The sunken pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in search of a treasure at the bottom of the sea.

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The sunken pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in search of a treasure at the bottom of the sea.

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The sunken pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., in search of a treasure at the bottom of the sea.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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r s RANK--READE .. 'VV'EE:EE.X.. "Y" :lYI.A.G-.A.:iiii!!:IN"E. CONTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND, SEA .AND IN THE AIR. ;; D il -J'"' d. bt )W he lly be pe Iuued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Applicn.tion made for Second Class ent.y at the New Y01 k, N. Y .. Post Office. Entered according to Act of Cong1ess i1t the yea. 1903, in the ojfice of the Lib, a,ian of Congrese, Washington, D. C by F1ank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 23. NEW YORK, APRIL 3, 1903. Price 5 Cents. .. THE SUNKEN OR, r:. Frank Reade, Jr., in Search of a Treasure at the Bottom of 4 the Sea. I ln. ull By f CHAPTER I. THE NEW INVENTION. -By "NONAME." not to make me out as an inventorial Samson, or my sub marine boat as a world destroyer, with tongues of flame, and withering going about seeking what it may devour. "I have just finished the grandest work of my life!" deSimply describe it as an ordinary, every -day submarine lared Frank Reade, Jr., the distinguished young inventor, boat. Do you see?" s lie sat in his office one June mor:ding. Dick Boomer bowed, and the:r: lit a cigarette. "Ah !" exclaimed a visitor, who sat opposite him in a "I am consumed with pleasure at the honor you have ac eat chair. "I am glad to hear that, Mr. Reade. The corded me of being the first a description of the new ews Grabber is bound to be at the front. Forty-eight invention!" he said. ''Trust to my honor, sir; J'll never ages and ten columns to a page. Best paper in the world, abuse your confidence." ir. Please to give me a description of your new invention "That settles it, then," said Frank, with alacrity. "Come nd you sha ll hav e one full page with hand ,some illustrathis way." ions. When Dick Boomer says that it's biz every time, you The young inventor arose, and, followed by the New York m et !" reporter, passed out into the yard of the great Reade shops where all the famous inv entions were made. I'd: "No," said the inventor, reaching forward and putting a and upon the arm of the smart young pencil pusher on't want anything 'of the kind. I want you to represent 5 ; hings just as they are. Understand?" tie The young reporter twitched his short mustache nervousThe housetops of Readestown could be seen extending up the hillside beyond. Many geperations of the Reade family had made the town their .home, and had given it its name. Frank Reade, Jr., led the way into a high-roofed bu ild and repliedin a dreamy sort of way: ing. It was situated on the banks of a canal, which commu"When you see it in the News Grabber, si r it's so!" nicated with the river below, and that was navigable to the J rs. "Ah, but with a coloring not wholly its own and which sea. do not lik e," said Frank. "Now I want you to promise Here was a vast tank of water, and in this tank floated


2 THE SUNKEM PlRATE. the new invention, one to surprise the worlQ., the "Certainly," Frank. famous submarine boat. do. that." The Lance it was named, and its rakish huh and He opened a sm11ll door in a section of the hollow shell long ram would seem to warrant the name. like hull. t ', The hull was not the model of a government cruisA nu;nber of pipes horizontally placed were seen. er, set low in the water. A guard rail ran along a wide and spacious deck. The cabin or main body of the craft rested upon this deck was lorig and cylindrical in form Upon each side were windows and doors of heaviest plate glass, protected by steel screens. -.... Forward was a small pilot house, with a searchlight of tremendous power. An upper was, with guard railings and two domes J.ising from the with windows and little recesses in which one could sit and see the world outside. Two slender masts carried flags, and served to steady the craft. Such is the outward description of the Lance. Dick Boomer was at once enthusiastic over the submarine boat. J "The model superb," he declareq. "You are certainly a great designer, Mr. Reade." \ Frank was too modest to take note of this 1 Come inside," he said. of the invention there." "You must get the best iaea "Ct!rtainly," the reporter. "I am anxious to know bow you lower and raise the boat." "If you will notice," said Frank in explanation, "thrs t ,pipes all connect with a t!l1nk and gep.erator in the corn there. That gener tor holds sufficient condensed air to su plJ this boat for weeks under water "Upon each side of the cabin, and, indeed, every livi room on board, there arc small gratings at intervals, wit valves. "As the good air is dra wn from the generator throug these valves, a ventilator overhead draws it away in form, and by, undergoing a chemical exposure, it is aga' purified, divested of its poisonous gases and used over again; There is not the slightest danger of the arrangement getti out of order, or of there being a lack of good air in t boat." cried Dick Boomer. "It required somt skill to put thbt arrangement all together!" "Every man to his trade," replied Frank, with a smile 11 "Now, allow me to show you something else.'' .1 y, The young inventor opened another door whichJed into 1 small closet. Here, hung against the wall, were a number of curio .uJ! looking helmets and paraphernalia 111uch like that of a diver "D' 't '" a D' k B aki t 'I "Upon much the same principle as that of any submarine Ivmg sm s sa1 IC oomer, m ng an en ry 11 boat," replied Frank. "When I want to go ,!lown I simply his note-book. 'W sink her. When I want to rise, her air-chambers 11re simply cleared of water by pneumatic pressure." They went aboard submarine boat delay. Frank led the way into the cabin. without further This was suinptuously furnished, and was a little palace in itself. Everything that cultured taste and art could de sire was embodied there. Then they through the after-cabin, with its tier of small state;rooms, and entered the dynamo-toom. Here was all t he wonderful electrical machinery which controlled the boat, mid by means of which it could travel "Yes," replied Frank. tl "What do you need those for?" tl "Need you ask so simple a question? To leave the boa0 1 while at the bottom of the sea." "Great Scott!" gasped Dick. "You don;t mean to sa that ,vou will dare go out of the boat while she is undeti water?" "Of course." ) "But the terrible pressure--:-" 1 ( that might trouble us at too great a depth. But w shoulQ. use caution.'' "Of course. Are these like the regular diving suits?" 31 at a fast rate through the water. "On th'e contrary, they are entirely different," repli Then Frank took the young reporter through the airPrank. llic which were emp oyed in the sinking and raising "Please explain." of the craft. "You will notice that the wearer must carry upon "This is all very clear, though most wonderful so far!1 back a knapsack. Well, that is really a small ait generato said Dick Boomer; "but will you please explain how you and keeps the diver alive or hours under watet. l m mapage to breathe while under the surface. Of course the "Moreover, the air puier than that depended upon boat is supposed to be the diver who has to have it pumped down to liim throu )


, .. I HJ,} I'lHATE. 3--, pipe. c irculation i s more regular also, and certain." gagcLl m a wrestling match. Each was tightly locked in the "Grand!" exclaimed Di ck. embrace and was s training every nerve. "H0rc is another advantage. U pon the helmet top you 0ne was a da-rky black as coal and stumpy in frame; the r ill see t hi s s mall electric lamp. It i::; fed by a battery, and other was a n Iris hman 1rith a s ho c k of red hair and a coJil-ipable of a very s trong light." "By Jov e! I would like to try a ramble at the bottom of ) the sea with one of these suits on myseLf," declar e d Dick. ical :nng < B:uney a nd Pomp!" explained Dick Boomer. "They are your traveling companions of whom I have heard so "Perhaps you will hav e the opportunity some time," sai d much, Mr. Reade?" rank. "Do you mean it?" c ri e d th e young report e r with a la c -ity. ) I m a k e no prdmi ses." J "That i s equivalent to hope. I thank you, Mr Reade. Sut pray explain m e one )11ore tiling." I "Well?" "Yes," r e pli ed the young "and the rascals are always up to some s kylarking s crape or oth e r. One is con st antly nagging the oth e r. Yet they are the best of friends." "Ha, ha ha ha !" laughed Dick. "The darky has lum :!'oul !" Whurroo! that's not roight. Yez are not playin' fair!" "Ho" do you manag e to leav e the boat whil"e it und e r s houted the Irishman. l)'ithout the wat e r ru shing in and overwhelming "Don' yo' b e s o s uah, I'ish. Yo don' know d e tricks ob :ou ?" wrest] ir-.'. .Hi da; \ ouse gwipe ter go!" "Come thi s way." Sure evtough, Barney did go down like a flas h H e was Frank l ed the \Yay fonYard. up again quick e nough but the fall was fairly Pomp 's In going thither they passed through the galley wh e r e 'fhe Celt dashed in for another bout, and it .was hard to ilw cooking was done. This was neat and we!l ord e r ed. say how long the contest might have wage d had not both The n Frank O]Je n e d a stee l door which opened into a at that moment chanced to see Frank Reade Jr., and his 1estibul e An out e r door l e d out upon the deck. con!panion. There was a c oil of rope in the vestibule and a valve. Frank indicated this and said: W e will suppose ours e lves at the bottom of the sea. rhis door i s open into the cabin and the vestibule i s filled with air. We have our diving suits on, and s t e pping into the vestibule we close th e door b ehind us. The n w e tur. n t his valve and the vestibule fills with water. By opening the onter door w e can safe ly walk out into the ocean." CHAPTER II. THE STORY OF THE SUNKEN TREASURE. The effect was comical. Both in st antly ceas e d their efforts and stoo d in a cre st fallen e .ttitude. Frank smiled ironically and said: ''TT p to your old tricks, aren't you?" "Shure, s or, the begun it," exploded Barney. And to c ome back?" "Don' yo' b eliebe dat I'is h muck e r cried Pomp. "He ''Simply ente r the v est ibule close the door and press thi s ueber did tell de boof." key. The water i s in a few s econds pump e d out of the ves tibule. Then you may s af e ly enter the cabin." "Both of you need a reprimand," s aid Frank, sternly. "Belt come here and allow me to introduce you to Mr : Dick Dick Boom e r was busy for s om e moment s with his noteBoomer." book. BotJ1 came forward and s hook hand s with the reporter. The n they passed out on deck. A s they did s o loud voices were heard ''Look out dar, I' i sh! Don yo' step on mah toes! Dat a i n t a fair hold.'' "Beg6rra yez ace av cSpades, av I don t hav e me roight s howiver am I goin' to throw ye down?" "Huh! T reckon if dar was an umpire yer, yo'd have ter play fair." Yez kin ha1 e one if yez want. Luk out thar, yez black This was meat f or ge nial Dick, who elicited many a remark or comical jok e from them. After some conversation Frank said: "Now, Barney and Pomp, I want you to be ready and to have thing s shipshape on board the Lance to sail next Thursday." "All roight, s or repli: ,ed Barney, bowing low "We'll do dat, sah," sa id Pomp. The n Frank and Dick Boomer went ba c k to the office. moni;:ey !" Arrived there a se riou s expression dwelt upon the young 'l'w o comical-looking characters were on the deck, enreporter's face.


4 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. "I will not ask for much more of your valuable time, Mr. "Why not?" Reade," he said; "but will you tell me what part of the world you intend to go to?" "Of course you can with your submarine boat. By J o st what an expedition!" "Certainly," replied Frank; "I am going to explore the bed of the Caribbean Sea." He aros e and crossed the room. sl: Then he advanced and placing hiJ hands the looked at Frank keenly. "Wonderful!" said :pick, with enthu siasm "You will have a rare treat. There must be much of interest in tho s e "Mr. Reade, there is no earthly reason why you shon! C! waters." grant me a favor, and e s pecially so large a one as I a "There is no doubt of that," replied Frank; "but I have But I am going to ask it just the same." a particular mission." "Ah !" The young inventor opened a drawer in his desk and took "Well?" "I know you will refuse it." "Perhaps not." out a weather-stained volume. He opened it, and the pages 1 "Well, will you take me with you on your submarine vo were to be covered with coarse chirography. age? I will be your slave if you will." !' Franki was astonished. b : a "It is the log of the ship Ventura," he said. "She plied in the West India trade in the latter part of the eighteenth For a moment he hardly knew what to say. n When 1 century. I will not attempt to read i --to you in full, but finally found words he answered: simply this page." Frank turned the page over and then read as follows: "To-day fought the Diablo, the famous and dreaded pirate ship, commanded by Red Jose Romero. Our crew were much frightened when the dreaded pirate gave us chase. It is lucky that we have four guns. The pirate "Why should I grant your request? I have refused thousand." "There is no reason," said Dick, hopelessly. "I supp01 I would be an incumbrance, anyway. But, just the sam Ii I would like to go." Frank looked keenly at the young reporter probably does not suspect that fact, else he might not vcn-Truly, he told himself, there was no reason why b t ture to attack us. I hope to punish the fiend, if my men should take Dick Boomer aboard the Lance any more tha will only stand to their posts. any of the other legion of applicants. "Entered at six bells, But he had become suddenly interested in the young :n c "ABEL BENTON, Captain." porter. "Eight Diablo is now off the quarter and has He had at leas t the merit of originality. b fired across our bow. We shall lay to, and when near would become of service on the trip. The impulse was upo enough we shall give her a full broadside. "Later.-We have fought the Diablo at short range, and she sinking. Her captain, Jose Romero, is dead, and half her crew. Four of them are prisoners. One of the pri soners asserts that there are millions in gold aboard the Frank. But he did not at once commit himself. "I'll tall you what I 'll do, friend Boomer," he said. "What?" gasped the young eagerly. "I will take your case under advisement, and I will le craft, and beseeches us to try and save it. But it is too late. you know." She has taken her final plunge. "I could not ask for more," replied Dick, joyfully. '' Oh "M;ade soundings, and find water full forty fathoms. No I hope you will never be sorry." chance to ever recover treasure. Latitude 15 degrees 2 minutes east of Cape a' Dios, longitude 3 degrees 4 minutes 15 seconds west of Washington. "I hope not," said Frank, with a. laugh And thus the interview ended. The news spread over the country that Frank Reade, J r "ABEL BENTON, Captain.'' was going in quest of the sunken pirate, and try to recove J Dick Boomer's face sca;ce ly moved a muscle during the the treasure at the bottom of the sea. reading of the log. Then he drew a deep breath. "That was nearly a century ago." "Yes," replied Frank. "Do you think that you can locate the treasure?" Barney and Pomp, who had with their maste in many lands, were overjoyed. Nothing suited them better than wild adventures, and th present projected : enterprise seemed to promise enough o that.


l'HE SUNKEN PIRATE. 5 Tho s e 'Xere bu s y days in R e adestown, preparing f or t he "What ?" start "You have no right, sen or. That gol d b e l ongs to me. I Gr eat c r owds of s i ghtsee r s appli e d at the g a t e of the a m the lawfu l heir of my grandfather, Rom e ro the Red." s hop s and wanted to e x amin e the submarine boat. But was obliged to r efuse t h em a ll The d a y s passed quick l y enou g h A t l ength Wednesday cam e the day b e fore the start. Frank was ver y b u s y in the s h ops, w h e n a c a rd was brou ght him. In his has t e h e m e r e l y glanc e d at it a n d sai d : "T' e ll th e gentle man, Barn ey, that I cannot see hi m I am too bus y." "If y e z pl a z e sor said B a r n ey, "he says that ye mu s t The young i nvento r was so astonish e d tha t he h ard l y knew w hat to say. "The d euce you say!" h e exclaimed "You have n o mor e right to tha t g old than I have, senor." 1 The oth er's eyes blaz ed. "It i s min e h e hissed. "You mus t ot tn u c h i t "But you could n ot recove r it, said Fra nk. "Si, senor ; I have diver s who ar e read y to go down. I warn you th a t I s hall d e f e nd my own. The gold is mine !" Frank was s il ent a moment. see him." < H e was not a l ittle a ngry at the cool assura nce of the Frank g l a nced a g ai n at the card. The peculia rity o f t he fellow H e assum e d much dignity, and r e plied : na m e attra ct e d him. "Senor Jos e R omer o I "Be lize, Briti s h Honduras I d o not r ecognize your right. I warn you not t o int;r fere w ith me or it will be the wors e for you. Have y ou anything e lse to say ? "Yes," r e pli e d the Spaniard, an g rily. I am t h e true Why, tha t i s queer," mutte r e d Frank. "That i s the h eir to the fortun e and y ou s hall no wrest it from me. n ame of t he former p irate captain of the Di a blo." F o r an ins t a n t it occurre d to Fra nk that possib l y the pir a t e himself had com e in per son to protest against t he unde r ta kin g But t hi s w a s of course, a b s urd for Red Rom ero h a d been dead forni g h a cen t ury, and hi s s hip sunk for tha t l ength of t im e Y e t h e was curio u s l y impressed. "It i s queer," he mutte r e d I think I'll see the f e llow." So h e dro p pe d hi s tool s and w ent at o nce into the office. As h e ente red a man arose f rom a chair by the 'li p o r His a p pea r a nce was mos t s tri k in_g. H e was tall a nd m a rv e lou s ly w e ll built, with powerfu l chest d a rk t y p e of f e atures and lon g, bla c k bea rd. H e w o r e the Sp ani s h cos tum e and did not address F r a n k in English. Fort una tely the y oung inventor was w e ll fami li a r wit h Spani s h "Ps h a w! It was not e v en the p rope rty of Rome ro t h e R e d He s tol e it." Ha! Do not traduce my anc e stor. He gained it by law ful strif e But enough You s hall see me aga in if you do not desi s t in y our p urpose." Wit h a profound bow, S e nor J ose Rom e ro l eft t h e office. For some tim e afte r hi s d e p arture Frank was ha r d l y a b l e to coll ect hi s sea tte red senses "Upon m y word," h e mutte r ed; that fellow i s a vict i m of the que e rest philo s ophy I e v e r h e ard tJf. P erha p s h e rea ll y m e an s to m ake u s troub l e I cannot see he can do it, thou gh." The n Fra nk w ent back to work. T he s ubmarin e b oat was now all thorough l y fitted out Ther e r e main e d not hin g to b e done but t o g e t aboard and sai l out of the c an a l in t o the riv e r. Sati sfie d of ihis, Frank at once w ent down to the t e l e -gra ph office and sent the followin g dis patch: "Senor R eade, I a m c a ptain of th e schoon e r Manola," "To RICHARD Boo1fER Offic e of the News Grabbe r, New s aid the Spani a rd in hi s smoot h way "I am a l s o a de Yo r k City: scendant of the p i ra te, Jose Rom ero the Red ." "Com e by :firs t train. Mus t b e ready to s tart Thurs d ay "Ah !" sai d Frank, deeply impressed I a m g l ad to sur e Will b e g lad to see you FRANK READE, J R m e e t you sen o r ." Bu t the o t h e r 's ecipro c ati o n of this greeting was not Thurs day came, and the mornin g trai n brought the you n g warm. r e port e r from New York. H e was all ent h usiasm a n d ex"I r e a d in t h e pape r s that you intend to visit t h e of c i te m e nt. the Di ablo and recover the tre a > ure "Yes, r e pli e d F rank; "that is my inten t ion "You mu s t not do that. "You d on't kno w how ove rjo yed I was to get your call, he said "Be assured, Mr. R e ad e I w in t r y and see tha t you a r e not sorry."


I 6 THE SUNKEN PIRA 'I "P:-' j The party now went aboard t h e L a n ce. A t exac tl y sev e n the gate s w e r e ope n e d into the c anal. Frank Reade, Jr., started the e lectric ma c hin e r y, and she glided out of the tank. Out into the canal and down b et ween th e c h e erin g c r owds s he went. Soon s h e was in th e ri ver, an d lat e r th e cit y o f R e adest.own fad e d f rom view. The Lance had begun h e r thrilli n g and mos t e v entful journey. CHAPTER III. "Good!" Q ri c d Di ck, with delight. A i I seam pPred i n t o the cabin. Fr:wk follow e d and touc h e d an ele ctric button whi c h caused all th e doo r s in the boat t o close h e rm e ti c all y The n h e open e d the pneumatic valve, and the wat e r r u s h e d the chamb e r c ompressing the air into a c y lind e r b e yond whi c h record e d on a dial the exact quantity of wat e r in the c h ambe r Ins tantl y t he Lanc e s ank. Down s h e settled qui ckly until s h e tou c hed th e bottom The n F r a nk touch e d an e l ect ric button and a ll the s hut-A DIVIN G T O U R.' t e r s b e for e th e plate glass window s fell b ack. L e t u s now transfe r t h e reader to th e i s l e s tudd e d wat e r s A flood o f li ght illumin e d th e ocean d e pch s abou t. of the Caribb e an Sea. It was a m a rvelou s and m ag i cal scen e w hi c h lay befor e The s ubmarin e boat had mad e a rapid a nd s uccessful th e gaze o th e voy ag e r s tri, p, unattend e d b y an y event of a thrillin g sort They w e r e restin g upo n a b a nk of whit e sand a s pure and The party w e r e all in hi g h spirits; and wh e n one day cl e an as could be im ag ined Frank announced that they w e r e in t h e Gulf of Hondura ; In t h e s nnd s hell s of r a r e s hapes a n d beautiful all felt like givin g a l i ttl e c heer. hue s C oral r eefs a nd formation s h emme d the sp ot in. A da y's ra pi d n o w brin g th e m to the spot And now from cave rnou s d e p t h s and recesses all mann er whe r e the s unk e n pira t e was to b e looke d for. of curiou s fis h s wam f orth. They w e r e of all sizes an d Frank had c all e d to r e m embra nce m a n y t i mes his exs hapes. citing inte rview with th e Sp a niard Jose Rom e ro. Dick Boom e r was dee pl y impressed with the scene. H e Did the Spani a rd r e ally m e an t o carry out hi s threat? could not h e lp many exc ited e xclamations. Would h e r e all y p re v ent th e m from rescuirtg th e t r e a s ure? "By J ove! i f I was to writ e a hundre d c olumns, I c oul d F rank s mil e d grimly. He h a d not the s li g hte s t o f aba ndoning hi s purpose. C e rtainl v n o s u c h idi e threat s hould d e t e r him ., Dick Boome r w as in h i gh s pirit s and !mtianced with the life on board th e Lanc e "If I could have m y desire ; he said "I would a s k for no g r e a te r r e alization of Heav e n than t o alway s live on board thi s boat Everybody laugh e d at this, but Di c k was in e arne s t. never do ju stic.e to this !" h e cri ed. "Beg orr a wud yez luk at that qu eer fish!" c ried Barn ey. Phwativ e r wud yez b e callin it?" That was hard to say The fis h in q uestion was a cross between a sculpin and a s unfi s h though of immen s e s ize: It swam s traight up to the s ubm arine boat and seeme d I disposed to s wim right in, but the h eavy plate glass pre-vent e d I can hardl y r e aliz e th a t w e ar e unde r wat e r, s aid Di c k Barney and Pomp were the s am e jovial, rollicking chaps "Indeed, it seem s as if w e c ould eas ily waJk out th e r e amon g as ever. The y w e r e prompt in th e ir duties, a nd invaluabl e in t h eir r espectiv e pos ition s but as full of deviltry and' pra ctical joke s as a nut is of m eat. Acros s the Bay of Hondura s the L a n c e s ped Thus far Frank had made no e ffort to do an y s ubmarine exploring. But ju s t b e for e s ighting Cap e Gracia s a' Dios Dick Boomer pointed to a coral re e f and c ried : the coral trees." And so indeed w e c an r e pli e d Frank R e ade, Jr. "But we will need air to breathe, jus t th e s am e." Dick Boome r turned with a jo y ful c ry "What i s that? Do you reall y mean thQ t we c a n put on the diving suits ?" "We will try th e m i:f you wis h said Fra nk. Dick was ove rjo yed. H e c ould hardly re strain hi s jubi lant feeling s Barney \lnd Pomp look d e nvious, and see"I am d ying with c urio s ity to see how th e ocean look s ing this, Frank said: under a reef like that." "One mu s t s ta y a nd guard the boat I think you had "Are you?" s aid Frank. "Very well, we will try it." better do that, Pomp." "Do you it?" "Whurroo !" c ried Barney jubilantly. "Shure, ij's a :foine toime w e'll hav e !"


V 'r THE SUNKEN PIRATE. Pomp was somewhat dejected, but he was too sensible to long yield to it. The diving suits brought out. I Dick Boomer was assisted into his and the generator set to work. The reporter was in high spirits. Both Dick and Frank Reade, Jr., saw the thrilling dan ger of the Celt at that moment. It seemed as if the veritable type of a sea-serpent had Barney in its folds. But Frank at once recognized the as-'l'hen Barney and Frank donned their suits, and all was sailant as a huge eel. announced in readiness. The monster was full fifteen feet in length and of huge Pomp had been carefully instructed to look after matters dimensions. Why it had wound itself around Barney was aboard the Lance. Also he was to work the searchlight, and not clear. for the eel did not seem to have done so with in answer to signals given by Frank, keep the party in view the purpose of making a meal upon him. as long as possible. But it tightened its coils and threatened to burst th-:. Then the submarine explorers entered the vestibule. rr:hey closed the door leading into the cabin and stood rubber casings of the Celt's diving suit. This would have been certain death. with their helmets down. Frank made a signal to be ready. have saved him. Nothing could Then he touched the valve, which allowed water to flow Barney struggled desperately to get out of the folds of the \ into the vestibule. In a few moments it was full. Then Frank opened the outer door and the three divers walked out into the ocean depths. It was Dick Boomer's first experience, a'nd for a short while affected him queerly. He was for some little time at a loss just how to maintain his equilibrium in the swelling motion of the sea. But he finally overcame the feeling of uncertainty, and eel. But it was like pitting the strength of a child'against that of a. giant. The eel simply tightened its grip and threw Barney so that both were in a squirming mass in the sands. At this junCture Frank Reade, Jr., came to the rescue. The young inventor had a sharp hatchet, and made a blow at the eel. walked along slowly with Frank and Barney The hatchet had severed one of its coils. The eel The submarine boat lay behind them, all lit up. :pomp squirmed, and rearing its head, made a blow at Frank. sent the rays of the searchlight deep among the reefs. The head struck the young inventor full in the breast, The myriads of fish scampered away in terror at their apand he was knocked off hi s feet. I proach. They darted into little recesses in the reef, or into But Dick Boomer was also coming to Barney's assistance. dark depths overhead The young reporter made a slash at the eel with his knife. I The forn1ation of coral was something wonderful. Again the monster received a fearful gash. I It extended in a long, irregular ridge for some ways,, This began to tell. The eel thrashed about terribly, and and then was broken up into a literal coral forest. Barney nearly had the senses bumped out of him. I There were tall trees, stumps, and clumps of shrubbery, But the tJelt had managed to free one arm and get hold of all quite realistic. What was more, the c9lors were varied a knife. He at once slashed at the powerful folds. I and beautiful beyond description. This was with good effect also, as the p0werul fold was Dick Boomer could ha_rdly contain so excited was completefy severed, and the eel in two sections lay writhing I he. and twisting in the sand. Of course he could not talk much, for a conversation Barney scrambled to his feet and hastily got out of the could be carried on only with the greatest o difficulty. This way of the squirming monster. It had been a narrow escape was done by placing the hehpets together and shouting very for him. loud. But beyond a slight and a few bruises he was unThe three divers wandered on deeper and deeper among injured. t h e coral forest Frank drew nearer and placing his helmet close to that o Then the first mishap occurred. As it happened, Barney Barney, shouted: was the victim. "Are you all right?" The Celt had been closely examining a formation of reef, "Yis, sor," replied the Celt. "Shure, I'm as good as two when suddenly from the black waters above a huge body dedead min yit." scended upon him. Frank smiled at this characteristic reply of the IrishBarney had just time to see the slimy, snake-like coils man, and cried: envelop him, and feel a pressure like that of a boa-con"Keep closely by us. I am going beyond the ridge yonstridor. der."


/ 'rHE SUNKEN PIRATE. This was a section of th e reef which rose s teep and hi g h and juU e d off at right angles. Beyon d t hi s all was d arkness. The ray s of th e searchli ght could not "j'e n etrate there Frank led the way\ Soon they round e d t h e an gle in th e re ef. Of cour s e their h e lm e t li ghts w e r e o.f some avail now. But they w e re no long e r in th e s teel y glare of the s earc h / light. How e ver, they kept on f e arlessl y Frank took a course which h e f a n c i e d w o uld lead him up th e sid e of the reef. His purpose was to try and find hi s way up to that part of the reef whi c h was above th e s urface It would be a nov e l exp e ri e nce to thu s climb up out of th e o c ean d e pths into dayli ght and the n r e turn. 1 Barn e y and Dick followed. But ajte r climbing some di s tanc e upward Frank came to n broad expan se, which s e e m e d a v e ry b e d of c oral, so compa c t that i t c ould be eas ily walk e d up o n. The r e ef seem e d h e r e to te rminate Frank r e aliz e d that he had not struc k th e ri g h t part of it. I d o n o t know Shall w e n ot go b ack and see? "I think we had b e tter." d With the wors t of a ppr e h e n s ion s they turne d back. The y h a d not far to go whe n th e s e w e re verified a In the coral s urface of th e plat e au the r e yawn e d a cav e rnous hole A s ection of th e platea u had give n way a nd Barney had gon e down into unknown d epths Frank and Di c k Boome r gazed at each o the r in ho r r o r The young inv e ntor l e an e d o ver the ap erture and looked down; but he could see nothing. Of cour s e it was impossibl e to s hout or m ak e an y noise that Barn e y might h e ar Frank was overwh elmed. wit h a n awful f e ar that B arney had gon e to his d e a t h. U e plac e d hi s h e lm e t close to Dick 's and sh outed : "I fear that is the e nd of him." "Don't say that. I s the r e no way w e can r escue hrm ? Frank, b y way of reply, unwound from his wai s t a rope of flex ible st e el wir e and w hi c h he had desi g n e q for u s e und e r water. B u t h e was not disposed to turn back. That was He mad e a noose and p asse d i t und e r hi s arms. The n hi s disposition ag ain he spoke through hi s h e lme t He ke pt on acros s th e coral plateau without h e sitation. "I will go down the re Jus t lowe r me car e full y will His purpose now wa s ur ely locate that part of the reef you?" whi c h .ros e to th e surface They were wal king in s ingl e file Dick Boomer, of cour se, would not r e fuse. H e took the Barney was in th e J ther end of the rope and brac e d hi s heel s in th e coral f o rrear Some di s tance had traversed whe n Frank cam e m ation of the plat e au. to a halt and turned around. Frank slid ove r th e e d ge, a nd Di c k began to pay out o n His purpo s e had b e en to make s ure that his companion s t h e rop e Down into th e d e p t h s th e young invento r s lid. were following him A s he w ent down, hi s e l ectric h e lmet l amp i ll um in e d t h e Dick Boomer was close beh ind him, but Barn e y was not. rlace to be seen. The two dive r s waited for him to come up Sev-He saw that the whol e plat e au was but a hollow s h e ll, a nd e r al moment s passed and he did not appear. A chill struck Frank Read e Jr. CHAPTER I V. B U RIED U N D E R TilE SEA What did it mean? that the bottom of th e was far b elow. He was trying" to pi e r c e the g loom b elow, hopin g to g e t a sight of BarneJ', whe n a t h r illin g thing h a ppened. The rop e s lipp e d H e f elt it g ive way above, a nd he fel l. Down he w ent through th e s w e lli ng wat e r s He stru c k a h a rd surfa c e r o ll e d over an d over, and w as Why did not the Celt app ear? Had harm come to him? for a mom ent stunn ed. Why was he mis s ing? Wh e n lie re cove r e d i md atte mpted. to rise, a sta r of l ig h t These questions flas hed. wit h lightning rapidity thro u gh sho. n e before hi s eyes It was the l amp in Dick Boo m e r 's Fra n k R eade, Jr.'s b r a in. helmet. He p u t his h e l met to Dick's, and s houted: The truth was that a s the y oung r epor t e r was bracing in "Where is Barney?" I' I do not know," replied the young r e porte r "Where did you see him last?" "He was right behind me coming up on this p l atea u. "That i s v e ry queer." Y es." ''Can anyt h ing have happ e ned to1 him?" the cora l formation aboYe to hold Fra nk 's w e i g h t, a sect i o n gave way. The result was that he was whiske d f r o m hi s f eet lik e a puppet and w ent down aft e r Fra nk i n to the d e p t h s Neither was hurt, though they w e r e a trifl e s tunn e d and confuse d Thtiy regain.ed their f e et as quickly as possibl e and fac ed


l'HE. SUNKEN PIRATE. 9 ach other. Then they loo ked about. But beyond the ra"Great heavens!" groaned Dick; "we are entombed ius of the helmet lights all was inky blackness. alive!" "Well," s hout e d Frank, as soon as he recovered. "Where are we, Dick ?" "Mercy knows!" replied the young reporter. "I don't!" "It look s as if we were in a rather tight place to get out of!" "Yes;1 maybe the center of the earth. But where is Barney?" J The question was answered in that moment. A star of light appeared throu g h the gloom, and then the outlines of ( the Celt's form were seen At sight of hi s he came up eagerly. "No," said Frank, resc.Jutely. here!" "But how?" "We must get out of "If we can do :ro better we must tunnel our way out." "Before you could do that, our oxyge n generators would run out of chemicals This was an awful reflection. But yet Frank would not yield "We will try!" h e said, resolutely. "This cora l will cut easily, and }'ou have good s harp axes." First, however, Frank was bound to confirm the truth Placing his he lm e t close to both of the others, Barney of Barney's declaration. ; houted: "Ph were the divil are we?" He made a thorough and careful examination of the walls of the coral c e ll. It was several hundr e d s quare feet "Heavens!" cried Frank; "did you fall into this place?" in area, and the walls upon all sides had not even a crack "Shure an' I did "We thought you were killed I" "Divil a bit, tough I thought rp.e ind had cum fer shu re. Howiver did yez git here?" "We fell" "Murther! We' re kilt intoirely, thin." "How. i s that?" "Shure, there's divil a chance to git out av this hole!" in them. The ques tion now was where to b e in work. Of course it would be prop e r to b egi n where the wall was tlie thinne s t. But this it was not easy to tell. Had it been in the open air, tbis could have been done by ::-apping and trusting to the ear. But under water this was wholly out of the question. I So Frank went to work at random. He sel ected what he believed was the most favorable "Why?" s pot. Then work began. Frank and Barney wielded the there's a wall all the way around it. We' re in axes, and Dick cleare d away the debris. ;orne koind av a pit at the bottom av the say, I take it." Working under water i s not as expeditious work as workIt needed no further research or explanation to satisfy ing in the open air. Prank R eade, Jr., that this was so. They h ad fallen into one of the many cora l .cells which 1oneycombed the re efs. Walls perhaps half a hundred feet hick were upon all s ides. Certainly the s ituation looked like a. desperate one. The water offers vastly more r esistance to the swing of the axes. Again, the three diver s had to take the most extreme care that no harm was don e their suits A flying bit of coral, or a falling section might puncture the rubber and let the water in. This would be death. vVhat was to be done? But jus t the same they made wonderful progress. To attempt to r eturn t h e way they had come was out of In a s hort space of time they had dug fully twenty ;he question.' It was fully fifty feet or more to the aper feet into the s oft mass of coral. But deliverance yet was ; ure above, and no way of gett in g up there. The three divers stood for som e moments in a dazed state. Prank Reade, Jr., was the first to recover. very indefinite. For aught they knew the wall might be two hundred feet thick. It was all a que s tion of the l asting of the chemicals The young inventor was never the one to surrender to in the generators. ;ircumstances so long as resistance could be made. Ever Thus far they did not seem to evince any disposition to Eer.til e in expedients, he was disposed to try them. give out. But yet thi s was not conclusive "Have you been all around the chamber?" he a s ked of When they shou ld give out, it would be all at once, and Barney. "Shure, sor, I h ave." "And you can find no outlet?" "Divil a bit!". the trio would be corpses in a. brief space. So it may be under s tood with what determination they worked. And every moment the tuhuel grew deeper. And just the strength of the plucky divers seemed


10 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. about to give out, the wall before them crumbled and a flood of light burst in upon them. It was the glare of the Lance's searchlight. Overcome, They saw the Lance plainly enough, but the submari1 boat was in the folds of mighty snakelike arms. The were completely wound about its hull. the three divers sank down for a few moments' rest. They were the tentacles of a giant octopus, large an It was natural that they should put their heads together powerful enough to have dragged a ship to the bottom o and converse the sea. "Close call, 11asn't it?" cried Dick Boomer. "I wouldn't The monster had evidently crawled fro,m its lair near an risk it again." hit upon the Lance as lawful and toothsome prey! "You are right," replied Frank. "Bejabers, I'm afther thinkin' the best place isaboard the boat after all," said Barney. The Celt's companions did not dispute this. But Frank said: CHAPTER V. THE ISLAND. The sight of the Lance in the clutches of the octopus was "We wi1l have to try it over again when we find the eertainl y a thrilling as well as terrifying one. sunken pirate." Frank and Dick and Barney stoo d appalled at the spec Ah, but that will not be so risky," ventured Dick. tacle. "Don't be too sure. There is no greater than prowl-It seemed to tbem for a moment as if the submarine boat ing around in the hold of a sunken wreck "I am satisfied with this little experience until we get to the wreck," said .Dicit "Bejabers, so am I!" agreed Barney. "I wondher 1.f the naygur thinks we're iver comin' back at all!" "I have no doubt he is concerned," sai d Frank. "We will go along at once." "One moment," said Dick. "Do you feel as if the air in your helmet was gE!tting thin ?" was doomeCl. The octopus was certainly powerful enough to have dragged the boat a distance. But though hi powerful tentacles might strain, they could not break the shell of the boat. Frank felt sure of this, for he knew that it was made of the best steel, and would not readily yield. But, upon the other hand, what must be the sensations of Pomp in the interior of the Lance, and how would the "Well, just a trifle," replied Frank. "No doubt the divers be able to get aboard again? chemica l s need replenishing." To approach the octopus might be to tempt him to direct "Then we had better get back to the Lance as speedily as his attacks upon them. This would be serious. possible." And yet there was no telling how long the octopus would "Yes." maintain his hold upon the craft. With this Frank Reade, Jr., sprang up The others did To wait for him to abandon it would be fatal, most likely, the same. Then a start for the boat was made. for the chemicals in the generators were failing fast. The pathway of light was broad and very glaring. N oth.' The position of our submarine voyagers, therefore, can ing could be seen of the Lance until they had approached be readily seen to be of a most desperate sort. quite near to it. What was to be done?" Then Frank became aware of a startling faQi;, which ;But at this moment Pomp was seen at one of the windows caused him to come to a halt. signaling them. The darky was in great distress His familiarity with submarine phenomena satisfied him Frank signaled him in return to have courage, and try to that there was a commotion of the water not far away. The shake off the octopus by lifting the boat. 1 reverberation s aga'inst his helmet taught him this. Pomp obeyed this injunction; but the weight of the What could it be? Was some monster shark, whale, or monster was so great that it anchored Lancl!. other :fish approaching? For a moment fear struck him. The electric engines were not powerful enough to raise it. Then he thought of the Lance. Truly the sea monster had the best of the situation. Mat-He shaded his eyes and tried to overcome the searchters were getting desperate. Something must be done at light's glare. But as he did so the light was for a moment ooscured by a shadow Then all three divers beheld what was to them a most startling and awful sight. once. And in this dilemma au idea for getting aboard the Lance struck Frank. He hastily motioned the others to follow him.


THE SUNKEN PIRA'l' E. The h ead of th e o c topu s was on th e oth e r s ide of th e Th e full force o f th e d y namo s was give n th e mon s t er. bmarin e b o at. The three div e r s w e r e conceal ed f r o m The effect was t h r illin g Wit h a t er ribl e hiss and a conth e m o n s t e r s cat-lik e eyes b y th e Jmll o f tl1e boat n llsion of i ts body, t h e oct o p us s li d back. O f c ourse t h e r e was vas t ri s k in doin g so, but Fra nk b e Its t entac)es r e l axe d i ts d e ad ly g r i p f or a Barlic r ed th a t h e could c r e ep up a nd gain th e vestibul e wit hney in the pil o t-house was giv e n t h e sig n a l o u t beil1g discove r e d b y the o c topus. H e pressed t h e lever \rhich regulate d th e pn<'umati c 'l'h e attempt was m a d e c hamb e r The w a t e r was in s tantl y e xp e lled and the boat Like ph a ntom s th e three div e r s g l id e d up to th e hull of s prang upward. the boa t. 'lhey w e r e near e nou g h to tou c h one o f the Up to th e surface s hot th e L a nce. The n ext mom e nt it mig hty t e ntacles whic h w o u l d hav e c ru s h e d the m lik e mites. was in the upp e r a ir. O v er the rail the y c r awle d and reached the, door o f th e B u t darkness was al'l about. They had b e en und e r th e res tibule The trick was done. The y w e r e s afe. Into the v e stib u le they cr e pt. The door was closed and P rank turne d the p u mp valv e Barney w a s al r e ady gas pin g for br eath. But in a few mo m e nts the water was pump e d out and h e had pl enty of ai r -The thre e div e r s bounded into th e c abin and dre w l ong br eaths It was lik e c oming back from the tomb and th e y had g ood r e a s on for feel i n g indeed ove rjoyed. Goll y fo' g lory Marse Prank, I'se clone g l a d yo' come c ri e d Pomp wild ly. Di s chi l e don e fo' t da t d e boat was g wine to pieces fo' s uah surface e i ght h ours, and some thrilling e v ents had trans p i red d u ring that tim e A ll w e r e m o re o r less e xh a u s t e d and Frank a llowe d ... t h e boat to l a y to that night. Pomp serv e d up as fine a repa s t a s his c ul i n ary skill would allow and a ll partook h e artil y An ot h e r day," c ri e d F rank R e ade, Jr., a nd w e s hall lo cat e th e s unk e n p i r a t e." Good! c ried Dick Bo o m e r, joyfu lly. I s ha ll w e lcome t h e hour." "But w e may hav e worse ex p e riences than th!)se w e hav e j u s t passed throu gh," d e clared Frank. How s o? W e ll w e' r e glad to g e t bac k Pomp!" c ri e d Frank. W r If. tha t rasca l Jose Romero c arries out hi s threat, we may hav e t o fight a gan g o f latte r-da y pirate s to get t h e P o mp li s t e ned h ave b e en at d e ath 's door! Barney bri efly r e lat e d th e i r e xp e ri e nces. trea s u r e with wond e rm ent. B u t F r ank had a l ready gon e into the dynam o room H e All the b e tter c ri e d Di ck. How will write up for t h e N e w s Grahb e r was well aware of the f a ct that some thing mu s t b e don e at o nce to ge t rid of tl1e o c topu s All w e r e in good s pirit s afte r th e s upp e r was partaken of. Barne y brou ght out hi s fiddl e a nd P omp hi s banjo, and H e was not long in form u lating a p l an. H e p r oduced a l o n g wir e carefull y in ula t c d with rubb e r the y in a g e n e ral j o llifi c a t ion To the metal e nd of t h i s h e atta c hed parall e l wires. and two meta l discs 'l'he n l1e attached th e oth e r e nd of the wir e to the d y namo s H e turne d these on full for c e The n h e donn e d hi s h e All s l ept s ound t h a t nig ht. 'I'h e n ext da y th e Lance was once mor e glidin g on h e r w a y toward the s pot whe r e was t h e s unk e n pirate. S e veral s ail s w e r e s i ghte d o n t h e hori zon, but non e o f these, to Frank Reade, Jr., bor e the a ppeara nce o f b elong Jllct, and car r y in g t h e wiTe with h_im p assed i t throu g h a s mall v alve i nto t h e vestibu l e ing t o the schoon e r o f Jose Rom ero. The nce h e e m e rged c autiou sly upon deck. He pu s h e d th e wir e and m e t a l di s c s tow a rd t h e o c topu s' h e ad alon g the hull of t h e boa t It was a ti c k l i s h ta s k for th e re was dan ge r of ge ttin g in t o th e clut c h o f a wri t hing t ep ta c l e But nothing of the kind happe n ed. T h e di s c s udd e nl y r ested full again s t the body of the mon s ter. Frank had no doubt but that the Spani a rd was in earnest and would e nd e avor to pre v ent h im from recove r i n g the trea s ure Th e r e woul d s urely b e a c olli s ion Not that he f eare d th e r e s u l t of s uch a c ontingency; on th e c ontrary, he f elt convi nced of wor s tin g the Spania rd. But y e t h e would rathe r not come in c olli s ion with h i m at Prank made sure that the discs had equa l pre s sure and a ll Hoping thi s woul d b e th e c ase, Fra nk di s missed the that the water woul d not c ondu c t the current away. The n s ubje c t. h e press ed the little key which h e h eld in his hand to con Prank follow e d the instru ction of th e log book in r ega r d trol the curren t to l atitude ex actly


12 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. And iate in the afternoon the submarine boat made th e exact' lati tude and longitud e given. To Frank's surprise a sma ll rsland was in view not half a mile from the spot. Thi s bad not been mentioned irt th e log: "That is queer!" he muttered. "I wonder what it means? Have we made a mistake in our r eckoning?" To make sure he went over it again. But there was no mistake. "Memy on us!" cr'ied Dick Boomer, "I thought we ha been blown up 1" Frank' Reade, Jr.'s quick intuition had told truth. "And so we have," he said, rigidly. "Barney, stay by t his lever." He s prang to the door leading out upon the upper deck. There, lying across the deck, was a wire. Frank picked up one e:rid of it and pulled upon it. It extended in the direction of the i s land sho re, and was fast. Even as he pic'ked it up Frank dropped it, as he exAll were on deck and much excite,d now that the critical perienced a slight electric s hock. This was certainly the spot. moment had arriv ed. It certainly would not take long to ascertain whether there was any sunken there or not. Frank had brought the Lance to a stop and was about to propose a desce11t when Dick Boomer pointed to the is land. "Look I" he cried ; "a sail This was tFue. Just over a small headl and the white expanse of a s hi p's topsail was seen. Frank's curiosity was at once aroused. Was the islaJtd inhabit e d? He hardly believed it. The s ail might b e long to the Ma nola, the craft of Jose Romero. "What do you make of it, F)ank ?" asked Dick Boomer, anxiously. "Well," said Frank in reply, "it means that it was 1fO .fau lt of our enemy that we were not Plown ty. The was certainly made, and a torpedo was the instrument." "Mercy on us!" gasped Dick; "who did it?" "I believe that yonder sail can exp lain it. If I am not m i s taken, thi s is the work of Romero." "The Spaniard?" "Yes." "But what--how did he place torp edoes under u s so T 'he young inventor was half tempted to go over and cleverly?" ascertain. Indeed, he was resolved to do thi s but fir st "By of wires and an anchor, probably," said thought he would descend &nd make sure of the location of Frank. "It was anchored just und er the s urfac e and a the sunken pirate. network of win:s laid so that if the keel of our b oat should So Frank s houted: strike one we would be wrecked. We should b e at the bot" All in the c abin. Barney and Pomp, look out for th e tom now if we had been directly over that torpedo when vestibule it exploded." Quickly all darted into the cabin. Frank Read e Jr., had hit the truth. For a time all were Frank pressed the lever and the Lance began to sink. But too deeply overcome to make s peech. even as she was just disappearing und e r the waves' a sta r tling thing happened. There was a s udden upheaval of t h e sea; a terrible roar Slowly the white sail was rounding the i s land point. Soon it cleared the land, and the craft was plainly seen. "Just as I thought," said Frank Reade, Jr., grimly. and ihe Lance rose upon a mounta inous wave, and came "That is the schoon e r of Jose Rome ro." within an ace of being turne d bottom upward. The sea about tossed and churned into pyramids of water twenty feet high. But quickly as it had come, the emu motion ceased. Frank h ad, with rare presence of mind, closed the air chamber lever. The Lance float ed upon th e foam-crested What did it mean? Barney and Pomp ard Dick ran into the pilot-h use. "Golly, Marse Frank!" gasped Pomp, "whateber was dat fing?" "Bejabers, was it an earthquake?" exploded Barney. I CHAPTER VI. RECONNOITERING. "And it was really hi s work?" ventured Dick Boomer. "Certainly." "But he did not succeed." "I am not so sure. Some of the machinery was badly s haken. I fear the wor st." Frank R e ade, Jr., went quickly back int9 the pilot-house. It was his purpose to descend with the Lanc e J He pressed the lever


THE SUNKEN PIRATE. 13 There was a buzzing and whirring, but the boat did not ink. Frank, with a couple of st rid es, went into the engine Jam. His face wore an expression of dismay. It required but a very bri ef inspect ion to tell him the ppalling truth. "The shock has disarranged the machiner;v,'' h e "Said. The reply came back: "We will blow you into eternity if you do not leav e these parts!" I will never leave until I have recov e r e d the sunken gold !" cri e d Frank, d efiantly. "And you prevent my getting it." Curses loud and savage came from the schoo ner. Frank We cannot work the submarine boat again until it has had saw the crew of the craft rush to quarters, and foreseeing the peril, he sprang int6 the pilot-house ran the Lance "Mercy on us!" replied Dick; "and how long will that across the schooner 's bows. tke ?" H e was out of range of the broadside, and not a moment "1 do not know," replied Frank; "the boat may have to too s oon. o back to Readestown." The villainous Spaniards would hav e fired upon the The chagrin and disappointment of all showed in their Lance in anoth e r moment, As it was, they b ega n unlimber lees. ing a swivel. \... "'I'hen we must lose the treasure!" cried Dick in great This was quickly brought to bear, but Frank ha-d put the eat. "Confound that meddlesome Spaniard. We ought lithe Lance to her best speed, and was already nearly out > give him a taste of Yankee justice J!" of danger. All eyes were turned angrily toward the approaching sai l. Boom 'The gun spoke and the shot pas sed witlyin a few "We will hope :Wr the best," said Frank; "perhaps I can feet of the Lance the damage here But it will take severa l days." "An, d in the meantime those pascals. will be trying to lise fhe treasur e themselve s." "I suppose so. "I wonder if they have located the wreck?" "We do not know." "Begorra, Misther Frank!" cried Barney. "Av yez 1rved thim roight yez wud blow thim up fer what the y've one!" But ,though a number of shots were fired, no harm was done I The Lance easily ran out of range. The Spaniar-ds were discomfited. Frank was chafing like a re s tless tiger. "Ah !" he muttered, "how foolish I was not to have mounted the electric g1,1.n I hav e at home upon the Lance!" "Arrah, an' that's thrue, sor !" cried Barney. moighty little chance wud they stand agin that!" "Shure, "Perhaps I will," said Frank, coolly. The schooner was every moment drawing nearer. as not di s posed to beat a retreat. "Humph! I could blow them out of the water!" averroo Frank Frank. It could be seen that the craft carried severa.l cannon, od her rail was lined with armed men. As she drew within hailing distance a man in the shrouds b.outed: "Boat ahoy!" The hail was in Spanish, but Frank answered promptly : "Ahoy the ship!" ''What are you doing 1quiry. Frank was angere-d. here?" came back the insolent "What business is that of yours?" he retorted. "If you have come to dive for the g?ld of Jose Romero, b.en we wain you, on p eri l of your life, to begone!" Frank mounted the high deck of the Lanc e, and made eply: "Golly, dat am so!" said Pomp. "It's too drefful bad!" "What will you do, Frank?" a ske d Dick. "The best we can do i s to try an-d r epair the Lance as quickly a possible," s id Frank. "Then we can JUSt go down there to the wreck and carry it off in spite of them." "Right!" cried Dick. "Let u s lose no time. In what way can I help you?" "Not in any "'\ay just now," said Frank. "But darkness is at hand. We cannot do anything until another day." The schooner soon gave up the chase after the fleet Lance. The darkness rapidly shut down over the sea. Frank brought tre Lance about for a new course around. the coral i sland. He did not fear the schoon e r. "She can1t hurt us," he -declared. "We can run away I from h er!" "I dem .an-d to know if it w,s you who so cowardly set j Moreover, Frank was s omewhat curious in regarQ. to l!l..te hat torpedo which came so near blowing us up?" character of the island. I


14 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. He felt sure that the Spaniards had a rendezvous there. aild Dick went the other way. Both were quickly satis:fi. He was anxious to ascertain its character. that no foes !were in the vicinity. ''No doubt Romero the Red used to rendezvous on that They returned to the spot they had started from, a island," he said. "It is at least worth looking over." Frank said: So he ran around the upper end of it. He saw enough to Dick, we shall incur some risk, but I think o satisfy him that there was quite a settlement of the Spanbest way is to stick to the shore all the way." iards on the isle. "I agree with you," said Dick\. "Doubtless they mean to stay there until they can recover "If we attempt to cut across the island we shall encount the gold," he muttered. "But this settlement is on that side groul)d with which we are not familiar. The result mig of the island Probably they never came over here." The night was an dark one. The lights of the Spanish settlement could be seen in the distance. A daring idea struck Frank. This was to risk a scouting trip ashore. He was ex-be that we would stumble the foe or get lost." "Then let us stick to the shore." "Very well." This question settled they set out with all speed along t beach. It was a long trip around the island, 11nd a couple o tremely anxious to. learn the exact position of tne Span. d l1ours elapsed before the lights of the Spanish camp showe 1ar s. He imparted the scheme to Dick, who was enthusiastically in favor of it .. '\ "Of course you will allow me to accompany you?" he asked eagerly. "If you desire" said Frank. ''Perhaps two of us will be enough. We will leave Barney and Ptlmp to defend the Lance." This did not hardly meet with the approval of the Celt and the darky, but they never demurred at any of Frank's orders. So it was decided that Frank and Dick should go ashore. Arrangements were quickly made. All was now as black as Erebus. It was not possible for any person on shore to see what they were doing. Yet Frank well knew the value of caution. He turned the searchlight upon the shore and closely Then, as they were silently gliding along by the face of cliff Dick clutched Frank's arm. "What's the matter?" asked the young inventor, m startled whisper. "Do you see a shadowy form just ahead?" Frank did see it. Through the darkness and near the water line a tall dar form was advancing. Both scouts crouched low under th cliff. In a few momen:ts the tread of t he person could be plamly heard, and now our adventurers saw they had not seen befo,re. There was a legion of other forms in the rear of thil one. A band of armed men were quickly opposite their posi tion. The beach with their tread and the rattle oJ cutlasses could be plainly heard. I studied it: "It is Romero's gang!" Dick. "Where cau No sjgn of human life was seen, so Frank decided that it they be going?" would be safe enough to risk a landing. "No doubt they are looking for the Lance, fearful thai A small rubber boat, canoe shape, and made to :fold up in we may come ashore and attack them unawares," said a small compa ss, was brought out. Frank. Frank entered this and Dfck followed him. Both were "Against such odds?" armed and well equipped for a risky expedition. "Why npt? ts there any other good reason for their pa The lights on board the submarine boat were all put out. This was to mislead the foe, if they should chance to discover its presence. Then silently the two explorers paddled ashore in the rubber canoe. trolling the beach?" Dick was bound to admit that there was. none. ThE shadowy band passed, not a word being spoken by any o: them. When they were well out of sight and hearing, the tw< Reaching the beach, the light boat was drawn out and scouts emerged from their hiding places. secreted in a crevice of the cliff. Then a brief reconnoisThey had no idea of turning back. Both were all thi ance was in order. more eager to get a view of the Spanish camp. Frank went down the beach in the shadow of the cliffs. And they were soon rewarded. Turning an angle in tr


THE SUNKEN PIRATE. Hi cliff wall they came into view of a high, s lopin g trad of laml It was a n s wered from the Men were seen gliding extending down to the waters of the little bay down to the shor e Frank was sure that they were discovHere wer e several huge bonfires lightly burning, and in ered. their light a coll ect ion of rough huts were to be seen Dick we're in for it!" h e whispered. "Keep close by In the water s of the bay rode at anchor the schooner Mat nola. A huge raft lay upon the s ands of the beach And upon the raft Frank saw an object which explained to him fully the purpose of the pirates. It was a huge diving-bell made of s h eet iron. With this, then, the Spaniards hoped to recover the sunke n trea s ure It was not at all improbabl e that they might s u cceed, as h e well knew. Divin g by mean s of a b e ll was certainly practicable, and had been m a n y times employed with s uccess. More than me. "All right. the way." Frank was about to do this whe n a thrilling incid ent happened. A hars h voice came out of the gloom : "Make a move a nd you are dead men! Who are you?" F rank was for a moment in a quandary. Then he r e plied : "A couple of the gang." '!.' h e query had bee n in Spanish and his reply was in the ever the young inventor saw the n ecessity of repairing th e sam e language. 'l'his had half disarmed the challenger mechanism of the Lance. "If you are of the gang, advance and give the brotherNumbers of the Spanish c rew could b e seen loun ging hood grip." about the huts 'rhis was a poser Of course Frank could .not nor would It was but a temporary settle m ent, and evidently created not do this. It would be equivalent to s urrender. only for the purpo se of a r endezvo u s until the gold was r.ecovered. So h e clutcl1ed Dick's arm "Come; we must mak e a break. Go for yonder high Frank did not believe that the piratical c r e w had as yet ground." recovered the treasure. If they had of course they would Like rockets the two shot forward. The r esult was most not linger in this vicinity So the young inv entor took courage. He turned to Di c k and said : tWe ll, Di ck, I think I have gained all the knowledge of the settle m ent I want. I can see that i t i s but a temporary ramp, and the isle otheiwise uninhabited. Shall we go?" But Dic k Boom e r clutched Frank's arm with a whisper o alarm CHAPTER VII. CAPTURED BY THE FOE. "Hush!" whi spered Di ck, s ibilantly. "Do you see a dark form c rou ching ju s t there to your right?" Frank turned his h e ad. There, just in the verge o a clump of bru s h, sure e nougn there was a cro u c hing form. Dick's di s covery had been none too soon. exciting and nigh di sastrous for ther:n. Pisto l s hot s rang out an d bull ets whistled about them. Loud cries and the trampling of fe e t in p1,1rsuit followed. The two fugitives ran like greyho und s for the high land. This was back o the sgttle m ent, anCl beyond it was a fo-re t and the interior of the island. The forest would at l east afford protection, as Frank w ell knew. Then they cou ld trust to darkness and good fortune to reach the point where they had l eft the rubb e r boat. On they r a n like dee r. The -pursuers were for a time quite close in the re a r. But l he two fugitive s finally outstripp e d them Deep in the forest, and finally safe from imm e diate <;].an ger, they pau sed to re st. Prank knew that no tim e was to b e l ost in r eaching their boat and r e turnin g to the Lance. If they did not, at the earlies t possibl e moment tne For a moment Frank R eade, Jr., was undecided how to Spa niard s would have the coast lined with guards. act. He had no doubt but that Lhe unknown had di scovered To be capttued by Rom e ro's men wo-uld indeed be a seri -them, and that their presenc e on the i s le was known. ous thing. Such a realization could not help but giye him a chill And Frank had no intention or de sire of allowing s uch a f alarm and dread. thing to happ en. He chose the course which he believed What should h e do? There was but a moment of time in would le a d t.hem to the boat, and s trode forward rapidly. which to a ct All depended upon quick action But it seeme d an way acros s the i s le. A s'\lrill sibilant whi s tle suddenly rose upon the "Whew!" excl aim e d Dic k Boomer, finally; where are we, Frank? I s hould think we had walk e d for t y miles."


16 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. "It must be a distance across this island," Then the situation m which they found themselv said Frank. "I thought we should se

.THE SUNKEN PIRATE. line across the island, and had kept straight across through and over obstacles. The two fugitives were certainly run down. There was but one avenue of escape, and that was the boat. But the little cockleshell of a boat could not hope to live in the high sea outside. It would be folly to launch it. Dick and Frank looked at each other with pallid faces. "We are caught!" said Frank. "It's all up "There i s no use in fighting. The odds are too great." "Right! It is best to surrender." Thi s was certainly the wisest move. The Spaniards were Closing in on them with yells of triumph. There w!ls no other move to make, so F.rank and Dick threw up their arms. In a few moments the foe were all about them. Rough, brigand-like fellows they V:ere, and armed to the teeth. Captain Romero, with an evil light of triumph in his eyes, was the foremost. "Ha, senors," he said in Spanish. "Yo u are caught at your little game. Where is your boat?" "I do not know," repli e d Frank. "What do you want of us?" "You are my prisoners!" "What for?" The Spanish captain laughed. "You shall learn he cried. "Jose Romero allow no one to cross his path. Th e trea s ur e at the bottom of the sea is mine. If you are dead you cannot claim it." "Oh, then you mean to kill us?" "Si, senor." They preserved a bold front, and were l e d away securely bound. In due time the settlement was reached. Here they were cast into a hut and left to their own re flections. And bitter ones they were indeed. They could hear the preparations made by Romero and his gang to take the diving-bell out and explore for the wreck of the Diabolo. f If the Spaniards should succeed in recovering the sunken trea s ure, then the expedition of the Lance would be a fail ure. Moreover, if Frank and Dick los t their lives J n the bargain, it would be a terrible sequel to what had a certainty to win a fortune. CHAPTER VU'I. ON BOARD THE LANCE. The storm had struck the Lance at the moment when Barney and Pomp were fortunately well prepared for it. They had kept a keen lookout for those on shore. Barney had again and again the searchl ight's rays over the intervening water. But no sign of the returning boat was seen. But when the thunder and lightning came, Barney cried: "Begorra, naygur, we're in a bad scrap e now. Phwat the divil we do? Shure, the storm will blow us out to say!" "Golly sakes!" gasped Pomp, "dat am a s uttin fac', 1'ish. Upon mah wo'd we'se gwine to see heaps ob trubble." And, as fate b ad they did see lots of trouble. A few moments later the Lanc e was scudding before the like a rocket. Had not the mechanism of the boat been out of order it "But that would be murder." would have been an easy matter to have sent the Lance to Sepor misjudges Romero," he said with a shrug. "His the bottom out of harm's way. ancestors have been pirates. Their motto always was: But unfortunat ely. Barney and Pomp were unable to do 'Never spare a foe's life .' It was a very good one, for dead this. men can do no harm. Do you see?': All they could do was to hold the Lance before the storm Neither Dick nor Frank would gratify the pirates enough and keep her e lectrical engines going so that she would not to show fear. But inwardly they were keenly dis mayed. founder. Frank had no reason to doubt but that the villain would carry out his threat. The two brave fellows clung to their posts well and nobly. Already the young invel:.}tor rep ente d of his folly ii;l hav. The wind howled lik e a thousand fiends, the sea ran ing come ashore. Lance. Better to have remained aboard the mountains high, and every moment it seellled a s if the light boat must be engulfed. Moreover, the delay was greatly in favor of Romero. It But Barney and Pomp hung to their posts so faithfully enabled him to perfect hi s plans. It was a despairing mo-that she survived the blow in good shape. ment for Frank and Dick The s torm finally ceased to rage, and the Lance pitched Yet they would not this openly to Romero. in a choppy sea.


.... r.;: 18 'rHE SUNKEN PIRATE. v Barney promptly turned her about and headed h e r back and the re was no doubt but that the air-chamber would be for the i s land. Until daylight the Lanc e held this course. It was reckoned b y both that the i s land must b e s ighted before two hour s' run to the J3ut dayligh t did not show it upon the horizon. Indeed noon come, a nd the i s land did not appear. Bjlrney who was a good s ailor was c ompletely taken I don't under sta nd that!" h e c ried. "Shiue, we cudn't hav e been' blowed so far out av the way!" "H1lh! Mebbe you'se hab los' yo' reckoning, chile," s ug gested Pomp. Barney was by no m e an s s ure but that thi s might be so. Therefore, h e went into the c abin to get his b ea ring s over again. And this time he found that Pomp 's s urmise was c orrect. The y had been traveling too far to th e south all the while, and w e r e now the incr e dibl e distance of one hundred mile s f rom the island. It is needless to say that Barney lost no time in holding t he Lance over to the ne.w course. All spee d was put on, yet they could not hop e to reach the island befor e dark. Barney lashe d the wheel and then w ent below with Pomp. Begorra, na ygur, I'd loik e to know phwat aj}s the rna-easily r e li eved. W l mrroo !'' cried Barney "Shure, I'll soon fix the thing. 1\Est her Frank will be u eloightecl" t o foind it all roight agil1 "Golly! I'se done glad ob dat !"cri e d Pomp, joyfully Barney scraped up all the tool s h e coul d find and went to work with Pomp 's able assi stance. The tube was straighte n ed; the joint successf ull y made, and some sold e r quickly tou c h e d up the l eak. Then Barney went into the engine-room and pressed the pneumatic lever It responded faithfull y to hi s touch a nd the boat sank. It rose again as Barney pressed th e ot h er l ever. The Lance was all right again. Sure l y t hi s was a matter of congratulation. Barney coukl n o t pn.s h the Lance ahead n o w fast enough. Bu t darkness s hut down and till the i s land did not come i nto view. An hoi.1r later, however Pomp who was bow watch, cried: "Hi, dar, chile. A light ahead!" Barney tumbled out of the pilot-house. "Bejabers, yez don't man e it?" he cried. "Shure, I kin see it me s ilf Ahead upon the horizon was a glimmering star nf light. There was no doubt bu t that it came from the i sla nd. chine ry av the air-chamber!" h e c ried. "Shure, av we only A s h'ort while late r other li ghts were They were knew how to repair it w e cud hav e .it all roigbt fer Misthe r bonfire s at the Spani sh settle m ent. :Frank whin h e comes aboard agin." "Golly! dat wud j es' be a big c h eme !'' Barney s tood around the e nd of the i sland, and r an the aureed Pomp; "' s1.1bmarme boat qmte near t h e s hore. Wh e n oppo site the spot where Frank and Dick had land"but howeber kin yo' do clat, c hile?" "Bejabers, I'll th r y it, anyway." e d, Barney s wept the s h ore with t h e sear chlig h t. Bamey h a d worked a round the ma c hin e s hop s in Reade s re sult was a tounding. town long e nou g h to h ave becom e quite a machini s t himself. Ins t e ad of seeing hi s friends, the Celt saw a number of 'rherefore he went about nis project with som et hing like armed m e n A c rash of firearms broke upon the air, and a correct idea of what IY

THE SUNKEN PIRATE. 19 Thi s was the question whi c h h a d occurred full forc e to Barney. The re was no easy a n s w e r at hand It was possible tha t the y w e r e yet in hidin g on the i s l e If so, t h e n they wou l d see the li ghts of the Lance and know t ha t i t h a d ret urn ed. A t l e a s t Barney do no b ette-r than to wait for something to f'Urn up. "Bejabers !" cried Barney, there 's some thing uv ove r the r e !" "Golly, dey' re habbin som e s ort ob a picni c n Arrah an' it's very excoiting !" Somethin& c ertainl y up in th e Span i ard camp but just what was th e troubl e our friend s had no m e ans of t e ll ing. H e _was resolve d to t h o rou g hl y seaTc h th e s hor e The pirate s were running to and fro and yelling e x c ited So h e sent the Lance a lon g toward th e settlement, u s ing ly Some of them were upon the s hore, and other s with the searc hli ght .all the while. This r e v e al e d man y startlight s were going into the interio r o f t h e is land. ling things. Barney and Pomp were puzzl e d t o und e r sta nd it all. G a t t d 1 th h .. t 1 "On me wutrud!" cried the Uelt. "I'd giv e me dud een uar s w e r e s a wn e a ong e s o r e at m s to foind out phwat' s up!" A s th e flas hlight s hon e u p o n th e m, they would l evel their "I don fink dat we's e gwin e fo' t o d o dat c hil e s aid g nn s and fire The L a nce w a n o t out of rang e but the Pomp "We su ttinly kain t g o as h o r e bull e t s did no harm. "No; in cour s e we can 't; but b e gorra I'll t e ll y e z phwat It was a m atte r of deepest concern t o Barne y and Pomp we kin do!" w h e r e Frank and Dic k w e re. Barney co.: uld h a rdl y restrain himself fro m going a s hore. "Well chile?" "We kin ram th eir s chooner an s ink it fer the s palH e chafe d like a c a ged ti ge r pee ns." It occurre d Lo hi m th at t hey mig h t have been kill e d b y "Doe s y o belieb e dat s ah ?" the S p a ni ards, o r p e rh a p s that they mig h t b e pri onel:s The uncertainty an d t h e s u spe nse t o B a rney w e r e t e rrible. B e j a b e rs, phwat o u g h t we t o clo, n aygur ? h e a s k e d ._;f Pomp. "On m e w o rd I have a m o ind to atta ck thim r a p s i n g l e-h a n dcd Don yo' b e o fooli s h as dat ?" remon stra t e d Pomp cau "Yis; I do "Am d e ram ob d e Lance d o n e st ron g e n o u g h fo' to d o d a t, frie n ? "Bejab e rs, that' s phwat it's for! But P o mp was not in c lin e d t o a g ree wit h B arney. H e did not b e li e v e was th e best plan to ram t h e schoon e r "Don' y o see, chile, dat if w e does d a t w e g i ts in f ron t I s uppose it would," a greed P o m p, r e lu ct antl y "Hip, obt dem c annon. Jes one ob dem ball s w ud bl o w di s lill y hooray! Lu k out the r e t i o u s l y Dat w o uld be a bcr y fooli s h fin g t o do." boat into kin gdom come fo' .suah The la t t e r exclamatio n was. c aused b y a s tartling in c ident. This was true Barney saw th e p oint a nd was r eflecti n g The r e was a loud boom of cannon and a s olid shot went upon it, whe n Pomp clut c h e d his m m. humming over the L a nce. "Sh !)J whi s p e r e d t h e dark.y. Wha 'c b e r y o c all dat?" The schoon e r was with i n r a n ge, and had ope n e d fir e upon It was a dark obj ect in the w a t e r which was a pproaching t h e m the Lance The a s toni s hed n e gr o and Iris hman tried in "Shut off the curre n t, naygur !" c ri e d Barney. "Shure, vain to make out its characte r w en soon s phil e t h a t thrick \ "Golly whis p e r e d Pomp J don e fink w e b ettah g i t This was qui c kl y don e and t h 2 s ubmarin e boat 1was dark u p on the wat e r. The nig ht was s o black that without / th e aid the e lectri c li ghts no foe c ould find a target to aim at. It was a wis e mov e The pira tes fir e d a few more shot s ove r the Lance but they did no harm. out ob di s Wha'eber dat i s w e d o n kn ow!" But before they c ould carry thi s logical conclu s ion e ffect a startlin [ incid ent occurr ed. CHAPTER IX. THE ESCAPE ll'lADE GOOD. The n th e s ubm a rin e b oat ap pro a c h e d sa fel y within a f e w Voices cam e from the direction o th e dark object. I into hundred yards of th e pirat e vess el. "Me rcy on u s Frank, s aid a familiar voice.1 "What is The doings on s hore c ould b e plainly seen by the light that ah e ad? A rock or a part of the shor e ?" of the beacon fiq cs. The whole camp seemed in a state of gr eatest e xcit e m e nt. Barney and Pomp almo s t y elle d in the ir delight "Dat am Mar s e Di c k Boomer!" ga s ped Pomp Barney was on deck now and s afely surveying the scene. Mars e Frank am wid him!" "An


r i -/ ; 20 THE SUNKEN PIRATE. "Wht)rroo !n cried Barney. "Aisy, now, an' let me turn But there were two guards at the door for a time. One on the loight !" of these, however, fortunately left, and the coast was clear. "Don' yo' do dat !" protested Pomp. "It would neber do, fo' de foe would see us suah !" ''If I am not dreaming," came a voice out of the gloom, "T heard Pomp's voice a moment since." "Suah, an yo' jes did dat, Marse Frank!" cried the overjoyed darky. "Cum right along dis way, sah !" Exclamations of astonishment came from the darkness. "Is it you, Barney and Pomp?" "Begorra, it air!" replied Barney. "It am nobody else, Marse Frank," replied Pomp. And the next moment alongside the Lance there shot a clumsy boat, with two dark forms in it. A moment later and Frank Reade, Jr., and Dick Boomer were aboard the Lance. Frank Dick waited until the vicinity was quite deserted Then, just as the g"llard passed the door, they flung it open and out. The fellow half wrned, but a stunning blow upon the head laid him out senseless. Like arrows from the bow, the two prisoners shot for the shore. They flashed down over the greensward, and in a few seconds were upon the sands. Just as they reached angle in the cliff a mighty yell went up'. The Spaniards saw them and understood. The result ( was most exciting, The campwas thrown into a state of the maddest and wildest kind. Explanations were quickly in order. It was this furore whi9h Barney and Pomp had seen from The two prisoners had remained in the hut all that day. the deck of the Lance. For some fortunate reason Romero did not return to execute his threat of executing them. The truth was the Spaniard had been very busy with the diving-bell It had been floated out to the locality of the sunken treas ure, and several descents made. But all had been fruitless. The wreck had not been found I.;ittle they ha-d suspected the cause of it. Frank and Dick, turning the cliff corner, were for a mo ment in a quandary how to act. To continue on along the shore would avail little, as s earching parties would again surround and corner them. A boat lay upon the sands. It.was a clumsy, unsafe affair, yet Frank laid hold of the thwart "Put it into the water,.Dick !" he cried. "It is our only Romero returned to the island and somewhat out of temper. But he did not visit the prisoners. hope !" Meanwhile Frank and Dick, left to themselves, were nof "All right idle Every conceivable method of escape was considered Finally Dick managed to free his wrists of the cords "Now-together!" The goat was quickly 1in the surf. Fortunately, the oars which bound them. It was then but a few moments' work were in it. Out into the gloom they shot. to liberate Frank. They were just in time. Hardly had they slipped into And this was after they had remained all day in the the darkness of the bay when the Spaniards came dashing wretched hut. Darkness had come again, and the1Spaniards down to the water's edge. were all engaged in preparing for their evening meal. It was really the most favorable opportunity they coul have chosen for their e scape. They ran along the shore, thinking the prisoners had gone in that direction. But they were off the scent, and FTank and Dick for the The plan was a daring one, and might prove a failure moment were safe. Yet Frank could see no other. Out into bay they pulled. This was to spring upon and overpQwer t?e guard at the They had but a slight idea as to what would be the end door and make a das h for the shore. There was a bend in of it all. With the coming of daylight doubtless they the cliff wall, and once around this they would be out of would be recaptured. range of bullets. But there was certainly the consolation of a brief period It was not a hundred yards to the turn in the cliff. Ten of liberty. or twelve seconds would enable them to reach it. It was better than remaining in the hut Fate, however, The Spaniard s would hardly recover their wits in that led them to the Lance, and after all their adventures they time. were once more safe.


...... 'rHE SUNKEN PIRATE. 21 It was a happy meeting on the dec k of the submarine boat. Barney and Pomp recite d their thrilling experiences in the s torm. The Celt described the derangement of the h;be aud hO\,. he had repaired it. Frank li s t e n e d with deep interest. "Hurrah he cried. "Y O:)l are a trump The n we need bother ourselves no longer about the Spaniards, but go right "Noble fellows cried Frank, joyfully. "You don e ahea d looking for the treasure on our own account." g randl y Your plan s were all of the best." "An' s hure, sor, I'm afther thinkin' we' ll foind it afo r e "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "We was neber t hey do." gwine to gib yo' up if we h a d to s tay yer fo'eber !" "Be j abers, that's thrue, s or !" declared Barney "You are h eroes, both of you!" declared Frank; "but let 's have sq.rne light on the subject-" "N-no, sah ; don do dat yit !" protested Pomp: "Why?'' a s ked Frank in amazement. sah, dat ar' schoon e r 's guns dea d suah fo' to hit us1 ""\Vell, I declare, I never tho2:1ght of that said Franl;: "Have they been firing at you?" "Yes, sah, until we put out de light s." Frank gaz e d at the schooner. "I'.ve half a mind to sink her," h e said. "BresR mah soul!" gasped Pomp. "How you 'se gwine do dat, sah ?" "Easy e nough," said the young In vento r. "I have some electric torpedoes in the cabin I could steal up and set one under h e r, then with a hundred-yard wire fir e it! There would be nothing l eft of h er but splinter s !" "Do it!" crie d Dick, excited ly But Frank shook hi s head. "Think of the human lives aboard her!" he said. "But they will not h esitate to take our liv es," said Dick. "Very well. L et them have th e inclination," said Frank. "But w ill we be a ble to recove r the in s pite of th em?" "I believe it," said Frank. "But first" of all, howh er, I must r epai r pneumatic tubes." "Bejabers, yez needn t trouble yersilf about that," said Barney. Frank gave a start of s urprise. "Why?" he Rsked. "You're right we will, Barney!" cried "but come, let us get away from here." Barney went into the pilot -house and turned t h e p r opellP.r l e ver. The Lance s hot out into the bay When a safe d i stance out the lights were turned on again The searchlight was focussed on the schoone r a n d fired a s hot. But it fell short. The rest of the night was s pent in rest; for all wer e much in ueed of s leep. Nothing could be done -toward exploring for the treasure until daylight. So it was fecessa ry to wait Barney watched half of the night and Pomp the othe r half. Near morning Barney thought h e would take a look a t the schoon er. To his surprise it was. no longer in the bay. The searchlight was capable of piercing the darkness for two miles. Barney there fore began to search for the schooner. He foun d it fina lly far to sea. Holding the light upon it for s o m e while, the Celt was surprised to see the craft put abou t anQ. s tand down toward the Lance. "Bejabers, I b e lave been luking for us!" c r ied t h e Celt. He had half decid ed to arouse the others / It was evidently the purpose of the M:anola to work up nea r enough to the submarine boat to give it a volley. If the I.;ance could be s unk there would be no furth e r bar t o Romero's recovering the sunken tre asure. But Barney starte d the Lance ah e ad for a mi le, and at t h e same time extinguished all her lights. "Bekase, sor, they're r epaire d." "What?" gas p e d the young inv e ntor. It was easy the n to trace the course of the schoon e r by "What are you her lights g about, ERm ey?" "About the pneumatic tubes, sor." She did not succeed in getting any nearer to the Lance, however, and Barney kept good watch of her. Daylight came in good time, and a ll wer e astir at an eRrly "They' r e all roi g ht, sor The Lance an' rises ji s t as hour. I I a s iv er s h e did." Frank could hardly believe hi s senses. "You don't mean it? he cried, joyfully. "Well, all good news is too much. How did you do it, Barney?" It was'\ beautiful morning, a light southwest breeze r ip pling the water Pomp prepar e d a good breakfast which all partook of hearti ly.


l 22 THE SUNKEN PIRA'l'E. The n th e pl a n s for th e day w e r e d iscussed. All w e r e Should one of those hit the s ubmarine boat it would un-e ngag e d thus whe n Pomp f rom th e deck c r i ed: doubt edly b e ruined. Fra nk c ri e d excit e dly: "J e s' come on d eck, Marse Frank Do t y e r schooner am "Pull t h e pn e umati c l e ver Barn e y Quick Let her go signaling u s !" down!'.' All s prang on deck at once. "Me rcy o n u s c ried Di c k Boo m er. '"rhc scoundr e l s are The s choone r was a mile to leeward and was making s i g p layin g a tre ach e rou s g ame." nals. Frank interpre ted th e m a nd said: w Yes," c ri e d Frank. Into th e cabin, eve ry one! "She carries a truce ,and wants to s peak to u s." Qui c k! The s ubmarine boat was brought about and went to meet Into the cabin th e y s pran g Swiftly Barney pressed the t h e t ruce-b e aring schooner! There was much s peculation v alv e which closed the boat hermeticall y, and then pulled as to the purpose of this. the pneumatic leve r. Perhaps they want to make term s with u s !" said Dick It was the s aving of the Lanc e Boomer. "1 wouldn t divide with them, Frank." She wonld sure l y have been riddl e d with s hot had s h e "I have no inte ntion of doing s o," s aid the young inremain e d afloat v e ntor A s it. \vas s h e s uddenly plung e d b e neath th e waves, to the The schooner drew nearer every moment. Soon she was amazem ent of the Spaniard s They continued to fir e into \so near that her rail could b e seen lin e d with men. "That is near enough!" cried Frank to Barn e y "Keep up the distance!" And the Lance was kept ju s t this di stanc e ah e ad of the schooner. But the tall figure of Jose Rom ero was s een in the chains. At once Frank hailed him CHAPTER X ROMERO S TRE .ACHE RY. "Schooner ahoy!" shout e d Frank, in the Spani s h tongu e "Ahoy!" came back. "What do you want?" the wat e r, but the s hot n e v e r reached the Lance Down w ent the subma rin e boat until th e bottom of th e ocean could b e seen. 'l' h e n th e sear c hlight was sent ahead to look out for obstruc tions, and th e Lance was forged ahead She was s o s killfull y const ru c t e d that s h e was abl e to sail almos t as fast und e r wat e r as on the s urface. As a result, s h e had s o o n put a good di s tance b e tween h e r a nd the s pot whe r e s he had plunged. The schoon e r was now probabl y out o f range, and Frank sent th e Lance once mor e t o the s urface. U p out of th e d e pth s s h e came, a dripping mon s ter, into t h e light of da y All looke d for the schoo n er. Sh e was f ully a mil e away and laying a cour s e for th e "Your surr ender!" was the in solent r e ply. Frank's whole being was fired with ang e r He could island. No f urth e r atte ntion was paid to h e r now. I hardly contain himself. "Nq.w," c ried F rank R eade Jr., e arnestly, "we have onl y "Is that what you c arri e d the truce flag for?" he a s ke d to l o cate th e s unk e n wreck a nd th e n explor e it. "Yes." Once more h e w ent to work with the c har t try in g to "Well, I will tell you that we hav e no i d e a of s urrend e rget the exac t lo c ation of the s unken pirat e ing. I like your impudence. "You will' lik e it b e tter, s enor, whe n I hav e don e with you!" was the taunting reply. The n with a roar like thund e r the Manola' s s wivel s poke, and the shot barely mis sed the Lance 's s t e rn Thi s was a literal revelation to those on board the submarine boat. In thi s h e soon succeed e d The Lance ove r what was b e lieved to b e the ex act s pot, and the n was allow e d to s ink. 1 As s h e went clown s lowly, Barney car e fully watched for the bottom. Sudd e nly h e cri e d : "Howlcl on, s or. Thirty-five f athoms, a nd I kin see th e The Spanish captain proved himself a tre ach e rou s dog bottom abou t five fathom s more, s or." by that act. He had employed th e flag of truc e simply as a Frank held h e r e s u s pended. subt e rfuge to entrap the Lanc e At that h e ight it was eas y to send rays of the But his dishonest scheme fail ed. flashlight out through the ocean d e pths. The fir s t s hot missed th e s t ern of the Lance The secAnd the youn g inventor, with something like a thrill ond just grazed the side rail. proceeded to take a look at the vicinity.


'-, :THE SUNKEN PIRATE. 18 lt was a critical moment, and was to tell whether or not carriages and overturned guns were alone evidences of the they had hit upon the location of the wreck. terrific battle which had taken place upon the ship's deck. And, as the search light 's powerful focu s went gleaming Down the companionway sta irs the three divers cautiousthrough the water, Frank s udd e nly caught ;;ight of a huge ly went. object, dimly visible. They were exceeding ly rotten, but still did not fall. It might hav e been a ledg e of rock, or a coral reef, or a Then the party entered the cabin. vast formation of sea-weed. H e could not tell a.t the disThe electric lights upon their helmets made the interior tance. reasonably plain. So he brought the Lance nearer the object. But the s ight which rewarded their gaze was a hideou s A great c r y burst from Barney. one, and fully indicative of the awful strife which had r e "Whurroo Shure it's there, Misther Frank. It's the suited in the sinking of the s hip. pirate!" Upon the cabin floor lay a long line of skeletons. The I Sure enough, the rotting hulk of a s unke? vessel, half flesh had long since been cleaned from the bones by marine buried in the s and, was seen. creatures. That it was the Diablo was probable, though, of couTEe, The skeletons were in s uch regular form that Frank con it might not be. Frank brought the Lance within a. dozen chided that they were pirates wounded in the fight and yards of it. Time and the action of the water had reduced the wreclr greatly The r e was not a vestige of the ri ggi ng l eft. The whole affair was dilapidated and read y to crumble with the touch. Seawe e d c hoked the once s ullen ports, and all kind s of marine animals swam in and out of tl1em. For some moments the voyagers stoo d looking at the wreck. It was a type of an cient galley, a;ter the Spanish pattern. The muzzle s of can non could be seen peeping from her sides. That it was the Diablo there was little doubt. The sunken pirate was found. The next thing was tp r e cover the treasure. The Lance was securel y anchored, and all h e r light s turned full and fair upon the wreck. Then Frank and Barne y ancl Dick donned diving-suits. They equipped themselves with the necessary tools to board the craft with Then they sallied forth. brought down h ere for s urgical treatment. What bore this out was a collection of glass bottles on the table. The r e had evidently been instruments there also, s uch as surgeons use, for their impression was seen, but rust hacllong. since consumed them. Truly the scene in the cabin was a dreadful one. Our divers were fain to pass it by and went out into the forward hold. Here they found the powder magazine and a heap of what had once b een powder st ill there. Over the threshold lay askeleton, probably that of some unfortunate powder monkey. What Frank was thinking of, however, was the treasure. In what part of the s hip would it be found? This it was not easy to guess. From one part to a noth er the explorers went. In pl aces the deck had rotted and caved in. Every step The pressure on the h e lmets in forty fathoms of water made the old hulk quiver. was for a. time quite severe. But they soon got usecl to it. It was necessar y to proceed with the greatest of caution, Pomp remained aboard to look after things here. He for if the wreck should collapse it would mean death to stationed him self at the plate glas s window and watched the div e rs. his friends with int e rest. The search for the treasure-chamber was continued for It was but a few moment s' work to cover the short dis-some time, without any better tance from the Lance to the sunken wreck. Then Dick remember e d a section beyond the powder magThen the three divers clamb e red up the vessel's side and azine wh ere a room could exist. over the rail. He conveyed this theory to Frank by putting their helIn sinking the galley had not tilted to one side, but sat mets together ancl talking. level on her keel in the sa nd. So the explorers were enabled to walk a level deck and reached the companionway without accident. There was nothing of interest to be seen on the deck. Back to the magazin e all went And here, b y searching in the partition, sure enough Dick found a small knob. He pressed on it. But the lock had rusted. However, the door fell in ancl Seaweed was thickly matted over everything. The gun revealed a square chamber.


/ 24 :THE SUNKEN PIRATE. And as the electric helmet lamps illumined this place, an made to the wreck. The work of r e covering the gold wa& astounding sight was beheld begun. There were no che s ts of gold anddiamonds, as tradition credits to the average pirate. Ins t e ad ther e were great piles of gold doubloons and ducats all piled up with care. Cer tainly the thre e explorer s had n e v e r s een the equal of the spectacle before. A mighty fortune it all r e presented. CHAPTER XI. THE DIVING-BELL. The plan was for Barne y to r e main in the hold and the bags of coin a s fast a s h e could fill the m out of the port Several million s in gold were piled in that apartment. to Boomer b e low For some time not on e of the party mov e d He would the n pass the m to Frank, and the latte r would Then Frank took up a handful of the mon e y and mad e a take the m to the deck of the L a nce. motion to the other s that the y would r eturn to the Lance. It was slow and work but v e r y g o o d h e adway This was for the purpose of organizing a s ystem of trans -was made. The packin g of the gold in the b a g s was the portation of the gold from the sunken w reck to the hold of harde s t part of the work: the Lance This was an ope ration whi c h w o uld be slow indeed But the pay would be ample. Perhaps a fifth of the tre a sure h a d been removed when the ch e mi c al s began to fail. It was necessary to r eturn t o the L ance to have the s e A day's work would r e p a y the m with million s Sure l y restor e d So the t a s k was t e mporaril y a b a n d on e d this was recomp e nse enough. B arney cl imb e d out o f the Diablo 's hol d, and Frank and Di c k with him r e turne d to the s ubm a rin e b oat. Frank found an ope n port jus t oppo s it e the treasure \ Once on board the h e lm e t s w ere r emov e d," and g o od air chamber. It was arrange d that the gold s hould b e s tored was onc e again br eathed. in bags, pas s ed out of the port, and thenc e on to the ves tibule of the Lance. All w ere mor e o r l ess exhaus t e d w ith t h e fear f ul presS llre and th e e x e rtio n i n s u c h unnatura l atmo sphe re w hi c All went on d e ck again and quickly cla mbered down the side of the Diablo. h a d caused the blood to h e avil y upon t h e br a i n Dick was particularl y aff ecte d, for it w as a n e w thing to It did not take long to once more g e t aboard the Lance him. Once with their helm e ts removed in the c a bin of the subYet h e was as e a g er a s eve r to continu e the work. marine boat the excit e d tre a s ure hunte r s c ould talk. "Ho w mu c h of the treas ure hav e w e b r ou ght a w ay, "Mercy on us!" cried Dick Boom e r. "You will be the Frank?" h e a s k ed. richest man in your part of the country with all that wealth." "Ah, but I do not claim it all!" said Frank, quietly. "What?" "You heard what I said." "You don't mean to take it all?" "Certainly not. There shall be a fair division for all." \ 1Boom e r was for a mom ent speechless. "Great guns !" he finally ga s ped. "Do you mean to say that I am to have a share of that wealth?" "Why, certainly; so will B a rney and Pomp. I am not a hog. I don't want it all." The young reporter was deeply affected. "I hardly know replied the y oung inv e n t or "Pe rhap s half a million." "Hurrah! That i s a snug fortune in its elf Equally d i vided we would all have a comfortable sum. But we mu s t recover the rest "Certainly." But an in c id ent occurr e d at this moment which was the first in a long train of s uch. Jus t ove r the pilot-house ) h e r e was a di a l and indi cato r Connect e d with it was a v e r y sen sitiv e m e t a l plate, el e ctrified. If an y undue c ommotion in the surface of the sea above occurred with i n a ra d iu s of h alf a mile this electric indicator r e cord e d it. "Well, that is g e nerou s," he exclaimed. "What will the Barney1 saw that the indicator r e corded a great disboys in the home office s ay? Why I can buy a n e w s pap e r turbance. to beat the N e w s Grabb e r. Hurrah! I am in luck!" But Frank knew the need of ha s te in transporting the treasure. Arrangements were qui c kly made The n a return was "Shure, Frank," he cried, "something unusual i s going on above us, s or !" "What is that?" cried Frank. Barne y pointed to the indicator.


THE SUNKEN PIRATE. 25 Frank saw that the hand was up to a hi g h figure. He As th e bags of coin w e r e passed out and to the deck of the at once guessed the r e a son. Lanc e the Sp a nish div e r s watched them for some while "The r e i s s om e l a r ge bod y o v er u s," he d e clared "Probwith intere s t. ably it i s the sch o on e r The y w e r e v e r y ang ry, and ru s hin g to the rail, shook their "'l'he sch o on e r gas p e d Di ck. "Yes." "Well-is-is the r e an y dang er?" "I thi n k not, said F r ank. "It i s lik e ly that they may come down h e re, thou g h, in their di v in g-be ll. In spit e of the impression that the Spaniard s could do the m no harm, none of the gold hunt e r s f elt jus t e a sy. Whil e Frank was bus y with the ch e mical s the oth e r s wat c h e d to see what might b e don e by the Spaniard s They w e r e n ot lon g l e f t in d o ubt. A d a r k body was s uddenly seen to descend qu i t e near the fists madly a t Reade, Jr. The cre w of the Lance did not heed thi s but continued to p ass the bags of c oin s whe n the Spaniard s made an attack u p on Frank. On e o f them hurl e d a h a t c h e t at the young inventor. It struc k Frank's helm e t and glanc e d off. It knocked the young inv e ntor dow n w ith the f e arful concussion. He lay half senseless for a moment upon the sands. Had the hatch e t blad e cut it s way through the h e lmet it v ould h a v e been th e end of him. The effect of thi s attac k was thrilling. wr eck. It hun g s u spende d jus t above i t With an a n g r y c r y Barn e y s pran g upon deck. He did not It wa s seen in the gl a r e of the s ear c hli ght to be the a ttempt to s trike Spaniard. He could have finished him divin g -b e ll. e a s ily by ga s hing his s uit with a knife. Four m e n w e r e in it with div e r s' suits on. But be inst e ad g ra s ped the life line and shut off the vil-In t h e middl e of t he b e ll t h e r e was a platform. Upon this la in's s upply of air. t he men sat, and b e tween the m the re was an air-pump. He ha(j. r e duced the f e llow to insensibility before the Had the Spani a rd s went to work at once recovering thE' c ompanion could attack Barney. gold the y oun g inv entor would really have felt almo s t in-The n the brave Celt was in danger of his life. r li n e d to di v i de with the m. But the y did n o t. Se eing the s ubmarine boat, they did not venture to d e ,scend to the deck of the wreck. P e rhap s they f eare d a c olli s ion with the b oat under wat e r The oth e r Spaniard made a blow at Barney with his hat c h e t. But jus t in tim e the Celt caught his arm. The n follow e d a brief and t e rrible wrestle. The Celt had a little the bes t of it, for h e had no life line to contend with. His one purpo:;;e was to g e t hold of the other's life line. It would h ave been a n e asy mat te r for Frank to have cut This he did, and in a few seconds had reduced him to their life line s and thus drown e d the whole of them. But i nsen s ibility. be was averse to thus taking human lif e M e anwhile the oth e r div e r had b een drawn up into the The pira tes did not dare to venture down upon the Di a -bell. The mom ent Barney r e laxed hi s hold upon his adv e rd eck. s ary he was al s o drawn up. On the cont rary, the y did the very thing which they The deck of the s unk e n vessel now b e came an untenable o u g h t not t o hav e don e and thi s was ass ume t h e a g gressive p o s ition. The Spaniard s above began t o burl their w e apons t o ward th eir mor e powerful n e i g hbor. and tool s at Barn e y Fran k h a d r est or e d th e c h e micalr;--ID-the g e n e r a tors, and The C elt saw that Frank h a d recove r e d and was making now wit h B a rney and Di c k w e n t forth. s ign s to him At once h e s lid ove r the r a il. "The sunke n gold i s the prop erty of him who r ecove r s Fortuna tely n o n e of the missile s s truck him In a few i t, Frank d e cl a r ed. "The y hav e no more right to it than moments with Frank and Dick, b e was aboa rd the Lance. w e hav e The Spaniard s sat in the diving-b e ll above and watched th e three m e n "Frank was weak and faint from hi s e x p e ri e nc e and Barr ney an d Di c k w e r e an g r y The Spani a rd s in the diving-b e ll had removed the b el-The y seem_;-d s urpri sed tha t the y could travel about 'Wit hmets of th eir c omp a nions, whom B a rney had partly surraout lif e lines. cated, and these w e r e now regainin g th e ir cons ciousness. Frank a nd B arney r e ached the wreck, and Barney Iviuch valu a bl e t im e was b e ing lo s t for them. d int o the port. The divin g-be ll c ould not hop e t o r e mai d under water Then all three began once more the work of trans portin g s uch an ext e nded l e n gth of tim e The L a nce oould r e mai n ,he trea s ure without giving he e d to the Spaniards for day s


26 'rHE SUNKEN PIRATE. Suddenly the bell was seen to go up to the surface. It disappeared from view, and Frank cried: "Let us go back and to work, then," cried Frank. will take us two days' hard work to shift it to the Lance." What did I tell you? The rascals will give it up for a bad job. We shall win a bloodless victory!" "You're right," agreed Dick. "Here goes for luck!'' The submarine boat started for the spot where the wreck lay once more. But Dick Boomer was not sanguine. "Don't be so sure!" he cried. "I tell you they are up to some new trick!" "Do you believe it?" "I do." Just over it, it once more went down. Anchorage was made in about the same place. No time was wasted. .. The three divers donned their suits and left the Lance. "What can they do to harm us now?" It was but a few moments' work to once more get under "More than you will believe po sible. They do not in-way. But yet progress was slow. tend to give up all that gold, you may be quite sure." The trio worked until it became necessary to once more Frank was thoughtful. He could not help but see that return to the boat and refresh the generators. there was a great deal of logic in Dick's remarks. Then, as Dick puffed and panted in the fresh air of the "All right," he cried, finally. "We will see what the cabin, ne asked: villains are doing." "Well, how much have we got on board now?" He stepped into the pilot-house. "Fully three quarters of a million," replied the young "What are you going to do?" asked Dick, in surprise. "I am going to the surface." ) "What for?" "To make sure that the Spaniards are not trying any new inventor. 1 "Whew!" cried the young reporter, ecstatically. "If that is evenly divided, there will be nearly two hundred thousand apiece. Quite a snug fortune." game on us." "Well, yes," agreed Frank; 1'it is. But how much more "But--" do you suppose there is aboard that wreck?" "Well, what?" "A couple of million." "I hope you will not think me a chronic kicker, Frank." "There is enough for us to have a r01p1d million apiece.'' "By no means," said !rank, with a laugh; "only a Dick nearly fainted. great objector." "Jericho!" he gasped. "That is too much of an "Good!" for a penniless scribe like me." Dick said no more. All his objections had been over"I have no doubt you will make good use of the money," ruled, and he was silent. Frank elevated the Lance for a said Frank. couple of fathoms, and then sent it forward slowly. Dick's eyes twinkled. Full half a mile was covered thus. Then he pressed the "Well, rather," he replied. "I will never pass a poor man pneumatic lever and the submarine boat sprang to the sur-by. I mean to live on the interest, and when I die," the prinface. cipal, as I have no heirs, shall endow a home for indigent Up she went and sprang into daylight. pen scratchers, who are not so lucky as I am." The sun was long past the meridian, though the sky was Everybody laughed at this. cloudless and the sea in almost a calm. Then the generators once more were announced fit for The schooner was seen making her way slowly to the isl. work, and the three divers went forth once more. and with the diving-bell and the raft in tow. But work had not progressed a great while when Frank It looked as if Romero had abandoned his attempt to re-saw Pomp beckoning excitedly to him through one of the cover the sunken treasure. CHAPTER XII. LOST AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN. "Hurrah!" cried Dick; "we've scared them out of it!" Frank was astonished. "It means that the treasure is ours to recover now with out any further trouble," cried Dick, joyfully. windows of th e Lance. The darky seemed much excited, and Frank at< once went to the partition. Pomp had taken a look at the sensitive dial on deck, and noted that it was much agitated. There was some commotion overhead, and the negro thought it best to inform Frank of the fact. "The schooner returned," thought the inventor. '1Well1 that will complicate matters. What is up, I wonder?" I


THE SUNKEN PIRATE. 27 Even as the word s passed through his mind, another fear Jul refle ction dawned upon him. Instinctively he turned to s ignal Barney and Dick. But it 1ras now utterly a wreck. Only a h eap of rattling timber was left. The torpedo had blown it into fragmeJ;J.ts. 'l'he balance of the treasure muet lie under that mold er -But at that mom ent there was a fea .rful shock. It seeme d ing pile. But it might li e there for all time. Frank Reade, as if the bottom of the ocean had heav e d upward and eve ry-Jr., felt that h e would never touch it again. thing was \flying to pieces. He looked about for the wreck of the Lance. But he could not see it. Never mind, i t had doubtless bePn blown soma distance away. Frank was hurled he knew not where, and utter darkness was for a time about him. He ,aw what caused it. The wat e r was fill e d with sediment and debris. But thi s graduall y settl ed, and things about became once more qu i te plain. Then slowly eve rything unfolded itself to view. And at the same moment a comprehension of all fla s h e d through : Frank s mind. Then h e recall e d the fact that h e had com panions with him at the time. They were Barney and Dick. And even as he thought of them, something moved unde r the heap of debris, and a human form crawled .forth. It was Barney. How the Celt had escaped death was a living my stery. For a moment he was appa ll e d and quite ove r come. looked about for the Lance. It was not in s ight. He It was nothing short of a miracle. What had become of it? Had it been d e stroyed? seemed freezing with honor. 'l'hc young inventor's blood It was as if death w ere already upon him. What hould he do to save himself? Alone at the bottom o the sea, fully forty fathoms from He had been in the Diablo' s hold when the torpedo had exploded. After tha he was conscious onl y of falling timbers about him. Then h e lay stunned by the explosion. When be came to, h e craw led out from under a heap of timbers. Staggering to his feet he was face to face with Frank Reade, Jr. the surface, with 3carce half an hour of life before him! In their joy at sight of each other, the two men e m-In that l engt h of time t.he c hemical s in hi s helmet must braced. exhaust themse lve s and he would die! "Oh, God!" he moaned thu s.?" "How awfu l Must I die Then a set hard feeling came into hi s l1eart. It Wll,S a motive of hatre d and revenge. "It is the murderou s work of Romero," 11C muttered. He dropped a torpedo down upon u s from above Curse him! What a soft fool I was that I did not kill him w hen I had him at my mercy?" He saw at once his mistake. Wjth hi s h e lmet close to Barney' s, Frank shouted: "Grea.t heavens! Row did you get out of that a live ?" "Shure, sor, an' I nive r kin tell," replied Barney. "Phwativer happen ed?" "I think the pirate s dropped a torpedo upon us." "Th e spa lpeensl( Shure, they mean to murther u s in toirely." "H I esca p e this time, and have the c hance, I will not spa re them again." Di ck Boomer then l oomed up in front of them. The young report e r had been thrown heavily by the ex-It had been misplac e d mercy to s pare t h e life of the plo s ion and had lain sense less for s ome time. wretch. But it was now too late. He must die a dreadful Coming to, he had wandered about at random. B y great death in consequence of his error. good luck he had chanced to .sec Frank and Barney. But yet he would not give up without at least an effort. e He tried to remember how far it was to the island and what direction to take. If he could make hi s way thither t possibly h e might get out of the water in time to save h im self. The n the three m e n started to travel over the ocean bed. It was s low, toilsome work for they, a s a ll diver s do, carried h eavy leaden soles on their shoes. It see med a s if they had been journeying for hours. The island was as far off as ever d But he remembered that it was f ull y a mile, and very Frank was convinced that they had taken the wrong di-'fficnlt for l1im to lo cate without any point of the compass rection. \ However, h e would mak e tlte He arose and felt his way along for a short distance. s brought him once more to the wreck of the Diablo. Suddenly the plain began to s lop e downward The depth s w e re awful and dark. To go down there was out of the question. What was i:o be done?


28 ,THE SUNKEN PIRATE. Suddenly they found their course terminated in an abrupt As it happened, he had arrived none too soon. Frank and strange manner. They came to the brink of a mighty found upon examination that the chemicals had nigh ex sheer descent. hausted themselves, and the party would have suffocated Below was a chasm hundreds of feet deep. How awful it ten minutes later. would have been to have walked \ over that verge! The joy of all cannot be expressed in words. 'J;he pressure at that depth would have burst their brains. But the greatest surprise was in store. Upon returnin Upon the brink of this awful, echolesll depth the three lost to find the wreck of the Diablo, only a mighty chasm was divers paused, overcome with despair. found into which the wreck had been drawn to unknown They sank down in the white sand and gave themselves depths. up to die. To descend after it was out of the question. The earth-It did not seem as if it was worth while to struggle for quake had cut the bed of the ocean in the vicinity into va-life further. Death was too certain. rious deep rents. CHAPTER XI:U. THE EARTIIQTJAKE\THE END. Suddenly there _was a strange quivering of the water. The balance of the treasure was forever beyond the reach of man. "Never mind!" cried Boomer, enthusiastically; "we are all rich enough now, anyway." The others agreed with him. And now we reach the conclusion of our tale of the sunken pirate. Upon rising to the surface with the Lance, Then the ground began to tremble, and there was a disour submarine voyagers were given a great start o.f surprise. The agitation was so strange and awful that all, three started from their lethargy. tant, thunderous roar. For a moment the-trio of divers fancied that they were being rocked in a cradle. Then there was a tremendous crash and thunderous roar, and they knew that far above the waters were in a turmoil. They put their helmets together. "For Heaven's sake! What was t l at ?" cried Dick. "Bejabers, it's a hurricane!" said Barney. But Frank said: The earthquake had created a tidal wave. This ha.,d car ried the Manola upon the rocks of the island, and there she lay a helpless wreck. No effort was1made, of course, to rescue her crew. They were left alone in their misery, and the Lance returned to Readestown. The voyagers received an ovation upon reaching home. Dick Boom r made all his colleagues on Newspaper OW "It is an earthquake! What shall we have next?" And then, like a revelation, a flood of brilliant burst over them all. l mad with envy upon his return. He is yet enjoying his for tune in his own peculiar way. light Barney and Pomp remained in Readestown. Upon the They started up and beheld an astounding sight. Across the mighty deep valley, from the blackness, there advanced an apparition which set them wild with joy. Jt was the submarine boat! I arrival home, Frank found that the Lance had been so badly wrenched by her experiences that she would never be of service again. So he condemned her, and she destroyed, but he at once proceeded to execute the designs of a new and even For a moment they were frantic for fear that Pomp more wonderful invention. would not see them. But hEl d1d, and bore down quickly. It is needless to say THE END. that they were quickly on board. Read "FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GU:ti It seemed that with the bursting of the torpedo, which CARRIAGE; OR, WORKING FOR THE UNITED had struck near the Diablo, the Lance had received a terrific STATES MAIL," which will be the next number ( 24' shock. The concussion had thrown open the propeller valve, and instantly the boat shot away at lightning speed. She ran with the speed of the wind for fully a dozen miles before Pomp could adjust the deranged machinery and stop her. The darky, of course, was alarmed for the safety of his friends, and started back post-haste. of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back nt1mbers of this we: are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will you order by return mail.


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