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

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"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."

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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'
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" / 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.

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' 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

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----------,-----...,._._,_.. 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

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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.
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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
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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
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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'

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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-
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