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WEEKLY MAGAZINE. Containing Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea & in the Air. Issued Sub&C1'iption $2. 60 ptr year. Apjilicatiu" made for Stcond'OUw Entrg !"I N. Y Poot-Offkr came a1ound the corner of the wall again, and caught sight of him. Frank not have a weapon witb him. "Why not make a human torpedo of myselfP" he cogitated. He unfastened the running. from his battery to the lamp.


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No. 72 HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Em bracing a ll of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with iJ, lustrations. By A Anderson. No. 77. HOW TO DO l 'ORT Y TRICKS WITH CARDS.---' Containing deceptive Card Tricks as perfor111ed by leading conjurors and magicians. Arranged fo r home amusement. l<'ully illustrated. MAGIC. No. 2. IIOW TO DO TRICKS.-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing fu ll instruction on all the l ea ding card tricks of the day, also the most popu lar magical illusion s as performed by om: magicians; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as it wtll both amuse and ir:struct. No: 22. TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sigh t explamed h1s formet assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogue s were carried on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving a ll t he codes and signals. '!.'he only authentic explanatio n of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A 1\IAGICIAN.-Containing the grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with card s incantations, etc. No. 68. HQW TO DO CHE:\HCAL TH.ICKS.-Containing over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chem i cals. By A. Anderson. Handsomel y illustrateJ. No. 69 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing over of the latest and best tricks n sed by magicians. Also containmg the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. No. 70. HOW TO MAKE l\IAGIC TOYS.-Containinoful directions for making l\Iagi c Toys and devices of many kind; B A. And erso n Fully illustmted. No. 7 3 HOW TO DO THICKS WITH NUl\IBERS.-Showing .many curious tricks with figures and the magi c of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\y TO A CONJUROR.Containing tncks w1th Dommos, D1ce, Cups auJ Balls, Hats, etc. Embracing thilty-six :austrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. HOW TO DO 'l'HE BLACK ART.-Containing a com plete description of the mysteri es of Magic and Sleight of Hand. toget h e r with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No 29 HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every boy )rnow how in ventions originated. This book exp lains them all, examples in e l ect ri c ity, hydraulics, magnetism. optics pneumatiCS, mechanics, etc The most instruclive book publishNI. No. 56. HOW TO BEQOME AN ENGINEER.-Containing full instructions how to proceed in order to become a l ocomotive en gineer; also directions for building a model locomot ive; together with a full descr iption of ever. vthing an engineer shou ltters for instruction. positions in fencing. A complete liook. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book, telling you how to write to your sweetheart, you r father TRICKS WITH CARDS. mothet, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and No. 51. HC:W TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Containing body you wish to write to. J

e r RANK READ.....-my cts /CON'f.AINING STORIES OF .ADVENTURES O N LAN D S E A .AND IN THE. Am Y Issued Weekly-By Subs criptio n $2.5 0 p e r y ear. Applic n.tion made for S econd Class entry at thl! New Y o 1 k, N. Y., Post Ojfice. Ente r e d acc01 d ing to Act of C ongess in the yea 1903, i n the o ffice o f th e Libl"ari a n of G ongresr. W a shington, D 1 C ., by Fank T<>usey, 24 Unio n Squa r e New York. LNEW YORK, APRIL 24, 1902. Price 5 Cents. te d ind FRANK. READE JR.'SELECTRIC SEA ENGINE; by k h t O R Hunting for A Sunken Diamond Mine \ By NO NAME. --------CHAPTER I. THE BIG DIA MOND. The beautiful wes tern c ify of R e adestown was named after a noted inventor of wond erful c ontrivance s nam e d Frank RE'ad e Having grown wealth y and old thi s cde brat e d man hall give n up inventin g and travelin g and s ettl e d down to a qui e t, domestic lif e d, A s on of his, nam e d Frank R e ade, Jr., had not onl y in t g herited hi s talent, but far s urp asse d the old m a n in the lin e l i of inventi o n Frank R e ade, Jr., was a t a ll d as hin g f e llow, with mu s t g s cles of st eel, a plucky di spositio n and wore a dark, curlin g He resided in a man s ion with wall e d-in grounds in whicli a : stood the great machine s h o p s a nd c on s truction rooms l g whe rein the marv e lous inv e ntion s of hi.s br ain w e r e d e vel ., oped. t ; A comical little old coon nam e d Pomp and a rollicking, red headed Irishman n a m e d B a rney O Shea always at r tended the young invento r on t h e p e rilou s trip s h e mad e T -le g with his invention s 1-. 3 On a pl e a sant day in O c t o b e r Frank was bu s y i n the workshop cons tructing an electric sea e ngine in the form of a s ubmarine boat with which he intended to explore the bot tom of the ocean. In the midst of his work he was sudd e nly sta r tled by h eari n g a wild pi e r cing c r y for h e lp c oming flom some whe r e out s id e the building. Dro ppin g hi s h ammer and l e a v in g the sea eng i ne, he rush e d out and again h e ard th e s hout in the tones of a man comin g from the direction of a c ountr y road to the westward of the ground s The r was a door in the s ton e w a ll, and Frank ru s hed u p to it, flun g i t ope n and rus hed O l!t to see who was in troub le. Obs ervin g a viol ent a g itation am o n g the weeds bordering the road h e das h e d up to th e s p ot a nd beh e ld a man s trug glin g in the hand s o f four ruffi a ns. "You s hall n ot r o b m e h e hear d the vic tim s hout in franti c tones. "I'll die b e for e I'll give you that diamond!" "Kill him I" yelled one o' the t ramp lik e looking men, s avage ly. "Blas t him!" c ri e d another. "Finis h him quick or his ye ll s will brin g the polic e buz z in g a b out our ear s," Three of the m were the fierc e ly s truggling you ng man, and the oth e r brandi s h e d an ugl y looking knife t o plung e it into th eir victim whe n Frank rus h e d forward. B e for e h e h a d t ak e n two s t e p s the ruffian with the knife plunged it into their vic tim and h e g r o an e d and collap sed. Villains!" s houted Frank furiou s l y Would you commit murder?" "Ha! some one s coming!" gasp e d the man wit h the \ knife


------/". 2 FRANK READE, ,jR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. They were all startle d and around at the inven-the wound e d man, Barney and Pomp had the tor in alarm. bound. Bang! w ent Frank' s fis t in the a s sassin 's e ye. It knock e d him flat on his ba c k, for it was a s ledge-ham mer blow. li'earlcssl y the y oung inventor sprang at th e three others. 'l'h c y dropp e d their victim, who staggered and f e ll bleed ing to the ground from a s ick e nin g wound n hi s bod y In an in s t ant Frank was in t h e midst of the gang, a nd hi s powerful fis t s hot out with terrific force Y e ll s and curses resound e d on all s id es, and r e nd e r e d desp erate b y the f eat that the y oung inventor might get t he bes. t of the m t he r as cal s closed in on him. Surround e d b y the 'four for the on e h e had kno c k e d down had aris e n, the inventor was placed in a critical pos i t ion Infuriate d by the thumps h e had given the m th e ras cals h a d drawn knives aucl club E and were attackin g him vic iou s ly. Frank recer>e d sev e r a l cuts and sundry blows up o n the h e ad a nd body, but h e f o u ght lik e a tiger It mi ght have g on e h a r d with the n e rv y f e llow h a d i t not been for the f act th a t B arney a n d P o mp had follmr e d him from the. s hop a nd liow c ame to hi s a s sistan ce. "Whoop! yelled the Iris hman flouri s hin g a s hill e lah. "It's Mas th e r F r ank they bes, Come on wid ye. Shto p that, yez st roip e d hyenas, or be h e aven s I'll stre w the g round wid y e z corp ses, s o I will!" And up to the ruffian s rus h e d the C elt lik e a whirlwind. C ra ck-ba n g went "the bla c k t h orn on their h ea d s, and the murderou s iascal s scatte r e d from arot{nd Frank, giving him a chance to u se hi s fis t s agflin. The diminutiv e darky was close a t the Irishman's heel s "Clar d e track!" h e roar ed. "Heah com e d e bullgine! Wh e n I hits some fin' s bound to fall. Wow-golly! Take dat, y o' rascal!" And butti n g t h e n e ar es t man in the s t o ma c h with his wooll y head wit h the force of a bat tering ram, Pomp made him giv e a s u d d e n g a s p doubl e up, and go down like a log. The n a livel y fight e n s u e d Frank pun c h e d the ruffian s Barn e y brok e their h e ad s with his stick. And Pomp butte d the m lik e an e nraged &oat. In less than two minutes the whole gang was out. The injure d man was ver y poorl y clad and wor e a growth of s andy beard upon his thin, sunburne d f ace. H e seem e d to be about thirty years of a ge, and had a quilin e f e atures that b etra y ed gre at priv a ti on and ieg Unfortuna tel y his br eath s m e ll e d of liquor. "Some p o or mi se rabl e tramp," mutte r e d Fra nk. wond e r wha t h e m eant b y s a y in g h e would not a llow to rob him of 1.1 diam ond? Wh e r e w o uld h e get a uw. d .lltJuu H e look s lik e a tramp in that patc h e d threa db a r e those burs t s hoes, old f elt hat, a n d r e d flanne l shirt. Bu ha! what' s ? Jus t the n he !'la w somethi11g s p arkl e in the man's hand. Forci11g' it away, f or the had h is hands cle n ti g htly th e yonng inventor was startle d and amazed to t.ha t it was a r c u g h di a m ond almost a s bi g a s a walnu t The s t o n e was pure white, and certa inl y wor t h a $ 5 0, 000 Great h eave n s Wh e r e did this fo rl o rn-looking ge t s uch a m a gnificen t diamond ?" flash e d a c ross Fra mind. a C ould he hav e s tol e n it? Was h e one of this of tramps? W ere they fig h ting to wrest i t fro m on e their own fri e nd s ? B e gona !"said Barney, "it's f o in e jewel tha t f e llow ather s portin wid thim o uld c l othes. I!> h e t h e r loikes. av king in di s guise? "There i s some stra n gr, cleep m ys t e r y connected with c a s e,' ; ;re pli e d Frank. "And I s h a ll s olv e it, too. Run for police 'vagon and hav e thor::c tramps ioc k e d up whil e guards them and I will carry the w o unded man h o me. ne e d s m e di c al atte ndan ce, or will di e Say nqthing of diamond to any one." This order was carhed out. A s soon a s Barney was Pomp po s t e d himself guard ove r the tramps and Frank carri e d the wounded home The polic e took the murd e rou s four awa y, and whe n ney and Pomp r e ach e d the house they found a doc tor tending to the wonnd e d m a n The c hi e f of poli c e was wi. them.


FRANK READE, .TR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. \ 3 replied, i{l a straighforward I don e for m e. 'l'ak e the diam o nd sir, and keep it a s a 1 mann e r }ru ti Wh a t i s y our occupation?" I hav e non e I was a on the wrecked ship, Ida 0 th e Ray." 'l'e r "Have y ou any relatives?" None whatever." "i hat i s y our nationality?" "I Am e rican I was born in N e w York City." t I Ul 1 Wh o w ere th e m e n who assauited you?" I d o n o t kn o w of the m ; they w e re tramps." "iYha t was their obj ect in atta c king y ou ?" I w e n t int o a li quor saloon t o get a The r e I foolis hl y exposed a l a r ge diamond I owne d The y saw it, whe n I l ef t R ea d)"stown to tramp O tlt in t h e country. t o get a j o b as a farm-h a nd the y f ollow e d me, and at tac k e d m e see i.o s teal the di amon d And they got i t." 'You are mi stake n. A ll w e r e sear c h e d a t the polic e s ta u t t i o n but n o dia m o nd was in t h e p ossessio n of a n y of them." f 'I h e n i t mus t be l ost at the p l ace of t h e fig ht. ch How cam e you to b e i n Readest o wn ?" k s A fte r bein g wreck e d I was pi c k e d n p a nd carri ed to N e w Y orlc There I boarde d a t r ain a nd was carried to this g o f pla ce. I was told of a f arme r who would e mplo y m e not far from h e re.'-' Wh e r e d id yo u g et the diam ond?" "From a min e on a n i s lapd in the Indian Ocean. Tha t r .a i s le, owing t o a n earthquake sank und e r the sea s hortl y afte r I l eft it o n a s hip I was fri e ndl ess and p ennness. r1 8 If I cl,are d to t r y t o seH s u c h a va lu .abl e diamond peopl e a wonl d think I s t o l e it. I th e r e f o r e was poor and y et v e r y ap w e ll off." he W e ll yours i s a queer c ase. On y our e viden ce I will give t ho8e t r a mp s a long t erm in priso n A nd getting Oscar. Hunt to s ign an a ffidavit against" the four ruffian s the chief of took his departure. II. THE STORY OF A SHIPWRECK. The brief e xplanation Oscar Hunt had made the chief of police of the ma nner in whi c h h e procured the big diamond IP. e e x?ited Frank's c uriosi ty, and h e said to the patient: I wish y ou wou(d tell m e more' bout yours elf, sir." "You hav e been ver y kind to me, sir, s aid Hunt, ear nestl y I am a very grateful man for I r e m e mb e r enough I about the fight fo know that I owe m y life to you. I will do anything y ou a sk." s I do not wi s h to pry into y our private busine s s but e what you have mentioned to the c hief of police has made m e s curious more e sp e cially as I hav e s aved your y ou and h e r e it is." H e hande d the s uff erer the big g e m. Oscar Hunt e_agerly gra8 ped it. "+ am glad tho s e tramps did not g e t the s tone," said he, for 1iow I can show iny appreciation of what you have of m y gratit ude." Oh, no!" replied Frank, smiling. 1'I am rich-I do not want it. You need it a gre a t d e al mor e than I do." "That ston e i s as usel ess to m e a s a pi ece of granite. If I were to attempt to seli it, I'd be arrest e d on s u s picion of having s tol e n it. Be s ide s, s ir, I know wh e re the r e are hundre d s mor e of th e m lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean." H e s pok e in tone s of s uch s incerity that Frank saw h e told th e truth. And s u c h b e in g th e t ru t h thi s man was possesse d of a se c r e t whi c h was worth a fabulou s f ortune to him, if he w e r e to go and get t h e diam o nd s from th eir hiding plac e in the sea. Y o u am a z e me," a aid the young inv entor. "It m ay sound lik e a lie," s aid Oscar Hunt, bluntl y ; "but of c ourse it matte r s littl e to m e wha t p e opl e think I like y ou for s a v ing m y life, I s ay and 1 therefore w o uld not t e ll you a f alsehood Let m e m a k e m y meaning cl eare r by t e llin g you about t h e matte r l'lfr Mr.--" "Reade-Frank Reade, Jr. "Frank R ea d e Jr. Why, are you t h e g r eat in v e:q.tor of air s hip8, overland e ngine s, and s ubmarin e boat s fu ttt the n e wspaper s h a v e been m e ntioning s o mu c h for the pa s t f e w years?" "I am the inv ento r y ou mention "Thunder! I n e v e r expe c t e d to hav e the plea sure o f meeting s u c h a cele br at ed m _a:p. a s y ou are although wh e n I r eac h e d t hi s town I knel' ver y w e ll y ou liv e d h ere W e ll as I was g o i n g to t e ll you rhy hi s t o ry, I'll go ah e ad ''I a m all atte n t ion To b e gin the n l e t m e e xpl a in that Twa s l eft an orphan wh e n a boy, .and having tak e n a liking to t h e life of a s ailor, I got a po s ition aboard of a s hip I had a vari e d e xperienc e a s a sailor for fifte e n y ears. The' la s t craft I s ailed in as a forema s t hand w as the Ida C. Ray. She was bound from N e w York to Cal c utta. On e e v ening I had a row with the c aptain who was an ugly rascal, and it might have gone hard with m e had not a e torm of great violence jus t then cam e up. "We w e re then off th e coas t of India t e n miles, in the neighborhood of Lake Chilka 'l'he ship struc k on a r o ck and s tov e in the bow. She b e gan to s ink. The m e n took to the boat s I was not allow e d to join the m b y the captain, who was spiteful against me. The boat s I vanished in the gloom. I was left on the s inking wreck. For sev eral hours I wa s tossed about at thr m e rc y of the wind a'ud waves. The n the ship struck again The lightning show e d me that it wa s upon an i s land. H e r e s h e w ent to pi e ces. 1 was ca s t a s hor e by the waves "On the following da y the s torm clear e d away. I found m yself on a s m a ll island about tw enty miles from a coast, upon whirl:'. I could faintl y see a mountain in a state of eruption. mountain was of p e culiar formation for it look e d v ery muc h like the upper part of an enormou s jet black


FRANK READE, JR.'S. E.LEOTRIO SE/A ENGIN:t... ---==== "A singular shape," Frank nted as Hunt paused. I sea engine which would be magnificently adapted to "Yes; but it will serve as a landmark some day whe n I 1 work required. If y ou wish to enter "into an agreement to go back there to locate the .island. At any rate, I found use her to go after the sunken diamond mine when she myself upon a small isle of peculiar formation. Its top finished I will assume all the and risk, and shall crust consisted of sand, grav e l and l,oam, e ighteen inches only ask you to accompany me and point out the plac below it a layer of stiff black clay four f eet thick, and b e where the s unken island lieo.' neath that a laNr of farruginou s sandston e or conglom"Luck favors me!" cried Hunt, delightedly. ""1 accep erate, and in thi s were num e r o u s bi g diamond s of which your offe r, and-, vil gladl y s hare or pay all the exp e nses if c this is one. I di s covered this in a split in the ground. you will dispose of thi s diamond, since you will not take it "At first I was frantic with joy ove r m y dis c overy of this a a present." wonderful.diamond fie ld, and I s p ent the w hol e day gather"We will say no mor e about that now, then," s aid Frank; ing them in a h e ap, whi c h I finall y buri e d und e r a rock. "you get well. 1 In m e antime m y friend s and I will 11 Bfit when the pangs of hung e r a ssai l e d m e and I found no fini s h building the sea e ngine. If s h e turns out as s uccess food on the desolate isle, I forgot my great treasur e S evful as h e r mod e l was w e will g o on t hi s voyage, eh, boys?" t fi eral days passed by, and I had no food or water. I was "Wid all me h eart," assente d Barney. starving to death." "Fo' s u a h, chile," Pomp "Horrible, horrible!" said Frank, pity ingly So that point wa s Sttled. I "Well, on the fourth day I ;;ighted a ship and in m y wild It delight e d the wound e d man anxitty I rushed into the s e a and s creaming at the top of :Frank and hi s two fri e nd s then l e ft. my voice I struck out f

\ FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENG I NE. 5 antics of the little coon, and then the truth flashed over Pomp's mind. The sailor had1 been very curious about this machine, and therefore was delighted at the prospect oi .seeing her .He reached out his foot and kicked Barney on the shins. "Yo' done dat !" he roared. "Be heavens, I'm kilt!" roared the Celt. His legs flew from under him, and he pitched over to ward the coon, when his hands came in contact with the chair. 1 Then he got a shock, for he w:as caught in his own trap. He c oulcln't let go, either, and howled worse than Pomp. In a moment more both the coon and the Celt were kicking and yelling together as the electricity flew through them, and a sicker looking pair it would have been hard to '' fmd. CHAP'rER III. Frank led him to a walled reservoir next to the construc tion room, in which the craft had been built, and in this sheet of water floated the new invention. The reservoir was connected by a canal with a river that flowed to the sea. The sea engine was named the Clipper. She was a flat cone, one hundred and fifty feet long, twenty-five feet wide, and fiftee:l feet deep, tapered to a point at each end, had a pilot-house in f;ont, a railed deck, and a trap-door in the middle. At the bow an immense sharp blade was secured, there was a big electric searchlight on each side of the turret, a pair of paddle-wheels were on each side of the hull, and at the stern was a rudder and a Num e rous oblong bull's-eyes broke the sfoping sides of A FATAL TRIAL. the oval deck, while along the keel were a number of water The furious uproar made by the coon and the Irishman valves. was heard by some of Frank's mechanics in the shop, and [ The .boat :vas made of finely tempered steel plates an: they came rushing out to ascertain the cause of the disturbmch thick, stretched over a frame of steel of the most mas ance. sive build, designed to withstand an enormous watEr pres-As soon as they saw Barney and Pomp furiously strugsure gling, they imagined that they were fighting, and several Even the glass in the windows was an inch of the most peaceably inclin e d ran up to separate them. thick, and made in small squares, in order to gain strength. No sooner had tJley put their hands on the pair when Oscar Hunt gazed at the marvelous engine in astonish they; too, were shocked by the electric current, and could ment. not let go. "With all my experience with ships," said he, "I hav:e Howling, jumping and squirming, they added to the con-never seen anything like this before in my life." fusion and uproar, much to the amazement of those who "She certainly is an oddity," Frank laughed; "but then had not done anything to stop the supposed fight the work expected of her is far different from that which This might have continued a long time had not Barney you are accuRtomed to; she can descend five hundred feet seen how matters stood, and yelled to one of the men: under water, and travel there in safety for a week at a "Hey, Jim, come here!" time." "What do you want?" asked the man addressed. "This is extraordinary! How do you do it?" ther woire from ther back av this chair." "Come aboard and I'll show you.'' The mechanic complied and the current was broken. They crossed a gang-plank to the deck. .. As soon as tllis occurred the four men no longer felt the Passing through the open trap they descended a short electricity, and were able to let go the metal chair. flight of metal stairs into a small, round, metal-lined comThey dicl not wait to say a word, but scattering, they partment. 1 rushed off in all directions and quickly vanished from view. There were two levers on the walls, and several valves in As Barney had su'ffercP, as much as Pomp, they did not the floor. discuss the after that, but let the matter drop. "This is the exit chambE:r," Frank said, explanatorily. Frank continued his work upon the sea engine, and at "Under the sea, if we wish to leave the interior in a diving the end of two weeks the wonderful vessel was completed. costume, we ente:r this room and pull one of those levers. It In the meantime Oscar Hunt had rapidly recovered frorr: ONns a valve admitting the sea water. As soon as tire room his wound, and by the time the submarine boat was fin-is full the diver is accustomed to the surrounding sea pres ished he was up and around again, and prosecuted the foUl sure, and can go out without feeling the change When h e tramps. comes in and closes the trap, he pulls this second leve r. T hat They were sentenced to long terms in prison. puts a pump in operation emptying the water out. Whe n On the day the sea engine was finished, Frank met t e it is all out you can open the door and e n ter the living sailor in the yard and shouted to him: rooms." "Say, Hunt, come in here, and I'll show you my new in"How ingenious vention. 1 "Follow me." He always maintained the utmost privacy while con-Frank pushed the door open str u cting his pecul1ar contrivances, never permitting them were in a passage and walked aft to a big room. to be seen until they were completed and secured by patents 1 It contained an eng'ine such as a steamship carries, ex-


PRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. cepting that such parts wero missing as were ucted upon by w&ter and steam. The mlkhinery turned the paddle wheelil and screw, It was worked by an. electric motor deriving its force from innumerable big storage batteries ranged against the walls. I This room was illuminated by electric incandescent lamps, as were the other apartments, the currents for which came from a machine standing in the middle of the room. 'rhe ceiling was with m11zes of insulated copper wires for carrying the electric currents "to an the worldng parts. An air pump a water pump, a dyJ]amo, an oil engine, 11ncl a series of belts, fly-wheels, electric motor s and shafts made up the rest of the contents of the room. "'rhis is the engine-room," said Frm1k. "Complicated," commented the puzzled sailor. "On the contrary, very simple to one und ers tanding elec trieiiy." "That's the point." "Come thi s way." l < rank made his way up forward. 'Tlie 'firstroom after passing the exit chambe r 11as a s tore room for holding water, provisionA, s hip c handlery, tools, diving-suits, anus and ammunition, and duplicate part s of the vessel. Forward of this room was a kitchen pantry and llless room combined, an e lectrical for the cooking, and mo tbr fan-wheels to keep the room cool. A door from here led into the turret, which contained sevrral bunks, hand s ome furniture, a steering wheel, a c om pass that could be used nnd er the sea, a numb e r of electrical and meteorological and a switchboard for contro11-ing the eleetric currents. B y means of this arrangement the pilot governed the en gine. Frank exp l ained the use 10l E'Verything to the sailor. Then he added in conclusion : the reservoirs last an hour or scr, and tl1en pulled a opening the water valve. As soon ns the midship reservoir began to fill the sank. Down she to the bottom of thE) pool, and a gloom began to pervade the interior. Frank turned on the. e leotrio lights. They shed 11 brilliant glow through the boat. He next turned tho culrent into the searchlight-s, and s ilvery glow immediately filled the water ahead. By turning one of the l eve rs, h e stu lted the air inje working, and a cool, fresh atmosphere filled the sea gme. The Clipper paused on the bottom. It was covered with mud. The depth was thirty feet. Fi shes w e re swimming around the engine, and everythi ng outside became as plain as if bath e d in s unlight. -....... A cry of 1stonishment pealed from Hunfs lips a s he gazed out the window upon the moving vegetation growing among the rocks lining the bottom. "I have never seen anything like this before," he cried. "Wait until we get out to sea," said Frank. "This nothin g in comparison with the scenes you will then wit ness." "Hark! What i s rumbling sound?" "Good heavens! Has any accident occurred?" They both listened intently. A dull roar reached their ears. It caused a puzzled, uneasy look to cross Frank's face. He cast a sharp g l ance up at the register, and started violently when he observed the dial of the airchambers. "Anything gone wrong?" asked Hunt. "The air is escaping from the reservoirs!" exclaimed Frank. "How?" anxiously demanded the sai lor. "Into the water. That's what makes the roaring noise We will soon have none to breathe. We must get to the top at once. "Merciful powers! Don't los e a moment then.'' "But one thing more needs explanation; then you will know all about the Clipper. !She has three in the hold Th th b d t fill d 'th Frank started the water pnmp, and tons of water were e ones m e ow an s ern are e w1 a1r llnder P e e h h k t 1 d h 1 b 1 emptied ftom the sea engine, until it was all out. r ssur w lC 1s ep coo an w o esome y a so ut ion of ata h 1 d te Th t t' 11 But by the time this was done all the air had escaped p s 1me an wa r. e au 1s au oma wa y 1 fed to th 1 d t d th 't' t d and 1 e r two mmates were gaspmg stentonously for breath. e 1vmg-rooms, as we nee 1 an e v1 1a e car b 'd f b th' t d :ff She wont nse, as she has no buoyancv !"gasped Frank oruc ac1 gas, rom rea mg 1 1s carne o m o He 1 1 water 'by valves. The center reservoir is a water cha r g yt. h 1 k d h f b 11 t h us we pens oc e up m ere?" or a as mg t e sea engme so as to smk her to any depth. Enough t 1 t t th b f th No. We have one chance to esc11pe. It 1s a desperate v.: a er 1s e m o overcome e uoyancy o e mr k B th f d d fte Th t k. 1 If I ns ut unless we attempt 1t we will cerlamly die! m e orwar an a r reservous. a sm s 1er h t h I 1 t t f th t d th. And Frank rushed from the turret, fo11owed by Hunt. w1s o raise er e ou some o e wa er, an e a1r carries her to the surface." "It is a wonderful arrangement, Mr. "Would you like to see how it works?" means." "Then I'll send her to the end of the reservoir." Frank glanced at the register dial of the and saw that there was enough atmosphere compressed in CHAPTER IV. OFF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE. Reaching the exit chamber Frank and his companion hastened in and closed the door, whereupon the young inventor said, in tones:


a. FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 7 "Our only cour s e to reach the top i s lo ope n the trap I presum e y ou will now hav e s u c h a read of th e Cl i p above hold our br eath, g e t out into the pool, and ascend t o 1 pe r that you will n

8 FHANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. Upon doublin_gl the stormy Cape, s hips find themselves current comes from a pile of fifty e l e m e nts, and a followed for weeks at a time by these rolling swell s furiously light, equivalent to 2,000 Curcel jets for each lamp, is driven and la s hed to foam by the west wind. obtained." The !>ea engine was roll ed and tossed like a cork in these j Hunt turne d toward the window and peered out. immense billows, and Frank turned o Hunt and said: A cry of alarm escaped him as he did so, and he shouted :'I am going to double the Cape under water." "Port your lielm-quiok !" "Just as well to do so, si 'r," the sa ilor r ep lied. "See "What for?" commanded r:;;rank, without complying. there!" "There's an enormous whale ruRhing at us!" I He pointed at the !>ky, where banks of dark, threatening Frank merely smiled, and as he peered out he put clouds were piling up in heavy masses. volt of electro mo"five force in the wheels that the It was a violent storm gathering, to get caught in which generated. in that region ;yas almost fatal. The Clipper rushed ahead furiously. "That clinches the matter,'' said Frank. Fifty yards ahead there was a whale fully eighty feet "Won't it be just as rough down below?" l ength, and this gigantic monster was rushing "No. Altliough the motion of a wave is felt three hunClipper. and fifty times its height, down in the profound It was very evident that it was a savage depths, yet the furthe r you go down, the more diminished beast, e lse it would never have attempted to attack the the strength of the motion becomes." On it came, and around it swept to deal the sea engine "Then, as the waves are forty feet high, their motion blow with its tail, designed to smash the boat. must be felt to a d epth of 24,ooo feet." The force of s u c h a blow might have demolished the boat. "Exactly. That's over two miles and a half." Frank rea liz ed what its intention was. As : Frank s poke, h e opened the sea valves. He kept his glance upon it keenly, and operated the The Clipp e r began to sink. with amazing skill, for he knew v e ry well that all He "let .her go dow,n to a depth of three hundred feet and upon him to save the sea engine from ruin. then shut the valves, when she ran ahead under water. There was an unknown depth below the boat. The electric lights out, lighting up the s ubmarine scene, and displayed a variety of fishes around the Clipper. scarcely felt the waves here, and her water ballast caused her to ride as steadily as a rock Nor was her speed dimini s hed. She had a full supply of air in her reservoirs, and a s soon as the injectqrs b ega n to operate our fri ends felt no more inconvenience than would have been experie nc ed on the surface. .. "' ... L. ... "Don't the air get hot from being st rongly compressed?'' asked Hunt. "Yes; it would, and would injure us," Frank replied. "But by a simple arrangement I have it traverse two layers of water before it reaches us, and that cools it.' By the time it i s used up by greathing we have a fresh supply of air from the reservoirs." "How deep can an ordinary diver go down?" "Less than two hundred feet. Every thirty-two feet he finds an additional pressure of fifteen pounds to the square inch upon him. As an ordinary sized man presents about G,'OOO square inches, you may imagine what an enormous weight he has to sustain." '"l'his boat must be unde ; an enormous pressure, then "That's why I built her so strong." "Why do you only use electric lights?" Simply because other lights have to consume air to burn down here If air is fed to them, the wicks carbonize soon, and the light gets feeble and goes out. Our brass sea r c h lights are watertight, and inclose regulators o:f a system o1 my own. The wire s which conduct the current enter the lamps by traversing a non-conducting plug of tow. The CHAPTER V. LIBERATING THE SLA. VES. There sounded a tremendo u s thump as the sea came in contact with the whal e 's body. The shock knocked O scar Hunt down, but Frank tained his perpendicular by clutching the wheel. gone!" gasped the startled sailor. "Not yet replied Frank, in grim tones. He had his glance fixod upon the whale against which the engine h ad run with terrific force. And h e saw the huge blade cut through the animal's body lik e a cleaver, severing it in two. Instantly the sea was crimson with the creature's blood, and while the tail and large portion of that s l enderest part of its went one way, the remainder went the other. Both sank out.of 8ight, and the Clipper continued on. It was a terrible cut, for the sea engine had been plung ing toward the whale; while that part of it which had been sev e red was sweeping around toward the boat, increasing the force of contact Hunt scrambled to his feet and wildly peered out. "Where's the whale?" he asked in amazement. "Cut in two," replied Frank, with a lau gh. "Is that sG? By thunder! I thought it was the Clipper that was injured. You mu t have steered her with mate skill." "Oh, I had to keep my wits about me," replied Fra.nk. At the time of the Barney had been in the kitchen playing a fiddle, while Pomp was cooking the supper.


. J FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 9 Both were sent flying on the floor R ecoveripg their fe e t they rushed i n to the turret. "Howl y' fioy I s it garn we is?" ga sped the I r i s hman. "I'se a dead niggah !" roared the coon. "Let me git out o b heah !" Frank and the sailor la ughing at them, their fea r s instantly E

, 10 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGIN1!1 "Whiz! went the bullets. Ahll!wful rep(>rt followed their bu-rsting. Fierce yells came from the boatmen. They involuntarily paused, and Frank cried : "You've demoralized them-give them another shot!" Again the weapons were discharged, 1 and severa l o the black paddlers shrieked and toppled over. "Once more P' cried Frank. Bang Bang Bang The Clipper at once began to sink, and soon vanish rorp. the view of the crew of the dhow. CHAPTER VI. GRAVE DOUBTS. Once the sea engine was buried the water, crew felt safe from the guns on the dhow. That shot gave them plainly to understand that Arabs were furious over having lost slaves they had be Nearly all the paddlers were wounded now, so there was intent upon taking from the canoes, and as there was y not much chance of the canoes getting back to land. some chance o/ them caJturing the negroes: Frank said: As no reports emanated the weapons, the crews o "I'm going to put an end to their trade in human flesh. the dhow and canoes could not locate the place they came "Faith, I'm wid yez ter killin' ivery wan av them!" sai from. 1 Barney. Forging ahead, the Clipper ran between the ship and ca"No; I do not mean to massacre thee people." noes. As so; m as the paddlers saw her, every one sprang overboard and struck out for the shore. The fettered slaves were gre atly terrified by the sea e n gine, and set up a mournful chorus of howls. "Barney! Pomp! Hunt! Liberate them!" cried Prank. The three rushed back to the exit chamber, armed with knives, and Frank brought the engine to the surface. Out on deck went the three. 'rhe boat dashed up to the canoes.' In a moment more several of the blacks were released, and knives were put into their hands to free their compan ions. "Den wha' yo' gwinc ter do, Marse Frank?" asked Pomp "Destroy their craft." "We have no means of doing it," said Hunt. "Oh, yes, w e have," answered Frank, quietly. show you." He had brought the Clipper to a pause at a depth of te I feet from the surface, and now stclrted her toward the dhow. In a few moments they saw the liull of the Arabian ship floating in the sea above them. Frank then left the wheel in Pomp's hands. Giving the coon some instructions he went back in the storeroom and put on a peculiar-looking diving-suit made of thick rubb e r with a steel h e lmet -apd a knapsack at the back. As soon as they understood the good intentions o our This knapsack was filled with compressed air enough to friends, they shouted with glee, and showed by every tone last him for the space o five hours. I and action how grateful they were. In a remarkably short space of time all hands were free of their bonds and in of the paddles .. Then they stood a fair chance to escape. .Just then, however, the excited Arab s on the dhow had seen what was transpiring, and s et up a shout. It was injected into the nelmet by an automatic mechan-' ism, and the consumed air by a valve. In the brea s t of the suit was set an electric lamp, wliich derived its current from a small but powerful battery inclosed in a receptacle secured to his belt. As soon as Frank was so attired he opened the ammunition box which contained a number of in which There were guns aboard the boat. a clockwork was nrranged to explode them at any specifiecl Frank soon dis covered this startling fact, for one of the time. weapons vented a thunaerous roar, and a Rhot came howling across the water. Tq the outside of these shells a sharp spike was screwed. Having tak,en one of the dangerous explosives out, Frank It was badly aimed, for it passed over the Clipper and entered the exit room, filled it with brine, and went up on dropped in the, water on the other side o her. deck. "They are showing their fangs!" said Frank. 'l'hen he shouted to hi s fri e nds to come in. They hastily complied. Pomp had been holding the sea engine beneath the dhow, and when he saw Frank appear on deck he raised her. Frank set the clockwork going in the bomb by pressing a As soon as they were in side, Frank opened the water small projecting wire end, and stuck the spike in the ship's valves. bottom nea r the stern.


FRANK1READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 11 H e then motioned Pomp o s teer the Clipper away. 'l'h e d ark y obe y ed. Th e bomb adh e r e d to the dhow b y t h e s pike. H e h a d set i t to bur s t in five minutes. J Away glid e d the s ubm a rin e vessel h a lf a mile. Sh e th e n ascend e d t o th e surface in th e s unlight. One aft ernoon Frank aske d the s ailor in the kitchen: "Was that i s l a nd directly oppo site the mounfain ?" "Exactly an s w e r e d Hunt, with a nod "Now, you think i t mu s t have been n ear Lak e C hilka ?" "It mu s t hav e la i d to th e s outh o f it." "Have you a n y good reason for b e li e ving s o i" The Arab s in th e dhow w e r e chns i ng th e c anoes up the "Yes; for th e s torm came from the north west. That coas t a nd w e r e rapidl y gainin g on the escap ed s l a ves, for would have blow n the Ida C. Ra y to t h e s outh b y e a s t. they d a r e d not land, as their e n e mies were lurkin g o n the shore. t B e for e the s l a v e r s r e a c h e d t h e m the bomb burst. The r e was a f earf ul roa r, a nd a s h o w e r of timb e r s fle w up in the air. All t h e s t ern o f t h e dhow was b l own off, and a wil d yell p e al e d from h e r du s k y c r e w m a n y of whom w e r e injured. The n the vesse l began to fill an d s ink. --:-c: About what di s tance ? "It did not seem to be mor e tha n fift y mil e a "In that c ase w e mu s t be near th e place now." "You can rest assure d of that." And it la y you estim a t e, tw e n ty m i les f r o m "That's a s n ear a s I coul d jud ge What was t h e dim e n s i o n of t h e i s l and?" Almos t round i n s h ap e abou t h a lf a mil e in d i a meter. It A s he. was goin g d own h e r cr e w l e ap e d overboard and st o o d n o more th a n te n feet a bove t h e level of th e sea, a nd I struc k ou t for t h e s hore. Now, however th e s laves turne d on th em. The bla c k s had th e Arab s at their m e r cy. Kno w ing it w ell, a nd with a ll th e ir hatre d a rou sed ag a in:ot e n e mies, they paddled up to th e m and b e gan to kill them. Up o n seein g thi s t e rrible massa c r e going on, Frank ha s t-ily tool( off hi s di v in g s uit and dashed down ip. the boat. Pomp! h e s h o u te d ; "stop them!" Y a s sah cam e the r e pl y The coon th e Clipp e r tow ard th e m in rough weathe r mu st ?ave been wash e d b y the waves. F r ank nodd ed. The n h e e nter e d the wheel-r oom. "Well, Barn ey, a n y lu c k yet ?" h e a s ked. "It's uut av m e head m e eyes i s bul g in ', lu c kin f e r m Q untl).ins wid c rosses a top av t him bu t be h eave n s I'll go cock eyed afor e I'll see wan, I'm Masthe r Frank." The Clipp e r was th e n n o t han a l eag u e fro m and they c ould plainl y see th e jung les a nd tro pical v e r d m e that p r ofusel y lin e d t h e Indi a n shores. ..... -Not a mountain o f th e k i nd t hev hunte d for could b e G e tting off hi s divin g dress, Frank ru s h e d up to th e tur-seen ret. -''You seem to be doubtful a b out it," s aid Fra nk. Befor e they got a n ywhe r e near th e bla c k m e n they h ad F a ith who kn ows! Remi mber, thi s sai lor w or a s h t ran-dis patch e d th e last of the s lav e r s ger t o u s It's g r e at f a it h ycz must have had i n the r mug av A tre m e nd o u s a nd savage s hout of triumph esca p e d th e m him to attimp t a thri p !l V this k o ind w idout k n owin' whet h e r for they ima g in e d they had \VOn a l e gitimate vic tor y to be proud of. "Frig htful!" comm ente d Fra1nk with a s hudd er. \ "Shall w e paste th e r s palpeens ?" a s ke d Ba:rney. No; know n o b ette r "Specs dey fink dey done s omefin great." "'l'hC'y haven t l e f t o n e of th e Arab s alive," said Hunt. "Wh a' yo' g win e t e r do now?" a s ked Pomp "He ad f o r India." Th e coon compli e d and th e Clipp e r glid e d away from the 1sccne, rnn a l o ng t o the s outhw a rd of and l'd f o r th e i s l a nd of Ceylon. Several days aft e rward s he was goin g u p th e e a s t ern coas t of Indi a, and a s harp lookout was maint a in e d1for the p e enh e wor giv i n yez a s htraight tip o r a big loi d'yez moind ?" Barney, I am an une rrin g c hara cte r Once I size up a m a n I n e v e r mak e a mi s take. I trus t Oscar Hunt, and until it i s prov e n t o m e th at h e has l e d u s o n a wild goose cha se, I will s till b e li e v e th e s t o r y h e tol d m e about t h e s unken diamond min e." "Shure I'll howld m e t o ngue afth e r that," s aid Barn ey, s cratching his h e ad and pullin g a look o f p erpllity. "But f e r m y part; m e j e w e l divil a b it will I b e l a v e hi s yarn I until some wan shows m e t h e r l o ikes a v hi s diamond fornin s t me eyes. "That's \rh e r e w e d i s a g ree, then," l a u g h e d Fra nk s hrug ging his s hould e rs, and h e w ent b ack in th e e n g ine-room The r e h e found P o m p o i lin g t h e machin e r y liar mmmtai n w hic h Hunt declar e d mark e d t h e place wh e r e l Th e c oon wa s whistli ng a liv e l y t unc as h e w or k e d a n d the sunk en i s l a nd was to b e f o und. g l a nced u p a t F ra nk a gri n t h a t s howed a ll hi s iv o ries.


1 2 J FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA. ENGINE. ''REckon yo' ain't seen nuffin ob dat yar m o unting yet sah, hab y;' ?" be asked a s h e pau sed. "He re s anoth e r doubt er!" exclaim e d Frank. "Have I you and Barney bee n puttin g your head s togethe r to plan CHAPTER VII. A ROY A L TIGER. a i] a mean s o f discouraging m e ?" 1 "Lawd amassy, no!" a sser t e d P o mp M e an dat white On the following d ay, as t h e Clipper was runnin g dowJJ b trash B a hn e y de a n s peak now I d o n e put salt in hi s coffee the coast 'to t h e s ou t h ward again the J eypore Hill s were fo' s upp a h las' ni g ht in st id ob s u ga r a n h e say I d o n e i t s i ghted s t a n d in g b ack from the coast. t a puppose." Fra n k had been st u dying an atlas of that s e ction of t h e r "Then how i s i t y ou ar e both of t h e s am e opinion?" coun t ry, and goi n g in to the whee l room where Oscar H un t c "Dunno, honey, but I s pecs it's k ase dar a mn t n o s i g n stoo d steering t h e sea engine, he pointed to the sho re, and ob d e mounting or nuffin' e l s e y it. Frank was not c onvinced b y thi s r e a s onin g He firmly s e t hi s mind a g ain s t all doub ts, for hi s c onfi in oscar Hunt had g rown wit h their a s quaint a nce, rath e1 than dimini s h e d despit e their l ack o f s uccess He resolve d to kee p the boat g oin g up t h e coas t until h e fou nd some s ign of the landm a rk. "A mountain c an t v ani s h i n a ni ght," h e m u tte r e d Consequ ently the sea e n gi n e con t i nued o n a nd t hey m et with no b ette r s u c c ess than b e f o r e as t i m e w ent by. Indeed one morninothey arrived in v i e w of the m o u t h;; b of the Gange s and w e r e hail e d b y aJt outgoin g Eng li s h s hip B ound for Calcutta?" a s ked h e r c aptain aft e r the fir st salutatio n "No_ ; a r e we near th e r e? a s k e d Fra nk in s urprise. "Within a few hou rs of the c it y." "Is it possib le ?" T he s hip went on, Frank turne d to Oscar Hunt. The sai l or looked v e ry pal e and trou b l e d "How do you account for thi s ? Frank a s k e d him "We mu s t h ave pa s sed the landm a rk two days a g o Mr. \ Reade." D o you feel sure o f it?" Po s itive. S e e h e re, Mr. Read e, I kno w that d o u b t s a ni! s u s picion s h a v e c r ept in t o th e mind s o f you rself a n d your fri e nd s nor can I blame you for the m But I swear t o yon as I hope r s a l v a tion h e r eafte r tha t I have not deceived you-that t have to l d you the truth. Will you b e l ieve m e ?" I T h e re was s u c h a truthful ring in hi s tones that Frank was ?eeply jmpressed with hi s s incerity H e g ra s p e d th e s ail o r 's b a nd. "Yes; I bel i e v e y ou, Oscar Hunt. You are a n hon est man For some r e ason we have missed findin g the place. Now I a m g oing to hunt for t h e s unk e n d i a m o nd m i n e unti l I find it. B race u p, o l d f e llow, and b e of good c heer!" sai d : "That range of moun tains is t h e o nl y one lyin g betwee n C h i l k a and the mouth o f the Godaveri R ive r. Conse quentl y E I hav e conClude d that the c ross:;hape d mountai n you saw -in u st b<\ on e of tha t ran ge." What i s the l e ngth of that r ange?" asked t h e sa il o r. "Ab o u t three h u n d r e d an d fifty mi l es." "Then our hunt l ies wit h i n t hat bounda r y." '; H al f t hat d ista nce w i ll do. Yo u said the I da C, R ay firs t st ruck a rock off L ake Chilka. Then she dri fted south w a rd f q r sever a l hours, w h en s h e struck on the di a m o n d i s l a nd. How m a n y hour s l a t e r di d t hi s occur? "Not m o r e t h a n five." "Had your s hip a n y sa il s up?" "The t orn fr agine n ts o f a few. W e w ill t he n s u ppose she drifted at the rat e of te n o r twe lve m iles an hou r T ak i ng the ext r eme r ate s h e would t h e r e f o r e have been betw e e n fifty and sixty mil e s south of L a k e Chilk a W e will proceed to that point now. T here w e w ill t r y t o find s o me evidence of the vol can i c m ountain. The mu s t b e some w h e r e betw een B a mva an d Nau p q d a t w o coas t town s A t t h at point a spur o f the J eypore Hill s ru ns t o w ard t h e coa st. C oul d it be t hi s spur that was the v o l c ani c mount ain?" I a m i gnorant o f t h e grography o f thi s country." How l o n g ago w as it that you was w r ecke d h e re?" "Sev e n m onths ago t o -d ay." "In tha t inte rv a l a volcan ic mount a i n have sunk dow n into the e a rth. 'rherc a r e i ns t ances of s u c h mo u ntainH thu s vani s hing in Mexico. A n yhow, w e '1::v e 1 clew t o work upon now." hop e we s hall succeed as I want to clear m yse l f of t h e clo ud o f s u s pi c i o n with w hi c h B arney and P o m p r egard m e," e arnestl y said t he sai l o r. The Clipp e r passe d t h e C h i l ka, and i n the afternoon reach e d a poin t fifty miles sou t h of t h e H e r e B arney stopped he r The spur of t h e moun tain F rank spo k e o f _,w as s e en.


\FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGIKE. 13 It was decided to run ih the shor e between Pundi nd Barnva. Here the ghauts (landing s tairs) rose in magnificent prec pice s and headlands out of the ocean in some places from 1,500 to 8,000 feet, here and there rec eding, and l eaving I we will have to wait for th11 tide rise and lift us." "Do it coom up here?" "Yes; it must-it is rising now." "Arrah, it's a pickle we are in e ntoirely." 11 broad, leve l tracts between their base and the coast. "In one hour it will float us, I believe." e Some of tracts were covered by dense jungles, in"Bad cess ter me ignerence! Why didn't I know it was erspersed with palms, sa ndal wood, and scrubby forests of shoal here?" \ rubber-yielding and other trees, thickly covered with great "I don't see how you could," laughed Frank. ct"eeping vines He was just upon the point of going inside when a sudden These plateaux, woods, rocks and plains abounded with rustling among the jungle on the right hand side attracted. wild animals, ranging from lion s to tigers, birds of various his attention; and he gazed toward the spot. kinds, and reptiles such as cobra di capella, and gavials of To his amazement he saw the bushes part and a large head enormous size. appear. When the sea engine arrived close to the coast, she turned It was an enormous head, with a fiery mouth and to the southward, and h eaded for a stream running through ing eyes. I the jungle. "The h ead of a tiger," muttered Frank, staring at it in' "We may get up this creek a di st ance, and then land to tently. examine those hill s," said Frank. "Bedad, it as if there wor plenty of wather," said Barney. "Then turn her into the cree k, and I'll go out: on deck with a telescop e and examine the elevations." Frank left the turret as he spoke. B y the time re:mhed deck the boat was m the stream. It was a broad, dee}l creek at its mouth, but rapidl y be-., I came narrower, the shores becoming overhung by the dense, thorny jungle that bordered it on each side. In a moment more the monster took a ste]\.forward, when the fore part of its body appeared", which was instantly fol lowed by the rest of the animal. It was a terrible but magnificent beast, twelve feet in l e ngth, four feet high, ,a, bright tawny color beautifully marked with dark transverse bands, passing into pure whit e on the und er parts stood twenty feet away from the brute, but it crouch to spring at and knowing that it could covel', the distance sepa rating them he started for fie trap-door. He had not taken one step b.efore the animal launched itThe sea engine ran along several yards, and Frank lev-self in the air with the utmostgrace and agi li ty and l a nd e d eled his glass at the mountain. on the deck between him and the trap. It did not look anything like the sort of a place described His r et r eat was thus cut off.. by Oscar Hunt, as its crest was covered with trees and The boat shook from the fall of that heavy body upon it. sh:rubbe ry. I Frank had a bowie knife in his belt, but it was a wretched While Frank was bus y examining it, the boat suddenly weap9n with which to defend his life, and he shoute d as h e to a pause with such a s hock as to almost fling him dl""ew it: overboard, imd the water was all riled with mud '"Barney! A tiger! Quick! help me!" "Heave n s What' s this?" he muttered, in alarm. The Iris hman heard him and looked out the window. "We've struck a shoal!" cried Barney. It took his breath away to see what a monster the young The stream is too shallow to go up any _further," eaid inventor was facing, and he rush.ed from the turret. Frank. Frank now kept a steady glance fastened upon the tiger's "It is that, an' what's more, we're shtuck in ther mud." 'lurid orbs, and heard the animal utter a low, hoarse growl R eve rse yoUl' wheels!" exdai!lled the inventor. 'as it turned its body Barney obeyed, but the boat did not budge, for her big Then it made a sudden ru sh for him. blade at the bow had plunged deeply into the mud and held Quick as a flash Frank vaulted over the railing, and the Frank considered the situation awhi le,. and then asked : "Can you pump ballest out of her, Barney?" "Shure there isn't a dhrap of wather in ther resevy." tiger rus hed by where he had been standing, just grazing his leg. It instantly SW1mg around and dart e d at him again. The mighty paw was darted forward and dealt him a


14 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. "Help!" shouted Frank, wildly. blow which he trie to dodge, but the great claws caught in his c lothes and ripped them a s a knife would have done. The impetu s giv e n its body by tti_g la s t rush sent the might y b e a s t down o n th e s lope of the ova l deck. He d are not move, as it would hasten his death. Even the cry he uttered brought a snarl from the Frank laun c h e d him s elf again s t it. The animal was s o n ea r the edg e that the hind .. quarter s w ent in the wat e r, but it s fore claw s got a desperat e clutch on the e dge of t h e d ec k and clung there with a scrat c hing s ound. It thu s h e ld it s head and for e quarter s up while the re s t of its body was buried in the water. Its hind cla w s were digging furiou s l y at the under part ..and cau s ed it to bend nearer its victim. Frank cas t an an.xious glance around. :N" ot a soul was in s ight. He gave up all hope then. CHAPTER VIII. of the sea e n g in e in an e ffort to drag i tse lf fr o m the water. A JOURNEY UNDER THE SEA. Up to the animal ru s h e d Frank. He rai sed hi s bowie knife and s tabbed the tiger in th e Barney had rus hed into the s toreroom, and picking up neck. rifle mad e a dat:h for th e lrap but when he reached A horrible )'ell escaped it stair s h e di s cover e d that the w e apon was not loaded. Then it r e n e w e d it s s truggles. A cr y of v e xation escap e d him. It s trove to fas.te n its fangs in th e y oung inventor, bnt Back to the s tor e room h e da s hed again for ammuni he took c ar e t o keep out(). th e r e a c h of its r e d mouth H e los t c on s ideralJie time, and it mad e nervou s Again a gain h e plun ge d the knif e into th e n ec k o f Frank's s af e ty, for h e c ould h ear the s truggl e goin g the beast, s t a b wringing a t e rrible yell from it s above di s tinctly. throat. Rapidly loading th e air rifle, Barn ey s tarted for the d So frenzied became the brut e from the repeated stabs that again .it exerted eve r y mu scle in it s quiv e rin g body, and by a s u-Jus t a s he his head through the trap he saw prenw effort it haul e d its elf up on the d eck again. l y ing pro strate with the tig e r of his body. Frank now recoiled ins id e the raping. He saw tllt the b e ast was maddened b e yond measure. Howl y poker!" ga sP,ed the Celt. The n h e aimed and fir e d the animal. D ee p into it s bod y plunged the bullet. The n it exploded I -A bloody froth flecke d its mouth, it s eye-ball s protrud e d and glared lik e c oal s of fire, th e hair bri s tl e d all ove r it s body, and its tail lashed its 'fla nks, whil e its s hort ears laid back. A piece of fles h a s big a s Barne y's fis t was blo'wn out of its body. The tiger did not pause.a mom ent whe n it got out of the ...... With an a g oniz e d the wounded p e a s t flew up i!l th e air and c ame down on top of the pilot water, for it knew that Fra nk was respons ibl e for its agon:v. With one furiou s bound it fle w through the air. l Then it s truck him a t e rrible blow. Down on his back he was knock e d with the tiger on top of him and th e knif e fell fr o m hi s hand A shiver of horror c onvulsed him. Again Barney fired. The s e cond shot lodged in the brute' s head. It w ent down like a stone. S e veral kicks e n s ued, then all was over The shot kill e d it. He was entirely di s arm e d now. Frank arose. The savage brute was thirsting for his lif e and was in H e was cove red with blood from th e arumal 's wounds su c h a fury that it was boul!d to tear him to pieces unl e 8 S h e was breathing hard from exc itement and his face was he managed b y som e g ood lu-:k to escap e it pale and s weaty. A hcywl prolo11gt' d and dr e adful to h e ar escaped the ani"I had almo s t given you up \ Barney," hesa,id. mal whe n it found th e y onn g man at it s m el!cy. I "Bedac1, I'm not to b e s hook s o a i sy, laughed the !rish-! Having g lanced from side to s ide, it n ext b ent it s .fie r y man. e yes upon him, a wrinkl e furrowing i ts for e h e ad, lay I see y ou'v e settle d th e mon s ter." ing )Jack furth e r upon it s neck a nd it s jaws s o wid e 1\lor e p o w e r to m e fiht, 1 did. a s to bear its formidable te e th. "See i(we c an t secure it s hiD.e.


; FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 15 a butch e r at skinnin' thim bastes. Watch me "Do you think the island descend e d to the level of the bed Barney pick ed up Frank's knife and set to work on of the sea?" "No. It be pos s ible, for wh e n it w ent down I Pomp and the sa ilor now came on d e ck. di stinctly s aw it b e low the top. The d epth n ear that s pot I The y no e xplan atio n of wha happened, for the have s een i:>y the charts i s over 2 00 f e et.' Cons e qu ently the explained itself in v ery plain t e rms. island mus't y e t rise from the bottom like a flat-top, coneB y the time Barne y had secure d the tig er's s kin, Fralik hill." was h e d himself and changed his c lothes, and the tid e "With s uch f eatures we ought to find it easily." "I'm afraid no t. It see m s to m e lik e hunting for a nee'l' h e inventor thereupon entered the turre t, r e ver s ed the dl e in a haystac k, to look for an y particular object in the wh e n the b oat pulled h e r blad e fro m t h e mud and o c e a n, more a s the landmark has disapp eared." -" Yo gwine any furde r up the cri c k ? a s k e d Pomp. ':No; w e might g e t stuc k again, Frank an s w e r ed. "Wha' y o > fin' out a bout de mounting, sa h ? Ab s olutel y nothin g It ha s n o rese mblance of a c ro ss Wha w e do aboi.1t it, d en?" "As the r e i s no oth e r course l eft o p 0 n I inte n d to s ink boat and cruis e about h e r e unde r wat e r o n a hunt f 9 r t h e diamond mine, r e pli e d Frank, thoughtfull y ; It i s said b y s c i entis t s tha t an abnormal di sturbance of t h e eartl/s crus t on land is echoe d b y an earthquake or similar phenomena at sea. Now, if the r e was any affinity be tween the vol ca no y o u saw in. eruption, and the e arthquake that sunk the i s l a nd, this the or y see m s to b e carried out. 1\'ith th e buria l of the i sland in t h e se a, perhap s the volcano s ub s id e d "That might a c count for the queer way it v anis h e d con' (:Urr e d O scar Hunt. "It once stood o n the main-what appeare d to b e a lofty e leva t i o n wit h fir e and smoke emanating from the crate r at the top. What a pity it was I had no instruments to tak e the e xact b earings of tlu : isl-Frank g lanced at t h e r e gi sters 'The b atteries n ee d e d recharging and_ th e air-chambe r s r e and! W e could the n h a v e g on e directl y to the s pot and had no furthe r trouble." "Regrets are usel ess, said Frank. "We mus t hunt for H e t h e r e f o r e w ent ba c k into the e n g ine-ro om, and having it. If I spend a year looking for the sunken i s l e, I s haE find t the air-pump in m ot ion h e next c onnect e d the d y namo th the accumulato r jars m1d s t a rted the oil engine operat it. S e v e r a l h ours pa s eel b y e re everything was r e ady. The s h a d o w s of twilight began to fall when the s ea engine the c reek and g lid e d out to sea. :Frank glanced at the paten t log. It s tood at 5 400 H e therefore drove the engine out to sea until it regisit." H e was d e t ermine d on this point. Especiall y so a s Barne y and Pomp s coff e d his faith in the veracity of the s ailor who told the s tory. Frank want e d to prov e to t h e m that they w e r e wr ong. The s c e ne about the outs id e p t h e boat wa s v e r y singular, for the s ear c hl ight di s play e d it f or a great clistance around. From the bottom aro se the stalks of e normou s jungles of e e l grass, and th e trun_ ks of fantas ti c marine trees. 5 ,42 0 J Winding in and out among this dark green v e g etation Sh e w as the n tw enty mil es from l a nd, and a s eve r y thin g wer e -school s of dolphins, catfi s h. :mel the s u s u of India. in re a dine ss, h e o p ene d th e wat e r valve s and sank b c r Dom1 s h e w ent-t o the d epth of fift y feet b e f o r e h e s topped lrfr and put the wheel s in motion to s end h e r ahead. Starting the searchlight, he began to work her in a zig-zag Vas t quantities of s eaweed and other d e bris wa s floating in the submarine currents, and might have impeded the progress of the sea engine had not her big blade cut through them. way, nnd po s t e d O scar Hunt on lQ.Okout at the window. The water was alive wUh lob sters of enormou s s ize," many "Is there any particular distinguishing feature about the of which fastened on the Clipper all over. mnken i sland?" he ask e d the sailor. "You 'rould r e adily recognize the pl ace by numerolB pro jeeting slabs of s and s tone ten f e et in height, scaiterl d all the isThnc1," r e plied th.e sailor. "They lend it a very ar appearance." As the daylight waned the gloo!ll of the sea deepened, and object s at a distance became indis tinct. Many of the finny inhabitants of the water dove down to lie dow11 on the bottom or bury themselve s in the mud f o r repose. ...


16 FRANK R,EADE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. Then th e night fis h took their place. Along the bottom crept the mos t fie ndi s h-l o okin g anim Strangely made j e llyfish float e d along, throwing out a of strange s hapes that w e re s een on th e s urfa c e b y an white gho s tly light, whi c h gradually m e lted away in the mortal man and throu g h th e brin e ros e the most profu gloom. of the mos t singular app e aran ce. Then the moonfis h app e ared. Here and there forest s of trees present e d a barrier to th st The y were round s ilv e ry obje ct s that gleam e d lik e e lecboat, but s h e ripp el:l h e r way through them trio lights throu g h th e dense e l e m e nt. The n great roc k s obs truct e d h e r way and s he went ove Darting around them, like come t s flas hing in the sky ihe m with the g r e atest of ease. c were myriad s of tin y fir eflies of the sea. And .thus, amid e ver-changin g s cene s the s ea engine wen They p e rformed the mos t s ing ul a r curves a nd v e rtical on for sev e ral days 1 in e v e ry direction, hunting for th s lines as they darted to a nd fro in th e glo om, c lu s t e r s of s unk e n diamond mine, and her crew constantly upon th c them standing silent lik e plan ets and oth e r s flas hin g h e r e alert. and there like shooting star s in eve r y conce ivable -direction : Great black s pider crab s with demoniacal bodies and th e most diabolical protrudin g eyes, work e d t h eir way through the busy constellations of pho s phor e scent fish. These uglyc reature s had a s ingularly r e pul s ive look among tho s e beautiful d e niz e n s of the deep. They w e re surround e d b y s p a rkling littl e fis h th a i thr e w from their scales the 'most b e autiful m e talli c color s of r ed, blue, gre e n and yellow For a while these fairy.-lik e scenes would continue to play. 1-" OHAP'rER IX. THE' TWO SEA CANNIBALS. "We ar e caught in a n a wful current, Mr. Reade." Can t y o u f orce the Clipp e r out of it, Hunt?" "No. Didn t you h ear that crash just now?" "Has an y thing serious happened? You look pale and Then some monstrou s fis h would g radu a ll y e m e rge from agitat e d." \ the dark s hadowy di s t a nce, rus h t o ward the m lik e g reat cannibal s and g o bbl e th e m up b y t h e scor e a s they scatt e r e d and frantically fle d for their lives in all direction s Frank lower e d the boat one hundr e d f e e t deep e r a nd the bottom came in view in the s trong glare of the sear chlights. "See the wheel. It s wings loose l y in m y hand." "By thund er! ThB rudd e r ha s been injured." "'l' liat' s jus t wha t I fe a r : c S ink h e r to the bottom. ; 'rh\) sailor ope n e d the v a lves, and the Clipp e r went down into a w i d e deep grove c ut b y the curr ent in the bed of \ h e Here the mos t grotesqu e form s of roc k w e r e seen ri s in g s ea. ; from the bottom cru s t e d w ith thou s and s o f barn aclBs, a nd swarming with myriad s of pri c kl y s e a urc hin s lurkin g in the clefts. H e r e s h e paused a nd keel e d over b e for e the current. It. w as then midday, and t h e bla z ing tropical sun was darting it s luminou s s haft s through the brine. A yello.wish. tinge was lent to the water. t t n b ot only the rocks, but t he b e d of the sea was brilliant as a flower gard e n with exqui s it e l y c olor e d an 1 mones. These c reatures w e r e flowe r s in a pp e arance of the bri g ht e s t tint s and u s uall y g r e w a s flo w e r s grow, yet in r e ality they were animal s born in th e form of flowe rs. The s wift-flo w ing s ubmarine current into which the Glipt p e r h a d drifted stre ak e d the view s o that I e v e rything was blurr e d an d s triat e d, di s torted, and unnatu t the sight. The oceanis f ull of them. A s the boa t pau s ed, e v e r y 9-r'if.ting weed and object that 0 float e d n ear e nou g h to h e r c a u ght again s t her hull and Great banks of d e lic a t ely tinte d r e d cor a l f e s toon e d th e l o d ged t h ere until it was not long before she covered t with d e bris. n "She s tru c k a rock you s a y ?" a s k e d Frank. sandy trac ts, growing in b r an c h y s h a ft s lik e trees, and g ath ered in d e nse mas s e s b y the pol y p s tha t mad e it, until it th e form s of r eefs w hi c h'gr e w day b y day "Yes; I tri e d to avoid it, but t h e s wift curr ent hurled h e r t Gr eat bank s of.' mud cove r e d v a s t stre t c hes of the undulata g ain s t it with appallin g r e pli e d O s car Hunt. ing ground, which w e r e s u c ceed e d by hills, pl a in s d e e p d e "I mu s t g o out and r e pair the rudder. Until that i s pression s and towerin g escarpm ents done w e c annot hop e to g e t out of the grasp of. thi s current." :qown in on e of these bowl-lik e holl o w s_. the w a t e r w a s "'Look out for y ourself., Re ade. The str e ngth of the .flow eddying around the wr eck o f a big s hip whi c h was half mu s t be terrificto pu s h thi s sea e ng i n e over soY buried in the sand and g radually fa1lin g to pieces. "Oh, I am accustomed to the s e currents." I 0' l:>


NK RJ.ADE, JR. S ELECTRJ'o SEA ENGINE. 17 I "Let me go out and help you." ",All right. W e will carry s uch tools as I deem necessary save time and man y trips in and out of the boat." ... T e llin g Barn e y and Pomp about it, they proceeded to the reroom and got s uch thing s as they n eede d Then they donn e d divin g s ui ts and l e ft th e Clipp er. Once out on deck, they fe lt th e force of the irresi s tibl e rrent in a m.ost un e xpected way. It caught them and hurled th e m from the boat into th e e a, and was swiftly bearing th e m away w h e n the y w e re e nied to the bottom b y their w e igh ts Comin g on in pur s uit of the m were two big s harks. Now h e und e r s t ood why Barney had them away in this s ummar y manner. 'rhe Irishma n mu s t h a v e seen the s h a rk s and r e alizing that they w e r e lik e ly to devour the two divers, he had v e r y lik e ly s tart e d the boat to drag them out of danger. Ins tead o f blamin g him now, Frank blesse d him. I Th e boat had a hard s truggle to fight that awful current as s h e had to s lant out o f it. But s h e w a s equal to it. Th e s hark s w e r e c au ght n th e curr ent and could not very Here b y dint of diggi n g their hand s a nd fee t into the w e ll g e t out of i t, e ith e r and it adde d mat e rially to their d, the y manag e d to g e t back to t h e s e a engine. naturally s wift through the w a t er. t was toilsome work, though. The fierce current kept pressing a g ain s t them with over e lming force and pushing the m back. When they reached the b 0at Frank cr e pt up on deck and t a rope, one end of whic h h e secur e d to the Clipper Shooting ahead lik e cannon-ball s they were within a 'few inches of the two div e r s when the Clipper flew from the curr e nt. Turnin g over on their back s to seize Frank and Hunt, they mi ght h ave s n ap p e d the m in two had not the boat just The oth e r e nd h e tie d around Hunt a nd himself. I the n w hi sked th e m out of the curre nt. B y thi s h e prevente d the c u r r e n t h a ving a ch a n c e Th e s hark s w e r e swept al o n g d eprived of th e ir prey. carr y them both away again a s it had done. A s the e n g in e gained the clear w a t e r, a high wall of They then got down und e r the st e rn. coral was seen ahead and Barney s topp e d her. There the y found th e rudder han gin g b y one hinge. H e g l a nced back through a bull's -eye. The h e ad s of th e bolt s on the oth e r s had been torn off. Jus t the n the s hark s l eft t h e purre nt, and he saw them, A s Frank had brought th e ri ght kind of tool s with him ripp e d o u t an e jaculati o n of h o rror and gas p ed: e y set to work driving out t h e old bolt s and putting in "Be h eave n s I 1 have n t c hait e d thim out av me rinds This work r e quired consid e rabl e tim e Indeed th e darkness o night f e ll b y the tim e it was done Putting the tool s in the bag, they w e r e jus t to go ck ab9 ard of the boat when it s ud de nl y arose. Th e caught the Clipper a nd s w ept h e r away Faste n e d to h e r b y the rope Fra nk and hi s com.1mnion e lift e d from the ground at one mome nt, dragged over it be next and thus s wiftly born e along. She rose fift y feet from the bott o m Then s he turn e d to the ri ght and began to force h e r w_ay t of the current with all the s tren gt h of h e r whee l s "Good hea:vens l Why didn't Barn ey wait until w e got in he Clipper befor e s tarting her?" mutte r e d Frank. "He ust have thought w e w e re aboa rd to h a v e don e thi s." He was ti e d to the extre m e e nd of t h e rope, and seein g at he would hav e to do som e thing, or run the chanc e of etting hi s brain s dash e d out against the rock s they met, he .fa8tened the rop e Then he b e gan to climb up. ar Hunt was hanging ab?ve his head yet bad cess t o t him! Faith I'll dhrop the r Clipp er! Hey, n aygur, p u t o n a doiv in s uit", t ake a g un an g o h e lp thim !" A s t h e s h a rks s hot towa rd Frank and hi s companion, they both took a firm e r g rip on t h e s hort-handled axes they car ri ed. Frank h a d t o clin g to th e rope with one hand In a moment mor e the m an-eate r s were clos e to them, I a nd the y raised the ir and s wung them down with all the str e ngth they could mus t e r 'J' h e wat e r resi s ted the blows in fm e asure, but each of th e cann i bal s received a dre a dful gash. lt caused them' to dart away Dow n sank th\ C lipp e r v e r y r a pidl y Sh e soon l a nd e d on bottom and Frank and Hunt got a way rop e and s t arte d to get up on the s e a engine Back cam e the s har ks b e for e they c ould do so, and they faced the ora c iou s b e a s t s a gain. J11s t the n Pomp app e a re d in th e trap clad in a diving suit, and carry ing an a ir in hi s hands. 11 'l'he bull' s-eye e lectric lant e rn s in the breastplates of Frank and the s ailor flas h e d upon the big fishes." That gave Pomp a clear view o f the m and h e aimed his He received a tremendous shock of s urprise a s he did so. wel:\l}on at the m and fired two s hots. I I


o\ 1"' 1 8 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ............{INE. ..... or the sharks \v as kill ed. 'l'he o t h e r h a d a piece blown out o f its body The n a curio u s e v ent h appe ned. 'l'h e o n e tha t was wound e d i n the fre nzy of the pain i t endure d, mad e a rus h f or the sinking body of the other. S e izin g it in its j a w s th e mon s t er b e gan to tear it to \ plCces. Frank and hi s companion lo st no time in getting aboard the boat, and o nce ins ide, th ey took off t heir di ving suit s P o m p, you di d n o bl y excla im ed Frank. ''Ynsm h yass ah c huckl e d the diminutive c oon. De o l e f o ]b, o n d e plantation whar I wuz r aised say di s c hil e gc:t n oble blo od, Marse Frank. It am b ound fa' to s ti c k out, h." "Ver v lik e l y, laugh e d the inv e n t or. "Did Barne y rai s e l1 S up fro m the bot f om on the rop e purpo s e l y ?" "Specs h e did s ah, c a se h e done see d e m yer e s h arks a c omin ', an' notice dat yo' a n Hunt d idn'. see d e m s o wi f da t up go de sea e n g i ne an' a w ay yo' d o n e float." I a dmire hi s c ommon se nse. W e' r e out of the current, too." "Fo' s ho w e am. D at's ka se y o fix d e ruddah." Frank w ent up to the pilot house. '! h er e h e found Barney in a s t a t e o f d e li ght over their I c p capc, and o f nothing e lse for t h e n ext h our. 4Having raised th e boat, s h e was again sen t Oft he r hunt for the s unken i sland, and the ni g h t p asse d p e a ceab l y a way. On t h e following mornin g, afte r br e ak fas t Pomp into thE engine room clean the m ac hin er y and lubricat e the bearing s I The shaft op erating the s t ern scr ew was r evolve d b y a ver y wide, long l eathe r b e lt' t andin g at a n a n g l e, whi c h ran ove r two bi g wheels with wid e s p aces b e tw ee n the top on e an d t:1e cei l ing, and the botto m on e and the floor Having ungeare d t h f b elt b y p u shing a wooden l ever, P omp g ot a h a nd f u l o f cotton w as t e and got up on the belt to climb up t o t h e wheel above t o clea n it and oil the b ear-. ings 1 Jus t a s h e got half way up l y in g flat" o n his s to m ac h Barney c am e in and saw the situation of the dark y, S e izing a piece of marline, h e ru s h e d up to him, flu n g th e c ord over the c oon 's bac k brou ght it unde r t he b elt, and ti e d him down. "Hi dar! Wha' y o' doin ?"ye ll e d the startle d c oon. B a l'ney did not rep l y Ins t e ad, h e took the rest of the lin e and s wiftl y ti e d Pomp's a n k les down to the belt If he had a n y more h e would have secure d hi s h e a d Pomp mad e an attempt to get free Before h e could do s o Barney utte r e d a roar of ] a u ght and pulle d the wood e n l e v er puttin g the belt in motion. It b e g a n to revolv e carrying t h e howling coon with and in a mo ment more .Pomp was flying up the inclin e a rushin g down t h e other side at a t errific rate o f s peed. CHAPTER X. T H E IDOL O F T H E SEA. H e y dar! S to p it! FQ' d e J a n sak es, st op it!" the c o o n "Go it, P o mp;.Je divil howl ed B a rney, frantically Swi sh-1:Jlunk! -4r e n t t h e bf'lt. Over t h e t o p whee l i t w en l, th e coon doubling up. Rattl e de-ba ng! sou n d ed th e belt. The n d o w n t h e und e r tiide s hqt fomp, as if on & tobog gan. "I'se a dead coon! Sen' fa' de u nd arta k a h h e howl a s his c am e up o n top of t h e A y in g b elt a gain follow r b y hi s b ody and l egs, a nd u p h e flew o n hi s mad caree r o ne : m o r e "Som e .wan bring m e a mus cu m r oa r e d B arne} i fairl convu l sed w i t h l a u g h ter oYcr Pomp',YplighiJ T wan t t s h o w off the fioyin' naygur Oh, w as ivc r m ortal m a n s tick l cd befo r e as I a m?" "'t The coon di s appear ed over the to p ag a in with gte a rapidity The n B arney fairly h owled with mirt h \ .. It was a g r eat j ok e to him :H:; d h e b een in p l ace l )is opinio n might hav change d. Whiz-bang! w en t the darky ag ain o n his s k yward jour n e y. The pressure o f the stra p o n t h e w heel by this time had s crus h e d the mar lin e tha t i t parte d Pomp s ho t thro u g h the a ir l i k e a s k y -ro c k e t. Unluc kil y for Biuney, h e st o o d right in th e flyi n g coon' way H e was b ent over, l a u g hin g until the t e ars ran from h i e y es, and down c am e P o mp o n hi s b ack. The s hock was t errific. Barney w as kno c k e d forw ard on hi s s toma c h H e s lid alon g th e floor scr a p e d th e skin from hi s nose an shins, and brou ght up a gains t the w a ll wit h his' head. 'l'h c thump mad e him see stars "Mur dh e r !"howl ed h e "I've c rack e d m c nut!


. .-1 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTfUC SBA = H e sat up with a groan and rrrbbed his head, felt of his .ghte se, awl caressed his shins. )n "Yah, yah, yah!" chuckled Pomp, forgetting his own e and misery, and bursting out laughing. "Hooroar! t's de ticket! Oh, golly, what a lark! Do it again! Do J'hey eagerly scan ned the scene outside, and soon saw that B arney had not made a mistake. It was a submerged city. And a very ancient ohe, too. The crumbled remains of a wall surro u nded it. ag-ain!" l\f t f th to b ld os o e s ne ui ings in the inclosune were down, "Bad manners to yez for a monkey faced Boolgarian! Do but a few of them remained in a fair state of preservatio:1, z moind that I'm crippled fer loife ?" considering the long time the place was submerged. "Yo' will play tricks, hey?" chuckled Pomp. "Oh, Lawd They strange looking houses, grea't:ly resembling assy, why doan' yo' git a new nos e? Dat one am bmk those that remain in the holy land at the present day to chilE:. Yo' see de ole rags on de fio-h'm? shew the people of modern time s what sort' of dwellings wuz yo' pants once." the ancients d\velt in centuries ago. '(Give me a cleaver!" howled Barney, scrambling to his These buildings were half buried in the sand, all trace s "I want blood! Be heavens, I'll ther sailin' of many of them were washed away, a1;1d only a few brokrll time to leave, rushed out. The moment he was gone, Barney began to grin. "Begorry," m u ttered he, "it's a crafty vilyun I am en If I hadn't diiv him out in ;freight, he'd be afther no hoide on me bones fer what I did to him. Barney, owld it's a power of dissemblin' yell has entoirely And thus the matter was amicably adjusted. O n the foUowing morning Frank was at the wheel guid -. t h e boat on .her aimless when he suddenly caught I of a sceue ahead that gave him a start of surprise. At first he imagined it was the sunken island. A number of dim projections rose from the bqttom which at first imagined to be the sandstone slabs that Oscar spoken about. walls of many others marked the place where they stood. thc1p attentively for some time, Frank said: "Tl).iR city is very, very old. The style of architecture shows that plainly. So does the wall around it. "But how it git heah under de ocean, Frank?" "That's very easily accounted for. Do you observe that it stands on a ridge running out to sea from the direction. of the mainland? Well, it was evidently built on a cape or pro, nontor)?:" Some convulsion o nature sunk that strip of land, canying down the city with it."' I '.' Faix, it's quare entoire l y," said Bamey, dryly, "an' it clo be soundin' loike ther yarn Misther Hunt gave us about his sunken island, so ft dp." "Such phenomena occur frequ ely,'' said Frank. "All over the world the sea is slowly but gradually encroaching on the land. It robs a shore in one place to build up in an other placE>. The coasts are continually undergoing It was about time for his companions to leave their berths, everywhere. Many other cities have been swallowed up by the sudden shout he uttered startled them. T hev sprang from their berths, crying: "Wha' de mattab, Marse Frank?" the waves in various part of the world." "I never heard of that hefore,'' said Hunt, doubtingl.)'. "Ijet me qt1,ote an historical example. In the year J44G you found the sunken diamond mine?" one of the most disastrou 8 e::ruptio11s of the sea on reconk. "Faith, we've roan on a rock!" occurred submeqing more than two hundred cities of I s that the place we arc searching for?" Friesland and Zealand. For a long time afterward the His compa nions rushed to the window, peer e d out and eapoints of church steep les and summits o towns could be scanned the scene ahead seen standing above the water." T h eir hopes had all risen high in expectation of seeing By this time the sea engine was among the houses. 'Thousands of fishes had made their nests there. "No; that isn't the place., Mr. Reade." They fled in alarm before the approach of the Clipper ''O h pshaw!" cried Frank, in disgust H looked 8trange to see them swimming through the I "Done knowed dot we wouldn' find it!" growled Pomp. streets and houses of what had once been a populous city. "Bejabbers, it's a sunken city!" cried Barney, in surpri se. In the middle of the city there was an buildiDg This announc e ment amazed the others, and their chagrin and as ]i'r::mk flashed -the searchlight upon it, he cnnght forgotten in the excitement of the Irishman's anno1mccsight through one of the big arched of a h uge -statue.


( 20 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE./ It was a tremendous idol of Siva, the Hindoo god. One of th ese great struck the idol, and This idol was a remarkable piece of work. it over, sent Frank flying. It was made of some kind of ston e Then the roof began to fall. It had five head s eac h one havin g three eyes, and the Fill e d with alarm a s th e y realized that the whole middle one was in the cente r o f eac h foreh e ad ing was g oin g to pie c e s Barney and Pomp rushed out. The hair was clotted togeah e r and brou ght ove r the h e ad I Frank was l eft lying on the floor half stunned by to form a horn from th e for e h e ad, around th e w e r e fright e ned friends. garlands of human sh.11lls, a nd in the hands a trid ent s urmounted by anoth e r s kull. The body was carved to repr e s ent it being clothed in deer ski n. Most remark able of i n was a bright from the big eye in the middle of the for e head of th e h e ad As Frank l eveled a gla s s at it he was amaz e d to s e e tha t the g l eam came from an e normous s apphire. It was a magnificent g e m, and mu s t hav e w e igh e d half a pounp. "By jingo!" he cri e d ; "look at that s tone in th e fore head!" CHAPTER XI. A :;liONSTER 01!' THE DEEP. Frank quickly recovered his senses and staggered to I feet, to his horror, he saw the big t e mple falling I pi eces ove r his head Imme nse blocks of stone were crashing down from roof, the ma s sive wall s were caving in, and all the big lars were falling. "A sapphir e !" e xclaim e d Hunt, iJ;J. amaz e ment. "Faix, it's a foortun e !" Let's get it," s aid Pomp, e agerly It was a fri g htful position to be placed in, for he did 1 know at what moni eil.t one of those mighty missiles fall on him. "Just what I had in, vie w," said Frank. "It's magnific ent," said the s ailor. Frank s topp e d the boat out s id e the building. I Then he let her re s t on th e bottoJD., and telling Barney and Pomp to go with him, they l eft the turret. Diving cos tumes w e r e pu J o n and tool s secure d with whi c h to di s mount th e s ton e from it s setting. Frank glanced around. His gaze rest e d on a trap-door in the bas e of the idol. I It. was a s quare piece of with a handle of the s ubstance. Frank gra s p e d it, pull e d th e s ton e up and exposed vie w a d a rlt apertur e c ontainin g a fligh t of s tairs. In h e jump e d and down h e w e n t S carcel y had he arriv e d a t th e bottom when an They then left the boat '' block of s tone came down q v e r the opening with a the t e mple th ey glan c ed around and found c rash. thems elves in a lofty room, t h e roof o f whi c h was s upported by big columns and pillar s in a:tt. advanced s tat e of d ecay pproaching the colloss al s tatue, the y climbed upon it ,.,and Frank made his way up to -t1w middle h e ad. Here he planted himself and open e d th tool-bag he car ried. Taking out a cold chi sel and a hammer, h e se t to work upon the stone that held the sapphire and chipp e d it off. It was slow work a s he had to be v e ry car e ful not to injure the magnificent big pre ciou s s ton e Piece by piec e the ston e was broken away until the sapphire was loosened and fell to the ground. Barn e y picked it up. As he did s o h e s udd e nl y saw one of the big fall It was followed by seve ral more in rapid succes si0n an:d Barney and Pomp had .to dodge to avoid being hit by the falling st

ImADE, J:R.'S ELECT R I C SEA ENGI N E. th e s ea s and out; but th e b 'rine had for c ed its way i n was as cl e ,ar and s parkling a s drinking water. c orridor was n e at l y mad e o f masonry and he folit a di sta nce of fifty yar ds, whe n h e reach e d a ma s st on e door She had, of cou rse, gon e away to escape bein g d e m o li s h e d by the downpour of flying masonry. A s Frank eyed t he ruin, h e caught siglft of i m imme nse c rocodil e s h a p e d b e a s t come swimming a l ong throu g h t h e wat e r b y movin g it s tail and webbed feet. tho ugh i t was o nce hun g o n meta l hin ges t hey had been A look of s u rprise mant l ed the inventor's face. l o n g before, s o th a t wh en h e p u s h e d agai:rAst the How que er!" h e e x claim ed. "I never heard of crocoit.f e ll out w a rd, and gave Fran k access to a s m a ll s ton e inh a bi t in g t h e ocean, yet h e re's one, and a monster, too. 7 a cross the room w e r e f numbe r of p e d e stals, whi c h s tood l ong s t o n e coffins, or s arcopha g u s p ull e d the lid from o n e l ai d t h e s k e l e t o n of a m a n What an odd-lo o king on e it is I've never seen a monster l ik e befor e H e watched th e anima l i ntently. It was glidin g along close to the g r o und its e n ormou s mouth wide ope n to admit the shrimps a n d sma ll fis h 'it liYe d on. h a d pro babl y been one of th e rul e r s of the place. c r y p t had evidently l aid th e r!'l undi s turb e g_for c e n Although surprised at first, 'Frank soon got over it, f or h e h a d seen oth e r m a rine animal s and fish e s down iri the wall w e re dark o p e n ings, a nd p e n ocean 's d e pth s w hi c h n e v e r went n e ar the top, and had never them, one after another, onl y to find that they been seen befor e b y th e eyes of man a n terooms :filled w i t h human s kull s and bones that t h e flo or l ast o n e h e entered ,had anoth e r doo r pull ed it over, and a maRs of sand g u s hed in. cloud e d the w ater s o t h at h e could not see an inch Patie n t l y w a iting until it h e c aught s ight of a. o f s t o n e s tairs in the opening "Thi s w ay mu st connect with the sea," flas hed across his "othe rwise tha t s and c ould not have got in her e." Mountin g the stai rs, h e e m e r ged in to a l a rg e ro o m with a roo f, and havin g sev e ral door s a nd many window s It was a win g of the gre at t e mple. Frank ha stil y l eft it. The cr eature had s u c h a dangero u s app eara nce lhat h e did not c are to e ncount e r it. So h e s tepp e d b e hind a brok e n wall to get o u t of i'ts sight and remain e d the r e qui e tl y for some time. Fina ll y he c am e to the conclu s ion that it m u s t be gone and cautiou s l y pee r e d around the edge of t h e wall. A s he did s o he cam e fare to face with the beast Its h e ad was wit hin an jnch of his own. Frank was startled. The b e a s t re c oil ed. For a mom ent they g l ared at e ach other.' Then !.he cro c odile darted tow rd Frank. H e sprang b e hind the >yall ag a in and lay flat it. This maneuver was u s e less, for the repti l e came gliding Reaching t h e sa ndc over e d street h e observ e d that the big around the corn e r o f th e wall again and caught s ight of him. laid a h e ap of ruins a s hort di s tance away Frank did not have a w e apon with him, but hi s g l ance f e ll The sea e ngin e was gone. upon a torpedo fis h lying on the ground, and it gave him She had come to a pa use jus t outsid e of the te m p l e wall s an idea. I t h e s p ot w a s vac ant now. "Why, not mak e a human to r ped o of m yself?" he cog i Frank's heart sank. tated. "Cou l d my f ri e nd s have thou ght th at I perish e d in the No soone r thought than done. of the bi g building?" h e th o u g ht. "If th ey did and H e unfast e n e d the wir e s r u nn i n g from his battery to the gone away never ex pechn g to recover m y body I don t br e a s t lamp. w h at I s h a ll d o." That, of ourse e xtinguished the lig h t. He was l eft in gloom. Not only th e t e mpl e but many oth e r buildings had been Dra wing a small iron bar from his too lbag he j o ined th e down by t h e e arthquake. wires to it, char ging it with arr e l e ctric current Fr a nk stoo d contemplat in g t h e w reck. H e c ould not see th e marine s aurian .1 He w o nder e d i f B a rney a n d :fo m p escap e d or w e r e buried The rubb e r gloves h e wore in s ulat e d his hand s from tht) ru ins, a nd puz z l e d hi s mind over wh,at had become of 1 curr ent. .,.. He had no doubt that the s aurian saw him, though, a n d


22 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA as he could not hear or see its approach, he swept the electri to-day, which had probably been thus trapped and fied bar around before him, and it sh-uck the a ni ma l. / It received a powerful shock. There came a fierce commotion in the water. Frank joined the wires to his la!fip carbons again As the light flared out he saw the big beast in full retreat He then darted from behind the wall. As he did so he was blinded by a broad glare of served by the stone forming around it. After Frank had admired tl e stone to his heart 's he went up forward to see what Pomp was i The darky was grinning from ear to car over their fortune at finding Frank and the s killful manner in he had destroyed the crocodile like monster. He had driven the sea engine away from the su n ken and she was then gliding over a broad, sandy plain. light, and saw that it came the sea engine. "Ain't gwine ter lo; yo' arter all, Marse Frank," She was rushing toward him, for Pomp, at the wheel, chuckled. ''But dis coon was mighty skee r ed ab ou t I 'deed he wor." had seen the glow of his breast lamp. I n a few minutes she was close to him. Frank clambered aboard. As he rea c hed t11c deck he saw the big saurian darting thro u gh the water toward him again. Pomp saw the creature, too, and turning the Clipper aro u nd, he sent her flying toward it. CHAPTEh XII. A TERRIBLE FIGHT. At the end of three uneventful days Frank saw of the sunken island, althot tgh he had searched in every rection for it. T he"Searchlight dazzled the monster, and it paus ed. Before it could get out of the way the point of the big blade at the boat's bow struck it a fatal blow. As the air in the reservoirs becoming exhausted, tore 1 sent the Clipper to the s urface t o replenish their supply. There came a violent shock, and the keen edge through the horrible, scaly body, inflicting a fatal gash. It was a hot afternoon when the sea engine rose to The animal fell beneath the sea e ngine, almost kill ed, surface, and the water was as s mooth as glass. and the boat passed on, while Frank went inside. He took off ris diving-Sllit gliidly e nough, for the air in the knapsack was getting exhausted. Barney and O.scar Hunt met him, and asked where he had been Frank explained, and tli'en asked the Irishman: "Why did you and Pomp desert. me?" Barney was pla y ing his fi

' FRANK READE, JR.'S ,ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 23 r vess el, they now b e gan to discharge t h eir firearm s at She rus h ed t hrough t h e brine a nd soon reached the caship. noe s ey l e f t n o doubt of their warlik e inte ntion s 'Th e n up s h e rose beneath two of the m. hey w e r e evid e ntl y i n te n t upon capturing the vesse l Over w e n t the dugou ts, sp ill i n g t heir occupants into the plund e r a n d the m is fortun e was that th.-e w e r e ver y wate r fire-arm s on board in the hand s of the c r e w s o that c was ever y possibilit y of the Hindoo s getting the best hem. here w e r e a dozen of the canoes, and e a c h one c ontain e d or eleve n m e n ever y o n e of who m wer e a rm e d with mu s s and pi s tol s hajl of bull e t s flew around the becalm e d s hip. Several of the boats b y this tim e had r eac h e d the trader, and th eir du s k y c rew s w e re b o ardin g h('r. The c r e w of t h e s hip w e r e r a ng e d a long the bulwark s firin g and b e a ting the Hindoo s back w i th c ap stan bars, mar lin s pik es, b e l ay ing pin s and mu s k e t barr e l s S o m e of t he m had c utla sses, with whi c h the y creat e d frightful d amag e to t h e h e ad s of the native s he s ailor s h ad dod ge d down behind the bulwarks, the A choru s of h owls es a p e d the c ap size d natives wh e n they tch below c am e rus hing up on d e ck alarm e d liy the r e saw the Clipper, and t hey swam away from her. r $, and the captain and mate s were issuing ord e rs to the n to secure s u c h arms a s w e r e aboard a nd r e p e l t he ks. They thou ght s h e was some huge d eep s ea mop.ster "Re ad y boys! s hout e d Frank. "All r e ady," a n s w e r e d Hunt cheerily; s hall we fir e ?" t hi "The re will be a massa c r e aboard of that c r aft unless I "Piek off the ones a t ta c k i n g the s hip. I y some thin g t o assi s t those p o o r .fellow s," F r ank mutte r e d Look out fe r t h e r w hoit e min an h a n g thei naygurs !" Barney and Pomp h e ard the and yell s roar ed B a rn ey, a s h e beg an firing. ; They stopp e d pla ying t h e fiddl e and b anjo, and h aste n e d Pomp w as not qui te pl e ased at the mann e r in which thi s o th e turret a s kin g Fra nk w hat the troubl e was s peech w as deliver e d but sai d no t hing. 0 v "Is it a ruc tion y e r havin'?" the C elt a s ked. The three m e n p onre d a dangerou s fir e out at "No. Look out the wind o w a nd y ou 'll see th e c ause of the doos "Lan' s akes!" roar e d P,omp "de y' s a lot ob coons gwin8 ter kill d e m yere s ailor s on d e s hip." "The y m ean to plund e r the vessel, no doubt." "Faith, it' s a helpin' hand we must be afther givin' The screa111s tha t now arose w e r e h o rrible as many of t h e Hindoo s f e ll bac k into the water. Presently they saw the C lipp e r rus hin g t o w ard them. So did th e s hip 's c r e w but t hey realiz e d that the Clipp e r was s om e s ort of a m e tallic vesse l th e c r e w of which wa s im." coming to their r esc u e "Fo' suah assent e d Pomp. The s e a e ngin e frig h te n e d some of the black men so that "Call Hunt to h e lp you boys," said Frank. "The n arm they paddl e d away, bu t a larg e p arty of th e m had s warmed urselve s g e t on y our metal suits and m a n the port up ove r the bulw a rks, h a d gai n e d the d e ck, and were iightles !" ing the c r ew. The coon a nd the Iris hman nodd e d and hurrie d out. An awful c ombat the n b e gan a a Frank then ste er e d the sea e ngin e toward the c anoes, and A s the Clipp e r m s h e d up to t h e flotill a of c anoes her ter. e men on the s hip b e gan to disch arge the f e w w e apons ribl e blade s truck the m, s weeping some aside, cap s izing othpossessed and a furo re of voices arose on all s ides. e rs, and s trikin g oth e r s with the f o rce of a b atte ring ram. 1 1 "Those Hindoo s are b a d m en," Frank thought. The y The s ho ts from th e pn e um atic r epeat in g rifles, wield e d fight lik e d e mon s to get po ssess ion of the ship. b y the inmates of the boat wer e c r e a t in g terrible havoc s He saw that of th e m w e r e bound t o re a c h the s hip among the Hindoos, and those who could h as t e ned to get fore he c ould and clos ing the window, h e s houted: away. "I'm going und e r wat er!" Frank brought his boat to a pau s e besid e the s hip "All roight, me lad," re s pond e d Barney. All of t h e canoe s had been d r iven away, a nd ma.ny of f, "When I giv e you the order ope n the port s." their occ upant s w e r e s wimmin g in the water. "Very well," an s w e r e d th e Iris hman. The nativ es who had r e a c h e d th e deck w e re fighting lik!'! Frank the r e upon s ubm e rged the Clipp e r and putting on d e mon!; to ma ster the c r e w a n d sever a l of the sailors fell ll speed sh e was buried, sent h e r on like a locomofrom the terrible blows they received. ve. It was time the y had assi s tance.


T 24 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. t It was impossible to fire among the crowd, as some, of the white men might have been struck by the bullets Frank therefore shouted to his friends: "Have you got on your armor?" "Yassah !"answered Pomp. "Then board the ship and 1-lelp them !" Out hastened the three at'once, and getting upon the deck of the other ves5el, they went to the sailors' assistance. Many shots were fired at them by th Hindoos, and many blows were dealt them, but no damage done. The metal s uits made them invincible. Every shot they returned told among the ranks of the natives Frank cast a glance out at the men in the water. :....._&cognizing the young /nvcntor, the negro clutched They began a fearful struggle. The young inventor might have got the best of his had not more of the blacks seen them and come swim m up to them and grasped him. ( Beset on !n sides, Frank was m a dangerous stra1t A dozen hands seized him on all sides, and the Hill 0 SE pushed h1m down under the water. A chill of horror passed over Frank. "They mean to drown me!" he muttered. CHAP'rER XIII. THE EFFECT OF LIQUOR. tl '( r H F tH T The blacks in the canoes were paddling away with all Every one of the Hindoos had by this time been dr e! their and the ones in the water swam after them. from the deck of the trading ship. lin In order to .keep up their race to the As no canoes remained, they had to swim., iB opened the windows and discharged several after Barney, Pomp and Hunt saw the black hord e aro T them from a brace of pistols. Frank pressing him lmde.r the water to drown him. N "rhe movements of the fugitives were greatly accelerated They therefore fire d at the rascals and drove them a e by this fusillade, and Frank finally desisted. yelling furiously, several of theit number badly woundee a He saw that the men on the ship now had no means of Frank came up, puffing and blowing and s truck out A reaching the shore except by swimming, for the canoesi:n the up .on which he ha stily e which they came had been driven away, overturned, or He had seen the three men get into her and shout ed smashed to pieces by the blade of the sea engine. fact to his armored friends. : '1 The Hindoos knew this, too. They came down, (>ntered the boat and drov e the bla s It rendered them very desperate. They knew that unless they conquered the ship's com-pany, they would be cut down to a man by the sailors. Consequently they fough,t furiously. Seeing that he might of some assistance, Frank armed himself, and, going up on deck, he began to pour a most dis astrous fire upon such of the natives as he could hit. s"eeing reinforcement, the blacks finally became panic-stricken, and rushed to the bulwarks on the side where 1 Frank was, and sprang over. Observing them coming, the young inventor made a rush for the trap-door to get inside. Before he could do so, several of the blacks leaped down out of the sea engine, when they sprang overboard. JIS As they swam away !rank went in. By this time all the black s had been put to flight. A breeze now sprang up, for the sun had begun to down, and filling the sails of the becalmed English s hip, glided away from the shore. ,,. ] Her crew and officers shouted their thanks to Frank a; t his friends, and as the invent?r saw that they were no in dang e r, he went into the turret. 1 The air-chambers by this time were filled, and the b1ln teries recharged; so Frank sent the boat under again to co J tinue her search for the sunken island. B'y this time she had worke d h er way consi derabl y to t on the deck, and one of them striking Frank, knocked him south of where s he h ad first begun the search. overboard. All her work had been done at considerable distance fro A yell escaped the Hindoos. the land, and Frank now resolved to hug the shore closer. v Several of them rushed down into the interior of the boat "Oscar Hunt might have been mistaken about the di and one of them, attempting to follow, shut down the trap tance separating the island from the main," he thought. with a bang. The sailor had entirely recover ed from the knife wouiJ Finding that he could not get in, the man leaped into he received \ in and he felt like himself agai the water, which wa; dotted with the heads of man:y of his Unfortunately for his former thirst for liquor rt .1 companions. turned, and on the morning after they submerged, he aske Here he struck close to Frank. Frank for a drink. J


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 25 do not allow any d_rinking to excess u pon my boats/' ven tor answered him; "but if you want one drink, will find a bottle of liquor in the locker in the store backs, dodging under her hull on one side, and coming u p on the other, and acting altogether like sportive childre n Their antics were very amusing. The searchlight made their oily bodies and glisten, h, I don't wish to keep up the practice," said the and seemed to have a great fascination for them r. "On the contrary, I wish to break it off, if I can. Hunt became very much interested in the p l ayfu l fish. to be a pretty hard drinker when I was a sailor. ReJ ly, though, I have kept away from it, Mr. Reade." Go and h e lp yourself," Frank remarked "But remem no getting druuk here--I warn you, sir.'' unt nodd ed and went back to storeroom. ding the bottle, he took a drink. e was going to replace it, when he took another drink. A da'rk cloud suddenly made i ts appeara nce ahead, a nd they swam rapidly away. It was a school of mackerel. T here were thousands of Lhem. So dense was the mass that' the sea e n g i ne had to force her way through them, and h u ndreds of the fish were killed. The cause of this school flying il). that manner soon hen he started to return to the pilot house, when a most came manifest, for Hunt now caught view of a dozen or desire took possession of him to take a third more huge tunny-fish in pursuit of the mackerel. They were devouring the small fish as fas t as t hey reached theJD. c f011ght off the feeling for awhile a l ro en he irresolutely went back and got what he wanted ot being accustomed to it re'Ce ntly, he quickly felt the of the liquor in his head, especially so as he had taken ec ge quantity every time he imbibed. ut s soon as he realized that he was getting under the in nee of i.he liquor, he pulled his faculties togetner, and vi11g to hide it, r etu rned to Frank. e young inv ento r darted a kee n glance at him. well did Htmt conceal the condition into which he getting that Frank did not 'Well, did you get the whiskey, Hunt?" he asked .Yes, sir; aud prime st uff it is, too 0 'It is your ti; ick at the wheel now." V ery well, sir." Frank left the sailor in charge of the boat and walke d H unt grasped the spokes and pe e red out the window. The conviction soon dawned upon him that he was get b g drunk-very drunk indeed co He tried to fight off th e feeling. "This won't do," he muttered in alarm. "He has left me t of the boat It is a responsible task If the li o r gets the best of me, I'll be in a deuced awkward plight. :ro 'shit wasn t m y turn on duty But I don't dare to con r to Reade that I've taken too much. He would get di gry at m e He whirled the whe e l and kept his glance on the water. "Lord! what hun gry creatures muttered the sai l o r as he watched the slaughter going on. "I see that all t h e bi g fisli in the ocean devour the l ittle ones -the str o n g a l w ays attack the weak from the l argest to the sma ll est." The boat finally left the mackere l astern. She now ruached a rocky section. F l oating vines that clung to the bottom by de licate te n drils filled tl:le water with their wavy arms everywhe r e All the rocks bristled with clams, oysters and shells. There were large clusters of meandrina cora l sca t tered over the interstices like great foot-balls, tufts o f wiry stubb l e grass dotted the crevices. Great cracks in the gro u nd were seen. T hese gaping fi8sures, jn places, wide ned out until t h ev ,, ... assu med the forms of vast ravines It was impossible to se. e the bottom of these yawning pits, for they extended hundreds of feet into the earth. They made Hunt shudder. "S'pose," he muttered, "s'pose ot{le boat should--hic tum'le down into one of zose-zose-those holesh! Z hat that would be zhe--zhe lash of her His tongue was getting thick from whiskey. T he boat left the rocky p l ateau. Then Hunt had a remark'ab l e exp erience with hi s eyes He saw a large codfish S u ddenly it seemed to become two fishes Then the finny beauties began to flip up and down t soon began to dance and s wim un s t ea dily before his At one moment they seemed to stand on their heads, the n a and a weak, rocky feeling began to possession of on their tails, then they "flew through each othe r and fina ll y legs. they vanished, wli.ereu:pon the sea began to move to and fro ke A n umber of porpoises began to play around the outside 1 the rapidity racing along with her, rolling over on thei r I Hun t sh u t eye and p u ckered up his mou t h


26 FRA.\I"K READE, JR.' S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINf:. "Mo sht remarkabl e s hing," said he, in amaz e ment "Any .I "See what it ha s led t o." one--would s hink I wus h gettin' l o ad ed." I I g iv e y ou m y word. I ll n cY e r do it again." H e b raced up wit h c omi c al g ra v i ty, an d b e gan to whirl "No; for I ll n e v e r ag ain you th e c hance." the wheel in th e mos t reckless mann e r "This i s lesson e nou g h f o r me, s ir. I w o n t forget The sea e ngine rarj wildl y in a ll direction s H e r amused th e sailor and h e s o o n became s o rimc h intcrcot e d that th e wilder h e c ould make h e t g o t h e 1 pl c aseu li e b e came Finall y h e began to nod a nd bli nk. H e wati getting s leep y His e yes soon closed and h e l et go thfl wheel, and l y ing <.lo-wn up o n t h e floor, h e f e ll f a s t asleep. "Ba rney, i s the boat injure d a ny?" "Shure th e r hull i s all ri ght; but t h e r blade s off." "Whe r e about'::; ar c we?" "Faix, it's a mountain w e' v e run inter." f' I s the prow buri e d deeply into th e ground?" "Can't t e ll wid out g a in out s id e an' luckin'." "The n I ll pu t on a di v ings u i t a nd attend to it Frank motion e d to Pomp to accompany him, and The boat was thu s allow e d t o ta ke h e r own c ourse. r e ady and l e ft the Clipp e r. Th e d r unk e n s ailor s l ept on i n blissful i g noranc e of the d anger th e y w e r e in, and soon began to s nor e Fra nk a nd the oth e r s were s o busy in th e oth e r ro9m s they did not think of goin g int o th e turret. 'rhey soon r e a c h e d t h e ground. H e r e th e y the pro w of the s ea engine tween two ro ck s th a t h ld h e r in a v ise-lik e grip "I'llhave to bla s t that r ock to get h e r free," Frank The y th e r e for e r e mained ignor a n t o f what was tran s -t e r e d a s h e ex amin e d it. piring. The n he g lan ced around t o motion to Pomp wh e n }'he Clipp e r was th e n s unk to a d e p t h o f o n e hun\lr e d f e et, and a s s he w ent a c ross a v a s t d e pression t h e bottom v ani s hed from s ight b elow. In a s hort tim e th ere loo m e d up a big that towered. high. th e boat. Sh e was ru shing s traight toward it. "'' Th e r e was no avoiding n. colli s ion. On sh e ru s h e d and in a f e w m o ment s s he reached it, and th e big blade s tru c k t h e flint y rock. The r e cam e a c ra sl;l as it b ent and s napp e d off. Plun g ing on, the Clipp e r 's b o w n ext s truck and was buried deepl y into the ground. The s hock alarm e d Frank, and Pomp O s car Hunt opened hi s eyes. A vague impressi o n was up o n hi s mind o f the fac t that some dr e adful cata s troph e h a d occurred. It partially brought him to his senses. a larm h e saw th e d a rk y s truggling in the grip o an The b ig -fis h b a d s il ently approached th e d'arky and one of hi s t e ntacle s around him It then has tened up the s ide of th e hill with him A cry of alarm escap e d Frank, and h e ha s t e ned after devil fis h and its s tru g glin g victim. Up the hill w ent th e horribl e object to the top and it vani s h e d from Whe n Frank r e a c h e d the top h e o bserved that he w a s a large fla t plateau. H e r e Pomp was fighting th e octopus. The dark y was arm e d with a knife, and severed the tacl e that held him jus t as Frank reached hi s sid e The other arm s of the devil fish wound around bt Fra nk jus t the n a ta c k e d it with his knife. In a f e w m o m ents they kill e d the o c topus. A s it f e ll to ground a stream of wat e r gu s h e d intd He s tagg e r e d to hi s 'feet and g l a rin g wildl y out th e winyoun g inventor s diving suit, through a tear the octopu s dow, saw that the boat had plung e d into th e ground. A thrill of alarm passed through him. Jus t then the door flew open, and Frank, Ba.rney and Pomp rushed into the turret. CHAPTER XIV. FINIS. "Hunt, you re drunk!" "No, I ain 't-sobe r a s a judge." 1'You was drunk then." "I admit the impeachment." mad e in it with on e of its tentacles. He clapp e d his hand ove r th e s pot and thus checked ingress of th e wat e r savi.n'i himself from drowning Pomp s a w what th o troubl e was. Frank had s at himself y pon the ground to examine tear b ette r. / As h e atte mpt e d to ari s e a bright s parkl e in the sand tra'Cted hi s attention and h e pick e d up the that ted it, whe n h e saw that it was a big, rough diamond. Frank was s tartled. He glanc e d around. Now a peculiar scene met his view.


FRANK READB, .JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA ENGINE. 27' e saw that the plateau they w e r e on was oov@red with They were put aboard the sea e ngine, and fuen the real ight sand sto ne s lab s at a short di stance away. work began in earnes t. 'The sunken diamond mine!" he gasped. Our frie nd s had a difficult tllsk, for it was necessary Lo atis.fied that accident had brought them to the very mine into the of the island to find the gems. they w e r e seeking, F rank got upon hi s feet. allow ed by Pomp, h e went back to the boat The most expeditio n s way to do this was to blast up the ground with d ynam i te cartridges, and then examine the n 'ce they were inside he took off hi s s uit, and as Barney brok e n ground afterward for the gems. Hunt approached him, he said: I've found it." Found what?" B arney as k ed The sun k e n diamond mine." What!" c ried Hunt, in start l ed tones. ook at this diamond." e handed Lhem the s tone h e picked up. th ,iere a nd delighted and Hunt saiQ.: fter all it was 1u c ky I drank t ha t liquor." es," assented Fnmk. "If you hadn't, we might never found the sunken islnnd. Thismust be it into which ea e ngin e r an. It's top is covered with just such sand e s h afts as you to us." scar Hunt turned to Barney and Pomp. You see," said he, "how you both wronged m e by doubt., m y so_ ry. Of course it was a risk to place conpdence in rfect stranger. But I told the truth." 'Faix, I'm sorry I disbelaved yer," frankly said Barn ey. An me, too, chile,'' said Pomp in candi d tones. Thi s to : m apology, and the was He then said: "Shall we all go, up there now after the diamonds?" The work was prosecuted in this manner and several weeks pnssed by, during which tim e our friends were oblig e::! to go to the top in the boat for air. The first time U1ey ascended they looked for the mountain with the fiery top whic:h Hunt said marked the coast. But nothing was seen of it. There was a range of hill s on s hore, but nothing else likw a mm. mLain s u ch as Hunt described. Many l a rge and valuable diamonds were unearthed on the s unk e n islm1Cl, and o ur friends prosrcuted the sea rch until th o entire s urface ha? bee n blown up and e xamined. Of coul'Se t hey f/iled to find vast numbers of the gems that lay buried in the gro und. But they s uce eeded in gett ing enough to pay them all very hand s omely for the work they wer e put to At the expiration of a month they were obliged to desi st, for Pomp hRd told them that t h eir s uppl y of food a nd pro visions was running dangerously low. An account wa s then taken oi th eir collection and they found that they had eno ngh of the gem s The y therefore the place. Sending the sea engine to the surface one plea sant day, "No," answered Frank; "we must first liberat e the boat they drove h er in s horeward toward a coast town. n we will float her up on the plateau." Here a fresh s uppl y of food ana wat e r was secured, and He put on another diving s uit, provided himself with Frank sa id to the English m e r chant of whom they made ting and went out alone. their purchases: Having arranged a cartridge where it would break the without injuring the boat, he fired the blast. 1 It freed the Clipper. Her big blade was gone, but the hull r e main e d intact. Frank then went to top of the deck, and Barney raised e boat up on the plateau. She came to a paus e in the center of it. Here Hunt, Barney and Pomp left h er in diving-suit;,, vided with s u c h impl ements as the sailor deemed neces ry to get the diamond s out of the groun 'd. The first thing Hunt did was to look for the rock under 'ch he said h e had buried the sf:Jlnes collected. After some trouble t.hc place was found. Here he prounc e d the diamonds. There was a large num ber of them. I "Do you know anything about a volcanic mountain evo. r having been seen near here?" "Why, was the unexpect ed reply. "Back in range of hills there was less than a yea r ago a larg e volca .no. During an eruption the mount ai n settled down gra a uall y until it was on a level with the rest of the hiils. The crater is there yet, but the volcano is extinct." Frank was satisfied. Hunt's assertio n was proven true. He told hi s friends what he learned. They then started the sea engine for home -. J:t was a long and une ventful voyage that followed, th(' boat riding the surface in calm weather and going under sea in storms. They finally reached Readestown.


I 28 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC SEA Here they debarked the diamonds, and the young Frank and hi s companions were well satisfied with t inventor's mechanics were ordered to stow the boat away. sult of their voyage, but the active mind of the inv Unluckilv, however, one of the dynamite cartridges ex-could not keep quiet any length of time. ploJ.ed in the sea e ngine, and she was blown to pieces.' The result was that he was soon afterward contriv No one was hurt b y the accident, and as Frank had no new invention, and it finally turned out to be a great further use for h e r, h e did nQt grieve, for she l1ad earned cess. him much more than it cdst to build her. Of course, s u ch inventions as Frank, Jr., de The diamonds were sold, and a large fortune was realized necessitated a voyage one way or another. He was des from the sale, which the four divided. to meet with the most thrilling adventures with the By the consent of all, k e pt the he hacl. j v:e .have an account of his new taken from the s ubm e rged 1dol as a cunos1ty. readm ess m tlus hbrary, and next w eek sha ll have 1t b Oscar Hunt then left our friends. our readers. Until then, we will leave the trio. 'l'HE END. Read "THE BLACK RANGE; OR, FRANK READE, JR., COWBOYS WITH HIS ELECT CARAVAN," which wPI be the next numb e r (27) of ''Frank Reade Weekly SPECIAL NOTICE: Ali back numbers of this weekly are alway s in print. 'If you cannot obtain them from 'II newsdealer, send the price in money or postage s tamp s by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you ord e r by return mail. ''HAPPY D A YS.'' The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. IS.SUED EVERY, FRIDA HAPPY DAYS" is a large 16-page paper containing Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches, Comic Sto Jo kes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have a n a tio nal reputati on. No amount of money is spared to make this weekly the best published. A New Story Begins Every Week in .. Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY! OUT TO-DA Young King Kelly, the Champion Boy Pitcher OR Playing in the New England By P. T RAYMOND. Begins in No. 447 of "HAPPY DAYS," lssued April 24, 1903. PRICE 5 CEN.TS. For sale b y all Newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price l:iy FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Squar e New York. I


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liBEBTJ F '.78. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revoluti By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actual .(acts and give a, account of t n e exciting a d ventures of a brave band of youths who were always ready and. willing to imperil their for the sake of helping along t h e gallant cause of Every number w ill consist o f 32 large pages of reading bound in. a, beautiful colored cover. LATEST ISSUES: 184 The L iberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at !l:) The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life ; or, The Light 4 2 T h e Liberty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. sr. The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The R edskin 4 3 The Liberty Boys' Big Day; or, Doing Business by W.bol esale. Indepen d e n ce: 11 T h e Liberty Boys' Net; or, Redcoats and 'l'ories. 87 The Liberty Boys "Going It Blind" ; or, Taking Big Chances. 45 T h e Liberty Boys, W .orrled ;, or, The1 1sappearance of D1ck Slater 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard 4G The Liberty Boys Iron Gl'lp; or, Squeezing the Redcoats S!.l The Lib erty Boys' "Hurry Call" or A Wild Dash to 47 T h e Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What 'bey S e t Out to Do. Friend. 48 The Lib erty Boys' S etback; or, "Defeated, But Not Disgraced. "' ot 49 The Liberty Boys in .roryvllle; o r Dick Slater' s Fearful Risk. 90 The Vbert;v Boys Guard1an Angel; or, The .oeautlful Maid 5 0 The Liberty Boys Aroused or Striking Strong Blows for Lib c rt.r Mo':lntam fit T h e Liberty Boys' Triumph or Beating the Redcoats at Their 'H The I J!berty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Own Game. 92 ;rbe Boys. "Treed"; or, Warm Work In the Tall 5 2 The r,lberty Bo ys' Scare ; or, A Miss as GodU as a Mlle. 03 The L.1berty Dare .i. or, Backing the British pown. 53 The Liberty Boys.' Danger; or, Foes on All Sides. 94 The Boys Best J:Slows; or, Beating the Bnt1sb at 54 The Llbetft y Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. ton. 55 The Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. !!5 The Boys in New Jersey ; or, Boxing the Ears of the 56 The Lib erty Boys' WarJD. Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How ish r,wn. to J;'ight. 1 06 The Liberty Boys' Daring: or. Not Afraid of Anything. 57 The Libe rty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 97 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Mo7e that Puzzled 58 The Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge; or, With "Mad Anthony" British. at Stony Point. 911 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem 59 T h e Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out 99 The r,tb erty Boys in New York; or, Helping to Hold the 60 The Boys or, A Very Warm Time. City. 61 1 'he Liberty Boys' Sealed rders; or, Goi,ng it Blind. 100 ':rb r lb t B Bl Rl k R d t T c 62 The Lib erty Boys' Daring 'troke or Wit Harry" e er Y oys g s or, ea. Y o ake han ces. at Paulus Hoole 101 L!berty Boys', or, the Redcoats In. 6 3 T h e Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, Here, The r e and Everywhere. 102 The Boys, L1ghtnmg Work or, Too Fast for the 6 4 The Liberty Boys' ''Lone Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great 103 The Boys Luck y Blunder. or, The Mistake that Odds. Them. I I 135 T h e Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Ido l of the Company. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise.! ,, 66 T h e Liberty Boys' Wrath ; or, Going for the Redcoats Roughshod. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. I {' 6 7 T h e Lib erty Hoys Battle for Life; The Hardest Struggle ot 106 The Liberty Boys' "Bl$: Hit" ; or, the Redcoats O All 107 The Liberty Boys "Wtld Irishman" ; 6r, A Lively Lad f 6 8 T h e L1berty Bo;ys' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. Dublin. 69 Th_e Liberty Boys "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered" Everything. 108 The Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were L 70 The Liberty Boys' D ecoy; or, Baiting the British. lng For. 71 The Liberty Boys Lured ; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 109. The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. 72 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands of the Tory Outlaws. 110 The Liberty Boys In Trouble; or, A Bad Run of Luck. 73 T h e Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Ar-111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Day for the Great Ca. n old 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered ; or, "Which Way Shall We 'Turn 7 4 T h e Liberty Boys "Swoop"; or, Scattering the R e dcoats Like 113 The Liberty Boys at Valley Forge; or, Enduring Terrible H a Chall'. ships. 7 5 The Liberty Boys: Time" ; Lively Work In Old Virglntihae. 114 The Liberty Boys Missing; or, Lost In the Swamps. 76 The Boys D aring Scheme, or, Their Plot to Capture 115 The Liberty Boys' Wager, And How The y Wen It. Kings Son. 116 The Liberty Boys D eceived; or, Tricked but Not Beat e n 7 The L i b erty Boys, Bold or, the Enemy s Country. 117 The Libert. y Boys and the Dwarf; or, A Dangerous Enemy. 1 The Liberty Roys, Beacon or, rh.e S!f;lnal on Mountain 118 The Liberty Boys Dead-shots; or, The Deadly Twelve. 7 9 The Liberty llo ys, or; :';fhe Promise I hat hept. 11 9 The Liberty Boys' League; or, Tne ( 'onHtry Bo ys who Helped. 80 The Liberty Boys, Ten Strike ; o r Bowling the Britlsh Over. 12 0 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How the Jtedcoats were F oolecL 81 The Liberty Boys Gratitude and .How they Showed Jt. 1 2 1 The Liberty Boys Stmnded; or, Afoot in the Enemy's Country. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; o r, A Hard Man to 12 2 The LiberLY Boys in the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Ca.Handle. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line ; or, "Cross It If You Dare !" 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THE STAGE. THE BOYS OF NEW 1YORK END MEN'S JOKE ing a great variety latest jokes used by the men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wondE!l"ftll little book. OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER a vaned of stump sp eec h e s, N e gro Dutc h Also Pnd mens JOkes. Just the thing for home amuse-amateur shows 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL G UIDE B bate s, uutlm cs for debates, questions for discussion and the sources for procuring information on the questions g'iven. SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-'.rhe arts and wiles of flirtation a n fully by this little book Besides the various methods ha_r. .breeding, an. d m a naging all kinds of also giving fui.JJ mstructwns for m akmg cages, etc Fully explamed by twenty-eig M illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO A SCIENTIST.-A useful and i1F struc tive book giving a c omplete tre a t is e on chemistry; also perim ents in acoustic s, mechanics, mathe matics, chemi stry, and r ec tions for m a king fireworks color e d fir e s, and gas balloons. book cannot b e e qual e d. No. 14 HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book f< making all kinds of candy i ce-c r e am syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY' S UNITED STATES DISTANOI POCKET AND GUIDE.-Giving th11. oflic Jal dtsta n ces on all the rat lroads of the United States an6 i C a nada. Al s o tabl e of distances b y water to for e ign ports, hac! fares in the principal citie s reports of the census, etc,, etc., it on e of the most compl e t e a nd handy books publish e d No. 38 HOW TO BECOME YOUR OWN DOCTOR.-A d erful book. c on taining u s eful and prac tical information in t htl treatme n t of ordinary dis ease s and ailments common to eveey family Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general om plain t s. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS.-Coo taining valuable information r e garding the collecting and arrangintj of stamps and c oins. Handsom e l y illu strated. No, 58. HOW '.fO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brady, the world-known detective. In whi c h he la y s down som e valuabi'IJ and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventure!!'! and experi e n c es of well-known d etec tives. No. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contaio ing_ useful information the Qamera and how to work it l also how to make Photographtc l\fagt c Lantern Slides and othel!' Transparenc i e s. Handsome ly illustrate d. By Captain W. De W Abney. No. 62, HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITAR'f CADET.-Containing full expl a nations how to ga in admittanc'" course of Study, Examinations, Duties S t aff o f Officers, Guard, Police R e gnlations Fire Departme nt, and all a boy shouUJ know to b e a Cadet. Compil e d and written by Lu SenarP ns, of "How to Become a N a val C ad et." No. 63 HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete hn structions o f how to gain admission to the Annapolis Navl\. 1 A cade my. Also containing the cours e of instruction, d escriptio'i\ of g rounds and buildings, histori cal sket c h, and evervthing a b07 should know to b e come an ()fficer in the United States 'Navy. Cooo piled and writtc n by Ln Senare ns, author of "How to Becoml." 171 W est Point 1\lilit a ry Ca det." EACH. OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. lth many standard readin g s. PRICE 10 CENTS Address FRANK 'TOUSEY, Publisher, 24: Union Squate, New York.


FRANK READE Containing Storios or Advontnros on Land, Soa and in tho Air. .A.1v.I::IG.'' a Handsomely Illuminated Each Number In 32-PACE BOOK FOR 5 All our readers know Frank Reade, Jr., the greatest inventor of the age, and his two fun-loviilg chums, Barne) and Pomp. The stories published in this magazine contain a true account of the wonderful and adventures of the famous inventor, with his marvellous flying machines, electrical overland engines, and his ex a ordinary submarine boats. Each number is a rare treat. Tell your newsdealer to get you a copy. 1 Frank Reade, Jr's White Cruiser of the Clouds; or, The Search for I 15 Frank Reade, Jr., and Hie Electric Turret; or, Lost in the 1-aJ the Dog-I<'aced Men. of Fire. 1 2 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Boat, the "Explorer"; or, To the 16 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouts; or, Chas North Pole Under the Ice. Around the World In the' Sky. 3 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Van; or, Hunting Wild Animals In the 17 In the Great Whirlpool; or, Frank Reade, Jr.'s Strange Adventu Jungles of India. In a Submarine Boat. 4 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe ; or, The Search for the I 18 Chased Across the Sahara; or, Frank Reade, Jr., After a Bedoul Valley of Diamonds. "Captive. 5 Frank Reade, Jr.'s "Sea Serpent" ; or, The Search for Sunken 19 Six Weeks In the Clouds; or, Frank Reade, Jr.' s Air-Ship Gold. "Thunderbolt.'' 6 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Iillectrlc Terror, the "Thunderer" ; or, The 20 Around the World Under Water; or, The Wonderful Cruise o Search for the Tartar's Captive. Submarine Boat. 7 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Wonder, the "Kite"; or, A Six Weeks' Flight Over the Andes. 8 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea Diver, the "Tortol1e" ; or, The Search for a Sunken Island. 21 The Mystic Brand ; ,or, Frank Reade, Jr., and His Overland St 22 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Racer; or, Around the Globe Thirty Days. 9 Frank Reade, Jr.' s Electric Invention, the "Warrior"; or, Fighting 23 The Sunken Pirate; or, Frank Reade, Jr., In Search of a Treas Apaches In Arizona. at the Bottom of the Sea. 10 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Air Boat; or, Hunting Wlld 24 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Magnetic Gun Carriage; or; Working for Beasts for a Circus. U S. Mall. 11 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Torpedo Boat; or, At War With the Brazilian Rebels. 12 Fighting the Slave Hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr., In Central Africa. 13 From Zone to Zone; or, The Wonderful Trip of Frank Reade, Jr.,11 with His Latest Air Ship. 14 Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes; or, A Journey Through Africa by Water. 25 Frank Reade, lr. and His Electric I c e Ship; or, Driven Ad1 In the Frozen Sky. 26 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Sea Engine; or, Hunting for a Sqnl Diamond Mine. For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by FBANX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York .. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and f in the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you waut and we will send them to you by I -turn mail. POS'l'AGE STAMPS 1 1-IE AS M O.NEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New ...................... : .. 190 DEAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: .... copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................................... WII.jD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ........................................................... FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ...................................................... PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos ............................................................. SECRET SERVICE, Nos ............................................................... 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ................ : .................................... Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ......... : ............................................... Name .......................... Street ana Nc ................. Town .......... State ...........


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