have met Captain Pitcher?" "Then come the inner currents of the whirlpool?}' "I know him well." A lengthy conversation followed. "We will proceed with caution and ascertain that fact." And the young navigator proceeded on this plan. There was no doubt but that the whirlpool was a most Captain Clark was able to throw much light upon the powerful current. possible fate of the N au til us. What caused it was an eternal mystery. "I agree with you," said Clark, "that it is hardly likely In vain Professor Bookworm tried to fathom it. that the N au til us was wrecked or lost at sea." He was obliged to acknowledge himself beaten upon every "She was a stanch vessel." point.

14 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. Barney _and Pomp were 111 the habit of dividing the watch. "Bejabers, an' wudn't l\iisther Frank be mad!" he mul tcred. "I've a moind to call him up. But, shurc it One remained on deck the first half of the night and the wudn't be fair." latter the other half. Thi;; enabled one or ihc other to get 'l'hcn a brilliant idea occuned to the Celt needful sleep. Upon the night in que::;tion it wa::; Pomp's watch. Barney was to relieve him at midnight. It was a powerful dark night and the searchlight's glare easily showed a pathway of light for a mile ahead. The course had been set and the wheel was lashed by Pomp, who, for some reason or other, was fearfully sleepy. Never before in his life had the darky been guilty of the crime of sleeping at his post. rrhe mischievous element in his nature asserted itself. "Begorra, it's a rare good chance for some fun!'' he mut tered. "On me wurrud I'll do it Chuckling to himself, Bamey went to the electric table and connected a piece of wire with a disc. 'l'his he placed close against the sole of one o{ feet. Pomp':; Then he connected the wire with an electric switch ou the table He let on the current gradually until it began to work But he could no more overcome the sensation now than he could fly. He was obliged to succumb, a'nd before he knew it his senses had left him. His head dropped upon his breast and he began to snore While t!Je Plunger went on through the night with increased speed Of course, there was little danger of meeting ships in these waters. If they were encountered they would doubtless be floating wrecks or hulks. upon the nerves of the foot. Pomp began to mutter in his s le ep and moved a trifle. Then Barney' shut off the current. The darky became ca lm As soon as he was satisfied that Pomp was deep enough in sleep, Barney ,repeated the operation. Then he would ch uekle in wildest glee. "Shure, it'll be bad clremm he'll be afther having!" he mutterc.d. "I'll give him a bit o' nightmare." Certainly Pomp did not enjoy his sleep after that. The more he muttered and tossed the more Barney But a collision with one of these would be most danger1 laughed. ous It was really a most perilous thing for Pomp to do. But a turning of tables was at hand. All this while the Plunger had been drifting on in its But the darky was wholly a victim of the overpowering own manner. infiuence. He slept soundly. would have it, how ever, the Plunger encountered no obstacle She sailed on e1 enly in a slightly heaving sea The midnight hour drew nearer. Still Pomp slept. Barney at the appointed hour was awakened by an e lectric alarm signal. He craw,led out of his bunk and hastily dressed himself. "Arrah, an' it wud be foine to shlape the rist av the noite !" he muttered. "But the naygur must have a chance." So the conscientious Celt crept up the cabin stairs and into the pilot-house. Suddenly Barney glanced out of tile pilot-house ll'imlo\T. And as he did so he gave an a1rful 11ild of' terror. 'rhere in the darkne:;s he beheld an

IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. ]5 Pomp was instantly awakened. "It is very curious." He sprang up out of his chair with a wild yell. "What an ancient type of ship!" His firBt sight was that of thc luminom, drifting wreck. ''Ko doubt she has !wen drifting in the whirlpool for To which was the most tcrrified, the Crlt or the fifty years or more." dhended the situation at a glance. "\\'hat a fearful fate for her crew." Frank sprang into the pilot-hous<' and coming out again turned on the search ight fully. Hs fearful glare plainly revealed every detail in the focus. and ruined, yet wmHlcrful'ly preFerved by the salt. water was e-verything. At a number of open ports, as if vainly watching for a sail, were skeletonF. By the rail and in various attihHlrF about the deck were othcrs J t was a ghastly and awful sight. To the \ oyagers it intimation of dreaUful watchiJlg, despair and hopelef.'sness finally merged in death. "My God!" gasped Hayden, with horror. "What an awful falt: for the poor wretchPs !" "Awful. indeed!" "Of what nationality were thc crf'w ?" The brilliancy of the elrctrie lig-ht dispelled the lumin ous phosphoru10, and every detail W

16 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPDOL. does not follow," said Hayden. "She may have been in service a hundr e d years previous." "That is true," agreed Frank. "Those old-time .vessel& were c apabl e of sailing the seas even two centuries without going to decay. They don't build s uch ships now." "I dare say this ship has been rerigged many times since then." "Without doubt." But Frank was desirous of visiting the cabins. There he believed he should find evidence of the character of the ship and her crew. Also of the object and in c ident s of th e cru!se. So he looked for the companionway. It was just a little aft of the mainmast. Descending the rotten stairs h e entered the cabit;. Fortunately the searchlight's glare came in through the open ports, making all as light as day. The sight rev e aled was a thrilling one Upon a couch lay the skeleton of a man. At a table which hung a cabin lamp were the skeletons of two others. Upon the table were charts, a sextant and a quadrant. All were remarkably well preserved. It showed that the ma ste r s of the ship had been in trying to locate their position That th ey had failed to do so was evident. It was certainly a sad thought. ]!'rank went to the table and examined the charts. The lines and figures upon them were rather obscure, yet he was able to trace them quite w e ll. It was evident that the two men had s uccumb e d to death Frank took from th e drawer quite a large book. Upon its cover were printed the words : "Log of the Paradox. Captain Abram Skillings." The first entry read : ''The Paradox sailed from Liverpool for New York, May 20, 1820." Many pages of minute details of the voyage, but all un important, followed Then followed the account of a vio l ent storm whi c h had driv en them far. "For ten weeks," the journal now read, "we have vainly tacked to the westward. We find it impos s ible to make progress, and indeed seem to be hop e lessly in the power of a certain ocean current, which is carrying us all the whil e about in a perpetual circle. "To-day our mate Ned Foss, bluntly declares that we are in the grip of the Great Maelstrom. "This means that w e shall never see home or friend s again, for wind nor sail can n ever extricate us. "We must drift on, oh, God; forever! Starvation mu st be our final end-an awful death!" Then followed rambling notes, and a few month s late r the entry read : "Still in the clutch of the deadly mael st rom. To-day we opened our last keg of s hip biscuits. "Twenty-four of us there are, and these crumot la st long. We have fished in vain and tried to shoot sea gulls. "To-morrow we shall be for the fir st time without food. "God pity us! Fate i s against u s for a certainty There while in this despairing attempt to solve the mystery of the is nothing now but death before us. Give u s strength and whirlpool current. courage to meet it. The cabin had been well furnished and there was no "To-day (six weeks later) four died This leaves onl y doubt a goodly cargo aboard the ship. eight of the crew. Three of these are dying. There is no But it was easy to divine the fate which bad overtaken hope for any of us. the crew. ) Months of being carried hopelessly onward in the inextricable current had passed by. The provisions had become exhau sted and every source of food s upply was n ext consumed. The result, of course, was certain death by st arvation. And this had been their fate. It was a s ad thing this terrible fate of the Paradox. But yet Frank was not satisfi e d He opened one of the drawer s to the table and gave a startled cry. I "What is it?" asked Hayden, as he came forward. Look!" "I seem to be holding out better than the others. Per haps God has meant for me to be the last to die. I pray not." Two weeks later: "I have just closed the eyes of Lewis, the supercargo. I am now the only man l ef t on board alive. "In vain I have trie d to get food. "I can feel myself growing dail y weaker, and know that it is a question of but little time. "Yet I do not fear death. I know that the morrow will mercifully take me out of this career of misery and s uff erink" H e re the journal ended.


., IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 17 All had listened with interest. Here was at last the clew to the mystery of the loss of "Golly, Marse Frank," said Pomp, with dilated eyes, the N au til us. 1 "dat am a drefful hard way fo' to die." "You are right, Pomp," said Frank, lin reply. "It a hard fate, indeed." "Mercy on us!" exclaimed Hayden. "Is it possible that this old wreck has been drifting about in these waters for more than half a century?" "So tt seems." '!It is incredible." "Yet WE must believe the log." "It is a circumstance without paralleL" All were fain willing to agree to this. It. w&s now pro posed to return to the Plunger. Nothing more could apparently be gained by remaining aboard the Paradox. They had learned its history. It was best to leave it to its fate, still drifting in the great whirlpool. Some day it would go down. But better to let it go down of its own accord. Frank decided to keep the log and a few other articles. A small sum of money, less than a thousand dollars, in gold was found aboard. might be more, but if so it was not easy to find. Leaving the cabin, Frank started for the rail of the ship But he had not taken three steps when he came to a Frank Reade, Jr., and Hayden exchanged glances. Th.e expression of Hayden's face had turned to that of joy. "What do you think of it?" asked Frank, tersely. "Heaven be praised!" cried the young shipowner. "We n o w know that the N autilns is afloat "Yet she is derelict and apt to sink at any time." "Not more so, perhaps, than the Paradox. :;earch the Great Whirlpool until we find her." We must Pomp executed a double shuffle and stood on his head. Certainly, much had been gained by visiting the Paradox. It was now in order to return to the Plunger. Search must at once be made for the N au til us. .if she was still drifting in the vortex of the she would surely be found. Yet it might become necessary to travel some few thou sands of miles in order to do so. Back to the Plunger's deck they went. Once more the submarine boat was got under way after cutting loose from the hull of the Paradox. The Plunger kept on in the swift current for several days. In this time no other wreck was seen, nor did any other incident of an exciting sort occur. Frank was desirous of getting as deeply as possible into the heart of the whirlpool. For he believed th\at it was there that he would find the There, pinned to the bulwark of the vessel, was a placard. Nautilus if she was yet afloat. It was not this alone, but the nature of the inscription Hayden was positive that she was, and would not listen startled halt. upon it which gave Frank a mighty thrill. CHAPTER VIII. I THE SUNKEN SHIPB-. The inscription upon the placard was a thrilling one. Frank Reade, Jr., read it. "My God! will you read that, Hayden?" he The young shipowner had already done so. to any other theory. One day a new clew was obtained. The water suddenly seemed to have become filled with driftwood. There were broken spars, boxes and barrels and various objects. Suddenly Barney gave a cry and pointed to a floating object. "Shure, an' phwat the devil do yez call that?" It was the broken thwart of a boat floating in the His face was as white as chalk. This was what he read: rent. 1 "N. B.-To whoever shall come aboard the ParadoxThis ship was visited in May, 18-, by the crew l of the ship Nautilus, derelict, and fl_oating a wreck in the Great Whirlpool. It may be that our fate shall be the same as I the unhappy crew of the Paradox. God forbid Yet our are sad indeed CAPTAIN PITCHER. "Of the ship Nautilus, Port of New York, U.S. A." And upon it was painted plainly the name: "Nautilus!" "Why, it is a piece of a boat from the Nautilus!" declared Frank. Then he paused. Hayden had, turned ghastly pale. "Upon my word," he muttered, "this. looks like the wreckage of a sunken ship!" I


18 I IN THE G REAT WHIRLPOOL. "I must conJ 1e ep 1 ere secmeu .very grca am u "" enormous p_res8urc. Tt requires t:kill and expericnce to work the pressure gauge with sonw a l arm The Plunger was e8pecia lly constructed to stand a large pressvre. But she could not stand above a certain point. She would then be crushed like an eggshell. 'rhe of the water at that awful depth was some thing tremendous But just as the highest :figure on the dial was n ear ly 1 cached the boat struck bottom. in a diving suit." Hayden's argument:; were in vain Frank would not allow him to don one of the He and Professor Bookw orm were to a\rait their return patientJy. 'l'he diving suits w<:>rc the iJWcnlion of Frank Rca( le,_ J!'. They were a wonder in their way. 1 Upon the back of the wearer was J chemical 'I, the which. was capable of generating the of air, which hen the searchlight rays were sent groping through gloom. permeated the whole body of the s uit. 'rhis revealed an astonishing state of affairs Within a radius of a few hundred yards there \Ve re plainly visible the wrecks of three vessels. Each had a dismantled hulk. Frank announced this to Hayden, who said: "How can we overcome that, Frank?" Yery easily," replied the young inventor. He called to Barney. This dispensed with cord or pipe line, and was a great conveni ence Armed with axes and knives the three divers entered thc \ vestibule The door leadin g into thr cab in was 'rhcn the outer door was opened and the water rushed in and filled the vestibule. The three divers walked ,out ancl climbed dOI\n from the "Barney, bring out those diving suits from the black sh ip' s rail. chest in the forward cabin. "All right, sor !" cried Barney. In a few moments he appeared with Pomp, carrying the chest. It was deposited upon the cabin floor Frunk swung back the lid and revealed the interior They walked across. the intervening distance to one of the hulks. I As Frank drew near to it he fancied that it was the Nautilus. .. 'rhe young inventor experrcnccd n thrill. He remembered the instructions of Pinkham, I'


IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. il'diYc. and wondered if he could find the body of Sam Hall Barney was determined to rescue them or die in the a! aboard the N au til us. tempt. If so, po sibly he might recover the deposition of the 11:itnrss which was so necessary to save the life of a doomed man in the New York Torn bs. Hut UH he drew nearer to the hulk doubt entered his breast. The \ 'CSscl was o too old a type to be taken for the N auCHAPTER IX. THE DISTANT LIGHT. tilus. 'l'hc brave Celt lost no time in starting for the Indeed, by the electric light on top of his helmet he was porthole. "' able. to read tht' name on the bow of the sunken ship. 'l'hey were broad and would easily admit of the ,. 'rims hE>, read: of his body. "Vespasian, Havana, Cuba." He crept through one and as the electric lights illumined 'l'he youhg inventor had no de;;irc to exp lor e the hulk, the place he beheld what was really a terrible scene.

20 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. I n a few moments the water was entirely pumped out, and the divers wen t into the main body of the Plunger R emoving thei r helmets they were warmly greeted by Hay d e n who inq u ired, eagerly: "Then none of the ships was the Nautilus?" "None of them," rep l ied Frank. "I am glad of that," said Hayden, with a bright smile. "I shall still believe that she is a.fioat." "There is little doubt of that," agreed Frank. "I am quite confiden t we shall find her on the surface." So I think. Ther e is but on e thing yet to be gained by remaining here "And t h at--" "You overwhelm me," said Frank, modest ly. "I do not deserve anything of the sort "It is your just due," insisted the generous p rofessor. It was now, however,' decided to ret urn to t h e surface. It was positively believed that the Nauti l us would be found afloat. "I only trust that we may succeed in finding her," de Hayden. "We will, if we have to scour every corner of the Whirlpool said Frank. So the Plunger was sent to the surface. It was an early morning hour when she emerged once more into the air. The sea was like glass, and not an object of any kind I want to d ete r m ine, if possible, the relative and was in view. cau s e of the .se revol ving currents which cause the Great W hirlpool." For an entire day the Plunger sailed on thus. It was noticed that the further to the east they went "Goo d f or y o u, Mr. Reade!" cried Professor Bookworm. the stronger grew the current. "You have a n t i cipated my desires." The r e ason for this Frank divined was that they were So the P l un ger proceeded to move about cautiously from rapidly drawing nearer to the main centre or vortex of the one spot to another, while with different means revolving body of water tested th e c urrents This was undoubtedly true. He note d t h e actio n of the water upon the grasses and But as darkness came on once more the sky began to t h e gravel of the ocean bed. assume a peculiar leaden hue. They seemed bent and washed all in one direction, even Everybody watched it with c uriosity. as in the bed of a swift flowing river. "What do you make of it Frank?" asked Hayden, anxThe ground seemed to rise gradually upon th e one side iously. and descen d upon the other "Well," replied th t roun g inr e ntor, "it is my candid Aft er a fu ll day of study thus Frank announced his de-opinion that it a s torm." ci s ion: "Whew it will b e a hard one I believe tha t the Great Whirlpool occupies one hug e bas in m any miles in extent, and that the current is caused by a s uccession of submarine riv;ers which here unit e t heir wate r s." "I fear so." "If the Nautilus i s drrelict it may carry her down!" "It is possible. '' Hayden anxiously searched the horizon. Wond erf ul !" c ried P rofessor Bookworm, noting this 'Oh, if she would only come in sight now!" he mut-down i n h is book. "You shou ld be a scientist, Mr. Reade." tered, "what a happy thing it would be! "There a re, I believe, other causes governed by the land a n d bree zes. The land bordering upon the maelstrom is "Fate decrees oth e rwise!" "True. Yet this storm will hardly break before morn upon one s ide high and mountainous, catching the winds ing." from t w o q u arters and sending them back over the sea's s urface, alm ost a lways in one uniform direction, and that in accorda nce with the mighty current of the maelstrom." was certainly logic in Frank's theory. Pro fessor Bookworm asserted it as 'his positive belief t h a t it was true "There is n o d o u b t but that you have sqlved the ques"No." "Then there is hope that we may come u p wit h her in the night." "Certainly." It was Pomp's first watch that night. Hayden could not sleep. He remained on deck with Pomp until a late hour. \ tio n Mr R eade, he declared. "I shall write many artiEver and anon he scoured the sea as best he could 'Jy cles upon thi s f o r t h e Scientific World, and your name the light of the electric searchlight and a night glass. shall be mentio ned." Hours passed, and finally Barney came on duty.


l.N THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 21 Still Hayden would not retire. Now h e r hull could b e plainly seen in outlin e against "Something tells me," he declared, "that the Nautilu s the sky beyond. will come within the range of our vision to-night." "Begorra, I hope that same," declared Barney, earnestly, 1 Soon, even her st umps of masts could be distinguished. The searchlight revealed all this. Hayden was the most excited of any "if only fer yez own sake, me good sor." "Thank you, Barney," replied Hayden. Then he gave a start. He sprang to his feet with ern excited cry: "Ah !" he shouted, "do you sec that star of light, yon der? See l See! It i s a s hip' s lantern, as I live!" Sure enough, far away in the dista nt gloom there was a mere speck of light. It was too dull tD be a real s tar, and was hardly discernible. It must have been a great distanc e from the Plunger. Barney was at once interested. "Look!" cried Hayden, excitedly, "can you not see it, Barney?" He walked the deck excitedly. "We must overtake her!" h e cried. "If the storm comes she will go down!" Overhead the dull thunder was booming, there was a soughing wind whicl1 played ceaselessly across the bosom of the tossing sea On, faster and faster, went the Plunger. She gained every moment upon the floating hulk Now there seemed to be no doubt that she was the Nau tilus Sailors were seen upon h e r deck. One of them leaned over the rail and shouted through a speaking-trumpet: "Ahoy! What craft is that?" "Shure, sor, an' I can that!" replied the Celt The words, seeming a thousand miies away, reached the "It is a ship's lantern. I tell you it is on board the hearing of those on the deck of the Plunger Nautilus. I knew we should come up with her to-night." Then Frank Reade, Jr., replied: "Shure, sor, be aisy !" remonstrated Barney. "An' if ye can't be aisy be as aisy as ye kin." Hayden had already. sprang to the searc hli ght. He quickly turned it in the direction of the distant light. Across the sea even to the horizon line shot the brilliant pathway of dazzling light. Then Hayd e n placed hi s powerful night glass to his eyes. He could see the light no longer, for the electric glare killed it. But low on the sea lin e he saw a black object. It was hardly visible, but yet it was there and he felt sure that it was' the Nautilu s Of course, it might be some other vessel adrift in. the great whirlpool. But he would not accept that belief. "Sound the alarm, Barney!" he cried. "Bring every body on deck. We must take action at. once!" Hayden cast a fearful gaze above. The sky was black and cloud-hung, and in the zenith there was a rumbling of far-distant thunder. "This is the Plunger, submarine boat, Frank Reade, Jr., master. Who are you?" There was a moment 's lull in the wind, then the reply came back: "This is the ship Nautilus, from New York, Captain Pitcher!" CHAPTER X. I ADRIFT. The excitement created by this reply can hardly be expressed in words. Hayden fairly danced with joy. "Run alongside, Frank he cried. "Get them off as quickly as possible!" Tnis Frank intended ro do. But he never was able to do so. At that moment there came a terrific gust of wind. The N au til us h eeled over, a mountainous wave hurled the two vessels apart, then the very pandemonium of the Barney sounded the gong, and in a few moments everystorm burst. body was on deck. It was with the utmost difficulty that the crew of the Some excitement reigned. Matters were quickly explained. The Plunger was at once put under full speed. Everybody was upon the qui vivc. Every moment the distant ship drew nearer to view. Plunger got back into the cabin. The Plunger seemed standing on end. Water rushed over her in tons and she would sur e ly hav e gone down had it not been for promptly the h er metically sealed doors.


-" 22 THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. But it wa1r impossible to penetrate the storm with the searchlight or even tell where they All that could be done was to hold' on and keep the Plunger from becoming a hopeless wreck. Frank would have gone to the bottom ,>Vith her, but for his fears that some of the crew of the Nautilus might be 1rashcd overboard, and need to be picked up. Hayden was posit ive that the Nautilus was lost. ''She will founder, I tell you!" he declared. "She can never outride this storm." However, she could be given no possible relief. that the crew of the Plunger could do was to look out for themselves and trust to luck. ''You are right. That will certainly pay for lhe effort." This seemed to calm Hayden greatly He said little lllore upon the subject but continued to 1mtch the sea. lt seemed a long while before daylight came. But \vhen it once more dispelled the darkness, and the s ubsided to almo st a dead calm, everybody felt better. The Plunger now plowed along at a rapid speed. Suddenly Hayden gave u sharp cry. "What is the matter" asked Frank, rushing to hi:; side: "Look yonder. Hayden proffered him the g lass. Frank took it and for awhile studied a small object out upon the wide smooth waste. "What do you make of it" asked Hayden after a moment "I can hardly say," li'rank, slowly. "YeL it looks to Blinding rain literally filled the air in a sheet of water, me like a man clinging to a drifting spar." and ihe waves ran mountain high. The storm raged with terrible fury. l t seemed as if the :flood gates of Heaven were opened. But the Plunger, unhampered by rigging, rode them like a duck "Ah, so it did to me!" "As I live I believe it is." O.f course everybody on board the Plunger was now great It could not be even guessed what was the fate of the Is excited. K autilus. that it was a man clinging to a spar. Ever and anon a c ross the inky blackness of the night there would shoot a flash, positivel y dazzling in and waved his arms at ight of the Plunger. Swiftly the submarine boat drew down upon the c astaway. It was feared by all that she would certainly founder, and, indeed, there was good reason for this. its brilliancy. But the st orm could not last forever. The boat was headed for the distant object As they drew nearer it became almost a dead ccrtainh He seemed nearly exha u sted, but scernccl to gain :;trcngth He was seen to be a common sailor, and the storm had After some hours of duration the sky began to clear, the nearly deprived h:tm of his clothes. rain ceased falling. The wind subsided and the waves rolled only in long, regular billows. The cabin doors were now opened and all came out on deck. The searchlight's glare again went out across the tossing waters. But no twinkling star of light was een. :\ o ship's hull was on the broad waste. It seemed that The Plunger glided ncar enough to Barney to throw him a rope He grasped it and was quickly drawn aboard. As he came over the rail dripping wet, he ;;ank down upon the deck exhausted. A glass of brandy, however. quickly revived him. Then Frank Reade Jr., aid : "\Yell, my man, now can you gi\e an account of your-1 h e st orm must have separated the two vessels by a wide self?" distance. Hayden was frantic. .. "All honor to ye, sir !' he replied, tugging his forelock sailor 'fashion. "My name is Jamie Brown, and I'm able ,, I / tell you we have lost her," he declared. "She is at seaman aboard the Nautilus." the bottom of the sea, and aU tho se valuable lives arc lost "Sure enough!" cried Hayden. "Your name is on our "Well, if s he is at the bottom of the sea," declared Frank pay rolls Say, my fellow. can you tcfl u s of the Nautilus?" Reade, resolutely, "or anywhere adrift upon its surface we will surely find her." "What good will it do if she is at the bottom of the sea H ncl her crew dead?" a s ked Hayden. "It will clo SOlJlC good,'' maintained Frank. "We shall find the docurn'euts nccc;;sary to dear Charles Haynes." The sailor passed a hand across his brow. "I make free to say that she is safe an' s li ck in Davy .Tones' Locker afore now." "Then she has gone down?" "She '''

IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 23 groaned. ''Then of course she is at the bo.ttom of the sea!" he declared The Plunger was turned against the powerful current. It was progreF:s. But gratlu,tllr the little craft overcame the tremendous .. \Jl(] the t>\ iclrnce necessary to clrar C'harles Haynes," said Frank. covered the distance in something l ess six The Hroll"n, 1ra::; catrchi zccl in regard t.o the 'l'hen Frank took his bearings carefully. Scotland Yard detrctivr, Sam Hall. "l believe the Nautilus went down about here," he de-He remembrrecl the detective well. and described him dared. fully. "Heaven grant your sutmise may be true," drclarecl But hr crmld not w1tat fair had b('('n. "I J'rckon hr's nlong with thr others nt the bottom," he declared. Hayden was in deRpair. \Vas this true? \\'as Rrown !he mrvivor of {hat fenrfu l wreck? fn his he iurnrd to Frnnk. .. 'VhaL to hr done?" hr "l hut om thing," rrplird the young inventor. Hayden. 'rhen the reservoir was opened and the Plunger began to sink. Down shr rapidly. Eight, ten, twenty, fifty fathoms the indicator regi ste red ln one hundred and forty fathoms the submarine boat 1ouched botttJm. Then the searchlight's rays \\ere everywhere over the bed of the seu. "And that?" The scene was not unlike that of many another locality "lt to makP a for thr wreck of the Nauthey had Yi::itcd. tilus." "lt will be like looking for a necdlr in a haystack." ''Yc:;;." "How unfortunatr that we could not havrmet the Nautilus a few sooner. I rrgret the loss of Captain Pitcher. He an able man and a valuable captain." "That is tn1e." "Poor fellow. wreck?" Ceria in ly. But do you think it possible to find the Let \lf; do 'o then at once. We can at l east find his !,orly." It was with diftlculty that the Plunger was turned against the current of the maelstrom. Still the electric engines gradually overcame the pressure. Brown, the sailor, of course, could give no very intelligible idea of the exact sinking place of the Nautilus. There were beds of shifting snnd, kelp-strewn rocks and r<:efs, fishe:-; of various and other strange But there was no sign of a wreck. Vain the searchlight's rays were sent into every corner. Not a ::;ign of the autilus could be seen. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not discouraged. He had by no mea,ns hoped for such good luck as at once stumbling upon the wreck. The Plunger now began to grope its way about the ocean bed. B eing e l evated a few feet it could travel about with careful watch for obstructions. Several miles were covered in this manner. Then suddenly Frank Reade, Jr., who was in the pilot hou se, gave a loud cry of excitement. In an instant ever ybody rushed to the spot. Hayden was foremost. "Well, Mr. R eade," he declared. "What is the trouble?" He had iiriftcd ever sinc e clinging to the spar. "As I live!" replied Frank, seriously, "I believe I can Frank estimated the rapidity of the current in a rough see the wreck of the Nautilus this moment." manner. This was made easier in the fact that during the storm tlw wind had been against it. It was estimated that Brown hap drifted and had been blown by the wind and current some twenty miles in the time in which he had been in the water. The ship had doubtless gone clown at about. the time he "Where?" "Just look yonder!" CHAPTER XI. A SUB:I[ARI1iE SEARCH. was thrown overboard. Therefore it was safe to Frank pointed away through the water to the extremity rC'ckon that the ship could be found by r eturning twenty of the sermhlight's rays. or more miles. The sight rcvealrd was a most thrilling one.


24 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. Certainly the hull of a s hip could. be seen resting in a De::;truction had laid its hand heavily upon rigging and bank of sand wood work. It might not be the Nautilus. Indeed it was a hard scene. Many a rotting hulk lay under the maelstrom's current. But Frank clung to the hope that it was the object of their quest. Hayden felt confident. The Plunger was sent forward at rapid speed. The distance was soon Everything was shattered and splintered badly. Planks were rent and torn up, and there were seams in the of the once stanch ship. The storm had evident l y struck the Nautilus with a fear ful force. But the two divers now approached the entrance to the And now as they drew ncar it was seen beyond all doubt cabin. that the wreck was that of the Nautilus. To the mainmast two of the crew were lashed. A portion of her side was stove in, and s he had parted They were common seamen, and the expression upon seams fore and aft. their bloated faces showed that they had died in great No doubt her sinking had been sudden and terrifying to agony. the crew. They were the only human beings to be found on the The Plunger was brought to a s top twenty feet from the deck. wreck. That there were others in the cabin there was little The electric light sent a flood of radiance over the ship, doubt. I making all as plain as day. All was excitement aboard the Plunger. Frank had finally decided to allow Hayden to accompany him this time. The hatches were tightly battened, and itrequired some labor on the part of the two divers to lift them. 'rhis was, however, finally done. Down the cabin stairs they made their way The diving suits were brought out. Fortunately upon the helmet of each was a sma ll electric It was decided that only these two men should yisit the light. wreck. "If possible, we must find the body of Hall, the detective," said Frank. "Certainly." "We ought to be able to do that." "If we can only get possession of the deposition papers These dispelled the gloom of the place. But both experienced a shock of horror as they entered the cabin. From a cqrner there suddenly shot forth a nearly naked human form. Its arms were extended stiff and rigid in death. we are all right." The moving of the currents brought the corpse up until it ''At any rate, l\'[r. Hayden, you have satisfied yourself in came in contact with the divers. regard to the mystery of your ship's fate." The terrible ghastly sight, the corpse's bloated face, "Yes," replied the young ship owner; "that is a very imhideous, -straining eyeballs, all made a scene of horror cal portant point gained, and I am glad of it. No more of my culated to daunt the bravest of men. ships will be lost in the maelstrom, be sure." "I hope not." "No captain of mine shall come so far north again." By this time the two men were ready for their helmets. They were adjusted, and the chemical air generator regulated. Then they entered the vestibule. A few moments later they were in the sea. It was an easy matter to cross the intervening distance to the Nautilus. Frank was the coolest. Hayden recoiled as the corpse touch ed him and drifted back. Then through the water floated other corpses. They came from every direction, even through the open door of the cabin beyond. A few yet la y upon the floor, or anchored to the ceiling. But these same half dozen in number would persist in following the divers about. After the first chill and novelty had worn off, the two They were equipped with axes and knives, and at once divers became cooler, and went about their duties calmly. clambered over the rail. Once Frank put his helmet close to Hayden'-s, and Everything upon the ship's deck presented a scene of' shouted: general "Hello!"


l1 THE URE.\'1' WHIRLPOOL. 2:5 "Hello, Frank replied Hayden. "I don't see our man here, do you?" "No." Every corpse in the cabin wa' carefully examined. But that of Hall could not be found. If he was on board the ship he was in some other part of it. Certainly he was not in this cabin Satisfied of Frank went into the next. Then the forecastle wa vi 'ited. In fact, every part of the ship wa clo ely inspected. But there was only one verdict to accept. 'rhis was that Sam Hall had not been below decks, nor Captain Pitcher either. .Neither could be found aboard the ship. H was a mys tery. It wa e-

26 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. I Then all in the submarine boat saw the cause of the alarm. Down a slop.e there came gliding a long, sinuous form At that distance, even, it was tremendous in propor tions, its length seeming fully a hundred feet. It seemed to be making straight for the Plunger. But suddenly it changed position, and seemed to hover for a moment over an object in tbe sand. Then the voyagers were rewarded with a. thrilling sight. It was one calc-ulated io try the strongest nerves Down went the eel's jaws When it uplifted its head it was to hold an objec:t To all appearances it was a monster serpent, and the in its mouth. terror of the voyagers was most infinite. CHAPTER XII. A BATTLE UNDER WATER. But Frank Reade, Jr., was the coolest of all He very quickly defined the nature of the new foe. As the voyagers saw what this \\"as, they were petrified with horror. "Do you see that?" asked Frank. "What is it?" demanded Hayden. "lt-is-a man!" Certainly it \vas the corpse of a human being which the eel held in its capacious jaws. One moment it held the dead man aloft. A wild cry went up from the rescued sailor Brown. 'rhen with a gulping motion it disappeared entire down "It's all up "The sea serpent, by jingo!" he yelled. with us!" the monster's throat. "Heavens!" gasped Hayden, with cold perspiration oozing from every pore. "What a monster." "Golly fo' glory," yelled Pomp, "dis chile don' wan' no I paht ob snakes. Jes; go fo" de suffacc, Marse Frank, as quick as eber yo' can." B egorra, it's kilt we'll all be!'' screamed Barney. Professor Bookworm only shrugged his shoulders and regarded the monster intently. "If that is really the sea serpent,'' he muttered, "then the great mystery which has so long baffled science is solved." But Frank Reade, Jr., brought the Plunger to a stop. After swallowing it, it buried head in the and remained motionless. This was probably tbc method it employed of digestion. Then Hayc!Pn turned a livid face to Frank. "Did you see that?" "Yes." ''What do you think?" I hardly know." "Well, upon my word, I believe that w : as either Pitcher or Hall." "It may be so." That they should conclude that th1s was the truth seemed ''Don't get excited," he said, coolly. "Nobody will get a very reasonable hypothesis hurt: I'll fix that chap pretty quick." But Hayden was not satisfied. Frank had seen quickly enough that it was no mistake "If that is Hall," he Eaid, "why can we not recover the whatever. body?" Indeed, it was only a giant eel of a species which only at great depths in the ocean. They are a species which rarely come to the surface. Those well informed on the subject connect the fabled sea serpent, seen by so many veracious sea captains, with a specimen of this deep s ea monster. Frank had no idea whatever of the giant eel's disposition It might attack the boat, and again it might not. Doubts upon this s core, however, were quickly settled. The eel's sinuou:; folds glided down the steep 'rhen suddenly it paused. Frank looked surprised. "The eel has swallowed it," he "True, but he has not mutilated or digested it." "No." "Then why not recover the body?" "You mean to kill the eel and cut it open?" "Yes." Frank studied the monster's pos ition a moment. "That is not going to be an easy matte1! '' he declared "What can we do then?" The young inventor seemed to receive a sudden inspira" It's broad head, with its wide mouth bristling with fine tion. teeth, was raised high in the water. It seemed to be studying the Plunger intently. For a few moments it remained in this position. It was a time of suspense for the voyagers "l have an idea!" he cried. "On the whole you are right, Hayden. We must kill the eel!" Frank caused the Plunger to draw back a diotanoe hundred yards from the eel.


IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. 2"/ Then he procured three heavy and very sharp axes He evidently did not note their approach. I he did, "Barney and Pomp," he said, "I am going out to lie did not pay aJy special heed to it try and kill the eel. I you want to go with me you may. Now they stood over the monster. lt will be a dangerous undertaking, and may cost us our lives. You have the choice." Only one moment did the two servitors hesitate Both were intensely afraid of the reptile tribe. 'l'o them the eel was the equivalent of a hngc snake. But the coveted opportunity to go with their master npon an underta"king, no matter how prevailed. "Begorra, I'm wid yez to the death, Misther Frank." "I am jes' gwin<' wif yo' an' no mistake, Marse Frank." This settled it. In vain Hayden pleaded for permission to go. If he had gone, one of the others would have been ob liged to stay behind. Frank preferred to have his two faithful servitors with him. Hayden and Brown and Professor Bookworm were to remain bt>hind. The narrow part of its borly ncar the head was the point Frank desired to strike. He motioned to Barney and Pomp. All raised their axes. There was a moment of hesitation. Then down they came. 'l'wice they rose and fell, each time being buried, to the shoulder in the mon;;ter's hard flesh. The effect was thrilling. Up from the sand came the eel's head with the first blo,r. But it quickly fell. The second blow had certainly cut the "l'ertebra. The head fell but the huge body rose in terrible contortions. A fearful wave lifted the three assailants from their feet. They were hurled with frightful force against a reef. Here, however, they clung desperately, while the terrific commotion in the water threatened to kill them with the The professor advanced and laid a hand on Frank's arm force of the concussion against their helmets. "Mr. Reade!" hr said "Well?" "&cienre demands that you rccoYcr at least the skull, if not the cntirr :;kclcton of that monster." "You shall have the skull!" replied Frank, earnestly. ln a few moments the three ad venturers had donned the diving armor. Then armed with axes they left the Plunger. To attack a monster eel fully one hundred feet in length in one hundred and forty fathoms of water was by no means n light undertaking. 'The weapons which the-y were to use were certainly primitive. But the habit the eel had of burying its head in the sand to aid digestion, Frank believed was favorable. The result would have been serious, certainly, if the eel had not had its contortions quieted by loss of blood. Coiled in great heaps it lay in a death stupor. The Plunger had been tossed rather roughly about, but no harm was done. It was certainly a moment for mutual congratulations The monster eel was dead, and the three plucky assail ants escaped unhurt, save a few bruises. All three now rushed forward and cut the eel's head completely off. Barney carried it to the Plunger's deck for preservation, at the request of Professor Bookworm. 'l'hose on board the Plunger were delighted at the result. They c l apped their hands and shouted with great ap plause. It would enable them to approach the monster unseen. But the three divers, of course, ccmld not them. 'Then, perhaps a lucky blow upon the neck might disinthough they could see them through the Plunger's plate tegrate the spinal column and kill the monster. If so, the battle would be quickly won. :Leaving the PlungN the three men boldly approached the giant eel. Those on board the Plunger watched them intently. It was a moment. But the eel suddenly mrved. However, it was only to bury its head more deeply. Its gullet could be seen in its distention and the act its morsel of food. glass windows. Frank now produced a sharp knife, and proceeded to dissed the eel. This was no easy task. Its flesh was extremely hard and its ::;kin very tough. However, after some effort, h<' managed tosrip open a part of its throat, and soon hacl reached the apex of the stomach. Here a startling sight was revealed. A man's leg came to view. Then another leg, and the entire body dropped out.


28 IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL. There w e re other thing s in th e eel' s b e lly, s uch a s large fishes and crabs But Frank did not e xamine furth er. A s the corpse fell out upon th e s and h e hastily s urveyed it. Then he experi e nced a thrill of di s appointm ent mos t keen. It was that of a middle-aged man, tall and s trongly built. But he had on the habilim ents of a sailor, and evidently was a man of th e lowes t class. Frank was disappointed It had bee n a f util e quest, for thio. was not the body of Hall the detectiv e CHAPTER XIII. / FOUND-THE END. Frank Reade, Jr., was mor e di s appointed than words can t e ll. Frank return e d to the aabin and r emoved hi s helmet H e saw Hayden s questioning gaze. H e shook hi s h ead. "No," h e s aid. "It was n e jth e r of them Ha y d en.-vas plainly dis appoint ed. "You don t mean it!" he exla.imed. "Well, that is too b a d What s hall w e do?" Continu e th e search." "It i s useless." I think s o myself." Their explanation was simple. Wash e d ove rboard they had for four days, without food or drink clung to thi s mass of wreckag e Driftin g thus in the mael s trom their fat e had s eemed sealed. But hopi'ng against fate they had bravely clung there. The joy of all was mos t intens e The surpri s e of thl' castaway s at the appearance of the Plunger was great Wh e n th e y learned that their rescuers had visited the wreck of the N au til u s at th e bottom of the sea they were even more a mazed. But their troubles were practically now at an end. It seemed that they were to be numpered among the very f e w who r e turn e d from the powerful currents of the' mael s trom. For days th e brave littl e Plung e r fought with the power ful current. Then the out e r c ircle was passed and onc e more the open s ea was r eached. Si x week s th e y had passed i n the Gr eat Whirlpool. Safely they arriv e d home at last. The s tor y the y told was a wonderful one Professor Bookworm g ain e d glory among th e s cienti s t s D e tectiv e S a m Hall a rriv e d ju s t in tim e to save Charles Hay nes from th e e l e ctric c hair. Hay d e n r e turn e d to hi s bu s iness wit h the d e t e rm i nation "Let u s r e turn home ." that hi s s hip s s hould the r e aft e r s hun the n e ighborhood of But the quest was pur s u e d for sev e ral day s long e r the ma e l s trom 'The n it was unanimou sly agreed that all had been don e Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp r e turned to that was possibl e Th e r e was no other way but to r eturn Readestoym with the Plunge r. home. But the young inventor did not settle down to a life of So th e Plung e r rose to th e s urfac e and began t h e long battle with the curr ent of th e mael s trom. Several time s the cr e w almos t gave up in desp air in their e ffort s to get out of the current Even while th e y were yet in it a inc id ent oc c urred. Hay den had a great habit of s till study ing the sea with a glass. One day he :::aw an object far to windward. "I tell you, Frank," h e d e clar ed, "it i s a mass o f wr eck age, and there ar e two m e n upon it." As they drew near e r it b ecame certain that the r e were two men upon th e drifting pile Signal s w e r e e xchang e d and whe n within on e hundred yards of th e cas taways a wild cry bur s t from Ha y d e n 's lip s "God be praised!" 11c s houted. "It i s Pitcher and Hall." ease after this. He had alread y upon hi s mind the detail s of a n e w a nd wonde rful invention, whic h w e ma y be p e rmitted to d e scribe to the reader in a futur e s tory. THE END. R ead "CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA; OR, READE JR., AFTER A BEDOUIN' S CAPTIVE, which will b e th e next numb e r (18) of the "Fra:nk Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of thi s weekly a r e always in print. If y ou cannot obtain them from any I news d eale r send the pri c e in money or pos tage stamps b, mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO T e n minutes lat e r th e two s urvivors of the Nautilu s were SQUARE, NEW Yo'RK, and you will the s afely aboard. you ord e r by r e turn mail. (


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